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It is with great pride that I introduce to you this inaugural edition of Leverage Lookbook. Our mission at Leverage has always been to provide each of our partners with the highest level of service, support, expertise, and connections, and it has been a dream of mine, since launching Leverage last year, to produce this digital publication. Our Leverage Lookbook not only highlights a unique selection of our global partners’ properties available for sale, but also uncovers and shares an array of carefully curated products and insights on everything from the hottest real estate markets to the coolest new things happening in our Leverage cities across the world. I see Leverage Lookbook as yet another link to connect our partners to each other, as well as our clients, so that we can continue to exchange ideas and strengthen relationships.

PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER

F. Ron Smith EDITOR

Samantha Brooks ART DIRECTOR

Jackie Caradonio CREATIVE CONSULTANT

Emily Desai PRODUCTION MANAGER

Annalisa Povlock ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Tracy Berliner Smith ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR

Michelle Erwin PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Jenai Shroff

It is my greatest hope that you not only enjoy reading about some absolutely amazing homes—in this issue, located everywhere from Telluride to Thailand—but also gain important insights and insider tips from our expert team of editors, writers, and partners. Welcome to Leverage Lookbook. Open it and enjoy!

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Nancy Wong Bryan CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Jorge S. Arango, Mairi Beautyman, Anna Fialho, Kim Fredericks, Lesley McKenzie, Josephine Minutillo, Paul Rubio

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ABOUT LEVERAGE

ABOUT LEVERAGE LOOKBOOK

Leverage Global Partners is your connection to elite real estate information and listings in communities around the world. We specialize in connecting the global real estate market, one community at a time. Each unique Leverage Global Partner is selected based on professional recognition and local expertise. We are dedicated to offering exceptional customer service while maintaining our reputation of being the best choice for luxury international real estate transactions.

All editorial content featured in the Leverage Lookbook is created specifically for our digital publication and is not to be used elsewhere for marketing or sales purposes. Each story has been researched and written by a dedicated staff, independent of any Leverage partner affiliates. Each property featured has been hand-selected by the editorial staff, at no charge to the seller or listing agent.


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CONTENTS WINTER 14

Open House

20 Touring st unning homes for sale around the world 20

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Razzle Dazzle

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Lighten Up

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Hidden Power

Colin Cowie’s Manhattan marvel.

A 28-acre ranch in Telluride receives a modern update.

This Bel Air abode offers privacy without seclusion.

by jorge s . arango

by kim fredericks

by josephine minutillo

Ace of Pace

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Hawaiian Tropic

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Clean Sweep

Samujana’s stunning Villa 6 epitomizes the relaxed sophistication of Koh Samui.

A trio of interconnected pavilions gives this Maui beach house a Balinese flair.

A modern glass-and-steel home takes advantage of the Vail Valley’s pristine views.

by jorge s . arango

by lesley mckenzie

by kim fredericks


From Our Company

Shop the Store

Realtor Profiles

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Letter from the President

Items to fill every room of your home

Insights and expertise from our global partners

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Around the World

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News and notes from our partners across the globe.

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Aether Outdoor apparel that goes from the slopes to the city.

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Partners Trust, Los Angeles 92

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Marie France Van Damme

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Transpor tat ion Authorit y Travel tips from the experts

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A centuries-old crystal company embraces modern lines. 8

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Jeff Morr Majestic Properties, South Florida

Resort wear to keep sporting long after you’re back from the beach. 86

Gary Hersham Beauchamp Estates, London

Restoration Hardware The classic American company turns your bedroom into a sanctuary.

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Cindy Ambuehl

Jet Suite CEO Alex Wilcox shares his essentials.

Miele High tech meets high design in these kitchen appliances.

Home Improvement Low-maintenance upgrades that have a high impact

Midcentury Modern

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A look at the history, homes, and products of a celebrated era in design. by jorge s . arango

Hot Topic Saunas and steam showers

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Phoning Home Smartphone-friendly gadgets

Locat ion, Locat ion What’s new, timely, and appealing in our Leverage partner cities

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Palm Beach by paul rubio

Ellen Creek Estate A $12.5 million mountain estate to try before you buy.

Paris by mairi beautyman

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Last Look

Our List ings 98

A look at our stunning homes for sale in every market PAGE 104

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AROUND THEWORLD The latest from our partners far and wide

VILLAGE PROPERTIES Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Charity Efforts Reach Over $1 Million Village Properties established the Teachers Fund in 2002 to assist local teachers with purchasing school supplies for their classrooms. Since its inception, the non-profit has raised more than $1 million for more than 2,400 local public and private elementary, junior high, and high school classrooms around Santa Barbara County. All the donations directly benefit the teachers and students, going to such basic but needed items as books, art supplies, dictionaries, and software programs.

VANGUARD PROPERTIES Sonoma, CA, USA

Vanguard Expands into the California Wine Country

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Located at 421 Healdsburg Avenue, amid some of the area’s best shopping and dining, Vanguard’s first wine region office complements the company’s existing locations in San Francisco and Sebastopol by offering its city clients access to country homes and land, all within a 90-minute drive from the Bay Area.


MAJESTIC PROPERTIES Miami, FL, USA

Majestic Opens Location at Ten Museum Park The prestigious Chad Oppenheim–designed tower in Miami has been turning heads ever since it opened in 2007. Now, Leverage’s Miami partner, Majestic Properties, has opened its newest office on the ground floor of Ten Museum Park, in the heart of Miami’s booming downtown district.

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International Expansion Last October, we added what is now one of our largest international partners to the Leverage team, Emile Garcin Partners. The company was founded in 1963 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and has expanded to 26 offices throughout France, with branches abroad in Marrakesh, Tangiers, Geneva, Brussels, Dublin, London, Boston, and St. Barth.

JACKSON HOLE REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATES Jackson Hole, WY, USA

2013 Wyoming Realtor of the Year As one of our company’s newest real estate partners, Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates not only brings the Leverage team its stunning portfolio of mountain homes for sale, but the honor of boasting the state’s Realtor of the Year. Devon Viehman-Wheeldon was awarded the honor in September by a committee of her peers, who recognized her sales achievements as well as her community involvement and honorable business practices. A Jackson Hole native, A Jackson Hole native, Devon is a partner at Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates, and offers such listings as the $12.5 million Ellen Creek Estate profiled in “Last Look,” on page 102.

EMILE GARCIN PARTNERS

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Style File

Perhaps the most iconic images of midcentury modern architecture come from Brooklyn-born photographer Julius Shulman, who lived in a glass-and-steel structure of his own, designed by Raphael Soriano, in Los Angeles from 1950 until he passed away in 2009 at the age of 98. Shulman’s prolific catalog has been commemorated in several coffee table books from Taschen, including Case Study Houses and Modernism Rediscovered (shown), which offer compelling looks at some of the 20th century’s most iconic designs.

PHOTOGRAPH: JULIUS SHULMAN. © J.PAUL GETTY TRUST. USED WITH PERMISSION. JULIUS SHULMAN PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE, RESEARCH LIBRARY AT THE GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE./TASCHEN

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MIDCENTURY

MODERN Affecting architecture, interiors, and product and graphic design, and meandering into offshoots like Googie architecture and Danish modern, midcentury modern has become a catchall for much of the design out of the post–World War II ­movement—roughly 1945 to 1965— that was about democratization, openness, and optimism. Midcentury homes were exemplars of leisure rather than ornate barometers of money and taste, and championed a connection to nature. They were characterized by flat roofs, clean orthogonal lines, open floor plans, spare details, and wall upon wall of glass. Materials were humble: concrete, steel, aluminum, plywood. They had nothing to hide and spread out horizontally, as if lounging in the landscape, their very forms telegraphing laid-back living. Egalitarian, even Utopian, they were intended for mass consumption, so affordability and efficiency were virtues. Furniture showcased mass-production methods and leaner silhouettes, announcing a new peacetime productivity and hopefulness. As we neared the space age—launched with Sputnik in 1957—forms became amoebic and futuristic: boomerangs, kidney shapes, parabolas, and flying saucers. And products for the home swapped decorative flourish for practicality, function, and convenience. Still modern and relevant today, the original homes that remain— many of them built in California as part of the Case Study House program—are still highly coveted pieces of real estate, while, when it comes to furnishings, everything from starburst mirrors to classic Eames chairs feel as fresh and contemporary as they did during the times of their original launches. —jorge s . arango

This page: Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, California. Opposite: Perlberg Residence by William F. Cody, Palm Springs, California, shot by Julius Shulman in 1952.

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ICONIC DESIGN

Eames black leather and walnut lounge chair and ottoman, $4,499. Available at Room & Board. 2

CALIFORNIA POTTERY

Russel Wright American Modern china, $80 (pitcher) and $21 (tumbler). Available at Bauer Pottery. 3

PHOTOGRAPHIC ART

“Poolside Gossip” by Slim Aarons, 1970, $650–$3,300 (depending on size). Available at Photographers’ Gallery. 4

CLASSIC LINES

Isamu Noguchi table, from $1,499. Available at Design Within Reach. 5

GET ILLUMINATED

Poul Henningsen Artichoke pendant for Louis Poulson in copper, from $10,260. Available at Design Within Reach. 6

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Starburst wall mirror, $199. From Crate and Barrel. 7

TIMELESS NELSON

George Nelson Thin Edge buffet in Santos ­Palisander finish, $15,628. From Herman Miller.

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Sunnylands—Walter and Leonore Annenberg’s Rancho Mirage, Calif., estate, where they entertained innumerable presidents and heads of state amid Impressionist and Postimpressionist art and interior decor by the glamorous William Haines—features classic midcentury architecture by A. Quincy Jones. Home tours ($35) must be arranged in advance, but the Sunnylands Center and Gardens are free, open to the public, and less than two hours from Los Angeles.

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ROOM WITH A VIEW A 2006 road trip for Mariah’s birthday led to a serendipitous discovery: a love for the wilds of northeastern Oregon.

In 1946, Richard Neutra designed Kaufmann House in Palm Springs for Pittsburgh department store magnate Edgar Kaufmann, who had also engaged Frank Lloyd Wright to design the iconic ­Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania a decade prior.


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PARADISE VALLEY A fabulous midcentury masterpiece at the top of the mountain in Clearwater Hills. Designed by the legendary Paul Yeager, this timeless beauty has amazing views of Camelback Mountain and downtown Phoenix…

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PALM SPRINGS Stunning midcentury home on one of the best streets in Tahquitz River Estates. Architecturally distinctive, this home represents all the finest elements of this period...

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Location, Location

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Its nickname is the City of Lights, but you could easily swap in love, culture, or croissants. Home to nearly one-fifth of the population of France, Paris is the fifth largest city in the European Union by population and the third most visited city in the world, annually drawing 29 million visitors. The hearty tourism industry has helped make Paris the sixth richest city in the world by gross domestic product. Upcoming events include contemporary interior design fair Maison & Objet (January), Fashion Week (February), and international art event Art Paris (March). Each year, some 900 movies are filmed at the city’s iconic landmarks, among them the most visited museum in the world, the Louvre. However, statistics show that 60 percent of visitors are there to shop. The city is home to some of the most prestigious fashion labels in the world, and established destinations such as Louis Vuitton and Colette have recently been joined by new flagships for Emilio Pucci and Ralph Lauren. This well-heeled crowd is also well-fed, with more than 70 Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from. City navigation is based on a clockwise spiral of 20 arrondissements—or administrative districts— each with its own mayor. Meandering through is the River Seine, where leafy parks beckon. The most famous shopping streets and exclusive real estate lies within the Triangle d’Or—the Golden Triangle—bordered by Avenues des ChampsÉlysées, George V, and Montaigne. Besides great culture, shopping, food, and a thriving economy, here are just a few more reasons to love the city.

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LADURÉE

A pale green sign marks the entrance to this French pastry shop, and a box of macarons—pink pepper and gingerbread are among the bolder flavors—can be consumed in the back bar area. 2

MONSIEUR BLEU

Soaring ceilings, an expansive terrace overlooking the Seine, and Eiffel Tower views make Monsieur Bleu in the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art center the hottest restaurant address in the city.

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GALERIE MURIEL GRATEAU

An all-white interior sets a pristine backdrop for designer Muriel Grateau’s Art Deco jewelry, linens, and home accessories, including her signature minimal tableware, which are scarcely found in the United States. 4

LOUIS VUITTON

Eager shoppers line up around the block to enter the luxury chain’s flagship, showcasing the brand’s signature mix of classic leather goods and creative collaborations with artists such as Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami. Upstairs, in the gallery Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, works by a range of artists are displayed.

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Art dealer Emmanuel Perrotin’s skillful eye has drawn the public to many famous contemporary artists, pre-fame. His namesake chain of galleries (two are in Paris) never fail to impress, highlighting the deliciously avant-garde.

Real Estate Tips from our Local Experts • In comparison to London, Paris’s residential real estate market is approximately 15 to 20 percent less per square foot in the prestige arena. • The average price per square foot is approximately $1,040.

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LE ROYAL MONCEAU-RAFFLES, PARIS

This hotel, which opened in 1928, entered a new chapter in 2010 after a renovation by Philippe Starck. Now amenities include two Michelin-starred restaurants, a bookstore dedicated to contemporary art, a 99-seat private cinema, and a private collection of over 300 works of art.

• Despite a new tax on secondary residences introduced by president François Hollande, prices in the high-end market continue to rise. • Russian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern buyers are giving the market a boost. In 2012, foreign transactions accounted for 7 percent of real estate sales.

LOCAL LEVERAGE: Emile Garcin Properties

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HÔTEL LA MAISON, CHAMPS ELYSÉES

A mysterious dark suite beckons in this otherwise pristine-white 57-room hotel. With black walls, floors, and curtains, the Curiosity Case Suite, one of 17 suites recently renovated by Maison Martin Margiela, seduces sleep with unexpected glamour.

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Location, Location

Austin BY ANNA FIALHO

As the capital of the Lone Star state, Austin is the fourth largest city in Texas and the 11th largest city in the nation. Calling itself the Live Music Capital of the World, it hosts the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest conference (two of the most recognized music events in the world) and boasts the unofficial motto of “Keep Austin Weird,” which is seen frequently around the city on everything from T-shirts to bumper stickers. With a robust economy and ample job opportunities thanks to its high concentration of technology companies (Dell, IBM, 3M, Apple Inc., Google, and Facebook, among others), Austin has also been dubbed Silicon Hills. Despite its foothold in the corporate world, though, the city is still a college town at heart, home to the University of Texas. The city’s laid-back cool atmosphere is a major draw for its residents, including celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, and Andy Roddick, who go there to disappear. Besides great music, famous residents, and a thriving economy, here are just a few more reasons to love the city:

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This sweet local chain offers handmade artisan ice cream, yogurt, and fruit ices in more than 350 flavors. The Mexican Vanilla is a local legend, but other flavors such as White Chocolate Cinnamon and Bourbon Pecan Spice have many coming back on a daily basis. 2

CONGRESS

A daily rotating three- or seven-course prix-fixe dinner menu features “natural American” cuisine. Each meal uses fresh, seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on local and sustainable sources.

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Japanese restaurant Uchi put Austin on the foodie map; now, its sister eatery, Uchiko, is upping the ante with what it refers to as “Japanese farmhouse cuisine”—aka innovative takes on the fresh dishes originally created at Uchi. 4

WHOLE FOODS

The organic grocery store chain’s 80,000-square-foot flagship is located downtown. With the city’s largest wine selection, multiple dining options, and a walk-in beer cooler, it’s designed to impress.

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

at Moody Theater (ACL Live) The music venue plays host to 100 concerts a year and is where PBS’s critically acclaimed Austin City Limits—the longest-running music television show in American history—is filmed. 6

UNCOMMON OBJECTS

This 20-booth antique emporium is the quintessential curiosity shop, carrying everything from vintage movie posters and vinyl records to old cigarette cases, mod furniture, Western wear, and anything else the store considers “a quirky slice of American culture and history.”

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Open since 1957, the city’s legendary Continental Club has seen it all—from burlesque to blues to swing, rock, and country—without missing a beat. With its retro neon sign and an interior that oozes with stories of generations past, the club proves that new isn’t always better.

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Home sales in the Austin market have more than doubled in the past three years, and the city continues to grow at an accelerated pace because of its booming economy and favorable business environment. Here’s a snapshot of the market:

RAINEY STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT

Bungalow-style homes that have been turned into an array of gastro pubs, restaurants, and bars thrive on Rainey Street. Standouts include Lustre Pearl (a Rainey stalwart boasting ping-pong and a food truck) and El Naranjo for fine Mexican dining.

• Since 2012, home prices have gone up an average of 10 percent. • Homes are going under contract in a record number of days and selling almost 33 percent faster than in 2012.

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HOTEL SAN JOSÉ

A garden oasis for both locals and visitors, the 40-room bungalow-style hotel was built in 1936 and features urban-minimalist décor and lush green courtyards. The hotel’s annual South by San José music festival, which takes place during SXSW, is always a draw.

• While the median home price in Austin was $224,000 in 2013, more than 300 homes sold for more than $1 million.

LOCAL LEVERAGE: Amelia Bullock Realtors

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Location, Location

Palm Beach Palm Beach measures a mere 3.9 square miles over land, but this petite island makes major waves when it comes to high society, real estate, and luxury travel. Sandwiched by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, the city shines as an evergreen of extravagance for both old and new money. Between January and March each year, one-third of the United States’ entire wealth congregates here for a sun-kissed, Hamptons-esque hubbub, as the island’s year-round population of 10,000 swells to over 30,000, and the palatial century-old estates welcome back generations of America’s high society—Rockefeller, Kennedy, Post, Vanderbilt, and Kellogg, to name a few. While most of “Billionaire’s Row” and the greater island flaunt a 1920s-style Mediterranean revival architecture pioneered by Addison Mizner, newer incarnations of high design and opulence have “struck a pose” in, around, and across the island’s downy shorelines. In particular, adjacent West Palm Beach is experiencing a rebirth as developers restore bungalows from the 1910s and ’20s, historic Spanish Mission–style and Spanish Mediterranean–style homes alongside new condominiums and estates (in a far more modest price range than the island). Ultra-chic restaurants, lounges, boutiques, hotels, and spas are no longer confined to the perimeters of Palm Beach proper, while a growing younger population is finally branding the Palm Beaches’ cool. Thankfully, today’s Palm Beaches aren’t solely a winter escape for the elite. Beyond the gorgeous homes, high-society pageantry, and thriving economies, here are just a few more reasons to love the Palm Beaches year-round.

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BUCCAN

Since celebrity chef Clay Conley left the Mandarin Oriental Miami back in 2011 to open his own restaurant, buccan has been the talk of Palm Beach for its “small plates with big flavors.”

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The East Coast’s shopping equivalent to Rodeo Drive, tony Worth Avenue is a four-block shopping district housed in low-rise Moorish-inspired enclaves and filled with fabulous boutiques and designer retail stores. 3

EAU SPA

Part of the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, this 42,000-square-foot spa is everything you wouldn’t expect from traditional Palm Beach. The dramatic design includes a co-ed outdoor water garden accented by sexy steel swings; a mosaic-lined steam room anchored by a disco ball; and a bath lounge with heated stone loungers. 4

Locally famous Virginia Philip is a master sommelier who imparts her knowledge to novices and neophytes alike. Her store on North Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach sells fine and affordable wines and regularly offers classes, wine tastings, and celebrity chef events.

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BOUTIQUE SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

A few essential stops: Michelle Farmer Collaborate for gorgeous baroque pearl necklaces and other exquisite baubles, plus up-and-coming designer apparel; Babalu for quintessential and unique hostess gifts; and Caryna Nina for one-of-a-kind resort wear by Caryna herself, using designer fabrics by esteemed names like Emilio Pucci and Roberto Cavalli.

Real Estate Tips from our Local Experts In August 2008, Donald Trump sold his villa in Palm Beach for $95 million—one of the highest amounts ever paid for a single-family home in the United States. The island and greater Palm Beach County are still making headlines in the real estate market. Here’s a snapshot:

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• There are 32 properties currently available on Palm Beach offered at over $10 million, including one over $50 million.

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THE BREAKERS

The Breakers Palm Beach exudes Gilded Age opulence and an Italian Renaissance luster combined with beachfront fun-in-the-sun. The stately architecture includes a 200-foot-long lobby and spectacular arched ceilings.

• The average selling price in West Palm Beach is up 14 percent from November 2012 to 2013, and up a whopping 121 percent in Palm Beach.

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• The average selling prices for Palm Beach and West Palm Beach in November 2013 were $2,095,100 and $282,000, respectively.

LOCAL LEVERAGE: Barrett Welles Property Group

VIRGINIA PHILIP’S WINE SHOP AND ACADEMY

PGA NATIONAL RESORT & SPA

Golf enthusiasts are on a first-name basis with the five championship golf courses of the PGA National Resort & Spa: The Champion, The Palmer, The Squire, The Estates, and The Fazio (formerly known as The Haig).

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Open House

RAZZLE DAZZLE COLIN COWIE'S MANHATTAN MARVEL BY JORGE S. ARANGO

“It reeks of chic,” says event planner to the stars Colin Cowie, of the duplex penthouse he has put on the market for $5.75 million. The 15-story modern edifice of limestone and gray brick—named The Emory and located in Manhattan’s historic Flatiron district—is by Morris Adjmi Architects. Cowie closed on the top two units in 2009 and proceeded to customize the resulting nearly 3,000-square-foot space into a glamorous couture haven where he could host his legendary parties. The apartment, available with furnishings for an additional sum, is awash in materials and surfaces that emanate shimmer and shine. The foyer is an elegantly minimalist white glass box with sliding doors that open to the living room. The space faces southwest over rooftops and features a contemporary gas fireplace with a long, sleek profile, above which Cowie installed hydraulic-lift Macassar ebony paneling to conceal a wealth of storage. In fact, this sort of millwork is installed throughout the apartment so clutter can be minimized and not interrupt the clean lines of the interior architecture. Furnishings include a gold Milukan armchair by Parisian designer Christian Astuguevielle, a curvaceous Vladimir Kagan sofa, and what Cowie calls “the jewelry of the room”—a floor-to-ceiling ­illuminated beveled-crystal column that is actually a Swarovski chandelier. The custom rug is 100percent silk. There is also a discreetly concealed


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“It is an extraordinary shell that can change any way you want, seasonally.” —colin cowie

wet bar and an adjacent powder room dressed to kill with Absolute Black granite floors and Maya Romanoff’s darkly sparkling Bedazzled Geode textured wallcovering in caviar black. Cowie chose to outfit the dining room with similar stylishness—silk rug, lacy mohair curtains, a silvery gold lacquer table surrounded by Lucite zigzag chairs—and illuminated it with a 1970s Gaetano Sciolari chandelier. The room is adjacent to the immaculate white lacquer-and-glass kitchen, which can be partitioned from the dining area by sliding pocket doors. The view here, shared by the master suite below, is of the perfectly framed Empire State Building. Cantilevered oak slabs between the living room and the dining room create a floating staircase that leads down to the master suite, which repeats the Macassar ebony paneling of the other rooms, as well as the tantalizingly see-through mohair curtains. The platform bed, neatly attired in bronzy gold linens against an upholstered headboard, faces a flat-panel television, on the other side of which is a spacious walk-in closet/dressing room with built-in racks, shelving, and drawers for someone who obviously adores clothes. Across from this is the master bath, another white glass box with a shower that showcases a silver-andgold Sicis mosaic niche and a Corian tub ­beneath an enormous window. There is a den on this floor, too, that triples as home office and guestroom. Completely paneled in Macassar ebony, with another gas fireplace framed in steel and a second wet bar, it is a symphony of neutral tones, most evident on a custom sectional sofa upholstered in Loro Piana cashmere. The flow of the home ends upstairs, past a muted sparkle of the textured walls, at the roof deck, where Cowie has thrown many parties on temperate evenings. Seating abounds to take in the sweeping Manhattan views; guests also often linger at the barbeque. Sometimes, however, it’s the private moments that Cowie has enjoyed most. An absence of tall nearby buildings, says Cowie (who also exercises and practices yoga up there), assures one can truly be au natural without concern. “I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I’ve had in that apartment,” he says. LEVERAGE | WINTER 2014 | 23


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SATURDAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

NEST. You’re a stone’s throw from Restoration Hardware, BoConcept, ABC Carpet & Home (above), Lillian August, and other design shrines. DRESS. Ann Taylor, Armani Exchange, Kate Spade, Club Monaco, and many more are only steps away.

EAT. The Flatiron District is the epicenter of Danny Meyer’s restaurant empire, with one of his eateries just a short walk in almost any direction: Maialino (Italian), Blue Smoke (BBQ and jazz), Gramercy Tavern (classic American, left), Union Square Café (American-­Italian), or Shake Shack (burger-andshake stand). WALK. Madison Square Park, landscaped by Ignatz Pilat, a disciple of William Grant and Frederick Law Olmstead, offers people-watching benches, shady strolls through verdant plantings, a dog run, and elegant public monuments. INDULGE. Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop has been “raising

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Learn more about or me the art of entertaining Colin Cowie! is not about impressing people, but about making them feel welcome,” says Colin Cowie. That has not stopped the wedding and event planner extraordinaire, of course, from conceiving spectacular parties for an impressive roster of clients that includes Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, and Jennifer Lopez. Born in Zambia and raised in South Africa, Cowie is the debonair male version of Martha Stewart, dispensing vital tips for creating memorable celebrations through his best-selling books (eight so far), articles in major publications (among them the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Town & Country, and Modern Bride), and the goto wedding website The Knot. He also makes frequent television appearances—The Today Show, Oprah, and Ellen—and is Platinum Guild International’s brand ambassador for jewelry.

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here’s an old Thai proverb that says, “Life is so short, we must move very slowly.” If one were to pick a place in which to move at such a languorous pace, one could hardly do better than Villa 6 at the Samujana Estate in Koh Samui. This contemporary rock-and-stucco structure descends gracefully in stepped levels down a hill, encouraging aimless exploration of its landscaped gardens, lounging by the saltwater pool with a chili-spiked Bloody Mary, and watching the sun rise over the Gulf of Thailand. The $3 million villa’s five bedrooms, outfitted with daybeds for dreamy afternoon naps, sleep up to 11. Each opens onto a private terrace with views of the sparkling ocean. “No matter where you are in the house, the architecture conspires to frame vistas and open

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up views,” says its architect, Bali-based Gary Fell. “Like all of the villas within the estate, it is composed so as to ensure views from every level within the property. An infinity-edge pool links the house to the ocean beyond, so that the impression is of a terraced garden rather than a house.” There’s an open-plan kitchen with bespoke cabinetry for the home’s owners to prepare casual meals themselves, but private chefs are also available through the development. After a swim at the beach or in the saltwater pool, there are private outdoor showers for rinsing off, each located adjacent to the home’s six bathrooms (there is also a powder room off the main living area), as well as oversized modern tubs for more relaxed bathing. The nearly 10,000-square-foot Villa 6 comes furnished with locally sourced furniture for stretching out with a book or gathering around for hours of easy conversation. Additionally, the media room, which is equipped with a 42-inch plasma screen and surround sound, offers more high-tech options for unwinding. The most strenuous tasks at Samujana likely involve deciding where to have cocktails: On the pool deck? At the sectional sofa overlooking that deck? Or perhaps the roof? Because no feature of the house has been overlooked when it came to exploiting the beauty of the natural landscape. “Roofs were conceived as gardens,


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with both water bodies and vegetation,” explains Fell. “These assist in the aesthetics as well as the cooling of the building.” On the uppermost roof, for instance, is a reflecting pool that, once again, connects the house to the ocean beyond. Framing it are rectangular hollows, some filled with stones (rocks that were excavated from the hill for the house to nestle into it) and others with lush plantings, creating the effect of a multi­ tiered Zen garden. For those who have a hard time sitting still, there’s a workout room. And the villa is fully wired for WiFi and iPod docks so that the party can be carried from one level to another. For life outside of the villa, there are day trips to other coastal destinations, bar hopping in the trendy Chaweng Beach district, and elephant rides through the jungle, all of which can help time pass more quickly. Or not. Remember, there is a profound wisdom in that old Thai proverb that might be worth heeding. LEVERAGE LEVERAGE || WINTER WINTER 2014 2014 || 35 41


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DIVE. Charter one of Samujana’s boats for a day trip explor-

ing Ang Thong National Marine Park, a string of 42 pristine jungle islands offering some of the best kayaking, snorkeling, and diving in the world. Langur monkeys, otters, reef egrets, Hawksbill turtles—they thrive on land and in the secluded bays and lagoons. A major marine spawning ground, it’s also home to majestic whale sharks.

BASK. The island’s beaches are an embarrassment of riches. The livelier party crowd hangs at Chaweng Beach (above left), with surf shops and bar crawls along the Green Mango strip. Families gravitate toward lower-key Lamai Beach (less bustling, but still near shopping and restaurants) and Bophut (with its Chinese wooden shophouses). Backpackers and others who really want to chill head straight to Maenam Beach. UNWIND. Tamarind Springs

(above right), between Lamai and Chaweng, is renowned for its creative “forest spa” concept, which includes a steam cave and a rock plunge pool.

CONTEMPLATE. The majority of the island’s residents are Buddhist, so beautiful temples abound: Wat Phra Yai, known for its golden, nearly 40-foot Big Buddha (at left); Wat Plai Laem (one of the most colorful complexes); Wat Laem Sor (known for its golden chedi, or pagoda, by the sea) and many more. DINE. The island possesses prodigious culinary delights.

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Villa Amenities • tennis court • yoga pavilions • Thai boxing gym • Fitness facilities • dedicated villa managers & staff • a fleet of four boats for charter • complimentary breakfast • in-villa menus • airport transfers Samujana also partners with the three nearby golf courses (one 18-hole and two 9-hole) and several spas for those interested in teeing off or merely powering down.


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t the start of the project, there was no guarantee we would build more than one or two houses,” says architect Gary Fell of Samujana Estate, the villa development he designed on the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Today the project boasts 19 villas—each with their own pool—with eight more scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2014. Fourteen of the existing villas are currently for sale or resale, with prices ranging from $1.3 million to $5 mil­ lion for the entire 27-villa collection. Villas can also be rented (starting at $540 a night in the low season for a three-bedroom/fourbath, and climbing near $3,000 nightly for an eight-bedroom/ten-bath/two-kitchen during high season). Fell, principal of the 50-person firm Gfab Architects, envisioned modern structures made primarily of common local materials that would hug the topography of a hillside overlooking a breathtaking coral cove. He also reused the rock excavated from the site in and around the villas. Though each residence is unique, they all showcase Thai slate floors in wet areas; sand-washed concrete floors inside; Merbau wood doors, decks, and windows; and teak furnishings. LEVERAGE | WINTER 2014 | 39


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A 28-acre ranch in Telluride receives a modern update BY KIM FREDERICKS

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rior to renovation, taking in the views of the massive 14,017-foot-high Wilson Peak from the master bedroom at 8121 Preserve Drive required some effort. “You had to stand on your tiptoes to see out the window,” says local architect Michael Fuller, who worked on the home’s renovation in 2002 with its current owners. Encompassing a total of 18,892 square feet, the various structures on the ranch consist of the 13,591-square-foot main house, two 800-squarefoot guesthouses, a four-stall horse barn, a caretaker’s cottage, and a five-car garage. The property is located in The Preserve, an intimate and exclusive neighborhood eight miles from the historic town of Telluride. The compound, which is listed at $17.9 million, includes a private system of trails, a lighted paddle tennis facility, and a private parking spot with ski storage next to the core of the Telluride ski mountain. When built in 1993 the estate came equipped with just about everything necessary for mountain living, except the wide, unobstructed views that Fuller’s clients demanded. The 13-bedroom, 11-bathroom property sits on 28 acres of dramatic ranch land, surrounded by grassy meadows, strands of aspens and pines, and a trout pond. The original architect settled the seven-bedroom main house and its buildings neatly into the contours of the land to create an unobtrusive farmlike compound that reflected the original owners’ passion for reclaimed items. The exterior of the home is clad in antique wood,

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metal roofing, and weathered stone, a combination that gives it an established appearance. The interior walls, ceilings, and floors of the home also initially showcased the use of reclaimed wood and thick timbers, creating a warm and comfortable atmosphere. However, when Fuller’s clients purchased the home in 2002, they were looking for something lighter. “The reclaimed boards were nice in their own right,” says Fuller, “but they gave the home a dark feeling.” The goal was to lighten the dark interior and open up the layout to further expose the spectacular views of the San Juan mountains. “When my clients discovered the home, it had more of an inward-looking feel,” says Fuller. The architect got to work brightening the space by removing the dark wood on the walls and replacing it with plaster. He started in the entry foyer, a soaring two-story silo with a staircase anchored by eight thick lodge-pole pine timbers and twisted Manzanita wood balusters. He added windows and hired Dallas-based lighting designer Craig Roberts to


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change out the lighting. “The stair tower is the most eye-catching part of the home,” says Fuller. In the game room, adjacent to the living room, Fuller transformed a once closed-in space into a gallery for admiring Wilson Peak. He added large windows on three walls and changed the room’s purpose. “The game room used to be dead space,” he says. “Now it’s the home’s gathering place.” In addition to the added light, Fuller’s clients also wanted to modernize the home. The heavy Telluride stone was removed from the fireplaces and replaced with stone slabs mixed with curved and hammered steel patterns. “We freshened the energy of the fireplaces by giving them a simpler, lighter, more modern feel,” says Fuller. The other significant part of the renovation occurred in the master bedroom wing. Originally designed to establish a sense of privacy, Fuller reconfigured the space and reconnected it to the rest of the residence. “You used to have to go outside the home to get to the master bedroom,” says Fuller. “We remodeled the bedroom wing to unite it with the whole house.” While Fuller’s renovation created a lighter feel, new exposure to the mountain views, and a less segmented layout, the home’s original identity as a roomy, comfortable, rustically elegant ranch remained intact. “The goal was to renovate without making it look like it had been changed,” says Fuller.

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SATURDAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

FLY. Hop on a helicopter with Telluride Helitrax (below left) and spend the day skiing untracked powder in the San Juan Mountains.

STROLL. Historic Main Street has it all. Browse books at Between the Covers, grab a pastry at Baked in Telluride, or head to the bar at The New Sheridan Hotel (below right), one of the oldest in the west, for local flavor and a cold brew.

PARTAKE. From Mountain Film to Blue’s and Brews to

balloons and yoga, Telluride is known for its year-round barrage and variety of festivals.

RIDE. Telluride’s gondola connection between the town and Mountain Village stops at St. Sophia, a 10,551-foothigh perch that is home to Allred’s, a Telluride staple that serves locally sourced and organic cuisine. HIKE. Telluride’s unique box canyon location allows many hikes to start right from town. The Jud Wiebe trail is a three-mile loop that starts on North Oak Street, climbs through groves of aspens, and delivers panoramic views of Telluride.

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he winding two-story staircase immediately catches the eye upon stepping into the silo entrance tower at 8121 Preserve. The massive tree house–like structure, which took nearly five months to construct, was a one-of-a-kind endeavor for Telluride builder Corey Fortenberry. The staircase, which uses two distinct types of wood, required travel to two states to source the materials. The eight columns, stairs, and treads are constructed of recycled lodge-pole pines that Fortenberry found in Montana. For the railing, Fortenberry used Manzanita wood branches. “The architect sent out a troop of Boy Scouts from Southern California to collect dead Manzanita branches,” explains Fortenberry, but the authorities stopped them because it’s illegal to source Manzanita without a permit. Two months later, with permit in hand, a new harvest of fallen Manzanita branches were collected and then shipped to Telluride. The rough-hewn lodge-pole pines, some with bark still intact, mix with the smooth finish of the twisted Manzanita wood used in the handrails and balusters. The combination gives dramatic movement to the staircase, while the project’s use of recycled wood keeps with the theme of the home’s original design. LEVERAGE | WINTER 2014 | 49


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Hawaiian TROPIC A trio of interconnected pavilions gives this Maui beach house a Balinese flair by l e s l e y m ck e n z i e

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when a Maui homeowner embarked on building his Makena hideaway at 38 Uweloa Place in collaboration with local architect Greg Bayless, he envisioned a home that evoked the beauty and tranquility of Polynesia, complete with Pacific panoramas and beachfront access. Currently on the market for $7.4 million, the stunning result is 4,698 square feet of living space spread across three separate pods. The buildings are connected by glassenclosed passageways, which come together to create a space that fully embraces the beauty of the outdoors. “When all the doors are open, it’s like living in the garden,” says the homeowner, a licensed contractor with extensive experience renovating homes,

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who was inspired to build the hillside house not only as his main residence with his wife, but also as an island getaway for his ­mainland-based extended family. “It isn’t your typical home with one great room,” he explains. “It’s more intimate with three buildings—but it’s open,” he explains. Featuring four bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, an exercise room, and a chef’s kitchen, the property also offers more than 20 skylights, allowing sunlight to stream in freely throughout. Glass walls seamlessly disappear from sight, inviting the outdoors in. “In the master bedroom you can see all the way through to the kitchen when the doors are all open,” explains the homeowner of the airy setup for the single-level home. Furthermore, the three separate buildings (each outfitted with its own A/C system) allow for both maximum privacy and open living, thanks to a layout that strategically positions the chef’s kitchen at the center of the arrangement flanked by bedrooms at either end. The master bedroom pod contains two bathrooms (his and hers), a shared shower that opens onto the garden, and a well-appointed gym. Design details and pieces imported from Bali can be found throughout, including garage doors, entryway doors, and gates in carved teakwood, not to mention ceilings crafted from Balinese bamboo that lend a casual elegance to each room. Teak inlaid with mother-of-pearl graces columns in the passageways, and imported stone carvings dot the property. Most striking though is the seven-inch-thick slab of highly coveted monkey pod wood that has been fashioned into the kitchen island counter. Importing so many of the design elements also had its challenges, explains the homeowner, who notes that on three separate occasions pieces had to be shipped back because they did not fit the required specifications. “It was well worth it, though,” he says. “The results are excellent.”


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The South Pacific’s influence can also be witnessed outdoors, where he imported and planted handsome teddy bear palms, named so for their fuzzy texture. This, in addition to the hundreds of areca palms surrounding the property’s perimeter, were planted when construction began on the then-vacant lot in 2009 to provide privacy and have since come into fruition in their characteristic dramatic fashion. “It gives you your own space, your own tranquil spot,” says the homeowner, who notes that the in-garden spa is also surrounded by lush foliage and palms. An adjacent salt-system infinity pool looks onto the bay, featuring an intricate ceramic mural of swimming turtles created by local artist Robert Vogland. But for the real thing, look no further than the beach below, accessible via a private staircase shared with only one neighbor. And while the homeowner has decided to relocate to the mainland to be with family, he continues to feel passionately about his island home. “The view is outstanding,” he muses. “It’s just a beautiful spot to live in.”

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SATURDAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

REJUVENATE. Get pampered at the new Andaz Maui at

Wailea’s ‘Awili Spa and Salon (above) with treatments featuring custom-blended products from the apothecary bar.

SWING. Soak up the ocean views on the rugged terrain of the Wailea Golf Club’s Gold Course (left) or the more playerfriendly Emerald Course. DINE. Tap into the island’s Polyne-

sian roots with a visit to the famed Mama’s Fish House restaurant, a local legend since 1973. Savor traditional fresh fare caught by local fisherman against the backdrop of a secluded white-sand beach.

DRESS. The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has earned its stripes not only as one of the island’s premiere hotels, but as a shopping destination, too. Overseen by retail experts Seaside Luxe, three distinct boutiques on the property offer everything from branded resort wear to designer apparel from Tory Burch and Stella McCartney. SPLASH. With locations in Kihei and Lahaina, the pros at Maui Wave Riders school have aspiring surfers and stand-up paddlers covered.

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eralded as the birthplace of surfing, Hawaii boasts many legendary shorelines, with the island of Maui laying claim to a number of the archipelago’s top bigwave surf spots. East of Hoopika, the island’s most famous spot, Peahi (or “Jaws,” above), draws the world’s best surfers with its massive 40- to 70-foot swells created by winter storms. To get in on the action, pro sportsmen like Laird Hamilton pioneered tow-in surfing starting in the mid-1990s, enabling riders to catch waves larger than 30 feet with the assistance of a Jet Ski or a helicopter. Peahi continually produces some of the tallest waves in the world and has played host to the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards. Only a handful of the most seasoned pros are able to tackle these aquatic beasts, which are best viewed from the vantage point of the cliffs above. Experienced riders also descend upon the northwest shore’s Honolua Bay at this time of year to take in solid rides on the area’s iconic hollow waves, which regularly top 20 feet. It’s also the site of the annual women’s Billabong Pro Maui event, part of the Vans Triple Crown of surfing. Nearby, Windmills, often referred to as Maui’s pipeline, beckons surfers with its long, barreling beauties. But Maui’s not all about riding giants. Beginning surfers can hang ten at beaches in West and South Maui, including Kaanapali, Lahaina, and Kihei. Surf’s up!

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Hidden POWER Tucked into the city’s foothills, this Bel Air abode offers privacy without seclusion BY JOSEPHINE MINUTILLO

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espite the sparkling swimming pool and detailed finishes, the greatest attribute of this home, located on 0.6 acres at 419 St. Cloud Road in Bel Air, is actually its prime location. “This is the best street in lower Bel Air,” says the home’s listing agent, James Harris of the Partners Trust. The property rests just above Sunset Boulevard, removed from the city’s congestion but not isolated from its conveniences. Harris adds that just a few houses up, on the summit of St. Cloud, is the rambling pink stucco bungalow retreat that President Ronald and Nancy Reagan famously retired to after spending eight years in the White House. LEVERAGE | WINTER 2014 | 61


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Just beyond Bel Airâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s white gates, the aged brick entrance to this five-bedroom house leads to a refuge of old-world charm and modern luxury. The 4,655-square-foot residence was built in 1936 and is one of the earliest homes to be constructed in this rarified enclave of Los Angeles. The colonnaded structure of the main house honors a classic design with all the traditional trappings: a grand entrance with a dramatic, flowing staircase, a formal dining room, fireplaces with elaborate mantels, as well as additional rooms for house staff. A living room, an updated family room with a built-in bar, and a cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen with breakfast area, along with his-and-her powder rooms and a laundry area, round out the living spaces on the first floor. Spacious sleeping quarters are upstairs. The master suite features custom closets and a lavish bathroom. It opens onto a stately veranda above the main entrance overlooking the front of the property. Off to the side, the garage includes an additional studio space. Extensively renovated in 2011, interior finishes are opulent but kept to a minimal palette of whites and grays to match the stark white exterior. Marble is the material of choice, featured most prominently in the foyer and the master bathroom, where it graces the floors and walls and is complemented by a glass-walled rain shower and white soaking tub. In the kitchen, a black-and-white harlequin-motif floor is a

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playful juxtaposition to the bright white cabinets with glass fronts, white marble countertops, and sleek stainless-steel appliances. Though interiors are minimal, the landscaping of this expansive lot is anything but. Lush vegetation, majestic evergreens, tropical palms, meticulously trimmed hedges, and perfectly manicured lawns cover every inch of this gently rolling property, which also includes a swimming pool and a one-bedroom pool house. A large terrace behind the kitchen of the main houseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;perfect for entertainingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;overlooks this backyard oasis while also commanding stunning canyon views. Beyond beauty, the dense landscaping provides an added layer of privacy to this haven of seclusion, away from the goings-on outside the gates or the prying eyes of neighbors, no matter who they might be.

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SATURDAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

IMBIBE. A hotspot for decades, the bar at the Hotel Bel-Air

(above) was renovated along with the rest of the pink palace a couple years ago, but it retains its lounge atmosphere where one can still cozy up to the fireplace or enjoy a cigar at a nearby patio.

SOURCE. Known throughout Los Angeles and well beyond,

The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills stocks an unrivaled selection of artisanal cheeses from around the world, along with an array of hard-to-find epicurean delights.

FILL. Not many gas stations can be

called historic places, but with its brash futuristic form—its swooshing canopy was originally designed for LAX—the Union 76 station (left) at the corner of Crescent Drive and Little Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills is a true icon of midcentury modernism.

PERFORM. Open as of last October,

The Wallis performing arts center combines an impeccably restored 1933 Italianate structure with a new state-ofthe-art 500-seat theater. The current season includes offerings in music, dance, theater, special exhibitions, and family entertainment.

DRIVE. Bel Air’s northern edge butts up against Mulholland Drive, whose more than 20 rambling miles of pavement at the top of the city were constructed in 1924 with the intention of offering scenic views of the surrounding mountains, city, and beach. LEVERAGE LEVERAGE | WINTER | WINTER2014 2014 || 67 41


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couple minutesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drive from the heart of Beverly Hills, Bel Air has long enticed those who want to live in quiet seclusion at the center of the city. Home to a former President and a Fresh Prince, this most privileged of neighborhoods nestled behind faux gates boasts some of the most expensive real estate in the world, including multi-acre properties that have commanded north of $100 million. Alfred Hitchcock paid considerably less when he bought his home on Bellagio Road in 1942. Elizabeth Taylor found peaceful respite here outside the glare of the spotlight. Both Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe took up residence for long periods at a time at the famous Hotel Bel-Air. And while the ghosts of old Hollywood linger, today this 6.37-square-mile community founded by Alphonzo Bell in 1923 attracts entertainers and entrepreneurs. Real-life royalty is also an actual fixture on the scene: In the mid-1990s, Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei bought the hotel that Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite so loved.

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uilding a home that coordinated with the predominantly Bavarian and parkitecture style that rules Colorado’s Vail Valley was never an option for the homeowners of 34 Whiskey Ridge, which is currently on the market for $12.75 million. Their intention was to create a clean, peaceful contemporary haven, free from the heaviness of typical mountain-style homes. “In the mountains you see homes with wood trusses, moldings, and exposed beams—they didn’t want any of that,” says architect Tom Cole of Vail-based PointsWest Architecture & Land Group. Cole’s airy and seamless design was sprung from one simple instruction: create a unified connection to the secluded surroundings, a mix of meadows and pine forests. The owners had chosen a 4.5-acre lot at Cattleman’s Club, just a 20-minute drive from Beaver Creek. Focusing on the angles of the sun and the promotion of solar gain, Cole set the home, which was completed in 2009, on an east-to-west axis and was liberal with the use of glass walls and steelframe windows. At the entry, a 50-foot wall of glass frames Mount Jackson and the Sawatch Range. On both the north and south sides of the ­living room, 16-foot-wide

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lift-and-slide doors open onto a deck and stone terrace. One of the most striking features of the 12,521-squarefoot home is the master bedroom, a private refuge that is connected to the main living areas via a glassenclosed bridge. On the lower level, a yoga room with a fireplace and a wall of glass that opens to a waterfall serves as a sanctuary. “The house was designed to be comfortable for the two of them, mostly one-level living and few stairs,” says Cole. When family and friends come to visit, they can stay in the rest of the house, which holds two en suite bedrooms and a two-bedroom guesthouse. In keeping with the clean style that the homeowners requested, Cole used clear vertical grain fir on the ceilings. “They wanted the plane of the ceiling to be uninterrupted as they walked through the home,” he says. Cole also extended the wood on the ceilings to the exterior of the home, under the cantilevered rooflines, to further link indoors and out.

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“There was a cantilever theme throughout the house,” says Basalt, Colorado–based interior designer Robyn Scott. “It makes the house feel light and airy, as if you are in a tree house.” Scott’s monochromatic scheme features the occasional pop of orange and green, as in the color of gingko leaves. “It’s a quiet design with Japanese influences,” she says. European white oak floors are modern but have a natural look. Scott also used wood furniture that featured a live edge. To contrast the earthy colors, she added touches of shine, found on table legs and ­stainless-steel bath fixtures. The most contemporary part of the design can be found in the Poliform kitchen, which features an entire wall of stainless steel. Uniformity is apparent throughout the home. In the nine bathrooms, black slate is repeated in varying applications while the use of stone repeatedly calls attention to the exterior. “The house has a holistic, uniform sensibility that flows,” say Scott. “You never walk into a room and think, ‘this is different.’”

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SATURDAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

SOCIALIZE. Stop in après ski or post-hike at Larkspur in Edwards and join locals for a classic Larkburger paired with parmesan truffle fries and a local brew. INDULGE. Nothing repairs sore ski muscles like the Hot Toddy for the Body treatment at the spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (below), where a scrub containing sweet almond oil, jojoba beads, and shea butter scented with cinnamon and nutmeg is massaged into the skin to eliminate dry patches and relax muscles. CHALLENGE. The Birds of Prey down-

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hill course (above) at Beaver Creek is one of the most difficult downhill courses in the world, featuring a vertical drop of 2,484 feet loaded with steep pitches and sharp turns.

SHOP. The Vail Farmer’s Market is

the largest in Colorado. Stock up on everything from organic, locally grown produce and meats to wine from Colorado’s Bookcliff Vineyards and goat cheese from Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy.

EXPLORE. Spend the day with Vail Valley Anglers and experience fishing for brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout paired with hiking and wildlife spotting. DINE. A Vail Village classic, Sweet Basil is headed by executive chef Paul Anders, who continues to produce a creative menu of modern American cuisine. LEVERAGE | WINTER 2014 | 77


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he homeowners of 34 Whiskey Ridge did not want anything to get in the way of their mountain views. To help facilitate the couple’s wishes, architect Tom Cole took an untraditional approach with the application of the home’s windows. He chose Hope’s steel windows over the traditional wood-framed windows because they allowed for wider openings and uninterrupted expanses of glass, a feature that lent itself to the home’s airy contemporary design. Founded in 1912, Hope’s is the largest steel window manufacturer in the world, specializing in the handcrafted artistry of hot-rolled steel windows and doors. “With the Hope’s windows, the steel structure is part of the window, so you can get expanses of glass that are 25 feet by 18 feet without having to add additional structure, such as munnions,” explains Cole. Not typically used in mountain homes—a style that typically favors rich woods—the steel windows were selected primarily for the sight lines. “Typical wood-framed windows have an 8-inch profile, says Cole, “while the steel windows allowed for a 2.5-inch profile and gave us a much nicer opening.” The windows installed at the residence were finished with a highquality thermal glazing and coating on the glass that helped with solar gain (the heat that you feel from direct sunlight). While it was the first time Cole used steel windows, he was pleased with the final result. “When you walk through the front door, you enter a two-story space where you can look down into the atrium and out through a big wall of glass at the mountains.”

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Aether Founded in 2009 by film producers/outdoorsmen Palmer West and Jonah Smith, the Los Angeles brand is known for its functional mountain wear that remains stylish in the city. While early collections focused on lightweight jackets and performance apparel, recent seasons have included loungewear, swimwear, and base layers. Brick-and-mortar outlets are limited to their Los Angeles and San Francisco locations—the latter of which is made entirely from shipping containers (right)—but Aether’s comprehensive website offers its own merchandise as well as hand-picked gadgets and gear. HOODED HENLEY New this season, this French terry pullover, lined with Supima cotton slub jersey for ultimate softness, features a kangaroo pocket to keep your hands toasty. $110

CASHMERE WATCH CAP Soft and form-fitting, this 100percent cashmere hat available in jet black or charcoal feels like a plush blanket for your head. $110

APEX SNOW PANT These waterproof, seam-sealed pants are available in seven colors and ­feature a three-layer shell, weatherproof zippers, thigh zip vents, snow gaiters, and an integrated RECCO rescue reflector. $375


ANORAK Water and wind resistant, this lightweight jacket offers 100 grams of PrimaLoft insulation, an adjustable hood, and three pockets. $325

WAFFLE CIRCLE SCARF The single circle allows you to wear it long or double looped for extra warmth, while the waffled cashmere makes it work whether you’re dressed for the slopes or the city. $235

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ASPEN “I grew up skiing with my family as a kid and started snowboarding 15 years ago. I get out on the slopes almost every weekend, as much as I can, and love hiking and cycling in the summer. There are four great ski mountains around Aspen: Aspen Mountain, the Highlands, Buttermilk—which is home of the X Games—and Snowmass, which has more terrain than the other three mountains combined. Each offers a totally different experience, which is part of what makes Aspen so unique.” —STEVEN SHANE, SHANE ASPEN REAL ESTATE

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Restoration Hardware In late 2012, Restoration Hardware rebranded as RH, closing its previous mall-based stores in favor of opening larger standalone showrooms to exhibit a greater range of products in designcentric vignettes. In 2013, the company launched a tabletop collection that included china, stemware, and flatware; Objects of Curiosity, a collection of unique home accessories; and a rug collection in partnership with Ben Soleimani. RH additionally debuted a Boston showroom in the former Natural History Museum and even opened its first contemporary art gallery in New York. While the new collections all make excellent complements to any home décor, we also can’t get enough of the brand’s tried-and-true favorites. DIAMANTE FLATWEAVE RUG This monochromatic rug— shown in charcoal but available in six other colors—layers a soft viscose diamond pattern over a linen flatweave base. From $395

10-DRAWER 19TH C. SWEDISH ROUNDED OAK DRESSER A statement piece that doesn’t need to be part of a matched bedroom set, this dresser takes its cue from a Scandinavian antique. $2,695


ADLER BED This universally liked upholstered bed comes in 68 fabrics, nine leathers, and two headboard heights. Its tufted back makes an idea cushion for reading, while the frame accommodates a box spring for more supportive sleep. From $1,750

MADISON DISTRESSED CONVEX MIRROR The convex design and antiqued finish help this mirror function like a piece of art. $895

ITALIAN 50-YEAR-WASH VINTAGE BEDDING The perfect amount of worn-in softness defines the simple luxury of this bedding collection, which is available in nine color options. From $59

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SAN FRANCISCO “San Francisco is completely and thoroughly unique because of its relatively small size, but we still have the best of many things here: weather, urban amenities, proximity to mountains, the ocean, the wine country ... In terms of design, our homes are generally not as trendy as Los Angeles, and because we are smaller and tighter spacewise, things tend to be more intensely designed. Every detail is important.” —JAMES NUNEMACHER, VANGUARD PROPERTIES

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Marie France Van Damme After decades in the mass-market retail fashion industry, Montreal-born, Hong Kongâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;based designer Marie France Van Damme launched her own collection of high-end resort wear for women in 2011. A mostly ­neutral palette of black, white, metallics, and animal prints comprise the line, the basis of which are wellcut cover-ups that can be easily thrown over a swimsuit during the day and then dressed up for evening with a belt. Other standouts include flowing sequin skirts and classic one-piece bathing suits, as well as handbags and scarves. All pieces in the collection are designed with resort living in mind but are great staples to incorporate with urban wardrobes as well. The pieces are available at various boutiques across the world, as well as her newly opened Hong Kong flagship (above right).

NEHRU CAFTAN This sheer dress allows for maximum coverage but without bulk. Shown here in Batik Bronze, it is also available in eight other prints. $595

BUSTIER ONE-PIECE More than a bathing suit, this slimming silhouette doubles as a strapless top under shorts or a skirt and is available in a range of animal prints. $309

SLEEVELESS SHIRT This lightweight piece works as a tank or a dress and is available in black, white, and peony (shown). $450


SPACE HOODIE 60 This lightweight water-resistant jacket features 60 grams of primaloft and is available in six colors. $265.

PYTHON CLUTCH This oversize python-textured leather clutch is a stylish upgrade to the typical beach bag. $550

CARRY ALL Easy to pack and easy to carry, this cotton canvas bag comes in eye-catching metallic silver. $229

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OAHU “Whether it’s watching the huge winter waves of the North Shore or taking a surf lesson in the calm FOLD-OVER CLUTCH TOTE

waters of Waikiki, Oahu adventures

During the day, it’s a tote large enough to hold books and magazines; fold it over at night and it becomes a clutch. $550

begin at the sea. Oahu’s 112 linear miles of shoreline create endless possibilities for world-class water activities. Every ocean adventure you can think of is a possibility here. Since residents are attracted to sun and sea, the Hawaiian lifestyle is very carefree and relaxed. Dress is extremely casual—shorts and flip-flops and easy, breezy dresses. Cool and comfortable is the key ingredient.” —CHERIE TSUKAMOTO, EAST OAHU REALTY

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Saint-Louis This famed French crystal company, established in 1586, has long been celebrated for its finely crafted stemware and objets, but lately, the oldest European crystal manufacturer has been carving a new path for itself with design collaborations that have forged the company into a new modern era. Based in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, in northeastern France, the company debuted several new lighting collections, including collaborations with Paola Navone, Hervé van der Straeten, Éric Gizard, and Ionna Vautrin. While Saint-Louis, today owned by Hermès, still upholds its reputation for traditional wares, the new lighting pieces are an excellent statement, whether on their own or blended with more classic styles.

*Although the website displays a comprehensive selection, purchasing is best done via telephone: 855.240.9740

EXCESS Measuring 62 inches long, the 15-light vertical chandelier designed by Hervé van der Straeten is a contemporary take on the company’s traditional diamond-cut crystal. $76,600

RENVERSANT This 18-light chandelier is available in clear crystal or flannel gray and crystal (shown). Each measures a commanding 47 by 33 inches. $48,990

SAULE Ionna Vautrin’s collection translates to “willow,” inspired by flowers, leaves, and stems. Here, the clear floor lamp resembles branches made of crystals. $19,000


HULOTTE Shown here in dark blue and amethyst, Paola Navone’s playful colors revive a classic concept. Also available in white enamel and clear. $17,530

VIBRATION This two-light sconce by Éric Gizard exhibits the brand’s diamond-cut crystal. $11,100

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SANTA BARBARA “Beauty surrounds you here—the ocean, the mountains, the architecture, the lush landscape where seemingly everything flourishes year-round ... You can be on the hiking trails far up in the hills, and then you can be in the ocean within five minutes. In terms of style, we are very similar to the French and Italian Riviera both in terms of the climate, architecture, and vegetation. It’s the ultimate lifestyle.” —REBECCA RISKIN, VILLAGE PROPERTIES

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Miele The oldest family-owned appliance company in the world, Miele manufactures its household products at its factories in Germany, where each item is thoroughly tested before it’s shipped to the buyer. Long praised for its quiet and thorough yet gentle dishwasher—the only dishwasher that stemware company Riedel recommends to wash its notoriously delicate glasses—Miele has newer appliances that equally impress: A refrigerator with Wi-Fi alerts homeowners of temperature drops, and a combisteam oven perfectly cooks everything from fish and desserts to oatmeal and eggs, nearly omitting the need for a range. Each product can be viewed, and many of them tested, at the company’s design centers (above right), which offer cooking demonstrations as well as the opportunity for potential buyers to bring in a load of laundry to test.

COFFEE SYSTEM

DISHWASHER

Like a master barista, the unit grinds beans, froths milk, and makes a perfect cup of coffee, espresso, latte, or cappuccino at the touch of a button. $3,349

Three interior racks separate cutlery, stemware, and dinnerware, while six wash modes and 10 special programs make sure everything gets clean at a noise level as low as 37 decibels. $2,799


REFRIGERATOR

WINE STORAGE

Refrigerator and freezer units are available in widths from 18 to 36 inches. ­Fruits and meats stay fresh for longer, and sensors can automatically adjust to chill a room temperature case of wine within hours. $8,295

Proprietary technology that alerts of sudden temperature drops is just one of the under-counter unit’s compelling features. Also appealing: 38-bottle capacity; a vibration-free compressor; and three fullextension shelves. $2,945

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COMBI-STEAM OVEN Steam and convection combine in this device to cook anything from meat and vegetables to breads and pastries all at the same time, without any aroma contamination. $3,695

NEW YORK “New York is a true melting pot of culinary, cultural, financial, social, and creative people, where the cream can rise to the top! The dining scene here is particularly special, and because of the abundance and convenience of incredible restaurants in New York, most people eat out. However, lately, I’ve started to see a trend in more people actually using their kitchens for functional purposes rather than just looking at them like a piece of furniture.” —SHAUN OSHER, CORE LEVERAGE | WINTER 2014 | 89


Realtor Profile

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CINDY AMBUEHL

Estates Director at Partners Trust, Los Angeles IN BUSINESS SINCE: 1986 TOTAL SALES FOR 2013: $54 MILLION AVERAGE HOME SALE PRICE: $5 MILLION VALUE OF CURRENT LISTINGS: $20 MILLION

Q. What was your last real estate transaction? A. I just sold a beautiful Craftsman-style home with a two-story guesthouse on a coveted street in Santa Monica called Marguerite, just a few blocks from the beach and the shopping areas. It hit the market at $8.125 million, and we had over 175 agents come through on the Tuesday caravan. At the end of the first day, we had four full-price offers. We ended up going back and forth with two of them, and the home ended up selling for $8.6 million. Pricing is everything. I tell my sellers now that we aren’t pricing up and expecting to come down 9 or 10 percent. It’s the opposite. The strategy now is to price just under, grab the attention of buyers, who are hungry because of the low inventory, and let them drive it up themselves. As a result, my listings are selling for 5 to 7 percent over asking price.

Q. What’s a typical listing for you these days? A. The flavor of the month right now is land in Brentwood Park—a few years ago, everyone wanted a Cape Cod house in the Pacific Palisades. Now, they want to build in an area of Brentwood that’s really only a about a half mile long by a half mile wide, but it’s flat, quiet, and close to everything. A 22,000-square-foot flat lot there just went on the MLS as land for $6.8 million. For years, properties like that have gone into bidding wars, and the real buyers either step up or step aside.

Q. What makes the ­housing market in Los Angeles unique?

A: We’re in a bubble. And we know it. In the crash of 2007/2008, we were the last to fall and the first to recover. I bought my first property in 1986. Even then, I remember hearing that California real estate always comes back. I always tell people, “If you don’t have to sell, don’t— always buy.” It’s also surprising how much the average person knows about real estate here. It’s an incredibly sophisticated group in L.A. They know the comps, they know which properties sold that never even hit he MLS ... I have clients ask to see things they’ve heard about that aren’t even on the market yet. It’s a very small town. * DATA AS OF 12/31/2013 LEVERAGE | WINTER 2014 | 91


Realtor Profile

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GARY HERSHAM

Managing Director at Beauchamp Estates, London 1977 TOTAL SALES FOR 2013: £270 MILLION AVERAGE HOME SALE PRICE: £20 MILLION VALUE OF CURRENT LISTINGS: £850 MILLION IN BUSINESS SINCE:

Q. What was your last real estate transaction?

living accommodation in prime Belgravia.

A. It was an un-modernized home

Q. What’s a typical listing for you these days?

in Belgravia that we sold for about £25 million. It was originally a house and its mews house, which had been converted into four flats over the years. It was an extremely rare opportunity to be able to buy an entire building together with the mews house. The opportunity presented itself to enable the buyer to restore it to its former glory into a single residence with ancillary accommodation and parking in the connected mews house. It happens that the refurbished product will create about 11,000 square feet of

Our firm sells houses and apartments throughout prime central London. Our least expensive instruction is about £1.5 million, with the highest averaging around £50 million. Exceptionally we are instructed on two houses both with asking prices in excess of £100 million.

A: The top end is extremely strong, and indeed very buoyant, so both demand and strength rarely change. The most sought-after neighborhoods are Knightsbridge and Belgravia, with the majority—but not all—buyers being foreign who require instant gratification. In other words, these buyers want something they can move into immediately, which means fully furnished down to cutlery and crockery. There is serious demand for important houses even up to the £50 million mark.

Q. What makes the housing market in London unique?

* DATA AS OF 12/31/2013

A. There is no typical listing.

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JEFF MORR

Broker and CEO at Majestic Properties, Miami IN BUSINESS SINCE: 1984 TOTAL SALES FOR 2013: $40 MILLION AVERAGE HOME SALE PRICE: $2.5 MILLION VALUE OF CURRENT LISTINGS: $15 MILLION

Q. What was your last real estate transaction? A. It was in Fort Lauderdale, an 8,500-square-foot Mediterraneanstyle home on a double lot, close to the beach, and on the canal. My clients have listed their 4,000-square-foot waterfront home on Miami Beach with me for $3.595 million. They wanted to move to Fort Lauderdale to be closer to the husband’s job, and we had looked at everything on the water under $6 million—probably 30 homes. The home they purchased for $4.25 million was listed at $5.1 million. It was a tremendous value, as it was priced at roughly half of what you’d get in Miami for something comparable.

Q. What’s a typical listing for you these days? A. I’m very unusual in that I don’t solicit business—I work only by

referral—and my business is about 40 percent commercial and 60 percent residential. So there’s really no typical listing. For instance, I just took over the leasing of a 200,000-plus-square-foot shopping center at Biscayne Boulevard and 79th Street in Miami. It was an upscale mall in the 1940s and ’50s, and now we’ve rebranded it to house fashion designers, interior design, and art galleries. On the flip side of that, I have residential listings that range from $1 million to $5 million, and sometimes much higher. It’s never boring.

Q. What makes the ­housing market in South Florida unique?

A: South Florida is a market that’s always been undervalued in general. Until recently, it was seen only as a tourist destination, or a place to live in the winter and have a main home elsewhere. Now, it’s a major metropolis to live in full-time, so prices have already reached higher than pre-recession levels. This is different than in the resort areas of Martin County and Fort Myers, for instance, where prices are still lower than before the crash. Miami Beach and surrounding areas have been hot, but we continue to identify neighborhoods where there’s still great value and room for appreciation. That’s fun for me.

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Transportation Autho

BY T R AC Y B E R L I N E R SMI TH

CEO, JETSUITE

—tracy berliner smith

ABOVE: REZA MALEK

ALEX WILCOX

Often referred to as “the Town Car of the skies,” JetSuite is a charter airline known for making private jet travel more accessible. The California-based company was established in 2006 when CEO Alex Wilcox—who also founded commercial airline JetBlue, which pioneered onboard amenities such as leather seats and in-flight satellite TV—and his partners saw an opportunity to change the private jet travel market. By offering efficient, comfortable, small jets for shorter distances, JetSuite makes the hop from Los Angeles to Las Vegas or New York to Palm Beach luxurious and convenient. As a frequent traveler himself, Wilcox keeps a carry-on bag next to his desk at all times. “You never know what’s going to happen next or where you’re going to need to go. I’m completely mobile,” says the Newport Beach–based CEO. “However, I’m also famous for being the last guy on the plane.” Rushed or at his leisure, Wilcox always has a few key essentials. Leverage Lookbook took a peek inside his travel bag and asked him about his personal experiences while traveling to faraway lands.


Alex’s picks

ority

1

SLEEP

My long-haul essential is melatonin. 2

GADGETS

A GoPro camera, which is a really small waterproof HD camera that I especially enjoy using to document my daughter’s life; Skullcandy in-ear headphones; a MacBook Air; my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone; and chargers for everything.

2

3

BAG

I call my Tumi Alpha T-Pass Expandable Laptop Brief ‘the bag that never says no.’ It attaches easily to luggage, protects my laptop, and has multiple pockets for necessities like chargers and my passport. 4

SOUVENIR

The Giscard Lausanne. It’s a small dark or milk chocolate cup filled with caramel ganache, elaborately and beautifully packaged in a bright red and gold box, easy to carry home. Unavailable online, you must head to the world-famous Chocolaterie Wutrich in Lausanne, Switzerland, to purchase it. 5

8

5

My most memorable in-flight meal was on Singapore Airlines. I was commuting to India for a few years and was fortunate to fly nonstop. Their dumplings are some of the best I have ever had in my life. For short-distance trips, though, I like dry almonds. 6

3

2

SNACKS

DRESS

Whatever I’m wearing to the office, which is usually a suit with no tie, unless it’s Friday, which is our denim day. 7

TRANSPORTATION

As someone who is usually running late, I love airports with trains, such as Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Anything to avoid the traffic. It’s either a train or my running sneakers that get me to the plane on time. 8

VIEW

For me, the best view is the sky. When you are at 35,000 feet, with the water below and the sky above with the Northern Lights, you feel like you are in space.

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Home Improveme HOT TOPIC Creating a bathroom that feels like an at-home sanctuary can be easier than finding the time to escape to a spa. by josephine minutillo

Hafro Gemini Hammam Known for its hydromassage tubs, multifunction shower stalls, steam generators, and mini pools, Italian company Hafro uses a combination of materials for its new Turkish bath. The Gemini Hammam enclosure, designed by Franco Bertoli, features .3-inch-thick crystal glass for its panels and door, which can be placed on the left, right, or in front. The ceiling is insulated with aluminum and polyurethane, with the showerhead built in. It is designed to be fitted against a wall, in a corner, or into a niche. Maximum measurements are approximately seven feet wide by four-and-a-half feet long by eight feet tall. Believing that colored light has a direct influence on state of mind, Gemini ($2,100 to $4,160) combines heat therapy with chromotherapy, which allows light wavelengths to penetrate the skin for a steamy, psychedelic experience.


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ThermaSol Residential Sauna Heater Having created the first steam shower unit for the home in 1957, ThermaSol added residential saunas to its collection over 20 years ago. Its compact Residential Sauna Heater turns virtually any space into a relaxing refuge. The design of the room is up to the homeowner, but the company recommends using wood that can handle high heat. Alternately, ThermaSol offers freestanding modular sauna rooms as well as kits that are custom cut to fit any space, even under the stairs. In true Finnish sauna tradition, the Residential Sauna Heater ($1,775 to $2,040) can also be taken outdoors, as the stainlesssteel elements resist corrosion. The 4,500watt model heats a space up to 210 cubic feet; 6,000 watts up to 310 cubic feet; and the 8,000-watt unit a generous 425 cubic feet— all at temperature ranges from 160–185˚F.

Moma Design Sensity Hammam Combining an age-old Turkish tradition with contemporary Italian design and state-of-the-art components, the new Sensity Hammam is a multisensory escape from the everyday. Like much of Milan-based Moma Design’s elegant but minimalist bathroom collection, Sensity (approximately $21,700 to $25,700, plus up to $10,800 for optional accessories) is made entirely of Corian. Designed by Ignazio Di Masi, water rains down from above like a waterfall while an innovative system of multifunction showerheads releases water and steam horizontally from the heated walls, reaching temperatures as high as 100˚F. As in traditional hammams, Sensity features a heated wardrobe and bench, but is updated with multicolored optical fibers on the ceiling and white LED lights along the perimeters. Completely customizable, Sensity can be tailormade to transform a bathroom into a spa getaway.

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PHONING HOME Smartphone-friendly and smartphone-inspired gadgets for the home make it possible to control a variety of functions at the touch of a button. by josephine minutillo

Nomos Faucet Italian company Fima Carlo Frattini offers high tech in the unlikeliest of places: the sink. Be it kitchen or bathroom, the Nomos faucet (approximately $4,000) will make washing up a whole new experience. Its electronic control has a userfriendly touch screen with large graphic icons and an intuitive interface that enables users to adjust water quantity, pressure, and temperature to their liking. The smartphone-sized unit sends alerts of system malfunctions or leaks, and monitors water and energy consumption in real time while logging past values.


Nest Protect Silicon Valley–based Nest Labs says it reinvents unloved but important home products. On the heels of its hugely successful Nest Learning Thermostat ($249)—an energy-saving thermostat that picks up on the user’s schedule and programs itself accordingly—the company is introducing the Nest Protect ($129) smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. Instead of just beeping, it gives helpful vocal warnings (in English or Spanish) before conditions get dangerous. Low-battery alerts and emergency alarm notifications are sent to a smartphone or tablet, eliminating the annoying chirping sound that often results with people disabling their smoke detectors. No swatting brooms to silence this alarm—simply wave at it. Families that have both the Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect can access a free Nest user account that allows the products to work together. If Nest Protect’s carbon monoxide alarm goes off, the Nest thermostat automatically turns off the gas furnace, a possible source of poisonous carbon monoxide leaks.

August Smart Lock Renowned designer Yves Behar and tech entrepreneur Jason Johnson think house keys are a thing of the past. The August Smart Lock ($199) works with an existing deadbolt and allows users to send a virtual key to guests or contractors to gain entry into a home via a smartphone app. Users specify the number of guests they want to have access and how long the keys are virtually active for. Using a Bluetooth LE connection, the door will auto-unlock when visitors arrive and auto-lock behind them when they leave. Smart Lock isn’t connected to a wireless router or electrical service, so it will still function if power or Wi-Fi is down. No more racing home to let out-of-town guests in, and no more asking for keys back when they refuse to leave. Available for pre-order in a range of colors. Watch video here.

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ELLEN CREEK ESTATE Although it is currently on the market for $12.5 million, this 2.45-acre estate in Jackson Hole, Wyo., offers potential owners the rare opportunity for a trial run. Property owner Christy Walton, who built the 8,600-square-foot, sixbedroom vacation home in 2005, offers it for rent on a nightly basis, ranging from $2,500–$3,500. The sprawling property also includes a guesthouse from 1906 and rests against a creek and rugged mountains. Though it dovetails with the region’s low-key style, the home also includes luxuries like 200-year-old reclaimed white oak floors, Japanese soaking tubs, a gym, and a media room. Perhaps most appealing of all though is its mountainside setting with direct skiin, ski-out access to Jackson Hole’s challenging terrain— something that’s sure to be appreciated whether guests are interested in a weeklong stay or something more permanent. —samantha brooks

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5 BD

5 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$7,850,000

CAMPI PROPERTIES

Los Altos, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.campi.com


NORTH AMERICA: WEST RIVER RANCH LODGE

19 BD

24 FULL BA

VIEW

$5,000,000

BOICE O’NEAL REALTY

Tahoe City/Lake Tahoe, CA, USA www.boice.com

CLICK TO VIEW

RIVERFRONT ESTATE WITH PRIVACY

4 BD

4 FULL BA

VIEW

$3,495,000

LAWRENCE REALTY

Squaw Valley/Lake Tahoe, CA, USA www.LawrenceRealty.com

CLICK TO VIEW

EXQUISITE MEDITERRANEAN ESTATE

6 BD

6 FULL 1 HALF BA

GUEST HOUSE

$11,189,800

CAMPI PROPERTIES Los Altos, CA, USA www.campi.com

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NORTH AMERICA: WEST BEAUTIFUL GATED HOME

3 BD

3 FULL BA

GUEST HOUSE

$2,499,000

PARTNERS TRUST

Los Angeles, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.thepartnerstrust.com

MAKENA PRIVATE RESORT

4 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$11,900,000

THE WAILEA GROUP LLC Maui, HI, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.thewaileagroup.com

MONTECITO BEACHFRONT

3 BD

4 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

$28,000,000

VILLAGE PROPERTIES Santa Barbara, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.villagesite.com


NORTH AMERICA: WEST 1 WEST CENTURY DRIVE

3 BD

5 FULL BA

VIEW

$8,950,000

PARTNERS TRUST Los Angeles, CA, USA

www.thepartnerstrust.com

CLICK TO VIEW

WAILEA BEACH VILLAS

3 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$10,900,000

THE WAILEA GROUP LLC Maui, HI, USA

www.thewaileagroup.com

CLICK TO VIEW

EXQUISITE HOPE RANCH

3 BD

3 FULL 2 HALF BA

VIEW

$5,195,000

VILLAGE PROPERTIES Santa Barbara, CA, USA www.villagesite.com

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NORTH AMERICA: WEST FANTASTIC OCEAN VIEW

5 BD

3 FULL BA

VIEW

$2,350,000

EAST OAHU REALTY, INC.

Oahu, HI, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.eastoahu.com

MID-CENTURY IN PRIVATE COMMUNITY

4 BD

5 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$1,750,000

LEASKOU PARTNERS Palm Desert, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.leaskoupartners.com

CHARMING HOME IN OLD LAS PALMAS

4 BD

4 FULL BA

VIEW

$1,199,000

LEASKOU PARTNERS Palm Springs, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.leaskoupartners.com


NORTH AMERICA: WEST ENCHANTING, LUSH COUNTRY ESTATE

6 BD

5 FULL 2 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$2,300,000

EAST OAHU REALTY, INC. Oahu, HI, USA

www.eastoahu.com

CLICK TO VIEW

THE HACIENDA

7 BD

8 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$1,790,000

LEASKOU PARTNERS Palm Desert, CA, USA

www.leaskoupartners.com

CLICK TO VIEW

MEDITERRANEAN ESTATE

5 BD

6 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$1,795,000

LEASKOU PARTNERS Palm Springs, CA, USA

www.leaskoupartners.com

CLICK TO VIEW

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NORTH AMERICA: WEST CENTRALLY LOCATED LUXURY

4 BD

5 FULL BA

DEN/ OFFICE

$2,895,000

PARTNERS TRUST

Pasadena, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.thepartnerstrust.com

MOUNTAIN MODERN ELEGANCE

5 BD

9 FULL BA

VIEW

$5,835,000

ELITE REALTY Yucaipa, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.eliterealtygroup.net

PARADISE BY THE SEA

2 BD

2 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

$1,395,000

ASCENT REAL ESTATE San Diego, CA, USA

CLICK TO VIEW

www.ascentrealestate.net


NORTH AMERICA: WEST OCEAN VIEW ARCHITECTURAL IN PALISADES VILLAGE

4 BD

4 FULL BA

VIEW

$2,995,000

PARTNERS TRUST

Pacific Palisades, CA, USA www.thepartnerstrust.com

CLICK TO VIEW

MIDNIGHT STAR

4 BD

5 FULL BA

GUEST HOUSE

$1,750,000

ELITE REALTY Yucaipa, CA, USA

www.eliterealtygroup.net

CLICK TO VIEW

CONTEMPORARY IN LA JOLLA

4 BD

3 FULL BA

VIEW

$2,195,000

ASCENT REAL ESTATE San Diego, CA, USA

www.ascentrealestate.net

CLICK TO VIEW

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NORTH AMERICA: WEST THE CENTURY

2 BD

2 FULL BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

(In Development)

VANGUARD PROPERTIES San Francisco, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.vanguardsf.com

GOLDEN EAGLE

5 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$1,798,000

J. ROCKCLIFF REALTORS Pleasanton, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.rockcliff.com

FINLEY

6 BD

6 FULL BA

VIEW

$6,995,000

J. ROCKCLIFF REALTORS Danville, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.rockcliff.com


NORTH AMERICA: WEST LE PETIT TRIANON

14 BD

11 FULL BA

GUEST HOUSE

$19,989,000

VANGUARD PROPERTIES San Francisco, CA, USA www.vanguardsf.com

CLICK TO VIEW

HIGHLAND

5 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

$3,950,000

J. ROCKCLIFF REALTORS Danville, CA, USA www.rockcliff.com

CLICK TO VIEW

ALAMEDA DIABLO

5 BD

6 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$4,950,000

J. ROCKCLIFF REALTORS Diablo, CA, USA www.rockcliff.com

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NORTH AMERICA: WEST RED CEDAR

5 BD

5 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$2,888,000

J. ROCKCLIFF REALTORS Blackhawk, CA, USA

CLICK TO VIEW

www.rockcliff.com

GOLDEN OAK

10 BD

9 FULL BA

GUEST HOUSE

$22,000,000

J. ROCKCLIFF REALTORS Blackhawk, CA, USA

CLICK TO VIEW

www.rockcliff.com

HOPE RANCH MEDITERRANEAN

4 BD

4 FULL 2 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$3,995,000

VILLAGE PROPERTIES Santa Barbara, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.villagesite.com


NORTH AMERICA: WEST HAPPY VALLEY ESTATE

4 BD

4 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

$3,990,000

J. ROCKCLIFF REALTORS Lafayette, CA, USA www.rockcliff.com

CLICK TO VIEW

SERENITY LANE

8 BD

9 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$42,000,000.

J. ROCKCLIFF REALTORS Alamo, CA, USA

www.rockcliff.com

CLICK TO VIEW

SERENE MEDITERRANEAN HOME

5 BD

4 FULL 2 HALF BA

$4,995,000

VILLAGE PROPERTIES Santa Barbara, CA, USA www.villagesite.com

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NORTH AMERICA: WEST EXTENSIVELY RENOVATED OLD WORLD TUDOR

6 BD

8 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$18,900,000

PARTNERS TRUST

Santa Monica, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.thepartnerstrust.com

EQUESTRIAN LUXURY

8 BD

10 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$13,750,000

WALT DANLEY REALTY Paradise Valley, AZ, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.waltdanley.com

CHEMISE MODERN

3 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$3,595,000

VANGUARD PROPERTIES Sonoma County, CA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.vanguardsonoma.com


NORTH AMERICA: WEST GRAND SCALE MEDITERRANEAN

6 BD

7 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$5,995,000

PARTNERS TRUST Malibu, CA, USA

www.thepartnerstrust.com

CLICK TO VIEW

PRISTINE ESTATE

5 BD

7 FULL BA

DEN/ OFFICE

$5,500,000

WALT DANLEY REALTY Paradise Valley, AZ, USA www.waltdanley.com

CLICK TO VIEW

CHARMING ARTISAN BUNGALOW ON OPEN LAND

2 BD

1 FULL BA

VIEW

$1,100,000

VANGUARD PROPERTIES Sonoma County, CA, USA

www.vanguardsonoma.com

CLICK TO VIEW

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NORTH AMERICA: WEST PLUNGE LANDING

6 BD

6 FULL 2 HALF BA

VIEW

$4,375,000

TELLURIDE PROPERTIES Telluride, CO, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.tellurideproperties.com

NORTH AMERICA: NORTHWEST EXQUISITE OCEANFRONT ESTATE

4 BD

3 FULL 2 HALF BA

VIEW

$2,750,000

BANDON PROPERTY LLC Bandon, OR, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.bandonproperty.com

SKIERS PARADISE HOME WITH VIEWS

5 BD

7 FULL BA

VIEW

$11,990,000

THORNHILL REAL ESTATE GROUP Whistler, BC, Canada

CLICK TO VIEW

www.thornhillrealestategroup.com


NORTH AMERICA: WEST MOUNTAINTOP VIEWS

7 BD

7 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

$4,800,000

TELLURIDE PROPERTIES Telluride, CO, USA

www.tellurideproperties.com

CLICK TO VIEW

NORTH AMERICA: NORTHWEST BANDON GOLF RETREAT

4 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

$998,500

BANDON PROPERTY LLC Bandon, OR, USA

www.bandonproperty.com

CLICK TO VIEW

FRENCH INSPIRED COUNTRY ESTATE

6 BD

6 FULL BA

GUEST HOUSE

$11,900,000

THORNHILL REAL ESTATE GROUP Whistler, BC, Canada

www.thornhillrealestategroup.com

CLICK TO VIEW

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NORTH AMERICA: NORTHWEST CREEK SIDE HOME IN PRESTIGIOUS ALTAMOUNT

3 BD

3 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$4,288,000

ANGELL HASMAN & ASSOCIATES

Vancouver, BC, Canada

CLICK TO VIEW

www.theangellgroup.com

NORTH AMERICA: MIDWEST GALLATIN PRESERVE/ BLACK BEAR TRACT 6

VIEW

$9,000,000

BIG SKY REAL ESTATE Big Sky, MT, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.bigskyrealestate.com

MAGNIFICENT SETTING, SPECTACULAR HOME

8 BD

8 FULL 3 HALF BA

GUEST HOUSE

$7,250,000

THE HUDSON COMPANY Chicago North Shore, IL, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.thehudsoncompany.com


NORTH AMERICA: NORTHWEST SPACIOUS HOME IN THE BRITISH PROPERTIES

6 BD

6 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$5,988,000

ANGELL HASMAN & ASSOCIATES

Vancouver, BC, Canada www.theangellgroup.com

CLICK TO VIEW

NORTH AMERICA: MIDWEST SPANISH PEAKS MOUNTAIN CLUB WILDRIDGE 23

6 BD

8 FULL BA

VIEW

$4,995,000

BIG SKY REAL ESTATE Big Sky, MT, USA

www.bigskyrealestate.com

CLICK TO VIEW

EXCEPTIONAL LAKEFRONT PROPERTY

4 BD

4 FULL 2 HALF BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

$7,450,000

THE HUDSON COMPANY Chicago North Shore, IL, USA www.thehudsoncompany.com

CLICK TO VIEW

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NORTH AMERICA: MIDWEST QUINTESSENTIAL MOUNTAIN RETREAT

6 BD

5 FULL 1 HALF BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

$5,200,000

JACKSON HOLE REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATES Jackson Hole, WY, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.jhreassociates.com

NORTH AMERICA: SOUTH KEY BISCAYNE BAYFRONT

6 BD

6 FULL BA

VIEW

$10,725,000 SHELTON AND STEWART REALTORS, LLC Coral Gables, FL, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.sheltonandstewart.com

WESTLAKE HILLS PRIVATE RETREAT

4 BD

5 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$2,950,000

AMELIA BULLOCK REALTORS Austin, TX, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.ameliabullock.com


NORTH AMERICA: MIDWEST SHOOTING STAR CABIN

4 BD

5 FULL BA

VIEW

$4,950,000

JACKSON HOLE REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATES Jackson Hole, WY, USA www.jhreassociates.com

CLICK TO VIEW

NORTH AMERICA: SOUTH CLASSIC CONTEMPORARY

7 BD

8 FULL BA

$2,950,000

SWIMMING POOL

SHELTON AND STEWART REALTORS, LLC Coral Gables, FL, USA

www.sheltonandstewart.com

CLICK TO VIEW

DAVENPORT RANCH ESTATE

5 BD

5 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$3,250,000

AMELIA BULLOCK REALTORS Austin, TX, USA

www.ameliabullock.com

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NORTH AMERICA: SOUTH LONE CHIMNEY LODGE

6 BD

6 FULL 2 HALF BA

GUEST HOUSE

$4,995,000 OLD CASHIERS REALTY, INC. Highlands-Cashiers, NC, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.oldcashiersrealty.com

GRAND MODEL OF HISTORIC CHARLESTON

5 BD

4 FULL BA

$4,995,000 CARRIAGE PROPERTIES, LLC Charleston, SC, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.carriageprop.com

RENOVATED 1913 NEOCLASSICAL, MYERS PARK

7 BD

6 FULL 2 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$2,995,000

HM PROPERTIES Charlotte, NC, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.hmproperties.com


NORTH AMERICA: SOUTH LUXURY MOUNTAIN HOME IN PINCHOT

5 BD

5 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

$2,595,000 OLD CASHIERS REALTY, INC. Highlands-Cashiers, NC, USA www.oldcashiersrealty.com

CLICK TO VIEW

THE HUMPHREY SOMMERS HOUSE

4 BD

4 FULL BA

$3,250,000 CARRIAGE PROPERTIES, LLC Charleston, SC, USA

www.carriageprop.com

CLICK TO VIEW

EXQUISITE CUSTOM HOME IN GATED COMMUNITY

4 BD

4 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$2,500,000

HM PROPERTIES Charlotte, NC, USA

www.hmproperties.com

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NORTH AMERICA: SOUTH HISTORIC HIGHLAND PARK ESTATE

4 BD

4 FULL 1 HALF BA

GUEST HOUSE

$4,290,000

ALLIE BETH ALLMAN & ASSOCIATES Dallas, TX, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.alliebeth.com

ELEGANT HOME IN SOUTHWEST DURHAM

4 BD

4 FULL 1 HALF BA

$825,000

PEAK SWIRLES & CAVALLITO PROPERTIES Durham, NC, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.pscp.com

PRIVATE ESTATE HOME

5 BD

7 FULL 2 HALF BA

VIEW

$6,800,000 INTERCOASTAL REALTY INC. Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.intercoastalrealty.com


NORTH AMERICA: SOUTH SPECTACULAR CONTEMPORARY ESTATE

8 BD

7 FULL 4 HALF BA

VIEW

$10,000,000

ALLIE BETH ALLMAN & ASSOCIATES Dallas, TX, USA

www.alliebeth.com

CLICK TO VIEW

HISTORIC HOME IN FOREST HILLS

4 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

$917,500

PEAK SWIRLES & CAVALLITO PROPERTIES Durham, NC, USA www.pscp.com

CLICK TO VIEW

SOUTH LAS OLAS ISLES

5 BD

4 FULL BA

VIEW

$3,000,000 INTERCOASTAL REALTY INC. Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

www.intercoastalrealty.com

CLICK TO VIEW

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NORTH AMERICA: SOUTH PRIVATE ISLAND LUXURY

3 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$1,396,900

MAJESTIC PROPERTIES Miami, FL, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.majesticproperties.com

DIRECT INTRACOASTAL ESTATE

6 BD

6 FULL 3 HALF BA

VIEW

$4,995,000

BARRETT WELLES PROPERTY GROUP Palm Beach, FL, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.barrettwelles.com

INTRACOASTAL VIEWS IN RIOMAR BAY

6 BD

6 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

$3,995,000

NORRIS & COMPANY REAL ESTATE Vero Beach, FL, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.norrisandcompany.com


NORTH AMERICA: SOUTH CHARMING WATERFRONT HOME

7 BD

7 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

$6,750,000

MAJESTIC PROPERTIES Miami, FL, USA

www.majesticproperties.com

CLICK TO VIEW

SOLE E MAR

6 BD

7 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$9,449,000

BARRETT WELLES PROPERTY GROUP Palm Beach, FL, USA

www.barrettwelles.com

CLICK TO VIEW

RIOMAR BAY DIRECT RIVERFRONT

4 BD

5 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

$3,295,000

NORRIS & COMPANY REAL ESTATE Vero Beach, FL, USA

www.norrisandcompany.com

CLICK TO VIEW

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NORTH AMERICA: NORTHEAST FASHION FARMS

26 BD

18 FULL 3 HALF BA

VIEW

$50,000,000

LISA JAMES OTTO COUNTRY PROPERTIES Bucks County, PA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.lisajamesotto.com

74 BEACON STREET

6 BD

6 FULL 3 HALF BA

$13,950,000 SPROGIS & NEALE

Boston, MA, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.sprogisneale.com

GRAND GREEK REVIVAL

7 BD

7 FULL 1 HALF BA

$5,355,000

CONGDON AND COLEMAN REAL ESTATE, INC. Nantucket, MA, USA

CLICK TO VIEW

www.congdonandcoleman.com


NORTH AMERICA: NORTHEAST COUNTRY MANOR

6 BD

5 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$2,875,000

LISA JAMES OTTO COUNTRY PROPERTIES Bucks County, PA, USA www.lisajamesotto.com

CLICK TO VIEW

188 WEST BROOKLINE STREET

4 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

$3,995,000 SPROGIS & NEALE Boston, MA, USA

www.sprogisneale.com

CLICK TO VIEW

IN TOWN ANTIQUE

7 BD

7 FULL 1 HALF BA

$4,495,000

CONGDON AND COLEMAN REAL ESTATE, INC. Nantucket, MA, USA

www.congdonandcoleman.com

CLICK TO VIEW

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NORTH AMERICA: NORTHEAST ANTIQUE HOUSE OVERLOOKING STREAM

6 BD

6 FULL 2 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$2,195,000

LISA JAMES OTTO COUNTRY PROPERTIES Hunterdon, NJ, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.lisajamesotto.com

REMSENBURG ESTATE

6 BD

6 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$3,999,000

FIRST HAMPTON INTERNATIONAL REALTY

The Hamptons, NY, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.firsthamptonrealty.com

GREENWICH VILLAGE GEM

4 BD

5 FULL BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

$8,995,000

CORE

New York, NY, USA CLICK TO VIEW

www.corenyc.com


NORTH AMERICA: NORTHEAST RESTORED FIELDSTONE FARMHOUSE

4 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

GUEST HOUSE

$1,590,000

LISA JAMES OTTO COUNTRY PROPERTIES Hunterdon, NJ, USA

www.lisajamesotto.com

CLICK TO VIEW

WATERFRONT HOME

6 BD

6 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$6,900,000

FIRST HAMPTON INTERNATIONAL REALTY The Hamptons, NY, USA

www.firsthamptonrealty.com

CLICK TO VIEW

MAGNIFICENT UPTOWN TOWNHOUSE

5 BD

4 FULL BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

$12,000,000

CORE

New York, NY, USA www.corenyc.com

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CENTRAL AMERICA THE ORCHID

2 BD

2 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

$324,000

FIRST HAMPTON INTERNATIONAL REALTY Dominican Republic

www.firsthamptonrealty.com

CLICK TO VIEW

EUROPE PARQUE ATLÂNTICO

4 BD

4 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

€10,750,000

QUINTA PROPERTIES Algarve, Portugal CLICK TO VIEW

www.quintaproperties.com

LA CONTEMPORAINE

4 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

€3,490,000

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES French Riviera, France CLICK TO VIEW

www.beauchamp.com


CENTRAL AMERICA UTMOST LUXURY FOR THE DISCERNING BUYER

8 BD

10 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$4,250,000

FIRST HAMPTON INTERNATIONAL REALTY Dominican Republic

www.firsthamptonrealty.com

CLICK TO VIEW

EUROPE DUNAS DOURADAS

2 BD

2 FULL BA

VIEW

€680,000

QUINTA PROPERTIES Algarve, Portugal

www.quintaproperties.com

CLICK TO VIEW

LA TOSCANE

5 BD

5 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

€2,200,000

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES French Riviera, France www.beauchamp.com

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EUROPE BORGO LE VAGLIE, AREZZO, TUSCANY

9 BD

8 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

€2,100,000

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES Tuscany, Italy CLICK TO VIEW

www.beauchamp.it

ATLÂNTICO ESTORIL: FIVE-STAR LIFE STYLE

2-5 BD

VIEW

Price Upon Request

PORTA DA FRENTE Lisbon, Portugal CLICK TO VIEW

www.portadafrente.com

CADOGAN GARDENS

3 BD

2 FULL BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

£3,500 per week

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES London, UK CLICK TO VIEW

www.beauchamp.co.uk


EUROPE VILLA SAN MARTINO, UMBRIA

11 BD

11 FULL BA

VIEW

€3,000,000

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES Tuscany, Italy

www.beauchamp.it

CLICK TO VIEW

HIGH END LIVING IN THE HEART OF LISBON

1-3 BD

VIEW

€382,000-€1,458,251

PORTA DA FRENTE Lisbon, Portugal

www.portadafrente.com

CLICK TO VIEW

AVENUE ROAD

10 BD

9 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

£25,000,000

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES London, UK

www.beauchamp.co.uk

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EUROPE PROVENCAL HOUSE IN A PRIVATE VALLEY

7 BD

6 FULL

SWIMMING POOL

€3,000,000

EMILE GARCIN PROPERTIES Luberon, France CLICK TO VIEW

www.emilegarcin.com

SON VIDA VILLA WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS

6 BD

6 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

€10,500,000

NEW LEVEL PRIME REAL ESTATE Mallorca, Spain CLICK TO VIEW

www.new-level.com

CHALET AT THE HEART OF MERIBEL

6 BD

6 FULL BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

€7,950,000

EMILE GARCIN PROPERTIES Meribel, France CLICK TO VIEW

www.emilegarcin.com


EUROPE RENOVATED XVIIITH CENTURY CASTLE

8 BD

4 FULL

SWIMMING POOL

€4,900,000

EMILE GARCIN PROPERTIES Luberon, France

www.emilegarcin.com

CLICK TO VIEW

PRIVATE DREAM HOME IN NOVA SANTA PONSA

5 BD

5 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

€2,490,000

NEW LEVEL PRIME REAL ESTATE Mallorca, Spain

www.new-level.com

CLICK TO VIEW

ASPEN LODGE

4 BD

3 FULL 1 HALF BA

VIEW

€3,500,000

EMILE GARCIN PROPERTIES Meribel, France

www.emilegarcin.com

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EUROPE VILLA LP

4 BD

5 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

€5,500,000

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES MYKONOS Mykonos, Greece CLICK TO VIEW

www.beauchamp.gr

APARTMENT PARIS, 7TH DISTRICT

3 BD

3 FULL BA

VIEW

€6,600,000

EMILE GARCIN PROPERTIES Paris, France CLICK TO VIEW

www.emilegarcin.com

RECENTLY ENLARGED PROVENCAL HOUSE

6 BD

5 FULL 1 HALF BA

SWIMMING POOL

€6,360,000

EMILE GARCIN PROPERTIES St. Tropez, France CLICK TO VIEW

www.emilegarcin.com


EUROPE VILLA ANTIQUE

6 BD

5 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

€3,000,000

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES MYKONOS Mykonos, Greece

www.beauchamp.gr

CLICK TO VIEW

APARTMENT PARIS, 8TH DISTRICT

2 BD

2 FULL BA

VIEW

€2,650,000

EMILE GARCIN PROPERTIES Paris, France

www.emilegarcin.com

CLICK TO VIEW

CONTEMPORARY PROPERTY AT SAINT-TROPEZ

5 BD

5 FULL BA

VIEW

€13,000,000

EMILE GARCIN PROPERTIES St. Tropez, France

www.emilegarcin.com

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LEVERAGE LIST

FEATURED PROPERTIES FROM OUR PARTNERS

ASIA & THE PACIFIC VILLA RIA AT CAPE YAMU

5 BD

6 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

$8,500,000

PRIVATE OFFICE INTERNATIONAL Bangkok, Thailand CLICK TO VIEW

www.privateofficeinternational.com

DYNASTY GARDEN

4 BD

3 FULL BA

RMB 11,500,000

ASIA PACIFIC PROPERTIES Beijing, China CLICK TO VIEW

www.asiapacificproperties.com

JINGSHAN JINHAI

4 BD

3 FULL BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

RMB 17,040,000

ASIA PACIFIC PROPERTIES Shenzhen, China CLICK TO VIEW

www.asiapacificproperties.com


ASIA & THE PACIFIC THE PENTHOUSE AT 185 RAJADAMRI

5 BD

5 FULL BA

VIEW

$9,000,000-$12,000,000

PRIVATE OFFICE INTERNATIONAL Bangkok, Thailand

www.privateofficeinternational.com

CLICK TO VIEW

MIXION RESIDENCE

3 BD

3 FULL BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

RMB 20,700,000

ASIA PACIFIC PROPERTIES Beijing, China

www.asiapacificproperties.com

CLICK TO VIEW

WANKE FENGHU

2 BD

2 FULL BA

RMB 3,795,000

ASIA PACIFIC PROPERTIES Guangzhou, China

www.asiapacificproperties.com

CLICK TO VIEW

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LEVERAGE LIST

FEATURED PROPERTIES FROM OUR PARTNERS

ASIA & THE PACIFIC HONG KONG GARDEN

4 BD

2 FULL BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

HKD 45,000,000

ASIA PACIFIC PROPERTIES Hong Kong CLICK TO VIEW

www.asiapacificproperties.com

GUBEI 88 PLAZA

2 BD

2 FULL BA

RMB 9,500,000

ASIA PACIFIC PROPERTIES Shanghai, China CLICK TO VIEW

www.asiapacificproperties.com

MAGNIFICENT MANSION

6 BD

4 FULL BA

SWIMMING POOL

PRICE UPON REQUEST

BURNS AND BURNS

Sydney North Shore, Australia

CLICK TO VIEW

burnsandburns.com.au


ASIA & THE PACIFIC 37 REPULSE BAY ROAD

4 BD

4 FULL BA

VIEW

HKD 98,000,000

ASIA PACIFIC PROPERTIES Hong Kong

www.asiapacificproperties.com

CLICK TO VIEW

JADE LAGUNA

4 BD

4 FULL BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

RMB 45,000/month

ASIA PACIFIC PROPERTIES Shanghai, China

www.asiapacificproperties.com

CLICK TO VIEW

MODERN PENTHOUSE IN PRESTIGIOUS LOCATION

3 BD

2 FULL BA

BALCONY/ TERRACE

PRICE UPON REQUEST

BURNS AND BURNS

Sydney North Shore, Australia burnsandburns.com.au

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