Saddling Up in Asheville

Chances are, when you think of Asheville, North Carolina you think of the foodie scene, the beer, clean air, and the Biltmore Estate, the 130,000 square foot Castle  set on 8,000 breathtaking acres of garden and forest that was built in 1895 by George Vanderbilt. 

Chances are you don’t think of fox hunts and ranches and thousands of acres of riding trails. Yet, the western North Carolina towns surrounding Ashville are a hot bed of equestrian activity says Rick Merrill, of Beverly-Hanks Realtors.  

“There’s trail riding and endurance trail riding, on Arabian horses, which are built for it. There’s dressage, jumping, and fox hunting - where you turn out dogs who scent the fox and everyone is dolled up in fancy clothing.” 

Then there’s western-style trail riding, “They sometimes gather for several day’s  ride,” he says.

Ride for several days?

“Oh yes,” he laughs. “There are places where you can ride for 50 miles.” 

DuPont Forest has 10,000 acres of fine trails. Pisgah National Forest has over 200,000 acres. 

Capping it off, there’s the world class, $100,000,000 Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, 

“There’s  stabling for 1,000 horses,” he says. Once you see it you won’t forget it.” 

And that’s attracting ranch buyers from Florida, Connecticut, Colorado, California – places that are becoming increasingly crowded and highly taxed.

There are hundreds of horse farms in the area, he says. “Some on just a few acres, others on hundreds.” Not that I have  any listed right now. Merrill’s job is to find you that dream ranch – he recently discovered six possibilities for a pair of  endurance riding veterans.  Several of my fellow Beverly-Hanks agents have farm listings from $79,000 to $5.1 M.

His own is on 18 acres. “It’s a cool lifestyle,” he says. “Our kids all rode starting when they were four. They learned responsibility and it’s a lot of fun for the family, just saddle your horse and ride.” 


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Posted on: 3/30/2017 at 10:49 AM
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Equestrian and Ranch - Ocala, Florida

For more than thirty years, Realtor, Joan Pletcher has lived, breathed and internalized the uniqueness of Ocala, Florida’s Luxury real estate market.

“I grew up as a luxury builder and developer’s daughter, and this business was comprehensively ingrained within me from a very early age,” Joan says “I therefore assimilated all the knowledge and awareness in all aspects of the luxury market of fine homes, unique land development, and equestrian properties.” While most Realtors would mention that Florida’s beaches and water activities are reasons to relocated to the Sunshine State, Ocala isn’t what you’d consider typical Florida.

“We’re located in north central Florida, so our topography includes rolling land and lush, green hills, graced with magnificent Granddaddy Live Oaks,” Joan says. “We have incredibly challenging golf courses, and the Florida Greenway’s meandering, bucolic trails, which residents use for hiking, biking, running and horseback riding.”  Marion County is also known as the “Horse Capital of the World” and offers the full gamut of equestrian activities for the horse lover and  enthusiast.  Just a few are:  Florida Horse Park, HITS (Horse Shows In The Sun), Grand Oaks, and Golden Ocala World Equestrian Center South (Completion March 2018) are just a few of the equestrian events held here.

Exquisite French Chateau Estate with incredible equestrian Amenities on 104 acres.   The majestic landscaped grounds of this estate provide a private and peaceful setting.

The equestrian owner will enjoy a private, 10-stall show stable with a 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment.  Two air-conditioned rooms perfect for storing your prized carriages or automobiles.  One dressage ring is located close to home.

Additional 19-stall barn, covered arena which sports mirrors synthetic footing, lighting, irrigation and a luxurious visitor’s viewing room.

Also featured are: two superior quality show barns six additional horse barns, A/C lab, breeding shed.  16-bay equipment building, four outdoor arenas and extensive site improvements.

“This is an incredible property that one has to see to appreciate all that it offers.” Joan says.

 


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Posted on: 3/30/2017 at 10:35 AM
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Elite Agents - Carl Dittrich & Cynthia Joannou

On the hunt for a stunning coastal property in Southwest Florida, look no farther than the Naples & Bonita Springs areas in picturesque neighborhoods like Barefoot Beach, Pelican Bay, Park Shore or Port Royal. Here you’ll find luxurious properties with a diverse group of residents and unparalleled restaurant and dining options - comparable to major metropolitan cities while exuding a sophisticated, small town feel.

Who better to explore the area market with than Carl Dittrich and Cynthia Joannou, owners of Barefoot Beach Properties. Founded in 2006, Barefoot Beach Properties is a Florida licensed real estate brokerage firm specializing in Naples area luxury beachfront, boating and golfing communities. Naples residents since 1998, Carl & Cynthia offer a combined 34 years of Florida real estate experience.

Within a few short minutes of talking to Carl & Cynthia it is immediately obvious why the two make such a superb team. Carl thinks very analytically — a quality likely attributable to earning his MBA in finance and background in international investment banking — while Cynthia adds that personal touch to each client relationship and every detail throughout the transaction.

Cynthia and Carl stress the importance of developing friendships with their clientele, in turn earning trust and making the overall experience of buying/selling more enjoyable. “We emphasize the importance of taking their time and enjoying the process,” says Cynthia.

In addition to the personable experience offered, Cynthia and Carl also offer a unique take on international experience that goes beyond their fluencies in German and French language. Having lived in Europe, the two are also familiar with the differences in customs and business practices overseas vs. in the United States. Additionally, they work with an excellent and extensive network of legal, tax and accounting professionals to make international transactions as seamless as possible.

Cynthia and Carl attribute their 10 years of success at Barefoot Beach Properties to their in-depth market knowledge, attention to detail, level of experience, integrity and overall their dedication to work hard for their clients. “When you are ready to purchase or sell, Cynthia and Carl's exemplary skills, devoted service and expert advice will offer you a seamless real estate transaction.”

Carl Dittrich | Cynthia Joannou
Barefoot Beach Properties 239.273.5515 | 239.273.0666
Carl@MyBarefootBeach.com
CynthiaJoannou@gmail.com
www.MyBarefootBeach.com


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Stracuzzi Team – Serving the Community with all their HEART!

Nearly 30 years ago, Patrick Stracuzzi lay in a hospital bed, praying: God, please help me.

Days before, a Mack truck had plowed into Stracuzzi’s two-seater Pontiac Fiero, breaking nine of his ribs, dislocating three others and sending shards of glass through his left hand. It knocked out one of his teeth and wrenched his back. He struggled to breathe, and wondered how he would ever find the strength to return to his construction job, which supported his wife and newborn son.

He prayed silently: God, if you give me another chance at life, I promise I won’t squander it.

Today, Stracuzzi is a top-selling real-estate agent whose team, Stuart, Florida-based RE/MAX Community, is ranked No. 28 in the country and No. 44 in the world within RE/MAX. He is considered a national expert in selling luxury homes and is a renowned speaker who has been flown throughout the country to coach other agents. 

From his focus on his family—three of his four children work with him, and he coached his youngest son’s youth baseball team for years—to his commitment to community service, that hospital-bed promise has led him to build his life from his heart.

Hiring for Heart
After recovering from his near-fatal car accident, Stracuzzi began working solo for a small real-estate company. In his first year, he sold 52 properties—mostly double- or single-wide mobile homes.

He joined RE/MAX about 20 years ago. There, he began selling higher profile properties and attended a RE/MAX conference that he says changed his life. At the conference, he connected to real-estate motivational speaker Howard Brinton, who Stracuzzi describes as his mentor.

From Brinton, who died in 2012, Stracuzzi learned to hire agents for their compassion and heart rather than their resumes, and to carefully delegate work to those agents. As Stracuzzi built his team, he aimed to find agents who would connect with clients on as people rather than customers, and who would be willing and able to dig deep to find what was motivating a prospective buyer.

Stracuzzi’s longtime office manager, Betty Cipra, says Stracuzzi forms personal connections with each agent in his office and each client he serves, describing him as “the most caring person I’ve ever met.” Brinton also instilled in Stracuzzi the importance of paying it forward—both to his family and the wider world.

Family First
Another major part of Stracuzzi’s efforts to keep his hospital-bed promise was his desire to make his family his first priority.

That priority was further clarified by another near-death experience a couple years after his 1986 car accident. The shooting pain in his back had become debilitating, and he consulted a doctor about back surgery. A chest X-ray preceding the operation he planned to have revealed an aortic aneurysm—a lingering injury from the car crash—and doctors recommended he travel to Texas to have it repaired. He had internal bleeding following the surgery, and doctors had to operate again. During the second surgery, he flat-lined, was brought back to life, and awoke to a ventilator and tracheotomy.

When he recovered, he renewed his commitment to not only make his family his first priority, but to spend his time in a way that reflected that priority. These days, his three oldest children work with him, and he schedules his youngest son’s basketball games into his daily calendar with the same prioritization he’d give to a high-profile client. When conflicts arise, he tells clients and colleagues that he has an appointment he simply can’t break. He regularly takes solo trips with each of his children, including a recent trip with his youngest son, Jack, to see an Atlanta Falcons game. “My son told his mom, ‘I wished the day would never end,’” Stracuzzi says. “To me, that’s what life is all about.”



RE/MAX Community
As Stracuzzi’s business grew, he became increasingly committed to community service.  He named his team RE/MAX Community to reflect that goal. 

Years ago, he began hosting an annual customer-appreciation dinner at a local banquet hall. As the number of guests increased, he expanded the celebration to include the entire community, creating an event that has become a cherished tradition in Stuart, Florida. Every holiday season, he hires an ice company to create piles of snow at Stracuzzi Plaza, and serves hot chocolate and cookies as Santa hands out presents.

The many non-profit organizations to receive assistance from Stracuzzi include the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast; Castle, which aims to prevent child abuse and neglect through education; and the Florida Oceanographic Society, which aims to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s waterways.

The proceeds of his new book, “Magic Selling,” will go to the Children’s Miracle Network, which raises funds for and awareness of children’s hospitals. He is a major sponsor of his local youth baseball and basketball leagues; organizes events to raise money for those in need; and loans moving trucks to charities such as the United Way to bring assistance to hurricane-stricken areas. 

After another local RE/MAX agent, Rob Gangi, suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2009, Stracuzzi worked behind the scenes to recruit nationally known speaker Floyd Wickman to speak at a benefit seminar for Gangi, raising more than $30,000 for his family.
“It was a true blessing,” Gangi says. “He’s the kind of guy who has an idea in the morning, puts it on his day’s agenda and accomplishes it by the end of the day. He’s top of the list.”

He also gives more informally. Ryan Watley, who coached youth baseball alongside Stracuzzi, says Stracuzzi routinely sponsored trips for league players and their families to see Florida Marlins games. He also recalls that when Stracuzzi heard that a team member’s bike had been run over, he bought the kid a new one.

“He quietly dropped off the bike one morning without the mom or kid knowing who’d done it,” Watley says. “He doesn’t give for the recognition.” Perhaps most importantly, Stracuzzi says, he aims to maintain a sense of gratitude about the good things in his life.

“I say, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you’ when I appreciate someone,” Stracuzzi says. “I believe that I’m here for one reason: To serve others with all my heart.”


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Toast the Sunsets on Clearwater Beach

Located on Clearwater Beach, an award-winning stretch of Florida’s western coast, rests Pura Vida: the height of coastal luxury living. This stunning hideaway offers its residence with privacy, serenity and spacious units unlike any other.  These twenty-two luxurious condominiums overlook the Gulf of Mexico and a white sand beach that's frequently considered one of the best in the United States.

Pura Vida is situated at the quiet north end of Pinellas County’s gorgeous, two and a half mile long barrier island, and is just a stroll away from fine shopping and dining. Each unit in the intimately scaled, boutique-style building features three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and balconies for toasting brilliant sunsets.
“It’s complete turn-key,” says project manager Kal Patel, of Avalon Land Holdings, LLC, the building developer.  “Tremendous thought and research went into the contemporary layouts and appointments.”

Spacious and open with ten-foot ceilings and floor to ceiling windows, the fixtures, flooring, and appliances are all high-end.  Gorgeous spa baths feature exotic stone tiles; living room wet bars include wine coolers; and Thermador appliances are specified for the sleekly modern Euro-styled kitchens.

During this build out phase, upgraded packages will be available, with buyers able to specify Miele appliances, for example. “We want to make sure the end users will be happy,” says Patel.

Individual condominiums are priced from $985,000 to $1.4 million, depending on the size of the units, which range from 2200 to 2900 square feet. The property is attracting interest from both “snow birds” and residents of nearby Sarasota, Naples, and Tampa, says Patel. With the ground scarcely broken, five units have already been reserved.  

Amenities include a resort-style pool with spa jets, a well-equipped fitness facility, a spacious club room for parties and relaxation, 24-hour security, air conditioned storage and covered parking for two cars per residence.

There are a host of “green” features as well, from low emissivity windows to turtle-friendly outdoor lighting and native plant landscaping.

“This is quality you’ll be proud to live in,” says Patel.

727.755.0144
PuraVidaResidences.com


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Posted on: 3/16/2017 at 9:41 AM
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An Artist Designed, Contemporary Masterpiece

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico sits a one-of-a-kind artist designed and built, modern masterpiece.  Renowned artist, Darryl Pottorf designed this beautiful, contemporary home for his lifelong friend, iconic artist Robert Rauschenberg. 

The 9000-square-foot home is surrounded by lush sub-tropical vegetation providing a high level of privacy. The home features clean lines with an abundance of space for entertaining and displaying art. “I wanted to design the home for Bob’s taste, art and comfortable living” stated Pottorf.

The first floor, which houses the kitchen, great room, and two half-baths is an open, flowing space rich in natural light and perfect for the display of fine art and entertaining. “Bob often invited friends such as Edward Schlossberg and his wife Caroline Kennedy, Sharon Stone, artist James Rosenquist, and David Byrne to visit, create and relax. Wolfgang Puck came on occasion to cook in the gourmet kitchen with its oversized pantry”.

The space is designed in such a way that it can accommodate an unprecedented 200 people. “Many fundraisers and benefits have been held here”, Pottorf recalls. “Bob loved helping people and believed art could change the world.  Events spanned from assisting the local hospital, animal shelters, individuals, to the arts and the environment”.


The second floor includes two master suites situated between an outdoor terrace. Both suites are equipped with sliding glass doors opening to balconies overlooking the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Large, walk-in closets and luxurious baths complete the two master suites.

The entire house is finished in rich, white Corian flooring that exudes a crisp, bright Florida vibe. The spiral staircase from the 2nd floor terrace leads right up to a breathtaking rooftop to view amazing sunsets and star gazing.

Complementing this already incredible home is the ground floor, which has been transformed into an artist’s studio space, fit for displaying works of art or creating them. The space could easily be used as a home gym, entertainment center and garage. This true masterpiece is not to be missed.

Karen Bell
The Bell Team
TheBellTeam.com
239-851-0168


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Posted on: 3/16/2017 at 9:25 AM
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Living the Dream on Anna Maria Island

A laid-back paradise is what they call the barrier island of Anna Maria Island, on Florida’s idyllically quiet west coast.

This seven mile stretch of sugary sand and balmy breezes, just a few miles west of Bradenton and Sarasota's big city, is comprised up of three towns: Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Anna Maria. 

Watch the brilliant sunrise on the island’s bay side, the spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Slip into a beach chair with a frosty mojito in hand, wade in crystalline waters that gently lap the shore. Perhaps, fish from one of three piers. Or just watch the dolphins leap and the herons swoop.

There’s plenty to do, if you must.  Each town has a center, low rise and old-time beachy, with charming boutiques and excellent restaurants, Bradenton and Sarasota's museums, galleries and theater are just moments away.

“This is an upper income, luxury getaway,” says RE/MAX Alliance realtors Candy Conte and Ed DeLosh, who specialize in premier properties.

Now on offer is one of the islands most spectacular retreats. Nestled within mangroves, towering pines, palms, and deliciously scented frangipani, on a quiet cul-de-sac, this three-level tropical masterpiece features 12,000 square feet of glorious entertaining and living space, with 5,800 square feet under air.

Designed by award winning Seibert Architects, the Anna Maria home can have up to five-bedrooms that include two master suites with stunningly appointed interior spaces opening to sun decks, porches, and an elevated gazebo overlooking the patio, pool,  spa and Bimini Bay.

A boardwalk meanders through mangroves to a 68-foot dock, “perfect for dining al fresco,” says Conte and DeLosh.

“Everything about this place is fabulous,” the realtor adds. “It’s perfect for someone that wants a  spectacular private or vacation home – a chance to own your own slice of paradise.”

Price Upon Request

RE/MAX Alliance Group
Edward G. DeLosh Sr.
(941) 730-9122 | ed.deloshsr@gmail.com

Candy Conte
(720) 341-8971 | candyconte@gmail.com


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Posted on: 3/16/2017 at 9:17 AM
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If the Walls Could Speak - Westport Connecticut

There is a magic one senses when they pass through the front door of this home, formerly part of the Bedford /Vanderbilt estate on the Gold Coast of Westport Connecticut. Presided over by the matriarch, Louise Levin, also lovingly known as “The Queen,” the house served as her ever-evolving palette from which to entertain an eclectic troop of artists, diplomats, musicians and hordes of friends dragged home by her twins. It was a true hearth of love, culture and adventure, which can still be felt permeating throughout the property.

There is elegance to the simplicity and nature of the place. You can sense the late-night conversations held in the hilltop gazebo during summer nights. You can feel the energy from the canoeing adventures had at the beach next-door and the enjoyment of the outdoor rain shower after a long day on the water. You can smell the herb gardens and honeysuckle from around the pool in the summer and the smoke from the numerous fire places during the winter. But most importantly, for the right people, it will not be hard to imagine how your family would seamlessly make it their own to continue to create stories and memories.

When this bohemian chic country estate trades, Jesse Levin, through his initiative Tactivate which meshes Special Operations veteran and entrepreneurial communities will be donating $25,000 to Team Rubicon Global (TRG). TRG is a military veteran service organization Jesse and the Levin family has had the honor to have worked closely with for years. Team Rubicon started as an organization that deployed military veterans and professional first responders from the U.S. to large-scale international and stateside disasters. It has grown and evolved over the years, and Team Rubicon Global is now taking the model internationally, helping other countries to establish their own skilled-volunteer emergency response teams, enabling more veterans to continue to serve and have a positive impact as civilians. 

The property can currently be booked as a vacation rental, with details on the website. 

786.530.5063
Home@30Beachside.com
www.30Beachside.com


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Tampa’s Ultimate Sky Villa - Tampa, Florida

Sip your scotch and enjoy a magical sunset on the balcony of this downtown penthouse overlooking Amalie Arena and the bay. This featured property is located on the west side of the 19th floor of the elegant Grandview, one of the finest and most exclusive Harbour Island addresses.

Recently refined and redesigned, this spectacular penthouse is in a class by itself, enhanced by gleaming marble floors, elegant built-in cabinetry, a flowing open space and modernistic décor.



With nearly 4,000 square feet of contemporary living space and panoramic views, this luxurious haven is listed with Deanna Elizabeth Johnson and Mila Montgomery (Coastal Properties Group International, Christie's International Real Estate).

“What makes this penthouse so special is the privacy and unconfined flow of the home coupled with its amenities, intensified by the absolutely breathtaking views through oversized windows and multiple grand balconies,” says Johnson. “You can see the bay, Tampa skyline, Channelside and even the Gulf on a clear day.”
Adds Montgomery: “It’s the ultimate dream home in the most desirable location with access to a pool and gym next door.”

Imagine your private elevator whisking you to this exclusive waterfront retreat in the clouds. The expansive penthouse features two bedrooms, two full and one ½ baths, sleek movie theater, game area, wine cooler, humidor, octagonal dining room, laundry room with in-house dry cleaning, custom lighting, ten flat screen TVs and smart home technology.

“You can enjoy panoramic views while you cook in your state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen,” says Bridges, toting the beautiful granite countertops, custom cabinetry, top of the line stainless steel appliances (four dishwashers, Sub-Zero refrigerator) and elongated breakfast bar.

A gorgeous master retreat offers privacy, two large walk-in closets and an elegant in-suite bathroom and spa accented by gleaming black and gray tile, fixtures and chrome finishes.

With a private entrance manned by a front desk attendant and two secure VIP parking spots underground, this opulent Harbour Island penthouse is easy access to both freeway and airport. This luxurious waterfront retreat is just minutes from Whole Foods, International Mall, downtown Tampa, concerts, sporting events, Channelside and first class restaurants, nightlife and attractions.

Deanna Elizabeth Johnson
Mila Montgomery
Coastal Properties Group International
813.767.3911 | 813.373.0789
deanna@coastalpgi.com
mila@coastalpgi.com


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Hunstville’s Premier Retreat Atop Monte Sano Mountain - Huntsville, Alabama

Located at the top of North Alabama's Monte Sano mountain, sits one of the Southeast's signature properties. The 6-acre estate, fully gated, is surrounded by 700 acres of wooded privacy.

"While the property itself is extraordinary, the setting is one of its most appealing features.  Monte Sano is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Alabama," states Pam Nicastro, Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams. "The views from the property are truly breathtaking.

Matching the beauty of its picturesque setting, the 9000-square foot estate at 1271 Becket Drive is constructed with the finest materials, from all over the world.   Every detail has a purpose or special meaning...from the solid mahogany cabinetry and coffered ceilings to imported marble baths.  The architectural detail truly wows owners and guests alike.

The main house is expansive, with walls of windows, again taking in the views of the city below. It accommodates large gatherings or intimate family events.   The property is currently a personal home but is uniquely designed to be transformed into a corporate retreat for any of Huntsville's international businesses.  The grounds are graced with multiple terraces, water features and destinations for relaxing and entertaining.  The Infiniti Pool and two hot tubs are served by a separate pool house which can double as guest quarters, again with spectacular views.

 

Designed for ample parking, there is also an area to accommodate a helipad on the property.  Additionally, the entire estate is gated, ensuring security, seclusion and privacy.

The Huntsville area, which is a short 30 miles from the Tennessee state line is known for NASA, Military Defense, Bio-tech Research and many High-tech companies.  "We are an international city with amazing culture, arts and technology," states Nicastro.  

Indeed, Huntsville is one of the United States' up and coming cities. The area was just voted number one for STEM graduates, number one in affordability and is a prime location for Fortune 500 companies.

"The Buyer for this property will be owning a world class property in a world class city... currently one of the US' best kept secrets...but not for long," Nicastro adds.

See Aerial Video at You Tube 1271 Becket
Offered at $6.5 million

Keller Williams Realty
Huntsville, AL
256.694.6069
nicastrogroup@gmail.com
nicastrogroup.com


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Posted on: 3/15/2017 at 3:55 PM
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Majestic Oceanfront Penthouse - Palm Beach, Florida

From Miami to Palm Beach, luxury waterfront residences attract the rich and famous. Perhaps one of the most spectacular oceanfront havens can be found at the top of Bellaria, Palm Beach’s most sophisticated enclave set directly on the sand.
 
The ultra-luxury oceanfront penthouse in the prestigious South Building is a rare find, more like a beach house perched on top of the glamorous building. When you walk in, you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven.  The sheer majesty and contemporary beauty of this gorgeous southeast corner penthouse wows you, especially when you gaze up at the living room’s soaring 17-foot vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows.
 
The magnificent sunsets and sunrises make a stunning backdrop when entertaining friends on the multiple terraces (with both ocean and Intracoastal views) or throwing a soiree in the living room, which is complete with a beautiful gas fireplace.

This stunning residence has been impeccably finished, using the highest quality materials, from limestone flooring to the electronic shades and drapery.  Custom designed by the original owner, the spacious interior floor plan boasts three bedroom/bathroom suites, all with terrace access; 4.5 bathrooms, media room, billiard room and family room.
 
The elegant kitchen is both functional and fantastic. It features Downsview Limited Edition cabinets, with under-cabinet lighting, granite countertops with full backsplash, Sub-Zero 36” refrigerator and freezer, Thermador 48” Pro All Gas range with 6 burners, 12” grill, 2 ovens and 27” Pro warming drawer; Miele built-in coffee system, Franke Potfiller faucet mounted over the range, a Sub-Zero wine bottle cooler and a Franke kitchen faucet with pullout spray.
 
In addition to the gracious 5,067 interior square feet, this striking penthouse also features 2,124 square feet of panoramic water-view terraces, surrounding the entire south, east and west sides. The penthouse comes with an oversized enclosed air-conditioned two-car garage, with large private storage room and one additional parking space.

Prepare to be pampered. Bellaria offers its residents unequalled privacy, gated security as well as professional concierge services, full beach and pool service, Olympic-sized pool, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, movie theater, social spaces for private entertaining and two tennis courts. With a private pool cabana, you’ll feel privileged to find your coastal luxury hideaway with the finest amenities.

Seaside Properties Group
at Douglas Elliman
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Niki Higgins
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1.888.242.4422
1.954.817.2500
nhiggins@spg.cc


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One West: Chestnut Hill’s Premier Condominium Living - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia’s Garden District is one of the region’s most sought after locations for living and playing. Gorgeous neighborhoods, picturesque parks, trails, and an abundance of shopping and dining dot the area within the district. At the center of it all is Chestnut Hill.

Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood within the city of Philadelphia, offering the best of city living without the hassle. Nearby Fairmount Park is rich in greenery and trails. Boasting a vibrant, lively community, “Chestnut Hill is this architecturally rich little hamlet that straddles Fairmount Park,” states Michael Sivel, of The Sivel Group. ‘The Avenue’ is a popular, unique cobblestone drag offering the best in shopping and dining. Additionally, Chestnut Hill offers residents an array of activities year-round, including concerts and festivals which bring life to the summer, while winters are spent ice-skating in Fairmount Park. All the while, Philadelphia’s bustling  Center City is just minutes away and easily accessible by one of two train lines that run on the east and west sides of ‘The Avenue.’

Living in such an acclaimed neighborhood is further complimented by exquisite, condominium living at One West. One West has been masterfully constructed to provide residents with unique, refined condominium living right in the heart of Chestnut Hill. The property offers living spaces in multiple sizes from one-bedroom, two bathroom units with a study to an incredible four-bedroom, three and a half bathroom penthouse. One of the most appealing and unique features of One West is an abundance of outdoor space for the units. Nearly every unit offers a terrace, while the penthouse offers a stunning 1800-square-foot outdoor living space. “This is really a unique, one-of-a-kind, contemporary urban lifestyle within the great village of Chestnut Hill,” says Sivel, “There’s nothing else like it in Philadelphia.”

 

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Fox & Roach, REALTORS®
Michael Sivel
215.380.1296
Michael.Sivel@foxroach.com
SivelGroupLuxury.com


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The Top 10 Luxurious Waterfront Properties

Tarpon Springs, Fl
Coastal Properties Group Int'l
Ken Rossi | 727.430.6041
krossi4@gmail.com
www.Coastal-Luxury.com

 

Naples, Florida
John R. Wood Properties
Bill Earls | 239.777.6622
bill@billearls.com
www.billearls.com

 

North River Shores, FL
The Stracuzzi Team at RE/MAX Community
Patrick Stracuzzi | 772.283.9991
www.stracuzzi.com

 

Useppa Island, FL
The Useppa People, Inc.
Mary McColgan | 239.410.7850
BrianandMary@TheUseppaPeople.com
UseppaIslandRealEstate.com

Merritt Island, FL
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty
Barbara C. Wall & Janice Basile
321.749.2444 | 321.537.7300
Barbara@BarbaraWall.com | janicebasile@msn.com

 

Bonita Springs, FL
Barry DeNicola Realty
Barry DeNicola | 239.947.6111
www.barrydenicola.com

Virginia Beach, VA
RE/MAX Alliance
Jeanne West | 757.714.1771
jeannepwest@cox.net

Captiva, FL
Royal Shell Real Estate
McMurray & Nette | 239.850.7888
Info@RoyalShellSales.com
RoyalShellRealEstate.com

 

Tampa, Florida
Palermo Real Estate Professionals
Michael Palermo | 813.629.3181
mike@palermolistings.com
PalermoListings.com

Hollywood, FL
Palmetto Realty
Anna Zukowski | 561.843.1359
anna@palmettorealty.info
www.annazukowski.com


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Posted on: 2/22/2017 at 10:19 AM
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Build Your Dream Home! 2 Waterfront Lots with Spectacular Views!

Few places can match the natural splendor offered in Virginia Beach with its extraordinary network of waterways. Between the Chesapeake Bay, the winding rivers, and the Atlantic Ocean, there are 70 miles of coastline for sailing, fresh and saltwater fishing, waterskiing, swimming and sunbathing. Look at these exceptional properties and build your perfect home!

Associate broker and native of the area, Jeanne West with RE/MAX Alliance is a fabulous resource for both buyers and sellers in the area. She has been specializing in waterfront properties for over 35 years and has sold some of the most beautiful properties in the area. Jeanne West has more experience than most realtors in the area, providing exceptional service to families and people who are trying to reach their dreams. Contact her directly for more details.

Jeanne West
RE/MAX Alliance
757.714.1771
jeannepwest@cox.net
www.coastaldreams.com


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Posted by: Amanda Tyler
Posted on: 2/22/2017 at 10:01 AM
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Sam McDadi REAL estate inc.

Sam McDadi is one of the top luxury realtors in Canada. Across the Greater Toronto Area, he is the #1 real estate professional for homes sold over $1 million dollars.* In 2016, he sold 250 estate homes valued at more than $1 million, more than double his closest competitor.** 

With more than 27 years of experience, Sam McDadi is a household name when it comes to buying or selling luxury estates in the Greater Toronto Area. The wealth of knowledge behind selling more than 9,500 homes is unsurpassed. Sam, in his career as a real estate professional, has sales in excess of $4.2 billion.
Sam McDadi embodies experience, loyalty, knowledge and diligence. His real estate career began in the 1980s just after he graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science (honours) in Finance and an MBA (honours) from the University of South Carolina. He is now the owner of his own brokerage, Sam McDadi Real Estate Inc., which has two state-of-the-art offices, and works with a team of more than 40 real estate professionals. Having developed and refined an extensive plan to market luxury homes, Sam has exclusive, in-house marketers, graphic artists, stagers, social media specialists, writers and web designers.

Sam’s longevity in real estate has translated into an encyclopedia of real estate knowledge. It has meant he’s consistently ranked at the top. It means he understands what buyers and sellers need. It has also led him to write “Making Sense of Real Estate,” an invaluable guide to understanding real estate in Canada that is now in its 11th edition.

“My passion in this business drives my longevity,” says Sam. “After all these years, I still have the same enthusiasm and love for this business as I did in the early years.”

Award-winning real estate agent. Life-long Mississauga resident. Philanthropist. Tennis Champion. Author. Master negotiator. Unparalleled service and expertise. Sam McDadi is in a class of his own when it comes to helping clients buy or sell luxury estates in the Greater Toronto Area.

*2016 RE Stats Inc. statistics, acting as a listing agent on a list price of $1,000,000 or greater.

**2016 RE Datum statistic, total units sold over $1,000,000 in the GTA

SAM McDADI
Sam McDadi Real Estate, Inc.
1034 Clarkson Road North
Mississauga, ON  L5J 2V9 Canada
416.801.2400
Sam@mcdadi.com
www.Mcdadi.com


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Posted on: 2/22/2017 at 9:57 AM
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