Monthly Archive: February 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl!

Save the date! The annual St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl will take place on Saturday, March 18, from 5 – 8 pm.

 

Join us at Venture Sotheby’s International Realty on Main Street!

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Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 4.12.00 PMRock your best green and other fun St. Patrick’s Day items while while sampling beer and tasty bites at over 30 downtown locations.

Tickets are on sale now! Visit: https://pleasantondowntownassociation.instagift.com/st-patricks-day-brew-crawl-2017

Each participant receives beer tastings and tasty bites at more than 30 downtown locations, a commemorative beer glass and tasting map.

Participating breweries include Ale Industries, E.J. Phair Brewing Company, Eight Bridges Brewing, Epidemic Ales, High Water Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mendocino Brewing Company, Shadow Puppet Brewing Company, Sonoma Springs, Working Man Brewing Company and MORE!

The Pleasanton Downtown Association encourages everyone to enjoy downtown responsibly. To support this effort the PDA will be selling a limited number of designated driver tickets for $10 on the night of the Brew Crawl. This event is proudly sponsored by Goodguys Rod & Custom Association and Visit Tri-Valley.

Sotheby’s Realty Brand Expands Presence in Dominican Republic

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$3,900,000 USD | Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic | Sergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Sergio Llach Luxury Dominican Properties in eastern Dominican Republic is the newest member of its network and will now operate as Sergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty.

Sergio Llach is the owner and operator of the boutique firm established in 2002 that serves the luxury residential real estate markets of La Romana, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Dominican Republic.

“Known for its beaches, resorts and golf courses, the Dominican Republic is an ideal second-home location,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Sergio Llach and his knowledgeable team have a profound understanding of the luxury consumer in the Dominican Republic and we are proud to welcome them to our global network.”

“Providing excellent client service is how we measure our success,” said Llach.  “The wealth of opportunities provided by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will allow us to serve our clients at the highest level of quality and we are proud to be a member of the Sotheby’s International Realty network.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand also has an affiliate in northern Dominican Republic, Holden Sotheby’s International Realty.  The two brokerage companies plan to work cooperatively to best serve clientele around the island.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 850 offices in 65 countries and territories worldwide.  Sergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com 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.

Ski In | Canada

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After visiting Wyoming and Switzerland in the first two installments of our Ski In Series, our final piece brings us to The Great White North and explores homes in Canada nestled in and around world-class and snow-capped mountains. Join us as we ski into four Canadian homes and bring our Ski In series to close.

SunPeaks3 595 000 $ CAD | Sun Peaks, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This slope side timber frame masterpiece offers significant privacy, ultimate convenience, and superior design and finish to satisfy the most discriminating buyer. Despite its grandness, this special home radiates warmth and intimacy in each of its carefully planned sanctuaries and is solidly grounded by nature, inside and out. Extensive use of natural rock with embedded fossils, massive fir timbers, walls of windows with panoramic views, and covered, heated patio areas including an inviting outdoor gathering area with fireplace, symmetrically intertwine the beauty of nature and the comfort of luxury.

Whistler279 000 $ CAD | Whistler, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This Four Seasons Resort luxurious king suite is situated at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. After an exhilarating day on the mountains soak in the spa tub or relax in front of the fireplace. Enjoy all the amenities of this prominent hotel- ski valet, shuttle service, spa, fitness room, pool, hot tubs, concierge, room service, restaurant and lounge.

Read the other installments of Ski In

Golden1 175 000 $ CAD | Golden, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This property is located in the popular Golden Avenue development of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and just a short walk to ski trails, lifts and amenities. The interior features grand timber accents, hardwood and slate tile floors, warm furnishings and an excellent use of space.

BigWhite6 800 000 $ CAD | Big White, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

With 10,000 square feet of luxurious living space, hand crafted by Pioneer Log Homes, the Award-Winning White Spirit Lodge is considered to be one of the most beautiful log homes in the world. It was designed around massive old growth cedar logs rescued and salvaged from storms, oceans, and fires. All the logs were hand scribed to reveal their true beauty and eternal history of the tree. With a castle appearance in mind, Rundle stones were selected to give texture and strength and add to the mountainous feel. The heart of this home was created to enable conversation to easily flow and allow a view-orientated design to accentuate the consistent seamless connection with Mother Nature.

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Market Spotlight | Berlin, Germany

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A city as diverse as its living spaces, Berlin is well known for its cultural highlights and vibrant arts and music scene. Many people are drawn in by the multiculturalism and different atmospheres within the city. New residents are adding to the creative and entrepreneurial spirits, with Berlin being an attractive business ground for many start-ups. Whether you choose to escape the busy hub to a more relaxing setting, or find your home above the rooftops of the city, let us take you on a journey through Berlin.

Berlin112.550.000 € EUR |Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

This 1924 built, monument protected villa in a 17th century French style is located in Dahlem, the most exclusive and prestigious area of Berlin. Dahlem is known for its historic villas, grand parks and old forests, offering a high living quality. The proximity to the popular Kurfürstendamm shopping mile and Grunewald’s excellent sport and entertainment facilities make this an excellent location to reside at. The villa is built on a large property and showcases a green, park-like garden that can be viewed from the many terraces and balconies. The historic gas lanterns lead towards the grand entrance of the Villa, which offers 8,072 square-feet of living space on three floors.  Next to a library with a winter garden, the music and fireplace room offer plenty of space to host guests. The interior is of the house is highlighted through wood paneling on the walls, silk wallpaper and beautiful ceiling ornaments.

Berlin22.542.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

Pariser Straße is one of the most sought after addresses in Berlin due to its central location within Berlin and the exclusive lifestyle this area has to offer. The proximity to the world famous Kurfürstendamm shopping-mile and the popular Ludwigkirchplatz offer many opportunities for entertainment and gourmet delights. The building was built in 1905 and renovated in 2016, during which the modern penthouse with its exquisite rooftop terrace was added. On 2,335 square-feet you will find three bedrooms and 3-and-one-half bathrooms, each with 138 feet high ceilings, floor heating and air conditioning. A wonderful fire place is found in the spacious living room and only the newest and best appliances are found in the kitchen.

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Berlin33.750.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

With an elevator opening directly into this 3,444-square-foot loft there is an immediate moment of astonishment. The light filled, open spaces offer comfort within a luxurious surrounding. From the fitted designer kitchen over the spacious dressing room, a freestanding bathtub and sauna, everything has been designed to fit the highest demand. With two terraces and a private rooftop terrace, this apartment allows for plenty of outside space and an amazing view over the city. The location within the heart of Berlin-Charlottenburg is very popular within the upper class, as the Kurfürstendamm offers many inviting boutiques and gourmet restaurants, and the area is filled with old-style buildings and alluring avenues

Berlin4469.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

This elegant houseboat allows you to live a penthouse lifestyle on the water, whilst having the freedom to explore the inland waters and European shores. Watch the seasons change from the 1,076-square-foot rooftop terrace. Stay off the grid with solar panels, sewage treatment and filtered drinking water.  Advanced German engineering and exquisite design is tailored to your needs in order to fulfill all your wishes to a personal houseboat. From a sauna, jacuzzi and floor heating to a walk-in-in closet and a fireplace, anything can be realized on this exclusive project.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in February 2017

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

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$9,500,000 USD | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“If you’re a fan of architect Toshiko Mori, you’ll love this Zen Colorado retreat. Situated on 2.5 acres, the $9.5 million, 10,000-square-foot home boasts indoor-outdoor living spaces that highlight the surrounding natural beauty. “

This $9.5 Million Home Includes a Private Floating Meditation Den – Architectural Digest

For Sale: Six Homes Designed by Famous Architects – Financial Times

Japan’s Traditional ‘Minka’ Homes Gain a New Following – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Montreal – The New York Times

Stars Lurk in the History of this Hollywood Hills Tudor – Los Angeles Times

A Home for Surfing in Ma’alaea Bay, Maui, Hawaii – Financial Times

Hamptons Preview – Mansion Global

A Look Inside the D.C.-area’s Most Expensive Homes for Sale – Washington Post

What $3 Million Gets You Outside the City – Boston.com

This Insanely Glamorous Old Florida Estate is on the Market – Coastal Living

Of Cays and Bays: The Serenity of Beachfront Living – T Brand Studio

10 Dream Homes that Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

Klimt Painting Expected to Fetch Well Over $45M at Sotheby’s Auction – The Guardian

 

Ski In | Wyoming

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From Vermont to California, the United States is home to many top-class ski destinations. For the first installment of our Ski In series, come with us to Wyoming; home to resorts like Jackson Hole that often find themselves on “Best Of” lists, let’s explore four homes ready for the slopes in Wyoming.

Wyoming-1$7,900,000 USD | Teton Village, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

A true ski-in ski-out home at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, this home features five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths, an open concept kitchen and living area, and main level master suite. Numerous fireplaces provide comfort and warmth in each of the living spaces and master and guest bedrooms, and plenty of exterior deck space is available for entertaining in the warmer months.

Wyoming-2$2,450,000 USD | Teton Village, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Just a stone’s throw from the aerial tram, this ski-in/ski-out, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom condominium is located in the Crystal Springs building at the base of world-class skiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This condo features an open floor plan and is well-appointed throughout with features like a gas Thermador range, hardwood floors, two gas fireplaces, natural stone slab counters and a great deal more. The Crystal Springs building has private underground parking with two storage lockers and an elevator for ease of access after a long day of powder-skiing.

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Wyoming-3$4,950,000 USD | Wilson, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

This Larry Berlin-designed Teton Pines Country Club neighborhood home sits on over one acre on a beautiful pond with Teton Mountain Range views from every north-facing window. After a long day on the slopes, a cozy main floor den with a river rock fireplace that looks out onto the pond and mountains from two walls of windows awaits.

Wyoming-4$10,250,000 USD | Teton Village, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Following a day spent out at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, retire to this 7,500-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom, log home. With three unique levels that have intimate gathering spaces like a game room, a theater, a bunk room and skier’s lounge and more, the home ultimately unites to create an all-seasons haven.

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Happy Valentine’s Day | Wine & Words

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Today is Valentine’s Day in much of the world; a holiday defined by roses, romantic dinners, and most importantly, spending quality time with the people we love. Ancient Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus once said, “let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words,” so let’s adhere to the age-old advice and celebrate this day by exploring these homes around the world with dedicated spaces for exquisite vintages.

England£11,000,000 GBP | Wentworth, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

This brand new and bright five-bedroom home features a striking, glass-encased, wine room that spills out into a relaxing living space. The home also features a reception hall, manicured gardens, sauna and an elegantly designed pool area with cabana.

New York$10,900,000 USD | Bridgehampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Perched on an over one-acre lot, this seven-bedroom traditional home is in one of the most sought-after waterfront areas of Bridgehampton. Enjoy a glass with friends and family in the property’s charming cedar wine cellar with ample room for storing and tasting. This estate comes equipped with all the modern amenities in an iconic location

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Canada20 088 000 $ CAD | Vancouver, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Featuring almost 10,000 square-feet of living space, this exquisitely designed home offers generously proportioned living and entertaining spaces as well as six spacious bedrooms and eight elegant bathrooms. Behind an oversized ornate door, an elegant wine room showcases a collection fit for the connoisseur.

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

Showcasing waterfront views from every floor, this 1920’s home is a reinterpreted classic outfitted with modern amenities and living spaces. The rustic temperature-controlled wine cellar is perfectly designed to convey old-world charm while also storing an impressive collection. Though only minutes from fine dining, shopping and beaches, this home is sprawling private retreat, hidden from the road.

3 Countryside Lane-print-029-44-Dining Room-4200x2800-300dpi$9,500,000 USD | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

The ultimate modern estate, this striking indoor/outdoor home features a dining room adjacent to its wine room; ideal for showcasing your collection artfully, while also making it easily accessible for enjoyment. Nestled on two-and-one-half private and pastoral acres, this light-filled home offers a truly contemporary experience.

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Art & Home | Imagination to Innovation

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The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us to the forefront of design and innovation.

There are architects who design homes. And then there are visionaries who rethink the very definition of what a home is and how it should be experienced. 

Utah$6,700,000 USD | Park City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

In certain circles, innovative architecture is a boundary-pushing test of one-upmanship. Architects are juxtaposing styles and exaggerating silhouettes to create what seems like newly invented forms. They’re embracing the element of surprise and a hint of playfulness. 

Texas$5,995,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

To be successful, however, innovative design has to do more than break with the past. It has to be functional. It is the architect’s responsibility to create designs that better the lives of the people who inhabit the home, says Dan Brunn, a Los AngelesCalifornia-based architect whose residences have incorporated pivoting walls to display (or conceal) artwork and zig zag-shaped balconies. Bringing shapes and spaces together, capturing volume and light, framing views and choreographing floor plans so that “forms comes alive” are the attributes of great architecture, Brunn says.   

Germany3.500.000 € EUR | Saxony, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

In areas like Scottsdale, Arizona, some luxury home buyers are shifting away from traditional Tuscan and Southwest Territorial styles. They’re opting for statement-making properties with striking contemporary lines that “contrast with our Sonoran Desert, yet balance with its natural setting in terms of aesthetics,” says Deems Dickinson, president and principal broker of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Scottsdale. A custom home located on the 17th fairway of the prestigious Mirabel Golf Club community, for instance, is a remarkable example of modern architecture that stands out in the openness of the desert surroundings. Captured by Proz.co.nz Drone Photographers in Auckland, this home features an indoor atrium with a bamboo garden, a floating staircase and windows that extend from the floor to ceiling and beyond, becoming full-length skylights. 

Arizona$4,490,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Architecture that challenges conventions has the power to turn heads. But architecture that’s fueled by transformational design has the power to turn homes into instant landmarks.

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

See homes from around the world in previous editions of Art & Home