High on a hill in the Summit Ranch subdivision in Denver, Colorado is today's home which was originally listed for $3.25 million. Concierge Auctions will sell this home on June 14 in cooperation with listing agents Jim and Barbara Appleby of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, who are also the sellers.
The six-bedroom home on more than 10 acres offers 11,000-square feet of space. The home's open floor plan and large windows are meant to make the most of the Continental Divide's natural beauty with sunrise, snow-capped and sunset mountain views. The home is also designed with spacious decks and patios overlooking acreage. The sunken great room has a massive stone hearth which opens to the gourmet kitchen and dining room. Warm, red oak floors ground an impressively high, 16-foot ceiling with a unique wood-encased beam treatment. The kitchen has granite countertops and stainless steel appliances including a professional gas range with six burners and griddle, a stainless steel refrigerator and freezer and a built-in wine center. The formal dining space opens to the great room and features a unique, wood-beamed ceiling with custom faux painting. The sunken library, also just off the great room has built-in knotty alder bookcases and a built-in wet bar with slab granite countertops and a copper bar sink. Two additional spaces on this main floor are a formal office with built-in knotty alder cabinets and bookshelves and slab granite desktop with its own outside entry door and a multipurpose room that could be used as private office space, a nursery or guest bedroom quarters.
The multi-room master suite has an exercise room, two fireplaces, a private covered porch, wet bar, spa bathroom, large closets and a laundry room. The lower level has a game room, sports bar/entertaining area, wine closet three bedrooms and a heated garage. The more than 1,500-square-foot unfinished space in the walkout level could be transformed into an expansive theater room, additional living or merely storage space.
Summit Ranch is open daily by appointment. For more details call 877-463-5280 or visit SummitRanchAuction.com.
Gallery: Summit Ranch
We don't usually feature homes under the $500,000 mark but real estate commenter Spectacular Bid drew my attention to today's modest charmer in Montgomery, Alabama. This home was designed by architect and furniture designer Bobby McAlpine whose work has been featured in many of the popular shelter magazines. This three-bedroom English country style home has had its magazine moments, appearing in Southern Accents, House & Garden and British House & Garden. The home adheres to the tenets of English style without giving off that faux-for-show impression that other English country style home can. It has a good mix of formal and casual elements providing both elegance and comfort. It can be yours for just $499,000 and is listed with Bess Jenkins.
Gallery: Felder Avenue
Those who have been with me for a few years on this estate-of-the day journey might remember this one. I first looked at this home back in 2006. Far from the Wolf is perhaps the grandest of the summer "cottages" built on Grindstone Neck in Winter Harbor, Maine. The home was built in the early 1890s by John Godfrey Moore, who developed the Grindstone Neck area as a getaway for New York society. This gorgeous shingled home is on 4.6 acres and has 10 bedrooms, each with a private bath.
One of the benefits of this beauty is that it boasts both water and mountain views. It has been lovingly restored and updated and features several large fireplaces and lots of beautiful woodwork in native woods including cherry, ash, birch, whitewood and oak. In some of the spaces the wainscoting extends nearly to the ceiling giving the home the appearance of a large wooden boat. Another great detail is the small tea house which sits on a granite cliff at the shoreline and has a granite fireplace.This home was listed at $9.65 million but is now listed at $7.9 million with LandVest.
Gallery: Far From Wolf
The focal point of the home is a great room full of natural light with high ceilings, marble floors, a marble and gilt fireplace and a dramatic sweeping staircase. The open kitchen has marble columns, twin chandeliers, high-end appliances, and an antique, marble-topped island. Upstairs the master bedroom has hardwood floors, separate lounging and sleeping areas and a white marble fireplace. The onyx bath has dual vanities, a dual head shower, and a soaking tub. A balcony sitting area and an additional bedroom with marble bath complete the upper level. This home is listed at $3.95 million with Lila Delman.
Gallery: Crawford Court
When Jason Calacanis asked me to start this blog in 2004, we had nothing more than a vague idea to create a blog about luxury, a companion to Engadget, Autoblog and Gadling. Jason and Brian Alvey had a simple philosophy, hire people who are passionate about what they do and give them the space to write like the wind. I probably spent the first year or two trying to explain to pr people, friends and my family just what a blog was and why it was important. Those kinds of conversations are no longer necessary, blogging made it into, and became, the mainstream.
I always tell people this blog has been the best gig of my life. Certainly writing about luxury has its perks, from tasting scotch to admiring diamonds, but what kept me going through over 16,000 posts was the readership. You showed up. For estate of the day, for the Sunday round-ups, for the daily doses of eye candy, you have been here. You corrected my typos, you told me when I was wrong, you deepened and in many cases bettered the work I did. For everything, thank you.
It's been my honor and pleasure to work with some of the greatest writers in the luxury field, many of whom will continue to write here. They are the best at what they do. Read them, you will be better for it, I know I am.
A few more of my estate of the day posts will be rolling through over the next couple of days but my bags are packed, the train whistle is blowing in the distance. Safe travels and best wishes to all of you until we meet again.
I first saw this one on Curbed a few weeks back. This contemporary home in North Dallas was built in 2007. The curving glass home has seven bedrooms and measures almost 15,000 square feet. The home is on 1.77 acres that includes a crescent-shaped pool and a large green lawn that gives the home a bit of a stadium like look from the outside. As Curbed pointed out some of the glass windows look out onto cement walls which span halfway up for privacy. The windows do mean that the home is flooded with bright light. Everything in the home was kept sleeker-than-sleek with a wood kitchen with Miele and Sub-Zero appliances and wood bathroom and closet details playing off polished concrete floors.The home also includes a children's playroom, media room, gameroom with bar and a study. It is listed at $11.5 million with Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, the property website has more images.
Gallery: Northhaven Contemporary
Boston's luxury shopping destination, Newbury Street will have a new treat come March 24. Sabatino North America, the largest importer and manufacturer of gourmet truffle products in the U.S. is opening their first flagship retail store, Sabatino&Co. Roma in Boston on Newbury Street on March 24th right around the time that the Italian company celebrates its centennial. The store will introduce a wide range of products including gourmet foods and condiments, cookbooks and home accessories to add a little luxe to your life.
Today's home is one of the priciest on the market in the Boston area. This French-style, three-story brick residence in Brookline, Massachusetts was designed and built between 1929 and 1930 by renowned Boston architect William T. Aldrich. The main home is on over three acres with manicured lawns, flower beds, shrubs and mature deciduous and coniferous trees.
The home has 20 principal rooms in the main house and there is also a separate one-bedroom guest house. The home has been thoroughly renovated to combine its original, formal style with modern amenities. The most unique feature in this home might be the light-filled indoor pool pavilion which is reached via an underground passageway that also serves as an art gallery. The pavilion offers additional entertaining area and a caterer's kitchen. Overall there are a total of 10 fireplaces, hardwood floors, hand-painted murals and other finishes, and ornate moldings. This home is listed at $15.75 million with LandVest.
Gallery: Lee Street
Villa Stella is a Moroccan fantasy on Miami's ritzy Star Island. This four-bedroom, two-story home on the water has four enclosed garages including two that are fully air conditioned. The formal arrival court can hold up to 15 cars.
Inside awaits a private sanctuary done in a bright yet soft palette. The home's 30-foot ceilings display handpainted murals and skylights by muralist Yves Lanthier and the decor also has Southwestern and Balinese influences. The master and guest suite rooms are on the upper floor and staff quarters and a garden guest suite are on the ground floor. The master suite includes lavish his and hers baths with semi-precious light-colored onyx flooring and vanities, multiple shower heads, whirlpool bath, and heated towel racks. An enclosed rooftop observatory offers a quiet place to enjoy views all around anytime of the day or night. Carved wood and elaborate tile details give this home an exotic feel.
The kitchen has double wall ovens, double Sub Zero refrigerators, two dishwashers and a Viking gas stove with grill. The saltwater keyhole-shaped pool and bayside gazebo with a relaxation bed and summer kitchen offer views across the bay to South Beach. The home has 100 feet of waterfront with a boat dock for a yacht and jet skis. The backyard includes a swing set and doll house. The home's technology includes security cameras 24/7, audio/visual controls, interior and exterior lighting controls in every room. This home is listed at $24 million with Sylvia Fragos of Great Estates International Realty.
Gallery: Villa Stella
Vintage magic posters can be highly collectible and of course, the most famous musician, Houdini, often brings in the biggest returns. A rare Houdini poster, which is one of only five such posters known to exist, is going up for sale at a Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago on March 26. The poster is one of more than 100 rare and valuable vintage magic posters which were discovered in a suburban Chicago home last year. Many of the poster swere purchased in the 1970s when they could still be bought fairly inexpensively.
The Houdini poster shows the legendary magician in handcuffs in front of a judge and jury in Germany. It represents a famous case in 1902 when Houdini was called a fraud by a German police officer. He sued for slander and won. Being a savvy self-promoter, he created the poster to dramatize the event and add to his fame. It is estimated at $15,000-$20,000. Also featured is a rare rare eight-sheet (7 feet x 9 feet) billboard advertising The Great Nicola. The huge poster is estimated at $2,500-$3,500. Many other posters in the sale can be had for just several hundred dollars. For more details visit www.potterauctions.com.
[via Auction Central News]