Sotheby’s Significant Sales | April 2021

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From the $51 million sale of an exquisite estate in Beverly Hills to the sale of an extraordinary waterfront home in Roatan and more, here are five Significant Sales from April 2021 represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty® global network.

Beverly Hills, California

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Sold for $51,000,000 | Richard Klug, Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage 

Miami Beach, Florida

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Sold for $37,000,000 | Albert Justo & Mirce Curkoski, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Singapore

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Sold for SGD $28,000,000 | Steve Tay, List Sotheby’s International Realty

Costa Navarino, Messinia

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Sold for €9,5000,000 | Maria Goumas, Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Roatan

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Sold for $1,650,000 | Baleska Benitez & Brittany McCann, Roatan Sotheby’s International Realty

 

Blog Courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty

Bucket-List Travel

Consider these lesser-known destinations for the year ahead.

Avid travelers, intrepid adventurers, and culture enthusiasts eager to make up for lost time are circling their calendars for this year and beyond. But with the masses also looking to vacation with friends and family, the world’s most in-demand travel destinations and experiences are likely to be busy and crowded. Here’s a look at some of the world’s best under-the-radar travel options.

Historic Hot Springs and Via Ferratas in the American West

Active travelers looking to take their adventure game to another level are seeking out via ferratas (Italian for “Iron Way”), climbing routes that employ steel cables, rungs, and ladders affixed to natural rock formations. One of America’s newest and most expensive via ferratas is found at Castle Hot Springs, a historic resort north of Phoenix that has been revitalized in recent years to become one of the country’s most luxurious destination resorts. After walking across a 200-foot long aerial walkway high above the cactus-strewn canyon floor, guests recover in one of three therapeutic hot spring pools, with temperatures reaching 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

Visitors to Colorado can explore the 720-mile, Historic Hot Springs Loop, which incorporates five inviting destinations in the western part of the state. The 19 hot springs facilities offer unique features such as vapor caves, hot pots, terraced pools, and gigantic travertine formations. Highlights include the charming alpine town of Ouray, known as the “Switzerland of America,” and historic Pagosa Springs, which offers a convenient base in The Springs Resort & Spa, where guests enjoy access to 24 soaking pools ranging from 83-114°F. Overlooking the picturesque San Juan River, the pools are filled with mineral water from the resort’s “mother spring,” which has been measured to 1,002 feet deep, making it the world’s deepest measured geothermal hot spring.

The tony ski town of Telluride offers one of the country’s most jaw-dropping via ferrata routes, thousands of feet above the town’s famed boxed canyon. Guides are not required, but with its challenging course, featuring metal ladder rungs bolted onto a sheer cliff face, not to mention gorgeous views of Bridal Veil Falls, the course is not for the faint of heart.

Luxe Tropical Wellness in Lanai

The Hawaiian island of Lanai, which gets only a fraction of the visitor traffic received by neighboring Maui, is famously owned by the tech mogul Larry Ellison. Travelers often feel like they have the island to themselves, as crowds are rarely found across its pine-clad forests or glimmering shoreline. Ellison’s newest contribution to the island, Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, is a secluded wellness enclave that distills preventive health science, data, and research into simple paths for everyday living. Guests can explore untouched wilderness, burn off calories in an outdoor adventure park or via myriad fitness and movement classes, and refuel with meals by Nobu, highlighting sustainable, local ingredients. Or guests can venture over to the island’s other destination resort, the oceanfront Four Seasons Resort Lanai, where the stunning grounds contain memorable spaces for R&R, namely stunning lagoon-style pools and museum-quality botanical gardens.

Next-Level Thrills in Alaska

Best known for its world-class salmon fishing, the majestic town of Ketchikan is home to Salmon Falls Resort. Situated at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s iconic Inside Passage, the resort offers numerous intriguing activities, most notably float plane fishing in which, after a scenic chartered flight, guests land in remote spots to enjoy one-of-a-kind guided fishing experiences. Due to a lack of cruise ships and a decrease in charter fishing excursions, the wildlife watching and fishing is better than ever. The resort’s other bucket-list experiences include bear watching tours, wildlife watching boat safaris, salmon cooking demos, and wine pairings with salmon roe.

Located in a remote spot in Alaska’s Denali National Park, the Sheldon Chalet attracts big spending mountaineers—three-night packages cost around $35,000 for two guests, inclusive of a helicopter “flightseeing” tour, gourmet meals, five-bedroom luxe accommodations, all gear and equipment, and more. Once properly fitted with a climbing harness, snowshoes, helmet, and poles, guests attend the chalet’s glacier school. (No previous mountaineering experience necessary.) Others may simply prefer to relax around the fireplace or warm up in the sauna with views of Denali’s summit.

Situated 60 miles west of Anchorage, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge lures adventurers with its heli-skiing and other hair-raising pursuits; owner and heli-ski pioneer Mike Overcast opened the lodge with Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe. Guests can tackle the only via ferrata in Alaska, or go bear viewing in a vintage 1956 Turbine Otter plane.

Reflections in the beautiful blue waters of Horseshoe Lake at Denali National Park in Alaska.

Reflections in the beautiful blue waters of Horseshoe Lake at Denali National Park in Alaska.

New Options, Spread Apart in the Maldives

Luxury travelers looking to enjoy world-class scenery and relaxation in private, secluded environs have long flocked to the Maldives. But with roughly 1,200 coral islands spread over 35,000 square miles, the destination offers an endless array of new locales to explore.

Located in Raa Atoll on Muravandhoo Island, Joali Maldives is one of the destination’s splashiest new openings, as well as its first immersive art resort. The 73-villa property places a distinct focus on design, having utilized the Istanbul-based design firms Autoban and Atolye4n, and Tokyo-based Studio Glitt. When not luxuriating in the postcard-perfect waters, guests take holistic wellness journeys and go on yachting excursions to spot whales and manta rays.

Another relative newcomer, the Vakkaru Maldives resort is memorably situated within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll. A tropical wonderland filled with more than 2,300 fully grown coconut trees, the resort’s Work Well package—which includes a bespoke fitness program, personal assistant, and access to a private, oceanfront office—is perfect for executives looking to “work from home” in one of the world’s most scenic offices. Available to guests who book a stay for 21 days or longer, each Work Well residency includes a complimentary upgrade to a bigger villa with a well-equipped study.

For the ultimate private luxury experience, big spenders can buy out one of the Maldives’ priciest and most decorated options—for $35,000 per night. The small private island of Naladhu offers blissful seclusion; there are 20 elegant houses, each with a private pool and 24-hour dedicated butler service. The buyout includes exclusive access to other islands, and guests can enjoy activities such as deserted island picnics, private yacht cruises, in-room spa journeys, and more.

Joali Maldives is a high-end resort and immersive art experience at the same time.

Joali Maldives is a high-end resort and immersive art experience at the same time.

Hard-to-Reach Caribbean Highlights

With its natural hot springs and tropical rainforests, Dominica is one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. The mountainous island nation is home to some of the region’s most spectacular rivers and canyons. Participants jump into secret waterfalls and natural pools, descend into deep gorges, hike through lush jungle, and rappel down giant waterfalls to drop into the water below.

Serious hikers make the trek to the island’s awe-inspiring Boiling Lake, the second-largest of its kind in the world. The journey to the lake—an ancient, natural cauldron of bubbling water that’s more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit—takes visitors through lush jungles, natural springs, and sulfur pools. The island is also home to the Caribbean’s first long-distance walking trail, the 115-mile Waitukubuli National Trail. With 14 contiguous segments, the trail can take experienced hikers nearly two weeks to complete in its entirety. Family-friendly and suitable for all types of hikers, the trail takes visitors through the island’s history, including indigenous Kalinago villages and ruins from 18th-century French settlements.

Over in the British Virgin Islands, eco-minded visitors to Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda can try their hand at turtle tagging. The scenic island resort, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic on the other, sits in a turtle-rich environment. Turtle tagging boating adventures allow guests to swim alongside green sea turtles and partake in free diving to safely catch the turtles alongside a researcher. Turtles are measured, tagged, and released, and guests can then follow their adventures even after returning home.

A sailing paradise with 60 islands and cays, the British Virgin Islands are best explored on the water. Voyage Charters recently launched Electrified, its first solar-powered charter yacht and the first sustainable sailing option of its kind in the destination.

Those looking for a truly out-of-the-ordinary diving experience should head to Virgin Gorda’s Mountain Point, home to the islands’ newest diving mecca, the BVI Art Reef. In 2017, the Kodiak Queen—one of only five surviving ships from Pearl Harbor—was intentionally sunk with a large-scale sculpture of an 80-foot kraken. The project was created by a group of artists, engineers, scientists, and donors (including Sir Richard Branson) to raise awareness of ocean conservation. The site is a coral out-planting platform, which is facilitating a thriving new reef habitat while rehabilitating vulnerable marine life such as the goliath grouper.

Speaking of Branson, the islands’ most famous ambassador, his private island retreat, Necker Island has been fully restored after the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma in 2017. Those visiting in 2021 will be among the first to experience the island following its pricey restoration; in addition to two additional guest rooms in the Great House, three giant wind turbines have been installed, furthering the island’s commitment toward sustainability. Aquatic types pass the time with underwater sea adventures, while landlubbers can enjoy everything from private yoga and tennis to cave exploring. The starting rate for exclusive hire of the entire island, which includes use of 20 bedrooms, is $105,000 per night.

Dominica in the Caribbean offers lots of hiking and climbing options for all levels.

Dominica in the Caribbean offers lots of hiking and climbing options for all levels.

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HIKING IN STYLE

COMMUNE WITH NATURE WITHOUT SACRIFICING CONVENIENCE

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Credits: Alila Jabal Akhdar

In a digitized world, more global travelers want to take a break from technology while enjoying close contact with nature. Few activities guarantee Zen moments like hiking; fortunately, there’s an ever-growing variety of inviting destinations where expert-led hikes are among the most popular activities.

Better yet, an assortment of upscale resorts and tour providers are offering opportunities to hike in style, with gourmet treats, relaxing spa services, and comfy accommodations taking the sting out of a lung-busting, yet rewarding, hike.

When you’re looking to commune with nature, yet don’t want to sacrifice any conveniences, seek out these opportunities to enjoy some of the best hikes in the world.

NEW YORK STATE

Considered a hiker’s paradise, the Adirondacks cover more than six million acres and have 2,000-plus miles of marked hiking trails, making this America’s largest trail system. Whiteface Lodge, an all-suite luxury resort tucked into the woodlands above Lake Placid, evokes the Gilded Age style of the Adirondacks’ historic Great Camps. The property, which features striking design elements of stone and timber, provides easy access to signature hiking destinations, such as the High Falls Gorge and Whiteface Landing. Families are well-served, thanks to complimentary resort amenities such as a 56-seat movie theater, a game room with a two-lane bowling alley, a fishing pond, and a kids camp.

Mohonk Mountain House, a historic resort in the famed Hudson Valley (some 90 miles north of New York City), is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019, making it one of the oldest family-run hotels in the U.S. Situated in the center of the Shawangunk Mountains, the property sits next to the glacier-formed Lake Mohonk, providing guests of all ages with ample opportunities to engage with nature. Options range from a relaxing mindfulness hike, to an intense survivalist hike during which participants learn valuable tools and techniques, to a “foods of the forest” hike that teaches guests how to sustain themselves with nature’s bounty.

SAINT LUCIA

Health-minded Caribbean travelers flock to BodyHoliday, an all-inclusive wellness resort that offers a pair of exhilarating hiking experiences as part of its luxury services. The Mount Gimie hike encompasses a 3,117-foot climb to the summit of the tallest mountain in the West Indies, with breathtaking views of lush tropical rainforests. Those looking for a less-demanding experience opt for the En Baus Saut hike, in which guests venture into the interior of the island and through the Edmund Rainforest, where they hike into a waterfall to enjoy a refreshing swim.

JAPAN

Japan’s first glamping retreat, Hoshinoya Fuji, offers individual cabins carved into the mountainside, with ample opportunities to detach from the modern world, as epitomized by its “digital detox” program. When not spending time on the Cloud Terrace—a series of connected platforms positioned along the red-pine slope that extends from the cabins—guests can enjoy mountain-trekking tours in which expert guides lead the way towards panoramic views of imposing Mount Fuji and scenic Lake Kawaguchi.

The Alila Experience’s Cave Adventure Via Ferrata in Oman is for the adventurous Credits: Alila Jabal Akhdar

The Alila Experience’s Cave Adventure Via Ferrata in Oman is for the adventurous
Credits: Alila Jabal Akhdar

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Adventure travelers and nature lovers looking to visit Oman in style flock to Alila Jabal Akhdar, a luxury resort nestled 6,000 feet above sea level in the Al Hajar mountains. Guests are encouraged to explore nearby hiking trails, which extend past farmlands filled with walnut trees and pomegranate bushes. Thrill seekers opt for challenging via ferrata treks that lead to jaw-dropping scenery, such as Al Khutaymi, the site of a hidden village within a cave.

INDIA

For such a densely populated country, India offers a surprising number of world-class hiking destinations, perhaps none more notable than the Himalayan city of Shimla. Well-heeled travelers gravitate to Wildflower Hall, an Oberoi Resort, the stately former residence of a British lord, where guests lose themselves in nature via guided walks through the surrounding landscaped hill slopes.

Nearby, The Oberoi Cecil presents guided nature walks in the village of Annadale. After descending through rhododendron and cedar forests, hikers pause for a relaxing picnic lunch beside a bubbling stream.

Exodus Travels takes travelers to the snowy peaks of the Himalayas Credits: Exodus Travels

Exodus Travels takes travelers to the snowy peaks of the Himalayas
Credits: Exodus Travels

MEXICO

Spread across more than 4,000 acres in Tecate, Rancho La Puerta—one of Mexico’s most acclaimed wellness resorts—offers hiking-focused activities for all fitness levels, and employs a concierge with whom guests can take hiking lessons. In addition to challenging hikes, serious trail runners and marathoners can take to the foothills of Mount Kuchumaa to train across numerous trails at different altitudes.

UTAH

Located in Park City, the Montage Deer Valley resort presents a variety of easily accessible hikes. And visitors looking to take their brushes with nature to another level can opt for a Montage Expedition. These intimate, personalized adventures see resort guests take a private plane to Yellowstone or Canyonlands National Park, where expert tour guides lead hikes past myriad highlights.

Nature lovers flock to the city of St. George for the outdoors-focused Red Mountain Resort. Positioned in the heart of southwestern Utah’s Red Rock Country, the resort sits in close proximity to neighboring Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. It offers a range of customizable hiking experiences, as well as spa treatments and wellness workshops designed to help recovery after a long day on the trails.

Hiking through Uganda with Intrepid Travel Credits: Damien Raggatt - Intrepid Group

Hiking through Uganda with Intrepid Travel
Credits: Damien Raggatt – Intrepid Group

CALIFORNIA

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the adults-only Ventana Big Sur resort sits on 160 acres of rolling meadows and towering redwoods along California’s scenic Central Coast. Guests revel in daily guided walks, plus dedicated adventure hikes and Big Sur excursions.

Devotees of The Ranch Malibu—one of America’s most lauded and influential wellness retreats—swear by its daily regimen that pairs nutrition-focused, plant-based meals with rigorous fitness classes and guided mountain hikes. The knowledgeable staff and revitalizing atmosphere attract visitors from around the world, and for those who have already had the signature Malibu experience, The Ranch offers similar retreats in the Dolomites of Northern Italy, where guests hike along alpine trails with professional guides.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Accessible only by boat, seaplane, or helicopter, the Sonora Resort attracts nature lovers to its home in B.C.’s Discovery Islands. Guests hike alongside the property’s ecological guide and pass through old-growth cedars—some more than 800 years old—while learning about ancient remedies and local history. Once back at the resort, vacationers keep an eye out for orcas, dolphins, sea lions, and more.

Adrenaline junkies looking to take their hikes to another level are attracted to the famous granite spires of the Bugaboos, found in the Purcell Mountains of southeastern B.C. CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures delivers hikers by helicopter; for takeoffs and landings, participants huddle as a group and hold on tight, due to hurricane-force winds created by the rotor. Hardcore types tackle the Skyladder Via Ferrata, a half-day vertical journey up Mount Trundle (no climbing experience necessary), while others can simply admire shale ridges and alpine meadows.

CHILE

Tierra Hotels—a trio of boutique, all-inclusive lodges, each inspired by nature—provides guided hiking excursions through some of Chile’s most scenic locales. Located on the edge of the famed Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra Patagonia offers guided hikes both inside and outside the park. From its base in the northern Atacama desert, Tierra Atacama lets guests hike through the striking Valle de la Luna. Situated off the coast of northern Patagonia, Tierra Chiloe—the newest of the three—delivers a quiet environment for peaceful hikes, not to mention penguin and dolphin spotting.

SCOTLAND AND IRELAND

Wilderness Scotland and its sister company, Wilderness Ireland, offer guided walking trips with highlights such as Scotland’s North Highlands Coast, West Highlands Way, and Speyside Way, and Ireland’s Dingle Way and the mountains of Connemara and Mayo. Participants choose between hill walks, coastal walks, and valley hikes, and a grading system ensures the right difficulty level. Wilderness Scotland also offers self-guided walks in which guests go at their own pace with the freedom to explore along the way, while being assisted via baggage transfers and 24-hour support.

A Wilderness Scotland tour through beautiful scenery and ruins on the North Highlands Coast Credits: Wilderness Scotland-Rupert Shanks

A Wilderness Scotland tour through beautiful scenery and ruins on the North Highlands Coast
Credits: Wilderness Scotland-Rupert Shanks

10 Tips for Spring Cleaning

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The calendar says it’s spring and let’s hope the weather soon reflects that! But while still chilly outside, this is a great time to get some spring cleaning done, especially if you’re thinking of selling your home this year. Here are 10 steps to a great spring cleaning!

DECLUTTER!

If you don’t use it, lose it! This is the most important tip I can give you. Take inventory of your belongings and evaluate what you really need. Clean out your bedroom, linen, and front hall closets – if you haven’t worn it, used it, or re-gifted it all year, you more than likely won’t in the future. In the kitchen, toss old spices or other items in your pantry that are outdated. Get the kids involved and have them donate old toys to the needy. This is a family project that will make the biggest difference in your home!

WINDOWS

Wash windows inside and out. Use a the traditional mild soap and water or try 4 parts water, 1 part white vinegar with a splash of lemon juice. Squeegee dry to prevent streaking. Don’t forget about the sills! Wipe down or even vacuum if you need to. Once you finish, open up and air the house out! This is great to do if you will be using chemicals to clean elsewhere in the home.

REFRIGERATOR

This is refuge for old and germy!  When it comes to hidden food, out of sight is out of mind. Clear it out! Make sure to get all the way into the back. Then wipe down all the shelves and drawers to ensure everything is sparkling clean. To avoid using chemicals where you keep food, abrasive salt and soda water make a great cleaner.

MEDICINE CABINET

Get rid of all half-used beauty products that you don’t use anymore. That eye cream that never worked, the fish oil pills that taste like a seafood market floor, expired makeup – they should all get thrown out. And for heaven’s sake, bring all unused medications back to the pharmacy for disposal–no flushing!

COMFORTERS

Be honest – when was the last time you cleaned your comforter? Bedding can be a source of germs, allergens, and dust mites. Yuck! Overstock.com recommends comforters be thoroughly cleaned every three months. Wash on the delicate cycle and dry with tennis balls to keep fluffy. (Don’t forget to check care instructions on the tag for specifics!)

FLOORS

Sweep up or vacuum any loose dirt. Mop hard surfaces like wood and tile. Try going chemical free with this homemade hardwood floor cleaner. For the tile, put 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts warm water in your mop bucket. Shampoo all the carpets in your home, paying close attention to high traffic areas. Some smaller area rugs can be washed right in the washing machine. Just be sure to dry them thoroughly before putting them back in place.

SMOKE/CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors need be tested every six months. It is recommended that their batteries get replaced when we change the clocks for daylight savings time. If you forgot to check them a few weeks ago make it part of your spring cleaning regimen. Dispose of dust while you have them opened up.

OUTDOORS

Outside the house needs cleaning too! Use a pressure washer to make decks, patios, and walkways look good as new – even use it on your house if your shingles are looking a little worn. Finish any yard maintenance that was put off during the colder months so spring flowers can beautify your home!

DUST, DUST, AND DUST SOME MORE!

Last, but certainly not least, remember that dust collects everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Start from the top and work your way down in every room. Moldings, door frames, drapes, bookshelves and radiators all collect the stuff that makes you sneeze. Be sure to wipe down ceiling fans and light fixtures. Microfiber rags often trap dust better than traditional dusters. Shine and sanitize door knobs along the way!

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Blog Credit: Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty 2020 Brand Stats

Sotheby’s International Realty Sees 32% Sales Growth, Achieving $150 Billion In Global Sales Volume In 2020

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Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that its affiliated brokers and independent sales professionals achieved a record US$150 billion in 2020 global sales volume, a nearly 32% increase in sales growth year over year, as the definition of home changed for consumers around the world. Due to a longstanding commitment to innovation, Sotheby’s International Realty® agents were able to seamlessly help clients navigate the changing market dynamics brought on by the global pandemic with existing technology offerings which propelled business momentum.

Agents affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty quickly pivoted to address the impact of the global pandemic,” said Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty. “Thanks to innovations we pioneered nearly a decade ago, our affiliated companies and agents made the impossible possible. Their adaptability to serve clients safely further extended our position as a leader in luxury real estate.”

Long-Standing Commitment to Virtual Technology Paved Way for Success

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Sotheby’s International Realty continued to lead the industry and was well-positioned to meet the needs of consumers as the buying and selling process became increasingly virtual. Sotheby’s International Realty agents accelerated the use of the brand’s existing video, virtual reality, and live-streaming technology to produce new forms of content that engaged buyers and set a new standard for marketing luxury properties. Currently, buyers can safely tour more than 6,000 properties via virtual reality or video on sothebysrealty.com. Property videos also proved engaging on social media where the brand’s YouTube channel delivered 43 million views, or the equivalent of more than one million hours watched.

As a leader in the luxury real estate industry, Sotheby’s International Realty is able to anticipate trends,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Bradley Nelson. “Our priority remains to present listings in the best possible manner and to provide a superb end-user experience however buyers prefer to search for their new home. Virtual technology has been at the forefront of our marketing strategy for several years and comes as naturally to us as our commitment to high quality service.”

The brand also unveiled a new website, sothebysrealty.com, available in 14 languages and nearly 60 currency conversions, to continue serving its growing international clientele and fuel referrals worldwide. The website achieved a notable amount of traffic for the brand with 37 million visits in 2020. Property videos on the site produced by Sotheby’s International Realty agents were especially popular and played nearly 13 million times in 2020, totaling more than 90,000 hours watched.

A Year of Strategic Growth and Record Achievements

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Despite travel restrictions, Sotheby’s International Realty remained committed to expanding its global footprint and achieving strategic growth. In 2020, the brand opened more than 50 new offices across the world, bringing the brand’s total presence to nearly 1,000 offices in 75 countries and territories with approximately 24,000 independent sales associates worldwide.

The brand’s existing affiliated companies around the world continued to grow in 2020. Sotheby’s International Realty increased its total domestic presence to 45 states around the country. Sotheby’s International Realty facilitated affiliate expansions through  12 domestic M&A transactions, including California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington.

The brand also continued to expand internationally in key markets and opened offices in seven new territories. In Europe, the brand expanded to Ukraine, Romania, Montenegro, and in Germany. In the Asia-Pacific region, the brand opened its first office in South Korea and expanded in the Caribbean and Latin American region with two new offices in Paraguay and Antigua & Barbuda.

Our international footprint is one of our greatest competitive advantages,” said Tammy Fahmi, vice president, global operations and international servicing. “Our brand’s locations are in the most desirable places around the globe, so our clients know they can rely on our local market expertise wherever they are looking to buy or sell.”

As affluent individuals looked to acquire secondary homes in markets around the world, Sotheby’s International Realty agents acted as true global real estate advisors and referral volume surged by 42% to US$2.9 billion in closed sales volume.

Our 2020 results prove what is possible when you focus on quality above all else. We remain proud to be the real estate brand of choice for so many luxury real estate experts and affluent clients. We will continue to work tirelessly to prove their trust has been well placed,” concluded White.

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Stuttgart’s Finest: Swiss Collection Encompasses 25 Years of Modern Porsche

A special capsule sale from RM Sotheby’s offers unrepeatable examples of Stuttgart’s greatest hits.

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An unwritten rule about buying cars from Stuttgart is to search both ends of the timeline; chasing down either Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche’s earliest efforts or sourcing the most modern examples one can find. Unlike lesser companies, the team of engineers and designers who carried the torch of performance motoring after the elder Porsche’s untimely death in 1951 and his son Ferry’s retirement in 1989 proved that the performance-oriented spirit of the company’s namesake did not dissipate.

RM Sotheby’s is proud to celebrate this continued dedication with a Swiss-based, stand-alone single-owner collection of some of Stuttgart’s finest sports cars from the modern era as the exciting climax to our Online Only: Open Roads, February auction, with a staggered closure over 19-28 February:

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1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Starting off with an air-cooled, turbocharged bang, this open-top 911 existed so far above other 993-generation Porsches as to be essentially nonexistent: Merely 14 were constructed by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur at the request of Fitz Haberl, one of Porsche’s most influential dealers in Munich. With widened rear wheel arches and a factory-optional spoiler fitted, the black-on-black theme of this ultra-rare 911 is broken only by its Maroon-colored cloth top. Originally priced with an 89,500 DM premium over the non-turbocharged variant (the approximate equivalent of a $110,139 surcharge today), this example sets the tone for the rest of our list: Unapologetically extraordinary.

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2004 Porsche Carrera GT

Unveiled in spectacular fashion on the eve of the 2000 Paris Motor Show, the concept Carrera GT was a statement that Porsche was not beholden to the rear-engine, six-cylinder formula that built the brand’s reputation. Instead, when the production version of the Carrera GT supercar was released in 2004, it marked many milestones not simply in the history of Porsche, but in the automotive world writ large: The Carrera GT was the first production vehicle built around a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, a foundation that makes up nearly every serious supercar today. Unlike the offerings of today, however, this U.S.-spec Fayence Yellow-over-Dark Grey Carrera GT is shifted by its driver.

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2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic

Sometimes, a look back can provide an opportunity for reinvention. The “Classic” in this Sport Classic can easily be observed in this example’s timeless silhouette, echoing some of the dramatic highlights from the brand’s history, right down to the headline-grabbing “ducktail” spoiler. And yet, factory-equipped with a ‘Power Kit,’ the Sport Classic’s 3.8-litre, horizontally opposed, six-cylinder engine comfortably produced 408 horsepower—nearly double the 210 horsepower produced from the 2.7-litre, air-cooled engine under the original “ducktail”: The 1973 Carrera 911 RS 2.7. This example was only the twelfth ever built out of a limited run of 250 ever made. As such, the desirability among Porschephiles for the few Sport Classics released has been strong from the time it was announced. A modern icon.

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2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

As truly old-school Porsche followers will no doubt recognize, hybrid power has flowed in the brand’s blood since the Lohner-Porsche of 1900. Though Ferdinand Porsche’s first effort was driven by electric motors mounted in wheel hubs (a true innovation, spawningseveralmodernimitators), the elder Porsche could scarcely have conceived of the levels of power and refinement achieved by the 918 Spyder. Showing under 5,500 km from new, this tasteful, hybrid hypercar has been optioned with Porsche’s Liquid Chrome Blue Metallic over Mocha Brown leather with Silver accents—one of only three ordered in this exact specification. The perfect counterpoint to the raw emotion from the Carrera GT supercar, this 918 is proof of Porsche’s evolution into a world-class OEM that can offer both exhilarating performance and unparalleled refinement in the same forward-thinking package.

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2010 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Not the first model overseen by this individual, but the first on our list, this 2010 Porsche 911 GT2 RS marks for us the introduction of a name that will no doubt one day be added to the list of greatest-ever automotive engineers: Dr. Andreas Preuninger. Reputed among the motoring press as the person who nearly single-handedly re-established Porsche performance, Dr. Preuninger has overseen every GT-branded model but one (if you have yet to see it, this recent Top Gear segment is illuminating). For this 2010 example, Dr. Preuninger achieved outright domination of the leaderboards, not only on paper, with the GT2 RS earning the title of “fastest and most powerful 997-generation 991” upon its release, but on the track as well, with the model setting a 2010 record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife that remained unbroken internally until the 991.2 Turbo S in 2017. Deeply impressive.

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2017 Porsche 911 R

In almost a year of compiling this semi-regular blog for RM Sotheby’s, your humble writer has tried to keep his personal preferences private, but with this example, he must confess an undeniable bias. Since serving as an editor on the English-language translation of the definitive book on the making of the modern 911 R, this writer was struck by the sincerity of the true believers within Porsche who balance respect for the brand’s history while understanding the necessity to reinvent it. Practically covered with grace notes and “Easter Eggs” instantly recognizable to Porschephiles everywhere down to the “pepita”-patterned inserts on the brown leather seats, this model was a nod to the original motorsport-inspired 911 R from 1967. For many other brands, the hint at history would be merely aesthetic, but underneath the skin existed the same GT3 RS-spec suspension and 4.0-litre powerplant that made all of Dr. Preuninger’s other output so exemplary. The most critical addition was a six-speed manual gearbox; no spoiler necessary. This example, the 401st constructed out of 991 total, is made even more extraordinary by its Paint-to-Sample Gulf Blue exterior.

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2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Proving exactly the ethos of individualism that has from the beginning been integral to the Porsche brand, this RennSport-spec, Paint-to-Sample Porsche 911 GT2 RS was ordered new in this striking shade of Azzurro California Metallic with contrasting gold-colored center-lock wheels. The outspoken exterior of the GT2 is balanced by its straightforward, motorsport-inspired interior, with adaptive sport seats trimmed in two-tone, light blue-over-black leather. Underneath the skin, Dr. Preuninger’s lightening regime truly shines, with the roof of this 911 GT2 RS fashioned from the ultimate natural material for lightweight strength: Magnesium. With carbon-fiber components used throughout this example, it is clear this colorful car makes a modern statement that the future of Porsche performance is bright.

 

Blog Author:Forest Casey
Casey is the Editorial and Marketing Content Developer at RM Sotheby’s.

What’s New In Art, Architecture, and Design

FROM EMBROIDERY TO ENTRYWAYS TO COLORFUL KITCHENS, HERE’S WHAT’S TRENDING

Artists are threading their works with embroidered designs, front porches and entryways are becoming more welcoming, and kitchens are now as colorful as peacocks. Here are the latest trends in art, architecture, and design.

Art

A new generation of artists is turning to embroidery to bring a tactile feel to their pieces. For Peruvian Ana Teresa Barboza, this means infusing her work with small strokes of hand-stitched color to create what she calls “messy lines that cover the surface.” Loom work and basketry as well as photography and drawings are intertwined in her works, inviting the viewer to touch as well as see.

In a nod to his heritage, Jordan Nassar, who is based in Brooklyn, N.Y., features traditional Palestinian hand embroidery, mostly cross stitch, arranged “in ways that you wouldn’t find in Palestine.”

It “was pretty natural for me to choose tatreez [Palestinian embroidery] because I was inclined to crafts, and I never painted or drew,” the self-taught Nassar says. Meanwhile, Australian Meredith Woolnough draws her nature-inspired sculptural embroideries with a sewing machine, a technique she learned while studying fine art at university. “I love the look and feel of a stitched line,” she says. “It is such a beautiful way to make a mark that is textural and sculptural.”

A Jordan Nassar embroidered piece.

ARCHITECTURE

The work-at-home lockdowns of the pandemic have led to a reimagining of residential spaces, with the entranceway and the front porch taking on novel entertainment and wellness roles. “With more time spent at home, individuals begin to see their space as a canvas for new opportunities,” says George Yabu, a principal in the design firm Yabu Pushelberg, which has offices in New York and Toronto. “The home’s entry vestibule, for example, has taken on considerable new meaning. While it continues to serve its regular functions, it has been redefined as a gatekeeper.”

Envisioning a gardener’s greenhouse, Yabu and partner Glenn Pushelberg designed a conservatory-like vestibule that, Pushelberg says, allows those who enter to “exhale to take off the day and prepare for the warm embrace of home.” A wooden bench allows residents and guests to take off their shoes and replace them with indoor slippers, stored in an adjacent basket.

The space is also appointed with free-standing hand sanitizers, which are sculptural in form and release a cleansing spray, and a water basin for lathering the hands. “The moments within this venue of the home can define an individual’s mood as they enter a different environment,” Pushelberg says.

Yabu Pushelberg reinvents the entryway/front porch.

DESIGN

Kitchens, which traditionally embrace conservative neutral hues, are starting to show their true colors.

Amy Leferink, owner and principal designer of Interior Impressions in Woodbury, Minn., is seeing color not only in cabinetry but also backsplashes, counter stools, and furnishings. “People have less fear in adding color to their cabinets because they realize that at the end of the day, it’s just paint,” she says. “It’s not that difficult to change down the road.” Her clients are partial to blues, ranging from navy to aqua, as well as greens.

In a recent project, Interior Impressions used bright aqua counter stools and a matching pantry door. In another kitchen, Leferink designed deep green kitchen cabinetry to coordinate with the home’s ocean blue laundry room cabinets and navy bathroom vanity. “The kitchen is the heart of the home,” she says. “It should be a place that makes you smile.”

A kitchen with pops of color from Interior Impressions.

A Recipe For Style: 5 Enviable Kitchens

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At desirable addresses from West Coast to East, these impeccable kitchens blend comfort, style, and functionality.

Modern Farmhouse Charm

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Houston, Texas | Laura MayerMartha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

In the desirable Sunset Terrace neighborhood, this delightful five-bedroom farmhouse-inspired home has been impeccably designed and outfitted for contemporary living, offering a study, a generous wine room, a game room, a sunroom, a finished garage with an apartment, a Control4 audiovisual system, and abundant storage. Beneath a striking beamed ceiling, the roomy kitchen features a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a dual-oven Wolf range with six burners and a griddle, a wet bar, an island, and a breakfast area that flows to the inviting family room.

Light-Filled West Village Retreat

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New York, New York | Brad IngallsSotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

This West Village townhouse is a wonderful urban retreat accompanied by some 1,400 square feet of outdoor living space. An elevator affords access to all six light-filled floors, which feature five bedrooms, six full and four half baths, a parlor with a fireplace, an additional living room with a wet bar, a sauna, a workout room, a wine cellar, and a penthouse sunroom flanked by terraces. The warm, welcoming kitchen is clad in American black walnut and Botticino Fiorito marble and boasts top-tier appliances.

Old World Inspiration

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Pacific Palisades, California | Mary DavidSotheby’s International Realty – Malibu Brokerage

Mediterranean inspiration pervades this magnificent modern villa. The heart of the home, the spacious skylit kitchen includes an oversized island, superior-caliber appliances, an adjoining family room, and access to a covered patio, an outdoor kitchen, and the home’s lovely mosaic-tiled pool and spa. A formal living and dining rooms; an office; an owner’s suite with a fireplace, a walk-in closet, and a balcony; three guest suites—one serving as a game room; a theater; and a gym with a sauna complete the compelling picture.

Magnificent Montecito Mediterranean

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Santa Barbara, California | Sandy LipowskiSotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Exemplifying relaxed elegance, this stunning five-bedroom residence is located on 20 gated acres in Montecito. Colorful new landscaping, Lutron smart lighting, five bedroom suites, and a media room with vaulted ceilings, blackout shades, and a wide screen are among the highlights. A cook’s kitchen with an oversized island, classical cabinetry, and integrated appliances overlooks the great room and benefits from its sweeping ocean vistas. Pocket doors lead to the infinity-edge pool, hot tub, alfresco grilling area, and bocce court.

Bright and Inviting Greenwich Oasis

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Greenwich, Connecticut | Lisa WeickerSotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

On 1.23 acres at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in midcountry Greenwich, this wonderful 4,508-square-foot home offers formal living and dining rooms, a welcoming family room, an owner’s suite with an office, four guest suites, and an expansive flagstone terrace with a fireplace and a built-in grill—all giving way to a sweeping lawn and a pool. Cheerful and bright, the cook’s kitchen features classic cabinetry, elegant marble, exceptional appliances, wine storage space, counter seating for a crowd, and an inviting breakfast area.

 

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Meet Kimberly Bullard, the Realtor of the Year!

Everyone meet Kimberly! ⁠She was awarded Realtor of the Year by the Southern Adirondack Board of Realtors! Kimberly loves being able to do something different every day. Being a realtor keeps everything fresh and interesting. When she is not working, Kimberly spends most of her time with friends and family.

1. What do you do at Select Sotheby’s International Realty?
NYS Licensed Associate Broker

2. What does it mean to you to have won the Realtor of the Year?
I appreciate and am humbled by the acknowledgment.  I have worked hard to maintain positive relationships in this local market and I am so grateful for the nod.

3. What are the top three favorite parts of the job?
1. I love assisting home buyers/sellers with the largest sale/purchase of their lives and appreciate clients’ trust to do that honestly and their best interest in mind.
2. Having a voice for homeowners and their property rights.  It is quickly becoming a passion of the industry.
3. I love variety! Getting to do something different every day, I would never survive in a corporate situation. Being a realtor keeps everything fresh and interesting.

4. How long have you been a real estate agent?
Coming up on almost twenty years, I started my real estate career in 2001.

5. What’s the most interesting experience you’ve had as a real estate agent?
One of the most interesting aspects of the business that I have experienced was traveling to Washington DC as a Lobbyist for Homeownership for REALTOR Lobby Day.  Walking thru the halls of the Capitol and having access to our elected officials to put before them the concerns of our area residents and homeowners as a whole was an incredible experience.  NAR is the largest Association in the country with over a million members and that carries a loud voice in Washington and Albany.

6. What’s the best experience you’ve had as a real estate agent?
The best experience I have had in my career as a real estate broker is assisting so many people in my community fulfill their dream of homeownership or property investment.  Homeownership/real estate is a source of stability, wealth and independence and I am honored with every transaction and will continue to have a voice for equal access to homeownership for all.

IMG-25937. What is something you learned during COVID?
In March when the Real Estate industry, like many others, was shut down. I decided to use the time to further my knowledge base and complete a few designations offered by NAR and NYSAR. I have in the last few months received the E-Pro designation which focuses on technology and marketing in real estate and growing your business, PSA (pricing strategy advisor) designation which sharpens the skills of determining market value with todays tools and I completed the C2EX program from NAR that allows a licensee to evaluate their real estate knowledge base and focus their education efforts on areas that show weakness. This is one of the best programs I have ever participated in and it is ongoing so I will continue to utilize that to keep my skill set sharp. I also completed the courses for MRP (Military Relocation Professional) and NAR’s GRI (Graduate Realtors Institute) with a few steps left to complete. It was a ton of learning and I loved every minute of it! That and puzzles kept me sane during the quarantine!

8. What inspires you do get out of bed in the morning?
My family, my daughters, Alexandra 25, Victoria 21 & Isabella 16. They are all at cool age now that we are all becoming friends. and of course my yellow lab Molly, who is 13.

9. What is something we wouldn’t know about you?
I love to dance and have fun with it. People think I am more of a straight arrow and very serious and I can be pretty intense! But I love to hang out with friends and listen to great music.

10. What is one thing you want to focus on in 2021?
One thing I would like to focus on in 2021 is to continue the work started in 2020 by NAR to actively work against housing inequality. So many Americans have been denied equal opportunity at their chance of homeownership. Accepting the past roll of the real estate professional in housing discrimination and plotting a more inclusive future will make our message stronger. I look forward to being more involved in that conversation.

Celebrating Thanksgiving in 2020

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Another holiday during the pandemic means another opportunity to find alternative ways to celebrate!  For many, this will mean a very different Thanksgiving for 2020.  CDC Guidelines advise against large, indoor gatherings – indeed, any gatherings with people outside of your household carry the risk of transmission.  However, with a bit of creativity, you can still enjoy the day and get to spend some quality time giving thanks with loved ones.

Virtual Dinner

Thank goodness for technology giving us virtual ways to see each other.  On Thanksgiving Day you can set up a video call with your friends or family – get in the kitchen together and prepare your meal, or set them up on a device and seat them virtually at your table. If you are not tech-savvy, don’t forget the power of a phone call to make someone feel connected and included.

Dinner Delivery

If you have family who live nearby, or friends and neighbors who you know will be alone, why not prepare their favorite elements of the traditional turkey dinner and drop it off at their house in advance?  Then you can arrange to eat “together” on the day.

Movie or Game Night

Family movie night or board games are a great way for people in your household to enjoy themselves. You can also extend this to people outside of your home – several movie streaming services, such as Netflix, offer a way to watch movies together even if you are in separate houses.  There are also apps that enable you to take part in games such as trivia or card games with other households via the internet.

Get Outside

If the weather complies, a good walk is a great way to blow off the cobwebs and work up an appetite!  If you are walking with members of another household, remember to wear your masks and keep your distance.

Give Back

As well as giving thanks, the holidays are also a good time to give back.  Food pantries or banks are always grateful for donations of non-perishable items and toiletries –  contact them to find out what they are most in need of.  Or get together with the children and write thank you cards to essential workers that can be safely delivered before or after the holiday.  Another way to mark the holiday is to take part in a gratitude activity – gather people in your household together and share things you are grateful for.  Even in these tough times, it’s possible to find reasons to feel thankful this year.

Let us know what your plans are for this Thanksgiving!

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