1949 | William Pitt: Visionary, Leader, Philanthropist
The William Pitt Company was founded in 1949 under the visionary leadership of the late William H. Pitt. As a passionate 23-year-old entrepreneur, Mr. Pitt opened his real estate office, with just six dollars and a telephone, on the second floor of the Roger Smith Hotel on River Street (now Washington Boulevard) in downtown Stamford. His dream was to build a real estate network dedicated to fulfilling the needs of its clients by delivering extraordinary customer service. For the fifty years he led his namesake firm, Mr. Pitt’s dream was realized by building a full-service real estate company serving Fairfield County and its surrounding upscale marketplaces.
1953 | Julia B. Fee: Committed to the Community
Julia B. Fee founded her namesake firm in 1953 with a staff of one – herself. Ahead of her time and a dedicated professional, she built a successful real estate firm while working tirelessly for local organizations and causes. Julia B. Fee’s business philosophy of an unmatched service experience and community expertise lives on at the firm today.
1983 | Westchester’s Premier Real Estate FirmOver the course of 30 years, Julia B. Fee expanded their offices throughout Lower Westchester County, and became a household name. Continuing to provide unmatched service and expertise, the firm became the premier local brand in the Scarsdale, Larchmont and Rye areas.
1998 | A New Chapter: The Pineapple
In 1998, Paul Breunich took the helm of William Pitt Real Estate and through his leadership brought the firm through its greatest expansion. He incorporated the image of the pineapple, the universal symbol of hospitality, into a newly designed logo. The Pineapple continues today to represent who we are, what we stand for, and what you can expect. Learn more about The Pineapple
2005 | Burbank Whittemore Joins Forces with Julia B. FeeIn October 2005, Julia B. Fee Real Estate purchased Burbank Whittemore, expanding their local niche in Larchmont. With the acquisition of Burbank Whittemore, whose local roots date back to 1935, Julia B. Fee became the leader of the stunning Sound Shore area. Jim Whittemore, former partner of Burbank Whittemore, continued his illustrious career, becoming Vice President and Brokerage Manager of Julia B. Fee’s Larchmont Brokerage.
2005/2006 | Local Expertise. Global Exposure.In 2005, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty was born as an affiliate of the prestigious Sotheby’s International Realty® brand, offering unparalleled access to the world’s most distinctive properties through its global network of affiliates. The firm’s sixty-year history of local market expertise and impeccable customer service was now combined with the global reach and worldwide renown of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.
In 2006, the local and global brands of Julia B. Fee Real Estate and Sotheby’s International Realty® merged to accommodate an international real estate market. This combined the marketing strengths of both firms, giving clients the advantage of both local expertise and a truly global reach.
2008 | Building and Land Technology: Transforming A Vision Into Reality
In 2008, the firm established an equity partnership with Building and Land Technology, a second-generation real estate development company based in Stamford, Connecticut. Building and Land Technology has completed ventures worth more than $3 billion including over four million square feet of commercial development and 4,000 residential units. Their current project is the 80-acre mixed-use Harbor Point development on the west branch of Stamford Harbor. The four-phase project will consist of 4,000 new housing units as well as 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space, including offices, hotels, retailers, restaurants and a full service marina. Visit BLT Harbor Point
2009 | Expanding Our Reach
In October 2009, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty acquired the Litchfield County brokerages of Sotheby’s International Realty®, Inc.
Also in October 2009, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty acquired Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, establishing four brokerages in Larchmont, Rye, Scarsdale and Bronxville, New York.
2009 | Juner Properties Joins William Pitt
In November 2009, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty acquired Juner Properties, the premier boutique real estate firm in Stamford, Connecticut. Founded in 1986 by June Rosenthal, a local industry pioneer with over 40 years of real estate experience and a past Stamford Citizen of the Year, Juner Properties was built on the commitment to serving its customers with uncompromising integrity. The addition of Juner Properties solidified William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty’s position as Stamford’s market leader.
Present | Strength in Numbers
William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty is now one of the largest and most influential Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliates globally, and the 31st-largest real estate brokerage by sales volume in the United States, according to REAL Trends. With the global reach of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand representing buyers and sellers of fine real estate in 70 countries and territories, we provide marketing exposure that no other firm can match.