Monday, January 30, 2012

New office Taiwan - Sotheby's International Realty

PARSIPPANY, NJ and TAIPEI, TAIWAN, Jan 30, 2012 - Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the opening of Taiwan Sotheby's International Realty, the newest member of its network.
David Tran serves as founder of the firm, with two offices that focus exclusively on servicing luxury residential clientele in Taiwan.
"Taiwan is a critical component of our growth plans across Asia," said Michael R. Good, chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. "Its importance lies in its close ties to China, remarkable recent record of economic development and Taipei's role as a renowned center of international commerce and culture. As part of our global network, Taiwan Sotheby's International Realty will be able to offer clients in Taiwan and all over the world the high quality service the Sotheby's International Realty brand is known for delivering."
Taiwan Sotheby's International Realty's main office is located at 6/F, 99 Fu-Hsin N. Road in Taipei, and a second office is at 1/F, No.134, Section 3, Minsheng East Road, Songshan District, also in Taipei.
"Taiwan's residential real estate market is optimistic, and this affiliation allows us to capitalize on the current up-swing," said Tran. "We believe our firm will be able to attract local homeowners, as well as international and mainland Chinese clients into the Taipei property market. We are committed to serving our client base with outstanding expertise and a deep knowledge of our market area."
The Sotheby's International Realty network currently has nearly 12,000 sales associates located in approximately 590 offices in 44 countries and territories worldwide. It has offices throughout the Asia Pacific region including Hong Kong, Thailand, New Zealand and Vietnam. Taiwan Sotheby's International Realty listings will be marketed on the global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm's brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby's auction house and worldwide Sotheby's International Realty marketing programs.
About Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby's International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. In February 2004, Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby's, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby's International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system by Realogy's subsidiary, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby's auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Open House - Cayman Islands real estate

Cayman Islands Sotheby's International Realty is pleased to present two great Open Houses this Saturday between 2pm - 4pm showcasing some exceptional real estate in the Cayman Islands.
The Verandahs on Shorelink Drive (map) close to The Shores is a delightful Caribbean style home with an abundance of alfresco living space ideal for the temperate Caribbean climate that the Cayman Islands enjoy. The home is encompassed by Verandahs which provide the perfect place to enjoy the sun (or shade) to sit back & catch the breeze, to sip back cocktails & catch up with friends, any time of day any occasion you can always find the perfect spot.
The Verandahs
4bed | 3bath | 4,216sqft | Offered at $579k

Turtle Cove, Snug Harbour (map) starting from just US$590k represents great value for water front real estate in the Cayman Islands. Recently completed the building is based on a unique cylindrical design which is at once energy efficient at hurricane resistant. Turtle Cove provides ample docking space for the boating enthusiast & overlooks the North Sound providing spectacular waterfront views as well as direct access to the world famous Sting Ray City.

Turtle Cove, Snug Harbour
2bed + den | 2.5bath | 1,837sqft | From US$590k

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Verandahs - Cayman Islands real estate

Cayman Islands Sotheby's International Realty is pleased to present The Verandahs a newly listed home for sale. This lovely, stilted, West Indian inspired home offers the ultimate “al fresco” Caribbean lifestyle which one looks for when residing in the Cayman Islands. Seven sets of French doors open onto a fabulous covered verandah that wraps around the entire residence offering fantastic cooling breezes and calming views of the lush tropical gardens and lap pool below.
Lovingly restored to capture the essence and hues of the Caribbean, this property offers impeccable attention to detail, artistic flair, and impeccable quality of workmanship. Bamboo floors run throughout the three bright and airy bedrooms in the main residence, generous kitchen, formal/family living spaces, dining and breakfast areas. Cooling marble and ceramic tiles adorn the two full bathrooms, office/den and income generating, self contained, one bedroom guest suite, which is located on the lower level of the home.
Thriving tropical gardens on .36 of an acre, offer an abundance of Caribbean foliage and fruits to include figs, plantain, avocado, star fruit, custard apple, coconut, limes, grapefruit and oranges to name only a few, all surrounding an inviting lap pool to cool off in on those lazy Cayman days.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New National Hero - Cayman Islands

On Heroes Day, 23 January, 2012, the late William Warren Conolly was inducted as the latest National Hero of the Cayman Islands.
He is being recognised for his exceptional contributions to the development of the Cayman Islands during many years in public service, where he helped to lay much of the groundwork for the growth of the Cayman Islands.
Islay Conolly, who was married to Mr Warren for 50 years, said that it was a great honour for her late husband to be recognised in this way.
"I am pleased that his significant contribution has now been recognised and that he has been honoured in such a way. Warren, while alive, turned down many opportunities to have something named after him merely saying that when he was gone if he had made a difference then something could be considered. He was a deeply humble man, a special man who cared passionately for his country"
His son, architect Burns Conolly, said that for many years he did not have a full appreciation of the impact his father had on the development of the Cayman Islands.
"I really did not recognise the true level of his contribution to Caymanian politics and to the country’s overall development until I began assisting him with his book. Between the late 1950s and the mid 1970s, he was directly involved in the passage of many laws that are today the foundation upon which these Islands have prospered. These include our land adjudication legislation and the Registered Land Law, which created the basis for the property boom experienced over the past several decades. I am deeply moved by him becoming a National Hero."
Mr Warren’s son David Ritch followed in his footsteps by entering the legal profession, opening the law firm Ritch & Conolly with Mr. Warren in 1983.
"I am moved that this honour has been conferred on him. He was truly a special person and is constantly missed. His historical knowledge on the country and in particular the Constitution and the core laws was unparalleled. This is well earned and deserved".
Jackie Conolly-Smellie, who also followed her father’s footsteps in law said that although her father had preferred to stay quietly in East End, he remained keenly interested in the country’s development right up to his passing.
"He was always willing to answer a question for someone or research something from his library that would shed light on the background of a Law for some legislator or academic," she recalled.
"I am sure Dad would have been deeply humbled by this honour. Our family was pleasantly surprised at this award but deeply appreciative to those who nominated him and the Cabinet for ultimately choosing him."
Born on 5 December, 1920, in East End to Austin and Adrienne Conolly, Mr. Warren excelled from an early age, attending the Government All Age School where he passed the Third Year Pupil Teachers Examination with distinction, qualifying for entrance to college. He remained at the school as a student teacher in the hope of receiving a scholarship to study overseas, but this never materialised and hopes of furthering his education in Jamaica were dashed when the family business burned down.
Rather than dwell on lost opportunities, Mr. Warren decided to follow his father into public service and in 1944 was elected as vestryman for East End, along with his father. He served for one year before following in the footsteps of so many Caymanian men before him and going off to sea.
He joined the National Maritime Union and sailed with the American Merchant Marines for three years before returning to Cayman in 1948.
After his return he re-established the family business as a general store and in 1958 founded the short-lived Cayman Vanguard Party. In 1959, Jamaican Governor Sir Kenneth Blackburne appointed Mr. Warren as one of the nominated members of Cayman’s Legislative Assembly, a position in which he served for three years.
In 1962, Mr. Warren became a founding member and vice president of the National Democratic Party and was elected as a member for East End. He served continuously for 14 years until he retired from government service in 1976. For eight of those years he served as member in Executive Council, now known as Cabinet, where he had responsibility for various portfolios including Lands and Survey, Planning, Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mosquito Control.
He was also a founding member of the Law Society in 1967, serving on its council for two terms. In the same year he became a director of Caribbean Utility Company where he served for 32 years, after which he was named Director Emeritus.
Mr. Warren was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in 1974 in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Cayman Islands.
After retirement from Government service in 1976, Warren re-established his legal practice as a sole practitioner until 1983 when he joined his stepson, David Ritch as a founding partner of the law firm, Ritch & Conolly from which he retired in 1997.
Mr.Warren passed away on 22 October 2008.

Article courtesy of The Journal on Sunday

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Open House - Cayman Islands Real Estate

Poinsettia Condos: Cayman Islands Sotheby's International Realty is pleased to present some of the best value real estate on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Apartment C4 at Poinsettia is offered at just US$399k at 1,950sqft this makes it one of the lowest prices/sqft for a condo for sale on Seven Mile Beach. The last unit sold in Poinsettia did so at a sq/ft price of US$324 apartment C4 at Poinsettia is currently being offered at US$204/sqft which is a discount of 37% !!! There has never been a better time to realize such great real estate value on Seven Mile Beach in a condo development that alsoenjoys convenient proximity to George Town, Grand Cayman's capital. Poinsettia is a beachfront complex with just 24 units & 150ft of water frontage it also boasts a large pool oceanfront cabana & each apartment has a large screened patio.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sundial - Cayman Islands Real Estate

With its proximity to Seven Mile Beach, Sundial is a hot ticket when it comes to great value real estate in the Cayman Islands. Just a two minute stroll to Cemetery Beach one of the finest snorkeling reefs on Seven Mile Beach & its easy to see why Sundial fulfills the real estate mantra: Location, Location, Location. This delightful condo has recently been renovated & remodeled throughout, including a new kitchen with granite counters & new appliances. The master bathroom has been upgraded & enlarged to include a superb walk-in shower. The price has recently been REDUCED to $249k which is the best price for a 2bed condo+loft this close to Seven Mile Beach.
Sundial, Close to Seven Mile Beach 
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Million Dollar Rooms - Cayman Islands real estate

Enjoy this clip from the HGTV hit show Million Dollar Rooms featuring the best of Cayman Islands real estate: Castillo Caribe. Sheena Conolly Broker/Owner of Cayman Islands Sotheby's International Realty gives a tour of the Great Room at Castillo Caribe & shows why this Cayman Islands property is one of the finest beach front homes in the Caribbean if not the world. This luxury mansion presently listed for sale with Cayman Islands Sotheby's International Realty offers unparalleled luxury for someone looking for a private, exclusive beachfront property in a Caribbean paradise that offers not only a temperate climate but also limited tax liability.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Open House - Cayman Islands Real Estate

The New Year is a great time to survey the real estate market & there are some great deals to be had when looking at real estate in the Cayman Islands. Whether you are looking for a first time home such as Fairview Villas in South Sound, a brand new family home in the canal front community of North South Estates or a luxury vacation home such as Silver Sands on Seven Mile Beach the real estate market in the Cayman Islands is still favouring the buyer. Join us for three great Open Houses displaying a variety of real estate in the Cayman Islands.
11am - 1pm
Silver Sands #20 - Seven Mile Beach
Windward #50 - North Sound Estates

1pm - 3pm
Fairview Villas #4

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Reduced: Fairview Villas - Cayman Islands Real Estate

What better way to start the Cayman Islands Real Estate New Year than with a price reduction? What better way to start your New Year than to buy real estate in the Cayman Islands at a significantly reduced rate? Fairview Villas is a small complex of just eight condos built to an exacting standard with high quality finishes throughout including granite counter tops & stainless steal appliances in the kitchen. Fairview Villas has a first class location in South Sound which makes it an ideal purchase for those looking to be close to town or the local schools, the complex has a pool and is close to the beach. Fairview Villas has just been reduced by $10k. Now offered at $262k
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