Our Heritage

Born of the storied London auction house in 1744, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty continues a century-old tradition of exceptional service and valuation of the finest, most beautiful and unique properties in the world.

The common thread of homes represented by our renowned brand is not a particular price range, but rather, the special character of the property. Our property consultants cater for clients in all price ranges offering unparalleled service and a practised eye for recognising the unique value of a property.

Although the affiliation to the Sotheby's International Realty® network began in July 2000, Lew and Sandy Geffen created the base of luxury property excellence when they opened their flagship office, Lew Geffen Estates, in 1982 in Johannesburg. Over the next 20 years the Company became a market leader in Johannesburg, with over 200 agents operating in 12 branches at that time.

With the input of the legendary Sotheby's International Realty® brand, the company Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realty grew to be represented throughout South Africa. Today, Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realty is led by C.E.O. Yael Geffen, with 850 real estate agents operating throughout South Africa, marketing more than 7500 properties. Outside of the United States, Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realty is the biggest single operation and is proud to be a member of Sotheby's International Realty® worldwide which has 845 offices and 19,000 sales associates located in 63 countries and territories globally.

Lew Geffen Sothebys International West Coast combines local passion, services excellence and expert knowledge with worldwide exposure to market sellers/landlord’s properties. Property marketing is rapidly evolving with the advent of new digital technologies. We constantly monitor new technologies for their relevance to our business, and apply them as soon as is practical.