Oktoberfest in Munich

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Since 1810, Munich, Bavaria, Germany has played host to Oktoberfest – the world’s largest “Volksfest,” or traveling funfair and beer festival. Millions of people from around the world travel to the Bavarian capital for the over two-week-long celebration to enjoy millions of liters of special Oktoberfest Beer, food, and festivities; the special beer is brewed within Munich city limits and conforms to the strict “Reinheitsgebot,” sometimes referred to as the “German Purity Law.”

The traditions and celebrations of Oktoberfest are now enjoyed the world over; inspiring unique beers, events, and cuisine far from Germany and the festival’s roots. Just in time for this year’s Oktoberfest, which runs from September 16 – October 3, let’s explore five homes in Bavaria.

Bavaria01.190.000 € EUR | Bavaria, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

This historic country house with guest house is situated on an exceptional plot in a dreamlike and quiet location. Close to the forest, with a unique view of the breathtaking alpine scenery with the silhouette of the mountain Watzmann, this home sits on nearly 4,000 square-meters of land with 413 square-meters of living space.

Bavaria118.000.000 € EUR | Bavaria, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

Striking and minimalistic, this home features remarkable open spaces that are both simultaneously intimate and perfect for entertaining. This energy-efficient, state-of-the-art masterpiece comprises 2,000 square-feet of living space, including an underground garage perfect for displaying an automotive collection.

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Bavaria24.800.000 € EUR | Munich, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in 2006, this timeless villa features authentic architectural design and state-of-the-art amenities throughout. Epitomizing “modern meets classic,” this home includes a refreshing indoor pool/spa area, an elevator with access to all floors, and a spacious kitchen, all while enjoying abundant natural light.

Bavaria34.150.000 € EUR | Bavaria, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

The Lake Tegernsee country house in Rottach Egern, Bavaria is bright, classic escape tucked away into quiet nook of the region. Vibrant colors mix with design elements that call back to days’ past; the cobblestone driveway, sun-soaked gardens, and open fireplace are among these amenities. The home also features a dream-like swimming pool, sheltered terraces, a generous guest area and an elevator.

Bavaria41.450.000 € EUR | Munich, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

“Living by Phillippe Stark” is one of the most exciting and exclusive residential projects in the city of Munich. This refurbished historical monument property with concierge service, spa and wellness area offers an international living standard at the highest level. An apartment equipped and furnished like a stately suite – this living space enjoys belonging to a noble and distinguished grand hotel.

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Market Spotlight | St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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Featured as home to one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Secret Islands of the Caribbean” Michelle Bess Bellegarde, chief executive officer, St. Vincent & the Grenadines Sotheby’s International Realty shares insight on one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets.

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“Although it’s well known to royals, avid sailing enthusiasts, and those looking for paradise unspoiled, the secret is getting out,” shares Bellegarde. “Here, luxury is not simply a price point, and those who travel here and choose to make it home come from all walks of life.”

“Although it’s well known to royals, avid sailing enthusiasts, and those looking for paradise unspoiled, the secret is getting out.”

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, among other Eastern Caribbean nations, has worked very hard to create a business-friendly environment with very low taxes, developer incentives, low cost of living, and new programs like Citizenship by Investment. “We have developed our islands to cater to a variety of lifestyles for luxury buyers including resort, golf, diving, yachting and sailing,” says Bellegarde. “Tourism and real estate purchasers in the Grenadines are now almost equal between the United States and the United Kingdom, to be followed closely by Canada. Our incentives have brought the greatest interest from Europe, The Middle East, Russia and China.”

2$3,375,000 XCD | St. Vincent, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines | St. Vincent & the Grenadines Sotheby’s International Realty

While still a hidden gem, tourism is certainly at the heart of this island nation’s trends. “As increased airlift and cruise births continue to be announced by major carriers and cruise lines, we continue to see an increase in tourism and housing development,” says Bellegarde. “The highly-anticipated Argyle International Airport opened in February 2017 and has been met with great excitement, [delivering] an uptick in travel to the Grenadines as well as an uptick in business interests.”

Living here is living clean and living off the land. “No McDonalds, no Starbucks,” says Bellegarde. “Our food is organic and freshly prepared in local restaurants that rival the very best. Our fishermen still make their own boats and many old marine traditions like whaling are still practiced.”

3$22,950,000 XCD | Bequia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines | St. Vincent & the Grenadines Sotheby’s International Realty

Although a fading tradition, St. Vincent & the Grenadines is one of only a few nations that still whale for food. “Whale is not for everyone,” says Bellegarde, “but they say our lobster is the best in the world.”

“Don’t call Mick Jagger an expat!”

“Don’t call Mick Jagger an expat!” says Bellegarde with a smile. Celebrities like the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and Rolling Stones front man prefer to be called “locals” when enjoying their time on the island nation. Jagger is in good company with the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Shania Twain, Bryan Adams and of course, members of the British Royal Family, enjoying the local moniker as well.

4$3,780,000 XCD | Bequia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines | St. Vincent & the Grenadines Sotheby’s International Realty

With homes ranging from $2,500,000 on the “secret” island of Bequia, to $7,000,000 on the resort island of Canouan, exclusivity and privacy are king and queen; on some islands this secrecy extends too, to value of property. “On Mustique, the actual sales price of luxury homes is highly guarded,” says Bellegarde. “Privacy and peace are the two things that our buyers crave most. They don’t want to be alone; they actually want to be in a community, but in a place where no one cares who they are or where they came from. They want to be free to make friends and be themselves in a place where what matters is who they are right here.”

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Mallorca and the 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE

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Occupying the majestic waters in the Bay of Palma de Mallorca, the 36 Copa del Rey MAPFRE will come to an end this Saturday, August 5th. Organized by the Real Club Náutico de Palma (RCNP), the regatta started in 1982 and features race teams from 24 different nations, including one sponsored by Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Members of the Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty team at the Copa del Rey MAPFRE

This year’s event is the largest in the history of the Copa del Rey; along with the 24 different nations represented, 140 teams will compete.

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The expansion of the Copa del Rey MAPFRE has also had economic effects; it is expected that the 36th edition will have the highest economic effect on the island in the event’s history. According to the Chamber of commerce it will be bringing in anywhere from €15 to €20 million in restaurants, hotels and boat maintenance.

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Aside from the sporting program, the Copa del Rey brings the Balearic Islands to 120 different countries. More than simply a regatta, the event’s land-based social agenda invites guests, competitors, and even royalty, to gather for food-tastings, live music and a gala dinner.

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Felipe VI, King of Spain, greets the Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty team at the Copa del Rey MAPFRE

The royal mention was no exaggeration; Felipe VI, the present King of Spain arrived at the event to greet guests and also check in on his sailing crew of Aifos, the vessel he previously competed in during previous regattas.

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Mallorca, is celebrated for its endless sun, cool breezes and mild winters that attract holiday homeowners who look for reasons to escape here throughout the year. With an international airport and ferry service from Barcelona and Valencia, commuting is painless and the market of luxury real homes for sale is extraordinary.

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Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty’s boat sails in the competition.

Mallorca_FacebookThis guest blog was provided by Amalia Losada, head of communications and creative marketing, at Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty.

#TravelTuesday | San Miguel de Allende named Travel + Lesiure’s Top City of 2017

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Recently named Travel + Leisure’s Top City of 2017, Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende is a colonial city, a part of which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, we check in with Larry Stebbins, owner of Agave Sotheby’s International Realty in San Miguel, to discover the latest from within the T+L top city.

“In general, our market is balanced with a good supply of quality homes and increasing buyer demand,” says Stebbins. “A well-priced home within easy walking access to the historic center will be under contract within 30 days of coming to market.  Our company, [Agave Sotheby’s International Realty] is the market leader with more than 50% market share.”

imagereader.aspx-2$5,995,000 USD | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Agave Sotheby’s International Realty

The region’s notoriety reaches beyond locals. “The current trend that we are seeing is the arrival of buyers from California and New York. They represent a younger demographic that are looking to move to a destination that has rich cultural activities and an inclusive, progressive community,” says Stebbins. “The majority of our buyers are from the United States (85%) with approximately 5% Canadian and 5% Mexican nationals.” Even with the influx of younger buyers, San Miguel’s average buyer is between 40-65 years old and financially independent.

imagereader.aspx-3$2,995,000 USD | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Agave Sotheby’s International Realty

San Miguel de Allende has opportunities for a wide variety of buyers; property prices range from $200K to $2M with an average sales price of $550k. “The most common architectural style is traditional Spanish Colonial with high ceilings, wood beams, bovedas, and ample patios and terraces, as the climate is temperate year around and conducive to indoor/outdoor living,” says Stebbins.

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imagereader.aspx-4$2,200,000 USD | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Agave Sotheby’s International Realty

“San Miguel is also home to two hotels that were recognized as the best hotels in Mexico by Conde Nast readers in 2016. We were also the production home of Top Chef Mexico,” says Stebbins.

imagereader.aspx-5$1,695,000 USD | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Agave Sotheby’s International Realty

San Miguel de Allende is located in the historical and cultural heart of Mexico.  Founded in the 16th century, it is rich in the history of Mexico.  It experienced a renaissance of sorts after WWII when it became an artist community, one that continues to thrive today. It is culturally rich with great art, music, food and a center of philanthropic endeavors with more than 50 non-profit organizations giving back to the community.

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Market Spotlight | Croatia

One of the newest regions added to the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s global presence, Croatia is known for its history, waterfront lifestyle and idyllic islands. Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty’s Co-Owner, Marko Pažanin, discusses the nation’s landscape and current luxury real estate climate

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“Our luxury real estate market is ready to blossom,” says Pažanin. “There is great potential here and we’re seeing a lot of expansion. [Croatia] as a destination is becoming globally recognizable, with an ever-growing interest in tourism, but also investments. We’re in constant contact with investors and looking for projects that meet the high standards of our clientele.”

“Our luxury real estate market is ready to blossom,” – Marko Pažanin, co-owner, Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty

Like in many other places around the world, people are attracted Croatia’s rich history. “Current trends show that buyers are interested in homes in the hearts of our historic cities such as Split, Dubrovnik, and Opatiia,” says Pažanin. “We also know that buyers are interested in exclusive, coastal homes on the beaches of the Dalmatian Islands. In terms of architecture, our clients are looking for modern homes that provide a sense of comfort and familiarity. This is a new trend in a market where Mediterranean-inspired design dominates; mostly built in the beginning of the 20th century, these homes are being revitalized for contemporary standards.”

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imagereader.aspx-3Price Upon Request | Split, Croatia | Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty

As the country’s luxury real estate market is still in its infancy, the price range here offers an excellent value opportunity for prospective investors. “Luxury villas on the coast start at approximately 1.000.000 EUR, while the apartments in the core of our city centers start at around 300.000 EUR,” says Pažanin. “We are attracting buyers from all over the world along with domestic entrepreneurs, athletes, doctors and military professionals.”

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The country has a lot to offer, which is why well-known athletes like former NBA star Dino Rađa and former FC Barçelona footballer Goran Vucević call it home. “Croatia, as a destination, is recognizable not only for its natural beauty, clean air and vibrant sea, but also its unique cultural and historical heritage.”

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RESIDE® Magazine | Where to Eat and Drink in Rome in 2017

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From the Summer 2017 issue of RESIDE® Magazine, writer Katie Parla shows us where to enjoy fine dining and spirits “when in Rome.”

With a city nicknamed Caput Mundi—Capital of the World—it’s only natural that Romans are accustomed to seeing their home as unrivaled in matters of history, culture and food. And while it’s true that traditional local cuisine holds a sacred place at the table, Rome is hardly impervious to change. The city’s classics, from carbonara to cacio e pepe, are still universally beloved, but Rome’s dining and drinking culture, like that of all cities, is in a constant state of evolution (albeit at a glacial pace compared to New York, Paris or London). Recently, tightening purse strings, transitioning food systems and changing palates have conspired to create exciting new ways of dining, drinking and shopping for food.

Roscioli – Via Dei Giubbonari 21

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The Roscioli family, famous for its bakery (Antico Forno Roscioli) and coffee shop (Roscioli Cafe), opened this restaurant/wine bar/deli near Largo Argentina in 2005. Purchase wine, cheese, fine pasta and cured meats to take away, or enjoy a proper meal at one of the tables. Book several days in advance for dinner and request a ground-floor table near the back of the dining room. Start with burrata paired with semi-sundried tomatoes, butter with Cantabrian anchovies on toast and mortadella with 36-month-aged Parmigiano Reggiano. Follow these dishes with carbonara or cacio e pepe, or both! Skip the main dishes and dessert—they will bring cookies at the end of the meal anyway—but don’t overlook the extensive grappa and amaro list. Solo diners can book a spot at the bar; Roscioli is one of the few places in town offering bar seating.

Al Moro – Vicolo Delle Bollette, 13

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Tucked away in an alley near the Trevi Fountain, Al Moro is among Rome’s most historic trattorias. Helmed by four successive generations of Romagnolis since the 1920s, the place began humbly, slowly building a reputation among actors at the nearby Teatro Quirino, but over the years it has become a favourite of Roman aristocracy and well-heeled travellers. Go for local classics, which have virtually vanished from the city’s tables: lumache alla romana, snails cooked in a sauce spiked with anchovies, chili and mint; fegato di vitella, tender pan-fried liver; and tagliatelle con le rigaje, fresh pasta with a tomato sauce enriched with chicken innards. There are plenty of mainstream dishes, too. In the spring, try roasted abbacchio (suckling lamb) with potatoes. Year-round, enjoy spaghetti alla Moro, the house version of carbonara featuring a pancetta-enriched egg sauce seasoned with red pepper flakes.

Mercato Centrale – Stazione Termini | Via Giolitti, 36

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Mercato Centrale, Rome’s newest food hall, resides among the limestone arches trimming Stazione Termini’s southern perimeter. The marketplace occupies three floors, but the action is on street level where over a dozen stalls sell food according to theme. Start near the main entrance where Gabriele Bonci’s bakery serves stellar pizza by the slice, then grab a glass at the wine bar next door, which has a great selection of small producers and glasses starting at just €4.50 ($4.82 U.S.). At the far end of the market, Trapizzino serves thick triangular sandwiches filled with meaty Roman specialties like stewed chicken or simmered oxtail. For a sweet finale, circle back to the main entrance for two scoops at Gelateria Cremilla. The second floor has a restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Oliver Glowig.

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Spiritual New Zealand: Walking with the Maori

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From the pages of Summer 2017’s issue of RESIDE®Kathy Ullyott explores New Zealand and discovers a land rich in spirituality and culture.

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It was still light when Bill Matthews, looking more like a sheep rancher than a Maori sage and storyteller in his black oilskin duster and work boots, picked me up at the Copthorne Hokianga Hotel on New Zealand’s northwest coast.

By the time he stopped the SUV at a dizzying height above Hokianga Harbour, the sun was beginning to slide into the sea. Matthews killed the engine, we got out and he swept his arm to encompass the platinum mirror of the bay below.

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There’s probably nothing more authentic than a Maori-inspired tattoo, which historians believe European sailors to the South Pacific brought back to the western world in the 16th century.

“A thousand years ago, the great chief of the mythical land of Hawaiki set out in pursuit of a giant wheke, or octopus…” he began. The chief, Kupe, eventually vanquished the octopus and discovered a new land called Aotearoa, “land of long white cloud.” He departed from the very bay below but vowed to return, which he did. His descendants, the Maori, have populated Aotearoa ever since.

In the liquid subtropical twilight, it wasn’t hard to imagine the carved red waka (canoes) drifting to the beaches below, their wide-eyed passengers overwhelmed by the wild lushness of their new home. But this lookout wasn’t our destination, and the story of the coming of the Maori to New Zealand was just a prologue.

At the verge of the fabled Waipoua Forest, a primeval rainforest and sanctuary for the vast native Kauri trees, the last light filtered through the silver ferns, symbol of New Zealand and as big as rooftops. After cleaning our shoes to prevent introducing any plant diseases, we ducked into the underbrush. Matthews, walking several feet ahead of me, began a low chanting prayer to greet the ancient gods.

It’s not surprising, really, that the misty ranges, bubbling hot springs and vast forests that were such inherently sacred sites for the Maori have, in more recent years, inspired and attracted pilgrims of all spiritual stripes.

Lonely Planet’s guide to “experiences of a lifetime”—Lonely Planet Code Green—includes Footprints Waipoua, for which Matthews acts as guide, as one of its 82 most life-changing experiences in the world.

Before we met Te Matua Ngahere, Father of the Forest, Matthews asked me to stop while he chanted a blessing. As if summoned, a light rain began, silencing the cries of the kiwi and tui birds that had been keeping us company.

“ You are a seed. Even though you are small, you have value.”

Then there was the tree itself: 3,000 years old, 52 feet/16 metres around and as wise and silent as a vast monk. The Maori believe that the giant trunks of the Kauri trees hold up the sky and, indeed, Te Matua Ngahere gleamed like a temple. We watched and waited in silence as the rain filtered through the ferns.

Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 10.27.45 AM Bianca Ranson started her company, Potiki Adventures, in 2004, partly because “I was having trouble finding work that allowed me to live my values as a Maori person,” she told me as she introduced me to Waiheke Island just off of Auckland. After a five-year high school unit of total-immersion Maori and a further year in an intensive Maori outdoor-skills course, Ranson decided she wanted to work with young Maori to re-acquaint them with aspects of traditional culture.

A benefactor suggested she also give visitors a taste of New Zealand from a Maori perspective. Many awards later, she is still imparting Maori traditions to Maori youth and giving Pakeha hands-on experience of Maori activities, perspectives and spirituality. Guests stay in the Marae, a traditional ancestral meeting-house, visit historical pa (power) sites and participate in activities such as ax- weaving, poi-making and mau rakau (martial arts).

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“The name for afterbirth in Maori is whenua,” Ranson said in a TEDx Waiheke presentation. “The name for land is [also] whenua. It shows the direct connection between us and the land.”

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In fact, according to traditional Maori belief, the land was Papatuanuku, the earth mother; Ranginui was the sky father. In the beginning, “Papa and Rangi” weren’t separated but clung tightly together, shutting out all light and making it impossible for their six sons to see. The sons squabbled among themselves about how they might separate their parents. Finally, Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest, New Zealand’s largest known living Kauri tree, braced his head against the earth and pushed mightily against the sky with his feet until the two parents were pushed far apart, light flooded in and the humans they had parented were revealed.

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Tane Mahuta still dwells in Waipoua Forest, and I was on my way to meet him.

After Matthews and I offered a final prayer to Te Matua Ngahere, we followed the forest path in silence until he asked me to stop once again while he chanted a greeting. Ahead, Tane Mahuta stood in a clearing. Standing at nearly 170 feet/52 metres and with his head lost in the night sky, he wasn’t hard to imagine as an ancient creative force. Although the rain had stopped, the forest was quiet. Matthews drew a piece of hardened resin from his pocket and lit it with a lighter while he said another prayer. The forest seemed to let out a sigh as Matthews extinguished the smoldering resin and handed it to me. But he had one more gift. He leaned over, felt the ground for a kauri seed and presented it to me with a traditional ancient Maori message: “You are a seed. Even though you are small, you have value.”

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Market Spotlight: Dominican Republic

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From 2017’s first edition of Perspectives, join us as we visit the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic is home to one the brand’s newest affiliated companies – Sergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty. There, they join Holden Sotheby’s International Realty,with whom they work closely together with in order to provide an unforgettable experience for their clients both on and off the island; here, they paint a picture of the luxury real estate market in the Dominican Republic.

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“The north coast of the Dominican Republic has seen an increase of activity,” says William Holden, owner, Holden Sotheby’s International Realty. “For the past few years, buyers are looking for properties in the $250,000 to $450,000 price range. At this time, buyers are making inquiries in the $500,000 to $1 Million price range. Moreover, developers are making inquiries into vacant land conducive for multi-family or resort projects.

Almost all buyers on the north coast are international buyers from North America and Europe. There is also a trend of lower costs of land which offers a more economical opportunity to build a retirement home. In some of the more isolated areas, celebrities are buying large tracts of waterfront land for private estates, corporate retreats, or family compounds.

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Luxury beachfront condominiums and private oceanfront villas [on the north coast] range in price from $500,000 to $3 million; in some more exclusive gated communities, prices for oceanfront villas are in the $2 million to $10 million price range. There is also a trend for smaller private villas considered ‘condo-alternatives’ that range in price from $250,000 to $750,000.”

“The Dominican Republic’s south and east coasts are extremely active due to the luxurious amenities available as well as the ease of access via three international airports,” says Sergio Llach, owner, Sergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty. “This area’s soft, white sand beaches coupled with the extremely friendly people and the great sense of security are also a big attraction for home buyers. The area offers plenty of mega-yacht marinas and more than 20 world-famous golf courses designed by architects like Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo.

$11,500,000 USD | La Altagracia, Dominican Republic | Holden Sotheby’s International Realty
Home buyers are demanding a higher quality of turn-key homes and they are willing to pay for it; along with large family homes, contemporary design, modern amenities and great views are highly sought after.”

Differing itself from other parts of the island, “over 50% of all home owners [on the south and east coasts] originate in the capital city of Santo Domingo,” says Llach. “High-net worth families regardless of their industry seek properties here; most share the love of sports, particularly golf. The average home price is between $2.5 – $4 million, with a minimum of $1 million and a maximum of $40 million.”

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“Mark Anthony and Vin Diesel are among the celebrities that call the Dominican Republic home, and presidential families like the Bush’s and Clinton’s spend vacations here,” says Llach regarding the south and east coasts. Holden adds that, “the notable residents on the north coast come for privacy; so, don’t plan on finding a roadmap to the stars.”

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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In many parts of the world, March 17 marks the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day; a holiday with roots in Ireland, let’s visit some homes and explore the culture and history of the Irish holiday with David Ashmore, owner, Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty.

28.000.000 € EUR | Roundwood, Ireland | Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty

For a comparatively small country, Ireland has made a disproportionate contribution to world literature, music and comedy. It’s also true to say that on March 17, everyone’s a little Irish. Even though St. Patrick’s Day is only a public holiday in a handful of places, “Irishness” is celebrated around the world.

Dublin14.500.000 € EUR | Dublin, Ireland | Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty

Every St. Patrick’s Day around the world, people dress up in green, attend parades and celebrations and raise a pint of Guinness to the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Celebrating the feast of Ireland’s patron saint goes back a long time, to the 5th century. Nowadays, it’s more of a party for St. Patrick, as this religious and cultural festival is celebrated around the country with festivals, parades, fireworks, pints and plenty of green.

Dublin21.800.000 € EUR | Dublin, Ireland | Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty

Historically, the day commemorated St Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. In medieval times, the Irish would celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick with a pilgrimage to a sacred place (usually a holy well or chapel) and a mass or prayers held on the holy location. This was followed with festivals involving food, music, dancing and games. Today, St. Patrick’s Day highlights Irish heritage and culture; across Ireland, different regions and towns have their own unique ways to celebrate one of Ireland’s biggest holidays.

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Ireland’s capital city [Dublin] is home to the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the country. Hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets, decked out in wild and fantastical costumes, to celebrate with an extravagant four-day festival. Dublin hosts an elaborate parade, themed events, a treasure hunt through the city, street performers, guided pub crawls and an awe-inspiring firework show over the River Liffey.

Channel your inner “Irish Spirit” with these 10 Facts about St. Patrick’s Day

  1. St. Patrick was not Irish. He was from Wales. pub-2058083_1280
  2. The humble shamrock was originally a teaching tool. St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the pagan Irish.
  3. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York in the 1760s.
  4. For many years, blue was the colour most often associated with St. Patrick. Green was considered unlucky. St. Patrick’s blue was considered symbolic of Ireland for many centuries and the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue.
  5. For many years, Dripsey in County Cork had the world’s shortest parade, just 77 feet, the distance between two pubs – The Weigh Inn and The Lee Valley. Currently, the town of Hot Springs, Arizona claims to have the shortest parade – a 98 foot route on Bridge Street.
  6. In 2010, the Sydney Opera House went green to mark the 200th anniversary of St. Patrick’s Day there. In Sydney, St Patrick’s Day was first marked in 1810, when Lachlan Macquarie, the Governor of New South Wales, provided entertainment for Irish convict workers.
  7. Irish flee the country. In Ireland on March 17 you’ll find many public figures, musicians, and dancers have travelled abroad to work on lucrative gigs elsewhere.
  8. In Chicago every year, the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the river “Kelly” green. The dye lasts for about five hours.
  9. Traditionally, every year, the Irish leader hands a crystal bowl full of shamrock to the US President. The shamrock, grown in Kerry, is immediately destroyed by the Secret Service after the exchange.
  10. Guinness sales soar on St. Patrick’s Day. Recent figures show that 5.5 million pints of the famous stout are downed around the world every day. On St. Patrick’s Day that figure is doubled.

Ireland_SocialMediaThis guest blog was provided by David Ashmore, owner, Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty

Market Spotlight | Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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In the Northwest corner of Colorado, Steamboat Springs is far removed from the I-70 corridor that is the gateway to resorts like Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone and Aspen. Unlike Colorado’s roster of glitzy mountain towns, Steamboat’s ranching heritage and long history as a ski town (it has, in fact, produced Olympians for every Winter Olympics except in 1936) lends a family-oriented authenticity and western character that makes it unique. More a “real” town than resort, those folks sporting cowboy apparel are actually real cowboys who work on real ranches; you’re more likely to see down jackets than fur coats and strangers still genuinely smile and greet each other as they pass on the street. But with the plentiful and dry snow that blankets the town in the winter, Steamboat literally coined (and trademarked) the term “champagne powder”.

Famous for its tree skiing in the uncut Aspen groves that make skiing in the resort feel like a wilderness experience, it has been consistently ranked one of the top family-friendly ski resorts in North America. And, once people arrive for winter, they are often bitten by the “Yampa Valley Curse” and find themselves calling Steamboat Springs home. When the chill of the winter thaws into spring and summer, Steamboat locals and visitors alike flock to the wonderful amenity of the Yampa River, flowing through downtown, or to Emerald Mountain for world-class mountain biking. Named “Ski Town USA” and also “Bike Town USA”, there is never a shortage of adventure, no matter the season.

While Steamboat is quickly establishing itself as a luxury destination with the friendly western feel, unlike many of our neighboring resort towns in Colorado, there are still plenty of options for real estate intenders without a seven-figure budget. You can still find ski-in, ski-out condominiums located directly on the slopes of the Steamboat Ski Area for under $200,000 USD.

Steamboat1$875,000 USD | Steamboat Springs, Colorado | Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

Those with more luxurious taste will appreciate properties such as this exquisitely remodeled La Casa Condominium. This modern masterpiece includes hardwood flooring, custom railings, innovative lighting, custom wall murals and wraparound decks.

Still, as Steamboat has become a popular destination for retirees and young professional telecommuters seeking a lifestyle change, there is unprecedented demand for properties $1 million and up, putting Steamboat on the map of Colorado’s luxury resort areas.

Steamboat2$3,950,000 USD | Steamboat Springs, Colorado | Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

Located at the gateway to the Steamboat Ski Area, this one-of-a-kind 10,000 square foot home in The Porches neighborhood offers the opportunity to live luxuriously, with the amenities of a full-service resort, including concierge, shuttle, pool and hot tubs, fitness center, kids’ room and more. The home is spacious and grand, with four stone surround gas fireplaces, professional kitchen, media room, climbing wall and five-car garage.

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Steamboat3$9,000,000 USD | Steamboat Springs, Colorado | Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

In late January, the $9 million sale of Wildflower Meadows, an approximately 10,000-square-foot mountain estate on over 154 acres just minutes from downtown Steamboat, marked the highest residential sale in Steamboat’s history. Both the buyer and seller were represented by Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty in the transaction.

As one might expect, with the ranching heritage that is at the core of what makes Steamboat so unique, the real estate market has quite a robust Farm & Ranch niche. When we say “Farm & Ranch” we mean true Farm & Ranch properties and everything that goes along with them – from fixing fences to burning ditches, cattle grazing operations to agricultural leases, conservation easements to water rights.

Steamboat4$12,950,000 USD | Steamboat Springs, Colorado | Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

Just five minutes outside of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat River Ranch is the jewel of the Elk River Valley, with irrigated meadows, abundant wildlife including elk, deer, eagles and sand hill cranes, and a balanced compound of residences and improvements for ranching operations. An angler’s paradise, the over 490 acres includes Elk River frontage with world class fishing.

StBt_FacebookThis guest blog was provided by Traci Smith, director of marketing, at Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty.