Homes & Land features Forest Brook Manor on their front cover.

Forest Brook Manor, our mountaintop estate in Lake Placid NY, has been featured on the front cover of Homes & Land magazine!
For more information on this property, contact the Keir Weimer Team of Select Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Week features Grindstone Island Estate as one of 6 ‘Beautiful Island Homes’


Grindstone Island, New York. This three-bedroom house sits on one of the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River. The 9.7-acre property holds a main house that was built in 1900, a covered boathouse with three slips, and a three-bedroom guesthouse.

Additional amenities include an easy-access ramp for boats, a large steel dock, and patios and decks around the property. $1,750,000. Keir Weimer, Select/Sotheby’s International Realty, (315) 663-7022.

View the full article here, or check out the listing details page here!

3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Second Home

Buying a vacation home sounds like a dream, but that doesn’t make it the right move financially. Consider these three things to see if purchasing a vacation property makes sense for you. teamed up with Keir Weimer, an Associate Real Estate Broker with Select Sotheby’s International Realty, to promote his expert advice at a national level, on three things you should consider before purchasing a vacation home. Keir’s team specializes in second home, commercial and resort properties throughout the Adirondack Park and Upstate New York.

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Significant Sale | Historic and Iconic Texas Ranch

They say there’s a buyer for every property – even a $725 million North Texas ranch.

L.A. Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, and his wife Anna Walton Kroenke, niece of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, have been approved by the courts to buy the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch, recognized as one of the biggest contiguous ranch property in the United States. Spanning 510,527 acres and sprawling across six counties, that statement is unsurprising.

The property has been owned by the same family since 1849. To put that into perspective, it was the year Fort Worth was founded, Zachary Taylor was sworn in as the 12th president of the United States and Edgar Allan Poe passed.

Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, was the major broker in this landmark and historical transaction. “This shows that iconic ranches like this can be sold in today’s market with the right strategies and international exposure,” says Broker Robbie Briggs.

Sotheby’s International Realty artfully unites extraordinary homes with extraordinary lives throughout the world. While the buyers are domestic, interest was generated from all corners of the earth including South Korea, China, Russia and South America. As a global network of affiliates, Sotheby’s International Realty’s agents are experts in their local markets with unrivaled access to the brand’s worldwide exposure, and this is an apt example of just that.

Extraordinary Homes | Superbowl Edition

It’s that time of year! Roll out the wings and grab yourself a cold one – Superbowl Sunday is upon us. After a heated season, we are all geared up to watch the Panthers take on the Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in sunny Santa Clara; and what better way to watch than in the comfort of your own home theater? Check out four of our listings below, with game-day viewing facilities guaranteed to score a touchdown with your football-fanatic friends and family.


36 Stony Brook Drive, Saratoga Springs NY | $8,600,000

The most magnificent mansion available in Saratoga Springs, this 25,000 square foot home offers every amenity imaginable. From the indoor basketball court to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools to the 20 seat movie theatre, there is plenty of room for everyone, giving your guests a Superbowl experience that they will never forget.


2 Sandy Drive, Amsterdam NY | $349,900

This property does not fall short on entertainment options, and the home theatre with stadium seating, two refrigerators, A/V equipment and 120-inch screen is guaranteed to impress.


9 Taymor Trail, Clifton Park NY | $1,390,000

Private and pristine, this property backs up onto 50 acres of protected land, but still allows for an easy commute to New York’s Capital District. A more intimate setting in which to watch the game, sit back and take in the action in one of the reclining leather seats in the professional home theater.


7-9 University Place, Amsterdam NY | $679,000

This unique home was once the vacation spot of Star Trek’s William Shatner and boasts a large common living area with two separate wings. Since there’s plenty of space to host family and friends alike, catch the game in the 31-seat movie theatre and keep yourself refreshed at the nearby built-in bar.


PS – Since the commercials that air are as hotly anticipated as the game itself, we are extra excited to see our local coffee company, Death Wish Coffee, hit the big screen with their debut Superbowl Commercial!

A 2015 Success Story – Sarah Hislop

sarahWe’re excited to recognize Sarah Hislop on a job well done in 2015 for increasing her sales volume by 149%.

What do you attribute your success to this year?

“​I attribute much of my sales volume growth in 2015 to creating real relationships with people, sometimes for years, so that when someone is ready to enter the real estate market, they feel comfortable knowing that I have their best interests at heart.”

How has your affiliation with SIR helped?

“SIR has exceptionally high standards for property presentation, which I love. When the unique and special features of a property are allowed to shine, it makes my job more fun and therefore makes me more enthusiastic about showing someone why a particular home is right for them.”

What’s your favorite thing about the Real Estate Industry?

“On a professional level, I love that every transaction is different and presents a new set of challenges to work through. On a personal level, I love when a sale is complete and my buyer or seller can begin the next chapter in their lives. I gain a true sense of satisfaction to be able to successfully partner with someone on an important and exciting life transition.”  ​

What are your goals for next year?

“My goal is simple, to continue to do the absolute best job that I can for every one of my clients. ​The rest falls into place.”


Sarah Hislop is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Select Sotheby’s International Realty.

Artistic Architecture – Towers

The latest Sotheby’s International Realty Extraordinary Living blog post about artistic towers features one of our high end unique properties, the Highland’s Castle.

Artistic Architecture | Towers

Towers, whether historic or modern structures, are rare architectural additions to homes of any design. A tower offers a compelling layout and interior to a property while also showcasing inspiring views from the top. From castles rich in heritage to contemporary manors, explore some of the most captivating tower homes from around the world.

Towers 1£2,500,000 GBP | England, United Kingdom | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

England – A former hunting lodge, the signature design element of this home is its stone castellated tower. Inside, at the base of the tower, is a sitting room featuring a portrait window overlooking the English countryside and the Cirencester church. The property sits on 4.15 acres of land and includes the subterranean main house, swimming pool and coach house with a two-car garage and guest studio.

Towers 2$2,995,000 USD | Princeton, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Princeton, New Jersey – Built by local architect Rolf Bauhan in the 1950’s and renovated in 2004, this stone manor features a unique tower that connects main home and guest quarters by a gallery bridge. The home is constructed from reclaimed materials including wide-plank floors and hand-hewn beams. Inside, there is a wood-paneled library, dining room with rustic brick floor, built-in buffet, farmhouse-style kitchen and master suite with Juliet balcony.

Towers 3Price Upon Request | Bolton Landing, New York | Select Sotheby’s International Realty

New York – Prominently featuring a tower as part of the main home, this regal stone estate overlooking Lake George is aptly named Highlands Castle. Radiating classic elegance, the castle features a combination of solid oak, travertine stone and natural flagstone flooring, gothic-arched custom doors of solid oak, a faux bookshelf secret passageway and 21 floor-to-ceiling windows in the Great Hall showcasing panoramic views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains. The 8.7-acre property also boasts a carriage house, gatehouse, 2,000-foot driveway and is surrounded by a stone wall with gothic iron gates.

Towers 4$849,950 USD | Pagosa Springs, Colorado | Legacy Properties West Sotheby’s International Realty

Colorado – An architecturally distinguished home, the Asterisk, named after its unique floorplan, is comprised of six adjoining barrel-vaulted vertical-walled branches. Rising above the home is an Anasazi-inspired sandstone tower featuring views of the Rocky Mountains. Spread over six floors, the home has three bedrooms, two loft spaces, a roof deck and is situated on 7 acres of land.

Towers 5Price Upon Request | Luxembourg, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

Belgium – A 54-room medieval castle, this towered home is nestled on almost 9 acres of lush countryside greenery. The sprawling residence features 15 bedrooms, 17 fireplaces, various dining rooms and lounge areas, a large kitchen and five mineral springs along the property. It was recently refurbished and restored with an overall automation system, alarm and video intercom system and double flow ventilation.

Select Sotheby’s International Realty Hosting Pet Adoption Clinic

The Saratoga County Animal Shelter will be at Select Sotheby’s International Realty, located at 270 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, June 27, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm for a pet adoption clinic.

The Saratoga County Animal Shelter will be at Select Sotheby’s International Realty this Saturday with adoptable dogs and cats from the shelter. The shelter is a modern facility which provides a space where animals can be made healthy and adoptable. The shelter promotes spay and neuter programs. There will be information available about volunteer opportunities and The Friends of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.

The Friends is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to providing financial and volunteer support to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter for the care and well being of the animals that pass through the shelter. There will be a raffle and refreshments.

For additional information, please contact Jane Sanzen at 518-526-6056.

Hot off the press! Residential Lifestyles Portfolio

We are excited to announce that our newest edition of Portfolio Magazine has arrived! Stop by our office today to get your own copy.


Greek Revival Feature

One of our properties, 2 Creek Bend, in Stillwater, New York, was featured in an article about Greek Revival Architecture in our area.


“The distinctive columns of Greek Revival architecture may bring to mind a Southern plantation, but that’s a misconception. During the second decade of the 19th century, American builders fell in love with Greek style and, because the infatuation corresponded with a population boom, Greek Revivals popped up all around the country between 1825 and 1860. Even now, a century and a half after the popularity of the style waned, New York has the largest number of residential examples, writes Virginia Savage McAlester in “A Field Guide to American Houses.”

Grand antebellum throwbacks are found in Southern states. In the Capital Region, the style survives largely in small towns, shielded from the demolition that comes along with changing fashion.

The identifying features are low-pitched roofs, often with a large front gable, and a wide band of trim beneath the eaves meant to evoke the entablature of the Parthenon. The columns, round or square, generally support a porch roof that runs the length and height of the front facade, called a temple front. American Greek Revivals often have square columns, which didn’t exist in ancient Greece and Rome. Greek Revival follows Georgian and Federal in the American popularity timeline, and, other than the columns, the changes are subtle. For example, the front door of both a Federal and Greek Revival house has an elaborate surround, but Federal doors tend to be in the center and have a curved fan light above the door, while a Greek Revival entrance is frequently left of center with a transom. Greek Revival doorways are often recessed into the facade. Generally, the Greek Revivals are simpler than their predecessors.

“Greece’s involvement in a war for independence (1821-1832) aroused much sympathy in the newly independent United States; at the same time, the War of 1812 diminished American affection for British influence, including the still dominant Federal style in domestic architecture,” McAlester writes. Greek Revival was frequently used for bank construction. Nationally, Quincy Market in Boston (1825) and the original National City Bank Building in New York City (1836-1842) are good examples of the style. Locally, the Bush Memorial Hall on the Sage Colleges campus in Troy has iconic Doric columns.

Article by : Leigh Hornbeck, Times Union

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