Destination: Aspen, Colorado

Long thought of as the ultimate luxury destination, Aspen, Colorado is home to a newly constructed, 18th-century-inspired, Tuscan estate.

Designed and created by Gregory “Skip” Gozzo, a noted builder with a flair for luxury and sophistication, no detail was spared in this 16,000-square-foot estate, which incorporated 40,000 square feet of hand-cut Pican limestone that is gently placed throughout the home. Mahogany flooring and doors, 10-foot tall windows, French doors, 100-year-old hand-hewn timbers, and custom-designed cherry cabinetry woodwork are also found throughout. All light fixtures and chandeliers are custom-designed and hand-made.

Within the estate, you’ll find five fireplaces with handset limestone facings with true masonry herringbone pattern. Two large family rooms allow family and guests to have their own privacy and ability to spread out. Overlooking one family room is the large, gourmet and commercial-grade kitchen equipped with all the top appliances. A breakfast room overlooks the outdoor gathering area, which includes a fireplace, dining table for 12 guests, summer kitchen, fire pit, spa and waterfall.

The master bedroom has spectacular views of Owl Creek Valley, which you can see from the walkout balcony. The master bathroom features his and her vanities, an oversized shower, spa bathtub, and a ladies vanity.

Six large guest suites all have walkout patios, bathrooms with tubs and showers, oversized showerheads and walk-in closets. A caretaker bedroom suite has a full kitchen and separate entrance in and out of the estate.

Amenities include a theatre room with 120-inch projection and raised platform seating; a temperature-controlled wine cellar; a large, custom wood-paneled library with 71-inch television and bar; an exercise room with state-of-the-art equipment, steam room and shower; and a 3-car garage.

Even better, this estate is already furnished with 18th and 19th century antique furnishings from around the world. All upholstered furniture is custom-made from the framework up and includes some of the finest fabrics and leathers. All cushions are down-filled, and all bedroom headboards are custom-made from the framework up with silk linens and custom-designed bedding to accent them.

Outdoors, you’ll find 5,000 square feet of patios and decks adjacent to hundreds of acres and pastures, which also has a 2-acre flat building envelope perfect for entertaining. A stream in the back of the property runs into a beautifully landscaped pond with a 15-foot waterfall. Enjoy spectacular views of the entire Owl Creek Valley, including straight on views of Mount Daly and Mount Sopris.

For more information and pictures, contact Skip Gozzo at 561-308-4367.

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.

Rustic Lakefront Paradise in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

Experience the extraordinary... with this rustic luxury home, that stretches over nearly an acre on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. This home is designed to blend into the landscape surrounding it, with doors and windows opening onto the decks and porches, expanding the living space to the outdoors as you take in the serene lake views surrounding you... This amazing home boasts an infinity saltwater pool, decks, balconies, private herb garden patios, triple dock, as well as your own private put-put course...

This classic rustic masterpiece home offers an open floor plan, with several gathering spaces for entertaining, including a theater room. Majestic vaulted ceilings and windows soaring to the ceiling lend the great rooms to cozy spaces, as well. Distinctive stone wood burning fireplaces warm each level of the home. Outdoor kitchens and dining areas, from the decks to the dock, allow you to have a daily adventure with views of the lake and the mountain. The gourmet interior kitchen, consists of African granite, Italian gas stove, stone detailing and a separate wet bar.

Some other unique features of this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home include 2 dramatic floor to ceiling rock fireplaces, solid interior ask doors, soaring over eight feet and walnut front doors. Seek peace and serenity with one of the three large master suites to choose from, complete with their own sitting room, private decks, or fireplace and incredible water views.

This custom designed hom by the Potters is located within one of Smith Mountain Lakes prestigious communities, The Waters Edge, which offers an equestrian center, signature golf course, private club house, restaurant, pools and tennis courts... so what are you waiting for? Begin your adventure today with this extraordinary rustic lakefront paradise.

For more information about this property, contact Leslie Becker at 540-797-0477.

A Crown Jewel in San Antonio, Texas

Near Mythical in its historical wealth, San Antonio also offers a trove of residential treasure.

Among the most fabulous is Eldon Manor in Terrell Hills, an area rich with homes of extraordinary architectural prominence -- leavened with a hefty dose of Texascharm.

Rising behind iron gates and set on 1.8 acres of palms, fountains and manicured lawns, at more than 14,000 square feet the home is ten times the size of the Alamo, just five miles away. 

Built in 1927, and completely reconstructed in the early part of this century, the residence reflects the extraordinary adventures of its worldtraveling owner.

The floors are inlaid Italian marble and hand-distressed hardwoods, the seven fireplaces are carved limestone, and the 14-foot entry doors were hand-carved by a Polishartisan. 

A hand-painted replica of an Italian opera house ceiling caps the two-story great room. Columns came from the Far East, eighteenthcentury Italian chandeliers dazzle ceilings.

For storing the 1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Jeroboam, the "lavish wine cellar holds up to 3,000 bottles" says Elizabeth Priest, who is marketing the property along-side Jason Glast, of Keller Williams Luxury International, the city's top luxury brokerage.

Timelessly elegant yet absolutely contemporary, Priest calls the home with its media room, Lutron lighting, indoor/outdoor sound, and state-of-the-art gym, "a brilliant merger of old world with modern amenities and security."  

This home was designed as a family home, but with entertaining on a grand scale in mind.  The prohibition-era ballroom on the third floor has been transformed into a game room, and media room, with a bar.

"Schools here are among the best," says Priest. "Terrell Hills is within the highly acclaimed Alamo Heights public school district and a short drive to several exceptional private schools."  

"It is an ideal location," she says. "Eldon Manor is within minutes of the the finest, upscale restaurants, shopping and the San Antonio Country Club…And should you wish to hand-pick your own Bordeaux,the airport is just five minutes away."

For more information about this property, contact Jason Glast at 210-386-1833.

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.

A Refined Modern Estate in Paradise Valley, Arizona

Arizona Best Real Estate is pleased to feature the work of Scottsdale based Kendle Design Collaborative. Kendle is also a member of Arizona Residential Architects (ARA), a distinguished organization of 15 leading architectural firms.

Few places exemplify true luxury like Paradise Valley, Arizona. Nestled amongst the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain, residents of Paradise Valley enjoy the diversity of architecture, sweeping mountain views, boutique resorts, public and private golf amenities such as Paradise Valley Country Club and borders Phoenix and Scottsdale. As the Crown Jewel of the Valley, the town is known for acre-plus lots and estates while maintaining its rural charm and affluent cache of not being populated with commercial buildings and businesses. Known as a "dark" town, low density lighting protects the night skies and extraordinary views.

A vision for all of these things were apparent to the owners of this soft contemporary masterpiece when it rose like a Phoenix from the ashes, transforming into what it is today: a refined modern estate.

In addition, this 12,000-plus-square-foot contemporary desert jewel resides near the base of Mummy Mountain on more than 2 acres including 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3 powder rooms in the main house as well as 5 interior fireplaces, a 250-plus wine room, theater lounge and 6-car garage. The property also features a separate 2-bedroom, 2-bath guest home, a large exercise studio, spa quality locker room, steam room and dry sauna. The exterior of the home boasts a resort-style 33-foot saltwater negative edge pool enveloped by 3 exterior fireplaces and intimate seating areas. The outdoor spaces include a professional grade lighted tennis court and separate sport court.

The family room is the heart of the home with clearstory windows, fireplace and dramatic art walls leading to the wrap-around covered patio with built in BBQ, wet bar and cozy seating areas.

Retractable doors invite the outdoors in to capture the Arizona desert lifestyle. The James Bond-style steel, glass and limestone suspended staircase lead you to your gaming and entertainment lounge. Lutron and Crestron systems control the lighting, climate, fire featuers, audio, video and security systems.

The kitchen is complete with chef's table of fiddle-back Anigre wood, 3-position design, commercial-grade appliances and imported espresso station. Finishes include a unique blend of steel, book-matched East Indian Rosewood, Anigre and quartz surfaces.

The cantilevered front door punctuates the entry with exquisite art walls and views of Mummy Mountain.

Eight fireplace highlighted with blackened steel interiors, tumbled glass, masonry spheres of varying sizes and three-dimensional limestone accentuate comfortable seating areas. The family room fireplace is framed in polished quartz.

Bask in unparalleled views to the east from the comfort of your entertainment lounge patio.

This gated estate is perfect for those who appreciate the quality of soft-contemporary design.

For more information, contact Denise Pruitt and Kirsten Johnson at 480-948-4711, or click here to see more about this property.

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

Turnberry Penthouse in Las Vegas, Nevada

This One of Kind 2 Story Ultra Penthouse is Located in the Sleek and Modern Tower 4 of Turnberry Place. Unit 3704 has 6,421 Sq. Ft. of Living Space with 3 Bedrooms, 2 Full & 3 ¾ Bathrooms. It also has 4 Designated Private Parking Spaces. Inside this Home you will Discover Custom Architectural Design with Floor to Ceiling Glass Throughout, Hardwood and Stone Flooring, as well as Etched Custom Glasswork that Divides the Dining Room from the Kitchen and Family Room. This Penthouse is Fully Furnished with Custom Woodworking Throughout. The Commercial Appliances in the Gourmet Kitchen Afford any Grand Entertaining. For more information, contact Luxe Estates Collection at 702-684-6100.

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Persian King Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada

This Two-Story Persian Estate built in “2001” is a Masterpiece in many measurable ways. With more than 11,000 total square feet, this is one premier extravagance in Las Vegas. Absorb the finest peaceful, serene and panoramic views of the Strip. Enjoy the graciously sized infinity-edged pool on over an acre of property. Security is balanced with both a double gated entry and a video enhanced security system. This Estate features 5 bedrooms in the Main House, 9 baths and a 6 car garage. Include the entertainer’s game room, a loft library, a meditation room and custom home office and over 1600 square feet of upstairs balconies; one can only imagine a lifestyle for the Rich and Famous. For more information, contact Luxe Estates Collection at 702-684-6100.

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Mandarin Oriental Penthouse in Las Vegas, Nevada

Designer Inspired Penthouse in The Mandarin Oriental at City Center takes Advantage of the 360° Views. Enter through Detailed Walls into a Vestibule Overlooking the Fabulous Las Vegas Strip. Two Indulgently Sized Master Suites on Opposite Ends of this Unique Floor Plan Boasts Gigantic Elaborately Decorated Master Baths with Walk-in Closets and Floor to Ceiling Glass Windows. Window Treatments Include both Electronic Roll Away Shades and Fine Custom Draperies. Two Distinct and Oversized Family Rooms Adorned with Hardwood Flooring Inspire Late Night Entertainment Parties with Custom Island and Built-in Bar. For more information, contact Luxe Estates Collection at 702-684-6100.

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English Manor House in Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada

Welcomed by a scenic and winding driveway, this private upscale English Country Manor House is a tranquil oasis on 53 acres on Vancouver's Sunshine Coast. Completed in 2005, this Stuart Howard designed home mdoels a late 18th Century mansion, featuring 12 en-suited bedrooms and separate caretaker's home. Materials used give this 21,000-square-foot Manor House its stately appearance from the granite exterior and slate-tile roof to the marble floors and grand formai entrance with twin-curved staircases. Enjoy idyllic west coast views of Howe Sound-Gmabier, Keats and Bowen Island. This is truly a unique and irreplaceable offering. For more information, contact Jamie MacDougall at 604-992-2282.

For All Those Who Believe the Mayan Apocalpyse Is Going to Happen

If you believe tomorrow is going to mark the beginning of the end, we found the perfect house for you: the Safe House from KWK Promes, an architectural design company located in Poland. Safe House is located on the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland (perfect for avoiding any zombie-infested mega cities) and is a 2-story house that provides maximum security against any impending doom. While the house itself can be seen as a very architectural, modern design, it's most notable features are the movable walls, which allow the house to be completely closed off to the outdoors (essentially a huge concrete box). The property is also enclosed by a concrete wall, so there's no chance of security breach—if you close the gates in time. Even if you were to live in this property and no apocalypse or end-of-the-world happens, the amount of land it sits on allows for many advancements for building more safe places, or just enjoying the outdoors.

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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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There's Nothing Like It: South Florida

When you think of the Southeastern United States, you may think of year-round moderate temperatures, gorgeous white sandy beaches, warm Atlantic waters, rich culture and sunshine. That is exactly what you’ll find in South Florida… and more!

“There is never a lack of things to do in South Florida!” says Amorette Robertson, Broker-Associate of One Sotheby’s International Realty in Miami. “Every day can be an adventure.” 

In South Florida, you can spend your days exploring pristine beaches, sailing the sparkling blue waters and dancing the night away under swaying palm trees. Among the endless number of outdoor activities like biking, water skiing, tennis and golf is a wide array of cultural activities like symphonies, live shows, art galleries, and museums. Miami Beach is also home to Art Basel, one of the most popular art shows in America, as well as boat shows, air shows, boat and horse races, and a number of professional sports teams.

“Many families relocate to our area for better weather, a lower tax rate, diverse business opportunities, a healthier lifestyle and a lower cost of living than many other major cities,” says Robertson. With a diverse international community, rich culture and ample living options, it is no wonder there is an upswing in the real estate market in South Florida.

In fact, one of Robertson’s premiere residences is a breathtaking 6-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom 8,500-square-foot home. The home was built in 2012 on a double lot and 120-feet of waterway. No detail was overlooked in creating this incredible home. The main house features high ceilings, a great room with a full wet bar, an expansive kitchen fully equipped with appliances for the ultimate chef, limestone flooring throughout, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and gorgeous bay views. This exquisite property also has a 700-square-foot cabana house, dockage for a yacht up to 100-feet, and an infinity pool and jacuzzi. “This home is a perfect synergy of outdoor and indoor living space,” says Robertson. Entertain at home on the massive rooftop entertainment deck or walk to South Beach’s hottest spots! This is one glamorous property that exemplifies South Florida living.

With limitless possibilities filled with adventure and the perfect places for rest and relaxation, it’s not easy to get tired of beautiful South Florida. In fact, we would bet it’s next to impossible.

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