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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