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Is Fractional Homeownership the Future?
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Is Fractional Homeownership the Future?

May 12, 2024

Is owning a part of a home the next big thing?

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5 Things Montecito Homebuyers Demand In Their Next Home
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5 Things Montecito Homebuyers Demand In Their Next Home

May 4, 2024

Does your home have the features buyers are looking for?

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Santa Barbara Is #1 In Emerging Housing Markets
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Santa Barbara Is #1 In Emerging Housing Markets

April 28, 2024

What does this mean for both Santa Barbara homebuyers & sellers?

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Montecito: A Unique Real Estate Market
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Montecito: A Unique Real Estate Market

April 20, 2024

Learn what makes Montecito an interesting real estate market

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Home Trends That Montecito Buyers Want
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Home Trends That Montecito Buyers Want

April 14, 2024

The newest trends in real estate can help you sell your Montecito home for more money.

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The Mansion From 'Scarface' is Now For Sale
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The Mansion From 'Scarface' is Now For Sale

February 25, 2024

One of the most iconic homes in Montecito is now on the market.

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Unique Ways To Improve Your Santa Barbara Home's Value
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Unique Ways To Improve Your Santa Barbara Home's Value

February 18, 2024

While traditional updates help, these other tips could give you a significant boost when selling your Santa Barbara home.

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Selling a Home In Santa Barbara During The Holidays
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Selling a Home In Santa Barbara During The Holidays

December 4, 2023

Are the Holidays a Good Time to List Your Home?

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The REAL Ways To Maximize Your Montecito Home Value
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The REAL Ways To Maximize Your Montecito Home Value

November 12, 2023

With so many tips & sites offering advice, here is some advice from a top selling Montecito Realtor

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Remodeling Your Bathrooms Can Help Sell Your Home
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Remodeling Your Bathrooms Can Help Sell Your Home

October 23, 2023

Upgrading Your Bathrooms Can Help You List & Sell For More Money

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Luxury Home Trends To Invest In
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Luxury Home Trends To Invest In

October 15, 2023

Find New Ways To Improve Your Home Value

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Can You Still Sell Your Montecito Home This Fall?
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Can You Still Sell Your Montecito Home This Fall?

September 24, 2023

With economic indicators being mixed, many are wondering when to sell.

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Investing in Real Estate in Santa Barbara
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Investing in Real Estate in Santa Barbara

September 8, 2023

Several Different Ways Can Help You Become an Investor

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Why Fall Is a Great Time To Buy a Home in Santa Barbara
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Why Fall Is a Great Time To Buy a Home in Santa Barbara

August 27, 2023

It May Be Different In Some Markets, But In Santa Barbara It's Time To Buy

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Buying a Second Home Or Investment Property?
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Buying a Second Home Or Investment Property?

August 3, 2023

Understand The Differences Before Making A Decision

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Why 2024 Is A Good Year To Buy a Home in Santa Barbara
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Why 2024 Is A Good Year To Buy a Home in Santa Barbara

July 2, 2023

California's Overall Housing Market Is Getting Buyer-Friendly!

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Should You Buy A Vacation Home?
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Should You Buy A Vacation Home?

June 11, 2023

Santa Barbara & Montecito homeowners might still want a getaway!

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Improvements That Pay Off
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Improvements That Pay Off

June 4, 2023

What Home Improvements Increase ROI When Selling Your Montecito Home?

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Buying a Home in Santa Barbara: Home Inspections
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Buying a Home in Santa Barbara: Home Inspections

May 29, 2023

What is a home inspection? Do you need one?

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Will Montecito See a Housing Market Downturn?
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Will Montecito See a Housing Market Downturn?

May 8, 2023

Data says no, despite what alarmists claim

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Increase The Value Of Your Santa Barbara Home
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Increase The Value Of Your Santa Barbara Home

April 23, 2023

How a HELOC Loan Used To Make Home Improvements Can Help

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How Commercial Real Estate Failure May Improve The Santa Barbara Housing Market
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How Commercial Real Estate Failure May Improve The Santa Barbara Housing Market

March 26, 2023

A Change In How We Work Is Creating Opportunities Where We Live

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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 | March 26, 2023

The Week in Review

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Looking For Luxury Real Estate? Look No Further Than Montecito
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Looking For Luxury Real Estate? Look No Further Than Montecito

February 26, 2023

Picturesque settings and top rated schools make Montecito a top pick for luxury buyers.

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Why 2023 Will Be The Year To Buy A Home in Santa Barbara
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Why 2023 Will Be The Year To Buy A Home in Santa Barbara

February 8, 2023

Market trends indicate this will be a great year for home buyers.

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2023 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Projections
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2023 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Projections

December 27, 2022

What will the real estate market in Santa Barbara look like in 2023?

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The Details Matter When Selling Your Montecito Home
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The Details Matter When Selling Your Montecito Home

November 27, 2022

Selling Your Home Takes Attention To Detail In Every Step

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Are Home Inspections Necessary in Santa Barbara?
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Are Home Inspections Necessary in Santa Barbara?

November 20, 2022

During inflationary times, many home buyers are looking to cut costs.

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Montecito Real Estate Still a Good Investment
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Montecito Real Estate Still a Good Investment

October 30, 2022

Ariana Grande Shows How Profit Can Be Earned

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Stage Your Santa Barbara Home To Sell For More
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Stage Your Santa Barbara Home To Sell For More

October 7, 2022

You Can Still Maximize Your Home's Sale Price

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How The Slavin House Hasn't Sold
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How The Slavin House Hasn't Sold

October 2, 2022

Famous Mid-Century Modern Home Won't Sell. Why?

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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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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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SOTHEBY'S BLOG

Could these 10 outdated features be the reason you're struggling to sell your home? Could these 10 outdated features be the reason you're struggling to sell your home?

Selling your home and wondering why, despite lots of showings, there haven’t been any offers? The reason could be that outdated features may be stopping you from selling yo...

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Buying Unique Homes: What You Need To Know Buying Unique Homes: What You Need To Know

Imagine living in a missile silo located in New York’s Adirondack State Park, or at the top pyramid of the Smith Tower, once the tallest building in Seattle. Buying unique ...

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Significant Sales: January 2024 Highlights Significant Sales: January 2024 Highlights

From a €4.2M sale in Como, Italy, to a US$15M sale in Malibu, California, here are five sales represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty global network in January. ...

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3 Blissful Bedrooms with a View 3 Blissful Bedrooms with a View

Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is practically impossible in a dreamy bedroom with a picturesque vista of city lights, mountains, vineyards, sunsets, or the sea. Cl...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in February, 2024 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in February, 2024

Napa, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – St. Helena Brokerage The one-acre Napa Valley estate’s petite vineyard is planted with 100 Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Thi...

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Video of the Week: A Spectacular Coastal Home in Rolling Hills, California Video of the Week: A Spectacular Coastal Home in Rolling Hills, California

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week  Rolling Hills, California | Vista Sotheby’s ...

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4 Homes with Incredible Maximalist Decor 4 Homes with Incredible Maximalist Decor

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is said to have popularized the famous phrase, “Less is more”—and in doing so, he set a standard for many of his successors in the fields of archi...

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Inside an Enchanting Mediterranean-Style Enclave Inside an Enchanting Mediterranean-Style Enclave

Santa Barbara’s exclusive community of Hope Ranch is no stranger to impressive estates with on peaceful tree-lined lanes with breathtaking vistas. This majestic Mediterrane...

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RM Sotheby’s Presents ModaMiami RM Sotheby’s Presents ModaMiami

Prestigious car events have long been synonymous with style and luxury. The recipe for success? Cars. Design. Style. Elegance. RM Sotheby’s has joined with Sotheby’s and M...

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Morning Glory: 4 Inviting Breakfast Areas Morning Glory: 4 Inviting Breakfast Areas

Designed for daily dining and lounging, these delightful breakfast areas accompany well-outfitted kitchens and feature bright windows with enviable views and distinctive s...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in February, 2024 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in February, 2024

New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage The New School’s Greenwich Village townhouse, an elegant 19th-century brick building tha...

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5 Homes That Embody the Year of the Dragon 5 Homes That Embody the Year of the Dragon

Lynn Malone and Barbara Wolveridge – Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty  Of the 12 animals represented in the Chinese zodiac, only one is mythical—revered in history...

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What’s A Turnkey Home, And Is It Right For You? Pros And Cons To Consider What’s A Turnkey Home, And Is It Right For You? Pros And Cons To Consider

If you’re a potential home buyer or investor, you may have seen the phrase “turnkey home” in the MLS listings. But, what does this term really mean? It can sometimes be con...

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Video of the Week: A Shingle-Style Country Estate in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania Video of the Week: A Shingle-Style Country Estate in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week  Gibsonia, Pennsylvania | Piatt Sotheby’s Inter...

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Inside an Equestrian Oasis in Florida Inside an Equestrian Oasis in Florida

Along the northeastern edge of the legendary Florida Everglades, Wellington, Florida, is well known in the equestrian world as something of a mecca, an international destin...

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4 Homes Ready for Super Bowl LVIII 4 Homes Ready for Super Bowl LVIII

All eyes will be on the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada this February for the 53rd annual Super Bowl. With the San Francisco 49ers facing off against the Kansas City...

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Home Is Where the Heart Is: 3 Romantic Residences Home Is Where the Heart Is: 3 Romantic Residences

With their firelit spaces, secluded bedroom suites, soaking tubs, relaxing alfresco spas, and private balconies with picture-perfect views, these estates create an ambienc...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in February 2024 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in February 2024

Appleby, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty Defensive structures on the site date back to the Romans, but the current keep was built a mere nine centur...

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5 Top Design Trends to Refresh Your Home in Time for the Lunar New Year 5 Top Design Trends to Refresh Your Home in Time for the Lunar New Year

Jane Zhang – Sotheby’s International Realty Canada As the moon’s cycle begins afresh and the quiet of winter is superseded by the first whispers of spring, families and com...

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New and Notable Homes for Sale Over $8 Million: February 2024 New and Notable Homes for Sale Over $8 Million: February 2024

From a hilltop aerie in Hong Kong to a spectacular residence in Rolling Hills, California, these are this month’s five featured notable properties for sale over US$8 Millio...

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Inside an Oceanfront Jewel in Malibu Inside an Oceanfront Jewel in Malibu

When someone mentions that they own a beach house, they often mean a charming cottage with coastal-themed decor and a view of the ocean, a convenient location a block or tw...

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Life at the Top: 4 Fabulous Penthouses Life at the Top: 4 Fabulous Penthouses

Basking in cinematic vistas of some of the most enviable skylines and scenery in the U.S., these four unparalleled penthouses enjoy consummate privacy, sophisticated style...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in February, 2024 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in February, 2024

Villefranche-sur-Mer, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty The century-old mansion, called La Rêve d’Azur, presides over the largest private plot of land in ...

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5 Homes with Gorgeous Atriums 5 Homes with Gorgeous Atriums

Sandy Binder and Danielle Laria – Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty  Nothing’s more important than a first impression. That’s why the atrium has always commanded t...

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Video of the Week: A Luxury Villa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Video of the Week: A Luxury Villa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week  Scottsdale, Arizona | Dubai Sotheby’s Internati...

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Inside a Grand Greenwich Manor Inside a Grand Greenwich Manor

The history of Greenwich, Connecticut, follows roughly the same trajectory as that of the United States, from the arrival of early settlers in the 1600s through centuries o...

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Significant Sales: 2023 Highlights Significant Sales: 2023 Highlights

Richard Klug | Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage, US$52,000,000 From a US$138.8M sale in Greenwich, Connecticut, to a €33M sale in Rome, Italy, here ...

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3 Homes with Covetable Closets 3 Homes with Covetable Closets

These impressive homes in a variety of desirable locales have been equipped with exceptional closets that provide a proper place for carefully curated clothing collections...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in January 2024 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in January 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada | Las Vegas Sotheby’s International Realty The roughly 10,000-square-foot house, which overlooks the Strip, has airplane-like features and a four-car gara...

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The Benefits of Incorporating Sensory Engagement into Luxury Home Design The Benefits of Incorporating Sensory Engagement into Luxury Home Design

Despina Laou – Greece Sotheby’s International Realty  Pause for a moment, and take a breath. Are you aware of all the ways your senses are being engaged by your surrounding...

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Video of the Week: A Remarkable Modern Mediterranean in Scottsdale, Arizona Video of the Week: A Remarkable Modern Mediterranean in Scottsdale, Arizona

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week  Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Intern...

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Inside a Stylishly Updated Historic Home in Brooklyn Inside a Stylishly Updated Historic Home in Brooklyn

Not long after completing studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, C. P. H. Gilbert began establishing himself as a distinguished architect, ultimately enjoying a repu...

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Inside a Quintessential Southern California Villa Inside a Quintessential Southern California Villa

The mention of Santa Monica typically conjures images of timeless recreation, entertainment, and diversion—the legendary ocean pier, Pacific Park’s solar-powered Ferris whe...

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No Membership Required: 3 Homes Designed for Healthy Living No Membership Required: 3 Homes Designed for Healthy Living

Luxurious properties with top-tier fitness equipment, invigorating swimming pools, and private sports courts make it easy to stick to a daily wellness routine without leav...

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Luxury real Estate Headlines: Third Week in January 2024 Luxury real Estate Headlines: Third Week in January 2024

Los Angeles, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage The Golden Globe winner renovated the Spanish-style house in Westwood after purchasing it...

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At Auction: La Dune, an Iconic Oceanfront Estate At Auction: La Dune, an Iconic Oceanfront Estate

At auction This property offers the rare opportunity to own one of the most iconic oceanfront estates in the prestigious Hamptons. The stunning compound has two residences,...

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Why Buyers Are Turning to Homes with Dopamine-Inducing Decor Why Buyers Are Turning to Homes with Dopamine-Inducing Decor

Jason Friedman and Ruby Friedman – Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty Dopamine increases your happiness, alertness, concentration, and motivation. The best part? Wi...

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New Development Spotlight: Residences at Salamander in Middleburg, Virginia New Development Spotlight: Residences at Salamander in Middleburg, Virginia

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

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4 Home Theaters That Steal the Show 4 Home Theaters That Steal the Show

Boasting carefully chosen lighting, top-tier sound systems, and comfortable seating, these home theaters allow for the celebration of cinema in cozy seclusion. Brook Hollo...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in January 2024 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in January 2024

Palm Springs, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Asking $8.75 million, the property contains its original furniture, which can be purchased separately. Mid...

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7 Wellness Homes for the New Year 7 Wellness Homes for the New Year

Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage For many people, the start of a new year marks a renewed commitment to health and fitness. Keeping up with a regular we...

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2024 Luxury Outlook Report Reveals Affluent Home Seekers Expanding Reaches and Sustainability Is Top of Mind 2024 Luxury Outlook Report Reveals Affluent Home Seekers Expanding Reaches and Sustainabilit...

Sotheby’s International Realty Releases 2024 Luxury Outlook Report Uncovering New Hot Spots for Global Investment, International Destinations With Enticing Tax Incentives,...

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Inside a Quintessential Beverly Hills Aerie Inside a Quintessential Beverly Hills Aerie

Mere mention of the zip code 90210 has long signified prosperity and luxury—if not because the Beverly Hills area was home to such golden age luminaries as Douglas Fairbank...

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4 Living Rooms Perfect for Hosting an Award-Winning Viewing Party 4 Living Rooms Perfect for Hosting an Award-Winning Viewing Party

Honey Deylami – Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty The start of a new year is usually associated with the beginning of new adventures. But in the media and entertainment ...

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A Recipe for Style: 4 Homes with Fabulous Kitchens A Recipe for Style: 4 Homes with Fabulous Kitchens

Whether in the heart of Manhattan or in the historic district of Santa Fe, these impeccable kitchens offer an impressive blend of functionality, comfort, and style. A Rive...

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in January 2024 Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in January 2024

London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty The property includes the first two floors of the building and two levels below grade, one with a walkout te...

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New and Notable Homes for Sale Over $4 Million: January 2024 New and Notable Homes for Sale Over $4 Million: January 2024

From a splendid villa in Tamarin, Mauritius, to a historic estate in Monte San Savino, Italy, these are this month’s five featured notable properties for sale over US$4 Mil...

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Sotheby’s International Realty Opens Office in Anguilla Sotheby’s International Realty Opens Office in Anguilla

Sotheby’s International Realty today announced the opening of Anguilla Sotheby’s International Realty. The addition marks the brand’s continued growth in the Caribbean and...

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5 Bathrooms with Stunning Marble Features 5 Bathrooms with Stunning Marble Features

Kylie Stewart- New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty There are certain aspects of a luxury home that are so classic and timeless, they’ve become shorthand for opulence...

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Sipping in Style: Four Homes with Cocktail Bars Sipping in Style: Four Homes with Cocktail Bars

In desirable settings from East Coast to West, these distinctive, well-appointed home bars prove that the best spot for a festive nightcap is often home sweet home. Sophis...

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