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Life in a College Town


For residents of college towns, the attraction isn’t just about an allegiance to a school but an affinity for a community that has an impressive mix of characteristics: large city offerings and small town spirit.

Universities contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of a region by offering lectures, concerts, culinary and literary options. Then there’s the sports component, both as spectator and participant. Where young people are, biking, hiking, jogging and other recreational activities follow. Active retirees are especially drawn to lifelong learning opportunities. Many institutions offer discounts for the use of sports facilities, courses and plays. What’s more, universities with medical schools translate into excellent health care options.

From an investment prospective, college towns are known for their resiliency. For one thing, they often draw major employers to the area and, at the same time, support a flourishing start-up scene. Entrepreneurs are known to thrive in such environments.

Ohio1$2,999,000 USD | Columbus, Ohio | Street Sotheby’s International Realty

Columbus, home to Ohio State University (OSU) with an enrollment of nearly 60,000 according to school figures, is an example. The institution churns out thousands of graduates each year, many of whom stay in the area, says Scott Street of Street Sotheby’s International Realty. “Corporate entities have taken note and many have chosen to relocate to Columbus. The tech startup and entrepreneurial scene has also caught on in recent years, and millions of dollars in seed money are helping grow companies and jobs in and around the OSU campus.”

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A stable economy bodes well for the housing market. Even in down markets inventory is tight. Property owners in the rental pool can count on consistent student demand, though turnover is high.

Ohio2$430,000 USD | Columbus, Ohio | Street Sotheby’s International Realty

But plenty of people are settling in themselves. Recent grads-turned-first-time homeowners as well as professors, researchers and administrators who want a reasonable commute find a lot to love about collegiate living. “Part of the reason Ohio State is able to pack Ohio Stadium, The Horseshoe, with 100,000-plus people every weekend during football season is because the alumni stay close to home. Many graduates settle in the surrounding suburbs, which are all less than a 20-minute drive to campus,” Scott says.

Austin1$1,857,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

Austin, home of flagship campus of the University of Texas, also boasts one of the country’s largest student bodies at more than 51,000. “There’s so much going on in the area and at the university,” says Mike Vilece of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. “There’s no limit to what you can get out of the city. You could be out in the Hill Country or be next to 100,000 of your closest friends on a Saturday for a football game.”

Austin2$6,950,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

Alumni, including empty nesters and baby boomers, returning to settle down are finding a different Austin than they experienced during their school years. “A lot of people can’t believe how the city has changed over the years,” says Vilece. “It’s not the city it used to be as far architecture and construction. New buildings are popping up everywhere, but the culture and vibe are still alive and well.”

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Posted on September 18, 2017

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Oktoberfest in Munich


Since 1810, Munich, Bavaria, Germany has played host to Oktoberfest – the world’s largest “Volksfest,” or traveling funfair and beer festival. Millions of people from around the world travel to the Bavarian capital for the over two-week-long celebration to enjoy millions of liters of special Oktoberfest Beer, food, and festivities; the special beer is brewed within Munich city limits and conforms to the strict “Reinheitsgebot,” sometimes referred to as the “German Purity Law.”

The traditions and celebrations of Oktoberfest are now enjoyed the world over; inspiring unique beers, events, and cuisine far from Germany and the festival’s roots. Just in time for this year’s Oktoberfest, which runs from September 16 – October 3, let’s explore five homes in Bavaria.

Bavaria01.190.000 € EUR | Bavaria, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

This historic country house with guest house is situated on an exceptional plot in a dreamlike and quiet location. Close to the forest, with a unique view of the breathtaking alpine scenery with the silhouette of the mountain Watzmann, this home sits on nearly 4,000 square-meters of land with 413 square-meters of living space.

Bavaria118.000.000 € EUR | Bavaria, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

Striking and minimalistic, this home features remarkable open spaces that are both simultaneously intimate and perfect for entertaining. This energy-efficient, state-of-the-art masterpiece comprises 2,000 square-feet of living space, including an underground garage perfect for displaying an automotive collection.

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Bavaria24.800.000 € EUR | Munich, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in 2006, this timeless villa features authentic architectural design and state-of-the-art amenities throughout. Epitomizing “modern meets classic,” this home includes a refreshing indoor pool/spa area, an elevator with access to all floors, and a spacious kitchen, all while enjoying abundant natural light.

Bavaria34.150.000 € EUR | Bavaria, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

The Lake Tegernsee country house in Rottach Egern, Bavaria is bright, classic escape tucked away into quiet nook of the region. Vibrant colors mix with design elements that call back to days’ past; the cobblestone driveway, sun-soaked gardens, and open fireplace are among these amenities. The home also features a dream-like swimming pool, sheltered terraces, a generous guest area and an elevator.

Bavaria41.450.000 € EUR | Munich, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty

“Living by Phillippe Stark” is one of the most exciting and exclusive residential projects in the city of Munich. This refurbished historical monument property with concierge service, spa and wellness area offers an international living standard at the highest level. An apartment equipped and furnished like a stately suite – this living space enjoys belonging to a noble and distinguished grand hotel.

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Posted on September 14, 2017

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Three Homes Once Belonging to Campbell Soup Company Heirs


Whether it’s the comfort offered in a classic flavor or a famed modernist masterpiece by Andy Warhol, the Campbell Soup Company and their iconic can are pop-cultural and culinary staples. The Dorrance family represents the heirs to the aforementioned household name brand and, as recently covered by Mansion Global  and The Wall Street Journal, three of the family’s homes have recently come to market in the Northeastern United States.

BirdHouse1$12,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty 

The first, known as “The Bird House,” is the former home Dorrance Hill Hamilton and can be found at one of the highest points in Newport, Rhode Island. State-of-the-art in every aspect, from geothermal heating and cooling to exquisitely crafted details and top-of-the-line amenities, the soaring two-story entrance hall and living room with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace enjoy panoramic ocean views. 


Dorrance, or “Dodo” as she was known by her closest friends, passed away this past April at 88. Before her death, she spared no expense to create a beautiful sanctuary using all that modern technology can provide including Tischler custom windows and doors, three-stop elevator, radiant heated floors, whole house generator, and exquisite landscaping.


At nearly 10,000 square-feet of living space on over three-and-one-half-acres, the home bears it’s ornithological moniker from its many bird-inspired design elements throughout.

LindenHill1$16,500,000 USD | Gladwyne, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty 

The second home, named “Linden Hill,” can be found in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Designed between 1928 and 1931 by Edmund B. Gilchrist for stockbroker Rodman Ellison Griscom, this French Norman-Style home was owned by the Dorrance family for over 50 years.


Sprawling 67 acres, discover an initial courtyard formed by turreted caretaker’s quarters, a 10-car garage, stables and additional staff houses leads to the crest of a hill. At the end of a narrow-walled lane, the magnificent manor house reveals itself, a majestic example of inspired design of breathtaking scale and symmetry. Pass through the courtyard entry where brick chimney stacks on guest houses cleverly frame the main house, and behold a truly historic mansion, beautifully maintained with complete respect for its origins, yet offering every modern amenity. 


Its grand-scale formal rooms offer elegant and easy, expansive or intimate entertaining spaces. Private quarters are equally inviting with family living quarters that accommodate guests for short-term or extended stays. Beyond the main house are two pools, a pool house, tennis court and a beautiful aviary, all set within absolutely stunning gardens and grounds.

Maine1$6,295,000 USD | Bar Harbor, Maine | The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty 

Lastly, we find ourselves in Bar Harbor, Maine at “La Rochelle” – a captivating waterfront retreat and one of the village’s most treasured addresses. As covered in Mansion Global, the home is truly an iconic piece of Bar Harbor’s legacy.


In the early 1940s, the home belonged to Tristram and Ethel Colket; before marrying Tristram, Ethel bore the surname Dorrance as she was daughter of John Thompson Dorrance, co-founder of the Campbell Soup Company. Built in 1902, this Georgian Revival masterpiece was the village’s first brick summer cottage.


Looking out over Frenchman Bay, this sprawling home is an architectural and historic masterpiece; among its features are forty-one rooms in the 13,000 plus square-feet of living space, manicured gardens and lawn, and nearly three oceanfront acres.

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Posted on September 7, 2017

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