Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Recognized on 2017 Real Trends/Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” as the Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Tops Individual Sales Volume Category for Second Year in a Row

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Real Trends, in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, just released its 2017  The Thousand list, a summary of America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2016 annual sales volume and transaction sides, and the top 50 agents and top 50 teams on average sales price—making it a ranking of the top 1,100 nationwide.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that Realtors K. Ann Brizolis, of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe Office and Eric Iantorno of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Del Mar office were both recognized for individual transaction volume.

“We are proud of the dedication that both Ann and Eric have for their profession, San Diego’s real estate market and above all, their clients,” says Brian Arrington, Chairman, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “They continually utilize the local advertising and global media opportunities offered by our company and our brand and we have seen their business grow year over year.”

According to Steve Murray, president of Real Trends and publisher of The Thousand, the average U.S. real estate professional sold 8.6 homes in 2016 however the average agent ranked in The Thousand sold 192 homes.

Overall, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand was the No. 1 real estate brand represented in two of the six categories that comprise the “The Thousand” for the second year in a row, claiming 46 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate brand. The brand also had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. In addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category.

“Having a leading number of sales associates represented in two categories of the REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal rankings is a testament to the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “In 2016, the average sales price accomplished by Sotheby’s International Realty was among the highest of any national real estate brand as evidenced by its achievement of $95 billion in global sales volume. This accomplishment is made possible by having top sales professionals affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty and I am so proud of the companies and sales associates represented on this list and their contribution to the power of this brand.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is San Diego’s number one residential real estate firm comprised of over 500 agents in 22 office locations throughout San Diego County. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers comprehensive real estate services supported by decades of experience, personalized service and local ownership and management in the San Diego real estate market. www.pacificsothebysrealty.com

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated.

 

 

K. ANN BRIZOLIS REPRESENTS SAN DIEGO LUXURY REAL ESTATE MARKET AT SANTA BARBARA MARKET LEADERS’ FORUM

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K. Ann Brizolis, principal of Rancho Santa Fe-based K. Ann Brizolis & Associates, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, was invited to attend Sotheby’s International Realty’s recent Market Leaders’ Forum as a representative of San Diego’s vibrant luxury real estate market. The two-day event welcomed 45 of the top Sotheby’s International Realty agents from across the U.S. and focused on the best practices, collaboration and strategic growth within the ever-expanding realm of global real estate.
 
The intensive meetings and networking events were co-hosted by Montecito’s Suzanne Perkins and Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty. Those in attendance represented luxury markets throughout California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C. The dynamic symposium was moderated by Liz Bentley, a nationally recognized performance consultant and coach, and president of Liz Bentley Associates.
 
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The forum’s final day concluded with a private estate tour of the historic Villa Santa Barbara, owned by beloved television host, best-selling author and Emmy-winning actress, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi. The exquisite estate is listed by Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty for $45 million.
 
Nationally recognized by her clients and peers as an ethical, highly accomplished and dedicated luxury real estate agent, K. Ann Brizolis has consistently ranked in the top percent of luxury real estate agents in the U.S. An expert in the purchase and sale of luxury homes in Rancho Santa Fe and the surrounding coastal communities of La Jolla and Del Mar, Ann is deeply committed to representing her clients’ best interests while providing valuable real estate advice. For more information, visit http://www.kabrizolis.com or call 858.756.4328.
 

 

PACIFIC SOTHEBY’S REALTY ANNOUNCES RECORD SALE IN RANCHO SANTA FE, CA

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April 7, 2017 (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) The Dalzell Group, of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, announces a sale in the highly coveted community of Rancho Santa Fe that represents one of the highest priced transactions since 2008.

Remarkably this transitional contemporary estate was on the market for just 32 days.  “While it’s a term that is often overused in real estate, this truly is a one of a kind home that luxury buyers are searching for in Rancho Santa Fe,” says Ryan Dalzell, of The Dalzell Group.  “There clearly is strong demand in the area for new construction that has this element of design and striking architecture.”

Set in a premier location, just a short walk from the historic Rancho Santa Fe Village and offering unobstructed views, this stunning Spanish designed property is loaded with contemporary features, and boasts the ultimate in indoor and outdoor living.  Pocketing lift and slide doors running the length of the Great Room showcase an outdoor oasis with vanishing edge pool and panoramic southern vistas allowing for entertaining on a grand scale.  From the front stone clad entry with honed limestone flooring and decorative water feature, to the clear storied windows that bathe the living space with an abundance of natural light showcasing the solid timber ceiling beams, no detail was overlooked in creating a luxurious, warm and open home that is remarkable in every way. Other high end amenities include rich distressed white oak floors, a dramatic floating fireplace, and state of the art chef’s kitchen with professional appliances and ample wine storage space.

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Rancho Santa Fe is well known for its pristine lifestyle, magnificent homes, upscale equestrian properties, the renowned Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, top dining and shopping, nationally recognized private schools as well as its prized Max Behr designed golf course at the exclusive Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.“Of late, Rancho Santa Fe has experienced a resurgence of high-end buyers,” says Ryan Dalzell.  “It’s a community that offers a rich history, picturesque scenery, lots of space and privacy”.  Ryan adds that the buyers were originally looking for homes in the La Jolla area, but were immediately taken with this new luxury estate with 180-degree views and close proximity to the Village.

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The Dalzell Group is a family real estate team that has been representing San Diego buyers and sellers since 1992.  Jim Dalzell, a perennial Top 1% Producer among San Diego realtors throughout his career, partnered with his sons, Kevin, who was the listing agent, and Ryan, who heads the Luxury Marketing Program for the group.

According to Steve Games, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, “It’s this kind of insight by our top teams at Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, who understand the shift in the luxury market and the desires of the modern buyer, that have propelled our company to achieve the number one market share in a community like Rancho Santa Fe.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has quickly become the market leader in the sale of luxury homes in San Diego County. With 22 offices in San Diego and North County, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers exceptional service with years of experience and in-depth market knowledge combined with the resources and international reach of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. For more information visit www.pacificsothebysrealty.com.  

Sotheby’s International Realty® | Houseguest Episode IV – Chef Joe Cicala

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Houseguest” is the new custom video series presented by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. This series follows influential and inspirational people as they become a houseguest in a home represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and meld their life with the unique lifestyle found with their extraordinary accommodations.

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As the Executive Chef at Le Virtu, and the Co-Owner and Culinary Director at Brigantessa in Philadelphia, Joe Cicala regularly travels to Italy to feed his passion and research authentic local flavor that he will infuse into his cuisine. In this awe-inspiring episode of Houseguest, Joe visits Via di Cappello, a secluded villa nestled in the Florentine countryside. Watch as Joe finds inspiration for his latest recipe: Tagliatelle with Tuscan Pork Sausage and Mushroom Ragu.

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Want a taste? Craft Joe’s Tagliatelle with Tuscan Pork Sausage and Mushroom Ragu at home with the below recipe:

Ingredients for the pasta:
2 cups flour
3 whole eggs
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Ingredients for the ragu:
3 T extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
2 pork sausage links, casings removed
1/2 pound fresh porcini mushrooms, sliced
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/2 cup pasta cooking water
1/3 cup heavy cream
Salt, to taste
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Toscano
1 small black truffle

Method:
On a flat surface, form a “well” with the flour. Add eggs and olive oil in the center and start to beat with a fork. Slowly incorporate the outer layer of flour into the egg mixture until dough starts to form. Discard the fork and knead the dough for three minutes until it becomes firm. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for one hour. On a floured surface, roll the dough by hand until it’s 3mm thick. Fold the sheeted dough in half and in half again. Using an 8″ chef’s knife, slice the dough into 1/4″ pieces. Unfold and form the noodles into “nests.” In a large pot of salted boiling water, drop the pasta, cooking for 4-6 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through yet retains a firm bite (about 2 minutes after the pasta floats). Drain the pasta and add to the pan with the prepared ragu (see below).

In a large sauté pan, add the olive oil and garlic cloves. Cook over medium heat until the garlic is browned on all sides. Discard the garlic. Add sausage to the pan and caramelize well. Add the porcini mushrooms and rosemary, and cook in the pork fat until tender. Deglaze the pan with the pasta water and loosen the brown bits on the bottom of the pan by scraping with a wooden spoon. Add the cream and reduce by half. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss or mix well with a fork and spoon to incorporate the sauce throughout the pasta. Add the Pecorino Toscano and do the same. Slice fresh black truffle on top of the dish and serve immediately.

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Built in the late 19th century by Giuseppe Poggi, one of Florence’s greatest architects, the 1060-square-meter villa is to the south of the city and just outside the town of Impruneta, famous for its terracotta and olive oil. Fifteen minutes from the center of Florence and thirty minutes from the airport, this impressive Florentine country estate is the unusual combination of a wonderful rural location with easy access to a magnificent renaissance city. The estate, enjoying fantastic south-facing views over the Chianti landscape, is accessed by a cypress-lined private drive. Set on a hillside with commanding views over formal gardens and the surrounding countryside, the property reveals astonishing views of the Chianti landscape.

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Auction Division Presents Casa Dall’ Oceano

One of the most desirable beachfront properties on the market, Casa Dall’ Oceano, is scheduled for auction on November 17, 2016. Located at 9 Strand Beach Drive within the guard-gated Strand at Headlands luxury community, Casa Dall’ Oceano is an oceanfront dream home with custom floor-to-ceiling windows and gorgeous ocean views from every angle. The 10,279-square-foot property, in the final phase of completion, is ready for your choosing of fixtures and finishes to your own personalization. Boasting five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a theatre room, indoor driving range, infinity-edge pool and spa, a teen lounge, and poolside patio. Residents of this new-construction home will enjoy access to “The Strand” Beach Club, located minutes from the property, with VIP privileges at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

4-08-23-38-3838Casa Dall’ Oceano is hands down one of the most significant and exciting oceanfront opportunities offered for sale in Southern California,” according to Craig Lotzof, The Lotzof Group, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “Not only is this a new construction home with direct beach access, but the winning bidder will be able to customize the space to their preference in mere months versus the years it would take to build this mansion from scratch. This is an exclusive home set within an equally exclusive community – the auction should not be missed.”

9 Beach Strand Drive | Dana Point, CA | Luxury Real EstatePacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Auction Division offers clients exclusive access to a coveted and influential audience along with sophisticated resources to provide additional marketing avenues that benefit sellers who have unique properties or situations.  “We feel privileged to have the opportunity to represent our clients in the luxury auction sales process.  We are enthusiastic about the number of showings and interest we have generated in less than 3 weeks on this fabulous property and feel confident that our result on the auction floor will far surpass our clients expectations. It is a pleasure to work alongside our talented listing agents, Craig Lotzoff & Marc Lotzoff of the Lotzoff Team and assist them with this cutting edge sales strategy,”  says Anna Houssels and Brittany Hahn, Executive Directors, Auction Division, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

9 Beach Strand Drive | Dana Point, CA | Luxury Real EstatePreviously listed for $25.995 million, the property will sell without reserve on November 17, 2016. Listed by  Craig and Marc Lotzof of The Lotzof Group, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty  in cooperation with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s  Auction Division and Concierge Auctions. Daily open house from 1-4 pm. Please contact Jack Hoyt 646.265.1485 to schedule an appointment.

Significant Sale: Landmark Estate in Rancho Santa Fe, California

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One of the most iconic homes in Rancho Santa Fe, California, is officially off the market. 16270 Via De La Valle, also known as “Hacienda de las Palmas,“ was sold a short time after it was listed with Seth O’Byrne of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. K. Ann Brizolis and Jennifer J. Janzen-Botts, also of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, represented the buyer. The sale, which is the highest sales price in Rancho Santa Fe in 2016, further reinforces Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s position as the leading local force in San Diego luxury real estate.

“It is an incredible honor to have played a role in this historic sale,” says O’Byrne. “Being part of an internationally recognized and respected brand with such a strong local marketing presence has enabled me to provide my clients with unmatched opportunities for success.”

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The majestic estate, which spans over 16,000 square feet of living space, offering nearly six private acres of understated Southern California luxury, has long been recognized as one of the most historically and geographically significant properties in San Diego.

“I have been intimately familiar with the property for many years and it was truly wonderful to have represented the buyer, in collaboration with my associate, Jennifer Janzen-Botts,” said Brizolis. The Hacienda is one of the most iconic homes in The Ranch and we are delighted to welcome the new family who love the home and have a true appreciation for the beauty of the landscape and the amenities the property offers. We appreciate the opportunity to have assisted them in fulfilling their lifelong real estate dream.”

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According to Steve Games, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, to achieve the most significant sale this year in the Rancho Santa Fe market required an innovative and all-encompassing approach. “Our marketing team encouraged the owners to incorporate the sophisticated resources of Sotheby’s International Realty in partnership with Concierge Auctions, the world’s most recognized luxury auction company.”

Recently, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty launched its in-house Auction Division, led by Brittany Hahn and Anna Houssels, providing additional marketing avenues to benefit sellers who have unique properties or situations that may not fit the mold of the traditional real estate model.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Launches Equestrian Division

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, one of San Diego’s largest, privately owned luxury real estate companies, is pleased to announce the formation of the company’s new Equestrian Division. Headed by Equestrian Real Estate expert Roblee Valentine, the division will focus on the representation of Equestrian Properties, Horse Properties, Commercial Ranches and Farms, and Luxury Estates. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Equestrian Division will provide its clients with the professional and experienced direction and specialized marketing strategies needed to effectively represent Equestrian and Ranch properties.

“San Diego is one of the most desirable Equestrian locations in the world and there is a tremendous opportunity to provide our clients with extraordinary representation for these properties,” says Steve Games, Chairman, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty. “Roblee has the proven leadership and experience in the equestrian real estate market to successfully lead this division.”

 

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Roblee Valentine, Executive Director, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Equestrian Division

 

Roblee Valentine brings over 25 years of real estate experience and a true passion for the Equestrian lifestyle to her new role as Executive Director of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Equestrian Division. She has a solid reputation as a well-respected leader and expert in her industry and has represented numerous clients in the successful sale of equestrian and ranch properties as well as luxury estates. Prior to joining Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Valentine was the Founder and CEO of The Ranch EQ, a top-ranked real estate firm specializing in Equestrian Real Estate throughout Southern California, the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe and Greater San Diego.

“Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s new Equestrian Division will offer the perfect strategic partnership,” says Valentine. “By combining qualified experts who understand the intricacies of equestrian, farm and ranch properties, with access to uniquely qualified buyers and the unprecedented global representation of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, we will be able to provide our clients and our agents with unrivaled marketing advantages to meet the growing needs of one of the world’s finest Equestrian communities.”

Valentine remains extremely active in Southern California’s English and Western Equestrian community. In 2014, Valentine created the Equestrian Almanac, bi-annual Equestrian lifestyle publication that has grown to be one of the industry’s most valued resources, offering coverage of all aspects of equestrian life in Southern California. Additionally, her Equestrian column Horsing Around is featured in Ranch and Coast Magazine, Pacific Coast Journal, Horseman’s News, West Coast Horsemen, and California Riding Magazine.  She served as Chairperson for Teens, Dreams and Jeans Team Penning Event, which raises funds to support the San Pasqual Academy and looks forward to serving the Rancho Santa Fe Trail Committee in 2017.

For more information about Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Equestrian Division contact Roblee Valentine, 858.437.4778, roblee.valentine@sothebysrealty.com or visit www.pacificsothebysrealty.com

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