Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes New California Firm

Venture SIR imageSotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Venture Sotheby’s International Realty in Pleasanton, California, is the newest member of its real estate network. The brokerage will be led by Andrew Greenwell, the broker and co-owner of the firm.

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 83 offices throughout the state of California.

“We are proud to grow the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s presence in California with Venture Sotheby’s International Realty and the team of professionals that Andrew is building,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Pleasanton is one of the finest markets in California and a premier destination in the Bay Area given its close proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.”

According to Greenwell, the Sotheby’s International Realty affiliation offers his firm true international exposure, combined with their local expertise.

“The combination of the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s global reach, our local knowledge and mutual commitment to quality is very compelling,” he said.  “As well, we are fortunate to represent one of the world’s finest brands in a highly sought after market, with its beautiful weather, wine country lifestyle and scenic landscapes.  We look forward to representing some of the most extraordinary real estate the Bay Area has to offer, and with the support of this brand, introducing our market to a broad audience of consumers worldwide.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide.  Venture Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients 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.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in October 2014

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

2014_10_3_Lake Tahoe Shakespeare$98,000,000 USD | Glenbrook, Nevada | Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

It still has the old-fashioned, knock-on-the-door sense of community,” said owner, Camille Ruvo.

Lake Tahoe’s Shakespeare Ranch to Ask $98 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A Federal-Style ResidenceArchitectural Digest

Domestic Estates for SaleArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A Modern Home in Cannes, FranceArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A rustic 19th-century farmhouse in the foothills of the Catskill MountainsArchitectural Digest

Home of the Week: Two-house compound bordering forest in La CrescentaLos Angeles Times

Knute Rockne’s former house for saleESPN

Home of the Day: Modern compound in the Outpost EstatesLos Angeles Times

A Four-Story Windmill Guards This $39M Hamptons ManseCurbed

Billionaire Mikitani’s Tokyo House Goes Up Amid Luxury BoomBloomberg

Rare Van Gogh Still Life Could Bring $50 Million at Sotheby’sArtnet News

Giobatta Meneguzzo: La Casa Lo Scarabeo Sotto La FogliaSotheby’s

French Country Chateau in Bull Valley, Illinois | Video House Tour

This sprawling French Country Chateau is surrounded by prairies and towering oak and hickory forests in a unique conservation community. The designers and builders of this property operated on a very simple principle: Nothing but the best.

$2,300,00 USD | Bull Valley, Illinois | Hunter’s Fairway Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes Massachusetts Firm

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Prudential Unlimited Realty, with offices in Brookline and Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, is the newest member of its real estate network.   The company now will operate as Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, and Jon Ufland is principal and managing broker of the firm.

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 33 independently owned and operated offices throughout the state of Massachusetts.

“We are proud to grow our presence in Massachusetts with Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Jon and his team are passionate about driving results for their clients and have built a reputation for providing the highest level of quality service.  Both Brookline and Jamaica Plain are hubs for their surrounding local communities.  Jon and his 50 dedicated sales professionals who serve these fine markets have achieved many successes for their clients over the last 15 years.”

According to Ufland, the Sotheby’s International Realty global reach perfectly complements his agents’ local knowledge and experience and will help attract the most talented and professional agents, while supporting the company’s consistent growth and evolution toward servicing extraordinary properties at all price points.

“We are so proud to represent the Sotheby’s International Realty network in Brookline and Jamaica Plain, and plan to be an integral part of the brand’s presence in the Greater Boston area,” he said.  “Our brokerage has and will continue to operate on a ‘clients for life’ model.  For each and every one of our customers and clients, we strive to build life-long relationships for the entirety of their real estate journey. Our goal is to advise them and to help them navigate through the emotional and financial aspects of any real estate need no matter what stage of life they are in.  We aim to make the experience as fulfilling and rewarding as possible.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide.  Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients 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.

Top Five Trends to Watch from Decorex International

Interior design show, Decorex International, took place last week in London, showcasing a vast range of exciting and innovative designs. We had the opportunity to speak with interior designer April Russell, who shared her top five trends to watch from the show.

eley kishimotoEley Kishimoto

“I don’t often use wallpaper in my interior design projects, but when I do I like to make a statement – for which Eley Kishimoto would be perfect. With a wide range of quirky patterns that practically jump off the wall, each design seemed to tell a story. Very artistic!”

barn in the cityBarn in the City

Barn in the City creates customized furniture and panels, using 19th Century reclaimed wood, and exquisite ‘iced’ finishes. I’ve never seen anything like it, and would happily place their designs into a modern, contemporary home. Absolutely breathtaking.”

vieroViero International

“As I mentioned in my talk at Decorex, ‘The Art of Interiors’, I am not a fan of flat wall finishes. Texture is important, and can add an extra element of subtle beauty to a room that would otherwise be missed. Viero International shares this philosophy, which I admire.”

bert and mayBert & May

“Reclaimed tiles by Bert & May also caught my eye. The company describes themselves as ‘avid salvage enthusiasts, permanently scouring Europe and afar for exceptional and rare flooring gems.’  Attractive because of their wonderfully different designs, I couldn’t help but be drawn to them, and have had them on my mind since the show!”

kaia lightingKaia Lighting

“I did a double take when I saw the Kaia Lighting stand at Decorex. Although the show benefitted from many beautiful lighting installations, none of them – in my eyes – compared to this one. With subtle yet elegant designs, their work is a thing of beauty, and unique enough to be considered artistic.”

april russellMany thanks to our guest blogger, April Russell, who has more than 20 years’ experience, trained at London’s Inchbald School of Design and at Sotheby’s, where she developed her talent and confirmed her determination to put the client at the center of each design project.

For more information about April Russell, visit, or follow on Twitter at @a_r_studio.

At Home with Art | Perfect Harmony

Post provided by Meredith Mendelsohn for Sotheby’s magazine.

“Art,” says designer Elissa Cullman, “is the soul of every interior.” Over the past three decades, her New York-based firm Cullman & Kravis has mastered the “modern traditional” approach, pairing edgy post-war and contemporary works of art with carefully chosen antiques and subtly luxurious furnishings. Her recent book, The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis (Monacelli Press, 2013) demonstrates her love of fine art as well as comfort. “We never sacrifice form for function,” she says. “A room should be beautiful.” Cullman recently spoke with Meredith Mendelsohn about maintaining that balance.

Ellie-Headshot-2012Designer Elissa Cullman

Elissa Cullman: What advice would you give to new collectors about displaying art at home? Meredith Mendelsohn: No space is complete without a work of art. Anything can work in concert – as long as there is an underlying passion for the art and antiques. It’s important to understand what sizes work well within that space so that the installation can be harmonious from wall to wall and from room to room. Also, the right lighting is critical and will transform the way the art looks in situ. The biggest lighting mistake people make is not lighting their art at all. EC: When you start working with new clients, what are some of the first elements you address? MM: We always consider their functional needs as well as their design preferences. Our goal is to interpret their vision in the most aesthetically pleasing way. We always start with an inventory of their furniture, objects and artwork. Next, we look at interior design books and magazines together to establish the vocabulary they are looking for – we call this the “zip code” for the project. EC: Some interiors seem more challenging than others when it comes to displaying art. Can you recall a situation that required real finessing? MM: A Manhattan apartment had a long hallway that was just 42 inches wide (above right). We did what we call a decorating intervention. We vaulted the ceilings and introduced niches for incredible Swedish porphyry vases, and then we looked for an artwork that you could see and enjoy from a short distance away. We decided on a series of 30 drawings by Allan McCollum. He is very specific about how his works should be hung, and these just made it by an inch!


Dramatic art, vaulted ceilings, a marble floor and a mirror help visually widen and lengthen narrow spaces.

EC: How do you find the right balance between antiques or vintage design and works of art, whether they are contemporary or traditional? MM: Traditional environments are made younger and more vibrant with contemporary art. Conversely, contemporary spaces are made more complex and layered by the inclusion of a few pieces from the past. In one room we placed a Joan Mitchell painting with French 1940s sconces and Regency card tables. I just love how everything is talking to each other. EC: How would you characterise your design aesthetic? MM: Our goal is to redefine the traditional interior. Our interiors are complex, layered and full of history without being stuffy and overly formal. We like to call this approach “modern traditional” because the point of view is contemporary while the vocabulary of antiques is in keeping with the 26-year history of our company.


Furniture from the early 20th century complements a more contemporary photograph by Nan Goldin.

EC: Were there any particular influences that shaped your taste and style? MM: The two years I spent in Japan were pivotal in the development of my aesthetic education. I immersed myself in two rigorous Japanese aesthetic traditions – tea ceremony and flower arranging. When you spend three hours arranging just five chrysanthemums, it sharpens your eye!

Meredith Mendelsohn writes frequently about art and design for Art + Auction, the Wall Street Journal and ARTnews.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in September 2014

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

2014_9_26_New Orleans$1,200,000 USD | New Orleans, Louisiana | Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s International Realty

From Factory to FancyThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: Renovating History in the HamptonsThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A Tuscan villa with traditional architecture is up for sale in Lucca, ItalyArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A former colonial plantation in Izamal, Mexico—Architectural Digest

House of the Day: A Private Island to Call HomeThe Wall Street Journal

A Houston Chateau Asks $43 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

House Once Owned by Bing Crosby Relists for 43% MoreThe Wall Street Journal

Lee Trevino’s Dallas Estate Goes on the Market for $13 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A 1918 estate designed by Boston architects Chapman and Frazer in Duxbury, MassachusettsArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A turn-of-the-century manse in the Hamptons is up for sale in Water Mill, New YorkArchitectural Digest

Home of the Day: Mediterranean Revival with Batchelder tileThe Los Angeles Times

The Esoteric World of Print CollectingThe New York Times

J.M.W. Turner: an Exhibit, a Film and an AuctionThe Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s Uses $200 Million of Art to Woo West Coast RichBloomberg

Aviation Real Estate | Fly-in, Fly-out

Helipads, runway homes and fly-in communities, oh my. No matter your preference, having aviation amenities to fly in and out at your leisure is certainly extraordinary. Explore four spectacular aviation homes for sale around the world, suited for aviation enthusiasts. Community Wyoming

Price Upon Request | Alpine, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Fly-in Community

Nestled among rugged mountains and the Palisades Reservoir, The Refuge fly-in residential community has the greatest breadth and depth of opportunities for the true sportsman. The Refuge is a private community within the Alpine Airpark, a spectacular and user friendly airport with inexpensive fuel and no landing fees. The runway, at 5,664′ elevation, is 6,000 ft long and is situated in a convenient east-west orientation, ideal for the prevailing winds. Spain Helipad

3.600.000 € EUR | Mallorca, Spain | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

Helipad Home

This six bedroom country house sits next to a protected area offering total privacy and tranquility. The expansive terrace offers stunning panoramic views across the plains to the mountains. The home has a large swimming pool and its own helipad, making it easily accessible by air. Bahamas Sea Plane

Price Upon Request | Exuma, Bahamas| Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty

Seaplane Access Home

This private island in the central Bahamas offers the ultimate privacy without walls or fences. The property has living quarters for 22, comfy guest cottages and a main house. A spa, gym, salon and infinity pool add to this luxurious private resort. Set on the water, the property has docks leading out to the cerulean waters, perfect for fishing, snorkeling boating and arriving in a Cessna 208 floatplane. Private Hangar Washington

$2,200,000 USD | Washougal, Washington | Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty

Hanger Home

Placed delicately on a quiet street, Mt. Pleasant Farm is a 5600 square foot home with 72 lush, private, awe-inspiring acres. It has a stable with 4 stalls, a private 1/2 acre lake, and completely uninterrupted 360 degree views of the Columbia river. The FAA certified runway leads to a 2,500 square foot airplane hangar that can hold any sized single engine, and most light twin engine, aircraft and has two sets of outdoor tie downs on the paved exterior pad.

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Exquisite Estate in Savannah, Cayman Islands | Video House Tour

This luxury Cayman Islands property provides a majestic site combined with a unique main residence and a guest cottage. A selection of hand picked designers from around the world has created this enduring place known as La Buena Vida.

$4,750,000 USD | Savannah, Cayman Islands | Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Connecticut and Westchester County, NY | Market Spotlight

Purchase_NY$8,495,000 USD | Purchase, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

“In Connecticut and Westchester County, New York, our markets have experienced promising activity in recent months, particularly with the significant uptick in pending sales, and I am bullish on the market remaining strong through the fall and into next year. The second quarter saw a slower pace of gains than we have been accustomed to after two years of consistent growth and quarter-to-quarter sales increases often reaching double digits, yet this finding is not altogether unexpected as we move into a more normalized housing market. Activity leveled off in the second quarter so that we are approximately even with where the market was at the same time last year, yet this was largely due to the delayed spring selling season that resulted from the overlong winter. The fundamentals of the market are still very strong, with high consumer confidence, stable prices, the improved employment picture, and historically low interest rates all pointing to a strong finish to the year. Our market areas in Connecticut and Westchester County remain highly sought after for the quality of schools, miles of Long Island Sound shoreline, easy access to Manhattan, cultural and recreational opportunities, property taxes compared to neighboring states, and the highest per capita income in the country.”

– Paul Breunich, president and chief executive officer, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

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