Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in February 2018

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

$4,900,000 USD | Maidens, Virginia | The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty

“The main entryway is flanked by marble columns and gilded Corinthian capitals, and opens onto a curved double staircase. There’s a colossal living room, a dining room that comfortably seats 10, a wood-paneled library, and a double-height ballroom that has a spiral wood staircase leading to an upper balcony.”

A Former Coal Baron’s Mansion is Up for Sale – Bloomberg Pursuits

Can this Billionaire’s Row Apartment Beat the Odds, Resell for $70 Million? – Forbes

Dream Homes: Five Tempting Properties for Sale in Tuscany – USA Today

Mel Gibson’s Onetime Connecticut Mansion Lists for $22.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

Home on Lake Tahoe Compound Featured in ‘Godfather II’ Asks $3.7 Million – Curbed

A Warm and Sophisticated Ski Home on the Slopes of Aspen Highlands – Mansion Global

This Bermuda-Inspired Beauty on 30A is an Entertainer’s Dream (and it’s for sale!) – Coastal Living

A Condé Nast ‘Cottage’ Asks $12.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

Home Where Jackie and John Kennedy First Met to Hit Market – Mansion Global

House Hunting in… Hong Kong – The New York Times

Former Baseball Star Jimmy Rollins Hits a Record Price with Mansion Purchase – Los Angeles Times

High Tech Boom Leads Bay Area Prices to Soar – Mansion Global

Alpine Ski Chalet with the Stamp of European Royalty Beckons Hong Kong Investors – South China Morning Post

The Power of Home: New Story Builds Shelter and Second Chances – RISMedia

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

Sotheby’s Set to Auction Rare, Flawless 102-Carat White Diamond in LondonThe Japan Times

The Best of 2017 | Top 5 Blogs

You clicked and we counted – this week we’ll take a look back at your favorite blogs, videos, and homes from in 2017.

From Ellen’s picturesque home in California to our partnership with New Story, let’s revisit the top five pieces from the Extraordinary Living blog in 2017.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi List Santa Barbara Villa for $45 Million

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Historic Childhood Home in Virginia Listed for $49.5 Million

The Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Achieved $95 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2016

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in October 2017

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

$28 Million Washington State Mansion Hits Market for First Time in 50 Years – Mansion Global

A Place for a Baroness to Call Home – Wall Street Journal

7 Great Homes for Outdoor Entertainment – The Week

Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Pledge Funds for Over 150 Homes to New Story – Sotheby’s International Realty

Book a Place: Seven Houses with Literary Connections – Financial Times

5 City Homes with Stunning Water Views – Coastal Living

Midcentury Gem in Pasadena Hits the Market with a Fresh Look – Los Angeles Times

A Pinehurst, North Carolina Estate with Deep Golf History – Mansion Global

6 Beautiful Homes with Pools – The Week

Sun, Sea and City: Where to Buy a Second Home Next to an Urban Beach – The Telegraph

5 Homes Where You Can Enjoy the Changing Colors of Fall – Robb Report

Renovated Lower Haight Victorian Seeks $3.5 Million – Curbed

U.S. West Ski Homes Continue to See Steady Investment – Mansion Global

Cologne’s Buy-to-Let Boom Driven by Cheap Money – Financial Times

A Guide to Luxury Real Estate in Singapore – Bloomberg

Inside Banff and Whistler, Canada’s Most Luxurious Ski Spots – Mansion Global

London Art Auction for Grenfell Fire Survivors Raises $2.5 Million – The New York Times

Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Pledge Funds for Over 150 Homes to New Story


Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC and New Story, the brand’s charitable partner and a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, announced today that the Sotheby’s International Realty® global network of affiliated companies and sales associates have pledged to donate funds for the construction of over 150 homes in an upcoming New Story community in Mexico.


At the 2017 Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event held in Las Vegas, Brett Hagler, CEO and co-founder of New Story, gave a moving presentation of the New Story mission to build communities of homes for those in need for $6,500 USD per home. Brett challenged the global audience of approximately 2,400 attendees to reach a goal of 100 home pledges during the two-day meeting. In the 32 hours that followed Hagler’s on-stage appearance, the goal was surpassed with over 150 homes pledged. Once fully-funded, these homes will provide a safe, sustainable living environment and unlock the potential for families to thrive.

How it Works:

Sotheby’s International Realty affiliated companies and sales associates made individual pledges to raise funds to cover the $6,500 USD cost of a sustainable home for a family in need. Once the pledges are funded:

  • 100% of all donations raised through Sotheby’s International Realty affiliated companies and sales associates will be directly applied by New Story to hiring local workers and buying local materials for the construction of homes in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
  • New Story’s operational costs are covered separately by a group of private donors called, The Builders, so all donations go straight to the field.
  • New Story works with local partners in-country to help identify families who have the greatest need.
  • Once families move in, New Story surveys the community over time to measure the exact impact a safe home has on the families’ lives.

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“A safe home provides the foundation for health, education and opportunity. When I met Brett Hagler and the New Story team, I felt inspired by their mission to build sustainable homes for those in need. Teaming up with New Story as a charitable partner allowed us to extend the services we provide daily: to help people discover homes that allow them to live their best life. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the Sotheby’s International Realty network in support of this mission.”

– Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

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“This was an extraordinary outpouring of generosity. We had ambitious expectations, but the Sotheby’s International Realty network went above and beyond. My favorite part was seeing how genuinely excited people were to give and join New Story’s mission. I know this is just the beginning of a brand partnership that together, will eventually change thousands of lives.”

– Brett Hagler, CEO and co-founder, New Story

Click here to learn more about New Story

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in March 2017

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


€ 4.800.000 EUR | Asti, Italy | Turin Sotheby’s International Realty

In the early 1900s a local nobleman was gifted this 15th-century Piedmont estate as a token of gratitude for his military service, and he promptly enlisted architect Giovanni Chevalley to oversee an extensive renovation and expansion. “

5 Majestic Castles for Sale Now – Galerie Magazine

Manhattan Townhouse Sells for $41.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

A Mallorcan Villa Overlooking the Mediterranean That Will Appeal to Minimalists – Mansion Global

You Can Own Katherine Hepburn’s Connecticut Estate for $11.8 Million –

Seven Properties Where Famous Writers Once Lived – Financial Times

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand and New Story Partnership – Sotheby’s International Realty

Red Cross to Sell Estate Along Pasadena’s Millionaire’s Row – Los Angeles Times

7 Breathtaking Homes on the Water – The Week

House Hunting in… Costa Rica – The New York Times

Chinese Home Buyers Turn Attention Away from Vancouver – The Globe and Mail

Perspectives: Interactive Marketing with Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC – Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty

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

These are the Cars to Watch for at the Ameila Island Auctions – Bloomberg

Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand and New Story Partnership

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is proud to announce that it has partnered with New Story, a non-profit organization that puts 100% of donations toward transforming dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes, for $6,000 a home.

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Why did we choose New Story as a partner?

  • 100% of donations go directly to the field. They operate with completely separate overhead cost so every dollar donated goes straight to building homes.
  • Donors have the ability to see the exact family they’re sponsoring, along with the supplies and costs their donation is covering. In the beginning, the donor receives a photo of the family and their story. When the home is completed, they are delivered a move-in video to share in the excitement of this incredible effort.
  • They hire local labor and buy domestic materials to boost the country’s economy. New Story does more than build houses – they provide jobs and economic stability for the communities they service.

Watch this video to get a closer look at New Story, who was just named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” for 2017 in their not-for-profit sector.

Click here to learn more about New Story and meet the Guillaume family from Haiti, the recipients of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand donation.