International Exposure for Charlotte Real Estate Firm

Ivester Jackson Christie’s International Real Estate with offices in Cornelius, Charlotte, and Asheville North Carolina is gaining international exposure.

Wine Event with Noah May, Reed Jackson, Tracy Davis, Rick Moeser

Prominent Wine Tasting Event

The local real estate firm recently hosted a wine event at two prominent Southpark Estates and is featured in the most recent Christie’s “News for the Network” email newsletter which is sent to more than 1,300  affiliate offices around the world.

The event featured Christie’s Executive Director Rick Moeser who presented on the state of the global luxury real estate market and Christie’s Wine Specialist Noah May who spoke about the Old World and New World chardonnays and pinot noirs.

Villa in Montone, Italy

Featured in Italian Restaurant

On a recent trip to Umbria, Italy Ivester Jackson agent Colleen Ludington was delighted to see the Christie’s Int’l Real Estate magazines in a fabulous hilltop restaurant, Erba Luna, located in Montone, Italy. The magazine features several North Carolina listings. Colleen says, ‘It made me proud to see the truly global reach of our brand!”

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The brochures were provided by the Christie’s affiliate Romolini International Real Estate Agency.

Selling the Luxury Lifestyle

By Lee Steinour – Digital Marketing Manager

When it comes to selling high-end homes real estate agents know buyers are searching for a lifestyle.

Location, Location, Location…and Lifestyle

Selling a home has always been about the location, and in many cases, the location leads to a specific lifestyle, for example, “Luxurious Lake Living.” Charlotte is home to three popular lakes – Lake Norman, Lake Wylie and Mountain Island Lake. Home prices can approach 10 million. High-Quality Photography and Video

We work with the top photographers producing lifestyle videos – highlighting scenic lake views, saltwater spa pools, boating, water sports, and outstanding outdoor living.   Showcase in a Special Way

Sometimes an exquisite home is hidden away right in the middle of the most popular communities, drone video gives us a chance to feature what most people will never see – glorious gardens, walking trails, tennis and sports courts. Extravagant Events

We also promote our extravagant events such as the recently held Christie’s wine night at 2019 Craigmore Drive and 5403 Gorham Drive. To view more of our Lifestyle Videos visit the Ivester Jackson Christie’s Int’l Real Estate Vimeo Page.

A Conversation with Noah May – Wine Collectors’ Forum

By: Julia Mallozzi – Advertising Specialist, Graphic Design

An Evening of Fine Wine

On Thursday, June 1st, IvesterJackson Distinctive Properties collaborated with Christie’s Wine to host a Wine Collectors Forum discussing the characteristics of Old World vs. New World Pinot Noirs. The wine discussion was led by Noah May, Christie’s Head of Sale, Wine and Spirits. Rick Moeser, Christie’s International Real Estate Executive Director, also presented a global real estate market update.

The event was attended by over 100 of the region’s leading wine collectors and property owners and  was held at two of Charlotte’s flagship estates: 2019 Craigmore Drive and 5402 Gorham Drive.  A continuous shuttle ran throughout the evening in Charlotte’s prestigious Pellyn Wood neighborhood, enabling guests to taste great wines, sample gourmet offerings from Reid’s,  and tour both fantastic properties.

A Conversation with Noah May

Noah May, Christie’s Head of Sale, Wine and Spirits, held a phenomenal discussion comparing European wine with American wine. There were four wines at the event for tasting and as part of the discussion: Old World Chardonnay, Old World Pinot Noir, New World Chardonnay, and New World Pinot Noir.IMG_5415

Noah joined Christie’s London Wine Department in 2007, after graduating from the University of Leeds with an honors degree in English Literature and Philosophy. Mr. May has been involved in a number of high-profile wine auctions in Europe. In May 2013, Mr. May was awarded the British Guild of Food Writers Award for Food Writer of the Year for various publications relating to wine and gastronomy. In September 2014, Mr. May joined Christie’s New York Wine Department, where he is focused on building relationships with collectors, the sourcing of rare wine events.

Global Real Estate Update with Rick Moeser

Following Noah’s forum, Christie’s International Real Estate Executive Director, Rick Moeser, gave a global luxury real estate market update. Rick discussed the current worldwide real estate trends and some recent breaking records, including the news that 10 properties which crested the 100 million dollar price mark, had sold throughout the world.IMG_5379

Rick offers nearly 30 years of experience in marketing and the sale of luxury real estate. Rick currently manages the business activities for Christie’s International Real Estate in the Southeastern, Southwestern Central and Mountain Regions of the United States, as well as the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Rick is responsible for successfully marketing and closing celebrity and noteworthy properties, setting industry records throughout the region.

2019 Craigmore Drive

The first stop of the night was at 2019 Craigmore Drive. Unparalleled privacy abounds with this masterfully designed home situated in one of Charlotte’s most desirable SouthPark enclaves, Pellyn Wood. The estate is perched amidst nearly five lush acres with formal gardens, walking trails, pavilion with fireplace, tennis court and a resort salt water pool. This European-influenced gated manor features a chef’s kitchen with butler’s pantry, walnut paneled library and owner’s retreat with private terrace. The lower level includes a 2,000 bottle wine cellar, billiard area, and media & exercise rooms.

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Learn More About 2019 Craigmore

Craigmore Drive is listed by Christie’s Luxury Specialist and Ivester Jackson broker, Tracy Davis. One of the region’s most astute luxury brokers, Tracy’s concierge level approach to preparing and marketing elite properties has made her a premier choice to represent flagship properties from Charlotte to Lake Norman. Combined with over 20 years of experience in real estate, her extensive knowledge of the area’s most desirable neighborhoods has also made her a popular choice for luxury buyers considering a move to the Charlotte or Lake Norman areas.

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5403 Gorham Drive

The second stop of the evening was 5402 Gorham Drive, an Italian Villa in prestigious Pellyn Wood in heart of SouthPark. The home is 8,200 square feet and the grounds feature a pool, extensive landscaping, verandas, patios, and two fountains. The interior has walnut plank floors, nine fireplaces – each with an antique mantel from Europe – custom brickwork, dumbwaiter, reclaimed antique stone floors, Spanish tile floors, custom millwork, antique zinc counters, and bronze gates. The Great room and Dining room feature a 20-foot ceiling. Down on the lowest level, there is a 1,200-bottle wine cellar, a giant bar from old Chicago hotel, and a full gym.

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Learn More About 5403 Gorham Drive

Gorham Drive is listed by Christie’s Luxury Specialist and Ivester Jackson agent, Dee Reid. Dee Reid adds value for her clients with a unique blend of vision and creativity. An artist at heart, Dee views each client as a new opportunity to deliver exactly what they seek – whether buying or selling a home.  Past buyers describe her as a friend who understands exactly what they wish for in a home who can help them turn that desire into reality. Dee’s vision allows her to identify diamonds in the rough and by making a few simple changes – transform what seems unappealing into pleasing.  Sellers love Dee’s practical advice for readying a home for sale. She brings the expertise and pragmatism to recommend necessary changes to obtain top dollar, but not overdo it with expenses that don’t provide a positive return on investment.
Prior to real estate, Dee owned a successful pottery studio in SouthPark, Bisque-It-Playhouse, and was a well-known jewelry designer with over 100 boutiques and resorts carrying her work.

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View Dee’s Current Listings

Wrapping Up the Night

Overall, the evening consisted of delicious fine wine, insightful discussions, and beautiful homes. By the end of the night, it seems that everyone had their own preference on which wine they found the most tasteful, yet, everyone still agreed that all four wines were almost equally as delicious.

This collaboration between IvesterJackson Distinctive Properties and Christie’s Wine turned out to be a lovely gathering. Thank you to everyone who attended!

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Learn more about Christie’s International Real Estate and Christie’s Wine. To view all of IvesterJackson’s Distinctive Properties Current Listings, click here.

Memorial Day Weekend Events Around Charlotte & Beyond

It’s the official kick-off to summer and there’s plenty to do this weekend in and around the Queen City.

The Speed Street Festival runs May 25 – 27 ending with NASCAR’S Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28th. Denny_Hamlin_and_Joey_Logano_on_pit_road_2009_Coca-Cola_600

Many people break out the boat and head to Lake Norman or Lake Wylie for a weekend of fun on the water.

Live Music and Fireworks will entertain at the US National Whitewater Center. 

Families head to Carowinds just south of Charlotte to enjoy a day of thrill rides and the state’s largest water park. Note: Sunday and Monday are Carowinds Military Days – show a valid military I.D. to get in free.

Popular Birkdale Village in Huntersville will host a ceremony on Monday, May 29th, at 11 a.m. birkdale lead page

Mint Hill Madness runs all weekend with live music, carnival rides, and fireworks.

If you want to head out of town, nearby Winston-Salem plays host to the North Carolina Wine Festival May 27th. In less than 2 hours you can find yourself in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with so many quaint towns to explore; including Asheville, Boone and Blowing Rock.

 

Ivester Jackson|Christie’s Significant Sales

The Charlotte real estate is hot this year.

We kicked off 2017 running and haven’t slowed down.

Take a look at some of our “Significant Sales” at Lake Norman and Charlotte.

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January – 

9011 Pine Laurel Drive, Weddington

$1,000,000

Lisa McCrossan


 

9800 Sedgefield Drive

9800 Sedgefield Drive, Waxhaw

$1,375,000

Betsy Stec Market


 

8608 Waxhaw Creek Road, Waxhaw

$1,265,000

Cindy Castano Swannick

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16334 Belle Isle Drive, Cornelius

$3,250,000

Lori Jackson

Tracy Davis


 

February –


8430 Double Eagle Gate Way, Charlotte

$950,140

Kim Raymond


 

8608 Waxhaw Creek Rd, Waxhaw

$1,265,000

Cindy Castano Swannack


 

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March –

185 Tuskarora Trail, Mooresville

$1,525,000

Emily Duke

Doris Nash


 

1623 scotland den

1623 Scotland Avenue, Charlotte

$1,325,000

Kim Raymond

 


 

473 Hempstead Place, Charlotte

$2,885,000

Matthew Paul Brown


 

16922 Green Dolphin Lane, Cornelius

$1,400,000

Lori Jackson


 

16304 Belle Isle Drive, Cornelius

$1,742,220

Lori  Ivester Jackson


 

April –   2124 sherwood

2124 Sherwood Avenue, Charlotte

$1,550,000

Tommy Ingram


 

1204 Mainsail Point, Cornelius

$1,650,000

Lori Ivester Jackson


 

16240 north point road

16240 North Point Rd, Huntersville

$1,260,000

Alison Smith


 

107 Vineyard Dr, Mooresville

$1,800,000

Doris Nash

Jessica Simpson


 

8149 Deep Water Lane, Denver

$1,300,000

Alison Smith

Tracy Davis


18204 Mainsail Pointe Drive, Cornelius

$1,650,000

Lori Ivester Jackson

Reed Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

Asheville – Tale of Two Cities

IvesterJackson Distinctive Properties & Blackstream International
are the exclusive affiliates of Christie’s International Real Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Asheville tells the tale of two cities by bringing together a historic mountain community with a modern urban downtown.

Land of the Sky

Nestled in a thermal valley of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is a city the locals call Asheville, or,  “Land of the Sky”. Poised at the confluence of the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers – not far from where the Blue Ridge meet the Smoky Mountains – this verdant paradise is home to the oldest mountain range in the world. At an elevation of 2,500 feet, the moderate climate and four distinct seasons make this mountain paradise the perfect place to enjoy year-round.iStock_000051660082_XXXLarge

The Biltmore

Once part of the Cherokee Nation, the first the first Europeans came to the area in 1540, but it was not until 1784 that the history of Asheville as a town, began. A century later, at the height of the Gilded Age, George Vanderbilt’s vision brought the renowned talents of architect, Richard Morris Hunt, and landscape architect, Fredrick Law Ulmsted, to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Together, Hunt and Ulmsted transformed the rugged terrain along the French Broad River and created Biltmore House,
America’s largest home. Today, the 250-room chateau continues to attract guests to the area from around the world, just as it did when it was first opened to Vanderbilt’s guests on Christmas Day in 1895.Untitled-3

Roaring 20’s

In 1889, Asheville was the first city in North Carolina with electric rail streetcars. From the 1910s through the roaring 20s, Asheville grew to become the third largest city in the state, but that growth quickly halted with the crash of the stock market in 1929. At the time, Asheville had the largest municipal debt from infrastructure projects of any city in the US. It was not until the 1980’s, when that debt was finally repaid, that Asheville began to grow again. While slow to recover, the prior epoch ensured that the most complete collection of art deco buildings in North Carolina remained intact – the impetus for its future revival.

Where The Tale of Two Cities meets Tales of the City, the area boasts a literary history of triumph and tragedy as home to poet, Charles Sandburg, birthplace of novelist, Thomas Wolfe, and where F. Scott Fitzgerald retreated to the legendary Grove Park Inn to write in seclusion. While Armistead Maupin could easily have written any number of stories in Asheville’s progressive atmosphere, and Charles Dickens could have found inspiration in the cotswold-esque, Biltmore Village – the original township adjacent to the estate built to support the large workforce required to realize Vanderbilt’s grand endeavor – Wolfe never could have imagined the cultural jewel that Asheville would become.

Downtime

Where bluegrass licks meet the aristocratic culture of the past, Asheville offers the best food, accommodations, and recreation. The verdant mountainside of the National Parks and Forests that surround the city provide great trails for walking, hiking, and mountain biking. Not far from town, rushing waterfalls and scenic waterways are perfect for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. The walkable urban core, public transportation, and any number of taxi or ride-share solutions provide easy access to the surrounding neighborhoods and main attractions.Untitled-1

From micro-breweries to farm-to-plate cuisine, diversity is the key to Asheville. The cosmopolitan city center with its sidewalk cafes, bistros, museums and architectural masterpieces has been referred to as, “The Paris of the South.” It’s renovated and rehabbed bohemian West side is now a vibrant socially-conscious hub for young creatives and families. Blending new with the old, many buildings and properties from the 30’s and 40’s that have been
transformed over the last decade. Bike shops, boutiques, pubs, and live performance venues on Haywood Street, the main thoroughfare, provide the best mix of urban and suburban amenities.

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Colleen Ludington & First Book Charlotte

Presence in the Community

Colleen Ludington has a deep love of real estate and a passion for helping people buy and sell homes. With an eye towards staging and design, she can walk her clients through the process of turning a house into a home. She also has a love for helping children in her community.

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That interest began while living in Nashville, TN in her late 20’s, when Colleen started spending her Saturday mornings volunteering with an organization called “Kids Klub.” During her 3 years of volunteer work, she was inspired to write a children’s book, which went on to become a best-seller.  She traveled the US speaking to kids groups, and donating books wherever she went.

First Book, Charlotte

When she relocated to Charlotte in 2004, she decided to harness her passion for serving under-resourced kids and began an internet search for how she could marry her love of reading and philanthropy.  She discovered First Book, a nationwide nonprofit that has provided more than 125 million books to children, and launched a local all-volunteer chapter in Charlotte in 2005.
First Book’s research bore out what she had seen first-hand in Nashville; in the average middle-income family, there are 13 books per child, yet in the average low-income neighborhood, there is only 1 book for every 300 children.
First Book LogoOver the last 11 years, Colleen has Chaired First Book-Charlotte,
advancing their mission of helping kids fall in love with reading through the ability to own their own new books.  The local chapter of First Book is the most successful in the nation, and Colleen now also Co-Chairs the National Advisory Council of First Book.

 Spring Gala

The 11th Annual Spring Gala will be held Friday, April 28th at The Peninsula Club.  This event, an upscale yet fun celebration of reading and the magic of books, raises the lion’s share of funding for the group. Because they are an all-volunteer board, 100% of the funds raised by First Book-Charlotte stay in the community and help to provide new books to local children.  At a cost of around $3 for a new book, sponsorships and donations go a long way towards changing the life of a child.
You can purchase tickets or become a corporate sponsor for the 11th annual Charlotte 2017 Spring Gala
Visit www.firstbookcharlotte.org for more information.
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3234 Bass Drive, Sherrills Ford
Learn more about Colleen Ludington and view her current listing @ 3234 Bass Drive.

Michelle Campos & The Ada Jenkins Center Spring Gala

Ivester Jackson | Christie’s agents are very involved in the local community, serving dozens of charities around the region.

Each month we spotlight one of our brokers who is helping to make Charlotte a better place.  Today we’re highlighting Michelle Campos, who works with the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. “The reason I got involved with the Ada Jenkins Center was to help make a direct impact on our community. While most look at our area as an affluent community, there are many people in need,” says Michelle, who is serving on the sponsorship committee for center’s 2017 Spring Gala.

A native of Charlotte, Michelle grew up in the SouthPark area and attended UNC Charlotte as a Division 1 scholarship tennis athlete.

After graduating, she moved on to a Fortune 500 sales career and soon became a successful business owner; owning both a large 0011 Campos MichelleCrossFit gym as well as an athletic recovery business in the Lake Norman area.

Drawing from her experience in high-level athletics, and from growing multiple successful businesses, Michelle brings an analytical, and results-oriented approach to her real estate
relations.

View Michelle’s Current Listings

Ada Jenkins Center 2017 Spring Gala

This year Michelle is on the sponsorship committee for the Ada Jenkins Center largest annual fundraising event, the Spring Gala, which will be held on Saturday,  April 29th.

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The Ada Jenkins Center has a direct impact in our community in several facets:

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  • Free health services for those in need from all volunteer doctors and nurses in our area.
  • Crisis assistance within the community.
  • The LearnWorks after school program for children who have a place to go and get help with their school work.
  • A mobile dental clinic that travels to and even beyond Mecklenburg county from volunteer dentists in the region.
  • The Ada Jenkins Center services Northern Mecklenburg all the way to Southern Iredell counties, as well as Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, and Mooresville.

For the first time ever, the gala is being held on site at the Ada Jenkins Center in 2017. The staff at the center is happy to set up tours and have volunteer orientation sessions throughout the year.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ADA JENKINS CENTER

Michelle’s Highlights:

•2015/2016 Top Producer With $15M in sales
•Serving Charlotte and Lake Norman –primarily Davidson
• Offering dynamic and inclusive marketing programs
• Affiliated with prestigious Christie’s International Real Estate/ Auction House

View Michelle’s Current Listings

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