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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Ranks Among Nation’s Best in REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal Report

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand claimed 40 of the top 250 sales associates in the Individual Sales Volume category of the 2018 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand.” In addition, 12 teams affiliated with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand were recognized as being among the top 250 teams in the nation by sales volume. The annual report ranks America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2017 annual sales volume and transaction sides.

“The representation of Sotheby’s International Realty brand sales associates on this list validates their professionalism and market expertise,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are proud of their exceptional performance and commitment to the brand, providing the finest real estate services to garner a brand record of $108 billion in global sales volume in 2017.”

Click here to see the Sotheby’s International Realty brand affiliated sales associated represented on “The Thousand.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 22,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 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.comglobal website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will 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.

The complete Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals list can be found on REAL Trends’ website, www.realtrends.com.

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Design Ideas | Create a Relaxing Haven at Home

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The best escapes aren’t always at a five-star hotel. A well-appointed home can be the place you let go, relax, and indulge in the good life in a style perfectly suited to your tastes. With these relaxing design concepts to spark your imagination, it’ll be easy to cultivate vacation tranquility, whether or not you ever leave the house.

Maximize Indoor-Outdoor Living

It’s scientifically proven that being outside lower stress levels, improves focus, and boosts your energy levels. So why limit yourself to one patio space when you can luxuriate on several? Have your breakfast on the terrace, watch the sun go down from the infinity pool, and leave the walls to your bedroom wide open to let the ocean air lull you to sleep.

British Virgin Islands | Maritha KeilBritish Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Look down on sparsely-populated white sand beaches over an end-of-day bottle of wine, brought up from your own private cellar at Katitche Point Greathouse in the British Virgin Islands. Pyramid-style roof designs let in extra ventilation, private verandas border the bedroom suites, and an interior courtyard outfitted with tropical landscaping offers secluded reflection. Find the ultimate relaxation in the master suite outdoor bath and shower, nestled amongst natural flora.

Argolida, Greece | Stephanie Michalopoulou,Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

The Aman Residences in Argolida, Greece make waking up to the Argo-Saronic Gulf spectacularly natural. With floor-to-ceiling sliding walls, tastefully-appointed rooms in your private villa turn into extended terraces with infinity pools flanked by beautiful countryside. Take advantage of the common spaces for fantastic outdoor dining and incredible open-air spa treatments.

Find Space to Play

Let home be the place that you indulge your childish enthusiasm. Of course you need the plush sleeping quarters and the lavish chef’s kitchen, but don’t forget about the power of a well-equipped games room, cooling lap pool, or a funky cocktail bar.

North Palm Beach, Florida | Cristina CondonTodd Peter, & Frances PeterSotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In addition to an incredible indoor-outdoor set up, this 25,878-square-foot residence in North Palm Beach, Florida has a fun beachy vibe that carries throughout the house. Take a time out at the swimming pool complete with waterslide and spa, play 21 on the half court, practice your swing on the putting green, or play solids vs. stripes in your breezy billiard room, complete with a cold pint from your wet bar.

Rancho Palos Verdes, California | Chris AdlamVista Sotheby’s International Realty

Somewhere between the dramatic staircase, the nine fireplaces, and the 500-gallon fish tank, you’ll need to hit pause and take it all in at this custom-built California home. Best to bask in the glow of your 1,300-bottle refrigerated wine cellar or at the edge of your pool-adjacent bar, complete with swordfish motif. Then watch the sunset from the pool, and let your stresses melt away.

Use Natural Water-Blue Accents

One of the most calming color palettes there is, blue remains top of the list for invoking serenity. At once energizing and therapeutic, ocean blue is the ideal accent for your relaxing haven. And one step better than splashing it on walls or framing it in art is opening your doors to an endless water vista.

Anguilla | Scott HauserAnguilla Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

The ocean meets the sky in a brilliant shade of turquoise at this Anguilla property. Set yourself up to take it all in on a stunning glass terrace outfitted with bright white loungers overlooking the pristine beach below. When you need some shade, head inside and whip up something fresh in the gourmet kitchen.

Grand Baie, Mauritius | Nawsheen Herburrun & Nicolas Le MerleMauritius Sotheby’s International Realty

Let island living wash over you from the beautiful soaker pool at this Grand Baie villa on the isle of Mauritius. When you’re not off on a boat trip or snorkeling for the day, relax on the pool deck or sip slushy cocktails in the poolside gazebo. Wherever you are, the natural elements at this stunning villa will keep you distinctly unwound.

Let the Light In

Nothing does quite as much for design as the color white. Ask any design aficionado and they’ll tell you that the eye typically goes to the brightest part of a composition. And at home, when living areas are awash in pearly brights, the spaces to discover seem endless.

St. Martin | Lesley ReedSt. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty

This beachfront estate on the Caribbean island of St. Martin brings white outdoors to great effect. The property’s curtained pavilion offers a cooling respite from the Plum Bay sun, allowing for al fresco dining and sultry cross breezes. Take a dip in the heated pool after the sun goes down, or entertain guests in one of the property’s chic dining areas. The home’s features include a two-story master suite, two private balconies, and an easy 10-minute drive to the island’s international airport. Perched above turquoise waters, this oceanview gem offers the perfect spot to breathe deeply and enjoy the view.

Mykonos, Greece | George KasimisGreece Sotheby’s International Realty

In true Grecian style, the Argari observatory in Mykonos is outfitted in white to cast off an unrelenting sun. The property’s four independent houses are nestled in a pocket of privacy in the rocky hills, guaranteeing guests a peaceful retreat. Set yourself adrift in the infinity pool or stretch out under the shade of an outdoor veranda, taking in all the beauty the Mykonos hills have to offer while knowing you’re never more than 15 minutes away from the bustle of boutique shopping and the ease of fine dining.

The formula for your own relaxed haven is quite simple: a little light, some sea-blue accents, open-air living, and the potential for fun.

Glean more design insights from these tastefully-decorated homes and find your own piece of paradise.

6 Unique Homes You Can Own

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Among today’s burgeoning suburbs and made-to-order homes, a one-of-a-kind property catches the eye. Whether through a bespoke bamboo terrace or impeccably-preserved French Revolution-era décor, a truly unique home announces itself in the details, in unexpected flourishes and hidden charms that astonish and delight. When an original design comes along, prospective buyers stand up and take note. Never one to blend, these uncommon homes are full of the finishing touches you won’t find anyplace else, no builder catalog required.

The Upgraded Mountain Lodge, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Mick KellyLIV Sotheby’s International Realty

This modern Beaver Creek build reinterprets and transcends all the rustic, live-off-the-land grit of the traditional mountain home. Awash in American-country design, every room is warm, charming, and perfectly homey, even on the snowiest days. Of particular note: the three-level submersible pool with dramatic oceanic murals, crafted by Cirque du Soleil
engineers, and the 1,674-square-foot terrace offering sweeping mountain views.

The Incredible Equestrian Villa, Seville, Spain

Angeles GuerreroKristina Szekely Sotheby’s International Realty

Just 15 minutes from Seville stands this incomparable 3,000-square-meter cortijo, a window into the past. Across 152 hectares, the estate encompasses a bull ring with hand-carved Mexican woodwork, a beautifully-decorated hermitage for religious celebrations, and a pavilion complete with cinema, flamenco tablao, billiard area, decorated bar, sprawling swimming pool, and two dressage rings. Livestock, bullfighter costumes, and horse-drawn carriages come with the home, so you can revisit 1929 at your leisure.

The Revolution-Era Dream House, Chantilly, France

Alexandre AbitbolParis Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

Romance is alive and well on the grounds of La Faisanderie du Grand Conde. Dating back to 1774, the property was inaugurated by the Duchess of Bourbon prior to the French Revolution in 1789. Today, the 17th-century details remain amongst modern upgrades, chandeliers and statues commingling with refurbished antiques, a magnificent French garden with ponds, multiple terraces, and a swimming pool.

The Modern and Tranquil Glass House, Hokkaido, Japan

List Sotheby’s International Realty

Whether  enjoying views of lush trees from the comfort of an indoor hinoki wood tub in spring or reading a book by the fire while the snow falls in the winter, you’ll be at one with nature in this custom-built home in Hirafu Village. A gorgeous blend of glass, concrete, and steel, this is a property that marries comfort and design (and was voted one of Japan’s top 200 homes for just that reason). Floor-to-ceiling windows let in much more than light—namely, panoramic views of Niseko and Mount Yōtei in the distance.

The Ultimate Beach Villa, Queensland, Australia

Joseph Lordi and Douglas TonkinQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty

Australia’s Sunshine Coast is unlike anywhere else in the world, and there’s no better way to experience it than inviting its rays and ocean breeze right in. Bright blue Pacific waters are just beyond the infinity pool perched at the edge of this hilltop house. Across four levels, indoor-outdoor entertaining is at its peak with a sprawling terrace overlooking the township below. Elsewhere, a retro breakfast booth, master suite spa, and 12-car garage make a masterful impression, as does the short-and-sweet walk to the beach below.

The Laid Back Coastal Gem, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Sabrina MajelloItaly Sotheby’s International Realty

Steps up the coastal rock of the famous Amalfi Coast, bathed in the light from the shining blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, waits Villa Pieds dans l’eau (feet in the water). This incredible home was once a rope factory, until the Chandon family turned it into a private residence under the careful watch of Spanish architect Julio Lafuente, who merged the factory building with a stone house in the back, once owned by Coco Chanel herself. A love of outdoor living was top priority for the Chandons, and the beautiful bamboo-roofed terrace remains the crown jewel of a beautiful home composed of natural rock walls, bright white and sea blue decor, and a spiral stone staircase leading to eight bedrooms, each with their own sea view.

These six unique homes blend history, design, and setting in unforeseen ways, making them some of the most sought-after properties in the world.

Find your own unique abode from among the best the world has to offer, and get the inside track on the latest show-stopping homes on the market today.

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