Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes Virginia Firm

lg_lau_anthony_entry-1-of-39Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Frank Hardy Inc., in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the newest member of is real estate network, now operating as Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty.

Established in 1977, the firm is owned by Frank Hardy and will serve the high-end real estate market throughout Charlottesville, Piedmont, Albemarle County, Orange County, Chesapeake Bay and the Shenandoah Valley through its two offices and 22 affiliated agents.

“Since its inception in 1977, Frank Hardy Inc. has developed a reputation for specializing in high-end farms and estates,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “During that time, the firm has served its clientele with dedicated support and specialized market knowledge.”

According to Hardy, the affiliation offers his firm a broader reach among potential clients worldwide.  “We have always worked with an international client base, and we believe that with the support of this brand we can expand on that,” he said.  “We have spent nearly 40 years developing a deep understanding of our unique market, which offers a vibrant university community mixed with outdoor country living.  It is with this understanding and love of our hometown that we serve our clients.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 16,500 sales associates located in approximately 760 offices in 60 countries and territories worldwide.  Frank Hardy 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 their 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.

Market Spotlight | Monaco

“Monaco is one of the most widely known hubs for the world’s wealthiest, setting records for the most expensive luxury real estate properties around the world,” according to findings in our recent Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report with Wealth-X. Located on the French Riviera in Western Europe, Monaco is home to some of the world’s most exclusive events for ultra-high net worth individuals, from the Monaco Yacht show to the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Bordered by France and the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco is a premier luxury tourist destination and has “the highest proportion of residences owned by ultra-high net worth individuals based outside of the country,” according to the report.

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“Over the past two years, the Monaco real estate market has seen an incredible boom thanks to an influx of new residents looking for a financially stable environment with a high quality of life. Sotheby’s International Realty France-Monaco’s multi-lingual team has assisted clients from dozens of different countries including Italy, Germany, Russia and the UK, negotiating multi-million purchases from €2,000/square meter to more than €8,000/square meter.”—Alexander Kraft Chairman & CEO Sotheby’s International Realty France-Monaco

Monaco-1Price Upon Request | Monte Carlo, Monaco | C.I.C. Immobilier Monte-Carlo Sotheby’s International Realty

Spread out over three levels, this exquisite villa offers captivating views of the sea. With spacious living and dining areas, rooftop terrace, and a summer kitchen among its amenities, this home truly speaks to beauty and refinement that is living in Monaco.

Monaco-23.500.000 € EUR | Monte Carlo, Monaco | C.I.C. Immobilier Monte-Carlo Sotheby’s International Realty

With unrivaled views of the Port of Monaco and the Rocher, this prestigious residence is in one of the most sought after locations within Monaco. The property includes concierge service, a swimming pool, and is designed with an incomparable modern eye.

Monaco-3 17.500.000 € EUR| Monte Carlo, Monaco | C.I.C. Immobilier Monte-Carlo Sotheby’s International Realty

This inviting apartment is nestled in a quiet area next to the harbor of Fontvieille. With an unmatched view of the sea, large entertaining and living spaces, five bedrooms, and the tranquility of a sauna, this private home epitomizes the Monaco lifestyle and showcases the inspiring beauty of the region.

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Inviting Cottage in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida | Video House Tour

$1,395,000 USD | Santa Rosa Beach, Florida | Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty

This custom built home with guesthouse is located on a canal leading into Western Lake. It features exceptional architectural detail and interior finishes. Ideally located close to Seaside, Watercolor, and the beaches, this home offers the privacy and charm of Old Seagrove. The generous great room includes a gas fireplace for ambience. The gourmet kitchen is complete with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and handy wet bar. A guest bedroom with private bath is located on the 1st floor. Upstairs are two additional guest bedrooms sharing a spacious bathroom. The master suite includes screened deck, spa-like master bath, and walk in closet. The deck and screened porches provide spacious outdoor space for entertaining and enjoying quiet moments in a natural setting.

Key Locations for Ultra High Net Worth Real Estate

As our global luxury real estate market continues to develop and grow, key locations have begun to stand out as hubs for the Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW). As reported in the key findings of the Wealth-X and Sotheby’s International Realty Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report, “New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Paris are the most important international hubs for UHNW residential real estate.” With Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Dallas and Mumbai rounding out the top ten, it’s not surprising that some of the world’s most notable and famous cities are featured here. Explore homes below in cities that show particular clustering of the UHNW.

According to the report, “New York City is one of the biggest financial hubs in the world, attracting investors and real estate developers as well as individuals who want to profit from the market and have significant business interests or personal and family ties to the city.”

NYC$82,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

This architectural tour de force is a quintessential New York City apartment. The four-bedroom penthouse features unrivaled panoramic views of Central Park, captivating sunlight in every room, state-of-the-art design, stainless steel chef’s kitchen and a spacious library among others. A testament to both great design and exemplary craftsmanship, this in an ideal residence for refined entertaining and sophisticated living offering the ultimate New York City experience.

Key findings in the report show that London is not just, “one of the most important cities for luxury residential real estate,” but that “foreign investors view London as a ‘safe haven’ for prime property investments.”

England£12,950,000 GBP | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty

Abundant in elegance, this recently restored, gated estate offers a blend of modern design with enduring architecture. Tile floors, dark wood detailing, skylights, and a walk out to the exquisite west-facing garden make this home inviting and sophisticated. Just south of the Thames and London’s city center, this exquisite home is a private and inviting piece of London living.

Hong Kong has long been known as one of the main financial hubs in Asia. With an ever-increasing population, it is not surprising that the price of luxury residences per square foot has remained both high and relatively stable,” according to the report.

HongKong$350,000,000 HKD | Hong Kong | Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty

This gated residence is located within the serene setting of a tranquil, private park. Two guarded entrances and driveways lead towards this grand, colonial-inspired estate, envisioned in a fascinating balance between western and eastern culture. Situated in the New Territories near the Chinese border, it offers easy access to the special economic region of Shenzhen, the Fanling Golf Club and is only a short drive away from Central Hong Kong. Offering an abundance of space and privacy, the main house features floor-to-ceiling, sparkling, crystal cut windows with exotic wooden frames, marble flooring, floor mosaics, and wrought iron balustrades throughout.

In the report, Alexander Kraft, Chairman & CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty France – Monaco, states, “Paris continues to be one of the world’s most sought after destinations for international buyers. However, in comparison with other global hubs such as London, Hong Kong, or New York, Paris remains surprisingly affordable and currently offers plenty of opportunities at highly interesting prices.”

Paris8.400.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

An entirely renovated 18th century townhouse in the center of Paris, this home offers an unrivaled blend of modern amenities and classic design. Enjoy your favorite films in the comfort of the outfitted home theater or a glass of your favorite vintage from the select doublewide wine cellar. This three-floor, six-bedroom townhouse is a taste of private comfort in one of the world’s most beloved cities.

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Serenity Now | Art & Home

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 Art & Home – April 2015

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! This month we’re showcasing tranquil, harmonious environments inspired by Asia that provide refuge from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

California$2,300,000 USD | Beverly Hills, California | Sotheby’s International Realty- Beverly Hills Brokerage

Because the external world seems to be in a perpetually chaotic and frenzied whirlwind, internally, serenity is always in style.Creating a calm, meditative state within one’s home with an environment that’s at once soothing, orderly and sophisticated, can be achieved by incorporating earthy colors with inspired furnishings and restrained accessories, so each room is a serene, tranquil haven.

Colorado$2,625,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

The hallmark of this approach: Asian-inspired décor, which utilizes classic elements from exotic nations such as China, Japan, India and Nepal: a Mongolian area rug; an antique, blue and white Chinese vase from the Ming Dynasty; a delicately hand-painted Japanese screen; an ornately carved console or chest.  The Zen is in the details. “Clients want touches, not whole spaces, to look Asian,” said French native interior designer Marie Burgos.

North Carolina$7,800,000 USD | Raleigh, North Carolina | Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty

So the key to a successful design is not to recreate period rooms, noted New York City interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield, but rather to employ economy of design with carefully selected, refined furnishings that have clean lines, combined with a selection of ornamental pieces, for an eclectic effect. “Contemporary Asian styling is less ornate than in previous years, less formal and rigid,” added Andrew Hunter of Sotheby’s International Realty in Thailand.

Thailand$9,750,000 USD | Phuket, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

Additionally, the principles of feng shui are sometimes utilized to emphasize an uncluttered, open flow throughout the spaces, and to accentuate harmony and balance.  To that end, New York-based Burgos incorporates the five natural elements –wood, fire, earth, metal and water—in her home designs.  The elements needn’t be literal, she emphasized.  The earth, for instance, can be represented with a collection of terra cotta vases or stone tiles. Fire can come into play via an interpretive lighting fixture, while a pop of red in a painting can serve the same purpose.   But it’s best to keep the overall color palette in neutral tones to underscore the desired intent:  a peaceful space.

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Spanish Point Private Island in San Pedro Town, Belize | Video Tour

$995,000 USD | Corozal, Belize | Belize Sotheby’s International Realty

Neighbored by the famous Cayo Espanto Resort and Mr. Di Caprios Blackadore Island, escape to the tranquility of this captivating private island. Explore the adjacent Ambergris Caye, the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, for some of the world’s most sought after scuba diving, snorkeling, and offshore fishing. Imagine unrivaled relaxation and discover infinite possibilities on this incomparable tropical retreat.

Touch of Green| St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us and we’re featuring houses with the perfect touch of green in spirit of the holiday.

New Jersey$2,975,000 USD | Hillsborough, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

This 1720 stone bank house sits on a sprawling verdant field in New Jersey. Green is incorporated throughout the home from the landscaping, to the shutters and additional décor within the home. The romantic main house was expanded for better functionality, modern entertaining and more luxurious accommodations, but the original 18th century structure has its own impressive features and plenty of authentic charm. The home also features a tennis court, pool and a caretaker’s cottage.

Georgia$2,575,000 USD | Atlanta, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

This Atlanta home has high ceilings, a large, light-filled open floor plan and best of all, green accents are found throughout—from the wall color, to the shutters and even the doors. The seven bedroom home is charming while elegant and a true entertaining home for all seasons.

Israel₪ 128,595,022 ILS | Herzliya Pituach, Israel | Israel Sotheby’s International Realty

This ultra-modern villa in Herzliya Pituach, Israel has unmatched views of the Mediterranean Sea. The six bedroom, eight bathroom bath home has many lavishes finishes including Versace inlays and 24 carat gold tiles in the master bath that also features a shower with mosaic tile, complete with many different shades of green. The spectacular double lot offers unparalleled scale with spacious rolling lawns, large pool and spa, and several entertaining enclaves.

 

Bahamas$1,820,000 USD | Treasure Cay, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Appropriately named Sweet Pea for its green color, this cottage in the Bahamas has a private dock with entertaining space that looks out onto the Brigantine Bay canal. The four bedroom home has stylish interior spaces are complemented with richly toned hardwood and marble tiled floors and state of the art appliances.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence into Andorra

AndorraSotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Finques 3 Cases in Andorra has joined its luxury real estate network and now will do business as Andorra Sotheby’s International Realty.

Established in 2000, the firm is owned by Joan Rafel Socías Tomás, who serves as chief executive officer, and Narcís Socías Tomàs, the chief operating officer.  Ralph Luenenschloss is responsible for international business. The firm will serve the high-end real estate market throughout the Principality of Andorra.

“Our expansion into Andorra continues our commitment to providing access to the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s exclusive real estate services in key countries within Europe andaround the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Andorra is a booming market that is garnering local as well as international investor interest. It offers the opportunity to enjoy a unique mountain lifestyle in the middle of the Pyrenees on the border between Spain and France.  In the winter it is a beautiful ski resort area, and in the summer, other outdoor activities as well.”

According to Luenenschloss, the firm offers clients a full service experience.  “Andorra is one of the safest countries in the world and it offers a new and modern legal framework that makes it very interesting for international investors, entrepreneurs and public figures,” he said.  “We help our clients to not only find the ideal property but also help with anything else they may need including working through the Andorran residency process, and connecting them to local resources and services like banks, tax advisors and lawyers. We focus on providing solutions and developing ideas to serve the needs of our clients.  Our professional team offers support in multiple languages including Catalán, Spanish, French, Portuguese, English, German and Russian.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 16,500 sales associates located in approximately 760 offices in 60 countries and territories worldwide.  Andorra 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 their 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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Top 10 Significant Sales of 2014

From tranquil island escapes and elegant metropolitan penthouses, to panoramic coastal vistas and everything in between, many remarkable properties changed hands through our network during last year. Explore the Top 10 Significant Sales of 2014 below. 

#10 – Turks and Caicos Islands

TCI 23M (3)Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty | $23,000,000 USD | Turks and Caicos Islands

This spectacular 169-acre development parcel has more than 2,793 feet of frontage and an ideal mix of beach and iron shore. It graces a pristine and tranquil shoreline and neighbors one of the region’s most breath-taking and noteworthy properties, Amanyara.

#9 – California

Ewing 24m (2)Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty | Price Undisclosed | California, USA

In 1927, on Chalon Road in the hills of Bel-Air, the owners of a dramatic 1.5 acre parcel with awe- inspiring vistas hired an emerging architect, Gordon B. Kaufmann, to develop a unique vision for their property. The result is a truly iconic home that today is considered by experts to be a significant part of the architectural history of Los Angeles. Lovingly renovated and meticulously maintained, this extremely rare offering has been expanded and updated to accommodate 21st century living while graciously preserving the integrity and resplendence of the origi- nal design. Abundant detailing and amenities are found throughout the home’s three-level, 11,505 square foot floor plan. The generous use of rich varietal woods, ornately carved stone and light fixtures fashioned from sterling silver, onyx and fine crystal are superb representations of the era’s artisan craftsmanship.

#8 – New York

East side 25m (2)Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage | $25,000,000 USD | New York, USA

Perched on the 30th and 31st floors of a white-glove limestone condo- minium, this impressive duplex boasts phenomenal 360-city and park views from 52 oversized windows. Spanning 6,286 square feet, the sprawling 12 room apartment has 10 foot ceilings and grandly proportioned rooms. The gracious floor plan is distinguished by a large gallery with a sweeping staircase and features a huge corner Living room with wood- burning fireplace, a library and an elegant Dining room, as well as a cozy study. There is also a state-of-the-art Kitchen, windowed Breakfast room, Staff bath and a conveniently placed Powder room. Upstairs the private quarters include a massive Master suite comprised of three rooms and baths plus a vast walk in closet/dressing room. There are two additional bedrooms and an enormous Media room, also with ensuite bathroom.

#7 – Connecticut

Greenwich 27.5m (1)Sotheby’s International Realty Greenwich Brokerage | $27,500,000 USD | Connecticut, USA

An hour’s drive from New York City, beautiful Conyers Farms is where Academy Award-winning pro- ducer and director Ron Howard and his wife chose to raise their family. Their private country es- tate, consisting of approximately 32 acres of unparalleled privacy showcases a splendid shingle style main house with more than eighteen thousand square feet, a charming Craftsman style two-bedroom guest house, an indoor sports complex, observatory silo with Meade telescope, barns, paddocks, ivy- draped stone head house, greenhouse plus formal rose, boxwood and organic gardens.

#6 – Texas

Kuper sale price undiscKuper Sotheby’s International Realty | Price Undisclosed | Texas, USA

Located in the Texas Hill Country, with 4.5 miles of both sides of the beautiful Sabinal River, the property is shaded by huge century-plus old cypress trees and Little Creek. It was offered for the first time in more than 80 years. Picturesque improvements include a 1930s main home and guesthouse, staff cabin, vintage farm house, barn, equipment sheds and cattle pens.

#5 – Sydney

Sydney 28.050m(usd) (2)Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty | $28,000,000 USD | Australia

One of Australia’s most outstanding homes, this property is situated in Point Piper’s best posi- tion, north facing with uninterrupted views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The home has an exceptional and seldom offered street to water position with absolute deep water frontage and boat house on title with full slipway and deep water jetty. Designed by renowned Gergely & Pinter Architects, the home is ideal for entertaining on a grand scale, overlooking the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour. The views encapsulate 180 degrees from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and right through to Manly. The substantial accommodation and facilities include six bedroom suites and eight-and-a-half bathrooms, as well as separate self-contained apartment with private entrance. 

#4 – New York

19 Robertson Drive, Sag Harbor, NYSotheby’s International Realty Southhampton Brokerage | $31,750,000 USD | New York, USA

 Brilliantly conceived and built, this circa 2005 Lutyens-inspired stone and stucco mansion is perfectly positioned on six acres of waterfront property with a deep water dock. The 10,000 square foot house has well-proportioned rooms including a formal living room and gathering room, both with stone fireplaces, and circular alcove. Ideal for entertaining or relaxing on any scale, the house is complete with a paneled billiards room with fireplace, a fully-appointed media room, read- ing room, gym, a chef ’s dream kitchen and formal dining room. There also are seven fireplaces, an elevator, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Facing west with breathtaking sunsets, the exte- riors are as impressive as the house. An extensive covered terrace, with year-round stone hot tub, overlooks the heated Gunite swimming pool and 350 feet of beachfront. There are also tennis and basketball courts and a separate four-car garage.

#3 – The Bahamas

 testing123Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty | $42,000,000 USD | Bahamas

This property offers its owners their own private beach in a secure community. Meticulously maintained, the spacious 30,000 square foot family home is situated on two acres with 590 feet of canal frontage overlooking the Lyford Cay Marina. Included in the sale is a 1.4 acre beachfront lot across the street. Amenities include a tennis court, pool, Jacuzzi, 200 feet of dock and all of the necessary improvements for easy tropical living.

#2 – New York

 East Side Manhattan 56m (1)Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage | $56,000,000 USD | New York, USA

This property features the exceptional personal service of Park Hyatt’s new five-star flagship hotel. Located across from Central Park and Columbus Circle, One57 is surrounded by the city’s best restau- rants, shopping, entertainment and the cultural offerings of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Broadway.

#1 – Hong Kong

 HK SIR - 58mHong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty | $58,000,000 USD | Hong Kong

 This luxuriously presented townhouse is located in a prestigious area surrounded by rolling hills and overlooks the city, offering a well-appointed contemporary interior and amazing outdoor space on the rooftop terrace. There also is a huge private garden that comes with a swimming pool. This spacious, light-filled home features high ceilings to accentuate the elegant overall design. The house is also refurbished in white marble walls and flooring throughout, with every level in the home constructed with a separated open staircase and a private elevator with access to every level. There is a dome design window ceiling, which completes the overall luxurious design.

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Country-Inspired Kitchens

Country style kitchens are warm, welcoming, cozy and comfortable. Unique in their use of rich earthen tones and a handcrafted, homespun look, a country kitchen creates the perfect environment for family and friends to gather. Explore the rustic romance of our collection of country kitchens below.

New Jersey$4,300,000 USD | Tewksbury, New Jersey | Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Foxhill Farm is a magnificent 50 acre estate located in the hamlet of Mountainville in New Jersey. The estate has the look of a historic farmstead while embracing today’s most luxurious appointments. The meandering stone drive ends at a 16 room main residence with artfully crafted millwork, stone, and hardwoods throughout. The kitchen has touches of country with the use of earthen tones, exposed beams and stonework. This country compound also includes a barn, 2 bedroom guest apartment, Har-Tru tennis court, custom pool with spa, pool house with full kitchen and dining porch.

Texas$1,300,000 USD | New Braunfels, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

This storybook home on the Guadalupe River in Texas is nestled under a canopy of majestic Cypress, Oak and Cottonwood trees. The rustic chic main home features antique long-leaf pine floors, and a country kitchen blending Carrara marble counter-tops and Viking appliances with lots of wood, earth tones and a farm style sink. This one of a kind property integrates state-of-the-art features including surround sound, reverse osmosis water softener, and ‘green’ tankless water heaters. Shaded outdoor living spaces and an open sky terrace and fire pit allow for year round enjoyment.

Hawaii$2,700,000 USD | Kula, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Originally built in 1938, this upcountry home is part of Maui’s rich history. The main home is recently renovated while still maintaining the charm and style of old Hawaii. Exquisite features include hardwood floors throughout and original glass windows which capture stunning ocean and mountain views. The incredible country kitchen has a brick fireplace, wood paneling, a farm sink and a cozy breakfast area. The property includes two cottages, a wonderful saddle house which is used as a workout room and an art studio.

Sweden11.000.000 kr SEK | Kivik, Sweden | Sweden Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled in a storybook countryside of floral diversity, this tranquil home in Sweden was designed to feel like an English country house.The beautiful brick home features large oak doors, a library with fireplace and plentiful outdoor spaces to enjoy the gardens that surround the home. The country kitchen has a wood burning stove and an open layout that accommodates a dining table and an additional fireplace.