Augmented Reality App Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty Now Available on Apple iOS

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty(SM), the first real estate-branded augmented reality (AR) app, is now available on Apple iOS-enabled devices, iPhone and iPad.  Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty allows consumers to visualize a home as their own before purchase by taking virtually staged images from a flat, 2-D screen into the house itself through the power of AR.

“The launch of Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty has generated excitement throughout our global network and we are proud to see our sales associates adopting this technology and using it as we intended,” said John Passerini, global vice president of interactive marketing, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “There are nearly one billion active iOS devices worldwide.  Making the app available on this platform was a high-priority for us, increasing the reach we have to our core audience.  We look forward to continuing enhancements on Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty to better empower our sales associates and potential homebuyers.”

The app, originally built with ARCore, Google’s AR Software platform, was launched in the Google Play Store earlier this year.

In addition to expanding to iOS, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand has also partnered with luxury furniture and accessories marketplace Viyet to launch shoppable AR scenes within the app.  The partnership with Viyet, a subsidiary of the Sotheby’s auction house, will be ongoing with new, custom-created scenes added regularly to reflect the marketplace’s current inventory.

Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty is powered by roOomy.  To learn more about the app, click here.

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The First Permitted 3D-Printed Home Unveiled

Last month the first ever permitted 3D printed home in America was unveiled at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The project was the inception of the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand’s charitable partner New Story and their construction technology partner, ICON.

The 3D printer is expected to accomplish the following goals:

  1. Significantly decrease the cost of building a home in the developing world. Currently, it costs $6,500 for New Story to build a home. The printer will significantly cut the cost to $4,000 a home with potential for it to continue to become more affordable.
  2. Make home construction faster. Homes can be built in 12-24 hours with the printer.
  3. Improve the quality of the final home.

A defining factor of this new technology is that it will be used first in the developing world, in El Salvador, for people who are currently living without shelter, a basic human need. The printer can fit on a truck so it’s easily transportable, it’s durable and it uses a mortar that can be found anywhere.

“We made the decision to partner with New Story in 2017 because we agree that the home is the epicenter of your life. New Story’s desire for continued innovation to drive change is remarkable,” says Lindsey Scharf, Director PR & Communications Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The launch of the 3D printer will make a huge impact in their mission to provide homes for families in the developing world and we are proud to be aligned with them in this venture.”

“We are incredibly proud to help advance New Story’s mission to transform people’s lives by providing the foundation of life, a home,” says John Passerini, Global VP Interactive Marketing, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Their innovative approach to not only building homes but entire communities has already made an incredible difference for so many people and with their introduction of a 3D printer, they will be able to streamline the process like nobody has ever done before.”

The 3D printer received significant media coverage including Architectural DigestFast CompanyWiredThe VergePBS and BuzzFeed to name a few.

Take a closer look at the 3D printer in action

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Seaside Escapes in Australia

With a nickname like the “land down under” and an expansive Outback as one of its primary calling cards, it’s easy to picture Australia as another world. But the universal mantra “home is where the heart is” could not ring truer than when in Oz. With the giant sandstone rock formation Uluru at its spiritual heart, the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef in its care, and unmatched beaches like Bondi and Whitehaven in its pocket, Australia offers more than a few havens to fall for.

Watsons Bay, Sydney, New South Wales

Michael PallierSydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Waterfront living at its best: breathtaking harbor views complement this original Michael Suttor design in the heart of Watsons Bay. The home is a brilliant study in indoor-outdoor living, with high ceilings, a northerly terrace, and covered balcony making the most of every available inch of natural light and gust of sea breeze. In addition to en-suites throughout, the home features a gym, cellar, six-car garage, family-size pool, and meticulously-manicured gardens.

Château de Rêves, Gold Coast, Queensland

Vivian YuQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty

Long sandy beaches, peak surf spots, and cosmopolitan comforts make the Gold Coast home to some of Australia’s most sought-after real estate, and Château de Rêves is no exception. A premier waterfront property that includes 85 meters of frontage, this 4,000-square-foot masterpiece features seven bedrooms with ensuites, two studies, two kitchens, sky-high ceilings, contemporary finishes, and sustainable marine-grade technology. Your average day might include a round of tennis on your private court, a Turkish steam and massage, and a boat excursion from your front yard, rounded out by an aperitif from your wine cellar.

The White House, Cairns, Queensland

Paul ArthurQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty

In Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is at your doorstep. White sand, the crystal waters of the Coral Sea, and a beach-style design by Stephen Kidd make The White House your own seaside oasis. You’ll have seamless outdoor living thanks to sliding windows, constant pool access, and a ground floor made for entertaining. Fire up the outdoor grill and watch the waves roll in before jetting off to Dunk, Bedarra, or Hichinbrook Island to watch the sunset.

The Boulevard, Queensland, Queensland

Malcolm LiQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty 

With sweeping vistas and luxury finishes, this Moreton Bay property is a concrete coastal dream. Encompassing three levels of soaring ceilings and open-plan family rooms, this home boasts three bedrooms with en-suites, a gym, and a rooftop deck complete with gazebo for enjoying a beverage in view of the glistening bay. Whether cozying up to the gas fireplace during the winter or beating the heat with fully-automated air conditioning, you can rest easy in this beautiful retreat.

Coto De Casa, Sydney, New South Wales

Michael Pallier & Toby O’NeilSydney Sotheby’s International Realty 

A nautical gem on the Pittwater that includes a generous waterfront license, Coto De Casa is a mariner’s paradise. Rigged for deep water boating, the property includes a boathouse and private dock, making ocean excursions an easy everyday affair. Inside offers relaxed living is at its finest, with sailing artifacts bringing the outdoors in. Entertain on the terrace on a warm day, and finish with a refreshing dip in your waterfront pool.

Once you’re settled in to an easygoing beach house on the edge of the Australia’s treasured coastlines, cities, and Outback, you’ll feel right at home.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Mexico

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced its expanding presence in Mexico with the formation of Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty.

Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty is located in the country’s capital of Mexico City and will serve the luxury residential real estate markets in the greater metropolis as well as the surrounding areas including the Metropolitan area of Puebla; Valle de Bravo and Malinalco in Estado de Mexico; and Cuernavaca and Tepoztlán in Morelos.  The firm is owned and operated by Carlos Gonzalez.

“The luxury residential real estate market in Mexico City is experiencing tremendous growth,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The area has attracted many new developments, mainly luxury high-rise projects with top-of-the-line amenities, and has also seen an increase in overall inventory.  We are proud to welcome Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty to our global network.”

“There are so many extraordinary communities and exciting areas in the Greater Mexico City area; it is our goal to be the ultimate guide for our clients, leading them to the Mexico City home of their dreams,” said Gonzalez.  “Affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand allows us to connect to the brand’s prestigious real estate companies around the world and reach an international clientele.”

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty network now has nine independently owned and operated offices throughout Mexico; also operating in the country are Agave Sotheby’s International RealtyGuadalajara Sotheby’s International RealtyLos Cabos Sotheby’s International RealtyMonterrey Sotheby’s International RealtyQueretaro Sotheby’s International Realty, and Riviera Maya Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 22,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in 950 offices in 70 countries and territories worldwide.  In 2017, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $108 billion USD.  Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be 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.

Molokai Ranch

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The Island of Molokai, central to the main Hawaiian Islands, has for generations been an oasis for Hawaiian royalty, tycoons and naturalists alike. Comprising approximately 55,575 acres and 35% of the island, Molokai Ranch is the most significant offering in the state of Hawaii. The successful new owner will be among the top five private landowners in the state. The extensive lands of Molokai Ranch offer a remarkable combination of towering sea cliffs, secluded beaches, prime pastureland and tropical rainforests. In addition to the ranching operations, this extraordinary property consists of agricultural lands, nature preserves, and commercial, residential, golf course, oceanfront resort hotel, and upcountry lodge properties spanning over 300 parcels. With over 20 miles of coastline property, Molokai Ranch offers a wide variety of ocean activities. Molokai’s south shore features Hawaii’s most extensive coastal reef system, consisting of over 14,000 acres of pristine reef habitat.

Relaxed, beautiful, and magically unrefined, the privacy and sense of authentic Hawaii are preserved, while world-class amenities are easily accessible. The major urban center of Honolulu and the more populated islands are within 30 minutes via private or commercial air services. Molokai Ranch presents an incomparable opportunity to acquire the largest collection of privately held real estate assets available in Hawaii.

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Listing Agent: Scott Carvill