The grind is over! I'm quite proud to announce that I just crushed the Real Estate Brokers Course and am now an Associate Broker with Sotheby's International Realty Canada!
Many, many, many loooooooong days of studying have paid off!! The quiet grind in our basement office is over!
Huge thanks to my amazing wife Shelley, my amazing Broker MaryAnn Mears for your mentoring and support and Sotheby's International Realty Canada for such an incredible brand to be a part of!
The Best Is Yet To Come!
Live Extraordinary in the highly sought after neighbourhood on Kinniburgh Pond in Chestermere. Where birds and nature are viewed from every window, sunshine and a relaxed lifestyle are at knocking on your doorstep. This gorgeous five bedroom executive home is a dream home! Contact Steven Hill of Sotheby's International Realty Canada in Calgary today for a showing! Until then, enjoy this peek inside!
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From an early-1900s artist seeking an oasis for inspiration to today’s global citizen in search of a pied-à-terre, hotel residences remain top of the list for a chic luxury lifestyle.
In 1954, Ernest Hemingway took up residence in Venice’s famed Gritti Palace, the hotel where, several years earlier, he had written parts of his novel Across the River and into the Trees. This time, Hemingway was recovering from a plane crash that occurred while he was on safari in Africa. According to legend, the writer’s convalescence involved copious champagne and indoor baseball, played with a tightly rolled woollen sock in his much-coveted corner suite. When a window was smashed in the room, Gritti Palace management gave Hemingway a 10-percent discount on his bill, on the basis that no one had ever before played baseball in the 300-year-old hotel.
Hemingway’s Gritti residency is just one story in the long, sometimes glamorous history of living large at landmark hotels. A hotel residence can offer an oasis for creativity in the midst of a bustling urban hub, like when Claude Monet painted the Thames from his suite’s window as the artist-in-residence at The Savoy in London. Irish actor Richard Harris also kept a suite at The Savoy for many years until his death, at age 72. “If you’re paying the mortgage on a home, you can’t ask the bank manager to fetch you a pint,” Harris purportedly once declared.
A hotel residence can also provide a refuge, as it did for the reclusive Howard Hughes, who hid out at The Beverly Hills Hotel’s Bungalow 4 after he was in a near-fatal plane crash in 1946. Or it can provide a high-profile perch for holding court, as was the case for Coco Chanel, who moved into the Ritz Paris in 1937, in a suite designed to her specific tastes for the better part of three decades.
Having an address at an ideal location and eliminating many of the quotidian cares of conventional home ownership are both central to the allure of establishing oneself in a fine hotel. Though hotel living goes back centuries, starting in the early 20th century, a new generation of “palace hotels” helped turned the practice into an art. “At palace hotels, the truly wealthy enjoyed perfected personal service, superior dining, sociability as well as privacy, physical luxury and instant status — all at a cost lower than keeping a mansion or large house,” writes Paul Groth in Living Downtown: The History of Residential Hotels in the United States, published in 1999. Hotel life, he says, “eliminated the routine responsibilities of managing a large house and garden, devising details for the constant round of dinner parties and elaborate family meals, and supervising an often unruly staff of servants.”
The allure continues — a new generation of purpose-built hotel-style residences has been blurring the line between conventional home ownership and hotel living. At Four Seasons Private Residences Montreal, scheduled to open in late 2018, 18 private residences will occupy the top four floors of the 18-storey, 163-room five-star hotel development, offering residential owners the best aspects of hospitality and home ownership.
“Residents could stay in a hotel but choose a condominium because they can furnish it [the way] they [want to], and it is more permanent,” says J. Allen Smith, president and chief executive officer of Four Seasons, a Canadian-based company with some 60 years of experience in hospitality — 30 in residential property management — and with properties all over the world. “For many people, it’s the amenities that are compelling — the opportunity to access the same services associated with the hotel.”
That said, residential owners often want access on their own terms, separate and more private than what’s available to hotel guests. Those who buy into the Four Seasons Private Residences Montreal will have their own entrance, managers, and concierge and valet services and can enjoy hotel amenities like the fitness centre and spa, the ballroom and an open-concept dining and entertainment space, replete with a 2,000-square-foot terrace.
The building itself sets out to be a Montreal landmark, developed by Carbonleo and designed jointly by Montreal firms Lemay and Sid Lee Architecture. The grey-tinted glass exterior evokes timeless elegance that complements the buildings around it — with views Monet would appreciate. The residences themselves, designed by Montreal’s Philip Hazan, are spacious and open-concept, proffering dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and either a private terrace or a classic-style loggia. The hotel and amenity spaces have been created by design firm Gilles & Boissier in Paris.
But perhaps it’s the location within Montreal’s famed Golden Square Mile that will earn the property a place in the pantheon of illustrious residential hotels. Right next door to a newly renovated Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, the Four Seasons Montreal is walking distance from the Museum of Fine Arts and the Bell Centre, and Sainte-Catherine and Crescent streets, all in the heart of what remains to be one of North America’s most chic cities.
Smith notes that residential owners often come from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles. For example, at the Four Seasons Private Residences in London’s Mayfair, Twenty Grosvenor Square — scheduled to open in mid-2018 — many of the owners would consider themselves global citizens, with pieds-à-terre in several countries. At the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, also known as 30 Park Place, which opened in 2016, owners are more likely to use their home as a permanent residence. Most of them are attracted to the Four Seasons brand and its track record of delivering top-quality luxury experiences.
“Often, these are people who associate themselves as our very best customers. They have already developed a relationship as hotel guests,” says Smith. “Our Montreal property is being built to the same level of sophistication and finish [at] any of our properties. I travel all over the world, and the standards for excellence are remarkable.”
No wonder that Eloise, the exuberant title character in the series of books by Kay Thompson, about a girl who lives with her nanny on the “tippy-top floor” of New York City’s Plaza Hotel, was so adept at finding adventure. A top hotel provides the breathing room to explore and discover new things — and to be yourself. Of course, the adventures that residential owners might pursue from their enviable address are entirely in their own hands.
By Paul Gallant – *This article originally appeared in INSIGHT: The Art of Living | Spring 2018
Photos: Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alamy; World History Archive/Alamy; Georgios/Istock; LPettet/Istock
I recieved a call from a seller who has had his listing expire with an unsuccessful sale. Within one hour, my team and I had a teaser video of his home created, full listing presentation and CMA, and I met with him shortly after.
He was looking for someone who could market effectively, but more importantly, someone who had drive. CHECK!
Excited to release this amazing video featuring The DeWinton Retreat
Set in a beautiful acreage, this home has all the features for the enthusiast or hobbyist with 2 separate workshops and an attached 3 car garage, there is space for everyone's passions!
It's always nice when nice people say nice things about you!
Cheers to great clients!
Knowledge is Power
Had the pleasure of speaking to invited guests of Investors Group at Prohibition Freehouse last night. Great people, amazing food and wine and gracious hosts. Thank you @kenchenyyc @prohobar @investorsgroup for the honour of kicking off the evening with a little real estate insight for 2018
Excited to Share the Following Testimonial From The Managing Broker at Sotheby's International Realty Canada | Calgary
When it was time to sell my home, my stress level was through the roof! As a broker in real estate you'd think I'd have this down cold but that was not the case when selling my family home after a divorce. When I sold real estate my biggest focus was on my clients being well-informed; both the good and, yes, sometimes the not-so-good. The key with providing information is the ability to create a plan, or roadmap, and to be ready to adapt the moment the data starts to show a new story.
Steven was that agent for me. Steven knew the emotional journey this was going to be. He understood that my children, almost grown, had a sense of attachment to their home where they grew up. Steven also understood my financial need to sell. Selling was a need, not a want. Steven was able to read the market and help me to understand the realistic pricing. Together we went to the home and made a list of all the needed repairs and upgrades that a prospective buyer would expect at my price point.
When my home was ready to list, Steven and his team were able to present my home in a very favourable light. To be honest, I cried when I saw the photos. This was our home where my eldest, when very young, would dance and sing around the whole house, where my son learned to drive his dirt bikes and my youngest cooked her first Sunday nosh-up.
Steven's care and guidance continued into the showings, the late night calls of why there was no offer, and through the tough conversation of about whether or not to lower the price. During all those times, Steven was professional, honest and, most of all, focused on the main goal - selling my home so the children and I could have a better, more financially secure life.
Steven's tremendous gift to us was his calmness and reassurance during negotiations, which prevented me from leaving money on the table and allowed me to keep it in my pocket. I'd become so desperate to sell that I was willing to slash the price and give away the home at a bargain basement price, but Steven took the reins and assured me that his recommendations were for the best. In the end, Steven was able to secure a large sum of cash that, in my haste, I would have walked away from.
I'd highly recommend Steven to any and all my friends, colleagues and to anyone who would ask me for a recommendation. Steven has become a trusted friend.
Sotheby's International Realty Canada
Somerset Calgary Home Sells With BackUp Offer for 99% of List Price By Steven Hill of Sotheby's Realty
Steven Hill Sells Calgary Somerset Home For 99% Of List Price!
Strength In Marketing, Presentation and Negotiations is evident with this successful Calgary home sale in Somerset, Southwest Calgary. This home conditionally sold in 3 days on the market, and later obtained a backup offer as well which ended being the successful bid. Steven Hill shows how the strength of the Sotheby's Realty Brand along with his presentation skills can provide a seller with a positive outcome in today's Calgary Real Estate market. Both offers were for 99% of List Price! Contact Steven at email@example.com for more details.
The bathroom may be one of the most overlooked rooms in the house, yet it is one of the most important. It’s where the day starts and ends. It’s where we go to relax, whether through soaking in a deep tub or indulging in a steam shower. It’s where we get ready to face the world, seated at a vanity or standing at the counter. Dial up the comfort and utility in your day with any of these bathroom renovations that best suit your style:
Modern and Minimalist
You want your humble abode to actually feel “humble”. The subtlety of clean lines, open-floor plans, indoor-outdoor living spaces, and expanses of glass define a contemporary home. Whether you lean toward a more mid-century modern style or minimal decoration and ornaments, these renovation ideas will help add to the simplicity of your space.
- A bright, sleek foundation – The sure-fire way to keep everything looking clean? Go with white walls, subway tiles, or quartz counters.
- Black finishings – Subtle hints of contrast in a matte black finish have a particularly entrancing design feel.
- Open showers – Floor-to-ceiling glass and the absence of a stall door will make you feel like you’re in a boutique hotel.
- LED lighting – Whether in fluted lights over the vanity or a mirrored side recess, energy efficient lights with a dimmer will help the space shine.
- Large-scale tiles – Trade excessive amounts of grout for slab-like sophistication.
Rustic and Country
Is your home channeling a quaint farmhouse or a mountain lodge? This style proves that everything that’s old can always be new again. There’s a connection to the past and an unassuming charm that comes with these types of spaces. These simple switches will add some flair to the rough, exposed beams and plank floors that make your home feel like the perfect cabin in the woods.
- Reclaimed materials – The art of re-purposing is alive and well. Grab some salvaged timber to refinish your vanity.
- Wood paneling – Think beyond hardwood and consider wainscoting, planked ceilings, or a warm accent wall.
- A touch of vintage – Pick up mismatched mirrors or metal wash bins for rolled towels.
- A claw-foot tub – This is the classic stunner in any bathroom, but it offers a particularly nice contrast in such a vintage setting
- Armoire styling – Look for a vanity or shelving unit that has the look of a beloved piece of heirloom furniture.
Polished and Refined
Far from fussy, every nuance of this home décor style feels familiar, well-mannered, and ultimately fun to live in. You’ve already dotted your living space with the appropriate patterns, polished wood, and dignified lighting, so carry that onto the bathroom.
- Shining finishes – Nickel and chrome add an unrivaled splash of taste to the overall look.
- Eye-catching lighting – Put up a pendant light and consider well-spaced sconces.
- Patterned tiles – Classic black and white or an oversized geometric pattern play up the polish.
- Tactful tech – Bring spa-like steam shower functionality into your own home with a menu of relaxation at your fingertips.
- Grey tones – Soft but classic, neither too masculine nor too feminine—grey paint hits the his-and-hers mark.
All these potential ideas will surely add more class and creativity to your daily cleansing. But regardless of trends and timelines, the best way to do a luxury renovation on your bathroom is to stay true to your comfort and style.
Option to subdivide country lot key to sale northwest of Calgary
262024 RANGE RD. 33, ROCKY VIEW COUNTY, ALTA.
ASKING PRICE: $1,275,000
SELLING PRICE: $1,245,000
TAXES: $6,132 (2016)
DAYS ON THE MARKET: 38
LISTING AGENTS: Steven Hill and Jacqueline Thorogood, Sotheby's International Realty Canada
The Action: It can take months to lure buyers to rural properties northwest of Calgary, so this luxury house with a four-car garage on a four-acre lot was listed below $1.3-million. About two dozen buyers ventured past its front gates and a party from Calgary arranged a deal by mid-September.
"This sold faster than the typical acreage property out in that area because of two factors," agent Steven Hill said.
"We priced it aggressively because the market above $1-million right now is pretty soft in Calgary; and the buyers saw value in this specific property because it's one of the only acreages in the area that could be subdivided."
What They Got: About 14 years ago, this 3,910-square-foot house was built with six bedrooms and multiple entertaining areas indoors and out, including a fenced-in tennis court.
The sprawling grounds are visible and accessible from several areas, including the combined kitchen and family room, dining room and living area. The latter also features double-height ceilings and a stone wall with a fireplace.
There is a main-floor den and a master retreat upstairs with a fireplace, balcony and one of five bathrooms. The 1,903-square-foot basement offers recreation and media areas.
The Agent's Take: "This property had a beautiful tennis court and panoramic, rolling valley views and full views of the mountains to the west, so it had that ideal blend of what people are looking for in an acreage lifestyle," Mr. Hill said.
"And it was a really large house with beautiful 18-foot ceilings in the main living room and a very open design with windows to not only get the sunlight, but also capitalize on the views."
There’s a certain nostalgia that arrives with the end of summer. The days fade, the weather cools, and as some might have you believe, so does the real estate market. Or does it? Most trend reports would have you believe that spring and summer are landing A and A+ grades in buying and selling classes, but, believe it or not, autumn is sweeping in for extra credit. Here’s a look at how the back-to-school season affects the real estate market.
It’s widely acknowledged that June and July are typically the busiest times of the year for moving. This is also true of the Canadian market. This buying trend coincides with optimal weather patterns—it’s a near-guarantee for a snow-free moving day, curb appeal is ramped way up thanks to blooming flora, and it’s easier for potential buyers to imagine themselves in the space when backyards and patios are available for use. These sunny days will continue in most Canadian cities through September as well, opening up a longer moving window for buyers.
Timing Is Everything
One knock summer has against it: everyone is on vacation. For those with families, spring and summer can mean an endless stream of activities—hardly the time to tack finding a home on the to-do list. Autumn offers some relaxation and respite from the hustle, with kids back in school (but not so immersed in curriculum that a move would throw everything off) and parents typically have a more open social calendar. This is reflected in market trends—real estate specialists typically see an uptick in activity after Labour Day.
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
The heat can make many potential home buyers feel frenzied and enter into 10-way bidding wars. Other buyers are wise to wait until the fall when tensions settle and the competition drops off. It’s less likely you’ll have to go above asking price after summer, so be prepared to lock down your dream home with a pre-approval and personalized note in hand.
On the flipside, sellers may find that home buyers will be more motivated to make a purchase in summer or early fall. The idea of moving in winter has far less appeal, and the opportunity to rake in on year-end tax benefits is closing.
Lean in to Local Markets
Just as many Canadians don the snowbird lifestyle and escape to a southern locale during the winter months, snow lovers and ski bums will be looking for deals up north. Properties near winter-centric towns and cities such as Tremblant, Whistler, Banff and Canmore, Calgary, and Vancouver may see a boost in buyer interest as sweater weather sets in. Cabin lovers and families looking to take advantage of winter break may also have an eye on cottage-country properties with year-round appeal.
Call it the back-to-school boost or the season for smart decisions—changing weather, more routine schedules, unsung opportunities, and local factors all confirm autumn is a prime new time to invest in real estate.
Very Proud to have reached a FIRM SALE on this Stunning Executive Acreage in Bearspaw today!
This was a special listing - it belonged to my broker who entrusted me and my colleague with the listing. An honour to say the least (and a huge responsiblity)!
We had very complicated negotiations (including competitive offers at one point), but finally crossed the finish line! SO HAPPY!
262024 Range Road 33 in Rural Rocky View County
Masterfully positioned to benefit the stunning unobstructed Rocky Mountains & rolling valley views, this executive 4 acre property offered a unique opportunity to own a tranquil and serene country home only minutes from Calgary & Cochrane. A gated, fully paved driveway leads to this remarkable home with over 5800 SqFt of developed living space featuring 6 bedrooms & 4.5 bathrooms. The tasteful architectural details like crown moulding and coffered ceiling, complement a layout featuring a fitness room, oversized 4 car garage, theatre space, wrap around veranda, chef's kitchen with spacious granite feature island, main floor office/den & sensational 18ft ceiling in the living room with full stone focal wall. This property offered something for every member of the family. Thoughtfully landscaped with full irrigation, there is plenty of room to enjoy both indoor & outdoor interests including a fully fenced tennis court. Offered to the market for the first time since originally built, this was a rare opportunity.
For More Information About This Amazing Property, Please Contact Steven Hill at 403-863-6344 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org