An Opportunity in a Private Island - House Island, Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine is a trendy oceanfront city attracting anyone and everyone looking to combine relaxation and adventure. The quaint cobblestone charm coupled with proximity to the water cater to a leisurely seaside vibe. When you’ve reached your fill of R&R, venture out to Portland’s bustling piers, world-class dining establishments, pubs and shops or take a trip downtown and meander around the historic seacoast town brimming with eclectic dining, shopping and art experiences. 

Just east of Portland’s coast is House Island, often referred to by locals as the “Ellis Island of the north” as it was once the site of an immigration station in the early 1900s. Accessible by private boat or water taxi, the nearly 13-acre private island is currently on the market for interested buyers.

“Historic House Island is a legacy buy, ideal for a family compound. The island affords the best of all worlds,” says John Biondolillo,

Broker/Owner of William Raveis Real Estate and listing agent for 100 House Island. Complete with four separate living structures that have been restored and revived for modern day living since their origination in 1907. 

The property boasts 4,000 +/- feet of water frontage , offering 360-degrees of breathtaking views including panoramic views of the Portland skyline, harbor views and quiet, easterly views. Additionally, a large deep water dock offering 

Spend the days kayaking, fishing or swimming on one of the five beaches; running the trails; playing lawn games on the outdoor courtyard; or relaxing on one of the properties’ multiple porches or patios. In the evening, gather around the outdoor fire pit in the evening and roast marshmallows as you share stories while watching the sun set and the Portland skyline come to life. When you’re requiring a change of scenery, take the short trip enjoy some of Portland’s attractions. 

The property also features a 10,000-square-foot footprint for a commercial building ideal for a high-end bed and breakfast or inn. The combination of residential purpose and commercial potential makes the chance at owning House Island a rare opportunity in which only a select few can indulge. 


John Biondolillo
William Raveis Real Estate

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Posted on: 3/30/2017 at 2:35 PM
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Calvary Training Center - Bluffton, South Carolina

The Calvary Training Center is a picture-perfect property with a host of potential uses including commercial stables, single family homes, daycare, worship, school, public services or government. In addition to the beautiful setting, underneath the property sits an extensive water/sewer/drainage infrastructure that can handle a 100 unit development. 

 “The Center's quality, scope and attention to detail offers the owner a wide range of possibilities, all conveniently located in historic and picturesque Bluffton, SC near I-95, between Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA,” says Realtor Mike Hosang, Carolina Real Estate Company.

In 2002, owner James Taylor bought the tree-shaded property to house his daughters’ eight horses and their equestrian dreams.  “It was just a ranch house and beat-up old barn,” he recalls. “We got a group of horse trainers, groomsmen, and designers to create the ultimate efficient horse facility for training Arabian and show horses.”

Taylor has spared no expense in developing the property’s infrastructure and facilities. Today, there’s  a modern barn, an educational center and  beautiful 5,000 square foot home with a commercial kitchen, seven bedrooms,  4 ½ bathrooms and low-country coastal charm.

The 43+ picturesque acres are home to a beautiful lake stocked with catfish and a world-class equestrian facility. “In addition to the 25 horse stalls, automatic water and hay storage, a working tack room & show tack rooms, grooms’ employee lounge & bathroom, 8-horse grooming & wash area, all under one roof  where you can work your horses from start to finish without getting wet, there is an attached lighted and covered 42,000 square foot arena,” says Taylor with humility.

The 5,500 square foot Ministry Center attached to the barn features eight classrooms, men’s and women’s bathrooms, showers, and reception area. There is also a six-office area attached to the arena with additional reception area and showers.  “When people drive up, it’s like something out of a Pat Conroy novel because of its drama and beauty. There’s nothing else like it,” says Taylor.

This sprawling lowlands property is a wise investment, centrally located between two major cities and just minutes from charming historical downtown Bluffton known for its excellent schools, adorable shops, convenient services and country pleasures (fishing, farmers’ markets, & art festivals.)

Mike Hosang | Brian Cavanaugh
Carolina Real Estate Company
803.270.6358 | 803.624.6072

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If the Walls Could Speak - Westport Connecticut

There is a magic one senses when they pass through the front door of this home, formerly part of the Bedford /Vanderbilt estate on the Gold Coast of Westport Connecticut. Presided over by the matriarch, Louise Levin, also lovingly known as “The Queen,” the house served as her ever-evolving palette from which to entertain an eclectic troop of artists, diplomats, musicians and hordes of friends dragged home by her twins. It was a true hearth of love, culture and adventure, which can still be felt permeating throughout the property.

There is elegance to the simplicity and nature of the place. You can sense the late-night conversations held in the hilltop gazebo during summer nights. You can feel the energy from the canoeing adventures had at the beach next-door and the enjoyment of the outdoor rain shower after a long day on the water. You can smell the herb gardens and honeysuckle from around the pool in the summer and the smoke from the numerous fire places during the winter. But most importantly, for the right people, it will not be hard to imagine how your family would seamlessly make it their own to continue to create stories and memories.

When this bohemian chic country estate trades, Jesse Levin, through his initiative Tactivate which meshes Special Operations veteran and entrepreneurial communities will be donating $25,000 to Team Rubicon Global (TRG). TRG is a military veteran service organization Jesse and the Levin family has had the honor to have worked closely with for years. Team Rubicon started as an organization that deployed military veterans and professional first responders from the U.S. to large-scale international and stateside disasters. It has grown and evolved over the years, and Team Rubicon Global is now taking the model internationally, helping other countries to establish their own skilled-volunteer emergency response teams, enabling more veterans to continue to serve and have a positive impact as civilians. 

The property can currently be booked as a vacation rental, with details on the website. 


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Posted on: 3/15/2017 at 4:33 PM
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Tampa’s Ultimate Sky Villa - Tampa, Florida

Sip your scotch and enjoy a magical sunset on the balcony of this downtown penthouse overlooking Amalie Arena and the bay. This featured property is located on the west side of the 19th floor of the elegant Grandview, one of the finest and most exclusive Harbour Island addresses.

Recently refined and redesigned, this spectacular penthouse is in a class by itself, enhanced by gleaming marble floors, elegant built-in cabinetry, a flowing open space and modernistic décor.

With nearly 4,000 square feet of contemporary living space and panoramic views, this luxurious haven is listed with Deanna Elizabeth Johnson and Mila Montgomery (Coastal Properties Group International, Christie's International Real Estate).

“What makes this penthouse so special is the privacy and unconfined flow of the home coupled with its amenities, intensified by the absolutely breathtaking views through oversized windows and multiple grand balconies,” says Johnson. “You can see the bay, Tampa skyline, Channelside and even the Gulf on a clear day.”
Adds Montgomery: “It’s the ultimate dream home in the most desirable location with access to a pool and gym next door.”

Imagine your private elevator whisking you to this exclusive waterfront retreat in the clouds. The expansive penthouse features two bedrooms, two full and one ½ baths, sleek movie theater, game area, wine cooler, humidor, octagonal dining room, laundry room with in-house dry cleaning, custom lighting, ten flat screen TVs and smart home technology.

“You can enjoy panoramic views while you cook in your state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen,” says Bridges, toting the beautiful granite countertops, custom cabinetry, top of the line stainless steel appliances (four dishwashers, Sub-Zero refrigerator) and elongated breakfast bar.

A gorgeous master retreat offers privacy, two large walk-in closets and an elegant in-suite bathroom and spa accented by gleaming black and gray tile, fixtures and chrome finishes.

With a private entrance manned by a front desk attendant and two secure VIP parking spots underground, this opulent Harbour Island penthouse is easy access to both freeway and airport. This luxurious waterfront retreat is just minutes from Whole Foods, International Mall, downtown Tampa, concerts, sporting events, Channelside and first class restaurants, nightlife and attractions.

Deanna Elizabeth Johnson
Mila Montgomery
Coastal Properties Group International
813.767.3911 | 813.373.0789

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Posted on: 3/15/2017 at 4:19 PM
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Build Your Dream Home! 2 Waterfront Lots with Spectacular Views!

Few places can match the natural splendor offered in Virginia Beach with its extraordinary network of waterways. Between the Chesapeake Bay, the winding rivers, and the Atlantic Ocean, there are 70 miles of coastline for sailing, fresh and saltwater fishing, waterskiing, swimming and sunbathing. Look at these exceptional properties and build your perfect home!

Associate broker and native of the area, Jeanne West with RE/MAX Alliance is a fabulous resource for both buyers and sellers in the area. She has been specializing in waterfront properties for over 35 years and has sold some of the most beautiful properties in the area. Jeanne West has more experience than most realtors in the area, providing exceptional service to families and people who are trying to reach their dreams. Contact her directly for more details.

Jeanne West
RE/MAX Alliance

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Posted on: 2/22/2017 at 10:01 AM
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