Monthly Archive: July 2016

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in July 2016

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

$8,950,000 | Oakley, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty
Anchoring a secluded 114-acre ranch 20 miles outside of Park City, Utah, this rustic 2004 dwelling by architects Mark Rios and Kurt Dubbe takes its cues from the traditional farmhouses of the American West.

This $9 Million Ranch Marries Rustic Design and Luxury Amenities – Architectural Digest

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand releases Significant Sales Volume I | Issue II – Sotheby’s International Realty

A Connecticut Estate With a Sunken Garden and Secret Hideaway – The Wall Street Journal

Inside the most expensive homes for sale in the D.C. area – The Washington Post

Hong Kong developers seek to tempt ‘wait-and-see’ buyers – The Financial Times

Home of the Day: History and hospitality on Grand Avenue in Pasadena – The Los Angeles Times

A Family in Italy Decides to Part With Its Castle – The New York Times

America’s Most Expensive Homes For Sale Right Now – Forbes

Pending Home Sales Marginally Rise in June – National Association of Realtors

Chinese firm buys big stake in auction house Sotheby’s – CNN Money

Sotheby’s To Auction The Steven And Ann Ames Collection – ArtNews


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Sotheby’s New York | Contemporary Art Online


July has brought with it two weeks of excitement for the world of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s New York. Starting on the 15th, Sotheby’s  been hosting online auctions for some truly alluring contemporary pieces in various formats. Before the event closes on July 29th, take a look at some of the lots available on the final day of auction.

H0046-L99640867Wade Guyton | X Poster

H0046-L99640814Alexander Calder | Coming Into Land

H0046-L99639646Bosco Sodi | Untitled [Four Works]

H0046-L99637707Marilyn Minter | Pink Pedi

Browse all of the available lots and register to bid for the July 29th Contemporary Art auction!



Architectural Spotlight | Timeless Tudor Homes

The unique and instantly recognizable style of Tudor Revival homes can be found in many parts of the world. The design cues of Tudor homes are inspired by Medieval England, most notably in the steep, multi-gabled roof lines, ornate entryways and decorative half-timber framing all visible from the exterior. Let’s explore a selection of exclusive Tudor homes from around the globe.

$3,250,000 USD | Watchung, New Jersey | Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Dubbed the “Watchung Castle,” this striking Tudor estate sits on over five acres of land nestled in the Watchung Reservation, just 25 miles out from New York City. Warm and inviting, this home features the use of Mahogany and Walnut wood, limestone, marble, soapstone and Brazilian Epay hardwood floors. There are a total of four handcrafted fireplaces which bring their own unique statement to each room. Exquisite living space is carried on outside, where a bluestone patio overlooks an expansive backyard bordered by light woods.

Canada2 200 000 $ CAD | British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Built in 1910, this Tudor Revival in the heart of Rockland embodies Victoria luxury. Designed by the celebrated West Coast architect Samuel Maclure, the estate is a triumph of classical style married with modernity. Having played an influential hand in shaping early 20th century Victoria, British Columbia, some of Maclure’s famous works include the federal heritage site Hatley Castle, former Government House and an ongoing consulting role for the internationally renowned Butchart Gardens. Fit in between these at the peak of his career is the Grierson Mansion. This distinctive home features an exterior of stone finish and quintessential Tudor half-timbering, complimented by lush Arts & Crafts gardenscape.

California$7,488,000 USD | Newport Beach, California | HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty

Never before on the market, this English-inspired Tudor estate offers panoramic ocean, harbor and city light views from an oversized parcel in the coveted guard-gated community of Harbor Ridge. Five bedrooms, ten baths, this private residence features intricate brick work, a formal entry with soaring cathedral ceilings, hand carved paneling and a formal sun-soaked living room with iconic oversized wood beams.

AustraliaPrice Upon Request | Melbourne, Australia | Melbourne Sotheby’s International Realty

This home showcasing panoramic views is set on a secluded hilltop on 5560-square-meters of grounds in the private Kinloch Gardens Estate. The slate roofed residence on three levels is imbued with the ambience of an English manor reflected in its use of slate, parquetry and polished timber floors, blackwood wall panelling, a ‘Tudor’ carved stone fireplace and high-beamed ceilings. On the ground floor, elegant reception and living rooms, all with superb natural light, open onto terraces with pergolas shaded by wisteria, grape vines and roses.

Nashville$3,485,000 USD | Nashville, Tennessee | The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

On a nearly two acres of professionally-landscaped property featuring lovely gardens, this residence enjoys a bright and lush exterior. The home’s exceptional architectural craftsmanship is displayed throughout with gorgeous finishes and an abundance of bespoke millwork. This breathtaking English Tudor was built on one of Nashville’s most coveted streets in Belle Meade and commands a magnificent presence.

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2016 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award

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Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin Elementary schools have been recognized as 2016 Gold Ribbon Schools!

“These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers,” Torlakson said. “California teachers are developing an education model for the nation, training the students of today to be the problem-solvers, inventors, and pioneers of tomorrow.”

The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems. Nearly 6,000 elementary schools were eligible to apply this year.

Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The award recognized middle and high schools last year.

The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

The 2016 Elementary Gold Ribbon Schools as well as the 2016 Exemplary Program recipients, Title I Academic Achieving Schools, 2016 Green Ribbon Schools, 2016 Civic Learning Award Schools, and the National Blue Ribbon Schools from 2015, will be honored in May/June during regional ceremonies held in Santa Clara, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Visalia, and Sacramento.

The Gold Ribbon Schools being recognized for Exemplary Programs in Arts Education and Physical Education and Nutrition, or receiving the Title I Academic Achievement Award, will be announced soon.

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Luxury Lifestyles | Living History

When considering exquisite luxury goods—paintings, sculpture, even fabrics, furniture and wine—we think of personal, highly curated items that make our living spaces distinctive and enhance the ambient experience of a particular home. In some cases, however, the home itself is the oeuvre d’art.

In the art world, older isn’t always better, but revered older works do carry additional prominence, specifically the prestige of age and history that newer art hopes to acquire with time. Similarly, as beautiful homes and estates begin to acquire the patina that only decades or even centuries can bring, they take on an unmatched nobility and grandeur.

There’s a certain class of buyer and homeowner—patrons, if you will—that places a premium on properties graced by time. To them, living in a historic residence is akin to living within a famous piece of art.

Italy1.300.000 € EUR | Como, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

“Owning a property that stands out as a landmark or a testimony to a glorious past is like owning a unique piece of history,” says Diletta Carutti, of Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Historic,” of course, means something different in each part of the world. The European sense of history stretches deep—enthusiasts shopping in Florence or Rome, for instance, will encounter residences that date to the Renaissance or Baroque, vividly reflecting the décor and ornamentation of those periods. In the U.S., it might mean a colonial-era farmhouse in New England or one of the famed “cottages” of Newport.

Rhode Island$2,995,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty

“I like to point out who was president at the time the house was new,” says Russell Firestone, of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington D.C. “For clients, that really puts in perspective how old a property is, that John Adams or Thomas Jefferson was president when this house was built.”

WashingtonDC$2,500,000 USD | Washington, D.C. | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Firestone says what buyers are truly looking for in older homes is character, and in particular preserved character—the house must innately reflect the time and conditions amid which it was conceived. Houses must have a strong street presence and great façade as well as specific period interior features: traditional floor plans with high ceilings; formal living rooms with entrance halls; double parlors with fireplaces; original trim work and molding; staircases with handcrafted balusters, banisters and original treads; and perhaps most important, original wide-plank flooring.

Still, as much as owners embrace the way these homes offer glimpses into previous and more elegant eras, the archeological pride only goes so far. In fact, it typically stops at the kitchen and bathrooms.

Virginia$3,500,000 USD | Alexandria, Virginia | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

American estate homes from the 18th and 19th century prioritized entertainment—hence the ornate and spacious public areas—but the bathrooms were usually rudimentary and the kitchens, designed for staff, small. As lifestyles have evolved these outdated spaces are no longer considered historically important (or desirable, or practical), and today it’s perfectly acceptable for vintage homes to feature fully remodeled and updated “private” spaces.

“You want to walk through the great history and character of the interior, the foyer, the dining rooms, the living room and hallways, and then after that buyers want to walk into a new kitchen and new bathrooms,” Firestone says.

Owning a famous or historic estate does bring with it a level of prestige, and that’s another part of the attraction. “There’s a social status associated with owning certain ancient properties,” says Diletta Carutti in Italy. “A lot of buyers we see are personalities in the public spotlight and they want to be able to say, ‘We own that.’”

FlorencePrice Upon Request | Florence, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

It also brings with it important maintenance and preservation responsibilities.

American homes in this category often reside in historic districts with strict guidelines for improvements, often based on standards developed by the National Park Service, including what materials can be used during renovations and limitations on what can be altered. These factors not only inoculate historical residences from changing trends (something sorely lacking in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s) but also help uphold property values. Most European countries also have in place similar regulatory agencies to protect old and ancient structures.

Preserving historic homes is not for the timid. It’s a fact of ownership that, simply due to the age of these buildings, there will be issue to be addressed and remedied. Cracked or uneven foundations due to settlement, malfunctioning doors and windows, water damage, brick deterioration and warped or slanted floors are inevitable over a lifetime of hundreds of years. Owners must have a passion for conservation.

But those who undertake this level of ownership usually do appreciate and embrace it. Firestone recalls one client so determined to take his home back to its original state he had every plank of flooring removed and re-planed to repair water damage before being meticulously reinstalled. That’s not just dedication, but love.


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Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Expands Presence in Rhode Island


Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty in Rhode Island has acquired local brokerage Coleman Realtors, LLC. The acquired firm will now operate as Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty.

Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty now has a total of six offices and over 130 independent sales associates.  The acquisition expands the firm’s presence into new markets including Barrington and East Greenwich while continuing to serve the luxury residential real estate markets in Charlestown, Narragansett, Providence and Watch Hill.

“Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty is a highly respected company for service and excellence and Coleman Realtors, established in 1929, has built a strong reputation in Rhode Island over the past 87 years,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “This acquisition supports the collaborative culture of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty and their commitment to exceptional service.”

Raymond Mott and Judy Chace serve as brokers and owners of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty. David Coleman will remain as manager at the Barrington office of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty.  Michael Young, former president and principal broker, will be focused on the development of the East Greenwich office of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty represents some of the finest properties in Rhode Island and we are proud to join a team that complements our commitment to integrity and professionalism,” said Coleman, former owner of Coleman Realtors.

“Bringing our companies together positions us to continue to provide exceptional client service to our local communities,” said Chace. “Combined, we have 90 years of serving our local Rhode Island real estate market. Our experience is unparalleled,” added Mott.

Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty is one of three independently owned and operated affiliates of the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand in Rhode Island.  Also operating in the state are Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport and Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty on Block Island.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 19,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 845 offices in 63 countries and territories worldwide.  Mott & Chace 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 clients 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.



Video Marketing 101

Video marketing is regarded as the best return-on-investment in Real Estate Marketing

Entice the viewer to visit the property by using a short cinematic video promoted across all channels


As a Venture Sotheby’s Realty agent, you have unparalleled access to Video Marketing Channels. Once you give us approval, we can take your video and blast it out to the local real estate community, upload it to the New York Times, company Facebook Page, Youtube Page, Google + Page, and hundreds of other Sotheby’s Realty websites.


BUT!!! All videos are not created equally!

What is a video?

A video is “The recording of moving visual images”

A video is NOT still photos. A video is NOT interactive.

This is a slideshow of photos, not a video.

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This is a video. Notice the wind blowing, the door opening. It is better than “Still Photos”

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Branded or Unbranded Video?

Please tell your videographer that you will need a video without any logos or contact information. The Venture SIR marketing team will promote your contact info everywhere. We do not need your contact info in the video itself.

The Unbranded video will be used by other real estate agents, so that they can show the video to their buyer.

Please make sure your Videographer has read page 7 & 8 of this: Style Guide


How do I promote my videos?

At Venture SIR, we have a presence on all major social media channels, and we want to promote your video! Send the file, or a link to download the file, to the Venture SIR marketing department:



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Virtual Walkthrough/Matterport – FREE (Limited Time)

Turn your listing into a virtual world. Allow the buyer to give themselves a tour of the property

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Professional Photographs – $200 to $400

A picture is worth a thousand words. Impress your clients & potential buyers with professional photos
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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in July 2016

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

CT art house

$5,500,000 USD | Sharon, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

“Printmaker Kenneth Tyler and artist Marabeth Cohen-Tyler designed this house in Sharon, Conn., for their art collection, which includes a 28-foot-long print by Frank Stella. ‘We wanted enough space to hang 150 works of art,’ says Mr. Tyler”

A Colorful Connecticut House Built to Showcase Art – Wall Street Journal

In Baltimore, a Penthouse Packed with Perks – Mansion Global

The Cosmo Girl’s Lair for $19.4 Million – The New York Times

Jamaica Plain Victorian On the Market for First Time in 30 Years – Curbed Boston

The Coolest Eco-Friendly Homes on the Market Right Now – Elle Decor

Apartments for Sale with Three (or More) Floors – Wall Street Journal

Homes for Sale in Brooklyn and Manhattan – The New York Times

Four Homes that are Fantastic Fits for the New Nest Outdoor Camera – Mansion Global

Montecito Estate of Late Philadelphia Flyers Founder Ed Snider Asks $52 Million – Los Angeles Times

Why New York’s Morningside Heights is Attracting Housebuilders – Financial Times

David Bowie’s Art Collection Set for Exhibition, Auction – Rolling Stone


Pleasanton Residents Can Help ‘Feed Tri-Valley’


Pleasanton, CA— The cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore are teaming up with local food providers and Tri-Valley Haven to help feed the Tri-Valley community. “Feed Tri-Valley” will hold an inaugural food drive designed to address local food insecurities experienced by so many in the community.

To participate in the drive, residents can donate unexpired canned and dry foods to local grocery stores and businesses. The drop off locations will provide collection barrels throughout the community to make donating easy.

“Thousands of people are assisted by food programs each year,” Tri-Valley Haven said in a statement. “Though most people think of the homeless and hungry during the cold winter months, food providers consistently struggle to maintain adequate food supplementation during the summer.”

The drive begins July 18 and runs through July 31. Click here for a list of suggested donation items.


Food Drop Off Locations:

  • City of Livermore City Hall – 1052 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore
  • City of Pleasanton City Hall – 200 Old Bernal Ave, Pleasanton
  • Downtown Association of Livermore – 154 South J Street, Livermore
  • Dublin Senior Center – 7600 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin
  • Fremont Bank – 6654 Koll Center Pkway, Pleasanton
  • Fusion 3 Salon – 722 Main Street, Pleasanton
  • Gene’s Fine Foods – 2803 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton
  • Gingerbread Preschool – 4333 Black Ave, Pleasanton
  • Heritage Estates – 900 E. Stanley Blvd, Livermore
  • Intero Real Estate Services – 187 South J Street, Livermore
  • Kaiser Permanente – 3000 Las Positas Rd, Livermore
  • Kaiser Permanente – 7601 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton
  • Livermore School of Dance – 1988 Second Street, Livermore
  • New Leaf Market – 3550 Bernal Ave #105, Pleasanton
  • Olsen’s Automotive – 6411 Brisa St, Livermore
  • Panama Red – 2115 First St, Livermore
  • Pleasanton Library – 400 Old Bernal Ave, Pleasanton
  • Pleasanton Senior Center – 5353 Sunol Blvd, Pleasanton
  • Raleys – 5420 Sunol Blvd, Pleasanton
  • Safeway – 1701 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton
  • Safeway – 6790 Bernal Ave, Pleasanton
  • Safeway (Arcade Shopping Center) – 1554 First St, Livermore
  • Sauced – 2300 First St #120, Livermore
  • Swirl on the Square – 21 S Livermore Ave, Livermore
  • Towne Center Books – 555 Main Street, Pleasanton
  • Trader Joe’s – 1122 E Stanley Blvd, Livermore
  • Uncle Credit Union – 2100 Las Positas, Livermore
  • Whole Foods – 5200 Dublin Blvd, Dublin
  • Workday – 6230 Stoneridge Mall Rd, Pleasanton

For more information, contact Ann King, Tri-Valley Haven 925.449.5845 or