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July 30, 2015

Coffee Brews Up Real Estate Values

Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie First light sweeps through the bay, softly illuminating the fog and ushering in the morning calm. As the city awakens, the quiet stillness in the cold San Francisco air is interrupted only by low grumbles of “Don’t even talk to me until I’ve had my coffee.”

July 29, 2015

Windsor (Vero Beach, FL) Seasonal Sales Report

The Windsor community just finished a strong 2014/2015 sales season (mid-November 2014 to mid-July 2015). The number of home sales was up 50% from the 2013/2014 season (from 12 to 18), while the number of home sales on the North and South Barrier Island of Vero Beach (consistently ranked one of the highest net worth regions in the country), rose 19.31% from the previous season (from 145 to 173 home sales). The number of days homes were on the market at Windsor decreased from the 2013/2014 season 46.75% and the average discount on resales fell 54.59%. Home resales were strong in the 2014/2015 season, with 14, season versus 7 in the 2013/2014 season.

July 29, 2015

Prestigious Harbor Beach Exclusive

Courtesy of Florida Luxurious Properties Harbor Beach is a prestigious neighborhood in East Fort Lauderdale. It is and remains the oldest and most desirable luxury residential community. Estates in this idyllic community consist of a mixture of contemporary and Mediterranean architecture. Most homes are waterfront with private dockage to accommodate yachts and speed boats and unobstructed access to the ocean. The serious yachtsman’s would be thrilled to know that Harbor Beach is one of the few neighborhoods that has its own marina and offers residents who are members of the Harbor Beach Surf Club access to 300 feet of private shoreline that extends all the way to Lake Sylvia.

July 29, 2015

Acquiterme - Wellness and Relaxation in Piedmont

Courtesy of Great Estate Group Acquiterme as its name suggests is famous for its thermal springs and their therapeutic properties. Being a small town in the province of Alessandria, it is easily accessible to all, thanks to the numerous water fountains throughout its historic centre.  ‘Bollente’, which flows at well over 75°C, is Aquiterme’s most famous spring right in the heart of the city and together with another slightly cooler spring gives life to the small ‘Antiche Terme’ lake. These rainwater springs have been slowly running underneath Acqui for almost 70 years and have been enriched by minerals released mainly by the extensive salt deposits of the sea strait that once occupied the Po Valley area.

July 29, 2015

Cow-A-Bunga!!

Courtesy of Platinum Properties It’s hard to know the exact moment when something evolves from being an anomaly to gaining “trend” status, and even more difficult to determine why, suddenly, something is so in-the-moment-wanted. This is especially true when it involves cows and real estate. Cows?

July 29, 2015

Bob Hope's Estate is a Timeless Classic, Now Listed at $12 Million

Bob Hope's manor is a timeless classic, much like the man himself. The grand Bob and Dolores Hope estate in Toluca Lake, California has been on the market and was just significantly reduced to $12 Million, listed with Craig Strong of John Aaroe Group. The house was designed by Robert Finkelhor and built for the Hopes in 1939, then updated by Hollywood Regency-style architect John Elgin Woolf in the mid-1950s, reports The LA Times. 

July 29, 2015

Twin Beeches

Courtesy of Lois Schneider Realtor Our featured property this month is 233 Springfield Avenue in Summit, NJ. According to the Summit Historical Society, a few grand estates were built on Summit’s Northside as ‘country homes’ during the early 1900s. Twin Beeches, like Twin Maples, now the stately Summit Fortnightly Club, was one such home. The present day Twin Beeches is a superbly finished Spanish Colonial Revival estate, an architectural tour de force, completely rebuilt in 2000 by the current owners. Their goal was to build “a new, one hundred year old house,” carefully adhering to the Spanish Colonial style as defined by noted turn of the century architect Addison Mizner, updated for modern living. The home includes the grand interior and exterior entertaining spaces typical of the Mizner designed Palm Beach and Palm Springs estates. The quality of the materials and the craftsmanship are as they would have been in times past, applied with meticulous adherence to the home’s architectural style, including: a distinctive clay barrel tile roof imported from Italy; custom exterior brickwork and limestone detailing; mahogany windows and doors; ceiling heights, millwork, and other finishes following a formal/informal hierarchy; and ceiling friezes and Venetian plaster walls in formal spaces. Privately perched on a 2.3 acre prime Northside property accessed by two driveways, this expansive estate is a rare find in Summit, and just blocks to town and New York City commuter trains.

July 29, 2015

Grand Seattle Home in the Prestigious Capitol Hill for Sale with Ewing & Clark

North Capitol Hill is one of Seattle’s oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods. Just east of Downtown Seattle, the neighborhood was developed in the early 1900’s and features some of the grandest homes of that era. Though many more expensive homes can be found in surrounding areas, such as near Lake Washington and on the Eastside, the historic homes on North Capitol Hill have a special quality, offering large lots and spacious residences in the heart of one of central Seattle’s densest neighborhoods. Tree-lined streets and picturesque Volunteer Park add to the neighborhood’s appeal.

July 29, 2015

The architecture of the Belle Époque period

Courtesy of Paul Coleman of Carlton International After the Franco-German war in 1870/71, Europe enjoyed a period of interior peace for more than forty years until the start of the First World War in 1914. During this period, many important developments took place especially in those countries with a considerable influence such as England, France, Austria and Germany.

July 27, 2015

Rational Progress

By Steve Blank, managing broker, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, Downtown Interest rates, rent and home values are all projected to rise throughout next year and into the foreseeable future.  These factors impact our timetable as to when to purchase, or how long to delay a home purchase decision.
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