Happy Halloween 2017

Whether it’s a spine-tingling tale, donning fantastical guises with family and friends, or attending a parade, Halloween is celebrated in different ways around the globe. While its origins are contested, its undeniable that this spooky and celebratory holiday has taken the world by storm; carve up a pumpkin, turn down the lights, and enjoy five homes from New York City to Mexico City that are near world-famous Halloween celebrations.

New York$3,200,000 USD | Greenwich Village, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

This year marks the 44th annual Halloween parade through New York’s Greenwich Village. This residence, perched high atop 136 Waverly Place, is situated in the heart of the parade’s route. Featuring dancers, floats, special guests, and hundreds of costumed participants and spectators, it is truly a sight to be seen and something to experience; the parade is one of the most famous ways to celebrate and enjoy Halloween.

London£2,095,000 | London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

This two-bedroom home in London’s Iverna Court is situated on a prime Kensington square in close proximity to High Street Kensington Underground station and a short trip to one of the world’s most popular Halloween attractions. London Dungeon has been frightening audiences since 1976. The Dungeon offers 14 shows and three rides, delivering a truly terrifying selection of experiences for those who dare to enter.

Toronto$7,988,000 CAD | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Originally built in 1915, this one-of-a-kind residence in Toronto shares its home with Halloweek and the After Dark Film Festival. A weeklong celebration of costuming, ghoulish dining tours, and Jack-O’-Lantern carving contests, and a celebration of horror, sci-fi, and thriller films from around the world respectively, whether it’s in a theater or enjoying the atmosphere outdoors, Toronto is a city that gets into the Halloween spirit.

Mexico$3,750,000 USD | Mexico City, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in the heart of Mexico City, this modern masterpiece is poised to enjoy Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead;” this is how Halloween is celebrated in Mexico. More than 300,000 people are expected to attend the holiday’s events today for Mexico City’s parade – clad in sugar skull makeup, participants honor and celebrate the lost lives of family and friends.

Salem$369,000 USD | Salem, Massachusetts | By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty

This open-concept penthouse loft takes us to Salem, Massachusetts – home of the annual Salem Witch’s Ball. The small New England town is known for the historic Salem Witch Trials and themes its yearly Halloween celebrations around its past; the ball includes live performances and costume contests among its activities.

Featured Listing | Exclusive Estate on Inspiring Holland Acreage

This true masterpiece, situated near Lake Michigan, sits on 40 acres of exclusive gated property. With two acre pond, equestrian trails, and dirt bike course, this is one immaculate estate impossible to duplicate.


6479 144th Avenue, Holland, MI | $4,950,000

Experience the incomparable views featured throughout the home. Guess will awe at your tranquil environment while appreciating the contemporary design style from Steenwyk Architects.

homes for sale in holland, michigan

This refined estate is certainly not short of spaces for entertaining. Mix your favorite cocktail at the main floor wet bar, located just steps from the kitchen, ideal for a relaxing after-dinner drink. Downstairs, a large living space is ready for game night, with an additional wet bar with deluxe kitchen amenities.

game tables

Ready to work up a sweat? The generously sized workout room holds all of your exercise equipment. Leg day is easy when you’re steps away from your personal gym.

personal gym holland

On a rainy afternoon, the home theater is awaiting. Pop in your favorite flick, grab the popcorn, and settle in for a calming evening in your exclusive theater, with no unwanted distractions found in public theaters.

homes for sale with movie theaters

Accessible by underground tunnel, the 12,000 square foot outbuilding contributes to the outstanding features this property boasts. A car lovers dream, the outbuilding stores all of your land or water toys, or can be converted into additional guest amenities.

amazing garages

The surrounding landscape is truly inspired. Host a summer BBQ by the outdoor kitchen, with plenty of space for tables and lounge chairs. The afternoon sun will shine while you relax by the hot tub or with a dip in the pool.

incredible pools

This savvy estate is nothing short of extraordinary, and is ready to house its new unique residents.

Interested in this exclusive Holland home? Contact Wendy Ryder today!



LIVE Art | Louvre Abu Dhabi

This November, the Arab world welcomes its first universal museum. Louvre Abu Dhabi’s museum galleries tell the story of humanity in twelve inspiring chapters. Each chapter focuses on shared themes and ideas that reveal common connections throughout humanity. The works on show range from prehistoric artifacts to contemporary artworks. The art on show comes from the museum’s collection alongside many masterpieces on loan from some of the most world-renowned French museums.

Celebrate this unprecedented occasion with three residences in the United Arab Emirates suited for displaying art from the comforts of home.

Dubai1Price Upon Request | Dubai, UAE | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

With unrivaled views of the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and the Dubai Eye, this boutique five-bedroom penthouse is for the discerning wanting a lifestyle with beachfront, shopping, and restaurants at your doorstep. Situated over three floors, it all comes up to the incredible rooftop terrace that includes lounge and barbecue areas, a swimming pool, upstairs pantry and living room that all take in the astounding Dubai views.

Dubai210,000,000 AED | Dubai, UAE | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This beautiful five-bedroom penthouse on The Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah enjoys breathtaking views of the Marina Skyline. Finished to the highest quality, the home features an enormous outdoor balcony/terrace area. A rare opportunity to acquire one of Palm Jumeirah’s largest penthouse residences, strategically located on the Golden Mile trunk, this penthouse is ideal for modern families, working professionals, and lifestyle enthusiasts.

Dubai33,100,000 AED | Dubai, UAE | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated in the heart of the Dubai Marina, this high-floor three-bedroom residence in the Torch was recently refurbished. It features high-end finishing and furnishing, unique interior appliques, and the unrivaled panoramic sea and marina views. The Torch is an 88-floor residential tower located in the Dubai Marina. It offers all the resort-style amenities one would desire, such as a pool, gym, steam room and sauna.


West Michigan Highlight: Saugatuck

Welcome to the Art Coast of Michigan, where this small town resides! Saugatuck, Michigan is best known for celebrating a simpler lifestyle: one that embraces new experiences, appreciates an artistic perspective, treasures a shared meal amongst cherished friends, and ends the day with a painted sky over Lake Michigan.

Downtown Saugatuck breathes originality, boasting dockside shops and seemingly endless boardwalks, ideal for evening strolls. Ask a resident their favorite local restaurant with no two answers the same, as Saugatuck is a city full of unparalleled cuisine options. Find hidden treasures in any of the stores, perfect for unique gifts for any multitude of reasons.

Activities abound here: hit the links at the Ravines Golf Club, take a boat, kayak, or paddleboard out onto the lake, head into any of the art galleries and appreciate the local talent, or spend a sunny day on the sugar sand beach – whether you’re a local or a vacationer, there are unlimited options for fun.

The lakeshore community of Saugatuck is an inviting destination any time of the year. Whether you find yourself here for work, play, or rest, you won’t find any other city in the world quite like Saugatuck.

To get a taste for what’s in store in Saugatuck, view the short video below!


Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in October 2017

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

United Kingdom realty

£4,975,000 GBP | London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

“This quintessentially English Victorian mansion may be a grand, old red-brick period building set in a historic part of London, sandwiched between Westminster Cathedral and Buckingham Palace, but inside, Artillery Mansions’ penthouse is ultra-modern in both design and function.”

A Modern Penthouse with Views of Some of London’s Most Iconic Sights – Mansion Global

Fernando Botero Lists New York Home and Art Studio – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Announces Exclusive Alliance with Influential Japan News Publication, the Nikkei – Sotheby’s International Realty

An Expansive Villa in the Gated Community in the Heart of Dubai – Mansion Global

An Adirondack Camp with Room for Family – Wall Street Journal

For Sale: 10 Properties as Luxurious as Your Superyacht – Boat International

A Facelift for One of Manhattan’s Oldest Apartments – Wall Street Journal

Groucho Marx’s Former Home in Hollywood Hills West Fetches $3.81 Million – Los Angeles Times

The Most Common Obstacles to a Sale – and What to Do About Them – The New York Times

LIVE Fashion with Designer Osman Yousefzada – Sotheby’s International Realty

10 Dream Homes that Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s to Auction the World’s Largest Pink Diamond – Robb Report

Global Networking Event 2017 Recap

We recently participated in the 2017 Sotheby’s International Realty® Global Networking Event.  The event, which took place from September 25th to September 27th in Las Vegas, Nevada, brought together approximately 2,400 members of the Sotheby’s International Realty network, with more than 155 of the brand’s companies represented from 34 countries and territories worldwide.

Held at the Wynn Las Vegas, the GNE was a dynamic three-day immersion into the brand, offering two general sessions and a selection of 25 breakout sessions.  More than 85 Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate members volunteered to play an 


integral part in the sessions, which ranged in topic from sales and negotiation tactics to marketing and more, serving as breakout hosts, guest speakers and expert panelists to share advice, best practices and personal experiences with their peers.

Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty’s Chad Van Horn, led the Lake Living Sphere, focusing on markets similar to that of Lake Michigan. He was able to provide insight into these specialized lifestyle markets, as well as share some of Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty’s best practices. 

Chad was also fortunate enough to win a trip to Hawaii, courtesy of the Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates from Hawaii!

Hawaii trip

Martha Stewart was the headlining keynote speaker, discussing the journey of creating a global lifestyle brand, which includes a focus on authenticity, constant evolution, and a keen understanding of the consumer.  In addition, Jeff Hargett, senior corporate director of culture transformation at The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, gave an engaging and dynamic speech about the power of excellence in customer service and creating unique client experiences.  The crowd was also addressed by:

  • John Peyton, chief executive officer of Realogy Franchise Group
  • Maarten ten Holder, executive vice president and global managing director of Sotheby’s Luxury & Lifestyle Division
  • Brett Hagler, chief executive officer and co-founder of New Story, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s charitable partner
  • The Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC senior leadership team including:
    • Philip White, president and chief executive officer
    • Julie Leonhardt LaTorre, chief operating officer
    • Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer
    • Francis X. Santangelo, senior vice president of global operations

In addition to learning and networking opportunities, this year, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s charitable partner, New Story attended the event. New Story, which builds communities of homes for those in need for $6,000 USD per home, challenged attendees to pledge 100 homes for a new community in Mexico.  At the end of the event, attendees surpassed the goal by pledging over 150 New Story homes.

Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty was recognized in the General Assembly session by Senior VP of Global Operations, Francis X. Santangelo. Fran spoke on our success since affiliating just 10 months ago, noting our experience utilizing the global referral program for real estate transaction, as well as our exceptional leadership team and marketing practices.

Our office offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising, and referral services that are designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. Property listings are also marketed on the sothebysrealty.com  global website, in addition to beaconsir.com.

As a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, we benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, allowing our sales associates the opportunity for real estate referrals with auction house clientele as well as the unique ability to refer real estate clientele for appraisal services for jewelry, art, antique furniture and collectibles.

las vegasIt was a successful conference at this year’s GNE and we’re already looking forward to the next!

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Announces Exclusive Alliance with Influential Japan News Publication, the Nikkei

First Luxury Residential Real Estate Brand to Showcase Property Listings Outside of Japan


Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has announced an exclusive alliance with the Nikkei, the most influential news publication in Japan, through the end of 2017.  The alliance enables the luxury residential real estate brand to generate Japanese buyer interest through the Nikkei’s digital platform which reaches over 29 million monthly readers.  The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is the first real estate brand to present property listings outside of Japan to readers of the Nikkei, giving Japanese consumers access to residential real estate offerings in nearly 70 countries and territories.

“The Nikkei is the most widely circulated daily business publication in the world[i] and reaches an audience of highly-educated affluent Japanese consumers. A presence on the Nikkei furthers our strategy to showcase the most exciting properties in the world to an audience of highly-qualified real estate intenders. As the first real estate brand to promote properties outside of Japan through the Nikkei, we quickly realized what an amazing opportunity we had to support our substantial expansion in the Asia Pacific region.”

-Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

93.5% of all property searches originating in Japan are searching internationally[ii]. By being the first real estate brand to showcase properties from outside of Japan to readers of the Nikkei, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is offering unprecedented access to a virtually untapped global market.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is unrivaled in its reach to real estate intenders in the Asia Pacific region.  In addition to our alliance with the Nikkei, the brand also has existing partnerships with Juwai, MyFun and WeChat, all of which offer unprecedented access to Asian consumers.  The opportunities afforded to us with these key regional players is a testament to the strength and power of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.”

-Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand alliance with the Nikkei includes the following components:

  • Property Search – Sotheby’s International Realty property listings and high-definition videography will be translated and syndicated to a dedicated page on the Nikkei property listing site
  • Native Advertising – Sotheby’s International Realty will create custom branded editorial content that will be translated and promoted on the Nikkei property listing site
  • Brand Advertising – the Sotheby’s International Realty brand will run banner ad units across the Nikkei’s online edition (nikkei.com) and property listing pages


To search property listings on the Nikkei, visit: propertylistings.nikkei.jp

[i] Nikkei, The Nikkei MEDIA DATA 2017
[ii] Mansion Global, website statistics, August 11, 2017-September 11, 2017

My Real Estate Story | Josi Van Horn

Meet one of our Broker Associates, Josi Van Horn!

Josi was inspired at a young age to carry forward the next generation of the family real estate brokerage. When she is not assisting clients, she plays an active role in the management of the brokerage. She represents properties from upwards of $250,000, assisting a plethora of clientele from neighbors and friends to business owners and celebrities. After earning her real estate license, Josi was recognized as a Top 100 Agent. Her diligence, ambition, and friendly countenance has made Josi one of the most successful real estate agents servicing the lakeshore market.

Although she rarely unplugs, you can find Josi embodying all that Lake Life entails in her free time: wake surfing, water skiing, boating, or simply relaxing on the beach. She also appreciates an active social life, participating in leadership positions with her church, the South Haven Yacht Club, and Holland’s Junior Welfare League. That’s what makes Josi’s take on our market so unique: she understands the lifestyle that comes with the ease and passion of the area.

Whether you’re seeking a second home on Lake Michigan, a new residence in town, or an apartment surrounded by city life, Josi’s ambition, perspective, and expertise will help guide you in your next real estate transaction.

To learn more about Josi and her love for the lifestyle she represents, watch this short video. Thanks for your service with Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty, Josi!

Art & Home | Speaking Volumes

From the September 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso shows us that a library can be a true reflection of your best self.

Walk into a personal library and you enter a realm, not just a room. No other space offers as much insight into a homeowner’s preferences, style and intellectual curiosity. They can feel intimate and consequential.

Rhode Island$2,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty 

In Newport, Rhode Island, the centerpiece of one sprawling condominium is a massive library with vaulted cedar-shingled ceilings, cherry and mahogany millwork and an imposing fireplace. Although it looks authentic to the home, the library was a meticulous 21st century reimagining by its current owners out of a space where coachmen once met. The condo, joined together from three units, is in a former carriage house built in 1852 that was once part of an estate owned by John Jacob Astor. Kate Kirby Greenman of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport calls the library “remarkable.”

Utah$5,900,000 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty 

The 30 by 30-foot room, accessed by stairs or elevator, also has an adjoining butler’s pantry and wet bar which makes it ideal for entertaining as well as for quiet contemplation, notes Greenman. “People enter the library and are just awestruck,” she says. “It’s very peaceful, very beautiful and it just takes your breath away.”

Florida$165,000,000 USD | Manalapan, Florida | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In a digital world, the idea of a space given over to actual hard-covered books might seem anachronistic if it wasn’t still so alluring. Even die-hard texters, tweeters and e-reader enthusiasts easily get swept up in rooms dedicated to stories, history and ideas. But without question libraries have evolved. Today, they’re a backdrop for entertainment and a showcase for art and design.

Arizona$16,950,000 USD | Paradise Valley, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

“I love the way you can manipulate space with books,” says architect Susan Bower of Mitchell Wall Architect and Design in St. Louis, Missouri. Line a room with books and they can give the impression of wallpaper. Build freestanding bookcases and they become sculptural pieces. “They lend a presence and a depth to any room,” Bower says. “In a library, you have all these ideas captured between bindings. It’s just a wonderful repository of human thought.”

From glass houses to homes with captivating recording studios and music rooms, experience amenities and lifestyles in previous editions of Art & Home