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

Property Feature | North Venice Farms

North Venice Farms epitomizes equestrian living in Southwest Florida. Situated on 102 acres in Venice, Florida, just 20 minutes south of Sarasota, this property allows for the best of Florida living minutes from the beach, while also providing the equestrian’s dream property. The ranch features a main house, guest house, 22-stall horse stable, 12-bay equipment garage, furlong track and paddocks, and pastures of bahia grass.

The Tuscan-inspired main house is a private retreat with an impressive great room featuring a 35-foot vaulted and raftered cedar ceiling, a second-floor mezzanine and a white-marble fireplace. Exquisitely finished, this home boasts custom-arched mahogany windows and doorways, twin Tennessee sandstone stairwells, limestone and travertine flooring, and five custom fireplaces.

Other lifestyle amenities include a game room, home theater, exercise room, expansive pool area, tennis court and play area.

For more information on this ranch property, click here. 

Property Feature | Cranes Point

Extraordinary character is timeless. Enjoy a lakefront lifestyle on Lake Jessamine, ideally situated only minutes from downtown Orlando in Cranes Point. Styled after a classic French country estate and situated on 1.33 acres, this home was designed by an award-winning builder and designer. The home offers plenty of room for guests and entertaining with four guest quarters, including five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths and over 7,000 square feet of living space.

For more information on this stunning estate, visit our website.

Property Feature | 310 Devils Bight

This West-Indies styled home boasts a clean, contemporary interior with a coastal flair and hues of blue. Encompassing over 140 feet of water frontage, this estate embodies the Florida lifestyle with other outdoor features including a resort-style negative-edge pool and spa, fire bowls and a full kitchen. Click here to view more information about this property.

Inside Premierology: Business Education and Development

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty offers associates courses on the newest technology, negotiation and selling tactics, marketing and profiling buyers and sellers through the business development and education department. Led by vice president of education and development, Angela Rose, a 30-year real estate industry veteran, the program focuses on results-oriented courses that enable sales professionals to grow their business.

We met with Angela Rose to talk more about the program.

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Angela-RoseCommunications: So, you’ve been with the company a little over two years now, tell us about PSIR’s education and development program and how it began.
AR: When Judy Green brought me onto the Premier SIR leadership team, she hired me to be a relatable resource to our associates. I spent a long time in the field as a top producer; I understand the associates on a level that’s more than just teacher-student lectures – I’ve been there.
I was tasked with leading the charge to take our associates to the next level by giving them an understanding of all of the tools and platforms available in a way that allows them to easily communicate the Premier Advantage to customers.

Communications: You’ve been a national trainer and educator for more than 15 years now, what differentiates PSIR’s program from other brokerages’?
AR: Premier SIR associates are next-level associates. I mean that, they are associates that have been in this business for a while; they’re strong, quality professionals that already have well-established businesses and impressive production numbers. Some of our offices require three years of production numbers, a resume and a business plan just for an interview.
That, in a way, presented a new challenge for me. With industry-leading professionals in the seats of my classrooms, every day is a new challenge to address nuances in an ever-changing market at the highest end of the spectrum. I’ve had to be relentless in my pursuit of information to keep our courses extremely relevant. Addressing changes in the market, in regards to affluent buyers and high-end properties, poses the need for an ever-changing strategy to always be pertinent and effective.

Communications: What types of courses are part of the program?
AR: We offer a wide array of courses, live classes and webinars, tailored to address the different needs of the associates. Our orientation course is a two-day induction to our platforms and business culture. It is an all-inclusive look at PSIR and its advantages.
Like I said before, our associates are experienced in the sales force, so our courses focus on next-level information. Our Core Competencies courses focus on the fundamentals of real estate, with a twist. They include topics such as objection handling, price strategy and negotiation, and the affluent customer, along with approximately 8-9 other courses on elevated strategy. Our Premier Production Program works to examine their current business strategy to increase production by the implementation of new tools and outlook.

Communications: What three tend to be most popular?
AR: The Core Competencies courses are a favorite; probably listing presentations and objection handling, but also our courses on the various marketing platforms.

Communications: When selecting topics, how do you determine what courses are offered and how do you go about developing them?
AR: Market study. I am constantly reading various resources for trends in the market that may impact our approach. For example, when it seems as though the market is taking what I call “a breather,” I focus on extensions, expired listings and FSBOs. I also get a lot of information from the field. The associates are very open with me about their market challenges, and if I start to see a trend of more people reaching out for information on any given topic, I devote more class time to that topic.

Communications: What book are you currently reading?
AR: Currently? How Successful People Think by John Maxwell, but I’m always reading something new. I also enjoy podcasts, Brendon Burchard’s The Charged Life is a favorite.

Communications: Can you give one success story that an associate has shared after taking a course?
AR: There’s no one name to one story, but in every little “ah-ha moment” I feel successful in helping them increase their business. I always tell associates, we may give you a minimum production value, but the only max that exists is the one you place on yourself. It’s in seeing them realize that for themselves that I find the most reward.

Communications: What’s your philosophy on business and education?
AR: My philosophy on business development, as it applies to the way I teach and in how I format these programs, is to enable the associates to achieve. Ours is a  destination business model. For me, it’s always about providing them the most cutting-edge and  innovative strategies and elevated service tools that take their business where they want it to go. These associates already have successful businesses, that’s why they’re with Premier; I aim to take them to the next level.

Property Feature | Downtown Charlotte Penthouse

This two-story penthouse in downtown Charlotte offers the best in urban luxury living. With over 4,400 square feet of living space, the main living areas are perfect for entertaining with window walls offering fantastic views of the city. This home boasts smart home technology throughout and a home theater. The master suite encompasses the entire second floor with dual closets, a sitting room and a private entrance off the elevator. Click here for more information on this penthouse.

Live Where They Vacation

Vacations provide the perfect getaway to relax and enjoy, but are centered primarily on a destination’s activities and entertainment. Hence why many people arrive home from vacation and feel as though they need a vacation. The most ideal locations feature hours of daytime activities like a day at the beach, on the water or on the slopes,  with full days supplemented with shows, dining, shopping and nightlife. With so much to do, vacations hardly ever permit enough time to do it all, making it even more enticing to live where many merely vacation.

Coastal Paradise


Florida’s southwest coast is appointed with world-famous beaches, five-star resorts and much of the culture that one would find in the big city, such as museums, live performances and art. When looking for the perfect island destination, many choose the Gulf Coast islands of Marco Island, Sanibel Island and Siesta Key. Island time and leisure. Click here to view island homes. 

24/7 Play


For a more action-packed vacation, families travel from all around the world to visit Central Florida’s theme parks. With Disney World and Universal Studios parks just minutes from the urban hub of Downtown Orlando, it’s impossible to do it all on vacation. From watching the Orlando Magic work the court and enjoying a night on the town, to character meet-and-greets and riding roller coasters at one of the many theme parks, Central Florida has something for everyone. Click here to view homes in Orlando.

Mountain Time


When looking for an opportunity to get fresh air and enjoy the outdoors, look no further than the mountains of North Carolina’s High Country. Summer activities such as hiking, fishing, canoeing and golfing keep guests busy while the sun is out, with winter sports that are just as exciting. Local resorts feature ideal conditions for snow sports, including tubing, skiing and snowboarding. Click here to view mountain homes.

Community Highlight | Grove Park Historic District

1 Located in North Asheville, the Grove Park Historic District adjoins the Grove Park Country Club golf course. This celebrated district also includes part of Kimberly Avenue, which runs alongside the golf course in a northerly direction and is presided over by the majestic Grove Park Inn.

The Grove Park neighborhood was designed and developed by St. Louis entrepreneur Edwin Wiley Grove with the help of Chauncey Beadle, a landscape designer and later superintendent of Biltmore Estate, and is a superb example of an early 20th century planned residential development. Grove wanted this development, like every other real estate venture he engaged in, to be exciting and innovative. Some of his projects, such as the Grove Arcade and the Battery Park Hotel, were on the cutting edge of design and planning, and his Grove Park Inn stands today as a monument to his vision and genius.2

The early phases of Grove Park were laid out by Chauncey Beadle and include curvilinear streets, large tree canopies, stone retaining walls and a grand entry park. There are many architectural styles represented in the design, including Shingle, Neo-Classical, American Foursquare, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Georgian Revival, Bungalow, Italian Renaissance, Queen Anne and Chateauesque. Richard Sharp Smith, Ronald Greene, Henry I. Gaines and James Gamble Rogers are just a few of the nationally known architects who had a hand in the Grove Park neighborhood. Local Asheville developers E.A. Jackson and W.H. Westall also contributed to Grove Park’s growth, buying and developing many lots in the 1920s.3

Only steps to the Grove Park Inn, elegant living awaits those fortunate enough at The Fitzgerald, with golf and mountain views during the day that transition gracefully to enviable vistas of the evening lights of downtown Asheville which is less than 2 miles away. Home to just 24 residences, The Fitzgerald is Asheville’s premier luxury condominium address.Grove Park Sunset

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Tracy Veteto both listed and sold the top corner residence at $2,050,000. This significant purchase represents the first luxury condominium to top the $2 million price level in the Asheville market.  A middle-floor residence with over 2,220 square feet is available for purchase at $1,650,000.5

Located right across the street from The Fitzgerald is The Longchamps. Built in 1927, and boasting some of the area’s most unique architecture, The Longchamps offers an alternative for those who still wish to live in one of the most affluent and well-known neighborhoods in all of Asheville, albeit at a lower price level. Currently available at $700,000 is an updated, top-floor residence with a rooftop patio.

Residences at Mercato | The Azure Model

The newest model home has been unveiled at Residences at Mercato, Azure. The Azure features three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 2,697 square feet of living space. Featuring interior designs by Jean Losier with the award-winning Naples firm Clive Daniel Home, the model boasts both transitional and global influences, with warm tones that complement the architecture’s coastal design.

The Azure offers an open-concept floor plan that allows for easy flow to the exquisite outdoor living areas. Embracing the Florida lifestyle, this villa’s outdoor area has been equipped with a summer kitchen, pool, fireplace and cabana.

Residences at Mercato has two new construction villas available, with the rest of the project over 50% sold out. Located in The Lutgert Companies’ newest residential development in Naples, and built by Lutgert Construction LLC, Residences at Mercato offers the next era of Mercato living. While the company’s previous Mercato project, Strada, provided luxury condominiums above commercial retail space, Residences at Mercato allows residents the opportunity for single-family living with great walkability to all the amenities Mercato has to offer, including over 50 upscale restaurants and retailers.

Villa Zaffiro

frontAurora award-winning home, Villa Zaffiro is located in Sorrento, Florida, inside the gated community of RedTail. Redtail features the very best of country club communities with golf, tennis, pool and spa, and fine dining.
Bridge-moatFeatured in House Magazine, this estate is reminiscent of an Italian villa boasting a moat-like front entrance common among villas in Italy near lakes. The flowing fountains incorporated into the front entrance and the pool design in the rear are iconic to Italian design. These water features, along with the implementation of a symmetric design and grounds featuring a garden, will transport visitors to the Mediterranean.StatueGarden
Located about 15 minutes from Heathrow and Lake Mary, Villa Zaffiro’s location allows highway access to Central Florida’s premier destinations including Daytona, New Smyrna, the Space Coast, and attractions including Disney parks and Universal Studios.


For more information on this property,  click here.

Bits and Pieces

Every year, the Kentucky Derby brings together race lovers of all types: those who enjoy the exhilaration of the opening of the gates, the smell of the track and the excitement of a bet, and those who prefer large hats, fashion statements and juleps. All these little bits and pieces culminate to form one of the most popular sporting events in the country.

The homes below showcase many of the finer details that set extraordinary equestrian properties apart from the rest. From beautiful iron gates and the smell of fresh mountain air to exquisite closets to store your hat and state-of-the-art kitchens to concoct your julep, these homes have it all.

36225 Covington Road
Dade City, Florida


600 N Jackson Road
Venice, Florida 34292


226 Horse Shoe Farm Drive
Hendersonville, North Carolina


17840 Palm Creek Drive
North Fort Myers, Florida


5650 Marion County Road
Lady Lake, Florida 32519

Venice, Florida | 27°6′N 82°26′W

Located just south of Sarasota, the city of Venice is a beach town boasting over 14 miles of waterfront from Casey Key to Manasota Key. Known as the shark’s tooth capital of the world, Venice offers some of the world’s best shelling and is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, fishing and boating. Check out why many of our customers choose to call Venice home.

To view homes for sale in Venice, click here.

The Extra in the Ordinary

The façade of 520 72nd Street may appear to be an ordinary Florida home, but this coastal-contemporary chic home is far from ordinary. Recently renovated in 2015, with three bedrooms and three baths, the new interior features open, bright spaces, with clean lines, custom finishes and a current design that allows for sophisticated waterfront living. This canal-front home boast a beautiful outdoor living area with a new pool and spa with travertine patio and a 60-foot dock with boat lift. While the street-facing exterior may present an ordinary one-level, single-family home with palm trees, this extraordinary home provides the perfect Anna Maria Island oasis.

For more information on this listing visit our website.

Historic Property: Charles A. Hobbs House

Hobbs house Constructed in 1920, for Appalachian Mountain Club member Charles A. Hobbs, this colonial revival home in Hendersonville, North Carolina is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located at 1230 5th Avenue West, the residence is less than one mile from Hendersonville’s historic and thriving downtown.2

Designed by prolific North Carolina architect and Hendersonville resident Erle G. Stillwell, whose elaborate and sophisticated residences for wealthy residents of the region included several in the deluxe suburbs of Asheville and its neighboring community of Biltmore Forest, the Charles A. Hobbs House resides on a corner lot in the heart of Hendersonville.


Originally from Connecticut, Mr. Hobbs and his wife Harriet occupied the home from 1920 until 1937. It was then purchased by a former chairman of the Cherokee Historical Association, Harry E. Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan and his wife Pearle lived in the home well into the 1950’s.4

Over the next 40 odd years, the Hobbs House fell into disrepair until 1994 when it was purchased by the current owners Mehmet and Lale Ozelsel. Over the next 20 years, the couple worked tirelessly to bring this grand old mansion back to its former glory. While the home has seen extensive renovation and has been thoroughly updated including electrical and plumbing, they have preserved both its original architecture and historically significant provenance.


Of particular note is the main level formal parlor. Modeled after the Palace of Versailles famous “Hall of Mirrors”, the room features marble fireplaces and the unique and distinctive “Parquet de Versailles”-styled floor.


With its seven bedrooms, seven full and two partial baths, a granite-walled courtyard, a detached pavilion and over 8,000 square feet, the Hobbs House was perfectly suited for a bed and breakfast and event venue and has operated as The Melange Inn since 1998.

Ready to move forward into the next phase of their lives, the owners have agreed that it is time to “pass the torch” and let a new generation enjoy this home’s resplendency.

This blog is a guest post authored by Ryan Rogalski of the Asheville Premier Sotheby’s International Realty office.

Fly Away Home

Avoid the airport – fly in and out of your backyard and house your plane in your own garage. Fly-in communities and homes allow for pilots and their families to take advantage of a privilege afforded to very few. Many of these communities are equipped with lighted runways, private GPS approach and taxiways providing an easy ride home. Residential airparks and private estates with helipads and airstrips provide the perfect opportunity for those who enjoy life in the air to bring their passion home.

2540 Taxiway Echo
Port Orange, Florida


920 NW Sumter Road
Mayo, Florida920-NW-Sumter-Road
936 Baron Road
Waxhaw, North Carolina

224 Chestnut Trail
Banner Elk, North Carolina


View more Florida fly-in homes.

View more North Carolina fly-in homes.


DeMarcay | Sarasota’s Historically Urban Living

DeMarcay offers residents the opportunity to blend the classical aesthetics of Downtown Sarasota with modern luxury living. These 39 residences are masterfully designed with expansive layouts, soaring ceilings and custom finishes. Ranging from 1,100 to 3,100 square feet of living space, DeMarcay condominiums are spectacular 21st-century living spaces with resort-style amenities including valet services and a rooftop pool and fitness center. DeMarcay is urban and environmentally friendly living in the heart of Downtown Sarasota.

For more information visit, or call 941.320.3960.


Life on the Water

Whether you prefer freshwater or a little salt, yachts or sea-doos, fishing or wake boarding, this selection of homes offers some prime properties for boaters and water-lovers alike. From the estates of Port Royal, in Naples, Florida and the beach homes of St. Armands in Sarasota, to the lakeside homes of Lake Tillery, North Carolina, imagine water games and relaxing in the sun from the dock of one of these stunning homes.

3255 Rum Row
Port Royal | Florida

290 N. Washington Drive
St. Armands | Florida

851 Brightwaters Boulevard NE
St. Petersburg | Florida

1200 Peninsula Drive
Orlando | North Carolina

182 Timber Lake Court
Lake Tillery | North Carolina


A Culinary Masterpiece | Little Pond Farm

LUAC011216IHEcLittle Pond Farm is not only a sophisticated country home nestled in the rolling mountains of Vilas, North Carolina, exuding quiet simplicity with a wraparound porch and French charm, it offers a truly one-of-a-kind residential culinary kitchen equipped for even the most difficult of Julia Child’s secrets.

Currently used by the owners for cooking and consumption classes, this chef’s kitchen is professionally outfitted with a large Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Wolfe range, with two extra ovens by Dacor, a smaller prep fridge by Traulsen and a Blanco STEELART sink. For convenience of mobility, the large island is supported by industrial wheels. Next to the island a large, stainless steel prep station complete with sink makes the perfect location for a sous chef. The counters are topped with Carrara marble, and the custom cabinetry was strategically built Scandinavian-style for ease of cleaning.LUAC011216IHEdd

Built with the intention of plenty of storage area, this gourmet kitchen boasts a French-style dish pantry, bookshelves for cookbooks and removable marble shelving with plenty of steel hooks for hanging pots and pans. All of the cabinet hardware is made by Waterworks .LUAC011216IHEddd

This dream kitchen is accented with recessed lighting by Ocean, Belgian limestone floors and floor-to-ceiling Waterworks tiles.


For more information or to see the rest of this property, visit our website.

Inside Premierology: Marketing

Premierology is what makes Premier Sotheby’s International Realty the industry leader that it is. With over 900 associates and employees in offices throughout Florida and North Carolina, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty ranks among Real Trends’ top 500 brokerages in the U.S. by sales volume. It takes a unique team of extraordinary individuals to accomplish all that Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has accomplished. We want to take you Inside Premierology for just a small peek into what and who make us who we are. Today, we’re taking you inside the marketing team.

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty provides its associates a unique advantage: a full-service, in-house marketing team. The award-winning team is comprised of approximately 19 people. Under the helm of Nicola Lutgert, Vice President of Marketing, the teams are all inclusive including advertising, web services, creative services, communications and public relations, and regional directors.

“Our team provides a distinct service to our agents, in-house branding, design and production that allows them to focus on property sales. The team is talented and provides innovative solutions to the requests of the associates,” said Lutgert.

The team functions as an ad agency and produces award-winning work, receiving four silver and two gold awards for marketing submissions, ranging from print collateral and ads to digital and video pieces, at the 2016 Suncoast AdFed awards in Sarasota, Florida. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s marketing team plays a large role in positioning the brand as a leader in the luxury real estate field by designing progressive pieces, curating relevant content and utilizing cutting-edge technological platforms and applications.

Frank Russell, creative director of the team, spoke to the team’s process,”We are speaking to a unique and sophisticated clientele with our marketing and advertising, and that’s reflected in everything the marketing team does. It gives rise to a vibrant and creative environment and allows us to do outstanding work.”


Not pictured:
Alexandra Criscitello, Marketing Specialist
Katlin Keller, Marketing Assistant
Kristine Stack, Regional Marketing Director – Orlando Region

Courtyard Homes

Seen in China and Iran as early as 3000 BC, courtyard homes were widely popular in these regions for many reasons, but primarily because of the natural ventilation they provide to the home in temperate climate regions. 2000 years ago, the Romans utilized the courtyard design in their architecture because homes were built to the lot lines and the courtyard provided the only private outdoor space for the family.

A courtyard home provides an outdoor living area that opens to many of the main living areas of the home, such as the living room, kitchen and often the master bedroom and creates a cross ventilation through the partially shaded space that allows for more pleasurable outdoor temperatures. Frequently featuring potted plants, pools, fountains, gardens or even sculptures, courtyard homes provide a private outdoor oasis.

  • 75 Grande Fairway | Englewood, Florida

Paradise Found


In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re celebrating PPG’s Color of the Year, “Paradise Found,” a muted green with hues of blue. PPG describes the color as “an organic, aloe green with an undertone of blue that offers at once a subtle, but serious sense of ease and rejuvenation.”

The PPG color fits this year’s trend of natural, organic colors, as Glidden paint announced “Cappuccino White,” a creamy off-white neutral, color of the year, and Olympic paint announced “Blue Cloud,” a sparkling blue resembling the deep blue of ocean waters. It’s clear that consumers are swapping the vibrant blues that trended in 2015 for more subtle natural hues.

With an ever-increasing desire to bring the outdoors in, it’s easy to see why a palette of blues, whites and greens is so popular. Check out a some of our extraordinary listings utilizing the muted natural colors.

  • 10 Papaya Street Clearwater Beach | Florida



Florida Golf: The Arnold Palmer Invitational

Known as one of the most noteworthy events on the PGA tour, today marks the beginning of the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational to be played at the Bay Hill Club. Overseen and directed by the legend, Arnold Palmer himself, the tournament was originally named the Citrus Open and was played at the Rio Pinar Country Club.

In 1965, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Don Cherry and Dave Ragan were invited to Central Florida by the partners of Bay Hill to play an exhibition match to promote the Club. Palmer immediately fell in love with the Club and the course and took over direction of the Club in 1970. He purchased the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in 1976 and has spent summers in Central Florida ever since. In 1979, the Arnold Palmer Invitational was renamed and relocated, and in 1986 Palmer redesigned all 18 greens, and altered the yardage from 7,103 yards to 7,196 and the par from 71 to 72.

Many golf lovers have decided to call Florida home for its year-round playable temperatures and variety of courses. Ranked by as the number one state for golf determined by “golfiness,” Florida has more golf courses than any other state. On many of these courses, you’ll find the homes of golf-lovers overlooking the emerald green.

Check out some of our “golfy” homes:

Naples, Florida
1449 Nighthawk Point

Sarasota, Florida
8269 Archers Court

Tampa, Florida
4906 W Juno Street

Orlando, Florida
9680 Sloane Street

The Power of the Network

back of postcard_image_statsSotheby’s International Realty offers customers a truly global real estate network. With more than 18,800 sales associates, in 835 brick and mortar offices, in 63 countries and territories worldwide, the presence is tangible.

This network provides international access to the corners of the globe and allows for unique properties to be matched with extraordinary lifestyles. The sale of the W.T. Waggoner Ranch is no exception. Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, announced Monday that the transaction, with a list price at $725 million, was the largest in the brand’s history.

The property was sold by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate, Bernard Uechtritz who attributed the sale to the power of the network. “…The sale of the ranch was the result of a strategic and robust global marketing campaign,” said Uechtritz. The property was the most-viewed property on and was sold to Stan Kroenke, businessman and professional sports team owner.

Sotheby’s International Realty provides opportunities exclusive to the brand’s network, such as co-operative advertising initiates with other affiliates, all located in areas where the home values well exceed the national average, and the Sotheby’s auction house. The Every Car Needs a Home book, for example, features remarkable properties presented by 10 Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates, in efforts to align remarkable homes with the RM Sotheby’s official auction of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance sale of more than 100 iconic automobiles on Amelia Island on March 12th.

These are just two examples of how the Sotheby’s International Realty network offers a different experience to our customers. We are truly an international luxury brand with a network that makes a difference.

To read the full press release on the sale of the W.T Waggoner Ranch, click here.
To browse the pages of the Every Car Needs a Home book, click here.
To view lots featured in the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction, click here.

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

If you’re looking for the perfect area for your second home, look no further than Blowing Rock, North Carolina  ̶  a town filled with rich history, a welcoming community and a plethora of outdoor activities. Named one of the Top 5 Best Small Towns in the South by the Southern Living Reader’s Choice Awards, Blowing Rock was also the basis for Jan Karon’s beloved town in the “Mitford” series and offered the backdrop for much of the movie “The Green Mile.” The town even made “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” for being the only place in the world where it snows upside down.

With an average summer high of 76 degrees and low of 59, Blowing Rock is an easy drive from the bigger cities in North Carolina, making it the perfect weekend getaway and the perfect place to call home. Whether you are looking to live in Blowing Rock for all four seasons, part of the year or looking for a vacation destination, the year-round activities and close proximity to North Carolina cities provide something for everyone.

In 2015, the average listing price in Blowing Rock was $407,000; the average selling price was $380,000, making the average price per square foot $177. When considering homes, wonderful neighborhoods in the village include Laurel Park, Echo Park, Misty Mountain, Firethorn, Timber Creek and Mayview, many with walk-to-town convenience. Mayview is one of the most historic neighborhoods in the village and boasts some of the oldest homes with spectacular views.

Blowing Rock offers a great selection of both artisan and boutique shopping with lively Main Street businesses like Monkee’s, Neaco and Almost Rodeo Drive, or you can explore Tanger Outlet Mall with stores like Coach, J. Crew, LOFT and Polo Ralph Lauren. Enjoy fine dining at Storie Street Grill, Bistro Roca, Twigs and sample the best barbeque in the south at Woodland’s BBQ!

With so much to see and do, it is always a good time to escape to the mountains. In the winter, enjoy the excellent skiing and snowboarding on one of three local slopes: Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain or Sugar Mountain. In the spring, explore the beautiful hiking trails off of the Blue Ridge Parkway like Rough Ridge or the Profile Trail where you can walk up the side of Grandfather Mountain. Savor the beer and wine festival in April, and during the summer, walk down Main Street with the family, while indulging in Kilwin’s ice cream. The Tweetsie Railroad allows passengers to take in the Blue Ridge by steam locomotive. In the fall, Tweetsie offers the Ghost Train, a haunted theme park throughout the month of October. Peak Week, also in October, is the ideal week to enjoy Blowing Rock’s autumn foliage.

The village of Blowing Rock offers visitors and residents alike a taste of a real-life “Norman Rockwell Americana Town.”

For more information on Blowing Rock home listings, click here.


Villa Venezia

Villa Venezia is a piece of Italy located on Marco Island in Southwest Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands. Designed by Everett Van Hoesen, this multi-award-winning estate abounds in casual elegance all crafted in the style of a 16th-century Venetian villa.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by two gatehouses adorned atop by crouching winged lions, talismans of St. Mark, patron Saint of Venice, and towers boasting gothic arches with Corinthian columns.

Iconic to the Veneto region and greatly appreciated in Italian culture, fountains are an essential element of the home’s design. As such, the drive features a custom fountain showcasing the clean, simple lines of a large oil jar overflowing with water. As guest continue through the grounds, just beyond the fountain, the front garden has two simple benches adjoined by an imported, Italian trellis that incorporates the winged lion into the arms of the benches.

Homes in the Veneto region were often converted from old forts and had the look of gun towers, complete with gun ports. In turn, the two gatehouses and the main villa of Villa Venezia feature rectangular windows that are actually replicas of what would have been gun ports in an original Venetian home.

The main breezeway presents a replica of a winged lion that originally resided in St. Mark’s Square. The lion sits with a book rested open in one paw with his tail down, a sign indicative of a time of peace. Throughout Venice, the lion is often depicted with the book closed and his tail up, a sign of a time of war. From the exterior wrought iron and wood, to the Italian Cypress lining the entrance, the attention to detail is evident before even entering Villa Venezia.

In the grand foyer, attention is drawn up to a magnificent chandelier surrounded by hand-painted frescos from the Triumph of Venice. Throughout the grand areas of the home, the walls were constructed and texturized to have a 16th century appearance, done by putting the finish into plaster before the basecoat and finishing with a layer of beeswax. In keeping with a 16th century theme, barrel and groin ceilings are used throughout the estate, as well as wrought iron and hand-painted frescos.

Outside the lanai overlooks an award-winning swimming pool designed to have the look of shallow Italian fountains and the ambiance of Venice with bridges and steps over waterways. This was done by incorporating a swim lane that goes under a magnificent bridge and building the Jacuzzi to mimic a fountain with flowing over spill. Guests can take in the long water views from the terraces overlooking the lanai or from the gazebo.

Attention has been paid to every detail. Villa Venezia exudes 16th century Venice, Italy, and is ideally situated on Marco Island, a TripAdvisor® and Traveler’s Choice® top ranking island destination in the United States.

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Destination: Florida

FLORIDA-WebLast week, Visit Florida announced that the state welcomed 105 million visitors in 2015, making it the fifth  year in a row that tourism records were broken. In 2014, the state recorded 98.5 million visitors, for a year over year in 2015 up 6.6%. Domestic visitors accounted for 89.8 million while international visitors made up 15.2 million. The research also reported that 74.3 million people boarded planes at 18 Florida airports.

With an average year-round temperature of 67.6°F, Florida has the climate for year-round outdoor entertainment, one of the reasons Walt Disney chose Florida for perhaps the most popular tourist destination in the state, Disney World. The Kissimmee-Orlando region has been a hotspot for entertainment and sports due to its ease of accessibility, centrally located off the I-4 corridor. But the area is not just a domestic destination, international travelers favorite Central Florida as well. Orlando International Airport comes in second behind Miami in reported international passengers in Florida airports.

Other popular Florida destination areas include Daytona Beach, home of the Daytona International Speedway and headquarters for NASCAR and LPGA International. Daytona is located in the Fun Coast region of Florida and is known for its hard-packed sand beaches. Tampa Bay also makes the list of most frequented tourist destinations. Made up of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Tampa Bay is home to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays and some of the world’s best beaches.

The 2016 Traveler’s Choice® awards have named many of Florida’s beaches within the top 25 in the United States. Tourists travel from around the world to visit the powdery white sand beaches of Florida’s Gulf coast. Number one on the list is Tampa Bay’s Clearwater Beach. Other beaches include multi-award-winning Siesta Key in Sarasota, St. Petersburg Beach and Fort Myers Beach.

Every year, more and more travelers are making Florida their vacation destination, for many of the reasons residents call Florida home all year round. Whether it’s a vacation rental, primary residence or a home-away-from-home, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has the resources and the network to find the luxury house you are looking for.

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Port Royal Entertaining | 840 Admiralty Parade

The community of Port Royal in Naples, Florida, boasts stunning, sprawling estates, situated waterfront for magnificent views and balmy breezes. The residences are like exquisite showcases from the pages of Architectural Digest, ranging from Old Florida design to contemporary architectural artistry. Location and design combined with the natural privacy and exclusivity of the community has made Port Royal a retreat within an already “destination” town. The size of these estates with their alluring high-end features, along with the amenities of a waterfront location, provide the perfect backdrop for entertaining.

With open southern views protected by mangrove land, 840 Admiralty Parade on Admiralty Bay is one of Port Royal’s most magnificent properties. Situated on a lot and half, this residence greets guests with a splendid wraparound driveway lined in palm trees. Upon entering, the main living areas welcome guests with striking Bay views through large window walls. This home affords plenty of room for friends and family, with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms and almost 9,000 square feet of living space.

Inside, an elegant formal dining room and Italian-inspired wine room are conveniently located adjacent to the kitchen on either side, right off of the main living area. This open concept allows for ease of entertaining as guest can easily move throughout the dining room, kitchen and living areas. The outdoor space with breathtaking water views boasts an infinity-edge pool that will provide hours of recreation, while the outdoor kitchen complete with pizza oven and fire pit is the quintessential space for Florida leisure.

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