Yachtman's Paradise in Miami, Florida

Reduced over $10 million! The deal of a lifetime. This extraordinary mansion sets a new standard in luxury! Enjoy over 21,000 square feet of living space with 375 feet on the water with 6-deluxe bedroom suites, 14 baths, 9 bars, theater, dockage for up to a 115-foot yacht and ocean access. For more information, contact Amorette Robertson at 305-496-8218.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 12/18/2012 at 12:00 AM
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There's Nothing Like It: South Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 12/17/2012 at 12:00 AM
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Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: Adopting a Beginner's Mind-Part 2

How to Begin a New Client Relationship

 As a luxury real estate marketing professional, the best way to begin a new client relationship is with a beginner’s mind.  That is, with no preconceived ideas, a readiness to help and most importantly, an eagerness to listen and learn as if you had the ears of an elephant. 

You may be the leading authority in your market niche. You may have built a strong reputation as the leading expert in your area.  But, the more advanced you become in your field the more it becomes necessary to adopt the beginner’s mind because the tendency is to rely just on past experience.   By assuming that you know better or by not being genuinely open to hear the nuances of what your new clients need you may miss the mark all together. 

Take the time to discover exactly what is needed and wanted.  Some clients are not yet clear about their answers.  In this case, your job is to guide them in discovering what they need by asking questions that lead to their own self-discovery. 

Ask what your new client expects of you.  Listen for unrealistic expectations.  How you handle them will set the course of your relationship.

If this sounds too fundamental to you, you may currently not be in your beginner’s mind.  It is really easy to live on “auto-pilot mode” especially if you are an accomplished professional.  That is why championship caliber athletes practice the fundamentals over and over again.  

We recently sat through a meeting with a successful loan broker (with a 30 year track record) and his potential client.  The loan broker spent more time talking about himself and his own financial situation than he did listening to the client’s needs. We were amazed!  

After wasting our time, it turned out that he could not help this client, a fact that could have been determined in five minutes. Finally, he was able to refer the client to someone who possibly could help, which is doubtful if the “birds of a feather flock together” rule applies.  But, he lost two potential referral sources for himself in the process simply because he talked too much instead of listening more! 

Listen and learn with a beginner’s mind whenever you meet with a new client.  Even if you are not the right professional to help them, you may gain a potential referral source that you previously did not have. Remember to put on your elephant ears!

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: 12/16/2012 at 8:19 AM
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Modern-Day European Castle in Tampa, Florida

This amazing home is an over 15,000 sq ft mega mansion built in 2011 and the 3rd largest home in all of South Tampa! This magnificent residence takes its influence from the historic Castles of Europe and beautifully integrates modern day high technology and design with finishes such as beautifully cast limestone and solid mahogany, found in many historic castles of Europe. This modern day castle has 9 BR suites, 14 BA, 4 kitchens, 5,000 bottle wine cellar, 1,200 sq ft sound proof night club, 1,000 sq ft spa, 2 laundry rooms, media room, billiards room, resort style pool and guest house all in a scale that is not found in homes of today. Guests are greeted with a magnificent 30' high entranceway supported by large stone plinths & 24' fluted Corinthian stone columns. When entering the 10' solid arched wrought iron mahogany doors, you will immediately be amazed by 35' ceilings and a custom interior solid stone helical staircase which weighs over 20,000 lbs. The staircase took designers, structural engineers and stone craftsman months to plan and build. Don't miss the opportunity to see this one of a kind showplace! Offered at $3,950,000. For more information, call Smith & Associates Real Estate at 813-624-2050.


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Serenity at Cedar Ridge

Spectacular mountain home on 7.88 acres with breathtaking, panoramic views across mountain meadows and up to the snow-capped peaks of Twin Sisters. Luxurious everyday living or grand entertaining within 12,000-plus-square-foot residence, plus over 2,000 square feet of covered verandas and inviting patios with peaceful native rock waterfalls. Very private, yet moments from Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Meticulously created and cared for, ready for your enjoyment. Let's explore 3005 Grey Fox Drive... Well below market value at $2.795 million. For details, call Christian at 970-231-8570.


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Posted on: 12/15/2012 at 12:00 AM
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Personal & Company Branding: Adopting The "Beginner's" Mind

Using technology and Internet marketing has increasingly become a mainstay in the field of marketing luxury real estate.  It is humbling, to say the least, to discover that your competitors have been the first to adopt the latest and greatest technology and you just at the beginning of the learning curve.  Instead of wallowing in frustration here is a tip to help you get up to speed faster: Embrace a “beginner’s mind”.

A “beginner’s mind” is a term often used in Zen. It is a state of mind that is free of pre-conceptions about a new subject, free of pretending that you know, and also free of self-criticism for not knowing or doubting that you can learn the subject easily. It is a state of genuine curiosity and eagerness to learn.

It is easy for adults to become jaded.  To understand this state of mind better, think of the perspective of a child who is discovering ice cream for the first time.  What would it be like to rediscover your own marketplace with this mindset?

In our strategic branding and marketing consulting practice for luxury real estate agents and brokerage firms, each time we take on a new client we start our consulting engagement with a trip to their marketplace at no extra charge to our clients. This gives us a chance to have some real face time with clients. It also makes it possible to quickly study and thoroughly learn about their marketplace

By being there, with beginner’s minds, we invariably discover exciting nuances about these markets and find non-obvious business development opportunities that can give our clients a competitive advantage.

We advise our clients to continuously take a fresh look at their marketplace through the eyes of their new clients who are discovering it for the first time.  With a beginner’s mind, you can more readily discover the best way to serve your luxury real estate buyers and sellers.

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 by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 12/14/2012 at 12:47 PM
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160-Acre Estate in Estes Park, Colorado

It's like having your own national park with endless vistas overlooking The Village of Estes Park and The Continental Divide beyond; total privacy and silence beyond words. A delightful forest of 160 acres, with mixed confiers, aspen groves and magnificent rock formations. Main residence of 5,800 square feet, 4-plus bedrooms and baths, with all the features of a luxurious mountain retreat. Carriage house for guests, corral for horses and 7-garage bays. 5 minutes from downtown, yet a world away... Offered at $2.39 million. For details, call Christian at 970-231-8570.


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Spectacular California Ranch in Santa Paula

Up a long pepper-tree lined driveway lies a cozy hacienda-style ranch home surrounded by pastures and lemon groves. Sitting on just over 39 acres, this expansive 13,000+ square foot home features 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms mostly designed as suites, a true "great room" with soaring wood-lined ceilings, and a spacious farmhouse kitchen large enough for a group of chefs. A serene place with room to room offers many options: relax by the pool, enjoy the horse facilities, or entertain to your heart's delight. This spectacular ranch property is located just off the California coast in the Santa Clara Valley, between Santa Barbara and Malibu. Offered at $5.8 million. For more information, contact Scott Dunbar at 805-358-6644.


World Class French European Masterpiece in Guard Gated North Ranch Country Club Estates

* Approximately 18,000 Square Feet 

 *Over 4 Private Acres 

*Superb Golf Course and Mountain Views

*Six Bedrooms 

*9 Baths plus 4 Powder Rooms

*Professional Home Theater                     

*Wine Cellar

*Elevator

*Separate Office/Library 

*Tremendous Master Suite

*Master with His & Hers Separate Baths 

*Massage Room

*Wrap Around Balcony with Views

*Detached Guest House

*Ideal End of Cul-De-Sac Location                                               

*Extremely Private and Secluded

*Lush Manicured Lawns 

*Gorgeous Pool and Spa

*Bonus Room & Gift Wrapping Room

*Sports Court & Sunken Trampoline

*Circular Driveway & Garages for 5 Cars

Offered at $14.95 million. For more information, contact Jordan Cohen at 818-435-5220.


Rare, 18 Acres Parcel in Beverly Hills, California

There are no limits to the magnificent lifestyle that one can create in this extraordinary 18-acre property currently subdivided in 4 parcels. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, this property is just minutes from Rodeo Drive and within close proximity to Mulholland Drive for an easy commute to the studios. Pending plans available by one of the most prominent estate architects in LA for a compound which includes a main residence of approximately 40,000 square feet plus two additional structures.  All utilities are in place. The beautiful land is bordered by gently rolling slopes and consists of 3+ level acres.   Other features include an existing championship sunken limestone tennis court.  An excellent investment opportunity in a serene locale, affording outstanding development potential.  A rare opportunity in this prestigious location. Offered at $9.995 million. For more information, contact Joyce Rey at 310-285-7529.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 12/11/2012 at 12:00 AM
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919 Ocean Boulevard in Coronado, California

Inspired by classic Nantuckey architecture, this Coronado legacy oceanfront beach home is every homeowner's dream. Conveniently located within walking or biking distance to restaurants, shops, and the historic Hotel del Coronado, this four-story, five-bedroom, five-bathroom haven is brand new construction and boasts all of the necessary features a luxury home could ask for.

Enter the home by walking past the great lanai complete with large fire pit and exterior heaters and through the front Dutch door. Continue into the expansive, open concept second floor with large kitchen, two fireplaces, laundry room, bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen includes two Sub-Zero refrigerators along with an additional temperature controlled wine refrigerator in the center island, two 30-inch convection ovens, 60-inch dual fuel Wolfe free standing range and a top-of-the-line Bose dishwasher. Continue straight through to the back courtyard, which is home to a three-car garage, security gate and auto turntable sure to entice any car enthusiast. Or take the loft-style elevator to the bottom floor, which features a 2,200-bottle wine cellar and floor-to-ceiling corner-to-corner interior LedgeStone waterwall wall located in the bonus room. Take the stairs or the elevator, which resembles the famous Otis elevator in the Hotel Del's lobby, to the third floor and the master bedroom that is perfectly situated to enjoy uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean from dusk until dawn. The master bedroom also featuers a wet bar complete with a wine refrigerator and Miele coffee maker, two walk-in closets and a large soaking tub in the bathroom that overlooks the ocean. From the third floor, open the door to the outside alcove and travel the stairs to the rooftop deck, which includes a fourth fireplace, outdoor kitchen, seven-person spa and panoramic views from the ocean to Downtown San Diego and Point Loma to Baja.

Enjoy being mere steps from the number one rated beach in the United States by "Dr. Beach." Included in the purchase of this extraordinary home is a highly sought after Membership to the Club at the Del, which includes exclusive access to the Hotel del Coronado's Windsor Club Cottage and private access to Member Beach. This one-of-a-kind accommodates every aspect needed for the most discerning buyer.

For more information on this property, contact Ruth Ann Fisher at 866-939-3436.


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Posted on: 12/10/2012 at 12:00 AM
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California's Bay Area, A Cultural Hub

Known for outdoor activities and temperate weather, the Bay Area has also made a name for itself as a cultural hub, presenting a feast for the senses. Rick Richetta & Associates of Alain Pinel Realtors are a direct reflection of this new Bay Area culture and consider their home a one-of-a-kind destination.

Karen Nelsen and Rick Richetta are representative of the international team at Rick Richetta & Associates. Nelsen has lived in Russia, speaks five languages, and is an alumni parent of Ecole Bilingue and San Francisco’s International High School. Richetta’s past includes marketing Arabian horses overseas. He currently sits on the board of Ecole Bilingue De Berkeley, and is a philanthropic force in his community. No matter where the world takes them, the two realtors are ecstatic to call the Bay Area home.

Music venues, creative gallery spaces, innovative dining, symphony and opera, remarkable museums and of course, the San Francisco Giants: the Bay Area has never been short of entertainment and restaurant options. San Francisco, Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley - each have their own style and culture, yet share great regional parks and the joy of just taking off for a day at the ocean, wineries or in the mountains.

The monthly Oakland Art Murmur beckons all walks of life, from aspiring teenage artists to Berkeley intellectuals, for a celebration of art, cuisine, and music. From colleges to preschool level, schooling in the Bay Area presents many options for even the youngest Bay Area locals.

“These are cities where people want to set down roots and enjoy a unique home, often with lovely gardens or fantastic views, in a richly diverse community” says Richetta.

The price of living is higher, but with such a standard of living, people treasure this place. Nelsen says the housing market is strong, with many houses selling over the asking price in short time periods.

With a style as unique as the people that inhabit these cities, the Bay Area sets itself apart as a cultural haven. With houses in high demand, a strong, tech-driven economy, and endless options for entertainment, it may be time to claim a little piece of your own Bay Area bliss.


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Posted on: 12/9/2012 at 12:00 AM
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Striking Gold in Newport Beach, California

Amid a temperate year round climate and dozens of entertainment attractions and recreational activities, lives a population of friendly, casual happy people who are fit, health conscious, active and culturally refined. This is the Golden State. This is California.

“The state of California has great weather year round,” says Lee Ann Canaday of the Canaday Group. “The weather is not too cold or too hot; perfect to enjoy our gorgeous white sandy beaches, mountainous or desert areas.”

This climate is ideal for enjoying all of the outdoor oriented recreational activities and water sports. Coupled with these activities is a thriving arts community with renowned performing arts centers and educational institutions. Among a strong cultural sense, California offers a wide variety of family fun – amusement parks of all varities, harbors with Gondola rides, ferries and fun zones – as well as an efficient freeway system granting easy access to everything.

One of our favorite glittering is one of the newest featured properties represented by the Canaday Group: a beautiful waterfront home located at 2832 Bayshore Drive in Newport Beach, Calif. This spectacular 9,400 square-foot, 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom estate is a waterfront masterpiece. In addition to a beautiful organically designed interior with formal live and dining rooms, two offices, gym and sumptuous master retreat is a well-equipped backyard perfect for entertaining. Through the backyard with Viking barbecue, outdoor bar, fire pit and patios is a spiral staircase leading to the 2,000 square-foot subterranean apartments, laundry and 6-car garage. With sweeping harbor and water views and a gated neighborhood offering docks, private beaches and playgrounds, this elegant home is fit for a star… or someone who wants to live like one.


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Posted on: 12/8/2012 at 12:00 AM
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Deer Valley Ski Resort

People certainly look forward to spending time in the snow and enjoying the outdoors during certain times of the year. Combine skiing and a relaxing vacation for a really fun time. The Deer Valley Ski Resort is a beautiful ski resort that is located in Park City, Utah. This is a fabulous resort that is perfect for those vacationers who look for exquisite surroundings in a lavish setting. In fact, Deer Valley Ski Resort is one of the highest ranking resorts in the country.

Deer Valley Ski Resort is the number one ranking ski resort in the Utah area and in North America. There are a number of valid reasons why Deer Valley Ski Resort is ranked number one. Other ski resorts in the area simply do not compare. They do not offer the type of luxury amenities provided by this upscale resort.

Vacationers prefer the Deer Valley Ski Resort because they provide five star services in a lavish ski resort. Such extra luxury is rarely provided by a ski resort. In fact, they offer wonderful gourmet meals, beautiful suites, beautiful slopes, valets, and child care. The beautiful resort is a delight and attracts numerous visitors yearly.

The Deer Valley Ski Resort works hard to provide the very best for vacationers. The slopes are beautiful and there is snow at the location for a large portion of the year. There are slopes that are available for the beginner to more advanced ski enthusiasts. Deer Valley Ski Resort is a one of a kind truly unique vacation destinations and contain luxurious homes for sale throughout the area. Step into the lap of luxury at his first class resort. You will return again and again to experience the excitement that awaits at the Deer Valley Ski Resort.

This blog posting has been provided by Ben Fisher, an agent at Summit Sotheby's International Realty in Park City, Utah. He sells Park City luxury homes and specializes in online marketing for luxury real estate clients.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 12/7/2012 at 7:27 AM
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Timeless Elegance in Los Altos Hills, California

Timeless elegance awaits you in this stunning French Chateaux.  The 4.5 acre retreat exudes old world craftsmanship while the interior speaks to Silicon Valley’s sophisticated yet contemporary taste.  The 7,500+ square foot home includes 5 bedroom suites, one of a kind dressing room, fitness room, safe room, wine cellar, sauna, spa, pool, fire pit with built in seating area and media room.  Enjoy the quiet from the valley and yet still be minutes from the Stamford Campus, surrounding shopping and dining destinations of Silicon Valley. For more information, contact Art Sharif at 650-804-4770.


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