Friday, September 8, 2017


Today's Best Mansion
www.todaysbestmansionsforsale.com

It's lavish. It's huge. It's grand. It's expensive.

#1     17111 El Vuelo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 with 6 bedrooms, 11 baths and 23,500 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $44,975,000.
Sophisticated, modern... world class estate designed by renowned architect Guy Dreier. Truly unique, luxury properties occupy a different place in the world. Breath-taking luxury and uncompromising quality are intrinsic in this contemporary castle seven years in the making. The moment you arrive, you're taken on a sensational journey through one the world's finest estates. Located in the exclusive covenant of beautiful Rancho Santa Fe, up a long, privately gated drive, on a hill with sweeping views of the gorgeous grounds, majestic mountains and valley vista's beyond. Two-story walls of glass highlight the magnificent water features surrounding the home and showcase spectacular sculptures. A thoughtful design that perfectly melds technology, art and natures endless beauty into this One of a Kind Masterpiece! This high tech smart home's glass walls pocket away allowing the occupants an incredible indoor, outdoor living experience and full enjoyment of the splendid year-round Southern California climate and scenery. Inside the massive glass doors, you're greeted by flowing, magnificent rooms with soaring ceilings, beautiful artwork, and sleek, stylish furnishings designed by the architect specifically for this home. A massive, architecturally significant fireplace is a focal point of the main living and dining areas. Phenomenal architectural features are incorporated into every aspect of this residence allowing one to feel as though they are part of a living sculpture. The master suite boasts another stunningly beautiful fireplace in the center of the room... beyond are glass walls that frame the gorgeous views that surround the estate. His and hers bathrooms with walk in closets fit for royalty complete the magnificent master suite. The guest bedrooms are surrounded by the sparkling water features and give one the feeling of being on the water. It truly dazzles the senses. The main kitchen is a stunning work of art, a pampered Chef's dream. The dining area can accommodate even the largest of gatherings. This incredible estate offers a world class main residence beyond compare... mostly one level. The master suite occupies the second floor with a heavenly glass staircase leading to a landing with a view overlooking the spectacular lower level or take the elevator if you prefer. The detached two-bedroom guest house is of equal quality and luxury for your most discriminating guests. A separate staff quarters with its own garage and driveway are also on property. Solar panels provide low to no cost energy bills for the home most months and a surplus of power other months. The estate boasts a substantial citrus grove, a farmer's garden that the owner enjoys... all pesticide free. Gardens of the world with exotic plants designed by landscape architect Theresa Clark were thoughtfully incorporated into the natural landscape throughout the expansive grounds. There is a sports court and separate tennis court with a stunning courtside pavilion with facilities on property. A beautiful zero-edge swimming pool to cool you off on warm California days and nights, a separate high tech zero-edge lap pool that reduces the water level eighteen inches with the press of a button to swim without splashing outside the pool, when laps are done, press the button and it raises the water level to zero-edge once again. A spectacular water feature wraps the home and gives one a sense of peace and tranquility throughout the entire residence. An exquisite residence of this quality and magnitude is very rarely found, and to have it all in such a beautiful and exclusive setting and location is an opportunity not to be overlooked. 




















Today's Top LA Luxury Estate.



The median home value in Los Angeles County is $569,800. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 6.7% over the past year, Zillow predicts hey will increase 1.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Brentwood, 90049 is $2,384,700. Brentwood home values have gone up 1.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will go down -0.6% within the next year

The median home value in Malibu is $2,915,000.  Malibu home values have gone up 5.9% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 0.7% within the year.

The median home value in Bel Air, 90077 is $3,253,200  Bel Air home values have gone up 3.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will go down  -0.9 within the year.

The median home value in Beverly Hills 90210 is $4,910,000.  Beverly Hills home values have gone up 9.4% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.1% within the next year.

#1      417 Paseo De La Playa, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 with 7 bedrooms, 10 baths and 10,200 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $22,000,000.

With over 62,000 square feet of beach-front property on TWO SEPARATE PARCELS, this dramatic compound is almost impossible to duplicate. The main house (417 Paseo de la Playa) is over 10,000 square feet of exquisite living area, and the "companion house" (421 Paseo de la Playa) has over 5,500 square feet. Both homes are located behind gated entrances, both with direct access to the sand, a spectacular pool & spa, a private sand volleyball court, and a large yard. The views span from Palos Verdes through the beach cities, including the entire Santa Monica Bay. Some of the features include Geothermal heating and cooling, Crestron Home Automation System, Lutron lighting system, movie theater, home gym, wine cellar, elevator, pizza oven, back-up generator, closed circuit cameras, one 4-car garage, one 3-car garage, and much more. This spectacular property offers direct beach access, mesmerizing views, and perhaps most important... privacy. This is a one of kind, legacy type property.










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 homevalue in Scottsdale is $423,300.Scottsdale home values have gone up 3.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 2.5% within the next year. 

The median home value in Carefree is $755,700. Carefree home values have gone up 5.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 2.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Paradise Valley is $1,612,400.  Paradise Valley home values have gone up 1.6% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will increase 2.2% within the next year.


#1      6125 N 38th Pl, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths and 7,188 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,999,999. 

6125 N 38th Pl, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

MAKE A STATEMENT in this Ultra-Luxe Brand New Contemporary Home by Tinker Development. Completion is estimated in March 2018. Designed by Blochberger Designs and finished by K@Q Interiors, LLC, this home will have five bedrooms, six baths, a four car garage, a custom designed infinity pool, a media room and both formal and informal living spaces. Perfectly situated on a quiet acre lot in Beautiful Paradise Valley. Let everyone know that you have ARRIVED by calling this one yours! Ask about pre-completion incentives

6125 N 38th Pl, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

6125 N 38th Pl, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

6125 N 38th Pl, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

6125 N 38th Pl, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

6125 N 38th Pl, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

6125 N 38th Pl, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estate 


The median home value in San Diego County is $550,900. San Diego County home values have gone up 6.7% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will remain even 2.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Coronado is $1,510,700. Coronado home values have gone up 4.6% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.0% within the next year.

The median home value in La Jolla, 92037 is $1,505,200.  La Jolla home values have gone up 5.6% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Solana Beach 92075 is $1,2997,100. Solana  Beach home values have gone down - 0.2% this past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 2.1% within the next year.

The median home value in Del Mar 92014 is $1,607,200 Del Mar home values have gone up 1.9% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.2% within the next year.

The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,685,800. Rancho Santa Fe home values have increase 5.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will increase 0.6% within the next year.

#1    5794  La Jolla Mesa Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037 with 6 bedrooms, 7 baths 
and 5,283 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,250,000.


Breathtaking views await you in this gated estate designed with luxury and elegance. This home is an entertainers dream, featuring several balconies, a card room, wine room, wrap-around stone patio, pool, spa, fire pits and built-in BBQ. The home boasts 6 bedrooms/6 baths with an en-suite bedroom on the entry level















Today's Top San Francisco Luxury Estate

Image result for San Francisco skyline pictures

The median home value in San Francisco is $1,204,700. San Francisco 
home values have gone up 10,0% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease by 2.6% within the year.

The median home value in Sausalito is $1,283,700. Sausalito home values have gone up 7.3% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 1.6% within the next year. 

The median home value in Tiburon is $2,478,600. Tiburon home values have gone up 4.5% over the past year.   Zillow predicts they will rise increase 1.4% within the next year. 

The medium home value in Saratoga is $2,502,100.  Saratoga home values have gone up 6.6% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.8% within the next year. 

The median home value in Atherton is $6,463,200. Atherton home values have gone up 8.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will increase 2.2% within the next year.

#1      1441 Edgewood Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94301 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths 
and 5,675 sq,ft. is listed for sale at $9,750,000.


Tmeless and elegant home built by the current owners in a premier Crescent Park location on almost one-half acre. The kitchen is a masterpiece designed for a true chef--granite counters, including a peninsula with counter seating, rolling butcher block island, customized cabinetry, double French doors conceal lighted shelves to showcase dishware & an extra large walk-in pantry. 4 bedrooms, including a main-level suite, and 3 on the upper level including the master suite. Also on thesecond floor is a family/recreation room with covered porch overlooking the front courtyard. (could be 5th bedroom) Mahogany paneled library with fireplace, elegant and spacious dining room The private rear grounds feature a sweeping terrace, pool, and cabana with kitchen, changing room and 1/2 bath. Outstanding Palo Alto schools - Duveneck Elementary, Jordan Middle, and PAHS












Today's Top Seattle Luxury Estate

Image result for Seattle 
The median home value in Kirkland is $688,800.  Kirkland home values have gone up 18.8% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 8.1% within the next year.

The median home value in Seattle is $690,300. Seattle home values have gone up 15.5% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 6.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Bellevue is $839,600. Bellevue home values have gone up 16.3% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 6.8% within the next year. 


The median home value in Mercer Island is $1,413,600, Mercer island home values have gone up 11.4% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 5.2% with the next year.


The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,545,800. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 15.7% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 6.9% within the next year.


The median home value in Medina is $2,628,400. Medina home values have gone up 17.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.5% within the next year

#1      8813 NE 19th Street, Clyde Hill, WA 98004 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 6,420 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $7,498,000.


Sensational new construction by Dean Homes defines Urban Luxury Living. A Mercia Heights marvel, expertly created to showcase the awe-inspiring lake, city, golf course and mountain views. Cutting edge design with exquisite detail, built to accommodate todays entertaining lifestyle. Captivating floor to ceiling sliding windows to grand deck, superior kitchen and great room with sunken bar. An unparalleled master retreat, scullery, lower level rec/bar area, wine vault, exercise room and 5 car garage.













Today's Top Real Estate News

More Homeowners Saying "Good Time to Sell"
Sep 7 2017, 11:53AM

By Jann Swanson
Mortgage News Daily

Consumer sentiment regarding whether it is a good time to buy or to sell a home continues to diverge as rising home prices impact both. Fannie Mae said net positive responses in its August National Housing Survey (NHS).to whether it is a good time to sell rose 8 points while the good time to buy sentiment declined by 5, adding to its 7 point drop in July.  At 18 percent, the latter response set its second new low in as many months, and is down 16 percentage points from August 2016.

The good time to sell response hit its second consecutive all-time high at 36 percent and widen the gap between the two sentiments even further. The net good time to sell responses are now 21 points higher than last year,

"In the early stages of the economic expansion, home selling sentiment trailed home buying sentiment by a significant margin. The reverse is true today," said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. "The net good time to sell share is now double the net good time to buy share, with record high percentages of consumers citing home prices as the primary reason for both perceptions. Such a sizable gap between selling and buying sentiment, if it persists, could weigh on the housing market through the rest of the year."

The good time to sell component, as well as an increase of 4 points in the net of those who expect lower mortgage rates, pushed Fannie Mae's Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) up 1.2 points to 88.0, just below the all-time high set in June and 3.0 points higher than in August 2016.



The HPSI distills information about consumers' home purchase sentiment from six questions on the NHS into a single number that reflects current views and forward-looking expectations of housing market conditions. 

A fourth component of the HPSI is a question regarding the direction of home prices.  In August, the net share of Americans who thought prices will go up increased by 1 percentage point to 48%, continuing the upward trend this quarter.  Americans also expressed a reduced sense of job security, with the net share who say they are not concerned about losing their job falling 1 percentage point to 74 percent. Finally, the share of consumers who reported that their income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago remains unchanged at 16 percent.

The NHS is conducted monthly by telephone among 1,000 consumers, both homeowners and renters.  Respondents are asked more than 100 questions used to track attitudinal shifts, six of which are used to construct the HPSI.  
Today's Mortgage Rates
Mortgage Rates Little-Changed at 2017 Lows
Sep 7 2017, 3:06PM

Mortgage rates didn't move much today, despite plenty of strength in underlying bond markets.  This would normally coincide with lower rates, so what's the deal?  

The main issue is timing.  Bond markets weakened yesterday afternoon.  This would imply higher rates, but most lenders never went to the trouble of adjusting rate sheets intraday.  As I said yesterday, those lenders would begin today at a disadvantage.  Indeed they did, and that disadvantage was generally erased by the improvement in bond markets.  Thus, lenders who didn't move rates higher yesterday were able to keep today's rates relatively unchanged, thanks to bond market gains.  Lenders who DID raise rates yesterday were able to offer slightly lower rates today.

All in all, the average lender is quoting the lowest rates of 2017, with more than a few lenders  at 3.75% on a top tier conventional 30yr fixed scenario.  Most lenders are able to quote 3.875% now, though a few remain at 4.0%.

52 Week
ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM3.85%3.86%-0.013.37%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.13%3.14%-0.012.72%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.40%3.50%-0.103.20%4.10%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.12%4.15%-0.033.50%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.12%3.16%-0.042.80%3.25%



Thanks for reading "Today's Best Mansions"

Looking for more information?  Have a comment?  Need a Realtor referral?  
Please call, text or email me at 619-944-8749 or furtree@msn.com.  Most 
importantly, have a great day.

Cordially,

Tom Furino

PS.     Check out "Today's Best Mansions" and "Top Luxury Estates" in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle listed for sale anytime on Facebook.