Friday, June 2, 2017


Today's Best Mansions: They’re lavish. They’re huge. They're grand. 
They're expensive.


#1      1104 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 5,198 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $37,500,000.


Rare wide open ocean view contemporary built in 2008 captures the essence of paradise and elegant modern architecture. Stunning Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and Butterfly Beach views. Extensive indoor-outdoor living areas. Furnishings included!  Art and accessories excluded. Privacy easement over 1127 Hill Road benefiting 1104 Channel and View Easement over portion of greenbelt at Channel benefiting 1127 Hill Road. Main house is approx 6,497 sf with 4 beds, 5.5 baths plus full guest quarters with separate entrance. Cabana, gym and stunning waterfall pool and spa.Space for elevator if desired. Wine Room. Beautiful stone and teak finishes. Located on Channel Drive.






























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      12855 Pakyns Street, Los Angeles, CA 90049 with 8 bedrooms, 12 baths 
and 19,299 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $20,995,000.



Fully furnished estate situated on a flat lot in prime Brentwood Park is one of the largest smart homes (Full Home Automation including "smart" sprinklers) in CA boasting over 10k sq ft of living space, almost 27k sq ft of land & 8 bedrooms (all en-suite) & 12 baths. Formal foyer w/21-foot ceilings, a chandelier suspending from a circular skylight & a grand staircase w/beautifully designed wrought iron railings. 3 kitchens: main w/Miele appliances, Italian cabinetry & a breakfast nook surrounded by bay windows, service kitchen is the 2nd & the 3rd full kitchen in basement. Elevator access from each floor & a 3D theater & game room: Expansive master suite w/fireplace, sitting room, his & hers walk-in closets & bathrooms, massage room, sauna & large balcony. Grounds consist of verdant lawns & gardens, tennis court, putting green, covered loggias, pool & spa, lighted sports court, 3-car garage, 10-car motor court. 

















Today's Top Phoenix Luxury Estate  

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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     20879 - #1175 N 112th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 with 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, and 8,312 sq.f. is listed for sale at $5,995,000.


This recently completed spec home in the Upper Canyon of Silverleaf has remarkable views. Built by Calvis Wyant Luxury Homes, it picks up dramatic unobstructed city light views and dramatic mountains in every direction. The attention to detail and quality is evident in the finishes chosen by Decesare Design Group offering what everyone is asking for and can't find in today's market. The well thought out floor plan works wonderfully for intimate family gatherings or entertaining large groups. Photos come close, but this home needs to be seen to be believed!










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     110 15th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 5,244 sq.ft. 
    is listed for sale at $24,995,000.


    One of a kind Del Mar home! A modern masterpiece built inside one of the original Del Mar historical buildings creates a truly perfect beach house. Unparalleled front row ocean views are enjoyed throughout the property! Ideally located steps to the center of town and the spectacular beach, this gated over 5000 square foot residence remains a private oasis. Light and bright, this house is uplifting and encourages indoor/outdoor living.















      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     178 Patricia Drive, Atherton, CA 94027 with 7 bedrooms, 10 baths,
      and 12,500 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $22,800,000.



      Just completed, this stunning estate property is the latest accomplishment by Guardian Construction, a renowned builder of custom homes in Atherton and Palo Alto for the last 32 years. The home's timeless allure combines a more traditional ambiance outside with the consummate appeal of contemporary luxury inside. The result is everything imaginable for the quintessential California lifestyles. Fine white oak floors unify the entire home while stunning selections of exotic quartzite and marble uniquely appoint each room. Designer details reveal themselves at every turn, with exceptional lighting and custom cabinetry that is equally crafted in all rooms. Three levels with 6 bedrooms, 7 full baths, and 2 half-baths, Poolside pavilion with 1 bedroom, 1 bath, and outdoor kitchen. Fully landscaped with pool, spa, level lawn, fire pit and heritage oaks, gated circular driveway and pedestrian entrances. 







        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     130 Overlake Drive E, Medina, WA 98039 with 3 bedrooms, 5 baths,
         and 6,000 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $6,850,000.


        Flawless Federal Revival lined by 80' of placid Lk WA wtrft. Interior grace and symmetry pervade thruout. Scholarly library, drawing rm and din rm fit for royalty. Sun dappled, chef-friendly kitchen celebrates a fresh approach. Heavenly master suite w/boutique walk-in closet, luxury bath, eagle's nest bonus rm. Romance evoking verandas. Self-sufficient ADU over garage. Don't forget the bsmnt. Dock w/deep water moorage and lift. Multi-colored gardener's playground. Deeply rooted destination living.



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        Today's Top Real Estate News

        America's Hottest Real Estate Markets in May 2017

        By Cicely Wedgeworth
        Realtor.com


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        Temperatures are rising as spring winds down, but there will be no lazy lolling on the beach for would-be home buyers this summer, judging by the state of home buying in the U.S. in May.

        Driven by an ever-scarcer supply of available homes, prices for residential real estate reached new heights in May—and homes were scooped swiftly off the market by a lucky few among the hordes of wannabe buyers, according to new data from realtor.com®.
        Earlier this spring, the nationwide median home list price pushed above $250,000 for the first time. Now at $275,000, the median list price is 10% higher than one year ago. And prices show no signs of easing.
        In fact, inventory levels right now are a bit like one of those good news/bad news jokes. The good news: The inventory of homes for sale increased slightly from April to May, with 560,000 new listings. The bad news: That was still a drop of 11% from May of last year—not nearly enough to keep up with snowballing demand. Much of the new inventory is being quickly swallowed or is priced beyond the reach of the average buyer.

        “With a record number of home buyers out there, this is officially the most competitive, fastest-moving spring housing market in decades," said Javier Vivas, manager of economic  research at realtor.com. "Following a furious start to the season, the median days on market for homes on realtor.com in May is the lowest since the end of the recession, and marks the first time that 1 in 3 homes is selling in under 30 days nationally."

        The median age of properties on realtor.com in May is 60 days, which indicates that properties are selling five days (8%) faster than this time last year, and two days faster than last month.\

        "The lack of affordable inventory remains a critical issue, particularly for a growing number of first-time home buyers and millennials lining up for starter homes and urban dwellings.”
        So where in the U.S. are things the craziest—those places where homes fly off the market the fastest, and buyers are up all hours, clicking on listings? When we pulled together this month's list of the hottest markets in the country, the top markets were a one-two punch for the Bay Area, with San Francisco (including nearby Oakland and Hayward) at No. 2 and Vallejo, just to the north, at No. 1.

        Meanwhile, San Jose, a perennial No.1 on this list, slid to the ninth spot, its lowest ranking in months. It's a volatile housing market out there.

        A couple of newcomers cracked the California club that dominates the top rankings. Boston (whose metro area includes Newton and Cambridge) made it to No. 3, its first time in the top five, and Kennewick-Richland, WA, near the Oregon border, rose to No. 5 after ranking at No. 17 the previous month.

        The hot list

        Rank (May)              20 Hottest MarketsRank (April)             Rank Change              
        1Vallejo, CA10
        2San Francisco, CA20
        3Boston, MA63
        4Sacramento, CA3-1
        5Kennewick, WA1712
        6Colorado Springs, CO           82
        7Columbus, OH125
        8Midland, TX3224
        9San Jose, CA7-2
        10Stockton, CA5-5
        11Fort Wayne, IN143
        12Dallas, TX9-3
        13Grand Rapids, MI207
        14Santa Cruz, CA11-3
        15Ann Arbor, MI161
        16San Diego, CA13-3
        17Denver, CO10-7
        18Detroit, MI268
        19Santa Rosa, CA                  4-15
        20Chico, CA18-2



        Today's Mortgage Rates                                                                                 52 Week

        ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
        30 Yr FRM4.02%4.00%+0.023.34%4.39%
        15 Yr FRM3.27%3.26%+0.012.69%3.61%
        FHA 30 Year Fixed3.75%3.75%--3.15%4.10%
        Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.31%4.29%+0.023.42%4.60%
        5/1 Yr ARM3.09%3.08%+0.012.80%3.25%
        Updated: 6/1/17 1:42 PM


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        Cordially,


        Tom Furino

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