Alicia Keys lowers price of Syosset, New York home

Valerie Kellogg from newsday.com

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There's been another price reduction on Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys' Syosset house. The 2.2-acre, six-bedroom mansion is now listed for $2.995 million. The property came on the market in June for $3.85 million with Alexis Siegel of CORE Long Island.


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Posted on: 12/29/2010 at 11:11 AM
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Brangelina looking to buy a property in Columbia

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Celebrity super couple and Hollywood actors, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, otherwise referred to as Brangelina, are reportedly looking to buy a home in Columbia.  Alessandro Proto, an estate agent who has helped a number of Hollywood's biggest stars buy homes, told the Colombia Reports that the superstars are particularly keen to buy a home in or around Cali, despite the city’s high crime rate.

Proto reports that the couple are looking for a mansion with at least 15 bedrooms.  "The couple fell in love with the city during a secret visit at the feria," Proto said.

Cali, located in the south-western department of Valle del Cauca, is a surprise destination for the couple to buy a home in Columbia, but apparently appealed to Angelina Jolie during a recent visit to the region.

The Hollywood stars purchased a luxurious holiday home in Italy in September, quashing suggestions that they were going breakup.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased Villa Costanza near Verona, Italy. The property includes 18 hectares of land, 15 rooms and seven bathrooms. The charming country home also includes two swimming pools, a cinema, horse stables and a vineyard.

The actors paid in the region of £25 million for the villa in the Northern Italian hills of Valpolicella.  Pitt and Jolie also own homes in France, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Cambodia.


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UAE Luxury Hotel erects 11-million-dollar Christmas Tree

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ABU DHABI (AFP) – Christmas came in extravagant fashion to the Muslim desert emirate of Abu Dhabi as a glitzy hotel unveiled a bejewelled Christmas tree valued at more than 11 million dollars on Wednesday.

It is the "most expensive Christmas tree ever," with a "value of over 11 million dollars," said Hans Olbertz, general manager of Emirates Palace hotel, at its inauguration.  The 13-metre (40-foot) faux evergreen, located in the gold leaf-bedecked rotunda of the hotel, is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments and small white lights.

But the necklaces, earrings and other jewellery draped around the tree's branches are what give it a record value.  It holds a total of 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones, said Khalifa Khouri, owner of Style Gallery, which provided the jewellery.

"The tree itself is about 10,000 dollars," Olbertz said. "The jewellery has a value of over 11 million dollars -- I think 11.4, 11.5."

This will probably be an entry into the Guinness book of world records, Olbertz said, adding that Emirates Palace planned to contact the organisation about the tree which is to stay until the end of the year.

Asked if the tree might offend religious sensibilities in the United Arab Emirates, where the vast majority of the local population is Muslim, Olbertz said he did not think it would. "It's a very liberal country," he said.

The hotel has had a Christmas tree up in previous years, but this year "we said we have to do something different," and the hotel's marketing team hatched the plan, said Olbertz.

The tree is not the first extravagant offering from Emirates Palace -- a massive, dome-topped hotel sitting amid fountains and carefully manicured lawns.

The hotel, which bills itself as seven-star, in February introduced a package for a seven-day stay priced at one million dollars.

Takers of the package have a private butler and a chauffeur driven Maybach luxury car at their disposal during their stay, as well as a private jet available for trips to other countries in the region.

And in May, the hotel opened a gold vending machine, becoming the first place outside Germany to install "gold to go, the world's first gold vending machine," said Ex Oriente Lux AG, the German company behind the machine.


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Lady Gaga Reportedly Buys Multi-Million Dollar Scottish Mansion

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Lady Gaga has reportedly bought Yester House, a 17th century mansion in East Lothian in Scotland. According to website The Real Estalker, the 24-year-old singer had exchanged contracts on the property.


The 60-room mansion and 200-acre estate is one of Scotland's most expensive properties, comprising of six principal bedrooms, a 1,300 square-foot ballroom and three kitchens. Estate agent Knight Frank said the mansion went on the market for £15 million ($24 million) two years ago.

Yester House also has musical connections. Built between 1699 and 1728, it was owned from the 1970s by Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who died in 2007.


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Bay Arch proposes Hollywood Sign Luxury Hotel concept

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The proposal aims to preserve the image of the Hollywood sign and make use of its unique location. Bay Arch plans to double the size of the famous letters at a height of 105 feet, building them out from the back. Guests will get a chance to stay in one of the letters of the iconic signs, offering views of Los Angeles.

The 10-level hotel will include 308 rooms, depicting unique theme of the history of Hollywood. The structure will also house an observation deck, three large swimming pools, a movie theater, restaurants, a conference room and a museum. The sign will be illuminated at night.

The firm is seeking investors, developers, hotel operators, designers and engineers to take the proposal to the next step, after which the plan will be presented to the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Governor of California.

Would you stay in the Hollywood sign Luxury Hotel?


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Luxury shoppers are making a comeback...

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times

Picking up a gift at Tiffany & Co. can easily set you back a month's rent, but here it is on a Wednesday afternoon and more than two dozen customers are packed around the jewelry cases at the South Coast Plaza store, eyeing $8,000 watches and $5,000 diamond earrings.

There's another crowd gathered at the Louis Vuitton boutique nearby, where popular handbags like the $690 Speedy 30 are sold out. Over at Christian Louboutin, Lefty and Cindy Novotny of Coto de Caza are walking out with a pair of black leather pumps for their daughter. Price: $630.  "People are sick of saving — it's not fun," said Cindy Novotny, 54, who co-owns a consulting firm with her husband. "2009 I shopped in my closet, and I said I'm over that."

After snapping shut their designer wallets during the recession, luxury shoppers are making a big comeback. Gone are the drastic cost-cutting measures by high-end retailers, who are now reporting renewed fervor for handbags, shoes, jewelry and other indulgences at full price.  U.S. retail sales overall are expected to rise about 3.5% this year, but the trend is even stronger at the high end, with a projected 7% jump over 2009.

That's an encouraging sign for the overall economy because affluent shoppers wield outsized spending power. The richest 20% of households account for nearly 40% of total consumer spending in the U.S., said Michael Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Their pent-up desire to spend money is being abetted by the stock market rally, a more stable jobs picture for those who are still employed, and expectations that the economy will continue to show steady, if slow, improvement.  In recent weeks, some of the nation's best-known luxury retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom, have reported a surge in traffic and sales.

Wall Street likes what it sees. Shares of Tiffany, Coach, Hermes and LVMH, Louis Vuitton's parent company, are all up more than 45% this year, compared with 11% for the broad Standard & Poor's 500 index.  With luxury spending on the rise, the Beverly Center in Los Angeles has been adding to its high-end offerings, opening Prada, Fendi and Omega stores in recent weeks; expanding its Dolce & Gabbana boutique; and putting the final touches on a Tiffany location set to open Friday.

"At certain points throughout the recession, we certainly heard talk of 'Oh, there's the death of luxury and shouldn't you lease to some of these less impressive, less luxury brands?'" said the mall's general manager, Jeff Brown. "We stuck to our guns, and I think at the end of the day those are the benefits that we're now reaping."

Because luxury shoppers are recovering faster than other people, it has led to a "tale of two consumers," said Doug Hart, a partner in the retail and consumer product practice at BDO.

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New York Mansion used in iconic film "The Godfather" to be sold for $2.9 million

By Myrna Holguin from examiner.com

Owners of the Staten Island mansion used in "The Godfather" are making New Yorkers an offer they can't refuse.  The eight bedroom Tudor-style house is being sold for $2.9 million.  The famous home sits on a 24,000-square-foot lot and includes an inground pool and a four-car garage.  The mansion features four bedrooms, two fireplaces, and a pub basement.

Francis Ford Coppola directed "The Godfather."  The film starred Marlon Brando as the fictitious mobster Don Vito Corleone and actor Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, Don Corelone's youngest son and heir to the family business.  The production crew filmed the wedding reception for Connie, Don Corelone's daughter outside in the garden.  Scenes of the family eating and gathering together for meetings were filmed inside the home.  Owner James Norton recounted to the press how his mother kept artifacts from "The Godfather" intact,  including Brando's cue cards. 

"We just hope whoever buys it doesn't want to knock it down and build something new," neighbor Peter Albert, 66, told the Daily News.  "It's a beautiful home."

"I remember when they filmed the wedding in the backyard," his wife, Elain Alber, 62, added.  "People know it. Japanese tourists come here to take pictures. We like it the way it is."

"I was just a boy when they filmed the movie here," stated Steven Howard, 67.  "I grew up knowing it as 'The Godfather House.'  According to realtor, Connie Profaci, the house needs some work.  However, the family is hoping the house's famous iconic film history will still bring buyers to the market.

Would you buy a house made famous in a film?


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LeBron James buys $9M Luxury Mansion in Coconut Grove, Florida

BY NICOLE CARTER from NYDailyNews.com

LeBron James has reportedly just bought a mansion in Coconut Grove, Fla., for $9 million.  The new Miami Heat hotshot got his money's worth too: the home is a massive 12,000 square feet, reports the Miami Herald, and has six bedrooms, a wine cellar, library, home theater and guest house.


 And don't forget the waterfront view from every room. And the swanky infinity pool next to the parking spots for two 60-foot yachts.  This may come as quite a sting to New York real estate brokers, as when the free agent was rumored to be joining the New York Knicks, he reportedly took a tour of N.Y.C.'s finest homes. 

The former Cleveland Cavalier looked at a $13 million townhouse in Greenwich Village (which used to belong to Billy Joel)  and perused a $14.95 million pad in Columbus Circle earlier this year, according to reports.


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Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition, at Annual Millionaire Fair, will cost $1,000, report says

BY MIKE LUTTRELL on tgdaily.com

One of the main draws of Android-based tablets is that they offer a more affordable alternative to the iPad. However, Samsung doesn't see it that way as the company will soon be launching a version of its tablet computer for around $1,000.

The "Luxury Edition" of the Galaxy Tab was unveiled at the Millionaire Fair, a European expo that highlights the most exquisite - and most expensive - toys and gadgets on the market today. Samsung was on hand to show that even open-source mobile operating systems can be luxurious.

Unfortunately, though, it isn't really anything that exciting. The Luxury Edition of the Galaxy Tab is reportedly exactly the same as the normal one you can pick up at mobile retail stores, but it comes with an exclusive leather case and Bluetoothheadset.  And that's apparently enough to ratchet the price up to 749 euros, or just around $1,000.

Perhaps it is a way of highlighting the fact that the Galaxy Tab, despite its high price tag, has been selling well. Even though consumers could actually get a bare-bones iPad for less than a Galaxy Tab, the latter is still making its way in the market.

Samsung plans to launch the exclusive version of the device on Wednesday, and will make it available through the end of January. After that, this limited edition bundle will be gone.  So if you've got some money just burning a hole in your pocket, here's the perfect Christmas gift for you.


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HISTORIC PROPERTY NODS TO THE PAST, EMBRACES THE FUTURE LONG LAKE IN LAKE GEORGE, NEW YORK

BY Jonathan Burke, President and CEO Sotheby's International Realty

Nearly every luxury property exudes a special feeling that’s often difficult to communicate in words. Not so for an Adirondack camp, Kwenogamac, which is set on Long Lake in Lake George, New York. Harold Reiser’s description goes like this: “It’s like driving into a storybook.” How about that for enticing? That storybook feel comes from the property’s remoteness, for one. The 13-building compound, built in 1903 for Arpad G. C. Gerster, a European immigrant and doctor, is set on 43 acres. The site, accessible by a private, gated road, is surrounded by woods, mountains and water, all of which combine to deliver a rare, calming silence.

The property is listed John Burke, of Select Sotheby’s International Realty. It has three New York offices in Saratoga Springs, Lake Placid, and Lake George in New York. Reiser is associate broker and founding member of the firm. It’s a property that offers a nod to the past , but where history and modernity co-exist. In fact, unique spaces from the original design remain. Those include a room whose surfaces are entirely covered in tin. The tin kept linens safe from mice. Another space was used to refill oil lamps. Among the camp’s main buildings are the original historic lodge, meant for summer use, that includes a library and seven bedrooms that are spread across three floors. Gerster, something of a Renaissance man, kept diaries, books and papers, some of which are still in place at the property. A new guest lodge for year-round use features a great room with a full kitchen, a three-car garage and a complete woodworking and maintenance shop. And a year-round boathouse includes a second-floor great room, a sun deck and Crestron and Lutron systems. It’s marked by log beams and a dramatic vaulted ceiling. Its interior fireplace is so grand that you can walk around it. A second fireplace is located outside on a covered patio. The building was designed to fit with the environment and incorporates wood from the property, along with red and yellow birch and reclaimed heart pine floors. “The combination of woods and the architecture is a piece of art,” comments Reiser.

Moreover, the compound is self sufficient and relies on green power. Solar panels and battery storage produce electricity, for instance, and a wood furnace is capable of generating heat and hot water for two major buildings. Gardens, one of which is totally white, are abundant across the property. And rather than using harsh measures to keep deer at bay, a motion sensor sets off squirts of water that discourage them from chomping plants. And an array of outdoor amenities make the property an ideal getaway for recreation. There’s the 1,233 feet of water frontage with a sandy beach, as well as a playing field, trails for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, and water sports that include boating, swimming and fishing. Reiser and Burke see the property as ideal for a high-profile person craving privacy or for a family compound. It’s also a strong contender for a corporate entity seeking space for training and meetings, especially since there’s a built-in environment for team-building exercises.

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Luxury Awaits on Marco Island, Florida

 A sun-drenched jewel on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, Marco Island features six miles of beach and over 100 miles of waterways within its 24 square miles. Marco Island is the largest Barrier Island within Southwest Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands area extending from Marco Island to Cape Sable. It lies within the subtropical to tropical climate zone and experiences a distinct wet and dry season with most of the rainfall occurring between the months of June and October. With a permanent population of 15,000 and a peak winter season population of 35,000, Marco Island’s residents and visitors alike call this special Island ... Paradise.


   

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This direct access home is located in a very desirable neighborhood that is just minutes to the Marco River and the Gulf. With 1395 sq. ft of a/c living area you have 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, enclosed Florida room and a 1 car garage—a perfect second home for vacation. The spacious screened lanai has a stand alone spa and plenty of room for a pool. Very clean and a real pleasure to show.
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Spectacular view looking south down deep water bay with quick boating access (10 minutes) to Gulf of Mexica. 5 bedrooms (2 down 3 up) 4 baths, great room style home. 3 boat lifts (do not obstruct open view) 44K, 13K and 7K pound lifts). 2 laundry rooms up and down. 10' impact glass sliders. Custom sound and entertainment system. Plantation shutters. Exptra boat equipt storage room with AC only steps to dock. Read more here.

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Eisenhower Kin Sells Historic Luxury Mansion In Southampton

By JOSH BARBANEL from wsj.com.

A historic 19th-century Southampton mansion owned by Anne Eisenhower, a granddaughter of the former president, has found a buyer, brokers said, in one of the most significant sales of the year in the Hamptons.  Harald Grant, a broker at Sotheby's International Realty who represented Ms. Eisenhower, confirmed that the three-story house, with a pool and tennis court, was in contract and due to close before the end of the year. He declined to provide details.

The 12,000-square-foot house has been on and off the market for the past few years, brokers said, with a recent asking price of $35 million. Even not knowing the final price, brokers said it would likely rank as the second or third highest sale of the year in the Hamptons.

"We came to a price that was acceptable to us," Mr. Grant said.  Ms. Eisenhower is a socialite active in many charity events as well as an interior designer. One East End broker said that Ms. Eisenhower has been looking for a smaller, easier-to-manage home in the Hamptons.

Property tax records show that she owns the mansion with her husband, Wolfgang Flottl, an investment banker and art collector. He was convicted in Austria in 2008 on charges he played a role in covering up investment losses at an Austrian bank linked to the failure of Refco, a New York financial-services firm. An appeal is pending.  Ms. Eisenhower was said to be traveling, and didn't respond to several messages left at her New York office.

The house, originally known as Claverack, was built in the 1890s and was one the first oversized "cottages" of the original summer colony that sprang up in what is known as the estates section in Southampton Village. The house was modeled after a Dutch colonial mansion, with dormer windows and a peaked roof, that was built near Albany in the 18th century for a member of the Van Rensselaer family, one of the original families to settle in the Hudson River Valley.

The wife of the original owner was a descendent and gave the house its Dutch name. A later owner Americanized it and renamed it Keewaydin, the northwest wind in the poem "The Song of Hiawatha" by Longfellow. "It is one of the greatest houses of the original summer colony," said Gary Lawrance, an architect and author of a book on houses in the Hamptons.

The house was originally part of a 30-acre estate, Mr. Lawrance said, with gardens designed by the Olmstead brothers, but all but 10 acres have been sold off. Now brokers said part of the grounds could be sold off again, for two additional housing sites. The house is protected as part of a Southampton Village historic district, but years ago, the site was partitioned into three separate building lots.

Papers filed with Southampton Village in connection with the sale show that the buyers plan to take title to the property using two separate limited liability companies—one for the mansion, and the other for the other two potential building lots.  Jim Ferrer, a Sotheby's broker, represented the buyers, whom he declined to identify. "The deal is cloaked in confidentiality," he said.

Ms. Eisenhower paid about $5 million for the property in the mid-1990s, during a market downturn, brokers said. The current deal shows how much values have risen in the Hamptons, even in properties far from the beach, despite the slump in prices and sales in recent years.  Tim Davis, a Corcoran broker, said while the high-end market in the Hamptons remained price-sensitive, it was coming back faster than other market sectors. "This sale is telling us that the high end of the market is resetting itself," he said.


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Yunak Evleri Is a 5-Star Luxury Hotel Built Into Ancient Caves

by Andrew Michler from inhabitat.com

At the heart of Turkey there is an incredible landscape dotted with ancient caves. Completely vacant, in 2000, six cave houses dating back to the 5th and 6th century were converted into an unconventional, yet truly unique 30-room, 5-star hotel called the Yunak Evleri. Each underground room has been decked out in Ottoman era antiques and topped off with a personal spa and patio. The rest of the hotel is a reclaimed 19th century Greek mansion that sits adjacent to the awe-inspiring caves.

Many caves were carved out of the soft limestone cliffs in the region of Cappadocia, whose history dates back to the 6th century.  The hotel was completed in 2000 with extensive cleanup and grounds improvement. The remarkable cave retrofit brought in power for lights, Wi-Fi and modern gadgets a well as plumbing for the individual baths.

The rooms have each been impressively finished with antiques of the 1900’s Ottoman Empire, adding a nostalgic elegance to the rocky interior facade. The rooms are rich with hand carved details right in the rock: medallions, nooks, arches, windows and doors. Each room has a white marble adorned spa with either a steam shower or a Jacuzzi. Each room also has its own outdoor patio overlooking the ancient landscape. The rooms are dead silent, and of course they maintain comfortable and cool temperatures even on the hottest of days. Individuals can also explore a number of other cave homes and even cave churches which dot the region.


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