Glass Houses

70 Conant Valley Road

Pound Ridge, NY

$2,299,000

Description

Set back from the road in sought-after privacy, this residence of glass, steel and stone offers relaxed luxury living. Walls of glass fill every room with a woodland vista. A rock garden and koi pond lead to a two-floor garden room, spacious living and dining rooms, wine closet and bar. Architectural lighting and fieldstone fireplaces set the tone for large-scale entertaining and intimate gatherings. The sun-filled chef’s kitchen has top appliances. The master suite is chic simplicity with radiant stone floors, a spa-bath, and gallery of closets. An opposite wing features two bedrooms and spa bath; and a three-exposure media room with bar and fireplace. The second floor studio has walls of glass, a gym and bath. The salt water pool is set just to the side surrounded by a large entertaining terrace and tranquil pond with sitting deck. Minutes from nature preserves, school, town park, award-winning golf & The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges.

Amenities

1st Fl Master Bedroom, 1st Floor Bedroom, Basketball Court, Cathedral/Vaulted/High Ceiling, Close to Railroad, Close to Shops, Deck, Eat in Kitchen, Exercise Room, In Ground Pool, Lake/Pond/Stream, Master Bath, Security System

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Turkish Waterfront Property

SAKARYA, BALIKESIR

TURKEY

 

$2,150,000

Description

This beautiful stone house has a view of the sea and a lovely under-terrace courtyard. This house built in 1890 is rich in history and it is also newly renovated with high ceilings. This home has plenty of space for the whole family with its spacious rooms and two-story layout.

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Waterfront

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Luxury Travel Destinations: Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal is overflowing with culture, breathtaking beaches, and an old world charm. The capitol city is filled with rich history, beautiful museums, street art, and tourist attractions.

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The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is the go-to luxury hotel in the city, which first opened in 1959 and joined the Four Seasons family in 1998. It is considered Lisbon’s premier luxury hotel and is located right in the heart of the city. It provides glorious views of the cities stunning historical sites and makes for a perfect starting point to explore the cities unique architecture.

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273 out of the 282 rooms contain a private terrace, which grants guests access to views of historical landmarks such as St. George’s Castle, the 25th of April Bridge (often compared to San Fransisco’s Golden Gate Bridge), the Tagus River, and Old Town. There are 3 different room types with 8 different configurations.

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There are more than 1,000 pieces of art in the interior of the hotel, and the hotel even has an app to guide you through the pieces. The food is exceptional at the Varanda Restaurant, and the Ritz Bar contains both indoor and outdoor seating along with casual food, high end Portuguese cuisine, and fantastic drinks. See the renowned street art of Lisbon with a private guided tour provided by the hotel.

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Amenities include state of the art fitness facilities, spa, swimming pool, L’Occitane bath products, wifi, a 24 hour business center, 24 hour in-room dining, multi-lingual 24 hour on call concierge, family friendly activities, and more.

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Vineyards: A Labor of Love

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     Most people dream of having their own vineyard on their estate, and for many luxury homebuyers that dream is being turned into a reality. Many known celebrities own vineyards and wineries. Like with any business, it offers great tax benefits and the challenge of starting a new enterprise. Other celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, and David Beckham to name a few own vineyards for their personal use.

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Tesla: Bringing Together Luxury and the Green Initiative

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In November of 2016, Elon Musk, Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive finally won approval from shareholders to purchase SolarCity Corp, the largest manufacturer and installer of solar panels. Tesla began taking orders for its new solar roofing at the beginning of April, below is a little history of how this came to be and what we can expect from here.

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7 Green Features for Luxury in 2017

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When you typically think of a ‘green’ consumer, the first image that comes to mind is probably one of an estranged friend or family member that lives in the mountains, eats granola, and recycles everything.

This is no longer the case as basically every company is putting all it’s efforts into reducing their carbon footprint. If a company wants the conscious consumer’s business, it has to be mindful of the consumer’s priorities and anticipate the need for social responsibility in a purchase. By making the ‘green’ aspect part of the marketing strategy, companies can capture the consumers sense of social responsibility around this issue while creating sustainability for their brand in this new market.

When it comes to luxury homes, traditionally homeowners may think that ‘going green’ means having to sacrifice or go without certain amenities. In fact, the opposite is true; we have seen modern, trendy, and luxurious homes around the world sport some of the newest ‘green’ initiatives. Below are a few trends we have seen dominate the industry.

  1. Sustainable & Locally Sourced Materials.

Long before the international supply chain of materials existed, builders were forced to use locally sourced materials such as wood, stone, and clay to construct houses. We are seeing a resurgence in this practice, as it significantly reduces the carbon footprint by choosing a local distributor for materials versus ordering from across the world. It adds to the local economy while cutting down the supply chain, thus reducing the project’s overall carbon footprint.

2. LED Lighting.

LED lighting is one of the prominent trends in the green initiative. It has been proven that LED lighting is significantly more efficient than the traditional filament bulbs, allowing a home to reduce its carbon footprint without having to worry about leaving the lights on. Recently luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue converted their entire Christmas display to all LED lighting, reducing energy consumption. Saks has changed their entire marketing to fit the green initiative and appeal to its eco-conscious consumers. Philips, one of the leading names in lighting, has been ahead of this curve and even has gone as far to develop soft cell LED lighting, which can be added to any room or area of the house without the need for any outlets.

3.LEED Certification.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification is a certification from the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes a project’s efficiency standards. It is a point based system, the more sustainable features the project has, the more points it receives. It is currently one of the fastest growing trends in the real estate marketing, racking in $55 Million in 2015 and projecting to climb to $100.4 Million by 2018. It is also estimated that by then, more than 84% of residential construction will have sustainable features.

4.Solar Panels.

Solar energy has come along way the last few years. Now companies like Tesla have completely hopped on the solar initiative. Recently, Elon Musk and Tesla purchased SolarCity, the largest manufacturer and installer of solar panels. The goal is to make Tesla stores a one-stop shop eventually, where consumers can purchase solar panels, Powerwall electricity storage, and choose from the growing feel of electric vehicles.

In addition to the numerous energy saving benefits, the SolarCity/Tesla panels are actually more cost efficient than a traditional roof and don’t sacrifice on style either. The traditional solar panels can be visual eye sores on a roof, but the new panels are disguised as a shingle or tile and seamlessly integrate into a roof.

5. Private Eco Reserves.

In addition to the LEED Certification and other sustainable practices, green homeowners can take it one step further by curating their own private eco reserves. It adds the adventure aspect of nature right into the comfort of your own home.

One celebrity who practices this religiously is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Johnson loves fishing and grew up being conscious of his environmental footprint, so he converted the pond behind his house into his own bass fishing haven. He has been growing the fish there since birth, and even has scientist come in to test the water levels for ph balance and bacteria. He can still enjoy his lifelong hobby while in the comfort of his home and without causing any harm to the environment.

6. Vegetable Gardens.

With the demand for organic produce on the rise, vegetable gardens have become a staple of many luxury homes & estates. It brings a new meaning to ‘farm-to-table’ and also reduces the carbon footprint of the homeowners. It provides fresh air, natural scents, healthy soil, and delicious dining options.

7. Green Roofs or Walls.

Piggybacking off the trend of vegetable gardens, this is a widely adopted trend adds components of naturally efficient, energy saving practices and aesthetic beauty. Some luxury homes even go as far to incorporating vegetable gardens and orchards into the green roofs or walls. Green roofs can also help cool your home, absorbing more sunlight and diverting it away from other areas of the property.

Photo courtesy of: Guza Architecture