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The Great Outdoors – Sotheby’s Art & Home, May 2015

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! From thoughtfully landscaped grounds to immaculately manicured gardens, what lies just outside the front door is what makes a house a home, finds Iyna Bort Caruso.

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Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture, sought to channel the “genius of a place” in his projects. He believed every habitat had a spirit of its own and accessing that quality was the most meaningful way to connect with one’s surroundings.

At their best, designed landscapes appear spontaneous – an extension of nature’s best expression. On private estates, these elegant statements go beyond initial visual impressions or curb appeal. Gardens are a full sensory experience of colors, scents and textures. They lure you inside and guide you through multiple spaces that, by turns, can be meditative, enchanting and surprising. “Gardens are very experiential and very ethereal,” says Miami-based landscape architect Raymond Jungles, who has worked throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

In reinterpreting the environment, designers consider the site, orientation of the sun, climate and architectural style of the residence. Landscapes can also be used to camouflage flaws. For homes that lack strong aesthetic merit, “landscaping can become the dominant design element that allows residences to recede and fade into the environment,” says Jungles.

Gardens are points of personal pride and neighborhood identity. In cities like Charleston, South Carolina, where estates are known for their flourishing azaleas, oleanders, camellias, crepe myrtles and magnolias, “people spend a good deal of time outside on their porches and in their gardens,” says Daniel Ravenel of Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston. “It’s part of our way of life.”

Even in dense urban settings, rooftop gardens, courtyards and balconies enable residents to feel connected to nature. They soften the city’s hard edges while providing an oasis of calm.

Olmsted well recognized the effect. “Gradually and silently the charm comes over us,” he said on a trip to England in 1850. “We know not exactly where or how.”

Charleston$5,900,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina |Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International

This grand lakefront estate exudes the elegance and grace of an historic English manor. Charming gothic features throughout the home are tastefully and thoughtfully combined with the highest modern technologies to create the ultimate retreat. The expansive grounds are comprised of a unique synergy of lakeside views with sophisticated gardens.

BridgehamptonPrice Upon Request |Bridgehampton, New York |Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Combining the elegance of a royal European country estate with the amenities of a five-star resort, Three Ponds Farm offers an unparalleled private residence on nearly 60 picturesque acres. Meticulously designed and executed with the finest imported materials, the eight-bedroom, twelve-bath manor home with guest wing and staff quarters is a tour de force of custom luxury design and contemporary flair by renowned architect Allan Greenberg. The beautiful outdoor oasis includes magnificent formal gardens, a rose garden with orangery and over 7,000 specimen trees.

Las Vegas$28,000,000 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

Built to the most exacting standards and exemplifying graceful and symmetrical design, the Rameses Estate took over five years to remodel. This singular property comprises a main residence of over 13,000-square-feet with six bedroom suites and nine bathrooms, as well as a private office, screening room, billiard room, art room and four-car garage. Venturing beyond the picturesque residence, guests find themselves in formal gardens that flow into expansive lawns, private walkways and romantic rose gardens.

Texas$24,500,000 USD | Magnolia, Texas| Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

With the planting of over 20,000 trees, shrubs and flowers through the years, the spectacular Emerald Lake Estate is a veritable paradise with a resort-like ambience. This meticulously developed estate boasts the private 25-acre Emerald Lake, a world-class bass lake with ten islands, a nine-acre Japanese garden and a seven-acre botanical garden with over 5,000 azaleas, both designed by landscape architect Keiji Asakura.

FrancePrice Upon Request | Côte D’Azur, France | Côte D’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

On the Golf de Biot, discover this sublime and rare residence designed by architect André Svetchine. This beautiful domain is entirely enclosed, offering exceptional living amidst French gardens, ponds and olive trees. The main property provides spacious living opening onto two terraces; one is covered and overlooks the French gardens while the other overlooks the park.

New York-based writer Iyna Bort Caruso has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday, among others.

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Telluride Ski Resort Has Record Season

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The Telluride Ski Resort set a record for the number of skier visits during the 2014-15 ski season, according to Telluride Ski and Golf President and General Manager Greg Pack.“We had an incredible winter. We had a record season skier-visit-wise, revenue-wise, the whole bit,” Pack told Telluride Town Council members during a work session Tuesday.

“We are extremely excited given that our snow pack was, I think, 47 percent [of normal] at one point,” Pack added. “Everybody always says it’s snow. This year obviously it wasn’t. Telluride is sexy right now.”

The resort saw roughly 478,000 skier visits during the winter season, an increase over the previous season’s approximately 454,000 visitors and a sizable excess over the 470,000-visitor goal the resort’s management set for themselves.

Pack said that renewed marketing efforts on several target demographics helped create the record year, including increased attention to the Australian and South American markets during the month of January.

That bump is all the more remarkable because of the nature of the season’s snowfall, with intermittent big storms punctuated by extended periods of blue skies.

“We weren’t getting snow in January. It stopped for a month and a half,” Pack said.

Dallas was also a focus this season for the resort’s management, Pack said, with a big push to increase flights out of the Texas city and an extensive marketing campaign that even included recruiting area ski shops for their advice on billboard placement in choice zip codes.

The resort also focused on marketing strategies to drum up regional visitors from within driving distance, with the biggest percentage of those visitors coming from Durango, Farmington and Phoenix. Grand Junction, Pack noted, is not a big market for Telluride.

“We worked with the Telluride Tourism Board and tried to make sure we coordinated our marketing efforts. There was friction before, in the past, and I have to admit a lot of it was caused by my company. They were dysfunctional in a lot of ways, just as a company, and we’re working on that,” Pack told council members. The TTB is partially funded by the Town of Telluride to market the area.“The sides weren’t talking to each other,” Pack said. “We need to make sure we’re good players with everybody. We haven’t been in the past.”

Council members reacted in appreciation of the humble acknowledgement.

“We totally appreciate the fact that you’re working so well with the tourism board,” said Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser.

Pack announced at the town council meeting that the man behind much of this season’s success, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brad Larsen, announced his resignation on Monday in order to take up a job as the Resort General Manager at Idaho’s Tamarack Resort. And while that means the company will now have to search for his replacement, Pack also announced that the resort had successfully recruited a new PR and Communications Manager, Sharron Gibbs. Gibbs was previously a vice president at Ogilvy Public Relations based in Denver. She begins this week.

In a general sketch of projects on the horizon, Pack listed working on improving beginner and intermediate mountain bike trails, a zip line and more summer activity, including destination weddings and conferences. A project to upgrade the interiors of rooms at Big Billies is also in the works, as is collaboration with private developers on more workforce housing.

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WSJ: The New Price of Luxury: $40 Million

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Jeff Keil paid $2.3 million in 1991 for his townhouse on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in New York. When he put the roughly 17,500-square-foot house on the market a few months ago, he listed it for $40 million.

“It sounds unbelievable,” he said on a recent afternoon, while taking in breezes and views of Manhattan from the porch. He added: “I wish everything I did brought that return.”

Up until a few years ago, homes priced at $40 million or more were almost nonexistent. Not anymore—with the country’s most expensive homes priced well above $100 million, listings and sales at the $40 million mark have popped up across the country. “We’ve had this creation of a new market category unlike anything that’s ever been seen before,” saidJonathan Miller of Manhattan-based Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers. “Five or 10 years ago, a $40 million sale or listing was an outlier. And today it’s almost commonplace.”

Over the past year, there were more than 300 homes for sale across the country priced from $35 million to $49 million—an increase of 24% from the prior year, according to data from real-estate website Trulia.

And these prices aren’t just wishful thinking. In the past five quarters, Mr. Miller said at least 37 homes have sold between $30 million and $49.9 million in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. That is up from 14 that sold in those markets during the corresponding period in the boom years of 2007 and 2008.

A bedroom in a Brooklyn Heights townhouse that’s on the market for $40 million.
A bedroom in a Brooklyn Heights townhouse that’s on the market for $40 million. PHOTO: DOROTHY HONG FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

These super-luxury home sales are being fueled by a number of factors, Mr. Miller said, including the creation of global wealth since the economic downturn, demand from overseas and domestic buyers looking to park their money in hard assets and the high price of land in prime locations, which forces builders to price their properties higher. It is also common for big-ticket listings and sales to generate a copycat effect, prompting other sellers to put their homes on the market for similarly ambitious prices, he said.

A few weeks ago, Beverly Hills real-estate agent Branden Williams relisted a five-bedroom house in the Hollywood Hills. The house, which had been on the market with another agent for about a year, was asking $35 million. Mr. Williams raised its price to $38 million. “All the prices around us have gone up so much in the last year,” reasoned Mr. Williams, of Hilton & Hyland, who is co-listing the property with his wife, Rayni, also of Hilton & Hyland, and Ben Bacal, of Rodeo Realty Fine Estates.

The house measures about 13,000 square feet. Owner Sean Sassounian, founder of SAS Textiles, bought the site about six years ago for about $4.5 million. He said he started building the house about four years ago with plans to live in it, but when he and his wife ended up having three children in rapid succession, they decided to move instead to the flats of Beverly Hills to be closer to their schools. The newly completed house has three full kitchens, a gym, a theater, an elevator, an infinity-edge pool with city views, a massage room and a subterranean garage that fits about eight cars.

Despite the bevy of new decamillion-dollar listings and the headlines that accompany them, it can still take months or years to sell a home at this price.

“The vast majority of homes over $5 million don’t fly off the shelves the way people want you to believe they do,” said real-estate agent Leonard Steinberg of Compass, who is co-listing a Tribeca townhouse. Originally listed in October for $48 million, it is now priced at $46 million.

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Significant Sales, Volume I 2015

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Architectural Digest and Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse

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The 2015 designer showhouse at Sotheby’s—cosponsored by Architectural Digest—is now under way. The event, open to the public through April 19, will culminate with an auction of the items featured in the showhouse on April 20. “People love the juxtaposition of great pieces that were 20th century or 18th century or 19th century, or from two centuries B.C., all in the same room,” says Andrew Ogletree, Sotheby’s head of English furniture, in a video tour of the space. Hear more of Ogletree’s take on the showhouse in the video above.

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Huffington Post: Ten Reasons You Should Pay Telluride Forward

From carbon neutral micro brew festivals to the complimentary bio fuel bus, a ‘free box’, random acts of coffee kindness and no traffic lights. Why you should pay Telluride, Colorado forward.

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Some mountain towns just scream community and the box canyon town of Telluride in the San Juan mountains of Colorado has got it in spades. It helps that it comes with a picture box setting with soaring peaks thrusting skyward in an amphitheatre around the heritage town with a Main Street plucked straight from a Hollywood cowboy set.

You have got to love a town that purchases 570 acres of gateway meadow known as The Valley Floor out of the hands of the San Miguel Valley Corporation and declares it open space, forever wild in perpetuity. Community one, greed nil.

You have also got to love a town with no traffic lights, none, not one.

If, like me, you’re a sucker for a farmers organic market, a local brew, a love of nature over corporations and random acts of kindness then you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s ten reasons why.

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The coffee here is good, so good we caught the gondola down each day just get a cup of joe. But what I really love in the little caravan on the main street is the Pay it Forward window where you buy someone a cup of coffee and leave the card there for them to pick up. The simple gifts in life mean a lot.

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The Free Box

Get in quick as the Free Box on the main street is cleared out every Friday. Locals and tourists heading home leave unwanted goods from clothes to televisions to skis, snowboards, camping gear and more for others to pick up for free. One guy I met at the box found himself a pair of zip off trek pants for summer that he was clearly chuffed with.

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Free wind powered gondola

Telluride is split between the town of Telluride on the valley floor and Mountain Village half way up the mountain. The two are connected by a free gondola that is run by wind power. They even have blankets for gondola riders to use in winter and dog friendly cabins for those travelling with Fido.

Free bio fuel driven shuttle bus

The Galloping Goose is the town’s free shuttle bus service. If you grab bus #101 then you’ll know that your ride is run on non toxic, biodegradable, vegetable oil based biodiesel fuel.

Wagner Skis made for your DNA in a carbon neutral way

Pete Wagner makes custom made skis from a pre purposed gas station in Placerville using wind and solar power to ensure a carbon neutral factory. Not only are your skis one of kind made specifically for your own skiing DNA with a top sheet designed just for you, they are also good for the environment that means so much to those who care for the great outdoors. In our world that’s a double hitter.

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Yahoo! Travel: The Perfect Thursday Night In Telluride

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By Melissa Fleming

April 16, 2015

Ah, Thursday night — the only truly social night of the week. It’s the night when babysitters are booked, friends convene, and drinks are imbibed. There are no family obligations to fulfill, no amateurish weekend crowds to elbow through — and the possibilities are endless. The night starts after work and ends whenever you want. In any city. All over the world. This week, we’re presenting the perfect Thursday night in Telluride, Colorado.

“To hell you ride” was once the colorful sendoff to the melting pot of fortune seekers heading to the San Juan Mountains in search of gold in the 1870s — and possibly even the origin of the town’s name, Telluride. But today it feels more like a little valley of heaven. In this True Grit territory — the original was filmed nearby in Ridgeway, Colorado — Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in 1889. Since the 1970s though, when this ghost town was reintroduced as a ski town, people have been drawn to Telluride for the powder on the mountain. At 8,750 feet above sea level, Telluride maintains its Old West charm and small-town vibe without all the crowds you find at other Colorado resorts. And it’s not just for skiing. In the summertime, Telluride boasts a Bluegrass FestivalJazz Festival, and Film Festival, not to mention fourteen “14-ers” (mountains over fourteen thousand feet high), just waiting to be climbed. Here’s how to have the perfect night out in Telluride.

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Learn all about the town’s rich history at the Telluride Historical Museum. (Photo: Telluride Historical Museum)

4 p.m.: First stop: the Telluride Historical Museum. Housed in Hall’s Hospital built in 1896, this intimate museum gives old and young visitors alike an overview of the rich and diverse history of the region from the days of the Nuchu/Ute Native American tribes to the miners and skiers. After catching up on your history, walk around town — the entire place was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961—some 12 blocks long and eight blocks wide, where former houses of ill repute now play host to local residents along Colorado Avenue, Telluride’s main street.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Launches New Website!

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE NEW SIR.COM

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the launch of its newly redesigned website, sir.com, which was built to showcase its network’s listings in an immersive and visual way that is unique to the industry.

“The new sir.com was created to tell the story of a home in a more editorial way, not the commoditized approach that can often be found in our industry,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “We believe the art of marketing a home is based on showcasing its soul, so every aspect of the new site works toward this goal.”

The design changes include an increased focus on full-screen, high-definition video throughout the site, from the homepage to property detail pages, to allow for a more immersive consumer experience.  High-resolution photography also plays a more prominent role.  The property detail pages feature: slideshows that tell a home’s story via the captions, custom video, location overviews that provide insight into the local area via video and text, and a seller or expert quote that offers a personal view of the property.

Consumers still can search for a home based on lifestyle and amenity but now have the ability to sort their results by various home features including pools, kitchens and views, and compare visual images of that feature among their search results.

“At the foundation of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is our focus on lifestyle,” said John Passerini, vice president of interactive marketing for the brand.  “Our lifestyle search is more visual, and our focus on video and photography allows our affiliates to showcase the various lifestyles a home offers that cannot be properly articulated in words only.  Our fully responsive site works on any mobile device and allows our network members to do what we believe they do best: uniquely showcase extraordinary homes around the world anytime, anywhere and in any language.”

Discover how searching for your new home is redefined on the NEW sir.com

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