Saturday, June 10, 2017


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


#1     The David Rockefeller Townhouse,146 E 65th Street, New York, NY 10065 
with 8 bedrooms13 baths and 9,777 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $32,500,000. 
For sure, live the life of the rich and famous.


A most extraordinary house has come on the market: the home for 69 years of Peggy and David Rockefeller. Educated at Harvard, the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago, where he earned his PhD in Economics, he married Margaret "Peggy" McGrath in 1940, and they raised their six children in this townhouse.  This house comprises approximately 9,777 square feet above grade on four levels, with an additional basement level of approximately 2,465 square feet with an entrance to the garden. The total outdoor space is approximately 2,958 square feet. Originally constructed in 1924, this double-wide house was purchased by the Rockefellers in 1948. 
The house was cited at the time by the New York Times as "One of the finest townhouses on the East Side". Its facade is in the Colonial Revival style, with a stately and elegant presence on the street. It was included in the Upper East Side Historic District Extension of March 23, 2010. The house spans a superb 40 feet in width, with a rear planted garden also of 40 feet overlooking the gardens of other townhouses. With silver birch trees, mature rhododendrons and trimmed moss between the stones, it provides an oasis of greenery that can be seen the moment one steps in the entry hall. In seeking the architect to renovate the interior, Mott Schmidt was their first choice. Schmidt had designed houses for Vincent Astor, J.P Morgan's daughter, Anne Morgan, and Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt, but he executed his most exquisite work over several decades for the Rockefeller Family.
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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     112 18th Street, Manhattan  Beach, CA 90266 with 7 bedrooms, 6 baths, 
and 4,237 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $16,500,000.


There will be nothing like it to come on the market again. Located in the coveted 100 block only steps to the sand sits an architectural Masterpiece unrivaled by anything else in Los Angeles. As you approach this towering sentinel of 18th St. you can't help but realize this property sets itself apart from the rest. An homage to the owner's Hamptons upbringing this Montauk inspired design is a true testament to what a beach home should be, functional, elegant and inviting. With a 180 degree Panorama View from Palos Verdes Peninsula to Malibu you will never tire of the varied sunsets, hearing the ocean lap into shore, and watching those famous California Sunsets.  Enjoy the ultimate life style to strive for today!










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     8515 North 73rd Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 with 4 bedrooms, 6 baths, 
and 5,350 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,300,000. 


Located in one of the best neighborhoods, this stunning transitional style, open concept home was completely rebuild in 2015 & offers a warm Santa Barbara feel from the curb yet a modern Restoration Hardware flare thru-out the interior. Beautiful front courtyard with fountain & fireplace welcomes you to the handcrafted iron front door. Interior features include soaring 12' ceilings, french oak floors, 450 bottle wine display w/ floor to ceiling glass & 100 yr old tobacco barn wood, stunning kitchen & 10ft motorized sliding doors that open to the huge covered patio. Perfect backyard w/ new pool, mature landscaping, BBQ, fire pit and large grassy yard. Private spa in the master bedroom garden. One of the best master bd/bath/closets you will ever find.






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% this 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% this 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       1515 El Paso Real, La Jolla, CA 92037 with 6 bedrooms, 8 baths, 
and 6,245 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,500,000. Views, Views, Views!



This gorgeous Mediterranean-style residence has breathtaking ocean views and offers space galore. The heart of this home is a wonderful, very spacious great room comprised of the living, family, and dining rooms plus the open kitchen. The commanding views are accessible from many rooms.












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     19908 Bella Vista Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 
and 5,367 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $7,750,000.


This tranquil and picturesque home is just a short walking distance from downtown Saratoga. A redesigned carriage house from 1901, it's a moment frozen in time between history and great modern living. Whichever direction you look, it is beautiful, private, and great for gatherings.


19908 Bella Vista Avenue

19908 BELLA VISTA AVENUE, Saratoga, CA for sale.





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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     3798 94th Avenue NE, Yarrow Point, WA 98004 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, 
and 5,123 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,388,000.


Celebrate the good life on Yarrow Point. Nestled on a quiet street, this luxury home is better than new. Offering a modern sensibility with a great room floor plan that is open and inviting. A winning combination of amenities offers everything on your wish list. Coveted west facing light greets you on the lanai and pours inside. A sea of creamy white marble and stainless appliances anchor the kitchen. Upstairs find a master suite designed to relax. Enjoy the rainbow of nightly sunset colors!








Today's Mortgage Rates

Mortgage Rates Continue Modestly Higher

Jun 9 2017, 4:13PM

Mortgage rates moved higher for the second straight day amid a general lack of actionable information.  Some investors noted that the results of the elections in the U.K. were surprising, but not in a way that was any help to interest rates.  In general, rates found most of their motivation from the absence of significant drama in this week's Comey hearing. Despite the modest increase, conventional 30yr fixed rates are still very close to their best levels of the year.
52 Week
ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM4.01%4.00%+0.013.34%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.26%3.25%+0.012.69%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.75%3.75%--3.15%4.10%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.29%4.28%+0.013.42%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.05%3.04%+0.012.80%3.25%

Today's Top Real Estate News

San Francisco’s Home Prices Hit Record High in May: The median house sales price reached $1.5M while condos peaked at $1.2M

By Fang Block
Mansion Global|





In May, San Francisco’s property markets continued the feverish recovery that began this spring, with median sales prices for both single-family homes and condos hitting new peaks, according to a report released Tuesday.

The median sales price for houses in the West Coast city soared to $1.5 million in May, the highest ever. The condo market also reached a record median sales price, at $1.2 million, surpassing the previous record of $1.18 million, according to the monthly report by Paragon Real Estate.

The brokerage’s previous reports indicated that San Francisco’s property market had been picking up steam so far this year. Property markets started to cool off in the fall of 2015 and remained soft throughout 2016, according to the report.

Last month, the luxury segment saw particularly strong gains. Sales of luxury condos, defined as the top 10% of the market or having an entry price point of $1.85 million, reached a new peak since March 2015. There were over 40 luxury condo apartment closings in May, accounting for almost one-third of the active listings during the same month.

In terms of submarkets, the most active luxury hub switched back from South Beach/SoMa/ Yerba Buena district to Pacific Heights and Russian Hill, the report said. The South Beach/SoMa/Yerba Buena districts, which previously benefited from surging demand from foreign buyers, was hit by political uncertainties brought about by Trump presidency and structural issues (sinking and tilting) at the Millennium Tower in the neighborhood.

Sales of luxury houses, which have a threshold of $3 million, still remained in the mid-20s, similar to the volume seen in the previous two months, according to the report.
The strong market conditions might be largely seasonal, and historically, sales in San Francisco tend to drop off in the winter months, the report noted.
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