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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

DONALD TRUMP'S FIRST MANSION NOW FOR SALE

Former Donald Trump Mansion




President Donald Trump bought his first mansion at age 35. It is now for sale and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.




Although the word “replay” is mostly used to describe a repeat of a play video in sports, it occasionally applies to real estate that has been pulled from the market after a long run without selling and then reintroduced at a later date. Such is the case with President Trump’s first mansion that was his entry into owning a string of some of the most glamorous homes in the world.

Donald Trump Den




Donald Trumps Dock Patio
Trump was only 35 when he and his first wife, Ivana, purchased their starter mansion - a 5.8 acre home on a peninsula in Greenwich Connecticut for $4 million. The timing was good because they were decorating their new Plaza Hotel purchase in Manhattan at the time and Ivana was able to use many of those materials to glam up the Connecticut mansion. That included a king’s ransom of gold leaf, which was applied to moldings and freely throughout the residence. Off to a good start, Trump later purchased Trump Tower, where his penthouse is no stranger to gold leaf and then a 60-room mansion in Bedford, New York with three pools and a bowling alley. He later bought Albemarle with a 23,000-square-foot home, vineyard and winery on 2,000 acres in Virginia for $12.7 million, a fraction of the original asking price of $100 million. It is now a B&B known as Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery with daily room rates ranging from the upper $300s to $700s. Reaching to California, he expanded to a six-bedroom, 10,400-square-foot home on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Trump's #1 trophy home is still his Mar-A-Lago mansion and resort for the ultra wealthy in Palm Beach that he purchased in 1985 for $10 million which has become his Florida White House.



Newly back on the market is Trump’s first mansion at its 2016 price of $45 million, reduced from the $50 million original ask in 2010. The current owners purchased the mansion from Ivana, who won it in her and Donald’s divorce in 1991. They immediately set about toning down much of the glitz and expanded the property by adding a tennis court, indoor lap pool, sauna and a 4,000-square-foot addition with guest suites.

Donald Trump Pool By The Lake




The 19,773-square-foot Georgian Colonial main house and guest house have eight bedrooms, thirteen baths, a three-story rotunda foyer with double grand staircase, formal rooms and views of Long Island Sound. Also included in the sale is a home theater, putting green, multiple terraces and patios and three fully-equipped staff apartments.



Awaiting its next Greenwich billionaire resident, Donald Trump’s former Connecticut mansion with major additions, six waterfront acres and a private boat dock is on the market at $45 million. The listing agent is Tamar Lurie of Coldwell Banker in Greenwich, Connecticut.



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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

THE TALLEST BUILDING IN WESTERN U.S. TO BE BUILT

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Built by 100% Minority Group’s $1.2B Development
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Tallest Building in Western US





Los Angeles, CA – Angels Landing Partners LLC, a 100% minority-owned team comprised of the Peebles Corporation, MacFarlane Partners and Claridge Properties, has been selected by the City Council of the City of Los Angeles, California to manage development of the coveted Angels Landing Site, and will build the tallest building in the Western US as part of the plan.





Angels Landing
“Our team is inspired by the great opportunity to transform the Los Angeles skyline with our iconic building, enhance residential life downtown, and forever change how large buildings are built in Los Angeles by ensuring that all residents and businesses receive equal access to career and business opportunities. We look forward to working with the City of Los Angeles and their team, Council member Jose Huizar and the Chief Legislative Analyst, Oscar Ixco,” said Don Peebles, Chairman and CEO of the Peebles Corporation.



Following a unanimous approval from the City of Los Angeles Economic Development Committee, the full City Council approved the approach by the team to develop the 2.24-acre site at Fourth and Hill Streets. The estimated budget, including acquisition, is $1.2 billion with a construction phase expected to run for 41 months with completion due in late 2024.



“We join our partners in thanking the City of Los Angeles for their support of our team and our plan,” said Victor MacFarlane, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MacFarlane Partners. “Having invested in properties in downtown Los Angeles for the past 15 years, we are firm believers in DTLA and enjoy a valuable working relationship with Councilmember Jose Huizar. Angels Landing gives us an exciting opportunity to broaden the transformational work we are doing nearby in developing the Park Fifth residential project and supporting the Pershing Square Renew effort.”



Ricardo Pagan of Claridge Properties commented on the award, “We are honored and thank the city of Los Angeles, council member Jose Huizar, the CLAs office and the selection committee for supporting and entrusting us with the future of Angels Landing. We will remain committed to bringing forward a world class asset to the city and provide opportunity and growth for Angelenos. Today's vote marks an important day in the future growth of this city, our team is grateful for being a big part of it.”




The winning plan aims to increase pedestrian flow and activity, engage the public, and activate the site and surrounding neighborhood. The proposed transit-oriented development will provide a better experience for Pershing Square Metro Station commuters as well as pedestrians by increasing accessibility to the site—currently, one of the major issues affecting the difficult hill-like structure. In addition to building two towers, one of which will be the tallest residential building in the Western US standing at 1,000 feet, the master plan for the mixed-used development will deliver approximately:



· Two Hotels operated by SBE (192-key SLS hotel; 289-key Mondrian hotel)

· 425 apartments, including affordable housing units

· 250 condominiums

· Nearly 45,000 SF of restaurant and retail space

· An elementary charter school serving K through Grade 5

· +50,000 SF of publicly accessible open space, including a 25,000 SF central outdoor gathering space for year-round events called “Angels Terrace”

· A mini food hall which will incorporate local businesses



The design team is led by Handel Architects and OLIN, two global design firms recognized for their excellence and distinguished projects. Handel which will oversee the design, recently completed one of the most critically-acclaimed high rises in Los Angeles, Ten Thousand Santa Monica. OLIN, best known for The Plaza at Santa Monica and ONE Beverly Hills, will handle the landscaping.




Angels Landing Partners is a synergistic collaboration between two of the leading minority-owned national real estate development firms in the country and a local minority-owned real estate developer. The team is committed to a transformative inclusionary process by providing contracting opportunities for the project to minority and women-owned businesses. Their goal is to exceed the M/WBE requirements and generate significant employment opportunities, with a focus on strengthening the middle class.




ABOUT THE PEEBLES CORPORATION



The Peebles Corporation is a privately held, national real estate investment and development company specializing in residential, hospitality, retail, and mixed-use commercial properties. Founded in 1983 by R. Donahue Peebles, the company has become an industry leader with a portfolio of completed and current developments totaling more than 7 million square feet and $6 billion in major cities including New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Charlotte, and Miami.



The Peebles Corporation strategically selects its projects with excellence and community commitment in mind. High-quality development, elegant materials, meticulous engineering, along with careful construction and craftsmanship are united with premier locations, attention to neighborhood context, environmental best-practices, historic preservation, and innovative design for transformative results. Peebles has a unique focus partnering with public and not-for-profit entities to redevelop underutilized assets into economically productive uses. A majority of its developments have been in public-private partnerships with state and local governments in America's leading cities. For further information, please visit www.peeblescorp.com.


Monday, October 30, 2017

BILL COSBY'S 30 MILLION LOAN ON NYC TOWNHOUSE

Bill Cosby




NY POST -- Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby is looking to take a $30 million loan against his Upper East Side townhouse to pay for his mounting legal bills as he faces a retrial for sexual assault.



Cosby, 80, is trying to take the $30 million hard money loan on his 12,000 square foot mansion as he hires a new legal team to represent him, “Page Six TV” revealed Wednesday.



He bought the six-story townhouse in 1987 for $6.2 million and reportedly spent another $1.2 million renovating it. Neighbors include Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Cantor Fitzgerald CEO and chairman Howard Lutnick, and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who spent 13 months in jail after pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution from an underage girl in 2008.



A source exclusively told Page Six, “Cosby is looking for a 30 million hard money loan against the house. Which means Cosby must be desperate because the banks won’t give him money. Hard money loans have high-interest rates and are usually repaid in a short time, such as a year.



“But the lenders aren’t keen to give Cosby the money because they don’t think he has enough equity. Also, the lenders believe if they foreclose on the house, that they may not sell it. Provenance and the history of a house is very important, and buyers would certainly be put off by the thought of what could have taken place in the house over the years, and that they’ll be sleeping in Cosby’s bedroom.”



The source speculated that Cosby may need money fast to pay his team of lawyers, after parting ways with at least four prominent lawyers – including Hollywood titan Marty Singer.



Now he has just hired famed Michael Jackson defense lawyer and frequent television legal expert, Tom Mesereau. Cosby’s new defense team that also includes ex-federal prosecutor Kathleen Bliss and Philadelphia’s Samuel W. Silver.



Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women. His first trial ended with a hung jury, and he now faces a retrial next spring.



Mesereau didn’t return calls and emails, Silver and Bliss didn’t immediately get back to us.




Friday, July 07, 2017

RAND LUXURY FETE AT PRIVATE GREENWICH ESTATE

Bentley Motorcars




RAND Luxury hosted its ultra-exclusive private British Luxury Brunch in Greenwich, CT showcasing the latest models from Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and McLaren. The event that took place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 also featured an exclusive luxury showcase of fine time pieces, jewelry, private aviation, electronics, fashion, and more.



The private Greenwich estate, where the event was held was also showcased by one of The Stevens Kencel Group real estate agents Jim Hoffman who ýwas offering interested patrons private tours of the property throughout the day. This Greenwich estate is available for acquisition for $9.75 million.

Rolls Royce




Notable attendees included: Bradford Rand, President / CEO RAND Luxury, Inc.; Trish Kirsch, Publisher of Greenwich Magazine; Jonathan Moffly, President of Moffly Media; Avril Graham, Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor of Harpers Bazaar; Megan Hutton, Marketing Director RAND Luxury; Tony Mazzulli, Executive Director, KW Commercial; Diana Ji, Founder & Managing Director, Smiles Delivered; Michael Comandini, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams; Meredith Benanti; Micah Curtis, National Sales Director, Home Loans Assist; Jourdan Sloane, Creative Director, The Limit Does Not Exist; Michelle Ressler, Creative Director, Cremedmichelle; Cassandra Dimico, Content Creator, Dress for Dreams; Natalia Kralia, Manager of FP&A; Penny Xing, Software Engineer, Amplify Education; Jessica Milter, Account Executive, CMM Agency; Ellery Lee, Blogger, Elle Is Always Here; Pauline Balmas, Shop PR, Account Executive; Rob Love, Founder / CEO, Launch Pad Worldwide; Owen C. Biglin, Vice President, Corp. FX Product Sales Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Katie Fong, Creative Director & CEO, Katie Fong LLC; and Jennifer D' Antoni, President, NYC Elite Boutique.



The event’s official media partner was Greenich Magazine. Guests had the opportunity to view the latest Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and McLaren models throughout the course of the event. There was also a luxury showcase featuring sponsoring brands: Acker Merrall & Condit, Alec Bradley Cigars, Artis Brush, Betteridge, Bucco Couture, Glenfiddich Scotch, Grandstand Sports and Memorabilia, Greenwich Hospital Foundation, Greenwich Magazine, Honda Aircraft Company, ImmotorIn, Villas Veritas, J Mendel, Jet Aviation Holdings, Macaron Bites, Miller Motorcars, New York Prime Beef, Parsons Xtreme Golf, Patron and Stone Farm.



Invited guests enjoyed fine cuisine, champagne and spirits throughout the mid-day soiree. Acker Merrall & Condit, America's oldest wine shop and the world’s leading Wine Auction House was conducting vintage wine tastings. Alec Bradley was providing hand rolled fine cigars and Glenfiddich was conducting scotch tastings. During the event, guests were able to participate in a Silent Auction, that benefits Greenwich Hospital Foundation – “Under the Stars”.




About RAND LUXURY:



RAND Luxury is an international event-production company founded by entrepreneur Bradford Rand that caters to the world’s finest and most unique brands. Based in Manhattan, the RAND team has produced over 1,100 events since 1993. Events include “The Luxury Technology Show," in New York & Los Angeles, "The Luxury Lounge" during The Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival which showcase brands during exclusive film receptions to producers, directors, celebrities, film investors, directors and VIP guests, “The Hamptons Brunch Series” takes place on $6 to $20+ million dollar estates featuring driving experiences from Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Maserati, Lamborghini & Aston Martin. RAND Luxury has also produced unveiling events for such brands as Rolls-Royce, SONY, Bugatti, Hasselblad, Giorgio Armani, Leica, Lexus, Aston Martin, LG Electronics, Bentley and more. Other notable shows and charity fundraisers the team has produced include The Luxury Review, Go Green Expo, The Red Cross Ball and City Harvest. The team also produces the Fashion Career Expo, a professional hiring event for the industry since 2003 that is sponsored by WWD / Women’s Wear Daily. Bradford Rand’s other conferences include The Cyber Security Summit & TECHEXPO Top Secret.



For more information, visit: www.RANDLuxury.com



Photos Courtesy Of: Marilyn Roos of Greenwich Magazine



Friday, June 16, 2017

BOB DYLAN'S HISTORIC NYC TOWNHOUSE FOR SALE

Bob Dylan's Townhouse


Bob Dylan's Family Room
When Bob Dylan moved from Minnesota to New York City in 1960, he was just a few months from the start of a fast rise to stardom. The city became his creative and inspirational playground where he could collaborate, learn from and work with some of the most innovative musicians of the time. Inspired by people such as Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Little Richard, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and his coffee house musician buddies in Greenwich Village, Dylan explored all the genres of American song including country, folk, gospel, rock and roll and even jazz. But it was in songwriting where he made his mark, culminating with the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016 for his lyrics. His long career has spanned politics, social change, philosophy and literature and continue to entertain his fans attending his Never Ending Tour that has been running since the 1980s.




Dylan has sold over 100 million records and won multiples in the music award categories as well as an Academy Award (which he often displays on stage during his concerts), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into three halls of fame and recognition from presidents and officials worldwide. In the words of Horace Engdahl, a member of the Nobel Committee, Bob Dylan is “ . . a singer worthy of a place beside the Greek bards, beside Ovid, beside the Romantic visionaries, beside the kings and queens of the blues, beside the forgotten masters of brilliant standards.

Bob Dylan's Stunning Kitchen



The New York City historic Harlem townhouse where Bob Dylan lived from the 1980s until 2000, during some of his most musically productive years, has come on the market. Built circa 1890 and designed by the famous McKim, Mead & White architectural firm, it is located in the St. Nicholas Historic District, created in 1967 by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, encompassing approximately 150 houses. Popularly referred to as Striver’s Row, the neighborhood has attracted important residents through the years from politicians to artists.




Dylan’s four-story townhouse measures 3,952 square feet of restored 19th-century details with a complete 21st-century update for today’s lifestyles. Included are five bedrooms, three baths, six fireplaces with original mantels, formal dining room, large living room with Juliette balcony, a library, inlaid hardwood floors, crown molding, wainscoting and high ceilings.




Bob Dylan’s former historic Harlem townhouse of 14 years is now for sale, priced at $3.595 million. The listing agent is Vie Wilson from Corcoran Real Estate in New York City.



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Thursday, April 27, 2017

BROOKLYN'S DUMBO LANDMARK CLOCK TOWER SOLD

Bachelor Pad Of The Year



Famous for its giant window clocks, fifty-foot ceiling and a techno ghost, Esquire’s 2011 flamboyant Bachelor Pad of the Year has finally sold. Located in Brooklyn’s Dumbo district, the 1914 landmark Clock Tower building is close to all the upscale and trendy restaurants, indie music performances, gallery shows and shops run by local artisans. It’s an actual clock tower; the first thing you see across the space when you enter is a huge 14-foot, clock-face window. There are four of these giant clocks, all electronically synchronized to show exactly the same time. Through these and other large windows are postcard views from the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty to Manhattan.



Also something a bit different, in case the big clock faces were not enough, was Charlotte - a life-sized digital lady ghost who was on duty 24/7. She could be seen sitting at the bar, swimming through the atrium and walking along the walls of the lounge. When Esquire moved out, the condominium was put up for sale and Charlotte moved out.



The triplex measures in at 6,813 square feet of open-concept living and a total of 11.5 rooms including three bedrooms, four baths, a recreational space, sky-roof cabana and open deck offering views from the Verrazano Bridge to the Empire State Building. Ceilings as high as fifty feet, glass elevator and large expanses of glass provide spectacular views around the clock. It first went on the market at $25 million and was later reduced to $19 million. It finally sold and closed at $15 million, setting a new record for the borough’s condo market. Listing agents were Frank Castelluccio and Nicholas Hovsepian of the Corcoran Group.



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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ICON DON RICKLES FAMED BEACH HOUSE FOR SALE

Don Rickles Beach House




Don Rickles’ California beach house is for sale and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.




“Don Rickles Beach House”



After decades of abrasive stand-up comedy, acting roles in both teenage-beach-girl and serious movies and contributing to making the “Toy Story” films huge box office successes as Mr. Potato Head, Don Rickles left the world stage at age of 90 when he passed away suddenly on April 6th at his home in Los Angeles. Known as the King of Insult Comics and the Merchant of Venom and one of Hollywood’s last old-guard stars, Rickles was a regular guest on late-night TV talk shows and continued his nightclub tours that were scheduled into 2018. Don drew a comparison of the feeling he got when going on stage to that of a fighter. “ . . . The bell rings and you come out and fight. My energy comes alive. And I still enjoy it." Due to his active schedule, he was unable to enjoy his charming beach house in the celebrity-studded enclave of Point Dume in Malibu, California, which he had put on the market shortly before his death.

Don Rickles Stunning Living Room



From a barren-topped promontory jutting out into the Pacific Ocean at the end of Santa Monica Bay in the 1930s to the lushly planted oasis of beach mansions today, Point Dume offers some of the best ocean views and celebrity sightings on the West Coast. Many celebrities, who could afford to enjoy ocean life anywhere in the world, have chosen Point Dume for their home. Johnny Carson was a longtime resident buying his beach home in 1984 for about $9.5 million; it sold two years after his death for $38 million. Other celebrity residents have included Robert Duvall, Cher, Dick Clark, Rob Lowe and Julie Andrews. One of the enclave’s most popular assets is the deeded-access private beach which can only be entered with a homeowner’s key.



The Rickles’ home on a bit over one tropically landscaped acre with 3,421 square feet, four bedrooms and five baths was built in 1968, the same year he starred in “The Don Rickles Show” on ABC, but shows no signs of age with all of the updates, white walls and cheerful tasteful decor. Features include wide-plank hardwood floors, large windows that stream sunlight across the rooms, a fireplace in the living room, ocean views, outdoor deck with barbecue, office and ensuite guest/staff quarters. Large grounds include the swimming pool, spa and tennis court and lawns perfect for a laid back game of croquet. Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage holds the listing.



Don is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 52 years. Their Point Dume beach house with private keyed beach access is now for sale priced at $7.995 million.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

WARREN BUFFETT'S LAGUNA BEACH HOUSE FOR SALE

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Warren Buffett's Laguna Beach House




Warren Buffett's Laguna Beach House he bought in 1971 is for sale and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.



“Warren Buffett's Beach House”



Turned down by Harvard? Don’t feel bad. So was Warren Buffett. But it wasn’t a death knell to his spirit or cause him to realign his goals. Like most successful people, he forged ahead.

While most people never have the epiphany that tells us what to do with our lives, Warren Buffett’s light bulb came on at the age of ten. While at lunch with his father who was a member of the New York Stock Exchange, something in their conversation lit that elusive spark that made young Buffet realize that his goal would revolve around money.

By the time he was eleven and his classmates’ main concern was who would be first up to bat at the recess baseball game, Warren made his first investment in shares of Cities Service Preferred at $38 each. Never wavering from his goal, he was bringing in almost $200 a month as a teenager in the 1940s (more than his teachers were making) by working every job he could find, including door-to-door sales and cleaning cars, for more investment money. He figured out that saving money was like making money, a revelation that resulted in a lifestyle of frugality. Success inspired more success and today, often referred to as the “Oracle of Omaha,” he is the third richest person in the world.

Worth $78.8 billion and only taking a base salary of $100,000 a year, Buffett’s frugality is legend. It is well known that despite his mega billions, he has continued to live in the same Omaha house he purchased in 1958 for $31,500. But few probably knew that in 1971 he also purchased a house in Laguna Beach for $150,000 - before the area was so highly developed and expensive. Today, his beach house is in an exclusive gated community that sports multiple tennis courts, swimming pool and beach volleyball courts among other amenities. He and his wife, Susan, enjoyed entertaining their friends at the house but found that there were so many visiting that he also bought a house next door and built a stairway to connect the two. After his wife died in 2004, Warren rarely used the home and sold the connecting property in 2005.

Now after updating the beach house, Buffett has put it on the market. At 3,588 square feet, the Laguna Beach house is much different than his traditional home in Omaha that is valued at about $600,000. Warren’s California home is very contemporary with six bedrooms and seven baths, big windows, sculptured ceilings and recessed lighting to spotlight the home’s modern art, a long fireplace and multiple built-ins. Two of the bedrooms have private entrances so guests can come and go without disturbing others. All rooms, including the large family room and decks, have ocean and beach views and the rock cliffs spilling onto the beach of Emerald Bay. An excellent property for enjoying family and friends with plenty to do on one of California’s most popular beaches, the house is listed by Bill Dolby of Villa Real Estate. Priced at $11 million.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

HAMPTON'S MANSION GREY GARDENS FOR SALE

GREY GARDENS




Almost every family has skeletons in the closet and relatives they wish would recede into the woodwork. Such was true of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill. As girls, their Aunt Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (Big Edie) and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Edie), their cousin, were equally part of the upper crust and Jackie and her sister enjoyed summer visits to their beautiful home and estate Grey Gardens in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton. In those days, life was good. But when Big Edie’s husband left her for another woman, their lives were to undergo a desperate change.



Without the funds or ability to keep up the huge property, Grey Gardens began to fall into ruin. Eventually the two women became very reclusive, barely hanging on to survival. Exposed by the Enquirer and a cover story in New York Magazine about the filth, fleas, cats and raccoons sharing the home with the women, the health department intervened and gave the women the ultimatum of cleaning up or getting out. Unable to afford repairs and cleanup, it was at this point that Jackie O and Lee came to their aid. They went in together and had repairs made to the house, the overgrown vegetation cut back, and hundreds of bags of trash removed. The house passed health department inspection and the mother and daughter were allowed to stay - still reclusive, and still in a somewhat altered relationship with reality.



Filmmakers Albert and David Maysles heard about their story when engaged by Lee Radziwill to do a documentary about her and Jackie’s childhood. They found the Grey Garden women so interesting they filmed over an hour at the location with the mother and daughter. Lee was not happy at the direction the film had taken and ended the arrangement with the Maysles and destroyed the film. But that didn’t stop Albert and David and they went back to Grey Gardens to make a documentary in 1975 that may have been the first reality, unscripted film ever. It was recognized in 2010 by the Library of Congress for its cultural and historical significance. In 2014, film critics named it the ninth best documentary film of all time. Although not entered, it was also shown at the Cannes Film Festival to much acclaim. It was a sad riches-to-rags story that drew attention around the world.

Edith Beale's Famed Bedroom




Big Edie died in 1977 and her daughter sold the house in 1979 for $220,000 to author and journalist Sally Quinn and her husband, Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee. After the sale, Little Edie moved to Florida where she died in 2002.



When Sally and Ben purchased the dilapidated mansion, Sally went up to the attic for the first time and found a treasure trove of the home’s original furnishings and samples of fabrics that had been used in the once glamorous home. She scratched away old paint and found the original beachy colors. The couple began the year-long restoration that would bring the home back to its original glory, adapted to today’s lifestyle. A special feature they added were French doors in the back to open a view to the ocean across the restored original gardens. After the estate was completed, the couple spent every August there until Ben’s death in 2014. Quinn then started renting the house out for the summer at $250,000. Sally has recently put the estate up for sale.



Sited on just under two acres, the house contains approximately 6,000 square feet of living space with nine bedrooms, six baths and multiple venues for entertaining. Grounds contain a guest house nestled in the lush garden, a heated pool and a Har-Tru Tennis court. Listing agents are Michael Schultz and Susan Ryan of The Corcoran Group.



Filled with history and visited by Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill, the star of an award-winning documentary, an HBO film, a Broadway play and mentioned in song, Grey Garden is priced at $19.995 million.



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Thursday, February 09, 2017

SHARK TANK'S MARK CUBAN & BARBARA CORCORAN

Barbara Corcoran



Mark Cuban




Shark Tank's Mark Cuban and real estate queen Barbara Corcoran, were photographed leaving AOL BUILD in New York City yesterday.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

TOP TEN CELEBRITY HOMES THAT ARE FOR SALE

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Frank Sinatra Home




In this week's homes spotlight at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, we feature the Top 10 Celebrity Homes that were for sale in 2016.



Throughout 2016, many of the world's top superstars tried to sell their glamorous mansions and compounds. From Beverly Hills to Miami and New York City, there was a celebrity property on sale for almost anyone who is extremely wealthy.



“2016 Top Ten Celebrity Homes”



“Adam Levine's New York Penthouse”


Hottie frontman for Maroon 5 and longtime judge on The Voice, Adam Levine and his supermodel wife, Behati Prinsloo, seem to be making their own lifestyle changes since welcoming their first child into the world in September, Dusty Rose. Prior to her birth, they put both their Beverly Hills mansion and their trendy New York SoHo loft up for sale.


Selling soon after it was listed for $5.4 million to shoe designer Nick Lucio, Adam’s spacious New York loft makes a great bachelor or couples pad, but he converted the second and third bedrooms into open space in 2014, long before the baby news broke, leaving just its one large master suite. Located on a charming cobblestone street, the SoHo cast-iron building dates back to the early 1900s. At 2,800 square feet, the one-bedroom unit still retains its six original columns and exposed brick walls with arches embedded within the brickwork. With 13-foot ceilings and huge windows overlooking Greene Street, the open floor plan makes it feel larger than its square footage indicates with a 60-foot living room that opens to a kitchen with black granite and stainless high-end appliances. The large master suite bath includes jacuzzi, separate shower and large walk-in closet/dressing area.


Adam hasn’t had as much luck with his Beverly Hills mansion, recently reducing the price from $17.5 million to $15.95 million. The listing agents for the New York loft were Adam Mahfouda and Jules Borbely of Oxford Property Group.


“Pierre Cardin's Bubble Palace”

Pierre Cardin's Bubble Palace




Vacation homes are fairly common among the wealthy and even the not so wealthy, but when designer Pierre Cardin looked for a vacation home, he naturally chose one of the best locations in the world and a one-of-a-kind mansion with unique style. He chose a home on a Mediterranean cliff overlooking the sea made up of bubble gum pink bubbles.


Mid-century architect Antti Lovag designed Le Palais Bulles - the Bubble Palace - in Cannes, France, which was built between 1975 and 1989. Pierre Cardin purchased the home at auction in the early 1990s as a vacation home. He was drawn to the property saying, “Round shapes have always inspired me,” and compared it to a woman’s body saying “. . . everything is absolutely sensual.” After all, Cardin did design the famous Bubble Dress in 1958 and is known for dressing The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.


Currently for sale, the connecting bubbles representing one room each, is spread over six levels on 1.75 acres on a cliff with 180-degree-views over the Mediterranean. With not a straight line on the property, the 10-bedroom residence has all spherical formal and private rooms including curved bathroom fixtures. The lush gardens contain ponds and swimming pools that artistically reflect the architecture both during the day and when lit at night. At the edge of the cliff is a 500-seat, open-air auditorium with views of the Mediterranean and the Bay of Cannes.


Michaël Zingraf Real Estate in Cannes, France holds the listing, recently reduced from $456 million to $335 million. It is the second-most expensive home currently for sale in Europe.


“Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack Home”


After almost 20 years of Las Vegas appearances, Frank Sinatra wanted a place where he and his friends could hang out for an occasional hiatus from their fans in a private location. Sinatra referred to himself as an “18-karat manic depressive” which was carefully hidden from the public. He was always torn between wanting a solitary place to escape but also somewhere to party with his friends and distract from the depression days.


In 1953, Sinatra had co-starred in the film “From Here to Eternity” cast as Private Angelo Maggio and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. In 1967, Sinatra built a home on five acres 4,300 feet above Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. He named it “Villa Maggio” after his character in the film.


Now for sale, the home is the quiet, private retreat that Sinatra had always wanted. At Villa Maggio, he created the best of both worlds, perfect for entertaining his Rat Pack buddies to soften the lows or keep it to himself when experiencing the highs. The arrangement worked so well that he resided at the rustic estate for 12 years - almost until his death.


The 10-acre compound of three buildings is perched on a craggy hilltop surrounded by boulders and exquisite views. Built in rustic style with warm woods, local stone and seven stone fireplaces in the main house, it has two kitchens, dining and living rooms, a den, five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The attached guest quarters have two bedrooms, bath, living room with fireplace and a full kitchen. The detached guest house is two stories with a small kitchen, a bathroom, a stone fireplace and a deck overlooking the view. It also has its own generator, water tower and well. The pool house has a great room with stone fireplace, two bathrooms, two saunas and a mini-kitchen with views over the pool and tennis court. A private helipad allows guests to fly in and out and there is parking for 25 cars.


Although much of the home has been updated such as the commercial-grade kitchen, some of Sinatra’s personal touches are still at the home including a secret doorway, bathroom wallpaper and a Ronson foodmatic. The current owner’s family were Sinatra friends and the only occupants since he lived in the home. Markus Canter and Cristie St. James of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Scott Palermo and Jim Sanak of Harcourts Desert Homes are the listing agents. Currently on the market priced at $3.9 million.


“Elvis Presley's Beverly Hills Home”


Elvis Presley Beverly Hills Home




The days of Elvis slouched on a well-worn overstuffed sofa with a plate stacked high with peanut butter and banana sandwiches on his lap are long over for the house that he and Priscilla bought for $400,000 when they were first married in 1967. Back in the day, the gated French Regency house had the great bones that it has today, but 1960’s Elvis style was a far cry from the slick, sophisticated home it is today. Along with the home of 5,400 square feet, the property has an attached guest house, large motor court and decadent pool terrace overlooking the city to ocean views. The four-bedroom, five-bath residence is sited on 1.18 acres on a street popularly known as “Billionaires Row,” which is quite the celebrity magnet.


The newly renovated interior includes high ceilings, hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that open to the terraces and view. Updates include new flooring, an added laundry room, upgraded electrical, stainless-steel kitchen appliances and resurfaced pool and spa. Oozing both glamour and warmth, the home has a luxurious master suite, skylights and fireplaces including one pool side with fetching venues for entertaining throughout the property.


Mauricio Umansky of The Agency in Beverly Hills holds the listing for this newly updated contemporary estate formerly owned by The King of Rock n’ Roll. Priced at $30 million.


“Frank Lloyd Wright's Final Home”


When we sit gazing out our sliding glass doors over the yard or put our bare feet on the warm floor kept toasty by the under floor heating, we have Frank Lloyd Wright to thank for that. Short of upgraded appliances and fad changes in surface materials, the architectural concepts we enjoy most in our homes today came from Mr. Wright.


The most famous architect in American history, Frank Lloyd Wright designed over 1,000 structures (532 were completed) in his 70-years-plus career - mostly homes but also hotels, schools, churches, the Johnson Wax Headquarters and the Guggenheim Museum. His final design was the Norman Lykes House in Phoenix in the same year of his death in 1959. It is now for sale priced at $3.25 million.


With a site on top of Palm Canyon with views of the valley, Wright began the Lykes design by replicating the curves of the mountainsides, making the home an integral part of its environment and providing big views for its owners and visitors. Though Wright passed away before finishing the working plans, the Lykes hired his apprentice, John Rattenbury, to complete the plans according to the details set forth by Wright. The couple loved the completed plans, though it was another seven years before they started construction. When they did, Rattenbury oversaw the build and the home was completed in 1967. In addition to the structure itself, Wright also designed the furniture and built-ins for the home.


Now for sale and registered with the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the 2,849-square-foot home on one acre of desert plateau has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, the Wright-signature large living room fireplace intended to bring families and friends together, a lower-level media room, two home offices with built-ins of desk, cabinet storage and walls of shelving, a distinctive curved kitchen with Wright-designed island and unique under-cabinet windows and timeless stainless-steel counters, contemporary tiled large baths, and a privacy walled crescent pool patio viewed from inside through glass walls. There is also a separate large office in the round with all built-in furnishings encircled by half-moon windows. Views of valley and mountains can be seen from almost every room.


“Prince's Spanish Wedding Home”


Prince loved the color purple and incorporated it into several of his homes. In 2004, great publicity ensued when he painted a Beverly Hills home he had rented from NBA Basketball star Carlos Boozer in purple stripes, installed a purple carpet with his monogram and changed the plumbing to send water to a hair salon. Boozer filed a lawsuit saying he had broken the terms of his lease, but later withdrew it when Prince paid to have the house returned to its former neutrals.


Named as one “of the most influential artists of the rock & roll era," Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, won an Academy Award for his film “Purple Rain” along with seven Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Prince has sold over 100 million records, making him one of the highest paid artists of all time.


Though connected with many celebrity women, he married his backup singer, Mayte Garcia, on Valentine’s Day 1996. In 1998, Prince bought a stunning villa in Spain as a gift to his wife. It was west of Marbella in the hills of El Paraiso with views of the sea, mountains, valley and golf course. They decorated it elaborately in pure Prince style. Mayte and Prince divorced in 1999 and sold the villa. The new owner redecorated to tone it down to more universally preferred elegance, and put it on the market in early 2016.


Sited on 1.45 subtropical walled and landscaped acres, the 7,535-square-foot villa has 2,583 square feet of terraces for outdoor living with tennis court, pool and three-car garage with additional parking for six. The landscape is softly lit at night affording ambiance for outdoor entertaining. Inside are six bedroom suites including two masters with the grand master encompassing two levels. Public rooms are opulent with good flow, a new fully-equipped kitchen has been reconstructed and the entire villa has been updated with the finest materials. It is said that this home and its romantic location was the inspiration for many of Prince’s songs.

Evert Ebus of Engel & Volkers is the listing agent for the villa, previously priced at $5.99 million, now reduced to $5.2 million.


“Donald Trump's First Mansion”


Back in 1982 when he was still a Democrat, before he was a billionaire and a brand name and reality television star and on his first marriage to Ivana, Donald Trump was a rising star in the New York City real estate world and shopping for his first trophy mansion. Trump’s fabulous homes, that began with that first mansion in Connecticut, is a big part of the man’s story.


Trump’s collection of expensive, and even a few historic homes, rivals almost anyone else in the world. His main residence is a posh three-level penthouse at Trump Tower on New York's Fifth Avenue where he has lived and supervised his vast business operations since 1983. Also in the Gotham area, in 1996 he purchased a 60-room mansion in Bedford, New York with three pools and a bowling alley. He later bought Albemarle with a 23,000-square-foot home, vineyard and winery on 2,000 acres in Virginia for $12.7 million, a fraction of the original asking price of $100 million. It is now a B&B known as Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery with daily room rates ranging from about $400.


In 2008, Trump expanded his home stockpile to the West Coast when he purchased a six bedroom, 10,400-square-foot home on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. His #1 trophy home is still his Mar-A-Lago mansion and resort for the ultra wealthy in Palm Beach, Florida that he purchased in 1985 for $10 million. The 1920's mansion with 62,000 square feet and over 100 rooms was originally built for Post Cereal heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post.


Donald Trump was only 35 when he and Ivana purchased his starter mansion, a 5.8-acre home on a peninsula in Greenwich for $4 million. Always a family-oriented business, Ivana was also remodeling the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan which Trump purchased in the early 1980s and she was able to incorporate many of the same materials in the decoration of their new home creating a residence dripping in gold leaf, elegant chandeliers and crown moldings. When they divorced in 1992, Ivana won the mansion in the property settlement. She sold the home in 1998 for $15 million and the mansion's new owners immediately began a renovation to tone it down a bit and also added tennis courts, indoor lap pool, sauna and a 4,000-square-foot addition with guest suites.


Originally built in 1939 for Robert Hillas, president of the Superheater Company in New York City, the 19,773-square-foot Georgian Colonial main house and guest house have eight bedrooms, thirteen baths, a three-story rotunda foyer with double grand staircase, formal rooms and views of Long Island Sound. Also included is a home theater, putting green, multiple terraces and patios, tennis courts and three fully-equipped staff apartments.


Donald Trump’s former Connecticut mansion with major additions, six waterfront acres and a private boat dock was for sale at $45 million. It has recently been taken off the market; it's unclear whether it's been sold or simply on pause.


“Pharrell Williams' Miami Penthouse Sold”


Pharrell Williams had every reason to be “Happy” after finally selling his Miami Brickell Avenue penthouse to a New Jersey businessman. With his main residence in Los Angeles’ swanky Laurel Canyon that he bought in 2015, it wasn’t feasible to hold on to the penthouse, even if it did have what many would call the best location in the South Florida condo lineup.


Perched on top of the 40-story Bristol Tower at the entrance to Key Biscayne, it is just a stone’s throw from trendy Coconut Grove and a quick drive in the other direction to South Beach - three locations with possibly the best restaurants, clubs, beaches and marinas in Miami. At 10,000 square feet, the penthouse has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and an additional 5,000 square feet of terraces with its own rooftop swimming pool and a second-level summer kitchen. He purchased the condo in 2007 for $12.525 million, then transformed it into a mogul palace with his art and furniture collection. Views of 360 degrees take in Biscayne Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove and the Miami condos skyline.


Originally listed in 2012 for $16.8 million, the property went on and off the market with several price cuts until selling for $9.25 million.


“Tyler Perry Mansion Sets New Atlanta Record”


It was a good year for Tyler Perry whose newest movie, “Boo,” grossed $75 million at the box office. He also sold his Georgia mansion, listed in 2015 at $25 million, for $17.5 million - breaking the record for Atlanta area real estate sales.


Perched high above the Chattahoochee River, the 34,688-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and fourteen baths, stately formal rooms, a two-story library, infinity-edge swimming pool, lighted tennis court on top of a two-story parking garage, fully-equipped gym, spa, theater, hobby house and an underground ballroom with catering kitchen. There are both formal and informal gardens, an entire estate generator, guard house, caretaker’s suite and presidential-level security system including two gated and secured residential entrances.


“Kirk Douglas Palm Springs Home”


As Kirk Douglas celebrated his 100th birthday at the Beverly Hills Hotel on December 9th, he was joined by his wife, his son Michael and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, Don Rickles, important film executive friends and his cardiologist who handed him a tall vodka. Since the doctor told him for years that he couldn’t have a drink until he turned 100, it was a fitting thing to do. To Kirk Douglas, age is still just a matter of numbers, but it’s still nice to have accumulated more memories than almost anyone else. His Palm Springs home likely held many of the happiest. The longtime vacation home of Kirk and Anne Douglas in the historic Old Las Palmas neighborhood, where they escaped Hollywood for over 40 years until they sold it in 1999, was for sale in 2016.


The 4,000-square-foot home, originally designed by Donald Wexler for the owner of the champion racehorse Seabiscuit, retains the purity of Wexler’s original design with its flagstone-and-pecky cypress foyer, walls of floor-to-ceiling glass and beamed ceilings. The open floor plan includes formal dining and sitting areas with casual fireside seating; the original mirrored wet bar reminding of old Hollywood, updated baths and an updated kitchen with the expected granite and stainless steel. The five bedrooms and eight baths include two master suites, Kirk’s suite and Anne’s suite designed each to their personal preferences, both opening to terraces overlooking the mature landscaped grounds. A large interior atrium opens the main rooms to outdoor living and the exterior gated perimeter wall encloses gardens, pool terrace and tennis court. The new owner will be the next door neighbor of Leonardo DiCaprio, who purchased Dinah Shore’s former home in 2014.


The Douglas home sold above the asking price of $3.45 million. The buyers are a perfect match as they have a longtime personal friendship with Michael Douglas and his wife. Accordingly, Kirk and Anne, their children and grandchildren will once again be enjoying the secluded estate. Jim Schwietz of Bennion Deville Homes in Palm Springs was the listing agent.


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Saturday, August 20, 2016

THE MOMS & NEW YORK FAMILY MAGAZINE FETE

Denise Albert With Melissa Musen Gerstein




The MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein along with New York Family Magazine hosted a Cover Party and a Back To School Special on SiriusXM on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016. The event was sponsored by: America's number one Greek yogurt Chobani Greek Yogurt, the world's largest submarine sandwich chain Subway, global underwear and casualwear company Fruit of the Loom, children’s clothing and community giving company Kidbox and interactive music program Baby DJ School.



Attendees included: Denise Albert, Melissa Musen Gerstein, Eric Messinger, Tierney Model, Megan Flynn, Larry Kruysman, Liz Monti, Casey Drake and Mia Weber.

Angela Williams And  Nyla Smith



Event co-host New York Family Magazine, the largest multi-platform family media company in New York City, celebrated the MOMS on the August 2016 cover of the magazine. The event took place in the historic vaulted lobby of One Hundred Barclay, a new condominium development in Tribeca, and the SiriusXM taping was held in one of the new Taylor Spellman-designed model residences on the 25th floor, where Champagne and Hors D’Oeuvres were served.

Tierney Model With Megan Flynn




Melissa Musen Gerstein
An hour into the event, New York Family Magazine Editor Eric Messinger said a few words to thank the MOMS for gracing the magazine’s August cover, and for their “real” and soulful input for the related article. Messinger added that he was incredibly moved by Denise’s approach to her cancer treatment and that she is a true inspiration to others in a similar situation. He also extended a thank you to the cover girls’ photographer Sarah Manson, makeup artist Joan and stylist Mindy Allan. Melissa then went on to thank guests for attending the event and especially New York Family Magazine Deputy Editor Mia Weber, for the thoughtful and eloquently written article. Denise ended with a few words of gratitude to everyone at NY Family Magazine and all the sponsors who made the event possible. She added that “being on a magazine cover is an incredible feeling” and that they were both humbled by Messinger’s nice words as well as the beautifully done cover and article.



About The MOMS



Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, THE MOMS, are co-creators of a multi-platform lifestyle brand featured on TV, online, in print, in taxicabs and on radio nationwide. The MOMS are hosts of the Sirius XM Stars program The MOMS with Denise & Melissa. The MOMS also contribute to PIX11 Morning News every Monday. Albert and Gerstein have turned motherhood into a platform that reaches millions of parents each year. The MOMS created a town hall event series that they moderate called Mamarazzi® where they provide influential moms and media with access to celebrities to discuss issues surrounding parenting. Recent Mamarazzi events have included celebrity guests Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Salma Hayek, Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner, Kevin James, Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey and Pitbull.



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About NY Family Magazine


New York Family Media is the largest multi-platform family media company in New York City. Our readers are affluent families who live in the city and take advantage of the cultural and educational opportunities that are available. Each month we interact with 100,000 families through our various channels. New York Family Magazine is a glossy, vibrant city magazine that offers active, sophisticated parents an inviting mix of feature articles and selected tips about their interests, issues, and concerns.



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About 100 Barclay



This Art Deco-style tower designed by Ralph Walker is comprised of 158 residences with over 92 unique floorplans. Availability includes one-bedrooms from $2 million to four-bedroom apartments from $10 million. There are over 40,000 square feet of amenities including two lap pools, spa and treatment rooms, a club level floor with entertaining spaces, a children’s playroom, media room, music practice facilities, a wine tasting room and private storage. Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group is the exclusive sales and marketing agency for 100 Barclay.

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