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23 Cover Story: Charming Elegance This impressive Georgian English Manor in Newport Beach, Calif., is eminently livable. By Camilla McLaughlin 56 Redefining Luxury Emerging Markets The fourth installment in our yearlong series searches for the next big thing in luxury real estate. Hint: tried and true locales are in. By Camilla McLaughlin 128 The Closing: He Wont Be Outflanked As captain of a key region for Coldwell Banker, Tom Iovenitti finds his military training useful. By Ken Weingartner

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102 Almost Heaven A down market means opportunities and not just for primary homes. Weve identified seven areas you wont want to overlook in your search for that perfect resort/vacation home.



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ALABAMA 111 ARIZONA 13 CALIFORNIA 16-18, 24-25, 33, 3840, 70, 72, 97 (CB 15), 99 (CB 17), 121, 123 COLORADO 21 CONNECTICUT 26-27, 32, 118, 121 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 82 FLORIDA 34-35, 42-43, 47-49, 54-55, 91-96 (CB 9-14), 106-111 GEORGIA 30, 60, 95 (CB 13), 111, 122 IDAHO 16 ILLINOIS 37, 52, 115 KENTUCKY 78 MAINE 45, 118 MARYLAND 96 (CB 14), Inside Back Cover MASSACHUSETTS 41, 46, 89 (CB 7), 116117 MICHIGAN 36 NEW JERSEY 79, 88 (CB 6), 114, 120 NEW MEXICO 72-73 NEW YORK 44, 79, 114 NORTH CAROLINA 76, 95 (CB 13), 105 OKLAHOMA 121 OREGON 76, 98 (CB 16) PENNSYLVANIA 31, 113 SOUTH CAROLINA 105, 113 TENNESSEE 77-78, 121 TEXAS 74, 97 (CB 15), 123 VIRGINIA 80, 82, 86-87 (CB 4-5) WASHINGTON 97 (CB 15), 100 (CB 18) WEST VIRGINIA 105 WISCONSIN 113 INTERNATIONAL CANADA 17, 90 (CB 8) CROATIA 115 ITALY 17-18 MEXICO 18, 115 NEW ZEALAND 58-60 UKRAINE 17



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Its Newport Beach, Calif., location paired with refined execution of Georgian architecture on a grand scale make this English Manor unusually exceptional. Not only is such a property a rarity in Southern California, but few, if any, recently constructed comparable estates can be found anywhere in the country. For more on this $27.5 million unique home, see pages 23-25.

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The next big thing is what everyone is searching for and luxury buyers (and editors!) are no exception. I admit, I would be quite happy being the inventor of something as simple and sought-after as a Post-it, for example, but such an idea has eluded me thus far. That said, there is something to be learned by looking at existing items be they ofce supplies or geographic locations or something else to nd that next gem of an idea or personal treasure. Translate that thought process to high-end real estate and you have one of the theories behind some of todays emerging markets. Take a tried and true, existing location and revisit it. When enough people do so, it becomes a new (perhaps, reborn is a better word), sought-after luxury locale. Writer Camilla McLaughlin looks at this trend and more in our Emerging Markets story, part four in our Redening Luxury series. Some of the re-emerging and truly newer luxury destinations found in this piece run across the globe, from Massachusetts Cape Ann to British Columbia to Brazil and beyond. Collectively, they represent a wide range of personal residential treasures, including new opportunities in more traditional areas and new areas with growing luxury opportunities. The story starts on page 56. Resort areas, including many of the places in the Emerging Markets story, have always been alluring to the luxury-home buyer. Whether its for the superb amenities, cultural pursuits, near-perfect weather or the homes themselves, there are many reasons discriminating consumers are looking at a given market. The seven areas we tour in this article all t the more traditional resort or vacation spot bill: amazing natural amenities like oceanfrontage or mountains, stunning properties and year-round recreational pursuits. What may be a surprise are the opportunities that exist right now, and in some cases, the value to be had for the dollar. For more, turn to page 102. In addition, this issue has some amazing products and nds, including the worlds most luxurious pool table (page 66), a mattress collection t for a king or queen and worth a small ransom (page 67), and the chance to own a piece of truly exotic real estate in South Africa (page 69). Enjoy!

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Coeur d'Alene Estate, Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS of Lake Coeur d'Alene, this entertainers paradise boasts 30,000 square feet on 15 gated acres with a private drive, helipad and acres of perfectly manicured lawns. The main rooms open to the outdoors via dramatic disappearing glass panels. This gem features rare hardwoods, imported marble and granite, 10 fireplaces, state-of-the-art security and is offered with custom furnishings. Sparkling indoor and outdoor pools await, as well as indoor and outdoor championship tennis courts. There is a game room with a bowling alley, par-3 golf hole and a 9car garage with room for a limousine. The backdrop to all this is Lake Coeur d'Alene. Offered at $27,500,000

Rancho Mirage Estate, CA

OWN YOUR OWN PRIVATE RESORTThis 5-acre estate boasts approximately 18,000 square feet, 24-foot coffered ceilings, massive fireplaces and a great room that is large enough to host several hundred guests. Fine finishes embellish the entire house, including a theater, library, and a 2-bedroom guesthouse with a living room and full kitchen. The resort-like grounds include a lake, waterfalls and a glass-tiled pool with a grotto, barbecue and tennis court, just to name a few. A true trophy property. Offered at $16,700,000; also available for trade

Pacific Palisades, CA
BATHED IN LIGHT AND PACIFIC OCEAN BREEZES, this gated 7,000-square-foot traditional home overlooks hundreds of acres of scenic Rustic Canyon with ocean views from almost every room. On close to a half-acre of prime ocean-view real estate, the home was completed by R & R construction in 2006 with luxurious finishes and the latest advances in home security and multi-media technology. Enjoy 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, 2 separate garages, maids quarters and laundry, beautiful mirrored gym, a 1,000-bottle climate-controlled wine cellar and a second family room with a movie theater system and a private patio. Offered at $9,500,000

The Famous SAFE House, Hollywood Hills, CA

THIS MODERN-DAY FORTRESS was created by Al V. Corbi, designer of ultimate security systems for individuals, super yachts and governments worldwide. This 8,000-plus-square-foot home features an elevator, theater, heliport, 5 bedrooms, 8 baths, 2 offices, a wine cellar, rooftop patio, parking for 20 cars, 2 safe cores, 2 panic rooms, extensive surveillance and more. Featured on numerous television and press outlets throughout the world, this stunning residence has been called One of the safest homes in the world. Offered at $9,995,000


Razor: Residence As Art, La Jolla, CA

A UNIQUE ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE designed by Wallace E. Cunningham, one of Architectural Digests Top 100 Designers. Set behind gates and constructed from white polished concrete and floor-to-ceiling glass, this magnum opus suspends the boundaries of ordinary living and commands uninterrupted views of the ocean, open sky and natural landscape. High above Torrey Pines State Reserve, the 11,000-square-foot pice de rsistance showcases 4 bedrooms, 6 baths, a guesthouse, a 6-plus-car subterranean garage and private access to Blacks Beach. Offered at $28,500,000

Villa Urbana, Ukraine

THIS GRAND 21,600-SQUARE-FOOT RESIDENCE boasts dramatic waterfront views and is suited as a private home, or as an elegant corporate headquarters. Enjoy 4 expansive master suites, each with en suite bathrooms, walls of glass, skylights and expansive, 3 story ceilings. Open foyer space between public rooms affords great flexibility to use spaces, such as the living, dining and family rooms, as conference, banquet or ballrooms. Other features include an indoor pool, mirrored gym, wine cellar, billiards room/library, home cinema, elevator, a 6-car garage and expansive grounds. Sold fully furnished. Offered at $14,000,000

Saturna Island: Winery, Vineyard & Estate, BC

WITH 78 ACRES of vineyards, an award-winning winery, a bistro restaurant and an incredible waterfront estate, Saturna Island is a wine lovers dream. There are 4 vineyards with 42 acres of mature vines (60 total acres) that have produced award-winning wines throughout the past 6 years. With warm summers and mild winters, the Island boasts the ideal conditions for a long and prosperous growing season. Live, grow and drink the best life has to offer. Call for further details. Offered at $15,000,000 (CAN)

Castle Carbonana, Umbria, Italy

A PRICELESS OPPORTUNITY to own a 44-plus-acre Umbrian estate and castle steeped in history and nestled in the foothills of the Medieval town of Gubbio. The former home to a pope and a templar knight, the historic title Count of Carbonana will pass to the new ownerpass this legacy on for generations to come. Inquire further about a complete renovation. Offered at 8,000,000 / $11,000,000

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Henman House, Malibu
GATED, PRIVATE AND CUSTOM, this Ed Niles glass and steel Malibu estate rests on 16.9 acres and is framed by manicured lawns and mountaintop and ocean views. Stainless steel and glass panels wrap around the home into the interior with fossilized limestone tiles and 22foot cathedral ceilings. The amazing top-of-the-line kitchen is accented with a black diamond fireplace and an attached limestone view deck that connects to the family room. The master suite features a patio, views and an amazing master bath with an abundance of storage. Also featured are 2 bedrooms with lofts and en suite baths, an office with en suite bath, custom indoor and outdoor lighting, a second office or pool house with a sauna and bath, a detached guesthouse, beautiful lap pool, and stairs down to a 50-foot helipad and detached guesthouse. Offered at $14,500,000

Guglielmi Castle, Italy

GUGLIELMI CASTLE IS A SPECTACULAR property on the olive tree-covered island of Isola Maggiore on Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, Central Italy. The castle walls encompass 96,900 square feet with more than 48,000 square feet of view suites and guest rooms. The other 48,000 square feet is covered by beautifully situated cloisters, terraces and shaded spaces looking out onto the lake. It was built in the 1800s on the grounds of a 14th-century Franciscan monastery dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, who lived on the island as a hermit in 1211. The 10 acres that make up the castle grounds feature lake frontage, lovely coves and picturesque pathways that lead to a charming village of 14th-century buildings. Offered at 13,000,000 euros (as it stands, 40to 60-percent renovated); 23,000,000 euros (completely renovated to a 5-star standard, including 70 unique suites and a complete spa).



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Madoff Homes To Be Sold

Experts debating value of Montauk estate
The aftershocks of Bernard Madoff s fraud conviction are being felt in the luxury real estate community, as U.S. District Judge Denny Chin ordered the sale of Madoff s homes in Manhattan, Palm Beach and the Hamptons. Unique Homes talked to C.J. Hughes, a contributor to The Real Deal, about Madoffs Hamptons home, in Montauk. Hughes reports that the two-story, dormered, Cape-style home could draw more than $7 million. Its clear that Madoffs house is unusually close to the water, Hughes said. A lot of the houses here are tucked up into the cliff more. Hughes said about 300 homes in East Hampton could be considered waterfront but only two or three dozen could be considered directly on the beach. As of press time, it had yet to be determined whether the home will be sold

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is only about 3,000 square feet on 1.2 acres, with a 580-square-foot pool, 1,300 square feet of covered porches and outbuildings. The home was purchased for $250,000 in 1980, but was valued by the court at $7 million. Some brokers say that because its considered small for East Hampton, that it couldnt get $7 million, Hughes said. The size also suggests the home would not be good for entertaining or for large families. However, others say the homes secluded beachfront location is a strong asset, one that

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through a government auction or a private listing. And, if it is a private listing, it could be exclusive or shared. Who will buy it? The brokers tell me that it would probably be somebody in the fashion business or in the music industry, Hughes said. Thats who they would market it to. Mark Moffa

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BAY AREA HOME SALES AND MEDIAN PRICE RISE Home sales in the San Francisco Bay Area jumped to their highest level in almost three years, the result of improved mortgage availability and a perception among potential buyers that prices have bottomed out, according to San Diego-based MDA DataQuick. Home sales were up 20 percent in June over the same month last year. The median sales price was down 27 percent over June 2008, but median prices have been rising since March. Home sales have increased on a year-over-year basis the last 10 months.







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On the market for $32 million in Los Angeles, Calif., is former talent manager Sandy Gallins 12,000square-foot remodeled estate. Resting behind private gates, the two-story Contemporary once owned by Father Knows Best star Jane Wyatt was rebuilt with a two-story circular entryway, sweeping staircase and reclaimed oak floors. The exterior of the home is highlighted with a 140-foot infinity pool and a flat landscape.
Source: Kurt Rappaport, Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, Calif. Ernie Carswell, Teles Properties, Beverly Hills, Calif.

allow for the addition of a guesthouse. With this property, owners will be privy to coveted Secret Beach, which can be accessed via a manicured trail that leads from the property down to the sand.
Source: Barbara L. Sloan, Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty Inc., Hanalei, Hawaii


Honolulu, Hawaii

$80 million Positioned on the slopes of Koko Head, the Kaiser Estate is an exceptional property with star appeal. Once home to entrepreneur and businessman Henry J. Kaiser, the estate has hosted celebrities, movie stars, royalty and presidents. Behind its gates are approximately 5.45 acres, a private boat dock, a boathouse, a luxurious residence and a diving pool. Playing off of the tranquility of Maunalua Bay, the residence is accented with Hawaiian hues for a traditional Hawaiian lifestyle.
Source: Mary Worrall & Elizabeth Worrall Daily, Mary Worrall Associates Sothebys International Realty, Honolulu, Hawaii

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Actor Charlie Sheens 1927 Mediterranean has been listed for $3.697 million. The gated villa affords four bedrooms, four and one-half baths, an eat-in kitchen with stone floors and a center island, and a master-bedroom wing within 4,179 square feet. Wood floors, vaulted ceilings, outdoor terraces, courtyards and a backyard with a pool complete this offering.
Source: Konstantine Valissarakos and Sherri Rogers, Sothebys International Realty, Los Angeles, Calif.

Kilauea, Hawaii

$39.9 million Villa at Lewalani, meaning the highest of the heavens, encompasses 38 acres high above Secret Beach. From the landscaped grounds to the flawless interior spaces of this home, coastline views and Bali Hai sunsets are but a head-turn away. Four bedrooms and four baths are found within the propertys main house. Zoning permits

$29 million Built to take in views of the ocean and Diamond Head, this home rests on more than one acre on a beach lot. Interior features include nine bedrooms and nine and one-half baths within approximately 18,388 square feet of living space. Outdoors, a glimmering pool invites one to take a refreshing swim. The open lanai looks out to serene ocean and sunrise views while the well-landscaped grounds create a tropical oasis that is unmatched.
Source: Patricia Choi, Choi International, Honolulu, Hawaii


Lauren Varga

Singer, songwriter and actor Jesse McCartney has put his Los Angeles, Calif., home on the market for $1.199 million. The quaint residence offers an open floor plan accented with designer details, upgrades, an abundance of windows, a fireplace and French doors that lead to the backyard. Relax in the custom spa while enjoying canyon views from this move-in-ready home.
Source: Elise Woroboff, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Charming Elegance
By Camilla McLaughlin
Nothing personifies luxury more than an English Manor. This alone would make this issues cover, an up-to-date refined interpretation of this classic, perfect for Unique Homes. But its Newport Beach, Calif., location paired with refined execution of Georgian architecture on a grand scale make it unusually exceptional. Not only is such a property a rarity in Southern California, but few, if any, recently constructed comparable estates can be found anywhere in the country. Georgian is one of the most difficult, expensive and timeconsuming styles to design and construct. If you dont follow them, the design doesnt work, explains the owner, a passionate devotee of traditional architecture whose meticulous research made this home so authentic. Unlike the typical English Georgian, there is nothing stuffy about this mansion, which is both elegant and eminently livable. The entry may take its cue from a room in the White House, but a dog bed tucked under an antique table proclaims that this is a real home. Although the dining room seats 40, concealed sliding panels tame the space making it intimate enough for 10. An arched barrel ceiling and skylight flood the second level with natural light creating a cheerful open feeling and an ideal setting for an art gallery. A distinct ceiling treatment and magnificent finishes make each room unique. For example, a numbered set of Zuber wallpapers grace the dining room, while Honduras mahogany outfits the billiards room and library. Equally impressive, the expansive one-plus-acre site includes a 4,400-square-foot guesthouse and garaging for 15 cars, while the overall landscape scheme includes a regulation tennis court. The setting along the Big Canyon Golf Course assures privacy. Explore this property and in short order you realize the $27.5 million price represents a singular opportunity to purchase an estate destined to be legendary. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerages John McMonigle has this exclusive listing.
For more on this property, please see pages 24-25.




Newport Beach CALIFORNIA

Country Club Locale, Old World Charm

RENOWNED FOR ITS BEAUTY AND SCOPE, this landmark estate features stunning architecture, artisan craftsmanship and exquisite grounds. Gracing 4 lots along the Big Canyon Golf Course, this estate was modeled after the famed Old Westbury Gardens Estate in Long Island. Paired with the most modern amenities, the residence brings to life the elegance and charm of a bygone era. Architect Diane Hussey and builder JC Dyer spent 8 years creating an authentic Georgian manor house where warm clay brick and honey-toned limestone meet with dramatic counterpoints in impressive white columns and window mullions. The team then focused its attention on the spectacular interior architecture and custom finishes, which includes many antiquities. Filling up the main home's 18,000-plus square feet of living space are 6 bedrooms, 6 and 3 half baths and many rooms that were influenced by the White House and Buckingham Palace. On the exterior, David Tardiff created classical gardens to envelop the house in serenity. The gracious grounds, roughly 240 feet of which abut the golf course, also afford a gleaming pool, a 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath guesthouse and garage space for 15 cars. $27,500,000


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The Marble Villa

A LITTLE TOUCH OF EUROPE in the Connecticut Valley, this 8-year-old, maintenance-free, 76-acre estate has panoramic views of the vineyards, distant hills and the colorful fall foliage. A spring-fed pond adds to the serenity of the setting. The 12,000- to 14,000-square-foot house and estate are built on a former apple orchard and grazing pasture, surrounded by old-growth white oak forests that can be timbered for income. Enter through the 180-year-old French wooded and wrought-iron double doors to the 2-story foyer with hand-painted dome, 2 curved and symmetrical marble staircases and a 2-story waterfall. Some amenities of this 13-room Mediterranean-style home include 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 half baths and a 4-car garage with 2,000 square feet of unfinished rooms above. Structural steel framing supports the exterior, a glazed terra-cotta tile roof and 130 tons of European marble, limestone and granite imported from 10 countries. Inside, plaster walls are accented with Brazilian cherry (jatoba) wood and hand-painted ceramic tiles and the stained-glass windows made by a well-known international artist are throughout the home. This villa is only 10 minutes from the local Oxford, Conn., airport, servicing private jets. Approximately 1.5 hours from New York City and 1 hour from Hartford, Conn. 76 acres, $5,400,000 or 50 acres, $4,600,000.


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WHAT YOU FIND IN THIS RESIDENCE are amazing details. Heres a homeowner who designed the entrance of his home around massive wood and wrought-iron 180-year-old antique double doors found in his travels to France. Moving through those doors, youll enter the 2-story foyer, where one is welcomed by 2 curved, symmetrical marble staircases and a 2-story waterfall. Look up to view the handpainted foyer dome where the four seasons and scenes of the New England countryside are depicted in 8 commissioned stained-glass windows by a renowned Portuguese artist. The building of the marble villa was a labor of love. Roughly 4 weeks were devoted to building each of the 13 rooms found amid the homes 14,000 square feet, with careful diagrams drawn before a single cut of marble was taken. More than 130 tons of large Portuguese marble slabs were used to build the villa, in addition to limestone, granite and other materials imported from 10 different countries. A high degree of craftsmanship was exercised and witnessed in the contiguous cuts made to each slab, which fit in to each roomone after anotherso the eye follows a continuous line through the marble. Brazilian cherry wood planks were shipped to the United States and milled stateside before being crafted into the cabinetry in the kitchen, formal dining room and library. The marble villa is a superior representation of using modern craft on a Mediterraneanstyle estate.


Hoffman International Properties, LLC Two Sound View Drive, Suite 100 Greenwich, CT 06830 203.325.1281 / Mobile: 203.829.8113 E-mail: Web site: UNIQUE HOMES MAGAZINE 27


Magnificent Waterfront Estate

NESTLED BETWEEN THE 10TH GREEN AND THE 14TH FAIRWAY AND ETCHED INTO THE NEW ENGLAND LANDSCAPE, this spectacular New Hampshire estate affords its owners access to the LOWEST STATE TAX BURDEN in the United States. Along with the genuine Scottish links-style course, which was originally designed in 1897 by the "father of New England golf," George Wright, and later improved by notable golf course architect Donald Ross in 1921, the home enjoys some of the most magnificent ocean views on the New Hampshire seacoast. Additional club amenities include indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a 25-meter swimming pool, paddle tennis, exercise room and multiple dining facilities. With more than 14,000 square feet of air-conditioned interior space, including 6 bedroom suites and 2 full kitchens, the home has plenty of room for your guests and extended family to find their spaces. In case youre hosting a wedding or other function, the AAA Four Diamond Wentworth by the Sea Marriot Hotel and Spa and its matching marina are only a stones throw away. Since 1874, the Wentworth Hotel has stood as a landmark hotel commanding postcard-perfect views of the waterfront. The full-service marina has 170 slips and is capable of accommodating yachts to 180 feet in length. If youre looking for more, theres no need to drive the hour to Boston; Portsmouth, which has the largest number of fine restaurants per capita in the United States, is just five minutes away. Settled in 1623, Portsmouth claims to be the nation's third-oldest city with exceptional dining, entertainment and shopping opportunities amid quaint Old World architecture. This property, and its surroundings, should not be missed. A flight into the Jet Center at PSM brings you to within 5 miles of the estate. Transportation will be waiting for your arrival. $7,390,000.

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Lake Oconee GEORGIA

Luxurious Lake Estate

BEAUTIFULLY SITED IN REYNOLDS LANDING on approximately 6 lakefront acres just 75 miles from downtown Atlanta, this Tuscan-inspired masterpiece enjoys panoramic views of Lake Oconee. A custom-built, 7-bedroom, 8-full- and 4-half-bath retreat with enviable seclusion has every possible amenity, including an epicurean kitchen with a breakfast nook and a keeping room with lake views; a grand marble entry foyer; a formal living room with walls of glass; a fabulous master suite; soaring ceilings; and a wealth of windows that allow stunning views from all bedrooms and most other rooms of the home. Additional features include an ebony paneled library, a ballroom-sized trophy room with a full bar and fireplace and a finished terrace level with a wine cellar, tasting room, vault, bunk room and living room. Entertain hundreds on the grandscaled terraces with a pool, spa, an outdoor living room with a fireplace, a full bar, a complete outdoor kitchen and large sweeping stairs to the lake. Along the approximately 1,700 feet of lake frontage is a granite-lined barbecue pit complex, 2 boat docks and a lake house with a walk-in cooler. Enjoy garages for 5 cars. Pebbled walkways throughout the property guide you through the endless manicured lawns and gardens, featuring banks of azaleas, roses and hydrangeas that complete one of the Souths most spectacular homes. Offered at $13,000,000.

Harry Norman, Realtors 404.874.0083




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One of a Kind
ONE OF THE MOST ELEGANT AND DESIRABLE residences on the East Coast. The Penthouse at Waterfront Square is truly breathtaking, commanding the entire 24th floor with a 360-degree view of Philadelphia and the Delaware River. The enormous great room is serviced by an elegant dining room and a fully appointed chefs kitchen, complete with Viking appliances, Caesarstone countertops and an intimate breakfast area. Both the great room and the cozy yet stylish family room have access to 2 outdoor terraces for sun bathing and summer dining. The palatial master suite is the ultimate haven of luxury: a king-sized Duxiana 4-poster bed sets the tone along with an intimate living area, his-and-her marble bathrooms and 2 separate walk-in dressing rooms. Four additional bedroom suites each boast a private full bathroom, huge closets and spectacular views. Every room is equipped with top-of-the-line LCD TVs and surround sound audio. Enjoy 2 powder rooms, 2 large storage units, 4 individual parking spaces, a private elevator lobby and access to all the amenities of Waterfront Square. A one of a kind, available at $5,450,000.

GEORGE CAHILL, Broker Associate

Coldwell Banker Realty Corp 215.783.8731 E-mail:




A Stone Jewel
AN ELEGANT DRIVEWAY approaches this 1920s French Normandy-style, slate roofed, direct waterfront residence in a 2.3-acre bluff setting of Long Island Sound splendor that blends Old World sophistication with todays more casual lifestyle. Beyond the pillared foyer, spacious gathering rooms flow together in an open floor plan. High ceilings, deep moldings, 4 fireplaces, central air conditioning, architectural paneling and hardwood floors accent the interior. A bedroom and bath plus a year-round, glassed 40foot indoor pool/spa with water views complete the main floor. Upstairs is a master suite with a veranda, fireplace, dressing area and huge luxury marble bath. Three other bedrooms and 2 full baths complete the unique sleeping areas. An expansive, new lower level features playrooms, a recreation pool room, elegant wine cellar, exercise room and an abundance of storage. Outside: Enjoy a sun-drenched, stonewalled terrace, a walkway to the water and extraordinary landscaping with specimen shrubs and trees. Even a tennis court on its own half acre. $6,500,000

203.968.1500, Ext. 10 Juner Properties 3 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT 06902 800.899.JUNER E-mail:


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Own a Piece of History

OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY in the unique and secluded coastal community of Three Arch Bay. This premier oceanfront estate rests on a magnificent parcel, which includes Whale Island and the Three Arches. Overlooking pristine coves and crashing surf, this one-of-a-kind property boasts dramatic panoramic views of unspoiled rugged coastline and Catalina Island. The residence features more than 3,800 square feet of living space on a dramatic 1.3-acre lot with access to private cove beaches. This home offers the ultimate Southern California experience. A beautiful landscaped yard surrounds the wonderful, well-built home overlooking the pristine beach and magical Whale Island. The residence includes 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an open floor plan with a formal dining room, a large family room with a fireplace, a main-floor master suite with white-water and cove views, and a lovely living room. Most rooms have white-water and coastline views. Private oceanfront decks and courtyards offer perfect, serene settings for entertaining. Steps directly to the beach adjoin the estate and offer easy beach access to enjoy all the activities of this one-of-a-kind community in Laguna Beach. $22,500,000. Please visit

Chairmans Circle Diamond Office: 949.793.5068 / Cell: 949.295.6577 Fax: 949.499.1414 E-mail:



Palm Beach Gardens FLORIDA

Intracoastal Estate
THIS MAGNIFICENT 13,596-SQUARE-FOOT Intracoastal estate boasts a private dock, 8 bedrooms, 9.5 baths, a gourmet kitchen and a second-story master suite with a sitting room, dressing room, walk-in closets and a private balcony overlooking the Intracoastal. Other amenities include a magnificent pool and Jacuzzi, a 4-car garage, a full-house generator, impact glass and 100 feet of waterfront. Offered at $6,900,000.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 561.346.8330


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Palm Beach FLORIDA

RenaissanceInspired Estate
ON THE SERENE NORTH END OF PALM BEACH ISLAND, where a deeded lane leads to white-sand beaches, this 4-bedroom, 6.5-bath villa built in 2002 presides over a private, nearly 15,000-square-foot corner lot with magnificently tailored grounds, a Chicago brick circular drive, 2-car garage, a pergola-covered barbecue pavilion, a cabana bath and nightscape lighting. A crystal blue pool with a lions head fountain is surrounded by Mizner-style loggias, balconies and terraces. The nearly 5,600-square-foot residence offers a gourmet kitchen with butlers pantry, family room, a dining room with a domed ceiling, a mahogany library with a wet bar and a living room with a fireplace. A private guest suite with a full bath adjoins the home. The beautifully proportioned master suite offers separate hisand-her marble and granite baths and custom-built dressing rooms. A convenient sitting room with wet bar can serve as an exercise room, study or home theater. Glorious sunrises can be seen from the master terrace, while sunsets are captured from the Juliet balcony. Inspired by Mizner and built to the highest standards, 300 Arabian Road is the ideal place to entertain and relax. Price upon request.

Bonsai Private Property Brokers 561.351.1277 Fax: 561.804.6626 E-mail:




Pine Hollow

WELCOME TO PINE HOLLOW, a unique, contemporary lakeshore estate, nestled in a natural northern Michigan landscape. This extraordinary 15,000-square-foot home is thoughtfully crafted on 7 acres with 600 feet of sandy beach frontage. A stunning residential setting, Pine Hollow also is set up to host several hundred people with dining and gathering areas on the property. Enjoy 27 rooms, a full commercial kitchen, indoor pool, tennis court and so much more. This is one of the finest freshwater lakefront estates in America. Call for complete details. Price upon request.

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Lakefront Living
MAGNIFICENT LIKE-NEW HOME with lush grounds and a private beach on Lake Michigan. This New Englandstyle stone and cedar shake home offers first-class finishes and amenities with views of the lake throughout the home. Privacy and seclusion are offered in this lakeside retreat, which is the perfect place to entertain on the veranda or to enjoy the lake on your personal watercraft. A gracious reception hall, formal living room with a fireplace, grand family room with a fireplace, incredible cooks kitchen with wonderful amenities and a screened porch with a fireplace accent the interior. Wonderful and luxurious, the master suite features a private library and elegant bath. Three additional, spacious bedroom suites are on the second floor. The thirdfloor retreat has a game room and rooftop gazebo with panoramic views of Lake Michigan. The lower level has a large recreation room with a fireplace, a billiards room and a spacious, light-filled exercise room. A professionally landscaped property with an idyllic beach. Spectacular views throughout. $8,350,000


The Hudson Company 903 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL 60093 847.446.9600 E-mail:




Luxury at its Peak

STUNNING VIEWS, the ultimate in privacy without isolation, and exceptional amenities detail this wonderful 77-acre estate, nestled in the oaks of West Pleasanton Ridge. The single-level design of 8,590 square feet offers a great flow between the grand interior spaces and the lush, natural setting. Throughout the home and property there are breathtaking views of the valley, Mt. Diablo and city lights. Rooms of note include 5 bedrooms with a separate master wing, 6 baths, 2 powder rooms, a spacious family room with a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, a breakfast nook and a large game room. The secondary bedroom wing features 3 bedrooms plus a separate guest suite with a bedroom and living room for the au pair or in-laws. In addition, there is a stunning solar-heated pool with spa and stone waterfall, a lush rear garden, two 2-car attached garages, plus a fully equipped museum-quality, car-collectors garage with space for 10 more vehicles. Asking price $7,450,000

Prudential California Realty 925.249.6837


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Westlake Village CALIFORNIA

European-Inspired California Estate

ON APPROXIMATELY 4.5 ACRES in the prestigious guard-gated community of Country Club Estates is an impressive European-style property offering every luxury reminiscent of grand living. The private, winding, tree-lined gated entrance leads to the approximately 18,000-square-foot residence, which overlooks the Lakes Golf Course and is surrounded by meticulously landscaped gardens. This limestone-clad home offers 5 bedrooms, 7 full and 5 half baths, 7 fireplaces, an elevator, wine cellar, large detached guest quarters, pool, spa, barbecue area, a home theater and a 5-car garage. The dramatic 2-story rotunda entry leads to the exquisite formal dining room, living room and great room with a full walk-in bar, which opens to one of the many covered patio areas. The gourmet kitchen features an adjacent morning room with a fireplace. A cherry wood library/office, maids room, laundry area, service entrance and stairs to the lower-level theater and wine room complete the main level. The second level features the regal master suite with his-and-her separate wings surrounded by balconies on all sides, 3 bedroom suites, a craft room and a suite currently used as the personal assistants offices, which could be used as additional bedrooms. Truly one of the great estates available today. Offered at $18,000,000.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 805.443.3004 805.230.3346



Santa Barbara CALIFORNIA

Oceanview Mediterranean
BEAUTIFUL ESTATE set on approximately 4.8 acres. Constructed with superb quality, the main house includes 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, 6 fireplaces, a library, a master sitting room and a stunning patio with panoramic views. Step down the patio to a large sprawling lawn with room to add a swimming pool. The guesthouse has 1 bedroom, 1 bath and a kitchenette. Still under construction, the homes lower level includes wine storage, a game room, family/media room, gym, a pool bath with a sauna and ample storage. $14,900,000

Sothebys International Realty 1106 Coast Village Road Montecito, CA 93108 805.565.8643 / Cell: 805.895.2138 E-mail:


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The Grand Canals...

Deepwater & Private Beach Club Estate

This estate is truly a rare offering! Serenely private on beautiful Lake Sylvan, this grand Mediterranean compound stands out among the many multimillion-dollar estates of Harbor Beach, Fort Lauderdales most prestigious gated and secured community. On more than an acre of expansive grounds, this magnificent estate provides approximately 360 feet of protected dockage for multiple vessels. The main residence and separate guesthouse total approximately 20,753 square feet with lavish indoor/outdoor living spaces for entertaining in unimaginable luxury. Additional features include a wine gallery, theater, expansive gym, private spa, a game and entertainment wing, plus a putting green. The totally private guesthouse provides 2 further residences. A stately motor court and garages for 8 cars suit the auto aficionado. The private beach club ensures a blend of the ultimate ocean and waterfront lifestyles. Web ref#: F984461 $10,995,000 6,684,828 7,934,046 Julie Jones, Broker Associate Premier Estate Properties 2424 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Cell: 954.328.3665 / Direct: 954.449.7875 / E-mail: / /

Deepwater and Tennis Court Estate

Substantial Palm Beach-inspired estate situated on 3 lots. This property offers approximately 250 feet of dockage and a tennis court. Web ref#: F932171 $10,995,000 6,684,828 7,934,046

Las Olas Isles Point Lot Estate

This rare, oversized point estate in sought-after Seven Isles sprawls approximately 360 feet of waterfront with resort-inspired indulgences. Web ref#: F1004413 $7,895,000 4,800,065 5,697,071

Harbor Beach Deepwater Estate

A brand-new deepwater Mediterranean estate with approximately 110 feet of yacht dockage in a security-patrolled beachside community. Web ref#: F785383 $6,795,000 4,131,278 4,903,305

New River Deepwater Estate

This magnificent Mediterranean estate captures sensational views on one of the New Rivers widest points. Web ref#: F932799 $6,495,000 3,948,882 4,686,824

Las Olas Deepwater Residence

Elegant Mediterranean architecture replete with luxuries. This residence is offered in a prized setting with wide waterway views. Web ref#: F969654 $4,695,000 2,854,503 3,387,935

Bay Colony Deepwater Residence

Newly renovated, this deepwater point residence is in a gated and secured community and affords approximately 225 feet of water frontage. Web ref#: F991709 $2,750,000 1,671,967 1,984,413

Brand New Oceanfront Available Now

Superbly finished and located directly on Fort Lauderdale Beach with approximately 70 feet of ocean frontage. Web ref#: F826674 $6,995,000 4,252,876 5,047,626

Perfect Beach House on the Sand

Directly on Fort Lauderdale Beach, this tropical hideaway enjoys rare unobstructed oceanfront vistas in the Malibu of Fort Lauderdale. Web ref#: F874443 $3,495,000 2,143,682 2,500,357

Ultra-luxury Penthouse
Stunning and newly renovated, this southeast penthouse commands one of the citys finest ocean views directly above the sands. Web ref#: F985965 $3,795,000 2,307,314 2,738,490

Julie Jones, Broker Associate

2424 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Cell: 954.328.3665 / Direct: 954.449.7875 /

To The Beautiful Beaches

ULTRA-LUXE IN EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. In an extraordinary location on the shores of Northwest Harbor with breathtaking views of Gardiners Bay, Modern GREEN at The Grace Estate is a classic design set in a superb natural wonderland. Saving the environment and living well is easy in this 8,000-square-foot masterpiece. With 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and 7 fireplaces, it also boasts geothermal heating and cooling, solar energy, a 50-foot Gunite pool with a spa, an outdoor pavilion with a summer kitchen, a 3-car garage, a full gym with a sauna and steam shower, a boat mooring and your own private beach. Exquisitely furnished. WEB# H13176. $5,700,000.

2008 #1 TEAM | The Hamptons

Camden MAINE

Newburyport, Massachussetts

RE/MAX On the River 50 Water Street Mill #3 Newburyport, MA 01950 Cell: 978.621.3579

Waterfront Mansion

Directly on the water and tucked away on 7.69 private acres, this Georgian mansion delights everyone. Designed by well-known architect Linda Miller and completed only 2 years ago, the home greets you with a beautiful brass chandelier and soaring 12-foot ceilings. A drawing room/library features lit china/crystal cupboards, a mural of Newburyport and a fireplace. You also will marvel at the Georgian paneling in the formal fireplaced dining room. A butlers pantry, custom-made cabinets, breakfast bar and rare marble counters accent the kitchen, which has French doors leading to the terrace. The property has 14 rooms and 11,267 square feet of living area on 3 levels. On the second level, the 4 bedroom suites include a stunning master bedroom with a wall of windows to enjoy picturesque river views. Additional amenities include a spacious bar/billiards room, a guest room with a fireplace, an office, 8 baths and an exercise room. Outdoor highlights include a covered porch with a brick fireplace; a widows walk; an attached, heated 3-car garage; a terraced garden and 500 feet of waterfront with a deep-water dock. $4,100,000

Dermot OBrien
Singer Islands Competitive Advantage
Across a narrow body of water from legendary Palm Beach is Singer Island, South Floridas current hot spot. Its world-class sport fishing and proximity to an unrivaled collection of championship golf courses complements its cosmopolitan shopping and dining, soon to be enhanced by the opening of the muchanticipated Ocean Mall. Its the total package in resort living, and currently sells at a discount to other acclaimed destinations. South Florida is emerging from several years of underperforming real estate sales, yet remains a classic buyers market. With comparable amenities to the Hamptons, Hilton Head Island or Malibu, Singer Island properties are offered at significantoften dramatic discounts. It also contrasts favorably with higher priced winter resorts such as Aspen, Park City and Vail. At Singer Island, sellers are recognizing they need to price their properties realistically to move them, while those in other high-end markets have yet to accept economic realities. Because of this, now is a particularly outstanding time to purchase units in major luxury developments such as The Resort at Singer Island and 2700 North Ocean, or more intimate boutique properties such as the fashionable Oceans Edge. Spectacular residences begin at as little as $500,000. Baby boomers, drawn by the amenities of Singer Island, embrace this competitive advantage, snapping up vacation condominiums that eventually will be converted into year-round retirement homes. Recent tax code changes in several states reinforce the appeal of Singer Island, located in an income tax-free Sunshine State that has long been the envy of overburdened New Yorkers, New Jerseyites and Californians.

In a competitive market, buyers and sellers need a real estate agent that is up for the challenge and has the knowhow to get the job done well. Dermot OBriens business experience coupled with his marketing, management, real estate and technology skills provide him with the formula for success. Take Dermots achievements as a representation of his perseverance and commitment to his profession. In 2006 he was the top producer at the Amrit Resort & Residences on Singer Island, Fla., generating $36 million in

sales. Dermot also was awarded the Bentley Motorcars International Property Award for Amrit Resort & Residences. Dermot has laid the foundation for and developed two successful businessesone of which was short listed in the Best New British Stationery Contest in 1990. The other company was a portal Web site, designed for people of Celtic descent around the world. The site was recognized as one of the top 3 Irish Web sites by Yahoo, Inc. in 2002.

Resort at Singer Island

2700 North Ocean

Resort at Singer Island

66 Tower Residences & 239 Hotel Condominiums On-Site Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel From $400,000 to $4,750,000

2700 North Ocean

242 Tower Residences 2 Oceanfront Towers From $1,000,000 to $7,000,000

One Singer Island

Beachfront Singer Island

One Singer Island

15 Tower Residences Ultra-Exclusive From $1,500,000 to $5,000,000-plus

Beachfront Singer Island

51 Tower Residences Ocean-to-Intracoastal Views From $800,000 to $1,995,000

With a growing focus on the Internet and the future of technology, buyers and sellers should be able to depend on an agent to be up-to-speed on the newest marketing and communication techniques. When "Singer Island" is input into the Google search engine, Dermot's Web site,, is on the top of the first page of results. Dermots accomplishments have not gone unrecognized. He was recently interviewed on National Public Radios All Things Considered;

featured as a Singer Island Market Expert in Unique Homes magazine; and is a member of the Luxury Real Estate Council, Luxury Portfolio and the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Who better to serve you in the Singer Island market than a Singer Island resident? Dermot lives on Singer Island, Fla., with his wife and 10-year-old son. He is currently focusing on the islands 6 newest oceanfront condominiums, which are seen here in Unique Homes magazine and online at and

Oceans Edge

Oasis Singer Island

Oceans Edge
40 Tower Residences Mediterranean-style Tower From $1,000,000 to $3,750,000

Oasis Singer Island

38 Residences in 2 Towers Only 1 Residence Per Floor From $1,900,000 to $3,500,000


2725 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410


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Ron Wellman is the founder of We Invest Online, Inc., a real estate investment concierge company specializing in new development luxury properties in emerging markets. Ron is also a member of Kingdom Advisors, an organization that promotes investing using biblical principles toward money. While attending Michigan State University, Ron spent time as a world champion drummer and percussionist. After graduating, Ron moved to Chicago and started We Deliver Cars, Inc., a luxury auto delivery company. For 8 years, We Deliver Cars, Inc., has served all of the import luxury car dealers in the greater Chicago area. Following the success of the auto transport company, Ron received his Real Estate Broker License and has been investing in real estate and other alternative investments ever since. We Invest Online, Inc.s exceptional team of investors, financial advisors, developers, banking institutions, hedge fund facilitators, private equity groups, attorneys and CPAs has decades of experience finding and capitalizing on unique investment opportunities. If you need a luxury second home or vacation home to diversify your portfolio, or are looking to fund an equity or joint venture real estate development, Ron can assist you in finding the perfect off-market investment property. We Invest Online, Inc., will help you put together a winning portfolio. We Invest Online, Inc., also offers alternative investments from oil, gas and gold mine investments, in addition to a new line of vodka. Other unique investments include letters of credit, IRAs, self-directed IRAs and 1031 exchanges. Ron focuses on high-growth areas to limit risk, concentrates on tax reduction and assists builders, developers and land owners in finding funding for their next projects. If you are a savvy investor looking to broaden your horizons, we invite you to contact us today.

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Luxury Living in Illinois

WAYNE A spectacular, new English Country manor on 5-plus acres with incredible amenities and details throughout. Encompassing 8,000 square feet, this home boasts a natural stone exterior accented with stucco, wrought iron, heavy timbers and a China slate roof. The interior is highlighted by handcrafted cabinetry; walnut, slate and tumbled stone flooring; intricate cherry carvings; and unique ceiling treatments. A 3-story elevator, 4 fireplaces, 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths complement this exceptional home. Professionally landscaped with multiple bluestone patios, a pond and a restored barn. $2,895,000. ST. CHARLES A stately custom-built residence in highly coveted Crane Road Estates. This stunning 7,700-square-foot home features the ultimate in quality and craftsmanship. The main level offers 12-foot ceilings, elaborate millwork and hardware, gorgeous chandeliers and a state-of-the-art kitchen. The first-floor master is complemented by a gas log fireplace and a bath with heated floors and a steam shower. The upper level boasts 3 spacious bedrooms and an incredible guest suite. On almost 1.5 manicured acres and accented with brick pavers, bluestone patios and water features, this home offers the finest in living. $2,550,000.

ST. CHARLES Strategically situated opposite a 750-acre nature preserve, this gated estate is on 2.47 lush, secluded acres. This property, custom-built in 2001, offers a 5,000square-foot home, an unfinished English basement, a 4-car heated garage with 1,200 square feet of buildable attic space and a detached, heated 4-car/3-stall garage/barn. Attention to detail is evident throughout. Gleaming maple hardwood flooring, a custom curved staircase, a great room and sunroom with fireplaces, a paneled study and a mainfloor master bedroom suite create an elegant, yet warm, comfortable setting. $1,695,000.

ST. CHARLES An exquisite French Provincial in prestigious Crane Road Estates. Absolutely gorgeous, this stately residence with exceptional architectural features throughout includes wide-plank hardwood flooring, wood beam ceilings, stained-glass windows, wrought iron staircase spindles and lighted art niches. A stunning kitchen is complete with high-end glazed cabinetry and Viking and Sub-Zero appliances. The fabulous, finished English basement offers built-ins, a bar, recreation area, full bath and fireplace. The exterior boasts a heated Gunite pool, a pool house with a full bath, a putting green and much more! $1,495,000.


On almost 2 acres in Silver Glen Estates, this stunning all-brick/natural stone custom home boasts unparalleled amenities and timeless appeal. A soaring 2-story family room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, formal living and dining areas and an incredibly spacious kitchen with 2 islands and high-end appliances serve as perfect settings for family gatherings or entertaining. The second level features a gallery with a Juliet balcony, 3 bedrooms and a master suite with a fireplace, a sitting room with a breakfast bar and a master bath with an oversized walk-in shower and a Whirlpool soaker tub. $1,399,000.

ST. CHARLES This secluded, 7,300-square-foot brick manor estate is situated on almost 1 acre in desirable Royal Fox. Boasting 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths and 6 fireplaces, this home also features an expansive second-floor game room, new hardwood flooring and an incredible walkout, finished basement with a family room and theater. The exterior is equally impressive and offers a lush, professionally landscaped setting with a full-sized lighted basketball court and a heated in-ground pool. $1,250,000.

Debora McKay
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 630.587.4672 / cell: 630.542.3313 /




Flight of the Concordes

The supersonic aircraft is credited for Barbados envious development.

One lime, two parts simple syrup, three parts Mount Gay Rum, four parts water and a dash of bitters serve as a recipe for a tantalizing rum punch a Bajan favorite. The arrival of passengers decades ago on the turbo jet-powered Concorde was an even sweeter concoction, igniting Barbados luxury real estate market. At 23 miles per minute, passengers ew aboard the Concorde from London and Paris to Barbados in jet-setting style. When they arrived, the calm Caribbean, located on the west coast, was calling for those who searched for a sweet escape. On the east coast, the Atlantic Ocean set the stage for extreme sporting. The Concorde brought a certain level of people and made Barbados a destination that could be reached from the other side of the Atlantic in four hours, says Jennifer MacPherson, marketing manager of Altman Real Estate. According to MacPherson, the Concordes weekly arrival also gave Barbados luxury real estate market an edge over its Caribbean counterparts. Buyers and visitors come [to Barbados] for the weather and the lifestyle, says Pooka Yhap, an agent at Altman Real Estate. Yhap describes highend real estate in Barbados as lifestyle purchases luxury living offered around a centralized theme. Sandy Cove in St. James, Barbados, represents a lifestyle purchase of Caribbean and white sand delight. Mahogany trees shade the Colonialstyle condo positioned for snorkeling, sunbathing and romantic walks along the west coast beach. Within 15 units ranging from 2,786 square feet at $3.25 million to a 6,169-square-foot penthouse listed for $8.5 million owners will nd private plunge pools, open oor plans, natural light and ample closet space to store beach apparel. Lion Castle Polo Estate, Waterhall, Sugar Hill Resort and Royal Westmoreland also afford

luxury living around a centralized theme. Whether the focus be on polo, tennis or golf, living comes easy in these tropical, worry-free communities. Because direct ights are easily accessible from Europe, most of Barbados buyers are British. And, according to Robin Walcott, developer of Beach View Condo Hotel in St. James, Barbados, the British buyer is not an impulse buyer. Most buyers in Barbados have stayed in the islands for years before they made their purchase, explains Walcott. New to the island is WalSandy Cove rests on a cliff top overlooking the Caribbean. cotts Beach View Condo Hotel, boasting a strong family orientation. The condo hotel rests on 3 acres and feaished in the 1800s, serve today as craft houses and tures two- and three-bedroom condos that look offer a charming touch to the islands simplicity. Monday through Thursday, food acionaout on the Caribbean and the propertys childdos may nd themselves at Zagat-rated restaurants friendly pool. such as The Tides, Wispers on the Bay or RestauWhile appealing to an elite clientele rant at Southsea. Come Friday night, theres no othQueen Elizabeth II returned from Barbados via the er hot spot on the island than Oistins Fish Fry. Grab Concorde in 1977, Tiger Woods said his vows at a seat next to a friendly Bajan, grab a Banks beer (a Sandy Lane Resort, and Rihanna calls the island hometown brew), and order the daily catch right home Barbados hasnt lost its historical past. off the grill. Barbados British upbringing is channeled Though the Concorde stopped ying in while walking through historic plantation estates, 2003, that hasnt stopped visitors from returning such as St. Nicholas Abbey a Jacobean manor to the island again and again for the lifestyle comhouse set on 400-plus acres. Quaint chattel housmunities, Bajan culture and an ever-enticing rum es, which were constructed as movable structures punch. and occupied by slaves before slavery was abolLauren Varga


Beach View is a new condo hotel on 3 acres.

Suggestions for The Latest Developments should be sent to: Mark Moffa, Managing Editor, Unique Homes 327 Wall Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 Phone: (609) 688-1110, Ext. 15 E-mail:



luxury (re) defined

REDEFINING LUXURY Throughout 2009, Unique Homes is looking at how luxury real estate is evolving. This is the fourth story in our series. In our next issue, well look at fractional ownership opportunities.


By Camilla McLaughlin
Not too long ago, jet setter was a moniker used to paint the ultra wealthy as a frenetic bunch constantly on the prowl for the next in place. The phrase may be pass, but the prospect of searching the world for glamorous new and exotic places to play still captures our fancy. This year, the next big thing takes on a whole new meaning; an emerging market is as likely to be a tried and true location climbing out of the recession, as it is a lesserknown destination. Going into 2010, the hottest new places are apt to be traditional luxury enclaves as affluent consumers, still shaken by the global economic crises, place a high premium on value. Value derived from price, location and potential for appreciation. Value arising from perfect alignment with personal goals and lifestyle desires. Value gained from ease of access and the promise of frequent use.

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Whats Old Is New Again Even in a robust market, May typically brings the doldrums to Florida real estate but there is nothing typical about this year. Weve seen a decline in prices, but the flip side has brought more buyers into the market. We had a great first quarter and the second quarter has been even better, observes Carmen DAngelo, co-owner of Premier Estate Properties in Boca Raton, Fla. People see opportunity and the opportunity is in the prices, he explains. Walk-ins, vacationers coming in off the street to ask about buying, were traditionally part of the Florida market but they virtually disappeared during the downturn. For the first time in a long time, DAngelo says his offices are seeing walkins, some even inquiring about homes priced at $10 million. Still, price is only part of the value equation. Each of the towns in DAngelos market has its unique persona. Delray Beachs main street has a village feeling akin to the Hamptons, which is unusual in South Florida. Gated communities in Boca Raton offer a degree of privacy and security important to wealthy homeowners. Fort Lauderdale is polishing a new image as a high-end resort with a Ritz-Carlton, a new W hotel and a new Trump property. Brokers in the Naples area saw a nice surge in activity in the spring that continues at press time. Phil Wood, president of John R. Wood Realtors, attributes this to buyers finding some reassurance in the slow upward creep of the stock market. Naples is starting to lead the way out of the recession and we expect to see more sales in the upper end, he says. Looking ahead, Wood anticipates a pretty strong summer in comparison to our normal summers. Beginning in April, Boston Realtors also saw an upswing. Cape Ann, just a few miles north of Boston, has some of the regions best waterfront estates, but this area has always lagged behind other suburbs in recovering from downturns. Although she acknowledges that upper-end sales havent picked up dramatically, Holly Chiancola, owner

52 West Golden Eagle Road $1.95 million in Santa Fe, New Mexico


of Holly C & Co. in Gloucester, Mass., says there is absolutely more activity compared to a year ago. Buyers, particularly second-home purchasers who have been waiting for prices to bottom out, are beginning to feel that it is somewhat stabilized and that now is the time to buy, she explains. Certainly this cycle is different, but the pickup in activity has been tremendous and it seems to be gaining momentum weekly, if not daily, shares Alan Vorenberg, a broker with Sothebys International Realty in Santa Fe, N.M. All the signs are there that Santa Fe is poised for a recovery, he adds. The United States Unlike primary homes, resort and retirement homes are about pursuing a passion or fulfilling a lifelong dream, whether it is tending your own vineyard, carving perfect turns 60 days a year or just having a place the entire family cant resist. Santa Fe, which boasts the countrys second largest art market after New York, has all the requisite features of a rising luxury star, including strong roots as a regional second-home destination and

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

a lifestyle that appeals to a huge range of buyers from mountain bikers to opera fanatics. The secret of Santa Fes appeal is its mix of a big-city lifestyle with a small-town atmosphere, says Anne Brunson, a Realtor with Prudential Santa Fe. Its a little town of 70,000 that offers amenities cities of millions often cant provide, says Vorenberg. Real estate is still a great value here. What costs $2 or $3 million in Santa Fe easily
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CANTON, Ga.This 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home with an owners suite on the main floor has Old World charm with todays sophistication. Overlooking Lake Sovereign, enjoy lakefront living and be minutes from Atlanta. A grand gourmet kitchen with a keeping room, 3 fireplaces and a finished terrace level boasting a pub, wine cellar and exercise room all create a wonderful environment for great entertaining. Offered at $859,900.


CANTON, Ga.Located in Wexford at Woodmont Golf & Country Club, a gracious Robert Trent Jones, Jr., golf course and country club community in Canton, Georgia, this stately executive home features a master on the main and an exceptional keeping room kitchen with a large island. Lovely and wooded, this cul-de-sac location also features a private English garden. Offered at $739,900.

Valerie Ann Hunter

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A savvy investor plus the New York City-based real estate services firm Platinum Properties proved to be the correct equation to close a nearly $10 million sale in stunningly quick fashion this spring. On the market since 2007, the triplex south tower penthouse at The Continuum closed just 48 hours after the buyer was referred by Platinum Properties Khashy Eyn, CEO and president, and Philip Askeroth, vice president of investments. [Our client] understands that the readiness to pull the trigger quickly when an opportunity arises is key, says Philip Askeroth of Platinum Properties, and he is not afraid to do so. Originally listed for $25 million, more than double the closing price, according to Multi-Housing News, the buyers new residence boasts an elevator con-

necting the 7,400 square feet of indoor living space spanning three levels. Six separate areas total approximately 6,000 square feet of outdoor terraces, and 360-degree views overlook South Beach, the Harbor, Fisher Island, downtown, and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean. The living room features a 26-foot ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows wrap the entire unit. [This penthouse] has the best view, the largest oceanfront in the most desired location of South Beach and its design caters perfectly to all aspects of luxury penthouse living, notes Askeroth. With appearances on the Extra Mansions & Millionaires Miami special and as the backdrop in the 2005 film Red Eye, the penthouse epitomizes luxury vertical living in a most enviable location in a gated oceanfront development on the southernmost tip of Miami Beach. Platinum Properties, which is beginning to offer interior design services through its New York office, also will handle the redesign of the apartments interiors. According to Askeroth, his clients quick move already is proving to be a sound investment. We have already gotten offers to sell at a $3 million profit, which I think speaks for itself, he says. Sarah Binder


Find more than two dozen listings in Miami and 100-plus in Miami Beach at To read about another South Florida oceanfront condo/high-rise development, turn to page 68 for Jennifer Martins On Location feature profiling Palm Beach Countys Resort at Singer Island.


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Vancouver, British Columbia | Canada

Elizabeth Lake | California

Virgin Gorda | British Virgin Islands

Waterfront properties suitable for any type of aquatic preference.



Cinque Terre is an Italian-inspired waterfront development in Vancouver boasting one residence per floor (five floors total), including this $3.6 million third-floor unit with three fireplaces, four Juliet balconies and private parking. A sunken sitting area with an electric fireplace provides a perfect spot to relax in the master bedroom. The unit enjoys beautiful water views. At the headwaters of the Santa Clara River, this $19.5 million parcel is on Elizabeth Lake, Los Angeles Countys only privately owned, naturally fed lake. It boasts 155 acres of lake and wetlands with 2-plus miles of shoreline and 16 acres of commercial land. Zoned for resort/recreational uses,

including hunting, fishing, and jet skiing, the property may qualify for $25 million to $52 million in mitigation credits and is home to many notable species, including black herons, southwest pond turtles and red-winged blackbirds. Raku, an $11 million beachfront home, is set on a fenced 2-acre lot in a very private location among Virgin Gordas famous boulders. Two hundred and forty feet of white sand beach treats family, friends and guests to ocean and island views. Boating enthusiasts will appreciate the 30-foot center console powerboat with twin Yamaha outboards, which will be included in the sale. Sarah Binder


Hemicycle House

Nestled on a private lane in New Canaan, Conn., on a 7acre woodland lot overlooking 3 acres of wetlands, is the Hemicycle House. Designed in 1982 by John Howe, one of Frank Lloyd Wrights top apprentices, the residence incorporates one of Wrights last innovations the hemicycle, or semicircular curve, implemented in the homes curved walls with soaring windows. Upon deciding to update and expand the Hemicycle House, owners Scott and Susan Belmont tracked down John Howes original blueprints and elevation renderings in order to be as respectful to the original design as possible. When acquiring a home like this, youre signing on to

its unique qualities, and one needs to stick to the basic principles Howe employed to avoid completely defacing the original work, says Scott Belmont. Completed in 2008, the updates and two additions have resulted in a total of 7,200 square feet, new wings, two new basements and a new music studio. Wanting to maintain authenticity of materials as well as design, the Belmonts used natural materials throughout, including some of the same Delaware River rock Howe originally used, which the Belmonts asked their stonemason to obtain. Rita Kirby of William Pitt Sothebys International Realty is representing the home, which is listed at $5.4 million. Sarah Binder features nearly 1,200 properties in Connecticut. You can also find Connecticut properties on pages 26-27, 32, 118 and 121 of this issue.

3 for The Water: Canada Shara Turner, Sothebys International Realty California Mark D. Simon, Prudential California Realty (in conjunction with the Conservation Land Group) British Virgin Islands Chris Smith, Coldwell Banker British Virgin Islands





Marching to the beat of his own drum, David Frangioni discovered technology could make sweet music. Frangioni, who played drums from the age of 6 and attended the New England Conservatory of Music on scholarship, saw his life change with the marriage of electronic music and computers in the mid-1980s. He became a pioneer in digital audio and video technology and eventually founded Audio One, an award-winning firm dedicated to luxury home electronics design. When you took the musical background that I have, and you took the electronics, the possibilities seemed endless to me, which was very exciting, says Frangioni. I found I had a natural instinct for it. I dove into it head first. Frangioni has received more than 65 gold and platinum albums as a technical consultant, engineer and/or programmer, and in 1995 he engineered and co-produced the first ever 5.1 digital surround sound David Frangioni mix on CD. Since 1989, Frangioni has served as chief technologist for Aerosmith. Soon thereafter, as electronics became more accessible and easier to use in everyday living, he founded Audio One. A lot of my clients had home studios and wanted to expand their capabilities, so it was a good match, says Frangioni, who has worked with the likes of Ringo Starr, Elton John, Chick Corea, the Stones, American Idols David Cook, and Ozzy Osbourne. I have to sell what I love. It starts with passion and then, hopefully, it turns into a business. The incredible thing about being in technology is there is something new to learn every day. Im passionate about what it is that I do; what it is that I love. And as lucky as Ive been, I believe that none of it has been by accident. Yes, theres good fortune and luck, but you have to create it. Ken Weingartner

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Bob Hurwitz Hurwitz James Company $27.5 million Page 16 Judy Blossom Prudential California Realty $22.5 million Page 33 Luzette Vidal Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage $18 million Page 39

Among other things, Audio One creates custom home theaters. The modern, high-end systems start with 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, screens with a 2.4 aspect ratio and next-generation media players. Add programmed lighting, leather theater seating, wood paneling and curtains. Learn more at

Taking Inventory ranks the five agents with the highest-priced listings in each issue.


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John Daugherty, Realtors, is taking its customers Web site experience to a whole new level with the addition of live chat. Now, anyone visiting the John Daugherty site can chat with a real estate agent online if they have any home buying questions or if they need help in selling their home. Implementing live chat on our Web site provides potential home buyers and sellers an alternative way to communicate with us, said Darren Moore, Web marketing/IT manager at John Daugherty, Realtors. In todays fast moving world of technology, the real estate industry has been revolutionized and our multi-generational clients need options to communicate the way they prefer. With 87 percent of home buyers starting their search on the Internet, live chat was a natural progression for us. Our Web site is continuously evolving with the goal of making it as easy as possible for customers who are searching for homes and market information. Live chat allows Web site visitors to connect instantly to a real estate agent at John Daugherty and have their questions answered instantly from the hours 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

John Daugherty

Darren Moore

John Daugherty has been servicing the Houston Real Estate market since 1967. Today the firm is comprised of more than 160 real estate professionals and more than 85 administrative staff members. Mark Moffa

Jonathan Zanger

Walker Zanger, billed as the worlds most comprehensive stone and tile company, received a first place 2009 Prism Award for its thoughtful and extensive use of natural stone for the 25 Bond Street Project in Manhattan, N.Y. The Prism Award, presented by Coveringsthe leading trade event for natural stone, ceramic tile, flooring and related productscelebrates creativity and achievement in the use of natural stone. The winning project is in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. The buildings faade consists of Benjamin Gold from Israel and Egyptian Oro Tocano granite. The award was presented to Jonathan Zanger, Walker Zanger president. He was joined by his parents, Hanna and Leon Zanger, Walker Zanger chairman and CEO, as well as members of the Walker Zanger team, including: Pat Petrocelli, vice president and chief operating officer; Mike Bastone, vice president of sales; and Tristan McManaman, marketing director. Mark Moffa


The Smithsonians Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will give its Architecture Design Award this fall to New York City-based SHoP Architects as part of its 10th annual National Design Awards program. SHoP Architects is a 60-person practice founded by its five principals in 1996 (they are, as pictured left to right: William Sharples, Coren Sharples, Gregg Pasquarelli, Kimberly Holden, and Christopher Sharples). SHoP has been a leader in the transformation of intricate theoretical design into easily understood construction models by rethinking architectural practice. This think tank has pushed the designers realm past form-making and into software design, branding, real The founding members of SHoP estate development, construction and the co-development of new sustainable technologies. Recently completed projects include Garden Street Lofts in Hoboken, N.J., Hangil Book House in Seoul, South Korea, The Porter House in New York and SanLiTun in Beijing. Award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Oct. 22 at Cipriani in New York. Mark Moffa

John Daugherty, Realtors sales have grown steadily since its founding, surpassing $8 billion since the year 2000. Visit

Walker Zanger stone and tile was also used in a Four Seasons Miami residence that won a 2008 Prism Award. See

SHoPs work has been published and exhibited internationally, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Go to




Water, Water Everywhere

Rainwater collection is not sexy. Until now, that is. Aquascape has developed a rainwater harvesting system that is both environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Aquascapes RainXchange System combines a decorative water feature with a sub-surface rainwater harvest storage system to retain and re-use the rainwater it collects. TRD Designs in New York and Canyon Pondscapes in Arizona are two companies that are certified by Aquascape to install the RainXchange System. Tom Dieck, owner and chief designer of TRD Designs, combines traditional design principles with modern methods and tools, such as the RainXchange System, to produce peaceful outdoor living spaces. In addition to recycling rainwater, our greatest natural resource, the system adds beauty to a property and therapeutic sounds of nature via water features, says Dieck. According to Dieck, the systems ability to capture excessive amounts of rainwater to help reduce flooding is another positive feature. Canyon Pondscapes understands that to make any backyard a retreat, one must work with Mother Nature, rather than against. With water usage restrictions and regulations set in place, it is often a challenge for homeowners to use public supplies of water freely. Canyon Pondscapes installation of the RainXchange SysAquascape Bubbler tem helps in creating a picturesque setting that is self-contained, natural and beautiful. By generating ones own water supply, daily tasks such as watering plants and washing down patios and cars are made simple. While the RainXchange System is capable of recycling rainwater for multiple uses and producing a serene setting, perhaps its most beneficial feature is its ability to improve property value.
Lauren Varga



Triple world champion Vincent Facquet has combined his love for billiards with his love for good design, resulting in the worlds most luxurious billiards tables Royal Luxury Billiards Table, Majeste Luxury Billiards Table and Noblesse Luxury Billiards Table, each of which retails for 130,000. Facquet has said, This is the Rolls Royce of tables, and it runs like a Ferrari. Each table features high-quality professional cloth and microfiber pockets with built-in LED or fiber optic lighting, according to San Francisco-based retailer BallerToys. Inlaid platinum diamonds and 18-karat gold diamonds are just a few of the extravagant materials implemented in each tables intricate construction. Sarah Binder

For more information on Canyon Pondscapes and a full list of services it offers, visit

TRD Designs developed a landscape for a family with 6 children for ABCs Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. See

Vincent Facquets billiards tables, as well as a plethora of other high-end toys, can be purchased from BallerToys at


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The Dualcomfort Magnifico Mattress

The Gold Mattress

The Platinum Mattress

Sweet Dreams

Catching some Zs. Getting your beauty sleep. Hitting the sack. No matter how you say it, getting a good nights sleep is essential. Magniflex, Italys most prestigious mattress company, has introduced its Precious Metals Collection to provide a luxury sleep line unlike any other. In addition to being unreservedly comfortable, each piece is naturally thermo-regulating, anti-bacterial, odorproof and anti-stress, says Marco Magni, sales director for Magniflex. Magniflexs platinum bed retails for $75,000 in queen, which makes it the most expensive mattress in the world. The mattress is tailor-

made per special order to meet the individual comfort levels of the consumer. For $24,000, a queen-sized gold mattress is the second product in the Precious Metals Collection. Twenty-two-karat gold is woven into the covering of Magniflexs flagship mattress, calling for a fresh, dry and cool nights sleep. Rounding out the collection is a silver queen mattress that retails at $3,399. The Dualcomfort Magnifico is a removable cover made of Argento fabric, which consists of 100-percent cashmere and silver fibers. Lauren Varga

Clive Christian Expands

Withstanding the test of time as well as the current worldwide recession, 30-plus-year-old British furniture company Clive Christian continues to bring its philosophy of timeless, ultimate-quality luxury design to showrooms all over the globe. A new New York City showroom opened in May, and additional ofces are due to open this year in Paris and Monaco, according to Victoria Christian, daughter of Clive Christian and brand ambassador for the Clive Christian group. Credited as the rst designer to introduce chandeliers into the contemporary kitchen, Clive Christian has revolutionized the room, transforming it from a hidden, purely functional space into hand-built, hand-painted, individualized works of art, ranging from the classic Victorian design chosen by Shania Twain and Rod Stewart to the ultra-sleek, couture Alpha, inspired in part by Stanley Kubricks Eyes Wide Shut. While the Clive Christian name is most synonymous with luxury kitchens as well as the worlds most expensive perfume, the companys designs are available throughout the entire home, including the music room, library, dining room, bedroom and bath, and the company is no stranger to overthe-top visions. The most extravagant request was for a miniature replica of a clients home, top to bottom and complete with grand piano in the music room, for her 40 Chihuahuas

The Architectural Kitchen

to live in, just so they could be as happy as she was in her Clive Christian home, says Victoria.

Sarah Binder

Created in very limited production, Clive Christian Perfume Houses new collection of leather handbags and silk scarves is available at private events or online via

Magniflex was founded more than 50 years ago in a suburb of Florence, Italy, and today 20 million people in 45 countries including the U.S. sleep on Magniflex mattresses. For more information, visit





When Jane Broyles-Smiths husband took a new job in Jupiter, Fla., the couple had a tough decision to make. They didnt want to part with their home in Houston because Broyles ran an interior design business there. So rather than exchange one home for another, they sought out a Florida condo with turnkey amenities. When they saw The Resort at Singer Island, it was love at first sight. Its such a family friendly place, which is great for our grandkids, Broyles says of the quiet, upscale condo/hotel high-rise near Palm Beach. The condos have everything you could want, and the resort has quite a few childrens activities. Its really ideal. Prime property is not easy to come by in Palm Beach County, and the resorts developer, Florida-based WCI Communities, Inc., made the most of its opportunity. Lying between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, the resort offers 239 hotel suites and 66 residential condominiums with amenities such as private terraces and full kitchens with washers and dryers. Built in 2007, the resort stands in contrast to the areas super-glitzy boutiques and restaurants. Its earth-toned finishes harmonize with the surrounding island, creating a Caribbean-getaway effect. There is so much high-level craftsmanship with the exotic woods and onyxes, yet those things dont lend themselves to a pretentious, cold feeling where you dont want your kids to touch anything, says James Schumaker, senior project manager for WCI East Coast. Schumaker, the father of two young children, says the child-friendly restaurants, fullservice Kids Club and family lagoon pool appeal to families. Parents magazine named the resort one of the 20 best family beach resorts in its May 2008 issue. But the resort offers unmistakable sophistication, from its concierge service to its acclaimed restaurant, Solu, which infuses Caribbean cuisine with Asian themes. Condominium residences range from $995,000 for a three-bedroom to $4.6 million for a penthouse; while most are sold, a few were on the market at press time. The resort has a rental program for seasonal or part-time owners. Owners enjoy other amenities such as private beach access, a parking garage, a movie theater and 24/7 room service. Because of the hotel staff, private residence owners receive much more personal service than would be possible at a standalone boutique condominium, says Dermot OBrien, both a sales agent for the resort and a condo owner there. For example, you can rent 4,000 square feet of conference space from the resort. My wife is planning to hold a writing workshop there and shell host a cocktail party that the hotel will cater. Jennifer Martin


Its award-winning spa, SiSpa, named by Shape magazine as one of the 10 best places to de-stress in the U.S., includes ingenious treatments such the Oxygen Facial, which infuses vitamins, antioxidants and moisture into the skin via a topical hyperbaric oxygen delivery system.

The resort has hosted many celebrities, including President Barack Obamas entourage during the 2008 presidential campaign.


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Under most circumstances when looking for a second home, it might be unsettling to discover the neighbors are animals. At the LimpopoLipadi Game and Wilderness Reserve, though, that is the attraction. Obviously, we are not talking about the crude, loud, party-till-thebreak-of-dawn couple next door; here, residents share the lands with the likes of lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, and more than 400 species of birds. Plans also call for the reintroduction of endangered species. The reserve is located on 80,000 acres in the Tuli block of eastern Botswana, just north of the border with South Africa, approximately 280 miles northwest of Johannesburg. The first of six fully managed lodges, River Camp, was completed in March. The facility is made up of furnished two- and three-bedroom units, all with views of the Limpopo River, that offer the option of privacy or community living. Investors buy fully tradable shares, starting at $195,000, in a public company that operates the reserve. There are three levels of membership. This is an exclusive neighborhood; the development footprint is not to exceed 0.01 percent of the land. The last two years, the project has received the Gold


The summer season in Botswana runs from November to March while the winter season goes from May to August. Game is most visible from April through October. Award from Homes Overseas magazine, as the worlds best sustainable development. Residents receive wilderness training and can explore the land with experienced rangers, or study to become rangers themselves.

Ken Weingartner


Not far from the spot on the banks of the Delaware River where legend says William Penn brokered the first land deal that laid the groundwork for the development of Philadelphia, one can now sit and gaze at the city from a vantage point that would likely amaze its founder. The Penthouse at Waterfront Square, thanks to occupying the entire 24th floor of the Peninsula Tower, provides a stunning 360-degree view of Philadelphia and the Delaware River. This opulent home covers more than 6,500 square feet and features five bedrooms, six full baths (plus two half baths), a great room, formal dining room, kitchen and breakfast room, family room, two private sun terraces, and a private elevator lobby. Waterfront Squares Penthouse is listed at $5.45 million. Perhaps the most enticing feature is the spacious master suite, which includes his-and-her marble bathrooms and two ful-

ly appointed walk-in dressing room closets. The Penthouse features an elegant yet modern interior design scheme. Its one of the most unique units on the East Coast, says George Cahill, the broker associate who has the listing for Coldwell Banker Realty Corp. The views are spectacular, and the layout and furnishings are fabulous. Youre not overwhelmed by the size; its still intimate. Among the Waterfront Square amenities are 24-hour security and valet parking (the Penthouse comes with four parking licenses), 24-hour concierge, complimentary shuttle service to Center City, a pool and spa, plus a putting green. Waterfront Square really is a community to itself, says Cahill. And there are projects in the pipeline that are going to stimulate the area. Property values are really going to explode on the Philadelphia waterfront. Ken Weingartner

The Limpopo-Lipadi Game and Wilderness Reserve is billed as The Ultimate African Wilderness. For more, visit

For more information about the Waterfront Square development in Philadelphia, see

Turn to page 31 to read more about The Penthouse at Waterfront Square.



California Retreat/Compound/Spa

his unique property has potential and flexibility for a variety of uses. As a private estate it has that rare combination of privacy and accessibility. Not visible from the valley floor, it provides a wonderful haven for family and friends. Yet, it is minutes from Highway 101, providing access to Carmel/Monterey in 30 minutes or San Jose airport in 45 minutes. The new addition of a renowned winery creates an extraordinary presence on the southern portion of the property. Fabulous vineyards soon will blanket the acreage adjacent to the main estate, enhancing both views and quality of life. A sense of Tuscany will help create an even finer ambiance for this estate home, rivaling the finest of wine country paradises throughout California.


econd, the possibilities as a corporate retreat are boundless. Expansive accommodations, sprawling rooms for meetings or seminars, and the special touch of a reclusive estate add to the impact this property would have on clients and employees. Situated with easy proximity to major airports, the struggles of arrival and departure for out-of-town personnel are eliminated, and the attraction of a resort-quality destination is most effective. The main house is beautifully appointed for one-on-one or large-number meetings, creating a work place as well as a retreat for rejuvenation and relaxation. The ready access to popular destinations makes a day trip very feasible for a break in a rigorous schedule. he main residence encompasses 18,000 square feet of building area, including the master suite and 5 guest suites (there are 6 bedrooms, 9 full and 2 half baths in total). The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, cherry floors and cabinetry, Viking double ovens with 6-burner grills, 2 dishwashers, a walk-in pantry, plus a butlers pantry with additional storage and separate Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer. The great room boasts aerobic-impact flooring, a revolving observatory-style dome skylight, his-and-her locker rooms, an adjacent theater room and panoramic views of the farm-rich San Juan Valley below. This incredible property is now being offered with 50 acres at a recently reduced price of $4,500,000, reflecting an almost $1.5 million price reduction. Additional acreage may be available upon request. Brokers welcome 3-percent commission for Buyers Agents.


Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Photography by Cherie Cordellos. California license #01797543


This stunning home in Moorestown, New Jersey, is offered by Prudential Fox & Roach, REALTORS. See page 36







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Old World Charm Canton Georgia

Valerie Ann Hunter
404.867.8099 / 770.720.1400
This 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home with an owners suite on the main floor has Old World charm with todays sophistication. Overlooking Lake Sovereign, enjoy lakefront living and be minutes from Atlanta. A grand gourmet kitchen with a keeping room, 3 fireplaces and a finished terrace level boasting a pub, wine cellar and exercise room all create a wonderful environment for great entertaining. $859,900


Executive Estate in Golf Community Canton GA

Located in Wexford at Woodmont Golf & Country Club, a gracious Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course and country club community in Canton, Georgia, is this stately executive home featuring a master on the main and an exceptional keeping room kitchen with a large island. Lovely and wooded, this cul-de-sac location also features a private English garden. Offered at $739,900

Jeanine T. Blumer
770.720.1400 678.858.4927


Perfection! Florence South Carolina

Enter this stunning home through a light-filled 2-story entry that is perfect for displaying fine art and enjoying views of the 3-acre grounds. Professionally designed and decorated, this home, constructed in 2007 by Reliance Builders, is in Queensferry and offers 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and numerous amenities and features, including travertine and oak floors, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, Kohler and Hansgrohe fixtures and a home automation system. Rooms of note include the great room with a remote-controlled gas fireplace and access to the raised patio; the gourmet kitchen with center island and breakfast nook; and a luxurious master suite, which has one of the homes two 50-inch plasma televisions. No detail has been overlooked in this residence that backs to secluded wetlands providing a serene setting. $798,000


Creekside! Florence South Carolina

Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac, this 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath retreat boasts an oversized master bedroom suite on the first level. From the 2-story windows in the great room, overlooking the deck, you will have a view of moss-draped trees and the walkway leading to the gazebo on this 3.7-acre in-town lot on Jeffries Creek. The daylight basement features a 46-by20-foot rec room, 1 bedroom and 1 bath. The chefs gourmet kitchen includes a Viking gas stove, Thermador double ovens, a Bosch dishwasher and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The in-ground pool, screened porch, deck and patio are perfect for entertaining. Square footage includes 3,438 square feet total in the first and second levels and 1,192 square feet in the daylight basement. Enjoy the convenience of a 3-car garage. $750,000

Peggy & Charles Collins

419 South Coit Street Florence, SC 29501 843.617.2100


Gateway To Hilton Head Island SC

Wayne M. McDonald
Once-in-a-lifetime....Here is an extremely rare opportunity to own a magnificent waterfront homesite in Colleton River Plantation. From this mainland homesite one will view spectacular sunsets and South Carolina wildlife over great Heron Lake. Dine, entertain and experience a true Southern lifestyle among 1,500 pristine acres. This lowcountry wonderland is outlined on 3 sides by water and boasts 7 miles of riverfront shoreline. Home to Jack Nicklaus- and Pete Dye-designed, award-winning, Top 100 golf courses, this residential sanctuary is a prime location for the golf and boating enthusiast. Priced now at $49,500


In A Class of Its Own Pinehurst NC

Achievement has its own rewards this is one of them. Situated on 5.69 acres in one of Pinehursts finest gated golfing communities, The Country Club of North Carolina, this elegant and expansive residence includes 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, plus a den and a separate office. Elegantly appointed for entertaining! You will find exceptional quality throughout this stunning home. Magnificent golf-course views are enjoyed on the 12th green of the Cardinal Course. $1,385,000

Jim Saunders
cell: 910.315.1000 / office: 910.692.2635


Village Home Pinehurst NC

Resting within the parameters of Forest Creek Golf Club near Pinehurst, North Carolina, is this lovely cottage-style home offering fabulous golf views. Four bedrooms, 4 baths, living, family and dining rooms, an open kitchen space plus the most welcoming porches, both front and back, accent this charming residence. Features include hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, custom cabinetry and trim details. A private putting green in your front yard and landscape maintenance, which gives you more time on the 2 magnificent Fazio courses, are bonuses for the golfer! $750,000

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Art-filled Retreat Pinehurst NC

Within Forest Creek Golf Club near Pinehurst, North Carolina, is this art-filled retreat. This home was custom designed in 2005 and elegantly appointed as a beautiful background for the owners art collection, or yours. Four bedrooms, 4 baths and a powder room are found within approximately 3,500 square feet with an outside terrace and screened porch. Features include hardwood floors, a wet bar, high ceilings, architectural details and fine millwork, a fireplace, a stunning kitchen and beautiful landscaping. Close to the clubhouse, fitness center, swim center and the 2 Fazio golf courses. $815,000

Kay E. Beran

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On The Right Course Pinehurst NC

Located in the prestigious gated community of Fairwoods on Seven, this home features more than 4,200 square feet of elegant living with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. An additional 600 heated square feet of workshop space awaits the handiest of them all. A membership transfer (only $15,000) is available to the Pinehurst Country Club and Pinehurst No. 2 home of the 2014 Mens and Womens US Open Championships. $875,000

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Tremont Cottage Pinehurst NC

A 112-year-old beauty, restored with loving care! Built in 1897 as a rooming house by James W. Tufts, Pinehursts founding father, this cottage underwent major remodeling in 1970 when it was transformed into a single-family home. The house was once again extensively renovated by the current owners in 2006 with exquisite detail and taste. Formerly used as a duplex, the owners have removed walls to create a spacious family room,which opens to a new kitchen that features granite countertops, beautiful cabinetry with a number of quaint glass-pane doors, hardwood flooring, stainless GE profile appliances, a breakfast bar and French doors that open onto the brick terrace and pool. Vintage charm continues into the living room and dining room with wide baseboards, crown molding, rich lustrous hardwood flooring and a cozy fireplace in both rooms. A magnificent Old Town Pinehurst home that emanates the charm of a bygone era when quality wasnt an option. $1,150,000

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Little House Pinehurst NC

In a class by itself! Built in 1915, this charming, 3-story, 5-bedroom, 4-full- and 2-half-bath cottage has only been owned by 2 families. The original owner was one of the founders of Quaker Oats. The home was then purchased by the Tufts family, Pinehursts founding father, and has been in the Tufts family for more than 60 years. This snow-white, center-hall Colonial with Carolina blue shutters is on more than 2 acres of ultra prime property in the heart of Old Town Pinehurst. Inviting traditional appointments include beautiful original heart pine flooring, 2 fireplaces, wide baseboards, crown molding and classic multi-paned windows. A quaint 2-room log cabin with 2 fireplaces and more than 750 square feet was built in the backyard in 1920. This is a special place for you and your loved ones to build a lifetime of treasured memories. $1,250,000

Emily Hewson
cell: 910.315.3324 office: 910.295.5504

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Equine Living Southern Pines NC

Welcome to Southern Quarters Farm, a gorgeous horse farm in the middle of North Carolinas equestrian country! Many farms abut the Walthour Moss Foundation (4000-plus acres of pristine land used only for equestrian activities). Equestrian activities include trail riding, dressage, eventing, the Moore County Hunt, carriage driving and more. Top trainers living in the area include Michael Plumb, Denny Emerson, Bill Long, Sidley Payne and Harold Chopping. This French Country cottage features a formal living room, gourmet kitchen, a great room with a fireplace, a mainlevel master bedroom with a fabulous bath and 2 good-size bedrooms and a bath upstairs. All flooring is architectural tile and wood. The attached barn has a tack room and feed storage. Enjoy breathtaking views from every room of this home! $699,000

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Pinehurst & Golf Pinehurst NC

What better place to retire to?This stunning home is on the 17th green on the Magnolia fairway in the gated golf community of Pinewild Country Club. Minutes from the famous Pinehurst No. 2, home of the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Open and where the Mens and Womens U.S. Open will be held in 2014. Sip your morning coffee on the brick patio and enjoy golf-course views surrounded by longleaf pines swaying in the gentle breeze. Open the door to prestige and elegance. The foyer leads family and guests into a sophisticated, impressive great room with a 2-story fireplace. The great room and the Carolina room open onto the brick patio through French doors. The private master suite offers a lovely sitting room for quiet times. The 2nd floor boasts a sitting room with a golf-course view and 2 spacious bedrooms, en suite. Quiet elegance. $697,000

Penny Stuckey
910.315.1144 910.315.1470
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The Elegant Touch Pinehurst NC

Arvilla Sheron
cell: 910.639.5133 office: 910.295.5504
Exquisite in every way, this golf-front home is in the prestigious guard-gated community of Pinewild Country Club. Spectacular location and expansive views are enjoyed from this quality stucco offering. The marvelous flow between the living room, kitchen and Carolina room accented with a fireplace and wet bar is perfect for entertaining. Light and bright, the kitchen offers Corian counters and upgraded drawers and cabinetry. The master suite features a walk-in closet, spa and shower. There is a 2nd master suite with a walk-in closet and shower, a 3rd bedroom/bonus room with a full bath on the upper level, and a den that could be a 4th bedroom. A deck with overhang and a lovely patio overlook the 1st green and fairway of Pinewilds Holly Course. Additional special features are too numerous to list. $586,900

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Distinct Design Pinehurst NC

The Country Club of North Carolina is an appropriate reward for success! Golf-front living at its finest is offered on 1.3 acres of beautiful grounds within a prestigious gated community. Excellent quality is enjoyed throughout this home with 4,300 square feet of luxurious living space and handsome architectural details. Opened by walls of windows, the light-filled rooms borrow space from the outdoors. Designed for entertaining, family and friends will delight in the pool and hot tub that are surrounded by beautiful lush grounds. $895,000

Joel Rich

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Unique Oceanfront Property

In The Heart of Fort Lauderdale FL

Reggie Lajoie
Treat yourself to one of the very few Broward County oceanfront luxury houses directly on the beach. First time on the market in 20 years, this magnificent 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home sits on a 65-foot lot directly on the worldfamous Fort Lauderdale Beach. This 2-story pool home features 2 full kitchens1 upstairs and 1 downstairs. The 1st floor has 1 bedroom, 2 full baths, and a spacious, open and airy living/dining room area overlooking the pool and the ocean. The 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms and 2 full and 1 half baths with a stunning view of the ocean. The house is built solid, featuring hurricane-impact windows, a paver driveway leading to a 2-car garage and many extras. A priceless, once-in-a-lifetime offering. $3,850,000

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Lake Frontage Tampa Bay Florida

The crown jewel of waterfront properties! The minute you drive through the private, gated entry youll know youve arrived in paradise. This 3,986-square-foot home sits on 2.14 acres of impeccably manicured grounds. In the historical part of this home there are heart of pine floors and a stone wood-burning fireplace. Enjoy the new home theater system with speakers in the den, dining and living rooms, outside on the deck and at the heated in-ground spa. Almost every room has sweeping views of the lake, which is perfect for kayaks, Jet Skis or row boats. French doors open out from interior rooms onto a 75-foot deck. This country home exudes charm, personality and comfort and is within 20 minutes of Tampa International Airport and 30 minutes to all the beaches. Seeing is believing! $1,225,000

America Carlson, P.A. Fine Homes InternationalSM Specialist & Relocation Specialist
813.908.8788 / 813.240.9631

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12-acre Estate Korona Florida

Tim Kennelly, Jr.
Fine Homes InternationalSM Specialist


Very close to Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach, this property features a 4-acre lake, a 1.5-acre island and a halfacre RV parking area. Bikers will love being near all Daytona Beachs biker activities. Equestrians have plenty of room to ride and board horses. And for the sports plane enthusiasts, there is a 50-by-800-foot airstrip with a 24-by38-foot hangar. The main residence features 3,600 square feet of living area with Spanish-style architecture. Built in 2004, the home features a kitchen with a center island and a living room with a vaulted ceiling. A sugar sand beach and a gazebo at the stocked lake complete this magnificent estate. $898,000

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Horse Ranch St. Augustine Florida

Elsbeth Catalano
This beautiful equestrian facility and horse ranch is set on almost 120 acres and is located directly on US 1 in historic St. Augustine, Florida. Highway frontage provides for easy access to and from this exceptional ranch. Perfectly positioned just 6 miles from the beach. This property features large, open areas with lovely ponds and 2 single-family homesone can be utilized by the ranch manager and the other by the owner. The equestrian site borders a gorgeous county-owned preserve with horse trails. $5,995,000 Fine Homes InternationalSM Specialist


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The Cottages at Contentment Island

Smith Mountain Lake, VirginiaTake advantage of spacious living in the Cottages, which boast open floor plans, high ceilings, hardwood floors and quality millwork throughout with extensive crown molding. Units are 3,900 square feet in size, including unfinished or finished storage space in the lower level. Take your pick of lavish interior options bold color schemes, elegant fixtures, granite countertops and sophisticated furnishings. Only 8 units remain! Open house every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Starting at $489,000.

Vicki Millehan
540.520.2401 / 540.576.1224

Waterfront Properties

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Remarkable Trophy House Cornwall-On-Hudson New York

Adjacent to 10,000 acres of privacy, this estate rests on almost 4 acres in a mountaintop setting with breathtaking Hudson River views. This home offers double-etched translucent glass panels with structural and mechanical systems and steel beams to create a unique design throughout 4,500 square feet of interior space, allowing for 3 or 4 bedrooms and a mezzanine loft suitable for office or entertaining space. Enjoy multiple decks providing expansive views, a guest bedroom with an adjoining sitting room that could serve as an office space, exercise facility or play room, a media room with sliding doors to a private deck, a 2-story custom-designed fireplace with an exposed stainless-steel dual-flue flame, premium wide-plank floors, a sophisticated voltage lighting system and top-of-the-line finishes. From the homes central gallery, enjoy the 4story floating spiral staircase that leads to an observation deck, where a modern replica of a cylindrical glassed-in lantern room rests atop a lighthouse, affording 360-degree panoramic views of the Hudson River. This one-of-a-kind residence has only been occupied for 2 years. $5,500,000

Glenn Minnick, SVP, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate


South Fallsburg New York

This 7,100-square-foot home on 7 acres offers vaulted ceilings and gorgeous valley and mountain views! Enjoy the great room, huge double kitchen, an elevator, enormous master suite, 5 additional bedrooms, 4 baths, multi-level wraparound decking, a heated pool, hot tub and more. Less than 2 hours from New York City. $1,750,000

Loire Valley France

This 17,500-square-foot chateau is a magical white stone building with turrets, towers and a 2-kilometer driveway. The home has been extensively refurbished with an elevator, electric dumbwaiters, first-class laundry, a stateof-the-art professional kitchen, a fabulous lakeside terrace, pool and more.
Price Upon Request

Elisabeth Mohlmann, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate

cell: 917.428.0932 office: 646.386.7696 fax: 207.512.7593

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ULTRA-LUXE IN EAST HAMPTON, NY In an extraordinary location on the shores of Northwest Harbor with breathtaking views of Gardiners Bay, Modern GREEN at The Grace Estate is a classic design set in a superb natural wonderland. Saving the environment and living well is easy in this 8,000-square-foot masterpiece. With 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and 7 fireplaces, it also boasts geothermal heating and cooling, solar energy, a 50-foot Gunite pool with a spa, an outdoor pavilion with a summer kitchen, a 3-car garage, a full gym with a sauna and steam shower, a boat mooring and your own beach. Exquisitely furnished. WEB# H13176. $5,700,000.

2008 #1 TEAM | The Hamptons

Casa Blanca Westport Connecticut

A unique estate on 4 acres of former Audubon Sanctuary property on the fabled Gold Coast of Westport. As you enter through iron gates, sweeping lawns greet you. A special feature is the pond, big enough for a kayak, with a private island. The landscaped grounds feature a pool and Har-Tru tennis court. Steps to the beach. A spectacular entry hall with 25-foot ceilings leads to the living and dining rooms, library and glorious kitchen that offers family dining and a sitting area. Playroom and au pair quarters included. The 2nd floor has a master wing with a fireplace, dressing room and spectacular bath; and a separate wing with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The 3rd floor has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. A lower-level wine cellar completes the interior. $6,900,000


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Rare Opportunity Southport CT

Available for the first time in generations, this property is set at the entrance to Southport Harbor where soft, salt breezes sweep to the shore. The level .91-acre land with no tidal wetlands has magnificent brick and stone terraces with seating walls bordered by gardens, rose bushes and specimen trees. With plenty of room for expansion, the architecturally fine 1937 house has ample bay and box-bay windows, providing amazing views to the historic harbor, the Country Club of Fairfield Golf Course, Sasco Hill Road streetscape and out to Long Island Sound. The ultimate plus is the propertys deep-water dock! $7,850,000

Connecticut Realty

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Spectacular Waterfront Fairfield CT

This offering includes 2.38 incredible acres on prestigious Sasco Hill, 330 feet of direct waterfront on Southport Harbor and a deep-water dock. The house, built in 2000 with a well-planned sequence of generously proportioned rooms, is on 3 full levels. Custom features include maple floors, expansive windows, beautiful tile fireplace surrounds, detailed trim work and custom molding as well as granite and art tiles in the 9.5 bathrooms. There are state-of-the-art features, an infinity pool and magnificent stonework in the tiered terraces and extensive walls. Horticulturalists acclaim the landscaping and gardens. The views look southwest down the entire harbor and on to Long Island Sound. $10,000,000

Melanie Smith

Connecticut Realty

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Edgewood Country Manor North Caldwell New Jersey

Located in prestigious North Caldwell, this magnificent gated estate is just 17 miles from New York City. This one-of-a-kind estate features a carriage house, in-ground pool, a tennis court, 66-foot game court and a Koi pond. Visit to see more wonderful photos and information. $3,200,000

Majestic Estate North Caldwell New Jersey

This majestic estate on a prime cul-de-sac in this prestigious town offers beautiful appointments plus a guest suite. This 7-year-young home features high-tech lighting and custom built-ins. Glass doors from the family room and kitchen lead to the patio and 2.21 acres of land. Visit to see more photos and information. $1,890,000

Dream Home North Caldwell NJ

This dream home was custom built by a well-known area builder on prime acreage in desirable North Caldwell. Select your own interiors. Please visit for more information. $1,599,000

Park Ridge Estates Cedar Grove NJ

Located in prestigious Park Ridge Estates and convenient to New York City, this custom home features his-and-her master baths. Enjoy glass walls over a tree-top setting. Visit for more information. $1,050,000

Maria Rampinelli
973.228.5525 cell: 973.868.2931
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Custom Crafted Mendham Twp NJ

Better-than-new, this builders own custom manor home on 5-plus tranquil acres is at the end of a cul-de-sac of custom-crafted homes. Built by one of New Jerseys finest builders with exceptional architectural detail and breathtaking custom trim work, this home is elegant living at its best. Features include 7 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half baths, a full walkout finished basement, an in-ground pool with a pool house, an unbelievable gourmet cooks kitchen and amenities too numerous to mention. $4,400,000

Wooded 7.9 Acres Mendham NJ

Enjoy absolute privacy and all the features one expects from a custom estate home. From the marbled entry and the expansive formal and entertainment areas to the exquisite paneled library, this home offers exceptional quality. The extensively wooded site on a secluded road boasts a gated entry and a large pool and patio complex. Gracious proportions and tasteful designer dcor accent the interior spaces. Tour this property at $3,900,000

Peter Austin


Henri Hank Barre


Classic Manor Basking Ridge NJ

No single picture can capture the magnificence of this renovated 18th-century manor home. On almost 6 acres, the main house features 6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a gourmet kitchen, library, tavern and great room. The property hosts a carriage house with a large living area, fireplace, kitchen, bath and a 4-stall barn. The outdoor kitchen with built-in grills and stove is surrounded by a 3,000-square-foot patio with an in-ground heated pool, spa and gazebo. A spring-fed pond and a pond house enhance the scenery. $1,599,000

Bucks Colonial Basking Ridge NJ

Feel at home in this beautifully maintained custom-built Colonial on a quiet cul-de-sac in a sought-after neighborhood in historic Basking Ridge. In addition to the 11 rooms, 6 bedrooms and 4 full and 2 half baths, this home provides a finished basement with a media and game room. Another great addition is the outdoor retreat, professionally landscaped with a pool and changing room. Ideal for entertaining and an informal, family lifestyle. The warm flow of the floor plan and the design will inspire your imagination. $1,475,000

Eileen Missy Durham


Marion Hagovsky

908.580.5000 220 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873 732.627.8400 /

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Brand-new Home Landenberg PA

Team Leo Chambers
In the countryside of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania45 minutes from Philadelphia, 30 minutes from Wilmington and 3 miles from Money Magazines No. 6 affluent community, Hockessin, Delawarelies the beautiful 12-home community of Nivin View. This stately custom home offers the optimum attributes luxury home buyers seek. Imagine your brand-new home in prestigious Nivin View with the comforts of a commanding view of bordering nature preserves, highly desired schools and a convenient commute, all without the wait for construction! Reward yourself and your loved ones with a sumptuous first-floor owners suite. Take pride in the architectural detailing and woodwork that exude fine craftsmanship. Enjoy life more with your Nivin View estate. $1,549,900

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French Normandy Winnetka Illinois Country Classic Lake Forest Illinois

This French Normandy manor home by Edwin Clark and 5-room coach house are on a 2-acre lot overlooking Indian Hill Country Club golf course. Renovated and expanded with 9-foot ceilings, gracious room proportions, architectural detail and luxury amenities. Marion Powers, $6,800,000 A classic country residence on 2.35 acres with a coach house, a pool and tennis courts. This home captures Old World grace and modern conveniences with large-scale rooms, a breakfast/family room and a dramatic, yet practical, kitchen. Kelly McInerney & Carolyn McLaughlin, $5,999,000

Historic Victorian Chicago Illinois

Historically significant, this Victorian on 6.5 city lots has been renovated, preserving architectural detail while updating the layout for todays lifestyle. An eat-in kitchen, family room, a master bedroom and additional en suite bedrooms grace the first floor. Carriage house included. Amy Morro, $5,400,000

Amazing Penthouse Chicago Illinois

Never before on the market! This amazing penthouse offers a mix of imported finishes from Denmark, France and Portugal. Amenities include custom millwork, 3 fireplaces and hand-scraped hickory floors. A wraparound terrace offers lake and city views. Joanne Nemorovski, $5,200,000

City Style Chicago Illinois

This apartment occupies the second floor of the Patterson-McCormick mansion. Incomparable style is reflected in the David Adler library/dining room, rich oak-paneled living room and stately reception room. Enjoy 10-foot ceilings, a balcony and a terrace. Frances Elliott & Duane Shumaker, $4,350,000

Resort Living Winnetka Illinois

A secluded country estate in a breathtaking setting with a pond. Enjoy resort living with gardens, a cloistered terrace, a screened porch and a pool. This architecturally significant home has large rooms and lovely woodwork. Many substantial improvements. Louise G. Eichelberger, $4,250,000


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Luxury at its Peak Pleasanton California

Janet Cristiano
Stunning views, the ultimate in privacy without isolation and exceptional amenities detail this wonderful 77-acre estate, nestled in the oaks of West Pleasanton Ridge. The single-level design of 8,590 square feet offers a great flow between the grand interior spaces and the lush, natural setting. From throughout the home and property there are breathtaking views of the valley, Mt. Diablo and city lights. Rooms of note include 5 bedrooms with a separate master wing, 6 baths, 2 powder rooms, a spacious family room with floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, a breakfast nook and a large game room. The secondary bedroom wing features 3 bedrooms plus a separate guest suite with bedroom and living room for the au pair or in-laws. In addition, there is a stunning solar-heated pool with spa and stone waterfall, a lush rear garden, two 2car attached garages plus a fully equipped museum-quality, car-collectors garage with space for 10 more vehicles. $12,500,000


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Oceanfront on the Beaches and Bluffs Southern Californias

Featuring 100 feet of ocean frontage with breathtaking sunset views! A gated entry leads to the courtyard with its pool and spa and to the contemporary home with stunning features, including 4-plus bedroom suites, high vaulted ceilings, travertine flooring, a cooks kitchen, marble baths and a sitting room in the master suite. This is a home extraordinaire! $7,998,000.

A gated courtyard introduces you to this grand contemporary home and its expansive, gorgeous grassy grounds with a private pool and spa, all overlooking the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean. Elegant features, including walnut flooring and a luxurious master suite occupy the entire upper level. Ocean frontage of 112 feet. $9,990,000.

Amazing oceanfront home, a blend of Old World and contemporary styling. Architecturally stunning with exceptional finishes, this home offers 4 bedrooms, a chefs kitchen and a guest suite with a separate entrance. Fabulous inside/outside spaces for entertaining! Enjoy an elegant resistance pool and spa. Panoramic views of coastline, all the way to downtown San Diego! Awesome home and location. $9,750,000-$11,115,876*
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A wonderful opportunity to own an oceanfront homeand a Tudor at that! This appealing Tudor, with its swimming pool and patios, is situated with the ocean as a backdrop. The other side of the property features artistically shaped landscaping, which complements the Tudor style. Approval obtained for a coastal development permit to rebuild a 4,500-square-foot, 2-story residence. Live in the existing home, remodel or rebuild. $5,600,000-$6,400,876* * Seller will entertain offers within the listed range

of La Jolla & Del Mar... Most Valued Treasures!

Ocean and sunset views are forever yours in this coastline property! Rebuilt and expanded in 2003, this French Chateau offers 105 feet of oceanfront, a gated courtyard with a heated pool and spa, 5-plus bedroom suites, 7 full baths, an upperlevel master suite with an oceanside deck, an elevator, a family room and Brazilian hardwood flooring throughout. Amenities are the hallmark of this home! $12,400,000.

Privately situated on 2 lots with 95 feet of oceanfront, this residence offers breathtaking ocean views from virtually every room! Completely renovated in 2008, the flowing floor plan consists of 5-plus bedrooms, 5 full baths and gorgeous hickory and walnut wood flooring. Amenities include a gourmet kitchen with an ocean view, a new tile roof, central vacuum, a courtyard with a pool and spa and a unique turret observation tower. $8,500,000.

Beachfront in La Jolla Shores, this 3-story contemporary home offers spectacular views through vast walls of glass. An elevator serves all 3 floors. The grand, exceptionally large master suite encompasses an entire floor, featuring his-and-her baths, fireplaces and spa tubs, a steam room and spacious separate closets. Amenities include a lavishly appointed kitchen, patios and seaside decks. $18,800,000.

A brand-new, fully furnished Craftsman cottage on the ocean bluff in Del Mar has incredible sunset views! Creatively detailed and designed throughout, it features 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 powder rooms, Calcutta slab marble counters, walnut flooring and alderwood cabinetry. The romantic upper-level master suite offers panoramic views, a balcony, vaulted ceilings and a luxurious bath. Beautiful grounds and a tranquil stone patio. $6,995,000, furnished.

Maxine & Marti Gellens #1 Team in San Diego County #5 Team in the Nation, 2008 1299 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 Office: 858.551.6630 / Fax: 858.551.4898 Virtual Tour:

Once in a Lifetime Laguna Beach CA

Judy Blossom
949.793.5068 / cell: 949.295.6577
Own a piece of history in the unique and secluded coastal community of Three Arch Bay. This premier oceanfront estate rests on a magnificent parcel, which includes Whale Island and the Three Arches. Overlooking pristine coves and crashing surf, this one-of-a-kind property boasts dramatic panoramic views of unspoiled rugged coastline and Catalina Island. The residence features more than 3,800 square feet on a dramatic 1.3-acre lot with access to private cove beaches. A beautiful landscaped yard surrounds the wonderful, well-built home overlooking the pristine beach and magical Whale Island. The residence includes 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, an open floor plan with a formal dining room, a large family room with a fireplace, a main-floor master suite with water views, and a lovely living room. Most rooms have white-water and coastline views. Private oceanfront decks and courtyards offer perfect, serene settings for entertaining. Steps directly to the beach adjoin the estate and offer easy beach access to enjoy all the activities of this one-of-a-kind community in Laguna Beach. $18,700,000

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Beachfront at La Jolla Shores! La Jolla, California

lorious panoramic sea, coastline, sunset and wildlife views are enjoyed through vast disappearing walls of glass in this uniquely positioned, approximately 9,000-square-foot contemporary luxury home. Enjoy elevator access to 3 levels, comfortable privacy above the sands and an exceptional setting for people-watching, diving, fishing, surfing, swimming and strolling, just steps to Shores Village shops and fine restaurants. An extraordinary opportunity at $18,800,000

Street of Dreams Oceanfront Classic! La Jolla, California

uilt in the 1930s on a prime seaside promontory selected for its dazzling, ever-changing sea and coastline views above the tidepools, this cherished home has been beautifully renovated to state-of-the-art luxury while maintaining its endless charm and character. Bright, open living areas enjoy breathtaking views of whitewater and open sea as well as coastal beaches and night lights. Offered at $12,250,000


Fly In, Fly Out of Your Beachfront Paradise! Carlsbad, California

ust moments from Palomar Airport and Carlsbad Village, this newer, approximately 7,000-square-foot residence offers superlative privacy with its beach, which is free from public access at most tides. Phenomenal panoramic views sweep from Point Loma at the south and Dana Point to the north while disappearing African mahogany doors slide open to magically bring the outdoors in. Sumptuous living includes wonderful outdoor terraces for entertaining by a beautiful seaside pool. Offered at $10,800,000


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858.551.3302 E-mail:

Pastoral Perfection Rancho Santa Fe CA

K. Ann Brizolis
Surrounded by mature trees, flowering gardens and green pastures, this 4.45-acre property is a statement in sophisticated Rancho Santa Fe living. The elegant single-level floor plan, with a warm mahogany-paneled library, equally stunning home office, theater and richly appointed master suite with a spa-like bath and haberdashery-style closet, is destined to delight. Professional decorator enhancements have been made throughout, including custom walnut flooring in the master bedroom and family room, a temperature-controlled wine room, dining room built-ins, an intimate outdoor loggia with a fireplace, custom glazed walls and handsome window treatments. The guesthouse is self-contained with a bedroom/bath, a living room with fireplace and a kitchenette/bar. Outdoor entertaining is effortless with a barbecue station conveniently located near the generous pool and spa patio. Be pampered at home. Sellers will entertain offers between $5,995,000 and $6,595,876.

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Tucked Away Sebastopol California

Stunning in every way, this Craftsman-style home is located adjacent to the Rodota Trail and majestic oak trees. A front elevation and lively arbor over the driveway offer an impressive welcome to this property, which is highlighted with a 3-bedroom main house, a guesthouse, a pool and verdant grounds. A view of the gardens is offered from the homes side porch and deck. The homes interior is accented with custom-crafted millwork in the formal living room, dining room and foyer. Family gatherings are enjoyed from the spacious gourmet kitchen. The second home is both charming and ideal for guests with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. A lovely solar pool with a spa rounds out this magnificent offering. $1,125,000

Elaine Fink
707.756.0001 /

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Wolf Creek Ranch Home Woodland Utah

This spectacular home is on 160 acres in the beautiful gated community of Wolf Creek Ranch in Woodland, Utah, just 20 minutes from Deer Valley ski area and 30 minutes to historic Park City. Great finishes and design enhance this home that is replete with interior features, including a spa room, hearth room and an exercise room. Outside, the amenities continue with 2 beautiful ponds, a cascading waterfall and breathtaking views of the famous Timpanogas Mountains. The property is surrounded by mature aspen trees and is 2 minutes from the 2.2 million-acre Uinta National Forest. Common amenities include an equestrian center, owners community barn, 50 miles of trails, a guest cottage, owners yurts and gold-medal fly fishing on the Provo River. $7,250,000

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Ironwood Townhomes Park City Utah

The Ironwood Townhomes are located in the prestigious Empire Pass area of Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. These beautiful residences are ski-in/ski-out townhomes to the most-popular Northside Express chairlift at Deer Valley ski area. Amenities abound amid the 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath interiors, boasting high-quality finishes throughout. A private patio with hot tub offers the perfect way to relax at the end of a ski day. Beautifully furnished and ready to move in, these townhomes are must-sees. Three available units range from approximately 2,500 square feet to 3,500 square feet, with prices from $2,750,000-$3,299,000.

Will Lange

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Golf Estate Santa Fe New Mexico

You will own the sunset and the magnificent views of the Jemez Mountains! Located on the showcase 11th hole of the Sunrise Las Campanas Golf Course, every room in the home has a spectacular view. With an attached guesthouse, this estate is absolutely complete. $2,800,000 Click Here for More Information

Sunset Views Santa Fe New Mexico Custom Home Santa Fe New Mexico
Have breakfast on the east portal and watch the sunrise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Move to the west portal and experience the sunset over the Jemez Mountains. This home has all the amenities of a country-club estate. $1,950,000 Click Here for More Information This custom home is built into the side of the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Minutes from the ski mountain, this home is truly a masterpiece. An attached guesthouse, 8 fireplaces, views of the Sandia Mountains and Santa Fe city lights and a gourmet kitchen complete the home. $1,580,000 Click Here for More Information

Stunning! Santa Fe New Mexico

A mountain property that is absolutely delightful. The detached guesthouse is like a log cabin out of the movies, with all the comforts of home! Views of the Sandia Mountain Range and Santa Fe city lights make this custom home a treasure. $1,295,000 Click Here for More Information

Living Art Santa Fe New Mexico

Located in the gated community of Salva Tierra, this beautiful home is the epitome of an artistic presentation. Truly custom throughout, this home boasts 6 fireplaces, views of 2 mountain ranges and a great gourmet kitchen. This home offers a unique experience for its owner. $998,900 Click Here for More Information

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Presenting a Luxury, Gated, 6,000 sq. ft. Mediterranean Estate on 3/4 acre
Situated 15-20 minutes from the Las Vegas strip and 20 minutes from McCarran airport!

ecure and private, this luxury estate is the centerpiece of a prestigious, 5house, 5-acre enclave of multi-milliondollar homes in southwest Las Vegas. With approximately 6,000 square feet of air-conditioned space and 11,000 square feet under roof, this unique property features a grand porte-cochere, marble flooring, custom wrought iron, floating staircase, crystal chandeliers, soaring ceilings and an exquisitely appointed guesthouse. Kirby Presswood Prudential Americana Group Realtors 702.373.9789 /
Co-listed by William Cochell 702.371.5583

- Open plan kitchen - Breakfast room with 9-foot solid granite dining table and separate seating area - Media room - Downstairs home office - Five bathrooms plus powder room - Ground-floor master suite - Three romantic courtyards - Large, covered rear patio - Tuscan design gardens - Oversized swimming pool with fountains and Jacuzzi and so much more Experience this property and fall in love!

Offered at $2,899,900



Laguna Beach . California
Decorated with style and taste, this high-quality remodeled penthouse affords total privacy. Within 1,900 square feet are 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a master bedroom featuring an oversized shower with a rain and wall shower head. A 3-sided, 180-degree wraparound balcony, French limestone, granite, travertine flooring, wet bar, stainlesssteel appliances and parking spaces are featured. $5,499,000. Can be sold furnished.

Jim or Sherry
Jim: 480.993.7417 Sherry: 602.300.9909

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Santa Fe . New Mexico
Rass Mandal, designed in the shape of a flying bird and built by a direct descendant of King Akbar of 16th-century India, is made of thick adobe walls, sparkling marble floors, beautiful hand-carved mahogany and striking stained glass; its shapes and domes feel like a doorway to another place and time. A fabulous 6-room owners suite with a studio and a meditation room, a small retreat cabin with a bath, pavilion, large aviary and swimming pool with hot tub and sauna complete this offering on 10 acres in a private setting with spectacular views. $1,489,000.

ALAN VORENBERG Sothebys International Realty

505.466.0927 / 888.257.6750


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Santa Fe . New Mexico

You will own the sunset and the magnificent views of the Jemez Mountains! Located on the showcase 11th hole of the Sunrise Las Campanas Golf Course, every room in the home has a spectacular view. With an attached guesthouse, this estate is absolutely complete. $2,800,000.

Santa Fe . New Mexico

Have breakfast on the east portal and watch the sunrise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Move to the west portal and experience the sunset over the Jemez Mountains. This home has all the amenities of a country-club estate. $1,950,000.

Santa Fe . New Mexico

This custom home is built into the side of the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Minutes from the ski mountain, this home is truly a masterpiece. An attached guesthouse, 8 fireplaces, views of the Sandia Mountains and Santa Fe city lights and a gourmet kitchen complete the home. $1,580,000.

Santa Fe . New Mexico

A mountain property that is absolutely delightful. The detached guesthouse is like a log cabin out of the movies, with all the comforts of home! Views of the Sandia Mountain Range and Santa Fe city lights make this custom home a treasure. $1,295,000.

Santa Fe . New Mexico

Located in the gated community of Salva Tierra, this beautiful home is the epitome of an artistic presentation. Truly custom throughout, this home boasts 6 fireplaces, views of 2 mountain ranges and a great gourmet kitchen. This home offers a unique experience for its owner. $998,900.

ANN BRUNSON Prudential Santa Fe


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Austin . Texas
In the Woods I at Barton Creek, this 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath Mediterranean-inspired estate features soaring ceilings, wall finishes, 4 fireplaces and an art gallery. The main rooms all open to a pool and covered courtyard. The downstairs master suite includes an exercise area and a master bath with clerestory windows offering abundant natural light. The 5-star guesthouse overlooks the pool from its covered porch and has a living room, bedroom, full bath, fireplace, kitchenette and gas lanterns. Mature trees create an arbor over the driveway. For more information, please contact Avalon Realty Company at 512.479.3479. $1,950,000.


Austin . Texas
Avalon Realty Company is pleased to offer 8908 Calera Drive. Meticulously maintained and located on a level, wooded Hill Country property of more than 1 acre in Barton Creeks newest golf frontage neighborhood, this 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home features a large covered terrace, beautiful courtyard entry, separate guesthouse and an elegant study. The spacious family room features a beamed ceiling, a custom bar and is open to the generously sized gourmet kitchen and breakfast area. For more information about this unique property, please contact Avalon Realty Company at 512.479.3479. $1,499,000.


Austin . Texas
This model-perfect estate home within the Foothills of Barton Creek features a fabulous open floor plan with beautiful finishes. The great master boasts a huge bath, sauna, exercise area and an oversized shower. The parklike setting with a pool and spa is perfect for entertaining. Enjoy a media room, covered view porches and many more extras! For more information, please contact Avalon Realty Company at 512.479.3479. $1,125,000.

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2700 Barton Creek Boulevard, Suite 200 Austin, TX 78735 512.479.3479 / Fax: 512.479.3489


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Medford . Oregon
With unrivaled views of city lights and mountains, this homes main floor features an open living area and a master bedroom with a private balcony. Two bedrooms and a bath complete the daylight basement. The kitchen features alder wood cabinets, an island, a 6-burner Wolf range/oven and granite counters. The 4 acres include a shop/garage and 1 acre of landscaping. $1,399,000.


Medford . Oregon
This classic Tudor has been meticulously restored to its period charm. The 6-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 5,627-square-foot home features a formal dining room, formal living room with ceramic surround fireplace, 3 screenedin porches and French doors to the patio. Enjoy custom and period light fixtures, exquisite woodwork and tile work throughout. $1,400,000.

CYNTHIA NAUMES | Keller Williams Realty

1025 Court Street, Medford, OR 97501 Toll Free: 866.608.5959 / Cell: 541.944.0900 / E-mail: / Visit for additional photos and information.


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Chattanooga | Tennessee
This 17,500-square-foot estate home with breathtaking views of the Tennessee River rests on 7.6 acres of pristine woodlands. While civilization seems a world away, it is actually only 20 minutes to downtown. A formal dining room, a gourmet kitchen with a breakfast room and peninsula bar, a library with curved walls and a domed ceiling, a fabulous master suite, guest quarters, a great room and a family room are just a sampling of what this home featured in Architectural Digest offers. The heated pool room has a kitchen/dining area, his-and-her dressing rooms and a wall of doors and windows leading to a private garden area. Outside, numerous decks and porches surround the home. Price upon request.


Ooltewah | Tennessee
This gorgeous 5-bedroom, 5-full- and 5-half-bath, 8,692-square-foot brick home on 3 acres includes magnicent features from the gated entry to the 3 replaces and 10-foot ceilings, many of which possess specialty details. The marble foyer with a sweeping staircase draws you into the waiting area. An ofce, dining room, butlers pantry, warm and open kitchen, great room, den, media room, exercise room, music room, bonus room, studio, mainlevel master suite with a fabulous bath, and a mud room with built-ins for personal items accent the home. There is also a separate, full guest apartment, an outdoor kitchen with an additional half bath, 2 laundry facilities, 2 refreshment centers and a custom sport court. Price upon request.


Signal Mountain | Tennessee
This amazing 4-bedroom, 3-full- and 2-half-bath home was constructed in 2006 using only the nest materials and is located at the end of a cul-desac on 6.75 private, wooded acres that features a heated in-ground saltwater pool. Behind the property, a walking trail meanders along the Little Falling Water Creek, which provides a breathtaking view of unspoiled nature. The home features superior insulation and soundproong, 3 HVAC systems, extensive trim work and built-ins, a gourmet kitchen, a main-level master suite, beamed ceilings, built-in surround sound systems, smart home technology and 4 replaces, including a see-through wood-burning replace in the outdoor entertaining area. Price upon request.


Bourbon County . Kentucky
Imagine a stone cottage in Sussex or a Monet painting of the French countryside. These images will give just a hint of the charm of this lovely property, just 7.5 miles from Paris, in the neighborhood of Adena Springs, Ashfords Creekview, Claiborne, Darley USAs Stonerside, Hidden Brook and Stone Farm. Roughly 220 acres of Bourbon County farmland surround this historic 3,700-square-foot jewel of a house, hidden on a lake and next to a private 9-hole, 1800s-style golf course. In one tobacco barn, with 5-plus stalls, is a loft with 3,000 square feet of office space. Motivated sellers. Price upon request.
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ARNOLD KIRKPATRICK|Kirkpatrick & Company

859.231.8444 /


Sevierville . Tennessee
Enjoy awe-inspiring panoramic views from this newly completed home. Four master suites offer dramatic views and doors to the massive deck. With 4 full and 2 half baths, this property would make a perfect private home, second home or investment. Just minutes to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. $2,500,000.
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DONNA McCULLOUGH-MITCHELL East Tennessee Luxury Properties

865.379.8729 / E-mail:


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Readington Township . New Jersey
Vacation at home in your own spa-quality resort. On 3 park-like acres, this 9,283square-foot custom home boasts a 32- by 16-foot indoor pool surrounded by a 2-story cedar atrium with skylights galore! Perfect for entertaining, this 17-room, 5.5-bath home features a game room, bar, an exercise room overlooking the pool, 4 decks, a 3-car garage, a large barn and more. A great value at $899,000.

THOMAS BONIAKOWSKI ERA E.A. Boniakowski Agency, Inc.

732.968.0700 / /


Woodstock . New York
Feel the spirit of tranquility throughout this 40-plus-acre equestrian estate with a spring-fed pond, in-ground pool, hot tub, huge state-of-the-art horse barn and expanse of meadowall sited on a quiet, dead-end road. The complete, meticulous and luxurious renovation of this home was a labor of love. $1,495,000.
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JOAN CAPRIA Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty, Ltd.

845.417.8550 / 845.679.0006, Ext. 112 / E-mail:





HEARTSWORTH A magnificent, 11,280-square-foot, 7-bedroom brick Colonial manor home enjoys panoramic pastoral views, as well as views of the Southwest Mountains. The interior and exterior capture the essence of luxury with the finest of materials and design while still providing a warm, welcoming feeling. Beautifully sculpted gardens and a heated vanishing-edge pool with a gazebo enhance the views, while miles of hiking trails weave around the perimeter of the beautiful 88 acres. $5,100,000

KEEPERS This Farmington Country Club neighbor is a

unique 4,000-plus-square-foot custom Contemporary, built in 1980 with fantastic stone and woodwork craftsmanship. The 62-acre private parcel offers pond and Ivy Creek frontage with access to miles of walking trails throughout this protected wildlife sanctuary area. Enjoy Blue Ridge Mountain views, abundant wildlife and complete privacy only minutes from Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. This is a one-of-a-kind house and property with a superb Albemarle County location. $10,825,000

SEVEN OAKS Restored and enlarged in 2001, this circa 1847 estate features a 6,780-square-foot main house, exquisitely planted gardens and 15 of its 100 acres devoted to a mature vineyard. Located at the base of the mountains, the property includes a 2,970-square-foot pool house with a vanishing-edge pool, several 19th-century structures, multiple tenant houses, 2 ponds and stables. Enjoy complete privacy with outstanding Blue Ridge Mountain views and appreciate the magnificent rolling countryside of western Albemarle County. $10,500,000

1 Boars Head Place, Charlottesville, VA 22903 434.296.6104 |




The Cliffs is one of the most spectacular offerings available on the Potomac River! This magnicent property features 10-plus acres and a stunning Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired residence designed by Charles Goodman. Features include complete privacy and light-lled public rooms surrounding a beautiful atrium. Additional building sites are possible. Enjoy 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths and 4 replaces. $8,995,000.

A spectacular carriage house that is rarely available in prestigious Langley Farms! Meticulously renovated from top to bottom, this home features a gracious entry with a garden view, well-proportioned rooms, oor-to-ceiling windows, a gourmet kitchen and a generous master suite with a dressing room. Fantastic outdoor spaces include a terrace, sparkling pool, north and south gardens and a pea gravel path. $3,950,000.

Built to be reminiscent of an English-style manor house, this home on a private, double lot features a grand marble foyer, gourmet kitchen, great room, library, elevator and a formal dining room with crown molding. Large master and guest suites occupy the upper level; a guest suite plus leisure room are found on the walk-out lower level. Mature trees and lush landscaping surround the pool and pergola; perfect for entertaining. $2,950,000. MARK M C FADDEN, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 3000 K Street, NW, Suite 101, Washington, D.C. 20007 703.216.1333

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SPRING LAKE, N.J.One hour from Midtown Manhattan yet a world apart is a stretch of the Jersey Shore anchored by the charming communities of Spring Lake, Sea Girt and Avon-by-theSea. Its where everybody wants to be, insists Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerages Donna Fahy-Waters, who explains that these places, unlike many seaside towns on the East Coast, are vibrant year-round communities that dont get boarded up after Labor Day. Spring Lake has a bustling downtown lled with upscale cafs and boutiques, while outstanding schools and a local arts scene make this area a viable alternative to residing in suburban New York. People are buying a lifestyle, notes Fahy-Waters, who reports an active luxury market, with volume ahead of last year and prices that have begun to head north again. A $2 million investment, the entry point for luxury living, might result in a 3,400-square-foot traditional home with a splendid front porch, but will be several blocks from the beach. Oceanfront properties begin at approximately $4.5 million, typically 4,000-square-foot homes on a quaint boardwalk that Fahy-Waters describes as the best therapist around. Vacation home buyers generally hail from metropolitan New York, and demographics are varied. Baby boomers are seeking an escape from the city, while active seniors are attracted to the Essex & Sussex, a grand early 20th-century hotel converted into resort-style condos ranging from $400,000 to $1.8 million. With prices down from market heights, Fahy-Waters suggests this is a prime opportunity to discover the Jersey Shore.


In the charming hamlet of Avon-by-the-Sea, this eight-bedroom, $2.999 million listing is a boaters dream, just an hours drive from Manhattan.

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa.Two hours east of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvanias scenic Allegheny Mountains are the Blair County communities of Altoona and Hollidaysburg, where luxury and value converge in a family-oriented lifestyle. Robert Miller of Coldwell Banker Town & Country Real Estate reports the broad market in Blair County is very stable, with prices about 2 percent higher over last year, despite a modest decline in sales volume. The luxury market has been quieter, making this an ideal time for families looking to upgrade. Its a great time to buy, particularly if you already have equity in a home, says Miller, adding, Interest rates, despite uctuations, are still historically low and sellers are being more realistic about their pricing. In this part of Pennsylvania, luxury living can be achieved with an investment of $500,000, netting 4,500-6,000 square feet of new or recent construction on a Offered at $1.2 million, this five-bedroom, sevenminimum half-acre lot. Miller is currently listing a ve-bedroom, seven-bath home on 4.8 acres bath home in Hollidaysburg is wrapped in windows in a premier development for $1.2 million, but he recently completed the highest-priced sale of on a wooded 4.8-acre lot. the year at approximately $700,000. New industry is attracting younger people to the areaabout 15-20 percent of buyers are from out-of-townbut seniors are also nding low-cost Blair County appealing. Developers are beginning to accommodate retirees and forward-thinking boomers with smaller footprint houses. Affordability will likely drive the Blair County market in the future. With average home prices below $150,000, Miller reinforces the relative ease of upgrading to luxury. If you spend over $250,000, youre living high! he quips.



AVALON, N.J.While New Yorkers ee the city for the northern New Jersey shore, afuent Philadelphians escape to the resort communities of Avalon and Stone Harbor, occupying a barrier island close to the southern tip of the state. Russell Migeot of Coldwell Banker James C. Otton Real Estate describes this as a market driven by buyers whose primary residences are in Philadelphia (90 minutes away), but who vacation on the Jersey coast in summer and hunker down in Palm Beach in winter. This part of the coast is strictly a summer resort, says Migeot, who notes that less than 5 percent of all buyers are shopping for primary residences. Most are baby boomers from Pennsylvania or Delaware, some of whom are spending recent inheritances. An increasing number of New Yorkers, who traditionally favor the Garden States northern shore, are looking at homes in Avalon and Stone Harbor, now that they are selling at a 30 percent discount from market heights a few years ago. Offered at $2.349 million, this eight-bedroom, Many Cape Cod bungalows priced about $1.5 million are viewed as tear-downs, but seven-bath home is just a block from the beach, attractive luxury propertiesapproximately 4,000 square feet of living space with a pool, just ideal for outdoor summer living. one and a half blocks from the watercan still be found near the $2 million mark. However, the price tag for recent-vintage homes of comparable size on an oceanfront lot skyrockets to $8 million. Condos are an alternative for more cost-conscious buyers, as 1,800-square-foot units with spectacular ocean views sell for just more than $1 million. Migeot reports prices are still slipping, but volume is denitely trending higher.


GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDSEven in the Caribbean, where paradise is ubiquitous, the Cayman Islands are unique. Grand Caymanthe most developed of the three major islands offers an idyllic luxury lifestyle. And thanks to an unabashed free market economy, foreign buyers face little in the way of red tape or taxes. That, combined with a stable government (the Caymans remain an overseas territory of Great Britain) and easy access from North America, give Grand Cayman a competitive edge over other Caribbean destinations. Coldwell Banker Cayman Islands Realtys Allen Bloomrosen reports a market in which prices have generally held reasonably well despite modestly slowing sales. We were immune to the doldrums in the U.S. until about the beginning of 2009, he reports. We are an upper-end resort market, however we are seeing some discounting in maybe the 10-to-12-percent range with motivated sellers. Others not needing to sell, seem to be holding relatively close to their At $20 million, this sprawling Grand Cayman estate is on a cliff above the Caribbean Sea and boasts asking price. 24,000 square feet of opulent living space. In the most-coveted areas of Seven Mile Beach and Rum Point, approximately $2 million secures a 3,000-square-foot luxury beachfront home, signicantly more reasonable than St. Barts, Malibu or the Hamptons. Bloomrosen is currently working on a spectacular 24,000-square-foot estatehe calls it the nest ever offered on the islandfor $20 million. Luxury beachfront condos start at approximately $2 million and have been known to break the $7 million mark. According to Bloomrosen, 75-80 percent of buyers (virtually all seeking vacation homes) are from North America, primarily in their 40s to 60s. With this being the rst market in a decade in which prices are not rising, Bloomrosen insists this is an excellent time to stick ones toe in Grand Caymans pristine waters.


Situated on 3 acres, this 15,000-plus-square-foot McLean estate boasts a 2-story foyer with a floating staircase anchored by Verde marble flooring; a European ballroom that accommodates large gatherings for seated dining, dancing or fundraising; brick balconies and terraces that lead to a tennis court with a gazebo; and 3 gated entrances, which provide ultimate security. $5,999,000.

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This 150-plus-acre property consists of 11 generous parcels, perfect for high-end estate homes or a large-scale equestrian center. Mature hardwood growth and well-portioned farmable elds included. $4,200,000.

This 120-plus-acre waterfront estate offers a 130-year-old Victorian manor home and outbuildings. Suitable for equestrian uses and other residential development. Close to Dulles Airport and Washington. $3,975,000.


This 6.5-acre estate building site just south of Washington offers spectacular views of the Mount Vernon countryside and the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Just a half-hour car ride to downtown D.C. $1,950,000.

C L A R K E C O U N T Y, V I R G I N I A
This undisturbed 462-acre parcel borders the Shenandoah River with 16 potential building sites. A nature lovers paradise with trails and abundant wildlife. Less than 90 minutes to Washington. $2,777,333.

CHARLES YORK, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 310 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 direct: 703.682.5434 cell: 703.409.3377

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SomersetA 34-acre estate in Stuart features a 9,300-plus-square-foot manor house, 4 guest villas, an indoor pool, spa, stocked ponds, conference facilities, a helicopter pad and a host of amenities. $1,500,000.

Positioned to capture views of East River Mountain and situated along a golf course is this Mediterranean-style home. This estate invites you to enjoy maple hardwoods and stone and quartz ooring. $1,850,000.

Embracing the splendor of astonishing views and the seclusion of 45 fenced acres, this 6,000-square-foot, meticulously crafted stone and log retreat is perfect for hunting, enjoying horses or solitude. $1,325,000.

Rural RetreatThis hillside compound on 13 gorgeous acres adjoining the National Forest is in total harmony with the environment. Spectacular views of the Blue Ridge enhance this home. $999,950.

Gracefully nestled on 2.3 acres of lush manicured grounds, this custom home features the finest in amenities, quality craftsmanship and materials creating an atmosphere of elegance and comfort. $599,950.

Twin CedarsBeautifully restored, this home offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, Old World charm, modern amenities, a 5-stall barn, a lighted riding ring, gourmet kitchen and luxury baths. Price upon request.

BILL GEARHART, COLDWELL BANKER TOWNSIDE, REALTORS 4005 Electric Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24014 540.989.3311 cell: 540.354.4863 bgearhar www.cbtow

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Villa Cinco Lagos, a stucco masterpiece of Spanish and French influences, occupies 12 idyllic acres and offers unparalleled craftsmanship and elegance. The expansive public rooms, 6 bedrooms with private marble baths, state-of-the-art Leonardis kitchen and rare natural materials combine to make this a fairy-tale setting. $5,499,000.

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A private lane leads to this dramatic European-style fieldstone manor set on 10-plus acres in prestigious Roxiticus Valley. This magnificent custom home features traditional Center Hall Colonial attributes with 5 bedrooms, each with private baths, as well as a finished lower level with an indoor free-form heated pool and spa. $3,950,000.

FLOR DE MARIA THOMAS, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 106 A East Main Street, Mendham, NJ 07945 973.543.3907 cell: 973.214.7553

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A meticulously appointed Country French home with views of the Somerset Hills. Enjoy 12- and 14-foot ceilings, custom woodworking, a gourmet kitchen with an authentic Tuscan wood-fired oven, a resortquality master bedroom suite, a 3,000-bottle wine cellar and more. Minutes from the Gladstone Midtown direct rail line. $3,795,000. Contact Michael Lattmann/Jerry Kienlen, Broker/Sales Associates. COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE direct: 908.766.8305 cell: 908.672.3930

This Victorian home features Old World craftsmanship with modern amenities, beautiful grounds and a lighted sports court. Attention to detail is evident in the high ceilings, inlaid floors, woodwork and molding. Interior highlights include a 2-story great room and a dining area that opens to a wraparound bluestone patio. $1,825,000. FREDERICKA FREDE MIRENDA, SALES ASSOCIATE COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE direct: 973.233.2340 cell: 973.479.8787

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With a classic New England design and the finest amenities, this home on 3-plus acres boasts 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and a 5-car garage. The adjacent carriage house is a home in itself, suitable for a home business or additional living quarters with a 1,200-squarefoot loft and a 1,200-square-foot studio/workshop, a bath and a kitchen. Combined, owners will enjoy 7,000-plus square feet of living space. Offered at $1,199,000. RUTH HAMILTON, COLDWELL BANKER COVEY REALTORS 222 Main Street, Littleton, NH 03561 603.444.6737, Ext. 4 cell: 603.252.0437


THE STUDEBAKER MANSION, a rare historic landmark built in 1890, offers commanding ocean views on 3 sides, 10-foot and 11-foot ceilings, 9,500 square feet, a guest cottage, 24 rooms, 14 bedrooms, 10 baths and 6 fireplaces. Rich in history, the residence has been a summer home to wealthy industrialists. Offered at $4,500,000. ROSS HOBIN, COLDWELL BANKER HOBIN REALTY See additional pictures at: cell: 603.661.0061 office: 603.964.1800, Ext. 16

Spectacular views are enjoyed from every window of this quintessential horse farm. A contemporary farmhouse with antique and wide pine floors, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 4 fireplaces; a garage; 2 barns; storage for 8,000 bales; an indoor riding arena; pastures; streams; and ponds rest on 103 acres. $1,750,000. COLDWELL BANKER UPTON-MASSAMONT REALTORS Serving Western Massachusetts 800.LAND.ETC

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Enjoy one of the nest homes in the South End, with landscaped grounds and innovative nishes. This home was completely restored with Old World charm and modern conveniences. $1,825,000 CDN.

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With 7 potential lots and fabulous, elevated water views, this stunning, approximately 11-acre waterfront estate offers many opportunities for the discriminating buyer. Ten minutes to Lunenburg. $2,650,000 CDN.

Stunning 5,460-square-foot log home on a beautifully landscaped 1.75acre lot with 300-plus feet of lakefront. Spectacular views and sunsets. Twenty-seven-foot vaulted ceilings in the great room. $775,000 CDN.

This elegant 7,700-square-foot estate offers 273 feet of water frontage on Millet Lake. Enjoy a 15-person media room, two 6-car garages, a boat launch and close proximity to Chester Golf Club. $998,000 CDN.

Welcome to your own oasis by the sea, offering 1,550-plus linear feet of waterfront and 6,700 square feet of living space. Features include two 6-car garages, a guesthouse, private beach and dock. $2,150,000 CDN.

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This magnicent lakefront home is nished throughout its 3 levels and has been professionally decorated. Youll enjoy watching the loons from your back deck. Two golf memberships included. $675,000 CDN.

MARIANA COWAN, COLDWELL BANKER SUPERCITY REALTY 128 Chain Lake Drive, Halifax, NS B3S 1A2 Canada 877.450.5752 fax: 902.450.5753 mariana@supercit yrealt

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Contemporary design meets European air in this 8,000-squarefoot Designer Residence offering stunning panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Visit $13,000,000.


Enjoy the best of both worlds in this residence, featuring 4 bedrooms plus den, 4 full and 2 half baths and incredible gulf and bay views. Boat dock, gulf access with no bridges and steps to the beach. $3,795,000.

See gorgeous sunsets overlooking the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico from this direct beachfront home. Savor the incredible 180degree unobstructed views from Naples to Fort Myers. $2,999,000.


Oversized windows provide open views of the beach and gulf from this 4-bedroom, 4-bath home with crown molding, custom countertops, marble/bamboo ooring and electric hurricane shutters. $2,995,000.

The Dunes3-bedroom, furnished: $1,545,000. 3-bedroom, movein-ready: $1,325,000. 3-bedroom, upgrades galore: $1,129,000. 3bedroom penthouse: $1,850,000. 3-bedroom penthouse: $1,999,000.

This former award-winning Kingon model offers panoramic lake and golf course views and a pool and spa with a water feature. The outdoor oasis has a fountain, a replace and a summer kitchen. $1,695,000.

THE GRANT GROUP, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 4450 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 office: 239.948.4450 fax: 239.948.4788

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Spectacular waterfront Harbour Island home with a pool, spa and a dock. This 3,839square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3-bath home has travertine floors; gorgeous glazed wall treatments in the master suite and the living and dining rooms; and new front doors and hardware. Harbour Island is one of Tampas most coveted neighborhoods, providing the best of both worlds: convenience to the city with all of the hallmarks of suburban living. $1,595,000. GAIL BERNUCCA, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE direct: 813.470.7190 cell: 813.294.6565 Gail@GailBer www.GailBer

An elegant estate home boasts far-reaching views over a lake and a Jack Nicklaus championship course. Enjoy 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a great room with 23-foot ceilings, a family room, a sunken bar, wine room, formal dining, a hexagonal study with panoramic views and a beautifully appointed billiards room. $2,750,000. Additional photos available. JAMES W. BATES COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 239.961.3973

P A L M B E A C H C O U N T Y, F L O R I D A
This British Colonial-style Intracoastal estate has been renovated to offer 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a gourmet kitchen with wide views of the Intracoastal and the island of Palm Beach. The living areas face the 100 feet of waterfront through French impact-proof doors and overlook the resort-style patio with pool, fountains and dock. $2,250,000. TOM DAVIS COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 561.714.3700

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Spectacular Gulf views are yours from this Tuscan villa, custom built with craftsmanship reserved for the finest homes in America. Situated on a deep-water canal across the street from the Gulf, this completely furnished residence features 8 bedrooms and 11.5 baths. Tastefully furnished and finely appointed throughout with travertine floors, a gourmet kitchen, custom cabinetry and built-ins, designer lighting, state-of-the-art electronics and security system, a master wing with his-and-her baths, an elevator, hand-painted murals, a 14-seat theater room, billiards and game rooms, a a guest apartment with a private entrance, a pool and a private boathouse with boat lifts. Offered at $7,900,000. JOHN COOK, COLDWELL BANKER UNITED, REALTORS 4458 Legendary Drive, Suite 100, Destin, FL 32541 850.582.0874

Fairwinds on the Bay is so extravagant and architecturally significant that it should be considered as the Emerald Coasts contribution to Americas castles. No expense has been spared on this palatial home, set on an oversized 137-foot bayfront lot with panoramic views from nearly every room. Every modern convenience is provided in an expansive, well-designed floor plan, featuring 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a gourmet kitchen, a 600-bottle Vinotheque wine cabinet, inlaid marble flooring, a luxurious master suite, a bar with a saltwater aquarium, a theater room, a screened lanai with a full summer kitchen, a pool and spa, a fire-breathing-dragon fountain, private boat dock and a gated entrance. Offered at $6,750,000.


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A rare opportunity! This prime, 1-acre, lakefront homesite is located in the prestigious Hammock Lake neighborhood known for its charming winding streets, dual lakes and great estates. Gorgeous lake views with 180 feet on the lake. This is the perfect site to build your dream home! $2,950,000.

P I N E C R E S T, F L O R I D A
This stately, brand-new, 6,000-square-foot architectural home offers 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, a 3-car garage, grand living spaces, a formal dining room with a butlers pantry, a huge family room with a bar area overlooking the infinity-edge pool, and an oversized gourmet kitchen. A summer kitchen/barbecue is adjacent to the pool. $2,350,000.

HELEN JEANNE NICASTRI & ALYSE MESSINGER, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 1500 San Remo Avenue, Suite 110, Coral Gables, FL 33146 Helen: 305.332.4534 Alyse: 305.772.5095

B O C A R AT O N , F L O R I D A
Dont miss a rare opportunity to own this unique property in a gated community within Boca Raton city limits! On 1.8 acres, the 5-bedroom, 4-bath home has 5,694 square feet, grand master suite, fireplace, formal and informal living areas and an 8-car garage! Easy access to shops, dining, highways and the best schools. $1,495,000. BARBARA HILL COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 561.391.9400

Breathtaking is just one way to describe this complete masterpiece with stunning water views. The 5-bedroom, 6.5-bath, 6,838-squarefoot residence boasts a 4-car garage, 2 boat lifts and a boat slip, and is only a short distance from the Gulf of Mexico. Price upon request. DOROTHY SHUMAN COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 727.581.9411 cell: 727.542.7798

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H AV E L O C K , N O R T H C A R O L I N A
Contemporary charm and quality craftsmanship are built into this elegant home on 0.77 acres with 117 feet of waterfront on the Neuse River, expansive views of the river and a sandy beach. A great floor plan for entertaining and living features fine architectural details. Enjoy the riverside in-ground pool, great landscaping and a screened porch. Offered at $749,900. LINDA RAWLS, COLDWELL BANKER FIRST REALTY cell: 252.670.8787 office: 252.444.3333, Ext. 114


The Gottschlich Estate is a premier equestrian property a short drive from the new Horse Park of the South. This 90-acre estate has a 5,300-square-foot luxury home as the main residence that overlooks a 2.5-acre fully stocked pond, a breeding stable with 14 stalls, 4 fenced pastures and numerous riding trails. Price upon request. LARRY STORY & ELYSE TAFEEN COLDWELL BANKER TRIAD REALTORS Larry: cell: 336.327.1841

L I T H I A ( N E A R T A M PA ) , F L O R I DA
Exquisite design accents this quality residence on a lushly landscaped half-acre lot in gated Dunlin Wood. Enjoy 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a main-floor master suite, a screened pool, spa and lanai. This former model home is fully furnished with impressive decor. $1,095,000. DIANE SMEED & MARY ODUM, REALTORS COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE Diane: 813.767.5294 Mary: 813.453.7492

S U WA N E E , G E O R G I A
Built by award-winning Capitella Homes, designed by Harrison Design Assoc. and located in The River Club, this home is on a level, walk-out, cul-de-s-ac lot that is perfect for a pool. The unique, but traditional floor plan has true duel master suites, a gourmet kitchen with Karpaty cabinets, a cypress study and a Calcutta Gold master bath. $1,940,000. ANITA BRYDE COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE cell: 770.722.9189

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On six-tenths of an acre and spanning 3,869 square feet, this 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home is great for families and entertaining, safe in storms and in a convenient location within walking distance to Millennium Park, Seminole City Park and the Pinellas Trail. On a secluded, private cul-de-sac 5 to 10 minutes from beaches, the home features a pool, a downstairs master, hardwood floors, a double-sided fireplace, bay windows and an eat-in kitchen. $679,000. REBECCA STEWART, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 727.821.3322 727.365.1007

This turn-of-the-century, 7,300-square-foot mansion currently contains 4 luxury apartments, separately metered and licensed, with carefully executed renovations. Survey historic Murray Hill from your front porch and upper deck, or relax on your deck overlooking the fenced, shaded yard and quaint patio area. $1,997,000.

Adjacent to the Colonial William Paca House Museum and Gardens, this exquisite home, circa 1901, has been lovingly restored and elegantly appointed. Enjoy detailed wood craftsmanship, sparkling chandeliers, authentic plaster work accents, hardwood floors, high ceilings and the finest grades in fixtures and appliances. $1,995,000.

BARBARA JACKSON, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 170 Jennifer Road, Suite 102, Annapolis, MD 21401 410.224.2200 cell: 410.279.5710

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Enjoy spectacular sunsets and breathtaking ocean views from every room of this custom-built beauty. Award-winning architect Pat Killen meticulously created this contemporary masterpiece, featuring an impressive master suite with a balcony, walk-in closet and a fireplace. Four-car garage, glass elevator and more are offered. $5,850,000. MINA ATAC COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 310.210.9932

Experience the Pacific Northwest at its best. This stunning customdesigned waterfront lodge home sits on 2.7 acres with access to your own secluded beach. Take in breathtaking views of Puget Sound, Mt. Baker and the Cascade Mountain Range. This home will impress the most discriminating taste. $2,200,000. VERONICA BARLUP COLDWELL BANKER KOETJE REAL ESTATE 360.675.5811, Ext. 331


This lovely, sprawling hacienda-style home has 4 bedrooms down and 2 bedrooms up. At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on the Nicholas course in Carlton Woods, the home boasts large rooms, elegant appointments, a gourmet kitchen, formals, a dynamic master suite and a large lot with an outdoor kitchen, pool and spa. Offered at $2,295,000. BETH FERESTER COLDWELL BANKER UNITED, REALTORS 713.702.6334

Exquisite detail defines this home with more than a half-mile of crown molding and 1,000 lineal feet of rope lighting. Premium alder wood cabinets and rare Lapidus granite accent the kitchen. The master suite encompasses more than 1,500 of the total 5,880 square feet. Perfect for entertaining, the covered back patio overlooks the pool/spa. $1,034,880. KEVIN TALLY COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 817.688.0203

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A stately executive with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths on a .99-acre lot. Within 4,300 square feet are a main-level master, formal dining, a soaring great room with views and a gourmet kitchen. $1,099,000.

This striking, 3-year-old, custom-built home on 1.06 acres offers 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 4,338 square feet and a pool. Elegant throughout with high ceilings, hardwood ooring, French doors and built-ins. $950,000.

This gorgeous home on a .65-acre lot offers 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, formal and informal living and dining, a 2-story great room with a wood-burning replace and additional unnished areas. $675,000.

Close-in, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath home features stainless appliances, travertine, granite, lots of windows, a bonus room with a bar and lots of storage on 7 wooded and landscaped acres. $599,900.

This updated 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home features Australian cypress wood ooring, a separate RV garage/shop and studio, a pond and extended outdoor living on a .79-acre lot with a view. $589,000.

With a wraparound deck on 20.03 acres, this farmhouse offers a covered deck in the back, an island kitchen, a main-level master bedroom with a jetted tub and walk-in closet and an open oor plan. $560,000.

KATHIE ROBIDOU, COLDWELL BANKER ADVANTAGE ONE 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 370, Eugene, OR 97401 541.484.2625

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THE BOURDET RANCH is 1,530 acres of working cattle ranch. Just 40 minutes to San Jose or Carmel. It can be sold in 3 pieces for $5,880,000, $5,704,000, $3,708,000 each or all 3 for $13,900,000.

EL RANCHO ESCONDIDO is 1,200 acres of Central California ranch (within 50 minutes of Carmel and San Jose). Huge potential and great income just minutes from town. $11,888,888.

G I L R O Y, C A L I F O R N I A
THE FARAWAY RETREAT is on 176 acres. It has a 5,000-squarefoot home, a 2,000-square-foot recreation hall, pool, spa, tennis, 3 other homes and beautiful redwoods. $4,248,888.

THE HOGAN RANCH is 418 acres with very unique rock fences, an old homestead and beautiful views. A stocked pond. Just 10 minutes to town but light years away. $3,340,000.


THE SOUTH BLUFF ESTATEThis 2-year-old, Santa Barbarastyle, 5,000-square-foot, single-level home and the 850-squarefoot pool/guesthouse offer exceptional views. $2,499,994.

THIS IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY on 7.5 acres with a 3,060square-foot home, a 3,880-square-foot Veterinary Clinic, a 10-stall barn, hay storage, a 1-bedroom apartment and more. $1,474,947.

PAGE WELTON, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 950 Tennant Station, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 408.776.7153 fax: 408.778.2899

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Extraordinary Waterfront Estate

Perched 20 feet above the sound and surrounded by madrona, fir, cedar and hemlock trees in the Deer Harbor area (known as Pole Pass Point) is this extraordinary waterfront estate. The stunning 3-bedroom, 3-bath home overlooks Harney Channel with magnificent views of marine traffic, the serenity of surrounding islands and ferry boats docking at Orcas and Shaw Islands. In addition to the main house, there is a guest studio and a spacious 3-car garage that provides storage for a boat or RV plus 3 vehicles. Daily departures to Orcas Island from Kenmore Air, Lake Union-Seattle-Seatac. Offered at $2,750,000.

STEPHEN SAUNDERS, COLDWELL BANKER BAIN 1661 East Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102 206.818.1409

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Amangiri Resort, Spa and Villas Near Lake Powell in Southern Utah

Camps Bay Estate Cape Town, South Africa

could fetch $10 million and up in many other resort areas. Traditionally, Santa Fe attracts buyers from Texas, Oklahoma and New York. With rates heating up, Brunson says, the number of phone inquiries has increased and they are coming from a more diverse geographic base. People are beginning to think that they have to buy now, she remarks. Coeur dAlene might still fly a bit under the radar, but this lakefront community of 40,000 in the northern panhandle of Idaho has been prime second-home territory for lumber, mining and railroad executives since the end of the 19th century. Today, newcomers are just as likely to hail from any of the western states as they are from nearby Washington (Spokane is only 30 minutes away) and Oregon. We get compared to Tahoe a lot, but we dont have the congestion around the lake, shares Anne Anderson, co-owner of Lakeshore Realty. Another plus is two prime ski resorts nearby. One of the most expensive homes, a $27.5 million estate on 15 acres that includes a helipad, par-3 golf hole and indoor and outdoor tennis, would easily be double this price or more in other locations, according to Bob Hurwitz, owner of Hurwitz James Company, who is listing the property. The rocky desert of the Four Corners region of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico is an unlikely incubator for luxury, but several high-end communities are being constructed here. And, if the number of $100,000 houseboats on Lake Powell is any indication, these developers are right on the money. If there is that much money tied up in houseboats, then there is a good


chance there is pent-up demand for high-end housing, observes Gracie Burton, owner of Burton Brokerage and former eco-developer for the city of Page, Ariz. Indigo Ridge at Lake Powell is a master-planned community angling for a LEED certification, located directly on the lake. In addition to stunning views and magnificent limestone and sandstone formations, the region has one of the top golf courses in Arizona; and Lake Powell draws boaters from all over the Southwest. Known for discrete hidden hideaways in magnificent places, Singapore-based Amanresorts has selected the Four Corners region as the site for its third North American resort, Amangiri, which is slated to open this fall. Sited on 600 secluded acres in a private canyon about 15 minutes from Lake Powell, Amangiri is ideal for those seeking the utmost privacy. The legions of impassioned Aman enthusiasts are sure to give it a nod too. Adjacent to the Amangiri, there will be 31 villas on 1.3- to 10-acre sites, each in its own private canyon, priced at $8 million and up. Outside the U.S. The term jet set does underscore the global nature of luxury real estate. Here too there is a return to the tried and true with traditional luxury locations such as Portofino, Tuscany and the Cote dAzure remaining prime holiday-home territory. Still, the international scene is increasingly diverse with fledgling upscale resort markets forming all over the globe. Canada has fared better in the downturn than the U.S., according to Elton Ash, regional executive vice president with RE/MAX Western Canada. One of the strongest but lesser-known luxury locations is the Okanagan Valley

in British Columbia, about four hours inland from Vancouver. Mild winters, a 72-mile-long lake that doesnt freeze over and two ski resorts within a hours drive have fostered a huge second-home and retirement market for Canadians, Europeans and Americans. Showing resurgence is Whistler, which Ash says has been soft for the last couple of years. As the 2010 Olympics draw closer, he anticipates even strong interest. Luxury is also heating up in South America. Recently, Brazil ousted Australia for the 10th place on the list of countries with the largest population of high-net-worth individuals, according to the World Wealth Report compiled by Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and Capgemini Group. Increasingly, the country is garnering interest from developers, national real estate franchises and the media. In Argentina, Patagonia traditionally has been a resort destination, while Buenos Aries is fast becoming the place to visit in South America. Punta del Este in Uruguay is often compared to St. Tropez. South Africa has become popular for international investors due to its beautiful scenery, cost of living and reasonable property values, says Lisa Kurrass, world president of FIABCI. Bob Hurwitz is currently listing a $5.5 million estate in Camps Bay, South Africa. On a global scale, properties in South Africa offer an excellent opportunity to get an amazing property for a fraction of what it would cost in other locations, he explains. With some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, South Africa should become an increasingly international destination, especially as more sellers recognize that not all buyers come from within the country and demand global marketing.


Almost Heaven
A down market means opportunities and not just for primary homes. Weve identified seven areas you wont want to overlook in your search for that perfect resort/vacation home.

Finding Values in Florida Jane Araguel, a Realtor based in Destin, Florida, will always remember the 2004-2005 hurricane season. This area went 65 years without a hurricane. Then all of a sudden we had four in a matter of months, she says. My telephones quit ringing in the first few months of 2005. Property values that had been spiking suddenly started to drop. Four years and one recession later, Realtors still are working to move a backlog of homes and condos. Its good news for investors, who can buy a formerly $1 million home for $400,000. The values are 60 percent lower than in 2004, Araguel says. Real estate is an amazing investment right now. The story has been repeated in many areas of Florida as an oversaturated real estate market continues to recover from the shocks of the past few years. It is a fabulous time to buy, says Sarasota Realtor Barbara Ackerman. In our region, theres been at least a 30- to 35-percent correction in the market from 18 months ago. You can get a single-family home with beautiful Intracoastal water views for $2.5 million in the Sarasota area. We have not seen these prices for a very long time. The drop in home values presents a rare opportunity for buyers. Araguel says condos that were selling for $600,000 to $700,000 just a few years ago are now going for $250,000. Until we get all of the extra inventory cleared, the prices will stay low, Araguel says. But theres no doubt they will rise again. The question is when. Ackerman says the only exception to the rule has been prime
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beachfront properties, whose values have not dropped. Those homes dont often come on the market, she adds. The Gulf of Mexico is gorgeous and quiet, and the sand rivals any of the islands in the Bahamas. People know theyve got something special down here. Realtor Ray Corcoran of Boca Grande says premium homes in his region also tend to stay off the market. At that level, if people need to wait a year or two to sell, they wait, he says. Were seeing more activity in the lower-end market. Corcoran says Realtors are working to sell approximately a ninemonth inventory of homes in his area. A couple of years ago, we had more than three years worth on the market, he says. The homes have really moved fast. Corcoran says prices have stopped falling and may start creeping up again in the near future. But for now, People are out here buying, and theyre really getting the advantage. Jennifer Martin

Tahoes Tax Advantages At first, the idea of droves of high-net-worth Californians fleeing the Golden State for the tax-friendly promised land of Nevada is sure to materialize in ones mind as an overworked editorial cartoon. On closer examination, it becomes clear that these corporate company owners and vacation home hunters are making the most of a buyers market, and theyre doing so in one of the most desirable recreational destinations in the world: Lake Tahoe. Nevadas policy of no corporate or personal income tax, coupled with Lake Tahoes reputation as one of the purest, most picturesque lakes worldwide, makes the region lucrative to both corporate entities and private homeowners. A lot of our highend buyers are company owners that are looking for an exit strategy to take their company out of California, says John Krolick, broker/owner of Alpine Realty International in Incline Village. Some corporate owners have found tax advantages to the point where savings are so great that the house is almost free. Tawny Stanton, of the Schwartz-Stanton Group at Coldwell Banker Incline Village, Select Realty, shares a similar observation, stating as of the start of the summer, the last three high-end sales (one $9 million and two $2 million listings), were [to] Californians moving here because of the taxes. People are prehistorically programmed to desire access to water, says Krolick, and on the most popular alpine lake in North America, respectable waterfront property demands a price of $10 million or more. Were not dealing with the atypical millionaire; were dealing with the billionaires, he says. Sarah Binder


Mexico: A Healthy Market With the peso-to-dollar ratio at 13-to-1, health-conscientious residents and officials, and a scarce foreclosure market, buyers are finding security in Mexico. Land is well-priced and building material costs are the lowest in years, explains Harriet Cochran Murray, owner of Cochran Real Estate. Those who have a strategy of what to build can take advantage of these factors. For approximately 8,600 square feet of land in a prime, South Shore Puerto Vallarta locale, buyers will spend roughly $1 million80-degree-Fahrenheit weather included. Recently, reports of Swine Flu and violence have put Mexico in the spotlight; now, the country, known for its weather and culture, is showing its crisis management skills. Mexico set an example to the world on how to handle a health concern, says Cochran Murray. According to Cochran Murray, more Canadians and Americans live in Mexico than any other country outside their own. Mexico also hosts millions of tourists each year. These visitors and residents know Mexicos daily life is not what has been written about in the press, she adds. In San Carlos, Mexico, a town of 2,500 summer residents and 3,500 residents in the winter, if a buyer finds a luxury real estate offering, its not likely to be a foreclosure. San Carlos avoided getting overbuilt, says Richard C. Baca of Sunshine Realty in San Carlos. We have not been stung by the foreclosure mess. The luxury price range in Bacas market is currently between $800,000 and approximately $1.8 million, but there are instances where a homeowner is in need of cash and sells below market value. Lauren Varga


Memories in Maine Real estate in Maine isnt just about the square footage within a home, but the memories that are obtained within the homes walls. Most of the high-end properties around here are not primary residences, explains Story Litchfield, broker at LandVest, Inc. They might not even be a second home. They might be a third or fourth home. According to Litchfield, owners priorities are different when they visit their vacation homes in Maine. From May to October families come to spend quality time with one another. Its just about being with family. The second-home market is a driving force on both Mount Desert Island and Blue Hill, Maine, explains Jane Daniels, broker at the Davis Agency. There are currently 46 homes available on Mount Desert Island that start at $1 million and 26 homes for sale on the Blue Hill

Peninsula from $1 million to $7 million. While some markets lend themselves to renting during off-peak seasons, buyers in Maine are not buying to rent, adds Daniels. The owners in this market tend to be older, retired and ready to take advantage of the family compound idea. Buyers and their families also look forward to coming back year after year, generation after generation. Litchfields listings, which she says cant be duplicated and are rarely available, go for a minimum of $2 million and dont tend to turn over often. The homes will be held for a very long time by one owner and handed down from one generation to another, says Litchfield. Lauren Varga


Carolinas Four Seasons In 2004, a diver using a global positioning system located a turn-ofthe-century lodge beneath a deep lake in South Carolina. The old bed-and-breakfast, buried when a water dam flooded the Jocassee Valley in the 1960s, was still intact. The news caused such a sensation that it was almost like finding Titanic, jokes Realtor Bruce May. CNN even did a story on it. The tranquil mountains, lakes and ocean communities of the Carolinas have their own genteel charm and quirky history that keep homebuyers coming back. Home prices took a dip in the recent down104 w w w. u n i q u e h o m e s . c o m

turn, but high-end buyers have started to return as the economy begins its recovery. People still bargain they want the $4 million home for $2.5 million, May said. But they are interested. They know its a beautiful region and a solid investment. In many regions, second and third homes comprise the majority of properties. Some people come to escape the cold, and others come to escape the heat, notes Realtor Shanaaz Eisenberg. We have a more temperate climate in the Carolinas. But we still have a four-season lifestyle with golf, hiking, canoeing, skiing, just about any outdoor amenities you want. Premium properties in the Carolinas still command top prices, especially in resort areas such as Myrtle Beach and Lake Keowee. But there are simpler options as well. Eisenberg mentions a couple in their early 60s that recently purchased a second home with views of Grandfather Mountain, in North Carolina. The list price was $899,000 and they got it for $775,000, she says. They loved the ruggedness of the area and the private setting. It was the perfect getaway. Jennifer Martin


Welcome Home to the Hamptons Its going to take more than a major economic crash to bring the Hamptons down. Here in Americas most revered playground, where the closer a property is to the ocean, the more expensive it will be, buyers and sellers are getting a little creative. For example, if you want to live near any of the villages between Montauk and Southampton, but dont need to live within the center of town, it is possible to find a three-bedroom house on a half-acre, about 10 minutes from any of the villages and north of Route 27, for about $500,000, explains Josiane Fleming, senior vice president of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate. On the sales side of things, a handful of builders are trying to lure eco-aware buyers with homes that will be LEED certified or at least have sustainable features, says Fleming. West of the Shinnecock Canal, in areas such as Westhampton and

Quogue, buyers can find a relaxed atmosphere in a landscape that is natural and unspoiled, says Ginger Bittner Andrews, an associate broker with First Hampton International Realty. Prices to own on the ocean start at $4 million, says Andrews, and the [current] opportunities to buy on the water in Quogue are unprecedented. Small, independent boutiques and familyowned restaurants add to the regions charm. Both Fleming and Andrews note that activity started to pick up in April, evidence that, with its grand homes filled with soft, sun-washed colors and comfortable furnishings, the Hamptons is beginning to welcome buyers back home. Sarah Binder
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in the mountains of North Carolina and the islands of South Carolina.
Shanaaz Eisenberg of Elite Mountain Properties specializes in North Carolina mountain golf resort communities and Hound Ears homes. Hound Ears is a private, gated equity golf community equidistant to Blowing Rock, Boone and Banner Elk. She specializes in all of the surrounding areas to which Hound Ears is equidistant. Shanaaz recently became affiliated with Daufuskie Island Resort in South Carolina. These are 2 areas in which she lives and sells dream properties that she believes are always easy sales because the locations and the views speak for themselves. Shanaazs clients are unassuming, savvy buyers who know what they want and dont waste time in acquiring what they desire. Life is short, live the dream and remember real estate is a tangible asset that can be passed on to your children to enjoy the same dream of owning a mountain vacation home where lifetime memories are forged.

Shanaaz Eisenberg


Near Harpers Ferry / Charles Town . W.V.
Blakeley-109 Acres A grand estate with a 6-bedroom manor house that includes 8 fireplaces; a 4-bedroom rental house; a guest or caretakers cottage; swimming pool; 3 barns; 30-plus stalls and beautiful grounds. This property was in the George Washington family until 1880. 45 minutes from Dulles Airport, 55 miles from Washington, D.C., and minutes to the MARC commuter train. $1,600,000.

Elite Mountain Properties

CAROLYN SNYDER, Broker Snyder, Bailey & Associates, Inc.

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Frenchman's Creek

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Located along Floridas east coast, near the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach Gardens, residents of Frenchmans Creek enjoy the ultimate concierge lifestyle with resort-style amenities and home services offered only in the finest 5-star resorts. Unique to the community is an exclusive and private beach club directly on the Atlantic Ocean, exceptional security, two championship golf courses and navigable waterways for those interested in boating and deep-water sports. As a residents-only, year-round country club, Frenchmans Creek is considered to be the finest private community in South Florida. What makes all of the Frenchmans Creek amenities so special is the impeccable service-oriented culture of the community. Frenchmans Creek caters to its residents so much that is has its own internationally acclaimed hospitality training program. Regarded as the pinnacle among its peers, Frenchmans Creek has come to set the standard to which other country club communities aspire. Outside the gates of Frenchmans Creek, a world of entertainment and culture awaits. The Palm Beach area is renowned for its endless outdoor recreation opportunities, world-class shopping and rich cultural offerings. See all of Kathys Frenchmans Creek listings on

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Sarasota, FloridaDowntown Sarasota, Ritz-Carlton! A 4,704-square-foot penthouse boasts 5-star amenities overlooking beautiful bay views and captivating city vistas. Enjoy luxury appointments set close to a cultural hub of activities. Offered at $3,395,000

Sarasota, FloridaPrestigious west-of-trail masterpiece! A luxury residence boasting 4,045 square feet of chic sophistication with luxury appointments and fine finishes close to sugar-sand beaches and culturally rich downtown Sarasota! Offered at $1,140,000

Sarasota, FloridaA modern home near downtown! This newer residence is spacious with 3,545 square feet including a separate guest cabana, superlative finishes and state-ofthe-art upgrades, plus serene outdoor living with a pool! Offered at $1,150,000

Sarasota, FloridaA gated and walled estate! A gracious 4,685-square-foot residence nestled on a deep-water canal with a dock boasting all of the finishes that one would expect in a home of this caliber, in the exclusive Hidden Harbor. Offered at $1,975,000


Lakewood Ranch, FloridaA modern-day Magnum Opus! Only a select few will ever be fortunate enough to relish in the lifestyle afforded by this luxurious 7,516-square-foot home overlooking golf course views in a gated community. Offered at $3,500,000

Sarasota, Florida360-degree panoramic views! A modern and sleek end residence of 1,923 square feet in Bay Plaza, a secure building with full-service amenities and one of the most distinguished downtown addresses available! Offered at $700,000


Cumming . Georgia
On 8 acres, this home affords a spacious floor plan designed for entertaining family and friends. The placement of the home is second-to-none for enjoying the 3 gardens, seamless-edge pool/spa or the spring-fed lake. There is no view from this home that is not spectacular, including the back veranda. $1,999,000.
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Union Grove . Alabama
This 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home is in a community featuring a 670-acre private golf course nestled among gentle rolling hills, woods and 30 acres of sparkling lakes. Features include a sunroom, wine cellar, study, formal living and dining rooms, a huge rec room, a gourmet kitchen and a bonus room. $2,500,000.
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KIMBERLY YATES | Results Realty

2209 Sharon Road, Cumming, GA 30041 678.314.1737 / 678.679.1684 / E-mail:

TOMMY ADAMS | Rise Real Estate, Inc.

3603 South Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35801 877.250.6247 / 256.337.4444 / E-mail:



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Here is an extremely rare opportunity to own a magnificent waterfront homesite in Colleton River Plantation. From this mainland homesite one will view spectacular sunsets and South Carolina wildlife over great Heron Lake.

Dine, entertain and experience a true southern lifestyle among 1,500 pristine acres. This lowcountry wonderland is outlined on 3 sides by water and boasts 7 miles of riverfront shoreline. Home to Jack Nicklaus- and Pete Dye-designed, awardwinning, Top 100 golf courses, this residential sanctuary is a prime location for the golf and boating enthusiast. Priced now at $49,500.

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Lake George . New York
A treasured setting with 182 feet of sparkling sandy bottom waters. The propertys 1.7 acres of beautiful stonework and landscaping features 5,246 square feet of inspired living, a 4-bedroom main house, a 2-bedroom guest cottage, a studio cottage and a 6-car garage and workshop. Use the property as an exotic vacation retreat or as a large-scale, fun-filled family getaway. $3,995,000.


Cape May . New Jersey
Just steps from the ocean is this grand 7-bedroom, 4.5-bath home that offers a large front porch, 2 family rooms, a spacious living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, butlers pantry, a 1st-floor laundry/mud room and a 2nd-floor deck. There is also a detached 2-car garage. $3,800,000.
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Split . Croatia
This beachfront villa is on the shores of the Adriatic and includes 8,000-plus square feet. Minutes from the airport and new marina, the gated estate has walking trails, fruit trees and beautiful flowers. View more pictures at Call Gloria at 219.776.2393 (cell). U.S. $9,500,000.

Vista Coral . Puerto Vallarta . Mexico

This 4-unit, turnkey development offers 1 unit per floor with features including huge terraces with outdoor kitchens, media rooms, private pools and highend appliances. Units range from 3,200 square feet to the 5,000-square-foot penthouse. Prices from U.S. $650,000.

Hacienda de Mita . Punta Mita . Mexico

Furnished and move-in-ready, this 4-bedroom penthouse is in the gated community of Punta Mita, which features Four Seasons and St. Regis resorts and miles of beaches. The 3,800-square-foot unit boasts open spaces and 2 covered parking spaces. U.S. $1,550,000.

Crete . Illinois
Located a half hour from downtown Chicago, this magnificent custom-built, 2.5acre estate includes a 5-bedroom home with a walk-out basement, custom builtins throughout and an in-ground pool. $1,100,000.

Condo Luko Mar . Puerto Vallarta . Mexico

Enjoy unparalleled views from this 3-bedroom, 4-bath, 2-story penthouse just 7 miles from downtown. Indoor and outdoor staircases lead to the bedroom upstairs. Completely furnished, the unit also features 2 deeded parking spaces and a hot tub overlooking the beach. $750,000.

Costa Alegra Lot . La Cruz De Loretto . Mexico

This 1.5-acre beachfront lot is near the new international airport and just 1.5 hours from Puerto Vallarta. This is one of only 2 deeded, currently available lots backing to the lake. A subdivision is possible into 2 lots that are on the beach and 2 lots facing the lake. Price upon request.

GLORIA BANOVIC Globe Realty / VIP Vallarta Inc.

1625 East 74th Street, Chicago, IL 60649 773.955.0000 / 219.776.2393 /

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New Marlborough, Mass.
A glorious example of the stone country manor home from the turn of the 20th century, the Hildreth Kennedy Bloodgood mansion has been completely restored and updated and includes 12 bedrooms and 13 baths.Your family and guests will delight in the carriage house, extensive lawns, forest, pond, stream and the 13,000-square-foot spa and gymnasium. More than 40 acres with magnificent views of the Berkshire Hills. $3,900,000.

New Marlborough, Mass.
Comfortable elegance is offered in this spectacular estate that combines amazing views with a gentlemans farm home. Set on 30-plus acres with 360-degree views, this fresh, expansive and thoughtfully modern home is endowed with gorgeous public rooms, an enormous chefs kitchen, soaring, open spaces and intimate bedrooms. Nothing is missing in this elegant vision of luxurious country living. $2,950,000.


Sheffield, Mass.
Magnificent is the only word to describe the artisan craftsmanship that has transformed imported, huge, antique 18th-century posts and beams into this contemporary masterpiece residence set on 80-plus acres of open high pasture with extensive views, a pool and pool house and a new and beautiful 3-bedroom, 2-bath guesthouse. Beautifully and thoughtfully landscaped for the country gentleman seeking absolute peace and tranquility within minutes of all things Berkshire! $2,350,000.

Alford, Mass.
On a quiet meadow where the Alford Valley meets the foothills of the eastern Catskills, this country estate is private, pristine and bright.The main house, spacious guesthouse, pool and pool house all share broad southern exposures.At sunset, the screened-in porch provides ample seating.The many windows and skylights within the home ensure youre never far from the land and sky. $2,995,000.


Georgetown . Maine
This 3-bedroom home features a first-floor master suite, fieldstone fireplace and an open first floor with cathedral ceilings. Each Engelmann Spruce Log was harvested in British Columbia and is 15-17 inches in diameter! From the wraparound deck, enjoy panoramic views overlooking the saltwater marsh of Back River. An old rock wall borders your private 5-plus acres of mature woodlands. $640,000.




Woolwich . Maine
Designed by acclaimed American architect James Harley in 1982, the Smith House enjoys a setting on the shores of the Kennebec River with 475 feet of deep-water frontage and a dock and mooring. Double-envelope design allows solar heat to circulate throughout the house, which boasts 2 master suites, 2 guest bedrooms and a heated 3-car garage with a studio/office. $1,575,000.


823 Washington Street, Bath, ME 04530 207.751.7693 / 207.443.3333, Ext. 222 / E-mail: / Visit for additional photos and information.


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Private Oasis In South Orange, N.J.

In an area known for its historic prominence, this elegant 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home on 1 private acre offers gracious living in a country-like setting. Completely renovated, while maintaining its Old World charm, one will appreciate the oak-paneled library, marble fireplaces, wood inlay floors, his-and-her marble baths, a gourmet kitchen and French doors. Make this luxurious home, close to New York City and the train, your home for years to come. Asking price: $1,199,000. LISA JOHNSON SMITH RE/MAX REALTY CONSULTANTS, SALES ASSOCIATE office: 973.228.3030, Ext. 110, cell: 973.951.4500,

Rumson Grand in Cranbury Heights Estates

Cranbury, N.J. Less than 10 minutes from the turnpike, this Rumson Grand is at the end of a cul-de-sac. In addition to the 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, this 5,000-square-foot estate features a 2,000-square-foot full, finished basement with a recreation room, full kitchen and an in-law suite with a private bath. A 2-story foyer overlooks the 2story family room. Abundant windows offer natural light and a picturesque view of the acres of preserved farm land. Mature landscaping surrounds the cedar decking, which leads to a private paver patio. Price upon request. JOSEPH GIANCARLI, SALES ASSOCIATE RE/MAX TRI COUNTY 609.587.9300, Ext. 403, 609.658.2612,,,
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Hollywood Beach Triplex

OXNARD, Calif. With approximately 73 feet of ocean frontage, this home holds tremendous possibilities. More than twice the frontage as most other lots, the triplex generates approximately $4,200 per month. It is possible to develop a new duplex, 2 townhomes or a beach mansion. One of the best views on Hollywood Beach. Enjoy ocean, island, coastline, breakwater and surf views. Priced to sell at $3,099,000. FRED EVANS RE/MAX GOLD COAST REALTORS 805.339.3502, 800.504.SOLD,,

Luxury Living on Grand Lake

OKLAHOMA For those who love the relaxing lifestyle of the midwest, this elegant waterfront home in an upscale lakeside neighborhood features 100 feet of lakefront, 5,400 square feet of living space, vaulted ceilings and walls of glass to enjoy the Grand Lake views. Additional features include beautiful hickory hand-shaved wood floors, granite countertops, plantation shutters, designer lighting and much more. $1,100,000. CHUCK & VICTORIA PERRY RE/MAX GRAND LAKE Chuck: 918.520.1957, Victoria: 918.520.1982,
With sensational style, this modern Connecticut home, an hour from Manhattan, highlights physical and recreation comforts of a luxurious, suburban New England lifestyle. All 10,000 square feet of this home open to an indoor pool with a 30-foothigh redwood ceiling. Features include a piano bar, spa, media room, billiards room and a personal gym. Private, gated community. $2,450,000. VIRGINIA KLEIN RE/MAX HERITAGE 203.254.7555,,

Franklin, Tennessee
On a premium lot backing to the woods and river, 267 Gillette Drive is a 4,436-squarefoot executive home in the Grassland/Berrys Chapel area. It boasts 5 large bedrooms with a main-level owners suite and en suite bath. A huge, mid-level bonus room above the 3-car garage has a floor-to-ceiling fireplace. The kitchen is highlighted by Venetian gold granite countertops, maple cabinetry with glass doors, a double oven and gas cooktop burners. Additional rooms include a den, dining room, offices and more! $649,267. JOAN HALL, ABR, e-PRO, GRI RE/MAX ELITE Direct: 615.300.7072, E-mail:,


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Custom Executive Estate in Kennesaw, Georgia

No details have been overlooked in this custom-designed, Caldwell-Cline, 3-acre estate with a spring-fed stream perfect for horses. From the moment you enter, you will notice the meticulous attention to detail. This 6-bedroom, 5.5-bath home with 7,100-plus square feet boasts breathtaking custom hand-waxed cherry. You will love to pamper yourself in the luxurious master suite, reading next to the fireplace or relaxing in the full steam shower in the spa-inspired bath. The outdoor living room beside the pool is great for entertaining and is just behind the gourmet kitchen. The finished terrace level features an additional master suite, workout/sauna room and a media/rec room with a full bar. $1,395,000. NICOLE PETTITT-FRANCE, Associate Broker RE/MAX WESTSIDE 2487 Cedarcrest Road, Suite 112, Acworth, GA 30101 Cell: 770.855.6660, Fax: 770.783.8034, E-mail:

Almost Heaven
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Aspen: A World Unto Itself Aspen has been spared the full impact of the real estate slowdown nationwide. The average sale price of an Aspen home is down only 11 percent from 2008, a far cry from the 30- to 60-percent drops some areas have experienced. We sit in such a unique place in the world that the blow seems to have been softened a bit, says Realtor Ruth Kruger of Kruger and Company. But she says sales activity has slowed, leaving a wide choice of properties on the market. Its the buying opportunity of a lifetime, particularly with interest rates still low, she says. A two- to three-bedroom condo at the base of Aspen Mountain runs between $2 million and $3 million, while the average price of a singlefamily home in Aspen is $5.5 million. Realtor Ron Weisser of Lindell Properties says local brokers are reporting a rise in interest and inquiries from potential buyers in the past two to three months. He says some of those may be individuals who postponed a purchase in 2008 because they anticipated a downturn in the market. All the signs point to a rise in sales activity in the next few months, he says. Weisser represents mostly ranch properties, which he says have seen no drop in value because of their scarcity. At High Aspen Ranch, a community of ranch properties, each parcel spans at least 35 acres and buyers can enjoy amenities such as horse stables, trails and fitness centers. It offers both solitude and a sense of community, Weisser says. Its the best of both worlds. Jennifer Martin



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Recognized by local media as the broker who has his finger on the pulse of what the buyers and sellers who can have anything actually want and demand, Frank Sharp Hooton has worked with many of the premier properties throughout the Greater Texas Hill Country and San Antonio, Texas. For 6 generations, he and his family have been involved with Texas real estate, and over the past 3 generations have represented buyers, sellers and investors of real estate in Texas. When youre looking for expertise that spans the duration of Texas, look no further. Sharp Texans Real Estate proudly serves San Antonio, Boerne, Kerrville, Hunt, Fredericksburg, Comfort, and the surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for a simple piece of land, a ranch, an estate or estate site, a Hill Country mansion or something even more extraordinary, well get you home. Please give us a call to discuss how we can represent you in your dealings in the Greater Texas Hill Country and San Antonio.

Austin, Texas is home for Karen! She lives, works and plays in Austin and we are proud to have Karen and her team available to serve the needs of our clients who want to buy, sell or even build a custom home in the Austin area. Experienced in the Austin luxury and resort real estate market, as well as holding a degree in custom home construction, Karens knowledge of what it takes to both market and find homes for discriminating clients has placed her in the Top 15 Realtors in Austin, according to the Austin Business Journal. In only 4 years after obtaining her real estate license, Karen was able to establish herself as a member of Austins Elite 25 and the Institute of Luxury Home Marketings Million Dollar Guild. Karens ability to develop and implement out-of-the box ideas to accomplish her clients goals are evidenced by her many testimonials, as well as repeat and referral clients, which have represented more than 90 percent of her business, year after year. From the lakes to the links, to the vibe of downtown, Karen and her team are ready to serve as your Austin real estate resource!

Any discussion of high-profile, ultra-luxe residential real estate would be incomplete without mentioning John McMonigle and his talented team at the McMonigle Group. Based in Newport Beach, Calif. with national and international renown McMonigle and his team have made history throughout the past 5 years by selling properties totaling more than $2.1 billion. He is often called upon by the media as the foremost expert in residential real estate and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Access Hollywood, The Insider and HGTV, in addition to his many print interviews. Part of the Coldwell Banker Previews International team, the McMonigle Group has been honored as the top-selling team in the nation for NRT (Coldwell Bankers parent company) for the past 4 years, having sold more than $505 million in residential real estate in 2007, more than $430 million in 2006 and upwards of $250 million in 2005. In 2007, the McMonigle Group was named the No. 1-selling real estate team in the nation by LORE Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. McMonigle invests more in marketing his listings than any other agent, including his highly trafficked Web site

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Ann Olmstead
RE/MAX On the River 50 Water Street, Newburyport , MA 01950 Cell 978.621.3579 A licensed real estate broker since 1980, Ann brings decades of professional expertise to her clients. She is active in the community and has served on the board of the Newburyport Association of Realtors. Born and raised in England, Ann enjoys helping buyers relocate or transfer from across the U.S. as well as from abroad. Anns primary focus throughout her career has been to provide her clients with the very highest level of service and professionalism. Page 46


Scotty Horty, President

Camden Real Estate Company 800.236.1920 / Im proud to say that Camden Real Estate Company has been recognized as the 2008 Top Performer in the luxury real estate market in Maine. I run my business on instinct, observation and input from our clients. You tell us what you want and well find it for you. Weve walked, sailed, biked and skied throughout these towns. Let us be your guide. Page 45

Josiane Fleming & Robin Kaplan

Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate 83 Main St., East Hampton, NY 11937 631.267.7383 / 631.267.7384 Josiane and Robin cover the Hamptons, from Southhampton to Montauk. Robins background in architecture and set design and Josianes background in international banking provide the very best expertise in international and luxury real estate. By integrating their diverse backgrounds and talents, they afford their clients and customers an ideal alliance that is able to address all aspects of any real estate transaction. Page 44


Barrett & Company

33 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742 978.369.6453 / As the largest, independent real estate office in Bostons metro west area, we are recognized for our innovative marketing, leading-edge technology and team spirit. Our dedicated group of agents has more years in real estate than any of our local competitors and offers unparalleled service, ethics and commitment. Pages 2-4


Sally Lapides
Residential Properties Ltd. 140 Wickenden Street, Providence, RI 401.274.6740 Sally Lapides is the co-founder, president and CEO of Residential Properties Ltd., one of Rhode Islands premier real estate companies, with more than 150 full-time realtors in five offices throughout the state. Sally shares her lifetime of real estate knowledge and experiences on her real estate show and companion blog, Page 4 THE SOUTH FLORIDA

Jan Burke
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 11940 U.S. Hwy. #1, N. Palm Beach, FL 33410 561.346.8330 / Jan is a full-time waterfront and golf club specialist. Her primary goal is customer satisfaction. Jan enjoys working with buyers and sellers. She is involved in her community, specifically with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Heart Association, Mended Hearts and the Jewish Federation. Jan is married and has 3 children. She has been a Florida resident for 23 years. She enjoys being a mentor to new realtors. Jan was an open heart nurse for 20 years before going into real estate 10 years ago. Page 34

Judy Federowicz
Owner, Broker, Realtor, CRS 508.693.6866, Ext. 104 Respected by her colleagues for her professionalism and knowledge, Judy has been providing expert advice to her sellers and buyers for 24-plus years. As residents of the Vineyard since 1981, Judy and her family thoroughly enjoy island living, enthusiastically pursuing their interests in sailing, golfing, fishing, hiking, and gardening. An active participant in community affairs, Judy has served on several town committees. One of Judy's passions is historic preservation. As chairman of the William Street Historic District Commission, she has participated in several efforts to preserve and protect important architectural elements that add to the beauty and unique character of Martha's Vineyard. As the owner of Coldwell Banker Landmarks Real Estate, Judy has built a team of trained professionals with a reputation for excellence in service, knowledge, and expertise. The entire team derives great satisfaction and enjoyment from serving the real estates needs of their clients and friends. It is with great pleasure and pride that Judy offers the services of these outstanding professionals to assist you in all of your real estate needs. Page 41


Mary Kay Daughters

Hoffman International Properties, LLC Two Sound View Drive, Suite 100 Greenwich, CT 06830 / 203.325.1281 203.829.8113 / 203.622.3939 / www.HoffmanIP .com Mary Kay is a multimillion-dollar producer and firm founder/owner with 20 years of experience. She is certified as a Luxury Home and Buyers Specialist, a Previews Broker and an International Property Specialist. Mary Kay lists/sells properties in Connecticut, U.S., and Europe. Especially skilled in marketing uppertier properties, she utilizes internet strengths and a global market network. A multi-award winner, Mary Kay also is an expert in horse property and waterfront listings. Mary Kay works one-on-one with exclusive clients, previewing properties locally, nationally and internationally, and protecting clients privacy. She has a full-service team that includes agents, architects, builders and interior designers, all available to clients, helping keep their search focused for dream estates. Pages 26-27

Marianne Chopp
Bonsai Private Property Brokers 561.351.1277 / Fax: 561.804.6626 E-mail: Marianne Chopp is widely regarded as one of Palm Beachs most accomplished and knowledgeable brokers. Her diverse portfolio of listings includes one of the most expensive equestrian estates in the world, prime land, luxury residences and unique commercial offerings. Before forming her own company, Marianne enjoyed nearly a decade at Sothebys International Realty preceded by a successful career in corporate finance. Mariannes clients rely on her astute analytic skills and unparalleled market knowledge. Page 35

Nancy Kalodner
Benchmark Real Estate 11 East Otis Road, Otis, MA 01253 413.528.9595 / Every community has at least one Realtor like Nancy Kalodner. In the Berkshires, its Nancy Kalodner. Page 116

John Cook
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors 4458 Legendary Drive, Suite 100 Destin, FL 32541 / 850.582.0874 John Cook was named the No. 1 Coldwell Banker agent in Florida for 2007 and 2008. John utilizes his background in law and business to assure that his clients have the ultimate in service and value. John Cook and his team of professionals focus on details to ensure that each transaction is completed successfully. John has been recognized by Whos Who in Luxury Real Estate and is a Certified Previews Property Specialist. He has received the International Presidents Premier designation, ranking him in the top 1 percent of the 120,000 Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. He specializes in luxury and investment property along Floridas Emerald Coast. Page 93 (CB 11)

June Rosenthal
Juner Properties 3 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT 06902 203.968.1500, Ext. 10 / Juner, as she is known to her friends, feels blessed! I love what I do! Real estate is such a people business and my days are directly related to happy customers and clients. How wonderful to wake up each morning to a new day of finding solutions for people buying and selling...and introducing Stamford as the very best of both worldsa cultural city with every fine arts amenity and a group of diverse communities forming the nucleus of this water/country mecca. The word is out! We are special here and so are our schools, theaters, restaurants, Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Page 32

Bett McCarthy
Kinlin Grover GMAC Real Estate 1123 Rt. 28, South Yarmouth, MA 02664 508.362.2723 / Fax: 508.760.4579 With 560 miles of waterfront, Cape Cod is in high demand as a perfect place to live. Kinlin Grover GMAC Real Estate serves the entire area with 13 offices. In 2007 Kinlin Grover achieved a 96-percent satisfaction level for Premier Service and captured a 26-percent market share of the luxury market. Page 117


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Jodi Emrick, Broker
Lake Nona Realty 9801 Lake Nona Road, Orlando, FL 32827 407.851.9091 / Lake Nona Realty exclusively sells homes behind the gates of Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. Lake Nona features a worldrenowned championship golf course, is bordered by more than 1,000 acres of sparkling lakes and is now enhanced by world-class education, wellness and recreational amenities. With home prices ranging from one to more than $7 million, there is no place like it in central Florida. Pages 54-55

Pascal Liguori
Premier Estate Properties 900 East Atlantic Avenue, Suite 4 Delray Beach, FL 33483 561.278.0100 Premier Estate Properties is South Floridas only high-end real estate brokerage, setting extraordinary records in the marketing and selling of the most important Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Fla., real estate properties priced exclusively in excess of one million dollars. Premier Estate Properties is the foremost brokerage company for highend luxury real estate on the Gold Coast of Florida. Page 107

Candy Swick
Candy Swick & Company 2063 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34237 941.954.9000 / Celebrating more than two decades of success in Florida, Candy Swick & Company serves you as a full-service real estate boutique and caters to those individuals and corporate clientele who demand personal attention in the upscale Sarasota market. By partnering with us, you will have selected a Realtor who will provide you with a sense of trust and who boasts a proven track record. Your success is critical to our success. Page 110 GEORGIA

Toni Everett, Broker

The Toni Everett Company 5000 Bayshore Boulevard Tampa, FL 33611 813.839.5000 Page 47

Dermot OBrien
Illustrated Properties 3800 N. Ocean Dr., Singer Island, FL 33404 561.317.1177 / Dermot OBrien started his real estate career in East Hampton, N.Y. He then moved with his family to Singer Island, Fla., and has spent the last 5 years specializing in luxury sales on this idyllic barrier island. He brings a wealth of experience, having worked directly for a luxury developer on Singer Island for several years and was the developers top producerculminating in $36 million in sales in 2006. He was also the recipient of the prestigious 5-Star International Property Award for this project. Dermot is a qualified professional with an MBA from the Kellogg Business School with a great breadth of experience in marketing and management consulting. Whether selling or buying luxury property on Singer Island, Dermot OBrien has won the unique insight that will benefit you. Pages 48-49

Travis Reed
Harry Norman, Realtors 404.874.0083 E-mail: Page 30


Doug Grant
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 4450 Bonita Beach Road, #3 Bonita Springs, FL 34134 239.948.4450 / 239.860.0005 Doug Grant and his team, The Grant Group, specialize in beachfront, waterfront and luxury golf communities. The Grant Group ranks consistently among the top-producing agents in all of Florida, and is recognized for unparalleled service. Doug is originally from Elyria, Ohio. Prices, terms, condition, location and marketing are the 5 variables that sell real estate. Of those five variables, we control onemarketing. During this recent downturn, we have dramatically increased our marketing efforts to expose properties to an ever-elusive buying public. A special property demands quality marketing and sales techniques. We stand ready to implement an array of activities, both locally and globally, to give your property maximum exposure. Page 91 (CB 9)

Avalon Realty Company

2700 Barton Creek Boulevard Suite 200, Austin, TX 78735 512.479.3479 / Page 74 THE MIDWEST ILLINOIS

Kathy OBrien
Illustrated Properties 5500 Military Trail, Suite 42, Jupiter, FL 33458 561.818.8524 / Kathy OBrien has been with Frenchmans Creek since 1985. She started with the McArthur Foundation working with the community when it was only two golf courses and a trailer for a clubhouse. When the developers, Haft & Gaines, purchased Frenchmans Creek in 1986, their vision for a country club community took place and Kathy was there through it all. Working in many areas of the Club, the developers utilized Kathys abilities and her strengths in many functions. Being the magic people person she is, everything fell right into place. Kathy started selling real estate and has been working with the members on their real estate needs in Frenchmans Creek since 1997. Kathys caring character and honesty have made her one of the top Realtors for the community ever since. Kathy is a Certified Luxury Home Specialist and is dedicated to providing her clients with the finest personalized customer service possible. Page 106

Gloria Banovic
Globe Realty Inc. VIP Vallarta Realty, Inc. 1625 East 74th Street, Chicago, IL 773.955.0000 / Fax: 800.418.5507 Globe Realty, Inc., has been in the Chicagoland area for more than 30 years. It specializes in commercial properties. Gloria decided to open VIP Vallarta Realty Inc., in Puerto Vallarta, because while visiting there she noticed a need for a real estate company that listens to the needs and wants of its buyer. Her philosophy is to inform buyers of the laws of the country and to show them different areas before they actually start looking for a home. It takes time, but the efforts pay off in the end with happy customers and many referrals. Her reputation is very important to her and that is how she trains her employees. Integrity is No. 1. Page 115

Julie Jones
Premier Estate Properties 2424 East Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954.328.3665 Facilitating almost half of Fort Lauderdales 2008 ultra-luxury transactions and managing $209 million of Premier Estate Properties $1.65 billion portfolio, Julie is the Go To Broker for ocean and waterfront residences. Superior marketing knowledge and techniques, tenacious negotiating and high professional ethics make Julie the broker of choice for discerning clients worldwide. Pages 42-43

Debora McKay
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 630.587.4672 / cell: 630.542.3313 Debora McKay is a recognized leader in he luxury home market, specializing in St. Charles and the Fox Valley region. As a long-time resident of St. Charles, Debora has the intimate knowledge, experience and insight necessary to successfully market and sell homes in the area. Deboras commitment to her clients is paramount. Her enthusiasm, dedication to hard work and integrity are unparalleled. As a result, Deboras annual sales volume consistently places her in the top 1 percent of Realtors nationwide. She was recently honored as the top-producing agent in Kane County in 2008 by the acclaimed Chicago Agent magazine. Debora hold the Brokers license and maintains the designations of ABR, CLHMS, CDPE, Luxury Homes Marketing Specialist and Relocation Specialist. Page 52

Lisa H. Richards
Isleworth Realty, Inc. 9350 Conroy Windermere Road Windermere, FL 34786 / 407.876.0111 / On Central Floridas Butler Chain of Lakes, Isleworth has established itself as one of the worlds most prestigious luxury living communities. A 606-acre community with 7 miles of lake frontage, Isleworth is extremely private and boasts an 18hole golf course conceived and designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, and recently enhanced by Steve Smyers. Amenities include a lavish clubhouse, tennis center, and a boat launch and dock. Downtown Orlando and the Orlando International Airport are just 30 minutes away. Residences from this fine collection are offered by Isleworth Realty, Inc., the exclusive central Florida affiliate of Christies Great Estates. Pages 108-109

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The Hudson Company
903 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL 60093 847.446.9600 / Fax: 847.446.9603 The Hudson Company, located in Winnetka, Ill., has built a solid reputation as the premier real estate brokerage firm on Chicagos North Shore by helping our clients acquire and sell luxury homes in our marketplace. We focus on one thing, the client, and deliver the highest quality service and marketing materials possible. We are members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and the leading online source for luxury property among the best independent firms in the U.S. Page 37

Robert Hurwitz
Hurwitz James Company 310.477.8865 Bob Hurwitz has been a real estate broker for 26 years. He is president and founder of Hurwitz James Company, started in 1987, and specializes in the marketing and sales of multimillion-dollar estates. Bob is regularly featured on Extra and UPN Hot Properties as a top Realtor in Los Angeles dealing with high-profile properties/clients. His clients range from entertainment personalities to foreign buyers. His listing inventory often exceeds $100 million. His extensive expertise consulting and negotiating with attorneys and business managers ensures a smooth transaction. Pages 16-19


Ann Brunson
Prudential Santa Fe 505.690.7885 / Page 73


Mariana Cowan
Coldwell Banker Supercity Realty 128 Chain Lake Drive Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3S 1A2 902.452.1639 / Toll Free: 877.450.5752 Fax: 902.450.5753 With support from her Home Selling Team, Marianas experience and expertise make her one of Nova Scotias leading specialists in luxury homes. She promotes a variety of Eastern Canadian prestigious waterfront and golfing community properties, highlighting their true value on the global market through the Coldwell Banker Previews International program. Page 90 (CB 8)

Ron Wellman, Investor

We Invest Online, Inc. 900 South State Street, Suite B Lockport, IL 60441 630.413.4039 / Fax: 630.749.1440 Ron Wellman is the President of We Invest Online, Inc., a real estate and alternative investment concierge company specializing in opportunities for todays sophisticated investors. Wellman, a licensed real estate broker, started We Invest Online Inc., as a way to help match investors in commercial real estate, commodities and banking instruments. Pages 50-51

Suzanne Perkins
Sothebys International Realty 1106 Coast Village Road, Suite C Santa Barbara, CA 93108 805.565.8643 / Cell: 805.895.2138 Page 40


Jan King

Rich Rochette
Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors 6789 S. Lakeshore Drive Harbor Springs, MI 49740 231.838.2911 With more than 20 years of experience, Rich is well-qualified in the sales of luxury, resort and golf-course properties. He is a certified Previews Property Specialist for Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors and the manager of the Harbor Springs, Mich., office. Rich is known for his personable relationships with his clients. Page 36

Prudential Montana Real Estate 120 South 5th St., Suite 201 Hamilton, MT 59840 406.375.8784 Page 75

ERA International Collection A superior program, driven by exceptional service. ERA International Collection professionals are thoroughly trained in the use of sophisticated marketing strategies and techniques. Your home will be featured in our portfolio of distinctive properties and showcased around the world. Visit to find an ERA International Collection specialist in your area. Page 5


Stephen Saunders
Coldwell Banker Bain 1661 East Olive Way Seattle, WA 98102 206.818.1409 / Fax: 206.322.7910 Stephen Saunders has been a real estate broker for 20 years. He is an associate broker of Coldwell Banker Bain, which specializes in the marketing and sale of multimillion-dollar estates. Stephen specializes in the greater Puget Sound areas, including Seattle and Bellevue, as well as the San Juan Islands. Page 100 (CB 18)

GMAC Real Estate GMAC Real Estate Elegant Homes professionals believe each home is as unique as the homeowner who occupies it. We take pride in our ability to craft a targeted marketing campaign especially for you. To view all of our Elegant Homes properties or to find an experienced sales professional, visit Pages 6-7


Judy Blossom
Prudential California Realty 949.793.5068 / 949.295.6577 Judy Blossom has spent 31 years in the real estate industry, during which time she established life-long bonds with her clients and a positive reputation for herself. Her affinity towards people, her commitment to hard work and her ability to approach problems in a positive manner are what have made her a success. Judy is consistently ranked In the top 1 percent of company sales in Southern California. She specializes in the private community of Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach and areas along the coast. Her knowledge is derived from living and working in the area for many years. Judy believes that the health and happiness of family is the structure that supports and builds success. Page 33


Beverly D. Dail
Russ Lyon Sothebys International Realty 480.861.7130 / 520.918.7450 Page 13


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By Ken Weingartner

He Wont Be Outflanked
As captain of a key region for Coldwell Banker, Tom Iovenitti finds his military training useful.

om Iovenittis business success is rooted in his education, although not in the most traditional way. It was not courses in marketing, administration or finance that shaped Iovenittis future, but rather military strategy. Prior to the eleventh grade, Iovenitti attended military schools while growing up in Southern California. With the country in the midst of the Vietnam War, and the schools attempting to discover future officers, military strategy was a key part of the curriculum. I think it was the No. 1 study that helped me get through a lot of my business career, says Iovenitti, who is the president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Orange County, California, as well as the Desert Region of Palm Springs, Palm Desert and La Quinta. It teaches you to look at all the angles. It doesnt allow you one option, so youre not quick to pull the trigger on one option until youve calculated all the other risk factors. Iovenitti was born in Buffalo, New York, but moved to California at the age of 5 after his father saw people on TV at the New Years Day Rose Parade wearing shorts, while several feet of snow was piled up in front of his house. When the snow melted in March, he loaded us up and took us out there, Iovenitti said. He only knew Pasadena or Anaheim, because Pasadena had the Rose Parade and Anaheim had Disneyland. He didnt care for Pasadena, so he moved to Anaheim because there was a lot of construction going on. My dad wanted to be in an area that was starting to develop. After graduating from high school and attending community college, Iovenitti started his own recreational vehicle business. During that time, he invented a mechanism that allowed the reardoor ramp in handicap-accessible vans to function more efficiently. You need to be in the industry to understand the value, he says, laughing, but it was a very good product.

In addition to his recreational vehicle business, Iovenitti was a yacht and ship broker (he is a licensed captain) before getting into real estate with a San Jose land developer. I got involved under a general partnership in 1981, which led to the development of a very renowned hillside, called Silicon Valley, Iovenitti said. A decade later, a fire destroyed his recreational vehicle business. During the ensuing battle with the insurance company, Iovenitti decided he would make real estate his full-time career. You get to the point that it may be the time to make the change to something different, Iovenitti says. The opportunity was there. It was just a prudent decision to move forward I love the art of the deal, he adds. and utilize the real estate application. With my organizational skills, it Im really glad that I did. I love the art of the deal, he was a job I was able to adapt to adds. With my organizational skills, it very easily. It felt like a natural was a job I was able to adapt to very transition. easily. It felt like a natural transition. Iovenitti operated his own office before becoming general manager of the Coldwell Banker Previews International office in Quail Hill-Irvine. Known for his high-energy sales meetings and mentoring, Iovenitti oversees 17 offices and more than 1,000 sales associates. From a leadership position, Im basically an employee of the associate, says Iovenitti. I am the president of the company, but Im also employed on their behalf. What I do on a day-to-day basis directly affects the incomes and success of all those people; they trust me to make the right decision. I find that Tom Iovenitti, to be challenging and an honor.
president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Orange County, California


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