Florida's Best Kept Secret: Hammock Dunes

What's Florida's best kept secret?

"Hammock Dunes," says top-ranked realtor Molly Carey of Prudential East Coast Real Estate. This Florida native knew what she wanted when she and her family relocated from Washington, DC and settled here.

Just above the tropic/temperate line, in Palm Coast, buffered from the hurricanes and hubbub of south Florida, Hammock Dunes offers "lovely ocean breezes in summer and mild winters." She says, "We call it San Diego East."

A small town with all of the advantages of a big city, this planned community has Jacksonville, St Augustine, and Orlando within a brief drive.

It’s deliciously peaceful, with sea turtles nesting and dolphins and whales dancing in the waves. "You can walk for miles along those beaches," she says, "and never see a soul."

Carey specializes in luxury real estate, particularly the properties at Hammock Dunes, a rare private gated ocean front community, featuring two Audubon-certified golf courses.

She also lives there. "Our home is on the ocean and the golf course.  In another part of the community you can dock your boat on the ICW and walk to the ocean."

Residences range from small condos and villas, to multi-million dollar oceanfront estates, to lots for custom dream homes.

General Manager Jesse Thorpe oversees the community's epicenter, the member-owned Hammock Dunes Club, with two clubhouses, dining by Certified Master Chef Jason Hall, and exclusive facilities that include world class championship golf-courses, oceanfront croquet, tennis, bocce, fitness center, and heated pool and spa.

"The minute you walk in you realize this is a unique experience," says Thorpe, who has managed extraordinary properties for 30 years.

"You enjoy the benefits of living the resort lifestyle," he says, adding, "This facility desires and demands the best quality of everything, and has the resources to deliver it."

That's an attribute appreciated by the residents, who move between larger and smaller homes -- but rarely move away.

"They don't want to leave the area--or the clubhouse," says Carey. "That's the mark of a successful community."


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Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: Pick Your Niche Wisely!

Identifying an undeserved or uncontested market niche, then dominating that category is the fastest route to market leadership in the field of luxury real estate marketing or any field of business for that matter.  To be successful in your chosen category, however, it must be a category that you or your company, can serve better than anyone else.

When Steve Jobs first introduced the iPad he presented perhaps the best demonstration in the digital age of this fundamental principle of brand strategy.  On the screen behind him was an image of the iPhone and a MacBook laptop, with a space between them.  He posed this very important question:  “Is there room for a third category of device in the middle?

In this article we are going to use Steve’s logic to analyze whether there is room for yet another category in the middle between a smartphone and a laptop. This is the question to which Microsoft answered, “yes”, with their new Surface device.

According to Jobs, to qualify as a legitimate third category the iPad would have to do some things far better than either of the other two devices.  For example, browsing the Internet, or using the device for email, photos, video, games and eBooks would have to be a far better experience than doing the same thing with a smartphone or laptop.  

At the time netbooks were selling like hotcakes.  But, Steve summarily dismissed the netbook as a “cheap laptop” not a new category.  With over 100,000,000 iPads sold to date consumers have confirmed the need for this distinct third category. 

When you are on the lookout for a luxury real estate category to dominate keep this netbook example in mind:  You need to define a niche that is clearly distinct from other categories, a niche to which you or your company can add extraordinary value. 

Microsoft’s Surface is their first foray into the category of tablets and laptops. In fact it is a hybrid of the two categories.  A flat keyboard (which costs extra) can snap into the tablet, while the tablet is in standing mode, and turns the tablet into a laptop.  But, at the end of the day, doesn’t that turn their tablet into a netbook—another cheap laptop? 

No doubt Microsoft is following in Apple’s footsteps in attempting to control the entire user experience from hardware to software.  Surface runs on Windows 8, which is a completely overhauled version of their flagship product that now works with touch screens.  

Windows 8 may help Microsoft become a distant third major player in the tablet arena in the same way that #2 Google became a challenger to #1 Apple with their Android platform used by multiple manufacturers of tablets But, the Surface itself does not create a new product category because it does nothing far better than a laptop (that can also run Windows 8) or any other tablet on the market.  As such, it confuses consumers as to which devise category it belongs.  Is the Surface a tablet or a laptop? 

Select your luxury real estate marketing category wisely.   Pick an underserved or uncontested market niche that you can serve better than anyone else!

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


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Posted on: 11/19/2012 at 7:21 AM
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A Rare Find in Cape Cod

Luxury buyers have always been attracted to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Its quaint New England beachside communities still echo the rich traditions of early American life, yet keep pace with the modern amenities of today. Close proximity to the major city life of Boston adds to Cape Cod’s appeal.  

Centrally located on Cape Cod, the town of Dennis provides the perfect home base for exploring the rich history and beauty of this beloved part of the Massachusetts coast. Known as the cultural center of the Cape, Dennis is home to museums and theater, including the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the historic Cape Playhouse. Its history and traditions give it a slice of a classic New England hometown feel, while its residents provide a welcoming atmosphere.

Blessed with sixteen public beaches on the ocean, Dennis is home to Mayflower Beach, which is consistently rated as one of the top child-safe family beaches in the country. “Dennis is a great high-end beach community with great value,” says Bernie Klotz, owner broker of BK Real Estate, Inc. in Centerville, Massachusetts. “The taxes here are the lowest on the Cape.”  

The homes at 86 and 88 Horsefoot Path in Dennis provide a rare opportunity to own newly-built oceanfront properties on Cape Cod. The homes, each offered at $2.895-million, were custom-designed with a turn-of-the-century feel. “The design is a modern take on the classic New England shingle-style cottages of the late 19th Century,” says Klotz. Inviting front porches and expansive decks allow for maximum enjoyment of the sunsets and great panoramic views of the water.

Sharing a 1.4-acre lot and 113-feet of private sandy beach, the homes are built on an elevation that puts them above the flood plain. “Both homes own out to the low water mark so even at high tide there is always a sandy beach,” Klotz says. “Low tide provides acres of sandy beach and scattered tidal pools which are ideal for children to play in.”


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Investing in Brazil

Brazil, with its bustling economy, provides a safe environment for investment and is appealing to global investors. Any entrepreneur with accurate vision can see that the water will be the future source of power to replace the current solution led by oil production. In this sense, the Amazon is a real oasis of support for many necessities of the human being. At the moment, acquisitions of this importance are facilitated by government policies that exist in Brazil, which allow and even encourage the overseas investment, especially if consistent with the vocation of socio-economic areas involved in these types of projects. One of the best opportunities available for business in the Brazilian Amazon region is the property below. This Enterprise is a postcard of the Brazilian Amazon itself.  

Right in front of the Hotel there is a phenomenon of the waters. it is the confluence of two rivers that bless this lush green region and gives even more value to the development as an unique and exotic jungle resort encompassing 111.000,000,00 square meters of land that is also part of the ongoing business opportunity. Beyond all the ecological structure the massive area has got a biologic sanctuary with several types of ecosystems including part of the Amazon Rain Forest itself. The beauty of this majestic place is very impressive and can be profitable in many aspects. The hotel also offers a wide range of investment possibilities, for example, an ‘Ecologic Advanced Center’ specialising in natural resources useful for research and production of biological products, an International Convention Center in Latin America, or even combined the two projects, all facilitated by the production of clean energy because of the Santo Antonio hydro-electric power station supplying this region.


MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR A VERY AFFORDABLE PRICE – when considering the geographical location of the hotel and in addition the specification it offers comparing to the market value of a mansion in California, there is no doubt that it is worth considering the possibility of establishing a strategic choice of business continuity in an area of rare beauty and highly important for humanity as a whole, especially considering the production of pure oxygen as well as bio-civilisation. Besides the agro-ecological tourism there is the huge option to grow organic food in the fertile soil of the Amazonia region, which includes Brazil nuts, Cocoa, Cupuaçu trees, Peach palms, Acai, Babassu, Moriche palm, and many other diverse foods to the international market. From this enormous wealth of bio-diversity socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable, based on concepts of agro ecology and double green revolution, one can promote the multiple use of bio-mass food for humans and animals, green manure, bio energy, construction materials, fibers, plastics and an increasingly broad range of bio products green chemistry out of bio refineries, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

AN INVESTIMENT WITH AN EYE ON THE FUTUREWhy does the purchase of the Pakaas Palafitas Lodge  reach far beyond the mere acquisition  of the infra-structure that comprises of  the property and the land on which the hotel sits? Because in the not too distant future, as the Earth’s natural resources shrink to alarming levels due to anthropological causes, among them being the unbearable increase in population that implies an ever greater pressure on the environment, and the approaching end of the petroleum era, the power and influence of the nations will be measured by their reserves of clean, potable water, fresh air and arable land. Therefore, he who is farsighted and has the means, has also the opportunity to buy a property in the Brazilian Amazon region, by a large river, the Mamoré,  that holds a wealth of hydro-electric energy in a stable country with a growing steadfast economy and no racial or religious conflicts. Going by this place you can see all these massive offers and many possibilities in the development of botanical, biological and anthropological projects, also, the ‘Pakaas’ Jungle Hotel has an enjoyable and attractive neighborhood with many native communities who speak their own common language. To arrange an inspection trip please contact us.

[1]Source: The journalist and Business Consultant Samuel Sales Saraiva, Momento Brasil Magazine correspondent and columnist for the website http://www.gentedeopiniao.com.br Contact: patricia@braziloverseasproperty.co.uk | +55 83 3031 2009 | www.braziloverseasproperty.co.uk



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Posted on: 11/18/2012 at 12:00 AM
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Stunning Mediterranean Estate in Winter Park, Florida

Spectacular, one of a kind, lakefront home. Surrounded by water on 3 sides with panoramic lake views from almost every room. Sweeping verandas and patios wrap around this lovely Mediterranean Custom Built Home located in the exclusive Estates Section of Winter Park. Kitchen is a gourmet cook and caterers dream w endless granite breakfast bar/buffet, oversized island, 6 burner gas stove, dual convection ovens, warmer...everything for gracious entertaining. The butler pantry includes full service bar, ice maker, separate dishwasher, sink, 42" maple cabinets. Master retreat is oversized and located next to a private exercise room and executive office. The upgrades and detailing on this home are stunning. It's simply a must see showstopper. Offered at $4,995,000. Call 407-595-4000 for more information.



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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Bozena J. Kaluza has a lilt to her speech, a charming vestige of her native Poland.  The owner and broker of Diplomat International Realty speaks seven languages and has lived...everywhere. But she now calls South Florida home.  

Ask about Ft. Lauderdale and she bubbles over. Besides the delight of living by the ocean, "Ft Lauderdale is a booming affluent city with fantastic restaurants and shopping."

For cultural options there's the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and wonderful museums like the Polk, the Museum of Art, and Bonnet House featuring art, 1920's Florida architecture and splendid gardens. There are championship golf courses, horse tracks, casinos, fishing, diving and Ft. Lauderdale is a boating and cruise ship capital of the world. 

"It's a city with idyllic sourroundings. There's no overwhelming rush. You feel like you're on vacation all the time."

"And the luxury home values right now are incredible!" she exclaims.

Case in point is a "fabulously private" Mediterranean mansion on offer for $5,499,000 in Harbor Beach, an exclusive community of serene waterways and lushly landscaped homes, just steps to the ocean.

On two levels, with an elevator to serve them, the 7,000 square foot, six bedroom home  features "20 foot ceilings hand painted by Italian craftsmen, fantastically carved and arched doorways, and marble floors throughout," she says.

And sunset views from the limestone patio with its gas fireplace, and from two balconies.

Built in 2005 with materials "custom made, hand-built, and imported from Europe, the home in an exquisite blend of contemporary design and the best of Italian Renaissance decor," she says. 

Outdoor living is exquisite as well. In the hush of the home's extraordinary gardens a dramatic, Italian tiled pool enjoys a jewel-like setting, a private beach is across the street, and there's a 100 foot dock on a deep water bay for your boating pleasure.

"No expense was spared on this home," says Bozena. "It is a magnificent Mediterranean mansion by the sea."


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Miami, Florida

Just picture a 4,427 square foot penthouse with white glass floors, on the 46th floor of 3 Tequesta Point on Brickell Key, perhaps the most exceptional residence in this ultra-exclusive, island community.

"These are extraordinary views," said Diane Lieberman, the broker/owner of SBI Realty, which is handling the property.  "Two story, unobstructed views of the bay and the ocean beyond."

Fabulously customized by the owner of the haute design firm Baltus, this open plan, 3-bedroom condo soars to gasp inducing heights and glitters with expanses of glass that frame that view from every window.  

In a location second to none,  minutes to Coral Gables, South Beach and the downtown business district, the condo offers rarified facilities to match, including valet service, a pool and spa, racquet-ball and squash courts, and a fantastic two-level gym.

As the owners of the South Beach Group, Diane and her husband Alan have snapped up and restored apartment buildings and hotel gems like the Catalina, Rivera and the Metropole, becoming "the largest boutique hoteliers in Miami Beach," she says.

SBI Realty, with its two offices and multi-lingual staff is, however, entirely her own baby: "I started it in 1999 and have been growing it ever since," she says. 

A couple that plays as hard as they work, the Lieberman's make the most of Miami's sophisticated tropical lifestyle, playing polo and tennis and serving on the boards of the New World Symphony, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and  MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art.

"Living in Miami is the best kept secret in the world," she says. "To wake up every day to sunshine puts a positive spin on the rest of your day."


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Posted on: 11/15/2012 at 12:00 AM
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Luxury Real Estate Personal and Company Branding: Are You a Jack of All Trades?

Brand positioning is one of the most misunderstood concepts in marketing.  Yet, it is, by far, one of the most important concepts for you to understand as a luxury real estate marketing professional if your quest is market leadership.  

To accelerate word-of-mouth advertising, you need to make it clear to your target market exactly what category of services (or market niche) your brand stands for. The goal is to be the first brand name that comes to mind in your chosen category or niche.

Positioning your personal or company brand in the minds of your target market enables YOU to establish the brand category with which YOU want to be associated in their minds. If you do not make your brand position abundantly clear by staking a claim to a specific category, or if you try to be all things to all people, they will undoubtedly pigeonhole you in the wrong category.

We know a very talented real estate agent who dabbles in many categories including investments, single family homes, condos, REOs, fractionals, foreclosures, international, commercial, etc. She is a “jack of all trades” and not a master of one. To her credit, she makes a decent income by most standards.  But, she does not even come close to realizing her full potential as a market leader, which is easily within her reach if she were to focus on a single profitable category or market niche.

Companies spend millions of dollars each year trying to get their products’ brand names to come to your mind first when you think of their product categories.  Here is an example of brand positioning that illustrates the importance of “owning” a single category.

Did you ever hear the commercial about a couple arguing over the subject of mints? One says,  “Certs is a candy mint”. The other says, “Certs is a breath mint”. Then, the announcer says, “Stop! You are both right. Certs is the only mint that is two, two, two mints in one”.  Obviously, the company positioned their product in two categories.

Here is the challenge: If you personally wanted to buy a candy mint would you think of Certs first?  Or, if someone asked for a recommendation for candy mint would Certs come to your mind first? Ironically, this product does not contain even one drop of oil from a mint plant.

Later, they focused their ads on a single brand category (breath mints) with laser sharp communication. They magnified the pain of having bad breath and also the need for their product with a crystal clear value proposition in this brilliant slogan: “ If he kissed you once, will he kiss you again? Be certain with Certs!”

In marketing luxury real estate you already have narrowed your category in the overall real estate field.  Now, narrow your category further. Position yourself or your company as the expert in that niche!  Become the big fish in a smaller pond, provided that the category has the potential to generate the income you desire. Go for the lion’s share of a smaller category and “own” the category in the minds of your target market.  Only then can you capitalize on the amazing economic benefits of word-of-mouth advertising, because your brand comes to mind first in that category.

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


Blooming Orlando

"I always aspired to own my own real estate company and selling the most beautiful luxury homes" says Carol Ann Hewitt, speaking confidentially. The broker and President of Oxford Realty works along with her husband, James, doing just that.

Hewitt grew up in northern New Jersey, just 20 minutes outside Manhattan, but she's called Orlando home for 34 years. "There's an abundance of things to do there, as well as here in Orlando."

Orlando is one of the top tourist attractions in the country, with a wealth of activities to suit all age groups. In addition there is Epcot, Disney, Sea World, and an abundance of shopping, beautiful parks, golf courses, water skiing, tennis and boating through the beautiful lakes. Orlando is considered the playground of the world.

Culturally, Orlando is blooming as well. Carol Ann is a mother to four daughters and a concert pianist who plays everything from Sinatra to Mozart. She is excited about the new performing arts center opening downtown.

Hewitt specializes exclusively in luxury and estate properties, and represents properties in close-in suburb of Windermere, where stately mansions in splendid gated communities have supplanted orange groves.

Newly listed is a gorgeous home, set directly on the famed Butler Chain of lakes.

Built in 2004, the 1.5 acre estate with its 6 bedroom suites, 7 car garage, and movie theater, features marble floors, pale Venetian plaster walls, and soaring architectural ceilings high-lighted by a sweeping staircase banded in lacy wrought iron.

"Glass windows and towering walls span the entire rear of this estate and open to a 40' screened terrace with a summer kitchen, dining area and fireplace overlooking the lake-front salt water pool and the boat house."

"I love what I do, and I don't consider this a job. I'm blessed to have this opportunity."


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Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tips: These Boots Are Made for Sparkling…

Co-branding is a synergistic marketing strategy involving two or more brands that can each benefit by expanding their marketing reach because they share the same target market and the same brand values. The challenge of successful co-branding is picking your co-branding partners wisely so that you do not confuse your ideal clients or customers. Co-branding is an excellent strategy for leveraging marketing your marketing dollars and it is underutilized by luxury real estate marketing professionals.

The idea behind co-branding is to act cooperatively and leverage the strengths of the each brand. It is a great way to differentiate products and services in a highly competitive marketplace. 

We offered an example of successful co-branding in our post about two Italian brands, Pellegrino and Bulgari, who teamed up to create colorfully bejeweled bottles of the sparkling water at Holiday time.    An example of a co-branding fiasco was covered in our post about Barney’s (an edgy New York based high fashion brand) and Disney (traditional family brand) who triggered extreme controversy that tarnished each of their brands in the process.

This picture (above) is an example of a co-branding that is harmonious and works extremely well.  Stuart Weitzman is an international high end shoe company.  This company is known for using unusual materials in manufacturing shoes such as cork, vinyl, Lucite, wallpaper and 24kt gold.  Their attention to detail has created a worldwide following.

Stuart Weitzman teamed up with Swarovski, the premier manufacturer of crystal.  Swarovski is well known for their sparkling crystals designs in sculpture, chandeliers, and jewelry.  This is a perfect match.  Adorning evening and holiday footwear with Swarovski crystals fortifies the unique shoe perspective of Stuart Weitzman and also promotes the sparkle of Swarovski.

How can you co-brand with luxury services and products that are harmonious to your luxury real estate marketing practice and leverage your marketing dollars by doing so?

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


Marco Island & Naples, Florida

Nestled in southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico are Marco Island and Naples, neighboring communities with tropical year-round weather, gorgeous sandy beaches, lush greenery and well-preserved landscaping. Exquisite designer homes are located throughout the area in country club communities, tennis communities, beachfront and waterfront neighborhoods, and active resort-style communities. In combination with elegant properties is a luxurious lifestyle of shopping, high-end restaurants, waterfront and beachfront dining and acclaimed golf courses. 

“Marco Island and Naples residents love the casual sophistication that defines this area,” says Michelle Thomas, Realtor for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Most residents in our area are very active and love the outdoors and participating in golf, tennis, boating, beach activities and the Arts.”

Marco Island and Naples are inviting communities and offer a relaxed, easy-going and safe environment for residents and visitors.  Rich in culture and diversity, this area attracts people all over the world. The year-round tropical weather gives residents the ability to enjoy all the amenities imaginable in a warm location, with the convenience of being at home. The Marco Island and Naples communities are also within driving distance of some of Florida’s most premiere and renown locations like Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa and Orlando.

One of the area’s premier residences can be found at 3835 Isla del Sol Way, behind the gates of the exclusive Fiddler’s Creek, an award-winning resort lifestyle community featuring fine dining and pool-side casual dining, fitness center, tennis courts, golf courses, boating, beach membership, marina membership and spa services. The 4754-square-foot home has gorgeous western exposure sunset views of the celebrated Rookery golf course and lake. The property is fully designer furnished and immaculately appointed and has an upper floor guest suite with a private balcony. Other amenities include swimming pool and spa, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, gas cooking, wine cooler, appealing master suite with bidet, dramatic foyer and circular driveway. This luxurious home, and Fiddler’s Creek, are in a great location, convenient to Old Naples shopping, dining and restaurants as well as Marco Island beaches.


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South Florida’s Luxurious Lifestyle

Well-groomed beaches, grandiose resorts, and a vibrant nightlife scene, South Florida is a playground for those who seek a luxurious lifestyle.

Coldwell Banker real estate associate Joline Rivard has been immersed in the South Florida real estate market for 12 years, and has seen the area evolve. In addition to the powder beaches, and variety of waterfront properties, she notes South Florida as being a cultural icon, preserving the identity of its residents and beaconing others to enjoy the destination.

One can experience assorted cuisines from around the world. Art and antique shows are held at least monthly, you can take a cruise ship to any destination, and there’s the famous South Beach,” says Rivard. “There are just too many activities to list but most importantly, everyone from around the world is welcome!”

With such international flair, it is no surprise that Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the Palm Beaches are attracting interest abroad.  Currently the trend is multiple parties are bidding on properties, and more often than not, the bidder is from overseas.

One property that will garner much attention is an exclusive mid-century modern home designed by famed Miami architect Peter Jefferson. The 3,000 square-foot North Grove home marries custom design and privacy into a flawless package.

An open design and light feeling is achieved on the interior through ample windows that look out onto the property’s manicured garden surroundings. Whether the homeowners are lounging on their sunny backyard deck, diving into the pool, or relaxing under one of the property’s numerous Banyan Trees, the home will provide a modern sanctuary to both owners and guests.

South Florida presents itself as a sophisticated destination with a unique coastal lifestyle all its own. With residents who have lived there for many years, and a steady stream of newcomers, sunny South Florida may hit the perfect combination of tradition and trend.  


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Meadowood Lane Estate in Napa Valley, California

This landmark 3.4 acre property, located on historic Meadowood Lane, is an elegant and completely renovated Victorian residence dating from 1895 with its original redwood barn, and two separate guest cottages.  Views of the Napa Valley Reserve vineyards and beyond to the western hills.  This Victorian has been tastefully modernized while maintaining the charm and elegance of yesteryear.  Broad lawns and a wraparound veranda. A spectacular sun room that opens to a large flagstone patio and adjacent double column of ‘plane’ trees that provides shaded seating in a very Paris park-like setting. $5,995,000. www.meadowoodlaneestate.com


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3430 Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, California

Enjoy the meandering drive through stellar redwoods and a private gated entrance to this exquisite estate home. This Sandy Walker designed home offers 3 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, a formal dining room, Chef’s kitchen, spacious living room with Rumford fireplace and walk out desk directly to the views and perfect for entertaining.   The master suite is on the first floor and is in keeping with the beautifully proportioned spacious and light rooms throughout the home.  Two additional bedrooms, a large great/entertaining room and exercise room downstairs walk directly to the Italian Limestone paver decking and 50 foot lap pool and spa. 2-10 acre parcels. $7,700,000.


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Posted on: 11/10/2012 at 4:05 PM
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Estancia Luxury in Scottsdale, Arizona

An extraordinary 7,105 SF hillside property nestled just under Pinnacle Peak on the highest lot in prestigious Estancia.  This 4 Bedroom, 6 Bath home offers a unique and exceptional example of tradition, charm and elegance.  Perfectly suited for gracious living and the keen golfers' lifestyle.  Beautifully landscaped pool setting with spectacular city, mountain and golf course views.  Enjoy tranquil relaxation or entertaining on a grand scale. A world-class property in a beautiful desert setting to be experienced and enjoyed.  Seller will consider a trade to a NY property or possibly a ski property.  Offered at $4,495,000.


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