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


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.


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.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in May 2017

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


$6,850,000 USD | Santa Rosa Beach, Florida | Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty

“And now this Santa Rosa Beach home, designed by Houston-based architect Scott Ballard and decorated by Houston-based interior designer Cathy Chapman, is on the market. The curb appeal of this white stucco home is irresistible, but on the other side of its sloped rooflines and curving walls is an unbeatable Gulf view—probably the house’s greatest selling point.”

This Incredible Home Once Graced the Cover of Coastal Living, and Now It’s on the Market – Coastal Living

Ziff Family Florida Estate Reduced to $165 Million – Wall Street Journal

Jeff Bridges Unloads His Vineyard Estate in Montecito for $15.9 Million – Los Angeles Times

This Sanit-Tropez Estate is Worthy of  a Bond Villain – Robb Report

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Wisconsin – Sotheby’s International Realty

Island Homes from Maui to Nantucket – Wall Street Journal

Midcentury Modern Classic Reboots as a Hipster Haven in Silver Lake – Los Angeles Times

The Most Grandiose French Fortresses on the Market – Gafencu

Tropical Modern: A Seductive Spin on Island-Style Homes – Wall Street Journal

Connecticut’s Gold Coast Bounces Back after Hurricane Sandy – Financial Times

House Hunting in… Como, Italy – The New York Times

San Juan Islands: The Hottest Luxury-Home Market in the Country – Wall Street Journal

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

Realogy Calls on Tech Start-ups to Demonstrate Their Real Estate Business Solutions at Live Competition – Realogy

$110 Million Basquiat Sold by Family Who Bought it for $19,000 – Bloomberg

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Wisconsin


Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Mahler Real Estate Group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the newest member of its network and will now operate as Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty.  This is the first affiliate to operate under the current Sotheby’s International Realty® network in Wisconsin.

Established in 2010, the boutique firm is owned and operated by Peter Mahler and serves the luxury residential real estate market in southeastern Wisconsin, including the greater Milwaukee area.

“Southeast Wisconsin is a very active and dynamic region with strong economic growth and a flourishing luxury residential real estate market,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty has an in-depth understanding of Milwaukee’s upper-end market and the clientele it attracts.  We are pleased to expand the Sotheby’s International Realty brand into this market and proud to welcome Peter Mahler and his team to our network.”

“The purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience and we take the journey with our clients while offering them world-class service and a high level of professional integrity and discretion,” said Mahler.  “As a trusted advisor, advocate and champion, the desires and objectives of our clients are our top priority. Affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand allows us to tap into a global network and provides us access to an unparalleled level of marketing.  We are honored to be affiliated with the Sotheby’s International Realty network in Wisconsin.”

Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 600 N. Broadway, Suite 200 in Milwaukee.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide.  In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD.  Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the 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.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in May 2017

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


$56,000,000 USD | Upper West Side, New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

“Measuring about 5,400 square feet, the four-bedroom condo is on the 16th and 17th floors and overlooks Central Park”

Sting Lists Manhattan Penthouse Duplex for $56 Million – Wall Street Journal

Five Properties with a Sense of Space at the Heart of the City – Financial Times

For Sale: 5 Jaw-Dropping Wisconsin Homes – The Week

Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer – Sotheby’s International Realty

At €20 Million, Beach Villa Among the Most Expensive Properties in Greece – Mansion Global

Del Rey Home’s Reinvention Sets a Traditional Tone – Los Angeles Times

For Sale: 6 Luxurious Homes in Richmond, Virginia – The Week

The Iconoclastic Homes of Top Artists – Wall Street Journal

Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Neighborhood is Upmarket, Bustling and Near the Beach – Mansion Global

Is Florence’s Housing Market Poised for a Renaissance? – Financial Times

Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.: A Magnet for the Eclectic – The New York Times

10 Vineyard Homes You Can Actually Move Into – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s Opening Extends Appetite for Diamonds in Dubai – Vision

Soaring to New Heights | Captivating Ceilings

Whether it’s a unique use of glass, handcrafted bespoke carpentry or a captivating mural, ceilings can be impressive and expressive features in a home. Let’s allow our eyes to drift upwards and discover these exclusive homes with captivating ceilings.

Wisconsin$5,995,000 USD | Lake Geneva, Wisconsin | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Dubbed “Stone Manor,” on the eastern shore of Geneva Lake, this palatial lakeside retreat is an unparalleled residence which spans 12,000 square feet. It is adorned with finishes and fixtures that define opulence like the original chandeliers and fixtures, exquisite inlaid floors, five hand-carved marble fireplaces, a glassed veranda, private grassed terrace, boat slip, pool, and underground parking.

ItalyPrice Upon Request | Livorno, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

This historic 16th-century castle was at one-time home to the grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopoldo II. The property enjoys a captivating view of the Mediterranean and Elba Island thanks to its exclusive hilltop setting. Sitting on four hectares of park land including garden, olive groves and a pool, the property keeps its original frescoes, handcrafted details and exquisite paneled ceilings.

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

Known locally as “The Castle on Lake Tahoe,” this gated waterfront Chateau spans two lots with a rare 180 feet of Lake Tahoe frontage and 95% open space making it the perfect home to relax, recreate, entertain guests and enjoy the splendor of the great outdoors. Set on nearly two landscaped acres, this 7,500 square foot masterpiece has five bedrooms, five and a half baths and a guest suite with separate entries. Special features include four wood burning fireplaces, tasting room/ wine cellar, elevator and many bespoke interior installations including exquisite stained glass ceilings.

BVI$23,000,000 USD | Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

An Aquamare beachfront villa is a quintessential tropical escape. Use of local stonework, rich hardwoods, travertine marble and 30-foot vaulted ceilings surrounded by lush landscape are hallmark features of Aquamare. Each villa is designed with a private waterfront infinity pool showcasing unobstructed views of Drake’s Channel, a gourmet kitchen and inside and outside dining areas for enertaining. With three elegant master suites, one double room and one studio, each villa accommodates up to 12 guests or family members in its own 8,000 square foot open air living space.

Texas$5,550,000 USD | Colleyville, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled on over one and a half acres of gated, beautifully landscaped grounds just minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, this private architectural masterpiece boasts unrivaled elegance on one of the area’s most exclusive streets. Luxurious finishes adorn the foyer, gourmet kitchen, home theater, game room, master wing and elevator. The home also features an amazing pool and outdoor living spaces create the ideal entertainment venue.

Dubai65,000,000 د.إ AED | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This Emirates Hills villa features a majestic atmosphere and genuine feel of secluded sophistication. With finishing details in gold plating, a grand majilis or gathering areas with double-height ceiling, a private swimming pool, lush landscaped gardens, an impressive collection of Renaissance-style sculptures and décor and an unobstructed view of the lake, this impressive villa exudes classic elegance.