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!

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!

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!

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!

DJ Danny Tenaglia Listed his Luxurious Condo in Miami for $1.2M

The DJ and producer Danny Tenaglia has been on the music scene for decades. He is now an award-winner musician.

Tenaglia has recently listed his iconic Palm Bay condo in Miami. The building encompasses luxurious units with great ocean views.

One of the perks of owning this condo is that views of the sunrise and sunset can be enjoyed by the balconies, located at both ends of the unit.

On top of all, the property has been renovated by the artist, he had the idea to take down a wall so natural light and panoramic views could be appreciated in every room.

Take a sneak peek of few living spaces!

The luxurious design of the condo has lots of modern features, the open layout offers a much comfortable living space. Plus, the exterior of the beloved Miami building makes it looks like it is floating on water.

Besides the condo itself, the building offers several amenities that are meant for entertaining and spending quality time with family and friends, such as, a pool, a fully equipped gym, large green areas, and tennis courts.

The musician has listed the more than 2,900 square-foot home for $1.2 million dollars. Want to learn more about the listing? click here!

Our 10 Most Distinguished European Properties

A continent of disparate countries creating a hotbed of culture and history, Europe is seen by many as the center of the world. It’s no coincidence that it almost always appears in the middle of world maps. 

When did it all start? In the medieval times of Castles and royalty? Maybe it was the age of exploration. It doesn’t really much matter because Europe is eclectic in nature, as most things are, but the special thing about Europe is that it bears so much of its past in its everyday life.

We can visit those castles, can see Vermeer’s lapis lazuli, walk original cobblestone streets peppered with ancient cathedrals, even smell what Sean Maguire smelled in the Sistine Chapel.

All these parts of history coming together to form the continent we know today. In everything from bloody histories to study abroad stories, the continent’s eclectic nature is clear to see on almost any scale. We even get to see that diversity in our list! 

Everything from contemporary estates to historic villas, here are the ten most luxurious properties we have for sale throughout Europe!

10. Kapellen, Antwerp, Belgium

Price Tag: $6,681,637

Nestled in the forest of Kapellen, this villa has exceptional views of the Royal Antwerp Golf Course. Incredibly modern, still in its infancy at five years old, this clean-cut behemoth sits on an expansive 100,233 square foot lot. The living area coming in at an astounding 12,163 square feet of living space still leaves a plethora of room, even when accounting for the in-ground pool. Thanks to the architect, who was no stranger to the effects of natural light in interior spaces, we have a beautiful home to start our list.

9. Loule, Faro, Portugal

Price Tag: $7,424,040

An impressive driveway brings us through the door to the grand hall of this beach style villa. The coastal vibes are further enhanced by the ocean view, bright interior colors, and the villa’s short distance from both the beach and the Ria Formosa natural park. Pool privacy is preserved by meticulously maintained and well-laid gardens. With a lot size of 41,440 square feet, and a living space of just over 5,000, the additional plot of land has full building rights and limitless potential. Five en-suite bedrooms, seven baths, this 2002 home is the perfect perch for the successful thalassophile.

8. Budapest, Hungary: Villa Christina

Price Tag: $9,023,065

During the reign of King Matthias, the area where this villa lies was managed by the crown. These old hunting grounds are one of the most sought after residential areas in Budapest.

An environmentally friendly, modern minimalist mansion. It’s fitted with vanguard tech, ranging from security, to earthquake protection, to controlling the whole compound from your smart device. Emphasis on modern, this 2015 home is state-of-the-art.

With a lot size of about 35,000, and a living space of just over 23,000, to call it spacious is an insult. Some of that space is dedicated to the spa in the basement, fit with saunas, a steam room, salt caves, solariums, and even a tepidarium.

This property is one you have to see for yourself, though, you’ll only be amazed. To understand a villa like this, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.

7. Berlin-Dahlem, Germany

Price Tag: $10,648,405

Wrought iron and shrubbery envelop this palatial German villa. Built in 2006, 20,020 square feet of living space, upon first glance this building is undeniably impressive. More full baths than there are bedrooms, and as many indoor pools as there are kitchens, the interior is a must-see as well. Aesthetically reminiscent of Olympian gods, modernized and exemplified, especially in the pool room, this villa is hard to forget.

6. Tannay, Switzerland

Price Tag: $15,482,000

Switzerland! Home to some of the world’s best skiing, the world’s best chocolate, and the best option we had for number six on this list. 5,400 square feet of living space, sitting atop 24,000 square feet of land, this home was only missing one thing. It wasn’t a pool, no, it has a beautiful one of those. It was missing a homeowner, but then you came along. Once you reach out to us here at Castles, we’ll be happy to help make your transition seamless and painless.

5. Ramatuelle, Saint-Tropez, France: Villa Salmanazar

Price Tag: $20,776,445

There may not be a human alive that could argue the fact that France, home to our number five pick, is one of the most breath-taking, romantic locales on the planet. This sprawling estate, aptly named not after the biblical king, but the nine-liter large format wine bottle, is a force to be reckoned with. Dormant amongst the hills of Ramatuelle, Provencal-style and Saint-Tropez flair synthesize into this beauty.

Easy access to le Cote d’Azur, and privacy from the tourists. While it exudes a beach club feeling, upon entering it’s clear that the villa is well-suited for family living as well. A two-hour drive from the nearest airport, fifteen minutes from Saint-Tropez as we know it, and five minutes from Club 55, this property is malleable. It is exactly what you need it to be.

4. Lake Como, Brunate, Italy

Price Tag: $22,660,000

Two wings coming together with two styles to form this Italian villa tucked amongst the trees overlooking Lake Como. Views of the Alps, including Mont Blanc, are enough to give people their first understanding of what everyone in the know means by “the great outdoors.” The south wing was built neo-Louis XV style, while the north wing boasts a modern rationalist style. Various artists, architects, and designers have their marks all over this estate; art blessing the walls and ceilings of numerous rooms.

In addition to these two wings, there’s a separate villa meant for the staff needed to maintain 12,702 square feet of living space sitting on top of 269,107 square feet of land. Yes, that was typed correctly. 269,000 square feet of land. With various parts of this property resembling the more visually stunning stills from the internationally multi-award winning film “Call Me by Your Name,” this is one you’ll want to see.

3. Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Price Tag: $29,307,072

Built in 2017, almost 12,000 square feet of living space, this is one of the most impressive modern penthouses you’ll ever see. We promise.

2. San Rafael, Ibiza, Spain

Price Tag: $51,074,322

If Avicii were alive today, he would agree, this equestrian territory is cool. We’re positive he would have stronger words, but we’re speechless. If you’re into numbers, you’ll love to hear that this compound boasts almost 22,000 square feet of living space. Whether you’re into numbers or not, you’ll be astonished to hear we called it a “territory” because it exists on 861,094 square feet of land. Imagine the potential for events! One main house, two side houses for the staff, enough room to raise around one hundred horses, a path with over one hundred olive trees, three huge terraces, plenty of wrought iron and natural stone walls, an eight car garage, and a bathing lake for the horses. In, of all places, Ibiza. You can understand our shock.

1. Mosina, Poland

Price Tag: $59,068,115

30,000,000 square feet. Thirty million square feet.

An estate in a national park, overlooking the Warta River where we find a private marina. Europe’s most well-equipped polo club, and an indoor practice facility, exist on the grounds. Tournaments are held either in the lit arena, or the other two fields. The villa also contains:

  • A ballroom featuring a hand painted ceiling and crystal chandeliers
  • A library/cigar lounge
  • A mahogany paneled dining room
  • Owner’s kitchen equipped with Clive Christian furniture
  • A study
  • White marble floors in the main lobby accompanying the swimming pool
  • Stables for sixty horses
  • Glass sunroom
  • Summer and winter paddocks
  • A 1,400 square foot country-style guest house with five suites
  • An oak paneled tennis court of 2,800 square meters
  • An office building of 1,600 square meters connected to the carriage house

The main building has four floors consisting of almost 10,000 square meters. Altogether, we’re looking at 14 bedrooms, 25 full baths, 15 half baths, and 40,000 square feet of living space.

It is safe to say that the biggest price tag on our list is warranted.

That concludes Our Top 10 Most Distinguished European Properties! All of these properties are available for purchase through the representation of Castles Unlimited. Please feel free to contact us with any inquiries, as we’re looking forward to touring and meeting the horses.

Steven Seagal’s Scottsdale Mansion Hits the Market for $3.8M

Steven Seagal, the 90’s action movie star, producer, martial artist, and musician, is selling his contemporary house in Arizona for $3,775 million. Situated on 11.92 acres high on a ridge and overlooking the Chiricahua golf course, this home is built for luxury living.

In 2010, Seagal bought this modern house at $3.5 million after marrying his fourth wife. Built in 2001 on roughly 12 acres, this multi-level, glass, and copper residence features a mix of naturalistic, traditional, modern, and industrial design elements.

Spanning over 8,900 sqft of living space, this home has everything you need with amenities such as a home theater, a copper roof, a three-car garage with copper doors, a heated pool, and a 600-sqft guesthouse.

Click here to learn more about this spectacular property!

Cliff Avril’s $3.3M Bellevue Home Hits the Market

Super Bowl champion, Cliff Avril, is selling his residence in Bellevue, WA, after owning this one-and-only mansion for just over a year.

Listed for $3.3M, the house was built in the spring of 2018. The residence is 4,664 square feet, featuring five bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. The welcoming exterior combines a cool contrast of wood brown and slate grey.

The open-concept kitchen is flooded with natural light, offering an island view.

The master bedroom boasts an art piece of a fireplace. The unique fixture blends beautifully with the flooring.

The overall location of this mansion is attractive. It is 11 miles across Lake Washington, with easy access to downtown Bellevue.