Gold Leaf, Caviar, And Foie Gras Elevate Ordinary Chuck Patties To Deluxe Marvels
There are few foods more satisfying than the humble hamburger.
The all-American comfort food classic evokes the familiar, and yet, pair it with a martini and a dollop of caviar, a hint of foie gras, or a few shavings of truffle, and suddenly the richness of the simple staple tastes like a million bucks.
The universally delicious hand-held meal has been elevated across the globe with these upscale takes.
SINGLE CHEESEBURGER AT AU CHEVAL IN CHICAGO AND NEW YORK
All that's griddled is culinary gold at this upscale Chicago diner that evokes the nostalgia of your favorite greasy spoon with the mastery of high-low ingredients. There's bologna. There's foie gras.
At Au Cheval, burgers are classified as "sandwiches" on the menu, and in this case for good reason, considering that topping suggestions can be an egg, crispy bacon, or house-made fried bologna for peak indulgence. The restaurant does not accept reservations, and the bar is perfect for solo diners. Pair your burger with a stiff martini to balance out the richness.
THE BAR BURGER AT MAISON DE LA LUZ, NEW ORLEANS
Japanese Wagyu beef is the star of this burger at Bar Marilou inside the Maison de la Luz hotel, located just steps away from New Orleans' French Quarter. This French-inspired bar, located in a former library, has a menu fully loaded with indulgences—like foie gras with duck prosciutto and a caviar selection—so it's no surprise that its burger is equally luxe. The Wagyu beef patty comes topped with French Saint Andre cheese—a soft-ripened blend of brie mixed with sour cream and whipped sweet cream—pickled cucumber, lettuce, and onion. It's served on a fluffy potato bun.
The Wagyu beef burger topped with French Saint Andre cheese from Bar Marilou in New Orleans
THE GOLDEN EDITION: WESTSIDE COWGIRL AT HARLEM BURGER CO., NEW YORK CITY
This burger adds a little something extra—edible gold. You'll probably want to document this edible spectacle, which features a medley of comfort food-inspired fixings piled high. The Golden Edition: Westside Cowgirl, as it's called, is topped with Swiss cheese, bacon, crisp tempura onion, homemade barbecue sauce, and egg cooked over easy with lettuce and tomato. Go the extra mile and pair this mouthwatering marvel with a shake and fries.
PRIME RIB BURGER AT THE CONTINENTAL, NASHVILLE
Chef Sean Brock's take is traditional, with high-quality ingredients. The Continental, located inside the Grand Hyatt, just a stone's throw away from the live music and bars on bustling Broadway, uses quality cuts of prime rib folded into Bear Creek Farm's ground beef for its burger. The patty is crusted with peppercorns and seared. But that's just the base of this lavish lunch or dinner—the burger is loaded with red onions, Cantal cheese, tomato, and, the kicker: foie gras mayonnaise. It's served with gaufrette potato chips and horseradish cream. And talk about a burger that comes with hype—there's only a limited number of them made every day at the bar starting at 5 p.m. and in order to claim one, guests are given a golden ticket.
The restaurant is inspired by American dining in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and offers table-side cart service.
THE GOLDEN BOY AT DE DALTONS DINER IN VOORTHUIZEN, NETHERLANDS
This burger dubs itself the world's most expensive. And with a hefty price tag just shy of US$6,000, it just might be. Chef Robbert Jan de Veen of De Daltons diner in Voorthuizen cooked up everything extravagant for The Golden Boy Burger. It starts with a gold-leaf bun that sandwiches a patty comprised of Wagyu beef and chuck short ribs topped with Paleta Iberico Bellota ham, onion rings made with Dom Perignon Champagne in the batter, Beluga caviar, king crab, white truffle, and cheddar cheese. That's not all though—it's served with a barbecue sauce made with single malt Macallan whiskey among other lavish ingredients.
THE INFAMOUS TRUFFLE BURGER AT SERENDIPITY 3, NEW YORK CITY
Food aficionados may know this iconic tourist destination from the classic early 2000s romantic comedy film with the same name, Serendipity, for its famous frozen hot chocolate—but the burgers are also standouts. The Infamous Truffle Burger is dressed with luxury condiments, including Boursin cheese, truffle vinaigrette, black truffle mayonnaise, and an option to add bacon. Save room for dessert if you can.
THE BHANGRA BURGER AT BABA G'S, LONDON
Lamb lovers will appreciate this burger spiced to perfection. The feast for the senses comes with a spiced lamb patty topped with an onion bhaji, raita (an Indian yogurt sauce), tamarind, mango, and a coriander and onion relish.
PLANTA BURGER AT PLANTA WITH LOCATIONS IN TORONTO, FLORIDA, NEW YORK, AND MARYLAND
The dining ambience of this upscale Toronto-based vegan restaurant has a Southern California aesthetic with lush greenery like sprouting snake plants, palm leaves, and Bird of Paradise plants filling the airy space. The Planta Burger, a meatless bean-based patty with mushrooms, lentils, and chickpeas, comes dressed with queso and dill pickles, and a side of almond parmesan truffle fries for eaters looking to cut out meat without compromising on big, bold flavor.
WHERE TO FIND BURGERS IN PORTSMOUTH NEW HAMPSHIRE
A little closer to our home, you can find lots of local burger joints serving up plenty of different types of burgers. BRGR BAR takes its burger creation seriously by sourcing local ingredients and thoughtfully preparing each dish.
Q2 in Southern Maine - 2022 vs 2021 Looking back at Q1 2022 trends, Southern Maine saw an increase in Q2 in available homes for sale as so often happens as the season changes. But in Q2 2022 compared with Q2 2021, there was a decrease in single family homes that came to market in 2022 and median home sale prices went up slightly across most towns.
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Sotheby's International Realty is pleased to announce that once again it is the most represented real estate brand on the 2022 REAL Trends "The Thousand" Individuals by Sales Volume list. The rankings represent the brand's unparalleled network of luxury agents, accounting for nearly 20% of the Individuals by Sales Volume category. The annual report ranks America's top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2021 annual sales volume and transaction sides.
"Once again, Sotheby's International Realty agents continue to outperform the industry," said Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby's International Realty. "In 2021, the brand achieved a global sales volume of US$204 billion – a more than 33% increase year-over-year, significantly outpacing NAR¹. These rankings show that more luxury agents who transact at the high-end are affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty than any other brand, and it recognizes their many accomplishments during another historic year. I am proud to work alongside the best in the business."
2022 REAL Trends "The Thousand" Rankings (Listed in Alphabetical Order):
Top Teams by Sales Volume
Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty CAIN Group Canning Properties Group Dreyfus Group Echelberger Group Gregg Lynn Team Huff/Vaughn/Sassi Luxury Property Group Michelle Thomas Team Private Client Group Stanfield Real Estate Group The Behr Team The Field Team The Power of 4 The Waterfront Team Tom Evans Real Estate
On the 2022 list, Sotheby's International Realty claimed 43 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends individual sales volume category.
Top Agents by Sales Volume
Chris Adlam Ralph Arias Scott Aurich Serena Boardman Binkan Cinaroglu Lisa Cregan Dan Dockray Robert Dullnig Andrew Ernemann Carrie B. Goodman Harald Grant Eric Iantorno Brad Kappel Chris Klug Michael LaPay Eric Lavey Mary Lee Ginger Martin Michael Martinez Leslie McElwreath Chandra Miller Beate V. Moore Craig Morris Todd Peter Russell Post Bridget Ramey Michael Rankin Garrett Reuss Hillary Ryan Joseph Sabeh Linda Sansone Tara Shapiro Tina Shone John Shroyer Wendy Storch Darlene Streit Alexis Tarumianz Tyler Thomas Jorge Uribe Karen Van Arsdale Christian Wach Kumara Wilcoxon Lea Williams
Top Agents by Transactions
Binkan Cinaroglu Anne Lusk Darlene Streit
Top Teams by Transactions
Michelle Thomas Team
The complete "The Thousand" top real estate professionals list can be found on REAL Trends' website, www.realtrends.com.
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Sotheby's International Realty is pleased to announce that its global network achieved a record US$204 billion in 2021 global sales volume, a 36% increase in sales growth year over year, as U.S. cities saw a resurgence of interest following the pandemic and sales activity in secondary and resort markets around the world remained strong. The brand's U.S. sales volume grew by 33.8% year over year, significantly outpacing NAR's national increase of 20.6% from the prior year,1 underscoring the brand's leadership in the high-end market.
"Our office’s sales volume in York County increased by nearly 35% over 2020 totals."2 said Linda Briggs, broker/owner of Anne Erwin Sotheby’s International Realty. "Our agents outperformed the industry average as clients continued to depend on our trusted expertise to navigate a constrained market."
Reinvigorated Interest in Cities and Continued Strength in Secondary Markets Fueled Sales
The Sotheby's International Realty® brand's existing presence in major metropolitan and resort markets around the world ensured the brand was well-prepared to meet the renewed interest in cities and the sustained boom of secondary home markets.
Interest in U.S. cities such as New York, Miami, San Francisco, and Austin returned to pre-pandemic levels and helped trigger record-breaking sales. Other U.S. cities, such as Atlanta, Houston, and Los Angeles, also saw strong performances in 2021.
With remote and hybrid work models influencing buyer behavior in 2021, secondary markets and resort areas continued to produce high demand and increased prices. In the U.S., areas such as Florida, Hawaii, and Colorado saw record performances. Globally, second home markets in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland and resort areas in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, and Puerto Rico achieved notable growth and record sales.
As buyers continued to prioritize properties that offered more space and land, states with no income tax such as Florida, Texas, and Wyoming offered added appeal, while the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore remained popular for their favorable tax structures and saw significant gains.
An Award-Winning Year for the Brand's Innovative Technology and Offerings
Sotheby's International Realty continued to lead the industry with its technology and marketing efforts. Sothebysrealty.com saw more than 46 million visitors in 2021, a 25% increase year-over-year and the most visits to the website in its history. The site was also named Best Real Estate Website in the People's Choice Category in the 25th Annual Webby Awards, recognizing the brand's efforts to introduce translations in 14 languages, nearly 60 currency conversions, and a mobile-first approach to emphasize the method in which today's clients are buying and selling homes.
Property videos, which exploded in popularity during the 2020 lockdown, have continued to trend as more buyers start the initial viewing process online. Videos produced by Sotheby's International Realty agents were played nearly 90 million times – a 50% increase year-over-year.
Sotheby's International Realty was also awarded the honor of 2021 Top Luxury Brokerage by Inman, the industry's leading source of real estate information. The prestigious award is a testament to the brand's achievements in luxury marketing, record-breaking sales, and high-quality service.
"Buyers continue to rely on virtual technology to make their homebuying process more convenient," said Chief Marketing Officer, Bradley Nelson. "As a brand, we have always sought out to establish the highest standard for marketing luxury properties and I am proud that our marketing and technology investments have been recognized as the ‘best' in the industry in 2021."
Fortifying a Strong Network with Global Growth
During another record year, Sotheby's International Realty continued to strategically expand its presence around the world. In 2021, the brand opened 86 new offices, bringing the brand's total presence to more than 1,000 offices in 79 countries and territories with more than 25,000 independent sales associates worldwide.
"Sotheby's International Realty continued to expand internationally in key markets," said Tammy Fahmi, senior vice president of global servicing and strategy for Sotheby's International Realty. "In 2021, the brand opened offices in five new territories and our international sales volume grew by 56% year over year. Our global presence is a draw for our agents and clients, and we continue to evaluate markets that will support our strategic growth."
In the EMEIA region, the brand expanded to Oman and Morocco and opened three new offices in the Swiss Alps region. In the Caribbean and Latin American region, the brand opened new offices in Jamaica and St. Kitts & Nevis during a boom of Caribbean interest.
As affluent individuals looked to purchase homes in a market with limited inventory, Sotheby's International Realty agents acted as true global real estate advisors. Referral sales volume within the brand's global network increased by nearly 80% year over year and the average sales price of these referrals increased by 21% year over year.
"Our ability to produce another historic year amid record demand and low inventory shows beyond a doubt that Sotheby's International Realty agents are resourceful, committed, and informed to meet and exceed the needs of their clients," concluded Fahmi.
The Sotheby’s International Realty® 2022 Luxury Outlook report is an ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe. With demand reaching record levels, inventory generally not keeping up, and people caring more than ever about their homes, this year has been a busy one. In this report, we follow the trends that are likely to shape the coming months across the world's prime housing markets, from the resurgence of urban cities to the return of the international buyer.
"More than ever—for buyers and sellers—working with a knowledgeable agent who truly understands the local market is of utmost importance. A great agent scours the market for deals where there is minimized inventory and can advise on the strongest secondary markets and areas of highest potential growth." - Philip A. White Jr., president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty®
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