Monday, August 13, 2018

Today's Best Mansions: 

#1    1204 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 is listed for sale at $17,400,000.

The median home value in 90266 is $2,504,500. 90266 home values have gone up 6.0% over the past year and it is predicted they will rise 1.5% within the next year

Modern luxury meets exquisite architecture at the South Bay's most coveted address: The Strand. This 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 5,372 sq.ft. 3 story oceanfront retreat is enveloped by floor-to-ceiling glass windows welcoming panoramic ocean vistas from PV to Malibu. Perhaps most endearing is the home's prominent placement, steps away from the celebrated restaurants, shops & iconic pier of downtown Manhattan Beach. Designed by KAA Design Group & custom built by Baldwin Construction, this heirloom home is lain with warm walnut hardwood floors & contemporary mahogany accents. Every detail hand-selected, this elevator-served residence features pressed recycled glass countertops, 9' ceilings & a Savant Smart House System. The 1st floor is an entertainer's dream, featuring an outdoor room with built-in BBQ. Inside enjoy the entertaining area, kitchenette & a beach bath that leads to an outdoor shower & surfboard storage. Also find 2 guest bedrooms, one with ensuite bath, laundry room & additional room ideal as a media, craft or playroom. Travel up the modern cable staircase to the main floor, accessed by 3 car garage or entry courtyard. The gourmet kitchen with a grand island & Miele stainless steel appliances, opens to a comfortable dining area & spacious great room. On the top floor lies the vast master retreat accompanied by a private outdoor deck, office, spa-inspired bathroom & dual walk-in closets. Adjacent to the master suite resides an exercise room, 2nd laundry room & guest bedroom with ensuite bath.

#2    200 Robin Road, Hillsborough, CA 94010 is listed for sale at $11,880,000

The median home value in  94010 is $2,779,600. 94010 home values have gone up 14.3% over the past year and it is predicted they will rise 5.4% within the next year.


Casa Sola, located in the premier estate area of Hillsborough, is a magnificent 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 7,319 sq.ft. Spanish inspiration. Although only eight years old, gracious ambiance and masterful craftsmanship create a sense of stately old world style. A spacious floor plan with six bedrooms, five en-suite, formal living and dining rooms, fabulous kitchen-great room, studies, huge patio, and land for estate enhancement, and impeccable use of materials make this property the ultimate statement of quality and taste.

#3       7415 Nanitch Labe SE, Tenino, WA 98589 is listed for sale at $11,000,000.

The median home value in 98589 is $311,000. 98589 home values have gone up 12.4% over the past year and it is predicted they will rise 3.2% within the next year,

7415 Nanitch Lane SE, Tenino, WA 98589

Guggenheim Museum meets spaceship inspired in a highly modern, circular 6 bedroom, 5 bath, 8,462 sq.ft.  home atop 85 acres of stunning land with sustainable gardens, saltwater pool, separate 3 bedroom guest house, and archery range. Contemporary and free flowing, curvy, with plush custom made rounded furniture. Environmentally friendly and self-sustaining with geothermal and solar systems allows for nearly off-grid living. Generous land mass for endless possibilities. Unique. Inspired by The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in South West Scotland.

7415 Nanitch Lane SE, Tenino, WA 98589

7415 Nanitch Lane SE, Tenino, WA 98589

7415 Nanitch Lane SE, Tenino, WA 98589

7415 Nanitch Lane SE, Tenino, WA 98589

7415 Nanitch Lane SE, Tenino, WA 98589

7415 Nanitch Lane SE, Tenino, WA 98589

7415 Nanitch Lane SE, Tenino, WA 98589

7415 Nanitch Lane SE, Tenino, WA 98589

#4     6 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024 is listed for sale at $9,200,000

The median home value in 10024 is $1,512,900. 10023 home values have declined -6.2% over the past year and it is predicted they will rise 4.9% within the next year.

This 4 bedroom, 6 bath, 4,950 sq.ft. a Neo Grec style single-family townhouse designed by the architect Christian Blinn in 1881 as the second in a series of four row houses. This newly renovated home is the least expensive single-family townhouse on the Upper West Side with an elevator. Others features include a glass rear wall on the lower three floors which flood the house with natural light, high-end finishes and appliances, a luxurious full-floor master suite, and an excavated basement and recreation room with a full bath leading out to the 32'-deep south-facing garden.

#5    4351 Gulf Shore Blvd., Naples, Florida 34103 is listed for sale at $7,299,000.

The median home value in 34103 is $777,000. 34103 home values have gone up 5.0% over the past year and it is predicted they will rise 1.0% within the next year.

Enjoy Gulf of Mexico views to Sanibel and beyond from one of Naples' most sought-after buildings! This rarely available south side offering is comprised of 4 bedrooms, 6 baths and 6,062 sq.ft. of living area with four full bedroom suites, five-and-a-half baths, library, great room, formal dining area and family room. Estate Fifteen South boasts neutral tones throughout and three terraces to enjoy sunrise-to-sunset views. Building specifications include floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, ten-foot ceilings, eight-foot doors, gas cooking and a water detection system. Le Rivage offers the complete luxury lifestyle with unmatched amenities, including 24-hour front desk attendant, saline pool and spa, gorgeous social room, top-notch fitness room, massage room, two Gulf-view guest suites, three parking spaces, as well as an air-conditioned storage locker and beach storage. The Village on Venetian Bay is nearby and has been heralded for its waterfront setting, wonderful dining and eclectic mix of specialty retailers. Park Shore residents may purchase or lease a boat dock located on Venetian Bay.

#6   1010 East Hyman Avenue, Unit W, Aspen, Colorado 81611 is listed for sale at $7,900,000.

The median home value in 81611 is $1,386,200. 81611 home values have gone up 13.1% over the past year and it is predicted they will rise 1.4% within the next year.

Beautiful 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,984 sq.ft. townhouse 3 blocks from the Aspen's core. Located at the end of East Hyman Ave, unit offers great views of Aspen Mountain as well as Red Mountain from the roof deck. Remodeled in 2016 makes it turnkey. Great light, quiet location, this is a must see.

#7      15839 The River Trail, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 is listed for sale at $5,950,000.

The median home value in 92067 is $2,780,800. 92067 home values have declined -1.1% over the past year and it is predicted they will fall -0.8% within the next year.

Exceptional custom features are evident throughout this refined 5 bedroom, 7 bath, 10,632 sq.ft.  smart-house residence, one of just thirteen homes located behind the impressive gates of The River Estates in Rancho Santa Fe. Superior finishes and sophisticated materials differentiate this stunning five-bedroom estate from the ordinary. Special features include radius walls, hand-carved crown molding, custom fireplaces, fine cabinetry, hand-wrought iron, and exotic slabs of onyx, granite and travertine. The functional open floorplan consists of an informal great room with a two-sided stone fireplace that opens to a separate bar and game room; formal living and dining rooms that provide a serene ambiance; and a professionally equipped open kitchen that is ideal for entertaining. The wood-paneled office, with large fireplace and handsome box-beam ceiling, opens to a private patio. On the main level, the private master-bedroom retreat has its own fireplace, large customized closets with built-in dressers, and a resort-like master bathroom with spa tub, steam shower, sauna and furniture-quality cabinetry. The auxiliary main-floor bedroom has been converted to a home theater featuring state-of-the-art components that could easily be converted back to a second bedroom. Three oversized bedroom suites on the upper level are complete with unique baths and generous walk-in closets. The outdoors provides ample room for extensive entertaining and boasts a cooking station wth pizza oven and BBQ, a resort-inspired pool and spa with slide and two waterfalls, and a separate air-conditioned studio apartment or spacious pool house with kitchen and bath, all surrounded by a lush lawn and exquisite landscaping complete with majestic palms. An attached four-car garage provides ample parking and storage. Ideally located in Rancho Santa Fe with convenient proximity to local schools, shopping, freeways and beaches, this spectacular custom estate will captivate, inspire and delight.

Today's Mortgage Rates
Mortgage Rates Noticeably Lower on Global Market Drama
Aug 10 2018, 4:47PM

Mortgage rates, and indeed most interest rates, are tied to movement in the bond market.  In turn, bonds tend to benefit when big, scary stuff is shaking global economic confidence.  In today's case, the debt crisis in Turkey did just that.  Investors sought safe haven in bonds, and rates moved to the lowest levels since July 20th.

Lest you think that Turkey is a constant arrow in the quiver of potential market movers for rates, understand that things have had to get pretty bad for US markets to unequivocally respond.  This has been a festering for several days (even months, depending upon how nervous or clairvoyant you might be by nature).  Today was really the first day that where there's no doubt that Turkey is in the drivers' seat for global financial markets.

See how weird that sounded?  You'd be correct in assuming it won't last forever and that it hasn't amounted to a profound shift in mortgage rates.  After all, it's not like Turkey is Greece from 2010-2012!  Ha!  Sorry... that was a little European systemic collapse humor--not really that funny I'm afraid.  But it does raise a good point: Turkey's market movement potential is limited compared to what we saw from Greece, because Greece shared a ledger with the entire Eurozone (hence the "systemic" verbiage).  

That means we shouldn't expect the same levels of inspiration from this overseas crisis--not even close--even though it may well have a bit farther to go.

52 Week Range          Today  Yesterday            Low/High 

30 Yr FRM4.64%4.70%-0.063.84%4.79%
15 Yr FRM4.13%4.16%-0.033.12%4.22%
FHA 30 Year Fixed4.37%4.40%-0.033.35%4.50%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.40%4.45%-0.054.10%4.81%
5/1 Yr ARM3.95%3.99%-0.043.10%4.02%

The Top Luxury Real Estate Markets with Medium Home Values

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Tom Furino