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On Location: Perfect in Paradise at Wymara Villas

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

By Mark Moffa

Each bedroom enjoys oceanfront balconies.

The view from the living room.

An oceanside deck has steps directly into the ocean.

In my 13 years with Unique Homes, I’ve been fortunate to travel to so many amazing places for this On Location feature. Yet a recent visit to the Wymara Villas in Turks and Caicos provided the most luxurious accommodations I’ve experienced yet.

 

What are the truly affluent seeking in a Caribbean property? Seclusion. Safety. Sophistication. Convenience. High-end finishes, amenities and technology. And on-site personnel who provide an unsurpassed level of service. You’ll find it all here.

 

After a less-than-four-hour direct flight to Providenciales from New York City, we arrived midday Friday for lunch on the pure, white sand of Grace Bay beach at the Wymara Turks and Caicos (a Wymara Resort). Once settled on the other side of the island at our $4.75 million Atlantic Ocean-front villa — only a short, 10-minute shuttle ride away — we felt at home.

 

A Maldives-inspired design with Greek island architectural elements is both modern and timeless, breathtaking and comforting. Part of an exclusive six-villa site designed to take advantage of unique topography and stunning elevated sea views, the indoor/outdoor feel is exhilarating and the high ceilings are invigorating. We didn’t want to leave the infinity pool or multiple decks — one with steps directly into the ocean — but Brendan O’Neill of The Agency insisted on touring us around the island.

 

“We don’t have really high density. We’ve managed to find this niche. People really want to come here. There’s a real brand for Turks and Caicos,” he says as he shows us how manageable the island is. “No nightclubs stay open late. The people who are here embrace what is great about the place.”

 

The Turks and Caicos brand is one that can’t compete with Jamaica or the Dominican Republic for volume or lower-spending clientele — nor does it want to. The island uses U.S. currency, has no limitation on foreign ownership (unlike the Bahamas), and has no limitation on how long you can work in residence (unlike the Caymans and the Bahamas). Private schools, private jet FBOs and a population of less than 40,000 add to the draw for the likes of Bruce Willis, Donna Karan, Dick Clark and Prince, all of whom have owned property or spent significant time on the islands.

 

Before returning to the U.S. on Monday, we experienced an array of memorable moments: blissful beach time, the most relaxing massages ever at the resort’s Spa (and we have had our share of great massages), snorkeling at the third largest barrier reef in the world, and unique encounters on Iguana Island (Little Water Cay) chief among them. But without a doubt, the most romantic and unimaginably indelible aspect of our escape was the villa itself. Impressive.

Photos courtesy of The Agency

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U.S. Real Estate Company Introduces $8 Million Penthouse

New penthouse located in the Nine on the Hudson development in the Port Imperial neighborhood of West New York, New Jersey showcases Alexander Hovnanian’s inspiration from a variety of developers and architects.

By Brielle Bryan

K. Hovnanian at Port Imperial Urban Renewal VI, LLC has introduced its $8 million dollar penthouse at its Nine on the Hudson development, which consists of beautiful new luxury condos and is located in the Port Imperial neighborhood of West New York, New Jersey, which is just north of Jersey City and Hoboken. Nine has spacious floorplans with views of New York City and five-star amenities.
The penthouse showcases Alexander Hovnanian’s inspiration from a variety of developers and architects that he admires. Nine pushes the envelope with the penthouse’s design by creating a zen oasis, inspired by Japanese design and Dutch aesthetics a design incomparable to other penthouses in New Jersey or New York City.
The one-of-a-kind dining room, inspired by a hibachi concept, was designed to bring people closer together in a less than typical arrangement. The minimalistic designed kitchen has a greenhouse. The penthouse also has a private zen garden and a dedicated tatami room. A floating staircase graces the foyer, and leads up to a modern-glass cube on the penthouse’s expansive private terrace.

Photos courtesy of VDP

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On location: The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

By Mark Moffa

To say that the location of The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, is its greatest asset, is not to diminish the magnificence of the homes themselves, or the friendly services, elegant amenities and unparalleled lifestyle. It is to simply say that life at these residences provides owners with unbeatable views, enviable access and a unique experience impossible anywhere else.

“It’s an important blend of exceptional service, central location and high-quality construction, fit and finish,” says Craig Spencer, founder and CEO of the developer, Arden Group. “Within four blocks you can experience all the arts, the finest restaurants, shopping, history and the best medical facilities in the country. Our building was designed by Handel Architects, who are the designers of the World Trade Center Memorial.”

Unique Homes was fortunate to live for two nights in a gorgeous, two-bedroom, three- and one-half-bath, 2,115-square-foot model on the 44th floor, designed by Barbara Nipon Spencer of BJS Design. It is available furnished for $2.45 million. Most of the residences (including our unit) offer cinematic views of iconic City Hall, and Dilworth Park, the city’s newest centerpiece, just unveiled after a $55 million renovation.

Our home was the perfect base to experience phenomenal food and service from the neighboring Ritz-Carlton hotel, along with the city’s holiday offerings during a December weekend. We enjoyed new and old seasonal traditions, all within easy walking distance. We marveled at a 61-year-old Christmas light show that has entertained generations of Philadelphians in a historic department store Grand Court, punctuated by the Wanamaker Organ, the largest playing pipe organ in the world. Then, a few blocks away, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular delighted young and old, a digital wonder on one of the world’s largest, highest-resolution LED displays. We were charmed by the German-style Christmas Village in LOVE Park, and awed by the Philly Pops along the Avenue of the Arts.

“Philadelphia is a kinder, friendlier and more manageable New York, with all of its rich history, world-class parks, world-renowned museums and far too many great restaurants to ever conquer — all within walking distance,” says Gary Greenip, vice president of sales and marketing. “Travelers can be at their airport gates in 25 minutes from The Residences. Once you live here, you will never move. You’ll be spoiled, pampered and think of your staff as family!”

Only 32 of the building’s 270 residences remain. Developer residences still available start with a one-bedroom, one- and one-half-bath unit with spectacular views of City Hall and Dilworth Park for $770,000. The most grand is a 9,515-square-foot penthouse on the 47th floor. It comes with breathtaking views from over 1,500 square feet of outdoor balcony space, and is completely customizable for $14 million. Other listings with two or three bedrooms range from $800,000 to $3.4 million.

 

Photo courtesy of The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton

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What Will Happen to Your Shopping Center?

By Camilla McLaughlin

What’s on the horizon for retail?

Everything from enhanced technology that will point customers toward stores, sales or experiences based on past behavior, to a menu of ever-evolving, engaging venues including theaters, art galleries, craft brewers and distillers, luxury motoring, spas, yoga and fitness, rooftop restaurants, farmers’ markets and concerts.

Photo courtesy of the Taubman Company LLC

In January, Macy’s released a list of 68 stores to be shuttered, a number that later grew to 100; the next day Sears announced the closing of 150 stores, a number that later swelled to 250. A month later, J.C. Penney announced plans to close 138 stores. It seemed that a “retail apocalypse” might be at hand as if one of the largest industries in the U.S. was going to suddenly disappear. But commercial developers, contractors and planners have an entirely different take on the situation. Instead of sudden death, they see a metamorphosis into something more experiential, authentic and consumer- and community-oriented.
“Headlines might make it seem every shopping center is going to be vacant, but that’s not the case. We are in a period of evolution. If you can’t adapt, you can’t evolve. The one constant in this industry is change,” said Jeff Kreshek, senior vice president West Coast Leasing, Federal Realty Investment Trust, speaking on a panel focused on retail at a recent Urban Land Institute (ULI) conference.
Even though industry observers acknowledge change and recognize the need for further change, a scenario in which brick and mortar stores will fade as the preferred outlet by consumers is unlikely, according to ULI’s 2018 retail outlook. “Retail itself is alive and well,” says Brian Andrus, president of the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors. Spending might fluctuate with the economy, but the long-term average growth for retail sales is 4.18 percent, significantly higher than the U.S. GDP. The National Retail Federation’s annual consumer spending forecast expects holiday shopping in November and December to increase retail sales between 3.6 and 4 percent.
Overall, online only accounts for about 10 to 11 percent of all yearly retail sales. Surprisingly, this number is equal to the amount captured by catalog and mail-order sales in 1995.

Online shopping often takes the blame for empty retail spaces, but that’s only one of several factors at play. Another is simply an overabundance of space. A study by Cowan and Company estimated the U.S. has 40 percent more shopping space per person than Canada, five times more than the U.K. and 10 times more than Germany. Expectations are that some portion of this excess capacity will be refocused. One example is The Mark 302, which is an old Sears building in Santa Monica being redeveloped by Seritage Growth Properties. Reconfigured from the inside out, the new building is infused with light. Green walls and the use of wood lend an organic feel. Half of the space is devoted to creative offices. Lower levels include small retail shops as well as a diverse food hall.

Photos courtesy of Santana Row

 

“You have to engage with people on a sensitive level and give people a reason to be there without being crammed down by shopping. It’s not the shopping, but the experience,” explained Kreshek, using the example of Santana Row in San Jose.

Demographics and shifting consumer priorities require retailers to give consumers a reason to go to a mall. “You have to engage with people on a sensitive level and give people a reason to be there without being crammed down by shopping. It’s not the shopping, but the experience,” explained Kreshek, using the example of Santana Row in San Jose.
“Malls are dying, but not all of them. The demise of the department store contributed to that. Retail is changing, but it’s not broken, it’s not dead. We’re seeing a lot of new projects coming out,” said Steven Siegel, executive vice president, Sagamore Development Company. Increasingly, he says, new retail entails meeting the consumers where they are and being responsive to their needs, a challenge he expects technology to augment.
New projects are likely to extend beyond the traditional concept of a mall as a separate contained entity. Rather, they are connected to the community and often incorporate a carefully calculated mix of spaces, including residential and office, as well as places for community gatherings and events.

Meeting Consumers on Their Terms

Look for omnichannel, which refers to a seamless shopping experience across multiple outlets, to be retail’s buzzword of the year, as Amazon and others explore ways to integrate multiple modes of purchasing and delivery. Amazon has moved away from pure-play distribution, opening pick-up centers near college campuses as well as actual bookstores in Boston, San Diego, Portland, San Jose and Seattle. Savvy companies from Nordstrom to Walmart to Chico’s already sync online with bricks and mortar, so one enhances the other. A strong online component also augments in-store inventories.
For luxury, omnichannel is expected to be a top 2018 trend, according to the Luxury Client Experience Board and the Luxury Institute. Milton Pedraza, CEO of Luxury Institute explains: “There is a digital transformation that’s required across all channels as companies realize that the consumer experience is non-linear. They may research products in one place,obtain pricing information at another, and then choose to make the final purchase either in-store or online.

“They may purchase online, and bring returns to the store. A seamless channel goes beyond having access to products either in-store or online. Consumers should be able to transact in any way they choose via any channel that the brand offers, and 2018 is a critical year for this objective to be met.”
Chuck Taylor, director of operations for Englewood Construction and Management in Chicago, says the move from online to bricks and mortar also reflects a growing recognition among online brands that “the one thing missing from the shopping experience is the experience itself.”
The hottest retail outlets today, according to Taylor, incorporate an experience. To illustrate, he points to an Englewood project — American Girl Place, the brand’s flagship store, in Chicago. Here shoppers can immerse themselves in the brand experience that includes creating one-of-a-kind outfits, a salon visit with expert in doll hairstyles, even doll pampering and spa treatments.
While innovative retailers are important to attracting visitors to a mall, a number of other factors ranging from authenticity to local flavor to the physical setup and a carefully curated mix are equally essential. Wellness is also growing as a mall addition, and these features offer a way to engage with consumers who increasingly want to do something important with their lives.
Taylor also sees a growing presence of high-end automotive brands like Tesla and motorcycle manufacturers, whether as pop-up shops or full-on sales galleries. “These luxury motor brands are being considered by developers as unique and creative additions to their tenant mix,” he says.

Outward Orientation

Traditional malls were typically inward focused; new power malls connect with the outside with light-filled atriums, green walls and water features enhanced by well thought out connections between retail outlets, restaurants, other experiences, parking and the outside. Many, both open and enclosed, are organized around the concept of a main street, whether this entails turning several streets into an iconic shopping district or creating one in an entirely new setting.
Built during the recession, City Creek Center in Salt Lake City (pictured at top and below) covers several city blocks. A retractable roof turns the enclosed space into an open-air venue. A creek runs along the main walkway, and there are multiple entrances from adjacent streets. Like many new malls, this project includes a mix of residential and office space with local and national retailers.
“The appeal of the surrounding shopping center or village is rivaling the importance of the individual store in attracting traffic drawn to a retail destination for the quality of the overall experience. The entire shopping center, or the mall, has to create a great experience, and those on the leading edge of luxury offer shoppers spas, art exhibitions, music and other entertainment to enhance the shopping experience,” says Pedraza.
Already, landlords and developers are drawing on local communities to provide input into new retail developments, and the local synergy lends more authenticity.

Photo courtesy of the Taubman Company LLC

Big Box Business

The discount sector continues to resonate with consumers with Ultra, T.J. Maxx and Dollar General opening new stores. Big Box retailers such as Target are also experimenting with new formats and smaller spaces.
“Landlords and developers are finding they have to be creative in what they do with a space,” says Taylor regarding renovations and repurposing. Suggestions for large spaces from shuttered stores include a theater, night club or rock-climbing spaces. Another consideration for a shuttered store, part of an existing mall, was to demo the building and create a large outdoor gathering space. Outdoor or indoor spaces for everything from concerts to farmers’ markets are becoming a mall essential.
Restaurants continue to be a focus for landlords and developers, and many see food along with local breweries and craft distillers as a magic bullet. Food and a connection to the local community are central to the revitalized Packing District in downtown Anaheim, which turned a former citrus packing facility and Packard showroom into a food-oriented venue that includes a food hall, a large central atrium surrounded by café and kiosks for communal dining, an outdoor garden and a long outdoor porch for dining.
“It’s not about the food, but more about the community and what these spaces do for the neighborhood and bringing people together,” shared Chris Bennett, director of development for LAB Holding.
For most retail spaces, food is only one element in a successful mix. “Good food is really important, but it is not the panacea,” adds Kreshek. Still, food, wellness and fun events might be the secret sauce that will convert more e-commerce entities to bricks and mortar. And overall, look for the new retail to increasingly become a place for community connections.

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The Top 25 Santa Barbara Homes

Santa Barbara, or “The American Riviera,” as some call it, is known for its clear blue beaches, stunning mountainous scenery and Mediterranean-style buildings. In this edition of Unique Homes, we researched the 25 most expensive listings in the coastal California city. These luxurious Santa Barbara offerings range from a $108 million ranch spanning 2 miles of oceanfront, to a 4-bedroom beachfront estate featuring extensive landscaping for $22.5 million.

$108,000,000
10045 Calle Real, Goleta
Las Varas Ranch, an 1,800-acre coastal gem with 2 miles of unspoiled oceanfront, a classic hacienda main house, numerous ranch buildings, lemon and avocado orchards, and a private lake.
• Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
• Douglas Elliman Real Estate

$85,000,000
2500 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara
Rancho San Carlos, an approximately 237-acre estate property that for nearly 100 years has been under the ownership of one family.
• Sotheby’s International Realty

$67,000,000
5225 Figueroa Mountain Road, Los Olivos
Sycamore Valley Ranch, formerly known as Neverland Ranch, is both residence and retreat — 3 parcels, totaling approximately 2,700 acres, bordering on historic family ranches and the Los Padres National Forest.
Joyce Rey, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$65,000,000
120 Montecito Ranch Lane, Summerland
World-class 19-acre polo ranch estate includes a grand main house, 3 detached guest suites, private polo field, quality stables/office/clubhouse complex, 128-foot pool, poolside cabana and more.
Randy Solakian, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$55,000,000
2825 Padaro Lane, Carpinteria
Providing privacy and exclusivity, this estate site boasts approximately 500 feet of unparalleled ocean frontage affording breathtaking 360-degree views of the majestic Pacific, nearby islands and tranquil Santa Barbara mountains.
Erik Wilde & Cathy Titus, Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe

$50,000,000
Rancho Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara
This 214-acre ranch estate includes the stately Casa Grande mansion built in the 1920s in the classic California Spanish style.
• Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$48,500,000
1627 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara
Magnificent estate with glorious ocean and mountain views, splendid architecture and historic gardens on over 9 acres in Montecito’s world-renowned estate enclave.
• Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$45,000,000
Hills of Santa Barbara (address undisclosed)
The pure pastoral ambience of the Tuscan countryside pervades this elegant stone villa, with its gentle light, rugged stone and wood, and reverence for the natural surroundings.
• Sotheby’s International Realty

$40,000,000
2955 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara
Breathtaking views of ocean and mountains greet you upon arrival to this extraordinary Balinese and Asian-style contemporary estate on approximately 8.24 acres.
• Sotheby’s International Realty

$39,000,000
256 Eucalyptus Hill Drive, Montecito
Solana, circa 1916, is shining from a stunning restoration, unfolding gracefully over 22,000-plus square feet and 11-plus acres.
• Village Properties, Realtors

$38,500,000
13600 Calle Real, Goleta
Immersed in privacy and serene natural beauty, this gracefully designed villa offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the vibrancy of unspoiled surroundings from 287 grassy acres.
Randy Solakian, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$37,500,000
1104 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara
Rare wide-open oceanview contemporary built in 2008 captures the essence of paradise and elegant modern architecture.
• Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$35,000,000
14200 Calle Real, Goleta
Five-bedroom Villa della Costa on 106 acres overlooks the Gaviota Coast and its panorama of spectacular untouched seaside landscape with breathtaking 360-degree views.
Randy Solakian, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$32,750,000
4347 Marina Drive, Santa Barbara
A legacy property in Hope Ranch — a reimagined Wallace Neff architectural masterpiece with new theater room, wine cellar, guesthouse and ocean views.
• Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$27,900,000
1590 E Mountain Drive, Santa Barbara
Sweeping ocean views, stunning architecture, impeccable quality and timeless elegance coalesce on nearly 2.5 lush acres to create a remarkable 10,000±-square-foot estate.
• Village Properties, Realtors

$27,500,000
700 Park Lane, Montecito
One of Montecito’s great architectural estates by George Washington Smith, circa 1923, on over 5 manicured and magnificent acres; tastefully updated in 2006.
Randy Solakian, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$27,000,000
121 Hollister Ranch Road, Goleta
Five-bedroom home on 115-plus acres with ocean views.
• Hollister Ranch Coastal Properties

$26,750,000
771 Garden Lane, Montecito
In Montecito’s coveted Riven Rock, a commanding 5.5-acre country estate offers a stellar 7-bedroom residence, extensively remodeled in 2007.
• Village Properties, Realtors

$26,500,000
2709 Vista Oceano Lane, Summerland
A majestic estate of nearly 20 acres inspired by the Italian countryside, Tuscany Oaks Farm combines magnificent vision with seductive beauty in a setting with sublime coastal and mountain views.
Joyce Rey, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Emily Kellenberger, Village Properties, Realtors

$25,500,000
3055 Padaro Lane, Carpinteria
This estate on 2 parcels has 4.37 acres; 350 feet of ocean frontage.
• Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$24,900,000
3271 Padaro Lane, Carpinteria
On Padaro Beach, this 7,287-square-foot, 6-bedroom Hamptons-style estate is built on a knolltop with 105 feet of beachfront.
• Sotheby’s International Realty

$24,000,000
Santa Ynez Mountains, Carpinteria (undisclosed)
This 40±-acre estate includes an over 6,000-square-foot main residence, a 2-bedroom guesthouse and multi-room cabana.
• Sotheby’s International Realty

$22,900,000
765 Rockbridge Road, Montecito
On more than 7 acres, Rockbridge has a sprawling main residence, sweeping lawns, magnificent landscaping and a guesthouse.
• The Icon Realty, Inc.

$22,500,000
3365 Padaro Lane, Carpinteria
Gated beachfront estate with a 4-bedroom contemporary main residence, 2-bedroom guesthouse and extensive landscaping.
• Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$20,000,000
851 Buena Vista Drive, Santa Barbara
Offering a 12,000-plus-square-foot main house, guesthouse, poolhouse and 2 garages is this estate with 7 bedrooms and 13 baths.
• Compass California Inc.

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On Location: Castello di Casole, Tuscany, Italy

On the sloping Tuscan hills, San Damiano is a turnkey, custom-built farm home where old world meets new.

By Mark Moffa

Q: What do you get when you combine an unbeatable location in Italy’s Tuscan hillside with impeccable service, enviable accommodations and authentic culinary experiences?

A: Castello di CasoleA Timbers Resort (Europe’s No. 1 Resort, as ranked by Travel + Leisure), which recently hosted Unique Homes for three beautiful nights to experience its magic firsthand. What we discovered was a perfectly placed paradise offering the finest level of service imaginable.

The setting is storybook. Through a cypress-lined drive up to a hilltop in Siena, a Middle Age castle from the 10th century serves as the core of the hotel and resort. “We are very, very lucky, because we are in the heart of Tuscany,” says Gabriele Olla, senior sales manager. Some of the world’s best wineries are very close, as are Michelin-starred restaurants — Florence is an easy 45-minute drive. But visitors and residents hardly have to leave the 4,200-acre estate.

The resort is breathtaking. General Manager Federico Galligani, hired by Timbers in 2015, deserves credit for running a seamless operation that allows his guests to indulge without a concern. We were treated to an aperitif on the hotel terrace while enjoying the sunset over the Tuscan countryside. And Executive Chef Daniele Sera wowed us with a memorable tasting menu at Tosca Restaurant (modern molecular gastronomy meets traditional Italian goodness here).

The draw is universal. Folks are coming from around the world (such as the United States, Brazil, England, Russia, Germany, the Middle East and Singapore) to enjoy inspired cuisine; indulge in spa treatments inspired by ancient Etruscan beauty rituals; sip on a bottle of exclusive estate-grown Dodici wine; immerse themselves in culture with an Italian language, art or cooking class; explore winding country roads behind the wheel of a Ferrari; or simply bask poolside under the Tuscan sun.

The real estate is heavenly. Jo Ann Hawley, senior sales executive, drove us around the dreamlike grounds, explaining that buyers can purchase Farms at Castello di Casole with an existing ruin to be restored, or build a new “reconstructed” farmhouse. Prices are two-phased — figure on land costs around 3 million, and another 3 million to build. Italian VAT can be steep, but Hawley says these properties offer a break. “You have significant tax advantages and entitlements with the farms.”

The opportunity is unique. Produce your own wine or olive oil on your own land, while enjoying the amenities of a five-star hotel. The farms offer 120 to 150 acres of cultivable land with crops consisting of vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and wheat fields along with a customized luxury farmhouse at the center. The winemaking opportunity is “really tailored to how much involvement the owner wants to have,” Hawley says.

Photos courtesy Timbers Resorts

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The Top 25 Hawaiian Homes

The U.S.’s 50th state is far from last when it comes to luxury real estate. As part of this waterfront edition of Unique Homes, we researched the 25 most expensive listings in The Aloha State. Although the country’s eighth smallest state, Hawaii offers the fourth longest coastline (behind just Alaska, Florida and California). From acreage to penthouses, from organic farms to rooftop lanais, our snapshot of Hawaii’s priciest offerings is as diverse as the archipelago’s environment.

$70,000,000
2676 E. Kauapea Rd., Kilauea
The ultimate Hawaii retreat on 15+ bluff-top acres with a white-sand beach, main house, guest pavilions, and caretaker’s quarters.
Neal Norman, Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers

$45,000,000
5418 Weke Rd., Hanalei
A multi-property estate boasting old-Hawaii charm on the ocean at Hanalei Bay.
Neal Norman, Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers

$36,000,000
1118 Ala Moana Blvd., GPH #36, Honolulu
The 10,000-square-foot Grand Penthouse has 5 bedrooms and over 1,300 square feet of outdoor patio space, including its own pool.
Neal Norman, Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers

$35,000,000
1118 Ala Moana Blvd., GPH #35, Honolulu
On the 35th floor of Waiea, this 6-bedroom penthouse boasts a rooftop lanai with an ocean-facing infinity pool.
List Sotheby’s International Realty

$31,000,000
4200 Anini Vista Dr., Unit D, Kilauea
An impressive estate on the dramatic coastal bluff of Kauai’s North Shore with views of mountain, shoreline, reef and beyond.
Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty

$30,000,000
2620-A Kauapea Rd., Kilauea
This gated ocean-bluff estate has a deeded trail to the beach, a guest home and one of the most beautifully detailed homes on Kauai.
Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers

$29,500,000
2590 Kauapea Rd., Lot 65, KilaueaThis elevated 28-plus-acre estate features ocean, mountain and
extended coastal vistas.
Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers

$28,000,000
3244 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei
One of Maui’s most exclusive homes, this 13,422-square-foot residence is located on world-renowned Keawakapu Beach in South Maui.
Neal Norman, Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers

$26,000,000
51 Kaikea Pl., Kailua
A 2.5-acre oceanfront property on 3 lots with private, gated access to Kailua Bay.
Aska Estate Hawaii Inc.

$25,000,000
4000 Wailea Alanui Dr., Apt. 102, Kihei
Magnificent, totally remodeled “double unit” with the most dramatic oceanfront location in South Maui.
Dave Wagner, Wailea Point Realty Inc.

$24,995,000
210 N. Kalaheo Ave., Kailua
Truly a resort within itself, this stunning Kailua beachfront estate has a 5-bedroom main house and 3-bedroom guesthouse. KW Worldwide

$23,000,000
69-1566 Puako Beach Dr., Kamuela
Majestic oceanfront residence comprised of 1.16 acres with approximately 450 feet of prime ocean frontage on the Kohala Coast.
Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers

$22,800,000
72 S. Kalaheo Ave., Kailua
House of Paradise, a chic, sophisticated, contemporary avenue-to-ocean beachfront estate on world-renowned Kailua Beach.
Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties

$22,000,000
69-2014 Nani Paniau Dr., Kohala Coast
On 7.45 acres, this is one of the largest, privately owned oceanfront estates on the island of Hawaii.
Robert Chancer & Steve Hurwitz, Mauna Kea Realty

$21,500,000
4469-W N. Waiakalua Rd., Kilauea
This is one of the most profitable certified organic farms on Kauai and comes with a Hawaiian-Japanese-style home.
Neal Norman, Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers

$20,000,000
73-2230 Ala Kohanaiki, Kailua-Kona
The Moana Residence, on the best lot at Kohanaiki, is a 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath home of approximately 7,000 square feet under roof.
Joni Metzler, Metzler Realty

$20,000,000
1133 Ikena Circle, Honolulu
With unparalleled attention to detail, this elegant property is designed in the 19th-century French style rarely seen today.
Sachi Hawaii, Pacific Century Properties

$20,000,000
5403 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu
Sophisticated and modern 1.43-acre oceanfront estate with 185 linear feet of beach frontage, a tennis pavilion, sparkling pool, Jacuzzi and pool pavilion.
Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties

$20,000,000
59-367 Ke Nui Rd., Haleiwa
Comprised of 2 properties. Here you can sit on your porch and have a front-row seat to view the world-famous surf spot called Pipeline.
List Sotheby’s International Realty

$19,900,000
3 Kapalua Pl., #3, Lahaina
A rare opportunity to own a stunning Island Contemporary architectural masterpiece by award-winning Hawaii architect Jeffrey Long.
Keller Williams Island Living

$19,500,000
600 Stable Rd., Paia
On approximately 500 linear feet of white-sand beach, this home offers world-class panoramic views of the ocean and the West Maui Mountains.
Wailea Realty Corp.

$18,000,000
2332 Makiki Heights Dr., Honolulu
One of the largest estates in metro Honolulu, this hillside property features a main house and guesthouse on beautifully landscaped grounds.
Patricia Choi, Choi International

$18,000,000
4383 Royal Pl., Honolulu
This island treasure, designed by Frank Roberts, AIA, has been home to the Doheny family for 50-plus years and offers the rarity of 165 linear feet of beach frontage.
Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties

$17,800,000
5949 Kalanianaole Hwy., Apt D, Honolulu
One-of-a-kind setting surrounded by water — a private lagoon on one side, a bird sanctuary on the other that opens out to the ocean.
Dolores Bediones & Takako Friend, Locations Hawaii

$17,750,000
280 Poipu Dr., Honolulu
One of the nicest oceanview homes on Oahu, situated for the trade winds, with the pool area offering perfect breezes to ensure comfort.
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This story originally appeared in Unique Homes Summer 2017. 

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South Carolina’s Palmetto Bluff Expands Development, Preservation

By Alyssa Apuzzio
Palmetto Bluff, the largest remaining waterfront property on the East Coast, has debuted its second residential community, Moreland Village. Surrounded by rich history dating back 12,000 years, the architecture is designed to create seamless transitions between the indoors and outdoors.

Crescent Communities at Palmetto Bluff has committed to the recent expansion of the Crescent-managed forest area by an additional 90 acres, protecting this land from development and allowing the organization to study and maintain the land. This increases Palmetto Bluff’s protected acres to 12,631.

“The needs and interests of the land and wildlife lead everything we do here at Palmetto Bluff, and we’re in great hands with the Conservancy team helping to ensure that the Bluff’s original inhabitants, its wildlife, prosper,” said David O’Donoghue, Crescent Communities executive vice president, resort and second home.

Amenities include The Boundary, which features a bowling alley, restaurant, smokehouse, two pools, a fitness center and an art loft. Palmetto Bluff is also home to the newly expanded AAA Five Diamond
Montage Palmetto Bluff with fantastic golf, spa, canoe club, and culinary offerings — all surrounded by 32 miles of riverfront and extensive nature trails.

Palmetto Bluff is currently home to 466 families, with the long-term plan of developing another 3,500 homes.

Photo courtesy Crescent Communities

This story originally appeared in Unique Homes Ultimate ’17. Click here to see the digital version.

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Living Like You Are On Vacation

The following article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of ERA Real Estate Distinctive Properties Magazine.

Homeowners are increasingly demanding that their properties accomodate “staycations.”

Photo courtesy Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design

By Kristen Ordonez

The idea of creating a “staycation” space, whether it exists within a single room or an entire home, is a concept growing in popularity, and can be interpreted differently by interior designers, landscape designers, and real estate professionals.

Designer Meridith Baer of Meridith Baer Home knows more than most people about creating a certain feeling when stepping into a home, as her firm is one of the country’s leading home staging and design companies.

For Baer, “It’s no longer enough to just have a roof over our heads; we want our home to be…

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