Luxury Real Estate Blog and News

Luxury Portfolio International® Expands Globally with 15 New Members in Q1

May 14, 2013 - Illinois
CHICAGO – Luxury Portfolio International® has expanded its global footprint with the addition of 15 new member firms in the first quarter of the year, with extended coverage throughout Europe, as well as the U.S. and Canada. The network has also welcomed two new communities to its Luxury Development Collection, further supporting the network’s growth. Luxury Portfolio represents more than 200 market-leading real estate firms specializing in the high-end real estate market and is the luxury component of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, an organization encompassing over 500 companies with 140,000 sales associates worldwide. International firms joining the network include ART EMLAK (Istanbul, Turkey); BlueHouse (Prague, Czech Republic); CI Exclusive Properties (Geneva, Switzerland); Rustic Corner (Barcelona, Spain); Sally McGarr Realty Corp. (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada) and SPACE Gayrimenkul Danismanlik (Istanbul, Turkey).

Stunning Luxury Real Estate Collection to Captivate China’s Elites at LPS Beijing 2013 Exhibition

May 10, 2013 - Beijing
(Beijing - May 8, 2013) An event that has contributed to making China a leading source of investment in luxury real estate markets around the world, LPS Beijing – The Luxury Properties Showcase returns to the majestic five-star Legendale Hotel Beijing for its 5th edition on May 31-June 2. Over 5,000 specially invited VIP prospective buyers are expected to attend this year's show, which will see more than 80 luxury real estate firms from all corners of the globe displaying virtually every type of high-end residential real estate: exclusive private islands, stately vineyard estates, charming mountain chateaux and much more. As in past editions, seminars, conferences and forums will run throughout the three-day show, which also incorporates numerous invitation-only gatherings such as the LPS VIP Grand Opening Reception, LPS Gala Cocktail, Italian Luxury Lifestyle Reception, and Interior Design Gathering.

Hamptons International Announces UK Property Exhibition The Collection at The British Consulate

April 17, 2013 - London
Hong Kong, 18 April 2013 - Premier residential property agent, Hamptons International has today announced it will be hosting a prestigious three day UK property exhibition, ‘The Collection’, at the British Consulate. The bespoke property event Hong Kong and Chinese purchasers will take place between Friday 19th April and Sunday 21st April between 11am and 7pm. The Collection event will showcase the very best high-end properties in prime areas of London and the UK – suitable for both buy to let investors and owner occupiers. Many of the properties will be launched at the event before they have been marketed in the UK – providing a key opportunity to review and buy before anyone else.

LPS Beijing to return as China’s premier luxury property show

April 09, 2013 - Beijing
The fifth consecutive edition of LPS Beijing – The Luxury Properties Showcase will be held on May 31-June 2 in the glamorous five-star Legendale Beijing ( Sponsored by Lamborghini, Beneteau Yachts and Dassault-Falcon, and supported by, LPS Beijing 2013 will welcome a record 80 exhibitors from 25 countries. Over 5,000 highly targeted VIP buyers are expected to visit the Show, which is an invitation-only event. Many activities are being planned for the exhibition, including an exclusive LPS Gala Cocktail Party, the VIP Grand Opening reception and a series of high-level conferences and forums.

Hamptons International Introduces Contemporary London Residential Property Portobello Square to the Hong Kong Market

March 13, 2013 - London
Hong Kong, 13 March 2013 – Leading residential agent Hamptons International will unveil to Asian investors its latest luxury London residential development, Portobello Square, in a two-day exclusive exhibition to be held at Mandarin Oriental on March 16 and 17 from 11am to 7pm. Situated in a prime location at west London’s iconic Notting Hill, Portobello Square offers a compelling taste of 21st century city living with its sustainable designs, distinctive village atmosphere and an enviable range of attractions right on its doorstep. The development blends tradition with contemporary design by restoring the old Victorian street patterns to reintroduce a quick link to historic Portobello Road for easy access to shops, restaurants and public transport. As part of a large-scale regeneration project, it also carries a unique focus on promoting an ethos of caring for the environment through the choice of materials and range of amenities on offer.

Luxurious Living on the Key

February 22, 2013 - Florida
From modern to traditional, cozy to enormous, Key Biscayne has more than its fair share of incredible homes. This month’s residence is no exception, a stellar property, it showcases why living on the Key can be so breathtaking. The Mediterranean Estate sits on an exclusive private road at the end of a cul-de-sac on Biscayne Bay. Truly one-of-a-kind, this treasure is the most expensive home on the market today and boasts 10,000 square feet of under-air living space, over 5,000 square feet of patio and over 4,000 square feet of storage underneath the house. Built in 1993 on 28,000 square feet of land uniquely positioned to the bay, only a tiny handful of homes on the Key have more than its 300 feet of bay front.

NZ Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Rental Homes

February 08, 2013 - New Zealand
With Queenstown experiencing the strongest three months of residential property sales since 2007, New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty launched its Luxury Rental Homes division in November 2012 to compliment the company’s established property sales team. The New Zealand Sotheby’s International Luxury Rental Homes is an experienced, reliable and trustworthy management company dealing with private luxury accommodation, functions and venue hire. With over 600 offices worldwide, the Sotheby’s International network can access key markets that are otherwise untapped through regular marketing initiatives. The division was developed due to ongoing enquiries from new and existing clients of New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty for an investment option as well as accommodation and venue requests. The Luxury Rental Homes portfolio comprises a broad range of select property throughout the greater Queenstown region including central apartments, boutique villas, private houses, hideaways, country escapes and lodges as well as luxury yachts based in Marlborough and Auckland respectively. With the majority of the portfolio available all year round, some are only available for a limited period of the year, however all provide a unique and unforgettable experience for the discerning traveler.

One The Elephant , A Landmark Central London Development, launched by Lend Lease in Hong Kong, January 2012

January 09, 2013 - London
A Good News to all Hong Kong Investors in the New Year 2013: One The Elephant – the Asia Pacific sales launch of its landmark residential development announced by the leading international property group Lend Lease, The bold new development, located within London’s prime zone 1 neighbourhood, incorporates 284 studio to three bedroom homes, located within an elegant 37 storey tower and four storey pavilion. Please remember the important dates: from 19th January to 20th January 2013, Sales of the property will take place in Hong Kong at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong hotel in Central. Start from only £322,500, and you can get one for one bed apartments. The Managing Director of Development, Lend Lease, Mark Dickinson said: “Property in London offers buyers in Asia a level of stability and returns that few other markets can rival. The foundations of the Central London residential market are robust with a continued shortage of stock available and high levels of demand.”

Croatia - The New Tourism Star of the European Union

January 07, 2013 - Croatia
There was more good news this year for Croatian tourism, this time film awards, with the awarding of a 'Tourism Oscar' to Ana Rucner's Ode to Joy video in Berlin in March 2012. The promotional film, produced for the Croatian National Tourist Board, and featuring the country's star cellist, takes viewers on a spectacular journey through the heritage, nature and culture of the country. The video was somewhat controversial when first released in that it was a major departure from the tourist board's traditional approach of focusing on the Adriatic coast and islands under the slogan The Mediterranean as it Once Was, but that decision has been departure has been more than vindicated with the prestigious award of Das Goldene Stadttor at the ITB Tourism Fair in Berlin. Receiving the award, Niko Bulic, acting Director of the General Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board, which is promoting the country through a new slogan - Croatia, the New Tourism Star of the European Union - was understandably delighted with the award: "It is primarily intended to show to foreign markets and will further promote the fact that Croatia will soon become the 28th member of the European Union," Bulic said. Croatia had strong early demand for its 2012 season, with high profile recognition of Dubrovnik and the island of Hvar in particular fuelling interest.

Dalmatian Hinterland - from the valuable heritage to the majestic diversity of its unspoilt landscapes

December 21, 2012 - Croatia
Not many people know about the Dalmatian hinterland in Croatia. For centuries, it was considered unimportant, though it deserves to be presented in all its glory, from the valuable heritage which witnesses to the dramatic historical events which took place here, to the majestic diversity of its unspoilt landscapes. Diversity of unspoilt landscapes. Southern Croatia, also known by the name of Dalmatia, is the land of sun and sea with a thousand islands. It is protected by a wall of coastal mountains. But what lies behind this wall of mountains? If anybody questioned this at all, hardly anyone researched the answer. We shall take you to this region behind the mountains. The most beautiful area of the Dalmatian hinterland is the one of the District of Cetina. Cetina is the river which gave this area its name and life. Between the mountains of Svilaja and Dinara there lies a valley which is made up of fields connected by the river of Cetina. Yielding under the mountain range confluent streams flow into the Cetina. They irrigate the surrounding fields, turn the mills and turbines and provide water for the people and animals; these waters are a mirror and jewellery of the District of Cetina. While in the fields water rule, in the mountains it is the rock. Lime-stone shows so much richness in shape, the kind that you can only see in a picture-book of rocks. Walking in these areas we pass through the table-lands, we see canyons, skip over cracks in the limestone, go down into ditches and caves, and we can rest our tired feet mudded with red soil in the quiet glens.