Former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is Selling his Connecticut Mansion for $26.75M

Tim Armstrong is an American executive and former AOL CEO. He has recently listed his waterfront mansion in Connecticut. The astonishing property as an asking price of $26.75 million.

The 2.2-acre lot is located on a lake that features incredible views. The lake opens to Long Island Sound, and the mansions has access to it!

The single-family home is 11,365 sqft that includes six bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms.

The shingle and stone construction was built in 2009 designed by a prestigious architect firm Shope Reno and the interiors were design by Victoria Hagan.

The mansion includes a formal dining room, living room, an open kitchen with a bar, an office with a fireplace, a lounge, a bar, a wine wall, a game room, a terrace, lawns/gardens, and an infinity pool that is overlooking the lake. Well to be fair, most rooms are facing that view.

Check out the astonishing interiors in the pictures!

Armstrong bought the property back in 2008 for $10.4 million and built a custom estate. As a Plus, the home’s exterior has been featured once in a TV show called “Billions”.

Learn more about the listing clicking Here!

Custom Home Building: Architectural Styles!

A good Realtor is always convinced they can find their clients their dream home, but sometimes it’s an exercise in futility. Sometimes that dream home just doesn’t exist yet, so, as more homebuyers are realizing by the day, our best option then is to build the damn thing ourselves.

That’s no easy feat. People dedicate their lives to each facet of home design, so tackling the whole project alone is impressive at least. However, if someone has traveled far enough into the realm of success where they can afford to custom build their home, chances are they can handle another tough project.

There is also the option to outsource each piece of the project. We did say people dedicate their lives to each bit such as architects, interior designers, electricians, plumbers, and construction company owners with each carpenter on their team. Managing that project is its own beast, and usually plenty for most people custom building homes.

Still, the point of building a custom home is to bring your vision into reality, so you’ll want a hand in all the critical parts to your goal. To do that, you need an idea of what you’re getting into, and that is what we’re here for today.

The big picture of building a new home is: the home; the exterior, the silhouette, the aesthetic of the whole place. A good place to start for most people then is with choosing an architectural style to model your home after.

There are infinite architectural styles and combinations. Maybe you want a cape style home, or maybe you want a Tuscan-Gothic-Victorian-Contemporary. Countless hyphenates and options, so we’re here to give you the basics. Once you know your standard ingredients you can jump into the mix much more confidently, so let’s get to it!

COLONIAL REVIVAL

The marking point of a colonial revival home is its symmetry. The exterior and interior are both as close to perfectly symmetrical as possible. However, no need to stick to the status quo here– you’re building your home to customize it after all. These homes are usually built with clapboard siding or bricks, and sometimes, at two or three stories tall, they have dramatically steep roofs. Again, why not throw stucco on, a flat roof with a 10-degree slope, and toss a garden on top for good measure. Follow your dreams.

CRAFTSMAN

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, this style aims to blend with nature via earthy materials such as stone and wood. You can identify them by their rooved, wide porch in the front. It’s typical to see exposed rafters and beams under a sloped gable roof, but if you want to design it as the top of a chess rook then go for it. We haven’t seen anyone shoot for “knight” since Troy, but we’d support you in that endeavor too.

CONTEMPORARY

The sky is the limit when it comes to contemporary construction. The reason for that is “contemporary” is just a placeholder until we can reflect on these designs and finally name them. It’s the most honorable task to undertake, defining the era we live in, but to title it is the job of future generations. We’re looking at high tech, minimalist designs in today’s contemporary file. Architects and designers can let loose in the freedom of this style, and they’re often designing with energy efficiency in mind. It’s under the Modern category that we often see unique construction materials and designs.

NEOCLASSICAL

Imagine the era that birthed the great classical, ancient stories we read today. Tales of Greek warriors, multi-hyphenate thinkers, the philosophers and intellectuals who helped birth democracy. Expansive, megalithic architecture, white marble statues, ivy, dramas and plays, arts and sciences– all of this sucked through a flux capacitor into 2020. Neoclassical design roots itself in Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian styles with predominately smooth, white surfaces with carved details, decorative moldings, and cornices meant to stand out with refined purity. When done right, this style translates the passion of the ancients to our own tongue, and it comes out pretty God damn eloquently.

RANCH

Ranch houses are great for large plots of land. This style allows you to build out rather than up. This give homeowners the option to create vast open floor plans, which always look exceptional. Something about wide open interior spaces draw us in, and anyone who has stepped foot into anything from The Sistine Chapel to the Boston Public Library can attest to that. The facades of these homes usually have a porch, whether it runs the length of the house or not is a personal preference. With this design, we recommend using earthy, strong materials. The down-to-earth nature of the house and an earthy/neutral style come together with great synergy.

TUDOR REVIVAL

These are the homes that are one sign above the door away from looking like a medieval tavern. Built like a luxury fortress, with brick, stone, and stucco fitted with decorative timbers, these homes are arguably the most recognizable. Dramatic windows, chimneys, and steep roof pitches meld to apply a towering effect to these homes. Similar to our next style…

VICTORIAN

If colonial revivals are prim and proper, Victorians are the mysterious ones who live lavishly while nobody knows how they can afford it. Victorian houses distinguish themselves with steeply pitched gable roofs broken up by turrets, patterned shingles, and decorative trim. The exteriors are often painted with close attention to color aesthetics and details, and finished with lace-like woodwork. These are the perfect homes to build if you want to come home after work and throw yourself onto your veiled, overly-pillowed bed like an 1800s aristocrat who is exhausted after a day of leisure and an afternoon of debauchery. Putting contemporary twists on these homes bring the perfect level of dichotomy between the classic decadence and present luxury.

We hope that you’ve got something good from this article, or at least enjoyed it! Feel free to contact us at Castles Unlimited with any questions you might have about real estate. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Director Marc Forster Selling Awarded Home in California for $15M

Marc Forster is a Hollywood personality, known for directing famous films like Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace, World War Z, and more. The film-director is listing his restored and renovated home in Santa Monica, California. The property was designed by Richard Neutra back in 1934. The late architect who was based in Southern California has been famous over the years for its unique designs.

This historic single-family home is now listed for $15 million.

The now five-bedroom home has glass doors that welcome natural light into the rooms. The luxurious property is set on two lots which means lots of space and privacy.

The awarded design from Neutra has won contests, becoming the first modern home to win the House Beautiful this kind of contests. Therefore, the property has been designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No.647.

See the beautiful details in the pictures!

The home has been renovated twice since it was first built. Also, Forster did some updates while living in the house, adding geothermal generators for energy consumption, a studio/guesthouse, a hot yoga room and a sauna.

The luxurious house features an elegant and modern living room that includes a cozy yet, beautiful fireplace, an oval-shaped dining room, and a master suite that has its own private balcony plus, private office space.

Owning this property is a huge deal since it has been featured in various magazines and in the “Laurel Canyon” movie in 2003.

Forster purchased the property back in 2009 for $4.7 million and spent $4 million on additions. Learn more about the listing here!

New Construction and New Listing!

Attention, attention! Castles Unlimited has a new listing! an amazing new construction in Newton MA! the property is 11,075 sqft and is move-in ready! don’t miss the opportunity to own this incredible mansion located in one of the best neighborhoods in the country!

37 Radcliff Road Newton, MA: Waban,  02468

List Price: $7,888,000Bedrooms: 8
Year Built: 2020Bathrooms: 7f 2h
Style: Spanish Colonial, NeoclassicalParking Spaces: 10 Off-Street. 

This new construction by award-winner architect Yefim Massarsky is an astonishing mansion encompassing modern yet luxury finishes, appliances, and materials.  The residence has everything for entertainment, relaxing, and comfortable living. Featuring a Savaria elevator that eases access to the four levels that include a three-car garage, living rooms, a kitchen, and a catering station, a gym, a sauna, a playroom, a home theater, a wine cellar, and the unbelievable master suite that has its own spa bath, a walk-in closet, a morning kitchen, and its private balcony. 

The Spanish-style property allows views to the Charles River and lots of enjoyment among nature since it has access to a hiking trail. 

Location its one of its best qualities, Newton is a city that has it all, great schools, closeness to major routes, public transportation, and is minutes away from Boston! 

Investors, don’t miss this opportunity and contact the listing agent for more details and showings! See more about the property below.

Listing Agent: James Lowenstern (617) 733-8280.

Team members:

 Lev Massarsky (857) 231-1585. 

Evan Roberts (857) 919-0894. 

See the listing here!

Russian Billionaire Valery Kogan Lists Manhattan Condo for $45M

Valery Kogan is a Billionaire Russian businessman that owns alongside his business partner the Moscow Domodedovo Airport, the largest in Eastern Europe. Kogan is listing the Plaza Residences Condo for an astonishing USD$45,000,000.

The luxury and elegant residence has taken two units in the Plaza Residences which encompasses an approximate of 4,500 sqft of living space, including four bedrooms and four bathrooms. 

The heart of the residence is the great room since it is 1,500 sqft and 43 feet long. See the details in the photos!

The master bedroom is extraordinary, featuring gold leaf and crown moldings in the ceiling, and a chandelier, being one of the most ornamented rooms in the condo which includes imported onyx, rose quartz, and inlaid floors. 

The condo’s baroque-style is all over the rooms decoration and finishes, excluding the kitchen which only received a gilded cabinet hardware as a tasteful understatement.

Learn more about this one of a kind listing clicking here!

NBA Star Carmelo Anthony is Listing his NYC Condo for $12.85M

NBA star Carmelo Anthony is listing his NYC condo for $12.85M. The athlete has been named an NBA All-Star ten times and has currently joined the Portland Trail Blazers. Anthony has expressed that the features he enjoys most about the condo are the location, the high ceilings, the amount of space, and the room for an art collection. 

The loft-style residence occupies the entire fifth floor, encompassing 4,556 sqft, including five bedrooms, and four bathrooms which make the unit the largest in the building. Access is through a private elevator that opens directly into the rooms.

The five-bedroom loft has two separate entertaining rooms, a dining area, an open kitchen that features a marble countertop and backsplash, as well as, a walnut cabinetry. 

The loft that is divided by wings has a quieter area where the private master suite is, this bedroom includes a spa bath and private dressing rooms. The remaining bedrooms have all have their own bathroom.

The private balcony allows residents to appreciate views of the city and the High Line public park. The building’s amenities include a door attendant, a fitness center, two private storage units, a bike room, and a common courtyard.

The luxurious property is located near the vibrant Chelsea art district, within walking distance of the Whitney Museum, the Chelsea Piers, the Hudson Yards, galleries, restaurants, and shopping areas.

The American athlete purchased the exclusive property back in 2015 and now selling it for a multi-million price. Learn more about the listing here!

Sir Anthony Hopkins is Listing Malibu Home for $11.5M

Famous actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is selling his property in Malibu, CA. He listed the property recently for $11.5M which is a significant increase from the $3,795,000 that he paid back in 2001. 

The estate itself is a survivor and has stood out since it was one of the only houses that did not burn in the deadly Woolsey fire in 2018.

The single-family is set on almost an acre of land and is 4,010 sqft encompassing five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The Cape Cod-style home has a pool, a spa and a sauna to top it all.

The residence has dormer windows, and the interiors feature wood flooring and stone fireplaces. Check it out!

The mansion Built back in 1958 is located at a cliff between Zuma Beach and Point Dume but had several updates since then. Because of its exclusive location, residents can enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean clear out to Catalina Island, and down the coast to Palos Verdes.

As a bonus, Hopkins listing includes a one-bedroom guesthouse that is as incredible as the main house. Learn more about the listing here!

Anne Hathaway is Listing NYC Penthouse for $3.5M

Awarded actress Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman, are selling their luxurious New York Penthouse for $3,495,000. The residence occupies the entire floor of a building dating from 1904. Its minimalist design is appealing since it includes high-quality decor and luxurious appliances. 

The two-bedroom property has a private bathroom in each bedroom, being one of them the master suite. The entrance is astonishing since it has a private elevator that opens to an elegant gallery leading to the delightful living room, which includes a fireplace for those chilly NY days.

The open-plan design also has a formal dining room, a kitchen that boasts an 18-foot ceiling. Since the penthouse has been renovated by Hathaway and Shulman the property has increased its value significantly. 

Take a sneak peek of the interiors and see its amazing finishes!

The exclusive building has only five units and was built by the family behind the Dakota, Yoko Ono’s iconic Central Park residence.

The property was bought by the couple back in 2017 for $2.55 million and since they added a series of personal touches during the time they lived there its selling price has increased. Want to learn more about the listing? click here!

Luxurious New Listing in Boston MA

55 Commercial Wharf, Unit 6, Waterfront, Boston, MA 02110

Looking for a modern and luxurious apartment near Boston’s seaport? see Castles Unlimited new listing and invest in this amazing property that is worth every penny!

This exclusive property has a history since it was built in 1,832 and renovated in 1,978. The apartment has everything, including huge balconies that allow astonishing views of the city and Boston Harbor. The construction encompasses high-quality materials and amazing amenities. 

Take a sneak peek of the beautiful apartment!

The apartment has approximately 1,304 Sqft of living space, which includes two bedrooms, being one of them a master bedroom with a huge walk-in closet, a spa, a jacuzzi tub, and a steam shower, among more. Besides, the residence comes with a deeded storage, security 24h/day, a private gate, and parking for residents and guests. 

The location is amazing since is close to many great places such as parks, the Financial District, Faneuil Hall, the seaport, North End restaurants, and more.

List Price: $1,639,000Year Built/Converted: 1832/1978
Total Rooms: 4Parking Spaces: 1 Common, Guest, Exclusive Parking
Unit Placement: MiddleLevels in Unit: 1

Listing Agent: Nicholas Fondas. (781) 856-9896.

Learn more about the listing here! 

CNN’s President Jeff Zucker is Selling his NYC Apartment for $17.5M

CNN’s president Jeff Zucker is separating from wife Caryn Nathanson, as announced back in 2018, a good enough reason for them to sell their Upper East Side apartment in NYC.

The private property has five bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms, it has been recently renovated and is ready for a new owner. The condo is within the Verona building.

The beautiful residence encompasses an elevator that opens into an elegant entrance with a gallery, the first room is a well-lighted formal living room that allows views to the city through large windows. It also has three fireplaces to warm up in the NY chilly weather. In addition, it includes a chef’s kitchen with two eating areas and modern appliances, a library, a den, and a private office. 

Amenities hold by the 10-story building are door attendants, a well-equipped gym, and plenty of storage space, among others. Plus, the apartment’s location is perfect! since it’s steps away from Central Park.

Take a look at the extraordinary living spaces!

The 54-year-old businessman and his wife purchased the luxurious apartment back in 2007 for an estimated $12,300,000. Now, the property is being listed for $17,500,000. Want to learn more about the listing? Click here!