Charlie Martin, a Tennessee investor who previously worked in the health-care industry, had been visiting New York City for business since the late 1960s. The 73-year-old says he stayed in hotels while in the city. ‘It was a place I thought I’d like to have an apartment.’ So Mr. Martin and his wife, Shannon, bought this 12-room penthouse on West 15th Street in May 2009 for about $2.7 million.
This timber home blends in with the Southern Highlands countryside in New South Wales state, Australia. Owners Charlotte Shields, a craft-supplies business owner, and her husband Brett, an international fire consultant, purchased the approximately 6-acre parcel of land in 2001. Two years later, they built a two-bedroom villa, followed by an 8,417-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom house in 2011.