Colors of Autumn

The official start of the Autumn season begins this weekend in the Northern Hemisphere and Pantone®, the world’s renowned authority on color, has selected ten “it colors” of the season.  Here are four homes using those colors beautifully.

Titanium, Pantone 17-4014

Chicago, Illinois / Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Located on Chicago, Illinois‘ Gold Coast, this elegantly appointed apartment occupies one entire floor.  The use of cool grays and rich wood tones creates a modern, yet cozy feeling throughout.  The home has a private elevator foyer, floor to ceiling windows and two oversized terraces.

Bright Chartreuse, Pantone 14-0445

West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

With unobstructed views from Lions Gate Bridge to Vancouver Island, this West Vancouver home located in British Columbia, Canada boasts three spacious levels.  Neutral throughout, the Bright Chartreuse accent wall offers a refreshing pop of color in the family room. The home also includes a large game room with wet bar, walk-in wine cellar, dramatic swimming pool, summer kitchen and heated driveway.

Tangerine Tango, Pantone 17-1463

Aspen, Colorado / Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Refined and elegant, this Linda Bedell designed home in Aspen, Colorado incorporates Tangerine accents into an otherwise neutral great room.  With state of the art technology throughout, this mountain retreat offers five bedrooms, a guest house, a wine room, snowmelt patios and is being sold partially furnished.

Honey Gold, Pantone 15-1142

$3,900,000 USD / Whitefish, Montana / Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty

Turnstone Ranch is an extraordinary private mountain retreat situated on 60 acres in Whitefish, Montana.  The timber frame home blends a unique combination of rustic craftsmanship and modern appointments.  Cedar decks and native stone patios provide commanding views of Whitefish Range and Glacier National Park.

Feeling inspired?  View the entire collection of Pantone® Fall 2012 Fashion + Home Colors and for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere who are welcoming Spring, preview Pantone®’s Spring 2013 colors.

Significant Sales July 2012

The July issue of Significant Sales features top sales from Manhattan, where the market has been hot this summer. The west coast of the United States also has reported top sales in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Newport Beach. We are proud to report the sale of historic Clarendon Court in Newport, Rhode Island. The pace of high-end sales has accelerated recently, which reflects growing demand, shrinking inventory and stable financial markets. Below is a preview of the top three sales.

Manhattan luxury apartments for sale

$26,750,000 / New York, USA / Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Manhattan ? This newly completed masterpiece offers extraordinary opulence and luxury. The full 16th floor is 8,360 square feet with 14 beautifully proportioned rooms that feature 10-foot ceilings and sweeping views of Central Park. The elevator opens to a grand gallery appropriate for a significant art collection. A 42-foot great room is flanked by a formal dining room and a sitting room that opens to provide 68 feet of entertaining space. Custom finishes include a six-room master bedroom suite, library with fireplace, 27-foot media room, private guest wing, four additional bedrooms, nine-and-a-half bathrooms and laundry room. Built by Rosario Candela in 1926, this home provides five-star service, security at all times, a fitness spa and billiards room.

farms in the hamptons for sale

$25,000,000 / New York, USA / Sotheby’s International Realty-Bridgehampton Brokerage

The Hamptons ? This 14.6-acre private waterfront farm has been in the same family for generations. Consisting of two parcels with two homes, accessory buildings and a 21-stall horse barn, the property presents unlimited possibilities to create a dream home. It offers breathtaking views of Wainscott Pond and across to the Atlantic Ocean.

Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage, $19,400,000, New York, USA

Manhattan Apartments for sale

$19,400,000 / New York, USA / Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Manhattan ? Located in the Tower of the Pierre Hotel, this duplex apartment has outstanding views of Central Park.  This 14-room apartment is approximately 6,100 interior square feet and has a 1,700 square foot terrace overlooking the Park. The two apartments are connected by an internal staircase and feature open exposures to the west, north and south. Amenities include daily maid service, turn-down service in the evening, once a month general cleaning and room service from world renowned Le Caprice, located on the lobby level.

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Seattle, Washington Real Estate / Market Spotlight

After several turbulent years, the Seattle real estate market is showing signs of recovery.  Median home prices in King County, Washington have rebounded steeply through 2012, recovering more than a third of the 36% value correction experienced since the market peaked in July 2007.

Photo: Seattle, Washington,

Dean Jones, principal of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty says the supply and demand imbalance is most noted in downtown Seattle amidst robust job growth and within unique and inherently limited product segments such as luxury waterfront and high-rise penthouses. “There’s a flight to quality,” he said. “The inventory is dwindling because sales are picking up while would-be sellers are holding out for an expected bounce in values.” Greater liquidity in resale, a gold rush on remaining new construction product and a rise in both interstate and international buyers are credited for the firm becoming a top-ranked real estate office for total sales volume in the Metro Seattle area year-to-date 2012. Read the entire market report here.

From the awe-inspiring peak of Mount Rainier to the prized waterfront of Lake Washington, Seattle has long since offered stunning landscapes and true natural beauty, but its vibrant cultural scene and entrepreneurial culture make it a prime location for international business.  The global headquarters of some of the world’s largest companies are located in the Seattle area including Microsoft and Amazon.   Experience all that Seattle has to offer; view amazing Seattle real estate properties on

Specialty Waterfront Property Website Launches

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the launch of a Waterfront specialty market website, the second in a planned series of branded websites for specialty markets.

The specialized website, which can be found at, matches the look and feel of the brand’s website,, and provides detailed Waterfront lifestyle and listing information and resources. The website enables buyers and sellers to search for the finest properties in this segment and the sales professionals who represent them. It covers a full spectrum of lifestyle types and properties including: ocean and beach, riverfront, lakefront, island and boating. This site was launched with more than $13 billion of waterfront property listings worldwide.

“The Waterfront segment offers some of the most striking photography, making it a natural choice for a specialty market website,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Waterfront is far and away the most searched lifestyle on, so there is a great consumer fascination with this market. We will continue to enhance this specialty market website by adding custom content on waterfront living based on the body of water. For example, the site will convey what it is like living on an island in the Bahamas versus living on a lakefront in Italy or Minnesota.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty® network currently has more than 12,000 sales associates located in approximately 625 offices in 44 countries and territories worldwide.

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Sotheby’s Asia Week 2012 in New York

This week Sotheby’s auction house celebrates some of the world’s oldest and most diverse cultures of Asia with a week of exhibitions, lectures, events and auctions at Sotheby’s in New York. The week includes the Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art sale, which features pieces gathered from a variety of private collections, The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, which is comprised of approximately 400 lots of porcelains and art, and the Classical Chinese Paintings sale, which includes a total of 150 lots from a variety of leading artists from Ming and Qing dynasties.

Here are some of the highlights to be featured in this week’s auctions, which are currently on exhibition at Sotheby’s New York headquarters.

The Abe and Jan Weisblat Collection is the most important collection of Indian Art to appear at auction since 2000. A strong selection of paintings from the high period of Modernism in South Asia are included in this 95 lot sale that is estimated to fetch $3.1/4.5 million.

Spearheading the sale is the 1966 oil on canvas from Ram Kumar, Untitled (Benares) (above left), which is estimated to sell for $150/200,000.  Also in the collection is the large-scale canvas, Untitled (The Three Muses, Maya Series) (est. $500/700,000, above right), which was acquired directly from the artist in the 1960s, and has taken pride of place as the centerpiece of this historic collection. The piece presents a rare and complex composition in which the artist himself appears as the central figure. The dreamlike painting is from the diverse series entitled Maya, a theme that is central to both Buddhist and Hindu philosophy.

An Important Wucai ‘Fish’ Jar And Cover, Jiajing Mark And Period.  Fish Jars and covers from the Jiajing period are among the most remarkable imperial porcelain creations of the Ming Dynasty because of their free-spirited Daoist imagery. This piece (above) is consigned by The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore and is being sold to benefit the Asian Art acquisitions fund. It is estimated to fetch $500/700,000.

A Rare Blue And White Moonflask (Baoyueping) (above), Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period was recently discovered in a Long Island home, and had been in the family collection for decades. The Moonflask was kept on a wooden stand which was used as a doorstop, and only came to light when the owners saw a similar piece in a Sotheby’s advertisement. These types of flasks derived from the proto-type of Islamic 2 metal works and were popular during the Yongle and Xuande periods and combine Chinese taste with Persian design. The piece is estimated to fetch $600/900,000.

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Ultimate Game Day Media Rooms

With the 2012 professional football season now underway, many American Sunday’s from now through February will be spent in front of the television cheering on their favorite teams.  In this spirit, here are some truly awe-inspiring media rooms ideal for game day viewing.

This contemporary seaside home in Laguna Beach, California  is ideal for entertaining.  It includes over 150 feet of disappearing mahogany and glass doors for seamless indoor/outdoor living and a sunken, u-shaped media room with adjacent bar perfect for all your sports-loving friends.

Occupying two adjoined penthouse apartments, this Dallas, Texas residence offers the ultimate in outdoor entertaining with three grand terraces which include ample seating, 360° degree views of the city and a full bar.

Park City homes for sale

This mountain home in Park City, Utah includes a game room complete with a bar, painted harlequin-pattern hardwood floors and space for four wall-mounted TVs for simultaneous viewing.

This incredible estate located in Tuxedo Park neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, is enabled with smart house technology and includes two pools with waterfalls, a wine cellar and a fully finished lower level media room with adjacent bar and game room.

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