Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty agents know that one of the most important ways to understand a client is to understand where they come from and how they live. That’s why we’re not just avid advocates of our Northwest Florida markets, but avid travelers as well—we believe to see the world is to know it. Voyages such as these have helped us build relationships and make connections around the globe.
Peggy Geppert experienced first hand how contemporary life in China harmonizes the ancient and the modern. During a recent seven-night stay in Beijing, she visited historic monuments from the past including The Forbidden City, the terracotta warriors in Xi’an and the Great Wall. Then, each evening, she returned to the pampered opulence of one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, The Peninsula Beijing.
The trip exposed her to the way people in Beijing and other Chinese markets live, communicate and even eat—in fact, Peggy took a class in traditional Chinese cooking using ingredients she bought at a local market.
108 Jianguo Road, Beijing
Bert Summerville recalls a trip to Cape Town in early 2016. Staying in a cottage at Spier, one of South Africa’s oldest vineyards with buildings that date to the 1600’s, she was excited to encounter an electric art scene.
The main hotel building on the farm doubled as an art gallery, with paintings, drawings, sculptures and larger installation pieces displayed in the common areas. She also spent her time at a local artist market (making several purchases) and met a group of artists who had emigrated from Zimbabwe. Though the lifestyle and culture of Cape Town are world class, it was the creativity found at the vineyard, farm and markets outside the city that most captivated Bert. “Sotheby’s exemplifies art, luxury and beauty,” she says, “and this is what I experienced at Spier in South Africa.”
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
The stunning beaches and tropical lifestyle of St. John can intoxicate anyone, and Casey Joiner is no exception. While there, he was inspired to let his adventurous spirit roam by taking boat excursions to Scrub Island, Jost van Dyke and the small oasis cay of Sandy Spit.
In the unique, laid back pleasures of St. John and the Virgin Islands, Casey noticed certain similarities to 30A. He could find a 5-star dining experience as easily as a fish taco stand, for instance. “You can also get an ‘old beach’ feel there, or stay in one of the nicest homes you’ve ever seen, all within steps of each other,” he says. Another similarity: the presence of Sotheby’s International Realty. In fact the home he stayed in, perched on cliffs atop Chocolate Hole, was a current listing in the company’s portfolio.
3B-56 Sans Souci and Guinea Gut, St. John
For those of us used to life near the ocean, the snowy Rocky Mountains cans seem an utterly exotic destination. As different as the scenery is, however, the two environments share a common lifestyle. “Life in Telluride, just like life at the beach, is full of activity, nature and outdoor adventure,” says LuAnn Brown, who flew to Colorado on a ladies ski trip.
When not skiing or hitting the spa, LuAnn took time to explore Telluride’s historic old town and even took the free gondola service up to Mountain Village, a separate region with plentiful shopping, dining, home sites and—at an elevation of almost 10,000 feet—breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. She was greeted by many residents that began coming to the area years ago as visitors themselves. As is true for most ski towns, in Telluride people come for skiing and stay for everything else.
145 Mt. Village Blvd. Unit B401, Tulluride
An opportunity to travel to London brought Jonathan Spears to the famed Sotheby’s Auction House, birthplace of the Sotheby’s brand. London, he was pleased to find, is an alive and ever-changing city with an international, multi-cultural energy. It’s also deeply historical.
While showcasing some of Europe’s most important landmarks and architecture—the immaculate presentation of Windsor Castle made a particular impression—London is also the banking and financial capital for much of the world. The city’s importance as an economic center can be gleaned through the prism of its real estate, which attracts a rare class of luxury buyer. The inventory of prestige properties is enviable. “It was amazing how well our Sotheby’s International Realty team of professionals is held in high regard within the brokerage community,” Jonathan says.
West Heath Road, Hampstead, England
Kim Polakoff traveled for the first time with her husband Keen last winter to Santa Fe. A self-admitted “beach girl,” she was intrigued to discover how the dry New Mexico climate, even in 40-degree temperatures, made her want to walk around and explore rather than sit by the fire.
“The Native American culture and spiritual influence has a strong presence in Santa Fe, and is dear to me,” Kim says. She learned through the local Sotheby’s International Realty contact that the region has become a strong second home market. The most desirable properties offer large acreage with stirring vistas, and many of the homes reflect the both landscape and cultural heritage with features like adobe exteriors with rounded edges, stucco walls, rough wooden beams and natural stone. It’s a perfect example of an indigenous influence permeating both architecture and the way of life.
1062 Sierra Del Norte, Santa Fe