English Cottage on the Market for the First Time Since 1724


Divided up and sold separately as an English country house on 39 acres, a cottage, and 11 extra acres. The Georgian country house and grounds are on the market for 3.5 million euros, so about 4.6 million US is on the market for the first time since the infamous king George I ruled England in 1724 according to the listing. Also, apart of the estate, and sold separately a four-bedroom cottage is listed at 450,000 euros about 586,000 US. If that wasn’t enough also available through separate negotiation one could acquire 11 acres of land listed for 175,000 euros about 228,000 US.



The Cottage was originally designed for the first Lord Sandys by Francis Smith of Warwick, but isn’t the same as it was in 1723 upon its construction, there have been several renovations made since 1809 to the six bedroom cottage. Along with six bedrooms the cottage has seven reception rooms, a stone façade, portice which serves as a grandiose entry to the ground floor. The great hall feature a double-height ceilings and intricately detailed mouldings, two fireplaces, a landing overlooks the hall. Typical of the Georgian period woodwork featuring the large pane sash window are featured in the library, drawing room and boudoir. Through the windows one can gaze at the distant Mlvern Hills from most locations in the cottage.


Twisted balustrades, handrails, and walls lined with portraits guide one up a wooden staircase to the second level with bedrooms and a Chippendale room with bamboo-framed silk wall pieces.


The cottage sits on a 39-acre lot, which is surrounded by trees, gardens with flowering bushes, stables, with a walled garden and greenhouse, kennels, and an old icehouse.


English heritage is a huge part of this land, and the division of the land seems problematic, and becomes the purchasers’ responsibility to work together in preservation or gentrification.


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Saratoga Hills Mansion


Saratoga, California, United States

Asking Price: $5,950,000


Sits on a picturesque 5.07 acres in Saratoga Hills, boasting spellbinding Silicon Valley & San Francisco Bay views. Recently extensively remodeled! Soak in the sights relaxing in your oversized spa, work out on the sport court or enjoy a round on the putting green. Cabernet Vineyards, just 2 miles to Downtown Saratoga/15 miles to Levi’s stadium or short drive up HWY 280 to Stanford.


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Bedrooms 4
Full Baths 3
½ Baths 2
Total Baths 3
Year Built 1990
Living Area 5,255 sqft
MLS ML81330724
County Santa Clara

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Bel Air’s Bourgeois Hilltop Wonder


Among Bel Air’s bourgeois hilltops sits a wonder. The most expensive home listed in America that redefines luxury. $250 million for the home at 924 Bel Air Road dwarfs the likes of the Play Boy Mansion with a 38,000 sq. ft. property with panoramic views, 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, five bars, three kitchens, a studio, an 85-foot Italian glass infinity pool, out door hydraulic theater sized screen, a James Bond themed indoor cinema, and a bowling alley.


Developer Bruce Makowsky is luring the uber-wealthy to Bel Air with the ultimate living experience complemented by crocodile-embossed elevator, 130 art installations, glass Ping-Pong and pool tables, 56 TV screens, and the best part a Willy Wonka styled glass cylinders filled with the most delicious of candies.


Makowsky has literally redefined what is means to live the luxurious lifestyle with this Bel Air listing with a roof adornment, the helicopter from the 1980’s TV show Airwolf, a fleet of luxury and vintage cars valued at $30 million, 10 motorcycles, and two years paid salary for 7 household staff.

This $250 million home has set a new standard for luxurious living and quite possibly could be the eighth wonder of the world.

Contemporary Santa Barbara Home Essence of California Dream

17-1813_2_01104 Channel Dr. Santa Barbara California was built in 2008. It is an elegant contemporary home that expresses the essence of paradise with rare open panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Island, and Butterfly Beach. 17-1813_7_0The main house is 6,497 sf with 4 beds, 5.5 baths furnished with expansive indoor-outdoor living areas feature disappearing walls in the dining room, living room, breakfast room, and master bedroom. The kitchen if fully equip with gas range stove and cook top, double oven with a walk in pantry and separate wine cellar. 17-1813_9_0The property also includes a 746 sf pool cabana with a fireplace, wet bar and full bath that overlooks an oversize swimming pool. 17-1813_5_0Across the lawn area there is a gym that is 640 sf with a half bath, and guests quarters that features its own entrance. 17-1813_4_0This home offers California’s apex of luxury living through its contemporary architectural flare that lends to the indoor-outdoor aesthetic of the Santa Barbara lifestyle, and for 37,500,000 this paradise in paradise is anyone’s California dream.        

Top 10 Luxury Real Estate Markets in the World


     Recently, a report from Christie’s International Real Estate (CIRE) highlighted the “hottest” and “most luxurious” read estate markets across the world as well as the trends that have been captivating wealthy buyers.

     According to “Luxury Defined”, a white paper that CIRE released earlier this month, the global luxury real estate market is actually showing an upward correction, with the prices of million-dollar-plus homes increasing by approximately 2% in 2016.

     The luxury index, which evaluates a market’s overall prices and relative luxuriousness revealed this year that Hong Kong is the world’s top ranking city for Luxury real estate. The full list is as follows:

  1. Hong Kong
  2. London
  3. New York
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Singapore
  6. Sydney
  7. San Fransisco
  8. Paris
  9. Toronto
  10. Miami

     Hong Kong unseated London for the first time, also bumping New York to third place. Miami experienced a 3 point drop, going from 7 to 10 on the list due to an increase of new development and decrease in sales activity.


     The “Luxury Defined” white paper also noted an increase in sales post the 2016 election. Many noted that a lot of people were sidelining their cash until the election was over, and that once the next four years was definite that cash was injected back into the market.

     This report also featured a new section known as the CIRE Luxury Thermometer, which uses both demand and growth to determine the hottest markets in luxury real estate. The list is as follows:

  1. Toronto
  2. Victoria, BC
  3. San Fransisco
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Charleston, South Carolina
  6. Auckland
  7. Paris
  8. Portland, Oregon
  9. Sydney
  10. San Diego


     As far as luxury home trends go, the CIRE research cited recreation, kitchens, and size as the hottest trends. The biggest trend in luxury is now having the kitchen as a sort of ‘theater’, where the counter space is considered the prime real estate, even more than stoves or appliances. Guests want to watch their hosts entertain in action and be able to chat while they prepare. In addition to more open kitchens, more elaborate farm-to-table garden options are being found in luxury households.

     Affluent homeowners are adding indoor herb gardens and really take pride in the experience they provide for their guests. Entertaining in the kitchen is more intimate and welcoming. Other trends include increase sizes of closet space, sometimes resulting in them to eclipse other bedrooms, and an increase in recreational spaces as well, seeing everything from BMX courses, ice hockey rinks, and regulation soccer fields in the mix.

Hawaiian Village Estate


73-2236 Ala Kohanaiki
Kailua Kona, Hawaii, United States

Asking Price: $14,000,000

This Hawaiian village motif estate was custom built in 2015 by Zak Architecture on one of Kohanaiki’s premier front row Estate Lots. Kohanaiki is a private equity club and membership is “By Invitation Only.”

The estate features a five bedrooms, including two master suites with private patios, and five and a half bathrooms. Each bedroom comes with en-sutie bath and the master suites come with private living quarters. Many of the rooms have ocean views, the others have jungle landscape views.

The backyard has extensive patio space including several spacious lanais, a large Lap Pool and spa. The beautifully landscaped grounds are adjacent to the Audubon Society’s 100 acre Championship Gold Course and just steps from the ocean. The surrounding landscape is a seamless blend of the shimmering water of Puhili Bay, verdant green grass of the golf course, and the rugged black of ancient lava flows.

Additional amenities include vaulted cedar ceilings, handmade African mahogany cabinetry and trim, granite countertops and pocketing doors to the back patio. Designed for island living, the home is offered furnished.


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Golf Course, Health Club, Jogging/Biking Path, Pool, Sauna, Tennis Courts.


Ceiling Fans, Disposal, Dryer, Kitchen Island, Microwave Oven, Range/Oven, Refrigerator, Washer & Dryer.

Interior features: 

Air Conditioning, Ceiling Fans, Hot Tub/Jacuzzi/Spa, Kitchen Island, Security System, Smoke Alarm, Wood Floors.


Great Room, Guest House Separate, Kitchen/Dining Combo, Laundry Room, Media Room, Separate Family Room.


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Chestnut Hill: Georgia’s Most expensive Home


Do you like Georgia? Do you like Atlanta, Georgia? What about 18 acres of land and 17,000 square feet of living space filled with rare collections of artwork, furniture, and antiques from Versailles, the Civil War, and fascist Italy? If your wealth is more than 200 times the median home income of Atlanta, Georgia then Chestnut Hill may be the place for you.


The historic Chestnut Hill estate in Atlanta is on the market for $48 million earning it the title of Georgia’s most expensive home. It seems to be a hard sell since it has been on the market since 2013, and the eclectic collection of intercultural objects with colorfully controversial histories not only have influence on the price tag, but go against the grain of contemporary style.


The estate holds 7 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, which are packed full with 20 years of art collecting that are included in the sticker price of the house. Such Items include two Irish Waterford Crystal chandeliers, salvaged from a house that burnt down during the Civil War, worth about $200,000.


A bronze eagle worth $25,000 guards the entrance to the private pool that originally belonged to Benito Mussolini the Italian dictator, 19th century sculptures sit in the sculpture garden worth $120,000 that once sat in the gardens of Versailles.


This house and its eclectic collection of art, furniture, and antiques seeks the highest price anyone has ever paid in the state of Georgia, but for the right buyer a historical Pandora’s box that transcends monetary value to create a unique cultural blend of world history.