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Engel & Völkers USA takes to the open seas


Come sail away!

Engel & Völkers is proud to announce the launch of its first yachting shop in the Americas. Paul Benson, license partner and Gestalt Group CEO, has partnered with Walter Johnson Yachts to open the first location in Newport Beach, CA. This shop is the newest addition to the brand’s existing locations in the yachting hubs of Monaco and Antibes in the South of France.

There was no yachting brand in the Americas with the reputation and ability to service both new and resale boats at all levels, which presented a huge untapped market opportunity for Engel & Völkers - Very proud to expand our white glove service for our clients now into the yachting industry in the Americas!

- Paul Benson, CEO at Gestalt Group

Engel & Völkers USA takes to the open seas



Paul Benson listing agent in a $32.5 Million Utah Real Estate Record



Trevor Milton purchased the 2,670-acre Riverbend Ranch, which includes a 16,800-square-foot mansion along the Weber River

Trevor Milton, chief executive of Nikola Motor, a rival of electric car concern Tesla that makes hydrogen-electric trucks, has paid $32.5 million for a ranch in Utah. The deal sets a new price record for the state, according to the listing agent.

"I feel like my generation is asset light, wants smaller everything and is moving to cities, which is the opposite of what I wanted in life," said Mr. Milton, 37, in an email. "I enjoy the country, space, privacy and wildlife rather than skylights.... I wanted to create a sanctuary where I could live off the land."

Mr. Milton added that he plans to raise organic beef, vertically farm organic produce and provide a habitat for wildlife. "I plan on picking up multiple other properties like this one in order to preserve Utah and offer a sanctuary for my family, friends, and others to enjoy," he said. Mr. Milton’s company is valued at $3 billion following a funding round a few months ago, according to his firm’s website.

Known as Riverbend Ranch, the 2,670-acre property is in Oakley, Utah, about a 25-minute drive from Park City. The property includes a 16,800-square-foot, eight-bedroom home built along the contours of the Weber River.

The house has floor-to-ceiling walnut bookcases, hand-planed hickory flooring and custom ironwork, mostly created on an Amish farm. The wooden floors were reclaimed from an Idaho schoolhouse. The home also has its own helicopter pad, according to the listing.

The seller, former Quest Software Chief Executive Vinny Smith, also confirmed the transaction. He put a large piece of the property on the market for $30 million in September 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported at the time, and later added several parcels. Mr. Smith now heads Toba Capital, a San Francisco and Newport Beach-based venture-capital firm.

Mr. Smith bought the house plus several additional parcels in 2012, spending an estimated $30 million, he told The Wall Street Journal when he was putting it on the market.

Paul Benson of Engel & Völkers had the listing. He said the market in Utah has been strong so far this year in terms of large residential transactions, spurred in part by demand from buyers from California and New York. Jimmy Rex of Keller Williams represented the buyer.

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Historic Sonoma Bed & Breakfast sold in 1 day!


California 15 October 2019

Engel & Völkers announces the sale of the historic Sonoma Chalet bed & breakfast. Listing agents Tom Wurst and Nada Rothbart secured a buyer for the rare property on the first day it was listed on the market for $2,900,000.

Engel & Völkers brokers the sale of Sonoma’s oldest bed and breakfast Sonoma

This unique property steeped in Sonoma history was created by the founders of “Little Switzerland” in Sonoma, a popular old dance hall. The “Barn” on this property also was built and used for barn dancing, dating back to 1840. “When you walk in you can still feel the vibe,” says listing agent Tom Wurst.” The parlor in the main house showcases hand-painted alpine scenes on all four walls, painted by one of the original owners in the 1800s.

Today the Swiss-style farmhouse and several cottages is permitted with The County of Sonoma as a seven-room Bed and Breakfast. It is comprised of the Barn, which is a large turn-of-the- century farm house with four guest rooms, and three private, individual cottages spread among the inn’s gently sloping hillside.

The new owners will be continuing to operate the property as a bed and breakfast. “Quote from the new owners goes here”.

This is one of the few accommodations in Sonoma that is truly secluded, while only one mile from the historic Sonoma Plaza. To the east of the property is the Montini Farm, another historical property, that now offers a spectacular public hiking trail that climbs up the hill and connects to the Sonoma Overlook Trail. Cows graze on the Montini Farm and can walk right up to your hot tub as you relax and enjoy a relaxing soak. “Along with a bottle of wine, this might be Sonoma style tranquility at its finest,” says listing agent Nada Rothbart.

In a prime, secluded location in the historic city of Sonoma, Engel & Völkers brokered the Sonoma Chalet Bed and Breakfast for a sales price of 2.9 million dollars.

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Tom Wurst & Nada Rothbart
Engel & Völkers Sonoma County
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Cell: (510) 816-7959 | (707) 721-2283

Sonoma County: Wine region of the year by Wine Enthusiast


 Sonoma County has been named 2019 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast, for the magazine’s 20th annual Wine Star Awards. Each year, editors of the publication honor the destination, individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements in the wine and beverage world, and continue to implement innovative, welcoming and sustainable practices and initiatives. 

“Sonoma County is one of the most diverse and progressive winegrowing regions in the world,” said Adam Strum, Chairman and Publisher of Wine Enthusiast. “From powerhouse varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that produce famed bottlings of prominence to classic California wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and more, Sonoma County is renowned for producing highquality wines of distinction. The region is also a standard-bearer for best practices beyond just wine production, as a champion of true sustainability.”


The accolade recognizes the region for the prominent wine-focused programs that Sonoma County Vintners produces to enhance the wine industry. These include the Sonoma County Wine Auction, one of the nation’s top charitable wine auctions. This annual event has raised more than $30 million since its inception to support those in need in Sonoma County. Taste of Sonoma, the annual premier wine and food festival, spotlights Sonoma County’s renowned vintners and chefs.

“This is an incredible recognition of the world-class wines and winegrowers that have made Sonoma County exceptional,” said Michael Haney, Executive Director of Sonoma County Vintners. “Generations of families in this wine community have devoted their time, effort and care making this the best wine region. There is a real sense of pride in everything this community does from winery hospitality to their contributions of those in need. Sonoma County truly is authentic and approachable!”

“Sonoma County is a truly special place with its multi-generational family grape growers and vintners who are committed to sustainability, supporting our local community and preserving agriculture for the next generation,” said Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers. “It means so much to our local wine community to receive this incredible honor from Wine Enthusiast recognizing that in Sonoma County world-class quality wines can come from local families who care.”

Sonoma County’s winegrowing community recently announced that it now has a record-breaking 99% of its local vineyard acreage certified sustainable and will continue to build on its sustainability leadership as an exclusive participant in the California Land Stewardship Institute’s Climate Adaptation Certification Program which is the first program of its kind available for agriculture.

Sonoma County Tourism, the region’s destination stewardship organization, has also implemented various programs to continue building the county’s sustainability efforts, most recently, partnered with Kind Traveler, the first socially conscious “give and get” hotel booking and education platform. To protect the destination’s resources – both natural and human – for residents and travelers for many generations to come, SCT has instituted a new Sonoma County travel kindly pledge.

“Helping to ensure the long-term health of Sonoma County’s extraordinary agricultural resources is of paramount importance and the reason we embraced destination stewardship,” said Claudia Vecchio, President/CEO, Sonoma County Tourism. “We celebrate our extraordinary wine community for leading the way toward sustainability and achieving this well-deserved recognition.”

Sonoma County will appear in the special Dec. 31 Wine Enthusiast “Best of Year” issue and will be presented their Wine Star Award trophies at the 20th anniversary black-tie awards dinner on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, hosted in San Francisco, California, at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Globally recognized - Top producing Engel & Völkers advisor in the world


Paul Benson
is the top producing Engel & Völkers advisor in the world. A master in sales and marketing, he's also the license partner and owner of 28 Engel & Völkers shops in Utah, California, and Nevada, including our Sonoma, Marin, and Napa county shops. 

With a history of innovation in real estate and handcrafted attention to detail, our advisors offer expert local market insights and one-of-a-kind experiences, aimed at crafting a homebuying process that is inspired by creativity and individually tailored to every client. Our ultimate goal is not just client satisfaction, but well exceeding clients’ expectations. Engel & Völkers is the ultimate platform to deliver on that promise.
Engel & Völkers can only be as good and successful as its advisors. We concentrate our efforts on hiring the best REALTORS® and fostering their development on an ongoing basis. We are extremely proud that our managers and advisors give rise to such an open, pleasant, warm and respectful culture. We live by our core values: competence, exclusivity, and passion.

We are proud to be a part of the large Engel & Völkers family.
Interested in joining our team? 

Contact the expansion and management team, Jerrry & Gayle Boren, at (707) 478-0063 or

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Featured in Inman - Engel & Völkers Northern California Growth



The German-founded luxury brand has added 8 new shops and more 
than 80 agents in Northern California in this year.

Paul Benson is adding a trio of Engel & Völkers shops to his impressive portfolio of 28 offices across California, Nevada and Utah. The German-founded luxury brand is opening three Northern California offices, giving it eight new shops and more than 80 agents in Northern California in this year alone.

“Our growth in Northern California can be attributed to the true ethos of the Engel & Völkers brand, which lies in passionate, local experts serving the neighborhoods in which they themselves live, work and play,” Benson said in a statement.
“Each area has its own personality and charm, and requires real estate professionals with specific expertise and market knowledge to best serve clients looking to buy or sell within them,” Benson added. “As part of the Engel & Völkers network, every real estate advisor is empowered with the tools, reach and reputation of a brand recognized around the world for its commitment to upholding the highest standards of client service and expertise.”

The Santa Rosa location will be lead by Gayle and Jerry Boren, who have previously been running the Healdsburg office for the past year. Joining them is Mike Muters, Engel & Völkers’ Northern California manager. Engel & Völkers San Anselmo will be led by Monica Yazbek, the current manager of the company’s Sausalito location and will now be the acting manager of all Marin County locations.
The new Mill Valley shop will be led by Joshua Szarek, who comes to the company from Compass, along with his team. Szarek will also be managing the company’s new Cow Hollow shop on Union Street in San Francisco.
“We’re absolutely thrilled with the brand’s expansion in California”, Anthony Hitt, president and CEO, Engel & Völkers Americas said in a statement. “[Benson’s] leadership and talent for forging connections and delivering on our brand promise is undeniable.”
“At a time in the industry when so many agents and clients simply feel like a number or cog in the system, we’re proud to be building a global brand of local experts that differentiates itself based on serving clients in their communities, understanding what it means to live there, relating to their lifestyles, and in turn, delivering an unmatched experience,” Hitt added.
The new offices are part of Engel & Völkers’ significant U.S. expansion plan taking place throughout 2019. The company has also opened new offices in Brooklyn, Oklahoma, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and North California.

By Patrick Kearns, published on September 16, 2019


We are proud to be a part of the large Engel & Voelkers family.

Interested in joining our team in Healdsburg or Santa Rosa? 

Contact the Sonoma County Managers & Expansion Team, Gayle & Jerry Boren, at (707) 478-0063 or

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