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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced its expanding presence in the Middle East with the opening of Qatar Sotheby’s International Realty.

Qatar Sotheby’s International Realty is owned by Alfardan Group, a leading premium lifestyle conglomerate renowned for delivering luxury products and services in Qatar, and is led by General Manager, Seran Gheorghe, who has practiced real estate in the Middle East for the past 13 years. Gheorghe was a top performing associate with Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty for the past six years and worked with Qatari clients to make this opening possible. Qatar Sotheby’s International Realty is located in the capital city of Doha and will serve the luxury residential real estate markets of Lusail, the island of Pearl and West Bay Lagoon. The company will also continue to support Qatari clients in their continuous interest for the best international assets.

“Qatar’s high-income economy and global real estate interest is appealing to the Sotheby’s International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty. “Seran and his team have a strong understanding of local and global luxury real estate and we are proud to have them as our affiliate in Qatar.”

“The real estate market in Qatar offers high-quality, luxurious apartments, penthouses and beachfront villas,” said Gheorghe. “From a global perspective, we are seeing interest from buyers in India, China, Europe and the United States. We pride ourselves in offering the highest level of support and advice to our clients before, during and after the transaction. Aligning our company with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand will further provide our clients with unparalleled marketing, global reach and exposure.”

Qatar Sotheby’s International Realty is the second Sotheby’s International Realty-branded company in the Middle East, along with Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty located in Dubai.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 22,700 affiliated independent sales associates located in nearly 1,000 offices in 72 countries and territories worldwide. In 2018, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $112 billion USD.  Qatar Sotheby’s International Realty listings are 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 Realtymarketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

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Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles, and home.

Lisa YakulisDevon, Pennsylvania | , Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty 

The couple invested around $900,000 to renovate the kitchen, master bathroom, pool and landscaping.

A Pennsylvania Mansion with an Idyllic Veranda – Wall Street Journal

Pursuitist Q&A: Kevin Thompson, CMO of Sotheby’s International Realty – Pursuitist

The June 2019 Issue of RESIDE® Magazine is Now Available – RESIDE Magazine

House Hunting in … Mexico – New York Times

Hot property: South American Homes –  Financial Times

What to know before buying that dream vacation home in another country – Washington Post

‘This Is Us’ actor Chris Sullivan buys a modern Venice pad – Los Angeles Times

Inside John Stamos’s Spanish-Style Aerie in Beverly Hills – Architectural Digest

Discovery Channel founder’s $279M Colorado ranch includes some unbelievable perks – Fox Business

Springs General Store On The Market – The Independent 

Extraordinary Transformation Of Old Into New On Nob Hill, $16.5M – CA Home + Design

North Scottsdale Appeals for Its Climate, Low Taxes and Golf – Mansion Global

Before and After: Staging drama in a stucco box – Los Angeles Times

212 Fifth Avenue Is Now 100% Sold – Mann About Town

All I Want to Do Is Drink Wine on This Italian Farmhouse’s Terrace – Apartment Therapy

The Most “Palm Springs” House of All Time Just Listed For $3M – Dwell

Palm Beach Homes: House Sells for $11M In Forfeiture – Palm Beach Daily News

An Art Booster’s Aerie Lists In Hollywood Hills West At $2.348 Million – Los Angeles Times

Live On the Back 9 at 17 Golf Course Homes – Go Banking Rates

President Trump’s Onetime Greenwich Estate Relists for 29% Less – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s to auction ‘substantial’ lock of Beethoven’s hair – Reuters 

Experience Claude Monet’s magical water garden at Sotheby’s – Town & Country

A ’54 Ferrari and ’57 Porsche Help Lead Villa Erba Auction to $22.3 Million in Sales – Robb Report

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While the world knows Rio de Janeiro—Brazil’s second-largest city and Instagram darling—simply as Rio, Brazilians prefer another name: Cidade Maravilhosa, the Marvelous City. Indeed, this city of over six million people sparkles with unmatched marvels. From picturesque beaches to steep green peaks and rounded verdant isles, all under the gaze of that iconic and sacred white-stone statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain, there is never a dull scene.

But though it shines in sunlight, it pulses under the moon. From warehouse-size nightclubs to underground samba shows to dive bars overflowing with cachaça, a Brazilian rum, there is no dearth of nighttime bustle in the Marvelous City. “The easy-going way of life is what makes the culture of Rio nightlife,” says Marcello Romero of Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty. “The pubs and restaurants on the boardwalk overlooking the ocean are always very lively and great places to be.” One just needs to know where to look.

Carioca da Gema

Credits: Divulgação

Go to this nightclub, built inside a former mansion, for some old Rio vibes and impressive samba bands. It is located in the always-hopping Lapa neighborhood, a formerly rundown area transformed into a lively nightlife hub. Paving the way for the influx of clubs and bars, Carioca de Gema was one of the first to open there, in 2000. That it continues to flourish today in the face of lots of competition is a true testament.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty 

Discover homes in this incredible city on sothebysrealty.com Armazém São Thiago

Credits: Armazém São Thiago

Set in a 1920s-style warehouse, Armazém São Thiago (founded circa 1919) features some mean caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail of cachaça, sugar, and lime. Considered a botequo, a neighborhood bar, it is in Santa Teresa, Rio’s bohemian neighborhood. Their cold chopp, or draft beer, goes a long way in combating that infamous Rio heat.

Learn more about these iconic spots and more of Rio from the article in RESIDE® Magazine

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Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.

Glamorous Villa in Palo Alto, California | Sotheby's International Realty - YouTube

Palo Alto, California | Gloria Young & John Young, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 

The Hannaston Estate was designed in the early 20th Century by Palo Alto’s renowned architect Birge Clark. This glamorous Italianate-style villa is a seamless blend of stunning architecture, modern luxury, and incredible indoor/outdoor flow.

Outfitted for everyday living as well as entertaining, this home was extensively remodeled in 2009 and offers everything from unconventional touches like secret doors in the bookcases to modern lifestyle applications like top-tier appliances, high ceilings, and unrivaled entertaining options.

Set on beautifully landscaped resort-like grounds reminiscent of the French Riviera, this grand-scale residence affords modern indoor-outdoor living in one of Palo Alto’s most sought-after enclaves, Crescent Park.

From the Hollywood Hills to the shores of Maui, discover incredible luxury home tours on the brand’s YouTube Channel.

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Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought after locations, let’s explore an exclusive new development from our worldwide network.

Simirin Bogra, India Sotheby’s International Realty 

Paras Quartier is a prestigious condominium project in the National Capital Region of India and has set a new trend in spacious high rise living. Being only five minutes away from Golf Course Road in the scenic Aravali hills region on Gurgaon-Faridabad Expressway, Paras Quartier is spread over 10 acres that showcase wide spaces and ample green areas, making it one of the most serene and peaceful residential properties in Gurgaon.

This incredible development offers four-bedroom apartments ranging from 5,350 to 6,000 square-feet enhanced with world-class interiors and contemporary design aesthetics that are integrated throughout. Residents of this high-end tower also enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline and the lush green foliage.

This project offers a lavish clubhouse with exclusive concierge services. The development also offers a gymnasium, along with an aerobics and yoga room with a spa and salon. The sports center is equipped with several facilities such as a squash court, table tennis, card/billiards, and a badminton court. Learn more about Paras Quartier.

For those who seek the bustle of cities or those who seek the serenity of the mountains, Only Sotheby’s International Realty.

 

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When it comes to industry, commerce, the Royal Family, and parliament, London is a city of distinction. Renowned for its arts and culture, history, and iconic architecture, England’s capital city receives millions of tourists every year. But even with its bustle and energy, London delivers some of the most green spaces per capita of the major cities in the U.K., and many boroughs serve as resplendent retreats on the city’s doorstep. Here are five homes that honor London’s heritage and look forward to its future.

All the Trimmings in Thurloe Place

Shereen MalikUnited Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

A city of heritage and pedigree, London prides itself on the conservation of not only its culture but of its long-standing architectural identity. Refurbished to the highest of standards and providing well-proportioned living accommodation throughout, Thurloe Place reflects the city’s rich history. Inside, this one-bedroom home features intricate parquet hardwood and tiled floors, decorative crown molding and wainscoting, and access to the building’s inner private garden. Situated between Knightsbridge and South Kensington across the way from three of London’s most prestigious museums—the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum—Thurloe Place provides quick and easy access to the city’s historical center and a wealth of amenities.

Classic Proportions at Wellington Court

Shereen MalikUnited Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Overlooking Hyde Park, considered the oldest park in the city, Wellington Court offers a stately four-bedroom apartment to the owner looking to put down English roots. Ornate wood and polished stone flooring invite you from the luminous entryway to the entertaining area, where the formal reception and dining rooms include a direct view of the park. A stone’s throw from luxury department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge is the home of some of the world’s most exclusive fashions and home accoutrements.

Contemporary Luxury in Eaton Place

Shereen Malik & William TremlettUnited Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Spanning two buildings and a combined 6,485 square feet of lush details, this penthouse at Eaton Place in Belgravia offers unparalleled levels of refined dwelling. A short walk from organic markets, the renowned Saatchi Gallery, and an early 20th-century concert hall—home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra—Belgravia is a microcosm of culture tucked away in one of West London’s more undisturbed neighborhoods. Thoughtfully redesigned, this penthouse occupies an impressive three floors and features two entertaining spaces as well as a spectacular lounge. The adjoining rooftop terrace commands south-facing views of Central London. Finished to reflect the Regency architecture of the building while welcoming in the tenets of contemporary design, the timeless features and materials of this six-bedroom home reflect the legacy of the area.

Future Luxury Along the South Bank

Catharine CheUnited Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Set to be a towering addition to the city skyline, One Blackfriars indicates London’s intention to lead design in the 21st century. With views across the River Thames to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament, the vista from One Blackfriars is unmatched. The interiors have been designed with inspiration from the cultural life of the South Bank and infused with sumptuous materials such as Italian marble and bespoke joinery. Onsite comforts and amenities include a 20-meter swimming pool, private screening room, golf simulator, and a private Zen garden, taking at-home recreation and leisure to new heights. Located between the Southbank Centre and the Tate Modern, One Blackfriars brings some of the world’s preeminent cultural incubators within arm’s reach.

Tranquil Surroundings in Primrose Hill

Lee KoffmanUnited Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

On the north side of Regent’s Park, one of London’s Royal Parks, Primrose Hill boats one of the best viewpoints in the city. From a gentle incline on the west side of the city, the skyline can be seen clearly from above the treetops. At St. Edmund’s Terrace, award-winning architecture casts a modern vision for city living: the interiors of this three-bedroom apartment are generous at 2,567 square feet and outfitted with herringbone floors, marble countertops, and a freestanding soaker tub. An impressive entrance hall and reception area welcomes you home. Accents like the fireplace partition distinguish spaces while still allowing for an organic flow and movement from room to room.

Deciding on a luxurious flat won’t be hard when choosing from the distinct, grand neighborhoods of the English capital. Whether your must-haves include nearby green spaces and museums or breathtaking city views, London has the answer in spades.

If London is only the first stop on your international itinerary, read more about the world’s most glamorous cities.

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Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles, and home.

Allenspark, Colorado | Kerry Endsley, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

A 340-acre ranch in Allenspark, Colorado, offering an abundance of natural beauty, a luxury lifestyle and provenance, has come onto the market for $14.875 million.

Historic 340-Acre Colorado Ranch Offered for Nearly $15M – Mansion Global

Sotheby’s International Realty CMO Kevin Thompson on Luxury Brand Psychology – Adweek

For Sale: The $14 Million Irish Manor House Paid for by Lady In Red – Bloomberg

Outdoor Adventure Begins in Bend – Wall Street Journal

What a $20 Million Home Looks Like in 7 Cities – Architectural Digest

Here Comes The Sunroom – Wall Street Journal

Cape Cod has 75 miles of beaches and clapboard houses two hours from Boston – Homes & Property

The Best Of Potrero Hill And Dogpatch, $5 Million – Home + Design

A Serene Estate in Vermont – Wall Street Journal 

10 Breathtaking Beach Homes You Won’t Believe  – MSN

Look Inside: This $899K California Home Is Indoor/Outdoor Living At Its Best – Apartment Therapy

Striking Frank Lloyd Wright Homes You Can Buy Today – Go Banking Rates

Charming waterfront cottage asks $799K – Curbed

Selling Wellness, Whether It Works or Not – Wall Street Journal

River Oaks Home Hits The Market At $9.9 Million – Houston Chronicle

Longtime Home Of Curator Lyn Kienholz Hits The Market For $2.4 Million – Curbed

15 incredible golf course homes around the world – Go Banking Rates

Ullanlinna: A Calm Space in the Center of Helsinki – Mansion Global

Monet’s water lilies could bring $44 million at Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art sale in London – Artsy

Lost Chess Piece Found After 55 Years Could Fetch $1 Million at Auction – Observer

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Roberto Burle Marx, Rooftop Garden, Ministry Of Education And Public Health, Rio De Janeiro, Built 1938. © Leonardo Finotti

From a sculpture collection by Damien Hurst in Yorkshire to the living work of Brazilian artist Roberto Burle Marx at the New York Botanical Gardens, with the help of Tim Marlow, Sotheby’s takes us through some of the most exciting exhibitions around this June to jumpstart your summer.

Learn more about these incredible exhibitions on Sothebys.com

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Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.

New Development Opportunity in Port d Andratx, Spain | Sotheby's International Realty - YouTube

Port d Andratx, Balearic Islands, Spain | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestling in the hills overlooking Port Andratx you find a unique new residential property developed by a London based Development Company that specialises in luxury homes. “Infinity” represents the ultimate in space, design and finish and benefits from breath taking views and amenities.

Designed by premier Architects García-Ruiz, Infinity is a project of infinite beauty. This is a dream come true for those keen on design, comfort and the Mediterranean lifestyle, in one of Mallorca’s most sublime locations.

Infinity blends the modern with the traditional creating a warm inviting atmosphere. It is situated in the exclusive Montport area and is an exceptionally high-quality construction. The location is superb, with inspiring views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the exclusive Port Andratx.

From the Spanish Coast to the island of Mauritius, discover luxury home tours from around the world on our brand’s YouTube Channel

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Inspired by the pages of RESIDE® Magazine, RESIDE by Sotheby’s International Realty® explores the incredible people, places, and brands featured in the magazine, bringing their stories to life. From the nightlife of one of the world’s favorite cities, to art and beyond, RESIDE by Sotheby’s International Realty explores the best of luxury living.

On this special Global Networking Event edition of the RESIDE® by Sotheby’s International Realty Podcast, we hear from Sotheby’s International Realty’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kevin Thompson on the brand’s new “Only” marketing campaign and dive into the waters off Maui with local diver, and real estate agent with Island Sotheby’s International Realty, Philip Chiesa.

Only Sotheby’s International Realty

https://sothebysrealty.com/exceptional-marketing

RESIDE | Diving the Eco-Friendly Way

https://s.sir.com/2V9HbPs

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Episode 3 Transcript:

Hello and welcome to RESIDE® by Sotheby’s International Realty. I’m Erik Weinbrecht your host and guide as we dive into the pages of RESIDE magazine to discover more about the incredible people, places, and brands featured within. Please be sure to like, follow, and subscribe to @sothebysrealty on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to experience incredible homes and stories from around the world. Without further delay, let’s get started.

Erik Weinbrecht (EW)

Fresh off the Global Networking stage in Vancouver I’d like to welcome Sotheby’s International Realty’s Chief Marketing Officer and our special guest Kevin Thompson to take us through the brand’s latest marketing campaign and talk a little bit about the event. Hi Kevin!

Kevin Thompson (KT)

Hi Erik.

EW

Thank you so much for joining me that was an incredible speech that you gave today at a GNE.

KT

Thank you thank you it’s great to be here.

EW

So, before we get started about all of the great things that you talked about, tell us a little bit about why we’re in Vancouver this year?

KT

So, when we were looking at locations to take our global networking event a little over a year ago Vancouver popped up on our radar as one of the unique places that we could bring our global audience. I think it represents what is exciting and new and fresh not just in the real estate market but in a in a vibrant urban setting. Vancouver is itself a very modern city it’s a young city and I felt like that was the right vibe for our global networking event. It really fit with the theme of what we’re going to talk about there.

EW

So, it seems like it to an interesting contrast coming off of having two events in Las Vegas and then going to Vancouver. So, the atmosphere here is obviously completely different between the two and it seems to be a really effective choice

KT

Yeah so Vancouver is a world apart from Las Vegas, both are great cities both super dynamic both attract a global audience. I think what it was again really interesting about Vancouver was the idea that we could host the event in a phenomenal venue that was just built it was designed for the Olympics that were recently held in Vancouver. It’s an extraordinary place to be. It feels very fresh very new very modern and I think it aligns with the voice of the brand right now.

EW

So, speaking of things that are new and fresh and modern, let’s talk a little bit about what you talked about today. Tell us about the exciting news.

KT

So, one of the big announcements that we have, probably the biggest announcement for GNE from a marketing standpoint is the rollout of a new campaign. So the idea that we get to present a new global campaign to the audience is you know we don’t we only get a chance to do that at GNE so we have to wait a year and a half sometimes two years to have these conversations and really get to talk to agents and our owners about what the voice of the brand should be going forward. So, to announce the Only campaign   you know not just was the setting perfect to do that the timing was right. We had just come off of the success of the LIVE Sotheby’s International Realty campaign which was the first truly customizable global campaign that we had launched as a brand, we launched it with a cloud-based building tool that allowed all of our affiliates to customize the brand for their local market. The LIVE campaign really, I think help to set the framework for our new only campaign. It spoke to our agents networking consumers buyers and sellers about the idea of living that Sotheby’s international Realty lifestyle. I think the only campaign lets us really kind of own that voice. We are the only luxury real estate brands that operates on a global scale we are the only luxury real estate brand that has a network as powerful as ours is today.  So, it just made sense from sort of a logical standpoint, but I think it is that also the creative evolution of the live campaign it makes sense to move into a bolder bigger statement for the brand.

EW

So why do you think it’s important for brands like the Sotheby’s International Realty brand to have these kinds of campaigns? What do they do for a brand?

KT

So, I think when a brand like Sotheby’s International Realty plays in the public sphere we get to say and do things that other real estate brands can’t do. In part that’s because of our shared history with the auction house – so we just celebrated the Sotheby’s brand’s two hundred and seventy fifth anniversary which is an extraordinary milestone. Sotheby’s is a brand that the consumers aspire to they have a sense of what it means to live a somebody’s life style and that is part of who we are. As Sotheby’s International Realty as well so we get to talk about the idea of living a certain way and tapping into your dreams and really it this is all about Sotheby’s International Realty not just as the voice of authority in the luxury space but the access point for consumers to achieve their dreams, and I think that’s a remarkable thing. I don’t think that’s something that other real estate brands can do; you can try to do I don’t think you know it is it something that we own and is beyond compare really in the real estate industry.

EW

Now I imagine going back to the new campaign there had to be some sort of   impetus or some sort of inspiration for this campaign – you know what are some of the other big brand campaigns that inspired this?

KT

It’s like this well we worked with a company called Blu Blanc Rouge they’re based in Toronto and Montreal and they have historically they’ve worked with Nike and Mercedes Benz they worked with live nation and we did an exercise with them that was all about brand world building and this is a fairly new concept I think for global brands. I think the most forward thinking brands in in all categories are having these conversations about what the world of their brand looks and feels like we have not had that conversation before at Sotheby’s international realty, and that is  I think both the surprising thing for a brand that’s been around for two hundred seventy five years but also an incredible opportunity when you consider our share of the market at the in the luxury segment. For us to have this conversation now sort of represents a you know the opportunity going forward. It is important for us to think about what it means to represent the brand and what the world of Sotheby’s International Realty feels like, and that’s what drove the new campaign. So, this exercise with Blu Blanc Rouge and sort of understanding the psychology of how our brand lives in the real estate space really let us to land on only as the campaign tagline.

EW

I know from my perspective I can’t wait to see what some of our affiliates to do with this campaign. I know that the live campaign was super customizable, and you know we saw them do some incredible things with this. I’m hoping for the same if not more for the only campaign.

KT

Yeah, the so the challenge for the live campaign when we first designed that and we knew we wanted to talk about what it means to live a Sotheby’s International Realty lifestyle we had to consider that that means something very different to people all around the world. I mean something different to buyers and sellers a different price points and emerging affluent millennials and established luxury consumer so we had to create in in sort of partnership with the campaign we had to create a tool that allowed for the campaign to be customized so that it worked at any price point in any market in the seventy two countries that we are in and close to twenty three thousand agents implementing this campaign or have the opportunity to employ this campaign so we had to create the tool that allowed for the customization. The only campaign, you know it through all of the learnings in creating the live campaign, in in launching the live campaign, and understanding where it worked where it didn’t work and why not, we were able to launch the only campaign today with a sort of bigger bang. There are more pieces of collateral, more assets, more tools, more designs, more templates; everything about the only campaign is more robust than the live campaign. It’s certainly it was effective you know when we launched, and we launched the Design Vault we had ninety seven percent of our companies go in and build and create some sort of collateral. Inside the templates that were there   you know that represents thirty plus ads a day being created using that tool I think the only campaign will far outpace that.

EW

Yeah, I’m like I said I’m, I’m super excited to see what people do with it. What’s one thing you’re really looking forward to with the only campaign – what are you looking to see from it?

KT

I you know what inspires me most is when I see the campaign customized for a local markets and individual agents working effectively, so when you know our agents know their markets better than we do – better than we ever possibly could they have the information they have the understanding about what consumers in their market want and so when they when they go into the design vault tool and they customize the assets that we create, we’ve created and they design these beautiful ads that we just help them to create, we didn’t design it we’re not dictating what it what it should look like, and the end product you know we want to manage the voice of the brand, but how that gets interpreted in the local market is entirely up to our agents. I think that you know that’s what excites me most when I see them grab on to what we’ve created and make it their own and really run with it – and we see those times pop up on social media channels and we see local advertising local print media that’s the most exciting part for me. When we know it’s working for that and helping drive their business and their success.

EW

Well thank you very much for taking the time today to be with us on the podcast I know you are very busy here in  in Vancouver and there are many people looking forward to talking with you, so I don’t want to take up any more of your time. Make sure to check out the only campaign across all of our social media platforms and on sothebysrealty.com.

KT

Thanks so much it was great to be here.

EW

Hawaii is the premier destination for diving in the United States with the island offering so many locales to explore the depths we could have dedicated an entire episode to the topic – instead we’re focusing on Maui, home to some particularly special Pacific waters. My guest today is Philip Chiesa, a real estate agent with Island Sotheby’s International Realty and longtime free diver. Hi Phillip.

Philip Chiesa (PC)

Hi how you doing?

EW

I’m well I’m well thank you so much for joining me today. I appreciate it.

PC

Yeah, I’m happy to be here excited to talk about diving on Maui.

EW

So, before we hop into the water, I just give me the low down on what’s going on in Maui – what’s trending there?

PC

Well I’m a little bit of a foodie so I’m very excited for the upcoming opening of a new restaurant on the north shore of Maui called bop. It’s a Korean barbecue slash sushi restaurant opening up and I think it’s going to be a pretty big success.

EW

I mean I think it goes without saying that that any time we talk about a location one of the first things that comes up is food so I always love to hear about you know the culinary trends and the things that are that are going on and that’s awesome. So, I am there anything in particular there that you’re looking forward to?

PC

Definitely all of the sashimi. The people opening this restaurant used to have a different sushi restaurant located up country Maui and they are changing locations and changing up their menu a little bit and they always were known for having really high quality fish in the restaurant so I’m looking forward to seeing what they create now.

EW

Now speaking of high–quality fish let’s talk about what they look like but before we   we get them on the dinner plate. So, as I mentioned   you know whole why he is known as the US’   premier diving destination, what makes diving in Maui particularly special?

PC

What Maui has going on more than all the other islands is the number of whales. When it’s whale season, which is from about December to April, they like to be in our waters most as we have these protected channels between Maui and Lanai that serves as a great area for them to birth their baby whales and so you can just see them all over the place either from land or while diving and you can hear them under water. That’s a pretty surreal experience.

EW

Wow that sounds incredible I mean I am a very novice swimmer – my wife is a is a former lifeguard and she makes fun of me all the time, but you know in in terms of diving and being there for something like a, you know a whale pod, you know what  level of diver do you have to be to experience something like that?

PC

It’s all sort of luck of the draw – you could be an advanced diver and be out really far and it will increase your chances of seeing them, but you can also be a relative beginner and go out for a snorkel trip and happen to see a whale right off the boat, so really all levels of people can get to experience that which I think is fun.

EW

Now that you mention too that there’s a specific season for experiencing you know   a whale encounter like that but are there any other particular seasons where diving is best in Maui or different or something special?

PC

You know kind of the best thing about Maui is you can dive here all year round. The water temperature only changes about five degrees from winter to summer, it’s about seventy-five Fahrenheit in winter and got up to about eighty in summer so all year long you can dive. The visibility is great, the currents are never too bad as long as you’re driving a good part of the island and it’s just awesome. There’s no down season.

EW

Now you’ve lived in in Maui for the better part of your life is that is that right?

PC

Yes, I moved here when I was seven years old.

EW

And when did you start diving?

PC

Sort of recently within the last four to five years.  I didn’t actually grow up doing it but when I moved home after college I really got into the community and it’s really an up and coming community, freediving in particular and so it’s going to be a part of that as it grows and gets into the mainstream.

EW

So, what’s the difference between free diving and you know just kind of the typical diving we think of? I know many of us out here aren’t experts on the topic so, if you give us a definition that would be great.

PC

Absolutely. Typically, when people hear the word diving they’re going to think of scuba diving which is having a breathing apparatus – typically one of those big metal tanks on your back and you are diving for the better part of an hour using that breathing apparatus staying under the whole time. Freediving is diving as deep as you want or as shallow as you want simply by holding your breath and there’s a lot of different disciplines within this for a free diving but in its simplest sense it’s diving unaided by a tank.

EW

Wow, now I heard that you can hold your breath for three minutes is that correct?

PC

I am actually up to four minutes now.

EW

Wow that is insane – that that is a long time. Is there like a limit where if you’re not breathing for certain amount of time like there’s like an oxygen cut off thing to your brain – is that at all a worry of yours when you’re down there?

PC

Well there’s a lot that goes into it and without boring you too much with the physiology, four minutes is a relatively short breath in the free diving world; the world official world record is just under twelve minutes right now and a lot of my regular dive partners have much longer breath hold times, so I’m not too worried about reaching my limit.

EW

Wow so I mean whether you’re under the water with a tank strapped to you or  under the water holding your breath for an extended period of time when you come up to the surface and you want to decompress, what’s something that you that you do after a full day of diving?

PC

My personal favorite thing is to sit on the beach and drink a beer, it’s a good way to relax and hang out because diving is pretty exhausting. Even though you’re in the water the whole time it just hits you in a different way than you think. There’s also a lot of really fun hikes out on the east side of the island with waterfalls and jungles and it’s like being in a whole different world, I really like going to do that. I already touched on the food, but we have some world class restaurants out here and access to amazing fish and not just fish but vegetables and fruits – we just have this insane mixture of fresh produce that we can have your round out here.

EW

Thank you so much for taking the time to briefly take us into the water with you and kind of give us a glimpse of what life is like on Maui.

PC

Yeah absolutely I was happy to talk; it’s fun to talk about your passions.

EW

Thanks again to Philip and Kevin for joining me on this special edition of the RESIDE podcast. Thanks also to Stephen Connelly behind the board and all of you for listening. Don’t forget to subscribe to the RESIDE by Sotheby’s International Realty podcast on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or wherever you listen. For more from RESIDE magazine, see the show notes for links or visit sothebysrealty.com/reside for stories from the magazine. Until next time…

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