Sotheby’s moves into second Grant Ave. location
Sotheby’s International Realty likes historic houses and it just moved into one. The company that has been in the circa-1860 Padre Gallegos House on Washington Avenue and the circa-1925 Mira Flores Building (aka Judge Reed Holloman House) on Grant Avenue for years just moved into the late-19th-century house next door, at 318 Grant. And the move accommodates the approximately 36 brokers previously housed at 417 E. Palace Avenue— a house that was built in the first decade of the 20th century and for many years housed the Catholic Maternity Institute.
“We willmiss Palace, but this gives us more of a campus feeling right next to the office at 326 Grant,” said Gregg Antonsen, Sotheby’s qualifying broker in Santa Fe. “It was also about rededicating ourselves to the downtown and the revitalization of downtown. And the fact that I have the support of Sotheby’s to do this shows that they believe in the strength of the Santa Fe market.”
Antonsen said the move from one leased space to another represents an expansion of nearly a thousand square feet in office space and, even more significantly, is a boon in parking. Between the two neighboring buildings, the company has 43 parking spots.
The office at 326 has been known as the Grant office, so they’re nicknaming 318 “G2.” Antonsen, who supervises more than 130 brokers at Sotheby’s Santa Fe, was in the process of relocating his office fromGrant to G2 in the third week of June. “We wanted this to be very contemporary, and I like the contrast fromrenovating an old home and making it look really newand up to date. Upstairswe have designed what we call a ‘work café.’ Itwill be a great education center and great for brokerswho just want to come and go; some call the concept ‘hotel stations.’ We can seat 18 in a classroom situation, and there are two balconies for people to hang out on a Friday afternoon. It’s a really cool, positive energy that’s being created.
“We have a lot of the newer brokers here, which is another reason I wanted the atmosphere to be upbeat and contemporary.”— PaulWeideman
The house at 318 Grant Avenue is the new home for Sotheby’s International Realty’s broker associates who formerly worked out of 417 E. Palace Avenue. The new office is next door to the firm’s longtime 326 Grant location.