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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Top 10 Most Expensive Home Sales of 2015

Here are the 10 most expensive home sales of 2015, totaling an astounding $445 million all together.
10. 119 Tuscaloosa Ave, Athernon, CA
Price: $35,300,000
Size: 7 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 20,375 square feet, 1.88-acre lot.
This brand new home in San Francisco’s most expensive ZIP code was listed for 36.8 million in September and sold shortly after.
9. 127 E 70th Street, New York, NY
Price: $37,000,000
Size: 9,408 square feet, 5-levels
Built in 1920, the former Mellon mansion was purchased by investor Jim Clark.

Price: $37,000,000
Size: 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 6,280 square feet, 4.08 acres. “The 4.08 acres property belonged to the estate of William R. Salomon who helped modernize and broaden Salomon Brothers.”
7.10410 Bellagio Road, Los Angeles, California
Price: $38,000,000
Size: 9 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 15,727 square feet, 1.68 acre lot
Located in the most exclusive section of Bel Air, the residence includes two motor courts with room for 40 cars.
6.2500 Gordon Drive, Naples, FL
Price: $45,600,000
Size: 9,400 square feet, 3-levels
Initially listed for $80 million, this extravagant home sold in March of 2015
5.616 Nimes Road, Los Angeles, CA
Price: $46,250,000
Size: 11 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 23,988 square feet, 1.63 acres
Also known as the Lionsgate Estate for the two lions on the front gate.
4. 440 Golden Gate Ave, Belvedere, CA
Price: $47,500,000
Size: 5 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 9,235 sqaure feet, 0.94 acres
Built in 1895, Locksley Hall is on the National Registry of Historic Places. With sweeping views of the Golden Gate and San Francisco, its no wonder the sale of this historic mansion broke the record in Marin County.
3. 1210 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
Price: $47,851,500
Size: 8 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 19,299 square feet, 2.69 acres
Less than a mile from Sunset Boulevard, this extravagant mansion was purchased by casino mogul Steve Wynn.
2. 25 Columbus Circle, Penthouse 7, New York, NY
Price: $50,917,500
Size: 7 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, 8,882 square feet
This luxury 14-room unit is in the illustrious Time Warner Building.
1. 3315 Collins Ave #B, Miami, FL
Price: $60,000,000
Size: 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 12.516 square feet
Sitting atop the famed Faena House, this 18th floor penthouse set a sales record in Miami. It includes a private rooftop pool.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Incredible Bridgehampton Estate With Custom Pond Infinity-Edge Pool

This tranquil estate is located in Bridgehampton south – the exquisite product of master craftsmanship and artistic vision. Nestled between protected land and Sagg Pond, the estate sits on 14 manicured acres of landscaped land. The 1,200 foot main driveway winds through meandering lawns and gardens including apple orchards, private sitting areas overlooking moving streams and unrivaled landscaping.
The residence consists of 6,640 square feet of professionally designed and appointed living space. The home intertwines flow and function to creat the perfect space to relax or entertain. The custom designed pond features a one of a kind merger of a stunning forest view and an infinity edge pool.
The main residence features six unique bedrooms, inclusive of an opulent master retreat complete with sitting area, fireplace and spa-inspired bathroom. The chefs kitchen sits between a sitting room and large living room, each opening onto vine-wrapped covered porches that overlook the stunning landscape. The outdoor dining room blends function and nature offering amazing views of backlit landscaping, specimen trees and cozy sitting areas. The home has been built designed and decorated with the highest quality of materials and furnishings available. The property also includes a one bedroom, one bathroom dock house complete with an outdoor fireplace and sitting area.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Magnificent Riverside Luxury Ski Property In Aspen

This unique property sits on the banks of the Roaring Fork River. Thoughtfully designed and artfully crafted, the quality of luxury and taste is unparalleled. 
The property includes an enormous main house, a charming guesthouse and spate caretaker’s quarters spread out on the 10.5 acre riverside retreat. The 5 bedroom main house boasts over 13,000 square feet. Combined with the 2 bedroom guest house and 1 bedroom caretaker’s quarters the living space totals over 17,000 square feet of heated perfection. In a addition to the other three buildings is a 6 car garage.
Begin your mornings and fall asleep to the calming sound of the lapping Roaring Fork River, which runs through the heart of the property. Enjoy the multiple outdoor spaces, unobstructed Indy pass views and river access in this engaging mountain residence. There is no finer place to live the mountain lifestyle.
Built by Brikor Construction and designed by Chabon Architects from new York City, the unique architectural details mimic the homes mountain setting – natural settlers stone, wire-bushed Douglas fir siding and slate roof – and complement the natural color and visual texture of the upper valley.  Opulent finished of blue Bahia granite, reclaimed Belgian black stone flooring and rift-oak paneling combine with a generous floor plan, grand entry with sweeping staircase, incredible living room with floor to celling windows to capture unrivaled views, chef’s kitchen and butler’s pantry with walk-in wine room, exquisite formal dining room, media room and classic antique treasures collected from around the world specifically for their placement in this rare Aspen gem. 

This coveted oasis at the base of independence Pass is the perfect blend of location, architecture, detail and waterfront access and will likely never be duplicated.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Slalom House: A Ski Slope Atop an Apartment Building

Slalom House

Despite bitterly cold winter temperatures, residents of Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana still want to hone their ski and snowboarding skills. However, the options to do so are limited – some locals have been reduced to packing together their own mini slopes in public parks.

The solution? Slalom House.

Slalom house is a 21-story apartment block with a 1,000-foot artificial slope descending from its room. Proposed by avid skier Shokhan Mataibekov of the Union of Architects of Kazakhstan, the project will cost roughly $70 million.  There are already interested parties hoping to take the design further.

The Slalom House’s multi-purpose design saw it nominated in the residential future projects category at the World Architecture Festival. According to the plans, the lower floors of the building will be a space for retailers and food outlets continently located beneath the 421 two-bedroom residences. A separate entrance, which provides access to the slopes, will include “panoramic elevators” that take visitors to the top of the building.

The Slalom house will fit right into Astana’s spectacular skyline – dotted with futuristic buildings that house museums, retail space and government offices. The locals have nicknames for the building including “dog bowl”, “flying saucer”, and “lollipop”.

Check out some pictures of the envisioned ski slope/apartment building/mall.

The Astana Skyline

Friday, December 4, 2015

Glass Miami: Where Nature and Urban Luxury Coexist

Glass: Miami Beach

This new development in Miami's exclusive South of Fifth neighborhood is now open to new residents. Located at 120 Ocean Drive, just steps from the beach, the 18-story boutique condominium boasts ten full-floor units that are the height of luxury living. A huge selling-point of these ultra-luxurious condos is their 360-degree views of South Beach.

"The tower is designed to dematerialize as it rises, with its exterior almost entirely disappearing into the atmosphere, due to its compositional use of fritted, patterned glass. Glass reflects, captures and abstracts the natural landscape of sand, sea and sky while retaining the essence of place through its architectural design, its materials, surface textures and tonal color." (via Glass website)

Built by Rene Gonzalez Architect and development firm Terra Group, Glass was initially zoned for 45 units. But the President of Terra Group chose a fresh new approach. He argues that "less is more" in real estate. "The idea is that less density allows you to be able to financially engineer the deals in a more conservative way rather than aggressive, offering a better product, better margins and delivering scarcity to owners," says Martin.

So, downsizing to an exclusive ten ultra-luxe units, Glass enhances its property value and its surrounding community. The building's overall value is appraised at close to $90 million. Each unit is nearly 3,500 square feet - costing between $2,500-$2,700 per square foot. The Glass penthouse recently sold for an astounding $20 million. The architect Gonzalez describes his goal in designing as creating something "timeless [that has] a quality that responds and respects the environment. [He] wanted to think of a way to have this building become more ethereal and less physical, and more intertwined with the environmental surroundings."

Well, Gonzalez definitely accomplished his goal. Check out some pictures of the stunning condominium below:

 Visit the website, here