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Home and Design

Engel & Völkers presents guides, tips, and tricks for property owners and real estate pros. 

Found 20 entries about Home and Design.

By Katelyn Castellano

Is life truly better on a farm? We think it could be, especially when we're talking about this exquisite pair of luxury properties located in Colts Neck, NJ. Abbey Farm and Windy Hill Farm neighbor one another, separated by 64 acres of fields, ponds and majestic views – each of which border several hundred acres of Bucks Mill Park.

Within an hour drive from Manhattan, and 20 minutes from the beach, this sprawling countryside destination provides something for everyone, possessing their own unique personalities.

Welcome to Abbey Farm

Looking for a $13.5 million stunner? You’ve found it here on Abbey Farm. This 18,000+ square-foot European Style Chateau was inspired by the French castles of Europe and designed to blend the

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By Elisa Kim

These houses are best-in-class when it comes to homes on the market across the U.S. and Canada, and their one common trait has everything to do with green, photosynthesized goodness growing over and all around them. These luxury homes are taking Boston Ivy, Japanese Creepers and deciduous Woodbine to another level to entice prospective homebuyers—and to satisfy those of us who occasionally like to fantasize about owning a mega mansion—because money can indeed grow on trees homes.

From the ultra-trendy Savannah, Georgia and Vancouver, B.C. markets to the ever-exclusive communities of Westlake Village, California and Wellington, Florida, it’s clear that romantic, wild and modestly ivy-covered facades can only add to the value of dream

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By Katelyn Castellano

For many, a second home is where responsibility and stress of the daily grind simply don’t exist. A second home is a realization of your passions, whether it be skiing, beach living, golfing, hiking or simply enjoying the view. It’s a place to make memories and relax with friends and family, so it’s important that it remains a sacred retreat that you continue to dream about and enjoy. Décor and design scheme are important elements of a home’s personality, so here are a few things to consider when decorating your home-away-from-home.

Throw Caution to the Wind

Leave behind any rules you'd usually apply to decorating your home; your second home is the place to have fun. Experiment with light, patterns and colors to create a

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Spring Cleaning Tips to Last Year Round

By Charles Kim


According to a survey by the American Cleaning Institute 72 percent of Americans engage in the ritual of spring cleaning every year. From small apartments to large homes, the ritual is different for everyone. The one thing that should hold true for all is to have a plan. Here’s a list to consider and to start with if this is your first Spring Cleaning effort.

  1. Declutter. From clothing and linens to small appliances, label each item in one of two categories—to keep or not to keep. Keep in mind the local charities that look forward to this time of year for donations. Make sure to clean the spaces that you use for storage before returning the items you choose to keep. And organize what
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By Julie Pellestor 

Warm, dependable fires have kept up humankind for quite some time now, but today’s well-designed, modern fireplaces have proven there’s more to it than just survival. Contemporary fireplaces can provide warm accents, seamlessly blend into the layout of any room or stand out as a striking focal point, so here are some options to consider when you’re looking to warm your fingers and toes on something new and more eye-catching than a wood-burning stove.

Abandon your ax and stop chopping down those trees. As alternatives to a wood-burning fireplace, consider gas or ethanol ones. Powered by natural gas, many gas fireplaces are easy to start and can be operated with the single touch of a button. Their flames give a nice nod to

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By Katelyn Castellano 

Built-in shelves can add grandeur, sophistication and dimension to a room, but they can also hold quite a lot of responsibility. Silly, you say? The modern-day "shelfie" is proof that today's shelves have a whole lot to say about homeowner personality – these aren't your grandmother's bookcases. So if you find yourself face-to-face with a blank canvas, consider using books as your secret design weapon to create the perfect blend of style, charm and identity for your home décor.

  1. Where to Start:
    Browse the books you have in your home that mean something to you. Consider purging or donating some of your guilty pleasure paperbacks and focus on classics or hardcovers that you enjoy and that represent your interests. If you
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There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays than at home where it’s cozy, familiar and where memories live. If you happen to be moving to a new home for the holidays, you may be feeling added levels of emotion, excitement and anxiety. While this time of year can add to the usual stresses of moving, here are a few tips to get you through the holidays and settled into your new home with a bit more ease.

Open up the gift of time


Try to ensure that appointments with movers, landlords, helpers and rental companies are locked in ahead of time. These services get booked early for the holidays and holiday hours mean fewer options. 

Also, to put your mind at ease think about how company-provided holidays can give you the time to move and

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Engel & Völkers, a European-based premium real estate brand, announced today that five of the firm’s United States real estate advisors have been named members of “The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” by REAL Trends, and the The Wall Street Journal, a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications.

The real estate advisors include Paul Benson, Engel & Völkers Park City; Carol Sollak Engel & Völkers Wellington; Shirley Gary, Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta; Roxann Taylor, Engel & Völkers Dallas Southlake; and Lourdes Alatriste, Engel & Völkers Miami. Each one is also a Private Office advisor, an exclusive international network of Engel & Völkers’ top real estate professionals.

“Engel & Völkers’

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Engel & Völkers today announced the recipients of the company’s 2014 North America Awards, honoring the individuals and 10857368_816391628444625_1524968537901003221_oshops that exemplify the core values of the brand. Honorees were unveiled at the brand’s annual Exchange event, hosted at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

“The past year has been nothing short of stellar in terms of growth and activity for our brand in North America as we expanded Engel & Völkers into to new markets in 2014,” said Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Völkers North America. “Our individual shops and advisors have played an integral role in the achievement of these exceptional milestones through their passion and dedication.”

This is the first year that Engel & Völkers has presented the North America

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The month of June proved to show extremely promising real estate news as existing-home sales reached new highs. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) June's existing-home sales reached an annual pace of 5.04 million — the highest pace since October 2013. Additionally, there has been a steady increase in inventory to indicate promise of a stronger and more balanced markEV-DMMBook2012-v12Pd-p20et.

Lawrence Yun, NAR's Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research, said that "inventories are at their highest level in over a year and price gains have slowed to much more welcoming levels in many parts of the country. This bodes well for rising home sales in the upcoming months as consumers are provided with more choices."

From May to June, total

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