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Million Dollar Listing New York's Ryan Serhant Scores Major $12.9M Penthouse at Miami's Aria on the Bay

Jan 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Ryan Serhant from Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York has recently announced that he has partnered with Aria on the Bay in downtown Miami to sell its stunning penthouse. Listed at $12.9 million with Nest Seekers International, the 9,592-square-foot home boasts 10 bedrooms and bathrooms, over 6,630 square feet of outdoor space and dominates the top three floors of the 53-story luxury building. Plus, it offers an open floor plan that takes advantage of its 360-degree views.

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Interview: Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles' Heather Bilyeu On Relationships & Living Fabulously

Jan 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Luxury real estate agent Heather Bilyeu, one of the stars on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, is as business savvy as she is beautiful. From playing an integral role in transacting over a half billion worth of real estate to leveraging the tumultuous waters of reality television, Bilyeu has established herself as a skilled industry professional who has got what it takes to succeed. 

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Kicked Out of the Shire? Green Magic Homes Will Make You Your Very Own Hobbit House

Dec 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If there’s one thing we thought after watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, it was, “I need a hobbit house.” Aside from tricking an architect to design one for you or trying to sneak your way onto the movie set in New Zealand with your suitcases, it seemed like a pipe dream. That is until Green Magic Homes creeped up on our radar. 

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Surreal Parisian Boutique Hôtel Montana Offers Full-Floor, Artist-Inspired Suites

Nov 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When a luxury hotel is compared to French legend Serge Gainsbourg, you expect something a little sexy and risqué, and that is exactly what designer Vincent Darré promises for the new Hôtel Montana. Found in Paris, the hotel takes over the seven floors above the popular jazz club La Montana, which has been a staple for Parisian artists and heavyweights since the 1950s. 

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Get a Jump on SF’s Real Estate Trends & Snatch Up This $2.9M Oakland Hills Estate

Nov 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

There is always a new hotspot when it comes to luxury real estate and while San Francisco continues to rise, it may not be where the hip kids go in the future. According to real estate whiz Roh Habibi, Oakland is actually the new Brooklyn and several big tech companies are moving in, which is bringing in thousands of jobs. The influx of buyers is changing Oakland’s less-than-stellar reputation, turning it into a serious up-and-coming area for millennials. Take this stunning estate at 13383 Campus Dr., for instance. 

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Casa Flotanta Floats Above Costa Rica and Becomes Our New Dream Treehouse

Oct 27, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Living up high with the trees is a dream for many, especially when that home faces the ocean and was designed specifically for you. When the Gooden-Nahome family wanted to make that dream a reality on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, they looked to Benjamin Garcia Saxe. Even though the site proved challenging, since it is on a steep slope and the water can only truly be seen from the mid-upper area, the architect made it work. The finished project is called Casa Flotanta and is a stunning treehouse-like structure that relies on posts to give the impression of floating.

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Fashion Designer Pierre Cardin’s $455M Bubble Palace is For Sale & is As Amazing As it Sounds

Oct 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Iconic fashion designer Pierre Cardin has put Le Palais Bulles (Bubble Palace) on the market for a rumored $455 million and yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds. With its own 500-seat amphitheater and an obvious dislike for right angles, the 13,000-square-foot property is an epic ode to art and design. 

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4 Ways to Make & Get That Modern Log Cabin-Esque Look (Even if You Don't Live in the Mountains)

Sep 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Karin Gage

Gone are the days of mountain rustic grandeur with dark rooms, heavy beams and taxidermy galore. The new world of log cabin-esque contemporary architecture embraces natural materials and boasts lots of light with plenty of indoor-outdoor living. Technology advancements, energy performance and building make it possible (and even easy) to utilize bigger windows and large, open floorplans.

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Love Modernist Architecture? Meet the Transparent Taghkanic House

Sep 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Taghkanic House looks like a modern art museum set in the middle of rolling hills that could easily be the setting of a Jane Austen novel. The $5.9 million contemporary estate is actually in New York’s Hudson Valley and sits on 115 acres to ensure some serious peace and quiet.

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Conquer Your Fears Between Spa Treatments: Here's What it's Like to Live at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Sep 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The drive from San Diego to The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona includes some major temperature spikes and terrain changes—you get rocky mountains, unforgiving deserts (including one that doubled for Star Wars’ Tatooine), and miles and miles of Saguaro cacti. Though the thermostat may jump from to a suffocating 115 degrees by the time you hit Yuma, it’s alright because Marana seems to be at least 15 degrees cooler than its neighboring towns and cities.

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$17.8M Little Hawkins Island Resort Home is Jam-Packed With Customized Goodies

Aug 25, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

For $17.8 million, you can pretty much start your very own community by purchasing the three-acre Little Hawkins Island in Sea Island, Georgia. The homes were built by previous owner Del Masters (a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur), who wanted his own private resort to relax with his friends and family. Overall, from planning to interior decorating, the property took seven years to complete and includes four buildings: The Residence, two guest cottages and The Club (which includes a gym and a club room with a bar). 

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London’s New Glass-Bottomed Sky Pool Will Be Suspended 90 Feet Above the Ground

Aug 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

As an example of something that probably looks much scarier than it actually is, London’s Nine Elms neighborhood will soon have a glass-bottomed Sky Pool that will sit 10 stories off the ground, stretched between two luxury Embassy Gardens residential buildings. Though the structures—which are being built near Battersea Power Station—won’t be finished until 2017, we know that the stunning aquarium-like pool will be 25 meters long (around 82 feet), five meters wide (16 feet) and three meters deep (which is nearly ten feet). It goes without saying, but this pool definitely isn’t for anyone who is afraid of heights!

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Join Us for a Peek Inside the $100k "Holy Grail" of Wine Cellars Tucked Away in Memphis

Aug 14, 2015  |   Contributor: Michael Patrick Shiels

The Holy Grail is the most legendary chalice in history—long sought-after by knights and scholars—and now the “Holy Grail” of wine cellars has been located, and it is in Memphis, Tennessee. The birthplace of the blues might seem an unlikely location for the world’s best wine cellar, but Craig Weiss (a tech entrepreneur) spares no expense in babying his beloved bottles.

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Jeff Bridges' $29.5M Montecito Estate is Up for Grabs

Jul 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Jeff “The Dude” Bridges has moved on from his Montecito, CA estate, making the $29.5 million home available for a new owner. Not only is it pretty rare to find a property of this size (the lot spans 19.5 acres) in the area, Bridges and his wife Susan bought the house from musician Kenny Loggins way back in 1994 and raised their three daughters there—meaning that those walls have a lot of cool stories to tell.  

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You Have to See This Insanely Cool House That Combines Rugged Cliffside Design and Futuristic Minimalism

Jul 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

In the best and perhaps most beautiful example of mankind’s desire to return to Mother Nature, Open Platform for Architecture has designed the conceptual Casa Brutale. Not only is the home completely submerged into a cliff, with only the pool and staircase visible from above, it would also make for a pretty amazing James Bond hideout—we can picture that swimming shot filmed from below already. 

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