Ultimate Homes ultimate countdown: #20, The Y.O. Ranch

This listing is the first in a series of luxury estates Unique Homes is profiling on our blog over the coming weeks. The profiled homes, all on the market, are the 20 most-expensive homes in the country. This “Ultimate Countdown” series is in anticipation of our May/June issue, the Ultimate Homes edition of Unique Homes, which includes all 385 listed homes in the United States selling for $20,000,000 or more. 

Y.O. RanchEstate Name: The Y.O. Ranch

Price: $75,000,000

Location: Mountain Home, Texas

Agent: Robert Dullnig

Why you should care about this estate: It’s one of the top destinations in the country for exotic hunting. Really, you’d be hard pressed to find a better destination for the hardcore hunter anywhere in the world.

The Y.O. Ranch is bursting with variety, from giraffes to wildebeests, gazelles to deer, elands to emu, and much more — not to mention the herds of native livestock on the property, such as quail and wild boar. Maintaining so many animals can be a difficult task, but the Y.O. Ranch — using its own modern conservation program —  keeps the numbers at full force at all times.

All of this wildlife is spread across more than 27,000 acres in Mountain Home, Texas, where the Y.O. Ranch can feel worlds away from nearby cities like San Antonio. With nothing but five buildings and wildlife for miles, it can be easy to live with the solitude of a cowboy for a while.

The ranch was established when cowboys were in their heyday, in 1880, by Captain Charles A. Schreiner. Schreiner’s descendants have YO 2kept control of the ranch since its founding, through World War I and the Great Depression as well as the 21st century, and through it all have managed to keep an infrastructure that allows for peaceful living and plenty of hunting.

Part of that infrastructure is the luxurious main lodge, which has a 40-foot ceiling, a massive stone fireplace, a spiral staircase leading to a loft, and walls of stone with faded red planking. The property also boasts an auction barn with holding pens, a cabin, stables, staff homes, a waterfall pool and additional residences for guests.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Y.O. Ranch in another way: It has its own brand across the state of Texas, where there’s a Y.O. Ranch steakhouse and hotel. Those businesses aren’t included with the purchase of the Y.O. Ranch, but they just go to illustrate how old and venerated this tremendous property really is.

Agent of this estate’s buyer will be treated to a 2-week trip

west channelFile this one under “ways to incentive real estate agents,” and maybe “food for thought” if you’re an agent with a client that’s looking to buy beach luxury.

A Bob Hurwitz-represented home on the market for $11,880,000 in Santa Monica, California, is offering the buyer’s agent a 2-week trip — air fare included — to either a resort in Mexico or Indonesia, or a safari trip across Africa.

The property in question (see photo to the left) is 345 West Channel Road, two homes which combine to form an 8-bedroom, 2-story estate located just a block away from the beautiful Santa Monica beach. Completed in 2011, the estate is described as “an Eco-sensitive compound set like an oasis,” and includes glass walkways and lush Japanese gardens which make 345 West Channel Road a one-of-a-kind buy.

It’s magnificent estate that would suit anyone looking for beach property in the price range. If you know a buyer who’s interested in this kind of thing, become their real estate agent and send them the URL to 345 West Channel Road: Not many selling homeowners are offering two-week vacations to their buyer’s agent.

The first item on the list is Casa Fortuna in the exclusive gated community of La Punta Residential in Punta Mita, Mexico (see photo to the right). Casa Fortuna includes a stunning, first-row view of the Pacific Ocean, which makes it look and feel like a private tropical island.hurwitz

The second trip being offered is the Pool Suite at Amankilain Bali, a resort in Bali, Indonesia which features private swimming pools and is enclosed within walled courtyards. Amankilain Bali features spectacular sea and hillside views and its suites, with their “alang alang” roof thatching are fashioned as beach houses.

Lastly, the 10-day African Safari Trip at Maasaimara is also a possibility for one luxury buyer’s agent. It’s described as “a luxurious combination safari 10 days flying package to Amboseli, Maasai Mara and Diani which can be easily tailored to your needs,” and includes domestic flights between the various parks and Kenya’s coast.



Luxury properties on Delaware, Lake Carnegie hit the market

IMG_3194If the dream property you’ve always fantasized about is overlooking the Delaware River or beautiful Lake Carnegie, then today is your lucky day — not one, but two luxury homes in the area are now on the market, courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway agent Debbie Lang.

17504222The first is the historic Boxwood Estate ($950,000) in Ewing, New Jersey, a classic colonial building that towers over the rest of the property with its three stories of grand rooms and high ceilings. Built before the United States was even a country, in around 1775 — George Washington, who is rumored to have slept at Boxwood Estate at some point, had just accepted the position of general of the Colonial Army — the Estate is as reminiscent and nostalgic as you would expect given its age. Yet the estate has all the amenities that luxury home owners demand: A pond with a bridge and gazebo, tennis court with spectator area, kidney shaped in-ground swimming pool with cabana pool house, 6 car garage carriage house, 2 guest quarter apartments, indoor hot tub with sauna and a fitness area building, small boat dock, workshop and more.

753ProspectfrontThis second home on 753 Prospect Ave in Princeton, New Jersey, doesn’t have quite the same historical cache as Boxwood, but it makes for it with its wide array of features, a charming aesthetic and is a gorgeous property of its own. 753 Prospect Ave is a lakefront, solid brick colonial with European flair that sets it apart from many other homes in the area. Overlooking Lake Carnegie, you can watch the ivy league Regatta or ducks, geese and swans swim by during the course of the day (and what say “luxury living” more than “watching ivy league Regatta on Lake Carnegie?”). Maybe the best part of 753 Prospect Ave is its location: Not only does it feature Princeton’s world-class school systems, restaurants and scenery, but it’s also within walking distance of the bus to Manhattan. Truly a home to consider for anyone in the area.

For more information please contact Debbie Lang, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach. Realtors (609) 213-1900
E-mail: Debbie.Lang@foxroach.com

Take a stand, and bring the plants indoors

Here are a couple more ways to bring plants indoors.UH 1-2 lq

Clever Space’s Plant Wall Rectangle ($54) stand is specifically catered toward making homes a little greener, letting your plants grow in style — and within eye sight, for the luxury home owner who might not leave the house that often.

“We love the idea of being able to create a trellis-like installation in the home with this stand,” said Clever Space’s Aimee Lagos. “It allows customers to bring plants indoors that they wouldn’t otherwise, like jasmine vine and morning glory. Also, as you see in the image, even a typical houseplant like a pothos gets a fresh look when you pair it with the stand.”

The stand, which is about 9.5 inches by 29.5 inches, is made of iron wire with a powder coating over it.

“I think that they’re more decorative than geared towards helping plants grow,” Lagos said, “(though) certain types of plants do require a trellis to grow on.”

If you’d rather keep the plants outside, though, one creative alternative is this Meditation Tree Silk Panel ($1,349) from Frontgate.com, which might be the next-best thing to actual plantlife.

The panel, designed by Lisa Kahn, oozes the essence of nature in any room of the house. It’s more than five feet of handpainted watercolors on silk, backed by a two-tone wood frame, and its offical description is as beautiful as the panel itself.

“Creating a sanctuary of quiet repose, the Meditation Tree Silk Panel infuses living spaces with blissful poise and grace. The ample-sized wall decor stands over five feet tall and boasts handpainted watercolors on silk canvas for soft texture and sheen. Luxurious two-tone, dappled frame completes the serene setting.”

New Engel & Völkers partnership to help real estate buyers

unique april 21New York, N.Y. – The New York City brokerage of international real estate firm Engel & Völkers (E&V NYC) recently announced a strategic partnership with AddressReport, a real estate data website that scans millions of public records to present unbiased information about residential real estate in NYC. Through AddressReport’s elegant and mobile-friendly interface, potential buyers and sellers can view financial, demographic and lifestyle information about buildings or neighborhoods individually and in comparison to the city overall.

“We’re thrilled to partner with such an acclaimed name in international luxury real estate as they expand their presence in New York City,” stated Kayvon Bina, co-founder of AddressReport. “While AddressReport’s property reports empower New York’s home buyers and sellers with unprecedented levels of information about a building or home, it’s our belief that consumers who leverage the guidance and expertise of an E&V NYC advisor will benefit most from our offering.”

The partnership with E&V NYC is the latest sign of AddressReport’s growing momentum, as the Manhattan-based startup, whose service went online less than a year ago, was one of only two digital real estate partners featured by Yelp for the launch of Yelp’s recently debuted API platform. As awareness of AddressReport’s real estate report offering grows, the company remains focused on enhancing its reports with additional data points and continues to deepen its coverage nationwide.

In partnering with AddressReport, E&V NYC facilitates the research often undertaken by real estate consumers who are contemplating the purchase or sale of a home. Users will be invited to visit and sign-up for AddressReport via a targeted online advertising campaign undertaken by AddressReport in conjunction with E&V NYC.

“As a firm that believes in the value of service, expertise and transparency, Engel & Völkers NYC wants to provide any and all data about NYC properties to our clients,” stated Stuart Siegel, president and CEO of E&V NYC. “Partnering with AddressReport allows us to assist anyone contemplating a real estate transaction before or after visiting the website. Data provides a solid foundation, and it’s our job to layer on the market knowledge and perspective that is essential to those contemplating a purchase or sale.”

For more information about Engel & Völkers New York City and the firm’s offerings, visit the website at http://newyorkcity.evusa.com.

Sales trending higher at premier Texas ranch community

ranchBoerne, TexasThe final numbers are in at Cordillera Ranch, the Hill Country’s premier luxury community, and 2014 was a banner year for both real estate and membership sales at one of the country’s hottest luxury master-planned communities.

In 2014, 33 homes sold at an average of $886,000 and total lot sales increased by 32 percent. Trending in 2015: 46 new homes are under construction totaling more than $60 million in new starts – easily the highest total of any upscale community in the San Antonio area. Another 39 homes are in the architectural review approval process – a 65 percent increase over 2013. Six Preferred Builders – Authentic Custom Homes, Burdick and Christofilis, Robert S. Thornton, Stadler Custom Homes, Partners in Building and Garner Homes – work with buyers every step of the way to design custom homes that take full advantage of the lot’s attributes, orientation and location.

“We’re excited and humbled to be a leader in the luxury lifestyle category,” said Charlie Hill, Vice President of Development at Cordillera Ranch. “With the economy thriving and the San Antonio area continuing to prosper, we expect the upward trend in real estate sales to continue in 2015.”

Since its inception in 1997, approximately 700 homes have been completed (with more than 1,200 lot sales) in the 8,700-acre community. At final build-out, this low-density Hill Country community will total approximately 2,500 homes and preserve approximately 80 percent of the land in its natural vegetation. Cordillera Ranch’s seven clubs (in one membership) include Golf, Tennis and Swim, Spa and Athletic, Social, Rod and Gun, Equestrian and River and attract a wide array of buyers throughout Texas and nationally. More than 70 new members were added in 2014, bucking the national trend of private club membership attrition.

For more information on Cordillera Ranch, visit www.cordilleraranch.com.

A tech triumph, The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf, debuts

SC at Silverleaf 1Scottsdale, Ariz. – A robotic valet that has your car waiting for you at the touch of a button, a private elevator that opens directly into your home,  built-in iPads that control your audio, video, lighting, window coverings, internal climate and security.

These types of features are taking home automation to a new level with the debut of The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf, a luxury condominium community that is now selling in Scottsdale, Ariz., and it all comes standard with each home.

The $350 million community, developed by Scottsdale-based Cypress Development Group, is one of the largest luxury residential projects in the Southwest and the most sophisticated condominium community to ever be developed and sold in Arizona.
The Sterling Collection is debuting many first-to-market features in Arizona, including:

  • Automated Robotic Valet, which is a secure, state-of-the-art, fully robotic parking garage valet system. The innovative system uses omni-directional, battery-powered robots and a robotics guidance system to carry vehicles parked on self-supporting steel trays to and from storage spaces. At the touch of a button, homeowners can call-up their vehicle to arrive in minutes. The system uses robots and lifts to store and retrieve vehicles without the damage and privacy issues that come with valet drivers. This will be the first system of its kind on the West Coast.
  • Whole-Home automation system, which controls every element within the home such as audio, video, lighting, heating, cooling, entertainment, window coverings, security, and wine room temperature from two iPads positioned around the home. Crestron handheld remotes and touch screens provide additional control options.
  • Secured private elevators with direct entry into each home.

For more information, visit www.scsilverleaf.com.

Fisher Island’s prized $35 million penthouse is under contract

North_Lobby_Dusk_(5000)_04 low resFisher Island, Fla. — Palazzo Del Sol’s $35 million Penthouse 2 is under contract, announced Heinrich von Hanau, CEO of PDS Development, LLC. An undisclosed Russian buyer paid $3,602 per square foot for the 9,715-square-foot center penthouse. At $35 million, the transaction is nearly three times the highest sale price ever recorded on famed Fisher Island. The highest previous sale was to Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, who purchased a 6,170-square-foot penthouse for $13.5 million last year, then completely renovated it. That residence, built in 1992, is well known for its previous owner, Oprah Winfrey.

The $35 million Palazzo Del Sol Penthouse 2, one of the boutique building’s three penthouses, promises private elevator entry (2) into an open floorplan with a floor-through expanse of 18-foot floor-to-ceiling glass surrounded by unobstructed panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, the Miami skyline, South Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The 7-bedroom, 7-and-a-half-bathroom residence includes a theater, exercise room, separate dining and family rooms, and bar and lounge in addition to four outdoor terraces totaling 8,595 square feet spread over two levels.

Built by ASR Construction, the highly anticipated Palazzo Del Sol is the first new construction on Fisher Island in more than seven years and is slated for completion in Q1, 2016. Its lush 4.5-acre Enea-designed grounds set on Government Cut — where Biscayne Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean – will create a “velvet rope reserve” for the new and increasingly international wave of Fisher Island residents. Already, 47 percent of its 47 residences are under contract to buyers from New York, Spain, London, Mexico, Venezuela, Turkey, Brazil, Russia and elsewhere.

“Palazzo Del Sol is taking Fisher Island from a celebrity hideaway into a family address with a full-time lifestyle that caters to a wide array nationalities,” said Dora Puig, who leads pre-construction sales for the luxury development, and is well-known for handling some of Miami’s largest luxury penthouse and residential deals. “With Palazzo Del Sol, Fisher Island is capturing the international spotlight and reasserting its position at the top of South Florida’s trophy real estate market.”

Auberge Beach Residences to grace Florida’s Gold Coast

auberge-beach-renderings-12Fort Lauderdale, Fl. — Unparalleled luxury residences and world-class lifestyle amenities are on the horizon on Florida’s Gold Coast, courtesy of Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Fort Lauderdale, the most refined high-rise and only on-the-sand luxury residential offering on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The veteran development team — The Related Group, Fortune International Group and The Fairwinds Group — personally selected esteemed New York-based interior design firm Meyer Davis Studio, Inc. to envision a setting that will complement Auberge Resorts Collection’s signature authentic luxury.

Meyer Davis, whose award-winning portfolio includes 1 Hotel South Beach, W Chicago Lakeshore, and Paramount Hotel in New York City, believes that great design works on multiple levels, weaving together bold design moves with striking details to create both immediate impact and lasting memory. The firm’s one-of-a-kind concept for the recently announced 171-residence beachfront condominium property celebrates honest, natural materials that are elevated by refined and unexpected applications. Interiors will be infused with a sense of understated luxury and sanctuary that complements the singular natural setting with a feeling of lightness and effortless elegance.

“Auberge Beach Residencesuh auberge copy is located on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in South Florida,” said Will Meyer, principal of Meyer Davis Studio, Inc., along with Gray Davis. “The site’s serenity and calm environs informed our design direction—from palette to material choices. It is an honor to work with Related, Fortune and Fairwinds to create a landmark community that creates a sense of place unique to the destination and takes cues from the graceful style of Auberge Resorts, whose properties are acclaimed for their timelessness and intimate, understated elegance.”

To see floor plans and renderings of Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Fort Lauderdale, visit www.aubergebeach.com. Sales of the two- to five-bedroom residences range from $1.5 million to $8 million. Pictured are renderings of the residences.

Style icon Kurt Lagerfeld begins first real estate project

karll-1024x602Toronto, Canda — World renowned designer Karl Lagerfeld visited the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos on Wednesday, April 1 for a photo call followed by a private event in Toronto, Canada. The appearance by Mr. Lagerfeld marked his first visit to Canada, celebrating his unique collaboration in the creation of the lobbies for the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos; the newest property by Freed Developments and CD Capital Developments.

“It’s interesting to design public spaces in a big building like this,” said Lagerfeld. “It’s a vision – you can use modern furniture, modern architecture – things I’m really interested in. It’s up to me to find an idea of what will make this building different from the other buildings. The minute you enter, you have to feel that you’re in a place that’s special.”

Hosted by Peter Freed, President of Freed Developments, Jordan Dermer and Todd Cowan, Managing Partners of CD Capital Developments, guests were welcomed into a glamourous venue, complete with crystal chandeliers, Perrier Jouet champagne and music courtesy of New York City model and DJ Leigh Lezark of the Misshapes.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Karl Lagerfeld to Canada, as together — with his design of the lobbies of the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos — we will create a world class address,” said Peter Freed, President of Freed Developments.

This is the first real estate project in North America to involve the creative direction of Mr. Lagerfeld. On April 25th, the public is invited to visit the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos for the grand opening of the presentation centre.