2017 Fall Issue

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Special Properties Lifestyle Magazine

L I F ESTYLE M A G A Z I N E

Pebble Beach Car Collectors | MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE | Waterfront Getaways

COLLECTING VINTAGE JEWELRY | Properties on the Market


LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

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ON THE COVER

Ferrari’s 70th anniversary as one of the world’s

premier automotive brands was celebrated at

the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

with four classes of the iconic sports cars competing

on the 18th fairway. See Pebble Beach

features beginning on Page 41.

PHOTOGRAPH PROVIDED BY KIMBALL STUDIOS /

COURTESY PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE


Welcome to the new edition of Special Properties Lifestyle

Magazine. This edition is the result of our expanding

partnership with The Record and North Jersey Media Group.

As part of our continuous growth, we recently opened our Ridgewood office

and we are very excited to welcome our new agents and employees. We are in

the process of opening our Hoboken and Montclair offices, bringing the power of

the Christie's experience to both Hudson and Essex counties.

In this issue, we present the expert opinion of Christie's auction house on how

to start your vintage jewelry and watch collections, we take you to ten stunning

beach destinations around the globe and then we introduce you to Hudson

Valley's most charming resort. We further take you on a tour of the Pebble Beach

Concours d’Elegance, the world’s best annual display of historic and beautiful cars,

which we are a proud participant and co-sponsor of with Christie’s. We continue

to celebrate the special people and friends who make up the fabric of our

community. We believe that you will find their stories interesting and inspiring. In

addition, the magazine features a compilation of history, interior design and our

beautiful collection of homes.

I would like to thank our team of talented writers and photographers for their

hard work, the Christie's team for their input and Dan Conn, CEO of Christie’s

International Real Estate, for his exclusive interview, contribution and support.

I hope you will enjoy this edition as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Ilija Pavlovic

President and CEO

Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC

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Contents ISSUE 2

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Welcome p.5

A Letter From Special Properties Real Estate

Services, LLC President And CEO Ilija Pavlovic

Ask the CEO p.8

Christie’s International

Real Estate CEO Dan Conn

Destination p.12

These 10 Stunning Waterfront Villas

Are What Dreams Are Made Of

WhereTo Stay p.18

Iconic Hudson Valley Resort, Mohonk,

Charms a New Generation of Guests

Magnificent Jewels p.26

Christie’s Head of Jewels Tom Burstein

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Romancing the Stones p.28

Starting a Vintage Jewel Collection

TimelyAdvice p.32

Building a Vintage Watch Collection

Family Man p.38

Real Estate Attorney Bruce Whitaker

Elite Sponsors p.41

Christie’s and Special Properties Partner

with Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Best of Show p.42

Car Collectors Showcase Unique Vehicles

at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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Curated Collection p.52

High Design and Gourmet Food Feed the

Appetite for Travel- and Art-Inspired Dining

Home Design p.54

Beautiful Flooring

Broker of Record p.58

Real Estate Broker and Family Man

Jerry DeCrosta Charts a Course of Success

Meet the Broker p.62

Randy Wine Orchestrates Successful

Real Estate Deals in Ridgewood

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Women toWomen p.64

Four Realtors Have Ridgewood …

and More … in Common

Mahwah Manager p.70

Ferne Lambert Enjoys a Life Filled

with Family, Friends, Art and History

Home Lives p.72

Realtors on the Go

®

RealtorAssociates

Local Expertise with Global Reach

On the Market p.78

Luxury Properties

p.76

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ASK THE CEO

Dan Conn

Christie’s International Real Estate CEO

provided by CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL

photography by TAV JINIVIZIAN

Christie’s International Real

Estate is a powerhouse in

45 countries with over 30,000

agents, over 1,000 offices

worldwide, and 2016 network

sales over $115 billion. What

is the typical day like of the

CEO who is leading that force?

I’m not sure I would ever use the

word “typical” to describe my days,

though there are certainly some

important themes that I would

highlight as my top priorities.

The first is a focus on teamwork.

We have an exceptional group of

people within Christie’s International

Real Estate. I am committed to

making sure that our team members

have opportunities to work together

on the most challenging and cuttingedge

concepts in real estate marketing,

and feel empowered to lead this

creative process. The teamwork

doesn’t stop there, however.

We collaborate constantly with

our real estate affiliates like Special

Properties, working diligently to

connect buyers and sellers of the

world’s most exclusive properties,

just as Christie’s does with the

world’s top collectors of fine art

and luxury goods.

The second is the consistent promotion

and protection of our brand.

Christie’s is a venerable 251-year-old

brand that needs no introduction.

During the past several years we

have enhanced awareness of

Christie’s global real estate platform.

We continue to remind luxury

home buyers and sellers that they

can rely on the expertise of the

Christie’s real estate network, which

operates in the most important

luxury markets worldwide. Through

our affiliates and through Christie’s

marketing platforms, sellers of luxury

real estate reach the most important

buyers and influencers around

the world.

Dan Conn, CEO,

Christie’s International

Real Estate

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Special Properties is a great example of the way in which we

collaborate to bring the worlds of real estate, art and luxury

goods together, combining the expertise of Special Properties’

trusted real estate advisors and Christie’s global network to reach

clients locally in New York and around the world. Together, we

have created an exceptional presence both within Christie’s at

major auction calendar events and externally at other major global

lifestyle events, like Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance and

Art Miami. These events create a very real and exciting bridge

between leading firms like Special Properties and our specialists

and clients in the art and luxury goods worlds.

I spend my time making sure we focus on these two principles

on a daily basis. This business is a 24/7 global undertaking, and we

have the best team and one of the most powerful brands in the

world to do it right.

Christie’s starting its own brokerage business in

Manhattan is a great opportunity. How is this progressing?

The results so far have far exceeded my expectations. After

we announced the decision, we had several top teams of agents

and managers reach out to us to register their interest. If anything,

the pace of those conversations has been quicker than we had

anticipated, which keeps us focused and working tirelessly to be

ready for our opening, which we anticipate will occur towards the

end of 2017. Work is proceeding on a sensational and highly

visible gallery space in the auction house. We expect the new

space to be a significant source of business for our New York

team. The global network will also benefit from the enhanced

visibility of our Affiliates’ worldwide collection of luxury properties.

The new business initiative has also been received with great

enthusiasm from our Christie’s colleagues, who are excited to

bring the real estate expertise in-house and be able to offer our

clients seamless advice and service across their entire collection

of luxury assets.

How does Special Properties fit into your vision for

expanding the Christie’s brand in the Tri-State area?

Like Christie’s International Real Estate, Special Properties is the

leader in its market, and it is focused on expanding its reach to

clients in the New York / New Jersey region. We have recently

announced their expansion into Hudson County as our exclusive

affiliate, where they are working thoughtfully and tirelessly to roll

out the next stage of their expansion. We will continue to collaborate

with them as they build on their exceptional platform in the

region, and we are confident our New York City brokerage will

complement their efforts as the region continues to be one of

the strongest luxury markets in the world.

Which book(s) are you reading this summer?

This is a great question for a father of twin six-year-old girls.

I read more now, by far, than I ever have, but much of it is

with them. Here are a few of my favorites for children:

Horton Hatches the Egg, a great book about commitment

and staying the course.

The Lorax, which reminds us that we live in a connected

ecosystem –one that we should never take for granted.

A few interactive children’s art books by Patricia Geis (we have

Calder, Matisee, Van Gogh, and Picasso). These books allow children

to immerse themselves in the art world without the huge

mess and clean-up that comes from their arts and crafts projects.

Iggy Peck, Architect, and Rosie Revere, Engineer, both by

Christie’s New York is located in the heart of Manhattan at

20 Rockefeller Plaza.

Andrea Beatty. These books are teaching the girls about

perseverance and remind them that we should never be

afraid to pursue our dreams.

Finally, for children, The Empty Pot, by Henry Holt. This is a

wonderful book that teaches our girls about truth, honor and

integrity.

For myself, I am an avid reader of the news, and I like to read

across the political spectrum, because I perceive that the media is,

generally speaking, no longer able or willing to present a balanced

view within a single news source. In terms of books, I am just

finishing Chihuly on Fire, which features some of the greatest

pieces of artist Dale Chihuly’s glass works. I was inspired to read

it after seeing his exhibit recently at the New York Botanical

Garden. I also return frequently to Golf Cures and Fixes by

Steve Newell, and any golf magazine I can get my hands on,

to try to reassemble a golf game that has been neglected

without regret since my girls were born.

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Laucala Island / The overwater villa, Laucala Island

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DESTINATION

Beach

Getaway

These 10 Stunning

Waterfront Villas Are

What Dreams Are Made Of

written by LIANA LOZADA for USA TODAY 10BEST

photography provided by each destination

Is a mental recharge in order? Has the budget for a bucket

list jet set finally been reached? Then it's time pack the

flip-flops, sunscreen and camera, and lock in a stay at one

of the world's most stunning villa properties. These beachfront

holdings sit on sprinkled land masses and hidden coves from the

tip toes of the United States to the unspoiled islands of Fiji.

Guests can cook, sleep and shower with a view, or enjoy

handcrafted cuisine within the privacy of their booking.

1.OIL NUT BAY British Virgin Islands

Oil Nut Bay's Cheemaun Beach Villa lets visitors take an

afternoon snooze on the shoreline of Virgin Gorda in the British

Virgin Islands. This 3,250-square-foot oasis just hit the hospitality

market, and it features three bedrooms with an indoor/outdoor

shower in each, as well as a full kitchen and a private pool.

The most striking detail is the visible reef line. That's where

the rolling waves divide the touchable, shallow turquoise waters

from the cerulean deep.

2.SANCTUARY CAP CANA Dominican Republic

Wake up to the glistening Caribbean waters with a booking at

Sanctuary Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. As its name implies,

the resort is a sensorial refuge. Sanctuary Cap Cana's villas open up

to wide ocean decks that induce leisurely lounging.

The Royalty Villa is the biggest of the bunch, spanning 3,100

square feet that include two bedrooms, private pool, butler service,

and 24-hour room service.

LAUCALA ISLAND Fiji

Laucala Island is a lush enclave situated in the South Pacific.

The breathtaking, villa-only resort is umbrellaed under The Leading

Hotels of the World and covers 3,500 acres. The land harbors a

rainforest, coconut plantation, golf course and five dining

establishments.

For those looking to be a stone's throw from the beach, look

no further than the one-bedroom plantation villa or two-bedroom

overwater villa with private jetty. The former boasts a yoga deck,

pool and outdoor bathing area. The latter brings on the travel envy

3with multiple decks that ladder down to the beckoning blue below.

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DESTINATION

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SOORI BALI

Kerambitan, Indonesia

Soori Bali in Indonesia is a recent

addition to The Leading Hotels of

the World portfolio, and its eight

one-bedroom Beach Pool Villas are

a key factor in the coveted

distinction. The Zen-like interiors

are simple and sleek, allowing the

serene natural surroundings to

speak for themselves – and nothing

speaks more sweetly than the

Balinese sea.

The black sand Indian Ocean

shore is directly accessible from

the Beach Pool Villas. As their

categorization implies, these

habitations also house a private

pool. Meals are available around

the clock and can be set up in an

al fresco dining area.

The Leading Hotels of the World / The Beach Pool Villa, Soori Bali, Indonesia

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DESTINATION

French Leave Resort / French Leave Resort, Eleuthera

5FRENCH LEAVE RESORT Eleuthera

Eleuthera's French Leave Resort is a slice of Bahamian heaven, and the one- and two-bedroom oceanfront villas are the grand main

entrances. This Marriott Autograph Collection property is an all-villa hideaway blending modern amenities with tropical expectations.

There's a marina and pier, and kayak, board and snorkel rentals. Villas are decked out with modern kitchen appliances, iPads and

Wi-Fi. Each villa booking also comes with a complimentary golf cart, a popular means of moving about the island.

6.THE MOORINGS VILLAGE Islamorada, Fla.

The Florida Keys' laid-back lifestyle is a perfect remedy for high-strung vacationers, and The Moorings Village in Islamorada embodies

the Monroe County way of life. The unique, 18-acre property features only 18 cottages and villas, making for an intimate and idyllic

island escape.

One can cook the day's catch inside the fully equipped kitchens, or take a catnap on one of the swaying hammocks. Moorings'

Plantation Villa and Albright Villa's plantation-style porches unveil direct access to a private beach. If the location looks familiar, it may be

in thanks to Bloodline, the Netflix hit that used Moorings as the Rayburn family home and inn.

7.BAOASE LUXURY RESORT Curaçao

Baoase Luxury Resort is a divine desert-climate destination. The Balinese-meets-colonial-inspired haunt is ideal for resetting thanks to

comprehensive detox packages, outdoor yoga and a spa.

While the picture-perfect property wraps around a peaceful lagoon, Baoase's Superior Pool Suite features a private pool and ladder

leading down to the water. Guests can dip into the Dutch Caribbean lifestyle right after their morning coffee.

8.SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT Captiva Island, Fla.

Get a taste of old Florida with a stay at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. The Gulf of Mexico traces this west coast retreat,

promising postcard-worthy sunsets. South Seas' three-bedroom Seabreeze Grande Villas overlook the serene Pine Island Sound while

the Marina Villas peer into the marina or bay.

Keep those eyes open for a dolphin or manatee, as both are popular feeding areas with these majestic mammals. South Seas Resort

also offers Beach and Bayside Villas.

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Cayo Espanto / Cayo Espanto, Belize

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9.THANDA ISLAND

Shungimbili Island, District of Mafia Island, Tanzania

We've all closed our eyes and dreamt of having an island all to ourselves. On

Thanda Island in Tanzania, this dream is a reality. Thanda is the pinnacle of exclusivity,

and part of The Leading Hotels of the World family. A single, five-suite villa is

enveloped by the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve and framed by spectacular coral

reefs.

The villa can accommodate up to 28 people, so it's best to make the experience a

group one – primarily because this far-off hideout is a reported $10,000 a night. The

hefty price tag comes with a personal chef that is available on request, and who is

known for simmering up delectably fresh, locally caught seafood and memorable

coconut curries.

CAYO ESPANTO Belize

Nestled in the tranquil Western

Caribbean waters that hug Belize's coast

sits Cayo Espanto, a private island with

only seven overnight options, six of which

are beachfront villas. One can move

effortlessly from their deck hammock to

the plunge pool to the beach.

Meanwhile, an onsite chef curates a

rotating menu. Meals can be served in

bed or as a secluded seaside picnic. Spa

services are hosted in-room or under the

island’s sun-soaked palms.

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WHERE TO STAY

The Pure Magic of

Mohonk

An Iconic Hudson Valley Resort

Charms a New Generation of Guests

written by BROOKE PERRY

photography provided by MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE

(Above) Eighty-five miles of trails and colorful fall foliage wait to be explored on the 1,200-acre woodlands

of Mohonk Mountain House. (Left) Idyllically sited on Lake Mohonk in the scenic Hudson Valley, Mohonk

Mountain House is a Victorian-era mountain hideaway located 90 miles north of Bergen County.

One of the country’s most acclaimed 19th-century mountain resorts, Mohonk

Mountain House has long captivated guests drawn to its magnificent setting on

the shores of the Hudson Valley’s Lake Mohonk. Located just 90 miles north

of Bergen County, this storied retreat is a National Historic Landmark that –for nearly

150 years –has been a beloved fixture in New Paltz, NY, renowned for both its stunning

Victorian splendor and unsurpassed natural setting.

Though every season here is spectacular, it’s hard to imagine a more magical time for a

getaway than fall foliage season, when sugar maples and sassafras turn the nearby Mohonk

Preserve on the Shawangunk Ridge into a blaze of golden yellow, deep red, and burnt

orange. Not surprisingly, a Currier & Ives lithograph attests to the timeless beauty of the

setting. “It was an appreciation of landscape that, in part, led to the success of the great

19th-century resorts. Superb scenery, gracious service, and nostalgia nourish the only

survivor of this age, the Mountain House at Lake Mohonk,” wrote Irwin Richman in his

book The Catskills In Vintage Postcards.

In fact, the resort has done much more than survive. It is a thriving family legacy

nurtured by fourth- and fifth-generation members of the Smiley family who work tirelessly

to ensure that, above all else, Mohonk Mountain House continues to honor the vision

of family patriarchs Albert and Alfred Smiley, who founded it in 1869. “They envisioned

a place that would provide opportunities for recreation and renewal in a beautiful, natural

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Guests enjoy the relaxing

atmosphere and renewing

amenities of the award-winning

spa at Mohonk Mountain House.

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WHERE TO STAY

setting. We have always been focused on wellness and mindfulness in

nature and everything we do is a continuation of that spirit,” says Eric

Gullickson, general manager and Smiley descendant.

Under their care, Mohonk Mountain House has evolved into a modern

luxury resort worthy of dozens of awards and accolades, including being

ranked regularly among the world’s best hotels by leading travel

magazines including Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. Over the

years, thoughtful additions such as the Spa at Mohonk and Grove Lodge

have faithfully maintained the hotel’s 19th-century charm while ensuring

its modern-day appeal.

Guests need only stay in the brand-new Grove Lodge, or savor a bite

of Executive Chef Jim Palmeri’s honey and lavender roasted Finger Lakes

duck breast, or join a guided hike with the in-house naturalist and trained

survivalist, to appreciate the family’s passion for the outdoors and, more

specifically, the artists, farmers, and craftsmen who call the Hudson Valley

home.

Tucked next to a fern grove on the 1,200-acre property, the Grove

Lodge is the resort’s first new accommodation in more than 100 years.

In addition to luxurious Frette linens and all manner of modern amenities,

highlights of this rustic retreat include guest rooms with fireplaces,

handcrafted furnishings, soaking tubs, and snacks from the Hudson Valley.

“The materials reflect our tremendous respect for the land upon which it

is built,” says Gullickson, referencing the lodge’s native stone, reclaimed

wood, and natural finishes.

The resort’s culinary program is equally rooted in a deep appreciation

for the region. Sourcing ingredients from more than 20 Hudson Valley

farms, Palmeri creates menus that pair beautifully with wines and spirits

made in New York State. Happily for guests, all meals are included in the

room rate. “Once you’ve arrived here, you really don’t want to leave.

A stay inclusive of all dining is still very much a part of who we are,”

explains Gullickson. Meals are enjoyed in the historic Main Dining Room

(featuring knock-out views of the Catskills) and the outdoor Granary,

a casual gathering spot overlooking the lake featuring lunch and dinner

buffets, including local grass-fed burgers, whole Maine lobster, sweet

summer corn, and blueberry pie. In addition to dining, guests have

unlimited access to the property’s 85 miles of hiking trails, abundant

recreation on the lake, tennis courts, spectacular Victorian Show Garden,

and award-winning spa.

No trip here would be complete without delving into the resort’s

history on a daily guided tour, or visiting the Barn Museum for a glimpse

of Victorian-era carriages and antique farm and kitchen equipment, or

strolling through the

greenhouse and gardens

alongside a staff horticulturalist

delighted to share insight into

its 300 species of plants and

flowers.

In keeping with the resort’s

hyper-local sensibility, many of

the medicinal herbs and

botanicals used at the Spa at

Mohonk Mountain House are

grown right in its gardens; even

the fine quartz grains used in

signature spa treatments are

quarried from its granite cliffs.

In every interaction, it seems,

the passion and purpose of the

Smiley brothers lives on. “We

strive to have our guests truly

experience the wonders of the

Hudson Valley,” says Gullickson.

THE ONE-DAY

GETAWAY

Don’t let a jam-packed

schedule keep you from

experiencing Mohonk

Mountain House. In

the spirit of sharing

the splendor of this

mountaintop oasis, the

resort offers a collection

of irresistible day

packages.Whether your

heart is set on dining,

a dream spa day, or

outdoor recreation,

Mohonk has tailored a

day package just for you.

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WHERE TO STAY

(Clockwise from top left) Rustic charm invites guests to “sit awhile” in the

Great Room of Grove Lodge, enjoying the comfort of handcrafted

furniture and the warmth of the stone fireplace; Classic accommodations

of this Mohonk guest room open to a balcony view of the Catskill

Mountains and surrounding woodland; An inviting soaking tub, sleek dual

vanity, and marble tile under-foot highlight this spacious, private Him and

Her bath; Impressive views of the Catskill Mountains complement the

elegant dining experience in the Mohonk Main Dining Room.

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MAGNIFICENT JEWELS

Christie’s

Head of Jewels

Rare Stones and Extraordinary Jewelry

written by TARA HOPFENSPIRGER

photography provided by CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD.

For many, buying and selling diamonds, gemstones, pearls and signed jewelry can be a

daunting task. But no need to worry when you have the specialists from Christie’s

Auction House Jewellery Department in your corner. A prestigious name known

among the general public and art lovers alike for decades, even centuries, Christie’s

evokes the highest quality pieces, unrivaled expertise, and exceptional service. Founded

in 1766 by James Christie, the auction house held its first most notable jewelry sale in

1793 –the collection of Madame du Barry. With its primary selling centers in

New York, Geneva, Hong Kong, Paris and London, Christie’s has been the

auction market leader for jewelry for 23 consecutive years. Tom Burstein,

Head of Jewels, the Americas, has worked at Christie’s for six years

and been in the jewelry business for 22. Burstein, who lives in

Weston, Conn. with his wife, Marni, and children, Lili and Jack,

talked to us about how he and his colleagues can

help with your next jewelry

purchase or sale.

The 18.04-carat

Rockefeller Emerald

sold for $5.5 million

in June at Christie’s

New York Auction.

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What is your background within the jewelry

Q. industry?

I have an M.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota

and I started in the auction business in 1994 as an intern. During

my internship in Chicago, I found my love for jewelry; I knew

nothing about it until then. Old Master drawings brought me into

the auction field, and that’s where I found jewelry and jewelry

found me. I applied to be an admin in New York and worked my

way up. My last position prior to joining Christie’s was Head of

Retail for the U.S. at Harry Winston. At Christie’s, I started as a

Senior International Specialist with the objective of taking over my

current role.

How many specialists work within the Christie’s

Jewellery Department?

In New York, there are nine people who are some level of

jewelry specialist, from junior specialist on up. Globally, there are

25 jewelry specialists. We have a very high average tenure too –

around 15-16 years.

How many jewelry sales does Christie’s hold

each year?

There are seven major live sales a year, which we call

Magnificent Jewels sales. They are our highest end jewelry auctions,

in both quality and value. Three in New York, two in Geneva and

two in Hong Kong. In Geneva and Hong Kong, they are in the late

fall and spring, and in New York, they are in April, June and

December. About 350 pieces are auctioned off at each sale.

We also hold private sales to fulfill our clients’ needs when they

don’t fit into the auction calendar, whether they are looking for

something to purchase or something to sell. While the bulk of our

business is auction-based, private sales can be quite significant. If

someone is looking to get engaged, for example, maybe the

timing of their proposal won’t fit around an auction or

maybe they know exactly what kind of piece they

want and find it outside of an auction timeframe.

Or perhaps a client has a piece so rare they want it

sold out of the public eye.

Our online sales are held a handful of times

throughout the year, complementing the live auctions.

We have them coming up in September,

November and December. Those are fantastic places

to browse pieces from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels,

Tiffany, etc. at $10,000 and under. If you walk into

a retail establishment, these pieces would be

sold at two to three times as much. The

online auctions usually last between

seven and ten days and the lots have a

rolling close.

What are auction trends

you’ve seen recently?

The trend is quality. Throughout

the last five to ten years, if it’s the

right piece that a lot of people

are seeking, the money is there

and people are not afraid to

pay for it. The generic jewelry

market has really gone

down –if it’s not made beautifully,

or if it’s made commercially.

It used to be that we

would have some of that in our

sale, but now it’s really people

seeking well-made, signed jewelry

of great quality.

Colored stones like sapphires, rubies and emeralds, and fancy

colored diamonds like pink or blue diamonds, remain on trend.

And the white diamond market has remained pretty constant

because of the bridal market.

The Art Deco period is probably the one period that is not

cycling; there is always a strong demand for beautiful Art Deco

jewelry. The Holy Grail for Art Deco jewelry is Cartier. Jewelry

from the 60s, 70s and 80s: colored gold, high design and very

expressive like Bulgari, is also popular.

What is the most impressive piece sold this year?

The piece most memorable this year was the Rockefeller

Emerald (18.04-carats and with impeccable clarity) sold in June.

That was an extraordinary experience on a few levels: Number

one, the emerald itself was one of the most impressive and

attractive my colleagues and I have ever seen. Standing on its

own, it would have broken a record. Then having the combination

of it being owned by the Rockefeller Family and being able

to sell it in Rockefeller Center, it made it even more so special

for us in New York. People who are not even directly related to

the jewelry or auction world heard about it, much in the same

way when we sold Elizabeth Taylor’s collection in 2011. In general,

at a Magnificent Jewels auction, there are pieces that come up

that may be once-in-a-lifetime for people to see.

The Oppenheimer Blue is a 14-carat vivid diamond sold a year

ago May in Geneva. It is the most expensive jewel ever to be

sold at auction at $54 million. The color was so vivid and pure,

that it was steps above diamonds of similar grades. To experience

stones like that that come up in each auction, although not from

a specific collection, these individual pieces blow you away.

How accessible are Christie’s auctions and the Jewellery

Department for the general public?

I recommend that readers come in and experience a

sale. The doors are open to the public. No ticketing, no

pass through, just walk in and enjoy the exhibition.

That way the viewers can see specific pieces and

stones they love, but they can also find the unexpected.

For many people, sometimes it’s a piece that’s

$10K that is their favorite piece they can’t get out of

their head. All that’s heard of are the blockbuster

multimillion highlights, when within an auction so

many pieces are highlights in their own ways. Three

times a year, people have the opportunity to

see a world-class exhibition for jewelry

and the opportunity to bid on it,

as well. But bidding is not required.

Call or email the department if

you are looking to sell a piece

of jewelry you are unsure

about. What you get from us

is a very unbiased view and

what the market value is.

We are the best place to

start, especially when one

doesn’t know what they

have. If they are sitting on

a hidden treasure that

only one of the top

experts in the world

would know about, it could

get passed over several times.

Tom Burstein, Christie’s

Head of Jewels, the Americas

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ROMANCING THE STONES

Starting a

Vintage Jewel

Collection

‘Buy with Your Heart and

Wear Your Jewelry All the Time’

from LUXURY DEFINED / CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL

photography provided by CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017

Aburning passion for jewelry can last

a lifetime, but how to assemble the

ultimate collection? Be it vintage

gems or bold new designs, the trick is to

follow your heart.

According to Keith Penton, who heads up

the Christie’s Jewelry Department in London,

“The best way to start a collection is to get

involved: go to views, auctions, see what sells

and what doesn’t, learn from the specialists.”

Wise words from a pro. The journey to

assembling your dream set of jewels should

begin with a shopping list: a great strap

bracelet or rare earrings from the Art Deco

era (look out especially for the Tutti Frutti or

Egyptian Revival collections by Cartier), an

unheated, untreated sapphire from Ceylon,

or maybe a Burmese ruby.

Or perhaps, suggests ex-Crown jeweler

Robert Procop, “one of the rarest emerald

specimens found in the world, a 100-carat

no-oil emerald held in a special pendant

mounting.” And then, of course, a girl’s best

friend … diamonds. “I love the eternal

aspect; diamonds will never wear out,” says

Laurence Graff OBE, chairman at Graff

Diamonds, of the stone’s unwavering appeal.

Penton says there is huge demand from

China for modern D Flawless cut diamonds.

But elsewhere, there is also a trend for older

diamonds from Brazil or India – pre-South

African discovery, with watery, soft, limpid

cuts. And, of course, the sparkling cherry on

the cake is a rare blue or pink stone, which

adds impressive weight to any collection.

“And as a portable asset, there’s none to

beat it,” adds Penton. Indeed, let’s not forget

that while there are many romantic reasons

for collecting jewelry, the more hard-nosed

motive of investment is also valid. “We don’t

specifically advise on investment,” says

Penton, “because it’s not our business.”

Though it’s clear that gems are on the up as

Christie’s has experienced two bumper years

in terms of jewelry sales.

GLITTERING STORIES

However, a sentiment often repeated is

that expressed by jewelry design’s rising star

Jessica McCormack. “Buy with your heart,”

she counsels, “and wear your jewelry all the

time. Nothing makes me sadder than the

thought of jewels locked up in a safe like

prisoners.”

And it’s this buying with heart, the act of

falling in love with jewels that are then worn

as tokens, talismans, or commemorative

symbols, that is evident in some of history’s

greatest jewelry collections – from Queen

Elizabeth’s baubles at The Tower of London

to Elizabeth Taylor’s famous collection, which

went under the hammer at Christie’s in 2011.

Taylor’s knockout pieces included La

Peregrina, a pearl, diamond, and ruby

Vintage jewelry is about stories:who made the

piece,why it was given or commissioned,who

owned it,were there tears,was there love?

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By Cartier, this diamond panther brooch

with black onyx spots features an articulated

head set with pear-shaped emerald eyes

mounted in platinum. It sold in June at

Christie’s New York for $162,500.


ROMANCING THE STONES

Christie’s International Head of Jewelry, Rahul

Kadakia, wields the auctioneer’s gavel at a

Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale last December.

“I love the eternal aspect;

diamonds will never wear out”

LAURENCE GRAFF OBE,

CHAIRMAN AT GRAFF DIAMONDS

necklace given to her by Richard Burton, which sold for

$11,842,500, alongside charm bracelets that included trinkets

and mementos from friends such as Michael Jackson.

And this really is the point about jewelry. Stones are all well

and good: a game for the big players, accompanied by a lot of

bluster and a fair amount of peacockery – and for some people

who are really obsessed with gems, who may find that a certain

stone “sings” to them. But for the rest, vintage jewelry is about

stories: who made the piece, why it was given or commissioned,

who owned it, were there tears, was there love? And it’s this je

ne sais quoi, this history, this romantic element that’s hard to fix

with a price tag.

Like great art collections, the right provenance, to the right

buyer, can be priceless. The ultimate might, for example, be

acquiring a piece of jewelry once owned and worn by a great

collector, whether a piece by Boivin or Van Cleef & Arpels from

Daisy Fellowes’s collection, or a Cartier necklace owned by

Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough. Ideally, jewelry should be sold

with at least one, if not two, reports from respected laboratories.

But by the same token, particularly with antique jewelry, a

certificate shouldn’t necessarily be a deal breaker. “Some people

can get too hung up on certificates,” believes Penton. “You’re not

going to be wearing the certificates!”

THE NEED FOR THE NEW

But as well as buying old, there is also the opportunity to

create new. Great jewelry collectors have the chance to be bold,

to make their mark, to be a leader not just a follower. Working

with a carefully chosen designer whose aesthetic you’re drawn to

and excited by, trusting them to make jewelry specifically for you,

is a tangible way of creating history – and surely the ultimate

jewelry experience.

A great example is that of Mrs. Lily Safra, who collaborated

with JAR for 26 years, making outstandingly witty, creative,

stunning pieces. The designer, the elusive Joel Arthur Rosenthal,

wrote about this collaboration: “To design a jewel around a stone

is child’s play, but to design a jewel for a lady, all the more when

she is a friend, this is a design walking on eggs, a bauble aiming at

portraiture, a detail applied to decorate her, somewhat quietly…”

The thing about collecting is that whatever you choose to

collect – stamps, cars, watercolors – it opens up a whole new

world of friendships, acquaintances, knowledge, and pleasure.

Whatever you’re doing, wherever you are in the world, your

collection gives you a reason to learn, a purpose to explore. You

could be in Switzerland and drop by the auction houses, in

London and visit the Victoria & Albert Museum, or simply at

home, using your time for a spot of research (try leafing through

20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style, published by Thames

& Hudson).

As with any collection – if you want the best selection of

jewels you can possibly acquire – you need to know your stuff

and constantly challenge your eye. Because as with most things in

life, the more you put in, the more you get out.

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TIMELY ADVICE

Building aVintage

Watch Collection

Has a vintage timepiece caught your eye? Watch specialist

Eric Wind from Christie’s New York offers guidance on

collecting these wearable investments

from LUXURY DEFINED / CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL photography provided by CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2014

Eric Wind of Christie’s New York has seen a wide range

of vintage watches come across his desk. From quality

to rarity to provenance, the timepiece specialist details

the key factors that any aspiring or experienced collector needs

to consider.

What are the most important things to consider

when shopping for a vintage watch?

The first rule of collecting vintage watches is to buy what you

like. Ultimately, these are wearable pieces of art and wearable

investments. Some people buy them just to put away in a safe,

but I would say most of our clients actually like to wear these

watches – depending on the occasion. Second, you need to

consider the source of the watch. It is important to buy from

trusted sources such as Christie’s, particularly if you are not yet an

expert on the subject.

Beyond that, criteria to consider include quality, complications,

condition, rarity, style, provenance, historical association, and

competition.

QUALITY

When considering quality, we simply mean the manufacturer of

the watch, whether the movement is finely finished, and whether

the dial is made of a special material or took additional time to

construct.

A complication is a feature beyond the standard display of time

in hours, minutes and seconds. Examples of complications include

date displays, automatic movements, chronographs, split-second

chronographs, minute repeaters, alarms, moon-phase indicators,

annual calendars, and perpetual calendars. One of the most

popular complications for vintage watch collectors is the

chronograph.

CONDITION

For considerations of condition, a collector asks: Has the dial

been touched? Is the watch case unpolished? Are the parts

original? If not, what has been replaced? Does it come with the

original box(es), papers, bracelets, etc? The ideal for a collector is

to find a "new old stock" watch that has never been worn or

touched and is sitting in its original box with the original receipt

and paperwork.

Eric Wind, vice president, senior specialist of Watches at Christie’s New York,

advises aspiring watch collectors to “buy what you like.”

RARITY

This is determined by production – the number made – and

survival. Many military watches, for instance, no longer exist or

have replacement parts. The ultimate “want” for collectors is

something confirmed as unique.

STYLE

Style is, of course, another key factor. This encompasses the

case metal, dial color and material, case size, and case shape. For

example, while gold, oversized time-only watches with large lugs

and unusual case shapes, such as from Vacheron Constantin,

were extremely popular in the 1980s, these types of watches

have lagged in popularity. On the other hand, timepieces with

complications, or sport watches such as dive watches, have

increased in value.

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It is far better to

build a collection of

high-quality models

than swoop in and purchase

a high number of mediocre

watches in a short time.

A Patek Philippe watch with natural

seed pearl hour markers from 1958.


TIMELY ADVICE

HISTORY

Provenance and the history of a watch

are also of growing importance.

Collectors often like to know who

previously owned the watch – does it

come from the original owner or the

original owner’s family, for example

– or whether it has circulated in the

dealer community. If the watch is

“fresh to market,” this can boost its

value and desirability.

Celebrity association can also

increase the attractiveness of a

watch and has been used to build

hype around certain pieces. Indeed,

watches have been named after people

who wore them; any vintage Rolex

Daytona with a so-called exotic dial is

called a “Paul Newman” after the actor and

race-car driver who wore one. Likewise, any

Rolex chronograph with calendar is now called

a “Jean-Claude

Killy” after the

An Audemars Piguet reference

legendary skier. 5516 perpetual calendar from 1957

Other examples that sold for $545,000 in December

include the

2015 at Christie’s New York.

Gallet “Jim

Clark” chronograph, the Universal Genève “Nina

Rindt” Compax, the Heuer “Jochen Rindt” Autavia,

and the OMEGA “Ed White” Speedmaster.

BUYING AT AUCTION

If one is buying a watch at auction, the uncertainty

as to at what price the auctioneer’s hammer will fall

is one of the more exciting and nerve-racking

elements of the process. The level of competition

for a watch will influence its value and final price.

Sometimes, two bidders have a long and intense

history, and seeing that the other is pursuing

a watch makes one willing to go further in

bidding. Or, if someone is looking for a

particular watch to build or complete a

collection, the bidder might go to great

lengths to secure it.

THE X FACTOR

Finally, there are a number of “X

factors” that can drive up the price of

a watch at auction. The quality of the

auction house and catalog can have

a significant effect on visibility and

credibility. Christie’s, which has been

a market leader in watch auctions for

nine years running, has seen strong

and record

prices in the

context of

thematic

auctions, such

as our Rolex

Daytona and

Dive watches have increased

in popularity at auction. Sold

for $43,750 in December

2015 at Christie’s New York,

this Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris

dive watch is from 1967.

OMEGA Speedmaster auctions. There is

also the possibility of a watch gaining

coverage and endorsements from

collectors and blogs, which can lead

to a bump in the final price.

What research should

buyers do before

investing?

Researching auction results

and dealer prices will aid you in

concluding how much you want

to pay. For some extremely rare,

exceptional, or unique watches,

you will need to determine your

top-level price. For more common

models, it becomes a question of

where the market is and how much

one is willing to pay in comparison with

other results.

It is always helpful to learn the origin of

the piece and whether it has previously

been offered at auction. View the

photograph of the watch to ensure that the dial

and other parts have not changed since it

previously came to auction. Previous auction

results will also aid in anticipating the price of a

piece.

When buying at auction, clients should be

careful to read the condition reports we have to

prepare for each watch. In addition, speak to the

watch specialists about bidding. We may provide

insight on the appropriate price for the watch, our

thoughts about its overall quality, and further

considerations about the timepiece’s provenance

and history.

Which brands are especially collectible

and why?

The two primary kings of watch auctions

are those made by Patek Philippe and

Rolex. Breguet, Vacheron Constantin, and

Audemars Piguet have also made

vintage watches that can reach well

into the six- and sometimes

seven-figure range. And we are

seeing unprecedented growth

in prices over the past year in

certain vintage chronograph

models from OMEGA (the

Speedmaster) and Heuer

(the Autavia).

The vast majority of

wristwatches that have sold for

over $1 million at auction have

been from Patek Philippe. This

year saw the first Rolex to sell

for over $2 million, and there

remains continued growth in interest

in very rare Rolex models.

Some of the most significant growth,

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The uncertainty as to at what price the auctioneer’s

hammer will fall is one of the more exciting and

nerve-racking elements of the process.

The Universal Genève "Nina Rindt"

Compax chronograph from 1966

that sold for $47,500 in December

2015 at Christie's New York.

Patek Philippe’s perpetual calendar

chronograph watch in pink gold was

purchased at auction for $2.7 million

in November 2014 in Geneva.

A Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona

reference 6239 in steel. It realized

$118,750 in a Christie’s watch

auction in June 2016 in New York.

percentage-wise, has been in vintage chronographs in the under-

$10,000 price range. With many new players in the vintage watch

market, demand for models in this range has skyrocketed. One

example is the aforementioned Universal Genève “Nina Rindt”

Compax from the 1960s. I remember bidding on one in 2011 on

eBay that ultimately sold for just over $2,300. In our auction in

December in New York, we sold a mint one with box and

papers for $47,500.

What should collectors be wary of or avoid?

It is important for aspiring or veteran collectors to be aware of

the potential for fraud. It is absolutely critical that someone

interested in buying vintage watches seek the advice of a trusted,

experienced authority, such as Christie’s Watch Department.

And although we of course love to help excited and eager

new collectors, we advise patience when building a collection.

The best pieces take time to find. It is far better to build a

collection of high-quality models than swoop in and purchase a

high number of mediocre watches in a short time.

I will end by returning to my first bit of advice to any collector:

buy what you like. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the

hobby is buying watches you like to look at and wear. People

who buy without taking their own tastes into account can end up

disappointed later when they think about the collection they

could have built if they had pursued their true interests.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to contact me should you ever

have any questions about the watches we are selling or if you

want to know what your watch may be worth:

ewind@christies.com

Featuring a minute

repeater, this Vacheron

Constantin reference

4261 from 1951 sold for

$605,000 in June 2016

at Christie's New York.

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FAMILY MAN

Work

& Play

Real Estate Attorney Bruce Whitaker

Balances Work and Grandfather Duties

written by JACKIE GOLDSCHNEIDER

photography by SETH LITROFF

Having closed over 10,000 real

estate transactions

so far, Bruce Whitaker is

known as one of Bergen County's top

real estate attorneys. As a partner

at McDonnell and Whitaker, the firm he

co-founded in 1984, Whitaker works

closely with many agents from Special

Properties Real Estate Services, Christie’s

exclusive affiliate, on several aspects of

home purchases and sales. But being a

prominent lawyer is not the only role that

makes him proud.

“I have three children and eight

grandchildren, ages 5 to 13, and my wife,

Karen, and I love spending quality time

with them,” says Whitaker of the joy

being a grandfather. “Karen and I go to as

many of their events and ballgames as we

can,” he says, adding his grandkids come

with him on vacations and trips to

Yankee and Giant games, as well. Living

across the street from his daughter,

Melissa, who also works with him, and

three of his grandkids is an added bonus.

“I get to see them all the time and it’s the

best. I’m very lucky,” Whitaker says, joking

the only downside is “I can’t keep ice

cream in the house.”

At his Ramsey office, Whitaker

regularly works with real estate

professionals in handling the many legal

aspects of real estate transactions on

behalf of buyers and sellers. “Our firm has

“It’s so nice to watch

[first-time home

buyers] start a chapter

in their lives,buying a

home in a community

they may stay in for

a long time and raise

a family in.”

BRUCE WHITAKER

been recommended by agents to their

buyers and sellers over the past 30 years

based upon the experience we have with

residential real estate transactions. We do

a great deal of work with buyers who

want to purchase a vacant lot and build

their dream home on it,” says Whitaker.

“A large part of my practice involves

zoning and planning work, where I seek

land use and zoning approval from the

town and all governmental agencies so

a buyer can build their home. I work with

the homeowner on the acquisition and

land use approvals, and to finalize

the contract with their builder.”

Many of the homes Whitaker has

handled in his career are located in

Bergen County and are in every price

point. But even with his years of

>

Karen and Bruce Whitaker enjoyed a special day at their Ramsey home when all eight of their

grandchildren, including two who live in Australia, visited for a family reunion and a day of fun in

the Whitakers’ backyard. Pictured with their grandparents are (l-r) Owen Kurtz, Ella Whitaker,

Maxwell Oliver, Gwyneth Kurtz, Canter Kurtz, Presley Oliver, Hayden Whitaker, and Jakob Oliver.

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FAMILY MAN

The special day wouldn’t be complete without a family portrait. Pictured with Karen and Bruce Whitaker and their eight grandchildren are the Whitakers’ children

and their spouses, (l-r) Marc Oliver and Melissa, Keith Whitaker, and Jessica and Jason Kurtz.

experience, he still loves watching people purchase a first home.

“It’s so nice to watch them start a chapter in their lives, buying a

home in a community they may stay in for a long time and raise a

family in,” he says. Special Properties agents, he adds, make the

process smooth. “Their brokers are really cognizant of helping

people select a community that will meet their needs and getting

them acclimated there.”

Outside the office, Whitaker and his brood take a family trip

each year, to destinations that have included the Outer Banks, the

Cayman Islands and an island in the Florida Gulf, where they

camped in tents with no facilities. “One year, we even took the

kids on an 80-foot houseboat on Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland for

a week. It was great just all being together,” he says. “Being able

to establish a special relationship among cousins is really nice.”

Since his daughter, Jessica, lives in Florida with her three children,

and son, Keith, lives in Australia with his two kids, Whitaker was

incredibly excited to host a four-day family reunion in July. For the

first time in three years, all eight grandchildren were together, just

swimming and having fun in his backyard.

As busy as work keeps him, Whitaker prioritizes time with

loved ones and being at his grandchildren’s events and has also

been actively involved in his community. He has served for 40

years as the Ramsey Planning Board attorney. He loves baseball

and has coached it for many years and took the first Ramsey

baseball team to Cooperstown in 1992. He has served as a

volunteer for many non-profit organizations, was past president of

the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce, served as assistant

minister at his church and as a pro-bono attorney for Pony Power

Therapies in Mahwah. Though finding time for it all can be hard,

he reminds himself of an old quote that helps put things into

perspective. “Winston Churchill said, ‘We make a living by what

we get, but we make a life by what we give’,” says Whitaker, of

the importance of finding balance. “Making time for both is what

I strive for.”

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ELITE SPONSORS

Chic and Polished

Christie’s and Special Properties Partner with

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

written by JAMES EMOLO / SPECIAL PROPERTIES

photography provided by KIMBALL STUDIOS / COURTESY PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

Each year in August, 200 of the most prized

collector cars in the world roll onto the

famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf

Links and the stage is set for the Pebble Beach

Concours d’Elegance.

Originally a small social event paired with a road

race through the pine and cypress forests of Pebble

Beach, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has

grown into the top-ranking collector car competition

in the world.

Together with Christie’s Jewelry, Watches and

Handbags, Christie’s International and Special

Properties Real Estate Services established a

combined chic and polished presence at this year’s

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held August

16–20, in Monterey, California. The Christie’s and

Special Properties brands were among the elite

sponsors of the iconic automotive event, showing

exclusive real estate properties that shared the

spotlight with rare, remarkable automobiles.

“Over the course of this amazing event, along with

our fellow affiliates from the Christie’s International

Real Estate network, we had the opportunity to

showcase some of the best real estate in the world

and our agents were able to engage with VIPs and

qualified guests,” said Sonja Cullaro, Executive Vice

President of Special Properties.

The Concours is not a contest of speed, but of

elegance. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged

for their historical accuracy, technical merit and

style –and the best garner reward and recognition.

THE PARTICIPANTS

Participants in the Pebble Beach Concours

d’Elegance include many of the wealthiest and most

powerful people in the world –people whose

names routinely appear in the pages of Forbes and

Fortune magazines, and the Financial Times, The

New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

The competition attracts 15,000 affluent

aficionados and draws together close to 1,200 media

members representing a multitude of general news,

trade, style and entertainment outlets from around

the globe (close to a quarter of the media credentials

are granted to journalists outside the US, and they

generate nearly half the print and online coverage).

The Concours d’Elegance was listed by The New

York Times wealth reporter Robert H. Frank as one

of the top dozen global events the “super rich”

attend each year.

Christie’s International Real Estate and luxury lifestyle collections shared the spotlight, as an elite

sponsor, with the world’s most elegant automobiles, such as the 1931 Alfa Romeo Gran Sport

Touring Spider, at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California.

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BEST OF SHOW

Rare and Remarkable

Automobiles

Car Collectors Showcase

Unique Vehicles at Pebble Beach

Concours d’Elegance

written by JAMES EMOLO

photography by KIMBALL STUDIOS,

courtesy of PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE,

SONNY ABAGNALE and JOSEPH CASSINI

In the world of classic car collecting, the pinnacle of

recognition is widely considered to be the Best of Show

Award presented to the most exceptional vehicle at the

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held annually in Monterey,

California. There are other prestigious events, here in the US and

abroad, that are held in high esteem by automobile aficionados.

But invitations to show a car at Pebble Beach are limited in

number, highly prized and serve as an affirmation that a collector

not only owns an extraordinary car, but has preserved it or

restored it to its original –oftentimes –one-of-a-kind condition.

One such collector is Joseph Cassini, III. Now retired, Cassini

served 12 years as a municipal court judge in his hometown of

West Orange and an additional 21 years as a justice on the

Superior Court of New Jersey.

When he launched his career in law after graduating from the

University of Notre Dame Law School, it paralleled the beginning

of his avocation as a serious car collector, a pursuit that has since

taken him to the pinnacle of collecting –not once, but twice.

“My first year at Pebble Beach was 1996,” says Cassini, who

just celebrated his 21st year of having a car on the lawn at the

renowned Concours on August 20th. “We go every year. It’s an

exciting time and never lessens year to year. It’s crazy the whole

week … and it’s grown. Christie’s and RM were the only two

auctions back then. Now, there are so many auctions and

exhibits. You can compare it to the Olympics … the Super Bowl

… the World Series!”

For Cassini, his wife Margie and their daughter Caroline,

purchasing and restoring classic cars is a family passion. “Margie is

very supportive –100-percent behind me,” says Cassini. “And

Caroline is studying automotive history and restoration at the

School of Industrial Design, Academy of Art University in

San Francisco. She hopes to work for Christie’s or Gooding

company someday.”

Confetti and streamers rain down on the 1938 Horch 853A Erdmann & Rossi

Sport Cabriolet, owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini of West Orange, after

the rare automobile was selected as the Best of Show winner at the Pebble

Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2004.

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BEST OF SHOW

(Above) Joseph Cassini, his

daughter Caroline and wife Margie

celebrate winning the Best of Show

Award at the Pebble Beach

Concours d’Elegance in 2013.

The 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve

Dietrich Convertible Victoria was

the first American-built automobile

to win Best of Show at Pebble

Beach in 25 years.

(Right) A special field of Ford GT40

race cars was featured at the 2016

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Built to challenge Ferrari in the

1960s, all of the GT40s won major

international races during the years

they were campaigned.

(Opposite page) Every year,

thousands of automobile

aficionados attend the Pebble

Beach Concours d’Elegance, held

at the Pebble Beach Golf Links

in Monterey, California, on the

Pacific Ocean. Two hundred rare

and remarkable automobiles,

like the 1938 Delahaye Cabriolet,

pictured left, are invited to the

event and judged for excellence.

The Delahaye was a nominee

in 2016 for Best of Show.

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BEST OF SHOW

Margie, Joseph and Caroline Cassini are pictured with the Best of Show Lalique Trophy on the running board of their winning 1934 Packard Convertible

Victoria at Pebble Beach in 2013.

BEST OF SHOW

Many of the 16 elegant, pre-war automobiles and modernera

sports cars that Cassini owns were purchased through

auctions at Pebble Beach and other premier classic car events in

the US, and have undergone long-term, highly detailed, exacting

restorations in preparation to be shown and judged.

“You never know when you bring a car to a concours if it is

going to be a winner,” says Cassini. “You think it could be a

contender, but you don’t know what else will be there. It takes

a very special car to be invited to Pebble, let alone win. The car

must be a ‘head turner,’ not only to the judges but also the

public at-large. The car must have great provenance, rarity and

elegance, and the owner has to pay attention to all the details.

And then … all the stars have to be aligned.”

That celestial moment came for Joseph and Margie Cassini in

2004 when their ultra-rare 1938 Horch 853A Erdmann & Rossi

Sport Cabriolet was selected by the judges for the Best of

Show Award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

“We thought it would be a contender. But when they made

the announcement, we were overwhelmed,” says Cassini. “We

had been going to Pebble for eight years … it was

extraordinary and thrilling to have a car recognized there.”

In 2013, the Cassinis would again realize the dream of

owning a Pebble Beach Best of Show winner when their 1934

Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria drove away

with the award. At that time, the Packard was the first

American-built car to win Best of Show in 25 years at Pebble

Beach.

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“Both the Horch and the Packard were neck and neck in

restoration time. About 14,000 man hours each,” says Cassini.

“It’s really the restorers who deserve the accolades. They are the

unsung heroes behind the curtain.”

‘VALENTINO ROADSTER’

This year’s Pebble Beach Concours was held on Sunday,

August 20th, and the Cassinis were proud to present another

ultra-rare automobile –one with silent film-era provenance.

“We are firmly convinced, beyond a reasonable doubt, that it

is a ‘Valentino’ car,” says Cassini about the 1927 Isotta Fraschini

8A S Roadster, and the years of research that determined the car

was custom-built and delivered to Hollywood icon Rudolph

Valentino. Unfortunately, the silver screen star died before ever

driving the car. Subsequently, it had several owners through the

decades before Cassini saw it in a Christie’s auction at Pebble

Beach in 2001.

“It had an ugly aqua blue color and sort of got lost among the

other cars, but I loved its style and was able to get it at a decent

price,” he says. “It was restored by RM Auto Restorations, then

re-restored by RM for almost a year. The black paint it has is

‘killer,’ and it’s almost like the car is making its debut.”

Referred to as the “Valentino Roadster,” the 1927 Isotta

Fraschini was presented on August 20th as part of a featured

class of Isotta Fraschinis at the Pebble Beach Concours.

THE EDISON CONCOURS

In 2015, Joseph Cassini and his daughter Caroline launched the

Edison Concours d’Elegance on the grounds of Glenmont, the

historic home of Thomas A. Edison in Llewellyn Park. A not-forprofit,

charity event, the Edison Concours presented 16 classes of

cars for concours-quality judging.

“It was a spectacular event, everybody loved it,” says Cassini.

The event was short-lived, however, due to a lack of

sponsorship. But it did attract participation from many New York

area collectors who have remarkable collections of elegant classic

cars and are regular presenters at Pebble Beach, Amelia Island

(Fla.) and Greenwich (Ct.) concours events.

“Joe is a good guy and he has superb cars,” says Sonny

Abagnale, of Cedar Grove, who won the American Sports Car

Class at Glenmont with a 1958 Dual-Ghia. “He did a fabulous job

with the Edison Concours. We need more guys like him in the

hobby.”

It’s fair to say Abagnale knows something about cars, whether

it’s collecting, selling, renting or racing them. The former stock car

racer and stunt driver has a private collection of about 40,

including a 1931 Pierce Arrow that was originally owned by Rose

Kennedy. “It has her initials on the passenger door and the

darkened windows are an early attempt at providing security

during the Great Depression,” he says.

The former car dealer also has provided cars for several

television shows and films, including “The Godfather.” “I still have

a couple, including Sollozzo’s Buick Limited Sedan.”

But elegant touring cars and roadsters, particularly Duesenbergs,

are the cars Abagnale is most fond of.

“They are the best. They’re all hand-built,” he says. “I showed a

1934 Duesenberg SJ Rollston Limousine at Pebble Beach in 2014.

It is all original and fully restored. With a supercharger and a

closed roof, it’s very rare. The original owner had it built to tour

Europe and carry 800 lbs. of luggage on the roof.”

The Duesenberg Limousine is representative of the qualities

Held on the grounds of Glenmont, the historic home of Thomas A. Edison,

the Edison Concours was launched by Joseph and Caroline Cassini in 2015.

Pictured are a Duesenberg and a Packard, two of the elegant automobiles in

the Cassinis’ private collection.

Presented by Sonny and Joan Abagnale, of Cedar Grove, at Pebble Beach in

2014, this 1934 Duesenberg SJ Rollston Limousine was originally built for a

Duesenberg aficionado to tour Europe with. The enclosed roof was specially

designed to carry 800 lbs. of luggage.

collectors like Abagnale and Cassini look for in classic

automobiles –elegance, rarity and provenance –and when they

are fully restored, why collectors seek to present them at Pebble

Beach and other concours events around the country.

“We are preserving history and bringing back these glorious

automobiles as they were born many decades ago,” says Cassini.

“But we are only caretakers of these works of art for future

generations.”

Special Properties Lifestyle Magazine went to press in advance

of the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Consequently,

Best of Show and Class winners had yet to be determined.

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CURATED COLLECTION

The CulinaryArts

High Design and Gourmet Food Feed the Appetite

For Travel and Art-Inspired Dining

written by JOSEPH RITACCO

photography courtesy of THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA and CRATE & BARREL

Showcasing the talents of THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA’s

baking and pastry arts students and faculty, THE APPLE PIE BAKERY

CAFÉ is the place to stop for lunch during a busy day of sightseeing

in the Hudson Valley. Scrumptious savory dishes, luxurious pastries

and fresh artisan breads will provide a perfect mid-afternoon pickme-up.

The café is open Monday through Friday.

Designer Paola Navone’s palette of blues is inspired by her world

experiences and life by the sea. From the deep blues found in

Moroccan tiles and the Turkish eye to the aquamarine seas of

the Greek Isles, a range of blues infuses the COMO collection

with coastal color and flair. Organic shapes in white porcelain

dinnerware transform the table into a playful puzzle, spontaneous

with splashed spots, freeform squiggles or bold strokes in rich

tones of blue. Items are available at Crate & Barrel.

Located in Hyde Park, N.Y., on the east bank of the Hudson River, the main campus

of THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA) is a scenic destination for students,

restaurant patrons and tourists alike. At RISTORANTE CATERINA DE’ MEDICI,

open Monday through Friday, visitors can enjoy authentic regional Italian cuisine in a

sophisticated dining room overlooking an herb and rose garden. Wood oven pizza

and other simple rustic dishes are also available at its more casual Al Forno Trattoria.

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HOME DESIGN

Beautiful Flooring

The World Beneath Our Feet

written by LUXURY DEFINED / CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL

photography by SICIS, I VASSALLETTI, HEALTH CERAMICS – MIKE SCHWARTZ, AND DINESEN

From #ihavethisthingwithfloors to @parisianfloors,

social media has got us all looking down. Meet

some of the world’s most luxurious flooring

design companies.

Think floors are boring? Think again. Arguably it was

photographer Sebastian Erras’s project @parisianfloors that

got us studying the world beneath our feet so intently. His

Instagram account features pictures of the intricate and

colorful floors that he found himself surrounded by in

Paris, and has more than 80,000 followers. But this isn’t

news to designers and architects the world over, who

have long known the power of a solid floor, from glittering

marble to humble wood, to make or break a building.

TILES: HEATH CERAMICS

Known for its beautiful glazes, handcrafted character, and high quality, Heath

Ceramics was originally founded by Edith and Brian Heath in 1948. Edith was the

first non-architect to win the prestigious AIA Industrial Arts Medal, for the exterior

tiles on Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum, and original examples of her work can

be found in the permanent collections of museums such as MoMA. The California

company – now with showrooms in San Francisco and Los Angeles – has been

run by Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey since 2003, and although the iconic,

midcentury aesthetic remains, these days the company collaborates with artists,

mavericks, and individuals looking for something extra-special for their home.

• Hand-glazed and characterized by a midcentury aesthetic, Heath Ceramics’ tiles

provide endless opportunities for creative, custom designs – such as this mix-and-match

concept by Stacia Garriott Kass for her vintage store, Sojourn, in Sawyer, Michigan.

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WOOD: DINESEN

This 118-year-old family-owned Danish company

passionately believes in the natural beauty of

wood; their mission is to “preserve and respect

the personality of the original tree” when

producing their 50-foot (15-meter) planks of

Douglas fir. Visit dinesen.com for more details.

• Favored by design aficionados and architects

worldwide, Dinesen epitomizes the Scandi-luxe look,

and was the floor of choice when Copenhagen's

Noma was redesigned.

MOSAIC: SICIS

Sicis uses marble, silver and gold in its dazzling

creations. Each design is produced by master

craftsmen, who combine centuries of acquired

knowledge with cutting-edge technologies to

create bespoke, contemporary mosaic works of

art for homes and public spaces.

• Mosaic designs by Sicis. The company’s founder and

president, Maurizio Leo Placuzzi, hopes the new

flagship store in London will become a “destination

venue for professionals and clients looking for

inspiration, uniqueness, and fine craftsmanship.”

MARBLE: I VASSALLETTI

I Vassalletti also looks to the past when it comes

to manufacturing its sumptuous inlaid floor designs,

paneling, and one-off pieces of furniture – to the

artisan shops of the Renaissance where young

masters learned their craft from the elder

statesmen of design.

• Noteworthy I Vassalletti projects include an oak

wardrobe inset with transparent resin that is backlit to

glow ethereally in different colors, and the Giona

flooring (above) in absolute-black marble, which

features oak inlay that's finished with natural wax.

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BROKER OF RECORD

Career and

Family

Real Estate Broker and Family Man

Charts a Course for Success

written by NANCY COHEN

photography by SETH LITROFF

All his life, Jerry

DeCrosta has

made things

happen. A Bergen County

native, he’s no stranger to

Saddle River, calling the

bucolic town home for the

last 42 years. He is an

outdoor enthusiast and

appreciates above all the

beauty of nature and the

excitement of a new

adventure.

At a young age,

DeCrosta realized how

travel enriches one’s life and

developed a special interest

Jerry DeCrosta lives and works in Saddle River. His Special

Properties / Brook Hollow Group Realtors is the longest

established real estate firm in the Borough.

in seeing the types of homes that people lived in. This passion would later turn into a

thriving career in real estate, becoming one of the best in the field.

Opening his firm in 1978, DeCrosta works tirelessly as the owner and Broker of

Record of Brook Hollow Group, Inc. One of the oldest established businesses in

Saddle River, he holds the distinction of being Saddle River’s longest active real estate

broker, with a 40-plus year track record of closing successful deals in the Northwest

Bergen area.

Among his many professional accomplishments, DeCrosta was the lead broker in

several major development projects in Bergen County including the High Ridge

subdivision project in Saddle River, Gloria Aris Estates in Allendale, Saddle Ridge

Estates in Upper Saddle River, Barlo Builders Wood Hollow Estates in Upper Saddle

River and exclusive broker for Leonard Estates I & II in Franklin Lakes.

Together, he and his wife, Gracean, have raised two sons, Max, 21, and Jackson, 16.

“My proudest moments are time with my family,” DeCrosta says from the heart.

“Nothing is more meaningful than our summers together at our home in

Southampton, NY. Some of my most precious memories reside there.” Aside from his

family, DeCrosta’s other true love is horses. An avid horseman, he is a former member

of the Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Brookville, NY and the Palm Beach Polo Club

in Wellington, Fla., having competed in tournaments in the United States and the

Caribbean.

Well beyond his residency, his commitment to the town of Saddle River is deeprooted,

contributing his time and expertise by serving on various posts and

committees including councilman, Zoning Board member, chairman of the

Environmental Commission and chairman of the Wildlife Committee. He is currently

serving as a member of the Planning Board, the Environmental Commission and the

Equestrian Committee.

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MEET THE BROKER

Mentor & Maestro

Randy Wine Orchestrates Successful Real Estate Deals in Ridgewood

written by JACKIE GOLDSCHNEIDER

photography by JEFFREY STECCATO

Schooled as a Classical pianist,

Randy Wine plays for the joy of it

today as his real estate career

takes precedence –guiding his

staff at Special Properties’ new

Ridgewood office and serving on

several real estate boards.

Randolph Wine has spent 40 years making a name for

himself in New Jersey’s competitive real estate market,

but his early years as a Virginia farm kid are never far

from his heart.

“I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, and it’s my favorite place

on earth, but I went to Europe in my teens and saw there was

another world out there, and I realized I didn’t want to stay on

the farm,” recalls Wine, who goes by Randy, of his move to

Bergen County following college. “When I started out in real

estate, a couple told me how complete their new home made

them feel, and that’s when I fell in love with this business.”

Now, Wine has joined forces with Special Properties, Christie’s

exclusive affiliate, to manage their new Ridgewood office, serving

towns throughout Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Essex counties.

Having served in countless national, state and local leadership

positions, and being named New Jersey’s Realtor of the Year in

2000, Wine’s vast experience will help his agents maintain the

degree of excellence people associate with the Christie’s brand.

But Wine isn’t your typical office manager.

“I’m very involved with the agents and I interact with our

clients constantly,” he says, eschewing the notion of a manager

who merely signs papers and leaves. “For our sellers, I work

closely with the agents getting the home ready for the market,

and with our buyers I often help with negotiations. I always know

all of our clients and I’m very involved in forming relationships to

bring in new business,” he explains. Though he’s a non-competing

manager who rarely sells, Wine lives vicariously through his staff.

“When my agents call me, I’m a coach and a mentor. They know

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“I always know all

of our clients and

I’m very involved in

forming relationships to

bring in new business.”

RANDY WINE

I’m on call for them whenever they need

it.” In addition, he handles recruiting,

training and the various administrative

duties required to run a sophisticated

real estate office.

Wine’s dedication to his career is

evident from his decades of service in

prominent leadership roles. He spent

three terms as a director of the National

Association of Realtors, two terms as

Treasurer of the New Jersey Association

of Realtors, and is beginning his third

term as President of his local board of

Realtors. He has also served in numerous

council positions and on various

committees on all three levels. “I work

seven days a week, which is about a 60-

hour week for me,” he says.

In his time off, Wine delights in his

passion for music. “Music was my life until

my early 20’s,” Wine recalls of his studies

under a nationally acclaimed vocal coach

and an internationally acclaimed piano

coach. “I was an amateur performer,

mostly of liturgical music, and I toured

Europe with a choir as a teen, which

opened a lot of doors for me.” Now,

Wine performs for an audience of one.

“When I went into real estate, that took

over my life and I stopped practicing, and

you can’t stay at that level unless you

practice,” he says. “So, I do it for pure

pleasure now. Music is so wonderful and

I’ll never give it up.” His children, Rae, 29,

and Jonathan, 28, also fill his life with joy.

“I spend as much time as I can with

them,” Wine says. “We’re very close.”

Though his career has seen him work

for some of real estate’s biggest firms,

joining Special Properties was an easy

decision. “This company is in a great

growth mode and that’s so exciting for

me,” he says of Special Properties. “I love

the creativity of working on different

transactions and the excitement of having

a new property to market,” Wine says

of the rapidly expanding company.

“I feel like I’m in an environment

where I can really thrive.”

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WOMEN TO WOMEN

Factor of Four

Four Realtors Have Ridgewood … and More … in Common

written by KATHIE ROBITZ

photography by SETH LITROFF

Motivational speaker and author, Zig

Ziglar, said, “Outstanding people have

one thing in common: an absolute

sense of mission.” Christina Gibbons, Aerin Kwait-

Taubin, Amy Bourque and Cristy Sippel, agents at

the recently opened Special Properties office in

Ridgewood, share that –and lots more.

Colleagues and friends, the women trained

together and all live in Ridgewood, a town where,

if you’re not a friend, you’re a friend of a friend.

“Everybody’s sort of connected, said Bourque.

‘It’s definitely a few degrees of separation sort of

thing. I knew Cristy Sippel before I started here,”

Bourque explained. “Our kids have grown up

together through the Ridgewood school system.

My husband knew Christina Gibbons’ husband, but

Christina and I actually met while we were taking

our licensing course together. She encouraged me

to interview at Special Properties and I did. I had

never met Aerin before that, which is crazy –we

have so many friends in common! But I'm so glad I

know her now. In fact, we all have a great

chemistry together.”

“There’s definitely a family feel in the office

which makes it fun to be at work,” added Gibbons,

“bouncing off home sale prices and discussing the

market together.”

Kwait-Taubin agreed. Prior to launching her real

estate career, Kwait-Taubin owned Aerin Rose

Swimwear for 17 years before selling it. Attracted

to real estate for its entrepreneurial aspect, she

said, “I always like to surround myself with smart,

driven and interesting peers. And the four of us are

always running ideas by each other.”

Added Bourque, “We are all strong,

independent women. I think we each bring

something different to the table. There is so much

to learn in the world of real estate, and you

definitely need a team environment to get the

most out of it. Plus, it’s fun to hop in the car, tour

open houses and explore what's on the market

together.”

Outside the office, the women also maintain

a social connection. “For example, Aerin is

renovating a new house,” explained Bourque,

“and I went over recently and helped her pick out

colors. We’re all bonding.”

“There’s definitely a family feel

which makes it fun to be at work,”

added Gibbons, “bouncing off

home sale prices and discussing

the market together.”

CHRISTINA GIBBONS

LINKED IN

The entrepreneurial skills the women share at work carries into their lives

outside the office, as well, where all of them save time for volunteer work.

“Everyone has something they are involved with,” remarked Bourque. “We

are all definitely active in the community.”

Kwait-Taubin, for example, is involved in events centered around her

children’s school.

Besides volunteering at their children’s schools, the women actively support

local athletics, among other things.

“My passion is to sing and I have done a lot of performances over the

years with local bands for various fundraising events,” said Bourque. “Most of

the performances benefit our local schools in some way or another. I am also

a member of the Jamboree cast, which raises scholarships for Ridgewood kids

going off to college. It's a great, long-standing Ridgewood tradition, of which I

am so proud to be a part! I also sit on a downtown Central Business District

Advisory Committee. Right now, we are working on a website that will

promote our downtown and make it more inviting to out-of-town visitors.”

Sippel devotes time to social services in town, and volunteers for Covenant

House and Rafael’s Life House, in Elizabeth, which provides transitional

housing for homeless mothers with babies. “We run a service center for the

mothers and provide classes that teach them parenting skills.”

As for Gibbons, “All of my volunteer work has always been focused

around fund-raising. I've raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for nonprofits

in Bergen County and have loved it!”

And they all seem to love what they are doing. As summed up by

Bourque, “We all started together, and we’re all excited to be part of a new

adventure, Christie’s Special Properties here in Ridgewood.”

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MAHWAH MANAGER

Portrait of aRealtor

Ferne Lambert Enjoys a Life Filled with Family,

Friends, Art and History

written by LESLIE PEARLMUTTER

photography by SETH LITROFF

The setting is perfect. A beautiful historic home set in

idyllic Saddle River. A picturesque barn has been

converted to an art studio. For Ferne Lambert, it is a

place to enjoy all of her favorite pursuits and pastimes. An

accomplished painter, Lambert may be best known for her real

estate acumen. After owning her own network of real estate

agencies for 18 years, she sold the business to spend time with

her family. “I was in the process of merging with another

company, and when my son called to tell me that he was having

twins, I decided to let the

other firm buy me out.”

Family and friends are

very important to Lambert.

“I have an amazing husband

and three grown sons, and

between us, we have 15

grandchildren. I also have a

dog. And wonderful

girlfriends with whom I go

out every Thursday night.”

Ultimately, Lambert went

back to real estate and is

now the manager of the

Mahwah office of Special

Properties Real Estate

Services. Special Properties

specializes in the marketing

and selling of upscale

properties and is affiliated

with Christie’s International

Real Estate. Lambert notes

that Christie’s International

Real Estate is owned by the

auction house, and that with

the luxury homes, there is

often “a combination of business and art.” Special Properties

offers a unique array of resources and services to their clients.

The affiliation with Christie’s also enables the company to

relocate its clients anywhere in the world.

Lambert feels very lucky to be where she is. “I love my job. I

recruit agents, and I get to pick the people that I work with.

Special Properties is growing rapidly; it is on the cutting edge of

growth and technology. The administration is great. The people in

charge are on top of everything; they are very kind and

concerned about their agents.”

Lambert still enjoys painting and has donated paintings or

portrait commissions for non-profit fundraising. She laughs as she

recalls one instance when she donated a portrait commission to

Gilda’s Club. The purchaser asked for a portrait of her dog.

Lambert happily complied and has since learned that “dogs bring

in more money.” She is a plein air painter in summertime. An

avid gardener, Lambert also “paints with flowers, like Monet.”

Portions of Lambert’s Saddle River home date back to the

1700’s, and preservation of historic buildings is important to her,

as well. “We need to respect history, and we have a lot to learn

from it.” This interest led to Lambert becoming president of the

Bishop House Foundation, which was established to preserve and

highlight the historic Ackerman-Dewsnap House in Saddle River.

An accomplished painter, Ferne Lambert’s favorite subject matter is portraits,

which she donates commissions for to charity. But pets and landscapes

often color her canvases, too.

It is now used as a meeting place for community organizations,

a museum for Saddle River memorabilia, a gallery for local artists

and artisans, and a historical site for student groups. Lambert is

also on the Landmarks Committee in Saddle River.

Whatever she is doing –whether she is running her office,

painting, gardening, spending time with family and friends or

working for the good of the community –Ferne Lambert is doing

it with all of her energy and with a smile on her face. She is

grateful that she can spend her time doing so many things that

make her happy.

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“I love my job.I recruit agents,

and I get to pick the people

that I work with.Special

Properties is growing rapidly;

it is on the cutting edge

of growth and technology.

The administration is great.

The people in charge are on

top of everything;they are

very kind and concerned

about their agents.”

FERNE LAMBERT

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HOME LIVES

Realtors on the Go

Making Every Moment Count in Their Everyday Lives

written by JOSEPH RITACCO

Leisure time is a rare commodity for real

estate professionals dedicated to serving

clients on a 24/7 basis, but you know what

they say about all work and no play. Interestingly, time

spent traveling, working around the house, giving back

to the community or catching up with friends and

family allows real estate professionals to both recharge

and gain the tools necessary to better serve their

clients. The following is a glimpse into the personal

lives of five accomplished professionals at Special

Properties Real Estate Services who have learned

how to make every moment count.

Marisa Traverso in Assisi, Italy, during a recent

trip with fellow parishioners of Our Lady of

Mt. Carmel Church in Ridgewood.

MARISA TRAVERSO

A longtime resident of Bergen County, much of

Marisa Traverso’s community involvement revolves

around Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in

Ridgewood, where she has been a parishioner for

more than 15 years.

Among her fondest memories is a weeklong

pilgrimage she took to Italy this past May with a

church group consisting of more than 30 people. “We

visited Rome and the East Coast along the Adriatic

Sea,” she says. “I’ve traveled to many different

countries and I think Italy is just beautiful.”

She is also a frequent visitor of Spain, her original

home, where she catches up with her 93-year-old

father.

In recent years, Traverso has delighted in putting

her real estate expertise to good use for her own

children. “My children are both married, so I was able

to be a Realtor for them and help them find homes,”

she says. “One is in Paramus, and the other is in the

Smoke Rise community of Kinnelon.”

Traverso’s time at home is often spent with her

poodle, Nieves.

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SAMANTHA PALAZZOLO-PERINI

& HEATHER CLARK

Striking just the right balance has been

the key to the successful business

partnership of Samantha Palazzolo-Perini

and Heather Clark.

“We have very different personalities,”

says Clark. “Samantha is more assertive,

and I’m like the therapist. I’m the calm

one. I like to do the things she doesn’t

like to do, and she likes to do the things I

don’t like to do.”

Both residents of Mahwah, Palazzolo-

Perini and Clark got to know each other

as friends prior to working together.

“We’re both so embedded in Mahwah,”

says Palazzolo-Perini. “We’re in the

same circles, we get along well as

friends. I said to her, ‘We should be

partners.’”

They have worked together for the

past two years, during which time their

bond of friendship has strengthened.

Palazzolo’s 9-year-old twins are the

same age as the youngest of Clark’s

four children, which has brought their

families together during sporting

events, Fourth of July fireworks,

sleepovers and summer beach

getaways.

Clark’s favorite summer destinations

include Cape May and Island Beach

State Park, and she has hopes of

downsizing one day and finding a

vacation home in Florida. In Mahwah,

she occupies her time away from work

with the activities of her children, who

range in age from 9 to 20, and her dog.

She also makes time for a daily workout.

Palazzolo-Perini, a newlywed, is

enjoying family life with husband

Stephen, her new stepchildren and her

twins. Outside the office, she volunteers

her time and efforts to numerous

charitable causes, including the Holy

(Top) Married last October,

Samantha Palazzolo-Perini is

pictured with her husband Stephen,

her stepson Stephen, left, her

stepdaughter Jillian, right, and her

twins, Jake and Emma, in front.

(Above) Heather Clark and her

husband Dave vacationing at Siesta

Key in Florida.

Name Medical Center Foundation MS Committee and the Mahwah

School Foundation. She also serves as Mahwah Cheer Coach. To relax,

she enjoys spending time at the beach, with Spring Lake and Long Beach

Island among her favorite spots on the Jersey Shore.

“We do a lot with our friends and their kids,” says Palazzolo-Perini.

“They grow up too fast!”

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A hockey fan and

player, William

Savas, right, enjoys

the ice time with a

friend at a New

Jersey Devils’ game.

Sharon Georgevich

enjoying a vacation

at Turks and

Caicos Islands in

the Caribbean.

WILLIAM SAVAS &

SHARON GEORGEVICH

When she is not working, Sharon

Georgevich is often fulfilling her role as

number one fan at her four

grandchildren’s sporting events. Among

the four of them – two sets of twins –

there are many games to attend on

the football, baseball, softball and

soccer fields, the basketball court, and

on the sidelines for the cheerleading

squad.

“They are active in many sports,”

she says, “and I try to attend as many

games as possible.”

In between seasons, some spare

time is reserved for family vacations,

including a trip to The Riviera Maya in

Mexico in August. Much of her

remaining downtime is dedicated to

exercise and fitness, as Georgevich is

an avid walker and yoga participant.

An experienced Realtor, Georgevich

recently formed a business partnership

and friendship with William Savas,

which began at a previous company

when Savas covered for her while she

was on vacation.

“He has a lot of new ideas, and I

bring the tried-and-true ideas,” says

Georgevich. “We hit it off and became

business partners. When clients see us,

they like that I’ve been in the business

and he’s coming in with new eyes.”

Savas, who previously worked in

construction, entered the real estate

industry through a family friend and hit

the ground running. “Our business

partnership started pretty quickly after

that,” says Savas. “We’re both gogetters

so we mixed well.”

One of the benefits of a real estate

team, Savas jokes, is that one member

can cover for the other when a little

time away from work is needed. He

spends a lot of his spare time traveling,

including a recent trip to Vale,

Colorado, to celebrate a family

member’s 50th birthday. He also plans

to visit Las Vegas in October and

Jamaica in January. A big sports fan,

Savas also snowboards and plays in

adult hockey leagues.

Both are grateful their business

partnership has been such a success

inside and outside the office.

“He’s part of my family,” says

Georgevich, “and I’m part of his.”

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SPECIAL PROPERTIES

RealtorAssociates®

At Special Properties, we use our expertise and cutting-edge technology to provide

our customers with an unparalleled level of service. Our agents are trained to

provide custom solutions for each transaction. We invite you to visit one of our

beautiful, state-of-the-art offices and speak with one of our agents.

Denise Albanese

Paul Albanese

Nadia Sardi Bahri

Amy Bourque

Medina Causi

Heather Clark

Sonja Cullaro

Linda Dator

William Dator

Georgine Economos

Janet Evelich-Venetsanos

Sharon Georgevich

Christina Gibbons

Ruth Gilleo

Margaret Gregorek

Alexandra Gregorek

Cynthia Harkins

Karen Haruthunian

Artur Jaskot

Linda Krissi

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SPECIAL PROPERTIES

Maureen Kuntz

Aerin Kwait-Taubin

Christina LaBarbiera

Vincent LaBarbiera

Ferne Lambert

Douglas Liva

Patricia Lomupo

Sami Maalouf

Jennifer Matos

James McElroy

Themistoklis Nissirios

Lauren O’Rourke

Jaclyn Pahlck

Samantha Palazzolo

Kristina Pavlovic

Josephine Piccinich

Karen Rae

Camilla Romano

William Savas

Cristina Sippel

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FRENCH-INSPIRED

CHATEAU

MAHWAH $9,900,000

Over 20,000 square feet of spectacular

design with unsurpassed attention to

detail. Prominently positioned atop the

crest of the exclusive Rio Vista community,

offering unrivaled views of surrounding

mountains. Greeted by dramatic 28 ft high

entry foyer and great room, giving way to

imported stone, marble and Brazilian

Cherry hardwood flooring. Features

include 8 custom-built stone fireplaces,

wine cellar, sauna, custom-designed pool,

and state-of-the-art home theatre.

Designed for every occasion. Take

advantage of 3 full kitchens, and banquetsized

entertainment area. Easy access to

major highways, located approximately 20

miles from Manhattan.

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LAND

DEVELOPER

OPPORTUNITY

UNION CITY $6,900,000

Approximately 5-acres overlooking Manhattan. This development site is APPROVED for a 55 townhome community consisting of 4

buildings (49) 2,500 sq. ft. units and (6) 5,000 sq. ft. units: All one floor living with unobstructed views of NYC from every unit.

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EXQUISITE

HAMPTON-

INSPIRED

ESTATE

FRANKLIN LAKES $4,500,000

Situated on beautifully landscaped 2.45 acres, this 6 bedroom home showcases the finest architectural millwork and attention to detail: a

feast for your eyes. Let your imagination run free in this flawless sophisticated Cedar & Field Stone 15 room Manor home: one of the finest

homes available in West Gate Urban Farms for the most discerning buyer. Franklin Lakes Office 201.904.2085

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CUSTOMIZED

LUXURY

FRANKLIN LAKES $3,600,000

First time offered, a property like no other. Set back far behind your own private pond with a fountain, an opportunity to build and

customize your own home. Located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Franklin Lakes, customize your home to your style on

this majestic 3.25 acres surrounded by nature. Plenty of privacy and can accommodate a customized pool and backyard.

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LUXURY

MANOR HOME

WITH MOUNTAIN VIEWS

IN RIO VISTA ESTATES

MAHWAH $3,300,000

Carefully crafted architectural design blends with meticulous use of materials and the finest finishes. Set in Rio Vista on 1.92 acres. Gracious foyer with

marble floor and dual bridal staircase. Kitchen has solid wood cabinets, coffered ceiling, upscale appliances, granite counters, butler's pantry and

breakfast room with fireplace. Great room with fireplace, bar room, office with fireplace, media room, home gym, master retreat with Juliet balcony,

fireplace, lavish bath and anteroom with private staircase to first level. 4 car garage. Indoor salt water pool with spa and fireplace. A true masterpiece.

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TO BE BUILT

FRANKLIN LAKES $2,649,000

Situated on a beautiful flat one acre on a double cul-de-sac in one of the most desirable locations in Franklin Lakes. Over 6,000 sq. ft. of luxurious

living. Approvals already in place for up to a 6 bedroom if you desire. Customize your dream home to your style with endless possibilities.

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BEAUTIFUL

CENTER HALL COLONIAL

RIDGEWOOD $2,124,000

Custom built to blend a bright transitional interior with touches of classic Ridgewood charm. Stunning home offers two story marble entry

foyer, elegant formal dining room with coffered ceilings and arched entryways, and sunny formal living room. Step down into family room

with fireplace and French doors which leads to spacious patio and large yard. Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets and top quality stainless

steel appliances and pantry. Master bedroom suite with fireplace, walk-in closets, and marble master bath. Fully finished lower level.

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PERFECTLY SET WITH

MOUNTAIN

VIEWS

IN RIO VISTA ESTATES

MAHWAH $2,099,000

Exceptional property in this highly sought-after neighborhood with 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths and is set on 1.84 acres. Step into a grand marble

entrance foyer which adjoins a formal living and dining room. Two-story great room with a fireplace. Spacious office which leads out to a beautiful

covered porch overlooking meticulously landscaped grounds. Chef's kitchen opens into a perfectly crafted butler's pantry. Additional features:

walkout lower level, finished attic, hardwood floors, security, deck, patio, hot tub, gazebo, and 3 car garage. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

MASTERFULLY

DESIGNED

MAHWAH $1,865,000

Reside in luxury. 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath home set on 1 acre in Rio Vista. Two-story entrance with marble floor and sweeping staircase, living room

with fireplace, banquet-sized dining room, gourmet kitchen, butler's pantry and great room with a stone fireplace. Serene master suite with sitting

room and lavish bath. Finished lower level has a media area, family room and full bath. There are hardwood floors, extensive millwork and

moldings, front and back staircases, outdoor fireplace, koi pond with waterfall, 3 car garage and paver driveway. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

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CUSTOM-BUILT

COLONIAL

UPPER SADDLE RIVER $1,795,000

Magnificent custom built colonial offers luxury living at its best. Circular driveway leads you to the secluded, lushly landscaped 1.6-acre mini

estate. Open floor plan, generously sized rooms complimented by fully finished lower level, stone floors, billiards room, summer kitchen &

full bathroom. First floor offers 10' ceilings, 2 story Travertine stone entry foyer, front & rear staircases, 3 fireplaces, gourmet eat-in kitchen

with center island & sliding door leading to 2,000 sq. ft. custom designed multi-tiered deck. The grounds also offer gunite pool with waterfalls

surrounded by patio and many recreational areas. Franklin Lakes Office 201.904.2085

NEW CONSTRUCTION

ALLENDALE $1,725,000

Approximately 4,600 square feet of exceptional detail & design. Natural stone and hardy plank exterior, hardwoods, seamless millwork and

comfortable open floor plan of this perfect home. This home was built for living and entertaining with a 2 story entry foyer, great room with

a custom cabinet fireplace which flows seamlessly to the gourmet kitchen and casual breakfast area. Beautiful master bedroom suite, bright,

natural sunlight, finished lower level and 3 car garage with mudroom. Welcome home! Franklin Lakes Office 201.904.2085

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PRIME

LOCATION

IN RIO VISTA

MAHWAH $1,429,000

Entertainer's Delight in Rio Vista. Expansive 1st floor with 43 x 22 great room with fireplace which opens to a 3-season room. Kitchen with

breakfast bar and stainless appliances. First floor has a bedroom with loft, bath and access to 3 season room. Separate wing with 2 bedrooms

and bath. Second to none master suite with bedchamber, sitting room with wet bar, library or 5th bedroom, full bath and powder room.

Lower level has family room, gym and full bath. Features: elevator, hardwood floors, house generator, 3 car garage and inground pool.

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NEW CONSTRUCTION

WYCKOFF $1,249,000

Exquisite custom-built classic colonial approximately 3,250 sq. ft. of luxury living at its finest. State-of-the-art Chef’s kitchen with quartz

countertops and top of the line appliances. 4 bedrooms with tray ceilings, 3 full custom marble baths, magnificent great room with cathedral

ceiling, skylights, fireplace, fabulous full finished basement, 9 foot ceilings and custom 8 ft. solid wood doors throughout and much more. Sits

on gorgeous ½ acre of professionally landscaped property. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

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CONTEMPORARY STYLE

COLONIAL

FRANKLIN LAKES $1,199,000

Contemporary style 7 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath custom colonial home set on 1.8 acres of park like property in a cul-de-sac. This home is approx. 5,760 sq.

ft. and offers endless renovation possibilities. Gourmet granite chef kitchen with breakfast room is waiting for your finishing touches! Stone fireplace in

kitchen with wet bar and sliding glass doors to patio & yard. Living room has cathedral ceiling with stone fireplace. Master bedroom suite has cathedral

ceiling, fireplace, marble bath with Jacuzzi, den/office; second floor has 3 bedrooms & full bath. Fully finished basement. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

SPECTACULAR

MOUNTAIN VIEWS AND SUNSETS

MAHWAH $1,179,000

All brick colonial home with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Two-story entrance foyer, great room with a wall of windows, stone fireplace and

wet bar, kitchen with cherry cabinets, upscale appliances and granite counters, breakfast room with a fireplace, master suite with separate

sitting area with gorgeous views, two large walk-in closets and marble bath. Features include: hardwood floors, new and updated baths, Trex

decks, paver patio and walkways, and walkout lower level. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

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PERFECT

FOR ENTERTAINING

MAHWAH $1,177,000

Sophisticated 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath light-filled transitional contemporary set on 1.36 acres in Rio Vista Estates. Grand entry which overlooks

the great room with a 2-story stone fireplace and wall of windows with beautiful garden views. Ideal for displaying your artwork is a gallery

style hallway leading to the unique dining room wing with a high ceiling and marble floor. Office with custom built-ins, chef’s kitchen, large

master suite with a fireplace and new bath, finished lower level and a 3-car garage. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

MODERN

COLONIAL

WYCKOFF $1,150,000

Expansive mid-century modern colonial on one level acre is updated to today’s standards. Total of 9 rooms, 5 bedrooms, and 4 full baths.

This home boasts a full colonial layout: gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry which opens to a great room with fireplace. Grade level

bedroom with adjacent full bath which is a perfect accommodation for extended family or guests. Master bedroom has own bath and walkin

closet; 3 more bedrooms and 2 full baths on the second floor. Partially finished basement. Professionally landscaped with wonderful paver

patio entertainment area, hot tub, and Koi pond. Ridgewood Office 201.962.9552

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STATELY

HOME

WOODCLIFF LAKE $999,000

Located on private cul-de-sac, this large 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath center hall colonial is set on 3/4 of an acre of pristine grounds. This stately

home features a grand 2-story foyer, formal living room with double sided fireplace extending into the family room with custom bookcases,

a modern eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and sliding glass doors leading to large oversized deck with steps to spa-like yard with

heated gunite pool with Jacuzzi. Finished basement is an entertainers dream with white oak walls throughout, sauna, gym area, custom built

wet bar, sitting area with fireplace and rec room. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

FIRST TIME

AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET

MAHWAH $980,000

Rare center hall colonial boasts nearly 4,000 sq. ft. in desirable Cragmere section on 1.14 acres. First floor features entry foyer, large living

room, family room with fireplace and walk-out to large patio, modern eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, den, powder room, laundry room,

& bonus room with skylight. Connecting from the bonus room (but also has separate outside entrance) is amazing in-law suite with living

room with skylight, modern eat-in kitchen, bedroom with full bath & walk-in closet. Large fully finished basement, 2 car garage, beautifully

landscaped grounds, & inground pool. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

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CUSTOM ALL BRICK

MANOR

MAHWAH $969,999

This spectacular custom all-brick Manor was built by Fritz Kriegier and Commarata. This French country estate defines sophistication as well

as style. The finish work is extraordinary and intricate in every detail. Beautiful master bedroom suite with sitting room and custom built

closet. Custom trim throughout, built-ins, beautiful windows and more. Very private yard, professionally landscaped, paver driveway. This

house is also zoned for professional use. Franklin Lakes Office 201.904.2085

GLORIOUS

VIEWS

WANTAGE $945,800

Land opportunity with endless possibilities. Prepare to be wowed by spectacular, awe-inspiring views. Perched high on top of a mountain

waits your dream retreat. Picture yourself driving up a completely private gated driveway, past beautiful wooded areas, past a majestic pond,

past lush green grass to your beautiful custom home. If privacy is something you desire, you will not be disappointed here with your approx.

49 acres that back up to High Point Park. Franklin Lakes Office 201.904.2085

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REBUILT

BEAUTY

RAMSEY $925,000

Better than new. This home was rebuilt from the basement up. Nice street, great curb appeal, and fabulous lemonade porch. 4 bedrooms, 4

bathrooms, large office with bathroom. Beautiful eat-in kitchen with sliding door to deck. The master bedroom has master bath and walk-in

closet. Large rooms, finished lower level, and 2 car garage. Close to town pool, train station, and center of town.

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VINTAGE

QUEEN ANN

STYLE HOME

SADDLE RIVER $924,900

Upscale home located in the historic section of the borough. The character, craftsmanship, and detail have been beautifully preserved yet the home has

been updated to accommodate today’s style of living. One feature that catches the attention is the large family room addition adjacent to the kitchen.

Additionally, the natural woodwork lends an elegance to the entire home. One must visit and sit on the inviting lemonade front porch which extends

across the length of the home; relax and enjoy casual conversations. This is a home to be experienced and enjoyed. Ridgewood Office 201.962.9552

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PICTURESQUE

HOME

MAHWAH $895,000

This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath colonial sits on beautiful professionally landscaped property with lighting & 12-zone sprinkler system. Home also

offers welcoming 2-story entry foyer, large eat-in kitchen, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, breakfast area, sliding glass door to

large deck with electric awning & screened gazebo overlooking private rear yard. Family room has fireplace & custom mantle, formal dining

room & formal living room. Hardwood floors, finished basement, 2 car garage, new full house generator, new 5-ton air conditioner, tankless

water heater, efficient 5 zone heating, & large shed. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

OPEN LAYOUT

ALLENDALE $880,000

Lovely 11 year old colonial featuring spacious open floor plan. This home features 5 bedrooms, plus den/additional bedroom and 3 full

baths. Spacious kitchen with granite counters open to dining room and family room overlooking the picturesque rear yard with koi pond.

Mud room and three car garage. Full basement. A must see. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

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CHARMING

COLONIAL

WYCKOFF $879,000

Set on over ¾ acre lot on cul-de-sac,

this home features a light & airy formal

living room and dining room. Spacious

kitchen and dining area, vaulted ceiling

in the great room with fireplace, and a

powder room completes the first floor.

The second floor features a master

suite with master bath, 3 generously

sized bedrooms and additional bath.

Hardwood floors throughout. Free

form inground pool enhanced by a

paver patio and set on park-like

ground. Underground sprinkler system.

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MEDITERRANEAN STYLE

HOME

RIDGEWOOD $850,000

Located in desirable west side location, this home

features an entrance foyer, powder room, formal

dining room with built-in china closet, updated

gourmet modern eat-in kitchen with granite counters,

bright living room with cathedral ceiling and fireplace,

& remodeled and expanded first floor bedroom could

also be a master bedroom with renovated full bath

and sliding glass door to yard. Hardwood floors and

tile flooring throughout, finished basement with rec

room, laundry, and storage. New windows and front

door, security system and underground sprinklers.

Lovely fenced in yard with room for a pool if desired,

slate patio with built-in stone BBQ, oversized 2 car

garage with large driveway.

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IM

IMMACULATE

COLONIAL

MAHWAH $849,900

Located in the desirable Cragmere

section of Mahwah, this picture-perfect

home has an inviting front porch, great

for relaxing. The first floor offers a two

story entrance foyer, living room, dining

room & the front to back hallway gives a

wonderful open feel. The modern

kitchen has stainless steel appliances,

granite counters & center island, all open

to a step down family room with a

fireplace & bright windows overlooking

the beautiful backyard. Sliding doors are

off the breakfast room to a deck with

retractable awning make it great for any

season. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

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RC HUNTER

DESIGNED HOME

BUILT IN 1940

SADDLE RIVER $719,000

Serene 4-season retreat overlooking the

Saddle River. Unique grounds with winding

path to river. Fly fishing and birdwatching at

doorstep. Hiking, Nordic skiing, kayaking in

Harriman State Park. 30 minutes away from

George Washington Bridge, yet worlds away

from Manhattan.

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TOWNHOME IN GATED COMMUNITY

MAHWAH $709,000

Largest town home in park-like Apple Ridge gated community. This nicely

landscaped spacious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Braeburn model has a 2 car garage

with built in cabinets and finished walk-out basement. It features an upgraded

stone paver sidewalk and stairs with accent lighting, an updated eat-in kitchen

with stainless steel appliances, formal dining room, sunken living room with

skylights and fireplace, separate den, oversized private deck with sunset views.

Spacious master suite, 2nd private deck, bath with Jacuzzi tub, shower, and 2

walk-in closets. Finished lower level offers a bedroom, office, family room, full

bath, wet bar with mini fridge, storage with shelving, and sliding doors to

oversized backyard. Apple Ridge community is approx. 90 manicured acres

with clubhouse, fitness center, heated pool and children’s pool with lifeguard

in season, tennis courts and playground. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

CUSTOM BUILT RANCH

ALLENDALE $559,999

Lovely home sits on approximately one half acre of

land. Fabulous layout that is great for entertaining

and your everyday life. The living room has a

fireplace and the updated kitchen has granite

countertops. Wood floors, central A/C, 2 car garage

and more. Great town, top schools, and close to

major highways. Franklin Lakes Office 201.904.2085

DELIGHTFUL

4 BEDROOM COLONIAL

RAMSEY $549,000

Large living room with fireplace, formal dining room, updated

kitchen with granite, 1st floor laundry and half bath. Hardwood

floors, huge family room with stone fireplace, skylights & sliding

glass doors to Trex deck. Many updates and meticulously

maintained. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

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SPECTACULAR CONDO

MAHWAH RIO VISTA’S WALSH HALL, $489,000

Large, sun filled 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium (4th floor) overlooking

Ramapo Mountains. Private and serene with beautiful views, magnificent

grounds, formal English gardens, clubhouse, outdoor pool, gym, tennis and more.

Features include a gracious living and dining room with hardwood floors, crown

moldings and large coat closet. Eat-in kitchen has all upgraded appliances.

Spacious master bedroom has re-insulated walls for sound, a large walk-in closet,

linen closet and private bath with whirlpool tub & recently upgraded stall

shower door enclosure. Private guest bedroom has a large walk-in closet, full

bath with frameless doors recently installed. New air conditioning unit, new hot

water heater, all window frames are triple insulated and tinted windows.

Hardwood floors throughout. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

FABULOUS CENTER HALL

COLONIAL

WEST MILFORD $430,000

Situated on a cul-de-sac with over 2 acres of privacy. Sit

on your front porch and peacefully rock away the day.

Cathedral ceiling in family room with fireplace and sliding

glass doors to outdoor deck. Spacious bedrooms, central

vacuum, hardwood floors throughout. Full size lower

level. Home is in move-in condition. Peaceful & serene.

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EVERYTHING NEW

MAHWAH $389,000

Totally rebuilt in 2016, first floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in Ridge

Gardens that is only 1 year old! This condo has all the upgrades you

are looking for: entrance foyer, cherry & granite kitchen with stainless

steel appliances and back splash, hard wood laminate floors

throughout with tile flooring in kitchen and baths, large open living

room with gas fireplace and sliding glass doors to balcony. Relax in

the pool and enjoy the tennis courts. Close to schools, shopping,

highways & public transportation. Mahwah Office 201.962.9555

SPACIOUS TOWNHOME

WAYNE $369,000

Ridge Rise townhome end unit with 2 bedrooms and 2

baths. Very private with great open floor plan. Living

room with fireplace, large eat-in kitchen, and great size

master bedroom suite. Garage, pool, and tennis. Close

to college, shopping, and NYC transportation.

Franklin Lakes Office 201.904.2085

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ARROWWOOD ESTATE

SADDLE RIVER $9,975,000

This 6.5 acre country estate has been

transformed by over 20 designers.

Approx. 17,000 sf in the main residence,

a state-of-the-art custom kitchen,

indoor & outdoor pools/spa, cabana

and regulation lighted tennis court.

6 car garage.

Saddle River Office 201.934.8100

2017 DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE

OF NEW JERSEY

SADDLE RIVER $6,995,000

Hackensack University Medical Center benefit open to the public

from October 3rd through November 12th. Call for details to view

this incredible transformation. Brand New Construction by premier

builder, Joseph Di Staulo. Saddle River Office 201.934.8100

LA ELITE CHATEAU

SADDLE RIVER $6,900,000

Completely updated & expanded, with panoramic

views of the exceptional 4.93 acre setting. Stone

veranda, pool, spa, 2-story cabana, tennis court &

manicured lawns. Peter Salerno kit/new additions, 4-

car garage. Saddle River Office 201.934.8100

BRAND NEW CONSTRUCTION

SADDLE RIVER $5,258,888

Spectacular European Stone & Stucco Manor on flat 2

acre+ double cul-de-sac setting. Elegant open floor plan and

state-of-the-art Kuche+Cucina kitchen and cabinetry

throughout. Beautifully landscaped property with pool &

cabana. Saddle River Office 201.934.8100

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23+ ACRE RIVERFRONT

EQUESTRIAN ESTATE

MAHWAH $4,995,000

5 BR Hampton’s style shingle and stone residence offers

expansive views. The 9-stall barn opens to a limestone

jumping area, paddocks & trails. Massive artist’s loft above

stalls. Infinity pool, hot tub, patios & much more!

Saddle River Office 201.934.8100

OPULENT MANOR

SADDLE RIVER $3,495,000

Gated High Ridge French Manor with circular

paver driveway, situated majestically on 2

manicured acres. 5 fireplaces, elegant

woodworking, elevator to all floors and a 6 - 7

car garage. Pool/spa/large paver patio and

veranda. Saddle River Office 201.934.8100

CLASSIC STYLE FOR

MODERN LIVING

UPPER SADDLE RIVER $2,749,000

Brand new & ready for occupancy! Six bedroom

cedar shingled classic on coveted East Hill with

expert-grade craftsmanship and designer finishes.

Covered stone veranda with fireplace, outdoor

kitchen & large 3 car garage.

Saddle River Office 201.934.8100

PRIVATE OASIS

FRANKLIN LAKES $1,675,000

1.84 lush acres in desirable West Gate Urban Farms.

Open floor plan, Great Room with floor to ceiling

stone fireplace and large heated Pool. Six Bedrooms

include two on main floor, elevator to all three finished

floors 3 car garage & much more!

Saddle River Office 201.934.8100

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