Check Out the 2014 DC Design House

DC Design Luxury House
 
If it looks like this 1929 Colonial had an entire team of top designers working on it, well that’s because it did! Each year the best designers in the Washington DC area are invited to showcase the latest in innovative design for a unique event benefitting local charity Children’s National Health System. Though it’s been nearly a century since the home was constructed, it’s in mint condition from top to bottom 
thanks to the bevy of talent that’s contributed to the event. First opening its doors to the public on April 12, guests are invited to walk through DC Design Luxury Houseand enjoy the cutting edge design until May 11. 
 
It’s simply a must-see for home enthusiasts in the area, who will take delight in stylish details throughout, from the luxurious bathrooms with real seashell tiles and vibrant walls of Manuel Canovas fabric to the perfect kid’s playroom (it even has a climbing wall!). Brimming with chic textures, fixtures and color codes, the grand colonial truly boasts the best of modern and traditional style. 
 
Check out the listing page to see more of the stunning interiors! Interested in visiting? Click here for more information!
 

Clean, Crisp & Bright: The White Kitchen

Luxury Home Mill Neck, NY
 
The white kitchen – it’s a classic look that’s managed to maintain a light and new feel over the years. Whether you prefer a Contemporary or French Provincial style, there’s no denying the airy and elegant feel, not to mention that it makes the space feel bigger and accentuates everything around it, from a colorful flower arrangement to bold light fixtures. With that in mind, we’re taking a closer look at two of our favorite white kitchens that would make any chef’s dreams come true.
 
This first kitchen is found at Villa Martina, a grand waterfront estate in prestigious Mill Neck, NY. With a beautifully crafted skylight directly above the marble center island, light pours over the entire space and emphasizes the kitchen’s crisp appeal. The rich wood floors and stainless steel appliances are further embellished by white finishes, for a simple yet stylish design. Complete with a stunning guesthouse, 60 foot custom pool and breathtaking water views, we could go on all day about Villa Martina!
 
Vancouver Luxury ApartmentLending a more modern feel to the timeless look, this unique Vancouver penthouse enjoys striking views over the city, North Shore Mountains and English Bay water from the sleek, spacious kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling windows invite an abundance of light on the glossy white cabinetry, creating the perfect cooking space for those who prefer contemporary design. Combine that with the myriad amenities available in this luxury building, and there’s no denying that the three bedroom apartment offers the best of modern living in a vibrant city.
 
Love these looks? Check out Luxury Portfolio’s Clean Whites Pinterest page to see more! 

Former Homes of Two Entertainment Greats, Redford and Rogers

Former Home of Robert Redford Living Room

Handsome, smart and stylish, it’s what you’d expect from one of Hollywood’s leading men. So it’s no surprise that Robert Redford once called this dreamy duplex apartment located in a magnificent co-op limestone mansion home. This Manhattan abode, with its double-height ceiling and a wood burning fireplace, is easy on the eyes and meets your every need.


Loft style living room former home of Robert RedfordSome of the fabulous features starring in this one-bedroom beauty include a newly renovated Smallbone of Devizes chef’s kitchen where big name players include Sub Zero and Miele. You’ll entertain and wow your special guests in the open dining room/living room area and when you just need to get away from the spotlight’s glare, you can retire to the lovely lofted bedroom. The reviews are in, with its superb location and impressive garden views — this one’s a winner.


Former Home of Kenny Rogers LionsgateOn the west coast of the U.S. we discovered Lionsgate, an extraordinary property once owned by “The Gambler”, country music royalty, Kenny Rogers. You can bet that no expense was spared and the attention to detail is sure to hit a high note with even the most discerning buyer.


Originally built by celebrated architect, Paul Williams, through the years the estate has been dramatically expanded and re-imagined while maintaining the integrity of its initial design.  Spanning nearly two acres in prime lower Bel Air and offering total privacy, the estate has 11 bathrooms, 17 bathrooms and offers over 24,000 square feet of living space.Former Home of Kenny Rogers Foyer


Discover more star-worthy properties at Luxury Portfolio.
 

Gimme Shelter: A Look at Gorgeous Gazebos

Amazing Modern Retreat in Orlando

A gazebo can be a strong focal point for a town center or park, but they provide a special kind of charm in your own back yard. More precious than a patio and more protected than a deck, there’s something alluring about a gazebo and we found a few that caught our fancy.

Modern Masterpiece in OrlandoOriginally designed for the founder of Publisher’s Clearing House, this modern sanctuary in Orlando, Florida was intended to be, “the absolute quintessence of modern technology.”  With perks like an eight-car garage, koi pond, tennis court and an octagonal two-story conservatory, it was clearly designed for maximum impact.

While most of this nine-bedroom/nine+ bathroom property exudes a contemporary vibe, its expansive, traditional gazebo overlooks a fully stocked five-acre spring-fed pond. Its bucolic setting is in dramatic contrast to the ornamental interior spaces. Built for entertaining large crowds, it’s only 20 minutes away from Disney World.

Need another jolt of luxury? This private estate located in Kona Coffee Country spans over three manicured acres on the Big Island of Hawaii near historic Holulaloa. The luxurious retreat is an example of incredible craftsmanship, implementing materials like Koa wood, stone and oak throughout the striking interior spaces.

Captivating Kona Coffee Country EstateWith three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and three half-bathrooms, this property offers more than 6,000 square feet of inside living space. The stunning built-in conversation area is a conversation piece in its own right. Other highlights include a spiral staircase, a marble-clad gas fireplace and full sauna. While home offers ocean views from every room, the inviting gazebo overlooks it all — the lanai, the ocean and the golf course.

Known as "The Crown Jewel of Lake Glenville," this private North Carolinian estate, Summersail, is nestled on 65 majestic acres. Evocative of an elegant Southern plantation, the Queen Anne-style home has exquisite details like spindles, gables and other ornamental niceties. But underneath all that yesteryear charm is every modern luxury you could want.

Summersail Estate North Carolinian SplendorWhile the enchanting indoor features are a feast for the eyes, the outdoor spaces with take your breath away. Enjoying over 1,700 feet of shoreline on beautiful Lake Glenville, the eight-bedroom/five+ bathroom home offers multiple outdoor entertaining spaces, including a gazebo designed for dazzling guests.

Looking for opulence in an outdoor setting? Discover many homes that offer al fresco enjoyment at Luxury Portfolio.
 

Luxury Portfolio’s Latest White Paper: Young Affluents in a Digital World

Luxury Portfolio White PaperAt our recent Summit in Las Vegas, Luxury Portfolio International® unveiled the latest White Paper, entitled Young Affluents in a Digital World: Understanding the Impact to Real Estate. Published in conjunction with our research partners at Harrison Group, a YouGov company, the fascinating study is available exclusively to Luxury Portfolio members and examines the growing presence of young homeowners in the luxury sphere, with analysis supported by the Survey of Affluence and Wealth in America, produced by Harrison Group and American Express Publishing.
 
By equipping our members with the most up-to-date research on the ever-empowered Young Affluent demographic, they are better positioned to leverage technology and provide value throughout the process of buying and selling a home. Today, there are more Young Affluents than ever before, 90% of whom say homeownership is very important to them, making it absolutely necessary to understand what they expect from their realtor in order to foster a successful relationship.
 
With access to thought-provoking statistics and detailed evaluations, you’ll find key takeaways like:
 
The Evolving Role of the Salesperson – Find out what young affluents expect in the digital age
Time is a Commodity – Utilize technology to maximize efficiency and respect their time
Digital Research is the ‘New Ordinary’ – How the recession changed the affluent consumer
 
To see the Executive Summary click here.
 
Luxury Portfolio members can view the White Paper in its entirety by logging in to LuxeXchange.
 

As Seen on CNBC: Private Island off the Florida Coast

Private Island Florida Coast
Perhaps you saw our friends over at CNBC recently marveling at the ultra-luxurious Little Bokeelia Island, but just in case you missed it we’re taking another look at this one-of-a-kind oasis. Featured in the Mega Home Report with Robert Frank, this 104 acre island is steeped in history and natural beauty, with miles of private beachfront on the Florida coast.
 
Private Island FloridaFrom the turnkey Spanish-style main home (just a stone’s throw from a sandy beach) to the old Florida village a short stroll away, Little Bokeelia Island offers a range of possibilities, be it a family retreat or future development. Throughout the grounds one will find a museum devoted to the island’s history, a caretaker’s cottage, guest retreat, swimming pool, tennis court and even a banyan tree planted by Thomas Edison. Surrounded by protected lands ensuring it remains unspoiled, the island is fully serviced with electricity from the mainland, a reverse osmosis water plant and multiple back-up generators.
 
Be sure to check out the listing page for more information on this magnificent private island or check out the video on CNBC!
 

2014 LP SUMMIT: A Week at the Wynn

2014 Luxury Portfolio SUMMITThis past week, the best in the business gathered at the Wynn Las Vegas for the annual Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT. Amidst extensive networking, engaging workshops and diverse panel discussions with the top real estate agents in the world, members were able to gain insight in all things luxury. And of course, there’s no shortage of fun when our incredible agents get together each year!

With such distinguished speakers as New York Times bestselling author and former chief evangelist of Apple Guy Kawasaki, two-time James Beard Foundation Award winning chef Paul Bartolotta, renowned graffiti artist and keynote speaker Erik Wahl and Federico Pratesi of the ultra-luxurious Pratesi Linens, the exclusive event brought experts from all facets of luxury together in a world-class setting. By giving top luxury agents from around the world a chance to connect and learn from one another, Luxury Portfolio members are better equipped to serve their global clientele and stay in tune with the wants and needs of today’s savvy affluent consumer.

Thank you to all of our members for making this the most successful Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT to date!

RISMedia Features Luxury Portfolio 2014 Forecast

Luxury Portfolio Market Forecast in RISMedia
When it was time for RISMedia to release a luxury market forecast for 2014, the industry leading publication turned to the experts at Luxury Portfolio for insight, as seen in their latest issue. Relying on the extensive experience of our member-brokers in the luxury sector, RISMedia noted that top markets across the US and Canada witnessed a 10 to 30 percent sales increase in 2013 and expect continued growth in the year to come. 
 
In particular, the heavy influx of international buyers in the $1 to $2 million tier has shown no sign of slowing down. Non-US residents accounted for 60% of all luxury real estate bought in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Miami and continue to view these markets as a safe investment coming from countries of less economic stability. “The mood of our Luxury Portfolio brokers is upbeat as we move into 2014. They believe that well-priced luxury homes will continue to be in high demand, resulting in increases of 10 to 20 percent in volume in most of their markets, with unit sales rising 5 to 10 percent,” noted Paul Boomsma, President of Luxury Portfolio International.
 
Click here and go to pg. 40 to view the informative article in its entirety!
 

Three City Homes That Have it All

San Francisco Luxury Home

We love city life. It’s fast-paced, cutting-edge and endlessly entertaining. Unfortunately though, it almost always means sacrificing certain luxuries in the name of a fabulous location. Be it as simple as a backyard, garage or guest accommodations, it can be difficult to find a place that has it all in the city. With that in mind, we’re highlighting three of our favorite urban settings where you don’t have to settle for less than extraordinary!
 
San Francisco Luxury HomeFirst up is a visually striking San Francisco contemporary home. With a chic façade defined by sleek lines of steel, wood and concrete finishes, the home’s appearance is as trendy as its location. Situated on a spacious 50 foot double wide lot, the residence boasts a four car garage (connected to the home via an elevator), private backyard area, wine cellar and a separate guest apartment with its own bathroom, kitchen and laundry. On top of that, the sweeping downtown, Twin Peaks and valley views make it all the more desirable.
 
Chicago Luxury HomeOver in the Windy City, you’ll find this extensively renovated Chicago home equipped with everything you need to live well. Going above and beyond expectations, the first level includes an acoustically perfect music room, rec room, media room and private office. The double lot affords plentiful outdoor space in the city, with Zen gardens in the front and back, as well as three terraces throughout. Additionally, a two car garage ensures the utmost convenience, so you never have to shovel out in those frigid Chicago winters.
 
Vienna Luxury HomeThis final home is a Viennese estate beyond compare, taking city life to a whole new level. Designed by acclaimed Austrian architect Ernst von Gotthilf, the luxury home enjoys such features as a conference room, spa, full-size gym, vaulted wine cellar and garage capable of housing up to eight vehicles. The grounds of the estate are graced with lush gardens, rolling lawns and an infinity pool, setting a new standard in one of Europe’s most coveted cities. 
 
Be sure to check out the City Living section on LuxuryPortfolio.com to find more urban homes that have it all!
 

Three Romantic Homes for Valentine’s Day

Paris Luxury Penthouse with view of Eiffel Tower
Money can’t buy love – but it can definitely buy an intimate place to spend with that special someone. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we picked out a few of our most romantic settings for those who want to give a little more than those heart-shaped pieces of edible chalk. Flowers wilt, chocolates will be eaten, but a luxury home – well that lasts forever.
 
Paris Luxury ApartmentThis first romantic getaway is a stunning penthouse in Paris (where else would it be?). With expansive terraces and picture-perfect views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine River, you’ll have a tough time finding a better place for cupid to strike. Seven total bedrooms throughout 7,600 square feet of living space make this home Parisian living at its finest. The only downside is having to live up to the expectations come Valentine’s Day next year.
 
San Antonio Luxury HomeNext is a majestic estate in San Antonio, Texas that looks where you’ll find absolute seclusion and a breathtaking master bathroom patterned after a Las Vegas spa.  With a dual-entry walk-in shower, spa-style bath and wet sauna, this is the place for loved ones who enjoy being pampered.  Additionally, a massage room and beauty salon make it the perfect place to spend this Valentine’s Day without having to leave the home.
 
Tortola Luxury HomeFinally, what’s more romantic than a Caribbean sunset while sipping champagne with your special someone? Probably nothing, which is why this contemporary villa on Tortola, BVI is an ideal place to spend February 14th. A private deck with a heated Jacuzzi tub and four poster outdoor day bed is as good as it gets for those looking to have a memorable Valentine’s Day this year.
 
Of course, if you just want a place to escape for a few days, our luxury rentals are the perfect option for a quick trip to paradise!
 

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