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Mid Rutledge – Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty 

There’s an undeniable excitement to be found in the United States’ major metropolitan centers, where fast-paced lifestyles interweave to create a beautiful cacophony. But what if the pursuit of luxury living could be decoupled from gridlocked traffic, towering skyscrapers, and hustling hordes?

Here are some amazing properties in emerging markets that are ready to provide elegant alternatives to dynamic urban environments.


Slow Living in South Carolina

Mid Rutledge – Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty 

With its southern charm and Lowcountry lifestyle, South Carolina has become a sought-after destination for luxury homebuyers. White sand beaches, lush golf courses, favorable tax benefits, and a strong economy make the Palmetto State an appealing choice for long-term investments.

In the historic heart of Charleston, affectionately known as “The Holy City,” a piece of architectural poetry awaits. Nestled at 7 Sayle Road, this oak-draped, 7,256-square-foot estate recently graced the pages of Architectural Digest. Designed by renowned architect Bobby McAlpine, the estate includes a saline pool, cabanas, and lush gardens, offering Charleston’s finest living.

Mid Rutledge – Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty 

In Bluffton, discover an exquisite riverfront estate within the gated enclave of the Colleton River Club. This chateau-inspired mansion graces nearly ten acres of maritime forest, offering seclusion and serenity. Meticulous construction and the finest materials, including French and Italian stone, define this timeless estate just minutes from Hilton Head beaches.


Lone Star Luxury in Texas

​Bridget Ramey – Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty 

Texas is no stranger to luxury living, but it’s not just Dallas and Houston that are garnering attention from high-end buyers. In the Lone Star state, the charm of pecan orchards mingles with designer shopping, and cowboy boots find their place in Michelin-starred restaurants.

Austin, known as the “live music capital of the world,” offers a unique blend of city life and natural beauty. The Fazio Foothills at Omni Barton Creek is home to one of the country’s top-rated golf courses, and a relaxing massage at the spa is the perfect way to unwind after a round.

Bridget Ramey – Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty 

Step just outside of the city limits, and you’ll find Lake Austin, a haven of luxury developments and high-end properties. The Legacy of Lake Austin, a nine-bedroom, eight-bathroom, nearly six-acre waterfront estate curated by renowned developer Brett Ames, offers over 10,000 square feet of living space and stunning infinity pool views.


The Wild Beauty of Colorado

Michael de Jong and Colleen de Jong – Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

This exceptional house is set in a prime location, offering breathtaking views of the entire valley. Its contemporary design is optimized for both entertaining and intimate family moments. A spacious kitchen, designed for gatherings, seamlessly extends to a stamped concrete patio, enriching the indoor-outdoor experience.

Michael de Jong and Colleen de Jong – Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

The living room, a centerpiece of luxury, is illuminated by 10-foot-tall glass windows and complemented by a standout Davinci fireplace. Adjacent is a stylish dining area, perfect for hosting. Upstairs, a floating staircase or an elevator leads to three well-appointed bedrooms and a large bonus room. Additionally, a versatile playroom opens up to a sweeping patio, providing panoramic views of the valley.

New Mexico’s Desert Oasis

Darlene Streit – Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe Brokerage

In the heart of the American Southwest, New Mexico’s Santa Fe is a cultural hotspot for art, food, and outdoor recreation. Its vibrant downtown plaza is lined with adobe-style buildings and boasts a rich history of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo influences.

Darlene Streit – Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage

Amidst this cultural tapestry stands the 411 Tano Road estate. Privately nestled on an exclusive 40-acre property, it boasts sweeping views of the city’s vistas. This innovative architectural masterpiece features a world-class studio perfect for both artists and collectors. The main residence features elegant cherry wood floors and grand windows that open up to expansive patios — ideal for hosting intimate gatherings or large functions.


Coastal Charm in New Jersey

Rosemarie Campi – Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty 

On the eastern seaboard, New Jersey offers a unique blend of city life and natural beauty. Along its pristine Atlantic coastline, residents enjoy beachfront relaxation and water sports. Inland, they have immediate access to lush rural landscapes, golf courses, and charming towns with diverse dining and boutique options.

Rosemarie Campi – Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty 

Among the most coveted properties in New Jersey is the Alpine Estate. This grand manor sits on four gated, manicured acres and features 22,782 square feet of living space spread across four levels. With its 12-foot ceilings, delightful architectural elements throughout, and luxurious amenities like a pool, cabana, tennis court, guest house, and putting green, it’s the epitome of a tranquil resort just six miles from New York City.

In these emerging luxury property markets, opulence has found its natural habitat, redefining the American dream as a quest for serenity, beauty, and ease.

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