Must-See Art Exhibitions in London

With the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games underway the city is bustling with excitement.  Olympians, tourists and Londoners alike are enjoying the Olympic games and other cultural events happening around the city. VisitLondon.com has collected the Top 10 Art Exhibitions in London.  Here are a selection of events from the list.

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

The 244th annual Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art exhibition, and displays some of the best contemporary works from both new and distinguished artists.  From over 11,000 submissions, just 1,200 pieces were selected which includes paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, film, architectural models and books. The exhibition runs through August 12th.

Photo: John Bodkin, DawkinsColour

Damien Hirst at Tate Modern

With more than 70 works from over two decades, the Damien Hirst exhibition at Tate Modern is the largest British survey of work from the prominent artist.  The display includes the iconic display, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, in which Hirst suspended a shark in formaldehyde.  The exhibition runs through September 9th.

Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991. ©Damien Hirst and Hirst Holdings Ltd, DACS 2011. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Yoko Ono at the Serpentine Gallery

Celebrated artist Yoko Ono, in her first London public exhibition in more than a decade, features new and existing installations, films and performances. One notable presentation is #smilesfile, a project that encourages worldwide participation through inviting people to send images of their smiles by hash-tagging #smilesfilm.

Yoko Ono’s TO THE LIGHT runs through September 9th.

Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

With the record-breaking sale of Edvard Munch’s The Scream at auction in May through Sotheby’s, the Norwegian painter has grabbed headlines around the world.  The Tate Modern exhibition showcases the artist’s work from the 20th century, including sixty paintings and rare works in film and photography.  The exhibition runs through October 14th.

Photo: Edvard Munch: Self-Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed 1940–3 © Munch Museum/Munch-EllingsendGroup/DACS 2012

See the full list of Top 10 Art Exhibitions in London on VisitLondon.com.

Must-See Art Exhibitions in London

With the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games underway the city is bustling with excitement.  Olympians, tourists and Londoners alike are enjoying the Olympic games and other cultural events happening around the city. VisitLondon.com has collected the Top 10 Art Exhibitions in London.  Here are a selection of events from the list.

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

The 244th annual Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art exhibition, and displays some of the best contemporary works from both new and distinguished artists.  From over 11,000 submissions, just 1,200 pieces were selected which includes paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, film, architectural models and books. The exhibition runs through August 12th.

Photo: John Bodkin, DawkinsColour

Damien Hirst at Tate Modern

With more than 70 works from over two decades, the Damien Hirst exhibition at Tate Modern is the largest British survey of work from the prominent artist.  The display includes the iconic display, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, in which Hirst suspended a shark in formaldehyde.  The exhibition runs through September 9th.

Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991. ©Damien Hirst and Hirst Holdings Ltd, DACS 2011. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Yoko Ono at the Serpentine Gallery

Celebrated artist Yoko Ono, in her first London public exhibition in more than a decade, features new and existing installations, films and performances. One notable presentation is #smilesfile, a project that encourages worldwide participation through inviting people to send images of their smiles by hash-tagging #smilesfilm.

Yoko Ono’s TO THE LIGHT runs through September 9th.

Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

With the record-breaking sale of Edvard Munch’s The Scream at auction in May through Sotheby’s, the Norwegian painter has grabbed headlines around the world.  The Tate Modern exhibition showcases the artist’s work from the 20th century, including sixty paintings and rare works in film and photography.  The exhibition runs through October 14th.

Photo: Edvard Munch: Self-Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed 1940–3 © Munch Museum/Munch-EllingsendGroup/DACS 2012

See the full list of Top 10 Art Exhibitions in London on VisitLondon.com.

2012 Olympics Showcases London

Tonight is the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, and while it is yet to be seen what impact the games will have on the London housing market, the global focus on London undoubtedly continues to build the profile of the country.

In the East End of London, where the Olympic Village is located, the area has been transformed thanks to the construction of the Olympic Park.  Once an industrial wasteland, the area has been regenerated with shops, cafes and walking paths.  A new Westfield shopping centre opened here last September 2011 which is Europe’s largest shopping mall.  Peter Bevan of United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty, has been following the East End development.  “The Olympic Park will change the perception of this part of London, establishing it as a new residential area with great leisure amenities,” explains Bevan.

The completed Olympic & Paralympic Village. Photo: London2012.com

Although the majority of the Olympic events will occur in the Olympic Park, there are other areas of London that will experience the Olympic presence.  On the South Coast of Britain, off Dorset’s coast is Weymouth Bay, a world class sailing destination that is being used for all the Olympic sailing events.  The sailing waters here are credited by the Royal Yachting Association as the best in Northern Europe. For the sailing enthusiast, the desirable areas of Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs are well suited for the perfect coastal home. Here are two magnificent waterfront properties on the South Coast.

$11,235,096 USD | Poole, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

 This spectacular waterfront home in Poole, England is located on the world famous Sandbanks Peninsula offering breathtaking views directly over Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island. With its own boat house and mooring, this property is sure to be a sailor’s delight.

$6,037,909 USD| £3,950,000 GBP | Poole, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Emperio, arguably has the most breathtaking views from any residential home on England’s South Coast. A truly unique marine villa in Sandbanks, England, the cutting edge design is the unmistakable signature of specialist super-home builder Seven Developments.

Another event which will showcase other areas of London is the Olympics Cycling Road Race which runs from Central London through the southeast county of Surrey.  The race will travel down Brooklands Road in the town of Weybridge, which borders the very exclusive gated community of St. George’s Hill.  Here are several magnificent homes currently for sales in the area.

St. George’s Hill | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Jasmin is one of the most amazing homes to come to the market in St. George’s Hill.  The spacious ground floor provides a home that fits family living as well as the best entertaining space available.  

United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Aurora combines the perfect blend of excellent architecture and 21st Century style. The home comes with a formal dining room, gym, cinema, indoor swimming pool, a pair of wine rooms and private lift. 

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2012 Olympics Showcases London

Tonight is the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, and while it is yet to be seen what impact the games will have on the London housing market, the global focus on London undoubtedly continues to build the profile of the country.

In the East End of London, where the Olympic Village is located, the area has been transformed thanks to the construction of the Olympic Park.  Once an industrial wasteland, the area has been regenerated with shops, cafes and walking paths.  A new Westfield shopping centre opened here last September 2011 which is Europe’s largest shopping mall.  Peter Bevan of United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty, has been following the East End development.  “The Olympic Park will change the perception of this part of London, establishing it as a new residential area with great leisure amenities,” explains Bevan.

The completed Olympic & Paralympic Village. Photo: London2012.com

Although the majority of the Olympic events will occur in the Olympic Park, there are other areas of London that will experience the Olympic presence.  On the South Coast of Britain, off Dorset’s coast is Weymouth Bay, a world class sailing destination that is being used for all the Olympic sailing events.  The sailing waters here are credited by the Royal Yachting Association as the best in Northern Europe. For the sailing enthusiast, the desirable areas of Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs are well suited for the perfect coastal home. Here are two magnificent waterfront properties on the South Coast.

$11,235,096 USD / Poole, England / United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

 This spectacular waterfront home in Poole, England is located on the world famous Sandbanks Peninsula offering breathtaking views directly over Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island. With its own boat house and mooring, this property is sure to be a sailor’s delight.

$6,037,909 USD/ £3,950,000 GBP / Poole, England / United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Emperio, arguably has the most breathtaking views from any residential home on England’s South Coast. A truly unique marine villa in Sandbanks, England, the cutting edge design is the unmistakable signature of specialist super-home builder Seven Developments.

Another event which will showcase other areas of London is the Olympics Cycling Road Race which runs from Central London through the southeast county of Surrey.  The race will travel down Brooklands Road in the town of Weybridge, which borders the very exclusive gated community of St. George’s Hill.  Here are several magnificent homes currently for sales in the area.

St. George’s Hill / United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Jasmin is one of the most amazing homes to come to the market in St. George’s Hill.  The spacious ground floor provides a home that fits family living as well as the best entertaining space available.  

United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Aurora combines the perfect blend of excellent architecture and 21st Century style. The home comes with a formal dining room, gym, cinema, indoor swimming pool, a pair of wine rooms and private lift. 

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Sunset Photos: Beauty Captured in Remarkable Sunsets

A beautiful sunset can brighten even the worst of days.  It is truly breathtaking when the sky turns those magnificent hues of pink, purple and orange.

Although it’s commonly reported that these colors are a result of dust and pollution, the main ingredient is actually clean air, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  See beauty captured in these extraordinary photos from our remarkable listings.

$ 3,350,000 USD | Davenport, New York | Select Sotheby’s International Realty

Buttermilk Farms is a world-class horse farm and family compound. The luxury horse farm in Davenport, New York has housed, bred and trained over 50 horses in residence. The property is comprised of 25 structures including barns, stables, temperature controlled riding arena, maintenance buildings and high quality infrastructures and supporting mechanicals of a first class operation.

Newport Beach, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

Casually elegant waterfront property in Newport Beach, California.

Eagles Nest Hotel | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

The world-renowned Eagles Nest Hotel in New Zealand overlooks the ocean and captures the most spectacular sunset views.

Paia, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

North Shore Maui Estate in Paia, Hawaii.

Phuket, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

This chic apartment in Surin is intelligently designed for the maximum potential of privacy, location and aesthetics. Each unit occupies an entire floor, complete with stunning sea views, private swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Awe-inspiring Diamond Ranch in Telluride, Colorado.

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Sunset Photos: Beauty Captured in Remarkable Sunsets

A beautiful sunset can brighten even the worst of days.  It is truly breathtaking when the sky turns those magnificent hues of pink, purple and orange.

Although it’s commonly reported that these colors are a result of dust and pollution, the main ingredient is actually clean air, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  See beauty captured in these extraordinary photos from our remarkable listings.

$ 3,350,000 USD / Davenport, New York / Select Sotheby’s International Realty

Buttermilk Farms is a world-class horse farm and family compound. The luxury horse farm in Davenport, New York has housed, bred and trained over 50 horses in residence. The property is comprised of 25 structures including barns, stables, temperature controlled riding arena, maintenance buildings and high quality infrastructures and supporting mechanicals of a first class operation.

Newport Beach, California / HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

Casually elegant waterfront property in Newport Beach, California.

Eagles Nest Hotel / New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

The world-renowned Eagles Nest Hotel in New Zealand overlooks the ocean and captures the most spectacular sunset views.

Paia, Hawaii / Island Sotheby’s International Realty

North Shore Maui Estate in Paia, Hawaii.

Phuket, Thailand / Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

This chic apartment in Surin is intelligently designed for the maximum potential of privacy, location and aesthetics. Each unit occupies an entire floor, complete with stunning sea views, private swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Telluride, Colorado / Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Awe-inspiring Diamond Ranch in Telluride, Colorado.

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5 Tips for Taking Great Real Estate Photos

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 88% of home buyers used the Internet in their home search, which means online property listing photos are just as important to selling a home as curb appeal.

Taking great real estate photos is not just about snapping a few good pictures; it’s about telling the story of a property through purposeful photography.  Here are 5 tips to taking great real estate photos:

Tip #1: Make the First Impression Count
The first listing photo may be your only opportunity to grab the attention of the buyer. Choose an outstanding selling point of the property; it can be the amazing view, updated kitchen or luxurious master suite.

Buckhorn Ranch in Joseph, Oregon leads with a rustic welcome.

As you can see, the feature photo does not have to be the exterior of the home. Unique features and remodeled spaces should be flaunted.

Tip #2: Pay Attention to Details
Ensure surfaces are as tidy as possible; tuck away food boxes, toiletries and stacks of mail. Pull the garbage cans into the garage, park the car in the driveway and roll the basketball hoop out of sight – whatever the focus of your photo attend to the details and make sure the tidiness abounds.

Immaculate gourmet kitchen in Palm Beach, Florida is tidy and clean.

Tip #3: Get Some Perspective
Try snapping images from unusual perspectives like standing on a chair and pointing the camera down onto the room. Give a sense of layout and space by photographing a room from a vantage point which allows for the most expansive view. Think Art – frame a photo in what seems to be the most traditional method, then think of how you could make it more artistic. Maybe it is just a matter of zooming in tight on a beautiful fixture or detail.

Spiral staircase in the Cayman Islands.

Tip #4: Imply Use
For bathrooms in particular, providing a glimpse or impression of the space is best. Please, no close ups for the commode! There is no need ….everyone knows it’s there. A home buyer wants to see the layout and upgrades; not a lot of personal items which clutter the space. If the bathroom is out of date, it may be best to skip photographing it altogether. And please be careful not to get caught in the mirror.

Unique elements in this Dallas, Texas bathroom are cleverly featured.

Tip #5: Show What’s Special
If there are obvious special elements about the property it is crucial to show them now. Whether it’s the view from the kitchen table into the garden, a basement that has been finished into an amazing play space or an inviting flowered terrace – show those gems to inspire a potential home buyer to action.

Unique Italian property includes Capri’s former Astronomical Observatory.

The end of your property’s story should be every bit as wonderful as the beginning. Strive for immaculate photos from beginning to end. Before taking a photo always consider composition and take a moment to frame your focal point. Ensure your photos are large, high resolution images. A 5 -8 megapixel camera can generally do a good job; just take care to adjust the settings for maximum quality. Remember to check and see how the finished product appears online .

5 Tips for Taking Great Real Estate Photos

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 88% of home buyers used the Internet in their home search, which means online property listing photos are just as important to selling a home as curb appeal.

Taking great real estate photos is not just about snapping a few good pictures; it’s about telling the story of a property through purposeful photography.  Here are 5 tips to taking great real estate photos:

Tip #1: Make the First Impression Count
The first listing photo may be your only opportunity to grab the attention of the buyer. Choose an outstanding selling point of the property; it can be the amazing view, updated kitchen or luxurious master suite.

Buckhorn Ranch in Joseph, Oregon leads with a rustic welcome.

As you can see, the feature photo does not have to be the exterior of the home. Unique features and remodeled spaces should be flaunted.

Tip #2: Pay Attention to Details
Ensure surfaces are as tidy as possible; tuck away food boxes, toiletries and stacks of mail. Pull the garbage cans into the garage, park the car in the driveway and roll the basketball hoop out of sight – whatever the focus of your photo attend to the details and make sure the tidiness abounds.

Immaculate gourmet kitchen in Palm Beach, Florida is tidy and clean.

Tip #3: Get Some Perspective
Try snapping images from unusual perspectives like standing on a chair and pointing the camera down onto the room. Give a sense of layout and space by photographing a room from a vantage point which allows for the most expansive view. Think Art – frame a photo in what seems to be the most traditional method, then think of how you could make it more artistic. Maybe it is just a matter of zooming in tight on a beautiful fixture or detail.

Spiral staircase in the Cayman Islands.

Tip #4: Imply Use
For bathrooms in particular, providing a glimpse or impression of the space is best. Please, no close ups for the commode! There is no need ….everyone knows it’s there. A home buyer wants to see the layout and upgrades; not a lot of personal items which clutter the space. If the bathroom is out of date, it may be best to skip photographing it altogether. And please be careful not to get caught in the mirror.

Unique elements in this Dallas, Texas bathroom are cleverly featured.

Tip #5: Show What’s Special
If there are obvious special elements about the property it is crucial to show them now. Whether it’s the view from the kitchen table into the garden, a basement that has been finished into an amazing play space or an inviting flowered terrace – show those gems to inspire a potential home buyer to action.

Unique Italian property includes Capri’s former Astronomical Observatory.

The end of your property’s story should be every bit as wonderful as the beginning. Strive for immaculate photos from beginning to end. Before taking a photo always consider composition and take a moment to frame your focal point. Ensure your photos are large, high resolution images. A 5 -8 megapixel camera can generally do a good job; just take care to adjust the settings for maximum quality. Remember to check and see how the finished product appears online .

Best Places in the US to Buy a Summer Home

Are you in the market for a summer vacation home?  Whether you reside in the U.S. or are looking for an investment abroad, now just might be the time to find the second or third home of your dreams.  According to a recent article published by the SFGate.com, 4 U.S. markets stand out as the best places to buy a summer home.  Here are some idyllic properties just begging to be your summer getaway.  Click on photos to see full listing details.

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Sunset Strip Brokerage

Modern and distinctive, this Los Angeles residence boasts the most explosive city views.

Malibu, California | HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty

Contemporary oceanfront property in Malibu, California ideal for indoor/outdoor living with butler service facilities, jacuzzi and elevator access to all three levels.

West Palm Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida | Sotheby’s International Realty – West Palm Beach Brokerage

Enchanting 1923 Mediterranean residence in West Palm Beach, Florida was exquisitely restored by renowned designers Bierly/ Drake.

North Palm Beach, Florida | Coastal Sotheby’s International Realty

Beautiful waterfront home in North Palm Beach, Florida with a grand master suite.

Phoenix, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Stunning mountainside estate in Scottsdale, Arizona on 10+ acres. This home makes an incredible statement as it’s perched up against the side of the McDowell Mountains.

Arizona | Russ Lyon’s Sotheby’s International Realty

Romantic Adobe Villa in Arizona.

East Coast – Hamptons, New York 

Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

Quintessential Hamptons beach house with both ocean and bay frontage.

Sagaponack, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Modern masterpiece home in Sagaponack, New York.

Best Places in the US to Buy a Summer Home

Are you in the market for a summer vacation home?  Whether you reside in the U.S. or are looking for an investment abroad, now just might be the time to find the second or third home of your dreams.  According to a recent article published by the SFGate.com, 4 U.S. markets stand out as the best places to buy a summer home.  Here are some idyllic properties just begging to be your summer getaway.  Click on photos to see full listing details.

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California / Sotheby’s International Realty – Sunset Strip Brokerage

Modern and distinctive, this Los Angeles residence boasts the most explosive city views.

Malibu, California / HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty

Contemporary oceanfront property in Malibu, California ideal for indoor/outdoor living with butler service facilities, jacuzzi and elevator access to all three levels.

West Palm Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida / Sotheby’s International Realty – West Palm Beach Brokerage

Enchanting 1923 Mediterranean residence in West Palm Beach, Florida was exquisitely restored by renowned designers Bierly/ Drake.

North Palm Beach, Florida / Coastal Sotheby’s International Realty

Beautiful waterfront home in North Palm Beach, Florida with a grand master suite.

Phoenix, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona / Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Stunning mountainside estate in Scottsdale, Arizona on 10+ acres. This home makes an incredible statement as it’s perched up against the side of the McDowell Mountains.

Arizona / Russ Lyon’s Sotheby’s International Realty

Romantic Adobe Villa in Arizona.

East Coast – Hamptons, New York 

Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

Quintessential Hamptons beach house with both ocean and bay frontage.

Sagaponack, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Modern masterpiece home in Sagaponack, New York.