We head to Greece to check out the island of Ios, found out how much wellness you can get with a $12.2 million house, and we take a gander at a gorgeous Midcentury Modern that is surrounded by trees, and yet still only an hour from Grand Central Station.
Here’s what we’re reading. What are YOU reading?
Lowbrow No More, Ios Brings Luxury Thanks to Calilo
Once considered the lowbrow domain of backpackers, Ios — the Greek island tucked between Santorini and Mykonos — has gone and gotten itself decidedly lux, thanks to the 27-suite Calilo resort, the brainchild of Greek natives Angelos Michalopoulos and Vassiliki Petridou.
The Robb Report details how the two have been buying up land since the early 2000s with an eye toward preserving it. And they still plan to do that with 99 percent of what they own now (which is about 25 percent of the island).
But the one percent that will help pay to preserve the remaining land has been turned into a five-star resort that opened this month. Among the amenities is six miles of coastline, five miles of walking trails and unspoiled environment.
The House That Wants To Make You Healthy
We’ve seen lots of extras attached to listings — vacations, cars, free country club memberships, and more. But this $12.2 million listing in Beverly Hills ups the ante on “free with purchase,” offering a design and amenities designed to “stimulate good health for its new owner,” writes Fortune.
The six-bedroom, seven-bath, 6,300 square foot home comes with all kinds of health-focused extras, including a Scandinavian Hydrotherapy Circuit to a Peloton bike and virtual interactive trainer built into a mirror on the wall.
The home also comes with three months of access to a yoga instructor twice a week — and that instructor will come lead the new owners through their paces at their home “zen area.” A juiceologist will also swing by with cold-pressed juices, too.
The home also includes a pool, chef’s kitchen, and a separate guesthouse.
Midcentury Modern In the Woods
Just looking at the photos of this incredibly Midcentury abode nestled on more than two acres of woodland, you wouldn’t necessarily guess you’re less than an hour away from Grand Central Station.
But indeed, this 1961 five-bedroom, five-bath home built by Arthur Witthoefft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill owes its good looks to a healthy affection for the view outside, and its practical nature to being in Armonk, New York, close enough for a commute from New York when you want to take in the sights, but removed enough to still be relaxing.
“The 5,000-square-foot home features full-height walls of glass, a wraparound floating terrace, and a quiet deck that overlooks the site’s sylvan surroundings,” said Dwell. “The home features a sunlit 20-foot-long domed atrium, an open-plan living/dining room with an original circular fireplace, a spiral staircase, a Japanese soaking tub, and outdoor access from every bedroom.”
A bright, sunny kitchen is timeless thanks to a white color scheme that includes quartz counters, Leicht cabinetry, Miele appliances.
The home has also apparently been incredibly well-maintained and is on the market for the first time in 50 years.