Friday, March 16, 2018


Today's Best Mansions.


Their lavish. Their huge. Their grand. Their expensive.


#1  Florida

1960 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, Florida 33480 with 8 bedrooms, 19 baths and 24,600 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $59,000,000.



World-renowned designer Juan Pablo Molyneux crafted the interiors of this majestic 24,600-square-foot estate on prestigious South Ocean Boulevard, which sits on a rare 2.25-acre gated estate with frontage on both a private Atlantic beach and the waters of Lake Worth.An incomparable retreat, the villa stands out as a breathtaking example of Palm Beach style, combining European elegance and contemporary comfort. Vast, inviting, festive and liveable, the home offers eight bedrooms, eleven full and eight half baths, a library, a formal dining room and a living room with French doors that open to a coquina terrace. It also features a billiards room, a chefs kitchen with butlers pantry, a wine cellar and staff quarters, among other amenities. From coffered ceilings and stone fireplaces to gilt-embossed leather walls and trompe lil finishes, every room displays the Molyneuxs exceptional attention to refinement and detail. Using gold, turquoise, citrine, ochre, coral and terracotta, the designers palette mirrors the surrounding landscape. Windows throughout capture views of water, sky and trees. Outdoors, stairs cascade from the loggias of two pavilions to gorgeous terraces, a courtyard lush with bougainvillea, a heated swimming pool and a dock on the lake. Oceanside, formal gardens give way to a beautiful, privately accessed beach. A guest and pool house, six-car garage and expansive brick motor court complete the estate. 






















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..



#2  New York

179 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075 with 10 bedrooms, 10 baths and 8,500 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $24,000,000.

An extraordinary and truly rare property comprised of two magnificent 19th Century townhouses adjoined back-to-back through a sprawling 74 ft. two-tiered landscaped garden with a swimming pool, encompassing 10,000 +/- square feet of living space just a few blocks from Central Park in Manhattan's Upper East Side. .The "Front House" on East 81st Street contains four floors with five bedrooms-including a master bedroom with en suite bath, fireplace and dressing room--four-and-a-half baths and three additional wood-burning fireplaces. All the original period details, such as crown moldings and hardwood floors, have been beautifully preserved. On the parlor floor, the elegant formal drawing room leads through to a beautifully-proportioned dining room with wood-burning fireplace and French doors leading to a balcony overlooking the garden. On the ground floor is a large CliveChristian kitchen with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances that is opened to a living area with a wood-burning fireplace. Finally, there is a finished basement with laundry room and full bath.

The "Back House" on East 80th Street has been fancifully renovated to serve as a guesthouse and grand entertaining space. The large open living room with soaring 11'6" ceilings on the parlor floor has a custom designed bar and opens into a dramatic billiards room with wood-burning fireplace and through to a romantic covered loggia overlooking the pool and garden. The ground floor consists of an Italian tiled updated kitchen with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances, and a garden-side dining room that seats 20 guests comfortably. A beautifully appointed master bedroom-suite with wood-burning fireplace is accessible through its own separate entrance under the stoop on 80th Street. In its current configuration, there are two more guestrooms on the third floor with a shared en suite bath. On the fourth floor there is a ballet/yoga studio with wood-burning fireplace, a fitness room, a sauna, a steam room and a full bath. At the very top of the house sits an enchanting rooftop atrium with a wet bar and two terraces. Both buildings have central air and state-of-the-art security systems with video surveillance.The magical 17' x 74' tiered garden has nearly 2,000 sq. ft of outdoor living space. It connects the two houses and has both northern and southern exposures. Its amenities include a grilling area and a heated outdoor pool equipped with Swim Jet.  Truly, this exceptional compound offers the expansiveness and comfort of country living in the heart of the Upper East Side. Its very rare to find this amount of space, privacy and beauty anywhere else in the city. 

























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   Los Angeles

924 Palisades Beach Road, Santa Monica, CA 90403 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths and 4,996 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $22,000,000. 




This stunning beachfront contemporary on Santa Monica's prestigious Gold Coast offers panoramic ocean views and award winning Molori-designed property. The front entry leads to an open living room, dining area, powder room and chef's kitchen. A sculptural staircase reveals three levels of living space, including a sumptuous master bedroom three en suite guest bedrooms, a media room/library, study, and huge family room with a full bar and fireplace and terrace. The magnificent master suite showcases French antique herringbone floors, motorized blinds , fireplace, dual walk-in bathrooms and closets. A roof top entertainment area is complete with a full kitchen and bar, dining area, and glass walled pool. The courtyard on the ground level features a 30 ft long pool and spa looking through the glass walled cabana that functions as a fully-equipped guesthouse opening right onto the beach. This home featured the latest home automation and security system.  







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.



#4    San Diego 

2606/2610 Ocean Front Street, Del Mar, CA 92014 with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 
2,185 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $14,988,000.

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The opportunity of a lifetime awaits you at this beachfront sanctuary of modern luxury. A private 50 foot expanse of prime oceanfront real estate, right on the sands of Del Mar Beach, could be yours. These stunning, contemporary properties are being uniquely offered as a rare dual listing. Two newly renovated, custom built home sites boasting sleek, modern décor, resort-style indoor/outdoor living, and incredible panoramic ocean views from every angle.

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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.




#5   Colorado

County Road #250, Durango, Colorado 81301 with 5 bedrooms, 8 baths and 
7,274 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $13,500,000.


Beaumont Ranch is nestled in the heart of the Animas Valley, a stunning 20-minute drive north of Durango, surrounded by scenery carved by ancient glaciers and peaks that rise nearly 13,000 feet. The 86-acre estate features immaculately maintained residences (7) and ancillary structures (7), perfectly manicured grounds, approximately 1700 feet of Animas river frontage and ample water rights. Beaumont is the ultimate legacy property and retreat for family. Unlike many mountain ranches, Beaumont enjoys easy accessibility to countless recreational opportunities and city conveniences alike. The remarkable and private inner channel of the Animas River flows on the western boundary of the ranch, with first-class trout fishing. In addition, enjoy six productive ponds stocked with rainbow trout. Awe-inspiring mountain views can be seen from every vantage point of the property with Engineer Mountain as the headliner. 






















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     Phoenix

9625 East Tillinghast Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85262 with 6 bedrooms, 8 baths and 
11,250 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $12,500,000.



Timeless contemporary estate that was inspired with an unlimited budget, a blank canvas for architectural creativity and a one-of-a-kind site with views of the entire southern horizon. A visionary and profound architectural statement with intersecting radial and linear forms built to commercial construction standards. The pioneering roof design features 'folded plates' of copper that perfectly blend the home into the natural desert surroundings. Interior details include Hope Steel doors, limestone flooring, dry-stacked sandstone fireplace surrounds and custom copper details and trim around every window, doorway and wall. The site provides 270 degree, top-of-the-world sunset, city light and mountain views from 16 hilltop acres at the apex of Lone Mountain in Scottsdale's Desert Mountain. The main residence includes the master suite plus three ensuite bedrooms and multiple living and entertaining areas. A separate guest house provides a full kitchen and living room with two ensuite bedrooms. The outdoor living space is a true oasis for play or relaxation with a lap pool that floats in a black granite box, a play pool, spa and multiple sundecks and covered patios. This residence is one of the finest properties in the western US and is an exceptional combination of home and homesite for the most discerning buyer.

























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.
#7  Seattle

1750 92nd Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004  with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 7,716 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $12,880,000.


The Mansion. Clyde Hill's elegant trophy residence-takes its place among the great estates of the Northwest. Private gated entry opens to the sprawling shy 1.5 acre grounds overlooking Seattle skyline, Lake Washington, and Olympics. Modern European grandeur with extraordinary design and engineering. The elegant old-world exterior true to its classic design artfully fuses with a meticulously renovated modern contemporary style. Only once does an offering of this legacy and caliber present itself.





























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.


#8  San Francisco

233 Round Hill Road, Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920 with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths and 5,980 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $11,495,000.


Impeccable view estate! This five bedroom, six-bath luxury residence includes a stunning main residence, a generous guest house, detached 2car carriage house w/studio, pool & spa; all perfectly sited on a gated & private, nearly acre parcel w/ views of Richardson Bay, Sausalito and Golden Gate Bridge, sweeping lawns, manicured grounds and abundant outdoor entertaining areas that flow from main living spaces. Exquisite quality throughout!






























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.





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 Hold Steady at Lowest Levels in March
Mar 15 2018, 4:19PM


Mortgage rates held steady today as political headlines helped to offset some initial weakness in bond markets.  When bonds weaken, rates tend to move higher.  That said, this morning's weakness was quite modest.  The helpful headlines (regarding Robert Mueller's subpoena of members of the Trump Organization) had a similarly modest effect, thus leaving bonds and rates in relatively unchanged territory.  That's perfectly acceptable in this case because it means rates are holding in line with their lowest levels since March 1st.

The risk is that March 1st served as a floor for rates after they began falling from mid-February highs.  It could be the case that rates will have a tough time moving any lower than today's levels without more meaningful motivation and that they're waiting to decide on such matters until after next week's policy announcement from the Federal Reserve (aka, "the Fed").  While the Fed is widely expected to hike its policy rate next week, markets are more interested in their updated rate hike outlook (released 4 times a year) as well as the first press conference for Jerome Powell as Fed Chair

52 Week  Mortgage Rates:

ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM4.52%4.52%--3.84%4.58%
15 Yr FRM3.90%3.90%--3.12%3.94%
FHA 30 Year Fixed4.30%4.30%--3.35%4.38%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.55%4.55%--4.10%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.63%3.61%+0.023.01%3.63%

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Cordially,  


Tom Furino  


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