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Charming Argentine Estate in Buenos Aires Blends Old and New

May 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Alexa Mangrum

Buenos Aires is well known for its blend of old and new architecture. A prime example of Argentine charm in picturesque Parque Aguirre (a suburb of the city) neo-gothic cathedrals, quaint streets with artisan markets and lush greenery surround this classic estate listed by Sotheby’s.... Read More

Local River: Farm Your Own Fish in This Self-Sustaining Ecosystem

May 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Fish aquariums are nothing new, but we're willing to bet your aquarium full of bored goldfish doesn't double as a self-sustaining ecosystem. French designers Mathieu Lehanneur and Anthony van den Bossche created Local River to eliminate the barrier between people and their environment, bringing sustainable food production to living rooms everywhere. Aside from it being pretty cool looking, it's one fish tank you won't have to clean.... Read More

Modern California Home Features Layered Reflecting Pools, Ocean Views and Glass Walls

May 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Mid-century modern architecture tends to feature wide open floor plans and tons of windows, intending to bring the outdoors in — sometimes walls will even be made entirely of glass. One can see these modern homes all over the California coast, which is why it's often called the California Modern style, and The Strand in Dana Point is a shining example.... Read More

12 Awesome Décor Ideas For a Headstart on the Steampunk Trend

May 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Steampunk used to be a microculture, one misunderstood by the masses and fanatically embraced by those on the fringe of society, but in the recent years it has broken into mainstream culture in a big way. The trend has been covered by countless publications (IBM is even predicting it will dominate the fashion industry in the coming years) and we've seen the likes of Gary Oldman walking the catwalk for Prada's 2012 steampunk-inspired menswear.... Read More

Sports Stars' Larger-Than-Life Homes: Tom Brady, Michael Jordan & More

May 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

Actors and musicians may make a lot of money, but often their paychecks don't come close to those of professional athletes. These sports stars have to make sure they have the right home to throw their huge parties at and nothing says affluence better than indoor basketball courts and pools with shark tanks within. Here's some of our favorite flashy homes owned by the biggest celebrity athletes, and while some have changed hands, they're still worth taking a look at — who knows, one of them may even be on the market.... Read More

Nick Saban's $11M Lakefront Property in Georgia Headed to No-Reserve Auction

May 21, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

A no-reserve auction is perhaps the best barometer to gauge the true value of a luxury property in any given area. There is no speculation or hype; it is a gathering of potential buyers with money that are interested in buying, revealing what the market is really willing to pay for a property.... Read More

$190M Greenwich Mansion is Most Expensive on U.S. Market

May 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you've always wanted to brag about living in the most expensive home in the United States, now is your chance…assuming you have $190 million laying around and want to live in Greenwich, Connecticut. According to The Wall Street Journal, this 50.5-acre French-renaissance residence was put on the market last Friday and is now the priciest U.S. home on the market. Considering the deal includes 4,000 feet of water frontage, two offshore islands and 50 acres of land, we're not really surprised at the steep price tag.... Read More

Estate in Beverly Hills Owned by Late Fashion Designer Bijan Sells for $12M

May 17, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Beverly Hills estate owned by the late men’s fashion designer Bijan has been sold for around $12 million.... Read More

An Interview with the Minds Behind March & White Interior Design

May 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Having set up March & White in 2010, architects and interior experts Elliot March and James White are already leading the charge when it comes to luxury design. With a portfolio including hotels, restaurants, and private and royal residencies, their work is the epitome of style, oozing creativity and individuality.... Read More

Karl Lagerfeld's Futuristic Apartment is Minimal and Cold

May 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is as known for his snarky attitude, white hair and black shades as much as he is for being the creative director for Chanel. Usually pretty private — he only just recently fessed up to being born in 1935 — he decided to open his Paris apartment to May's issue of French Architectural Digest. If you were expecting an explosion of color and accents, you'll be disappointed because this apartment is as stark and minimalist as you can get without living on an actual science fiction movie set. Taking a peek into someone's living... Read More

7 Décor Essentials for a Great Gatsby Inspired Living Room

May 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby has been an inspired masterpiece since its publication in 1925. Chronicling the Roaring Twenties, the story details the breakdown and dangers of getting caught up in the American Dream through its protagonist Jay Gatsby. With five film adaptations, including the most recent from Baz Luhrmann, the look of The Great Gatsby has been made to represent a fantastical version of the 1920s, from fashion to interior décor. To get your very own West Egg abode, all you really need is a select few essential pieces that will evoke the Art Deco style of the period, from the perfect glass chandelier to the right minimalistic art print.... Read More

Argentine Design Spotlight: The Wanka House

May 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Alexa Mangrum

A marvel of contemporary design, enter the world of the Wanka House. Located in the beach resort town of Cariló, Buenos Aires, the nearly 11,000-square-foot home was originally conceived as a seaside vacation home. The standout design of the sleeping quarters evokes a periscope, suspended in the sky and giving an impression of weightlessness (resulting in 360-degree views).... Read More

Celebrity Real Estate News Update: Taylor Swift, Matt Damon and More! 

May 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The nice thing about celebrity real estate is that it's never-ending. There will always be someone famous dropping millions on a new house that they'll probably only live in for a couple years before throwing back on the market — or those like Katy Perry won't even move in before selling. While some people don't care whether an actress moved in down the street, many others find the prospect of a famous neighbor pretty exciting so this one is for you. Here's some of the most recent properties purchased and put on the market by the rich and famous, from Rod Stewart and Joaquin Phoenix to Taylor Swift and Claire Danes.... Read More

Host Private Horse Races At Your Very Own Argentinian Polo Ranch

May 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you've always thought having a bunch of horses and living in Buenos Aires sounded like heaven on earth, we've found your future home. This luxury polo ranch, known as El Respiro, spans 123 acres and is in the district of Campana, only 43 miles away from the bustling city of Buenos Aires. 43 miles may sound far but it's a great distance to get the perks of quiet country living while still being close to the city.... Read More

Alfred Lord Tennyson's Historic Castle on Cote d'Azur Listed at $59 Million

May 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

A huge, historic castle built by famed Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson in the South of France has been listed for sale via Christie’s Real Estate affiliate Michael Zingraf for about $59 million. Situated on 40 lush acres, the 15-bedroom castle has more than 40,000 square feet of interior space, making it the largest such property on the Cote d’Azur.... Read More

 
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