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Colorado Flights Alliance announces expansion, American Airlines to offer year-round service from Dallas


Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016 9:11 am

Colorado Flights Alliance on Wednesday announced another commercial air-service expansion to the Telluride region.

In late July, the alliance, a regional partnership that actively works to secure commercial air service to Telluride and Montrose airports, announced that commercial service would be returning to Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) following a two-year hiatus. Great Lakes Airlines will reinstate year-round commercial air service to the airport beginning Dec. 17 through a partnership with United Airlines to book flights between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Telluride.

The announcement on Wednesday concerned expanded passenger service to Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ). American Airlines will now operate year-round between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) airport and Montrose instead of only during the summer and winter high seasons.

Matt Skinner, chief operating officer of Colorado Flights Alliance, said American Airlines is basically expanding its nonstop offerings to Montrose, “building up from seasonally to year-round.”

“We have been working with our partners at American on this for several years, and through strategic growth in flights, seats and passengers, we are thrilled to be able to offer our locals, visitors and businesses an added year-round option to the region,” Skinner said.

Already, United Airlines provides daily, year-round service between Denver and Montrose. Thus, the American Airlines’ service “will add a second daily, year-round option for MTJ travelers,” a flights alliance news release said.

American Airlines recently announced plans for a second daily flight from DFW to MTJ during the core of the winter tourism season and also said a larger aircraft would serve the route in the summer.

American’s service in April-May and October-November will consist of one flight daily on a 50- to 70-seat regional jet, Skinner said.

“The growth in our core tourism seasons, and the expansion and diversification of our regional economy, have allowed us to push through with added year-round demand for flights,” he said.

The new travel option broadens the accessibility of the region, providing a viable resource for business, pleasure and lifestyle, the news release said.

“The achievement of solidifying year-round service will be a boost to our economy, in particular serving our visitors and second-homeowners hailing from Texas, a key market for our community,” Mountain Village Mayor Dan Jansen said in a prepared statement.

As Colorado tourism leads the nation in growth, ease of travel is pertinent to capturing market share in the industry, the news release said. Access to the region provides a very marketable travel message.

“The addition of another year-round flight is an exceptional marketing opportunity for us and will absolutely contribute to the entire region’s continual economic growth — including tourism, business development and ancillary sectors to them both,” Michael Martelon, CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board, said in the news release.

Montrose Regional Airport figures prominently in the regional tourism market and the overall economy, the release said. Air service is a major factor for travelers around the country and the world when considering where to visit and spend tourism dollars.

“This is another step forward for the growth of the airport, which is the largest economic driver in the region,” Montrose County Commissioner David White said in the news release. “A year-round DFW flight is yet another example of the county’s successful partnership with the Colorado Flights Alliance and its diligent work.”

The year-round DFW flights are currently available for sale, with travel bookable through August 2017.

In another announcement in late June, the flights alliance said that Las Vegas-based Allegiant Airlines, a low-cost airline primarily serving leisure travelers, would start service between Denver and Montrose on Dec. 17. However, that service is winter-only, with flights running mostly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and is scheduled to end on March 25.

Skinner said at the time that Allegiant’s entry into the market was “a game-changer” in that no other low-cost carriers were offering direct service between Denver and the state’s ski resort areas.

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New York Times: As Markets Waver, the Rich Park Money in Luxury Homes

 A home for sale in El Madroñal, a gated community in Benahavís, Spain. Credit: Savills

High-end residential buyers still want a good deal, as they always have, and, of course, a property that will eventually have capital appreciation, or will generate rental income, said Kathleen Peddicord, the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group.

“But once they have found what they want, there’s more urgency,” Ms. Peddicord said. “In the past year, they’ve been quicker to pull the trigger on a purchase once they’ve identified such an opportunity.”

Many high-net-worth investors are plunking cash in a second or third high-end residence as a safety net, stemming from concern about a wide range of economic and political factors. These include the possibility of rising interest rates in the United States, China’s slowdown, low oil prices, conflicts in the Middle East and the reality that equities have been lethargic and bonds have floundered in a bear market.

“People feel more comfortable investing in things they can see and touch and feel, that’s the tangible nature of real estate,” said Michael Sonnenfeldt, founder and chairman of Tiger 21, a network of over 440 members who collectively manage more than $40 billion worth of personal investable assets.

“That’s why our members are pulling in on some of their private equity and fixed-income exposure, rolling up their shirt sleeves and getting involved in tangible assets that they buy with cash,” Mr. Sonnenfeldt said. “Fewer people, though, think of it as a pure investment vehicle. They want the security.”

And they are not just buying United States properties in upscale urban real estate markets like New York and Miami, and vacation spots such as the Hamptons, Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Nantucket, in Massachusetts. “I believe the interest among high-end property buyers in overseas markets is greater than ever right now,” Ms. Peddicord said.

“People with money are keen to diversify it beyond the U.S. stock market in particular,” she said. “A vacation or second or third home in a sunny Shangri-La is an increasingly appealing option. It’s a hard asset that doubles as a lifestyle enhancement and that cushions the buyer from any shocks U.S. markets may be in for.”

While most ultra-high-net-worth individuals opt for a second or third home in the country where they reside, an increasing number of people with net assets of more than $30 million are buying homes in other countries, according to a 2015 report by Wealth-X and Sotheby’s International Realty. International homes account for 16 percent of nonprimary ultra-high-net-worth residences, compared with 11 percent in 2010.

The middle-market buyers are spending $250,000 to $500,000 on single properties, but high-net-worth individuals are spending $1 million or more in many markets, including the Caribbean and Europe, Ms. Peddicord said. “We’re seeing increased interest in Panama and countries where the U.S. dollar is strong,” she said. These include France, Spain and Portugal.

Call it market timing. As investors look for a shelter for some money, luxury home prices have softened and are continuing to decline in many markets.

“Pricing on the high end of second homes has experienced an elevated level of ‘luxflation’ over the past five years that is unprecedented in history,” said Leonard Steinberg, president of Compass. “This pricing is adjusting to more realistic levels as we speak, and people, quite smartly, are buying into the luxury market at a better price than they could have 12 months ago.”

The gap between asking prices and sales prices of luxury homes is widening, according to Luxury Defined 2016, a study of 2015’s top sales in 100 luxury-housing markets worldwide by Christie’s International Real Estate.

According to the study, “The highest priced home sold in each market traded on average 19 percent less than their original asking prices, compared with 14 percent less in 2014.” As a result of these economic and political factors, “several luxury real estate markets across the globe saw a marked increase in sales from overseas investors and second-home buyers over the past 12-18 months.”

Beyond more realistic prices and the allure of a stable investment to weather stock market volatility, wealthy buyers are also purchasing eco-friendly homes that are energy efficient and smart homes with the latest tech installed to make it seamless to work from any location, according to the Wealth-X and Sotheby’s report.

Moreover, in the last five years, the trend has been toward gated communities, said David Forbes, private office head of Savills, a global real estate firm. “Security has become a major issue worldwide. We’ve seen a huge shift away from big single villas in isolated areas toward really high-end secure gated communities with full service amenities, from tennis to a world-class golf course, a spa and something for the kids to do.”

Savills, for example, lists a $4.9 million seven-bedroom, six-bathroom villain El Madroñal, a gated community in the hills above Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain. The cortijo-style home with panoramic sea and mountain views is in a gated community with 24-hour security.

Private islands, too, have been in vogue in recent years, particularly in Western Europe, the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. Lately, though, while buyers are inquiring, “sales have been rather quiet,” said Farhad Vladi, president of Vladi Private Islands, a brokerage firm.

“Buying an island is an emotional buy, rather than one that’s triggered by economic uncertainty,” he said. “It’s a luxury, not a necessity. Since some prices have dropped this year, my clients are saying, let’s wait and see if they might come down further.”

Houseguest: Chef Joe Cicala finds culinary inspiration in Tuscany


As the Executive Chef at Le Virtu, and the Co-Owner and Culinary Director at Brigantessa in Philadelphia, Joe Cicala regularly travels to Italy to feed his passion and research authentic local flavor that he will infuse into his cuisine.

In this awe-inspiring episode of Houseguest, Joe visits Via di Cappello, a secluded villa nestled in the Florentine countryside.

Watch as Joe finds inspiration for his latest recipe: Tagliatelle with Tuscan Pork Sausage and Mushroom Ragu.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | October 2016

Posted on November 3, 2016

From a sophisticated villa in Dubai’s Emirates Hills, to a regency-styled stucco home in Washington DC, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.


Price Upon Request | Emirates Hills, Dubai | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This Emirates Hills villa exhibits the most comprehensive collection of premier furniture and luxury finishes. The sophisticated home is not only a well-designed mansion with contemporary architecture by famous international architects, but also equipped with latest technologies in Home Automation and Security/Surveillance systems. Furthermore, the soft landscaping and the lake view lend a peaceful tranquility to this place amidst the busy bustle of Dubai City. It is a residence with intimate charm, elegance and style, without compromising the needs of a modern, contemporary house. From the kitchen, to dining area, to the living room, to all bedrooms and bathrooms, the style, the design and function is very consistent, luxurious and harmonious.


$23,499,000 USD | Dana Point, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the most desirable beachfront properties on the market, Casa Dall’ Oceano is a new-construction estate in the exclusive Strand at Headlands community. Built in a Modern-Mediterranean style, nearly every room in this three-story villa has been designed to take advantage of unobstructed, panoramic ocean views. Five bedrooms and eight spa-like bathrooms, expansive great room, theater room, kids guest bunk room, teen lounge, and indoor driving range offer luxurious comfort and family enjoyment. Streamlined indoor-outdoor living is yours through multiple terraces and an infinity-edge pool with spa overlooking the ocean beyond. Not to be forgotten are the community beach club, Ritz Carlton access, and Dana Point Harbor just minutes away.


Price Upon Request | Wanaka, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Consisting of 6,639 hectares, this unique high country station comprises 5,787 hectares of freehold land and 852 hectares of high altitude leasehold, held in four separate titles. From its elevated position, the property takes in breath-taking views over Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and the Clutha River, to the Wanaka Township, Mount Aspiring and the McKerrow and Buchanan mountain ranges.


$20,000,000 USD | Washington, D.C. | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Modeled after early 18th century English precedents by such renowned architects as Sir John Nash, this new 13,500-square-foot house presents itself as a careful study in symmetry, balance and proportion. Finely detailed, load bearing Indiana limestone porches and accent details give the home a stately charm and presence on the street. The interior spaces feature hand carved stone mantels, custom millwork trim, cabinetry and details ensuring the vocabulary of the exterior flows through to the interior to create a seamless elegant experience that is timeless in style. Rarely if ever will one find a home constructed and designed with unparalleled materials and workmanship as this masterpiece. Extraordinary landscaping, pool and separate pool house complement this stunning property.

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W | Lauren Bush Lauren’s Guide to Telluride, Colorado


Winter is coming, and so are snowy getaways. Here, the CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects shares her hit list for Telluride, Colorado.

November 5, 2016 8:00 am


Lauren Bush Lauren was born in Denver, married in Ridgway, and vacations in Telluride — in short, she’s something of a Colorado expert. When she’s not at her husband’s family property (that would be the Double RL ranch, owned by Ralph Lauren), she’s in nearby Telluride, taking in the food and landscape of the mountain town. As the New York-based CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects, the open air is her version of an escape. Here, she shares her must-do list for Telluride, Colorado.

212 South Oak
A wonderfully cozy restaurant with an extensive and delicious vegetarian menu.

Butcher & Baker
Such delicious, healthy food. I dream about their kale salad!

Fresh Italian food, and it’s a beautiful spot to eat al fresco before the winter months hit.

La Marmotte
Great French food.

Coffee Cowboy
My go-to coffee spot while I’m shopping and exploring in town.

Cool, eclectic art and jewelry. I love stopping in here to for inspiration and gift shopping.

Great herbal remedies (for altitude sickness and otherwise), and they hold a special place for me because they carry a great assortment of FEED bags.

Heart-stoppingly scenic restaurant perched in the mountains. You have to take the gondola up to get it, which is half of the fun.

Dylan’s Candy Bar
I head to Dylan’s store in the mountain village to load up on sweets and goodies.

Lizard Head Pass
This is a gorgeous scenic drive with some of my favorite hiking trails surrounding it.

Peaks Spa
I stop in for a little “me time” and the best massages.

Freeskier | Amplifying Telluride: The gem of Colorado is kicking it up a few notches

by Paddy O’Connell/ October 27, 2016

Last year, massive early-season storms thumped Telluride. Nearly all of the resort’s 156 trails—spread across 2,000-plus acres—were open before Christmas. As the snow accumulated so did the skier visits. Guests remarked on what locals have known for decades: Telluride is a skier’s paradise. On a scale of one to 10, most anyone will tell you the terrain is an 11. The town itself is home to more remarkable and noteworthy characters than you’d find in an episode of Game of Thrones—that is to say, a lot. The entire experience of skiing and being in Telluride is like free pizza at a Parliament concert: a funky good time that leaves you satisfied, smiling and ready for more, time and time again.

What’s new in 2016-17?

Telluride has joined the ranks of Jackson, Alta/ Snowbird, Mammoth, Aspen Snowmass and others on the Mountain Collective pass. As outlined in detail in this web post, for $419 (limited time), Mountain Collective pass holders receive two “free days” and 50 percent off additional tickets at each of the 14 destinations that fly the Mountain Collective flag. Essentially, skiers can storm chase and shred some of the planet’s finest terrain all winter long without turning the piggy bank into burnt bacon.

Telluride is also now more accessible than ever before. This winter, Allegiant Airlines is offering affordable flights twice a week into neighboring Montrose via Denver International Airport. Great Lakes Airlines (part of the United network) will fly direct into Telluride from Denver. And reasonably priced, direct flight options to Montrose are available daily from nine hubs (including Houston, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago) across the U.S.


Shredding among the massive peaks of Telluride. Photo: Brett Schreckengost

Oldies but goodies

Simply put, Telluride’s terrain is insane. “The mountain speaks for itself,” says Director of Mountain Operations, Scott Pittenger, “and we’re always in a state of improving the goods.” This off-season, the Mountain Ops crew has been hard at work with forest management, cleaning up dead-fall from wintertime wind events. Sawyers have moved in on every glade on the mountain, but their most notable efforts have been in the Little Rose and Gold Hill 1 drains. “It’s a previously untreated area with tons of potential,” explains Pittenger. “The work will allow fluid top-to-bottom tree skiing on a great aspect.”

The five backcountry gates that access Bear Creek and Alta Lakes will continue to allow skiers the chance to experience Telluride’s famous off-piste skiing. But don’t be a dummy. The San Juan Mountains are world renowned for sheer faces, tight couloirs and unstable snowpack. Know before you go beyond the resort’s rope line. Or, take advantage of Telluride’s heli-skiing operation, Telluride Helitrax, to get some guided, untracked, steep and deep blower pow.

The vibe

The town was designated a National Historical Landmark Site in 1961, which means no chain businesses and no phoniness. It lives up to its motto: “the most Colorado place on Earth.” That old-timey mining shack held up by 1970s-era skis wasn’t built last week by a conceptual artist. That “shack” is somebody’s home. And while it’s true that more of the über-rich have taken a liking to Telluride in recent years, everything that Rasta Stevie said in Greg Stump’s The Blizzard of Ahhhs stands true. Unique, cool and funky, Telluride is a skier’s mountain and a skier’s town. “The mountains are what brings everyone—the rich, the rastas and the ski bums,” says born and raised Telluride shred queen Galena Gleason. “But it’s the community and funkiness that keeps us here.”

Skiing in Telluride is not just a good idea; it’s a rite of passage. The hike-to lines in Black Iron Bowl, the pucker factor atop Palmyra Peak and the local favorite combo of Mak-M-Stairs-Plunge (accessed from Plunge Lift) all test your mettle and provide an unmatched skiing experience.


Telluride by the numbers


Elevation (in feet) of Palmyra Peak, an extreme in-bounds hike-to zone.


Degrees of slope angle at the drop-in atop Palmyra. Seniors “mellows out” to a sustained 37 degrees until you hit Palmyra Basin. It’s all smiles and laid-back windshield wiper turns from there on out.


Number of Gold Hill chutes. Access some of the most extreme resort skiing in the world via a railroad-grade hike? Yes, please.


Square miles of guided heli-skiing terrain in the San Juan Mountains serviced by Telluride Helitrax.


Name of Brown Dog Pizza’s award-winning Detroit-style pie. It’s stupid delicious.

Amount of Huey Lewis and the News songs played on the jukebox at The Buck, the favorite watering hole among residents. Skiing folklore and open-mouth kisses exchanged nightly.

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Chicago Tribune | Small town, big thrills await skiers in Telluride

By Randall Weissman, Chicago Tribune

A sapphire sky on a sunny day. The aroma of rich, creamy mushroom soup. Larmandier-Bernier Champagne chilling. Bon Vivant restaurant puts a luxurious twist on the skier’s outdoor picnic lunch — just one of the refined touches at Telluride Ski Resort, where the season kicks off Nov. 24.

Since I first skied here 20-plus years ago, the once rough-hewn edges have been polished to a fine sheen. The on-mountain food is among the best in the Rockies. And as of Dec. 17, new Great Lakes Airlines service from Denver makes it even easier to reach.

The mountain isn’t huge — just a little over 2,000 skiable acres. But it still boasts more than its share of expert terrain, which was its original lure, while offering an abundance of intermediate and beginner runs as well.

Runs such as Spiral Stairs, Plunge and Power Line rise above the town and dare skiers to test their mettle on the double black-diamond pitches. When the resort opened in 1972, these were among the steepest runs in the Rockies. The above-tree-line runs on Black Iron Bowl and Palmyra Peak opened in the early 2000s, and they challenge even the most skilled skier.

The middle portion of the mountain is awash with superlative groomed runs. The Village Express and Polar Queen Express chairlifts serve acres of intermediate terrain, and the Sunshine Express lift provides access to some stellar family-fun and learning runs.

Polar Queen, Humboldt Draw and Silver Tip are just three of the trails that can easily fill up an afternoon of cruising.

The mountain’s terrain is clustered according to ability; it’s difficult for skiers to take a wrong turn and end up on a run that’s over their head.

The scenery is breathtaking from almost every run but especially on the aptly named See Forever, which traces the spine of the resort. The trail is skiable by an intermediate and shouldn’t be missed. The true test on this run is to find a place to stop at the side and take in the beauty without getting in the way of other skiers.

For a relatively small resort, visitors still have plenty of choices. There are two centers for lodging, meals and entertainment. At the base of the mountain is the town of Telluride; about 800 feet higher on the mountain is Mountain Village. Each has its own appeal.

Home to roughly 2,300 permanent residents, Telluride has all the flavor you’d expect from a town that’s been around since the 1870s. A walk along Main Street makes it easy to imagine what it was like at the height of the late 19th century mining boom.

Visitors can pause outside the Mahr Building and visualize the old San Miguel Valley Bank, the site of Butch Cassidy’s first bank robbery. Funky shops and restaurants are neighbors with the well-stocked, old-time hardware store.

Restaurants range from local hangouts like La Cocina de Luz (, serving superb Mexican food and margaritas, to the exquisite French cuisine of La Marmotte (, located in an old ice house.

The New Sheridan Hotel ( has been open for nearly 125 years. The rooms, updated in 2008, make for a great marriage of history and comfort.

Designed with convenience in mind, Mountain Village is a cozy collection of excellent resort-style lodging and restaurants that are good but don’t measure up to the selection in town. Amenities differ among the properties; the 32-room boutique hotel Inn at Lost Creek was perfect for my needs (

What makes this sort of split personality work is the Mountain Village-Telluride gondola. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, the free gondola runs between the village and the town from 7 a.m. to midnight, eliminating the need to drive or take a taxi.

Perched on a ridge at the 10,550-foot midpoint of the gondola trip is the resort’s premier dining spot, Allred’s ( Huge windows deliver diners unparalleled views to go along with outstanding, locally sourced food and a fabulous wine list.

Those who wonder how skis are made should take the Wagner Custom Skis factory tour (, which plans to move from Placerville to Mountain Village later this year. Tours can be arranged by calling 970-728-0107.

“Golfers who are serious get their clubs sized specifically for them,” founder and owner Peter Wagner told our tour group. “I thought that would be a good idea for skis too.”

Although Wagner’s focus is on high-end, custom-made skis, the company also makes a line of rental skis available at Telluride facilities; inquire at the rental shop.

Ski resorts are becoming hot spots for distilleries, and Telluride is no exception. Telluride Distilling Co. ( is just 10 minutes outside of town. It makes vodka from 100 percent sugar cane instead of grain or potatoes. The result is an ultra-smooth version of the old standby, perfect for a martini or bloody mary.

Combine a great mountain with a historic town, season with fine food and amenities, and you have the recipe for a ski resort that consistently is ranked among the best in North America.

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Randall Weissman is a freelance writer.

If you go

Getting there: Nonstop flights into Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ) are available from nine major cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and San Francisco. It’s about 68 miles — up to a 90-minute drive — from Montrose to Telluride. Cars aren’t a necessity in Telluride, so take a shuttle from Montrose. You can also fly into Denver International Airport and take United Airlines’ partner Great Lakes to Telluride Regional Airport (TEX), just five minutes from downtown.

Skiing there: Adult daily lift tickets at Telluride cost $86; $344 for four days ($316 when purchased in advance online). Telluride recently joined The Mountain Collective pass program, entitling holders to two days each at 14 ski resorts, including Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole and Taos. Adults passes are currently priced at $419;

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Luxury Living | Happy Halloween

Posted on October 31, 2016


While primarily an American holiday in the way it’s celebrated, Halloween has spread over the globe and has been adopted by many cultures in many countries. One of the most popular traditions of the holiday is to celebrate all things that go, “bump in the night,” so with that, join us on a journey around the world  as we discover homes in places associated with some classic tales.

Baltimore, Maryland

Home of Edgar Allen Poe

Famous for The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher and many other chilling short stories and poems, Poe lived his entire life in Baltimore. His stories have been adapted for film and TV countless times including memorable vignettes on The Simpsonsannual Halloween special. He was also the inspiration for the city’s NFL team (the Ravens) when they moved in a little over 20 years ago.


$4,600,000 USD | Baltimore, Maryland | Monument Sotheby’s International Realty

London, England

Home of Mary Shelley

The mother of some of horror’s most iconic characters, Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein in 1822 and gave generations of audiences Doctor Victor Frankenstein and his titular Monster. The story inspired dozens of film adaptations dating back to the advent of the modern cinema and helped launch the career of the legendary Boris Karloff as one of the original Universal Studios monsters.


£6,995,000 GBP | London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Tokyo, Japan

Home of Koji Suzuki

Koji Suzuki’s Ring (Ringu) series was instrumental in introducing international audiences to the J-Horror sub-genre and inspiring 2002’s American film, The Ring, by Gore Verbinski. In the wake of its success, The Ring opened viewers up to a steady stream of terrifying J-Horror stories for many years to come. It will be reimagined for the screen again in 2017.


¥250,000,000 JPY | Tokyo, Japan | List Sotheby’s International Realty

Dublin, Ireland

Home of Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847. Originally published in 1897, his most famous work, Dracula took the world by storm and brought vampires out of the shadows and into our homes. Count Dracula has since become a household name and continues to be, nearly 120 years later, one of the most famous and frightening monsters of all time.


5.000.000 € EUR | Dublin, Ireland | Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty

New Orleans, Louisiana

Home of Anne Rice

Author of the renowned Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice adapted the concept of vampires for a modern audience. Lestat, one of the vampires at the center of Rice’s stories, was portrayed by Tom Cruise in 1994’s Oscar-nominated film version of Interview with a Vampire alongside Brad Pitt and Kirstin Dunst.


$1,683,000 USD | New Orleans, Louisiana | Dorian Bennet Sotheby’s International Realty


Home of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Our journey ends in Mexico with the Day of the Dead celebration on November 1st. While there is no specific author tied to this particular celebration, images of “sugar skulls” and deeply-rooted practices of honoring deceased family and friends on the Day of the Dead has been featured in numerous stories across both print and film. Disney’s Pixar Studios will be bringing the holiday to life in their upcoming 2017 film, Coco.


$3,800,000 USD | Nayarit, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty

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