Take 5 | Q & A With Chris Maccarone, Bonita Springs, Florida Managing Broker

This fall, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty welcomed Chris Maccarone as the new managing broker in charge of its Bonita Springs, Florida office. Her real estate career began over 30 years ago in New Jersey, working at her family’s brokerage. A Florida resident since 1998, Chris has managed several real estate offices before her appointment to Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. We were curious to learn a little more about this fabulous addition to our leadership team, so we caught up with Chris for an insightful mini interview.

Q. Who inspires you professionally?

A. With my utmost admiration, I give that recognition to my dad, Samuel Carvelli. He was my mentor and role-model and with whom my life-long career in real estate began with. His work ethics and teachings are at the roots of my professional life. I have his hand-made nameplate on my desk today to always serve as a reminder of that. He was incredible.

Q. Name something on your bucket list.

A. I recently checked off something on my bucket list. A few years ago, my husband and two daughters made a trip to Machu Picchu in Peru. We climbed the famous mountain that you see in all the photos of Machu Picchu. It was such an incredible, awe-inspiring experience that I will never even try to duplicate it. The nature and antiquity, along with the respect of such a natural wonder with its steep height and narrow ledges made it an awesome bucket list item. I still cannot believe I climbed that mountain to the very top!

Q. What is your spirit animal?

A. It would have to be a cat. My family has always owned cats. They are so independent and self-sufficient, yet always available for a hug and a good petting when you want to feel good.

Q. What song is the soundtrack of your life?

A. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

This song reminds me to be appreciative of the beauty of everyday life. Despite the world’s recent natural disasters, our nation’s political strife and the war-torn turmoil in foreign lands, we need to take time to appreciate and give gratitude to all the goodness that we are blessed with in our lives every day.

Q. What is your favorite restaurant in Naples/Bonita Springs, so far?

A. We are fond of Cooper’s Hawk in Naples. It has a great wine club, fun wine-tasting, a wonderful atmosphere, and the food is just amazing. It’s a great place to meet up with friends.

Exclusive 505 on Fifth Breaks Ground in Naples

Breaking ground on January 11, 2018, 505 on Fifth presents a luxurious lifestyle in one of the nation’s most prominent areas. Michael Lawler of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to introduce this complex of eight residences, perfectly situated on Naples’ famed Fifth Avenue South. These exquisite homes start at $2,495,000 and range from 2,100 to nearly 2,500 square feet of living space. Each provides balconies with impeccable city views.

Interior details include 10-foot ceilings, linear fireplaces and gourmet Wolfe, Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances. Owners will also have access to secure parking, and have the option of choosing a fully furnished residence or starting anew with a blank canvas.

Enjoy the convenience of premier shopping and dining just moments away. Fifth Avenue South offers a wide variety of restaurants to satisfy anyone’s appetite, and boasts numerous shops, spas and salons. A thriving cultural scene includes renowned live performances, art shows and festivals.

Close to the sugary-sand Gulf and world-famous Naples Pier, the most discerning homebuyers will be delighted to call 505 on Fifth their Naples home. For more information call Michael Lawler at 239.261.3939 or visit 505onfifth.com.

2017 | Year in Review

2017 was another extraordinary year for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. We continued to experience an upward trend in sales, recording over $4 billion in sales volume. January started off strong as we announced our expansion into Winter Park, Florida, marking the fifth office in Central Florida and establishing a distinctive presence in a venerable luxury community. Our exceptional team of professionals grew to approximately 1,100 in size — an increase of more than 16% over the previous year — throughout our 40 offices in Florida and North Carolina. Our growth and expansion were just the beginning of a banner year filled with newsworthy accomplishments.

Record-Breaking Sales, Eye-Popping Referrals

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty made headlines in 2017 with several significant sales. We represented both the buyer and seller in the most expensive home sold in Naples, Florida: A newly-built waterfront estate in exclusive Port Royal fetched $17.7 million on May 1, eclipsing the previous year’s most lucrative sale. In November, resale of the priciest home ever sold on Marco Island, Florida closed at $8.5 million — making it both the highest and the second-highest home sale on the island.

We managed 1,500 incoming and outgoing referrals in 2017, resulting in a record 600 closed transactions — including 65 incoming referrals closing on properties above $1 million. Notable transactions included a $17 million outgoing referral to Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty, and an incoming referral of $10.5 million to the Naples Broad Avenue office. At the downtown Sarasota office, an incoming referral resulted in two closed transactions with the same customer for $6 million and $3.25 million respectively.

Team Attends Annual Global Networking Event (GNE) in Las Vegas

The Premier Sotheby’s International Realty team gathered at the Wynn Las Vegas for the annual Global Networking Event (GNE) September 25 – 27. They joined over 2,500 other industry leaders from 155 Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliates in 34 countries to collaborate, share best practices, generate referrals and create business connections around the world. Read more about GNE 2017 here.

Market Resilience in the Eye of a Hurricane 

In September, the Southwest Florida market was impacted by Hurricane Irma, a category 4 storm. After working together to recover from widespread power outages, flooding and displacement, associates and staff members quickly shifted their focus to helping customers, friends and neighbors with recovery efforts. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty quickly got back to business, and ultimately outperformed last year’s activity — even signing a contract for a $3.6 million Marco Island property on the day of the storm.

Biggest Power Summit to Date

A record 600 sales associates attended our annual Power Summit at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida on November 16 and 17.  Premier Sotheby’s International Realty associates from Florida and North Carolina, as well as guests from across the country and Canada, experienced two days of panels and presentations focused on building their luxury real estate business and ways to enhance exceptional customer service. View a full recap and event photos here.

New Story Initiative Begins

In 2017 we announced our affiliation with New Story, a non-profit organization that builds safe, thriving communities in the developing world. Together, we will be changing lives by providing homes for those currently living in slums internationally. During Power Summit we formally announced our pledge to collectively build five homes. Watch here to learn more.

New Luxury Listing Search Tool Introduced

This year, we introduced RealScout, a revolutionary luxury listing search tool that provides the industry’s best listing alerts, lifestyle search tools and local search features. The implementation of this program is the perfect complement to our local expertise and global resources.

Public Relations Wins on the Rise

As the year drew to a close, our listings, sales associates and company-wide initiatives experienced increased media exposure with the appointment of Elise Ramer, our new senior director of public relations. From the Naples Daily News and Sarasota Herald Tribune to the Orlando Sentinel, Charlotte Observer and beyond, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty grabbed more headlines as the luxury real estate leader in the markets we serve. With the recent naming of Meghan McSwain to director of communications, 2018 begins with a newly-expanded, experienced public relations and communications team — ready to further distinguish us as one of the most influential affiliates in the esteemed Sotheby’s International Realty brand.

Party-Perfect Homes

You’ve just received your New Year’s party invitation, featuring these exquisite homes that are celebration ready. From hosting an outdoor gala in your courtyard to watching the fireworks from your wraparound balcony, no extra decorations are necessary at these residences. Accept your invitation, and scroll down to explore these luxury listings.

“Wine and dine” to bring in the new year at 683 Hickory Road, Naples, Florida. The home features a wine cellar and beautiful dining room with ample space for guests. Choose your wine from the exquisite cellar and then bring it into the glamorous dining room to toast your guests.

The wraparound balcony at 555 Fifth Avenue Northeast 1304, St. Petersburg, Florida is great for watching the New Year’s fireworks and the breathtaking views of downtown St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay and west to the beaches. Not to mention the indoor floor plan which was designed for entertainment. Invite your guests to watch the ball drop from your very own home theater.

Host an outdoor New Year’s celebration at an Italian-Greek style private courtyard so glamorous that Gatsby may show up. The courtyard at 75 Grande Fairway, Englewood, Florida features a large pool and lanai for entertaining and beautiful stairs that accent the classical style of the home.

Preparing drinks in this beautiful bar with exquisite lighting and wood finishes will usher in 2018 in style. This bar at 400 Lakeshore Pointe Boulevard, Mount Dora, Florida has enough space for guests to sit and mingle as you prepare cocktails.

The table is set to bring in a new year with a 180-degree beautiful view of Grandfather Mountain at 505 Moon, Linville, North Carolina 28646. Among the features found inside this luxurious retreat include a floor-to-ceiling stacked fireplace and open great room.

Welcome the new year gathered with your loved ones in this cozy open living room with a floor to ceiling stacked stone fireplace featured at this mountain home in 232 The Glens boulevard, Banner Elk, North Carolina. This rustic property has many areas to host your guests whether outdoors on approximately one acre or inside.


Dream by the Fire


With the holiday season upon us, the time has come for friends and family to gather close and celebrate joyous occasions. While there are several spots in the house to create a newfound memory, there is one area in particular that never fails to draw loved ones together: the fireplace. As the temperature continues to drop, we find ourselves spending more time by the heat. Here we present some extravagant properties with majestic fireplaces for everyone to enjoy.


234 Barefoot Beach Boulevard

Spending the holidays near the Gulf? Don’t let some warm weather stop you from taking full advantage of this floor-to-ceiling fireplace. The intricate carved stone detail will immediately catch your eye as soon as you enter the room. Beauty radiates throughout this room, making it the perfect spot to unwind after a long day.


16115 Baycross Drive

An extravagant fireplace welcomes you home the minute you enter the door. Your attention will instantly be drawn towards the beautiful wood detail. As nighttime falls, make your way outside to the outdoor fireplace, which is conveniently situated right next to the outdoor kitchen. Invite your guests and be sure to host a memorable outdoor dinner party this holiday season.


1112 64th Street NW

This immaculate residence boasts three extraordinary fireplaces for the ultimate luxurious experience. Move from room to room and find yourself immersed in a cozy environment no matter where you are in the house. One of these sumptuous fireplaces is located in the master suite, so you can stay hearthside from the comfort of your own bed. Enjoy relaxation at its finest!


725 Eastlawn Drive

You will appreciate the fine attention to detail that is evident in each fireplace within this exquisite estate, including one in the outdoor living area. The woodwork enhances the design of the hearth in the study, while the fireplace outside invites you to stay awhile and enjoy the cool winter evenings that this holiday season will deliver.


173 Pinkerton Corner

As colder weather looms outside, you will be invited to stay indoors and enjoy the warmth that exudes from this grand stone fireplace. Be captivated by the awe-inspiring views that await you from this living room, while wrapping yourself in a blanket in front of the roaring fire. This retreat welcomes the perfect opportunity to escape the bitter cold.

Take 5 | Q&A With Elise Ramer, Senior Director of Public Relations

Earlier this fall, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty welcomed Elise Ramer as the company’s senior director of public relations. Elise is no stranger to luxury real estate public relations, as she has handled extensive campaigns for celebrity listings and record-breaking sales nationwide. Elise’s work has been seen in publications across the globe and has been keeping real estate associates’ names and properties in the public eye for years. While you may have seen her  “PR Opportunity” emails come across your Outlook, catching up with Elise took a little more work. Here is a look inside the fun and frantic world of a public relations professional.

Q. Who inspires you professionally?

A. Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. I listened to her book, “Lean In,” on the way to my job interview with Nicky and Budge, and I will say, I think some of her talking points helped to give me the confidence I needed to ask for my dream job. Her determination to empower women to ask for and take their rightful seat at the executive table has been an inspiration. Also, her career trajectory is one to marvel at and respect.

Q. Name something on your bucket list.

A. That is a loaded question. There are two that hold equal billing in my world. One, land an interview on the Today Show. Two, see the Northern Lights. Both seem impossible, yet doable if I keep my sights set on them.

Q. What is your spirit animal?

A. Ha! Anyone who knows me will agree I am a bulldog by nature. I am fierce, but kind. I am loud and will speak out when necessary, yet not afraid to be who I am.

Q. What song is the soundtrack to your life?

A. There are too many songs to count, but pick any one of The Beatles songs from any and all albums. Since I was born, the music of The Beatles has always been in the background in my parents’ home. And, it still is, every day in my car on Sirius XM’s channel 18. You know you have it bad for a band when you theme your daughter’s nursery with yellow submarines and Beatles quotes.

Q. What is your favorite restaurant in Sarasota?

A. Well, as a former food writer for a local magazine, I have been completely spoiled and I have many favorites. However, Owen’s Fish Camp has been the top contender for years, and The Table Creekside is a close second.


Home for the Holidays

“I’ll be home for the holidays, you can count on me.” The exquisite details of these properties highlight the different aspects of what it means to be “home for the holidays.” Whether it’s an extravagant living or dining room, a  truly welcoming entrance, a chef’s dream kitchen, or a grand backyard to host the holiday celebrations, these luxury listings exude the spirit of the season.

The entryway of any home is usually what welcomes you. The open paved entrance of 1888 Bayshore Drive, Englewood, Florida is sure to welcome you and your guests as they arrive for the holidays. This drive way with the detailed fountain in the middle will fit all your family’s cars and provide enough space for those long awaited greetings on the front steps of this home.

Featured inside 298 Lodge Ride Trail in Banner Elk, North Carolina is a cozy large living room with a fireplace accented and completed by the surrounding wood finishes of the lodge. Family and friends will be delighted to gather around this fireplace while home. In this large living room, celebrating the holidays speaks for itself.

This gorgeous chef’s kitchen is found at 7567 Green Mountain Way, Winter Garden, Florida featuring ceramic floors and an expansive kitchen island. This kitchen provides the space, appliances and elegance to cook all your holiday meals. Cooking for the holidays in this kitchen you will not come across the expression “too many cooks in the kitchen.”

Looking forward to your big holiday meal, this dining room at 825 Longboat Club Road, Longboat Key, Florida can’t wait. The enchanting Villa del Sogno estate hosts this formal dining room lit by a beautiful chandelier to light up your holiday meals. The room provides ample space for friends and family to enjoy time together and great conversation.

This outdoor space at 16115 Baycross Drive Lakewood, Florida ranch screams Florida celebration with its outdoor fireplace, grill and screened in pool and what better way to celebrate than for being “home for the holidays.”

2017 Power Summit Recap

Over 600 sales associates descended upon the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s annual Power Summit on November 16 and 17.  Associates from the brokerage’s 40 offices across Florida and North Carolina, as well as guests from across the country and Canada, experienced two days of panels and presentations focused on building their luxury real estate business and ways to enhance exceptional customer service.

The company was honored to have had the real estate industry’s top coach, Tom Ferry, the executive leadership from Sotheby’s International Realty® and Brett Hagler of New Story as keynote speakers. Other notable presenters included representatives from the National Association of Realtors®, RealScout and the Protocol School of Palm Beach. A luxury panel featured top associates from Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty and Sotheby’s International Realty of Canada.

Click here to view event photos.


Exquisite Estate in Nokomis, Florida

This private Gulf-front paradise boasts 100 feet of pristine sandy beach at one of the widest portions of Casey Key. Built by Frank Miller, the French Provincial custom residence features five spacious bedrooms, five baths, and two half baths — with more than 10,000 total square feet of living area.

The first level is designed with a private master suite with dual-vanity baths and offers the expansive feel of island living with unobstructed views of the glistening turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The open, great room plan is an intrical part of the casual island feel expressed in the oasis style and colors of the coastal setting.

The second-floor gallery is accessed by a private, three-stop elevator and features three additional bedrooms and baths. A fifth bedroom suite is situated midway between floors and could serve as a caretaker or in-law residence. The lower level offers a bath and open area for the extended family guests with ample room for adding additional interior spaces.

The lush, mature and meticulously maintained landscaping surrounding the home, the captivating and open sundeck with a sparkling infinity pool and spa area are a few of the entertaining and relaxation venues offered. The home is conveniently located near all the rich cultural offerings in Venice and Sarasota.


Take 5 | Q&A With Beatrix Masotti, Asheville, North Carolina Managing Broker

This summer, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty welcomed Beatrix Masotti as the broker in charge of its Asheville, North Carolina office.  An accomplished real estate professional with decades of experience in the Central Florida luxury market, she now calls the beautiful mountains of North Carolina home. We were curious to learn a little more about this fabulous addition to our leadership team, so we caught up with Beatrix for an insightful mini interview.

Q. What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

A. Stay true to yourself and seek the satisfaction of helping others be successful!

Q. If you could time travel, where would you go?

A. Back to spend time with my dad. He passed away at a young age, he was only 61. I’d like to spend time with him again when we were on the road. We traveled all over the country for his machinery company – we made a good team!

Q. What’s your favorite thing to do in Downtown Asheville?

A. EAT. I love food and I am still exploring all of the options. I love the farm to table, fresh food options. Asheville has so many restaurants that cook with the farm to table mentality. Farming is something we are looking forward to doing, once we settle in to a new home. A healthy lifestyle is really important to me.

Q. What movie could you watch over and over, and never grow tired of?

A. Pretty Woman. I have seen it probably 100 times and I could watch it 100 times again. Love the Pygmalion theme.

Q. Outside of real estate, what is your greatest passion?

A. My family. My mother has lived with us since my dad passed away and my sons all want to be close by. Having lived in Florida for 28 years, our goal was to move to Asheville and enjoy life here. The plan was set in motion very quickly as I accepted the position of managing broker and moved to North Carolina. We are a close family and I’m looking forward to having them all here soon!