Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Today's Top Three Luxury Estates in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco 
and Seattle Listed For Sale

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                                   "A mansion is a large and stately dwelling"
The word mansion derives through Old French from the Latin word mansio "dwelling", an abstract noun derived from the verb manere "to dwell". The English word "manse" originally defined a property large enough for the parish priest to maintain himself, but a mansion is no longer self-sustaining in this way.  'Manor' comes from the same root—territorial holdings granted to a lord who would remain there—hence it is easy to see how the word 'Mansion' came to have its meaning.  Windsor Castle located in Berkshire, England is the largest mansion in the world with around 484,000 sq.ft 




Today's Top Three Mansions    

#1        27 Beverly Park Terrace, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 with 10 bedrooms, 15 baths and 20,612 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $30,000,000.



Behind gates and up a long private driveway in the guard-gated community of Beverly Park, lies this over-5 acre Traditional Estate surrounded by sprawling lawns and mature landscaping. Inside, a formal entryway boasts 40 ft ceilings, crown moldings and dual powder rooms. Retreat to a 2-story library or entertain guests in the grand formal dining and living rooms. With over 20,000 sf, the property features a Master with dual closets/baths plus 6 additional en suite bedrooms up. Downstairs, a guest room is separate from 2 staff rooms. A third level is a perfect bonus space for a playroom, gym, guest quarters, or storage. With canyon views and a ton of natural light, this home also features floor- to-ceiling french doors and timeless marbles and finishes. With an abundance of land this property also has a tennis court, mosaic pool and spa, plenty of outdoor entertainment space, custom playground, gazebo, park-like trails, and 2 separate garages with covered parking for 5+ cars.!!! 











#2     41 Popcorn Lane, Aspen, CO 81611 with 8 bedrooms, 12 baths, and 17,000 sq.ft. is back on the market now listed at $39,500,000 for main estate home and $10,000,000 additional for the guesthouse and caretaker unit.

41 Popcorn Ln, Aspen, CO 81611

There may be no finer property to grace the banks of the Roaring Fork River that combines the attributes and amenities of this exclusive compound. Thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted, the quality and style is undeniable. Combining an exquisite main house with a charming guest house and separate caretaker’s quarters, these three primary living areas meld to create an unrivaled gated riverside retreat on 10.5 acres. The main house is over 13,000 square feet and includes 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 3 half baths, and a 4 car garage. Combined with the 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath guest house with 2 car garage and 1 bedroom, 1 bath caretaker’s quarters there is a total of over 17,000 square feet of heated living space. Start every morning and end every night with the calming waters of the Roaring Fork running through the heart of the property. With enticing outdoor spaces, unobstructed Indy Pass views and river access literally outside the door, one is hard pressed to find a more engaging environment in which to live the mountain lifestyle. Built by Brikor Construction and designed by Chabon Architects from New York City, the unique and appropriate architectural details mimic the mountain setting - natural settlers stone, wire-brushed Douglas fir siding, slate roof – all complement the natural color and visual texture of the upper valley. Opulent finishes of blue Bahia granite, reclaimed Belgian Black stone flooring, and rift-oak paneling and cabinetry combine with an attentive and deliberate floor plan, grand entry with sweeping staircase, incredible living room with floor to ceiling windows to capture unrivaled views, chef’s kitchen and butler’s pantry with walk-in wine room, exquisite formal dining room, media room, and classic antique treasures collected worldwide specifically for their placement in this rare Aspen gem.

41 Popcorn Ln, Aspen, CO 81611
                            
41 Popcorn Ln, Aspen, CO 81611

41 Popcorn Ln, Aspen, CO 81611

41 Popcorn Ln, Aspen, CO 81611

41 Popcorn Ln, Aspen, CO 81611

41 Popcorn Ln, Aspen, CO 81611

41 Popcorn Ln, Aspen, CO 81611

41 Popcorn Ln, Aspen, CO 81611

41 Popcorn Ln, Aspen, CO 81611





An extraordinary expression of boundless creativity, passion and a master's touch of timeless style. Gracefully set on the legendary grounds of the former Mon Reve Estate with more than 470' of frontage on Carolwood Drive - one of the most prestigious addresses in the world, home to Hollywood royalty for decades. Immersed in nature, the magnificent setting includes a private hiking trail studded w/ light trees. Multiple guest structures rival any 5-star accommodation in Beverly Hills. Club Mon Reve features a lounge, wine room and theater complex w/ a separate valet entrance. Parking for 50 cars inside the property plus a 10 car garage. The spa level boasts a dramatic indoor water wall spilling into a lap pool, salon, pedicure/manicure, steam and massage rooms. Master suite with 5,300 sq.ft, including a private heated covered patio and every luxury you would expect from the absolute finest estate offered in the world today.  





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Now is the timeToday's Real Estate News 

Tijuana condo boom: The new San Diego?

By Philip Molnar
San Diego Union Tribune

José Luis Corona didn’t expect to move back to Mexico when he left for the United States 12 years ago, but that was until he saw the Horizonte luxury condominiums in Tijuana

The 54-year-old, originally from Mexico City, already owns a home in Chula Vista but decided about a year ago to get a $290,000 condo in Horizonte, which features a roof garden, gym, security and views overlooking the Club Campestre golf course and much of the city. 

Corona, who works for an aerosol can manufacturer with offices in San Diego, said the quality he gets at Horizonte is substantial for the price — around $500,000 to $750,000 less than what the average new condo built in the last two years goes for in San Diego County. 
“I like both places,” he said, “(but) I think things are improving a lot in Tijuana.”

Corona is one of hundreds of Mexican nationals who have embraced homeownership in Tijuana, a city long known for its transient population.

Developers are in the process of constructing roughly 2,000 condos over the next two years with towers that will drastically transform the skyline of Tijuana. Some of the planned towers, already approved by the Mexican government, are more than 30 stories and will become the tallest buildings in the city. 

The Bajalta development will include 400 condos, a hotel and office building and mall.


The prices are much cheaper than what is expected on the American side of the border, but aren’t exactly going for a paltry sum. Prices typically vary from $200,000 to $300,000 per unit, but there are some penthouses that have reached $700,000.

About half the buyers are Mexicans who work in San Diego County, according to real estate agency Probien. The other half are Mexicans who have benefited from Tijuana’s growing manufacturing sector or are retirees.

Americans are a non-factor, making up less than 2 percent of pre-sales, Probien said. 
The building boom makes it the biggest residential construction push in the city in a decade and the most condo building in its history. 

“Give us five years. The whole city is going to be vertical,” said Sergio Gonzalez, business developer for Probien. 

It isn’t just the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s estimated 25,000 to 30,000 workers who cross the border northbound every day to work who can afford a new condo. Developers say there is pent up demand from years of meager construction during the recession and drug violence from 2008 to 2010.

Probien said it gets frequent calls from people looking for single-family homes, but like San Diego, the amount of buildable land is shrinking. So, developers have turned almost exclusively to condos. 

Tijuana’s builders must contend with the shadow of Trump Ocean Baja, and other projects that went bust, causing Americans who invested to lose out on thousands of dollars. 

Those projects failed, city leaders said, because they were financed by pre-sales of condos, so when the economy took a dive and some buyers pulled out, those projects abruptly halted. Today, developers working in Tijuana say most of the new development is already financed so construction won’t stop if buyers back out. 

“There’s a lot of capital in Mexico right now,” said Hector Bustamante, director general of Bustamante Realty Group. “The difference (from before) is we have experienced  developers and we are doing our due diligence.”

Bustamante estimates more than $100 million will be invested in Tijuana condos over the next three years.

The crown jewel of Tijuana’s residential building boom is Bajalta, a 63-acre development in the center of the city with 400 condos that is scheduled to start construction this winter. The first residential units and retail components are expected to be finished by 2019.
Bajalta will have four residential towers, an office tower, hotel and a mall. The developer of the project is Mexico City-based Artha Capital (Almost all new condo construction in Tijuana is financed by Mexican sources). Bajalta is designed by New York based-SHoP Architects, which worked on the Uber headquarters in San Francisco and Google offices in Mountain View.

Abril Rodriguez Commercial Director for Adamant explains the building.
Mario Roberto Rubio, Artha Capital project director, said sale prices for the condos have not been set, but pre-sales will begin in November. The development is at the intersection of Agua Caliente and General Abelardo L. Rodriguez boulevards, the site of a former paint factory. 

Artha Capital, a private equity firm that focuses on real estate investments in Mexico, says it has more than $500 million in assets under management. Its other current projects include a 2.9-acre shopping and entertainment center in Yucatan; a 13-story mixed use project in Veracruz with a three-story shopping center, movie theater, 10-story office tower and five-story hotel; and a 14.6-acre project in central Mexico with nine six-story office buildings. 

For most of the projects, pre-sales typically require a 15 percent  to 30 percent down payment. The majority of developers and real estate agents in Tijuana are not as open about revealing sales prices as in the United States, preferring instead to wait until projects are closer to completion. 

The flashiest new project is Adamant Tijuana, a 32-story tower near Estadio Caliente, the stadium used by Club Tijuana. Out of 180 units, 142 have already pre-sold, Adamant said.
Aimed at millennials, the developer Milk Life Investments is using flashy videos and glossy promotional materials with models in swimsuits, fashionable young people driving sports cars and parties with people drinking champagne.

Adamant condos are smaller than most in Tijuana, about 400 to 950-square-feet for the majority of units. They run from $77,500 to $191,000. 

It markets “sexy amenities,” like a pool terrace, sun deck, yoga studio, lounge games room, lounge, gym and guest suites.

Milk Life Investments, based in Mexico City, is currently building two other Adamant towers in Puebla and a third in Querétaro.

The first development most border crossers will see is NewCity Residencial, off Boulevard Padre Kino less than a mile from the border, which has ambitious plans to build more than 400 condos. For now, around 60 are for sale for $220,000 to $400,000. 

Construction on NewCity began in 2006 and will include seven towers. The luxury condos are two to three bedrooms and some are already for sale. For example, a 1,883-square-foot three-bedroom unit with four bedrooms is going for $350,000 on Vivanuncios, a Mexican website similar to Redfin or Zillow. 

NewCity’s Diamond Tower, 27 stories at 334 feet, is now the tallest building in Tijuana. The development also will include NewCity Medical Plaza, a 26-story tower with doctors offices, a medical lab, a surgery center, and a 140-room hotel. The fourth residential tower is expected to be completed by December 2017 but there is no set date yet for when a fifth tower will be completed.

With more than 20 building projects in the works, Tijuana condo developments are changing the landscape of the city. Pictured: Construction workers working at Angular a 48-unit condo development.

Another closely watched project, Cosmopolitan Residences, is aiming to become LEED certified, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. There are just seven buildings in the city that have the environmentally-sensitive designation, says the U.S. Green Building Council. 

Cosmopolitan’s 42 units will range from 1,453 to 7,168 square feet and cost $400,000 to $700,000, making them some of the most expensive condos in the city. 

Buyers in Tijuana have a much more challenging job finding a condo to purchase than their neighbors across the border. It can sometimes be difficult to find prices and locations of the latest projects. Very few developments have individual websites, and the ones that do often don’t include prices, size of units or detailed information about when construction starts or ends. 

American Buyers

With condo and home prices rapidly rising in San Diego County, some real estate watchers are predicting Tijuana will become a viable option for San Diegans. But, buying instead of renting can get complicated. 

Americans can buy a condo in Tijuana by establishing a trust with a Mexican bank that typically costs $2,500 and up, according to attorney Ben Rosen. It usually has a yearly fee of $500. 

The trust runs for 50 years and whoever is a beneficiary of the trust can renew for another 50 years every time the deadline comes up. There can be multiple beneficiaries, and substitutes, so it is possible to pass the property on to children. 

Still, broker Herb Kinsey, owner of MLS Baja Website, highly suggests getting a lawyer to help with the transaction and to keep in mind foreign buyers waive rights to Mexican government intervention in the case of a property dispute. Also, he said not all real estate agents in Mexico are equal. 

“If you are told by a seller or agent that this beautiful piece of land on the border or this lovely house on the beach does not need to be in a corporation or in a trust,” he wrote on his website, “or it does not need to be closed by a notario, walk away immediately . . . and very quickly!”

The U.S. State Department does not keep track of how many Americans live in specific Mexican cities, just that there are more than 1 million U.S. citizens living in Mexico. Some experts say 50,000 Americans live in Baja California, but finding the exactly how they know that can be arduous.


Greg Shannon, a San Diego developer building a boutique hotel in Tijuana, said it makes sense for San Diegans to seek housing south of the border, especially with increasing prices

The median home price in San Diego County hit its highest point in a decade in August, $498,000, said real estate tracker CoreLogic. Meanwhile, rents have gone up 8.9 percent in the last year, averaging $1,743 a month, said MarketPointe Realty Advisors. 

About 52 percent of San Diegans owned their own home in 2015, but that figure has continued to decline from its 1960 peak of 58.6 percent, according to the U.S. Census. San Diego County’s homeownership rate in 2015 was one of the lowest of any metro area in the United States and below the national average of 62.9 percent. 

“I think it makes a lot of sense depending where you work,” Shannon said of Americans living in Tijuana. “I know a lot of people that enjoy the lifestyle. It’s definitely more laid back.”

Shannon and others acknowledge the border crossing as the biggest barrier for San Diego workers living in Tijuana, although recent improvements have made the trip much easier. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s SENTRI system, which allows for pre-screening of travelers, can — on a good day — make the trip less than 10 minutes. 

Even with new ways to speed up crossing the border, horror stories of getting stuck at the border for hours are common place. 

Highland La Cacho will have 24 units and be complete in Winter 2016.
San Diego real estate consultant Gary London said he anticipates closer ties between the two cities in the coming years, largely because of housing costs. 

“The pressure for inexpensive quality housing might find its way in Tijuana in the same way it finds its way, to a much larger extent, into Murrieta (Riverside County),” he said. “It’s simply too expensive for people with low-paying jobs to live here.”

London said San Diego’s dependence on Tijuana workers, especially in the hotel industry, and a substantial number of their children attending school in the United States, have already laid the ground work for future housing solutions.

“This idea that they are building large condo projects in Tijuana is unprecedented,” he said. “It makes it feel more like San Diego.”

Yet, Probien’s Sergio Gonzalez says he needs to be realistic about Americans buying condos in Tijuana. He knows the border crossing is an issue, there is a language barrier and San Diego is an amazing place to live. 

“It takes a village. It takes the government. Municipal, federal and state government to actually make this work,” he said. “For us to appeal to the American market, everyone needs to work on this.”

San Diego Union-Tribune page designer Ricardo Guerrero and videographer Alejandro Tamayo contributed to this article.

Horizonte Luxury Condos in Tijuana will have 56 units ranging form $250,000 to $700,000. It is expected to be completed in Winter 2016.


Today's Top Three San Diego Luxury Estates
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The median home value in San Diego County is $516,200. San Diego County home values have gone up 5.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.9% within the next year.         

The median home value in La Jolla is $1,685,000. La Jolla home values have gone up 6.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.1% within the next year.

The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,727,800. Rancho Santa Fe home values have declined -0.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.9% within the next year.


#1      4230 Arista Street, SD-Mission Hills, 92103 with 7 bedrooms, 8 baths and 
11,400 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $5,875,000.

4230 Arista St, San Diego, CA 92103

Revel in the grandeur of the past and enjoy the current comforts of this gracefully designed home located high on the end of a peaceful cul-de-sac in Mission Hills and known as the Leo R. Hoffman Historic Residence. Fabulous in every regard, this four level home offers something special for everyone. Grand entertaining rooms, gracious living areas and multiple inviting outdoor spaces are the hallmarks of this elegantly fitted residence with an elevator, elaborate and detailed ceiling moldings, hardwood flooring, custom cabinetry, one of a kind hand-forged metal chandeliers, multiple fireplaces and expansive windows showcasing views of San Diego Bay, Airport, Coronado, Point Loma, Sea World fireworks as well the sunsets of Mission and Pacific beaches.

4230 Arista St, San Diego, CA 92103

4230 Arista St, San Diego, CA 92103

4230 Arista St, San Diego, CA 92103

4230 Arista St, San Diego, CA 92103

4230 Arista St, San Diego, CA 92103

4230 Arista St, San Diego, CA 92103

#2     17513 Cirxa Del Norte, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92057 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 7,223 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,311,000

17513 Circa Del Norte, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Magnificent estate best describes this single level home with dettached Guest house , located in gard gated Fairbanks Ranch community. This resort style backyard is a entertainers dream for social gatherings, and full house Entertainment system . Incredible master suite with his/her closet is a must see. Famos Custom home builder Richard Doan 

17513 Circa Del Norte, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

17513 Circa Del Norte, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

17513 Circa Del Norte, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

17513 Circa Del Norte, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

17513 Circa Del Norte, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

17513 Circa Del Norte, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

#3      2255 El Amigo Road, Del Mar, CA 92014 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 
4,023 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,995,000

2255 El Amigo Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014

This immaculate Del Mar Heights property provides stylish design appeal and effortless livability all in one! Featured in Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine, the showcase home offers a modern, east coast aesthetic thats drawn from the owner/designers years as a Nantucket resident and contemporary home store owner. Offering top-of-the-line fixtures & surfaces throughout, clean modern architecture, impeccable design and a fabulous coastal location, this home is sure to make someones dreams come true!

2255 El Amigo Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014

2255 El Amigo Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014

2255 El Amigo Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014

2255 El Amigo Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014

2255 El Amigo Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014

2255 El Amigo Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014

2255 El Amigo Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014





Today's Top Three San Francisco Luxury Estates
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The median home value in San Francisco is $1,104,000. San Francisco home values have gone up 0.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -0.4% within the next year. 

The median home value in Sausalito is $1,203,400. Sausalito home values have gone up 6.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.9% within the next year. 

The median home value in Tiburon is $2,360,800. Tiburon home values have gone up 2.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -0.0% within the next year.

The median home value in Saratoga is $2,331,600. Saratoga home values have gone up 1.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -1.1% within the next year.


# 1     51 Ord Street, San Francisco-Corona Heights, CA 94114 with 4 bedrooms, 
4 baths, and 4,294 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,195,000.

51 Ord St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Located on coveted Ord Street in Corona Heights, this pristine, four level property unfolds dramatically. The four bedroom, four bath home features drop dead gorgeous views from the chef's kitchen with office nook and sprawling family/dining room. Upstairs is a luxurious full-floor master suite, with a wood burning fireplace and an outstanding roof deck. The bedroom level features two spacious bedrooms with loads of light and a full bath. A fourth bedroom/media room includes an en suite full bathroom. High ceilings and an airy feel throughout the over 4,000 square feet of modern living space on a quiet cul de sac. The home includes a two car garage with auto-lift, Nest thermostats, and a leased solar system.

51 Ord St, San Francisco, CA 94114

51 Ord St, San Francisco, CA 94114

51 Ord St, San Francisco, CA 94114

51 Ord St, San Francisco, CA 94114

51 Ord St, San Francisco, CA 94114

51 Ord St, San Francisco, CA 94114

#2      14017 Oak Hollow Lane, Saratoga, CA 95070 with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 3,645 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,695,000

14017 Oak Hollow Ln, Saratoga, CA 95070

Outstanding Golden Triangle location within walking distance of Saratoga High School. Highly sought-after floor plan with private bedroom and bathroom on first floor-ideal for the multi-generational family. Situated on a private street with a creek-side setting. This spacious custom home is surrounded by a natural landscape yet close to everything. Custom features include vaulted ceilings, spacious master suite with view of the expansive backyard, large kitchen with island, formal dining room, exquisite living room, and spacious family room with view of the rear yard. Multiple decks for entertaining. Professionally built sun room with large windows and a tile floor-perfect for the kid's craft room. Lots of home for the price-Best value on the market! 

14017 Oak Hollow Ln, Saratoga, CA 95070

14017 Oak Hollow Ln, Saratoga, CA 95070

14017 Oak Hollow Ln, Saratoga, CA 95070

14017 Oak Hollow Ln, Saratoga, CA 95070

14017 Oak Hollow Ln, Saratoga, CA 95070

14017 Oak Hollow Ln, Saratoga, CA 95070

#3      19571 Farwell Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 with 4 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 
5,882 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,800,000.

19571 Farwell Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

Exceptional 12-year-new Estate*Level 1 Acre in Platinum Saratoga*MEHUS Custom Home Built Without Compromise 2004*Elegant Main Manor + 3 Permitted Outbuildings including a Separate 2-Bdrm Guest House + 2 Detached Multi-Purpose Buildings (Workshop -Studios- Garages)**ALL structures include Central Air, Heat and Plumbing**Garages for 6 Cars + Gated Hidden Parking for Dozens More**Private and Serene**Top-of-the-Line Amenities Throughout**Walnut and Limestone Floors*Exquisite Detailing and Craftsmanship*FutureSmart Systems**The Ultimate Gourmet Kitchen*Beautiful Master Suite w Marble Bath + 2 walk-in closets*Paneled Library**Free Form Pool and Spa**Beautiful Fireplaces*15' Ceilings*Expansive Flagstone Patios, Courtyard & Curving Stone Drive**Multiple Lovely Gardens and  Heritage Trees**Orchard**The Enclosed Square Footage of the 4 Structures (w Greenhouse) Totals 6,700sf**Top Saratoga Schools**Must see the appreciate the beauty and sanctuary of this exceptional property

19571 Farwell Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

19571 Farwell Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

19571 Farwell Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

19571 Farwell Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

19571 Farwell Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

19571 Farwell Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

19571 Farwell Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070



Today's Top Three LA Luxury Estate
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The median home value in Los Angeles County is $532,800. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 6.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.9% within the next year

The median home value in Malibu is $2,500,600. Malibu home values have declined -0.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -0.7% within the next year.

The median home value in Beverly Hills is $2,998,500. Beverly Hills home values have gone up 4.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.2% within the next year.


The median home value in Bel Air is $3,118,800. Bel Air home values have gone up 3.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.7% within the next year.


#1     1510 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, and 6,000 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $19,995,000.

1510 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Elvis, Sinatra, Dean Martin: there's good reason that the world's style masters chose to call Trousdale home. This bespoke compound on an oversized lot featuring five luxury suites set upon the ultimate indoor-outdoor floor plan exudes sophisticated elegance in both its striking architecture, by world renowned Michael Marquez, and its exquisite details. The developer, master of chic, Clive Robertson, scoured each corner of the globe to source every minutiae: from the Tibetan Leathered Monk Stone to the lavish Antarctic Stingray media room, to the Travertine that adorns the facade, sourced from the Bagni di Tivoli quarry that built the Roman Coliseum. Beautifully complimenting these ancient extravagances is the absolute cutting edge of technology: biometric access to a private room, a 360 degree turntable and Crestron Smart Home System - even James Bond would be awe stricken. This home sets a new standard in interior design; truly a masterpiece, a grand symphony of the finest materials

1510 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

1510 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

1510 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

1510 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

1510 Loma Vista Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

#2      1822 Marcheete Place, Los Angeles, CA with 4 bedrooms, 7 baths, and is listed for sale at $25,500,000.

1822 Marcheeta Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Brand new architectural, designed by Paul McClean. Warm Modernism with 12 foot ceilings, limestone floors coupled with a stunning wood paneled ceiling provide an aura of calm sophistication. Years in planning and construction, this home exudes the highest quality including a 70 foot book-matched marble exterior wall for privacy and a custom wood paneled ceiling. Dazzling water feature graces the entrance which leads to the first split-level swimming pool in all of the Bird Streets. The spectacular Master suite is comparable to the finest hotels in the world with an incredible walk-in closet and master bath. The lower level is free flowing with large entertaining spaces, a custom bar and an intimate cigar lounge. The custom designed gym with a full steam/sauna room, an epic suede lined screening room with seating for 18, and a "car museum" that can display 10 vehicles completes this rare offering.

1822 Marcheeta Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

1822 Marcheeta Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

1822 Marcheeta Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

1822 Marcheeta Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

1822 Marcheeta Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

#3     1116 Linda Flora Drive, Bel Air, CA 90049 with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 
5,290 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $8,499,000.

1116 Linda Flora Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Designed by renowned architect Walter Scott Perry in the classic modern Bauhaus tradition, this newly remodeled, 5 bedroom & 6 bathroom contemporary home is sited on a serene, half-acre knoll in Bel Air with sweeping unobstructed views of The Getty, Santa Monica, Catalina and Bel Air canyons.All interior and exterior spaces throughout the home have been thoughtfully transformed, incorporating the finest of timeless materials and finishes, while colors are used to great visual effect, beautifully enhancing the contemporary ambiance and impressive scale of the home by extending the interior outward and the exteriors inward.Rich in exquisite architectural detailing, the home overlooks resort-like grounds to present a secluded, tranquil environment perfect for entertaining and enjoying the outdoor amenities. All the while,resting in comfort and ease as this California Beauty sits atop 23 caissons!

1116 Linda Flora Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

1116 Linda Flora Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

1116 Linda Flora Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

1116 Linda Flora Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

1116 Linda Flora Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Today Top Three Seattle Luxury Estates
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The median home value in Kirkland is $576,800. Kirkland home values have gone up 14.6%  over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 7.1% within the next year. 

The median home value in Seattle is $592,200. Seattle home values have gone up 15.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.9% within the next year. 

The median home value in Bellevue is $730,000. Bellevue home values have gone up 13.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Mercer Island is $1,240,400. Mercer Island home values have gone up 12.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.4% within the next year.

The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,200,500. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 10.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.5% within the next year. 


The median home value in Medina is $2,389,900. Medina home values have gone up 12.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.1% within the next year.

#1     2400 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, WA 98052 with 
4 bedrooms, 4 baths and 3,980 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,998,000.
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An extraordinary lifestyle awaits. Enviable privacy yet just minutes away from urban amenities. Epic Lake Sammamish waterfront; street to water shy acre, 155’ of level sandy beach. The primary home exceptional in its execution of open floor plan contemporary living. Panoramic lake and Mt. Rainier views; terrific indoor/outdoor entertaining. Seize the opportunity to own the largest boathouse on the lake; living quarters, dual boat lifts, huge dock and deck sitting over water. Lifetime of adventure!
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#2      3054 E Laurelhurst Drive NE, Seattle, WA 98105 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 
and 7,683 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $14,880,000

3054 E Laurelhurst Dr NE, Seattle, WA 98105

One of Laurelhurst’s most notable waterfront estates, this landmark home is prominently sited on a shy acre with 175’ of Lake Washington waterfront. Originally designed by noted architect Arthur Loveless for a prominent Seattle family in search of the perfect place to build a legendary homestead. Expansive views of the lake and the Cascade Mountains this signature residence has been lovingly restored by the present owner while preserving the period architectural integrity of the original estate.








#3     1818 77th Avenue NE, Medina, WA 98039 with 7 bedrooms, 9 baths, and 6,838 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $7,160,000.

1818 77 T H Ave Ne, Medina, WA 98039

Welcome to this exquisite home in the heart of Media off 2nd fairway of Overlake Golf and  Country Club. One of the best properties off 77th Ave NE, Enjoy the breathtaking & serene views of the golf course & the city, Soaring ceilings with brilliant open floor plan and  design, functional 2nd kitchen off the main gourmet kitchen, double entry, 7 ensuite bedrooms with luxurious main floor guest master suite, media room, Elevator, sauna, covered outdoor eating, Expensive Nana style wall system. Superb!

1818 77 T H Ave Ne, Medina, WA 98039

1818 77 T H Ave Ne, Medina, WA 98039

1818 77 T H Ave Ne, Medina, WA 98039

1818 77 T H Ave Ne, Medina, WA 98039

1818 77 T H Ave Ne, Medina, WA 98039

1818 77 T H Ave Ne, Medina, WA 98039


Today's Mortgage Rates                                                                     12 month
ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM3.53%3.52%+0.013.34%4.11%
15 Yr FRM2.85%2.84%+0.012.69%3.30%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.35%3.35%--3.15%3.75%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed3.68%3.67%+0.013.41%3.93%
5/1 Yr ARM2.90%2.91%-0.012.80%3.10%
Updated: 10/7/16 1:03 PM

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