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Engel & Völkers Making a Splash in the United States

The popular European Hamburg-based luxury real estate group is rapidly making their presence in the Southwest and West part of the United States. Real estate agent Roxann Taylor & Associates joins EV as the first franchise in Texas.

And Texas isn’t the only area jumping on board with Engel & Völkers. Paul Benson recently moved from Summit Sotheby’s International Realty to join Engel & Völkers in Park City, Utah.

“They are more established globally in 6 of 7 continents,” says Paul Benson. ” And they are much more customer service oriented.”

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Roxann Taylor & Associates Joins Engel & Völkers Luxury Real Estate Network as First Franchise in Texas

OPEN HOUSE EVENT | Modern Industrial Meets Organic Rustic Mountain Masterpiece!

21 Canyon Court, Park City Utah
Tuesday October 21st, 2014 – 4:00PM – 7:00PM


Join us for Wine & Appetizers and preview this magnificent newly finished home in Thanes Canyon. Surrounded by Aspens trees in the coveted neighborhood of Aspen Springs Ranch, Park City, this in-town spectacularly designed mountain estate exemplifies the inner play of modern and industrial meets organic and rustic chic. Enjoy breathtaking 360 degree mountain and valley views through accordion style wall to ceiling windows all throughout the home, bringing the outdoors within. The use of stone, steel and natural wood throughout the home create an organic feel and a seamless indoor/outdoor flow. Incredible finishes and features of this home include porcelain floor imported from Italy, radiant heat throughout the main living areas, and heat recovery ventilation to name a few. The design of this home is highly energy efficient.

Paul Benson Recognized as Master Networker By Luxury Real Estate Peers

SEATTLE, WA USA – Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate’s Annual Fall Conference took place from Sunday, October 5th to Wednesday, October 8th in Boston, Massachusetts at The Fairmont Copley PlazaSaul Cohen, president and co-founder of Hammond Residential Real Estate, was honored with the Luxury Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award during the event’s Gala Dinner & Awards Presentation. Keynote speakers included Kipp Bodnar of HubSpot, who discussed inbound marketing principles and tactics, and Kermit Baker from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, who shared insight on current housing trends.

Members of the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network participated in expert panel discussions on a diverse range of topics including working with international buyers, the latest technologies to win and market a listing and cultivating your network by leveraging your connections to grow your business. More targeted discussions led by Luxury Real Estate members and partners included negotiating from a number of different perspectives, technology tips to sell more real estate, current findings on Chinese real estate investment, marketing a lifestyle for resort destinations, how to find and activate the top 1%ers and tips on growing your business to the next level while keeping a healthy work/life balance.

The Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents was honored at this year’s Fall Conference, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the brand, and met preceding the event for further networking opportunities and a presentation from Jim Gardner of The Wall Street Journal on luxury real estate insights. Sponsors and local hosts of the conference included Hammond Residential Real EstateConcierge AuctionsThe Wall Street JournalUnique HomesduPont RegistryGibson Sotheby’s International Realty and Empower Consulting Group.

In addition to Saul Cohen, recipients of the Luxury Real Estate Awards include: Best App: Harry Norman, Realtors; Best Brand Integration: Towne Realty Group; Best Digital Marketing: The Invidiata Team; Best Industry Networking: Tim Savage; Best Overall Marketing Package: Concierge Auctions; Best Print Marketing: Carmel Realty Company; Best Video:Jon Wade; Best Website: Handsome Properties; Billionaires Club: Joe BabajianMauricio UmanskyCreig NorthropJohn KlemishElizabeth StriblingGeorge Damianos and Malcolm Dingle; Extraordinary Philanthropist: Jim Walberg; Highest Average Sales Price: Stribling & Associates; Master Networker: Colleen OlsonJulia HoaglandLisa James OttoPaul BensonDenise PruittKirsten JohnsonJoseph HimaliJohn StoughScott Maizlish and Edgar Van Schaik; Most Innovative Marketing Technique: Resources Real Estate; Most Outbound Referrals: Waterfront Properties and Club Communities; Outstanding Development: The Greenbrier Sporting Club; Outstanding Rookie: Farrah Aldjufrie; Outstanding Social Media Savvy: Lila Delman Real Estate; Significant Sales: Eleanor FarnsworthMauricio Umansky,Nancy PandolfiConcierge AuctionsFaith WilsonStephanie Mallios and Brian Hazen.

The 19th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference is hosted by Luxury Real Estate Chairman/Publisher, John Brian Losh, and is one of four annual invitation-only events that bring together the most prominent luxury brokers from across the globe to discuss current real estate trends.

Source: LuxuryRealestate.com

REDUCED BY 1 MILLION | Big Cottonwood Canyon Masterpiece on 6.5 Acres


Reduced to $5,995,000 , this one-of-a kind home won’t last! Nestled Seamlessly into the mountainside near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, this magnificent home designed by nationally recognized Guy Dreier sits on approximately 6.5 acres of private land offering one of Salt Lake City’s most visually stunning addresses. Enjoy breathtaking canyon, mountain and city views from large expansive, wall to ceiling windows throughout the house. No expense has been spared in this modern 5 bedroom, 5 bath home (with guest house) backing up to thousands of acres of conservation land. Features include an inviting living room with bar and formal dinning room capturing city and mountain views from every angle. There is a gourmet chef’s kitchen with state of the art appliances leading to a family room with informal dining area. A wine cellar, work out room, fire pit, basketball court, hot tub and pool compliment this one of a kind home, only 12 miles from Solitude and Brighton ski resorts, 35 minutes to Park City and 20 minutes from SLC Int’l Airport.  Call us for a private showing!

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OPEN HOUSE | Fabulous Ski-In Ski-Out Home at the Canyons Resort

2325 Red Pine Canyon Rd Park City Utah
Wednesday October 8th, 2014 ~ 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Join us for delicious Charcuterie from Whole Foods and preview this beautiful Ski-In/Ski-Out and Golf-In/Golf-Out home located in The Timbers with views of the ski trails and Uintah mountains. Walking distance to the Canyons and Village Center which includes the premier location in all of the Canyons. This mountain contemporary home sits on .49 acres and offers a three car heated-attached garage, balcony, decks, heated driveway and walkway. The home is 8,644 SF and consists of six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two laundry facilities, theater room, wine cellar and a gym. The interior offers custom cabinetry and built-ins, radiant heat throughout, wood burning and gas starting fireplaces, beams, vaulted ceilings, lots of natural light and a lower level is a walk out. Listed at $4,950,000-


DEER VALLEY RESORT, PARK CITY, UTAH (October 3, 2014) – Deer Valley Resort has entered into an agreement to purchase Solitude Mountain Resort and will begin operating the resort on May 1, 2015.

“Solitude is an incredible resort and provided a huge opportunity for us to expand our offerings right here in Utah,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort. “Solitude is in unique position with their widely varied terrain that attracts both local and destination skiers. We are ecstatic to be able to add the resort to the Deer Valley® family.”

“The DeSeelhorst family has enjoyed being a part of Solitude’s history for almost 40 years. We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish at the resort and in our mountain community,” said Dave DeSeelhorst, owner and general manager of Solitude Mountain Resort. “We feel very fortunate for the opportunity to have worked with so many amazing people in our industry and most importantly being able to work with our incredible staff at Solitude over the years. It is exciting to pass on this unique and beautiful resort to one of the best resort operators in the country, Deer Valley.”

For the upcoming 2014-15 ski season, Solitude will operate as usual under the leadership of the DeSeelhorst family. To foster the most effective and strategic change over, select Deer Valley staff will work alongside Solitude staff during the next six months to evaluate resort operations and gain knowledge about the Solitude brand and culture. Deer Valley will then take full ownership of Solitude Mountain Resort on May 1, 2015.

Why did Deer Valley Resort enter into an agreement to purchase Solitude Mountain Resort?
Deer Valley recognized a great opportunity to expand within the Utah market by adding Solitude Mountain Resort to the Deer Valley family. Solitude is an incredible resort, with both family friendly and expert terrain, and we are sincerely excited to begin working with the staff.

Amount Paid? Assets acquired?
This is a private acquisition.

How will this purchase change the experience at Solitude?
It will be business as usual, run by the DeSeelhorst family, at Solitude for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Deer Valley recognizes Solitude’s unique position in both the local and destination markets and acknowledges that we have much to learn about the current operation and brand position. Consequently, we will have select Deer Valley staff work hand in hand with Solitude staff this winter to share knowledge.

Does current Solitude staff need to worry about their employment?
Deer Valley does not anticipate any major changes in staffing at Solitude at this time.

Will snowboarding still be available at Solitude? How about the Brighton connection? 
Deer Valley plans to continue allowing snowboarding at Solitude and keep the Brighton connection in place.

What about One Wasatch? Now that Deer Valley intends to own Solitude does a connection from Big Cottonwood Canyon to Deer Valley, instead of Park City Mountain Resort, make more sense?
One Wasatch has been analyzed over the years and the present lift alignment recently released by Ski Utah seems to make the most sense.

Will it become a mini-Deer Valley?
Although Deer Valley will bring some of our service oriented and operational philosophies to the resort we do not plan to rebrand Solitude as another Deer Valley.

Will the name change?
At most, Deer Valley would make a small adjustment to the name to let current guests and potential visitors know the resort is now part of the Deer Valley family. We believe there is a lot of awareness and brand equity in the Solitude name.

Will there be a reciprocal arrangement for skiing benefits between Solitude and Deer Valley Resort?
Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort full season pass holders will receive four ski days at each respective resort. Deer Valley midweek pass holders will be given two passes valid, Monday through Friday, at Solitude for the coming season. Holiday restrictions will apply: December 24, 2014 – January 2, 2015; January 17 – 19, 2015 and February 14 – 16, 2015.

Will Solitude be added to the Wasatch Benefit program? 
Deer Valley anticipates the Wasatch Benefit program will remain as announced in September with shared lift privileges for select season pass holders between Alta, Deer Valley and Snowbird.

Will lift ticket, locals and season pass prices increase dramatically due to the purchase of Solitude by Deer Valley?
There will be no changes to the lift and season pass rates announced by Solitude for the 2014-15 season. Moving forward, Deer Valley Resort will analyze past resort performance, operational expenses and projected revenue potential prior to setting rates.

Will Deer Valley bring more capital and marketing investments to Solitude?
Deer Valley will take the next six months to analyze operational and marketing/brand opportunities prior to announcing any capital investments. In addition, Deer Valley will begin promoting the great experience and resort jewel Solitude currently is in spring of 2015.

Does Deer Valley plan on buying any more resorts?
Although Deer Valley is not actively pursuing purchasing another resort, we have always been open to analyzing opportunities that may be a good fit for Deer Valley.

Did Deer Valley purchase Solitude in response to Vail Resorts’ purchase of Park City Mountain Resort and Ian Cumming’s purchase of Snowbird? Absolutely not. Deer Valley has entertained many opportunities to purchase resorts over the years and in the end, those opportunities did not make good business sense. Solitude came to us at the right time and for the right reasons including: the location in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah; past business practice and performance; and great awareness in the local market.

Please contact me if you would like more information on how this will affect the ski real estate market in Utah!


9435 N Alpine Loop Road Sundance Utah
8417 Stewart Drive Sundance Utah

Please join us today from 4-7pm for our Sundance Open House Event at 9435 N Alpine Loop Road for red wine & charcuterie and 8417 Stewart Drive for red wine, pumpkin soup, baguette, and pumpkin pie. ALL attendees will receive a $50 gift card to Ruth’s Chris. Also, you will be entered for a drawing for dinner for two at Ruth’s Chris and a one night stay at Hotel Park City

REDUCED BY 295K | Completely Transformed Colony Home with Spectacular Views

10 White Pine Canyon Rd Park City Utah

Now Listed at $4,999,999- this 6 bedroom, 7 bathroom ski-in ski-out mountain estate, nestled behind aspen and fir trees in gated Colony at White Pine Canyon is perfect for family gatherings, entertainment and relaxation. Recently staged and transformed with new paint and new carpet, this one is a must see! Located only 2 miles from the gate this home provides convenient access to shopping in Historic Old Town Park City and direct access to the Harmony Ski Trail at Canyons Resort, a top 10 ski destination in North America. Boasting panoramic views of the mountains and ski runs, this warm and inviting home offers a gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances leading to an open great room with stone fire place and semi-formal dining room. Vaulted ceilings with large timber trusses, a large lower level game room/family room opening to a patio with hot tub, media room with fire place, ski prep room, mud room, wine cellar, gym, two laundry rooms and 6 fire places compliment this rustic mountain estate. Call us for a showing!

SIGNIFICANT PRICE REDUCTION ~ Distinctive Ski-In , Ski-Out Bald Eagle Home with Spectacular Views!

7975 Bald Eagle Drive Park City Utah

REDUCED by $ 1.6 MILLION – Nestled behind the private gates of prestigious Bald Eagle Club in sought after Upper Deer Valley, this luxurious 12,500 square ft. ski-in ski-out mountain retreat on 1.5 acres, offers dramatic views of Deer Valley’s renowned Bald Mountain, and mountain views all the way to Snow Basin with direct ski access to Rising Star and Roamer ski runs. No expense has been spared in this warm and inviting 8 bedroom, 8 full bath, 2 half bath home with richly appointed finishes, designed and built by award winning local architect firm Otto/Walker and Sletta Construction. A distinctive timber and natural stone central staircase leads you into an open living area boasting expansive windows with inspiring mountain views, a gourmet chef’s kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and an adjoining dinning room with seating for 22. Six fireplaces, a home theatre, fitness room, wine cellar, ski lounge with ski prep room and spa/hot tub compliment this must see luxury mountain retreat. Call us at 435.640.7441 for a private showing!

JUST LISTED | Stunning Modern Home in Sought After Quarry Mountain Ranch

1032 Quarry Mountain Way Park City Utah

Spectacular one level modern home, ideally situated with frontline views of the Canyons ski resort. Custom designed by architectConstantino Grandjacquet with construction by Sletta Construction, this modern home boasts stunning, crisp, clean lines. Elegant finishes include white oak floors, lambswool carpeting, custom metalwork, crushed glass art central lighting, honed Italian marble flooring, teak veneer cabinets, sleek black sliding barn doors and much more.

Lower ceilings in some rooms create a more intimate feeling. The flow of this beautiful home is very feng shui. Enjoy a showcase, temperature and humidity controlled wine room and intimate cigar bar with ventilation that effectively and efficiently removes smoke.

Just minutes from the Canyons, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley for some world-class skiing. Take advantage of the “Rail Trail” located just steps from the home, allowing access to the entire town and hundreds of miles for horseback riding, biking, hiking, and skate skiing.  Listed at $7,600,000- Call us for a private showing to see this one-of-a-kind home.