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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in October 2017

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

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£4,975,000 GBP | London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

“This quintessentially English Victorian mansion may be a grand, old red-brick period building set in a historic part of London, sandwiched between Westminster Cathedral and Buckingham Palace, but inside, Artillery Mansions’ penthouse is ultra-modern in both design and function.”

A Modern Penthouse with Views of Some of London’s Most Iconic Sights – Mansion Global

Fernando Botero Lists New York Home and Art Studio – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Announces Exclusive Alliance with Influential Japan News Publication, the Nikkei – Sotheby’s International Realty

An Expansive Villa in the Gated Community in the Heart of Dubai – Mansion Global

An Adirondack Camp with Room for Family – Wall Street Journal

For Sale: 10 Properties as Luxurious as Your Superyacht – Boat International

A Facelift for One of Manhattan’s Oldest Apartments – Wall Street Journal

Groucho Marx’s Former Home in Hollywood Hills West Fetches $3.81 Million – Los Angeles Times

The Most Common Obstacles to a Sale – and What to Do About Them – The New York Times

LIVE Fashion with Designer Osman Yousefzada – Sotheby’s International Realty

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

Sotheby’s to Auction the World’s Largest Pink Diamond – Robb Report

LIVE | Fashion – Designer Osman Yousefzada

“I’ve always been attracted to transformation,” designer Osman Yousefzada says casually. “When something breathes… you build an emotive relationship with it.”


It’s been a few months since Osman journeyed to Brazil to interact with a striking home and find inspiration for his 2018 line. The dress from the end of the video played a starring role, and it is something special to Osman. “There is just this sort of ease to the dress. You know?” says Osman. “You’re still the belle of the ball or a cool thing on the red carpet, but it’s easy. It’s confident.”

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Coming off of a return trip from Paris, the London-based designer took a moment and reflected on his time with us in Brazil shooting LIVE | Fashion. “You know, it’s like not really fashion,” he clarifies. “We’re all craftsmen; I make dresses from materials and textures. I find patterns and look to mosaics. Whether it’s a home or dress, we see better versions of ourselves when we come into contact with these things.”

From Native American Art to Hand-Crafted Artisan Cuisine, Experience Lifestyles Like Never Before in the LIVE Sotheby’s International Realty Series

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When the dress is made available later this year, its production will remain special. Each dress will be a one-of-a-kind piece, with each one featuring colorful, hand-sewn beading. Osman’s original piece from the video was raffled off at the Sotheby’s International Realty® Global Networking Event last month to support New Story, a non-profit organization building homes for families in need. All of the proceeds went directly to helping build a community in Mexico.

Learn More About the Home From LIVE | Fashion

imagereader.aspxPrice Upon Request | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty

We would like to thank Barney’s New York for connecting us with Osman and making this possible – browse pieces by Osman on barneys.com

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We all have a passion. We all have a dream. For some, it’s about adventure. For others, it’s about tranquility. Our dreams are as vast and varied as the world is wide, but they all start with inspiration and inspiration starts with our surroundings. That’s what home is – what you choose to surround yourself with. Home is where you truly LIVE.

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Video of the Week: Expansive Golf Course Villa in Dubai



125,000,000 د.إ AED | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in the most desirable sector of Emirates Hills, this expansive villa offers a unique, contemporary design fused with traditional architraves and uninterrupted views over the golf course and Dubai skyline. The property concept, spanning 32,000 square-feet of impeccably finished living space from the basement to rooftop, was based on light colors and mixes of well-researched finishing materials to achieve the underlying sense of tranquility, comfort, and luxury throughout the home.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Announces Exclusive Alliance with Influential Japan News Publication, the Nikkei

First Luxury Residential Real Estate Brand to Showcase Property Listings Outside of Japan

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has announced an exclusive alliance with the Nikkei, the most influential news publication in Japan, through the end of 2017.  The alliance enables the luxury residential real estate brand to generate Japanese buyer interest through the Nikkei’s digital platform which reaches over 29 million monthly readers.  The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is the first real estate brand to present property listings outside of Japan to readers of the Nikkei, giving Japanese consumers access to residential real estate offerings in nearly 70 countries and territories.

“The Nikkei is the most widely circulated daily business publication in the world[i] and reaches an audience of highly-educated affluent Japanese consumers. A presence on the Nikkei furthers our strategy to showcase the most exciting properties in the world to an audience of highly-qualified real estate intenders. As the first real estate brand to promote properties outside of Japan through the Nikkei, we quickly realized what an amazing opportunity we had to support our substantial expansion in the Asia Pacific region.”

-Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

93.5% of all property searches originating in Japan are searching internationally[ii]. By being the first real estate brand to showcase properties from outside of Japan to readers of the Nikkei, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is offering unprecedented access to a virtually untapped global market.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is unrivaled in its reach to real estate intenders in the Asia Pacific region.  In addition to our alliance with the Nikkei, the brand also has existing partnerships with Juwai, MyFun and WeChat, all of which offer unprecedented access to Asian consumers.  The opportunities afforded to us with these key regional players is a testament to the strength and power of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.”

-Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand alliance with the Nikkei includes the following components:

  • Property Search – Sotheby’s International Realty property listings and high-definition videography will be translated and syndicated to a dedicated page on the Nikkei property listing site
  • Native Advertising – Sotheby’s International Realty will create custom branded editorial content that will be translated and promoted on the Nikkei property listing site
  • Brand Advertising – the Sotheby’s International Realty brand will run banner ad units across the Nikkei’s online edition (nikkei.com) and property listing pages

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To search property listings on the Nikkei, visit: propertylistings.nikkei.jp

[i] Nikkei, The Nikkei MEDIA DATA 2017
[ii] Mansion Global, website statistics, August 11, 2017-September 11, 2017

 

Art & Home | Speaking Volumes

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From the September 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso shows us that a library can be a true reflection of your best self.

Walk into a personal library and you enter a realm, not just a room. No other space offers as much insight into a homeowner’s preferences, style and intellectual curiosity. They can feel intimate and consequential.

Rhode Island$2,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty 

In Newport, Rhode Island, the centerpiece of one sprawling condominium is a massive library with vaulted cedar-shingled ceilings, cherry and mahogany millwork and an imposing fireplace. Although it looks authentic to the home, the library was a meticulous 21st century reimagining by its current owners out of a space where coachmen once met. The condo, joined together from three units, is in a former carriage house built in 1852 that was once part of an estate owned by John Jacob Astor. Kate Kirby Greenman of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport calls the library “remarkable.”

Utah$5,900,000 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty 

The 30 by 30-foot room, accessed by stairs or elevator, also has an adjoining butler’s pantry and wet bar which makes it ideal for entertaining as well as for quiet contemplation, notes Greenman. “People enter the library and are just awestruck,” she says. “It’s very peaceful, very beautiful and it just takes your breath away.”

Florida$165,000,000 USD | Manalapan, Florida | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In a digital world, the idea of a space given over to actual hard-covered books might seem anachronistic if it wasn’t still so alluring. Even die-hard texters, tweeters and e-reader enthusiasts easily get swept up in rooms dedicated to stories, history and ideas. But without question libraries have evolved. Today, they’re a backdrop for entertainment and a showcase for art and design.

Arizona$16,950,000 USD | Paradise Valley, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

“I love the way you can manipulate space with books,” says architect Susan Bower of Mitchell Wall Architect and Design in St. Louis, Missouri. Line a room with books and they can give the impression of wallpaper. Build freestanding bookcases and they become sculptural pieces. “They lend a presence and a depth to any room,” Bower says. “In a library, you have all these ideas captured between bindings. It’s just a wonderful repository of human thought.”

From glass houses to homes with captivating recording studios and music rooms, experience amenities and lifestyles in previous editions of Art & Home

 

Video of the Week: Striking Modern Home in Rancho Santa Fe, California



$$44,975,000 USD | Rancho Santa Fe, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Sophisticated and modern, this world-class estate was designed by renowned architect Guy Dreier. Truly unique, breathtaking luxury and uncompromising quality are intrinsic in this contemporary residence, seven years in the making. Experience masterful modern accomplishment located in the exclusive covenant of beautiful Rancho Santa Fe, up a long, gated drive, on a hill with sweeping views of the grounds, majestic mountains and valley vistas beyond.

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Oktoberfest in Munich

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Since 1810, Munich, Bavaria, Germany has played host to Oktoberfest – the world’s largest “Volksfest,” or traveling funfair and beer festival. Millions of people from around the world travel to the Bavarian capital for the over two-week-long celebration to enjoy millions of liters of special Oktoberfest Beer, food, and festivities; the special beer is brewed within Munich city limits and conforms to the strict “Reinheitsgebot,” sometimes referred to as the “German Purity Law.”

The traditions and celebrations of Oktoberfest are now enjoyed the world over; inspiring unique beers, events, and cuisine far from Germany and the festival’s roots. Just in time for this year’s Oktoberfest, which runs from September 16 – October 3, let’s explore five homes in Bavaria.

Bavaria01.190.000 € EUR | Bavaria, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

This historic country house with guest house is situated on an exceptional plot in a dreamlike and quiet location. Close to the forest, with a unique view of the breathtaking alpine scenery with the silhouette of the mountain Watzmann, this home sits on nearly 4,000 square-meters of land with 413 square-meters of living space.

Bavaria118.000.000 € EUR | Bavaria, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

Striking and minimalistic, this home features remarkable open spaces that are both simultaneously intimate and perfect for entertaining. This energy-efficient, state-of-the-art masterpiece comprises 2,000 square-feet of living space, including an underground garage perfect for displaying an automotive collection.

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Bavaria24.800.000 € EUR | Munich, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in 2006, this timeless villa features authentic architectural design and state-of-the-art amenities throughout. Epitomizing “modern meets classic,” this home includes a refreshing indoor pool/spa area, an elevator with access to all floors, and a spacious kitchen, all while enjoying abundant natural light.

Bavaria34.150.000 € EUR | Bavaria, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

The Lake Tegernsee country house in Rottach Egern, Bavaria is bright, classic escape tucked away into quiet nook of the region. Vibrant colors mix with design elements that call back to days’ past; the cobblestone driveway, sun-soaked gardens, and open fireplace are among these amenities. The home also features a dream-like swimming pool, sheltered terraces, a generous guest area and an elevator.

Bavaria41.450.000 € EUR | Munich, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

“Living by Phillippe Stark” is one of the most exciting and exclusive residential projects in the city of Munich. This refurbished historical monument property with concierge service, spa and wellness area offers an international living standard at the highest level. An apartment equipped and furnished like a stately suite – this living space enjoys belonging to a noble and distinguished grand hotel.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in South Carolina

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that AugustaRoad.com Realty in Greenville, South Carolina, is the newest member of its network and will now operate as Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty.

Established in 2011, the firm is owned and operated by Joan Herlong and serves the luxury residential real estate market in the Greater Greenville area.

“The luxury residential real estate market in and around Greenville ranges from the vibrant downtown to mountain retreats, lakefront properties and equestrian estates, offering a lifestyle for everyone,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “We are pleased to expand the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand into this market and proud to welcome Joan Herlong and her team to our global network.”

“Greenville marries southern charm, natural beauty and a contemporary cool, making it one of America’s fastest growing cities and an emerging destination,” said Herlong.  “We look forward to sharing our community with a global audience and are honored to be affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.”

An active member of the local community, Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty regularly donates to the Greenville Free Medical Clinic and is an active supporter of the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors annual holiday giving initiative.  The firm is located at 1421 Augusta Street in Greenville.

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand now has five independently owned and operated affiliate companies in South Carolina; also operating in the state serving the luxury residential real estate markets are Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty in Savannah and Bluffton, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston, Justin Winter Sotheby’s International Realty in Lake Keowee, and Peace Sotheby’s International Realty in Pawleys Island.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has approximately 21,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in over 900 offices in 68 countries and territories worldwide.  In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD.  Joan Herlong & Associates 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.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in August 2017

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

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$12,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty

“Built in 2012, the six-bedroom, nearly 10,000-square-foot house is located in the Ocean Drive historic area, famous for its elaborate estates, and sits on 3.67 acres overlooking the Atlantic.”

Newport Home of Campbell Soup Heiress Asks $12.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

Southampton Compound with Three Acres Comes on the Market, Asking $25M – Curbed

Kate Walsh’s Encino House Sells for Well Over the Asking Price – Los Angeles Times

Living Large in Truly Tropical Panama City – Mansion Global

Buy Your Own Private Island in Montana – Robb Report

Incredible Tuscan Villa Can be Yours for $1.15M – Curbed

Wedged Between the Ocean and the Mountains, Rio’s Leblon Draws the City’s Elite – Mansion Global

Rhodes ‘Golden Visas’ Lure Buyers to Ancestral Home – Financial Times

Carmel Highlands: An Upscale Bohemian Spot That’ll Appeal to Whale Watchers – Mansion Global

House Hunting in… Toronto – The New York Times

Cannes’s La Californie is a Leafy Area with Sea Views and Easy Access to Top-Notch Shopping and Dining – Mansion Global

10 Vineyard Homes You Can Actually Move Into – Elle Decor

Found: Oldest Known Photo of a U.S. President – The New York Times

 

Pleasanton Unified School District Ranked In Top 10 Best In State

Pleasanton Unified School District Ranked In Top 10 Best In State

As the 2017-18 school year kicks off, parents and students heading to their first day of school can see how the Pleasanton Unified School District stacks up against others in the county and state as Niche.com has released its annual rankings of best schools and school districts in the country.

The 2018 rankings released this month rank elementary, middle and high schools as well as school districts. According to Niche, the best school district in the state is the Palo Alto Unified School District. With an overall Niche grade of A+, the district received a grade of A+ in academics, teachers, clubs and activities, college prep and a C + in health and safety. In the category of diversity, Niche awarded the school district an A+.

The Pleasanton Unified School District ranked #9 in California and #1 in Alameda County. The Pleasanton District earned an overall grade of A+ from Niche, earning an A+ in academics, teachers and college prep; an B in clubs and activities; and B+ in diversity and B in health and safety.

To arrive at these rankings, Niche looked at data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as test scores, college data and ratings collected from Niche users. The methodology for each category of ranking varied. (Click here for more information on how Niche calculates its rankings.)

Niche assigns a standardized score for each factor, which is then weighted before an overall score is calculated for each school district. The overall scores are again standardized and some districts are disqualified from receiving a final letter grade if there isn’t enough data. School districts are then ranked numerically and assigned grades.

According to Niche, these are the ten best school districts in Alameda County:

  1. Pleasanton Unified School District
  2. Albany City Unified District
  3. Piedmont City Unified District
  4. Dublin Unified School District
  5. Berkeley Unified School District
  6. Alameda City Unified School District
  7. Fremont Unified School District
  8. Castro Valley Unified School District
  9. Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
  10. New Haven Unified School District

Niche’s data for its K-12 school district rankings comes from various sources including the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics and the Civil Rights Data Collection. The rankings also rely on data that is self-reported by Niche users and schools. (Click here to learn more about where Niche’s data comes from.)

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