As pioneer publishers pursuing unexplored territory, Pamela and Robert H. Kelsey first introduced to the world a showcase of preeminent estate properties in 1969. Throughout the ensuing years, their vision has been globally acknowledged as a masterpiece publication, in what they uncompromisingly branded Leading Estates of the World. Happily, they remain active and involved as enthusiasts, promoters, and counsel. Enjoy a trip down memory lane with Volume 201, as the inside front and back pages proudly display the covers of the past 100 issues. Each issue carried their timeless mantra—“For those with the means, indulge yourself; for those with the dreams, enjoy yourself.” The 101st issue you currently hold builds on this history while bringing newly structured ownership, direction, and purpose, and is hereby presented as our Renaissance Issue.
The Renaissance is known as the period of European history between the 14th and 17th centuries of revived interest in science and in ancient art and literature, especially in Italy, as well as a time of growth and new activity. The Renaissance Issue of Leading Estates of the World showcases the Old World—the Renaissance era Italian compound of Leonardo da Vinci on the Mediterranean coast, numerous period castles and chateaux of Ireland, Portugal and France, as well as the mystique of Marrakech, in conjunction with New World masterpieces—the classic American Mellon family estate in Virginia’s hunt country, Joan Rivers’ majestic Manhattan penthouse, Carol King’s Idaho retreat, America’s largest contiguous property within one fence line, the magnificent
W. T. Waggoner Ranch in Texas, incomparable Costa Careyes, the quintessential and ever evolving exotic and esoteric hideaway on Mexico’s Pacific coastline conceived by Italian visionary, Gian Franco Brignone, and the extraordinary sky beach penthouses atop Malaysia’s newest residential towers. Leading estates with Old World romantic charm, 21st century technology and innovation, priceless masterpieces all, invite discerning readers to discover the unparalleled opportunities for ownership in a new world paradigm. Surely, no finer collection has ever been presented in a single publication.
Leading Estates of the World produces positive, effective, and meaningful results. As our network of Leading Brokers of the World, affectionately known as The Estates Club, grows, so too does our ability to expand creative marketing solutions for our discerning clientele. Today one can live, work, and play wherever in the world one chooses. It’s no longer a time of business as usual, or usual business. Back to basics: quality of life, education and experience, family and close friends, regard for nature, the arts, science, health and wellness —collectively lifestyle—is now the priority of the day. Leading Estates of the World is a curated collection of extraordinary and exemplary properties specifically selected to help navigate our readers toward the destination and property that matches their lifestyle.
Our Renaissance Issue pays special tribute to the accomplishments of Richard H. Jenrette and the foundation and trust he founded preserving historic masterpieces of American architecture and to the House of Bijan and its innovative designs and creative additions to enhanced living. We invite you to find inspiration, excitement, and reward from all that is contained within Leading Estates of the World’s Renaissance Issue.
— CHRIS WEBSTER AND OWEN GWYN