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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.


Michaƫl 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.



For more information about the MOMS, visit: www.themoms.com

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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.

For more information about 100 Barclay, visit: http://100barclay.com


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

RAND LUXURY & BENTLEY MOTORS GREENWICH FETE

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens



RAND Luxury hosted its first ultra-exclusive private brunch of the season showcasing the latest marques from supercar maker and main event sponsor Bentley Motors of Greenwich, a division of Miller Motorcars. The event also featured goods from several luxury brands, including fashion brand Robert Graham; luxury goods purveyor Shreve, Crump & Low; leading electronics company LG Electronics; soundsystem company Devialet; and official private aviation sponsor NETJETS.



The event’s official media partner was CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens). The private Connecticut estate where the event was hosted is currently listed for $18.8 million by official real estate sponsor Lyn Stevens and Robin Kencel of The Stevens Kencel Group at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.



Notable attendees included: Bradford Rand (President / CEO RAND Luxury, Inc.), Ally Coulter, Philippe Vasilescu, Robert Stock (Designer & Founder of Robert Graham), David Rosenstein (Bentley Greenwich), Meck Khalfan, Nyasia Zamucha (Former Miss Africa USA), Eric Aho (former Vogue Editor), Kate Dros (Model), Bill Chin (VP Morgan Stanley), Chelsea Curiale, Emily Epstein, Michael Brent, Camille Leonard.



Guests had the opportunity to test drive the latest Bentley models throughout the course of the event. There was also a luxury showcase from the worlds of private aviation, artwork, electronics, fashion, fine jewelry and home furnishings, among others. Sponsors Included: Christopher Peacock, Crystal Cruises, Devialet, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Ethan K, Folden Diaz, LG Electronics, London Cut cigars, Louis XIII cognac, Luxury Living Group, Natuzzi, NETJETS, Robert Graham, Saratoga Spring Water Company, Shreve, Crump & Low and Wings Air Helicopters.

Bentley Motors



Some sponsor highlights included founder & chief designer Robert Stock of Robert Graham attending the event, showcasing its new one-of-a-kind collection line, called “R”, handcrafted in Italy – in additon to their newly introduced Robert Graham Blended Essence collection. Shreve, Crump & Low showcased the latest Breitling by Bentley Timepieces as well as rare handcrafted jewelry pieces. Leading electronics company LG Electronics was also one of the luxury sponsors. The prestigious cognac brand Louis Xlll conducted exclusive tastings of their rare cognac. Luxury Living Group showcased their Bentley Home Collection, and Natuzzi showcased their latest 2016 furniture collection.



Hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails were served throughout the day. During the event, guests were also invited to participate in a silent auction, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).



The exclusive silent auction items included: Billy Joel tickets & memorabilia; a dining experience for two at actor Chazz Palminteri’s Italian restaurant; two tickets to the new Broadway hit show Hamilton; a Guns n’ Roses VIP package; a golf getaway at five-star resort St. Andrews; a wine experience at the acclaimed Silver Oak winery; an in-home dining experience for ten from Executive Chef Admir Alibasic of Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse; an evening for four with Mets ace Matt Harvey; an evening for two with Rangers Captain Mark Messie; a Yankees suite with legendary players; and two tickets to the final round at the 2017 Master’s golf tournament.



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 is hosted at $7 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 events and charity fundraisers the team has produced include The Luxury Review, Go Green Expo, The Red Cross Ball, and City Harvest. The company 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



About CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens):


CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) delivers the finest luxury design editorial to residents of one of America’s most affluent communities. This award-winning publication informs and inspires readers with beautifully photographed features on architecture, interior and landscape design, plus insider views of real estate, entertaining and art. The magazines are oversized and well designed to emphasize superior journalism and photography, inspired by a local “sense of place.”



For more information, visit: www.cottagesgardens.com/CTCandG



 Photo Courtesy Of: Lindsay Wess/Douglas Elliman

Friday, January 22, 2016

THE WORLD FAMOUS PLAYBOY MANSION FOR SALE

Playboy Mansion




The 1927 Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles is for sale at $200 million and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.



Other than President Obama's White House, the Playboy Mansion is the most famous home in
the United States. The dream home for millions of teen boys, their fathers and grandfathers is now for sale at $200 million.



Chicago native and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner bought the 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles mansion on five acres in 1971 for $1.05 million and relocated full time from the original Playboy Mansion in Chicago in 1974. Built in 1927 for the son of Arthur Letts, who was the founder of Los Angeles department stores The Broadway and Bullocks, the home is located in the ritzy Holmby Hills neighborhood, an area that Letts kick-started in 1919 when he bought 400 acres of the Wolfskill Ranch. Neighbors include the Los Angels Country Club, UCLA and Beverly Hills.



Over the years, Hefner and Playboy Enterprises have spent millions of dollars to renovate, update and expand the estate which includes the 29-room mansion with six bedrooms and baths, a four-bedroom guest house, pool, tennis court, koi pond, catering kitchen, wine cellar with a secret door, gym, zoo facilities, theater with a built-in pipe organ, waterfall, four hot tubs, bathhouse and a grotto. Famous for years of celebrity parties, the home was a frequent star for television and movies including “Sex and the City,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Entourage” and “ESPN Friday Night Fights.”



While the mansion may soon have a new owner, Hefner isn't going anywhere as it is being sold as a life estate meaning that Hef, age 89, will be able to continue living at the home for the rest of his life. According to the official listing, “The Playboy Mansion has been a creative center for Hef as his residence and workplace for the past 40 years, as it will continue to be if the property is sold.”



Hef's home has replaced the South Florida mansion Le Palais Royal asking $159 million as the most expensive listed single-family home in the United States. The Playboy Mansion selling agents are Mauricio Umansky of The Agency and Drew Fenton and Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

INSIDE HUNTERS POINT SOUTH NEW NYC APARTMENTS

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The Future Of New York City Real Estate

Photos By: James Edstrom
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Hunters Point South Crossing



Stainless Steal Appliances



John Brand Outside Hunters Point South



We just toured the new Hunters Point South Crossing and Hunters Point South Commons apartments in Long Island City. We must say we are amazed.


Yes, we were one of the lucky ones who got chosen in the lottery out of over 92 thousand applications. But it was just not that easy, I never worked so hard to get a apartment in New York City like I did for this one. It was rough. The paper work involved was massive and they checked everything but my underwear size.


Apartment With Stunning Views


Old Long Island Railroad Transfer Depot
It was well worth it, we are in love with Related Managements view of what the next generation of New York City apartments should be. Hunters Point South is the new model of the future of living in NYC. Most units have washer and dryers, dishwashers and stainless steal appliances. Every room in every apartment has built in heating and air conditioning. Most units have stunning views of NYC and the East River. Ferry service is right on the doorstep and the subway number 7 line is a few blocks away. Restaurants are all over the neighborhood and a supermarket is right next door. Lets not forget to mention that they are adding a 11 thousand square foot Duane Reade right downstairs. Pets are allowed as long as they are not over 37 pounds and they are even adding a pet center. There is also the restaurant that will be high up overlooking Manhattan. Each building has fitness centers, Internet Cafes, lounges with outdoor terrace, bike rooms and so much more.



Hunters Point Commons


Kitchen Looks Out To Living Room




Live in a smoke-free building designed for LEED Silver and Enterprise Green Community certification, complete with an urban rooftop farm and five acres of waterfront park.


Architects: SHoP Architects and Ismael Leyva Architects; Developers: Related, Phipps Houses and Monadnock Construction; Construction: Monadnock Construction; Program: Residential; Location: Long Island City, Queens, NY; Completion: Spring 2015.
 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

JOIN NEW YORK CITY'S LARGEST HOUSING COALITION

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REAL ESTATE WARS
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New York City



Is your rent out of control? Then join the largest housing coalition in years as we march to demand real affordable housing for all New Yorkers.




New York City is at a breaking point. Nearly half of all residents are living near the poverty line. Rising rents are only making our income inequality worse - and more luxury condos with no real affordable units are not the answer.




At least 50 percent of new housing should be affordable to residents across income levels and occupations. Anything less and it's game over: New York City will only exist for the wealthy elite.




Join New York Communities for Change and Real Affordability for All on August 20th to demand that all new housing is really affordable and supports mixed-income communities. Click here to join.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

STOP EXTELL DEVELOPERS FROM CREATING POOR DOORS

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THEY WANT A CITY FOR THE RICH ONLY

Story By: James Edstrom
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One Riverside Park



We are disgusted that Extell wants to buy up the city which we built, rich, poor and middle class and create housing only for the rich with POOR DOORS for affordable Housing. These developers buy up our affordable housing stock, evict the tenants, then make deals with the city for a certain amount of affordable housing. Then they have the balls to make separate doors for lower income tenants. 


Extell is a big player in the real estate game in New York City. Memories are short in The Big Apple, but they are the company who was building on 57th street when the crane collapsed atop one of their projects. I remember talking to my friends who lived on the street, they had to go to hotels for days, had no access to their apartments and their lives were a nightmare for a week. 


I urge all my readers to follow the link and sign the petition to stop Extell and other developers from building in our city and making their projects only for the rich.


THE FOLLOWING LETTER WAS SENT TO TIMES SQUARE GOSSIP.


Income inequality has made New York more divided than ever. But now a development company called Extell wants to make this divide even more literal by requiring low-income residents at its One Riverside Park development in Manhattan to enter the building through a separate door.



Income-based discrimination is wrong and we have to speak out now to stop it. That's why I worked with my commmunity organization, New York Communties for Change, to launch my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to the Extell Development Company, says the following:



The days of ‘separate but equal’ are long gone. We demand that you withdraw your plans for a separate door for your affordable housing tenants at the One Riverside Park development and all other projects you develop.



Tell Extell Development: Stop discriminating against low-income New Yorkers.



My family has lived in Manhattan for over 40 years and we are appalled that Extell plans to have a separate door for low-income tenants. My community benefits from affordable housing that developers are required to offer to the overwhelming majority of New York residents who are ‘not-so-wealthy’ – but forcing working families to enter through a separate door is just wrong.



New housing developments in New York should maximize economic diversity. As we trade denser buildings for much greater affordability, we need to ensure that we are creating truly mixed-income communities for low-, moderate-, middle-, and high-income New Yorkers who not only live together, but freely enter and exit their buildings through the same doors.



Economic diversity makes our city better, and provides a brighter future for low-income and middle-income families. Extell, and all developers, should not only treat their residents equally, but work with City officials to offer greater affordability -- not ‘poor doors.'



While Mayor Bill de Blasio has already vowed to end ‘poor doors,’ the bill that will protect tenants from discrimination would not come into effect until next year. That’s why we need to fight back now and make sure Extell Development knows income segregation is unacceptable. 



Will you join me and add your name to my petition urging Extell development to scrap its plans to make low-income residents of a Manhattan apartment complex enter the building through a separate door?



Thank you for your support.

Elzora Cleveland