NEW YORK, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Global luxury real estate marketplace Concierge Auctions has unveiled its initial lineup of 18 premier properties for its June auction, specifically targeting Chinese real estate investors and buyers. The auction will commence in Hong Kong, China on June 28th. Non-Chinese bidders may also participate from any continent worldwide via the Concierge Auctions mobile bidding app.
"We've seen a significant uptick in interest from Chinese buyers over the past four years," stated Laura Brady, president of Concierge Auctions. "This influx, coupled with the global adoption of our bidding application last year, made this outreach to China a clear next step. Now available in Mandarin, our website and app are seamless for Chinese buyers, especially since their culture is well-versed in both digital transactions and purchasing other fine items through auction."
In cooperation with this effort, the firm has hired Cathy Han as its Chinese liaison. Based in New York City, Han is an experienced real estate professional with expertise in China's elite consumers, and brings her multilevel U.S.–China business relations to the Concierge Team. Han is the founder and CEO of Cathay's International, Inc., a boutique consultancy firm focusing on promotion, communications, marketing, and U.S.–China partnerships and exchanges in business, the arts and other cultural activities. Fluent in Mandarin, she has worked for the United Nations and multiple foreign diplomatic missions in China to develop and manage international conferences and steering committee meetings. As a member of the Asia Society and honor alumnae of Rutgers University, her career pursuits are geared toward bringing the East and the West closer together.
"I am thrilled to be a part of Concierge Auctions' insightful effort to reach out to the global Chinese High-Net-Worth Individuals who are increasingly savvy investors in acquiring luxury high-quality properties in an international scale, which fits well with Concierge Auctions global coverage — perfect match," stated Han.
Marketing for the upcoming auction launched in China last week with a series of cocktail events hosted in cooperation with The Wall Street Journal, Mansion Global, and Hurun's high-net-worth database of China's most capable real estate enthusiasts. Attendees learned more about the Concierge Auctions mobile bidding app and the properties featured in the portfolio.
"It was exciting to attend the launch events in Guangzhou and Shanghai," stated Concierge Auctions Chairman Chad Roffers, who traveled to China last week with Brady. "This was my fourth trip to China, and I was pleased but not at all surprised by the strong reception. It's clear that the timing is right to further introduce our platform to this influential economy — not only the world's most populous country, but also the largest international buyer of residential properties."
Concierge Auctions will be sponsoring an invitation-only Luxury Property Showcase in Beijing on June 16-18th. A VIP reception in Hong Kong will take place on June 28th, marking the official start of the 36-hour bidding window for the sale.
Concierge Auctions' June Sale includes:
The Ritz-Carlton Residences | 10 West Street, Penthouse 2C — New York, New York
Wrapped in panoramic views of New York Harbor and Battery Park, this exclusive Ritz-Carlton penthouse offers an unprecedented perspective on city living. This high-rise refuge features four bedrooms, five full- and one half-bathrooms, 11-foot ceilings, Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, a grand foyer, study, and terrace showcasing spectacular, unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty. The chef's kitchen includes state-of-the-art appliances, Poggenpohl cabinetry, and a breakfast nook. Additional amenities include a spacious master suite with waterfront views, a full marble bath with soaking tub and steam shower, and a dressing area.
Amenities in the Ritz-Carlton include a dedicated concierge, private security staff, porter, doorman, on-demand maid service, and valet parking in addition to a five-star restaurant, lounge bar, spa and health club, and in-room dining.
Comprised of more than a third of parkland and a riverfront promenade, the Battery Park neighborhood of southwest Manhattan offers a lush escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Nearby Brookfield Place boasts hip eateries, luxury shopping and a variety of events, while historic and cultural attractions are a short walk away. Rapid transit makes commuting to work or getting around the "City That Never Sleeps" a breeze.
Previously listed for $14.495 million, the property will sell Without Reserve in cooperation with Herbert Chou of Warburg Realty.
Champ d'Or | 1851 Turbeville Road — Dallas/Fort Worth Area, Texas
Champ d'Or — a majestic property inspired by France's Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte — comprises 48,000 square feet of exquisite living and entertaining spaces situated on 40 acres near downtown Dallas. Greenery engulfs the long paved drive that sits behind wrought-iron security gates to the front entrance, flanked by reflecting pools, giving guests a magical opportunity to take in the details of 17th century French architecture. Details include an inscription chiseled into the stone entryway that reads, "Let our dream become your own." The estate also features a self-sufficient master suite wing complete with a steam and exercise room, indoor lap pool, breakfast bar, Chanel-inspired closet, and hair salon. Additional amenities include a grand foyer; catering kitchen with top-of-the-line, commercial-grade appliances; theatre; wine and tea rooms; three fully-equipped apartments with kitchens for guests; veranda seating 450 people; pool with pool house; tennis and racquetball courts; and a 20-plus car garage — all just 15 minutes to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, serving over 200 destinations worldwide.
The property, while an exquisite opportunity for the discerning luxury home buyer, is zoned for both residential and commercial use, and has development potential as an exclusive executive retreat, medical or spa facility, retirement center, bed and breakfast, and beyond. The surrounding available acreage, left undeveloped, serves as an excellent buffer to development along the conduit Swisher Road, but could be developed for additional restaurants and shops at the owner's discretion.
With an original build cost of $52 million, and an estimated Opening Bid Range of $5.5 million to $10 million, the property will sell Without Reserve in cooperation with Kyle Crews of Allie Beth Allman & Associates.
"In every definition of the word, Champ d'Or is grand," stated the seller, Zaf Tabani. "As we enter the next chapter of our lives, and choose to downsize and be closer to our grandchildren, we'll cherish the times here and know the next owner has many amazing adventures in store."
Matana Plantation — Koro Island, Fiji
The Matana Plantation sits on the northwestern end of Koro Island — a 42-square mile island located in the Lomaiviti Archipelago in Fiji. The property entails over 800 freehold acres of tropical landscape and four miles of white sand beach — among the largest piece of freehold/fee simple acreage with beachfront in the tourism zone of Fiji. The waters to the west of Koro Island are also historically recognized and called "Bligh Waters" after Captain Bligh, the first European who passed over this body of water after escaping mutiny.
Overlooking Vatumatau Bay, Matana provides endless views that stretch out to South Beach. From July to October, dolphins, turtles, and humpback whales travel through the waters, offering great opportunity to observe their migration patterns. Additionally, over 162 species of birds; dozens of species of butterfly and geckos; and 360 degrees of hardwood trees such as mangrove, palm, and bamboo reside on the property.
Koro Island also offers a wide variety of world-class watersports including swimming, diving, and snorkeling. The island can be reached by air via the Koro airstrip located just 30 minutes from the plantation. Ferry services also provide connections to and from nearby islands, Suva and Vanua Levu.
Previously listed for $18.995 million, the property will sell Without Reserve in cooperation with Clinton Selfridge of Pacific Sotheby's International Realty.
"It goes without saying that this is an extremely rare opportunity to own hundreds of untouched acres in the heart of paradise," Selfridge said. "The land is historic, serene, lush, and peaceful. It also lends itself to multiple uses, which is why it's exciting to know the auction process will garner attention globally, in order to find that one right buyer. This is an amazing and unique chance to own fee simple land in Fiji — buyers take note!"
The seller, Anita De Domenico, purchased the land with late husband Paul, creator of Rice-A-Roni and former president of Ghirardelli Chocolate, in 1970. They often stayed six weeks at a time, a few times a year, and fell in love with Fiji. De Domenico plans to relocate to a small property near her Fijian friends.
"It was an amazing thing for my children. We wanted them to know there was a whole world out there," De Domenico stated. "It's the most romantic place, the most nurturing. We would sit on the beach with our children and look at the sand and horizon, and realize how important each day was. There was no place more wonderful to be. It was hard for me to decide to give it up, but I am alone now and have to simplify my responsibilities. I need results so I can move on with my life, which is where Concierge Auctions comes into play."
"I couldn't imagine a more magical place. It will always be a part of my life."
822 North Street — Greenwich, Connecticut
A classic Georgian manor located in the exclusive town of Greenwich, 822 North Street was designed and constructed by noted builders Gardiner and Larson. Surrounded by more than four acres of lush landscaping and mature trees, the property consists of a seven-bedroom home and an attached stone carriage guest house complete with a living room, cathedral ceiling bedroom, and oversized bathroom.
The main estate offers a grand living room with large windows and French doors, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, and expansive terrace overlooking the manicured lawn. Upstairs, the home's master wing includes a sitting room with a fireplace and built-ins, a spacious bathroom, and two dressing areas.
Located less than 40 miles from Manhattan, the affluent suburb of Greenwich is a blend of historic charm and modern convenience, offering high-end retailers and upscale restaurants along with small businesses and historic sites.
Previously listed for $7.25 million, the property will Sell At or Above $3.95 million in cooperation with Francine Ehrlich of Sotheby's International Realty.
"I was originally drawn to the property because of its expansive five acres in close proximity to New York City — less than an hour commute from the hustle and bustle of the city to a peaceful retreat," stated Irit Tratt, who is selling the home with her husband, Jonathan. "After living here five years, the peacefulness far exceeded our expectations. There's an overwhelming tranquil feeling, as if you're in a serene and beautiful park, yet with all the comforts of home. My husband jokes it's like having our own private fairway in our backyard! As we move on to the next chapter in our lives, we wish the new owners many happy memories in a place we've loved to call home."
7 Eagle Point — Denver Area, Colorado
Perched in the unique community of Castle Rock — ranked as a top place to live by Forbes, Money and Family Circle — 7 Eagle Point offers panoramic views of the iconic Pikes Peak and Mount Evans of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Perfect for outdoor entertaining, the property enjoys a landscaped outdoor space complete with a kitchen, 3,000 square feet of terraces, and fireplace. The home's master-crafted masonry and French Country design complement its unique interior, which consists of 500-year-old French and Italian fireplaces, centuries old Tibetan columns, and period details. The seven-bedroom estate also features 12 bathrooms, an expansive kitchen designed by William Ohs, a wine cellar, home theatre, sunroom, home spa, and natural setting pool with a spa and waterfall.
Located in Castle Rock's exclusive community "The Pointe at Castle Pines," 7 Eagle Point is just minutes from the Country Club at Castle Pines and the Castle Pines Golf Club. Ideally situated midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Castle Rock offers both the amenities of city living and nature.
Currently listed for $7.9 million, the property will sell Without Reserve in cooperation with Linda Behr and Josh Behr of LIV Sotheby's International Realty.
"Location, prestige and exclusivity come to mind when describing 'Eagles Nest,' one of the most spectacular trophy homes in all of Denver," stated Clark French, the seller's representative. "Situated on nearly seven wooded and private acres in the highly sought after Castle Pines Village community, between its mountain vista views, unrivaled craftsmanship, and custom finishes, this is a dream property."
Additional properties in the lineup include:
- Jackson Hole Area, Wyoming — The Ranch | 640 Clearwater Lane
- In cooperation with Pamela Renner of Jackson Hole Sotheby's International Realty.
- Previously Listed for $40 million. Selling with a $15 million Reserve. Pre-sale Estimate: $20 million to $26 million.
- Jupiter, Florida — 209 Bears Club Drive
- Located in The Bear's Club, created and designed by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus.
- In cooperation with Mark Griffin of The Bear's Club Sotheby's International Realty.
- Previously Listed for $12.5 million. Selling At or Above $6.95 million.
- Vero Beach, Florida — 2150 S A1A
- In cooperation with Clark French and Cindy O'Dare of Premier Estate Properties.
- Currently Listed for $20 million. Selling Without Reserve.
- Sunset Coast, Michigan — 20 Peppers Trail
- In cooperation with Andrea Crossman of Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt.
- Previously Listed for $8.475 million. Selling Without Reserve.
- Bergen County, New Jersey — 142 Hoover Drive
- In cooperation with Igor Beyder of Beyder & Co.
- Currently Listed for $7.788 million. Selling Without Reserve.
- Vanua Levu, Fiji — Navodo Bay
- In cooperation with Philip Toogood of Bayleys Real Estate.
- Previously Listed for $8.8 million. Selling Without Reserve.
- Queenstown, Maryland — Penderyn Estate | 300 Wye Narrows Drive
- In cooperation with Cliff Meredith of Meredith Fine Properties.
- Previously Listed for $7.7 million. Selling At or Above $3.5 million.
- Dallas/Fort Worth Area, Texas — Mariposa del Lago | 7941 Summit Cove
- In cooperation with John Zimmerman of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty.
- Currently Listed for $4.449 million. Selling Without Reserve.
- Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico — Casa Bellamar and Lot
- In cooperation with Janet Jensen of The Agency.
- Casa Bellamar: Previously Listed for $3.5 million. Lot: Previously Listed for $850,000. Selling Without Reserve Separately or Collectively.
- Beaver Creek, Colorado — 63 Avondale Lane, #R3
- In cooperation with Barbara Scrivens and Malia Cox Nobrega of LIV Sotheby's International Realty.
- Never Before Offered for Sale. Selling Without Reserve.
- Calgary, Canada — The Estate Penthouse
- In cooperation with Gordon Ross of RE/MAX.
- Previously Listed for $2.325 million. Selling Without Reserve.
- Tryall Club, Jamaica — Villa Annabella
- In cooperation with Richard Boga of Premier Estate Properties.
- Previously Listed for $5 million. Selling Without Reserve.
To view all properties in Concierge Auctions' June Sale, visit ConciergePortfolioSale.com or for more information, call 212.202.2940.
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