One Thousand Ocean

Boca Raton is situated midway between Palm Beach and Miami. These two, very different worlds are just a convenient, short drive away. Bonnie Heatzig, director of Boca Executive Realty’s Luxury Property Division, says, “Boca is a world-class destination for living or vacationing, with shopping comparable to Worth Avenue in nearby Palm Beach, Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles and elsewhere around the globe.”

The main reason Boca Raton is a destination for people from all over the world is because of its weather. Boca Raton is the city for all seasons and the cool ocean breeze is just as dependable as the warm, tropical waters. A day of fun in the sun can mean a plethora of activites to choose from including deep-sea fishing, diving, snorkeling, golfing, tennis or enjoying the surf along the beaches. The cultural opportunities are  also readily available with their wide array of art and entertainment events going on throughout the city.

A property that truly encapsulates the beauty of Boca Raton and extraordinary oceanfront living is One Thousand Ocean. The two best things about One Thousand Ocean is its  location on an ultra-private tip of a peninsula and its unparalleled, private resort lifestyle. Private residences capitalize on the available breathtaking views. Sand, sea, and sky can be seen from all different directions. “Life is exceptional at One Thousand Ocean,” says Bonnie, “Truly exceptional.”

Article by Tabitha Baez
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Bonita Springs: A lifestyle choice


Bonita Springs is both a city and a community that is opportunely located on the southwest coast of Florida, halfway between Fort Myers and Naples. “The best thing about Bonita Springs is its location,” says Barry DeNicola Sr., long-time resident and owner of Barry DeNicola Realty. “Living so close to two major cities just makes the day-to-day living experience much more convenient because both cities are less than a 30-minute drive away.

Bonita Springs has the feel of a tropical island: warm weather by the day and comfortable, cool breezes by night, yet it still has all the amenities of an urban setting without the usual overdevelopment seen in major cities. This unbelievable weather is perfect for the available activities, such as boating, fishing, other water-related activities, and golfing. There are two easily accessible beaches, Barefoot Beach and Bonita Beach. Both provide you with heavenly, white sand and turquoise aqua water, completing the ideal fairytale setting to this already magical, private world.



“There are many lifestyle choices when choosing the home that best suits your needs, including but not limited to beach properties, living properties, and golf properties,” Barry says. With so many lifestyle choices in such a serene, well-situated place, people may find their only problem is not wanting to leave such a brilliant, unspoiled place!

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Livable Luxury in Naples, FL

Located on the Gulf of Mexico in South Florida, surrounded by sun-kissed beaches, luxury condos and estates, and world class shopping and dining experiences is Naples, a premier Florida destination.

In weather that is enjoyable year-round, residents and visitors of Naples can take pleasure in boating, rollerblading, bicycling and numerous beach activities. With the reputation of a golf-course mecca, Naples is a leading destination for golfers as well as home to an abundance of tennis courts.

 “Naples is the ideal community,” says Bill Earls, Broker and Director of John R. Wood Realtors in Naples. “It is a safe, clean and conservative place for one to quietly enjoy the success they have built, and it is tremendous environment for growing a family.” Naples is a beautiful place where you can live safely and peacefully. The medians are beautifully landscaped, and the city is delightfully pristine.

Naples is also well known for exceptional real estate. One of the city’s prime residences can be found at 3675 Gordon Drive in the elite Port Royal neighborhood. L ocated on the deep-water yacht basin, the French-Colonial style 7,395-square-foot has a stunning view. The home was designed to offer the perfect balance between formality and livability, according to Earls.

Bill Earls

 

John R. Wood Realtors
(239) 206-6622
www.billearls.com
bill@billearls.com

Featured property offered at $19,900,000

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Aurora on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas

“The impressive, yet comfortable architecture, combined with the incredible sweeping views all around are what makes the Aurora estate truly spectacular,” explains Neil Aberle, Estate Agent with H.G. Christie Ltd.  This stunningly beautiful property is awe-inspiring in its splendor and presence but, at the same time, radiates a sense of comfort and tranquility.

Located on the picturesque Great Abaco Island in the northern Bahamas, the entire estate was designed by American architect David Andreozzi of Andreozzi Architects.  “The design is a neo-traditional reinterpretation of the Bahamian architectural style,” says David, whose work has been featured on many HGTV programs, as well as in House Beautiful and Better Homes and Gardens, among many others.

The serene swimming pool and jacuzzi combine to form the centerpiece of the estate, inviting owners and guests to relax and enjoy the tropical oasis.  Surrounding this area is the main residence and two separate guest cottages.  The main home boasts a total of five bedrooms, with two complete master suites, all of which are located on the upper level.  Private, covered verandas on each suite allow for dramatic views of the Abaco golf course and Atlantic Ocean.  Turrets on each side of the main house overlook the ocean, golf course, Winding Bay and the marls.  The main level is equally magnificent with open fireplaces and high ceilings in the great room, which provides breathtaking water views.  Lavish furnishings and design details by the team at Taylor Interior Design create a relaxing, stylish and comfortable environment that will stand the test of time.  “Every room, every feature of the home has been chosen and built to the absolutely highest standards,” explains Neil.  “This is truly a unique and unmatchable investment opportunity for the discerning buyer of good taste!”

Offered at $5,950,000

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Bozeman, Montana


Considered one of the best small towns in America to live in, Bozeman, Montana rests on the lush, grass-filled Gallatin Valley, surrounded by five mountain ranges, a seemingly endless stretch of state and national forest lands with wonderful trails, and the sweetest water in the world. The area is full of open farm and ranch land, with a population where horses outnumber people.

As far as the area’s climate goes, “from mid May to the end of October, Bozeman is a paradise on earth,” says Sally Uhlmann, a local equestrian enthusiast and realtor with Pure West Properties/Christie's International Real Estate.  Sally also adds that the “winters make for the perfect opportunity to ski on a slew of gorgeous slopes in the neighboring Big Sky.”

Bozeman’s small town look and feel is all thanks to a downtown consisting of rows of turn-of-the-century buildings to the backdrop of majestic peaks and steep canyons. This centrally located community makes for an amazing launching point for exploring the stunning landscape. Whether your recreational interests include hiking or mountain biking park trails, fishing along nearby rivers, teeming with trout, or engaging in other aquatic sports such as canoeing and kayaking, or enjoying a number of equine disciplines, there is something for everyone!


From a housing standpoint, there is a great selection Equestrian real estate in the Gallatin Valley, which varies from small acreage to large ranches, some including live water or fishable ponds. Lastly, Sally says that concerning the housing market for the area, properties have decreased on an average of 30% from asking prices seen in 2006, however the market has stabilized and desirable properties are now trending upwards, making this an ideal time to buy a home in Montana and discover the beauty of old American west!




The featured property is located at 100 Horsetail Lane. Offered at $8,950,000



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Sailfish Point


With over a mile of oceanfront, a private harbor, a Nicklaus Signature course, and a choice location where the Atlantic, St. Lucie Inlet and Indian River converge, there may be no better place to live and play on the water than Sailfish Point. For certain, there is nowhere else in Florida you can reach open water from a private marina in five minutes, and the Bahamas in a mere 75 minutes. Or head west for a day trip through the Okeechobee Waterway to the Gulf of Mexico.  The full-service, 77-slip marina accommodates vessels up to 125 feet long.


Sailfish Point’s Jack Nicklaus Signature course takes full advantage of its island location. Every hole offers exceptional views of the Atlantic, the inlet or the river. Never having to make a tee time at this very private club serves to enhance both the golf and the views.

Members of Sailfish Point have a wide variety of interests and find fulfillment in the abundance of activities offered. The social calendar is overflowing with cultural events, yachting, golf, tennis and more. A mile and a half of private beach and a pool with ocean views offer plenty of opportunity to sit back and relax. The spectacular oceanfront clubhouse is a gathering place for a casual al fresco meal or more formal coat-and-tie special occasions. However, what members love most is the island’s unassuming, friendly atmosphere.

Homes and homesites, with ocean, river or golf course views, are priced from $500,000 to upwards of $10 million, many with private deepwater slips. Luxury oceanfront condominiums, townhomes with marina frontage, and villas are also available.  For more information on the exclusive community of Sailfish Point, please contact Sailfish Point Sotheby’s International Realty at 800.799.7772 or visit online at www.SailfishPoint.com.

The featured home is located at 6976 SE Harbor Circle in the Sailfish Point community. The home is offered at $6,200,000.


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"The Cape"

Cape Cod, known by locals as “The Cape,” is a historic community located on the easternmost coast of Massachusetts, in the heart of the great Northeast.

 

 

“Cape Cod is made up of 15 wonderful towns, each with its own distinct look and feel,” says Chris Rhinesmith, a local resident and broker/owner of Pine Acres Realty. “The Cape’s old-fashioned, small-town feel and accessibility to the sea are its biggest draws, along with the beautiful landscape and the area’s bevy of coastal living activities. For many, coming to the Cape just to lie on the beach and unwind is a huge luxury.”

 

Residents have the pleasure of living in a very relaxed and carefree environment, says Chris, adding that, “Once you are over the bridge you are worlds away.” As far as the climate goes, the weather is milder in the winter and cooler in the summer compared to other northern counterparts.

 

Some of the area’s offerings include world-class resorts such as the Chatham Bars Inn and the Wequassett Inn and Resort. With the Cape’s close proximity to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, day-trips to either are an easy option. Cape Cod is also home to many superb restaurants, theaters, art galleries, shops, and other luxurious options for day-trippers and yearlong and summer residents. Another draw to the area is the 300th anniversary of Chatham, which is expected to draw in visitors from all over this year.

 

While many cities are still suffering the effects of the economy, Cape Cod is thriving with home sales, most of which come from Pine Acres Realty. “In 2011, our company had the best year since our founding in 1948, and we were the No. 1 sales office in Cape Cod,” says Chris.

Featured property located on Seaview Street. Offered at $5,700,000


Contact information:
Chris Rhinesmith, Pine Acres Realty
(508) 945-1186
pineacresrealty.com
chris@pineacresrealty.com

 

Article by Camille Rabbat


A Horseman's Utopia


Ocala, Fla., in the north-central part of the state, is a horseman’s utopia. It’s what brought Realtor Joan Pletcher to the area 27 years ago – her husband operates a thoroughbred-training facility – and that utopia also affords Joan the opportunity of placing great people with great properties which is her passion.  

The ranch lifestyle defines Ocala. The city and the surrounding towns of Marion County are rich with horse farms, ranches and equestrian

estates. The area’s rolling hills and tropical climate complement an outdoors-oriented lifestyle year-round.

In contrast to the pastoral qualities of the land, Ocala also offers fine dining and boutique shopping. “It also lends its residents a full calendar of social and artistic events and benefits,” Pletcher says.

It has the upscale and down-to-earth atmosphere that makes Ocala unique. “You can live in your dream home while still having acreage for your equestrian hobbies,” she says.

Perched on a knoll overlooking a rolling landscape and a picturesque spring-fed pond, a 5,000-sq.-ft. home epitomizes Ocala’s equestrian lifestyle. A gated entry and winding tree-lined drive lead to the main, five-bedroom residence. It boasts luxury amenities such as a chef’s kitchen with custom cabinets, a family room with built-in bookcases, high-end finishes like beveled glass, crown molding and high ceilings. The first-floor master suite is afforded privacy, as the other four bedrooms are on the second floor. A bright, glassed-in porch opens to colorful gardens surrounding the pool.

The property also includes a two-bedroom guest house that has a large great room and a screened porch overlooking the pond. An equestrian barn contains private living quarters. 

Offered at $4,599,000


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Endless Luxury and Endless Possibilities


Resting on the east coast of south Florida, Naples is nothing short of a paradise to its residents. The city’s weather offers the sub-tropical breeze of the surrounding Gulf of Mexico along with some “sun, sun and more sun,” exclaims Tiffany McQuaid, lead real estate agent with Levitan-McQuaid Real Estate Services. But with spring in full force and summer quickly approaching, Naples residents will get a break from hot Florida rays as the upcoming months will be filled with calm breezes and occasional afternoon rains. 


Naples also offers its residents a rich downtown culture, with fine dining and entertainment options. The city is home to various art festivals and charity outings all year round, as well as professional sports tournaments. From a recreational standpoint, Naples has a slew of athletic opportunities at its disposal, from challenging golf courses to great beaches, which are ideal for waterfront activities like boating, fishing, swimming and other aquatic sports. “There is a long list of available activities to enjoy,” Tiffany says. “The problem with living in Naples is deciding what to do first!”

Article by Camille Rabbat


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Bonita Springs: A lifestyle choice


Bonita Springs is both a city and a community that is opportunely located on the southwest coast of Florida, halfway between Fort Myers and Naples. “The best thing about Bonita Springs is its location,” says Barry DeNicola Sr., long-time resident and owner of Barry DeNicola Realty. “Living so close to two major cities just makes the day-to-day living experience much more convenient because both cities are less than a 30-minute drive away.

Bonita Springs has the feel of a tropical island: warm weather by the day and comfortable, cool breezes by night, yet it still has all the amenities of an urban setting without the usual overdevelopment seen in major cities. This unbelievable weather is perfect for the available activities, such as boating, fishing, other water-related activities, and golfing. There are two easily accessible beaches, Barefoot Beach and Bonita Beach. Both provide you with heavenly, white sand and turquoise aqua water, completing the ideal fairytale setting to this already magical, private world.



“There are many lifestyle choices when choosing the home that best suits your needs, including but not limited to beach properties, living properties, and golf properties,” Barry says. With so many lifestyle choices in such a serene, well-situated place, people may find their only problem is not wanting to leave such a brilliant, unspoiled place!

Article by Tabitha Baez


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Trident Farms in Nevada

Nevada is easily associated with the bright lights of the never-sleeping Las Vegas Strip or the exhilarating adventures found on ski trips in Lake Tahoe. One of the best-kept secrets of  The Silver State is nestled between three mountain ranges in northern Nevada.

The alluring Trident Farms sprawls 1,800 acres and is just a 4-hour drive between Reno, Nevada and Boise, Idaho. The farm offers residents and visitors the utmost privacy, breathtaking views of lush green alfalfa pastures and mountain peaks, and a neighborly community of antelope, deer and big horn sheep. “Life slows down when you are out here,” says Dolan Miller, owner of Trident Farms.

Trident Farms, listed at $7,979,000, is a great farming and hunting retreat for residents and guests. “Our goal was to have a place where grandkids could come during the summers and have a great time riding in tractors and learning about country life,” says Miller.

Among the property’s many amenities are five houses, a 1,000-yard shooting range, a private dirt landing strip and hundreds of miles of Jeep and ATV trails. The property also has high-speed Internet, an unusual and exciting convenience considering the distant to major cities.

There is something that is hard to explain when you live or visit the farm hunting retreat. You get to own something that very few people will ever have.”

Dolan Miller
Owner, Trident Farms
775-557-4595
tridentfarms@gmail.com

 

John Knipe
Knipe Land Company, Inc.
208-647-3225
www.johnknipe.com
knipelandcompany.com


Article by Natalie Watson
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Hip South Florida

Head south in the Sunshine State and you’ll hit the most populated metropolis in the Southeastern United States – the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area.

“There is an endless list of things to do in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas in South Florida,” says Michelle Farber Ross of MMD Realty. “During the day, one can cruise along the New River, walk down Las Olas and enjoy critically acclaimed restaurants, or enjoy the pristine beaches of Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach.”

Similar to other luxury real estate markets, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale’s market is “picking up in momentum and sales,” Michelle notes. “We are seeing prices level off and inventory levels are down about 35 percent from this time last year. Buyers are taking advantage of the deals available right now.”

So why should someone decide to invest in South Florida, other than great deals on luxury real estate? “The beauty of South Florida is that activities can continue year-round without any interruption due to weather,” Michelle says. “The quality of life is so great here that we have happy residents who enjoy life!”

 

Article by Nicole Lauber


LoveStone Inn

Restore your soul today with this masterpiece manor, the LoveStone Inn, located on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. While the lake itself is known as the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge,” LoveStone Inn could easily be the “Jewel of Smith Mountain Lake.”

“This inn is different from other estates in Smith Mountain Lake due to the six acres of grounds, beautiful two-tiered beach, no-wake cove, and private neighborhood,” say Dawn Spencer and Tom Zirkelbach, current owners of LoveStone Inn. “In addition, the architecture is unique and unlike anything you will find around the lake area.”

Built as a private residence in 1977, the property now serves as the LoveStone Inn Bed and Breakfast and the PebbleStone Cottage and Conference Center. “We moved from Chicago to Virginia with a dream of being on Smith Mountain Lake and running a premier bed and breakfast,” say Dawn and Tom. The bed and breakfast has become just that – LoveStone Inn has been voted the “Best Place to Stay Overnight” on Smith Mountain Lake every year from 2003 to 2011.

The inn features four guest rooms, four full bathrooms, three large living spaces, a custom, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, two decks encompassing 2,500 square feet, and a hot tub. Just 100 feet away, the cottage has over 1,400 square feet with a master bedroom, massive loft great room, full bathroom, custom kitchen, laundry room, and storage room.

With two tiered beachfronts and a boat dock, the location is perfect for boating, kayaking, sailing, or fishing. Antiquing and wineries are favorite pastimes of Dawn and Tom, and Smith Mountain State Park is a short walk from their front door. Though the grounds are peaceful and private, you can enjoy city amenities with a quick 40-minute drive to Roanoke or Lynchburg.

“This lifestyle has renewed our faith in people, places and brought us peace of mind,” the couple says. “LoveStone Inn can bring a renewal of spirit and peace that is rare in the world we live in. It must be seen to believe.”

 

For more information:

Leslie Becker
Smith Mountain Lake Properties
540-797-0477
Leslie@SmithMountainLakeProperties.org

 

Articel by Nicole Lauber


Wonderful Estate Home in Windermere, Fla.

Windermere
A charming country-club community offering a wealth of lifestyle choices

Just 15 minutes from Disney and all of Orlando’s attractions is the quaint, family-friendly town of Windermere.  This quiet town is nestled on the shores of the famed Butler Chain of Lakes, a series of 11 lakes connected by navigable canals.  Windermere’s magnificent luxury homes are snuggled along the shorelines and embraced by lush Florida landscapes.  It’s no wonder that several well-known corporate leaders and sports celebrities call Windermere their home.

Windermere offers a pedestrian-friendly downtown, where you will find passersby seated on benches enjoying an ice cream cone or stopping in for a barbeque sandwich in a bustling local cafe.  To add to the quaintness, and at the request of residents, some of the roads leading to the lakes are still unpaved.  Just a short drive away are mansions in exclusive gated communities, where homes boast elaborate theaters, billiard rooms, polished marble floors and ornate towering ceilings.

What is so special about Windermere is the tremendous variety of lifestyle choices. For those who love city life, fine shopping and cultural activities, Orlando is just a short drive.  For those who favor a more relaxed approach, the town of Windermere offers access to all its beautiful lakes and golf courses.  Activities for young children, such as fishing, swimming, water sports, tennis and golfing, can often be found right in their own back yard or within their own community. At Windermere, you will discover a rare combination of small-town conviviality and sophisticated country club living, with an array of amenities for all ages. Windermere is simply a wonderful place to raise a family—or enjoy your retirement years.

 

Offered at $5,499,000

Carol Ann Hewitt, CIPS, CLHMS
President/Founder
Oxford Realty, Inc. – International Luxury & Estate Brokers
sales@oxfordrealty.com | www.oxfordrealty.com


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Wexford Jewel

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
By Natalie Watson

Set between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean is Hilton Head Island, a reputable resort community off the coast of South Carolina. Exquisite homes sit on the 11-mile stretch of smooth sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean side of the island. Private residences, or “plantations” like Wexford Plantation and Long Cove Club, are one of the island’s best-kept secrets along the Intracoastal Waterway.



“Hilton Head is surrounded by natural beauty and strives to be an eco-friendly community,” says Steve Timperman, broker with Charter One Realty on Hilton Head Island. Its year-round gorgeous weather makes family-friendly recreational activities like biking, running, golfing, tennis and boating popular pastimes for residents and visitors.

Southern hospitality characterizes the approximately 36,000 full-time residents of Hilton Head Island. The island is inviting and offers a relaxed, unpretentious and secure environment.  The island is rich in culture and diversity, attracting people all over the world. Many visitors like it so much they become residents. “Seven days is just not enough to scratch the surface,” says Timperman.

A mending real estate market and booming rentals makes it a great time to buy on Hilton Head. One of the island’s premier residences can be found at 55 Bridgetown Road, behind the gates of the exclusive Wexford Plantation, a community featuring a private-controlled lock system marina, Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, tennis and clubhouse. The 6,727-square-foot home sits on the harbor with astounding marina and golf views. Amenities include a rooftop deck with kitchen and fireplace, two Jacuzzis that flow into the black- bottom swimming pool, a seven-car garage and 70-foot private boat dock.

Offered at $3,795,000

 

Charter 1 Realty & Marketing
Steve Timperman
843-686-8800
steve@stevetimperman.com
www.stevetimperman.com