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Real Estate News Looks Bleak-But Not In Montecito
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Real Estate News Looks Bleak-But Not In Montecito

September 9, 2022

The News Can Look Bad, Unless You're In a Luxury Home

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Santa Barbara Real Estate: The Week in Review
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Santa Barbara Real Estate: The Week in Review

Maureen Mcdermut | August 16, 2022

The Week in Review

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Recent News Highlights Need For Hiring a Montecito Realtor
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Recent News Highlights Need For Hiring a Montecito Realtor

August 14, 2022

Market fluctuations can create a real estate nightmare

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Should I Wait To Sell My Montecito Home?
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Should I Wait To Sell My Montecito Home?

July 8, 2022

Has the Seller's Market Officially Ended?

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Is It Too Late To Refinance My Home?
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Is It Too Late To Refinance My Home?

June 27, 2022

With Rising Interest Rates, Did You Miss The Refinancing Boat?

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Buying & Insuring a Home in Montecito
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Buying & Insuring a Home in Montecito

June 12, 2022

Wildfires & Mudslides Can Be A Factor, But Fear Not.

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What Is Going On With The Housing Market?
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What Is Going On With The Housing Market?

June 4, 2022

Changes Seem To Be Happening Quickly, So You Need To Be Prepared!

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Are We Heading For a Housing Market Downturn?
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Are We Heading For a Housing Market Downturn?

May 21, 2022

Experts Agree the Housing Market Is Changing, But What Does That Mean?

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How Will Rising Interest Rates Impact The Montecito Housing Market?
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How Will Rising Interest Rates Impact The Montecito Housing Market?

May 6, 2022

Will the Recent Rate Hike Impact Buying (or Selling) a Home in Montecito?

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Where Are Santa Barbara Home Prices Headed?
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Where Are Santa Barbara Home Prices Headed?

May 3, 2022

What Can You Expect When Buying or Selling a Home in Santa Barbara?

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How To Win A Bidding War In Montecito
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How To Win A Bidding War In Montecito

April 23, 2022

Creative Solutions May Help You Win

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20 Questions To Ask A Santa Barbara Realtor
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20 Questions To Ask A Santa Barbara Realtor

April 16, 2022

Ask These Questions Before Hiring Any Agent To Sell Your Home

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Should You Sell With an iBuyer in Montecito
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Should You Sell With an iBuyer in Montecito

April 9, 2022

Recent News Suggests Tech Might Not Be the Safest Way To Sell

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How to Avoid a Delayed Closing in Santa Barbara
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How to Avoid a Delayed Closing in Santa Barbara

April 2, 2022

There Are Many Things That Can Hold Up Your Closing

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Prep Your Home To Sell This Spring
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Prep Your Home To Sell This Spring

March 25, 2022

Santa Barbara Homes Are Hot Commodities, But You Want To Get The Most Money Possible

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Will The Montecito Housing Market Crash or Cool Off in 2022?
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Will The Montecito Housing Market Crash or Cool Off in 2022?

March 20, 2022

Buyer Demand is Still High, But Will That Change In 2022?

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The Differences in Contingent, Under Contract & Pending
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The Differences in Contingent, Under Contract & Pending

March 11, 2022

Learn More About Key Real Estate Terms

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Make Multifunctional Spaces Work For You
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Make Multifunctional Spaces Work For You

March 4, 2022

How We Live In Our Montecito Homes Has Changed

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Santa Barbara Housing Supply & Demand
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Santa Barbara Housing Supply & Demand

February 25, 2022

How They Affect Your Buying & Selling Goals

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Pros & Cons Of Selling Without a Montecito Realtor
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Pros & Cons Of Selling Without a Montecito Realtor

February 18, 2022

Exploring Whether You Need an Agent or Not

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Home Paint Trends For 2022
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Home Paint Trends For 2022

February 12, 2022

Paint Colors Buyers Want

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Scared To Sell Your Santa Barbara Home?
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Scared To Sell Your Santa Barbara Home?

February 4, 2022

Common Fears of Homeowners in 2022

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Home Improvements That Earn Money
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Home Improvements That Earn Money

January 28, 2022

Understanding What Improvements Make You More Money vs. Those That Don't

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What Is My Santa Barbara Home Worth?
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What Is My Santa Barbara Home Worth?

January 21, 2022

Whether Selling or Refinancing, This is Probably Your First Question

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The Things You Need To Know Before Selling Your Home
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The Things You Need To Know Before Selling Your Home

January 14, 2022

Be Prepared For A Brand New Montecito Real Estate Market in 2022

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Waiting to Sell Your Montecito Home Could Cost You a Fortune
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Waiting to Sell Your Montecito Home Could Cost You a Fortune

January 6, 2022

Market Factors are Indicating That the Time to Sell is Now.

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Hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home in 2022
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Hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home in 2022

December 30, 2021

Why Hiring a Professional is Essential

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Santa Barbara Homebuyers Need to Be Ready
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Santa Barbara Homebuyers Need to Be Ready

December 22, 2021

Making a Move This Winter Might Be The Best Idea

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Will The Housing Market Slow Down This Winter?
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Will The Housing Market Slow Down This Winter?

December 17, 2021

Not Likely, Especially For Sellers!

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Waiting To Buy A Home Will Cost You
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Waiting To Buy A Home Will Cost You

December 10, 2021

2 Reasons Why Waiting to Buy a Home in Montecito Will Cost You

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Win When You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home
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Win When You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home

December 8, 2021

And Win When You Buy Your Next Home

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Think Strategically When Buying a Home
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Think Strategically When Buying a Home

December 3, 2021

Think of Buying a Home In Santa Barbara Like Chess

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Real Estate Fake News
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Real Estate Fake News

November 26, 2021

Don't Believe Everything You Read

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Great News For Home Sellers
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Great News For Home Sellers

November 17, 2021

You'll Likely Receive A Lot of Strong Offers This Season

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How Montecito Home Sellers Are Winning
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How Montecito Home Sellers Are Winning

November 12, 2021

Low Inventory is a Boon For Sellers

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Montecito Sellers Have Incredible Leverage
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Montecito Sellers Have Incredible Leverage

November 3, 2021

Selling Your Montecito Home Now Gives You The Upper Hand

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Santa Barbara Housing Challenge or Opportunity?
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Santa Barbara Housing Challenge or Opportunity?

October 27, 2021

Depending On Your Needs, The Housing Market Could Be A Problem or A Blessing

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Want to Move? Build a New Home in Santa Barbara
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Want to Move? Build a New Home in Santa Barbara

October 21, 2021

Inventory of Newly Built Homes is Rising

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Renovate or Sell Your Montecito Home?
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Renovate or Sell Your Montecito Home?

October 13, 2021

That IS the Question!

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Tips To Prep Your Montecito Home For Sale
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Tips To Prep Your Montecito Home For Sale

October 6, 2021

4 Ways To Increase Your Sale Price This Fall

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Sell Your Montecito Home With An Agent
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Sell Your Montecito Home With An Agent

September 29, 2021

Unless You Like Working Harder For Less

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Is It Time For a New House?
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Is It Time For a New House?

September 23, 2021

Learn How to Assess Your Needs

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The Truth About Home Buyer Demand in Montecito
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The Truth About Home Buyer Demand in Montecito

September 16, 2021

Is Demand Declining? Learn The Truth!

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Should You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home This Fall?
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Should You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home This Fall?

September 8, 2021

The Answer is Yes, The Reasons May Surprise You

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Appraisal Gaps
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Appraisal Gaps

September 1, 2021

What Buyers & Sellers Need to Know

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Is 2021 The Year To Sell My Home?
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Is 2021 The Year To Sell My Home?

August 25, 2021

The Short Answer is YES

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Montecito Real Estate: No Lack of Demand
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Montecito Real Estate: No Lack of Demand

August 18, 2021

Supply Is Still Ultra Low

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New Shift Favors Santa Barbara Home Sellers
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New Shift Favors Santa Barbara Home Sellers

August 11, 2021

Buyers Now Prefer Existing Homes

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Montecito Home Price Appreciation
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Montecito Home Price Appreciation

August 4, 2021

Make Montecito Home Price Appreciation Work For You

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Montecito Housing Inventory Shortage
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Montecito Housing Inventory Shortage

July 28, 2021

How Does it Impact Selling Your Home in Montecito?

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SOTHEBY'S BLOG

Inside the Heritage School Vineyard Estate Inside the Heritage School Vineyard Estate

On a particular gently sloping hillside in the heart of California wine country, a teacher may once have stood in front of a group of teenage boys impressing upon them the...

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Open House | Inside a Beautifully Restored 100-Year-Old Home Open House | Inside a Beautifully Restored 100-Year-Old Home

Monique Badun and Kim Craig – Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Vancouver, perched on the precipice of the Pacific Ocean on Canada’s west coast, is widely considered t...

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Video of the Week: An Exquisitely Appointed Home in Highland Park, Texas Video of the Week: An Exquisitely Appointed Home in Highland Park, Texas

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Highland Park, Texas | Ralph Randall, Briggs F...

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Inside a Chic Waterfront Escape on Cape Cod Inside a Chic Waterfront Escape on Cape Cod

For those in the know, the timeless coastal village of Osterville has long been a destination for living the quintessential Cape Cod life. Denizens of its shady, breezy la...

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Video of the Week: A One-of-a Kind Home on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, California Video of the Week: A One-of-a Kind Home on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, California

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  San Francisco, California |Mary Lou Castellan...

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Inside a Majestic Refuge in Blackhawk Inside a Majestic Refuge in Blackhawk

Northern California’s exclusive Blackhawk community was named for an Irish racehorse owned by the family of its founder, Ansel Mills Easton. Although not known today as an...

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New Development Spotlight: Muda Reserve – Quintas da Aldeia Comporta – Muda, Comporta, Portugal New Development Spotlight: Muda Reserve – Quintas da Aldeia Comporta – Muda, Comporta, Portugal

Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought-after locations, let’s explore an exclusive new development from our worldwide network....

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Video of the Week: A Modern Mountain Home in St. Helena, California Video of the Week: A Modern Mountain Home in St. Helena, California

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  St. Helena, California | Carole Sauers, Healds...

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Inside Palm Beach’s Clarendon Estate Inside Palm Beach’s Clarendon Estate

A familiar verdant sight along the storied thoroughfares of Palm Beach, tall manicured hedges ring the perimeter of this magnificent property just steps from the town’s wa...

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Video of the Week: A Masterclass in Luxury in British Columbia, Canada Video of the Week: A Masterclass in Luxury in British Columbia, Canada

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Penticton, British Columbia, Canada | Nathan F...

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Inside a Meticulous Coastal Cottage in Sag Harbor Inside a Meticulous Coastal Cottage in Sag Harbor

Anyone strolling along the historic lanes of Sag Harbor might spy this charming residence on Glover Street and assume its provenance aligns with that of its neighbors—home...

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Video of the Week: An Iconic Estate in Los Cabos, Mexico Video of the Week: An Iconic Estate in Los Cabos, Mexico

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico | Marco Ehrenberg, Lo...

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Video of the Week: An Iconic Estate in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico Video of the Week: An Iconic Estate in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico | Marco Ehrenberg, Lo...

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Inside a Penthouse in the Storied Puck Building Inside a Penthouse in the Storied Puck Building

Beginning in the late 19th-century, an ornate Rundbogenstil building in the northwest corner of Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood served as home to a humor magazine called P...

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Video of the Week: A Magnificent Beachfront Estate in Kailua, Hawaii

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Kailua, Hawaii | Scott Carvill, Carvill Sotheby’...

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Inside a Modern Villa in Beverly Hills

The popular 1990s teen television drama may have made the 90210 U.S. Zip code recognizable to a wide global audience, but long before it was known by the real estate cogno...

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Video of the Week: The Pinnacle Penthouse at The Woolworth Tower Residences in New York City

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  New York, New York | Joshua Judge, Stan Ponte, &...

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Inside an Elegant Pacific Heights Condominium

With its luxurious, historic, often architecturally significant estates and dramatic vistas of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Heights has long been known as o...

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Video of the Week: A Modern Masterpiece on over 9 Acres in Park City, Utah Video of the Week: A Modern Masterpiece on over 9 Acres in Park City, Utah

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Park City, Utah | Abbi Lathrop Martz & Bill Lige...

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Inside Sofia Vergara’s Beverly Hills Home Inside Sofia Vergara’s Beverly Hills Home

Although known primarily for her Emmy-winning turn on American television, Colombian-born superstar Sofia Vergara has also brought her natural beauty and grace to her work...

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Video of the Week: Inside an Ultra-Modern Retreat in Radlett, England Video of the Week: Inside an Ultra-Modern Retreat in Radlett, England

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Radlett, England | Lee Koffman, United Kingdom S...

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Inside a Contemporary Sonoma Valley Aerie Inside a Contemporary Sonoma Valley Aerie

Northern California’s Sonoma Valley is known for many things: intricately twining grape vines that yield full-bodied wines, gently rolling hills, the rugged trunks and bra...

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Video of the Week: Inside Steamboat Springs, Colorado’s Sky River Ranch Video of the Week: Inside Steamboat Springs, Colorado’s Sky River Ranch

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Steamboat Springs, Colorado | Adrienne Strooc...

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Inside a Waterfront Home in West Palm Beach Inside a Waterfront Home in West Palm Beach

Named for a legendary Medieval Spanish knight, West Palm Beach’s El Cid enclave lives up to its bold moniker. El Cid is peppered with homes featuring 1920s Moorish-influen...

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Video of the Week: A Modern Ski Home in Girdwood, Alaska Video of the Week: A Modern Ski Home in Girdwood, Alaska

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Girdwood, Alaska | Rebecca Ferreira & Jayme Harr...

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Inside an Enchanting Upper East Side Townhouse Inside an Enchanting Upper East Side Townhouse

When he spoke about writing Breakfast at Tiffany’s, author Truman Capote once said, “I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhood...

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Video of the Week: Inside a Modern Mountain-View Home in New Zealand Video of the Week: Inside a Modern Mountain-View Home in New Zealand

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand | Gerard Bligh & ...

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Inside a Historic Artist’s Haven in Santa Fe Inside a Historic Artist’s Haven in Santa Fe

Celebrated as one of the world’s most famous thoroughfares dedicated to art, Santa Fe’s Canyon Road has a reputation that precedes it and has long been a destination for a...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Final Week of June 2022 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Final Week of June 2022

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles, and home. Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Leigh Williamson, LUXHABITAT Sothe...

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Video of the Week: Inside a Lakefront Masterpiece in Hot Springs, Arkansas Video of the Week: Inside a Lakefront Masterpiece in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Hot Springs, Arkansas | Chris Marsh, Capita...

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Video of the Week: Inside a Riverfront Masterpiece in Hot Springs, Arkansas Video of the Week: Inside a Riverfront Masterpiece in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Hot Springs, Arkansas | Chris Marsh, Capita...

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Inside a Greenwich Oasis Inside a Greenwich Oasis

With its vibrant woodlands and meadows, picturesque roads, Long Island Sound coastline, and captivating homes—from charming cottages to grand manors in nearly every archit...

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Video of the Week: Inside a Sophisticated Modern Beach House in Amagansett, New York Video of the Week: Inside a Sophisticated Modern Beach House in Amagansett, New York

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Amagansett, New York | Rylan Jacka, Sotheby’s...

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Inside a Timeless Retreat in Pebble Beach Inside a Timeless Retreat in Pebble Beach

A scenic coastal stretch of rocky coves, forest groves, and enchanting beaches, Pebble Beach is known the world over for luxurious resorts, celebrated golf courses, and th...

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Inside a Timeless Retreat in Pebble Beach Inside a Timeless Retreat in Pebble Beach

A scenic coastal stretch of rocky coves, forest groves, and enchanting beaches, Pebble Beach is known the world over for luxurious resorts, celebrated golf courses, and th...

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Video of the Week: Experience a Protected and Historic Villa in Bavaria Video of the Week: Experience a Protected and Historic Villa in Bavaria

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Bavaria, Germany | Michael Reiss, Munich Soth...

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Inside Emma Stone’s Enchanting Malibu Hideaway Inside Emma Stone’s Enchanting Malibu Hideaway

Just off a winding cliffside lane in Malibu’s tony Big Rock neighborhood, a white wooden gate just off the drive of a low-slung midcentury modern home recalls the access p...

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Video of the Week: Modern Design on Five Acres in Owings Mills, Maryland Video of the Week: Modern Design on Five Acres in Owings Mills, Maryland

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Owings Mills, Maryland | The Travelstead Team, T...

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Inside the Kellogg House Inside the Kellogg House

Among the list of people and things easily considered quintessentially American are the illustrious family name of Kellogg and the midcentury modern design concept. This u...

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Video of the Week: A Historic Home with Modern Updates in New Hope, Pennsylvania Video of the Week: A Historic Home with Modern Updates in New Hope, Pennsylvania

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  New Hope, Pennsylvania | Ali Jankowski, Kurfiss ...

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Inside Villa Firenze Inside Villa Firenze

Taking its name from the Italian city known as the birthplace of the Renaissance—with iconic art and architectural landmarks serving as reminders of that illustrious histo...

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Open House | Dockside Living in the Berkshires Open House | Dockside Living in the Berkshires

To live in the Berkshires is a privilege. To live in the Berkshires beside a pristine, 33-acre lake on a gated property is a rare gift, reserved only for the phenomenally ...

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Video of the Week: A Secluded Modern Home in New Canaan, Connecticut Video of the Week: A Secluded Modern Home in New Canaan, Connecticut

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  New Canaan, Connecticut | Fatou Niang, William P...

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Inside a Versace-Curated Palazzo in Manhattan Inside a Versace-Curated Palazzo in Manhattan

Haute couture icon Gianni Versace was renowned for his use of vivid colors, bold prints, and a general reverence for luxurious classicism. In the 1980s, he expanded his em...

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Video of the Week: A Peaceful Retreat on Jack’s Point in Queenstown, New Zealand Video of the Week: A Peaceful Retreat on Jack’s Point in Queenstown, New Zealand

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Queenstown, New Zealand | Gerard Bligh & Hadley ...

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Inside a French Norman–Inspired Manor in Connecticut Inside a French Norman–Inspired Manor in Connecticut

The award-winning firm of VanderHorn Architects in Greenwich, Connecticut, prides itself on designing homes inspired by the rich stylistic traditions of the past. That cre...

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Video of the Week: French Provincial Inspired Mansion in McLean, Virginia Video of the Week: French Provincial Inspired Mansion in McLean, Virginia

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  McLean, Virginia | Mark Lowham, TTR Sotheby’s In...

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Inside Wine Country’s Round Hill Estate Inside Wine Country’s Round Hill Estate

One of the most idyllic, picturesque areas in wine country, St. Helena is the heart of Napa Valley—home to some of the region’s finest wineries and restaurants, the world-...

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Video of the Week: The Three Bridges in Great Neck, New York Video of the Week: The Three Bridges in Great Neck, New York

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Great Neck, New York | Irene Sarraf, Jason Fri...

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Inside a Spectacular Beaux-Arts Manor in New York Inside a Spectacular Beaux-Arts Manor in New York

Running along the western side of Manhattan, on the verge of its namesake park and the mighty Hudson, storied Riverside Drive has long been a coveted address, widely known...

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