White Plains Luxury Home

Luxury Living in White Plains New York

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Los Angeles Luxury Home

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Number 2 on Mercer’s list of the top 10 most expensive cities to live in the United States is Los Angeles California. If I had a chance to live in California, I definitely would not live in Lose Angeles. I would go north to San Francisco, the Bay Area is just breath taking or up toward Tahoe in the mountains. I mean to me it’s a knock off of New York City. The only thing that they have is better weather, but when you tie in the smog, forest fires, mudslides, and oh ya earthquakes would rather deal with snow any day. If I had to live in Los Angeles I would make sure that my house reminded me of my New England roots. Looking at the several listings on duPONT REGISTRY I found my top pick for Los Angeles. The place I found is what I think of as a home. It is a welcoming, a house where Norman Rockwell would have painted his oh so famous Four Freedom series out of. Even though the house in located in Los Angeles the structure looks like it could be found on a tree lined street in Connecticut. It is a home where you would want to raise your family and there is enough room for it too. The house has 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, so no one will be fighting in the morning over how long their sibling is taking. The house has a perfect balance of elegancy and play. With a formal dining room fit for a Thanksgiving dinner and a breakfast nook for your morning cup of joe, a formal living room for an afternoon tea and a family room to play scrabble in. There is also a sun room, which I would make into my little reading area to melt into a juicy novel. Not only is the interior comfortable and relaxing, but the backyard is a great space as well. The backyard includes a luxury pool with waterfalls and Jacuzzi to loosen up, but it also is a great space to entertain. The backyard has plenty to room from the deck to patio to outside bar. The outside bar is so cool with a full outdoor cooking area. The view is great and you can see it from the master bedroom. For the listing price $1,795,000, this place is amazing.

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Charlotte, NC & Lake Norman Luxury Real Estate Market

The Craig R. LePage Realty Group has been serving Charlotte’s Luxury Real Estate market for years and is pleased to give you a quick tour around the area.The Charlotte, North Carolina Real Estate market has remained in the top 3 markets in the country throughout the hardest of times. Its solid economy, new construction and great geographic location make the Charlotte area one of the top places in the country for people to relocate. In fact, Huntersville, NC, a suburb of Charlotte, was just voted the "Number 2 Location in the Country" to relocate by Forbes Magazine. This is not surprising if you look at all the pluses the Charlotte area has to offer.

Charlotte has great weather year round. In addition the Charlotte area is 40 minutes from the Mountains, 3 hours from the Ocean, has two nearby beautiful Lakes and a fast growing clean city that offers great restaurants and plenty of entertainment for everyone. It is truly a great place to live. 

The Luxury Home market in the Charlotte has plenty to offer as well. There are well over 100 Luxury Home Communities in the Charlotte area that can be seen in detail on our website. Future residents will find Luxury Communities that offer Gated Entries, Waterfront Access, Golf Courses and even a number of Equestrian / Horse Friendly Communities.

Lake Norman, located about 20 minutes northwest of the city is one of the most popular places to live in the Charlotte area. Lake Norman is approximately 35 miles long and has over 520 miles of beautiful shoreline. Many of the Charlotte areas wealthy have chosen to live at the lake. There are two large Golf Course Communities on the lake and a number of other Luxury areas for residents to choose from.  Like most markets around the country, the Lake   Norman market has seen price reductions and inventory is being sold slowly. Waterfront home pricing starts in the $400’s and goes up into the $5 millions.

The Union County area located south of Charlotte is another very popular place for luxury living. The towns of Weddington, Waxhaw and Marvin offer many different luxury communities for residents to choose from.  Once an area known for farms and southern Estates, Union County now is a finely manicured Suburban area with beautiful homes, shopping centers and great schools.In addition to the Lake Norman area and the Union County area, many people choose to live in the outer limits of the city. As well as the many mansions that have been around for decades, there are a number of newer upscale communities and homes to choose from in this area.

Overall the Charlotte Luxury Real Estate market is doing better than most other markets. Current market statistics show 111 homes per month ($500k+) being sold in the Charlotte luxury market. A third of them are homes priced above $750k with and average sale price of $1.1 Million. In the last 30-60 days, there has been a limited increase in pricing due to the reduction of inventory.

The Charlotte North Carolina area has been nationally recognized by numerous publications in the past few years as one of the best places in the country to live. Many large corporations have also seen opportunity in Charlotte as well. In addition to being the 2nd largest Banking City in the U.S. and home to Bank of America, Wachovia and BB&T, Charlotte has caught the eye of many other corporations. Electrolux, Zenta Mortgage, GMAC and Premier Inc. are just a few that have moved their corporate headquarters to the area in recent months. Others include numerous NASCAR based companies, Lowes Home Improvement Corporate, Rubbermaid, Duke Energy, Ameritrust, Goodrich Corporation,   Presbyterian Healthcare and CMC Healthcare. This fabulous foundation of corporate business makes for a high demand in luxury real estate. Please look us up if you are planning a move to the Charlotte area.

Craig R. LePage

Craig R. LePage Realty Group 
Keller Williams Realty
Charlotte’s Luxury Home Specialist
Broker / Realtor

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New York City Luxury Apartment

Luxury Living in White Plains New York

Happy Monday! I’m back with Mercer and Forbes top 10 most expensive cities to live in the United States. Today I get to show you the 3rd most expensive city to live in White Plains New York. It was hard to pick my favorite luxury home in White Plains New York being that I know the area very well. Only growing up an hour away I understand how amazing the Westchester area is outside of New York City. My favorite luxury home listed on duPont REGISTRY is located actually right outside of White Plains in Chappaqua New York.  This luxury estate sits on 2 acres. The design doesn’t get much better since the house was built by its owners. This 4 bedroom, 4 bathrooms not only has 2 family rooms, but a sommelier’s dream… a personal wine cellar. Oh, what I would do to have my prized collection of bottles in my own cellar and not in some lounges locker.

The location of the home is the best part. The home is located right outside of New York City. You can drive in for an hour commute, take New Jersey Transit (within walking distance), sail in or take a water taxi, and even fly in for your commute from the Westchester Airport landing on a helipad on top of a skyscraper, the only way to travel if you ask me. The Westchester Airport is a hidden gem; it flies out to 10 major cities. Nice for commuting, but even better when you want to slip away for a long weekend. If your children are not out of the house yet this luxury home is near some of the best colleges in the country including NYU, Columbia, Yeshiva, Fordham, and Rutgers. Not only are the best colleges in the country only within an hour reach, but some of the country’s best prep schools to guarantee junior gets in. With New York City practically in your back yard you will be surrounded by culture. Only the best will you find in entertainment, dining, and live theatre. And don’t you deserve the best? This home is listed for 2.6 million.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Cities to Live in the United States: New York Number 1

Forbes recently did an article online about America’s most expensive places to live; it’s not just the cost of the homes that will shock you it is the cost of living. To determine the US cities where the luxury real estate is located, the London office of Mercer, an American human resources consulting company, earlier this year measured the prices of the same basket of goods in 252 of the world’s cities. The basket is composed of more then 200 products, representative of executive spending patterns and includes everything from rent for a luxury apartment to the cost of a cup of coffee. Did you have any idea that a cup of coffee in New York City, ranked numero uno on the list, is on average $3.75! I believe it, being a New York native I’ve paid it. Mercer chose a sampling in the United States to measure-the 10 most expensive cities of which are listed below. No shocker to me, but duPONT REGISTRY has listings in every one of these expensive cities. I have gone through and handpicked my dream luxury home in the top 10 most expensive cities.


New York Luxury Living: Best Place to Summer-Southampton

One of my favorite listing on duPONT REGISTRY has to be the luxurious Sanctuary Cottage in Southampton, New York. It is an amazing place to melt the stress of the city away. The property lies on 3.72 acres of pure beauty.  The tranquility that surrounds the home also flows inside. There are several spots to slip way to find your own peace around the property. By day you can soak up the sun near the freeform organic pool, catch an afternoon nap in the lush gardens having a hammock rock you to sleep, or read in the private gazebo hidden in the forest. Doing any of these 3 things will make you just forget that the big apple is only an hour and a half away.

In side of the Sanctuary Cottage is a minimalist’s bliss. The cottage of 4 bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms really centers on what you need when your away from New York City. The rooms are spacious with cathedral ceiling and offers natural light with wonderful skylights. The interior is cozy living space with a wood burning fireplace to keep warm on those cool Indian summer nights. If cooking is what keeps your mind at ease then this is definitely the place for you. The kitchen offers all state of the art appliances that a chef would need and ingredients that can make anyone’s cuisine compare to Emeril's.  You can grow your own herbs in your lush gardens or just go down the road and pick your own fresh veggies at the Seven Ponds Farm stand.  Once you are complete with the cooking part you can dine and entertain outside on the huge deck.  Come on doesn’t this house just scream cook out fun.  Be prepared to fall in love with this cottage and make this sanctuary your place to summer.  I mean it’s only 1.6 million that is a steal for the Hamptons. Check out more photos at duPONT REGISTRY homes site.

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2010 Luxury Real Estate Upcoming Events

Real estate agents do more than help people buy and sell houses. They search, research, inform, prepare, teach, listen, counsel, negotiate, bargain, act as lawyers and psychologist, and even provide parental security that only mothers can do for their clients. In today’s luxury market, people skill, communications and sales proficiency are not enough to succeed. A real estate agent who wants to excel must be ahead of the competition. It is imperative to improve your real estate expertise, update your targeting luxury market tools, and expand business opportunities. One way agents could accomplish progress is to attend many different conventions or shows provided by respectful real estate companies. Following is a list with 2010 upcoming real estate events including the ones duPont REGISTRY Fine Homes sales team will be attending.


2010 Luxury Real Estate Upcoming Events

5th Annual Luxury Real Estate International Conference

Rome, Italy.

January 20th -22nd

The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

Huntsville, AL

February 18th -19th

RE/MAX International

Orlando, FL

February 28th -March 5th

Prudential International

Austin, TX

March 7th -9th

Leading Real Estate Companies

Las Vegas, NV

March 7th -9th

The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

Miami, FL

April 22nd -23rd

NAR- National Association of Realtors

Lake Tahoe- Incline Village, Nevada

June 13th -15th

* duPont REGISTRY Fine Homes sales team will be attending.

Florida Waterfront Luxury Real Estate

Today we continue with Part three of our Luxury Waterfront Real Estate series, with Florida specifically Luxury Real Estate in Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami, Orlando (yes even Orlando has Waterfront Luxury Real Estate), and Sarasota.

Dynamically Diversified

The high-income demographics of South Florida may be the same, but along its coast is a diverse array of lifestyles.  Boca Raton as well as Palm Beach provide beautiful beaches in socially and culturally affluent settings recognized throughout the world. While Fort Lauderdale, known as the boating capital of the world, and Miami, famous for its jet-set nightlife, are both considered popular tourist destinations.

Niki Higgins of Seaside Properties Group in South Florida says, “Every realtor has had to restructure and rethink values in this brave new world.” Now with waterfront properties having bottomed out, it is a great time to buy. “I believe for a savvy buyer this is truly an exceptional time to buy,” Higgins says. “They’re able to get deals they haven’t been able to get in eight years.”

Boca Raton’s most prestigious and luxurious oceanfront condominium, The Excelsior, currently has one of its 27 residences on the market. This professionally decorated and fully furnished residence features 4,295 square feet, three bedrooms, and four and a half baths as well as almost 10,000 square feet of outdoor terrace space looking out breathtaking ocean and lake views. 

Centrally Desired

Orlando is the perfect place to live with excellent weather, shopping, and schools as well as being in close proximity to the beaches on both coasts and an international airport. The waterfront homes along the Butler Chain of Lakes in Southwest Orlando are the most desirable in all of Central Florida. And considering it is Central Florida, there are only so many waterfront luxury real estate properties available. Many of the properties are located in affluent subdivisions such as Isleworth, Lake Butler Sound, and Keene’s Pointe just to name a few. “The market is definitely showing signs of a forthcoming rebound, especially in the higher-end and lakefront property segments,” says Matt Tomaszewski of Premier Realty Partners.

Among the waterfront luxury real estate for sale along the lakeshores is a 16,920-square-foot, six bedroom, and eight-bathroom estate. The authentic Mediterranean-style home is situated on a private peninsula on Lake Down with more than 1,100 feet of water frontage and a private gate leading to the house. “It sits in the most private, most desirable piece of land in Central Florida and cannot be duplicated,” Tomaszewski says. This stunning estate features a two-story grand Marble foyer with a hand-painted rotunda ceiling and winding staircase, 5000-bottle wine cellar, travertine terraces around a heated pool with Roman balustrade lights and fountain, and a veranda with retractable motorized screens and gas fireplace.

The Finest and Whitest

Having the finest and whitest sand in the world is not Sarasota’s only claim to fame. It is also the cultural center of Florida with its own ballet and opera. “The only thing Sarasota does not have is crowds and snow,” says Candy Swick of Candy Swick and Company. “Sarasota is culturally diverse from Canadians, to Europeans, to mid Westerners.  Sarasota is the perfect place to sample the world in one place.”

The values, not only in Sarasota but all across Florida have adjusted substantially, and that makes waterfront properties outstanding values right now. Standing out in Swick’s mind is one home in particular at a great value—a 3,099-square-foot home boasting suite-style bedrooms, custom cabinetry, and travertine marble, as well as a pool and spa, deep-water dock, and four-car garage. “It’s very difficult to find a house with these finishes at this price,” Swick says. ”It’s a privileged lifestyle of sanctuary to have waterfront at your home.  It is part of the American dream with luxury real estate.”

Boca Raton Luxury Listings

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Fairfield County, Connecticut Waterfront Luxury

Part 2 of our Waterfront Luxury Real Estate Series - Connecticut

Connecticut’s Change of Pace

Only 45 minutes outside of Manhattan, Fairfield County, Connecticut, provides residents with a calming and laidback atmosphere not found within the city limits. With 85 percent of Fairfield County’s residents commuting into New York, it is the ideal location for those seeking a slower-paced lifestyle along the shore without losing the sophistication associated with Manhattan with it's secluded Waterfront Luxury Real Estate. Wonderful cultural opportunities, such as museums, theater, high-end restaurants and shopping, are all available for your enjoyment, says Melanie Smith of Prudential Connecticut Realty.

With more than 30 years experience in Fairfield County real estate, Smith says the property values, especially for waterfront homes, are not going to drop off like in other areas because it is a consistently higher-end area with sophisticated, successful people. “Waterfront is in a class of it’s own,” Smith says. “They’re holding their value more than other high, high-end properties.”

One of Smith’s more elaborate waterfront listings is a turn-of-the-century shingle-style house with deep moldings, beautiful landscaping, unbelievable construction quality, and unique architecture. This 11,100-square-foot, seven-bedroom, nine-and-a-half-bath home boasts a deep-water dock, tiered terraces and infinity pool overlooking Southport Harbor and onto Long Island Sound. When it comes to waterfront, there is limited availability, Smith says. “They’re not making it anymore.”

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Buying Luxury Waterfront Real Estate - Orange County

Today we'll begin a series on Luxury Waterfront Properties around the country. We'll show you what's happening in certain markets, and what is available.

Regardless of your opinion on where the market stands, one thing remains the same—waterfront is still waterfront. There is only so much of it to go around. Making it the top-of-the-line choice when it comes to buying property. The waterfront options might seem endless, choosing from the New England coast, across to the California cliffs, down to the Florida beaches, and back up to the Southern lakeshores, but the availability of such places is finite. For the first time in years, buyers are being handed deals on silver platters, and they are starting to take advantage of what’s being offered. The market is in the palm of your hand. All that’s left to do is figure out where to look.

The Real Deal

Commonly referred to as the O.C., Orange County is famous for its many oceanfront cities. Varying from the close-knit community of San Clemente to the low-key beach cottages of Laguna Beach to the extravagant estates of Newport Beach, each city offers different experiences and environments yet with one common thread—waterfront property.

“Waterfront homes’ prices finally adjusted so you can get some really good deals,” says Lee Ann Canaday of Canaday Group/ RE/MAX Fine Homes, owner of the RE/MAX franchise in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. “The deal is not just with the price but with lower tax bases too.”

Among one of the many of Canaday’s good deals is an 8,000-square-foot oceanfront estate with six bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths in San Clemente. Canaday says this property is unique because it is in a gate-guarded community, which is very rare anymore for oceanfront properties, and it has a pool and basement, which most oceanfront homes do not have either. Incredible two-story doors in the living room accentuate the home’s breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.

Residents of this amazing community oftentimes spend their day at the community beach, pool, or park partaking in tennis, volleyball, or surfing and then finishing the night off barbequing around the beach fire pits. “There can’t be a better place to live,” Canaday says. “It’s absolutely incredible.”

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The World's Largest Penthouse - Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Here is another duPont REGISTRY featured property - New oceanfront building features country's first all-glass design PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica. The real estate development firm Caspi International Inc. has begun pre-sales for a new 14-story oceanfront condominium tower in Costa Rica that sets a new standard for high-end real estate in Latin America. The $120 million Genesis Puntarenas, as it will be known, is Costa Rica`s first all-glass multifamily residential building. It will also be home to the world`s largest penthouse, a sprawling 68,459-square-foot, 3 level, 10-bedroom masterpiece with three stories of living space, a private helipad, swimming pool and tennis court.

The penthouse and the building`s 47 other living units are defined by their floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls and expansive private all-glass terraces, which will allow homeowners to incorporate the country`s lush landscape into their living space. Genesis Puntarenas offers investors the chance to capitalize on one of the hottest real estate markets in the world today - and the surge in `ecotourism`- by taking ownership in a truly groundbreaking residential building that is like no other in all of Costa Rica. The development of this luxurious and distinctively modern building is timed to coincide with a surge of development activity in Costa Rica. According to the U.S. Department of State, roughly 50,000 American citizens, including many retirees, now call Costa Rica home, and more than 700,000 American citizens visit Costa Rica annually.


Genesis Puntarenas is expected to be completed by mid 2010 and will be located in the Pacific Coast city of Puntarenas, about a half-hour drive from the capital city of San Jose via the region`s new six-lane toll road. Units are priced from $473,000 to $3.3 million and will showcase top-of-the line treatments including marble floors, quartz countertops and brand-name stainless steel appliances. Among other premium amenities, the property will offer residents a bi-level fitness center, an infinity pool with a swim-up bar, as well as an on-site restaurant, lounge, wine cellar, cigar parlor and business center. This property is listed by Robert Hurwitz from Hurwitz James Company.

duPont REGISTRY Featured Property- Foxburg, Pennsylvania

Nestled in the majestic Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania, the River Stone Estate provides a rare opportunity to acquire an impeccably restored mansion with state of the art amenities, stunning architecture and exquisite grounds. This extraordinary 1200 +/- acre riverfront property is located at the confluence of the Clarion and Allegheny Rivers in Foxburg, Pennsylvania. One of the largest privately owned estates in Pennsylvania, RiverStone is renowned for its breathtaking views and remarkable craftsmanship. With 26 stunning structures including extensive equestrian facilities, greenhouse, carriage house, aviary, additional residences and event center, the Estate provides a tranquil setting for a relaxing escape to the country. This prestigious property was first owned by the prominent Philadelphia Fox Family, descendants of George M. Fox the founder of the Quaker religion. Distinguished by the spectacular exterior and interior architectural elements, the Mansion was originally constructed in 1828, with a major addition in 1845, and the north wing erected in 1877, by the Fox Family. Arthur and Patricia Steffee undertook an extensive restoration and expansion of the mansion in 2000. The manor was magnificently crafted and features a distinctive tiger maple staircase, gourmet kitchen with breakfast room, a conservatory, master suite with terrace and grand view of the Allegheny River.


The house has 17 operational fireplaces, handicap accessible guest suite, two additional bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, library, music room, as well as an English Pub Style game room, bar, and wine cellar. In order to complete these architecturally astounding renovations, which included the construction of both a north and south pond, the foundation of the original structure was vastly improved. Complete with copper roof and downspouts, the mansion is a convergence of innovation and historic beauty. Magnificent year round living or simply for a weekend or summer getaway, this stunning Estate overlooks the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Allegheny and Clarion Rivers. The nearby Village of Foxburg, located just an hour and a half from both Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cleveland, Ohio, provides unlimited opportunities for entertainment, arts and travel. This charming town is home to the 9-hole Foxburg Country Club, recognized as the oldest continuously operated golf course in the United States. With spectacular views of the river, the Allegheny Grille and Foxburg Inn offer luxurious lodging and dining. Entertainment opportunities include touring and sampling the specialty wines of the Foxburg Wine Cellars, attending performances at the Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Performing Arts, or visiting the American Golf Hall of Fame. Some of the many recreational adventures in Foxburg and at the RiverStone Estate include hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, boating, horseback riding, Segway tours, and cross country skiing. This property is listed by Robert Smith from Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

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Mountain Luxury Real Estate


The mountains. Those two words evoke clean air, views, nature. It’s enough to make you utter “Ahh.” Or “Oh my,” as the price of getting back to nature may not be getting any less expensive. 

You see, for three consecutive months this year already, the number of existing homes sold has edged upward and dramatic price declines have started to fade, according to the National Association of Realtors. 

Add to that mix the fact that the typography of mountain areas tends to naturally limit development and the number of possible homesites. And less inventory generally means more price stability. 

So that mountain getaway, for example, in the Rockies or the Appala- chians you have been longing for may not be “on sale” much longer. 

Though, it is still a great time to be in the market for a mountain home. Plus if you plan on holding on to it to take advantage of the lifestyle, you can’t go wrong, really. Real estate is, after all, a practical investment you can live in and enjoy.

There are things you can do to make sure you get the most for your money when buying for your winter wonderland or mountaintop aerie, however. 

First, make a wish list and know what you want to spend. This will allow you to strategize, so if ski retreat with three bedrooms is what you’re looking for, you can narrow your search.

Next, arm yourself with experts: Choose a local Realtor and a local appraiser to help you navigate the residential market. They’re the team who can better discern the value of a property you’re interested in. And you’ll appreciate their market knowledge even more if the property is a short sale or foreclosure.

Plus remember this is a buyer’s market and you’re a buyer, so you have more inventory to choose from. So if something’s not quite right with one property, chances are there’s another one to charm you. 

Another thing to keep in mind is an open mind. Perhaps with slight modifications, such as upgrading to energy-efficient appliances a property can be your dream home and allow you to take advantage of tax credits for green remodeling.

And if money is you’re deciding factor, looking in less accessible areas or less popular resort areas can yield more home and amenities for your money.

Mountain Luxury Markets


Black Mountain

Lake Tahoe

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Crested Butte Luxury - High Meadow Ranch

The old saying that the “view from the top looks good” still holds true, especially if you are talking about the view from High Meadow Ranch. Situated on seventy-two acres of mountain meadow just outside of Crested Butte, Colorado, High Meadow Ranch has a spectacular serene setting consisting of mountains, valleys, and forest.  

“The home offers exceptional views of the area,” says John Stratman, broker with Mason & Morse Ranch Company in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. “It sits high in a meadow overlooking the Crested Butte Valley and surrounding mountains.” Located just minutes from the Crested Butte Mountain Resort, its prime location is perfect for both summer and winter recreational activities. 

Its breathtaking backdrop and unique location adds to the secluded feel of the home. The property borders the Gunnison National Forest, allowing direct access into the forest and, as Stratman says, “more area to roam.” Of course, this unparalleled location means that native wildlife sightings become a regular part of life.

Built by Copper Creek Homes and designed by architect Daniel J. Murphy, the $4,599,000 home’s exterior consists of native stone and reclaimed barn wood. Covered decks provide the perfect place to enjoy the home’s one-of-a-kind views.  

The interior of the home makes an almost seamless transition from the surrounding natural environment. Its 5,600 square feet of living space is graced with details such as massive overhead timber beams, reclaimed oak flooring, cherry cabinetry, and a stone hearth. 

“It has all of the amenities that you would expect to find in a high- quality mountain estate,” Stratman says. Its gourmet kitchen, wet bars, and dining areas open up to the large great room with its magnificent mountain views, making the home the perfect place for entertaining. A state-of-the-art media room adds to the festive ambience. The master bedroom is strategically located on the first floor, allowing for maximum privacy. 

High Meadow Ranch is listed by Stratman in cooperation with Red Lady Realty in Crested Butte. 

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Peachtree Luxury Real Estate Georgia

Those with only a passing knowledge of Georgia probably are most familiar with Atlanta and Savannah. But by limiting a home search to those well-known spots, prospective buyers could miss out on some unique venues around the state. After all, some of Georgia’s less-known areas, including Peachtree City and St. Simons Island, provide some remarkable residential options. 


Year-round resort living 

Peachtree City, for instance, delivers access to the jobs and cultural life of Atlanta. It’s situated less than one hour south of downtown. But, as Mike Robinson of RE/MAX Around Atlanta Results says, “Everyday, it feels like you’re coming home to a resort after work.” Robinson still sees properties selling and financing being offered, though he also acknowledges a softening and a slowing in the market. That means there are some attractive deals for buyers. “We didn’t enjoy those huge leaps in Peachtree City, so we also don’t get the huge hits when the market turns,” he observes. He’s been relying heavily on his appraisal knowledge and twenty-plus years in the real estate industry to help clients make wise, informed decisions. 


For buyers, one such decision could entail purchasing a 5,400-square-foot house in North Cove, an upscale enclave within Peachtree City whose neighborhood design emulates some of the elements and ambiance of historic Charleston, South Carolina. The property is being offered as a turnkey, meaning that the furnishings are included in the $3.95-million asking price. “The linens are on the beds, so someone really only needs to bring clothes and a toothbrush,” says Robinson. 

The property was custom-designed from top to bottom. The four-bedroom house includes an array of unusual touches, such as custom chandeliers in the front and back foyers, gold leaf highlights on the ceiling, Alder wood interior doors, and a hand-painted domed ceiling. Outside sits a full outdoor kitchen overlooking the pool and spa, and a separate two-story house can serve as a guest cottage or housing for a nanny or caretaker. A sunroom features views of Lake Kedron. Among the additional highlights of the home are an elevator, a custom closet with a built-in safe, and a posh master bathroom with limestone floors and stone sinks. “Everything in this house was designed and done to perfection,” observes Robinson. 


Beyond the confines of the house sits a larger community and its array of amenities. Peachtree City, itself, is actually a master-planned city spread across 15,000 acres. It’s known for its network of golf paths—more than ninety miles of them—that wind around the community through wooded areas, lakes, and green space. The series of paths means that residents can abandon their cars and get to school, work, and shopping via golf cart. The paths also serve the needs of bikers, runners, and in-line skaters. In addition, a membership to one of Peachtree City’s golf courses gives golfers access to a total of twenty-three courses. Additional recreational options include tennis, swimming, and boating. Such amenities are likely the reasons residents have the sense that they’re living in a year-round resort. 

Three times, a charm

Susan Hardwick has gotten used to people’s disbelief when they discover there are coastal areas of Georgia set on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s just the first of many happy surprises for those who visit St. Simons Island for the first time. Hardwick is a broker with Sea Palms Realty Company, St. Simons Island.

St. Simons Island is situated halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, and both cities are within about sixty miles. St. Simons is one of a trio of picturesque islands that includes Sea Island and Jekyll Island. “Our own airport and the proximity to Jacksonville make the island easily accessible for those who want to discover someplace different,” she says.  

And different the environment is. “We have live oaks, no billboards and it’s green year-round,” comments Hardwick. “Moreover, it’s quaint and steeped in the deepest of history.” Among its historic sites are the St. Simons Lighthouse and Fort Frederica, established in 1736. 

Hardwick observes that it usually requires a mere three visits to St. Simons before people take the leap to buy. That’s fine by her. The first two visits involve getting to know the place and becoming enamored. On the third visit, they stop by her real estate office. 

Typically people fall in love with the pristine nature, an ambiance of southern charm, and a vast array of recreation, including fishing, golfing, kayaking, and hiking. The island also delivers on the cultural front with artists, galleries, and theater space. Relative affordability is a further draw, and home prices in the luxury tier range from approximately $800,000 to over $2 million. 

One property is situated on a marsh, which, says Hardwick, “Changes colors with the season.” The $899,000 house, built in 2001, consists of two stories. One, a 2,200-square-foot main house, is perched high on the lot, and below is a five-car garage and two extremely large storage areas that make up approximately the same size as the main living area. According to Hardwick, such a vast amount of storage space is highly desirable. 

The focal point of the five-bedroom property is its forty-one-foot-long porch that offers sweeping views to Sea Island on one side and to sandy dunes and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Of equal beauty is a great room that connects to the grand porch, notes Hardwick. 

Another appealing aspect of the island is that the population includes a dynamic mix of residents, sixty percent of whom are full-timers. “We get a nice cross section of people from various professions, and it’s a nice melting pot.”  Moreover, the island is quite welcoming to new people. For instance, there are several active newcomers’ clubs and many residents have made lifelong friendships that stem from participation in such groups. 

St. Simons really provides an ideal escape from the chaos of conventional life. “If you like the big city but want a getaway, this island provides for that,” Hardwick comments. “You can enjoy the city and then find quiet on your island.” 


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