Monthly Archive: September 2016

RESIDE Magazine | Block Island: New England’s Quiet Resort

From the pages of 2016’s first volume of RESIDE, discover Block Island: New England’s Quiet Resort.

The Block Island experience is about transition, from the high octane mainland life to the low key island life.
As the crow flies, the summer colony in the Atlantic Ocean is nearly equidistant from 
Long Island, NY and mainland Rhode Island, of which it is a part, and accessible by ferry, catamaran, boat charters and air service. It is quieter than other resort communities along the Eastern Seaboard. Block Island draws vacationers from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and, increasingly, Washington, DC, looking to escape more crowded and commercial resort areas. People easily join in island life without feeling the need to over-schedule their days. 

$1,900,000 USD | Block Island, Rhode Island | Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty
Block Island is especially popular with families, many of whom follow a familiar pattern. They rent homes during the summer season and return year after year. When the time is right, they turn into buyers. “They get pulled in and really want to make this place a significant part of their lives and become part of the community,” says Cindy Pappas of Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty on Block Island. 

It is a destination that breeds devotion. Islanders are loyal. The children who grow up spending carefree summers swimming, clamming and crabbing at the shore want to give their own children those same experiences. The island is approximately 10 square miles. It has no traffic lights, no big-box stores, no chains of any kind and only one municipality, New Shoreham, with a singular distinction: it is the smallest town in the smallest state. “It’s a real New England village,” says Pappas. “Because it’s so intimate, we’re easier to get to know.”


$2,500,000 USD | Block Island, Rhode Island | Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty
Despite its size, Block Island hasn’t escaped the attention of the Nature Conservancy, the nonprofit environmental organization which put it on its inaugural list of “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere. Approximately 44 percent of Block Island’s acreage has been set aside as protected land thanks to aggressive conservation efforts. The water quality, ocean quality and air quality are pristine. Most attractions are centered around the outdoors. Seventeen miles of white sand beaches include many that are delightfully isolated, even in the thick of the season. Rolling hills lure bikers and moped riders who navigate the near-rural terrain. And then there are the towering bluffs, more reminiscent of Ireland than New England. 

Buenos Aires, Argentina | Art & Grupo Orgánico

Buenos Aires is a city full of creativity; its art circuit is very important and many artists are inspired to include various city motifs in their works. Young and contemporary art is increasingly important and avant-garde exhibitions are covered by the most important media outlets in the country. Today, young painters who were able to transcend and find success, many of them present at the recent ArteBA event, are turning to hyper-expressive and more figurative art, featuring a Renaissance palette and almost surreal compositions. Let’s experience some of the artists at the heart of Buenos Aires’ art scene.

UnknownFausto Amadero, “El camino infinito”

Fausto Amadeo is known for his contemporary sculptures. In this case non figural, made of disposable materials achieving a tridimensional form in space; he calls them “Enfibios.”

Unknown-1Santiago Gonzalez Quesnel, “Untitled”

Here we see Santiago Gonzalez Quesnel, with his character-defining palette and compositions which proposes the incorporation of nature into homes through his paintings.

Unknown-2Juan Becú, “Breath In, Breath Out”

Juan Becú places subtle twist to fauvism in his late paintings, leaving some of his earlier work to something less figurative, freely dynamic and very interesting.

Unknown-3Ximena Macri, “La Cama Que Es Océano”

Gimena Macri works in large format pieces where unpainted spaces are protagonists in a very well balanced picture.

Unknown-4Maximiliano Gomez Canle, “Amante”

Maximiliano Gomez Canle’s technique can be seen with touches of surrealism in its objects and characters interacting in Renaissance landscapes. His work is a harmonious fusion of Magritte, De Chirico, and Brueghel.

Unknown-6Galo Sebastian Maronese, section of – “Coper Glass Purple Chocolate Sparks Plant”

Sebastian Galo Maronese recently turned in his late paintings to monochromatic compositions of ink and paper to publish his next book of imaginary botanical plant. The works depict his visionary subjects slowly emerging from landscapes in geometric ways surrounded by the wonders that nature has to offer.

Unknown-5Grupo Mondongo, “Triptico”

The Mondongo group can be described as radicalized from the innovative technique they’ve employed since their first work with Sugus candies of different colors, seen in 2002 in a Grupo Orgánico exhibition on Figueroa Alcorta Avenue. Their works are so shocking that they have even used perishable materials, though varnished.

It should be noted that many of these aforementioned artists have been part of a group which saw its genesis in 1998 looking to find alternative spaces to exhibit their work in the city. This group was called Grupo Orgánico and is one of many that have been generated for such a purpose. This multidisciplinary group of artists had a magazine that represented them, called Elipse. They transcended the Buenos Aires underground when the group ArteBA financed them an exhibition at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in the year 2004. The event generated great press and glowing reviews for the artists, inserting them into the contemporary collector’s circuit.

Luxury Living | Lord Richard Attenborough’s French Riviera Retreat

Decorated actor, producer, director, politician, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Lord Richard Attenborough left an unforgettable legacy to remember him by. Best known by international audiences for the two Academy Awards he received for 1983’s Ghandi, or his portrayals of Dr. John Hammond in Jurassic Park and Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street, Lord Attenborough was also heavily involved with the Chelsea Football Club, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and in 2004, served as founder of the Jane Holland Creative Centre for Learning at Waterford Kamhlaba.

La Coule pictures_0007The late Lord Richard Attenborough with his long-time wife Sheila Sim at their home in the French Riviera

Nearly two years after his passing in August of 2014, Lord Attenborough’s retreat in the French Riviera is now listed with Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty. “Lord Attenborough, who acquired the plot in the 1980s, revamped the main house to include four bedrooms, three bathrooms and an open-plan living room,” said Homes & Property in their recent piece covering the momentous property.


Located in the picturesque provencal village of Châteauneuf-Grasse, which dates back to the 12th century and is home to just over 3,000, this historic home is located approximately 25 kilometers from Cannes and 35 from Nice.


The estate comprises approximately 10 acres of gently sloped grounds offering magnificent, uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean and the surrounding countryside, and features a swimming pool, covered patio, and hundreds of century-old olive trees.


Approximately 2,500-square-feet, the main house includes six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a huge open-space living room, a magnificent study/drawing room with exposed wood-beamed ceiling, and an airy dining room with a wood-burning fireplace.


The asking price for the estate is 2.500.000 € EUR and includes furniture and other select belongings of the late Lord Attenborough.

Discover more about Lord Richard Attenborough’s historic retreat



Luxury Living | Modern & Contemporary Interiors

With the use of glass, steel and concrete along with imaginative, striking lines, modern and contemporary interiors are bright and inviting spaces. Join us on a trip around the world as we experience some of the most captivating and inspiring modern and contemporary interiors from Sydney, to the Gulf Coast of Alabama.

alabama$3,275,000 USD | Orange Beach, Alabama | Kaiser Sotheby’s International

Sited close to the entrance of Ono Island, this private, 5,200-square-foot waterfront home features unparalleled craftsmanship and detailing throughout. The home features Italian Terrazzo tile, Wolf, Miele and Sub Zero appliances, a bespoke spiral glass staircase, stacked limestone fireplace, automatic shades and a separate guest suite among its amenities.

argentina$4,000,000 USD | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Ginevra Sotheby’s International Realty

This is a unique 375-square-meter property in Chateau Puerto Madero features a private entrance hall and grand living and dining rooms with views to the river and ecological reservoir. There are four separate suites, where the master encloses a double walk-in closet, and there is also a family room and eat-in designer kitchen and a service room. Enjoy breathtaking cityscapes from nearly every room.

canada5 475 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

The “Theater Park Penthouse” features four-bedrooms and a library over approximately 3,270-square-feet of indoor living space. The over 2,000-square-feet of wrap around terraces feature unrivaled panoramic views of the lake and city while the interiors feature top-of-the-line finishes and bespoke design elements that capture the abundant natural light.

finland4.250.000 € EUR | Uusimaa, Finland | Snellman Sotheby’s International Realty

Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s beach house in Jamaica, the architect Iiro Mikkola has combined Italian design and the beauty of the archipelago into a beautiful dream-like design.The villa provides unique views to the archipelago and the sea, while fantastic plot stone walls and pine trees, captures the beauty of Finland all in one place. The additional sauna-building, also designed by Iiro Mikkola, is only a few steps away from the main house and was completed with state-of-the-art media equipment, amenities and access to waterfront views.

sydneyPrice Upon Request | Sydney, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in one of Sydney’s most prestigious coastal enclaves with sublime views over Bronte Beach, this light drenched penthouse apartment provides the ultimate beachside sanctuary designed for luxurious living and entertaining. Enhanced by a sleek contemporary design and the finest of finishes, it reveals an expansive open plan living and dining area enjoying an effortless flow to an entertainment terrace and captivating outlooks. There is a gourmet CaesarStone island kitchen equipped with top-of-the-range European gas appliances and concealed fittings. To the rear of the home is a sparkling glass fenced swimming pool followed by a generous sun drenched courtyard which is perfect for intimate soirees by day or by night.



Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in September 2016

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


$1,599,000 USD | Los Angeles, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage

“The unique home, built in 1957, opens to a dramatic living room defined by its geometric forms and unusual windows. In other areas, period details are evidenced in the exposed beams, tongue-and-groove ceilings and the original kitchen.”

Home of the Day: Playing the Angles in Laurel Canyon – Los Angeles Times

Actor Harvey Korman’s Los Angeles Home Seeks $19.999 Million – Wall Street Journal

Golfer Jeff Sluman’s $4.4 Million Illinois Home is on the Market – Architectural Digest

Five Homes for Sale with Formal Gardens – Financial Times

In Dubai, Four Palatial Villas with Pools Plated in Gold – Mansion Global

For Sale: 7 Lovely Homes on the Connecticut Coast – The Week

A Long Island Estate Restored to 19th-Century Grandeur – Wall Street Journal

‘Glee’ Producer Joe Keenan Sells Studio City Compound – Variety

Jimmy Carter Once Visited this $3.85 Million Civil War-Era Home – Architectural Digest

Neighborhood Notes: Motor City, Dubai – Mansion Global

Las Vegas: Where Homes are Being Offered with Lamborghinis – Financial Times

British Demand for Spanish Housing Takes a Hit from Brexit – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Lands ‘Alliance’ with to Promote Listings to Chinese Homebuyers – Inman News

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

Two Patek Philippe Watches Lead Sotheby’s Hong Kong Auction – Forbes

Best Cars on Sale at RM Sotheby’s Annual London Auction – The Week UK



Virtual Reality & Real Estate

The Epitome of Innovation


At Venture Sotheby’s International Realty, we are dedicated to extraordinary marketing. We are utilizing all that is current to effectively capture and distribute our Bay Area Homes For Sale. Along with our Instagram account, @venturesothebysrealty we have been experimenting with Virtual Reality and 360 Photos on Facebook.

Our partnership with Vyewer allows us to create content that provides an immersive experience for our Sotheby’s Realty clients around the world.


We have worked with to Adjust Facebook 360 Photos and upload to Facebook.

Unique to VyeweR is PanoTwist: The only utility that allows users to control the starting point of 360° photos that showcase on FB360

Vyewer clients are able to adjust the starting point of 360 photos.  This utility allows users to select exact spots within the 360° photo as a starting point. That point selected will be the center of the photo showcased in your FB newsfeed.

Contact David Streltsoff at for more information

Art & Home | Kitchen Culture


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes a bite out of Kitchen Culture and invites you to dine in some of the finest kitchens from around the world.

“Knock-your-socks-off gorgeous,” is how Jamie Gold, a San Diego, California-based certified kitchen designer and author of “New Kitchen Ideas That Work” describes kitchens at the top end of the market. “It’s about brand. It’s about impression. It’s what the neighbors are doing–only better.”

1701dakar-37$3,299,000 USD | Fort Worth, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Today’s kitchens are swoon-worthy showplaces of good looks, high performance and sophisticated wizardry.

Mass market is out. Fresh design interpretations are in. As dominions of personal expression, kitchens are places homeowners put their signature and showcase their style with handcrafted cabinetry and bespoke fittings and finishes.

$8,500,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

A recent survey of more than 500 architecture firms by the American Institute of Architects reinforces the role of kitchens as the command center of the home, with a caliber of appliances and appointments that not only reflects homeowners’ tastes but also makes them and their guests feel good.

_dsc931111 400 000 ZŁ PLN | Gdansk, Poland | Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Sociability is the new word in luxury kitchens. It’s where life happens.

907-peacock-point-_18$2, 395,000 USD | Destin, Florida | Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty

“The first place guests go is not the parlor or the living room anymore. It’s the kitchen island,” says Christian Vermast of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada in Toronto. These days, homeowners are spending less time at the stove but more time in the kitchen reading, lounging, watching TV and socializing. Some 60 percent of homeowners spend more than three hours a day in their kitchens, according to the 2016 Houzz Kitchen Trends survey. “I don’t think it has anything to do with cooking,” Vermast says. “It’s about ‘How do I project myself entertaining my family, my in-laws and my friends?’”

314palmerston-v2-print-276 250 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Fifteen percent of those polled by Houzz spent more than $75,000 to create high end activity hubs that blur the borders of adjoining living spaces. The mantra is bigger, better and built-in with clean architectural detailing to conceal utility. That’s no surprise to Vermast who says buyers prefer open-concept kitchens with hidden appliances that blend in for more of a furniture-finished look. “We have gone from seeing kitchens as strictly utilitarian,” he says, “to very much an emotional lifestyle choice.”


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Market Spotlight | Sicily


The largest and most populous island in the Mediterranean, Sicily is blessed with a gorgeous geography – long white beaches lapped by turquoise shallows, fruit-clad hills climbing towards gorgeous mountains, windswept offshore islets, and, two entertainingly fiery but quite harmless volcanoes. It’s an extremely colorful place, with an intriguingly mixed culture, cuisine and architecture, along with its surrounding minor islands: Lipari, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea.

Diletta Carutti, at Sotheby’s International Realty Italy

Menfi10.000.000 € EUR | Sicily, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

This completely renovated Sicilian Baglio (fortified manor house) sits surrounded by various archeological sites including the Greek temples of Selinunte and Agrigento, Eraclea and Segeste to name a few. Sprawling vistas of the sea, vineyards, olive groves and rolling hills can be enjoyed from the property. Erice, Trapani and Palermo are within the vicinity, and are only a short trip away. The Baglio San Vincenzo is famous for its captivating views and staggering amount of virile agricultural land.

StromboliPrice Upon Request | Sicily, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Stromboli, the island-volcano which has mesmerized mankind for thousands of years, is, according to The Odyssey, home to the Greek God Aeolus, ruler of the winds. The characteristic conical shape of this unique wonder can be recognized from miles afar, emerging from the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. The timeless home covers 460-square-meters of built area, which includes 100-square-meters of terraces; a 300-square-meter garden surrounds it. The residence offers seven bedrooms, each with its own bathroom.

Taormia3.950.000 € EUR | Sicily, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled among the ancient theater of Taormina and Isola Bella, this Hellenistic-shaped villa dominates the Ionian coast with indulging views beyond the Strait. The property, home of a famous Italian image maker, has recently been renovated with painstaking restoration lasting two years, skillfully blending the finest materials, craftsmanship, works of art and modern elements into a cohesive experience. The mansion stands out on three levels, connected by an internal elevator, with a total floor area of about 470-square-meters. The main entrance leads to the courtyard with swimming pool, surrounded by greenery, adjoining a large outdoor dining area.

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#TravelTuesday | World’s Best Beaches

This #TravelTuesday, venture with us to properties on the best beaches in the world, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.  The Sotheby’s International Realty network boats branded offices in seven of the top beach locations ranked worldwide.

Cayman Islands

01 Cayman Islands

$8,500,000 USD | Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Called “Seaforever,” this 10,000-square-foot estate overlooks the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Seven Mile Beach.  The home features modern, open living spaces, an infinity edge swimming pool and 100 feet of private beach frontage.

Bora Bora

02 Bora Bora

1.500.000€ EUR | Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia | French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty

The Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary is situated upon nearly 10 acres of white sand and turquoise waters.  The property is adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel and residents are provided access to the resort’s amenities.


03 Kauai

$5,995,000 USD | Kealia, Hawaii | Oceanfront Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Kauai County, Hawaii, this plantation-style home overlooks Kuna Beach and boasts lanais throughout allowing for seamless indoor/outdoor living.  The property is also in close proximity to Ke Ala Hele Makalae, a walking and bike trail that extends for miles along the eastern shore with access to many of Kapa’a’s beaches.


04 Anguilla

$3,500,000 USD | Captains Ridge, Anguilla | Anguilla Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Captains Ridge, Anguilla, this oceanfront villa is known as “Kevin’s Castle.”  The property features four bedroom suites, each with its own bathroom and patio, indoor and outdoor entertaining areas and an infinity pool overlooking the beach.

Turks & Caicos

05 Turks and Caicos

$12,500,000 USD | Beachfront Long Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

A grand waterfront estate known as “Madalay,” this sprawling residence is set upon more than two-acres of Long Bay beach.  The property spans over 11,000 square-feet and features a main villa, two separate apartments, a master bedroom with private living quarters and a beachfront deck and lounge area with custom-built spa.

Sanibel Island

06 Sanibel

$3,300,000 USD | Sanibel, Florida | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

With over an acre of Sanibel beach frontage on the Gulf of Mexico, this fully-renovated shore cottage features panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.  The home has three bedrooms, open kitchen, glass enclosed lanai and a lower level screened-in patio with pool, outdoor shower, serenity garden and walking path to the beach.

Playa del Carmen

07 Playa del Carmen

$2,750,000 | Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico | Riviera Maya Sotheby’s International Realty

Known as “Villa Aqua,” this contemporary estate is walking distance to the beaches of Playa del Carmen.  The sprawling 13,000-square-foot home features floor-to-ceiling curved glass windows with breathtaking views, interior garden, a gym, squash court, netted trampoline and an outdoor swimming pool.


Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand to Target China’s Wealthy with New Alliance


Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has announced an alliance with that enables the luxury real estate brand to generate Chinese buyer interest on one of the world’s most prominent real estate websites with over two million monthly visitors. As a truly international brand, Sotheby’s International Realty now has the most global representation on, displaying luxury listings from 65 countries and territories.

We are constantly looking for opportunities to expand globally by adding new distribution opportunities that showcase properties to affluent consumers in key growth markets.  The alliance with achieves that by giving us better access to a market that is already one of our most important, and which promises great future growth.

“One of’s key advantages is that it is hosted on both sides of China’s internet firewall, so its listings are visible online both within China and outside of China.”

–Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

At this moment, one out of every 10 visitors on is located in China, and the syndication and advertising program with will further strengthen the Sotheby’s International Realty brand presence in that market.  The  alliance includes the following components:

  • Listing display: Sotheby’s International Realty property listings will appear on and in its real estate search results.
  • First responders:’s Chinese-language team is located in mainland China so they can respond to consumer inquiries in real time, translate the inquiries into English and forward them to the Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate who has the listing.
  • Brand page: A Sotheby’s International Realty brand overview page carries information about the brand, a contact form and the network’s listings – all in one place.
  • Banner advertising: Sotheby’s International Realty banner ads will run on the homepage, promoting the company’s new brand page and listings to’s audience.

To see the Sotheby’s International Realty brand page on, visit: