America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes 2010 / America'a Most Expensive Places to Live 2010


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Los Angeles has always been home to some of the world's most expensive real estate. But forget Beverly Hills, 90210: The new hot spot for multimillion-dollar mansions is Duarte, 91008.  Duarte, Calif, home to the 91008 ZIP code, is a small suburb northeast of downtown LA, near the Los Angeles National Forest.  The median cost of a house in this tiny town is a whopping $4,276,462, making it the most expensive housing market in the country.  It ranks No. 1 on Forbes' annual ranking of America's Most expensive ZIP Codes.

A scant 1,391 people live in 91008 ZIP code, and only 12 homes are currently on the market. So a single high-priced listing (like the mammoth nine-bedroom, built this year, that's selling for $19.8 million) is enough to skew the median price skyward.

The ascent of Duarte--for which the 91008 ZIP was created since 2000, to accommodate a growing population--shows that wealth is still drawn to big cities, even if their postbubble housing prices have dropped.

"In the big California markets there is essentially a chronic shortage of homes," says Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research, a Mountain View, Calif., firm that tracks housing market data. "For the number of people that might want homes, there's always an order of magnitude fewer homes available than there are in Midwest, for example." More than half the locations in our ranking of America's 500 most expensive ZIP codes are in California.  Read the full article on Yahoo!

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No. 2 Most Expensive ZIP code: 94027
Atherton, California
Median Home Price: $4,010,200

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Elegant Tudor estate is the epitome of Old World craftsmanship and grace.  Every detail has been meticulously attended to, resulting in luxury and beauty overlaying the latest in technology for comfort and security.

$19,500,000 With Ed Kahl on duPont REGISTRY Homes.

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No. 4 Most Expensive ZIP code: 07620
Alpine, N.J.
Median Home Price: $3,814,885

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Located 15 minutes from Manhattan, this is a property that does not want to be missed. 7 bedroom suites, and 9 full and 2 half baths are just a small portion of the 21 room manor. At 14,000 square feet, no expense was spared with details such as a 2 story foyer, French limestone flooring, a 2 story great room, floor to ceiling windows, an all mahogany library, and a gourmet kitchen that is sure to please. 

$14,750,000 With Marc Saperstein on duPont REGISTRY Homes.

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No. 5 Most Expensive ZIP code: 10014
New York, N.Y.
Median Home Price: $3,785,445

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3,468 SF 4 Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths This stunning, impeccably designed triple-exposure penthouse residence is one you can’t miss.  Dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer unparalleled natural light and breathtaking views of Soho and Downtown Manhattan.

$9,975,000 With David Strout, East Egg Realty on duPont REGISTRY Homes.

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No. 6 Most Expensive ZIP code: 90210
Beverly Hills, California.
Median Home Price: $3,684,150

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Pristine estate behind gates on THE premier street in Trousdale Estates. 1st time on the market.  Dramatic stone entry to massive living room, huge step down bar, open floor plan, and floor to ceiling walls of glass overlooking landscaped grounds, freeform pool and lighted tennis court. Soaring ceilings throughout.

$16,950,000 With Bob Hurwitz, Hurwitz James Company on duPont REGISTRY Homes.

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No. 8 Most Expensive ZIP code: 94920
Belvedere/Tiburon, Calif.
Median Home Price: $3,283,269

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Stunning 7000 Sq. ft.Mediteranean Contemporary estate is located on two acres with breathtaking views of San Francisco and the Bay.  Highest quality design and construction with grand rooms and individual lifestyle areas for casual indoor/outdoor living.

$5,995,000 With David Pfeiffer, Division Headquarters on duPont REGISTRY Homes.

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Featured Luxury Property: CASA PIENA Poway in San Diego County, California

By Britta Dragicevic

Deemed a “Sanctuary for the Soul”—the Casa Piena estate is an unexpected jewel of luxury set amidst a private, gated community just 30 minutes from downtown San Diego, California. Exquisite details that recreate the ambiance of an authentic northern Italian villa, masterful artwork and craftsmanship that draw on the finest materials from around the world and ultra modern amenities highlight a life well lived in this gorgeous oasis.

Graced with 43 rooms, the estate consists of 26,862 square feet of living space, including 11 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms. Four separate buildings comprise the property: the main house, guest house, pool cabana, and detached garage. Classic interior details include carved wood moldings, solid walnut doors, elaborate beamed and hand painted ceilings, custom murals, stone floors, exotic wood paneled walls, authentic Italian lighting and seven imported hand carved stone fireplaces. The main house’s casino, theater, wine room, elevator, two offices, gourmet kitchen, master suite and guest rooms are highlighted by spaciousness, authentic Italian details and more than 100 windows. The guest house features two bedrooms, a living room and full bath while the cabana offers a large patio, bar and full bath. A three-bay detached garage and three-bay attached garage provide ample room. “The quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail of Casa Piena is at an exceptional level that is rarely seen in all of Southern California,” says Ed Earl of Priority One Properties, who served as the Owner’s Representative and provided professional project management services during the five year construction of the estate.

Set amidst four and one half acres with scenic valley and hill vistas the estate also overlooks the Maderas Golf Club—rated the best golf course in San Diego County. The estate also features mature landscaping, a sunken tennis court, a 3,000+ square foot swimming pool with two waterfalls, a Jacuzzi with a swimming river, a rock slide and a grotto. Ornate iron work complement the grounds and include a gazebo and arbors, a large backyard with two barbeque areas, a sunken garden, two large stone terraced areas, an olive orchard and a private jogging trail around the property. The estate is fully automated as a “smart house” with one-button controls for everything from lighting, sound, window/door locks, window coverings tied to an astronomical clock, security, air quality controls, and more.

“The size, scope and quality of this estate truly make it stand out. The designer spared no detail and found authentic materials and expert craftsmanship from 20 countries. Just one example is the wine room floor—it’s crafted from stones that paved the streets in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago. It’s possible that Christ walked on these very stones,” Earl says. “The mosaic walls in the adjacent wine room bathroom were crafted by nuns in a monastery in Tunisia.”

Casa Piena is located in the Heritage Estates in Poway in San Diego County, California. “This property offers terrific privacy, ample land and easy access to freeways,” Earl says. “It’s a wonderful place to enjoy life.”

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MARRIAGE OF MODERNITY AND ANTIQUITY, Featured Luxury Property, Park City, Utah

By Reque-Dragicevic

Skibo Castle in Scotland, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, and even a Disney log hotel all were inspiration for Fabienne Guerin when she was working with architect Jack Thomas to design her 15,971-square-foot house in Park City Utah. She loved the castle’s ambiance, and found many details-subway tiles and woodwork, for instance--at the Biltmore Estate striking. One of Guerin’s aims was to incorporate some of those sensibilities in her mountain property that is set on more than five acres in the Canyons Ski Resort.

“I wanted the house to look like a European had come over with a boatload of their antiques and period pieces,” Guerin comments.  The bones of the eight-bedroom house, listed with Kristin Egan, an agent with White Pines Real Estate in Park City, consist of hand-peeled logs, Idaho slate and barn wood. It’s a perfect fit with the mountain environment, but what sets the house apart from other properties is its surprising design elements, ranging from unique woodwork to fountains and reclaimed light fixtures.

For instance, a 15-foot-high ceramic fountain Guerin purchased at auction of architectural artifacts, dates from 1913 and stands in the foyer. The fountain serves as the property’s interior centerpiece.  Its design motifs, including nymphs, frogs, and twisted wisteria, reappear elsewhere in the property. A lighting artist, for example, incorporated some of those motifs in a custom-designed bronze and stained glass light fixture for the property’s entry.

Other unique light fixtures, such as a gas lamp (converted to electricity) that once lit a San Francisco bank, lend additional interest and character to the interior.  Throughout the house, there’s a nod both to modernity and a glance back to times past. As an example, the bathrooms combine Kohler fixtures and jetted tubs with subway tiles that call to mind a 19th century style.

The outdoor space is equally compelling. For one, the lot is flat, which allows for recreation space, a pond and a waterfall. Guerin also took care during construction to preserve the existing trees, including aspens, evergreens, and firs.  Additional structures on the property include a two-bedroom guesthouse, a three-stall horse barn, and caretakers’ quarters above a four-car garage.

Beyond the unique design, what also distinguishes the property, believes Guerin, is that it marries ski-in and ski-out amenities with equestrian elements and it’s all situated within 35 minutes of an international airport. Guerin points out the unique combination of access and amenities are a rarity in a single property.  She also calls attention to the views, and Guerin says that her most treasured place is a chair in the family room. “I get to see four orientations from this spot, and the early morning is just magnificent,” she comments.

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Luxury hotels revive old-fashioned Murphy bed - with a twist-NYC

By Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY

The Chatwal Hotel, New York City's newest ultra-luxury hotel that opened last month, is reviving the old Murphy bed - with an extravagant twist.  Once you pull down the bed from its hidden space in the wall (see photo) in one of the Chatwal's one-bedroom suites, you'll find an 11-inch-thick luxury mattress.

 

It's the same mattress that you'd sleep on in a regular bed, Chatwal general manager Joel Freyberg told me recently during a tour of the hotel. (Freyberg, however, insists on calling it a "descending bed," to move away from any perceptions people may have of a thin, uncomfortable mattress.)  

Introductory rates at the hotel, which opened last month, start at a princely $545 a night.  In the case of the 83-room, Art Deco-inspired Chatwal, the upscale Murphy bed works well because it lets guests who either couldn't get a two-room suite - or didn't want to pay for it - transform their one-bedroom suite into a two-bedroom suite. The one-bedroom suites have two full bathrooms.

But the Chatwal's not the only high-end hotel resurrecting the old-fashioned, space saver.  Another Manhattan luxury hotel - Gansevoort Park Avenue, which I toured in July while it was still under construction - features a Murphy bed in a room in its presidential suite.  Among the other hotels that let you relax on a Murphy bed:

Westin St. Francis in San Francisco

Teton Mountain Lodge in Jackson Hole, Wy.

Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver

Have you ever slept in a new style - or old style - Murphy bed in a hotel? (Hopefully, it was nothing like Inspector Clouseau's experience in slapstick comedy, The Pink Panther Strikes Again!)


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Incredible Luxury Estate, Las Vegas, Nevada...

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Short sale - Incredible estate of over 10 thousand square feet on a beautiful hill side. Stunning views, gourmet double island kitchen with the works, formal dining room with wine cellar, five bedroom suites, master with it s own floor, two elevators, six car garage, Crestron smart system throughout, Lutron lighting, security cameras at all perimeters, theater, game room, children s media room, and more. Spectacular backyard with all the works and more!

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$9,495,000.

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Sanibel Island Seascape Gulf Condominium

Wonderful Gulf front complex on Sanibel Island. Island complex offers a community pool, spa, tennis courts and a private path to the beach access.This gorgeous 3 bedroom and 3 bath condo with den has the feel of a penthouse or single family home with all the convenience of condo living. Sold decorator furnished with a few personal exceptions. Large screened lanai with wet bar, perfect for entertaining friends and family. Relax and enjoy some of  the best sunsets on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Situated in a private & peaceful location on Sanibel Island. Close to great island amenities, restaurants, art galleries, shopping and more.Take advantage of this just reduced great island condo. Add a little piece of the tropics to your luxury portfolio. Just Reduced to $895,000


Rare opportunity- 1 of Marco Island's Largest Luxury Properties Available

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Rare opportunity to own one of the largest properties on Marco Island with 1 acre of beautifully landscaped land, 156’ of waterfront, spectacular SW views of Roberts Bay & custom expanded Slocum-built Emerald Bay 4 bedroom 4 ½ bath 4013 sq f t home.

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Beautiful Mediterranean Luxury Estate, Santa Barbara, California

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Beautiful Mediterranean Luxury Estate

Located in Montecito's famed Golden Triangle sits this beautiful Mediterranean ocean view estate on 6 +/-acres. Constructed with superb quality; the Main house includes 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 2 half baths, 6 fireplaces, library, master sitting room and stunning patio with panoramic views. Step down the patio to a large sprawling lawn with room to build a swimming pool. Guest House has 1 bedroom, 1bath and kitchenette. Lower level of home still under construction includes, wine storage, game room, family/media room, gym, pool bath with sauna and ample storage.

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$14,900,000.  

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Luxury LakeFront Estate, Tahoe City, California

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Ultimate gated lakefront estate. 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms in 12,000 s.f. main w/ theater, billiard room, family room, fitness center, wood-paneled office, wine cellar/tasting room. Outdoor patio has stone spa & deck, lawn, firepit, gas grills. 1,200 s.f. guest/caretakers has living/kitchen, laundry, 2 BR, 2 BA. 145' pier has slip, lift,2 buoys. Slate roof, heated drive, 4-car garage, 2 generators, playground, dog yard, full landscaping, 180' on water.

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Stunning Luxury Home in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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A rare opportunity indeed. There are precious few estates of the caliber of Wavefront in this region, and only once in a great while does one come available. Wavefront is situated on an outcropped bluff with a full 180 degree view of Playas Flamingo, Portrero, Prieta and Penca. Property Details Each room in Wavefront faces into the ocean breeze and features ten foot high glass walls which open wide to take full advantage of the incredible surroundings. A dramatic contemporary home on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, positioned above three landscaped acres to take advantage of the expansive ocean views and the white sand beach below. 

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Year round sunsets are viewed through 10 foot tall glass windows. The cantilevered entertainment spaces open the home to the beautiful surroundings. Also features an infinity edge in-ground pool, a professional grade kitchen, spa tubs and marble bathroom floors and countertops. The landscaped grounds are beautifully conceived with a palm forest and indigenous ornamental plants, all monitored by an automatic irrigation system. A two bedroom caretaker’s cottage is also included.

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Sanibel Island Real Estate, Florida - Great Value

Sanibel Island known for it's conservation of natural wildlife and some the best shelling in the world. Offers a great year round, stress free lifestyle or an opportunity to a relaxing vacation home get-a-way without leaving the Unites States.

 

This single family home is beautifully maintained and offers 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.  Surrounded by lush landscaping with gorgeous views of the lake & wildlife. Lovely wood floors, nice light island colors, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, top of the line appliances, great room with vaulted ceiling and a  large wall of windows overlooking the lake.  Formal dining, screened lanai and a screen enclosed heated pool with spa. Large interior storage down stairs, laundry room and 2 single car garages. Great family community offering golf, tennis & a clubhouse with restaurant. Close to island amenities, shopping, & beaches. Asking price $735,000.

 

You deserve to have that perfect island get-a-way. Add this great island home to your portfolio.

 


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Charming Island Duplex, Sanibel Island Florida

Elegant near beach duplex, situated on a large corner lot, with lush native landscaping in luxurious island neighborhood. Each side offers 2 BR/1.5 BA and was professionally renovated in 2009. Spacious 2-story layout with tile floors, raised ceiling in dining/living room, stunning wood interior staircases, carpet  throughout 2nd floors, private wood decks, laundry rooms, master bedrooms with walk-in closets and 2 zone a/c with ultra-violet filter systems. Paver walkways with charming center courtyard and arbor. Large, separate artist’s studio/workshop and covered parking. Just steps from the beach and island marina. Coveted deeded beach access. Close to wonderful island amenities, restaurants, shopping and more. Great rental income providing a vacation get-a-way.  Asking price $650,000.


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Gulf Front Seascape Condominium, Sanibel Island

Wonderful Gulf front complex on Sanibel Island. Island complex offers a community pool, spa, tennis courts and a private path to the beach access.This gorgeous 3 bedroom and 3 bath condo with den has the feel of a penthouse or single family home with all the convenience of condo living. Sold decorator furnished with a few personal exceptions. Large screened lanai with wet bar, perfect for entertaining friends and family. Relax and enjoy some of  the best sunsets on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Situated in a private & peaceful location on Sanibel Island. Close to great island amenities, restaurants, art galleries, shopping and more.Take advantage of this just reduced great island condo. Add a little piece of the tropics to your luxury portfolio. Just Reduced to $995,000

 


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Gulf to Bay Estate, Captiva Island Florida

Southwest Florida has a hidden gem called Captiva Island. Where fishing is bountiful, the white sugar sand beaches captivate and your busy hectic life is just a glimmer in your memory. Captiva offers a prestigous stretch of parcels where the land is kissed by the Gulf of Mexico sunsets and backs up to Pine Island Sound where you have your own private membership to some of the best fishing in the world right at your backdoor.  

Spectacular Gulf to Bay Estate on Captiva Island with gorgeous water views from every room.  The main house features 4 BR/4.5 BA, Travertine marble floors, hardwood oak floors, custom gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances and granite counters, formal dining with coffered ceiling, great room with surround sound, study/library with gas fireplace, private elevator, hurricane windows, security system, heated pool with spa, deep water dock, and boat lift. The charming, income producing, “Cape Cod” guest house has been completely remodeled and offers 3 BR/3 BA with surrounding decks and dazzling Gulf of Mexico sunsets. Asking price $7,995,000.

 

 

 


Captiva Island Florida - Bud Lawrence Design

Some vacation destinations are a step above the rest, come see what Captiva Island has to offer. If you want a tranquil get-a-way where the sun meets the moon, this island is the perfect choice. It's a great time to be a buyer in the 2010 market. Will your dreams come to fruition this year before prices and interest rates start to rise?

Gorgeous 5 BR/5.5 BA home designed by Bud Lawrence on Captiva Island, Florida. Beautiful appointments throughout include: marble floors, Brazilian Cherry wood floor, custom cabinets, custom copper gutters/downspouts, Sinker All Heart Cypress 8ft. wood doors, stereo surround sound, Pre-cast concrete exterior trim & balusters, hand-made imported roof tiles & brick pathways, pebble-Tec heated pool and spa, waterfall with a slide, outdoor kitchen with built-in Thermador grilling station, gourmet kitchen with 2 wine coolers, 2 master suites with morning bars, private elevator & central vacuum system. Steps to the beach & Bay. Too many details to list, call for your private viewing today! Priced to Sell at $2,995,000.