Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: Do You Speak Vastu?

Photo by Samrat 35/Lotus Temple in New Dehli, India

As a luxury real estate marketing professional it is important to stay focused on the luxury market and its trends.  One of the emerging countries in the world is India and its appetite for luxury goods and services has been insatiable.   Our nation’s Asian Indian population has exploded over the past decade, far outpacing the growth of other Asian groups, according to 2010 Census figures.  So if you are working with an Asian Indian individual or family, you need to know about Vastu. 

In Sanskrit the word “Vastu” means dweller/dwelling.  It is India’s form of FengShui. “In Indian architecture, the dwelling is itself a shrine. A home is called manushyalaya, literally, "human temple". It is not merely a shelter for human beings in which to rest and eat. The concept behind house design is the same as for temple design, so sacred and spiritual are the two spaces.” From Wikipedia

Add Vastu to your vocabulary as we say in The Language of Luxury. Get Fluent, Get Affluent.™

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 6/8/2012 at 9:18 AM
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The Top 10 Pools

Almost every luxurious estate includes a pool area that complements the home, whether it be located inside or outside or both.  Pools come in many  exquisite designs – lap pool, classic, free form, infinity,  as well as many other choices that are available.  The pool area offers relaxation,  as you take in the sun , exercise and  quite often a place for entertaining your guests.   We have selected some of what we feel are the top pool areas to give you some ideas for creating your own exclusive pool area.

Miami Beach, Florida • Sildy Cervera, Cervera Real Estate • www.oceanhousesouthbeach.com

Highlands, North Carolina • Terry Potts, Country Club Estates • www.sageemanor.com

Miami, Florida • The Jills, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate • www.thejills.com

Las Vegas, Nevada • Tanya Murray, Realty Executives • www.tanyamurray.com

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida • Julie Jones, Premier Estate Properties • www.luxuryrealestateftl.com

Bethel, New York • Christine Sweetman, The Chapin Estate Sales Office • 845-583-4900

Paradise Island, Bahamas • Natasha Vythoulkas, Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty • 242-393-8630

Ocala, Florida • Joan Pletcher • www.joanpletcher.com

Cape Cod, Massachusetts • Jack Cotton, Sotheby's International Realty • www.JackCottonRealtor.com

Las Vegas, Nevada • Sherri Warf, Simply Vegas • www.SimplyVegasRealEstate.com


Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: Staying Unforgettable with Quality Cues

Quality cues are indications of quality in packaging, displays, product features, collateral materials, website design, messaging, etc. The more quality cues you can offer in your luxury real estate marketing practice the more your personal or company brand will become distinctive and unforgettable.

Here is an example of a quality cue we noticed when we visited the newly opened REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) store in Santa Barbara.  We immediately noticed the door handles picture above. They are actual mountaineering pick axes with resin encased heads and points for safe usage. This quality cue reinforces their motto, “Get outside, yourself”. It also communicates that they are known for a wide variety of quality outdoor gear and equipment, and great service.

Here is another example from one of the luxury real estate marketing professionals we have met.  This individual always hands their client the keys to their new home on a Tiffany key ring in the iconic blue box.  This gesture is a WOW moment for the new owners, and one that will be remembered and talked about. 

For luxury real estate marketing professionals, small things can make a big difference in terms of standing out from your competition. These small things add up to make you unforgettable.  What are some small things you do to make you unforgettable?

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 6/6/2012 at 8:57 AM
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Elk River Club in Banner Elk, North Carolina

“Elk River is a community of families and friends - and there has never been a better time to consider a mountain home here,” says Rick Foster, president of Elk River Realty.  “Elk River is a unique, private club, with its own 4,600-foot jet port.”

Located in Banner Elk, North Carolina and nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Elk River offers a variety of activities for quality family time.  Boasting a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course that consistently ranks among the state's Top 10 courses, golf is certainly the main attraction. However, that is only the beginning of all Elk River has to offer.  From the mountain-top equestrian center and Saddle Club with miles of tree-lined riding trails, to the Wellness and Fitness center, complete with Nautilus equipment, saunas and heated pool, to the comprehensive Tennis Center, to the dedicated park areas with cascading streams and long range views of the beautiful Blue Ridge, and a Class-A stocked catch and release trout fishing river, there is truly something every member of the family will enjoy.  With an on-site jet port, capable of accommodating corporate and private aircraft, busy executives can fly in to spend the weekend enjoying the cool mountain air and reconnecting with family, then return to the office refreshed and rejuvenated.

“Our outstanding amenities, combined with the natural scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, provides the perfect setting for families to gather closer - to create memories that turn into traditions, and legacies that last for lifetimes,” explains Rick.  “And for those with access to private or corporate aircraft, our on-site airport makes getting to Elk River a breeze!”


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 6/5/2012 at 4:58 PM
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Luxury Real Estate Website Design: Are You Unforgettable?

More often than not the first impression you make with new prospects, as a luxury real estate marketing professional, occurs the first time they encounter your website.  Are you making a lasting first impression or are you forgettable? 

It is human nature to rely more on sight than any other mode of sensory perception.  That is why excellent graphic design is so important in capturing and holding the attention of your website visitors.  Great design is your sure-fire method of making a lasting first impression.  It is an integral part of capturing significantly more leads especially when it sparks a positive emotional response and resonates with the values of your website visitors. 

In the course of marketing luxury real estate, how can you expect to capture an online lead if you cannot first capture the attention of your prospect? People do “judge a book by its cover” or wine by its label or products by its packaging   This is true particularly when a recommendation from a trusted source is not a factor in the buying decision or when choosing a service professional.

We recently found two wineries that exemplified this principle by incorporating metal in their labels, something we have never seen before.  These bottles definitely stand out which is exactly what you need to do if you expect to capture and hold the attention of your web visitors. 

Keep in mind that your competitors’  sites are just a click away.  That is why it is imperative to  grab your visitors’ attention with compelling graphic design.  But, even more important than a great look, your graphics must communicate the essence of your brand values. Ideally, your graphics should tell the entire story of who you are in a nano-second!  That is the true test of great branding! 

If you want to be the standout in your marketplace your website must make a strong, positive first impression. Otherwise, you and your website become forgettable.  

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 6/4/2012 at 4:47 PM
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The Catskill Mountains

Ninety minutes from Manhattan, north Jersey and Connecticut is a waterfront living experience unlike any other. Escape the city and, upon arrival, be greeted with crisp, clean mountain air. Look out your window at an enticing view of the lakes. The water is pristine and clear. Neighboring eagles soar over the water as they fish. 

The 20-acre equestrian peninsula compound within the gated Chapin Estates embodies refined rustic elegance. The Timberline Lodge Estate serves as a therapeutic waterfront retreat for many of its residents and guarantees an old-time privacy experience.  Feel like you stepped back in time to an Adirondack Great Camp or a lodge in the Great Northwest with all of the modern conveniences. “Nothing else exists like this so close to the city,” says Steve Dubrovsky, developer of The Chapin Estates.

Fall weather in the Catskill Mountain area is classic, and the trees are emblazoned in gold, red and orange leaves. Winter offers adequate snow fall for sports like skiing and snowboarding on nearby slopes. The spring is moderate with cool breezes; perfect weather for hiking on one of the area’s many trails. In the summer, the days are warm and nights are cool. Boating and water sports are available on the Timberline Lodge Estate’s bordering lakes. 

With the options of arriving by car, train, bus or private plane, there is no reason not to invest in one of the most exclusive and precious waterfront properties available on the market.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 6/3/2012 at 4:35 PM
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Asheville, North Carolina: The Happiest City in the World

 

Named the Happiest City in the U.S. by author Eric Weiner and Self Magazine, Asheville, North Carolina is at the top of the list of places to live and visit in the United States. Asheville’s diversity, laidback lifestyle and natural beauty make it a revered destination. The Blue Ridge Mountains surround downtown where you can visit some of the finest galleries, restaurants and music venues found anywhere, yet a mere 5-minute drive will take you deep into the woods.
One of the most enticing things about Asheville is its weather. Asheville has four distinct seasons but without the temperature and humidity extremes found elsewhere. Summertime average highs are in the 80s, and daytime winter temperatures are in the low 30s. The 40 inches of annual precipitation keeps the area lush and vegetation diverse, helping Asheville to keep its classification as one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the world. “In no other place do so many perspectives meet and flourish under the backdrop of these beautiful mountains. The mountains provide the perfect assortment of natural resources for residents to live active and healthy lifestyles among an inspiring artist community,” says Neal Hanks, President of Beverly-Hanks & Associates Realtors in Asheville.
Although the Asheville area offers an array of outdoor activities like fly-fishing, hiking, kayaking, rafting and cycling along the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is not just for the outdoorsy. The area boasts a thriving arts community and a vibrant downtown that embraces entrepreneurship, cultivated eateries and a variety of shopping options, all unlike anywhere else.
“There’s an energy here that simply can’t be described on paper,” says Hanks. “Those who want to live in the heart of art and activity and culture and convenience find that Asheville delivers in a way that is uniquely its own.”


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Posted on: 6/2/2012 at 3:56 PM
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Marketing Luxury Real Estate: Luxury Camouflage in Beverly Hills 2

This photo is what Van Cleef & Arpels deemed appropriate for their remodel on the corner Rodeo Drvie and Dayton Drive in Beverly Hills.  Unlike Bulgari, Van Cleef Arpels' jewelry is classic in its luxury appeal.  It is an old world French jewelry compnay, founded in 1906 on the venerable Place Vendome in Paris. The brand is known for its signature mystery settings where the prongs are concealed.  Van Cleef & Arpels' customers have included the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. Their remodel facade is subtle and understated like their mystery settings.

Last month we wrote a post illustrating how remodeling is creatively camouflaged  in  Beverly Hills.  We featured the Bulgari jewelry store who, in keeping with their brand identity, had designed a bright golden opulent camouflage while remodeling their store.  True to their idetity, the store board was colorful and attention getting. We feel it is spot on its brand signal.  It is perfect for who they are.

Every company has its point of attraction for their target market.  It is clear how two brands selling jewelry have a different approach because they understand their ideal client.  We happen to like and appreciate both because of their clarity in communicating who they are.  What do you think?

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 5/31/2012 at 10:59 AM
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Marketing Luxury Real Estate Tip: Are You Playing Chess or Checkers

Brand strategy for luxury real estate marketing professionals is all about achieving top- of-mind status.  That takes superior, long-range, strategic thinking. But, what is at stake?  The lion’s share of the business in your market place or a niche therein, that is what is at stake!  

Who Needs Brand Strategy? 

The only players who have a use for brand strategy are the ones who are bent on gaining or sustaining market leadership Incumbents or Challengers.  Everyone else is fighting over the crumbs, doing the best they can.   To seize or maintain the lion’s share you must think strategically. 

Have you been watching the NBA Western Conference Playoffs with San Antonio and Oklahoma City? San Antonio is proving to be in a league of their own. Their teamwork is impeccable and their strategy is brilliant. They just won 20 straight games!  Kenny Smith, the retired NBA star and TV announcer, covering  Game 2 said something that explained the difference between the two teams:  “San Antonio is playing Chess while OKC is playing Checkers”.  

Chess or Checkers? 

That comment perfectly summarized what we have been saying about brand strategy for luxury real estate marketing professionals. If you are bent on the “unabashed pursuit of market leadership”, it is imperative  that you become a master of brand strategy.  Like Chess, brand strategy requires well-thought-out, long range thinking. 

You can make a lot of money by mastering internet marketing strategy by being the first to capture buyer leads.  Many incumbent market leaders are very vulnerable in this department because they are not up to speed yet and, in most cases, it is still a buyers’ market.  But, in the long run it is the agent, team or company who consistently wins listings that makes the most money.  Being a master of both disciplines, is the surest way to become the dominant player and significantly outdistance your closest competitors.    

Even though it appears that you are playing on the same game board, the true market leader is playing Chess, while everyone else is playing Checkers. However, If you want to challenge the market leader you need to outthink the incumbent at their strategic level and beat them at their own game.  The battle may ultimately be a fight for market share. But, you first have to win the battle for mind share. And, that takes strategy.  

Are you playing Chess or Checkers?

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 5/30/2012 at 8:42 AM
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Luxury Real Estate Marketing: Maintaining Your Orbital Marketing Perspective

As a luxury real estate marketing professional it is easy to get bogged down with the day-to-day activities of“transaction engineering” and neglect the life-blood of your business: promotion and marketing.  Sometimes you need to step back from your practice to regain your “orbital marketing prospective”.  It is only when you view your practice from a broader perspective that out-of-the-box thinking is possible. 

Opportunities to out-think and out-market your competition abound.  This weekend we noticed that not a single real estate firm or agent sponsored one of the most well-attended community events of the year in our town of Santa Barbara, California.  What an great opportunity for standing out this was!

"I Madonnari, or street painters transformed the Santa Barbara Mission Plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images.  The festival benefits the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education offices.  "The project serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances throughout", according to their website.  This event is in partnership with Santa Barbara's sister city in Italy, Grazie di Curtatone.

The opportunity to promote your name or your company as a sponsor was affordable. It ranged from the smallest ($125 for 4' x 6' format vertical format) to the largest (12’ x 12’ for $650). In addition, your name is on the festival poster,  it is inscribed on the pavement at the base of the Mission steps, it appears in full-page newspaper advertisements and  also appears on the festival kiosk.  The local news covers the event on TV which amplifies the effectiveness of your sponsorship.

You could either provide the painter, or the Children's Creative Project would provide the painter. Given what most luxury real estate marketing professionals spend to promote themselves, this was a no brainer. 

As hard as it may seen at times, you simply must take the time to regain your orbital marketing perspective. Step back and identify opportunities to out-smart your competition.  That is the surest route to soaring in your luxury real estate marketing practice.

Like the kids represented in this year's pavement pastel chalk painting, being backyard orbital explorers and looking out of their box/spaceship it is time to explore your own backyards for out-of-the box opportunities to promote yourself.  That means to make yourself well known and well thought of!

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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Posted on: 5/29/2012 at 11:18 AM
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Marketing Luxury Real Estate: Happy Memorial Day From Santa Barbara

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May.  It was formerly known as Decoration Day, and it is honors US men and women who died in the military Service.  The first Memorial Day was celebrated to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War 1. It is important to take a moment and reflect on all those who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy.

If you happen to find yourself in Santa Barbara, here is an annual event that is fun and benefits children in Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo Counties.

"I Madonnari, or street painters will transform the Santa Barbara Mission Plaza using pastels on pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful, large scale images.  The festival benefits the Children's Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program of the Santa Barbara County Education offices.  The project serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and performing arts workshops and performances throughout."--from the website,"  This event is in partnership with Santa Barbara's sister city in Italy, Grazie di Curtatone.

You can view the art work on the 26, 27, and 28th.  Admission is free. 

We wish you a wonderful relaxing long weekend, Cheers, Ron & Alexandra

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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Posted on: 5/29/2012 at 9:17 AM
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Marketing Luxury Real Estate: The Luxury of Simple Pleasures

One of the subjects that comes up often as we advise our clients in marketing luxury real estate is the fine line between specializing in the top tier of the marketplace and not wanting to alienate previous clients whose home sold in the mid price range, our clients are concerned that they may come accross as too pretentions or aloof.  Inherent in that concern is a misconception of the meaning of luxury, because it is often associated with elitism and conspicuous consumption, whereas we firmly believe that this is a limited perspective because there is luxury in simple pleasures, for example, the luxury of tasting the first crop of sweet corn.

Corn on the cob is a quintessential American food of summer.  The first crop is here at our Farmers' Market in Santa Barbara, It reminds us of Richard Rodgers' song, Oh, What A Beautiful Morning, from the quintessential American musical Oklahoma, written in 1943.  Here is our favorite excerpt about corn.

There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
There's a bright golden haze on the meadow,
The corn is as high as an elephant's eye,
An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky.

Chorus:
Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Everything's going my way.

HAPPY WEDNESDAY, WE WISH THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING YOUR WAY 

 

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 5/23/2012 at 3:24 PM
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Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: A Great Housewarming & Closing Gift

As luxury real estate marketing professional, it is a great idea to keep a list for closing and housewarming gifts. Our criteria for gifts of this nature are gifts that create a buzz and get people talking about you in a positive light.  We spotted these pineapple plants at our local Trader Joe’s.  

 This beautiful plant has throughout the history of the American continents symbolized a warm welcome and   hospitality.   In his writings Christopher Columbus described landing on the Caribbean island of Guadalupe where he and his sailors were served pineapple. 

In Colonial America, the pineapple expressed the warmest welcome a family could extend guests in their homes.   A pineapple was used as the center piece of the dining table and would be served as the dessert.   The pineapple symbol of friendship and hospitality was adopted by architects, artisans and craftsman of this era.  Mansions and homes adorned with carved wood or sculpted stone pineapples on its gates or doors announce the hospitality of the owners.

Although this plant will not ripen as a fruit indoors, (they may outdoors in a warm climate) its beauty and symbol will be appreciated, and you will be remembered.

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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Posted on: 5/22/2012 at 4:55 PM
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Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: It's Time to Spend More Time in the Real World - Part 2

Dennis Hanlon, Park City Utah

Professional networking on Facebook and other social media platforms can contribute to your success as a luxury real estate marking professional.  But, participation in these venues simply does not replace in-person face time and consistently staying in touch with your colleagues in meaningful ways.  We think it’s time to spend more time in the real world. 

One of the best examples of professional networking in luxury real estate is the Western Mountain Resort Alliance (WMRA) that was spearheaded by Dennis Hanlon,  a visionary broker in Park City Deer Valley, Utah, in 1996.  Dennis, who was the president of his local board, suggested a meeting of six ski resort board presidents to explore ways that they could benefit from an alliance.  

According to Dennis, who also served as president of the WMRA through 2010, “ We all discovered that we had so much in common and that we faced the same kinds of issues.  We realized that marketing and selling resort real estate requires specialized knowledge and our clients demand a high level of expertise”. 

It became apparent that sharing sales information from the various resorts would benefit all members. Another benefit is sharing best practices for resolving common problems.  

Hanlon said, “An example of a common issues in mountain resort areas is finding suitable employment housing. We typically have limited space for development. Some other important challenges include how to address minimum revenue guarantees imposed by the airlines and how to obtain financing for condominiums”. 

One of the great outcomes of WMRA was bringing their network model to the attention of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) who started their own resort committee in order to help resort REALTORS® gain resort specific education. 

Professional networking can help you solve problems that are also faced by your peers in their luxury real estate markets.  It can also exponentially expand your referral base.   Facebook may be a good way to facilitate professional networking. But, there is nothing better than in-person, face time and staying in touch in meaningful ways. It's time to spend more time in the real world!

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


50 Top Luxury Real Estate Markets in the USA: Big Sky & Bozeman, Montana

The great outdoor lifestyle, with its myriad of recreational activities, is highly revered among those who live and play in Big Sky and the nearby, upscale enclaves of Bozeman, Montana.  The spirit of this area was captured in the film, A River Runs Through It.  Shot on location in Montana, it starred Brad Pitt and was directed by Robert Redford. You get the sense that nature actually takes on the leading role in the story and fly fishing, becomes a path to zen-like meditation.

According to Martha Johnson, “Fly fishing in the Big Sky area is centered around the Gallatin River. You have a choice of five blue-ribbon trout streams. Because we are located close to the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park, it is not uncommon to observe a herd of elk walk by or a moose because we are in the migration corridor of Yellowstone.  In the winter, the snow is like down feathers. You use a broom instead of shovel to clear it from your porch”

“Everyone in the Bozeman- Big Sky area is here by choice, says. Robyn Erlenbush. “There are experiences to be had here like nowhere else in the USA.  For example, if exclusivity is what you seek, Yellow Stone Club, a private residential community,  may be perfect for you. Where else can you find ‘’Private Powder’ skiing?”

Denise Andres says, “Bozeman is a university town (MSU) teaming with intellectual vibrancy and vitality. Retirees love university towns like ours. There is so much to do here. For example, we have regularly scheduled art walks and music on Main Street.The Bridger Bowl ski area is only 20 minutes from downtown. People here smile a lot because they generally are not stressed”.

“The Big Sky Ski and Summer Resort offers best of class skiing that spans across three interconnected mountains with over 5,000 acres, 4000 vertical feet and  220 trails.  We get over 400 inches of snow annually.” Karen add,  “ Big Sky is known for having ‘the Biggest Skiing in America”, says Karen Davids.

According to Ernie Hall,”The average number of skiers on a busy day in Big Sky is about 5000 which  means one skier per acre. With high speed quad lifts there literally are no lift lines!  That means you can get more skiing packed into a single day”. 

“There are no ‘big box’ retailers in Big Sky. Main street in Bozeman still has the western Montana charm and it is thriving! , says Ania Bulis. “As a ski resort area, we do not have a big city draw like Denver, for example. Bozeman only has about 60,000 people. However,, according to Don Pilotte, “ We do have the most skiable terrain in the USA; it is very much like the Alps in Europe in that regard.And, it is built on private land”. 

“Locals treasure the simplicity of life in Big Sky”, says Eric Ossorio. “For that reason it is self-selective in terms of who is attracted to the area. We have a saying here:   ‘If we don't have it we don't need it‘.

According to Jerry Pape, “There still are cowboys in Montana who ride horses, wear cowboy hats and participate in rodeos.  It occurred to me early on that we do not sell real estate here in Big Sky.   We sell big dreams! “ 

“One of our greatest assets in Big Sky is wide open space”, says Shawna Winter . “The views  are simply majestic; I just want to be outdoors”.

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.