Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Today's Best Mansions


Their lavish. Their huge. Their grand. Their expensive


#1    Los Angeles

143 South Mapleton Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90024 with 11 bedrooms, 9 baths and 10,907 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $66,888,000.

143 S Mapleton Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Welcome to this magnificent 1926 Paul Williams Estate. Featuring 11 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms on over an acre of land on the most enticing street in Holmby Hills. The house sits on over an acre of land featuring a private tennis court, swimming pool and grounds reminiscent of a magnificent park.The inside features a formal den, living and dining room, expansive master suite with sitting areas, office space and spacious bedrooms.The neighborhood was developed in the early twentieth century by the Janss Investment Company, which developed the expansion of Sunset Boulevard and Holmby Hills then split into two northern and southern sections, each lying within a different community plan area, designated by the City of Los Angeles.

143 S Mapleton Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024


143 S Mapleton Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024


143 S Mapleton Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024


143 S Mapleton Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024


143 S Mapleton Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024


143 South Mapleton Dr, Los Angeles (City), CA 90024

The median home value in Los Angeles County is $600,200. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 8.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.0% within the next year.

The median home value in Santa Barbara is $1,101,800. Santa Barbara home values have gone up 4.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.9% within the next year. 

The median home value in Newport Beach is $1,775,800. Newport Beach home values have gone up 5.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Santa Monica is $1,517,200. Santa Monica home values have gone up 8.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Pacific Palisades is $2,970,800. Pacific Palisades home values have gone up 10.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.6% within the next year.


The median home value in Malibu is $3,182,400. Malibu home values have gone up 10.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.6% within the next year.

The median home value in Bel Air is $3,500,400. Bel Air home values have gone up 6.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% within the next year. 

The median home value in Beverly Hills, 90210 is $5,278,600. 90210 home values have gone up 9.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.2% within the next year




#2    New York

810 5th Avenue 11th Floor, New York, NY with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 6,000 sq.ft. 

is listed for sale at $24,000,000.


Located in one of Manhattan's finest prewar apartment building's, this sprawling 11-room full-floor residence offers grand-scale and spectacular Park and city views. With 50-feet fronting Central Park, this sophisticated 11th floor apartment is filled with glorious light streaming in from 22 windows, spanning 4 exposures.. The elevator opens on to a private elevator vestibule, offering an impressive introduction to the home. There is a stately central gallery from which all public rooms emanate. The 26-foot-by-18-foot living room has a woodburning fireplace and enjoys breathtaking views overlooking the Park and has generous wall space for displaying art. The adjacent library with fireplace also faces the Park. The residence includes a 22-foot formal dining room as well as a spacious eat-in-kitchen with a butler's pantry. Additional rooms along this wing offer flexibility for up to four bedrooms, a staff area and home office, all flooded with sunlight. Completed in 1926, this prominent 13-story corner building was designed by J.E.R. carpenter. The four-story base includes pediments, arches and balustrades, all set against a rusticated limestone-block wall. The upper section of the building is marked by double cornices and a balustrade along th roofline. This full-service cooperative building offers residents the highest levels of privacy and service.

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The median home value in Brooklyn is $782,000. Brooklyn home values have gone up 13.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.8% within the next year. 

The median home value in Manhattan is $1,369,800. Manhattan home values have gone up  14.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.4% within the next year. 

The median home value in Southampton is $1,524,100. Southampton home values have gone up 10.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.3% within the next year

The median home value in Bridgehampton is $1,923,300. Bridgehampton home values have gone up 10.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.5% within the next year.

The median home value in SoHo is $2,634,800. SoHo home values have declined -0.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.7% within the next year.

The median home value in Watermill, NY 11976 is $3,673,700. 11976 home values have declined -1.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.5% within the next year

The median home value in Tribeca is $3,115,300. Tribeca home values have declined -0.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.4% within the next year.  



#3  Florida

10203 Collins Avenue #2001-2, Bar Harbour, Florida 33154 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths and 7,670 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $23,000,000.

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This extraordinary Penthouse floorplan boasts 7,670 interior SF and 2,340 SF wrap-around balcony. Apartment has a gym, sauna and staff room. Majestic Atlantic Ocean sunrises and Biscayne Bay sunsets from lofty 10 foot floor to ceiling windows. As an extension of your iconic living space, this residences includes five-star amenities.Enjoy a poolside café and bar by NYC Chef Stephen Starr, beach and pool services, art by sculptor Jeff Koons, world-class spa, private cinema, 2 tennis courts. The residence has been completely finished with 48x48 Italian Calacata marble and Oak wood in bedrooms, Ornare closets, Lutron lighting system and motorized window treatments, imported custom made Spanish doors and much more."

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The median home value in Naples, 34102 is $607,300. Naples home values have declined -3.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.4% within the next year.  


The median home value is Palm Beach is $919,800.  Palm Beach home values have gone up 8.2% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 0.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Key Biscayne is $1,096,700. Key Biscayne home values have declined -6.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -4.6% within the next year.

The median home value in Boca Grande is $1,410,900. Boca Grande home values have gone up 2.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.5% within the next year

The median home value in Fischer Island, Miami 33109 is $3,275,000. Fischer Island is an exclusive enclave with only 218 households and a total population of 467 persons..


#4  San Francisco

16140 Matilija Drive, Los Gatos, CA 95030 with 7 bedrooms, 9 baths and 7,705 sq.ft. is 
listed for sale at $10,700,000.


Once in a lifetime opportunity to experience perfection at this breathtaking Executive Estate in the most sought after Los Gatos/ Saratoga Neighborhood. Step into this high tech, sprawling oasis where luxury meets modern comfort and convenience.This 7,705 square feet single-level ranch-style Estate with basement is a breathtaking, custom-built paradise nestled on over one acre in the prestigious and highly sought-after Los Gatos/ Saratoga neighborhood. Featuring two wings each complete with their own master suite, the home has a total of 7 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 3 half baths, Guest House with a full kitchen, Movie Theatre with surround sound, 3,000 bottle Wine Cellar, Bocce Ball Court, Horseshoe Pit and attached three-car Garage complete with an electric vehicle high voltage outlet - all canopied by stunning California Redwood and Pine trees on a corner lot on Matilija Drive.This home a stunning example of craftsmanship and artistry fusing smoothly with modern design and technology.

























The median home value in San Francisco County is $1,285,400. San Francisco County home values have gone up 11.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Marin County is $1,089,800. Marin County home values have gone up 5.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Santa Clara County is $1,232,300. Santa Clara County home values have gone up 23.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.7% within the next year.

The median home value in Tiburon is $2,602,100. Tiburon home values have gone up 4.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.1% within the next year. 

The median home value in Sausalito is $1,334,900. Sausalito home values have gone up 4.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.8% within the next year.             

The median home value in Tiburon is $2,602,100. Tiburon home values have gone up 4.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.1% within the next year. 

The median home value in Saratoga is $2,875,300. Saratoga home values have gone up 19.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Palo Alto is $3,084,500. Palo Alto home values have gone up 22.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.4% within the next year.
          
The median home value in Los Altos is $3,338,600. Los Altos home values have gone up 19.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.9% within the next year.    

The median home value in Los Altos Hills is $5,135,900. Los Altos Hills home values have gone up 19.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.8% within the next year   

The median home value in Atherton is $7,458,100. Atherton home values have gone up 18.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 7.7% within the next year.



#5  Colorado

863 Hunter Creek Road, Aspen, Colorado 81611 with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths and 
7,225 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $16,000,000.




This turn-key Red Mountain residence features modern mountain interiors with stunning views over looking Aspen Mountain. This Five Bedroom, 6 Bath home features a dramatic Master Suite, Great Room with stone fireplace, library, gym, and home theatre room.Additional highlights include a climate controlled wine room, pool table with full wet bar ample guest rooms with high ceilings throughout, and snow melt driveway and patios.Easy access to all of Aspen and a short drive to the ski mountain.






















The median home value in Denver is $398,500. Denver home values have gone up 7.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.3% within the next year. 

The median home value in Avon is $595,000. Avon home values have gone up 5.9% over the past year. 

The median home value in Vail is $882,000. Vail home values have gone up 6.4% over the past year.

The median home value in Aspen is $1,316,500. Aspen home values have declined -8.8% over the past year.       

The median home value in Snowmass Village is $1,395,000.  Snowmass Village home values have declined -0.9% over the past year


#6  Seattle

Gibbs House, Seattle, WA 98109 with 3 bedrooms, 4 baths and 6,823 sq.ft. is listed 
for sale at $9,950,000.


Commissioned in 1928, the landmark Gibbs House sits on a gated, in-city compound on Queen Anne's fabled South Slope. Featuring iconic views of the City and Sound and unrivaled in construction, this meticulously restored jewel rests on an exquisite 18944 SF lot with manicured landscaping, sport court, elevated pool with adjoining 530 SF cabana and outdoor kitchen space; 2 large 2-car garages, potting room and terraced garden. Elegant formal spaces and wondrous views, a truly stunning Seattle property.




























The median home value in King County is $615,100. King County home values have gone up 15.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.4% within the next year.

The median home value in Kirkland is $736,300. Kirkland home values have gone up 21.8%  over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Seattle is $727,400. Seattle home values have gone up 17.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.4% within the next year.

The median home value in Bellevue is $891,400. Bellevue home values have gone up 17.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.6% within the next year. 

The median home value in Mercer Island is $1,492,900. Mercer Island home values have gone up 11.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,716,300. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 19.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.4% within the next year.             

The median home value in Medina is $2,742,000. Medina home values have gone up 14.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.3% within the next year.



#7    San Diego 

7191 Encelia Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths and 6,677 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $8,495,000.




The Sundial House, with brilliant design and panoramic views, may be world-renowned architect, C.W. Kim's, finest and most personal work of art. Set in exclusive Country Club Estates, the museum-worthy home offers exquisite craftsmanship, unexpected curves and an undulated perfection of casted light and circles. Be enveloped by a sense of harmony, awestruck by dramatic design and unobstructed horizon-level ocean views and inspired by the richness of materials and storied architecture. See Supp. A one-of- a-kind feat of architecture, C.W. Kim’s Sundial House, is a marvel of contemporary design and sophisticated elements. Enter through magical gates and a welcoming private courtyard with pool, fountain and firepit. Step across a path-lit bridge and through the home’s entryway and be wowed by a granite foyer and spectacular ocean views framed by massive floor-to- ceiling windows. An expansive ocean-view deck offers additional opportunities for entertaining. One is delighted by the dramatic play of natural light through circular windows and skylights during the day and breathtaking sunsets at night. A magnificent, curved beamed ceiling is one of many notable architectural achievements found in the home that create an ambiance that is both intimate and compelling. Tranquility and clarity abound in the richness of surroundings and use of exquisite stones, Brazilian Cherry flooring, crafted cabinetry, and more. Multiple sculpted granite fireplaces provide warmth and beauty. A unique circular kitchen, with exceptional appliances, grand piano-shaped granite island, multiple dishwashers including Miele, Viking and Gaggenau cooktops, grill, exotic lacy wood cabinetry and granite floors, enable one to prepare and enjoy intimate dinners or create feasts for more than 100. A lower floor wine cellar offers an elegant home for your finest bottles. The master retreat, with ocean views, offers hand-crafted marbled bath, soaking tub, curved vanities and his and her walk-in closets with custom glass doors and cabinetry for your finest apparel, shoes and handbags. Additional bedrooms features private baths and fine amenities. The entire upstairs is an expansive, custom-built design studio with full bath that could easily be converted to a second ocean-view master.























The median home value in San Diego County is $571,600. San Diego County home values have gone up 8.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.6% within the next year.

The median home value in Solana Beach is $1,284,300. Solana Beach home values have gone up 15.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Coronado is $1,578,200. Coronado home values have gone up 3.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.9% within the next year. 

The median home value in La Jolla is $1,907,700. La Jolla home values have gone up 9.3%  over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.0% within the next year.      

The median home value in Del Mar is $2,318,400. Del Mar home values have gone up 6.4%  over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.0% within the next year. 

The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,768,300. Rancho Santa Fe home values have gone up 6.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.7% within the next year.



#8    Phoenix

7528 North 66th Street, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 with 7 bedrooms, 13 baths and 15,619 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $7,450,000.



Elegant and exquisite describe this home set on almost 2 acres. It offers superb finishes, excellent architecture and an alluring combination of formal and informal spaces for the residents. Quality cabinetry and beautiful wood flooring. Open kitchen/family room looking to lush rear yard, pool, guest house and separate pool house. This is a magical home for the buyer who expects the best all in one package.































The median home value in Maricopa County is $254,600. Maricopa County home values have gone up 7.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 2.1% within the next year.       

The median home value in Scottsdale is $439,800. Scottsdale home values have gone up 5.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.7% within the next year. 



The median home value in Carefree is $747,500. Carefree home values have declined -1.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.4% within the next year. 

The median home value in Paradise Valley is $1,650,900. Paradise Valley home values have gone up 2.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.9% within the next year.


Today's Mortgage Rates 

United States MBA 30-Yr Mortgage Rate

Mortgage Rate in the United States averaged 6.32 percent from 1990 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 10.56 percent in April of 1990 and a record low of 3.47 percent in December of 2012.


Mortgage Rates Highest in a Week Ahead of Fed
Mar 20 2018, 3:33PM


Mortgage rates rose to the highest levels in more than a week today, but that's the most dramatic way to put it.   In terms of outright movement, today was fairly average.  It only earns the "highest in a week" distinction due to the incredibly flat trend that persisted from Tuesday through yesterday afternoon.  More simply put, most borrowers would still be quoted the same rate as yesterday with the only difference being slightly higher upfront costs (or lower upfront credit, depending on the scenario).

All the recent stability in rates begs the question: what might come along to shake things up again?  Enter tomorrow's policy announcement from the Federal Reserve (the Fed).  While the Fed doesn't directly dictate mortgage rates or even longer term rates like US Treasury yields, the Fed Funds Rate (the one they actually directly control) has far-reaching implications.  The trick is that it's not so much about present-day movement in the Fed Funds Rate as much as EXPECTATIONS for future movement. 

With that in mind, tomorrow becomes all the more important because it's one of the once-a-quarter Fed meetings where Fed members update their rate outlook.  This has become the market's way to stay up to speed on a general rate hike outlook.  The catch is that there's no way to know how much of a change the market currently expects.  The takeaway is that rates stand a higher chance to experience a bigger move, for better or worse.

52 Week

ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM4.57%4.53%+0.043.84%4.58%
15 Yr FRM3.93%3.91%+0.023.12%3.94%
FHA 30 Year Fixed4.36%4.32%+0.043.35%4.38%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.57%4.55%+0.024.10%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.66%3.65%+0.013.01%3.66%
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Cordially,  


Tom Furino  


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