The Search is On for HGTV’s Ultimate House 2018

HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt 2018 has teamed up with Luxury Portfolio International for the seventh consecutive year, kicking off the quest to find the ultimate luxury home in several categories, including waterfront homes, curb appeal, homes with history, and more.
Voters browse a list of some of the world’s most luxury homes and vote for their favorites, and then they are officially entered in a $10,000 sweepstakes. Each category features spectacular properties, and these three are just a few examples.

Amazing Kitchens
This kitchen is arguable the most important spot in the home, for gathering to share a meal and making memories cooking alongside loved ones. These state-of-the-art kitchens are nothing short of gourmet and stunning.

Mountain Views Kitchen in Avon, Colorado
$13,750,000

This six-bedroom home has unobstructed views of the mountains from its high-end kitchen.

Farmhouse Kitchen in Atlanta, Georgia
$2,675,000

A kitchen that combines modernity with rustic comfort, the exposed beams, vintage cabinetry and clean marble countertops make for a truly unique kitc

Waterfront Homes
Each property in this category showcases a beautiful waterfront retreat, from Sardinia to to Boca Raton. Some of the properties are:

Seaside Villa in Sardinia, Italy
Price Available Upon Request

The villa is secluded, tranquil, and utterly breathtaking, off of the Costa Smeralda.

Luxury Beach Home in Boca Raton, Florida
$11,500,000

This massive 10,780-square-foot mansion is move-in ready, surrounded by 202 feet of waterfront. 

Modern Masterpieces
These homes were designed without tradition in mind, from the architecture to the finishes.

River Views in Quebec, Canada
$1,245,626

This property provides panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River from all three floors.

Sustainability in Dallas, Texas
$3,500,000

Each element of this home was locally sourced, so homeowners can be sure the environmental impact of this home was minimal.

Photos courtesy of Luxury Portfolio International

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French Romance: 33-Acre Estate Inspired by France

Few estates can be considered a work of art, but arrive at the property featured on our cover and you find it takes a moment to take it all in. Ducks paddle in front of an antique millhouse next to a quarter-acre pond. Vine-covered bridges and stone paths twine among four cascading ponds. The setting is as idyllic as Monet’s gardens that inspired the landscape.

 

No matter where you are on this property, you are surrounded by beauty, along with blue skies and rolling mountain panoramas that comprise 360-degree views. Finding an estate so meticulously orchestrated is rare; even the hues of the roofs merge into a larger palette.

 

Inspired by the French Romantic period, the main house was completely reimagined three years ago when additional parcels were also acquired to transform the entire property into an ultra-private, 33-acre compound. Every finish is exquisite, superbly paired with the setting and endowing each space with a vibrant but balanced aesthetic. Even the kitchen, designed to evoke a French bistro and backed by professional chef’s kitchen, reflects the design inspiration, as do the parterre gardens and formal landscaping.

 

“What is especially remarkable about this property is everything you might not notice initially,” says Jordan Cohen, estate director for RE/MAX Olson and Associates in Westlake Village, who is the No. 1 RE/MAX agent in the U.S. The interplay between buildings and the land is dynamic but subtle. Off to one side lies an organic farm and orchard. From the main house, gardens and one of the two pools stretch out toward distant views. A pool house becomes the setting for an extensive spa including a Himalayan salt room. A second pool is adjacent to the 11,000-square-foot guest house.

 

Privacy and infrastructure were prime objectives in the creation of this property. The guard-gated entry road is part of the property and completely secure. A sagacious purchase of water rights, almost priceless in California, resulted in two municipal-quality 1,000-foot wells on the property. When viewed from the perspective of art, the $85 million offering price might be considered a bargain for a masterpiece of this magnitude. — Camilla McLaughlin

 

Photo courtesy of RE/MAX

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Costa Rican Mansion Exudes Luxury and Privacy

Located within an exclusive gated community on the west side of San Jose, Costa Rica, this stunning mansion offers a secluded, private setting with incredible panoramic views.

“This home is perfect for entrepreneurs and TV [and] movie stars, as it has incredible privacy.” —  Listing Agent John Ordonez

This private home is situated in the central valley and is less than five minutes away from Santa Ana and Escazu’s business area, Forum I, II Plaza Roble, shopping areas and gourmet restaurants.
“It is in an incredibly peaceful setting and has stunning views of the city and mountains,” says listing agent John Ordonez of Luxury Homes Costa Rica. “It is built in one of the most exclusive communities in central valley San Jose and although it is part of a gated community it has enough land to offer privacy and comfort.”
Offered for $4.5 million, the home features five bedrooms, six baths, a swimming pool, attached independent office space, a meeting room, maid’s quarters and more.
“The pool area and pool have won awards and are quite amazing,” says Ordonez. “The master bedroom is also stunning.”
The exclusive gated community offers a private entrance, 24/7 security and camera surveillance, cobble internal roads, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a club house.

For more information on this exclusive property, visit www.LuxuryHomesCR.com.

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