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Sotheby’s International Realty Enters Roatán Honduras

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s expansion in the Caribbean with the opening of Roatán Sotheby’s International Realty on the island of Roatán off the coast of Honduras.

Roatán Sotheby’s International Realty, led by Owner Matt Camron and Operations Manager Micheline Dupont, will serve the luxury residential real estate market throughout Roatán and the neighboring Caribbean Bay Islands of Utila and Guanaja.

“Roatán is an attractive second home market offering residents tranquil Caribbean living and a preeminent level of privacy,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are proud to have the brand represented in this region by Roatán Sotheby’s International Realty.”

According to Camron, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand provides unrivaled access to qualified buyers around the world. “Our mission at Roatán Sotheby’s International Realty is to create long-term relationships with our clients by offering the best real estate experience possible through our full-service approach,” he said. “The Caribbean Bay Islands are a hidden gem of pristine beaches, world class diving and lush forests. We are delighted to share our special part of the world with global clientele.”

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.  Roatán 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.

Market Spotlight | Croatia

One of the newest regions added to the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s global presence, Croatia is known for its history, waterfront lifestyle and idyllic islands. Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty’s Co-Owner, Marko Pažanin, discusses the nation’s landscape and current luxury real estate climate

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“Our luxury real estate market is ready to blossom,” says Pažanin. “There is great potential here and we’re seeing a lot of expansion. [Croatia] as a destination is becoming globally recognizable, with an ever-growing interest in tourism, but also investments. We’re in constant contact with investors and looking for projects that meet the high standards of our clientele.”

“Our luxury real estate market is ready to blossom,” – Marko Pažanin, co-owner, Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty

Like in many other places around the world, people are attracted Croatia’s rich history. “Current trends show that buyers are interested in homes in the hearts of our historic cities such as Split, Dubrovnik, and Opatiia,” says Pažanin. “We also know that buyers are interested in exclusive, coastal homes on the beaches of the Dalmatian Islands. In terms of architecture, our clients are looking for modern homes that provide a sense of comfort and familiarity. This is a new trend in a market where Mediterranean-inspired design dominates; mostly built in the beginning of the 20th century, these homes are being revitalized for contemporary standards.”

Explore destinations around the world in past Market Spotlights

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As the country’s luxury real estate market is still in its infancy, the price range here offers an excellent value opportunity for prospective investors. “Luxury villas on the coast start at approximately 1.000.000 EUR, while the apartments in the core of our city centers start at around 300.000 EUR,” says Pažanin. “We are attracting buyers from all over the world along with domestic entrepreneurs, athletes, doctors and military professionals.”

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The country has a lot to offer, which is why well-known athletes like former NBA star Dino Rađa and former FC Barçelona footballer Goran Vucević call it home. “Croatia, as a destination, is recognizable not only for its natural beauty, clean air and vibrant sea, but also its unique cultural and historical heritage.”

Discover more about Croatia at venturesir.com

 

The Sotheby’s International Realty Interactive Experience

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The landscape of how we interact with the world around us is in constant flux; every day, the connections we make with people, the tools we rely on, and even our homes find us utilizing more technology. Our digital touchpoints, the mobile devices, computers, and smart tech that surrounds us, helps us to navigate the world within our lifestyles. Whether it’s setting an important reminder, listening to music, or searching for your next home, it’s impossible to ignore the internet of things.

Sotheby’s International Realty on Apple TV

Families and individuals alike spend a large portion of time in front of their TVs; and with our screens getting smarter and more connected every day, we launched one of the first luxury real estate apps for Apple’s TvOS. Powered by the amazing visuals produced by the brand’s local affiliates the world over, the Sotheby’s International Realty Apple TV app has been created to take full advantage of the largest high-definition displays, allowing you to immerse yourself in the global reach of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand – a premium real estate experience unlike any other.

Discover more about the Sotheby’s International Realty Apple TV App

Matterport Virtual Home Tours

Virtual Reality is a concept that’s found itself leaping from the worlds of Science-Fiction and into our very real lives. As reported by Inman as a leader in this space, the addition of 3D and Virtual Realty (VR) tours to sothebysrealty.com was designed to create an immersive experience, allowing for personal tours of homes around the world. Experience homes online like never before, using the 3D view option and explore the entire home, or take advantage of the VR experience through a compatible mobile device such as iPhone or Android phones paired with a VR headset.

Both the Sotheby’s International Realty Apple TV app and the VR tours on sothebysrealty.com all you to experience homes from the comfort of your own – taking you and those with you on a previously impossible journey through homes all over the world.

Sotheby’s International Realty on YouTube


Video is an important form of media, and we’ve embraced it. As we reported last week, the brand’s YouTube channel celebrated a milestone as it reached 30 million video views – making it the most subscribed to and viewed real estate channel on the platform.

SIR Mobile

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More than half of home searches start on mobile devices; this makes perfect sense. Our phones (and tablets) travel with us everywhere we go and bridge most of our connections. SIR Mobile is our user-friendly GPS-enabled real estate listings app that brings our global collection of luxury homes and expert Real Estate Agents to the palm of your hand. Available on both the Google Play App Store and Apple’s App Store, this powerful mobile tool allows you to search for a new home wherever you are.

Explore luxury homes around the world on venturesir.com

 

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in July 2017

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

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$34,950,000 USD | Southampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

“At 23,000-square-feet, the newly built estate at 6 Olde Towne in Southampton—affectionally referred to as “Summerhouse”—beats out “La Dune” in square footage but just 1,000-square-feet.”

The Largest House for Sale in the Hamptons Just Hit the Market for $35M – Curbed

Houston Home Built for a Prince Asks $20 Million – Wall Street Journal

Looking for a Sand Castle? Five High-End Beach Homes for Sale – Financial Times

$2.2 Million Homes in Vermont, South Carolina and Pennsylvania – The New York Times

A Batman-Worthy Modern Mansion in Brisbane, Australia – Mansion Global

The $165M Home in Palm Beach, Florida – and Other Bargains – Financial Times

A Cliffside Villa in Naples – in Pictures – The Guardian

For Sale: 6 Breathtaking Summer Beach Houses – The Week

My Very Own Versailles: Homeowners Who Re-Create the French Palace – Wall Street Journal

Los Altos Hills: A Playground for Silicon Valley’s Biggest Stars – Mansion Global

The Other Side of São Paulo: Beach Havens for the Super-Rich – Financial Times

House Hunting in… Amsterdam – The New York Times

Brazilians Returning to Miami to Buy – Mansion Global

10 Ultimate Waterfront Homes We’re Coveting Now – Elle Decor

Rare 1931 Pencil Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi up for Sotheby’s Auction – Economic Times

 

 

Sotheby’s New York | The Flown Apollo 13 Flight Plan

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One of the most exciting pieces in Sotheby’s July 20th Space Exploration sale is the Flown Flight Plan from the Apollo 13 Mission. Used by the crew on the spacecraft during the mission, it bears the handwriting and detailed notes of all three crew members, with Mission Commander James Lovell’s writing in black felt-tip pen, Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise’s notes in pencil and Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert’s notes in blue ballpoint pen.

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The document records in exacting detail the actions taken by the crew during the mission, including the crucial changes to the flight plan communicated to them by Capcom after the explosion, and the innovative procedures that saved the crew’s lives. It is an incredible eyewitness account of the most dramatic and harrowing mission of the Apollo program.

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Ken Mattingly, whose handwriting appears in the flight plan in red ink, was originally slated to be Command Module Pilot. After unwittingly being exposed to the German measles, he was pulled from the mission despite Lovell’s protests, and replaced with Jack Swigert. NASA had Johnson Space Centre artist Barbara Matelski hand-draw and sign caricatures of the crew members, and inserted them in the flight plan as a surprise prank.

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The flight plan was signed and inscribed by the Apollo 13 crew, and presented by them as a gift to Turnage Robert “Bob” Lindsey, the Lead Flight Planner for Apollo 13: “To Bob – A truly perfect flight plan as far as we got. We know it would have led us by the hand the rest of the way also. Thanks for this remarkable document which we carried to the moon on odyssey 11-17 april 1970. Fred Haise. James Lovell. Jack Swigert.”

Discover more from the Space Exploration sale

imagereader.aspx-2$3,200,000 USD | Horseshoe Bay, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

From wonders of outer space to the gleaming shores of Horseshoe Bay, follow Captain James Lovell and experience his home in Texas.

 

The 35th America’s Cup

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June has been a busy month for the island of Bermuda. Located in the Atlantic, roughly 700 miles off of the coast of North Carolina, Bermuda has played host to the 35th America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in International Sports. The sailing regatta has seen teams from Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, the United States, and New Zealand compete against each other on AC45F catamarans in the Great Sound, a body of water located in the center of the hook shaped, reef encircled island. However, The AC45F’s are not the only boats racing in the turquoise waters; earlier this month saw the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta take place with yachts in class A, B, C, and J competing against each other off the islands South Shore.

Rego Sotheby’s International Realty, based in Bermuda, had front row seats to the enjoyable race. With the Atlantic Ocean surrounding the 21-square-foot island, many homes are fortunate enough to have the ideal vantage points to enjoy the races in Bermuda’s natural turquoise arena.

Overlooking the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta:

Bermuda1Starting at $3,800,000 USD | Hamilton, Bermuda | Rego Sotheby’s International Realty

Seamlessly blending contemporary interiors with refined casual living, The Loren offers hotel condominium ownership opportunities with its newly constructed en-suite three bedroom villas in the exclusive neighborhood of Tucker’s Town in Hamilton Parish. In close proximity to the airport, The Loren overlooks the sparkling waters of Bermuda’s South Shore and offers hotel amenities including beachside dining, spa, multiple restaurants, a bar and a beach club. The boutique enclave embraces privacy with the finest attention to detail that makes both guests and owners feel right at home in paradise.

Bermuda2$23,000,000 USD | Hamilton, Bermuda | Rego Sotheby’s International Realty

The Old Battery property includes the large main residence with two self-contained apartments, plus two fully operational guest cottages. The beautifully planted sweeping grounds, the dazzling views of the ocean and south shore are nothing short of spectacular. Upon entering the ground floor, one is captivated by the spacious formal two-story high living room with its magnificent Palladian staircase. A handsome cedar paneled bar, a dramatically designed powder room and wine cellar serve this gorgeous voluminous space. The upper floor surrounded by a gallery, overlooks the living room below. All of the south-facing rooms open onto patios, gardens leading to the main private beach below the cliffs, and the gorgeous infinity pool area.

Experience perspectives from local experts in guest blogs from around the world

Bermuda3$6,550,000 USD | Smith’s Parish, Bermuda | Rego Sotheby’s International Realty

As you pass through the old pineapple gates, the entire property lies before you as if gazing out to sea. Upon entering Skye Point, you will be stunned by the view of the Atlantic Ocean. The property also features a beautiful pool and cabana which are located atop the edge of the ocean, providing a spectacular view along the South Shore. This private estate has extensive indoor and outdoor spaces ideal for entertaining or enjoying the peace and quiet this secluded over two-acre property offers next to the Spittal Pond Nature Reserve (and connects via a pathway to its network of trails). This is the first-time Skye Point has been offered for sale since the 1960s.

Overlooking the 35th America’s Cup:

Bermuda4$10,650,000 USD | Warwick, Bermuda | Rego Sotheby’s International Realty

This spectacular gated private estate owned by Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones offers stunning harbor views in a park like oasis. The center piece of the property is a large elegant yet informal 1827 ivy covered home. The beautifully restored main house has a spacious living room with fireplace, dining room, gourmet kitchen and children’s suite containing two bedrooms, two bathrooms, music room and den. Included on this beautiful, manicured 3 plus acre estate are spacious lawns, an opulent fruit orchard, herb gardens, tennis court with covered viewing pavilion and a gated pool.

Bermuda5$7,800,000 USD | Pembroke, Bermuda | Rego Sotheby’s International Realty

Experience the America’s Cup events with private front row seats from your own backyard.  “Random Rocks” is a beautiful waterfront home that captures all that is the gracious Bermudian lifestyle.  Situated in one of the islands most private neighborhoods, this property has unrivaled outdoor spaces.  The pool, tennis court and guest cottage are all set amidst the nearly four acres of mature landscaped gardens found in this carefully maintained property, having all the right places for entertaining and family living.

Find waterfront property at venturesir.com

 

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.