Jacqueline Kennedy’s Historic Childhood Home in Virginia Listed for $49.5 Million

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One of the most beloved First Ladies and iconic historic figures, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ childhood home is for sale in McLean, Virginia for $49.5 million.

Recently reported by The Wall Street Journal, America Online (AOL) co-founder Steve Case is listing Merrywood – the sprawling, seven-acre estate on the Potomac River with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Nestled in the Washington DC suburb, the estate reflects a storied history, serving as home to several of America’s most influential political and business leaders.

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As the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Merrywood was elevated to a position of prominence in the mid-1940s and has since continued to provide a celebrated venue to host presidents, business leaders, artists, and countless family celebrations.

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The exceptional brick and limestone main residence reflects the finest traditions of the Georgian Style. Inside, a gracious entry hall opens to public rooms scaled to accommodate both large gatherings and intimate family occasions. The interiors are the bespoke masterwork of renowned designer, Barry Dixon.

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The second-floor family quarters include an expansive master suite with his or her dressing rooms, a private study and an exercise room.

“I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills,” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1944)

“I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills,” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1944)

Four additional en-suite bedrooms grace this level. Upstairs, four bedrooms and three baths are comfortably scaled. On the lower level, there is an exceptionally fine, climate controlled wine cellar. An elevator services all four levels of the residence.

“I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills,” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1944)

Outside, the formal gardens are reminiscent of the timeless work of celebrated 19th and 20th Century landscape architect, Beatrix Ferrand, reflecting a series of outdoor garden rooms for large scale entertaining, intimate al fresco dining, or simply relaxing and engaging the sweeping views.

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Posted on sothebysrealty.com on June 22, 2017

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Sotheby’s | The Amazing Story of Four Ancient Roman Statues

Find out how four ancient Roman statues found themselves overseeing decadent rock ‘n’ roll parties in Jamaica. Bought in 1968 by international jewellery dealers Doug and Diene Cooper to adorn their opulent villa in Montego Bay, the larger-than-life statues surrounded the swimming pool – scene of exclusive parties attended by illustrious high-society revellers. These splendid statues are highlights of Sotheby’s Ancient Marbles: Classical Sculpture and Works of Art sale on June 12 in London.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties For Sale | May 2017

From a 15-acre ocean-to-lake estate in Florida to a Mediterranean-Inspired vineyard in France, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Florida$165,000,000 USD | Manalapan, Florida | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

Gemini, a 15-acre ocean-to-lake estate, is a true family compound. The estate offers a 12-bedroom main residence; two four-bedroom beachside cottages; the seven-bedroom Mango House; and a guest or staff house comprising four studios and apartments. In total, there are more than 30 bedrooms, a series of formal and informal living and dining areas, a media room, libraries, offices, numerous terraces, an expansive wine cellar and two elevators. The centerpiece main residence offers 62,200 square-feet of living space with both ocean and lake views.

NewYork$65,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

The Stanhope Penthouse is a five-bedroom penthouse duplex with spectacular terraces and captivating city views, bathed in extraordinary light. Perched high atop the Stanhope, this sun-drenched residence boasts tremendous garden-like terraces laid out by the brilliant landscape designer, Madison Cox. The triple mint condition aerie boasts an amazing 72 linear feet of frontage directly on Central Park and 10-foot high ceilings.

DubaiPrice Upon Request | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This architecturally magnificent beach palace is located in the privately gated community, Palm Jumeirah. With over 46,000 square-feet of interior living space, this bespoke villa finds itself in a truly a special location, with the best beachfront available for a private residence in Dubai. The beachfront provides full ocean and skyline back to the Burj Al Arab and the Dubai Marina. The villa offers ideal spaces for entertaining, sunbathing and watersport activity.

St. BarthPrice Upon Request | Columbier, St. Barthelemy | St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

This sprawling nine-bedroom, 10-and-one-half-bathroom estate, located in Colombier’s exclusive gated Domaine known as Les Étoiles, offers sensational views of the incoming yachts, Saba, Statia and the sunset. This very private property cascades down the hillside; it features a five-bedroom villa, a two-bedroom villa, a caretaker cottage and three swimming pools. La Grande Maison des Étoiles is the perfect choice for buyers seeking a very private, luxurious retreat.

France39.000.000 € EUR | Saint Tropez, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled in an exclusive, sought-after area, the Mas du Figuier is five minutes from the village of Saint-Tropez, the Place des Lices, the port, and the beaches of Pampelonne. With the architecture designed to blend the elegant interior with the olive, fruit and vineyard-rich exteriors, the Mas du Figuier offers a main residence of approx. 460 square-meters, a four-bedroom guest pavilion with its own swimming pool, a three-bedroom caretaker’s house, an independent wellness area, Pétanque field, and a tennis court among its amenities.

Discover New & Notable homes from around the world on klsir.com

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3 Must-Ask Questions for Your New Jersey Home Inspector

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No doubt about it — home inspections can be scary. You’ve already made an offer on a home, which means you’re probably already falling in love with it. Now comes the moment when the home inspector is either going to alleviate or confirm your worst fears. To make matters worse, with home inspectors, it’s “buyer beware” — even in a regulated state like New Jersey. To ensure you’re getting the best, fairest and most accurate report possible, here are three must-ask questions for your New Jersey home inspector.

1. May I see your home inspector license?

In New Jersey, home inspectors must be tested and licensed, and they must renew their license every 2 years. If your home inspector either can’t produce a license or has one that has been expired for some time, don’t trust them or pay for their services. You have a right to make sure the home inspector is duly licensed and trained. Likewise, a legitimate inspector won’t be offended by the question, and will gladly produce the license. While you’re at it, feel free to ask the inspector about any associations they belong to (for example, the New Jersey Association of Licensed Professional Home Inspectors). Associations like these help raise the bar of excellence even further for home inspectors, so if yours is a member, all the better.

2. How is the home’s foundation?

Your home inspection may reveal any of a number of issues, both major and minor. Some of these you’ll be willing to fix yourself, while others you may want to negotiate on with the seller. However, if the house has a bad foundation, this is most likely going to be a deal-breaker because foundation repairs are quite expensive and don’t always solve the problem. Your inspector is likely to tell you about any foundation issues, but be sure to ask just the same.

3. What are the radon levels?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. It is released naturally from the earth and is normally not found in dangerous levels except when it accumulates indoors, usually seeping in through the basement. Much of New Jersey falls within a high or medium potential risk area for radon, so if the seller doesn’t produce a recent radon report, it’s worth the extra money to have radon levels tested. If they are too high, talk to the seller about ventilating the affected rooms, be willing to invest in ventilation yourself, or walk away. Don’t risk your health.

When you know the right questions to ask, you can be sure that your New Jersey home inspection will help you make a more informed decision. To learn more, call Kienlen Lattman today at 908.696.8600.

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Sotheby’s New York | The Collection of David & Laura Finn

The collection of David and Laura Finn offers a glimpse into the development of European Post-war sculpture. A collector and esteemed businessman, David Finn also imbued these sculptures with emotion through his photography. Discover the collection built upon the Finns’ affinity for art before it is offered in Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale tomorrow night, May 16, in New York.

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Collections Magazine Volume VII

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SPRING / SUMMER 2017 EDITION
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It is our pleasure to share our latest edition of Collections magazine, a selection of current offerings and recent sales by Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty.

It was developed as an approach to provide additional local exposure for our clientele,Collections is distributed to over 18,000 area residents.

Please click here to view our digital edition.

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New Development Spotlight | The Woolworth Tower Residences, New York City

Our managers went to tour this iconic property in Manhattan.  They said the architecture was captivating!

Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought after locations, let’s explore an exclusive new development from our worldwide network.

Woolworth1The Woolworth Tower Residences | New York City, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

The Woolworth Building soars above City Hall Park at the gateway to Tribeca. Unprecedented in size and sophistication when it was first completed in 1913, this graceful tower remains an elegant jewel in the skyline of downtown Manhattan.

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Today, the top thirty floors are being masterfully transformed by famed French architect Thierry W. Despont into The Woolworth Tower Residences: a limited collection of thirty-three luxury condominium residences atop a celebrated New York City landmark.

Discover Luxury Developments from Around the World

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Built in 1913 and celebrated as the tallest building in the world at the time of completion, this National Historic Landmark has inspired countless painters, photographers, movie makers, dreamers, and everyday New Yorkers.

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The Woolworth Tower Residences comprises the top thirty floors of the celebrated structure and are being reimagined into thirty-three prized condominiums, crowned by a extraordinary seven-story Pinnacle Penthouse.

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Colorful Beaches Around the World

Take the time to look around and be inspired by the vibrant colors naturally found across planet Earth. Explore homes near the world’s most colorful beaches.  We can refer you to sales associates all around the world.

Hawaii

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Papakōlea Beach is a green sand beach located on the southeastern end of the island of Hawaii.  The olivine-colored sand is said to come out from the erosion of a collapsed cinder cone.

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$1,599,000 USD | Captain Cook, Hawaii | MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

 Just north of Papakōlea Beach, nestled upon three private acres, lies this tranquil island retreat.  The property has unique finishes throughout including Mexican Saltillo tile floors, mosaic tile designs and a fireplace built with hand-picked smooth lava beach rocks and a driftwood mantel.  A five-bedroom oasis, the home offers unobstructed views of the Hawaiian coastline.

Bahamas

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For pink sand beaches, look no further than Harbor Island in the Bahamas.

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$1,650,000 USD | Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

 A historic colonial home originally built in the 1800s, this Harbor Island property offers a cozy island lifestyle with easy access to the beach.  The home was renovated in 2013 and honors the property’s architectural past with mahogany windows and doors, cedar siting interiors and a shingle roof.  The home has three bedrooms and additionally features an outdoor dining area and sitting porch, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living.

Malta

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Located on the Maltese island of Gozo, Ramla Bay boasts unique, orange sand beaches.

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€2.500.000 EUR | Xewkija, Malta | Malta Sotheby’s International Realty

 Less than 15 minutes inland from Ramla Bay, in the village of Xewkija, sits this historic, 18thCentury estate.  Spanning over 13,000 square-feet, the meticulously restored property comprises a main house, outdoor entertaining area, swimming pool, large garden with lawn area and a two-car garage.  Four of the five bedrooms feature original frescos on the walls with the fifth bedroom boasting an adjacent terrace.

Australia

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Hyams Beach in New South Wales, Australia holds the Guinness World Record for whitest sand in the world.

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Price Upon Request | Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

 This sprawling, 50-acre estate is located north of Hyams Beach.  The property comprises an elegant main house, separate pool house, double lock-up garage with additional parking for up to 10 cars and a farm with cattle yard, two dams and a shed.  The home also features a heated self-cleaning oxygen pool and lush professional landscaping with gardens including date palms, olive trees, flame trees, wisteria and magnolia, among others.

Hawaii

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Punalu’u Beach, located on the island of Hawaii, is a black sand beach, formed from lava flowing into the ocean and then cooling.

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$2,500,000 USD | Volcano, Hawaii | MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

North of the Punalu’U Beach is this historic, volcano property built in the early 1900s.  The private estate is nestled upon more than 13 acres of gated land.  Lying 3,800 feet above sea level, the property has been fully renovated and restored and comprises a main house, turnkey guest house and an art studio.

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Sotheby’s Wine Auction: From the Cellars of a Connoisseur, Part I

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On 25 March, Sotheby’s New York is privileged to host Part I in a trilogy of sales of A Monumental Collection, From the Cellars of a Connoisseur. The sale features incredible selections from the world’s greatest producers including a full case of 1990 Musigny from Domaine Leroy, thirty lots of Domaine Armand Rousseau, four vintages of Ermitage, Cuvée Cathelin from JL Chave and an astonishing eighty-four lots of Masseto. The sale is 343 lots and has a pre-sale estimate of $1.2 million. This sale will be followed by Part II in London on 29 March and Part III in Hong Kong on 1 April. Register to bid here or just stop by the Sotheby’s Wine store at 1334 York Avenue, NYC.

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The Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Achieved $95 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2016

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CNBC broke the news this morning that for 2016, the Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved approximately $95 billion in global sales volume, the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand, driven largely by a brand record of over 127,000 transactions. 

 

“During a year when the words “slowdown” and “slump” were used to describe the luxury housing market, 2016 turned out to be a banner year for Sotheby’s International Realty.” – CNBC                                                                                                   

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand also reported growth across its global network, which now encompasses nearly 70 countries and territories worldwide. At year-end, the network totaled 880 offices and more than 20,000 sales associates.

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Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $10 billion in sales volume in 2016 and continued to expand into key markets. The brand saw continued growth in Europe, entering the countries of Austria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Montenegro. The brand also expanded in the Asia-Pacific region through affiliations in Fiji and Shanghai and continued to grow in Hong Kong and greater Thailand. Finally, the brand expanded its presence in the Caribbean with the addition of affiliates in Roatan and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

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In the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $85 billion in sales volume in 2016 and also added seven independently owned and operated residential real estate firms as well as 45 new offices to its network across the country.  This past year witnessed continued significant growth by existing affiliate companies through talent attraction and mergers and acquisitions, most notably increasing the brand’s market presence in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, throughout southern Rhode Island and on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The brand also entered several key new markets last year, namely: Gulf Shores, Alabama; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

 Innovative Technology

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The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was at the forefront of interactive technology in 2016 with the introduction of 3D Tours with Virtual Reality capability on sothebysrealty.com. Additionally, the site saw the most traffic in its history with nearly 22 million visits, a 54% increase year-over-year.Capture2

The brand also launched the first luxury real estate app for Apple TV, featuring professionally curated high-resolution photography and high-definition video giving consumers the opportunity to explore homes on a screen larger than ever before. An alliance with Juwai.com was launched in 2016 that gives the Sotheby’s International Realty network an edge to generate Chinese homebuyer interest on one of the world’s most prominent real estate websites with over two million monthly visitors. As a truly international brand, Sotheby’s International Realty has the most global representation on Juwai.com, displaying luxury listings from 66 countries and territories.

 

“CEO Philip White told CNBC in a recent interview that Sotheby’s makes “the consumer the real focus, and that’s important when you do business in the luxury space. We made a decision early on to provide the consumer a high level of exceptional service and true global exposure.”‘- CNBC

 

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was the No. 1 real estate company represented in two of the six categories that comprise the annual REAL Trends/The Wall Street JournalTop Thousand” report. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand claimed 45 of the top 250 sales associates in the Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate company. The brand also had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. In addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category, holding 17 of the top 50 spots (34%), further establishing the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand as a leader in luxury real estate sales.

 

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, each brokerage firm and its clients 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.

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