09/20/18 9:00am

 

1325 5th Avenue Apt 2H, New York, New York is currently listed by Makeba G. Lloyd with MNS for $1,000,000.

“Start spreading the news. I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York” – Sinatra’s iconic New York, New York lyrics still ring true for many buyers looking to make a name for themselves in the Big Apple today. As one of the nation’s leading luxury real estate markets, we thought it was about time we researched just how far a million dollars would go in New York City. What we find will blow you away.

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09/18/18 9:00am

Our Splurge: 2201 Daybreak Ridge, Beaver Creek, Colorado, is currently listed by Ed Swinford of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate for $12,650,000.

With autumn just around the corner, everyone has pumpkins, fall hikes, and vibrant fall foliage on the brain. What better way to experience the unrivaled beauty of fall with a getaway to Colorado’s own Beaver Creek – an exclusive enclave located in the Vail Valley that offers four seasons of nature-filled recreation. Don’t believe us?

Just ask Kameron Westcott of the Real Housewives of Dallas who recently took her castmates on a snow-filled getaway to her family’s sprawling vacation home in Beaver Creek. You may have already heard of this charming ski town from your friends, read about it in a post from SecondShelters.com, or visited during ski season to enjoy a weekend on the slopes.

For second home buyers who want luxury, convenience, and world-class recreation all rolled into one, this mountain hotspot can’t be beat! Check out what’s currently on the market in our latest Splurge vs. Steal and tell us which one you’d rather buy – the ski-in/ski-out splurge or the woodland oasis steal?

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09/17/18 9:00am
Manafort

Manafort’s Long Island Home at 174 Jobs Lane, Water Mill, New York

In the first of two trials, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty in August on eight of 18 counts of fraud. All that kept him from being found guilty on all 18 counts was a lone juror.

The “witch hunt” had found another witch. Not eager for a potentially worse repeat at his upcoming second trial, Manafort cut a deal with the feds pleading guilty (admitting his witchcraft) and agreeing to surrender a bunch of assets including some real estate some are valuing at $22 million.

In a “birds of a feather” twist, Manafort’s spec builder son-in-law Jeffrey Yohai filed for bankruptcy in 2016 as four multi-million dollar (unsold) spec homes fell into foreclosure. The whole affair also ignited lawsuits by Dustin Hoffman and others claiming Yohai was running a Ponzi scheme. No stranger to legal troubles, Yohai and wife Jessica Manafort were sued for running an illegal Airbnb operation from their three New York apartments – in the middle of divorce proceedings. (more…)

09/16/18 9:34am

At first, it was believed to have been sold for a record $80 million in December, but Vincent Viola’s 20,000 square foot townhome on the Upper East Side appears to be back on the market — and this time the list price is $88 million.

It’s unclear if Viola (who owns the NHL’s Florida Panthers, is CEO of Virtu Financial,  and was briefly President Donald Trump’s nominee for army secretary) and his wife Teresa are still the current owners (although what we could find in property records seems to indicate they probably are). But the home was listed in 2013 for $114 million, making the current list price a relative bargain. (more…)

09/14/18 9:17am

Four Seasons Caye Chapel Resort, Caye Chapel, Belize

Trend alert: now more than ever, high-end developments are offering exclusive getaways and glamping retreats to qualified luxury home buyers. If you’re in the market for a vacation home or place to retire, there’s no better way to experience the lifestyle than with try before you buy.

Not sure where to start? No problem! We’ve done all the work for you in our list of top “try before you buy” vacation spots. Pick a place that speaks to you and indulge in a brief (and sometimes free) house hunting expedition for the second home of your dreams.

Disclaimer: You’ll want to pack your bags immediately.

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09/13/18 4:00pm

Via della Maolina, Lucca, Tuscany, currently listed for $1,098,266 by Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.

Make like Diane Lane in Under The Tuscan Sun and buy your own slice of paradise with our million dollar find in Tuscany. This rustic farmhouse nestled in the hills at Via della Maolina is the perfect place to sip a big glass of red and take in the magnificent views of the medieval city of Lucca – one of the most beloved cities in all of Tuscany.

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09/11/18 9:18am

Our Splurge: 9 Merrymeeting Lane, Kennebunkport, Maine, is currently listed by Vicki Benenti of Pack Maynard & Associates Real Estate for $1.495 million.

Whale-watching, world-class cuisine, and quaint New England charm? It’s no wonder Kennebunkport draws all types to indulge in its idyllic, coastal way of life. Located in Southern Maine, Kennebunkport is revered for its strong sense of community, waterfront recreation, and picturesque beauty, making it the perfect place to vacation or retire. Just ask the Bushes, whose very own Walker’s Point is quietly nestled on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine.

As the summer home of President George H.W. Bush and the late First Lady Barbara Bush, it has been visited by presidents, foreign heads of state, and celebrities alike, but you don’t need deep pockets to live the coveted Kennebunkport lifestyle. Case in point, our latest Splurge vs. Steal, where we highlight two exceptional Kennebunkport properties, each with sought-after locations and stunning architecture, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose, the sprawling Cape Cod splurge or the marsh-view Mansard steal? In Kennebunkport, there’s truly something for everyone.

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09/09/18 9:00am

While he was filming the series that made him most famous — “The Honeymooners” — Jackie Gleason built himself a New York compound that was both a place to relax in nature and a nod to the actor’s fascination with UFOs.

And today his Round House, as it’s often referred to as, is on the market for a cool $12 million, and when you see the photos, we think you’ll find this historical shelter is worth every penny. (more…)