Monday, June 26, 2017


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

#1       33 East 74th Street TH#1, New York, New York 10021 with 5 bedrooms, 
10 baths and 10,088 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $48,000,000.




Designed by famed architect, Grosvenor Atterbury in 1901, this 33' wide townhouse features the privacy and exclusivity of a single family home while offering all the conveniences of a full service condominium. The interior design palate of neutral grays and creams has been beautifully executed and is effortlessly classic. From the breathtaking entrance foyer finished in Chambord Limestone and polished plaster, to the 5" wide white-oak planked floors throughout, the townhouse exudes sophistication. The massive chefs kitchen has Olympian White Danby Fleuri Stone countertops, and Olympian White Danby vein cut marble island and low luster white lacquer cabinetry. The kitchen has been outfitted with all top of the line appliances, such as Wolf range and oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer, and wine-cooler, Miele dishwasher, and Dornbrocht faucets. The townhouse features approximately 10,088 sq ft over four floors with both a private and public passenger elevator servicing each floor. There are currently 5 bedrooms and 5 full baths and 3 half baths. The parlor floor features over 12' ceilings with beautiful south facing floor to ceiling arched windows and there is a large private terrace off the first floor. There is no other townhouse/condominium in the city that can compare! 













Today's Top LA Luxury Estate 


The median home value in Los Angeles County is $566,400. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 6.7% over the past year, Zillow predicts hey will decrease (-2.2%) within the next year.

    The median home value in Brentwood, 90049 is $2,425,700. Brentwood home values have gone up 3.0% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (- 3.0%) within the next year

      The median home value in Malibu is $2,885,000.  Malibu home values have gone up 4.6% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.7%) within the year.

      The median home value in Bel Air, 90077 is $3,264,800  Bel  Air home values have gone up 0.5% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will go down  (-3.8%) within the year.

      The median home value in Beverly Hills 90210 is $4,893,900.  Beverly Hills home values have gone up 0.4% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.4%)  within the next year.

      #1     27234 Escondido Beach Road, Malibu, CA 89265 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 
      and 6,100 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $19,995,000.

      27234 Escondido Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

      Experience the joy of living in Malibu on one of our best deep sandy beaches. Escondido Beach is a private road just south of Paradise Cove. W/views from Pt. Dume to Santa Monica Bay, this popular and sought after beach offers privacy, a great swimming beach and one of the best accesses for stand-up paddling and kayaking. Stunning architectural home is approx. 6100 SF of living space plus a 2-car garage and giant basement w/wine cellar, generator and elevator, all situated on almost 80 feet of dry sandy beach. Entry courtyard w/koi pond and waterfall leads into spacious 2-story living room w/fireplace, separate dining room and media room w/overhead projector, large oceanfront bar and walls of glass. Informal eating area and generous cook's kitchen open to spacious wrap-around deck, private spa and sandy beach. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths plus master suite w/roomy bedroom w/fireplace and exceptional ocean views, large bathroom and generous closets. All the comforts of a large estate - right on the sand.

      27234 Escondido Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

      27234 Escondido Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

      27234 Escondido Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

      27234 Escondido Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

      27234 Escondido Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

      27234 Escondido Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

      27234 Escondido Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

      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 $421,200. Scottsdale home values have gone up 2.8% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.7%) within the next year. 

        The median home value in Carefree is $751,100. Carefree home values have gone up 3.6% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-1.7%) within the next year.

        The median home value in Paradise Valley is $1,611,700.  Paradise home values have gone up 1.0% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.8%) within the next year.

        #1      8022 North 47th Street, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 
        and 6,725 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,799,000.




        Elegant Hillside Estate perched above the Valley w/sweeping views of Camelback,Mummy Mt & Pinnacle Peak by day,twinkling city lights by night. This custom masterpiece has had only 1 owner and lightly lived in. EVERYTHING YOU NEED! Executive office in rich Alder wood, billiards/bar room w/full wet bar, wine celler, formal living/dining, wide open gourmet kitchen overlooks family room,& walks out to gorgeous patio, negative edge pool, spa, built in bbq. All 5 bedrooms are EN-SUITE and have their own patios. VERY SPECIAL Master suite has breath taking views,HIS/HER closets,exercise/massage room. Lower walk out level offers guest quarters w/kitchen,Theater Room w/all the equipment for movie night, ELEVATOR & 6 car garage. This hillside gem's extremely well built/very well maintained 















        Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estate 


        The median home value in San Diego County is $543,400. 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 $1,476,600. La Jolla, 92037 home values have gone up 1.1% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (1.2%) within the next year.

          The median home value in Solana Beach 92075 is $1,284,100. 
          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 $1,615,300 Del Mar home values have gone up 3.2% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (0.6%) within the next year.

            The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,593,300. Rancho Santa Fe 
            home values have declined -(2.9)% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will decline -(3.7)% within the next year.


            #1        626 Canyon Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92065 with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and 2,273 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,590,000.


            Absolutely stunning mid century remodel with jaw-dropping 180-degree ocean to back country views. All single level with exquisite finishes. Entertaining will be a delight with the indoor-outdoor feeling of the expansive folding door system in the great room. Enjoy the California evenings either in the spa or around the raised glass fire pit overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, one of the largest remaining coastal wetlands in SD County. Finishes include: hardwood floors, high-end frameless cabinets, stainless steel appliances, ledger stone fireplace, new HVAC, epoxied two car garage, drought resistant yard and so much more on a large 18,600 square foot lot. Only a few blocks to the newly built Earl Warren Junior High School, the soon to be rebuilt Skyline Elementary school, train station, shopping, the best beaches and the freeway. 












            Today's Top San Francisco Luxury Estate

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            The median home value in San Francisco is $1,194,500. San Francisco 
            home values have gone up 4.0% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease by 1.0% within the year.

            The median home value in Sausalito is $1,256,800. 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 $2,479,000. Tiburon home values 
            have gone up 2.1% over the past year.   Zillow predicts they will rise decrease by (2.2%) within the next year. 


            The medium home value in Saratoga is $2,453,600.  Saratoga home values have gone up 2.8% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (- 2.4%) within the next year. 

            The median home value in Atherton is $6,343,800. Atherton home values have gone up 7.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will decrease ( -1.8%) within the next year.

            #1     1509 Portola Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306 with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths 
            and 2,613 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,895,000.



            Gorgeous circa 1929 Spanish-style home located on a tree-lined residential street in the coveted South Gate neighborhood just one block to Stanford University and close to Town & Country Village. Finished in timeless style, the home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, plus a detached studio cottage, and a 2-car garage. Features include gleaming hardwood floors, ornate metal scrollwork, high ceilings, and crisp crown molding. Home: 2613 sq.ft. Lot: 7149 sq.ft. Excellent schools: Walter Hays Elementary, David Starr Jordan Middle, Palo Alto High.















              Today's Top Seattle Luxury Estate

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              The median home value in King County is $566,900. King County home values have gone up 15.7% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 3.2% within the next year.

              The median home value in Kirkland is $645,900.  Kirkland home values have gone up 17.8% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 3.7% within the next year.

                The median home value in Seattle is $670,300. Seattle home values have gone up 14.5% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 3.1% within the next year.

                The median home value in Bellevue is $819,700. Bellevue home values have gone up 15.6% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 3.2% within the next year. 

                The median home value in Mercer Island is $1,401,000, Mercer island home values have gone up 10.7% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% with the next year.

                The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,425,000. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 13.0% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% within the next year.

                The median home value in Medina is $2,545,200. Medina home values have gone up 13.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.8% within the next year.

                #1      9404 NE 20th Street, Clyde Hill, WA 98004 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, 
                and 6,516 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $6,888,000.




                Custom curated NW Contemporary by Chris Gayte of Gayteway Custom Homes. Luxury-defined nestled into the apex of Clyde Hill showcasing stunning views amidst the estates. Masterfully executed with superlative details and finishes, intimate spaces set in a bold environs. This unique home encompasses sleek urban design and spectacular craftsmanship. Conceptualized by Brian Brand of Baylis and finish work by the talented Kathy Blakeney of Pratt and Larsen, a proud pedigree of design and execution.














                  Today's Top Real Estate News


                  Seattle Housing Market Tops Nation In Bidding Wars and Price gains

                  By Mike Rosenber
                  Seattle Times



                  Price gains for homes here have led the nation every month since September, and now the local market is also the most competitive in the country.  As Seattle tops the country for home price growth for the seventh straight month, the local real estate market has gotten so competitive that it’s now nearly impossible to avoid a bidding war.

                  The monthly Case-Shiller home price index, released Tuesday, showed single-family home prices across the Seattle metro area in March increased 12.3 percent from a year prior — the fastest growth in more than three years.


                  Fastest-rising home prices compared with a year ago

                  1. Seattle +12.3%
                  2. Portland +9.2%
                  3. Dallas +8.6%
                  4. Denver +8.4%
                  5. Boston +7.7%
                  Source: Case-Shiller home price index

                  Even compared to a month prior, Seattle-area prices rose 2.6 percent — also by far the fastest growth in the country and more than three times the national average.

                  There are simply far more interested buyers than homes for sale, and the imbalance is growing. That means when a house does come on the market, it can create a feeding frenzy.

                  New data from Redfin shows about 90 percent of houses for sale in the city of Seattle over the last two months wound up in a bidding war. That’s the most since records began at the start of this decade.


                  Seattle had the highest rate of bidding wars of any city Redfin tracks, which includes hot markets like San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Portland, Denver, Boston, Austin and Washington, D.C.


                  As the number of homes for sale keeps dropping to historic lows, bidding wars here have only increased. Three years ago, 71 percent of homes attracted multiple offers. At the beginning of the decade, less than half did.

                  All those extra offers often means prices go higher. The Redfin data shows nearly two-thirds of homes in Seattle sold for more than the list price in April, which is the highest rate since those records began at the start of the decade. The typical single-family house in the city last month sold for a record $722,000.


                  All those offers means more stress for home shoppers, too. Qualified buyers have said it can take six months to a year just to buy a house, largely because they keep losing to people who submit higher bids. The competition is at its fiercest this time of year as a majority of homebuyers come out for the real estate market’s peak spring season.x


                  xIt’s not rare for a house to attract several offers — in some cases, a dozen or more offers can escalate the winning bid to more than $100,000 above the asking price. To stand out, some buyers have resorted to waiving contingencies and inspections, and submitting a bigger portion of their offer in nonrefundable cash sums.


                  And because houses can go so quickly, buyers often need to pull the trigger and submit an offer on a home within days — or even hours — of it hitting the market, which allows for less due diligence. There are even stories of buyers from outside the area submitting escalating bids on houses sight unseen.

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                  Still, when houses on the market attract multiple bids, that doesn’t always result in an escalating price war. Often sellers will ask for offers all at once and simply pick the highest one, and shoppers who don’t get picked might not know how much they lost by or have a chance to counter-offer. And in about a third of cases in the Seattle market, the winning bid was still small enough to be at or below the list price.


                  The local real estate competition isn’t confined to the city of Seattle. Across the entire metro area, 79 percent of homes had multiple offers — though that was a smaller rate than the metro areas of Los Angeles and Oakland.

                  Slide 3 of 20: <p>"Another tract house hub, as evidenced by this dated, low-budget estate."</p>
                  Slide 2 of 20: <p>"Huzzah! Moneycanactually buy taste! Loudoun County, the wealthiest county in the country, is at the very bottom of the Top 19 List, with this cheap, remarkably boring tract home."</p>







                  Slide 1 of 20: <p>The American McMansion is officially <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/the-mcmansion-is-dying-2016-8?utm_source=msn.com&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=msn-slideshow&amp;utm_campaign=bodyurl">a dying breed</a> of architectural design, which is good news for those who consider the unnecessarily massive and disproportionate homes an eyesore.</p><p> The blog <a href="http://www.mcmansionhell.com/">Worst of McMansions</a>, also known as McMansion Hell by its URL, has taken on the daunting task of chronicling these monstrosities and helping the general public understand exactly what makes these homes so hideous.</p><p> The anonymous author, who simply goes by "Kate," studied architectural acoustics and has been writing about architecture for six years. We've asked Kate to gather what she considers to be the ugliest McMansions built in the past five years. Below is her list, accompanied by her own commentary in quotes.</p>

                  Slide 14 of 20: <p>"When people say that McMansions are built cheap, this is what they're referring to."</p>

                  Slide 13 of 20: <p>"Ah, New Jersey. Home of oversized, overdone McMansions since 1980. This house would fit right in around 2005."</p>

                  Slide 12 of 20: <p>"Everything's bigger in Texas!"</p>

                  Slide 11 of 20: <p>"This is perhaps one of the most bizarre houses I've encountered yet."<br></p>

                  Slide 10 of 20: <p>"A throwback to the McMansions of yesteryear, featuring monolithic stucco, a gaggle of gables, and inappropriate window styles."</p>

                  Slide 9 of 20: <p>"The mix of brick and stone, along with the number of masses, makes this house a mess!"</p>

                  Slide 8 of 20: <p>"Here we have our classic West Coast Tract House, complete with beige 'stucco' and goofy turret."</p>

                  Slide 7 of 20: <p>"Like a worse version of the house above, the eye can't focus with this busy combination of different features."</p>

                  Slide 6 of 20: <p>"Ah, yes, the rare 1.5-story McMansion. Truly a remarkable sight."</p>

                  Slide 3 of 20: <p>"Another tract house hub, as evidenced by this dated, low-budget estate."</p>

                  Today's Mortgage Rates

                  ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
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                  15 Yr FRM3.26%3.25%+0.012.69%3.61%
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                  Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.25%4.25%--3.42%4.60%
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                  Updated: 6/23/17 4:58 PM



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