Splendid 101-acre Serenity Vineyard Estate listed at $42 million


By Peter Fiorilla

This is the kind of property that could give anyone peace of mind.

Bob Hurwitz of the Hurwitz James Company recent listed the 101-acre Serenity Vineyard Estate, which was built in 1999 at 10 Serenity Lane in Alamo, California. Featuring panoramic views on multi terraces, a complete vineyard and a variety of ways to pass the time in luxurious fashion — from a grand swimming pool on the property to an enormous entertainment room — Serenity Vineyard is not a home anyone would ever call boring.

This $42 million estate has over 26,000 square feet of structures in total: the main house makes up a little more than half of that total, while the entertainment room boasts another 12,000 square feet of luxury living amenities. There is also a pool cabana on the estate, which doubles as a guest house, and a designer auto garage and staff quarters.

Every corner on the property offers breathtaking views of beautiful Alamo, California, whether it be from the estate’s expansive patios and terraces or the sizable vineyard which 10 Serenity Lane is named after. But for some, the best view might be located in the basement, where a 5,000 bottle wine room awaits.

Serenity Vineyard also features an intercom, in-law suite, elevator, dumbwaiter and security system. The floors are a mixed combination of carpeting, hardwood, marble, slate, tile and more.

For more information on this estate, contact Bob Hurtwitz of the Hurwitz James Company at 310-477-8865 or bob@hurwitzjamesco.com.


Thomas Juul-Hansen’s Miami project continues forward

image002Miami, Fla. — JMH Development recently announced  the launch of sales at Three Hundred Collins, the first luxury residential development in Miami imagined by designer Thomas Juul-Hansen. The five-story, 19-unit boutique property is nestled within the vibrant and stylish community of Miami Beach’s most exclusive residential neighborhood ̶ South of Fifth. ONE Sotheby’s International Realty is the exclusive sales and marketing team for the project, which is slated for completion in 2017.

“By blending the natural environment with cool, contemporary design, we think Three Hundred Collins creates the perfect balance our buyers are looking for,” said Jason Halpern, founder and managing partner of JMH development. “With the art and culture of SoFi, as well as amazing shops and restaurants right on its doorstep, Three Hundred Collins offers a truly unique retreat right in the heart of Miami.”

The boutique condominium is conceptualization of acclaimed mixed talent with Juul-Hansen’s hand-crafted design and product, lush landscapes by Urban Robot’s Justine Velez, JMH Development’s expertise and vision.

“With Three Hundred Collins, we want to create a living sanctuary that brings the beauty of nature indoors while still providing expansive terraces and  outdoor spaces that would allow buyers to indulge and soak in the sun Miami has to offer,” Louis Buckworth, PSB Capital, partners of JMH development. “We are working with an exceptionally passionate team of visionaries that have truly designed a project to make life all the more effortless.”

Three Hundred Collins offers one-to-four bedroom residences ranging from 995 to over 3,700 square feet of interior space and priced from $1,200,000 to over $9 million, featuring white oak floors and stone finishes, spacious terraces, balconies throughout and floor to ceiling windows. Also featuring an outdoor oasis and 75-foot rooftop pool and the stunning private gardens leaving the sights and sounds of South Beach far behind.

Each residence will feature sophisticated design for homeowners with kitchens that boast high-end Miele appliances, custom kitchens designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen, under counter wine storage and designer fixtures from Vola and Hansgrohe. Personalized amenities include a 75-foot private pool, hot-tub, state-of-the-art fitness center, valet and 24 hour attended lobby with personal service.

”I believe in efficient spaces and sumptuous materialization, extensive customization and a restrained palette,” said acclaimed Danish Designer Juul-Hansen. “Our vision is to create a modern, pure and practical space for an elegant and redefined luxury living environment.”

Elad Group completes stunning Carlyle Residences home

image003Los Angeles, Ca. – Real estate developer Elad Group, well known for its successful conversion and restoration of the famed Plaza Hotel in New York, recently unveiled its newest curated home at its top-selling Los Angeles development, The Carlyle Residences.  Featuring an exclusive design by luxury home staging company, Premier Stagers, the fully furnished three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath residence is among the building’s most stunning to date and the latest in a series of designer homes available for sale at the building.

More than 70 VIP guests from the design and real estate communities assembled to view the featured model residence on the 21st floor, created by Premier Stagers’ founders Summer Chápin and celebrity interior designer Maxime Jacquet. Guests enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres while taking in south, east and west-facing vistas from the home’s floor to ceiling windows and exploring a generous floor plan spanning 3,535 square feet.

Drawing their inspiration from a handful of design sources while incorporating Maxime Jacquet’s unique design vision, Premier Stagers has outfitted the home with over $420,000 worth of artwork, lighting, furnishings and décor from the crème de la crème of the LA design scene including ModShop, Baker, Art Angels, Melrose Gallery and Modern Rugs LA.

In addition to sumptuous furnishings and an open floor plan, the residence also features The Carlyle’s signature double door entry from its private, keyless elevator foyer, stunning floor to ceiling windows in every room, a 42-inch fireplace and in home laundry.  Not including interior furnishings and décor, the asking price on the Premier Stagers-designed residence is $5.2 million, while two-bedroom homes in the building start at $2.595 million.

“This is one of the most beautifully staged residences we have ever had the opportunity to showcase at The Carlyle,” remarked Samantha Sax, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Elad Group.  “We are very proud of the work Premier Stagers has put into the creation of this home, and are already starting to see offers come in.”

For more information on The Carlyle, or its collection of curated designer homes by interiors specialists Meridith Baer, Cantoni and Minotti, visit www.thecarlyleresidences.com or call the sales center at (310) 209-0000.  More details on home staging opportunities from Premier Stagers are available at www.premierstagers.com.

Frank Sinatra’s glass walls penthouse sells for $4.6 million

sinatraIn the 1940s, Frank Sinatra was one of New York’s most popular men.

Born and raised in an Italian family in nearby Hoboken, New Jersey, Frank’s singing career began with his Hoboken high school glee club which led to his job as lead singer with the Hoboken Four and night club gigs throughout the New York area. His band won the “Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour” on New York’s CBS Radio in 1935 which led to more radio performances that were broadcast throughout the metropolitan area. By the early 1940s, Frank had been the lead singer with both the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras and a frequent performer at New York’s Paramount Theater and the New York based “Lucky Strike Hit Parade” radio show.

In the 1950s, Frank was doing television and movies in Hollywood and leading the Rat Pack in Las Vegas. By the 1960s, Frank owned his own film company, a record company, a private airline, a missile-parts firm, had real-estate holdings across the country and a personal staff of seventy-five. Although he was spending less time in New York, he still wanted a place to live there that identified with the energy of the city. In 1961, Frank moved into a brand new 3,200-square-foot Manhattan triplex penthouse with East River views. He was able to design the apartment his own way with 18′ ceilings and 2,000 square feet of wrap-around balconies where Sammy Davis, Jr. used to enjoy tossing champagne glasses down onto FDR Drive.

In 1966, 21-year old Mia Farrow married the 50-year old Sinatra and moved into his bachelor apartment as a full time wife. They were the “it couple” of New York, grandly entertaining East Coast and West Coast royalty. Frank’s Rat Pack buddies were joined in the partying by the likes of President John F. Kennedy, Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe. Warhol called it the “glittering grotto in the sky.” However Mia soon became bored and returned to her acting career. When Mia’s movie “Rosemary’s Baby” production time ran over and she refused to quit the film to be in Sinatra’s film “The Detective,” Frank threw a temper tantrum, handing Mia divorce papers in front of her cast crew. Sinatra sold the apartment in 1972 to Andy Warhol’s doctor. In 1979, Frank recorded the song he made popular celebrating the city, “New York, New York.”

Now totally updated, the home has glass walls, four bedrooms, six baths, putting green and a replica of the floating glass staircase in New York City’s Apple Store. It went on the market in late 2013 at $5.6 million and just sold through Douglas Elliman Real Estate for $4.9 million.

Photo courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

Headquarters of American Bible Society sells for $300 million

1865 BroadwayNew York, N.Y. – Cushman & Wakefield announced today that it has advised American Bible Society (ABS) on the sale of its headquarters building at 1865 Broadway for $300 million to AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

“The 1865 Broadway property has served us well for nearly 50 years. The decision to sell the property was made to unlock the value of the site to further the mission of American Bible Society,” said ABS Board chairman, Nick Athens. “As we approach a third century of mission, we are laying the groundwork for the next 100 years of inviting people to experience the life-changing message of the Bible.”

A Cushman & Wakefield team led by Helen Hwang, Nat Rockett, Steve Kohn, Karen Wiedenmann and Brian Szczapa, represented American Bible Society in the transaction.

“We are extremely pleased to assist American Bible Society in a transaction that is so important to their mission,” said Hwang, a Cushman & Wakefield Executive Vice President. “Development sites with a significant footprint and meaningful scale almost never become available in Manhattan, let alone within a location with such a global presence. To complete a deal with AvalonBay just speaks volumes for the potential of this project.”

ABS recently announced plans for a new global headquarters in center city Philadelphia, merging staff from its current New York City and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania locations. A Cushman & Wakefield leasing team, led by Heather Sloan,Timothy Arizin and Edward Weiss, assisted American Bible Society in selecting its new ministry site. In addition to staff offices, the new location will include a proposed ground-floor Bible Discovery Center on the doorstep of Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.

“American Bible Society has a remarkable Scripture collection of over 50,000 volumes in 2,500 languages,” said Heather Sloan, a Cushman & Wakefield Associate Director. “That collection will now be just steps from where the Declaration of Independence was signed, close to many other incredible museums and historical sites, continuing the transformation of Independence Mall in Philadelphia. Cushman & Wakefield is honored to have assisted American Bible Society with its headquarters relocation.”

Krois furniture exudes “hip yet grown-up” California lifestyle

unnamedMonterey, CA — Summit, maker of fine teak furniture, is proud to announce the debut of its newest entry for Outdoor 2015: Krios, which exudes the low and loungey, hip yet grown-up California lifestyle. Conceived by California designer Conrad Sanchez, Krios is next-generation furniture for Summit. With its oversized proportions; extra-deep seats, thick cushions and generous width, Krios is designed for casual comfort-California style. Its modern aesthetic blends effortlessly into the quintessential California-lifescapes that inspired it.

From a glass house in the Hollywood Hills, to a mid-century Palm Springs compound, to a ruggedly sprawling Big Sur ranch, Krios will transport the essence of California living to hip homes around the world. This ‘next-gen’ collection is something very new for Summit, both in its aesthetic and in the combination of materials used. It is an artful juxtaposition of hard-edged, angular lines executed in metal, softened by the smooth lines, natural color and texture of the plantation grown teak and the rounded contour of the cushions.

Generously proportioned, big on style and large in scale, the 41″ width and 41″ depth of the Krios Lounge Chair invites one to sit back and simply sink into it. The distinctive dimensions of the Chaise, at 73″ wide and 41″ deep, will proved endless hours of relaxation. Two chaises placed side-by-side, configure a day bed. This low-profile grouping of lounge seating is complemented by a low, square puzzle table with overall dimensions of 30″ x 30″ x 16″, which can be pulled apart to create three triangular side tables, two (one large and one small) in powder coated metal, and ounnamed-1ne (small), in Summit’s signature ‘cross-hatch’ teak design.

“I’ve been on the lookout for Summit’s ‘next gen’ collection for some time,” said Jane Sieberts, president and creative director, Summit. “I meet with talented designers in my travels, here in the States as well as abroad. When I saw the furniture Conrad designed for one of his Sonoma projects, I knew we had the right designer for this assignment. Krios personifies everything we love about the California lifestyle in a young, hip, very 2015 way. It will transport that lifestyle around the world.”


Barcelona-based Shakira puts Miami Beach home up for sale

large_1Hip-swinging, pop Latin singer Shakira first set foot on stage at age 10 in her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia and had cut her second album for Columbia Records by age 13. But it wasn’t until Sony allowed her to produce her own album in 1995, “Pies Descalzos,” that her music took off around the world, propelled by her own creative instincts, and achieved platinum status in 1996. The rest of her rise to fame is history and in 2014, Forbes listed her as number 58 of the World’s Most Powerful Women. Now living in Barcelona, Spain with her partner, Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué and their son, they are expecting their second child.

Since Shakira now considers Europe her home base, she is selling her Miami Beach residence (see our partners at Top Ten Real Estate for more hi-res photos). Having gone on and off the market with prices ranging from over $14 million to $13 million to the current price of $12.99 million, Shakira’s Miami bayfront house is now back on the market as a pocket listing after previously having much publicized bad luck with her former listing agent who, according to several media sources, was connected to a Colombian drug cartel. Situated with views of the Miami skyline and lights of the Julia Tuttle Causeway, the six-bedroom, nine-bath, 8,400-square foot two-story home sits on a half-acre lot only two blocks from the Miami Golf Club greens.

Located on a street near the Atlantic Ocean and the most expensive Miami Beach condos and mansions, popular with many celebrities such as Matt Damon, Cher, Billy Joel and Jennifer Lopez, after buying the property, Shakira completely renovated the two-story house into a Zen oasis with light hardwood floors throughout, an updated kitchen with high-end appliances and gym. It has a fireplace for the rare chilly night and an attached two-car garage framed by crimson bougainvillea. Rooms are large and airy and filled with sunlight. She added a wooden deck around the pool area with open-air dining pavilion with built-in bar and an entire three-bedroom wing measuring 1,663 square feet. Surrounded by tall privacy hedges and an iron entry gate, the property meets the privacy requirements sought by celebrities.

Live Miami Beach style on a street chosen by many a celebrity, in the estate being sold by Colombian super songstress, Shakira. Priced at $12.99 million.


Carnegie Park condominiums in NYC officially on the market

Carnegie Park Exterior 449x569New York, N.Y. – Related Companies, a Premier global real estate developer, recently announced the official launch of sales at Carnegie Park, the company’s latest residential condominium tower in New York City. Ideally located in the heart of the Upper East Side at 200 East 94th Street, Carnegie Park is an elegantly designed 31-story property. It offers sweeping city and river views, in addition to a new lobby and suite of amenities re-imagined by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

Residents at Carnegie Park will enjoy the experience of Five Star Living by Related, a bold concept that brings together world-class locations, breathtaking views, inspired architecture and design, unrivaled amenities, and superior services. The property is further distinguished by a private half-acre park and playground for residents, an exceptionally rare amenity in the heart of one of Manhattan’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

“Carnegie Park introduces a new caliber of sophisticated living that will redefine what buyers think about homes on the Upper East Side,” said Benjamin Joseph, Senior Vice President of Related Companies. “The tower features residences that offer an array of floor plans at accessible price points without sacrificing the full suite of services and amenities we know sophisticated buyers are looking for in today’s market. We are very pleased to partner with Robert A.M. Stern Architects on this project and build on Related’s legacy as a pioneering developer of unique and highly desirable buildings.”

Located on the coveted Upper East Side, Carnegie Park offers 325 graciously appointed homes with spacious floor plans that range in size from studios to four-bedrooms.  Residents enter the building through a chic lobby featuring marble floors, custom stained anigre millwork walls, and a silver-leaf domed ceiling.  The re-imagined residences embrace a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic with wide-plank oak floors and brand new oversized in-swing casement windows which bring an abundance of natural light into living and bedroom areas.

“We’re grateful that Related called on us to help reimagine Carnegie Park,” said Michael D. Jones, Partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects. “Inspired by the streamlined glamour of New York’s best apartment houses of the 1920s and 30s, we’ve blended traditional and modern DNA to create an inventive and wholly contemporary suite of amenities.”

Prices range from $595,000 to $2,975,000, while layouts are on the market from approximately 500 to 1,900 square feet. For more information please visit: www.carnegiepark.com.

Three iconic Miami structures to be renovated by NBWW

CaptureMiami, Fla. ― Miami Beach has long been defined by its Art Deco and Miami Modernist (MiMo) architecture. Conserving these iconic MiMo structures is challenging, but architectural experts Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates (NBWW) are up the task. NBWW, internationally recognized for the restoration and redesign of many of Miami’s most legendary properties, recently announced it will be the lead architect for the historic restoration and renovation of three significant Miami Beach projects including Kimpton’s The Angler’s Hotel, The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (its North Tower) and The Versailles, located in the new Faena District. From South of Fifth to North Collins Avenue, NBWW will bring a fresh perspective to these celebrated mid-century buildings while preserving their extraordinary history and encapsulating their architectural charm.

The renovation to Kimpton’s The Angler’s Hotel (pictured above) was designed by NBWW to complement the historic nature of the original 1930’s structure and site, while offering a contemporary vision for decades to come. Located at 660 Washington Ave, the team will expand the hotel’s existing five-story, 45-room building with a new tower that will include a grand arrival lobby and lobby bar, exterior gathering areas, lush landscaping, a 7,000 square-foot exotic rooftop pool deck, 1,400 square-feet of meeting space, and 84 additional guest rooms.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, originally designed in the 1950’s by famed architect Morris Lapidus, entrusted NBWW as master plan design architects for its $1 billion renovation and redevelopment that was unveiled in 2008. Riding on the coattails of their success, the architectural firm has been asked once again to update this legendary Miami Beach property. NBWW is adding even more dimension to the hotel’s soaring North Tower with a two-story, all-glass rooftop addition featuring nine ultra-luxury one- and two-bedroom suites complete with private rooftop gardens, outdoor spa pools and sweeping ocean views.

The Versailles Hotel, designed in the late 1930’s by Roy France — a pioneer of Miami Beach Art Deco — will be reimaged by NBWW as a luxury residential condo tower situated in the heart of the rising Faena District. NBWW, with the help of interior designer Studio Sofield, will lead the new vision for the 12-story structure, which will include a grand lobby and 22 custom luxury residences. The structure was last renovated in the 1950’s in a manner that did not honor its historical significance and masked the property’s defining elements.

“Architecture must reflect its environment and context, while paying respect to the history of its surroundings,” said Don F. Wolfe, Jr, NBWW partner. “The historic architecture of Miami Beach is what defines the city’s spirit. We are honored to continuously be tasked with restoring these iconic properties, while infusing them with textures and finishes for the 21st century and beyond in the hopes that generations to come will marvel in Miami Beach’s architectural splendor.”

NanaWall Systems unveils thin, energy-efficient glass wall

NanaWall SL80 Poolhouse San Fransisco, Ca. – In another move that will redefine what is possible in architecture and design, NanaWall Systems is unveiling the thinnest profile, most energy-efficient opening glass wall on the market: the new NanaWall SL80/81 Folding Series. With an ultra-thin profile, unparalleled thermal performance and virtually unlimited configuration options ― including inward or outward opening ― the system promises to create entirely new possibilities in residential and commercial applications.

NanaWall SL80/81 Folding Series debuted at the International Builders Show 2015 in Las Vegas, where a new NanaWall Systems booth featured a 33-foot-wide SL80/81 installation.

“Our new SL80/81 Folding Series is so thin, it must be seen to be appreciated,” said Ebrahim Nana, NanaWall Systems CEO. “The frame profiles are just 1-7 or 8 inches, yet individual panels can be specified up to ten feet tall and more than three feet wide. Furthermore, with a triple insulated core, this folding system is extremely energy efficient.”

NanaWall SL80/81 Folding Series is an aluminum framed, thermally broken system which allows for expansive glass walls and broad vistas when opened. The SL80 features a smooth rounded frame profile, compared to the angular profile of the SL81.

The SL80 and SL81 are the most energy efficient of its kind on the market. They are rated, certified, labeled National Fenestration Rating Council 100/200 and meet Energy Star standards. The system also excels at air and water resistance, as well as superior sound insulation.

With floor supported technology, the new system offers ultra-smooth operation ― rolling on stainless steel wheels on a stainless steel track ― and more flexibility for applications where a building’s height might change over time, such as from settling or snow loads.