Five Divine Dining Rooms for Holiday Entertaining

The holiday season is a time when family and friends come together to share food, laughter and to create lasting memories for years to come.  Here are five spectacular homes with gracious dining rooms to seat even the largest of holiday gatherings.

Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage / $18,000,000 USD / New York, New York

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This gracious mansion residence with its own private entrance and grand gallery entry is perfect for formal entertaining.  Built by Vincent Astor in 1931, the elegant home has an expansive dining room that easily seats thirty.

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty / $44,000,000 USD / Park City, Utah

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Constructed of reclaimed logs from the Yellowstone National Park area of Wyoming, Huntsman Estate is massive compound tucked away among 60 acres of tall pines and mountainside.  One of the most unique luxury ranches in Utah, the home comes elegantly furnished including the rustic, western-inspired dining room which seats twenty.

Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage / $17,500,000 USD / Greenwich, Connecticut

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This architecturally stunning mid-country estate in Greenwich, Connecticut was designed with Europe’s most beautiful manors in mind. With coffered ceilings and inlay panel walls, the grandly scaled formal dining room comfortably seats fourteen guests.

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty / $7,200,000 USD / Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

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This Gothic revival-style home in Denver, Colorado  artfully combines ornate wood-carved details with rustic mountain charm. With magnificent mountain views, the two-story grand hall also serves as an impressive dining room that seats eighteen.

Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty / $15,500,000 USD / Sands Point, New York

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This stunning Mediterranean-style villa in Sands Point, New York is located on the coast of Long Island Sound and set against a dramatic backdrop of sky and sea. With a stone fireplace and pair of chandeliers, the grand formal dining room seats sixteen.

Our wishes for the sweetest holiday season. Happy Holidays!

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Significant Sales October 2012

October’s issue of Significant Sales features properties from Wyoming, Canada, Nantucket and California.  As we near the end of 2012, the luxury real estate market has shown strong resilience and the decreasing inventory levels are starting to be reflected in overall prices.

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Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty / Sales Price Undisclosed / Wyoming, USA

Jackson Hole ? One of the finest luxury homes in Jackson Hole, this elegant 37-acre residence is richly detailed with fine custom features including a massive tumbling rock fireplace, leather wrapped cabinetry and “bear paw” fossil rock kitchen island. A soothing sunken spa/sauna and gym addition complements the main home and adds another bonus 1,200 square feet of living area.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Canada / $11,800,000 CAD / Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ? Set on a sprawling Southlands lot, the focal point of this equestrian-inspired estate is the vast 7,000 square foot primary residence, which is flawlessly finished using only the absolute finest of materials. Outside, the fabulous eight stable barn overlooks the custom designed training facilities. Unquestionably this is one of the finest homes in Vancouver.

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Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty / $11,300,000 USD / Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

Nantucket ? Located on the island of Nantucket off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, this wonderful turn-of-the-century waterfront home has been tastefully restored.  With uncompromising views of the channel into Nantucket Harbor, this home is located on one of the premier streets on the island.

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Denver, Colorado Real Estate / Market Spotlight

The luxury-home market in metro Denver is making a comeback, with sales already exceeding 2011 totals. Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty sold 109 homes in the milliondollar-plus category last year, and have already exceeded that number by the third quarter of 2012.

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“Tighter inventory and increased buyer demand continues to propel the market in a positive direction,” said James Simpson, managing broker of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty.  According to the Genesis Group ‘Mid-Year 2012 Metro Denver Housing Overview,’ the metropolitan Denver area is positioned to improve as the national economy begins a stronger recovery. “We forecast 5,500 new production home sales for 2012, approximately a 33 percent increase from the low levels of 2009-2011,” says Simpson.

“Contributing factors include improvements in job growth, an upswing in consumer confidence in the Rocky Mountain region and a significant increase in home values up 4 percent from last year, marking the first measurable increase in five years,” said Scott Webber, the president, Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Top 10 Significant Sales of 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, we reflect on some of the world’s most remarkable properties that have changed hands through our network this year.  Here are the Top 10 Luxury Real Estate Sales of 2012.

#1. France

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Burger Sotheby’s International Realty / €48,000,000 EUROS, $60,000,000 USD / France

The legendary Palais Maeterlinck home on the French Riviera, was the former home of famed Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck and his wife, artist Renée Dahon.

#2. Italy

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Rome Sotheby’s International Realty / €35,500,00 EUROS, $45,850,000 USD / Italy

Located in Sorrento, Villa Tritone is considered one Italy’s most unique and elegant seafront properties.

#3. Florida

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Premier Sotheby’s International Realty / $42,000,000 USD / Florida, USA

Port Royal is an enchanting estate on the Gulf of Mexico and is surrounded by 200 feet of Florida beachfront.

#4. Florida

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ONE Sotheby’s International Realty / $39,400,000 USD / Florida, USA

Palladian Villa, located on Indian Creek Island known for its privacy and luxury real estate, is an island of less than 40 residents in Miami Beach, Florida.

#5. Kentucky

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Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty / Price Undisclosed / Kentucky, USA

Considered worldwide as the greatest of all horse farms, Calumet Farm which is located in Lexington, Kentucky is comprised of 798 beautiful white-fenced acres of prized equestrian property.

#6. New York

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

Encompassing the entire 16th floor and with sweeping views of Central Park, this beautiful 14-room New York City apartment  is a masterful example of opulence and luxury.

#7. New York 

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Sotheby’s International Realty-Bridgehampton Brokerage / $25,750,000 USD / New York, USA

This historic Queen Anne-style, three-story summer cottage in the Hamptons was designed by famed architect, William B. Tuthill, designer of Carnegie Hall, in 1891.

#8. New York 

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

This 14+ acre private waterfront farm consists of two parcels and had been in the same family for generations.

#9. California

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HOM Sotheby’s International Realty / $22,000,000 USD / California, USA

Located in the private community of Bayshores in Newport Beach, California, this is one of the finest waterfront properties on Newport Harbor with more than one half acre looking across the widest expanse of the bay.

#10. California

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Sotheby’s International Realty-Montecito-Coast Village Road Brokerage / $21,500,000 USD / California, USA

This spectacular waterfront estate in Santa Barbara offers panoramic views over the coastline.

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*Top 10 sales from January-October 2012

Art Basel Miami Beach 2012

Last week, the much anticipated 12th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach took place in South Florida.

According to Sotheby’s, Art Basel Miami Beach has quickly become the most important contemporary art event in America. Watch this exclusive Sotheby’s video with Tim Marlow, which recaps this year’s event and highlights some of the event’s best works.

Have you been inspired? Here are five beautiful Miami Beach homes ideal for displaying any one of the thousands of works of art exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Miami Beach, Florida, USA / $38,000,000 / ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

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Just minutes from South Beach, this stunning waterfront home is located on the island’s most coveted residential street.  The contemporary, casual design with warm, organic materials including coral rock, white oak floors and Zen gardens make 20,000-plus square feet of oversized rooms feel like an intimate home.

Miami Beach, Florida, USA / $11,900,000 / ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

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This contemporary waterfront home is located on the Venetian Islands in Biscayne Bay directly between Miami and Miami Beach. The home’s two-story sunken living room with sweeping skyline views is a perfect canvas for showcasing large-scale, contemporary works of art.

Miami Beach, Florida, USA / $2,950,000 / ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

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Classic and sophisticated, this Mediterranean-style home  in Miami Beach overlooks the La Gorce golf course.  The juxtaposition between the home’s 1930?s architectural details and contemporary art and furnishing creates a modern, yet comfortable vibe.

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High Fashion Home in Milan, Italy / House Tour

Santo Versace, president and co-chief executive officer of the famed Italian fashion house, Gianni Versace S.p.A recently listed his Milano mansion for €49 million EUR – roughly $64 million USD. Designed by architects Carlo De Carli and Antonio Carminati, the home is considered one of the finest examples of post-war rationalist residential architecture which was typical of the early 1950s in Milano.

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The understated exterior reveals a glamorous and elegant interior reminiscent of Versace’s bold, contemporary style.

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The unique property is located on Via dei Giardini, the only street with trees in the center of Milan. With a private garden and rooftop terrace, the home is immersed in the greenery despite being in the heart of the bustling city.

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“There is simply no other property like this in Milan – on or off the market,” says Lorenzo Mercolini, Managing Director of Milan Sotheby’s International Realty.

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This one-of-a-kind masterpiece is listed with Riccardo Bergamo of Milan Sotheby’s International Realty and may be viewed by appointment only.

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10 Spectacular Slope-side Retreats

Last week the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand launched the specialty market website, skipropertySIR.com. The site connects the most discerning buyers and sellers of exceptional ski-type properties around the world.  We complied a list of the 10 Most Spectacular Ski-in/Ski-out Homes currently on the market.

1. Telluride, Colorado / $12,900,000 / Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

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Located just steps from the trails of the Telluride/Mountain Village Ski Resort, this newly completed private home in Telluride was construct with stunning details and warm inviting spaces.

2. Aspen, Colorado / $10,900,000 / Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

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This château-style home in Aspen with world class ski-in/ski-out access, is located in the recreational winter paradise of Aspen Highlands and boasts spectacular views overlooking the lower Maroon Creek Valley and the upper Roaring Fork Valley. 

3. Olympic Valley, California / $9,500,000 / Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

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Surrounded by the raw magnificence of Squaw Valley, this modern glass and steel ski-in/ski-out home is one of Lake Tahoe’s finest and most unique properties.

4. Park City, Utah / $8,640,000 / Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

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Flanked by two ski runs, this Park City Mountain Resort home combines exposed wood beams, stone and metal accents creating a timeless mountain-inspired design.

5. Deer Crest, Utah / $7,300,000 / Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

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This coveted ski-in/ski-out mountain home is located slope-side at Deer Valley Resort and has stunning panoramic views of the Jordanelle Reservoir and Wasatch Mountain Range.

6. Telluride, Colorado / $5,750,000 / Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

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Perched along the groomed Sundance Ski Trail, this sophisticated lodge-style home is located trail-side at Telluride/Mountain Village Ski Resort.

7. Beaver Creek, Colorado / $4,685,000 / Fuller BCV Sotheby’s International Realty

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Located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, this trail-side ski-in/ski-out home offers direct access to Beaver Creek Resort.

8. Stowe, Vermont / $4,250,000 / Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

4425463-vermontcountrypropInspired by the classic Vermont Barn, this extraordinary trail-side retreat is nestled amid the natural mountainside landscape and located in the Tamarack Heights neighborhood of Stratton Mountain Resort.

9. Whitefish, Montana / $2,475,000 / Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty

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10. Big Sky, Montana / $1,199,000 / Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty

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This beautiful ski-in/ski-out home located slope-side at Moonlight Basin Resort overlooks Lone Mountain, Andesite and Spanish Peaks range.

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White to be Promoted as CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the promotion of Philip A. White, Jr., to chief executive officer of the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand, effective Feb. 1, 2013. At that time, Michael R. Good, the brand’s long-time chief executive officer, will step down and assume the role of chairman emeritus.

White, a 32-year industry veteran, currently serves as president and chief operating officer. He was promoted to this role in April 2010, after having served as chief operating officer for the previous six years.

“Philip has a vast level of experience in the real estate industry and with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, having served it in both management capacities and as a broker and owner,” said Richard A. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Realogy Corporation, the parent company of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates. “As a testament to his operational leadership and commitment to serving the brand’s network with the highest level of quality, Sotheby’s International Realty has won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the last five years.”

Since joining the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in 2004, White’s strategic efforts have been instrumental in helping member brokerages significantly grow their transaction volume and establish leading market share positions in key luxury markets both domestically and internationally.

“I am honored to be appointed to this role and look forward to continuing to build this extraordinary network that Mike and our team have built, and I am humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve our exceptional affiliates and sale agents on a global basis,” said White. “I look forward to expanding our servicing platform internationally and continuing to grow this brand in the world’s finest markets.”

Good, whose real estate career spans 36 years, has served as chief executive officer since February 2004, when Realogy entered into a 100-year licensing agreement with the Sotheby’s Auction House for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.

“During Mike’s tenure, more than 200 quality real estate firms with more than 620 offices have joined this outstanding brand,” said Alex Perriello, president and chief executive officer, Realogy Franchise Group. “Thanks to his leadership, this brand is the global force in luxury real estate that it is today. I thank Mike for his many years of dedicated service and am pleased that he will continue to serve this fine brand as chairman emeritus.”

According to Good, the right team is in place to take the Sotheby’s International Realty brand to new levels of success. “I am proud to hand the leadership reigns to Philip as he has been a great partner in our success,” he said. “I am grateful to have had the privilege of leading the development of the quintessential luxury real estate franchise in the world. The working relationship and support of the Sotheby’s Auction House has been exceptional, and I am most proud of the quality firms that truly value their association with our brand. Working with our brokers and my talented and passionate team has been the highlight of my 36-year career in this industry.”