Top 10s of 2014: Spectacular Pools

Ocala, Florida

Joan Pletcher

Joan Pletcher | 352-226-9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.joanpletcher.com 

 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Premier Estate Properties

Julie Jones | 954-525-0018

Julie@premierestateproperties.com

www.LuxuryRealEstateFtL.com 

 

Palm Springs, California

HK Lane

Nelda Linsk | 760-774-6619

nlinsk@hklane.com

www.christiesrealestate.com


Rolling Hills, California

Hilton & Hyland

Marcie Hartley | 310-691-5950

Marcie@marciehartley.com

www.christiesrealestate.com 

 

Vero Beach, Florida

Premier Estate Properties

Clark French | 772-321-0683

clark@premierestateproperties.com

Cindy O’Dare | cindy@premierestateproperties.com

www.christiesrealestate.com 

 

Tempe, Arizona

Geneva Real Estate & Investments, LLC

Tina Garcia | 602-451-8462

Tinasells4u@cox.net

www.TinaSellsArizona.com 

 

St. Barths, Caribbean Islands

Sibarth Real Estate

Christian Wattiau | 590 590 29 88 91

Rick Moeser | 561-805-7327

Christian@sibarthrealestate.fr

www.christiesrealestate.com 

 

Costa Rica

Mead Brown Vacation Rentals

Michael Brown | 305-395-7293

Michael@meadbrown.com

www.meadbrown.com 

 

Avon, Connecticut

William Raveis Real Estate

Donna Anderson Halloran | 860-690-2025

Donna.Anderson@Raveis.com

www.Raveis.com 

 

Costa Rica

Mead Brown Vacation Rentals

Michael Brown | 305-395-7293

Michael@meadbrown.com

www.meadbrown.com 


Top 10s of 2014: Gourmet Kitchens

Ocala, Florida

Joan Pletcher

Joan Pletcher | 352-226-9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.joanpletcher.com 

 

Lake Burton, Georgia

Harry Norman, Realtors

Julie Barnett | 404-697-3860

Julie.barnett@harrynorman.com

www.juliebarnettrealtor.com 

 

Brooklyn, New York

The DeNiro Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Raphael DeNiro | 212-460-0655

deniroteam@elliman.com

deniroteam.elliman.com

 

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Charter One Realty | Wexford

Steve Timperman | 843-384-8988

steve@charteronerealty.com

www.stevetimperman.com 

 

Bozeman, Montana

PureWest Christie's

Sally Uhlmann & Mike Schlauch

Sally 406-223-5964 | Mike 406-580-8380

info@suplatinum.com

www.BozemanLuxuryRealEstate.com 

 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Premier Estate Properties

Julie Jones | 954-525-0018

Julie@premierestateproperties.com

www.LuxuryRealEstateFtL.com


Bozeman, Montana

PureWest Christie's

Sally Uhlmann & Mike Schlauch

Sally 406-223-5964 | Mike 406-580-8380

info@suplatinum.com

www.BozemanLuxuryRealEstate.com 

 

Mississauga, Canada

Sam McDadi Real Estate, Inc.

Sam McDadi | 416-801-2400

sam@mcdadi.com

www.mcdadi.com 

 

San Diego, California

Gabhart Real Estate Advisors

Curtis Gabhart | 858-356-5973

Cgabhart@gabhartinvestments.com

www.gabhartinvestments.com 

 

Costa Rica

Mead Brown Vacation Rentals

Michael Brown | 305-395-7293

Michael@meadbrown.com

www.meadbrown.com


Top 10s of 2014: Man Caves

Orange, California

RE/MAX Fine Homes

Lee Ann Canaday | 949-249-2424

leeann@canadaygroup.com

www.CanadayGroup.com


Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Premier Estate Properties

Julie Jones | 954-525-0018

Julie@premierestateproperties.com

www.LuxuryRealEstateFtL.com 

 

Bozeman, Montana

PureWest Christie's

Sally Uhlmann & Mike Schlauch

Sally 406-223-5964 | Mike 406-580-8380

info@suplatinum.com

www.BozemanLuxuryRealEstate.com 


Ocala, Florida

Joan Pletcher

Joan Pletcher | 352-226-9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.joanpletcher.com


Tempe, Arizona

Geneva Real Estate & Investments, LLC

Tina Garcia | 602-451-8462

Tinasells4u@cox.net

www.TinaSellsArizona.com 

 

Boxborough, Massachusetts

William Raveis Real Estate

Peter Darveau | 617-592-3266

Peter.Darveau@Raveis.com

www.Raveis.com 

 

Camarillo, California

RE/MAX Olson & Associates

Jordan Cohen | 818-435-5220

Jordan@jordancohen.com

www.jordancohen.com 

 

Argyle, Texas

RE/MAX Masters

Lisa Good | 214-212-0017

lisagood@gmail.com

www.LisaGood.com 

 

Ocala, Florida

Joan Pletcher

Joan Pletcher | 352-226-9100

Joanpletcher@aol.com

www.joanpletcher.com

 

Bozeman, Montana

PureWest Christie's

Sally Uhlmann & Mike Schlauch

Sally 406-223-5964 | Mike 406-580-8380

info@suplatinum.com

www.BozemanLuxuryRealEstate.com


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Luxurious Naples, Florida

It might seem unlikely timing, but four years ago, on the heels of the real estate fracas, Mike McCumber and Tim Savage opened the doors to Gulf Coast International Properties, a boutique luxury real estate firm specializing in high-end, water- and beach-front properties. 

The partners, who had known each other for a decade, felt that "traditional real estate companies weren't offering the services or marketing programs people were looking for in the Naples real estate market," Savage says.  

Gulf Coast flew in a new direction, with exceptional, personalized care. "More like advisors than selling agents -- a concierge service," McCumber explains. They combined that care with a strong Internet presence, rare at the time in Naples.

"We still invest in print advertising, there’ll always be an interest in pretty pictures," says Savage. "But the future of real estate marketing and sales is in the digital space. Getting our properties in front of a guy sitting at a cafe in Toronto, looking at his tablet or smartphone. With print, there is a limited distribution, a shelf-life, a static nature to the information. Through our website, www.gcipnaples.com, and our strategic global online partnerships, like www.Invidiata.com in Oakville, ON, our properties are accessible anywhere at anytime.”

Unlike traditional firms, which tend to nurture solo stars, the partners and the company's agents work as a team, in a discreet collaboration that brings agents, buyers and properties together. "We do more large deals in the conference room than through the MLS," says McCumber.

The company's primary focus is Naples, FL, with its beautiful waterways, magnificent beaches, roughly 70 golf courses and a more casual sophistication. It’s an area that has long been attractive to well-to-do mid-westerners who prefer the turquoise serenity of boating on the placid Gulf of Mexico to navigating the Atlantic's tumult.

"It's much like Palm Beach, but more low-key," Savage says. "They wear flip flops -- and drive the Ferrari to buy groceries."

Located at the southern tip of Naples lies the uber-luxury community of Port Royal. Here, residents enjoy membership in the Port Royal Club with its world-class fitness center, Hydro-grid tennis courts, large beach-side pool, and charming clubhouse originally built in the late ‘50s.

Now showing: A magnificent three-story, five bedroom retreat featuring a two-bedroom guesthouse, pool, and exquisite grounds rolling down to 125 feet of pristine, sugar sand beach located in Port Royal.

Enough to lure any Canadian from the bistro down to the sunshine and onto the sands of Naples, Florida.

Interested buyers can click here to learn more about this property.

 


Marketing Luxury Real Estate: The Art of Photographing Luxury Real Estate – Part 1

Your Lead Listing Photo Must be a “Wow”

Marketing luxury real estate is just as much an art as it is a skill.  In this article series, we will cover the key principles of the art of photographing luxury real estate.

For the vast majority of luxury real estate marketing professionals it would be unconscionable to submit a listing to the MLS without photos. Recent studies have proven that adding photos can increase the sales price of a home by 3-5%.  Yet, far too many luxury agents provide mediocre photos that fail to capture the attention and the imagination of prospective buyers.

The lead photo in the presentation of your listing must be a “WOW”! Great first impressions can raise expectations about the value of a home. “WOW” photos can add thousands of dollars to the final sale price of a property because they can trigger positive emotional responses in the buyers’ minds.

Whenever possible, the composition of your lead photo should tell the entire “story” about the property, and also about the lifestyle the buyer can expect when they move in.  You should think of what the home would look like on the cover of Architectural Digest.  Not every listing will qualify for a cover story, but you should treat all of your listing as if they deserve to be on the cover!

The magnificent property featured in this article, 14 Sunrise Cay in Ocean Reef, (Upper Key Largo) Florida actually did appear in Florida Architecture magazine.  Offered at $14,500,000 by Mary Lee, owner of Mary Lee Presents Ocean Reef Properties, this stunning custom built six-bedroom family retreat has over 100 feet of frontage on the Atlantic Ocean in one of the world’s finest private clubs. 

We personally toured this exquisite home. Both of us were deeply moved by the atmosphere created by the warmth of the impeccably designed living room with its barrel ceiling and the fine craftsmanship of its furnishings, juxtaposed to the expansiveness of the ocean before us.

In Part 2 of this series we will take you to the “American Riviera”, in Santa Barbara, California and will discuss the art of conveying the local lifestyle in your listing photos.

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: The Potter's Green Thumb

Staging the entry to a luxury home, condo or estate is very important.  Many elegant homes feature topiaries flanking the front entrances.  However in the winter months, where flowers don't grow, or for those who want low maintenance plants, here is a clever and artistic solution.

Yesterday, we went up to the Santa Barbara Wine country to the quaint little town of Los Olivos.  After lunch at our favorite restaurant, Sides, we took a long walk.    A garden and accessories store  delighted us in cleverly staging flowers  made by local potters in ground cover plants planted in terra cotta pots.  All is needed is a little water to keep the ground cover going, and if that is too much, then you can even opt in for artificial ground cover...

Some of these are very realistic looking, and even though Ron and I have green thumbs, I would definitely plant some of these in my yard for a touch of whimsy.

Wishing you all a wonderful Monday, Cheers, Ron & Alexandra

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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A Quality Life in Tierra Verde, Florida

This exquisite and private 8,110-heated-square-foot luxury home with 6-car garage on the famed Oceanview Drive in Tierra Verde, Florida was built with high quality commercial grade construction techniques, top-of-the-line custom luxury finishes, and sharp attention to detail. From the pilings underneath it to the tile roof, you will experience reinforced concrete, steel and impact glass - bringing you waterfront security on this quanit barrier island community at the southernmost tip of St. Petersburg, Florida.

This custom home, strategically placed on the most desirable acre-plus lot captures 300-degree floor-to-ceiling views of open water. A gentle ocean breeze crosses the pool, decks and lawn from every corner. Run in the yard, meander down the boat dock with your fishing rod, or wade off your private beach to see what marine line is playing in the water. At night, relax on the deck and watch the magnificent sunsets turn the sky and water orange and hot pink.

No detail goes unnoticed in this perfectly laid-out home. Find huge, soaring ceilings, unbelievable moldings and artistic detail everywhere. The gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and butler's pantry is open to the waterfront great room and media/recreation room making this home perfect for living and entertaining. Just steps away are a formal dining room, wine room and staging area for dinner parties. An oversized elevator services all levels for people and supplies. Waterfront master bedroom suites and laundry rooms, located both upstairs and down, allow you to tailor the home to meet your needs. The saltwater pool and deck are located on the main living levels, making outdoor living a delight.

This home is surrounded by walking, jogging and biking trails within the 1,136-acre Fort De Soto beachfront park and is also within walking distance to the quaint downtown Tierra Verde shopping center with restaurants and stores. The property is a close driving distance to downtown St. Petersburg with a cafe district, museums and art galleries.

"This home is perfect for buyers with discriminating taste, who like elegance and want a truly livable home," says Lori Famiglietti, top Luxury and Waterfront Specialist at Keller Williams Luxury Homes International in St. Petersburg. "If you want to enjoy privacy in an affluent neighborhood of like-sized estate homes, entertain, linger quietly among nature, or have a family that needs room to grow, this waterfront gem is for you."

Unbelievably priced at $5,995,000, furnished. For more details, contact Lori at 727-539-9111.


Exquisite Harborside Mediterranean Estate in Clearwater, Florida

The historically significant Harbor Oaks section of Clearwater offers this 8 year new Harborside Mediterranean estate situated on 1.7 exceptionally graded acres. From the custom wrought iron gates forward, the appointments are profound. The main home houses 5 ensuite bedrooms (4 of which are Harborside) with drect terrace and/or loggia access, an expansive Downsview kitchen with breakfast area, an inviting family room, richly paneled pub/game room, formal dining and living rooms, his and her studies, a Depression era theatre with multi-media appliances, timeless mouldings and architectural arches. A separate 2-bedroom guest home is ideal for family visits, an outfitted pool side cabana allows for 3 distinct sitting areas. 5+ car garage. Offered at $14.9 million.

For more information, contact Rafael Wazio at 727-424-4629.


Kendle Design Collaborative

The owner of this Paradise Valley soft-contemporary estate, met with several architectural firms and quickly realized that Kendle Design Collaborative (a member of Arizona Residential Architects-ARA) became their choice to carry out their vision. What could have been a stressful experience for them turned into an enjoyable, efficient and succinct process. The result is an astonishing transformation that expanded and embellished their initial vision and leveraged the full potential of the home and its surroundings.

Denise Pruitt and Kirsten Johnson, Luxury Realtors with Arizona Best Real Estate had the recent opportunity to sit down with Brent Kendle and the owners to discuss the details of this project.

Arizona Best Real Estate: What was your vision for this project?

Brent Kendle: Clean modern minimalism meets southwest resort-style living with rich use of elegant materials, sophisticated detailing, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces.

How do you select materials?

Materials are chosen not just for their inherent beauty and low maintenance, but for their indigenous qualities as well, resulting in a home that is truly in harmony with its site and is expressive of its unique place in the world.

What are your favorite features of the home?

The chef's kitchen, not just in name, but in true layout and functional use is arrange similar to a commercial version. It features three stations, a chef's table made of fiddle back Anigre wood, commercial-grade appliances and an imported espresso bar. The combination of elegant materials used such as book-matched East Indian Rosewood and Anigre against stainless-steel, limestone floors and quartz countertops make this a chef's ultimate playground without losing the cozy residential feel.

When I look at the stainless-steel and glasss suspended staircase against the limestone backdrop, I can't help seeing James Bond or one of his female companions walk down this flight of stairs. The staircase is an artistic element and focal point of the home that promotes connectivity between the three most active areas: the great room, kitchen and theater/game lounge.

The second floor loune is a mixture of stone, quartz surfaces, steel, glass and fire. Equipped with a Crestron and Lutron system controlled with an iPad interface, this room transforms easily from an entertainment lounge to a state-of-the-art theater room. One of the best features of this is the patio that overlooks the 33-foot saltwater pool and offers panoramic city light and mountain views.

For more information and additional photos of this property, contact Arizona Best Real Estate at PruittAndJohnson@ArizonaBest.com.


Diamond on the Ocean

The most amazing home on this private stretch of ocean overlooking the Hillsboro lighthouse and inlet. Magnificently gated, custom built home had 5 beds, 5.5 baths, full gym with sauna and 3-car garage with over 8,000 square feet of living space. Take advantage of the buyers market and own the BEST home of only 22 direct ocean residences on the Hillsboro Inlet. It's impossible to build new what you can get for the price in this home. For more information, call Jed Weaver at 954-817-2757.


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Yachtman's Paradise in Miami, Florida

Reduced over $10 million! The deal of a lifetime. This extraordinary mansion sets a new standard in luxury! Enjoy over 21,000 square feet of living space with 375 feet on the water with 6-deluxe bedroom suites, 14 baths, 9 bars, theater, dockage for up to a 115-foot yacht and ocean access. For more information, contact Amorette Robertson at 305-496-8218.


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Modern-Day European Castle in Tampa, Florida

This amazing home is an over 15,000 sq ft mega mansion built in 2011 and the 3rd largest home in all of South Tampa! This magnificent residence takes its influence from the historic Castles of Europe and beautifully integrates modern day high technology and design with finishes such as beautifully cast limestone and solid mahogany, found in many historic castles of Europe. This modern day castle has 9 BR suites, 14 BA, 4 kitchens, 5,000 bottle wine cellar, 1,200 sq ft sound proof night club, 1,000 sq ft spa, 2 laundry rooms, media room, billiards room, resort style pool and guest house all in a scale that is not found in homes of today. Guests are greeted with a magnificent 30' high entranceway supported by large stone plinths & 24' fluted Corinthian stone columns. When entering the 10' solid arched wrought iron mahogany doors, you will immediately be amazed by 35' ceilings and a custom interior solid stone helical staircase which weighs over 20,000 lbs. The staircase took designers, structural engineers and stone craftsman months to plan and build. Don't miss the opportunity to see this one of a kind showplace! Offered at $3,950,000. For more information, call Smith & Associates Real Estate at 813-624-2050.


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Spectacular California Ranch in Santa Paula

Up a long pepper-tree lined driveway lies a cozy hacienda-style ranch home surrounded by pastures and lemon groves. Sitting on just over 39 acres, this expansive 13,000+ square foot home features 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms mostly designed as suites, a true "great room" with soaring wood-lined ceilings, and a spacious farmhouse kitchen large enough for a group of chefs. A serene place with room to room offers many options: relax by the pool, enjoy the horse facilities, or entertain to your heart's delight. This spectacular ranch property is located just off the California coast in the Santa Clara Valley, between Santa Barbara and Malibu. Offered at $5.8 million. For more information, contact Scott Dunbar at 805-358-6644.


Rare, 18 Acres Parcel in Beverly Hills, California

There are no limits to the magnificent lifestyle that one can create in this extraordinary 18-acre property currently subdivided in 4 parcels. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, this property is just minutes from Rodeo Drive and within close proximity to Mulholland Drive for an easy commute to the studios. Pending plans available by one of the most prominent estate architects in LA for a compound which includes a main residence of approximately 40,000 square feet plus two additional structures.  All utilities are in place. The beautiful land is bordered by gently rolling slopes and consists of 3+ level acres.   Other features include an existing championship sunken limestone tennis court.  An excellent investment opportunity in a serene locale, affording outstanding development potential.  A rare opportunity in this prestigious location. Offered at $9.995 million. For more information, contact Joyce Rey at 310-285-7529.


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919 Ocean Boulevard in Coronado, California

Inspired by classic Nantuckey architecture, this Coronado legacy oceanfront beach home is every homeowner's dream. Conveniently located within walking or biking distance to restaurants, shops, and the historic Hotel del Coronado, this four-story, five-bedroom, five-bathroom haven is brand new construction and boasts all of the necessary features a luxury home could ask for.

Enter the home by walking past the great lanai complete with large fire pit and exterior heaters and through the front Dutch door. Continue into the expansive, open concept second floor with large kitchen, two fireplaces, laundry room, bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen includes two Sub-Zero refrigerators along with an additional temperature controlled wine refrigerator in the center island, two 30-inch convection ovens, 60-inch dual fuel Wolfe free standing range and a top-of-the-line Bose dishwasher. Continue straight through to the back courtyard, which is home to a three-car garage, security gate and auto turntable sure to entice any car enthusiast. Or take the loft-style elevator to the bottom floor, which features a 2,200-bottle wine cellar and floor-to-ceiling corner-to-corner interior LedgeStone waterwall wall located in the bonus room. Take the stairs or the elevator, which resembles the famous Otis elevator in the Hotel Del's lobby, to the third floor and the master bedroom that is perfectly situated to enjoy uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean from dusk until dawn. The master bedroom also featuers a wet bar complete with a wine refrigerator and Miele coffee maker, two walk-in closets and a large soaking tub in the bathroom that overlooks the ocean. From the third floor, open the door to the outside alcove and travel the stairs to the rooftop deck, which includes a fourth fireplace, outdoor kitchen, seven-person spa and panoramic views from the ocean to Downtown San Diego and Point Loma to Baja.

Enjoy being mere steps from the number one rated beach in the United States by "Dr. Beach." Included in the purchase of this extraordinary home is a highly sought after Membership to the Club at the Del, which includes exclusive access to the Hotel del Coronado's Windsor Club Cottage and private access to Member Beach. This one-of-a-kind accommodates every aspect needed for the most discerning buyer.

For more information on this property, contact Ruth Ann Fisher at 866-939-3436.


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