Page Array – William Pitt Sotheby’s Realty https://www.williampitt.com Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:06:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 2018 Year in Review Market Watch https://www.williampitt.com/2018-year-review-market-watch/ Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:40:23 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=56781     Be sure to check out the entire Fourth Quarter Market Watch …

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Be sure to check out the entire Fourth Quarter Market Watch report here for an in-depth look at the strength of our markets.

2018 began with virtually every market our company serves experiencing sales decreases in single family home sales versus the first quarter the prior year, a notable trend considering it had been several years since we observed a similar phenomenon. Yet the year painted a more positive picture by the time it reached its conclusion. Many of our markets climbed ahead of 2017 by year’s end, while others trailed only slightly behind. When declines occurred, they were modest. Our Westchester and Fairfield County markets saw modest decreases in unit sales and dollar volume, while the Connecticut Shoreline saw minimal decreases in unit sales even as dollar volume improved. Litchfield and Berkshire Counties experienced sales growth and the Farmington Valley was flat with steady sales.

There was much speculation in the media throughout the year on the reason for reduced sales levels in certain markets. We often heard that tax reform was the culprit, and while we acknowledge that uncertainty surrounding the tax bill may have played a role, we maintained the position all year long that it was too early to draw conclusions. It’s only this year that we may begin to understand the full effect, if any. We will continue to follow this factor closely, but for now, observable economic data continues to support a healthy outlook for real estate.

One interesting recent development is the drop in mortgage rates, which are averaging about 4.51% for 30-year fixed mortgages, down from the highest rates in over seven years reached last fall at almost 5%. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal on January 7, the current rate reduction may be spurring some buyers into the market who see an opportunity. Other economic indicators provide further reason for optimism. The Labor Department jobs report in January pointed to strong job growth with a still low unemployment rate of 3.9%, while Federal Reserve interest rates remain at historic lows despite incremental increases. The stock market has demonstrated some volatility, and the GDP is projected to come in a little lower in the fourth quarter than the prior two at around 2.8%, a slower but still good pace. Yet consumer confidence is still soaring at incredible heights, with the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index reporting consistently elevated levels every month of the year. In December, consumer confidence stood at 128.1 (1985=100). When consumer confidence is this healthy, we typically see demand in the real estate buyer pool follow suit.

In Westchester County, 2018 was a year of modest declines in single family home sales versus the prior year, a consistent trend seen in each quarter compared to the same quarters in 2017. In the fourth quarter, the county as a whole was down 6% in unit sales compared to the same time last year, and dollar volume decreased by 7%. For the calendar year, sales decreases in units for the county amounted to 5%, while dollar volume was lower by 4% compared to the year before. In the southern county, unit sales and dollar volume for the fourth quarter were each 8% behind the same period last year. For the calendar year, unit sales were lower by 4% and dollar volume by 3% compared to the year 2017. Northern Westchester had its best quarter of the year in the fourth, with unit sales decreasing by 2% and volume 5% versus the fourth quarter of 2017. Those decreases were larger in other quarters, leaving the region for the calendar year 6% behind 2017 in unit sales and 7% behind in dollar volume.

Fairfield County has experienced moderate declines in the real estate market each quarter this year compared to the same quarters of 2017. In the fourth, the market had its best quarter of 2018 in unit sales, with units just 1% lower than the same time last year. Yet dollar volume saw a larger decline at 10%, and the quarterly median selling price also witnessed a drop of 5%. For the year as a whole, unit sales finished up behind the calendar year of 2017 by 2%, while dollar volume was behind by 4%. The Connecticut Shoreline, comprising New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties, pulled back a bit in the fourth quarter after experiencing mid-year gains in the second and third quarters. Unit sales in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 decreased by 3%, while dollar volume decreased by 5%. For the year, the region stood behind the calendar year of 2017 by a modest 2% in units but climbed ahead in dollar volume by 3%, an indication of more movement this year in the upper price tiers, further supported by a 3% rise in the 12-month median selling price.

 In Litchfield County, sales activity continued through the end of the year as the county experienced its third straight quarter of sales growth versus the same quarters of 2017. For the year, the county came out ahead of 2017 with unit sales increasing by 6% and dollar volume by 4%. In the fourth quarter of 2018, units stood 8% and volume 3% higher than the same time last year. Over in the Farmington Valley region of Hartford County, comprising Avon, Canton, Farmington, Granby and Simsbury, plus the key additional communities we serve including Burlington, Hartland and West Hartford, the residential real estate market ebbed and flowed throughout 2018: It started slow, caught up to the prior year in the second quarter, pulled back again in the third and climbed forward once more in the fourth. The net result was a market that finished completely flat year over year, with unit sales and dollar volume virtually the same in 2017 and 2018. For the fourth quarter, units increased by 3% and volume by 4% versus the same time last year.

In Berkshire County, after a soft start to the year and then two hot quarters that found the residential real estate market leaping ahead of 2017, the market was more tempered in the fourth quarter. In the end, the year saw unit sales increase ahead of the calendar year of 2017 by 3%, and dollar volume was flat. For the fourth quarter, units were again ahead by 3%, but dollar volume fell behind the same quarter last year by 16% as the median selling price dropped by 19%, and lower priced property sales in the central part of the county took center stage.

I hope you find this report informative on what’s happening in your market, and invite you to contact one of our sales associates if we can help you with any of your own real estate needs.

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Paul E. Breunich

President and Chief Executive Officer

William Pitt – Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

+1 203 644 1470 | pbreunich@williampitt.com

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Ending the Year on a High Note in Larchmont and Mamaroneck https://www.williampitt.com/ending-year-high-note-larchmont-mamaroneck/ Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:30:31 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=56753 By Andrew Wood and Tyler Morrissey It was quite an autumn for Larchmont …

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By Andrew Wood and Tyler Morrissey

It was quite an autumn for Larchmont and Mamaroneck, New York. Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty’s Larchmont brokerage played a role in three significant sales here, including one transaction that set an all-time record.

In November, Mimi Magarelli represented the buyer in the $16 million record-breaking sale of 116 Premium Point in New Rochelle, N.Y. The sale achieved the highest-ever price for a property in the Mamaroneck School District encompassing Mamaroneck, Larchmont and parts of New Rochelle, and the highest for each of those towns and villages overall.

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Known as “All View” for its Long Island Sound views at every vantage point, extending to New York City, the historic property resides on a three-acre promontory within a private gated community. The residence is a 23,000 square-foot estate built in 1890 for the Gilded Age banker and famed yachtsman Charles Oliver Iselin, and designed by Stanford White of McKim, Mead and White—the architectural firm responsible for such iconic works as the Boston Public Library, the East and West Wings of the White House and more. The grounds were originally designed by Central Park landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Just weeks earlier, 203 Hommocks Road in Larchmont sold for an impressive $10.3 million. Prior to the sale of 116 Premium Point, this transaction was the highest waterfront sale in the Mamaroneck School District since 2006. Marian Misad and Mary Hardy were the listing agents. According to the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS), it was also the third highest waterfront sale in the area in history after two previous larger transactions were recorded in 1999 and 2006.

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The Georgian Colonial residence on Larchmont Harbor, known as “Low Wood,” offers views of Long Island Sound and boats on the harbor, with a dock providing access to fishing and other waterfront activities. The 3.32 acres of resort-style grounds include a private sandy beach with over 500 feet of waterfront, promenade-like seawall, enchanting gazebo, gardens extending to the waterfront, a heated Shoreline pool and guest cottage.

Comprising 9,050 square feet and 19 rooms, the main house was built in 1900 and has been completely remodeled in recent years to orient the living spaces toward the water. The interior features decorative Colonial, dentil and hand-carved moldings; ceilings spotlighting circular medallions with sweeping vines, garlands and plaster rosettes; original, restored black and gold art deco wrought-iron railing; and arched and palladium windows and dormers.

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November continued to be an outstanding month for our Larchmont office with the sale of the Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club in Mamaroneck, last offered at $10 million. The waterside Hamptons-style resort offers the rare distinction of being located just 25 minutes outside of New York City. Arlene Gibbs listed the property and said that the sale will allow for the club’s continued enjoyment by the community for the years to come.

The 12.8-acre peninsula offers Long Island and Sound views, 300 feet of private sandy beach, lush gardens and meadows, nine Har-Tru clay-surface tennis courts, and swimming and wading pools. The club has thrived as a resort destination with races and regattas, children’s day camp with activities ranging from swimming and field sports to kayaking and paddle boarding, tennis tournaments and leagues, and fine dining with panoramic views. The property’s centerpiece is an 18,000 square-foot mansion with a 6,000 square-foot waterfront ballroom. Like “All View,” the structure was designed by Stanford White of McKim, Mead and White.

“We are thrilled to have participated in these three extraordinary sales,” said Larchmont brokerage manager Jane Murray. “They attest to the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s position as global leaders in luxury, providing our buyers and sellers with an incredible heritage, expertise and worldwide networking strength.”

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New Year, New Style https://www.williampitt.com/new-year-new-style/ Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:53:34 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=56741 By Tyler R. Morrissey The dawning of a new year brings about many …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

The dawning of a new year brings about many changes. For instance maybe 2019 is the year that you finally change up your style, or the overall design of your property. If you are planning on changing things around your home, then you’ll want to take a look at what some experts are saying regarding new styles, colors and patterns that we’ll see in 2019. There are also some trends from 2018 that won’t be leaving us anytime soon.

Splash of Color

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Known worldwide as the standard language for color communication to fashion and home styles of all kinds, the PANTONE Color Institute has been using leading technologies and systems to determine appropriate color selections for the New Year since 2000. The shade is chosen on a basis of symbolism, reflecting current culture and world trends through a colorful expression. This year’s color for 2019 is “Living Coral.” PANTONE describes the shade as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” Recently Houzz published some tips on how you can incorporate coral into your home this year. Since coral is a bright color, it’s best to start small and incorporate some textiles such as a pillow or throw blanket. If you are looking to make more of a statement, consider adding some coral-colored furniture for a bold and refreshing aesthetic.

Move Over Edison

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Light bulbs and lighting fixtures have evolved a long way since their invention in 1879 by Thomas Alva Edison. One design trend that we saw in 2018 was the use of “Edison Bulbs,” which are essentially reproductions of filament bulbs popularized by the Edison Electric Light Company in the early 1900s. Forbes explained that 2019 might be the year we pause on turning back the clock when it comes to lighting our homes. Instead, Edison Bulbs might be replaced by vintage light fixtures that hide exposed bulbs and wiring typically found in the modern day throwback. Halo LED chandeliers might be the next bright idea in home lighting to keep an eye on as the year goes on.

What’s Cooking?

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Your home’s kitchen might be the focal point of your entire property. We typically spend a lot of time in the kitchen so you want it to be an inviting space. The Washington Post has some ideas on how to take your kitchen to the next level in 2019. One design trend to take note of is kitchens that open up to the outdoors. As global temperatures rise, homeowners are opting to transform patios and decks into dining spaces that open directly into the kitchen. This design feature will likely come in handy during the summer, spring and fall. Another kitchen trend to keep an eye on is making your backsplash a focal point. Opt for a full-height backsplash that will extend from the counter all the way to ceiling. This will give your kitchen a clean look while making a bold statement.

What’s Trending?

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Each year the social media platform Pinterest releases a report of 100 popular trends that their users are looking to try in the upcoming year. House Beautiful put forth a list of their favorites and some might surprise/inspire you. For example, do you love avocado toast for breakfast in the morning? Or maybe you fancy some fresh guacamole for your next gathering. If this appeals to you then consider growing your own avocado tree. According to Pinterest, searches on the social media platform for “how to grow an avocado tree” were up 101 percent. If your thumb is not green enough to grow an avocado tree, an easier way to incorporate plants in your home in 2019 is by growing a vertical garden. As homeowners try to take advantage of floor to ceiling space, a vertical garden is a great way to incorporate some fresh herbs for cooking or simply some greenery for the winter months.

Bring Home the Spa Experience

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When changing up your style you won’t want to forget about your home’s bathrooms. In Houzz’s annual report on New Year’s style trends, they recommend some simple changes and some large ones to keep your bathroom up to date. If a bathroom renovation is in your plans this year, consider the type of tub you purchase. If you really enjoy taking baths then splurge for a “destination tub,” which is a larger freestanding bathtub that recreates a spa-like experience. Add warmth to your bathroom by replacing your traditional glass, tile or marble vanity with a natural wood vanity. While wood vanities have been around for years, leaving them natural will highlight the finer details in the grain.

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The Press Room: December 2018 https://www.williampitt.com/press-room-december-2018/ Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:25:50 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=56690 Our public relations team has a strong track record of securing editorial coverage …

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Our public relations team has a strong track record of securing editorial coverage for our listings, agents and firm in key online and print media outlets locally, nationally and internationally. We achieve thousands of press placements annually, generating widespread exposure and interest in our properties and company to the benefit of all listings company-wide.

Below is a selection of our recent press highlights. If you’d like to learn more about our PR efforts as well as many other unique advantages we offer to buyers and sellers, click here.

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Around the Region: January 2019 https://www.williampitt.com/around-region-january-2019/ Thu, 03 Jan 2019 20:28:17 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=56658 By Tyler R. Morrissey Each month we will highlight a few events happening …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

Each month we will highlight a few events happening in each of the communities William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty serves.

As the calendar flips from 2018 to 2019, there are plenty of activities to take part in. Below are just a few events to enjoy to help get the new year started off right this January.

Westchester County

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Wild oysters attached to an oyster reef.

In 2018 we saw many awaken to some of the challenges that have been impacting our environment and ecosystem. Back in the early 1600s, there were 220,000 acres of oyster reefs that lined the Hudson River. By the early 1900s, these oyster populations were destroyed due to over harvesting and water pollution. The Billion Oyster Project aims to reverse the damage done and help bring oysters back to the area. Headed by Executive Director Peter Malinowski, the group will host a lecture and continental breakfast on Saturday, January 26 at the Henry Hudson Library in Montrose, N.Y. The discussion will take an in-depth look at the progress made by the project and what the future holds for New York’s oysters. For more info, click here.

Fairfield County

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Have you ever visited an aquarium and thought to yourself, how does the staff feed and take care of so many majestic creatures? Now is your chance to get up close and personal with select marine life at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn. Prior to the opening of the aquarium on Saturday, January 12th, patrons can arrive early to watch on as the staff feeds their harbor seals. There will also be a “feeding time” demonstration with some of the aquarium’s largest sharks. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to take a turn feeding diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs and rays under staff supervision. For more info, click here.

Litchfield County

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Connecticut offers so many museums that allow families to explore their curiosity in a variety of ways. From January 12th to 18th, you’ll want to take advantage of a unique opportunity at the White Memorial Conservation Center Museum in Litchfield, Conn. During the course of the week, all children under the age of 12 will be admitted free to the museum when accompanied by an adult. Take the whole family for a fun-filled afternoon exploring one of New England’s finest nature museums. The Conservation Center features a life-sized beaver lodge, a 4,000-acre wildlife sanctuary, a working honeybee hive and much more. For more info, click here.

Greater Hartford

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Winter is a popular time to start planning a wedding if you see the potential for wedding bells in the New Year or soon thereafter. Planning a wedding can be a stressful time with so many decisions that have to be made. To get a head start, visit the 34th Annual Connecticut Wedding and Bridal Show at the Connecticut Convention Center in downtown Hartford. On January 5-6, one of the largest bridal shows on the east coast will feature numerous vendors that will help you get ready for the big day. Vendors will highlight everything from wedding dresses to venues, cakes, DJs and much more. There’s also going to be a grand prize drawing for a fantasy wedding giveaway for one lucky couple. Admission to the event costs $12. For more info, click here.

Connecticut Shoreline

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If you enjoy standup comedy and craft beer you’ll want to take note of the Comedy Craft Beer Night series that’s taking place at some of the state’s local breweries. Some of New England’s top comics will perform their hilarious routines at two of Connecticut’s most popular breweries on the shoreline. On January 10th Ryan Brauth, Ryan Schutt and Ariel Elias will perform at Counter Weight Brewery in Hamden. If you can’t make that show you can see Brauth’s routine with Richie Redding and Napoleon Emill at Thimble Island Brewing Company in Branford on January 19th. At both events your first beer, glass of wine or mixed drink is free with the $25 price of admission. There will also be food and drink specials throughout the evening. For more info, click here.

Berkshires

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The start of a new year carries multiple meanings for everyone. For some, it’s the chance to make New Year’s resolutions or establish new goals you want to accomplish. Think back to some of your own resolutions. How long do they typically last? Many of the changes we set out to make fall out of fashion before the end of winter. To make some lasting changes in 2019, spend some quiet time in reflection at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. On Sunday, January 6th from 1-4 p.m., admission will be free, providing patrons a chance to unwind and unplug. Head over to the Michael Conforti Pavilion for the opportunity to decorate your own chalkboard to help you write down and focus on your goals for the new year. For more information, click here.

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The Year That Was 2018 https://www.williampitt.com/the-year-that-was-2018/ Thu, 27 Dec 2018 15:17:13 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=56544 By Tyler R. Morrissey What a year it has been for William Pitt …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

What a year it has been for William Pitt – Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. This past year our company reached new heights as we launched groundbreaking initiatives, and were bestowed with multiple awards for our hard work. As we look back at 2018, we’ve recapped some of the highlights of another fantastic year delivering our customers the exceptional.

The year got started quickly in January as we launched our new marketing campaign, revolving around the mantra “Move up.” The print and digital ads launched with the campaign were designed to evoke the aspirational aspects of real estate, targeting buyers, sellers and agents seeking to work with the most exceptional company and brand in the industry. Move up captures the essence of who we are as a company and the experience we offer.

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This past winter our brand announced some exciting news of its own after Sotheby’s International Realty® saw its highest annual sales volume performance yet, achieving approximately $108 billion in global sales volume for the previous year.

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Sotheby’s International Realty® also launched the first-ever Augmented Reality (AR) app for real estate. The new app, Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty, effectively empowers our agents to present a home in a personalized and tailored way to individual consumers. Curate allows you to virtually stage a listing from the palm of your hand, minimizing the need for physical staging while offering multiple styles to choose from, enabling clients to visualize the interior to their own taste. The app was built with ARCore, Google’s AR Software platform, and is powered by roOomy, the leading virtual staging technology platform specializing in 3D/AR/Virtual Reality content creation and application development.

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In March we announced the creation of a new facility devoted exclusively to elite real estate training, combining state-of-the-art technology with client-based hospitality education. Known as The Imagine Lab, the unique 3,000 square-foot training site is the first of its kind among all real estate firms in the market areas the company serves. The lab recently opened in the Harbor Point area of Stamford, Conn. The Imagine Lab’s primary purpose is to help real estate agents become exceptional professionals in the industry by learning the critical fundamentals of the business in a revolutionary new way. Designed by Beth Krupa, a three-time nationally awarded interior designer, the lab is crafted as an “office of the future,” presenting a home-like atmosphere with dynamic communal environments for creativity, focus and connection.

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The following month we received a 2018 Internet Advertising Competition Award from the Web Marketing Association. The award for “Best Real Estate Online Advertisement” and “Best of Show Online Advertisement” recognized the company’s headlining billboard advertisement that ran atop The New York Times Real Estate section in March, April, June and October of 2017. The innovative billboard ad showcased the firm’s most spectacular listings to New York Times subscribers in the N.Y. metro area as well as across the country and the world.

In May we announced the opening of our new regional office in Hartford County, Connecticut. The office greatly expands our presence in the state while bringing the global Sotheby’s International Realty brand and its luxury real estate services into the Hartford market area. The brokerage’s address at 45 East Main Street in Avon, Conn., was strategically selected to provide a central foothold and easy accessibility within Hartford County’s Farmington Valley region. The new facility recently celebrated its grand opening with a reception in November.

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This past fall REAL Trends Inc., one of the most trusted sources of news, analysis and information in residential real estate, named our website the best residential real estate brokerage website in the country in its just-released annual 2018 Real Estate Website Rankings. The firm achieved more honors than any other company in the rankings, and was the only firm—both in its market areas and nationally—that ranked in every single category recognizing residential brokerages. The company’s website ranked No. 1 Best Overall Website, No. 1 Best Community, recognizing the details and search capability provided for local communities served, No. 2 Best Property Detail, No. 4 Best Video, No. 7 Best Design and No. 7 Best Mobile.

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In October we announced our brand’s fall edition of RESIDE® magazine. Conceived in the belief that home and living in full are inextricably entwined, RESIDE is devoted to the finest in inspirational homes and lifestyles worldwide. A destination for connoisseurship in the arts, culture, design, travel, fashion, food and philanthropy, RESIDE casts its net wide to discover the very best of gracious living. We presented it to our readers through stories told in words and pictures by the world’s most talented and creative individuals.

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The year ended on a high note when our firm won multiple graphic design awards from Graphic Design USA in the 55th annual American Graphic Design Awards. Our company took home three awards for our industry-leading graphic design work across multiple print and digital publications. Our “Advantage” booklet won the award for the brochure collateral category, while the firm’s Market Watch report was tabbed as the best annual report. The company’s “Essential” newsletter was named the best newsletter / e-newsletter in that category. We also ranked in the top 10 percent of submissions in each category, in what was the most selective year of the annual contest.

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As the year came to a close, we announced that our firm has partnered with New Story, a 501c3 non-profit charity, and World Housing for “Agents of Change,” a program created to enable the company’s agents to make a social impact in the developing world. The new initiative will allow our agents to either make a one-time contribution or recurring monthly donation to help build homes for families abroad who are living in poor conditions and slums. Each new home through “Agents of Change” costs approximately $6,500 and is given to a family in need to impact their lives for generations to come. William Pitt – Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty is the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand’s first East Coast affiliate, and second overall, to participate in the program. To date, we have already raised enough money to fund the building of ten new homes.

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For more information on Agents of Change or to donate, click here. For more information on the “Home for the Holidays” initiative, click here.

As we close the chapter on 2018, the firm looks forward to what’s ahead in 2019. In the coming months of the new year, William Pitt – Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty will undertake many new projects on multiple platforms to maintain its position as a leader in the real estate industry.

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Deck the Halls in Style https://www.williampitt.com/deck-halls-style/ Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:06:38 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=56529 By Tyler R. Morrissey From tasty baked goods to festive décor, what’s not …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

From tasty baked goods to festive décor, what’s not to love about the holidays? Some of the best memories you’ll make in your home revolve around the holiday season. Maybe you’re hosting your entire family for an elaborate gathering, or maybe you’re traveling to a distant relative this season to spread some holiday cheer. Wherever you spend the holidays this year, you are bound to encounter everything from bright lights to tinsel, and hopefully the perfectly decorated evergreen. Today we highlight a few of our fabulous listings that are decked out for the season.

279 North Avenue, Westport, Conn.

For more information: Todd Gibbons, tgibbons@williampitt.com, 203.858.8525

Rustic charm and the holidays go hand in hand. At 279 North Avenue in Westport, an exceptionally rare 13-acre riverfront estate captures just that. After a complete indoor and outdoor renovation of the property, “Seagrams Creek” has been carefully restored to a grand luxury residence that is the perfect mixture of where rustic meets chic. Inspired by a chestnut barn that was relocated from Weston, Conn., this six-bedroom, amenity-filled home exudes a welcoming warmth that makes you want to cozy up by the fire as you entertain family and friends.

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In addition to prominent press placements in Mansion Global and The Wall Street Journal, this home was also recently featured with a household name in home décor and style. Elle Décor selected this listing for their brand’s latest ELLEvated Entertaining feature—a three part series that ran over the course of 2018. The feature story showcases how to be the most luxurious host this holiday season, using the perfect suburban Connecticut home as a backdrop. And to make it extra special, upstate New York’s Brushland’s Eating House, which served as one of the prop designers, provided an exclusive homemade holiday cookie recipe for the feature.

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11 Cornwall Road, Warren, Conn.

For more information: Mimi Harson, mharson@williampitt.com, 860.671.1557

Another rustic property blends vintage style with modern day finishes and conveniences in this fantastic home in Warren that was featured in The New York Times earlier this year. This historic 1750 Colonial home and the outbuildings on the property have all been recently redesigned with today’s lifestyle in mind. At one point, this property was used as an inn with a popular restaurant, setting the stage for a modern day family gathering around the tree, or in the kitchen for a holiday buffet. After you enter the main building through a gracious center hall, you are met with a library that offers an inviting space to read with a cozy fireplace. From there, you can walk to the bar area and pour a holiday inspired cocktail before entering the spacious dining room. Across the courtyard is the barn, which has been converted to the owner’s residence, offering soaring ceilings with exposed hand-hewn antique beams.

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80 Sunset Hill Road, New Canaan, Conn.

For more information: Leslie Razook, lrazook@williampitt.com, 203.918.4452

Originally the land that 80 Sunset Hill Road occupies belonged to Lewis Peck Child and his wife, who owned 71 acres in town in the late 1800s. Today, the barn that once belonged to the Childs is on the market after it was converted to a residence by the noted modernist Bemel Kehm. In the past, the home was featured in publications such as Architectural Record and Modern House Survey, and it’s notable for its historic features that transport you to yesteryear. From the double height windows of the dining room, to the giant central stone hearth and wide chestnut floors, this property is the perfect home to host your friends and family this holiday season.

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From all of us at William Pitt – Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, we wish you happy holidays!

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Give the Gift of Luxury in 2018 https://www.williampitt.com/give-gift-luxury-2018/ Tue, 18 Dec 2018 16:14:40 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=56521 By Tyler R. Morrissey Time is running out to cross off everyone on …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

Time is running out to cross off everyone on your gift list as you finish your holiday shopping. We all have that one person who might be harder to shop for than others. If that’s the case, then you’ll want to check out some of the top luxury gifts to keep an eye out for this holiday season.

For the Fitness Enthusiast

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In addition to spreading holiday cheer, this time of the year is well-known for getting back in shape or embarking on a new fitness regimen. According to USA Today, one of the hottest fitness gifts of 2018 is the Peloton spin bike. Bring the energy of a live spin class to your own home with this unique take on a home gym. Peloton is a cycling bike that’s equipped with a tablet computer that allows the user to take live spin classes from Peloton’s New York City studio. World class instructors walk the rider through techniques as if they are taking a spin class in a gym or studio. If you miss a live class, there are thousands of on demand rides that can be taken at any time.

For the Travel Lover

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Sometimes the best gifts don’t come wrapped up in a box or gift bag. A lavish trip or vacation might be one of the most memorable gifts you can give someone this year. Forbes takes a look at some of the top luxury getaways that will leave you feeling merry and bright all year long. Off of the coast of Sri Lanka resides the Kuda Hithi Island, home to Coco Privé. For $45,000 a night, this private island features a spectacular resort, as well as five guest villas. In the past, Coco Privé has been a popular destination for celebrities, billionaires, as well as royalty. In addition to a 40 meter pool, private wine cellar and a personal chef, the island offers a party experience for you and your guests that is typically held over the course of three days.

For the Golfer

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This year’s golf season may be behind us, but it’s never too early to start working on your game for the spring. There are tons of products on the market that are designed to take strokes off of your game and the PGA Tour has rounded up some of the top gifts to consider before hitting the links. Since the weather is less than ideal for golf in the winter, bring the game inside with a Full Swing Pro Series Golf Simulator. Golf legends like Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day have all used this simulator in their homes to improve their game and now you can too. The simulator will run you around $35,000 and includes an ION2 Camera and infrared tracking to help you with your swing and overall performance. If you are looking for something that can improve your game and also fit in your golf bag, consider a Garmin Approach Z80 Range Finder. For $600, Garmin’s latest range finder uses GPS technology to measure your shot within 10 inches of the flag up to 350 yards.

For the Chef

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Who doesn’t love home cooked meals during the holidays? Show your chef in the family how much you care with some luxury cooking tools that can be used for the years to come. Le Creuset is a household name when it comes to Dutch ovens and cast iron pots, but according to USA Today there’s another brand making waves in the kitchen. Staub cookware was named the newspaper’s best cookware overall and was even recently used at actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s wedding. For $324.95 you can find a 5.5 quart, cast iron Staub pot on Amazon, which is handy for those last minute shoppers. For the baker on your list one of the most traditional and popular kitchen gadgets is an American classic. The Kitchen Aid’s Artisan Stand Mixer continues to be a top seller this holiday season. With a variety of colors available, the trusty mixer will fit with any kitchen design or motif.

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From the Top of the Mountain https://www.williampitt.com/from-the-top-of-the-mountain/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:11:44 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=56425 By Tyler R. Morrissey If you’re a follower of our Instagram channel (WilliamPittSIR) …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

If you’re a follower of our Instagram channel (WilliamPittSIR) then you may notice a different look to the homes you normally see on any given day. Today in collaboration with Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty in Telluride, Colorado, we are participating in another “Instagram Takeover.” Due to our brand’s unique ability to reach national and international audiences through its vast network, we are excited to showcase some of the Northeast’s most dazzling homes to viewers in the Centennial State.

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The William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty channel will feature a handful of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty’s most spectacular listings. Also, their Instagram channel will feature a listing from each of the communities our firm services, including Westchester County, Fairfield County, Hartford County, the Litchfield Hills, the Berkshires and the Connecticut Shoreline.

After humble beginnings as a mining town in the late 1800s, today Telluride is a premier skiing destination in the winter, and an adventure filled vacation spot in the summer. In addition to Main Street, Telluride consists of six distinct neighborhoods that offer breathtaking mountain views and wonderful natural beauty as far as the eye can see.

Skiers on Telluride's Gold Hill with the majestic Wilson Massif in the background

With six offices throughout the historic town, Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty has developed a network of expert agents throughout the region with a commitment to connecting their clients to the best possible home buying and selling experience.

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“Over the course of 2018, our Instagram takeovers have connected us with Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates from coast to coast and around the globe,” said Vin Socci, Chief Operating Officer for William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. “Our takeovers are another concrete example of the true reach and unrivaled power of our brand. Telluride offers breathtaking landscapes and truly spectacular homes. We are excited to showcase our region’s exceptional properties and we hope our followers enjoy the different perspective we will present.”

Be sure to follow this month’s Instagram Takeover by following the William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty channel here. You can see our featured listings on Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty’s channel here.

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Westchester County: Fourth Quarter to Date https://www.williampitt.com/westchester-county-fourth-quarter-date/ Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:42:18 +0000 https://www.williampitt.com/?p=56431 From the desk of Paul Breunich, President and Chief Executive Officer of William …

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From the desk of Paul Breunich, President and Chief Executive Officer of William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty


After major media outlets from Bloomberg to The Wall Street Journal cited inaccurate data to report on the real estate market in Westchester County earlier this year, we made the commitment to provide an accurate summary of the market on a monthly basis to ensure consumers are armed with the facts.

We last looked at Westchester, including multiple price ranges in the county overall, the southern county and the northern county, in our October report, which you can read here. Today we present our findings on the fourth quarter to date—the period of October 1 to November 30, 2018—as well as year to date through November 30. All data is provided by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service.

We will continue to deliver a more highly detailed review in our quarterly reports. We hope you find this information valuable in evaluating your own real estate needs, and invite you to contact one of our sales associates if we can assist you in any way

Westchester County Overall

Year to date, Westchester is down 4% in unit sales and 3% in dollar volume compared to the first 11 months of 2017, a similar trend to what we have seen throughout the year. Fourth quarter to date, unit sales are down 3% and volume a slight 1%. The $3 to $4 million range witnessed an uptick while all other price ranges fell behind.

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Southern Westchester County

The year to date figures in the southern county are similar to those from the county as a whole: units are off 4% and volume 2% year over year. Fourth quarter to date, unit sales slipped behind the same time last year by 6% and dollar volume by 3%. Again, the $3 to $4 million range experienced a surge while sales declined in other price ranges.

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Northern Westchester County

As with the southern county, the northern county is behind 2017 year to date, with unit sales decreasing by 6% and volume by 5% year over year. Yet if October saw unit sales pacing evenly with the same month last year, quarter to date the region has now begun to pull ahead, with units increasing by a slight 2% and volume by 4% compared to the same time last year.

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Respectfully,

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Paul E. Breunich
203.913.5730

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