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.
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.
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…
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…
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…