Page Array – William Pitt Sotheby’s Realty Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:39:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On the Cutting Edge of Technology…Again Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:02:04 +0000 By Tyler R. Morrissey In the vast digital world the next question on …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

In the vast digital world the next question on everyone’s minds is what’s the next big thing? Like never before we are thinking about the latest app, the newest smartphone or recent technological advancement. Think back to the first time you held a cellular device and realized that it could do more than place a call or send a text message. The future had arrived. We found ourselves connected to a whole new digital world; along with having new and unprecedented ways of communication at our fingertips, we had access to information, entertainment and tools to make our lives easier.

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The next big thing in digital media is augmented. People have long been familiar with the concept of virtual reality as it has been prominently featured as something synonymous with “the future” throughout culture. As mobile devices and our digital connection with the world around us became part of our daily narrative, users began to seek out ways to interact and integrate more deeply with their content and tools.

On Friday, February 23rd, 2018, Google announced the official release of ARCore, its AR Software platform, which enables developers to build augmented reality (AR) apps. Following the announcement, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand joined Google as they appeared at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. During the week-long technology exhibition, Google demonstrated a selection of apps built using ARCore to tech industry leaders and the media.

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The Sotheby’s International Realty brand worked closely with Google in the run up to ARCore’s release and benefited from worldwide media exposure of this announcement including coverage in CNBCEngadgetThe Verge and Google’s blog.

The highly anticipated Sotheby’s International Realty brand AR app was built with Google’s ARCore, and, when launched, will bring a home’s virtual staging from perception to reality, allowing users to visualize a house as their own before purchase, adding a new level of curation to the home-buying experience.

The AR app is just another example of Sotheby’s International Realty leading the real estate industry in keeping up with the latest technology trends. Sotheby’s International Realty was the first luxury real estate brand to launch on Apple TV and was also the first luxury real estate brand to add 3D and virtual reality tours to our website. And now, we are the first luxury real estate brand to launch an augmented reality app.

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Mark your calendars! The Sotheby’s International Realty brand augmented reality app will be available for download in the Google Play Store on March 20th.

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Residential Roundup: Home Court Advantage Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:00:30 +0000 By Tyler R. Morrissey March is a special time of year. Between the …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

March is a special time of year. Between the start of the spring and Saint Patrick’s Day, there is plenty to celebrate. For basketball fans, March also represents one of the most important months on the calendar. The upsets, the buzzer-beaters, the Cinderella stories: these are all hallmarks of March Madness and the excitement of the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. March is also a great time to begin your next home search. The following properties include spectacular basketball courts that will entertain the whole family from the opening tip in the fall, all the way to next summer and beyond. So grab your brackets and your Sharpie because we’re about to set the field of fantastic properties that will give you a home court advantage.

3 Read Court – Rye, N.Y.

This home appropriately resides on Read Court, a highly desirable cul-de-sac in a prime location. Built in 2017 by accomplished Westchester/Greenwich builder Kenneth Lawrence, the house has been exquisitely crafted to the highest standards. If your idea of a fun weekend activity includes playing a pickup game of basketball with friends or family, then you are in luck, as this home includes an indoor basketball court. After a friendly game of hoops, relax in light-filled rooms that feature high ceilings and top of the line finishes. If you’re looking for an easy commute to work, this property is also conveniently located close to downtown Rye and the Metro North station.



For more information: Fran Klingenstein, 914.772.4203,, Lisa Sangster, 914.474.4342,

140 Dorset Lane – Madison, Conn.

Located in the Dorset section of town, this three-bedroom Colonial, with an option for a finished lower level, has a highly desirable open concept floor plan. The home features hardwood floors throughout and granite countertops in the kitchen, which also includes a center island. From the kitchen head over to the family room and cozy up near the fireplace as natural light beams in. Upstairs, the second floor of the house has three bedrooms, including a spacious master suite. Venture to the home’s exterior, where you will find a basketball court in the backyard with lights to work on some free throw shooting after dark.



For more information: Kristen Adams, 203.500.4000,

131 Fleming Lane – Fairfield, Conn.

Flawless design and uncompromising quality are at the core of this custom built home in the Greenfield Hill neighborhood of Fairfield. Stunning sun-filled rooms feature high ceilings, custom millwork, expansive windows and magnificent cherry floors. The floor plan is open, but still provides many getaways for family and friends to relax and enjoy the stylish spaces. A covered porch, outdoor fireplace, terrace, gym and wine cellar are just some of the many amenities that accompany the beautiful grounds of the five-bedroom house. Adjacent to the home you’ll find a basketball court, which leads into the well maintained backyard that’s lined with mature plantings and trees.


For more information: Todd Gibbons, 203.858.8525,

89 Dunmore Ct – Lenox Mass.

The Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, Mass. and about 50 minutes from the shrine to Dr. James Naismith’s game is this outstanding, custom built home in Lenox. Built by renowned builder Wayne McCormack, the impressive and spacious house has it all. The two-story vaulted entry is highlighted by significant architectural details that extend throughout the home. There’s a large kitchen and comfortable master suite with a sitting room and a roomy walk-in closet. A natural redwood deck overlooks a uniquely shaped in-ground, gunite pool and spa. In addition to the game room on the lower level, there’s also a basketball court located in the attached garage.


For more information: George Cain, 917.861.3855,

400 5 ½ Half Mile Road – Cornwall, Conn.

Behind the elegant gated entrance of this property sits a one of a kind manor house. The driveway is tree-lined and meanders by meadows, pastures and horse stables on either side. Stunning 12-foot custom French doors on the first floor lead to gracious gardens and a serene landscape. Inside there is a custom-built gymnasium with a basketball court, as well as an exercise room and steam room for some post-game relaxation. Upon entry to the 25,000-square-foot estate, you are greeted by an elegant foyer and reception room. A custom double-staircase leads to the upper foyer and the home’s 10 bedrooms. A three-car garage is located off of the circular driveway and there’s also additional garage space with room for three more vehicles.




For more information: Pat Kennedy Lahoud,, Kathryn Clair, 203.948.5255,

10 Old Oscaleta Rd – Ridgefield, Conn.

Located just an hour from New York City in Ridgefield is a fantastic home where no detail was overlooked. The home was rebuilt in 2002 by notable New York architect Barry Goralnick, who was inspired by the work of Robert Stern. Comprised of 3.35 acres, the picturesque setting of the property was chosen due to its natural beauty and close proximity to nearby conservation land. In addition to the outdoor basketball court, the home features a lovely porch and patio, as well as a luxurious in-ground pool. Inside, the 4,551-square-foot house has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, as well as other fantastic amenities such as SMART home technology. There are also three fireplaces and copper gutters with radiant heat to aid the melting of ice and snow during the winter.



For more information: Laura Freed Ancona, 203.733.7053,

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10 Easy Additions to Make your home ‘SMART’ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:01:42 +0000 By Kyle Pennell Guest Contributor Smart homes promote safety, sustainability and simplicity. They …

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By Kyle Pennell
Guest Contributor

Smart homes promote safety, sustainability and simplicity. They provide a central command center for directing your home’s workflow. Turn your home into a Smart Home with these ten additions.

1. Track Your Solar Production


Those with solar energy at home will definitely want to track input and stats when net metering. If you are able to sell energy to the utilities company then you’ll definitely want to track and ensure everything is in prime running order. Many systems include an app for tracking solar energy. Solrenview provides an online tracking system that allows tracking of lifetime energy production and daily energy production.

2. Stay Safe and Secure

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Ensuring home safety while away from home, and especially while at home, is essential. Safety, a company that reviews home safety products, reviewed 50 different home security systems with Smart Home features. The most popular programs provide visual access to the home, allowing owners to check in throughout the day. Some programs allow for keyless entry, which simplifies a hands free entrance system. The owner can also allow access to the house from anywhere in the world.

3. Fight Droughts with Water-Saving Systems

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln provides an online drought tracker for the U.S. There are very few states not impacted by drought. So it is no surprise homeowners are looking for ways to lower water usage and reuse water when possible. Rachio is an easy-to-use application managing home watering systems. Simply program and let Rachio take care of scheduling watering based on climate and weather.

4. Save Money with Smart Utility Tools



Heating and cooling often monopolize a good portion of home budgets. Smart home management allows users to play with utility off peak hours for hardy savings. CNET looked at some of the top thermostat systems reviewing both features and pricing.

5. Be Smart about Lighting

Fear the monsters down the dark hallway? No worries. CNET reviewed lighting programs controlled by a simple Smartphone app or home management systems like Google Home. These programs allow control of light switches from the comfort of bed or from your office. If you worked a little too late and aren’t feeling like coming home to a dark house you can flip on a porch light before leaving your office.

6. Breathe Easy with Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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These smart systems alert you of dangerous smoke, fire and gas. The systems run on Smartphones with notifications alerting of problems. No more broom handle beating the fire alarm after burning popcorn. A simple tap on the app and the alarm goes silent. Check out Reviewed’s list of popular smoke and carbon detectors.

7. Keep Health and Safety in Check

Medical Guardian offers a smart home system that can detect falls and can pinpoint location of a loved one using GPS. The system is sure to please those caring for elderly relatives.

8. Home Maintenance Made Easy

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Worried about busted pipes or home flooding? Smart homes can now monitor the health of the home. Reviewed provides an overview of some home monitoring systems that alert owners of potential problems before they become catastrophic. Imagine being able to shut down the water supply before your dysfunctional dishwasher releases several gallons into your unsuspecting kitchen.

9. Smart Entertainment

While the smart TV was one of the first smart home items many jumped at, there are so many additions now. Home Stratosphere provides a list of the top smart home devices for entertaining. Controlling TVs, gaming systems and stereos can be done with a swipe of a Smartphone. One product, Singlecue, allows control through gestures rather than voice control.

10. Make Your Pool Smarter


Pool pumps are one of those items that can run up utility bills, especially in the summer months. Smart Home systems offer pool monitoring and control to make use of off peak hours. Swim University even maintains healthy chemical levels. Save money and avoid red eyes with smart pool programs.

Smart Home technology is constantly evolving with easy-to-use systems at prices that decrease with popularity. While these systems make life a little easier, they also promote sustainability and ease some of the pressure off of mother earth.

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Sotheby’s International Realty’s Record Breaking Year Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:11:08 +0000 By Tyler R. Morrissey Sotheby’s International Realty® has already set the standard as …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

Sotheby’s International Realty® has already set the standard as the world’s preeminent luxury brand and 2017 was no different. This past year, the brand saw its highest annual sales volume performance yet, achieving approximately $108 billion in global sales volume.

“In 2017 we witnessed the expansion of the global economy,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is in 69 countries worldwide, so we were well-positioned to both contribute to and benefit from that growth. The success of the global economy, coupled with our strategic goals, yielded outcomes better than we could have ever anticipated in 2017. We look forward to carrying that strength into the new year.”


In addition to these outstanding sales figures, the company expanded its global network, which now comprises nearly 950 offices and around 22,000 sales associates worldwide.

Here in the in United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved over $96 billion USD in sales volume in 2017 and added six independently owned and operated residential real estate firms to its network and 58 new offices. This past year witnessed continued significant growth by the brand’s existing affiliate companies through talent attraction as well as mergers and acquisitions, most notably increasing the brand’s market presence in the San Francisco Bay Area; Castle Rock, Colorado; and in Southern Florida and Key West. The brand also entered several key new markets last year, namely: Roseville, California; Avalon and Stone Harbor, New Jersey; the Central and Western Adirondacks regions of New York; Greater Greenville, South Carolina; and southeast Wisconsin.

Beyond the U.S. borders the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved over $12 billion USD in sales volume in 2017 while continuing to expand into key markets. In Europe, the brand grew its presence in Spain into the coastal cities of Valencia and San Sebastián, and in Belgium to Antwerp and Waterloo, as well as expanding to the Greek island of Rhodes. The brand also sold the rights to the Asian countries of Vietnam, Indonesia and Sri Lanka to establish a future presence, and grew within India to include the key markets of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Goa and Kolkata.


“The exclusive marketing partnerships and global network that the Sotheby’s International Realty brand offers are unmatched in the luxury real estate industry,” said Paul Breunich, President and CEO of William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are proud to be part of this network of extraordinary professionals and look forward to being a part of the company’s success in the many years ahead.”


Sotheby’s International Realty has also forged new paths in reaching its valued clients. The brand’s website,, saw another record year with nearly 27 million visits, a 25 percent increase year-over-year, with 60 percent of visitors coming from outside the United States and 17.5 percent of traffic being from new users. An exclusive alliance with the Nikkei, the most influential news publication in Japan, was launched in 2017. The alliance enables the brand to generate Japanese buyer interest through the Nikkei’s digital platform which reaches over 29 million monthly readers. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is the first real estate brand to present property listings outside of Japan to readers of the Nikkei, giving Japanese consumers access to residential real estate offerings in nearly 70 countries and territories.


The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was the No. 1 real estate brand represented in two of the six categories that comprise the 2017 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” for the second year in a row. The brand claimed 46 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate brand, and 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.

Property listings from William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty are marketed on the global website, as well as on our company’s local website, In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, our brokerage and our clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.

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Spring into Action 2018 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:00:28 +0000 By Tyler R. Morrissey All around you signs of spring are starting to …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

All around you signs of spring are starting to appear. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting warmer and preseason baseball is in full swing. With the first day of spring just 14 days away, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare your home for the coming season. We’ve gathered the following tips to ensure you and your house are ready after a long and cold winter.

Spring Cleaning

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Spring is traditionally a time to clean your home. It’s not as cold, so working outside is not as abrasive, and it’s not humid so you won’t work up a sweat getting your most prized possession in order. Your closets should be a top priority when it comes to spring cleaning and home décor magazine House Beautiful has some tips to help you get started. Start by emptying your closets to see what you don’t need. Chances are you’ll find items you haven’t seen in a long time and if you’ve done without them for this long, there’s no need to take up valuable space. Once you have an empty closet, consider getting some storage bins or boxes to neatly pack the items you wish to hang on to. One of the biggest challenges for men and women is finding the best way to organize your shoes. Try investing in adjustable shoe shelves that neatly display all of your footwear so you can see what options you have when you get ready in the morning.

Get Ahead on Lawn Care

Majestic sunset seen in late spring, showing a recently cut and well maintained large lawn in a rural location. The sun can be seen setting below a distant hedge, producing a sunburst effect.

With this week’s Nor’easter on the mind, the last thing on your to-do list is to take care of your lawn. However, after the storm is the perfect time to get a head start on your spring lawn care and HGTV has some handy advice to help you avoid more work later this season. You can start by testing your soil pH.  A healthy lawn needs soil with a balanced pH level, usually between five and seven, depending on the type of grass. If the pH level is too high, you can add sulfate with a broadcast spreader. If your pH level is too low, you can add lime using the same method. There is some debate on when to fertilize your lawn, but consider this before applying any treatments. If you fertilize now, a rainy April can wash away many of the important nutrients before your lawn can absorb them, so it’s best to hold off on this until late April or early May.

Life Begins in the Garden

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In addition to your lawn, you can also be proactive when it comes to your garden. The New York Times has an annual home maintenance checklist that notes spring is the perfect time for some garden cleanup. Start by removing any leaves that survived the winter and if your property has any trees, consider hiring a certified arborist to check for any signs of illness. Problems such as numerous dead branches may be a sign the tree is dying and if large enough, a dying tree can pose a threat to your property. Also, if you haven’t already done so, March is the month to check your irrigation systems and repair any damage that may have occurred due to freezing lines or pipes. Even fixing small leaks can have a large impact on water waste. Preparing now for the spring season will ensure your garden stays healthy and will be easy to maintain when the dog days of summer arrive.

Cool as the Other Side of the Pillow

What does your bed look like right now? Maybe you have a heavy down comforter on it or some cozy flannel sheets to keep you warm during those chilly New England nights. Thankfully in a week or two we most likely won’t need that many blankets and we can opt for lighter bedding sets. The Sioux City Journal recommends purchasing breathable sheets to help stay cool when the temperatures rise. Sheex are a luxury brand of sheets available on Amazon and are perfect for people whose body temperature generally runs warm. The wrinkle-resistant linen features a breathable material that also wicks moisture away from the body.

What’s Trending?

While it’s still too early to determine what home décor trends will define 2018, there are already some interior design concepts that have taken an early lead. According to Décor Matters, one of the first trends to be predicted for the New Year was including forms of wall art in your home. Pinterest has reported that pins for wall art related images have increased by a whopping 637 percent this year. Wall art can definitely spruce up the entire look of your home, especially if you have a relatively simple and minimalistic design.

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Around the Region: March 2018 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:02:01 +0000 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 February to March, there are plenty of activities to take part in. Below are just a few events that will have you feeling lucky all month long.


Two men is novelty hats watching the St. Patricks Day Parde in Manhattan.

Irish eyes will be smiling down on White Plains for their annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 10th. The 21st edition of the yearly parade will begin promptly at noon in the downtown section of town. Beginning at the start of Mamaroneck Avenue, the parade will continue along this road before concluding in front of City Hall. Similar to prior years, the parade will feature bands, floats and local organizations from the community. In 2017, the parade featured over 26 musical performances and 90 marching groups. The grand marshal of this year’s celebration of Irish heritage will be Mary Broderick Ryan. For more information on this event, click here.

Fairfield County

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On Sunday, March 4th the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best films of 2017. While most of the glitz and glamour of the evening will transpire at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, there’s a bit of red carpet buzz happening right here in Westport. The Westport Cinema Initiative is hosting a gala event from 7 p.m. to midnight at Birchwood Country Club. After a walk down the red carpet, watch the Oscars and enjoy hors-d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner and an open bar. There will also be prizes for the best actor/actress impersonator. For more information and tickets, click here.

Litchfield County

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In the spirit of the season, the Warner Theatre in Torrington is hosting a performance of the uplifting musical “The Irish…and how they got That Way.” The 90-minute show runs from Saturday, March 10th to Sunday, March 18th, and is a celebration of all things Irish in the tumultuous 20th and 21st centuries through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt. McCourt’s razor-sharp wit, coupled with his trademark bitter irony and his boundless love for the Irish are all underscored by musical numbers such as Irish folk ballades and World War II standards from films of the era. For more information on the show, click here.

The Connecticut Shoreline

Skyline showing church steeples on the New Haven Green and Storm Clouds arising as well as an american flag and towers of Yale University showing in New Haven Connecticut

The sixth oldest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the nation can be seen right here in Connecticut. On Sunday, March 11th the Greater New Haven Saint Patrick’s Day parade will step off from the corner of Chapel Street at 1:30 and will conclude at the intersection of Grove and Orange Street. The St. Patrick’s Day parade tradition was born in New Haven on March 17, 1842, when about 90 members of the Hibernian Provident Society, a mutual aid organization formed the previous year, marched through the city streets behind a banner made especially for the occasion. Historically the parade has seen over 3,100 marchers and more than 250,000 spectators along the parade route in a given year. It has received national recognition in the Library of Congress, in a project entitled “Local Legacies,” which commemorates and celebrates America’s richly diverse culture. Should you want to enjoy this year’s festivities from the comfort of your own home; the parade will also be broadcasted on WTNH. For more information of this event, click here.

The Berkshires

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In addition to Saint Patrick’s Day, there’s another tradition synonymous with March. The beginning of March signifies the start of “Sugaring Season,” which is the process that turns tree sap from maple trees into the delicious product we know as maple syrup. There are many local farms and sugarhouses across the Berkshires that offer the chance to see how maple syrup is made. The Massachusetts Maple Producer Association (MMPA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of maple sugaring in Massachusetts, has declared March 17-18 as “Maple Weekend.” Mill Brook Sugarhouse in Lenox is participating in Maple Weekend, allowing patrons to visit their expanded sugarhouse from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see how sap is collected through a vast tubing system. For more information, click here.

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Living in a Piece of Artwork Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:00:00 +0000 By Tyler R. Morrissey On the banks of Long Island Sound in Darien, …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

On the banks of Long Island Sound in Darien, Conn., is a 3,930-square-foot house on Shennamere Road. As you approach the home, it’s hard not to notice the unique design and construction of the four-bedroom, three-bath property that was brought to life by one of the world’s most famous architects. Offered at $14,500,000, the listing has already gotten the attention of major publications including Mansion Global, and the Associated Press.


The home was designed by Richard Meier, a Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect and one of the famed “New York Five” architects alongside Charles Gwathmey, Peter Eisenman and others. He trained under Marcel Breuer and went on to design significant works around the world including the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain, city halls in The Hague, the Canal and Headquarters in Paris and the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Before Meier became a world-renowned architect he got his start by building structures for residential living, including this iconic property.


Meier was only 31 years old when he designed the house for Frederick and Carole Smith. The home was left to their two sons, the current sellers, including documentary filmmaker and producer Chuck Smith, perhaps best known for “Forrest Bess: Key to the Riddle,” starring Willem Dafoe. To this day the house has retained its legacy. The home is most commonly known as “The Smith House.”

There’s no question this particular structure played an important role in Meier’s early career. In his 1990s book on Meier houses, architecture critic Paul Goldberger credits this house for catapulting Meier to fame, and the success that Meier challenged himself to respond to in following years. It received the AIA National Honor Award, the AIA New England Award, the AIANY Award and the AIA National Award.


The Smith House is separated into private spaces where windows are sparse and public entertaining areas within the three-sided, mullioned glass shell. Its white walls, geometric design and grid of glass are hallmarks of Meier properties. It was initially conceived as a vertical structure with an intentionally small footprint on its treed, rocky site; Meier returned to it in the 1980s to add an extension on its east-facing side.

Located only an hour from Midtown Manhattan and five minutes from the Darien Metro North station, the home is built from white-painted redwood and held up by steel columns. The living and dining rooms both have fireplaces and offer stunning views of the water, making it the perfect space to entertain as the water comes up to the banks of the property. You’ll also want to venture down to the private beach, which is included with the house, to get an even better southern view of Long Island Sound. Chuck Smith told Mansion Global that it takes a certain understanding to fully grasp Meier’s design.

“There is nothing else like it,” Smith said. “It was like growing up in a sculpture or a piece of art.”


For more information on this property, you can check out the listing here or contact Jack Trifero, 203.216.8774,

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William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty Ship Up to Boston Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:35:01 +0000 By Tyler R. Morrissey If you are a follower of our Instagram channels …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

If you are a follower of our Instagram channels (WilliamPittSIR and JuliaBFeeSIR) then you may notice a different look to the homes you normally see on any given day. Today in collaboration with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, we are participating in another “Instagram Takeover.”

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Both the William Pitt and Julia B. Fee channels will feature a handful of our Boston affiliate’s most spectacular listings. Also, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty will feature a listing from each of the communities our firm services, including Westchester County, Fairfield County, the Litchfield Hills, the Berkshires and the Connecticut Shoreline.

Founded by Betty Gibson in 1962 in the South End of Boston, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty has been one of the city’s leading real estate companies. Today the firm is comprised of eight offices with a team of approximately 170 sales associates. The Gibson team currently has over 3,000 followers on its Instagram channel and continues to partner with other Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliates around the globe.

“This is another fantastic opportunity to get further exposure for our listings in the Boston metro area, which is only a short drive from the communities we service,” said Vin Socci, Chief Operating Officer for William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. “Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty has done a great job working with other Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates in past takeovers and we are really excited for today’s collaboration.”

Be sure to follow this week’s Instagram Takeover by following the William Pitt channel here and Julia B. Fee channel here. You can see our featured listings on Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty here.

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Carolyn Fugere Named 2017 Manager of the Year Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:44:41 +0000 Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty announced that Carolyn Fugere, manager of the firm’s …

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carolynJulia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty announced that Carolyn Fugere, manager of the firm’s Larchmont brokerage, has been named the company’s 2017 Manager of the Year. Fugere was chosen from among 16 brokerage managers for the honor, winning the award for the second time in her career with the firm.

“Carolyn continuously proves an amazing asset to our company with her outstanding support and leadership,” said Paul Breunich, President and Chief Executive Officer of William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. “She is resourceful and always finds ways to work through any issue, large or small. Additionally, Carolyn is a superb teacher and role model, especially to new agents. Her phenomenal training and educational programs encourage new agents and give them the ability to confidently work with both buyers and sellers. I am proud to recognize Carolyn as our Manager of the Year.”

Under Fugere’s leadership, the Larchmont brokerage has for four consecutive years witnessed an increase in the average sale price of transactions in which it has participated. The brokerage has also increased its market share in the Mamaroneck school district each year during Fugere’s tenure, outperforming the market by 20 percent in 2017.

Breunich attributed the accomplishment to Fugere’s boutique style of operations and hands-on guidance and support of her sales force. “Carolyn has placed an emphasis on attracting and developing new talent in the industry and providing education in the office on a daily basis,” he said. “It is hardly a surprise to see a correlation in increased productivity among new sales associates with the company.”


Fugere’s commitment to the community extends beyond the Larchmont brokerage. Upon moving into the Larchmont managerial role in 2014, she immediately volunteered to serve on the Larchmont Chamber of Commerce board, where she was appointed to the role of president. Fugere worked to increase their funding by over 400 percent after reviving their membership from a dozen active members to well over 100.

“It is an honor to be named Manager of the Year,” said Fugere. “The Larchmont brokerage could not have achieved its success without our amazing group of agents, who bring deep knowledge of current real estate conditions and our communities, as well as a dedication to focusing on what is best for our clients and building relationships that will grow for generations. If we believe that everyone deserves the exceptional, then we have to be exceptional, which is why we are focused on consistently improving ourselves and giving our clients the best service possible. In conjunction with our brand’s reputation and global reach, I am confident my team will realize continued success in 2018.”

Fugere, who has been in the real estate industry for over a decade, initially led William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty’s operations in Litchfield County, Conn., and the Berkshires, Mass. During her time in this region, the firm’s sales volume grew at a rate that far exceeded the general market growth, leading the company to become the largest brokerage in total dollars and units in Litchfield County. Today in Larchmont she manages 67 agents serving Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye Neck and other communities throughout Southern Westchester County.

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Price Point: What Will $6 Million Get You in New Canaan? Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:40:45 +0000 By Tyler R. Morrissey New Canaan is a very attractive town in Fairfield …

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By Tyler R. Morrissey

New Canaan is a very attractive town in Fairfield County for potential home buyers, known for its architecturally unique properties. From its many shops and restaurants to its access to New York City—just an hour from Manhattan via Metro North—it’s easy to see why it’s become a popular destination. If your budget is in the $6 million range, you’ll want to check out these fabulous properties.

174 Rosebrook Road – $6,900,000

This extraordinary Georgian home presides over 14.22 breathtaking, park-like acres. The long sweeping driveway curves along a lush meadow and leads to the courtyard entrance of the well-appointed brick residence. Exceptional quality and craftsmanship are exhibited throughout the living spaces, including soaring nine-foot ceilings, exquisite custom millwork, hardwood floors, and a paneled library among other exceptional features. The Rosebrook property seamlessly blends classical architecture, a luxurious pool setting, tennis court, stone patios and perennial gardens, in a pastoral landscape. Also included on the property is a spacious caretaker’s apartment located above the garages.



For more information: Diane Jenkins, 203.803.5703,

99 Huckleberry Hill Road – $6,995,000

This home on Huckleberry Hill Road is an extraordinary Palladian residence majestically sited on nearly eight and a half acres. Designed by the internationally renowned classical architect Alan Greenberg in 1982, the main house, pool house and guest cottage are surrounded by spectacular gardens. The magnificent house has been featured in numerous publications. The elegant proportions and stunning drama of the three-story rotunda provide the perfect central axis of the home. Other features include a beautiful dining room with painted, Chinese wallpaper, the handsome Culin and Colella kitchen cabinetry and the mahogany library.



For more information: Bonnie Sztam, 917.825.8109,, Rita Kirby, 203.984.7665,

33 Sunset Hill Road – $6,500,000

One last property in this price range presents the opportunity to own one of New Canaan’s finest residences, offering the ultimate luxurious lifestyle combined with an unparalleled location on Sunset Hill. Welcomed by beautiful hornbeam trees and a courtyard of tailored boxwoods, this 2009 custom-built, stone and clapboard home offers an immediately apparent classic elegance. A handsome limestone front entry flanks the lacquered front door with leaded glass above and custom floor to ceiling windows on either side. Customized design elements by the home’s renowned architect and designers blend the spacious formal and informal rooms, creating a perfect fusion of modern lifestyle with sophisticated elegance. Three floors of living are highlighted by a grand, open kitchen with Calcutta marble walls, a family room with a fireplace and leather lined bookcases and a very impressive master suite. Large open hallways are naturally sunlit as the numerous French doors seamlessly lead to the outdoor spaces, which feature stone terraces, an expansive yard, a porch with a fireplace and a luxurious pool and spa.




For more information: Page Growney,

549 Oenoke Ridge – $5,995,000

The award-winning building and architecture firm Riverside Design & Build is responsible for this stunning architectural masterpiece that comes in just under the $6 million price tag. A gated entry with field stone walls leads to this enchanting six-bedroom home that resides amidst some of New Canaan’s most iconic estates. On one side of this 2016-built house lies the Alice House by Philip Johnson, acclaimed Harvard Five architect of the famous “Glass House.” On the other side lies the Celanese house by Edward Durell Stone, famed modern architect behind Radio City Music Hall and the Museum of Modern Art. Flanked by two such iconic neighbors, this new home was specifically designed to reflect elements from each. The home’s more traditional exterior is respectful to the style often seen in the surrounding Oenoke Ridge area, but upon entering a very modern vibe begins to unfold. From Johnson’s Alice House with its large glass doors opening to the gardens, the architect took inspiration from the very strong, direct relationship between the house and the landscape, and the modern idea of indoor/outdoor living, openness and lots of ambient light. Upstairs, the master bedroom features a fireplace, sitting room, as well as two walk-in closets. If you don’t like taking the stairs there’s also an elevator that services all four floors of the home. The house also includes an unfinished basement with over 3,000 square feet of additional space that can serve a variety of purposes.



For more information: Bonnie Sztam, 917.825.8109,

709 West Road – $5,950,000

Built in 1998, this like-new home resides on four remarkable acres, offering an unmatched lifestyle of sophistication, beauty and privacy. Recently renovated with magazine-worthy finishes and details throughout, this impressive home offers six luxurious en-suite bedrooms, new systems and a new roof. The house is complemented by exceptional landscaping surrounding the custom pool house, which is complete with a bathroom and a fireplace. Other outdoor amenities include an infinity pool and spa, two outdoor cooking areas and multiple terraces. The expansive lower level includes a top of the line 12-seat home theater, wine cellar with storage for 1,500 bottles and a home gym. Just one hour from Manhattan, the property is also conveniently located within five minutes to the center of New Canaan.




For more information: Martha Perry, 203.912.9091,

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