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.


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.


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!



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

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

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.



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


  • 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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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

The Patriot Gala – Supporting Our Military

Reed and Lori Jackson, Matthew and Elizabeth Brown - 2015 Patriot Gala
Reed and Lori Jackson, Matthew and Elizabeth Brown – 2015 Patriot Gala

We’re excited to once again support The Patriot Gala this year, coming up soon on November 5th.

Last year’s event was very patriotic as “it recognizes and values what our men and women give to our country with their selfless sacrifice and it ultimately inspires all in attendance to share some of themselves to support our military. It is an evening filled with laughter, tears and warmth.” (Patriot Military Family Foundation Website)

The highlight of the evening includes honored military speakers and guests and is a tribute to the men and women who have served from our great state of North Carolina.

This event includes a silent and live auction with everything from jewelry, wine and dine, travel, sporting events and more to bid on.

Last year four service dogs were presented to local veterans suffering from PTSD and this year four more will be awarded.

Learn more about The Patriot Gala and buy your tickets now!
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Ivester Jackson Brokers Earn Prestigious Christie’s Luxury Certification

Leading residential real estate associates from the world’s top luxury network gathered in Washington, D.C. last week for Christie’s International Real Estate’s 2016 Luxury Specialist Conference.
Reed Jackson speaking at Christie's conference.
Reed Jackson speaking at Christie’s conference.
The two-day event, held September 22-23, gave select agents from the Christie’s International Real Estate network an opportunity to explore best practices and strategies, as well as gain competitive insights on ways to successfully maneuver in today’s ever-changing, high-end global property market. Upon completion, attendees received the designation of “Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist” from Christie’s Education. Fifteen elite agents from Ivester Jackson were in attendance and awarded this prestigious honor.
Matthew Paul Brown and Cindy Castano Swannack with Christie's Rick Moeser
Matthew Paul Brown and Cindy Castano Swannack with Christie’s Rick Moeser

Christie’s International Real Estate is the real estate arm of Christie’s, the world’s leading art business and the arbiter of luxury for 250 years. The invitation-only real estate network is composed of top brokerages from around the world, with more than US$118 billion in real estate transactions in 2015.

“Our unique symposium offered a concentrated focus on techniques and tactics for marketing to buyers and sellers at the ultra-high-end, all while allowing attendees to explore new ways to increase their level of service to clients through their exclusive connection to Christie’s International Real Estate and Christie’s,” said Dan Conn, CEO, Christie’s International Real Estate.
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The conference included a myriad of panels, seminars, and presentations by luxury experts, including Christie’s specialists, and focused on a range of topics — from selling strategies and marketing techniques to current trends in luxury goods and design. Approximately 200 professionals throughout the world took part in the conference.
“Our market leading agents networked and gained exposure to the best practices of the leading agents in the world. We’re excited to see them implement those leading concepts for our clients in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas,” said Reed Jackson, Managing Partner of Ivester Jackson.
Ivester Jackson Christie's International Real Estate in Washington D. C.
Ivester Jackson Christie’s International Real Estate in Washington D. C.
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About Christie’s International Real Estate: Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only affiliate network composed of the world’s most proven and qualified real estate specialists in the luxury residential sector. The company has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Moscow, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach, and approximately 135 global Affiliates with 32,000 real estate professionals in 45 countries. For additional information, please
About Ivester Jackson | Christie’s International Real Estate:  Ivester Jackson is one of the Southeast’s leading boutique brokerages. An exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, Ivester Jackson’s brokers manage over 250 million dollars in luxury and investment property annually, and have successfully closed over a billion dollars in real estate transactions.

Open House Weekend | June 25 & 26

Saturday – Lake Norman Waterfront  1 – 3 

19801 Shearwater Point Drive shearwater road, lori ivester jackson Premier Lake Norman waterfront estate – sublime sunsets and private beach paradise. Fabulous appointments & casual elegance throughout. Great room has coffered ceiling & two-way fireplace with billiards room. Professional kitchen, expansive island & vaulted lakeside breakfast area. Guest suite & private lake view office on main. Master suite has dual closets,Jacuzzi & oversized shower. Screened porch leads to a covered veranda complete with summer kitchen, stone fireplace & sundeck with hot tub.


Saturday in Treetops 1 – 4   Tour several homes in Treetops at Cowan’s Ford. Ivester Jackson will hold open 7858 Oak Haven Lane.  Sherry Kronjaeger Hickman, Ivester Jackson Christie's International Real Estate Gorgeous Custom 4BR 3.5 Bath in wooded Lake Norman neighborhood adjacent to Cowan’s Ford Golf Club. Gorgeous HW throughout main living areas, granite/tile in Kitchen, SS appliances. Open floorplan, 2 story GR, huge sunroom and bright breakfast area. Master BR on main level w granite/tile, large walk-in shower w frameless door. 3 BRs and bonus upstairs w 2 full baths. Lots of walk-in storage! Walk to Cowan’s Ford Golf Club where memberships are available: golf, swim & tennis.

Saturday  2 – 4  Take a tour of 4813 Eddystone Drive  Christy Chaffee, ivester jackson, christies, real estate Price has been reduced to $449,900! This home is a fabulous value for the location and square footage!! Stop by for a tour! MUST-SEE fantastic home in great location w/sought after schools. This 4/5 bedroom home is convenient to I-485 & plentiful shopping. Hardwoods on main, kitchen w/gas cooktop. Fresh paint in many rooms. Relaxing screened in porch! Don’t miss the “secret” room behind the bookcase in Master! Third floor can be used as a bedroom or bonus & has full bath. Large, flat, fenced in yard with gorgeous landscaping! Abundant Storage!

Sunday in The Peninsula 1 – 4 – visit 18912 Peninsula Pointe Drive – Ivester Jackson, Pam BoileauPam Boileau Extensively updated (in 2015) home ready for you to move in now! 3 levels of casually elegant living. Stunning 2 story entry & gathering room, 2 master suites, Chef’s kitchen w/ Wolf 5 burner stovetop, double oven, new cabinetry & custom designed/hand crafted island. Hardwoods thru out main, granite countertops in all baths/kitchens, all new bathrooms & wall-to-wall carpeting. New second kitchen on lower level opens to game room & outdoor living. Resort style pool/spa w/ fireplace. A must see!


Weekend Open Houses for May 20 – 22



Saturday May 21st

124 Ivy Hollow Lane, Mooresville

Open Saturday 1- 3 PM

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124 Ivy Hollow Lane


18612 Balmore Pines Lane, Cornelius

Saturday 2 – 4PM and Sunday 3 – 6 Pm


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18612 Balmore Pines


Sunday: 1 – 4PM

9709 Northdowns Lane, Huntersville

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9709 Northdowns Lane


Sunday: 2 – 4 PM

3234 Bass Drive, Sherrills Ford, NC

3234 Bass Drive, Sherrills Ford NC 28673-7712 CMLS#:
3234 Bass Drive, Sherrills Ford NC

End of Year Video 2015

It’s been another busy year at Ivester Jackson Christie’s Int’l Real Estate. With the opening of our Charlotte office, we’ve had many realtor events, luncheons and open houses around the Queen City. Our listings near the Blue Ridge mountains are picking up and we launched our first digital and hard copy luxury portfolio magazine. We’re wishing everyone a Happy New Year.


Community Spotlight – The Patriot Gala

By Lee Steinour: Digital Marketing Manager

Ivester Jackson Christie’s International Real Estate was honored to sponsor Charlotte’s premier black tie Gala, The Patriot Gala, last weekend at Quail Hollow in Charlotte.

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Reed Jackson, Lori Ivester Jackson, Matthew Paul Brown, Elizabeth Brown

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Patriot Charities, this annual event raises funds to support wounded military and their families in the Carolinas. Attendees enjoyed fine wine and food, along with exciting silent and live auctions.


Honored military speakers addressed the audience, attendees viewed a military tribute video, and Congressman Robert Pittenger led a salute to fallen soldiers.

Special guests included Dr. David Callaway; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at CMC Charlotte, US Congressman Robert Pittenger, and members of the North Carolina National Guard.


During the event Patriot Charities also awarded four service dogs to four deserving veterans.

To learn more about Patriot Charities visit their website. 

To  learn more about other charities we support, please visit our Community Involvement page.

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Community Spotlight – The Peninsula Community Foundation

By Lee Steinour: Digital Marketing Manager

Ivester Jackson / Christie’s International Real Estate is excited to sponsor The Peninsula Community Foundation’s annual fundraising event, “Mardis Gras in November,” which will be held this weekend at The Peninsula Club at Lake Norman.


This annual fundraising gala will help raise money to support local organizations, improving the lives of those in need in our community.

Founded in 2001, The PCF slogan is “Neighbors helping Neighbors,” it’s an all-volunteer organization serving North Mecklenburg County. “PCF brings people, capital, and ideas together to help local Lake Norman charities and the communities they serve.”


Projects include; contributing money to help build Habitat homes, funding for The Ada Jenkins Center, improving the Hope House in Huntersville, and providing  need-based college scholarships to students from North Mecklenburg public high schools.

This just touches on the work of PCF, they support many more charitable organizations, to learn more visit the PCF website.

Read about other organizations we support around Charlotte.