Monthly Archive: March 2016

Sotheby’s International Realty Expands into Singapore


Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC recently announced that it has signed an agreement with List Holdings Singapore PTE. LTD. to develop the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand in Singapore.

List Holdings Singapore PTE. LTD. is owned by the same company that operates List Sotheby’s International Realty in Japan and Honolulu, Hawaii. The firm’s Singapore location will be led by Hisashi Kitami, owner and chief executive officer of List Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Singapore is a global financial center making it an attractive market for international buyers,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Hisashi Kitami and his team share our brand’s core values and commitment to providing the highest levels of service.”

List Sotheby’s International Realty is expected to open its first office in Singapore during the second half of 2016.

“As part of the Sotheby’s International Realty network, we have seen great success in Hawaii and Japan and are excited to expand into Singapore,” said Kitami.  “The country has an international consumer base and the global exposure offered by the brand will continue to be beneficial to our clients.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,800 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 835 offices in 63 countries and territories worldwide.  List Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and 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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The ABC’s of Airbnb Hosting

As the collaborative community grows, the home sharing platform shifts according to the direction that the community wants to take it. So, maybe you’re new to hosting on Airbnb, or maybe you’re an old Airbnb’er who wants to learn new tricks – but however well-versed you are in the language of Airbnb hosting, there’s always room to improve fluency.

In other words, to maximize your hosting success, it’s important to consistently stay on top of your proficiency in the art. That’s why put together this guide to the ABCs of Airbnb hosting – an Airbnb Rosetta Stone, if you will.
Setting Up Your Profile on Airbnb: How Does It Work for Hosts? | Guesty Blog

How to Set Up Your Host Profile

A host profile is like your resume on Airbnb: use it to sell yourself to your ideal target guests. Read on for how to best express yourself, then leave the rest to Guesty.

How To be An Airbnb Host: Guidelines & Advice | Guesty Blog

How to Be an Airbnb Host

When learning how to be an Airbnb host, there are some valuable things to consider – both about the sharing culture & guest expectations. Here, we go over all the hosting advice that you seek.


A Step-by-Step Guide For How To List on Airbnb | Guesty Blog

How to List on Airbnb

An accurate Airbnb listing is vital for optimizing return, minimizing time & maximizing host reputation. Use this guide to get it right. 

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Locally, we enable all of our associates and competitors to find information about our listings. Around the world, over one million people have seen our available properties in 2016. 

To discuss the local real estate market, increasing the value of your home and purchasing property please contact me, or visit my office at 509 Main Street, Pleasanton.

Art & Home | Sculpted Grounds


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso details how outdoor sculpture installments can boost a home’s appeal and soothe the senses.

From her Oak Park, Ill studio, artist Margot McMahon sketches designs for sculptures that have been commissioned for private residential gardens. A single sculpture can take months, sometimes a year or more to complete. McMahon takes the long view knowing that once installed it could be there for generations to experience into the next century.

0046937-406OldMontaukHighway-8$29,500,000 USD | Montauk, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

Place a sculpture in a garden and everything changes. Connecting the emotional power of art with the rhythms of nature creates a four-season focal point, a point of view–and a point of departure where the imagination can wander.

0050 1717 Enclave Exterior$25,000,000 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty | 

“When art is in a backyard, you can look out from your window and it changes your life for a moment. It calms you down, and you think a little more poetically,” McMahon says. Her sculptures are in private gardens in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan as well as in public venues like parks, university campuses and libraries.

NJ$8,890,000 USD | Bernardsville, New Jersey | Kienlan Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Artists see acreage as platforms for creative expression that allows nature and sculpture to play off one another. They take their inspiration from the home’s architecture, the homeowner’s tastes and the environment. One piece could serve as a yard’s centerpiece. Twenty can combine to tell a story.

4.750.000 € EUR | Bordeaux, France | Bordeaux Sotheby’s International Realty

These open-air galleries have the power to ratchet up a home’s curb appeal. “It’s the first impression when you come to a property. It sets it apart and can ultimately influence the sales aspect as well,” says Beate Moore of Sotheby’s International Realty in Bridgehampton NY. Although not typically part of the deal–“People don’t throw sculptures in with the sale,” Moore says–the art be what makes a buyer fall in love with a residence and see its possibilities.

01-661NSaddleHillRd01$7,900,000 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

According to Charles L. Moffett, head of Afternoon Sales at Sotheby’s, location plays a big role in what a collector is able to house and showcase. “If you have the land you can be a bit more ambitious versus somebody who may be more limited with a rooftop patio or terrace.”

Explore the latest edition of Art & Home here!

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Planning Your Easter Egg Hunt

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Whether it’s the thrill of jelly beans, or the search for cash, you will never be too old for an Easter Egg Hunt. Many families can enjoy the free events around Pleasanton this weekend, or quality time in their own backyard.

Depending on your audience, you will want to consider the location and supplies necessary:

The younger they are, the more candy they will want. The chocolate-covered gourmet strawberry may not be the most appealing to a mad-dash of young children.

Those with a more refined palette and appreciation for fine wines may be interested in a gift card or first pick from the wine cellar.

Location is a key factor, and applies to hiding the eggs and the entire setting for your Easter Egg Hunt. We’ve collected a list of our favorite yards in the Bay Area, brought to you by Venture Sotheby’s International Realty

Set in the rolling Blackhawk Hills under Mt. Diablo is this palatial Mediterranean-style estate with extravagant, open living spaces. The exquisite home design implements marble flooring, stately columns, towering box-coved ceilings, thick crown molding, rotunda room entries, and massive picture windows to showcase the scenic surroundings. This home is built for sophisticated living and comes alive for large gatherings—host parties, graduations, and even weddings—all in the exclusive Blackhawk community.

One of the most beautiful and authentic Tuscan estates in the Bay Area, this estate is situated on 16.2 acres in a private, gated enclave in the Livermore Valley Wine Country. The property includes 14.9 acres of income-producing Chardonnay, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel vineyards. The Tuscan farmhouse is as gorgeous as it is warm, inviting and rustic. The sweeping great room, which perfectly blends the kitchen, living room and dining room, is supported by beautiful Italian cypress tree columns and an old growth redwood ceiling reclaimed from a Sonoma winery. The country kitchen features handcrafted cabinets from Provence and marble countertops from Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

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Unique, Large, Private Lot! Backs to walking trails. Desirable end-unit with views of the hills and lush backyard. Granite kitchen counters and stainless steel appliances. Dining area opens to living room with fireplace. Master suite with vaulted ceilings & views. Great location!

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Outstanding property designed by the famous architect Marc Corbiau on the most beautiful landscaped gardens covering 18.826 sqm and offering various themes: a “zen” garden, a rose garden, a lovely area devoted to children, and beautiful lawn running along the reception rooms.

Art, History & Conservation | Island Spotlight

In developing countries like The Bahamas, where art often serves as a method of historical documentation, it’s important that island art collectors know how to care for their investments.

Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty agent Vanessa Pritchard-Ansell recently interviewed Harvard-educated Artist and Conservator, Katrina Vanderlip about conserving art in an island home. Discover her findings and explore properties currently represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand below.

Are there any hassle-free, at-home projects that art-collectors can do to preserve their pieces?

Take the time to really look at the surface of your artwork to notice any changes such as mold growing or loose, flaking paint.

Check behind your artwork to see that there is no mold growing or signs of termites on the frames or stretchers.  Do not just pull the painting away from the wall, take it down and have a good look.  Check to see that the canvas is tight and not detaching on the sides because of rusty nails.

Here are three at-home projects any art-collector can do:

  • How to remove mold…
    It’s recommended to have a professional handle mold on the surface of the painting, but the back is an easy at-home clean. Using a spray bottle, fill it with 70% rubbing alcohol in water and lightly spray the back of the canvas without saturating. Then, take a 2-inch painter’s brush and brush the mold off. Ideally, you want to remove the mold completely so spores won’t be “reactivated” on another humid day.
  • How to clean the surface…
    I do not recommend letting any one but a trained art conservator clean your paintings, but, should you have a painting that is “solid” i.e. varnished with no flaking paint, you can dust first using a feather duster and then use a cotton swab moist with saliva. There are natural enzymes in saliva that are marvelous for removing grime.
  • How to prevent fading…
    The strong island sun has plenty of power so be sure to not place your artwork in direct sunlight. If it’s an oil painting it will not fade, but artwork on paper is very fragile and should be protected by ultraviolet blocking glass or Plexiglas. You can also have your windows specially coated to block ultraviolet rays.

1$1,840,000 USD | Andros, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

What are some preventative actions that you recommend art collectors take in their home? 

Keep the area where the artwork is displayed well-ventilated to help prevent mold from forming. If you’re not one for air conditioning then it’s recommended to put spacers on the back of your frame to allow air circulation between the artwork and the wall. It is also helpful to have your home fumigated periodically.

2$11,500,000 USD | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | Holden Sotheby’s International Realty

Which leads me to ask, do you recommend artwork be covered in the event a home needs to be professionally fumigated?

Yes, you don’t want the spray to come into direct contact with the painting. Nor do you want to create an airtight seal as there is a reason you are having your home fumigated.

3$2,750,000 USD | Soufriere, St. Lucia | St. Lucia Sotheby’s International Realty

Are there additional ways collectors can prevent mold from growing on their painting(s)?

Varnish is an excellent protection on a paint surface. Classic oil paintings withstand the test of time far better than contemporary art. Artists once let their paintings dry then applied a protective varnish layer the day of the “vernissage.”

For tropical climate living, a protective varnish is recommended. Of course, some art is intended to have a matte finish and it’s best to consult the artist if planning to hang art in a tropical locale. The use of ceiling fans helps air circulate which is only beneficial to keeping artwork healthy.

4$5,525,000 USD | Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

How do you recommend a collector search for a local art restorer? 

Your local museum is your best resource as they will likely have a recommended list of framers and art conservators.

5$3,900,000 USD | Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Do you have any conservation tips for artists? 

Yes! Use oil paint rather than acrylic paints, varnish your paintings preferably with “retouching” varnish that can be removed and replaced, if necessary, and stretch your canvas on stretchers using rust proof tacks or staples.

If you create works of art on paper, it is vital that you have them framed with UV protection and acid-free mat boards.

6$1,975,000 USD | St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands | United States Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Should paintings be mounted on stretchers or strainers?

A painting on canvas has to be kept tight. When the canvas shrinks and stretches due to changes in humidity, the paint layer can start to crack and will eventually flake off.

Paintings should be on stretchers, not strainers. Stretchers have corners that can be spread apart to keep the canvas tight and the paint surface flat. If you have an important painting on a strainer, have it re-stretched on a stretcher.

7$5,650,000 USD | Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty


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Spotlight on the Mediterranean: 8 Reasons To Love the Maltese Islands


18th Century Renovated Palazzo, Zejtun | € 4,200,000 | Malta Sotheby’s International Realty


“If you love culture, history, and excellent weather you’ll love living in Malta.” – International Living

The best climate in the world

Time and time again, Malta’s climate has been described as the best climate in the world – and with good reason. The small island located in the heart of the Mediterranean enjoys the best weather of the region, warm and sunny year-round with over 300 days of sunshine. No wonder it’s such a happy place!

Remarkably rich in culture and history

Since before recorded history, the island has been inhabited by civilisations that left behind and gave the island its precious heritage. In fact, it might be interesting to know that the oldest free-standing buildings in the world, dating back further than 2,500 BC are to be found in the Maltese Islands. Malta’s history has been shaped by foreign rulers and influencers that set foot on the island’s shores along the centuries and each left behind a part of their own civilisation.

Throughout the ages, Malta was Phoenician, Punic, Roman, Norman, Byzantine, under the rule of the Order of the Knights of St. John, French for a brief period afterwards and British for over 150 years. Thus, it is quite legitimate to state that Malta is a melting pot of cultures and this is clearly evident in its architecture, gastronomy, traditions and all the other physical components of the islands that you will come across.


Mediterranean food

The love for food is practically imprinted in the genes of the whole Maltese population and it comes as no surprise, since the warm Mediterranean region allows for plenty of sun-cooked fruits and vegetables and is popular for delicious seafood, fish dishes and some of the finest olive oil. The Maltese love their cuisine and take their eating seriously, therefore good and wholesome local food is definitely one thing to look forward to. As the island is becoming increasingly multicultural, a wide range of authentic foods from all over the world is not lacking either. Happy dining!

A unique and friendly local character

Over the centuries, the Maltese grew accustomed to welcoming foreigners to the island. As the island was governed by several foreign rulers, the local population learned to mix and interact with all the different nationalities that washed up on Maltese shores, so much so that hospitality became of second nature. In general, the Maltese are friendly, talkative and eager to offer a helping hand. This just adds to the overall warmth.

A gateway to Europe

Malta has always been strategically positioned in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, which is why it was so wanted by so many rulers in the past. It can be said that the island bridges Southern Europe to the African continent while it also serves as a port of call between East and West. As a full member of the European Union since 2004 with excellent air and sea transport links to mainland Europe, Malta also serves as an excellent connection to the whole European continent.


Luxury Apartment, Portomaso, St. Julian’s |€ 1,250,000 | Malta Sotheby’s International Realty

A multilingual population

Being accustomed to a multicultural and international mix, the Maltese adapted by becoming almost innately able to speak several languages. Alongside Maltese, English is an official language of the country and spoken by the vast majority of the population. A good portion of the Maltese are also able to speak languages such as Italian, French, German and Spanish, making it easier to communicate and overcome the language barrier.

Economic incentives for foreigners moving in

Along recent years, the international community resident in Malta has been growing and this is partly due to several economic incentives set in place the Maltese government in order to attract foreigners looking to work and live in Malta, such a flat tax rate and other tax benefits.

The country’s economy is growing at a fast rate, being at one point in 2015 one of the fastest growing economies within the EU. International rating agencies such as Fitch and Standard and Poor’s gave the Maltese economy an ‘A’ rating, particularly as this is foreseen to continue growing as a fast pace. Malta is also being successful at emerging as a hub for the iGaming and financial services industries while pushing forward other key industries including tourism and maritime.


Sumptuous Bungalow, Naxxar | € 2,800,000 | Malta Sotheby’s International Realty

Excellent investment opportunities

Malta also offers diverse business and investment opportunities, particularly in setting up shop, citizenship and residency programmes and real estate. In a report published by Wealth-X in 2015 entitled, ‘Homes as Opportunity Gateways’, Malta’s citizenship programme, the Individual Investor Programme (IIP) was named as one of the best long-term investments for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals due to the multitude of benefits attached to it. In addition, acquiring real estate in Malta is deemed as a solid investment since the Maltese are avid investors in property, the market is stable and property values rise year on year along with the island’s profile. It is good to know that a list of Special Designated areas is in place to facilitate the procedure of buying property for foreigners. Buying property situated within these areas exempts the buyer from terms and conditions that they would be otherwise subject to.


Stunning apartment, Tigne Point, Sliema | € 4,250,000 | Malta Sotheby’s International Realty

All in all, with its ins and outs, Malta is a remarkable place to be. The one dangerous thing about it is perhaps the risk of having your heart stolen by its disarming charms once you set foot here.

For more information about Malta and real estate investment opportunities in Malta, kindly direct your request to the local brand representative – Malta Sotheby’s International Realty on

About Malta Sotheby’s International Realty

Malta Sotheby’s International Realty aims to serve the high-end residential and commercial real estate market, representing lifestyle properties of exceptional quality and unique characteristics. A brand that represents quality and luxury, its presence in Malta serves international clients looking for high-end real estate investment in Malta and Gozo, and local clients seeking real estate investment opportunities worldwide through our international network. Services include: Residential Sales & Letting, Commercial Sales & Letting, Property Management and Relocation & Residency.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in March 2016

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

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$1,200,000 USD | Luquillo, Puerto Rico | Puerto Rico Sotheby’s International Realty

“The villa, named Rancho Soberano, or Sovereign Ranch, sits at the end of a long, tree-lined driveway. The front of the house faces El Yunque rain forest, and the back faces the Atlantic Ocean. “

House Hunting in… Puerto Rico – The New York Times

Home in Hamptons Where Gardens are the Star – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Welcomes Idaho Firm – Sotheby’s International Realty

For Sale: 6 Houses with Tropical Landscaping – The Week

Listing of the Day: Cayman Island Contemporary – Mansion Global

An Indigo Girl’s Georgia Home on Sale – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand to Expand Luxury Brand Presence across Argentina – Sotheby’s International Realty

Why Every Home Should Have a Library – and Six Examples for Sale – Financial Times

Texas Home with a Harry Potter-style Chessboard Asks $22.9 Million – Wall Street Journal

5 Incredible Properties for Sale Around the World – Architectural Digest

Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Expands Luxury Presence into the Netherlands – Sotheby’s International Realty

A West Village Townhouse with a Horse Passageway Asks $24.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Sells his Echo Park House for Above the Asking Price – Los Angeles Times

Hot Homes for Warm Weather – Wall Street Journal

France Back in Fashion for International Property Investors – Mansion Global

Malibu’s Summer Rental Market Booms – Wall Street Journal

Shirley Temple’s Rare Fancy Deep Blue Diamond Ring to be Auctioned by Sotheby’s – CNBC

Sotheby’s Slips into Consumers’ Pockets with New Mobile App – Luxury Daily

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Saturday at Sotheby’s: Asian Art


This Saturday, March 19th at 10 AM EST, Sotheby’s New York will hold their Saturday at Sotheby’s: Asian Art auction as part of Asia Week. Following the success of last year’s two Saturday at Sotheby’s sales, this season’s offering will include not only Indian, Himalayan, Southeast Asian, Japanese and Chinese works of art as before, but has also expanded to include Korean works.

Estimates range from $200 – $40,000 and will feature over 350 lots of decorative and collectible Asian art, including Qing dynasty porcelain from an Asian private collection; Asian art from the collection of A. Alfred Taubman; property from a prominent American family; and other private collections. The sale will include Qing dynasty and Republic period porcelains, jades, snuff bottles, Japanese bronzes, Himalayan bronzes and thangkas, classical Chinese paintings and calligraphy, textiles, furniture and Korean pottery.

Browse some of the auction’s featured items below.

plateA Blue And White ‘Three Friends Of Winter’ Dish | Qianlong Seal Mark And Period | Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD

screenA Kano School ‘Flower Carts’ Six-Panel Screen | Late Edo Period | Estimate 12,000 — 18,000 USD

tableA Hardwood Corner-Leg Long Table | Qing Dynasty | Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD

vaseA Large Cloisonne Enamel Baluster-Form Vase | Qing Dynasty, 19th Century | Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD

Browse the entire auction’s offerings here

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Austin, Texas | Home of SXSW

For 30 years the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) has been entertaining and enlightening audiences in Austin, Texas. The annual festival combines music, technology and film into a unique and captivating experience, providing a means for artists to showcase their work and often sets the stage for world-premieres and first looks at future successes.

1$2,556,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

Austin serves as a perfect venue for this event as it has long been a cultural hotbed; when the festival was first held in March of 1987, Austin’s music scene was the driving force. “The event has changed in many surprising and meaningful ways since 1987,” says Ronald Swanson, SXSW managing director. “But at its core, SXSW remains a tool for creative people to develop their careers by bringing together people from around the globe to meet, learn and share ideas.

2$5,456,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

Aside from captivating film screenings, concerts and technology demonstrations, SXSW also features thought-provoking talks from entrepreneurs, artists and leaders. This year’s keynote speakers include President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, New York Times bestseller, Dr. Brené Brown and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank.

3$4,950,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

SXSW started last week on March 11th and runs through March 20th. For a complete schedule of activities, click here.

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