Breathtaking Beauty, Uniqueness and Exclusivity in Portofino, Italy

This spacious apartment in Calata Marconi features two levels with four windows (two on each level) overlooking the sea — a true rarity in the most exclusive and well-known village, positioned at the heart of a green promontory surrounded by the bluest sea. The first level features a living room with an elevated dining area and a corridor that leads to the guest bath and the kitchen. “There is so much natural light coming in and it really feels like pie dans l’eau — it’s truly on the water,” says Niccolo Pigni of Engel & Volkers, who is listing the property for 2.75 million euros. “There is no other property in Portofino like this one.”

The internal stairs lead to the second level, which includes three bedrooms, two baths and a studio. “It’s basically 2 condos merged together,” says Pigni. “And, it has three entrances — two in the front and one in the back — guaranteeing privacy and independence.”

Fine architectural details throughout include on-site wooden beams in the living room, that together, with the colorful facades of the building, make this property a unique masterpiece. Direct access from both the road and the sea level are available. “It is perfect for someone who owns a yacht and wants a pied-a-terre to impress guests when he/she comes to Portofino” says Pigni. “Or for a unique properties collector — it is so rare that it is like an art piece to be collected.”

For more information, contact:

Niccolo Pigni

Engel & Völkers – California

www.niccolopigni.evrealestate.com

Niccolo.Pigni@EVrealestate.com

+1 707.331.4327

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No Reserve Auction September — Exclusive Dallas Estate

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, August 19, 2020 — Located in the sought-after rural city of Anna, Texas, Bodark Acres offers a wonderful relaxed quality of life, just north of neighboring McKinney and minutes from the bustling Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and downtown. This ideal escape from city life provides a little something for everyone with its abundant private acreage, security, and master craftsmanship architecture. Supreme Auctions will offer this custom luxury estate at a no-reserve auction on September 19, in cooperation with Lori Vaden of Compass.

“Poised for growth, Anna, Texas is just two miles west of Celina, and McKinney 20 minutes south, which makes Bodark Acres one of the best kept secrets in Collin County in terms of locale. Also neighboring Anna is Frisco, Texas… home to both the Dallas Cowboys and PGA headquarters, as well as numerous sporting arenas and teams, including soccer, baseball, NFL, and hockey.” stated Jennie Heal, President of Supreme Auctions. “Being within reach of the DFW metroplex, which is known as being the economic and cultural hub of the North Texas area, it is the ideal location for discerning homeowners who seek a more intimate place to call home.”

Providing a true personal haven, Bodark Acres spectacularly demonstrates a private and relaxing country-side lifestyle of affluence and refinement with its five-bedroom, four full bathroom main residence that comes complete with its own resort-style patio area with heated pool, spa, and covered cedar cabana terrace. The estate is comprised of two adjacent parcels and is completed with a secondary guest house residence, sheds, workshop, and of course, an abundance of acreage and open space to call your own.

“This home offers a spectacular setting and attention to detail at every turn,” stated Compass listing agent, Lori Vaden. “The seller clearly put extensive thought into every decision and design feature. Even upon the initial drive up to the property, you can feel your body decompress. It is tucked away, yet near a major highway, for the ideal commute conditions. The history of the property, the trees, the setting, and the privacy are the first features to grab your attention. You can tell this magnificent property is different the second you pass through its gated entrance. There is a massive Bois D’Arc tree that is said to be one of the oldest in the state. The home is impeccably maintained inside and out and a buyer can easily envision a life here.”

Bodark Acres will enthrall you with its majesty and draw you to a location that will fulfill your need for community savoir-faire. Culture, shopping, dining, business and legendary sporting teams are just a small taste of the lifestyle that the Dallas-Fort Worth area offers to its visitors and residents. A celebrated location, DFW is home to 23 Fortune 500 companies and continues to grow in popularity and positive reputation. Known for its diversity in business, including commerce, insurance, telecommunications, energy, healthcare, transportation and logistics, Dallas is truly an area of economic growth.

“This neighborhood is the most unique that I’ve ever lived in,” stated the current owner, Kristi Jones. “The neighbors to the east, west, and south have all grown up here in the area, including their families, some for 50 years… before the roads were even paved. This shows great loyalty, love and stability in the neighborhood. I will be sad to leave; however, it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life.”

Bodark Acres will be sold at a luxury no-reserve auction on September 19, to the highest bidder. To learn more, contact Supreme Auctions at (866) 929-2243 or visit SupremeAuctions.com

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Resort Living in New Jersey

This stunning Georgian-style estate home in Holmdel, New Jersey is in a private, secluded setting, surrounded by towering trees and lush grounds.

The home overflows with exceptional architectural details — interior elements are accented with beautiful archways, custom ceiling trim and moldings throughout, cherry hardwood floors, walls of windows, and high ceilings — which create an open and airy living space.

This five-plus-bedroom and six-bath home offers an abundance of gathering spaces and an array of indoor and outdoor amenities — all centered around an expansive outdoor area accented with tile and stone walls with a pool, lower patio with outdoor kitchen, upper balcony terrace, tennis court and gazebo. “Upon walking the property you will feel as though you have been transported to your own private resort,” says Doreen Demarco of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox and Roach who is listing the property for $2.05 million.

This property was featured in the Unique Homes Summer 2020 Edition. Click here to view the issue and Doreen DeMarco’s ad!

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Exceptional Luxury in Minnesota

With 500 feet of privately owned river frontage (with a dock) this stunning home in Minnesota overlooks the St. Croix River and is set on 17 acres. “The setting is spectacular,” says listing agent Sharon O’Flannigan of Coldwell Banker Realty. “It is completely private and secluded.”

Architecturally designed and built by Vujovich Design, the home features exceptional use of quality materials and details, creating a warm, inviting environment. “The great room, dominated by a stone fireplace, provides intimate spaces for conversation and relaxing,” says O’Flannigan.

Listed for $2.236 million, the home features a pool, pool house, pond and fire pits. “This home would be ideal for a family or couple who enjoy the outdoors, wildlife and the joy of navigating the magnificent St. Croix River,” says O’Flannigan. “It is a home to create memories in a naturally beautiful setting.”      

For more details and a full tour of this property, go to www.oflannigan.com.

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Direct Oceanfront in Massachusetts

Sophistication abounds in this property, which has sweeping views over all of Plum Island sound and the Atlantic Ocean in Ipswich, Massachusetts. With this direct oceanfront property, you can step down to the beach into a boaters and swimmers paradise, which features a deep water channel for mooring. 

Inside features include soaring columns, cathedral ceilings, a marble fireplace, Brazilian hardwood floors, Venetian tile kitchen countertops, and a tremendous amount of glass to enjoy the views and natural light. 

The master bedroom suite has a private deck and tile bath with whirlpool tub overlooking the water.

The property is listed for $1.495 by Andrea Osbon of Churchill Properties. Escape from the city into your own sanctuary just 33 miles North of Boston.

Churchill Properties was recently featured in Unique Homes Ultimate 2020. Click here to view this year’s edition!

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One-of-a-Kind Residence on Lake St. Clair in Michigan

With approximately 445 feet of water frontage, this property is set on 4.3 acres in Grosse Point Shores, Michigan and showcases panoramic views of Lake St. Clair.

The mid-century modern main house features four bedrooms and a heated terrace. Most of the main rooms have beautiful views of the lake. The house has been expanded and undergone extensive renovations to create what is now a 5,490 square foot home. The charming mid-century modern ranch style was retained and the great room features a stunning wood-paneled cathedral ceiling, two fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors, which provide fantastic views of the lake. The open floor plan, along with the skylights, allows the home to be filled with even more natural light. The master bedroom suite includes two baths, an office and a walk-in closet.

The current owner purchased the adjacent property, which was then razed to create the gigantic 4.3-acre lot on the water. The property also includes a charming guest cottage with lake views and a quaint 1,065-square-foot farmhouse with two bedrooms, plus an additional carriage house.

The estate, listed for $9.5 million by Kay Agney of Higbie Maxon Agney Realtors, is one of the largest estates in Grosse Pointe — and the scenic home is the ideal place to lead a quiet life, surrounded by trees, with a perfect view of lake St. Clair.

For more information about this property, contact:

Kay Agney-Broker/Owner

Cell: 313 460 3041

83 Kercheval Avenue, GP Farms, MI

www.higbiemaxon.com

This property was featured in the Unique Homes Ultimate 2020 Issue. Click the link to learn more!

Photo courtesy of Kay Agney.

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Elegance, Luxury and Sophistication in Michigan

Sitting on 130 feet of frontage on Lake Michigan and 130 feet of frontage on Bay Harbor Lake this custom-built estate is on the gated Peninsula at Bay Harbor. This captivating offering features luxury living indoors and out and can accommodate a guest house and/or boat house on Bay Harbor Lake.

“This property is uniquely situated to capture the most spectacular northern Michigan sunsets and provides the most comfortable, yet sophisticated ambience,” says Chris Etienne of Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty who is listing the property for $9.25 million. “It is elegant and welcoming at the same time.”

Features of the home include five en suite bedrooms overlooking the water, private balconies, a sophisticated den, formal dining, and an exquisite award-winning custom kitchen with a separate chef’s kitchen. It is a rare and exceptional opportunity — and you can even dock your 120-foot mega yacht at your private dock.  

For more information about this property contact: 

Chris Etienne

231.838.2031

chris@harborsothebysrealty.com

harborsothebysrealty.com

This property was featured in the Unique Homes Ultimate 2020 Issue. Click the link to learn more! 

Photos courtesy of Chris Etienne 

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World-Class Retreat on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire

This one-of-a-kind waterfront estate boasts 710 feet of protected shoreline in Moultonborough New Hampshire. “On the venerable Lake Winnipesaukee (located 100 miles north of Boston), it is a chosen site for summer retreats by anyone seeking natural beauty and privacy, which is the hallmark of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region” says the homeowner. “This property even has the additional benefit of being one of few that has private, legal seaplane and helicopter airports on the lake.” 

The home features views of the exquisite sunsets from the western exposure and an impeccable white-sandy beach, which is bookended by jetties and punctuated by a shorefront granite patio and private guesthouse. Listed for $5.5 million by Randy Parker of Maxfield Real Estate, this stunning, custom-built 6,400-square-foot home is situated on 1.36 private acres, features five bedrooms and 6 baths, and offers Adirondack living at its best with water views from every room.

For more information on this property, contact Randy at 603.455.6913
or visit the property’s website, 
www.randyparker.maxfieldrealestate.com. 

 

This property was featured in the 2020 Edition of Unique Homes Ultimate. Click here to view the issue!

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A Priceless Mount Rushmore View

The first thing you notice is the view through the 13-foot-tall bank of windows that lines the entire south side of the house. The hills and rock formations against the vivid blue sky are what gave the home its name: Seven Peaks.  

“Then, after you’ve soaked in that spectacular view, when you turn to face the west, it just keeps getting better!” say owners Karen and Steve Kowalke. “Because there’s Mount Rushmore clearly visible! Morning is the best time to appreciate that view, as the rising sun hits the faces on the monument. But evening is great too, because the monument is lit up. And when they shoot off Fourth of July fireworks on top of the monument, we don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy the spectacle!”

Yet as amazing as that sounds, the owners believe it was something else that earned their home a “House of the Week” feature. “We think it was probably the tower that caught the attention of The Wall Street Journal,” they say.

The guest “tower” beside the main home is made to look like the Harney Peak lookout tower; it has living spaces on the first two levels and a 360-degree viewing deck on the top with a spiral staircase connecting all. The tower is connected to the main house via a bridge, so access is easy between the two buildings.  

While unbelievable views and a unique tower might entice a buyer, it’s probably the finer details of this home that will win someone’s heart for good. Entering the home through a massive glass door designed by Thomas Schwaiger from California, and go through a barn-style hanging custom sliding door to the open kitchen/dining/living room area with solid scraped hickory floors and a vaulted wood ceiling that continues out over huge deck.

The kitchen has custom cupboards from Dakota Cabinets, granite countertops, a copper sink, breakfast bar, Hammerton lighting pendants, a custom rangehood by Creative Iron Works and more. The living area is centered around a custom fireplace with stonework by West River Masonry and a custom designed hood and doors.

Yet despite all of that, when asked of their favorite details, the property owners speak of the community.

“Our home is located within the 80-acre Lakota Lake Encampment development, which was developed to preserve wildlife movement, provide privacy between lots and protect the environment,” they say. “All 18 property owners have access to a community lodge where they can host events, grill on the deck, sit around a fire or just meet other neighbors for a talk overlooking the garden. And, an old cave on the property has been converted to a wine cave where owners can store wine at a constant 57 degrees, and have a tasting at the picnic table outside the mine!  Plus, we’re surrounded by natural forest so there are all kinds of hikes starting from or very close to the property.”

Whether reading a book in the living room next to the fire on an evening with a slight chill to the air, or hunkering down in the bedroom —which feels almost like a tree house sanctuary among the pines with views of the night stars after dark — Seven Peaks provides the details, comfort, peace and community needed to feel at home.     

This property is listed by Faith Lewis of Keller Williams Realty Black Hills for $1.599 million. 

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ELITE 2020: Custom Spring Lake Home in Michigan

This exquisitely designed and custom-built, 2-story estate in Michigan is on 118 feet of Spring Lake waterfront.

This David Bos smart home estate epitomizes luxury and boasts five bedrooms, four full and two half baths, over 9,000 square feet of living space, four kitchens (including a commercial-grade kitchen), a gym and every amenity imaginable.

“This Hamptons-style luxury home would be perfect for a boater, wine connoisseur, entertainer or waterfront lover,” said Sandi Gentry of Re/Max Lakeshore who is listing the property for $3.4959 million.

 

Sandi Gentry originally appeared as an Elite agent in the Unique Homes Spring ’20: Elite edition

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