August 30, 2012

Home Truths

Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty

I have spent the last few days visiting friends in coastal Maine, where there are wonderful summer "cottages" and antique houses, often cheek by jowl with newer homes both beautiful and not so beautiful. The trip has led me to ponder again the aesthetics of housing. What are the qualities which make one space welcoming and appealing while another leaves us uneasy and on edge? Here are some ideas about the confluence of factors which inform our perception of interior space:

August 30, 2012

Marin County Estate Boasts ‘Symphony of Light and Space’

Courtesy of Mitch Laufer of Vanguard Properties

Reproduced from SFGate.com, August 1, 2012 by Allison Brophy Champion

This nature-infused architect’s estate in Marin County is so magnificent in scope and idea as to recall a grand public space. Yet the setting is secluded, the four-bedroom home at 450 Ridge Road carved into a hillside sheltered from bay winds.

August 27, 2012

Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey of Sterling Properties & Estates - Santa Barbara Luxury Homes and Real Estate

The Santa Barbara lifestyle evokes thoughts of all the finer things in life – incredible luxury homes in exclusive neighborhoods such as Hope Ranch and Montecito, the best in wining and dining, pristine beaches and high end resorts, strolls along the waterfront, world class golf and country clubs, and so much more. Another major part of the Santa Barbara lifestyle is our community’s love of and support of arts and entertainment. From the annual star-studded Santa Barbara International Film Festival to our monthly “1st Thursday” celebrations, it is abundantly clear that Santa Barbara is a city that values and encourages community-driven creativity and artistry.

August 23, 2012

Kenny Rogers' Private Home Turned Resort Hits the Market

Courtesy of Mallory Schrampfer of Harry Norman, Realtors

ATLANTA, GA – Music legend Kenny Rogers’ former estate-turned inclusive resort is now on the market. The home, personally designed and decorated by Rogers, is listed with Harry Norman, REALTORS® in Atlanta, Ga.

In 2003, rancher and investor Wes Adams and his wife Liz purchased the 973 acre Georgia estate, known as Beaver Dam Farms, and transformed it into an inclusive resort with a full-time staff. Other than structural improvements, the Adams family has left the estate relatively unchanged. Most of the furnishings were chosen by Rogers and are included in the sale of the property.

August 23, 2012

Intero Real Estate Services, Inc. Introduces the Intero Prestigio Virtual Magazine

Courtesy of Teressa Francis of Intero Real Estate

What do you get when you combine the innovative, tech savvy power of Intero Real Estate Services headquartered in the Silicon Valley, with the division of the company specializing in high-end real estate, Intero Prestigio? Nothing other than a virtual magazine featuring its multi-million dollar properties. Now, Intero proudly announces the release of its premier issue of the Intero Prestigio Virtual Magazine.

August 22, 2012

Follow the Leader … Or Let the Leader Follow You

Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty

I have spent the last 25 years working on how to be an effective leader. I always knew that integrity and honesty mattered to me more than anything, but I wasn’t sure how to build those into a corporate culture based on collaboration rather than fear. An inspiring recent interview in the Times helped me crystallize some of my thoughts and got me thinking more proactively about what I believe. The article can be read at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/business/bill-flemming-of-skanska-usa-building-on-leadership.html.

August 21, 2012

Montecito’s Exquisite Lotusland

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey of Sterling Properties & Estates - Santa Barbara Luxury Homes and Real Estate

The wonderful luxury homes and real estate opportunities in our city by the sea are just one part of what makes living in Santa Barbara so desirable. Santa Barbara also enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate year-round, with cool coastal nights even on the warmest summer days and gentle winters. This ideal climate, in fact, is what drew many wealthy industrialists who sought to escape harsh Eastern winters to Santa Barbara at the turn of the 20th century. Falling under the spell of our lovely city, they began to build luxury homes in esteemed areas such as Montecito and Hope Ranch. And of course, to compliment their grand estates, many luxury homeowners commissioned elegant gardens and landscaping that could thrive year-round under the California sunshine. Today, Santa Barbara remains a horticultural paradise, and even houses the largest concentration of orchid growers in the nation.

August 14, 2012

Reality Isn't Virtual

Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty

In real estate, technology is our future. Or is it?

This past week, we talked a lot about technology at our management retreat. How 85% of home buyers begin their search on line. How many buyers feel they don't need an agent because all the information on every property is right there at the touch of a keystroke. So much information is now on line that buyers view properties virtually, through photos and video; they can eliminate many properties without ever seeing the actual bricks and mortar, thus making themselves much more efficient.

August 14, 2012

Summer Weekends on the Santa Barbara Waterfront

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey of Sterling Properties & Estates - Santa Barbara Luxury Homes and Real Estate

Santa Barbara is beautiful in so many ways. For one, our city on the coast is home to some of the finest luxury real estate in the world, with homes in exclusive neighborhoods such as Hope Ranch and Montecito that show truly inspired design and architecture. However, Santa Barbara possesses great natural beauty independent of these stunning luxury homes. Nestled in between the towering, verdant mountains which slope into gentle foothills and the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara has earned the nickname of “the American Riviera.” In addition, Santa Barbara’s ideal Mediterranean climate makes it easy to enjoy the outdoors any time of year. This summer, we have hosted a variety of outdoor events and extravagant festivals such as the Summer Solstice celebration and Old Spanish Days Fiesta. We also enjoy a number of smaller scale events that occur throughout the season to bring the community together and make it easy to take advantage of the wonderful weather and fantastic vistas.

August 9, 2012

The “New York Daily News” Chooses Quique Dacosta as the best European Chef

Courtesy of: Luxury Homes in Spain 

 

 A local chef from a town in the Alicante region of Spain is conquering New York without leaving his home town of Denia. The Michelin star's dishes are overstepping the borders to delight the most demanding palates. An article published in the “New York Daily News” chooses the Alicante chef Quique Dacosta as the best European chef according to a consumer interview. The results arise from a blog that the prestigious British gastronomical critic Jay Rayner and the famous chefs Tom Colicchio and Anthony Bourdai took part in, testing the opinion of the net users.

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