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Lee Robinson, Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty in ‘CORE STRENGTH’ – 5.30.14 Supplement to The Cincinnati Business Courier: ‘Manhattan Harbour Clears Way For $1 Million Luxury Homes’ ~~ ~~ thx, @BusinessCourier and @TomCinciBiz!!

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CORE STRENGTH on Lee Robinson Robinson Sotheby's International Realty and Brent Walker - Walker Homes - in The Cincinnati Business Courier supplement - 5.30.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer


Lee Robinson Robinson Sotheby's International Realty in CORE STRENGTH Supplement to Cincinnati Business Courier - 5.30.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer

BUSINESS COURIER 2DAY: Lee Robinson of Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty and Brent Walker, Walker Homes: The Commons at Manhattan Harbour in Dayton, Ky., Offers Luxury, Single-Family Riverfront Living ~~ ‘Rolling On The River: Robinson Joins Manhattan Harbour’s Crew’ ~~ thx, @BusinessCourier and @TomCinciBiz! ~~ ~~ on U.S. Bank Business Watch (WKRC-TV Local 12, CBS affiliate in Cincinnati) this Sunday (5.25.14)

Posted in Robinson Sotheby's International Realty with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 05/23/2014 by @CincinnatiPR

Press Release – For Immediate Release: 5.23.14 Press Release – The Commons at Manhattan Harbour – Robinson Sotheby’s and Walker Homes Present Luxury Single-Family Living on the Cincinnati Waterfront

Story in The Cincinnati Business Courier

On the Cincy Waterfront with Brent Walker, Walker Homes, and Robinson Sotheby’s



Spring 2014 home season delivers the rarest in all of Cincinnati real estate:

Single-Family, Detached, Riverfront Living. On the Waterfront: The Commons.

Riverfront Luxury Living with Your Own Garage – Yard – Patio – Deck – Basement.

The Team: Walker Homes (Loveland), Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty (Hyde Park).

Brent Walker with Walker Homes of Cincinnati, left, with Lee Robinson, owner and president of Robinson Sotheby's International Realty -

Brent Walker with Walker Homes of Cincinnati, left, with Lee Robinson, owner and president of Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty –

[DAYTON, Ky. ~ May 23, 2014] Life on the waterfront in Cincinnati – and any city or town, really, with a riverfront/waterfront view or property, for that matter – is a romantic journey and lifestyle, a return to roots, prime location(s), urbanism, and a more nature-friendly society and community.

Luxury living along the Cincinnati waterfront hits a new high-water mark with the Spring 2014 introduction of The Commons at Manhattan Harbour, an exquisite line of million-dollar, single-family homes from custom homebuilder Walker Homes and Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty in Dayton, Ky., a partnership hatched at a local HOMEARAMA event.

Lee (Robinson, owner of Robinson Sotheby’s) and I met at a HOMEARAMA, where Walker Homes was building, and we both agreed we’d like to figure something out where we could work together on something similar,” said Brent Walker, owner and president of the second-generation Cincinnati custom homebuilder (, based in Loveland.

With The Commons at Manhattan Harbour, located along a lush bend of the Ohio River just upriver from Cincinnati, Walker Homes and Robinson Sotheby’s ( are creating that rarest of all Cincinnati real estate products: single-family, detached homes with their own yards, garages, basements, patios and decks, “from which you can almost dangle your feet in the Ohio River,” said Robinson.

There are beautiful, breathing waterfront properties all along the Cincinnati waterfront, from The Ascent in Covington to SouthShore in Newport, just to name a few,” said Robinson, a specialist in the high-end Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky housing game.

Robinson merged his local company a few years back with the ultimate brand in luxury real estate, Sotheby’s Real Estate of New York.

At Manhattan Harbour, Robinson and Walker Homes are designing homes:

– Ranging from 3,100 to 4,500 SF in five concept plans, emphasizing huge windows and glass;

– With prices starting at $949,000 and ranging up to $1.4 million or more;

– Including 2- and 3-car garages, covered porch, basements, Master Suites on 1st or 2nd floor;

– On lots measuring 60 feet x 150 feet, backing up to the Ohio River waterline;

–  Offering the best views of Mt. Adams and Downtown Cincinnati, from Northern Kentucky;

–  Featuring private offices, formal dining rooms, hearth rooms, and 2nd-floor balconies.

One home has already been sold; construction of the second home will likely begin next month, or July, for a spec design home, offering residents five designs from the master schematic.

Lee Robinson Robinson Sotheby's International Realty and Brent Walker - Walker Homes - in The Cincinnati Business Courier today - 5.23.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer

Riverfront Housing at Historic NKy. Bend in the Ohio River

Developer David Imboden of DCI Properties has been preparing the $400 million Manhattan Harbour, known by the locals as Manhattan Bathing Beach, since 2005.

Adding Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty in Hyde Park adds “a high-end level of professionalism, excellence and successful service” for the uber-elite housing stock at Manhattan Harbour, Imboden said.

Riverfront is riverfront. It’s not riverside, or riverview, or some rivertown,” added Robinson, who joined the Manhattan Harbour team last month, “and that’s what truly makes Manhattan Harbour unique.

David’s been a successful part of Cincinnati’s East End development, right across the river, so he knows the market,Robinson said.

Robinson recently closed a string of deals for waterfront property on the Ohio side, Corbin Park, in the $750,000 range.

What we’ve seen along the Ohio River waterfront, in terms of the high-end housing market, has almost exclusively been condominium development. And they have been successful,” said Robinson.

Go another five blocks from one of those, and a homeowner can have a single-family home instead of condo, and to many people that’s a huge benefit who want to own their own home.”

People want to park their own car, in their own garage, and walk into their own home, not to some common area to get to their mailbox, to get to an elevator, that’s down the hall or through the lobby,” Robinson added.

Additional information regarding The Commons at Manhattan Harbour is available at

About Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty

Between 1986 and 2010, the company formerly known as Robinson Realtors held steadfast to its mission of providing the highest level of expertise possible to every client that passed through its doors. The agency sought to become the most informed real estate professionals in the Greater Cincinnati region, and to promote clients’ interests with consummate thoroughness, paying special attention to quality photography, compelling brochures and individually tailored, comprehensive marketing campaigns. Robinson Realtors joined Sotheby’s International Realty in 2010, significantly enhancing marketing power and outreach, all in the name of service to clients. Each agent/associate has a phenomenal range of sophisticated marketing tools at their disposal, as part of a 550-office network that’s truly an international family working together. Licensed in Ohio and Kentucky, Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty ( has every confidence that its agents engaged in the buying and selling of property, whether single-family home, condominium, investment property or land parcel, bring the highest level of professionalism to the process.

Mr. Lee Robinson, President and Owner of Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty, can be contacted at Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty, 2724 Observatory Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208 in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood; at (513) 321-6000 or

About Walker Homes

Walker Homes is a second-generation homebuilder with decades of experience designing and building award-winning homes and communities for Greater Cincinnatians. Walker Homes listens closely to its customers, so it can provide them with homes that suit their needs. Each family must make many choices when they decide to build a new home; Walker Builders unequivocally makes those choices easier. With a seasoned, experienced staff of designers and architectrs, and a solid production and service team, owners can be assured their home will endure. Building a custom home with Walker Homes (, one that fits the way you want to live, is not a cliché. Investing in a Walker home is an investment in your family, and your future.

Mr. Brent Walker, Owner of Walker Homes, can be reached at (513) 480-4247 or

For media inquiries, please contact Mr. Andy Hemmer, TheWritingFiend@Large, and President of PR at (513) 604-5428 or

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12 days after BizCourier feature, Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty makes Cincinnati Enquirer

Posted in Robinson Sotheby's International Realty on 10/20/2010 by @CincinnatiPR

Why pick one of the top papers in the Greater Cincinnati market for your news ….


Robinson Sotheby's International Realty in Cincinnati Enquirer - 10.20.10.


… when you can have them both?


Robinson Sotheby's International Realty in Cincinnati Business Courier - 10.8.10.


BizCourier 2day: Sotheby’s International Realty enters Cincy market with local powerhouse, Robinson Realtors, forming Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty

Posted in Robinson Sotheby's International Realty on 10/08/2010 by @CincinnatiPR


Philip White (left), Prez/COO of Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates, with his newest partner, Lee Robinson of Robinson Sotheby's International Realty (


When Lee Robinson, owner and president of Robinson Realtors Inc., chose to redefine the future of his elite real estate agency – already renowned in Greater Cincinnati for its high-end portfolio of work in Hyde Park, Mount Adams and other prominent East Side and Northern Kentucky neighborhoods – he didn’t have to look far.

Opportunity literally came knocking late last year in the form of an old friend: the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, with whom Robinson had been introduced to a decade before.

This time, however, their tango is more than a tryst.




Sotheby’s International Realty clientele are connoisseurs of life.

In Cincinnati, the newly formed company of Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty is headquartered at the former Robinson Realtors in Hyde Park, which just recently expanded its offices.

The company of 12 respected Realtors will grow to 30 select agents in the next two years and believes that, over time, expanding to 40-50 top quality agents will make a perfect complement to the Greater Cincinnati marketplace.

Founded in 1986 by Lee Robinson, Robinson Realtors is a third-generation, boutique agency renowned for excellence.  The firm remains 100% locally owned and operated.

After exhaustive due diligence and consulting with his agents, staff, friends, colleagues, and family, Robinson has agreed to launch a new company today, Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty.


The Team: Robinson Sotheby's International Realty



“Robinson Realtors and its distinguished sales associates are well-established in the community, serving discerning clients for nearly 25 years with expertise, integrity and dedication,” said Philip White, president and chief operating officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.

“We are proud to have them represent our brand in this unique and key market, which offers its residents extraordinary architecture, history and culture,” Mr. White said.

After 24 successful years as Robinson Realtors, the founder, Lee Robinson, was interested in upping the ante in the Cincinnati marketplace. Although already at the top of the real estate game, Robinson realized the benefits of aligning with a globally recognized leader in quality real estate.

“As the marketplace evolves, it is apparent that far more lead generation is not only national, but international,” Robinson said.

“More homes are being purchased by professionals that come to the area from around the globe.  We believe that aligning our successful company with a prestigious global player is well timed. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand has the reputation of being a global player in buyer and seller transactions.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty business model links their global contacts and their expertise with a respected and experienced local brokerage.  They are a great fit with us, because we both have an excellent reputation, and provide both buyers and sellers of real property, in every price range, with a professional partner who will be best in class at meeting their needs.

“This is an exciting development at a time when the housing market has experienced unprecedented uncertainty,” Robinson said.


“I was cautious. It wasn’t an easy decision. I knew exactly who they were, but I wasn’t quick to jump in at that time,” said Robinson of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s late 2009 overture.

“We are purposefully small, by design. Our quality niche is something a lot of companies have sought. Over the 24 years that I’ve invested in building this business, I have received 30-40 high-level solicitations from local and national companies to affiliate, merge, or joint venture.

“But it’s never made sense – until now.”


Lee Robinson


Robinson and his confidantes wrestled with the decision for nine months.

He traveled to a Sotheby’s International Realty conference.

He met with and consulted other brokers who had joined.

He ticks off the positives:

– A global marketing plan;

– An international network, global referrals and worldwide resources;

– The new company will remain 100% locally owned and operated;

–  The indefinable equity, luxury and panache of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand;

–  Volume-based purchasing efficiencies for advertising, public relations and marketing materials;

–  More than two centuries of experience servicing higher-end clientele.

“I was impressed enough by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand 10 years ago, but at that time, they were only in a handful of major markets and Cincinnati was not on their radar,” Robinson said.

“I liked the fact that they have extremely high standards about who they select and how they do business.


Joe Miller with Robinson Sotheby's International Realty - Photographer to the Stars


“What happened was a broker here in Cincinnati reached out to the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, because they wanted it. That other broker wanted to represent the brand in Cincinnati,” Robinson continued.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty brand then did their own independent research on Cincinnati, and determined which brokerages were candidates they were willing to consider.

“They wanted to align themselves with whomever was the right fit. Lucky for us, their research indicated Robinson Realtors was the top choice. I was resistant, but I allowed the door to remain open because of who they are,” Robinson added.

In true Cincinnati style, I was conservative in my receipt. I told them yes, I was impressed with the brand, and it was a compliment just to be considered. No question. But this was a huge decision.”

“I talked to many of their brokers, and asked some tough questions. Almost unanimously, every person I talked to said the brand marked a clear beneficial change for them.  It was opening doors that otherwise they would never have been invited to walk through,” Robinson concluded.

Absolute proof of the brand’s power: Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty has already absorbed a long-standing prestigious company, Larry Stillpass Inc., and its four agents.

Stillpass and Amanda Voss, his vice president, felt their clientele would be best-served in the future with the exceptional tools, systems, and marketing prowess of the brand.

Founded in 1986 – and prior to merging with Sotheby’s International RealtyRobinson Realtors was a purposely small, full-service agency.

The Robinson Sotheby’s sales roster includes Realtors Clint Copenhaver, John Cronin, Cynthia Dammel, Gina Elliott, Carrie Hinde, Tim Hinde, Lee Robinson, Ernie Waxman, Patty Williams and Sarah Wilmers. Cindy Wiley, Joe Miller and Bonnie Schlosser support them.

The firm did $26 million home sales volume in 2009, ranking 16th on the Largest Tri-State Residential Real Estate firms list published May 14, 2010 by the Cincinnati Business Courier. The company projects 2010 home sales volume of $28 million. 

Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world.

In February 2004, Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system by Realogy’s subsidiary, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.

Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications.

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit

To contact Mr. Robinson, please send an e-mail to or drop him a line at (513) 321-6000.

For media inquiries regarding Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty in the Queen City, please contact Mr. Andy Hemmer, aka TheWritingFiend@Large at (513) 604-5428 or

Big ups to the Cincinnati Business Courier and Senior Reporter Dan Monk for their interest in today’s story. Online it’s:

Robinson Sotheby's International Realty in The Cincinnati Business Courier - 10.8.10



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