Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Brad & Angelina

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly paid $25 million to acquire Château Gabriel, the 127 year-old Anglo-Norman house on the Normandy coast in Deauville that, for the last 27 years, has served as the summer home to Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.

A call to Emile Garcin Paris, the company representing the residence, was not immediately returned.

Nestled on 75 acres of park-like grounds, the 9,000-square foot, five-story estate—the largest property with a view of the ocean—boasts nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a summer salon, billiard room, and servants’ quarters. Each bedroom, in fact, is named for a character from Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. If the celebrity couple ever ties the knot, the Russian-style vacation cottage, where the designer sketched many of his collections, is surrounded by a birch grove and would be perfect for the in-laws. A waterfall, lake, apple orchard, stables, and extensive gardens that feature Japanese and English-style plantings round out the compound.

Saint Laurent and Bergé purchased the residence in 1978, after it was abandoned following WWII. Inside, Jolie and Pitt will luxuriate in first-floor rooms that mimic the blue-green colors of Monet’s “Waterlilies,” said to be a favorite of Saint Laurent’s. Extensive personal security aside, an entrance flanked by sphinxes will undoubtedly provide some additional deterrence to what will surely be eager paparazzi.

The on-site helipad should come in handy too, as Pitt is “this close” to attaining his pilot’s license.

-Fashion Week Daily

Brad and Jen

If the $28 million price tag for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's Beverly Hills mansion was too high for you, then the new cost might make it more obtainable. The Wall Street Journal reports that the couple's mansion is now only $24.95 million to purchase. The residence has been on the market since October, the same month the twosome's divorce became final. According to the newspaper, Brad and Jen will split the proceeds after it is sold. The couple, who were married for 4½ years, originally bought the home for $13.5 million in 2001. The 12,000-square-foot house has five bedrooms, including a master suite with his and hers sitting rooms. It also has a rotunda foyer, a screening room and a wine cellar. The grounds feature an outdoor fireplace, a pool, a spa and a private tennis court.

Bear Paw Lodge - Lake Tahoe, CA

Incredibly unique 30-acre wilderness retreat with fully furnished Adirondack-style family log lodge with lake views. Four bedroom suites, 2 bunk rooms, can sleep 22. Privacy with California and United States forest land on three sides. Rolling lawn and huge deck for sunning ... and entertaining. Walk or snowmobile for miles through beautiful Alpine forest. Completed in 1998, the lodge was recently remodeled. Two floor-to-ceiling rock fireplaces, large living and great rooms, loft office or TV area, chef's kitchen, service bar, pantry. Porte-cochere for 3 cars; attached storage building. Live in nature's best setting. World class ski areas near by. Furnishings in 'Old Adirondack style' were purchased across the country. Possiblilities are endless for creating a private compound or guest lodge facility. Has 'group facility' zoning for exec meetings, special events. 100,000 sf of extra coverage included; Approx. 200,000 sf of additional coverage available for purchase. Unusual offering in the Lake Tahoe Basin, about 10 minutes from Tahoe City on the North Shore.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Caritas Island - Fairfield, CT

Escape the frenetic pace of Manhattan to your own private island. Take a yacht or your private, gated causeway to this ultimate Fairfield County waterfront estate. The stone and stucco English Manor House, built in 1906 to the highest level of craftsmanship, has been renovated and cherished over the years. The 4-acre compound includes a charming, six-room cottage, greenhouse, three-bedroom garage apartment, heated lap pool, salt-water pool, sandy beach, 200-foot pier with deep water dock, garaging for nine cars, four dog kennels and beautifully manicured grounds. Unparalleled 280-degree open views of Long Island Sound. Breathtaking.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Prima Luce - Montecito, CA

While many Montecito estates have achieved world renown,Prima Luce ('First Light') presents a rare blend of elegance,authenticity, and comfort that raises it to the highest echelon.
The property faces southeast, taking its name from unobstructed views of the first rays of sunrise and moonrise. Situated on approximately 2.5 acres in a prime Montecito location, this completely private enclave is surrounded by over 80 mature oaks with no other homes in sight. Solid wood and iron gates open directly to the spacious motor-court and the main residence's stately, yet inviting, facade.

Inside and out, famed designer Robert Webb has captured the architectural feel of a Tuscan country home. Massive amounts of hand-chiseled stone quarried from the grounds form the walls, posts, and facades, complemented by imported French limestone on the pillars, window surrounds, and chimneys. The interior boasts travertine marble and distressed wood floors, as well as exquisite decorative painting by Elisa Stancil Studios of San Francisco. These subtle designs on the walls and ceilings infuse the entire home with a centuries-old ambience. At every turn, large windows display vistas that could inspire paintings of their own.

From the arched two-story entry with coffered wood ceilings, the eye is drawn directly across the foyer to the wrought iron doors of the rear terrace and breathtaking views of the pool and ocean beyond. Approximately 11,440 square feet under roof, the main residence (8,425 square feet) comprises five bedrooms, nine baths, and six fireplaces. There are also two garages with space for six automobiles; a one-bedroom guesthouse and a pool house with kitchen and bath. Technologically, the property excels with a state-of-the-art Vantage computerized lighting system, an Audio Access PX700 system with 40 inside speakers and 20 concealed outdoor speakers, a telephone system with up to seven lines, and Internet access throughout.

Toronto, Ontario

18,000 Sf. Glass House Designed & Built By Tas; Modernism, Minimalistic Extravagance And Contemporary Styles; 'The Sensual Space' Explores Metal, Wood, Water, Fire And Earth. Alive, Dynamic With Sense Of Autonomy;

Piano-Curved Zinc And Glass Outside Wall, Clerestory Windows And Loft-Style Windows Thru-Out, 3 Distinct Components; Entry Pavilion, Family Tower And Public Wing; Central Courtyard; Basketball Court-Cum-Theatre Room;

Beverly Hills, CA

This stunning architectural masterpiece by Builders Concepts West and interiors by Mueller Design, Inc., offers panoramic views of LA from downtown to ocean. A private courtyard entrance opens to a glass and stainless steel double staircase leading to the open living room lined with walls of glass capturing the exquisite views beyond. Replete with imported limestone, granite, marble and glass, the exquisite details throughout are second to none. Dramatic and sleek

Abbotsford, British Columbia

Holy sh**! Somebody do something because this place is incredible.
Designed by John Anthony Lewis, the sheer scale of this 42,767 sq. ft., 20.1-acre mansion is awe-inspiring. Construction began in 1997 and is still ongoing. Listing the 45’ foot ceilings in the entrance foyer, elevator, five fireplaces, geothermal heating, and tunnel to pool and cabana area only touches on the many extraordinary features of this estate.

Wanted: Alive and Rich. Manunsel Estate - UK

WANTED: Heir for $13 million estate, including 13th-century manor house, in bucolic Somerset. Must be able to pay $140,000 annual upkeep and meet incidental costs of, for example, repairing the driveway ($70,000) and fixing the stables ($1 million). Oh, come on! Don't act like this is out of your league.

Maunsel House is set on over 100 acres of parkland at the heart of a 1500-acre estate, and has been the seat of the Slade family baronetcy for over 300 years. Currently this beautiful, historic, 13th–century manor house is home to Sir Benjamin Slade Bt. and his other half Kirsty and their animal menagerie. Maunsel House is undoubtedly a magnificent setting for weddings and house parties. It is full of history and eccentricity and at the same time has a wonderfully comfortable, homely feel.

My suggestion: Get out the black Amex.

Sognare Estate - Littleton, CO

$11,950,000, 21084 Sq.Ft, 7 Bedrooms, 1 barn, 1 fountain filled courtyard, 8 fireplaces, 1 floor-to-ceiling marble foyer and 7 Parking Spaces later you will have just enough money left over to stock the toilet paper for all 9 bathrooms.


Friday, March 03, 2006

THE DONALD at it again!

Word on the Real Estate street is The Donald is doing the unheard of again! In a couple weeks time he will put a Palm Beach Estate up for sale that he believes will be the most expensive single family home ever on the market. Can he do it? We'll have to wait and find out but my suspicion is this will be no problemo. Like The D-Man says himself, “As long as your going to be thinking anyway, think big.”

The below is courtesy of the WSJ (just click the headline above for full story ... This may require a username and password. I would give you mine but then i would have to kill ya'):

Mr. Trump, 59 years old, bought the seven-acre oceanfront property for $41.25 million in 2004 in an auction at U.S. Bankruptcy Court in West Palm Beach. Former health-care executive Abe Gosman had owned the house; he paid $12.1 million for just the land in 1986, county records show, and later built the dwelling. Mr. Gosman declared personal bankruptcy in 2001.

Renovations to Cost $25 Million

Mr. Trump says the renovations will cost about $25 million. They include overhauling the 54,000-square-foot French Regency-style main house, which will have 20-to-40-foot ceilings as well as a large ballroom, library and renovated conservatory with Venetian-style moldings and eight skylights. Mr. Trump is adding two guest houses and a large pool. The property also has 475 feet of ocean frontage. The house sits on North Ocean Boulevard, whose other big oceanfront properties include one owned by Wall Street financier Nelson Peltz, chairman of Triarc Cos. If Mr. Trump's property gets its asking price, it would surpass the three-step, $92 million sale of financier Ronald O. Perelman's Palm Beach property, thought to be the highest price paid for a single-family home in the U.S.

Keep checking RE Porn because i have a feeling this is going to win RE Porns 2006 "REALPORNY" Award ( BTW, i just made that up and i like it!).

Reported Sale Price:

Thursday, March 02, 2006

New construction on The Ford Plantation - Richmond Hill, VA

There is nothing like the good ole South. Imagine: corn bread and grits served on your new simon pearce dishes on the front porch of your newly constructed mansion! Did i mention you overlook a beautiful creek and there is a golf course aorund the corner? Get out the Orvis fishing poles and Titleist clubs!

Overlooking Sterling Creek, located at Mcallister Point - this Charleston Barbados Style Mansion Is truly the finest estate at The Ford Plantation.

Asking price: $5,995,000

Castle for sale! What? Too much? North Somerset, UK

i realize not everyone is in the market for a castle, but when you see this price compared to homes in the US you may re-consider. Just think, you could have Madge and Apple ( um, that's Chris Martin and Gwynith Paltrows daughter) as neighbors - how exciting!

Walton Castle occupies an unrivalled and elevated position with breathtaking views in all directions particularly to the South and West over the Bristol Channel to Wales. It is surrounded by an 18 hole golf course and is 12 miles from Bristol International Airport.

Restored by the present owners in 1984 when purchased in a partly ruined condition, Walton Castle provides superb contemporary and traditional accommodation.

Eight turrets provide 5 bedroom suites, 7 bathrooms, studio, utility and garage/storage, and park-like grounds (Total about 3.8 acres (1.3 hectares) ).

The octagonal section has breakfast kitchen/informal dining room with Aga, drawing room, principal bedroom with bathroom and roof terrace, 2 bedrooms and bathroom, and an indoor heated pool.

$ 5,259,224.83 (right down to the cents!)

Vila-Fab! Orange, CA

Expensive, but come on it's a Villa!! Brangelina eat your heart out because this place in Cali has a built in casino ( ... Ok, i would still rather be you)!

An exquisitely constructed Mediterranean villa, this magnificent home with 18,000-plus square feet is located in prestigious Orange, California on a hill, just minutes northeast of the South Coast Plaza and John Wayne Airport. This amazing villa was designed for entertaining and relaxation, and offers a wonderful array of amenities that one can only expect from a luxury home. The multiple, oversized garages offer spaces for 13 automobiles, plus one stretch limousine -- it is the absolute car collector's dream! This architectural masterpiece, featuring rare Austrian crystal chandeliers throughout, has large rooms, high ceilings and even a casino room and bar with an additional tower room. The oversized pool is masterfully crafted with a fabulous swim-up bar and huge terraces. The 40 fruit and citrus trees, gardens and rare flora complete this beautiful villa and lend it the aura of an exotic resort.

Only $12,000,000.

CELEB PORN: The Flea Jumps From his Home

You know him as the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers ... Drum roll please ....Yep, you guessed it, Flea is selling his humble abode. If your trying to locate Flea, you can find him doing Blogs for the NBA. Hmmm, not really an upgrade but he is happy.

Pied-a-Terre. Streamlined spacious character traditional in Los Feliz c.1939 w/ 3bdms (or 2 & a den), 2.5 baths, sunken living room, frml dining, a meticulous & thoughtful restoration of this classic home includes main systems. There is an oversized back yard patio, beautifully landscaped gardens, fountains & a sweeping view from the upper patio. Hardwood floors, french doors, antique english leaded glass & tile, vintage & european appliances & fixtures. Andi just love the bathroom!

$1,195,000 - i'm just saying, affordable CELEB Porn is hard to pass up!!

HOLY VIEWS! Edgewater, NJ

Now this is "city" living: Keep an eye on the city life from the comfort of your incredible living room with walls made of glass. Water views and city views sound like bliss to me. Maybe they want to sublet a room.

This home has unobstructed views of New York city and the George Washington Bridge from every room and 3 decks. This 7 year old masterpeice designed by Adam Tihany is buid on the banks of the Hudson River.

Cost: $10 mill, but even Trump would agree that is underpriced (i bet the thought of the home being converted into condos has him salivating) !

CrestView - Mclean, VA

Crestview Villa captures year round views of the Potomac River! This stunning architectural masterpiece is just minutes to the White House! Grace exudes from every level! Marble Foyer, six bedrooms, media room, billiards room, elevator & additional Kitchen located off pool area, seven fireplaces, catering Kitchen, four car garage, gated courtyard and much much more...truly a magnificent home...

Jackson Hole, WY

12430 sq. ft. of luxurious living space. Includes 3 incredible structures. 37.84 secluded acres w/ Snake River access, Teton views, 3 ac pond, private fly-fishing on miles of blue ribbon streams and spring creeks. The luxury compound includes: custom log home, 7996 sq. ft. w/ 6 BR, 3 car garage; custom log guest house 3183 sq. ft. w/3BR; bath house 1251 sq. ft. Luxury furnishings included.
List Price: $32,500,000

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

CELEB PORNs Weekend Update: Jimmy Fallon's Gramercy Apartment for sale! NYC

Apparently the movie Taxi did some damage to his wallet because Jimmy Fallon is selling his place in Gramercy. Ok, ok, bad joke. That's what happens when jealousy strikes: I wish I were half as funny as a SNL legend. He is probably upgrading for all I know. He does have 4 movies in the pipeline right now. Anyway, on to the goods ...

Gramercy Park still retains the charming feeling of old New York as does 34 GPE itself, which was built in 1883 and is the oldest coop building in NYC. With its unique exterior old-fashioned lobby and full-time doorperson, one could easily imagine an Edith Wharton character stopping by for tea even today, Currently two separate units (see listing #757634), 7BFAND 7BR ARE BEING SOLD TOGETHER; under no circumstances will either be sold separately. 7BF is a large one bedroom which overlooks the Park; 7BR is a three bedroom with a library. What a gem a prescient purchaser can have when the two apartments are combined: 2600' corner apartment with soaring 11' ceilings, 4 exposures and the opportunity to blend a Victorian sensibility with the latest 21st Century innovations, not to mention a stunning direct view of the Park. The possibilities are endless. So, in case you were interested in making the digs bigger, there is a suggested plan on how to make the apartment a 4 bedroom/3 bath residence with a large 550' Living Room/Dining Room, an Eat-in-kitchen and a home office. Don't forget that this purchase also comes with a key to Gramercy Park! How exclusive (i wonder if Jimmy ever used that key ...).

(Semi) CELEB PORN: Warhola! Andy Warhols' Eothen Estate in Montauk for sale

Andy Warhol was a man of many talents but i must tell you Mr. Warhol wasn't the man he claimed to be! Thats right, his last name was really Warhola. He dropped the "a" when the credits for his first big job in Glamour magazine mispelled his last name, Warhol. Oh, the Hollywood mysteries! They are endless. That being said the man had great taste. Check out the det's on his ocean front estate.

Long Considered the most spectacular and beautiful oceanfront estate on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Eothen is unrivaled in the magnificence of its Ocean views. The unigueness of its situation in the Montauk Moorlands and the superb architectural design of its five houses,three-car garage and stable. Situated on 5.6 acres with +/- 600 feet of oceanfront, it is surrounded by hundreds of acres of protected wetlands. Besides the breathtaking beauty of its surroundings, what is perhaps totally unique about the estate is that the large main house sits on an enormous glacial deposit of boulders left by a melting glacier from the ice age allowing the house a closer and safer proximity to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean than all other ocean front houses on Long Island which are set back far from the water on beaches and cliffs.Through almost every window in every room of all the houses ocean views are constant.

Friday, February 17, 2006

lush-ola! Abemarle - Keswick, VA

Check out this 980 acre estate comprised of endless meadows and deep hardwood forest in the heart of Keswick Hunt. Described by the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission as 'one of the best preserved and most beautifully sited ante-bellum estates in Virginia.' Elegant Georgian Revival brick manor, ca. 1856, with 6200 sq. ft; 12 large and beautifully proportioned rooms with exquisite detailing, 10 fireplaces. Miles of trails, barns, conservatory, secondary homes, lake and formal gardens. A mere $14,000,000!! Get those check books out.

Majestic - Chattanooga, TN

This majestic, elegantly designed estate is truly the jewel of Tennessee. This 10-acre property is a safe haven on a private hilltop, offering the ultimate in Southern living. The 30-foot gothic columns at the entrance announce the distinguished craftsmanship and finest materials used to build this spectacular architectural gem. Highlights of the 10,000-square-foot main house include a vignette of formal, uniquely designed living and entertainment areas on the first floor. Features include Italian marble fireplaces, chandeliers, soaring ceilings, a large formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, built-in plasma televisions and more. Smart house technology centralizes all systems. An elevator and grand Italian marble staircase connect to the second floor and five bedrooms and five full and one-half baths. A separate 2,200-square-foot guest house of equal decor features two bedrooms, two full baths, a kitchen/dining area, living room and laundry area. $15,000,000, furnished.

CEOhhh my goodness! Northwood - Oyster Bay Cove, NY

Dear NYC Corporate Titans, I have found the perfect home for you but there is one catch: if you seal this deal I get invited over some day for a cocktail (grey goose vodka cranberry with lime, thank you very much!).

Historic French Normandy style Manor on sixty plus acres cloistered by eighty plus acres of conserved woodland. Finely renovated and updated architectural beauty with eleven bedrooms, fifteen fireplaces, staff quarters, original bowling alley, wine cellar and master suite with his/hers baths and sitting rooms. Arboretum quality property includes Tudor style coach house, tennis house with indoor and outdoor Har-Tru courts, twelve stall stable, pool and riding trails. $43,000,000 - pony up!

The Art House, I mean MANSION - NYC, NY

Admit it! This place is incredible. Built in 1857 and steeped in history, this 44' wide mansion was used during the Civil War as the Northern Naval Officers Headquarters and still bears the original US Navy insignia and stars on its faccade. Later acquired by the print maker of Toulouse Latrec, it became the first fine art print making facility in the United States, and its huge spaces and high ceilings are ideal for an art collection. Situated on a quiet treelined cobblestone block in the West Village quite close to the Hudson River, it offers immense size in its approximately 12,000 total square feet on three levels with large entertaining spaces and extraordinary private quarters. There is a unique private enclosed atrium terrace of approximately 1,200 sf, 7 country fireplaces, 5 skylights on two floors and 60 windows affording extraordinary light from all four exposures. The residential spaces include 8 bedrooms and 8 bath rooms in an arrangement that provides a large number of options for family living, or a live/work arrangement. Large scale entertaining rooms are well situated to take advantage of the massive atrium that is unique to this building. There is also that ultimate convenience, a private GARAGE, an elevator, and a huge roof terrace with open unobstructed views that are nevertheless quite private. The building, with approximately 12,000 total square feet, is delivered vacant, and it now may be possible to add an additional 2,000 square feet. So, to whom it may concern, here is an opp to own one of the largest and absolutely irreplaceable mansions in the West Village. $18,950,000 ( hmmm, i'll stick to my $1500 per month rental).

CELEB PORN Time to Breakaway! Kelly Clarkson's modest home in Texas goes up for sale

We understand, you now have 2 Grammy's, countless top ten hits, a platinum album, # 1 MTV videos out that wazoo and your single!! It's time to move on up and get digs that better reflect your pop culture lifestyle. But dont change too much. We have all seen what happened to Brittney ... poor-poor Brittney (sniff sniff) ... Ok, enough crying! On to the KC abode det's.

Arched entry is focal point. Lots of crown molding and woodmill accents. Features central vac system, butler's pantry, 3 fireplaces, 3 car garage, woodblinds throughout, wired with full surround sound, 10 ft. ceilings, 2 covered patios, built-ins, and beautiful landscaping. Travertine, slate and carpet flooring. Island Kitchen features granite. $358,000 (Finaly i can afford a RE Porn house but moving to texas is out of the question ... Son of a ... ).

HGTV 2006 Dream Home

I love this network so i am excited to introduce the HGTV giveaway home! Every year since 1997, Home & Garden Television has built a beautiful, fully-furnished home for the sole purpose of giving it away to one lucky viewer. HGTV's Dream Home Giveaway has come a long way since the first home built in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with the homes seemingly bigger and more extravagant with each passing year.

Along with a gorgeous home, the winner can expect a fabulous prize package, including a vehicle, that raises the total value to over $1 million dollars. Although the homes of St. Marys, Georgia and Mexico Beach, Florida, were spectacular, Dream Home 2005 is easily our best. It features twice the square footage of our previous largest home, a two-story dock house, swimming pool, THX-certified entertainment system and a GMC Envoy Denali. Oh, and $250,000 in cash from Lending Tree. I have my fingers crossed ... MY fingers crossed ... for ME. I'm pathetic.

CELEB PORN Broke-The-Bank Mountain. The purchase goods on Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams new Boerum Hill Pad, NYC

Australia's Daily Telegraph has the goods on the house that Academy Award nominees Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams have purchased in Boerum Hill. According to the article, the Brokeback Mountain stars paid $3.5 million (AUS $4.7 million) for the four-floor house "two blocks south of Smith Street" last year after getting to know the neighborhood while renting a nearby townhouse. Ledger, who's had a rocky relationship with the paparazzi in Australia, has found Brooklyn's residents to be a good deal mellower. "He's very nice and they're very sweet people," said his neighbour Margaret Cusack. "We got to go to the premiere of Brokeback Mountain – he gave us tickets." With those kind of neighborhood perks I may check into Boerum Hill rentals.

CELEB PORN: Courtney Love No More. NYC Loft

Courtney is busy right now fighting the court system for custody of her daughter ... Oh, wait, that was 2 years ago. Ahem!, Courtney is busy right now in AA so she has decided to put her apartment up for sale (rumor has it the coop was not happy with her perpetual outrageous behavior and lack of coop payments), and a fab apartment it is! This dramatic 4200+/-SF loft is ready for your design. High ceilings, wood columns, exposed bricks and walls of windows are but some of the wonderful original loft details. While the kitchen is a mint renovation with marble counters, a double SubZero, double wall ovens, Bosch range, wine cooler and Bosch dishwasher all in stainless steel, the bedrooms are up to you. New windows, central AC and heating all ready in place. Just create a massive master bedroom and leave the rest open for a dramatic entertaining space or a palatial four bedroom family home. Bring your architect and create your dream. This top doorman condo building is second to none downtown. $5,250,000 - No, Miss Love is not included in the price. We realize she would be a great conversation piece. In all seriousness, good luck, Courtney. We are all rooting for you (again)!

CELEB PORN: SHARRRROONNNN!!! Osbourne sells his Hollywood Mansion

Rocker OZZY OSBOURNE and his wife SHARON have sold the Hollywood mansion that featured in their reality TV show for $10.8 million (GBP6 million).

The six-bedroom house, which was on the market since early last year (05), boasts many eclectic features, including a bathroom with a toilet seat that automatically raises when someone walks in, heats and up and provides the user with a refreshing wash and dry.

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Osbourne and his TV presenter wife decided to scale down to a smaller property when their youngest children JACK, 20, and KELLY, 21, left home to go, well, let's just say they needed some time away.

Casa Di Amazing - Paradise Valley, AZ

Ok, the real name is Casa Di Vetro. Commanding impressive views from its five-acre mountainside perch in guard-gated Clearwater Hills, this spectacular steel and glass contemporary residence brings world-class design and architecture to the Valley. At every turn, this 10,025 square foot home will inspire and astonish you. Flame-finished piasentina stone and teak wood flooring, hand-carved burl stone sinks, glass tile pools and the world's finest fixtures work in concert to create a living and entertaining environment like none other. Italian artisans from Milan have handcrafted everything from the handsome cabinetry to the leather furnishings that adorn the home. Walls of glass frame the never-ending views and disappear to meld indoor and outdoor living spaces. Features include a spacious living room with an adjacent dining room, a stylish kitchen with a top-of-the-line Miele appliance package and an impressive media room. The second level, which can be accessed by either of the two elevators, includes a loft/library area and a morning kitchen. The master suite is complemented by four supporting bedrooms in the main house and a guesthouse provides comfort and privacy for your visitors. A secluded and romantic spa is just steps away from the wine cellar. State-of-the-art automation allows you to control all of the home's systems remotely while the finest audio and video equipment ensure your sense will be dazzled. Garage parking for five cars puts the crowning touch on the Valley's most striking jewel.

Calling all boats! Osterville, MA

This is the Crown Jewel of Osterville; the last grand property which has not been subdivided (although there is substantial acreage - 5.2 - to do so). It offers a grand house built in the early 1800s with 9 bedrooms, 8 baths, numerous sitting rooms/libraries with fireplaces (7), a grand dining room, and servants quarters; all overlooking West Bay, Osterville Harbor, and Eel River. There is a 100 foot dock that can accommodate 8-10 boats. $15,500,000

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Corporate big-wigs get those wallets out! Wexford Hall - New Canaan, CT

Who wouldn't want the option to escape to an increbidle Estate after a hard day of work in the ever busy NYC! Truly one of the great estate homes of Connecticut, built in 1929 by New York architect William B. Tubby. The impressive eight bedroom hom's 18,500 sq. ft reflect the elegance and grandeur of England's prestigious country estates and include a formal dining room boasting a massive chandelier and wall murals. The grounds include a carriage house and additional three bedroom guest house. Trust me, it's expensive, but i am sure you can afford it.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Penthouse Alert: Hot and Steamy (and pricey) Real Estate. NY, NY

The former home of the financially distressed Penthouse founding publisher Bob Guccione is up for grabs. The six-story, double-wide mansion comprises two townhouses joined together—over 17,000 square feet! Nos. 14 and 16 were built in 1879 and 1905, respectively. In 1920, Jeremiah Milbank combined them together into what became one of the city’s largest residences. Some of the remarkable features include a ballroom, 40-foot pool, formal dining room, Georgian library and artist’s studio. Asking price $99,000,000!!! Now we are more in my price range ... um, not so much.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Yeehhaww (rich) Cowboy! Telluride, CO

The only home of its kind available in the region. 384 of the finest acres you'll ever step foot on with private x-country ski trail, superb water rights, bordering national forest. Included with the turnkey residence is a 4 unit guest house of 3,252 square feet, home theatre, personal gym, massage facility, multiple spas, humidified wine cellar, Suburban, Snowcat, snowmobile, John Deere tractor with x-country grooming attachment, Ford F-350, 360 degree views in the home of Sneffels range, Wilson range, Cone range. This home and caretaker facility were designed by renowned Aspen architect and built of maintenance-free materials and rock indigenious to the site. See Cover article on Rocky Mtn Farm & Ranch, Vol. 9 ! Frazier Homestead has been subdivided to its maximum of two parcels. A guesthouse can be built on Tract A where the main residence is located. Tract B can accommodate a guesthouse half the size of the existing 3,252 square feet residence (caretaker residence) or the existing residence can be increased up to 12,000 square feet with an additional 2,000 square foot guest home. Frazier Meadow can be subdivided into a maximum of two parcels each permitting one house up to 12,000 s.f with one guesthouse up to 2,000 s.f. The main home (11,701 s.f) and guest home (3,252 s.f) can be purchased on 200 acres for $14,000,000 or on 384 acres for $19,000,000.

Come one come all Hamptonites! Southampton, NY

You know someone famous is living in this neighborhood. Maybe you could go next door to Jerry Seinfeld's house and throw a couple outs on his new full size baseball pitch (i am guessing he is neighbor)!

One of the finest homes on the East End. This luxurious Gin Lane Georgian estate is sited on 2.5 acres with dramatic southwestern views across Lake Agawam and the ocean, just steps to ocean beaches. "Longview" sits majestically within a hedged and gated property with elaborate boxwood gardens. There are 7 ensuite bedrooms, beautiful living room, dining room, garden room and library, each with fireplace and French doors looking west over very comfortable verandas. The double height entrance hall with fireplace, elaborate period moldings, custom details throughout and an elevator set the tone for this magnifcent estate offering water views from every room on the lake side. An extraordinary state-of-the-art indoor pool, spa, seperate staff quarters and screening room offer the ultimate in gracious living and family relaxation.

Mid-Pyrenees Mansion, France

Close to the Pyrénées with a beautiful view on the mountains, magnificent 150ha estate with a 1200 sqm mansion built in Italian style - Terraced garden - Swimming pool - Excellent condition

Castle in France

Exceptionnal and rare estate in the north of the Perigord - Fortified castle of ca 2800 sqm / 31 000 sqft superbly restored to mingle modern comfort, period features and spirit of an historic place - 400 sqm / 4400 sqft of reception rooms and 17 bedrooms - 7 houses of 200 sqm / 2200 sqft each on the domain - 200 ha / 480 acres land with 5 ponds, woods and meadows

Monday, February 06, 2006

Evergreen Manor in Lake Forest, IL

Evergreen Manor is situated in an exclusive zone of North Chicago - in Lake Forest. This luxury estate which was built over a four-year period represents an exceptional architectural achievement featuring a functional spacious layout accentuating natural light. The entire estate is surrounded by wrought iron fencing with two large entrances protected by remote controlled security gates connecting the lane ways leading to the home. This estate property spans 2.12 acres in area and the landscaping contains 1,600 different plants. The property also features tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, a spacious indoor pool, an oval shaped driveway, and a four-car garage. Besides a grand foyer, this 18,000 square foot luxury residence furnishes in the style of Louis XIV-XVI, boasts two sets of double spiral staircases to upper and lower levels, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two kitchens, two bars and wine cellar, a 30 seat banquet hall (which can be used for board meetings), a fitness room, a library, and above average sized rooms for the living dining and family rooms. Amenities include one large terrace on the main floor, four balconies on the second floor, six walk-in closets, main-floor laundry room, exercise room, seven whirlpool baths, five steam saunas, one spa, one dry sauna, two fireplaces, 33 chandeliers made of Strauss crystal connected with 24-carat gold links, a fall-out shelter, chapel, a closed-circuit security system and five independent HVAC systems, including humidifiers and dehumidifiers for the utmost in climate control. This exclusive estate is ideally suited for corporate functions and entertaining with the ultimate in luxury amenities. Offered at $12,700,000. (Additional adjoining acreage may be available from the vendor at an incremental price.)

El Capitino, San Fran, CA

The Captain's House, a name that sells itself. We love nautical! Surely one of North America's most premier oceanfront settings, this Sea Cliff kingdom is perched on its own point overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. This magnificent Mediterranean villa, built in 1938, is currently undergoing an extensive total renovation that will result in one of the most prestigious homes in all of San Francisco. Award-winning restoration contractors Plath & Company are undertaking the artisan-caliber rebirth of this classic home.
The world-class restoration will spare no expense, as showcased by the new top floor master suite with barrel-vaulted gallery entrance and new ocean-view spa-like master bath. Other new highlights in the works include a paneled executive library with ocean-view terrace, plus a state-of-the-art chef's kitchen with new loggia morning room. Only the finest finishes will be employed, as well as all-new mechanical infrastructure. This entertainer's dream also boasts the rarity of an enormous parcel of nearly one-half acre…surrounded by private gardens, terraces, and the most incomparable scenery in the world.

CELEB PORN: Halloween...

Rare opportunity to acquire this Breathtaking Colonial Revival on the most charming tree-lined block in the City. Many details, cozy corners and warm areas of reposure. Large sunroom off of Master Bedroom. Lush yard, separate studio building, extra deep garage with giant storage room. Hurry!

4890 Serene Shores Drive

Truly Remarkable 12 + Private Gated Acres on Lake Lanier. Unparalleled Designer Finishes, Elegant 2 Story Foyer w/ Double Wrought Iron Staircase. 2-Story Formal Living Room w/ Barrel Ceiling, Pebble Tech Pool w/ Spa & Rock Waterfall.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Mermaid Beach, Australia

Queensland’s finest ever beach house – Absolute beachfront living at the Gold Coast’s best address. This superb beachfront home on a commanding double block with a unique corner position has been recently refurbished and is designed with family and entertaining in mind. Located in select Hedges Avenue on the gorgeous Gold Coast, the 4-level mansion, with a northeasterly aspect, boasts spectacular views over golden sandy beaches from Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta. The home has over 110 squares of living space and is concrete construction throughout with a four level lift. No expense has been spared in the architectural and interior design. The cutting edge electronic technology incorporates internal/external surveillance cameras, digital visual media throughout, speaker systems and electronic blinds – the list goes on. Spectacular concealed floor lighting in the commercial bar area flowing to the spacious outdoor deck and pool entertaining area along with the adjoining grand billiard room captures the true essence of family entertaining – This home has it all! Stylish silver-grey tones, highlighted with subtle splashes of prime colour, are complimented with floor treatments of chic tiles, delicately grained timber floorboards and soft grey carpets. The overall result – a residence “par excellence” offering enviable comfort, absolute prestige and a standard of lifestyle available only to the privileged few.

Penthouse at the Pierre

The penthouse located at The Pierre Hotel encompasses the top three floors. Spectacular 360-degree views of Manhattan are found in this incomparable property. This French château is located within one of the world's greatest five star hotels. The Pierre Hotel offers every conceivable service twenty-four hours a day. It is the triplex penthouse at The Pierre, a residence that will forever remain without peer in Manhattan. As the New York Times said, it is perhaps "the best in the world". It encompasses 16 grand rooms - including five master bedrooms, 7 full baths and three half-baths, five working fireplaces, oak flooring with mahogany borders throughout, separate guest suites plus staff accommodations. The living room is considered the most magnificent privately owned room in the world. This incredible space was the original ballroom at The Pierre Hotel, with 23 foot high curved ceiling and 20 foot French doors overlooking the park and the city. Four adjoining terraces add to its phenomenal dimensions. This is without question the most important and spectacular penthouse in the world.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Twin Sisters Rd, CA

Sitting on a mountain top far above the Napa Valley, this 13,000 +/- s.f. hexagonally shaped house is nearly all glass. Stainless steel roofs over each section fan around the central atrium like wings on a pinwheel. Structurally complex, yet comfortable in its simplicity, the house offers uninterrupted 360-degree views. The 50 foot pool begins in the den and slips under the perimeter glass doors to a deck suspended over the hillside.

Hill House in Goshen, CT

Located high in the hills with a gated entrance to a long tree-lined driveway with long vistas offering ultimate privacy. Consists of 450 ± Acres, plus 230 ± Acres held in joint ownership with adjoining neighbor. Gracious Stone Home with magnificent entry courtyard. 10 Bedrooms. 12 Full, 3 Half Baths. Exercise Room. Indoor Pool. Outdoor Pool. Pool House. Caretaker's House. Horse Barn. Tennis Court. Basketball Court. Formal Gardens.

Laguna Beach, CA

Casa de Concha - 'House of the Shell' - holds court above crashing whitewater, glistening seas and pristine white sand. A grand mansion in the Spanish Colonial style, Casa de Concha is imbued with romance - from its sublime master bedroom with oceanview tub to its sparkling pool set in a private garden. Five bedrooms - four with ocean views, nine bathrooms, and large-scale public rooms offer an impressive setting. Old World finishes and fixtures - rival the beauty of the shimmering Pacific Ocean vistas.

CELEB PORN: This aint Deja Vu for Val

Val Kilmers New Mexico Ranch is a beautiful custom log & stucco,4BR/2BA, 2 kitchen, 5583 sq.ft. main house/lodge & office compound overlooking a magnificent mile-long stretch of the cliff-lined Pecos. Two separate 1BR/1BA casitas (featured in the book The Small Adobe Houses & the June 2001 issue of Architectural Digest),both with incredible river views:one is +/-950 sq.ft. & the other is +/-780 sq.ft. A wonderful +/-1400 sq.ft. 2BR/2BA chalet-style foreman's house with a +/-960 sq.ft. 2-car garage & shop

CELEB PORN: Heath Ledger's Bronte Beach, Australia

Gazing over the endless Pacific Ocean and Bronte beach, this striking coastal masterpiece has undergone a meticulous contemporary overhaul. Set over three cascading levels with newly reinvented interiors by acclaimed actor/owner Heath Ledger, it showcases the finest fixtures and finishes sourced from around the globe.

Discreet setting on one of Bronte's finest coastal streets accessed via a private deck and gated portico entry. Vast open plan living featuring polished concrete floors and custom-designed walnut shelving. Cedar bi-folds offer a seamless flow to an Ironbark entertaining deck with definitive views over Bronte bay and beach. Chef's island kitchen with top-of-the-range appliances, Lacanche stove and recycled Oregon dining table. Home theatre with Tasmanian Oak panelled walls, tiered seating and the very latest in audio-visual technology. Four generous double bedrooms all open to a private deck-style terrace, minimalist designer bathrooms. Inspiring master suite with bespoke Camphor Laurel finished dressing room and ensuite with freestanding bath. Home office, 1,700-bottle wine cellar, state-of-the-art security, AV intercom, ducted air con and vacuuming, innovative built-in storage throughout. Fully carpeted double garage with level internal access transforms into a versatile games room plus double off street parking. A stone's throw to Bronte's golden sands, picturesque waterfront parkland, cosmopolitan cafes and the renowned coastal walk

Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, India

Originally built as a summer palace, the 250-year-old "floating palace" in the middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur is one of India's most luxurious resorts. Udaipur's hills and lakes make it a picturesque and dreamy region; and the terraced white palace, complete with marble pillars, bright glass mosaics and original paintings, really does seem to hover above the water. In reality, it sits on a tiny island scattered with mango and palm trees. Guests arrive in a white canopied boat, and the 83 guest rooms are decorated in silks and murals--some with their own Jacuzzis and others with private terraces on the lake. The hotel is owned by Taj Hotels, which in turn is owned by the Tata Group, the holding company of a powerful Indian clan.

Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

The official residence of The Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is an English Baroque palace in the middle of an enormous estate near the university town of Oxford. It is also the only non-Episcopal palace in England. The vast pleasure gardens--landscaped by Capability Brown--make it a popular destination for tourists during the summer, and the interior spaces can be rented individually for private events: The Orangery, with its arched windows and high ceilings, is a prime wedding venue, and the Long Library, which the Web site boasts is one of the longest private rooms in any British estate, can seat up to 300 for dinner. The palace, which took 17 years to complete, was a gift from a grateful nation to John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, for his 1704 conquest of French and Bavarian troops during the War of the Spanish Succession. In 1874, another Churchill, Sir Winston, was born here.