Concierge Auctions Achieves Record-Breaking Sale With Its First Houston Area Auction - The Historic Ross Sterling Mansion

Luxury waterfront home modeled after the White House in contract, represents one of the highest sales in the greater Galveston Bay area in 2016

Dec 9, 2016

HOUSTON, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- New York-based luxury auction firm Concierge Auctions is pleased to announce that Galveston Bay's most historic property – the Governor Ross Sterling Mansion – has a new owner. The live auction of the property, hosted via the firm's Instant Gavel app, attracted international attention and drew multiple qualified bidders vying to own the historic mansion modeled after the White House. The successful auction marks the firm's first sale in the greater Houston area, and its 16th sale in Texas since 2012. Held in cooperation with Lin Neese and Chris Foster of John Daugherty Realtors Inc., the auction achieved the highest sale in Morgan's Point, where the home is located, in 2016 and one of the highest sales in the Galveston Bay area all year.

"The Concierge Auctions team is comprised of consummate professionals who did exactly what they said they would – secure qualified, registered bidders on auction day, and successfully sell the property," Foster stated. "They were on top of the process every step of the way. I was pleased with every aspect of their service and would recommend their services to others here in Houston. I will definitely work with them again in the future."

Located at 515 Bayridge Road, the mansion was designed by Alfred Finn for the 31st Texas Governor Ross Sterling as a scaled-down version of the US White House and is recognized on the National Registry of Historic Places. The traditional Colonial residence – known as the First Texas White House – overlooks Galveston Bay and offers an impressive 20,689 square feet including nine bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a grand salon, ballroom, library, media room, game room, parlors, and a gym. Its 28-foot rotunda portico terrace soars 22 feet, offering panoramic views of the bay and direct beach access. Built in 1924, the property has been renovated to also include a small sand beach at the water's edge, complete with palm trees.

Concierge Auctions' exposure campaign resulted in more than 24,499 website views from 140 states/regions (led by Texas, California and New York) and 57 countries (led by the United States and Canada). Approximately 643 buyer prospects inquired for more information, and 96 open house tours and 42 private showings were conducted. 

"We're thrilled with the outcome of our first property auction in the Houston area," said Laura Brady, president and founder of Concierge Auctions. "The success is proof that our model for selling one-of-a-kind, incomparable properties transcends across all markets. Through our platform and collaboration with renowned local listing agents, with whom we always partner with on all auctions, we were able to receive worldwide interest, resulting in a seamless, record-breaking sale."

Concierge Auctions is active in 35 US states and 15 countries. Its remaining December pipeline includes 24 outstanding properties from around the world, including its robust, 19-property Winter Portfolio Sale, which will take place in Downtown Manhattan on December 20.

Concierge Auctions offers a commission to the buyers' representing real estate agents. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. For more information on any of these auctions, or if you have a remarkable property to submit for consideration to the Concierge Auctions platform, call 212.202.2940.

About Concierge Auctions
New York-based Concierge Auctions is the dominant marketplace for buying and selling the world's finest properties. Since its founding in 2008, Concierge's business has spanned 35 US states and 15 countries, resulting in over $1 billion in sales and many record-setting transactions. Concierge conducts a majority of its auctions through its custom mobile "Instant Gavel" application, which can be downloaded from the Apple and Android app stores. Concierge recently received the "Best Overall Marketing" award from Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate, a global collection of more than 130,000 real estate professionals in more than 60 countries, and has been named one of America's fastest-growing companies by Inc. Magazine for the past three years.

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