Luxury Portfolio Magazine Publishes New Digital Edition

Well this is certainly something to brag about via our blog: Two of our magnificent Bennion & Deville listings grace the new online pages of the latest edition of Luxury Portfolio’s biannual magazine, now in digital format too!

Bennion & Deville Fine Homes Inc.Bennion & Deville have long been members of Luxury Portfolio, a network comprised of the best locally-branded brokerage companies and associates in the world and a comprehensive marketing program available exclusively for real estate companies that are part of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® network.   The targeted distribution of their magazine – hard copies are sent directly to a highly affluent audience in over 40 countries – as well as their many online and print marketing tools and advertising help us to broaden our advertising reach and expose some of our high end listings to a much wider audience of potential buyers around the world.  Now offered digitally in a fresher and more contemporary layout, Luxury Portfolio helps us to further our advertising reach to include more long term exposure of the properties we market in this way.

This beautiful magazine generally features a sampling of some of the exceptional homes that are part of the Luxury Portfolio collection.  February’s edition highlights homes in areas that include Paris, New England, the California Coast, Lake Tahoe, New Zealand, Sardinia and Dubai, and offers readers unique insights into what luxury means in different areas through interviews with local experts, area highlights and lifestyle features.

Bennion and Deville Seattle Homes for SaleBennion and Deville Seattle Real Estate AgentsYou can view the latest edition of the Luxury Portfolio International®  Magazine online here or pick up a copy  in select international first class airline lounges or a Barnes & Noble stores near you!  Be sure to check out the Bennion and Deville listings on pages 92 and 96 that include a stunning Capitol Hill colonial (now SOLD) and a fantastic downtown Seattle penthouse at 5th & Madison with dramatic views of Puget Sound, Elliot Bay and Seattle’s city lights.

To learn more about this network, please visit www.LuxuryPortfolio.com.

Juicebox Sways Seattleites into Juicing

It’s the New Year and 2014 is sure to bring promise for the future, and new beginnings. Every year millions of people make New Year’s Resolutions to get those new beginnings up and running. The most popular resolutions typically have an end goal of weight loss and living a healthier lifestyle. New to Capitol Hill is the health-infused juice bar, Juicebox. Their goal is to help keep your lifestyle changes on track.

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Photo via www.CapitolHillSeattle.com

Juicebox is run by Kari Brunson, a former ballet performer  turned line cook, and Brandin Myett the former sous chef at La Bete, and How to Cook a Wolf. The concept originally came to life at Seattle’s own Broadway Farmers Market located at the corner of Broadway Ave E and E Pine St at the Seattle Central Community College (open Sundays 11am until 3pm). In November of 2012 Juicebox opened a popup location in La Bete. Every Thursday and Friday from 7am to 1pm Juicebox whipped up its adventurous concoctions to serve to thirsty patrons. November 18th of last year brought Juicebox to its brick and mortar home, here in Capitol Hill.

In addition to having their own cleanse, Juicebox is an organic juice bar and cafe that serves organic cold-pressed, small batch, raw juices. Each contains approximately two or more pounds of fresh and local produce. Their breakfast and lunch menu is vegetable based cuisine. They offer one, three or five (or more) day consecutive juice cleanses.

Before you start any drastically different diet regimens it is important to consult a professional. Juicebox has gone ahead and take this step out for you. Their resident nutrition consultant leads the guided cleanse and is there to help with any questions you may have about their various cleanses.

The vegetable-based morning and lunch menus are updated daily to ensure the freshest and most seasonal products are being used. Their extensive drink menu consists of several different varieties to wet your whistle. Sips are cold-pressed juices such as the Blood Julius, this tasty treat contains carrots, blood orange, and turmeric root. They also offer three different Blendeds. One such drink (listed as a) on the menu) is made from cocoa nib, banana, date, and almond. For the less adventurous they also offer coffee and teas. The teas are listed as Remedy Teas and contain flavors such as Ginger Zest, or Precious Eyebrows Green. If you are in a hurry and need a small pick me up, they also offer ginger shots that are made with local raw honey.

This new addition to the already bustling Capitol Hill area is a welcomed one, and will continue to contribute to the growing diversity and expansion of this beloved neighborhood.  Just stepping into their beautiful space makes you feel better, and the juices we’ve tried so far are delicious to boot!

Juicebox is located at 1517 12th Ave. Suite 100 Seattle, WA 98122
Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8AM to 4PM. Saturday-Sunday starting at 10AM to 4PM.
You can call ahead for pick up at 206-607-7866, they ask that for large orders you allow for at least 30-45 minutes for your order to be filled.

Price Reduction- Premier Penthouse in acclaimed Mosler Lofts, Belltown

This morning’s price reduction on one of Seattle`s most unique and coveted penthouses means a fantastic buying opportunity to purchase the custom designed penthouse in the highly acclaimed Mosler Lofts.  Featuring 2,000 square feet on 2 levels, Penthouse Two is a combination of luxury living and loft drama, creating an absolute dream living environment.

Now offered at $1,895,000
Penthouse for sale Seattle Bennion & Deville
Walk through the massive walnut and steel front door to “Wow.” Expansive spaces, panoramic views and custom craftsmanship are reflected in every aspect of the home`s finishes. Floor-to-ceiling windows on two walls embrace vistas stretching from Elliott Bay and the Olympics to Lake Union and the Cascades, all with the iconic Space Needle in the foreground. The grand floor plan maximizes views and natural light. Custom designed for the original owner by Seattle Architect Gordon Walker, the home boasts soaring19 foot ceilings, custom finished concrete floors, specialty gallery-style art walls, and a gas fireplace. Beautiful imported and specialty fixtures throughout, the unique design combines intimate places with grand spaces for both daily livability and entertaining for the most discriminating guests. Open the wall of windows to the wrap-around terrace adding a magical experience to every soiree.

Step into the commercial grade kitchen with hand crafted custom cabinetry, stainless steel counters, marble tables, and European appliances. Ready for the cook of the house, or your personal caterer, the kitchen is a chef`s dream featuring side-by-side dishwashers, two ovens, warming drawer, ice machine, wine refrigerator, and built-in espresso machine.

An elegant private master suite highlights the home with spectacular views, built-in cabinets, and a spa style bathroom featuring a soaking tub, huge shower and floating vessel sinks.

Additional features include a powder room appointed in Jerusalem stone. A dramatic circular staircase leading upstairs to a second bedroom/den and three-quarter bath. Custom designed sounds system with built-in speakers, specialty lighting throughout and a security system. The secured underground parking garage affords two parking spaces for cars and two for motorcycles plus a spacious, private access storage room.Bennion & Deville Fine Homes Seattle Real Estate Agents

Moser Lofts was the first high-rise building in Seattle to receive the coveted Silver LEED certification for its innovative green building practices and was the most awarded residential building in the country in 2008. The Seattle Post Intelligencer deemed it “the most interesting and provocative high-rise to appear in Seattle since World War II.”

The building`s lobby is inviting for guests and residents alike. It offers a sitting area with a fireplace set in a majestic bronzed steel surround, an exposed brick wall, built-in cabinetry and a television. A hanging sculpture comprised of three giant mosaic glass rings defines the space. Other amenities for residents include a roof-top deck with barbecue grill and fire-pit, business center, exercise room, guest suite, secured points of entry throughout and concierge service.

Moser Lofts is located at the north end of Belltown, the vibrant downtown residential neighborhood prized for its trendy boutiques and some of Seattle`s best restaurants, and just blocks from Myrtle Edwards Park, SAM Olympic Sculpture Park and the Seattle Center.

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Sold!! A Cozy Cabin just in time for Christmas

SOLD! One lucky family gets to cozy up to this cabin in the woods of Lopez Island for Christmas!  Set on over 4 acres of land, this home was a true Lopez standout and the perfect cabin for a quiet getaway to gaze at the stars, enjoy wildlife right outside your front door and wake up in the morning to a peaceful water or wooded view with complete privacy to enjoy the beauty that surrounds it.

Bennion & Deville Fine HomesProperty Features:

  • 4.5 baths
  • 4.2 Acres
  • 1 fireplace
  • Guest house
  • 400+ feet of high-bank waterfront on Salmon Point
  • Media room
  • Bonus Room
  • Large view terraceScreen Shot 2013-12-23 at 2.27.07 PM

Thank you for working with the Bennion & Deville Fine Homes team, and Merry Christmas!

“Here’s wishing you a new home filled with joy and cheer, bringing you happiness year after year.”

-Bennion & Deville Team.

SOLD! – Magnolia Georgian Revival

We are thrilled to announce that this magnificent Magnolia property is now home to a new family!

Seattle Real Estate Agent Bob Bennion WindermereSet on more than half an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds with panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, this home was designed by noted architect Joseph Cote and built in 1915.  The 6,270-sq-ft, 3-level home has a commanding presence.  With extensive restorations completed in 2012, desired amenities, sophisticated interiors and jaw dropping views, this house will make a fabulous home to its new owners and a beautiful addition to the neighborhood for years to come.

Thank you for working with the Bennion & Deville team!

Simply Seattle – Foggy Lake Union & Seattle’s Houseboat Community

We passed through Seattle’s Lake Union houseboat community on the way to work this morning just to snap a picture or two of the jaw-dropping view on lake.  With the slow change of seasons from summer to fall complete, and this cold front having moved in entirely, the bright winter sun we’ve been so lucky to hold on to almost all the way through November showed off Seattle in all it’s sparkly glory again this morning.

Nestled between Downtown, Elliot Bay and Lake Washington, Lake Union’s light almost seems to creep in westward through the Montlake Cut, beneath both bridges to begin tackling the thick fog bank that looms over the lake many mornings and brightening the rest of the city.  This morning’s fog was spectacular, in the early hours, it hid the lake entirely, breaking up as the sun rolled over Capitol Hill and started to illuminate Queen Anne’s Eastern face.  Later morning revealed a still, shimmering surface dotted with kayakers and reflecting the beginnings of a sleepy Seattle skyline. The effects were almost ethereal, and we captured the moment for some further bragging via the blogosphere.

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Bennion & Deville Fine Homes Inc Seattle Lake Union View, Gasworks Park

Seattle Skyline Space Needle, Bennion & Deville

 

Celebrating Stacey Zorzi’s 15th Anniversary with Bennion & Deville Fine Homes

Bennion & Deville Fine Homes, WindermereThis week Stacey Zorzi celebrates her 15-year anniversary with the Bennion & Deville Fine Homesteam in Seattle. Since joining the team as transaction manager in 1999, Zorzi has become an integral part of the company’s success as Bennion and Deville Fine Homes has evolved into a hallmark example of a progressive, luxury real estate team serving all of Seattle, the Eastside, and the greater Puget Sound region.

Prior to working for Bennion and Deville Fine Homes’ owners Bob Bennion and Bob Deville, Zorzi was a licensed real estate assistant for an agent on the Eastside. When a position became available withBennion & Deville in 1999, she took the opportunity. “I was attracted to the position because even at the time, the Bobs were known as this successful, dynamic duo that were selling all these homes. I loved being busy and I was really thrilled about being a part of a wonderful team that had such a great reputation.” Zorzi was hired as a transaction manager for her strong passion for helping people solve problems and achieve their goals, as well as her demonstrated ability to understand the unique needs and demands of real estate clients.

Zorzi has assisted Bennion & Deville Fine Homes in achieving many years of success. Her dedication in focusing on the special needs of their clients has been well rewarded, earning them a highly loyal clientele. “She is a true model of consistency for both the company and our clients,” says Bob Bennion, president and co-owner of Bennion & Deville Fine Homes. “She places incredible value on her relationships with people and that’s the bar she has set on our team. She has used her depth of experience and capability to care for our clients and to really help us grow the business into what it has become today.”

Fifteen years, and over 600 transactions amounting to more than $750,000,000 in sales, Zorzi has helped thousands of clients settle into Seattle homes.

“We spend so much time with our clients at integral points in their life that we develop these relationships with them that fall under very unique circumstances. When a deal closes, as a joke I often say to people ‘we’re not breaking up, we’re just moving on,’” says Zorzi. “I have met so many amazing people over the years that have become friends. Working at the tail-end of getting a deal closed means I work hard to represent the Bobs and our team to make sure that clients leave with the best experience possible. Getting to celebrate milestones in their lives as they return to us for business when they get married, have children, move in other directions, etc. is truly a blessing.”

In small, tight knit communities like Seattle’s, reputation means a lot. Bennion & Deville have long been recognized for their commitment to their clients, as well as the professionalism, reliability and integrity with which they conduct business. As organizations often take on the personality of those who work for them, Stacey is no exception to this reputation. “She is an amazing person on many, many levels,” says Bob Bennion. “She always considers the client’s needs before her own, makes her schedule accommodate theirs, and will work any hour of the day on behalf of a buyer or a seller. She approaches every day with enthusiasm and determination and that kind of attitude is infectious in this business.”

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Stacey Zorzi celebrates her 15th anniversary with the Bennion & Deville team & Windermere coworkers Evan Wyman, Mary Snyder & Jane Johnson at the Georgian in Seattle.

Most importantly, Zorzi gets the job done. As a Seattle native, she has extensive knowledge of Seattle and the Eastside areas. She specializes in closing and securing transactions with buyers and sellers who can be assured, based on her guidance and the efforts of Bennion & Deville’s full service team, that their transactions will close on schedule and smoothly.

“I have felt humbled and lucky every day to have lived out a career with the Bobs. Over the years they have built up my confidence level and taught me so much about the business for which I could not be more grateful,” concluded Zorzi. “We work so hard to provide clients with the best experience possible and I could only be so lucky to work with such a wonderful team for many years to come.”

Bennion & Deville Broker’s Open- Heart of Washington Park

Join the Bennion & Deville Fine Homes team for a broker’s open today at this 4,550 square foot charmer in the heart of Washington Park.  Situated on an unbelievably private lot with gorgeous Lake Washington and Mountain views, this one’s not to be missed!  We hope you’ll stop by….

Thursday, October 3rd, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Bennion and Deville Fine Homes Washington ParkArea: Washington Park
Bob Bennion Washington ParkAddress: 453 McGilvra Boulevard East
City: Seattle
NWMLS: 542640  List Price: $1,495,000
Status: Available
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.75
Heat: Gas
Year Built: 1947
Square Feet: 4550
Lot Size: 7,000 SF

Bennion and Deville Washington Park Home

Luxe Portfolio Increases Presence In Chinese Market

First Issue of Unique Homes China, Bennion & Deville

As members of exclusive luxury marketing partner, Luxury Portfolio International, “the largest global network of premier locally branded companies dominated by many of the world’s most powerful independent luxury brokerages,” Bennion & Deville Fine Homes Inc. has the ability to provide exposure of our luxury properties to high-net-worth individuals on a global scale.  Through assisting us in providing exposure through online videos, slideshows, verbiage translated into 9 languages, and beautiful print campaigns our membership with Luxury Portfolio allows us to connect with a powerful worldwide network to market our listings.

With a growing number of Chinese buyers penetrating the U.S. real estate market, it is ever more important for us to market properties to the full scope of prospective buyers, including internationally.  As the Chinese are now second only to the Canadians when it comes to buying real estate in the United States, we have recognized an increased need for more property exposure among Chinese buyers.

Why Chinese are buying U.S. real estate – Video – Business News.

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Thankfully, the first ever Unique Homes China is fresh off the press.  Luxury Portfolio recently released a statement stating that they were “proud to be a part the inaugural issue with premier placement in the front, inside cover as part of our continuing effort to develop our brand in this ever-important nation. China’s staggering number of affluent individuals, today over 1 million millionaires, has positioned it as a key force in the global luxury real estate market.”

Unique Homes China is due to be published bi-monthly and made available in all major cities throughout the region, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

We look forward to having the opportunity to potentially market more of our home listings on a more global basis through Luxury Portfolios increased involvement with Unique Homes China in 2014.

Check out the online copy of the first edition of Unique Homes China!

In Love With Ikat

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Source: www.MadelineWeinrib.com

One of our favorite artisanal textile designers, Madeline Weinrib launched her beautiful, and wildly inspiring ecommerce site just a few weeks ago and we’re all a flurry with IKAT.  Creator of colorful rugs and patterned pillows, Madeline is widely known for her embrace of rich hues, deep earthly tones and her devotion to pattern in design.

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Source: www.MadelineWeinrib.com

Inspired by her wide global travel, the bits and pieces she’s collected, global artists and her own artistic passion, Madeline paints AND creates this beautiful eclectic mix of vintage textiles, colorful fabrics, tapestries and other pieces that we’re dying to dot our homes with.  The kicker?  She’s the great-granddaughter of the founder of the land of our collective design dreams, New York’s famed ABC Carpet & Home (think twinkly chandeliers, plush rugs, exotic décor).  Needless to say, her ardor for beautiful furnishings and home design has obviously been well-groomed…incase you weren’t already sold.

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Source: www.MadelineWeinrib.com

An little on Madeline from her new website: “Admired by tastemakers worldwide, Madeline Weinrib works closely with artisans from around the world to preserve the integrity of centuries old techniques, while applying her contemporary perspective to resonate with today. Inspired by the past, celebratory of the present, Madeline creates timeless heirlooms for the future.”

With Madeline in mind, this week we thought we’d dig up a few IKAT-inspired pieces in all price ranges…

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Bennion & Deville’s IKAT picks.

Sources: 1. Rug: Rugshaq.com  2. Pillow: Walmart  3. Throw: In2Green  4. Chair: Etsy 5. Tray Table: One Kings Lane 6. Bowls: West Elm