Stunning Equestrian Facility in Central Florida

Sheik Island Farm is a beautiful and unique lakefront equestrian facility located near Tampa, Ocala, and Orlando offered by Kimberly Wilson of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. The farm was originally built as a show jumping training facility, but was designed to be useful for any discipline including dressage, hunter/jumper, polo, western disciplines, saddle seat, polo, and even breeding.  Set amongst moss draped Live Oaks, rolling hills, and perched between two lakes, the two barns are a stunning display of the melding between architectural beauty and functionality.

Designed for the serious horseman by award winning Blackburn Architects, the barns focus on natural light, adequate airflow, and safety of both horse and handler, while being aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The main barn includes fifteen 14' x 14' stalls, one 14' x 16' foaling stall with an observation window leading to the wood paneled tack room, a feed room with custom pest resistant feed bins, a lab/multi-purpose room, two indoor wash racks, men's and women's bathrooms/changing rooms, a laundry room, hay and shavings storage, an equipment shop, a suite of offices, two huge storage rooms, and a three bedroom grooms apartment.  There is a 100’ x 200’ sand arena, a round pen, and multiple fenced pastures.

The second barn is an eight stall barn similar in style and detail, on a smaller scale. The cottage is three bedrooms with two bathrooms and is situated among a Florida Oak hammock. The home overlooks Buddy Lake with gorgeous views of the water and stunning Florida sunsets. 



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Posted on: 3/17/2016 at 12:37 PM
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Tampa Bay's Exquisite Equestrian Luxury

By Nicole Slaughter-Graham

Tucked away in the prestigious gated community of Citrus Green rests Copper Leaf Farm—an incredible, custom-built equestrian estate that boasts luxury in the most minute of details. Enjoy unparalleled privacy provided by a sprawling 7.63 acres and close proximity to some of the country’s most famous beaches thanks to the homes coveted Tampa Bay, Florida location.

The estate features a refined main home complete with three-car garage and a wealth of luxury details. “It’s so amazing that it’s hard to pick out a favorite feature,” says Engel & Volkers Realtor, Scott Ferguson. One of the most unique features is the glittering, solid copper gutter system and solid copper roofing on the turrets, which accentuate the stone accents and maple brown shutters that adorn the exterior.

Inside the home finds  four bedrooms, all of which include en-suite bathrooms finished with maple wood cabinets. The living room looks upon a gorgeous fireplace flanked by a natural-stone wall. The gourmet kitchen offers high-end appliances, exquisite Cohiba granite countertops and maple wood cabinetry. 

In the backyard, an inviting salt-water pool and spa, complete with outdoor kitchen, provide an inviting area for entertaining or sunbathing. In addition to the attached three-car garage is a detached building designed as a storage, garage or work area. The building can house up to seven additional vehicles. 

Most fascinating though, is the premium quality barn. Ferguson states the barn is, “finished in all the high-end materials used in the house. It’s spectacular.” The barn features nine spacious stalls and upstairs grooming quarters as well as an unprecedented full kitchen with living quarters and two full-sized bathrooms. 

Also included is a covered, lit 80x150 layered and leveled riding arena and multiple green pastures for grazing and riding. The esteemed Citrus Green community offers horse trails that span the entire 400-acre community.


Scott Ferguson, Realtor at Engel & Volkers


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Posted on: 3/17/2016 at 11:46 AM
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Equestrian and Ranch Properties- Asheville, North Carolina

While the beauty of experiencing four seasons is enticing, the peaks of summer and winter are not for everyone. For those of us who desire a more mild seasonal experience, Asheville, North Carolina is a city unmatched in both beauty and climate.

Named the “#1 City to Live In” by Good Morning America and the “#7 Food City in the Country” by Food Network, Asheville’s booming downtown area can rival that of any major city. However, it’s the seamless blending of the metropolitan atmosphere and the surrounding mountain landscape that truly makes Asheville unique. 

With its numerous horseback riding trails and Tyron International Equestrian Center & Resort, Asheville is marked as an enticing location to partake in the equestrian way of life. Billy Taylor, Luxury Broker with Beverly-Hanks & Associates Realtors, has many incredible listings, but the home located at 707 Dink Cannon is truly a cowboy’s dream. 

The 3,776-square-foot home sits on a working horse and cattle ranch complete with rotational grazing pastures. The residence is a perfect mountain getaway, situated in the heart of Western North Carolina’s well-known peaks. The property is also suited as the perfect legacy ranch and is conveniently located halfway between Ashville and Charlotte.  

Another one of Billy’s listings located at 145 White Pine Drive, is located in perhaps the most coveted of areas.The stunning 41+ acre property is a short 15 minute drive from Asheville’s downtown, but tucked just far enough into the forest, the location offers unparalleled privacy. In true Asheville fashion, this property is also horse friendly. 

The equestrian charm, mild weather and the authentic downtown, give people many reasons to enjoy this picturesque city. But the sheer beauty of the forests and mountain backdrops as they reflect the changing of the seasons truly makes life in Asheville unbeatable. 

Beverly-Hanks & Associates

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty Recognizes Abbe / Mullinnix as Top Team in 2015

(SARASOTA, FL) - The Abbe-Mullinnix team has been recognized as the Number One Sales Professional Team for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty for the Sarasota/Manatee region. The team ranked #9 overall in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty network of 41 offices and over 1,750 Sales Professionals.

 The team has also been named to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ esteemed Chairman’s Circle-Platinum for 2015.   This award is presented to the top one percent of the network’s 42,000 sales professionals. Betty Mullinnix and Steve Abbe feel that the most important aspect of these honors is the fact that it recognizes their achievement of their team’s goal, to assist their customers by successfully facilitating their real estate transactions, and hence helping each buyer and seller they work with to meet their own personal goals. 

Joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty in late 2013, the team works from the Palmer Ranch Branch Office located on South Tamiami Trail. Mullinnix, Associate Broker, and Abbe, a PGA Golf Professional have nearly a half century of combined real estate experience.  Consistently ranked in the Top 1% of area Realtors® they list and sell in all areas and price ranges. However, the team’s specialty is golf properties, and no other Realtor® sells more golf properties in the area than Abbe-Mullinnix.  For more information on the team, please visit

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty is a full-service brokerage servicing 17 counties throughout Florida and is a wholly owned subsidiary of WCI Communities, Inc. It is a franchise member of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.  The company is the 5th largest brokerage in the nation among the affiliate Network brokers and offers residential and commercial services, seasonal rentals, property management, REO & Foreclosures, corporate relocations, referral services, title, insurance, home service plans, and personal concierge services.  BHHS Florida Realty is the #1 Fundraiser for The Sunshine Kids having raised over $3.1 million. The Palmer Ranch / Sarasota Branch Office is located at 7231 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231.

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An Oceanfront Retreat in Ponte Verda Beach, Florida

Ponte Verda Beach, a golf resort community located 18 miles southeast of downtown Jacksonville and just a few miles north of historic St. Augustine, is home of The Players Championship golf tournament and offers beautiful beaches with fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating and surfing.

This vibrant beach town is in the third wealthiest county of Florida, featuring A-rated schools and a plethora of activities that create the perfect environment for raising a family. 

Occupying 223 feet of oceanfront property is a magnificent estate home rising over the dunes.  The timeless design showcases the lush tropical setting complete with stunning views of the shoreline and marine life. Situated on two and a half acres, this 10,284-sq-ft home offers 6 bedrooms with en suites, a pool bath and upstairs and downstairs powder rooms, plus a four-car garage and motor court. 

Perfect for entertaining, the luxury estate features both indoor and outdoor gathering spaces that offer intimate and exciting settings for friends and family to enjoy. Take in the incredible ocean backdrop while entertaining guests poolside, whisk down the 45-foot jetted slide or sunbathe with your toes in the sand. Upstairs features four more bedrooms, a game room with bar area and additional family room. Wrap-around balconies, covered and open terraces and a private beach walkover allow for residents to take advantage of this fabulous oceanfront location. Offered at $9,200,000.

Walk indoors into a stunning two-story foyer where a seven-foot crystal chandelier and detailed crown molding open through Roman columns to a generous formal living room with spectacular ocean views and an inviting gas fireplace. In the dining room, a stunning freehanded painting adorns the walls and the gourmet kitchen features everything needed to fashion a world-class feast. The ground floor is completed with a bar area to the family room, custom designed craft room, cherry wood paneled office, sumptuous master retreat and guest suite.

Watson Realty Corp

Barbara Maple


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Allure: Luxury Condominium Living on the River in Fort Myers, Florida

A The perfect sunset is one of life’s simplest pleasures.  All that is required are two basic elements: the sun, and a vantage point from where to admire it. At Allure—the new 32-story luxury condominium overlooking the wide, glimmering Caloosahatchee River in historic downtown Fort Myers—perfect sunsets are standard. Its two towers will be the most ambitious and luxurious residential development ever created in Fort Myers, Florida. Just a few miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico, Allure will command the skyline from a vantage point at one of the city’s most scenic spots. On a daily basis, its expansive windows will frame a menagerie of yachts, sailing vessels and recreational boats coursing the waters. 

When complete, there will be 292 tower residences, ranging from one- to three-bedroom floor plans with some rather unique amenities. The Allure Your Senses Rooftop Garden featuring permanent installations by internationally acclaimed Colombian artist Edgardo Carmona will create a contemplative mood, along with its peaceful, landscaped riverfront promenade. Outdoor courts are planned for pickleball and bocce ball. A heated infinity-edge pool overlooking the river and boat slips, concierge services with convenient mail and receiving desk, and additional conveniences ensure the best in Florida living. And of course, the entire property is wired for the latest technology including WiFi, high-speed Internet and digital voice services.

Arriving at Allure, the porte-cochere entrance is enhanced by a stunning water feature, with private entrance elevators just beyond. Its tag line, “Irresistible,” only begins to describe the magnetic appeal of building amenities such as a two-story fitness room with men’s and women’s spa facilities with saunas and showers, and a private screening room with theater seating. Equally noteworthy is each residence’s features, ranging from natural-gas cooktops and ovens in chef-inspired kitchens, to magnificent sunrise-to-sunset views.

Allure offers a very attractive downtown lifestyle. Even though the building provides assigned covered garage parking with 24-hour controlled access, residents may rarely ever need to drive to their favorite destinations in this bustling riverfront neighborhood. They can stroll by foot, hop on a boat or trolley to bistros, cafes, theaters, galleries, museums, historic sites, botanical gardens and nightspots. Harborside Event Center and Florida Repertory Theater feature nationally recognized performers, and many of the city’s holiday celebrations take place in nearby Centennial Park. Cedar River at Fort Myers LLC is the owner and JAXI Builders Inc. is the builder.

Alure Sales Gallery
239-500-JAXI (5294)

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Colorado Mountain Escapes: Vail's Premier Residence


Scores of towering windows that look out upon a glittering, panoramic mountain view characterize Solaris Penthouse H West, which is perched above the new and iconic Solaris Residencies in the heart of Vail Village. Solaris Penthouse H West stands alone in quality and location. An unprecedented 270-degree view of mountain terrain and vast valley views make this masterfully crafted home a one-of-a-kind residence.

The meticulously designed floor plan maximizes the value of each square foot, positioning bedrooms for privacy and quiet, and creating a flow from living room to dining room to a spacious, open den.

Vaulted ceilings and large windows lend to an open space illuminated by natural light. Four balconies provide the perfect setting for enjoying the stunning vistas and crisp mountain air.

The living room is warmed by a contemporary stone and steel fireplace. You’ll enjoy unobstructed views of Vail Mountain and Solaris Plaza thanks to two walls of windows. A separate living space/den allows for entertaining and the formal office preserves your bedroom as a serene oasis, free from the distractions of work. The secluded, spacious master suite includes an expanse of windows along the south wall that open up to a private balcony with pristine views of the mountainside ski slopes. The west end of the master suite is met with another row of windows, which invite in the warm afternoon sun. Your master sanctuary is completed by a large walk-in closet and spacious, dual sink master bath with a deep soaking tub.

Your guests will enjoy the same luxuries, as each suite is equipped with a private bathroom and views of the Vail Valley. A shared balcony provides guests with their own piece of paradise as they take in the mountain views over a warm cup of coffee or glass of wine at the end of a great day of skiing.

To compliment your incredible home, Solaris provides cosmopolitan conveniences with amenities of the finest hotels including a theater, ice skating, fine dining, fitness facility and an array of fine shops.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Onie Bolduc


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Posted on: 2/23/2016 at 2:42 PM
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Pristine Northern Colorado

By Natalie Friedmann

“Living in Colorado is a lifestyle,” says John Simmons, co-founder & broker of C3 Real Estate Solutions, a renowned real estate firm representing Northern Colorado. “Here we live in a pristine community with great schools, tremendous economic and job growth, and low crime rates. In a place where the sun shines 300 days per year, recreation and nature go hand-in-hand all year long.”

Three exclusive properties represented by C3 Real Estate Solutions:

At 2553 E. State Hwy. 56 in Berthoud is an exciting equestrian estate featuring 70.89 lush acres with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. The home features tremendous architectural design and first class finishes with 8,505 total sq. ft. of which 7,195 sq. ft. are finished. Desirable features include a gourmet kitchen with two islands, formal dining area, master suite with dual closets and eight piece bath, two laundry rooms, gym, wine cellar and walk-out basement. There is a 12-stall barn with tack room and caretaker quarters on property as well as a round pen, 153x60 indoor arena, three pole barns and multiple fields and pastures. This property is currently under contract but accepting backup offers.

A private estate located at 8236 County Rd. 74 in Windsor sits on 32 beautiful acres. The 9,595-square-foot, 7-bed, 7-bath home caters to entertainment with a gym, theater, library, oversized fun room and five fireplaces. The excitement continues outside with an in-ground swimming pool, multiple decks and patios, basketball court and sand volleyball court, playground, fire pit and water feature. The property includes a private custom security gate, multiple security cameras and all of the upgrades you can imagine.

Located at 3438 Taliesin Way in Fort Collins is a spectacular craftsman-meets-mountain-modern style home designed by Dengler. Tucked in a gated community surrounded by nature, this 10,300-square-foot residence truly has it all—from mountain & lake views, to access to Cobb Lake and easy access to I-25. Natural finishes of wood, stone, tile and hand-forged fixtures abound throughout the 6-bed, 7-bath home. The layout of the home embraces wide open spaces with rich, natural lighting. Enjoy the great outdoors from any one of the numerous private patios and decks or while entertaining in the outdoor kitchen, terraced gardens or gather around the fire pit.

C3 Real Estate Solutions




John Simmons


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The Waves Abound: Shallotte, North Carolina


Steeped in history, the sleepy town of Shallotte, North Carolina lies between the twin hubbubs of Wilmington, North Carolina to the north, and Myrtle Beach to the south. "It's a quiet oasis," says life-long resident Jabin Norris, president of PROACTIVE Real Estate. The agency charmingly offers Starbucks coffee and draft beer on tap in its café office, the only office of its kind in the area.


Here, where the magnificent views of the Atlantic’s waves abound, a globe-trotting client chose to build a beach house in 2014. Unfortunately, the client was unable to find the time to enjoy the home, and thus put it on the market. The candy-colored, Hawaiian plantation-style home, sits directly upon the Shallotte inlet surrounded by verandas.

Wonderfully open and great for entertaining, the living room features Brazilian cherry flooring, coffered ceilings, an extensive entertainment system, wet bar, and a sweep of sliding windows that effectively opens the room to the vast deck and extraordinary views.

Ideal for the serious cook (or caterer), the kitchen is fitted with rough-finished quartz counters and tiled walls. A commercial grade stove with pot filler and second oven with microwave and convection modes line one of the walls. The kitchen also includes a vast bar and prep area, pantry and more.

The home boasts three bedrooms, each featuring luxuriously appointed en suites. The Master bathroom suite includes an oversized shower and a whirlpool bath, as well as an office, a room-sized closet and a private deck.

Built to withstand ocean squalls, the home also features an extraordinary home automation, including hard-wired Ethernet, Vera Z-Wave technology and an eight-camera security system. Equipped with green features! The ground walls are solid concrete construction.

The site is so peaceful you can hear the gulls lay eggs, yet perfectly situated just five minutes from the beach, downtown shopping, major roadways and an airport for your private jet. If you prefer driving your own auto, there's a three-car garage for the Porsche, the Lamborghini, and the Maserati (with room leftover for beach chairs). 





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Luxury in Lido Shores

Located only a short walk from St. Armand’s Circle, you will find the unique neighborhood of Lido Shores. Featuring some of the finest waterfront homes in Sarasota, Lido Shores is an wonderfully eclectic neighborhood with a mix of architecture styles designed by well-recognized architects such as Jonathan Parks, Guy Peterson, and Clifford Scholz.

Waterfront homes are increasingly rare in Sarasota, as many have been demolished to make way for the high-rise condominiums that now line our shores. The waterfront properties of Lido Shores have frontage on Pansy Bayou, Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico or New Pass, which provides direct deepwater boating access to the Gulf of Mexico or Sarasota Bay. Lido Shores offers wonderful neighbors and private beach access.

This Gulf front home at 1219 Westway Drive offers exquisite sunsets with over 200 feet of mesmerizing water views of the Gulf of Mexico, and access to covered terraces from nearly every room. Over 14,000 square feet under roof, and nearly 7,500 square feet under air, 5 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, 2 half baths, 7 car garage, pool and spa. Lush landscaping compliments the 50' heated pool/spa, and the 2nd floor loggia with outdoor kitchen, fireplace and bath is perfect for entertaining. Grand Master Bedroom Suite with private terrace, private gym and private family room on upper level. Additional master suite on main level and Laundry facilities on both living levels.

"The features and amenities of this home are beyond luxury resort level with full panoramic living space indoors, and relaxing resort like areas outdoors. This estate is designed to meet every possible clients wants, needs and dreams", says Judy Kepecz-Hays of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.

The home is being presented for 7.9 million by Judy Kepecz Hays who has personally sold over 1.2 billion in sales in Sarasota and her islands.

Coldwell Banker

Mobile: 941.587.1700

Office: 941.387.1825

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Barefoot Beach, Florida

By Lauryn Howell

Naples, Florida, a beautiful coastline city once known as a retirement destination, is taking on a new, vibrant ambiance. Due in part to the exclusive private airport, Naples is blossoming into a culturally diverse epicenter of upscale shopping, dining and art. Although the area is growing in popularity, Naples is successfully maintaining a low key, relaxed lifestyle characteristic of Florida’s west coast.

Sitting just a short drive from the more cosmopolitan area of downtown Naples is one of Collier County’s most highly regarded destination, Barefoot Beach. The well-known location is consistently ranked as the number one beach in the continental United States.

Naples residents since 1998, Carl Dittrich and his wife Cynthia Joannou have always been captivated by the natural beauty of Barefoot Beach. 

Their passion for the beach led them to found Barefoot Beach Properties, a real estate brokerage firm specializing in luxury coastal properties. This year marks the tenth anniversary of their firm. According to Carl and Cynthia, “ One of the duo’s most distinguished exclusive listings on Barefoot Beach is 109 Hispaniola Lane. This 6,800-square-foot home sits in a private, gated beach-front community on 67 perfect feet of direct beach frontage. The interior, including its five bedrooms and five baths, is fashioned in an elegant yet relaxed coastal chic style.

As Cynthia explains, “The second you walk into the home all your worries melt away. You’re caressed by the waves and mesmerized by the dolphins and manatees passing through your backyard.”

Barefoot Beach provides a unique opportunity to enjoy both the luxuries of Naples and the serenity of beachfront living. After all, residents and visitors know that there’s nothing quite like a Gulf Coast sunset. or 239.273.5515

Cynthia Joannou or.239.273.0666

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Paradise on Useppa Island

By Terri Harrison

You’re invited to fall in love with Useppa Island. Located between Sarasota and Naples, an enchanted paradise of sea and sky awaits just three miles from mainland Florida. Useppa Island boasts abundant natural beauty, coveted “Old Florida” ambiance and barefoot luxury.

This exclusive private island is accessible only by air or water. Residents and visitors find themselves enamored with another time and place...where adults play croquet and ride bikes, where afternoons are spent soaking in the sun, or on the water, and where children are free to explore, splash, dive and dream.

Home to 110 residences, this 110-acre jewel offers pure tranquility, year-round recreation, modern conveniences and community amenities. There are no cars … just golf carts. No stop signs, only turtle crossings.

Brian and Mary McColgan are no newcomers to Useppa Island. Resident Island Real Estate Specialists, they discovered and made their home on Useppa Island in 1985, initially commuting from Atlanta, Ga.

“We’ve welcomed many new faces to Useppa over the years. Young professionals and families from as near as South Florida to as far as Canada and England have discovered Useppa as theperfect place to unplug and escape their demanding daily schedules,” says Mary McColgan. “Some of our residents have been here for generations. We’ve watched children grow up and return with little ones of their own to play hide-n-seek, chase butterflies and learn to swim.”

Distinguished by its metal-roofed “Old Florida” architecture and lush tropical foliage, homes on Useppa range from just under $500,000 to over $2M. From expansive single family homes in excess of 5,000 square feet, to coastal cottages and quaint Villas, the island promises a perfect home for any size family, and their boat.

Club amenities include a private marina, tennis and Bocce Ball courts, croquet lawns and a community pool. There’s also dining, fitness and lawn chess, with some of the best fishing around.

Useppa’s welcoming community has become the destination of professionals, retirees and families who seek more out of life, with far fewer distractions. Both Young and Young-at-Heart have discovered Useppa Island -- Paradise Without a Passport!

The Useppa People

Brian & Mary McColgan


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Live Exceptionally on Florida’s Gulf Coast


Naples is one of the country’s most desirable second-home destinations. The high-class, cosmopolitan atmosphere blends effortlessly with lush golf courses, sugar sand beaches, and beautiful nature reserves that give the area its “Paradise” moniker.

Culture and lifestyle are what makes Naples so attractive to its elite residents. An abundance of gourmet restaurants and chic bistros nestle alongside elegant artisan stores, designer boutiques, antique dealers, and art galleries. The busy array of local events includes festivals, regattas, and fundraising benefits, as well as theater productions, orchestral performances, and jazz concerts.

Sports and outdoor activities are particularly popular, with tennis and golf being at the heart of many communities. Boaters enjoy both the open Gulf waters and the back bays along the Western Everglades that feature intricate mangrove forests.

Property in Naples is usually purchased as a second home or winter retreat by affluent owners who commonly have several other properties in the USA and overseas.

Gulf Coast International Properties (GCIP), owned by Michael McCumber and Timothy P. Savage, Realtors, specializes in prestigious homes in the communities of Port Royal, Old Naples, Aqualane Shores, Royal Harbor, Park Shore, The Moorings, Grey Oaks and The Estuary. GCIP has distinguished itself by continuing to set record sales prices and working as a team focused on service excellence and professional integrity.

GCIP takes great pride in offering the very best sales and purchase opportunities, including an exclusive list of private placement properties.

GCIP’s offices in Naples and Boca Grande are represented on the highly prestigious Board of Regents Luxury Real Estate – an exclusive network of the world’s most elite luxury real estate brokers.


Gulf Coast International Properties

239.434.2558 or visit

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Four Seasons of Sunshine in Gulf Breeze, Florida

By Stephanie Cavanaugh

Perched upon a cliff above Pensacola Bay, the spell-binding home on Highpoint Drive in Gulf Breeze, Florida is perfectly positioned to take in both sunrise and sunset. "The water glistens like diamonds on clear crisp days of winter," says real estate guru, Tammy Bohannon.

In the northwestern neck of our southernmost state, winter has just the right amount of snap to make you appreciate long, sweet springs and summer's tropical delights. Pensacola is also home to the Blue Wahoo baseball team, and Gulf Breeze is minutes from the University of West Florida.

Bohannon owns Upside Realty, which is based in Gulf Breeze— Pensacola’s most affluent waterfront suburb. Here, the main street and the pristine beaches both are touted among the ten best in the country. With an international airport, getting anywhere from here is a breeze.

"The Highpoint Drive house is spectacular," Bohannon says. Set on three quarters of an acre, the 4200 square foot custom-built contemporary includes four spacious bedroom suites, splendid open-plan entertaining spaces and novel details such as a 110- year-old antique front door from Philadelphia, white calcite kitchen counters and glorious oiled white oak floors.

Walls of windows embrace the panoramic water views by day and the glitter of Pensacola and the three-mile bridge by night. There's not just one fabulous kitchen but three, one for each area of the house. The East side of the house features guest suites, a second entertainment area and a kitchenette; perfect for a mother-in-law, or children, to help themselves to snacks and beverages. The magnificent master suite is fashioned with a wet bar and a loft area. You can enjoy your morning coffee or an evening cocktail in your own space, while enjoying the view from your private balcony. The main portion of the home is situated to the west, built to render complete privacy.

Positioned 50 feet above sea level, a vision for a path to the water lays in wait for creation, though permitting for a dock is in the works. The owner is willing to work with the buyer to create customized access.

Upside Realty

Cell: 850-982-7128

Office: 850-343-1960

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Deep in the Heart- Dallas, Texas


There are azaleas, Japanese maples, red oaks, live oaks, crepe myrtle, mountain name it, it's here. Wandering the flagstone paths over undulating hills and dales of the 2.7 acre estate feels like walking into an arboretum, not a backyard. Just ten minutes from downtown Dallas, the gated estate is in Old Preston Hollow, a neighborhood that feels more like being in the country than in the heart of a big city. All of the homes in Old Preston Hollow are on expansive lots of at least an acre, but most closer to 2 acres. It's a very unique neighborhood.

Nestled in the midst of this private park is the 12,000 square foot, five bedroom, 6 full and 2 ½ bath home built in 1990. A home both gorgeous and divinely entertaining, from the breathtaking cantilevered staircase with twostory windows in the entry, to the adjoining formal living and dining rooms, this home is exquisitely detailed. 

The spectacular kitchen opens to a spacious breakfast area, family room and pool room with a bar so there’s plenty of space for family and friends to gather. There is also a media room (complete with a Murphy bed), a craft room above the four car garage and an impressive study with floor to ceiling bookshelves reached via a rolling ladder.

Outside the main house is a fully equipped guest house with a kitchen, sitting area, 2 baths and an upstairs great room. Sprinkled on the grounds are a children's play house, a swimming pool with spa, and a lighted, regulation scaled tennis court.

When you drive off the main street you enter an enclave of gorgeous estate homes on spacious lots. It's right in the heart of Dallas, with Love Field airport and North Park Mall just minutes away. You're in the center of city activity but insulated from the city. Perfect!


Patty Newton


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Posted on: 2/16/2016 at 3:52 PM
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