The Casa Castello

 

If a beautiful home is your idea of the ultimate luxury then the Castello Pacifico is the residence for you. It is located in the beautiful country of Costa Rica in the Guanacaste province. This home is the epitome of luxury. It's perched on a Costa Rican hillside facing south so that the breathtaking Costa Rican sunsets can be seen from the edge of its jaw dropping infinity pool. This waterfront property is a 12,900 sq. ft. mansion sits that on a 1.25 acre site, allowing the resident to take advantage of 360 degrees of secluded beauty and it is listed at a $10,900,000 selling price. The sheer amount of space encompassed inside this residence makes it ideal for entertaining. However, it houses several private family living spaces along with a grand master bedroom suite. What house would be complete without a fitness spa and sundeck? Luckily the Castello has both, and is also equipped with beach access. It's stunning courtyard gives it the appearance of a five star resort, while its spacious living spaces allow the resident to feel at home. It comes equipped with Sub-Zero kitchen appliances as well as a state of the art security system complete with surveillance cameras.  The pool area houses its own bar as well as spacious outdoor dining deck. With a view like that who wouldn’t want to enjoy dinner and a glass of wine outside? The wrought iron gate that sits at the end of the driveway opens into the lavish grand central courtyard, a welcoming view to residents and guests alike. With all these impressive attributes it can be easy to forget that the location itself is spectacular. World class surfing, sport fishing, and beaches make it more than desirable. But with a house like that why would you ever want to leave? For more information on this house visit the Costa Rica Million Dollar Homes website. Its breathtaking views and purely luxurious interior make it the ultimate island mansion.

 

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Posted on: 5/16/2013 at 2:29 PM
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Bayside Villa in Longboat Key, Florida

Imagine yourself in an 18th-century Villa in the middle of Tuscany. Welcome to Bayside Villa, a walled gated estate on just under one acre overlooking Sarasota Bay. As you enter the front gate you see the main house with the antique fountain centerpiece. There is a fabulous custom kitchen and also an outdoor kitchen by the large pool on the bay. There are grand living and family rooms, private library/study, master suite with sitting area and two guest rooms. A separate cabana with two dressing areas and rom to house four cars. The automobile enthusiast will be amazed by the 10-car garage. Deeded beach access directly across Gulf of Mexico Drive and minutes away from shopping and dining on St. Armands Circle. Offered at $5.5 million. Interested buyers can contact Leslie Sharp at 941-685-2229.


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Posted on: 4/30/2013 at 9:34 AM
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Destination: Naples, Florida

Naples, says Bill Earls, is a garden spot.

Not in the sense of jasmine and swaying palms, though the city on Gulf coast is abundantly floriferous; it's simply idyllic. A place, says the realtor, "where people who are financially successful decide they want to live, not ask “where do I have to live."

Like Carmel, Aspen, Scottsdale, "Absolutely pristine - a safe and easy life," he says. “A real escape."

The top broker/director at John R. Wood Realty for twenty-three years, Earls sells around $150 million a year. He knows this market very well.

Naples, he says, "attracts powerful people: CEOs, CFOs, entrepreneurs. Many fly in and out, running their businesses on the go. On any given day at our municipal airport the private jets are stacked like cordwood."

Most come for the winter season, when the days and nights are balmy, with little rain. "The only truly subtropical climate in the U.S. is Naples to Palm Beach and south," he says. "And Miami and Palm Beach don't have the features of Naples."

People like its small town character, he says, and "the lowest tax rate in the state of Florida."

"Is there another place in the country with as many gourmet restaurants?" he wonders aloud. "They exist to cater to the type of people who dine out every night and expect the best."

Those who might never ignite the Viking ranges in their half-million dollar kitchens.

Of course there's spectacular golf, he says, and pristine beaches without "t-shirt shops, little coconut bars, and rock bands." Along the waterfront are several five star hotels, private homes and intimately scaled condos, many with docks.

Quietly exclusive. A garden spot.

"Even after 30 years," he says, "when I travel and come home to Naples, I have a new appreciation for this city."


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Posted on: 4/29/2013 at 9:30 AM
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7925 Manasota Key

This property has all the essentials for a good time including: dock with lift, 2 jet ski lifts, private beach on the bay, deeded beach easement directly across street, Swiss Family Robinson Tree House for adults and kids, professional audio and visual system that includes – 12 Zones and 26 high quality speakers with 8 flat screen televisions and a movie theater.  The home has a fantastic floor plan with a kitchen/family room combination, giant bonus room with windows galore, office with hardwood floors, separate dining room, master bedroom on main floor with 3 additional bedrooms and 4 full baths.  The family, master bedroom, and bonus room have direct views of the disappearing negative edge pool and the Intra-Coastal.  The home sits on 1.5 lots so you could easily add on living space or more garages.  The property is 176 feet wide which is very unusual along with acres of submerged land.  This home demands a new owner to continue the Good Times! Interested buyers can contact Tom Wagner at 941-685-5890.


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6090 Manasota Key

If you are seeking a home built like a fortress with loads of living directly on the gulf, do not miss this.  The home has been constructed on 51 concrete pilings and is extremely solid from the interior to the exterior with minimal maintenance in mind.  The main living floor encompasses   four bedrooms and four full baths with 4,885 square feet.  There is additional living under A/C which could be used for guests, in-laws, movie theater, rec-room, fitness equipment, storage or just about anything.  Total A/C square footage is approximately 7,000 sq. ft.    This house is top-quality with granite, high-end appliances, custom millwork, travertine floors, lightning protection, elevator, Pella windows and doors, electric hurricane shutters, epay wood constructed decks and much more.  The lower level garage area can accommodate five or six automobiles which is perfect for car collectors.   The home is perfectly positioned on the lot to assure privacy from the road and still have a gulf side pool if desired.  The entire property is fenced with an electric gate at the driveway entrance which includes video monitoring equipment.  The average yearly electric bill is under $300.00 which proves superior construction for a home of this magnitude. Interested buyers can contact Tom Wagner at 941-685-5890 for more information.


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Posted on: 4/28/2013 at 9:15 AM
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Gated Mansion on the Famous Grounds of the Boca Hotel and Resort

The grandest most incredible lakefront and golf course gated mansion on the famous grounds of the Boca Hotel and Resort! On the exclusive grounds of this famous hotel in the gated enclave of Mizner Lake Estates. Incredible pool and spa, huge patio space, summer kitchen, whole house generator, hurricane impact glass. This one-of-a-kind gated mansion is on the largest lot with a resort feel of lush landscaping, high ceilings throughout, enormous closet space, the most spectacular master suite one can imagine with the largest closets all custom and fitted! Elevator, fireplace, custom library, 65K generator and open floor plan! Turnkey if desired. Have all the amenities at your doorstep including room service from the Boca Hotel and Resort! Price upon request. Interested buyers can contact Ari Albinder at 561-702-0413.


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Enjoy A Vacation Lifestyle Every Day in Naples and Marco Island

Michelle Thomas, of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, has had the pleasure of working and living in South Florida for 20 years.  As an expert in waterfront, luxury real estate, she is very familiar with the Naples and Marco Island market, and has been practicing real estate there since 2000. Offering sunshine, sugar-sand beaches, and countless options for outdoor activities, Naples and Marco Island provide sophisticated living year-round.

Naples and Marco Island host any number of ways to enjoy an active lifestyle. Whether you prefer boating, biking, running, tennis, golf or just soaking up the plentiful sunshine, this area is ideal for those who appreciate the outdoors. Even for those who are not the outdoors type, these unique communities offer cosmopolitan amenities in an oasis-like, tropical setting. From world-class dining to cultural activities-like art galleries, an opera house, and a professional performing venue - the area has a variety of artistic outlets to keep both visitors and permanent residents entertained.

Just one stroll down Naples’ famous Fifth Avenue South, their downtown district, says it all. Independent boutiques line the street offering the latest in fashion.  Alfresco dining under the starlit skies, at one of the many sidewalk cafés, makes for a romantic evening out.  Live entertainment, art galleries and outdoor events are as plentiful as our sunshine.

The real estate market in the area is also particularly strong, with a wide variety of properties available. Whether your interests are in a country club property or a beachfront condominium, Naples and Marco Island have an array of home styles to fit your needs.

“Sales are up and builders are starting to build brand new homes and communities,” says Michelle Thomas. “It is very exciting and fun to be working in the Naples and Marco Island real estate market.” 

It’s with this passion for real estate that drives Michelle to help each and every client find the right property in South Florida. Serving a diverse clientele from both domestic and international locations, from first time buyers to property veterans, Michelle Thomas works closely with buyers to help them find their piece of paradise in Naples and Marco Island.


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Live Large in Boca Raton, Florida

Nestled on the southeastern coast of the Sunshine State is a beautiful, pristine community engulfed by sun-kissed, white sandy beaches, stunning outdoor parks and luxury real estate. Every square mile of Boca Raton, Fla. is extravagant, from the town center to the Boca Raton Hotel to Atlantic Avenue on Delray Beach to the outdoor concert theatre.

In weather that you can enjoy year round, residents and visitors of Boca Raton can indulge themselves in activities like sail boating, fishing and sunbathing in uninterrupted sunshine. Many people in the Boca Raton area also enjoy sauntering through elite luxury shopping malls and delight in world class dining experiences at premier restaurants.

The luxury real estate market in Boca Raton is rising, according to Mizner Grande real estate broker Ari Albinder, who has 20 years of specialty experience with luxury real estate. “People are seeking sleek, modern, lighter Mediterranean, contemporary Bermuda-style Florida homes,” says Albinder. “They’re looking to make an investment in an asset that they can enjoy and experience.”

If you choose to invest in property in the Boca Raton area, then you are someone who has a love for the finer qualities of life; someone who chooses to live large… and we ask, is there any other way?

One of the most exceptional properties on the Boca Raton market by Mizner Grande Realty is at 978 Fern Drive in Delray Beach, Fla. This unique three-story gated estate is on a double southeast point lot and 215-feet of waterfront with approximately 10,000-square-feet under air. On the main floor you will find a gourmet custom kitchen with wet bar and next to it an open dining area with a walk-in wine room. There are six bedroom suites, seven full baths and 3 half baths. A beautiful sitting loft is found outside the master suite and the library has an incredible view of the Intracoastal Waterway. An elevator takes you to the third floor, which is approximately 1,100-square-feet complete with bar area and outdoor patio. Conveniently located outside the main kitchen is the outdoor summer kitchen, which is accompanied by a resort-style custom heated beach pool with a large overspill spa. This jaw dropping South Florida home is one-of-a-kind, offered furnished.


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Manasota Key, Florida

“One of the greatest aspects of owning property in Florida is that it is an investment with assets you can enjoy,” says Tom Wagner, REMAX Alliance Group real estate agent in Manasota Key, Fla.

Conveniently park you private jet 6 miles from Manasota Key or fly into the Sarasota or Southwest Regional Airports, both less than an hour away, and enjoy free ocean access and water activities such as boating, paddle boarding and fishing. Explore the 35-mile stretch of pristine beach, and if you venture out to the exclusive Manasota Key, you can hunt for prehistoric shark teeth and fossils. Culture in the area is abundant. The art community is thriving and active, hosting art shows and music festivals. Residents can also enjoy luxury automobile shows in addition to fine dining and shopping experiences.

It is currently the perfect time to buy in the Florida real estate market, and where better to buy than a location like Manasota Key, where the natural environment is bountiful and the area is not people polluted. “Manasota Key is an overgrown tropical oasis,” says Wagner. “People who can settle anywhere in the world choose to settle here for the privacy, exclusivity and tropical environment It is the optimal escape from the stress of the usual daily grind.” The market has picked up quite a bit, and a large majority of people are looking and buying. Florida is especially appealing for luxury homeowners because there is no state income tax.

A premiere listing of Wagner’s is at 6310 Manasota Key Road. This exquisite home is tucked away into its own private Gulf-to-Bay oasis. “This home exudes the popular trend of casual elegance that many home buyers are looking for these days,” says Wagner. The main house and guesthouse have 7,444-square-feet under A/C and 10,486-square-feet under roof and private balconies and patios. The 6-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom main house is highly fitted with custom millwork, marble floors, stonework, custom cabinetry, multiple wood burning fireplaces and chandeliers from the original “Sands Casino” in Las Vegas. An in-ground pool is situated between the house and gulf and surrounded by hundreds of trees, wild bromeliads, ferns, wild coffee and exotic vegetation. The entire property is walled, gated and fenced far from the road, with a front row view of the Gulf of Mexico and Florida’s brilliant sunsets.


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Posted on: 4/25/2013 at 8:53 AM
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True Beach Elegance in Naples, Florida

The sun shines year round in this tropical oasis that some of us are fortunate enough to call home. For many reasons, Florida is one of the most desirable destinations for vacation and residency. It could be because there is no income tax, capital gains tax or inheritance tax, but we see those as supporting factors. First and foremost, people flock to Florida for the pristine water (and, coincidentally, water activities), the consistent, subtropical climate, and the plethora of fine dining, shopping and cultural experiences.

Luxury amenities meet a casual lifestyle in the Naples, Fla. area. Multistory, beach and bay homes are most popular on today’s market. These homes are luxury-amenity oriented and reflect a casual beach elegance look, staying true to the island feel. “The Naples/Barefoot Beach/Bonita Springs area is a unique luxury beach front region that includes some of the most concentrated wealth in America,” says Barry C. DeNicola, founder of Barry DeNicola Realty, Inc.

As one of the most alluring areas in Florida, Naples is within close proximity to an abundance of preservation areas such as Lover’s Key, Estero Bay and Koreshan State Park. Naples also has a renowned art scene, including the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and a variety of art galleries and museums.

One of the most breathtaking real estate properties on the market today is DeNicola’s property at 110 Hispaniola Lane on Barefoot Beach. This beautiful 3-story, 5-bedroom, 7-bath home is located on a direct beachfront lot and includes half of the adjoining lots. The completely renovated home has stunning panoramic gulf views from Sanibel to Naples as well as a breathtaking beach garden and pool. This gorgeous property features stucco exterior, electric shutters, beachfront decks, tile roof, private elevator, and a media and entertainment room overlooking the Gulf. It is also one of only three homes with a private walkway to the beach.


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Posted on: 4/24/2013 at 7:57 AM
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Scenic South Florida

South Florida is blessed with scenic beauty and beautiful weather, making it a sought-after place to live for people around the world. The allure of beautiful beaches and a relaxed lifestyle helped earn this part of Florida its reputation as a desirable locale. “People flock here from all over the world,” says Cathy Prenner, broker with Campbell and Rosemurgy Real Estate in Pompano Beach. “They come here when they are tired of the cold.” Prenner and her husband Jack specialize in selling real estate in the South Florida communities of Lighthouse Point, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale.

The area’s intricate canal system, combined with the Intracoastal Waterway, make this a wonderful area to purchase waterfront properties. “There is still good value for waterfront homes here, but the inventory is going quickly,” Prenner says. “Pricing like this won’t last long.”

Generations of families have called this area home with good reason. Close knit communities coupled with shopping and fine dining give people everything they need. Proximity to both Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport make getting to any place in the world effortless. An added bonus is easy access from your boat to the ocean via the Hillsboro Inlet.

One of the area’s premier properties can be found at 2730 NE 44th Street in Lighthouse Point. “The home is situated on an oversized lot,” Prenner says. The 4,300-squre foot Mediterranean home has four bedrooms and can accommodate friends and family comfortably. Its soaring ceilings and marble floors are among the elegant attributes of this newly-renovated home.

Featuring 90 feet of waterfront on the South Grand Canal, the $1.495-million home has sweeping views of the wide canal and can accommodate a 90-foot yacht. A large open patio and pool area provide the perfect place for friends and family to enjoy the scenic beauty of life on the water.


The Williams-Addison House in Washington DC

The Williams-Addison House is sited on a three quarter acre lot and is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar restoration and renovation. Luxury modern amenities are being incorporated to refine a home already steeped in rich history. The restoration and design have been carefully planned to incorporate luxury modern amenities while ensuring the property remains one of Georgetown’s historic and grand estates for years to come. One of Washington’s great estates, The Williams-Addison House is on one of Georgetown’s largest privately owned lots. This Second Empire mansion was originally constructed c1815-1817. Properly designed to appeal to and impress its owner and guests, the renovation and restoration of this home will command a sense of true elegance by preserving and enhancing upon a historic past. interested buyers can contact Anthony Bozzi at 202-618-4530.


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Posted on: 4/22/2013 at 7:51 AM
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Grand Italian Villa with Views of the Pacific Ocean

This magnificent gated estate in California offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire over 5 acres of prime real estate on the ocean front. This grand villa offersapproximately 7,778 square feet living space on a 2-acre parcel with a long gated driveway and a large motor court, 6 bedrooms, library, formal entry with 20-foot ceiling, formal living, dining and family room. Large master bedroom with balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Large kitchen opens to family room and a breakfast nook. Custom appointments with wood floors and natural stone throughout. Large expansive landscaped grounds, with pool, private ampitheatre, spa and guest house. Estate has an additional 3.5 acres to build a new estate or have a completely new home. Interested buyers can contact Raju Chhabria at 888-611-9130.


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Posted on: 4/21/2013 at 7:46 AM
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Life in Palo Alto, California

Leave your busy life and enter the untroubled hills above Silicon Valley to the historic, yet beautifully restored, Rancho del Eliseo. Overlooking the Pacific, the main house offers 5,000 square feet of easy modern luxury embracing the rustic natural elements of the ranch. Wide glass doors and windows invite the outside in, with the sleek white tones and rich eco-friendly wood providing the perfect foil for meadow, forest, and ocean vistas. Local recreation is plentiful, from golf to beach, and wine tasting to mountain biking, but you need never leave the property’s 147 acres for fun, which include pool, spa, gardens, equestrian barns, bocce ball, Redwood forest, cottages and more. Although you will be completely secluded in Rancho del Eliseo’s natural privacy, it’s only minutes away from destination cities such as Palo Alto, San Francisco, and San Jose, so the Rancho can easily provide the perfect setting for family or corporate retreats. This breath-taking property is listed for $15,500,000 with Zane MacGregor & Co. Warning: viewings of www.ranchodeleliseo.com may cause dizzying desire.

Founded in 1985 by Stanford Research Institute (SRI) real estate consultant, Steve Pierce of Zane MacGregor & Company (ZMG) offers a multitude of real estate brokerage and advisory services. Located in downtown Palo Alto, the hub of Silicon Valley, ZMG serves clients on the San Francisco peninsula. ZMG brings the creativity of SRI to the brokerage industry through the formulation of new strategies for achieving client goals. Throwing out the all too common limitations of the one-agent-to-one-client dynamic, multi-disciplinary teams of agents at ZMG collaborate to provide clients with the greater depth of service and knowledge needed in a competitive market. Zane MacGregor’s high achieving clients expect outstanding results, and the agent teams of ZMG have perfected the art of delivering on their client’s exacting desires. Knowledge, professionalism, and creativity have led the agents of Zane MacGregor & Co. to the top of the real estate game. When Zane MacGregor & Co. comes to play, they play to win.


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Posted on: 4/20/2013 at 7:41 AM
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Featured Builder: J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT

 

J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT is a full service Construction/Development company.  Since its early founding J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT has taken on unique and diverse projects.  From hillside projects complete with cascading waterfalls, to indoor retractable batting cages for star Athletes, no project is too challenging for J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT. 

J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT strives to be The Preeminent Builders and by definition it is distinguished, unique and rare. What makes us a rarity in the industry is the level of attention we give each and every project.”  In addition to a full time Project Manager Joel personally visits each site weekly.

“I love to work hard and play hard.  I love to leave the jobsite at the end of a day and look at what was accomplished.  I surround myself with others that share my passion and love to create.”

J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT understands they represent clients who are some of the hardest working people, who expect the same level of dedication and passion that made them successful in their respective fields.  “They trust me and my team to deliver the home of their dreams and that is what we do.”

Quality and consistency are never compromised thanks to the matrix of policies, procedures, addendums, and checklists Joel has created over the past decade.  It is the foundation that keeps everything else in place; it is these checks and balances that give every one of his superintendents the ability to create the same level of quality that goes into every project and guarantees nothing but the highest level of luxury.

Joel described this beautifully by saying that it is the fine, miniscule details that set a builder apart from another. The mind sees a completed project for the right color palette, floor plan and ideal location; whereas the heart notices all the other details.

“Your heart tells you it’s right as it testifies that this house was meticulously designed, planned and executed with painstaking precision and accuracy, and that no detail was left to chance.  And when you bring the two together in harmony, the heart and the mind, this is where you’ll find another masterpiece of a J ANDREW DEVELOPMENT project.”


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