Experts Report: Park City

Utah is known for its top-rated ski slopes, mountain resorts, and vast natural landscape that lends itself to a slew of outdoor activities.

Park City in particular, located east of Salt Lake City, especially optimizes the exhilarating outdoors, housing three of the best ski resorts in the world as well as Utah Olympic Park. However, skiing doesn’t fully encapsulate the essence of Park City. The terrain also allows for mountain biking, horseback riding, golfing, and paddle boarding, just to name a few.

Park City also specializes in luxury resort living, which blends sumptuous indoor facilities with the expansive outdoors. Promontory Club, a private residential community that is the epitome of luxury living, spans over 6,400 acres and offers a myriad of indoor and outdoor amenities. Chris Messick, the director of real estate sales at Promontory Club, describes it as a four-season private club, with relatively less humid summers and lighter winters.

“As people started spending more time here in the summer, people figured out Park City has more of a four-season feeling than some of the other spots. Summer is as important to us as winter,” Messick explained.

Messick credits Promontory’s appeal to its diverse selection of amenities, all of which occupy 190,000 square feet. Among them are a world-class equestrian center, a clubhouse and spa, multiple golf courses, a beach club, an Outfitter’s Cabin, from which members can embark on a number of outdoor adventures, and over 30 miles of trails.

According to Kerry Oman, associate broker at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, this lifestyle along with the ongoing pandemic has yielded a booming real estate market in Park City.

“Because of COVID-19, we’ve seen an increase in out-of-state buyers coming and spending longer periods of time or even relocating to Park City. The last 12 months in Park City has been phenomenal with unprecedented growth. The demand has
been extremely high and properties sell really fast,” Oman said.

Along with Promontory Club, Oman speaks highly of Glenwild Country Club, which is rated the No. 1 golf course in Utah, and Deer Valley Resort, one of the world’s best with breathtaking mountain views. The opulence of these resorts are juxtaposed with Park City’s small-town charm. Visitors can venture to Main Street for quality shopping, fine dining, and historic attractions. Both Messick and Oman reiterate that Park City surprises people with its beautiful summers and the accessibility of outdoor activities during the season, making it an ideal, year-round retreat.

Photos courtesy of Promontory Club.

This story originally appeared in Unique Homes Fall ’21 issue. Click here to see the digital version.

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Tidal Waves of Elegance

Featured image: ©istockphoto.com / Chinnapong

It’s time to discover these 10 extraordinarily refined places, each with distinctly different waterfront experiences.

Birmingham, Michigan

What’s tucked inside a Great Lakes luxury property? The better question is, what’s not? Aside from fantastic lakefront views, plenty of room for entertaining, and a spot for any water toys you may fancy, the area itself is famously well-known. Janine Grillo, a Keller Williams Domain Associate Broker, tells Unique Homes that the Great Lakes region is the
No. 1 freshwater boating destination in the U.S.

“The sheer size of this territory affords boaters a whole world of fun and a number of diverse places to explore on the water,” she says, noting that every day here feels like a vacation. “This summer, we are finding buyers are looking to enjoy life more, relax (and work) from home. The updated, roomy waterfront properties sell fast,” Grillo says.

Lake Tahoe, Nevada & California

“The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine. Bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? It is the same the angels breathe,” said Mark Twain in describing Lake Tahoe. Chase International President and CEO Shari Chase characterizes it in the same way, recounting this quote from where she calls home, on the Nevada side of the iconic area.

“Lake Tahoe is a real treasure,” Chase says in painting a picture of the 22-mile-long, 12-mile-wide body of water, which is majestically surrounded by mountains. “Everything has a very spiritual essence to it here. The water is beautifully pure, with blues and crystalized greens,” she continues. The land boasts an outdoor lifestyle, where residents can easily take in treasured hiking trails, ski lodges, boating, beaches, art and more. Within one hour of the space are gems such as Virginia City, Genoa, and Jackson, California, which all are filled with wonderful recreation.

Prices here range from $3.75 million to $48 million, with most buyers prioritizing a spacious pier when considering their search.

Chase International Broker Trinkie Watson says that diversity of year-round outdoor activities, alongside good restaurants, art galleries and unique shopping are a huge draw to the area, as well as convenience to Sacramento and the Bay Area. Residents can easily take in treasured hiking trails, ski lodges, boating and beaches. “Whether it’s at the lake or on a beautiful trail in the mountains, it’s all gorgeous,” Watson says.

Londonderry, New Hampshire

The New England waterfront is known for its variety of seasonal landscapes throughout the year. Residents are able to experience the full extent of floral springs, fluttering snowflakes, peaceful waters, and crisp autumn leaves. And right now, in the summertime, the sights could not be better, says Morgan Smith, a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty.

“We have hundreds of clean lakes with 360 degrees of spectacular scenery. Owners love to watch the loons, fish off the dock, kayak and waterski, and lazily soak in the clear, fresh water warmed by the sun,” she says. Coastal properties in New England feature properties with rocky ledges, crashing waves, and beaches that can be strolled for miles and miles.

With regard to how the market is faring, lower-than-average inventories are leaving very few properties for sale at a time. Prices of waterfront properties range from $1 million to $25 million, with buyers privy to direct access to the water, spacious frontage, and plenty of room for a watercraft, Smith says. She enjoys her daily life in the area, and wishes to share the elegance with new buyers. “I love spending time in Cape Elizabeth,” she says. “If I can be on a boat (or a hammock), and smell fresh air next to a body of water, I’m happy.”

Coronado, San Diego, California

The California oceanfront is star-studded with luxury at every turn. Coronado, San Diego is absolutely no exception. Broker Associate Scott Aurich of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has lived in 17 different houses throughout the town and loved every second of it. To get away from it all, Aurich enjoys his early mornings more than anything else; he spends it surfing in tranquil waters, golfing through immaculate links, or entranced by friendly creatures at the stables. He stressed that Coronado camaraderie cannot be replicated anywhere else he’s seen.

Whether it’s the unique amenities the town has to offer, the community center with a gym, or the iconic $34 million Crown Manor estate he is representing, Coronado is truly special. But his favorite piece of home, he says, is the people. “The best thing is the people; it’s hard to describe,” Aurich mentioned. He finds that the kindness of his neighbors is where he feels the most pride. It’s not just Aurich that has noticed the grandeur; the temperature of real estate in Coronado is booming, to say the least. The demand is so high that at press time, only 54 houses were for sale. “The market is white hot,” Aurich said, explaining that the value of homes has gone up exponentially in the last 20 years.

Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

Door County, Wisconsin, is a gorgeous peninsula with 250 miles of coastline — it’s surrounded by the waters of Lake Michigan on the eastern side, and Green Bay on the western side. For weekenders or vacationers, the area boasts incredible opportunities for sailing, water sports, fishing, boutiques, restaurants and quaint villages that dot the shoreline, explains Jamie Sanger, a managing broker with Coldwell Banker Realty.

The county of Door has fantastic experiences in the arts, theater, and golf courses, but most of all, it is best known for its natural scenic beauty, she tells Unique Homes. With even multimillion-dollar homes and estates selling like hotcakes, any inventory that is available is selling for well over asking price. Sanger feels that her area and the lifestyles awaiting there are in particularly high demand: “I feel the pandemic has fueled our market, in that folks want to be able to ‘get away’ from the urban areas to enjoy a more peaceful, private, and healthy lifestyle,” she continues. This is what she sees in her own hometown as well, Ellison Bay, which she says has stayed tranquil and untouched by development in recent years.

Sarasota, Florida

Over in Sarasota, Candy Swick, president and broker at Candy Swick & Company, is dazzled by the diversity of people she meets every single day. “One minute you are having a conversation with an astronaut, a rocket scientist, an author, or an international ballet virtuoso from Russia,” she says.

Swick describes the water in Sarasota as “Carribean blue,” alongside a breeze that drifts in soft and cooling. Residents can enjoy multitudes of water sports, a world-class ice skating rink where Olympic figure skaters have trained, and ballet and opera performances.

As for the price tag, luxury homes are running from $2 million to
$20 million. Houses are frequently selling the day they enter the market, at list price or often in a situation with multiple offers. A typical bayfront home in Sarasota starts at $2.5 million, where buyers can view the magic, nightlife, and restaurants outlining the entire city. “We know that if an individual desired to enjoy a new restaurant for lunch and another for dinner, it would take more than a year to explore them all,” Swick said.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

“Think of a place that has beautiful beaches, with crystal-clear water and clean, silky-smooth sand; a place that is known as the yacht capital of the world, with spectacular vessels cruising in daily through the port,” says Shai Mashiach, a Coldwell Banker Realty agent, in painting a picture of his beloved home.

He notes that in the bustling housing market, several waterfront neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale are in high demand; particularly Las Olas and Harbor Beach, where prices start in the millions. Mashiach noted the convenience of the area as well; it’s only a one-hour boat ride to the Bahamas, a 30-minute drive south to Miami or north to Palm Beach, and one hour to the Florida Keys. “It’s a place that has the best restaurants, great nightlife, and magnificent people from around the globe,” he continued.

As far as his personal favorite to-dos, Mashiach and his family enjoy quality time on the water, fishing, or docking at a favorite restaurant on the Intracoastal for a spectacular meal. “From yoga on the beach to amazing deep-water fishing, Fort Lauderdale has a wonderful ambiance and everything you need to enjoy life,” he says.

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico is known as one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world. A hundred-plus feet of visibility in the pristine, cobalt water is perfect for a deep dive, whether you’re a novice or expert. “The clarity of the water is just extraordinary,” says Cindy Case, a Realtor with Douglas Elliman. The island takes pride in differentiating itself from the mainland; as opposed to cities like Cancun, Cozumel boasts a private, more intimate community.

“It’s a unique, small island with a very relaxed vibe,” Case says. Yet, this does not eliminate the availability of ample restaurants, shopping, and hospital care. There are many properties available for sale along the water, and well-priced at that. Case notes the affordability of property on such a prime Caribbean island. When recalling her favorites, Case enjoys beach hopping along the backside of the island; she treasures the chain of beautiful, wide, white-sand beaches with restaurants and bars.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Picture year-round warm weather and sunshine, vast cultural diversity and delicacies, and a fabulous cosmopolitan lifestyle when thinking of residential life in Honolulu, Hawaii, says Tracy Allen of Coldwell Banker Realty.

“Breathtaking hikes along the Ko’olau mountain ranges and scenic coastal trails offer incredible vistas second to none. Visitors and residents love the vast cultural foods found in Hawaii, and come to the island to enjoy many different dining experiences,” Allen describes.

For purchases on the water, prices start at around $6 million, and can range from $8 million to $20 million as well. Allen says that waterfront homes in the area have generally been built within the last 10 years, and include modern touches such as lighter wood tones, smart technology, gyms, home offices, and large, professional kitchens.

Surfing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, jet skiing, and canoe paddling are just a few activities keeping residents entertained. Allen wants buyers to know: if you’re looking for a diverse experience, Hawaii is for you. And when asked her perfect way to spend a day, her answer is simple; “The beach! You can never go wrong with our turquoise crystal-clear waters!”

Kaua’i, Hawaii

In another part of the islands, luxury on Kaua’i translates to “soulful” according to Hawaii Life broker Neal Norman. It is that very soul and heart that keeps residents smiling in the sunshine, just as Norman found himself when he moved in 25 years ago.

“We’re seeing purposeful buyers who want to live the lifestyle: that luxury, soulful living that Kaua’i provides,” Norman says. In the North Shore region where he is located, buyers and sellers are connected on the ocean view at a variety of prices, ranging from $3 million to $50 million. Dream homes are purchased on the daily in this blue-sky paradise, where residents can spend quality time with loved ones and friends.

Offering numerous outdoor endeavors, hiking, surfing, sailing, snorkeling, swimming, beach combing and biking are just a few of the fantastic opportunities in Kaua’i. “Buyers are finding solitude and serenity on this little island in the Pacific Sea,” Norman says. “Kaua’i is a rare and special place.”

THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE UH Summer ’21 ISSUE OF UNIQUE HOMES. TO SEE THE DIGITAL VERSION OF THIS STORY, CLICK HERE.

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The Beauty of Victoria

Victoria, British Columbia’s Capital City, is located on the beautiful Vancouver Island in Canada. From the minute your plane touches down, your lungs will expand and relish healthy, fresh, ocean-circulated air.

Here you can enjoy boating, beaches, world-class shopping and a super natural environment.

Looking to settle down in Victoria?

Check out this Unique listing!

Victoria boasts a spectacular setting of ocean and mountain vistas and offers numerous economic, cultural and recreational opportunities. 

Victoria has the mildest climate in Canada and with greenery in evidence throughout the year there is little wonder that it’s called the City of Gardens!

The Inner Harbour is the heart of Victoria and for many boaters is the gateway to the City of Gardens. Bordering the harbour are the ivy-covered Fairmont Empress hotel, the world-renowned Royal British Columbia Museum and the magnificent BC Parliament Buildings.

UPLANDS ESTATES in Oak Bay | Victoria, British Columbia

Privately nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, away from all drive-through traffic, this rare artisan creation awaits. 9,878 square feet of interior luxury living. 1,745 square feet of exquisite patio entertaining areas including a full outdoor kitchen and gas fire pit. All with .71 acres of surrounding, ever-changing flowering gardens and trees highlighted by a meandering river and waterfalls. This is the first time this property has been offered for sale since completion in 2012. Visit the website for Floor Plans, Video, 3D Renderings & 100+ Photos. $6,995,000

Listing provided by Cathy Duncan.

Cathy & Associates Ltd. | cathy@cathyduncan.com | 250.888.9343

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Elite Agent: Mariann Cordova

Mariann Cordova

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

111 Corporate Dr., Suite. 210, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
Phone: 949-307-4040 | mc@southorangecountyliving.com | www.marianncordova.agent.bhhscalifornia.com

Mariann is a multi-award-winning Realtor and marketing expert with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. Her goal always has been successful marketing of residential properties, employing professional ethics, sound planning, persuasive skills and a strong support system. With a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and a certificate of interior design from the Los Angeles Design Center, Mariann carries years of in-depth real estate and current market knowledge. Her fluency in English and Swedish and working knowledge of Norwegian, Danish and German are valuable assets in assisting international clients and those looking to relocate.

 

Featured Property: 23111 Maravilla Lane, Coto de Caza

Stunning Georgian Equestrian Estate on 3.7 Acres

Video: https://vimeo.com/273382691 | www.23111Maravilla.com

Brochure: https://issuu.com/marianncordova/docs/23111_maravilla

$12,900,000

 

 

Mariann Cordova originally appeared as an Elite agent in Unique Homes Spring ’21: Elite edition. See the ad here.

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Elite Agent: Yvonne Summerfield

Yvonne Summerfield

RE/MAX Kauai Living 2253 Poipu Road Koloa, HI 96756

Cell: 808.346.7251

ysummerfield@remax.net | www.YvonneSummerfield.com

As Kauai’s top selling Realtor (most sold transactions), I am uniquely qualified to help you with your real estate needs on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It is my privilege and goal to be of service to you, providing exceptional representation, with the highest levels of integrity and discretion. Homeowners have entrusted me to represent them in over half a billion dollars in real estate transactions. Whether buying or selling Kauai real estate, I am here to help you. Contact me today to take a virtual tour of this wonderful Kukuiula property.

 

Featured Property:

5615 Holo Malanai Street, Koloa, HI

Luxury meets your lifestyle in this gem of a custom-built home with spectacular views! You will find wonderful ocean, mountain, sunset and golf course views from nearly every room. Built in 2013, it is situated within the private club community of Kukuiula on Kauai’s sunny south shore in Poipu Beach. “With the open floor plan living, this strikingly well-balanced home is as gracious as it is good looking,” says listing agent Yvonne Summerfield of RE/MAX Kauai Living. Complete with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths in the main home, and a detached 1-bedroom 1-bath guesthouse. Energy efficient with photovoltaic panels. Swimming pool and barbecue grill. 3,595 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space, including covered lanais. Price Upon Request.

View virtual tour at: LuxuryKukuiulaLiving.com

4 Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths / 19,142- square-foot lot

 

 

Yvonne Summerfield originally appeared as an Elite agent in Unique Homes Spring ’21: Elite edition. See the ad here.

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Elite Agent: Candy Swick

Candy Swick

Candy Swick & Company

 2063 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34237

941.954.9000 | www.candyswick.com

 

Featured Property: Sarasota, FL

Spectacular views; as seen on TV. This spacious downtown residence was showcased on HGTV. A completely renovated open plan overlooking 11th-floor bay views. In a secure downtown building with full-service amenities. Offered at $1,070,000.

 

 

Candy Swick originally appeared as an Elite agent in Unique Homes Spring ’21: Elite edition. See the ad here.

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Elite Agent: James Lucarelli

James Lucarelli

Compass

970.728.0213 | 970.708.2255 | jim.lucarelli@compass.com | JimLucarelli.com

With over 30 years of experience in Telluride real estate, I am the only 3-time Telluride Association of Realtor’s Realtor of the Year and I have a vast array of market knowledge  you can’t find online. 

 

Featured Property: 167 Adams Ranch Road

Mountain Village, CO  

New construction in Mountain Village! Set on a .58-acre lot, this property is surrounded by stunning mountain vistas, in-your-face Wilson views, and all-day sun. The home’s thoughtful design features expansive glass windows in the living areas and seamlessly incorporated outdoor living space. Breaking ground spring of 2021. Call for details! $7,950,000. 

 

 

James Lucarelli originally appeared as an Elite agent in Unique Homes Spring ’21: Elite edition. See the ad here.

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Elite Agent: Lily Liang

Lily Liang

Strand Hill Properties Christie’s International Real Estate

716 Yarmouth, #202, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

310.373.3333 | Cell: 310.902.7799 | lily@lilyliang.com | www.StrandHill.com

Lily Liang is an expert of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a prestigious Southern California coastal community, as well as the beach cities along the Los Angeles coastline. Having been a resident of the Peninsula for more than 30 years, Lily knows this area quite well. She is the Co-founder and Executive Vice President of Strand Hill Properties, Christie’s International Real Estate. Lily is fluent in Chinese and English, and she has represented both buyers and sellers from around the world in transactions worth over $1 billion. Having worked and lived in Asia and Europe, Lily has a keen appreciation for working with clients from different cultures. She has been recognized as a leading South Bay business woman and she has been featured in Forbes, Time and Los Angeles Magazine as well as other local medias.

 

Featured Property: 1128 Palos Verdes Drive West

www.tuscanyvillabythesea.com

6 Beds | 7 Baths | 5,464 sq.ft | 17,000 sq.ft lot | 4-Car Garage

$4,999,000.

 

 

Lily Liang originally appeared as an Elite agent in Unique Homes Spring ’21: Elite edition. See the ad here.

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Elite Agent: Pamela Kutoroff

Decades of Experience Brought to
Your Listing

Pamela Kutoroff

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Van De Wende Properties

333 Bloomfield Avenue, #304, Caldwell, NJ 07006

973.519.5348 | Pamela@bhhsvdw.com | www.PamelaKutoroff.com

Northern NJ real estate professional, Pamela Kutoroff has found providing the best service is about putting her clients first. She does whatever it takes to market and negotiate on their behalf. She is accessible, a good listener, clear communicator, and quick to meet client needs. Pamela’s BA in Design and experience in the art field allows her to go above and beyond for her clients by expertly staging every property she represents. It would be her pleasure to bring her unique skill set and 20 years of experience to help you with your real estate needs.

Listing by Pamela Kutoroff

4 Piermont Road, Alpine, NJ

Exclusivity abounds for this custom-crafted 10,233-square-foot home. Nestled at the end of a private road, this Contemporary home boasts open-concept living, soaring ceilings, walls of glass, and numerous balconies that overlook just over 2 acres of lush grounds. There is an impressive 2nd-floor great room and endless possibilities for the 3-story expansive space. The lower-level provides hours of enjoyment with an indoor concrete Olympic-length lap pool. Minutes from Manhattan for an ideal commute.

$5,100,000

 

 

Pamela Kutoroff originally appeared as an Elite agent in the Unique Homes Spring ’21: Elite edition. See her page here.

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Elite Agent: Jeff Leonard

Jeff Leonard — Luxury Realtor®

Advance Realty Global

3721 S. Westnedge AvenueKalamazoo, MI 49008

269.281.3954 | info@SWMIHomeSales.com | www.RavingFansTestimonials.com

Instagram: @jeffleonardrealestate

 

Listing by Jeff Leonard

PRIVATE GATED SANCTUARY IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN

THE IDEAL GETAWAY — Looking for the ideal getaway for your next home with quality hunting and recreation in your backyard? This is it. Enjoy 218 fenced and gated acres, a stunningly beautiful and diverse landscape, a rustic 8800sf lodge-style home, a 12+ acre private lake, over 600′ of creek frontage, a 10′ high perimeter fence, and a 5200sf multi-purpose pole barn. This self-contained resort has tremendous potential to satisfy and appeal to a large number of individual or combined interests catering to both adventurous pursuits and relaxing lifestyles. Ideal for business or personal use. 51378US131Tour.com | 51378US131.info

$2,575,000

 

 

Jeff Leonard originally appeared as an Elite agent in the Unique Homes Spring ’21: Elite edition. See his page here.

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