01/21/19 9:45am

Tahitienne is one of the first “high-rises” built on Oahu’s Gold Coast. Originally an eight-story building, a ninth-floor penthouse was added at some point. It rests alone with 2,800 square feet plus an additional 645-square-foot lanai that stretches 50 linear feet across the ocean. There are three bedrooms with two-and-a-half bathrooms. Listed at $6.4 million with Anne Oliver from Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, it’s a sweet place to call home.

To take advantage of the views, the main rooms slot from left to right along the ocean. Upon entering there is a guest room immediately to the left (more later) but forward is the living room. Next to that is the central kitchen, which is flanked on the other side by the dining room. Beyond the dining room is the full-depth, ocean-to-Diamond Head master suite. If you always want to be looking at the water (and you do), this is the layout. The home was renovated in 2008 by the Los Angeles-based ID Group.

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01/20/19 9:00am

Mardi GrasOn a street lined historic homes, in a neighborhood full of historic homes, this week’s historical shelter may be small, but it’s also the antidote for any Mardi Gras FOMO you might be experiencing this year.

After all, if you’ve been flicking through photos of all the festivities going on right now, you might also be having a bit of internal conflict — how do you get close to all that fun, but not so close that you’re dealing the hustle and bustle of the New Orleans French Quarter?

The answer just might be in this 1919 Greek Revival building, where one of 10 units is up for sale for $299,500. Located at 1206 Chartres St., Unit 2 is the perfect pad for the occasional NOLA visitor, who wants more comfort and freedom than the usual hotel.

Courtesy of MardiGrasNewOrleans.com

And, bonus, it’s also on a few of the parade routes, but not every parade route.

The 509 square foot home is in the lower residential end of the Quarter, and is one of five Greek Revival buildings in the area that are considered architecturally significant, listing agent Wayne Wilkinson with French Quarter Realty said. (more…)

01/19/19 10:00am

evansvilleEditor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 31st city on the list — Mobile, Alabama. This week, we look at Evansville, Indiana, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“This is a fairly small city with a population of approximately 120,000, and the cost of living is very low,” MoneyWise said. “An income of $35,000 will get you a comfortable lifestyle here. The climate is subtropical, meaning that summers are hot but winters are blissfully mild.”

“With more than 15 healthcare centers in the city, you’ll have peace of mind and all the doctors and hospitals you’ll need in your old age.”

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01/18/19 9:55am

A new home at Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club, located adjacent to Steamboat Ski Resort and Catamount golf club in Steamboat Springs, is up for grabs and you won’t believe the VIEWS! The five-acre property beautifully integrates indoor-outdoor living with multiple decks, patios, and generous floor-to-ceiling windows framing unbelievable mountain vistas.

Aptly named Moonlight Run and built by esteemed local architect Rick Hodges, the lower level walkout home offers five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 5,700 square feet complete with a three-car garage for storing all your toys. The best part?It was just listed by the Paoli Group of Colorado Group Realty with price tag of $4.495 million, putting you an offer away from move-in-ready, Alpine Mountain paradise.

“The Steamboat market is evolving to a more complete experience,” says listing agent, Chris Paoli. “From the restaurant experience to the more finished streetscapes downtown, we are appealing to a more affluent demographic. These buyers own more on-trend homes in their primary markets and prefer a similar experience here in the mountains. The modern style of Moonlight Run allows the home’s focus to be on its natural surroundings with large walls of windows bringing the exterior in, while the clean lines and softer interior surfaces are ideal for showcasing art.”

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01/17/19 9:55am

Grace Brown of Brown Harris Stevens of Palm Beach has listed 173 Peruvian Avenue Apt 5, Palm Beach, Florida, for $969,000.

This easy, breezy Palm Beach prize is worth a look! The one-bedroom, one-full-and-one-half-bathroom townhome lives more like a cottage than condo, and was taken down to the studs for one gorgeous renovation.

Historic Charm, Modern Upgrades

Originally built in 1923, the two-story Palm Beach crash pad is a head-turner! And what’s not to love about that powder pink exterior? The home affords high ceilings, tons of natural light, and loads of charm.

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01/15/19 12:00pm

Passing by a long-vacant lot, a sign suddenly appeared heralding the future of six townhouses facing the ocean on Oahu’s storied Kahala Avenue.  The lot’s most recent history involves a Japanese billionaire who purchased over 30 homes and lots in this small enclave that he subsequently let deteriorate. Some thought his plan was to degrade the neighborhood so he could buy more at a bargain. Publicly, he boasted of wanting to return this wealthy area back to native Hawaiians by enabling them to rent mansions for pennies. Neither can be proven true. What is known is that many of the neglected properties required razing. Along Kahala Avenue these lots turn a gap-toothed smile to the ocean.

This lot, 4607 Kahala Avenue, is slated for redevelopment. Instead of a single home across its 1.33-acre site, six are planned, which has rankled some neighbors. In truth, there’s only one other multi-family oceanfront development in Kahala, and its leasehold is expiring in 2027.

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01/15/19 9:30am

Our Splurge: Ray Chin with Hawaii Life has listed 972 Kai Hele Ku Place Apt. A in Lahaina for $3.998 million.

A new study finds Hawaiians have the longest life expectancy in America. This is according to a recent review published in the highly respected journal, JAMA, entitled “The State of US Health, 1990-2016 Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Among US States.”

The group analyzed previously published studies and data to look at things including mortality, life expectancy, and disease by state. In 2016, the review found that Hawaii had the highest life expectancy, averaging 81.3 years. As for other U.S. States? Mississippi had the lowest, clocking in at 74.7 years, respectively. Are you intrigued by this study?

Do the winter doldrums have you wishing for a beach getaway? Well, take a moment for yourself and warm up with our latest Splurge vs. Steal in West Maui, Hawaii – also known as the second most visited island with around 2.4 million visitors each year.

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01/13/19 9:00am

gold rushAlways a hotel, this week’s gold-rush era historical shelter in California also has its place in history as the location for an office and stage stop for an express company that ran mail across the country.

The site of the current Hotel Sutter, located in Sutter Creek, California, was first home to the American House Hotel, built in 1851. It served as a stop for Adams & Co., later Adams Express Company, which pre-dated Wells Fargo.

Sutters Mill

Sutter Creek is named after a local creek, which in turn got its name from a local prospector, John Sutter, who discovered gold nearby in 1848, triggering the California Gold Rush.  Sutter owned a sawmill where the mother lode was found, and after fortune hunters began trampling his land, he decided to prospect, too, moving to Sutter Creek to begin his own mining operation, using his servants to mine, something that drew the disapproval of the miners also working to find gold. Eventually, he returned to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento and never mined again.

By 1852, Sutter Creek had a post office. Two years later, it was a town. In 1913, it incorporated.

Over time, the town became a boomtown, moving from gold mining to quartz mining until 1942, when most of the gold mines were closed during the war.

In 1865, disaster struck the town of Sutter Creek when fire ravaged the business district, burning the American House Hotel to the ground. It was rebuilt, and went through several name changes — the American Exchange Hotel, the Belotti Inn, and now the Hotel Sutter.

And while gold mining doesn’t happen in Sutters Creek anymore, there are plenty of nearby wineries and breweries, restaurants, and shopping. And the area that was once known for gold is now known for having land perfect for growing grapes, making Amador County a go-to place for a more dressed-down wine country. (more…)