Beautiful Luxury in Rich, Historic Istanbul Turkey

Live among the rare Bosphorpus mansions in Istanbul, Turkey in this seven-bedroom, four-bath Andonaki twin mansion (built in 1890).

“What makes Istanbul the city is its history,” says listing agent Sühran Aras of Coldwell Banker-Baras. “Its charm has remained unchanged over time — since the Byzantine period and even earlier times — which signifies the value of the city. A life on the Bosphorus, where you can feel Istanbul in your bones, is the most prestigious way of life you can ever have here.”

The home is close to the Bosphorous bridges and private pier and the main entrance opens to the pier and front garden.

“There are only a few places in the world like Istanbul where you can feel the past in every corner of your home while living a modern life,” says Aras who is listing the home for $9 million. “This mansion offers the opportunity to admire the Bosphorus from every room, including the living room, which has direct access to the terrace.”

 The home also features a heated wave pool, Turkish bath, and an elevator.

“This home is for those who want to be in touch with nature and admire the enchanting beauty of the Bosphorus, all while residing in the city center,” says Aras.

For more about this property, go to www.cb.com.tr/baras

For more information, contact:

SÜHRAN ARAS | COLDWELL BANKER-BARAS
www.cb.com.tr/baras | suhran.aras@cb.com.tr
O. 90 (216) 384 02 22 | C. 90 (532) 451 36 16

With 170 feet of beachfront and a 98-foot private dock, this 5-bedroom, 6-bath estate home sits on 1.5 acres on the longest natural beach on the northeast shore in Nassau, Bahamas.  The majestic home greets all with a grand circular, brick-paved driveway with an electric gate. 

“The gracious entrance, and its remarkable sea views from the lower and upper patios, make this home ideal for entertainment,” says Nicole Fair of Kerry Sullivan Real Estate who is listing the property for $4.5 million. Fine features of the home include Jerusalem stone flooring, Abaco pine and cherry wood cabinets.

“Guests will be charmed by the spacious foyer with sweeping mahogany staircase and tasteful décor,” says Fair. The home also features a wine cellar, terraced gardens, electric shutters, a generator and a guest cottage

For more information, contact: 

Nicole Fair | Kerry Sullivan Real Estate

Nicole@KerrySullivanRealEstate.com

KerrySullivanRealEstate.com

242.424.2513

Edmond, Oklahoma

Majestic family estate on 18 acres in the gated equestrian addition of Qua Vadis in the Edmond city limits. The estate has 11,000 square feet of living and is minutes from downtown OKC. The 6,200-square-foot main home features 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 2 living and dining rooms, office, gym or second office, safe room, and in-ground shelter. The 2nd 2,697-square-foot home is perfect to accommodate guests or multi-generational family living with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a bank vault shelter and safe room. The 2,400-square-foot lodge style cabana overlooks the pool, courtyard and fire pit. A 5,000-square-foot barn with 16-foot doors and 4 horse stalls can accommodate an RV. Oak trees, riding trails, stocked pond, loafing shed, water wells, and generators. $3,600,000

For more about this property, visit www.11200sorentinodr.com

For more information, contact: 

Debra Wilson — Broker Associate, GRI, CRS, ABR

Metro First Realty

Debra@cogentexp.com

405.919.6978

This exceptionally stylish and elegant home is in a private 6.8-acre wooded setting in Lewisburg, West Virginia, just minutes from downtown and the world-famous Greenbrier Resort.

“It has great quality and character, while maintaining the ease of a comfortable lifestyle,” says listing agent Paul Grist of Grist Real Estate Associates Inc. who is listing the property with Donna Stoner for $1.625 million

Its many noteworthy features include a living room with a 23-foot cathedral ceiling, four gas fireplaces, a large gourmet kitchen with an adjacent screened dining porch, five bedroom suites, a wine cellar, a dry sauna, and three-bay garage.

“The lower level family room features a stone fireplace and large windows, perfect for viewing the private wooded surrounding,” says Grist.

 

For more information, contact:

Grist Real Estate Associates, Inc.

Paul Grist, Broker — 304.661.6543

Donna Stoner, GRI, Agent — 304.646.6454

695 Jefferson Street, South Lewisburg, WV 24901

304.645.5000

www.GristRealEstate.com/LUX

 

Showcasing a greenhouse, waterfall and koi pond, this approximately 22-acre mountain retreat in the Greenbrier Sporting Club at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, is perfect for someone who enjoys nature.

 “The exterior waterfall in the front of the house makes it sound like a babbling brook in the middle of nature,” says listing agent Paul Grist of Grist Real Estate Associates Inc. who is listing the property with Donna Stoner.

 The home features 10,028± square feet of living space, eight bedrooms, nine full and three half baths, four fireplaces, and two hot tubs.

 “The living room, dining room, and kitchen, with serene views of the eastern mountains, gives one a feeling of ‘sitting on top of the world’ with total privacy,” says Grist.

 The estate, which is listed for $2.95 million, also includes a carriage house.

 Adjacent to the world-famous Greenbrier Resort, it is also conveniently located four hours from Washington D.C. and five hours from Pittsburgh, with the nearby airport offering direct flights.

For more information, contact:

Grist Real Estate Associates, Inc.

Paul Grist, Broker — 304.661.6543

Donna Stoner, GRI, Agent — 304.646.6454

695 Jefferson Street, South Lewisburg, WV 24901

304.645.5000

www.GristRealEstate.com/LUX

1701 Enclave Court

Las Vegas, Nevada 89134

4 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, 13,349 Square Feet, $12,950,000

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, this legacy property located in the prestigious Enclave of Summerlin is perfect for entertaining guests and family. Comprised of over 2,200 tons of ledge stone, this 13,000-plus-square-foot home sits on 2 acres of the private TPC course. This home’s amazing gardens and waterfalls run throughout the property, and not only serve as the centerpiece of this palatial home but provide a constant reminder of the true uniqueness of this home in the desert. Impressive vaulted-box, exposed-beam ceilings with recessed lighting adorn much of the home. For entertaining guests and family, this home boasts a great room, family room, formal dining room, wet bar, and wine cellar/home theater. This Las Vegas home offers both character and significance unmatched in the valley.

For more information, contact:

Don Kuhl

Principal – KUHL Group

Synergy | Sotheby’s International Realty

C: 702.324.2121 O: 702.360.1414 

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Unique Homes Online Exclusive

During the mid-year height of the Covid-19 pandemic, real estate agents comment on how the market stood, and in some cases prevailed, under enormous pressure.

 

This past Fall, luxury real estate agents from across the country spoke on Unique Homes’ first Zoom panel to discuss topics from the recent article “Space: The New Currency,” from Unique Homes Magazine’s recent Fall issue, written by Camilla McLaughlin. On this exclusive virtual panel, agents were able to discuss how the real estate markets of America endured (and continue to endure) through the turbulence that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused. Throughout the discussion, these experienced panelists spoke on the changes their area(s) have undergone and the how the pandemic has affected the homebuying process. We’ve highlighted some of our distinguished panelists and their unique experiences below.

 

Mauricio Umansky, Founder/CEO of The Agency

Los Angeles, CA

In the beginning of “Space: The New Currency,” Mauricio Umansky, Founder and CEO of The Agency, notes that in the midst of the pandemic, consumers who were staying at home also found themselves asking impactful questions regarding their homes and their futures: where am I sequestering versus where am I at home? What do I want my home to look like? What do I want my second home to look like? 

As one of the opening speakers, Umansky adds that though many of these questions may not be answered right away, the pandemic proved to be a catalyst for many potential home buyers to start a dialogue with their local real estate agents. “Sequestering at home, stay in, shelter in place, whatever it is we want to call it, has caused a conversation that is equal amongst everybody, whether it’s politically driven, whether it’s answering ‘what do I want to do with my life?’ and understanding that we can now work and operate from anywhere.”

 

 

Courtney Hampson, Vice President of Marketing

Palmetto Bluff, SC

Palmetto Bluff is a community in coastal South Carolina that caters to a mix of primary and vacation homeowners. Courtney Hampson, Vice President of Marketing for Palmetto Bluff, says on the panel that at the beginning of the pandemic many residents were already staying in Palmetto Bluff due to Spring Break, and were mandated to stay due to the shutdown. Many stayed until May when the state began opening up again, and there were several instances where those who extended their stay ended up moving to Palmetto Bluff full time. About a particular couple from New York with young children, Hampson says “They literally walked down the street into our real estate office, went on our tour, looked at available homes, closed two days later, our fastest closing ever, and that was it. ‘This is where we are,’ they said, ‘This is the plan now.'”

During the panel Hampson also stated that the utilization of virual tours and showings became more widely utilized, so much that they had to include the option on their website right away on their website.” She also noted that in the midst of everything, they found that buyers were buying almost like they were suffering from FOMO, or a Fear of Missing Out. “[Clients] are booking their stay at the hotel first, and … they have almost a fear of missing out. They’re not waiting to get here to look at real estate — they’re doing that virtually, going under contract and seeing their property the first time they come to visit.” 

Carrie Wells, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate

Aspen, CO

Though located on the opposite side of the United States, Carrie Wells of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate in Aspen, Colorado experienced similar situations as Hampson had in South Carolina. March is typically the latter part of the state’s skiing season, but due to the pandemic the season was cut short, and those visiting found themselves sequestering in Aspen — and staying. She remarked that you can see this reflected in the school district alone, where 175 new students were admitted and a weight list was created for the Aspen Country Day School, Aspen’s main private school. She also noted that with the help of Matterport virtual tour technology many sales were able to happen, as clients wanted to be able to visit openings safely. 

Wells remarked about her own experience with a New York family who stayed in Aspen until the summer. “He said, ‘I never realized that Aspen is so enjoyable in April and May,’ which are normally our off-season months. … People have experienced being here year-round, when they normally would not be here, and there’s so much to do other than downhill skiing that I think regardless of what happens with our winter, we’re still going to see our market continue to be strong.”

 

 

Frank Aazami

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Scottsdale, AZ

The title of the article “Space: The New Currency,” as well as the main point of discussion for the panel, was inspired by profound statement by Frank Aazami of Russ Lyon Sothebby’s International Realty. During the panel Aazami notes that when the pandemic began and people were sequestering, he noticed that areas that were previously difficult to sell beforehand, regions outside of Phoenix and Scottsdale such as Fountains Hills, Cave Creek, etc, were now like beacons that buyers were gravitating towards. Before there were no sales north of $3 million, but eventually there were closings reaching upwards of $4 and $6 million. The reasoning for this market change? Space!

In the article Aazami notes that from his region of Scottsdale, Arizona, his experience during the pandemic that no matter what buyers were generally looking for, a vacation home, relocation refuge, etc., the key point he saw was that consumers were looking for a safe haven, with plenty of space. Not only that, but consumers are also requesting specifics when it comes to this space in order to make their purchases personal and customized to their lifestyles, from multiple offices and indoor gyms to view decks and larger patios. 

 

 

Chris Bernier, Churchill Properties

Boston’s North Shore, MA

Located just 30 minutes outside of Boston, Chris Bernier of Churchill Properties notes during the Zoom panel that despite the usual trends of buyers looking for smaller, more minimalistic style homes, space really is the new currency. He affirms that many buyers in his market are flocking toward the larger homes. These market shifts are no doubt due to the pandemic shifting priorities, and continues to show 

“Our listing inventory is down 52 percent for single family homes in Massachusetts, so we’re running on half of what we were this time last year. And it’s just made a tremendously imbalanced seller’s market. Prices are up in Massachusetts, it’s just driving the market up.” With as much uncertainty, he adds that it’s also been hard to know exactly what the real estate cycle looks like, even though it’s always been a very predictable real estate cycle in Massachusetts. That all being said, he notes that from the pandemic to American politics at play, “with everything that’s going on, it’s been one of the best years in Massachusetts for residential real estate.” 

 

James Torrance, Keller Williams Luxury International

Palm Beach, FL

James Torrance from Palm Beach, Florida has much to say about the pandemic has shifted Florida into more than just a retirement or snowbird refuge, seen in these clips from the Zoom discussion. He notes further that in fact a large wave of buyers from California and more specifically Chicago brought interest to the area and helped close several sales, a rarity in his area. What was also interesting that he notices are the importance of the private schools and districts in South Florida, as he mentions that many buyers were shopping around different homes once they had found a school system they liked, then picking from available homes nearby.

This, alongside his points about the importance of homes with multi-functional spaces such as guesthouses and just the overall outlook on how the market has shifted, highlight just how much action Florida has seen in the past several months due to Covid-19’s effect on real estate.

 

 

Roxann Taylor, Engel & Völkers Dallas Forth Worth

Dallas, TX

As an real estate agent with 40-plus years of selling experience, Roxann Taylor of Engel & Völkers Dallas Forth Worth was a fountain of wisdom toward the end of the virtual panel. She highlighted much of which was similar to what the other panelists had noted, including buyers prioritizing homes with large space as opposed to downsizing, putting houses on the market through a near fully-virtual process, and much more. 

 

 

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On one of the largest contiguous parcels in the NY Champlain Valley, this 431-acre farm and custom 8,000-square-foot waterfront home showcases mountain views on 646 feet on Lake Champlain. It offers the very finest custom details.

“From the library to the floor-to-ceiling windows, you feel as though you are outside in a gorgeous glass room looking through a filtered view of the manicured mature cedar trees at Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains,” says co-lister Jodi Gunther of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Adirondack Premier Properties, who is listing the property with Margie Philo. “In the media room and dining areas there are completely different views of Lake Champlain, but my favorite is the main suite with oversized windows that swing open for amazing Adirondack air and a higher vantage point.”

The property, listed for $9.5 million, boasts a totally renovated working 10-building farm, including a horse barn, hay barn, cow shed, a renovated year-round farm home, old slate gable roof barn and more.

It is even equipped with an underground water distribution system to the buildings, high speed internet, and a security system.

 It is only minutes to the ferry to Vermont and includes a 2,000-foot grass runway for a serene and safe getaway. 

 

To learn more about this proeprty, contact:

Margie Philo and Jodi Gunther

Berskire Hathaway HomeServices Adirondack Premier Properties & Adirondack Realty

O: 518.523.3333 C: 518.576.9840 Margie@adkpp.com www.adkpp.com

Candice Rich, a top-producing Realtor, an accomplished business professional, and a skilled negotiator. Her dedication to helping her clients successfully achieve all their real estate needs is proven in her results.

Organically building her business from 100 percent referrals to multi-million-dollar levels, she has developed long-lasting relationships, becoming a valued go-to real estate advisor. Her outstanding reputation has garnered her to represent many top executives, athletes, and successful families.

Prior to entering real estate, Candice was a former 20-year private practice accountant, bringing further added value to her clients.

Whether you are interested in selling your lakefront property, a luxury downtown brownstone, or a home in an exclusive suburb, she is ready to create a custom marketing plan to get your home sold at top dollar.

For an inside look into an exclusive real estate opportunity from Candice, click here.

Set on 12 acres of privately gated, impeccably landscaped property, this French Manor estate in Oakland Township Michigan offers 13,000-plus square feet of meticulously appointed living space.  

 

The home boasts soaring ceilings, maple-planked flooring, supreme stonework/woodwork and four fireplaces. Additionally, there is a top-of-the-line chef’s kitchen with a separate pizza oven, six bedroom suites, seven full baths, a private loft area, and a finished walkout with a lap pool and gaming area.

 

Terraced outdoor patios, exquisite formal gardens, 21-flaming urns, a swimming pool, a helipad, a state-of-the-art hanger, a 6-car garage and a horse barn round out the property. “This private estate is for the athlete, the entertainer or a top executive looking for the ultimate in exclusivity and privacy,” says listing agent Candice Rich of KW Domain Luxury Homes International, who is listing the property for $5.199 million. “This home has it all!”

To learn more about this property’s agent, Candice Rich, click here.

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