Video of the Week: The Alluring Château de Rêves in Gold Coast, Australia



Price Upon Request | Gold Coast, Australia | Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

Brought to the market for the first time, Château de Rêves occupies a 3,070-square-meter, premier waterfront landholding on Sovereign Islands, with an enviable 85-meters of frontage and uninterrupted southerly views of the Gold Coast broadwater and skyline. Constructed in 2001, this home took three years to complete; it accommodates seven fully en-suited bedrooms, two studies, two kitchens, staff quarters, and multiple recreational facilities. With soaring ceilings and opulent, contemporary finishes, the multi-level design enjoys, open light-filled living spaces.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in July 2017

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

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$30,000,000 AUD | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia | Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

“A waterfront mansion on Australia’s Gold Coast is poised to break a local record if it fetches the asking price of A$30 million (US$24 million).”

Gold Coast Mansion Could Beat Local Price Records – Mansion Global

Better with Age? Napa Valley Vineyard Estate Relists One Year Later at $42 Million, a 10% Bump – Forbes

Homes with a Bright Future: Five Colourful Properties – Financial Times

Sotheby’s International Realty Executive Says Consumer Confidence is Strong Across the Globe – Mansion Global

Harvey Weinstein Cuts Hamptons Home Price to $12.4 Million – Wall Street Journal

Property of the Week: A Dutch Eco-Home Built into the Earth – The Spaces

6 Beautiful Homes Near National Parks – The Week

A Southern-Style Manor in New Jersey with Porches Galore – Mansion Global

6 Stellar Holiday Homes for Sale Right Now – The Spaces

A Young Waterfront Property in Connecticut with an Old Soul – Wall Street Journal

Dubai Villa Sells for AED100 Million – Mansion Global

A Wave of Luxury Sales Buoys Hamptons Property Market – Wall Street Journal

The Coolest Eco-Friendly Homes on the Market Right Now – Elle Decor

Wild 2006 Lamborghini Concept S Offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale – Automobile Magazine

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in May 2017

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

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Price Upon Request | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

“In line with its Edwardian lineage, Ruhamah has extensive period features, including high pressed-metal ceilings, extravagant chandeliers, classic timber French doors and windows, and polished hardwood floors.”

An Edwardian Gem in Queensland – Mansion Global

Houses of Worship Converted to Homes – Wall Street Journal

Six Homes with Stunning Contemporary Architecture – Financial Times

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in New Jersey – Sotheby’s International Realty

Is This the Most Beautiful Home on the Market in New Zealand? – Robb Report

A Mid-Century Modern Classic Tucked Away in Sausalito, California – Mansion Global

Five Properties with Designer Gardens – Financial Times

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Greece – Sotheby’s International Realty

A Sprawling Montana Estate on the Market for the First Time in Over 70 Years – Mansion Global

A Reborn Classic in Rittenhouse for $3.69 Million – Philadelphia Magazine

Sacramento is California’s Newest Real Estate Hot Spot – Wall Street Journal

Miraflores: Lima’s ‘It’ Neighborhood Thanks to Myriad Amenities – and a Beach, Too – Mansion Global

Spain’s Sotogrande: €50M Investment Heralds New Dawn for Resort – Financial Times

Choosing the Right Second-Home Market to Invest In – Mansion Global

10 Ultimate Waterfront Homes We’re Coveting Now – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s Sells Tamayo’s ‘Bird Charmer’ for $4.3M in NY – US News & World Report

Video of the Week: Peaceful Waterfront Home in Brisbane, Australia



$11,900,000 AUD | Brisbane, Australia | Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty
There is no finer home to grace the banks of the Brisbane River than this private family residence at 36 Needham St, Fig Tree Pocket. Rivergum Retreat is an over one-hectare property offering an idyllic peaceful lifestyle in the city’s leafy western suburbs. Capitalizing on a 132-meter water frontage, the two-story dwelling faces northeast across lush gardens to the river beyond.

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Video of the Week: The “Heaven’s Gate” Residence in Whitsundays, Australia

Price Upon Request | Whitsundays, Australia | Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

“Heaven’s Gate” is located in secluded and idyllic Hideaway Bay, set in the stunning Whitsunday’s and Great Barrier Reef aquatic playground. If you are seeking to explore the great wonders of Australia’s heritage listed Great Barrier Reef away from the maddening crowd in a setting envied by so many and available to so few, then Heavens Gate is definitely worthy of your viewing. Situated on 75 acres and with 375 metres of sandy beachfront, Heaven’s Gate is a tranquil tropical haven with your own private beach and no public access. This magnificent property has been designed as a private resort and will spoil you, your family and guests in every way allowing you to either holiday or permanently reside there away from prying eyes.

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Video of the Week: Unique Edwardian Gem in Brisbane, Australia

Price Upon Request | Queensland, Australia | Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

Set across eight titles comprising a massive 4258-square-meters, “Ruhamah”, meaning love, mercy and compassion, is a unique Edwardian gem which has had just four owners in its 110-year lifetime. The current owners, who have lived in the property for 26 years, have lovingly restored and maintained the home to create an exclusive haven of luxury in the tightly-held dress circle of Hamilton Hill.

Sotheby’s International Realty® Network Reports Significant Gains for 2015

FL$159,000,000 USD | Hillsboro Beach, Florida | ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today reported that in 2015 its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved approximately $80 billion in U.S. home sales volume (transaction sides multiplied by average sale price). Driven largely by a brand record of over 100,000 total transaction sides, this is the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand and marks a 13% increase from the prior year.                                                      

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand also reported growth in its global network, which now encompasses 63 countries and territories worldwide. At year-end, the network totaled 835 offices, a gain of nearly 10%, and more than 18,000 sales associates, up 14%.

“2015 was a record year for domestic franchise sales for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “This year alone, we have also added 12 international, independently owned and operated affiliate brokerage locations to our global network, which will drive accessibility to the increasing level of international buyers in key luxury markets.”

AUSPrice Upon Request | Queensland, Australia | Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand continued to expand into key markets in 2015.  The entire Gulf Region is poised for significant growth as the brand’s affiliate brokerage in the region, Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty, acquired the rights to deliver real estate services in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  The brand saw continued growth entering the countries of Andorra, Chile, Finland, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Nicaragua, while expanding its presence in Italy, Queensland, Australia and in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

VA$7,950,000 USD | Charlottesville, Virginia | Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand also added five independently owned and operated residential real estate firms and 73 new offices to its network across the United States. This past year witnessed continued growth by existing affiliate companies through mergers, acquisitions and recruiting.  Notable transactions included the coming together of three companies in Vermont and New Hampshire that resulted in one of the largest operators in those states under the Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty banner, and the acquisition of South Bay Brokers in Manhattan Beach by Vista Sotheby’s International Realty.  Several key open markets were also filled, namely: Baltimore, Md.; Block Island, R.I.; Charlottesville, Va. and Portland, Ore.

Last year The Wall Street Journal/REAL TrendsTop Thousand” ranked agents based on average sales price, recognizing the success of agents that specialize in the luxury real estate segment. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand had 75 of the top 250 (30%) individuals by average sales price. This achievement is reflective of the success of our efforts to further establish the brand as the voice of luxury.

In 2016 and for the ninth year in a row, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award.  In addition to its real estate ranking, the brand also came in fourth in the overall top 50, and second among the Top 50 “Systems with 250 or more units,” which is a ranking of all franchise systems across all categories with more than 250 locations.

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The Sotheby’s International Realty brand hosted several international networking events throughout the year exemplifying its truly global reach. An event in Rome brought together 27 affiliated companies from 19 countries within the European, Middle Eastern and African region while another event in Rancho Palos Verdes, California had representation from over 113 affiliated companies worldwide.  “Our international footprint is the cornerstone of our global esteem and our events around the world serve as a platform for our network to work together while developing relationships to increase referrals and share best practices on the exclusive line of Sotheby’s International Realty products to better serve their clients’ needs and meet their business goals,” said White.

Marketing

From a marketing perspective, the brand’s 2015 campaign delivered more than 1.2 billion impressions.  At the core of the Sotheby’s International Realty 2015 strategy was its relationships with pre-eminent media powerhouses in both print and online arenas to showcase unique properties from the brand’s worldwide network including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Bloomberg, Financial Times and as the exclusive real estate partner for Dwell.com.

Sothebys Realty at NYSE

To mark the 40th year of Sotheby’s International Realty in the luxury residential real estate brokerage business, Philip White and Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, were joined by honorary guests of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand to ring the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on December 29, 2015. Additionally, the brand was featured with prime placement on the New York Stock Exchange video banner in Times Square. Running the entire month of December, the video was shown 15 times per day, reaching over 1.6 million daily visitors to Times Square and highlighted the brand’s lifestyle focus and drove viewers to sothebysrealty.com for more information.

Finally, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s website, sothebysrealty.com, was re-launched in 2015 to provide a fully immersive, responsive, video-based experience with unique content. With a focus on creating the best possible user experience, the new sothebysrealty.com continues the brand’s tradition of revolutionizing luxury real estate in the digital space. Last year the site saw the most traffic in its history with 14 million visits, a 30% increase year over year. The new Sotheby’s International Realty, website was recognized by the Web Marketing Association with the “2015 Outstanding Website WebAward” and by W3 with the “2015 W3 Gold Award.”

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, each brokerage firm and its 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.

Queensland, Australia | Market Spotlight

imagereader.aspx-4Price Upon Request | Queensland, Australia | Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

“The Gold Coast of Australia is known for its unique beauty and global appeal, making it an ideal market for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, the timing to expand operations to the Gold Coast and throughout Queensland has never been better. We have extreme confidence in the Gold Coast region, acknowledging the inherent domestic and international appeal of this market. We are truly excited about our investments in the Gold Coast, and our goal is to deliver exceptional customer service through our best in class associates, whom reflect our prestigious brand position. The Gold Coast is the sixth largest city in Australia and one of the fastest-growing regions, making real estate in this location highly coveted. The area is renowned for tourism and its wonderful lifestyle with its many homes and apartments along its waterways and oceanfront. The City will host the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games – the largest event to be held in Australia this decade.”

– Paul Arthur, Owner, Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

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Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Expands Presence in Australia with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

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 $7,500,000 AUD | Queensland, Australia | Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s existing affiliate brokerage Gold Coast Sotheby’s International Realty in Queensland, Australia will now do business as Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty under the current owner and managing director, Paul Arthur, and will expand to provide luxury residential real estate services throughout the state of Queensland.

Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty is expected to open its newest office in the capital city of Brisbane in March 2016, with further plans for expansion in the markets of Noosa, Cairns and the Whitsundays & Islands in the later part of 2016.

“Queensland is known for its unique beauty and global appeal and has long been a leading tourist destination – the area is seeing increasing interest from buyers of international real estate,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to providing our network’s exclusive real estate services in luxury property destinations around the world and we are proud that our brand presence in Queensland in expanding.”

Queensland is the second-largest and third-most-populous state in Australia. Located in northeast Australia, its coast, stretching nearly 7,000 kilometers, is also known for the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system.

“The timing to expand operations in the Gold Coast area and throughout Queensland has never been better,” said Arthur. “We have extreme confidence in the region, acknowledging the inherent domestic and international appeal of this market. The area is renowned for tourism and a wonderful lifestyle with its many homes and apartments along the waterways and oceanfront. Our goal is to deliver exceptional customer service through our best-in-class associates, whom reflect our prestigious brand position.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,000 sales associates located in approximately 825 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide.  Queensland 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.

Ringing in the New Year | Home Bar Rooms

Whether indoors as part of a home’s lounge area or game room, or outdoors and poolside, a home bar is the ultimate place to relax and unwind.  As 2015 comes to a close and we look forward to ringing in 2016, imagine celebrating the New Year at one of these luxurious home bars.

Bars 1 - Australia

Price Upon Request | Queensland, Australia | Gold Coast Sotheby’s International Realty

Australia – Called “Villa Blue Waters,” this grand residence in Queensland was designed for large-scale entertaining and features a commercial-sized granite cocktail bar.  The home also includes a St. Tropez-style marble entertaining area, Teppanyaki cabana, 40-foot resort-style mosaic pool and spa, surround-sound home cinema and a fully-integrated entertainment system and LED light system throughout.  In addition, there is a professional-grade chef’s kitchen with imported Gaggenau and Zanussi appliances.

Bars 2 - Indiana

$2,500,000 USD | Carmel, Indiana | Encore Sotheby’s International Realty

Indiana – The lower level of this 10,608-square-foot home boasts an intricate, antique bar circa 1800.  The bar is fully-equipped with a Sub Zero refrigerator, ice maker and beer tap.  The home additionally features a wine room set behind glass doors that is built upon slate floors and houses thousands of bottles of wine.  Ideal for entertaining, there is also a library, game room equipped with a full bar and a built-in TV screen, an authentic theater room, an outdoor pool and a patio overlooking the ninth hole of the nearby Pete Dye Crooked Stick Golf Course.

Bars 3 - Thailand

฿43,000,000 THB | Phuket, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

Thailand – Located on the west coast of Phuket, this villa boasts both indoor and outdoor living space.  Adjacent to the private swimming pool is an outdoor sala, BBQ area and a poolside bar.  Inside, there are four en-suite bedrooms, a spacious living and dining area and a fully-equipped contemporary kitchen.

Bars 4 - South Carolina

$8,800,000 USD | Okatie, South Carolina | Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

South Carolina – This 12,905-square-foot estate is situated on 119 acres of land and features a replica of an Old English Pub just off the main residence.  The pub includes a re-assembled antique bar that was dismantled and shipped from England, Cedar shake roofing, cement stone exterior and a fireplace.  Across the property there is also a caretaker’s cottage, a barn, stables with an equestrian facility and a waterfront dock with private access to the nearby Harbor River.

Bars 5 - California

$45,000,000 USD | Laguna Beach, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

California – Situated atop a costal bluff and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the lower level of this opulent estate has a game room with a full bar and a glass-encased commercial wine cellar.  The home spans over 9,500 square-feet and has high-end finishes throughout including Wenge wood, onyx slabs, custom mosaic tile, natural stone, custom lighting, floating staircase and a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and exotic wood cabinetry.  One of 13 private homes in the Montage Resort, owners of the property have access to all resort amenities including concierge and housekeeping services, engineering support and full use of the spa and pool.