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TEA2 ARCHITECTS The Twin Cities

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INTRODUCTION

Everyone envisions their ideal home at one time or another, from the stacking of childhood blocks to the elaborate imaginings of pencil on paper. Having a beautiful home that perfectly fits your unique concept of luxury—that is the stuff of dreams. In this book, those dreams become realities, with examples of fine INTRODUCTION architecture and design across North America. Featuring only the best each locale has to offer, the carefully culled works within showcase the importance of design and the difference it makes to have an expert on your side. Its pages covered with the stories of the continents top design professionals, The Luxury of Home is a crucial resource that assists homeowners in achieving their residential aspirations.

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“THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN.” – CHARLES EAMES –

Just a handful of the virtuosos in this book: Clockwise from top left: Rick Rozas (168); Mark de Reus (060); Laura Gottesman (042); Tom Stringer (132); Dora Puig (226)

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HORIZON BUILDERS Washington, D.C. & Maryland & Virginia

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“DESIGN IS NOT JUST WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND FEELS LIKE. DESIGN IS HOW IT WORKS.” – STEVE JOBS –

Just a handful of the virtuosos in this book: Clockwise from top left: Jeremiah Young (084); Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey (396); Horst Noppenberger (280); Jamie L. Brewster McLeod (028); Joe Pavich, Jr. (246)

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CLASSIC CONSTRUCTORS Austin

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INDEX

ASPEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 025 AUS T IN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 41 T HE BI G ISL A ND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 5 7 BI G SK Y & B OZEM A N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 7 3 B OS T O N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 8 9 CH A RL ES T O N & K I AWA H ISL A ND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 0 9 CHI C AG O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 C O NNEC T I C U T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 41 DA L L AS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 7 T HE H A MP T O NS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 7 3 JACKSO N H O L E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 9 L OS A NGEL ES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 0 5 MI A MI & F O R T L AUDERDA L E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225 N A PL ES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 5 NE W YO RK C I T Y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 6 1 O R A NGE C O UN T Y & SA N DIEG O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 7 7 PA L M BE ACH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 3 PH O ENIX & SC O T T SDA L E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 0 9 SA N FR A N C ISC O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325 SCENI C HI GH WAY 3 0A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 41 T O RO N T O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 5 7 T HE T W IN C I T IES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 6 9 WASHIN G T O N , D. C . & M A RY L A ND & V IRGINI A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 8 5

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

Welcome to the second edition of The Luxury of Home. This year we’ve explored new locations, including Aspen, Boston, Hawaii, Minneapolis, Naples, Scenic Highway 30A (Florida Panhandle) and Toronto. As seen in the previous issue, each region opens with relevant real estate information, provided by an expert realtor who specializes in that luxury residential market. From there, The Luxury of Home showcases an incredible portfolio of some of the most respected, award-winning residential design professionals across North America. Whether you are planning to build your dream home or simply love design and architecture, The Luxury of Home is a robust resource that you will savor and enjoy. Beautiful photography, breathtaking locations and stunning designs combine to create this unparalleled collection of inspirations. So find the location that most interests you, whether Bozeman, Kiawah Island or Palm Beach, and reach out to the realtors, architects, home builders, interior designers and landscape architects featured within. Let them guide you as you pursue the epitome of luxury.

—Mike Ruskin

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ASPEN Its reputation as a winter playground for the rich and famous only tells half the story of this Rocky Mountain sanctuary when it comes to luxury real estate. Against one of the country’s most picturesque natural backdrops, Aspen and its array of multimillion-dollar listings is drawing year-round interest from investors and those seeking a home away from home.

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ASPEN

REALTOR

a Aspen Core luxury

properties offer spectacular views and are just steps away from world-class skiing, shopping and dining.

WENDALIN WHITMAN OF WHITMAN FINE PROPERTIES

With interest in Aspen’s luxury residences as high as the altitude of its world-class ski destinations, discerning clients are turning to Whitman Fine Properties.

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N O TA B L E L I S T I N G

Whitman Fine Properties is listing three must-see residences being built along the

Aspen’s international allure as a snow-capped playground for the rich and famous continues to result in Rocky Mountain highs when it comes to real estate. According to the Knight Frank Prime International Residential Index, only one city in the entire world (New York at 18.8 percent) saw a greater increase in the value of its luxury residential properties in 2014. Aspen’s real estate spiked by 16 percent last year, with

“Aspen offers an absolutely unique combination of attributes that are unparalleled compared to other luxury real estate markets.”

Roaring Fork River and within walking distance of downtown Aspen. The 5,000-square-foot estates, each one possessing a sleek, contemporary vibe, are part of a unique and exclusive subdivision that Wendalin

overall sales that approached $1.5 billion. With a market that’s hot enough

Whitman believes will become

to melt a polar ice cap, and interest from buyers showing no signs of

the most coveted community in

slowing down, insider knowledge is a priceless commodity. Fortunately for

Aspen. The properties will

ultrahigh-net-worth clients intrigued by all that Aspen has to offer, no one

feature spacious layouts that

understands the nuances of its explosive market quite like Wendalin

overlook the Roaring Fork, as

Whitman. “Aspen is one of the most expensive real estate markets, but we

well as large garages.

are absolutely a solid investment as long as you buy and sell at the right time,” says the woman who launched Whitman Fine Properties in 1996. “To

ã Offered at $10,600,000

that end, it’s crucial to have an expert advocate watching the market and advising.” For the past 20 years, Whitman has delivered more than just

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01.Homes on Red Mountain enjoy panoramic views of Aspen Mountain and the historic town below. 02.With 2.3 million acres of public land, the White River National Forest surrounds Aspen. 03.Aside from its famous slopes, Aspen offers year-round cultural and outdoor activities.

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market expertise to her

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discerning client base; her fierce commitment to buyers and sellers, along with an impeccable

renters, providing Whitman and

downtown core is particularly

reputation for honesty and

her team with opportunities on

crucial given the ongoing

integrity, has been the

both sides of the ledger. “Most

commuter and traffic issues that

foundation of a firm that follows

companies don’t want to invest

this ski-lover’s paradise can’t

its founder’s lead. “I am a big

in staff to work the rental side,”

avoid thanks to the number of

believer that buyers in the

Whitman says. “Plus rentals are

workers trying to get in and out

Aspen market are extremely

a tremendous amount of work.

of town. On the industry side,

savvy, so I’m not going to try to

But owners want rental income,

Whitman sees competition

sell them,” says Whitman, who

and they want to work with

between brokers at the top of

had reached $100 million in

someone they trust, someone

the market becoming more

$10 MILLION

sales and under contract as of

that will care for their property.

competitive than ever. “It’s no

A beautiful, large Victorian-

August 23. “Instead, I provide a

I work hard to gain that trust.

longer a business where the ski

style home in the west end,

fair and honest presentation of

Renters, meanwhile, want to

instructor with his real estate

or a cool penthouse property

the market with an intensive and

work with me because I have

license can compete,” Whitman

in the core.

extensive look at all the options.”

great properties. It’s a

says. “It comes down to hiring a

tremendous foundation for

broker that has a very strong

$15 MILLION

sales in the end.”

track record.”

Residential options open up

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$5 MILLION A townhome in the Aspen core, typically three bedrooms but weak on closet space and storage.

at this price point, except for

Part of what distinguishes the Whitman approach is the

MARKET TRENDS

emphasis on its rental division.

As always, location is king when

As its owner knows all too well,

it comes to real estate in Aspen.

many Aspen buyers are initially

Right now, convenience to the

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sprawling estates on Red Mountain or in Owl Creek.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple sliding doors allow for seamless integration between the interior and exterior spaces.

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JAMIE L. BREWSTER MCLEOD

BREWSTER MCLEOD ARCHITECTS

The collaborative, boutique approach at Brewster McLeod Architects results in luxury residential design that never fails to find a harmonious home amid Colorado’s natural splendor. It’s a testament to the prodigious skill and boundless creativity inherent in her work that the luxury residential designs conceived by Jamie Brewster McLeod often are as striking as the Rocky Mountain backdrops against which they come to fruition. Less tangible, but equally crucial, is a thoughtful thread that has distinguished Brewster McLeod Architects (BMA) since its namesake launched the firm in 2006. Whether designing luxurious mountain estates or infinity pools and cabanas at 8,000 feet, the Aspen-based firm strives to find a perfect balance in all phases of the project. Often, it’s balancing the goals of the design with the demands of the site. Other times, it’s striking the right chord in the relationship between clients, architect and contractor. And, always, it’s about bringing an overall harmony to spaces that honor the spirit and intentions of the client. “We don’t have a set style of architecture,” says McLeod, who earned her master’s in architecture from Montana

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State University. “We focus on listening to our clients and inspiring a unique, custom approach to interpreting style, design and originality through the customers’ needs. No two homes are ever the same, but they all represent the essence of our clients, as well as our design creativity.”

“We focus on providing unique answers to sometimes challenging sites. Architecture, for us, is designing well-thoughtout works of art.” BEAUT Y IN THE DETAILS The boutique nature of BMA adds to its detail-oriented, client-first approach, but it’s hardly the only calling card of a firm that creates high-end custom homes throughout Aspen and Telluride. The firm’s collaborative approach has led to a portfolio filled with dramatic, jaw-dropping projects—from a 10,000-square-foot ski-in, ski-out property in Aspen Highlands Village to a golf course estate that overlooks the San Juan Mountain Range in Telluride. No matter the scope of the project, McLeod advises clients to select an architect who not only appreciates their intentions, “but who also enhances those initial thoughts with excellent design and an understanding of the space. Projects can last between two and four years. It’s important to value the relationship and communication with the client. We do.”

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01.Expansive windows invite the forest into this sleek but warm kitchen and living area. 02.The large windows and patio spaces flow together to create this private mountain estate. 03.Hanging pendant lights create a welcoming glow that frames this custom mahogany entry door. 04.This 15,000-squarefoot Aspen home features outdoor living spaces that capture the magic of the Alpine. 05.This poolside cabana provides the luxury of a beach resort—but at 8,000 feet. 01. David Patterson 02.Gibeon Photography 03. David Patterson 04. Brands & Kribbs 05. David O. Marlow 030 / 031

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ASPEN

HOME BUILDER

This dramatic Snowmass ski compound features interconnected buildings that recall a centuries-old era.

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“When we’re asked, ‘Can this be done?’ our thoughts turn to the possible ways to make that concept a reality.”

DAVID LAMBERT CONSTRUCTION

The quality is in the details at David Lambert Construction, which has been bringing highend residential dreams to fruition for nearly 40 years in and around Aspen. Long before his construction firm began changing the face of Aspen and Snowmass through captivating works of high-end residential splendor, David Lambert was busy learning the tools that continue to define his trade. Four decades ago, while serving as a cabinet builder for a small outfit, Lambert worked alongside a general contractor who taught him to understand and appreciate the perspectives of everyone involved in a home building project— from the architect and carpenters to the subcontractors and, most importantly, the clients. Since launching David Lambert Construction in 1976, the company’s namesake has gone out of his way to pay those early lessons forward, creating a collaborative, honest business model that’s steeped in open communication. “We’ve always believed that if you work constructively with everyone involved— from the client and design team to the subcontractors and vendors—and keep the lines of communication open, 90 percent of all challenges will disappear,” Lambert says. Of course, David Lambert Construction does more than just talk

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the talk. The versatility of the firm’s talent-rich team allows it to bring any number of architectural styles to life. “Typically the owners and/or contractors come to us with a vision and a budget,” Lambert says. “This is where our years of experience come into play as we take the design and find the best materials and methods to make that vision a reality within the budget. We always choose sustainable and renewable resources when available and strive to source materials locally.”

WORDS OF WISDOM Though David Lambert Construction primarily builds and remodels high-end residences in and around Aspen, its expertise is hardly confined to Colorado. Along with providing consulting services for clients in international locations, the firm also works abroad, having completed homes in Australia. No matter the scope, size or location of a luxury project, Lambert brings a relentless attention to detail to his process, part of the reason why he only embarks on two or three custom projects at any one time. “Regardless of budget constraints, proper execution is always our primary focus,” Lambert says. The firm also draws on its experience to make the client’s journey as informed as possible. Lambert advises the future homeowners with whom he works to do their homework before the process begins and to always speak up if they feel the design team is misconstruing any aspect of their vision. “A happy client is the most important thing in our world,” he says.

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01. West of Aspen, this contemporary estate has 360-degree mountain views and an infinity-edge pool. 02.This contemporary oceanfront retreat overlooks a pristine beach in Tasmania, Australia. 03.Built with four-sided glass and a suspended, hot-rolled steel hood, this fireplace features a book-matched, flame-cut patina. 04.This spacious master bath features a glass shower cube, allowing for uninterrupted, majestic mountain views. 05.This secluded mountain contemporary’s timber sunscreens protect homeowners from the intense Colorado sun without cutting off the views. 01. David Marlow 02. Julian Lambert 03. David Marlow 04. Derek Skalko 05. David Marlow 034 / 035

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ASPEN

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Upon arrival at this contemporary, Asian-style Red Mountain home, family and visitors are welcomed by a spectacular vista of Aspen Mountain.

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Intimate views of the heavily wooded surrounding landscape make this living room feel like a luxurious tree house.

LY N N I H U T T O N I N C .

Three-plus decades into a storied design career, Lynni Hutton continues to bring luxury interiors to life with a sense of detailed style that never fails to delight her high-end clientele. For those clients who have seen Lynni Hutton recast luxury residential spaces with an artist’s flair and creativity, it will come as no surprise that the renowned interior designer found her calling at an early age. It’s how she practiced that calling that, at times, took her parents by surprise. “When I was a teenager, and my parents were out for the evening, I used to rearrange all the furniture in the house before they would return,” Hutton says. “I grew up around architecture; my father was an architect (and her older sister became one). While I’ve always had tremendous respect for the practice, my passion is for interiors—and the complete integration of inside and outside.” That passion would first manifest itself in Southern California, where Hutton worked on large-scale corporate projects before ultimately shifting her focus to high-end residential properties. In 1995, Hutton moved her base of operation to Colorado, where she’s earned the respect of industry collaborators—and

“Most importantly, I strive to create a sense of place, where the desire to return to comfort is always present and refreshing.”

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that encompasses a broad range of projects and styles. “I’ve designed everything from luxurious motor coaches and yachts to Swiss chalets and sprawling Rocky Mountain compounds,” she says. If there is a thread of consistency in Hutton’s diverse portfolio, it’s a keen attention to detail that never fails to elevate the rooms in which her firm works—a nod to her team’s uncanny ability to translate a client’s spirit and vision while honoring the foundation set by the architect and builder.

NEVER BET TER Over the years, Hutton has become known for her exquisite use of color palettes and her selection of tactile, soothing and versatile finishes that integrate seamlessly into the overall aesthetic. “Interesting finishes can send me over the moon!” she says. “I also love clean, classic contemporary style, as well as traditional work—as long as it’s not fussy or overdone.” It speaks volumes about Hutton that nearly all of her clients are repeat or referred customers. Equally impressive is that her firm’s work continues to stand the test of time. “One of the hallmarks of my career is seeing projects that I completed 25 or 30 years ago that still look fresh and timeless, and believing that other than some slight tweaking or reupholstering, I would still design the same elements,” she says. “It tells me that I interpreted the clients and the goals correctly from the beginning.”

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AUSTIN With a world-famous music scene, dedicated arts districts and modern yet earth-inspired Hill Country vernacular, this Southwestern U.S. city is a destination for creative spirits, soul searchers and cultural aficionados.

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CLASSIC CONSTRUCTORS Austin

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House is a contemporary masterpiece set on 4 acres among 200 heritage live oaks overlooking Austin.

GOTTESMAN RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE

The many charms of Austin are luring people to Central Texas and changing the face of the city’s residential scene—reason enough to turn to the experts at Gottesman.

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$5 MILLION A beautiful home in Westlake with lush grounds and spectacular views.

$10 MILLION A stunning work of lakeside architecture or in an area

Austin may be best known as the state capitol and home to The University of Texas but those are just a few of the reasons people from across the globe are drawn to this city. Throw in its reputation as the live music capital of the world, the endless charms of its hip, vibrant corridors and its annual standing as one of the safest communities in the U.S., and it’s no wonder that Austin is one of the hottest markets in the nation. But what does that mean for potential homeowners? “The Austin real estate market

close to downtown.

$15 MILLION The few homes that fall in this range offer over-the-top amenities and are considered iconic properties in Austin.

seems to be at an all-time high—at certain price points,” says Laura

“Knowledge of future plans and development that may impact a property is essential, especially in a market as booming as Austin’s.”

Gottesman, founder of Gottesman Residential Real Estate. “The impressive job growth and influx of people have created a lack of inventory of homes under $1 million. However, each price point and each neighborhood has its own micro market; some of these segments are actually pretty soft and with a good supply of inventory. There is still opportunity to get value in Austin.” Since launching her namesake company in 2000, Gottesman and her impressive team of brokers have earned a reputation as the go-to firm

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01.The recently completed boardwalk, east of I-35, completes the 10-mile loop of the hike and bike trail around downtown’s Lady Bird Lake. 02.Hamilton Pool Preserve is one of Austin's lesser-known swimming holes, complete with a 50-foot waterfall. 03.The Texas State Capitol is taller than the nation’s capitol and is visible from nearly any point in the city.

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when it comes to luxury residential properties in and around Austin. And deservedly so. Her roster of experienced experts has a thorough understanding of the complexities of the Austin market. “We also strive to be progressive in our marketing,

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constantly evolving with new strategies and concepts,” Gottesman says. “The other

interested in being in areas that

contemporary estates, as well

pillar of our firm: customer

will maintain their value and,

as the modern farmhouse.

service. Our goal, always, is to

ideally, increase as Austin

“Clean lines and uncluttered

exceed expectations. It’s served

continues to grow. The

spaces with lots of windows are

In many ways, Austin is one

us well over the past 15 years.”

Gottesman team educates its

big draws,” she says.

giant “hot spot,” given its

buyers on what different areas

Geographically, the most

reputation as one of the

THE SMALL PIC TURE

have to offer—both from a

coveted assets are waterfront

hippest, happening cities in the

Contrary to reports that

resale standpoint and a lifestyle

properties, estates with views

country. Neighborhoods taking

generalize the market,

aspect. “We then work with

and a proximity to downtown.

that vibe to the next level often

Gottesman understands and

buyers to find a balance of the

“As Austin grows there will

give residents food and

appreciates that Austin is the

two based on their needs and

certainly be migration to the

sum of its distinct pockets. “The

goals,” Gottesman says.

suburbs, but I think the real

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H O T- S P O T NEIGHBORHOOD

shopping options within easy walking distance.

opportunities for continued

reality is that we live in a very eclectic city,” she notes. “The

TRENDS AND TIPS

growth will be close to

+ Old West Austin

majority of the neighborhoods

Austin’s eco-sensitive nature

downtown, the new medical

+ East Austin

were not planned and

continues to inform the

school and underdeveloped

+ South Austin

developed at one time but

residential scene when it comes

pockets east of I-35.”

+ Allandale

instead have grown organically

to energy and water efficiency

with an abundance of

and durability of materials.

personality and unique

Aesthetically, Gottesman sees

characteristics.” Buyers are

an architectural push toward

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Landscaping native to Austin provides a natural backdrop for this modern spin on a Hill Country-style home.

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“We love the challenge of exploring new ideas for our clients. It’s those breakthrough moments, pushing beyond our limits, that drive us.”

R YA N S T R E E T & A S S O C I AT E S

In the picture-perfect architectural settings brought to life by Ryan Street & Associates, luxury homes throughout Austin become lenses through which to view clients and their lifestyle. Given the intuitive, creative and collaborative nature of his firm’s renowned residential work in and around Austin, it’s no surprise that Ryan Street compares an architectural journey to jazz music. It starts with information gathering and a clear assessment of client goals, enough to provide the kind of strong “bass line” off which a firm as engaged and as imaginative as Street’s can riff. “It’s our job to keep things moving forward and organized, but it’s also our job to allow for those moments that are not planned,” says Street, who launched his namesake firm in 2001. “A lot of creative opportunities come from unexpected ideas or unexpected challenges—and we embrace those.” For nearly 15 years, that sweet embrace has led to a stunning array of luxury projects that, no matter the style, manage to honor the clients’ spirit and lifestyle. Along the way, Street and his talented team have raised the architectural bar time and again with projects that are both aesthetically striking and relevant for decades to come, a nod to the firm’s expertise in

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weaving modern elements into classic

technology is advancing. That said, its

design, as well as its open-minded

founder believes there’s still something to

approach. “We have about 20 active

be said for the basics of sound

projects, and there’s something about

architecture. “You still need natural

each one that is moving us into a new

lighting, ventilation and good scale and

territory,” Street says. “People are more

proportion; people in Texas respond to

educated than ever on what’s available

ranch- and farm-style structures that are

and what’s possible in design, which

practical, simple and just work well,” says

allows us to push the limits. Our design is

Street, whose firm defines the size, scope,

more sophisticated because our clients

budget and character of a project for its

are so sophisticated.”

discerning clients. “There’s all this great work that has been done, and all these

STREET SMARTS

great reasons why it was done, so we use

Street’s background in golf course and

that as our platform and perhaps bring it

country club architecture plays into his

forward to today’s world.”

understanding of the bigger picture when it comes to a residence and its natural environment. Still, each luxury project provides ongoing education for the members of Ryan Street & Associates,

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01.Large floor-to-ceiling steel and glass windows bring the shores of Lake Austin into the living room. 02.The hallway in this modern, Santa Barbara-style home borrows its arch details from traditional Spanish architecture. 03.Traditional East Coast horse ranches inspire this Texas barn, clad in board and batten. 04.A resort-style sitting room with reclaimed terra-cotta floor tile provides a relaxing space for spa-goers. 01. Ryann Ford 02. Ryann Ford 03. Alise O’Brien 04. Alise O’Brien

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AUSTIN

HOME BUILDER

The beauty of this family estate is in the details, from the cut limestone frames that complement the rubble-stone walls to the hand-seamed copper metal roof.

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SHAWN SOLSBERY

CLASSIC CONSTRUCTORS

Infusing each custom project with its passion for fine craftsmanship and relentless attention to detail, Classic Constructors is the builder of choice for those in the know. To the casual observer, the portfolio of masterful residential projects at Classic Constructors is steeped in the kind of artistry and accomplishment on which most builders would be proud to hang their hats and call it a day. Then again, the experts at this Austin-based firm aren’t most builders. “We’re never content with resting on past successes. We’re always pushing ourselves to improve and refine our processes as we seek to build each project better and more efficiently,” says Solsbery, whose firm builds some of the most dynamic residences in Central Texas.” Every project we undertake is a unique commission for a client; we don’t build homes on a speculative basis. This approach allows us to devote our entire focus to serving our clients.” It’s no wonder that Classic Constructors is often trusted to manage projects for clients with insider knowledge of the construction industry—from prominent commercial developers to CEOs of large building material supply companies. Such industry

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experts understand that Solsbery’s renowned firm delivers equal parts integrity, diligence and meticulous attention to detail. “At the end of the day, what really matters is that our clients are completely delighted with their experiences working with us,” Solsbery says. “Everything we do revolves around doing what is best for our clients and the project. If we stay true to this focus, everything else takes care of itself.”

“We love building beautiful things well.” THE COLL ABOR ATIVE PROCESS Classic Constructors works closely with some of the top architects, engineers, consultants and interior designers in the industry. “We are typically retained by our clients early in the process and find that our engagement through the design phase is pivotal to ensuring a seamless and efficient building process. This close collaboration between the client, the design professionals and our team promotes ingenuity and allows for creative solutions to prosper,” Solsbery says. Every step of the way, Classic Constructors provides complete transparency to its clients, “from comprehensive pre-construction services through the full course of construction, our clients stay well informed and are engaged in all decisions that shape the scope and character of their project. We’re passionate about building beautiful, durable spaces that nourish and inspire the people that use them.”

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01.Hardy materials—stone, timber and steel—ground the guesthouse to its landscape at this ranch compound, which also processes rainwater for its water supply. 02.This light-filled master bathroom, which opens to a porch, features a teak vanity and limestone tile that courses out evenly with surrounding architectural elements. 03.The straightforward design that inspired this project is evident in the exposed structural roof system and a frameless corner window overlooking the Hill Country. 04.The frame in this exquisite gallery is constructed with full-height arrow-straight LVL members, and the walls and ceilings are finished with traditional lath and plaster. 01.Casey Dunn 02.Casey Dunn 03.Casey Dunn 04. Mark Knight 050 / 051

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AUSTIN

INTERIOR DESIGNER

An Austin home renovation allowed the Mast team to create comfortable spaces with contemporary elements like matching Minotti sofas.

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RACHEL MAST

RACHEL MAST DESIGN

Thanks to its uncanny ability to integrate client vision with interior splendor, Rachel Mast Design continues to be the go-to firm for luxury clients throughout Texas and beyond. Though the imagination and sophisticated flair consistent in her company’s work for A-list clients has established Rachel Mast as a singular talent, the firm’s namesake has no interest in being readily identified for her interiors. “I would feel like a failure if someone looked at one of my projects and said, ‘Oh, did Rachel help you?’ ” says Mast, who launched her eponymous design company a little over a decade ago in Austin (the firm now has an office in Dallas as well). “My biggest joy is when someone says to my client, ‘This looks exactly like you.’ ” The joy for Mast’s impressive roster of high-end clientele—from Fortune 500 executives and celebrities to owners of professional sports franchises—is working with someone whose team never fails to extend a chic, timeless and visually arresting thread through spaces that also honor the spirit of the homeowner. Whether bringing studio apartments to life in New York City or realizing the

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01.The combination of Arto brick and Tabarka tiles adds depth and texture to this fresh and airy master bath. 02.Antique Indian doors, reclaimed beams and handmade tile integrate seamlessly with the modern art on the wall. 03.Custom sconces in the entry flank a one-of-a-kind modern art piece near the walnut-paneled music room. 04.The great room in this Horseshoe Bay estate features a zinc fireplace, custom lighting and a Minotti sofa and chairs. Photography by Casey Woods

York and Emily Summers in Dallas, Mast credits the five years she spent running an international art and antiques marketplace with her husband for adding to the foundation on which her firm is built. “Working with those dealers, who are so passionate about their art, and learning so much about the pieces continues to influence projects that we design,” she says. As evidenced by the firm’s varied portfolio,

“Each one of our

potential of a 40,000-square-foot estate in

Mast may be a modernist at heart, but she

Texas, Mast and her staff of design experts

and her team are adept at any style favored

thoughtfully elevate the rooms in which

by the client. “I will jump from a traditional

they operate. “We create spaces without

Colonial home to a minimalist penthouse to

boundaries, budgets or constraints, trying

a mountain home in Colorado,” Mast says. “I

every client is different.

first to design the best room possible,” says

never get bored.” In addition, the firm tackles

We take their vision

Mast, who earned her master’s from

its share of exclusive commercial projects,

Parsons School of Design in New York.

recasting the interiors of everything from

“Once that process is done, we take that

corporate offices and restaurants to

design and mold it into one that works

Gulfstream jets. “I’ve been fortunate to work

within a budget or time frame.”

on so many different spaces,” Mast notes. “I

projects is completely different—because

and create the best version of it.”

think all of our projects are beautiful,

HER PAST IS PRESENT Along with the time she spent working with acclaimed designers Peter Marino in New

functional and unique.”

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THE BIG ISLAND The Island of Hawaii, the largest in the archipelago that comprises our 50th state, is steeped in jaw-dropping natural splendor—from dramatic waterfalls and black-sand beaches to a 500-year-old lava cave and active volcanoes.

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and Mauka Fitness programs celebrate the hidden treasures of the Big Island of Hawaii.

DAVID JOHNSTON & JIM SCHNEIDER OF KUKIO PROPERTIES

Luxury living is redefined at Kukio Golf and Beach Club, where paradise is found amid its private club communities—not to mention Big Island backdrops that defy description.

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Considering the location of this 3.64-acre property, not to mention the Kukio membership

Its marketing material encourages potential clients to take a left at “cloud nine” and go just past “seventh heaven” to find the breathtaking residential sites, unparalleled amenities and idyllic lifestyle available at Kukio Golf and Beach Club. But as principal broker Jim Schneider can attest, there is serious truth in advertising when it comes to the extraordinary opportunities that await future homeowners

“Our clients seek new construction, and if they can’t find what they want, they’ll purchase a homesite and build to suit their needs.”

opportunity, this homesite is one of the true gems of the Kaupulehu offerings. Future homeowners will have a front-row seat to some of the most picturesque views on the Big Island, with 335 feet

along the Kona-Kohala coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. “Kukio is truly

of ocean frontage. The site

unique because we are one of the only private club communities on the

includes two acres of buildable

Big Island,” Schneider says. “Our members don’t share amenities with

land, overlooks a black-sand

hotel guests. Our clientele likes the privacy, safety and exclusivity this

beach and is adjacent to the

provides for their families.” That’s not the only thing that is attracting

Kaupulehu Beach Club.

ultra-exclusive clients to this luxury development. Residential offerings at Kukio Properties encompass three pristine coastal communities.

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Maniniowali features 97 luxury homesites on lots as large as three acres with horizon views of the Kona and Kohala coasts and, in some places, of Maui; Kukio covers some 675 acres and includes 143 jaw-dropping

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01.As a private equity club, only members and their guests can play exclusive Tom Fazio courses. 02.Sunset is a sight to behold at Kukio Golf and Beach Club. 03.Swim with the dolphins or learn to surf with the experts at Outdoor Pursuits.

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homesites; and Kaupulehu, one of the most historic sections of the Kona Coast, offers 80 1-acre settings. “The possibilities are endless,” Schneider says. After

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sales that exceeded $118 million in 2014, Kukio Properties was on pace to surpass that figure in

includes two Tom Fazio-

side of the Big Island (less than

2015. “Our clientele has created

designed golf courses and a

10 inches of rain fall each year),

more wealth over the last few

sports complex with everything

it’s no wonder that residents look

years and is looking for ways to

from tennis and basketball

to bring the outside in as much as

diversify its assets,” Schneider

courts to sand volleyball.

possible. In addition to moving

says. “Real estate makes sense

“Members want to know their

toward a more contemporary

because it is tangible and can

real estate investment is in a

aesthetic, instead of the

be enjoyed by their families—

development that will be

traditional rustic Hawaiian design,

plus, our clients deserve it after

sustainable,” Schneider says.

“[Kukio] clients are gravitating

a career of hard work.”

“Kukio has turned over from the

to light and bright homes with

$10 MILLION

developer to the membership,

open floor plans,” Schneider

A “front-row” four-bedroom

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES

and the current membership

says. “Our homeowners want to

dues cover the entire cost of

spend as much time outdoors

A residential experience this

running the club. There is no

as possible, so more emphasis

singular demands an equally

debt on Kukio; all of the

is placed on those spaces.

exceptional array of amenities.

amenities are built and paid for,

We’re seeing sunset pavilions,

$15 MILLION

The Kukio Beach Club—with its

which gives our members

outdoor kitchens, fire pit areas,

A "front-row" five-bedroom

dining pavilion overlooking

exceptional comfort.”

landscaped paths, gardens and

estate on 1.9 acres at

intimate spas and pools.”

Maniniowali with incredible

Uluweuweu Bay, swimming pools, spa and fitness center

ISL AND APPEAL

and much more—is the

Given the year-round perfection

centerpiece of a menu that also

of the weather on the leeward

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$5 MILLION A four-bedroom home at Maniniowali with panoramic ocean views, pool and spa on 1.65 acres.

home at Maniniowali with staggering views that look down at Kua Bay.

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Designed with a pavilion-like hip roof, this home has the feel of a hillside village.

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MARK DE REUS

DE REUS ARCHITECTS

The award-winning experts at de Reus Architects infuse their handcrafted resorts and residences with beauty and intelligence … qualities that come from an understanding of the lay of the land and its potential to impact design. Designs that evolve from a location’s origins are evident throughout de Reus Architects’ portfolio; each project emanates a distinctive ethos based on its locale. On a stunning property in the village of Sayulita, Mexico, a design seamlessly integrates a resort residential community with its mountainous setting and oceanfront vistas. At Kuki’o Golf Club, along the north Kona coast of Hawai’i Big Island, a private residential sanctuary recalls the ancient tropical cultures of the Pacific Rim. The continual search for meaningful and masterful design is at the heart of a philosophy that has distinguished Hawaii-based de Reus Architects, widely known for aligning ultra-luxury projects with their natural backdrops. “Our creative process starts with understanding the circumstances of the site and all that entails,” says Mark de Reus, one of the firm’s founding partners, along with Stephen Ewing. “We are interested in what the land will reveal, the natural influences of light and wind and the emotive nature of materials. We apply these to our love of craftsmanship.” No two projects are ever the same for a team of architects that seeks to balance nature and holistic design. The creativity and

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mindfulness that extends through the firm’s work has attracted clients from all over the world. This includes a host of single-family homes, as well as an upcoming conversion of the 310-room Makena Beach Resort on Maui into 50 luxury apartments.

“We look for artistic expression of the entire environment and create places that exemplify their surroundings, exude wellcrafted design and achieve a sense of permanence.” BRINGING THE DREAM TO FRUITION Despite seeing a trend toward greater simplicity in contemporary design, de Reus Architects does not approach any project with preconceived notions during planning or design. After collecting detailed input from the client, the team begins exploring and testing design ideas against the potential experience for the user. “It’s a distilling process that evolves by carefully refining ideas as they move to final creative solutions,” de Reus says. “At some point, ideas seem to settle into a scenario that has the most potential.” Over the years, de Reus

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the satisfaction of seeing a client finally experiencing an artistic vision born of hundreds of decisions. “A well-designed home defines who we are,” de Reus says. “We want our projects to have that sense of belonging. We want them to have a soul.”

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01.Thatched roofs with timber roof trusses result in a casual atmosphere for the Kuki’o Golf Club. 02.Open-air pavilions of the Punta Sayulita Beach Club are detailed with local, natural materials. 03.Modern design integrated with traditional hip roofs give this home a minimalist character. 04.A Punta Sayulita residence designed as a tree house amidst the jungle. 01. Bill Adams 02.Courtesy of Contact Development Company, LLC 03. Joe Fletcher 04. Petr Myska

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THE BIG ISLAND

HOME BUILDER

This two-story masterpiece combines modern European style with an Asian influence.

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“It’s all about customer service and standing behind the work that we do. At this level in our industry, homeowners should expect nothing less.”

KOHALA CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION

With high-end pockets of Big Island grandeur as its backdrop, Kohala Creative Construction raises the luxury residential bar with captivating works and personalized service. Growing up around a family steeped in the traditions of quality home construction gave Michael Bonahan early insights into the multifaceted world of general contracting. It also provided the foundation on which his own company ultimately would be built. “My uncle was a master craftsman who showed me that a home should be constructed like a giant piece of living furniture,” says the third-generation builder. “Every part of the home should be treated with respect and care. His motto was, ‘Never build something that you would not be proud to live in or put your name on.’ ” Time and again since launching Kohala Creative Construction with wife Ricci Racela some 13 years ago, Bonahan and his dedicated experts have honored that sentiment with captivating works of luxury residential splendor. Drawing from an extraordinary pool of in-house talent and top subcontractors, Kohala delivers a unique platform from which to elevate custom home building throughout the Big Island. “We believe in integrating the builder early in the process to ensure that owners

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get exactly what they want,” Bonahan

distinguishes the firm. Along the way, it

says. “We help bridge the gap that often

gives Bonahan and his team insights into a

exists between architect and interior

family’s lifestyle and also helps to identify

designer, offering ideas and solutions so

changes they may want in their new home.

the construction, finishes and furnishings

Adding to the rich palette of offerings at

fit together seamlessly.” Nowhere is that

Kohala is the discerning sense of design

gap bridged with more artistry than the

and aesthetic expertise that Racela brings

intricately crafted millwork that Kohala

to the table. The award-winning artist helps

delivers through its custom woodworking

homeowners select fixtures, finishes, stone,

01.The exterior millwork on this entry was custom-milled in the firm’s millwork shop. 02.The touch of a button brings the outdoors in with these expansive, motorized lanai doors. 03.Designed and built by the firm, this home features a floating roof that hovers over the pool. 04.Zero-corner doors, clean lines and meticulous finishes complement this modern home’s timeless style.

shop, something no other builder in

appliances and much more. Much of the

Hawaii can provide. Along with

Kohala focus when it comes to choosing

contributing rich details to a project,

such materials involves sustainability—from

Kohala has turned to its millwork division

solar and geothermal energy systems to

for large-scale drama, including a

smart-home technology that can help

client-requested meditation chamber.

reduce an estate’s ongoing footprint. “I

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love building something that will outlive

GOING THE EX TR A MILE

me and serve a family for generations to

As part of the creative process, the Kohala

come,” Bonahan says.

the existing home of a potential client; it’s

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

This art collector’s haven includes a coconut mosaic coffee table and Tibetan wool and silk rug.

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WILLMAN INTERIORS

An eye for perfectly balanced, clean-lined, contemporary design—along with an impressive network of artists and artisans that can help bring a room to life—continues to earn Willman Interiors the loyalty of luxury residential clients on the Big Island. While other children her age were busy building castles and trucks with their LEGO starter sets, Gina Willman was pressing her parents for LEGO room kits so that she could revamp kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. That the New Zealand native would ultimately trade her building blocks for the brilliantly conceived elements that have come to redefine luxury interiors on the Big Island will come as no surprise to the A-list clients that have seen the founder of Willman Interiors in action. Since launching her namesake firm in 2004, Willman has brought her discerning eye to a variety of high-end residential projects, infusing each one with a striking and timeless aesthetic that embodies the spirit of the client as well as her own desire to produce spaces in total harmony with their surroundings. “There is no cookie-cutter strategy to anything we do; each project is customized and imaginative,” says Willman, who attended design school at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand. “Combining artisan touches and stylish contemporary detail, we do what we do best: put elements together in ways that are fresh, gratifying and reflective of our clients’ tastes.” Though Willman’s portfolio includes designs for spas, resort spaces, restaurants and retail stores, her firm has generated considerable buzz for the high-end

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distinct spaces.

AS YOU WISH It helps that Willman brings an impressive

“A well-designed home should function on a dayto-day basis, but it also should be a sanctuary that reflects and feeds the souls of its inhabitants.”

01.This guest bedroom exudes a contemporary Asian

network of artists and craftsmen to the

vibe, with lantern-style lamps and a clean-lined

table, allowing clients to infuse their spaces

which Willman Interiors works. As early in

ebonized chest nightstand. 02.Masculinity was

with exquisite details and signature works

the process as possible, Willman and her

created using a travertine vessel sink, grass cloth

of art that can be both subtle and, when

staff will work with the architect to

wallcovering and bronze fittings. 03.Cerused walnut

necessary, dramatic. Most importantly, the

synchronize spaces with interior ideas.

dining table surrounded by Berman Rosetti Filly

Willman team listens. “We learn about the

“We then delve into finish selections,

chairs in Pollack fabric, with a Hammerton chandelier

clients’ desires for how they wish their life

decorative lighting, cabinetry design,

to unfold and function,” Willman says. “We

furniture and fabric selections, art and

also talk about prior spaces that they

accessory sourcing, and much more. I love

loved—and why. We then incorporate the

that we’re able to create beautiful,

details from those conversations into what

harmonious sanctuaries for our clients.”

above. 04.This entertainment pavilion features Dedon furniture, Perennials fabrics and rock garden sculptures envisioned by Gina Willman. 05.Jiun Ho chairs upholstered in Lee Jofa tropical linen and a large acacia coffee table complete this space.

eventually becomes a cohesive design.”

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The emphasis on communication extends

Simmons 04. Linny Morris 05. David Duncan Livingston

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BIG SK Y & BOZEMAN This picturesque Montana locale gives way to fly-fishing in the Yellowstone, Big Hole and Missouri rivers and horse whispering and bison viewing in Gallatin Valley—all gloriously encompassed by six mountain ranges.

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a One of three lakes

in the Ulery’s Lakes neighborhood, which offers large acreage, fishing, kayaking, biking, hiking and more.

J E F F E R S O N H E L M S O F B I G S K Y S O T H E B Y ’ S I N T E R N AT I O N A L R E A LT Y

The allure of Big Sky has invigorated its luxury real estate market—all the more reason for discerning clients to call on the area’s top high-end residential expert, Jefferson Helms.

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Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, just off the 17th fairway of a Tom Weiskopf-designed

Given its world-class reputation as a majestic year-round outdoor retreat—not to mention the home of some of the nation’s most compelling ski terrain—it’s hard to imagine Big Sky, Montana, as anything other than a playground with endless appeal for the luxury lifestyle sector. But in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, the gateway to Yellowstone National Park had reached a crossroad when it came to its

“Our buyers want to know they’re paying fair market value. We provide accurate data-driven insight specific to the real estate they are purchasing.”

signature golf course, is the backdrop for this threebedroom homestead cabin with four full baths and a spacious living area. It’s tastefully furnished with hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, stainless-steel

high-end residential segment. Seven years later, the veteran broker who

appliances, tiled bathrooms and

knows the market better than anyone believes that Big Sky is the new

an attached one-car garage.

Colorado and Utah for A-list resort buyers eager for a slice of the good life

The back of the property

in one of the Rocky Mountain region’s fastest-growing economic areas.

features a private deck with an

“Over the last five years, I have marveled at the growth of our high-end

outdoor fireplace and private

market,” says Jefferson Helms, supervising broker at Big Sky Sotheby’s

hot tub. Better still:

International Realty. “Future high-end housing growth is clearly trending

Homeowners have ski-in/ski-out

toward the Rocky Mountain region—and specifically Big Sky.” Having lived

access to the Mountain Club.

in Montana for more than 20 years, Helms delivers the kind of insider knowledge and local networking that discerning clients value as much as

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01.This master suite in the Belz Chateau features handcrafted furnishings and carpets from Turkey, custom-made for the home with no seams and luxurious finishes. 02.This home, perched at the top of Moonlight Basin, overlooks the Spanish Peaks and has prime ski-in, ski-out slopeside access. 03.Spiraling view from the fourth floor of the Belz Chateau, featuring exquisite architectural components.

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the determination and detailed-oriented service that distinguishes his approach. The business administration major, who cut his teeth in corporate

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sales and marketing while living in Atlanta, has created a thorough and unparalleled data report for

Cross Harbor and the Apollo

slopeside, ski-in, ski-out retreats,

buyers and sellers interested in

Group. We are very optimistic that

the luxury residential offerings at

the contiguous luxury resorts of

the Big Sky market will continue

Big Sky Sotheby’s International

the Yellowstone Club, Spanish

to appreciate in every segment

Realty leave nothing to the

Peaks Mountain Club, Big Sky

given the recapitalization of all

nature lover’s imagination. If

Resort and Moonlight Basin.

four contiguous resorts,

anything, Helms is concerned

development of the area’s 24/7

that those who wait too long

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE

critical-access hospital and the

might miss out on a window of

Ironically, the troubles that

expanded community

opportunity that could soon

plagued those luxury resorts

developments to support the

close. “My only worry would be

following the recession

100-plus housing starts we have

that with limited supply of

ultimately paved the way for the

initiated in the past year.”

inventory, the price of real estate will begin to increase to levels

recent surge in Big Sky real

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$5 MILLION New construction at the Settlement at Yellowstone Club; upward of 4,600 square feet with five bedrooms and seven baths.

$10 MILLION Ski-in, ski-out access at the Yellowstone Club; sprawling 11,000-square-foot furnished

estate. “The unique characteristic

SITES TO BEHOLD

comparable to the other top ski

estate with seven bedrooms,

of our market is that the

One look at the dramatic

resorts,” he says. “Currently, you

nine baths and stunning views.

economic downturn enabled the

properties for sale among Helms’

can have a slopeside luxury

private capital of Cross Harbor to

multimillion-dollar listings, and

home, without the crowds, with

merge ownership of all of these

it’s easy to see why more people

a much lower price per square

resorts, creating one cohesive ski

each year are anxious to discover

foot than in Aspen and Vail.”

community,” Helms says. “Buyer

the boundless natural charms of

confidence has now returned

Big Sky. From a 4,000-square-

with the strong leadership of

foot riverside homestead to

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$15 MILLION The slopeside Belz Chateau in Moonlight Basin encompasses 16,000-plus square feet with access via a private ski bridge; for the true Big Sky ski lover.

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Locati’s trademark mix of reclaimed timber, meticulous stonework and expanses of glass are evidenced in this Bozeman estate.

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“Our approach starts with understanding the client, but it’s also getting a feel for the site … and integrating the architecture with its surroundings.”

LOCATI ARCHITECTS

Dream projects come to fruition throughout the country when the experienced and creative experts at Locati Architects set their sights on luxury residences steeped in rustic elegance and in harmony with their backdrops. For all the notoriety that putting pencil to sketch pad has brought his award-winning firm, Jerry Locati is the first to admit that bringing a custom residential project to life involves far more than a creative rendering. That’s especially true when the internationally renowned experts at Bozeman-based Locati Architects embark on one of their signature journeys. Since launching the firm in 1989, the company’s namesake and principal partner has brought the soul of an artist to dramatic and innovative rustic design that not only captures the Western spirit but that also honors the client. The work is so distinct—and so in demand—that Locati Architects works in 15 to 20 states at any one time (as well as all the provinces in Canada). But it’s not the volume of projects that distinguishes the firm’s impressive portfolio. It’s the consistent zeal and dedication that Locati, his partners and project managers bring to luxury residential estates of all sizes. In recent years, such stunning works have included sprawling family compounds on properties that encompass

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hundreds, even thousands of acres. “We’ll

fruition. On the creative side, that picture

design the entire compound—horse barns,

is about more than just a building’s

mechanical buildings, guest houses, main

design. “It’s figuring out how you access

estates for multigenerational use that are

the property, how you circulate, how

upward of 50,000 square feet,” says Locati,

buildings relate to each other,” Locati

who earned his master’s of architecture

says. “Even in a room that can

degree at Montana State University.

accommodate 100 people, you shouldn’t

“Clients will include swimming pools,

feel overpowered by the space.” Though

bowling alleys, shooting ranges, golf

delivering complex projects on time and

01.Curved timber trusses, carved wood elements and hand-forged iron are Locati’s “thumbprints” on this great room. 02.Set against a Rocky Mountain backdrop, this grand entryway welcomes friends and family alike.03.In connecting the main house and guest residence, the Locati team framed a mountain view for the homeowners. 04.Italian bronze windows invite the views into this soaring, yet comfortable gathering room. 05.Stately European influences combine with alpine architecture in this all-stone mountaintop home.

greens, gazebos hanging over the

on budget continues to drive the firm,

water—we even incorporated a chapel

there remains something special about

into one compound. People are creating

that moment when clients walk into a

their own Disneylands.”

finished project for the first time. “We’ve

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seen families with tears in their eyes,”

FULL- CIRCLE PERSPEC TIVE

Locati says. “You can see that it’s everything

For the firm’s exclusive roster of clients,

they ever wanted, that it’s beyond their

the fascinating part of the ride is seeing

expectations. For us, that’s success.”

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BIG SK Y & BOZEMAN

HOME BUILDER

Dual stone chimneys frame the height and grandeur of the mountain peak as this house blends into the timeless beauty of the area.

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A gray barn wood accent wall complements the rustic reclaimed-wood ceiling in this bedroom.

SCHLAUCH BOTTCHER CONSTRUCTION, INC. (SBC, INC.)

In the expert hands of renowned custom builder SBC, luxury residential projects integrate seamlessly with breathtaking outdoor backdrops in Montana and throughout the West. When Chad and Jamie Bottcher launched Bozeman-based Schlauch Bottcher Construction in 1996 with only four employees, they did so with a requisite number of short-term goals—and one overarching promise. No matter what challenges a project presented, the brothers would find a way to build each custom-designed home on a rock-solid foundation of quality, teamwork, transparency and communication. Two decades later, that thread continues to run through a firm that employs upward of 120 professionals during peak season and that tackles luxury projects throughout the western portion of Montana, as well as in Wyoming, California, Nevada and Colorado. “All of SBC’s projects have special significance to us,” says Chad, the company’s CEO and president. “The firm strives to learn and understand what is important to our clients, whether we’re working on a small remodel or a 30,000-square-foot mountain estate. Just going through the motions

“The talented individuals we’re fortunate enough to work with every day continue to push our projects to the next level.”

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level.” One look at the SBC portfolio, and

extends through each craftsman,

it’s easy to see why the company has

subcontractor and supplier involved in a

become synonymous with masterfully built

project. “We need to have a unified vision

homes that honor both the clients’

throughout the process so that each

individual tastes and the natural splendor

individual understands the big picture,”

that surrounds the property. Whether

Chad says. “We realize it, but we also want

working on a sprawling, contemporary

everyone working on a home to

lakeside estate or a dramatic multilevel,

understand how important their role is in

rustic residence cast against a mountain

creating these special projects.” As part of

01.Prairie Fieldstone, a tile mosaic and marble slabs bring tranquility to this master bathroom. 02.The open timber treads and glass rail in this space effortlessly blend contemporary and rustic styles. 03.Featuring an outdoor fireplace and covered timber truss, this alfresco sanctuary can be used year-round. 04.Ample dry-stacked stone and a hand-hewn, coffered beam ceiling detail create a welcoming and comfortable space.

backdrop, SBC delivers more than just the

its ongoing commitment to thoughtful,

keys when finished with a project. “It’s

sustainable construction, SBC is always

most important for us to surpass client

searching for products and processes that

expectations in any way possible,” says

can serve the client while preserving the

Jamie, the company’s COO.

environment. “We trust the guidance,

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knowledge and input of the experts on our

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team,” Jamie says. “Ultimately, we want to

An integral part of the formula for SBC,

make the projects as enjoyable for our

which recently added Nate Boersema as

clients as possible. And we want their

one of its partners, is a team approach that

vision to become reality.”

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Sumptuous mohair chairs and Ralph Lauren stripes create an entertaining vibe in this Montana great room.

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“It takes knowledge and experience to create spaces that will endure. Clients know that our quality interiors can serve them for a lifetime.”

KIBLER & KIRCH

With their inviting high-end aesthetic and an equally warm approach, the creative experts at Kibler & Kirch continue to add to a rich legacy of thoughtful, fascinating and timeless interior design. For the past 25 years, timeless and comfortable design, funneled through the prism of luxury living in Montana, has found a tireless advocate in the creative experts at Kibler & Kirch. But an anniversary year is hardly the only reason to celebrate the interior majesty rendered time and again by the fullservice firm with studios in Red Lodge and Billings. Whether working on ranches, mountain homes or second residences throughout the West, Kibler & Kirch never fails to unlock the key to homeowners’ aesthetic dreams, resulting in stylish yet livable spaces that enrich its clients’ lives. “Our benchmark for success is a deeply satisfied client—going well beyond their expectations,” says Jeremiah Young, the firm’s creative director. “Some clients have a pretty good idea of what they want, but we figure out what speaks to their soul and makes a lasting impression. We take the notion of ‘home as a deeply personal thing’ very seriously.” Since founder Rosina Kastelitz launched the firm in 1990, Kibler & Kirch has taken its signature relaxed, detail-oriented design to clients

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throughout the United States; in addition to Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas, the firm has brought high-end interior spaces to life everywhere from New York and Florida to Texas and Hawaii. Working alongside homeowners and integrating them through every step of the creative process, Kibler & Kirch excels in pulling together a cohesive design thread—while at the same time surprising with unexpected touches that, no matter the combination of styles, feel like they belong.

CREATING L AYERS OF COMFORT “Our interiors are never just one note,” Young says. “It’s the mix that makes a home lively. In working with clients, we often serve as editors, helping them to navigate the dizzying array of choices. Ultimately, we put the puzzle together in a beautiful way.” It helps that Kibler & Kirch has the capability to curate like no other firm thanks to the eclectic collection of American-made furnishings, artwork, accessories, lighting, bedding, rugs—and much more—that it sells. Between its store and studio in Red Lodge and the turn-ofthe-century building in downtown Billings that it renovated as a stunning new studio, Kibler & Kirch has emerged as a house of design in the spirit of some of the great fashion giants. “No one brings more passion to the table than we do,” Young says. “We’re incredibly motivated to make the world a more beautiful place in some way, every day.”

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BOSTON As those that call it home can attest, the capital of Massachusetts is more than just one of the country’s oldest and most historically significant cities. Boston is an experience, one rich in high culture, world-class cuisine, storied educational institutions—not to mention a wicked-strong legion of sports fans.

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a Boston’s renowned Louisburg Square in Beacon Hill.

JEANNEMARIE CONLEY

With an unmatched level of professionalism and purpose, Jeannemarie Conley brings an insider’s perspective to the ever-changing luxury residential scene in and around Boston.

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The penthouse at The Whitwell (thewhitwell.com) is a 6,200-square-foot home

It was one of those single-family estates that had to be seen to be believed—more than 10,000 square feet of over-the-top grandeur in famed Back Bay, a dream listing for any real estate professional in Boston under most circumstances. But when Jeannemarie Conley met with the client entrusting her with the sale, she quickly learned that time,

among a 14-unit luxury condominium conversion in Beacon Hill. ã Offered at $13,700,000

among other things, would not be on her side. “He told me over lunch that I had 90 days to sell it, or he would give the listing to my competitor—and also that I couldn’t list it on the public market or use any form of public

“In Boston, where bidding wars are currently the norm in some price points, you have to be bold in your approach to win the sale.”

advertising,” says the daughter of a retired FBI agent. “Not only did I sell it in the 90-day deadline, but I set a record as well.” Over the past 13 years, few brokers have risen to the challenge more often and with greater success than Conley—no small feat given the complexities and nuances of Boston’s luxury market. Her uncanny knowledge of those high-end pockets, not to mention an unparalleled network of contacts throughout the U.S. and abroad, has led to sales in excess of $200 million. “I compare my real estate career to that of a trader on a financial services trading

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floor,” says Conley, who spent 10 years in the financial services industry, during which time she earned her CPA in New York. “You have to be able to react to, predict and process intel at lightening speed.”

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prices. “We are in a logjam,”

character of the landscape. We

But for all her preparation,

says Conley, who brokered the

can’t build on top of the already

Conley also understands that

highest-priced residential sale in

existing brownstones; front-

real estate in Boston is like the

the state in 2012, then followed

door colors and façades have

In addition to representing some

weather in New England: Give it

that with a record private sale in

remained consistent since the

of the most desirable addresses

five minutes, and it will change.

Back Bay the following year.

1800s.” The author of three Local

in the Northeast, Boston’s luxury

In recent years, the most

“Some owners are willing to sell,

Einsteins What to Know Before

neighborhoods also reflect the

noteworthy changes involve the

but they have nowhere to go

Buying or Selling a Home books

city’s endless charms.

development of full-service,

due to the lack of available

(she is featured in the Back Bay/

Communities like Back Bay

luxury high-rises, a prominent

high-end housing.”

Beacon Hill, South End and

seamlessly mesh Beantown’s

trend in New York. Residences

Greater Boston editions), Conley

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storied history with trendy shops, luxury hotels and

that not long ago sold for

LOOKS THAT THRILL

delivers equal parts discretion,

$1,200 per square foot are now

Those A-list properties that are

knowledge and perseverance to

selling for $1,500 per square

available speak to Boston’s

the discerning clients with whom

foot and higher. In addition,

striking mix of condominiums

she works. “My goal,” Conley

Conley sees buyers snagging

and single-family homes within

says, “is to raise the real estate

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larger homes in luxury

brownstone buildings that

professionalism bar to the

+ South End

residential enclaves like Back

appeal to everyone from empty

highest level.”

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Bay and Beacon Hill—and

nesters and young professionals

planting roots. As a result,

to international buyers. “Most of

Boston has precious little

downtown is architecturally

inventory, which is driving up

protected, which preserves the

world-class dining.

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The property was segmented into smaller architectural elements to preserve a sense of the history of the home.

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“I believe in creating a seamless architecture that makes people question if we were ever there in the first place.”

PAT R I C K A H E A R N A R C H I T E C T L L C

No firm honors the timeless splendor of New England’s rich architectural history like the award-winning custom residential design professionals at Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC. For more than four decades, Patrick Ahearn, FAIA, has carefully crafted the kind of stirring narratives typically seen in the pages of a best-selling novel. Ahearn tells his stories through the language of residential design, which speaks to the power that each finished architectural project has to communicate a sense of place that is deeply rooted in New England history. “The New England vernacular style is so rich in character and scale,” says Ahearn, who launched his namesake firm in 1978. “It provides a variety of architectural themes to work within based on the hundreds of years of architecture that has been created since the 1600s.” Ironically, Ahearn started his career with a bigger picture in mind, tackling major resort projects and larger buildings around the world. Later, his firm would focus more on the historically motivated residential design for which his experienced team has become known. Nowhere is the firm’s prodigious talent and regional grasp greater than in Edgartown Village on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. It’s there that Ahearn’s team completed more than

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147 renovations or new construction projects within 12 blocks, both preserving and unifying the Village’s historic aesthetic. So powerful was the commercial renaissance that followed—especially due to the captivating urban design and subsequent success of The Boathouse restaurant at the harbor’s edge—that the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s New England chapter honored the work on that particular commercial establishment with a Bulfinch Award in 2012. In addition, Ahearn was awarded the commission to design the 2015 HGTV Dream Home.

AN INSPIRED APPROACH “The most significant influence, for our firm, is the environment in which we work in, in terms of the scale of the buildings, the character and the theme of the areas,” says Ahearn, who earned his master’s in architecture (in urban design) from Syracuse University. “I always look to the greater good as a collective whole, not just the immediacy of the program I am given, but how does it fit within the character and scale of the environment.” While their projects often are grounded in a sense of “implied history,” the Ahearn team also strives to create residences that are romantic, approachable and functional. The result is a wealth of residential masterpieces throughout New England that honor the past while being responsive to modern lifestyles. “I try to create spaces that really stand the test of time and that feel more intimate within themselves,” Ahearn says.

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HOME BUILDER

An English conservatory and natatorium were added to the side of this antique home, creating a truly unique oceanfront structure.

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“What’s not so evident is the story behind each home, the relationships formed with clients and the partnership of trust that drove each project.”

GROOM CONSTRUCTION

The down-to-earth foundation on which brothers Tom and David Groom built their namesake construction firm continues to resonate today in a stunning array of renowned commercial and luxury residential projects. What started more than three decades ago with two brothers painting houses in high school has evolved into a multimillion-dollar general contracting business that’s synonymous throughout the North Shore with the highest levels of construction excellence. But despite a portfolio that, along with an array of luxury residential projects, includes equally impressive commercial relationships with national brands from Best Buy to Target, Tom and David Groom never have strayed from the homegrown qualities that continue to distinguish their namesake firm. “Whether we are renovating a house or building a project from the ground up, Groom is renowned for its personalized approach,” says Tom, president of Salem-based Groom Construction. “We seek out employees who share our service- and detail-oriented mind-set. Once we find them, we rarely let them go. Aside from maintaining the quality of our work, this approach to personnel provides continuity. Longtime employees come to embody the character and culture of the company, and they eventually pass that tradition—along with their more tangible skills—to newcomers.” Since launching the business fresh out of

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college, the brothers have brought the same

of Boston. Along with being at the

family-oriented approach to their client

industry’s forefront when it comes to fully

dealings, going well beyond the blueprints

integrated “smart houses,” Groom stands

to work closely with future homeowners on

apart in terms of eco-sensitive expertise

details from lighting and color schemes to

that allows it to combine luxury and

budgets. “We invest ourselves fully in our

sustainability—including the renovation of a

customers,” says David, who serves as

4,500-square-foot North Shore estate that

treasurer for Groom Construction.

produced the region’s first LEED-certified

“Transparency is key; we encourage our

residential project. “When we started out,

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clients to over-communicate or check-in on

we never could have predicted that our

a daily basis if needed. We take the time to

portfolio would include everything from golf

learn about their objectives, and to share

clubs (Tedesco Country Club) to nationwide

with them the best available options,

retailers,” Tom says. “Yet, in spite of the size

techniques and materials that would make

and scope of Groom Construction today, we

their dream homes a reality.”

have never lost sight of our original

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specialty, building and remodeling high-end

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BOSTON

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Pops of color enliven this chic living room space that seamlessly meshes traditional and contemporary interior elements.

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“My success is based on my clients; they allow my design to grow. Without them I’m just a designer looking for work.”

KELLIE BURKE INTERIORS

Driven by the desire to deliver more than just a simple, sophisticated space, Kellie Burke infuses her luxury projects with an element of “wow’” that never fails to raise the luxury residential design bar. For two decades, discerning clients of Kellie Burke have discovered an underlying artistry to the masterful residential spaces that she creates. At least some of that can be attributed to her early work doing faux painting and commissioned mural work; in that respect, she does bring an artist’s vision to a room. But it also speaks to something deeper and more profound—namely, the passion and relentless pursuit of excellence that Burke, who launched her namesake firm in 1995, infuses into each luxury project. “I do not have a particular style other than that ‘wow’ factor,” Burke says. “I try to push the limits of my clients and allow their personal style to go a bit over the top.” For Burke and her award-winning team, the journey begins with the initial client meeting: a sit-down conversation she describes as her favorite part of the creative process. It’s where Burke and her experts are able to ask questions, explore likes and dislikes, understand the clients and their lifestyle, and then create a space that revolves around those tastes. “It keeps my job interesting and fresh,” Burke says.

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“Every space I design is a unique,

a space. “For the past five years,

ever-changing space.” Whether working

everyone has been stuck in these neutral

on a quaint high-end residential project or

tones, like something out of a catalog,”

the renovation of a 30,000-square-foot

Burke notes. “Finally, people are getting

historic building in Quincy, Massachusetts,

over this trend. We want their home to

those spaces are typically sights to behold.

feel unique!” Over the years, Burke has generated more than just an impressive

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client base. “I’ll get a call from a client to

Part of the ongoing appeal of Burke’s

go to dinner, which is so special to me,”

01.Features inside this marine-themed bath include a vanity fabricated by a military trunk company and a dolphin mirror. 02.Whimsical touches abound inside this guest bedroom, from embroidered oval overlay cornices to faux fur throws. 03.The dimensions of a custom-designed lacquered cabinet play off the 8-foot-by-8-foot color field painting by Antonio Murado. 04.This kitchen features a linen window valance in Ankasa’s crawford bead fabric, created using a Bengali embroidery technique.

aesthetic is her philosophy that homes

she says. “That means I truly understood

should have a “well-traveled vibe instead

my client and fulfilled their dreams of the

of a matching, store-bought look.” To that

perfect family space. I listened, and in the

end, she gravitates toward an old-world

process, we became friends.”

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go for the, ‘Where did you ever find that?,’

Blunt 04. James R. Salomon

effect.” The element of surprise is equally

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style complemented by modern, functional accents. “I love old world,” she says.

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Generous terraces and a pavilion with a fireplace encourage outdoor entertaining and poolside lounging day and night.

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DAN K. GORDON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

With an approach that celebrates client, property and architectural context, Dan Gordon and his team continue to discover the full potential of outdoor settings for their luxury clients. With the artful ability to consistently stir the senses, the compelling outdoor settings of Dan K. Gordon Landscape Architects serve as an industry standard. But what distinguishes the work of the firm and its namesake even more is something less tactile, a discernible thread that binds luxury residential properties and their surroundings to the client. “Our underlying design philosophy is the creation of well-defined landscapes with a clear connection to place,” says Gordon, who received formal training at Harvard University before launching his firm in 1995. “But it’s also important that a project responds to the site within a particular context. Each client deserves a custom design that is harmonious with their lifestyle and the architecture of their home. In that sense, our work reveals the opportunities and value of each property.” For the past two decades, Gordon and his team have been making the most of those

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opportunities, staging award-winning classic and contemporary outdoor backdrops in the exclusive communities

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01.While the glassy water acts as a reflecting pool, cascades at the spa provide soothing sound. 02.Detailed paving patterns ease the transition from the stone dining terrace to a sculpture garden. 03.An outdoor carpet of stone and grass joints creates a beautiful space near an adjacent tennis court. 04.A broad, monolithic stair provides a comfortable ascent from the path to the dining terrace. 05.Varied spaces around the pool allow for quiet relaxation as well as room for entertaining. 01.Greg Premru 02.Greg Premru 03.Charles Mayer 04.Greg Premru 05. Mitch Harper

“Trends in style may come and go, but the creation of well-defined outdoor space integrated with the site endures.”

Architects and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s New England chapter.

“We use both a native and an ornamental palette appropriate to each site’s climate.

BACK TO NATURE

This allows us design flexibility and the

As authorities on the latest cutting-edge

opportunity to enhance the aesthetic

technology and materials, Gordon’s team

qualities of a property.” Relying on both

continues to raise the bar when it comes to

instinct and an inherent sense of artistry,

bringing those advances into the landscape

Dan K. Gordon Landscape Architects has

and creating seamless indoor-outdoor

set itself apart with thoughtful, timeless

experiences. Still, the natural and built

and breathtaking design. “It’s our goal to

landscapes of the New England region

address not only our clients’ outdoor needs

remain the firm’s greatest influence. “We

but also their aspirations,” he says.

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CHARLEST ON & K IAWAH ISL AND Starfish and conch shells—and world-class golf courses—line Kiawah Island’s dreamy 10-mile crescent of shoreline, not far from Charleston. Generations of families return to this extraordinary 10,000-acre island as faithfully as the tides.

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CAMENS ARCHITECTURAL GROUP Charleston & Kiawah Island

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CHARLESTON & KIAWAH ISL AND

REALTOR

a Kiawah’s 10 miles of scenic shoreline offer uncomplicated luxury.

PAM HARRINGTON OF PAM HARRINGTON EXCLUSIVES

The experienced team at Pam Harrington Exclusives delivers its own brand of Southern hospitality to clients anxious to experience the best that Charleston has to offer.

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36 Kiawah Island Club Drive is situated within The Settlement, a private, gated Kiawah Island

“We treat clients for who they are and what they need—but it goes beyond the deal. They’re often friends forever.”

Charleston is one of those rare towns that doesn’t need time to grow on

Club neighborhood surrounded

a person. More often than not, there is an instant attraction to the

by maritime forest, marsh

irresistible charms of a destination regularly recognized as one of the top

grasses and Kiawah River. This

cities in the United States. It’s no wonder that buyers are turning to luxury

stunning cedar-shingle home

developments within earshot of Charleston for second-home opportunities,

offers quality craftsmanship

including communities in Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island. “I work with a

amid a wealth of natural light;

lot of clients looking for that special place to bring their families; a place that’s

overlooking the 11th hole of

totally about fun and beaches and golf and getting away from the hustle

Tom Fazio designed River

and bustle of daily life,” says renowned real estate professional Pam Harrington. “We certainly offer a product that allows you to do just that.” Since founding Pam Harrington Exclusives in 1978, the longtime resident of South Carolina’s Low Country has seen the region explode as both a tourist haven and a luxury residential hot spot. Along the way, the variety of housing options also has grown exponentially. For both buyers and sellers, that’s where the kind of experience that Pam Harrington and her team deliver becomes invaluable. “You really have to know your product in this market,” she says. “This area offers so much—from horse farms and deep-water

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01.Bohicket Marina is host to many transient boats, fishing tournaments and the finest sunsets imaginable. 02.Picturesque window boxes, spilling over with brilliant flowers, adorn many historic homes in downtown Charleston. 03.Tidal creeks, verdant marshes and maritime forests contribute to the natural beauty of Kiawah and Seabrook. 01

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properties with a dock to beach-,

Charleston for a taste of its

decks remain an integral part of

marsh- or golf course-oriented

classic Low Country plantation

the Charleston residential

residences. Understanding the

style. Pam Harrington also has

experience. With interest rates

different communities and

many clients seeking a more

low and sellers motivated, Pam

Proximity to Charleston proper

having experience with those

sophisticated European design

Harrington views this as an

remains an irresistible draw

types of properties allows me to

to complement the natural

opportune time to invest in one

for trending neighborhoods.

point people in the direction they

surroundings. Not only does the

of the area’s many breathtaking

The rich history and charm of

want to go.” As an independent

region offer something for

villas or houses. “Our listings are

downtown Charleston—with its

company free from corporate

everyone architecturally, it also

south of Charleston and more

popular restaurants, shopping,

oversight, Pam Harrington and

gives discerning clients plenty

beach oriented, but the people

art galleries, nightlife and

her associates focus entirely on

from which to choose when it

that come here do so not only

more—gives locals ample

customer service, one of the

comes to interior possibilities—

for what areas like Kiawah

reason to explore its pockets.

hallmarks of a firm that, over the

from state-of-the-art amenities

Island offer, but also what

years, has developed lasting

to luxurious finishes.

Charleston offers,” she says.

+ South of Broad (SOB)

“There are just so many great

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things happening here.”

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relationships with its clients. “It can be a weeknight, Saturday

EX TERIOR MUSTS

afternoon, Sunday morning; we’ll

On the outside, Pam Harrington

always work within the clients’

says that more than 50 percent

schedule,” Pam Harrington says.

of her clients want properties with pools, and more people are

ST YLE OF THE TIMES

showing interest in outdoor

Many potential homeowners

fireplaces. In addition, large

look to the areas in and around

screened porches and overhung

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This Low Country home looks out onto the marsh from the infinity pool. The exterior materials of the main house and carriage building include red cedar shakes, stacked stone column bases and chimney and solid copper roofing.

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“Our creative process involves listening and absorbing. When the time is right, we put pencil to paper and reveal the solution, not ‘find’ it.”

CAMENS ARCHITECTURAL GROUP

As evidenced by the captivating luxury residential projects throughout the Low Country designed by Camens Architectural Group, New York’s loss was clearly South Carolina’s gain. For the better part of two decades, Marc Camens successfully plied his trade in upstate New York, designing commercial projects and camps throughout the pristine, natural mountain environment of Adirondack Park. Along the way, the founder of Camens Architectural Group (CAG), launched in 1982, built his firm on a client-first foundation of communication, collaboration and reliability. But after enjoying a five-week vacation in Seabrook Island, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, a thought occurred. Why couldn’t the same foundation work in Low Country? Some 15 years later, the answer couldn’t be more resounding. The second incarnation of CAG has added to the firm’s rich legacy, this time bringing luxury residential dreams to life by honoring equally pristine natural backdrops in Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Daniel Island, James Island and Johns Island, out of which the company is based. “I like to think of us as the listening architects; we push all ego aside,” says Camens, the son of a home builder who worked as a blueprint boy at a mall development

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firm at age 14. “We work to understand exactly how our clients live, and then we design and wrap homes around their lifestyle. In doing so, we strive to bring the outdoors inside, and the inside out, melding each project with its site. The site tells you what’s happening on a property—what kind of constraints exist, where privacy is needed, how the interplay between elements will come together, and where the greatest potential lies.”

ON THE SAME PAGE The passion to create such seamlessly integrated spaces continues to drive Camens, who brings more than 37 years of experience to his firm’s select commercial projects and renovations, as well as the high-end residential work that draws interest from clients as far away as Italy. Though its portfolio encompasses an array of dramatic custom home styles, CAG projects are consistent in the attention paid to the details—from the way the design embraces natural light to the ease with which one space flows into the next. It helps that Camens and his talented team turn each job site into a collaborative experience. “CAG is a group, a collective thought and a creative enterprise,” says the graduate of Kent State. “We are synergistic in our design process, which contributes to our phenomenal referral rate. The architectural award that we seek is our clients’ satisfaction.”

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CHARLESTON & KIAWAH ISL AND

HOME BUILDER

This magnificent island residence in Christophe Harbour on St. Kitts boasts spacious indoor and outdoor living areas.

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HANK HOFFORD

BENNETT HOFFORD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

No construction company has added to the luxury residential fabric of Charleston and its surrounding communities quite like the award-winning experts at Bennett Hofford Construction. Few builders anywhere in the United States have both added to and preserved the history of their region quite like Bennett Hofford Construction. Since launching the Charleston-based firm in 1983, Hank Hofford and his dedicated team of construction professionals have time and again added to the rich tapestry of South Carolina’s Low Country with luxury residential projects that capture its down-home spirit—and meticulous renovation work that honors its past. “Over the years, we’ve fixed up probably 70 historic buildings in downtown Charleston,” says Hofford, one of the area’s most beloved entrepreneurs. “We’re also known for what I call architecturally themed neighborhoods; we’ve developed several on the coastal islands. We’re one of the few builders ever allowed to take a piece of land within the gates of some of these high-end resorts and build all of the homes.” The well-earned trust placed in Bennett Hofford has resulted in the construction of some 300 multimillion-

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dollar homes just on Kiawah Island alone. The firm has built inspired and versatile works of residential art in communities like The Village at Turtle Beach, Ocean Oaks and others—each one with its own architectural identity. Beyond its prodigious portfolio, the firm’s renowned professionalism and client-first work ethic continue to draw clients from all over the world.

“It’s always exciting to build a $5 million-plus home; not all builders get those opportunities. We’ve been blessed with dozens of them.” EXPANDING THE BR AND In recent years, Bennett Hofford has embarked on an ambitious downtown project, Halsey Park, a three-acre, citywithin-a-city village in Charleston’s historic district along the Ashley River featuring state-of-the-art row houses, as well as a limited number of sprawling, custom-built homes. If the work in its own backyard isn’t enough to keep it busy, Bennett Hofford also is the premier residential builder (through its Caribbean-based branch Bennett Hofford Caribbean Construction Ltd.) for the private island community of Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts. “We’re fortunate to work with so many interesting, affluent clients who not only can afford to build a nice home,” Hofford says, “but who are interested in building the best home possible. We love having the chance to rise to that challenge.”

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CHARLESTON & KIAWAH ISL AND

INTERIOR DESIGNER

This transitional design with a modern touch plays into the client’s desire for a lighter, more casual aesthetic.

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B E V E R LY B O H A N

HAUTE DESIGN

The spirit of Charleston finds an interior champion in the talent-rich team at Haute Design, which infuses its highend residential, commercial and historic projects with creativity and passion. After 15 years of successfully changing the way luxury clients view their interior spaces, Beverly Bohan easily could rest on her award-winning laurels. Instead, the founder of Charleston-based Haute Design greets each project as if it were her first. “I’ll wake up so excited to go to work and start on our latest project,” says Bohan, who launched her Charleston, South Carolina, firm in 2000. “That passion never wanes. To create a new space for a client, to see the transformation, to see the client fall in love with the space … it doesn’t get more rewarding than that.” That Bohan and her team are entrusted with everything from high-end residential and commercial projects to historic renovations says as much about the firm’s talent and processes as it does its founder’s passion for design excellence. “Every project, regardless of size, is carefully contemplated,” says Bohan, who also has clients throughout the Northeast and into South Florida. “We’ll use hand-sketched renderings and floor plans, and we visit the construction site to review the rooms. The furnishings and details we ultimately select must not only create a well-balanced room, but they also should enhance the spaces.” Time and again, Bohan and her team have raised the design bar on everything from oceanfront projects inspired by the Low Country and infused with a sense of Charleston’s past to historic houses in

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the downtown area updated to reflect the luxuries of the 21st century. “We are always evolving as a design firm,” Bohan says, “stretching our boundaries to find unique avenues to meet the client’s wishes. Often, we’ll work with artisans across the state to find a style that fits the client.”

“We strive to create sophisticated design that’s intertwined with the client’s everyday life and adheres to the Haute brand’s high standards.” PAST MEETS PRESENT The ability to create clean, simple, classic interior spaces that honor the city’s spirit while also reflecting the client’s vision and lifestyle continues to distinguish the Haute brand. Along the way, the firm has earned a reputation for its distinctive sense of style and impeccable taste—in part, due to its connections to the aforementioned artisans and craftsmen, a practice that often results in projects that exceed expectations. “It’s always our goal to make a home more about the clients’ life, an expression of who they are instead of an exercise in furniture selection,” Bohan says. “Our clients know that we will create a unique design aesthetic for them. We’ll use the latest materials and furniture, and we’ll select pieces that are timeless.”

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01.A hand-forged light fixture and custom antique mirror cabinetry help to bring this master bath to life. 02.Neutral-colored furnishings and chic textures lend sophistication to this master bedroom. 03.The bleached-oak finish of the office desk plays perfectly in a room that invites the outdoors in. 04.The colors in Scott Upton’s commissioned artwork contrast with the otherwise soft palette of the room. 05.Custom-designed furnishings and a dining table conceptualized by Haute Design are among the highlights in this space. Photography by Kevin Jurgens

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CHICAGO Often called the birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago remains, at its heart, a city of neighborhoods. From traditional Shingle style and Georgian Revival to clean-lined contemporary and Prairie style, Chicago’s residential architecture is among the finest in the world.

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a A morning stroll in Lincoln Park provides respite from the bustle of the city.

JENNIFER MEEHAN OF JEM LUXURY

With her well-informed, detail-oriented and boutique approach to Chicago’s residential properties, Jennifer Meehan is becoming the face of luxury real estate in the Windy City.

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The historic Theurer-Wrigley mansion is an iconic slice of Chicago’s architectural

The Windy City and its endless charms continue to draw potential homeowners and investors to the shores of Lake Michigan—especially when it comes to luxury real estate. One of the top five markets in the country for ultrahigh-net consumers, Chicago continues to see considerable activity when it comes to multimillion-dollar properties in both its metro area and its outlying communities. “Chicago has been

“There are so many resources available to potential homeowners; it’s imperative that agents know their market inside and out.”

history. The four-story home and three-story coach house, crafted in a late-Italian Renaissance style, encompass a combined 15,000 square feet. The property features eight bedrooms, a conservatory and

fortunate to have a strong market across the board, and we have been in

a fourth-floor ballroom. As

an upswing for the past three years,” says Jennifer Meehan, founder of

one might imagine, the house

JEM Luxury. “As with any area, we see ebb and flow quarterly, but for now

has its share of stories. It was

it is a seller’s market. We are having a resurgence of popularity for

left vacant for several

suburban living.” After spending a decade at larger brokerage houses,

decades before and after the

Meehan launched her own boutique firm in December 2012 specifically to

Depression because mansions

handle the needs of high-net-worth clients. Her tireless efforts to bring

had become targets for

discerning clients the necessary information about Chicago’s most

kidnapping and robberies.

desirable pockets give Meehan expert insights into markets including Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Gold Coast, Old Town, South and

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01.On the south bank of the Chicago River, the Riverwalk allows pedestrians to admire architecture. 02.The Nature Boardwalk, by Studio Gang Architects, adds modernism to the heart of Chicago. 03.The Wrigley Building is one of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks, illuminated every night since 1921.

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as anything: confidentiality. “We cater to a high-end clientele, and our top priority is their

listings,” Meehan says. “I can

PERSONAL TOUCH

privacy,” she says. “We strive to

sell an old Victorian or a

Meehan’s reputation for strong

be a trusted advisor in their

modern three-flat on the same

negotiating skills, attention to

home selection process; even if

exact block—and in the school

detail, honesty and

Trending communities

we are elated about who we get

district you want. Every

uncompromising ethics is

throughout the greater

to work with—and we often

neighborhood has such a unique

matched only by her boundless

Chicago area are showing a

are—we keep it to ourselves.”

history, which has shaped the

enthusiasm. Better still, the

consistent increase in value—

architecture and amenities they

client is assured of dealing with

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

have to offer.” With that in mind,

the company’s principal—there’s

Meehan is seeing an array of

Meehan advises her clients to

no handing off responsibilities,

attractive high-end listings in and

never settle. No matter your

as often happens with a larger

around the greater Chicago

needs—an expansive kitchen,

brokerage firm. “As a boutique

area—from a sprawling 51st-floor

rooms with a view of the

firm, it sometimes was a little

North Michigan Avenue residence

Chicago skyline, estates that

intimidating to be competing

+ North Center

with five-star amenities to a

bring the outdoors inside—

with higher-end agents and

lakefront residence in Wilmette

Meehan has inventory that will

large firms,” Meehan says. “But

+ Southport Corridor

that’s part of a nationally

meet that criteria. “It can take

I’ve learned that confidence,

renowned school district to a

time and effort to find a

competence and hard work

22,000-square-foot architectural

property that clients feel an

trump everything else in the

masterpiece on 14 acres in

emotional response to, but that

long run.”

Barrington Hills. “Chicago has

makes it all the more worth it,”

such a diverse selection of

she says.

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and selling quickly. Properties in neighborhoods like North Center and Sycamore sell within 12 days on the open market.

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A picturesque country estate.

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This Greek Revival was built for empty nesters.

KONSTANT-ARCHITECTURE-PLANNING

What started in 1980 as one man’s mission has evolved into a full-service architectural firm that continues to inspire clients throughout Chicago—and beyond—with thoughtful, timeless design. When Paul Konstant launched his namesake architectural firm as a solo act, he had no business plan. His goal, quite simply, was to deliver quality design that was fresh, environmentally sensitive, site appropriate—and that honored his clients’ needs and dreams. Thirty-five years and hundreds of brilliantly rendered luxury residential projects later, it’s evident that foundation has served Konstant well. Whether elevating spaces inside multimillion-dollar high-rises or unlocking the design key to a sprawling waterfront estate, Konstant and his now-15-person firm remain dedicated to the same principals on which it was built. Along the way, clients beyond its backyard have discovered the company’s ability to create enduringly beautiful and seamlessly integrated design; in addition to Konstant’s home territory on Chicago’s North Shore, the firm has done work in New England, New York, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, California, Colorado and Arizona—not to mention projects in Italy and Greece. “I’d like to think that I’m

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“We are committed to delivering timeless architecture to our clients, design that meets their needs and dreams. In doing so, we want to enjoy the process— together.”

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a good listener, and that’s where it starts,”

challenges for the other professionals

Konstant says. “It starts with the client;

entrusted with bringing the vision to life.

together we create the program. I respond

“Aesthetics are obviously very important to

to their needs, hopefully adding all the

us, but architecture also needs to work,”

ingredients that allow them to live and

Konstant says. “I worked construction

grow comfortably. Ultimately, the project

through my sophomore year of college. It’s

echoes the clients. They make it a home.”

important to us to be allied with the guys

It’s the intangibles infused by Konstant

doing the building; I get compliments all the

Architecture, however, that turn homes

time from the trades grateful to work with

into works of residential art. The firm is

us, and we are grateful to work with them

renowned for its extensive research and

as well.” That attention to detail extends to

preparation on projects that range from

the firm’s interior department, which can

designing a high-end estate from scratch

handle anything from tile and cabinet

to renovating luxury spaces. “Only after I

knobs to plumbing and light fixtures. “We

have all the variables do I start sketching,”

take care of it all so clients can focus on

Konstant says.

family and careers,” Konstant says. “Everyone in my office is very dedicated to

IT ’S IN THE DETAILS

making the process of building a home a

Despite the often-stunning results, it’s

positive experience.”

important to Konstant to design projects that don’t present wildly complex

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The living room inside this Santa Barbara estate features reclaimed French-oak flooring and a fireplace made from Santa Barbara limestone.

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TOM STRINGER

T O M S T R I N G E R D E S I G N PA R T N E R S

With a spirited creativity that finds a home in luxury residential projects from coast to coast, the dynamic team at Tom Stringer Design Partners raises interior design to an art form. It’s only fitting that Tom Stringer likens his interior design process to filmmaking, especially given that he brings a sense of adventure to his role as director. Not to mention a penchant for working on location. Since the launch of Tom Stringer Design Partners in 1995, the firm’s namesake has consistently sought out and embraced interior challenges throughout the country—from summer cottages in Harbor Springs, Michigan, to oceanside estates in California to transforming the interior spaces of yachts. “With my client’s help, I write what might be called a lifestyle script that launches a movie in my head,” says Stringer, whose firm is headquartered in Chicago’s vibrant River North neighborhood. “In this case, the movies are always about spaces. At first, the movie might be in black and white, but as the design evolves, the movie is in full detail and color. That movie guides every decision as I translate

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01.French and English Guéridons, flanked by Louis XVI-style chairs, draw the eye inside this 1920s Tudor residence. 02.A gilded wood coffee table and Louis XVI-style bergère bring the living room to life inside this contemporary waterfront estate. 03.The owner’s passion for travel, history and the sea is evident in a room that includes a grid of sepia-toned photographs by Douglas Hill. 04.The dining room inside this Lake Forest Georgian residence features a vintage English table and chairs, and a contemporary silk rug. 01. Jamie Padgett 02.Werner Straube 03. Jamie Padgett 04.Werner Straube

what lies in my imagination to the built environment.” Often, the set design incorporates a variety of furnishings from a range of eras and resources, creating rooms that are both visually interesting and highly personal. Most important to Stringer and

is renowned for its collaborative culture,

his award-winning team is that the work

the comfort level it creates on a project and

reflects the unique values, interests and

the lengths to which it will go for its clients.

lifestyle of the client. “Yet all our projects

“We take great pride in developing deep

share a sense of proportion, sophisticated

relationships with our clients and evolving

textiles and mixed woods,” he says.

their residential experiences as they acquire

“And, most likely, they feature unique

homes across the country,” he says.

contemporary art and engaging

Considering his passion for travel

collections of global artifacts.”

adventures, it’s no surprise that Stringer would add yacht interiors to the firm’s

VARIET Y IS THE SPICE

repertoire. “I’m drawn to both the majesty

Though Stringer is a fan of both French

and the constraints that designing residential

Classicism and Modernism, the firm doesn’t

space on boats requires,” he says. “At the

limit itself when designing high-end

same time, you have to figure out how to

residential spaces. “What I love is anything

offer guests a supremely comfortable

that has the tension and excitement of

environment.” Time and again, Stringer and

being simultaneously old and new or rustic

his team do just that—by land or by sea.

and refined,” he says. “I think that opposites make magic.” Tom Stringer Design Partners

“What I love is anything that has the tension and excitement of being simultaneously old and new or rustic and refined.”

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An elegant pool cabana designed by Northworks, Inc sets into a luxurious rose-filled, historic setting with lawn steps in the foreground.

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“To this day, I still look for new answers and new knowledge to help me grow as both a landscape architect and a gardener.”

CRAIG BERGMANN LANDSCAPE DESIGN

The relationship between design, horticulture and architecture is fertile ground in the talented hands of Craig Bergmann, who consistently elevates the conversation when it comes to high-end landscape architecture. Some 35 years after first creating residential dialogues between a living garden and its architectural backdrop on Chicago’s North Shore, Craig Bergmann continues to spark some of the most compelling luxury landscape conversation in the Midwest. Whether designing classical gardens for historic estates or green spaces on the rooftops of multimillion-dollar developments in the heart of the Windy City, Bergmann’s namesake firm continues to deliver on the promise of his earliest work. “The styles of our gardens may vary greatly, but the nature of our designs is to create a singular landscape of verve and depth,” Bergmann says. Time and again, Bergmann and his team of dedicated and talented landscape architects have planted roots that draw inspiration from the client, the site, the backdrop and the firm’s own encyclopedic knowledge and experiences. At the historic gatehouse gardens, an intricate Lake Forest site that includes the firm’s design offices, those qualities are evident in the history of the plant material, the diversity of the garden collection and the array of garden

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rooms that make it such a unique

process often encompasses several on-site

experience for visitors. “Part of our

meetings to experience the lay of the land,

reinterpretation of the historic buildings

particularly through multiple seasons. “We

has saved them from demolition,”

may possess the knowledge and the tools

Bergmann says. “That culmination of

to obtain the desired look, but firm

elements—that discussion between

direction and insight into the homeowners’

garden and architecture—is something I’m

lifestyle will always be the best drivers of

very proud of.” While the full-service firm

design,” Bergmann says. In bringing that

works predominantly throughout Chicago,

vision to life, Bergmann and his team often

Craig Bergmann Landscape Design also

look to the area’s native plant population

tackles high-end projects in an ever

to guide the selection process. “Native

expanding geography.

plants are survivors in their region so they are the litmus paper for us in creating a

A COLL ABOR ATIVE PROCESS

collection of plants,” he says. Asked if he

The dialogues on which Bergmann has

ever considers retirement, Bergmann quips

built his renowned firm extend to its

that it probably will never happen. “The

relationship with the client. The most

gardens won’t let me,” he says.

effective and innovative designs, he believes, are born of honest, engaging discussions about the goals and dreams that the firm’s sophisticated clientele envisions for its outdoor spaces. That

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01.Lake Michigan sunrise. A crushed shell path, lined with catmint and clematis arches, leads to a seating area with built-in fireplace. 02.Southwest Michigan Farm. The pool terrace floats within the landscape to maintain the expansive views to the home, vegetable garden and vineyard beyond. 03.A tranquil respite awaits for an elegant shoreline property. 04.Clean lines, boxwood forms and an abundance of Maggie Daley tulips are a welcome site for this urban, front entry landscape. 05.A purple-leaf beech arch is the backdrop to a collection of architectural artifacts within Bergmann’s home garden. 01.Scott Shigley 02.Linda Oyama Bryan 03.Scott Shigley 04.Scott Shigley 05.Scott Shigley

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SHOPE RENO WHARTON ASSOCIATES Connecticut

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CONNECTICUT From the rolling hills and New England villages in the northwest and the seaside towns of its southern coast to the museums of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut offers enriching experiences for both the nautically and culturally inclined. Landmarks like The Mark Twain House & Museum and The Glass House by Philip Johnson add to its allure.

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CONNECTICUT

REALTOR

a Rowayton is a

hidden gem offering luxurious lifestyles in Fairfield County, where Vanderblue launched a design gallery with partners of AIRE network.

JULIE VANDERBLUE OF THE VANDERBLUE TEAM

Offering an unparalleled menu of services and expertise, The Vanderblue Team gives its clientele everything they need to make an informed decision about luxury real estate.

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Boasting an eclectic array of designs from the most innovative contemporary to

The ongoing residential allure of Fairfield County, Connecticut, one of the country’s most desirable places to call home, extends well beyond its proximity to the Big Apple. The most populated of the Constitution State’s eight counties offers an endless array of cultural, business, recreation, fine dining and retail opportunities—rich diversity that also applies to its residents. “With a vast variety of luxury lifestyles, there truly

classic New England Colonials, the many flavors of Fairfield County offer luxury lifestyles for all palates. Shown: New construction contemporary, Edgewater Hillside, Westport, Connecticut.

is a perfect place for everyone,” says Julie Vanderblue, President of the Higgins Group, a Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate. The top

“Tapping into the network of a strong team, like ours, can save clients incredible amounts of time and money when buying a home.”

producing collection of real estate talent in the entire region, the Vanderblue

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team represents a consumer-centric approach to real estate like no other. It starts with listening and creating a deeper understanding about the needs of each individual buyer. Educating buyers is what sets Vanderblue apart. With the transparency of real estate online searches it can get confusing for buyers looking to relocate or buy a second home in Connecticut. The key is finding a synergistic team that understands the nuances of a market as widespread and complex as Fairfield County. With The Vanderblue Team,

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01.Green Gables is breathtaking at every turn, from the highest quality details to the unrivaled grounds. 02.Equestrian pleasures on the beach or in beautiful wooded trails are just one of the many activities Connecticut residents enjoy year-round. 03.Connecticut is rich with significant antique homes, both restored and original for those who appreciate the charm of yesteryear.

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clients tap into the best of all worlds—a combination of experience, savvy, detailed market and industry knowledge and peerless negotiating skills. “Our approach is often likened

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with an attorney’s office,” says Vanderblue, a 20-year real estate veteran. “Each member of the

buyers looking for properties

of builders, we are able to create

team has a specialty upon which

with more land a bit further from

dream homes at a fraction of the

we call when needed. In our

town. As demand for luxurious

cost.” The potential and upside

case, each agent has geographic

lifestyles offering more property

for clients is such that

expertise as well as an industry

escalates, values will increase,

Vanderblue has created an entire

specialty that they have

especially in towns convenient

division around this concept.

researched and developed

for commuters.

Vanderblue is committed to

extensively. We then share and combine that wisdom so that both buyers and sellers benefit from our collective knowledge.”

Vanderblue’s strong relationships

WHAT ’S HOT ?

inventory of new construction

Currently waterfront, downtown

for those looking for the “right

living and new construction are

out of the catalogue” home.

all in high demand. Flawless

However, opportunities

homes staged to perfection are

unrecognized by many exist at a

appealing to buyers as sweat

more affordable cost.

equity is too expensive and

Uncovering diamonds in the

many prefer to move in and

rough is one of Vanderblue’s

unpack. As trends change

specialties. “By negotiating

quickly, Vanderblue sees

strongly for imperfect homes

tremendous opportunity for

and working within our network

with builders allow for a large

What’s the number-one concern among buyers?

Real Estate, was developed to

Resale value. I work closely with clients and do a full analysis of the property, the area, trends and best- and worst-case scenarios. Then we review all the options. They can make their final decision with confidence because they’re

provide a higher level of skill,

informed. The fear is gone.

creating powerful relationships

TAKING IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL

Q&A:

based on quality, merit and trust. To that end, AIRE: All Inclusive

service and financial reward to “By combining the efforts of

What does it take to be successful in real estate?

like-minded leaders dedicated

It takes equal amounts of

to excellence, AIRE will offer

hard work, passion, creativity,

value beyond compare,”

communication and listening

Vanderblue states.

skills, patience, research and

buyers, sellers and investors.

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education, kindness and strategic thinking. And then you leave your ego at the door.

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Stone gables and generous fenestration create relationships between architecture and the layered landscape of this country home.

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“We value the ability to produce great architecture in an increasingly regulated world.”

SHOPE RENO WHARTON ASSOCIATES

The innovative team at Shope Reno Wharton Associates infuses its luxury residential design with a consistent, detailed, architectural approach that appeals to clients from coast to coast. As geographically diverse as the inspired architectural creations at Shope Reno Wharton Associates tend to be, there remains a consistent foundation upon which each high-end waterfront residence, country estate, mountain home or island paradise is built. It’s there in a brilliantly conceived rustic house in Aspen as well as a classically rendered Shingle-style estate in New England, architecture that’s modern in thought but with a traditional sensibility. Homes that seamlessly settle into the landscape and environment around them. Residential dreams steeped in character, place and permanence. “It’s an American architecture with a melting-pot approach that is stronger as a result of the many perspectives and influences,” says Arthur Hanlon, one of five current partners at Shope Reno Wharton, along with Jerry Hupy, Michael McClung, Don Aitken and John Gassett. The Connecticut-based firm, founded in 1981 by Allan Shope, Robert Reno and Bernard Wharton, has grown from a small residential/commercial company to a nationally renowned design brand sought by luxury clients from Maine to Utah. In addition to high-end estates, the firm’s portfolio includes everything from

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equestrian centers and golf clubhouses to schools and museums. “We apply consistent beliefs about architecture that are common to every project,” Hupy says. “In our view, attention to these fundamentals comes before stylistic concerns, and that can provide an identifiable character that underlies the overall composition.”

THE BUILDING BLOCKS The ties that bind Shope Reno Wharton projects reflect an imaginative ability to elevate elements that are essential to any well-conceived blueprint, whether it’s proportion and scale, the interplay of light and shadow, or the effects that color, texture and detail can bring to the structure. The partners agree that their best design work stems from a variety of critical understandings, starting with their own combined experience and personal inspirations, as well as a thorough grasp of the site (views, topography and history of the area). Most critical of all, however, is the inspiration the Shope Reno Wharton team derives from its clients—their desire, their lifestyle, their personality. “A great home never stops inspiring its occupants and will weather the test of time, both aesthetically and practically,” Aitken says. Continued regional and national recognition earned by the firm speaks to an array of breathtaking finished projects, but along the way, clients find the journey equally rewarding. “Our clients appreciate the access they have to us throughout the process and the leadership that we provide,” Gassett says.

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01.Classic detailing with an eye toward simplicity provides free-flowing connections between kitchen and family living spaces. 02.A stair expressed as a tower on the building exterior presents a moment of architectural whimsy and brings building occupants “outside” of the home. 03.The wide and graceful porches of this Connecticut home create outdoor rooms with intimate connections to the seascape. 04.Wraparound porches and classic Shingle-style design provide timeless appeal to an oceanfront home in Rhode Island. 05.The dramatic composition of this stately home is expressed through a layered and sculptural approach, with traditional materials and refined details. 01. Durston Saylor 02. Durston Saylor 03. Scott Frances 04. Brian Vanden Brink 05. Scott Frances 146 / 147

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HOME BUILDER

This majestic 21-room, French Provincial estate lies in the heart of an exclusive neighborhood in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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“Our diverse portfolio, which ranges from historical restoration to contemporary homes, has allowed Karp Associates Inc. to develop skill sets in different genres and styles.”

KARP ASSOCIATES INC.

The more things change in the residential construction industry, the more Karp Associates rises to the occasion, a nod to the core values that have characterized the luxury builder for decades. In the same way that its award-winning residential projects are created to stand the test of time, the multifaceted construction firm launched by Arnold M. Karp more than three decades ago is built on quality and long-lasting relationships. At Karp Associates Inc., there never has been a substitute for quality, value, communication and artistry. In delivering a full menu of services to its discerning client base—from renovation services and innovative custom home building to hands-on management help for distressed residential and commercial projects—the firm holds true to the core values that have established it as an industry leader throughout the New England area. As a result, a Karp home enjoys a cachet unrivaled in the region—and a portfolio of castles, cottages, sprawling coastal estates, historical restorations and contemporary works of residential art that has resulted in no less than 30 major honors from the Home Builders Association of Connecticut. “Since we’re in the business of delivering beautiful homes that are above and beyond our clients’ expectations, our creative process

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is driven by listening to the homeowners’ wishes from concept to completion,” says Karp, whose background in business, finance and accounting adds yet another invaluable dynamic to a firm renowned for completing projects on time and on budget. “The diversity of that client base and their individual tastes require us to continually adopt new building and design solutions, which is very fulfilling from a creativity standpoint. No two projects are alike, which keeps it interesting for our team.”

NEVER BET TER No matter the style—including the classic shingle construction with transitional interiors motif that Karp Associates has been seeing of late, one that seamlessly integrates feelings of past and present—the firm brings an old-world craftsmanship to its work, a quality that resonates in even the most cutting-edge modern properties. To that end, team Karp is at the forefront of green building, giving careful attention to factors that can optimize energy efficiency and minimize the footprint on the environment, from geothermal systems to the use of sustainable materials. Such painstaking attention to detail, along with impeccable and transparent client service, continues to pay dividends. “We’re proud of the long-term client satisfaction we’ve attained,” Karp says, “as evidenced by the multiple repeat projects we’ve done for many clients. Our brand means something to people, as evidenced by the strong resale market for a Karp home.”

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01.Elaborate crown molding and distinctive woodwork add to the elegance of this formal dining room. 02.The dramatic great room in this 1910 residence features antique wood beams framed above the original stone wall. 03.Varying roof lines and interesting window design transforms this traditional Shingle-style home to an updated classic. 04.This beautiful grand foyer features a wraparound staircase and white woodwork with contrasting dark hardwood flooring. 05.The classical detail in this stately entrance portico is enhanced by the stone façade behind it. Photography by Attila Kun

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CONNECTICUT

INTERIOR DESIGNER

A beguiling and edgy aesthetic gives this room a chic attitude.

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Lynne Scalo continues to fly in the face of formulaic design with an inspired approach to interior spaces steeped in her love of art, architecture and bringing a client’s story to life. As one might expect from a woman whose artistic spirit flows so effortlessly through her custom interior work, Lynne Scalo views her early influences as a series of small portraits. She points to childhood memories that foreshadowed her interest in art, space and design—like her mother reading to her a book on Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed architectural work Fallingwater. Or the pieces of African artwork and English willow paper that hung in her home. Or the time she made her family repaint her bedroom five times because the shade of pink wasn’t quite right. “I don’t know what that [episode] says about me,” says Scalo, who launched her namesake boutique design firm some 15 years ago in Greenwich. “But I do know that I grew up with a really educated eye about design, and a very worldly aesthetic, from my mom and dad.” Today, Scalo brings that trained eye to inspired works of sophisticated yet functional design for clients based everywhere, from New York and Aspen, Colorado,

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to London and Frankfurt. Through the years, Lynne Scalo Design has rightfully earned a reputation for rendering creative spaces— whether inside urban high-rises or country estates—that couldn’t be further from formulaic. “People know that I’m associated with an artistic approach to design,” says Scalo, who has a fine arts background in furniture design. “I try to create this movie, this environment around the client; I try to tell their story and their family’s story through my eye as director or artist or cinematographer or sculptor.”

“People know that I have an artistic approach to design rather than just a formulaic type of vision.” OH SO FAB While Scalo works with discerning clients who appreciate her firm’s ability to integrate modern glamour with timeless elegance, she also believes in spaces that allow people to live their lives. “It’s not impossible,” she says, “to have ‘functional fabulousity.’ ” A world traveler herself, Scalo finds inspiration in everything from the storied works of architecture in Paris to Native American art and tribal pieces from New Guinea. It’s no surprise, given her background, that Scalo works with clients to develop and expand their own art collections. “Most of the people I know work so hard and so fast that they just want to appreciate beautiful things,” she says. “They want to come home, unwind and enjoy their interior surroundings.”

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01.This classic chandelier hangs over a custom-designed reinterpretation of a Saarinen table, mixing classic and modern. 02.French, English, African, Italian, American and Spanish pieces create an iconic, worldly perspective. 03.This informal yet sophisticated home office evokes energy as well as elegance and ease. 04.A splash of modern glamour with an equal amount of classic sophistication creates timeless elegance. 01.Tim Street-Porter 02.Tim Street-Porter 03. Phillip Ennis 04.Tim Street-Porter

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DALL AS Dallas, where everything, indeed, is bigger and bolder, embodies many travelers’ impressions of the state—from cowboys (and the Cowboys) to glitzy shopping venues and sprawling residences. Dig a little deeper, and discover close-knit, magnolia-lined neighborhoods that pay homage to classical architecture.

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a Dallas has added

colorful, interactive lighting to its skyline, allowing for eight extra hours per day to impress travelers.

J U L I H A R R I S O N & C A L L A N H A R R I S O N O F A L L I E B E T H A L L M A N A N D A S S O C I AT E S

The real estate market in and around Dallas is experiencing Texas-sized growth, leaving both buyers and sellers with more and more questions. Juli Harrison, Senior Vice President at Allie Beth Allman, not only provides answers, she delivers results.

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New Construction! A magnificent Tuscan villa on over an acre in the gated Creeks of Preston Hollow. This incredible property features a master downstairs, plus 5

The numbers don’t lie. Dallas is the third fastest-growing city in the United States according to Forbes, and with that has come an explosion in the real estate market unlike anything seen in recent years. Home prices were up nearly 10 percent in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2013, and 2014 is on schedule to be the highest dollar volume year in DFW residential resale history. Lots are at a premium, and relocation demand continues to exceed

“We’ve had a true growth explosion in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The luxury real estate market is thriving.”

other bedrooms, 6 baths, 3 powder baths, library, wine vault, home theater room, billiard room and catering kitchen. Room to build out exercise room and powder bath in basement. Also,

new home supply. Many properties are receiving multiple offers, with final

additional build out room on

sales often exceeding the asking price. Yet, despite this boom, real estate in

the second floor for a possible

and around Dallas is still quite affordable compared to soaring home prices

game room. Relaxing infinity-

on the East and West Coasts. For both buyer and seller, this fast-paced,

edge pool and 5-car garage.

ever-changing market can be nothing short of overwhelming, which makes the selection of a real estate professional even more important. Enter Juli Harrison, Senior Vice President at Allie Beth Allman & Associates and a

ã Offered at $6,795,000

Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist, who brings more than

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01.Dallas Hall at Southern Methodist University was the first building on its campus. 02.The AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, has the world’s largest column-free interior and the fourth largest HD video screen. 03.Big Tex is the 55-foot-tall statue and icon of the annual State Fair of Texas held at Fair Park, Dallas. 01

30 years of experience and a thorough understanding of the DFW market to her clients. Harrison’s daughter and fellow Southern Methodist University graduate, Callan, is also an agent at the firm. She has built a strong customer base among young professionals looking for executive homes. The mantra at Allie Beth Allman—integrity,

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ethics and a willingness to go above and beyond on behalf of each customer—speaks to the

growth. Professionals of all ages

from the Park Cities, Preston

values that customers most

are looking at condominiums and

Hollow and North Dallas to

demand in a real estate expert.

townhomes in urban pockets

Greenway Parks, East Dallas,

“Industry surveys show that

like Uptown. Sales of luxury

Plano and Southlake, as well

Uptown is perfect for those

buyers and sellers rely on a

properties in Dallas, meanwhile,

as breathtaking condos and

seeking a true urban

professional agent more than

rose 22 percent in 2013—with

townhouses in Uptown, Oak

experience. Along with

ever,” says Harrison, a top-ranked

Allie Beth Allman responsible

Lawn and Turtle Creek, Harrison

countless restaurants,

Pinnacle Producer for each year

for approximately half of the

understands that, more than

excellent retail and a new

of the company’s existence.

homes that sold for $1 million

anything, clients do not want to

$300+ million performing arts

“Clients want the judgment of an

or more. Moreover, many major

overpay. If there is any question

center, residents are within

agent to get the right house, the

corporations are moving their

regarding value, she encourages

right price, and guide them

headquarters to the Dallas area.

even cash buyers to have an

through the increasingly complex

Moving forward, Harrison sees

appraisal. “With the strict rules

process. With our state-of-the-art

future housing growth in northern

and regulations associated with

technology, we’re able to keep

areas like Frisco, McKinney, North

appraisals,” she says, “buyers

+ University Park

locals informed and educate

Dallas, Prosper and Allen, as well

should feel confident that they

+ Highland Park

out-of-town buyers on Dallas real

as to the west in communities

have not overpaid.”

+ Southlake

estate before they arrive.”

such as Southlake and Westlake.

CURRENT TRENDS

SAGE ADVICE

Harrison notes that the urban core

Having sold executive homes and

of Dallas has seen tremendous

estate properties everywhere

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The Bluff house, optimized for the solar solstice and equinox cycle, takes advantage of stunning views. The owner’s midcentury modern furniture collection is showcased in a fitting setting.

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“We spend a lot of time trying to build a rich and collaborative office culture, which ultimately contributes to good design.”

WEBBER + STUDIO

The problem solvers at Webber + Studio deliver creative customized solutions—and dramatic, eye-catching designs—to high-end residential and commercial clients throughout Texas. While the stakes have changed dramatically since David Webber was constructing projects with Legos and Lincoln Logs as a child, at least one thread has remained consistent during his rise as one of Austin’s most versatile and well-respected architects. Give the founder of Webber + Studio a design dilemma, and he won’t rest until he finds the most thoughtful way to meet that challenge. “A well-designed home is focused on solving the actual problems— both expressed and implied—as well as on solving the problems that no one has thought of yet,” says Webber, who launched his Austin-based firm in 1997. “Beauty is one thing, but beauty can’t answer all those questions; aesthetics is only one piece of the puzzle. If you effectively solve problems, then you have a unique opportunity to redefine beauty.” Time and again, Webber and his talent-rich team have changed the face of high-end residential and commercial projects throughout the area with an approach to architecture steeped in its core values of functionalism, expressionism, regionalism and minimalism. Along

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the way, the firm has drawn inspiration

Building Program gave the luxury

from the Texas landscape, cutting-edge

residence a five-star rating. That Webber

building technology and the clients

and his team see the artistry in so many

themselves to create seamless works of

different approaches to building—from

architecture capable of encompassing any

wildly ambitious to cutting-edge modern

number of styles and scale. “Because our

to quiet and restrained—continues to

work responds so individually to each site,

make the firm popular with a wide range

our body of work is extremely diverse,”

of collaborators and clients. “Every

Webber says. “All of our work strives to

success we’ve enjoyed has come with a

01.This weekend cabin features outdoor spaces for public events, grand interior spaces for family gatherings and intimate nooks for quiet reflection. 02.This modern guesthouse features a skybox office. 03.The minimal skybox office utilizes floor-to-ceiling glazing for uninterrupted views. 04.This home features valley views. Public spaces are to the left, family areas are in the center and the children’s wing is to the right. 05.Privacy abounds in this modern home that takes advantage of city views while avoiding harsh exposures.

braid indoor and outdoor zones together;

corresponding learning opportunity,”

the results produce buildings and spaces

Webber says. “In that respect, all of our

that take on the unique characteristics of

projects have been successes; they’ve

each site and each client.”

provided us with lessons for learning and

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improving in the future.”

INVISIBLE TOUCH Often, what distinguishes a Webber +

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DALLAS

HOME BUILDER

The glow cast by the lighting on this masterful Sharif-Munir design adds to its stately elegance.

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MICKEY MUNIR AND MICHAEL MUNIR

SHARIF & MUNIR CUSTOM HOMES

Thanks to an impressive and refined array of custom home building services, along with a masterful approach to their craft, Sharif-Munir offers their homeowners the finest building experience in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The impeccable reputation Sharif-Munir enjoys is based on decades of experience, highlighted by a team of professionals unrivaled for their tenure and dedication to providing an excellent, enjoyable experience for their homeowners. Since founding the firm in 1978, Mickey Munir has always put the homeowner first when it comes to bringing someone’s home building dreams to fruition. Aligning expectations up front and consistent communication throughout the building process are hallmarks of the Sharif-Munir home building experience. “This process we have consistently sought to improve has worked so well that for many years most of our investor partners have been SharifMunir homeowners who have had a great time building a Sharif-Munir home. We are honored that they trust us this much,” Mickey says.

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“Building a home to suit your lifestyle can be both enjoyable and rewarding—but only if it’s organized by a company like ours that truly believes in delivering an outstanding homeowner experience.” ONE-STOP SHOPPING The architectural styles that Sharif-Munir has delivered over the past 37 years are almost endless. Formal French, country French, Hill Country contemporary, Tudor, Mediterranean, Spanish Revival and many many more. It is Sharif-Munir’s job to deliver the finest finished home based on the homeowner’s architectural preference and to do so on a timely basis, with a keen eye focused on protecting the overall budget. The firm also specializes in ranch properties, high-rise residential construction and renovation projects. Mickey sums it up in this fashion. “In the end we want our clients to feel that they have been in control of the process, with our firm lending a guiding, friendly hand. And foremost that their expectations have been met and exceeded.”

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01.A glass wall partition with sliding doors creates opportunities for seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces. 02.Clean lines define the soft, contemporary charm of this Hill Country estate. 03.A light, airy vibe permeates this kitchen, which Sharif-Munir designed for a client who loves to cook. 04.An elegantly adorned poolside cabana provides an inviting outdoor entertaining space outfitted with interior comforts. 05.Dark woods lend drama to a bar area complemented by a custom-designed, barrel-vaulted brick ceiling. Photography by Dan Piassick 166 / 167

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DALLAS

INTERIOR DESIGNER

The prairie meets luxury with custom furnishings, a felt shag area rug and exquisite art.

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Polished stainless-steel tables accent the custom velvet settees and acrylic-infused natural wood coffee table.

RICK ROZAS DESIGN

The A-listers that entrust Rick Rozas to elevate their luxury interiors speak to the Dallas-based designer’s ability to create inspired, personalized spaces for clients who expect nothing less. So exclusive are several of the clients that call on Rick Rozas, that the owner of the Dallas-based interior design firm that bears his name agrees not to discuss or photograph the typically jaw-dropping finished projects. But whether he’s working with energy executives, CEOs of major corporations or professional athletes, Rozas enters each relationship by offering the same advice. “I always tells clients that hiring a designer is like dating,” Rozas says. “If there is not a connection, keep looking.” The connection between Rozas and his discerning clients grows stronger with each passing high-end residential project. Over the years, Rozas has lent a timeless, yet functional vibe to spaces in luxury homes across the United States and as far away as Europe. He credits at least part of his detailoriented approach to growing up with five older sisters, each of whom made their own clothes. “Fabrics and materials have been in my life from an early age,” he says. “I learned from five quite different sisters that everything you

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P H OTO G R A P H B Y C H A R L E S DAV I S S M I T H

“My clients know that I understand clean design, individuality and discretion—and that I can use those traits to create a special interior.”

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see, touch and feel can be made very personal.” Rozas started his career in the mid-1980s working in Dallas and New York. While contracting for Springmaid, he worked with Bill Blass and Mark Hampton, who were guest designers at the time for the bedding and bath company. Both men encouraged him to continue on his own path and collaborate with other designers along the way.

SPACE ENGAGER The creativity and thoughtfulness that Rozas brings to his boutique firm today is steeped in those early lessons. He continues to be influenced visually by designers of furniture, clothing and jewelry—inspiration that he infuses into projects that emphasize the actual, not the perceived, use of space. “I focus on the floor plan and furniture plan before any materials, fabrics or art is even considered,” says Rozas, whose favorite style is a blend of classic modern and clean traditional. “Once we agree on that, I select existing items that need to be used—and then select all other items. I custom design most furniture so that each room feels fitted to the space.” Longevity aside, what’s most impressive about Rozas’ nearly 30 years in the industry is that his business is based on direct referrals. “The clients that seek me out,” Rozas says, “are wanting someone who understands the design process from construction to move-in date—and everything in between. I do.”

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01.This apartment features a one-of-a-kind diamond-facet coffee table and a Marcelyn McNeil commissioned painting. 02.Raw, polished concrete, an Arne Jacobsen Egg chair and Roche Bobois lamps complete this space. 03.A porcelain owl watches over the family room of this modern ranch. 04.A private oasis doubles as a bathroom with an indoor shower and floating bath. 05.This dining room’s table, made of a natural tree slab, references the heavily wooded site. 01. Stephen Karlisch 02. Stephen Karlisch 03. Stephen Karlisch 04. Stephen Karlisch 05.Charles Davis Smith 170 / 171

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THE HAMPTONS Sea, sand and sky, this coastal getaway gives East Coast urbanites a respite from city life with low-key seafood shacks, eclectic antique shops, placid bays and quaint inns. From Amagansett to Sag Harbor to Montauk, and every relaxed town in between, extraordinary homes in classic traditional Hamptons and ultramodern styles, adorn its quiet shores.

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RICHARD KISSANE BUILDING CONTRACTOR The Hamptons

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THE HAMPTONS

REALTOR

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seaplanes are being used out east. It’s a fast and efficient way to escape to your Hamptons retreat and avoid traffic. Homeowners in Montauk, Sag Harbor and Sagaponack often access their homes via seaplane.

SUSAN BREITENBACH OF THE CORCORAN GROUP

By bringing an unparalleled combination of detail-oriented service and expertise to her clients, Susan Breitenbach is the perfect broker to handle one of the world’s most exclusive and affluent real estate markets.

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It’s the last of its kind. This stunning traditional, with more than 11,000 square feet of living space and 236 feet of water frontage on Noyac Bay, has the best sunset water views in the Hamptons. It was built with

Few real estate markets in the world possess the instantly recognizable cachet inherent to the Hamptons, with its international reputation, ultra-exclusive clientele and array of multimillion-dollar properties. With the bar set that high, it takes a broker with a similarly exalted standing to navigate the nuances of buying and selling luxury estate in and around the

“I always advise clients about the pluses and minuses of a property. Even if it’s their dream home, I want them to make an educated decision.”

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high-end construction and the best materials and craftsmanship and is set on 5.5 waterfront parklike acres. Also, features 3,000 square feet of covered porch, an outdoor

Hamptons. Enter Susan Breitenbach, who has an unparalleled understanding

fireplace, a wine cellar, a game

of this complex market—and a track record to match. Corcoran’s No. 1 agent

room, three fieldstone

with combined sales in excess of $3 billion, staggering numbers that have led

fireplaces and its own sandy

The Wall Street Journal to rank her as the only Hamptons broker in the top 5

beach, allowing you to moor

nationwide multiple times. “It takes commitment and dedication to be

your own yacht or arrive by

successful in this field,” says Breitenbach, who has worked this prestigious

seaplane. This property is only

New York community for 26 years. “I live and breathe Hamptons real estate.”

five minutes from Sag Harbor.

Breitenbach approaches her business with the client-first mentality of a

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01.Whether you're looking for pristine, sandy beaches or to collect shells or surf, the Hamptons’ beaches have it all. 02.With more than 25 courses from which to choose, you may become the scratch golfer you've always dreamed about. 03.Long Island is known for its vineyards, with more than 50 wine producers. Be sure to stop by the Wölffer Estate Vineyard for Tasting Tuesdays, Candlelight Fridays or to plan an event.

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boutique firm while at the same time delivering the insight, networking and deal-making ability of a savvy insider. Breitenbach also brings a detail-oriented plan of attack to

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her dealings with buyers and sellers. From artistic photography, site plans and

Inventory has been moving

BANG FOR THE BUCK

extensive brochures on the

quickly, however, making it all

Geographically, Breitenbach sees

marketing side to hands-on

the more necessary for buyers to

the oceanfront and “south of the

interaction on the service side,

work with a professional who

highway” regions continuing to

What’s a hot-spot area? It’s

Breitenbach approaches each

understands the lay of the land.

generate considerable buzz. Due

one that’s happening day and

multimillion-dollar listing in

Breitenbach is seeing heavy

to the increasing scarcity of land,

night, where people are out

Amagansett, Water Mill, East

interest, on the trend front, in

prices in areas further east—like

walking the streets, where

Hampton, Sagaponack, Montauk,

modern design with lots of glass

Amagansett, Montauk and Sag

Sag Harbor, Southampton,

and open floor plans. “The

Harbor—are steadily rising. No

Bridgehampton or Wainscott like

indoor-outdoor integrated living

matter the neighborhood, what

it was her first. “I absolutely love

aesthetic is huge right now,” she

concerns buyers the most is

what I do,” she says. “It’s so

says. “People are looking for

always value. “Buyers don’t want

rewarding to piece together the

loggias, fire pits, outdoor

to overpay,” she says. “They want

right deal for sellers or buyers—

kitchens and dining areas, and

to make sure their investment is

+ Sag Harbor

it’s like solving a puzzle.”

nano doors that open from the

safe. That’s why it’s so critical to

+ Montauk

inside living space to a covered

work with a broker who not only

+ Amagansett

RECENT TRENDS

porch.” The desire for bells and

knows the market extremely well

+ Sagaponack

As evidenced by some of the

whistles also remains high, with

but who will give you their honest

record-breaking sales over the

+ Bridgehampton

home theaters, wine cellars,

opinion—and knows how to get a

past few years, the state of the

+ Southampton

gyms, game rooms and saunas

deal done.”

real estate market in the

all drawing major interest.

Hamptons is better than ever.

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restaurants are bustling and new businesses are on the rise. It’s also a neighborhood that attracts new developers and where real estate trades quickly.

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This summer house on the dunes of the Hamptons features a modern aesthetic with panoramic ocean views.

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The living room, with its seamless flow to the outdoor terrace, embodies summer living in the Hamptons.

AUSTIN PATTERSON DISSTON ARCHITECTS

For three-plus decades, the award-winning architects at Austin Patterson Disston have added to the rich tapestry of the Northeast through breathtaking luxury design that elevates and inspires. One look at the Austin Patterson Disston portfolio and it becomes obvious that architecture, at least in the firm’s highly capable hands, is nothing short of an art form. It’s evident in the simple elegance of a Georgian country home. In the stately drama of a European-style estate on the Connecticut shore. And in the open-air splendor of a contemporary summer home in the Hamptons. It’s no wonder that the award-winning firm launched in 1982 by David Austin and McKee Patterson—and joined by Stuart Disston as a third partner in 1994—continues to draw raves from industry experts and referrals courtesy of immensely satisfied A-list clients throughout the Northeast. “Our work is largely focused on custom projects—residential, hospitality and private clubs,” says Disston, who opened a year-round office in Quogue, Long Island, 15 years ago to complement the firm’s base in Southport, Connecticut. “I would not say that the firm has a particular

“People tend to know our firm’s work for its scale, proportion and detail. Our projects are bespoke and beautiful.”

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intimate scale, that even our larger

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

residences do not seem imposing and

As a lifelong summer resident of Quogue,

that our interiors work together and are

Disston brings a deep understanding and

well tailored in their material detail.” With

appreciation for the breadth of Hamptons

a staff of 27, including seven registered

architecture to that office’s scope of

architects and 15 architects/designers,

brilliantly conceived luxury projects. On

Austin Patterson Disston can offer an

the commercial side, those projects

all-encompassing range of services at the

include the Quogue Club at Hallock

highest level—from site evaluation and

House, the Quogue Field Club and the

01.The Atlantic beckons from this double-height living room, which has space to host gatherings large and intimate. 02.This classic Shingle-style home with a stone base is befitting given the waterfront setting. 03.The additions on this renovated historic house lend a charming cohesiveness to the award-winning structure. 04.Clad in tongue-and-groove horizontal cedar, this Hamptons home features multiple glass doors on the ground level.

feasibility studies to construction

Quogue Beach Club. “I’m comfortable and

administration, master planning, lighting

interested in a wide range of design, from

design, mechanical and structural

contemporary to traditional,” Disston says.

engineering and landscape architecture.

“But I approach every home differently

“The partnership brings to each project

depending on the homeowner’s taste and

not only a thorough knowledge and

influences. I do not see myself creating in

understanding of architectural precedent,”

a vacuum. Their input is important, crucial.

Disston says, “but fresh and inventive

I do see myself as an orchestrator,

design solutions both appropriate to the

someone who brings beautiful

project context and responsive to the

architecture into their lives.”

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THE HAMPTONS

HOME BUILDER

The challenges of this North Haven home continued when, with window and door packages in production, the owner asked the team to pursue a LEED certification.

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“It’s important to me that our firm always, brings the homeowners dream and the architect’s design to fruition.”

RICHARD KISSANE BUILDING CONTRACTOR

By delivering A-plus quality and client service on some of the area’s largest residential stages, Richard Kissane’s boutique firm has become one of the biggest names in East End construction. As his high-end residential clients in and around Suffolk County can attest, there’s something fresh about the old-school approach that Richard Kissane brings to his namesake general contracting and construction management firm. After 20 years with a large East End builder, Kissane wanted more quality than quantity. He vowed to pour every bit of himself into his own boutique business. “I’m a hands-on owner,” says Kissane, who learned the art of masonry from his grandfather, one of the founders of the bricklayers’ union. “I really enjoy the day-in, day-out process. When clients hire me they aren’t just hiring a name. They actually get me on their jobs; I make the daily decisions and drive the team.” His firm’s commitment to the client and a relentless attention to detail are evidenced in projects that also showcase its versatility. A recent renovation in Shelter Island introduced modern conveniences and eco-friendly technology into an 1890s-era residence while maintaining the structure’s original beauty and accents. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a project in North Haven gave Kissane and his team an opportunity to elevate a contemporary estate with a

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host of cutting-edge, green initiatives that resulted in a LEED rating. “Those two projects could not have been more different,” Kissane says, “but each were equally challenging and left our firm with a tremendous sense of pride.”

OUT OF THE ORDINARY With some three decades of construction experience under his belt, Kissane easily could rest on his laurels. Instead, with each passing year, his firm adds to its expertise through continuing education and experimentation. “As my experience grows, so do my ideas,” he says. “Some of my construction techniques are unusual, but they are the foundation for a stronger, higher quality product than what is typically found in this industry.” Take the firm’s ongoing mandate to find the most energy-efficient products that money can buy—one that led Kissane to purchase his own spray foam rigs. “I pressure-test each building prior to closing up the walls,” he says. “It’s the only way I can be sure that my product is the best it can be.” The company also works with reclaimed items and products created from recycled materials. “I will only use new materials once I have had the time to process them myself and convince myself that the materials measure up,” Kissane says. “I will not experiment on my client’s home with untested products.”

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01.The exterior offers mahogany windows and decks and reclaimed cypress siding. The driveway is grass blocks with a gravel infill. 02.The beauty of this sun room’s design is the flow from interior to exterior living. 03.The header is handcrafted from the children’s tree, as well as the stair treads and other freestanding pieces in the foyer. 04.Granite was located for veneer to match the original stone for retaining walls, and salvaged brick from the original fireplace was used throughout. 05.This extensive woodwork matches the original details of nearly 125 years ago. 01. Simon Dale 02. Simon Dale 03. Simon Dale 04. Peter Margonelli 05. Peter Margonelli 182 / 183

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THE HAMPTONS

INTERIOR DESIGNER

The East End’s beautiful beaches inspired this nautical mudroom, with various shades of blue and white used throughout.

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“Each of my projects is unique, very special and notable in its own way—just like each client I work with.”

MELANIE ROY DESIGN

As successful as she was in television, Melanie Roy is finding her second act—as an inspired designer of luxury interiors in New York and the Hamptons—even more rewarding. No one could have blamed Melanie Roy for resting on her television laurels. Her 15-year career in the medium included a decade working at HBO, where she received two CableACE awards for producing—one for The Chris Rock Show and one for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. But instead of staying the course in television after bringing her two sons into the world, the New York native doubled back to her creative roots. Having tapped into a lifelong passion for thoughtfully rendered spaces while collaborating with the architect and builder on the interior of her family’s Hamptons home, Roy decided to forge a new career path. “I worked on the Bridgehampton home for a year and loved every aspect of it,” says Roy, who studied communications and art history at Emerson College. “After the project was completed, I decided to expand my knowledge and pursue a second degree—this time at the New York School of Interior Design.” The rest isn’t so much history as it is history in the making. Since launching her namesake interior design firm, Roy has

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01.The Tresserra Bolero pool table was the inspiration for this recreation room. 02.Ideal for spending time with family and friends, this modern recreation space epitomizes elegant entertainment. 03.Inspired by the grandeur of the 1920s, this sun room pays homage to the opulent lifestyles of wealthy industrialists. 01. Anastassios Mentis 02. Anastassios Mentis 03. Alan Barry

become synonymous with inspired,

part of her creative progress. “I usually

seamless and functional luxury spaces for

begin with one inspiration piece and build

busy, A-list families throughout New York

the room around it,” says Roy, whose

and the Hamptons. “I design family-friendly

interior projects have been featured on

spaces for my clients’ tastes and their

the NBC show Open House, as well as in

individuality,” says Roy, whose work runs

national magazines. “If I am designing a

the residential gamut, from relaxed coastal

home, then I link all of the rooms together

homes to sophisticated city dwellings. “No

with style and color. Each room relates to

two interiors are the same; they reflect the

the other while still having its own identity.

families and their lifestyle. They are always

They look as though they’ve always

comfortable and practical with high style;

belonged together. My focus is creating

there is a cohesiveness of flow throughout

residences for families that have beauty and

the entire home.”

longevity while still being truly a home.”

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JACKSON HOLE Those who are drawn to Jackson Hole are like-minded: They seek personal fulfillment through outdoor excursions, place high value on family togetherness spent in nature and participate in charitable causes that center on land and wildlife preservation. In essence, Mother Nature leads while its inhabitants follow in gratified anticipation.

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magnificent home at the exclusive Shooting Star Club in Teton Village, Wyoming.

THE CLEAR CREEK GROUP

With interest in the natural wonders of Jackson Hole at an all-time high, A-list clients turn to TCCG for everything from luxury vacation rentals to insights into the region’s real estate market.

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High above the valley floor, Ranch View Lodge is a study in balance, where harmony and simplicity converge against the backdrop of Snow King and the Teton Range. The

When partners Morgan Bruemmer and Phil and Betsy Stevenson launched The Clear Creek Group in 2005, Jackson Hole was still finding its way as a luxury vacation destination. Unlike renowned A-list getaways around the country, this majestic Wyoming valley between the Teton mountain range and the Snake River did not feature the variety of compelling rental villas and homes found in destinations like Aspen, Sun Valley, the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard. Ten years later, thanks in large part to the dedicated and

“TCCG strives to be scrupulously honest and transparent in everything it does with its clients, its service providers and its community.”

passionate team at TCCG, interest around the world in the natural splendor of

interiors and natural materials work congruently, lofting this remarkable five-bedroom, six-bath villa to an exalted place among Jackson’s luxury rental offerings. Whether you’re looking for a quiet family getaway or the

Jackson Hole is matched only by the scope of high-end properties available

opportunity to entertain a

in communities from Jackson and Wilson to Teton Village. “From an overall

small group in an intimate

real estate perspective, the Jackson Hole luxury market is characterized by a

setting, Ranch View Lodge is

decreasing supply and a rising demand,” Bruemmer says. “In fact, for the first

the perfect year-round choice.

time in recent memory, there have been several sales where buyers were competing for the same piece of property, resulting in the successful buyer

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01.No matter the time of year, the Teton Range guarantees breathtaking scenery. 02.“The Cabin” is a charming getaway on the slopes of Snow King Mountain. 03.Jackson is the gateway to not one but two national parks— Grand Teton and Yellowstone. 04.Three great ski areas and unlimited backcountry opportunities await adventurous winter visitors. 01

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actually paying more than the list price.” The good news, whether discerning clients are interested in buying or renting high-end properties, is that no firm understands the lay of the breathtaking land quite like TCCG. Bruemmer and the Stevensons excel at matching properties with the interests and lifestyle of the

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families interested in the region. “Proximity to Jackson’s extensive pathways network may be critical

framed villas at Jackson Hole Golf

nearly 70 high-end properties,

to one family while the ability to

& Tennis to a seven-bedroom

which typically results in

walk to a favorite fly-fishing spot

ski-in/ski-out lodge in Teton

above-market rental fee income

might be of utmost concern to

Village to a stunning, sprawling

for those clients. In addition,

another,” Phil Stevenson says.

estate on 20 acres in Jackson.

TCCG has a successful real estate

“When families create memories

“Thanks to the sheer volume of

brokerage division, which

and enjoy quality time together, it

amenities Jackson Hole has to

leverages its local expertise and

makes it easy for us. There is a

offer, demand tends to remain

provides personalized and

natural evolution from first-time

relatively high,” Bruemmer says.

professional brokerage services.

visitors to return as repeat villa

“But it’s not just natural beauty;

“Our clients and guests have

rental guests, then to home

Jackson’s vibrant cultural and

expectations of world-class

ownership.”

social scenes continue to add to

standards,” say the firm’s

its overall attractiveness.”

partners. “It’s our goal at TCCG to exceed those expectations by

SIGHTS TO BEHOLD One look at TCCG’s extensive

ADDING TO THE MENU

creating delightful and

portfolio of exquisite and diverse

The firm’s underlying principles of

memorable experiences.”

luxury rentals, and it’s easy to see

integrity, excellence and client

why it has become the region’s

service extend through every

go-to firm. Its nearly 60 vacation

aspect of its full-service

properties encompass something

capabilities. Those capabilities

for everyone—from timber-

include caretaking service for

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Q&A: Have you noticed recent trends in your marketplace? We have seen an increase in family travel and clients that are looking for a meaningful, genuine experience. This is important, as Jackson is, and has always been, a familyfriendly destination. What is something about buying and selling real estate in your region that is critical but not well known? Wyoming is considered to be one of, if not the most tax-friendly state. Among the benefits: Wyoming levies no personal income tax and no tax on corporate income, and it has no inheritance tax or estate tax.

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This compact house is carefully placed around an enormous boulder, the centerpiece for this alpine site.

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CARNEY LOGAN BURKE ARCHITECTS

Appreciation for the region’s splendor is the thread that carries through the architectural work at Carney Logan Burke and, ultimately, weaves itself into the fabric of this rich mountain community. For the creative professionals at Carney Logan Burke Architects, designing community and residential projects against the high-altitude grandeur in and around Jackson Hole is more than a vocational duty. As principals John Carney, Eric Logan, Kevin Burke and Andy Ankeny describe it, their contributions come with an inherent responsibility, one that the firm is honored to shoulder. “We like to say that our work is ‘inspired by place,’ ” says Logan. “We are fortunate to be based in Jackson, surrounded by an incredible landscape that includes two national parks. The outdoor experience is an integral part of our lives and has a profound effect on our practice. We carefully consider a project’s environment, because the responsibility of building in this landscape weighs heavily.” This genuine appreciation for the region’s scenic splendor and its loyal inhabitants plays a vital role in the simple, honest building solutions for which Carney Logan Burke is known. In addition to designing its share of dramatic residences and compounds, both locally and regionally, the firm has been involved in numerous

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commercial and community projects, including the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park.

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beautiful affordable housing,” Logan says.

“The vivid light quality in our part of the world influences our approach to architecture and interior design.”

“While there’s a broad spectrum, custom

01.A Vietra armchair occupies the open corner of the living area. 02.The master bath design, inspired by this sculptural tub, includes floating vanities, faucets and wall tile from Boffi. 03.Spare lines and a limited palette of natural materials create a contemporary home that complements its mountain setting. 04.A Bensen sofa and armchairs enhance the warm interior environment of the Fish Creek residence.

residential design is our real forte. Our

also offers interior design services. “We

collaborative process enables us to engage

approach interior design from an

clients and therefore our portfolio is loaded

architectural perspective,” Logan says.

with a very diverse set of designs—all high

“We like to create interior environments

quality, thoughtfully crafted and responsive

that evolve from their surroundings. We’re

to a particular set of conditions.”

not decorators. We believe that there

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and commitment to sustainable practices,

should be no line where architecture stops

BEYOND THE BLUEPRINT In addition to its architectural experience

and interiors begin.”

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“Our firm remains grounded in the simple concept that architecture and building should be seamlessly and exquisitely united.”

ON SITE MANAGEMENT, INC.

A collaborative team approach to custom building, along with unique access to the tools of its trade, continues to distinguish On Site Management as one of the Northern Rockies’ premier general contractors. The general contracting experts at On Site Management often refer to the process of building luxury residential projects in Montana and Wyoming as a journey. But for the clients fortunate enough to live in the Western-style ranches and mountain retreats brought to life by the firm, it’s the journey’s end that never stops resonating. Since architect Jonathan Foote launched the firm in 1987, the full-service company with offices in Bozeman, Montana and Jackson, Wyoming, has added to the already breathtaking backdrop of the Northern Rockies with thoughtful, original work that honors both the designer and the natural landscape. Nowhere is that connection more evident than in “Butterfly,” a Jackson-based modern mountain home that overlooks the Tetons. Recently featured in The New York Times, the project is clad in hearty, earthy materials— from reclaimed pine to exposed steel beams and siding. The interior, meanwhile, is clean and crisp, with walnut trim and doors, and a striking combination of concrete and reclaimed oak wood flooring. “Our services are best utilized when

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we are brought on board early in the design process,” says Peter Belschwender, General Manager and Principal at the Bozeman office. “That enables the owner and architect to take advantage of our knowledge of materials, custom building techniques, costs and production schedules that allow us to produce projects of the highest quality—projects that meet budget and time constraints.”

SUPPLIES AND DEMAND Part of what distinguishes the OSM brand, whether working on residential or light commercial projects, is the efficiency of its operation thanks to a custom log yard and cabinet shop just outside of Bozeman. In addition to managing its inventory of reclaimed and antique timber, the yard hosts a milling facility and timber shop. Everything from trusses and siding to beams can be cut and assembled at a controlled indoor site. Meanwhile, the artisans at its cabinet shop can create masterfully designed custom furniture, cupboards, doors, interior trim and much more. “Each handcrafted piece offers our clients a product that is superior in quality, consistency and customization,” says Paul Sheridan, Director of Operations and Principal at the Jackson office. No matter the scope or size of a project, OSM remains transparent throughout the process, providing constant communication and updates for clients from pre-construction to the end of the journey. “We value the relationships built with each and every client we work with,” Belschwender says.

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“By layering colors, textures and shapes, we create environments at once serene and sophisticated, refined and reflective.”

WRJ DESIGN

The harmonious thread that runs through the interior spaces and custom projects at WRJ Design speaks to an expertise and understanding that’s equaled only by the firm’s passion for design excellence. Perhaps it’s the way that the firm’s inspired interiors unfold like the pages of a riveting novel, with inherent turns of drama, mystery and discovery. Maybe it’s the trust that iconic figures and institutions have placed in its creative hands. Or, quite simply, it’s the sense of joy and fulfillment that principals Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer, along with their team of 11 employees and 12 consultants, deliver time and again to luxury clients. Whatever the reason, Jackson-based WRJ Design distinguishes itself by weaving a compelling thread through custom projects that call on its considerable array of skills. “Clients who seek out WRJ know that they’re going to find a certain standard of excellence,” says Jenkins, who founded the firm in 2003 (Baer joined as partner five years later; the firm moved to Jackson in 2010). “They also know that we have an understanding of every design aspect—whether it be art, antiques, contemporary furnishings, architecture, space layout or the way things flow. Ultimately, we’re trying to create an experience for our clients.” In doing so, WRJ has earned opportunities

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beyond the residential work for which it’s

“There’s a certain harmony to our work,

known from coast to coast—from

a paired-down sense of color and a

producing style exhibits for the likes of

cleanliness of line. It’s about creating a

handbag designer Lulu Guinness to

restful and peaceful environment.” The

staging important collections at Sotheby’s

firm’s uncanny ability to adapt to any

to conceptualizing and creating a

project allows it to bring a rich variety of

5,000-square-foot exhibit that celebrated

spaces to life, whether working on a stone

the fashion and legacy of Nancy Reagan

cottage, a sprawling contemporary estate,

at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

a mountain retreat or a New York

01.WRJ enjoys giving a contemplative feel to its designs; here, a dressing table niche encourages repose and reflection. 02.By not playing style favorites, WRJ delivers design excellence in any number of genres, including this rustic cabin. 03.A bedroom for two girls allows for design exploration using color, patterns and texture. 04.The calming palette and eclectic objects in this room speak to WRJ’s ability to create harmonious spaces.

in Simi Valley, California.

penthouse. No matter the room, expect

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furniture, accents and treatments that

KEEPING THE PEACE

surprise, soothe and stand the test of time.

No matter the project, WRJ prides itself on

“There’s nothing more satisfying than

infusing its work with a tangible serenity.

walking into a completed home, and the

Nowhere does that mantra come to life

client is so happy and in tears and saying

more than against the aesthetic splendor

that this is exactly what they had hoped

of Jackson Hole valley, a backdrop that

their home would be,” Jenkins says.

WRJ incorporates seamlessly into its thoughtful, original high-end design.

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LOS ANGELES From deep in the hills of Malibu to the pier of Santa Monica to the character-filled sidewalks of Venice, Los Angeles is a charismatic city with a bohemian yet glamorous ethos.

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definition of a tranquil, relaxing oasis in Rolling Hills, California. Listed by Hilton & Hyland’s Marcie Hartley.

H I LT O N & H Y L A N D

The only thing as unparalleled as the staggering, one-of-a-kind properties it represents in Southern California is the reputation of Hilton & Hyland for delivering incomparable service to some of the world’s most discerning clients. When Jeff Hyland and Rick Hilton co-founded their namesake firm in 1993, it was with the intention of creating a “small real estate boutique” in Southern California. So much for best-laid plans. Two decades, billions of dollars in sales and an industry-changing affiliation later, Hilton & Hyland remains the gold standard for buyers and sellers when it comes to luxury residential opportunities throughout the Los Angeles area. The founding affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate (in 1995) is now one of more than 130 firms under Christie’s global umbrella; meanwhile, Hilton & Hyland employs

“We bring a level of commitment to our clients that has long surpassed the standards by which other real estate firms are judged.”

some 100 real estate professionals. “When all is said and done, it’s your reputation that counts,” says Hyland, past president of the Beverly Hills Board of Realtors and the Los Angeles County Boards of Real Estate. “Working with exclusive clientele is like working in a small town: luck and timing might get you started, but integrity and professionalism ensure long-term success. Even more so when your own name is on the door.” With annual sales approaching $3 billion, the firm is one of the highest grossing boutiques in the industry, and all out of one office in the heart of Beverly Hills. For starters, the firm never has outgrown its founding philosophy of meeting the individual concerns of its discerning clientele. That dedication to personal service is more important than

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The Bellagio House: a trophy compound in the heart of Bel Air. The estate offers 11 bedrooms and 14 baths in over 20,000 square feet. Situated up a private driveway with 2 large motor courts, the approximate 1.2-acre property includes a gorgeous formal lawn, paddle tennis court and sunlit pool. A grand formal living room offers high ceilings, period details and a majestic wood-burning fireplace. Other features include a state-of-theart screening room, gym, wine cellar, beauty salon, catering kitchen, staff quarters and a 7-car garage. ã Offered at $35,000,000

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01.Homes in the Hollywood Hills offer panoramic jetliner views of the city below. 02.A favorite among locals and visitors, Beverly Gardens Park runs through the heart of Beverly Hills. 03.Once a lima bean field, Rodeo Drive has become one of the most famous streets in the world, renowned for its high-fashion shopping.

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ever given the luxury market in Los Angeles. Part of this reason for success is the firm’s belief that bigger is not better. “You can sell Brentwood and Malibu from Beverly Hills, but you can’t sell Beverly Hills from Malibu or Brentwood,” Hyland says. As slam-dunk real estate investments go, L.A. is paying dividends like never before, with speculators

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building mesmerizing homes for potential A-list clients and foreign buyers from Asia, Russia and the Middle East seeking safe places to park their money. While anyone with a laptop can survey properties, part of what distin-

resources so vital for navigating

DON’T BE SHORTSIGHTED

the sizable and often complex

The properties listed under the

transactions handled by the firm.

Hilton & Hyland flag, in some

Agent Drew Fenton recently listed

cases, defy description. But

Trousdale remains one of the

whether discussing a legendary

hottest high-end communities

$135 million estate in Beverly Hills

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guishes Hilton & Hyland is its

speculative home in Bel Air

uncanny ability to gather intel

developed by Nile Niami. The

that no other firm possesses.

mansion, featuring contemporary

“Knowledge of off-market

architecture, innovative room

inventory is our currency,” Hyland

concepts and walls of glass that

says. “Over a third of our sales are

offer incredible views, will break

properties not even on the market

the record for the most expensive

and one third of all our sales are

sale in residential history. As for

done in-house. You’re not going to

Hyland’s personal residence, “My

find these hidden gems without

wife forced me to buy TV

an agent. You need an agent who

producer Ralph Edwards’ 1960s

can open doors for you.”

time-warped home on a hilltop in

that checks all the boxes; you’re

+ Bel Air/Holmby Hills

Beverly Hills [which they

going to see a better return on

WHAT’S HOT

refurbished into a contemporary

your investment when you sell,

+ Hollywood Hills/ Bird Streets

Hilton & Hyland carefully

villa],” Hyland says. “I lovingly

because it's just a matter of time

+ Malibu

handpicks its accomplished

blame her every time we watch

before you do. Always buy with

+ Pacific Palisades

agents and then supports them

the sun set over seven mountain

resale in mind.”

+ Santa Monica

with an incomparable level of

ridges all the way to Malibu.”

experience, guidance and

or a scenic $19.5 million penthouse in L.A., Hilton & Hyland always counsels clients to think in terms of the bigger picture. “Everyone is looking for a deal, and deals are hard to come by,” Hyland says. “Don’t sacrifice location, lot size or view for a ‘great deal.’ Find the property

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key given its proximity to top restaurants, world-class shopping and buzz-worthy activity. More and more celebrities are calling the area home—and for good reason. All always purchase with resale in mind.

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“Drawings are not the goal. The house, the built work that inspires the lives of the people who live there, that’s the goal.”

PAUL BRANT WILLIGER ARCHITECT

A host of private, high-level clients call on Paul Brant Williger to bring their luxury residential dreams to fruition. Time and again, the renowned architect delivers just that—and much more. For more than three decades, discerning high-end clients have realized their residential dreams thanks to Paul Brant Williger. The renowned architect has built a reputation steeped in thoughtful design that engages homeowners by drawing them into the creative process. Williger began his career in the office of Robert A.M. Stern and like Stern, he displays a keen understanding of luxury living, his skills having been honed in the affluent enclaves of Southern California, from Laguna Beach and Malibu to Beverly Hills. Although known for his fluency in a number of architectural traditions, Williger is not one to place style over substance. “The signature or brand is not crucial for me,” he says. “What is important is that I have realized my clients’ desires and gone beyond their expectations. That’s when I know I have done my job.” This mantra is one of many reasons why his exclusive client base has followed him to his namesake architectural firm, Paul Brant Williger. “My approach,” he explains, “is to begin with the clients’ dreams, together with the site and the project parameters, and

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to articulate these into a built form. My task is to find the opportunities in each situation which, when addressed intelligently, add depth and richness to a project.” Williger creates residential visions that have superior architectural resonance while fully supporting the lives of the people who live there. “You can’t lose sight of the poetry you’re striving for,” he says, “but along the way there are many prosaic and bureaucratic steps that must be addressed. My clients know that we will navigate that process without losing sight of the aesthetics. The goal is order, resolution and beauty—not just getting a building permit.”

BUILDING BLOCKS When Williger’s father gave him a biography of Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul discovered his life’s passion. A year in Versailles, France, followed by Columbia Graduate School, helped season his appreciation of architects past and present. This is reflected in the versatility of his work, though he admits to an affinity for the Spanish Colonial Revival idiom so embedded in Southern California tradition. Williger encourages his clients to challenge him during the initial stages of the creative process, so that neither homeowner nor designer settles for less than the best outcome possible. “Don’t rush the process,” he says. “So much time and money can be saved by considering options in the design phase, rather than reconsidering everything while the project is in construction.”

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A chic pool setting adds to the contemporary vibe of this family home in Venice.

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“We feel a responsibility to serve clients beyond the project. We want our relationships to be as enduring as the homes we build.”

BRUDER CONSTRUCTION

The quality and craftsmanship that Bruder Construction brings to its high-end residential work in and around Los Angeles is rivaled only by its unwavering commitment to client satisfaction. While Marlon Brando didn’t make him an offer he couldn’t refuse, the star of The Godfather did make an impression on Jay Bruder that, believe it or not, speaks to the general contracting work his company does to this day. The future president of Bruder Construction was sent to Brando’s home in the mid-1980s to assess the damage the actor had done to his own estate—Brando, in a rage over a family matter, had broken every window in the house. “For being such an icon, I found him down-to-earth,” Bruder says. “He also had a real passion for construction. He loved the process of building, and he admired well-built, well-crafted homes. He noticed the smallest details, like the direction of the grain in a piece of wood.” The same can be said about Bruder Construction, the esteemed Los Angeles-based firm that brings equal parts enthusiasm, expertise and detail-oriented dedication to its luxury residential work. “I get such satisfaction from the joy we bring to our clients when the project is complete,” says Bruder, whose firm has been creating high-end homes of distinction since

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1983. “I’m passionate about great quality work and beautiful architecture.” That passion is evident in every phase of a full-service construction process that includes access to Bruder’s network of experienced and talented craftsmen and subcontractors, an emphasis on cost control, unrivaled communication through weekly job site meetings and post-construction follow-through that often results in lifelong friendships between the firm and its A-list clients. “We always want to be there for our clients,” Bruder says.

HOME SWEET HOME It speaks volumes about Bruder’s devotion to his craft that even the construction of his own home yielded valuable lessons about his business. “Working on my home gave me a better sense of how I can assist my clients,” he says. “It made me even more sensitive and attune to their individual needs. It’s not just about slapping up a building. It’s about building someone’s dream. Everyone deserves a great construction experience.” Too often, Bruder notes, clients share stories about disastrous past projects. How they went well past deadline. Or well over budget. How the expectations and quality levels were never met. “We want to be known as the company that delivers a project on time and on budget,” Bruder says. “We want people to say our team was a pleasure to deal with and that all the expectations were not only met but exceeded.”

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01.This clean kitchen design is part of a striking renovation of a 1920 Spanish colonial revival home. 02.Natural light filters into the gym and entertainment lounge of this Beverly Hills home. 03.Bruder renovated this Mediterranean-style weekend getaway home in Montecito. 04.The master bath inside this contemporary Venice home speaks to the quality Bruder brings to its projects. 05.A rose garden outside this Beverly Hills estate adds to its splendor. 01. Janet Barnett 02.Courtesy of Bruder Construction 03.Courtesy of Bruder Construction 04.Courtesy of Bruder Construction 05.Courtesy of Bruder Construction 214 / 215

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LOS ANGELES

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Custom features in this master bath include his-and-her vanities, hand-carved with inlaid walnut, hardwood flooring and handmade shower tile.

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CHRIS BARRETT

CHRIS BARRETT DESIGN

Inspired by the breathtaking California landscape, Chris Barrett Design enlivens its clean, balanced and functional residential and commercial spaces with a compelling mix of sophistication and bold creativity that never fails to inspire its roster of A-list clients. As a child, Chris Barrett watched with great curiosity as her mother pondered the possibilities of interior design. She produced renderings of original furniture concepts; she reconfigured dining room, bedroom and entertaining spaces on paper. “In reality, my mom never really acted on those ideas, but she was always thinking about interiors,” Barrett says. “I guess that rubbed off on me.” Did it ever. Since 1987, much to the delight of her firm’s discerning clientele, Chris Barrett Design has earned national renown for its thoughtful, engaging and often-inspirational residential and commercial work. Along the way, Barrett and her talented team have embraced the best of California’s myriad influences, infusing that natural vibe into sophisticated spaces that feel as fresh and warm as they look. What also distinguishes the firm is its ability to seamlessly incorporate past and present without detracting from the functionality of a room or the West Coast spirit that pervades it. Barrett relishes the opportunity to not only mix styles but to add a piece of history to each project. “I think it’s important to include antiques and vintage pieces to ground a space,” she says. “But even more

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important is simply creating something beautiful that my clients love.” As evidenced by a roster that includes Hotel Oceana in Santa Monica, Comme Ca restaurant in West Hollywood—and celebrities from John Stamos and Candice Bergen to Charlize Theron—the firm delivers more than just award-winning interior projects. Clients trust Chris Barrett Design.

“Working on an interior design project is like doing a 3-D art project. All the pieces have to fit visually and functionally.” ALL-ENCOMPASSING APPROACH “We start every project meeting with the client; we learn everything we can about their expectations, and their likes and dislikes,” Barrett says. “We also meet with the architect if there is one. Then we get into our applicable research; that used to be books and magazines. Now there is so much online that we start there. Once we’ve nailed down our vision, we start pulling it together with materials and finishes.” To that end, Chris Barrett Design is bringing more to the table than ever before. In recent years, the company has introduced a line of outdoor soft-furnishing fabrics that come in a variety of colors and patterns. Their latest venture—a collection of linens and woven fabrics for the interior—will be coming soon. “The textiles are a reflection of our design work—fresh, inviting and decidedly West Coast.

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01.Vintage beams and 9-foot arched wood doors highlight this inviting Spanish-style living room. 02.Classic, midcentury-inspired chairs add to the simplicity of this dining space overlooking the ocean. 03.A Portugueseinspired bed with crisp white linens and vintage fabric pillows lends a sophisticated air to this bedroom. 04.This living room comes together seamlessly thanks to a Kerry Joyce coffee table, vintage lamp and antique rug. 05.Complementary pieces—the Cleo Baldon barstools with the white linen chair and ottoman—elevate this space. 01. Alexander Vertikoff 02.Victoria Pearson 03. Alexander Vertikoff 04. Michael Garland 05.Victoria Pearson 218 / 219

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L ANDSCAPE DESIGNER

A seating area becomes a place to reflect when nestled amid the lush foliage of this courtyard.

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“A garden’s connection to the sensory aspect of nature offers a reset from our busy lives and expands a home’s environment.”

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Outdoor design with an artistic flair comes to life for luxury residential clients and Hollywood elite under the direction of Christine London and her team of landscape experts. Faced with the recent challenge of establishing a landscape design framework for a one-time farm property that sat flat and open but near the edge of redwood and oak forests, Christine London did what she and the experts at her internationally renowned namesake firm do best. She listened to her clients. She listened to the house. And then she listened to the land. In the end, the new estate integrated meadow and forest with pathways through the woodlands that led to a nearby stream—a sight to behold in more ways than one. “Mother Nature is our guide on every project,” London says. It’s how the 10-person firm collaborates with Mother Nature that continues to draw the attention of exclusive A-list clients, from celebrities to CEOs. The daughter of an industrial designer, London grew up in England, where summers filled with “soft sunlight, beautiful skies and aged trees” left an early impression. She completed her horticultural studies in England and Europe, and her architectural education in New York. “Really, the profession found me, but the foundation was set in my

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childhood,” London says. Over the years, her Beverly Hills-based company has earned a reputation for inspired and seamless works of high-end residential landscaping in New York, California and England. “Privacy, beauty, a range of amenities and diversity in the garden space are all requirements for our projects,” London says.

ALL FOR ONE Part of the firm’s appeal lies in its openminded approach with clients and fellow professionals. “One never knows where a great idea may come from and with open conversation, there’s an opportunity for spontaneity,” she says. “I like to mix up the landscape design discipline with landscape architects, architects, environmental designers, artists and project managers that have extensive knowledge of the craftsmanship required to fully realize the work.” London’s team is ever-mindful of its role when it comes to sustainable design, adding water reclamation systems, LED lighting, solar-heated pools, plants and grasses that require less water to its projects. But nothing about its energyefficient footprint detracts from the aesthetic splendor that defines its work. “Landscape architecture is an art form that requires knowledge and total humility toward the science of horticulture,” she says. “I prefer that we step away quietly and leave behind a garden that just looks great and right. A space that one cannot disseminate, that exceeds the sum of its parts.”

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01.A silver garden with artemisia, lavender and stachys always looks cool on the hottest days. 02.The front porch of this home is even more inviting thanks to the garden it overlooks. 03.Bringing the outdoor greenery inside lends an air of calm to this conservatory/reading area. 04.A fountain inspired by a vintage urn animates a garden outside the breakfast nook. 05.Outdoor fireplaces on axis with the living room fireplace pull the eye to the hillside terrace. 01.Calethia Deconto 02. James Ray Spahn 03. Lisa Romerein 04.Calethia Deconto 05. Roger Davies 222 / 223

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MIAMI & FORT L AUDERDALE The world has its eyes on Miami, watching and participating in its evolution from a nightclub mecca to a cultural hub for art, cuisine, fashion and design. Its real estate market, with offerings that range from ultramodern Miami Beach high-rises to historic Mediterranean estates in Coral Gables, needs no narrative: Everyone knows it’s booming and shows no sign of slowing down.

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REALTOR

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Fisher Island, with its luxury amenities, remains one of the nation’s wealthiest ZIP codes.

D O R A P U I G O F L U X E L I V I N G R E A LT Y

Navigating a real estate market as sizzling as Miami’s requires a deft touch—all the more reason to turn to celebrated South Florida broker Dora Puig at Luxe Living Realty.

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This 12,737-square-foot home with majestic views features seven bedrooms and 100 feet

It’s been more than 50 years since Frank Sinatra and friends turned one of Miami’s beachfront resorts into their personal playground—and some 30 years since the city had a pop culture moment in the sun thanks to “Miami Vice.” But lest anyone think that the best days of the nation’s fourth-largest urban area are behind it, think again. Miami and its surrounding communities are booming like never before. “The city was

“The South Florida real estate market is healthy— and the ultraluxury residential sector is hotter than ever.”

of waterfront on threequarters of an acre. Highlights include a double-height great room, a formal dining room, a state-of-the-art gym and sauna, a theater room and a gourmet kitchen with

one of the first markets to recover from the Great Recession, and it has

cutting-edge appliances. In

remained red hot,” says Dora Puig, one of the most renowned and

addition, the estate has a wine

respected real estate professionals in South Florida. “In the last five years,

room, butler’s pantry and a

Miami has solidified its position as one of the world’s pre-eminent

pavilion and barbecue area

metropolises, thanks in part to cultural and infrastructure initiatives, along

that overlooks an infinity pool.

with our thriving housing market.” No one understands the nuances of that market quite like Puig, who has generated nearly $2 billion in

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CAPTIONS

01.Miami’s ever-changing skyline welcomes new residents, in ever-increasing numbers, from around the world. 02.The iconic Herzog & de Meuron parking structure anchors famed Lincoln Road in Miami. 03.Miami Beach’s sun, sand and gorgeous beaches make it a global destination year-round.

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principal of Luxe Living Realty, Puig and her team of experts are dedicated to “life, luxury and

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the pursuit of happiness,” a mantra supported by the firm’s unsurpassed market insight and

says. But even the graduate of

for properties with ample space

unparalleled attention to detail

the University of Miami (she

and plenty of natural light.

when it comes to servicing its

earned her MBA in international

“South Floridians value

discerning clients. As one of the

business at George Washington

indoor-outdoor living, so homes

In Miami, it takes more than

world’s most vibrant and

University) is impressed at how

with lots of glass and features

luxury housing to create a

internationally diverse cities,

condominium developers in the

such as giant sliding pocket

buzz-worthy neighborhood.

Miami draws its share of

region are raising the bar.

doors are appealing because

Communities that have truly

curiosity on its own. But as Puig

“Developers are progressively

they allow you to bring the

arrived, like the ones below,

understands all too well, a

increasing unit size and

outdoors in,” she says. Puig sees

possess an indescribable social

backdrop alone can’t seal a

outfitting buildings with more

certain waterfront

vibe—a result of the

residential deal. “It’s essential

high-quality amenities than ever

neighborhoods in Miami that

for the buyer to fall in love with

before,” says Puig, who is fluent

have been overlooked in the

their new home,” Puig says. “As

in Spanish and Italian. “I’m also

past drawing renewed interest,

a broker, it’s my job to be the

seeing a trend in waterfront

and she forecasts similar

matchmaker.”

homes commanding higher

residential buzz north of South

prices due to increased

Beach. “I’m bullish on Miami,”

demand.”

she notes. “And I expect to see

+ South of Fifth Street

an increase in sales to domestic

+ Faena District

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commercial real estate, businesses and restaurants that follow the residential development.

+ Fisher Island

her share of waterfront

ON THE HORIZON

buyers over the next year as the

+ Venetian Islands

penthouse properties—“units

Right now, open, contemporary

U.S. dollar gains strength.”

+ Bay Point/Morningside

with private rooftop pools and

style is king in Miami. Buyers,

decks are my sweet spot,” she

according to Puig, are looking

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ARCHITEC T

A flat white roof and bronze overhang shape this space and lend contrast to the architectural geometry.

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“The look in a client’s eyes when they see their architectural dream become reality … for us, that’s priceless.”

AFFINITI ARCHITECTS

The exquisite originality that Affiniti Architects brings to its luxury residential work in South Florida is matched by the detail-oriented expertise the renowned firm delivers to design projects of all sizes. The proof is often in the intangibles at Affiniti Architects, evidence that principals Mitchell Kunik, Brian Collins, Benjamin Schreier, Huy Nguyen, Matthew Wheeler and Lou Nunez Jr. bring something elusive to their award-winning work in South Florida and beyond. Something that can’t be measured by anything short of the emotions they evoke. It’s there in the seamless integration of interior and exterior spaces at a chic modern waterfront home. It’s there in the stately splendor of a classic Mediterranean estate. And it’s there in the warm embrace of native flora and a sprawling banyan tree around which a jaw-dropping seaside retreat is built. Whether conceiving a multimillion-dollar residence for an A-list client or designing entire custom home programs for resorts and mixed-use communities, the experts at Affiniti treat each project as if it were their first. “We’ve had the good fortune to work with some of the world’s top CEOs, elite athletes and international leaders, as well as friends and family members,” Kunik says of the Boca Ratonbased firm. “We have helped handicapped children live better, elderly families live

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more comfortably, and we’ve helped businesses thrive. Each and every project, therefore, is notable.” It’s no wonder that, over the past decade, the firm has earned more than 75 major industry honors for everything from custom home designs and energy-efficient spaces to planned communities. In the last two years alone, Affiniti has been recognized for several masterful luxury homes valued at $2 million or more—including nods for a modern contemporary estate in Boca Raton (Aurora Award), a South Pacific-style private residence in Manalapan (Grand Aurora Award) and a Dutch West Indies estate in South Florida (Prism Gold Award).

DESIGN FOR THE AGES No matter the scope or style of the project, Affiniti brings an unparalleled attention to detail that continues to distinguish its work. In that sense, the more the firm has evolved, the more it has remained true to its core philosophy. “We still work harder than our competition,” Collins says. “We never stop designing, and we absolutely love what we do. This evolution is over a 30-plus-year span, and it continues to this day.” In addition to some of South Florida’s most prestigious luxury residential communities, Affiniti has designed projects throughout the Caribbean. The firm also has been lauded for its green initiatives, including LEED-certified homes that encompass wind- and solar-powered elements. “Our approach,” Wheeler says, “is a design-conscious, cost-effective and problem-solving view to every project.”

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01.Transitional exterior and interior architecture brings a timeless quality to this oceanfront Palm Beach estate. 02.Materials including Florida keystone and mahogany add to the old colonial Caribbean style of this seaside retreat. 03.Form and details define this uniquely contemporary home, including the curved wood. 04.Eye-catching ceiling details lend drama to this Dutch West Indies-inspired design. 05.A tropical pool design provides a private and natural setting for this island-style home. 01. IbI Designs 02. Brantley Photography 03. Mike Butler 04. Brantley Photography 05.Troy Campbell 230 / 231

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MIAMI & FORT LAUDERDALE

HOME BUILDER

A contemporary home on the Intracoastal.

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“We help clients realize their residential dreams. It is very rewarding.”

WATERBROOK BUILDERS

From contemporary to traditional, the experts at Waterbrook Builders achieve the specifications of any aesthetic and design, creating comfortable and efficient living environments for clients throughout South Florida. Waterbrook Builders began as a builder and developer focused on both residential single-family projects and multifamily residential units. Today, the company is totally focused on building ultrahigh-end, waterfront residential properties for spec and homeowners. Completing projects on coastal properties from Boca Raton to Hollywood, the firm is best known for creating stunning homes on time and on budget. Led by owner Thomas Yianilos, the Waterbrook team’s creative process aims to understand the overall feel of the home and avoid isolating one feature. “A successful design is one that flows and feels comfortable wherever you are,” Yianilos says. “Our clients look to us to guide them through the process. We want to create a comfortable and efficient living environment for each client. We also want the project to be a reflection of the client, not just the design professionals.” Aided in his mission by partners Paul Talley, Andrew Yianilos and Mindy Yianilos, Thomas identifies his team’s process as being modeled after a

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on every project, Waterbrook gets

to Waterbrook to design team. “Each

involved in every stage of the building

group has input and influence,” he says.

process. “It is our preference to work

“My influence is partially my own design

with our clients from the inception of the

opinions, but I also focus on making sure

project,” Thomas says. “We start the

that the client’s opinion is a part of the

project by accessing the client’s needs,

execution.”

style and goals. We then work with them to interview the licensed architects and

CAPTIONS & CREDITS

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designers so that we assemble the

Each and every Waterbrook project has

proper team that will meet the client’s

the firm’s mark of quality and execution,

goals. If the client has put together a

separating it as one of the firm’s

design team and has plans, we start the

esteemed projects. Aiming to build

process at that point.”

homes that correctly balance energy efficiency and financial reward, Yianilos

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and his team make sure that the end product is the best that it can be by utilizing the design and materials specified. The firm is known for its ability to take on a variety of project types. In order to provide the best possible quality

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

Blue-on-blue linen furnishings balance the vibrant Chagall-inspired mural on the ceiling of this family room.

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A painting by Christine Pichette hangs behind a periwinkle sofa with contrasting vibrant throw pillows.

AVANZATO DESIGN

By staying true to his promise to achieve something rare and unique with each project, Vincenzo Avanzato continues to redefine luxury interior design in South Florida and beyond. Long before his name became synonymous with chic, innovative, avant-garde interior design, Vincenzo Avanzato was a commercial artist who, among other things, designed the press kit for the legendary Stevie Wonder double-album, Songs in the Key of Life. Much to the delight of discerning clientele throughout South Florida—not to mention luxury enclaves in New York, Latin America and Europe—the founder of Avanzato Design ultimately would change his tune. In the process, Avanzato also has changed the face of high-end residential work and select commercial spaces with a design language all his own. “My work is influenced by the client, their aesthetic, the environment and the architecture,” says Avanzato, who launched his namesake firm in 1999 with a small project on Williams Island. “Therefore, it’s always evolving. Our philosophy always has been to expand people’s consciousness to what is possible.” In Avanzato’s creative hands,

“I have developed my own design language, and I apply the vocabulary selectively to suit each project and client.”

those possibilities often seem endless. The firm, which now employs six

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talented professionals, specializes in

exhibition in Milan that “sent chills down

creating custom spaces in the truest

my back” and led him into the industry. “I

sense of the word—an engaging,

knew then that I wanted to become an

collaborative process that seeks to

interior designer,” he says. “Along the way,

understand and infuse the clients’

history always has been my greatest

personality into the finished spaces. “My

influence. If you can dissect what has

creative process begins with inspiration

been created by master craftsmen and

that can surprisingly come in any shape or

decorators, and peel back the layers, their

form,” Avanzato says. “It could be a color,

work can lead you to so many possibilities.”

a fabric, something I see in a magazine, or

As much as its owner enjoys marrying

even the space plan.”

past and present in transitional spaces, Avanzato Design is fluent in any number

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

of styles—and can assist in any number of

Part of what distinguishes Avanzato’s

services, from lighting and audio/visual

detailed sensibility is his appreciation for

selections to complete project

and continued interest in different cultures

management. “The greatest success in my

and styles, as well as for diverse works of

career comes from clients so satisfied that

art, inspirations that weave their way into

we’re able to work repeatedly with them

his own interior creations. Indeed, it was a

on various projects.”

drawing of a Corinthian capital by a student at an interior design school

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01.Clean design, bold-colored furniture and a strong paint palette combine for a soothing dining room environment. 02.Silk wallpaper, custom furniture and ceruse-fumed oak flooring create a casual yet elegant guest bedroom. 03.The calming palettes, subtle furniture and delicate detail in this living room are balanced by surges of bold color. 04.Renoir’s Tête de Femme is set against custom-stenciled walls inside this elegant bedroom. 01. Robin Hill 02. Robin Hill 03.Vincenzo Avanzato 04.Troy Campbell

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Wong creates civilized jungles, like this one, by applying the classical architectural elements of scale, layering and proportion.

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FERNANDO WONG

FERNANDO WONG OUTDOOR LIVING DESIGN

Fernando Wong uses classical architectural principles, such as scale, proportion and layering, in all of his projects. The result is stunningly beautiful gardens that enhance all types of architecture. The earth that Fernando Wong so masterfully moves, manipulates and complements as part of his full-service landscape, hardscape and garden design company represents both ends of a journey that started when the native of Panama came to the United States in 2001. Since that time, Wong has started one of the country’s most successful landscape architecture firms, with projects all over the world and offices in Miami, Palm Beach and Southampton. This year he was pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Maddux as president of the company. For his part, Maddux brings more than 50 years of experience and a distinguished career that began after earning a graduate degree at Harvard and culminated in the founding of the legendary Palm Beach landscape architecture firm of SMI, where he

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and the landscape is the frame. Wong possesses an innate design genius and has an egoless enthusiasm for the creative process that enables him to garner the most breathtaking results imaginable on each project. One of the hallmarks of the firm is that it has no discernable style. Wong’s designs are

“My designs are based on the architecture of the building.”

was a principal from 1982 until he retired in

based on the architecture of the home

2013.

using classical architectural principles. He is also renowned for dividing outdoor

SUCCESS BEGETS SUCCESS

spaces into rooms that become exotic

Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design

extensions of the indoor spaces. This

has residential and commercial divisions

approach has led to extensive media

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coverage and numerous awards. Called

Seasons Resorts with Richard Meier and

a “design genius with the soul of a poet”

Joseph Dirand, as well as residential

by a magazine editor, it is no wonder that

projects with Enrique Norten of TEN

Wong is one of the most sought-after

Arquitectos and Richard Sammons of

landscape designers in the country.

Fairfax & Sammons. Wong is a favorite of architects and interior designers because

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NAPLES Long considered the crown jewel of Southwest Florida for its miles of pristine Gulf Coast beaches and postcard-perfect sunsets, Naples never fails to deliver as a resort destination. So imagine what it’s like to live there? Residents enjoy its quaint charms year-round—not to mention a vibrant cultural scene and some of the best golf in the state.

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REALTOR

a Some of the world’s most elegant homes are found along the beaches of Southwest Florida.

JOE PAVICH, JR.

The allure of Southwest Florida is creating serious residential buzz—reason enough for potential homeowners to turn to Joe Pavich, Jr.

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Distinctive architecture and classical detailing only begin to tell the story of this

Some things in life never go out of style, like the inviting year-round sunshine that lures potential homeowners from cold-weather climates to Southwest Florida. Throw in the active, outdoor lifestyle inherent to the Gulf Coast and the array of high-end communities available, and it’s no wonder that residential interest is soaring in luxury markets from Naples and Estero to Bonita Springs and Fort Myers. And not just from snowbirds seeking a winter escape. “Demand is high,” says renowned real estate professional Joe Pavich, Jr. “Even though property values are up from five years ago, buyers are

“My philosophy involves making sure every client is 100-percent completely satisfied. Never over-promise; always over-deliver.”

5,233-square-foot (under air) custom masterpiece at The Renaissance. The fourbedroom estate, located inside one of Southwest Florida’s latest upscale golf and country club communities, includes a den, private gym, au pair suite and theater room. In addition,

confident [in the market] when they purchase now. It’s the perfect time to

there is a staggering 3,860

upsize or downsize from your current home.” As part of the first family of real

square feet of outdoor patio

estate in Estero (the Pavich family opened Realty World Florida there in the

space and an array of

mid-1990s), Joe Jr. brings nearly two decades of expertise to his insights into

cutting-edge, high-tech

Southwest Florida’s luxury market. This breadth of knowledge has resulted in

upgrades. A negative-edge

numerous professional accolades, including having the highest sales in the

saltwater pool and spa overlook

nation for Realty World Florida in 2013 and 2014; being named by News-Press

the lake and golf course.

as Best Realtor in 2013 and 2014; being awarded Best in Customer Service by Five Star Home Professionals for six consecutive years; and receiving

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01.Southwest Florida’s white, sandy beaches have been nominated as some of the nation’s most beautiful. 02.Charming Tuscan-designed harbors are a guarantee for a pleasant experience at Bayfront Naples. 03.Fifth Avenue in Naples is one of the most luxurious places for fine dining and shopping.

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consecutive Golden Bear Awards from the Bonita Springs-Estero Board of Realtors for ranking among the top 1 percent in gross sales. The award-winning real estate luminary continues to distinguish himself with discerning clients by sifting through the complexities of a market that offers a dizzying

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number of options and providing tremendous insight in the region’s complex real estate market,

WHAT ’S TRENDING

THE BOT TOM LINE

which, like all communities, has a

More and more in Southwest

Pavich sees expansion

past, present and future. “It’s

Florida, Pavich is noticing that

occurring east of U.S. 41 (one of

critical for the agent to know

newer homes are shifting

the main arteries in Southwest

Upscale communities in

more than what is presented

toward a transitional style with

Florida) from Naples all the way

Southwest Florida continue to

online: They must have

lighter colors, more windows,

to Fort Myers, with new

redefine luxury living with

knowledge of not only the home,

indoor-outdoor living, tall

high-end developments and a

amenities and offerings that

but also the area’s economic ebb

ceilings and open kitchens.

variety of amenities. At the end

and flow, both historically and

That said, location still tops the

of the day, Pavich is capable of

currently,” Pavich asserts. “Agents

priority list for many buyers—

steering his clients in any

getting into the business must be

meaning that renovations could

residential direction they desire.

prepared to work tirelessly to

loom for future homeowners.

“There are so many products,

develop a name in real estate. A

Part of what distinguishes

but I can narrow a buyer’s

successful agent should know the

Pavich is the incomparable

search by just asking a handful

product exhaustively, which

access clients have to

of questions,” he says. “It’s all

includes variables such as the

contractors, designers,

about being trustworthy and

area you focus in, comparable

architects and other artisans.

letting your client know that

neighborhoods and local sales

“We’ve worked with these

you’re always looking out for

data (what things are selling for

professionals for so long that I

their best interests.”

and what homes are on the

can make it easy for any buyer

market) as well as have cutting-

or seller to do any type of work

edge technology for marketing

on a home,” Pavich says.

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have some residents never wanting to leave home. Neighborhoods like Port Royal play to boating enthusiasts with pristine waterfront residences, while Quail West offers golfers two 18-hole courses.

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This masterful example of Old Florida architecture in Naples showcases an outdoor setting that bridges the main house and guest quarters.

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Light, color, massing and texture come together seamlessly in this timeless great room in Naples.

MHK ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING

The brilliantly conceived and award-winning residential concepts at MHK Architecture & Planning aren’t just making timeless design statements—they’re changing the face of an entire city in Southwest Florida. In much the same way that automobile magnate Henry Ford once wrote about the Model T that, “Any customer can have a car painted any color he wants … so long as it is black,” Matthew Kragh has a similar affinity for the timeless allure of white. It’s a color preference that, while simple in its presentation, couldn’t be more striking for the owner of MHK Architecture & Planning and his discerning clients. Unlike shades that come and go based on that year’s trends, the quiet sophistication of Kragh’s preferred palette has had a not-so-subtle impact on the residential landscape in Naples. Renowned as the “Florida architect,” Kragh, along with his talented team of some 30 design professionals, has helped to shape an entire city through classic, detailed coastal design that is as inviting to look at as it is to inhabit. Consider this: All but a handful of the more than 175 exquisite Old Floridastyle homes that MHK has brought to fruition since the firm was launched in

“I’m always thinking about how to achieve the client’s vision. I wake up sometimes having designed an entire project in my head.”

2009 can be found in one 3-mile radius in downtown Naples. “Each plan that

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we produce is one-of-a-kind to our client,” Kragh says. “But even though the homes that we create for each custom lot are unique in every aspect, we’ve been told it is not hard to distinguish an MHK design when driving through Old Naples.”

VISION QUEST It’s no surprise, given the firm’s imprint on the city, that developers throughout Florida and abroad are taking notice and seeking MHK’s commercial and residential services. And with good reason. MHK has garnered more than a dozen awards from the American Institute of Architects, including the prestigious Florida Southwest Firm of the Year honor in 2014. It’s a testament to the firm’s uncanny ability to execute design that feels both singular and familiar at the same time. Though his team works on nearly 50 homes per year, Kragh makes time to bring his sketchpad and Sharpie to early client meetings that set the creative tone for a project. The collaborative process includes detailed phases structured to solve conceptual issues, refine the design and communicate all the information needed prior to and during construction. MHK brings the same discipline and passion to its mixed-use and commercial projects, including Reverie Hall, a boutique hotel and event complex on the Cocohatchee River set to open in 2016 that Kragh is already calling one his favorite projects. In response to the ever-increasing demand for the firm’s creativity and expertise, MHK has added a Hawker Beechjet 400A to its arsenal, allowing it to service discerning clients throughout the lower 48 states and into the Caribbean.

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01.The brilliantly conceived Allie’s Corner, a cornerstone of MHK’s work in Southwest Florida, brings the outdoors inside. 02.A cozy-yet-elegant exterior setting lives in perfect harmony with the outdoors environment on historic Gulf Shore Boulevard. 03.The house of renowned ESPN host Colin Cowherd is an eclectic blend of Caribbean styles and modern detailing. 04.MHK turns its design spotlight on outdoor living spaces as if they were the focal point of the house. 05.Clean, sophisticated, eye-catching spaces are the hallmark of MHK Architecture & Planning. 01. Amber Frederiksen 02.Giovanni Photography 03. Amber Frederiksen 04. Naples Kenny 05. Naples Kenny 250 / 251

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NAPLES

HOME BUILDER

The simple elegance of this quaint Olde Naples beach cottage meshes perfectly with its tropical backdrop.

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“I know we aren’t perfect, but we relentlessly pursue perfection. We’re always trying to do the next project better than the last.”

PARAGON COMPANIES

Celebrating two decades of raising the residential renovation bar in luxury condo and single-family communities throughout Naples, Paragon Companies isn’t about to rest on its general contracting laurels. Something about the challenge of luxury home building and start-fromscratch condominium renovation in Naples never fails to bring out the best in Paul Alford. His wife tells him that’s because the minute he masters one skill, he looks to raise his game in another area. But looking back on his career arc, the founder of Paragon Companies—celebrating 20 years as one of Southwest Florida’s premier contractors—credits a different kind of construction for his ability to solve complex high-end residential puzzles. “Before Paragon, I was involved in the boat building business,” says Alford, who launched his firm in 1995. “To this day, I think that informs how I view the creative process, because boat builders are incredibly ingenious. Necessity is the mother of invention when you’re working with very limited spaces. Often, when we’re dealing with an issue in a room and nobody can quite figure out how to get there, I’m able to look at it from a different angle. More often than not, that leads to a solution that maybe nobody had really considered before.”

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Paragon’s innovative approach to remodeling projects in some of Naples’ most distinguished communities—from Port Royal and The Moorings to Park Shore and Pelican Bay—is just one of many reasons why Fortune 500 executives and other A-list clients call on Alford and his talented network of craftsmen, artisans and subcontractors.

THE MEAT OF THE MAT TER The company’s commitment to excellence starts at the top with a leader, in Alford, who believes in empowering his team and engaging his clients. Given the variety of exquisite residential spaces that Paragon is capable of bringing to fruition, it’s no surprise that Alford and his team must be equally adept at dealing with different types of customers. “Some people don’t want to be involved in making the sausage, they just want to see it sizzling on the plate—and they trust that you’ll deliver the quality they expect,” Alford says. “Other clients want to pick every spice that goes into the sausage, and then they want to help grind it up. They’re completely different clients—but we have to be responsive to each one.” Paragon’s ability to deliver a custom experience has resulted in a roster of loyal clients, some of which have worked with the firm throughout its rich history in Naples. “Once you can see through the clients’ eyes, then you can say, ‘I know what you’re going for here. Leave it to me. I’ll get this done.’ ”

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01.Evening descends on a dramatic Port Royal residence that seamlessly integrates indoors and outdoors. 02.A circular mahogany bar with onyx countertops enhances the vibe of this casual media room. 03.Paragon’s ability to elevate contemporary settings is evident in this high-gloss zebrawood bar. 04.An Art Moderne-inspired beachfront penthouse has immense visual intricacy and depth. 05.A mahogany bar, sapele wood coffered ceiling and pine flooring give a West Indies feel to this beachfront home. 01. Rick Bethem 02. Rick Bethem 03. Rick Bethem 04. Sargent Architectural Photography 05. Rick Bethem 254 / 255

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NAPLES

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Elaborate detailing, an open design scheme and an invigorating mix of quintessential Florida hues bring this 8,154-square-foot transitional-style Naples residence to life.

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Positive energy emanates from this family room, thanks, in part, to the use of deep amethysts, tangerines and bold teals against bright whites.

COLLINS & DUPONT DESIGN GROUP

Nearly 30 years into the firm’s awardwinning run of head-turning national and international design projects, Collins & DuPont continues to distinguish itself by tapping into something far more profound than its clients’ interior wishes. What started as a two-person operation (with one clerical assistant) that provided upgraded furnishing packages for clients with second homes in Southwest Florida has evolved over the past three decades into an award-winning, full-service interior design firm with a reach that extends from the Sunshine State all the way across the Atlantic. But at the heart of Collins & DuPont Design Group, based in Bonita Springs, is a commitment from which its principals have never wavered. “We’ve always aspired to be a pre-eminent firm whose reputation is built on the highest standards of personal service and dedication to exquisite interior design choices that reflect the individuality of each client,” says company president Sherri DuPont who, along with vice president Kim Collins, launched the firm in 1987. That pledge continues to reveal itself in dynamic design work for an exclusive client base that extends up and down the East Coast, throughout the Midwest, into California, and even to the Caribbean and Europe. Though able

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P H OTO G R A P H B Y L O R I H A M I LTO N

“Not only must a client’s home be beautiful beyond expectation, it needs to completely suit their lifestyle. Nothing about the design is left to chance.”

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to expertly render any number of design styles—from coastal and transitional to contemporary and traditional—both principals relish the opportunity to work with what Collins describes as “a fearless client,” someone who doesn’t think twice about integrating an eye-catching antique with ultramodern décor, or who sees the aesthetic potential of adding outrageous hides and metals to a room.

THE VISION COMES TO LIFE “We love mixing styles and cultures,” notes DuPont, who, like Collins, took business/ management courses at Harvard to complement a degree in interior design and knowledge of residential construction. “It allows the client’s personality to become the driving force of the design through the nuances of fabrics, furnishings, accessories and artwork.” That attentiveness to the homeowner’s tastes, background and lifestyle remains a large part of the firm’s allure to discerning clients that include corporate leaders throughout the U.S. From the beginning, it’s a collaborative process— although don’t be surprised to see Collins working out ideas on her sketchpad. Ultimately, those drawings will come to life in dramatic, award-winning fashion. Over the years, Collins & DuPont has been recognized more than 60 times with Aurora Awards, which honor industry leaders in 12 Southeastern states, as well as the Eastern Caribbean. “Our clients say that our homes are easily recognized because they exude comfort and good taste, and they show real ‘joie de vivre,’ ” DuPont says. “I believe we bring out the heart and soul of our clients.”

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01.Striking elements abound in this contemporary entertaining space, from the metallic porcelain-tiled fireplace wall to the suspended and dropped ceilings. 02.An array of innovative design touches and geometric flourishes turn a simple vanity into a modern and artful focal point. 03.An organic undertone adds to the clean lines and natural splendor of this bedroom. 04.This Cape Cod-inspired residence combines tropical warmth with high-end sophistication. 05.Cool blue walls and white molding play perfectly against the warm-oak flooring in a bedroom that reflects land and sea. 01.Tom Harper 02.Tom Harper 03. Lori Hamilton 04. Lori Hamilton 05. Lori Hamilton 258 / 259

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NEW YORK CIT Y For all the bright-lights-big-city grandeur, one can always find a charmingly quiet neighborhood where the world feels no wider than a sidewalk stoop—and all these lie within mere blocks of one another. That is the beauty of this invigorating, magnificent city.

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DRAKE DESIGN ASSOCIATES New York City

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NEW YORK CIT Y

REALTOR

a Midtown Manhattan skyline.

VICKEY BARRON OF DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE

The variety of luxury residential options that Vickey Barron offers her high-end clients speaks to an unmatched expertise about New York real estate.

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The masterfully decorated Unit 16A at Stella Tower merges a historic foundation with state-of-the-art amenities and

When it comes to high-end real estate in New York, being an expert is about more than knowing the numbers. Combining a technical knowledge of the market with an intuitive sense of the various neighborhoods, Vickey Barron is able to sift through the plethora of options offered by such a diverse cityscape. Her uncanny ability to forecast trends and rising residential pockets, a skill learned from years of experience and study, distinguishes her as one of the Big Apple's top luxury brokers. It’s no surprise that when Barron talks real estate, her discerning clients listen.

“My value is helping buyers understand the New York market, comb through options and navigate the complexities inherent to multimilliondollar housing.”

“People spending $4 million, $14 million, $40 million … they want someone to partner with,” Barron says. “They’ll narrow it down to two or three options on their own, but then the questions start. It’s so complex in New York that having the right professional—someone that understands your needs today

2,277-square-foot home features two spacious bedrooms and two-and-a-half well-appointed bathrooms. An open concept living and dining space leads to a private 723-square-foot terrace that overlooks the south side of Manhattan, providing views that are nothing short of stunning. Stella Tower is located in Hell’s Kitchen, a vibrant neighborhood featuring world-class dining,

and five years from now—is vital.” Right now, “new” is the buzzword in New

theater and easy access to

York, with an abundance of original high-end development driving the

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market. This is good news for luxury clients seeking fresh residential options, but Barron sees this influx of exclusive inventory also creating a

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01.Brookfield Place. 02.West Street, Tribeca. 03.The city that never stops. 04.Hudson River Park.

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potential void. “I’m predicting that we’ll see even more of a

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shortage of quality options for smaller units,” she says. “Much of what is being built has three and

cover—as well as the first page,

property in New York City. As

four bedrooms or luxury

the last page and everything in

Barron notes, if a client has cash

penthouses; the consumer

between,” Barron says. “No

in California, a deal can be

seeking a nice two-bedroom

longer can you just put in a

sealed. “In New York, they say,

The appearance of high-end

apartment is going to find it a

Sub-Zero and a Viking stove and

‘Yes I know you have cash, but

retailers, commercial anchors

challenge. Any development

say, ‘OK, we’ve got high-end

we have a few questions,’ and

and other companies signing

that’s coming up with one and

appliances, we’re good.’ Clients

the questions can be four pages

leases is one sign that a New

two bedrooms, there’s a line out

are not going to accept

long,” she says. “When you

York neighborhood is buzzing.

the door.”

substandard cabinetry, fixtures

purchase in a co-op, you’re

Another is when developers

or faucets. They want name

purchasing shares in a

pay top dollar to develop the

ONLY THE BEST

brands, quality materials and

corporation, so there’s a board

Where last year developers were

perfect installation of those

that decides what the criteria is.

caught in a “bigger is better”

materials. If the client looks at

These are the details that online

competition, the emphasis this

wood flooring and sees a gap or

buyers won’t find on the

year is more about “what’s inside

an area that isn’t lined up,

Internet. But I know those

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that counts.” The bar has been

they’re not happy.”

details. I can tell buyers which

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buildings are most stringent.

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That’s where a professional like

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myself comes in.”

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raised considerably when it comes to accessories, amenities and accents. “You know that

DEALING WITH THE DETAILS

saying, ‘Don’t judge a book by its

Unlike other high-end markets, it

cover?’ Well, in New York, they’re

often takes more than a sizable

judging everything by its

bank account to secure a

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surrounding areas—as has happened in these pockets.

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NEW YORK CIT Y

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The interior of this historic estate in Nantucket required the redesign prowess of Ascher Davis.

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The family room sits just off the kitchen at Sandhill in Nantucket.

ASCHER DAVIS ARCHITECTS LLP

By taking a thoughtful, creative and clientfirst approach to residential and commercial architecture, the talented professionals at Ascher Davis earn the trust of exclusive clients in New York and beyond. The foundation on which Rebecca Ascher and Joshua Davis built their namesake architectural business in 1998—the rock-solid principle of client service—continues to distinguish the New York-based firm. The company’s founders have spent nearly two decades cultivating relationships with discerning clients who entrust Ascher Davis Architects with an array of high-end residential and commercial projects. Along the way, the firm has left its creative, detail-oriented design mark on exclusive neighborhoods in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Palm Beach, as well as throughout posh enclaves of New York. One of the many reasons that so many A-list clients seek their services is the firm’s commitment to the entire journey, not just the destination. “We not only bring the client’s vision to life in a creative way, but we do so while following the project through the construction process,” says Ascher, a Dartmouth graduate who

“The challenge with any job, and hence our skill set, is to work within the client’s style—and make it better.”

earned her Master of Architecture degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

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“There are many shortcuts that can be

inspire. In the end, its projects maintain

used in this industry; we work hard to

a recognizable thread, no matter the style

make sure these are avoided. Our role is

or scope. The firm accomplishes this

to advocate on behalf of our clients.” For

through a consistency of detailing, careful

the company’s principals—both licensed

attention to the flow of spaces and a clean

architects—this also involves offering

aesthetic—design with a clear order of

interior design services, creating a

elements and a harmonious arrangement

one-stop shop for their clientele.

of architecture, lighting and interior accents. “What is most important to us is

01.The dining room in this Atherton, California, home features custom walnut shelving and poplar wall panels. 02.The spa-inspired design in this master bath includes hammered stone floors and a soaking tub. 03.The open kitchen at Sandhill features custom-made stained oak cabinetry. 04.The beadboard on the walls and ceilings in this master bedroom warms the space.

INSIDE THE PROCESS

a client who, at the conclusion of a job,

As a general rule, both Ascher and Davis,

is thrilled with the architecture, with what

the son of an architect and a graduate of

we have created for him or her,” Ascher

Cornell University’s College of Architecture,

says. “If we feel like we have listened to a

believe that less is more, that every room

clients’ needs, budget and objectives,

does not require multiple focal points.

understood what they want and created

That said, the midsize firm also believes in

spaces that embody these elements, then

listening. By investing the time to

we have succeeded.”

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NEW YORK CIT Y

HOME BUILDER

This 1,500-square-foot terrace in Tribeca is appointed with bluestone pavers, LED mood lighting and an Ortal fireplace.

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“To be able to contribute to the physical landscape of such a great city is an honor.”

AVO CONSTRUCTION

The passion and pride that Avo Construction infuses into high-end residential projects throughout New York is reflected in the sophisticated, stylish spaces that draw raves from its discerning clients. After a long tenure of building homes for his family’s development company, Rocco Basile was asked by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson to build her gym space. This positive experience of working with Tracy inspired Basile to extend his focus to residential home building for clients. While the experts at Avo Construction never fail to draw inspiration from the A-list architects, designers and clients with whom they work, the feeling, it turns out, is more than mutual. When it comes to bringing innovative residential spaces to life, as well as recasting luxury interiors, few New York-based firms come with more word-of-mouth buzz than the talented team that Basile assembles day-in and day-out. “It’s powerful to be a part of the collaborative experience that results in someone’s dream home,” says Basile, who brings more than two decades of industry experience to Avo Construction, the firm he named after his two daughters, Ava and Olivia. “As new trends and manners of building emerge in the market, we work tirelessly to rise and meet the demands and visions of each client. It pushes us to grow and evolve in our skill sets.” That evolution has resulted in some of the Big Apple’s most striking, sophisticated and clean-lined luxury residential projects—from the gut renovation of former NBA star Deron Williams’ 7,000-square-foot penthouse to the renovation of two adjoining townhouses in

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Soho given special designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. “We particularly enjoy infusing a traditional, historic space with the elements [for which the firm is known],” Basile says. “In this case, it was our task to bring these buildings into the 21st century while retaining their original character and style.”

NEW YORK’S FINEST While the scope, size and inherent challenges of the firm’s projects have changed over the years, Avo Construction remains focused on results that exceed the expectations of its discerning clients. “This is an exciting time to be in construction in New York City,” Basile says. “With a greater thoughtfulness about the environment and green practices, for example, we are adapting and modifying our construction philosophy. Our clients desire beautiful homes that will not leave a massive ecological footprint.” Look no further than the passive house condominium development that Avo Construction is building in Brooklyn, an ode to sustainable practices that features a solar hot-water system, triple-glazed windows and enclosed parking with EV car-charging capability. “As a result of our hard work, our conscientious building of homes and our relationships with clients, architects and designers, we have emerged as a trustworthy construction company with an impeccable reputation in New York City,” Basile says. “Our greatest success is when a real estate agent, architect or designer tells their high-end client, ‘I know the team to do this work for you. Avo Construction will build you that dream home.’ ”

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01.A prewar living room in Greenwich Village features herringbone-patterned Siberian floors and windows with antique glass. 02.This modern and contemporary kitchen inside a prewar building features custom-made cabinetry. 03.An Ortal fireplace with a custom floating hearth and an integrated HVAC system add to this great room. 04.Luxury features in this master bathroom include a steam shower, Jacuzzi tub, towel-warming racks and privacy LCD glass. 05.The living and dining spaces in this penthouse overlook Tribeca and the Financial District. 01.Courtesy of Siberian Floors 02. Ricardo Parra 03. Ricardo Parra 04. Ricardo Parra 05. Evan Joseph 270 / 271

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NEW YORK CIT Y

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Jamie Drake designed the model apartment at One57 to be gender neutral, appealing to an array of prospective buyers.

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“I love rooms that pulsate with interesting juxtapositions and details, and objects that you discover as you inhabit the space.”

DRAKE DESIGN ASSOCIATES

With a portfolio that includes renovations of New York landmarks and a project for the Queen of Pop, Jamie Drake brings much-deserved cachet to innovative-yet-inviting interior spaces that never fail to inspire. Perhaps the only thing as striking as the stylish, sophisticated interiors that Jamie Drake has created for his discerning clientele over the past three-plus decades is the reputation that precedes him into each dazzling high-end residential or commercial project. Since launching his namesake New York-based firm in 1978, Drake has parlayed his dynamic color sense, an unerring eye for detail and his ability to elevate any space into which he steps into an award-winning career and status as one of the industry’s true elite talents. But it’s the level of trust placed in his expertise by A-list clients from pop superstar Madonna to former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg that may speak loudest. In 2002, after winning the first of three consecutive elections, Bloomberg called on Drake to oversee the interior renovation of famed Gracie Mansion, the official mayoral residence of the Big Apple. “I had never done a historic preservation project before, and we had a very short window (eight months) to complete this enormous task,” says Drake, who had worked with

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Bloomberg in the past. “The finished project received great acclaim; it was wonderful to be a part of history.” With each passing interior undertaking, the son of an artist (mother) and print shop owner (father) continues to add to his own impressive history. Known for its unexpected deployment of materials and confident applications, the professionals at Drake Design Associates handle a full range of interior services for clients throughout the country and overseas. In addition, Drake has designed a diverse range of products for some of the world’s most renowned manufacturers—including rug collections, furniture lines, lighting fixtures and bath accessories.

COLOR YOUR WORLD Often referred to as the “king of color,” Drake never fails to incorporate hues and patterns that speak to the personality, background and lifestyle of his luxury clients. “There is nothing more exciting than incorporating bold, vibrant colors with a mix of genres and periods to create lively, magical spaces that inhabit memories and enrich lives,” Drake says. Equally compelling is the way in which Drake Design Associates creates settings where contemporary furniture can live comfortably with fine antiques, where “fabulousness” is not limited to one time period. “Over the years, my style has stayed consistent in certain ways but also has evolved,” Drake says. “I’m much freer today in the way I mix things, both in the nature of eclecticism and in the colors I use.”

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ORANGE COUNT Y & SAN DIEGO With stunning Pacific vistas and ruddy sandstone cliffs, Orange County and its neighboring locales have been artists’ havens since the 1920s. Contemporary homes are nestled within the cliffs with miles of pristine beach below.

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HILL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Orange County & San Diego

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REALTOR

a View of the

financial district and downtown city skyline.

H O L LY N A N U L A G R O U P

Leave it to the Holly Nanula Group and its dynamic founder to give homeowners a true insider’s perspective on luxury oceanfront communities in and around San Diego.

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5910 Camino de la Costa in La Jolla. This stunning 7,500-square-foot home on

As a former public school educator and administrator, not to mention being a mother to three wonderful children, Holly Nanula understands as well as anyone the importance of informing without overwhelming. She also knows, after a decade of selling luxury properties in some of Southern California’s most affluent and sought-after communities, that you can never be too prepared. As her discerning buyers and sellers can attest, Nanula strikes just

“There’s nothing like the feeling I have when fulfilling a client’s dream by handing them the keys to a new home.”

the bluff of the Pacific Ocean is an example of California’s oceanfront living at its most luxurious. The amazing remodeled custom home has five bedrooms and five and a half baths. The estate features

the right balance when presenting the lay of the residential land in Del Mar, La

an inviting and open floor plan

Jolla, Encinitas, Point Loma, Solana Beach and several other high-demand

that maximizes exposure to

areas in and around San Diego. Her unique ability to sift through the nuances

ocean views at every turn.

of these often-complex markets and provide easily digestible information gives

Nothing has been overlooked.

clients the tools necessary to make educated decisions about the properties

Enjoy sunrise and sunset views

and neighborhoods on their radar. “My mission is to understand what really

enhanced by the rhythmic

matters to my clients,” Nanula says. “As best as possible, I work hard to

sounds of the surf and water

alleviate anxiety and deliver maximum results.” Nanula owns three Harcourts

washing up the shore.

Elite Residential offices, including locations in Rancho Bernardo and Point Loma, as well as in Del Mar, where the Holly Nanula Group is headquartered.

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01.Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. 02.Torrey Pines Golf Course. 03.Torrey Pines State Beach in Del Mar, California.

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MARKET TRENDS Currently, Nanula sees inventory fluctuating and interest rates stabilizing, creating a competitive high-end residential market. It’s no wonder, given the world-class allure of this part of Southern California. With its

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jaw-dropping coastline, vibrant outdoor lifestyle and array of often-dramatic luxury real estate

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

her team have a passion for

opportunities, the exclusive

With a reputation of placing

making a difference in the world.

oceanfront communities outside

clients needs, goals and

Each of them wants to help

of San Diego continue to prove

objectives at the forefront of

initiate a shift in their

Homeowners in prestigious

irresistible. “Even when a job or

every transaction, Nanula

communities. A percentage of

communities like Del Mar and

family brings a buyer here,

provides communication,

every transaction is donated to a

La Jolla take full advantage of

clients are easily convinced that

negotiating and management

charity that embraces their

the outdoor lifestyle at their

this is where they want to

skills in combination with

beliefs. As a previous educator,

disposal, from world-class

establish themselves for the rest

in-depth knowledge of the San

Nanula has a passion for putting

surfing and golf to coastal biking

of their lives,” Nanula says. Along

Diego area’s neighborhoods and

education first. In addition, she

and hiking—not to mention the

with being a premier relocation

real estate market. Earning a

aims to enhance the lives of

destination, Nanula believes the

place in the upper echelon of

children, women and the

current state of the market will

highly respected real estate

environment. Nanula and her

give longtime residents reason

professionals in California, Nanula

team volunteer with organizations

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to consider local real estate as an

and her team specialize in the sale

where they can see firsthand how

+ La Jolla

investment possibility. “San Diego

and purchase of homes and

one person can make a difference.

+ Solana Beach/Encinitas

has overcome the adversity that

estates in Poway, La Jolla, Del Mar,

It’s just as Jane Goodall said,

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other markets have faced over

Solana Beach, Encinitas, Point

“What you do makes a difference,

the past five years,” she says.

Loma and Rancho Bernardo.

and you have to decide what kind

“But the area has managed to

Nanula leads the way with her

of difference you want to make.”

maintain and increase value

personal qualities, professional

and desirability.”

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The entertainment space is contained in a steel box suspended weightlessly above the original 1960s structure.

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HORST NOPPENBERGER

HORST ARCHITECTS

Thanks to inspired works of modernism that showcase the interplay of light, material and form, Horst Architects is in a design category all its own. When it comes to eye-opening conversations, few strike a more visceral chord than the “robust dialogue” that Horst Noppenberger consistently has with the natural backdrops that frame his architectural firm’s awardwinning design. Inspired by the integration of exterior and interior spaces that defined the modern architecture of Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, Noppenberger has established his own creative legacy through inspired luxury residences in Southern California. “When the dust settles on construction, there still exists a sense of the site, the natural topography, the textures, the sense of place,” says Noppenberger, who launched Horst Architects in 1990. “The architecture should heighten the experience of the site.” Time and again, Noppenberger has delivered such an experience—and much more—to A-list clients seeking timeless design that transcends the limitations of style. With an approach that fuses technical expertise with a boundless imagination, Horst Architects creates stunning

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works of restrained residential art that honor both the spirit of the client and the integrity of the landscape. “I enjoy the fact that my time spent designing results in a tangible object,” says Noppenberger, who often collaborates with his wife, Arianna, an accomplished interior designer. “There are children who have grown up in our homes who are now pursuing an architectural education. A couple of these young people have interned at our office. They told me that they were inspired by growing up surrounded by unique architecture and design.”

“We approach each project as a response to the site requirements, cultural aspirations and the functional and aesthetic needs of our clients.” CALIFORNIA AND BEYOND Noppenberger found that architecture was at the intersection of his own childhood interests in music, art, design, history and culture. Today, Horst Architects is finding an audience outside of Southern California, including exclusive resort projects in Brazil and the Bahamas. “These clients are asking us to integrate our regional design approach with that of the local customs, history and indigenous means of building,” Noppenberger says. “It’s beyond our wildest imagination that our work has found an international audience.”

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HOME BUILDER

A board-formed concrete and glass cliffside contemporary home built in La Jolla, California.

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“Many of our homes are recognizable throughout the prestigious neighborhoods in which we build; these award-winning properties stand the test of time.”

HILL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

When luxury residential work is at its most complex, Hill Construction continues to add to its hard-earned standing as one of Southern California’s most inventive, dynamic highend builders. It’s one thing for a construction company to accept the challenges presented by some of Southern California’s luxury residential puzzles. It’s something else for a business to embrace those complexities. But only a select few firms are at their professional best when faced with inventive, intricate blueprints that leave no room for error. Under the leadership of Ryan Hill—president of the firm launched by his father, Peter, in 1975—the master builders at Hill Construction Company have raised the industry bar time and again with award-winning work in all sizes, shapes and styles. Whether bringing detail-rich splendor to a state-of-the-art contemporary project, creating an eco-sensitive footprint with LEED-certified design or maintaining the integrity of a historic renovation, Hill Construction makes the most demanding high-end projects look effortless. “Our project management model allows us to perform work anywhere in the country and we rise to the occasion when challenged,” says Hill, whose firm has main offices in San Diego and Orange County. “Many projects require difficult installations and building methods that demand research and creativity on our part. For us, that adds an element of excitement. It’s the cohesive and professional

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way in which we approach these challenges

understands that, for its A-list clientele, a

that sets us apart from other builders. We’ve

house is more than just a structure. “The

earned our reputation for collaborative and

spaces we create are reflections of the

cutting-edge construction, and practicing

owner and owner’s family—a place where

the most current technologies, while also

memories are made and traditions are

honoring traditional and timeless carpentry

honored,” Hill says. “The art of building a

techniques.” While the Hill Construction

custom home requires precise planning,

portfolio includes projects that almost

systematic processes and seamless

seem CGI-enhanced, seeing is believing

coordination. It takes a masterful team of

01.This award-winning project, Marine Lair, was designed to resemble a land ship. 02.The front courtyard of the Gallery House features a sightline to the view beyond through a frameless glass entry. 03.This master bedroom and deck look out to the Pacific through pocketing window walls. 04.Sharp colors, compelling lights and deep shadows make for a serene and stunning pool. 05.This contemporary Texas home, designed by Guy Dreier, is a combination of sculptural shapes and warm organic spaces.

when it comes to Marine Lair, a Gold

managers, superintendents and behind-the-

Nugget-winning engineering marvel in La

scenes office personnel to ensure that our

Jolla. Among the countless jaw-dropping

client’s experience, over a several-month to

elements: a 65,000-pound, infinity-edge

several-year duration, is an exceptional and

rooftop pool supported by wide-flange steel

enjoyable one. Hill Construction has

beams and cast-in-place concrete.

achieved its accolades and reputation

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pre-design stage through post-construction.

04. Larny Mack 05. Aaron Leitz

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through continual advancement,

UNDERSTANDING THE CLIENT

uncompromised quality, and the highest

The firm’s peerless team of craftsmen,

praise of all—a solid base of repeat clients

artisans and project managers offer a

and referrals.”

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

The historic ring from Spain hanging over the fireplace gives this Rancho Santa Fe room perfect warmth and patina.

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An adobe gentlemen’s ranch is steeped in outdoor splendor.

KRIS LAJESKIE DESIGN

Driven by an insatiable curiosity about the world around her, Kris Lajeskie infuses her luxury residential and hospitality designs with interior inspirations that span the globe. Anyone familiar with her compelling design work understands that Kris Lajeskie’s never-ending wanderlust informs the artistic aesthetic that she brings to everything from luxury residential interiors to specialty hotels. Even more telling, when it comes to the thread that binds her travels and namesake firm, are the journeys on which Lajeskie embarks together with her discerning clients. Like the recent joint trip she took to Bali to oversee the work artisans were doing on wood and stone elements for her client’s new estate in Cabo, Mexico. Or the special gatherings that she plans for clientsturned-friends—like the excursion to the Balearic Islands in Spain set for 2016. Not only do her travels abroad inspire Lajeskie to think differently as a designer about composition, materials, texture and color, they become the foundation for lifelong relationships. “I’m so proud that so many clients and

“My world is very dynamic— with a constant influx of energy from clients, materials and my travel.”

artists have become extended family,” says Lajeskie, whose firm provides services ranging from curating art collections and estate/auction

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procurement to landscape consultation and design. “All of my clients are in my sphere well beyond the initial project. We keep creating together. Being surrounded by such beauty and energy, they become addicted to the transformational process—and passionate about the benefits of great design.”

EVERY PIC TURE TELLS A STORY The special connection that Kris Lajeskie Design has with its A-list clients—not to mention a creative spirit and eye for thought-provoking design—has led to projects from Manhattan to Maui. In her own backyard, Lajeskie not only has filled the firm’s portfolio with masterful residential and commercial work, but she’s also opened a 2,200-square-foot design studio and retail showroom in Rancho Santa Fe, California. “The space is the perfect backdrop for my eclectic world,” Lajeskie says. “It showcases my signature finishes, fabric library and treasures from my travels around the world.” Whatever part of the country she’s designing in, Lajeskie never fails to tap community artisans, giving local talent an opportunity to expand their own audiences. It’s no surprise that Lajeskie called it a “dream come true” when asked to design the penthouse of a resort/casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico—using only native and local artisans. “It’s important to utilize the wonderful resources around us,” she says. “It’s a true source of joy to share the important story of an area’s history and culture through my interiors—whether with guests at a resort property or homeowners enjoying the spaces we designed for them.”

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01.The chic contemporary penthouse at Astor Place in New York City offers dramatic skyline views. 02.Artistic touches inside Astor Place include a custom fountain and handwoven stainless-steel veil from France. 03.The corner master suite is outfitted with Italian furnishings and focal antiquities. 04.Kris Lajeskie curated and staged this world-class Northern Plains collection. 05.The “Explorers Room” features a Bohemian mix of dreamy fabrics and patterns on the walls and furnishings. 01. Esto/Francis Dzikowski 02. Esto/Francis Dzikowski 03. Esto/Francis Dzikowski 04.Wendy McEahern 05. Allen Carrasco 290 / 291

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PALM BEACH Pastels, palm trees and Pomeranians are a few of our favorite things that adorn the sidewalks of Palm Beach. The 10.4-mile semitropical town of Palm Beach is a remarkably beautiful oasis of spotless streets, pristine white buildings, manicured hedges and old-world Mediterranean architecture.

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LAWRENCE A. MOENS ASSOCIATES, INC.

When it comes to knowing the lay of the land in Palm Beach, discerning clients from all over the world turn to Lawrence Moens for his incomparable understanding of the custom residential market.

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Southways, a grand lakefront compound on multiple acres, delivers an old-world vibe in the tradition of The Great

“It takes a substantial amount of hours and hard work to be successful in real estate. But mostly, it’s about truth.”

At nearly 16 miles long and about four blocks across at its widest point, the Town of Palm Beach may not have the overall land mass of some of the international pockets of affluence to which it’s compared. But what it lacks in size, the barrier island that ranks annually among the nation’s wealthiest ZIP

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codes more than makes up for in aesthetic splendor, rich history—and even richer real estate. “The old adage of location, location, location holds true when investing in luxury real estate,” says Lawrence Moens. “Especially in a market such as Palm Beach. A truly educated and informed buyer expects value in an investment of this magnitude. Whether spending $1 million or $100 million on a purchase, it’s a lot of money—and the decision should be made wisely.” To that end, no one brings more wisdom to residential landscape in Palm Beach than Moens. Since the launch of his firm in 1982, the president and CEO of Lawrence A. Moens Associates has demonstrated time and again that rare insider’s ability to connect the right discerning purchaser to the right exclusive property. Over

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01.World-famous Worth Avenue has the finest shops and dining in Florida. 02.Casa Apava, one of the island's most important estates, is impressive up close and from afar. 03.Henry Morrison Flagler, the town’s founder, once occupied this lakeside mansion. 04.Luxury yachts moored at the town-owned docks in the center of this magical island. 01

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Q&A:

had sold three lakefront parcels

waterfront opportunities,

and apartments that never hit

there for more than $46 million.

tropical weather and renowned

the open market. That such

This creative breakup of the

social scene, continues to attract

private, A-list clients seek his

original Casa Apava compound

its share of high-end interest—

services speaks not only to his

Describe the philosophy behind your firm.

netted the owners more than

although, Moens warns that a

understanding of the Palm

$126 million, making it one of the

short supply may not meet the

Beach market but also his skill

Truth, justice and the American

highest priced home sales in

demand. The north end of the

when it comes to reading a

America. Also, Moens successfully

island, especially, has been

situation. “Interpreting a client’s

orchestrated the deal for the

attracting attention. Style-wise,

wants and needs, and telling the

former Kennedy Compound, aka

Moens has seen a shift in

absolute truth, is critical in every

the “Winter White House,” which

preference. “For years, tradi-

aspect of real estate,” Moens

How many homes in the market have sold for between $1 million and $10 million?

went for $31 million. Currently,

tional architectural styles

says. “When I’m involved in any

Lawrence A. Moens Associates is

dominated the Palm Beach

transaction, I need all parties at

Many, with several recent sales

listing yet another classic Palm

market,” he says. “But recent

the closing table to be very

Beach property, Southways.

buyers have been leaning toward

satisfied and happy—the seller,

a more contemporary style.”

the buyer and, yes, the broker.”

MARKET REPORT

way. Sounds corny, but it works and is not negotiable.

much higher than that—more than $50 million. What’s your favorite type of property to sell?

Moens sees the overall market as

IN THE KNOW

robust, with new residents every

Not only does Moens deal in

day planting roots in Florida.

properties of the highest quality,

meets my clients’ needs,

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“There’s something special about taking a client’s dream, interpreting it onto the drawing board, turning it into reality—and surpassing their expectations.”

RANDALL STOFFT ARCHITECTS

With three decades of creative and masterfully designed commercial and residential projects to his firm’s name, Randall Stofft continues to set the architectural bar high in South Florida and beyond. As architectural journeys go, Randall Stofft isn’t the first person born in Chicago—and influenced by the era-defining works of Frank Lloyd Wright— to ultimately commit drafting pencil to paper. But when Stofft launched his namesake firm in South Florida some 30 years ago, he charted a course that, over time, would set him apart from his industry peers in more ways than one. Today, Stofft and his award-winning team design more custom waterfront and oceanfront residential projects than any architectural company in the state. In addition, the Delray Beach-based firm (Stofft partnered with John Cooney in the mid-1990s on a second office in Naples) brings its share of dramatic commercial and mixed-use projects to fruition—from restaurants and office buildings to luxury resorts and beach clubs. “Although we’re a midsize firm, we run our office as a small boutique,” says Stofft, the son of a Chicago developer. “That said, we have the firepower—as well as the enthusiasm and energy—to properly produce and manage all of our projects.” The firm also has the luxury

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of a driven and dedicated group of

the Blue Mountains of North Carolina or a

experienced talent—at least 10 of its

Caribbean-themed paradise on Captiva

employees have been in the industry for

Island, Randall Stofft Architects delivers

20 years or longer. “We design many large

the stuff of dreams for its roster of

projects with extremely complex

high-end clients. “We design all of our

programs but also love to tackle small

homes as a palette of indoor-outdoor

boutique residences, many in historic

spaces that are assembled into a beautiful,

neighborhoods,” Stofft says.

livable sculpture that has a natural rhythm,” says the University of Arizona graduate.

01.Guests enter this oceanfront residence via the stairway, which intersects the ground-level access to the beach. 02.A breezeway from the family room leads to a stunning Gulf-front entertainment pavilion. 03.Zen brackets, limestone glass and mahogany warm up this paradise on the Intracoastal Waterway. 04.An exercise room above the garage pavilion, which features weathered cypress, anchors this quiet pool area.

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“We cover a broad spectrum of design

No matter the scope of the project, Stofft

directions, but at the end of the day, our

and his team are committed to “creating

residential projects are all visually

the extraordinary.” In recent years, that

stimulating and in context with their

mantra has manifested itself time and

surroundings. Most of all, every project we

again in residential works of art found all

design should be better over time.”

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HOME BUILDER

An infinity-edge pool is one of countless dramatic touches that distinguish this 10,000-square-foot estate in Palm Beach.

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“Clients seek Woolems for our proven attention to detail, our quality craftsmanship and our team approach to home building.”

WOOLEMS

Clients, craftsmen, architects and industry professionals throughout South Florida turn to the renowned experts at Woolems for custom residential and commercial construction that transcends in any era. Becoming one of your region’s most successful and most respected custom builders is about more than just the completed project. Over the course of three decades, the means have justified the ends at Woolems, where a carefully assembled team of skilled professionals translates the luxury residential and commercial visions of South Florida’s most discerning clients. Along the way, the firm has added to the rich legacy of the tri-county area with dramatic, timeless renovations and original contributions—from contemporary South Beach projects to the popular Mediterranean style in Palm Beach. It does so by delivering an unparalleled roster of manpower and resources, including a full-time staff of experienced carpenters, superintendents and project managers. It’s no wonder that Woolems works with leading designers and internationally renowned architects to achieve their clients’ vision. Such is Woolems’ reputation for personalized, detail-oriented service that it has been asked to restore historic homes in Palm Beach originally designed by such famed architects as Addison

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responsibility to inspire a one-for-all spirit

approach demands that it assesses the

among clients and key personnel involved

many factors that can impact the success

in a project. Last but not least, Woolems

of a project; from there, the team organizes

never rests on its laurels. From cutting-

that information so that the client and

edge technology to more efficient

project team have a transparent framework

systems to the use of new and improved

from which to make the best decisions.

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RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

of the industry. Those core principles were

01.Masterful modern detailing abounds inside this 8,000-square-foot residence in Hibiscus Island, Miami. 02.Flooring comprising three different limestone compounds adds to the splendor of this entry foyer. 03.Structural steel dominates 90 percent of the envelope at this sprawling contemporary residence in Boca Raton. 04.Highlights at this award-winning modern residence in Palm Beach include an infinity-edge pool with glass mosaic tile.

At the heart of the company’s construction

evident throughout the building of a

philosophy are four key elements. It starts

sprawling estate for a Palm Beach art

with straight talk, the kind of candor that

collector, a project honored by the

leads to clear understanding and a strong

Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach

client relationship. Then there’s the passion

for keeping with the character of the

that Woolems brings to the process, a

town. At Woolems, the exclusivity of each

quality epitomized by its penchant for

prestigious and high-end project is

tackling each challenge as if the entire

respected from start to finish.

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relationships and teamwork; to that end,

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

This master suite is Maxwell’s version of 21st-century romanticism.

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“The most important aspect of every project, and the underpinning of style, is in the details … they should never be obvious but rather an enhancement.”

L E S LY M A X W E L L I N T E R I O R S , I N C .

The sophisticated, inviting spaces created by Lesly Maxwell Interiors only begin to tell the story of its founder, who never ceases to dazzle and surprise her loyal high-end clients in South Florida. Long before she launched her own Jupiter-based firm in 2000, Lesly Maxwell’s ascension as an intuitive, original interior design talent was easy to spot. She quickly rose from apprentice to senior project designer at her first job, and her star shined just as brightly during a long run with another South Florida design business. But recognizing her gift was one thing; categorizing it was another matter all together. As the luxury clients and industry collaborators that sing her praises today understand all too well, expect the unexpected when working with the owner of Lesly Maxwell Interiors. “Design should transcend the obvious,” Maxwell says. “You need to know the rules to break the rules; this allows us to create the unexpected, which can materialize in the eclectic pairing of furniture or the complex combination of building materials.” Throughout her 30 years in the industry, Maxwell has demonstrated a rare ability to consistently elevate even the most challenging spaces through a refined use of materials, textural contrast, lighting effects and a deft application of color. In leading her

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own award-winning boutique firm, Maxwell and her talented team have infused that signature intangible into high-end projects for professional athletes, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executives throughout South Florida, as well as in Aspen, the Hamptons, Costa Rica and the Bahamas. Along the way, Lesly Maxwell Interiors has thread the decorative needle with styles ranging from British Colonial and Art Deco to Mediterranean, Tudor, African and Old Florida. In addition to spaces inside dramatic oceanfront estates and sprawling family homes, the firm has tackled projects including a Treasure Island playhouse and a 1950s-themed two-lane residential bowling alley.

INFLUENCE AND INSPIR ATION The daughter of a small design firm owner, Maxwell grew up in central Pennsylvania inspired by her mother’s passion for the business, as well as her family’s travels to historic sites in cities like Williamsburg, Boston and Philadelphia. Maxwell’s own travels throughout the world continue to influence her design. “The world is a rich visual source from which to draw inspiration again and again,” she says. In her dealings with clients, architects, contractors and other industry craftsmen, Maxwell’s genuine, affable nature has led to countless longterm business relationships. “I feel privileged to connect with people’s lives,” Maxwell says. “So much of what I do emanates from understanding my clients and their lifestyle. It’s that instant connection that spearheads my ability to create their living space.”

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PHOENIX & SCOT TSDALE Befittingly called The Valley of the Sun, Arizona offers a resort-inspired lifestyle that is second to none. Desert breezes, swaying palms, chaise lounges by the pool and remarkable feats in golf course design are hallmarks of this Southwestern state. Beyond the fairways is a burgeoning contemporary art scene that has finally achieved critical mass.

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PHX ARCHITECTURE Phoenix & Scottsdale

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a “Villa del Prato” is an architecturally unique estate in Paradise Valley.

SANDRA WILKEN & BOB NATHAN OF ENGEL & VÖLKERS

Q&A:

The union between Engel & Völkers and Sandra Wilken’s team of real estate experts gives luxury clients unparalleled levels of market insight and personal service. The irresistible sophistication and splendor of Arizona’s hottest residential regions continues to draw interest from prospective high-end homeowners around the world—both as a winter playground and as a year-round retreat. Between the affluent pockets in Phoenix (the nation’s sixth-largest city) and in Scottsdale (which The New York Times described as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach”), there are countless A-list communities from which to choose. The challenge is determining what distinguishes one luxury neighborhood from the next. That's where Engel &

“Our team sells quality, livability and location. We have the honor of presenting some of the finest communities in the Valley to prospective buyers.”

Völkers Scottsdale comes in. It's no surprise that when global luxury firm Engel & Völkers searched for a Scottsdale-based company to represent its brand—one built on unparalleled, detail-oriented customer service—it ultimately merged with Sandra Wilken Luxury Properties in 2013. The Scottsdale shop was awarded the 2014 Engel & Völkers Cup as the top producing North American Engel & Völkers brokerage. This exclusive award is presented to the top producing shop that shows dedication to the Engel & Völkers core values of competence, passion and exclusivity. Along with

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Geographically, where do you see future housing growth? Our growth patterns are dictated by land ownership. State, federal and Indian tribe lands will push growth in well-defined areas. Access to existing and future transportation corridors will expedite those patterns. What exterior elements of a home can increase its value? Indoor-outdoor living spaces continue to be popular, as well as exquisitely landscaped settings. What’s the number-one concern among buyers you meet? Buying in the right area; it’s our job to educate clients on their options.

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01.Scottsdale Waterfront Residences offers a splendid variety of luxurious residential condominiums complete with lavish amenities. 02.This Mediterranean villa with city and mountain views is on 4 acres in North Scottsdale. 03.This DC Ranch home features magnificent sunset, golf course and mountain views.

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nearly four decades of her own industry experience, Wilken delivers a team of talent-rich professionals—including managing broker and Scottsdale expert Bob Nathan, himself a 36-year real estate veteran—that embodies the Engel & Völkers

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philosophy. “In our company, we have areas of specialization,” Wilken says. “Each of our

Völkers seamlessly integrates a

totaling over $1.35 billion. When

advisors takes on a community/

boutique agency at the top of its

looking to expand into the Valley,

region, and they learn it like the

game with an internationally

development firms turn to Engel

back of their hand. We each

recognized firm that employs

& Völkers Scottsdale for its local

The Scottsdale and Phoenix

have areas that we’re total

some 4,200 real estate

expertise and prowess.

areas play host to some of the

experts in, so we can really talk

professionals in 37 countries

Managing broker Bob Nathan

country’s most affluent

intelligently with clients when

across six continents. In Wilken,

has extensive experience himself,

communities. While each has

they come in.” Nathan adds, “We

Engel & Völkers discovered a

having managed the sales team

can give our clients thorough

its own identity, the

true kindred spirit, someone

of the DC Ranch community,

background information on

neighborhoods all possess

dedicated to the personal

among other projects. “If you

luxury communities like DC

signature attractions—from

attention that it so values—as

were to create a list of the finest

Ranch, Silverleaf and Paradise

well as someone who brings an

developments in the area,

world-class dining and

Valley. By the time we’re done, a

insider’s savvy and “team of

Sandra and I have sold in all of

client can say, ‘OK, we have a

experts” approach to real

them,” Nathan states. “Having an

really good education of the

estate ventures in Scottsdale

extensive background in

area, and this is where we feel

and Phoenix.

representing some of the finest

we would select.”

developers has created an

DEVELOPING THE VALLEY

incredible foundation for both

A PERFEC T MATCH

Engel & Völkers Scottsdale has

developer sales and resale.”

The union between Wilken

also been assisting developers

Luxury Properties, originally

for more than 20 years in the

launched in 1995, and Engel &

Valley, with a sales volume

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An exquisite pool area highlights the exterior of this 4,000-squarefoot Scottsdale residence with two master suites and a home office.

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“Our greatest successes are when the client says, ‘I had no idea it was going to be this wonderful!’ ”

PHX ARCHITECTURE

As evidenced by the myriad of ideas they’ve successfully executed, no client space seems out of the realm of possibility for the dynamic and inventive minds at PHX Architecture in Scottsdale. The spirit of inspired creativity that resonates throughout the corridors of PHX Architecture never fails to find a home inside the spaces requested by clients who understand that the Scottsdale-based firm is at its best when challenged. To that end, it’s no surprise that PHX projects have seamlessly incorporated everything from bowling alleys and lazy rivers to underground shooting ranges and even zip lines between the wings of a home. Nor is it a surprise that clients ranging from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to big-screen celebrities and sports stars have called on PHX to bring their residential visions to life. Principals Erik Peterson, Nikal Conti and Scott Carson cultivate a studio environment that encourages a constant flow of ideas from their team of nearly 30 architects and designers. “Many of us knew at a very early age that this was the profession for us, whether it was an avid interest in Legos, Sim City or tree house forts,” says the PHX team. Over the past decade, PHX has evolved from

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from its initial focus on high-end residences to include commercial projects, part of what the principals describe as custom lifestyle architecture. “We design the custom home for clients, and often more than one home in regions such as Los Angeles, Hawaii, Utah and Texas. Then we design the golf clubhouse they may use, their business, their favorite restaurant or even a water park for their kids,” boasts the team. “Our core is custom residential, but we can do so much more for clients.”

BEHIND THE SCENES Throughout the process, the PHX team encourages clients to think differently about their environment and consider settings and spaces that enhance how they live. The creative stage includes detailed conversations with clients about their lifestyle, as well as examples of projects and backdrops that pique their interest. The PHX team then sets its wheels in motion, ultimately delivering a refined 3-D computer model. “Our goal is to exceed our client’s expectations. We like having the whole team in place at the beginning, including the contractor, interior designer and other special systems team members. Everyone understands what the design intent is, what the budget is, what the schedule is and we can all ‘feed’ off each other’s skill sets. The client benefits because their time is efficiently used; they only have to tell their story and make decisions once,” explains the team. “We all have a great time working together.”

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01.A stunning pool area resonates with the soft desert contemporary style of this 6,000-square-foot jewel with an indoor-outdoor bar. 02.Located in Tahoe, Nevada, this modern mountain retreat covers 5,000 square feet with 7 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and stunning views. 03.This formal Mediterranean estate encompasses 6,000 square feet and includes a guest casita, two studies and a library. 04.Overlooking McDowell Mountain Preserve, this rural Mediterranean gem covers 7,000 square feet with four bedrooms and 5.5 baths. 05.The modern, desert mountain-style home is 4,500 square feet and overlooks the pristine views of the Arizona desert. 01. Dino Tonn 02.Werner Segarra 03. Dino Tonn 04.Werner Segarra 05.Werner Segarra

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Classic, formal Mediterranean estate has 11-foot-tall French doors and 16-foot ceilings.

SALCITO CUSTOM HOMES

For more than three decades, Salcito Custom Homes has been at the forefront of award-winning custom residential construction—but its menu of expert services doesn’t end there. What started in 1970 as a framing and trim carpentry company based in Connecticut has evolved into one of the Southwest’s most impressive and prolific design-build firms. Since opening its Scottsdale-based business in 1978, Salcito Custom Homes has delivered a staggering 300-plus projects throughout the valley region—some 120 in the past decade alone. The firm’s diverse portfolio, built on high-end residential and boutique commercial construction projects, reflects an ongoing commitment to consistency in service, attention to detail and craftsmanship, use of the highest quality building products and a finished product that, no matter the style, stands the test of time. “Most of the clients that hire Salcito Custom Homes are sophisticated buyers looking for someone they can trust to deliver a quality product in the most honest

“I cannot pinpoint exactly when I discovered a passion for home building. However, I certainly have a passion for it today.”

professional manner,” says company president Anthony Salcito. As evidenced by its ever-increasing gallery of stunning, one-of-a-kind projects, that quality can come in a variety of packages—from an 8,500-square-foot Spanish Colonial residence and a sprawling 11,700-square-foot formal Mediterranean masterpiece

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at the prestigious Silverleaf community to a

accessories for some of its clients. In 2009,

dramatic, uniquely rendered contemporary

Salcito Construction returned to its roots,

design in The Aerie in Sedona. “The style and

adding a framing and trim carpentry division

quality of our work stands out with

in Scottsdale; over the past nearly five years

sophisticated touches and an impeccable

that division has delivered expert trim/

level of fit and finish,” Salcito says.

carpentry and framing on 38 custom projects. Nearly 15 years ago, Salcito also

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INTEGR ATED SERVICES

added contract property management and

Part of what distinguishes the Salcito

housekeeping offerings, encompassing a

01.Modern comfort and the highest level of fit

approach is the numerous ways that the

comprehensive list of pest control, landscape

and finish, complemented by a diverse range of

company is able to serve its exclusive client

maintenance, water purification systems

materials, adorn this guest living room. 02.Marble

base. It starts with design-build, general

maintenance, security monitoring, elevator

inlay, Salcito custom millwork, high ceilings and

contracting and construction management

maintenance, window cleaning, interior and

contrasting colors achieve a dramatic effect in this

services for both small- and large-scale

exterior housekeeping and more. “We pride

foyer. 03.A soft and sophisticated ambience lends

residential and boutique commercial

ourselves on setting the standard in the

projects. “We have delivered well over 100

luxury custom home building market by

design-build projects incorporating

providing the highest level of customer

‘integrated project delivery’ for maximum

service in design-build, construction

project efficiency from concept to

management, interior design, framing and

completion,” Salcito says. The firm also

trim carpentry and property management,”

provides complete interior design services,

Salcito says.

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tranquility to a Spanish Colonial home. 04.An open floor plan contributes to the modernity of this 3,800-square-foot soft contemporary desert dwelling. 05.This hillside villa features numerous imported European materials, including a roof and wood from France and windows from Italy. 01. Dino Tonn 02. Dino Tonn 03.Werner Segarra

including design, purchasing and installation

04. Dino Tonn 05. High Res Media

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PHOENIX & SCOT TSDALE

INTERIOR DESIGNER

A chic, comfortable aesthetic adds to the indoor-outdoor vibe prevalent in this Arizona residence with striking views.

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“Good design is determined by finding out how the clients live, about what inspires them and makes them comfortable.”

LISSA LEE HICKMAN

Lissa Lee Hickman pays it forward at LHL Incorporated with chic, timeless design that honors her firm’s sophisticated clients and elevates the spaces in their luxury homes. It’s a privilege, Lissa Lee Hickman says, to have some of Scottsdale’s most exclusive residential clients place their design trust in her hands—one that the founder of LHL Incorporated never takes for granted. That admission alone goes a long way toward explaining why LHL is renowned for bringing an unprecedented level of detail to its luxury interior projects. “I feel very fortunate to have a business that continues to grow,” says Hickman, who started LHL in 2006. “We specialize in working on projects from the ground up, and enjoy collaborating with the architect, builder and landscape designer throughout the process. Our goal is to design cohesive spaces that respect not only the architectural character of the home, but also the client’s tastes.” The acclaimed designer delivers that and much more to discerning homeowners, with a full-service firm that specializes in one-of-a-kind spaces that—no matter the style—manage to balance comfort and sophistication. “The perfect recipe for a well-designed home should be equal parts beauty, functionality

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01.Plush, sophisticated fabrics and a large area rug soften the ceiling height in this timeless, clean-lined design. 02.Pool chaises and oversized swivel chairs near the fire pit provide perfect views of the Arizona sunset. 03.A soft, neutral palette contributes to the peaceful ambience inside this master bedroom. 04.A barrel-vault ceiling with reclaimed brick, and steel patio and wine room doors are highlights inside this dining room. Photography by Werner Segarra

and comfort. The first and most important

and beauty influenced her appreciation

aspect of our creative process starts with

for tasteful, elegant interior touches. “Any

listening to the client,” Hickman says.

success I have now,” she says, “is definitely

“From there, I let the process evolve with

due to my parents.” It’s also due to her

the materials, colors and textures my

own exquisite design sense, one that

clients are drawn to. I love starting from

never fails to bring a client’s vision to

scratch and creating something from

life—whether blending reclaimed

nothing. Each project is unique, special

elements with contemporary items or

and constantly evolving.”

creating chic, soothing spaces that draw Arizona’s outdoor splendor inside. Along

THE PAST IS PRESENT

the way, LHL engages its clients through a

Hickman grew up in Santa Fe, the

collaborative process that keeps them

daughter of a custom home builder who

involved and educated. “The best part of

not only encouraged her creative interests

my job is definitely watching my clients

but also gave her an early seat at his

tear up with happiness after seeing a

drafting table. “I remember spending time

completed home for the first time,”

with him looking at custom plans for his

Hickman says. “There’s no greater success

clients or visiting the job sites,” Hickman

than that.”

says. “I’d always jump at the chance to be involved.” Hickman also credits her

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SAN FRANCISCO A culinary scene to rival New York City’s, an innovative design community and an easygoing and outdoorsy ethos are just three reasons why San Francisco is one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S. Its close proximity to wine country doesn’t hurt either.

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REALTOR

a World-class views are the centerpiece of life at 1200 California Street, considered one of Angus McSweeney’s finest mid-20th-century buildings.

ROBERT MERRYMAN OF MCGUIRE REAL ESTATE

The lure of San Francisco, with its thriving tech sector, is creating a frenzied housing market— all the more reason to turn to Robert Merryman and the experts at McGuire Real Estate.

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2829 Divisadero St.: This one-of-a-kind, single-family home, built in 1904 by

Only a few years after Bloomberg Businessweek called it the best city in America, San Francisco and its seemingly boundless array of charms continues to entrance and entice. Part of that allure, fueled by the recent technology boom, is the promise of endless opportunities. That, along with the city’s vibrant communities and iconic tapestry, is driving more people than ever to the San Francisco Bay Area. All of which means a booming

“Expertise and responsiveness has never been more relevant. Agents must be ready to act for a client because they will look elsewhere for the answer.”

renowned architect Julius E Krafft, is a true San Francisco gem. The five-bedroom, three-bath estate covers nearly 3,600 square feet and includes a basement and spacious public rooms. Krafft and his

and highly competitive housing market, according to Robert Merryman, a

family lived here until his death

Partner at McGuire Real Estate, the leading high-end residential firm in the

in 1937, just before the

Bay Area. “Inventory cannot keep pace with demand, which has led to

completion of the Golden Gate

record-high prices and properties moving very swiftly,” says Merryman, who

Bridge. Today, the property

has seen more than a 20-percent increase in property values over the past

offers world-class views of the

several years. “A high percentage of properties sell in the first two

bay and the bridge.

weeks—and with multiple offers over the list price. We’ve also seen a rise in the number of off-market transactions as more sellers seek to bypass

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01.Spanish Mediterranean properties offer jumbo-sized rooms and exquisite architectural details. 02.The Palace of Fine Arts and the Golden Gate Bridge are two of San Francisco’s many iconic sites. 03.Walkability is a major factor for potential homebuyers, as is being close to creature comforts.

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professionals, combines savvy marketing and negotiating strategies with the deft people skills and market knowledge necessary to help clients navigate

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the intricacies of San Francisco’s robust luxury market. “The vast amount of information available

assuage the strong demand for

find a property in that

to clients via the internet and

high-end housing. The seller-

community that fits their

technology tools has never been

driven market is, however,

specific needs. “As we are a

greater,” he says. “That, in turn,

generating considerable buzz in

regional boutique firm with

Though San Francisco’s

makes the need for an agent’s

several niche communities. “The

seven offices across the Bay

buzz-worthy residential

expertise and experience

city is seeing impressive gains as

Area, McGuire has the unique

corridors possess distinguishing

essential when it comes to

the thriving tech community

advantage of having experts in

characteristics, they also share

deciphering information for

continues to lure potential

each market with direct access

something in common: a high

clients and explaining its

buyers,” he says. “Neighborhoods

to the appropriate buyer pool

walkability factor. Having

relevance to their transaction.”

like SoMa, Telegraph Hill, Russian

for our properties and deep

picturesque streetscapes,

Hill and the Financial District have

market knowledge about each

done particularly well.”

specific area,” Merryman says.

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boutique shopping, great dining and more only blocks away adds to the charm and social fabric of the following

ever-increasing residential

WORDS OF WISDOM

community, which allows us to

demand, San Francisco is

The good news for potential

tap into the particular expertise

experiencing a vertical push,

buyers is that, style-wise, there’s

and the networks we need to

with more and more

something for everyone in San

ensure a successful result for

+ Pacific Heights

condominium projects under

Francisco—from Queen Anne and

our clients.”

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construction. Though thousands

Art Deco homes to contemporary

of units are currently in

estates. But as Merryman notes,

development, it’s not enough,

buyers will do well to select the

+ Glen Park

according to Merryman, to

neighborhood first—and then

+ Inner Mission

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Set amid the hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve, this casual weekend getaway with clean, linear design brings mountain views into every room.

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KEN LINSTEADT ARCHITECTS

The worlds of classical and modern architecture find seamless harmony when the design experts at Ken Linsteadt Architects reimagine the potential in a high-end residential project. In the hands of a less-skilled creative team, the notion of exploring the interplay between modern and classical design might sound better on paper than it appears on a blueprint. But when the experts at Ken Linsteadt Architects set their sights on such a high-end residential challenge, the results are nothing short of captivating. Linsteadt, who launched the San Francisco-based firm in 1998, points to a pair of inspirations, including the late Philip Johnson, with whom he worked in the mid-1980s at a time when the founder of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York was exploring classical architecture. That, along with years spent at a firm with a strong modern aesthetic, gave Linsteadt a passionate foothold in two worlds that, when brought together, would elevate the custom design scene throughout the Bay Area. “A well-designed home

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should be poetic and uplifting,” says Linsteadt, who was joined in 2010 by fellow principal Babac Doane. “The home needs to satisfy the programmatic needs of the client, of course, but I believe the magic lies in the surprise elements that help you see a space in an unexpected way.” To that end, Linsteadt stresses the importance of the connection between architect and site. “At the end of the day, we are creating an object that sits in a landscape,” he says. “How this object receives light and shadow within it, and how you view the world through it, is the realm of architecture.”

“The common elements for all of my work tend to lie in the details of flow, light and proportion.” IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES The other vital connection, Linsteadt believes, is the one between architect and client. In the discovery phase, his team will find out as much about the owners as possible, taking cues from their personalities along with details that each property has to offer. “Designing and building a house is a long process,” Linsteadt says. “The relationship between architect and owner needs to be

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01.The steps were conceived as large, stacked oak timbers. Cubic patterns overlay the steel pickets, which help lighten the railing. 02.This pool house, featuring gray limestone walls and an antique terra-cotta roof, is designed to feel as if an old building has been unearthed on the property. 03.A rough-hewn timber catwalk, an ode to the owner’s reclaimed timber business, lends drama to the double-height living room inside this country home. 04.The clean forms of this estate are enhanced by minimalist light-capturing steel-frame windows and doors and recycled oak floors. 05.For a family with French roots, Linsteadt carefully meshed a modern design with Euro inspiration, including an exterior clad in buff-hued mortar and stone. 01. Paul Dyer 02. Paul Dyer 03. Matthew Millman 04. Paul Dyer 05. Paul Dyer

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HOME BUILDER

This midcentury high-rise in Russian Hill was renovated with dual-paned windows that minimize noise while providing dramatic views of San Francisco.

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The low-E insulated electrochromic smart glass installed in this high-rise bedroom ensures added privacy.

MCCUTCHEON CONSTRUCTION, INC.

Concern for the environment is built into the DNA of each high-end residential project at McCutcheon Construction, which views each home as a living, enduring asset that must be protected long after the building process is complete. Since its launch in 1980, McCutcheon Construction has distinguished itself by creating masterful residential works that reflect the rich and diverse heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area. Now in its 35th year, McCutcheon has established itself as an award-winning leader in quality construction, industry leadership and green and healthy building. McCutcheon’s team of 40-plus professionals prides itself on creating extraordinary and luxurious built environments in a wide variety of styles— from historic renovation to any of the Bay Area’s particular regional styles to an expression of a client’s creative vision. By collaborating closely with the client and their design team, McCutcheon’s versatile, talented and artistic staff brings its concepts to life. The company’s focus on clients is critical during design, construction and well after project completion, and

“Our clients know that we’re a trusted resource for healthy living—both now and for the future.”

the firm and its staff enjoy becoming a trusted resource for past clients. These mutually beneficial relationships with its community and clients have been a cornerstone in the continued success of this Bay Area firm.

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HEALTHY BUILDING From the beginning, McCutcheon Construction has had a focus on environmentally sensitive building— minimizing negative environmental impacts of construction and focusing on the ways to make homes healthier for clients. Michael McCutcheon, founder and president, has forged a visionary path of eco-sensitive building that is as inspirational as it is livable and is widely recognized as one of the earliest champions of sustainable and healthy building. “The best homes are those that are enduring; the whole home needs to be healthy, not just one part of it,” says McCutcheon, who comes from a long line of builders and holds a degree in biology from nearby U.C. Berkeley. With extensive training and experience, the McCutcheon team integrates its knowledge of the latest sustainable, nontoxic materials and green methods into every phase of the process and project. “As residents of Northern California, we cherish our healthy outdoor lifestyles so much that it only makes sense to improve the overall health of our homes as well,” McCutcheon says. “I see our clients as investors, not spenders. We are for people who care about the health of their home and the environment and who want to create something of lasting value for future generations.” It’s this thoughtful approach to home building that has earned the firm a reputation for craftsmanship and service that brings long-term fulfillment to appreciative clients.

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01.Traditional luxury is recreated in this Pacific Heights Victorian, including a master suite dressing room and vaulted ceiling. 02.This award-winning gourmet kitchen addition includes a writing area for the owner (a chef and author) while developing recipes. 03.A living wall improves indoor air quality in this LEED-platinum Piedmont home with thin-film solar panels.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

This living room features antique side tables and Bicycles, an ink on Mylar drawing by Katina Hudson.

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“We want our spaces to reflect an understanding of the client’s wishes and desires.”

MARTIN GROUP

Creativity, innovation, teamwork and positivity are just a few of the values by which Martin Group’s team of design professionals works. Combining experience with passion, they achieve the vision of each and every client. Elizabeth Martin has spent a lifetime immersed in design. With a developer for a father and an interior designer for a mother, she grew up in a home filled with art and antiques. Now principal of her interior design firm, Martin Group, she puts her upbringing and subsequent education to good use, designing masterpieces that have earned her notoriety throughout San Francisco and beyond. A full-service architecture and design firm specializing in high-end interiors, Martin Group’s evolution and portfolio are testaments to its resident designers’ refinement and expertise. In speaking of her team, Martin points to its members’ passion for the trade and ability to adapt as being key to the firm’s success. “We are confident in our experience and understanding of design, yet humble and open to the process of learning,” Martin says. “This way of moving through life has afforded us the ability to improve year after year.” Helping clients find their voice and express their vision for a space, Martin and her team begin by

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researching everything from the inhabitants themselves to the property’s history. Through this process of connecting with the project and the site, they are able to plan, refine and execute designs that meet and exceed expectations. While she identifies small spaces like powder rooms and dens—which she calls the “jewel boxes of the home”—as being some of her favorite to design, Martin has become known for her ability to achieve the look of any style while simultaneously individualizing a space.

ESSENCE OF LIVING An integral part of Martin’s design philosophy lies in her belief that changeability is key to the renewal of a space. “A well-designed home has to be flexible,” she says. “Environments are like living things, they need to be malleable and open to change. If they stay the same, the energy gets trapped and the home becomes stale. Something as simple as moving an object or painting or adding a new rug can reinvigorate a space.” Often told that her rooms have a soul, the designer’s ability to understand every facet of her clients’ personalities—from lifestyle and aesthetic preferences to goals and worldviews—enables her to create spaces that speak to the essence of their inhabitants. Balancing practicality with beauty, Martin creates spaces that make her clients feel known.

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01.This guesthouse space features an oil painting by Sherie’ Franssen and a Balinese textile on a pillow. 02.A leather wingback 1930s chair and an oil painting by Louise Bourgeois are featured in this library. 03.This music room features custom bookcases by Martin Group and a vintage 1940s Kars area rug. 04.An early 1900s walnut dining table and an oil painting by Edwige Fouvry are featured in this dining room. Photography by David Duncan Livingston

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S C E N I C H I G H WAY 3 0 A Perhaps the most enchanting of all the coastal stretches in Florida, Scenic Highway 30-A encompasses nearly 30 miles of pristine landscape, sugar-sand beaches and charming seaside towns. Amid the affluent pockets in towns like Rosemary Beach, Seaside, WaterColor and Grayton Beach are luxury residential communities that capture the unique spirit of the Panhandle.

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a Coastline view of

Rosemary Beach®, a traditional neighborhood, featuring white-sand beaches and clear Gulf waters.

L I N D A M I L L E R O F R O S E M A R Y B E A C H R E A LT Y

The Panhandle’s scenic Highway 30A offers something for everyone when it comes to luxury real estate—a complex menu of highend housing that no specialist understands better than Linda Miller. Nestled along the Gulf of Mexico in the state’s iconic northwest Panhandle, the Emerald Coast truly is one of Florida’s crown jewels. Nowhere do its white-sand beaches, quaint charms and stunning outdoor vistas come to life more than along the scenic 18-mile, two-lane stretch of Highway 30A. It’s no surprise, given the ever-growing interest in the region, that the luxury real estate market is equally robust. Buyers interested in

Q&A: What is your take on the current state of the real estate market? Our market is 30 percent ahead of last year. Our only problem is having enough inventory to sell. What is your favorite type of property to sell? Anything on the Gulf is so beautiful. We have white-sand beaches and turquoise water.

Gulf-front properties—as well as the planned “new urbanism” communities,

“You have to know your market well and ask enough questions to find the right community for your clients and their lifestyle.”

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such as Seaside, for which the region is known—are exploring the likes of Rosemary Beach, which saw dramatic spikes in overall sales between 2013 and 2014 (35-percent increase for Rosemary Beach). “We’ve had a surge of new construction, so we have new product on the market,” says Linda Miller, vice president and renowned broker at Rosemary Beach Realty. “The average home price on 30A is more than $870,000 (through June 2015). We’ve also

What does it take to be successful in real estate? Knowledge of the market, perseverance and consideration of your customers.

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01.This Gulf-front gated compound is located between Rosemary Beach® and Alys Beach, in the Paradise by the Sea community. 02.Owner’s pool and pavilion at Rosemary Beach®. 03.View from the living area looking out to private courtyard, with pool and fire pit. 04.Eastern green of Rosemary Beach®, where families gather to make memories. 01

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had a lot of cash buyers—80 percent of the transactions in my office are handled that way. Last year, we sold a Gulf-front house for $8.4 million, and it was cash.” High-end clients look to Miller for reasons beyond simply showing her the money. As one of the area’s most trusted and experienced real estate professionals, Miller

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delivers detailed knowledge of the market’s million-dollar properties along the corridors of

thus giving more and more

30A, not to mention an equally

people the chance to see all

PRESERVING THE SPLENDOR

informed team of nine agents.

that 30A has to offer. Younger

If there’s one concern that Miller

“Because real estate is so

families are migrating to

has moving forward, it’s the

competitive, most companies

WaterColor, with its Old Florida

potential—given the curiosity

don’t have a team concept,” says

cottages and beach houses,

about the region—for over-

Miller, who represents the Luxury

while empty nesters often want

development. “This is a resort

Real Estate Board of Regents in

to be in Rosemary Beach, which

market, driven by the Old Florida

Rosemary Beach. “But we take

carries more of a European

lifestyle and a scenic highway

care of customers by working

thread through its architecture.

with a bike path than runs the

together. That has resulted in my

“The traditional neighborhoods

entire 18 miles,” Miller says. “We

agents having the highest

continue to create more value

don’t have franchises, hotels and

productivity per agent on the

by being branded and by

fast-food restaurants along 30A.

entire 30A highway.”

controlling the architecture and

My concern is that someone will

development,” Miller says. Buyers,

find a loophole that will change

MARKET ANALYSIS

in general, are looking for large

that. It’s important, to me, that we

$15 MILLION

Access to the market has

spaces to entertain, master suites

maintain the characteristics about

increased significantly thanks to a

on the first floor (especially for

this area that make it so special.”

new international airport 20

retirees) and sturdy, weather-

minutes from Rosemary Beach,

resistant construction.

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$5 MILLION More than 5,000 square feet of new construction. Three homes available north of the Gulf, with pool, courtyard and carriage house.

$10 MILLION “Sandcastle in Paradise”: A home in the gated Paradise by the Sea community, with a Gulf-front infinity pool. See photo one.

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This luxurious Gulf-front residence also fronts the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. The masonry house is finished with Italian stucco and a copper shingle roof.

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“The more we learn about our clients, the better the homes we can design for them.”

A BOHEME DESIGN

By designing projects around their clients and “the things they love,” A BOHEME continues to have a profound impact on luxury residential and commercial architecture in the Florida Panhandle. For all of the storied artistry attached to a company name that recalls a Puccini opera—appropriate given the aesthetic splendor inherent in the firm’s luxury residential work—the principals at A BOHEME Design subscribe to an architectural mantra steeped in simplicity. “Good design is problem solving,” says Darrell Russell, who, along with Jonathan Hampel, launched 30Avenue-based A BOHEME seven years ago. “Our philosophy is to listen until we thoroughly understand the problem. Each unique challenge can only be described by each unique client, as they perceive it, feel it, recognize it and desire it solved. We design for them, not for ourselves.” The A BOHEME portfolio is a testament to Russell and Hampel’s uncanny ability to not only solve an architectural puzzle but to bring it alive in ways that the firm’s exclusive client base can only begin to imagine. In less than a decade, the full-service architecture, interior architecture and interior design company has helped to change the face of the Florida Panhandle with clean, restrained

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high-end residential and commercial design that encompasses a broad range of styles. Both principals were fascinated by architecture at a young age—Russell did a fifth-grade term paper on Frank Lloyd Wright; Hampel constructed his own tree house in fourth grade—and their passion for the discipline continues to this day. It’s one of the reasons that both men left the same large Tennessee firm to create a boutique business that always puts the client first.

DESIGN THAT ’S PERSONAL “When we design a custom house, we want to learn everything we can about our clients,” Russell says. “Lifestyle, personal preferences down to the smallest details, their personal values, the possessions they love, the experiences they love and, equally important, learning what they dislike. We make every attempt to put ourselves in the client’s place. And then we begin to design.” The experts at A BOHEME provide an array of services, from site analysis, schematic design and construction administration on the architectural side to an interior menu that includes furnishing selection, lighting design, master planning and much more. “When you deeply immerse yourself into a design, you can’t ‘leave your work at the office,’ ” Hampel says. “So you become very connected to a project. Seeing that design come to life after all that time and thought, and watching the transformation through the different stages of construction is such a rewarding experience for us.”

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01.As a continuation of the interior great room, this expansive courtyard includes a fire pit and outdoor kitchen, in addition to the pool. 02.A great room overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Although a summer destination, many owners use their houses in the winter and enjoy fires as part of the ambience. 03.The main entry to a luxury home designed for a family from the United Kingdom and located in Rosemary Beach. 04.Antique heavy timber beams visually enhance the great room of this home located in Blue Mountain Beach. 05.This house, as a visual termination of West Water Street, includes an upper tower overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and the neighborhood. 01.30A Vibe Photography 02. Jack Gardner 03. Jack Gardner 04. Eric Marcus 05. Eric Marcus 346 / 347

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HOME BUILDER

This beachfront home features a copper shingle roof, Italian marble dust stucco and European doors and windows.

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“Our meticulous detail is specific to each build, whether it be a contemporary concrete/glass home or a traditional estate with elaborate millwork.”

GALVAS CONSTRUCTION

As evidenced by the high-end residential drama it produces up and down the Emerald Coast, the stories just keep getting better and better at Galvas Construction. Galvas Construction prides itself on “building stories” for its discerning clients, which is only fitting given how compelling the residential narratives can be in Northwest Florida’s prestigious beach communities along the 30A corridor. In that sense, company president John Galvas doesn’t blame homeowners for focusing so much on the ending. Who wouldn’t want to turn to the last page of a dream house set in one of the pristine neighborhoods—from Rosemary Beach to WaterColor to Santa Rosa Beach—in which Galvas and his team build. But even as the finished project steals the show, it’s the chapters leading up to it that have distinguished Galvas Construction since its namesake launched the firm in 2006. “Our company culture creates the best of both construction sectors by combining commercial contract management and structural implementation with the attentiveness and execution of residential craftsmanship,” Galvas says. “Our knowledge of the building process, along with clear communication throughout, enables us to set realistic goals that ensure a

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project will be completed on schedule and

with receiving a stamp of approval from

on budget.” The quality and efficiency that

the Florida Green Building Coalition, Galvas

go into each of Galvas Construction’s

Construction projects also earn the

luxury projects is matched only by its

distinction “Fortified for Safer Living”

commitment to the client. To that end, the

thanks to building practices that steel its

firm never approaches the build process as

homes against the natural challenges

a simple set of blueprints. “Our clients’

inherent to coastal living. Whether

homes are a deeply personal expression

constructing contemporary homes or

constructed by our team,” Galvas says.

bringing classic Old Florida designs to life,

01.This handcrafted staircase consists of Venetian plaster, a bronze railing and white oak treads and risers. 02.Reclaimed oak ceilings, wood planked walls and a cast-stone fireplace surround complete this kid’s retreat. 03.Opposing elements of fire and water complement this outdoor space, with an infinity-edge pool surrounding the fire pit. 04.This kitchen features pecky cypress beams, Venetian plaster ceilings and a large Calacatta marble island.

“That home is a direct reflection of how our

Galvas and his team never fail to

clients want to live. So we build it as if it

seamlessly integrate residence and

were our own home.”

backdrop. It’s just one more reason why

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raise the bar when it came to structurally

Construction 03.30A Vibe Photography 04. Jack Gardner

sound and eco-friendly processes. Along

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clients trust the firm with an array of

AT TENTION TO DETAIL

multimillion-dollar projects. “Our greatest

Though Galvas’ background is in

success is our established relationships

commercial construction, he realized the

with our clients,” Galvas says. “We start out

potential that the aptly named Emerald

as the builder and the customer. But

Coast had to offer when it came to luxury

inevitably, we evolve into personal friends.”

home building. He also realized the need to

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Elements including a black leather Lillian August Wright sofa lend formal elegance to this gentleman’s library.

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“Our favorite space to design is the next one, an interior that our client has yet to experience in their current or future home.”

DESIGN SERVICES OF FLORIDA

The loyal ties that bind Design Services to its high-end homeowners speak not only to the firm’s reputation for interior excellence but to its ability to make each client feel at home. There’s no discounting the history that distinguishes the luxury residential interior design firm that E. Dale Trice has led to such prominence. What started 30 years ago as a Georgia-based company would later plant roots in the Florida Panhandle and emerge as Design Services of Florida. Today, the firm handles an array of projects throughout high-end markets in the Sunshine State, as well as in Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky and California—and even as far away as Ireland. But it’s how Trice and his team of creative, detail-oriented professionals bridge past and present that truly separates the Inlet Beach-based business. Time and again, second- and third-generation clients entrust Design Services with projects that span the interior spectrum. “The relationship between our clients and our firm is what I enjoy most about our job,” says Trice, a graduate of the University of Georgia who gained early experience in the home furnishings industry. “We are currently working on a third-generation family home; when you design two homes for a client, and you complete 14

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01.A gray mohair banquette rests on a Moattar 19th-century Persian rug at the entrance of this master bath. 02.Custom Tecnosedia chaises, hand-spun stainless floor lamps and Romo sheers bring this Rosemary Beach living room to life. 03.A Stark silk and wool rug complements the Brunschwig & Fils aqua sheers in this WaterColor residence. 04.Polished marble floors, custom Stark rugs and crystal chandeliers add sophistication to the living and dining areas. Photography by Jack Gardner

projects for their children—and then you

interior art. The firm has completed

begin projects for the third generation—it

projects of all sizes and all styles, whether

confirms that you have a family that

contemporary, Florida coastal or

respects and loves not only your work but

traditional. “If a project totally identifies

the relationships that you have developed.

our firm, then I feel that we have failed to

That base of repeat customers that we

execute a custom-designed space

continue to have is the most amazing

specifically for that client, their taste and

reward we could hope for. Our clients, for

their individual needs,” Trice says. “But

us, are our family.”

that’s not the case. We’re constantly challenged to give clients a new and fresh

SERVICE ABOVE AND BEYOND

approach to a well-executed living

Trice’s interior portfolio includes the retail

environment. We absorb, process, filter

experience Design on the Gulf, also in Inlet

and execute. In the end, our work is not

Beach, which features one-of-a-kind

easily recognizable; we pride ourselves

home décor and accessories, from stone

on the fact that our projects are unique

mantels, tableware and artwork to custom

and timeless.”

antiques, lighting and rugs. It’s no wonder, with three decades’ worth of knowledge,

| designservicesofflorida.com

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TORONTO Don’t look now, but Toronto may just be the hippest, most happening city in North America. To say it’s on the rise is an understatement— especially when the number of skyscrapers downtown has tripled over the last decade. Renowned for its street markets, chic style, great food and even greater diversity, Toronto is also one of the cleanest cities you’ll ever visit.

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A booming luxury residential market has Toronto reaching for the stars, and no firm is more comfortable working at such dizzying heights than the real estate experts at Sotheby’s International, led by Andy Taylor.

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Old-world antiquity meets modern extravagance at Villa Florentine, a sprawling estate

To say that Toronto is growing by leaps and bounds is actually selling the most populated city in Canada short. Thanks to a moratorium on development surrounding the Toronto core, the provincial capital of Ontario has emerged as one of the most vertical metropolitan areas on the planet. Currently, Toronto is producing some 18,000 new condominiums per year, some of which are providing single-family residential solutions for the

“As hot as the Toronto market is right now, the words of my grandfather still ring true: ‘There’s always another house tomorrow.’ Be patient.”

nestled atop the hills of the Caledon, Ontario, countryside. Along with dramatic views, the property, which includes two coach houses covered in climbing vines, features a fully outfitted equestrian facility.

ultrahigh-end sector and, due to record-low interest rates, those just entering

An array of eye-catching

the luxury market. “Right now, in Toronto, we’re seeing one of the most active

design elements dominates

markets in the world,” says Andy Taylor, Senior Vice President of Sales at

both the main estate and the

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. “If you look at the top global cities in

equestrian center, from

the world with the highest real estate prices, like Manhattan and Hong Kong,

custom marble work to

they can’t create more product because they’re islands. Land is finite. Toronto

artistically rendered crown

isn’t an island geographically, but the moratorium has created that effect. That

moldings and bamboo floors.

makes it even more important for people to receive the best advice so that they don’t over-extend themselves in terms of what they can afford.” Enter

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has developed over the past decade into a team of some 120 experts—a group that Taylor affectionately describes as the

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“Seal Team Six” of real estate for its ability to accurately assess the market and develop strategy for

executives because it’s a five

the Middle East, all of which is

the firm’s discerning clientele.

minute drive down to Bay Street,

driving interest in the luxury home

“I’ve created a team that really

which is our Wall Street. And

and condo markets. Such top-level

goes by an advisory model more

unlike populated neighborhoods

clients often are so impressed with

From one of the city’s oldest

than a transaction model,” Taylor

outside of Manhattan, where there

Taylor and his team that they’ll

and most desirable

says. “We’re creating the best

are streets with no foliage, you’re

conduct searches for third and

neighborhoods (Rosedale) to an

possible solutions for our clients.”

in this lush, canopied community

fourth homes with Sotheby’s;

area known for its gated

with 200-year-old trees.” While

because of the company’s scope

mansions and celebrities (Bridle

BEYOND THE CORE

resales in Rosedale are steeped in

and influence, Taylor is able to

Path) to a pedestrian-friendly

Part of what distinguishes

the historically protected

collaborate on requests

stretch with cosmopolitan flair

Toronto as an attractive

Edwardian and Victorian styles,

throughout North America—and

residential destination is what lies

new high-end construction in

beyond. “We want to be an office

just beyond its outskirts. “People

Toronto’s hot-spot neighborhoods

where people work together,

are often amazed at how close

(see sidebar) encompasses a

share ideas and are excited about

single-family homes are to the

variety of relatively neutral styles

other people’s success,” Taylor

downtown core,” says Taylor, who

to attract a broader base of

says. “But, ultimately, it’s about

grew up around the business (his

potential buyers.

representing the best interests

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and luxury condos (Yorkville), Toronto has its share of high-demand residential communities.

+ Rosedale + Lawrence Park

of the client and creating the

+ Forest Hill

female developers in Ontario).

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right opportunities for our

+ Yorkville

“Rosedale, which is one of the

Adding to the residential buzz in

sellers and buyers.”

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highest-priced neighborhoods in

Toronto is a huge influx of foreign

Toronto, attracts a lot of

investment from Europe, Asia and

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“We aim to combine the best elements of traditional design with a modern aesthetic.”

AUDAX ARCHITECTURE INC

Striving to achieve excellence in every aspect of a home, AUDAX combines the expertise and education of principal Gianpiero Pugliese with a strong design-focused studio to create homes of unparalleled quality and sophistication. AUDAX Architecture is an award-winning architecture and interior design studio with demonstrated expertise in the luxury real estate market. Clients include condo developers, celebrity chefs, restaurant and hospitality groups, commercial real estate developers and many private homeowners in Toronto’s most affluent neighborhoods, such as Yorkville, The Annex, Forest Hill and The Bridle Path. Working in many heritage neighborhoods in Toronto, the firm’s portfolio also includes heritage restoration and adaptive reuse designs for both single-family homes and multi-unit residential buildings. Under the design leadership of Gianpiero Pugliese, AUDAX’s work is motivated by combining the best elements from traditional architecture with a modern aesthetic. Using this approach results in projects that are one-of-a-kind and provide immense investment value for clients. By offering both architecture and interior design services, AUDAX also provides a

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holistic approach that looks at the technical, aesthetic and functional objectives of a project all at once. This combined expertise produces buildings and interior spaces that have a clearly articulated design language and a seamless integration between architecture, interior design and dĂŠcor.

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY Pugliese has a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied at the Venice Institute of Architecture in Italy. As a part of his practice and work culture, Pugliese has researched and created a design philosophy called Human Architecture that explores the relationships between traditional and modern architecture. Pugliese believes that many of the best aspects of traditional architecture were lost during the modern period, but also recognizes that modern design is a popular aesthetic within our culture today. By looking at the past through the lens of Modernism, Pugliese and his firm are able to bring the more tactile, relatable and human elements lost in Modernism back into contemporary design. The results are buildings and interior spaces that appeal to those who admire the warmth, symmetry and detailing of traditional architecture but are also excited by a modern aesthetic.

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01.This 1890s Victorian home features a contemporary addition in the rear, designed with a warm modern aesthetic. 02.Walkway between garage and new addition, showing detail of honed Eramosa limestone. 03.View of the glass spiral staircase with curved glass that highlights the unique exterior material palette. 04.Interior view of glass spiral staircase. Photography by Revelateur Studio

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

The owners’ passion for art and music comes to life in this elegant living room.

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“I like to learn as much as I can about my clients and their needs—and then find the best, most beautiful design solution for them.”

DOUGLAS DESIGN STUDIO

Thanks to the endless curiosity and infinite creativity of its founder, Douglas Design Studio brings a detail-rich edge to its brilliantly conceived luxury residential spaces. When the bigger picture is so aesthetically striking, as is the case when stepping into one of the dramatic and inspired luxury interiors brought to life by Jeffrey Douglas, it’s easy, at first, to overlook the details. But upon further review, clients quickly realize that the beauty of working with the founder of Toronto-based Douglas Design Studio is in those details, disparate elements carefully chosen and seamlessly integrated. “We’re a firm that pays very close attention to clients’ needs, that designs from the inside out,” says Douglas, who launched his namesake design company in 1995. “For example, when I approach a piece of furniture, I want to know how it receives you, that every detail has integrity and that it has some relevance in style that gives it context. Each of those elements working together gives the piece its own integrity. I look at a home the exact same way.” Whether working on the complete renovation of a 1980s-style space or realizing the potential of an Art Deco interior translated into contemporary terms, Douglas brings an artist’s sensibility and an architect’s

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eye for structure to an array of high-end residential projects. The jaw-dropping results have earned his talent-rich firm the respect of industry collaborators and a fervently devoted client base. “If there are 10 different ways to solve one challenge, my goal is to be able to understand our clients well enough to synthesize their hopes and dreams into a solution they will always love,” Douglas says. “We always strive to go a little bit beyond what they had expected.”

AROUND THE WORLD Few designers, in fact, go the extra mile quite like Douglas, who has flown to Europe with clients in order to help select art and antique pieces. Indeed, travel is an ongoing inspiration for the graduate of Ryerson University, who points to France and Japan as specific influences in his work. “I love the Japanese approach to what makes something beautiful; it’s poetic,” he says. “And France has such a respect for history—but also a bold appreciation for what is very modern and how the two can meet. The solution in French design often results in textured, layered, metaphorical and beautiful things.” In addition to a full menu of award-winning design services, Douglas recently debuted his own line of furniture. “Stylistically, it spans the centuries and styles,” he says. “I try to push the limits with clever construction methods and luxurious materials so each piece is authentic and enduring.”

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01.Horizontal walnut grain in the cabinetry creates a warm, regulated grounding for this contemporary kitchen. 02.A custom fireplace made from sandstone slabs lends drama to a living room/cocktail area. 03.Original 1950s-style chairs are juxtaposed with a Gerard Gauci still life in this breakfast nook. 04.Custom-designed railing work, wood paneling and handblown light fixtures by Jeff Goodman Studio integrate seamlessly. 01. David Whittaker 02. David Whittaker 03. Michael Graydon 04. David Whittaker 366 / 367

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THE T WIN CITIES One of the true gems of the Midwest, the metropolitan area of Minneapolis—St. Paul is brimming with an irresistibly charming mix of riverfront splendor, quaint neighborhoods and thriving urban centers.

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THE TWIN CITIES

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a This stunning

hideaway in the Minnesota Northwoods is set on its own 12-acre peninsula affording over a mile and a half of exclusive lakeshore. A 10,710-square-foot masterpiece of timeless character and unparalleled quality, with gated privacy and panoramic views. Offered at $12,750,000

BARRY BERG & CHAD LARSEN OF COLDWELL BANKER BURNET

As interest in high-end housing throughout the Twin Cities increases, buyers and sellers alike turn to the trusted professionals at Berg Larsen Group to help assess the everchanging lay of the residential land.

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Enchanting Cotswold-inspired residence crowning a glorious 0.59-acre site with panoramic 270-degree Minnehaha Creek views and expansive lawns. Features include columned

Like so many signature Midwest metropolitan areas, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul inspire a seemingly reverential loyalty that spans generations. Residents embrace the active, outdoor lifestyle that defines their communities, they revel in a downtown that offers a plethora of big-city opportunities, and they come together as one to support their pro and college sports teams. That dedication extends to the high-end real estate market, where every segment from young professionals to empty nesters is planting

“We started in the industry thinking it was all about selling houses, plain and simple. What you learn, and quickly, is that it’s about the relationship with the client.”

generous formal dining room and family/sun room with fireplace. The exceptional bedroom suites, each with private bath and creek views, comprise the second floor. The walkout level offers terrific

roots in Edina, Minneapolis Lakes, downtown and the West Metro area. As

living spaces, which include

Minnesota’s top-selling real estate professional for nearly 30 years, no one

family/media room complex

understands and appreciates the nuances of these luxury neighborhoods like

and solarium opening onto the

Barry Berg. Since joining forces with business partner Chad Larsen some 10

rear terrace with its pool, spa

years ago, the recently renamed Berg Larsen Group, an affiliate of Coldwell

and outdoor shower.

Banker Burnet, has strengthened its ties to the area with the help of a standout team that brings a combined 80 years of real estate experience to buyers and

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01.The Carlyle, with listings that range from $349,000 to $10 million, represents downtown living at its best. 02.This two-story penthouse at Phoenix on the River, listed at $6.9 million, overlooks the Mississippi and the downtown skyline. 03.The City Lakes area is a vibrant community with bike trails, jogging paths and plenty of cultural activities. 04.Luxury residences in the Lowry Hill and City Lakes areas, Edina and the western suburbs tap into the active lifestyle featured in those communities.

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crowded these days thanks to

renovating with a modern

commuting—and an interest by

cautious optimism about the

aesthetic. New construction in the

empty nesters in being closer to

market in general. “The economic

upper reaches of the luxury

the downtown action—

recovery and stabilization of the

market spans a variety of

Minneapolis and St. Paul are

real estate market has led

architectural styles with a focus on

seeing substantial tear-down

developers to start speculative

open floor plans and seamless

activity and significant luxury

building and remodeling again,”

integration of interior and exterior

high-rise development. Berg and

says Larsen, a Harvard graduate.

spaces. “Opportunities for buyers

Larsen expect to see continued

“We’re seeing a healthy increase in

are strongest for those looking for

interest in the urban core, as well

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demand for new housing stock in

homes with character and

as the nearby suburbs. But no

the Twin Cities and its first- and

experience,” Larsen says. “These

matter what the reason, their

second-ring suburbs.”

are often the best kinds of

advice for clients remains the

homes—well-built and with a

same. “Buy because you want to

CURB APPEAL

timeless character that allows for

live in a home and neighborhood,

A contemporary two-story, 10,000-square-foot penthouse condo overlooking the Mississippi and the downtown Minneapolis skyline.

Both Berg and Larsen find that

improvements that suit the

not because you expect to make

buyers are being drawn to period

homeowners’ tastes.”

a significant near-term profit,” Berg says.

architecture, whether the updated Arts and Crafts or cottage styles

CIT Y ON THE RISE

popular in new construction or the

Thanks to the number of

1950s ranch/rambler estates on

millennials entering the workforce,

the resale market that buyers are

expanded public transit and bike

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W H AT YO U G E T F O R :

$5 MILLION A high-quality home in a premier neighborhood; typically new construction or a superbly renovated property.

$15 MILLION The finest waterfront setting or a property with acreage; newer construction in the 10,000-square-feet or more range; sports courts, theater rooms and wine grottos.

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Wraparound windows invite the outside in, perfect for leisurely days enjoying the ample lawns, terraces and lake at this family heritage cottage.

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“We’re often told that our work is identifiable in the qualities that come through—thoughtful, inspired, cohesive and handled with care.”

TEA2 ARCHITECTS

Drawing their inspiration and energy from the aspirations of their design-savvy clients, the innovative experts at TEA2 Architects continue to produce distinctive, sensitive and award-winning design that fulfills as much as it dazzles. Sixteen times over the past dozen years, a luxury residence designed by Dan Nepp’s award-winning firm has been selected as a Home of the Month, an ongoing juried competition in Minneapolis’ Star Tribune that’s done in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects Minnesota. That, in and of itself, says plenty about TEA2 Architects, whose fortunes Nepp has guided since becoming a partner in the 36-year-old company back in 1996. But what really speaks volumes is the reaction of discerning clients in Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond to the dramatic, inventive work that springs from TEA2’s innate ability to create “life-affirming” environments. “One client recently remarked to us, ‘I don’t know if I deserve this,’ ” says Nepp, who joined the company in 1986, after graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, and became its principal 10 years later. “That’s our ultimate goal: We want our clients to be thrilled with the end result.” The thrill for TEA2 clients is born out of a process that doesn’t push for a particular style of architecture;

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the firm’s talent-rich team can render any

create a comprehensive project that can

desired design. The work, instead, develops

be competitively bid while minimizing

out of the clients’ specific goals and wishes.

surprises, changes and price escalation,”

“A thoughtful home understands its site, its

Nepp says. “This creates great value to

inhabitants and its purpose,” Nepp says. “It

go along with a beautiful home.” More

wraps itself around the owners, their desires

than its longevity, the quality that

and values, while reinforcing the strengths

continues to define TEA2 is its sustained

and transforming the weaknesses of the

excellence. The firm—which beyond its

site. Beyond that, it has to have that spark,

projects in the Midwest has worked with

01.Traditional design elements feel at home in this bright and airy lakeside living room. 02.The contemporary sensibility of this urban lakeside house provides both privacy and panoramic views on a narrow city lot. 03.Abundant natural scenery is balanced with carefully crafted architectural details in this Shingle-style home. 04.Warmth and sophistication meet in this living space filled with a sense of history and a love of craftsmanship. 05.This stately and sprawling Italianate villa is a masterful study in symmetry, proportion and detail-oriented opulence.

that joy of life, that inventiveness that

clients in Connecticut, Florida, North

creates a hard-to-describe but wonderful-

Carolina and Arizona—is always looking

to-feel atmosphere.”

for ways to grow professionally,

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creatively and in its relationships with

EMBR ACING THE JOURNEY

clients. “We’re thrilled to know how much

Along the way, TEA2 challenges itself to

better we will become in the future,”

push the envelope creatively while

Nepp says.

maintaining its standards of sustainability. Whether working with the client on a

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HOME BUILDER

Hand-hewn timber, the combination of natural stone and reclaimed clinker brick and other details lend an authentic vibe to this Tudor-style estate.

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STONEWOOD

A long-standing tradition of home building excellence continues at Stonewood, where the latest generation of construction experts bring an artist’s touch to luxury estates that stand the test of time. Little about the home building industry is the same as it was when the first of four generations of Gustafsons began creating custom-designed residences throughout the Midwest nearly a century ago. But for clients of Stonewood, it’s comforting to know that some things about the family business never change. For starters, you can’t rush a masterpiece. That’s why the skilled craftsmen, artisans and project managers led by J. Sven Gustafson build only a select handful of homes each year, typically no more than 10. “We’ve intentionally remained small so that we can be exceedingly hands-on during each of our custom projects,” says Gustafson, who learned the business working for his father. “To our clients, no project is more important than theirs; we want them to know that [when we’re working on their home] we feel the same.” This personalized approach, another hallmark of the Stonewood process, includes an important covenant with the client: No contracts are signed until the home design, material selections and project budget are all finalized. Those early conversations, in many ways, become the building blocks for the luxury residences that Stonewood’s talented team can produce in any architectural style—from French and transitional to cottage and Tudor.

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EVERY PIC TURE TELLS A STORY “The clients become our inspiration,” Gustafson says. “They paint a picture of their dream home with words, photos and descriptions. Our charge is to get into their heads, understand their lifestyle and design a home that best suits their needs. We guide them toward finishes and materials that fit their architectural style, while being careful to understand their needs involving durability,

“We understand that the experience is as important as the end product. We’re trusted by our clients to deliver on our promises.” maintenance and daily living.” Many of Stonewood’s trade partners, like the Gustafson family, have multigenerational connections to the industry. They bring with them an unspoken commitment to quality that reveals itself in each detail of the project, no matter how small. “It has to be perfect for them to put their name on it,” Gustafson says. That same drive inspires Gustafson to continue searching for ways to build on his family’s legacy. Throughout the year, he’ll visit industry friends in Phoenix, Dallas and Jackson Hole who are also building intricately detailed homes. In the end, it’s the Stonewood client that benefits. “For many of our clients, building their custom home with us is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Gustafson says. “We strive to make the process fun and stress-free; we want their home to be everything they’ve ever dreamed of.”

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01.Views of the pool and gardens abound in this French Provincial home, which includes a cleverly designed cabana beneath a main-level outdoor patio. 02.English Tudor architectural style comes to life with the help of the black walnut counters and white-oak cabinets in this kitchen. 03.A sweeping spiral staircase with custom-curved, wrought-iron balusters dominates the foyer of this French Provincial estate. 04.An arched entry leads into the formal living room, where three groin vaults meet to create a cathedral ceiling. 05.This three-season cabana includes a handcrafted fireplace with a mantel made of reclaimed barn timber. 01. Landmark Photography 02.Spacecrafting 03. Landmark Photography 04. Landmark Photography 05. Landmark Photography

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INTERIOR DESIGNER

The decorative touches in this elegant kitchen, including custom leather counter stools, beautifully complement the space.

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“Our passion for design is fueled by working on all styles: We often work on multiple projects in multiple styles.”

STUDIO M INTERIORS

The design process at Studio M Interiors—one steeped in collaboration, creativity and the pursuit of decorative excellence—is a direct reflection of the passion that its trio of talented founders infuses into each project. The designing women responsible for launching Studio M each bring a distinct perspective to their interior pursuits. Where Melissa Musgjerd enjoys the heightened aesthetic that a seamless mix of styles and touches can deliver, Kristen McCormick prefers the understated splendor of timeless design. Annie Graunke, meanwhile, looks to interior architecture for inspiration, often favoring a mix of classic and modern elements. But it’s what the co-owners of Studio M bring to the table as a dedicated, talent-rich unit that truly distinguishes this dynamic Plymouth-based firm. “We’re focused on creating spaces that delight and excite,” McCormick says. “Our experienced team of interior designers thrives on presenting fresh ideas and innovative design concepts that match the highest standards and reflect the clients’ vision. Our passion for great design and great service results in a superb client experience.” Adding to that experience is the firm’s on-site partnership with Mingle, the 25,000-square-foot, one-stop home design resource center that showcases

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everything from state-of-the-art appliances and flooring to lighting, cabinetry and home automation. “Because Studio M is located within the showroom, the design process is creative, collaborative and easy,” Graunke says. “Most decisions and selections can be made in one or two meetings.”

PERSONAL TOUCH In addition to working on numerous high-end projects in and around the Greater Minneapolis region, Studio M has earned business throughout the country—and for good reason. Its design experts deal in detail, starting with the initial conversations that lead to project goals. Something as simple as a family heirloom can jump-start a design direction. From there, Studio M emphasizes two elements crucial to design: the flow of a room and the need for a strong focal point, whether a dramatic fireplace or a repeating pattern. In the end, the women behind Studio M leave no stone unturned when it comes to their comprehensive design services, which include everything from space planning to material selections to custom furnishings. “Recently, we completed the ultimate new construction turnkey project,” Musgjerd says. “The clients expressed their wishes and left the rest to our team. We designed then installed the entire 8,000-square-foot home while the clients were out of the country on business. They came home two weeks later to the home of their dreams, a fully stocked refrigerator and fresh flowers in every room!”

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01.This living room, guided by soothing tones, interesting textures and splendid shapes, is ideal for family and guests. 02.Featuring sea grass, linen and wood details, this round dining table serves up great conversation. 03.The white-on-white palette inside this East Coast-inspired kitchen elevates the room with an understated yet thoughtful approach. 04.The foil wallcovering inside this Asian-inspired master bedroom adds a touch of intrigue to the space. 05.This round room offers exceptional views of the lake and outdoor entertaining spaces. Photography by Scott Amundson

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WASHING T ON , D. C . & MARYL AND & VIRGINIA The nation’s capital has grown beyond its monument-rich, educational allure to become a world-class cultural and culinary capital. Revered for its awe-inspiring collection of monuments, museums and historical troves, Washington, D.C. has made its momentous past the foundation of its vibrant present—cherry blossoms included.

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RICHARD WILLIAMS ARCHITECTS Washington, D.C. & Maryland & Virginia

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a View from the roof

garden and terrace of Penthouse 2A in The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown.

RITZERT WEISS PARTNERSHIP

No team addresses the complexities of luxury real estate in and around D.C. quite like Christopher Ritzert and Christie-Anne Weiss.

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This 6,100-square-foot customdesigned penthouse in The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton,

Renowned for their white-glove service and detail-rich knowledge of the greater D.C. market, Christopher Ritzert and Christie-Anne Weiss bring an incomparable level of excellence—and a combined 60-plus years of experience—to their namesake partnership at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty (of which both Ritzert and Weiss are vice presidents). “Whatever the price range, all of our clients receive our

“Brokers must know about everything from architecture and landscaping to market metric analysis. We love the thrill that comes with highperformance expectations.”

Georgetown is the pinnacle of luxury, discretion, security and convenience in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to a breathtaking array of customdesigned interior accents on two levels, the property

million-dollar marketing platform and expert service, locally and globally,”

features more than 3,000

says Ritzert, who started his real estate career in 1985. They also receive

square feet of terraces and roof

RWP’s market savvy, the result of working regularly in 20-plus

gardens—not to mention

neighborhoods throughout the D.C. Metropolitan area and stretching all

unrivaled panoramic views of

the way into the heart of Virginia’s Hunt Country. As always, location is key

the Potomac River and access

when assessing luxury real estate in the region. Ritzert and Weiss agree

to The Ritz-Carlton’s legendary

that inventory is tight in prime locations, which has led to rising prices and

luxury services.

competitive bidding. That said, inventory is up slightly from last year, reinforcing the need to select wisely. “As more buyers choose areas closer

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will find deals,” says Weiss, a 32-year industry veteran who

considerable townhome growth

scene, the Ritzert Weiss

earned her MBA at Columbia

recently. “The D.C. area

Partnership (RWP) has noticed

University. “When inventory

rebounded quickly after the

an increase in contemporary

rises, sellers benefit even more

recession and has accelerated

styling thanks to the surge in

by hiring experienced agents

since 2011,” Ritzert says. “We

new condominium

with a pulse on market data and

encounter multiple-offer

development. Ritzert and Weiss

creative strategies to distinguish

scenarios regularly across a

are also seeing more millennials

their properties from the

wide variety of neighborhoods

active in the high-end market.

competition.”

and price ranges. Still, D.C.

Often, they look for homes that

prices remain a tremendous

are move-in ready—literally.

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value when compared to major

“Sometimes they wish to

Washington, D.C., is divided into

global urban centers. More and

purchase the property—and the

four sections; both the

more, we work with

staging,” Weiss says. “Another

northeast and southwest

international investors who seek

trend of note is people

quadrants are areas of focused

to purchase property in order to

downsizing and moving to more

redevelopment, though there is

place capital.”

urban locations, with more services nearby and easier

new development across all four areas of the District. Outside of

MARKET TRENDS

access to transportation. High

D.C., Bethesda, Maryland, is

Though Colonial and Georgian

walkability scores are ‘in!’ ”

expanding by adding luxury

single-family homes and town

condominiums, while

houses will always be a staple of

Alexandria, Virginia, has seen

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$5 MILLION D.C. offers outstanding value in the luxury range; as clients move beyond the urban areas, amazing properties are available for tremendous values.

$10 MILLION Fidelio, offered for $12 million, is a timeless neoclassical villa in The Plains, Virginia, offering every luxury including beamed, coffered and hand-painted ceilings throughout the residence.

$15 MILLION Last year RWP sold the 36,000-square-foot historic Patterson Mansion for $20 million, the most expensive D.C. transaction since 2011. Very few properties transact over $10 million in the D.C. region.

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Richard Williams created a quiet modern retreat on the shore of Lake Ontario for this family of writers.

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This elegant loft-style space overlooks the Potomac River, with views from the Kennedy Center to Key Bridge.

RICHARD WILLIAMS ARCHITECTS

An uncanny ability to seamlessly integrate project and backdrop throughout the D.C. area continues to distinguish the inspired, award-winning design work at Richard Williams Architects. The die seemingly had been cast on a career in architecture that, by 2000, had garnered Richard Williams recognition and accolades for his thoughtful high-end residential design in and around the greater Washington, D.C. area. But the best, it turned out, was yet to come thanks to the most daunting project Williams had ever undertaken—his own home. The warm modernism of a residence that he called “Clean Drinking House” would go on to earn award-winning notoriety. “I took more risks with myself than with my clients, up to that point,” says the Harvard grad, who launched his namesake firm in 1998. “When, midcareer, an architect builds his or her own house, it can be more telling than any mission statement—for better or worse. In my case, a new breed of client noticed what I was all about. It was transformational for my career.” In the 15 years since, Richard Williams Architects has become synonymous for its modern take on luxury residences

“Design is highly collaborative; being part of a team that is steadily moving toward a shared goal is deeply satisfying.”

that possess quiet restraint and a seamless connection to their often-

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breathtaking natural surroundings. In

“The finished house should feel

addition, the firm’s reverence for and

inevitable,” Williams says. “But at the

understanding of the region’s architectural

same time, it should have the capacity to

past has led to historic preservation of

delight and surprise.” Over the past

structures listed in the National Register, as

decade, the firm has been honored

well as renovation work on midcentury

countless times for everything from its

houses that have fallen into disrepair. “For

custom home design to its restoration

all of these different stylistic assignments,

projects. In 2010, Williams was elevated to

we draw on the same skill sets,” says

fellowship in the American Institute of

01.The main residence and guesthouse overlook three peaks in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. 02.This living room, conceived as a “porch,” offers views of the Rappahannock River. 03.A swimming pool and outbuildings near Little Washington, Virginia, feature neoclassical design. 04.Traditional massing and natural materials mesh with the Victorian neighbors in this historic district. 05.Living, dining and kitchen spaces suit a modern lifestyle at this house. Exterior seen in photo four.

Williams, who received his Master of

Architects, one of the most distinguished

Architecture degree at the University of

honors bestowed by AIA. “Since deciding

Virginia School of Architecture. “Our goal,

to become an architect, I can genuinely

no matter the project, is to create a unified

say that I have never been bored,” he says.

work with the environment rather than

“Each day brings new opportunities and

making a ‘statement.’ ”

plenty of challenges. Our capability and

01.Courtesy of Richard Williams Architects 02. Paul Burk 03. Ron Blunt 04. Tom Arban 05. Scott Smith

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skills have evolved to keep pace without

MEETING THE CHALLENGE

losing our commitment to the highest

Along the way, Williams and his team of

standards of quality.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C . & MARYL AND & VIRGINIA

HOME BUILDER

This 25,000-square-foot contemporary home features an Antigua stone chimney, mahogany shiplap and vertical tongue-and-groove siding.

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JOE BOHM AND GEORGE FRITZ

HORIZON BUILDERS

The same passion for detail-oriented custom home building that sparked a dream 35 years ago continues to drive the principals at award-winning Horizon Builders. When neighbors Joe Bohm and George Fritz met through their wives in the early 1980s, and discovered they shared a common interest in home building, neither man could have envisioned where that bond might lead more than three decades later. Especially since, at the time, Bohm was an accountant and Fritz was a Maryland state policeman. But after launching Horizon Builders out of Bohm’s basement in 1982 and, shortly thereafter, leaving their previous jobs, at least one thing became abundantly clear: Bohm and Fritz were on to something special. Infusing their firm with principles that would distinguish it as the premier builder of architect-designed homes throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, the two men sought to cultivate relationships and take the art of luxury home building to another level. “Our houses have 10,000 critical details; each one represents a piece of the homeowner’s personality and their needs,” says Bohm, the company’s president and CEO. “It’s what I call getting down to the molecular level of detail. Once you get the small stuff

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done, the big elements fall into place.” It’s a philosophy that permeates nearly every aspect of an award-winning company that, today, employs some 70 people and works with another 300 subcontractors. Along with bringing original high-end architectural designs to life, Horizon Builders also excels in renovation/remodeling work and historic preservation.

“We’re not into cookiecutter building, creating the same three or five residences 100 times. Each of our projects, in essence, is a prototype.” CORE VALUES At the heart of the Horizon model is an ongoing dedication to continuing education, whether training its own staff each week or working with manufacturers interested in bringing new products and materials to market. “Before we consider using a new product, we will spend time investigating, meeting the reps and testing it ourselves,” says Fritz, the firm’s COO. “For us, it’s all about finding a better way of doing things. It’s about challenging ourselves. That’s a hallmark of this company.” Another hallmark of Horizon, which has expanded into New York, Connecticut and Florida, lies in the ties that bind them to clients and collaborators, an old-school sense of warmth, trust and commitment. “A contract is perfunctory,” Bohm says. “I like to shake someone’s hand and feel that the individual and I have a bond.”

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01.Custom-made Brazilian cherry screen separates stair from main floor and foyer. 02.Coffered ceilings frame this living room, separated from the front entry by elliptical arches and columns. 03.Custom kitchen cabinetry and countertops were fabricated in Chicago and installed in this Virginia home. 04.The interior of this 1930s Art Moderne residence was renovated and an addition was incorporated into the original exterior design. 01.©Paul Warchol 02.Gordon Beall 03.Celia Pearson 04. Alan Karchmer

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WASHINGTON, D.C . & MARYL AND & VIRGINIA

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Crystal chandeliers, a rounded bench reminiscent of grand hotels and hand-blocked striped wallpaper lend elegance to this foyer.

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The antique bed and night tables, along with the handmade coverlet, add simple splendor to this bedroom.

SCW INTERIORS

With a detail-oriented, all-encompassing approach to design, the creative experts at SCW Interiors continue to elevate the human spirit as well as the luxury spaces they transform. As much as SCW Interiors has made a name for itself by bringing luxury residential spaces to life, the intent of founder Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey extends far beyond the successful rendering of a kitchen or master bath. Her comprehensive approach to interior design not only has transformed rooms for discerning clients in and around the metropolitan areas surrounding Washington, D.C., it also has helped to transform lives. “Our focus has shifted from designing interiors to helping clients define how they want to live,” says Cavin-Winfrey, a University of Texas graduate who also studied at Parsons School of Design. “There is a strong connection between a person’s morale and the home in which he or she resides. I love making people happy and showing them how the home can be an extension of how they nurture themselves and their families.” To that end, Cavin-Winfrey and the SCW team travel down as many creative avenues as

“From the minimalist to the abundant collector, our projects take on personalities that tell the story of the occupants.”

possible to find the threads that ultimately will bind an interior—from

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discussions with the clients, builder and architect to determining how things like the property’s outdoor backdrop can be incorporated into room design. “When I look at spaces I literally use every sense to gauge what will make it most inviting,” Cavin-Winfrey says. “I measure natural light, acoustic qualities … even the very smell of a home is an important aspect in its creation.”

TR ANSL ATING THE VISION Approaching each home as a living, breathing entity that, when designed right, improves with age, the SCW team distinguishes itself by creating visually striking spaces that never fail to generate a tactile response. “When something is really beautiful or makes you feel good, you want to walk up and touch it,” Cavin-Winfrey says. “I want spaces without ropes.” As evidenced by the variety of timeless interiors in its portfolio, SCW adapts to any design style, based on the home and client. Cavin-Winfrey personally enjoys mixing old-world antiques with sophisticated finishes and edited collections. “I love the hunt for the perfect piece that throws a curveball into the space,” she says. At the end of the day, the firm’s honest, thoughtful, flexible and creative approach to residential spaces has made SCW Interiors one of the region’s most trusted firms. “Our clients appreciate that our job is 01

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CAPTIONS & CREDITS

01.This breathtaking library seamlessly infuses layered textures and soft curves into an otherwise stately room. 02.This traditional kitchen uses symmetry in the range wall and patterned tile to complement the wood cabinets. 03.A fireplace framed by hand-placed river rocks is one of many details that relate to the home’s outdoor backdrop. 04.An example of virtual dining alfresco, this nook adds an unexpected punch to the Baltic blue kitchen. 01. Angie Seckinger 02.Gordon Beall 03. Angie Seckinger 04. Angie Seckinger

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AVANZATO DESIGN Miami & Fort Lauderdale

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Big Sky & Bozeman

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INDEX

Aspen

025

The Big Island

057

Boston

R EALT OR WENDALIN WHITMAN WHITMAN FINE PROPERTIES

R E ALTOR DAVID JOHNSTON & JIM SCHNEIDER KUKIO PROPERTIES

R E ALTOR JEANNEMARIE CONLEY

970.544.3771

808.325.4040

617.312.3991

KUKIO.COM

JMCONLEYBOSTON@GMAIL .COM

AR C H I T EC T BREWSTER MCLEOD ARCHITECTS

AR CHITE CT DE REUS ARCHITECTS

AR CHITE CT PATRICK AHEARN ARCHITECT LLC

112 South Mill Street, Suite B Top Floor Aspen, CO 81611

65-1291 Kawaihae Road, Suite 105 Kamuela, HI 96743

160 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite L3 Boston, MA 02116

970.544.0130

808.885.6222

617.266.1710

BREWSTERMCLEOD.COM

DEREUSARCHITECTS.COM

PATRICK AHEARN.COM

H OM E B UILD ER DAVID LAMBERT CONSTRUCTION

HOME BUILDE R KOHALA CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION

HOME BUILD E R GROOM CONSTRUCTION

Post Office Box 1727 Basalt, CO 81621

Post Office Box 44316 Kamuela, HI 96743

96 Swampscott Road Salem, MA 01970

970.927.5393

808.937.9564

781.592.3135

DAVIDLAMBERTASPEN.COM

KOHALACC.COM

GROOMCONSTRUCTION.COM

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R WILLMAN INTERIORS

INTE R IOR DE S IGN E R KELLIE BURKE INTERIORS

Post Office Box 1691 Kamuela, HI 96743

993A Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT 06107

808.880.1436

860.232.9128

WILLMANINTERIORS.COM

KELLIEBURKE.COM

210 East Hyman Avenue Aspen, CO 81611

291 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02115

87 Mile Marker Queen Kaahumanu Highway Kailua Kona, HI 96740

WHITMANFINEPROPERTIES.COM

I NT ER I OR D ESIGNER LYNNI HUTTON INC 50 Arlian Road Carbondale, CO 81623

970.704.1201

089

LANDSCAPE A RC H ITE C T DAN K. GORDON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS 267 Washington Street, Suite 6 Wellesley, MA 02481

Austin R EALT OR GOTTESMAN RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE 1501 Enfield Road Austin, TX 78703

512.960.3520

041

Big Sky & Bozeman

073

781.237.5751 DANGORDONASSOCIATES.COM

R E ALTOR JEFFERSON HELMS - BIG SKY SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY 123 Lone Peak Drive, Suite 5 Big Sky, MT 59716

406.539.0121

BUYBIGSKY.COM

Charleston & Kiawah Island

AR C H I T EC T RYAN STREET & ASSOCIATES

AR CHITE CT LOCATI ARCHITECTS

2414 Exposition Boulevard, Suite B-140 Austin, TX 78703

1007 East Main, Suite 202 Bozeman, MT 59715

R E A LT O R PAM HARRINGTON PAM HARRINGTON EXCLUSIVES

512.421.0800

406.587.1139

RSASSOC.COM

LOCATIARCHITECTS.COM

843.768.3635

H OM E B UILD ER CLASSIC CONSTRUCTORS

HOME BUILDE R SCHLAUCH BOTTCHER CONSTRUCTION, INC. (SBC, INC.)

AR CHITE CT CAMENS ARCHITECTURAL GROUP

406.585.0735

843.768.3800

SBCONSTRUCTION.COM

CAMENSARCHITECTURALGROUP.COM

I NT ER I OR D ESIGNER RACHEL MAST DESIGN

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R KIBLER & KIRCH

101 Westlake Drive Austin, TX 78746

104 North Broadway, Suite 201 Billings, MT 59101

HOME BUILD E R BENNETT HOFFORD CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

512.215.4054

406.384.0280

RACHELMAST.COM

KIBLERANDKIRCH.COM

GOT TESMANRESIDENTIAL .COM

2806 Flintrock Trace, Suite 202 Austin, TX 78738

512.402.1660 CLASSICCONSTRUCTORS.COM

2010 Gilkerson Drive Bozeman, MT 59715

109

4343 Betsy Kerrison Parkway Johns Island, SC 29455

3461 Maybank Highway Johns Island, SC 29455

17 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 29401

843.722.8169

BENNET THOFFORDCONSTRUCTION.COM

I N T E R I O R D ES I G N E R HAUTE DESIGN 489 King Street Charleston, SC 29403

843.577.9886 HAUTEDESIGN.COM

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INDEX

Chicago

125

Dallas

(C O N T I N U E D)

Jackson Hole

R EALT OR JENNIFER MEEHAN - JEM LUXURY

AR CHITE CT WEBBER + STUDIO

HOME BUILDE R ON SITE MANAGEMENT, INC.

3501 North Southport, Suite 420 Chicago, IL 60657

1220 Lavaca Street Austin, TX 78701

320 East Broadway, Suite 1A Jackson, WY 83001

312.505.0812

512.236.1032

307.733.0733

JEMLUXURY.COM

WEBBERSTUDIO.COM

ONSITEMANAGEMENT.COM

AR C H I T EC T KONSTANT-ARCHITECTURE-PLANNING

HOME BUILDE R SHARIF & MUNIR CUSTOM HOMES

INTE R IOR DE SIG NER WRJ DESIGN

5300 Golf Road Skokie, IL 60077

6009 Beltline Road, Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75254

30 South King Street Jackson, WY 83001

847.967.6115

972.720.9111

307.200.4881

KONSTANTARCHITECTURE.COM

SHARIF-MUNIR.COM

WRJDESIGN.COM

I N T E R I O R D ES I G N E R TOM STRINGER DESIGN PARTNERS

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R RICK ROZAS DESIGN

314 West Superior Street, Suite 502 Chicago, IL 60654

215 North Walton Street, Suite 8 Dallas, TX 75226

312.664.0644

214.319.7019

TOMSTRINGER.COM

RICKROZAS.COM

Los Angeles

L ANDS C AP E ARC HIT EC T CRAIG BERGMANN LANDSCAPE DESIGN

R E A LT O R HILTON & HYLAND

900 North Waukegan Road Lake Forest, IL 60045

250 North Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210

847.251.8355

The Hamptons

CRAIGBERGMANN.COM

Connecticut

141

R EALT OR JULIE VANDERBLUE THE VANDERBLUE TEAM

173

HILTONHYLAND.COM

ARCHITECT PAUL BRANT WILLIGER ARCHITECT

1936 Montauk Highway Bridgehampton, NY 11932

110 North Doheny Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90211

631.899.0303

310.490.2742

SUSANBREITENBACH.COM

WILLIGERARCHITECT.COM

AR CHITE CT AUSTIN PATTERSON DISSTON ARCHITECTS

HOME BUILDE R BRUDER CONSTRUCTION

New York 631.653.1481 Connecticut 203.255.4031

203.259.8326

23679 Calabasas Road, Suite 536 Calabasas, CA 91302

818.992.3315

APDARCHITECTS.COM

BRUDERCONSTRUCTION.COM

ARCHITECT SHOPE RENO WHARTON ASSOCIATES

HOME BUILDE R RICHARD KISSANE BUILDING CONTRACTOR

INTE R IOR DE SIG NER CHRIS BARRETT DESIGN

18 Marshall Street, Suite 114 South Norwalk, CT O6854

118 West Montauk Highway, Suite E2 Hampton Bays, NY 11946

10881 Washington Boulevard, Suite 202 Culver City, CA 90232

203.852.7250

631.728.1113

310.829.6291

SHOPERENOWHARTON.COM

KISSANEBUILDING.COM

CHRISBARRET TDESIGN.COM

H OM E B U I L DE R KARP ASSOCIATES

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R MELANIE ROY DESIGN

LANDSCAPE AR CHITE C T CHRISTINE LONDON LTD.

34 Elm Street New Canaan, CT 06840

829 Park Avenue, Suite 12A New York, NY 10021

2370 Bowmont Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210

203.972.3366

917.446.5651

310.273.5660

K ARPASSOCIATESINC.COM

MELANIEROYDESIGN.COM

CHRISTINELONDONLTD.COM

VANDERBLUE.COM

205

310.278.3311

R E A LT O R SUSAN BREITENBACH - THE CORCORAN GROUP

44 Quogue Street, PO Box 1707, Quogue, NY 11959 376 Pequot Avenue, PO Box 61, Southport, CT 06890

1499 Post Road Fairfield, CT 06824

(C O N T I N U E D)

I NT ER I OR DE S IGNER LYNNE SCALO DESIGN 19 East Elm Street Greenwich, CT 06830

203.222.4991

Jackson Hole

LYNNESCALO.COM

189

Miami & Fort Lauderdale

R E A LT O R THE CLEAR CREEK GROUP

R E ALTOR DORA PUIG - LUXE LIVING REALTY

120 West Pearl Avenue Jackson, WY 83001

407 Lincoln Road, Suite 9D Miami Beach, FL 33139

307.732.3400

305.535.6005

THECLEARCREEKGROUP.COM

DORAPUIG.COM

R E A LT O R JULI HARRISON & CALLAN HARRISON ALLIE BETH ALLMAN AND ASSOCIATES

ARCHITECT CARNEY LOGAN BURKE ARCHITECTS

AR CHITE CT AFFINITI AR CHITE CTS

215 South King Street Jackson, WY 83001

6100 Broken Sound Parkway Northwest, Suite 8 Boca Raton, FL 33487

214.207.1001

307.733.4000

561.750.0445

CLBARCHITECTS.COM

AFFINITIARCHITECTS.COM

Dallas

5015 Tracy Street, Suite 102 Dallas, TX 75205

ALLIEBETH.COM

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Miami & Fort Lauderdale

(C O N T I N U E D)

New York City

(C O N T I N U E D)

Palm Beach

(C O N T I N U E D)

H OM E B UILD ER WATERBROOK BUILDERS

HOME BUILDE R AVO CONSTRUCTION

INTE R IOR DE S IGN E R LESLY MAXWELL INTERIORS, INC.

3111 Bayview Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

65 Vestry Street Tribeca, NY 10013

500 University Boulevard, Suite 104 Jupiter, FL 33458

954.563.9909

212.965.9300

561.626.7116

WATERBROOKBUILDERS.COM

AVOCONSTRUCTION.COM

LESLYMAXWELLINTERIORS.COM

I NT ER I OR D ESIGNER AVANZATO DESIGN

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R DRAKE DESIGN ASSOCIATES

3692 Southwest 24th Street Miami, FL 33145

67 Irving Place, 12th Floor New York, NY 10003

305.774.1078

212.754.3099

AVANZATODESIGN.COM

DRAKEDESIGNASSOCIATES.COM

Phoenix & Scottsdale R E ALTOR SANDRA WILKEN & BOB NATHAN ENGEL & VÖLKERS

L ANDSCAPE ARCHITECT FERNANDO WONG OUTDOOR LIVING DESIGN 1500 Bay Road, Suite 766 Miami Beach, FL 33139

8777 North Gainey Center Drive, Suite 178 Scottsdale, AZ 85258

305.604.0003

277

Orange County & San Diego

FERNANDOWONGOLD.COM

Naples

309

245

480.568.2836

SCOT TSDALE.EVUSA .COM

R E ALTOR HOLLY NANULA GROUP

ARCHITECT PHX ARCHITECTURE

853 Camino Del Mar, Suite 202 Del Mar, CA 92014

15990 North Greenway - Hayden Loop, Suite C100 Scottsdale, AZ 85260

858.756.0593

480.477.1111

HOLLYNANULA .COM

PHXARCH.COM

R EALT OR JOE PAVICH, JR.

AR CHITE CT HORST ARCHITECTS

HOME BUILDER SALCITO CUSTOM HOMES

22150 Red Laurel Lane Estero, FL 33928

241 Forest Avenue Laguna Beach, CA 92651

20909 North 90th Place, Suite 202 Scottsdale, AZ 85255

239.910.0304

949.494.9569

480.585.5065

JOEPAVICHJR.COM

HORST-ARCHITECTS.COM

SALCITO.COM

AR C H I T EC T MHK ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING

HOME BUILDE R HILL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

INTE R IOR DES IGN E R LISSA LEE HICKMAN, INC.

2102 Business Center Drive, Suite 220L, Irvine, CA 92612 4626 Albuquerque Street, 2nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92109

975 6th Avenue South, Suite 200 Naples, FL 34102

Orange County 949.407.6295 San Diego 858.272.2975

239.919.0786 MHK AP.COM

480.773.9211 LISSALEEHICKMAN.COM

HILLCONSTRUCTIONCOMPANY.COM

H OM E B UILD ER PARAGON COMPANIES

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R KRIS LAJESKIE DESIGN

2780 South Horseshoe Drive, Suite 1 Naples, FL 34104

162 South Rancho Santa Fe Road A70 Encintas, CA 92024

239.643.7900

760.487.1111

PARAGONREALT Y.COM

KRISLAJESKIEDESIGN.COM

8755 East Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85260

San Francisco

325

I NT ER I OR D ESIGNER COLLINS & DUPONT DESIGN GROUP

R E ALTOR ROBERT MERRYMAN - MCGUIRE REAL ESTATE

8911 Brighton Lane Bonita Springs, FL 34135

2001 Lombard Street San Francisco, CA 94123

239.948.2400

Palm Beach

COLLINS-DUPONT.COM

293

415.425.8304 ROBERTMERRYMAN.COM

R E A LT O R LAWRENCE A. MOENS ASSOCIATES, INC.

ARCHITECT KEN LINSTEADT ARCHITECTS

245 Sunrise Avenue Palm Beach, FL 33480

1462 Pine Street San Francisco, CA 94109

561.655.5510

415.351.1018

MOENS@EARTHLINK .NET

KENLINSTEADT.COM

R E A LT O R VICKEY BARRON - DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE

AR CHITE CT RANDALL STOFFT ARCHITECTS

HOME BUILDER MCCUTCHEON CONSTRUCTION, INC.

42 North Swinton Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33444

1280 6th Street Berkeley, CA 94710

212.891.7604

561.243.0799

510.558.8030

VICKEYBARRON.ELLIMAN.COM

STOFFT.COM

MCBUILD.COM

AR C H I T EC T ASCHER DAVIS ARCHITECTS LLP

HOME BUILDER WOOLEMS

INTE R IOR DES IGN E R MARTIN GROUP

274 Madison Avenue, Suite 1801 New York, NY 10016

2301 Centrepark West, Suite 150 West Palm Beach, FL 33409

1704 Union Street San Francisco, CA 94123

212.967.9299

561.835.0401

415.374.7320

AD-ARCH.COM

WOOLEMS.COM

MARTINGROUPSF.COM

New York City

26 West 17th Street New York, NY 10011

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Scenic Highway 30A

341

The Twin Cities

R EALT OR LINDA MILLER - ROSEMARY BEACH REALTY

HOME BUILDE R STONEWOOD

78C North Barrett Square Rosemary Beach, FL 32413

153 East Lake Street Wayzata, MN 55391

850.278.2000

612.462.4000

LINDAMILLER30A .COM

STONEWOOD.COM

AR C H I T EC T A BOHEME DESIGN

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R STUDIO M INTERIORS

Post Office Box 611328 Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

12955 Highway 55 Plymouth, MN 55441

850.231.6803

763.717.8500

ABOHEME.COM

STUDIOM-INT.COM

(C O N T I N U E D)

H OM E B U I L DE R GALVAS CONSTRUCTION Post Office Box 611481 Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

Washington, D.C. & Maryland & Virginia

850.231.0509 GALVASGC.COM

I NT ER I OR DE S IGNER DESIGN SERVICES OF FLORIDA

385

R E ALTOR RITZERT WEISS PARTNERSHIP

12805 US Highway 98 East, Suite Q101 Inlet Beach, FL 32413

1206 30th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20007

850.231.6842

202.333.1212

DESIGNSERVICESOFFLORIDA .COM DESIGN30AVENUE.COM

RITZERT WEISS.COM

AR CHITE CT RICHARD WILLIAMS ARCHITECTS 1909 Q Street Northwest, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20009

Toronto

357

202.387.4500 RICHARDWILLIAMSARCHITECTS.COM

R EALT OR ANDY TAYLOR - SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY CANADA

HOME BUILDE R HORIZON BUILDERS

416.960.9995

301.261.6706

SOTHEBYSREALT Y.CA

HORIZONBUILDERSINC.NET

AR C H I T EC T AUDAX ARCHITECTURE INC.

INTE R IOR DE SIG NE R SCW INTERIORS

152 Davenport Road, 3rd Floor Toronto, ON M5R 1J2

516 North Washington Street Alexandria, VA 22134

416.862.8403

703.549.2449

AUDAX.CA

SCWINTERIORS.COM

2131 Espey Court, Suite 3 Crofton, MD 21114

1867 Yonge Street, Suite 100 Toronto, ON M4S 1Y5

I NT ER I OR DE S IGNER DOUGLAS DESIGN STUDIO 317 Carlton Street Toronto, ON M5A 2L8

416.538.4692 DOUGLASDESIGNSTUDIO.COM

The Twin Cities

369

R EALT OR BARRY BERG & CHAD LARSEN COLDWELL BANKER BURNET 3033 Excelsior Boulevard, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55416

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