Art & Home | Imagination to Innovation


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us to the forefront of design and innovation.

There are architects who design homes. And then there are visionaries who rethink the very definition of what a home is and how it should be experienced. 

Utah$6,700,000 USD | Park City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

In certain circles, innovative architecture is a boundary-pushing test of one-upmanship. Architects are juxtaposing styles and exaggerating silhouettes to create what seems like newly invented forms. They’re embracing the element of surprise and a hint of playfulness. 

Texas$5,995,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

To be successful, however, innovative design has to do more than break with the past. It has to be functional. It is the architect’s responsibility to create designs that better the lives of the people who inhabit the home, says Dan Brunn, a Los AngelesCalifornia-based architect whose residences have incorporated pivoting walls to display (or conceal) artwork and zig zag-shaped balconies. Bringing shapes and spaces together, capturing volume and light, framing views and choreographing floor plans so that “forms comes alive” are the attributes of great architecture, Brunn says.   

Germany3.500.000 € EUR | Saxony, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

In areas like Scottsdale, Arizona, some luxury home buyers are shifting away from traditional Tuscan and Southwest Territorial styles. They’re opting for statement-making properties with striking contemporary lines that “contrast with our Sonoran Desert, yet balance with its natural setting in terms of aesthetics,” says Deems Dickinson, president and principal broker of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Scottsdale. A custom home located on the 17th fairway of the prestigious Mirabel Golf Club community, for instance, is a remarkable example of modern architecture that stands out in the openness of the desert surroundings. The home features an indoor atrium with a bamboo garden, a floating staircase and windows that extend from the floor to ceiling and beyond, becoming full-length skylights. 

Arizona$4,490,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Architecture that challenges conventions has the power to turn heads. But architecture that’s fueled by transformational design has the power to turn homes into instant landmarks.

Alabama$3,275,000 USD | Orange Beach, Alabama | Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty

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Art & Home | Living History


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us through homes steeped in history from around the world.

When considering exquisite luxury goods—paintings, sculpture, even fabrics, furniture and wine—we think of personal, highly curated items that make our living spaces distinctive and enhance the ambient experience of a particular home. In some cases, however, the home itself is the oeuvre d’art.

canada1 760 000 $ CAD | Victoria, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

In the art world, older isn’t always better, but revered older works do carry additional prominence, specifically the prestige of age and history that newer art hopes to acquire with time. Similarly, as beautiful homes and estates begin to acquire the patina that only decades or even centuries can bring, they take on an unmatched nobility and grandeur.

texas$2,500,000 USD | Round Rock, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s a certain class of buyer and homeowner—patrons, if you will—that places a premium on properties graced by time. To them, living in a historic residence is akin to living within a famous piece of art.

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“The discerning, affluent buyers in our marketplace want a sense of history, or a certain provenance in a historic home that doesn’t exist in a new house,” says Michael Rankin, Managing Partner at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington D.C.

washington$6,250,000 USD | Washington, DC | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

In addition to a notable pedigree, what buyers are looking for in older homes is character, and in particular preserved character. These individuals are typically knowledgeable about architectural periods and have a refined sense for authenticity. They demand the grand scale and proportion associated with previous eras—high ceilings, formal living rooms with entrance halls, double parlors with fireplaces—but also original features like restored trim work and molding; staircases with handcrafted balusters and banisters; and original hardware and wide-plank flooring. Kitchens and bathrooms may be updated, but otherwise the home should showcase the year and environment in which it was built.

finland2.750.000 € | Finland | Snellman Sotheby’s International Realty

“The people that buy an historic estate do so because they truly want to be the next steward of an architectural masterpiece,” Rankin explains. “They embrace the history and cherish the responsibility of being the caretaker of the home. In fact, they consider that undertaking a privilege.”

True, restoring and preserving an historic property can be a major endeavor, but for the right person it’s much more than labor—it’s a labor of love.

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RESIDE® Magazine | Autumn in Vermont


From the pages of 2016’s northeast Fall edition of RESIDE® Magazine, explore the natural beauty of Vermont in Autumn.

How is it possible that autumn in Vermont is both dazzling and sublime? The blaze of fall foliage, the misty Green Mountains, the warm harvest colors and the charming country towns here have a way of simultaneously exciting the senses while calming the mind. No wonder people throughout the Northeast turn to Vermont as their second home destination.

“At a certain price point, luxury buyers can purchase property just about anywhere,” says Laird Cameron Bradley, Principal Owner-Broker at Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty in Woodstock. “So they do make an active decision to choose Vermont because it resonates with them.”

With boating, fishing and paddling on its many lakes including Lake Champlain, hiking and mountain biking on the state’s network of trails and some of the region’s east’s best skiing, Vermont is a four-season attraction. Autumn synthesizes the best of each.

vermont2$11,250,000 USD | Reading, Vermont | Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty

“People come here for the unspoiled beauty and outdoor lifestyle, but they’re also looking to be part of something unique,” says Alan DiStasio, EVP and Managing Director at Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty. That might mean plugging into Vermont’s independent communities of small farmers, artists, brewers and makers of cheese, wine, syrup or honey. “You can go to almost any small town in the fall and find a harvest festival or a fair,” he says. “That artisan ethos is absolutely a part of the local character, and fall is a great time to celebrate that creative energy.”

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Luxury property—particularly mountain or lakefront homes with acreage and views—exist throughout the state, but they’re rarely very far from a ski resort or quintessentially rural Vermont hamlets like Woodstock, Manchester or Dorsett. Even places like Shelburne, near the more urban Burlington, retain an unhurried New England sensibility.

“Some of Vermont’s growth policies have essentially slowed development, so there are still a lot of places that remain true to the virtues of how they were originally conceived,” says Bradley. The emphasis on preservation and historical integrity helps ensure a sense of authenticity and reflection, and an ability to make personal connections with others.

vermont1$9,000,000 USD | Woodstock, Vermont | Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

Decisions on where and what to buy, however, are typically made viscerally.

“It could be simply a patchwork of fields,” Bradley says, “or how the sun hits the hillside that will make someone feel at home and give them comfort and a sense of peace.”

And that can happen virtually anywhere in Vermont, particularly when the leaves are turning and the scent of fall is in the air.

vermont4-a$3,275,000 USD | Woodstock, Vermont | Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty

“If it’s a good year and the colors are popping, there’s really nothing like it,” says DiStasio. “There’s something especially beautiful about Vermont that’s always stood the test of time.”

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Art & Home | Arrive in Style


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso welcomes you through some of the most captivating home entrances from around the world.

Fine design is about the creation of memorable spaces, and when it comes to entrances, architects have one shot to get it right.

virginia$2,695,000 USD | Henrico, Virginia | The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty

 “An entrance is the starting point from which everything begins to unfold,” says Chris Whitehead, managing director of Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty in Dubai. It “dictates the way the property talks to visitors,” he adds. “The feeling generated in the entrance echoes throughout the house.”

dubaiPrice Upon Request | Emirates Hills, Dubai | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

The power of that initial perception can feel like the difference between a welcome mat and a red carpet arrival. 

Entrance halls convey the character and attitude of a residence and the people who live in it.  They can exude boldness, quietude, history, hospitality, strength or drama. They are also portals with mood-altering capacity to affect one’s outlook and signal a sense of anticipation by offering a hint of what’s to come. 

colorado$8,999,000 USD | Sedalia, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“When someone opens the door and walks into a space that is inspirational, has great proportion and incorporates beautiful materials, you don’t know why you love it but those are the elements you savor,” says Nancy Ruddy, co-founder and managing principal of the architectural firm CetraRuddy in New York and a 2015 inductee into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. “Those are the things that make a space memorable.” 

southhampton$39,500,000 USD | Southampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – South Hampton Brokerage

A grand entrance is more than a matter of soaring ceilings. Today’s foyers are warmer, more nurturing and embracing with a greater interplay of natural materials like stone and wood. Art is more prominent, too. The entrance of one of Whitehead’s most memorable estate listings features sculptures set in an infinity edge reflecting pool. 

new-york$3,395,000 USD | West Harrison, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Ruddy frequently incorporates her clients’ art in entryways calling them ideal spaces to showcase an art collection and project one’s personality. “As one client told us, ‘I never tire of coming into my home. There’s something amazing when you open the door.’ That’s what we call poetry.”

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Art & Home | Kitchen Culture


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes a bite out of Kitchen Culture and invites you to dine in some of the finest kitchens from around the world.

“Knock-your-socks-off gorgeous,” is how Jamie Gold, a San Diego, California-based certified kitchen designer and author of “New Kitchen Ideas That Work” describes kitchens at the top end of the market. “It’s about brand. It’s about impression. It’s what the neighbors are doing–only better.”

1701dakar-37$3,299,000 USD | Fort Worth, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Today’s kitchens are swoon-worthy showplaces of good looks, high performance and sophisticated wizardry.

Mass market is out. Fresh design interpretations are in. As dominions of personal expression, kitchens are places homeowners put their signature and showcase their style with handcrafted cabinetry and bespoke fittings and finishes.

$8,500,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

A recent survey of more than 500 architecture firms by the American Institute of Architects reinforces the role of kitchens as the command center of the home, with a caliber of appliances and appointments that not only reflects homeowners’ tastes but also makes them and their guests feel good.

_dsc931111 400 000 ZŁ PLN | Gdansk, Poland | Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Sociability is the new word in luxury kitchens. It’s where life happens.

907-peacock-point-_18$2, 395,000 USD | Destin, Florida | Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty

“The first place guests go is not the parlor or the living room anymore. It’s the kitchen island,” says Christian Vermast of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada in Toronto. These days, homeowners are spending less time at the stove but more time in the kitchen reading, lounging, watching TV and socializing. Some 60 percent of homeowners spend more than three hours a day in their kitchens, according to the 2016 Houzz Kitchen Trends survey. “I don’t think it has anything to do with cooking,” Vermast says. “It’s about ‘How do I project myself entertaining my family, my in-laws and my friends?’”

314palmerston-v2-print-276 250 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Fifteen percent of those polled by Houzz spent more than $75,000 to create high end activity hubs that blur the borders of adjoining living spaces. The mantra is bigger, better and built-in with clean architectural detailing to conceal utility. That’s no surprise to Vermast who says buyers prefer open-concept kitchens with hidden appliances that blend in for more of a furniture-finished look. “We have gone from seeing kitchens as strictly utilitarian,” he says, “to very much an emotional lifestyle choice.”

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RESIDE Magazine | Panorama Drama

From the pages of 2016’s second volume of RESIDE, discover homes with advantageous and captivating views in “Panorama Drama.”

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“Does it have a view?”

It’s what buyers scouting properties in mountain resort communities want to know.

“That’s probably the most-asked question,” says Nels Cary of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty in Colorado.

The views that extend beyond property lines are as important to luxury buyers as the amenities within the homes.

Telluride$39,100,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

High altitude Telluride is set in the southwest corner of the state and surrounded by a cluster of “14ers” or 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains. “The significance of the view cannot be understated,” says Cary. “It’s everywhere and from everywhere.”

Mountain views have been called inspirational, mystical and sometimes sacred. And they affect homeowners in profound ways. “It’s one of those situations where people come here and they’re absolutely mesmerized by the natural beauty of the area,” says Cary. “They put themselves in the picture, seeing themselves with a cup of coffee in the morning enjoying the magnificent views or in the late afternoon taking in the sunset. It’s a big deal.”

FrancePrice Upon Request | Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s hard to quantify the value of a great view, but it can certainly add a double or even triple-digit percentage premium onto the price of a home. In the Idaho panhandle city of Sandpoint, for instance, a five-acre property in a standard subdivision ranges from $100,000 to $150,000. The equivalent home with dramatic views of Lake Pend Oreille, the state’s largest lake, and vistas that span Idaho’s Schweitzer ski mountain as well as snow-capped ridges in Montana, Washington and Canada, recently sold for $1.1 million, according to Jeff Bond of Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. “I happen to live on one of those views. I go home at night and sit on my front deck. It’s a lot better than watching TV,” he says.

Idaho$1,550,000 USD | Sandpoint, Idaho | Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty

The most desirable homes are sited to take advantage of views from multiple rooms. If those views are unobstructed and look out onto protected lands that can never be developed, so much the better. Such is the case with many properties in Big Sky, Montana. It is a region focused on the conservation of native habitat, and its views of Lone Peak, Spanish Peaks and the surrounding wilderness area are iconic.

Nicaragua$759,000 USD | Rivas, Nicaragua | Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty

When it comes to panoramas, Big Sky claims an added bonus. It is located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in a corridor of migrating elk, moose, deer and bear. “To be in an area where you have that wildlife all around is very desirable,” says Cathy Gorman of Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty.

Montana$3,395,000 USD | Big Sky, Montana | Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty

And transporting.

“There’s the peace and the tranquility,” says Gorman. “To be able to see a herd of elk on the next ridge or a weather condition going by takes you away. In a world of hustle, bustle and tension, the views are a real de-stresser.”

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Art & Home | Making a Splash


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso dives into the experience of owning a home with a world-class pool.

Tennessee$2,950,000 USD | Signal Mountain, Tennessee | Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty

In Spain, a signed painting by Pablo Picasso lies at the bottom of a pool. Picasso isn’t the only painter to use a pool as his canvas and fine artists aren’t the only ones to turn pools into works of art. Pool designers, of course, have their own creative muses, conjuring up escapist masterpieces.

Florida$3,695,000 USD | Longboat Key, Florida | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Some pools are seemingly gravity defying–straddling buildings, suspended in mid-air and cantilevered over cliffs. Others reflect the passions of the homeowner. Fish-shaped, boat-shaped. The pool at the mid-century Palm Springs, California, home once owned by Frank Sinatra is famously piano-shaped.

Connecticut$75,000,000 USD | Stamford, Connecticut | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

“People are using outdoor spaces more than ever. They’re willing to invest in pools because they see the value of them,” says Greg Darvin, owner of Pristine Pools in East Hampton, New York.

Bahamas$11,995,000 USD | Nassau, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Resort-style living is in. Darvin says it’s not unusual for homeowners to model their private pools after a favorite hotel pool in Miami, Bali or the South of France. It’s Darvin’s job to scale the design to the property, adapt it to the climate and find that “sweet spot” between aesthetics and functionality.

On the Hawaiian island of Maui, Ron Silva of Island Sotheby’s International Realty says, “Most residences situate the pool with the ocean in the background so it’s one seamless look from the pool to the Pacific.” The most spectacular pools, he says, are typically those of second-home owners who gild them with extras like swim-up bars, fire bowls, rain walls and misting systems. “When people purchase their vacation home here, more often than not it’s a legacy property they plan on keeping in the family for several years for vacations and holidays. With that kind of  purchase, pools are extremely important for the lifestyle Maui has to offer,” Silva says.

Hawaii$19,975,000 USD | Wailea, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

One stunning example is a pool on a three-acre estate that draws inspiration from Maui itself with a “mauka to makai” theme. The infinity edge pool, lined with local lava rock, starts out toward the mauka or mountain side as a wading pool and rings the home, emptying into a larger 9 ½-deep pool on the makai or ocean side. The effect? A pool transformed into a theatrical stage.

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RESIDE Magazine | Block Island: New England’s Quiet Resort

From the pages of 2016’s first volume of RESIDE, discover Block Island: New England’s Quiet Resort.

The Block Island experience is about transition, from the high octane mainland life to the low key island life.
As the crow flies, the summer colony in the Atlantic Ocean is nearly equidistant from 
Long Island, NY and mainland Rhode Island, of which it is a part, and accessible by ferry, catamaran, boat charters and air service. It is quieter than other resort communities along the Eastern Seaboard. Block Island draws vacationers from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and, increasingly, Washington, DC, looking to escape more crowded and commercial resort areas. People easily join in island life without feeling the need to over-schedule their days. 

$1,900,000 USD | Block Island, Rhode Island | Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty
Block Island is especially popular with families, many of whom follow a familiar pattern. They rent homes during the summer season and return year after year. When the time is right, they turn into buyers. “They get pulled in and really want to make this place a significant part of their lives and become part of the community,” says Cindy Pappas of Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty on Block Island. 

It is a destination that breeds devotion. Islanders are loyal. The children who grow up spending carefree summers swimming, clamming and crabbing at the shore want to give their own children those same experiences. The island is approximately 10 square miles. It has no traffic lights, no big-box stores, no chains of any kind and only one municipality, New Shoreham, with a singular distinction: it is the smallest town in the smallest state. “It’s a real New England village,” says Pappas. “Because it’s so intimate, we’re easier to get to know.”


$2,500,000 USD | Block Island, Rhode Island | Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty
Despite its size, Block Island hasn’t escaped the attention of the Nature Conservancy, the nonprofit environmental organization which put it on its inaugural list of “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere. Approximately 44 percent of Block Island’s acreage has been set aside as protected land thanks to aggressive conservation efforts. The water quality, ocean quality and air quality are pristine. Most attractions are centered around the outdoors. Seventeen miles of white sand beaches include many that are delightfully isolated, even in the thick of the season. Rolling hills lure bikers and moped riders who navigate the near-rural terrain. And then there are the towering bluffs, more reminiscent of Ireland than New England. 

Art & Home | Nature’s Embrace


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso reflects on private, peaceful and artfully designed gardens.

Extraordinary gardens share intimacies with the estates they embrace, delighting homeowners in ways that are both subtle and profound.

They are nothing if not personal. The palettes that captivate, the fragrances that enchant, the views that charm are singularly unique. Together these elements deliver a romanticized view of a small green universe to the point where the mere act of wandering through a garden can feel like a celebration of nature.

CostaRica$3,600,000 USD | San Jose, Costa Rica | Costa Rica Sotheby’s International Realty

“Each owner has a different relationship with their gardens,” says Elena Araya Callís of Costa Rica Sotheby’s International Realty, “but what they all have in common is that their beautiful gardens inspire them to enjoy more time outdoors and more time with nature.”

Outdoor living spaces have never been more prized. Even in climates with short summers, homeowners are making al fresco rooms a priority, according to a survey on design trends by the American Institute of Architects.

“We see gardens as an extended living area,” says landscape architect Enzo Enea. His firm, headquartered in Switzerland with a satellite office in Miami, Fl., is behind dozens of high profile landscaping projects around the world. In sculpting the landform, Enea intertwines the soul of a house with its surroundings. “The way in which an individual lives and interacts within the space” drives the design, he says. Patios are more like wings of a home that have been embellished by nature.

Nevada$23,900,000 USD | Incline Village, Nevada | Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

Gardens take their cues from everywhere: light, movement, local landmarks, distant places and art. Formal European gardens famously draw from landscape paintings of the great masters. What’s more, the forms they take are no less diverse than those in interior design and architecture, from colorfully traditional to monochromatic modern and those that are culturally and geographically inspired. In the Costa Rica capital of San Jose, an Italian-style villa is ringed by classic formal gardens of mature trees, showy flowers and dreamy focal points like a reflecting pool designed to capture light, “especially during sunsets creating an idyllic setting,” says Callís.

Spain8.350.000 € EUR | Costa Del Sol, Spain | Kristina Szekely Sotheby’s International Realty

It is a garden, like all gardens, always in motion, sharing new stories by the season and sometimes by the footstep.

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Art & Home | Sculpted Grounds


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso details how outdoor sculpture installments can boost a home’s appeal and soothe the senses.

From her Oak Park, Ill studio, artist Margot McMahon sketches designs for sculptures that have been commissioned for private residential gardens. A single sculpture can take months, sometimes a year or more to complete. McMahon takes the long view knowing that once installed it could be there for generations to experience into the next century.

0046937-406OldMontaukHighway-8$29,500,000 USD | Montauk, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

Place a sculpture in a garden and everything changes. Connecting the emotional power of art with the rhythms of nature creates a four-season focal point, a point of view–and a point of departure where the imagination can wander.

0050 1717 Enclave Exterior$25,000,000 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty | 

“When art is in a backyard, you can look out from your window and it changes your life for a moment. It calms you down, and you think a little more poetically,” McMahon says. Her sculptures are in private gardens in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan as well as in public venues like parks, university campuses and libraries.

NJ$8,890,000 USD | Bernardsville, New Jersey | Kienlan Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Artists see acreage as platforms for creative expression that allows nature and sculpture to play off one another. They take their inspiration from the home’s architecture, the homeowner’s tastes and the environment. One piece could serve as a yard’s centerpiece. Twenty can combine to tell a story.

4.750.000 € EUR | Bordeaux, France | Bordeaux Sotheby’s International Realty

These open-air galleries have the power to ratchet up a home’s curb appeal. “It’s the first impression when you come to a property. It sets it apart and can ultimately influence the sales aspect as well,” says Beate Moore of Sotheby’s International Realty in Bridgehampton NY. Although not typically part of the deal–“People don’t throw sculptures in with the sale,” Moore says–the art be what makes a buyer fall in love with a residence and see its possibilities.

01-661NSaddleHillRd01$7,900,000 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

According to Charles L. Moffett, head of Afternoon Sales at Sotheby’s, location plays a big role in what a collector is able to house and showcase. “If you have the land you can be a bit more ambitious versus somebody who may be more limited with a rooftop patio or terrace.”

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