Saturday, January 28, 2017

Today's Best Mansion and Top  Luxury Estates in Los Angeles, Phoenix, 
San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle Listed For Sale.
The exact definition of the word "mansion" varies but in U.S. real estate terms, it generally defined as single family residence of more than 6,000 square feet. Mansion derives through Old French from the Latin word "mansio". The English word "manse" originally defined a property large enough for the parish priest to maintain himself. The word "manor" comes from the same root territorial holdings granted to a lord who would remain there. Therefore, it is easy to see how a "mansion" came to have its meaning.  

Today's Best Mansion Listed For Sale  


#1      9 Del Mar, Newport Beach, CA 92657 with 6 bedrooms, 8 baths, and 15,000 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $35,000,000

This extraordinary estate located at 9 Del Mar is the ONLY estate ever offered for sale on the most coveted street within Newport Coast. Positioned on a 30,000 square foot "due west" peninsula front row lot, the 15,000 square foot estate offers unimpeded views of Pelican Hill Golf Course, Newport Beach Harbor, Pacific Ocean coastlines all the way to Palos Verdes, with Catalina and year round sunsets situated in the backdrop. The estate boasts 6 bedroom suites, two powder rooms, and one external pool bath. Behold timeless elegance complimented by state of the art technology amongst every room within the property. From the two story great room with salt water aquarium, ocean facing mahogany clad study, gourmet chef's kitchen with butler's pantry, formal dining and living room, to the 3300 square foot subterranean garage, 10-person 3D home theater, game room equipped with golf simulator and racing seats, home gym, billiards room, and elevator to all three levels, this estate lives as its own personal coastal resort. Once outside the expansive grounds offer the highest sense of privacy and seclusion adorned with mature canary palms, water features/ waterfalls, saline infinity edge pool, fire features, pool pavilion, ocean facing upper and lower lawn with putting green, and is the only estate with an interior auto court outfitted with an automotive turn table. 9 Del Mar is truly the finest estate offered in Crystal Cove.









Today's Featured World Famous Mansion 

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Fallingwater, the house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright 
for Edgar Kaufmann is in southwestern Pennsylvania.


This masterpiece hangs over a waterfall using the architectural device known as the cantilever. Wright described his architectural style as "organic"--in harmony with nature, and though Fallingwater reveals vocabulary drawn from the International style in certain aspects, this country house exhibits so many features typical of Wright's natural style, the house very much engaged with its surroundings. 

Today's Top News Article

Homeowners’ Quest for the Best Schools


By Joe Schmelzer 
Wall Street Journal


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Houston lawyer Anne Ferazzi Hammett spent about three months last spring looking for a great high school for her teenage daughters, Anna and Nora. Then she discovered Westlake, a high school that gets top marks in academic rankings and draws strong reviews from parents.

The only drawback: The school is located in Austin, Texas, about 165 miles northwest of the Hammetts’ home. Nonetheless, Ms. Ferazzi Hammett and her husband, Rick Hammett, bought a $2.25 million house in Westlake’s school district, and they and their daughters will move in June.

“We will start a new life in a new place,” said Ms. Ferazzi Hammett, 56, who will telecommute. Mr. Hammett, 63, will commute back to Houston for his work as an attorney. It’s all worth it for “a great academic experience for the girls,” she said.

For some home buyers, there is no factor more important than the public schools their children will attend. They analyze student-body performance on standardized tests, school rankings, what percentage of alumni go on to four-year colleges and which schools send students to Ivy League or top-tier state universities. They then uproot their lives to move within these districts’ boundaries, where homes can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more than nearby homes zoned to different schools.

In La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., a city in Los Angeles county, the acclaimed La Cañada Unified School District determines the real-estate market, agents say. “I’m very busy in March, when the private-school rejection letters go out,” said Anne Sanborn, a real-estate agent with Sotheby’s International Realty in Pasadena. When parents find out their kids haven’t been accepted at elite private schools, they start house hunting in La Cañada, Ms. Sanborn said.

Ms. Sanborn added that “there is a mass exodus from La Cañada when their kids graduate high school,” as families sell their homes and seek neighborhoods closer to downtown Los Angeles or Pasadena.

Online tools that measure student performance have made it easier for home buyers and agents to assess schools across the country. For example, GreatSchools, an Oakland, Calif., nonprofit, rates schools based primarily on how well students perform on statewide assessments and has provided rankings to real-estate websites Zillow, Trulia, Move and realtor.com, said Weezie Hough, director of strategic partnerships.

In an analysis of 1.6 million home listings in the U.S. through the first six months of 2016, Realtor.com found that houses in public-school districts with Great Schools ratings of 9 or 10, the highest scores possible, were priced, on average, 77% higher than homes in nearby districts with scores of 6 or lower. Additionally, homes located in top districts sell four days faster—at 58 days—than the national median of 62 days, the analysis found. (News Corp, which owns The Wall Street Journal, also owns realtor.com, the listing website of the National Association of Realtors.)



The real-estate market in Bronxville, N.Y., a village located about 15 miles north of Manhattan, shows how a highly reputed school district affects sales. Homes within the district sell for twice the price per square foot ($654) as those with Bronxville addresses that aren’t zoned to Bronxville schools ($330), said Kathleen Collins, an agent with Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty in Bronxville.Part of the reason buyers swallow the high prices—and high property taxes—is because nearby New York City private schools are even more expensive, Ms. Collins said.

Real-estate agent Denise Stephens and her husband, Tim, a 47-year-old banker, bought a $2 million home in Bronxville in 2015 so their three children could attend school in the village. Property taxes on their home—which are roughly 2% of the assessed home value—amount to $41,000 a year, Ms. Stephens said. But the couple sees the total package as “absolutely a better deal than the private schools,” said Ms. Stephens, who is 50 years old. The couple previously lived in Manhattan, where they paid $32,000 a year in private elementary-school tuition and $15,000 for private preschool. Today, the same schools cost even more, Ms. Stephens said. For Ms. Stephens, the many moves and the costs have been worthwhile for the “high-achieving, rigorous” schools where “it’s cool to be smart,” she said.

After graduation, Ms. Collins, the agent, said homeowners are eager to unburden themselves of the high property tax bill and often move to Mount Vernon, Yonkers, and other nearby cities. The real-estate market in Bronxville, N.Y., a village located about 15 miles north of Manhattan, shows how a highly reputed school district affects sales. Homes within the district sell for twice the price per square foot ($654) as those with Bronxville addresses that aren’t zoned to Bronxville schools ($330), said Kathleen Collins, an agent with Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty in Bronxville.

Part of the reason buyers swallow the high prices—and high property taxes—is because nearby New York City private schools are even more expensive, Ms. Collins said.

Real-estate agent Denise Stephens and her husband, Tim, a 47-year-old banker, bought a $2 million home in Bronxville in 2015 so their three children could attend school in the village. Property taxes on their home—which are roughly 2% of the assessed home value—amount to $41,000 a year, Ms. Stephens said. But the couple sees the total package as “absolutely a better deal than the private schools,” said Ms. Stephens, who is 50 years old. The couple previously lived in Manhattan, where they paid $32,000 a year in private elementary-school tuition and $15,000 for private preschool. Today, the same schools cost even more, Ms. Stephens said.

Finding a house they could afford in Bronxville was a multiyear saga. They moved midyear to Bronxville and found a “pretty dilapidated” townhouse for rent for $5,500 a month on a short-term lease, she said. Ms. Stephens, who also works in home décor, home staging and has an estate-sale company, fixed up the rental with new curtains, paint and carpeting. Four months after they moved in, a real-estate agent told her the owner wanted to sell it. The family moved to another townhouse for $6,000 a month, and a year later to another one for $6,500 a month.

For Ms. Stephens, the many moves and the costs have been worthwhile for the “high-achieving, rigorous” schools where “it’s cool to be smart,” she said. After graduation, Ms. Collins, the agent, said homeowners are eager to unburden themselves of the high property tax bill and often move to Mount Vernon, Yonkers, and other nearby cities. "I’m looking for a broader-based experience for my kids and for them to be exposed to different types of kids, including race and socioeconomic status,” she said.

Persuading her daughters to pick up and move to Austin right before high school took some doing. On a lunch break during a day of house hunting, Ms. Ferazzi Hammett’s agent, Tracy Picone of Realty Austin, brought along her own 17-year-old daughter, Lana, to help prepare the girls for what to expect. A Westlake senior, Lana talked about participating in choir at the high school, as well as playing soccer and basketball in middle school, Ms. Picone said.

Last year, Jeff and Denise Springer sold their house in L.A.’s “hipster” neighborhood of Silver Lake for $1 million and bought a larger house in “small-towny, suburban” La Cañada for $1.6 million, Ms. Springer said. Competition for homes within the La Cañada district is so  intense, “we saw that house at 10 a.m., offered full price, and were in escrow by 5 p.m.,” Ms. Springer said.

Before choosing La Cañada, “I had a spreadsheet of private schools, charter schools and public schools” that could be options for their girls, Daisy, 13, and Josephine, 11. The couple debated the value of staying in the artsy Silver Lake neighborhood they loved and paying $20,000 to $40,000 a year for private school against the merits of uprooting themselves to high-cost La Cañada.

Ultimately, “it dawned on me,” said Mr. Springer, a 46-year-old attorney who also plays guitar in a rock band. “When the girls go to college, we cannot sell a private-school education,” Mr. Springer said. But someday when they sell the La Cañada house, access to a top-quality education will be part of the deal, he said.





Today's Top LA Luxury Estate Listed For Sale 



The median home value in Los Angeles County is $551,600. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 7.4% over the past year, Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% within the next year.

The median home value in Brentwood, 90049 is $2,523,000. Brentwood home values have gone up 10.5% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 3.0% with the next year.

The median home value in Malibu  is $2,893,700.  Malibu home values have gone up 6.6% 
over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 2.0 % with the year.

The median home value in Beverly Hills is $3,033,400.  Beverly Hills hhome values have gone up 4.1% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 1.1% with the next year.

The median home value in Bel Air is $3,309,900. Bel  Air home values have gone up 5.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 1.8% within the next year.  


#1     952 N Alpine Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 with 7 bedrooms, 11 baths, and 11,478 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $18,950,000.

North Alpine is Celebrity and Billionaire row for a reason. A very rare North Sunset cul-de-sac location that provides privacy, very limited traffic, huge lots and homes. This home is no exception: a spectacular lot, magnificent home and fabulous location in what is one of the best blocks North of Sunset Blvd. This French Country Estate features over 11,000 square feet of perfection. Renovated to precise standards, this property is the perfect family home for the most sophisticated buyer. Details include an a warm wood paneled library, hand crafted parquet floors throughout and only the finest rare French finishes. Designed for entertaining on a grand scale the Alpine estate offers a screening room, billiard room, wine cellar w/ wine tasting room and an onyx bar. Grand public rooms all open through French doors to the manicured formal gardens, pool and verdant grounds. A truly rare opportunity to live in the most exclusive and coveted area in Beverly Hills on a huge lot .

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

952 N Alpine Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
 

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Today's Top Phoenix Luxury Estate Listed For Sale 
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The median home value in Scottsdale is $416,400. Scottsdale home values have gone up 4.0% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 2.4% withiin the next year.

The median home value in Carefree is $750,000. Carefree home values have gone up 
4.8% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 2.7% within the next year.

The median home value in Paradise Valley is $1,609,500. Paradise Valley home values have gone up 2.7% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will 2.0% with the next year.



#1     5312 N Wilkinson Road, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 with 5 bedrooms, 8 baths, and 10,605 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $8,300,000.

Beautiful estate property with the finest finishes and dramatic Camelback Mountain views. Grand entry with graceful arches, elegant lighting, Venetian Plaster walls, Cantera crown molding with marble and hardwood flooring. Gourmet kitchen with richly detailed wood cabinetry. Wood beamed family room. Mr. and Mrs. fabulous offices, Wine room and lounge. Pool/spa. Tennis/basketball court. Two bedroom poolside guest house. Lush landscape on two-plus acres in prime Town of Paradise Valley location. Close to great shopping and restaurants from this quiet, elegant street. Walk to great Camelback Mountain hiking trail or close-by Phoenician Resort for 5 Star dining. Extensively remodeled 2008, an addition expansion and remodel in 2012.

5312 N Wilkinson Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

5312 N Wilkinson Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

5312 N Wilkinson Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

5312 N Wilkinson Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

5312 N Wilkinson Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

5312 N Wilkinson Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

5312 N Wilkinson Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

5312 N Wilkinson Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

5312 N Wilkinson Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

5312 N Wilkinson Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253


Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estate Listed For Sale


The median home value in San Diego County is $529,500. San Diego County home values have gone up 6.3% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 2.4% within the next year.

The median home value in La Jolla, 92037 is $1,497,500. La Jolla, 92037 home values have gone up 6.5% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 2.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Solana Beach 92075 is $1,250,700. Solana Beach 92075 home values have gone up 3.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 2.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Del Mar 92014 is $1,675,700. Del Mar home values have gone up 9.1% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 2.5% with then next year.

The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,675,200. Rancho Santa Fe home values have declined -4.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -1.1% within the next year.  



#1     4812 El Miro, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, with 6 bedrooms, 8 baths, and 
10,909 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $7,750,000

Exquisite estate includes 10,900 SF of living space that seamlessly integrates indoor and outdoor spaces for entertaining or relaxing. One private gate leads to the magnificent stone clad main residence, 3 bd guest house, lighted tennis court and two sparkling pools. A separate equestrian gate accesses the 3,500 SF barn with 7 stalls and large jumping arena, paddocks and pasture, plus ample water storage for a lush garden oasis.




















Today's Top San Francisco Luxury Estate Listed For Sale


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The median home value in San Francisco is $1,146,800. San Francisco home values have gone up 1.6% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 0.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Sausalito is $1,258,500. Sausalito home values have gone up 4.8% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 0.5% within the next year. 

The median home value in Tiburon is $2,475,900. Tiburon home values have gone up 2.0% over the past year.   Zillow predicts they will rise 0.8% within the next year. 

The median home value in Saratoga is $2,372,300. Saratoga home values have gone up 0.8% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will fall -0.3% within the next year.   


#1     1877 Centro West Street, Tiburon, CA 94920 with 7 bedrooms, 5 baths, and
5,000 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $6,495,000

Completely renovated in 2013, offering the highest quality in design and craftsmanship. World class views of San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island. Luxurious great room opens to expansive terraces, infinity pool and spa, lounge with fireplace and bocce ball. Spectacular kitchen! Walnut hardwood flooring. Stunning mastersuite with spectacular views. Elevator with access from garage to all 3 levels. 2 blocks to downtown Tiburon and ferry. 

1877 Centro West St, Tiburon, CA 94920

1877 Centro West St, Tiburon, CA 94920

1877 Centro West St, Tiburon, CA 94920

1877 Centro West St, Tiburon, CA 94920

1877 Centro West St, Tiburon, CA 94920

1877 Centro West St, Tiburon, CA 94920

1877 Centro West St, Tiburon, CA 94920

1877 Centro West St, Tiburon, CA 94920

Today's Top Seattle Luxury Estate Listed For Sale

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The median home value in Kirkland is $594,400.  Kirkland home values have gone up 13.1% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 5.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Seattle is $609,100. Seattle home values have gone up 13.3% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 4.7% within the next year.

The median home value in Bellevue is $751,300. Bellevue home values have gone up 13.5% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 4.8% within the next year. 

The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,149,500. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 7.7% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 3.3% within the next year 

The median home value in Medina is $2,353,600. Medina home values have gone up 
10.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.2% within the next year. 


#1     10622 SE 18th Lane, Bellevue, WA 98004 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 
4,931 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,148,000

Design Built Homes presents The Alder at Enatai. Luxurious new construction with thoughtful design & enduring craftsmanship. Soaring entry and great room with 10 foot ceilings. The finest finishes of stone, marble and wood anchor the living spaces with views of the lush outdoors. Entertain year round in the outdoor living room. Epicurean kitchen with expansive island, top of the line appliances. Serene master suite. Sited on a private lane. Minutes to shopping, parks and brand new Enatai elementary.














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Tom Furino
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