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Walla Walla, Washington | Market Spotlight

imagereader.aspx-2$849,000 USD | Walla Walla, Washington | Walla Walla Sotheby’s International Realty

“The Walla Walla Valley is a place where scenic beauty, incredible wineries, restaurants, cultural inspiration, outdoor adventures and small town friendliness come together to create an experience you’ll want to share again and again. Walla Walla has a diverse real estate market ranging from small downtown cottages to large acreage vineyards and farms. Four distinct seasons provide for year round activities and enjoyment. In the warmer months Walla Walla and the surrounding areas provide a wealth of outdoor activities including cycling, hiking, boating, fishing and camping and in the winter months there are two ski areas nearby for snow enthusiasts. A vibrant reflection of the past and the present, downtown Walla Walla is the place where you begin to discover what makes Walla Walla so special. A walk down tree-lined streets reveals an eclectic mix of vintage shops, boutiques, cafes, bookstores, tasting rooms, restaurants and more. Add in the numerous pieces of public art and special events, live theater productions, the Walla Walla Symphony, the seasonal Farmers Market and outdoor concerts, and you begin to see why our downtown area has been recognized time and again as one of the best small town Main Streets in the United States. The Walla Walla Valley has long been known as one of the most fertile agricultural areas in the nation, producing such crops as wheat, apples, asparagus, corn, strawberries and the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onions. However, it’s the wine country for which Walla Walla is now most celebrated. With more than 100 wineries representing a wide range of varietals, it doesn’t take long to see why. Walla Walla Wine Country offers the rare opportunity to experience not only world-class wines but to meet the winemakers, vintners, and family members carrying on the wine tradition. Tucked in the southeast corner of Washington State, Walla Walla is a Lifestyle choice where everyone is treated like a local.”

– Cherie Colon, Owner & Managing Broker, Walla Walla Sotheby’s International Realty

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Australia with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

Queensland

 $7,500,000 AUD | Queensland, Australia | Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s existing affiliate brokerage Gold Coast Sotheby’s International Realty in Queensland, Australia will now do business as Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty under the current owner and managing director, Paul Arthur, and will expand to provide luxury residential real estate services throughout the state of Queensland.

Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty is expected to open its newest office in the capital city of Brisbane in March 2016, with further plans for expansion in the markets of Noosa, Cairns and the Whitsundays & Islands in the later part of 2016.

“Queensland is known for its unique beauty and global appeal and has long been a leading tourist destination – the area is seeing increasing interest from buyers of international real estate,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to providing our network’s exclusive real estate services in luxury property destinations around the world and we are proud that our brand presence in Queensland in expanding.”

Queensland is the second-largest and third-most-populous state in Australia. Located in northeast Australia, its coast, stretching nearly 7,000 kilometers, is also known for the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system.

“The timing to expand operations in the Gold Coast area and throughout Queensland has never been better,” said Arthur. “We have extreme confidence in the region, acknowledging the inherent domestic and international appeal of this market. The area is renowned for tourism and a wonderful lifestyle with its many homes and apartments along the waterways and oceanfront. Our goal is to deliver exceptional customer service through our best-in-class associates, whom reflect our prestigious brand position.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,000 sales associates located in approximately 825 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide.  Queensland 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.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in January 2016

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

LAPrice Upon Request | Los Angeles, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage

“The Los Angeles home of artist Shepard Fairey is going on the market for $1.84 million, according to real-estate agent Patricia Ruben of Sotheby’s International Realty. The Mediterranean-style home, built in the 1920s, has four bedrooms and measures roughly 2,500 square feet.”

Artist Shepard Fairey Lists in Los Angeles for $1.84 Million – Wall Street Journal

Seeking Ranchland in Texas, Where Wealth is Measured in Acres – The New York Times

7 Houses with Indoor Pools You Can Buy Now – Elle Decor

A Country House Fit for Winnie the Pooh Asks $8.8 Million – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Mexico – The New York Times

Listing of the Day: Wine Country Modern – Mansion Global

A View of the Bridge from Colorful Penthouse – Wall Street Journal

Former Seahawks WR Nate Burleson Selling Washington Home – Realtor.com

Taft House in Georgetown was Home to History and A-list Parties – The Washington Post

Why Over-65s Dominate the Housing Market in Florida’s Palm Beach – Financial Times

Affluent Chinese See Upscale Safe Haven in Seattle Area – The Seattle Times

Retromobile Paris: 1950s Ferrari Could Smash Auction Records at Car Show – CNN

Sotheby’s to Auction Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire’s Personal Items – WWD

 

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2016 Colors of the Year | Serenity & Rose Quartz

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Pantone®, the global color authority announced, for the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year.

According to Pantone, joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

Explore places and spaces with atmospheres enhanced, complimented and inspired by Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Texas$24,000,000 USD | Dallas, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Take in breathtaking 360-degree urban panoramas from Dallas’ highest and most prestigious residence. An iconic architectural work of art, Museum Tower extends 42 stories skyward from the 68-acre downtown Arts District located in the heart of Dallas. Offering unobstructed views of Dallas and fronting Kyle Warren Park, Museum Tower provides an exceptional array of services and amenities including 24-hour concierge service, private gathering and event spaces, outdoor pool, great lawn and outdoor terrace, state-of-the-art fitness center, house car service, and  much more.

BVIPrice Upon Request | Tortola, British Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Rhumb House is a unique, privately owned six-bedroom villa with a two-bedroom guesthouse perched atop a private hill on almost two acres overlooking the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Boasting splendid panoramas and tranquil seclusion, it is only a short distance from the airport, white sand beaches and the island capital. Offering a unique blend of luxury and natural beauty, this is the perfect place for a family vacation home, or a romantic retreat.

New York$16,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

This 12-room Pre-War Trophy Penthouse is situated on the 17th and 18th floors offering four-bedrooms, five-baths, a sunlit solarium, wrap terrace and private roof top terrace. The private entry leads into the grand gallery where archways guide you into the extraordinary home. The vibrant living and dining rooms are ultimate entertaining spaces with coffered ceilings and original, Palladian style French doors that open onto the expansive wrap terrace. The epicurean kitchen offers the finest finishes and appliances, with a custom pantry and maid’s room. The double height, sunlit solarium with bright white marble flooring makes this room appear to float above the City.

Mexico$6,950,000 USD | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty

Located approximately five miles south of Puerto Vallarta, this home is nestled in a lush wooded area, where the mountain joins the sea, in a natural rainforest sanctuary bordered by the calm blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Casa Papelillos boasts an unbeatable location in Banderas Bay; in the exclusive subdivision El Pardon, this retreat was designed by renowded architect Ricardo Elias for total privacy, serenity and security.

TCI$2,550,000 USD | Turks & Caicos | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

An Elevated Villa Experience that offers the perfect blend of footprints-in-the-sand living and majestic hilltop views of Providenciales’ North Shore, this magnificent three bedroom SWA Architects custom-designed home, set in a gated and managed nine home community, provides modern Caribbean living with ocean view master bedrooms, open living and dining, vaulted ceilings, multiple outdoor terraces, built in BBQ area and infinity pool. Project amenities include gated entrance, security, reception, fitness center with yoga terrace, on site apartment for attendant, Home Owners Association and tailored rental and management program.

South AfricaR 22 950 000 ZAR | Cape Town, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Designed by visionary Architect Greg Wright, this fully furnished three bedroomed penthouse with study on two levels, is decorated to international specifications. Strong, clean lines define the contemporary and timeless structure which overlooks the coveted enclave of Bali Bay. Glamorous terraces and glass rim-flow infinity pool complement the sophisticated interior palette of bleached American oak, Volakas marble and neutral ceasarstone.

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Video of the Week: Extraordinary Waterfront Lodge in Nelson, New Zealand

$8,900,000 NZD | Nelson, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Chosen for its captivating views over the sparkling Tasman Sea, the dramatic natural beauty of this location has been artfully balanced with an extraordinary feat of outstanding contemporary architecture.

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Luxury Lifestyles | Farm & Ranch Living

Is there a more significant and powerful acquisition than purchasing a massive segment of earth? Whether it’s a trophy ranch of 250 acres or a mega-ranch consisting of tens or hundreds of thousands of acres, vast properties are where more and more elite-level buyers are investing their resources. Look how the list of America’s largest landowners bears a striking resemblance to the Forbes list of the country’s wealthiest individuals.

Ranch, forest, farm or wilderness, there are numerous reasons why those who can afford it are attracted to colossal parcels: to provide privacy and an opportunity to explore a range of uses and recreational interests; to create a memorable “base camp” for extended family; to create a legacy asset to pass to future generations; to capitalize on its resources; or for the purposes of conservation and responsible stewardship. They can also be highly beneficial additions to portfolios.

Colorado$45,000,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

“High-net-worth buyers see them as opportunities to diversify into hard assets,” says Bill Fandel, Vice President and Managing Broker at Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty. “There’s stability in them as an investment. It’s a tangible asset that can be used and enjoyed.”

It takes more than great wealth, however, to successfully purchase and maximize a monumental property. Here are a few factors to consider when shopping immense acreage:

Choose the right location

No amount of land is worth owning if it can’t be accessed or easily enjoyed. For most buyers proximity to a destination market or natural attraction, such as the ocean or a ski resort town, is going to enhance the value of the land and the lifestyle. Distance to airports or private airstrips, not to mention provisions and hospitals, should also be taken into consideration.

Savvy buyers often look for properties adjacent to public lands, a scenario that can radically enlarge the holding—500 acres abutting a national forest can effectively increase the size of the purchase tens of thousands of acres. And while it may seem elementary, views, climate, security, privacy and character of the land must be ideal to provide a lifetime of enjoyment.

GreecePrice Upon Request | Spetses, Greece | Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Determine what the land will be used for

The purpose of the land will also dictate the place. Is this a private retreat for hunting, fishing or hiking? Will it be and equestrian property, or used for philanthropic or conservation purposes? Is the land intended to be profitable through harvesting natural resources or, increasingly, grazing livestock? An explicit intent of how and why the land will be utilized will ensure that buyers are searching in the correct environment and properly examining the land’s features.

Know the upkeep

Some buyers mistakenly think once the deed is signed they can let their acquisition sit. But mega-ranches and other enormous plots of land usually require diligent upkeep and improvements. Fences, invasive animals, utility protection, fire mitigation, undergrowth clearing, noxious weed eradication—these issues and countless others require ongoing attention.

Timbered properties may need less oversight, but farm and equestrian purchases in particular demand large, specialized operations. Prospective buyers should find out if the property has a manager or staff that oversees it and consider extending their employment. These are the people most familiar with the water, utilities, systems, recreational components, irrigation and all other land peculiarities.

Georgia$17,500,000 USD | Gainesville, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Make sure the infrastructure is in place

Closely examine the quality of the property’s existing infrastructure. Are the roads navigable year-round? Are the gas, electric and water lines in good repair? If you plan on building on the site, are there convenient utility systems that can be tapped?

Getting an undeveloped parcel of real estate up to a livable condition can add an unexpected layer of expense. Trenching an electric or gas line several miles into the heart of a property, for instance, can seriously elevate costs. Be ready.

Control water and mineral rights

Water rights are not a paramount concern in the Southeast or in many parts of the U.S. but carry great consequences in others.

“The quality of water rights adds or subtracts significant value to properties, particularly in the American west,” says Fandel. In dry areas it is critical to understand how a property accesses both potable and irrigated water. There may be cases where large landowners must sacrifice, by law, water to neighboring properties during droughts.

Understanding mineral rights, and what lies beneath the surface of a parcel, is equally crucial. Be certain no other entity is legally entitled to drill, frack or mine on land you buy.

Idaho$19,500,000 USD | Hailey, Idaho | Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty

Clear the title

Many of today’s largest land acquisitions are assemblages of various smaller parcels, which, if past propriety is murky or tangled, can lead to future legal complications. Take extra care to verify the titles are clear to ensure that no outside agency can make a claim against your investment.

Fandel says some large land holdings that come on the market are trading for the first time since they were homesteaded in the late 1800’s. In these cases clear titles can be a concern and assessing the state of the property can be difficult since some continuously held private land might not have kept time with changing regulations. What’s there? What’s buried underground? A sale can be the first peek behind the curtain, so to speak, in five or six generations. Take caution.

Essentially, Fandel says, “You want to understand the history of ownership behind these big properties.”

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in January 2016

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

France

 € 4.750.000 EUR | Aquitaine, France | Bordeaux Sotheby’s International Realty

“The refurbished castle retains original features such as carved and painted wooden beams, parquet flooring, fireplaces and exposed stonework.”

Hold that Fort: Five Castles up for Sale – Financial Times

A Beachfront Retreat in Hawaii on Sale for $25 Million – Architectural Digest

House Hunting in… Uruguay – The New York Times

NFL Great Terry Bradshaw Gets His Price for 12-acre Hawaiian Estate – Los Angeles Times

Listing of the Day: A Hotel-like Townhouse in Manhattan – Mansion Global

A Mediterranean-style Villa in Australia Listed for $13.2 Million – Architectural Digest

$950,000 Homes in California, Louisiana and Washington State – The New York Times

Home of the Day: An Ocean-view Perch on Catalina Island – Los Angeles Times

Weakening Currency, Strengthening Economy Bolster Canadian Real Estate – Luxury Daily

Realogy Tops Charts with 33 Leaders Named Among the 200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate for 2015-16 – Realogy

8 Essentials for a Dreamy Bathroom Retreat – Veranda

Rare Chinese Porcelain Collection Expected to Fetch £20M at Auction – The Guardian

Sotheby’s Brings Artwork to Life Ahead of Master Paintings Sale – Luxury Daily

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Welcome Home | Grand Entrances

First impressions are important and can greatly influence perception. Considering that aspect alone, a property’s entry has the distinct opportunity to make a statement and create an unforgettable first impression. Whether it’s a sweeping entryway out front or an ornate foyer inside, let’s explore homes that showcase grand entrances.

Grand Entrances 1 - NJ

$4,500,000 USD | Colonia, New Jersey | Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

New Jersey – Sculpted copper double doors open to the stately entryway of this extravagant mansion in Colonia, New Jersey.  With majestic chandeliers hanging overhead, the foyer is a double-storied room surrounded by marble, granite, hand-crafted molding, gold-leaf accents and a grand staircase leading to the mezzanine.  The home additionally features a paneled library, chef’s kitchen, master bedroom compound, prince and princess suites, guest suite, saloon-style bar, media room and pool with hot tub, slide and waterfall.

Grand Entrances 2 - GA

 $25,000,000 USD | Atlanta, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Atlanta – Greeted by an alluring entrance, pulling up to this pristine Atlanta, Georgia estate is nothing short of impressive.  The property has two gated and secured residential entrances and the front of the home has a grand brick driveway, fountain and sweeping staircase leading to a double-door entryway.  In addition, the home has a resort-style infinity pool, tennis court, theater, ballroom with catering kitchen, fully-equipped gym and presidential-level security system.

Grand Entrances 3 - Bahamas

 $21,000,000 USD | Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas | Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty

Bahamas – Located in the exclusive gated community of Old Fort Bay in Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas, this beachfront estate is designed to cater to the indoor/outdoor lifestyle.  The home’s inspiring entryway features a dramatic double staircase and pocket glass sliding doors with views of the adjacent beach.  The property also has a living and dining room with covered terrace, two-story guest house and a pool deck with a mosaic tile infinity pool, outdoor shower, elevated sundeck and oceanside jacuzzi.

Grand Entrances 4 - FL

$12,950,000 USD | Coral Gables, Florida | ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Florida – Designed by architect Jeffrey Howard, the impressive entrance of this distinguished retreat in Coral Gables, Florida features a circular brick driveway with a fountain centerpiece, topical landscaping and double doors leading to a marble foyer with 28-foot ceilings.  The home features seven bedrooms, an elevator, chef’s kitchen, home theater and a billiards room.  Outside, there is a babbling brook, koi pond, 60-foot Banyan tree, swimming pool, 10-person spa, four-car garage and a 40-foot boat slip.

Grand Entrances 5 - Spain

 €8.000.000 EUR | Andalucia, Spain | Kristina Szekely Sotheby’s International Realty

Spain – A regal villa in Andalusia, Spain, this entryway to this home features an elegant Versailles-inspired twin staircase.  The five-bedroom mansion has a fully-equipped kitchen, large terrace, outdoor barbecue area, gym, swimming pool and landscaped garden.  The property is located on a cul-de-sac in a coveted area of Sotogrande.

 

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Video of the Week: Timeless Elegance in Lake Placid, New York

$9,000,000 USD | Lake Placid, New York | Select Sotheby’s International Realty

This home was impeccably designed, constructed and decorated by a premier architect, builder and interior designer in the Adirondacks. Each fixture, finish and feature have been thoughtfully and tastefully selected. The centerpiece of the home is the glass elevator, surrounded by the grand staircase with a custom designed wrought iron railing. This nine year old, 11,000 square foot home on picturesque Mirror Lake epitomizes timeless elegance and seamlessly blends into the 325 feet of shore line featuring remarkable views of the High Peaks and the inviting village of Lake Placid, NY.

 

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Luxury Living | CES 2016

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2016’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) came to a close last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Showcasing the latest and greatest in consumer technology, more and more every year the show is geared toward interesting and innovative gadgets to make your home smarter, safer and state-of-the-art. Let’s explore some highlights from this year’s show and discover pieces that may find their way into your home.

KitchenAppliance_Main_1Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator | Not Yet Priced

Last week Samsung introduced to the world its Family Hub Refrigerator. Connected via WIFI, the Family Hub helps manage your refrigerator’s inventory, tracks product expiration dates and communicates information directly to your smartphone or tablet. “We are transforming the communal kitchen experience for consumers in ways that will re-define how they view and use their refrigerator,” said John Herrington, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Home Appliances, Samsung Electronics America. “Now more than ever, we are delivering in a big way on the promise of the Internet of Things.” The Family Hub also features built in speakers for playing music and a 21.5-inch full HD LCD display on the door. It will be available this Spring.

LG-Styler-Clothing-Care-System-2015-newThe LG Styler | Approximately $2,000 USD

Boasting that it welcomes, “a new era of clothing care,” the LG Styler is closet that steams and cleans your clothes. Already for sale, the machine is a luxurious companion to your wardrobe; the Styler kills 99.9% of germs and 92% of the chemicals leftover from a typical dry-cleaning service. The machine is available in various sizes and capacities and LG hopes to see these installed in Airports as well as Hotels, Offices and Restaurants.

caiman_3d-main1Sensorwake | $109 USD

Waking up every morning isn’t always the most extraordinary part of your day; jarring commonplace alarm clocks do not help. Enter the Sensorwake Alarm Clock. Equipped with aroma modules, this unique alarm wakes you by quietly flooding your olfactory senses with a scent of your choice. This gentler alarm clock also features an optional audio alarm to co-exist with its innovative alternative wake up call. The Sensorwake is currently available for pre-order.

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 2.09.25 PMNetamo Presence | Not Yet Priced

Home security played a huge role in this year’s showcase at CES. French-based company Netamo’s Presence is a smart home ecosystem featuring a state-of-the-art outdoor camera to keep a close eye on your property with vehicle, person and animal detection. The system allows the user to set up specific alert zones within the camera’s scope and can be monitored from smartphones and tablets alike.

160108123114-ces-2015-hits-flops-transparent-tv-780x439Panasonic “Transparent TV” | Prototype

Though we’re still a few years away from seeing this come to market, Panasonic’s “Transparent TV” technology may just revolutionize how TVs fit into our living and entertaining spaces. When not in use, the bookshelf behind the TV is visible, but when the TV is woken up, a full HD screen instantly appears over the space. State-of-the-art controls and LED technology bring this prototype to life.

Explore all of the highlights from CES 2016

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