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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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SpellingWhen Aaron and Candy Spelling built The Manor, their lavish 14-bedroom, 56,500-square-foot estate in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills, they ticked off a lot of neighbors.

“The Spellings were generally unpopular among their Mapleton Drive neighbors, who watched the French chateau-style mansion slowly take shape over two years, at an estimated cost of $12 million,” explained a few years ago when current owner (and British heiress) Petra Ecclestone bought the home at age 22. “At the time, they described dealing with heavy construction equipment and throngs of curious onlookers.”

In fact, one neighbor filed an injunction against the Spellings that sought to limit the number of construction trucks that came to the property and to require reimbursement for any damage to neighbors’ property.

Before the Spellings began building, they had to tear down the home of another Hollywood legend — Bing Crosby, who lived in a 15,000 square foot (what a shack, right?) mansion from 1943 to 1964.

Ecclestone bought the home in 2011, and briefly placed it on the market in 2016 for $200 million. It was listed again seven days ago for $160 million. (more…)

1118 Tower Road Beverly Hills, CA 90210, currently listed for $9.995 million by Mercer Vine

What is the essence of a modern Los Angeles home? According to the folks at Mercer Vine, the answer lies in the reimagined Spanish colonial at 1118 Tower Road Beverly Hills 90210.

“This extensive redesign brings a modern edge to an already stunning property. From the outdoor entertaining spaces right down to the details of the wrought-iron balconies, every element of the home has been meticulously designed,” said Mercer Vine co-founder Adam Rosenfeld, who shares the listing with agent Coley Lafoon and Mercer Vine co-founder Kyle Giese. “This home truly combines California luxury with the warm elegance of a Spanish villa.”


Oh my, from Beverly Hills to Beverly Drive! I am so very, very proud to announce that, has been named one of the top 25 luxury real estate blogs in the nation by one of the top luxury Realtors in the nation, Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Previews International, in Beverly Hills. What makes me blush with even more pride is the fact that SecondShelters tops a power list of my brilliant blogging mentors like CURBED, Homes of the Rich, Hooked on Houses, Reside SF, among others, including my bestest blog mentor, friend and hero of them all, Mama at The Real Estalker!!! Many of the blogs are online web step-children of print pubs. Here’s what Jade says about all of us:

We love providing Jade’s readers with the best luxury homes resources available, and we know that you like to keep up with the latest news, trends and tips on luxury real estate. That’s why we’ve made a careful examination of all that’s available on the web and selected for you the Top 25 Luxury Home Blogs. Each of these blogs has something unique to offer you, whether you simply like to keep an eye on the latest news in the luxury homes market or are interested in inspiration for changes to the exterior and interior design of your home. Even if you have no particular project in mind, these sites offer gorgeous eye candy for anyone with discerning tastes.

We are so honored! I called Mama at The Real Estalker, and we celebrated over the phone. Mama, of course, is in L.A. so gave me the lowdown on Miss Jade — agent to the all the movie stars. She sold Jennifer Aniston’s $35 million manse in 4 months!  She’s not just totally successful, said Mama, everyone loves her!

We are so thrilled and plan to keep on keepin’ on. Coming up soon: an exclusive look inside the hottest new fractional ownership in Costa Rica: The Palms! Then owning a piece of the rock at Trump SoHo, Calistoga Ranch, Park Cities, Utah’s hottest new fractionals, and more! There are just not enough hours in the day!