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28 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in America

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From coast to coast, America is filled with beautiful homes. Much of what makes the structures—such as private oceanfront properties or 57,000-square-foot chateau-styled mansions—so stunning comes with a steep price tag. And quite frankly, the math is simple: The better the location, the larger the home, and the more over-the-top amenities equal sky-high listings. From the most expensive home in America (which includes a James Bond–themed home theater and a four-lane bowling alley) to homes situated roughly 1,400 feet in the sky, AD rounds up the 28 most expensive homes in America for sale.

Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBuilt: 2017Price: $75,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 21 bathroomsSq. Footage: 40,000Lot Size: 1.35 acres
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Location: Los Angeles, California
Built: 2017
Price: $75,000,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 40,000
Lot Size: 1.35 acres

Location: Wainscott, New YorkBuilt: 2000Price: $75,000,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 12 full and 3 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 18,000Lot Size: 25.0 acres
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Location: Wainscott, New York
Built: 2000
Price: $75,000,000
Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 12 full and 3 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 18,000
Lot Size: 25.0 acres
Location: Beverly Hills, CaliforniaBuilt: 2002Price: $129,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 5 full and 18 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 28,122Lot Size: 24.99 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: Beverly Hills, California
Built: 2002
Price: $129,000,000Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 5 full and 18 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 28,122
Lot Size: 24.99 acres

Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBuilt: 1990Price: $200,000,000Bed/Baths: 14 bedrooms, 16 bathroomsSq. Footage: 52,503Lot Size: 4.69 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

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Location: Los Angeles, California
Built: 1990
Price: $200,000,000
Bed/Baths: 14 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 52,503
Lot Size: 4.69 acres
Location: Lantana, FloridaBuilt: 2002Price: $165,000,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 15 full and 10 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 20,597Lot Size: 15.65 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby’s

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Location: Lantana, Florida
Built: 2002
Price: $165,000,000
Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 15 full and 10 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 20,597
Lot Size: 15.65 acres
Location: East Hampton, New YorkBuilt: 1931Price: $140,000,000Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 9 full and 1 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 10,300Lot Size: 11.2 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: East Hampton, New York
Built: 1931
Price: $140,000,000
Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 9 full and 1 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 10,300
Lot Size: 11.2 acres
Location: New York, New YorkBuilt: 2015Price (for penthouse): $82,000,000Bed/Baths: 6 bedrooms, 8 full bathroomsSq. Footage: 8,255
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: New York, New York
Built: 2015
Price (for penthouse): $82,000,000
Bed/Baths: 6 bedrooms, 8 full bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 8,255
Location: Southampton, New YorkPrice: $145,000,000Bed/Baths: 22 bedrooms, 21 full and 2 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 22,000Lot Size: 3.7 acres
Photo: Jake Rajs

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Location: Southampton, New York
Price: $145,000,000
Bed/Baths: 22 bedrooms, 21 full and 2 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 22,000
Lot Size: 3.7 acres
Location: Beverly Hills, CaliforniaBuilt: 1980Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 11 bedrooms, 17 bathroomsSq. Footage: 10,948Lot Size: 16 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: Beverly Hills, California
Built: 1980
Price: $85,000,000
Bed/Baths: 11 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 10,948
Lot Size: 16 acres
Location: Darien, ConnecticutBuilt: 2016Price: $175,000,000Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 9 bathroomsSq. Footage: 13,107Lot Size: 63 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s

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Location: Darien, Connecticut
Built: 2016
Price: $175,000,000
Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 13,107
Lot Size: 63 acres
Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CaliforniaBuilt: 1973Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 7 full and 2 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 8,148
Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s

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Location: Rancho Santa Fe, California
Built: 1973
Price: $85,000,000
Bed/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 7 full and 2 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 8,148
Location: Kings Point, New YorkBuilt: 1928Price: $85,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 18 bedrooms, 6 full and 4 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 14,551Lot Size: 7.7 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: Kings Point, New York
Built: 1928
Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 18 bedrooms, 6 full and 4 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 14,551
Lot Size: 7.7 acres

Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBuilt: 2007Price: $85,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 14 full bathroomsSq. Footage: 35,378Lot Size: 2.2 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: Los Angeles, California
Built: 2007
Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 14 full bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 35,378
Lot Size: 2.2 acres

Location: New York, New YorkBuilt: 1910Price: $84,500,000Bed/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathroomsSq. Footage: 2,500
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: New York, New York
Built: 1910
Price: $84,500,000
Bed/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 2,500
Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBuilt: 1939Price: $88,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 17 bedrooms, 13 bathroomsSq. Footage: 30,000Lot Size: 2.81 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: Los Angeles, California
Built: 1939
Price: $88,000,000Bed/Baths: 17 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 30,000
Lot Size: 2.81 acres

Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBuilt: 1938Price: $32,876,098Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 9 bathroomsSq. Footage: 9,843Lot Size: 2.16 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: Los Angeles, California
Built: 1938
Price: $32,876,098
Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 9,843
Lot Size: 2.16 acres
Location: Chestnut Hill, MassachusettsBuilt: 1999Price: $90,000,000 

Bed/Baths:  8 bedrooms, 7 full and 5 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 26,623Lot Size: 13.86 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Built: 1999
Price: $90,000,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 7 full and 5 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 26,623
Lot Size: 13.86 acres

Location: Naples, FloridaBuilt: 2009Price: $65,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 15,996Lot Size: 4.08 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: Naples, Florida
Built: 2009
Price: $65,000,000Bed/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 15,996
Lot Size: 4.08 acres

Location: Palm Beach, FloridaBuilt: 2015Price: $64,900,000 

Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 10 partial bathroomsLot Size: 1.39 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Built: 2015
Price: $64,900,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 10 partial bathrooms
Lot Size: 1.39 acres

Location: New York, New YorkBuilt: 1931Price: $96,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 7 bedrooms, 10 full bathroomsLot Size: 0.38 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: New York, New York
Built: 1931
Price: $96,000,000Bed/Baths: 7 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms
Lot Size: 0.38 acres

Location: New York, New YorkBuilt: 2005Price: $85,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 8 bathroomsSq. Footage: 10,000
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia

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Location: New York, New York
Built: 2005
Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 10,000

Location: Miami Beach, FloridaPrice: $65,000,000Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 10 full and 2 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 20,000Lot Size: 1.407 acres
Photo: Courtesy of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty/Alexa Iacovelli

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Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Price: $65,000,000
Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 10 full and 2 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 20,000
Lot Size: 1.407 acres
Location: Gateway, ColoradoPrice: $149,000,000Bed/Baths: 14 bedrooms, 12 full and 2 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 22,000Lot Size: 6.9 acres
Photo: Courtesy of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty/Whit Richardson

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Location: Gateway, Colorado
Price: $149,000,000
Bed/Baths: 14 bedrooms, 12 full and 2 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 22,000
Lot Size: 6.9 acres
Location: Montecito, CaliforniaBuilt: 1931Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 10 full and 3 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 29,483Lot Size: 237.82 acres
Photo: Jim Bartsch

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Location: Montecito, California
Built: 1931
Price: $85,000,000
Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 10 full and 3 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 29,483
Lot Size: 237.82 acres
Location: Bel-Air, CaliforniaPrice: $250,000,000Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 21 full bathroomsSq. Footage: 38,000
Photo: Courtesy of Berlyn Photography

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Location: Bel-Air, California
Price: $250,000,000
Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 21 full bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 38,000

Transfer Warehouse winner named

 Transfer Warehouse

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New York City firm LTL Architects won the hearts of community members and the Telluride Arts selection committee for its conceptual Telluride Transfer Warehouse design.

The designs of three architects were presented during a public open house Tuesday, according to a Telluride Arts news release. The LTL firm emerged the winner in a months-long design competition for the historic space.

All three finalists (Gluckman Tang, NADAAA and LTL) were in Telluride this week for the final stretch of the competition, which began in January. Each firm shared preliminary conceptual designs during the open house.

The priorities set forth for the competition by Telluride Arts included creating a flexible space within the warehouse for exhibitions and events, while allowing the historic stone to be exposed, and generating a flow between the inside and outside. The three designs were very diverse, but shared a similar approach in building a box within the walls to maximize the exposure of the historic stone on the inside, the news release explained.

Hundreds from the public, including Telluride Town Council members, attended the open house to view the drawings, models and computer animations. Those who attended were allowed to ask the architects questions before submitting their personal comments for consideration during the final decision process. The selection committee heard formal presentations by each firm, weighed the submitted public opinions and selected the winning team Tuesday evening.

“This is the most important building in Telluride of the modern era and the biggest asset to this community,” Telluride Realtor Rosie Cusack said in a previous interview with the Daily Planet.

“It’s the single, largest facility to provide space to gather and present artistic and community events. There is nothing else: The school is built, the library’s been built. This is it.”

It was clear both the public and committee members favored the LTL (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis) design, according to the news release.

“Most of these firms have worked on much larger projects,” Telluride Arts Director Kate Jones said in a previous Planet interview. “But this one is so special, and in such a spectacular setting, that it attracted a lot of interest. It was something we were hoping for, but not counting on.”

In reference to the tree that has been growing inside the roofless ruin for almost 40 years, LTL’s concept included an open atrium at the east entry of the warehouse, exposing the large tree through a retractable roof section that opens to the mountain views and air. Such sensitivity to the recent history of the building, combined with a warm, welcoming, intuitive design that uses a sustainably harvested wood material, won the favor of the community.

The LTL design is both contemporary and warm, with a wooden arc-type structure inserted into the interior of the stone walls that provides appealing spaces throughout the building, including a roof top deck, an underground event space, galleries and an entry courtyard that opens into the building at the first-floor level.

Steven Gluckstern, a local proponent of the project and selection committee member, aptly described the structure as a “cultural arc for our community,” the news release said.

The LTL team — represented by the firm’s principal architects, twin brothers David and Paul Lewis, and partner Marc Tsumuraki — also included Nancy Hudson, a structural engineer with Silman, who spoke in depth about the coordination of the historic restoration of the existing structure with the construction of the new interior.

Silman is a structural engineering firm that specializes in historic stabilization, that kept Frank Lloyd Wrights “Falling Water from falling into the water,” according to the news release. LTL’s projects include the Center for Contemporary Art in Austin, Texas, which shares some similarities with the Transfer Warehouse.

Over the next few months, the LTL team will be visiting Telluride to hone their designs through charrettes with the community. Restoration of the historic walls is planned to begin this summer, with construction slated for 2018-19. The designs will be on display at the Telluride Arts main office at 135 W. Pacific St. throughout next week.

For more information and to view the designs online, visit telluridearts.org/warehouse.

HISTORY 

Before its roof collapsed in 1979, due to too much snow, the building was a downtown garage and filling station. Farther back in time, in 1906, before the advent of the automobile, this cavernous, two-story space housed another form of horsepower. It was the barn for the local livery.

It was “the center of the Warehouse District that served the mining industry,” according to the story of the building’s history on Telluride Arts’ website. “It was a bustling hub where people and goods flowed from the trains, through the building, and out into the towns and the mines.”

Significant Sales | Volume II – Issue I

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From a nearly $50 million British Colonial oceanfront estate in Florida, to an architectural masterpiece in Vail, Colorado, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Australia, Portugal, France and Dubai.

$49,000,000 USD | Florida, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

This newly-built British Colonial oceanfront estate is situated on over three-and-one-half acres with 142 feet of ocean frontage. The elegant residence, designed by Smith and Moore Architects, o ers 28,500 square-feet of luxurious living space and spectacular ocean views. Combined, the main house, guest house and cabana have eight bedrooms, 12 full-baths and three half-baths. Other features include a wine cellar, movie theater, gym, sauna, steam room, elevator, full house generator, walk-in refrigerator and freezer, four replaces, six-car garage and much more.

02 - Jackson Hole

Price Undisclosed | Wyoming, USA | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

In a setting that boasts Jackson Hole’s most exquisite features, this incomparable 265-acre property encompasses both Fish Creek and Snake River frontages. Scenic ponds dot the property and red-tailed hawks are often seen on its custom wood perches, or soaring in the skies above. Moose nibble the willow buds along the creek while elk laze in the wide-open meadows. The property features eight parcels with develop- ment potential, and a riparian parcel. The main residence enjoys beautiful Fish Creek frontage and features a separate studio beneath a porte-cochere. Additional improvements include a guest house, a multi-use barn and a large equipment barn. The balance of the property features large swaths of pristine raw land.

$30,000,000 USD | California, USA | Healdsburg Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled in the heart of Sonoma County’s renowned wine country approximately 70 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Lytton Springs is an exceptional over 560-acre parcel with premier locality and historic signi cance. Last sold in 1904, this expansive property features a private 27-acre lake, 90,000 square-feet of existing buildings, and three natural springs which include Soda Spring, Mineral Spring, and Sweet Water Spring.

Browse past editions of Significant Sales

Noteworthy Sales from Around the World

Melbourne

AUD $5,600,000 | Australia | Melbourne Sotheby’s International Realty

Brivana – Designed and constructed to the highest standards by Gabor Hubay Esq, all rooms of this truly exceptional three-bedroom penthouse open seamlessly to a beautiful terrace with panoramic city views. The residence comprises a grand entrance hall that leads to formal sitting room and dining room, fitted study, magnificent kitchen, and family room. The penthouse also features a luxurious master suite with dressing room and bathroom, two additional bedrooms and bathrooms, powder room, laundry, triple parking plus store room with secure lift access. Situated only moments from the heart of Toorak Village.

Bordeaux

€3,625,000 | France | Bordeaux Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated next to Bordeaux’s beautiful Public Garden, one of the most sought after areas in the city today, this hidden gem sits behind a classical 18th century façade. This rare 600-square-meter, one-family luxury townhouse, light filled and spacious, comprises 12 rooms, including seven bedrooms or full suites, three bathrooms, a den, a gourmet dine-in kitchen, a playroom, and workshop. It also features a heated swimming pool, a pool house, a caretaker’s house, a sizable garage, a suspended garden, and several terraces. The renovation was done tastefully in a dramatically contemporary style.

Discover more in Significant Sales | Volume II – Issue I

Up, Up, and Away: Telluride Balloon Festival

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2016 Telluride Balloon Festival. Photo by Ryan Bonneau

Flying in the mountains is different than hot air ballooning across flat land. Even though the air is invisible, if you could see it, it would look a lot like water. And similarly to the way water interacts with varying terrain, swirling or “eddying,” currents rising and falling, so too does the wind when it travels across the rugged mountain landscape. So experienced pilots fly only in the very early hours after dawn, when the winds are still light and the passengers in the basket below the hot air balloon can enjoy a safe voyage. “Early in the morning, the winds are gentle and predictable,” says Gary Woods, the owner of San Juan Balloon Adventures and a longtime balloon pilot. “It’s a gentle adventure. We’re not riding the rapids.”

For most passengers, it’s an experience of a lifetime. It is sort of the opposite of the adrenaline rush of skydiving or bungee jumping—instead of falling out of the sky, you are floating aloft. There’s no steering wheel, so the only controls the pilot has is a valve and hot air to let the balloon go up or down, and the wind carries the balloon in whatever direction it’s going. Skilled pilots can read the winds and make small adjustments to the altitude to shift direction, but basically, the balloon is beholden to the sky.

A few passengers have a different kind of experience. Decades ago, Gary Woods was the sponsor of a balloon at a rally, and he was invited to take a flight with the pilot. He says it took about 30 seconds of that inaugural 10-minute flight for it to kick in, that obsession with the sport that inhabits certain people. “I was so captivated, I bought a balloon and started taking lessons immediately.”

Woods was indoctrinated into a tribe of enthusiasts, people who travel all across the country to balloon rallies, with crews of people to help them with the task of setting up and inflating the balloon and deflating and de-rigging it after the flights. They haul the baskets and the balloons, which can made up of 3,000 yards of fabric and weigh close to 1,000 pounds. But for the intrepid people who are fascinated by the sport of ballooning, the wanderlust comes naturally. Woods was the founder and producer of the Ridgway Balloon Festival, and was the “balloonmeister” of the Telluride Balloon Festival in 89-90, but he has participated in balloon rallies all over the San Juan Skyway and beyond: the invitation-only event in Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Phoenix, Gallup Red Rock Rally, and the world’s biggest ballooning event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. He still travels to a lot of events in the fall and winter, but since he operates the commercial business out of Ridgway, he spends his summer sharing that special feeling he gets from flying with his passengers. “Everyone should at least see one of these festivals. They’re really special, so scenic, so photogenic. The pictures just don’t do it justice.”

Telluride Balloon Festival takes place June 2. 

Bill Fandel among select top Sotheby’s agents at Santa Barbara’s Market Leader’s Forum

The Belmond El Encanto Hotel was home this past weekend for 45 of the top Sotheby’s International Realty agents from across the U.S. who gathered here for the Market Leaders’ Forum, a two-day event focused on best practices, collaboration and strategic growth within the global real estate space.

The intensive meetings and networking events were co-hosted by Montecito’s own, Suzanne Perkins and Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty, and proved the perfect opportunity to showcase the beauty, history and culture of the Santa Barbara and Montecito Coast. Those in attendance represented luxury markets throughout California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Texas, Washington, and Washington, D.C.

MOUNTAINFILM KICKS OFF FESTIVAL SEASON IN TELLURIDE

mtnfilm main streetThere are many film festivals around the world but there is only one Mountainfilm.

This “film festival” is the polar opposite of what most people picture a film festival to be. There are no paparazzi; the only cameras flashing are capturing the panoramic mountain views. There is no red carpet; the beige carpet (aka sidewalk) is covered by people waiting in line for the next film striking up thought provoking conversations. Festival-goers are not decked out in sparkly gowns and Louboutins; Patagonia and comfortable shoes are the attire of choice.

Welcome to Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride.  This is a festival that screens films that make you think and ponder “how can I make a difference in our world?” It is inspiring and can be a catalyst for change. It sheds light on really important subjects that often don’t get the attention they deserve. Mountainfilm opens your eyes, heart and mind to the crucial topics-some on the radar, others not-facing our world.

Since 1978, one of Telluride’s most beloved festivals has packed into four exhilarating days documentary films, outdoor movies under the stars, pioneering alpinists and incredible tales of adventure, a vibrant gallery walk, free ice cream social, wildly popular book fair and symposia. Above all, Mountainfilm has served as a one-of-a-kind gathering of artists, activists, change-makers, innovators and individuals.

Mountainfilm marks its 39th year as a documentary film festival this Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29. The symposium of this years festival is The New Normal, which has grown far beyond the symposium theme: It has evolved as a community-wide, grassroots effort to battle climate change and help bring the Telluride region to carbon neutrality. This is no small challenge because Telluride has a carbon footprint twice the national average.

“We believe that The New Normal can be a reset in the way we live our lives here in Telluride,” Festival Director David Holbrooke said. “So for us at Mountainfilm, The New Normal is to work assiduously — and collectively — toward reducing our impact by using the power of story to fuel innovation and community building.”

Mountainfilm staff has been busy all winter working with Durango consultant Rachel Landis to launch this bold initiative. The festival is asking its audience, a variety of local partners (including businesses, nonprofits and individuals) and its own staff and operations to take on five actions: education, reduction, offsets, advocacy and celebration. Mountainfilm has identified specific ways the Telluride community can take these simple, yet impactful, steps and will help track and recognize the entities that participate.

“We felt the first step toward The New Normal was a series of actions that people could take that would be impactful immediately,” Holbrooke said. “When we collectivize this broad array of stories about people who are changing their ways to reduce their carbon footprint, we think it will be extremely inspiring for our audience.”

Mountainfilm is also planning a host of 2017 festival programming in the vein of The New Normal, with an array of films about climate change and special guests, such as former White House Science Adviser John Holdren, environmental writer and thinker Paul Hawken, Climate Interactive’s Drew Jones and cultural anthropologist Alize Carrere, who researches climate adaptation around the world. Mountainfilm is also excited to host Garry Charnock, who spearheaded a citizen-led effort to become carbon neutral in the U.K. village of Ashton Hayes, which has garnered international attention. Holbrooke hopes the local sensibility of Ashton Hayes can provide a road map for Telluride.

As Holbrooke asked, “Can we do this? Can Telluride really go carbon neutral? We don’t know, but given what is clearly happening to our planet, we have to try. We are glad to have a model to follow with the good people of Ashton Hayes, who have had a lot of success. Local solutions have enormous potential, and if it works in Telluride our efforts can be replicable and scalable across the country.”

In that spirit, Mountainfilm is partnering with local experts and nonprofits, such as San Miguel Power Association, the Pinhead Climate Institute and EcoAction Partners, to create actionable steps for The New Normal. And, of course, The New Normal galvanized Mountainfilm to reexamine its own year-round operations and festival practices to identify where it can do more — or less. Since the beginning of the initiative, Mountainfilm has launched a community battery-recycling site, started office-wide composting, become certified as a Green Business through EcoAction Partners, and is offsetting the travel of its festival guests and staff who come from far and wide.

For more information and specific programs and actions related to the initiative, visit The New Normal pages on Mountainfilm’s website, which encourage local citizens and out-of-town visitors to sign up and join the ambitious effort. As Holbrooke pointed out, Telluride has a long, rich history of innovation: “Right now, the town has a chance to come together and lead once again.”

Mountainfilm contributed to this blog.

Property Lifestyles | Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer

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This week, we continue exploring the findings unveiled in the “Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer” report.  When it comes to purchasing a home, emerging luxury consumers are particularly interested in pursuing certain property lifestyles including waterfront, metropolitan and historic.  Discover trending locations for these popular property lifestyles, based on data compiled from sothebysrealty.com.

Waterfront

The waterfront location with the highest year-over-year increase in search is New Hampshire.

New Hampshire

$2,649,000 USD | Moultonborough, New Hampshire | Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

Waterfront properties available in New Hampshire include this custom-built estate on Lake Winnipesaukee.  The home includes 7,500 square-feet of living space, a 1,000-square-foot carriage house ideal for guests, 200 feet of shoreline and a deep-water U-shaped docking system.

Europe has also seen an increase in searches for the waterfront lifestyle, with three trending locations being the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany.

Waterfront lifestyle destinations that have maintained a trending position year-over-year include Turks & Caicos, Australia, and Malibu, California.

Metropolitan

The metropolitan location with the highest year-over-year increase in search is Denver, Colorado.

Denver

$2,299,000 USD | Denver, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Metropolitan properties available in Denver include this townhouse in the exclusive Riverfront Brownstones development.  Located in Downtown Denver, the residence spans over 4,000 square-feet and features floor-to-ceiling windows, master suite with a private balcony, plenty of outdoor living space and an attached three-car garage.

Additional trending metropolitan locations around the world include Boston, Massachusetts; Tokyo, Japan; Portland, Oregon; and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

New York City is consistently one of the most popular metropolitan searches with trending neighborhoods including SoHo and the Upper East Side.

Historic

 The location for historic homes with the highest year-over-year increase in search is the Hudson Valley region of New York State.

Hudson Valley

$1,775,000 USD | Grandview, New York | Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Historic homes available in the Hudson Valley region of New York include this 19th-century cobblestone, craftsman-style estate.  Known as “Willow Knoll,” the home was built in 1891 by Joseph Ellicott, the inventor of the air brake and first commodore of the Tappan Zee Yacht Club.

Additional trending historic home locations around the world include New Orleans, Louisiana; Venice, Italy; India; Atlanta, Georgia; and Portugal.

For more information on the confidence of emerging luxury consumers, download the complete “Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer” report by clicking here.

Six Homes by Famous Architects

Ours is the Age of the Starchitect. Elite practitioners have achieved bold-face status, and owning a piece of their work comes with a hefty price tag. According to Inger Stringfellow of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty in New Caanan, Connecticut, homes by top- tier architects can command a premium of as much as 50 per cent over comparables. One example is the $12 million Philip Johnson-designed Wiley House in New Canaan. A glass pavilion perched on a stone podium, it is a cousin to Johnson’s celebrated Glass House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located just across town. “Homes like this have their own aura,” Stringfellow says. “It’s a privilege to be in them.”

While high-net-worth individuals have long sought famous architects, many home buyers today show a genuine “interest in design and how it affects where and how they live,” says Christopher Mercier, a founder of (fer) studio in Inglewood, California. A member of Frank Gehry’s team during the conception of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, Mercier sees this fresh passion for design as a welcome evolution. It makes for the best kind of client – an involved one. “You want the individual’s lifestyle to be reflected in that project,” he adds. “Otherwise you’re just making a spec house.” And as savvy clients know, the right house by the right architect may be the most precious possession of all.

New York-based writer Iyna Bort Caruso has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and others.

Palm Beach
Florida

Ideally located on the north end of Palm Beach, this Peter Marino-designed estate offers all the luxuries of island living. From the existing 1937 home, Marino devised a tropical retreat whose Indonesian-contemporary interior showcases spectacular ocean views.

$32,000,000  Property ID: 0076920
Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage
Cristina Condon +1 561 301 2211

Kentfield
California

Joseph Esherick and world-renowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin collaborated to integrate indoors and outdoors seamlessly at this iconic California residence. In grand-scale rooms with twelve-foot ceilings, glass walls bring the outside in, while the kitchen and great room open  to Zen-like exterior entertaining areas.

$4,995,000  Property ID: D9TFY4
Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty
Stephanie Lamarre +1 415 806 3176

Westerly
Rhode Island

One of the few Charles Moore-designed homes on the East Coast of the US, Sun Up offers serene living without sacrificing the sophistication expected from a famous architect. Renowned for the remarkable spirit of his designs, Moore created different levels, cathedral ceilings and octagonal wall shapes. The entire space feels open while also offering areas of seclusion. As Moore once noted, “Good places matter.” This is one of them.

$1,775,000  Property ID: EV33SJ
Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty
Jim Buffum +1 401 741 2836  Desa Buffum +1 401 741 2809

Pol De Mar, Barcelona
Spain

Built by renowned architect Ignasi Mas i Morell, this home is an exquisite example of classic Catalan architecture. High ceilings and commanding arches ensure wonderful spaciousness, and a combination of ornate and earthy textures creates a warm ambience.

€2,000,000  Property ID: LCENVX
Barcelona & Costa Brava Sotheby’s International Realty
+1 34 93 467 58 10

New Canaan
Connecticut

A star among the city’s legacy of mid-century Modernism, the Wiley House, designed by Philip Johnson in the early 1950s, was restored by Roger Ferris + Partners. The double-height glass pavilion – with a living room and subtly hidden but generous galley kitchen – cantilevers out over the fieldstone base. The slope of the land offers lower-level rooms full views of the property. A new pool house and reconstructed barn-art gallery are set around their own separate courtyard.

$12,000,000  Property ID: S24GC9
Sotheby’s International Realty
John Hersam +1 203 417 5198 Inger Stringfellow +1 203 321 9361

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Telluride
Colorado

Designed by world-renowned John Pawson, this remarkable Telluride residence offers truly inspired minimalism in a most alpine setting. The collaboration between seller & architect was his first commission in the U.S. and timelessly showcases Pawson’s attentive focus on space, proportion, light and materials.

$5,995,000  Property ID: PMDY5H

Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty
Bill Fandel +1 970 708 4141

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Luxury Presence into Austria

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced it has signed a 25-year franchise agreement with Laguna F&Z Immobilien GmbH. to further expand the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand in Europe with the opening of Austria Sotheby’s International Realty.

Austria Sotheby’s International Realty, led by owner Wilhelm Zirngast and Chief Executive Officer Georges Luks, will serve the luxury residential real estate market throughout the country from the flagship office located in Vienna. The firm has future plans for additional offices in the cities of Graz and Kitzbühel.

“Austria is an attractive market for luxury homebuyers in Central Europe,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “For those who appreciate architecture, the capital city of Vienna is graced with an inspiring baroque style, while the landscape throughout the rest of the country varies from elegant city living, to country estates and vineyards, to mountain ski chalets, offering something for everyone. I am proud to welcome Austria Sotheby’s International Realty to our global network.”

“We have an exceptional team of sales professionals who are dedicated to delivering the best service to our clients,” said Luks. “Our approach is built on respect, proven marketing methods and a client-based approach. We are delighted to affiliate with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in Austria and we endeavor to surpass even the most exacting demands by providing added value and service in a friendly, transparent, informative, proactive and accommodating manner.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD.  Austria Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realtymarketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Consumer Confidence | Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer

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Last week we introduced “Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer,” a report examining the confidence, spending habits and purchasing interests of emerging luxury consumers from around the world.  Today, we take a deeper dive into the confidence of the emerging luxury consumer; the report found that those with $250,000 USD to $1 million USD in investable assets are have an overall level of confidence.

Emerging luxury consumers around the world are confident in the economy.  Most feel that their respective national economies are strong and headed in the right direction.  In addition, this demographic is extremely confident in their own personal economic situations and feel that they can afford all the things they want, including a home.

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Emerging luxury consumers have also expressed confidence in their respective housing markets.  While many have plans to purchase a luxury home in the next year, there is a significant jump of those looking to purchase a luxury home in the next three years, ranging from 76% of emerging luxury consumers in the United Kingdom to 95% of emerging luxury consumers in India.

Key motivators behind the emerging luxury consumer’s home purchasing decision vary from country to country and include the state of the housing market, being at the right stage in life and looking for a home to fit a particular lifestyle.

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For more information on the confidence of emerging luxury consumers, download the complete “Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer” report by clicking here.

Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is proud to present “Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer,” a report examining the confidence, spending habits and purchasing interests of emerging luxury consumers from around the world, defined as those with $250,000 USD to $1 million USD in investable assets.

The report, which is based on a survey that focused on luxury consumers in the United States, United Kingdom, India, United Arab Emirates and China, found that this emerging luxury consumer demographic is confident when it comes to their personal economy and the economy of their respective countries.

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“The luxury residential real estate market is ever evolving,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “As a global leader in this arena, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand commissioned this research survey to unveil emerging trends with luxury residential real estate consumers around the world.  We are always looking to the future and our focus is to keep a pulse on the state of the real estate market and the homebuyers of tomorrow.”

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The complete Sotheby’s International Realty “Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer” report features a breakdown of data by country surveyed as well as supplemental search data from sothebysrealty.comClick here to download the full report.

Key findings from the Sotheby’s International Realty “Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer” report include:

“The luxury market has been redefined in recent years due in large part to the impact of the new emerging luxury consumer,” said Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “These individuals have a luxury sensibility and an affinity for exclusive brands, proving that luxury transcends income levels – it is about quality, uniqueness, and ultimately achieving a certain lifestyle.  The Sotheby’s International Realty brand has its eye on the future and is perfectly positioned to unite these extraordinary lives with extraordinary lifestyles.”

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The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 850 offices in 66 countries and territories worldwide.  In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD.  Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

Methodological Notes:
The Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 200 US emerging luxury consumers, and 100 emerging luxury consumers in the UK, China, UAE and India, between November 17th and December 15th, 2016, using an email invitation and an online survey.
The margin of error for this study is +/- 6.9 percentage points in the US, and +/- 9.8 percentage points in the UK, China, UAE and India at the 95% confidence level. Base sizes under 100 are directional findings only.
Data from sothebysrealty.com: Google Website Analytics, sothebysrealty.com, April – December 2015 vs. April – December 2016.
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