Open House | Step Inside an Architectural Gem

The notion of the classic American ranch has been exaggerated in pop culture— so much so that rarely do we find such a brilliant example of its modern interpretation. Here, in sun-drenched California, Rancho Santa Fe is not characterized by roaming cattle, rustic touches, and that trademark triangle dinner bell hanging on the front porch. Instead, it stands as an unconventional oasis—the ultimate dream home for architecture and design aficionados the world over.

Renowned architect Guy Dreier has conceived a structure as functional and impressive as it is striking. From the moment you arrive at the private gated drive, there’s a sense of the significance that composition played in developing the estate over seven years. Meticulous landscaping is backed by mountain and valley vistas in the distance.

At the residence, two-story walls of glass reflect the myriad pools and water features surrounding the home, while inviting warm California sun onto contemporary sculptures.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Nancy Dixon for more information

Through towering glass doors, a flowing and original open concept with soaring ceilings extends its greeting. Sail-like overhangs conjure images of the Guggenheim Bilbao, while elegant natural colors and materials provide a grounding presence. High-tech smart design allows the home’s glass walls to tuck away for the ultimate indoor-outdoor living. In addition to its open-air mastery, the ranch boasts stylish original furnishings and mixing blocked sturdiness with organic shapes, all designed by Dreier to complement the space.

The main living and dining areas play peek-a-boo through a fireplace with artistic and sculptural integrity. Strong stone floats between two stunning blocked columns above ambient, low-lying flames, standing as a living sculpture and focal point in this sweeping room. This magnetic design is not the only stunning fireplace in the home; the master suite also features a central stone mantel flanked by sleeping and lounging areas.

Elsewhere, glass and water envelop the guest bedrooms, offering a sparkling reminder of the pools outside. Loft areas offer privacy and escape, glass-encased walkways link comfort and repose, and significant blockade stairways offer their own impressive interior views. A massive chef’s kitchen dares you to open your home to incomparable celebrations—leaving the detached two-bedroom guest house for your most discerning guests.

Taking advantage of the Sunshine State’s progressive views and making the most of its ample natural resources, solar panels supply power, while a refreshing citrus grove and well-tended farmer’s garden ensure the busy kitchen will never be shy of fresh supply.

The wider grounds are punctuated with both exotic and local flora, handpicked by landscape architect Theresa Clark. And outdoor living is non-negotiable thanks to the stunning sports court, tennis court, private pavilion, and infinity pool. A separate high-tech, zero-edge lap pool with its adjustable water level provides for wave-making swims, minus the splashing.

Every square foot of the property is a nod to a love of art and museum styling as well as an appreciation of design principles, and a desire to dream bigger than most could comprehend. This ranch, then, is the pinnacle of a well-designed life.

 

Sotheby’s International Realty® Hosts Exclusive Golf Tournament with Rafa Nadal Sports Center

LIVE Golf

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC recently hosted the Rafa Nadal Golf Challenge in association with Rafa Nadal Sports Center in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain.  The event was held as an exclusive networking opportunity for select members of the Sotheby’s International Realty® global network.

golf outing

The exclusive, first of its kind event featured teams comprising Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates from around the world, including a team lead by Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, and another lead by Rafa Nadal. The event enjoyed strong participation from CanadaCzech RepublicEstonia, Germany, Hungary, LatviaLithuaniaNetherlandsRussiaSpainUnited Kingdom, and the United States who each leveraged this global event to network and establish new relationships with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and guests.

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Rafa Nadal takes to the course on day one of the tournament

The three-day event took place at Mallorca’s top golf courses, beginning at Pula Golf, continuing onto Golf Son Servera, and ending at Golf Son Gual. Team Rafa Nadal took first place in the tournament, Philip White and team took second place, and third place went to team Czech Republic Sotheby’s International Realty and Marketplace Sotheby’s International Realty.

Rafa Nadal

Philip White, chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC with Rafa Nadal

The Rafa Nada Sports Center, located in Manacor, hometown of Rafa Nadal, is a facility that is part of the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar. Founded by Rafa Nadal and his family, the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar aims to train young tennis players through high-quality training and by providing them with the tools they need to develop professionally.

Highlights from the Event

The Rafa Nadal Sports Center offers programs for adults to practice their favorite sports in addition to tennis and provides comfortable accommodations for families to stay. The Rafa Nadal Sports Center is also home to the Rafa Nadal Museum, which features a collection of trophies, souvenirs, and several interactive sports simulators.

All participants were especially thankful for Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty support of the event and warm welcome to their office in the lively, beautiful city of Palma.

 

What the Next Generation of Affluent Consumers Wants from Luxury Brands

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We’re witnessing the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth in history. The luxury market is being reshaped by the emergence of new luxury consumers, ones who are acutely aware of being sold to, skeptical of traditional marketing tactics, and dismissive of volume as an indicator of wealth. Millennials and their buying habits are more acute than any generation before them—bringing new challenges to the luxury space.

I spoke about this recently with Forbes, but throughout my career, as I’ve moved from education to fashion, and now to luxury real estate, I’ve seen how successful brand connection comes from strong storytelling. This audience spends an average of five hours online each day, so they’re already bombarded with brand messaging. We want their loyalty and business, but first we need their attention. This is how we’re earning it.

Heritage and Evolution

For a generation that values authenticity, the stories behind the products have never been more important. Brands must prove investment in quality and craftsmanship. The Sotheby’s brand has a 270-year history—and we extend this directly to our clients.

Because of the Sotheby’s auction heritage, both established and emerging affluent consumers view association with the brand—working with a Sotheby’s International Realty agent, for example—as a benchmark of success. It’s certainly a differentiator that Sotheby’s once sold the library of Napoleon, but it comes down to how we frame that for a Millennial audience.

Brands like Burberry understand this well, balancing a storied history with contemporary brand posture. Burberry’s shift to social media platforms with inspiring, current brand ambassadors works to enhance, not detract from, the company’s prestigious 162-year legacy.

Digital Agility

Consumers want to know luxury brands are shifting to meet their individual needs, and see brands that don’t evolve as static or dated. Our core message really comes alive through new innovation, and in that respect, we’re more of a brand marketing organization. A cloud-based ad building tool allows our affiliates to access our unique design mold when creating advertising collateral. That means over 21,000 agents are able to seamlessly communicate our brand to global audiences while adding essential local lifestyle elements to really draw them in.

Millennials and their buying habits are more acute than any generation before them—bringing new challenges to the luxury space.

Digital media is perhaps the most significant way we can make meaningful connections with these consumers today: VR, 3D home tours, and high-definition photography all service their need for inspiration and transparency. Our video-centric digital approach follows Millennials’ natural discovery behavior. We’ll be pushing the envelope again at the end of February as we unveil augmented reality that’s the first of its kind in the real estate industry.

Our LIVE campaign approached property investment as a key component of the lifestyles of fascinating people. It speaks to the fact that a Sotheby’s International Realty home is a catalyst for the lives our audience seek. Our approach is not dissimilar from the Apple iPad campaign — one that has always stuck with me — with the tagline “this is what matters.”

 

It’s simple but powerful, appealing by focusing on the opportunities the product creates.

Detail-Driven Service

Emerging affluent consumers are spending more on experiences than personal goods—a trend that is only continuing to grow. Because of this, they reject brand braggadocio and baiting tactics, looking instead for a genuine connection with the brands they support. They’re also looking for bespoke service. Forming a relationship with Sotheby’s International Realty means entering a curated marketplace, with the finest properties handpicked by our sales associates. Our home collections prove we value our clients’ time by giving them refined options from the outset. This focus on localization and personalization is essential for an audience who’s come to expect it.

There is immeasurable value in forming connections with this audience, not only in a manner of wealth, but also in reinforcing the perception of the brand. In marrying our history of excellence with innovation and meaningful storytelling, we’ve created an entirely new roster of clients. Ones we hope to be with every step of the journey: from their first property to their retirement haven.

 

Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
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Downtown Holland’s First Ever Charity Shopping Event

The Big Give

On Saturday, February 3rd, Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty had the pleasure of sponsoring Downtown Holland’s first ever charity shopping event, The Big Give. Over $16,500 was raised for the 15 non-profit organizations that were selected to participate in the event, an impressive number for the very first year!

With a total of 40 participating Downtown Holland stores and restaurants, 15% of all sales was donated to charity. During The Big Give, customers were invited to select which charity they wished a percentage of their purchase be donated to.

In our office, located in Downtown Holland on Eighth Street, we handed out freshly roasted almonds to passing shoppers. Not only was the warm treat well received, we also enjoyed meeting members of the Holland community. Everyone was in good spirits and couldn’t stop complimenting the event’s success!

Thank you to the Downtown Holland office for putting on The Big Give and allowing us to participate. The event was a true testament to the gracious nature of our beloved Holland community!

Downtown Holland's the big give

 

The 15 non-profit organizations that were selected by the Principal Shopping District Board of Directors to benefit from The Big Give included:

70×7 Life Recovery
Benjamin’s Hope
Center for Women in Transition
Community Action House
Grant Me Hope
Hand2Hand
Harbor Humane
Holland Free Health Clinic
Holland Rescue Mission
Hope Pkgs
Kids’ Food Basket
Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates
My House Ministry
Ottagan Addictions Recovery
Park Theatre

Downtown Holland Businesses That Participated in The Big Give:

Apothecary Gift Shop Big E’s Sports Grill
Blu Veranda
Borrs Shoes
Canterbury Cottage
Cherry Republic
Cotton Bay Boutique
Frances Jaye
Fris Downtown
Fustini’s of Holland
GarenHuis Yarn Studio, LLC
Glik’s Boutique
Glik’s Men’s Shop
GLOBE Design & Vision
Harbor Wear
Home and Company
Hops at 84 East
jb and me
Karla’s Place
Kilwins Chocolates
Lemonjello’s Coffee
Michigan Pantry
Moynihan Gallery
New Holland Brewing Company
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Peachwave Frozen Yogurt and Gelato
Reader’s World
Salon Cheveux
Sandcastle
Seedlings
Spring Sweet
Studio K Clothing Co. Teerman’s
The Bridge
The City Delicatessen
The Seasoned Home
Threads on 8th
TIKAL
Tip Toes
Velo City Cycles

Sotheby’s | Inside the Wine Collections of Great Connoisseurs

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Drawing from some of the best cellars known to Sotheby’s, the collections featured in Finest & Rarest Wines (24 February, New York) include wines from the most sought-after domains in Burgundy, the top chateaux in Bordeaux and beyond. Selections such as La Tâche DRC 1995, Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 and Petrus 1993 highlight the unparalleled study and passion of true wine connoisseurs. Read on to learn more about the remarkable private collections, along with their greatest treasures, in the upcoming sale.

Sothebys

Lot 38. La Tâche Drc 1985 (2 Bottles). Estimate $6,500–9,500Lot 41. Romanée Conti Drc 1985 (2 Bottles). Estimate $17,000–26,000. Lot 36. La Tâche Drc 1990 (3 Bottles). Estimate $9,000–12,000.

Legends from the Cellar of a Long-Time Oenophile

This fabulous selection from a West Coast Collector and aficionado, whose passion for wine was born during a trip to France many years ago, begins with over thirty bottles and fifteen lots from iconic DRC. Highlights include two bottles of 1985 Grands Echezeaux, four vintages of Richebourg and two bottles of the mythical 1985 Romanée Conti. In addition, rarely does one ever see an astonishing eight vintages of La Tâche, including multiple bottles from the legendary 1985, 1990, 1993 and 1996 vintages. An impressive selection of Bordeaux follows with all of the First Growths present including full cases of 1990 Lafite and Margaux, 2000 Haut Brion, Mouton Rothschild and Latour amongst many others. Finally, not to be overshadowed are individual bottles of the immortal 1929 Y’quem.

Almost all of these wines were bought on release and stored meticulously by the original owner in a private, purpose-built temperature controlled cellar. The wines, part of a much larger collection, were inspected on site and shipped to Sotheby’s warehouse via temperature-controlled truck.

Sotheby's wine

Lot 331. Vega Sicilia Unico 1970 (10 Bottles). Estimate $5,500–8,000Lot 330. Vega Sicilia Unico 1979 (3 Bottles). Estimate $900–1,200. Lot 328. Vega Sicilia Unico 1987 (2 Bottles). Estimate $500–700. Lot 327. Vega Sicilia Unico 1989 (3 Bottles). Estimate $750–1,100.

Pristine Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne from a Manhattan Collector

From the moment this gentleman, a long-time Sotheby’s client in New York City, began amassing a cellar, provenance and pristine conditions have been the hallmark of the collection. The vast majority of this collection was purchased on release, with the balance sourced from the most reputable of retailers and auction houses. These impeccably sourced wines were removed from temperature-controlled professional storage and purpose-built home cellars for transfer to Sotheby’s warehouse.

We begin in Bordeaux, with a focus on the outstanding 2000 and 2005 vintages. Cos d’Estournel, Grand Puy Lacoste, Léoville Las Cases and Lynch Bages all appear in original wood, alongside a full case of Mouton Rothschild 1998. Continuing on to Burgundy, twelve bottles each of La Tâche 1998 and 1995 are followed by a truly impressive parade of large formats: La Romanée Liger-Belair 2003 in jeroboam, and magnums of Clos de la Roche Dujac 1993, Musigny J.-F. Mugnier 1999 and Bonnes Mares G. Roumier 2005. An incredibly rare full dozen bottles of Musigny Joseph Drouhin 1996 in original carton, plus Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1996 and Pol Roger Cuvée Winston Churchill 1988 in jeroboam, rounds out this spectacular offering of blue chip rarities.

Lot 249. Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 (6 Magnums). Estimate $2,200–3,200Lot 248. Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 (12 Bottles). Estimate $1,800–2,600.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House Hunting in… Hong Kong – The New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | February 2018

New and Notable

From a Baroque-style penthouse in Israel to a private island in the Bahamas, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Israel realty

Israel Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Shelly Belzer-Shmelzer for more information

This grand, Baroque-style penthouse resides in the enduring Sea One – a post-modern tower ideally located on Tel Aviv beach, designed by Harald Klein. Guests and residents will enjoy outstanding accommodation, pool and wellness facilities overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, an exclusive gourmet restaurant, grand lobby with bar and management service of the highest standard.

Colorado realty

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Andrew Ernemann and Craig Morrisfor more information

This state-of-the-art home in downtown Aspen offers over 18,000 square-feet of living space with smart home automation throughout. The home features three tennis courts that transform into skating rinks in the winter, a home theater, and a bowling alley/shooting range among its many amenities.

Hong Kong Realty

List Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Tersa Lau for more information

This elegant three-level home in Pokfulam, Hong Kong offers a rooftop terrace, garden, and balconies. Two of the home’s three en-suite bedrooms feature incredible private balconies, and rooftop terrace enjoys sprawling views of the sea, with exquisite space for alfresco dining.

Florida sunset

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty ­| Contact Michael Lawler for more information

Offering unparalleled views of Doubloon Bay, this contemporary home in Naples, Floridafeatures a one-of-a-kind floating European White Oak staircase, floor-to-ceiling glass, hand-selected Calcutta Marble flooring, and all-glass wine room. Situated on the north side of Admiralty Point, the property is eligible for Port Royal Club membership.

Whale Cay

Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact George Damianos for more information

Whale Cay is a private island located in the fishing paradise of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. Situated between the Bahama Banks and the tongue of the ocean, the Berry Islands have long attracted visitors who enjoy fishing and boating, with great proximity to Florida and only 30 miles north of Nassau. The Island is primed for residential development, with more than 570 acres included in this listing. There are 12 miles of shoreline and 13 white sandy beaches totaling seven miles.

Discover New & Notable homes from around the world on beaconsir.com

5 Homes Ready for Super Bowl LII

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One of the world’s most anticipated sporting events is once again upon us; Super Bowl LII will see the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles faceoff for the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy on Sunday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

While U.S. Bank Stadium can seat 65,000 die-hard gridiron fans, its estimated that more than 150 million viewers around the world will be in front of their TVs with friends and families to enjoy the game, the cinematic commercials and film trailer debuts, and show-stopping half time performance by Justin Timberlake.

From a modern home bar in the host city of Minneapolis to an outdoor piece of paradise in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, these five homes are ready for the big game.

Lakes Sotheby's International Realty

Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Julie Regan & Jeff Hornig for more information

Don’t miss a second of the action in this home in Minneapolis. It features a vibrant bar with multiple viewing options and seating for many guests, all while providing a thoroughly modern take on the sports bar experience.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Bill Churchill for more information

This Tudor Revival-style home in Dallas’ esteemed University Park will make you feel like you have sideline seats; nestle into comfy leather recliners and bask in the glow of the 12’ by 7’ projection screen as this THX sound equipped home theater brings every moment to you.

Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Frank Aazami & David Mayo for more information

Continue traveling west and you’ll reach this more than eight-acre estate in Scottsdale, Arizona. An athlete’s paradise with sport court, putting green and weight room among its amenities, enjoy the Super Bowl outdoors from a fully-equipped wet bar and kitchen.

Queretaro Sotheby’s International Realty

Queretaro Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Sara Salazar for more information

Hacienda Las Fincas in San Miguel de Allende is a modern-style ranch on nearly three hectares inside an exclusive gated community. While the spacious home does offer an equipped home theater inside, you can also take in every exciting moment while enjoying year-round favorable weather from the terrace – complete with bar, pizza oven, grill, and high-definition television.

Beacon Sotheby's International Realty

Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Josi Van Horn for more information

Touchdown! You won’t miss a second of the big game from the comfort of this 12,500 square foot home’s theater. Keep game day snacks in the conveniently located butler’s pantry just off of the theater, then enter into your private viewing room with sound-declining material lining the walls and ceiling, keeping the cheering inside the theater and no where else.

 

Watch Super Bowl LII Sunday at 6:30pm ET on NBC