08/06/19 9:30am

Our Splurge: Adam Stults with Amanda Howard Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 2731 Battlement Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabamafor $3.5 million.

This week we take you to Tuscaloosa, Alabama – home of the Crimson Tide and sntebellum beauties like the famed Battle-Friedman House and Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion. Our top picks offer fantastic lots with lushly landscaped lawns and gorgeous architecture that harkens back to a bygone era. Which do you prefer, the cliffside splurge or the stately steal?

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08/05/19 12:00pm

TribecaPulitzer and Tony award-winning playwright Edward Albee’s Tribeca loft is up for grabs for the first time since he purchased it, one architecture firm would like to dangle you out over a cliff in Norway, and new waterfront luxury homes are being sold in Orange County, California.

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08/04/19 12:15pm

MontanaIt’s not often that we come across a historical shelter that is both a potential second home and a possible income generator, but The Centennial Inn property in Livingston, Montana is just such a two-fer.

The best part? It sits on 13 acres adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, with 1,000 feet of river frontage. Gorgeous, pristine, canyon property between the Gallatin and Absaroka mountains. 

Currently, the showpiece is a turn-of-the-century train car that has been refurbished to its original Victorian style (with a few updates). 

“This turn of the century Northern Pacific railcar has seen the country as a railway express, U.S. rolling post office and as an Old West attraction at the 1964 New York World’s Fair representing Montana during Montana’s territorial centennial,” said Visit Montana. (more…)

08/02/19 9:00am

DreIt may not be “a crib with a studio and it’s all full of tracks to add to the wall, full of plaques, hanging up in the office in back of his house like trophies,” but when we saw his Los Angeles manse was on the market, we didn’t forget about Dr. Dre.

And a brief programming note: If you like mood music with your fancy celebrity home story, scroll on down to the bottom of this page and hit play. You’re welcome.

Dre’s 16,200 square-foot home is in the luxury-laden and private Westchester County Estates, an enclave protected by guards and a gate. The home itself also sits behind a gated drive.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Grammy-winning rap artist and founder and chief executive of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics paid $2.35 million for the home in 1999. The French country-style home has been extensively renovated since the purchase.

Inside, the renovations include two kitchens, a 250-bottle wine cellar, a movie theater, and an elevator so you can reach all three stories of the home with ease (although don’t miss the grand staircase in the foyer).

 

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08/01/19 9:30am

If you are in the market for an East Coast treasure, look no further than this Berkshires beauty! Situated on 140 bucolic acres in picturesque Lanesborough, Massachusetts, rests this elegant country estate featuring impressive views of Mt. Greylock and a meandering valley, just south of the house.

If privacy is paramount, a quarter-mile, tree-lined drive will do just the trick. And if you need a spot to cool off, the gunite pool and three-season gazebo will have you at hello. It even has a tennis court for when you want to work up a sweat! This is a Berkshires estate where every room is filled with custom details. Don’t believe us? Take a look inside.

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07/31/19 9:30am

Rear of the Pappas house overlooking 3.36 acres

Imagine having the chutzpah to write to Frank Lloyd Wright asking him to design your home on a tight budget. Imaging enclosing a $300 retainer, assuming assent.

That’s what Ted and Bette Pappas did in 1954 … and then waited for a reply that didn’t come. But Wright had cashed the check so they poured-on the courage and called. A clerical error was claimed. The Pappas original letter stated the potential of purchasing a three-quarter-acre lot for $2,000-$3,000 and another $19,000-$20,000 to build a home “of either six or seven rooms.”

In the end, the home sits on 3.36 acres and contains 2,310 square feet. There are four bedrooms and two full bathrooms along with living, dining and family rooms. At the end it cost nearly four times their original budget and took a decade to realize. In fact, actual construction didn’t begin until 1960, a year after Wright died, and took four years.

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07/30/19 9:00am

MiamiMiami and Miami Beach have a bit of a reputation — thanks in part to the celebrities that have second (or third, or fourth) homes in the area — of being where you go for luxury beach living.

And luxury, as we all know, doesn’t come cheap. But for this week’s Splurge Vs. Steal, we’re heading to Miami Beach, the city connected only by bridges to mainland Miami, where the prices vary as widely as the beaches, and the southern end — South Beach — is nearly synonymous with models and celebrities.

We have a gorgeous beachfront condo with luxurious amenities thanks to its affiliation with a luxury hotel, and a more modest option that is much lower in price point, but ripe for becoming that blank slate ready for your modern touches. Which one will you pick? (more…)

07/29/19 2:00pm
Ios

Photos courtesy Calilo

We head to Greece to check out the island of Ios, found out how much wellness you can get with a $12.2 million house, and we take a gander at a gorgeous Midcentury Modern that is surrounded by trees, and yet still only an hour from Grand Central Station.

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