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“There’s so much complexity, history, culture, geology, and climatology; all the sciences and social sciences being combined into this one fascinating beverage.” ~ Jeannie Cho Le

Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee travels from Hong Kong to an exquisite vineyard estate in Sonoma Valley, California.  Surrounded by rows of cabernet and chardonnay, Jeannie reflects on her passion for the vine while she prepares a dinner party paired with the perfect wines.


Unpack and unwind in California’s Wine Country with this European-trained wine writer and expert as she experiences some of the finest flavors the region has to offer.

california realty

$13,250,000 USD | Calistoga, California | Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

We all have a passion. We all have a dream. For some, it’s about adventure. For others, it’s about tranquility. Our dreams are as vast and varied as the world is wide, but they all start with inspiration and inspiration starts with our surroundings. That’s what home is – what you choose to surround yourself with.

Home is where you truly live.


Featured Listing | Modern Sophistication on Spring Lake

Embrace this savvy Spring Lake home, a true lakeshore paradise that places unique thought behind its clever design and remarkable amenities.


17971 Fruitport Road, Spring Lake, MI | $3,995,000

Situated on 295 feet of Spring Lake frontage, embark on a trip to Lake Michigan from your deep water slip. The water enthusiast will be excited for the many nautical opportunities awaiting, including waterskiing, jet skiing, and tubing.

Spring Lake, Michigan

After a long afternoon of boating, a delicious meal is crafted at the outdoor kitchen.

outdoor kitchen

Soak in a sunny summer’s day by the pool, as you land the perfect dive or entertain guests on the generously sized patio.


Included on the 8.46 acre property is a guesthouse, surrounded by nature and featuring connected greenhouse.


Indoors, the master suite is a private oasis. The sun glimmers off the crystal waters of the lake while you enjoy a dip in the private hot tub located just off the suite’s deck.

master suite

Indulge yourself in the master’s bath, a spa-like retreat with luxury details.

spa-like bath

After a long day on the water, you can relax with a movie night in your exclusive theater room.


Store your favorite reds in the wine cellar, with ample storage space.

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You will continue to marvel at your majestic home, with elegant design in every room.

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The captivating views of the lakeshore will continue to inspire as you take in every timeless amenity and modern comfort this special estate offers.

Spring Lake

Interested? Contact us to learn more!



Former Island Home of J.P. Morgan Heir Lists for $125 Million

According to a recent story in Bloomberg, the sprawling 85-acre island estate once belonging to Junius Spencer Morgan (grandson to J.P. Morgan – founder of the American financial institution) was listed by Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty for $125 million.

J.P. Morgan

Located on the North Shore of Long Island, New York, the land was originally granted to Peter Caverly in 1721 by King George I.

Now known as Salutation, this island near Glen Cove is part of Long Island’s “Gold Coast” and offers a multitude of amenities – six unique residences, 28-acre pond, access to oyster beds, 250-foot dock with accommodations for yachts and seaplanes, and a helicopter landing pad.


The Manor House comprises 12 bedrooms and 12 baths; it spans nearly 27,000 square-feet of living space and epitomizes the grandeur and craftsmanship of Gold Coast living.


Following the Morgan family’s departure, the main house was used in the 1995 film Sabrina, starring Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond.


See more extraordinary listings here!



West Michigan Highlight: South Haven

Find your escape in South Haven, an entirely unique lakeshore community that rivals the most serene beach towns. Lake Michigan waves crash along the pier while the sandy beachfront sparkles under the afternoon sun. Picturesque sunsets are a regularity in South Haven, making guests question their geographical location – Michigan, or the Caribbean?

There’s something special about downtown South Haven, from its charming stores and boutiques to the award-winning wineries and eclectic eateries. Popular events are happening throughout the seasons, including South Haven’s Annual Ice Breaker Festival, Harborfest, and the National Blueberry Festival, just to name a view.

With culture, nightlife, entertainment, quaint shopping, and lots to do, a trip to South Haven is one you won’t soon forget.

Find your reason to stay in South Haven awhile with the short video below!


When Art Finds Its Home: A Collection of Luxury Residences with Custom Art Pieces

For the collector, art is a top of mind consideration when purchasing a home, whether it’s grand wall space, custom built-ins, or a dedicated gallery space to showcase select pieces. Some connoisseurs take their passion one step further, incorporating art into their home’s design through custom works of art crafted to perfectly suit a property. From stunning entryways and dining rooms to gorgeous outdoor entertaining spaces, explore a collection of luxury real estate offerings around the United States in which art truly meets home.

washington real estate

$9,400,000 USD | Bellevue, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

More than a residence, 4648 Yarrow Point is a gallery of life experiences, carefully curated to reflect the owner’s worldwide travels in a profound experience that tempts the senses. A signature collection of hand selected wall finishes and art pieces capture the feel of each individual room as a custom five-paneled art piece anchors the heart of the home.

Illinois real estate

$4,250,000 USD | St. Charles, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Woodgate Estate refines the art of fine living, as an inspirational design guides one through a personal process of discovery in a journey through natural elements. Open the door to a custom water feature flanked by greenery that complements the home’s muted tones as grandeur meets a sense of tranquility. Once described as a “micro-climate for the soul,” this property is truly a piece of art in itself.

colorado real estate

$9,500,000 USD | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

The ultimate modern estate in Cherry Hills Village, art meets nature in this spectacular residence, from the seamless, organic flow to breathtaking modern design that focuses on space, proportion and light. A water feature brings the outdoors in with an extension into the entryway, ample wall space is perfectly primed for a grand collection, and a flower wall sets the tone of the outdoor entertaining space.

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$5,995,000 USD | Washington, DC | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

This impressive residence offers two spacious levels of living with abundant natural light to complement elegant interior design elements by renowned architect Barry Nixon. A private elevator opens to a flowing first floor plan as one moves from the entry gallery into the living room. Architecture becomes art as the custom backlit onyx wall offers a warm ambiance.

Utah real estate

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

Constructed in 1926 and restored for modern living, this home is perfectly situated in a park-like setting along Red Butte Creek. The European architecture features leaded and stained-glass windows and a two-story library with quarter-sawn oak built-ins. Revel in a formal living room complete with hand-painted ceilings that hearken to days past yet live for today.

For more extraordinary listings, see all that Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty represents.


Celebrating Our Anniversary!

On this day one year ago, we affiliated with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand. Since developing into Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty, your luxury real estate specialists servicing the Lake Michigan and West Michigan markets, we have had a whirlwind year.

From the expansion of our Downtown Holland office to adding new members to our team of experienced agents and participating in global events with Sotheby’s International Realty®, we recognize the remarkable difference in representing a distinctive brand, magnifying our exposure.

In the next year, we are eager to continue to be the leaders in the West Michigan and Lake Michigan real estate markets. In our belief, everyone deserves the extraordinary, because luxury is not about price point; it’s an experience. And when it comes to real estate, experience matters.

Thank you for partnering with us this past year. To many more!


New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | November 2017

From a family country home in the Netherlands to a secluded island paradise in Roatan, last month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

NetherlandsPrice Upon Request | North Holland, Netherlands | Netherlands Sotheby’s International Realty

This impressive, architect-designed, family country home built in 1930 has a thatched roof and a south-facing garden. Located in truly extraordinary surroundings with direct access to the Gooisch nature reserve ‘De Westerheide’, it is just a short distance from the charming center of Laren. Access to the country house is through an electric gate featuring an intercom and camera security system.

NewYork$73,800,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

A historic masterpiece of its time, the Crown Penthouse at 212 Fifth Avenue is in a class of its own and the most magnificent trophy residence on Madison Square Park. Designed by Pembrooke and Ives and spanning three floors, with over 10,000 square-feet of living space and 5,730 square-feet of terraces, this five-bedroom penthouse has the majestic proportions of a palace.

St.BarthPrice Upon Request | St. Bathelemy | St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Elegant and luxurious, this three-bedroom villa is as stunning as its sweeping vistas of the sea, Corossol Beach, and Gustavia’s iconic harbor. The spacious living room has glass walls that, when closed, frame the view allowing guests to enjoy it in climate-controlled comfort. Opened, the indoor and outdoor space, with its expansive palm-tree studded deck, merge seamlessly. Furnished for relaxing and dining in the sun or shade, the terrace’s focal point is an extra-long heated infinity pool.

California$25,000,000 USD | Laguna Beach, California | HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty

Located on the prestigious shores of Victoria Beach, the Pacific Ocean and living spaces effortlessly blend in this four-bedroom, four-bath home, which is thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of ocean and Catalina Island views, sea breezes and waterfront amenities. Walls of windows and sliding glass doors open to beachfront patios, with spaces for comfortable gatherings, an open kitchen clad in warm woods that overlooks the dining area and great room, and a separate living area for entertaining.

RoatanPrice Upon Request | Roatan, Honduras | Roatan Sotheby’s International Realty

This magnificent 567-acre piece of property is located in Port Royal and New Port Royal. On this property, you will find deep water bays with rather wide and deep navigation entrances. The opening of the bay is protected by cays and shoals along the edge of the reef that extends the length of the entire southern coastline of the island. The water depth immediately south of the reef is over 200 meters deep.



Holidays Near the Lakeshore

It’s that time of year again: trees trimmed, stockings hung, chestnuts roasting… you know the drill. In the midst of shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, and giving, it’s easy to miss the festivities happening all around you. This year, plan early and don’t let the season pass you by!

Take advantage of these merry and bright holiday events happening around the lakeshore. Have a favorite? See an event we missed? Let us know in the comments!

holidays in hollandDec 1 – Deck the Halls

Holiday Kerstmarkt

Sinterklaas Eve Celebration

Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Dec 2 – Pioneer Christmas in a Log Cabin

Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington Square

Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Holiday Kerstmarkt

Dec 3 – Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Dec 5 – A Marketplace of Local Makers

Dec 7 – Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Dec 8 – Holiday Kerstmarkt

Up on the Rooftops

The Promise

Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Dec 9 – Downtown Holland Shopping Jam

Homestead Holiday

Holiday Kerstmarkt

Christmas at the Cappon House

Holland Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

The Promise

Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Dec 10 – Christmas at the Cappon House

Dec 15 – The Promise

Dec 16 – Ugly Sweater Run

Birdseed Ornament Making

Christmas at the Cappon House

The Promise

Dec 17 – Christmas at the Cappon House

Dec 18 – Holiday Kids Night @ Pub on 8th

Dec 23 – Sneaky Elves

Dec 30 – Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament


grand haven holidays

Dec 1 – 37th Annual Coopersville Nighttime Christmas Parade

Dec 2 – Winter Market at the Depot

Santa Train

Do December Better

Grand Haven Jingle Bell Parade

Dec 3 – Santa at the Nature Education Center

Dec 5 – Santa House Begins

Dec 7 – Journey to Bethlehem

Dec 8 – Caroling in the Park

Journey to Bethlehem

Dec 9 – Breakfast with Santa

Happy Elves Craft Show

Teddy Bear Tea and Crafts

Winter Market at the Depot

Caroling in the Park

Journey to Bethlehem

Dec 10 – Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Show with Amy Speace

Dec 11 – Spring Lake Village Merchant Holiday Decorating Contest

Dec 15 – West Michigan Symphony Presents: Celtic Christmas

Dec 16 – Winter Market at the Depot

Christmas Fair

Dec 18 – Christmas Celebration with the Boardwalk Brass of Grand Haven

Dec 22 – Winter Dance Party

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Dec 2 – Saugatuck’s Whootville Holiday Parade

Visits with Santa, Crafts, and Puppet Show

Annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Toys for Kids Benefit Show

Holiday Reflections Concert

Dec 3 – Holiday Reflections Concert

Dec 8 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Dec 9 – Winterfest at Felt Mansion

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Dec 10 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Dec 15 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Dec 16 – Wine Tasting at the Felt

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Dec 17 – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

south haven holiday

Dec 2 – Haven Holiday Breakfast with Santa

Dec 3 – Annual Holiday Home Tour

Hallelujah Holidays

Dec 6 – Foundry Hall Song Swap

Dec 8 – A Christmas Carol

Christmas at the Flywheelers

Dec 9 – 6th Annual 5K Santa Run

12 Corners Winery: Wine with Santa

Greens Workshop

Dec 16 – Community Christmas Concert

Christmas @ the Keeper’s House

Foundry Hall Presents: A Community Christmas Concert

Dec 19 – Mix & Mingle Holiday Party

South Haven Performance Series: South Bend Chamber Singers