Central Oregon: Create Your Own Epic Western Adventure

From the pages of RESIDE®: Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World, Winter 2013 Mountain Edition

If you were to make or remake a classic American western, where would you choose to film it? Certainly you’d search for a vast, open frontier that captured not only the enormous physical space of the West but also the genre’s mythic, existential intimations. For color you’d need dry summers and snowy winters, yet neither in the extreme. And for action pieces involving your Clint Eastwood or John Wayne you’d want vivid contrasts of rolling meadows, tracts of dense wood (Ponderosa pine and juniper would work nicely), gullies cut by streams and rivers, undulating terrain, wildlife, and occasional rocky outcroppings. It would need to be, in short, a stunning and dynamic landscape.

The search for perfect land and atmosphere would lead you eventually to Central Oregon, where the climate and geographic diversity create an ideal template for Western adventure, from cattle raising to hunting, large-scale farming to equestrian breeding and training and, yes, westerns (Paint Your Wagon, Rooster Cogburn and even The Apple Dumpling Gang were shot here). For these reasons Central Oregon, anchored by the resort town of Bend, has become one of the most desirable locations for buyers pursuing a luxury ranch lifestyle.

While many may associate Oregon with hipsters, coastal rain forests and drizzle, savvy buyers in the ranch market know that the section of the state east of the Cascade Mountains is the opposite: a high, arid cowboy country of prairies, conifer forests and rich volcanic soils.

The year-round weather is the primary draw. Averaging over 4,000 feet of elevation with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, the Central Oregon region surrounding Bend and into the southeast is classified as a high desert. “The climate is incredibly mild,” says Deb Tebbs, owner of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty in Bend. “We don’t have such long winters, where there’s always two feet of snow on the ground.”

“A lot of buyers who come to Central Oregon have explored other areas and love the ease with which they can get in and out of the airport (Redmond Municipal) and the proximity to West Coast activities,” she adds. “They can fly into the airport, shop in Bend and be out at their trophy ranch in under an hour.”

Though known historically for grazing land—many of the largest properties, in fact, border public Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Reserves, exponentially expanding available cattle acreage—most of Tebbs’ new clientele aren’t seeking active ranches.

“Our typical buyers are not your typical cattle rancher of the past, per se, but rather investors,” she says. These clients tend to be affluent people from cities like San Francisco and Seattle seeking a tangible asset, a legacy property to pass to their children and grandchildren and an opportunity to diversify their portfolio through long-term real estate holdings. The region’s virtues and value are evident.

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Modern Home in Calgary, Canada | House Tour

This award winning paragon of architecture is over 4700 square feet of living quarters. Beautifully highlighted by the breathtaking atrium allowing natural light to filter into the home. The 15,000 square foot lot is one of the largest in the area and backs onto natural green space.

Calgary, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

The Ultimate Superbowl TV

Watch this Sunday’s Superbowl in style on the C Seed 201 TV. It’s the world’s largest outdoor LED TV, designed by Austria-based Porsche Design Studio, a subsidiary of the automaker. It rises 15 feet out of the ground and unfolds seven LED panels in 25 seconds. A technology sculpture, the C Seed is engineered for optimal daylight viewing.

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Approximate Retail Value $620,000

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10 Most Popular Properties of 2012

In 2012, there were over 7 million visits to sothebysrealty.com, which led us to wonder what were the most popular properties last year. Here are the 10 most viewed properties on sothebysrealty.com in 2012.

#1. Miami, Florida

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ONE Sotheby’s International Realty | Miami Beach, Florida, USA | $38,000,000 USD

Stunning modern masterpiece with uninterrupted Biscayne Bay and skyline views minutes from South Beach on the island’s most coveted residential street.

#2. Turkey 

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Turkey Sotheby’s International Realty | Rumelihisari, Turkey | $115,000,000 USD

This remarkable Mansion, located in Baltalimani, RumeliHisari was built in the second half of the 19th century by the famous French architect Alexandre Vallaury for Müsir Zeki Pasha, who was a minister during the ruling of Sultan Abdulhamit II.

#3.  St. Barth

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St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty | St. Jean, St. Barthelemy

Poised on one of the island’s highest peaks, this striking and sensual 3 bedroom property affords the ultimate in privacy and luxury, combined with sweeping views of gorgeous St. Jean Bay.

#4. Old Saybrook, Connecticut  

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William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty | Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA | $30,000,000 USD

As the former estate of Katharine Hepburn, this historic home in Connecticut  is the centerpiece of a family compound with three deeded waterfront lots, each with its own sandy beach.

#5. Cayman Islands  

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Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands| $39,995,000 USD

Without doubt Castillo Caribe is one of the finest beachfront estate homes in the world offering every luxury for modern day life with all the lifestyle options one would expect from the Cayman Islands.

#6. New York  

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Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage | New York, New York, USA | $24,500,000 USD

Phenomenal finishes abound in this 5-story penthouse in the heart of TriBeCa.

#7. New York  

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Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan | New York, New York, USA

Located in the architecturally acclaimed United Nations Plaza, this palatial 14 room New York City apartment is wrapped with floor to ceiling windows providing dazzling light and spectacular day and night views of the  New York City Skyline.

#8. France

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Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty  | Roquebrune Cap Martin, France | Price Upon Request

Constructed in 1905, the sumptuous villa Les Rochers is a private estate located on the French Riviera. Built in the Belle Époque style, there are subtle touches of Egyptian architecture, notably on the window frames and the original feature frieze which can be seen on the façade of the villa.

#9. Bahamas 


Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty  | Exuma Cays, Bahamas | $85,000,000 USD

This private island, located in the heart of the Exuma chain in the Central Bahamas offers the ultimate privacy and relaxation.

#10. Aspen, Colorado

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Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty  | Aspen, Colorado, USA | $31,900,000 USD

Located adjacent to the East Owl Creek Ranch subdivision, this 18,000 square foot Aspen estate is complete with the finest finishes, 100 year old hand hewn timbers, plaster walls, antiques and furnishings throughout.

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Hong Kong, China Real Estate | Market Spotlight

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Due to recent concerns about a property market bubble, in October 2012 the Hong Kong government came out with new policies to curb property prices. “With the new policies, both local and overseas investors are now more hesitant to buy at the moment and therefore sales transaction volumes have reduced significantly,” said Samson Law, managing director of Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty. “But in this island economy, supply and demand continues to set the tone for the market in Hong Kong. There should be no reason for the market to correct drastically given the limited supply and low interest rates environment.”

In recent months, Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty has successfully recorded four notable sales including apartment, condo and detached houses, one of which transacted at more than $17 million (USD) and another for more than $9 million. “With our aim and focus to become the leading marketer representing the most exceptional properties in Hong Kong, we are very optimistic in the growth of the company for 2013,” said Law.

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Barry Dixon Designed Home on Captiol Hill | House Tour

Impeccably designed, this 19th century Victorian property strikes a flawless balance between a designer piece of art and a comfortable yet elegant family home perfect for daily living and entertaining.

Click to watch a video tour of the home and exclusive interview with the designer, Barry Dixon.

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Located in one of the most beautiful and prestigious neighborhoods in Washington D.C., there are five bedrooms and 3 ½ baths in the main residence, and an additional kitchen, bedroom and bath in the luxurious Carriage House. The home was built in 1885 by architect Leon E. Dessez, who also designed the official residence for the vice president at the United States Naval Observatory. In 2009, the Victorian-style residence went through an exhaustive renovation under the supervision of renowned interior designer and author, Barry Dixon.

With thoughtful echoes from the past, modern fixtures and sumptuous color, the home has been widely acclaimed in shelter publications. In fact, when the living room appeared on the cover of House Beautiful in September 2011, it became the magazine’s best selling issue in 20 years.

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“I love [pink and brown] together—it’s both masculine and feminine,” said Dixon in a 2011 interview with House Beautiful. “They set each other off. The [home]owners are a young couple, and she loves pink. Kids like the color, too.”

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Though the eco-friendly, contemporary kitchen was designed for a serious chef, it is practical enough for everyday living. The open layout features an enormous center island with bar and appliances from Sub-Zero, Gaggenau, Miele and Bosch. The kitchen connects seamlessly to the family room — united by refreshing, bright colors.

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Upstairs, the master suite redefines the word “retreat” with built-in bookshelves and a large bay window. Flax curtains that Dixon selected create privacy when drawn, as they cocoon the bedroom and hide all the books. The luminescent master bathroom glows with Ralph Lauren Regent Metallic Paint in Ambassador Sterling.

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With ample space for children and guests, the home has an additional four bedrooms and a vibrant second family room with fireplace. In addition, the renovated one-bedroom carriage house is perfect for staff or guests and is charming in every way.

This very special Capitol Hill home is currently listed for sale with Richard Seaton and Claudia Donovan of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Click here to request more information.

Attracting Global Real Estate Buyers

This week Real Estate industry leaders, including many members of our global affiliate network, have gathered in New York City for the 2013 Inman News Real Estate Connect® Conference. Tomorrow, I have the privilege of participating in a panel discussion with my industry colleagues on “How to Attract Global Real Estate Buyers.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand has had a long legacy of expertly uniting buyers and sellers around the world and opening the door for those looking to find their dream home. Whether it’s connecting Canadian buyers to homes in the warmer climate of Florida or assisting Chinese buyers to find real estate investment in Seattle and New York or helping Central Asian buyers from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to find homes in Europe, our brand is uniquely positioned to connect even the farthest-reaching markets.

Through our relationship with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, our network of real estate professionals have the opportunity to attend key events such as Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2012.


Sotheby’s International Realty® representatives talked to auction goers about their global real estate interests at the Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2012.


To attract global real estate buyers, understanding and embracing their culture’s nuances is critical and the fundamental elements of communication cannot be ignored. For these reasons, we translate our website into 15 languages by native speakers. In fact, many of our real estate professionals speak more than one language.

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Broker Jessica Xu, with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, shows a Seattle home that she’s marketing to buyers in China. Xu, who speaks English and Mandarin, had the home’s feng shui reviewed to make sure it would be attractive to Chinese buyers.


When selling real estate worldwide, it is imperative to deliver a consistent customer experience no matter where in the world. The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is committed to providing a consistent service platform globally. In 2012, we expanded our management team in Asia in order to maximize the support we offer our network of affiliates in the region as we continue to expand our footprint there. Quality service is a true differentiation in today’s crowded marketplace, and may very well be the most important key to attracting global buyers.

Japan Sotheby's International Realty

Japan Sotheby’s International Realty


I invite you to follow along with tomorrow’s discussion about global buyers, as it is live Tweeted from our @sothebysrealty Twitter account, starting at 9:20am EST.

Living in the World’s Top Cities for Music

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Stephanie Lloyd, Director of Marketing at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty in Nashville, Tennessee.

A song can have a powerful impact – it lingers in the mind, it adds bounce to steps, it sets the tone. Influential music is often created by people who have dynamic, interesting lifestyles. Inspiration can come from bold architecture or comforting, idyllic landscapes or stark surroundings.

Just as there are many genres of music, there are many cities that play host to the musicians who are continuing tradition or who are on the edge of a powerful new sound. Here is a list of the top 10 cities for music from around the world.

Nashville, Tennessee, USA — While best known for country music, Nashville’s nickname as “The Music City” means it’s home to dozens of musicians in all genres. They come to Nashville to find, reclaim, or continue their careers. Nashville’s size is approachable with less than 750,000 residents, and is known for its picturesque scenery.

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7380 Cumberland Drive, Fairview, Tennessee, USA | The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Tokyo, Japan — With clubs that hold thousands, Tokyo’s dance scene is driven by internationally renowned DJs who deliver the hippest, sexiest and most energizing music the world can fathom. Tokyo’s pop and dance culture, combined with its around-the-clock lifestyle ensure residents of a trend setting experience.

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Moto-Azabu Hills Penthouse, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan | Japan Sotheby’s International Realty

Los Angeles, California, USA — Without a doubt, Los Angeles has an unparalleled history of recording music. From Indie to classic rock, LA’s recording studios are infamous. Known as “The City of Dreams,” people from around the globe flock to LA to live the Hollywood lifestyle and hobnob with famous actors, musicians, and athletes.

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Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

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