02/06/18 12:25pm

basic instinctOne of the stars of Basic Instinct is for sale.

The California home where parts of the 1990s thriller were filmed got a lot of attention as one of the more stunning sets in movie history. It is on the market – and the buyer will have not only a piece of cinematic history but a home with gorgeous, jaw-dropping views of the ocean and Point Lobos. (more…)

02/03/18 11:00am

WiscassetWiscasset, Maine, has been dubbed the “prettiest village in Maine,” and for a little more than $200,000, someone will get to live in a cozy, historic Cape Cod nestled within walking distance of downtown.

The seaport town was originally a Native American settlement, with European immigrants setting up shop around 1663. When Maine became a state in 1820, the town was briefly considered for the state capitol, but ultimately lost to Augusta. (more…)

02/02/18 7:30am

Paradise Valley AZ retreat currently listed for $10.490M by Kirsten Johnson and Denise Pruitt of Arizona Best Real Estate. Photo Credit: Luxury Portfolio International

If you are anything like us, you’ll need a minute to pick your jaw up off the floor after one look at this Paradise Valley dream home. We’ll wait … but the listing won’t. It’s currently priced at $10.49 million and will be scooped up faster than you think, as it comes from a pedigree of architectural talent.

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02/01/18 8:24am

Does living on the top floor of most high-rises still feel like living in the basement?  Chicago’s 100-story John Hancock Center will change all that.  Whereas the tallest residential home in Dallas is a 42nd floor penthouse, the Hancock’s condos don’t start until the 44th floor and continue all the way to the 92nd floor.  Completed in 1969, the Hancock Tower is one of the most recognized buildings in Chicago and offers up some surprisingly inexpensive homes with incomparable city and Lake Michigan views.

Sure, Chicago winters are unkind, but the summers, when second home ownership has its privileges, offer a plethora of activities to shake off the cold and grey. The Hancock is in the thick of everything Chicago has to offer.  It’s right on Michigan Avenue in the thick of the city’s tony shopping. It’s a two-block walk to the beach and is a 10-minute taxi to Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sizes range from 550-square-foot studios to ~1,800-square-foot, three-bedroom units. Of course, with over 700 units, many have been combined for larger spaces. Prices are surprisingly affordable with studios starting just below $200,000 while three-bedroom units trade in the $500,000 to $800,000 range depending on renovation. Let’s look at both ends of the market and with 703 units, there’s always something great for sale.

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01/30/18 7:47am

Snowmass. Photo credit: Jeremy Swanson.

Real estate news continues to unfold in the Aspen Snowmass ski area of Colorado, where new Snowmass Base Village owners are reimagining the traditional cookie cutter ski resort model, and new vacation home options are catching our eye. Last month, we showcased the ski-in, ski-out Residences of the Viceroy Snowmass now available in the resort. Today, we’re shedding light on two new residential projects in Snowmass Base Village: the opening of sales of the residences of the Limelight Hotel, and the Lumin, new construction projects scheduled for completion in November 2018.

The two venues are illustrative of the latest in contemporary mountain vernacular design. Make the jump for a look at plans for these stunning new residences in Aspen’s neighbor, Snowmass and the exciting development plans underway:

 

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01/25/18 8:05am

Villa Mainini, Piazza Lago 50, 6987 Caslano, Switzerland is currently listed for $8,316,008 by Philipp Peter, Wetag Consulting.

Switzerland has long been hailed as a paradise for nature lovers, which is why we are pleased as punch to introduce you to the hottest Swiss waterfront on the market! Meet Villa Mainini, a 20th century architectural wonder on an isolated parcel of Caslano, Switzerland.

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01/24/18 8:30am

Coastline and mountain views from the pool

On a drive up to Turtle Bay for a disappointing lunch at Roy’s Beach Shack, I drove right past 55-249A Kamehameha Highway in Laie on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.  I drove past, because from the road, the home is nearly invisible, tucked into its own oceanfront pocket tropical forest on about two-thirds of an acre.

The home just popped on the market with Erik Hinshaw of Hawai’i Life Real Estate. Readers will recall it was Hinshaw who showed me around the $71 million in penthouse “porn” you read about earlier in January.  During that visit we got to talking about this property.  But enough dish, here are the specs: it’s a 2004-built home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms totaling 2,464 square feet of living space and is being offered for $2.4 million.

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