Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Vermont and New Hampshire

enfld-034Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the merger of Lang McLaughry Real Estate, which has 15 offices throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, and Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, which has three offices in New Hampshire. The combined company will be operating as Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.

Simultaneous with this transaction, the combined company has acquired Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, which has five offices across Vermont.  A total of 22 offices across Vermont and New Hampshire now will operate as Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Lang McLaughry was established in 1959, bringing an established reputation built over 56 years for service and excellence in the community, and Four Seasons and Vermont Country Properties are both highly respected companies with a similar focus on service excellence.” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are proud to welcome them to the Sotheby’s International Realty global network.”

Staige Davis will serve as chief executive officer of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty with Buff McLaughry serving as chief operating officer.  Stephanie Wheeler and Pam Perkins are co-owners of the newly combined entity.

“Our goal for nearly six decades has been to provide superior, innovative real estate services to buyers and sellers,” said Davis, formerly chief executive officer of Lang McLaughry.  “We are proud to join the Sotheby’s International Realty worldwide network, which we feel has the best marketing resources available in real estate and a reputation for extraordinary service and consistency. Bringing our companies together enables us to continue to pursue our visions of excellence and innovation in how we service our local communities, while being part of a strong global real estate network.  Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty opened its first office more than 100 years ago, affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in 2009.  We are so pleased to unite with that rich and deep history.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has over 16,400 sales associates located in approximately 730 offices in 56 countries and territories worldwide.  Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty listings are 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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4 Ways CES 2015 is Transforming Your Home

The concept of the ‘Networked Home’ has swiftly progressed from science-fiction to mainstream, and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada has become the new spot for the inauguration of these revolutionary home ideas.

Here are 4 of the most radical notions that will change the way you interact with your home.

Soon It’ll Cook Itself…

Kitchen Innovations - Whirlpool® Interactive Kitchen of the Future 2.0

Whirlpool®

Smart appliances continue to get a big push at CES, with some notable 2015 updates including GE’s full range of interconnected dryers, washers, ovens and even water heaters and Whirlpool’s concept for a sustainable home ecosystem.

Unrecognizable

Beosound Moment

Bang-Olufsen

One of Microsoft’s most impressive modern demos is PixelSense – a massive touchscreen surface with a multi-touch interface that, due to the scale, gives the impression of controlling life-size items within a digital space.

This year, touch no longer requires the ‘screen’.

Any surface can now be a control panel, as longtime audiophile & design icon Bang & Olufsen demonstrated with their BeoSound Moment smart music controller. The B&G Moment uses a gorgeous oak panel to allow you to control the music throughout your home, essentially dissolving into the existing surface elements of the home.

Lucy, I’m home!

Netatmo Welcome camera

Netatmo

With the recent Nest (a Google company) acquisition of Dropcam, personal home security cameras have become the new hot items of 2014. For 2015, companies are looking to step up the innovation by adding more tracking elements for a more customized experience.

Netatmo introduced the Welcome camera, which has a sleek and unassuming anodized aluminum exterior coupled with facial recognition technology, which allows the device to notify an owner when specific people are visible by the camera. So if a mom wants to make sure Jason is home to finish his schoolwork by 4:00 as he promised he would, Netatmo makes that possible.

Look Ma – No Hands!

Logbar Ring

Logbar Inc.

Perhaps the largest takeaway from CES this year has been that the whole “using your hands” thing is SO last century.

Gesture-based control is being rapidly developed on multiple fronts, with the Logbar ring taking the cake this year. A wearable input device that sits unassumingly on the user’s index finger and using simple hand and finger movements will control appliances, send texts and even snap a photo. Plus, it can vibrate as a notification. Cue archetypal Tolkien reference.

WattUp™

Energous Corporation

Finally, in a product that would make Tesla roll over and shout “I told you so!”, wireless charging with a range within a whole room is soon to be a reality. Essentially working like Wi-Fi for power, Energous’ WattUp can power up to 12 devices all within a 30 square-foot range of the transmitter, all by using traditional radio frequency spectrums, which are even less permeating than a cell phone signal.

Great Scott, indeed.

This post was provided by guest contributor, Christian Russo, Senior Interactive Marketing Manager for Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.

Winter 2015 RESIDE Magazine

The Winter 2015 Mountain Edition of RESIDE® magazine has arrived! Read our featured article, Escaping to Work below. 

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From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Winter 2015 Mountain Edition

In bygone eras, secondary estates were built so the privileged could ride out harsh industrial winters in the comfort of balmy southern climates—think of the tycoons of Palm Beach, or the barons of Provence. Today’s business leaders may have the same instinct, but whereas the leisure classes of yore could retreat peacefully for months at a time, such extended departures no longer exist.

Working in the digital age means never being more than one or two bars of reception away from duty, even in the midst of escape. Simply unplugging is not an option. “We don’t have situations where people take even one or two weeks off and drop their business,” says Pat Donovan, Broker/Owner Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty in Whitefish, Montana. “They have to be able to work from their vacation home.”

Telluride$22,000, 000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Modern buyers are now as likely to head west as south, into the splendor of the Rocky Mountain region for scenery, tranquility and year-round entertainment. At the same time they need to stay connected, and homes and markets here must be designed to facilitate working remotely.

Luxury homes fitted with high speed internet, Wi-Fi and extended cellular and satellite service are mandatory, says Donna Clinton, Broker and COO of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty. “Executives want to make sure they’re accessible wherever they are in the valley,” she says, “so that’s never an issue here.”

Some form of workspace carved out—a dedicated office or elaborate “central command”—is also standard. Andrew Ernemann, Broker Associate at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, says these can include multiple oversized flat screens and state-of-the-art computer and telecom networks. “We see some pretty advanced set-ups here. You sometimes wonder if you’re in someone’s residence or in a high tech office somewhere.”

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

In Whitefish, Pat Donovan has noticed executives are more apt to invite clients to their mountain retreats than travel away. The family home therefore doubles as a business and entertainment venue, and social spaces and overnight accommodations are important. “Homes need to have four beds and four baths, but those guest bedrooms also have to function as separate master suites. They can’t just be kids bunk rooms.”

A final factor integrating work and leisure is transportation. With more major airlines servicing these mountain markets, getting in and out has never been easier. Another trend to watch is the development of fly-in communities like The Refuge at Alpine Air Ranch in Star Valley, south of Jackson Hole. Private hangers linked to the central runway are included with each lot, so owners can maneuver their aircraft straight into their own “garage” after landing. Connectivity doesn’t get more direct than this.

Article provided by Derek Duncan exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®.

10 Most Popular Properties of 2014

You clicked and we calculated. Back by popular demand, here are the 10 most viewed properties on sothebysrealty.com for 2014! Take a tour around the world and see which properties topped the list!

10. Ibiza, Spain

Ibizia_Spain18.000.000 € EUR | Ibiza, Spain | Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in an easily accessible yet ultimately private location, this southeast facing mansion sits on the coastline with its own sea access and old light house. Exuding elegance and casual luxury, the main house has accommodation for 22 people, two separate guest houses for 14 guests and a staff house with 4 bedrooms, a unique infinity pool, spacious salons, various sea-oriented entertaining areas, a tennis court and luscious gardens.

9. Telluride, Colorado

Telluride$59,000,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled deep within the rarest assemblage of rolling meadows and mature forest just 12 minutes from the historic resort town of Telluride, Colorado, this property offers the ultimate retreat for those seeking privacy, scenic beauty and serenity. A warm and inviting main house and story-book guest house are situated upon a rise overlooking the regions towering 14,000-foot peaks. The property’s vast acreage is threaded by a private trail system providing gated access into tens of thousands of acres of surrounding National Forest.

8. Cape Town, South Africa

2014_5_17_South Africa 4lgrv5Price Upon Request | Cape Town, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in the heart of the unique enclave of Lions Head Nature Reserve in Cape Town South Africa, lies a Villa so spectacular in contemporary design, it is a true architectural feat. High above the cityscape this exquisite Villa enjoys unobstructed, panoramic views of Clifton’s four famous beaches and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

7. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Germany16.800.000 € EUR | Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany | NRW Immobilien Sotheby’s International Realty

One of Germany’s most beautiful historic properties, Burg Rheineck is located just 30 kilometers south of Bonn, the former capital of Germany. The castle is located on top of a hill overlooking Bad Breisig, known for its thermal springs and the beautiful promenade along the Rhine River. The castle has seen many famous visitors over the centuries including the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm, Mikhail Gorbachev, John F. Kennedy Jr., Yehudi Menuhin, Alexander von Humboldt and many others.

6. Mallorca, Spain

4000027390-spainPrice Upon Request |Mallorca, Spain | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Son Vida, this unique villa enjoys breathtaking views of the sea, Palma city and its port. The Chameleon Villa boasts extraordinary light effects, consisting of the finest LED technology, which can be programmed to change colors on a whim. Comprised of three buildings, the main house is spread over three floors including a living area, library, TV room, bedroom suites, kitchen and wine cellar. In the second building are swimming pools, fitness and spa area. The third building is the guest house.

5. James Island, Canada

James Island_CanadaPrice Upon Request | James Island, British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

James Island is a 780-acre private island prominently situated within Canada’s famous Gulf Island archipelago. The second largest privately owned island within the Gulf Islands, James Island is as rare as it is unique. Steeped in a rich and documented history, the island has had several lives: from agricultural settlement; to an industrial plant and company town; to its present incarnation as an exclusive retreat and a return to much of its natural state.

4. Olbia-Tempio, Italy

Italy prop id 5jlwqn lo resPrice Upon Request | Olbia-Tempio, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Built by Prince Karim Aga Khan, this waterfront villa on the north shore of Sardinia boasts thirteen bedrooms and its own private beach. The home is situated above the bay of Porto Cervo to capture spectacular views while maintaining privacy with unmatched luxury. Plush couches and poolside lounge areas create comfortable outdoor living spaces for relaxation and entertainment.

3. Hobe Sound, Florida

Hobe Sound_Florida$72,000,000 USD / Hobe Sound, Florida / Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

Luxurious Bahamian-inspired estate designed and custom-built in 2010 by international superstar Celine Dion for her and her family. Located on the exclusive Jupiter Island, this 5.5 acre property with over 415 linear feet on the Atlantic Ocean is being sold turn-key with almost all its contents.

2. Water Mill, New York

Water Mill_New York$69,000,000 USD | Water Mill, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- Southampton Brokerage

Villa Maria is a private and magnificent waterfront estate with stately gardens and glorious views of Mecox Bay. At 22,000 sq. ft., it has 11 bedrooms including a 6-room beautifully appointed master suite, a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase, a 60 foot living room with original fresco details a state of the art kitchen and a wine cellar. All principal rooms are brilliantly sunny and take advantage of the panoramic water views. The outdoor spaces feature a grand 2-story portico and a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay. There is a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a charming two-bedroom guesthouse.

1. Key Largo, Florida

Pumpkin Key$110,000,000 USD | Key Largo, Florida | Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty

Just ten minutes by helicopter to Miami’s South Beach or by boat to Key Largo, Pumpkin Key is an extraordinary private island totaling 26 acres located in the Florida Keys. Self-sufficient with water and electric from the shore, the island currently features one main home with three bedrooms, two caretaker’s cottages, and a dock master’s apartment. The island also includes a 20-slip marina able to accommodate a mega-yacht, tennis courts that also serve as a helipad and golf cart paths that circle the island.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in January 2015

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.2015_01_09Puck Penthouse $66mil NY NY$66,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Side Manhattan Brokerage

The uppermost duplex apartment in Manhattan’s Puck Penthouses will list for $66 million, according to listing agent Nikki Field. If it sells at asking price, it will be the most expensive sale in downtown Manhattan.”

Downtown New York Penthouse to List for $66 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: A Rhode Island Farm on the WaterThe Wall Street Journal

The Market Is Heating Up in the U.S. Virgin IslandsAOL Real Estate

House of the Day: An Island Hideaway in the PhilippinesThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A Greek Revival plantation in Palmetto, GeorgiaArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A historic Colonial saltbox in Holliston, MassachusettsArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A historic Colonial Revival in Atlanta, GeorgiaArchitectural Digest

House Hunting in … UruguayThe New York Times

House Hunting in … BelizeThe New York Times

10 Reasons 2015 Will Rock for Real EstateRealtor Mag

The sweet sell of success: These are the top 10 most expensive homes sold in the D.C. region in 2014The Washington Post

Luxury Home Sales Boomed In Many Canadian Cities In 2014: Sotheby’sHuffington Post Canada

Weldon Collection of Paintings to Be Sold at Sotheby’sThe New York Times

Altitude with Attitude | Dramatic Mountain Homes

The first edition of Art & Home is here, a new literary collaboration between Sotheby’s and Sotheby’s International Realty, showcasing all the elements of an extraordinary life. Eight times a year, it will engage readers with sophisticated content and beautiful images related to the art and real estate worlds. See below for the first Sotheby’s International Realty featured article, Altitude with Attitude.

Art_and_HomeArt & Home January-February 2015

Not long ago, modern mountain architecture was an aberration. Today, it’s a movement. Alpine architects are now in the rules-breaking business. They’re importing exotic materials and innovative ideas from around the world for a mile-high mash-up of contemporary design and modern sensibilities.

Refined is the new rustic.

Shed roofs are replacing complicated gables. Floating stairs are nudging out log staircases. Mini-skyscrapers are rising on mountaintops.

Edwards$7,995,000 USD | Edwards, Colorado | Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty

Modern mountain design encourages homeowners to toss aside notions of what a resort residence should be and redefine the vacation home experience. Advances in materials, construction techniques and engineering allow for more stylistic choices and greater personal expression in the most challenging locations and elevations. Those technical advances have also facilitated an important shift. Mountain residences no longer need be built as protective shelters against harsh environments. They can be inviting light-filled spaces animated by sun and brilliant vistas.

Imported materials, progressive designs and artisan crews come at a price, which is why avant garde architecture is typically found at the highest end of the market. “When you’re willing to pay $3,000 a square foot, that opens the door for craftsmanship and quality,” says Tye Stockton of Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty in Vail, Colo. “Affluent buyers are less concerned about budget and more concerned about the emotional feelings that gets stirred in them.”

FrancePrice Upon Request | Megeve, France | Propriétés de Megève Sotheby’s International Realty

Stockton is putting the finishing touches on his own modern mountain estate, one that hints at industrial design with steel I-beams and rolled steel decorative panels warmed up with imported reclaimed woods. The kitchen is sleek with stealth appliances and poured concrete countertops. Glass is one of modern architecture’s most fundamental materials, and Stockton employs it as a showstopper. A 10-foot-tall sliding glass wall system opens onto a quintessential Rocky Mountain panorama of jagged peaks and waterfalls. “In traditional mountain homes, solid walls are for hanging art. With modern, there’s expansive glass and the exterior is your art,” he says. “It’s magical.”

Modern is also unpredictable. And therein lies its seduction. “The more chances you take, the more creative the work,” says Stockton, “and the more exciting it is.”

Article provided by Iyna Caruso exclusively for Art & Home.

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Fit for Fitness in 2015

Sticking to your new year’s resolution is tough. Fitting gym time into a hectic schedule and managing your work-life balance can quickly put plans for a fitter you on the backburner. However, there are creative ways to make achieving your goals much more convenient. Let’s take a look at five extraordinary homes with access to fun and inspiring fitness amenities that make it easy to stay on track.

Poway_HomeGym$7,350,000 USD | Poway, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

This Mediterranean style home boasts 12,764 square feet of luxury in Southern California. Superbly fit for fitness, this home features its very own state of the art gym with spa sauna and sparkling pool framing the panoramic views. An average high temperature of 79 degrees encourages residents to take advantage of the 25 local parks, Lake Poway’s fishing and boating, 55 miles of trails, and 50 community events each year.

Basketball Texas$2,600,000 USD | Boerne, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

This European-designed home is exquisitely outfitted to help keep you in shape. Complete with an indoor NBA style basketball court, rock climbing wall, gym, and outdoor putting green and sand trap, there are a plethora of healthy options to stay active. Stretch out and relax in the custom pool and spa or tranquility of the forty foot vertical waterfall after a long day of activity.

NJ_Volleyball$3,450,000 USD | Colts Neck, New Jersey | Ward Wight Sotheby’s International Realty

This elegantly appointed brick estate in prestigious Colts Gait sits on a sprawling 6 acres, featuring a volleyball court and tennis court to be enjoyed under bright blue skies and rolling green landscapes. The home also features a pool with spa, pool house, outdoor kitchen, hot tub, and finished basement complete with gym and full bath complete the property’s robust amenity offerings.

Swiss_GolfRoomPrice Upon Request | Lugano, Switzerland | Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty

This newly renovated Swiss villa is perfect for a golf enthusiast complete with its own golf simulation room. The three floors of living space include an indoor swimming pool with a fully retractable glass roof, squash pitch, and fitness area. Relax after your intense workout session in the included spa and sauna with showers. This unique property is perfect for those seeking large living spaces and for lovers of physical activity.

StMartin_HomeGym4.200.000 € EUR | Terres Basses, Saint Martin | St. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty

This beachside villa on the coast of Plum Bay is perfect for the fit-inspired. Jump start your day with a healthy breakfast prepared in a modern kitchen fitted with Miele appliances before hitting your well-equipped and air conditioned gym or before a match outside on the tennis court. Unwind after your workout in the large infinity pool and sauna or take a one minute walk to the gorgeous white sand beach of Plum Bay.

New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | December 2014

From a 525-acre estate and arboretum for sale in Washington to a private villa in a conservation area in St. Barths, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale showcases exquisite lifestyles from around the globe.

Washington$43,000,000 USD | St. Vashon, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Washington- Misty Isle Farms is one of greatest privately landscaped properties in the country, situated on 47 separate land parcels totaling 525 acres with 8 homes and many supporting outbuildings. This is a rare opportunity to own one of the country’s largest private arboretums. The farm sits outside of Seattle and includes a private lake, driving range and chipping/putting greens, equestrian barns, and a 2,200-foot landing strip with helipad.

florida keys$19,000,000 USD | Florida Keys, Florida |Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty

Florida- The Parmelee Estate is one of the few remaining pieces of land within the Florida Keys that remains undeveloped, presenting a rare opportunity to own 40 acres of land surrounded by water on three sides.  The land remains primed for future development on 10-4 acre building sites, including two located on the central island. Each parcel is allowed one main home and a guest home and all building sites have water access and magnificent views.

St Barths15.000.000 € EUR | Marigot Other St. Barthelemy | St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

St. Barthelemy- An idyllic vacation home shaded by mature palm trees and boasting panoramic views of Mont Jean and Marigot Bay, Villa Captiva is a charming compound of three pavilions and an independent bungalow. It offers a wealth of special features including a private dock, a small man-made beach and access to the Bay for excellent snorkeling, especially since Marigot Bay is a conservation area, and no watercraft are allowed to drop anchors in this area.

Colorado$17,950,000 USD | Aspen, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Colorado- Designed by renowned international architect Robert Couturier, this private 30-acre estate has panoramic Elk Mountain views and overlooks protected open space. The home has 5 en suite bedrooms, 7 full baths, 2 half baths, a fully equipped gym, lounge room, two offices, wine cellar, and an outdoor pool hot tub. The gated Starwood subdivision offers amenities on 960 acres including tennis courts, Nordic skiing, equestrian and hiking trails.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in December 2014

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

2015_01_02_St. Vashon_Washington$43,000,000 USD | St. Vashon, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

The 525-acre estate on Washington’s Vashon Island is a magnificent assemblage of 47 neighboring tax parcels. It includes a private lake, driving range and chipping/putting greens, equestrian barns, and a 2,200-foot landing strip with helipad. The property is one of the largest on the market within a 15-minute helicopter ride of downtown Seattle.”

Rare 525-Acre Arboretum Near Seattle Listed at $43 MillionAOL Real Estate

A Waterfront ClassicPalm Beach Daily News

On the Market: A Georgian-style manor on 280 acres in Winnsboro, South CarolinaArchitectural Digest

Luxury property predictions 2015The Telegraph

5 Things To Watch In Housing In 2015CNBC

Eight Cities Where U.S. Home Prices Are Setting New RecordsWSJ Real Time Economics Blog

Millions Of Homeowners Could Refinance And Save BigCNN Money

2014′s Best and BrightestSotheby’s

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2015_01_Australia New YearPrice Upon Request | New South Wales, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

We want to take a moment to thank you for following our blog and we hope you’ve enjoyed our posts! Sending our best wishes to you for a wonderful 2015!

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