Top Ten: Equestrian & Ranch Properties

Williamson County, TN
Christianson Patterson Courtney & Associates
Christy Reed | 615.202.7777 | Cell: 615 504.2833 |

Lake Burton, GA
Harry Norman Realtors
Julie Barnett | 404.697.3860
Leigh Barnett | 404.931.3636

Mills River, NC
Beverly-Hanks & Associates
Billy Taylor  | 828.778.6705 |

Waynesville, NC
Beverly-Hanks & Associates
Pamela Williams | 803.528.5039

Fairview, NC
Beverly-Hanks & Associates
Christie Melear | 828.776.1986

Tampa, Ocala, and Orlando, FL
Premier Sotheby's
Kimberly Wilson | 813.810.0042

Ocala, FL
Joan Pletcher
Joan Pletcher  | 352.347.1777 |

Bluffton, SC
Carolina Real Estate Company
Mike Hosang | 803.270.6358
Brian Cavanaugh |803.624.6072

Maui, HI
Coldwell Banker Island Properties
Rhonda Smith-Sanchez | 808.205.2175

Woodside, Ca
Portman Realty
James Portman | 650.851.1559

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The Top Ten: Fabulous Florida Properties

Naples, FL
John R. Wood Properties
Bill Earls  | 239.777.6622 |

Marco Island, FL
Gulfshore Realty, Inc.
Kris Bareis & Jeff Gilman | 239.860.8177

Sailfish Point, FL
RE/MAX Community
Patrick Stracuzzi Real Estate Team
Patrick Stracuzzi | 772.283.9991

Anna Maria Island, FL
RE/MAX Alliance Group
Edward G. DeLosh Sr. | 941.730.9122
Candy Conte | 720.341.8971

Jupiter, FL
The Keyes Company
Billy Nash | 732.998.6377 |

Naples, FL
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
Melinda Gunther | 239.297.2155

Islamorada, FL
RE/MAX All Keys Real Estate
Brenda Alexander, Broker Associate  | 305.481.5156 |

Captiva, FL
VIP Realty Group / The Bell Team
Karen Bell | 239.851.0168 |

Captiva, FL
John R. Wood Properties
Phaidra McDermott | 239.898.3778 |

Barefoot Beach, FL
Barry DeNicola Realty, Inc.
Barry DeNicola Jr, Broker  
O: 239.947.6111  | C: 239.250.0409

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Premier, Modern Desert Living in Arizona - Camelback Mountain, Arizona

Camelback Mountain, which is situated in the midst of Arizona’s most coveted cities—Arcadia, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Biltmore—is revered as one of the most beautiful mountains in the state, providing scenic trails and stunning landscape. 

Located in the heart of Camelback Mountain, near fine restaurants and high end shopping, two finely crafted, modern homes offer potential buyers unobstructed views of Camelback Mountain from every angle. “In both homes, the view is incredible,” states Henry Wang, owner of The Realtor Henry Group. “You can see the mountain from just about everywhere in these homes.”

At 5775 N 44th Street, will appeal to the discerning buyer with an appreciation for ultra-contemporary, modern design.  This luxury property’s design is characterized by the bold lines and cool grays that bring life to contemporary design and provides stunning views.

If your taste is for warmer contemporary design, the 2nd home at 5725 N 44th Street is made for you with a welcoming entry to a custom-built, modern home with a host of amenities and fine details. A grand entrance is characterized by 20-foot ceilings, which highlight the foyer and great room.  A wide-open floor plan and larger than life windows let in an abundance of natural light and allow for breathtaking views of evening sunsets.

Both estates offers great room, game room, five spacious bedrooms, all equipped with walk-in closets, 5 bathrooms, and a flex room designed to suit the needs of the owner.  Only the finest amenity includes a gourmet kitchen with Wolf/Subzero appliances, professionally designed interior with the most advanced touches in every corner, including Switchable Privacy.

Glass! 11-foot tall Power Glass Wall that disappears into the home giving you an additional 1000+ square foot covered patio Outdoor Living area, not to mention another 700-square foot of viewing deck. The four-car garage plus 50-foot RV stall will fit the biggest RV or 8 – 10 cars comfortably.  Pool and spa credit included for designing your very own backyard paradise.  

These two homes represent Arizona living at its finest and are available for immediate delivery.  Both are sure to please the astute buyer.

Offered by:

Amir Dayhimi | Henry Wang
480.540.9535 | 480.221.3112

Revelation Real Estate
4050 S. Arizona Ave, Suite 4
Chandler, AZ  85248

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Palatial Living in the Heart of Chicago - Chicago, Illinois

Setting a new record for scale and luxury at a listing price of $50 million is an unprecedented urban estate in exclusive Lincoln Park, on what is “arguably the best residential street in Chicago,” says Matt Leutheuser of Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty.

Leutheuser, who is co-listing the 25,000 square foot mansion along with Tim Salm, says the details are extraordinary, with materials sourced from around the globe; primarily influenced by classic French architecture and design. 

Nestled in extravagant gardens with fountains, a reflecting pool, and a grand pavilion on over eight contiguous city lots, the realtor says, “You feel like you’re in the middle of the French countryside -- in the middle of the city. To acquire this many contiguous lots in Lincoln Park is next to impossible.” 

Throughout the house, each room is graced with intricate marble and stone work, antique features and elements, magnificent fireplaces and elaborately carved plaster moldings. A spectacular rotunda, with a marble floor and gold leafed staircase soars three levels, crowning the entryway. 

“The wine cellar is absolutely stunning and is modeled after the stables of Versailles,” says Leutheuser. 

This is a home for entertaining on an embassy scale, with multiple expansive living areas, including the ball room, music room, library, media room, and game room, surrounded by windows and flowing out to the fabulous sprawling terrace. There’s an unimaginable amount of outdoor space for entertaining along with impressive manicured gardens which surround the property.

“Absolutely no detail has been overlooked in this home” says Leutheuser, who is recognized as one of the city's top producers by the Chicago Association of Realtors.

Yet, this is an impressively comfortable family home as well, with six bedrooms, including a master suite that redefines luxury, and a bespoke kitchen that’s beyond belief. 

“Perfect,” says Leutheuser, “for the individual that can appreciate the level of detail this home offers and who understands that an opportunity like this may not come along again.  It could take years, if it’s even possible, to put together this amount of land and build this level of home”

Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty
Matt Leutheuser | Tim Salm
312.531.1867 | 312.929.1564

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Rare Tuscan Beauty in Florida's Most Sought-After Private Community - Jupiter, Florida

Located a short mile from warm pristine Atlantic waters sits a stunning, masterpiece estate in the coveted Bears Club, in Jupiter, Florida. This Tuscan beauty is nested amid over an acre of lush green property and encompasses over 17,000-square-feet with 12,555 -square-feet of luxury living space. The estate home is a chip shot away from the 3Rd and 5th hole of the championship course designed by Jack Nicklaus. 

“This estate is just spectacular,” states Billy Nash, Realtor and Team Leader of The Nash Group, a division of The Keyes Company, the largest real estate company in Florida with 2016 volume totaling over 7 Billion. “We love bringing our luxury listings to life.”

And the team at The Nash Group have done just that with 191 Bears Club Drive. Showcasing the unique details and exquisite elements of luxury estates is a specialty at The Nash Group. Through creativity and marketing expertise, The Nash Group gives unprecedented attention to every listing it represents "We understand the refinement and detail that goes into the creation of a luxury home, and we work hard to capture the essence of these properties for our clients both locally and globally,” Nash explains 

The architectural masterpiece at 191 Bears Club Drive boasts seven bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms, which includes a 2200 square-foot master suite oasis. The incredible en suite includes the highest quality in imported materials and refinements. Imported Italian marble covers the floors and walls, leading to a hydrotherapy tub, steam shower, and teak sauna. 

Impeccable materials bring the rest of this finely crafted estate to life as well, with groin vaults and Venetian plaster decorating the walls of the living spaces. The home was designed to show case the owners fine art collection. Nash says 'show case your Picasso's" The gourmet kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line Wolf, Sub Zero, and Miele appliances and a Butler’s Pantry offers an abundance of space for the wine lover. The home was designed to show case the owners fine art collection.

On the first floor is another master suit and airy, high vaulted ceilings, which make the already bright, beautiful space even more open and inviting. Second floor terraces provide the perfect place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine while looking out onto a picturesque pool and spa and carefully manicured grounds. 

“This is a premier Florida home in an incredibly desired exclusive neighborhood,” stated Nash. To learn more about this incredible estate, contact Billy Nash at Nash Group today.

The Nash Group
The Keyes Company
Billy Nash
732.998.6377 | 561.713.2438

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Luxury Living in Alpine Woods - Anchorage, Alaska

Imagine the ambience of a secluded Alpine Woods home on the outskirts of Anchorage, Alaska, with all the facilities to entertain and relax.

Winter and summer sporting adventures are all within 20 minutes. You can ski the Hilltop slopes of the Chugach Range or go hiking in summer, including the famous Flat-Top Mountain with awesome, panoramic views of Anchorage and the Cook Inlet.

Anchorage restaurants and shopping facilities are equally accessible from the mid-Hillside convenience of this home, 20 minutes to Downtown or 5 minutes to Huffman shopping center.

Enjoy 8,000 square feet of luxury living with a solid oak, country feel. Solid wood truss construction with extensive decking and one inch oak floors on entry level.

With 6 Bedrooms and 6 Bathrooms you can accommodate all your friends, or even start your own B&B. The living room provides dramatic volume for formal events, and is well supported by the extensive island kitchen.  Here you will find double islands (one for guest dining bar, plus one large butcher block island), cabinet storage galore, double ovens, two refrigerators, 2 dishwashers plus the 6 burner Viking range. Truly an entertainer's paradise with huge walk-in pantry complimented by separate food preparation room.

The one - acre homesite, in the prestigious Alpine Woods subdivision, is woodsy, yet with city lights and Inlet views to enjoy from the second storey.

Other features of this solid home include 1000 square feet dedicated to the private master suite with generous closet space and ensuite bathroom. In addition, there are 2 recreational areas and one has a fully functioning bar. An ample 3 car garage completes the picture.

Alpine Woods retains a sense of privacy and self-indulgent delight.  The only problem with purchasing this home is that you will never want to leave… but what's wrong with that?  Offered at $1,050,000.


Dave Windsor
RE/MAX Dynamic Properties  
Anchorage, Alaska

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An Opportunity in a Private Island - House Island, Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine is a trendy oceanfront city attracting anyone and everyone looking to combine relaxation and adventure. The quaint cobblestone charm coupled with proximity to the water cater to a leisurely seaside vibe. When you’ve reached your fill of R&R, venture out to Portland’s bustling piers, world-class dining establishments, pubs and shops or take a trip downtown and meander around the historic seacoast town brimming with eclectic dining, shopping and art experiences. 

Just east of Portland’s coast is House Island, often referred to by locals as the “Ellis Island of the north” as it was once the site of an immigration station in the early 1900s. Accessible by private boat or water taxi, the nearly 13-acre private island is currently on the market for interested buyers.

“Historic House Island is a legacy buy, ideal for a family compound. The island affords the best of all worlds,” says John Biondolillo,

Broker/Owner of William Raveis Real Estate and listing agent for 100 House Island. Complete with four separate living structures that have been restored and revived for modern day living since their origination in 1907. 

The property boasts 4,000 +/- feet of water frontage , offering 360-degrees of breathtaking views including panoramic views of the Portland skyline, harbor views and quiet, easterly views. Additionally, a large deep water dock offering 

Spend the days kayaking, fishing or swimming on one of the five beaches; running the trails; playing lawn games on the outdoor courtyard; or relaxing on one of the properties’ multiple porches or patios. In the evening, gather around the outdoor fire pit in the evening and roast marshmallows as you share stories while watching the sun set and the Portland skyline come to life. When you’re requiring a change of scenery, take the short trip enjoy some of Portland’s attractions. 

The property also features a 10,000-square-foot footprint for a commercial building ideal for a high-end bed and breakfast or inn. The combination of residential purpose and commercial potential makes the chance at owning House Island a rare opportunity in which only a select few can indulge. 


John Biondolillo
William Raveis Real Estate

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Calvary Training Center - Bluffton, South Carolina

The Calvary Training Center is a picture-perfect property with a host of potential uses including commercial stables, single family homes, daycare, worship, school, public services or government. In addition to the beautiful setting, underneath the property sits an extensive water/sewer/drainage infrastructure that can handle a 100 unit development. 

 “The Center's quality, scope and attention to detail offers the owner a wide range of possibilities, all conveniently located in historic and picturesque Bluffton, SC near I-95, between Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA,” says Realtor Mike Hosang, Carolina Real Estate Company.

In 2002, owner James Taylor bought the tree-shaded property to house his daughters’ eight horses and their equestrian dreams.  “It was just a ranch house and beat-up old barn,” he recalls. “We got a group of horse trainers, groomsmen, and designers to create the ultimate efficient horse facility for training Arabian and show horses.”

Taylor has spared no expense in developing the property’s infrastructure and facilities. Today, there’s  a modern barn, an educational center and  beautiful 5,000 square foot home with a commercial kitchen, seven bedrooms,  4 ½ bathrooms and low-country coastal charm.

The 43+ picturesque acres are home to a beautiful lake stocked with catfish and a world-class equestrian facility. “In addition to the 25 horse stalls, automatic water and hay storage, a working tack room & show tack rooms, grooms’ employee lounge & bathroom, 8-horse grooming & wash area, all under one roof  where you can work your horses from start to finish without getting wet, there is an attached lighted and covered 42,000 square foot arena,” says Taylor with humility.

The 5,500 square foot Ministry Center attached to the barn features eight classrooms, men’s and women’s bathrooms, showers, and reception area. There is also a six-office area attached to the arena with additional reception area and showers.  “When people drive up, it’s like something out of a Pat Conroy novel because of its drama and beauty. There’s nothing else like it,” says Taylor.

This sprawling lowlands property is a wise investment, centrally located between two major cities and just minutes from charming historical downtown Bluffton known for its excellent schools, adorable shops, convenient services and country pleasures (fishing, farmers’ markets, & art festivals.)

Mike Hosang | Brian Cavanaugh
Carolina Real Estate Company
803.270.6358 | 803.624.6072

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Making A Touchdown in South Florida’s Luxury Market

Realtor Jed Weaver is a winner, both in real estate and football. In 1999, the Oregon native started a six year NFL career that included Super Bowl XXXIX Champion New England Patriots win.

During a Miami Dolphins’ stint, he fell in love with the SoFla lifestyle, making it home and luxury real estate his next game. Says Weaver: “I wanted to provide a service to my clients that I wish I had when I played football.” His goal? To help them find a great investment AND a great luxury home.  

Build Your Dream Home
1105 Hillsboro Mile, Hillsboro Beach FL 33062
Perhaps the best oceanfront property in South Florida is in Millionaire Mile. Here, you can build an estate with views of the intracoastal and Atlantic. With easy access via the Hillsboro Inlet to the ocean, you can watch the sunset from your intercoastal private boat dock and the sunrise from your Atlantic estate. 

With more than an acre, this completely private lot has no public beach access. It’s one of only six remaining undeveloped single family lots and close to restaurants, shopping and Deerfield Beach Pier. If you want to build your dream home and equity, do it here  in the most exclusive three mile stretch of private beach in all of Miami, Dade and Broward counties. 

Hawks Landing Waterfront Estate
10867 Whitehawk St. Plantation FL 33324
This is where the hoi polloi and sports stars live. This world-class gated private community (518 luxury homes) features lush landscaping, lakes and excellent amenities including tennis and basketball courts and a clubhouse (conference room, fitness center, party room) as well as close proximity to excellent schools, shopping, dining and attractions.

This is one of the five largest lots, almost an acre at the end of a small cul-de-sac. This contemporary completely remodeled waterfront ranch estate is move-in ready with six bedrooms, five baths, a chef’s kitchen, huge living space, den PLUS a separate two-bedroom guesthouse with kitchenette.

Florida coastal style, clean white interiors, elegant ceiling fans, recessed lighting, all impact glass and dark, hardwood accents make this the perfect house for entertaining with a heated saltwater pool, an outdoor kitchen and three covered canopy areas. The air-conditioned garage can house three cars.

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Upscale Meets Casual Florida Living

Tampa possesses the expected laid-back, casual Florida lifestyle with an upscale feel. While still considered a mid-size market, Tampa has all of the amenities of a large metropolitan area including an award winning international airport, state-of-the-art medical facilities, high-end destination shopping and dining, extraordinary performing and fine arts, and major sports franchises including football, baseball and hockey. “The area attracts people of all ages, from young professionals to retirees,” says Michael Palermo of Palermo Real Estate Professionals. Primary professions include those in the legal, finance, real estate and healthcare sectors, and the area is a growing destination choice for corporate headquarter locations. With close proximity to both Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, hobbies include every water sport imaginable, from kayaking and paddle boarding, to boating and deep-sea fishing. The famous Bayshore Boulevard (claimed to be one of the longest continuous sidewalks in the world at 4.5 miles) provides scenic views of Tampa Bay and the Downtown area and is constantly bustling with runners, walkers and bikers enjoying the Florida sunshine. In addition to recreational activities, shopping and sporting events, Tampa is known as a foodie’s paradise with a plethora of independent dining establishments serving everything from homemade Italian pasta to exotic international fare. Aside from area amenities, Tampa boasts some incredible high-end luxury properties. “Inventory is currently low. We are seeing record prices for high-end properties, especially waterfront homes,” says Palermo. Popular trends in the Tampa market include open floor plans that bring in natural light and focus on the views of beautiful outdoor spaces. New construction luxury properties are trending towards a more contemporary design than the Mediterranean influence seen in the past. Whatever the design or style of these luxury homes, owners are demanding high-end technology to run the AV, lighting, HVAC, pool and even aquarium systems in their homes.

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Spectacular Retreat in the Georgia Mountains

It was just a little four bedroom lodge with an adjacent stable forbison when David Pittspurchased his family retreat on top of TrayMountain in 2010. It was “rough hewn wood, very cowboy rustic,when I bought it,” he says. “I made it more appealing.” After a multi-million dollar renovation, Bison View Lodge featuresfifteen bedrooms and thirteen and a half baths. The party barnseats forty plus. There are seven fireplaces, a wrap-aroundveranda, decks, and a covered dining porch. The hot tub and firepit enjoy a grand sweeping view of mountains and trees, with notanother house in view. The lodge, which borders national forest, is set on fifteen quiet,utterly private, wooded acres. Yet, it’s just ten minutes from thetown of Helen, Georgia’s popular alpine village, where Octoberfestlasts three months. “You don’t have to go to Munich,” he says witha laugh. Pitts helicopters in, a quick thirty minute trip from Atlanta. Theproperty has a landing pad. If you lack a helicopter, an airport isnearby, and the property includes three carports with coveredspace for up to seven cars. The drive time is about an hour and ahalf. “It’s a private retreat for me, my family, and friends,” he says. “Wehave big parties four times a year, people fly in from all over theworld.” Visitors fight over who gets to stay in the log cabin guestsuite up the hill, nestled in the rustling trees. Pitts says it would make a great corporate or executive retreat, awedding venue, or a mountain home for a celebrity like Tyler Perry.The property is fully fenced, gated, and equipped with top of theline security systems. “There are no other lots with residences like I have,” says the Kingof the Hill.

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Saddling Up in Asheville

Chances are, when you think of Asheville, North Carolina you think of the foodie scene, the beer, clean air, and the Biltmore Estate, the 130,000 square foot Castle  set on 8,000 breathtaking acres of garden and forest that was built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt. 

Chances are you don’t think of fox hunts and ranches and thousands of acres of riding trails. Yet, the western North Carolina towns surrounding Ashville are a hot bed of equestrian activity says Rick Merrill, of Beverly-Hanks Realtors.  

“There’s trail riding and endurance trail riding, on Arabian horses, which are built for it. There’s dressage, jumping, and fox hunting - where you turn out dogs who scent the fox and everyone is dolled up in fancy clothing.” 

Then there’s western-style trail riding, “They sometimes gather for several day’s  ride,” he says.

Ride for several days?

“Oh yes,” he laughs. “There are places where you can ride for 50 miles.” 

DuPont Forest has 10,000 acres of fine trails. Pisgah National Forest has over 200,000 acres. 

Capping it off, there’s the world class, $100,000,000 Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, 

“There’s  stabling for 1,000 horses,” he says. Once you see it you won’t forget it.” 

And that’s attracting ranch buyers from Florida, Connecticut, Colorado, California – places that are becoming increasingly crowded and highly taxed.

There are hundreds of horse farms in the area, he says. “Some on just a few acres, others on hundreds.” Not that I have  any listed right now. Merrill’s job is to find you that dream ranch – he recently discovered six possibilities for a pair of  endurance riding veterans.  Several of my fellow Beverly-Hanks agents have farm listings from $79,000 to $5.1 M.

His own is on 18 acres. “It’s a cool lifestyle,” he says. “Our kids all rode starting when they were four. They learned responsibility and it’s a lot of fun for the family, just saddle your horse and ride.” 

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Equestrian and Ranch - Ocala, Florida

For more than thirty years, Realtor, Joan Pletcher has lived, breathed and internalized the uniqueness of Ocala, Florida’s Luxury real estate market.

“I grew up as a luxury builder and developer’s daughter, and this business was comprehensively ingrained within me from a very early age,” Joan says “I therefore assimilated all the knowledge and awareness in all aspects of the luxury market of fine homes, unique land development, and equestrian properties.” While most Realtors would mention that Florida’s beaches and water activities are reasons to relocated to the Sunshine State, Ocala isn’t what you’d consider typical Florida.

“We’re located in north central Florida, so our topography includes rolling land and lush, green hills, graced with magnificent Granddaddy Live Oaks,” Joan says. “We have incredibly challenging golf courses, and the Florida Greenway’s meandering, bucolic trails, which residents use for hiking, biking, running and horseback riding.”  Marion County is also known as the “Horse Capital of the World” and offers the full gamut of equestrian activities for the horse lover and  enthusiast.  Just a few are:  Florida Horse Park, HITS (Horse Shows In The Sun), Grand Oaks, and Golden Ocala World Equestrian Center South (Completion March 2018) are just a few of the equestrian events held here.

Exquisite French Chateau Estate with incredible equestrian Amenities on 104 acres.   The majestic landscaped grounds of this estate provide a private and peaceful setting.

The equestrian owner will enjoy a private, 10-stall show stable with a 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment.  Two air-conditioned rooms perfect for storing your prized carriages or automobiles.  One dressage ring is located close to home.

Additional 19-stall barn, covered arena which sports mirrors synthetic footing, lighting, irrigation and a luxurious visitor’s viewing room.

Also featured are: two superior quality show barns six additional horse barns, A/C lab, breeding shed.  16-bay equipment building, four outdoor arenas and extensive site improvements.

“This is an incredible property that one has to see to appreciate all that it offers.” Joan says.


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Elite Agents - Carl Dittrich & Cynthia Joannou

On the hunt for a stunning coastal property in Southwest Florida, look no farther than the Naples & Bonita Springs areas in picturesque neighborhoods like Barefoot Beach, Pelican Bay, Park Shore or Port Royal. Here you’ll find luxurious properties with a diverse group of residents and unparalleled restaurant and dining options - comparable to major metropolitan cities while exuding a sophisticated, small town feel.

Who better to explore the area market with than Carl Dittrich and Cynthia Joannou, owners of Barefoot Beach Properties. Founded in 2006, Barefoot Beach Properties is a Florida licensed real estate brokerage firm specializing in Naples area luxury beachfront, boating and golfing communities. Naples residents since 1998, Carl & Cynthia offer a combined 34 years of Florida real estate experience.

Within a few short minutes of talking to Carl & Cynthia it is immediately obvious why the two make such a superb team. Carl thinks very analytically — a quality likely attributable to earning his MBA in finance and background in international investment banking — while Cynthia adds that personal touch to each client relationship and every detail throughout the transaction.

Cynthia and Carl stress the importance of developing friendships with their clientele, in turn earning trust and making the overall experience of buying/selling more enjoyable. “We emphasize the importance of taking their time and enjoying the process,” says Cynthia.

In addition to the personable experience offered, Cynthia and Carl also offer a unique take on international experience that goes beyond their fluencies in German and French language. Having lived in Europe, the two are also familiar with the differences in customs and business practices overseas vs. in the United States. Additionally, they work with an excellent and extensive network of legal, tax and accounting professionals to make international transactions as seamless as possible.

Cynthia and Carl attribute their 10 years of success at Barefoot Beach Properties to their in-depth market knowledge, attention to detail, level of experience, integrity and overall their dedication to work hard for their clients. “When you are ready to purchase or sell, Cynthia and Carl's exemplary skills, devoted service and expert advice will offer you a seamless real estate transaction.”

Carl Dittrich | Cynthia Joannou
Barefoot Beach Properties 239.273.5515 | 239.273.0666

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Stracuzzi Team – Serving the Community with all their HEART!

Nearly 30 years ago, Patrick Stracuzzi lay in a hospital bed, praying: God, please help me.

Days before, a Mack truck had plowed into Stracuzzi’s two-seater Pontiac Fiero, breaking nine of his ribs, dislocating three others and sending shards of glass through his left hand. It knocked out one of his teeth and wrenched his back. He struggled to breathe, and wondered how he would ever find the strength to return to his construction job, which supported his wife and newborn son.

He prayed silently: God, if you give me another chance at life, I promise I won’t squander it.

Today, Stracuzzi is a top-selling real-estate agent whose team, Stuart, Florida-based RE/MAX Community, is ranked No. 28 in the country and No. 44 in the world within RE/MAX. He is considered a national expert in selling luxury homes and is a renowned speaker who has been flown throughout the country to coach other agents. 

From his focus on his family—three of his four children work with him, and he coached his youngest son’s youth baseball team for years—to his commitment to community service, that hospital-bed promise has led him to build his life from his heart.

Hiring for Heart
After recovering from his near-fatal car accident, Stracuzzi began working solo for a small real-estate company. In his first year, he sold 52 properties—mostly double- or single-wide mobile homes.

He joined RE/MAX about 20 years ago. There, he began selling higher profile properties and attended a RE/MAX conference that he says changed his life. At the conference, he connected to real-estate motivational speaker Howard Brinton, who Stracuzzi describes as his mentor.

From Brinton, who died in 2012, Stracuzzi learned to hire agents for their compassion and heart rather than their resumes, and to carefully delegate work to those agents. As Stracuzzi built his team, he aimed to find agents who would connect with clients on as people rather than customers, and who would be willing and able to dig deep to find what was motivating a prospective buyer.

Stracuzzi’s longtime office manager, Betty Cipra, says Stracuzzi forms personal connections with each agent in his office and each client he serves, describing him as “the most caring person I’ve ever met.” Brinton also instilled in Stracuzzi the importance of paying it forward—both to his family and the wider world.

Family First
Another major part of Stracuzzi’s efforts to keep his hospital-bed promise was his desire to make his family his first priority.

That priority was further clarified by another near-death experience a couple years after his 1986 car accident. The shooting pain in his back had become debilitating, and he consulted a doctor about back surgery. A chest X-ray preceding the operation he planned to have revealed an aortic aneurysm—a lingering injury from the car crash—and doctors recommended he travel to Texas to have it repaired. He had internal bleeding following the surgery, and doctors had to operate again. During the second surgery, he flat-lined, was brought back to life, and awoke to a ventilator and tracheotomy.

When he recovered, he renewed his commitment to not only make his family his first priority, but to spend his time in a way that reflected that priority. These days, his three oldest children work with him, and he schedules his youngest son’s basketball games into his daily calendar with the same prioritization he’d give to a high-profile client. When conflicts arise, he tells clients and colleagues that he has an appointment he simply can’t break. He regularly takes solo trips with each of his children, including a recent trip with his youngest son, Jack, to see an Atlanta Falcons game. “My son told his mom, ‘I wished the day would never end,’” Stracuzzi says. “To me, that’s what life is all about.”

RE/MAX Community
As Stracuzzi’s business grew, he became increasingly committed to community service.  He named his team RE/MAX Community to reflect that goal. 

Years ago, he began hosting an annual customer-appreciation dinner at a local banquet hall. As the number of guests increased, he expanded the celebration to include the entire community, creating an event that has become a cherished tradition in Stuart, Florida. Every holiday season, he hires an ice company to create piles of snow at Stracuzzi Plaza, and serves hot chocolate and cookies as Santa hands out presents.

The many non-profit organizations to receive assistance from Stracuzzi include the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast; Castle, which aims to prevent child abuse and neglect through education; and the Florida Oceanographic Society, which aims to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s waterways.

The proceeds of his new book, “Magic Selling,” will go to the Children’s Miracle Network, which raises funds for and awareness of children’s hospitals. He is a major sponsor of his local youth baseball and basketball leagues; organizes events to raise money for those in need; and loans moving trucks to charities such as the United Way to bring assistance to hurricane-stricken areas. 

After another local RE/MAX agent, Rob Gangi, suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2009, Stracuzzi worked behind the scenes to recruit nationally known speaker Floyd Wickman to speak at a benefit seminar for Gangi, raising more than $30,000 for his family.
“It was a true blessing,” Gangi says. “He’s the kind of guy who has an idea in the morning, puts it on his day’s agenda and accomplishes it by the end of the day. He’s top of the list.”

He also gives more informally. Ryan Watley, who coached youth baseball alongside Stracuzzi, says Stracuzzi routinely sponsored trips for league players and their families to see Florida Marlins games. He also recalls that when Stracuzzi heard that a team member’s bike had been run over, he bought the kid a new one.

“He quietly dropped off the bike one morning without the mom or kid knowing who’d done it,” Watley says. “He doesn’t give for the recognition.” Perhaps most importantly, Stracuzzi says, he aims to maintain a sense of gratitude about the good things in his life.

“I say, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you’ when I appreciate someone,” Stracuzzi says. “I believe that I’m here for one reason: To serve others with all my heart.”

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Posted by: Amanda Tyler
Posted on: 3/16/2017 at 9:42 AM
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