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Market Spotlight: Chris Feurer, Jameson Sotheby’s | Chicago, Illinois

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Talking Tenacity, Drive and Horses with Santa Barbara’s Real Estate Queen

Suzanne Perkins

Suzanne Perkins. Photo Courtesy of Paul Wellman.

The S.B. Questionnaire: Suzanne Perkins

Talking Tenacity, Drive, and Horses with Santa Barbara’s Real Estate Queen

Monday, August 10, 2015

Suzanne Perkins was one of the first people I met when I moved here in the late 1990s, and I’ve admired her tenacity and drive ever since. She’s the type of person who excels at everything she does, and is consistently named in such publications as Variety and the Wall Street Journal as one of the top real estate agents in the country.

Suzanne is also a third-generation horsewoman and, with her husband Perry, breeds, trains, and shows world-class Arabian horses, including four national champions. She’s also been a licensed United States Equestrian Federation Judge since 1989. A former flight attendant for Pan Am, Suzanne heroically participated in the Saigon evacuation flights at the end of the Vietnam War.

The indomitable Suzanne answers the Proust Questionnaire.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My success in real estate and in becoming a world-class Equestrian Judge. Also, during the Vietnam war, while flying for Pan American World Airways, I volunteered for the Department of Defense to fly in and out of Vietnam, transporting troops. Having been raised in the military, it was important for me to assist our country.

Who do you most admire?

My father and mother, for teaching me at a very young age to be self-reliant, not to depend on others to determine my self-worth, and, whatever I do, to be responsible for it. And to never, ever blame others for mistakes I make.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Knowing I have done an incredible job for my clients. And at the end of the day, my clients are thrilled that they have hired me. As you can see, most of my happiness is centered around my work.

What do you like most about your job?

The amazing people I have been able to meet and work with. Each day is completely different and always exciting.

What is your greatest fear?

Actually, I do not have any fears!

What is your greatest extravagance?

The incredible horses my husband and I breed and show. They bring us a great deal of joy and pride.

What is your current state of mind?

Peaceful and focused.

What is the quality you most like in people?

Truth, honesty, and hardworking.

What is the quality you most dislike in people?

Excuses, bitching, and laziness.

What do you most value in friends?

Honesty, and their ability to be themselves with me.

What is your most marked characteristic?

I do what I say and say what I do!

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


Which talent would you most like to have?

If I didn’t have horses, I would have loved to have been a world-class runner and an Olympic equestrian.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?


Where would you most like to live?

Right here!

What is your most treasured possession?

Peaches, my Saddlebred mare.

Who makes you laugh the most?

My assistant, Kalai.

What is your motto?

Get it done and hold the BS!

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Ronald Reagan

On what occasion do you lie?


Art & Home – June 2015


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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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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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Serenity Now | Sotheby’s Art & Home Features Telluride Listing


Art & Home – April 2015

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! This month we’re showcasing tranquil, harmonious environments inspired by Asia that provide refuge from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.


$2,300,000 USD | Beverly Hills, California | Sotheby’s International Realty- Beverly Hills Brokerage

Because the external world seems to be in a perpetually chaotic and frenzied whirlwind, internally, serenity is always in style.Creating a calm, meditative state within one’s home with an environment that’s at once soothing, orderly and sophisticated, can be achieved by incorporating earthy colors with inspired furnishings and restrained accessories, so each room is a serene, tranquil haven.


$2,625,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

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The hallmark of this approach: Asian-inspired décor, which utilizes classic elements from exotic nations such as China, Japan, India and Nepal: a Mongolian area rug; an antique, blue and white Chinese vase from the Ming Dynasty; a delicately hand-painted Japanese screen; an ornately carved console or chest.  The Zen is in the details. “Clients want touches, not whole spaces, to look Asian,” said French native interior designer Marie Burgos.

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$7,800,000 USD | Raleigh, North Carolina | Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty

So the key to a successful design is not to recreate period rooms, noted New York City interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield, but rather to employ economy of design with carefully selected, refined furnishings that have clean lines, combined with a selection of ornamental pieces, for an eclectic effect. “Contemporary Asian styling is less ornate than in previous years, less formal and rigid,” added Andrew Hunter of Sotheby’s International Realty in Thailand.


$9,750,000 USD | Phuket, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

Additionally, the principles of feng shui are sometimes utilized to emphasize an uncluttered, open flow throughout the spaces, and to accentuate harmony and balance.  To that end, New York-based Burgos incorporates the five natural elements –wood, fire, earth, metal and water—in her home designs.  The elements needn’t be literal, she emphasized.  The earth, for instance, can be represented with a collection of terra cotta vases or stone tiles. Fire can come into play via an interpretive lighting fixture, while a pop of red in a painting can serve the same purpose.   But it’s best to keep the overall color palette in neutral tones to underscore the desired intent:  a peaceful space.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Brazil



Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Imobiliaria Bossa Nova in Brazil has joined the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand and now will do business as Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, led by owners Luciano Amado as president and Marcello Romero as vice president, is located at Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva 2027, Pinheiros, São Paulo.

“São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are exciting markets that encompass extraordinary properties in a broadly diverse destination, and they provide a highly influential source of avid real estate buyers,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are pleased to welcome Luciano, Marcello and their team to our global network.”

According to Romero, the new affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand represents the opportunity for them to expand and grow.  “The support of this brand will allow us to supply our team with new technologies, training and market intelligence, combined with an extraordinary inventory in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and top beach and countryside locations,” said Amado. “Thanks to this affiliation, we now have direct access to a global market through the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s 760 offices worldwide.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 16,500 sales associates located in approximately 760 offices in 60 countries and territories worldwide.  Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and their 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.

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