The Best Luxury Residences with Space for Soccer

Soccer is now the third most popular sport in the U.S., and real estate developers are beginning to take notice.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, the most-watched sporting event in the world, just kicked off in Russia, and all over the globe fans and non-fans alike are getting in the soccer spirit. But the soccer frenzy isn’t just growing with the start of the Cup.
Some properties in New York City are being designed to accommodate residents who play soccer and want to do so without leaving their home, with the inclusion of indoor and outdoor fields, simulators, and more. Here is a round-up of the most lux properties with soccer amenities.

180 East 88th Street

Situated in the Upper East Side’s Carnegie Hill neighborhood, 180 East 88th Street is a condominium inspired by New York during the 1920s-1940s. Featuring 48 graciously-appointed private residences designed and developed by DDG, this is an ideal spot in NYC, including a twist: residents have access to a partially indoor soccer pitch. Residents can feel free to practice their penalty kicks at any time, making this space ideal for soccer lovers.

Waterline Square

Waterline Square is a three-tower development in NYC, intentionally designed with expansive indoor soccer fields. Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, this waterfront development is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and features 263 luxury condominium residences. The property includes several sports and fitness spaces, specifically an indoor soccer field with lots of turf-playing surface.

Madison Square Park Tower

The 63-story Madison Square Park Tower designed a “Simulator Room,” where residents can play any sport of their choosing virtually, including soccer, without ever leaving the building. Madison Square Park Tower is also the tallest residential building between Midtown and Lower Manhattan at 777 feet.

Missoni Baia

Missoni Baia is certainly suited for soccer super fans who would be ecstatic to share an address with a professional soccer star. This 57-story luxury condominium lies in Miami’s popular Edgewater neighborhood and is home to Miguel Borja, forward for the Brazilian club Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, participating in the FIFA World Cup for 2018 in Russia. Notable features include five swimming pools, including an Olympic-sized lap pool.

Photos courtesy of Noe & Associates with The Boundary, March Made for DDG, missonibaia.com

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Old Meets New in Arizona

guests at tanque verde ranch can adventure through miles of horseback riding trails that go deep into the rincon mountains and Sonoran desert.

Seated in the sweeping mountain ranges and boundless desert of Tucson, Arizona, Tanque Verde Ranch combines the spirit of the Old West with today’s modern amenities.

“We’re right at the base of the Rincon Mountains, and the sunsets here are like no other,” says Terry Hanley, the general manager of Tanque Verde Ranch.

Spectacular scenic views can be witnessed in one of the various lodging options, which are tastefully decorated in a traditional southwestern theme with adobe walls and Santa Fe-style architecture.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary, Hanley recalled how Tanque Verde Ranch started as a cattle ranch in the ’20s and was eventually turned into a horse ranch. With more than 150 horses provided by the ranch, guests can take horseback riding lessons or adventure through miles of horseback riding trails.

Every Sunday and Thursday morning, guests can go on an unforgettable trail ride passed towering cacti and rolling hills to the Old Homestead where freshly prepared breakfast is served.

“We are famous for our blueberry pancakes,” Hanley says.

This ultimate dude ranch experience provides a wide range of activities such as fishing, swimming, mountain biking and hiking. The ranch also has outdoor cookouts, country music entertainment and coordinated activities such as chili cook-offs.

  — Brielle Bryan

Photos courtesy of Tanque Verde Ranch

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Bahamas international sporting club encompasses paradise

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Usually, getting to a destination is the most difficult part of a trip; at The Abaco Club, an international sporting club on Winding Bay in the Bahamas, the hard part is leaving.

“Welcome to Paradise” is how David Southworth, founder and CEO of Southworth Development, greets newcomers here. Even before you reach your residence, via a personal golf cart, you already feel the sense of being in paradise building.

The setting is relaxed with low slung buildings and iconic Bahamian architecture surrounded by lush vegetation. In the background, turquoise waters sparkle and flashes of rose red can be spied as Bahamian parrots streak through the trees.

No matter your vision of paradise — golf, tennis, boating, cave diving and snorkeling excursions or just relaxing on two miles of pristine beach — this club has it all. The golf course, consistently rated No. 1 in the Bahamas, is a true Scottish-style links course set hard by the sea with classic links features including pot bunkers and sloping greens. Pros such as PGA champion Darren Clarke often use the extensive practice facility to perfect their short game.

The club setting, which restricts the number of visits from non-members, adds to the overall laid-back ambiance. Real estate offerings include cottages, estate homes and cabanas. Two new condo buildings are planned. Also, in the works is a second members’ clubhouse and dedicated boat slips at Little Harbour.

Divers worldwide come to Abaco to explore the blue holes and potentially the most extensive island underground cave system in the world.

Our visit to the island included a winding trip through a pine forest with the Friends of the Environment to visit Dean’s Blue Hole, the second deepest in the world. Another day, we explored the cays and harbors around the Sea of Abaco, where we swam with turtles and met the swimming pigs of No Name Cay.

Along the Winding Bay beach, the club’s waterfront director has a range of water toys including kayaks, paddleboards and snorkels at the ready, and special events are planned every day.   

Whether in the open air at Flippers Beach Bar or taking in the panoramic views from the relaxed elegance of the Cliff House, dining often turns into a convivial experience. It’s no surprise that Flippers’ signature drink is the Island Smile. Fish tacos at Flippers and fresh lobster at the Cliff House are favorites.

The last night of our visit was ribs night, one of the special events at Flippers, with live Shake ‘n Scrape music and a surprise visit from the island’s Junkanoo troupe.

Regretfully, we had to leave the next morning, but we carried with us the last exuberant notes of that night. — Camilla McLaughlin

Photos courtesy of The Abacos Club; Left bottom photo courtesy of Home ©Aaron Usher III

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Fast-Growing Start-Up Strengthens Community Connections

Through its Random Acts of Kindness campaign, real estate marketing leader Parkbench.com encourages good deeds in every neighborhood.

By Roger Grody

One of the fastest-growing start-ups in the real estate industry is Parkbench.com, an innovative, neighborhood-based collaborative through which real estate professionals enhance their presence in the community. The platform also hosts businesses, residents and nonprofit organizations, connecting people on multiple levels and strengthening communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The Toronto-based company was founded by entrepreneur Grant Findlay-Shirras and his wife Amanda Newman, a local Realtor. The concept, which establishes an exclusive website for a Realtor in every neighborhood, provides a vehicle through which that real estate professional can build his or her business while creating a more cohesive, tightknit community. After launching his wife’s website in 2013, Findlay-Shirras founded Parkbench.com to accommodate demand from Realtors in every state and province.

Parkbench.com CEO
Grant Findlay-Shirras

“Everybody who lives, works or plays in a neighborhood has something to say, and this platform provides immense value to the community while building a Realtor’s brand,” says the CEO. Findlay-Shirras explains Parkbench.com allows Realtors to elevate their roles to what they once were: pillars of the community who generate referrals by collaborating with local businesses, residents and organizations. It is a technology-driven approach to old-fashioned relationships.

“All Realtors want to provide value to their communities and expand their spheres of influence, but most don’t know how to go about it,” says Findlay-Shirras, who adds, “We believe in the Law of Reciprocity. Those who provide value to their communities will prosper.” Parkbench.com has also become the largest single provider of local news, aggregating local content from around the Internet and updating it daily on its Realtors’ respective websites.

Because Parkbench.com’s mission is to make neighborhoods stronger, both socially and economically, a corporate culture of giving comes naturally. After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas last August, Parkbench.com donated 10 percent of its revenue the following month to the nonprofit Feeding Texas. This past February, the firm implemented a Random Acts of Kindness campaign in honor of National Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 11-17, 2018.

“The entire company is built on this motto: Give value first, and have faith that you will receive something in return,” says Findlay-Shirras, who adds, “And why not give it randomly to see people’s awesome reactions?” The Parkbench.com CEO, who created the Local Leader® Marketing System used by his network of 1,000-plus Realtors, reports that members in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada — including New York, Vancouver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Austin, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, and Miami — participated in the February campaign.

Among the random acts of kindness extended by Parkbench.com, Realtors were buying coffee for the neighborhood, handing out flowers on Valentine’s Day, reprising the lost art of dispensing compliments to strangers, and cleaning up litter in the community. Local Realtors videotaped and posted their random acts for a companywide competition, with the winning Realtor receiving $1,000 to donate to his or her favorite charity.

Parkbench.com also supports nonprofits beyond the neighborhood level, and selected causes have included fostering entrepreneurship in Kenya, assisting the homeless and funding disaster relief. “The spirit of the company is giving to the community,” reminds Findlay-Shirras of Parkbench.com’s core value. “That’s who we are.”

Photo courtesy of Parkbench.com

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Health and wellness amenities in high demand among tourists

From healthy food and exercise to spa treatments and spiritual guidance, wellness tourism is putting health and well-being at the center of travel.

By Alyssa Gautieri

Photo courtesy of The James Hotels

Whether a hotel, resort or apartment complex, health and wellness amenities are in higher demand than ever from tourists seeking to enhance themselves physically, psychologically and spiritually.

 

According to the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a non-profit organization for the wellness industry, the wellness economy grew by 10.6 percent between 2013 and 2015. Wellness tourists spent about $563 billion in 2015, and the GWI predicts the total expenditure of wellness tourists will grow by another 43 percent between 2015 and 2020.

 

Curated exclusively for guests of The James Hotels, Four Bodies Wellness perfectly embodies the idea of wellness tourism. The in-room wellness program was designed to help balance all four bodies — physical, mental, spiritual and emotional.

Photo courtesy of The James Hotels

Whether guests feel stressed, disconnected or lacking inspiration, the four partners of the Four Bodies Wellness have curated offerings specifically catered to each area of the body.

 

From in-room TV Kundalini Yoga sessions, one-on-one sessions with intuitive counselors to in-room TV workout sessions, collaboration among the four partners has led to the creation of a holistic experience. “To feel really well, we need to think about all of the different areas of our well-being,” says Ruby Warrington, the curator of the emotional program.

Photo courtesy of QT Hotels & Resorts

According to Warrington, wellness tourists are increasingly using travel as a way to recharge. “Time alone in a hotel can be very valuable,” she says. “We can really use that time as a way to reconnect ourselves.”

 

Fulfilling a similar need, QT Hotels & Resorts has introduced “Yoga in the Sky,” a pop-up rooftop yoga series, at QT Melbourne.

 

The series is an “opportunity for people to connect both with themselves and with others,” according to Lee Davey, general manager at QT Melbourne. “The great ambiance on our rooftop, paired with guidance from professional yoga instructors, the energy of a live DJ and the breathtaking skyline views, all combine to create an absolutely one-of-a-kind experience.”

From Chicago to Australia, wellness tourists are emerging as “people are realizing the importance of taking a moment to pause during the day and re-center,” Davey says. “It’s important to escape for a moment and focus your energy on body, mind and soul,” and wellness tourism allows for just that.

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Country estates find their way back into buyer’s hearts

Photo courtesy of Brian Smith

Known for being havens of rustic, down-to-earth hideaways, ranches, farms and country estates are finding their way back into the forefront of buyer’s minds. Luckily for those interested, these properties can be found in nearly every corner of the U.S.

Located in the heart of Albany is Cane Mill Plantation, a $16 million estate in the heart of the quail plantation belt in Georgia. Properties in this area are contiguous with one another, according to agent Elliot Davenport Jr., of Hall and Hall, and cover a large breadth of land with a variety of outdoor recreation. Offering a main lodge, staff housing, dog kennel and more, this fifth-generation-owned property is an ideal hunting retreat at the tail-end of the Appalachian Mountains, at only an hour distance to Atlanta.

Southwest in Texas is a more wide-ranging assortment of ranch, farm and estate properties to choose from, depending on the needs of the buyers. “Buyers without horses often go a bit further outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth area,” says Keller Williams Realty Agent Kim Hunter, “as their country estates are used similarly to mountain or lake homes; it’s really about a weekend retreat for these buyers. Ranchers tend to look for much larger tracts (100-plus acres) where they keep a mixture of horses and cattle.”

Photo courtesy of California Outdoor Properties

Photo courtesy of California Outdoor Properties

Photo courtesy of Hall and Hall

Hunter just listed the Furst Ranch Estate, a 127-acre working ranch with world-class horse facilities and a high lodge-style home atop one of the highest points in northern Denton County. Apart from the renovated lodge home, the rolling landscape and abundance of trees on the exterior is what surely makes this ranch special. “It’s not pretentious, despite its size and amenities, so it could serve as a private home, family compound, corporate or executive retreat,” says Hunter.

Farther west into the Williams Fork River Valley of Colorado sits Motherwell Ranch, a 10,350±-acre mountain ranch that combines a diverse landscape, privacy, fishing from multiple water sources, and much more. Water is what secures Motherwell as a significant property, according to Hall and Hall Agent Brian Smith. “Good water is essential … and with 3.3 miles of the Williams Fork River, four lakes, over 90 ponds and smaller creeks, the ranch really stands out for its quality and quantity of water,” says Smith.

Local Californian rancher and Realtor Jim Martin is listing White Oak Ranch and Vineyard, a 255-acre property in Mendocino County with 130 acres of productive vineyards. “The White Oak Ranch & Vineyard is California’s premiere wine country estate where Mediterranean refinement blends with Western tradition,” says Martin, as the ranch’s architectural style is based on homes in Provence, France.

On the ranch is the Villa, which offers 10,000 square feet, five en suite bedrooms, seven baths, a professional kitchen, two internal courtyard gardens and an outdoor kitchen with an exterior fireplace. White Oak has first-class amenities of the highest order, coupled with a full-scale, commercial and income-producing vineyard. — Kristen Ordonez

Left and top right photos courtesy of Kim Hunter. Bottom right photo courtesy of California Outdoor Properties.

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Tech Crunch

When technology experts compare the current pace of innovation behind the scenes in real estate to the Dot.com Boom of the late 1990s, it’s time to take notice.

By Camilla McLaughlin

Could another tech revolution for real estate be at hand? During the last tech surge, more than a few pundits speculated the agent would become increasingly irrelevant as technology took over most aspects of the job. Today, amid speculation about blockchain, artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, whispers about the demise of the agent are once again surfacing. But experts say today’s next-gen tech will only make the role of the agent more relevant, particularly in high-value markets.

“Ultimately, relationships remain at the core of real estate, and today they are more important than ever,” observes Stephanie Anton, executive vice president of Luxury Portfolio International.

While attention in recent years has riveted on technology for the home, a wave of innovation with the potential to be even more transformative is on the cusp of altering everything from the way homes are marketed, to access to property data, to the execution of the sale. “We are at the tipping point of change

for real estate. Within three to five years, the entire property landscape will have shifted. Real estate search will be completely remastered, and the industry as a whole will not resemble what it is today,” says Joel Leslie, partner and CEO of Propify, a California startup that was developed in Australia.

The time frame for Leslie’s projection might be optimistic, but there is no doubt that the way properties are bought and sold will change in the not too distant future, perhaps even more dramatically than the mid-1990s when listings and property information became publicly available and searchable online. As a result, new brokerage models emerged; some remain, many do not — but the impact of technology on the way homes are bought and sold endures.

“Technology continues to transform the real estate industry, and particularly in the last few years as we have seen more and more true innovation introduced that can make agents’ lives more efficient, their tasks more automated and their time more effective,” says Stephanie Anton.

“An ever-complex sales process, record home values and elevated consumer expectations require agents to rely on a range of tools from contact management to virtual reality. “In the world we live in today, you truly have to be rigorous to keep up with the ‘latest and greatest,’” shares Anton.

Luxury sellers want “to see that an agent has the tools and wherewithal to expose their home to the buyer groups that have the most potential to purchase. They want to know that it’s being placed in the right places, where luxury buyers are looking. They also want to easily see the work that the agent is doing on their behalf,” says Tom Morgan, who heads up marketing for Gabriels Technology Solutions, a technology provider for luxury real estate brands. Productive agents rely on CRM or customer relationship management software to facilitate and streamline this process and provide detailed reports to clients.

Contacting an agent and discussing parameters of the home used to be the norm when someone decided to buy a home, says Bob Hurwitz, founder and CEO of Hurwitz James Company. Now, that initial contact usually happens after the buyer has done his or her own research on everything from available homes for sale to neighborhood statistics to online value approximations.

“The agent is still absolutely key though, as much of the information online, particularly ‘valuations’ from third-party aggregators, are ludicrous and inaccurate, based on incomplete or faulty data. Additionally, much sales data is not available as more and more listings are sold off market,” says Hurwitz.

Online searches, often on mobile devices, have upped requirements for how properties are presented online. “The days when a photographer would come in and shoot 20 photos are over. It is imperative that photography, VR [virtual reality] tours and video be absolutely of the highest level,” Hurwitz says. To take a unique property to the next level and make the property stand out, Hurwitz has hired an award-winning director to produce visuals.

Disruptive Technologies

When Matterport introduced 3-D technology to real estate imagery, it was a game changer. Once floorplans came off the page, it was possible to get a much better sense of the configuration of a property, and 3-D floorplans invite exploration. Now, pioneering newcomers are making 3-D technology less expensive and possibly applicable to a range of price points. “Apple investments suggest that soon, with the iPhone 11, you will be able to create such beautiful content using a camera in your pocket,” says Anton Yakubenko, co-founder and CEO of GeoCV.

GeoCV offers a high-quality 3-D immersive experience in both tours and floorplans. There is a “true sense of being with realistic depth and HDR [high-dynamic range] photo realistic quality,” explains Jonathan Klein, director of partnerships for GeoCV. “We differentiate ourselves by leveraging 3-D-enabled smartphones and taking an open approach to the data.” GeoCV’s floorplans and tours also include patios, porches and other outdoor connections, giving potential buyers a good idea of the indoor-outdoor synergy of a property.

“Technology continues to transform the real estate industry, and particularly in the last few years as we have seen more and more true innovation introduced that can make agents’ lives more efficient, their tasks more automated and their time more effective.” — Stephanie Anton of Luxury Portfolio International.

It’s A Virtual World

Virtual staging is not new. It was introduced in 2009, but the overall result was less than realistic. New technology means virtually staged spaces appear as real furnished rooms. “With dynamic 3-D augmented and virtual reality capability, buyers, sellers and real estate agents can eliminate visualization barriers using technology to showcase how a space will look fully furnished, but in a more scalable, convenient, cost-effective and personalized way than ever before,” says Pieter Aarts, CEO of RoOomy.

Virtual staging does more than act as a substitute for real furnishings. Some options allow viewers to change the position of a wall or windows. So, buyers can imagine how a property would look if, for example, the landscaping was changed or with a wall knocked out, explains Tim Rose, national sales manager for PlanOMatic, which offers virtual staging, interactive floor plans and 3-D walkthrough.

By collaborating with retailers of home furnishings, RoOomy gives potential owners a preview of what a room would look like with their choice of furniture. Using a design app on their site, buyers and homeowners can also try out various pieces of furniture or an entire scheme in a room, and the results are presented in 3-D. RoOomy also found a place on Architectural Digest’s list of the 20 best home design and decorating apps.

“Suddenly, virtual reality is making it possible for people to visualize a home before it’s built,” says Alexander Hovnanian, area president for K. Hovnanian at Port Imperial Urban Renewal VI, LLC. K. Hovnanian is innovating the way new construction is sold using virtual reality. Buyers tour Nine on the Hudson, a new project in West New York, New Jersey, while the 278-unit condo building is being constructed. Donning VR goggles they can walk the building and preview their future home as well as the views and patios and decks. Distant buyers use their iPad to link to an Opto tour using goggles supplied by K. Hovnanian. So far, the tours have resulted in more than 80 signed contacts from as far away as California.

What didn’t change dramatically during the tech revolution is the way property searches, which typically still require a specific location or geographic area as a delineator, are conducted. A few brands that cater to the affluent, such as Sotheby’s, allow a search by lifestyle, architecture or amenity without restrictions to a specific location.

Future searches for real estate potentially will bypass conventional portals and give access to an even larger number of properties — despite whether they are listed in the MLS — as blockchain technology becomes more widely adopted. Propify is a new social media search platform for real estate that employs blockchain technology. “The future of tech and real estate will make it easier to find the right property and Realtor and broker no matter where you are located. This will happen quickly and with confidence. There is no doubt that the traditional property search websites will not disappear overnight, but they will not be as aggressive as they once were,” says Leslie, who says the social media aspect of Propify has the most appeal for agents right now.

Blockchain and Distributed Ledger

Seemingly bursting on the scene in the last year, blockchain technology was originally developed as a platform for Bitcoin. But blockchain is applicable for many other uses, and is not to be confused with cryptocurrencies. “Blockchain technology is a digitized way to immutably record and share information. Blockchain-based smart contracts have the potential to transform real estate purchases, sales, leasing, financing and management,” says Marci Rossell, chief economist for LeadingRE and Luxury Portfolio. “Fortunately, the average person doesn’t have to grasp the technological details of how blockchain works; they just need to know what it can do for them.”

Some speculate that blockchain could be as transformative as the Internet was. Rossell compares the current climate to the Dot.com Boom of the late 1990s. “Blockchain is in the early stages of its commercial development and application. I expect that, over the next decade, it will be another Internet Wild West out there, with blockchain-related businesses emerging at a rapid rate. And just like the Dot.com Boom, a few will survive, thrive and transform their sectors — like Amazon. But there will also be many lost fortunes on the ideas that don’t work out,” she says.

Several blockchain platforms for real estate have been introduced, including Ubitquity and Propy.

Cryptocurrency Hubbub

Recently, Canter Companies, a San Diego brokerage, listed two properties offering the option of payment in cryptocurrency. Outlining the steps that had to be navigated, including banks and title companies, just to make this offering, CEO Andrew Canter says it was a detailed, but possible, process. Still, he cautions, “It’s early days. It’s something that is evolving every week.”

“Cryptocurrency is really a fascinating addition to the real estate industry,” says Hurwitz, who notes one of his agents just closed a $4.6 million transaction where the down payment was in Bitcoin. “It’s something that would have been unfathomable not too long ago,” he says. “What made it more challenging is that the buyer was actually obtaining a loan and it was necessary to find a sophisticated lender who understood the concept and was able to fund without a problem.”

The appeal of cryptocurrencies for global buyers should not be discounted since they potentially offer the ability to move currencies more securely and with fewer fees. Smart contracts and transactions via blockchain are expected to have appeal in countries where the sales process and property rights are not as secure as in the U.S.

Even though cryptocurrencies are not something most agents will encounter any time soon, major real estate brands and affiliate groups are keeping them on their radar. “Whether you’re skeptical of it or not, it is huge. We have thousands of new millionaires, and there are some new billionaires out there, purely off cryptocurrency. So, it’s something you’ve got to pay attention to,” says Danny Hertzberg with The Jills team at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Miami, who has briefed agents in his office on the topic. Even though people are marketing properties that say they are willing to accept cryptocurrencies, he says, most of those transactions actually close in dollars. “They’re doing an exchange, you know, prior to the deposit, and they’re exchanging Bitcoin for dollars and doing the same thing before the closing.”

Like Canter, Rossell believes it’s the early days and lots of changes are likely. “When a new technology of any kind emerges, multiple applications often compete for commercial dominance. Think Beta and VHS, or Facebook and MySpace. Real estate-related payment systems are likely to go through a similar process, where multiple systems compete until users coalesce around their preference. And don’t despair if you feel behind the curve on all things blockchain. While the topic burst on the scene late last year, it’s applications to real estate will unfold over many years.”

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Going Global — A Mexican Marvel

Owners at Costas Palmas have access to the members-only Beach Club, which serves as the heart of the club community, offering organic cuisine, fitness and locker rooms, full-service pools and proximity to the beach.

Owners can also take advantage of “Aventura” guides, offering jet skiing, paddle boarding, wake surfing, sport fishing, ATV adventures to secret caves or waterfalls, and sunset horseback rides on the beach. The Costa Palmas Marina, a deep-water marina with 250 slips, is located just steps away from the marina village offering artisanal boutiques, dining, music and art. — Kelly Potts

rendering & photos courtesy Costa Palmas

Costa Palmas, a 1,000-acre private beachfront resort community on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula, will soon be home to the first Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences in Los Cabos. Options for owners include a fully furnished, fully managed golf, beach or marina one- to five-bedroom residence, or one of just 18 private, custom-designed villas of 5,000 to 10,000 square feet located on the beach or marina.

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Bountiful in Boca

The home featured on our cover was crafted with the intention to impress, and clearly this objective has been achieved. But first impressions only hint at the value and experience of this property.

Located at a point where a canal and the Intracoastal Waterway intersect, it occupies an unparalleled location with panoramic vistas, deep water and easy access to the Atlantic. Currently, it’s the only new construction on the Intracoastal point lot in Boca Raton, but what makes it undeniably one of Boca’s prime properties is exceptional forward-looking design that is perfectly executed by luxury developer Mary Widmer. It is at once elegant, but comfortable, combining traditional elements in a streamlined design that also showcases features such as vintage ironwork, intricate ceiling treatments and a 35-foot-tall entry rotunda.

“Even though it’s over 10,000 square feet, it is cozy. There is such a warm feeling; this house just makes you happy when you are there,” says listing agent Kathryn Gillespie of Illustrated Properties. A well-conceived floorplan means this property is ideal for a range of lifestyles and life stages, as both a full-time residence or resort oasis.

Almost all the rooms look out to the water and to the lush green ribbon, including a mangrove preserve that lines the opposite shore. Extensive amenities include a media room, huge lower-level club room, office and a wine station. From either of the two 50-foot docks — both have electricity and water — it’s only minutes to the Atlantic via the Boca or the Hillsboro inlet. Boca’s private airport is also only 10 minutes away.

It’s hard not to fall in love with this property, which even has a little sandy beach with a fire pit. And being on the Intracoastal and still able to put your toes in the sand might be one of its most impressive features. The $11.5 million list price includes the furnishings. — Camilla McLaughlin

Photos courtesy of Kathryn Gillespie

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California’s 101 Top Coastal Properties

More than 25 percent of the U.S. properties listed for $25 million or more are in California, according to the 13th annual edition of Ultimate Homes. The 14th will be out in May, and is likely to show the same result. As a nod to The Golden State’s real estate swagger, we wanted to dedicate a portion of our annual winter waterfront issue to the Cali Coast. From an $85 million manse on a landmark Malibu site to a near-new Santa Barbara estate on almost 5 acres, enjoy our presentation of the 101 most expensive California coastal homes currently for sale.

$85,000,000
23800 Malibu Crest Drive, Malibu
Situated on one of Malibu’s landmark sites, this private property offers views overlooking Santa Monica Bay, Catalina Island and Malibu Colony.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$81,500,000
6962 Wildlife Road, Malibu
This secluded masterpiece rises above the Point Dume Bluffs on 4-plus acres with stunning views of the Pacific.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$65,000,000
120 Montecito Ranch Lane, Summerland
This world-class, 19-acre polo ranch estate near the renowned Santa Barbara Polo Club offers amazing ocean and mountain views.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$63,500,000
4100 Calle Isabella, San Clemente
La Casa Pacifica comprises of two parcels on 5.45 acres and rests on one of Southern California’s largest sections of coastal residential real estate.
Sotheby’s International Realty

$57,500,000
33740 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
This newly constructed, gated and private bluff-top retreat offers a sun-filled main house with impeccable craftsmanship on 1.72 acres.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$55,000,000
33603 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
This state-of-the-art, 25-acre equestrian ranch compound sits behind a private gate overlooking Malibu’s beautiful ocean.
Sotheby’s International Realty

$55,000,000
2825 Padaro Lane, Carpinteria
Featuring a 2-bedroom ranch, this home’s coastline vistas and breathtaking 10+ acres make it a rare jewel on the coveted Southern California Coast.
Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe

$55,000,000
7292 Exotic Garden Drive, Cambria
This Palladian-inspired estate on 80 acres includes a coastal Pinot Noir vineyard, full equestrian facilities and unobstructed 180-degree ocean views.
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

$52,000,000
22506 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
Unique one-of-a-kind Carbon Beach property offers approximately 130 feet of beach frontage and one of the deepest properties on the beach.
Hilton & Hyland

$51,000,000
2431 Riviera Drive, Laguna Beach
Situated in Laguna Beach, ‘Villa Dei Tramonti’ opens directly onto the sand with a Mediterranean Revival-style and the ambiance of a private resort.
Compass

$50,000,000
33218 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
This two-story home is a very private and secluded beachside estate on 3 park-like acres with mature trees, panoramic ocean views and a path to the beach.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$48,500,000
9751 El Camino Real, Gaviota
This historical 214-acre ranch estate includes a stately 5-bedroom Casa Grande mansion built in the 1920s with classic California Spanish-style architecture.
Kerry Mormann & Associates

$44,000,000
4130 Calle Isabella, San Clemente
Located in a guard-gated community, this nearly 3-acre gated compound offers spacious rooms and approximately 13,000 square feet of living area.
Compass

$41,888,000
3290 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach
This oceanfront estate is bathed in natural light and offers vaulted ceilings, an open floor plan with a spectacular kitchen and indoor-outdoor living spaces.
Mike Canning
Canning Properties Group,
Sotheby’s International Realty

$40,000,000
39 Beach View Ave, Dana Point
Dramatic and sensual, the nearly 14,000-square-foot residence has expansive spaces, an open floor plan and breathtaking views of the ocean.
Stanfield Real Estate

$40,000,000
1 Buggy Whip Drive, Rolling Hills
This authentic Spanish estate is perched 1,100 feet above L.A. with 180-degree panoramic views of the beaches, downtown and the San Gabriel Mountains.
Forbes Corrales Coastal Properties

$40,000,000
2955 E. Valley Road, Montecito
Breathtaking views of ocean and mountains greet you upon arrival to this extraordinary, 8.24-acre estate nestled in the hills of Montecito.
Sotheby’s International Realty

$38,500,000
13600 Calle Real, Goleta
Surrendering to spectacular proportions, this villa accounts for unparalleled opportunities to experience the vibrancy of unspoiled surroundings.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$38,000,000
1690 San Remo Drive, Pacific Palisades
This exquisite home reminiscent of the great manor homes of 18th century England resides on over an acre of land in the Pacific Palisades Riviera.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$37,750,000
1830 Rincon Ave, Escondido
In addition to panoramic ocean views, this 290.95-acre luxury mountaintop estate is extremely private and surrounded by 6,000 acres of open space.
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

$37,500,000
2475 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
“Rockledge By The Sea” is one of the most extraordinary oceanfront compounds in Laguna Beach with 190 feet of ocean frontage and cove access.
Compass

$37,500,000
1104 Channel Drive, Dana Point
This rare, wide-open ocean-view 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
Surrounded by large coastal ranch properties, Villa della Costa overlooks the Gaviota Coast and its panorama of spectacular untouched seaside landscape.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$32,750,000
4347 Marina Drive, Santa Barbara
This architectural masterpiece offers walls of glass throughout, inviting easy living out to the pool, guesthouse, lawns, gardens and bluff top ocean views.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$29,985,000
27465 Winding Way, Malibu
This estate is positioned on a

private, 4.8-acre knoll top with unobstructed ocean views of Catalina, reminiscent of the great villas on the Amalfi Coast.
Westside Estate Agency

$29,500,000
2529 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
The estate consists of a main residence with 5 bedrooms, 4 private villas and 2 attached guests rooms.
Teles Properties Inc.

$28,950,000
33 Strand Beach Drive, Dana Point
Enjoy panoramic views of the blue Pacific and direct beach access at this Balinese-style beachfront home with 9,800 square feet of living space.
The Smith Group

$27,900,000
1590 E. Mountain Drive, Santa Barbara
Sweeping ocean views, stunning architecture and impeccable quality coalesce on nearly 2.5 acres to create a lovely 10,000-square-foot estate in Montecito.
Riskin Partners

$27,900,000
39 Strand Beach Drive, Dana Point
This elegant showplace boasts 9,300 square feet of exquisitely appointed, contemporary space designed by architect Bob White and built by Carl Akins.
Compass

$26,900,000
3619 Ocean Boulevard, Corona Del Mar
Designed by architect Brion Jeannette, this home is tucked into the cliffs between two of the coast’s best beaches and is exceptionally private.
Kim Walker & Mollie Butcher
Surterre Properties

$26,500,000
92 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach
Situated on the front row of Emerald Bay, this home is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the hillsides of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
Villa Real Estate

$26,500,000
2709 Vista Oceano Lane, Summerland
Tuscany Oaks, a 20-acre estate inspired by the Italian countryside, combines sublime coastal and mountain views.
Joyce Rey
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$25,995,000
31 Strand Beach Drive, Dana Point
Designed by architect Ed Lorbach, Casa Paraiso is a 7,831-square-foot, 4-bedroom home that echoes a relaxed, minimalist taste.
The McMonigle Team

$25,900,000
156 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach
Held in the same family since 1932, ‘El Parador’ features a private beach area with almost 70 feet of frontage in the private community of Emerald Bay.
Compass

$25,888,000
31887 Circle Drive, Laguna Beach
Perched on a projection jutting out from a premier bluff top, this home features unobstructed 270-degree panoramic views and complete privacy.
Teles Properties

$25,495,000
25 Montage Way, Laguna Beach
Set at one of the world’s most prestigious resorts, this newly constructed custom estate heightens every experience, making life truly extraordinary.
The Smith Group

$25,000,000
2800 Ocean Front, Laguna Beach
This wonderful multi-family property features a main home, 2 additional units and tremendous possibilities.
Sotheby’s International Realty

$25,000,000
417 Paseao De La Playa, Redondo Beach
With over 62,000 square feet of beachfront property on 2 separate parcels, this dramatic compound is almost impossible to duplicate.
Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

$25,000,000
16421 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades
This residential property just south of Sunset Boulevard offers 33 magical acres and unobstructed Queen’s Necklace views.
Hilton & Hyland

$25,000,000
34 Maple Street, San Francisco
A masterpiece built by renowned architect Hermann Barth, this English Tudor estate features unparalleled quality, attention to detail and fine artistry.
McGuire Real Estate

$24,995,000
110 15th Street, Del Mar
This 5,244-square-foot, single-family home located in Del Mar has four bedrooms and four and a half baths.
Barry Estates, Inc.

$24,900,000
100 Stratford Court, Del Mar
Newly constructed coastal Mediterranean home is nestled among the Torrey Pines State Reserve, with the most amazing views of the Pacific Ocean.
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

$24,900,000
29917 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
A Douglas W. Burdge-designed modern Tuscan villa perched just above Malibu’s Zuma Beach with over four acres and commanding views.
The Agency

$23,995,000
2722 The Strand, Manhattan Beach
At 6,967 square feet, this is the largest oceanfront double lot on the market in the highly desirable, world-famous Manhattan Beach.
Keller Williams Realty

$23,888,800
9 Strand Beach Drive, Dana Point
Built in a modern-Mediterranean style, this rare estate enjoys panoramic ocean views and Catalina sunset views from virtually every room.
The McMonigle Team

$23,500,000
10 Coral Ridge, Newport Beach
From its perch on the Newport Coast the magnificent Mediterranean-inspired exterior of this home leads to a crisp, transitional, modern-styled interior.
Surterre Properties

$23,000,000
11 Clear Water, Newport Coast
With hand-finished details and thoughtful design elements, this 7-bedroom, 12-bath residence offers a state-of-the-art twist on classical architecture.
Surterre Properties

$22,900,000
57 Monarch Bay Drive, Dana Point
This newly constructed oceanfront home in Monarch Bay boasts a coastal Mediterranean design on a large lot with coastline and ocean views.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$22,750,000
1552 Cypress Drive, Pebble Beach
One of only five properties located along Pebble Beach’s famed 18th hole, this extraordinary location truly presents a historic opportunity.
Mike Canning
Canning Properties Group,
Sotheby’s International Realty

$22,500,000
2160 Balboa Avenue, Del Mar
Completed in 2015, this Coastal Contemporary masterpiece redefines ultimate style and luxury with extraordinary architecture and design.
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

$22,500,000
3055 Padaro Lane, Carpinteria
Ensconced behind massive gates, this private oceanfront estate is set on two parcels totaling 4.37 acres with 350 feet of ocean frontage.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$21,995,000
12 Bay Island, Newport Beach
Among the most coveted, landmark properties in Orange County, this private seaside sanctuary captures harbor views from Newport Beach.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$21,995,000
4501 Camden Drive, Corona del Mar
This incredible estate was designed with traditional architectural materials and offers a contemporary, open-floor- plan concept for maximum ocean views.
Arbor Real Estate

$21,500,000
28868 Cliffside Drive, Malibu
This remodeled bluff top Ranch-style home offers ocean views from every room and wood floors throughout.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$21,500,000
691 Picacho Lane, Santa Barbara
Sweeping ocean views and dramatic mountain views are on full display at this 5-acre estate located on Montecito’s famed Picacho Lane.
Riskin Partners

$21,000,000
121 Hollister, Goleta
Parcel 121 is one of only 28 “front row” parcels within the exclusive Hollister Ranch and the only one listed at this time!
Kerry Mormann & Associates

$20,900,000
3 Rim Ridge, Newport Beach
This ultra-private retreat is set on an extraordinary oversized 29,000-plus-square-foot lot encompassing a span of 225 feet of unimpeded views.
Surterre Properties

$20,900,000
11 Needle Grass, Irvine
The interior and exterior design of this home capture an authentic captivating European lifestyle.
Chris Valli
Chris Valli & Associates,
Surterre Properties

$20,195,000
8383 Lone Palm Drive, Cambria
This exquisite oceanfront home offers approximately 8,700 square feet and 1,000 feet of sandy beach on the central coast of California.
Jack Posemsky Real Estate

$20,000,000
23746 Malibu Road, Malibu
From the beachfront deck to the generous open space of the private guesthouse, this property is perfect for entertaining.
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

$20,000,000
851 Buena Vista Drive, Santa Barbara
Designed as the ultimate family retreat, this compound is sited on two-plus acres of breathtaking Montecito scenery with ocean and harbor views.
Compass

$19,995,000
24 Lagunita Drive, Laguna Beach
Simple, elegant and flawlessly composed, this new oceanfront residence rests on the sands of the most scenic cove in Laguna Beach.
Compass

$19,995,000
31412 Broad Beach Road, Malibu
This contemporary Cape Cod multi-level home offers dramatic whitewater coastline views from almost every room.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$19,990,000
3002 Sandy Lane, Del Mar
Situated in an exclusive gated community on the sand, you can entertain and enjoy dining al fresco in this spectacular oceanfront estate.
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

$19,988,000
7400 Vista Del Mar Ave, La Jolla
Directly on the sand at one of La Jolla’s premier beaches sits a stunning 8,300-square-foot estate designed by award- winning architect Don Edson.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$19,950,000
2932 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
The essence of this gorgeous half-acre-plus property rests in the award-winning design, materials used and remarkable location.
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

$19,950,000
317 17th Street, Manhattan Beach
This spacious beach estate with stunning panoramic ocean views was designed and built with every imaginable luxury imaginable.
Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

$19,900,000
2805 Tennyson Place, Hermosa Beach
Located in Hermosa Beach, this estate was meticulously built with a balanced combination of architecture, design and timeless finishes.
The Agency

$19,800,000
170 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach
With the perfect orientation for mornings on the balconies and sparkling city lights at night, this is one of the finest homes in Emerald Bay.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$19,800,000
5 Coral Ridge, Newport Coast
This estate has a 35-foot building height that allows for generous heights in every room with amazing ceiling design throughout all 3 levels.
RE/MAX Evolution

$19,750,000
27777 Winding Way, Malibu
Inspired by country homes of Southern France, La Vie en Rose was crafted to integrate into the hillside with 270-degree views of rolling hills and the ocean.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$19,000,000
14914 Corona Del Mar, Los Angeles
Situated on the Huntington Palisades Bluffs is one of the most beautiful estate locations in Los Angeles, with 210- degree, unobstructed panoramic views.
The Agency

$19,000,000
3205 Ballantrae Lane, Pebble Beach
Within close distance to Pebble Beach Golf Links, private gardens encompass the charming French-inspired guest quarters of this estate.
Sotheby’s International Realty

$18,500,000
1520 Roble Drive, Santa Barbara
This one-of-a-kind estate enjoys 1920s grandeur and has recently been transformed and stylized for modern living.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$18,500,000
705 Riven Rock Road, Santa Barbara
Centered in Montecito’s best Golden Quadrangle location, this reconstructed home offers a large, formal living room, kitchen, two-story foyer and more.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$18,350,000
108 The Strand, Manhattan Beach
Located on the famed Strand, this trophy property features sleek details perfectly complemented by impeccable finishes and high

quality craftsmanship.
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
$18,000,000
9950 Cotharin Road, Malibu
This striking compound located on 20 acres of prime Malibu land blends architectural excellence with the highest standards of engineering.
Compass

$17,995,000
34551 Scenic Drive, Dana Point
Unobstructed ocean, city light, harbor and Catalina Island panoramas can be enjoyed from nearly every location on the property.
Engel & Volkers

$17,995,000
13 Lagunita Drive, Laguna Beach
Enjoy the waves rolling on the sand and Catalina Island sunsets from this premier oceanfront masterpiece on
Victoria Beach.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$17,995,000
2661 Victoria Drive, Laguna Beach
The orientation of this contemporary home takes in Catalina sunsets, coastal lights, and glorious crashing waves to the north and south.
The McMonigle Team

$17,995,000
31038 Broad Beach Road, Malibu
This premier oceanfront villa offers the ultimate Malibu beach lifestyle with superb blend of modern elegance and impeccable craftsmanship.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$17,995,000
34555 Scenic Drive, Dana Point
Encompassing 2 home sites, this private and gated 1-acre compound presents an awe-inspiring setting atop the dramatic Dana Point Headlands.
Keller Williams Realty

$17,990,000
4 Midsummer, Newport Beach
Crystal Cove’s most luxurious new, custom estate features panoramic vistas stretching from Palos Verdes to Catalina to the harbor and coastline.
Surterre Properties

$17,950,000
199 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach
At night, the surrounding hills and coastline provide a dramatic backdrop for entertaining at this spectacular residence in Emerald Bay.
Compass

$17,900,000
710 Picacho Lane, Montecito
Resting on 3.5 stunning acres at the end of a private drive, this is the perfect estate for those seeking privacy and incredible views in Montecito.
Riskin Partners

$17,700,000
31921 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
Architecturally pleasing with gorgeous design and unparalleled craftsmanship, this residence seamlessly brings the Pacific Ocean and outdoors in.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

$17,588,000
3464 Sweetwater Mesa Road, Malibu
This astonishing home offers an unparalleled location atop a secluded 4.2 acres in guard-gated Serra Retreat overlooking Carbon Beach and Soho House.
Partners Trust

$17,500,000
165 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach
This new-build Santa Barbara-style estate on an oversized lot in Emerald Bay emanates the finest in luxury living.
HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

$17,500,000
4160 La Ladera Road, Santa Barbara
Redefining Santa Barbara style, this newly built 2.3- acre ocean-view estate takes queues from Moroccan extravagance and minimalist design.
Riskin Partners

$17,000,000
10727 Wilshire Boulevard PH 4, Los Angeles
Just remodeled, this two-story unit features floor-to-ceiling windows, a formal dining area, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar and more.
Hilton & Hyland

$17,000,000
14930 Corona Del Mar, Pacific Palisades
Situated on the Huntington Palisades Bluffs is one of the most beautiful estate locations in Los Angeles, with 210-degree unobstructed views.
The Agency

$16,999,000
1 Harbor Island, Newport Beach
This palatial waterfront property is one of the most stunning works of architecture within the prestigious gated enclave of Harbor Island.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$16,995,000
2914 Ocean Boulevard, Corona del Mar
The scale and expanse of this landmark home seamlessly blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Valia Properties

$16,950,000
17 Sailcrest, Newport Coast
A custom Mediterranean-inspired estate in the guard-gated community has unparalleled views of the ocean, city lights, Newport Harbor and Palos Verdes.
Surterre Properties

$16,950,000
7 Oakmont Drive, Los Angeles
This one-story Paul Williams classic on a vast 54,000-square-foot lot on prestigious Oakmont Drive leaves a lingering, awe-inspiring effect.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

$16,950,000
4653 Via Roblada, Santa Barbara
Sited high on an oceanfront bluff on Via Roblada is a magnificent estate property of approximately 13 acres, with 399 feet of bluff top.
Sotheby’s International Realty

$16,950,000
3164 Palmero Way, Pebble Beach
Behind gracious gates is an 8,000-square-foot, custom-built home with an abundant use of stone, located in Pebble Beach.
Carmel Realty Co.

$16,800,000
1599 E Valley Road, Santa Barbara
Staggering mountain views and ocean vistas surround this one-of-a-kind, 1930s Cape Dutch estate, designed by noted architect, Ambrose Cramer.
Riskin Partners

$16,500,000
3500 The Strand, Hermosa Beach
A landmark home in Hermosa Beach, you can walk up
the stairs to get to Manhattan Beach and the Redondo Beach Pier.
Stroyke Properties Inc.

$16,500,000
4230 Cresta Ave, Santa Barbara
Experience staggering ocean and mountain views from this near-new, stunning estate on 4.8 private acres, never before on the market.
Riskin Partners

$15,995,000
405 Calle Alicia, San Clemente
Poised at the end of a private cul de sac, this residence looks straight out to Cottons Point with unobstructed views out to Catalina and the San Clemente Islands.
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