Luxury Real Estate Press Releases

John Natoli Takes Back the Reins of Prestige Property

Jul 12, 2007

One of the world’s leading luxury property agents, John Natoli, is back at the helm of prestige property at PRDnationwide’s Gold Coast corporate office, returning as director of Elite Property.Natoli was the first person in Australia to be listed in the international “Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate” digest, published annually since the 1980s.The invitation-only book lists leading real-estate agents and brokerages worldwide which specialise in prestige property sales.PRDnationwide state director, Rob Sainsbury, said Natoli was the ideal choice for this newly developed role.“Extensive research undertaken by PRDnationwide highlighted many consumers felt there was a need for a service focused on luxury property and it was not being offered by traditional real-estate offices, which led to us develop the Elite brand,” he said."John is a very well-respected real-estate identity and renowned, not only on the Gold Coast but around the world, for the calibre of homes he represents and his professionalism in marketing property listings.“Having previously worked at PRDnationwide for more than a decade selling some of the Coast’s most exclusive homes, John’s vast knowledge of the historical performance of the local property market is invaluable to the position.”As director of Elite Property Natoli is now responsible for driving the agency’s new strategies, which will position the firm at the forefront of the prestige property market.“I am pleased to be back at PRDnationwide to spearhead innovative marketing changes brought on by the agency,” Natoli said.“The amalgamation last year of two of Australia’s greatest property brands, Colliers International and PRDnationwide, provides our customers with access to an enormous database of national and international vendors and potential purchasers.“Our clients will also benefit from regular PRDnationwide research identifying current and emerging trends and objective property advice in order to give them the confidence to make informed property investment decisions.“The top 10 percent of homes on the Gold Coast will be marketed with a distinct point of difference, which is easily recognizable in the marketplace, and benefit from progressive marketing strategies.“Under PRDnationwide’s Elite Property division I look forward to again representing the Gold Coast’s premier homes and providing vendors and purchasers alike with a superior service and outstanding results.”The Elite Property division of PRDnationwide is located on level two of Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise.For further information please contact Sarah Stewart at Promedia : 07 5593 2011

World-Renowned Temple House on Sale for $12.75 Million through Audrey Ross

Jul 11, 2007

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) – July 11, 2007 – Well-known as a popular gathering place for famous sports figures, musicians and actors, and as the largest single-family home in Miami’s luxurious South Beach, The Temple House has recently been offered for sale and is attracting potential buyers from around the world.The luxury real estate firm Audrey Ross of Christie’s Great Estates – Esslinger Wooten Maxwell is currently offering The Temple House for $12.75 million at this Web address: This home has a tradition of attracting celebrities who come to enjoy its legendary parties. These celebrities include Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jay-Z, Tony Hawk, Jamie Foxx, Michael Mann, Venus Williams, Magic John son and Victor Manuelle.“Being the largest single-family residential home on South Beach – in and of itself – has proven to be an enormous ‘drawing card’ for those who want the most beautiful and exciting place on Earth to call home,” said Audrey Ross, the founder and president of Audrey Ross of Christie’s Great Estates – Esslinger Wooten Maxwell in Coral Gables, Fla.Built in 1933 by world-famous Art Deco architect L. Murray Dixon, The Temple House was originally designed as a single-family residence. Nine years later it was expanded and modified for use as a Jewish synagogue. In 1965 The Temple House was enlarged yet again, bringing it to its present size of 16,350 square feet. In 2003 its current owner, Daniel Davidson, embarked on a two-year quest to renovate and improve the property. Davidson installed state-of-the-art plumbing, electrical and air conditioning components into the home while preserving its original architecture and simple beauty.This home includes five bedrooms and six bathrooms, allowing plenty of space for family members and guests. Also, residents can enjoy a 400-square-foot, sound-proof media room, which is especially designed for recording music and viewing films on a 100-inch projection screen and surround-sound speakers. The 6,600-square-foot living room can comfortably accommodate an entire orchestra and audience and has done so on several occasions. Former Vice President Al Gore addressed a gathering of 150 people in this room in March 2006.Located at 1415 Euclid Ave., The Temple House is next to Flamingo Park and within four blocks of the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. It sits on two adjacent lots within two blocks of the upscale shopping center on Lincoln Road. Quick access to seaports and the Miami International Airport provide residents with a variety of options to travel to and from this luxurious property.“Coming home to The Temple House is the personification of a luxurious South Beach lifestyle in action,” Ross said.Audrey Ross of Christie’s Great Estates – Esslinger Wooten Maxwell’s superb customer service is what has led her to success listing and selling many of the most significant estates in the history of Miami. Through prominent affiliations with Christie’s Great Estates and Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, FIABCI, RELD and, Christie’s Great Estates/EWM offers national and international exposure for luxury real estate listings. For more information, visit Audrey Ross’ Web site:

York Simpson Underwood Realty Names Chief Operating Officer

Jul 11, 2007

RALEIGH, N.C.) - Christopher D. Harrington has been named Chief Operating Officer for York Simpson Underwood Realty, effective August 1, 2007. York Simpson Underwood (YSU) is a residential real-estate brokerage based in Raleigh, with seven offices in Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill and Southern Pines.Chris Harrington has spent the past 12 years on Florida’s Gulf Coast in various real-estate management roles. He worked for several years as a Managing Broker for Michael Saunders & Company, the largest independently owned real-estate company in that region.“Joining another forward-thinking, independent real-estate firm is a dream-come-true for me,” Harrington said. “York Simpson Underwood has stellar associates, management and a wonderful reputation, so it’s a great new home for me and my family. I believe there are distinct advantages for our clients and agents to be associated with an independent firm with deep community roots.”With more than 250 sales associates York Simpson Underwood is the largest locally owned and operated, non-franchise real-estate company in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. YSU is part of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World relocation network, and is the exclusive regional affiliate for Christie’s Great Estates.Harrington is leaving Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc., of Sarasota, Fla., to join YSU. While there, he managed multiple offices and achieved a distinguished record for promoting efficiency of operations and motivating associates to provide superior client service.“We’re delighted to welcome Chris to our company and our growing region,” said Smedes York, chairman of York Simpson Underwood Realty. “He will take us to the next level while preserving our unique culture.”Harrington is a native of Atlanta, Ga. He is married to Sandra and has two children, a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Aaron. He attended the College of Charleston and Winthrop College, Rock Hill, S.C. A former Certified USPTA Tennis Instructor, Harrington was once a tennis professional and Director of Operations for a PGA Tournament Players Club in Florida.York Simpson Underwood Realty’s ( mission is to provide the highest level of real-estate and related services in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina through a team of professionals dedicated to exceeding the client’s expectations, and through active community involvement.This story can also be found on at this address:

Disher, Hamrick & Myers Makes & "Historic" Sale in More Ways than One

Jul 10, 2007

Charleston, S.C. – Luxury Real Estate firm Disher, Hamrick & Myers has just closed the Historic District’s most expensive sale ever at $7.2 million. It is also the second-highest sale in the history of the Charleston MLS. This sale, along with others on the Peninsula at $4,575,000 and $3,955,000 capped off the company’s largest closing month in its 25-year history – more than $31 million in successful sales. In fact, the average sale price for homes on the Charleston Peninsula saw its highest average in history at more than $1.2 million.The city is well-known for paying meticulous attention to historic restoration along with lots of chic restaurants and haute shopping. It was just named among the top 10 cities of the United States and Canada in Travel & Leisure magazine’s Best of the World 2007.About Disher, Hamrick & MyersThe name has long been synonymous with the successful selling of luxury homes in and around Charleston. The firm was established more than 25 years ago in the Historic District and has since opened two additional offices; a Listings’ Showroom in King Street’s Antiques Shopping District and a full-service office on Seabrook Island serving the West Islands of Kiawah, Seabrook, Johns, and Wadmalaw. DHM currently has more than 35 professional Realtors on staff. For more information, visit or contact their Charleston office at 843.577.4115 or their West Islands office at 843.725.1515.

Zephyr Real Estate Co-Sponsors Free Seminar with Friends of the Urban Forest

Jul 08, 2007

Zephyr Real Estate wants to help homeowners learn how to keep San Francisco green and increase property values at the same time. Join them for an informative event when Friends of the Urban Forest presents a unique look at the Bay Area landscape.Author Mike Sullivan will discuss the history of the city’s landmark trees and the neighborhoods that inspired his book, Trees of San Francisco. Friends of the Urban Forest Tree Care Coordinator Ellyn Shea will share tips from the past to present for maintaining happy and healthy trees to enhance property value.

7/9/2007 York Simpson Underwood Receives Metro Bravo Award

Jul 08, 2007

For the sixth year in a row, the readers of Metro Magazine have bestowed upon York Simpson Underwood Realty their highest honor, the "Standing Ovation" award for being the best residential real estate company in the Triangle, in the Annual Metro Bravo Awards. York Simpson Underwood Realty's ( mission is to provide the highest level of real estate and related services in the Triangle through a team of professionals dedicated to exceeding our client's expectations and through active community involvement.

Pacific Union GMAC South Beach Hosts Art & Wine Evening Aug. 9

Jul 01, 2007

Things are changing at Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate. Join us for an evening of art featuring paintings by local artist Michael Krouse and wine donated by Murrieta’s Well at the South Beach office as we celebrate the past, present and future of San Francisco ’s premier real-estate firm.Leading the way to the Pacific Union of tomorrow is Christine Jacobson, vice president at the South Beach location. The fashionably forward-thinking, young, technology-savvy, early adopter of paperless real-estate transactions is changing the way business gets done. She is working to enhance the image and appeal of Pacific Union to clients as well as the real-estate community. With a team of sharp, visionary agents, Jacobson and the South Beach office are taking a strong hold of the marketplace on the south side of town.Who: Come discover the new Pacific Union. The event is free and open to the public.What: Live. Work. Play. Invest. Pacific Union South Beach : an evening of art by painter Michael Krouse and wine provided by Murrieta’s Well.When: Thursday, August 96-8 p.m.Where: Pacific Union South Beach 38 Bryant Street at the Karen MonroeKaren Monroe Public

Charleston Luxury Real Estate Firm William Means Opens New East Cooper Office in South Carolina

Jun 28, 2007

Charleston, S.C., June 29, 2007 - William Means Real Estate is settling into its new office east of the Cooper River. On June 4, the 74-year-old Charleston luxury-real-estate firm opened the doors to its East Cooper office at 652 Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. The office is staffed with experienced real-estate agents who specialize in the East Cooper area, including Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Dewees Island. William Means has operated from Charleston’s downtown peninsula since 1933.“Historically, Charleston has been a self-contained city with its luxury property concentrated downtown,” said Helen Lyles Geer, William Means’ Broker-in-Charge. “But the last 10 years have shown the growth of fine properties from the peninsula to outlying areas. We’ve been doing business outside downtown for a number of years and it was time to open a second office.”As Charleston’s luxury real estate market has expanded throughout the Lowcountry, so has William Means. The firm saw results even before opening the new office.“Several clients chose us because they knew we were expanding our offices to east of the Cooper River,” Geer said. “We’re dedicated to making the buying or selling of a fine property with William Means a pleasure for our clients. To know we’ve made the experience enjoyable and convenient, and built a long-standing business relationship, is very important to us. Our high level of referral business attests to this approach.”About William Means Real EstateWilliam Means Real Estate is the preeminent broker of luxury real estate in Charleston. Since 1933, the firm has specialized in the buying and selling of fine residential property and real estate on Charleston, South Carolina’s historic peninsula, surrounding communities and islands. With more than 20 seasoned real-estate agents and two offices, downtown and east of the Cooper River, the firm is committed to helping clients select the perfect home, for life and lifestyle. William Means is Charleston’s exclusive affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates®, the largest international network of real-estate companies committed to the marketing and sales of premier property. For more information, visit or contact our Charleston office at 843.577.6651 or our East Cooper office at 843.375.4800.
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