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By the Engel & Völkers Team

Go back in time thirty years ago to see what lay between the north of Manhattan and the New York state capital, Albany. To many, the answer was likely “not much” if you were traveling through this area known as the Hudson Valley. Once home to a number of boarded up homes and businesses, today the area is acclaimed for individuals who are reimagining the area: artists. 

The Hudson Valley is seeing a revival along the likes of Brooklyn, New York, earning the nickname “No-Bro” for being home to the emergence of creative lifestyles. Although this transformation is quite recent, the word is already out. Celebrities such as Usher and Katy Perry are known to enjoy the area’s low-key, free-flowing nature, and politician

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By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Often times the home with the most space is, by default, the host location for major holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. Several home reports have indicated that formal dining rooms, however, may become a thing of the past within many millennial households. It’s said that this population would trade in a formal dining space for more functional purposes such as an office or play room. Could this just be an excuse to have Mom or Dad continue to host holidays? Here are a few feast-worthy dining rooms that we wouldn’t dare to trade up – we’ll take the homes, too.

Truckee, California

With this clean design and these views, we are ready to feast! 

Park City, Utah

Intimate, modern, yet

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By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Those familiar with American publishing dynasties may first be intrigued by Gabriela Hearst’s surname, but those who are intimately familiar with fashion’s hottest trends know this trailblazer for her sensuous dresses, textured blazers and timeless skirts created by her namesake luxury design house.

So where does this powerhouse retreat after a long day’s work of spearheading her burgeoning fashion label? For Hearst, it’s her ultra chic brownstone in Manhattan’s West Village which she shares with the rest of her family – her husband Austin and their twins, Mia and Olivia (9), and son, Jack (2).

In between fittings, fabulous events and playtime, GG Magazine had the pleasure of finding time in Hearst’s jam-packed

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

Prince Edward Country is growing from a secluded municipality into a getaway for foodies, techies, artists and adventurers. 'The County’, as locals refer to it, has a rich history in Canada, boasting a number of periods of influence and prosperity. Now, the region has quietly transformed into an under-the-radar arts, tech and foodie enclave. Most notably, it’s a wine country destination, however it also boasts local eateries, innovative tech startups, vintage shops, and one-of-a-kind antiques. Located 2.5 hours east of Toronto, Prince Edward County (PEC) captivates with its ‘grown up summer camp’ vibe and grand Victorian mansions, many of which transformed into modernized country homes. The slow, organic genesis of PEC, has

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

We had the pleasure of chatting with our very own Dean Poritzky, Private Office advisor and license partner of Engel & Völkers Wellesley, to discuss current generational trends and shifts he’s seeing in the Wellesley, Weston and surrounding Boston area real estate markets. Here’s a peek into some of his on-the-ground insight. 

E&V TEAM: Your market is known for having many historic, New England homes (we’re talking homes circa the 17th century). What’s in it for millennials?

PORITZKY: Many millennials are moving from Boston, where many will still work and commute. They're looking to raise their families with more space in quieter neighborhoods, but still visit Boston for work, a night out or a weekend trip. The

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The Top 10 Most Expensive Marinas in Europe

By the Engel & Völkers Team

Life is pretty good if you can own a 55 meter-long yacht and sail around the world, but traveling can be hard on your health. What’s better? Chilling on your multi-million dollar boat any time you want, sipping on some Dom Perignon and laughing at home on the dock with your local friends. To help you decide the best place to park your yacht, Engel & Völkers Yachting recently ranked the top 10 most expensive marinas in Europe, which looked at the daily mooring fees for locations across the world.

Spain’s Ibiza Magna topped the list as the most expensive marina in the ranking, where survey data collected daily fee averages for a 55-meter yacht during the respective locations’

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A Guide to Effortless Home Staging  

By the Engel & Völkers Team

When it comes to looking good, we don’t want to appear as though we tried too hard achieving it—and home staging is no exception. With over 25 years of real estate experience, one of our in-house experts Suzie Doratti of Engel & Völkers Okanagan has also made a name for herself as a home-staging consultant and specifically for being able to capture a home’s laid back, yet sophisticated look. Suzie has given countless homes the kind of je ne sais quoi facelift that makes them inexplicably attractive to potential buyers, so here are a few tips from the pro herself that’ll give your home that certain #WokeUpLikeThis appearance. 

Old and New Work in Harmony

Casual displays don’t

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A Living Symphony

By the Engel & Völkers Team

Piet Oudolf composes internationally acclaimed symphonies. His instruments? Prairie lilies, meadow rue, moor grass and peonies. When it comes to the art of horticulture, Oudolf is often recognized as second to none in the realm of arranging gardens. From orchestrating installations for the Biennale in Venice and Leuvehoofd Park in Rotterdam, to creating more personal, private gardens in the Netherlands (his home country) and Nantucket Island, Oudolf is a master at harmonizing perennials and shrubbery to create dynamic “living pictures.”

New Yorkers have probably come into contact with his work via the city’s ever-popular High Line and Battery Park gardens, which he designed in 2006 and 2003,

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

When we dream of Venice, we imagine ourselves wandering through canals and criss-crossing between neighborhoods, enjoying the historic beauty and culture of the city. Unsurprisingly, so do many others across the globe.

According to Engel & Völkers’ latest Venice market report, the city’s residential property market is witnessing growing demand, especially near areas on the Grand Canal. This is met, however, with a limited availability of homes in the most desirable areas of the city.

“The majority of buyers are looking for a second home in Venice, or an investment property for short-term rental to tourists,” said Mauro Lozza, Managing Director of Engel & Völkers in Venice. Currently, international buyers account for

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

Exceptional customer service is what makes any good company great. In fact, there are many modern day examples of companies across multiple industries becoming lone survivors among their competitors because of this very ideal. Treating people the way they think they should be treated is not enough … it’s about going above and beyond, exceeding expectations and creating customers for life. When you can attract customers versus chase them, a spark ignites creating a contagious culture and experience.

So how does this all start? With leadership, of course. Feeling nostalgic, we decided to take a look back at one of our favorite interviews with the great Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group and known as a visionary

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