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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Switzerland

St_Moritz_MuottasSotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced its luxury real estate services will be available throughout the canton of Grison through an office in St. Moritz, Switzerland, operating as St. Moritz Sotheby’s International Realty.

Gianluca Righetti, who currently owns the Tessin, Lugano, Locarno and Ascona markets through Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty, is an owner and will manage the new firm.  The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand also is represented in other locations across Switzerland by Cardis Sotheby’s International Realty, which has offices in Lausanne, Montreux, Vevey, Nyon and Geneva.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s expansion across Switzerland continues our commitment to providing access to the brand’s network and exclusive real estate services in key countries around the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “This affiliation, which strengthens our presence in Europe, offers  entrance into this famous and attractive lifestyle-focused Swiss market. We are very pleased that our global clientele now will have access to the brand’s services in this beautiful part of the world.  St. Moritz is one of only three locations to host the Winter Olympics twice, in 1928 and 1948, and remains a destination for world ski championships.”

According to Righetti, St. Moritz is a world-renowned mountain resort.  “Since the early 1950s St. Moritz has been an important destination for many personalities from the world of entertainment, sports and politics,” he said.  “It is the perfect location for owners of chalets and apartments coming from all over the world to benefit from 300 days of sunshine, long summers and sporty winters.  The St. Moritz luxury real estate market is one of the highest priced in the world, with the percentage of secondary residences very high and no existing major international real estate agency in the marketplace. Therefore, we believe this presents a great opportunity that will give us a strong position in the market.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has over 16,400 sales associates located in approximately 730 offices in 56 countries and territories worldwide.  St.Moritz Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and their clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.


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Significant Sales Volume 9 2014

The latest issue of Significant Sales features top sales from around the world including a masterpiece “House-On-Hill” in California. Also featured is a private seaside cottage compound in Massachusetts, a historic ranch in Wyoming and over twenty more significant properties.

Today 22.8m (2)$22,800,000 USD | California, USA | Today Sotheby’s International Realty

California- The masterpiece of noted architect David Adler, “House-On-Hill” was commissioned for Mrs. Celia Tobin Clark, heiress to the Hibernia Bank fortune. Inspired by the graceful elegance of England’s Cotswold Hills Tudors, construction commenced in 1929 and was completed in 1931. In 1992, the present owners meticulously renovated the entire property with an eye for the preservation of original design features while updating the systems infrastructure to modern-day requirements. For more than sixty years, the Hillsborough mansion has been cited as one of the most spectacular private residences ever created. Its opulent ballroom and VIP Suite have hosted world leaders and many U.S. presidents. Nestled in the gentle hills overlooking San Francisco Bay, one feels, upon entering through classic wrought-iron gates, a sense of having entered another world. It remains unique and majestic and is reputed to be one of the finest homes in the United States.

ONE 22.5m$22,500,000 USD | Florida, USA | ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Florida– This beachfront home is in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in South Florida, Golden Beach, a community in Northern Miami with some of the only single-family homes left along the Atlantic Ocean. The home boasts approximately 11,000 square feet of living space with 150 feet of direct ocean frontage, six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two half bathrooms.

Maury People 20.9m (1)$20,900,000 USD | Massachusetts, USA | Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

Massachusetts-  Follow the long white shell driveway to this awe-inspiring private Squam Road compound with main house, cottage with separate driveway entrance and two-car garage with studio. There is a covered wrap around deck, professionally built home theater, lovely grounds with a mix of wild fields, stone walls, rock pathways, manicured lawns and well thought out garden spaces.

Jackson Hole 19.75m (2)$19,750,000 USD | Wyoming, USA | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Wyoming- Nestled at the base of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, the historic 389-acre VandeWater Ranch is truly one of the most pristine and beautiful ranches in the Jackson Hole Valley.  In the same family since 1939, the ranch is the ultimate retreat for those seeking a gentler and slower pace to life. The is parcel of the ranch is made up of 140 acres of mostly undeveloped alpine and meadow land about ten miles from Jackson, between the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the community of Wilson, Wyoming. Also included are a 3,950 square foot main house, a caretaker’s quarters, fishing cabin and several additional ranch buildings.

Southampton 16 m (1)$16,000,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty-Southampton Brokerage

New York- This historic beach house, circa the early 1900s, has a detached garage and guest apartment.  It is on 1.5 acres and has 142 feet of bulkheaded oceanfront, with eight bedrooms and six-and-a half baths total. The home features an oceanside heated Gunite pool and views of both the ocean and Old Town Pond.

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A staircase can be much more than just a means of traveling from one room to another. A dramatic staircase can be functional while making a bold statement in any room of a home. From floating to modern sculpture, we have curated a collection of custom, attention-grabbing luxury staircases from homes currently on the market.

DubaiPrice Upon Request | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty


Located in the Beverly Hills of Dubai, this incomparable villa boasts 42,000 sq.ft. of exceptional modern design, sitting in a prime location, overlooking the Montgomerie Golf Course and Dubai skyline. The villa has magnificent style with its bespoke Italian kitchens, dramatic floating steel staircase commissioned by a Beau McLellan a famous artist whose creations adorn the world’s most glamorous homes and all complimented by an abundance of entertainment and lounging areas. The six bedroom villa also has two kitchens, a private cinema room, Ayurveda spa area with hair salon, massage tables and luxurious steam and sauna area.

Georgia$2,900,000 USD | Savannah, Georgia | Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty


Ideal for entertaining, this three story town home has two levels of deckling overlooking the Savannah River with panoramic views of the city. This historic structure, circa 1892, previously the “Ships of the Sea Museum,” was converted into a residential space. The distinguishing architectural feature of the main level is a spectacular custom glass spiral staircase, rising from the lower bedroom level to the roof terrace. Natural light cascades into the room from above, and the expansive views to the river, can be seen through the glass as you enter from the foyer. The curve of the staircase is repeated in the walls and doorways that surround it.View more homes in Savannah Georgia.

New York$23,000,000 USD| Mount Kisco, New York | Renwick Sotheby’s International Realty

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This Georgian manor estate which was originally built in 1930, has been completely renovated with chic contemporary design. The magnificent architectural masterpiece juxtaposes historic period details with contemporary splendor. The entry gallery is anchored by a phenomenal modern staircase cantilevered from exposed brick walls. The nine bedroom home sits on a hilltop with 25 acres of rolling meadows and lightly wooded property and borders the 150 acre Marsh Sanctuary. It is accessed by a gated entrance and stately winding driveway. A pond, two bedroom guest cottage, 65 foot pool, pool cabana and tennis court complete this esteemed property. View more New York luxury properties.


Canada5 400 000 $ CAD | Quebec, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec


Located in a prestigious area of Ile Bizard, this home offers many accommodations for the sports enthusiast including a full outdoor sports court, spa, pool, gym, and ice rink. The smart home is powered by Crestron to control the lighting, media, HVAC, cameras, pool, spa and more. Levels of the six bedroom home are accessed by a glass encased spiral staircase or by the elevator. The home also includes and outdoor living room and kitchen, making it great for entertaining.View more homes for sale in Quebec.

Greece1.500.000 € EUR | Vari, Greece | Greece Sotheby’s International Realty


This contemporary villa is located in Attiki, the historical region that encompasses Athens, the capital of Greece. The eco-friendly home has six bedrooms, a pool and unsurpassed city and water views. Each level of the home is connected by a floating wood and glass staircase, adding to the modern touches throughout the home.

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