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Significant Sales | Volume I – Issue VII

Posted on October 27, 2016

From a prestigious estate in California, to a sacred sprawling ranch in Hawaii, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Canada, St. Barthelemy, Taiwan and Mallorca.


$34,928,200 USD | California, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

Old Bel Air’s most prestigious East Gate location directly overlooking the renowned Bel-Air Country Club and situated on approximately one-and-a-half at acres, sits this glorious, gated and private compound. Beyond the secluded and expansive driveway with circular motor court, rests this exquisite and elegant residence, impeccable, discerning and sophisticated in its design, with over 20,000 square-feet of grand interior living space, that seamlessly blends superior décor and appointments. This property is a major achievement in design and proportion, comprised of a formal dining room, inviting large scale entertaining; fabulous movie screening room; resort-like indoor spa and gym, exercise studio, billiard room, wine cellar, poolside interior cabana game room, and full guest apartment with private entrance.


$15,774,000 USD | California, USA | Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

Successfully sold off-market in 64 days, the award winning, 7,654-square-foot craftsman designed home expresses a consistent theme of quality finishes and commitment to design detail to command a significant sales price for the Lake Tahoe market. The two-level, four-bedroom main residence is composed of weathered granite and reclaimed redwood and offers an additional full suite above the attached double garage. The great room and stunning designer kitchen blend elegance with relaxed Tahoe living. The design theme is carried through to the two-bedroom guest residence and custom boathouse that comfortably houses prized mahogany watercrafts or sport boats. Lush landscaped grounds and striking water features complete this lakefront gem.

$13,500,000 USD | Colorado, USA | Legacy Properties West Sotheby’s International Realty

This exquisite 1,769-acre ranch, with approximately one mile of improved La Plata River frontage, is one of the last large acreage ranches in the region. 15 minutes from historic downtown Durango, the property consists of several improvements, including a newly remodeled 6,780-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath main residence, a 1,100-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath guest home, a 2,400-square-foot stable with apartment and two large top-quality shops. Elevations range from 8,200 feet to 9,200 feet offering alpine vegetation and cooler summer temperatures, while avoiding severe winter extremes due to its proximity to the high desert. The ranch has several ponds and hay meadows and the fishery provides for great experiences along with exceptional elk hunting.

Noteworthy Sales From Around the World


Price Undisclosed | Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Commissioned to design one of North America’s most important contemporary residences, esteemed firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects was tasked in creating a residence centered around entertaining, hospitality, and festivity. 200 guests comfortably flow through the Integral House’s principal rooms; when guests enter the glass walled entry, passing by the front reflecting pool, they experience a sense of wonder. With every element custom designed and every millimeter carefully contemplated, the finest craftspeople from around the globe collaborated to create this iconic dwelling using the best materials imaginable. Over 17,000 square-feet of mesmerizing space comprises this home, all of which yields an utterly exquisite residence purposefully built around entertaining friends, family, and business connections.


TWD 170,800,000 | Taiwan | Taiwan Sotheby’s International Realty

Perfect for an ideal family retreat or scenic restaurant location, this roomy 1,921-square-foot villa resides on an expansive over 13,000-square-foot lot. Previously owned by an influential figure in the entertainment business for over half a century, this hilltop beauty offers an open layout and enjoys sweeping views of the Taipei metropolis, which is especially magnificent at night.

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The Denver Channel | Colorado ghost towns: The remnants of the Tomboy Mining Camp near Telluride

11:33 AM, Oct 24, 2016

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the town of Tomboy was booming 3,000 feet above Telluride.

At one point, some 2,000 people lived and worked in this high mountain valley, braving deep snow to live in this boom town.

While the town shut down in the late 1920s, there are still remnants to be seen. It’s just a 5-mile hike, or drive, up a shelf road from Telluride.

About half way up the road, you’ll pass through this tunnel that’s been used by horses, wagons and vehicles for more than 130 years.

Many locals call this the “social tunnel.” The story goes that miners from up the hill would meet “girls” from town at the social tunnel for let’s just say “social” visits. Some say those visits occurred here because the prostitutes weren’t allowed any closer to the mining towns.

This green cabin is Whispering Jim’s Cabin.

A tour guide said Whispering Jim was the last independent miner in the area. He died in 1998.

This was Jim’s “garage,” built into the rocky side of the hill.

It’s actually more a shed and it housed Jim’s compressor that he used to run his rock drills.

As you get closer to Tomboy, you’ll pass the remnants of the Smuggler Union Mine.

Gold and silver were first discovered on the Smuggler vein in 1875. The Smuggler became one of the biggest mines in the area with some 20 miles of tunnels, according to a sign at the Smuggler brew pub in Telluride.

After passing Smuggler, you may spot this nondescript tunnel.

The Bullion Tunnel was a tunnel used to move ore from Ouray to Telluride for processing.

As you get closer to Tomboy, you’ll find more buildings. Some still standing, but many have collapsed.

The Tomboy Mine was a large operation with a school, stables, dining hall, store, cabins and even a YMCA with a bowling alley and pool tables.

The centerpiece of the operation was the very large mill.

If you want to learn more about what life was like at 11,000 feet in the mountains of Colorado during the mining days, read Harriet Backus’ book, “Tomboy Bride.”

In the book, she talks about moving to this remote outpost, getting mail and other deliveries, changing homes and making friends in a mining camp.

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Conde Nast Reader’s Poll | The Best Small Cities in the US – Telluride Ranks, Again, in Top Ten

Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Poll | The Best Small Cities in the U.S.

by Katherine LaGrave
October 17, 2016
by CNT Editors

Condé Nast Traveler readers cast more than 100,000 votes for their favorite cities in the U.S. in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards survey—in fact, we got so much feedback, we had to divide our list in two. This roundup features the country’s smaller cities, with populations under 150,000.

Telluride, CO


Telluride, Colorado

Pristine alpine skiing meets luxury in Telluride, a picturesque former mining town. Grab a Local’s Lager at the Telluride Brewing Company, or learn more about the town’s history at the Telluride Historical Museum, located in a converted hospital built in 1896. Return in summer for the world-renowned Bluegrass Festival, where you can listen to live performances against the backdrop of the San Juan mountains.

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VIDEO | Telluride Ski Resort Shares Inversion Over Telluride Valley


One of the coolest phenomena we see here in Telluride is due to the box canyon nature of the town. Inversion occurs because the valley socks in colder air as the sky above warms with the sun. As the sun begins to breach the peaks and shine in the valley, the inversion disappears as town warms. It’s quite a view especially after an overnight snow dropping four inches on the top of the ski mountain.

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Bloomberg | What a $10 million ski chalet looks like at 3 major global resorts

 By James Tarmy, Bloomberg

Alpine architecture varies all over the world, but when it comes to fancy resorts, most ski chalets have one thing in common: price tag. Here’s what $10 million gets you in Megève, France, Telluride, Colo., and St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Telluride, Colo., U.S., $10.25 million

Size: 11,729 square feet

Land: 35.1 acres

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 half

More a compound than a house, the property is set within the Gray Head Wilderness Preserve, an 885-acre development comprising 35-acre parcels. Built in 2003, the house is packed with amenities, including an observatory, gym, and game room, along with an outdoor entertainment area replete with ponds, waterfalls, fire pit, and multi-tiered terraces. The house is about 30 minutes from downtown Telluride and is about a 20-minute drive from Telluride Regional Airport.

Listed by Christie’s International Real Estate

Megève, France, $10.79 million

The house has a large terrace that looks out over a valley.
The house has a large terrace that looks out over a valley.

Source: Knight-Frank

Size: 5,382 square feet

Land: .74 acres

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 5

The house's interior.
The house’s interior.

Source: Knight-Frank

Set in the French Alps in the village of Choseaux, a small town about an hour’s drive from Geneva, this chalet was built in 1980 and has been recently renovated. The house is spread across four floors, with giant glass windows and covered terraces overlooking the valley. The house has a master suite, three guest bedrooms with en-suite baths, and a bedroom for staff. There’s a two car-garage, wine cellar, and hot tub. The house is positioned alongside the Megève ski mountain and lies about a half-hour’s drive from Chamonix and Mont Blanc.

Listed by Knight Frank

St. Moritz, Switzerland, $10.5 million

The house is 300 years old, but it just underwent a three-year renovation.
The house is 300 years old, but it just underwent a three-year renovation.

Source: Sotheby’s International Realty

Size: 5,920 square feet

Land: .108 acres

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 5

The house comes fully furnished.
The house comes fully furnished.

Source: Sotheby’s International Realty

This 300 year-old house, designed in the traditional style of the Engadine region in the Swiss Alps, has just undergone a three-year-long renovation and is now equipped with a Balthaupt kitchen full of Gaggenau and Siemens appliances. (The house is being sold fully furnished.) There’s also a sauna, steam room, wine cellar, a four-car garage—with two additional parking spaces in front of the house—and even a dedicated room for ski equipment. By car, it’s about 15 minutes from the St. Moritz ski area and about two-and-a-half hours from the Zurich airport.

Listed by Sotheby’s International Realty

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Sotheby’s Auction House | Bowie/Collector Evening Highlights

Posted on October 17, 2016

On November 10th, Sotheby’s London’s evening auction of Bowie/Collector will feature the most important pieces from the late-artist’s collection. With less than a month to go until the event, let’s preview some of the works available for sale later next month.


Francis Picabia, Mendica, 1929-30. Estimate £600,000–800,000


Henry Moore, Family Group, 1944. Estimate £250,000–350,000


Jean-Michel Basquiat, Air Power, 1984. Estimate £2,500,000–3,500,000

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SKI Magazine | Top Ranked Western Ski Resorts, Telluride #4


4. Telluride, Colorado
Photo: Ryan Bonneau

No matter where you live, Telluride is “pretty remote,”
 “off the beaten path,” and some might say “a long way from civilization”. But that’s exactly what makes this southwestern-Colorado town so amazing. You won’t find a prettier spot in ski country: Readers rank Telluride, surrounded by “breathtakingly beautiful” peaks, No. 1 for Scenery. A free gondola makes shuttles between Mountain Village and downtown a cinch, and locals and visitors alike love that the slopes are “virtually empty.” While some might bemoan the high prices and want some cheaper dining, Telluride delivers a ski experience that “caters to all.” Families praise the well-run ski school, and strong intermediates will find the easy-to-access Revelation Bowl a dream, even if it does get tracked out quickly. Experts, take note: Whether you’re up for a 20-minute hike or you just want to stick to the lifts, Telluride offers “some of the best steep terrain in the country”. Hop on the Gold Hill Express or hike toward Palmyra Peak for plenty of fresh tracks, chutes, and steep lines. And while we can hardly wait for the ski area to replace the achingly slow Plunge lift, you can’t beat skiing into town after a long day 
in the alpine. Telluride’s growing reputation means it’s no longer the “best-kept secret in the world,” but this picturesque ski town “needs to be on every skier’s bucket list.” —Megan Barber

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Mountain Aviation | Empty Leg Flights for October 2016



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Sotheby’s Video Series Presents: Houseguest | Berman Buckskin Ranch


“Houseguest” is the new custom video series presented by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand. This series follows influential and inspirational people as they become a houseguest in a home represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and meld their life with the unique lifestyle found with their extraordinary accommodations. 

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is the first real estate partner to develop this type of custom content with the Wall Street Journal. Houseguest will be featured in Sotheby’s International Realty brand media units and
social platforms.

EPISODE THREE | TELLURIDE, COLORADO: As the owner of a communications agency, Public Relations executive, Lois Najarian O’Neill is no stranger to the hustle and bustle of New York City life.  She is the ultimate high-powered executive balancing a successful company while raising two children.

In this episode of Houseguest, Lois trades skyscrapers for mountains, as she visits The Berman Buckskin Ranch in Telluride, Colorado.

Watch Lois discover tranquility and explore new hobbies through her inspiring retreat in the mountains. 

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Significant Sales | Volume I – Issue VI

Posted on September 29, 2016

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From a world-class waterfront home in New York, to a sprawling 40-acre ranch in Wyoming, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Sweden and St. Barthelemy.

$21,150,000 USD | New York, USA | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Located on nearly three-acres of waterfront land in one of Rye, New York’s most exclusive enclaves, this world-class oasis enjoys show-stopping panoramic views of the Long Island Sound, and 346-feet of direct beach frontage. The superbly built coastal residence contains five-bedrooms, five-full and three-half baths, with a total of 8,400-square-feet of living and entertaining space, complete with panoramic water views extending beyond the distant coastline. Additional highlights include a sophisticated living room and elegant dining room, professionally equipped kitchen with an extensive casual dining area, and the exquisite master suite. A captivating pool, pool house and multiple outdoor entertaining spaces, as well as a guest cottage and sta quarters also reside on the amenity-filled grounds. The exceptional waterfront property lies just 35 minutes from the heart of Manhattan, and conveniently near Rye Village, Greenwich and Westchester County’s countless recreational offerings.


$15,250,000 USD | California, USA | Healdsburg Sotheby’s International Realty

This stunning approximately 52-acre vineyard estate is set upon a sylvan, rolling hillside in a bucolic Russian River Valley location. An over 6,800-square-foot masterpiece built by Redhorse Constructors and designed by James G. Savroy Architects, the main home features a wine tasting room, wine cellar, separate master wing with study, two guest suites, exercise room, observation belvedere, koi pond, extensive decking and patios. In addition to the main home there is a historic farmhouse and caretaker’s cottage, pool, tennis court, gardens, and entertaining barn. Comprising three parcels with planted pinot noir and chardonnay vines, and Russian River beach frontage, this property represents true wine country living.


$10,440,000 USD | Wyoming, USA | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Willow Creek Ranch sits in a private valley looking up to the Wind River mountain range. With eight miles of Willow Creek, a 40-acre private lake and frontage on 1,600-acres of Willow Lake, the fishing is exceptional. The property offers great cattle ranch space with hunting, privacy and proximity to Jackson Hole, which is just over an hour away. Serviceable improvements, good hay meadows, state and forest leases all provide the foundation for this 300 head cattle operation.

Noteworthy Sales from Around the World


47 000 000 SEK | Sweden | Sweden Sotheby’s International Realty

Wilhelmsberg, with its almost 150 years of history, and its 22 rooms with a total area of 700-square-meters, is undoubtedly one of Gothenburg’s truly unique private homes. The house is located on a huge beautiful garden plot with an area of 3,378-square-meters, with bushes, trees and fountains, as well as a grand four-car garage. In 1865, Julius Lindström, a wholesaler of snuff and tobacco, bought the property from James Dickson and built a summer residence in the Renaissance style, inspired by a castle in Normandy. He retained the services of renowned city architect, Victor von Gegerfeldt and the building was completed around 1868. Lindström also beautified the park in the style of an English garden, and adorned it with fountains and statues. Lindström was an important man in Gothenburg, and at times was a city councilman and member of parliament, as well as being known as a public benefactor.


€6.420.000 | St. Barthelemy | St. Barth Sotheby’s International Realty

A veritable Caribbean escape, this desirable and rare parcel of land situated on a beautiful white sand beach in St. Barthelemy offers incredible vistas of the surrounding environment. Imagine waking up to the tranquil sounds of the crystal clear surf and feeling the warm sand beneath your feet on this captivating property. Representing the boundless possibilities of island life, this land is the future site of the oceanfront retreat of your dreams.

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