They may be less busy at the stove than their ancestors were, but today’s homeowners understand the value of welcoming and functional kitchens. Yes, they’re where we cook, but also where we lounge with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, read the paper while listening to music, respond to emails, or – perhaps most important – catch up with family and friends. Because they’re so crucial to establishing a home’s personality, kitchens should be as inviting as possible. As Christian Vermast of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada in Toronto notes, “The first place guests go to is not the parlour or the living room anymore, it’s the kitchen island.” Indeed, according to the 2016 Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey, some 60 per cent of homeowners spend more than three hours a day in their kitchens. “We have gone from seeing kitchens as strictly utilitarian to very much turning them into a lifestyle choice,” adds Vermast, who says buyers are seeking open-concept designs and hidden appliances, which make for a furniture-finished look. That look can be costly. Among those polled by Houzz, fifteen per cent spent more than $75,000 to transform their kitchens into high-end activity hubs. A recent survey by the American Institute of Architects also finds that kitchens have become the home’s command centre, where the calibre of appliances and appointments reflects the owners’ tastes. San Diego-based Jamie Gold, author of New Kitchen Ideas That Work, knows this well. Kitchens today should be “knock-your-socks-off gorgeous,” she says. “It’s about making an impression.
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Wellington is the landlocked center of all things equestrian amid the tropical paradise that is south Florida. Located about an hour and a half up the Atlantic coast to the north of Miami and about two and half hours southeast of Orlando, Wellington is the largest incorporated village in Florida with a population that swells during the busy season from the first week in January through the end of March.
It is home to the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), an international-level hunter-jumper circuit, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), with the affiliated Global Dressage Festival (GDF), an equally highbrow dressage scene, at The Stadium at PBIEC just around the corner. The village also offers a healthy dose of polo at the International Polo Club Palm Beach where you can see high and mid-goal and junior matches each week.
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"We are experiencing massive growth in equestrian sport around the world, and Rio will be our perfect platform, putting equestrian in the limelight at the greatest sporting event on the planet." ....
Homebuyers across the world often ask themselves, "What is the best possible home I could find?" At Sotheby's International Realty, we ask similar questions to get to know our consumers in order to service them the best we can. In the recently published Sotheby's International Realty Luxury Lifestyle Report, we found some answers.
The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes climbed 3.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.49 million, the highest rate since February 2007. Sales have jumped 9.6 percent over the past 12 months, while the number of listings has risen just 0.4 percent.......
Homebuyers continued their spring stampede in May. In Palm Beach County, 1,739 homes traded hands, a 6 percent increase from a year earlier, according to the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches. There were only four fewer sales in May than April, which was the county's best month since June 2004. Palm Beach County's median price was $295,400, up 5 percent from last year ...
Each Sunday evening of the winter months, a sea of girls in riding breeches, muddy paddock boots and fitted navy blazers crowds the JetBlue gateways in West Palm Beach, Fla., heading home to the New York area for the school week.
Julie Welles, daughter of Equestrian Sotheby's International Realty agent David Welles, was recently awarded the 2015 NARG riders' grant. The grant provides the winner with $15,000 USD for expenses within North America approved by the NARG Board.
The first-ever “Future Forum” by the Young Professionals of Wellington was held Feb. 18 at The Wanderers Club in Wellington. (Photo courtesy of Young Professionals of Wellington)
WELLINGTON — About 30 business professionals and civic and community leaders gathered last week to discuss the future of Wellington in the first-ever “Future Forum,” hosted by the Young Professionals of Wellington.
The evening event on Feb. 18 included a round-table discussion between the group’s members and an invited panel of village officials, business leaders and community advocates. Organizers described it as a “huge success.”
“We’ve all been inspired by how productive the conversation was, and we look forward to continuing to foster positive discussions concerning Wellington’s future,” Meg Krueger, President of the Young Professionals of Wellington, said in a statement.
Key areas of the discussion were centered on education, health care, jobs, neighborhoods, real estate, quality of life and the economy, the group said. A white paper summarizing the discussion will be published later at www.ypwellington.com.
Guests at the private event included:
- Ken Adams, Wellington founder and former Palm Beach County commissioner
- Tommy Baldwin, owner of Equestrian Sotheby’s Realty
- Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions
- Capt. Jay Hart, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s district commander
- Laurie Cohen, Wellington Village Attorney
- Bill Fleming, president of Palm Beach Atlantic University
- Juan Gando, restaurateur at The Grille, Oli’s, Seahorse and Whitehorse
- Robbin Lee, CEO of Wellington Regional Hospital
- Michella Levy, principal at Binks Forest Elementary
- Joe Maguire, local activist
- Richard Schechter, CEO of The Bainbridge Companies
- Paul Schofield, Wellington Village Manager
- John Wash, club operations president, International Polo Club
- Tom Wenham, executive director at the Wellington Preservation Coalition and former Wellington mayor
The discussion was moderated by Kelly Smallridge, CEO of Palm Beach County’s Business Development Board.
“When the idea for this event was first conceived, we determined as a group that we wanted to do something unique,” Krueger said. “Bringing such respected community leaders into one room for one night took several months of planning, and the end result was very rewarding and well worth the effort.”
The Young Professionals of Wellington, founded in 2012, is a non-profit, invitation-only organization of 20 members who aim to make a difference in Wellington through philanthropy and community awareness.
The group hopes for the “Future Forum” to become an annual event.
Several exciting jumper classes will be held on the beautiful grass derby field at The Stadium during week six, including the $50,000 Equestrian Sotheby's Jumper Derby. The class features 20 numbered obstacles, including the derby bank, table bank, open water, devil's dyke and more. The number of challenging natural obstacles along with the length of the course tests the stamina of both horse and rider. The competition will conclude week six on Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m.