Saturday, June 3, 2017


Today's Best Mansion: It's lavish. It's huge. It's grand.  It's
 expensive.


#1     2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 with 5 bedrooms, 8 baths, 
and 10,000 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $37,500,000.

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

"Rockledge By The Sea" is one of the most extraordinary oceanfront compounds in Laguna Beach. Nearly one acre in size, and featuring approximately 190 lineal feet of ocean frontage with a scenic private access cove, the setting is unsurpassed. Light, bright, and tastefully appointed, every main room is situated to take in the ocean and sunset views. The newly reconstructed residence is approximately 10,000 square feet. It's "light contemporary" architecture is complemented by expansive seaside gardens, a rolling lawn, a pool + spa, and multiple terraces. After undergoing a two-year transformation, the residence is nearly complete. The new master suite is nearly 3,000 square feet and occupies an entire floor, with a private office + gym/spa. The main level was opened to create capacious living and entertaining areas - with astonishing views of the coastline. An oversized terrace on this level adjoins the family room and new Bulthaup kitchen. The lowest level includes three guest suites with ocean views and an entertaining room. New amenities include a commercial 8-person elevator, a fully outfitted caterer's kitchen, a double-gated north/south entry drive (the only one of its kind in Laguna), and wine display room.This property is sublime in every measure.

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

Today's Top LA Luxury Estate 


The median home value in Los Angeles County is $563,400. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 6.7% over the past year, Zillow predicts they will rise 0.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Brentwood, 90049 is $2,447,100. Brentwood home values have gone up 3.5% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 0.4% within the next year

The median home value in Malibu is $2,866,300.  Malibu home values have gone up 4.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 0.2% within the year.

The median home value in Bel Air, 90077 is $3,228,900  Bel  Air home values have gone down -(1.0%)  over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will go down  -(1.1)% within the next year.

The median home value in Beverly Hills 90210 is $4,850,400.  Beverly Hills home values have gone up 1.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 0.6% with the next year.

#1     1806 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, 
and 6,102 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $9,499,000.



Situated at the top of Beverly Hills, sits an architect-to-the-stars John Elgin Woolf's "Hollywood Regency" style home. Enter through the gates of one of this magnificently designed private estates, home to the late Patrick Doheny, to find this 5 bedroom 7 bath jewel box. This prolific Woolf design, built in 1972, is rich in old Hollywood history and features a spectacular wood-paneled study, soaring ceiling height throughout, marble fireplaces, and pool with mature landscaping. This iconic estate marks one of only four John Woolf, AIA, masterpieces in the famed Trousdale Estates. This ultra private trophy estate boasts views from the second story and is situated just minutes from the The Greystone Mansion, Rodeo Drive and The Sunset Strip.




 




Today's Top Phoenix Luxury Estate  

A photo showing the skyline of Phoenix, looking north.  It shows the various buildings of the downtown area, as well as Sunnyslope Mountain in the background

The median home value in Scottsdale is $418,700. Scottsdale home values have gone up 2.6% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 0.4% withiin the next year. 

The median home value in Carefree is $746,800. Carefree home values have gone up 
3.6% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 1.3% within the next year.  

The median home value in Paradise Valley is $1,604,200.  Paradise home values have gone up 1.3% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 0.0% within the next year.

#1     8217 N Coconino Road, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, 
and 7,516 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,800,000

Nestled in one of Paradise Valley's premier locations, this newly updated Santa Barbara/Tuscan home offers 7,500+ sq. ft., 5 beds, 6.5 baths, 4-car garage,separate guest house and expansive mountain views with incredible sunsets. Nearly every room in the home boasts large windows, with an abundance of natural light, that frames the beautiful surroundings. The newly remodeled kitchen is spacious and warm with custom cabinetry, butlers pantry and a large deluxe center island. Just off the kitchen awaits a massive family room that opens directly to your backyard oasis, which creates a fantastic atmosphere for entertaining. The home also features endless amenities:Savant audio surround sound, theater room, 638 bottle wine closet, full bar, heated pool/spa, sport court and more.













Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estate 


The median home value in San Diego County is $537,200. San Diego County home values have gone up 5.7% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will remain even 2.4% within the next year.

The median home value in La Jolla, 92037 is $1,466,000. La Jolla, 92037 home values have gone up 2.2% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 1.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Solana Beach 92075 is $1,278,200. Solana Beach 92075 home values have gone up 5.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 1.6%% within the next year.

The median home value in Del Mar 92014 is $1,620,400 Del Mar home values have gone up 5.7% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 2.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,560,200. Rancho Santa Fe home values have declined -(4.1)% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will decline -(0.7)% within the next year.

#1    7345 Vista Rancho Courtm Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 with 6 bedrooms, 
7 baths, and 8,254 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,495,000.


7345 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Welcome to the essence of sublime living in The Summit! Set high atop the Rancho Hillside amidst sweeping views this sparkling, stately Traditional Mediterranean estate will capture your heart and warm your soul! Impeccably and most graciously designed interiors with the finest of finishes including Creama-Marfil marble floors, plus wonderful hickory pecan flooring in the office and family room.  Built by Sam Karp, this spacious floor plan has beautifully scaled rooms, soaring ceilings and an abundance of natural light. It is like coming home to your own resort. You 'll discover an exercise room, game room and an outdoor experience that is second to none! A timeless pool with cascading side water features, an outdoor covered living room, raised bed gardens, citrus grove and beyond. The Summit itself is a gated gem of a community
7345 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

                   .7345 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.

7345 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

7345 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

7345 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

7345 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

7345 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    Today's Top San Francisco Luxury Estate 

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    The median home value in San Francisco is $1,189,100. San Francisco home values have gone up 4.0% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease by 1.0% within the next year.


    The median home value in Sausalito is $1,254,300. Sausalito home values have gone up 2.6% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 1.5% within the next year. 

    The median home value in Tiburon is $2,500,600. Tiburon home values have gone up 2.9% over the past year.   Zillow predicts they will rise 1.1% within the next year. 

    The median home value in Saratoga is $2,428,700. Saratoga home values have gone up 1.1% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 1.0% within the next year. 

    The median home value in Atherton is $6,145,500. Atherton home values have gone up 2.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.8% within the next year.

    #1     1156 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 
    and 4,850 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $6,995,000.



    Rebuilt and re-envisioned from the ground up, Pivot House is SMART. The mindful reconstruction of this modern showcase 5 bdrm, 4.5 bath home is designed to earn the prestigious LEED certification; a rare accomplishment by any builder. Eco + Historical & Winder Gibson Architects create magic in this masterpiece spanning 5 lvls w/ mesmerizing 360? views from 5th story PH roof deck w/ gas frplc. Distinct features such as curved stairs, radiant heat, flexible use as huge SFR or a home w/ a legal lower unit. All lvls, from garage to roof deck, are serviced by an elevator + a Phantom Park car elevator. At the center of SF; Pivot to Dolores Park, The Mission, Noe Valley or Glen Park. A Home that Pivots between generations - a Work of Art!

















    Today's Top Seattle Luxury Estate

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    The median home value in King County is $551,000. King County home values have gone up 13.6% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 5.6% within the next year.

    The median home value in Kirkland is $646,900.  Kirkland home values have gone up 16.1% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 6.1% within the next year.

    The median home value in Seattle is $653,400. Seattle home values have gone up 12.9% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 5.5% within the next year.

    The median home value in Bellevue is $800,800. Bellevue home values have gone up 14.4% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 5.7% within the next year. 

    The median home value in Mercer Island, WA is $1,378,300, Mercer island home values 
    have gone up 9.4% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 5.3% with the next year.

    The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,345,400. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 10.9% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 4.9% within the next year.

    The median home value in Medina is $2,454,700. Medina home values have gone up 10.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.1% within the next year.

    #1     310 8th Avenue W, Kirkland, WA 98033 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 5,060 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,000,000.



    Tuscan-inspired architecture with traditional warmth and elegance. Curved walls, stacked stone, Brazilian cherry wood details and striking bridal staircase frame the grand foyer. Epicurean kitchen w/ Wolf range, SubZero and Miele Nespresso machine. Light-filled and open master suite w/ private veranda w/ Jacuzzi hot tub showcasing panoramic views of Lake WA and Seattle. Spacious guest suites, dual den/ offices and rec room w/ wet bar and projection TV. Coveted W of Market location, blocks to downtown Kirkland.








    Today's Mortgage Rates                                      52 Week
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    Today's Top Real Estate News
    Best Home Improvement Investments

    By Erica Scooter 
    Zillow
    Renovating your home is a numbers game. How much do you have to spend to fix up your home and what will it get you in return? When is it worth it to spend more on high-end finishes to get a better return on investment (ROI)? What are the best renovation projects and features that will appeal to the widest range of buyers when you decide to sell?
    Home buying and design style are intensely personal choices, and not everyone will love the changes you make. However, using Zillow Talk, Zillow Digs keyword analysis, and data from the Zillow blog we pulled together some averages of home improvement projects. The results? By swapping out certain elements in your home, adding keywords to your listing, and playing up certain aspects of your house, you may be able to increase your resell value and sell your home faster. Not all of our suggestions below had an impact on the house sale price and time on the market, but they could be great investments for you.

    Kitchen updates

    The kitchen is one of the places that buyers look closely at when considering whether or not they will purchase your property. According to Zillow Talka full-gut kitchen renovation averages a 75 percent return rate (i.e., average cost: $30,000; resale value/ROI: $22,500). However, you may be able to get more or less value depending on what parts you choose to renovate and which you leave as-is. When remodeling your kitchen for resale, stick with traditional materials and appliances, such as all-wood cabinets, commercial-look appliances, natural wood or stone floors and stone countertops.

    Incorporate subway tile

    Cost Estimate: $2.00 to $10.00 per square foot
    Keyword in Listing Description: Overall sold for 7% above expected value and 63 days sooner

    Subway tile is a great way to update any kitchen. Photo from Zillow listing.

    Mix up the backsplash

    Cost Estimate: $50 to $150 per square foot (depending on material and pattern). Installation costs not included
    Keyword in Listing Description: Overall sold for 4% above expected value and 46 days sooner

    Add a tile backsplash to give your kitchen new life. Photo from Zillow listing.

    Upgrade appliances

    Cost Estimate: $300 to $2,500 per appliance
    Potential ROI: Will pay off over time depending on usage and age of previous model

    Swap out your 1970s appliances for energy efficient models. Photo from Zillow listing.

    Put in a farmhouse sink

    Cost Estimate: $100 to $800 (depending on style/finish)
    Keyword in Listing Description: Overall sold for 8% above expected value and 58 days sooner

    Ditch the scratched ceramic sink and opt for a farmhouse sink. Photo from Zillow listing.

    Bathroom updates

    Bathrooms are also a big factor home buyers consider, especially when it comes to the master bathroom.  A full bathroom renovation will set you back, on average $12,000, and the resale value can average around $10,440 or 87 percent. However you don’t have to do it all. Ditch the cracked porcelain sink for a classy stand-alone pedestal sink, or trade out your dribbling shower head for a luxurious massaging one. Here are a few areas to consider.

    Add Shaker cabinets

    Cost Estimate: $200 to $1,500 (depending on size, style, material)
    Keyword in Listing Description: Overall sold for 9.6% above expected value and 45 days sooner

    Swap out cheap cabinets with higher-grade shaker cabinets in a modern color. Photo from Zillow listing.

    Integrate granite or quartz counters

    Cost Estimate: $50 to $150 per square foot (depending on material)
    Keyword in Listing Description Granite: Overall sold for 4% above expected value and 38 days sooner
    Keyword in Listing Description Quartz: Overall sold for 6% above expected value and 50 days sooner

    Get rid of stained or tiled counters and replace with quartz or granite for a style upgrade. Photo from Zillow listing.

    Upgrade to a frameless shower

    Cost Estimate: $1,200 to $2,500 (depending on materials and size). Installation costs not included
    Keyword in Listing Description: Overall sold for 5% above expected value and 38 days sooner

    Ditch the boring shower/tub combo and swap in a frameless standing shower.

    Heated floors

    Cost Estimate: $6.00 to $16.00 per square foot
    Keyword in Listing Description Heated Floors: Overall sold for 4% above expected value and 28 days sooner

    Heated floors add extra comfort to any bathroom. 

    General home upgrades

    There are a lot of other areas in your home that can be updated with a well-planned swap that could give you additional cash when it comes time to sell. Exchange dated brassy light fixtures for modern can lights and hanging pendants. Replace dead plants and finicky trees with vibrant flowers and shrubs in your front yard for a potential ROI of up to150 percent. From house-wide changes, like new windows to specific appliances, like the water heater, sometimes it’s the “boring” swaps that will make your home that much more appealing to potential buyers.

    Install efficient windows

    Cost Estimate: $400 to $600 per window (including installation)
    Potential ROI: $460 to $690 per window

    Replace single-pane windows for more energy efficient double-pane windows. Photo courtesy of Marvin Windows and Doors.

     Add pendant lighting

    Cost Estimate: $50 to $400 per fixture (depending on style and installation cost)
    Keyword in Listing Description: Overall sold for 5% above expected value and 48 days sooner

    Remove dated lights and lamps and replace with modern pendants. Photo from Zillow listing.

    Invest in a washer/dryer

    Cost Estimate: $450 to $3,000
    Potential ROI: Will pay off over time depending on usage and age of previous model

    Sell your 10+ year old units and use the money to buy energy efficient models. Photo from Zillow listing.
    Update the essentials (water heater, electric panel, furnace, etc.)
    Cost Estimate: $2,000 to $4,500 (depending on item)
    Keyword in Listing Description Tankless Water Heater: Overall sold for 4% above expected value and 43 days sooner

    Swap inefficient and broken essentials for energy efficient, modern models. Photo courtesy of Synergy Staging.

    Regardless of the size of your budget, you can carefully select which features to swap to assure that you get the most bang for your buck. Focus renovations on the kitchen, master bathroom, and important “behind the scenes” items like appliances and light fixtures. You’ll be glad you did

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    Cordially,

    Tom Furino

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