The Allure of the Ruby: From Precious Gemstone to Glittering Luxury Real Estate

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A beloved precious gemstone, the ruby is a fiery and captivating talisman often associated with passion, protection and prosperity. Though its enjoyed some popularity for hundreds of years, the latest global jewelry trends indicate the exquisite crystal is emerging as a staple of any connoisseur’s collection, as Carol Elkins, senior vice president of Sotheby’s Jewellery reports that colored gemstones have seen significant upward trends in the last decade. In a celebration of the ruby, discover homes that embody the spirit and color of the precious gemstone.

WashingtonBainbridge Island, Washington  |  $1,395,000 USD  |  Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Sweeping views and dramatic contemporary style create a stunning effect in this one-of-a-kind design by Cihan Anisoglu, AIA. The home astounds as its ruby colored exterior shines from a distance, complemented by soaring windows and light-filled spaces that overlook the harbor, ferries and out across Puget Sound.

ArizonaTucson, Arizona  |  $829,000 USD  |  Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

The most historic home in downtown Tucson, Rubi Mansion is a true gem situated in the heart of a vibrant Commercial and Infill District. Stepping up onto the front porch is a glittering experience, as a bright red exterior meets hand painted concrete tiles displaying the original City of Tucson Seal, and give way to a ruby inspired entryway.

WisconsinGreen Bay, Wisconsin  |  $1,395,000 USD  |  Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Sometimes the allure of the ruby is found in the natural environment, as this custom-built home showcases views of the bay and a gorgeous jewel toned sky from nearly every room. Located on the Niagra Escarpment, the luxurious Wisconsin skyline meets over 7,000 square feet of modern and unique open living spaces.

CaliforniaSan Clemente, California  |  $63,500,000 USD  |  Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Punctuated by bright red exotic flowers and budding roses from the private gardens down to the oceanfront, the flora and fauna of La Casa Pacifica evokes the fiery spirit of the ruby. The bright red floral hues catch one’s eye and complement the manor’s Spanish design, which features white stucco walls and hand painted tiles.

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Discover rubies and other precious gemstones in the Sotheby’s Jewels Auction, July 20th to August 3rd, which showcases jewels from Marjorie S. Fisher’s collection. The lot offers a range of selections, including a stunning pair of ruby and diamond brooches set with a cluster of round rubies, over a scrolling motif set with round and baguette diamonds.

realogicsWe would like to thank Amanda Lybeck, communications editor, at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty for supplying this feature.

The 35th America’s Cup

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June has been a busy month for the island of Bermuda. Located in the Atlantic, roughly 700 miles off of the coast of North Carolina, Bermuda has played host to the 35th America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in International Sports. The sailing regatta has seen teams from Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, the United States, and New Zealand compete against each other on AC45F catamarans in the Great Sound, a body of water located in the center of the hook shaped, reef encircled island. However, The AC45F’s are not the only boats racing in the turquoise waters; earlier this month saw the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta take place with yachts in class A, B, C, and J competing against each other off the islands South Shore.

Rego Sotheby’s International Realty, based in Bermuda, had front row seats to the enjoyable race. With the Atlantic Ocean surrounding the 21-square-foot island, many homes are fortunate enough to have the ideal vantage points to enjoy the races in Bermuda’s natural turquoise arena.

Overlooking the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta:

Bermuda1Starting at $3,800,000 USD | Hamilton, Bermuda | Rego Sotheby’s International Realty

Seamlessly blending contemporary interiors with refined casual living, The Loren offers hotel condominium ownership opportunities with its newly constructed en-suite three bedroom villas in the exclusive neighborhood of Tucker’s Town in Hamilton Parish. In close proximity to the airport, The Loren overlooks the sparkling waters of Bermuda’s South Shore and offers hotel amenities including beachside dining, spa, multiple restaurants, a bar and a beach club. The boutique enclave embraces privacy with the finest attention to detail that makes both guests and owners feel right at home in paradise.

Bermuda2$23,000,000 USD | Hamilton, Bermuda | Rego Sotheby’s International Realty

The Old Battery property includes the large main residence with two self-contained apartments, plus two fully operational guest cottages. The beautifully planted sweeping grounds, the dazzling views of the ocean and south shore are nothing short of spectacular. Upon entering the ground floor, one is captivated by the spacious formal two-story high living room with its magnificent Palladian staircase. A handsome cedar paneled bar, a dramatically designed powder room and wine cellar serve this gorgeous voluminous space. The upper floor surrounded by a gallery, overlooks the living room below. All of the south-facing rooms open onto patios, gardens leading to the main private beach below the cliffs, and the gorgeous infinity pool area.

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Bermuda3$6,550,000 USD | Smith’s Parish, Bermuda | Rego Sotheby’s International Realty

As you pass through the old pineapple gates, the entire property lies before you as if gazing out to sea. Upon entering Skye Point, you will be stunned by the view of the Atlantic Ocean. The property also features a beautiful pool and cabana which are located atop the edge of the ocean, providing a spectacular view along the South Shore. This private estate has extensive indoor and outdoor spaces ideal for entertaining or enjoying the peace and quiet this secluded over two-acre property offers next to the Spittal Pond Nature Reserve (and connects via a pathway to its network of trails). This is the first-time Skye Point has been offered for sale since the 1960s.

Overlooking the 35th America’s Cup:

Bermuda4$10,650,000 USD | Warwick, Bermuda | Rego Sotheby’s International Realty

This spectacular gated private estate owned by Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones offers stunning harbor views in a park like oasis. The center piece of the property is a large elegant yet informal 1827 ivy covered home. The beautifully restored main house has a spacious living room with fireplace, dining room, gourmet kitchen and children’s suite containing two bedrooms, two bathrooms, music room and den. Included on this beautiful, manicured 3 plus acre estate are spacious lawns, an opulent fruit orchard, herb gardens, tennis court with covered viewing pavilion and a gated pool.

Bermuda5$7,800,000 USD | Pembroke, Bermuda | Rego Sotheby’s International Realty

Experience the America’s Cup events with private front row seats from your own backyard.  “Random Rocks” is a beautiful waterfront home that captures all that is the gracious Bermudian lifestyle.  Situated in one of the islands most private neighborhoods, this property has unrivaled outdoor spaces.  The pool, tennis court and guest cottage are all set amidst the nearly four acres of mature landscaped gardens found in this carefully maintained property, having all the right places for entertaining and family living.

Rego_GoogleThis guest blog was provided by Lauren Rothwell, marketing coordinator, at Rego Sotheby’s International Realty.

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.

Puckane2.350.000 € EUR | Puckane, Ireland | Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty

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.

Market Spotlight | Berlin, Germany

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A city as diverse as its living spaces, Berlin is well known for its cultural highlights and vibrant arts and music scene. Many people are drawn in by the multiculturalism and different atmospheres within the city. New residents are adding to the creative and entrepreneurial spirits, with Berlin being an attractive business ground for many start-ups. Whether you choose to escape the busy hub to a more relaxing setting, or find your home above the rooftops of the city, let us take you on a journey through Berlin.

Berlin112.550.000 € EUR |Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

This 1924 built, monument protected villa in a 17th century French style is located in Dahlem, the most exclusive and prestigious area of Berlin. Dahlem is known for its historic villas, grand parks and old forests, offering a high living quality. The proximity to the popular Kurfürstendamm shopping mile and Grunewald’s excellent sport and entertainment facilities make this an excellent location to reside at. The villa is built on a large property and showcases a green, park-like garden that can be viewed from the many terraces and balconies. The historic gas lanterns lead towards the grand entrance of the Villa, which offers 8,072 square-feet of living space on three floors.  Next to a library with a winter garden, the music and fireplace room offer plenty of space to host guests. The interior is of the house is highlighted through wood paneling on the walls, silk wallpaper and beautiful ceiling ornaments.

Berlin22.542.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

Pariser Straße is one of the most sought after addresses in Berlin due to its central location within Berlin and the exclusive lifestyle this area has to offer. The proximity to the world famous Kurfürstendamm shopping-mile and the popular Ludwigkirchplatz offer many opportunities for entertainment and gourmet delights. The building was built in 1905 and renovated in 2016, during which the modern penthouse with its exquisite rooftop terrace was added. On 2,335 square-feet you will find three bedrooms and 3-and-one-half bathrooms, each with 138 feet high ceilings, floor heating and air conditioning. A wonderful fire place is found in the spacious living room and only the newest and best appliances are found in the kitchen.

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Berlin33.750.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

With an elevator opening directly into this 3,444-square-foot loft there is an immediate moment of astonishment. The light filled, open spaces offer comfort within a luxurious surrounding. From the fitted designer kitchen over the spacious dressing room, a freestanding bathtub and sauna, everything has been designed to fit the highest demand. With two terraces and a private rooftop terrace, this apartment allows for plenty of outside space and an amazing view over the city. The location within the heart of Berlin-Charlottenburg is very popular within the upper class, as the Kurfürstendamm offers many inviting boutiques and gourmet restaurants, and the area is filled with old-style buildings and alluring avenues

Berlin4469.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

This elegant houseboat allows you to live a penthouse lifestyle on the water, whilst having the freedom to explore the inland waters and European shores. Watch the seasons change from the 1,076-square-foot rooftop terrace. Stay off the grid with solar panels, sewage treatment and filtered drinking water.  Advanced German engineering and exquisite design is tailored to your needs in order to fulfill all your wishes to a personal houseboat. From a sauna, jacuzzi and floor heating to a walk-in-in closet and a fireplace, anything can be realized on this exclusive project.

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Market Spotlight | Tour of Canada

Canada is well known for it’s vast natural landscapes and cosmopolitan cities, these offer a quality of life that consistently make it rank amongst the world’s best places to visit and live. From west to east, some of Canada’s most significant destinations and cities are featured here:

West Vancouver, British Columbia

westvancouver$19,900,000 | West Vancouver, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realy Canada

Set against the striking scenery of the North Shore Mountains, West Vancouver offers easy access to nature, along with luxurious urban amenities and real estate. The community comprises neighborhoods renowned for their prestigious homes and estates, and sweeping views of Howe Sound.

This architectural concrete, glass and steel masterpiece emits both style and grace. Not merely built on the waterfront but rather carved into the rock-face so as to be perfectly set into the property. Additionally, this brilliance in design provides interesting rock-face features in the interior. Steps to the 190 feet of waterfront include multi-platforms for outdoor activities, and at the same time, total and complete privacy from the world.

Whistler, British Columbia

whistler$4,388,000 | Whistler, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Located in British Columbia’s spectacular Coast Mountains, Whistler is one of North America’s premier four season resorts, internationally renowned as the site of the alpine and Nordic venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Its epic skiing and snowboarding, vibrant alpine village and majestic mountains haven’t just captured the attention of visitors— Whistler real estate has also attracted buyers and real estate investors from across British Columbia and around the world.

Sitting above Creekside, Ursa Minor, or Little Bear, is located in sought after and exclusive Bear Creek Estates. This very tasteful and well thought out custom built West Coast contemporary Whistler chalet has everything one could want in a mountain retreat. Overlooking Alpha Lake, this five-bedroom, 4500 square foot property boasts endless views, covered patios with hot tubs, outdoor fire places and most importantly, a cozy living room to retreat to when the snow starts to fall.

Calgary, Alberta

calgary$30,000,000 | Calgary, Alberta | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at the intersection of the Bow and Elbow rivers, Calgary, Alberta exudes innovation, energy and a uniquely Western Canadian hospitality. As the largest metropolitan area between Vancouver and Toronto, Calgary is home to over 1.1 million people. It’s a global energy leader and a welcoming frontier for business and investment, which has helped the robust Calgary real estate market expand rapidly.

Kestrel Ridge Farm is framed by awe-provoking terrain, this world-class equestrian facility offers a magnificent natural backdrop for horse fanatics, aspiring riders and enthusiastic mountaineers drawn to the captivating beauty of Calgary. Warmth and charm can be felt throughout this spacious, grand estate with extensive modern amenities custom designed for family function with six bedrooms, six bathrooms, six-vehicle garage, carriage house, greenhouse, outdoor sport court, indoor salt-water swimming pool, enclosed summer kitchen and separate 3,700-square-foot guest house that doubles as staff quarters.

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Toronto, Ontario

toronto$5,475,000 | Toronto, Ontario | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

With its rich history, breathtaking architecture and cultural diversity, Toronto, Ontario is Canada’s financial and business capital, a cosmopolitan city that has turned heads on the global stage both for its economic influence and its reputation as one of the safest, cleanest and greenest cities.

This Theatre Park penthouse features four Bedrooms, a library, two sweeping wrap around terraces with panoramic views of Lake Ontario and Downtown Toronto.

Muskoka Lakes, Ontario

muskoka$3,195,000 | Dwight, Ontario | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Located just two hours north of Toronto, Muskoka is a popular cottage country destination for vacationers from across Ontario. With more than 2,000 sparkling lakes covering 14,000 kilometers of shoreline, Muskoka is an ideal destination for boaters, fishers, swimmers, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Carved into the granite of the Canadian Shield, this one of a kind lakefront home has an open concept living, dining and kitchen area encased in floor to ceiling glass walls that reveal breathtaking lake views and stunning western exposure sunsets.

Westmount, Quebec

westmount$18,500,000 | Westmount, Quebec | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

Westmount, a prestigious enclave of Montreal, is situated on the southern face of Mount Royal’s southernmost peak, and extends from its summit to the plateau at the foot of the mountain. Within this area of just four square kilometres are some of the most prestigious homes and real estate in Canada. Its majestic Victorian architecture is so notable that in 2012, Westmount was added to Canada’s list of historically significant sites.

The landmark and storied Timmins Estate near the peak of Mount Royal offers not only panoramic views of the entirety of Montreal and beyond, but is also seen as this city’s premiere property.

Comprised of the main house (10 bedrooms, nine bathrooms, three powder rooms) and an attached coach house and sitting on 43,000 square-feet of land, this majestic Jacobean stone mansion was designed by famed architects Ross and Macfarlane and built in 1910 for Lieutenant-Colonel Charles A. Smart.

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sir_canada_facebookThis guest blog was provided by Adam Nagy of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.

Luxury Living | Inside the Rock Spring Estate

“Rock Spring” stands as a brilliant example of meticulous restoration and exquisite care. With historic ownership records dating back to the original land grant to William Penn by King Charles II of England, the story is as enchanting as the property itself. Perched high above the Brandywine river and set high on the lot, away from the entrance’s stone gate house, this over five-bedroom estate overlooks the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley.

imagereader-aspx$4,300,000 USD | Montchanin, Delaware | Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Francesca Rudin says she and her husband found it terribly dreary, with little light or notable architectural details to speak of when they bought it nearly fifteen years ago.

“Our goal was to bring it into the 21st century and to let in a lot of light because it was a dark house.  Architect Peter Zimmerman had a vision of how to do that, so now it’s a very bright and airy house,” Rudin recalls. Except it wasn’t an irrational dream, for in addition to having Zimmerman on their team and Rudin herself having a special eye for distinct interiors and art. The Rudins have renovated the estate “from top to bottom, the complete interior.”

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Interestingly, it was during this time that Rudin says they came upon personal artifacts from the previous owners. The coolest object? An original Du Pont scale, discovered in the attic, that she and her husband then restored and embedded in their master bathroom. “The mechanism is in the wall, but you just stand on the bed of the scale, which is embedded in the floor.”

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Prior to the Du Ponts, the property had at one point been owned by an Irish farmer. “My husband got the documentation on the property and it turned out that we’re the fifth owners since the King of England.”

Rudin’s design of the interior includes a vintage BMW motorcycle in her dining room. Some of her collectibles are found throughout the estate.

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“The house is an expression of our personality,” she says, noting that while it’s sizable, it remains relatively formal.

“We live like a modern family. The decor is quirky in some ways; it’s not modern, but it’s transitional, style-wise, and I like to include low-brow and high-brow.  It’s very much a storyboard for our lives.”

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Market Spotlight | Chinatowns in the United States

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As a country marked by waves of immigration from citizens around the world, the United States has long been home to enclaves that offer new residents a sense of “home” among those who share in their culture as they transition into American life. Since the establishment of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the mid-1800s, these neighborhoods have become staples for American cities around the country. Visually defined by a fusion of Western architectural styles with traditional Asian elements such as gilded ornaments and tiled-roofs, Chinatowns in the U.S. have emerged as popular neighborhoods where residents and visitors enjoy vibrant cultural offerings in the form of cuisine, art and events.

San Francisco

In 1848, the first Chinatown in the United States was born, and has since grown into a symbol for the city. Representing the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, it is a staple of tourism for the Bay Area. Locals and tourists enjoy visiting Ross Alley, which houses the popular Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory and provides a haven for artists as murals throughout the area offer a glimpse into the daily lives of Chinese Americans.

sanfranSan Francisco, California | $2,500,000 USD | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Open the door to a true oasis within the coveted Golden Gateway Commons, with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and a contemporary aesthetic. Flooded with natural light, there is a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living. Four south-facing outdoor terraces lend themselves to a Zen consciousness with views capturing the downtown skyline, Coit Tower, the Embarcadero and beyond. A convenient location offers ease of access to the Ferry Building and Financial District, as well as a short five minute drive to Chinatown.

Seattle

In Seattle, the establishment of Chinatown grew into what is now The International District, a neighborhood that incorporates Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, African American and Vietnamese influences. A popular destination is Kobe Terrace Park, with blossoming Cherry trees by spring that are complemented by a stunning stone lantern sculpture gifted by Kobe, Japan, Seattle’s Japanese sister city. In recent years, The International District has seen large-scale development projects that have drawn more businesses and residents to its bounds.

seattleSeattle, Washington | $610,000 USD | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

The Urban Loft is a signature residence nestled in the heart of Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. An open entertainer’s floor plan meets high-end industrial aesthetic, from the 24” old growth beams and 11 foot ceilings down to the concrete countertops and stainless steel appliances. Take in cityscapes from the rooftop deck or indulge in a quick 10 minute walk to all that The International District offers.

Chicago

Occupying much of Armour Square, Chicago’s Chinatown has traditionally catered more to commercial interest, though recent years have seen more residential projects that have drawn those looking for an urban and culturally rich lifestyle. Attractions include Chinatown Square, a mall with a design inspired by the Chinese Imperial Court complete with statues for each of the 12 Chinese Zodiac symbols. A cornerstone of the community is the Pui Tak Center, which represents the first structure in the neighborhood to be erected in traditional Chinese architectural style.

chicagoChicago, Illinois | $665,000 | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

An exquisite condo that exudes sophistication and comfort with a priceless view. High-end upgrades and custom-made features include picture framing walls, hand-painted Scalamandre Wallpaper, French shutters, PARIS ceramics, surround sound, a fireplace, Marble & Wenge hardwood floors, a Carrera Marble island, and much more. Breathtaking vistas of Millennium and Grand Park, Buckingham Fountain, boats on the lake, and the city skyline. A fifteen minute train ride hearkens in the South Loop and all that the cultural center within Chinatown affords.

New York

Second only to Asia, New York City is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population and the state houses at least 12 Chinatowns. The Manhattan Chinatown is known for its open markets, restaurants and night life. It draws residents both for the authentic Chinese culture and the excellent transportation system, with a convergence of subway lines to easily pivot across the city. Among the top destinations is Prosperity Dumpling, a Chinese restaurant offering premier cuisine whether it’s for its namesake dish or a sesame pancake.

newyorkManhattan, New York | $999,888 USD | Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

No detail was spared in the renovation of this bright and open apartment as brand new 5” Butternut wood floors meet thoughtful updates including state-of-the-art kitchen appliances and Carrara Quartz countertops. Skyline views from every room complement sunny southwestern exposure and unobstructed views of Freedom Tower from the living room. An enviable location with the vibrant culture of Chinatown Manhattan at your doorstep.

Inspired by the sense of community and convenience afforded to those who both reside in and visit Chinatown, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty established the Asia Services Group, a team of independent brokers fluent in foreign languages, customs and the logistics necessary for working with foreign homebuyers.

Since the formation of the Asia Services Group, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has further cemented itself as an opinion leader on foreign investment in the Pacific Northwest through unique initiatives that include a feature documentary entitled East Meets West and the all-Mandarin Seattle Luxury Living Magazine, which targets affluent Chinese consumers both within the United States and overseas.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina | Art & Grupo Orgánico

Buenos Aires is a city full of creativity; its art circuit is very important and many artists are inspired to include various city motifs in their works. Young and contemporary art is increasingly important and avant-garde exhibitions are covered by the most important media outlets in the country. Today, young painters who were able to transcend and find success, many of them present at the recent ArteBA event, are turning to hyper-expressive and more figurative art, featuring a Renaissance palette and almost surreal compositions. Let’s experience some of the artists at the heart of Buenos Aires’ art scene.

UnknownMaximiliano Gomez Canle, “Amante”

Maximiliano Gomez Canle’s technique can be seen with touches of surrealism in its objects and characters interacting in Renaissance landscapes. His work is a harmonious fusion of Magritte, De Chirico, and Brueghel.

Unknown-1Juan Becú, “Breath In, Breath Out”

Juan Becú places subtle twist to fauvism in his late paintings, leaving some of his earlier work to something less figurative, freely dynamic and very interesting.

Unknown-2Fausto Amadeo, “El camino infinito”

Fausto Amadeo is known for his contemporary sculptures. In this case non figural, made of disposable materials achieving a tridimensional form in space; he calls them “Enfibios.”

Unknown-3Sebastian Galo Maronese, section of – “Coper Glass Purple Chocolate Sparks Plant”

Sebastian Galo Maronese recently turned in his late paintings to monochromatic compositions of ink and paper to publish his next book of imaginary botanical plant. The works depict his visionary subjects slowly emerging from landscapes in geometric ways surrounded by the wonders that nature has to offer.

Unknown-4Gimena Macri, “La Cama Que Es Océano”

Gimena Macri works in large format pieces where unpainted spaces are protagonists in a very well balanced picture.

Unknown-6Santiago Gonzalez Quesnel, “Untitled”

Here we see Santiago Gonzalez Quesnel, with his character-defining palette and compositions which proposes the incorporation of nature into homes through his paintings.

Unknown-5Grupo Mondongo, “Triptico”

The Mondongo group can be described as radicalized from the innovative technique they’ve employed since their first work with Sugus candies of different colors, seen in 2002 in a Grupo Orgánico exhibition on Figueroa Alcorta Avenue. Their works are so shocking that they have even used perishable materials, though varnished.

It should be noted that many of these aforementioned artists have been part of a group which saw its genesis in 1998 looking to find alternative spaces to exhibit their work in the city. This group was called Grupo Orgánico and is one of many that have been generated for such a purpose. This multidisciplinary group of artists had a magazine that represented them, called Elipse. They transcended the Buenos Aires underground when the group ArteBA financed them an exhibition at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in the year 2004. The event generated great press and glowing reviews for the artists, inserting them into the contemporary collector’s circuit.

AdrianaMassa_SocialMediaThis guest blog was provided by Rosario Lix Klett, marketing and social media at Adriana Massa Sotheby’s International Realty in Argentina.

Europe | Small Countries, Great Properties

Comprising approximately 50 countries, Europe is a continent that enjoys a cornucopia of flavorful heritage, culture and size. Home to countries as large as Russia and as small as Vatican City, let’s explore some of the countries that are diminutive in dimension, but suffer no shortage in what they have to offer!

Switzerland

SwitzerlandCHF 6’900’000 CHF | Montreux, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

Founded in 1291, the Swiss Confederation is the result of a process of rapprochement between the different cantons, separated from one another by their languages and their religions, respectively Catholic and Protestant.

Switzerland has always been the Eldorado of world leaders. This little country offers its residents an unparalleled quality of life, thanks to, among other things, its strong Swiss franc, its stability and its socio-economic security.   Surrounded by mountains, with some of the most popular ski resorts, Switzerland boasts luxuriant countryside made up of parks, forests, lakes and breathtaking vistas.

Ideally served for worldwide travel, the country has two international airports, located in Geneva and Zurich.   Basel, Bern and Lausanne also add their dynamism to the nation, which can boast of being open to culture, thanks to the famous ‘Art Basel’, among other events.   Education is also a strong point, with many private schools and well-known universities situated in all parts of the country.

Luxembourg

LuxembourgPrice Upon Request | Bridel, Luxembourg | Luxembourg Sotheby’s International Realty

The Grand Duchy has won praise as one of the top ranking countries in the world in terms of quality of life, healthcare and education. Its advantageous fiscal system attracts corporations and individuals alike.

Classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the capital in an all-encompassing and captivating experience. The sought after residential areas such as Belair, Limpertsberg, Petrusse and Merl are home to fast-paced environments within walking distance to restaurants, shops and galleries. One can find here a variety of architectural styles from Belle Époque Villas to contemporary town houses, modern homes and historic loft conversions. Consistent economic growth and a stable political environment make Luxembourg a natural destination for a sound real estate investment. A harmonious melting pot of over 150 nationalities make Luxembourg a small country that considers itself home to the world.

Malta

Malta2.600.000 € EUR | Kappara, Malta | Malta Sotheby’s International Realty

Despite being among the smallest Mediterranean islands, Malta’s strategic location in the heart of the Mediterranean captured the attention of numerous powerful rulers and kingdoms throughout the ages and brought them to its shores. All the traditions, beliefs and legacies left behind by each of these rulers donned Malta its unique character and made the island the cultural melting pot that it is today.

Malta’s eventful story is characterized by international trade, significant sieges, wars and a population that adapted itself to the moving times. Today Malta is an island with a remarkable heritage and much to look forward to against the Mediterranean backdrop of year round sun and warmth. Now independent with a thriving service-based economy, it continues to attract foreigners due to its attractive lifestyle offering, particularly as it becomes increasingly diverse and economically advanced. In August 2015, Malta relaunched its citizenship scheme – the Individual Investor Program (IIP), which saw considerable investment placed into the country by wealthy third country nationals.

Principality of Monaco

Monaco7.200.000 € EUR | Monaco | C.I.C. Immobilier Monte-Carlo Sotheby’s International Realty

The Principality of Monaco’s location on the French Riviera, its Casino, high society and exceptional events make it the ideal destination for a romantic stay or for a lifetime residence.

Monaco’s economy is dynamic and future-oriented. An independent state in the heart of Europe, Monaco offers to investors and entrepreneurs an exceptional, secure infrastructure combined with advantages of an attractive fiscal system.

The Principality enjoys very mild winters and remarkably sunny summers with close proximity to Southern Alps ski slopes and all main European capitals. The infrastructure allows the many local financial institutions to respond to the demands of international clientele. The Principality of Monaco is one of the safest places on Earth with one police officer for every 100 residents and 24-hour video surveillance. The Principality of Monaco police department is amongst the most modern and efficient in Europe.

Principality of Andorra

 

1.200.000 € EUR | Canillo, Andorra | Andorra Sotheby’s International Realty

The Principality of Andorra is one of the most alluring destinations in the world for those looking to buy a home.

Famous for its more than 300 kilometers of ski slopes, the country also offers incredible scenery and views that magically change with the seasons. Its privacy and high quality of life place it as one of the safest countries in the world. Andorra remains a quiet country without losing the flashes of modernity of the best European cities.

The new and modern legal and fiscal framework makes it interesting for companies as well as for private individuals, especially High Net-Worth Individuals and those internationally renowned in sports, culture or science.

The luxury real estate market offers a huge variety of homes; from rustic countryside chalets to modern city penthouse living all in a price range which is highly competitive with any other place around the world, Andorra is undoubtedly the jewel in the Pyrenees, one of the smallest countries in Europe and the World, but full of great opportunities!

Andorra_SocialMediaThis guest blog was provided by Andorra Sotheby’s International with the help of Cardis Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxembourg Sotheby’s International Realty, Malta Sotheby’s International Realty and C.I.C. Immobilier Monte-Carlo Sotheby’s International Realty