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13 07, 2016

Video of the Week: Striking Luxury Modern Home in England

By | 2017-01-18T16:29:35-08:00 July 13th, 2016|luxury design, luxury real estate|0 Comments

£2,995,000 GBP | Kingswood, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Discover a stunning contemporary home situated in one of Kingswood’s most sought after roads. Built by Whiteoak Developments Ltd as one of a pair, this outstanding property offers the ultimate in terms of location, state-of-the-art design and quality of build. Gleneagles has been crafted to engage panoramic views to the rear over Kingswood Golf Club. The interior offers spacious family living with large, open plan areas and accommodation presented over three floors.

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12 07, 2016

Country Star Gretchen Wilson Selling $1.7M Luxury Home With Recording Studio

By | 2017-01-18T16:29:40-08:00 July 12th, 2016|custom homes, luxury real estate|0 Comments

Gretchen Wilson

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Country songbird Gretchen Wilson is selling her east-of-Nashville home complete with a professional sound studio where she has recorded several albums. The country palace is listed for $1.7 million.

“Gretchen is going to record one more album there in July, and we’ll work that out with a buyer,” says Pam Adams, who listed the home with her husband, Tony. “We’ve had at least four people who have had second visits.”

Two of the prospects are music industry folks, who appreciate the recording studio’s foot-thick walls. The other prospects could turn the studio, with a bathroom and separate entrance, into “an ideal mother-in-law suite,” Adams says.

Wilson is willing to sell the recording equipment separately.

The house, which was marked down from $2.7 million, sits on 16 acres about 25 minutes east of Nashville. It features four bedrooms with large walk-in closets, five bathrooms, a three-car attached garage plus another three-car detached garage, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces.

Adams says Wilson has already bought another home closer to the music and drama school that her 15-year-old daughter, Grace, attends.

Wilson’s 2004 debut single, “Redneck Woman,” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s country charts and won a Grammy. The title single for her follow-up album in 2005, “All Jacked Up,” became the highest-debuting single for a female country artist.

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12 07, 2016

This Week’s Most Popular Luxury Home Is a Cool Hawaiian Compound

By | 2017-01-18T16:29:46-08:00 July 12th, 2016|luxury real estate|0 Comments


It’s appropriate that this week’s most popular home on® hails from Hawaii. It’s vacation time around the nation—and the islands are the perfect place to spend a break from the grind of everyday life.

And we know you love to click on dreamy properties—but could you live in Hawaii year-round? Well, this popular property in Hanalei would make it quite easy, if you have nearly $14 million to spare. The cool compound on Kauai’s north shore offers two separate houses to please most buyers. When you do the math, it’s only $7 million per house. A relative bargain to walk the sands of Hanalei Bay each morning!

Back on the mainland, you also clicked on homes owned by notable figures in the world of sports, an old gristmill in Pennsylvania, a couple of log cabins, and a converted firehouse.

Scroll down, because we’re ready to fan the flames on this week’s most-clicked homes.

10. 6856 Little Creek Rd, Lower Mt Bethel Township, PA

Price: $449,900
Why it’s here: While the grindstone at this former gristmill has been retired, the historic structure still stands. Built 250 years ago, the Mill at Martin’s Creek has been updated and expanded over the years, creating a cool opportunity for a buyer looking to snag a slice of history.

Lower Mt Bethel Township, PA

Lower Mt Bethel Township, PA


9. Highway 61, Two Harbors, MN

Price: $295,000
Why it’s here: A true old-time log cabin! Built in 1924, this rustic wood home features an interior with modern updates and smart renovations. We’d spend every summer weekend on Lake Superior if we purchased this super structure.

Two Harbors, MN

Two Harbors, MN


8. 7 Montagel Way, Birmingham, AL

Price: $9,900,000
Why it’s here: We first profiled Alabama’s most expensive home in January 2015. Known as America’s largest home, the 50,000-square-foot mansion is still waiting for a buyer willing to plunk down multiple millions to indulge in horse riding, swimming, and just swinging from any of the plentiful chandeliers in this lavish establishment.

Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, AL


7. 2448 Greer Rd, Palo Alto, CA

Price: $2,798,000
Why it’s here: This cool Eichler sits on a cul-de-sac in one of the country’s most expensive cities. Palo Alto’s median home price is currently sitting at $2.3 million, which means you’ll have to cough up a little extra to live the Mid-Century Modern lifestyle. This fully renovated four-bedroom home with clean lines and a beautiful backyard just might be worth it.

Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto, CA


6. 1823 S Creekside Ct, Stillwater, OK

Price: $1,900,000
Why it’s here: It’s the home of former Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford. With the coach now in St. Louis, this luxe mansion is priced to sell thanks to this week’s sizable $350,000 price reduction.

Stillwater, OK

Stillwater, OK


5. 877 Boland Dr, Lake Lure, NC

Price: $255,000
Why it’s here: It’s another log cabin, but this one comes with a home theater (!) and gym. Built in 2008, it has a contemporary feel not found in most log homes. Rustic in appearance and private, it is a perfect weekend retreat for someone who wants to sorta rough it.

Lake Lure, NC

Lake Lure, NC


4. 5 South St, Plymouth, MA

Price: $857,000
Why it’s here: Ring the alarm, it’s a converted firehouse! Renovated in 2002 into a loftlike space with soaring ceilings, it’s got everything but the pole. And, there’s a blazing income opportunity thanks to the attached one-bedroom suite.

Plymouth, MA

Plymouth, MA


3. 12235 Tillinghast Cir, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Price: $9,000,000
Why it’s here: It’s the mansion of PGA star Lee Westwood. The six-bedroom estate went on the market for $11 million in January, but its popularity peaked this week thanks to a recent $2 million price slice.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Palm Beach Gardens, FL


2. 1335 Puritan Ave, Birmingham, MI

Price: $1,399,000
Why it’s here: It’s the home of former Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew. The four-bedroom brick Colonial comes with nearly 5,000 square feet of living space and a fenced yard. Mayhew was dumped in the Motor City during the middle of the 2015 season, but he’s since been hired on in the front office of the New York Giants.

Birmingham, MI

Birmingham, MI


1. 5-7534 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI

Price: $13,900,000
Why it’s here: It’s a luxury getaway on the coveted north shore of Kauai. Does there need to be any other reason? Well, this nearly 3-acre property actually offers two homes. One is a contemporary stunner, the other is a traditional Plantation-style home. Create your own Garden Island compound and leave your worries on the mainland.

Hanalei, HI

Hanalei, HI

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9 07, 2016

Luxury Market Strong: The Week’s Most Expensive New Listings Total Over $210M

By | 2017-01-18T16:29:51-08:00 July 9th, 2016|luxury real estate|0 Comments


Despite warning signs of impending economic doom, the luxury real estate market is showing no signs of a slowdown. The week’s “cheapest” of the most expensive new listings on® will still set a buyer back $30 million.

So never mind the fuss over Brexit, because it was a booming week for luxury in the U.S. this week. The total value of the five priciest new listings is a staggering $210.5 million. However, there’s a little gloom out there for the luxury market—our own chief economist, Jonathan Smoke, sees a stronger dollar ahead, which “will dilute buying power for many international buyers.”

That said, Smoke loves the decline he’s seeing in mortgage rates. But for these high-priced homes, we doubt buyers are sweating their ability to qualify for a mortgage.

As for the homes, take a look at an amazing Santa Barbara villa, two very different opportunities in NYC, a supermodel’s Hamptons home, and a San Francisco Bay Area home whose sale’s proceeds will go to an animal charity.

In the name of good causes, please have a look at this week’s priciest new listings.

1. 1627 E Valley Rd, Montecito, CA

Price: $52,000,000 ($2,436 per square foot)
Luxe factor: This Santa Barbara-area mansion was built in 2001 and owned by the late Ed Snider. Snider, former owner of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, frequently entertained family and guests at the mansion, according to the Wall Street Journal. The home’s numerous gardens (rose, flower, and organic vegetable) invite a visitor to take a leisurely stroll on the 9-acre spread.

Montecito, CA

Montecito, CA


2. 18 Gramercy Park S Apt Ph, New York, NY

Price: $47,500,000 ($7,505 per square foot)
Luxe factor: Also associated with sports ownership, this luxe NYC penthouse unit belongs to Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. It made a splash on the market in April 2015 for the same $47.5 million price tag, but no buyer made the leap. Back for another attempt at a sale, the four-bedroom, two-level penthouse was purchased by Alexander in 2012 for $42 million.

Gramercy Park, New York, NY

Douglas Elliman

Gramercy Park, New York, NY


3. 12 E 73rd St, New York City, NY

Price: $42,500,000 ($4,083 per square foot)
Luxe factor: This five-level townhouse “has undergone a complete state-of-the-art renovation,” according to the listing. Belonging to real estate executive Andrew Farkas, the five-bedroom residence offers over 10,000 square feet of living space plus a roof terrace with views of Central Park.

E 73rd St, New York, NY


E 73rd St, New York, NY


4. 7 Country Oak Ln, Alamo, CA

Price: $39,000,000 ($1,807 per square foot)
Luxe factor: Tucked away on over 20 acres in a posh San Francisco Bay Area suburb, this massive 20,000-square-foot manor belongs to Workday Chairman David Duffield. The Wall Street Journal reported that a sale at the current asking price would set a record for the tony town. And in a delightful twist, the Duffield family will donate all proceeds from the home’s sale to Maddie’s Fund—a nonprofit animal welfare group.

Alamo, CA

Alamo, CA


5. 121 Brick Kiln Rd, Bridgehampton, NY

Price: $29,500,000 ($2,673 per square foot)
Luxe factor: Former supermodel Christie Brinkley is selling her Hamptons spread! Known as Tower Hill, this luxurious compound spans approximately 20 acres of prime Bridgehampton property. You can lay out by the pool or take a gander at the ocean from atop the 50-foot-tall observation tower.

Bridgehampton, NY

Douglas Elliman

Bridgehampton, NY

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8 07, 2016

Dock Your Boat Below This Fab Keys Luxury Mansion

By | 2017-01-18T16:29:57-08:00 July 8th, 2016|luxury real estate|0 Comments


Stuck in your cubicle dreaming of a beachfront vacation? We just found your dream home.

Listed for $2.6 million, this modern beach oasis in Islamorada, FL, is summer-ready with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a vast sandy beach.

Because you’ll spend an equal amount of time on the water, boat storage is paramount. This place has you covered with a splashy twist for nautically inclined buyers. Once you’re done with a day on the ocean, you guide your vessel back into your private channel. After you dock, a pair of lifts “hoist your boat straight up out of the water and move it forward so it can be stored safely under the house.”

On the home’s main floor, an open floor plan with plenty of windows makes the space feel bright and airy. The exposed beam ceiling gives the place a vintage, fun vibe. And, of course, there’s a giant kitchen with plenty of space to cook your freshly caught fish and a wine fridge to chill those after-dinner drinks.

And all that sun won’t get you down, even in a record-breaking heat wave. The home’s angled design helps the ocean breeze pass through, keeping those cooling costs down.

Upstairs, the master suite has a tropical yet modern feel thanks to the combo of wood-paneled walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s also a balcony with ocean views.

At the end of the day, you can head to your enclosed sun porch and enjoy the sunset secure in the knowledge your boat is tucked away safe and sound.

Ceiling with exposed beams

Exposed beams!
Modern and bright

Modern and bright
Cool and private

Cool and private
Perfect sunset

Perfect sunset

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1 07, 2016

Brett Hull’s $3.8M Luxury Missouri Mansion Is a Charming Mix!

By | 2017-01-18T16:30:02-08:00 July 1st, 2016|luxury real estate|0 Comments

Brett Hull

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Hockey Hall of Famer Brett Hull has put up his Clayton mansion for sale for $3,775,000. The home’s old-world charm blends sweetly with today’s style after the home underwent vast renovations a year and a half ago.

Listing agent Katie Curran told us a large iron door with glass panels greets you, creating an inviting scene that has left visitors “breathless.” “The door alone will have you at ‘hello,’” she said.

Built in 1912 and part of the historic register at Brentmoor Park, the six-bedroom home features a loggia that overlooks almost 2 acres of land. You enter a spacious room from which you can survey the seamless flow of the house. It’s easy to picture a party where a host can float from one room to another with ease, greeting guests before retiring to the stunning wine room.

Iron front door

hull door

The wine room is among the mansion’s many unique features—the highlight of the room is the classic stained glass that’s been described as “one of a kind” and “awe-inspiring.” Curran said the the home leaves visitors amazed thanks to its blend of turn-of-the-century architecture and impeccable custom renovations.

Wine room with stained-glass windows and doors

hull wine room

Curran said the public response to the home has been overwhelmingly positive. “This is the most well-done renovation in Brentmoor Park,” she quoted a neighbor as saying.

The kitchen and bathrooms were the focus of the most extreme overhauls in the landmark estate. Curran said the master bathroom is one of her favorite parts of the house.

Exterior in the evening

hull house

All white and featuring a herringbone marble floor, the room gives off a calming and serene vibe. She said the result of the bathroom renovation is “very today” and contrasts beautifully with the architecture of the home that transports you to another time and place.

All-white bathroom

hull bathroom

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30 06, 2016

Matt Lauer Buys Richard Gere’s $36.5M Hamptons Luxury Estate

By | 2017-01-18T16:30:18-08:00 June 30th, 2016|luxury real estate|0 Comments

matt lauer

“Today” anchor Matt Lauer is the new owner of Richard Gere’s fabulous Hamptons compound, the New York Post reports. Gere had sliced the price of his estate from an initial asking price of $65 million to $36.5 million in May.

Known as Strongheart Manor, the estate consists of 6.2 acres overlooking the Peconic Bay and Mashomack Preserve in North Haven near Sag Harbor, NY. Gere reportedly assembled the estate in three separate purchases from 2005 to 2008 for a total $11.3 million.

The property had been on and off the market for three years, but didn’t attract a buyer until May’s dramatic $11 million haircut.

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6 06, 2016

This Cool Treehouse Is the Ideal Escape From City Life

By | 2017-01-18T16:30:39-08:00 June 6th, 2016|luxury real estate|0 Comments

The home stretches about 35' to 40' high

Most dwellings in Weston, CT, are the typical New England fare of farmhouses, ranch homes, and colonials. So when you spot a home on stilts that angles toward the treetops—like this hidden gem listed for $550,000—you take note.

“There’s nothing in this community like it,” says the homeowner, Bill Kommel. He and his wife purchased the place 27 years ago as a second home. The couple make the trek from their co-op in Manhattan every weekend, escaping the city to commune with the trees. Literally. In the house, you can dine 35 to 40 feet in the sky on the rooftop deck.

“You’re up in the trees, with the birds and squirrels,” Kommel says of the home nicknamed “The Treehouse.”

The first floor of the three-story house is a utility room with a workbench and laundry area; the second floor holds the home’s two bedrooms; and the third floor is where you’ll find the kitchen, dining area, and living space.

The top floor is the heart of the home, with wall-length windows and a cozy fireplace nook. Massive wooden beams, joined together with exposed metal bolts, braces, and brackets give the home a rustic look.

The third level with huge, angled windows

The third level with huge, angled windows.


The kitchen

“There’s no attempt to hide things. We decorated very simple. We used rugged furniture to work with the big, exposed beams,” Kommel says. “There was no attempt to make a traditional type of house.”

To further that point, you need only to look at the home’s main point of entry, a 90-foot wooden catwalk that goes the second level. A second entryway, accessible by the outside stairs, leads to a large deck with pool.

“I’d frequently see people cruise up the road and almost come to a complete stop to look at the house,” Kommel says. “There are all kinds of different shapes, triangle and rectangle shapes, and a barrel-shaped shower.”

The home was built in 1977 by a contractor named Edward Hicks, Kommel said. The home measures 1,804 square feet and sits on 2.2 acres of land. There’s a thick stretch of the Saugatuck River in the backyard, and Kommel says you can canoe all the way to a beach in the neighboring town of Westport.

Kommel says he and his wife, both in their early 80s, are looking to sell to live a bit more simply. “I’ll miss it terribly, but it’s too much for us now. … I’m not in a hurry to sell it, though,” he says. “I would encourage anyone who likes to be with nature or likes to get exercise to come see something that isn’t like everyone else’s home. It’s a gorgeous house.”

Dining nook

A dining area

Main staircase

The main staircase

Third-floor fireplace

Third floor fireplace

Deck with (covered) pool

The deck with pool

One of two bedrooms on the second level

One of two bedrooms on the second level

Another view of the third floor

Another view of the third floor

A stretch of the Saugatuck River on the property

A stretch of the Saugatuck River on the property

The home’s main entrance, a 90-foot catwalk

The home's main entrance, a 90' catwalk.

The shower extends out from the home in a half-barrel shape.

The shower extends out from the home in a half-barrel shape.

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