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By Engel & Völkers Siena

The magic of Chianti pours persuasively from the bottles of that wine which the whole world envies. The modern history of “Chianti Classico began in the 19th century with the “father” of modern vine growing and winemaking in Chianti who was the inspiration for production discipline: baron Ricasoli.

This land’s ancestral links with vine and wine was recently confirmed by an archaeological find in the area: some seeds of “Vitis Vinifera” dating to 23 centuries ago. Then in the late middle ages vineyards played a leading part in agriculture and the economy.

Derivation of the word Chianti, according to a 790 document in the abbey of San Bartolomeo in Ripoli, is hard to identify: probably it evolved from the Latin clangor,

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

A Guide to the Cannes Film Festival

This week marks the beginning of one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival. From May 17-28, the world’s biggest film fans and entertainment’s brightest stars will descend upon the Boulevard de la Croisette to take part in red carpet extravaganzas and to review the newest films competing for the Festival’s ultimate prize, the Palm d’Or.

The film that receives the Palm d’Or prize is decided by a select group of notable figures in film who make up the Cannes Jury. This year’s jury is headed by director Pedro Almodóvar and includes actors Jessica Chastain, Will Smith and Uma Thurman.

Forty-nine films in all, representing 29

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

We’re planning our summer travel agenda and are more than ready to stretch out warm weekends for trips to nearby cities. A weekend spent in a different city is the most amazing excuse to forget about beach bod goals and to dig in on the nation’s best grub. If you’re like us and enjoy traveling to eat, there’s no better way to do it than first getting inspired by regional cuisines.

Here are our summer destination ideas based on some of the U.S. and Canada’s best signature dishes. Share and experience what locals love about each of their cities, and if you’re not hungry yet—you will be. 
 

San Francisco

Keeping your taste buds happy in Silicon Valley will not be difficult, as long as you don’t get distracted by the

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

What do Beyoncé Knowles, Demi Lovato, Mischa Barton, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Venus Williams all have in common? They all bought homes for their moms. For celebrities and the ultra-wealthy, buying Mom a home for Mother’s Day sounds like a doable gift. For everyone else, it doesn’t hurt to have a #inspo list, because you never know ... those singing and tennis lessons may eventually pay off. For the next celebrity superstar, here are five homes we think moms would love.

 

For the Movie-Going Mom

Whether it’s to binge on Netflix, watch the Cannes Film Festival prize winners, or simply enjoy the best movies for Mother’s Day, this home movie theater is designed to look like the real thing with the added comfort of

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By Julie Pellestor, Intern from France

Like with any large country, houses in France come in all different shapes, sizes and materials. There is no single “French home” when it comes to architecture and design. However, there are features that are distinct and more common than most. They’re hard to notice if you’re there for too short a time, however, if you’ve been there as long as I have, they are easy to spot. Should you ever consider moving to France and are in search of authentic design and home features, here are a few to get you started.

Rooftops

The Parisian rooftops are truly distinct and recognized around the world. They are designed for maximum light, most likely adorned with chimneys  and are made of zinc, which has been the

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By Elisa Kim

Based on realtor.com®’s recently released Active Spring Home Shoppers Report, bigger is not better when it comes to desirable homes on the market during this peak homebuying season. After looking at purchasing goals, desirable features and particular rooms that shoppers have their eyes set on when browsing for potential dream homes, realtor.com suggests that sellers zoom in on key areas if they’re looking to list or wanting to make wise updates that’ll help their home’s value in the long run.

Here are some key takeaways from the report to get in the mindset of this season’s homebuyers and to help you evaluate your home’s major assets:

Buyers Like Shiny Things

Splurging on that double-pro, stainless steel Viking range was totally

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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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The Rules of the Game of Polo

by Charles Kim

As far back as 2,000 years, a team of up to 100 riders on horseback faced another team of similar size, across a great field. With long mallets in hand they played a version of polo that was actually training for war. Today, polo is considered one of the most dangerous sports in the world and has a reputation as a pastime among the rich and famous. 


In a modern day polo match, riders on horseback chase down a ball travelling over 100 miles per hour, across an area as long as three football fields. With mallets held high, their aim is to ultimately thwack the ball further and faster toward the goal for a score.

Why Polo?

The sport of polo is very much part of the Engel & Völkers brand. There’s

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In today’s technologically saturated world, trends come and go faster than ever.

As customers continue to demand immersive experiences, it becomes more evident virtual reality (VR) is here to stay. With VR, possibilities seem to be endless: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has already implemented 3D images in newsfeeds, and Facebook’s most recent launch of Facebook 360 incorporates 360-degree video into live streaming. Video sites like Vimeo and YouTube have also adopted 360 content for viewing.

The evolution of the web has been fast-paced and innovative. Web 1.0 featured images and text (think Yahoo, AOL), Web 2.0 had images, text, and videos (Social Media) and now we’re on the brink of Web 3.0 — a digital world with

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By Charles Kim

There is a vast selection of online resources ready to show you a number of new homes for sale right now. But before you begin clicking on photos of indoor pools and home cinemas, the best first step is to find out how much mortgage you can afford, according to Leah Tozer, from Engel & Völkers Long Beach, New York. 

Leah recently joined two other top real estate executives at a round table sponsored by Chase to discuss home buying tips for the serious buyer.

"At the end of the day, it's more important for me to know [my clients] are not eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day and that they actually have a life," Tozer says. "Getting someone a place to live is more than just the property itself. It's the

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