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COLORADO LEADS THE NATION IN ARTS ATTENDANCE

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TELLURIDE’S THRIVING SCENE DEFIES POPULATION LIMITATIONS

BY STEPHEN ELLIOTT
STAFF REPORTER, TELLURIDE DAILY PLANET
Published: Friday, January 30, 2015 6:05 AM CST

The National Endowment for the Arts released a study earlier this month that shows Colorado has the highest rate of all 50 states for attendance at plays, classical music performances and visual arts shows. Telluride’s art scene, fed by a high concentration of interested and passionate participants and consumers, dovetails with the statewide trend of an enthusiastic arts community.“People want to live in a community here that’s creative and fun and interested in telling stories and making magic,” Telluride Theatre Executive Director Colin Sullivan said. “The landscape we live in here reflects it. Nobody moves here to have an ordinary life.”

According to the NEA study, Colorado attendance ranks in the top five nationwide in all visual and performing arts categories, and number one in classical music, nonmusical plays, dance, outdoor performing arts festivals and visual arts festivals.

“I think we’re a really strong art community in general,” Young People’s Theater Director Jennifer Julia said. “There’s a lot of excitement and support for theater here, which is great.”

Sullivan said Telluride is likely unique statewide in its combination of a small population and large and diverse arts scene.

“Since the ‘70s and ‘80s Telluride has always been a place that’s been interested in supporting arts and culture,” he said. “History is a part of it. In small places like this, the culture is built off what it is people in this place want, why they move here, why they live here.”

But, Sullivan added, statewide government policies have contributed to the state’s status as a national arts leader, and Telluride’s ability to compete with larger cities as an arts hub. Sullivan referenced Colorado Creative Industries, a nonprofit arts granting organization under the auspices of the Colorado Department of Economic Development and International Trade, as a key factor in recent growth.

“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to the state and Colorado Creative Industries,” he said. “Almost nowhere else in the nation do you have granting organizations like this linked directly to the state government.”

“We’re really lucky because in Colorado the arts are part of the economy,” Sullivan added. “That has been made very clear by the folks in power at the state level.”

The Sheridan Arts Foundation is another local recipient of CCI grant funds. SAF PR and Marketing Director Kathrine Warren thinks Telluride’s arts scene is a response to the seasonal economy.

“The combination of being a ski resort town and trying to sustain the economy year-round leads to development of arts and culture to try and keep people here during down times,” she said.

The 2012 NEA study surveyed 37,000 adults nationwide in order to compile the data. According to the study, 52 percent of Colorado adults reported attending a live performing arts event, compared to the national average of 37 percent. An even higher 59 percent of Colorado adults said they’d been to a visual arts event, compared to a national average of 39 percent.

“Telluride is certainly not Denver or Boulder, but for our size the offerings we have in Telluride are amazing and can even be overwhelming at times,” Warren added.

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The World’s 10 Most Expensive Homes – And Who Owns Them

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Feast your eyes on some of the priciest homes on the planet.

The owners of the world’s most luxurious houses can be a mysterious bunch. We all know who owns Buckingham Palace, but does anyone recognize the name Tim Blixseth? Or know the Indian billionaire who built a 27-story apartment building just for himself? We’re guessing not.

Well, the mystery ends here. Using information provided by CompareCamp.com, we’ve got a rundown of the world’s 10 most expensive houses—modern castles, really—and the people lucky enough, and rich enough, to own them.RE

  • 7 Upper Phillimore Gardens

    Location: London
    Value: $128 million
    Details: This 10-bedroom prep school turned mansion has an underground swimming pool, a sauna, gym, cinema, and even a panic room. That’s all in addition to an interior covered in marble, gold, and priceless artworks.
    Owner: Olena Pinchuk—daughter of Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine’s second president. She is known for being the founder of the ANTIAIDS Foundation and a friend of Elton John.SHARE
  • Kensington Palace Gardens

    Location: London
    Value: $140 million
    Details: Located on London’s Billionaires Row, the already tricked-out pad will soon add an underground extension with a tennis court, health center, and auto museum.
    Owner: Roman Abramovich—a Russian billionaire and owner of the private investment firm Millhouse LLC. He’s probably best known in the West as the owner of the English Premier League’s Chelsea Football Club.SHARE
  • Seven The Pinnacle

    Yellowstone Club near Big Sky, Montana.
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    Location: Big Sky, Montana
    Value: $155 million
    Details: The largest property in the Yellowstone Club, a private ski and golf community for the mega-rich, the house has heated floors, multiple pools, a gym, a wine cellar, and even its own ski lift.
    Owners: Edra and Tim Blixseth—Real estate developer and timber baron Tim Blixseth cofounded the Yellowstone Club, but the club’s bankruptcy, a divorce, and other troubles have seriously reduced his wealth in recent years.HARE
  • Hearst Castle

    Indoor Pool at Hearst Castle, designed in style of Roman baths.
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    Location: San Simeon, California
    Value: $191 million
    Details: The 27-bedroom castle, used in the movie The Godfather,has hosted John and Jackie Kennedy, Clark Gable, Winston Churchill, and other famous figures.
    Owners: William Randolph Hearst’s trustees—The castle, built by the country’s first newspaper magnate, is now a heritage and tourist site and part of the California Park System.SHARE
  • Ellison Estate

    Location: Woodside, California
    Value: $200 million
    Details: Less a house than a compound, this 23-acre property is home to 10 buildings, a man-man lake, koi pond, tea house, and bath house.
    Owner: Larry Ellison—Co-founder of Oracle and the third-richest man in the world in 2013, according to Forbes.SHARE
  • 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens

    Location: London
    Value: $222 million
    Details: Another property on Billionaires Row, 18-19 sits alongside the home of Prince William and Kate Middleton. This particular residence has 12 bedrooms, Turkish baths, an indoor pool, and parking for 20 cars.
    Owner: Lakshmi Mittal—The head of Arcelor Mittal, the world’s largest steel manufacturer, and, according to Forbes, one of the 100 richest men in India.SHARE
  • Four Fairfield Pond

    Location: Sagaponack, New York
    Value: $248.5 million
    Details: This 29-bedroom home sits on 63 acres and has its own power plant. Inside, there are 39 bathrooms, a basketball court, bowling alley, squash courts, tennis courts, three swimming pools, and a 91-foot long dining room.
    Owner: Ira Rennert—Owner the Renco Group, a holding company with investments in auto manufacturing and smelting. He also has holdings in metals and mining.SHARE
  • Villa Leopolda

    Villefranche-sur-Mer, south-eastern France, the villa of Leopolda, property of the widow of businessman Edmond Safra, Lilly Safra.
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    Location: Cote D’Azure, France
    Value: $750 million
    Details: This 50-acre estate includes “a commercial sized green house, a swimming pool and pool house, an outdoor kitchen, helipad, and a guest house larger than the mansions of most millionaires,” according to Variety. The house was famously used as a set in the 1955 Hitchcock classic To Catch a Thief.
    Owner: Lily Safra—A Brazilian philanthropist and widow of Lebanese banker William Safra. Her husband died when another one of the couple’s homes burned down, apparently due to arson.ARE
  • Antilia

    India, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Kemp's Corner, Antilia aka the Ambani building on Altamont Road.
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    Location: Mumbai, India
    Value: $1 billion
    Details: The Antilia isn’t even really a home in the traditional sense. This 27-story, 400,000-square-foot building has six underground parking floors, three helicopter pads, and requires a 600-person staff just to maintain it.
    Owner: Mukesh Ambani—India’s richest man, with a net worth of $23.6 billion, according to Forbes. Ambani made his money running Reliance Industries, an energy and materials company.SHARE
  • Buckingham Palace

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    Location: London
    Value: $1.55 billion
    Details: Technically still a house, but certainly not for sale, the Queen’s residence was valued at roughly $1.5 billion by the Nationwide Building Society in 2012. The property holds 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 bedrooms, 188 staff rooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms.
    Owner: The British Sovereign—Currently Queen Elizabeth II, who has ruled since February 6, 1952.To visit Telluride Luxury Properties, click here.

VIDEO: Made in Telluride: The Mountains Call To Us

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The San Juan Mountains are some of the most spectacular mountains in the state of Colorado, if not the world. The rugged beauty of the mountains surrounding Telluride is breathtaking. Many people find balance when they head out to enjoy this picturesque sanctuary.

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Just Listed: 627 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride

627 W Colorado, Telluride, Colorado.

Located in close proximity to all the best Telluride has to offer, this large & high-quality timber-frame residence sits near the heart of the historic downtown. Multiple bedroom suites and living areas afford that rare opportunity to accommodate a large assemblage of family & friends. Private parking for three vehicles, large deck with hot tub, covered front porch and residential and commercial zoning add further value. Priced competitively. 24 hour showing notice suggested. Offered at $3,495,000

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10 Most Popular Properties for 2014! (One is ours!)

You clicked and we calculated. Back by popular demand, here are the 10 most viewed properties on sothebysrealty.com for 2014! Take a tour around the world and see which properties topped the list!

10. Ibiza, Spain

Ibizia_Spain18.000.000 € EUR | Ibiza, Spain | Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in an easily accessible yet ultimately private location, this southeast facing mansion sits on the coastline with its own sea access and old light house. Exuding elegance and casual luxury, the main house has accommodation for 22 people, two separate guest houses for 14 guests and a staff house with 4 bedrooms, a unique infinity pool, spacious salons, various sea-oriented entertaining areas, a tennis court and luscious gardens.

9. Telluride, Colorado

Telluride$59,000,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled deep within the rarest assemblage of rolling meadows and mature forest just 12 minutes from the historic resort town of Telluride, Colorado, this property offers the ultimate retreat for those seeking privacy, scenic beauty and serenity. A warm and inviting main house and story-book guest house are situated upon a rise overlooking the regions towering 14,000-foot peaks. The property’s vast acreage is threaded by a private trail system providing gated access into tens of thousands of acres of surrounding National Forest.

8. Cape Town, South Africa

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Located in the heart of the unique enclave of Lions Head Nature Reserve in Cape Town South Africa, lies a Villa so spectacular in contemporary design, it is a true architectural feat. High above the cityscape this exquisite Villa enjoys unobstructed, panoramic views of Clifton’s four famous beaches and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

7. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Germany16.800.000 € EUR | Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany | NRW Immobilien Sotheby’s International Realty

One of Germany’s most beautiful historic properties, Burg Rheineck is located just 30 kilometers south of Bonn, the former capital of Germany. The castle is located on top of a hill overlooking Bad Breisig, known for its thermal springs and the beautiful promenade along the Rhine River. The castle has seen many famous visitors over the centuries including the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm, Mikhail Gorbachev, John F. Kennedy Jr., Yehudi Menuhin, Alexander von Humboldt and many others.

6. Mallorca, Spain

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Located in Son Vida, this unique villa enjoys breathtaking views of the sea, Palma city and its port. The Chameleon Villa boasts extraordinary light effects, consisting of the finest LED technology, which can be programmed to change colors on a whim. Comprised of three buildings, the main house is spread over three floors including a living area, library, TV room, bedroom suites, kitchen and wine cellar. In the second building are swimming pools, fitness and spa area. The third building is the guest house.

5. James Island, Canada

James Island_CanadaPrice Upon Request | James Island, British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

James Island is a 780-acre private island prominently situated within Canada’s famous Gulf Island archipelago. The second largest privately owned island within the Gulf Islands, James Island is as rare as it is unique. Steeped in a rich and documented history, the island has had several lives: from agricultural settlement; to an industrial plant and company town; to its present incarnation as an exclusive retreat and a return to much of its natural state.

4. Olbia-Tempio, Italy

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Built by Prince Karim Aga Khan, this waterfront villa on the north shore of Sardinia boasts thirteen bedrooms and its own private beach. The home is situated above the bay of Porto Cervo to capture spectacular views while maintaining privacy with unmatched luxury. Plush couches and poolside lounge areas create comfortable outdoor living spaces for relaxation and entertainment.

3. Hobe Sound, Florida

Hobe Sound_Florida$72,000,000 USD / Hobe Sound, Florida / Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

Luxurious Bahamian-inspired estate designed and custom-built in 2010 by international superstar Celine Dion for her and her family. Located on the exclusive Jupiter Island, this 5.5 acre property with over 415 linear feet on the Atlantic Ocean is being sold turn-key with almost all its contents.

2. Water Mill, New York

Water Mill_New York$69,000,000 USD | Water Mill, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- Southampton Brokerage

Villa Maria is a private and magnificent waterfront estate with stately gardens and glorious views of Mecox Bay. At 22,000 sq. ft., it has 11 bedrooms including a 6-room beautifully appointed master suite, a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase, a 60 foot living room with original fresco details a state of the art kitchen and a wine cellar. All principal rooms are brilliantly sunny and take advantage of the panoramic water views. The outdoor spaces feature a grand 2-story portico and a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay. There is a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a charming two-bedroom guesthouse.

1. Key Largo, Florida

Pumpkin Key$110,000,000 USD | Key Largo, Florida | Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty

Just ten minutes by helicopter to Miami’s South Beach or by boat to Key Largo, Pumpkin Key is an extraordinary private island totaling 26 acres located in the Florida Keys. Self-sufficient with water and electric from the shore, the island currently features one main home with three bedrooms, two caretaker’s cottages, and a dock master’s apartment. The island also includes a 20-slip marina able to accommodate a mega-yacht, tennis courts that also serve as a helipad and golf cart paths that circle the island.

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SOTHEBY’S AUCTION HOUSE: Extraordinary Properties|Private Getaways

Whether your dream is to jet off to a secluded island or get lost in the pines of a deeply wooded forest, we’ve all fantasized about the perfect place for a private getaway. Explore the quiet remoteness of luxury properties from around the world and get inspiration for your ideal romantic getaway home or a special place to escape the monotony of everyday life.


Telluride, Colorado | sothebysrealty.com Property ID JB5PRL

Nestled deep within the rarest assemblage of rolling meadows and mature forest just twelve minutes from the historic resort town of Telluride, Colorado, this property owned by Tom Cruise offers the ultimate retreat for those seeking privacy, scenic beauty and serenity, according to The Wall Street Journal. A warm and inviting main house and story-book guest house are situated upon a rise overlooking the regions towering 14,000-foot peaks. The property’s vast acreage is threaded by a private trail system providing gated access into tens of thousands of acres of surrounding National Forest.

$59,000,000 USD| Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty



Turks & Caicos | sothebysrealty.com Property ID 49TWQX

This private beachfront estate in the Caribbean is set on its own stretch of sand with unparalleled ocean water views. A main house and guest house combine for a seven bedroom tropical escape in an exclusive community. Sandy footpaths lead to several shaded outdoor lounging areas, ultimately guiding to an infinity-edge pool set directly in the sand.

$48,000,000 USD | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty



Wilmington, North Carolina | sothebysrealty.com Property ID 8L934N

Referred to as “the most coveted home on television” this residence is the inspiration and interior shot backdrop for Madeleine Stowe’s “Grayson Manor” on ABC‘s popular television drama Revenge. This West Indies inspired masterpiece is set high on a secluded bluff overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. Old world architecture and precision craftsmanship can be found in every finish of this magnificent home designed by renowned architect Charles Dietsche.

$5,500,000 USD | Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty



Vieques, Puerto Rico | sothebysrealty.com Property ID HZ969H

“Casa Cielo” is perched atop the center ridge of Vieques Island, an enchanting tropical paradise that lies a few miles off the eastern tip of Puerto Rico. This low-key chic island paradise has become the secret private escape for discerning luxury-lifestyle connoisseurs and celebrities relishing its inherent tranquility. Set on a stunning six sun-drenched acres, the five bedroom estate captures stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and surrounding hillsides and is accessible only by a long unmarked drive offering complete seclusion and privacy.

$7,800,000 USD | Puerto Rico Sotheby’s International Realty

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Sotheby’s International Realty Significant Sales, Volume 10

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Mountain Aviation Featured Empty Leg Flights

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VIDEO: Telluride in a Word. [Time]

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It’s not uncommon for guests to be left speechless when they visit Telluride. The breathtaking beauty and authentic mountain community make this place one-of-a-kind, and can leave people with a loss of words.

In light of this, we posed a simple question to six people who live and love Telluride – “How would you describe Telluride with a single word?” Their answers were honest, insightful and real. Their stories were framed to create a six-part video series. These people describe the Telluride experience in a way never before. It’s called “Telluride in a Word”. Simply put – it’s the story of the Telluride experience… one word at a time.

Telluride is surrounded by time. It’s found in the 13,000 and 14,000 foot San Juan peaks that were formed over millions of years. It’s in the historic mining structures that the people of Telluride have fought to preserve. Yet, time seems to fly past us in an instant, especially when we lose ourselves in this place.

Our final episode of the #TellurideInaWord video series explores time in Telluride. Get off the clock, sit back and enjoy.

[Time] is the sixth and final video in the series.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Spotlight: Bill Fandel featured in “Cultivating an Extraordinary Market”

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