Mendoza, Argentina | More than Malbec

Over the last several years, Argentina has emerged as one of top wine-producing regions in the world, renowned for its Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals. The Mendoza Provence, in particular, produces nearly two-thirds of the countries wine and is rated among the world’s top 10 wine destinations. This amazing Argentinean province is known for its grape quality with a special terroir for its growth. Mendoza’s wine route is a major attraction for visitors and residents alike and offers spectacular wineries and unique tasting experiences.

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$ 1.236.683 ARS | Mendoza, Argentina | Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Among them, The Villavicencio Natural Reserve is a one and only experience. Located just 50 km from the city of Mendoza, The Reserve encompasses 72. 000 hectares. Nestled among the depressions of Uspallata Valley, the Reserve is a very special place immersed in a unique setting full of flowers and pine vegetation. The landscape is complemented by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the Reserve such as guanacos, vizcachas, pampas cats, pumas, foxes, and condors, among others.

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 $ 1.236.683 ARS | Mendoza, Argentina | Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

In the winter months, Mendoza also attracts the adventure-seeking ski community. Las Leñas, outside Malargüe, is the first to fully open its white laden gates. The skiing begins in Mendoza in June, but it is in July when the snow gets more than ankle-deep and the slopes offer more fun, speed and adrenaline. In Las Leñas, skiers enjoy day and night activities. It is the only resort in South America that currently offers night skiing where you can participate in Las Leñas’ unique Olimpos Light Parade and descend the slopes with head torches.

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Renowned for its world-class wines, beautiful landscape and rich history, Mendoza makes for an unimaginable lifestyle.

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Philippines Real Estate | Market Spotlight

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Price Upon Request | Forbes Town Center, Philippines | Philippines Sotheby’s International Realty

“Building on strong internal growth, driven by people with wealth that are investing in the country, the future in the Philippines’ real estate sector is bright,” says Philip Mareschal, chief executive officer, Philippine Sotheby’s International Realty. “The alliance with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region makes the country an attractive investment destination. Due to the nation’s strong economic growth from BPO (Business Process Outsourcing), off shoring industries, an increasing number of visitors and remittances from overseas Filipino workers and a young demographic, the Philippines is considered the prime option for residential, commercial and retail sectors. Our luxury residential market has been receiving more foreigner buyers as neighboring Asian countries implement cooling measures. Another trend we are seeing is Filipinos and foreigners are looking into countries for retirement. The climate, lifestyle, the people… easy living makes investing in real estate in Philippines more appealing as the value of their money goes a long away.”

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Charleston, South Carolina: Where Historic Meets High-tech

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For three consecutive years Charleston has ranked among the top 5 cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In fact, this traditional low country city isn’t just attracting tourists to its sandy beaches and world-class resorts.

Kiawah Island SC$2,585,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Recently Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” for the hundreds of technology companies that have set-up shop in the area. Many of these companies have recognized that Charleston’s temperate climate, emphasis on quality of life and superior amenities suit their employees lifestyle needs. From start-ups to larger, more established brands, Charleston’s growing tech sector is attracting an eclectic mix of new residents.

Historic Charleston 1$3,650,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

With the growing economic opportunities, Charleston is also booming with development projects. The hottest new development area is Upper King Street and the Upper Peninsula area. There have been several new hotels completed in the past year and even more condos and mixed use development projects being unveiled regularly. The restaurant scene has exploded on Upper King Street with countless new establishments like The Ordinary, which was recently named #1 new restaurant in The South by Southern Living Magazine.   Seafood and oysters are southern coastline staples and Charleston restaurants have some of the best menus for local fresh seafood.

Historic Charleston 2$1,695,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Foreign investors have also shown great interest in Charleston, particularly in the Downtown area. Downtown Charleston is one of the most European of all cities in America, because it has an incredibly well preserved historic center. This allows for a very pedestrian, urban experience with shops and restaurants intermixed with residential areas, such as the neighborhood of Ansonborough which attracts residents from international locales such as Italy and Switzerland.

Sullivans Island SC$3,499,000 USD | Sullivans Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

When Charlestonians are looking for a getaway, they escape to the nearby pristine beaches of Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island for relaxation, boating, family activities and more. It is commonplace for Charleston residents to also own a beachfront property or deep water estate for weekend getaways to enjoy life on the water. With the blend of historic charm, trendy new developments and easy access to a relaxed beach lifestyle, Charleston is the perfect location for those who like to lay low while living large.

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Charleston, South Carolina: Where Historic Meets High-tech

For three consecutive years Charleston has ranked among the top 5 cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In fact, this traditional low country city isn’t just attracting tourists to its sandy beaches and world-class resorts.

Kiawah Island SC$2,585,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Recently Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” for the hundreds of technology companies that have set-up shop in the area. Many of these companies have recognized that Charleston’s temperate climate, emphasis on quality of life and superior amenities suit their employees lifestyle needs. From start-ups to larger, more established brands, Charleston’s growing tech sector is attracting an eclectic mix of new residents.

Historic Charleston 1$3,650,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

With the growing economic opportunities, Charleston is also booming with development projects. The hottest new development area is Upper King Street and the Upper Peninsula area. There have been several new hotels completed in the past year and even more condos and mixed use development projects being unveiled regularly. The restaurant scene has exploded on Upper King Street with countless new establishments like The Ordinary, which was recently named #1 new restaurant in The South by Southern Living Magazine.   Seafood and oysters are southern coastline staples and Charleston restaurants have some of the best menus for local fresh seafood.

Historic Charleston 2$1,695,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Foreign investors have also shown great interest in Charleston, particularly in the Downtown area. Downtown Charleston is one of the most European of all cities in America, because it has an incredibly well preserved historic center. This allows for a very pedestrian, urban experience with shops and restaurants intermixed with residential areas, such as the neighborhood of Ansonborough which attracts residents from international locales such as Italy and Switzerland.

Sullivans Island SC$3,499,000 USD | Sullivans Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

When Charlestonians are looking for a getaway, they escape to the nearby pristine beaches of Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island for relaxation, boating, family activities and more. It is commonplace for Charleston residents to also own a beachfront property or deep water estate for weekend getaways to enjoy life on the water. With the blend of historic charm, trendy new developments and easy access to a relaxed beach lifestyle, Charleston is the perfect location for those who like to lay low while living large.

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Monaco Real Estate | Market Spotlight

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“There are few real estate markets in the world that can compare to Monaco in terms of glamour, price and quality of life,” says Alexander Kraft, , chairman & chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty France – Monaco

“The casino of Monte Carlo, its annual Formula 1 Grand Prix, the world´s biggest mega-yachts, Grace Kelly and Monaco’s unique tax advantages (no taxes whatsoever for residents) are legendary. Add to that its enchanting location on the French Riviera, year-round sunshine, virtually no crime and some of the world’s best shops, hotels and restaurants, and the mixture becomes truly unique. Not surprisingly, Monaco has attracted the rich and beautiful for more than a century; in combination with very limited housing supply (the entire country’s size is less than two square miles), this has created some the world’s highest real estate prices. Following a slower period from 2011 – 2012, the year 2013 saw a renewed influx of ultra-high net-worth individuals taking up residence in Monaco and thus revitalizing the local real estate market. It is virtually impossible to find anything for under € 20.000/square meters, and prices can exceed € 100.000/square meters for the most sought-after properties near the casino or the beaches. In a world troubled by economic and political unrest, Monaco continues to be a haven of peace for the lucky few.”

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EXPO 2015 Shapes Milan’s Classic Skyline

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Not only is Milan a fashion capital, famous worldwide for its luxury shopping districts, excellent cuisine and the “Teatro alla Scala” opera house, it is also Italy’s most dynamic business city.  Many view the real estate investment industry as one of the key drivers leading Italy’s future, and as Milan prepares to host the 2015 Universal Exposition (World’s Fair), the city has been changing its skin. Dozens of new construction developments have been popping up across the city, forming new Palazzos that are transforming Milan’s skyline.

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Porta Nuova is one of the most remarkable developments in Milan, if not in the whole country. Approved in 2004, this project comprises an area of approx. 3,660,000 sq.ft. and includes several high-rise buildings, cultural centres, a large city park and a new metro line stop, in addition to underground parking.

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Price Upon Request| Milan, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Living in one of  Porta Nuova’s new residences is like embracing a new lifestyle where the sobriety of a private villa inspired by Milanese signature architecture meets the modern and international features of a high-rise building. In order to satisfy the growing demand of a clientele looking for turnkey homes, the interiors can be furnished with some pieces of the Meissen home collection (http://www.meissen.com), one of Europe’s most tradition-rich houses of fine art and hand-crafted luxury.

“Our clients are always more demanding in regard to the condition of the apartments and their amenities,” says Luca D’ Angelo, head of sales at Milan Sotheby’s International Realty.  “We see a lower turnover on the market for those apartments requiring big renovation and not immediately available for move-in. House prices decrease by 15% on average compared to those of 2010 and this reduction is even more significant for the second market compared to new developments.”

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In the exclusive central streets defined by elegance and history, the prices of the apartments boasting views of green courtyards, and with privacy and comfort, have been stable on an average of € 13,000 per square meter. Within the Fashion District, besides the very top luxury homes, there are excellent investment opportunities in one or two-bedrooms-apartments with 6% yield for short term rentals, which are now often in demand thanks to the EXPO Milano 2015.

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530,000 € EUR | Milan, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

“For a clientele looking for good deals, I recommend semi-central areas such as Fiera, Sempione and Repubblica,” says Laura Torrielli, senior sales manager at Milan Sotheby’s International Realty. “In these districts, upscale apartments in iconic palazzos such as those designed by the famous architect Giò Ponti are selling at prices 20% less compared to those a few years ago.”

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1,550,000 € EUR | Milan, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

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Washington D.C. Real Estate | Market Spotlight

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$9,800,000 USD | Washington D.C., USA | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty 

“The market in Washington, D.C., has been active and prices are up 10 percent over last year – however we did experience a late start to the season (known as frozenomics),” said Michael Rankin, managing partner, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

“As April has turned to May, we see low inventory across multiple price points. This alone has had the biggest impact on the velocity of the market in the Washington, D.C., area. During the first several weeks of April, we have seen significant increases in activity at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Despite market trends, year-to-date sales for the firm have increased 25 percent year-to-date versus 2013, and we have continued to set new records, including the $18.6 million sale in March of the historic River View Estate in Alexandria and the Patterson Mansion, listed for $25 million, which will close in May.”

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Rome, Italy: The Real Great Beauty

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Rome is as alluring as it has ever been. It perhaps would have been dismissed as a city of ancient ruins if not for the Italian movie “La Grande Bellezza” (“The Great Beauty”), which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014 and its dazzling leading character, Jep Gambardella, an Italian dandy of pensionable age, played on screen by Toni Servillo. After writing a successful novel in his formative years, Jep retired to Rome where he charmed and seduced his way through the city’s lavish nightlife and extravagant social scene. After his 65th birthday, Jep unexpectedly discovers the timeliness beauty and splendid landscape that Rome truly offers.

With rejuvenated interest, the spotlight is now on Rome for its classic European flair and timeless architecture to be cherished for years to come. Among the many apartments, penthouse and villas nestled among historic sceneries is Palazzo Pamphili, which is located in Piazza Navona. The apartment is currently available for sale and prominently featured in “The Great Beauty.”

Luxury Apartment Piazza Navona | Rome, Italy8.100.000 € EUR | Rome, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

“Despite the economic crisis which hit the Italian real estate market over the past few years” says Diletta Spinola, Sales Manager at Tuscany’s Sotheby’s International Realty, “property prices in a lot of neighbourhoods did not fall, especially in the historic centre where there are apartments and penthouses for sale with antique features such as frescos and vaulted ceilings. Apartments with views on the picturesque squares and renowned fountains are the most sought-after. In other residential areas such as the Parioli, prices fell and it is now possible to find bargains.”Modern Apartment in Parioli | Rome, Italy

3.750.000 € EUR | Rome, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

The boho-chic areas including Monti and San Giovanni have great appeal with artists, actors and movie directors. In san Giovanni, the Lateran Palace and the Basilica of St. John in Lateran both take centre stage, making the views from just about every window and balcony picturesque.

Piazza di Spagna Apartments | Rome, Italy

4.750.000 € EUR| Rome, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

Many international clientele interested in owning a property at the very heart of Rome, in a refined atmosphere just a short stroll from such priceless cultural gems as Bernini’s fountain and the Church of Trinità dei Monti, primarily focus on the area around Piazza di Spagna, which still holds the record for price per square meter at €20,000 per square meter.

San Giovanni Luxury Apartment | Rome, Italy

1.650.000 € EUR | Rome, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

For those looking to buy villas, interesting neighbourhoods are Appia and Aventino, because they offer breathtaking sceneries and proximity to public parks and archaeological sites.

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Rome, Italy: The Real Great Beauty

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Diletta Carutti, Social Media Manager, Milan/Lake Como / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty in Italy.

Rome is as alluring as it has ever been. It perhaps would have been dismissed as a city of ancient ruins if not for the Italian movie “La Grande Bellezza” (“The Great Beauty”), which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014 and its dazzling leading character, Jep Gambardella, an Italian dandy of pensionable age, played on screen by Toni Servillo. After writing a successful novel in his formative years, Jep retired to Rome where he charmed and seduced his way through the city’s lavish nightlife and extravagant social scene. After his 65th birthday, Jep unexpectedly discovers the timeliness beauty and splendid landscape that Rome truly offers.

With rejuvenated interest, the spotlight is now on Rome for its classic European flair and timeless architecture to be cherished for years to come. Among the many apartments, penthouse and villas nestled among historic sceneries is Palazzo Pamphili, which is located in Piazza Navona. The apartment is currently available for sale and prominently featured in “The Great Beauty.”

Luxury Apartment Piazza Navona / Rome, Italy8.100.000 € EUR / Rome, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

“Despite the economic crisis which hit the Italian real estate market over the past few years” says Diletta Spinola, Sales Manager at Tuscany’s Sotheby’s International Realty, “property prices in a lot of neighbourhoods did not fall, especially in the historic centre where there are apartments and penthouses for sale with antique features such as frescos and vaulted ceilings. Apartments with views on the picturesque squares and renowned fountains are the most sought-after. In other residential areas such as the Parioli, prices fell and it is now possible to find bargains.”Modern Apartment in Parioli / Rome, Italy

3.750.000 € EUR / Rome, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

The boho-chic areas including Monti and San Giovanni have great appeal with artists, actors and movie directors. In san Giovanni, the Lateran Palace and the Basilica of St. John in Lateran both take centre stage, making the views from just about every window and balcony picturesque.

Piazza di Spagna Apartments / Rome, Italy

4.750.000 € EUR/ Rome, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

Many international clientele interested in owning a property at the very heart of Rome, in a refined atmosphere just a short stroll from such priceless cultural gems as Bernini’s fountain and the Church of Trinità dei Monti, primarily focus on the area around Piazza di Spagna, which still holds the record for price per square meter at €20,000 per square meter.

San Giovanni Luxury Apartment / Rome, Italy

1.650.000 € EUR / Rome, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

For those looking to buy villas, interesting neighbourhoods are Appia and Aventino, because they offer breathtaking sceneries and proximity to public parks and archaeological sites.

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Umbria, Italy: The Hills of Sublime

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Nestled in the centre of Italy, among Tuscany, Lazio and Marche, crossed by the River Tiber upstream from Rome, Umbria is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a common border with other countries.

Famous Italian poet Giosuè Carducci called it “green Umbria” and today it’s referred to as “the green heart of Italy.” In fact, Umbria seems to be one of those masterpieces arisen from the skillful hands of such artists as Pinturicchio or Perugino—both born in Perugia in the 1400’s. The entire region offers breathtaking views and unique landscapes, such as the Fonti di Clitunno, the waterfall of the Marmore and gorgeous Lake Trasimeno, which is the fourth largest lake in Italy and has inspired the likes of Goethe, Stendhal and Byron thanks to its incomparable natural beauty.

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1.800.000 € EUR | Isola Maggiore, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s Inernational Realty

Umbria treasures the traces of its history with devotion, by awakening its past and religious traditions through annual events and celebrations. The Umbria Jazz Festival is organized in Perugia and is paired with its winter twin Sintesi JazzFestival del Tulipano (Tulip Festival), which was instituted in 1956 by Dutch families who encouraged the local citizens to adorn their houses and windows with Tulips, is held every year at Castiglione del Lago in the beginning of April. The Batik Film Festival is held in Perugia and hosts movie producers from different parts of the world. Foodies can’t miss the annual appointments with Eurochocolate in Perugia and Altrocioccolato located in Gubbio.

€ 8,000,000  Spoleto, Perugia   Tuscany SIR

8.000.000 € EUR | Spoleto, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

“The real estate market in Umbria is very dynamic and prices are half those in neighboring Tuscany,” says Fulvio Biagioli, sales manager at Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty. “Many foreign buyers have recently purchased their homes in Umbria. The style of their properties is different from North to South, reflecting different lifestyles and tastes including elegant villas, country homes, modern estates and castles with watchtowers.

“Umbria’s picturesque countryside offers privacy and tranquility for people seeking relax and connect with nature,” says Biagioli. “A variety of activities including trekking, hiking, rafting and truffle hunting in Tuscany are also available to visitors. Olive trees of the highest quality in Spello and vineyards of excellent quality in Sagrantino di Montefalco are very similar to those found in Tuscany but there are always green, even in summer”.

Luxury Villas for Sale Perugia, Italy

12.000.000 € EUR | Bevagna, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

For those seeking an ideal place in which to buy a second home, Umbria should be on top of their wish-list.

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