Luxury Living on the Lake

Vacation year-round with this one-of-a-kind, peninsular property on beautiful Lake St. Clair in Michigan.

On a unique .71 of an acre lot, the home is positioned to maximize waterfront lifestyle, where you can enjoy dazzling sunrises, fishing off your dock and watching the freighters float by in a tranquil environment.

This home, listed by Jeffery Alasina of Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel for $2 million, features an open ranch-style floor plan with four bedrooms, two-and-one half baths, two stone fireplaces, an attached indoor pool with bar and an attached covered boat house.

Featured Michigan Agent: Denise Bellore

Denise Bellore, associate broker at Keller Williams Paint Creek, has experienced firsthand the ebbs and flows of the real estate market. Learn more about her here!

You Have Arrived: Frank Aazami and the Private Client Group

The Private Client Group brand at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has a passion for offering first-class service.

Elite 2020: Trusted in Marblehead

Heather and Mary (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Agents) are trustworthy negotiators offering a high level of service, integrity & trust.

Foxworth Realty: Luxury Real Estate in New York City

Foxworth Realty is like an artist’s palette when you need a primary, secondary or a weekend residence in New York City and the outer boroughs.

Elite 2020: Stars of Santa Fe

Listed by Sotheby's International Realty agent Darlene Streit, this star property situated in Las Campanas is a prized jewel in Santa Fe real estate.

Christine Aldrete Banks: Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

Introducing Unique Homes ELITE 2020 Agent, Christine Aldrete Banks and Spyglass On the Island, a luxury development in Corpus Christi, Texas

Susan Macarz: Providing Luxury to Toronto Real Estate Buyers and Sellers

Susan Macarz loves the extraordinary, which is why she provides nothing but exceptional service and results to her clients.

Under the Radar: North Cyprus and Canada

In honor of our annual Global issue, we highlight areas not always thought of at the top of the luxury real estate list — but they should be.

A Sunset Paradise

This exquisite new construction estate will excite the discerning buyer who is looking for quality, uniqueness and all the beauty of the Florida Keys.

Destinations of Interest: Panama

From tropical escapes to spectacular biodiversity and marine life, Panama has great appeal to buyers interested in luxury real estate.

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.

Resort Living in New Jersey

Looking for an at-home getaway? This Holmdel, NJ home exudes resort-like living with high-end features.

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.

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.

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.

A Unique Country Sanctuary in Dublin Hill

Award-winning design-build firm SBP HOMES is bringing life to a six-residence development on private Dublin Hill Drive in a bucolic and convenient section of mid-country Greenwich.

Elegance, Luxury and Sophistication in Michigan

This captivating Michigan offering features luxury living indoors and out and can accommodate a guest house and/or boat house on Bay Harbor Lake.

World-Class Retreat on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire

This one-of-a-kind waterfront estate listed by Maxfield Real Estate boasts 710 feet of protected shoreline in Moultonborough New Hampshire and is the perfect home or getaway!

A Priceless Mount Rushmore View

Mount Rushmore is clearly visible from this amazing South Dakota home.

Finish This Castle in the Sky

Millennium, a property near Sturgis, South Dakota, is built to allow its owner to enjoy the best of times, while being prepared for the worst of times.

Big Gardens for Small Spaces

By focusing on a desire to nurture carefully grown fauna, this company has rethought the living wall by making gardening easy for small spaces.

How To Make Your Home Sports-Friendly

Whether you’re looking to add a basketball or tennis court, or something more adventurous like a putting green, home golf simulator or bocce ball court, having the ability to play these sports while at home can provide countless hours of enjoyment.

The Art of Writing

Exclusive writing instruments elevate the tradition of putting pen to paper — a ritual technology cannot erase — into fine art

Bedding for a Cause

The Good Sheet, a luxury bedding brand based in Tasmania, Australia partnered with non-profit organization, One Tree Planted, is planting five trees in its home state of Tasmania with every bedding set sold.

Modern Midwestern Makes

These two Midwestern brands, both with a reputation for timeless design, craftsmanship, and innovation, will debut a new collection in January 2020.

Concrete-Inspired Gift Guide

Looking for inspiration this holiday season? Check out this gift guide with an edge. These concrete-inspired items are perfect for your home or office and will stand the test of time to celebrate for years to come.

 

Formerly owned by tenor Titta Ruffo, this astonishing penthouse in Rome, Italy was recently redesigned by “starchitect” Dante Benini to grant the comfort of a yacht.

“The home offers an ancient atmosphere on top of Monti Parioli with modern furnishing mixed with an overall touch of elegance, all of which make you at your ease,” says Andrea Barbera of Coldwell Banker Barbera Group International Real Estate, who is listing the property for 6 million euros.

Offering smashing views, this home features three levels with a private elevator, four bedrooms, five baths and a terrace that is nestled between the rooftop loggia and the turret.

“Visitors enjoy the view of the city because the terrace overlooks the north side of Rome, including Flamino Stadium and Monte Mario,” says Barbera.

 

 

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.

Luxury Waterfront Property on Hilton Head Island

Only once in a lifetime does a legacy property like 136 Fort Walker Drive on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina become available!

Resort Living in New Jersey

Looking for an at-home getaway? This Holmdel, NJ home exudes resort-like living with high-end features.

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.

Elegance, Luxury and Sophistication in Michigan

This captivating Michigan offering features luxury living indoors and out and can accommodate a guest house and/or boat house on Bay Harbor Lake.

Elite 2020: Stars of Santa Fe

Listed by Sotheby's International Realty agent Darlene Streit, this star property situated in Las Campanas is a prized jewel in Santa Fe real estate.

A Peaceful Paradise

Tired of being cooped up working from home? Make your summer of 2020 as enjoyable as possible on peaceful Isle of Palms at this luxury rental paradise!

Christine Aldrete Banks: Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

Introducing Unique Homes ELITE 2020 Agent, Christine Aldrete Banks and Spyglass On the Island, a luxury development in Corpus Christi, Texas

In the Heart of Key West

Listed by Ocean Sotheby's International Realty, this is your chance to buy a bit of Key West history, along with a unique house with serious celebrity status!

Prestigious and Pristine Property in Portugal

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Portugal offers Quinta de Lago, boasting some of the most spectacular and beautiful villas in the Algarve.

Penthouse Sets Record for Most Expensive Home Sale in Brooklyn History

A stunning penthouse at Quay Tower just sold for more than $20 million, setting a new record for the most expensive home sale in Brooklyn history.

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.

Luxury Waterfront Property on Hilton Head Island

Only once in a lifetime does a legacy property like 136 Fort Walker Drive on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina become available!

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.

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.

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.

A Unique Country Sanctuary in Dublin Hill

Award-winning design-build firm SBP HOMES is bringing life to a six-residence development on private Dublin Hill Drive in a bucolic and convenient section of mid-country Greenwich.

Elegance, Luxury and Sophistication in Michigan

This captivating Michigan offering features luxury living indoors and out and can accommodate a guest house and/or boat house on Bay Harbor Lake.

World-Class Retreat on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire

This one-of-a-kind waterfront estate listed by Maxfield Real Estate boasts 710 feet of protected shoreline in Moultonborough New Hampshire and is the perfect home or getaway!

A Priceless Mount Rushmore View

Mount Rushmore is clearly visible from this amazing South Dakota home.

Finish This Castle in the Sky

Millennium, a property near Sturgis, South Dakota, is built to allow its owner to enjoy the best of times, while being prepared for the worst of times.

This 7.85-acre gated estate in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada is an entertainer’s dream and features two luxury residences and approximately two acres of vineyard planted in Gewurztraminer grapes, which is enough to supply nearly 1,000 bottles of wine.
“What makes this property unique is the private, gated, tree-lined driveway leading you to a park-like setting with your own private lake, playground, tennis court, outdoor living area and a dream workshop,” says listing agent Jane Hoffman of Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty. “It has a luxury country vibe.”
Listed for $5.498 million Canadian, the property also includes a saltwater pool, hot tub and a 4-car garage — all lending to the breathtaking views of the lake, city and valley.
The main 3-bedroom, 4-bath home is custom-designed and includes a two-tone granite island kitchen, main-floor master and a lower level with a recreation room with a granite wetbar, his and her offices, home theater room and play area. Additionally, there is a 3-bedroom guest residence perfect for visiting family and friends.
“This property is adaptable and flexible,” says Hoffman. “It could be perfect for empty nesters who like to entertain or a family looking for room to roam.”

By Alyson Pitarre

Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based design studio Atelier & Co. boldly brings the art and architecture traditions of the past into the present.

In 1418, a goldsmith named Filippo Brunelleschi designed one of the greatest architectural feats in Italy: the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence. Il Duomo, as it is called, consists of two concentric shells, an inner one visible from within the cathedral nested inside a wider, taller external dome. His detailed sketches and diagrams reveal just how groundbreaking it was for the time. Five centuries later, Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens revolutionized the notion of the English country house by fusing function with the arts and crafts movement.
The evidence of their genius lives on in their buildings to this day — and yet the artistry of architecture, as these two men knew it, has largely faded. Hand-drawings and sketches have been replaced by digital renderings. Ateliers, once considered the birthplace of art and design, are few and far between. Many of the great arts and crafts traditions are being lost to mass-manufactured fabrications. Technological advancement, while positive and necessary, has made the intangibles in a physical environment — the emotion of a space — become pixelated.
“Once upon a time, an architect needed to paint and draw well,” explains Richard Cameron, co-founder of Atelier & Co. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “It was part of their architectural training.”
The idea of creating…

Click here for the full story as seen in the fall 2016 issue of Homes & Estates.

By Roger Grody

Steinway & Sons introduces an innovative, unprecedented player piano, combining craftsmanship and technology.

Steinway & Sons is practically synonymous with meticulously crafted grand pianos, commissioned for royalty throughout the world and played in concert by everybody from Sergei Rachmaninoff to Taylor Swift. Its latest release, the Spirio, is the result of more than 150 years of artistry and more than a little bit of science.
The Spirio is Steinway’s first autonomously playing piano, and revolutionizes the entire concept of a player piano by introducing extraordinarily high-resolution sound. Through technological advancements, the piano’s “hammers” — when a piano key is struck, it activates a hammer to hit the strings — are measured 800 times per second, resulting in nearly perfect facsimiles of live world-class performances.
Ron Losby, president of Steinway & Sons – Americas, reports the company had been exploring…

Click here for the full story as seen in the fall 2016 issue of Homes & Estates.

By Roger Grody, photography by Marty Snortum Studio

Fueled by luxury artisans and high-end boutiques, Western style is riding high.

Western apparel is usually associated with a rural lifestyle, but alligator-skin cowboy boots, cashmere Stetsons and 14-karat gold belt buckles are increasingly donned in big cities, even outside of Texas. In fact, demand for luxury Western wear is driven by well-heeled attorneys and investment bankers whose boots may never touch the floor of a honky-tonk. Beverly Hills, the land of Prada, Gucci and Cartier, may not be the first place one would expect to find a shop specializing in cowboy boots and belt buckles, but a boutique called West has found a reliable clientele there.
As owner James Anderton observes, “Few pairs of high-end boots are sold to genuine cowboys, just as few Ferrari owners in L.A. ever race at Le Mans.” Both acquisitions, he explains, represent works of art that deserve showing off, and Anderton counts celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs and affluent tourists among his customers. Like its fashionable neighbors, West specializes in conspicuous consumption, with its footwear prices rivaling those of Jimmy Choo or Christian Louboutin down the street. From Old Gringo, an artisanal producer in León, Mexico, are chocolate-hued leather cowboy boots for women embroidered with Swarovski crystals. And despite their stratospheric price ($12,995), men’s black alligator boots from Lucchese — the venerable El Paso brand has been favored by everybody from LBJ to supermodel Kate Moss — are conservative and understated. “These Western-style handmade products resonate with people around the globe,” says Anderton, who receives a considerable number of Middle Eastern and Asian tourists at his store.
Belt buckles offered at West qualify as…

Click here for the full story as seen in the fall 2016 issue of Homes & Estates.

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