Avery Homes, building prestigious homes in Chester County, PA since 1976

Avery Homes paints your home with the broadest strokes of your imagination and dreams. 

Finding or building the right home starts with choosing the right builder.  Avery Homes is a small, family operated company, linked with Avery Builders Inc., recipient of the prestigious pyramid award of the Pennsylvania Home Builders Association.  They have built primarily in Chester County, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas since 1976.

The Madeleine Model Home

Intimately elegant french country home on 2 acres in Chester County, PA featuring panoramic views of the countryside with GEOTHERMAL heating/cooling, public water, & lawn irrigation one mile from most shopping needs. His/Her 2-car garages. Custom stone, granite, hardwood, crown molding, wainscoting, over-sized baseboards, special ceilings, upscale lighting fixtures and custom built-ins throughout. Gourmet kitchen & Butler Pantry. Central music in & out. French, gas FP in great room. Elegant foyer with Swarovski crystal chandelier. Exquisite walkout with exercise room, sauna, stone wood-burning FP in social space, billiards & gaming area, full service bar & climate controlled wine room. Home is graced by custom iron gates and natural stone walkways at entry, front courtyard & rear deck over an enclosed 800' storage with garage door to the outside. Two complete laundry rooms, over-sized formal DR, security system, central vac, elevator for all floors, & 3rd floor apartment.
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Inspirational 'Gatsby' mansion faces demolition

By Emily C. Dooley via LATimes.com

The once-grand white house watches over Long Island Sound from the tip of Sands Point, its days numbered.  Lands End, the 25-room Colonial Revival mansion that local lore says was F. Scott Fitzgerald's inspiration for Daisy Buchanan's home in "The Great Gatsby" faces demolition this month.

In the 1920s and '30s, Winston Churchill, the Marx Brothers and Ethel Barrymore attended parties there. Fitzgerald was perched on the back deck, drinking in the view. Rooms featured marble, parquet and wide wood-planked floors, Palladian windows and hand-painted wallpaper.  Now, the front door is off its hinges, wood floors have been torn up for salvage, windows are missing and the two-story Doric columns are unsteady.

Sands Point Village in January approved plans to raze the house and divide the site into lots for five custom homes starting at $10 million each.  Lands End is the latest Gold Coast estate to fall. With each demolition, the North Shore loses more of its gilded past, when sea breezes and social events attracted the rich and famous. Historians say hundreds of the mansions have been lost in the past 50 years as owners faced increasing taxes and high maintenance costs.  "The cost to renovate these things is just so overwhelming that people aren't interested in it," said Clifford Fetner, president of Jaco Builders in Hauppauge, N.Y., and Lands End project construction manager. "The value of the property is the land."

Taxes, insurance and maintenance of the 24,000-square-foot house and 13-acre grounds total as much as $4,500 a day, said David Brodsky of 4B's Realty, which is redeveloping the site. His father, health care entrepreneur Bert Brodsky, bought Lands End for $17.5 million in 2004 from Virginia Kraft Payson, the late wife of former Mets owner Charles Shipman Payson.

"You can't save everything," Ullman said, adding that some historic homes "are being restored. Maybe that's the best we can do."  Some of the grand houses became part of parks or were used by religious groups, schools, hotels or nonprofits, said William Conklin, 49, who grew up on the Peacock Point estate in Locust Valley, where his father was caretaker.

The 40-room Ormston House in Lattingtown is now a monastery, Sefton Manor in Mill Neck is a school for the deaf and the Chrysler estate in Kings Point is part of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  But about 500 historic North Shore homes were knocked down in the 1950s and '60s, Randall said. More have fallen in the past 30 years.

"It's becoming more and more of an epidemic," said Alexandra Wolfe, director of preservation services at the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities.  The senior Brodsky has said he bought Lands End with plans to live there, but his family objected. He put it up for sale in 2006 for $30 million.  The subdivision plan wasn't the Gold Coast's first. After serving for decades as a home to steel magnate Henry Phipps' family, the Knole estate in Old Westbury was divided and developed several years ago.

La Selva, a 40-room Italian Renaissance villa in Upper Brookville, also was targeted for subdivision. Sylvia Kumar, wife of imprisoned former Computer Associates chief Sanjay Kumar, bought the 24-acre estate in 2001. It has been for sale for more than three years, now at $9.9 million. Kumar filed subdivision plans last year, but withdrew them, village Building Department clerk Linda Giani said.

Also for sale are a $15 million estate in Mill Neck and a $39.5-million estate in Kings Point called The Point.  "There are many of these in all degrees of condition and all degrees of pricing," said Barbara Candee, vice president of Daniel Gale Sotheby's. "The stories are wonderful and it's very sad if these are taken down."


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$16m buys you Scottie Pippen's Luxury Lauderdale Mansion

By Paul Owers via sunsentinel.com

Former NBA star Scottie Pippen is selling his Fort Lauderdale palace for $16 million.

The nearly 10,000-square-foot home in the exclusive Harbor Beach subdivision has been on the market for about two years now. Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino saw how tough the housing market is; he needed more than five years to sell his Weston home for $7.2 million -- less than half of his original asking price.

Pippen's six-bedroom home with 215 feet of water frontage is "extremely special," but it will take time to sell, listing agent Barbara Panton said, adding that the average market time for luxury properties across the U.S. is three to four years.

"There are not that many ready buyers," she said.  Panton said Pippen has listed it on and off since January 2009. She said Pippen hasn't shown any interest in reducing the asking price. The photos above are from the MLS listing.

One Broward County real estate broker says Pippen and wife Larsa, star of The Real Housewives of Miami, have an especially tough sell because the house was built on a double lot and looks across a canal. It’s a magnificent home, but it should have been built closer to the Intracoastal Waterway, the broker said.

Pippen – Robin to Michael Jordan’s Batman with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s – paid $1.34 million for the house in 2000, property records show.  Pippen and Jordan won six NBA titles together. Pippen was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year. His presenter Jordan, of course.


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New Series 'Luxury Lifestyles' Features Southern California Dream Homes

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This March, Emmy Award winning Actor Stuart Damon of ABC's General Hospital and son Christopher Damon will unlock the doors to private celebrity estates, architectural masterpieces and never-before-seen luxury homes on the premiere of the new original series Luxury Lifestyles. The magazine-style show takes viewers on the ultimate open house tours of some of the finest real estate in Southern California. Produced by Luxury Lifestyles TV, this series premieres Sunday, March 6 at 11 a.m. on KCOP Channel 13.

"The fascination with luxury homes and estates is tremendous," said Stuart Damon. "We are honored to share the work of some of the world's finest residential architects, designers and builders as we explore these luxurious Southern California residences."

In the first episode of Luxury Lifestyles Stuart puts on his best suit to take in a private polo game at a magnificent $19.5 million classic Mediterranean estate designed by Britt Jewitt. The 10,378+-sq.-ft, 6 bedroom, Italian villa-style residence sits on more than 22 pristine acres of equestrian bliss, with a private polo field, state-of-the-art equestrian facilities, mouthwatering olive and citrus orchards, formal gardens and a luxurious infinity edge pool and spa. In Laguna Beach, Stuart puts up his feet to enjoy the picturesque ocean views offered by a beautiful beach house retreat, then heads to the heart of downtown Los Angeles to experience the luxurious amenities of the trendy $110 million, 35-story new luxury residential building, WaterMarke Tower.

Christopher, laid back and fun loving, packs his surf board to visit a sexy $18.888 million Christian Light designed ocean front home where he treks through an indoor tropical forest to find an expansive 2-story estate with a home spa, indoor gym, wine cellar, theatre room and a luxurious infinity knife-edge pool. In Beverly Hills, he takes in a $10.895 million contemporary masterpiece, designed by Ed Niles. The two-story estate exemplifies California's indoor-outdoor luxury lifestyle with its endless walls of glass that encircle a private central garden, with ultimate city views and a luxurious infinity edge pool.

In addition to exploring these multi-million dollar properties, the 30-minute series introduces an array of colorful personalities and some of Southern California's most high-powered real estate agents including, Joyce Rey, Executive Director of Coldwell Banker Previews International; Ernie Carswell, founder of Teles Properties; Danielle Purcell, founder of Team Laguna; Suzanne Perkins, luxury agent with Sotheby's International Realty; Christophe Choo and Jade Mills, both luxury agents with Coldwell Banker Previews International.

Stuart played one of daytime television's most recognizable characters on ABC's General Hospital, Dr. Alan Quartermaine, for more than 30 years. He also started with Leslie Ann Warren as Prince Charming in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. For millions, Stuart is still known as their "Prince". Christopher began his career in television as a producer for non-scripted TV. Very quickly climbing the ladder, Christopher became one of the youngest executive producers in Hollywood having sold several shows to networks such as NBC, USA and Fox by the time he was 25 years old.

Viewers can tune in to experience some of the finest real estate in Southern California when episode 1 of Luxury Lifestyles premiers Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. on KCOP Channel 13.


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Jennifer Aniston Selling Luxury Mansion in Beverly Hillls For 42 Million...

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JENNIFER Aniston is selling her newly-renovated Beverly Hills mansion.  The former Friends actress is quietly working with a real estate broker to unload the 9,000-plus square foot property.  The pad is on the market for a whopping $42 million. Aniston bought the property in 2006 for $13.5 million.

One year ago, Jen opened the doors of her estate — which has sweeping views of Los Angeles — to Architectural Digest and they featured a spread in their March 2010 issue.  “I am so proud of this house,” Jen said at the time. “And I want to celebrate the people who made it: the master craftsmen who poured so much of themselves into its creation.”

Jennifer recently revealed she wants to move back to New York.  The actress has been spotted looking at a $15 million West Village condominium apartment, and has confessed she misses the city where she spent most of her childhood.

“I’ve been looking and looking and looking. I grew up in New York. I miss it,” she said.  “There is nothing like being in the city that is just the city of Everyman. It’s all walks of life – I love that!”


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50 Cent Lowers Farmington, CT Luxury Mansion Asking Price

Rapper 50 Cent just wants to get rid of his costly 53-room mega-mansion in Farmington and he has lowered the price again.  He has dropped the price on the 37 bathroom/19 bedroom estate to $9.9 million.

This is the third time the rap star, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, has lowered the price on the place he bought for $4.1 million from fighter Mike Tyson . Since putting it up for sale four years ago, 50 Cent has periodically dropped the asking price which began at $18. 5 million and had most recently been lowered to $10.9 million. The property, listed by William Raveis Real Estate, is being billed as a "presitigious home," and is advertised with duPont REGISTRY.

 The 50,000-square-foot mansion is on 17 acres and includes a gym, billiard rooms, racquetball courts and a disco with a "dancing room" featuring stripper poles. 50 Cent reportedly spent millions on improvements to the estate that was originally built by swindler Benjamin Sisti.

 A few weeks ago two burglars were discovered by police hiding inside the Poplar Hill Drive residence. There have also been reports that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had taken a look at the property recently.  

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Johnny Depp Buys Multimillion-Dollar Luxury Home In Venice, Italy

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Johnny Depp paid $13.4 million on a house in Venice after falling in love with the city during filming "The Tourist" with Angelina Jolie last year.

Depp plays American tourist Frank, who meets a mysterious beauty (Jolie) who drags him into a dangerous world of intrigue and espionage while traveling through Europe in director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's paranoid thriller.

According to local newspaper "La Nuova Venezia," the actor outbid an Arab prince for the empty building, which is situated in the Santa Croce area of Venice and is one of the only available homes overlooking the famous Grand Canal.


"Stroll the beach and oceanfront walking paths" - Pebble Beach, California Luxury Home

By Eli S. Pager for duPont REGISTRY

There’s a rare opportunity to own one of the finest country club homes in Pebble Beach, and it’s situated in the heart of one of the most scenic and jaw-dropping venues in California. The surroundings, with the crashing surf, majestic sunsets, and the famed 17-Mile Drive that winds through Del Monte forest, is simply picture-perfect. It gets better. Within one of the most coveted Pebble Beach neighborhoods, the 4,634-square-foot house, rebuilt in 2005, overlooks the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course. The arrival through a gated courtyard, with a fountain at its center, offers the first wow, according to Peter Butler, the property’s listing agent and the owner of Carmel Realty Company in Carmel, California. “It’s grand, but it’s a perfect fit with the casualness and elegance of what people here like.”

And the back of the property offers the ultimate wow, according to Butler, because of its panoramic Pacific Ocean views that stretch from the Santa Cruz Mountains to Cypress Point. Large picture windows across the entire two floors of the back capture those views, as well as the manicured golf course in the foreground. The beach and the area’s oceanfront walking paths are only a short stroll from the house. 

Butler says the interior is particularly well suited for entertaining. On the first floor, for instance, there’s wet bar in the living room, and that space is adjacent to a formal dining room. In addition, a temperature  controlled wine closet is set off of the kitchen. Earlier this year, for example, the owners hosted a cocktail party during the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am that is played on the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course that essentially is located in the home’s backyard. “The house can accommodate sixty to eighty people comfortably, but it also works for small parties and casual dining. And the house is equally well-suited for a couple to live comfortably,” comments Butler.

A curved staircase leads upstairs, where there are two bedroom suites and a grand master suite. All three stretch across the back of the home and look out over the golf course to the ocean. The spaces also offer white water ocean and sunset views.  The grand master suite includes a fireplace, his-and-her walk-in closets, as well as a bathroom with a marble-slab steam shower and spacious tub with ocean views. Among the home’s more subtle design features are solid wood doors, radiant heating, a remotecontrolled cabinet housing a flat-screen television, a whole-house sound and lighting system, as well as high-quality materials and appliances throughout.

Butler notes that the $6,495,000 asking price is below replacement cost and well below the current owner’s investment in the property.  Moreover, he says the property delivers everything, including location, views, and access to the Monterrey Peninsula’s natural beauty, that people seek when they come to Pebble Beach.

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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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Billion-Dollar Luxury Home Readies for Housewarming

India’s richest man has built what is said to be the world’s first billion-dollar home. Yes, that’s billion with a “B.  ”Mukesh Ambani, his wife and three children plan a housewarming party for the 27-story Mumbai pad later this month. In addition to decadent food, attendees can glimpse three helipads, a health club, dance studio, 50-seat movie theater and underground parking lot with enough room for 160 cars, the New York Daily News reports. An American firm oversaw the interior design.  The house didn’t cost $1 billion to build, of course, but construction did cost millions of dollars. Given Mumbai’s astronomical property prices, the finished product is worth many times the construction tab. That’s where the billion-dollar figure comes in.  The home is rumored to have a wait staff of 600, bigger than the staff of many small companies.

The house might be oversized, but it isn’t sprawling: It soars more than 550 feet, more resembling a condo tower than a luxurious mansion. Children might say it looks like Lego building blocks, the Daily News points out.  Mr. Ambani could have afforded to go even bigger. According to Forbes magazine, Mr. Ambani’s $29-billion fortune makes him the fourth-richest man in the world. He runs Reliance Industries, a textile company that grew into what it says is “India’s largest private sector enterprise.  ”Not surprisingly, not everyone is a fan of the construction, which seems out of place in a country known for its poverty and slums.  One local newspaper columnist labeled the building an “edifice to his ego,” while an editor of an Indian design magazine called it “obscenely lavish.”

Ouch! But some stick up for the billionaire. “He can’t just walk into a cinema and watch a film like you or me,” the Guardian quotes an associate as saying. “So he has built a house to his requirements like anyone else would. It’s a question of convenience and requirements. It’s only a family home, just a big one. It’s just another home that someone is living in. It’s no big event.”  No big event at all.


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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NYC Retreat, 12,000 SqFt Pocono Mountain Home Sold

 

Located between Philadelphia and New York, this 12,000 square foot mountain retreat home, offers eight bedrooms with en-suite tile baths. Formal living room/grand ballroom with oak floors, fireplace and musicians loft, dining room with tapestry walls and sandstone fireplace and oak paneled game room with bar. Gourmet and butler’s kitchens, solarium media room and formal entry with Italian marble floors. Large collector’s garage, within 70-miles of NYC. 

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"Thank you so much for all your help with the sale of our property. We felt good about selling it in under a year and received many leads from our efforts with your publication and website - in spite of this crazy economy."

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