Santa Barbara, California – The Belmond El Encanto Hotel was home this past weekend for 45 of the top Sotheby’s International Realty agents from across the U.S. who gathered here for the Market Leaders’ Forum, a two-day event focused on best practices, collaboration & strategic growth within the global real estate space.
The intensive meetings and networking events were co-hosted by Montecito’s own, Suzanne Perkins and Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty, and proved the perfect opportunity to showcase the beauty, history & culture of the Santa Barbara & Montecito Coast.
Those in attendance represented luxury markets throughout California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Texas, Washington, and Washington, D.C.
The dynamic symposium was moderated by Liz Bentley, President of Liz Bentley Associates, a nationally recognized performance consultant and coach.
The two-day retreat began with an intimate cocktail reception and opening night dinner on the Channel Islands Terrace on the top floor of the El Encanto Hotel.
The following day, a full agenda of meetings and breakout sessions concluded with a reception and estate tour at one of Suzanne Perkins’ exceptional listings located at 815 Cima Del Mundo, currently offered at $29 million. After sunset, the group transitioned by coach to a fabulous dinner under the stars at The Stonehouse Restaurant’s Wine Cellar Terrace, set within the magical grounds of San Ysidro Ranch.
The Forum’s final day concluded with a private estate tour of the historic Villa Santa Barbara, owned by beloved television host, bestselling author, and Emmy–winning actress, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Australian-American actress Portia de Rossi. The exquisite estate is listed by Perkins for $45 million.