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Bruce Willis to Sell his Hacienda in Beverly Hills

Bruce Willis Hacienda in Beverly Hills to go on market for $22 million.

Bruce Willis Home

Hollywood action star Bruce Willis is selling his “one of a kind hacienda” in Beverly Hills, priced at $22 million.

The “Die Hard” actor purchased the Beverly Hills estate for $6.3 million in 2004 under his “Ix Nay” investment trust, which he’s used to purchase several New York properties, according to Yahoo!

bruce-willis-home-2.jpgBuilt in 1928, the “walled and gated” estate has “old world charm with all the modern conveniences one could desire,” according to the listing.

The house has a total of 11 bedrooms–five in the main house–and 11 bathrooms. Considering his second wife, Emma Heming, recently gave birth to his fourth daughter, maybe he needs more space.

Special features include a media room, four fireplaces, private tennis court, open-air courtyard, heated pool and a covered patio with built-in barbecue.

Previous celebrity owners of the estate include Michael Jackson, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Mr. Willis purchased the place from Alan Ladd Jr., a film executive and producer famous for helping George Lucas make the original “Star Wars.”

Here are some additional photos of the property:

 

 

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 Greewich Connecticut Has a Secluded Compound On The Market for $190 Million

Would You Pay $190 For An Isolated Compound in Greenwich Called Beech Farm?

Copper BeachCompound  in Greenwich on the market for $190 Million

Copper BeachCompound in Greenwich on the market for 190 Million

A grand estate in Greenwich, Connecticut known as Copper Beech Farm is on the market for $190 million, which would make it the most expensive home in the United States.

The current owner is timber magnate John Rudey, who reportedly purchased the property 31 years ago. The Victorian mansion was built in 1898 and was once owned by Harriet Lauder Greenway, the daughter of industrialist George Lauder who helped found U.S. Steel.

It is the first time the property has been publicly listed since 1904, according to the listing.

“This extraordinary Great Estate has no peers in Greenwich… there simply are no more in existence,” attempting to justify the price tag.

The 50.6-acre estate sits 40 feet above water and includes two undeveloped islands and about a mile of private shoreline in Greenwich’s exclusive Mead Point area. The 13,519-square-foot house features 12-bedrooms and 7-full bathrooms. Special touches include rooms with 12-foot ceilings, a marble bathroom, solarium and two oval bedrooms.

The Colonial estate also features a 75-foot pool, grass tennis court, greenhouses, six garages and a “stone carriage house complete with a clock tower, and a large upstairs with lovely water views has ample garage space for cars and farm equipment, plus the milking stalls from its original days,” according to the listing.

But the house has some quirks. The main kitchen is still in the basement with the staff quarters. And there are still old “speaking tubes” from pre-electricity days in the rooms, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The question now is whether Mr. Rudey will get the asking price.

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America’s $100 Million Dollar Homes For Sale or Sold

Uber Expensive Homes over $100 Million Dollars For Sale In America

Once the daydream of fantasy-prone sellers, the $100 million house is becoming, well, not commonplace maybe, but not so rare.”I’m at the point where I’m calling this a new category of housing,” says Jonathan Miller, chief executive of New York real estate appraisal firm Miller Samuel, Inc.”It is something that’s come of age in the past two years in response to global economic turmoil, where wealthy individuals are looking for ways to invest, and ultra-high-end real estate seems to be the asset of choice.”

Further Lane de Menil

Two U.S. homes have broken past the $100 million threshold since the real estate downturn: a $100 million château in Los Altos Hills, Calif. that changed hands in 2011, and a hilltop estate in nearby Woodside, which quietly went for a staggering $117.5 million in November. Eight more listed with asking prices of $95 million and above are on the sale block, while several others, like financier Gary Winnick’s Bel Air manse, Casa Encantada (reportedly available for $225 million), are supposedly being shopped around as unofficial “pocket” listings.

What makes a home into a $100 million treasure chest? The iron rule of real estate comes into play, of course: A location in one of America’s most expensive Zip codes. In Manhattan that means a palatial spread in one of the most exclusive white-glove buildings bordering Central Park, like the Pierre Hotel, where the triplex penthouse co-op is listed for $125 million. In Los Angeles it means a coveted address on one of the guard-gated streets of the Platinum Triangle (Holmby Hills, Bel Air and Beverly Hills).

A prime piece of land is necessary, particularly in an area where abundant acreage is hard to come by, like the expansive 47-acre De Guigne estate in Silicon Valley’s Hillsborough. Offered at $ 100 million, it’s remained in the same family for the better part of 150 years. In the ritzy Mayflower Estates enclave of Dallas, Tex., where land commands $2 million an acre, the 25-acre Crespi-Hicks estate, designed by architect Maurice Fatio, can be yours for $135 million.

 

The homes themselves typically span 10,000 square feet-plus and pack in the kind of amenities produced when expansive imaginations meet bottomlessly deep pockets. Los Angeles’ $125 million Fleur de Lys manse boasts a 200-guest ballroom, a 50-seat home theater and a three-quarter-mile jogging track. Nearby, the Beverly House, once home to William Randolph Hearst, offers over 50,000 square feet of living space that includes two screening rooms, an art deco-themed private nightclub, spa facilities and a lighted tennis court with accompanying indoor bar. The Beverly Hills compound’s asking price, formerly at $95 million, was recently hiked to $115 million.

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Equally important is the ownership lineage. A home tied to an esteemed public figure can offer unique bragging rights, even when the connection isn’t a happy one, as with Casa Casuarina, the $100 million Miami Beach mansion where Gianni Versace was murdered on the front steps.

“Homes of the trophy market aren’t simply defined by their price; they are unique properties that attract global interest,” adds Miller. As the number of billionaires in the world grows, so too does the possibility of more record-breaking real estate.”We will see more $100 million-plus sales in the coming years.”

Here is a gallery of America’s $100 Million Dollar Homes and who owns them.

For more information, go to Forbes.com

 

 

 

 

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Historic Castles and Mansions to see while driving in The United States!

Historic Castles and Mansions to see in The United States.

 

Castles

Who doesn’t go a bit giddy at the sight of a castle? The good news is that you don’t have to head to Europe for honest-to-goodness ones of the Cinderella variety—we have plenty right here in our own backyard. Railroad barons commissioned most of these estates, but at least one housed a legitimate king and queen (bet you didn’t know this country had its own history of royalty!). Each is an engineering wonder in its own right, with some even constructed out of old-world castles that were shipped across the ocean. And each is open to tours should you decide to make a trip (a select few will even let you spend the night). Read this and you might just discover a side of America you never knew existed.

Hearst Castle:

Hearst Castle
Understatement of the millennium: William Randolph Hearst’s 1919 directive to architect Julia Morgan to “build a little something” on his ranch in San Simeon. Then again, a 115-room “Casa Grande” inspired by a Spanish cathedral is a relatively modest proposition compared to the 250,000 acres and the 13 miles of coastline it’s set on. It’s when you add in the three additional Mediterranean Revival guesthouses (46 more rooms total), 127 acres of gardens, the Neptune pool with authentic Roman temple pediment, the zoo with roaming reindeer and zebra, Egyptian Sekhmet statues on the terraces, and the private airstrip that things get a bit over-the-top. Magnificent doesn’t begin to describe the museum-quality artwork, which drove the architecture as much as anything, from Renaissance statuary to Gothic tapestries and entire ceilings, nor the palatial scale of the publishing magnate’s vision for “La Cuesta Encantada” (The Enchanted Hill)—still unfinished upon his death in 1951. 750 Hearst Castle Rd., San Simeon, CA, 800/444-4445, hearstcastle.org. Admission from $25.

Bishops Castle, Galveston Texas

Bishop’s Palace (Photo: Galveston Historical Foundation / David Canright)Bishop’s Palace
Of all the Gilded Age Victorians built by Nicholas Clayton along Galveston’s Gulf Coast, the Bishop’s Palace (née Gresham Castles, 1893, after its original owner, Santa Fe railroad magnate Walther Gresham) remains the grandest—and not just because its steel and stone hulk survived the Great Storm of 1900. Its small lot and oversized proportions with château-esque detailing of steeply peaked rooflines and sculptural chimneys still dominate the street, while inside the 14-foot coffered ceilings, 40-foot octagonal mahogany stairwell, stained glass, plaster carvings, and Sienna marble columns exude richness. Keep a lookout for the bronze dragon sculptures. After serving as a Catholic bishop’s residence for 50 years, the house is now open for tours. Book a private guide to see the usually off-limits third floor. 1402 Broadway, Galveston, TX, 409/762-2475, galveston.com. Admission $10, private tours from $50.

Boldt Castle

What do you do when you come across a heart-shaped isle while vacationing with your wife in the Thousand Islands? If you’re upstart industrialist George Boldt, you buy it and hire 300 stonemasons, carpenters, and artists to build a six-story, 120-room testament to your love. There were Italian gardens, a dove-cote, and a turreted powerhouse, plus all the imported Italian marble, French silks, and Oriental rugs money could buy. But when his wife Louise died in 1904, the heartbroken Boldt ceased construction on the Rhineland-style Taj Mahal and left it to the elements for 73 years. Today, tourists can visit from May to October for self-guided tours—or book a wedding in the stone gazebo. +44° 20′ 40.29″ N, -75° 55′ 21.27″ W, Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY, 315/482-9724, boldtcastle.com. Admission $8.

Castle in the Clouds

Location, location, location—as important in castles to fending off conquers as forgetting Gilded Age woes. And for millionaire shoe baron Thomas Plant, that meant setting his 1914 Lucknow Estate (named after the Indian city he loved) on the rim of an extinct caldera high in the Ossipee Mountains with unbroken views over 6,300 private acres of woods and lakes. The mansion by comparison is relatively subdued: A mere 16 rooms, it’s practically minuscule compared to the other castles on this list. Throughout, the arts and crafts philosophy of artisanship and living in harmony with nature is expressed in the stone walls, inventive handiwork like the jigsaw floor in the kitchen, and functional decor that eschews ostentation—all planned at Plant’s 5-foot-4 height—plus a few technological innovations like a needle shower, self-cleaning oven, brine fridge, and central-vacuuming system. Much remains wholly preserved today. Route 171, 455 Old Mountain Rd., Moultonborough,

 For More Castles: please see http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/12-awe-inspiring-american-castles.html

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Gwynneth Paltrow buys a Mansion in Los Angeles for $10 Million.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin score $10 million L.A. estate

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and rocker husband Chris Martin of Coldplay, are long time East Coast residents, preferring penthouses in Manhattan and a large estate in the Hamptons for their home base. And although they recently bought in Los Angeles, it appears they stuck with the East Coast aesthetic, buying a gracious estate in Brentwood, foregoing the Spanish-Colonials and Mid-Century mods prevalent in the area.

The couple picked up the home for close to the current asking price of $10.45 million. The property first hit the market last year for $11.96 million. The home was built new as a concept house by designer Windsor Smith. The so-called “House of Windsor” was featured in Veranda Magazine and showcases rooms by multiple L.A. designers including Candace Barnes, Peter Dunham and Kathryn Ireland. The kitchen, however, was designed by Smith, who explained to the L.A. Times, that “kitchens are the new living rooms.” Her design includes Calacatta marble countertops, a deep farmhouse sink and enormous dining table surrounded by mismatched chairs.

Front of house.

Front of house.

Dining Room

More about this article can be found at:http://realestate.yahoo.com/news/gwyneth-paltrow-and-chris-martin-score–10-million-la-estate.html

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