This Valley real estate powerhouse has a passion for food, wine and entertaining.
One might consider Robert Altshuler a triple threat. As a former wealth manager, commercial real estate attorney and spec home developer, he was particularly groomed to enter real estate sales. “I have always loved design and I know construction and development,” says the owner of a newly launched real estate agent team, Valley Luxury Partners, affiliated with RMB Luxury Real Estate. “I’ve done hundreds of millions of dollars of real estate transactions. So I thought if I can pull this all together, I can offer something truly unique to the Valley.” But let’s be real—his most enviable asset is his collection of vino. “I am a little obsessed with wine,” Altshuler says. “I have a 400-bottle contemporary wine room in my home.” Another 500-plus bottles—including rare French Bordeaux—are kept in a temperature-controlled locker in Vinum 55. “Bordeaux are fun to collect because you can wait and see 20 to 30 years later how they are drinking,” explains the former East Coast native. Some bottles were inherited, along with an impressive collection of original art by the likes of Karel Appel, Alexander Calder and Thomas McKnight. “That was the legacy of my parents—food, wine and art. My mom and dad were the original foodies before that term existed.” When he’s not busy running the firm, Altshuler can be found in the kitchen cooking vegetarian meals for his wife, Amy, a commercial real estate attorney and partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, and daughter Leila, 16, a competitive gymnast. For guests, his specialty is a homemade short rib osso bucco—paired with wines from his collection, of course. “Food and wine have always been an integral part of my life and I love to cook gourmet meals,” he says. “My wife is always teasing me that I am too hard on myself and she would be happy with whatever I make. But I don’t really believe that.” When Leila goes to college, the couple plans to taste their way through Italy, France and Spain—preferably on a group trip with other wine collectors. “Vinum 55 does trips like these. And architect Mark Candelaria hosts annual trips to Spain focused on food, wine and design. I definitely want to do that.” We had to ask—what’s the most precious bottle in his brood? “That’s like picking a favorite child,” he laughs. “You can’t do that!”
“The first thing I do when I wake up is check the stock market futures and news, a routine picked up from my previous career as a wealth manager.”
“I work out after reviewing emails and handling any urgent work matters. My workouts have stayed pretty consistent since my days running collegiate track at Bucknell University—free weights and cardio. It seems like everyone is doing the Peloton thing, and I am guilty as well, but I also love indoor rowing and a little bit of running. At 54, I can still fit into a size 30 waist so it must be working.”
“My afternoon is spent meeting with clients and showing and looking for luxury properties, or working with team members on projects. If I can sneak in some shopping at Fashion Square, I meet up with Omor Okagbare, my personal stylist, at Nordstrom and look for new suits. I am a clothes hound and love fashion.”
“I turn off the lights in my home office and start making dinner for the family, unless I am going to a networking event. On Fridays, I like to meet my business partner, Michael Banovac of RMB Luxury, for drinks at Ocean 44 or Maple & Ash.”
Photography by: robert altshuler photo by scott foust/courtesy of subject |
phone photo by xijian/IStock | steak photo courtesy of maple & Ash | clothing photo by David Lezcano