Breathtakingly Best of the Best in Design Up for Dezeen Awards

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The Luum Temple in Tulum, Mexico, by Co-Lab Design Company (Photos courtesy Dezeen/Cesar Bejar).

We’re ooohing and ahhing over the gorgeous structures on the shortlist for a prestigious design award, we have the perfect luxury property for the golf enthusiast, and rightsizers are looking for luxury in Australia.

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Breathtakingly Best of the Best in Design Up for Dezeen Awards

Evans Tree House, Hot Springs, Arkansas, designed by Modus Studio (Photo courtesy Dezeen/Timothy Hursley)

Thanks to the Insider, we were tipped off to some of the most breathtakingly gorgeous and impressively designed buildings in the world — all up for a 2019 Dezeen Award.

The architecture and design website doles out the awards to celebrate architecture and design, using an international panel of experts to pick the winners, with the architecture category containing 10 subcategories. This year’s entries include an underwater restaurant in Norway, a tree house in Arkansas, and a bamboo building in Tulum, Mexico.

Under, Båly, Norway. Designed by Snøhetta (Photo courtesy Dezeen/Ivar Kvaal).

“Dezeen highlights everything from small houses to massive event spaces in the shortlist, demonstrating the various ways people interact with the buildings around them across the globe,” Insider wrote.

Source: Insider

Virginia Property’s 1,000 Acres Includes Golf Course

If golf is your bag, and you want a property steeped in history, this Amherst, Virginia, listing that includes almost 1,000 acres just might be up your alley — it includes a Sam Snead-designed course.

The property was first a land grant by King George II in the 1730s, Realtor.com said, and a log cabin and manor house built for the original owners are still in use today. Back in the day, Thomas Jefferson is said to have visited the property, known as Poplar Grove, frequently.

In 1945, a farmer purchased the property, and in 2004 a golf course opened. The acreage is a mix of open land, forest, a 230-acre golf course (the last designed by Snead before his death), and the manor house, which was built in 1773.

The golf course was recently renovated and has a steady stream of members, and is open to the public, Realtor.com said. The property and the course include views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“For the next owner, options abound. Given that the property is zoned for multiple uses, it could become a resort, winery, event venue, residential or commercial development, or any combination of the above,” Realtor.com said. “The next owner could also choose to keep running Poplar Grove as a golf course. Plans for a new clubhouse are also available. “

It’s priced at $33 million.

Source: Realtor.com

Luxury in Australia Offers Rightsizing Niche Market

Photos courtesy ONE Subiaco

From Mansion Global, we get a peek at the luxury rightsizing market in Australia, where high-end residences that are far too posh to call an apartment are popping up all over the country.

“It’s a niche buyer market which luxury Sydney developer Fiducia Property Group has dubbed the ‘rightsizers’—a class of buyer who is at the right time in their life for luxury, substance and convenience,” Mansion Global explains. The abodes still offer space and privacy, but are less maintenance and work than the expansive family homes rightsizers are coming from.

“There’s an emphasis on architectural integrity—inside and out—a reflection of these discerning buyers’ need for something unique without having to compromise on location and lifestyle after selling the family home,” the article said. “These collections of homes, meticulously designed and curated, feature spacious interiors and opulent finishes, while exclusive residents’ only amenities such as private clubs, dining rooms and wine cellars are mandatory inclusions.”

Mansion Global said there are strong pre-sales for newer buildings like ONE Subiaco in Perth, or the White Main Beach on the Gold Coast of Queensland.

Source: Mansion Global