17th Anniversary Top 10: Living Rooms

Bozeman, Montana | www.suplatinum.com

Naples, Florida | www.billearls.com

Kentfield, California | www.marinkentfieldestate.com

Bozeman, Montana | www.suplatinum.com

Rancho Mirage, California | www.iamthedesert.com

Lake Tahoe | www.laketahoe-estates.com

Grand Isle Exuma, Bahamas | www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com

Muscle Shoals, Alabama | www.davidgardner.com

Beaver Creek, Colorado | www.vailmountainlifestyle.com

Beaver Creek, Colorado | www.vailmountainlifestyle.com

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Castle of Rincon in Rincon, Puerto Rico

From its inception in 2006 and completion in 2009, no stone was left unturned in the creation of the picturesque Castle of Rincon, a modern-day Mediterranean-style castle perfectly set atop a private mountain peak on the west coast of Rincon, Puerto Rico. Sitting 800 feet above sea level, the Castle offers a 260-degree view of the ocean and a 100-degree view of green, lush scenery. Rincon has near perfect weather year-round with warm days, cool nights and tropical breezes.

The Castle was built with old-world elements in mind, while also adding in European styles of architecture. Inside, the Castle is filled with luxurious amenities including a glass elevator, a distilled water system, a water softener, a central vacuum system, a smart house wiring system for lighting, air conditioning in all bedrooms, and an elaborate intercom and security system that is unparalleled. Steep natural grades, high walls, cameras and security gates also protect the castle.

The most amazing feature about this home is its green technology, including two wind generators and 34 solar panels with computerized sun trackers – panels that move every 90 seconds to stay in exact alignment with the sun – that generate on average 50,000 watts per day. Maximum production is approximately 80,000 watts per day. The home is 95-percent “green power,” which is another term for renewable energy, and is produced from non-hazardous technologies such as air turbines and solar cells. The Castle is self-sufficient with its private 30,000-gallon cistern and water reserve, solar and wind power and abundance of fruit trees.

Seeing that you’re in a private location, it’s natural to worry about how far some necessary amenities are. Owner of the Castle, Gary Hellings, says, “The castle is remote enough by choice, yet so very close to beaches, fine dining, shopping, airports, and docks. You can also fly onto your own heliport located adjacent to the courtyard.”

The Castle of Rincon is the perfect getaway from the stressors of life and truly a jewel of Puerto Rico.

For more information about the Castle of Rincon, click here.

17th Anniversary Top 10: Dream Kitchens

Las Vegas, Nevada | www.tanyamurray.com

Rancho Mirage, California | www.iamthedesert.com

Palm Springs, California | www.iamthedesert.com

Indian Harbour Beach, Florida | www.carpenterkessel.com

Muscle Shoals, Alabama | www.davidgardnerhomes.com

Charlotte, North Carolina | www.hmproperties.com

Malibu, California | www.premiermalibuestate.com

Miami Beach, Florida | www.oceanhousesouthbeach.com

Fort Lauderdale, Florida | www.luxuryrealestatefl.com

Bozeman, Montana | www.suplatinum.com

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17th Anniversary Top 10: Entertainment Rooms

Canyon Lake, California | www.canyonlakebrentbestbuys.com

Fort Washington, Pennsylvania | www.christiesrealestate.com

Charlotte, North Carolina | www.hmproperties.com

Coronado, California | www.527oceanblvd.com

Gold Coast, Australia | www.sovereignislandhomes.com

Miami Beach, Florida | www.oceanhousesouthbeach.com

Orlando, Florida | www.oxfordrealty.com

Windermere, Florida | www.oxfordrealty.com

Las Vegas, Nevada | www.tanyamurray.com

Fort Myers, Florida | www.viprealty.com

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17th Anniversary Top 10: Dining Rooms

Fort Washington, PA | www.christiesrealestate.com

Bethel, New York | www.chapinestate.com

Rincon, Puerto Rico | www.castleofrincon.com

Miami Beach, Florida | www.oceanhousesouthbeach.com

Bozeman, Montana | www.suplatinum.com

Bozeman, MT | www.suplatinum.com

Livingston, MT | www.suplatinum.com

Parker, CO | www.sandyweigand.com

Altanta, GA | www.kellyboudreau.com

Highlands, NC | www.sageemanor.com

17th Anniversary Top 10: Celebrity Estates

John Smoltz | Milton, GA | www.mcgrawandassociates.harrynorman.com

Pete & Bridgette Sampras | Thousand Oaks, CA | www.JordanCohen.com

Stephen Sommers | Malibu, CA | www.JordanCohen.com

Formerly Elizabeth Taylor's Estate | Middleburg, VA | www.brigadoonfarmmiddleburg.com

Trevor Immelman | Orlando, FL | www.lakenona.com

Siegfried & Roy's | Las Vegas, NV | www.luxeestatescollection.com

Brad Radke | Belleair Beach, FL | www.thethorncollection.com

Richard Childress | Livingston, MT | www.suplatinum.com

Formerly Katharine Hepburn's Estate | Old Saybrook, CT | www.coletteharron.williampitt.com

Allison Janney | Palm Springs, CA | www.scotthisted.com

17th Anniversary Top 10: $17+ Million Estates

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | $35 million | www.sircaymanislands.com

Anini Beach, North Shore of Kauai | $24 million | www.hawaiilife.com

Kailua Beach, Kailua Oahu | $32 million | www.hawaiilife.com

Fort Washington, Pennsylvania | $30 million | www.christiesrealestate.com

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | $49.5 million | www.sircaymanislands.com

Indian Creek Island, Florida | $52 million | www.thejills.com

Cape Cod, Massachusetts | $17 million | www.jackcottonrealtor.com

Highlands, North Carolina | $17.9 million | www.sageemanor.com

Ocala, Florida | $19.5 million | www.joanpletcher.com

Charleston, South Carolina | $17.5 million | www.twoconcord.com

Arbor Hill: A Magnificent Masterpiece

Collectors of great real estate and great art need look no farther than Arbor Hill, a grand home that seamlessly blends both. Located twenty minutes outside of Philadelphia in the high-end suburb of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, Arbor Hill is set on seventy-acres of picturesque rolling hills. Designed by renowned architect Rafael Viñoly, noted for creating iconic masterpieces of architecture, this distinctive 40,000-square-foot home is the perfect place to raise a family, entertain, and lead an active lifestyle.

Divided into three wings, with two wings connected by a suspended bridge, Arbor Hill’s U-shaped design wraps around an elegant Belgian stone courtyard. The $30-million home’s design is the perfect combination of opulence and contemporary, ideally-suited for displaying art. Its gallery-like features include expansive wall space, high ceilings, and excellent lighting. “Arbor Hill is a masterpiece of modern design,” says Kathleen Coumou, Senior Vice President and broker with Christie’s International Real Estate in New York City. “The property brings the world of art and architecture together.”

Beautifully accented with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the home and glazed Venetian plaster walls, Arbor Hill’s abundant amenities include a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen and two grand dining rooms that open up to accommodate forty guests. Other unique features of the home include a two-tiered media room perfect for viewing sporting events and movies. A safe room includes a kitchen, bath, and separate air supply and can double as a winter spa with a hot tub. A 4,000-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar is one of the showpieces of the home’s finished basement.

A beautifully appointed master suite has imported marble baths, dressing rooms, and a sitting room, creating a tranquil sanctuary. One if its most unique features is a separate staircase leading up to a tower retreat where you can enjoy 360° panoramic views of the entire property. A separate living suite is the perfect place for a live-in au pair. Overlooking a scenic pond, Arbor Hill has two stone guest houses which were restored from the original homes on the property.

Additional features of the property include a 20,000-square-foot “Play House” with a modern indoor clay tennis court, exercise room, changing rooms, and a three-bedroom apartment. The lush grounds also have a pavilion, an outdoor Har-Tru tennis court as well as a pool and pool house. Several noteworthy tennis players have graced the courts at Arbor Hill.   

“Arbor Hill is one of the most significant and grand properties to ever go on the market in the Philadelphia suburbs,” Coumou notes. “It has everything you want in a home and more.”

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5 Wood Creek Court in Las Vegas, Nevada

Warm, lavish interiors blended with timeless architecture define this custom residence.  This spectacular custom estate is perfectly suited to the breathtaking natural setting of The Estates at Southern Highlands. Tree-lined streets, cascading waterfalls and lush fairways lead you to the private gates of The Estates at Southern Highlands.

Situated on 1.52 acres is 5 Wood Creek Court, a Tuscan-style custom residence offering exquisite craftsmanship and unprecedented attention to details. With 11,677 square feet of interior living space and 5200sf of outdoor living space, this Mediterranean masterpiece offers the ultimate luxury living in Las Vegas.  Located just 10 miles south of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, but worlds away once you enter through the guarded gates to this one-of-a-kind estate property.

Stepping into the grand foyer it’s easy to see why this stunning home has been featured on MTV Teen Cribs and soon to be featured on HGTV  Million Dollar Rooms.  French limestone flooring and Coronado stacked stone line the gallery walk with views of the magnificent backyard as you enter to the kitchen and great room.  Extensive custom built-in cabinetry, three televisions are adjacent to the kitchen area and perfect for entertaining.  The kitchen is equipped with the ultimate in Viking appliances including built-in refrigerator/freezer, professional range, warming drawer, three ovens, microwave and two dishwashers.  The home features five bedrooms, two of which can be used as separate casitas, as well as an office, ten-seat private theater with 120-inch projection screen, full wellness room/gym and the finest design details and finishes.  

The spacious master suite includes French doors to the upstairs outdoor living area with fireplace, additional outdoor kitchen and views of the extensive water features.  Custom built-in furniture, fireplace and furnishings by Henredon complete the master suite sanctuary.  The master bath rivals the finest spa and includes jetted tub, steam shower, dual vanities, separate walk-in closets and even televisions that appear through the mirror at the his and hers vanities.  Take advantage of year-round outdoor living via the outdoor catwalk access to the 3rd-story Loggia with unobstructed views of Las Vegas and the Strip.

The residence also boasts incredible indoor/outdoor living.  Four stone waterfalls and a two-level outdoor loggia offer the perfect vantage for enjoying the award-winning OzzieKraft pool with its own lazy river, swim up bar and beach island in the center.  The outdoor kitchen includes all Viking appliances with grill, warming drawers, refrigerator, serving bar, beer keg server, bar seating and a central fire pit to enjoy evenings of entertaining or an intimate gathering. 

The party isn’t complete until you have danced the night away in the double-bay climate-controlled garage with modified basketball court featuring flooring, a scoreboard, a sport tickers and flat screen TVs and your very own disco ball. 

The Estates at Southern Highlands offers the best of luxury living in Las Vegas.  The exclusive Southern Highlands Country Club is one of four golf courses in the world co-designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son and continues to rank among the best in the world. 

For more information about 5 Wood Creek Court, click here.

16250 Sunset Pines Circle in Boca Grande, Florida

Experience gorgeous sunrises over Lake Gasparilla in Boca Grande, Florida at 16250 Sunset Pines Circle. This beautiful 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom property is perfect for those who want the best of the best.

“This is one of the best newer construction homes available in Boca Grande today,” says Bob Melvin, Owner/Broker/Realtor of Gasparilla Properties.  “The quality of the construction makes 16250 Sunset Pines Circle different than other waterfront properties, as do the Lake Gasparilla and Gulf views with direct beach access.”

Residents of Boca Grande have the luxury of long sandy, white beaches and all the activities that go along with living near the water: fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. “With over 300 days of sunshine per year, this is the best weather the continental United States has to offer,” Bob says. “In addition to all the water activities, there are multiple recreational outlets like golfing, tennis, walking, running, and biking.”

In addition to all the amenities of living in a beach town, a Sunset Pines address in the Gulf Shores North area of Boca Grande gives residents the quickest access to the best beach, notes Bob. “Buyers in Gulf Shores North buy here because it is the island’s best beach.”

16250 Sunset Pines Circle is being offered at $2.35 million. The owner also has a condominium boat slip nearby for sale. You can have it all!

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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


Articel by Nicole Lauber

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

Brigadoon Farm

Located two miles west of Middleburg, Virginia, Brigadoon Farm is more than just a farm – it’s a “complete escape from the realities of urban living,” says John Ballenger, current owner of Brigadoon. Named after Ballenger’s favorite musical, this farm offers more than meets the eye: a rich line of historical ownership, a plethora of potential uses, and an incomparably serene setting.

Brigadoon Farm was originally owned by philanthropist Paul Mellon, who passed it down to John Warner – Secretary of the Navy at the time – after his marriage to Mellon’s daughter, Catherine. When the marriage ended, Warner kept ownership of the land, using it for a cattle-farming operation. In 1976, Warner married Elizabeth Taylor, and two years later, he made his first run at the Senate. In order to assist in financing his campaign, Sen. Warner sold a part of his land holdings to Ballenger, who notes, “Sen. Warner and Elizabeth [Taylor’s] signatures appear on my deed as the prior owners.”


When Ballenger took ownership more than 30 years ago, he used the land primarily for his Black-Angus cattle operation, but he also built a home designed to reflect 15th-century European gatehouses. In 1991, the Stone Institute of America Magazine recognized Ballenger’s home as the best-designed country stone house in America.

Though Brigadoon Farm is fully equipped to use for any farming operation, Ballenger notes that the property is adaptable. “It would make an ideal location for a horse farm or equestrian facility, while another part of the land would be perfect for growing a vineyard,” Ballenger says. “I built and designed the home so that is could be used as a weekend escape, but also as a full-time residence, depending on what one wanted.”

With the home overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ballenger says there’s something about Brigadoon that makes people realize the bigger picture. “It is a spot for someone who thinks he or she has everything, until they taste and feel the quietness and elegant beckoning privacy of the Brigadoon ‘call’ – that’s when one senses that, without Brigadoon, life really is not complete.”

The Spear Realty Group
Kim Spear
(703) 618-6892

La Pumada, 1929 Reginald Johnson

La Pumada, 1929 Reginald Johnson
Montecito, California
Rebecca Riskin & Associates with Village Properties



La Pumada is a rare  confluence of architectural significance and modern luxury, set against a truly incomparable landscape.

Sited on nearly five private acres in the heart of the Golden Quadrangle in Montecito, California, La Pumada  is surrounded by breathtaking panoramas of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Built circa 1929 and designed in the spirit of classical Florentine villas, this palatial residence was created by renowned architect Reginald D. Johnson, whose work includes such impressive Montecito landmarks as the Biltmore Hotel and the Clark Estate.


A long, sweeping driveway leads through orchards and rose gardens toward the grand motor court. Imbued with an elegant ambience, the main residence is adorned with such original design elements as tile pavers, gleaming oak floors, and hand-stenciled beamed ceilings. The ground floor includes an entry foyer and a main gallery that connect the living and dining rooms, a sunroom, and a handsome library— all with impressive vistas of Montecito’s coastline and the Channel Islands.


Upstairs, four bedrooms and separate staff quarters provide generous accommodations. The lavish master suite, situated in a private wing, is replete with a sitting room, a coffee bar, his and her baths and dressing rooms, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and a dramatic terrace.


Yet to be built, the estate’s newest elements will include a state-of the- art kitchen with an adjoining ocean-view family room, and a two-bedroom apartment above the three-car garage. A new, elevator-accessible lower level will offer a theater with stadium seating, recording studio, billiards room, and wine cellar.

Connecting interior and exterior spaces is a south-facing loggia that reveals classically inspired grounds bordered by oaks and punctuated by sublime ocean vistas. Originally designed by acclaimed landscape architect Lockwood De Forest III, the gardens are highlighted by an elevated lawn that steps down to a walled pond with a fountain. The grounds also feature two guesthouses, a detached office, garage space for eight cars and, to be completed, tennis court, pool, and party pavilion.

Not to be replicated, this property offers the rare combination of a highly coveted and private Montecito location, graced with the quintessential villa and sweeping ocean and mountain views.

Offered at $29,500,000


109 Flyaway Drive

109 Flyway Drive
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
By Jaime Hyneman


“There are very few double ocean-front lots with such stunning views,” says Candace Dyal, owner of the spectacular 109 Flyway Drive estate. “The pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the fairytale castle-like bathroom in the separate guesthouse makes this home a one-of-a-kind gem.”

The beautiful Nantucket shingle-style home is located on the picturesque barrier island of Kiawah Island in South Carolina, less than 40 minutes from Charleston. In 2009, Candace and the team at Christopher Rose Architects embarked on a major renovation that transformed the estate, while preserving the best of its original old Georgia-style features. “We kept the footprint of the first two floors, including the wide-plank wood floors,” says Candace. ”We opened up the back of the home so multiple views and light can be dispersed around the home. We saved and preserved the cherry paneling in the library and  insulated the home to preserve energy.”  The result is an award-winning home offering both privacy and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.  Its water views, beach access, and quality design and construction earned it a “Top 25 Oceanfront Home” designation by Ocean Home magazine in 2011.  The home also boasts the distinction of being the first home on Kiawah Island to receive a Silver LEED (Leadership Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. 


This magnificent estate has 3,263 feet of outdoor living spaces – including a piazza, covered porches, a summer kitchen and a saline pool – that provide the perfect, relaxing setting for enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the ocean.  The dazzling ocean views that are the heart and soul of this estate are focal points throughout, from the spacious great room, with its French doors opening up to an outdoor living area, to the luxurious guest and master suites.  “This is such an unforgettable place,” remarks Candace.  “The story, the love behind the home, the honoring of nature, the private ocean-front setting, and a first-class building team all make 109 Flyway Drive a home that’s impossible to replicate.”



Contact Information:
Kiawah Island Real Estate

1 Kiawah Island Parkway | Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Toll Free: 800-277-7008