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“Picture Perfect” Estate in The Woodlands, TX Scheduled for Luxury Auction® Aug 18th

Carlton Woods Residence on 1.5-Acre Lot Selling Without Reserve

An impressive residence in the upscale Carlton Woodscommunity within The Woodlands, TX has been scheduled for sale via luxury auction® on August 18th. Recently asking $6.75 million, the property is now being auctioned without reserve, meaning that the highest bidder will become the new homeowner regardless of the bid amount. Luxury real estate auction house Platinum Luxury Auctions, which previously produced the Woodlands’ record sale of $7.1 million in 2016, is working in cooperation with veteran listing agent and top-producer Beth Ferester of Beth Ferester and Company for the transaction.

The homeowners relied heavily on Ferester’s input when electing to auction the home. According to Ferester, Platinum’s intensive deal management and focused service model were decisive factors in selecting the Miami-based firm. “Like Platinum, it is quality rather than quantity that is the base of our business model, and it has worked well for us over the past 36 years,” she stated.

“Beth is a proven force in the luxury real estate industry, and has probably already forgotten more about selling Texas property than most of us will ever learn,” noted Trayor Lesnock, Platinum’s president and founder. “We’re excited to work together on a home that is sure to impress even the most particular luxury homebuyer.”

According to Lesnock, the hardly two-year-old residence is fit for a showroom. “What is perhaps most impressive is that the home is in ‘camera-ready’ condition even while serving as a primary residence for a growing family,” he added. “It’s an excellent sign of pride of ownership.”

The home was designed by Sullivan, Henry, Oggero & Associates and newly completed in 2016 by Matt Powers Custom Homes. Built in accord with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, it offers 11,150 interior square feet throughout two living levels, with 5 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half baths. A “bonus” room can be used as a sixth bedroom.

All bedrooms are quite spacious and include en-suite baths. Custom built-ins in the children’s rooms offer ample work-study and storage space. A sumptuous master suite on the upper level features a private vestibule entrance and his-and-hers bathrooms, while a “junior master” suite on the entry level is perfect for guests or live-in staff.

Additional interior features include an elevator, grand salon, gourmet kitchen with oversized island, upper and lower entertainment lounges, and a gentlemen’s “sports cave” offering 3 wall-mounted televisions for the avid sports enthusiast. Fine finishes are located throughout the residence, and include bespoke molding, hand-beveled and scraped French oak floors, and wood-paneled walls.

Outdoor amenities are also sure to impress. The neatly manicured grounds were created with the help of Moss Landscaping, and include an English-style garden, firepit with seating area, and an in-ground trampoline offering fun for all ages.

The home’s outdoor living area – located just off the lower-level family room and entertainment area – features a covered lounge with a fireplace, television, built-in audio/video system, and an adjacent summer kitchen with a Wolf grill. A custom pool and spa surrounded by a paved pool deck are just steps away from the lounge.

Carlton Woods requires that property previews are conducted by appointment. Interested parties may contact Platinum to schedule their visits between the hours of 12pm and 5pm CT, each Friday through Sunday until the auction date. Visit WoodlandsLuxuryAuction.com, or contact Platinum’s project manager, Brian Raymond, at 800.983.7817 for additional information.

 

Former VP at IBM Retains Platinum Luxury Auctions for Sale of “Smart Home”

Ridgefield, CT Property Boasts Extensive Home Automation Features

On July 28tha luxury home in Ridgefield, CT with a home automation system that has garnered exposure in media outlets such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Archi-TECH Residential and Tech Home Builder, will be sold at a live auction. Although once asking $4 million, the residence will now be sold without reserve, meaning the highest bidder will prevail, regardless of the high bid amount. The property owner, John Russell Patrick, retained Miami-based auction firm Platinum Luxury Auctions to handle the sale. Platinum is working in tandem with the property’s listing agent, Harry “Chip” Neumann, Jr. of Neumann Real Estate, for the transaction.

Mr. Patrick, who is a former vice president of IBM and a founding sponsor of the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT in 1994, was involved in the development and growth of the Internet. His tech background, combined with the fact that he also authored a book entitled, Home Attitude: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Home Smart, makes it no surprise that Mr. Patrick developed a very tech-centric, automated residence for his family.

“Whether you want to change the temperature, adjust lighting, open the garage door, or even create custom responses to incoming visitors or a change in weather, you can do it with the simple press of a touchscreen,” stated David Ashcroft, Platinum’s director of business development.

A series of one-touch, wall-mounted digital panels located throughout the home provide control over the automation system. In addition, sensors throughout the property are set to trigger customized commands in the event of snow, rain or the arrival of guests. A 25-kW generator and battery backups assure power is uninterrupted, even in inclement weather.

Despite all of its tech features, the property does not present itself as a “techie” home, and instead offers an elegant, traditional design with an ambiance of relaxed luxury. Situated on 2.7 manicured acres, the residence is approx. 6,800 sf, with 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths.

Built in 2002, construction emphasized the use of reliable, low-maintenance materials. The home’s siding, shingles, and exterior trim are constructed of components that are especially impervious to weather.

Interiors feature handsome wood molding and hardwood floors. A large, mahogany-paneled office – designed by a leading architect in workplace planning – maximizes productivity. There is also, 1,700 sf of “bonus space” ready for custom completion, as well as an attic offering another 1,267 sf of flexible space.

An attached, 5-car garage is complimented by a detached, 2-car garage that includes a space ideal for use as a studio, office or “man-cave.”

The home’s grounds and outdoor living areas include a 60-ft pond, in-ground spa with rock waterfall, multiple gardens and a gazebo (plans are available for an in-ground swimming pool). Nearly 6,000 sf of paved driveway and 3,000 sf of stone terraces and walls serve to enhance the beauty of the landscaping.

Open house previews of the property are available between the hours of 12 and 5pm ET daily, through Friday, July 27th. For information on property previews, bidder registration or other auction procedures, interested parties may visit ConnecticutLuxuryAuction.com, or contact Platinum’s project manager, Walter Cerini, at 800.745.8323.

IBM exec’s Ridgefield ‘smart home’ has attitude

Former IBM Vice President John Patrick’s Whipstick Road home in Ridgefield will be auctioned off by Platinum Luxury Auctions on July 28. Designed by MacMillan Architects in collaboration with Phoenix Audio Video of Fairfield, the “smart house” features fully-integrated home automation.

 

Check out the full Habitat article by Anna Quinn here.

 

 

Smart Ridgefield Home Goes To Auction on July 28

A Home with Attitude: 117 Whipstick Road Goes to Auction on Saturday, July 28 at 4:00 pm.

Automation behind the scenes makes this stunning shingle style residence technology savvy (yes, it’s really [very] smart). Owned by Internet Pioneer and author, John Patrick, 117 Whipstick Road is his brainchild and brings “Home Attitude”, Patrick’s newly released book, to life.

Featured in Business Week and most recently in Mansion Global, the five-bedroom home boasts distinguished architectural features, custom millwork, arched panel doors, hardwood floors, radiant heat, high-quality cabinetry, many built-in special features. An acclaimed office and custom five-car garage, complete the perfectly efficient package.

Now, the absolutely stunning home is in the hands of Platinum Luxury Auctions. Property Previews are currently taking place daily from noon to 5:00 pm until July 28. Registered bidders only. Contact Platinum to obtain registration information.

The former IBM VP shared thoughts on the upcoming home auction on his Blog saying, “After being married 50 years, we are happy to live anywhere, but the big house became more than we needed. We decided to downsize to a Toll Brothers carriage house about 12 miles away.” Patrick adds, “Now the question is how to sell such a special home. As I told the Wall Street Journal, I like the auction model because it is action-oriented.”

“Some say an auction is a risky approach to selling a home. I say relying completely on the traditional home selling method is also risky as the carrying costs mount. One is wait and see, the other is make something happen through an aggressive marketing program and professional handling of bidder interest. I will know if it was a good decision on July 28. I am optimistic. If you have a friend who is looking for a Ridgefield, Connecticut outpost, please share this with them,” says Patrick.

See the full article, written by Kerry Ann Ducey, here.

Former IBM VP To Auction His Tech Savvy Home

John Russell Patrick’s fully automated home, once listed for $4 million, will go under the hammer, without reserve, on July 28

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON JULY 12, 2018 MANSION GLOBAL
John Russell Patrick, former IBM vice president, will auction his 2.7-acre estate on July 28.

The 6,800-square-foot mansion in Ridgefield, Connecticut, features fully integrated home automation, which Mr. Patrick helped design from scratch. Platinum Luxury Auctions is overseeing the auction.

Mr. Patrick, 72, is a founding sponsor of the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT in 1994, where he was heavily involved with discussions about the birth and subsequent growth of the internet. As tech-savvy as they come, Mr. Patrick channeled his technological shrewdness into the construction of his brilliant home, equipped with a uniquely sophisticated system. Platinum Luxury Auctions produced a video that highlights the home’s impressive features.

Mr. Patrick, who authored the book “Home Attitude: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Home Smart” and worked for IBM for 39 years,  is an expert in home automation.

Mr. Patrick noted that his home’s smart technology offers state-of-the-art energy conservation, home security, and convenience. “I wanted technologically advanced features and infrastructure in the home that would last for decades,” Mr. Patrick told Mansion Global.

“There are miles and miles of hidden network cables,” Mr. Patrick said, explaining the complex inner-workings of such a unique home.

According to a news release, the system is controlled through one-touch, wall-mounted digital panels placed throughout the home. “From these stations, everything from the garage doors to the waterfall in the seven-seat spa can be controlled with a fingertip, and sensors have been strategically placed to trigger customized commands in the event of snow, rain, or the arrival of dinner guests.”

The unconventional innovator that he is, it is unsurprising that Mr. Patrick grew impatient with the traditional “wait-and-see” method of listing real estate on the market and hoping someone bites. After listing and relisting his home over 10 times since 2013, he chose to auction his fully-automated home live, without reserve, in late July. The home was last listed in April for just under $2 million.

The home, once listed for $4 million, will soon be at the mercy of a live auction.

“It’s going to be up to the bidders,” Mr. Patrick said, acknowledging the risk associated with a live auction model. “But doing nothing is a risk, too. I savor this approach, it’s more likely to get results.”

Plus, he added, “we are very optimistic about the approach we are taking,”  referencing internet traffic on the real estate listing site Zillow, direct email inquiries, and views on the auctioneer’s professional video.

The home, although exceptionally smart, is quite beautiful, too, but Mr. Patrick conceded, “My wife had more to with that than I did.”

According to the listing, the residence offers custom mill work, arched panel doors, and hardwood floors.

In 2002, when Mr. Patrick completed the home, the property received considerable attention in the media, according to Mr. Patrick. Once featured on Businessweek TV, the home includes a 60-foot koi pond, an in-ground spa with a waterfall, gardens, a gazebo, and an office with custom South African mahogany.

The home will be auctioned on July 28, but, as the auction approaches, Mr. Patrick expects substantial feedback from bidders.

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