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May 30, 2012

Living Through Stone

Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty Here in the English Cotswolds, where my wife, my daughter and I have spent the weekend, ancient villages consist of two and three story buildings built from rough cut local stone. The stones, hewn into squares and rectangles of various sizes, adjoin each other so tightly and variously that there is barely room for the mortar which adheres them. The roofs are gabled but low, made of slate shingles; the buildings seem as eternal as the rolling sheep-dotted fields which surround them.

May 29, 2012

Sorolla Comes Home

Courtesy of Rimontgó Though he travelled far and wide, and was to become one of Spain’s leading exponents of the impressionist genre, Joaquín Sorolla always remained true to his origins. Born in Valencia in 1863, this highly versatile artist became known in equal measure for the landscapes and portraits he painted – in which he recorded not only the faces, dress and social customs of the time, but also many an iconic Spanish landscape.

May 25, 2012

Santa Barbara Historic Real Estate - The Pearl Chase Society Historic Homes Tour

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey of Sterling Properties Santa Barbara enjoys some of the most beautiful luxury homes and real estate opportunities on the west coast - and last weekend, guests were invited to view some of the most prestigious luxury homes in the area during the Pearl Chase Society Historic Homes Tour. The Pearl Chase Society is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the historically important real estate of Santa Barbara, consistently striving to educate the public and share the enjoyment and appreciation of these historic homes.

May 24, 2012

Truly Telluride: People. Places. Properties.

Courtesy of Telluride Properties Upon first glance, visitors are immediately enchanted with the breathtaking setting of the historic town of Telluride. While the grand snowcapped peaks of the San Juans and imposing Box Canyon waterfalls ensnare the senses, the real allure of Telluride lies much deeper than scenic beauty – in the warm embrace of its community.

May 24, 2012

Hearing the Still Small Voice

Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty At 10 PM on Sunday night in Sharon, CT the world is completely still. Other than the crickets and the peepers singing their songs, no noise penetrates the darkness. The stars blaze overhead; the few constellations I have learned to recognize, city boy that I am-Orion, the Big Dipper-prominent in the spring sky. The beavers we have been watching all weekend as they laboriously build a second lodge in our pond seem quiescent; even they, the great and indefatigable architects of the animal world, working without tax abatements or a union shop, have to rest sometime. In the quiet, I can think. Think about what is best for my agents, our business, my clients, my employees, think about what to write in this blog: if I can allow myself a little time in a quiet space, it's remarkable what bubbles to the surface.

May 23, 2012

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - "Butterflies Alive!" Exhibit Now Open!

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey of Sterling Properties Imagine gazing out the window of your luxury real estate property, your eyes falling upon a lush garden filled with butterflies - and imagine enjoying this spectacular sight year round! In Santa Barbara, this dream becomes a reality. Santa Barbara is not only a paradise for luxury real estate opportunities, but butterflies as well (we even have a Butterfly Beach!). This weekend The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will be aflutter celebrating the opening weekend of the "Butterflies Alive!" exhibit. This special exhibit gives visitors the rare chance to enter a magical world full of these beautiful, delicate airborne creatures in an intimate garden setting.

May 17, 2012

Berklee College’s Valencia Campus Set to Open

Courtesy of Rimontgó Berklee College of Music, whose headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts, recently announced that its new Valencia campus would be opening its doors in September 2012 in order to welcome students enrolled for the Master’s Degree Programme. Berklee College was founded in 1945 by Lawrence Berk with the aim of preparing students for a career in the music business. Naturally, in the intervening years the amount of technology available to both musicians and technicians has increased greatly, and Berklee has responded by remaining abreast of all the latest trends.

May 17, 2012

As the Strange World Moves Onward

Courtesy of Amat Immobiliaris This phrase, read in a book by Paul Auster, struck me as the perfect title for this month’s diary, because everything really is very strange. We have rulers in Madrid who one day say things are white and the next black, who distort data any way they please. We have the problem of big companies and the multi-million salaries that their managers and executives are paid even today. Only this last May 1st we read in the newspapers that Mr. Martin, CEO of the Martinsa company, was raising his salary!

May 14, 2012

The Gallery at Windsor Presents "Christo & Jeanne-Claude, A Visual Study"

Courtesy of Windsor Vero Beach, FL (May 14, 2012) The Gallery at Windsor is pleased to present Christo & Jeanne-Claude, A Visual Study. On view will be original preparatory works by Christo (Javacheff) and Jeanne-Claude (de Guillebon), husband and wife artists who together created environmental artworks in urban and rural sites around the world. The study derived from the Weston Collection at Windsor, Vero Beach, bridges the gap between the artists and their projects, offering an account of the creative process involving some of the monumental projects undertaken between 1971 and 1998.

May 11, 2012

The Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club - Opening Weekend

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey of Sterling Properties When picturing the life of luxury in idyllic Santa Barbara, many things come to mind - the beautiful beaches, various micro-climates, luxury homes and estates, prestigious neighborhoods such as Montecito and Hope Ranch, luxury resorts like The Biltmore Santa Barbara and The Bacara...and of course visiting the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club! Finally, polo season has arrived, and we're looking forward to an exciting summer at the club!
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