Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Expands Into Romania

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Artmark Historical Estate in Romania is the newest member of its global network and will now operate as Romania Sotheby’s International Realty. This addition marks the brand’s first affiliated office in the country and its continued strategic growth in Europe. 

Romania Sotheby’s International Realty is owned and operated by Constantin Prisecaru, who has practiced real estate in Romania for seven years. Monica Barbu is the chief executive officer for the company and brings more than 20 years of real estate industry experience in the region. Romania Sotheby’s International Realty will serve the luxury and residential markets of Bucharest and the surrounding region. 

“The modern real estate market in Romania continues to develop and flourish,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are seeing increased demand in Bucharest and its surrounding areas and the luxury market continues to expand as interest grows for holiday and weekend homes at the seaside or in the mountains. Constantin and his team have a passion for and strong grasp on the Romanian market, and we are proud to welcome them as an affiliate.” 

“Joining forces with Sotheby’s International Realty enables us to provide an added level of international exposure to our clients and listings,” said Prisecaru. “Our company culture is built on professionalism, heritage, and excellence. It was important that we aligned ourselves with a brand that values these same principles and one that actively works to highlight a property in its best light, bringing attention to landmarks, heritage, history, and architecture.” 

Romania Sotheby’s International Realty is located in Bucharest with six sales associates. The company and its sales associates are actively involved in promoting Romanian heritage and continue to work to bring attention to historical buildings throughout the country including palaces, castles, manors, and century-old villas. 

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in 1,000 offices in 72 countries and territories worldwide. In 2019, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $114 billion USD. Romania Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will 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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Posted on July 16, 2020 by 

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6 Museums You Can Tour from the Comfort of Your Own Home This Weekend

While staying at home and practicing safe social distancing are the best courses of action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on cultural landmarks around the world. Thanks to the Google Arts & Culture Project, from New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, to Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, here are 6 museums you can tour right now from home.

MoMA, New York

The first museum founded to showcase modern art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York has been doing just that for more than 90 years. From Picasso to Van Gogh, the MoMA is home to incredible pieces of history from the world of contemporary art.

Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City

Tour La Casa Azul, the former home of world-renowned artist Frida Kahlo – and current home to the museum honoring her life and legacy. Visible here are not only works from Kahlo, but also numerous personal belongings including her clothing and a body cast she famously painted while ill.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

On display at the Musée d’Orsay, you’ll discover famous works from French artists who lived and worked between 1848 and 1914. Paintings by Monet, Gauguin, and Cézanne – among others – are featured on this Parisienne art tour.

La Galleria Nazionale, Rome

With just about 500 of its approximately 20,000 artworks digitized for this virtual tour, La Galleria Nazionale in Rome features everything from antiquities to seminal pieces representing the Futurist and Surrealist art movements.

Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe

Honoring one of America’s preeminent artists, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum settled in the same New Mexican desert she once called home. It is dedicated to enriching visitors in the incredible legacy left by the late artist with its collection of her paintings; of which 30 can be viewed online.

Rijks Museum, Amsterdam

One of the more thoroughly digitized experiences is Rijks Museum in Amsterdam. With over 145,000 works available to view virtually, enjoy incredible works from artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Verspronck, to name a few.

Looking for more? Travel + Leisure offer more digital tours of incredible art museums

Posted on March 27, 2020

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Fit for a Pop Star | The Former Home of *NSYNC Singer Joey Fatone is Back on the Market

Since arriving on the scene as a member of 90s pop group *NSYNC, Joey Fatone has left his mark on popular culture. He’s appeared in the Hollywood hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, competed as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, and opened a signature hot dog shop. Now his former Florida home, which he sold for $3.3 million in 2011, is once again on the market.

The 12,370-square-foot home sits on 4.36 acres in Orlando, Florida. Complete with a resort-style pool, lighted tennis court, and six-car garage with turntable, the estate is fit for pop royalty—or for those looking to live like a star.

Elevated Grounds

Orlando, Florida | Suzi KarrPremier Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in 1999, the estate was custom-designed to accommodate the luxe tastes of Fatone and his wife. The home and grounds, which are privately gated, still retain this sense of grandeur and exclusivity: the expertly landscaped grounds, complete with Florida’s iconic palm trees, lead the way to numerous fitness and leisure amenities, including a full-size lighted tennis and basketball court and a guesthouse currently furnished as a workout center. Entertaining is par for the course here, where the million-dollar resort-style pool wraps around a grotto-style lounge and bar. The grounds also feature a private boat dock with access to the Butler Chain of Lakes.

Made to Entertain

The interiors of the home are as grand and entertainment-ready as its grounds, and fine details like the wood-paneled walls, curved entryway staircase, and sparkling chandeliers hint to the property’s lasting appeal. A formal dining room complements the ornate kitchen, where a large center island makes a space ideal for the home cook, while hardwood floors and crown moldings give the home a sense of history. A billiards room with wet bar is the perfect space for welcoming guests, and the in-home theater is outfitted to celebrity standards.

A Bespoke Retreat

More than its starry pedigree, this estate is a feat of luxurious design in its own right. The five-bedroom home features classic interiors, with a fireplaces taking center stage in the main living area and office. In the living room, French doors open out to a patio and the verdant gardens beyond, while in the master bedroom, a coffered ceiling and wrought iron chandeliers lend warmth and gravitas to the space. The room features a 700-foot walk-in closet, and the master bathroom offers a Grecian-inspired soaking tub, sauna, and steam room.

Absolutely no detail has been overlooked at this enchanting, once-in-a-lifetime estate. Fatone’s former life as a boy band heartthrob garnered him fame worldwide, and now the pop star’s legacy carries on with this exceptional home.

Find your own place among the stars from among these elegant estate listings.

Posted on December 17, 2019

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The Ruggiero Group Joins KLSIR

A Legend in the Field

We are pleased to announce Cynthia Ruggiero of The Ruggiero Group has joined us at our Mendham location. With over 30 years of experience as a Realtor in western Morris County, Cindy understands how to merge a client’s style of living with the perfect home.

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Cynthia Field Ruggiero

Clients trust Cindy to have helped her earned the Platinum level for the New Jersey Association of Realtors’ Circle of Excellence since 2014. With over $25 million in sales and over 60 units closed annually, REAL Trends has included Cindy and her group among their list of America’s Best Real Estate Professionals.

Recognized as a Five Star New Jersey Agent for nine consecutive years, Cindy has put together a team of professionals to provide top-level customer service for buyers and sellers alike. Led by Cindy, The Ruggiero Group includes: Alena Field, Kim Harwanko, and Peter Ruggiero.

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Alena Field & Kim Harwanko

Alena Field is a licensed real estate agent who provides support to Cindy in the office and out in the field. Alena also provides website support and social media marketing.

Kim Harwanko is a licensed real estate agent who brings a lifetime of local living and a strong background in marketing. Her deep roots in Morris and Somerset counties off an intimate knowledge of the area.

A 38-year resident of Long Valley, Cindy has volunteered as an elected West Morris Regional High School Board of Education member for eight years, coached girls traveling soccer and Morris County select soccer, as well as working with “Turning the Town Teal” for ovarian cancer awareness.

We invite you to contact The Ruggiero Group at 908.399.3408 or to learn more about how our real estate professionals are the proven leaders in representing distinctive homes.

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Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Enters Oklahoma City

Credit: Oklahoma City Convention & Visitor’s Bureau 

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Sage Realty Partners in Oklahoma is the newest member of its global network and will now operate as Sage Sotheby’s International Realty. This addition marks the brand’s first affiliated office in the state and the brand’s continued growth in south central U.S. The announcement follows the brand’s recent introduction of Portfolio Sotheby’s International Realty in Arkansas, and Bash & Co Sotheby’s International Realty in Kansas.

Owned and operated by Chris Allen and Rob Allen, the firm will serve the luxury residential real estate market in Oklahoma City and its surrounding areas, including Nichols Hills and Edmond.

“The historic and urban core of Oklahoma City and its surrounding areas are what makes this market prime for growth,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty. “Chris and Rob have established a successful company that has set an industry standard for the past two years, and we are delighted to have Sage Sotheby’s International Realty part of the brand’s global network and represent the brand in Oklahoma.”

“Our mission has always been to create a company of professionals that set the standard in the industry, and our affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty®brand will further enable us to meet this goal,” said Rob Allen. “We support collaboration over competition, and intentionally work towards betterment every day while putting our clients’ interests first. We believe everyone deserves million-dollar service and the value of the Sotheby’s International Realtybrand’s immense global network and robust marketing resources will allow us to take our service to the next level.”

Sage Sotheby’s International Realty is located in Nichols Hills with 30 sales associates. It is the first Sotheby’s International Realty affiliatedcompany in the state of Oklahoma. The company and its agents also give back to its local community and are passionate about supporting a variety of causes, including veteran initiatives, particularly those dedicated to mental health.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in nearly 1,000 offices in 71 countries and territories worldwide. In 2018, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $112 billion USD. Sage Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will 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.

Posted on September 5, 2019

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Modernize Your Historic Home With Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty℠

Updating a historic home can be a lot like playing professional cards; the stakes are high and the outcome is uncertain. Even the most cautious mover can damage custom wainscoting or dent the parquet flooring. The stress of attempting to bring current furniture into a traditional home can be intimidating, and reason enough to fold.

Charlottesville, Virginia | Ann Hay HardyFrank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty 

Thankfully, there are a number of ways to simplify your next contemporary redesign. Here, we’ve reenvisioned—both practically and digitally—the stately rooms of Gallison Hall, whose historic lines leave room for tasteful present-day updates.

Futuristic Solutions to Current Challenges

There are few things more disheartening than realizing a purchase doesn’t suit a room or a furnishing doesn’t fit in an intended corner. Depending on the home and the vision, picturing future furniture in an existing space can be a challenging task.

For this design hurdle, there is Curate by Sotheby’s International RealtySM, an immersive augmented reality app available for download on the iOS App Store and Google Play. The first virtual staging AR app from a real estate brand, Curate allows users to preview furniture using their smartphone. When it comes to revamping a traditional space, the possibilities are now at your fingertips.

Make the Most of Shapes

Virtually Staged with Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty 

Take this room in Gallison Hall as an example. Like most historic homes, this landmark property in Charlottesville, Virginia offers beautiful features that make a statement all on their own: crown moldings, herringbone hardwood floors, and ornate fireplaces abound. However, these distinct styles can be challenging when it comes to making contemporary pieces work within a traditional space.

Virtually Staged with Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty 

In this instance, a tool like Curate allows you to outfit the room with modern furnishings to envision what works, and what won’t. Here, virtual furnishings—the round forms in a contemporary lamp, coffee table, and two accent tables—contrast with the linear details of the floors and recessed wainscoting, while echoing the curved lines of the mantelpiece. This creates visual interest while honoring the room’s heritage.

Take Advantage of Contrasting Colors

Adding furniture in tones that contrast the hues of a historic house is a great way to complement—rather than compete with—the home’s foundations. 

The crisp, creamy whites of the contemporary sofa and wingback chairs in this professionally-staged room create a striking contrast with the home’s rich mahogany walls. Moody blue ikat and a hide rug keep the space feeling eclectic and unexpected.

Alternatively, invert the contrast by keeping walls neutral and dialling up the drama with vibrant pops of color, like the cerulean accent chairs and emerald coffee table in this living room. The variety of furniture options in Curate makes it possible to preview a range of different colors in a space, allowing you to contemplate a shade without having to do any heavy lifting.

Embrace Transformational Textures

If you’re still uncertain about incorporating contemporary fixtures into a historic home, layering in texture is both an easy and noncommittal place to start. It can transform an otherwise average room into a layered, multidimensional space.

Introducing contemporary rugs, like these shag or jute pieces, can help warm up traditional spaces, while at the same time adding contrast and visual interest.

Not sure about the weave of a modern throw or the pile of a shag carpet in a traditional space? Pre-test textures virtually. While the potential of AR is still only just being tapped, its ability to assist in projecting concepts and testing ideas is already at hand. Here, a woolen throw and geometric carpet bring a cool modernism to a warm spare bedroom in Gallison Hall. Dislike your handiwork? It’s gone with the click of a button. Give yourself an additional vision board and get creative without incurring the cost of the wrong upholstery or color choice.

Virtually Staged with Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty 

Not all design projects are created equal: the stakes can be significantly higher when it comes to updating a one-of-a-kind historic home. Armed with a few key tips (and the power of augmented reality), you’ll be more than ready to tackle a redesign the next time inspiration strikes.

Looking for more interior design tips? Try out these modern colors as you embrace both the future and the past.

Posted on April 2, 2019

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RESIDE | Alysia Reiner’s 4 Favorite Things at Home

Walk through actress Alysia Reiner’s home and you’ll know that each and every curated item is loved

The 1909-era brownstone Alysia Reiner shares with her husband, actor David Alan Basche, and daughter, Livia, 9, was once a neglected shell of a building. But in 2006, the couple took a chance on the space, rebuilt it, and returned it to its original dignity.

Reiner—who is filming season three of Better Things, season six of Orange Is the New Black, and stars in and produced the movie Egg, which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festivalthis spring—walked us through the home, sharing her favorite things in it.

Robert Rauschenberg Painting

“I’m so not a ‘stuff ’ person,” says Reiner. “But David kept asking what I would like, and I said, ‘OK, someday I’d like to own
a Rauschenberg’ since he’s my favorite artist. So, for our anniversary this year, he blew my mind.”

Homemade Vodka

“I steep peppers, ginger, or lemons in vodka. The pepper vodka can get very spicy, which I love, depending on the pepper you use and how long you steep it. I love making a jalapeño infusion or a pepper martini.”

Necklace Tree

“Liv and David made this for me for Mother’s Day, and it truly is my favorite thing. Liv knows how to use a circular saw and did half of the cutting of the spalted maple base, a piece of which was in our cellar.”


“A dear friend has a store called The Monkey & The Rat, and I said, ‘Would you please find us a beautiful blessed Buddha with a story behind it?’ Our friend found this Begging Bowl Buddha in Tibet.”

Posted on June 13, 2018

Photography by Deidre Schoo

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3D Home Printing For The Developing World

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Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty has proudly been working with a wonderful charity, New Story, who builds homes in specific areas of the developing world. We are currently fundraising to build a home in Mexico.

They have worked with our partner, ICON, to build a 3D printer specifically for the developing world and have successfully printed the first home. In El Salvador for the first community, this innovation will mean:

● $4,000 for one home

 12-24 hours to print the home

● Better quality for families

One billion people live without a basic human need: shelter. Linear improvements will never reach this market. We need a quantum leap in affordability, speed, and quality to reach families exponentially faster.

3d printer

The World’s First 3D Printed Community. Help Build It.

● Seeking $600k funding for the next phase of R&D by April 13th
● Seeking $400k of pre-funding the first community of 100 printed homes (for families in need) ever to exist by May 31st

Our goal is to print homes in El Salvador in 2018 and finish the community of homes in 2019. Then democratize the technology to other non-profits and governments to scale around the world.

  • Meet The Family: You get to see the exact family your donation is building a home for.
  • Local Involvement: We don’t know it all. Partnering with locals allows us to make the best decisions for home recipients.
  • Video Proof: We’ll share with you as the family you helped moves into their new home.


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New Development Spotlight | The 118 in Dubai

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.

At The 118 in Dubai, opulence will surround and guide you every step of the way. The stage is set for an extraordinary experience in the reception foyer, where a specially-commissioned suspended glass sculpture welcomes you. The fluid lines and abstract forms of the two-story high piece are accentuated by warm lighting, while the marble corridors lead to state-of-the-art elevators. A novel interpretation of design that artfully blends space and light, each residence is created with bespoke elements that cater to the distinct sensibilities of each resident. Individuals can choose either classic or contemporary themes, both of which are stylish in design and impeccable in finish.

These large, indulgent spaces are designed to accommodate four bedrooms, but can be transformed into two or three-bedroom residences based upon personal preferences.  The Classic Residences are designed to be private havens away from the world, offering the perfect balance of technology and tasteful luxury. Punctuated by meticulous details including high-quality Italian marble through the length and breadth of the home, soft fluid designs and a warm color palette, these residences evoke a distinct sense of warmth and comfort.

Massive landscape windows frame the rooms, providing exceptional views of the city below while bathing the interiors in an abundance of natural light. Trackless panes lead out to sky terraces in a seamless ‘indoor to outdoor’ transition, completing the experience of true luxury.

The kitchens within the Classic Residences feature themed design by SieMatic, combining elegant minimalism with optimum functionality. Superior cabinetry, appliances by Miele and innovative spatial aesthetics seamlessly combine to create luxury kitchens of the future.

Created to complement the modern sensibilities of today’s discerning elite, the Contemporary Residences are large indulgent spaces that transform to elevate lifestyles. Magnificent marble floors in the living room lead to soft, warm parquet finishes in the bedrooms, punctuated by innovative lighting design. The high ceilings create an unmitigated sense of freedom, while the trackless French windows that open out to the sky terrace craft a unified indoor and outdoor experience. The kitchens within the Contemporary Residences have been designed as areas where both amateur and accomplished chefs can thrive.

Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Ian Liborwich for more information

From the slopes of the Western United States, to shores of the Mediterranean, experience captivating New Developments from the Sotheby’s International Realty network

Posted on February 22, 2018

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Sotheby’s | Inside the Wine Collections of Great Connoisseurs

Drawing from some of the best cellars known to Sotheby’s, the collections featured in Finest & Rarest Wines (24 February, New York) include wines from the most sought-after domains in Burgundy, the top chateaux in Bordeaux and beyond. Selections such as La Tâche DRC 1995, Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 and Petrus 1993 highlight the unparalleled study and passion of true wine connoisseurs. Read on to learn more about the remarkable private collections, along with their greatest treasures, in the upcoming sale.

Lot 38. La Tâche Drc 1985 (2 Bottles). Estimate $6,500–9,500Lot 41. Romanée Conti Drc 1985 (2 Bottles). Estimate $17,000–26,000. Lot 36. La Tâche Drc 1990 (3 Bottles). Estimate $9,000–12,000.

Legends from the Cellar of a Long-Time Oenophile

This fabulous selection from a West Coast Collector and aficionado, whose passion for wine was born during a trip to France many years ago, begins with over thirty bottles and fifteen lots from iconic DRC. Highlights include two bottles of 1985 Grands Echezeaux, four vintages of Richebourg and two bottles of the mythical 1985 Romanée Conti. In addition, rarely does one ever see an astonishing eight vintages of La Tâche, including multiple bottles from the legendary 1985, 1990, 1993 and 1996 vintages. An impressive selection of Bordeaux follows with all of the First Growths present including full cases of 1990 Lafite and Margaux, 2000 Haut Brion, Mouton Rothschild and Latour amongst many others. Finally, not to be overshadowed are individual bottles of the immortal 1929 Y’quem.

From Wine Cellars and Europe’s Wine Region, to a master of wine’s experience in California Wine Country, LIVE Vintage on the Extraordinary Living blog

Almost all of these wines were bought on release and stored meticulously by the original owner in a private, purpose-built temperature controlled cellar. The wines, part of a much larger collection, were inspected on site and shipped to Sotheby’s warehouse via temperature-controlled truck.

Lot 331. Vega Sicilia Unico 1970 (10 Bottles). Estimate $5,500–8,000Lot 330. Vega Sicilia Unico 1979 (3 Bottles). Estimate $900–1,200. Lot 328. Vega Sicilia Unico 1987 (2 Bottles). Estimate $500–700. Lot 327. Vega Sicilia Unico 1989 (3 Bottles). Estimate $750–1,100.

Pristine Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne from a Manhattan Collector

From the moment this gentleman, a long-time Sotheby’s client in New York City, began amassing a cellar, provenance and pristine conditions have been the hallmark of the collection. The vast majority of this collection was purchased on release, with the balance sourced from the most reputable of retailers and auction houses. These impeccably sourced wines were removed from temperature-controlled professional storage and purpose-built home cellars for transfer to Sotheby’s warehouse.

We begin in Bordeaux, with a focus on the outstanding 2000 and 2005 vintages. Cos d’Estournel, Grand Puy Lacoste, Léoville Las Cases and Lynch Bages all appear in original wood, alongside a full case of Mouton Rothschild 1998. Continuing on to Burgundy, twelve bottles each of La Tâche 1998 and 1995 are followed by a truly impressive parade of large formats: La Romanée Liger-Belair 2003 in jeroboam, and magnums of Clos de la Roche Dujac 1993, Musigny J.-F. Mugnier 1999 and Bonnes Mares G. Roumier 2005. An incredibly rare full dozen bottles of Musigny Joseph Drouhin 1996 in original carton, plus Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1996 and Pol Roger Cuvée Winston Churchill 1988 in jeroboam, rounds out this spectacular offering of blue chip rarities.

Lot 249. Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 (6 Magnums). Estimate $2,200–3,200Lot 248. Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1991 (12 Bottles). Estimate $1,800–2,600.

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Posted on February 12, 2018

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