The White Baaz are the New Beacons of Style

July 24, 2017 Blog
Inspired by Truman Capote’s famed swans – an exclusive group of influential society ladies – Sotheby’s has identified a few glamorous contemporary jet-setters called the White Baaz, as James Reginato reports. During the second half of the 20th century, a group of supremely stylish women – among them Marella Agnelli, Babe Paley, Gloria Guinness, C Z Guest and Lee Radziwill – captured the world’s imagination with their glamour and savoir faire. It was their friend Truman Capote who first codified this group and came up with a name for its members: they were swans. In 1959, the writer officially christened them […]
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Stylish Glass Homes with Beautiful Views

July 20, 2017 Blog
For the past sixteen years, Thomas Roszak and his family have lived in a glass home of his own design. A Chicago, Illinois-based architect, Roszak built his house in the city’s suburbs, siting it on an acre of land surrounded by maples, oaks and honey locusts to protect its residents from prying eyes and the occasional overabundance of sun. The design combines Roszak’s ideas about how space should flow from one room to the next and his desire to enjoy the changing play of light fully. “I don’t see any other way to live,” he says. In our chaotic, overcrowded […]
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San Francisco Summer Activities

July 19, 2017 Blog
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The San Francisco Market Update | Q2 2017

July 17, 2017 Blog
In the second quarter of 2017, low inventory coupled with steady demand kept San Francisco in a strong, yet moderating housing market. According the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service, the median sales price for a single-family home rose 7% in the City year-over-year, from $1,350,000 in Q2 2016 to $1,450,000 in Q2 2017. In Q2 2017, 625 single-family homes were sold, a 4% decrease compared to the 654 single-family homes sold in Q2 2016. Strong buyer demand led to a 21% higher final sales price vs. original list price ratio for singlefamily homes. Unlike single-family homes, the total number of […]
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San Francisco’s Tree Ordinance: New Rules Helping Property Owners Taking Effect this July 1

July 14, 2017 Blog
In November of 2016, San Francisco residents voted to pass a new law (“Proposition E”), effective July 1, 2017, that transfers back responsibility from private property owners to the City of San Francisco to maintain and care for street trees and surrounding sidewalks damaged by the trees. The City had taken care of trees several decades ago, but then shifted responsibility back to property owners after that (during a time of budget crisis). Now the City has taken back financial and other responsibility for these trees. As of July 1, 2017, it will be the City’s responsibility to prune the […]
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Own a piece of California history: Buck Estate now on the market

July 7, 2017 Blog
Own a piece of California history, as well as a classic Queen Anne Victorian, in sunny Solano County. At the Buck Estate, in Vacaville, you’ll live only 30 miles or less from Napa and Sacramento and about an hour’s drive from San Francisco. Best of all, you’ll live like a king in this sprawling brick abode, a local icon for more than 125 years. Frank H. Buck Sr., 1933 California State Senator and patriarch to the California fruit industry, built the home in 1891. The Buck family occupied it for generations. If you remember, it was not too long ago […]
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Tour the Skycastle, a Los Angeles Architectural Masterpiece

July 7, 2017 Blog
When Henry David Thoreau wrote about “castles in the air,” he almost certainly didn’t have in mind this architectural masterpiece in the Hollywood Hills. Thankfully, internationally acclaimed architect David Grey provided a “foundation” for his grand concept, giving reality to a spectacular Bauhaus-style home, a stunning interplay of concrete, steel, and glass that seems to float regally above Los Angeles, Malibu, and Beverly Hills. Its gated half-acre promontory affords views that extend to the ocean. Originally designed to showcase an impressive art collection, the approximately 12,000-square-foot residence boasts 60-foot ceilings and glorious, pervasive natural light. A sturdy framework of steel and […]
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Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer

July 5, 2017 Blog
The Sotheby’s International Realty brand has its eye on the future and is perfectly positioned to unite these extraordinary lives with extraordinary lifestyles. The Sotheby’s International Realty® “Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer” report provides an overview of the confidence, purchasing patterns and luxury real estate intentions of high-earning consumers, well on their way to traditional wealth status, from the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, India and China.   VIEW REPORT Source: artofliving.sothebyshomes.com
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Tour a Santa Fe Contemporary Home Designed to Showcase an Exceptional Art Collection

July 3, 2017 Blog
In the heyday of the Santa Fe Arts Colony, painters, sculptors, and artisans who flocked to the area also felt the allure of nearby Tesuque, a pastoral village in a peaceful valley just north of the city.   Here, at a fork in the road, where a wood bridge crosses the Rio Tesuque, a quiet lane winds into the greenery and toward this haven of contemporary serenity, a gated 2.95-acre estate lush with lawns, native flora, an orchard, and towering shade trees, all overlooked by a modern manor where old and new meet in a unique interplay.   Celebrated New […]
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Explore Six Lavish NYC Penthouses

June 30, 2017 Blog
Penthouses—by definition—are luxurious. Commanding views, high-end appliances, lush amenities – these penthouses have it all. From a spectacular duplex overlooking Central Park to a lavish Brooklyn residence with sweeping views of the downtown Manhattan skyline, these six penthouses are among the best in elegance and sophistication that NYC living has to offer. Source: artofliving.sothebyshomes.com
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