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Robin Williams Lists Napa Valley Estate for $29 Million.

Napa Valley Hosts Some Huge Celebrity Compounds for Celebrities Like Robin Williams.

Hollywood comedian Robin Williams is interested in selling his massive Napa Valley estate, Villa Sorriso. The villa is on 653 acres and includes a 20,000-square-foot main house; solar farm; and 18 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes.470_2601390

Villa Sorriso is built atop the Mayacama Mountains, which separate the Napa and Sonoma valleys. The five-bedroom, 12-bathroom Italian villa was designed by David Gast & Associates and is faced with Portuguese limestone. The interior features formal living and dining rooms, a gourmet eat-in kitchen, and numerous temperature-controlled vaults for both wine and art storage. The kitchen is understated yet elegant, with stainless steel appliances surrounded by marble and butcher block counters. The living room is simple yet elegant, including a terrace with views of the estate.cover

No actor’s house would be complete without a state-of-the-art movie theater. The house also features five luxurious bedroom suites, each ornately adorned with contemporary trappings. Each bedroom has its own en suite bathroom and jaw-dropping views from every window.

In addition to 20,000 feet of interior living space, the grounds are truly the spectacle of the property. Steps from the master suite is a 65-foot, infinity-edge swimming pool surrounded by antique stonework and a multitiered sculpture garden, perfect for entertaining. Tennis courts, hiking trails, and a private lake complete with rowboat highlight the variety of different outdoor activities on the estate.

No Napa estate would be complete without acres upon acres of vineyards. Located within the Mount Veeder Appellation, Villa Sorriso produces several tons of usable grapes every year. The grapes are currently purchased and aged by award-winning vintner Robert Craig, who produces Cabernets “highly prized for deep, black mountain fruit; cassis; dark chocolate; and hints of violets, mint, and spice.”

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In addition to vineyards, more than 100 olive trees dot the property, producing several dozen gallons of gourmet olive oil every season. The property also includes a seven-stall barn and tack room with room for several dozen livestock. The property is bounded by Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and breathtaking views in every direction. Villa Sorriso comes with its own onsite property manager, allowing the new occupants to merely enjoy the surroundings without worrying about maintenance.

The home was originally listed in August with a price of $35 million, though it was recently reduced to $29.9 million. Williams might no longer be interested in living at Villa Sorriso, but it remains a gem in the heart of California wine country.

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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.”

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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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$50 Million 2-bedroom Apartment in  Manhattan For Sale.

Incredible Condo in Downtown Manhattan for $50 Million

In what world does a two-bedroom apartment cost $50 million?

$50 million 2 bedroom condo in Manhattan.

$50 million 2 bedroom condo in Manhattan.

Why, Midtown Manhattan, of course.Naturally, this apartment at 50 Central Park South is no ordinary two-bedroom apartment. For one thing, it’s bigger than you might imagine for a two-bedroom. But it’s also smaller than you might imagine for $50 million, at 4,500 square feet. Even by Manhattan luxury standards, we’d say that’s worthy of a double-take, or at least a surprised blink: $11,000 per square foot.

Apartment 33 occupies a full floor at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, one of just a dozen residences at the Central Park Ritz. That means the Ritz is the property manager, and residents can call on a dedicated staff — no mere hotel staffers, these — for certain services included in their association dues. Sorry, housekeeping and dogwalking are “a la carte” services, not included.

The architecture is by Oscar Shamamian, with interior design by Obama White House interior designer Michael S. Smith (whose website is full of stunning project photos, though none, alas, of the White House; you might also be interested in Elle Decor’s photos of Smith’s own home).

If the space feels a little cramped and you’ve got money to spare, you might also want to check out 150 West 56th Street: 8,000 square feet of penthouse for an asking price of $100 million. Or perhaps the Woolworth Mansion, which we’ve written about before: It rents at $150,000 or can be purchased for $90 million.

This isn’t the only residence to go on the market recently at the Ritz-Carlton; a nine-bedroom, $95 million penthouse listed by Halstead Property shares the building. If you’re looking for a moment of zen during your busy day, we commend to you the really lovely time-lapse video of the Central Park view. Turn the sound off if you’re not a fan of cheesy pseudo-classical music.

Look at these amazing photos of this super spiffy condo:

For more information: http://homes.yahoo.com/blogs/spaces/2-bedroom-manhattan-apartment-50-million-175710382.html

 

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Open Air Homes Around The Globe That Incorporate Indoor and Outdoor Living Seamlessly.

Open Air Homes That Will Inspire You To Live With Nature.

Open Air Home

Open Air Home

Bring down your walls and live amongst Nature. It opens your mind, gives more breathing room and helps create a feeling of continuity. The same applies for architecture. Homeowners opting for fewer walls, floor-to-ceiling glass surfaces and wide-open spaces can bring in more light, make small areas look expansive and meld the living room with the backyard.
More home buyers are striving to capture better views and “more of an indoor-outdoor relationship” with their homes and the environment, according to Utah-based architect Clive Bridgwater. Take, for example, the award-winning 9,000-square-foot abode Bridgwater designed with dramatic views of the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains.

Mountain View Home, Park City, Utah

Open Air Home

Open Air Home

Behold an award-winning 9,000-square-foot home with dramatic views of the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains. Instead of duplicating all the elements of a two-tier great room outside, a 30-foot stretch of wall folds like an accordion to one side, instantly creating an outdoor living room. Come summer, an equivalent room below opens onto the pool area and lawn. 
Mosquitoes and other bugs are not a worry, said architect Clive Bridgwater, but the chipmunks can’t readily distinguish between outdoors and in.

 

Bamboo House, Guanacoste, Costa Rica

BambooHouse

BambooHouse

It’s like living in a forest within a forest. The moon is visible through a cone-shaped dome under an umbrella roof on this jungle home made of bamboo. The ultra-open floor plan includes an internal garden that links the kitchen and living area with the bedroom space, yet feels secure for the architect’s mother, for whom the home was designed. And the open-air construction and overhanging tin roofs provide natural ventilation and protection from the sun.

                                          House Na, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Japan

Tokyo Japan

The potential downside of living in a see-through house on a small lot on a narrow city street surrounded by more traditional buildings  may be lack of privacy. The upside is loads of natural light.
 The architectural photographer Iwan Baan describes the architect   Sui Fujimoto’s minimalist all-glass House NA,  as “one continuous space of staircases, small platforms and glass.” The platforms become a place to set or can serve as a desk, a step up to the next platform or a place to roll out a bed.

Leaf House, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Leaf House in Rio De Janeiro

Leaf House in Rio De Janeiro

In harmony with nature, the inside and outside of the flower-shaped tropical beach house designed by Brazilian architect Rafael Palatano, are almost fused. The eucalyptus wood roof functions as a giant leaf shielding the   enclosed spaces from the hot sun. But it’s the open entertaining areas that wow.  Sliding glass doors allow trade winds from the sea to pass through the residence, providing natural ventilation and passive cooling to both the enclosed and open spaces.  The landscape is everywhere; the curvy swimming pool snakes into the house and, when it passes the formal dining room, turns into a pond with aquatic plants and fish bordering a “Brazilian lounge.”

                                  Box House, Amagansett, New York

New York

New York

Perched one story off the ground to maximize views of the ocean and the bay, the natural light is plentiful at this Hamptons beach house.  Sliding glass doors run from one end of the 90-foot long box to the other. The entire center section of the home opens up, overlooking an infinity edge pool.  “The glass box is more focused on what is outside than in,” says Frederick Stelle, the architect.

Fish House, Singapore

Fish House, Singapore

Fish House, Singapore

Singapore’s tropical client lends itself to open, breezy spaces and natural ventilation. At this eco-friendly house with a living green roof, views from every room stretch to the ocean as well as the garden with its large swimming pool.  The transition between inside and outside is practically seamless.

For more astounding homes please see: www.forbes.com

 

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