Our Passion Points


When comparing real estate brokerages, it can be easy to assume that all of us are the same. From community involvement and philanthropy, to a brand heritage dating back 274 years, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is about redefining real estate—inspiring us to continually push boundaries, innovate, and differentiate. For your consideration, we’ve identified the top 10 reasons why we’re different, what sets us apart, items we call our passion points. These passion points, paired with our defining of luxury as an experience, not a price point, is exactly why Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is like no other.

Read about a few of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s passion points here:

Global Reach

Epic Online Presence

Our Brand Heritage

Stellar Marketing

 

 

 

New YOTELPAD Condos Coming to Park City


YOTELPAD

YOTELPAD, European-living inspired condos, are coming to the Canyons Base Area of Park City Resort. Headquartered in London, YOTEL cut its teeth with airport hotels inspired by Japan’s famously compact accommodation options. It now operates similar space efficient hotels in cities across the world.

YOTEL’s newest project is YOTELPAD, condominiums inspired by space-efficient European living. The company is only debuting YOTELPAD in five cities around the world and Park City, Utah just happens to be one of them. Along with Dubai, Miami, and two Swiss cities, Park City will soon see construction begin on this exciting new real estate development.

YOTELPAD

These new condos will be perfect for locals seeking a small space. As residents struggle to break into the Park City real estate market, YOTELPAD offers a solution. A YOTELPAD condo would also be a great fit for part-time residents who come to ski or as an investment property for short-term/long-term rentals.

These units will go fast and the deadline to reserve yours is Friday, March 16. Here’s what you need to know:

What: A new condominium development with streamlined units featuring swanky lounge areas, adjustable SmartBeds™, luxury en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchenettes, and ample storage. A Technowall allows residents or guests to customize the space and make the condo feel like home.

YOTELPAD

Where: Steps from the gondola at the Canyons Base of Park City Resort

When: Interested buyers must make a non-binding reservation and $10,000 refundable deposit by 5pm MST on Friday, March 16. Actual pricing will be released March 23. A lottery selection event will take place March 28 in the Grand Summit Ballroom. Contracts go firm in June. Groundbreaking anticipated this July, with completion within 18-24 months.

How Much: Full-ownership studios start at $275,000 with three bedrooms going up to just under $1,000,000.Blank Yotel Reservation Agreement

Forms: YOTELPAD Early Interest List and Blank Yotel Reservation Agreement

Interested? Got questions? Contact me.

My March 2018 Newsletter


My March newsletter went out this week and I’m sharing a preview of it below. You can read the whole thing here and if you like what you see, sign up for my monthly dispatch.

This month, it’s all about the girls. On March 8, I’m celebrating both my birthday and International Women’s Day. It also happens to be National Women’s History Month. And I think we can all agree that lately, women have been shining. It’s no wonder CNN predicted that 2018 will be the year of women when you consider the uptick in female candidates for office, the #metoo movement, and even the release of Wonder Woman.

There’s no better time than now to shine the spotlight on some of the women who inspire me, from my accomplished female colleagues at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty to my own sweet, adventurous girls. This month, I’ve taken the opportunity to shine the spotlight on 7 women I admire. I also profile a talented member of the Sotheby’s team: Miranda Kimberlin, real estate photographer extraordinaire. And finally, I’ve partnered with an awesome local female business owner, Jill Johnson, to give you a deal on classes at The Paint Mixer. So, take a minute to celebrate some of my female role models as well as the inspiring women in your life.

Also featured in the March newsletter:

  • 14 not-yet-listed homes
  • 3 hot picks
  • An exclusive promo at The Paint Mixer
  • A Q&A with Summit Sotheby’s photographer Miranda Kimberlin
  • A list of 7 Women Who Inspire Me

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Not Yet Listed Homes in Park City – March 2018


Not Yet Listed Properties in Park City

Love being in the know? Then you’ll be excited to hear about these not-yet-listed properties coming to the Park City real estate market in the near future.

  • 6BD+lofted office/4BA, 4900sf home on a large private lot on Crestline Drive in Park Meadows (~$2,100,000)
  • 2BD/2BA/896sf condo eligible for nightly rental with Deer Valley Resort views at Crestview in Pinebrook (~$325,000)
  • 5BD+office/7BA, 5600sf all main level living new construction in Hidden Oaks in Lower Deer Valley ($3,500,000)
  • 3BD+bunk play room/3BA, 2500sf on the Rail Trail in Canyon Crossing in Prospector (~$860,000)
  • 5BD/6BA/7200sf on a .75 acre wooded lot in Iron Canyon ($2,700,000)
  • 6BD+office/8BA/7000sf home with main level living on the golf course on Homestead in Jeremy Ranch (~$1,800,000)
  • 5BD/5BA/3337sf completely upgraded home with stunning water views at Victory Ranch (~$2,850,000)
  • 3BD/2BA/1264sf upgraded garden-level Pine Creek condo with open space views and covered patio ($390,000)
  • 4BD/3.5BA/~2200sf completely remodeled Bear Hollow townhome ($750,000)
  • 6BD/3BA/~3600sf updated Jeremy Ranch home backing open space with great views ($1,100,000)
  • 1BD/1BA cute and well-maintained Park Avenue unit ($350,000)
  • 3BD/3BA/1349sf walk-to-lift townhome on 16th fairway with ski resort views at Three Kings in Old Town ($787,000)
  • 5BD/4BA/4700sf home on 1.04 acres and backing open space on Saddleback in Jeremy Ranch ($1,250,000)
  • 4BD/4BA/1885sf downhill clean and walk-to-ski Crescent Ridge townhome in Old Town ($975,000)

If you’re interested, please contact me as soon as possible for more details.

A Local Business I Love: The Paint Mixer


The Paint Mixer Owner Jill Johnson

Ladies night out. A creative outlet. A kiddo’s birthday party. Some much-needed art therapy. A date night that breaks you out of that dinner-and-a-movie rut. The Paint Mixer is good for all these things and more. The concept is simple: paint, unwind, and—for the adults—have a drink or two. In addition to signing up for one of the classes on the schedule, you can also host a private party, plan a team-building activity for your workplace, or take advantage of the Van-Go Mobile Studio, which can set up a studio at any venue for your next event.

Another reason I love this local business is because of its owner, Jill Johnson. This month, it’s also all about the girls here at Choose Park City. In honor of National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8), I’ve assembled a list of women who inspire me and profiled a talented Sotheby’s photographer. I also wanted to profile a local female-led business. As a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, former U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member, and a mom, Jill is a local I truly admire. I sat down with her to learn more about how The Paint Mixer got its start and where it’s headed.

Choose Park City: How and when did you first decide to open the Paint Mixer?

Jill Johnson: The Paint Mixer actually found me. I bought the business in October 2016. My husband, Matt, was looking into buying a local business and leaving his suit and tie behind. However, the Broker found a business that they thought would work well with my background and interests. We decided to go for it and here we are, a little over a year later.

How has the business evolved over time?

It is still evolving. I have learned a lot over the past year. Owning a new business is a crash course on so many levels. The first form of evolution was shifting our to local products. I am a lifelong Park City girl and believe deeply in our vibrant community. I always want to share with our guests the amazing elements of Utah, from our natural surroundings to the local artisans crafting local beers, ciders, and wine.

We have also partnered with local companies. In Park City, we offer creative experiences at Whole Foods, Townshend’s Tea, the National Ability Center (NAC), Park City Youth Council, Blue Sky Ranch, and St. Regis. In Salt Lake City, we offer experiences at Tinwell, Undercurrent, Primary Children’s Hospital, University of Utah Continuing Education, and Utah Natural History Museum. I like to think of our team as creative concierges.

 

Do you incorporate your educational background as an art therapist into your vision for Paint Mixer?

Absolutely! My background and ongoing work as an art therapist always influences my vision for The Paint Mixer. Creating a safe, inspiring, and welcoming space is the first step in art therapy and this is also essentially The Paint Mixer. We want our guests to come in and feel safe to try something new, make mistakes, laugh, and possibly discover something they never thought they could do. As an art therapist, I love disrupting narratives, meaning we all have our stories. When we continue to use our words to describe our experiences, we often get locked into a script we create and re-create. With art, the opportunity arises to see new perspectives, new ways of thinking, feeling and connecting.

Currently, my art therapy practice focuses on trauma, PTSD, and survivors of sexual assault. I work with The National Ability Center and Art Access, offering art therapy experiences to their clients. My ongoing intention is to give more access and opportunities for individuals and communities to explore and discover creative expression.

As a Park City native, did you ever imagine becoming a local business owner here?

I think I always thought about owning a local business. I grew up watching and working in my father’s business, Jack Johnson Company. Entrepreneurship has been in my family and in Matt’s. I almost bought a retail business three years ago that I loved, but the timing wasn’t right. So, I knew that it may happen, but never expected The Paint Mixer.

What do you love most about living here?

There is so much that I love about living in Park City. The community, my family, my sisterhood of friends, the mountains, SKIING, and the fact that nature is all around us. I love that my children are growing up in a place where they are outside more than inside. We all live in a community that continues to surprise and inspire and invites me to try new things, evolve, and connect with people from all over the world.

You often support local nonprofits. Which organization are you supporting right now?

I continue to support National Ability Center, Art Access, and Park City Youth Council. With NAC, I work with the Wounded Warrior Project and Project Odyssey. I love working with the groups they host and am continually inspired and humbled by the bravery, resilience, and compassion that our active duty warriors and veterans bring to the table. I am very dedicated to survivors of sexual assault. Three years ago, Elise Butterfield from Art Access asked me to pilot an art therapy experience for survivors and it has been an incredible experience to hold space and witness the strength and vulnerability of men and women working with their own personal traumas.

Part of the Paint Mixer experience is what’s in your glass. Which local beverage companies do you partner with?

Currently, we feature Old Town Cellars wine, Proper and Roha beers, and Mountain West Cider. We offer seasonal drinks featuring High West whiskey or Beehive Gin. We love learning about local brews and spirits. It is truly amazing what has happened in Utah craft beer, wine, and spirits.

We’re excited that you’re now hosting classes at Whole Foods! Tell us more about this partnership and if there’s anything else on the horizon.

We will continue our Whole Foods first Thursdays! I will be at Townshend’s Tea hosting “create and caffeinate” on alternate Wednesdays, which is an open experience for anyone to join, bring a journal, and create. We are excited about our private figure drawing classes, where we teach the beginning elements of drawing with charcoal. The horizon is full! We are excited to share throughout the year!

If you subscribe to my newsletter, then you can take advantage of a special promo that I partnered with The Paint Mixer to offer this March. Not a subscriber? Contact me and I’ll be happy to send you the promo code.

7 Women Who Inspire Me


On Thursday, March 8, I’ll be celebrating two occasions. It’s a serendipitous coincidence that my birthday happens to fall on the same day as International Women’s Day. This global day to honor the achievements of women has been around for over a century. This year, I wanted to take the opportunity to name a few wonder women in my life who have inspired me from near and far to live my best life every day.

1. Kikkan Randall

This American cross country skier has swept up more awards and accolades than I can list here. But most recently, Kikkan won the United States the first gold medal at the Winter Olympics (she’s competed in five). With a nickname like “Kikkanimal” that’s really no surprise. Impressively, Kikkan is also a mom and can run a five-minute-two-second mile. I’m also a fan of her personal mantra: “Always give your best and never give up!”. This Park City property owner wins inspiring client status from me.

Liz Stephen

Liz Stephen winning the Red Bull 400 hill climb (Photo Credit: Ski Racing)

2. Liz Stephen

Another skier who motivates me—especially in my athletic pursuits—is Liz Stephen. A part-time Parkite and past client, she crushes hills and is an all-around dogged competitor on the track. A three-time Olympian, Liz has been racing since high school in Vermont. Like Kikkan, she also started out as a runner. Her incredible record keeps me feeling strong whether I’m hiking uphill or skiing down. Look for her in the Park City Annual Red Bull 400. And crushing it.

Jane Goodall

Photo Credit: Flickr Kafka4prez

3. Jane Gooddall

One of the qualities I admire in people is tenacity—the willingness to stick with something for long-term results. Most people know that Jane Goodall studies apes, but what you might not know is that she has spent 55 years with chimpanzees in Tanzania. That’s true dedication. She made incredible discoveries about the depth of family ties, emotions, and personality. In addition to her research, she founded the Roots & Shoots program, which empowers youth to enact environmental change. If you’re a fan of Dr. Jane, too, you can see her speak on March 29 in Salt Lake City as part of the Wasatch Speaker Series.

4. Nora Ephron

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim,” said the late award-winning American writer Nora Ephron. This piece of advice is almost as great as Ephron’s sense of humor, which shines in films like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Critics agreed, nominating her three times for an Oscar and showering her with many more awards. I also respect her for writing smart roles for women, effectively changing the script on female characters in the cinema.

5. My Mom

My mother, born, raised, and schooled in Vermont, was the most selfless, kind, and graceful woman I’ve met. She had much in common with the women mentioned above; a lifetime runner and lover of all living things. She donated her time and nursing skills aiding troubled kids and hospice patients when she wasn’t being the best mom this girl could have asked for. And she delivered my sister and I naturally which makes her a real champion in my eyes.

6. My Girls

Lila and Anika. My long-limbed gazelle and my quirky youngest who deserves her own show. At ages nine and six respectively, they have inspired me to be patient, to be present and to persist in achieving my goals. My efforts daily are so that I can better illustrate to them what it means to have hard work pay off. Believe in yourself, girls. You alone can be the master of your destiny. I will be the keystone that you can depend on but my gift to you is demonstrating that if you want something, GO GET IT.

Q&A with Sotheby’s Photographer Miranda Kimberlin


Photography can make or break a listing. That’s why Summit Sotheby’s International Realty (SSIR) goes to great lengths to make sure its photography is impeccable, which, of course, means great photographers. One of the newest photographers to join our team is Miranda Kimberlin, who started as a freelancer and officially came on board this past summer. We chatted with Miranda to learn more about how she began snapping photos and who inspires her.

Miranda Kimberlin

Choose Park City: When and how did you first get into photography?

Miranda Kimberlin: I honestly can’t remember shooting much as a child or teen. I was into art and music—I always liked to paint and draw and had received classical vocal training. Somehow, when it came time to choose my major in college, I was certain that I wanted to study fine art photography. My education was focused on analog (film) photography and creating gallery-ready work, and I think that gives a solid foundation for my current photography practice.

What led you to real estate photography and, specifically, your work with SSIR?

I’ve been working in architectural photography specifically for just over three years. I spent several years managing a team of photographers and photo editing staff at another company before joining SSIR in August of 2017. I came to SSIR after spending several months as a freelancer, and was immediately sold on the vision Tiffany Fox has for the creative team. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

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Of all the shoots you’ve gone on so far, is there one home that’s been the most memorable? What made it so impactful?

I have two—one from when I had just started at SSIR and one from the last several weeks. The first is 661 Saddle Hill. I’ve never seen anything like that back exterior. The views of the Salt Lake valley are stunning, as well. The other is 160 White Pine—love the modern feel, clean lines, and artwork.

What’s your favorite room or aspect of a home to photograph and why?

I think it really depends on the home. Sometimes there’s an obviously fabulous kitchen or living area, but I love to hunt for the hidden gems. Even if it’s just how a few interesting objects are arranged on a shelf.

Any tips for homeowners on making their properties photogenic?

Natural light is the most important aspect of a photograph (and a home) for me. Open up your curtains and blinds! There’s nothing quite like it.

Do you do any other kinds of photography for work or fun outside of SSIR?

Yes! I take a lot of portraits. I love shooting in natural/available light, and I feel there’s a lot of style crossover between my portrait and architectural work.

Which photographer most inspires you and why?

I absolutely love the work of Gregory Crewdson because it’s much different than my own. He works in large-scale productions with crazy lighting setups, sometimes renting out a whole town or using a movie set to create these intense cinematic images. His pieces are printed on a huge scale, which is my favorite way to view photography.

You can learn more about Miranda and check out her work at mirandakimberlin.com.

What to Do in March in Park City


March in Park City is always a festive time of year for me. I rejoice in the last solid month of ski season, welcome the beginning of spring, and celebrate my own birthday. And for the Guinness lovers amongst us, the middle of the month presents an excellent opportunity to drink a pint or two. What do you have planned for March in Park City? Here are some suggestions to help you get your ski, spring, and St. Patty’s Day on this month.

NAC Red White and Snow Wine On the Mountain 2017

Wine On the Mountain; National Ability Center Red White and Snow; Deer Valley Resort; March 3, 2017; Photo from National Ability Center by Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

Red White & Snow – March 1-3

Not only is this annual gala one of the most fun events of the year, but it also supports one of my favorite local organizations: The National Ability Center. This organization helps people of all ability levels access the recreational sports that make Park City tick. Red White & Snow is not actually one event, but a series of happenings stretched across the first weekend in March. From the Uncorked wine tasting at the Stein Eriksen and a series of vintner dinners, to the main gala on Saturday night, this epic fundraiser is always a good time in the name of a good cause.

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St. Patrick’s Day at Flanagan’s on Main – March 17

Park City’s only true Irish bar has a permanent countdown to St. Patty’s Day on its website, in case you, too, wish to count down the days. At Flanagan’s, you can enjoy some Bangers ‘n’ Mash with a pint of Guinness, then head downstairs for some live Irish tunes and sips of Jameson.

Paint a Forest – March 17

“May brooks and trees and singing hills join in the chorus, too, and every gentle wind that blows send happiness to you,” goes an old Irish blessing. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in an unconventional way: by painting a forest of green like the one that saying brings to mind with The Paint Mixer. Its “Teal Orchard” class will be held from 7-9pm on Saturday night. Enjoy local beer, wine, and spirits as you create. And if you’re a newsletter subscriber, you can use a promo code for 25% off!

Spring Gruv at Park City Mountain – March 24-April 8

For over two weeks leading up to closing day, Park City Mountain will be bringing the groove to both of its base areas. The 11th annual Spring Gruv means regular concerts at the Park City Mountain Village and on the Payday Deck throughout the latter part of March and early April, all leading up to the annual pond skimming competition. Get those festive onesies out and enjoy spring skiing at its finest.

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Spring Celebration – March 17-April 1

Deer Valley will also be creating celebratory vibes for spring skiing and the end of the season. Starting on St. Patrick’s Day, the mountain will offer free cookies and hot cocoa on weekends from 1-2:30pm at the Snow Park Plaza and Silver Lake Beach. Adults will also dig the live music playing at the EBS lounge in the Snow Park Lodge from 2-5:30pm. One of the first acts is the talented local Alicia Stockman, who’s in the band Bonanza Town and crushes acoustic covers.

8 Facts About Sotheby’s Auction House


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Did you know that the Sotheby’s brand is literally older than the United States of America? On March 11, 1744, entrepreneur, book dealer, and all around “joyous fellow” Samuel Baker held a book auction in London. That was 273 long years ago.

Baker went on to handle the auctions for many a prominent British library. After he died in 1778, his nephew, John Sotheby, inherited half of his estate, including the auction house. Over the years, the auction house changed hands and names several times, as well as expanded its purview well beyond books.

As a former art history student, I’m proud to be a part of Sotheby’s rich and enduring heritage. Here are a few fascinating facts about the Sotheby’s Auction House:

  1. Sotheby’s “unofficial mascot” is Sekhmet, the ancient Egyptian lion goddess of the sun. An ancient bust of Sekhmet was hung above the front door of its new digs when the company moved to London’s art district in 1917.
  2. After Napoleon died, Sotheby’s auctioned off the books he had taken with him to St Helena.
  3. Sotheby’s reputation for being an art house didn’t really ring true until the World War II era and the decades following it when it handled some high-profile sales, like Peter Paul Rubens’ Adoration of the Magi. 
  4. When Sotheby’s opened an office in New York in 1955, it became the first international auction house. The auction house started selling in Hong Kong in 1973 and France in 2001; both locations now have salesrooms. Today, the auction house is headquartered in New York.
  5. If you’ve got some high dollar bottles of vino or diamonds to sell, Sotheby’s also has two retail branches that can help you out: Sotheby’s Wine and Sotheby’s Diamonds.
  6. One of the most popular paintings in the U.S., Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter,” sold in 2002 for nearly $5 million.
  7. Sotheby’s has a world record for auctioning off the most expensive piece of contemporary art work: Mark Rothko’s “White Center” for a cool $72.8 million.
  8. If you’re into the surreal, buy a last minute ticket to London for the Surrealist Art Evening Sale on February 28, 2018 and enjoy this anatomy of an artwork video about Salvador Dali in advance:

 

Sotheby’s Auction House is just one of the many passion points of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty. Passion points are what light our fire and get us excited about being part of the Sotheby’s brand here in Park City. And from our global reach to the epic digital journey all of our listings make, there’s a lot to be passionate about.

2018 Resort Real Estate Report


Resort Report 2018

What’s happening in the real estate markets of ski towns in the West? Glad you asked. Summit Sotheby’s International Realty just released its annual Resort Report. We’ve got the stats on the residential market in resort towns from Telluride and Sun Valley to, of course, Park City. Long story short, things are looking good. You can check it out here for yourself: 2018 Resort Report by Summit Sotheby’s International Realty.