Happy Halloween 2017

Happy-Halloween

Whether it’s a spine-tingling tale, donning fantastical guises with family and friends, or attending a parade, Halloween is celebrated in different ways around the globe. While its origins are contested, its undeniable that this spooky and celebratory holiday has taken the world by storm; carve up a pumpkin, turn down the lights, and enjoy five homes from New York City to Mexico City that are near world-famous Halloween celebrations.

New York$3,200,000 USD | Greenwich Village, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

This year marks the 44th annual Halloween parade through New York’s Greenwich Village. This residence, perched high atop 136 Waverly Place, is situated in the heart of the parade’s route. Featuring dancers, floats, special guests, and hundreds of costumed participants and spectators, it is truly a sight to be seen and something to experience; the parade is one of the most famous ways to celebrate and enjoy Halloween.

London£2,095,000 | London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

This two-bedroom home in London’s Iverna Court is situated on a prime Kensington square in close proximity to High Street Kensington Underground station and a short trip to one of the world’s most popular Halloween attractions. London Dungeon has been frightening audiences since 1976. The Dungeon offers 14 shows and three rides, delivering a truly terrifying selection of experiences for those who dare to enter.

Toronto7 988 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Originally built in 1915, this one-of-a-kind residence in Toronto shares its home with Halloweek and the After Dark Film Festival. A weeklong celebration of costuming, ghoulish dining tours, and Jack-O’-Lantern carving contests, and a celebration of horror, sci-fi, and thriller films from around the world respectively, whether it’s in a theater or enjoying the atmosphere outdoors, Toronto is a city that gets into the Halloween spirit.

Mexico$3,750,000 USD | Mexico City, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in the heart of Mexico City, this modern masterpiece is poised to enjoy Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead;” this is how Halloween is celebrated in Mexico. More than 300,000 people are expected to attend the holiday’s events today for Mexico City’s parade – clad in sugar skull makeup, participants honor and celebrate the lost lives of family and friends.

Salem$369,000 USD | Salem, Massachusetts | By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty

This open-concept penthouse loft takes us to Salem, Massachusetts – home of the annual Salem Witch’s Ball. The small New England town is known for the historic Salem Witch Trials and themes its yearly Halloween celebrations around its past; the ball includes live performances and costume contests among its activities.

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Posted on October 31, 2017

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Penthouse Living | The High Life

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Gregg Lynn jokingly calls himself the penthouse whisperer.  But as the man behind a $28 million condominium sale that set a record in San Francisco, California, the moniker may be truer than it is funny for the Sotheby’s International Realty agent. It’s also a sign of the niche market’s strength and just how high buyers will go to nab sky high residences.

Penthouses are a floor apart and a world away. Buyers covet them. There are even magazines devoted to them. They’re more than the floor of a building. They represent a “tectonic shift of how people live luxuriously,” says Lynn. Layouts are typically more sprawling, finishes are more lavish and the views are as good as they get.

imagereader.aspx-15$3,500,000 USD | San Francisco, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

It wasn’t always this way. A century ago top-floor units were cramped quarters with low ceilings usually designated for servants. These days, however, Lynn says, “the number one benefit on being on the penthouse level is higher ceilings.” They’re about a foot and half higher than those of standard units. In penthouses with floor-to-ceiling windows, the effect of those bonus 18 inches is all the more extraordinary.

The size of the penthouse, the pedigree of the building and the landmarks within its view dictate price. A rooftop residence that looks out onto the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia or Alcatraz Island in San Francisco is guaranteed to turn heads and boost prices.

imagereader.aspx-16$2,795,000 USD | San Francisco, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Oversized penthouses are also an attractive option for empty nesters coming out of large private residences, according to Mary Lin of Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty. Sellers are “getting record prices” for their homes and opting for a low maintenance “lock up-and-go lifestyle,” she says. Sydney’s “uberluxe” market is not limited to affluent Australians. The city is making a showing alongside real estate powerhouses like LondonNew YorkHong Kongwith the “prestige” market buoyed by international buyers looking to purchase in Sydney’s blue chip developments.

imagereader.aspx-17Price Upon Request | Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty 

For some buyers, investing in such exclusive residences is part of a long-term wealth management strategy.

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Penthouses represent a specific market niche. Rarity sells. Their limited availability and one-of-a-kind layouts are the reason these trophy assets have fetched newsworthy prices. In the arms race of ultra luxury condominiums, where amenities include wine rooms, private roof decks, libraries and more, penthouses have topped the nine-figure mark.

imagereader.aspx-18Price Upon Request | Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Along with the cache of perks is the cachet that goes along with a residence in the clouds. Just pressing the PH elevator button—no unit number required—has the subtle but powerful impact of pulling out a Black Card from one’s wallet.

Penthouse buyers are a demographic unto themselves. Fifty percent would never consider living on a floor other than the top level, says Lynn. “They only want to live on the best blocks in the best buildings and have the best units in those buildings.”

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Posted on October 9, 2017

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Virtual Reality Tour of the Month: Bright Timeless Estate in Wellesley, Massachusetts

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Explore homes from around the world from the comfort of yours with our virtual reality tour of the month.

$4,395,000 USD | Wellesley, Massachusetts | Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
This exquisite, light-filled five-bed, five-and-one-half-bath home is sited on a rare three-acre plot. Meticulously designed to blend the home’s elegance with its natural setting, the residence features a Chef’s kitchen with a dining area, Rocky Mountain alderwood cabinetry and a Pennsylvania River Rock fireplace. Additional features include an expansive lower level gym, rec room, au-pair suite, and expansive meadow views.

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