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Jacqueline Kennedy’s Historic Childhood Home in Virginia Listed for $49.5 Million

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One of the most beloved First Ladies and iconic historic figures, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ childhood home is for sale in McLean, Virginia for $49.5 million.

Recently reported by The Wall Street Journal, America Online (AOL) co-founder Steve Case is listing Merrywood – the sprawling, seven-acre estate on the Potomac River with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Nestled in the Washington DC suburb, the estate reflects a storied history, serving as home to several of America’s most influential political and business leaders.

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As the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Merrywood was elevated to a position of prominence in the mid-1940s and has since continued to provide a celebrated venue to host presidents, business leaders, artists, and countless family celebrations.

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The exceptional brick and limestone main residence reflects the finest traditions of the Georgian Style. Inside, a gracious entry hall opens to public rooms scaled to accommodate both large gatherings and intimate family occasions. The interiors are the bespoke masterwork of renowned designer, Barry Dixon.

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The second-floor family quarters include an expansive master suite with his or her dressing rooms, a private study and an exercise room.

“I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills,” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1944)

“I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills,” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1944)

Four additional en-suite bedrooms grace this level. Upstairs, four bedrooms and three baths are comfortably scaled. On the lower level, there is an exceptionally fine, climate controlled wine cellar. An elevator services all four levels of the residence.

“I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills,” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1944)

Outside, the formal gardens are reminiscent of the timeless work of celebrated 19th and 20th Century landscape architect, Beatrix Ferrand, reflecting a series of outdoor garden rooms for large scale entertaining, intimate al fresco dining, or simply relaxing and engaging the sweeping views.

Discover more of Merrywood on venturesir.com

 

Unwind | Libraries

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Books are tangible pathways that lead to different worlds; whether its reliving the past, imagining the future, or traveling to a place that could only exist in your wildest of dreams, escaping into the depths of a good story has long been a pastime. In this week’s installment of Unwind, discover homes from around the world with libraries and reading spaces perfect for relaxing with a good book.

NewYork$15,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Perched atop a prewar coop, this recently and fully renovated penthouse is distinguished by incredible light and spectacular views. Beautifully scaled rooms with multiple exposures and corner outlooks abound, and the unique charm and grace of a Rosario Candela penthouse is present throughout. Notable features include a light-filled library, French doors opening onto the many wrap-around terraces, vistas of Central Park, ample blue sky, and views of the surrounding building towers and far beyond.

Mexico$8,000,000 USD | Chapultepec, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty

This English-inspired residence sits behind wrought walls and security gates, accessed by a private driveway. Inside, a marble-floored gallery runs east to west across the front of the home, leading to the office and games room/library on the main floor. At the left of the gallery a doorway opens into impressive formal living and dining areas; gracefully illuminated by natural light, both open out to sandstone-paved terraces.

Germany2.098.000 € EUR | Hessen, Germany | Peters & Peters Sotheby’s International Realty

This special villa, which was extensively renovated in 2003, is characterized by its harmonious atmosphere, style and color; its large-area windows, spacious balcony as well as additional terraces ensures that its occupants has a ubiquitous view of the constantly green vistas of an idyllic garden. The ground floor of the villa is devoted to sharing time with family or welcoming guests in an impressive setting – the corner-installed library is a striking take on the classic amenity.

Canada3 200 000 $ CAD | British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Local Salt Spring Island architect Henry (Hank) Schubart, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed a home that would take advantage of the island’s distinctive features minimum disturbance. The result was the present house, completed in 1985. Hank designed the home around the existing, old-growth fir trees and used post-and-beam internal framing and large decks to create a feeling of living within the landscape, rather than imposing on it. The current owners supervised construction of a new studio and guesthouse, again designed by Hank Schubart. The new buildings continued with Hank’s theme of post and beam construction, with local Galiano builders Struen Robertson and Lars Lilholt adding their own creative touches.

Missouri$1,900,000 USD | Ladue, Missouri | Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated on a private lot in Ladue, this expansive home offers spaces for both intimate and hosting opportunities; whether it’s a comfortable night in front of the fireplace or one nestled in a comfy chair within the library, or entertaining a large group throughout the residence’s layout, this home is suitable for all. From the front door, you walk into a two-story entry hall, looking into a gorgeous and spacious living room. The spacious gourmet kitchen opens to the hearth room for family gatherings.

Unwind by the Pool

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There are many ways to relax in the comfort of your own home and the draw of crystal blue pool waters has long been synonymous with rest and relaxation. In our first installment of Unwind, join us poolside as we experience international homes with enticing pools.

Italy1.750.000 € EUR | Terni, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

This sprawling property is built on a knoll top with an exceptional view of the town of Orvieto and the surrounding country landscape, all in perfect harmony with nature. The villa is enveloped by an exquisite patio overlooking the blue of the infinity pool and the 40 hectares of land that include 2,000 olive trees divided into six orchards, a vineyard, 1,000 almond trees and 200 pistachio trees. The Villa itself is a private, elegant, silent escape from reality.

Texasjpg$8,400,000 USD | Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty – Memorial Brokerage

Rigorous renovation and exacting restoration and reproduction have returned this landmark home to its original, late mid-20th-century-style splendor. An integrated floor plan, along with refined décor equipped with high-end modern appliances and systems help to define this home’s unrivaled DNA. Outdoor amenities include a pool cabana, summer kitchen and large yard.

Vancouver5 800 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

With unobstructed views from Coal Harbor to Vancouver Island and English Bay, this over 2,400-square-foot, two-bedroom estate features gorgeous details throughout; hardwood flooring, top of the line appliances and geothermal heating/cooling are among them. Amenities include valet parking, 24-hour concierge, security, fitness center, outdoor pool, hot tub, screening room, library and access to fine dining.

TaiwanNT$900,000,000 TWD | Taipei City, Taiwan | Taiwan Sotheby’s International Realty

This serene, light-filled villa finds its peace in Yangmingshan, Taipei City. Complete with its own yard, open hall on the first floor, a spa, indoor pool and a parking area, this quiet home features 24-hour security and is part of Yangmingshan National Park, offering views of many ecological preservation areas.

Anguilla$2,300,000 USD | Black Garden Bay, Anguilla | Anguilla Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Jeet’s Joy is located in Black Garden Bay with access to its own secluded beach on the tropical island of Anguilla. With over 4,500 square feet of lavishing living space, this contemporary villa features sweeping views of the Caribbean from every room. Enjoying al fresco meals on the spacious pool terrace is the perfect way to take in the spectacular views of the ocean while relaxing and reconnecting with friends and family.

Have fun by the pool!

Pleasanton Cattle Drive this Friday!

The Alameda County Fair is bringing an authentic cattle drive through Main Street in Pleasanton this Friday, June 16th to kick off its Opening Day celebration. Fair officials believe the cowboys, horses and steers will feel “right at home” in Downtown Pleasanton.

The cattle drive will start at the First Street and Stanley Boulevard intersection in Pleasanton, where cowboys and cowgirls will guide a herd of 150 cattle through the center of town down Main Street and Bernal Avenue and into the fairgrounds. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes.

No parking will be allowed on the following streets from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

  • Main Street between Bernal Avenue and Del Valle. (CLOSED FOR EVENT)
  • Rose Avenue between Gate 9 and Rose Avenue
  • Fair Street between Rose Avenue and Division Street
  • Division Street between Fair Street and Pleasanton Avenue
  • St. Mary between Pleasanton Avenue and Peters Street
  • Peters Street between St. Mary and St. John
  • St. John between Peters and Main Street
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“This is a first for Alameda County Fair and Downtown Pleasanton,” said Jerome Hoban, the Fair’s CEO. “After months of planning, we are excited to bring a real, western experience to our community. A hundred and fifty head of cattle forging their way through downtown will be a fun and unforgettable sight for kids and grown-ups alike. Bring your family and friends — you won’t want to miss this one. ”

Please join me at my office on Friday June 16th! We are located above Starbucks on the corner of Main and Rose, and our view will be perfect! Our address is 509 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA.

New Development Spotlight | All Around the Water

Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought after locations, in this special edition of the New Development Spotlight we explore three incredible waterfront developments in Greece, Florida and Mauritius.

Amanzoe-1The Villas at Amanzoe | Argolida, Greece | Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

In Argolida, Greece on the shores of the Aegean Sea, you will find the Villas at Amanzoe. Part of the Aman Residences network, this prestigious development is designed to maximize sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, the Saronic Gulf and the nearby island of Spetses.

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The villas are available for purchase and offer full access to the resort’s facilities and services; dedicated staff takes care of all guest needs, supported by the full resort team in making every day exceptional for owners and guests. Whether you choose to dine in the privacy of your villa, host a cocktail reception for friends and family, or indulge in a romantic beach dinner for two, the discreet staff strives to make the Amanzoe Villa experience unforgettable.

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Owners and guests can also enjoy the exclusive use of the Amanzoe Beach Club. Situated in a beautiful bay with sparkling turquoise waters, the Beach Club is only an eight-minute drive from the resort. The Beach Club provides refreshments, a dining area, children’s pool, additional lounging areas as well as two lap pools and water sports equipment.

Turnberry-1Turnberry Ocean Club | Sunny Isles Beach, Florida | ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Turnberry Ocean Club jets 54 stories into the sky along prime beachfront in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The Carlos Zapata/Robert Swedroe-designed high-rise masterpiece embraces the apex of Miami’s modernity movement; an amalgamation of glass, steel and towering white pillars intersected by sleek protruding balconies on all sides as well as a duo of cantilevered 30th-floor swimming pools and an al fresco fitness center overlooking the ocean.

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Comprising 154 three, four, five, and six-bedroom units, Turnberry Ocean Club will deliver each residence with direct oceanfront and bay views. Six stories of the structure are exclusively dedicated to a wide array of amenities, including the signature Sky Club on the 30th, 31st and 32nd floors.

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Ownership also affords membership privileges at the nearby Turnberry Isle Resort and Country Club. Developer and CEO, Jeffrey Soffer of Turnberry Associates continues to offer sophistication, helping to redefine South Florida through the company’s fifty years of experience.

Discover Luxury Developments from Around the World

Antoine-1St. Antoine Private Residence | Mauritius | Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty

Located on the north coast of Mauritius and embedded with tradition and authenticity, St. Antoine Private Residence is exclusively designed to enhance both indoor and outdoor living.

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Only ten minutes away from the hub of Grand-Baie, private schools, shopping, restaurants and bars, nightlife, and nautical activities can be easily accessed from the development, creating an opportunity to discover the heart of Mauritius. Fringed by the Indian Ocean on two sides, the development also boasts an unparalleled position that compels one to take the time to explore the land and the two nearby islets; Ile d’Ambre and Ile aux Bernaches.

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Comprising 100 luxury apartments and penthouses upon completion, a lifestyle at St. Antoine leverages the ambience, sights and sounds of Mauritius, and calls out to the truly adventurous spirit.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in June 2017

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

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$2,375,000 USD | Princeton, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

“…[Moses] Pyne’s 1901 Neo-Tudor country house, Rockwood Dairy, was spared no expense, and these intricate details are still seen throughout the home.”

A 19th-Century Princeton Home with Original Details Throughout – Mansion Global

Onetime Los Angeles Home of Groucho Marx Lists – Wall Street Journal

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday: 5 Mid-Century Modern Homes for Sale – Robb Report

A 16th-Century Florence-Area Villa that May Have Been Designed by Michelangelo – Mansion Global

Three Gorgeous Waterfront Estates for Sale – Galerie

1925 Mediterranean-Style House Above the Sunset Strip Seeks $2.3M – Curbed

Six Homes in Remote Places for Buyers Seeking Maximum Privacy – Financial Times

An 18th-Century Irish Home Set on 31 Verdant Acres – Mansion Global

English Tudor Revival Pours on the Ambience in Altadena – Los Angeles Times

Buying a Second House Just Got Easier – Architectural Digest

Melbourne’s ‘Rock Solid’ Suburb of Toorak Has Been Desirable for Over 100 Years – Mansion Global

10 Gorgeous Homes That Get Luxe Mountain Living Right – Elle Decor

Diamond Ring Purchased for $13 as Costume Jewelry Sells for $848K – CNN

Sotheby’s to Auction Santiago Barberi Gonzalez’s New York Estate – WWD

New & Notable Luxury Properties For Sale | June 2017

From a 15-acre ocean-to-lake estate in Florida to a Mediterranean-Inspired vineyard in France, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

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

Gemini, a 15-acre ocean-to-lake estate, is a true family compound. The estate offers a 12-bedroom main residence; two four-bedroom beachside cottages; the seven-bedroom Mango House; and a guest or staff house comprising four studios and apartments. In total, there are more than 30 bedrooms, a series of formal and informal living and dining areas, a media room, libraries, offices, numerous terraces, an expansive wine cellar and two elevators. The centerpiece main residence offers 62,200 square-feet of living space with both ocean and lake views.

NewYork$65,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

The Stanhope Penthouse is a five-bedroom penthouse duplex with spectacular terraces and captivating city views, bathed in extraordinary light. Perched high atop the Stanhope, this sun-drenched residence boasts tremendous garden-like terraces laid out by the brilliant landscape designer, Madison Cox. The triple mint condition aerie boasts an amazing 72 linear feet of frontage directly on Central Park and 10-foot high ceilings.

DubaiPrice Upon Request | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This architecturally magnificent beach palace is located in the privately gated community, Palm Jumeirah. With over 46,000 square-feet of interior living space, this bespoke villa finds itself in a truly a special location, with the best beachfront available for a private residence in Dubai. The beachfront provides full ocean and skyline back to the Burj Al Arab and the Dubai Marina. The villa offers ideal spaces for entertaining, sunbathing and watersport activity.

St. BarthPrice Upon Request | Columbier, St. Barthelemy | St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

This sprawling nine-bedroom, 10-and-one-half-bathroom estate, located in Colombier’s exclusive gated Domaine known as Les Étoiles, offers sensational views of the incoming yachts, Saba, Statia and the sunset. This very private property cascades down the hillside; it features a five-bedroom villa, a two-bedroom villa, a caretaker cottage and three swimming pools. La Grande Maison des Étoiles is the perfect choice for buyers seeking a very private, luxurious retreat.

France39.000.000 € EUR | Saint Tropez, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled in an exclusive, sought-after area, the Mas du Figuier is five minutes from the village of Saint-Tropez, the Place des Lices, the port, and the beaches of Pampelonne. With the architecture designed to blend the elegant interior with the olive, fruit and vineyard-rich exteriors, the Mas du Figuier offers a main residence of approx. 460 square-meters, a four-bedroom guest pavilion with its own swimming pool, a three-bedroom caretaker’s house, an independent wellness area, Pétanque field, and a tennis court among its amenities.

Discover New & Notable homes from around the world at venturesir.com

 

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in June 2017

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

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$149,000,000 USD | Gateway, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“With views of the surrounding multi-colored cliffs and La Sal Mountains, the house has an elevator and a two-level circular stone library with a domed roof.”

Discovery Channel Founder Lists Remote Ranch for $149 Million – Wall Street Journal

Buy a Beautiful Beachfront Home in Greece – Robb Report

In Melbourne, a Modern House with a Classical Air – Mansion Global

Beverly Grove Contemporary Takes a Balinese Approach – Los Angeles Times

House of the Week: IDEO Founder’s Californian Hideaway – WWD

Homes that Put the Ball in Your Court – Wall Street Journal

For Sale: 7 Homes by Notable Architects – The Week

5 Luxury Homes with Outrageously Beautiful Libraries – Forbes

Venice is Full of Secret Palazzos for Sale – Bloomberg

An Instant Landmark Raises its Dual Faces in Highland Park – Los Angeles Times

Amsterdam’s Canal Ring District Has Historic Charm and Water Views – Mansion Global

London’s Rivals: What Luxembourg Can Offer Relocating Financiers – Financial Times

House Hunting in… Canada – The New York Times

New Zealand Attracting Local and Foreign Buyers, Sees Price Jumps and Record Sales – Mansion Global

San Francisco: The New Hip Areas Attracting City’s Tech Workers – Financial Times

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

RM Sotheby’s 2017 Ferrari-only Auction Announced – Classic & Performance Car

Art & Home | Royal Welcome

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From April’s volume of Art & HomeIyna Bort Caruso takes us into the royal world of castles.

In the world of luxury real estate, perhaps no single category of residence rises to the level of fantasy than the castle.

Germany, England, Spain and most notably France are among the countries with high concentrations of historic manors, where bedrooms number in the dozens, square footage is measured in the tens of thousands and amenities include moats, lookout towers and turrets.

Scotland£6,000,000 GBP | Edinburgh, Scotland | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

The United States has its share of palatial counterparts, too, even if they don’t have 900-year-old masonry, says Elizabeth Corbin Murphy of Chambers, Murphy & Burge Historical Architecture in Akron, Ohio. “The estates of Newport, Rhode Island, are wonderful examples, but you can have a castle in any city depending on its culture and context. A structure of character that is reflective of the society that builds it and the craftspeople who contribute to it–that’s a castle.” Her firm’s landmark restoration projects have included the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, now a museum in Grosse Point Shores, Michigan, and Thomas Jefferson’s privy at Monticello in Virginia.

Turns out it can be surprisingly attainable to be king–or queen–of one’s castle. While fully restored palaces close to major centers like Paris, Geneva or London can exceed $30 million, others are on a par with two-bedroom apartments in those same cities, says Alexander V. G. Kraft, chairman of Sotheby’s International Realty France and author of “Living in Luxury” (Thames & Hudson, NY). “Prices can start at or even below $700,000 for smaller castles in rural locations in need of some updating.”

Rhode Island$17,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty

In areas with low labor costs, a ready pool of artisans and local tax incentives, ownership is even more attractive. Still, a castle is less an investment to round out a portfolio than a passion project.

“From a practical standpoint, a castle’s solid stone construction and centuries of modifications can make such ordinary tasks as re-plumbing or re-wiring extremely challenging,” Kraft says. Owning a castle takes “deep pockets and patience,” he adds.  And it also takes someone who approaches restoration with respect and balance.

FrancePrice Upon Request | Uzes, France | Uzes Sotheby’s International Realty

“There’s nothing wrong with making a castle your home,” says Murphy. “Everyone has to feel like it’s their own and not the ghosts who went before. But being able to soak up the legacy of the families who invested in the property and the craftsmen who built it is the reward and responsibility of ownership.”

Germany6.400.000 € EUR | North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany | Cologne Sotheby’s International Realty

Kraft agrees–he knows the rewards first-hand. He owns a restored 19th century hunting château in Provence. “One gets to live in an unusual, beautiful environment and become the guardian of a piece of history,” he says. “How many people can say that, even amongst the world’s elite?”

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

 

Sotheby’s RealtyExpands Presence in New Jersey

Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty to Serve Luxury Residential Real Estate Market  in Avalon and Stone Harbor, New Jersey

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Tim Kerr’s Powerplay Realty in Avalon, New Jersey, is the newest member of its network and will now do business as Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty.

Founded in 1992, the boutique firm is led by Owner Tim Kerr and Broker Ryan Vince. Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty will serve the luxury residential real estate market in Avalon and Stone Harbor, New Jersey, along the shore community of Seven Mile Island.

“Tim Kerr and his team are homegrown professionals who are deeply knowledgeable about the local real estate market and have a proven track record of success,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Seven Mile Island is a charming beach community with an attractive luxury residential real estate market.  It is a dynamic area known for its family-friendly atmosphere, beach and water sports, restaurants, and exclusive shopping.  We are proud to welcome Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty to our global network,”

“This community is not just where we do business, it is our home,” said Kerr.  “We are dedicated to providing personal service and building relationships to assure client satisfaction. The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is the perfect complement to the unique and prestigious market of Seven Mile Island. Moreover, affiliating with the brand lends us a credibility and provides us with the tools and global connections to further grow our company.  We are thrilled to be representing the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in our local market.”

Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 2821 Dune Drive in Avalon.  With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty network now has 41 branded offices throughout the state, giving the brand a significant presence in luxury residential real estate markets along the Jersey shoreline, from Rumson to Cape May, as well as major feeder markets to the shore.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide.  In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD.  Tim Kerr 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.