10790 Encino in Oak View, California

Saddle Mountain in the Ojai Valley. Miles of horse trails. Custom built. First time listing. 3 plus 2 1/2 bath high end estate! Crafted in 2006 with more than 2.5 acres. Master suite includes separate closets, walk-in shower, and 2-person spa tub. Outdoor fireplace and BBQQ; gourmet kitchen opens to family room. Wine cellar. Separate office with built-ins. Art studio, possible third bedroom. Approximately 3,700 plus square feet with 947-square-foot garage and 1,065-square-foot loggia with brilliant views of TopaTopa. Tuscany in Ojai Valley! For more information visit www.10790Encino.com.


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Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage: Real Estate Isn't Only About Property, It's About People

Christina Candy of Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage is master in real estate investments, including high-end luxury residential, commercial, retirement/nursing homes, and national/international land development investment opportunities. With over 25 years of real estate experience, Christina is a top producer, in the top 1% in Toronto, Canada and a paralegal. She attributes her expert business negotiation skills, professionalism, honesty, and integrity to her experience in working with her physician father and her volunteer work.. Her high commitment to her health care executives and physician clientele has gained her recognition as the MD Preferred Affiliated Real Estate Professional for the Toronto area for the second consecutive year.

Beautiful Toronto, a well-ordered, relaxed, and friendly city, is one of the choice cities for family homes. In 2013 the average selling price is expected to hit $500,000 for the first time, as prices have been rising steadily since 2000. Christina recommends areas York Mills and Bayview Village, with properties in excess of $1 million. These communities are close to downtown Toronto, near great shopping centers and private schools. Similarly, Bridle Path and Yorkville, with homes starting at $2 million, and Cabbagetown with homes ranging from $600,000 to $3 million, are some of Christina’s featured properties in downtown Toronto near lake Ontario—one of Canada’s most beautiful destinations.

Toronto isn’t the only market Christina Candy dominates. The private Cotton Tree Bay oceanfront estate in the exquisite Negril (Montego Bay) Jamaica is one of her international luxury properties. Offered at $8 million, Cotton Tree Bay is nestled in Jamaica’s northwest coast on approximately 200 acres. With helipad and private marina, it’s easy to visit whenever the mood strikes for a stroll on two miles of sandy beaches or a swim in its private protected bay. The property is suitable for both resort and residential development, and could easily accommodate spas, tennis courts, a nine-hole gold course, and riding stables. Turquoise water and extensive coastline make for an ideal sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing destination spot. To discover more of Cotton Tree Bay’s beautiful landscape visit cottontreebay.com.  


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Luxury Real Estate Marketing: Great Marketing is Matchmaking - Part 2

In Part 1 of this article series we indicated that, as a luxury real estate marketing professional, a marketing mindset is an abundance-based mindset. A selling mindset is a scarcity-based mindset.  A shift to a marketing mindset can make all the difference in the world to your bottom line.  But, where do you begin?  

1. Shift Your Focus and Your Attitude 

First, you must shift your focus to a marketing mindset where you are OPEN to perceiving an abundance of potential new clients in your marketplace. Here is the catch, however:  If you do not also shift your general attitude, that is, your mental mindset from scarcity-based to abundance-based, then you simply will not perceive the new opportunities! 

2.  Narrow Your Focus.  Identify an Uncontested or Under served Market Niche That You Can Dominate 

You must identify a lucrative uncontested or under served market niche that you can dominate and also be passionate about serving better than anyone else.  By shifting your mindset from selling to marketing, you will discover that this niche has an abundance of potential client matches for you, a demand, in fact, for someone just like you. Here is how this principle played out in the field of online relationship matchmaking. 

Match.com and eHarmony.com are two of the biggest online relationship matchmaking services.  The competition is fierce at the top for customers in this field.  Does it make any sense to start another matchmaking service? Why fight over crumbs that the market leaders leave behind?  That would involve a scarcity-based mindset. 

Three companies answered this question by identifying an under served segment of the overall market and set out to serve their niche far better than the big brands.  OurTime.com specializes in the 50+year olds seeking a mate.  BlackPeopleMeet.com serves African American singles. And, ChristianMingle.com is the online community created specifically for Christian singles looking to find friends, romance or marriage. 

The customers of these online matchmaking services are more likely to find the right matches because the focus of the service is more aligned with their particular needs and values. It is highly unlikely that the big brands can serve these customers as well as those who specialize in their niches. 

By offering a superior value proposition to customers in these segments, the new companies are watching an abundance of “fish” jump into their boats rather than going fishing for prospects with a scarcity-based mindset.  Customers believe that the likelihood of finding like-minded matches is greater within a more focused niche. Therefore, the trust factor starts out high and trust accelerates sales. 

Can you see why you would not have to sell a 50-plus -year-old single on the value of using OurTime.com vs. Match.com?  That is the difference between a marketing mindset and a selling mindset, between an abundance-based mindset and a scarcity-based mindset.  It all begins with a shift in focus, a shift in attitude and a shift in mindset!

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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Swan Pond Manor near Washington DC

This Classical Revival style manor house is majestically sited on a prominent knoll on approximately 59 acres above the pond! This elaborate home was built with rich red brick and has a sweeping front porch with round columns providing dramatic architectural appeal. The manicured grounds have wonderful old shade trees, colorful landscaping, brick walkways and an in-ground pool.  Other improvements include a tree-lined, paved driveway, a quaint log well house, a large bank barn, shop, storage building and fenced pastures. The home features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, three fireplaces, intricate molding, a two story foyer, and hardwood floors. The basement is finished with an extraordinary rec room that has a brick floor, stone & brick walls, a bar and a lovely old fireplace.  This property obtained its name from the ponds which at one time provided homes for wild swans.  Swan Pond Manor is located minutes from Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, and the Potomac River. Enjoy living on a private farm in Berkeley County and yet still be within driving distance to DC, Maryland and Virginia.  This property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Interested buyers can contact Dennis Virts at 703-727-4081.


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Maury People Sotheby's International

Nestled in Nantucket’s desirable area near Great Point and the quaint enclave of Quidnet, is this breezy, beautiful, single family compound. On more than three acres, it features a guest house, carriage house, tennis guest cottage, four-bay garage, a red-DOMO tennis court, fully equipped gym, swimming pool/Jacuzzi, and cabana. With custom detailing and finishes throughout, the home truly captures Nantucket’s rich, rustic charm and reminds occupants of being one with the sea. Nestled by one of the home’s many fireplaces when the weather is chilly, or climb the elegant curved, intricately hand-carved stairway to the second floor where you can enjoy views of the Atlantic. Spending time with family and friends is a must on the large stone patio off the gourmet kitchen—a culinary dream, which features custom-designed Italian tile detailing and top-of-the-line appliances. Outside stairs lead to a roof walk and an extraordinary yard, enclosed by stone walls and large hedges, which allows for an intimate stroll to the beach on a private, winding boardwalk. This castle by the sea is listed at$14,995,000 with Gary Winn, the owner of Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty. 

 

Winn is an expert in his market, and his agency—with nearly 75 current listings—has sold more real estate than any other firm in the Nantucket market. With 37 steady years of business on Nantucket’s Main street, Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty, in affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty, has clientele not only on the island, but internationally. With some of the most sought-after properties in the world, Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty provides the most experienced and professional agents who have accumulated a great wealth of knowledge in zoning, permitting, development, financing, and investment. Clients looking for the most luxurious upscale properties can take solace in knowing that the agents at Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty will provide them with the upmost confidentiality, loyalty, and dedication when finding them the home of their dreams.


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Casa Del Mar in San Juan Capistrano, California

Half a mile as the crow flies from the Pacific Ocean, Casa Del Mar, in San Juan Capistrano, is a virtual private resort -- one and a quarter acres of palm fringed, rose scented paradise. 

"This is outdoor living at its absolute finest," says Lee Ann Canaday of Re/Max Fine Homes and the Canaday Group, listing agent for the property. 

Exceptionally private, the 9,000 square foot Spanish Colonial estate is a fantasy of California living, featuring spectacular ocean and mountain views from trumpet-vine twirled balconies and a central patio with infinity pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, and a fireplace to enjoy the southern California climate.

"In California you don't get a gated estate with an ocean view unless you pay $20 million," says the broker. Here you can lie in bed and watch the waves for $5.99 million.

The eight bedroom, eight bath home, features formal living spaces that rival those of its Hollywood neighbors, a gourmet kitchen with crystal chandeliers and a vast Italian marble island. For casual living, there's a family room and a home theater, with theater seating, bar, and kitchenette.

The master retreat is the crown jewel, "a tranquil haven, with a marble fireplace and a balcony showcasing the hillside and ocean views," says Canaday. The bath boasts a Jacuzzi, steam shower, and sauna.

A separate 1,200 square foot, 2-bedroom casita plays luxurious host to guests.

The area is alive with history. San Juan Capistrano itself was built around the eponymous mission, a main attraction in Orange County.

Contemporary pleasures also abound, says Canaday. The city of Laguna Beach is minutes away, as is whale-watching in Dana Point Harbor, golfing on the best greens, dining at world-class restaurants, or taking a spa day at the St. Regis Resort or Ritz Carlton.

And with the freeway and train station close-by, it's a quick hop to the glitter of Los Angeles.

Interested buyers can contact Lee Ann Canaday by visiting www.canadaygroup.com.


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40-Year Sellabration of Unparalleled Success

As Marsha Sell celebrates her 40th anniversary as a Realtor, 38 of those years with Coldwell Banker in the North Atlanta market, she feels very grateful to have been able to serve so many buyers and sellers. Whether clients are looking to buy or sell a midtown condo or a multi-million dollar estate, Marsha’s experience, determination, and tenacity will help to guarantee a wonderfully smooth and successful transaction.

Before entering real estate in 1973, Marsha’s past endeavors laid a strong foundation for her home selling skill set. She was an assistant to an advertising executive at a large agency, a bookkeeper for a landscape architect firm, worked for two different S&L’s, and sold advertising for her father’s newspaper. These past positions have allowed Marsha to develop a keen attention to detail and a vast array of marketing skills.

Marsha currently has two distinctive properties that she is very excited about: 6787 Riverside Drive in Sandy Springs and 410 Oakmont Circle in Atlanta Country Club Estates in Marietta/East Cobb. The first home is a secluded Biltmore style estate nestled on 10 acres of lush land. This grand property features a Deco Turf tennis court, a tennis pavilion with high-end kitchen, pool, carriage house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and the crowning jewel for any car collector: a three car garage complete with rubberized diamond plate flooring and a hydraulic lift.

The second home is located on a private lot in Atlanta Country Club Estates and is the personal masterpiece of an award-winning builder/designer. This custom home has it all: A fully equipped cabana, a pool with a rock mountain feature and swim-up bar, built-in salt water aquarium, and expansive wine cellar. With a stunning master suite on the main level, a one-bedroom guesthouse, and a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment above the 4-car garage, this oasis has enough space for even the most active entertainers.

Representing the countless options available in North Metro Atlanta, Marsha Sell offers clients some of the most attractive property in Atlanta, all with the benefit of better schools, and convenient location. Whether you are buying or selling, consult with Marsha Sell to experience her level of expertise for a real estate market she has been passionate about for 40 years and counting.

To contact Marsha, call 404-830-2000.


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Luxury Real Estate Marketing: Great Marketing is Matchmaking

In marketing luxury real estate ideal transactions are those where buyers feels that they have found a home that is a perfect fit for their needs and wants at a price that is mutually acceptable to the seller.  The same principle applies to marketing you; that is, finding clients who are an ideal match to your core values and your personality. When like-minded people who share similar values and compatible personalities do business together business relationships and transactions just flow more smoothly.  

People like to do business with people they trust, those who share their values. People trust people like themselves. Trust accelerates sales. Mistrust introduces resistance and slows things down.  

Great luxury real estate marketing is actually great matchmaking because, when you find clients who are the right matches, selling becomes irrelevant.  If you find yourself selling, you are trying too hard to convince someone with dissimilar values that they should forego their own values (or buy something they actually do not need or want). It is like trying to pound a round peg in a square hole.  It is stressful to you and the client.

Essentially, if you feel you have to resort to selling, you need to step back, shift your mindset and re-examine your marketing. At some point you have convinced yourself that there is a scarcity of clients who are a match to your values and personality. That is ALWAYS an erroneous assumption, even though it appears to be the case from a scarcity-based mindset.  Shifting to an abundance-based mindset, you suddenly discover an abundance of clients who are looking for you as ardently as you are looking for them because you have the potential to be a perfect fit.

A marketing mindset is an abundance-based mindset. A selling mindset is your clue that you have slipped into a scarcity-based mindset. Stay tuned for part two of this article series to discover how shifting your focus from a selling mindset to a marketing mindset can make all the difference in the world to the bottom line of your luxury real estate marketing practice.

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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Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: Celebrate the Luxury of Diversity

America is known at the melting pot where different cultures live and work together. As a luxury real estate marketing professional it is paramount that you understand and appreciate the nature of your clients’ backgrounds, including their countries of origins, their cultures and the holidays they celebrate.  This is a great time of the year to celebrate the luxury of diversity!

Springtime is a time for holiday and religious observations. Here are some of the holidays to be aware of this time of the year:

The month of March ends with the observance of the Christian celebration of Easter.  In some countries (Central, and South American} the whole week prior to Easter Sunday is known as Santa Semana (the holy week). Many observe the holiday during the entire week by not working and going to church. 

Nowruz, the Persian New Year begins on March 31st.  Nowruz is celebrated by the people of Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Kashmir, Azerbaijan, the Kurdistan regions of Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Armenia, Syria and Georgia.

The  Jewish Passover began on the 26th and will be observed through April 2nd.  The Bahá'í Faith celebrates Ridvan (a twelve day period from April 21-May 2), signifying when Bahá'u'lláh proclaimed His Mission as God's Messenger for this age at a garden in Baghdad, which became known as the Garden of Ridván (Paradise).

This year, the Christian Orthodox faith celebrates its Easter on May 5th, as they follow the Julian calendar, instead of the universal Gregorian calendar.  One of the reasons the Christian Orthodox celebrate Easter according to the Julian calendar is that Christ died after celebrating Passover, so it makes sense that their Easter would follow after that.

In our commercial real estate practice, we had clients of all faiths and cultures.  They were always delighted that we knew their holidays.  We were often invited to celebrate with them, learn their beliefs and taste their celebratory foods.  Personally, (Alexandra here), I had the luxury of celebrating 2 Easters as my mother was Roman Catholic and my father was Greek Orthodox, and the same was true of Christmas.  Ron and I also celebrated Passover with Jewish friends, and Nowruz with Iranian clients.

We wish everyone of every faith and culture a very happy celebration during this wonderful time of year.  Celebrate the luxury of diversity!

* The illustration above is known at the diversity tree of love.

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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Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: Define Your POV (Point of View) Part 2

In part 1 of this article series, we discussed the importance of having a Point of View (POV) as a journalist via the media of your blog.  This is essential if you want to engage online readers and build a loyal audience of raving fans who are interested in what you are writing about, and are inspired to refer you, list with you, and buy from you. 

Your goal is to engage the attention of your target audience.  Put yourself in the shoes of your audience. Think of all the online marketing that is vying for their attention.   Your audience is actually voting with their attention.  Why should they vote for you?

People give their attention to people and things that resonates with their values and with their personality.  That is why it is so important to have a distinct Point of View that amplifies your values and your personality. With a distinct POV that is clearly articulated your target audience will be able to discover that you are attention-worthy, faster.  With all of the competition for attention, this is now an imperative.

If you are a fan of seafood as we are, you have many choices as to where you buy your fish and shellfish. Every major supermarket chain has a seafood section and also sells frozen fish. 

Here in Santa Barbara, we are very fortunate to have local fisherman who sell their catch of the day at the harbor and also at our local Farmers Market (when conditions are favorable).   We also have a spectacular wholesale seafood distributor, Kanaloa, which sells local and imported seafood to restaurants and markets all over the country.

The quality and variety of Kanaloa’s fish is unparalleled in California.  Lucky for us they are open to the public as well.  But, what is their POV as a company?  Here is their mission statement that thoroughly resonates with us making them worthy of our attention, our customer loyalty and rave reviews: 

“Doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, in the right place, for the right individual, for the right reason, with the right feeling…every time.”

Many luxury real estate marketing professionals and companies strive for excellence. But, few attain it consistently. Let Kanaloa be an inspiration to you. It certainly has inspired us.

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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Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: Define Your POV (Point of View)

James Dean, 1955 movie, Rebel Without a Cause*

The world of professional journalism and the media in general are two subjects that are mostly unfamiliar to luxury real estate marketing professionals.  Yet, to fully engage in and leverage the amazing marketing benefits of social media you need to know at least two fundamentals:

  1. Social media is really not all that different from traditional media such as radio, newspapers, magazines and TV
  2. Without a distinct “Point of View (POV)” you are dead in the water before you even begin

A media is just a vehicle through which you can deliver content of interest that is compelling to your target market.  What is bewildering to those engaged in marketing luxury real estate is the concept of building an audience of raving fans. Suddenly, this has become part of your job description if you want to leverage social media to the fullest!  Making the time to do this on top of your normal business routine, however, can give you a spectacular competitive advantage because you will stand out from the crowd. 

If you just consider the importance of one word, “SHARE”, you will understand the primary added value that social media has brought about and where its opportunity truly is.  When you publish genuine, original and compelling content, the very mechanics of social media can facilitate the process of putting word-of-mouth advertising on steroids for you. 

But, you might as well abandon the idea of becoming a publisher of content if your content is not original. More importantly, if you do not have a distinct and consistent POV, no one will pay attention to you over time and no one will share your content with others.

Take a look at The Food Networks’ hit reality show, The Next Food Star where the winner is awarded his or her own series on the Food Network.On the show, they strongly encourage the contestants to articulate their POV so they can build a fan base who eventually will vote for them.

The winner of season two was Guy Fieri who went on to star in Dinners, Drive-Ins and Dives that now seems to be ubiquitous on the Network.  With a hip, rugged, down-to-earth personality he connects mightily with his target market as he showcases the best comfort food eateries in the country.  With his wild, spiked dyed white hair and pierced body parts, Guy has a very distinct POV. He also has a BBQ sauce (and other ancillary products) that is sold in markets throughout the USA.

Last season’s winner was Jason Wamer.  He defined his POV as "Rebel With a Culinary Cause".  Iron Chef, Bobby Flay, stated, “Jason’s zany ideas and quirkiness will ad a unique value to the Food Network”.  And, Giada De Laurentis, said, “Jason really knows who he is”.

As a luxury real estate marketing professional, have you defined your own POV (Point of View)?  This is one of the keys to developing your personal brand, which is exactly what we help our clients to do.

*The photo of James Dean is from the film "Giant"

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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Cordillera Ranch, Texas: An Unparalleled Lifestyle

Discover Cordillera Ranch—an exclusive community that redefines the phrase “luxury living.”  Nestled among the rolling hills and picturesque landscape of the Texas Hill Country and the Guadalupe River valley, this premier master-planned community offers a lifestyle unrivaled anywhere in Texas—or the Southwest for that matter.

A unique resort-style refuge, Cordillera Ranch allows you and your family to enjoy every day as if on vacation at a world-class resort.  Beyond the private gates, 8700 sprawling acres of majestic beauty become your playground. Stroll through hundreds of acres of community parks and trails. Enjoy a vast array of amenities including seven spectacular clubs featuring a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Satisfy your adventurous urges with an abundance of outdoor Hill Country activities like kayaking, sporting clays, equestrian, tennis or swimming.  Refresh with a relaxing massage or facial.  Toast famous Texas sunsets with your favorite wine and regionally inspired dishes.  Whatever your preference, no two days here ever have to be the same.

Located just outside San Antonio and Boerne, Cordillera Ranch is within minutes of Boerne's top ranked schools, chic boutiques, quaint restaurants and small town USA Main Street.  It’s also just minutes from far NW San Antonio's world class medical center, transportation, shopping, dining, hotels, and amusement that abound at The Shops of La Cantera; Eilan and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

 Another benefit of Cordillera Ranch’s locale is the tax benefits property owners can enjoy.   With lower taxes than big city counterparts like San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Dallas-Ft. Worth, buyers can afford more home for their dollar.   These tax benefits, combined with historical interest rates and low construction costs are producing unprecedented building activity at Cordillera Ranch.  

A casually elegant lifestyle full of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and natural serenity are yours to discover in Cordillera Ranch. See the world-class amenities, great value and unparalleled lifestyle delivered by this Texas Hill Country treasure.


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Two Story Tower Suite Penthouse in Las Vegas, Nevada

Welcome to this Magnificent Two Story Tower Suite; The Crown Atop Turnberry Place in Las Vegas. NV. Rarely Will You Find a 6,500 Square Foot Penthouse with The Most Opulent Custom Finishes From the Custom Hand-Woven Designer Carpeting to the Detailed Hand Crafted Ceiling Finishes. The Moment you Step Off Your Own Private Elevator, You are Transitioned Into a Timeless Foyer which Leads to the Main Level that Offers Sophisticated and Spectacular Full Strip Views. Every Inch of this Unique Penthouse was Immaculately Designed by Roy Sklarin of Beverly Hills with Over 2 Million Dollars Worth of Custom Carved Furnishings Created by Famed Designer Phyllis Morris of Beverly Hills as well.  State of the Art Crestron and Lutron Control Systems are in Place to Provide You with Easy Home Management. These Controls Afford You the Luxury of Internet Access to Be in Command of The Climate, Lighting, Cameras and Curtains From Anywhere in the World You May Be. The Main Level Includes a Fully Appointed Gourmet Kitchen, a Formal Dining Room, a Grand Entertaining Room, a Spacious Guest Suite and a Master Wing with Separate His & Hers Bathrooms and Walk-in Closets. Meander to the Unparalleled Observation Deck Offering Over 2,500 Square Feet of Outdoor Living Space with a Private Pool, Spa & Double Sided Fireplace. This Spectacular Lifestyle In The Sky is Second to None. Interested buyers can contact Luxe Estates Collection at 702-684-6100.


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Las Vegas, Nevada: The Hot New Real Estate Market

It has been said that “as California goes so goes the nation”.   So it comes as no surprise that the Bell Weather State has identified Las Vegas as the hot new real estate market. 

"Californians are gobbling up the Las Vegas luxury real estate market," says Lee Medick, luxury real estate specialist and partner in Luxe Estates Collection.  "They know the deals are here" Lee stated.

As evidence, in the first three weeks of January, Medick’s Brokerage has put $19 million in escrow for Vegas luxury homes with each transaction being a cash buyer from California.

Lee is quick to point out the unmatched advantages of the Las Vegas market including; “no personal income tax, low property taxes (1% of the purchase price) and a state with a very low cost of living” Medick continued “Las Vegas simply delivers more bang for the buck than any other large city”.

That “bang” includes the excitement of world class entertainment, casinos, fine dining, and a surprising sophistication for the arts and culture.  Las Vegas has become an increasingly attractive place to live, with a renovated downtown, cultural activates, world-class shopping, recognized college-prep schools, and a climate that beckons outdoor activities.

"There'll always be a mystique to Las Vegas," says Medick, but as casinos have become increasingly popular outside this gambler's Mecca, the city was quick to diversify by offering both corporate incentives and affordable rewarding lifestyles to employees resulting in the relocation of non-gaming companies as PepsiCo and Zappos .

Lee also commented “thanks to former mayor Oscar Goodman, the  original downtown has been superbly renovated with beautiful malls, a hip arts district, and the Smith Center , a world class performing arts venue offering ballet, plays, and concerts. " 

Other than "three months of hot," which Medick admits to with a laugh, the climate is delightful; cooler in the evenings, warm during the day." Perfect for sports enthusiasts who enjoy excellent golf and tennis and beautiful outdoor swimming pools.

For home buyers: "Prices are the lowest they've been in the past ten years," she says, adding, "Homes in the $50,000 to $300,000 range? They're just gone; selling in six days, on average, with multiple offers."


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Pawley Island, South Carolina

There is something magical about living in one of America’s oldest resort towns where, on the island itself, there’s no commercial activity other than a couple of charming oceanfront inns, heritage and culture are rich, and the population is diverse.

“The appeal of the natural beauty of the sea, inlets, creeks, rivers, century old moss draped Live Oak trees, historic plantations, challenging golf courses, fine dining and specialty shopping create a coveted lifestyle for the islanders as well as those residing across the creek on the mainland area of Pawleys!” says Laura Cole, Marketing Director of The Lachicotte Company, a 20-year successful real estate and vacation/long-term rental company on Pawleys Island, South Carolina. The list of desirable amenities that Pawleys Island offers residents and visitors goes on and on.

Often described as “arrogantly shabby,” Pawleys Island offers a casual and simplistic lifestyle that appeals to its most diverse population of generational residents, college students, small families and retirees. The distinct culture provides a warm sense of community that is unique, and many visitors find themselves moving to Pawleys Island permanently, or at the very least seasonally. Real estate properties in the area range from $150,000 for a charming cottage to $3.5 million for luxury, custom-built homes.

“From a financial perspective, Pawleys Island is desirable because of the scarcity of property that can ever be developed in our small unique community,” says Cole. One of the most magnificent properties currently on the market is at 62 Sandy Ridge Loop. A 9,900-square-foot (6,000 heated square feet) home with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 en-suite bathrooms, this waterfront property is located on over one acre with direct views of the Intracoastal Waterway and offers access to Litchfield By The Sea’s private beach.


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Posted by: Nicole Lauber
Posted on: 3/21/2013 at 1:21 PM
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