Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Texas

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that one of its affiliates in Texas, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, has acquired Amelia Bullock Realtors in Austin, expanding the brand’s presence in the state.  Amelia Bullock Realtors’ two locations in Austin now will operate as Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.

Harry J. Kuper is broker/owner of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, which now has eight total offices in Texas with this addition: three in San Antonio, one in Boerne and four in Austin.

“Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty has earned a reputation for quality service,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Amelia Bullock is a family-owned business like Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty and has been operating for 45 years.  Together, I believe that the combination of these two outstanding firms will make an even greater impact in the Austin market.  We are proud to now have a total of 22 Sotheby’s International Realty offices in Texas.”

According to J. Kuper, principal broker and owner, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, the firm’s expansion under the Sotheby’s International Realty brand helps solidify their position as a market leader.  “As Austin becomes an even greater international city, the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand has become that much more critical,” he said.  “We see extraordinary value in this brand and the tools and resources it provides.  We proudly welcome Amelia Bullock Realtors’ associates to our organization and their longstanding reputation for excellence.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide.  Kuper 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, the firm’s brokers and 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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Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Over the years, the history of architecture has revealed many different styles of structural design. During the 20th century, modern architecture took center stage, later to be recognized as a significant design movement. Built from 1945 to the 1980’s, mid-century modern homes are characterized by simplicity, open design concepts, and extensive use of glass, meant to create an uninterrupted connection with nature. Defined by their attention to detail, artistic touches and incorporation of harmony with nature, Ulrich Franzen, Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra became known as some of the most important modernist architects. Explore five luxury mid-century modern homes currently on the market, designed or inspired by the styles of these three renowned architects.

Ulrich Franzen The Dana House_CT$5,500,000 USD | New Canaan, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in 1963 on former farmland in the midst of an apple orchard, the Dana House, designed by Ulrich Franzen, was unique in design in contrast to the glass rectangles created by many prominent mid-century architects. This brick ‘pavilion house’ set on nine acres of expansive lawns, meadows, orchards and woods, is over 5,500 square feet of modern mid-century design and on the market for the first time. This tranquil oasis offers the best of both worlds with its proximity to the heart of New Canaan, CT, one of Fairfield County’s most desirable locations. The home has five bedrooms, four full and one half baths, multiple decks, and acres of privacy. Multiple walls of glass, offer uninhibited views of the lush outdoor landscape. The property is protected by the New Canaan Nature Center in the rear and the New Canaan Land Trust on one side.

Frank Lloyd Wright_Houston$3,195,000 USD | Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty—Memorial Brokerage

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own the only Frank Lloyd Wright home in Houston (Bunker Hill Village). Originally designed in 1954, built in 1955 and expanded by the current owner, this home is truly an artistic masterpiece. Art aficionados will appreciate the multiple gallery walls throughout this striking residence. Situated on a gated, approx. 51,727 square foot lot at the end of a lane, this residence is ideal for grand entertaining and casual living. The galleries create a master wing, children’s wing and gracious living areas. High ceilings in the expanded portion of the home allow for ample natural light while the overhangs in the original portion create an intimate feeling. The entire home is built from concrete block, wood and glass around the pool and patio.

Frank Lloyd Wright_Victoria Canada819 000 $ CAD | Victoria, Canada | Canada Sotheby’s International Realty

Lush green space surrounds this exceptionally tranquil west coast home. The epitome of privacy is captured in the contemporary hideaway. A Frank Lloyd Wright design, this home allows for the outdoor luxury to permeate into the indoor residence, skylights illuminate this three bedroom home. The main floor is continuous with its open concept, no component is without natural flow. Relaxation awaits in the master suite on the main level, enjoy the spa inspired en suite with a unique circular tub and rain shower spout overhead. Unique handcrafted lighting adds a special touch throughout the home.

Richard Neutra_ La Crescenta CA$7,900,000 USD | La Crescenta, California | Sotheby’s International Realty—Beverly Hills Brokerage

The Dorothy Serulnic Residence built in 1953 by Richard Neutra, features glass walls allowing for spectacular mountain and city skyline views.  The home has a Bear Valley stone fireplace, a classic Neutra built-in sofa and cabinet and public rooms that are open and welcoming. There is built-in furniture throughout and even vanities, desk top reveals and a sliding Neutra kitchen table. Totally indoor/outdoor, this is Neutra at his best.

Richard Neutra_Bryn Athyn PA 2$5,400,000 USD | Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Richard Neutra’s Pitcairn House, a very private, hidden masterpiece, is the quintessential house in the woods. Marvelous design, comfortable living surrounded by acres of wildlife and nature, yet close to metropolitan areas. A long driveway leads toward the top of a ravine overlooking the Pennypack Creek and groves of oak, beech, maple and poplar to the site chosen by Neutra in 1959. The superbly designed and maintained 6,303 square foot house completed in 1962 is set on 10.1 conserved acres in turn surrounded by the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, an 812-acre nature conservancy. Neutra signature designs are found throughout, such as floor-to-ceiling windows, connecting the indoors with nature outside.

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Calling All Car Collector’s | Luxury Garages

The Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Lifestyle Report found that the top desired luxury amenity in the U.S. was a multi-car collector’s garage. We’re featuring four magnificent U.S. homes that wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate garage to showcase their enviable car collections… and more.

Georgia_Garage

$17,500,000 USD | Gainesville, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

This absolutely breathtaking custom country estate is nestled on 446 picturesque acres. The unparalleled setting offers stunning river views, rolling pastures, natural waterfalls and unbelievable landscaping. The main house is meticulously designed and executed with the finest materials, including 100 year-old reclaimed wood beams, wide planked floors, mahogany moldings and Baccarat chandeliers. Amenities include billiards, movie theater, climate controlled stables and a collector’s garage featuring Western saloon.

Dallas_Garage

$19,999,000 USD | Dallas, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

This exquisite 5 bedroom Tuscan estate by Richard Drummond Davis, is situated on four acres of perfectly manicured grounds that includes a grand entry motor court, guest house, koi ponds, a stream and large swimming pool area with fountains and large loggias along the entire back of the home. The home also features amenities including a large chef’s kitchen, his and her studies, game room, exercise room, a wine room and a 10 car garage that is heated and air conditioned, doubling as a man cave room.

Utah_Garage

$34,000,000 USD | Park City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Tucked away among the tall pines nestled on a mountainside comprised of 60 acres is one of the most unique private estates in all of Utah. This crown jewel of Upper Deer Valley is 22,000 square feet and the residence is constructed of reclaimed logs from the Yellowstone Park area. This home comes elegantly furnished with 12 bedrooms, 2 bunk bedrooms,16 bathrooms, large great rooms, a dining room that seats 20, indoor pool, fitness center, library, children’s playrooms, 6 and 22 car garages, and more.

California_Garage

$21,800,000 USD | Newport Coast, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

Savor boundless ocean vistas from this European masterwork in the distinguished sanctuary of Crystal Cove offering picturesque ocean, Catalina, Newport Harbor and coastline views. Resort-inspired grounds lend way to outdoor covered loggias with fireplaces, pool and spa. Inside this refined estate, discover six bedroom suites; two offices; a world-class gourmet kitchen with separate catering kitchen; billiard room; fitness room with sauna and steam shower; beauty salon and massage room, 18-person home theater designed by Audio Visions; Savant home automation system; wine cellar; elevator; and 9-car clear span subterranean garage.

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Extraordinary French Country Estate in Austin, Texas | Luxury House Tour

Located idyllically in the golf and country club community of Barton Creek in the Hill Country, yet only minutes to downtown. This elegant house welcomes guests in stunning generous reception and living areas. An exquisite home for the art and wine enthusiast. Magnificent for large entertaining, yet also perfect for intimate family gatherings.

 $3,750,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty

7 World Class Equestrian Estates

This Saturday the 140th Kentucky Derby will be held at Churchill Downs, the infamous thoroughbred racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. As the first leg of the US Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, the event is as much known for its fashion as it is for the horse racing.

In honor of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, explore our collection of world class equestrian estates from around the globe.

Luxury Equestrian Property | Aledo, Texas

$15,900,000 USD | Aledo, Texas | William Trew Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the finest equestrian experiences in the world, this award-winning luxury horse property is truly unique. The versatile design is easily adaptable for any horse discipline.

World Class Equestrian Facility | Simi Valley, California

$39,500,000 USD | Simi Valley, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

Located just thirty minutes outside Los Angeles, Hummingbird Nest Ranch is a world-class equestrian center specializing in the Hunter / Jumper style of horse riding. The 123 acre property includes a Grand Prix arena, rubber and sand mixed ring, derby grass arena, sixty stalls, three barns and a FAA-licensed helipad. The Ranch also includes a 17,000 square foot Spanish-style mansion which is perched atop a mountain and provides the most spectacular views of the verdant riding fields.

Luxury Horse Farm | Saxony, Germany

Price Upon Request | Saxony, Germany | NRW Immobilien Sotheby’s International Realty

“Gestuet Famos” is one ultramodern stud farm in Germany, built in 2002 on the premise of combining breeding and sport in the best possible manner. The building includes spacious stables, a brightly lit indoor arena and an exercising machine on the park-like property with large outdoor rings, paddocks and pastures.

Luxury Equestrian Estate | Cornwall, Connecticut

$17,500,000 USD | Cornwall, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Pinnacle Farm is a magnificent property that encompasses approximately 140 acres of pastures and hillsides which include a state-of-the-art equestrian facility and a stately residential estate. This country farm in Cornwall, Connecticut, nestled in a private valley, has been home to some of the finest Friesian horses in the world, and includes a veterinarian lab complete with x-ray facility, Belebro Training Mill, over fifty stalls by Loddon of England, a drive-in basement and a Farrier shop.

Equestrian Ranch | Celina, Texas

$15,000,000 USD | Celina, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

This incredible Texas ranch sits on 314 acres with over 15,000 square feet of main living space, 7 car garage, heated pool, spa, wine cellar; 3 stock ponds, two arenas, mare motel and stall & equipment barns.

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$16,000,000 USD | Lyford Cay, Bahamas | Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated in the exclusive gated community of Lyford Cay are Moon Stone Stables, a beautifully landscaped 16 acre private equestrian centre. The farm is comprised of four main buildings which feature a total of 11 stables, numerous wrap around porches, a horse gym and multiple jumping areas.

World Class Equestrian Facility | Maple Park, IL

$7,200,000 USD | Maple Park, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

World Class Equestrian Training and Championship Performance Facility on 32 acres. Climate controlled stable and arena with 62 stalls and elegant, fully amenitized two-story clubhouse. 25 miles from O’Hare. Rare opportunity to acquire one of the most successful centers for dressage and equine excellence in the United States with a world class training program in place and prepared to remain.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in April 2014

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

Luxury Kitchen | San Antonio, Texas

$1,499,999 USD | San Antonio, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

Prices for the historic Victorians that make up the bulk of King William properties have roughly tripled in the past decade, said Debra Maltz, a broker associate for Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, though much of that price change can reflect extensive renovation. Larger, restored homes can cost $800,000 to $3 million, Ms. Maltz said.

Downtown San Antonio Gets a MakeoverThe Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Launches a Lifestyle Video SeriesSotheby’s International Realty

Private capital is returning to the mortgage marketHousingWire

Home Sellers’ Asking Prices Hit Five-Year HighWSJ Economics Blog

10 countries racing to buy American homesUSA TODAY

Modern Take on a Farmstead | House of the Day – The Wall Street Journal

Jeff Koons Popeye Set To Make $25m At Auction In New YorkArtlyst

Picasso to Giacometti Lead Sotheby’s $322 Million AuctionBloomberg

 

Video of the Week: Mid-Century Modern Home in San Antonio

Prestigious Terrell Hills is the backdrop for this sophisticated home offering mid-century architecture combined with chic and modern finishes. The open, light-infused floor plan is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling walls of expansive windows, with 8 exterior glass doors, bringing the outdoors in.

$850,000 USD | San Antonio, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in February 2014

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

luxury dallas real estate

$1,795,000 USD | Dallas, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Homes That Are Better, Not Bigger – The Wall Street Journal

Smaller luxury homes are gaining traction even in big-house country, such as Atlanta and Dallas. [...] In Dallas, Robbie Briggs, chief executive of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, did a brisk business a decade ago selling 12,000-square-foot houses, he said. “Today, someone who wants a big family house is probably happy at 7,500 square feet,” Mr. Briggs said. Current buyers value outdoor amenities, such as fountains and kitchens, rather former status symbols like cavernous media rooms, he said.

Frederick Fisher Design in Cali Wine Country Asks $7.5MCurbed.com

Spike Lee Lists His Upper East Side Townhouse for $32 millionBusiness Insider

The Millikan House | The well-published Pasadena Hacienda becomes availableVariety

The New Rules of the Hamptons [New York]The Wall Street Journal

Millionaires See Real Estate as Top Investment for 2014Bloomberg

Why some homes have a secret ‘For Sale’ signMarketWatch

Sales of $1-million-plus homes went through the roof in CaliforniaLA Times

Realty Check: Sotheby’s [International Realty] goes big in Hawai’i and Japan – HILuxury Magazine

Old Masters Week Realizes $71.7 MillionSothebys.com

Sotheby’s makes its biggest ever London art saleChicago Tribune