Colorado Ranks High in Desirability Trends, According to New Sotheby’s Luxury Lifestyle Survey

9Jun 2014

6 Cherry Hills Park Drive

Of the six “hottest lifestyle property location trends” favored by wealthy Americans, Colorado has a clear lock on four trends and can reasonably claim a connection to two others.

These are among the findings from the new “Luxury Lifestyle Report: A Study of High Net Worth Consumers,” just issued by Sotheby’s International Realty. With 10 offices in Colorado, Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty is an associate of the international company.


Affluent U.S. consumers listed their most desired home locations as: waterfront, 41 percent; farm/ranch, 26 percent; historic, 24 percent; golf, 22 percent; winery/vineyard access, 18 percent; and ski access, 14 percent.

Unquestionably, Colorado offers plenty of stunning ranch, historic, golf and ski-accessible properties. If one counts the Western Slope’s wine country, then the state is positioned in that trend sector, too. And, while Colorado is land-locked, there are lakefront properties here. In fact, among its many diverse lifestyle properties, FSIR is currently listing a property in a unique Denver lakefront community of just 37 homes.

1400 East Oxford Wine Cellar

To help illustrate luxury homes in its report, Sotheby’s used a photo of a Cherry Hills Village home, currently listed for $5.5 million by the FSIR broker team of Wolfe-Bouc. Among its many high-end amenities, the home has a wine cellar/grotto and six-car garages.

FSIR counts a remarkable contingent of affluent lifestyle properties among its listings, particularly in the trend sectors listed above. Due to that fact, it’s no wonder some of the firm’s listings often populate notable luxury home websites.

The new report surveyed affluent consumers in the U.S., Great Britain, Brazil and China, and found them more confident now in the housing market in their country of residence than five years ago.

“Those insights are important because we have seen the luxury sector lead the way for overall market recovery,” said Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.

The report defined an affluent U.S. consumer as one with at least $2 million in investible assets who owns multiple properties. According to the study, wealthy Americans now own, on average, three homes in this country.

What else is trending in the lives of the rich and probably famous? The study found that home luxuries like water, art and car space and smart amenities were highly sought by wealthy buyers.

Chineese Sought Amenitie

Buyers’ interest in smart homes has jumped significantly over the past two years, the Sotheby report found. Fifty-five percent of Chinese buyers put a high value on homes with space to display art, compared to 22 percent of Americans seeking that quality. Wealthy Americans ranked second and third, respectively, among the countries in valuing garage space for multiple car storage and deepwater ports.

China and Brazil ranked highest among affluent international consumers in seeking a home helipad. Only 7 percent of U.S. buyers ranked that feature as important.


Don’t forget to attend “Santa in the Pines” this Saturday, Dec. 3rd!

2Dec 2011

The Castle Pines Village office is sponsoring the annual Santa in the Pines event at the Village Shops in Castle Pines Village this Saturday, December 3rd from 11:00am – 1:00pm. The event includes pictures with Santa, carriage rides, cookie decorating, and ornament making. The Castle Pines Village office is the official drop off site for Toys for Tots and is also collecting non-perishable food donations for the Douglas County Task Force.

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Featured Home: Modern architecture and million-dollar views in Larkspur

22Nov 2011

Designed by Barrett Studio Architects in Boulder, today’s featured Colorado home for sale is an architectural work of art. This modern, energy-efficient Colorado luxury property sits on a quiet, nearly 2-acre private lot filled with trees and surrounded by stunning valley views.

1105 Valley View Drive

Choose between two different decks to enjoy the view—one in front of the house, and a larger one behind the home overlooking the valley.

Front Deck

Back Deck

View from back deck

Inside, large windows bring in the spectacular scenery. The open floor plan allows for ample light in the living room and dining area. The modern dining room table with eight chairs, as well as television and entertainment center, are included in the sale of this Colorado luxury property.

Living Room

Dining Room

The sleek, well-equipped kitchen features high-end stainless-steel appliances, a built in fridge, beverage cooler, and indoor gas grill.


The large family room is set up to entertain a large group, with a polished concrete fireplace, built-in entertainment system, in-ceiling speakers and 13-foot slanted ceilings.

Family Room

The bedrooms are no exception to the modern style of the house—large, open, and simply designed—featuring the same large windows and slanted ceilings.


The luxurious bathrooms  feature fine wood finishes and modern Italian bath furniture, creating an upscale European feel.


Special features are found everywhere in this luxury home—the large downstairs garage and extra storage space feature professionally applied epoxy resin. The home is firep resistant—and important quality in Colorado—and passive solar technology increases energy efficiency.


Close to Denver and Castle Rock, and served by Douglas County Schools, Larkspur is a fantastic place for individuals and families alike. For the nature lover, eco-conscious buyer, modern architecture enthusiast, or anyone looking for an upscale home on a quiet street,  1105 Valley View Dr. offers a spectacular opportunity for luxury  living.

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

MLS#: 1032752

Listed at $640,000

View more info and photos of this Colorado home for sale.

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Listed by:

Erika Vandervludgt

Mobile: 303.656.7808
Office: 303.660.8800

Castle Pines Village
858 Happy Canyon Road
Castle Rock, CO 80108


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The sale of fine art and fine homes: It’s all in a name

18Nov 2011

Sotheby’s Auction House made international news last Wednesday for the record-breaking auction of a painting by Colorado abstract artist Clyfford Still. The piece—titled “1949-A-No. 1”—sold for $61.7 million, shattering the artist’s previous record of $21.3 million in 2006.

“1949-A-No. 1”was one of four Stills consigned by the City of Denver that raised a total of $114.1 million for the endowment of the new Clyfford Still Museum. Three of the works were completed in the 1940s and one in 1976. The reclusive artist died in 1980.

During his life, Still sold very little and frequently rejected exhibition opportunities. His will stipulated that the estate be given in its entirety to a U.S. city willing to establish a permanent museum housing his work alone. The Clifford Still Museum will open its doors in Denver on November 18th, 2011.

Sotheby’s is a New York-based auction house known worldwide as the foremost expert in valuable and rare items. The company lends its reputation and world-renowned marketing skills to real estate affiliates internationally. Formed in 1976, Sotheby’s International Realty® quickly became known for representing extraordinary luxury real estate throughout the world.

When Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty (FSIR) formed in Denver in 1999, it established itself as a leader in the sale and marketing of luxury real estate throughout Colorado. Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty (FSIR) not only shares the famed auction house’s name, but also its ability to successfully sell people’s most cherished and valuable possessions—their homes.

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty has served the Colorado luxury home market for years, and is known for its unparalleled service and resources. The recent sale of Clyfford Still’s artwork is an exciting example of the Sotheby’s brand promoting a Colorado artist with the same level of excellence.

“As part of the Sotheby’s family, all of us at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty are tremendously excited about the ‘Colorado connection’ to the Still artwork and its record sale at the Sotheby’s auction house,” said Scott Webber, CEO of FSIR.

“The name ‘Sotheby’s’ represents the things that matter most, and having the ability to market exceptional properties–including luxury real estate—requires uncommon knowledge and resources.  Our entire team understands that a home, regardless of its price range, reflects the incalculable value of the life within. We’re extremely proud of our connection to Sotheby’s and its unique and unparalleled culture.”

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Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty announces expansion into the Vail Valley and Beaver Creek with the newly formed Fuller BCV Sotheby’s International Realty

21Oct 2011

Beaver Creek, CO (October 2011) – Homebuyers and sellers in Vail and Beaver Creek will benefit greatly from the global marketing abilities of the newly formed Fuller BCV Sotheby’s International Realty office in Beaver Creek.  Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty (FSIR) made the decision to expand its presence in the world class mountain resorts with the acquisition of Forbes Sotheby’s International Realty, which has been headed by Kraig Forbes since 1995.

FSIR is a firm with six other offices serving the Denver/Boulder area. As a fellow Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliate, FSIR offers the same exclusive connections and global access that Vail Valley clients have enjoyed for the past 16 years.

The new arrangement will benefit clients and brokers alike by strengthening the firm’s marketing power even further. As part of a larger partnership, the new Fuller BCV Sotheby’s International Realty will have access FSIR’s comprehensive website and will advertise in the quarterly publication Connoisseur, which has a circulation of over 65,000 in both the Vail Valley and Denver markets. Now more than ever, the firm is uniquely positioned to help buyers and sellers navigate today’s market challenges and opportunities.

“We’re very excited about our new association, and ability to provide unparalleled marketing and support services to our customers,” said Forbes, founder of the original Beaver Creek office in 1995.  “We are excited to partner with another long-standing Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliate to provide unmatched service for our clients.”

As Fuller BCV Sotheby’s International Realty, Forbes added, “No other residential real estate firm will be able to match our local, state, regional, national or global coverage.  We’re looking forward to introducing all that we have to offer to current and future clients, as well as to brokers who are looking for ways to take their careers to another level.”

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Fred Wolfe’s “Walk to Remember”

4Aug 2011

There’s nothing quite like a summer stroll. Especially when it’s a 118 mile trek — from Denver to Vail — seven years in a row.

For Fred Wolfe, a member of the Sotheby’s International Realty® team since it opened in 2008, walking from Denver to Vail has become an annual tradition that began in 2005. And for good reason. Fred undertook this journey as a personal tribute to his father who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. Through donations from his friends and family, clients and associates he has raised more than $282,000 to support the Alzheimer’s Association. In recognition of his fundraising walks, he has personally received the Helen Ginsburg Visionary Award 2010 from AWARE, the Alzheimer’s Women’s Association for Research and Education.


“This is one of the most rewarding and worthwhile experiences of my life so I thought I would continue to do it annually to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease,” Wolfe notes.
If you’re interested in supporting this important cause, you can make a donation online at, or by sending a check payable to
Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter 455
Sherman Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80203 (please note “Fred Wolfe’s Walk” in the memo portion of your check).

  • Some important facts to know about Alzheimer’s disease:
    • Every 69 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and more people are diagnosed with this disease than prostate and breast cancer combined.
    • One out of eight people in the U.S. over 65 will develop the disease.
    • 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime.
    • 72,000 people in Colorado have the disease and 70% are cared for at home.
    • There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.With the help of so many generous friends and supporters, the Alzheimer’s Association continues to push forward in our efforts to transform how we detect, treat and eventually prevent this disease. Working together, we have more power and potential as we move toward our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty Participates in Luxury Real Estate Conference

8Jun 2011

DENVER, CO (June 8, 2011) – Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate company based in Denver, CO, recently participated in a Sotheby’s International Realty® Regional Leaders meeting, which brought together network members from Colorado, Washington, Texas, Arizona, Utah and Massachusetts.

This dynamic event was held June 7 at The Ritz-Carlton Denver in Denver, Colo., and provided a unique opportunity for Sotheby’s International Realty owners and managers to network and share best practices.  Attendees heard from several brand leaders including Mike Good, chief executive officer; Philip White, president and chief operating officer; and Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer.

“This meeting provided a great value to our company,” said Scott Webber of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, “It offered the opportunity to network with some of our brand’s most talented real estate professionals, share best practices and experiences in today’s market.”

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, which has offices in the Denver Tech Center, Cherry Creek, Downtown Denver, Boulder, Evergreen and Castle Pines Village, offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the company’s property listings. In addition, the company and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, which promotes real estate referral opportunities with auction house clientele.

As a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, the company also has the unique ability to refer its real estate clientele to the auction house for jewelry, art, unique furniture and collectible appraisal services. Property listings from Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty also are marketed on the global website, as well as on the firm’s local website,

“This meeting effectively brought together our network members from across this important region with the common goal of sharing their own unique experiences,” said Michael R. Good, chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Attendees also had the opportunity to get an update on our newly redesigned international brand website,, and its many features that provide greater opportunities to market their listings more effectively to a larger global audience including translation into 14 languages.”

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty main office is located at 8400 East Crescent Parkway in Greenwood Village.  For additional information, please contact 303.893.3200. The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 11,900 sales associates located in approximately 560 offices in 42 countries and territories worldwide.


Debbie Zucker joins Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty

3May 2011

Denver, CO  – Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty (FSIR) continues to add some of the most outstanding and respected real estate professionals to its team with the recent addition of Debbie Zucker to its downtown Denver real estate office at Writer Square.  Debbie has nearly a decade of experience in the residential real estate industry, and is familiar with the metro area’s most desirable neighborhoods.   

“I’m looking forward to joining the Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty team, and providing my expertise and services to the firm and our clients,” said Zucker.  “I take a great deal of pride in my commitment to my clients, and helping them to achieve their goal of buying or selling a home.  I have a great deal of affection for the Denver area, I know the neighborhoods and I have the knowledge that will provide clients with unique insight when it comes time to buy or sell a home.”

Since moving to Denver in 1985, Debbie has lived in LoDo lofts, Capitol Hill, Crestmoor Park, Mesa View Estates and currently resides with her family west of Downtown on Historic Acreage in Golden.  She is committed to giving back to the community through her active involvement in fundraising. She has served numerous non-profits including, Hospice of Metro Denver, National Jewish Hospital, The Denver Film Society and The Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Mesa View Estates HOA Board, Jefferson County Schools, 3A and 3B School Bond and Mill Levy.


Designing the new Sotheby’s Wine Store

27Apr 2011

Design For Wine

Autumn 2010, Sotheby’s Wine launched its new retail business, with a state of the art website and a completely re-imagined and redesigned retail space on the ground floor of Sotheby’s headquarters in New York. Renowned Saint Louis-based designer Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt recently took the time to explain what it took to create a space for Sotheby’s Wine.

What is your background?

I am a St Louis based designer, but I graduated from the Art Center College and Design in California where I lived and worked for 9 years. I then moved to the mid-west where I worked for the same company’s Midwest office for ten years. In 2001 I split off to create the independent firm, Kuhlmann-Leavitt.

What were your aesthetic goals for the new Sotheby’s Wine retail space?

The space is fairly dark, so we worked to make it brighter. We doubled the amount of lighting and will soon be adding a chandelier at the entrance to attract people in from the lobby. Before the renovations, when you’d look down at the wine store from the main Sotheby’s entrance, the space was undefined and uninviting, so one of the ways to beckon people in was light.

Another goal was to showcase the wine. Prior to the renovation, all you could see were the ends of the bottles, and we quickly realized you would see a lot more wine if you saw the front of the row, rather than the end. That’s why we oriented the bottles to be facing out.

We also moved the counter, so clients are welcomed into the space by the Sotheby’s Wine specialists. This also allows more space to be available to display the wines, and adds a more welcoming feeling.

How did you take the newly created brand Sotheby’s Wine and translate it into a physical space?

We inherited the colour palette and logo, and so we ran with those elements of the brand identity. It was important to Jamie Ritchie, the head of Sotheby’s Wine, that the space be unintimidating and appealing to all collectors. He was not in search of an old-school aesthetic, but at the same time, wanted to avoid being too trendy. We used imagery from vineyards with whom Sotheby’s Wine has strong relationships and put them on sheer banners throughout the store, giving the space a more personal touch.

What were some of the challenges of designing a space for wine?

The challenge in my mind was to come up with a solution where everything could be stored horizontally, so you could store as many wine bottles in each shelf as possible. Ultimately we took the half walls out, and that helped give us more of a grid layout. The greatest challenge of all was to show multiples of bottles: three of one label, six of another label, and maybe a case of another. It was a challenging puzzle, but we solved it!

Browse our current selection at Visit our New Store at 72 & York. Call us at +1 212 894 1990. Email us at or


Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Wins ‘Best in Category’ for Fourth Consecutive Year in Franchise Business Review’s Franchisee Satisfaction Awards

25Mar 2011
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (March 17, 2011) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced it won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the fourth year in a row.

The Best in Category award measures franchisee satisfaction with their franchisors and is part of the 6th annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards presented by Franchise Business Review.  Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC also was ranked fourth overall among all franchise categories with more than 200 locations. This is the fourth year that the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand was rated in the top 10 of all award categories. The brand also ranked eighth in the Best of the Best Overall Top 50, a new category this year.

“We are dedicated to providing the highest level of quality service to our affiliates, so this is a true testament to our success in achieving that goal,” said Michael R. Good, chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “To receive this award for the fourth year in a row is an accomplishment we are very proud of, and a reflection of the value our affiliates find in the support services we offer.”

Franchise Business Review surveyed franchisees from more than 500 leading systems, representing more than 100,000 franchisees, for the 6th annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards.  Franchises were evaluated in five areas: training and support, franchise system, franchisor/franchisee relations, financial opportunity and overall satisfaction. Additionally, demographic and lifestyle questions gave a 360-degree view of the franchise ownership experience. Franchise Business Review is a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and franchise buyer experiences. For a complete list of this year’s award winners, go to

“Franchisee satisfaction and performance is what separates the very best franchise systems from all the rest,” said Eric Stites, Franchise Business Review president and chief executive officer.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is in a very elite group of franchise opportunities, and their high satisfaction ratings reflect the commitment to their franchisees’ success.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 11,700 sales associates located in approximately 550 offices in 44 countries and territories worldwide.