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21 01, 2017

Joel McHale Is Selling His Luxury Home For $2.4 Million

By | 2017-01-25T03:42:28-08:00 January 21st, 2017|luxury design|0 Comments

“Community” star Joel McHale is selling his luxury home in Los Angeles, California for a humongous sum of $2,395,000, says the Hollywood Reporter.


5 Things You Need to Know About Joel McHale’s $2.4M L.A. Home

Although we still miss his weekly look at trashy television on “The Soup,” McHale will be starring in the upcoming sitcom “The Great Indoors” on CBS. We counted up five things you should know about his luxury home in the Los Feliz… Read more at

Joel McHale’s luxury home is built during the 1940’s, the 3,500-sq.ft. luxury home was renovated and designed by Joel’s wife and Elizabeth Gordon.


Comedian Joel McHale sells his home in Los Feliz for over the asking price

McHale, who now lives in Studio City, had an offer in hand for the 1940s Traditional in seven days and closed the sale in about a month, records show. He bought the house nine years ago for $1.88 million… Read more at LA Times

Published on Jan 3, 2017

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25 11, 2016

Tennis Legend Ivan Lendl Offers Connecticut Luxury Estate For $19.8M

By | 2017-01-18T16:26:15-08:00 November 25th, 2016|luxury design, luxury homes, luxury real estate|0 Comments

Tennis extraordinaire Ivan Lendl has recommitted to coaching the recent Wimbledon champ Andy Murray, and he’s recommitted to offering his luxurious Connecticut estate for $19,750,000.

The 8-time Grand Slam champion had beforehand recorded the 450-section of land property in 2014 at a similar price tag.

Ivan Lendl manor house

Tennis Titan Ivan Lendl Serves Up His $19.8M Connecticut Estate

There’s no doubt they’ll miss driving down a tree-lined lane, through meadows and pastures, to reach the entrance to their 25,000-square-foot mansion with 10 bedrooms,12 bathrooms, and three half-baths. The grand rooms, including a ballroom-size living room, feature polished wood plank floors, ornate custom molding and wainscoting, crystal… Read more at

This luxurious mansion is fit for a world-class champion athlete, it has sports amenities which include a lower-level gym of more than 1,800 sq. ft., a basketball court and a separate tennis court, a workout room with sauna, indoor and outdoor pools, and a game room.


Buy Ivan Lendl’s 450 Acre Connecticut Estate For Just $19,750,000

Are you looking for your forever home? Can you afford a $79,000 mortgage payment — per month? Yes? Ivan Lendl has just the place you’ve been looking for. He has returned to the real estate world with his 450-acre Connecticut estate that has been on-and-off the market over the years. The new price is just $19,750,000. Before you freak out… Read more at Busted Coverage


2 11, 2016

Underground Los Angeles Mansion Is No Prepper Palace

By | 2017-10-15T09:48:12-07:00 November 2nd, 2016|luxury builders, luxury design, luxury home builders, luxury homes, luxury real estate|2 Comments


Hacienda de la Paz estate

A work of art perched high above LA with unobstructed 180-degree views stretching from Santa Monica Bay, the Westside, and Downtown L.A. to the San Gabriel Mountains

Hacienda De La Paz

Listed by Christophe Choo of Coldwell Banker Previews International in Beverly Hills at $48 million.

Hacienda de la Paz is an awe-inspiring work of art and engineering. Positioned in L.A.’s preeminent equestrian community, the authentic Spanish estate is the only U.S. residence designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Manzano Martos. 17 years in the making, this private palace is perched 1100 ft. above L.A. at the crest of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the 24 hr. guard-gated city of Rolling Hills; one of the safest and wealthiest cities in America.

Breathtaking and unencumbered 180-degree panoramic vistas encompass the beaches, downtown and the San Gabriel Mountains. Amenities include a 10,000 sq. ft. hamam spa fit for a king, 15,000 sq. ft. neoclassical grand ballroom, 2 tennis courts; indoor hard court & outdoor clay court, 2 swimming pools; indoor & outdoor, access to 57 miles of equestrian & hiking trails, guesthouse, bocce court, gym, yoga room, wine cellar, catering facilities, geothermal heating & cooling system, elevators, 6 car garage and motor court. Approx. 8 acres.

Hacienda de la Paz is the most misunderstood mansion in Los Angeles. When people hear that 31,000 of its 51,000 total square feet are underground, they assume it’s a bizarrely built bomb shelter. Not so, dear reader. But there is a pragmatic reason for its subterranean sprawl: local politics.

The estate is located in one of the wealthiest suburbs of L.A., a gated hilltop called Rolling Hills, where zoning restrictions prohibit homes taller than one story, so as not to block pristine ocean views.

To comply, owner John Z. Blazevich spent 17 years excavating downward to create his dream estate, which includes nine bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, a guesthouse, two tennis courts, and two pools.

Envisioning an Andalusian-style country estate similar to those in Cordoba or Seville at the turn of last century, Blazevich hired architect Raphael Manzano Martos, who restored a number of Spain’s grand palaces and served as curator to Spain’s King Juan Carlos. The regal result is the only private residence Manzano Martos ever designed in the Americas.

Hacienda de la Paz gardens

There’s also a 10,000-square-foot underground hammam, or spa, and a 15,000-square-foot indoor tennis court that doubles as a ballroom.

Hacienda de la Paz hammam

Thousands of international craftsmen were employed to make the dream a reality, including one painter who lived and worked on-site for a decade. Three hundred Moroccan tribesmen worked on the intricately carved sandstone ceiling, archways, and capitals in the hammam. Artisans from Spain created the wooden interlocking ceilings, masons from Portugal worked on the limestone bricks in the driveways, and Spanish and Indian silk and wool experts wove the custom carpets.

For some people, the joy is in the process, not the product. Once his dream was gloriously complete down to the last Valencia orange tree, Blazevich put the 8-acre estate on the market. Listed for $53 million a few years ago, the asking price was dropped to $48 million a couple of weeks ago.

However, when you actually tour the grounds, as we did (covering only part of it over three hours), you begin to realize that it’s nearly impossible to put a price on it. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite features.

Everything the most committed foodie could desire

Blazevich is a seafood magnate, and his fiancée, Alexandra McLeod, graduated from Le Cordon Bleu. So Hacienda de la Paz is equipped with four kitchens and two kitchenettes; several outdoor food prep spaces, one with a pizza oven; facilities for pressing oil from olives harvested on the property; and more than 100 fruit trees, including lemons, oranges, avocados, figs, and, of course, olives. There’s also a large vegetable garden, and herbs are planted around the estate, even between the steppingstones, so their fragrance will rise to greet you as you stroll the grounds.


Iconic craftsmanship and artwork

There are many nods to the Catholic Church, but they are more artistic and whimsical than devotional. In the ladies’ guest bathroom on the ground floor there’s an ornately carved confessional door between two stalls, perfect for chatting. There’s also a chapel with hand-painted murals and a confessional, meant for reflection and meditation rather than ceremony. These features keep with the theme of a true Andalusian estate, which historically would have accommodated a priest in residence.

Surprisingly sustainable energy sources

Heating and cooling systems run on geothermal power, which also heats the hammam pool. Blazevich says he has reduced his energy bill and carbon dioxide emissions by 65%, compared with a conventional HVAC system. And because designers used the same classical techniques employed in Andalusia’s great estates—sturdy adobe walls and carved wooden screens covering most of the windows—the air-conditioning system is hardly ever used.

Hacienda de la Paz ballroom/tennis court
Ballroom and tennis court

A-list fundraising facilities

Millions of dollars have been raised at charity events held in the subterranean marble ballroom (which is also a tennis court) built into the side of the hill, which has vehicle access for deliveries and exotic autos to be displayed. The 10,000-square-foot hammam with whirlpools, massage rooms, and tearooms with silk-lined walls is perfect for “ladies’ day” fundraisers. The rest of the grounds can accommodate hundreds of people at a time.

Hacienda de la Paz guest bedroom
Guest bedroom

So with all these custom, luxurious features, why the heck would the owners want to part with it?

“It’s a little big for just the two of us, don’t you think?” Blazevich asks, explaining that now that his son has left the nest and the artisans have completed their work and gone home, the facilities don’t get used as much as they deserve. Blazevich and McLeod are ready to move on and spend more time with family in Croatia.

The property is so accommodating, a multitude of possible uses comes to mind: an arts retreat, a foundation headquarters, or perhaps the bastion of one of the world’s great families. We’ll keep you posted.


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7 10, 2016

Modern World Luxury Home Interiors

By | 2017-01-18T16:26:50-08:00 October 7th, 2016|luxury design, luxury homes|0 Comments

In the case that you turn into a mogul soon, you might want to own a luxury home with amazing architecture and fabulous interior design.

The vanity that is yelling withing you should have extravagance considered on top of it.

Luxury Living | Modern & Contemporary Interiors

With the use of glass, steel and concrete along with imaginative, striking lines, modern and contemporary interiors are bright and inviting spaces. Join us on a trip around the world as we experience some of the most captivating and inspiring modern and contemporary interiors from… Read more at Sotheby’s International Realty

Cutting edge, contemporary architecture keeps on getting our consideration and core interest. Today let’s get a glance at some of the most luxurious homes with stunning architecture and interior design that we’ve seen in for a moment.

Luxury Home Interiors

Luxurious Houses With Stunning Architecture And Interior Design – 73 Photos

Seeing pictures of nice big houses all day is inspiring, I know. It makes you wonder about how it is to own one of these pretty big houses, and not just dream of these luxury home interiors… See more at Design Your Way

6 08, 2016

New Luxury Development Spotlight | The W Tel Aviv – The Residences

By | 2017-01-18T16:27:38-08:00 August 6th, 2016|luxury design, luxury homes, Residential|1 Comment

Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought after locations, let’s explore an exclusive new development from our worldwide network.

TelAviv1The W Tel Aviv – The Residences | Tel Aviv, Israel | Israel Sotheby’s International Realty

An icon of style and sophistication makes a dazzling debut with the W Tel Aviv- Jaffa Hotel & Private Luxurious Residences, set to open in February 2017. Perched between city and the sea in Tel Aviv’s most exciting neighborhood, The Residences is set to become one of the world’s most desirable destinations.


Aby Rosen and RFR, the developers, seamlessly blend the W Hotel’s signature global lifestyle brand with sleek and historical architectural features, some dating back to the 15th century.


Adjacent to the W Hotel, 32 residences and one Penthouse adorn the newly developed six story Residences.


Mix and mingle, or escape from the world in your private poolside cabana. Enjoy 24/7 luxury facilities that include; a spa, state-0f-the-art fitness center, an outdoor WET Pool deck, valet car service, a full service 24-hour wired business center, in-room dining service from the hotel’s signature restaurant, W Destination bar and W Living Room, the W’s take on the traditional hotel lobby.

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26 07, 2016

Luxury Living | Lord Richard Attenborough’s French Riviera Retreat

By | 2017-01-18T16:28:10-08:00 July 26th, 2016|luxury design, luxury homes|0 Comments

Decorated actor, producer, director, politician, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Lord Richard Attenborough left an unforgettable legacy to remember him by. Best known by international audiences for the two Academy Awards he received for 1983’s Ghandi, or his portrayals of Dr. John Hammond in Jurassic Park and Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street, Lord Attenborough was also heavily involved with the Chelsea Football Club, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and in 2004, served as founder of the Jane Holland Creative Centre for Learning at Waterford Kamhlaba.

La Coule pictures_0007The late Lord Richard Attenborough with his long-time wife Sheila Sim at their home in the French Riviera

Nearly two years after his passing in August of 2014, Lord Attenborough’s retreat in the French Riviera is now listed with Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty. “Lord Attenborough, who acquired the plot in the 1980s, revamped the main house to include four bedrooms, three bathrooms and an open-plan living room,” said Homes & Property in their recent piece covering the momentous property.


Located in the picturesque provencal village of Châteauneuf-Grasse, which dates back to the 12th century and is home to just over 3,000, this historic home is located approximately 25 kilometers from Cannes and 35 from Nice.


The estate comprises approximately 10 acres of gently sloped grounds offering magnificent, uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean and the surrounding countryside, and features a swimming pool, covered patio, and hundreds of century-old olive trees.


Approximately 2,500-square-feet, the main house includes six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a huge open-space living room, a magnificent study/drawing room with exposed wood-beamed ceiling, and an airy dining room with a wood-burning fireplace.


The asking price for the estate is 2.500.000 € EUR and includes furniture and other select belongings of the late Lord Attenborough.

Discover more about Lord Richard Attenborough’s historic retreat

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23 07, 2016

Luxury Homes Gain Over-the-Top Decks

By | 2017-01-18T16:28:26-08:00 July 23rd, 2016|luxury design, luxury homes|0 Comments


Tony Demin/The Wall Street Journal

The deck of Gaylen Byker’s Lake Michigan home isn’t just big. Measuring about 6,000 square feet, it’s got its own traffic lane.

The Brazilian ipe wood decks are perched on a dune overlooking the lake and include an outdoor kitchen, a resistance-swimming pool, spa, fireplace and lounge areas. The traffic lane is actually an adjoining steel deck, which is used by an electric cart to shuttle visitors across a ¼-mile bridge at the base of the property.

“It feels like you’re on a ship,” says Mr. Byker, 68, a retired natural-gas executive and former president of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. He considers the deck a selling point of his 8,114-square-foot modernist home in Montague, Mich. He and his wife Susan, 67, are now listing the home for $10 million, saying they want a smaller home.

The backyard deck is having its moment in the sun. The size of decks and patios is rising, and architects are seeing renewed interest from luxury-home buyers—even in cold-winter markets. The shift, experts say, reflects what’s happening indoors: Walls are coming down, along with the notion of boxy, formal living spaces. Now, more developers are taking cues from the resort industry, where the outdoors shines.

There is roughly 6,000 square feet of Brazilian ipe wood decking on the Lake Michigan home of Gaylen and Susan Byker.

Tony Demin/The Wall Street Journal

fullscreen The couple at the home. CHAD KIRKLAND FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL There is roughly 6,000 square feet of Brazilian ipe wood decking on the Lake Michigan home of Gaylen and Susan Byker.

Builders are leading the charge in waterfront Malibu, Calif., where outdoor living is the rule. Developer Crown Pointe Estates is selling a 13,814-square-foot contemporary home with another 10,000 square feet of decking and patios for $22.9 million. The home, which was designed by Burdge & Associates, opens to an infinity-edge pool flanked by two heated cabanas with TVs. A separate deck off the upstairs master-bedroom suite has a six-hole putting green. Down the hall, the gym opens to an outdoor yoga and massage room.

“If you don’t add that outdoor playground, you’re just getting it wrong,” says Scott Morris,the company’s director of sales. The home, completed in February, will be sold fully furnished.

Now the trend is moving east. Pennsylvania-based Toll Brothers, one of the nation’s largest luxury-home builders, decided in June to begin offering options for decks and patios in all 19 states where they build, including Colorado, Washington and Minnesota. Previously the company offered outdoor rooms in fewer than half of those states.

Tim Gehman, director of design at Toll Architecture, says the company is responding to demand, as homeowners get savvy about new glass walls and finely woven screens that extend the use of outdoor spaces despite inclement weather.

In a national survey of more than 500 residential-architecture firms in the first quarter of 2016, the American Institute of Architects found that 69% of firms saw increased demand for outdoor living space, which is the second-highest response since the question was first asked in 2005.

“It seems to be coming back stronger than in the boom,” says Kermit Baker, the AIA’s chief economist, who attributes the growth to a cultural shift away from formal living spaces.

At the same time, the size of outdoor spaces is growing. Last year, the average size of decks on luxury homes was up across all regions of the country compared with 2014, according to a 1,300-builder survey by Home Innovation Research Labs, an independent subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders. The sharpest growth was in the Northeast, where the average deck measured 406 square feet, up 53% from 2014.

Adapting that California dream can take some tweaking in colder markets. “I call it ‘mountain lanai,’ ” says Bob Bowden, an Aspen-based real-estate agent and developer describing a Hawaiian-inspired, 13,068-square-foot contemporary home he built in 2009 with more than 9,000 square feet of outdoor-living space. Chilly nights on the deck are offset by fire pits and heated floors.

“It was a gamble,” Mr. Bowden says, because the expansive covered decks were new for the market, and building up the outdoors meant sacrificing valuable interior square footage. The home sold for $24.5 million in 2010, near the asking price of $26 million.

Now he is selling a neighboring 14,000-square-foot home for $36 million, banking on outdoor features like a heated pool with a snowmelt deck and a covered commercial-grade kitchen. Infrared heating fixtures are buried in the lighting throughout the space.

In Montague, Mr. Byker’s expansive decking is central to the home. The 40-acre property’s steep slope and irregular shape make for expansive lake views, but difficult construction. The wood decks were devised to connect three detached sections of the home, each with its own outdoor amenities. The nine-bedroom, eight-bath limestone and copper home hews to a Japanese contemporary style, with 12-foot walls of sliding glass.

Mr. Byker says the home is inspired by Japanese design, as well as contemporary homes in the Northwest. Walls of glass overlooking the lake open to the outdoor decks.

Tony Demin/The Wall Street Journal

Mr. Byker says the home is inspired by Japanese design, as well as contemporary homes in the Northwest. Walls of glass overlooking the lake open to the outdoor decks.

The couple’s favorite “room” is the 900-foot rooftop sun deck, with chaise longues, a fireplace and large juniper plants, overlooking the lake and more than 800 feet of private shoreline.

“It’s spectacular in the winter,” says Mr. Byker, who added that snowy decks aren’t a problem with a snowblower. The home was completed in 2011 for $10 million, including the cost of land—a third of which was spent outdoors, Mr. Byker says. The home was listed in May for the same price, but Mr. Byker says he never intended to turn a profit. He and his wife are considering building another home with an emphasis on the outdoors nearby.

While unique features can make for impressive homes, they can also limit the buyer pool. In a recent survey of 100 markets by Remodeling magazine, upscale deck additions resulted in a positive net-gain in only two cities: Columbia, S.C., and Santa Rosa, Calif.

The national average cost of a 320-square-foot deck with high-end composite materials was $37,943, but fetched a resale value of $21,877. The return on investment can vary greatly, depending on the market, said Craig Webb, the magazine’s editor in chief.

In Salt Lake City, Alan Lang, 68, and his wife Charlene Palmer, 48, built a 13,717-square-foot, European-inspired home on 51 acres in 2004. The five-bedroom, seven-bath home has 4,000 square feet of decking on four levels with lake and city views—an unusual amenity for an area that gets an average 51 inches of snow annually. Mr. Lang, who owns a crane and equipment business, built the home on spec and sold it in 2005 for about $5.5 million, he says. The new owner is now renting it back to Mr. Lang, who is building a new home nearby.

The home went back on the market in 2014 for $5.9 million with Linda Secrist of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and is still looking for a buyer. Ms. Secrist said there are no comparable homes in the area—the average luxury home is in the $3 million-range.

Douglas Burdge, who designed the Malibu home, says he was commissioned to create a California-style home in sweltering Houston. The client installed air conditioning on the outdoor veranda.

“They’re going to have a party, no matter what.”

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21 07, 2016

Luxury Lifestyles | Living History | Custom Design

By | 2017-01-18T16:28:42-08:00 July 21st, 2016|luxury design, luxury homes|0 Comments

When considering exquisite luxury goods—paintings, sculpture, even fabrics, furniture and wine—we think of personal, highly curated items that make our living spaces distinctive and enhance the ambient experience of a particular home. In some cases, however, the home itself is the oeuvre d’art.

In the art world, older isn’t always better, but revered older works do carry additional prominence, specifically the prestige of age and history that newer art hopes to acquire with time. Similarly, as beautiful homes and estates begin to acquire the patina that only decades or even centuries can bring, they take on an unmatched nobility and grandeur.

There’s a certain class of buyer and homeowner—patrons, if you will—that places a premium on properties graced by time. To them, living in a historic residence is akin to living within a famous piece of art.

Italy1.300.000 € EUR | Como, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

“Owning a property that stands out as a landmark or a testimony to a glorious past is like owning a unique piece of history,” says Diletta Carutti, of Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Historic,” of course, means something different in each part of the world. The European sense of history stretches deep—enthusiasts shopping in Florence or Rome, for instance, will encounter residences that date to the Renaissance or Baroque, vividly reflecting the décor and ornamentation of those periods. In the U.S., it might mean a colonial-era farmhouse in New England or one of the famed “cottages” of Newport.

Rhode Island$2,995,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty

“I like to point out who was president at the time the house was new,” says Russell Firestone, of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington D.C. “For clients, that really puts in perspective how old a property is, that John Adams or Thomas Jefferson was president when this house was built.”

WashingtonDC$2,500,000 USD | Washington, D.C. | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Firestone says what buyers are truly looking for in older homes is character, and in particular preserved character—the house must innately reflect the time and conditions amid which it was conceived. Houses must have a strong street presence and great façade as well as specific period interior features: traditional floor plans with high ceilings; formal living rooms with entrance halls; double parlors with fireplaces; original trim work and molding; staircases with handcrafted balusters, banisters and original treads; and perhaps most important, original wide-plank flooring.

Still, as much as owners embrace the way these homes offer glimpses into previous and more elegant eras, the archeological pride only goes so far. In fact, it typically stops at the kitchen and bathrooms.

Virginia$3,500,000 USD | Alexandria, Virginia | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

American estate homes from the 18th and 19th century prioritized entertainment—hence the ornate and spacious public areas—but the bathrooms were usually rudimentary and the kitchens, designed for staff, small. As lifestyles have evolved these outdated spaces are no longer considered historically important (or desirable, or practical), and today it’s perfectly acceptable for vintage homes to feature fully remodeled and updated “private” spaces.

“You want to walk through the great history and character of the interior, the foyer, the dining rooms, the living room and hallways, and then after that buyers want to walk into a new kitchen and new bathrooms,” Firestone says.

Owning a famous or historic estate does bring with it a level of prestige, and that’s another part of the attraction. “There’s a social status associated with owning certain ancient properties,” says Diletta Carutti in Italy. “A lot of buyers we see are personalities in the public spotlight and they want to be able to say, ‘We own that.’”

FlorencePrice Upon Request | Florence, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

It also brings with it important maintenance and preservation responsibilities.

American homes in this category often reside in historic districts with strict guidelines for improvements, often based on standards developed by the National Park Service, including what materials can be used during renovations and limitations on what can be altered. These factors not only inoculate historical residences from changing trends (something sorely lacking in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s) but also help uphold property values. Most European countries also have in place similar regulatory agencies to protect old and ancient structures.

Preserving historic homes is not for the timid. It’s a fact of ownership that, simply due to the age of these buildings, there will be issue to be addressed and remedied. Cracked or uneven foundations due to settlement, malfunctioning doors and windows, water damage, brick deterioration and warped or slanted floors are inevitable over a lifetime of hundreds of years. Owners must have a passion for conservation.

But those who undertake this level of ownership usually do appreciate and embrace it. Firestone recalls one client so determined to take his home back to its original state he had every plank of flooring removed and re-planed to repair water damage before being meticulously reinstalled. That’s not just dedication, but love.

Article provided exclusively to Sotheby’s International Realty, LLC. by Derek Duncan.

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