2018 Fourth of July Fireworks: West Michigan

While the Fourth of July may fall midweek this year, fireworks will still be in full effect! Below, we’ve rounded up West Michigan’s fireworks schedule from communities around the area, so you can plan ahead!







  • Ionia | July 3, at dusk









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Penthouse Profile | Florida’s Most Design-Forward Condos

Some design aficionados may claim that nothing beats the Art Deco buildings on Miami Beach, but push farther afield and you’re guaranteed to find architectural gems in new builds and traditional high rises alike. The Sunshine State is making waves with a crop of water view condos featuring stunning penthouse suites. Dig into gleaming, streamlined kitchens, refreshing bathrooms with an oceanic feel, classic American comfort in plush living rooms, and long-table dining. Add in endless views of beach and ocean and bright splashes of color, and you may find that the state’s endless summer suits you just fine.

The Private Island Penthouse in Aventura

ONE Sothebys International Realty

Rosemarie FriedmanONE Sotheby’s International Realty

For anyone who’s ever dreamed of running away to their own private island, there’s Privé. The only property on the island, this development blends resort luxuries with urban conveniences—think private elevators, 70,000 square feet of indoor social spaces, and a private marina for yachts up to 150 feet, all done up in top-of-the-line finishings with nods to mid-century and inspired minimalist style. From the impeccable chef’s kitchen to the generous patio space to the at-home spa, the clean lines, beautiful stone, and inviting woods of this five-star penthouse to harmonize perfectly with the water below.

The Hotel High Rise Penthouse at Miami Beach

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Brenda Powers & Gabriela DajerONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Sitting pretty atop the W Hotel, this vista-rich penthouse hits high notes of contemporary and eclectic décor. Designed by Steven G, the home features 12-foot ceilings, which add an airy ambiance to the hints of Moroccan styling in the condo’s lighting, rugs, and chairs. Slatted woods, Calcutta marble, and chevron ceiling inlays add a nice nod to the natural world clearly visible via unobstructed 180-degree views from this peak Florida find.

The Airy Penthouse Over the Green in Boca Raton


Monica SquierNestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty

Consider this chic slice of heaven a picture-perfect blank slate for decorating to your heart’s content. Dress the light-filled rooms in fashion-forward throws, artistic portraits, and high-gloss accents, grounded by elegant black window grilles and kitchen counters. Or play up the escape factor with plush patio furniture on the Mediterranean-style terrace overlooking the fairway below. Paired with 10-foot ceilings and porcelain flooring, the penthouse’s amenities include a private two-car garage, designer kitchen with bar, and custom walk-in closets, all within an easy walking distance of some of the best entertainment Boca Raton has to offer.

The Glass Gulf Penthouse in Destin

beach living

Jonathan SpearsScenic Sotheby’s International Realty

Crystal clear glass spans both floors of this luminous Destin penthouse. A notch above open-concept, the two-story atrium-style living room is overlooked by bedrooms with glass feature walls so that not an inch of the Gulf of Mexico view is wasted. From the sun deck to the chef’s kitchen to the rooftop pool to the floating staircase, reflectivity runs throughout, each quality surface gleaming. Thoughtful design ensures possessions are tucked away, fostering a calming, hotel-style feel throughout.

The Bright and Beachy Penthouse at Sunny Isles Beach

Florida coast

Fabian Garcia Diaz & Allan KleerONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Everything about this two-story penthouse at Sunny Isles Beach feels optimistic. The décor hits a sweet spot, combining playfulness, excitement, and a relaxed tone that can only be found near sandy shores. Sparkling light fixtures and reflective surfaces play well off textured stone walls and marbled floors. A wave mosaic in the bathroom hints at the opportunities for water recreation just a few floors down. Plush chairs and a statement chandelier nestle around a matchstick-leg table open for brunch anytime.

The Traditional Surrealist Penthouse, Sunny Isles Beach


Oxana ObolevitchONE Sotheby’s International Realty

From the patterned ceiling designs to the quirky light fixtures to the organic-shaped mirrors, there is something unusual and appealing about this Collins Avenue penthouse. The stately living room with its glossy surfaces and crisp whites harkens to fine yacht interiors, while the home’s washrooms feature custom Bisazza mosaics and in-shower saunas. Dock your boat below at one of the berths available for sale or rent, host guests on the penthouse’s wraparound patio, and relax into the Sunny Isles lifestyle.

Whether sleek and minimalist or alive with splashes of color and unique treasures, these design-forward condos in Florida have the market on sunshine and ocean views cornered.

Your own home in the sky awaits; find your ideal Florida penthouse and enjoy the luxury and convenience of top-of-the-world living.

5 Things: Josi Van Horn

In our 5 Things series, we take a moment with some of the members of our office to learn more about their lifestyle and passion for the business. This month, we sit down with Global Real Estate Advisor, Josi Van Horn.

Favorite thing about your office space:

“I love our location. Being in the heart of Downtown Holland, we can walk to local places for lunch and establish relationships with community members so easily. All of the windows are probably the best part. They let natural sunlight into our space, and during Tulip Time, we have the best seats in the house for the parades.”

Favorite place in Downtown Holland:

“This is really difficult picking just one! But I have to say my apartment. It’s gotten to be something that’s an extension of me. I’ve been able to turn it into a place that when I walk in the door at the end of the day, it feels like home.”

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The source of your passion for real estate:

“My favorite thing about selling real estate is all of the people I get to meet. Assisting them in the buying and selling process, we become quite close and I begin to think of my clients as more of friends, and less of partners in business. While walking through their homes, I get to know their family, their history, and I learn about the memories they hope to make at their new home. I love continuing that relationship past the sales process and catching up with them in the weeks afterward to see how they have been enjoying their new lifestyle.”

Favorite thing to do in the summer:

“Being on the water, be that boating or just sitting on the beach. As a local to Holland, I enjoy knowing little exclusive beach spots not everyone may know of… grabbing an easy snack and having my own private picnic watching the sunset is my ideal summer night.”

Holland Michigan

Why Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty?

“Over the last 8+ years as I’ve built and developed my career, I have had many offers from many different real estate companies all across the country, but I choose Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty because of the culture. The sense of belonging and family, I just don’t think I could get that anywhere else. The relationships and rapport I build with others in the office and community are what keep me here.”

Explore the homes Josi Van Horn represents and get to know her further.


Alysia Reiner’s 4 Favorite Things at Home

Walk through actress Alysia Reiner’s home and you’ll know that each and every curated item is loved.

Alysia Reiner

The 1909-era brownstone Alysia Reiner shares with her husband, actor David Alan Basche, and daughter, Livia, 9, was once a neglected shell of a building. But in 2006, the couple took a chance on the space, rebuilt it, and returned it to its original dignity.

Reiner—who is filming season three of Better Things, season six of Orange Is the New Black, and stars in and produced the movie Egg, which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring—walked us through the home, sharing her favorite things in it.

Robert Rauschenberg Painting

Robert Rauschenberg Painting

“I’m so not a ‘stuff ’ person,” says Reiner. “But David kept asking what I would like, and I said, ‘OK, someday I’d like to own a Rauschenberg’ since he’s my favorite artist. So, for our anniversary this year, he blew my mind.”

Homemade Vodka

Homemade Vodka

“I steep peppers, ginger, or lemons in vodka. The pepper vodka can get very spicy, which I love, depending on the pepper you use and how long you steep it. I love making a jalapeño infusion or a pepper martini.”

Necklace Tree

Necklace Tree

“Liv and David made this for me for Mother’s Day, and it truly is my favorite thing. Liv knows how to use a circular saw and did half of the cutting of the spalted maple base, a piece of which was in our cellar.”



“A dear friend has a store called The Monkey & The Rat, and I said, ‘Would you please find us a beautiful blessed Buddha with a story behind it?’ Our friend found this Begging Bowl Buddha in Tibet.”

Photography by Deidre Schoo


Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Custom-Publishing Relationship with Dow Jones Media Group

Two Iconic Brands Come Together for the First-of-its-Kind Program to introduce RESIDE Magazine

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced it has entered a custom-publishing relationship with Dow Jones Media Group to present RESIDE®, a bespoke luxury lifestyle magazine.  The first-of-its kind relationship gives Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliate companies around the world a turnkey solution to publish a customized, branded magazine created by the Dow Jones Media Group.

“We have done extensive research and know that lifestyle, real estate, and home design print publications are increasingly important to luxury consumers,” said Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “RESIDE was designed with these luxury consumers in mind, understanding the way they consume content, the types of content they are interested in, and reaching them in a way they prefer.  Working with the Dow Jones Media Group allows our affiliate companies to publish rich, quality content that they can distribute in local markets to meet the needs of their clientele.  We are proud to launch this first-of-its-kind, turnkey program to our global network.”

RESIDE provides Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate companies with an end-to-end publishing solution including:

  • Original lifestyle content created by the Dow Jones Media Group, in addition to content provided by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and the Sotheby’s auction house
  • A showcase of homes represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s affiliates
  • An individualized version of the book for each Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate company participating in the program
  • Access to the Dow Jones Media Group global distribution network and distribution models
  • Added exposure on sothebysrealty.com

“Dow Jones Media Group (DJMG) is a global leading publisher in the business, luxury lifestyle, and real estate space, so this is a perfect pairing,” said Luke Bahrenburg, vice president, real estate at Dow Jones. “DJMG is uniquely positioned to provide the Sotheby’s International Realty brand with a full-service custom publishing solution and we are thrilled to expand upon the already great relationship between our brands with the publication of RESIDE. As leaders in luxury and lifestyle, both Dow Jones Media Group and the Sotheby’s International Realty brand have a deep understanding of the power of print in engaging the luxury consumer. This partnership will allow the Sotheby’s International Realty network of global affiliates to fuse rich lifestyle content alongside extraordinary homes to create a bespoke experience for luxury consumers around the world.”

The inaugural issue of RESIDE will be published on June 18th including issues from Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty in Montana; Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty in Brazil; Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty in the Bahamas; Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty in Greater Long Island, New York; Highlands Sotheby’s International Realty in Highlands, North Carolina; Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty in Louisville, Kentucky; and TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington DC.

To view RESIDE online, click here.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 22,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in 950 offices in 70 countries and territories worldwide.  In 2017, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $108 billion USD.  Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, each brokerage firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: June 2018

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


A New Listing Sets the Record for the Most Expensive Home to Ever Hit the D.C. Area Market – The Washington Post

Property of the Week: A Contemporary Retreat in Florence’s Oltrarno Quarter – The Spaces

Hot Property: Homes for Water Sports Enthusiasts – Financial Times

Nickelback Bassist Mike Kroeger Lists Maui Retreat for $4.9 Million – Los Angeles Times

Old Ticketing Office Turned Mega-Penthouse Lists for $35 Million in Exclusive London Neighbourhood – Domain

6 Lovely Homes in North Carolina’s Research Triangle – The Week

Century-Old Connecticut Estate Surrounded by Water – Mansion Global

Caroline County’s Historic Camden, a 19th Century Trendsetter, is on the Market for $2.95M – Richmond Times-Dispatch

AOL’s Steve Case Sells Estate to Saudi Government for $43 Million – Wall Street Journal

15 Most Expensive Penthouses for Sale in America – Business Insider

The Old-World Charm of Folegandros, Greece, Awaits – Mansion Global

House Hunting in… Mexico – The New York Times

Santa Fe’s Luxury Second-Home Market Soars – Mansion Global

Montecito Emerges from Mudslides as a Buyer’s Market – Financial Times

Brussels’s Uccle Has Large Villas and Prestigious Schools – Mansion Global

10 Gorgeous Homes that Get Luxe Mountain Living Right – Elle Decor

Rare Winnie the Pooh Sketches up for Auction – CNBC