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Significant Sales | Volume I – Issue XII

Posted on March 30, 2017

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From a sprawling ranch in Colorado, to a coveted estate in California, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Czech Republic, Malta, South Africa, and Australia.

$16,250,000 USD | Colorado, USA | Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

The sprawling Vista Verde Ranch in Clark, Colorado, built in 2010, is an 83,000-square-foot property most recently used as a guest ranch. Earning a AAA Four Diamond rating in the United States garnering its premier status, its shadowed by the rugged peaks of the snowcapped Zirkel Range at the headwaters of the Elk River; Vista Verde Ranch consists of 587 acres.

4a. 66 Seafield Lane B0030163

$15,000,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

This 16,000-square-foot waterfront estate was designed in 1903 for coal baron William Atwater by architect Henry Bacon, best known for his design of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Overlooking scenic Quantuck Bay with 620 feet of water frontage, the manor house boasts 24 rooms including, nine bedrooms, six fireplaces, nine-full and two-half-baths. The exceptional property includes a charming carriage house with century-old grape vines, and stand-alone four-car garage.

05. Pacific

$15,000,000 USD | California, USA | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

This oceanfront masterpiece is nestled on a blu overlooking a scenic cove in La Jolla. Guests rst enter the home through a spacious courtyard with a welcoming replace and carefully designed details. At nearly 8,700 square-feet, this three-story home has ve bedrooms, 10 baths, an o ce, wine cellar, and a 12-seat movie theater. The oceanfront patios and lawn area provide the perfect ambiance to enjoy every sunset.

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LewGeffen

R120,000,000 | South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

An estate of incomparable grandeur and palatial elegance, this gated residence sits on over 1,600 square-meters in one of the most coveted streets in Clifton. Magnificent in scale and unstinting in luxury, the home is created for living and entertaining on a grand scale. The property includes six bedrooms – four upstairs, two on the guest floor and two staff quarters. Additional amenities include a wine cellar, indoor gym with pool and spa and a commercial elevator. Modern contemporary finishes include marble slabs, wooden floors and smart technology. A Lutron lighting system, touch screen alarm, and CCTV all add to the home’s beauty and livability. A detached guard house with security room services this community.

Melbourne

AUD 9,250,000 | Australia | Melbourne Sotheby’s International Realty

Commanding spectacular views across the Fitzroy Gardens to the city, as well as distant views of Port Phillip Bay, this stunning world-class apartment represents the ultimate luxurious Melbourne lifestyle experience. Enviably positioned within the premium 150 Clarendon Street development and enjoying house-like proportions, this exquisite domain delivers a flawless array of living and entertainment spaces. Only moments to local shopping, cafes, restaurants, The Fitzroy Gardens, The MCG, Melbourne Park, the CBD and transport.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi List Montecito Villa for $45 million

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From The Hollywood Reporter:

3:40 PM PDT 3/20/2017 by Peter Kiefer

Since purchasing the home in 2013 for $26.5 million, the couple has acquired two adjacent properties that pushed the size of the current estate to 16.88 acres.

In her continued (unofficial) pursuit to become one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful house flippers, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, the actress Portia de Rossi, have listed their Montecito villa for $45 million.

Since purchasing the home in 2013 for $26.5 million, the couple has acquired two adjacent properties that pushed the size of the current estate to 16.88 acres. The stonework, landscaping with olive and eucalyptus trees and the rustic-chic interior are clear evocations of a home that could have existed on the Appian Way centuries ago that was owned by a Roman senator.

The 10,500-square-foot home sits atop a winding, secluded street with ocean views on one side and mountain views on the other. Designed and built in the 1930s by architect Wallace Frost, the home has six bedrooms, six baths, nine fireplaces, a media room, multiple libraries, a living room, a formal dining room, and a modern kitchen with marble-wrapped surfaces. In the photos below, note the walls of locally quarried stone, the barrel-tiled roof, terra-cotta surfaces, and exposed ceiling beams, all complemented by 18th century Italian tiles.

The grounds feature several fountains, statues and gardens, along with an outdoor dining area. The most modern addition is an indoor-outdoor entertaining area with an infinity pool, a tennis court and a Japanese soaking tub.

The listing agent on the home is Sotheby’s Suzanne Perkins. To visit Suzanne’s website click here

The Denver Post | Aspen, Telluride make list of America’s most white-knuckle airport landings

PUBLISHED: March 20, 2017 at 11:15 am | UPDATED: March 20, 2017 at 11:58 am

For a commercial airline pilot, some landings are a relative breeze—think airports with long, clear runways located on flat land at sea level, with benign weather and modest traffic.

We’re here to discuss the other kind.

The final approach and landing represent the most challenging aspects of a pilot’s workload, and come with the most accidents. Consider airfields where congestion, geography, winds, altitude, and other factors can make the approach a bear. These airports can also test a pilot’s judgment in terms of willingness to abort a landing and go around.

Honeywell Aerospace, a major aircraft avionics producer that’s part of Honeywell International Inc., compiled some of the most challenging U.S. venues. The list isn’t ranked in terms of difficulty, but Aspen/Pitkin County is widely known to pose a massive workload for aviators, and got a special nod from more than a dozen Honeywell pilots who were polled.

Among others where the approach and landing can regularly be a hassle: Juneau, New York’s LaGuardia, Washington’s Reagan National, and San Diego airport.

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport

Few airports challenge a pilot to the same headache-inducing degree as Aspen, playground for the rich and famous. The approach involves descending into a narrow space surrounded on two sides by mountains and frequent cloud cover. On top of all that, the winds can shift rapidly, and gust wickedly. The Aspen approach is “like shooting through a mine shaft” with little margin for error, one pilot told the Los Angeles Times in 2001.

In March 2001, 18 people died when their Gulfstream charter jet from Los Angeles, flying off course, crashed into terrain short of the runway. Investigators cited numerous pilot errors during the nighttime approach. A private jet pilot also was killed in January 2014 during a failed approach. In the winter ski season, pilots must keep close watch on the minimum approach conditions, as weather can deteriorate rapidly.

Bert Mooney Airport, Butte, Mont.

This airport is largely surrounded by steep terrain, and doesn’t have a control tower. Bert Mooney also has cold-weather restrictions, requiring operating adjustments when the temperature drops to -2 Fahrenheit. One other note to pilots: There are a lot of deer around.

Juneau International Airport, Juneau, Alaska

Surrounded by mountainous terrain, Juneau wins raves as a picturesque city but occasional jeers from pilots. The area also has an abundance of cloudy, drizzly weather, with low cloud ceilings.

LaGuardia Airport, New York City

Ten miles east of Manhattan, LaGuardia sits beneath some of the world’s most congested airspace, with two major international hubs just a few miles southeast (John F. Kennedy) and southwest (Newark Liberty). It also has a high-density flow of traffic — roughly 17 hours per day —owing to its location as the closest of all three to Manhattan. If you’re flying into LaGuardia, grab a left-side window seat—that’s where to get the better look at the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan on approach. Grab a right hand seat in the summer time and you might get a way-too-close-for-comfort look at sunbathers on Queens rooftops just before touchdown.

Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport, Bullhead City, Ariz.

This west Arizona airport has mountains on three sides, north, east, and southeast, including what pilots call “terrain” on both ends of the 8,500-foot runway. As a result, departures require a steep rate of climb. Laughlin/Bullhead landed commercial service last month with a daily flight from Phoenix, so more pilots — and passengers — are holding on tight.

Mammoth Yosemite Airport, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

Mammoth Yosemite lies in a box canyon hard east of several major peaks in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, including the namesake ski resort. In winter, the season that garners most of the commercial air service, inclement weather can present a perpetual challenge.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Arlington, Va.

The District of Columbia has plenty of restricted, heavily guarded airspace. Veer off course or ignore air traffic control near the Capitol and you’ll quickly find a fighter jet on your wing. These defenses also require some sharp 30-40 degree turns along the Potomac River when flying the “River Visual” approach to Reagan National Airport. (Passenger tip: Sit on the left for views of many of the major national monuments.)

San Diego International Airport, San Diego

Pilots report frequent gusty tailwinds that can require quick adjustments on approach. Arriving flights typically land to the west, which means passengers get a view of downtown office buildings and parking decks. Peer out the window when flying into the former Lindbergh Field — it’s a landing you won’t forget.

Telluride Regional Airport

At 9,070 feet, Telluride is the highest-elevation commercial airport in America. It also features 1,000-foot cliffs on both ends of the runway and strong vertical turbulence during winter months caused by the mountain winds. There are several videos of the approach into Telluride showing the sharp plateau on which the strip is perched. “Nothing you want to do tomorrow is worth risking your life and the lives of your passengers today!” the Telluride airport says in a notice to pilots.

Yellowstone Regional Airport, Cody, Wyo.

This airport has a few mountains in the vicinity, but no control tower. It also requires pilots to perform what is called a “non-precision” approach, a standard procedure for a pilot but one that doesn’t offer any vertical guidance, requiring the aviator to calculate the rate of descent.

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Significant Sales | Volume I – Issue XI

Posted on February 28, 2017

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From a contemporary mountain home in Aspen, Colorado, to an exquisite lakefront estate in Austin, Texas, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Australia, Belgium, Italy and Germany.

01. Aspen

$24,000,000 USD | Aspen, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated on a captivating front row lot on Aspen’s prestigious Willoughby Way, this home is a vision of contemporary style and sophistication. Intelligently designed by David Johnston Architects and meticulously crafted by Paul Rasmussen, Pitkin Green will be well served by its newest addition. Comprising 8,710 square-feet of elegant, yet comfortable heated living spaces, the development team has brought all of their experience and expertise to bear on this unique project. The home utilizes three levels to incorporate six bedroom suites, six-full baths, two-half baths, exercise room, wine room with bar, o ce, 750-square-foot three-car garage, and 2,960 square-feet of patios and decks. The comprehensive landscape plan allows for enjoyment of the outdoor experience as much as the indoor.

04. East Side

$13,900,000 USD | New York City, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage 

On Fifth Avenue, you have it all; the best of the city, architecture, museums, and tree lined streets. Carnegie Hill is a neighborhood that o ers a perfect dose of charm. As you exit the elevator that opens up onto the private landing of your 12-room residence, you are lured into your living room by the captivating views of picture-perfect Central Park, the Central Park Reservoir and the south-facing New York skyline. Beyond perfection, this unimaginable renovated home enjoys soaring ceilings and large picture windows that showcases Central Park greenery from every room.

05. Kuper

$11,500,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

This exceptional Mediterranean villa overlooking Lake Austin offers four opulent acres of breathtaking panoramic views surrounded by a lush landscape. This magnificent waterfront estate is highlighted by six oversized bedrooms, seven-full and two-half baths, three living rooms, two dining rooms, wine room, butler’s pantry, gym with kitchenette, library and office, pool, boat house and seven boat slips, four-car garage, and detached guest quarters. Masterfully designed to provide supreme privacy and lavish entertaining while also being conveniently located to downtown.

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Australia

Price Undisclosed | Australia | Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty

Offered for sale for the first time, this signature position at the spectacular and sheltered end of Fisherman’s Beach within the tightly held cul-de- sac of Weeroona Estate, provides incredible views across Port Phillip Bay, Police Point and Portsea Pier. Once owned by Australia’s 17th Prime Minister, Harold Holt, this 1,885-square-meter allotment is the perfect private setting for this modern home. Constructed in 1990 and featuring a N/S mod-grass tennis court and fully tiled self -cleaning pool, the home also features private stairs, providing quick beach access to the water’s edge and stunning cove of Weeroona Bay. Comprising five bedrooms over two levels, the residence also offers a spacious kitchen that overlooks the dining and living areas with a gas log fireplace that spills out to a generous terrace where ships sailing through punctuate an otherwise serene outlook.

Italy

€5.550.000 EUR | Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

This one-of-a-kind penthouse, situated in a prestigious building built at the end of the 19th century, enjoys unrivaled views of the Castello Sforzesco. The property is set over two floors and features a large living room on the top floor with double sun light exposure, game and reading area, dining room, bath, kitchen with balcony and a service area with laundry and bathroom. The top floor is complemented by a planted panoramic terrace. The master bedroom features a walk-in closet and bathroom while the home also offers a second double bedroom and a large bedroom with adjacent bathroom all situated downstairs.

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