Casa de los Congos

Searching for the perfect Costa Rican escape? Well look no further, Casa De Los Congos is luxurious enough to be a five star resort, yet intimate enough to be a private residence. Perched on the south ridge of Playa Flamingo, no expense was spared when designing this impeccable residence. Its ornate décor compliments the custom furniture filling every room with luxurious style. Residents can enjoy their view of Playa Flamingo from the edge of their infinity pool or the swim up bar, but this home also boasts a unique aerie tower. From the tower, which seats 20 comfortably, residents have full 360 degree views of beautiful Playa Flamingo. Each and every one of the homes extensive balconies overlooks the white sandy beaches below. The property itself is artfully landscaped, filled with beautiful gardens that seamless blend in to the natural Costa Rican vegetation. Its amenities include a sauna, private gym, media room, and outdoor kitchen. There's plenty to do if residents ever decide to stay in for the day, but with a location like Playa Flamingo, that won’t be happening very often. This 5 bedroom 5 bathroom paradise is listed for $5,850,000. If you would like to request additional information simply contact Todd Cutter of 2Costa Rica Rea Estate at (866) 374-7798 or visit http://www.dupontregistry.com/homes/Search/Details.aspx?itemid=1719106


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Posted on: 7/22/2013 at 10:05 AM
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Hillsboro Beach Estate

Imagine yourself spending the day relaxing by the pool of a Mediterranean resort. Well, thanks to this magnificent estate, a little piece of Mediterranean heaven might be closer than you think. Located in Hillsboro Beach, Florida, this residence was built in 2005 and finished with only the best Mediterranean inspiration and design. It's may not boast views of Greece or Sicily, but this stunning home has panoramic views of the majestic Atlantic ocean. Each room is just as decadent as the next, dripping with chandeliers, marble, and hand painted ceilings. Calling this home luxurious would be an understatement. Residents live in 12,500 square feet of pure opulence. When you're done enjoying the Florida sunshine and unmatched water front views, you can sit back and relax in the home theater or even take the elevator up to the master bedroom. This estate seamlessly combines the Mediterranean style with the Florida way of life; giving residents only the best in sophistication and entertainment. The current asking price  for this 5 bedroom 7.5 bathroom estate is $17,950,000, if you would like to make this home yours contact Tony Huang of Fine Homes of Florida at (954) 752-5100 or visit http://www.dupontregistry.com/homes/Search/Details.aspx?itemid=1337018.


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Posted on: 7/19/2013 at 8:58 AM
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Racenscleft

See the world through the eyes of a raven from this Seal Harbor Estate. Perched atop the Maine Cliffside, Ravenscleft offers a point of view most will never experience. Unlike its beachfront relatives, this coastal home sits on the edge of a gorge. There's no sandy shoreline here, just breathtaking views of the waves breaking against the sharp Cliffside. Done in a Victorian fashion, this residence has an old fashioned feel, making it very warm and inviting. Inside its walls you'll find impeccably decorated rooms filled with Victorian accents, and of course a plethora of windows; allowing residents can enjoy their one of a kind views from the comfort of their home. Built in 1901, and renovated four times since, it has maintained every bit of its historical elegance. Ravenscleft has a comfortable 6,271 square feet of living with 6 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. This charming Victorian style Maine residence is listed at $6,750,000. For more information contact The Knowles Company at (207) 279-3322 or visit http://www.dupontregistry.com/homes/Search/Details.aspx?itemid=1387308


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Posted on: 7/18/2013 at 9:19 AM
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Radius Engineering International, INC.

To quote the team at Radius Engineering, "The future belongs to those who plan." With so many natural disasters making headlines each day, this statement is proving to be true. Radius Engineering has created a product for those who wish to ensure their future. Their underground shelter systems are the most advanced the world has ever seen. Texas native and founder Walter McCarthy has provided these shelters to almost every state capital in the continental United States as well as an extensive list of confidential private buyers. He's created so many designs that no matter what your survival needs, there's a shelter for you. There's even one that can store cattle. The price varies based on the size and life support duration of the model you choose ranging from $9,500 to $366,400. Each is installed fully by Radius, with the process taking only two to three days. They protect against everything from natural disasters to biological warfare. Upon installation the manufacturer sets aside some time to educate the customer on natural disasters before giving them the breakdown of the shelter they've chosen. Of course Radius shelters come with a lifetime guarantee. To some the price may seem steep, but it all comes down to the value you that you put on your life and the life of your family. There truly is no value or price tag for something that important. To learn more about these remarkable engineering feats visit http://undergroundshelters.com/. Make the right choice, protect what means most to you. After all, there’s no such thing as being too prepared.  

 


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Mineral Branch Ranch

Zolfo Springs, Florida gives residents with the unique opportunity to enjoy the naturally perfect Florida weather while experiencing a more Midwestern way of life.  A spectacular all inclusive ranch/resort, Mineral Branch Ranch calls this city home. The main residence encompasses 6,659 square feet of living space, but its size is far from its best quality. Included with this spectacular property is a seemingly endless list of amenities consisting of; a landing strip, a 300 yard catwalk through the woods leading to the 9-hole golf course, a 200 yard shooting range, 2 person Jacuzzi overlooking a 2.5 acre pond with dock, a 70+ acre citrus grove, a 10 foot waterfall cascading over the pond, and 100+ acres of pasture for cattle. There's literally something for everyone. This little slice of heaven is listed for $6,500,000. If you would like to request more information contact Marty Wohl at (863)381-2179 or visit http://www.dupontregistry.com/homes/Search/Details.aspx?itemid=1854617.


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Posted on: 7/15/2013 at 9:45 AM
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The Brentwood Estate

There's no longer a competition for the most luxurious lakefront property in Minnesota, The Brentwood Estate has officially swept the field. This 30-acre compound sits on the edge of Big Chippewa Lake. With four residences on the property, space is never an issue. The 11,400 square foot main residence is without a doubt the focal point of this architectural masterpiece. Step inside and you'll be greeted by the warm elegance of this Minnesota lakefront paradise. Seemingly endless watersports and lake activities might be enough for you, but this home has taken it one step further. From and indoor heated pool and hot tub to a lighted tennis court this residence's amenities are endless. Perfect for children and adults alike this house boasts a sand volleyball court, theater, game room, 50's malt shop, and play house. If all these amenities don't impress you then simply take a step outside. From the backyard residents can relax and get lost in the panoramic lake views. Entrance onto this property required passing through a gate and traveling down a conveniently heated driveway, something residents are surely grateful for during the winter months. This property is currently on the market, but with all its desirable characteristics, you can rest assured it won’t be for sale much longer. For more information contact Dennis Todora at 612-518-7168 or visit http://www.dupontregistry.com/homes/Search/Details.aspx?itemid=1835396.


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Posted on: 7/11/2013 at 2:00 PM
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Seattle, WA

Washington is one of the most rustically beautiful states. If you’re looking for the perfect Washington location then you cannot go wrong with Seattle. This seemingly metropolitan area still boasts some of the most peaceful and serene residences imaginable. Complete with waterfront views of Lake Michigan and distinctive floor to ceiling windows, today's Seattle property brings out the best of Washington. Not only does this fantastic home boast breathtaking waterfront vistas but it also has views of the Cascade Mountains. Due to its lakefront location this residences has a private dock with electric boatlift, making a day out on the water a breeze. Each of its 4 bedrooms takes full advantage of the picturesque Lake Michigan views. The living area comes equipped with an entertainment system however even the grandest of Hollywood films cannot compare to the landscape right outside this home. The entire residence maintains a sophisticated yet rustic feel seamlessly incorporated into its lush natural surroundings. Encompassing a full 4,101 square feet this Seattle home is listed at $6,288,000. For more information contact Tere Foster of Windermere Real Estate/East, Inc. at (425) 455-9800 or visit http://www.windermere.com/listing?legacyid=133467847.


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Posted on: 7/10/2013 at 8:37 AM
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Cote d' Azure

Cote d' Azure is almost too impeccably beautiful to be real. Done in a complete Belle Époque style, it maintains subtle touches of Egyptian architecture. Perched blissfully on the French Riviera hillside, this estate resembles the vacation homes of the rich and famous. Since its creation in 1905 it has been renovated but just enough so that the historical elegance remains. The backyard holds expansive terraces overlooking the crystal blue waters of the French Riviera while a small passage allows residents access to the beach. Residents can also enjoy the breathtaking views from the cool clear waters of their private pool. Built four levels high, this estate houses 10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, a vast dining room, and various staff annexes. It's been called, "one of the most exceptional properties of the French Riviera", and rightfully so. Equipped with lush gardens and panoramic views across Monaco this estate is remarkable in every way. Price is available upon request. For more information contact Sandrine Palmier of Côte d'Azur Sotheby's International Realty at +33 (0)4 93 38 50 33 or visit SothebysRealty.com.


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Posted on: 7/9/2013 at 10:30 AM
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Luxury Real Estate Marketing: The Future of Digital Media Is Already Here - Part 1

Jewelry Images Courtesy of Bulgari

The Club eLuxe International Summit, recently held at the Meurice Hotel in Paris, on digital marketing for the luxury industry was a grand success! Most of the major luxury brands were represented at the event with participants from 11 countries.  What became abundantly clear to us as participants was the fact that luxury real estate marketing professionals face many of the same challenges as the top luxury goods companies when it comes to reaching high net worth consumers through digital media. It also became clear that the future of digital media is already here! 

Club eLuxe International Summit, Meurice Hotel, Paris, France

Competition for attention was identified as a key issue in marketing via digital media.  Not only do you need to capture attention, you need to hold the attention of your target market. One of the highlights of the event was a presentation by Joerg Zuber, managing creative director of OPIUM effect GmbH, who addressed this important issue. 

According to Mr. Zuber, “Digital lets you work pure alchemy”.  It allows you to “seduce with unconventional beauty”.  In his presentation he demonstrated this principle by showing us a sneak preview of his ANIMATED video of the Bulgari Serpenti necklace, pictured here.

Suddenly, the Serpenti necklace came alive and began undulating across the screen.  Converting the object to an identical animated version of itself enabled the creative team to go far beyond the constraints of mere realistic video. Music was timed perfectly to accentuate the writhing movements of this bejeweled serpent.

Then, the serpent weaved in and out between the letters of the B V L G A R I logo and our jaws dropped!

The palpable difference between the still photo, the traditional product video and Opium’s animated serpent was like showing someone, who had only seen black and white TV, a 3D movie. It was as if the product had a heart and soul that could connect with you on  a deep level making it, “even better than the real thing”, said Zuber. 

Realistic animation is one of the waves of the digital media future and most likely will be utilized to market luxury real estate.  When you think that the Bulgari necklace cost about $250,000 it stands to reason that multi-million dollar homes will soon require digital media marketing that goes far beyond still shots, slide shows and traditional video.

To stand out from your competition, you need to present your luxury properties in such a way that they not only capture attention, but also hold the consumer’s attention.  It is not how much you spend that counts.  It is how well you do it. 

Stay tuned for Part 2 about the Club eLuxe International Summit in Paris where we discuss another mind-boggling aspect of digital media that points the way to the future of luxury real estate marketing.

Reporting from Paris--Ron & Alexandra Seigel,Partners at Napa Consultants, International & Co-Founders of the Language of Luxury


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Posted on: 7/5/2013 at 9:28 AM
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A Belated Thank You to General von Choltitz: History Meets Digital in Paris

The Club e-Luxe conference in Paris was held at the historic Meurice Hotel.  During the Second World War, the German headquarters were housed in the Meurice Hotel.  It is in this hotel that General von Choltitz delayed Hitler’s order to destroy Paris.  The Germans had wired the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks with explosives to deter the Allied Forces.  General von Choltitz privately felt that Hitler was insane, and opted instead to surrender shortly after the Allies entered the city. 

Thanks to von Choltitz, Paris lives on in all its splendor intact for all of us and future generations to enjoy. Decades later, Ron and I are sitting in one of the loveliest meeting rooms at the Meurice Hotel, Salon Pompadour (note her portrait on the wall), among the top representatives of the world’s premier luxury brands discussing the importance of the latest innovations and strategies in digital media. 

This week we will be covering the highlights of this event as it applies to luxury real estate marketing and personal and company branding.  We were inspired, delighted, and honored to meet our counterparts in the industry.

Reporting from Paris--Ron & Alexandra Seigel,Partners at Napa Consultants, International & Co-Founders of the Language of Luxury

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Posted on: 7/3/2013 at 8:12 AM
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Casa Sul Mare

If you're looking for an island getaway pretty far off the beaten path, then St. Thomas is for you. This beautiful island is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands and boasts some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. The famous Magens bay sits on its northern coast and it beckons with turquoise waters and endless sunshine. If this paradise sounds like home to you then Casa Sul Mare at Mahogany Run Golf Resort is the island getaway you've been waiting for. Located on the Northeast coast of St. Thomas this estate has waterfront views to rival that of the Hawaiian Islands. Located on a 1.0 acre lot this estate maintains a full 14,555 square feet of living space. Contained in that space are a wine cellar, elevator, 8 bedroom, 8 full and 5 partial baths, and chef's kitchen. If you're interested the lot next door is also available. But perhaps its most spectacular features lie in front of this residence situated on the St. Thomas mountainside. The pool deck and heated pool overlook glistening waters with beautiful mountainous islands on the horizon. This estate is listed at $14,500,000. For more information visit LuxuryRealEstate.com.


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Posted on: 7/2/2013 at 8:38 AM
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Bay Colony Estate

This Naples, Florida estate is the ultimate in resort style living. Starting with the exterior, one will find a 50' pool with water lounge and spa, cabanas, bar and BBQ, and stunning lakefront views. Take a step inside and you'll be greeted by the warm elegance of this impressive home. Its 15,247 feet of living space comes equipped with 8 bedroom suites, a gourmet kitchen, a home theater, a billiards room, a conference room, and an exercise room. The master suite has adhered to modern times with it’s his and her wardrobe and closets. Attached to this stunning residence is a covered lanai with motorized retractable screen. This gives residents and guests alike the chance to experience just the right amount of the great outdoors. This resort style estate is located in the prestigious Naples neighborhood of The Estates at Bay Colony, a neighborhood that boasts of its homes calling them Naples most exclusive luxury estates. This estate is listed for $9,900,000, for more information contact Bill Earls of John R. Wood, INC. Realtors at (239) 777-6622 or visit http://www.dupontregistry.com/homes/Search/Details.aspx?itemid=1569663


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Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: How to Run Circles Around Your Competition - Part 5

Providing Stellar Customer Service, as a luxury real estate marketing professional, sparks word-of-mouth advertising because it is remarkable. And, it engenders client loyalty, which is the cornerstone of market leadership. Best of all, it is something that you can train yourself to provide.  Mastering the art of Stellar Customer Service can help you run circles around your competition. 

In Part 1-4 of this article series we discussed the first four steps to train yourself to provide Stellar Customer Service. Step #5 is the biggest secret of all, the key that can take your practice into the stratosphere!  In the game of luxury real estate marketing we call it “Dwell Well!” 

To dwell means to live; to dwell well means to live well. But, to dwell also has another very important meaning: to fasten one’s attention, to think, speak or write about at length or with persistence; to linger over. If sustained market leadership is your quest you must be absolutely fastidious about what you dwell upon. You must dwell well!   

Choosing what you fasten your attention to on purpose, keeps you on purpose. Allowing outside influences to determine what you focus upon can distract and derail you. This is the biggest secret of the most successful athletes, sports champions and market leaders in all fields of business. 

To understand how this works, think about a time you were driving on a highway to an important appointment and there was an accident on the OTHER SIDE of the road. The traffic flow on YOUR SIDE of the road came to a complete standstill because the people in front of you were rubbernecking; they were not dwelling well.  

Although, the dwell well principle applies to all aspects of your life the area of customer service is a great place to practice it.  When you encounter sub par customer service notice how much time you spend grousing about it. See if you can train yourself to keep that time to a minimum.  Instead of dwelling upon it by complaining, faultfinding, grumbling or griping about it to anyone who will listen, redirect your attention to Step #1-4 of the Stellar Customer Service training cycle.  

Start dwelling on what you appreciate about the brands to which you are loyal. Acknowledge those who provide you with Stellar Customer Service.  Practice the “I’m worth Stellar Customer Service” mindset. And, start spreading the word about others’ Stellar Customer Service.   

Don’t put up with sub-par service; take the time to switch to the best because you know you deserve it. Fasten yourself to Stellar Customer Service as a recipient and you will become a rising star yourself, an expert at providing it.  By insisting on Stellar Customer Service from yourself and from others, you are certain to dwell well. By doing so, you will be able to run circles around your competition.  To dwell well, dwell well! 

-Written by Ron & Alexandra Seigel-

 

 (Source: Language of Luxury)


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Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: How to Run Circles Around Your Competition - Part 4

In Part 1, 2 & 3 of this articles in this series we covered the first three steps for TRAINING YOURSELF in the art of Stellar Customer Service. Here is STEP #4:  Spread the Word about Stellar Customer Service. 

We all know that referrals are, by far, the best source of business for luxury real estate marketing professionals or any business for that matter.  How can you increase the probability of receiving MORE REFERRALS so you can consistently run circles around your competition?

By offering remarkable, Stellar Customer Service you are more likely to spark word-of-mouth advertising.  But, there is more to the story than that. You can become a very powerful magnet for referrals simply by being a person who consistently spreads the word about OTHERS’ Stellar Customer Service.

The most exciting aspect of this is that you can actually test this out for yourself. You can measure your results as you amp up the power of your magnet based on the frequency of your own word-of-mouth advertising and the amount of referrals you GIVE! 

Make it a game; it really can be fun. And, IT FEELS GOOD to do it! By looking for examples of Stellar Customer Service that you can spread the word about you BRING OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE!  You EXPECT TO FIND IT in every encounter you have with service providers.

This phenomenon became very clear to us one day when we received Stellar Customer Service from a waitress at one of our favorite restaurants in Beverly Hills.  We were awestruck when we overheard the people at the table next to us complain that they received horrible service from the very same waitress.

We watched as they brought out the worst in her by hurling insults with a very derogatory attitude. Before we left the restaurant we spoke with the manager and praised the same waitress, not on her behalf to defend her, but because it felt good to do it.

It does not take that much extra time in your day to go out of your way to spread the word about Stellar Customer Service.  The rewards are TANGIBLE when your intentions are genuine and you come from a GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT.  Those who share this value will naturally gravitate to you. And, they will go out of their way to promote YOU. Running circles around your competition then becomes the inevitable outcome.

Watch for Part 5 where we will reveal the biggest secret of all, the key that can take your practice into the stratosphere!  In the game of luxury real estate marketing we call it “Dwell Well!” (Step #5).

-Written by Ron & Alexandra Seigel-

 (Source: Language of Luxury)


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Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: How to Run Circles Around Your Competition - Part 3

In Part 1 & 2 of this article series we referred to the importance of training yourself to provide excellent, superlative, and remarkable customer service. Now, we are upping the ante by referring to the very best service imaginable as ‘stellar”.  If you want to gain or sustain market leadership as a luxury real estate marketing professional, you must aim for the stars!  This is what it takes to run circles around your competition.

Here is the coolest thing about Stellar Customer Service: It cannot be imitated because it must be genuine! When it is authentic, sincere, unaffected and unpretentious it is palpable and indisputable.  That is why the ONLY way you can truly learn to provide Stellar Customer Service is to train yourself to deliver it.  While Stellar Customer Service is an art you can master, you must consistently practice it and perpetually improve your skills to stay on top of your game.

These are the first three steps to providing Stellar Customer Service:

STEP #1:  Identify Why YOU are Loyal to Some Brands

Make a list of the brands and service providers to whom you are particularly loyal. Ask yourself: What keeps you coming back for more? Why would you go out of your way to refer these brands? 

Then, make a list of those who you would switch away from if you found a better alternative that offered Stellar Customer Service.  Make the effort to find alternatives BECAUSE YOU DESERVE IT!

STEP #2:  Acknowledge Other’s Stellar Customer Service

Take the time to compliment those service providers and store owners who deliver Stellar Customer Service.  IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD and it make them feel appreciated.  You are also increasing the likelihood that the next customers or clients that they serve will receive Stellar Customer Service!

STEP #3 Practice the “I’m Worth Stellar Customer Service Mindset”.

Take the time to let service providers know when you receive sub-par service, even in “insignificant” ways. There is no such thing as an insignificant instance of sub-par service. It is important feedback for those who value providing impeccable service. And, it also keeps you sharply focused on the fact that you not only deserve Stellar Customer Service in every detail, YOU EXPECT IT IN EVERY DETAIL!

When you consistently take the time to make yourself feel good, you discover that you always deserve Stellar Customer Service. You come to expect it in every encounter you have with restaurants, hotels, stores, etc., and each interacation you have with service professionals.  It is only by cultivating this mindset and this attitude that YOU can truly provide genuine Stellar Customer Service.

In Part 4 we will cover the importance of spreading the word about other’s Stellar Customer Service (Step #4) and how that can ELEVATE your level of expertise as a luxury real estate service provider beyond your competitors’.  In Part 5 we will reveal the biggest secret of all, the key that can take your practice into the stratosphere!  In the game of luxury real estate marketing we call it “Dwell Well!” (Step #5).

-Written by Ron & Alexandra Seigel-


(Source: Language of Luxury)


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