Make Beautiful Music in a House by the Sea- Carlsbad, California

 By Stephanie Cavanaugh

“Nowhere else on earth is there a glass oceanfront recording studio or office like this one,” says listing agent Marc Carpenter of Allison James Estates and Homes Elite. One might add, nowhere else is there a house like this, with every inch custom built of rare and fabulous materials. 

The five-bedroom, six-bath, plus two half-bath home is directly on the Pacific Ocean in Carlsbad, California.  Massive glass walls on each of the three levels retract, stepping out to curving balconies bringing the ocean indoors.  

A $2 million renovation of the home’s beach level, completed in 2015, opened the home to the Italian glass pool and champagne glass waterfall spa.  There’s a gorgeous lounge with low slung gas fireplace, a gym, and a gourmet kitchen and barbecue ready for refreshments.  An outdoor heated amphitheater allows oceanfront movie enjoyment, and a private gate leads to a gorgeous stretch of beach just below.

The home also includes the ultimate creative working environment for musicians and executives: an oceanfront glass professional music studio or office that melds an awe-inspiring view of the Pacific coastline with flawless acoustics and complete room-within-room isolation. “When you step into this room it is absolutely silent even if a loud party is going on just feet away. So you can record music or have a conference call and while still being able to see everything going on and not have to worry about any noise disturbing your work, or people on the outside being able to hear what you are doing” says Carpenter.

Formal living and entertaining is on the mid-level, which offers a splendid space highlighted by a curved stone fireplace, African mahogany floors, and a kitchen with a Wolf professional range, Sub Zero refrigerator and wine refrigerator, all overlooking that ocean. Also on this level sits a luxurious private guest suite.

Four additional bedrooms including the sumptuous oceanfront master adorn the top level of the home. The spectacular master bath contains custom limestone sinks and counters, a Jacuzzi tub, an Italian soaking tub and a glass shower with waterfall. 

An elevator provides access to the private roof deck.

“It’s a once in a lifetime property,” says Carpenter. “It probably couldn’t be rebuilt today.”


Marc Carpenter
CALBRE# 01080193

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One Traffic Light, Swaying Palms, Surf and Sun- Paia, Maui, Hawaii

By Rusty Gage

These descriptives cover the entire tiny seaside town of Paia, Maui, a place where “live and let live” is the eternal credo. Paia is home to an oceanloving culture, where every day celebrates the big wave, guiding the windsurfing sail, prepping the kite surfing gear or heading out toward the blue horizon for the night’s catch. Home to the Maui Country Club, golf and tennis are inextricably woven into Paia’s fabric. 

Welcome to 22 and 6 Wa’a Place, Paia’s premier oceanfront estate. Nestled in a grove of lush greenery next to the ocean’s edge and anchored by an ages-old banyan tree, this home epitomizes the Maui lifestyle. Fitted with the finest hand carvings and rare materials, both native and from the world over, this 1.3-acre Bali-inspired estate will satisfy even the most discerning investor. Ohia log accents, bronze railing, copper gutters and African mahogany cabinetry speak to the level of detail present throughout the property. 

The 7,384 square feet of interior living space in the main home host three generous oceanview bedrooms and six bathrooms. Throughout the entire home, disappearing pocket doors blur the lines between inside and out. The 936-square-foot guest house is built to the same exacting standards. The state-of-the-art home theater with automated controls sets the tone for a relaxing evening after a day spent on the water. Such respected names as Wolf, Sub-Zero, Dacor, Thermador, Miele and Franke anchor the chef’s kitchen, while the cook will enjoy a similar atmosphere in the covered outdoor kitchen. This is the discerning buyer’s opportunity to own one of the most prestigious homes throughout all of Hawaii. 

Considering the exclusivity of a number of extravagant, high-end real estate properties available on Maui’s north shore, it is important to trust a sensitive, experienced agent like Rhonda Smith-Sanchez of Coldwell Banker Previews International, who specializes in north shore Maui properties with a focus and knowledge of oceanfront properties. Given that Rhonda has sold the majority of oceanside properties on the north shore to date, it requires little effort to entrust your real estate needs to her. Contact Rhonda Smith-Sanchez today to schedule a showing.


Rhonda Smith-Sanchez




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Bijou Bay Harbor Luxury Residencies- Bay Harbor Islands, Florida

Once in a while a Boutique property comes along offering luxury amenities for only distinguished fashionable residents that recognize island living is the best place in the world to enjoy the finer things in life.

Casual Meets Elegance – Between where the city stops and the shore begins there is a high fashion atmosphere with a distinctly low key island vibe -An exclusive enclave surrounded by Biscayne Bay, this island community of 41 residences invites you to discover a neighborhood that is one of the best kept secrets in Miami. This rare collection of one, two and three bedroom residences and Penthouses are within walking distance of the world famous Bal Harbour Shops and Bal Harbour beaches. And yet, Bijou is an exclusive connection to cosmopolitan city life made even better by a serene waterfront setting and private island lifestyle.

At only nine stories tall, Bijou is an intimate modern oasis quite unlike any other waterfront residence. Here on the eastern shores of Bay Harbor Island, sleek modern architecture, 150 feet of bay frontage, and a dazzling rooftop lounge are all yours to enjoy. 

Each residence features designer bathrooms and kitchens. Property common areas and residences were designed by renowned Interior Designer Adriana Hoyos. Amenities include Pick Up/Drop off Boat Dock, Wet Deck with Water Sports package of Kayaks and Paddle Boards, Bijou Bay Social Lounge, Entertainment/Media Lounge with full Bar/Kitchen, area. 

Bayfront Fountains with Green spaces and outdoor waterfront furnished lounge, Communal Bicycles, Fitness Center, Individual Storage for each residence, 24 Hour Valet, Full Time Concierge, Rooftop Amenities: Swimming Pool, Spa Jacuzzi, Summer Kitchen, Outdoor Bar, Poolside Cabanas, Sunset Garden Lounge, Sunrise Yoga Deck, 

REincentive Concierge Facts: This waterfront property is located on Bay Harbor Islands which is comprised of an eastern and western island on Biscayne Bay. It has a small town feel and all of the high fashion and luxury from its neighbor Bal Harbour. Bijou average $780.00 blended per square foot is considered to be a real value in light of condos selling for between $2,000.00 and $3,000.00 a square foot just over the bridge on Collin Ave.

This project qualifies for several different incentive programs offered exclusively via Regency Realty Services.

Regency Realty Services
561 .307.3110 

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Captivating Multi-Generational Masterpiece- Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, FL, home to the world-famous Siesta Key Beach with its white Quartz sand, is often referred to as the “Cultural Gem” of Florida. With an incredibly vibrant arts scene, abundant fine dining and shopping options, gorgeous winter weather (Average high of 73°F/23°C between January and March), world-class hospitals, favorable tax laws, and top-rated schools, it is no wonder Sarasota is regarded as the best retirement destination in the U.S., and a wonderful place to raise a family!

McClellan Park is considered the crème de la crème, one of the most prestigious communities in Sarasota. Referred to as Sarasota’s “Garden Spot,” McClellan Park features uniquely curved streets (named in reference to the area’s Native American history) lined with sidewalks shaded by mature Live Oak trees.  In fact, this historic neighborhood has the distinction of being the first platted community in all of Florida. Homes in McClellan Park and other “West of the Trail” communities in Sarasota are highly sought-after for their rich charm and close proximity to Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico beyond. Homes located within these communities range from historical structures to modern manors.

The estate at 1744 Seminole Dr. was meticulously designed and built to accommodate multi-generational growth, ensuring family togetherness and timeless memories for years to come. Constructed to the highest of standards over a span of two years and completed in 2000, this home has never before been offered on the market. Four separate structures offer 9 bedrooms, 8.5 baths and over 10,000 square feet of living space comprised of: The 8,100 SF three-tiered main home, a pool cabana with kitchenette and attached potting room, a studio apartment above the detached garage, and a romantic 1940’s guest cottage, complete with full kitchen. Luxurious details and finishes include hand-crafted, solid red oak flooring, coffered and stained Cypress ceilings, honed granite and Italian marble countertops, Hardi-Plank siding, and hand-selected Colorado-stone terraces. The lush gardens and intricate landscaping surrounding the entirety of the estate provide a private sanctuary and retreat.

This one-of-a-kind family compound rests on the largest lot on the “Oval” in McClellan Park, and is a quick stroll from Southside Village— one of Sarasota’s most premier shopping areas with alfresco dining, fashion boutiques, and lively culture. Located just a few blocks north of Southside Village is downtown Sarasota where Saturday mornings can be spent strolling through the expansive farmer’s market and evenings are filled with extravagant dining experiences, live theater, opera, and an abundance of other cultural attractions. 

Offered at $5,000,000.

Keller Williams Luxury Homes International
David: 941 .404.9860 Toni: 941 .404.9845









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Pristine Northern Colorado

By Natalie Friedmann

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

Three exclusive properties represented by C3 Real Estate Solutions:

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


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

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

John Simmons
Jesse Laner





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Company Spotlight: Uptown Real Estate Group- Houston, TX

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers residents a wealth of benefits. Situated in a prime location, the city boasts an international atmosphere, vibrant arts scene, booming economy, and high quality education.

LUXURY ON HIGH Mariana Saldana is the President and CEO of Uptown Real Estate Group, Inc. , A Small boutique Real Estate Firm that has been selling to Foreign Nationals for the last 30 years. Her specialty is in homes and high rises in The Galleria and Uptown Area that now includes The River Oaks District, which has attracted people from all over the world.  The company provides personal concierge services to help the clients settle into the new homes in this beautiful city.  

BELFIORE The European-style high-rise building, created by well-known developer Giorgio Borlenghi, features 11 foot ceilings and floor-toceiling glass windows which reveal magnificent views of the city. This palatial 26 story property houses an elite community of 46 residences flanked by corner terraces. Residents enjoy private elevator access and their own private entry lobby, hidden underground parking garage, and 24-7 personal and business services. It’s no wonder that Belfiore is the most extraordinary high-rise condominium property in Houston.

ARABELLA Stylish, high-rise living at Arabella offers a short stroll to River Oaks District, the Galleria, theaters. Its lobby, reminiscent of a jewel box. Their haute, award-winning architectural aesthetic has graced some of Manhattan’s most striking condominiums.

THE WILSHIRE For those who want to reside in the fashionable and luxurious River Oaks District, The Wilshire is just a block away. Every aspect of its inspired architecture, thoughtful design, and modern efficiencies simplifies the lives of residents while rewarding them with a richly layered luxury lifestyle and creates undeniably welcoming and livable spaces in its 96 residences, spread across 17 stories. 


Uptown Real Estate Group, Inc.


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Mitchell Prime Properties on the Prowl- North Carolina

By: Stephanie Cavanaugh

John-Mark M. Mitchell is selling a haute property. One of the largest homes ever constructed in the Triad area beautifully situated in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

Recently refreshed and updated, price is reasonable at $3.3 million. “There’s a two-story solid stone turret with a fireplace in the foyer,” Mitchell says. “The owner bought land in Tennessee just to acquire the stone. That’s the level of detail throughout the home.”  

Marketing a virtual palace is not an unusual event for the number one luxury home specialist in North Carolina’s “Triad,” the area that includes  Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point.  What’s rare is that this is collaboration between Mitchell Prime Properties, Foreign Cars Italia and Windsor Jewelers with the purpose of raising funds for Cancer Services, Inc. research. “It’s a way of bringing attention to the property, and giving back to the community,” he says. “A first for the region.”

Mitchell is all about being in real estate’s forefront. Profiled numerous times, recognized by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate International, he was lionized as a “game changer,” by Fortune Magazine this past January, and represented the only real estate firm owner to be featured. Fitting, as a lion named Mitch is his company logo. 

His renown is so considerable that last year he collaborated with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, co-authoring a best selling book, part of the Soul for Success series. Now at work on a solo effort, The Art of Selling Well, Mitchell laughs, “I feel I’m a melting pot of information. I’ve read almost every book and taken numerous seminars for twenty years. It seems there’s always a better way to do things.” 

Like giving back, building relationships, and encouraging success. 

“We believe in the daily reflection of constant  improvement and the happiness and fulfillment that comes with always helping others get what they want in life.  Our company believes that there is an art to selling …..and as a group we believe in the art of selling well.”

The result?  This company of 12 luxury brokers have average sales prices that are more than double the competition.  "I ONLY CREATE LEADERS IN THIS COMPANY" says Mitchell.  "I hire brokers that would be successful on their own --I am a Lion trainer in the business"  

Hear them Roar.

Mitchell Prime Properties
Cell: 336.682.2552 Office: 336.722.9911

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Agent Spotlight: Keith Zacharie- Houston, TX

With 19 years experience, Keith Zacharie developed a passion for luxury properties early on. Today, Keith is recognized for his expertise in Houston. His clients can rest assured that if something's happening in the inner-loop real estate market, Keith knows about it.

Keith has sold more than $20 million in residential real estate to include land and lots, single family residences, mid-rise and highrise condominiums, town homes, and new construction. He also has worked with numerous high-end clients - including oil executives, business owners, physicians, investors, custom builders and developers, and professionals relocating to Houston.

Premier service characterized by ensuring that transactions are smooth and stress-free is the cornerstone of what Keith offers his customers. As a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) and an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS), Keith has developed the knowhow to expertly meet the needs of high-net-worth individuals.

"My goal is for clients to be left with a wow factor - to have experienced the pinnacle in customer service," Keith says. 

Because he is always looking ahead, Keith anticipates problems before they happen. He focuses on the small details throughout the sales process, but never loses sight of the big picture, from contract signing to closing. Although Keith is aggressive enough to make the sale happen, his personal style is best described as low-key, which makes him very pleasant to work with. Keith also has been described as a go-getter who doesn't stop until the job is done.

Keith has a degree in Real Estate Management and is a licensed real estate Broker in the state of Texas. Memberships include the Greater Houston Luxury Home Connection, National Association of Realtors, Houston Association of Realtors, and Greater Houston Builders Association. He also is a New Construction Home Specialist.

Urban Brokers LLC
Keller Williams Metropolitan

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Artful Living in The Harbour at Marsh Landing- Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida


It is a home like no other. The 8317 square foot contemporary residence  sits in splendor on a private peninsula, within the premier gated community of The Harbour at Marsh Landing. At the beach, just 15 miles from downtown Jacksonville, Florida, the area is often referred to as the Home of “The Player’s Championship” or TPC golf tournament, and the corporate headquarters of the PGA. 

“There are unique and special elements in every room of the home, designed to be intriguing … compelling … to make you want to see what comes next,” Bobi Goes, the current owner, says.  

From the rare white onyx in the main kitchen, to the fossils that are millions of years old embedded in the marble of the 11 foot, two-person shower in the master bath, to the character grade white oak wood floors throughout, you will want to see every “organic” feature of this beach casual yet sophisticated seven bedroom, ten and a half bath home.

Ten-foot, hand-carved mahogany doors “so heavy they sound like church doors closing,” mark the grand entrance to the open plan living areas, where every room has a fabulous water view.

“Living here is all about outdoor living and bringing the outdoors in,” she says. “The peninsula has almost 300 feet on the water.” 

And just try tearing yourself away from the virtual fivestar resort outside your back doors: the sixty foot lap pool with frothing bubblers under the in-pool umbrella on its sun pad, the twelve person hot tub, the fire pit and outdoor kitchen. There’s even a sixty-foot floating dock in the backyard so you can boat from the Intracoastal to the ocean, at any time of the day or night, on any tide. 

The finest quality materials, the most custom finishes, and state- of- the art technology has been used throughout this spectacular home, and its separate guest suite. 

“It’s the best of beach and boating worlds and perfect for families that love the outdoor, resort lifestyle,” says Goes. “Plus there’s golf, on both private club courses and the PGA’s tournament course, which features the world famous “17th Hole Island Green” that every golfer should play!

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL


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An Unparalleled Retreat on the Range- Hopkins County, Texas

By Stephanie Cavanaugh

This extraordinary 65,000 square foot masterpiece of Old World themed architecture, craftsmanship and quality sits upon a promontory of the highest point in Hopkins County Texas. It commands an uninterrupted view of more than 14,500 acres of serene natural vegetation, farmland, timbers, bucolic pastures and marshlands. Located less than 100 miles from Dallas, Texas, near the historic settlement of Sulphur Bluff, and minutes from a 5,000 foot private jet strip -“The Reserve” is truly, “One of One”

It’s an unparalleled site for outdoor adventure, located in North America’s Central Flyway extending from Canada to Central America, forming the migratory route of North America’s ducks and geese. Quail and pheasant can be found in fields of flowing native prairie grass. Studded with hundreds of acres of lakes and ponds, the property also offers superb bass and crappie fishing as well as an outdoor hunting and sporting lifestyle in an idyllic retreat like setting with all the comforts, communications and security of a world class resort.  

Crafted as a private-use and multifunctional compound, The Reserve is capable of hosting just a few guests, to managing a large membership use or even a world leadership or corporate conference. The luxurious facilities include the 30 guest rooms on three levels, founder's suite, isolated owners suite and presidential suite—built to secret service specifications—with agent/guard quarters off the main apartment. The Reserve features off grid self-sustaining power, redundant internet and communications capabilities as well as a variety of state of the art cutting edge technology, security, communications and management systems. 

There’s also a magnificent spa, fitness center and a pool house with event kitchen, sauna and additional apartments. There’s a 50-yard pistol range, a 200-yard rifle range, a one-mile sporting clay course with 12 stations and a stone-walled 3,000 bottle wine cellar with dinner seating for 35-40 people for après hunt.

Marketing this extraordinary property together with five adjacent and adjoining ranches and productive farmland tracts amounting to more than 40,000 acres is Australian Bernard Uechtritz, International Real Estate advisor to Briggs Freeman International Realty and founder of International Icon Properties in Dallas (www.Icon.Global).  Uechtritz is a specialist in luxury and ranch real estate markets around the world, from cattle stations in Australia to celebrity homes in Malibu and Beverly Hills and iconic ranches across Texas.



Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Real Estate Ranch and Land Division

Bernard Uechtritz



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Sugar Pointe Estate: A Developer's Dream- Yulee, Florida

By Natalie Friedmann

“When the gate closes behind you, you’re engulfed in a peace like you’ve never experienced,” says Mike Bowling, current property owner of Sugar Pointe Estate, a gated, 48-acre private waterfront estate nestled in northeast Florida’s most pristine natural environment. Bowling and his wife have spent the last 10 years cultivating Sugar Pointe Estate into a private oasis with a focus on creatively preserving the natural beauty of Old Florida. 

Unlike the characteristic flat landscape Florida is known for, Sugar Pointe is bordered by beautiful high bluffs. The property is dotted with matured landscaping including 100-year-old ancient oaks, large hardwoods, big pines and palm trees. With a three-and-a-half-mile view across to Georgia, the property sits on 2,500-feet of river and marsh frontage on the Bells River.  

The river cottage is situated high on the bluff, offering extensive water views which compliment the calm of this quaint, quiet retreat. Warmth and charm abound in the architectural design of the home, which utilizes reclaimed heart pine and Savannah mud bricks from the original 1860’s farmhouse.

The estate is ideal for corporate or church retreats, with room to build lodges to accommodate as many people as needed. The area is zoned Open Rural, but boasts close proximity to beaches, shopping and the airports. 

Guests have the opportunity to indulge in recreational water activities like boating, jet skiing kayaking, canoeing and spectacular fishing!  The onsite boathouse has been architecturally designed to also protect boats, jet skis, sound systems, and fishing equipment.  The rooftop deck makes you feel like you’re flying and provides astounding views of natural habitats and marine life like manatees and dolphins as well as fun, holiday firework shows.

Sugar Pointe Estate is 48 acres and listed at $4,950,000 The property next door, Sugar Pointe II  is also available.  It is the former Florida Outward Bound property with corporate center, offices, cabins, commercial kitchen and up to date official Outward Bound Challenge Course for team building events.  This additional 20 acres and 560 feet of river frontage with riparian rights is offered at $1,950,000.  

Preserve this one of kind treasure of Amelia Island area just north of Jacksonville.  Both properties together offer a total of 68 aces and 3,000 feet of river and marsh frontage in the heart of one of the fastest growing areas in northeast Florida.  Prime for new upscale development offering homes the most gorgeous water vistas around while preserving the beauty of Old Florida.



Carey Dresser | 904-415-6268

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Hacienda-Style Hilltop Retreat- Austin, Texas

Approximately 45 minutes from Austin, Texas is an impressive, multipurpose property boasting numerous amenities and desirable design features. The secluded hilltop ranch retreat is located on over 42 acres of rural residential land between the quaint, historic towns of Bastrop and Smithville.

Of the area’s numerous amenities, the property is just 45 minutes from the Circuit of the America’s complex as well as conveniently situated near the Smithville Municipal Airport which accommodates small, private planes during daylight hours. 

This versatile property has over seven acres devoted to a special event venue, including a private open chapel, an open air, covered pavilion, and a commercial kitchen with bar, restrooms and separate well and septic. Secluded and completely private, it is the perfect location for any kind of private event or gathering. The 5,000-square-foot circular pavilion has stained concrete slab floors with cedar posts and an authentic dried palm-leaf roof, called a palapa. Adjacent to the palapa is a large stone patio seating area. A heavy duty steel bridge connects a private lake to the chapel.  

From the venue space, a professionally engineered 20-footwide concrete driveway with separate gated entrance leads up the hill to the private hacienda-style main residence. Sitting on approximately five acres of the overall property, the 6,000square-foot residence offers beautiful western views of the far off countryside. Beautiful archways and exceptionally high ceilings are featured throughout the design, as well as a mixture of complimentary stone and tile work. Custom made, solid wood doors emanate a sense of warmth and character. Natural light floods the open space, especially in the inner courtyard, a popular feature of traditional Spanish hacienda architecture. 

“Outside the private residence in the center of the driveway is a fire pit, where you can relax on a nice night and look up at the Milky Way,” says Pamela Jones, listing Broker with Austin Prime Realty. “There are no bright city lights to obstruct your view.”

Additionally, the heavily landscaped grounds are a spectacular display with citrus groves, ornamental trees and perennials scattered about. Fishing off the dock of the property’s pond stocked with bass and tilapia makes for a great adventure. There are two separate houses on the property that could be utilized as guest houses. This luxury property also has caretakers’ quarters, and the property is marketed with the current caretaker and housekeeper staying on – a most unique and desirable attribute. 

This splendorous hilltop retreat has an abundance of amenities as-is, and there are still multiple opportunities for future owners. This luxury haven is perfect for a private residence, corporate event retreat, riding stable, special event venue or all of the above. It is whatever you want it to be. 


Pamela Jones, REALTOR',CRS, SRS, ABR Broker


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Joe Cocker Estate Up for Auction in Crawford, Colorado

LUXURY ABSOLUTE AUCTION – SELLING WITH NO RESERVE – SEPT. 1ST Home to the late famed rock & roll legend Joe Cocker and his wife Pam, the Mad Dog Ranch in Colorado is located on 240+ pristine acres. The property includes an exquisite English Tudor manor, that features 8 bedrooms, 9 baths, & private guest suite. While the chef’s kitchen, large formal spaces and expansive outdoor deck are perfect for entertaining, the master suite’s 13 ft. vaulted ceiling, fireplace, balcony & his & her master baths offer a luxurious retreat. Nothing short of spectacular, the grounds include landscaped lawns, manicured gardens, lush forests, & an acre sized swimming pond. As an active ranch, there’s a fully-equipped 7-stall barn with turnouts, a silo, Quonset, large outdoor arena, & 80 acres of irrigated pastures. With easy access to world-class skiing, hiking, & fly-fishing, Mad Dog Ranch is ideal for enjoying the great outdoors. The property backs to 400,000 acres of BLM Land, showcasing stunning views of Needle Rock Mountain. Located within easy driving distance to Aspen & Telluride, and nearby Montrose and Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airports offer convenient travel for private and commercial travelers. CONTACT: Supreme Auctions atfor complete details or visit

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Sanctuary Place: The Intersection of Modern Luxury and Magnificent History- Savannah, Georgia

Savannah provides a memorable vacation for everyone with its beautiful islands, beaches and its historic city, all waiting to be discovered. The historic location lends itself to beautifully restored homes and buildings, which add character and charm to the area. One such home, Sanctuary Place, a former church located on West Duffy Street, has been transformed into a stunning variable use home. 

Built in 1889, the historic Episcopal Church was designed by renowned architect, Alfred Eichberg. Now converted to a beautiful home with zoning for condo units as well as a Historic Inn, which includes flying buttresses and a 30 ft bell tower from the original design, in 2005 it was purchased for restoration by John Galik. 

Intent on creating a truly unique loft residence without compromising the historic significance of the building, Galik went to work with an artistic vision to create a functional open view of history. Sanctuary Place fuses modern finishes with original elements of the original church, which work together to create a truly one-of-a-kind residence. 

In her article for Adaptations Magazine, writer Meaghan Walsh  states the residence’s floors were, “stripped and refinished by hand and still bear the ghost marks of the pews” and the “slanted cathedral ceilings remain layered with white, distressed paint.”Galik also decided to keep the stained glass windows in-tact, which line the ground floor and add to the uniqueness of the loft residence.  The main floor of the loft is equipped with state-of-the-art kitchens, an iconic foyer and an open living room, as well as private bedrooms. Other key features include a hidden, second master suite concealed below the church rafters and a hidden room characterized by a secret wall, which has been fashioned as a bookcase. Complimenting this incredible residence is its equally exquisite location. 

Located within walking distance of Savannah’s renowned Forsyth Park, Sanctuary Place is conveniently positioned within the heart of the historic Victorian district. Thanks to its premier location just one black west of Forsyth Park, Sanctuary place is minutes from area cafes, grocery stores, local pubs and fine dining. 


Barbara Zinn


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Agent Spotlight: Michael Palermo- Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida is one of the most desirable places to live in the United States, with good reason.  There’s the  tropical climate, the relaxed yet sophisticated lifestyle, and an abundance of waterfront space stretching from Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.

The real estate market here is fast paced, making it pivotal for buyers and sellers to partner with a real estate agent who has a deep understanding of the area. 

Michael Palermo offers such insight. A third generation Tampa native and real estate attorney, Michael opened Palermo Real Estate Professionals in 2002, catering to demanding buyers and sellers who expect integrity, dedication, and exceptional knowledge from their real estate professional...traits that few other agents can match.  Palermo Real Estate Professionals has since developed into one of South Tampa’s most respected boutique real estate companies, with Michael consistently ranking in the top 1% of sales of the area's most fabulous luxury homes.

And fabulous homes here are plentiful.  Tampa offers lavish downtown condo living, charming neighborhoods, and splendid golf course and beach communities.  An array of housing and amenities that appeal to everyone from young couples and families to retirees.
Let Michael be your source for luxury living in Tampa Bay. Working with him will bring you individualized customer service, state of the art marketing, and attention to detail. Contact Michael today if you are looking for a results-focused professional to help you with your next real estate decision.


Palermo Real Estate Professionals


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Posted on: 7/29/2016 at 10:33 AM
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