$150 Million Property on the Market in Chile

Situated between the sea and the mountains in North Chilean Patagonia, this 348,000-acre estate has been recognized as one of the greatest remaining woodlands on earth.

Listed for $150 million by Christie’s International Real Estate with Bórquez & Associates, the  one-of-a-kind property — known as Zona de Los Lagos Andinos — boasts unparalleled natural beauty and offers endless possibilities to conserve and develop.

Sited 621 miles south of Santiago and 74 miles from Bariloche, this Chilian paradise has a century-long history, yet it has been left essentially untouched.

 

“The history of the Hacienda Puchequin is as exciting as its geography,” says María José Bórquez of Bórquez & Asociado.

 

Spanish soldiers discovered the land in 1558, where they met two indigenous tribes — the Poyas and the Huilliches, who had been living in harmony with the land’s natural habitat for centuries.

From forests, mountains and granite peaks to lakes, waterfalls and beaches, the land invites a range of activities — including skiing, fishing, rafting, hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. “The possibilities are endless for a nature lover, and there are very few other places in the world where one can find this level of natural beauty and diversity of landscapes,” says Bórquez.

 

Although boundless opportunities await, Bórquez notes that “one of the most interesting features of the land is the rock climbing that can be done in the sector known as La Junta.” With around 50 different routes and walls more than a thousand meters high, the destination challenges climbers from across the globe.

 

A land of this scope will best serve “a lover of nature with a vision of conservation,” according to Bórquez. “[The buyer] would utilize the land in service of others, enhancing the attractions of this property by creating a tourism development plan, without intervening with the natural ecosystems or native forests,” she adds.

 

Located near the city of Puerto Montt, Chiloe and Puerto Varas in Chile, and Bariloche in Argentina, Hacienda Pucheguin offers a great location for adventurous tourists.

 

Photos courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

This story was previously featured in the Winter 2019 edition of Unique Homes Magazine.

A 87-acre property on Hampton Island, currently owned by actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck, is on the market for the first time since he acquired it.

 

By Alyssa Gautieri

 

The remarkable property overlooks North Newport River along the Georgia coast.

 

The plantation-style main house is complemented by a 10,000-square-foot guesthouse, screened-in summer cottage, equestrian center, private deep-water dock and 600 yards of waterfront.

 

Richard Mopper of Engel & Völkers Savannah is listing the property for $8.9 million.

“We’ve had buyers look at the property and almost everyone has been looking for a second or third home,” Mopper notes. “The island is a great place for those who love the outdoors and enjoy outdoor activities, or for families that are looking for a getaway for a month or two a year.”

 

However, the island also appeals to those seeking year-round living as it offers both proximity to town and the advantage of privacy. “A lot of people don’t realize how marvelous the Georgia coast is,” Mopper says. “Hampton Island is so conveniently located — only 30 minutes from the Savannah airport — yet you are secluded in a beautiful, wooded area with the most gorgeous limestone roads. It’s that ambiance that drives people to this area.”

Oyster House Interior

“We’ve had buyers look at the property and almost everyone has been looking for a second or third home,” Mopper notes. “The island is a great place for those who love the outdoors and enjoy outdoor activities, or for families that are looking for a getaway for a month or two a year.”

 

However, the island also appeals to those seeking year-round living as it offers both proximity to town and the advantage of privacy. “A lot of people don’t realize how marvelous the Georgia coast is,” Mopper says. “Hampton Island is so conveniently located — only 30 minutes from the Savannah airport — yet you are secluded in a beautiful, wooded area with the most gorgeous limestone roads. It’s that ambiance that drives people to this area.”

 

While the 3-structure estate offers many features, Mopper says “the real draw is the main house. It has such elegance. It is really the perfect place to live and entertain in coastal Georgia.”

Known as the Big House, the 6,000-square-foot house was uniquely designed in the early 2000s to reflect the Antebellum era. From the 15-foot ceilings and wide-planked, reclaimed hardwood floors to the 18th century-style kitchen cabinets and massive arched fireplaces, architecture firm Historical Concepts carefully crafted each architectural detail.

 

Meanwhile, the exterior of the home is reminiscent of Greek Revival architecture with large columns, both front and rear verandas, brick walkways, outdoor seating and swings, and professional landscaping. “The home feels exactly like the era that it is meant to, yet with every modern convenience,” Mopper says.

The Big House Formal Living Room

While the main house is truly magnificent, there is much more beyond the verandas. Walk along the long brick path to the river, and you will be greeted by the “The Summer Cottage.” Surrounded by huge oak trees and views of the dock and river, the screened-in cottage is the perfect setting for a summer evening — whether it’s a fish fry, oyster roast or another outdoor gathering. Inside, the cottage boasts a unique, rustic style with a large fireplace, exposed beams and exposed, pitched ceilings.

 

 

Continue along the path, and you will approach “The Oyster House” on the river’s edge. Perfect for large gatherings, the rustic guesthouse offers six bedrooms with bunk beds salvaged from marine vessels, as well as three master suites. Outdoors, the wraparound balcony and expansive, rivers views make this space ideal for outdoor entertaining and dining.

Photos by Richard Leo Johnson 2017

Courtesy Atlantic Archives

This originally appeared in Unique Homes Fall 2018

 

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By Camilla McLaughlin

 

Seldom is a residence as spectacular as the setting, which makes the architectural showpiece featured on our cover a rarity. An address on Linda Isle is prized in Newport Beach, where only a select few homes sit directly on the bayfront and an even smaller number on an island. “Only a handful of these islands are guard gated, which makes Linda Isle especially desirable,” explains developer Zachary Eglit, president of BDR, Inc.

 

Expectations regarding architecture and design have never been higher than today. This custom residence is an ideal interpretation of Contemporary’s new aesthetic, which is warm, approachable and eminently comfortable. There is an integral sense of elegance and function that only derives from excellent design.

 

On the main floor, distinct spaces, including a designer kitchen augmented by a fully equipped butler’s pantry, and a great room, merge into an impressive open floor plan punctuated by a dramatic suspended glass staircase. The upper level incorporates a second great room. One of the four en suite bedrooms is also oriented to be a potential private office with fabulous views. White oak flooring enhances the sense of continuity between the two levels.

 

Expanses of glass bring in daylight and starlight. Blues of the water and dynamic panoramas are part of the experience. Disappearing doors make a seamless transition to outdoor amenities, including an outdoor kitchen, al fresco dining and a dockside patio. Aligned with current preferences toward slightly smaller but exquisite homes, this residence is spacious enough for a growing family but also manageable for a couple.

 

The Linda Isle community offers amenities including a private beach, but for this home the ultimate is onsite — dockside. With several slips, it can sit a vessel of up to 90 feet, ensuring ample room for a yachtsman’s toys. The experience is priceless.

Pendry Hotels is slated to redesign and reinvigorate one of America’s great country estates in Somerset, NJ, in addition to developing 24 contemporary countryside residences in 2020.

Nestled in the rolling hills of Somerset County, New Jersey, and less than an hour from New York City, the grand, Tudor-style, 33,000-square-foot Natirar Mansion, formerly owned by the late King of Morocco, was originally completed in 1912 as an estate home for heiress Kate Macy Ladd and husband Walter Ladd. Currently consisting of the award-winning Ninety Acres Restaurant & Cooking School, a sustainable farm, the Mansion Ballroom banquet facility, and a private membership club, Pendry Hotels enthusiastically announces the next phase of the Natirar resort development.

 

The estate will be restored with careful attention to detail and expanded to feature an adjoining hotel with 66 guest rooms and suites, re-emerging as Pendry Natirar in spring of 2020. Pendry Natirar will feature a full-service Spa Pendry including an extensive health & wellness curriculum, fitness center, swimming pool and tennis courts, private membership club, and a variety of classic and unique outdoor activities to be discovered throughout the property—all set among scenic trails and pathways groomed for hiking, biking and horseback riding surrounded by 400 acres of protected land along the north branch of the Raritan River.

“We could not be more honored to be stewards of Natirar,” said Alan J. Fuerstman, founder, chairman and CEO of Montage International. “To be able to take one of the country’s most idyllic country estates and reinvigorate it with new life that makes it accessible to guests, club members and homeowners is an incredible opportunity.”  

 

Pendry Residences Natirar will bring a bespoke collection of private, whole-ownership Estate and Farm Villa Residences created for luxury, country-style living to the pastoral grounds. Pendry Residences Natirar will give owners their own customized experience, with the ability to immerse themselves in a community focused on sustainable living, wellness and connection to nature.

 

Set within a private gated enclave named Abby Road, within the 90-acre resort property, the Estate Villa Residences will offer a semi-custom home building experience with abundant living spaces up to 4,000 square feet. With expansive views and options to personalize selections and home configurations, the estates convey the true essence of Natirar living. The Farm Villa Residences, with a working farm as the backdrop, affords the most optimal connection to outdoor living and wellness management with modern design spaces and residential amenities that inspire the ultimate indoor-outdoor experience. Fully integrated into the Natirar 12-acre farm, these modern Farm Villas will provide a unique connection to country living.

 

“When you think about bringing to Natirar the same quality of lifestyle living experienced at other Montage International residential properties like Laguna Beach, Beverly Hills and Kapalua Bay, to name a few, we are offering a resort residential type of living that doesn’t exist in our area,” said Robert Wojtowicz, Founder & Owner of Natirar.      

 

Once complete, Pendry Natirar will usher in a new era of the great American country estate—the ideal place for a quick getaway; an extended respite; a romantic escape; a stunningly bespoke wedding or event, or simply an opportunity to rediscover nature in an unparalleled, tranquil country setting accompanied by the utmost in service and hospitality.

Photos courtesy of Pendry Residences Natirar

Heart-throb actor of screen and television Rob Lowe and his wife Sheryl listed their estate in Montecito, California for $47 million in July, and are still awaiting a lucky buyer.

Located in a star-studded neighborhood, whoever buys this home will be living among some of the world’s biggest stars, including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Montecito is a much-favored retreat from the hectic world of TV and film, located 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Montecito boasts spectacular hillside views, nearby whale watching and beautiful weather.

 

Reminiscent of the country estates in Charlottesville, Virginia where he was born, Rob Lowe and his wife recreated a classic East Coast-style estate, a stand-out from the typical Mediterranean architecture of the area, on the market at $47 million. On a little over three acres, the main house of the estate was designed by architect Don Nulty, built in 2009, and is 10,000 square feet.

Included on the grounds are the two-bedroom guest house, one-bedroom pool house with staff quarters and outdoor kitchen, pool and spa, tennis court with observation areas and lushly landscaped lawns, large enough for team sports with mature trees and a vegetable garden. There are two outside fireplaces and terraces for relaxing or entertaining, a water serenade from fountains, and a koi pond. From most any location, one can enjoy sunsets over the Pacific.

Inside the main house are 20 rooms: a huge family kitchen, separate catering kitchen, eight bedrooms, eleven baths, office, library-music room with bar, family room, various conversation rooms and nooks, movie theater, a well-equipped gym and expansive wine cellar.

 

Now 54, Lowe had a busy career in both film and television, yet is still lighting up the screens. At age 19, he starred in the hit movie “The Outsiders. Binge-watch him today in “The West Wing” reruns.

Photos courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

Legendary television writer Norman Lear and wife Lyn are selling their long time Brentwood estate, priced at $39.95 million.

Norman and Lyn Lear have now put their 8.29-acre Brentwood, California estate on the market. Perched on a promontory, it takes in bird’s eye views of the Pacific Ocean, the city of Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains and the Will Rogers State Park. Located just north of Sunset Boulevard, the grounds contain the 14,000-square-foot main house, a guesthouse, executive staff and security offices, a gym, 35-car show garage, tennis court with shaded viewing area, a keyhole-shaped swimming pool, lush mature gardens and terraces that open seamlessly from the interior of the house with a full outdoor kitchen…

Read the full story at toptenrealestatedeals.com

Photos courtesy of Jim Bartsch

Images from Sycamore Valley Ranch, formally Neverland Ranch. Photos courtesy Jim Bartsch.

The legendary California estate, formally known to the world as Neverland Ranch, is being re-introduced to the market at $67 Million by Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Previews International.
Today, known as Sycamore Valley Ranch, the renowned property retains its iconic status and incorporates over 4 square miles of sweeping vistas, dramatic mountain ranges and pastoral farmland. The Ranch was designed for recreation and entertaining on a grand scale.

“The initial pricing afforded Colony Capital time to better determine the future of the Ranch, and today we look forward to this magnificent property being enjoyed by a new curator,” explained Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Previews International. “This quintessential California estate is now ready for the next chapter in its journey.  The panoramic views and grounds of this prized estate are among its most coveted hallmarks. We are eager to watch Sycamore Valley Ranch transform into full bloom this coming spring.”

The private estates of Santa Barbara County have long been the retreat of some of the world’s most famous names. Sycamore Valley Ranch is a 30-minute drive to downtown Santa Barbara  where, in addition to fine dining and shopping, Santa Barbara Municipal Airport offers service by major airlines and private aviation services.

Five miles from the charming town of Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley, the property was named for the majestic sycamore trees that populate the landscape, alongside century-old live oaks. The 2,700 acre ranch borders the Los Padres National Forest in one of Southern California’s most unique wine-growing regions. According to local vintners, the land is well-suited for vineyards.
Inside the gates, guests are greeted by a French Normandy-style manor, designed by award-winning architect Robert Altevers in 1982 as the main residence on the 50 maintained acres within the Ranch. Crafted to perfection with exposed timber beams, brick and stonework, 5 fireplaces, and 18th-century French oak parquet flooring from 2 chateaus in France, the main residence spans approximately 12,598 square feet. The first-floor master wing includes a private loft, 2 master baths, 2 walk-in cedar-lined closets, and a private outdoor garden. There are 4 additional bedrooms in the main residence for a total of 5 bedrooms and 6 full and 2 half baths. A separate apartment is located about the motor garages. Additionally, the main home is mere yards away from the approximately 5,500-square-foot guesthouse that boasts 4 separate suites.

Sycamore Valley Ranch offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities. The red barn was originally built for Clydesdales and the property is well suited for all equestrian pursuits. A train station features a kitchenette, loft, and 2 fireplaces. The stand-alone movie theater that easily seats 50 and the dance studio are an entertainer’s dream. A 3-bedroom ranch house, adjacent to the stables, offers a full kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace and a separate staff house with sweeping views of Figueroa Mountain.
“This is a rare and truly remarkable estate of 50 maintained acres surrounded by some four square miles of natural beauty running to the distant mountain ridges,” according to the property website. “Structures of magnificent quality and comfortable luxury make this a singular residence designed for an extraordinary California ranch and naturalist lifestyle.”

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