Inside Meg Ryan’s Former Pacific Heights Victorian

Posted on May 17, 2020

In a city known worldwide for its storybook Victorians, this 1889 Queen Anne home, located on a lovely block in Pacific Heights, fits right in. Its eye-catching façade features decorative millwork, stately columns and marble steps, elegant sashed and bay windows, and whimsical trim, all telltale elements of the period style.

San Francisco, California | Neill BassiSotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

The home stands out, however, for a provenance that is uniquely Californian and for recent owners themselves known and beloved worldwide. A forebear of current governor, esteemed architect Samuel Newsom is best known for his designs of landmarks such as the Napa Valley Opera House, Oakland City Hall, and the Carson Mansion in Eureka, but his keen eye and steady hand were also behind the design of this home. The San Francisco residence of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid during the 1990s, it was thoughtfully rejuvenated in 2018 by the current owner, with the help of notableBay Area designer Nicole Hollis.

Today, the home’s iconic façade belies 7,050-square-foot interiors that are wholly contemporary, with chic shades of light and dark gray, sleek surfaces, eye-catching accents and finishes, handsome angle-planked walnut flooring, and an array of modern amenities. Public spaces were designed with entertaining in mind. The foyer flows effortlessly to a living room with striking lighting and a fireplace and a formal dining room. The open-plan kitchen and family room will appeal to entertainers and chefs of all skill levels; it boasts a wall of built-ins, superior professional-caliber appliances—including a rare Lacanche range—a Calacatta-marble-wrapped island, an adjoining patio, and a butler’s pantry or caterer’s area with two ovens, generous storage, and refrigerator and freezer drawers. But everything—most notably a disappearing wall of glass—seems to direct the eye to one key, enviable feature, a breathtaking view that sweeps across the bay to Marin County in the distance, with the unmistakable silhouettes of Alcatraz and Angel Island in between.

A skylit stairway and an elevator link each of the home’s four levels. Tucked behind one gracefully curving bay window on the second floor, the serene master suite is a peaceful oasis that includes a tony dressing room, a bath with a soaking tub that overlooks the bay, a spacious shower, and discreet water closet. Completing this level are two light-filled guest bedrooms, each with an en suite bath and a fireplace.

Two additional quiet bedrooms with a shared bath are secluded on the uppermost level. But the pièce de résistance is the pentroom, tucked beneath the angles of the timeless pitched roofline. Stylish relaxation and entertaining are easy here, thanks to a well-outfitted media area and an extensive bar. A wall of glass offers an inspiring vista and opens to a breathtaking open-air patio, where a fire pit offers cozy warmth and a frameless glass balustrade keeps the outlook purely uninterrupted.

A coveted three-car garage is located on the ground level along with a thoughtfully appointed mudroom, a laundry room with abundant counter and cabinet space, and a three-quarter bath. Practicalities aside, this floor features versatile space—ideal for an office—with a glimpse of the bay, a temperature-controlled wine room, and a cheerful family room. Yet another a wall of glass gives way to a heated covered patio enveloped by greenery for the utmost in sophisticated privacy—a welcome bonus here, at one of the city’s most sought-after addresses.

Sotheby’s International Realty Opens First Office in Montenegro

March 2, 2020

MADISON, N.J., March 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Luxury Properties LLC is the newest member of its global network and will now operate as Montenegro Sotheby’s International Realty – the brand’s first affiliated office in Montenegro

.Montenegro Sotheby’s International Realty will be owned and operated by Hunter Milborne and will serve the luxury residential real estate market in the region. The company will have a special focus on the coast of Montenegro, including Porto Montenegro, Boka Bay, and the Budva region. Milborne brings more than 40 years of real estate experience to the company.

“Montenegro is experiencing considerable growth, thanks in part to its prioritization in investment, tourism and foreign interest,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty. “The region’s wide variety of luxury properties and high-class accommodations continues to develop. Hunter and his team have experience representing the country’s finest properties and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Montenegro Sotheby’s International Realty to the network.”

“The mission of our company stems from our desire to provide clients with professional and ethical service from start to finish,” said Milborne. “Montenegro is an excellent choice for buying a property and is a perfect second home destination. Sotheby’s International Realty is synonymous with world-class marketing for a true global reach, and our affiliation will enable us to showcase our listings on an international scale.”

Montenegro Sotheby’s International Realty has an office in the town of Tivat. The company and its agents actively support the community and deliver food and clothes to those in need.

The Sotheby’s International Realty® network currently has more than 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in 1,000 offices in 70 countries and territories worldwide. Montenegro 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 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.

About Sotheby’s International Realty
Sotheby’s International Realty was founded in 1976 as a real estate service for discerning clients of Sotheby’s auction house. Today, the company’s global footprint spans 1,000 offices located in 70 countries and territories worldwide, including 45 company-owned brokerage offices in key metropolitan and resort markets. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a franchise system. The franchise system is comprised of an affiliate network, where each office is independently owned and operated. Sotheby’s International Realty supports its affiliates and agents with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Affiliates and agents also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.

The affiliate network is operated by Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, and the company owned brokerages are operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Both entities are subsidiaries of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. Both Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC and Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. fully support the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act.

CONTACT

Melissa Couch
PR Manager
Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
973-407-6142
melissa.couch@sothebysrealty.com

SOURCE Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Maryland Presence

MADISON, N.J.Feb. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Atlantic Shores Realty is the newest member of its global network and will now operate as Atlantic Shores Sotheby’s International Realty. The addition marks the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand’s continued growth in the state of Maryland.

Owned and operated by Ryan Haley and Kristy Haley, the firm is located in Ocean City, Maryland with 12 sales associates and will serve the surrounding region.

Ocean City, Maryland continues to be a popular destination for those looking to match a home with their lifestyle,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty. “Ryan and Kristy have led a successful company for 10 years and are true experts in their community. They strive to help their clients achieve a luxury beach lifestyle and we look forward to welcoming them to the network.”

“We work daily to provide our clients with the greatest real estate experience possible,” said Ryan Haley. “Our company and agents are deeply embedded in the community. We have raised our kids here, retired here and vacationed here – we know the beach! Our affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty permits us to combine our hyper-local knowledge and expertise with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s best-in-class marketing, innovative technology and global reach.”

The company and its agents actively support the Ocean City Surf Club’s Adopt Your Beach program, which works with residents to create permanent solutions to shoreline and marine debris. Atlantic Shores Sotheby’s International Realty supports a variety of local groups through the initiative including Worcester County GOLD, Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Services, Kenille’s Kupboard Pet Pantry & Rescue, Inc. and Casey Cares Foundation.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in 1,000 offices in 71 countries and territories worldwide. In 2018, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $112 billion USD. Atlantic Shores 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 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.

About Sotheby’s International Realty
Sotheby’s International Realty was founded in 1976 as a real estate service for discerning clients of Sotheby’s auction house. Today, the company’s global footprint spans 1,000 offices located in 71 countries and territories worldwide, including 44 company-owned brokerage offices in key metropolitan and resort markets. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house.  The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a franchise system.  The franchise system is comprised of an affiliate network, where each office is independently owned and operated. Sotheby’s International Realty supports its affiliates and agents with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Affiliates and agents also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.

The affiliate network is operated by Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, and the company-owned brokerages are operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc.  Both entities are subsidiaries of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. Both Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC and Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. fully support the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act.

CONTACT

Melissa Couch
PR Manager
Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC
973-407-6142
melissa.couch@sothebysrealty.com

Ex-Miami Dolphins stars Frank Gore and Kenny Stills put Florida homes for sale

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Two Miami football stars are making big real estate plays. NFL legend Frank Gore, 36, has listed his Florida home, on Stoneway Court in Davie, for $1.8 million. The veteran Buffalo Bills running back has strong ties to the Sunshine State: He played for the University of Miami and the Miami Dolphins. READ MORE

Kimberly Knausz of One Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.

 

 

John James Audubon & The Double Elephant Folio

 | NOV 14, 2019

An early subscriber’s copy of John James Audubon’s “Double Elephant Folio” – incomparably the most important and most beautiful color-plate book ever published. The watermarks of the first ten images identify this copy as one of the first Audubon received a subscription for. This is an unusually large and brilliantly colored copy, with the plates in very early state: all ten first plates are engraved by Lizars alone, prior to retouching by Havell Jr, and 141 of Low’s 150 variable plates are present in the first state.   FULL STORY… CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Jamie’s Classic Boca Grande Key Lime Pie Recipe

Just 3 ingredients for the pie filling!

Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

For the homemade graham cracker crust:

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs, 11-12 full sheets of graham crackers
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • Tips: I like to place the graham crackers in a gallon size zip lock bag and use a rolling pin to crumble.

For the key lime pie filling:

  • 1 cup key lime juice or 12-14 Boca Grande key limes!
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans of organic sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 large organic egg yolks

Directions for crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.  Add the melted butter and stir until fully combined and all of the crumbs are moistened.

Scoop the mixture into a 9-9.5 inch pie plate and press firmly into an even layer on the bottom and up around the sides of the dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then cool for another 10 min. while you make the pie filling.

Directions for pie filling:

Combine the 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until fully combined.

Pour the filling into the slightly cooled pie crust and spread it around into one even layer.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 min. or until the top of the pie is set.

Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 2 hours.  Then put in the refrigerator to chill for at least 6 hours or overnight. Once chilled, top with homemade whipped cream and enjoy!

  Recipe courtesy of Gulf to Bay Sotheby’s International Realty Associate, Jamie Curry. You can read more about Jamie HERE!

A Quaint Building Straight Out of a Norman Rockwell Painting

Lovers of nostalgia and Normal Rockwell will delight in this antique shop that is listed for sale in Stockbridge, MA. Listed with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, this property was featured in the Atlas Obscura article linked below.

44 Main St, Stockbridge, MA 01262, listed for $1,795,000

Rare opportunity to own a Berkshire Landmark. Known as ”the Antique Shop” in Norman Rockwell’s Main Street Painting, this iconic Building is famous worldwide. Classic Victorian Style with acres of charm. 3 Stories with on-site Parking. 3 ‘Main Street’ Retail Spaces, a large (and vacant) Second Floor Residential / Office space and an income-producing Third Floor. Owned and well-maintained by the same owners since the 1960s and steps away from The Red Lion Inn and former ”Alice’s Restaurant”. Minutes to Tanglewood and all Berkshire Attractions. Ideal for Investment, Office, Residential or Retail use. A true ‘once in a life-time opportunity’ to be part of Stockbridge History.

For Sale: A Quaint Building Straight Out of a Norman Rockwell Painting

A detail of “Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas (Home for Christmas)” by Norman Rockwell. The center building is currently up for auction. ©1967 LICENSED BY NORMAN ROCKWELL FAMILY AGENCY/NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM COLLECTION