Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Poland

widok emilia 1800x1200Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that leading Polish real estate firm Park House in Warsaw has joined its luxury real estate network and now will operate as Poland Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm is managed by Arkadiusz Wojciechowski and Piotr Śliwka, who signed an exclusive 25-year master franchise agreement to develop the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand throughout Poland including the luxury residential real estate markets in Warsaw, Crocow, Wroclaw, Poznan and Lodz.

“Expansion across Europe continues our commitment to providing access to the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s exclusive real estate services in key cities around the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “This affiliation, which strengthens the brand’s presence in Europe, offers entrance into the famous capital city of Warsaw.  I was proud to attend the Warsaw launch of Poland Sotheby’s International Realty in person, and am delighted that a global clientele will now have access to the brand in this historic part of the world.”

According to Wojciechowski, the firm was created to fulfill the needs of highly discerning clients searching for extraordinary real estate and requiring a high quality of service. “It is vitally important for our team to ensure that we understand our clients’ needs and to deliver efficient and personalized services with professionalism and confidentiality,” he said.  “The Polish real estate market is unique in that it is focused on a number of key cities with an array of high-end apartments and luxury developments, as well as spacious residences in the surrounding popular suburban towns and villages. Now with the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand we can bring Poland’s extraordinary and unique properties to the far-reaching corners of the world.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has over 15,000 sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide.  Poland Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

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Dressed to Impress | Holiday Table Settings

As we enter the holiday season, tables around the world will start getting dressed up for the occasion. Jamie Horton, managing director for Harlequin London, UK’s leading source of luxury tableware, decorative accessories and lighting, shares his tops tips for designing an impressive holiday table setting.

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Choosing tableware design

The plate is the largest single piece in each setting and therefore makes the best starting point when deciding how to build up the setting. Using color is favorable and choosing one either contrasting or sympathetic to your dining area will set the tone.

We often advise clients to mix services for a fresh look for each course. In fact, many porcelain companies now have different designs for each plate size in a service for this very reason.

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Finding the right cutlery

The most important aspect of cutlery is how it feels – a sharp edged knife can dig painfully into the heel of the hand! Depending on your style, we recommend designs from Jardin D’Eden by Christofle to Chantico by Puiforcat.

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Don’t forget the glassware

Glassware adds another dimension to the table – height. We would suggest at least three, one for red wine, one for white and then one for water.

Preferably, wine glasses should be clear, as people like to see what they are drinking, but water goblets or tumblers are a great way to bring color to the table. Do consider carrying a color theme through the place setting, maybe one taken from a fabric in the room.

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The finishing touches

Consider what you already have at your disposal to accessorize the table with such as salt and pepper grinders, candlesticks, sauce boats or jugs, vases for flowers– these can all be used to create dramatic impact. For an additional custom touch, hand-embroidered napkins and place mats add another layer to the design.

Lastly, decorative accents can be added for a dramatic effect. Be careful not to block your guests from seeing each other – go for low floral displays using glass tumblers with tall candlesticks and tea lights in low colored glass holders.

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Jamie Harlequin CEOMany thanks to our guest blogger, Jamie Horton, managing director at Harlequin London. Follow Jamie on Twitter at @J_F_Horton and Harlequin London at @harlequinldn. Visit Harlequin London.

Neoclassical Chateau in Houston, Texas | Video House Tour

Secluded on 2.5 wooded acres, this Neoclassical, close-in Memorial-area chateau is a masterpiece of luxury and refinement surrounded by private, park-like grounds. The 27,000-plus square-foot chateau is designed for elegant entertaining and the display of museum-quality art.

$43,000,000 USD | Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty- Memorial Brokerage

New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | October 2014

From a stately country home in Brussels to a New York City home occupying an entire floor with 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale showcases exquisite lifestyles from around the globe.

New York$85,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York- Perched high atop the prestigious Sherry Netherland Hotel, this extraordinary renovated residence boasts 100 linear feet overlooking Central Park and offers stunning 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline and other celebrated landmarks. This gracious 15-room residence comprises the entire 18th Floor of the building. This spectacular abode offers the rare opportunity to own a stylishly renovated residence in one of New York’s finest Pre-War cooperatives. Services and amenities offered by The Sherry Netherland include full concierge services, 24-hour doormen and elevator attendants, daily housekeeping and evening turn-down services, valet parking, room service provided by the renowned Harry Cipriani, a fitness center, barber shop and beauty salon.

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

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

ItalyPrice Upon Request | Olbia Tempio, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Italy- Located a few steps from one of the most famous beaches and villages on the Costa Smeralda, the Mediterranean style villa, The Celvia, was designed in the ’70s by Savin Couelle. The five bedroom home has ample entertaining space with an outdoor kitchen including a barbecue with pizza oven, set next to a garden with a wonderful swimming pool gazebo, chairs, sofas and beds.

BrusselsPrice Upon Request | Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

Brussels- This stately home is in the area of “Markgraaf,” one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Belgium with its gardens, meadows and forests. The prestigious country estate built in 1851 and rebuilt in 2002 consists of a main manor house, a cottage, a guesthouse plus stables, riding stables with in and outdoor riding facilities, a concierge home and various outbuildings. Amsterdam, Paris and London are conveniently and quickly reached by plane or train.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in October 2014

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

2014_10_31_Tom Cruise_Telluride$59,000,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

The star’s nearly 10,000-square-foot main house has a gym, recreation room and library.”

Tom Cruise Lists in Telluride for $59 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

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Brussels Is Craving CubesWall Street Journal

The ‘Best Property In Spain’ Is Found On The Island Of IbizaLuxurious Magazine

On the Market: A historic 18th-century farmstead in Lancaster, PennsylvaniaArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A classic country manor in Lakewood, ColoradoArchitectural Digest

House of the Day: A House for Kayaking in CaliforniaThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A charming Victorian farmhouse in a historic village in Barrington, IllinoisArchitectural Digest

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand to Enter St. MartinSotheby’s International Realty

What You Get for … $1,100,000The New York Times

Actor-writer Bob Odenkirk puts his ’50s home up for saleThe Los Angeles Times

Master of ColourSotheby’s 

Vincent Van Gogh’s Enduring FascinationSotheby’s

Belize | Market Spotlight

Belize$1,595,000 USD | Ambergris Caye, Belize | Belize Sotheby’s International Realty

“Belize is an incredible market with so much opportunity, both in investment benefits as well as in the variety of landscapes offered. Belize is an English speaking country that offers foreigners the opportunity to hold title with a very affordable property tax system. There is also a very attractive system in place known as the Qualified Retired Persons Program. This allows for US and Canadian citizens who are over 45 to apply for many benefits including exemption from importation duties on personal effects for the first year in the country as well as exemption from importation duty on a personal vehicle every five years. Belize also offers lifestyles ranging from island living, rain forest and eco-living, to farm and ranch. The value obtained in this market is incredible. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand has already had an amazing effect here and will continue to do so. This brand is a vehicle which will push quality development forward in Belize. Our team in combination with the brand is taking the real estate market to the next level in regards to service and professionalism.”

– Brittany McCann, owner, Belize Sotheby’s International Realty

Sun Valley Victorian Plantation in Bellevue, Idaho | Video House Tour


The Broadford road area just west of Bellevue, Idaho is surrounded by large privately held estates. Spanning the length of the meandering big wood river you’ll find the enchanting Rockwell mansion.  Gracefully set upon 45 acres of land, this home stands as a reminder of the history of the region. Built by a US senator, it has played host to many notable dignitaries and has survived the test of time. Enhanced by mature mountain ash, elm, maple and linden trees, many planted by Senator Rockwell and his wife in the early 1900′s, it is easy to fall in love with the charm of this park-like area.

$10,775,000 USD | Bellevue, Idaho | Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand to Enter St. Martin

St MartinSotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced Pierres Caraibes in St. Martin has joined the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand and now will do business as St. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is owned by Lesley Reed, is located at Plaza Caraibes Bat A BP 144 Rue Kennedy, Marigot and 48 Rhine Road, Cupecoy, and is expected to open in November.

“St. Martin is a unique territory, with two countries, three currencies, three official languages and a multitude of cultures that spread over the 34 square miles of the island,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “This Caribbean gem is outlined by sandy beaches, hillside valleys and a steady tropical climate. We are proud to welcome Lesley Reed and her team to our network, combining the rich history of our brand with their experience of more than 26 years in the local luxury market.”

According to Reed, she looks forward to the worldwide reach the Sotheby’s International Realty brand offers. “We are thrilled to become part of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s exceptional global reach,” she said. “Our mission is to provide a customer experience dictated by our professionalism and commitment to quality. It is company standard to keep our customers’ interest in all decisions and we pride ourselves on the reputation we have built since 1999.”

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. St. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients 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: Fourth Week in October 2014

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

2014_10_24_Las Vegas$3,988,000 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

House of the Day: Viva Las Vegas ViewsThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A quaint 18th-century farmstead in the Swedish countrysideArchitectural Digest

On the Market: An 18th-century manor in historic Cortona, ItalyArchitectural Digest

What You Get for … $1,500,000The New York Times

Affordability in Danbury, Conn., Just Over the BorderThe New York Times

Billionaire Businessmen Buying Up Mega-RanchesThe Wall Street Journal

London’s Regent’s Park Is Having a MomentThe Wall Street Journal

Home of the Day: Zen-ful midcentury in BrentwoodThe Los Angeles Times

Inside Ultra-Luxury Kitchens: Trends Among Wealthy Buyers—Forbes

Bunny Mellon’s Breathtaking Private Collection on Sale at Sotheby’sArchitectural Digest