Dale Sorensen Real Estate sales agent Stephanie Moss-Dandridge closes record breaking $9 million sale in Brevard County


Dale Sorensen Real Estate has announced that Realtor® Stephanie Moss Dandridge has closed a record breaking sale for Brevard County. Sale of the home, named Meander, at 6585 South Tropical Trail for $9 million represents a record for the highest price home sale in Brevard County.

“To say that I was honored to represent the sellers in the sale of this extraordinarily beautiful home is quite the understatement,” said Stephanie Moss Dandridge. “This is a history making sale for Brevard County and I am critically aware that, yes, the agent must have the expertise and relatability to sell an estate of this caliber, but it’s also the world class marketing, advertising, social media collaboration, and the extensive use of our exclusive Affiliates that only Dale Sorensen real estate offers.  I was profoundly grateful for this opportunity!”

“We are thrilled for Stephanie and for the sellers,” said Dale Sorensen, Jr. Managing P artner for DSRE.  “Stephanie’s knowledge of and experience with luxury properties, coupled with our unique and innovative marketing which includes some of the most exclusive luxury marketing channels in the world, made this sale possible.”

The home was designed in the style of Addison Mizner, a renowned American architect whose Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial Revival style is evident throughout South Florida.  Barrel tile roofing, ornate exterior window trim, wrought iron work and an abundance of balconies are all Mizner touches that are seen throughout Meander.

Luxurious features of the 5 bedroom, 8 ½ bath, 2 story, 17,000+ square foot home include a floor to ceiling fireplace in the formal living room, a wine cellar, a Chef’s kitchen with professional grade appliances, all ensuite bedrooms, a fantastic study with beams and wood framed ceiling, a 1950’s style soda parlor and game room featuring a ceiling of art deco lighting and a luxurious 10-person Hollywood themed theater.  Exterior features include a guest house/casita, and a 3,000 square foot private garage with a total of 12 Air-Conditioned spaces and room for an oversized Touring Coach.

Sitting on more than 9 acres, and nestled between the Banana River and the Intracoastal Waterway on the southern tip of Merritt Island, the property is strategically positioned to take advantage of privacy, sunset views and balmy breezes.

Dandridge, who specializes in Brevard County luxury properties, has been a licensed Realtor ® for nearly 5 years.  She can be reached at 321-243-1218 or by email at sdandridge@sorensenrealestate.com. 

Dale Sorensen Real Estate celebrates Grand Opening of office in Historic Cocoa Village

Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc., (DSRE) the leader in the real estate market in Brevard and Indian River Counties, recently celebrated the Grand Opening of their office in the quaint and charming arts and cultural district of Historic Cocoa Village.  This ultramodern-luxury real estate office is strategically located in a high foot-traffic area on #4 Harrison Street in the middle of a couple of the area’s most popular entertainment attractions.

“Opening this office was part of our company’s strategic growth plan and we could not be more pleased with the success of this office and the sales agents who work here,” said Dale Sorensen, Jr., managing partner for Dale Sorensen Real Estate.  “Sales have exceeded our initial expectations and we expect that to continue. When we opened here, we wanted to offer the residents of Brevard County the same unparalleled customer service that our Indian River County clients have enjoyed for 40 years.   I believe that we have accomplished that and more.”

“We’re very excited to have an office in Cocoa Village,” said Dale Sorensen, Sr., Broker and Founder of Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc. “When I started this company, now 40 years ago, I could not have imagined this growth.  But thanks to the commitment of everyone involved within the company, and the arduous work and success of our sales associates, we have become the real estate market leaders for the Treasure and Space Coasts.”

Donna Browning, Managing Broker for Brevard County, is also very pleased with the location. “We really love being a part of the Historic Cocoa Village.  We have joined several local business organizations and have carried on the DSRE culture of giving by investing in local non-profit groups and philanthropy.  We have also invested substantially in the office itself by remodeling the space and it turned out beautiful.  We incorporated the fabulous DSRE brand and colors and transformed this space into something very innovative and modern, utilizing the most up-to-date technology. One of the very exciting features is the addition of the digitally intelligent interactive display system that allows foot-traffic consumers to interact with content and listings through our storefront window at any time of day.  We’ve made a commitment to provide our sales agents with the latest in technology and the most innovative marketing tools to empower them to deliver great service to their customers.”

Browning also said that investing in their sales agents is truly important to the company.  The company utilizes a comprehensive training program that continually provides education to their sales agents to keep them in the forefront of real estate trends and technology while elevating the service they can provide with the exclusive and innovative marketing and sales tools that makes up the DSRE Advantage and that contributes to the hundreds of successful transactions made by DSRE agents.

The focal area of this office is Rockledge, Cocoa Village, Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach and since opening the doors at this location, the company has had a substantial number of significant listings and sales.

For more information Dale Sorensen Real Estate in Brevard County, contact Donna Browning at 321.723.9990 or by email at dbrowning@sorensenrealestate.com.

Brenda Valdivia joins Dale Sorensen Real Estate

Dale Sorensen Real Estate is pleased to announce that Brenda Valdivia has joined the company’s team of real estate professionals.

Valdivia grew up in Peru and Miami so she appreciates the Vero Beach lifestyle in a way like no-one else.  As a child in Peru, Valdivia’s father was a successful car dealer.  That is until the worst political violence in the history of the republic during the 1980’s and 1990’s.  Valdivia’s family knew they needed to leave their homeland and moved to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.  But after several years, her father wanted to move to a quieter, less congested area to improve his family’s lifestyle.  The family arrived in Vero Beach a dozen years ago and immediately knew they were finally home.

Selling real estate was another long journey for Valdivia. “I worked in retail sales on Vero’s Barrier Island for many years.  Matilde Sorensen used to come in and she would ask me to come sell real estate.  I always thought about it but would never take that leap.  Then I met another sales agent with Dale Sorensen Real Estate.  He finally convinced me that I could, and should, do this.  I will forever be grateful to both of them for pushing me into what is now my forever career.”

Valdivia has a background of proven sales and superior customer service. Valdivia will work with all types of residential real estate, including single family homes, apartments and condominiums, in all areas of Vero Beach and Indian River County.  She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

A shopping maven, other hobbies of Valdivia include trying new restaurants, going to the movies, and spending time in the sun, and at beaches and the pool. She is the very proud grandmother to a 15-month-old little girl.  “She is the light of my life.”

For a woman forced to leave her homeland, to finding her new hometown, Brenda Valdivia appreciates the wonderful life she has and is anxious to show others the town she has so lovingly adopted.

She can be reached at 772.321.1581, by email at bvaldivia@sorensenrealestate.com or at the office located at 1961 14th Avenue, in historic downtown Vero Beach.

DSRE Chosen to Attend Top London Event

There is no doubt the internet is a great way to reach international buyers, but sometimes there is nothing better than getting together face-to-face. With so many buyers nowadays coming from all over the world this can be a challenge.

That is why we are looking forward to taking many of our finest homes to London in October. On the 27th and 28th of that month many wealthy buyers from Europe and beyond will make their way to prestigious Olympia in London to view a selection of the most desirable homes from around the world.

It is in this rarified environment that we have been selected to showcase many of our most luxurious homes. We will be joined by leading real estate industry experts who will be running helpful interactive workshops and seminars over the course of this important two-day event, and, for the seventh year in succession – so successful is the show – that two of our own London office team, Nick Churton and Annette Reeve, will be on hand to help.

This invitation-only private view is a celebration of luxury homes and offers guests a unique opportunity to see and buy some of the world’s most exclusive properties.

London’s favorite exhibition venue, Olympia is surely the perfect backdrop for international buyers to discover some of the world’s most exclusive properties.

We believe it is our ability to expose our clients’ homes to these premium international buyers that really sets us apart from other brokers. We see it as essential that we are able to exhibit some of our most stunning homes at this important event. It is because London is so international and has such a strong influence into Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Russia that the Olympia event has a reach far beyond London and the rest of the UK.

Call us now to discuss how your home can be showcased at the Luxury Property Show this October – remember it is by invitation-only so only the most serious buyers will be there.

This means there will be a lot of wealth in a small place and it will allow us to speak to the type of buyers who are by nature often difficult to reach .We are excited to introduce our serious sellers to some of the world’s most serious buyers in a relaxed atmosphere where they have the time and inclination to talk.

What’s Good for the Goose

Nick Churton of Dale Sorensen Real Estate’s London office suggests a new way of thinking when it comes to selling property.
Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, suggests that we overestimate the amount of change which will happen
over two years but underestimate the amount of change over ten. This certainly seems to be the case with
real estate. Our tastes move on hugely over a decade as new materials, technology, design, our experiences
of staying in modern hotels and even watching reality home shows on the television increasingly influence us.
Public opinion and governmental policy also have their effect.

But underlying all these developments are the changes we see in our own lives; the amount of space we
need to occupy, running costs, convenience and the time that could be spent doing other things – sometimes
at stages in life like parenthood or retirement when time is increasingly precious.
Retirees for example have much to consider. Do they want to continue living in large family houses when
there is no large family living there any more? And the desire to head off to rural or waterside retreats, once
the dream of many, is being overtaken by the desire to live in exciting urban environments where there is
life, opportunity, convenience and grandchildren. Growing old gracefully is no longer an appealing prospect
to many.

In the new homes sector this is a big challenge. Few of us live or want to live in the same way we used to.
Developers must work out how people will want to live tomorrow and then create that model today. For
some this might seem courageous speculation, but that doesn’t make it wrong.

In the pre-owned home sector there are different challenges. We are beginning to see a real trend in
adapting dated, multi-zone living spaces that segregate people within the home into larger more inclusive
multi-functional areas. Eating, dining, entertaining and relaxing with family and friends are now desired in one
large single-function area where the bi-fold door finally brings nature indoors and makes the garden an
integral part of the house.

Therefore buying a home has become akin to trading in an old car for a brand new one. When most people
buy a new car today they expect plenty of fresh innovative features, not the same outdated ones their old
car possessed. A new car is a finely engineered and brilliantly designed machine for driving. Buyers of all ages
now think that a home should be a finely engineered and brilliant machine for living.

Those who seek to leave their old homes behind and look forward to enjoying all the benefits that the next
one should offer might spare a thought for the people they want to sell to. Don’t these buyers crave modern
styles and fittings also? Home sellers should remember that and either make their home attractive to the
modern buyer or accept that the price will have to reflect essential modernization works. After all, what’s
good for the goose is good for the gander.

Finding that Perfect Second Home

Finding that perfect winter residence can sometimes be more difficult than buying a primary residence.  There are so many things, other than price point, to consider including what type of community are you interested in, what community amenities are important, what hobbies do you plan to pursue, does the home need to accommodate visitors and more.  It’s important to make a list of your priorities for the time you’ll be living there, and understanding these priorities may be different from the ones you have at your primary residence. But don’t feel overwhelmed, there’s an easy way to narrow your choices down.

First make a list, in order of importance, of the following types of considerations:

What type of community are you looking for, i.e. golf, waterfront, tennis?

Does the community need to be pet friendly?

Do you want a gated, staffed or open community?

What type of interests or hobbies do you plan on pursuing?

Are you planning on hosting visitors from out of the area for extended stays? If so, how many guest rooms do you need?

Are you looking for a full size kitchen with upgraded appliances, or are you planning on eating out a lot?

Do you need a pool and/or a summer kitchen?

Do you want privacy and seclusion with a lot of downtime or do you want to be in the middle of everything?

Is being close to shopping and dining important to you?  How important is it to be close to cultural activities, like festivals, museums and art galleries?

Will you need a home office to be able to conduct business?

Questions such as those listed above can help you determine in advance what’s most important when deciding on a secondary home.  Having this information handy will be most helpful to your real estate agent and in the long run, narrow your choices down to those homes that best fit your lifestyle and needs.

Buying a second or third home is exciting and can be a lot of fun if you’re prepared.