Satiable Summer Sips

By Marlene Ridgeway

Beverage companies around the world are building brands aimed to be inclusive, sustainable, and satisfying. These recipes and ready-to-drink creations are perfect by the pool, at the beach, or as an afternoon refresher.

Teremana Tequila

Among the peaks of the Jalisco Highland mountains is a small town in Mexico where mature, naturally sweet agave is harvested, slow roasted in brick ovens, and then distilled in copper pot stills that are homemade by a local artisan. This is where Teremana Tequila is created.

The word teremana is a combination of the Latin word for earth and the Polynesian word meaning spirit, translating to the spirit of the earth. Appreciation for the land is a notion that shines through the brand of ultra-premium tequila. At Destilería Teremana de Agave, founded by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the tequila-making process is an artform, crafted through traditions with attention to detail in small batches.

The brand offers three types of tequila — Añejo, Blanco, and Reposado — and recipes that will enliven taste buds. Enjoy everything from a traditional margarita to Teremana Spice Pomegranate Punch, made with Blanco and pomegranate juice, to the Mana Mexican Coffee with a rich flavor that pairs perfectly with freshly whipped cream.

Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits

Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits

From gin, rum, and tequila, to vermouth and even triple sec, Lyre’s non-alcohol spirits remain true to the flavor of the classics with a sophisticated scope of ingredients, natural essences, extracts, and distillates. “We at Lyre’s are extremely proud to be the world’s most awarded non-alcoholic spirits,” says Joshua Carlos, senior vice president of Lyre’s. “Lyre’s was crafted to give consumers the adult flavor profile of a cocktail without alcohol,” notes Carlos.

The company offers almost every spirit you can think of, making many of your favorite cocktails possible. Spirits, pre-mixed, and ready-to-drink options provide something for everyone. “I could never turn down an ice-cold Amalfi Spritz. Perfect for beach days, sunsets, brunch, or even a rainy day,” says Carlos about one of his favorites.

Lyre’s Pink London Spritz

2 oz. Lyre’s Pink London Spirit
2 oz. Lyre’s Classico*
1 oz. premium bottled tonic water or soda water or lemonade
5 raspberries or berry of choice
2 lemon slices

Method: Build all ingredients in glass with ice. Stir.
Glass: Large Wine Glass

Adapt Drinks Relax

Adapt Drinks Relax would like to be your new go-to after-work beverage, or your favorite weekend potion to take the edge off. Considering replacing your traditional glass of wine, but don’t want to give up the ritual? Adapt Drinks Relax was designed by women with women in mind. The brand is a non-alcoholic, zero sugar, all-natural, sparkling water with adaptogenic herbs that can emulate the feeling you get after that first glass of wine. This is a functional beverage company that allows you to kick the side effects of alcohol to the curb.

Non Alcoholic Beverages

According to an Adapt representative, 87 percent of customers attest that Adapt made them feel more relaxed. What does the trick? Part of the magic is L-theanine, an amino acid that’s not commonly found in our everyday diets. The amino acid advances relaxation without the typical drowsiness that comes with alcohol.

Some other ingredients include Schisandra Chinensis and Panax ginseng. The company’s second flavor is set to hit the shelves later in 2022, which will include an indigenous Australian ingredient.

High Goal Luxury Gin

High Goal Luxury Gin

A fresh take on American gin has been achieved by High Goal Luxury Gin. With an appreciation for the classic spirit, High Goal Gin was co-founded by Matti Christian Anttila, CEO of Grain and Barrel Spirits, and the American polo player Nic Roldan. After a casual polo match, the trio was complete when co-founder Diego Urrutia introduced Roldan to Anttila. The three worked to create a brand that appealed to long-time gin drinkers and those who were new to the spirit.

Created in Charleston, South Carolina, High Goal Gin is infused with mint and citrus botanicals. These ingredients bring a lighter and refreshing note to the gin. This luxury brand boasts an approachable profile of flavors.

The Roldan

2 oz. High Goal Gin
Muddled strawberries
Basil as garnish
Method: Place strawberries in a shaker and muddle (or mash with a spoon). Add gin and ice to the shaker, and shake a few times. Pour into a stemless wine glass.
Add garnish.

Wilderton Botanical Distillate

Wilderton Botanical Distillate

Wilderton is a brand of non-alcoholic expressions. In Portland, Oregon, the team works by hand using traditional methods of tea making, perfumery, and alcoholic spirits to bring Wilderton to life. “Wilderton is truly about inclusivity. Everyone deserves a seat at the bar, and everyone at the bar deserves a great drink,” says founding distiller Seth O’Malley.

Some simple recipes are the Lustre and tonic with a lemon twist, and Earthen and ginger beer with a lime wedge. “If you’re willing to put in a little more work, I highly recommend Jim Meehan’s Early Toast, an elegant shaken cocktail that shows off Lustre’s citrus and herbal notes. Incredibly refreshing and perfect for a lazy brunch,” adds O’Malley.

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The New Design Mindset

By Camilla McLaughlin

Overshadowing demographic and social dynamics already in play in the market, COVID-19 continues to be the great disrupter, changing expectations and imparting a new perspective on our homes. “Over the last few years, we’ve collectively undergone significant stress and uncertainty. Many people are looking to regain a sense of control, stability, and comfort, looking to their homes for support and security,” says Sarah Barnard, a leading wellness designer, who was recognized as a One to Watch Scholar by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in 2017. “As we plan interiors for the post-pandemic landscape, the most innovative and enduring designs will be those that maximize the relationship between aesthetics, function and wellbeing to help people feel, do and be their best,” says Mary Cook, president and founder of Mary Cook Associates, a national, award-winning commercial interior design firm.

What’s Ahead?

Expect to see a continued emphasis on wellness. Sustainability is becoming important to consumers, and new expressions of luxury emerge as younger demographics begin to influence the industry, according to ASID’s 2022 Trends Report. This annual report takes a deep dive into fundamental shifts in the U.S. population, attitudes regarding house and home, lifestyles, ways of working, new technologies, and how a continued wave of disrupters is transforming consumer expectations. According to ASID CEO Gary Wheeler, the objective is to give designers a comprehensive perspective on the year ahead and outline strategies to elevate their practices.

Green accents and natural materials energize a neutral palette.

How Many Will Un-Retire?

Even before the pandemic, the population was shifting toward the South and West, and interest in those regions and in coastal areas continues to be strong. The most significant demographic change, per the outlook, is the number of people living alone, approximately 28% of all households. Even more dramatic is the rise in the number of multigenerational households (271% between 2011 and 2021), which ASID says calls for a new set of design strategies.

In the last two years, many over the age of 55 shelved plans to continue working; approximately half are now retired. But ASID notes that many were not financially prepared, and “it’s not yet clear how many may decide to un-retire.”

Relationships over Seclusion

During the pandemic, the flight from the city and demand for small-town living became major news. But the second half of 2021 showed a growing interest in a return to urban centers, with permit requests for building in high-density areas increasing year over year to 21.1% for large core metros and 30.8% for exurbs. Reversing previous preferences to relocate closer to one’s work, ASID says many recent buyers and sellers are driven by the desire to be close to family and friends.

For designers, this change means homeowners will want more space for socializing and entertaining as post-pandemic attitudes favor relationships over seclusion. The square footage of single-family homes inched up, while multifamily residences became smaller. ASID says, “Clients with single-family homes will need assistance integrating spaces for multiple activities, such as work, learning, fitness, and entertaining, while those in multifamily units will need assistance making the most of small spaces.”

Booths and nooks carve out private spaces in a common lounge.

What Do We Want? Calm.

In a word, calm. In a survey of adults across 116 countries, approximately 72% said they would rather live a calm life than an exciting life. In another study, the number of adult Americans rating their own mental health as excellent hit a 21-year low. “More than ever, people need environments that help alleviate stress and restore their sense of wellbeing,” advises ASID. “While great design isn’t a cure-all, we know high-performing spaces can be very powerful in their ability to excite and energize, motivate and inspire, or even soothe and relax,” shares Cook.

“Clean, well-organized spaces can evoke a sense of calm in the home. This does not mean it has to be a minimal, spartan space, but it should be free of clutter while still bringing in beautiful design elements. You can achieve this through soft neutral palettes. If you like color, you can use the same color throughout in different tones. Soft, ambient lighting is important rather than stark bright white lights,” suggests Miami designer Juliette Calaf.

“Beyond the direct effects of COVID-19, the pandemic has taken a toll on both physical and mental health, from aches and pains caused by long hours at makeshift home workstations to the emotional stresses of isolation, uncertainty and worry around current affairs,” said Cook.

Curated art, plants, and bespoke shade turn an empty wall into a found space.

Be Well

Residential wellness is a top priority for homeowners, with a focus on indoor air quality, mental wellness enhancements, home office ergonomics and fitness, according to ASID. Also on the rise is wellness real estate, which is outpacing other types of construction. When the pandemic began, a desire for healthier homes was already percolating among consumers. Wellness was becoming a hot topic. Then COVID altered these perceptions and expectations. “The overabundance of wellness culture in the past few years has given the term an air of frivolity. However, more recently, there’s been a return towards the truest sense of the word and a search for genuine and profound physical and emotional health and wellbeing,” says Barnard, who is certified to design to both WELL and LEED standards. “When people are talking about wellness in their home spaces, they now often prioritize meeting basic needs and the reduction of stressors through comfort and utility,” she says. For example, something as simple as adding seat cushions to an uncomfortable dining chair repurposed for work or homework can reduce stress. “We see people prioritize ease, joy, and comfort, which is crucial for a happy, healthy relationship with home.”

“At the core of all well design is functionality. No matter how peaceful or beautiful the home space looks, if it isn’t intuitive to the residents’ lifestyles, there will always be moments of tension when interacting with the home. Ergonomic furnishings, accessible switches, outlets, and furnishings at heights comfortable for the user can support happy living. Once those foundations are in place, the benefits are elevated through nature, joy, and art,” Bernard explains.

Integrating Nature

“I often prioritize nature by tying the interior space to the exterior, whether by highlighting existing natural views, incorporating organic materials, colors, prints, and patterns that all speak to the neighboring nature, to help create feelings of calm and grounding,” she adds.

“The pandemic accelerated what was already a fast-moving trend,” says ASID, noting growing desires to connect indoors and outdoors. “Spa-like bathrooms have been popular for years. I think we’re seeing even more of an upward trend toward actually having a connection between the indoor and outdoor space, especially in a master bathroom. Large panes of glass in the shower that feel like you’re outside, or even a door directly connected to a secluded patio area,” says Beverly Hills designer Christopher Grubb, president, Arch-Interiors Design Group.

ASID expects to see more attention paid to wellness in commercial design, particularly in offices and hotels. They also project wellness tourism to generate $436 billion in 2022. “Destinations include spas, thermal springs, and “medical tourism” to partake in any number of treatments and therapies.

Natural materials bring the blues and greys in this bath to life.

New Sustainability Mindset

Sustainability is also emerging as a concern and a priority. More than 50% of consumers say they are willing to change their purchasing behavior to reduce negative environmental impact. And 44% indicate they are willing to drastically change their lifestyles to live in a more sustainable way. “Sustainability has gone from being treated as a status symbol to something that homeowners and homebuyers expect from builders and product manufacturers,” ASID observes.

Luxury Now

Sales of luxury goods were up 29 percent in 2021 over 2020 and are expected to grow by 6 to 8 percent over the next four years. However, ASID says, “younger affluent consumers, who are projected to comprise 70 percent of the market by 2025, are not bound by loyalty to traditional brands and place greater importance on products and companies that are socially and environmentally conscious and sustainable.” What will be most interesting is how all of this develops and how much will change for trends in 2023.

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Life on the Water

By Alyssa Gautieri

Little compares to a luxury yacht charter experience. Cruise around the globe in style — from the uninhabited islets and secluded beaches of Croatia, the dining and nightlife along the Italian Coast, to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

Built by highly skilled professionals, luxury motor yachts and sailing yachts can typically sleep groups of up to 12 people — depending on the size of the vessel. Some of the most unique features include swimming pools, barbeque grills, wellness spas with professional staff, gyms, and theater rooms.

Owners and guests can lounge on sundecks while enjoying breathtaking sunset views, explore the open sea from a wave runner, or cast a fishing rod. Inside, relax from the master suite or enjoy a meal around the dining room table with family and friends.

Wally Ferretti Group

Speed Meets Sophistication

With more than 2,000 square feet of indoor living space and 1,500 square feet of exterior decks, the wallywhy200 offers far more space than traditional motor yachts without sacrificing speed. The wide-body design comfortably sleeps eight guests in four separate cabins, including a master suite that overlooks the sea and offers uninterrupted 270-degree views.

From the open-pore teak furniture and modular sun loungers to the laminated carbon staircase, the superyacht’s clean, angular aesthetic came to life with the help of naval architect Laurent Giles and Vallicelli Design Studio.

“The new wallywhy200 expresses all its innovative power through new architectural elements, which represent a break with the past and with the typical clichés of a motor yacht,” says Luca Bassani, founder and chief designer of Wally.

Folding beach club bulwarks provide additional living space by transforming into a terrace over the water, while two garages provide storage space for wave runners, Seabobs, and paddleboards.

Madsummer Main Deck

All About Amenities

Featuring a swimming pool, world-class spa, and 10 spacious staterooms, the Madsummer is a custom-built superyacht that spans more than 300 feet long and provides space for 28 professional crew members.

The expansive sundeck boasts a gym overlooking the sea, space for a dance floor, and a cozy observation area with sun pads, tables, and one of the two jacuzzis on board. Overlooking the bow is a cinema room with deep sofas.

Two garages house a Maori Yacht limo tender, a Ski Nautique, and a rescue tender, as well as personal watercrafts and dive equipment. There’s also space for a helicopter on the foredeck. The motor yacht was custom built by the German shipyard Lüssen, while the exterior was designed by Harrison Eidsgaard and the colorful interior — saturated with bright blues, reds, and whites — was the work of Laura Sessa.

“The owner’s brief was demanding, however, we believe our engineering expertise has surpassed his wishes to own a yacht that many years from now will be timeless and yet still ahead of its time,” says CEO Peter Lürssen.

Sunseeker 90 Ocean

A Penthouse-Style Saloon?
Sunseeker 90 Ocean

Walk out the sliding glass doors of the Sunseeker 90 Ocean to access the spacious, lower-level deck that opens out to the water. It’s complete with a built-in barbecue, an oversized rain shower, and a set of retractable stairs for easy access to the water.

Exit the beach club, located at water-level in the aft area of the yacht, by following the steps to the cockpit. “The incredible new beach club design is already receiving much acclaim, defining the very essence of our new ‘Ocean’ range,” says Andrea Farbetti, CEO of Sunseeker.

The garage plus two lockers provide ample storage space for a Jet Ski, two Seabobs, and a Williams 460 SportJet. Larger than most of its competition, the flybridge can be customized to include an infinity spa pool.

Inside the superyacht, there’s a penthouse-style saloon and luxurious staterooms, and a dedicated dining area that comfortably fits eight people. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a surge of natural light, while textured paneling, curved sofas, and a panoramic skylight create an elegant, modern aesthetic.

Sail in Style Nautor Swan 115 Solleone

Sail in Style
Nautor Swan 115 Solleone

Quiet, calm, and peaceful, this luxury sailing yacht — in comparison to the motor yachts mentioned above — harnesses wind power to reach high speeds. A combination of tradition and innovation, the Swan 115 Solleone was delivered by Nautor Swan and the naval architecture was the work of German Frers.

From the private dining area and large saloon area to the master suite, the elegant Italian interior is designed by Nautor’s Swan in-house styling team and styled by Michele Bònan. With three large guest cabins and space to accommodate a five-person crew, the luxury sailing yacht is ideal for serene blue water or long distance cruises.

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5 Unique Dining Experiences to Try in Las Vegas This Year

By Greg Clemens

Among all the U.S.’s most celebrated and famous large cities, it’s hard to find one that has a more spectacular reputation than Las Vegas. More and more people are traveling and moving to Las Vegas every year, and the number of outstanding dining experiences continues to grow in kind. Whether you’re looking for a romantic night out on the town, a once-in-a-lifetime upscale dinner with friends and family, or something in between, Las Vegas has you covered.
But it can be difficult to find the right restaurant, bar, or diner to match your tastes if you’re looking for a special time here. Check out the following guide to the best restaurants in Las Vegas that offer a spectacular experience.


Top of the World

200 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89104


If you’re looking for a special night out in Las Vegas, the Top of the World restaurant is the first place to visit. Located nearly 900 feet above the bright lights of the Vegas strip, this spectacular dining spot is one of the most exclusive places to claim a seat at dinner. Make sure to call before you visit because the list of reservations can extend quite far into the future.

The cuisine at Top of the World is a pleasing mixture of many American menu items, with a special emphasis on familiar favorites like steak and seafood. Their kitchen stocks the freshest meats, vegetables, and fruits available in Las Vegas, so you’re sure to taste the best of the best here. Be sure to bring your camera with you when you come, because this restaurant’s views of the strip are only matched by the upscale decor and massive windows that make Top of the World a sight to behold.



3215 South Rancho Dr., Las Vegas, NV


This specifically Las Vegas-style entertainment and dining center shows off a little of everything thanks to its unique mixture of venues and restaurants. Planning a night at Area15 means you’ll have hours upon hours to tour the on-site distillery, Lost Spirits, as well as the one-of-a-kind themed restaurant 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

You’ll enter the complex and visit the distillery first, where you can enjoy the live music and take a tour of this historic Las Vegas landmark while sipping on top-notch brews. Then, head over to the uber-exclusive 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which features a memorable 16-course menu that you can share with up to 12 guests in a unique undersea capsule dining room.
Head Chef Taylor Persh has a taste for flare and spectacle, as you’ll experience first-hand all the musical accompaniments and drama that comes along with their presentation. You’re sure to have a night to remember here.



3325 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109


Celebrity chef Wakuda has been a renowned world chef for years, and Las Vegas locals welcomed him to Vegas in 2021 with rousing applause. Located in the Venetian casino and hotel, Wakuda Japanese Restaurant is now among the top-ranked celebrity restaurants in the city, and it regularly hosts some of Las Vegas’s most prominent visitors.

Wakuda is open to an exclusive crowd for dinner until 10 pm each night, with lounge hours extending till midnight. The cuisine is top-flight Japanese fare, and it features some of the best sushi and sashimi dishes the world over. When you step in the doors at Wakuda, you won’t want to leave, thanks to its extravagant Asian decorations and oversized sculptures that help make this spot one of the most unique in Las Vegas dining.


Carson Kitchen

124 S. 6th Street, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101


Chic Fremont Street is the backdrop for many of Las Vegas’s most exciting new restaurants and entertainment venues, but the best night you can have here might just be Carson Kitchen. Come here to enjoy a comfortable yet high-end dinner with friends and family on their famous outdoor rooftop seating patio and fire pit.

The menu is centered on classic American fare like pork meatloaf and the popular hot duck sandwich that’s hard to find anywhere else in town. Reservations are in high demand, so be sure to contact the restaurant in advance. You won’t regret your time at Carson Kitchen, as evidenced by the fact that the owners have recently expanded to build locations in Atlanta and Salt Lake City. The views from the Carson Kitchen roof are one of the most photographed in the city.


The Fireside Lounge at the Peppermill Restaurant

2985 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109


Las Vegas is eclectic if it’s anything, and there’s no better place to experience the blending of cultures and art styles in town than at the Peppermill Restaurant. The 80s stylized decor has defined the Peppermill for years, and it’s made this legendary dining spot a landmark in the city. In fact, it’s been the site for dozens of Hollywood blockbusters.

Retro decor and neon panels aren’t all that’s on view at the Peppermill. Head over to the Fireside Lounge to relax in style with friends and enjoy a full bar in the light of a huge outdoor fire pit. You can expect high-end bar food and a modest dining menu with top-of-the-line ingredients and a choice of dishes that rotates regularly.


Reach out to a local real estate agent today!


With that, we’ve come to the end of our roundup of the most extraordinary dining experiences to discover in Las Vegas. If you’re looking for a few other options, be sure to check out some of these choices:

  • Restaurant Guy Savoy, with LV’s most deluxe French-inspired menu
  • Delilah, a quickly rising Vegas hotspot with award-winning British fare
  • EDO, where Spanish tapas small dish plates achieve perfection
  • The Golden Steer Steakhouse, since 1958 a must-visit and infamous local gem
If you have any questions or comments to share about Las Vegas dining or real estate in the area, feel free to get in touch today! Contact Greg Clemens and the Greg Clemens Team for more information. They’re happy to help you with your real estate venture and any questions you might have.
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Making Waves

By Marlene Ridgway • Photos by Rodrigosnaps, Inc.

Picture surfing over the waves. The concept went viral almost as soon as it was announced and is only growing in popularity. We talked with the founder and CEO of Lift Foils to discuss how the unique concept came to be, and some of the challenges along the way.

Nick Leason, founder and CEO of Lift Foils explains that the project has been over 10 years in the making. “I witnessed hydrofoiling in person for the first time when I saw a friend riding one of the first carbon fiber rigs made for kitesurfing,” he says. As an engineer, Leason has always appreciated how things work and inspiration sparked.

From there, he originally launched Lift Foils in his garage in Puerto Rico. “It was magic to see someone flying two feet over the water on a surfboard. It took years of research and development, but the concept went viral once announced, amassing followers and avid riders across the globe.”

Lift Foils made its first prototype in 2015, when the company found a way to apply technology from smartphones, drones, and electric vehicles to the design. Yet, the process was far from simple. “To be honest,” Leason says, “the entire journey has been challenging. From design concepts to team building to manufacturing supply chains, every day is a new challenge.” But, the end result is an impressive feat. Efoils have a truly futurist aesthetic to them, especially when they’re gliding over the water without wind or waves.

The best part about the personal watercraft, is that almost anyone can use them almost anywhere. “Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced surfer, the Lift eFoil allows you to craft the adventure that’s best for you with an all-electric, silent motor that glides through any body of water,” says Leason. Standing, kneeling or laying, users control the board with a bluetooth remote with built-in safety features, making Lift Foils simple to ride and enjoyable for experienced or inexperienced users. The company strives to perfect the classic foil lineups and now offers the LIFT3, LIFT3 F, and coming soon is the LIFT3 Elite.

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Going Beyond Protecting Your Family Legacy

Created by Morgan Lemaitre, CFP, owner and founder, Park City Wealth Advisors was born from the idea of helping families, executives, and entrepreneurs capitalize on their existing wealth and assets, and assisting high-net-worth individuals to make the most of what they have. We sat down with Morgan to dive deeper into the world of wealth management.

How can someone benefit from a wealth advisor? 

M: Everyone with a desire to grow their wealth and align personal assets with their goals can benefit from a Wealth Advisor. The funny thing about wealth is that it’s often hard to see your own picture — kind  of like standing too close to a mirror. A wealth advisor can look at your financial picture from a 10,000-foot view and help provide strategic guidance, identifying gaps that you can’t see or don’t even know about.  

Morgan Lemaitre Park City Wealth Advisors

What are some of the services provided? 

M: Wealth Management, Income Generation (this is helpful for Realtors and professions with inconsistent income to make up for slower periods), Life Insurance Consultation, Property and Casualty Insurance,  Financial Planning, Philanthropic Strategy, Tax Strategy.

What kinds of people need wealth advisors? 

M: Anyone with a desire to grow and preserve their wealth — families, Realtors, individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners, et cetera.  

How did you get into the industry and what are some of the best parts of your work? 

M: I got into finance because I wanted to learn how to become financially secure. I couldn’t  think of a better way to learn than by rolling up my sleeves. Now that I’ve been in the business a long time I’m driven at PCWA by the belief that my clients and community deserve unpretentious, transparent, honest financial guidance. When you work hard for every dollar you earn — the way I watched my parents earn and save — you warrant having solid financial guidance and support.  

What sets PCWA apart? 

M: Park City Wealth Advisors goes beyond the balance sheet. Let me give you an example! I just had a new client consult with my office. This person has several real estate investment properties, retirement accounts, and a new job where she is paid as an Independent Contractor. She recently sold a property and was distraught because she was going to have a large capital gain as a result of the sale but was weary of the income tax impact. 

She felt paralyzed by the prospect of what to do with the $500,000 in proceeds until she knew what the tax liability would look like — that is what brought her to consult with my team. Through a financial audit, my team was able to determine and find ways that this client would only owe 63% less taxes than they thought. 

Realtors — think about how many hours you need to work (about $300,000 in commissions) just to owe the $100,000 in taxes that I was able to save my (now client) with just a one-hour conversation, as this client did.  

Any advice or words of wisdom specifically for high-end Realtors? 

M: Seek expert financial guidance, the way you’d hope your clients would seek your expert real estate  guidance. 

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Celebrity Estates on Unique Homes

By Jacquelyn Elliott

Did you know that celebrities have owned and lived in many of our Unique Homes? Here are 3 homes formerly owned by famous individuals.

810 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, was formerly called home by two celebrities. The first celebrity to call this New York property home was former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. Additionally, William Randolph Hearst, businessman, newspaper publisher, and politician, also lived in this residence. 

In 1926, the architect J.E.R. Carpenter built this property to encompass beautiful aspects of the Renaissance Palazzo style. The home spreads throughout the entire 8th floor of the building with 13 rooms, including four beds, four baths, and one-half bath. Oversized windows give way to views of Central Park, and the Manhattan skyline as this residence sits on the corner of 5th Avenue and 62nd Street. Future residents can be guaranteed celebrity-like privacy and security.

5396 North Bay Road in Miami Beach, Florida, was once owned by Scott Stapp, the lead singer of Creed. The band was formed in Orlando, Florida, in 1994 and made several hits before splitting in 2004. 

This modern-style home inspired by an Italian villa has five beds, five baths, and one-half bath. Step outside to 75 feet of water accompanied by a dock and seawall. Additionally, the With Arms Wide Open vocalist enjoyed views of Downtown Miami. Indoor and outdoor entertaining in this house is without question.

1229 North Wetherly Drive in Los Angeles, California, is an exquisite property with every amenity a resident could need. The home encompasses five spacious bedrooms and two custom-built walk-in closets. The kitchen has chef-grade stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, and a breakfast bar. Entertainment comes easy when the expansive dining room is ready to fit up to 10 guests. Additionally, outside is a private sanctuary backyard perfect for entertaining. This property succeeds in fulfilling a celebrity lifestyle. 

While there is confirmation that this property was once called home to a celebrity, we do not know who this former owner is. Located in the epicenter of the entertainment industry, can you guess who this Hollywood Star might have been?

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Kim Kardashian purchases $70.4 Million Malibu Mansion formerly owned by Cindy Crawford

By Jacquelyn Elliott

Reality TV star and fashion icon Kim Kardashian recently purchased a Malibu home for $70.4 Million. The Mediterranean-style mansion was formerly owned by supermodel Cindy Crawford before being sold to another owner in June 2018 for $45 Million.  

Sitting on Pacific Coast Highway, a gated entrance opens to 3 acres of cliffside property overlooking the Malibu El Sol Beach. The two-story mansion is 7,450 square feet, with 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.

The home eases from indoor comfort to outdoor entertaining. The kitchen and dining area, with a gourmet island and breakfast bar, has floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors which open to a wrap-around deck with seating around a fire pit. The open floor plan living room and sitting areas along with the space for outdoor entertainment are perfect for hosting the ever-growing Kardashian and Jenner Family. 

The spiral staircase leads the way up to the mansion’s 4 bedrooms, all surrounding an interior courtyard. Kardashian’s master bedroom includes a private entry, sitting area, immaculate closets, 2 spa worth bathrooms, and a fireplace. 

Stepping outside, previous owners carefully crafted landscape surroundings for privacy, making the property visible to none from outside of the gates. Incorporated into the landscaping is a full-sized tennis court and pool. Kardashian and her four children may use their private path to their remote access to Malibu El Sol Beach. 

While the property was originally listed at $99.5 Million, this $70.4 Million sale is the largest residential purchase in Malibu this year and the fourth largest in California, as reported by TheDirt.Com. Kardashian will now call Leonardo DiCaprio and Neil Diamond, among others, neighbors. 

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Storied Historic Homes

By Brigitte Sinoradzki hosts a plethora of grand homes for sale. Ranging from modern and geometric structures to homes on the historic register, there is something for everyone. In this blog, we take a step back in time, highlighting three of the most historically significant – and beautiful – homes that are for sale right now. 

1. The Llangollen Estate – Upperville, VA

Visited by George Washington himself, if the walls had ears, this home would have endless stories to tell. Now a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, The main home sits on over 1000 acres. The prelude to Gettysburg was fought nearby. The Marquis de Lafayette visited here during his grand tour of the United States. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this home is an absolute treasure. 

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2. Seaview Terrace – Newport, RI

On nearly 8 acres of seaside property, this stately home overlooks Newport’s famed Cliff Walk. This home was originally built in Washington, DC, and relocated to Newport in 1923. Seaview Terrace features rooms that had been imported intact from France, and it is the largest privately owned estate in Newport that remains privately owned. Seaview boasts many incredible details including “The Flagellation” (circa 1547), an early-Renaissance stained-glass window designed for Milan Cathedral. This estate is an opportunity to preserve a magical piece of history

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3. A Gilded Age Townhome – New York, NY

This stunning 5th avenue townhome is a property for the ages. In New York City, buying a house located directly on Fifth Avenue is like acquiring the Holy Grail because such a limited number remains. This particular home was built during the gilded age and is an extraordinary descendent of that period. Remarkably, most of the original structure  remains intact today. The Real Estate Record and Guide of December 22, 1900 – 120 years ago – describes in full detail the construction of this townhome. Previous residents include Mrs. Mary Augustus King, David Crawford Clark, and William Ellis Corey.

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Exclusivity’s New Era

By Roger Grody

Mahogany-clad private city clubs, the quintessential domain of lions of industry a century ago, gradually fell out of favor among contemporary business leaders, but sleek new aesthetics and more relevant amenities are contributing to renewed interest. Reimagined city clubs are resonating with a new generation of entrepreneurs and civic leaders discovering the enduring appeal of exclusivity.

Reforming dress codes — making them more consistent with how members dress for the office and dining out —is a simple measure that can ensure these venerable institutions are not viewed as obsolete. Relaxing strict prohibitions on cell phones is another nod to a contemporary lifestyle, and interior design is being reevaluated. Successful city clubs are introducing fresh, modern aesthetics while still honoring the traditional architecture typical of well-established clubs.

Founded in 1895 as a modest social organization, the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles evolved into a prestigious institution attracting prominent business leaders and politicians. Thanks to its willingness to reinvent itself, including elevating the cuisine and emphasizing its beach facility, the Jonathan Club has not only avoided the perception of obsolescence, but has flourished. With several Soho House locations and trendy venues such as The Britely and Gwyneth Patlrow’s soon-to-open Arts Club, L.A. has a vibrant members-only scene. Nonetheless, the Jonathan Club has endured in a city with a famously short attention span.

The Union League Club of Chicago was founded in 1862 as an organization supporting the policies of President Abraham Lincoln and evolved into a prominent business and civic club. Its members were instrumental in bringing the 1893 Columbian Exposition world’s fair to Chicago and founding some of the city’s major cultural institutions. General manager Mark Tunney explains members appreciate the club’s ongoing commitment to philanthropy and that for many of them, it provides the sense of community they long for.

Tunney, who notes the downtown Loop location of the Union League Club of Chicago makes it convenient for bankers, attorneys and judges, has increased the curb appeal of the institution’s Beaux-Arts building. “We used to have just a plaque identifying the location of the club, but a few years ago we created a street level café visible from the street,” says the general manager. “Now people walk by and wonder what’s going on in there,” he explains.

While plenty of mahogany, leather and marble remains, Tunney reports that many spaces have been refreshed with contemporary aesthetics that appeal to younger members. “Nobody wants to walk into a place that
looks or feels stodgy,” says Tunney, who notes the Union League Club of Chicago’s board is approximately 50 percent women and that younger members are active in committees.

“We don’t have a stuffy dress code,” assures Tunney, who recounts, “Members were telling us their banks and corporate offices were allowing jeans, so we adopted a ‘smart casual’ dress code.” While the club’s dining, overnight accommodations and athletic facilities are enticing, Tunney insists new members are most attracted by the opportunity to become part of a community.

In New York, private city clubs continue to thrive, including the storied Knickerbocker Club, still a gentlemen’s only retreat whose membership has included Paul Mellon, J.P. Morgan and FDR. The Union Club has been hosting the Big Apple’s movers and shakers since 1836 and still imposes a strict dress code and prohibition on cell phones.

Occupying a stately Romanesque structure, the Duquesne Club is Pittsburgh’s most prestigious social club. However, modernized interiors and relaxed dress codes draw younger professionals in a city now more dependent on technology than steel.


The Fitler Club in Philadelphia, founded in 2019, promotes itself as a new interpretation of the private city club, employing the slogan “Tradition Rewritten.” Founder David Gutstadt states, “This is a next-level club that reflects a new generation of urban sophisticates,” characterizing his members as leaders, innovators, influencers, and changemakers.

“They want to spend time with a like-minded community of other fearlessly creative people,” maintains Gutstadt. From interiors to cuisine, even the artwork displayed, the venue conveys a sense of modernity that resonates with a trend-conscious membership.

John Fornaro, CEO of Distinguished Clubs and CEO/publisher of The BoardRoom magazine, insists that city clubs are well suited to a younger demographic in spite of outdated images of cigar-smoking fat cats. “Young people already belong to more ‘clubs’ than we ever did,” suggests Fornaro, citing Facebook groups as self-selected memberships akin to private clubs. “Where do young professionals gather and meet people with similar interests, especially when they’re not working in a traditional office setting?” queries Fornaro.

Elaborate clubs in luxury residential buildings represent an emerging alternative to old school city clubs, and New York’s 100,000-square-foot Waterline Club is a prime example. Integrated into Waterline Square, a complex of high-rises from acclaimed architects, the venue combines elements of a traditional city club with those of a top-
drawer athletic club. The diverse spaces are tied together by compelling design from Rockwell Group, hospitality industry masters whose portfolio includes Nobu Hotels and The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Swimming, tennis and squash — even a climbing wall and half-pipe park for skateboarders — are offered at the Waterline Club, as well as premium spa facilities, bowling alley, well-equipped business center, and extensive resources for children and pets. Enhancing social functions are Waterline Square’s various dining opportunities, including an upcoming venue from the famed Cipriani family of Venice.

James Linsley, president of GID Development Group, the developer of Waterline Square, reports, “Luxury buyers and renters today are demanding personalized services for a well-rounded, hassle-free lifestyle where everything is available at their fingertips.” He suggests that residents’ desire to connect socially with neighbors echoes the role of more traditional clubs.

“Striking, thoughtful design was just as important to us as selecting which amenities would be included,” states Linsley of architecture that is welcoming to all ages. “The moment you step inside the Waterline Club and see the soaring ceilings and stunning pedestrian bridges, you immediately know this is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced in New York.”

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