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Maine Home Prices Rise 5.12 Percent In May

PORTLAND, ME (June 27, 2017) – Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in DamariscottaPortlandKennebunkBrunswick, and Camden,  has  announced that Lower-than-normal inventory of existing single-family homes in Maine led to an 8.85 percent decline in May 2017 sales. However, according to Maine Listings, the median sales price (MSP) for the 1,524 homes sold last month rose 5.12 percent to $200,000. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

“2016 was a record year for real estate in Maine,” states Greg Gosselin, 2017 President of the Maine Association of REALTORS®, “and while these current numbers show a decline from last year’s highs, the 2017 May and Rolling Quarter Statistics are the second highest numbers during this time period, since we began keeping records in 2003.

“For sale inventory is 20 percent lower than this time last year, and multiple offer situations are becoming more prevalent for properties that are move-in ready and properly priced.”

Nationally, single-family home sales increased 2.7 percent. The National Association of Realtors reported a nationwide MSP of $254,600—a 6.0 percent jump from one year ago. The Northeastern US experienced a sales increase of 2.6 percent and the regional MSP rose 4.7 percent to $281,300.

Below are two charts showing statistics for Maine and its 16 counties. The first chart lists statistics for the month of May only, statewide. The second chart compares the number of existing, single-family homes sold (units) and volume (MSP) during the rolling quarter of March, April and May of 2016 and 2017.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty can be reached at 207-780-8900, by email at info@legacysir.comand via our website LegacySIR.comLegacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Portland, Kennebunk, Damariscotta, Brunswick, and Camden, is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 70 agents and 5 offices serving Maine coastal communities from York County to Hancock County as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Offices Located at:

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101 – 207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 – 207- (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Lower Village, Kennebunk, ME 04043 – 207-967-0934 (York, Ogunquit, Kittery, the Kennebunks, Biddeford and Seacoast New Hampshire)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543 – 207-563-2775 (Bristol, Christmas Cove, Boothbay Harbor)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 – 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Mount Desert, Mid-Coast)

New Hampshire Real Estate Prices Up and Sales Down In May

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Put the market message on a loop, because it hasn’t changed in a while: Sellers’ market, inventory low, closed sales down, and prices on the rise.

Among the statewide highlights:

Inventory: There were 5,982 residential homes on the market at the end of May, a 27 percent decrease from May 2016. That meant a 4.1 months’ supply, the lowest May in at least 12 years and 28 percent lower than a year ago. The good news: 3,130 new listings came to the market in May, a 5 percent increase from 2016.

Closed sales: With substantially less inventory, it’s no surprise that the 1,612 closed sales was 4 percent lower than May 2016. On the other hand, condo sales were actually up in May, with a 9 percent increase over a year earlier.

Median sales price: Sellers continue to have the advantage, leading to a $270,250 median sales price in May, nearly 10 percent higher than 2016. Year to date, the $256,000 through the first five months was just under 7 percent ahead of a year ago.

Days on market: With those dynamics in place, average days on the market dropped dramatically as well, down to 70 days statewide in May, a 9 percent decrease.

There’s plenty more information where that came from. The New Hampshire REALTORS market report includes 10 different categories and historical data going back to 2006, as well as county-level data. Also included below is the long-term statewide data, dating back to 1998.

Maine Home Prices Rise 2.78 Percent In April

PORTLAND, ME (May 24, 2017) – Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in DamariscottaPortlandKennebunkBrunswick, and Camden,  has  announced that low inventory of single-family existing homes contributed to a 13.93 percent decrease in sales figures across Maine comparing April 2017 to April 2016. REALTORS® reported 1,106 homes changed hands last month, and the median sales price (MSP) for those homes rose 2.78 percent to $185,000. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

“Across Maine, for-sale inventory is tight. Single family homes actively listed for sale in April 2017 were down 25 percent statewide, compared to April 2016,” states Greg Gosselin, 2017 President of the Maine Association of REALTORS®. “Low inventory is impacting potential sellers as well. Some are hesitant to list their homes without a suitable ‘next step’ to move into, but now is a great time to work with your REALTOR® to navigate the real estate market, whether you are on the selling end or buying end of the transaction.”

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) today reported a national sales increase of 1.6 percent in the past year for single-family existing homes. A national MSP of $246,100 in April reflects a rise of 6.1 percent. Regionally, sales in the northeast dipped 2.7 percent while the regional MSP increased 1.6 percent to $267,700.

Gosselin added, “The basics continue; families need someplace to live, interest rates continue to be historically low, and owning your own home and real estate is one of the best ways to build your net worth over the long term.”

Below are two charts showing statistics for Maine and its 16 counties. The first chart lists statistics for the month of April only, statewide. The second chart compares the number of existing, single-family homes sold (units) and volume (MSP) during the rolling quarter of February, March and April of 2016 and 2017.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty can be reached at 207-780-8900, by email at info@legacysir.comand via our website LegacySIR.comLegacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Portland, Kennebunk, Damariscotta, Brunswick, and Camden, is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 70 agents and 5 offices serving Maine coastal communities from York County to Hancock County as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Offices Located at:

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101 – 207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 – 207- (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Lower Village, Kennebunk, ME 04043 – 207-967-0934 (York, Ogunquit, Kittery, the Kennebunks, Biddeford and Seacoast New Hampshire)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543 – 207-563-2775 (Bristol, Christmas Cove, Boothbay Harbor)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 – 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Mount Desert, Mid-Coast)

Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Presence in Greece

PORTLAND, ME (May 25, 2017) – Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in DamariscottaPortlandKennebunkBrunswick, and Camden, announced today that Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has  announced that it has signed a long-term franchise agreement with Greece One Realty Limited to further expand the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand presence in Greece and with Rodon Realty P.C. for the opening of Rhodes Sotheby’s International Realty in Rhodes.

Greece Sotheby’s International Realty is led by seasoned real estate professionals Savvas Savvaidis, president and chief executive officer, and Natalie Leontaraki, chief operations officer. Savvaidis also serves as the chief executive officer of Rhodes Sotheby’s International Realty. With a flagship office in the historic capital city of Athens, Greece Sotheby’s International Realty will continue to serve the luxury residential real estate market throughout the country and in key areas including Mykonos, Crete and Corfu, while Rhodes Sotheby’s International Realty will focus on the unique market in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece.

“Greece and its islands are emerging as an attractive luxury real estate market in the Mediterranean,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Rhodes is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece known for its rich history, beaches and 300 days of sunshine, and we are proud to have Savvas Savvaidis at the helm of this expansion within the country.”

“The luxury real estate sector in Greece has a promising future,” says Savvaidis. “Greece’s luxury tourism market is expanding rapidly while state-of-the-art golf resorts and branded mixed-use developments are creating a strong luxury footprint in the Mediterranean. Being a part of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand allows us access to unparalleled marketing platforms for these high-end developments, an excellent recipe for a successful business operation.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD. Greece Sotheby’s International Realty and Rhodes Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com 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. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty can be reached at 207-780-8900, by email at info@legacysir.comand via our website LegacySIR.comLegacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Portland, Kennebunk, Damariscotta, Brunswick, and Camden, is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 70 agents and 5 offices serving Maine coastal communities from York County to Hancock County as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Offices Located at:

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101 – 207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 – 207- (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Lower Village, Kennebunk, ME 04043 – 207-967-0934 (York, Ogunquit, Kittery, the Kennebunks, Biddeford and Seacoast New Hampshire)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543 – 207-563-2775 (Bristol, Christmas Cove, Boothbay Harbor)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 – 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Mount Desert, Mid-Coast)

Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Presence in New Jersey

PORTLAND, ME (May 23, 2017) – Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in DamariscottaPortlandKennebunkBrunswick, and Camden, announced today that Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has  announced that Tim Kerr’s Powerplay Realty in Avalon, New Jersey, is the newest member of its network and will now do business as Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty.

Founded in 1992, the boutique firm is led by Owner Tim Kerr and Broker Ryan Vince. Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty will serve the luxury residential real estate market in Avalon and Stone
Harbor, New Jersey, along the shore community of Seven Mile Island.

“Tim Kerr and his team are homegrown professionals who are deeply knowledgeable about the local real estate market and have a proven track record of success,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Seven Mile Island is a charming beach community with an attractive luxury residential real estate market. It is a dynamic area known for its family-friendly atmosphere, beach and water sports, restaurants, and exclusive shopping. We are proud to welcome Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty to our global network,”

“This community is not just where we do business, it is our home,” said Kerr. “We are dedicated to providing personal service and building relationships to assure client satisfaction. The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is the perfect complement to the unique and prestigious market of Seven Mile Island. Moreover, affiliating with the brand lends us a credibility and provides us with the tools and global connections to further grow our company. We are thrilled to be representing the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in our local market.”

Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 2821 Dune Drive in Avalon. With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty network now has 41 branded offices throughout the state, giving the brand a significant presence in luxury residential real estate markets along the Jersey shoreline, from Rumson to Cape May, as well as major feeder markets to the shore.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD. Tim Kerr Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com 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. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty can be reached at 207-780-8900, by email at info@legacysir.comand via our website LegacySIR.comLegacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Portland, Kennebunk, Damariscotta, Brunswick, and Camden, is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 70 agents and 5 offices serving Maine coastal communities from York County to Hancock County as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Offices Located at:

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101 – 207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 – 207- (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Lower Village, Kennebunk, ME 04043 – 207-967-0934 (York, Ogunquit, Kittery, the Kennebunks, Biddeford and Seacoast New Hampshire)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543 – 207-563-2775 (Bristol, Christmas Cove, Boothbay Harbor)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 – 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Mount Desert, Mid-Coast)

New Hampshire Real Estate Prices Rise In April, Inventories and Sales Decline

A strong sellers’ market continued through May, with inventory remaining low, closed sales down from a year ago, and prices continuing to rise.

Among the statewide highlights:

Inventory: There were 5,275 residential homes on the market at the end of April, a 32 percent decrease from April 2016. That meant a 3.6 months’ supply, a historically low number and 33 percent lower than a year ago. And 2,404 new listings came to the market in April, a 15 percent drop from 2016.

Closed sales: With substantially less inventory, it’s no surprise that the 1,129 closed sales was 12 percent lower than April 2016.
Median sales price: Sellers continue to have the advantage, leading to a $260,000 median sales price in April, 6 percent higher than 2016. Year to date, the $250,000 through the first four months was also 6 percent ahead of a year ago.

Days on market: With those dynamics in place, average days on the market dropped dramatically as well, down to 79 days statewide, an 18 percent decrease.

There’s plenty more information where that came from. The New Hampshire REALTORS market report includes 10 different categories and historical data going back to 2006, as well as county-level data. Also included below is the long-term statewide data, dating back to 1998.

 

 

Sotheby’s International Realty Enters Wisconsin

PORTLAND, ME (May 15, 2017) – Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in DamariscottaPortlandKennebunkBrunswick, and Camden, announced today that Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has  announced that Mahler Real Estate Group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the newest member of its network and will now operate as Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty. This is the first affiliate to operate under the current Sotheby’s International Realty® network in Wisconsin.

Established in 2010, the boutique firm is owned and operated by Peter Mahler and serves the luxury residential real estate market in southeastern Wisconsin, including the greater Milwaukee area.

“Southeast Wisconsin is a very active and dynamic region with strong economic growth and a flourishing luxury residential real estate market,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty has an in-depth understanding of Milwaukee’s upper-end market and the clientele it attracts. We are pleased to expand the Sotheby’s International Realty brand into this market and proud to welcome Peter Mahler and his team to our network.”

“The purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience and we take the journey with our clients while offering them world-class service and a high level of professional integrity and discretion,” said Mahler. “As a trusted advisor, advocate and champion, the desires and objectives of our clients are our top priority. Affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand allows us to tap into a global network and provides us access to an unparalleled level of marketing. We are honored to be affiliated with the Sotheby’s International Realty network in Wisconsin.”

Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 600 N. Broadway, Suite 200 in Milwaukee.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD. Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com 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. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty can be reached at 207-780-8900, by email at info@legacysir.comand via our website LegacySIR.comLegacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Portland, Kennebunk, Damariscotta, Brunswick, and Camden, is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 70 agents and 5 offices serving Maine coastal communities from York County to Hancock County as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Offices Located at:

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101 – 207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 – 207- (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Lower Village, Kennebunk, ME 04043 – 207-967-0934 (York, Ogunquit, Kittery, the Kennebunks, Biddeford and Seacoast New Hampshire)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543 – 207-563-2775 (Bristol, Christmas Cove, Boothbay Harbor)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 – 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Mount Desert, Mid-Coast)

Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Luxury Presence into Austria

PORTLAND, ME (May 11, 2017) – Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in DamariscottaPortlandKennebunkBrunswick, and Camden, announced today that Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC has signed a 25-year franchise agreement with Laguna F&Z Immobilien GmbH. to further expand the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand in Europe with the opening of Austria Sotheby’s International Realty.

Austria Sotheby’s International Realty, led by owner Wilhelm Zirngast and Chief Executive Officer Georges Luks, will serve the luxury residential real estate market throughout the country from the flagship office located in Vienna. The firm has future plans for additional offices in the cities of Graz and Kitzbühel.

“Austria is an attractive market for luxury homebuyers in Central Europe,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “For those who appreciate architecture, the capital city of Vienna is graced with an inspiring baroque style, while the landscape throughout the rest of the country varies from elegant city living, to country estates and vineyards, to mountain ski chalets, offering something for everyone. I am proud to welcome Austria Sotheby’s International Realty to our global network.”

“We have an exceptional team of sales professionals who are dedicated to delivering the best service to our clients,” said Luks. “Our approach is built on respect, proven marketing methods and a client-based approach. We are delighted to affiliate with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in Austria and we endeavor to surpass even the most exacting demands by providing added value and service in a friendly, transparent, informative, proactive and accommodating manner.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD. Austria Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com 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. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty can be reached at 207-563-2775, by email at info@legacysir.comand via our website LegacySIR.comLegacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Damariscotta, Kennebunk, Portland, Brunswick, and Camden, is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 70 agents and 5 offices serving Maine coastal communities from York County to Hancock County as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Offices Located at:

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101 – 207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 – 207- (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Lower Village, Kennebunk, ME 04043 – 207-967-0934 (York, Ogunquit, Kittery, the Kennebunks, Biddeford and Seacoast New Hampshire)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543 – 207-563-2775 (Bristol, Christmas Cove, Boothbay Harbor)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 – 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Mount Desert, Mid-Coast)

Maine Home Sales and Values Up In March, Single Family Homes Remain In Demand

PORTLAND, ME (April 21, 2017) – Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Damariscotta, Portland, Kennebunk, Brunswick, and Camden, announced today that single-family home values in the state of Maine remain in a healthy terrain. According to Maine Listings, the median sales price (MSP) reached $191,000 in March—a 4.66 percent price increase over March of 2016. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less. Home sales were up 9.18% comparing March 2017 to March 2016.

“Real estate activity remains steady across Maine with a tightened for-sale housing inventory,” says 2017 Maine Association of REALTORS President Greg Gosselin, Owner/Broker of Gosselin Realty Group in York. “In many markets across Maine, REALTORS are reporting multiple offer situations on most listings. Buyers and sellers should partner with a REALTOR for expert counsel around inventory availability, marketing and pricing strategies, and negotiating approaches to find the right home and successfully navigate the real estate transaction given the current market conditions of your area.”

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) today reported a 6.1 percent rise in single-family home sales. The national MSP was up 6.6 percent to $237,800. The regional Northeast experienced a 4.1 gain in sales while the MSP increased 2.8 percent to $260,800 in March.

Below are two charts showing statistics for Maine and its 16 counties. The first chart lists statistics for the month of March only, statewide. The second chart compares the number of existing, single-family homes sold (units) and volume (MSP) during the rolling quarter of January, February and March of 2016 and 2017.

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Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty can be reached at 207-563-2775, by email at info@legacysir.com, and via our website LegacySIR.com. Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Damariscotta, Kennebunk, Portland, Brunswick, and Camden, is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 70 agents and 5 offices serving Maine coastal communities from York County to Hancock County as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Offices Located at:

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101 – 207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 – 207- (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Lower Village, Kennebunk, ME 04043 – 207-967-0934 (York, Ogunquit, Kittery, the Kennebunks, Biddeford and Seacoast New Hampshire)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543 – 207-563-2775 (Bristol, Christmas Cove, Boothbay Harbor)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 – 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Mount Desert, Mid-Coast)

Sotheby’s International Realty Art & Home – April 2017 Issue

Inside This Issue
Extraordinary Properties: Owning a Castle is a Passion Project
In the world of luxury real estate, perhaps no category of residence invites as much fantasy as the castle. Germany, England, Spain and, most notably, France, offer high concentrations of these historic buildings, where bedrooms number in the dozens and amenities include moats, towers and turrets.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Romantic Santa Barbara Villa

When beloved talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, first saw this elegant stone villa in the hills of Santa Barbara, they were immediately taken by the pastoral ambience of the Tuscan-like countryside around it – the gentle sunlight, the rugged stone and the reverence its construction had shown for the natural surroundings.

Gloria Cortina’s New Expression of Mexican Design
When it was time for college, Gloria Cortina desperately wanted to go to architecture school, but her fiercely conservative father forbade it, so adamant was he that she become a stay-at-home wife and mother. Ironically, marriage proved her liberation: “My husband Santiago introduced me to a world of possibilities,” says Cortina, now a much sought-after interior designer.
Best of Burgundy

Undisputedly prestigious and highly coveted, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is the most revered of Burgundian wines, whose acronym alone – DRC – commands the attention of anyone seeking to enter fine wine’s Valhalla.

Centuries of Style at Chatsworth

Chatsworth House, the Derbyshire seat of the Dukes of Devonshire and home to the Cavendish family for five centuries, has long been celebrated as one of the great treasure houses of England.

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