Spellbinding Libraries

It could be argued that no room transports you to any place or time, expands your mind and ignites your dreams quite like a library. For those bookworms that could not imagine a home without a space to turn pages and disappear in a good story, we have curated a sample of some of our favorite quiet spaces.39200260

Whether you prefer wall-to-wall rich wood molding and bookshelves or bright-and-airy spaces to cozy up to the window sill with your new favorite novel, these libraries are perfect for pops of color via spellbinding décor.

For more information on any of these libraries, simply click on the photo.

Living History | The Buckeye State


Built in 1849, the Buckeye State was the fastest steamboat on the Ohio River. Traveling from Cincinnati to Pittsburg in 43 hours with 200 people aboard throughout the 1800s, the boat was acclaimed by a Pittsburgh newspaper editor as the “the greatest convenience… ever afforded the citizens on the banks of the Upper Ohio.”doors

Today, doors from the Buckeye State grace the entrance of a wine room in a four-bedroom, three-bath lake home on Lake Norman in Denver, North Carolina. The two-inch thick, birch doors have never been refurbished and are genuine to their original form adding an exquisite historic detail to this lake property.

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Property Feature | Elevated Condominium Living in St. Pete

This luxurious condominium in St. Petersburg, Florida, is elevated in more ways than one. The spacious, custom-designed penthouse by architect Scott Raissis offers unparalleled views of downtown St. Petersburg and the bay, as well as finishes and amenities that leave little to be desired.

The unique, 4,962-square-foot interior boasts superior finishes, exquisite details and craftsmanship including imported hardware, stone and lighting fixtures. This home is artistry within itself, as the homeowners and architect carefully orchestrated and blended rare materials into an elegant and luxurious world-class design. Millwork, wainscoting, plaster moldings, cove ceilings and a soundproof media room with zebra wood are just some of the features appointing this light-filled residence with high ceilings and wide gallery hallways. From entry foyer and gallery to the office and media room, this residence offers ample space to house a large art collection. The chef’s kitchen delights with top-of-the-line appliances including a dual fuel range, butler’s pantry, 100-bottle temperature-controlled wine room and informal eat-in dining area.

Perfect for entertaining, the master suite and guest suites are set apart from the entertaining areas for privacy, while the terraces offer over 1,000 square feet of outdoor entertaining space with stunning waterfront views and a natural gas fireplace. Other building amenities include a resort-style heated pool and spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, billiards room, a social room with catering kitchen, and 24/7 security and concierge service.

For more information on this exquisite penthouse, click here.

Significant Sales | September



8473 Bay Colony Drive #602
Naples, Florida

On the beach in Bay Colony with wide open Gulf views, this is a beautiful residence! With 3,385 total square feet, the pristine three-bedroom, three-bath residence includes floor-to-ceiling bay windows, 9-foot ceilings, three screened balconies, and east-west views of the Naples skyline, Gulf waters and white sandy beach.



1604 Travis Lane
Sarasota, Florida

Enjoy unobstructed bay views and endless sunsets from this exceptional bayfront home tucked graciously at the end of a quiet street just West of Trail in Bay View Acres. Just off of Siesta Key’s south bridge, on the mainland, this home is sited in a near-perfect location allowing for easy access by boat, car, bike or on foot to Siesta Key’s world-renowned beach and all that Sarasota has to offer.



275 Bayshore Blvd., #1705
Tampa, Florida

Enjoy a stunning penthouse with dramatic views in every direction. A key residence in the innovate Parkside building, known for its rare floor plans with rounded great rooms, it offers numerous floor-to-ceiling water views of Tampa Bay, Davis Island, Harbour Island, as well as the city views of the Downtown Tampa skyline from the 17th-floor balcony. This large three-bedroom condo is easy to entertain in and gives the wow factor upon entering.


1720 Kersley Circle
Lake Mary, Florida

True pride of ownership reflected throughout this beautifully maintained Heathrow executive pool home located in Burlington Oaks/Heathrow. This well-appointed and newly redecorated custom residence by Marklen Homes features a highly versatile, open floor plan with 3,355 square feet of spacious living area, and is primarily a single story.



1245 Laurel Lane
Blowing Rock, North Carolina

This house is named “Far Horizons.” It has only belonged to three different families in over 90 years. It rests on two Mayview Park lots that have been combined by Watauga County for tax purposes. This home was built in 1924, but has been taken down to the studs and remodeled twice. The home and apartment have long-layered range views of Old John’s River Gorge, Grandfather Mountain and all the way to the Mount Mitchell range.



8405 Glendevon Court
Waxhaw, North Carolina

Longview, the gated, first class country club community home to a major share of Charlotte’s elite and high-profile residents. 8405 Glendevon Court, having recently been extensively renovated by Kingswood Homes, features all the discerning heart desires. An efficient use of space, versatile open plan and perfect mix of Old World charm with sophisticated and contemporary design make this a true jaw-dropper offering a most enviable lifestyle.



11 Raven Cliff Lane
Arden, North Carolina

Nestled on almost 2 acres just inside the front gates of The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, this furnished stone and stucco residence was custom-built by Tyner Const. With abundant windows highlighting spectacular year-round mountain views, this home makes a classic statement with exquisite details throughout include wide-plank oak floors, wood ceiling beams, plantation shutters, casement windows, granite and marble work and four fireplaces.


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Mastering Mosaic

It is said that the peacock is a symbol of immortality, as they guard the Gates of Paradise and welcome all who enter. Above the custom mosaic steps on each side of this Siesta Key’s estate entryway, sit a pair of custom designed mosaic tiled peacocks welcoming guests to this piece of paradise.

A domestic and international design award winner, this home is all about the stone, tile and glass details with custom mosaics elevating this modern luxury with Old World charm. Inside, the kitchen ceiling was lifted, barreled and embellished with custom mosaic tiles and beams and glistens with an almost copper-like glow.

Designed by the owner as a replica of an old European castle, the estate’s sunroom was an addition with three hand-carved, Bulgarian-gold-marble archways transitioning between the new room and the rest of the house. The room’s medieval theme is a trip back in time with extensive mastery of stone complemented by faux paintings and special lighting. The ceiling is adorned with 3-by-3-foot panels of marble mosaic, custom created and inspired by Renaissance art. The columns, television doors and limestone fireplace all feature imported custom mosaics.

All of the exterior mosaic featured tiles were imported from Bulgaria and were hand-laid by a Bulgarian craftsman. The pool, spa and lower relaxing pool boast brilliant hues of blue glass mosaic lending to an exquisite play of light on the water. The blues of the lower relaxing pool’s mosaic are complemented by yellow and green speckled mosaic fish, and an antique mosaic wall plaque adorns the upper terrace fountain.

The owners of this estate created a paradise adorned in details of stone, tile and glass, with artistry and craftsmanship unparalleled by anyone’s standards. For more information on this mosaic masterpiece click here.

Beaming Design

Ceilings thoughtfully adorned with wood beams can add the right amount of detail to dress up a room. A growing trend in design, exposed beams provide a raw element with a rustic feel to spaces that are often coastal-inspired, contemporary or even Mediterranean. Whether creating drama by accenting a vaulted ceiling or creating a warm and cozy ambience by framing a rustic space, here are just a few ways that wood beams can be the highlight of any space.


 Exposed beams are the perfect addition to a rustic space and bring the elements inside in this North Carolina mountain estate.


The design is in the details; these wood beams provide the ideal rustic element to contrast this white, contemporary kitchen.


This Florida home is resplendent in craftsmanship and unique detailing with soaring ceilings and hand-hewn beams. White and yellow pine, post-and-beam construction and Australian cypress floors blend artistry with nature.


This elegant living area in the Charleston model at Estuary at Grey Oaks in Naples, Florida, is appointed with distressed wood beams that bring a coastal ambience to the indoor-outdoor space, ideal for entertaining.


These wood beams perfectly accent the bold colors, tiles and finishings in this Mediterranean estate.

Southern Porches

There is no better place to enjoy the coming fall temperatures than from the shade of a southern porch. Whether dining al fresco or sipping sweet tea, these outdoor living spaces are ideal for entertaining or just relaxing. As the cool air moves in, allow these southern porches to inspire you to swing, rock and lounge.

Designing Kid Rooms

The necessity of a multifunctional kid’s space can make designing a child’s bedroom a challenging task. When designing the room layout and furnishings for the kid in your life, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Allow room for play – Kid’s rooms are meant for so much more than sleeping. They should be well-equipped with space for adventures, dance parties, board games and forts. Try to maximize floor space when placing furnishings.
  2. A place for passions – Whether your little one is the next John Lennon or C.S.Lewis, it is important to encourage their dreams. Make a place for them to pursue their passions.
  3. Studying and creating –  As children age, it is especially important to provide a space to learn. A designated space to study and create can reinforce the importance of education and focused studies.
  4. Storage space – Abundant storage space is a necessity when considering a kid’s space. In addition to room for clothes, school stuff and sports gear, toys, books and seasonal apparel need a place as well. Consider built-in shelving and furniture with additional storage space when furnishing the room.
  5. Plan for a transition – While wild colors and prints and kid’s furniture may seem like a good idea at the time, invest in furnishings and décor that will transition well over the years.
  6. A safe place of expression – Let kids be kids, and let them be themselves.

Bayshore Beautiful

While Tampa is most known for its tourist attractions such as Busch Gardens, historical Ybor City and Lowry Park Zoo, and its professional teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa’s Bayshore Beautiful is a residential neighborhood that offers many things to get out and do.

Bayshore Beautiful’s Bayshore Boulevard offers unparalleled scenic views of Tampa Bay and the city skyline. But, did you know that it is also the longest stretch of continuous sidewalk in the world at four-and-a-half miles? The sidewalk itself is 10 feet wide and plays host to walkers, joggers, pet walkers, skaters and fitness enthusiasts. Bikers enjoy an adjacent three-mile bike lane. Fit for its active community, Bayshore Boulevard offers the best of Florida living just outside of the city.

Each year, Bayshore Boulevard offers three main events that welcome guests from inside and outside of the Tampa Bay area. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival in January celebrates the area’s history rooted in pirate lore. The Festival offers a children’s parade and an adult parade with boats, beads and beards with many of the local business and restaurant running pirate promotions during the festivities. Bayshore Boulevard is also the home of the Gasparilla Distance Classic, a pirate-themed run with races for all fitness levels.

Bayshore Beautiful offers a prestigious South Tampa location just outside of downtown Tampa with close proximity to Hyde Park, Davis Islands. Harbour Island, Riverwalk, Channelside, Port Tampa Bay and Tampa International Airport. Here are just a few of the beautiful homes available along Bayshore Boulevard.


Instagram Takeover | One Sotheby’s International Realty

Today, One Sotheby’s International Realty took over our Instagram to show us some of the most beautiful properties in Miami. Here are the highlights from the Instatakeover.

355 N Hibiscus Dr.,  Miami Beach


Located on the exclusive Hibiscus Island, this property offers maximum privacy and comfort, with a private dock, infinity edge pool, and 60 ft. of water-frontage. Listed price: $7,900,000. Listed by Farideh Shantiai #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Instatakeover #MiamiBeach #LuxuryRealEstate

3003 Seminole St., Coconut Grove


Meet “Woodsong”, a signature creation by famous architect Alfred Browning Parker. Hidden in between one of Florida’s premier palm gardens, this magical estate features 3 pavilions connected by a spectacular 90 ft. lap pool. All these exceptional features along with its Koi lagoon, waterfall, sauna & cabana shower make it one of the Top 10 Homes in the world. Listing price: $2,775,000. Listed by Sylvia Cherry-Olozaga and Gary Hecht. #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Instatakeover #MiamiBeach #LuxuryRealEstate

5004 N Bay Rd, Miami Beach


5004 N Bay Rd is a resort-style, ultra luxurious home featuring world-class interiors, cutting edge architecture, and an overall pristine design.  With its 7 rooms and 10 bathrooms, 2 swimming pools, and over 17,055 sq. ft. of living space, it’s definitely a dream come true. Listing price $35,900,000. Listed by Mirce Curkoski #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Instatakeover #MiamiBeach #LuxuryRealEstate

615 Bayshore Dr., Unit PH 701, Fort Lauderdale


This beautiful intracoastal 2-story penthouse, located in Fort Lauderdale Beach Community, features an open floor plan with amazing views of the ocean and the city skyline, 1800 sq. ft. of balconies, and 4 bedrooms with 3 ½ bathrooms. Listing price $2,990,000. Listed by @SusanRindley #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Instatakeover #MiamiBeach #LuxuryRealEstate

RIVA Penthouse


Last but not least; The Riva Penthouse features over 5,000-7,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space with ocean & city views, sunrise & sunset terraces, rooftop spas, private foyer, personal elevator between your own floors, guest suites, summer kitchens, 2-car garage, and boat slip. #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Instatakeover #MiamiBeach #LuxuryRealEstate

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For more information on any of the properties showcased today, simply click on the property photo.

Significant Sales | August



175 16th Avenue South
Naples, Florida

Perfectly placed on Gordon Drive, this home offers easy access to the shopping and dining district of Third Street South and the white sandy beaches off of the Gulf of Mexico. Classic Old Florida architecture with wraparound porches and an abundance of French doors and windows redefines the phrase “light, bright and airy.”



530 Harbor Gate Way
Longboat Key, Florida

Indulge your passion for sleek and clean design elements, incredible architectural artistry and amazing use of light and space. The open and flowing floor plan achieves a rare sense of harmony in its balance and scale. You will find a perfect blend of luxury, function and relaxed tropical living maximizing an ideal combination of indoor-outdoor pleasure.



1160 Gulf Boulevard
Belleair Shores, Florida

This rarely offered Belleair Shores home boasts 80 feet of prime Gulf of Mexico beachfront with a depth of 230 feet. Impeccably maintained, the home has large rooms and a great structure, offering huge potential to renovate or build to suit. The flow of the floor plan lends itself to family gatherings and entertaining and could easily be redesigned or updated.



16001 Acron Circle
Tavares, Florida

This Spanish-Mediterranean estate in Tavares boasts five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths and over 5,400 square feet.



260 Longview Drive
Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Majestic long-range, layered views of John’s River Gorge, Hawksbill, Table Rock and Grandfather Mountains are yours. This home was completely renovated down to the studs in 2009, comes completely furnished, turnkey move-in ready. The great room has vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace and beautiful hardwood floors.



402 Boulevard
Anderson, South Carolina

Born ironically out of the Great Depression, the Ramer-Stringer-Rainey House is a beautifully preserved estate imagined by Asheville architect Henry Irven Gaines. To this day, the home exudes clever modernism both of materials and “well-mannered functionalism.”



5 Nethermead Drive
Asheville, North Carolina

This is an amazing Jack Arnold French country design! Greeting you in the foyer is a handmade custom wrought iron design. Additional features of note include beautiful hardwood with cherry accents, soaring ceilings, beautiful beams, custom cabinets with leaded glass in the gourmet kitchen and spectacular pantry open to a breakfast and sunny hearth room.
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Doors to the Extraordinary

Doors are the keepers of some of our favorite spaces. They welcome guests, making the first statement about what is inside. They are also the keepers of some of our favorite memories, as they witness the comings and goings of everyday life. To newlyweds, crossing the threshold represents new beginnings; to kids, the back door represents the world of adventure just outside; and to parents and grandparents, doors secure their nest and welcome friends and family. To almost all, doors represent coming home–and that is always extraordinary.

To view more of what is beyond each of these doors, simply click on the photo.

Escape to Hidden Harbor

Designed to transport residents and guests to a Mediterranean villa, Hidden Harbor is an old world-inspired estate located on the Gulf waters of Sarasota Bay. This exquisite home affords the ultimate in privacy, idyllically situated on a peninsula of 1.5 acres of paradise.

The grounds of Hidden Harbor are exquisite. Enter through the electric teak gates up the cobblestone drive to an elegant Mediterranean estate. Behind the antique wrought-iron fence, coquina pathways journey among the palms, fruit trees and oaks, revealing a putting green for a little practice, or continue to journey to the private, protected mooring constructed for a 75-foot yacht. With the sparkling Bay on three sides, feel transported to the Mediterranean coastline among the Italian stone patios.

The romance of Hidden Harbor’s old-world influences is palpable inside and out. The owners took great care in researching the design and materials selected to adorn this time-machine estate. Thick stucco walls were carefully aged by an expert architectural artist to resemble the walls of the time, and Cuban roofing experts affixed the antique, imported tile roof from a Spanish monastery. Custom metal doors were crafted to mimic Tuscan cellars, and hinges were created to match those found in old-world homes. A hand-carved Dominican stone pavilion appoints the edge of the pool outfitted with Venetian-glass tiles.

Inside, Mediterranean elegance abounds with pecky cypress beams, teak and tumbled Italian stone floors. Under the cypress beams are the meticulous touches that heighten the charm including hand-painted murals and vaulted ceilings. The old world design is modernized by a home monitoring system.

In the creation of Hidden Harbor, no detail was spared in remaining as true to the era’s design as possible. Its charm has welcomed guests at cocktail parties, provided a backdrop for a formal U.S. Marine wedding and inspired photo shoots by Lilly Pulitzer and GQ Magazine.

For more information on Hidden Harbor, click here.

Significant Sales | July

It takes a unique skill set to successfully market some of the world’s most extraordinary homes and lifestyles. Our team has the network, marketing expertise and resources to accomplish extraordinary things. The below are a selection of significant sales from across our company footprint for the month of July.


2150651401850 Nelsons Walk
Naples, Florida

This Port Royal waterfront residence on over 1 acre boasts wide water views. The beautifully appointed home is being offered fully furnished. The large kitchen and family room enjoy the stunning wide bay views. There are four generous guest suites, in addition to the guest house. Lushly landscaped grounds include an expansive backyard. For the car enthusiast, the four-car garage could accommodate five or six automobiles. Substantial dock with lift. Immediate eligibility for the Port Royal Club.


A41300221870 Loma Linda Street
Sarasota, Florida

A sleek, contemporary West of the Trail home under construction on a quiet cul-de-sac. Built by GreenLife, custom builders of exclusive, luxurious and original estate homes renowned for their quality and upgraded finishes throughout. This home has been uniquely designed, keeping in mind a desirable contemporary concept as well as providing a warmly inviting and comfortable atmosphere. Conceptual pictures of intended design may vary somewhat from actual design.


u77444484900 60th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida

Waterfront one story home over 4,100 square feet with pool, on tropical-style expansive lot in the gated waterfront community of prestigious Bayway Isles. Located on a large private-waterfront lot, over 12,140 square feet, on a quiet cul-de-sac with dock, wraparound patio and lush landscaping, this home offers an open floor plan with ample room for entertaining both indoors and outdoors. The kitchen, with stainless steel appliances, chef’s range and hood, large wine fridge, two dishwashers, island plus eat-in banquette, overlooks a beautiful family room with gas fireplace. This overlooks the covered patio, pool, outdoor dining and waterfront area.


o54141445602 Bayside Drive
Orlando, Florida

This one-of-a-kind home on the Butler Chain of Lakes is located in the heart of Dr. Phillips between two world-famous communities, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill and Isleworth Country Club. You can witness Mother Nature’s finest sunsets from your oversized brick-paved and covered lanai, or take your boat and favorite beverage with your family to sandy Bird Island on the magnificent Butler Chain of Lakes. Ski, fish, swim or go boating!


3172820Shadow Forest Drive
Matthews, North Carolina

Thoughtfully designed by Rob Foster, the customized nature of this home truly sets it apart from others in the neighborhood. From the stately stucco and stone exterior, to the exceptionally chosen, high-end finishes and fixtures inside, this home exudes warmth, comfort and timeless appeal. The main level open floor plan offers incredible livability for today’s lifestyle. Constructed to the highest of standards and sure to meet even the most discerning buyers’ needs.

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Medal-Worthy Spaces for Olympic Viewing

In the hype of this Olympic season, we are showcasing some of our medal-worthy viewing spaces. From outdoor barbecues with family and friends to official viewing parties in your theater room or simply casual couch watching, we have selected some prime finalists for the best places to house your Olympic binge watching.

luxury home theater

Home theaters offer the luxury of viewing everything from TV and movies to video games and YouTube videos on the big screen while enjoying the comforts of home. These rooms provide the perfect area for a formal Olympic viewing party with state-of-the-art projection and surround sound complete with popcorn and movie candy.

modern home theater

A popular trend among luxury homebuyers is the addition of a TV or media room very different than the traditional home theater. With estate homes often offering spaces designed as large formal living rooms or sitting rooms, there has become a necessity for a more casual entertaining area apt for lounging. The media room featured below exudes casual elegance with a fun use of color and texture and a large sectional sofa versus the traditional recliner-style seating seen in many theaters. The addition of a wet bar allows for entertaining guests with ease.

Media Room

For those who value the outdoors, trade in the dark theater room for Olympic viewing with a view. The Blue Ridge Mountains showcased by the window walls of this North Carolina mountain home encourage taking in the view while enjoying your favorite Olympic event. The doors just off the main room lead to an outdoor seating area for convenient indoor-outdoor enjoyment.

TV room with mountain view

In this more coastal viewing session, we take the events outdoors with outdoor living areas. Often boasting amenities such as outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, pools and lounge areas, these spaces beg for poolside barbecues that can add a little heat to your summer Olympics.

Outdoor living room

If you find yourself more inspired to get off the couch than to sit on one, we love this home gym for getting active. Turn on the games for a little extra motivation.

Luxury Home Gym

Historic Homes | The Ralph John Ramer House

Located in the downtown area of Anderson, South Carolina, this early 20th-century home is on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by Henry Irven Gaines and exemplary of the Tudor Revival style popular at that time, the home was built in 1930 by European artisans who contributed to the Biltmore House. Exquisitely maintained, while remaining true to the original design and finishes of the time, the interior features true chrome faucets and sinks in the bathrooms, service bells in each room that ring into the kitchen and a hidden Prohibition closet. The exterior is elegantly styled in brick and stone with wrought iron details. The gardens, completed in the 1940s and ‘50s, were not entirely accurate to the 1930s concept but were reconfigured by notable Charlotte, North Carolina, landscape architect, Earle S. Draper.

Boasting over 6,000 square feet, the home’s sprawling design is particularly significant as an extensive residential design built during The Depression. The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February of 1992. Owned by prominent local businessman, government official and military leader Ralph John Ramer, the home was named the Ralph John Ramer House.

For more information on this historic listing, click here.

Inside Tiny Houses and the Small Home Lifestyle

Tiny homes offer owners the opportunity for simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space. This lifestyle trend is on the up and up, featured in programs such as HGTV’s “Tiny House, Big Living” and FYI’s “Tiny House Nation.” Also known as a micro house, these small home plans encourage environmentally conscientious living for those who desire an understated lifestyle.

Americans spend an average of 87 percent of their lives indoors.

Tiny house floor plans typically average 100 to 400 square feet, while the average American home boasts 2,600 square feet. It is safe to say that these small houses provide a stark contrast to the dream of sprawling estates, but tiny house living may not be as counter-culture as it seems. Many of these tiny home plans aim at minimizing one’s environmental footprint and inspiring an active life on the go, not unlike many standard-size, green homes with outdoor lifestyle amenities.

Two out of five tiny home owners are over the age of 50 and surveys show owners are more likely to be women than men. Here are the top five reasons people go tiny:

Sustainable Living

  • mountain, a-frame tiny home

Inside tiny houses, like the one featured above, one can expect a custom space, constructed with high-quality materials that are often environmentally friendly and an abundance of windows and skylights for natural light. This tiny home is an expanded A-frame situated among old growth deciduous trees and huge rhododendrons at the end of a private lane near Blowing Rock, North Carolina. While there is only one actual bedroom, there are two loft spaces which could make great sleeping areas. There is also a bright little living room, kitchen and a dining area. Decking wraps around the entire house with space for many activities.

This particular micro home features “Rosie, the gypsy wagon” a separate traveling quarters with space for one or two to sleep in and even room to store clothes and linens. The property also boasts an additional 115-square-foot building that offers great storage space and houses the laundry facilities.

To view more information on this small house for sale, click here.

Grey Oaks On-site Sales

_DSC2229Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has represented Estuary at Grey Oaks since 2009. With on-site sales staff accounting for over 50 years of cumulative community expertise, it follows naturally that Premier Sotheby’s International Realty partner with Grey Oaks as their exclusive resale and new development real estate representative.

Grey Oaks’ ever-growing amenities package and strong membership base have made it one of the premier country club communities in the nation. With countless features and updates, such as a new pool and spa area, wellness center and three recently renovated golf courses, Grey Oaks offers residents and members some of the most coveted, contemporary conveniences.pool-lounges-and-cabana

“The proven success of this project is one we look forward to continuing not only through our long-standing local presence, but also throughout our global network,” said Judy Green, President and CEO of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. “Our brokerage focuses on selling extraordinary lifestyles, and Grey Oaks provides just that. A partnership between Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and Grey Oaks is only natural.” 214000494d

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, a division of The Lutgert Companies, has represented Estuary at Grey Oaks as the exclusive resale and new development brokerage since the community’s inception in 2009. Now, with two onsite sales centers, one in Grey Oaks and the other in Estuary, and five on-site community experts serving as sales associates, the team is dedicated to the continued success of not only Estuary, but Grey Oaks as well.

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Our two brands are synonymous with quality, and we look forward to working together to provide exceptional service to our residents and members,” said Jim Butler, general manager of Grey Oaks.

Visit a Grey Oaks sales center

Grey Oaks
2400 Grey Oaks Drive North
Naples, Florida 34105

1220 Gordon River Trail
Naples, Florida 34105

Parks and Play

Parks provide an excellent way to take a staycation with family and friends. With activities such as canoeing, fishing, hiking, sightseeing, workout stations and playgrounds, parks offer perfect play for any age. In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, we’ve selected a few of our favorite parks throughout Florida and North Carolina.

Naples | Everglades National Park


Located just outside of Naples sits the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Everglades National Park offers biking, boating, fishing and even camping. The 99-mile waterway allows canoers, kayakers and powerboaters to travel through the Everglades by boat, taking eight days to complete by canoe. The more adventurous visitor can even go slogging, off-trail hiking, through knee-deep Everglade waters.

Sarasota | Oscar Scherer State ParkOscar

Early in the morning and late in the evening are the best times for visitors of Oscar Scherer State Park to view wildlife. This 1,381-acre state park provides 15 miles of trails throughout scrubby flatwoods perfect for viewing Florida scrub-jays. The park offers the Lester Finley Barrier Free Nature Trail as an easily accessible adventure for those with sight, hearing or mobility impairments and leads to a wheelchair accessible fishing dock.

  Tampa | Picnic Island Parkpicnic

Bring your four-legged friend to this Tampa Area park with dog beach. Picnic Island Park provides visitors with covered grilling areas perfect for a cook out, while entertainment includes sand volleyball courts, a pier for fishing, playgrounds, boating and hiking trails.

Central Florida | Wekiwa Springs State Parkwekiwa

Located just 16 miles from downtown Orlando, Wekiwa Springs is an excellent staycation location. Whether taking the park by canoe, snorkel, horseback or bicycle, there is a lot to be seen. One of two recognized National Wild & Scenic Rivers, Wekiva River provides for a serene trip on the water before cooling off in the 72-degree natural spring. The park’s camping grounds are ideal for a long weekend exploring the native Central Florida known to the Timucuan Indians. Wildlife includes deer, turkey, fox, squirrels, shorebirds and Florida black bear.

North Carolina | Lake Norman State Parklake norman

Known for the countless water sport activities, Lake Norman State Park boasts North Carolina’s largest man-made lake. Fishing opportunities include crappie, bluegill, yellow perch and largemouth and white bass. The area is also well-known for its mountain biking opportunities and offers 30.5 miles of single-track trail.


Unique Ways to Generate Traffic

It takes a unique set of skills to market extraordinary homes, and driving qualified buyers can be a challenge in any market. Our agents are skilled marketing professionals with the power of a global network. With a combination of strategy and creativity, our agents use many unique methods to drive traffic.

  1. Buyers at your front door, or backyard

Golf course and waterfront homes provide the opportunity to target buyers who enjoy the lifestyle that the home features simply by rethinking signage placement. Placing a for sale sign facing boating water or golf-course traffic directly targets buyers who are already taking advantage of amenities that the home offers. One of our agents recently shared a story of a man golfing a neighboring community’s course who noticed a for sale sign directed at the golf course. He so enjoyed the course and the community that he bought the house on the spot.


  1. Open house, open invite

Open houses are a great way to showcase a home, once your potential buyers are actually through the door. The challenge often lies in driving traffic to an open house. Warm cookies are a thing of the past, as many agents have turned to catering and entertainment. Our agents have taken it a step further. In the Tampa region, our associates have chosen to market new development communities through block parties. This is an excellent way to not only entertain, but also to showcase the location, answer questions and provide a lasting impression. Other agents have taken to wine tastings, sunset soirees and celebrity appearances.

  1. Finding your digital stage

The most important piece of driving qualified traffic is finding the right stage to showcase the property. Many of our agents have turned to their digital network of friends and followers to promote listings and events. Live streaming on platforms such as Facebook, Periscope and Meerkat allows agents to get the information in front of their network on demand, creating interest and discussion in real time. From live streaming open houses to providing market updates and trends, consumers want useful information in an engaging and efficient way, and this digital stage provides a large audience on little to no budget.SM_blog_post


  1. Campaign for change

Digital ad campaigns on social media are a new trend generating both buzz and results. Facebook campaigns allow for an agent to selectively define their target audience by demographic, income, behavioral tendencies and interest to locate their buyer. Boosting open house posts, promoting a business Facebook page or ads that drive website traffic are great ways to promote both services and properties. Creatively designed, the ads are an easy way to get a property in front of a large number of customers in an efficient and cost-effective way.Capture


  1. Where’s Waldo?

Matterport provides an immersive 3D experience of a luxury home. It takes the user through the home step by step, in and out of each room in the home in such a real way that it feels like being there. These 3D tours allow the customer to take a self-guided tour on their computer or tablet. As a marketing initiative, one of our associates places a business card somewhere in the home while the house is filmed. If the customer can find the business card while taking the tour, the agent offers a gift card as a reward. Check out one of our Matterport tours!

We won’t give away all of our secrets, but as you can see, the most effective marketing takes creativity, resources and strategy, and our sales professionals have mastered the art of generating traffic.





Property Feature | Contemporary Living in South Tampa

This award-winning, South Tampa house iconically blends contemporary design with coastal, Florida living. The clean lines and open spaces of the design pair ideally with the natural light afforded by the abundance of skylights and walls of windows.ST-Living

The main living area offers three-story cathedral ceiling skylights opening the contemporary home to the beauty of the outdoors. Indoor-outdoor living is further emphasized with numerous sliders leading to a spacious pool and spa area, a large open patio and a coveted fenced backyard.


Click here to view more information on this South Tampa residence.

Inside Premierology | Relocation and Referrals

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty takes pride in the global reach that accompanies the Sotheby’s International Realty® name. We, as a company, feel that the familiarity of the Sotheby’s® name, the quality of our agents and our listings and the global network we provide our customers is truly defining of us as a brand. Our 845 locations in 63 countries may be our footprint, but our unity in commitment to luxury lifestyles, exemplary customer service and drive to provide only the best experience for our customers is our brand presence. These two things, our footprint and our presence, the very core of the Sotheby’s International Realty difference, are best exemplified in our referrals program. Alex Romeyn cropped to faceshot

The way that Premier Sotheby’s International Realty approaches referrals is very different from that of other brokerages. We met with Alex Romeyn, our relocation manager, to discuss the difference.

PR & Communications:

Take us through the basics. How does this work?

Alex Romeyn:

The best way to begin? Our referrals program is a resource for our associates to assist in “connecting” both buyers and sellers of unique properties to some of the most experienced and reputable agents throughout the world. The referrals program gives our 900+ agents access to over 19,000 associates in our Sotheby’s network alone to recommend to their customers. Through the referrals program, we are able to connect the customer with brokers, throughout the Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate network and other selective Realogy partners, which will offer the same level of global marketing and luxury expertise that our customers are so familiar with.

The idea is that agents within our network perform with a certain caliber of professionalism—that certain things are expected. When an agent places a referral within our network, they expect a certain level of performance, and they can be assured that in utilizing the network these expectations will be far exceeded.hero_1 (3)

PR & Communications:

You mentioned an elevated level of performance; what does that look like in application?


There’s definitely a standard expectation within our network for an elevated professionalism that includes extensive follow-up and communication, area expertise, lifestyle knowledge and a special touch that best represents both agents and brokerages.

Moving hand-in-hand with the agents brings top-level service to all parties involved. The goal is to go above and beyond creating one great experience that may result in more opportunities. But there’s also a flip side; one bad experience does just the opposite.

PR & Communications:

It seems pretty important that the buyer or seller get the right agent assigned to them. Who decides how referrals are assigned?


Referrals start in the referrals department where all of the information is gathered and processed. Who is assigned to the referral is ultimately at the discretion of the managing broker. Our leadership staff works closely with each of our associates and offers the best judgment of which agent is the best fit for any given referral.

PR & Communications:

How do you narrow down the associates within an office to find a good fit?


A few ways:

  • Area expertise
  • Price point
  • Conversion track record
  • Accountability
  • Expertise in a specific lifestyle amenity
  • Associate bio

All of these things work together to determine who is a good fit. Agents are really selective in the referral process, both giving and receiving. Trusting someone else with your clients is hard, but there’s a pride in having a network of like-minded professionals that will help build a notable brand presence.

PR & Communications:

What is it about the brand presence that differentiates the SIR referral network from others?


There is a quality and caliber among our properties and agents that is unparalleled. When someone in the network places a referral, it’s not just sending it into the system. There is an understanding that emphasizes developing relationships that will further future opportunities for all parties involved. Comfort comes from knowing that an agent with the same dedication to professionalism and care that you have is taking care of your people.

Our system of hand-selecting assigned agents provides peace of mind and makes the referrals program easy. Referring agents can know that, no matter what, they’re getting a quality agent because the time has been spent vetting, developing and investing in the agents within the network.

There’s also a constant communication throughout the life of the referral between the referral coordinator, the assigned agent and the referring agent. Itemized reports showcase showings, marketing, contact made, etc., so that everyone stays on the same page.hero_1

PR & Communications:

How does the global footprint play into all of this?


With associates in 845 offices throughout 63 countries, we have a brick-and-mortar presence worldwide. That’s the kind of network that establishes great brand recognition, but also serves as an extensive physical global reach. Utilizing that reach for referrals creates a stronger brand presence within our network and throughout partnerships.


Linville Ridge | Mountaintop View 180

06 Located near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, at 4,945 feet above sea level with an average summer temperature of 75°, Linville Ridge offers sophisticated mountain living with resort-style amenities. The community has offered families country club living in the High Country of North Carolina for decades, and the bragging rights extend far beyond mere altitude.

In early June, Linville Ridge unveiled a newly renovated clubhouse featuring a contemporary, mountain design inspired by a vision for the next generation. “The world is getting more casual and less formal. We want the club to reflect that casual elegance,” said Scott Lutgert, owner and developer. In addition to the updated style, the new clubhouse features a porte cochère for easy access to the new club dining venue, View 180.10

In naming the newly renovated space, Simone Lutgert added, “We couldn’t help but focus on what is so prevalent when you walk into the restaurant. It’s all about the 180-degree view of Grandfather Mountain and the surrounding valleys, so ‘View 180’ was the most fitting.”19

Linville Ridge celebrated View 180’s brand-new look on Saturday, June 11, 2016, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a sold-out member event for the grand re-opening. Members were greeted with new gabled roofs, stone columns, oak floors with natural distressing, custom-made light fixtures, a new wine cellar, comfortable chairs with arms, banquette seating and an indoor/outdoor bar which opens out to an enlarged deck. Walther Vliegen, general manager of Linville Ridge, said that “before, the restaurant was an underutilized venue, but with this renovation it will be bustling with activity and provide a special place for dinners, club events, weddings, luncheons, corporate meetings, anniversary and birthday parties and so much more!”

Asheville Office Now Open

13434880_604343483076489_1400777724077917313_nThis past week, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty officially opened its Asheville office location. The office houses 10 associates and is under the direction of managing broker Terry Tincher. With an astounding $72 million in active listings, this team has hit the ground running. Despite working remotely for the last six months while construction of the new office space was completed, they have collectively closed $20 million in sales. It’s expected that this team will only further set the bar for extraordinary results.

Along with impressive numbers, the Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Asheville office has set record-breaking sales:

SOLD The highest condominium sale in Asheville in over 10 years.

UNDER CONTRACT The largest residential sale in Buncombe, Henderson and Polk counties.

UNDER CONTRACT The largest residential sale in Transylvania County in 3 years.

To view properties listed with the Asheville office, click here.

Residences at Mercato | Elegant Coastal Living


Residences-at-Mercato-Le-CielResidences at Mercato offers a unique opportunity to live in walking distance to Naples, Florida’s premier cosmopolitan hub, Mercato, while also being close to award-winning beaches. The development’s location allows residents to enjoy coastal living with all of the urban amenities that neighboring Mercato has to offer.

Mercato hosts more than 40 vibrant, year-round events including Movies on the Lawn and the Mercato Nights Music Series. Retail offerings within the center include Nordstrom Rack, Tommy Bahama, Silverspot Cinema, Whole Foods Market, and many other notable restaurants and upscale shops.

Embracing the Southwest Florida lifestyle, these sophisticated homes showcase casual Florida elegance. The open-concept floor plans allow for the indoors to flow into the exquisite outdoor living areas, with customizable amenity selections that include kitchens, cabanas and showers. Residences at Mercato is now offering 12 expanded lots that allow for even more exterior enhancements to take full advantage of outdoor leisure.

For more information on this extraordinary opportunity, please visit residencesatmercato.com