Al Firdaws

This noble custom-built compound reflects a North African heritage and culture rich in artistic architectural design. “Designed around a central courtyard, the main structure follows the century-old tradition of the ryads of the Moroccan desert and inland Arab cities,” says Penny Smith Jones, Director of Public Relations at Martha Turner Properties. “The result is an enclosed world of privacy and, at Al Firdaws, regal luxury and serenity with extraordinarily modern, cosmopolitan flair.”

Once inside the gated entrance and tall security fences of this majestic 20,000-square-foot Moroccan estate, a three-tiered fountain rises into the air before the deeply recessed double-height front doors of the main house. Designed for grand entertainments, reception rooms in the Moroccan style have intricately carved and mirrored dome ceilings that appear to float above gorgeous light fixtures. The reception rooms are also furnished with built-in banquettes upholstered in fine Italian silk. A professionally equipped kitchen adorned in fine rose marble is hidden behind deeply carved doors.

This gorgeous estate offers spacious European-inspired formal rooms with marble floors and elegantly carved fireplaces as well as informal rooms surrounding the central courtyard, a tranquil place enhanced by fountains and parterre gardens. It is here we find two floors of traditional living spaces for the family including a double staircase, elevator, a second professionally equipped marble kitchen and dirty kitchen, and open family room overlooking the lawn and Olympic-scale swimming pool. Lavishly appointed master suites are on both first and second floors as well as an additional seven bedrooms.

“Moroccan artisans labored for two years to fabricate calligraphy, carved wood, filigree plaster and interlaced geometrical design that cover walls and ceilings throughout the estate,” says Jones.

An electronic touch-screen system automates virtually everything in the residence, from lighting to audio-visual control to five security cameras equipped with human recognition technology. The estate has garages for up to six cars and separate entrances and living quarters for a large staff.

Words cannot express the nobility and magnificence of such an ornate, grand and meticulously designed estate.

For more information about this property, contact Martha Turner Properties at 713-558-3246.


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Chateau Iman in McLean, Virginia

This beautiful estate sits majestically high on a 3.7-acre wooded and landscaped lot in one of McLean, Virginia’s most prestigious neighborhoods.  Certainly one of the most extraordinary homes in the area, this 15,000+ square. foot newly renovated French Chateau is uncompromising in luxury and ultimate distinction.  Resplendent with grand spaces and elegant design, this home is equally suited for lavish entertaining and the utmost in comfortable family living.  Fine appointments include 6 bedroom suites, 6 full and 3 half baths, luxurious master suites on both upper and main levels, great room with wet bar for serving, richly outfitted gourmet chef’s kitchen, breakfast salon and family room, brilliant hardwoods, gleaming marble and granite, spectacular domes, hand-crafted mahogany library, artful millwork, ceiling treatments and exquisite lighting throughout.  The home is also equipped with second, catering kitchen, 8 distinctive fireplaces, 6-car garage, cinema room, billiards/game room with pub-style oak bar, security and audio systems and independent generator.  The dramatic spaces continue on the exterior as well, with the pool and outdoor kitchenette for barbeque, 2-story guest house with its own private drive, and falcon house.

For more information, contact Fouad Talout at 800-297-0098.


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A Private Paradise in Marco Island, Florida

In an ideal world, you would live in your own private paradise in a gorgeous, luxurious house on the beach of an island, with beautiful sunset views and incredible year round tropical weather. Luckily, on Marco Island, Fla., this dream of living in a magnificent property that makes up your own private paradise is not farfetched.

 

On prestigious Hideaway Beach on Marco Island is a grand, 14,300 square-foot property with the utmost privacy. “The beachfront location of this home provides breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico,” says Pat Wilkins, Certified Luxury Home Market Specialist with Keller Williams on Marco Island. “Watching the pelicans dive for their lunch or the dolphins ride the tides for their daily catch is Mother Nature’s entertainment from your deck.”

This magnificent Mediterranean-inspired home was built in 2003. With 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3 half-baths, this home would make a great single family home for a growing family or a vacationing family. This stunning home also has a large office and library with mesmerizing views of the ocean, as well as a lounge, game room and theatre room. In addition to amenities such as an elevator, fireplace and custom designed cabinets and closets; this Hideaway Beach home also has a 2-bed, 2-bath guest suite with its own kitchen, living room and gorgeous views.

When you’re not enjoying the incredible westward facing sunset views from your balcony, you can indulge in the many activities Marco Island has to offer. “Marco Island is a resort community with a plethora of great restaurants, shopping and recreational activities such as boating, fishing, golfing and biking,” says Wilkins.

With warm weather year round, private beachfront access and a thriving resort-style community, this lavish property on Hideaway Beach is the perfect paradise to make your next home!

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Napa Inspired Country Estate

“This spectacular estate is located only twenty minutes from the DFW International Airport.”

Set behind two sets of private security gates on 50 prime, completely fenced, sandy loam acres in the heart of Argyle.  Surrounded by mature Oak trees and emerald green pastures, this estate is a rare find.  With high ceilings, very warm and inviting design with white walls and heavy dark wood accents throughout.  The sellers have travelled the world and incorporated many special and rare finds, including antiques, doors, art, and many unique items found at auction, into this fabulous home.  Very creatively, professionally and tastefully done.  Each room has a unique feel and treasure to discover.  If you like Napa, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, France, Italy and Texas design, you will love and appreciate this home!

The estate is comprised of a rustic, magnificent main home and attached guest apartment and studio, a three bedroom guest house, a manager’s home, two horse barns, a Keiser riding arena, twenty acres+ of Coastal pastures. 

The finely constructed and engineered main home was built on a slab with 140+ piers.  The slab was laid in 2006 and the home was moved into and completed in 2009.  The architect is John Hall in Dallas and the builder was Kendred Pecchi.  The roof is an exquisite Samaco Slate, the exterior is façade is a marvelous Brown Ozark stone with dry sac finish, no grout is seen.  There are four bedroom suites in the main house with four full baths  and three half baths.  There is 12,205 square feet of luxurious air conditioned living space and approximately 15,722 square feet under room which includes an oversize four car garage, covered balconies and screened in living area.  The stunning, sparkling plaster pool in a truly idyllic setting, is saltwater with water features, spa, infinity edge, recirculating separate stream, views of stocked lake, green pastures, surrounded and shaded by mature trees and lavish landscaping.  Spectacular setting for relaxing and grand entertaining.

There is a climate controlled wine dining room which holds about 4,000+ bottles, a separate wine refrigerator, an additional closet/panic room, with a dining table for ten, dishwasher and dumbwaiter.  Upstairs is the ultimate man cave…game room, poker, bar, media, cigar closet, antique collections of trains, coin op machines and so much more!   The property has many surprises at every turn, from a fabulous  trolley car used for dining and play, a professional Zip Line, a pretend jungle zoo to a tree house for the kids. Please call the listing agent, Vanessa Andrews 817-901-4030 for an appointment to view.  Offered lavishly furnished, including antiques, or unfurnished.  Price Upon Request.

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Riverview Manor in McLean, Virginia

Overlooking the majestic Potomac River, Riverview Manor is located just outside the nation's capital in McLean, Virginia. The secluded, gated property is situated on five acres, giving a sense of solitude, while just minutes away from Washington D.C. and Reagan National and Washington Dulles International airports.

Riverview Manor has stunning, expansive water views from all levels, twelve months of the year - a unique feature that truly sets this estate apart from the other properties along the banks of the Potomac. The presence of the river is felt throughout. Positioned on a wide section of the river, the picturesque landscape is not only visually capitvating with views of islands, rapids and the occasional kayaker, but "you can also hear the river rapids from the outdoor areas of the estate," says Marianne and MaryAnn of Long and Foster. "It's sight and sound stimulation!"

Beginning with the breathtaking great room, in which soaring two-story arched windows showcase unparalleled all-season views of the Potomac, and continuing on to the upper-level awe-inspiring river views from the elegant master retreat, it is evident that the estate was beautifully designed to take advantage of the year-round river views - from the fog rolling in on cool mornings to the incredible sunsets in the evenings.

The attention to detail is evident throughout this superbly built home with beautiful appointments and exquisite craftsmanship. The stone classic colonial features timeless elegance tempered with refinement and comfort, creating a majestic atmosphere perfect for entertaining dignitaries, while at the same time, intimate enough for smaller family gatherings. A separate guesthouse allows visitors their own space while enjoying the serene surroundings. The full-equipped pool house provides ample opportunity for relaxation with views across the infinity-edge pool and beyond to the river. Offering privacy and convenience, Riverview Manor is truly a hidden treasure with an aura of peace and tranquility. Price is available upon request.

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Luxurious Winter Park Eco Home For Sale At No Reserve Live Absolute Auction 10/25

This stunning and luxury-packed 15,000 square foot custom eco home just outside of Winter Park, CO – one of the world’s premier ski resort towns, known for its quiet, family-centric and culture-rich lifestyle – is selling via a Luxury Real Estate Auction with No Reserve on October 25th courtesy of Supreme Auctions of Keller Williams Realty International and brokered by Paul Smith of VailSmith Properties.

While it’s difficult to break away from its breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, custom art collection, 6 bedrooms and 7 baths, and its custom $1 million hometheater, much less its gourmet kitchen, entertaining area able to accommodate up to 200 guests, 4 unique master suites, heated garage – this remarkable home on 119 Elk Meadows in Tabernash (Grand County) was not only built with a quality rivaling that of the so-called golden age of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, it’s also decidedly modern. In fact, thanks to its green and sustainable design features, including miles of in-floor radiant heat, R42 & R52 SIP panels, triple redundancy heating system with geothermal, natural gas and solar photoviltaic, triple glazed argon filled windows and more, it only costs an average of $10,000 per year to heat and cool the property. Compare that to the average costs to heat a non-eco home of this size – which would run somewhere to the tune of $12,000 per month.

Because of its privacy and views, technology and style, access to limitless recreation and entertainment, space and substance – altogether 119 Elk Meadows near Winter Park is the real estate opportunity of a lifetime for the lucky winner of the upcoming No Reserve Absolute Auction on October 25th.

Offered to the market for the first time by the original owner, this incredible property will be available for viewing prior to auction commencing September 29th from 12 noon – 4pm. For more information on how to schedule a viewing or become eligible to bid at auction on October 25th, see Terms and Conditions on the Property Auction page. For more information visit Supreme-Auctions.com or call 866-929-2243.

This blog post was provided by Supreme Auctions. Supreme Auctions leads the auction industry with the most current systems, resources and experience to make sure your real estate auction experience is an exceptional one.


Country Manor on the Mississippi

This 6-bedroom, 10-bathroom, Alpine log home is perfectly situated on 143+ rolling acres offering serene and stunning panoramic views of the Mississippi River. Located just 20 minutes from Dubuque, Iowa, this property will take your breath away.

The kitchen is a dream come true, granite countertops, Durasupreme custom cabinetry, 2 dishwashers, Sub-Zero refrigerator, 2 Sub-Zero drawers, Wolf stove with six burners, griddle and double oven, microwave drawer. Five gas fireplaces, 2 indoor masonry-wood burning fireplaces with gas starters, 1 outdoor masonry-wood burning fireplace and one gas stove. Spectacular bath features a custom rock waterfall. Office and library include custom cherry paneling, moldings and trim, lighted built-in book shelves. Three-story elevator. 30+ acres of tillable land currently used to farm. Numerous trails for hiking, horses or 4-wheelers. Includes a road to the Mississippi River, with a platform dock for kayaks, canoes or flat-bottom boat. BarnPro Custom barn with 6 stalls available. Walk out basement has a 120-foot theater, bar, exercise room, steam shower and built-in sauna. Floor heating system. Diesel generator for backup power, two large mechanical rooms with multiple water heaters and boosters, built-in vacuum system, whole house (smart-house) audio and video, security system with multiple cameras, humidification system, and pure air exchange system. Full apartment over the garage has a full kitchen with refrigerator, dishwasher, stove/oven, microwave, full bathroom and fireplace. Tons of storage. Too many amenities to list!

Offered at $4.9 million. For more information, click here.


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The Ocean Estate of Casa De Sueno in Samana, Dominican Republic

This spectacular estate offers a main Villa, apartment and a second home on a 10-acre professionally landscaped mature parcel. Have fresh flowers, organically grown fruits, and spices everyday. With over 320 feet of sea frontage, this estate is surrounded with a solid handmade rock wall. With an entrance at the main Los Galleries-Samana road, the lay of the land flows gently 1,150 feet to the deep blue sea. Featuring a front row seeat to view close up the nearly 3-month long show of the humpback whals. This fine property lends itself to make additions or new construction. This property is sold fully furnished and equipped (turnkey) with everything you need.

Offered at $1.3 million. For more information, click here.


Evans Ridge Estate in Parker, Colorado

Step inside Evans Ridge and be immediately swept away by the beauty of this 42,000-square-foot, 70-acre family compound in Parker, Colorado. Designed by renowned architects and designers, Evans Ridge offers privacy, quiet and solitude, all while being just a 40-minute drive southeast of Denver.

"From the minute the sun rises to long after it sets, there is a pulse at Evans Ridge that is rarely found anywhere else," says Sandy Weigand, broker associate with Kentwood Real Estate in Denver. "A sense of Southern graciousness is prevalent throughout the estate, and sophisticated new furnishings blend with rich antiques and fine artwork to provide harmony at every turn."

When its current residents took ownership of Evans Ridge, they decided to upgrade the estate. Additions were made to the interiors, and the exterior was given a complete makeover with a redesign of the architecture and outdoor living spaces. The landscaping was also renovated to allow for a comfortable haven that adds to the warmth of Evans Ridge - ponds, fountains, trees, birds and a teahouse pavillion can all be found on the grounds.

With 11 bedrooms, 3 private guest suites - each with complete living and cooking quarters - 24 baths and a 16-car garage, Evans Ridge is the perfect estate to entertain and host guests, whether for a family renuion or a corporate retreat. Ten fireplaces, a bowling alley, game room, theater room, indoor pool and spa, his-and-her locker rooms, saunas and steam rooms will keep all guests entertained and relaxed.

From almost every room you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery surrounding Evans Ridge. Nestled into a gently sloped hillside, panoramic views of the Front Range peaks, including Devils Head and Mount Evans, can be enjoyed, whether you want to see the sunrise or sunset.

"Evans Ridge is reasy for a gracious family to begin their true enjoyment and appreciation of the significant estate," Sandy says.

Offered at $19.5 million. For more information, click here.


Mediterranean Estate in Cotton Point

Custom Mediterranean estate is built on the former grounds of President Nixon's "Western White House" in Cotton Point Estates. Cotton Point is a private double-gated community with 16 estate lots, each include deeded private-beach access. The community sits above the most premier West Coast surfing spots: Cotton Point, Trestles, Church and San Onofre.

The estate features 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, approximately 6,730 square feet and a 30,000-square-foot lot. Elegant, yet warmly inviting with grand foyer, cathedral ceilings and majestic infoor fountain opens to the exquisite formal dining and living rooms that boast beautiful wood flooring.

Fabulous gourmet granite kitchen with large split entertaining island, double ovens and dishwashers, butler's pantry with work center. The great room, ideal for entertaining, features gorgeous custom built-ins with a dramatic focal fireplace, granite wine/martini bar, saltwater aquarium and billiard's room that all open to kitchen. Impressive main floor office has handsome custom wood built-ins and filing cabinets.

Large main floor has an attached, full one-bedroom Casita - perfect for in-law, guest, or service quarters. Master bedroom suite features fireplace, hugh walk-in closet with island built-ins and panic room. Enjoy the beautiful grounds and ocean view from the master bedroom balcony.

Resort grounds include fountain, pool and spa, fire-pit area, built-in BBQ, rose gardens, trampoline and shuffle board court. Three-car garage plus carport accommodates 4 covered parking spaces with plenty of room for additional cars, golf carts or other "toys." Gated driveway wraps around back of the estate and also features a front circular drive.

Offered at $4.5 million. For more information, click here.


Fairway Greens: "Camp David" Just Outside of Washington Beltway

The magnificent scrolled wrought-iron gates announce that there is something truly amazing waiting just beyond. It appears to be a country club with an edifice stretching across the landscape marked by columns and dormers, gables and hips, surrounded by plazas and gardens, a professional-grade golf course, tennis/basketball court, amazing swimming pool and party pavillion and much more.

Fairway Greens is a private estate with a meandering driveway lined with cherry trees that leads through 35 acres of manicured lawns bordered by big trees. Meticulous gardens surround the European motor court and distant front plaza. Accent lighting pinpoints beauty at every angle, the golf course spans in the distance. When you enter the house, past the elegant foyer is the reception room marked by an "old-world"-style staircase that winds its way to a surrounding promenade balcony.

The formal salon and embassy dining room offer gracious dimensions set with stylish symmetry. The library is set for small meetings and private office work. The Fairway Great Room acts as a more casual living space. Far-reaching views from every window expose the grand scale of the estate and the multitude of its amenities. Included is the music parlor and the adjoining Grand Parlor featuring tray ceiling and a contemporary-framed artful fireplace. A guest wing has just been added with three world-class suites.

The pool pavilion is a true work of art with its picture-perfect brich arches and high-hat roofs. Inside is an open-air bar and lounge complete with party lighting, premium sound, outdoor TV and restaurant-grade cook station.

The club level, or lower level, boasts the largest room in the house that serves as an art gallery by day, but can transform into a massive event ballroom by night. There's a dance fllor, stage and endless square footage for your caterers. A custom wine temperature-controlled cellar is ready for your prized wine collection. On the lower level, you'll also find a "zen" wing, a relaxation area featuring a sauna and steam bath/shower, as well as massage room and a gym. There's a media room/home theatre with appropriate movie theatre decor.

The master suite is as large as an upscale condo. The two walk-in closets are huge, one the size of a garage! The guest house/care taker's apartment is above the second garage building and features a fully-equipped three-level apartment in a domain totally separate from the main house.

This unique private "resort" can be enjoyed for a life-time and by generations. Built in 2004, renovated in 2011-2012 with 8 bedrooms, 9 full baths, 4 half baths, 4 fireplaces and a 6-car garage.

Priced at $9.9 million. For more information, contact Helena Pulyaeva at 301-646-1883 or helenapulyaeva@mris.com.


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