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From the LA Times Hot Property:
--NBC Today Show travel editor Peter S. Greenberg has listed his home in Sherman Oaks for $2.395 million.
--Emmy winning director Todd Holland and actor Scotch Ellis Loring have sold the Studio City house that's been their temporary home for the last two years while they were remodeling their principal Mulholland Drive residence for $1.66 million. The buyers are songwriter Pamela Sheyne and her husband, Nigel Rush.
--Irwin Yablans, an executive producer of the original "Halloween,"has listed his Hollywood Hills home, shown above, for $2.95 million. The property website for the three-bedroom, 4 1/2 -bathroom traditional home near the Sunset Strip is here.
A hilltop vintage Spanish villa in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles owned by French artist Sylvain Copon has hit the market for $1.899 million. The home, which was built in 1939 has four bedrooms and is full of charming details such as and-hewed wood beams, bronze window screens, an octagonal breakfast room and is decorated with over 800 Batchelder tiles. The property website is here.
From Newsday Real LI:
--An Upper Brookville, NY home used in the filming of Gossip Girl is on the market for $12.9 million. It was our estate of the day on Friday.
--James Seuss, the chief executive of Cole Haan has put his four-bedroom getaway home on Shelter Island on the market for $1.485 million. The listing is here.
From the Real Estalker:
--Jenna Jameson has put her Hollywood Hills home on the market. It's our estate of the day later today.
From the Wall Street Journal's Private Properties:
--Earlier this year, Roman Abramovich spent nearly $50 million for two houses in Snowmass, Colorado, now another wealthy Russian, energy tycoon Eugene Shvidler has paid $14.5 million for a house in the same town.
--In nearby Aspen, a mansion has sold for $20.75 million to a Greenwich, Conn., family, making it one of the biggest purchases in the area recently. You could say they got a deal though, after all the house was listed at $27.5 million when we checked it out as an estate of the day last year.
--Baseball player Mike Piazza has put his condo in the the Murano at Portofino development in the South Beach area of Miami, Florida on the market for $4.9 million. The listing is here.
From the NY Post's Gimme Shelter:
--NY Yankees Alex Rodriguez is in negotiations to buy a four-bedroom unit at 15 Central Park West.
--Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter have sold two apartments in the vintage 27-story Art Deco tower at 1 Fifth Ave. in Greenwich Village that had a combined assking price of $8.75 million.
--Chef Thomas Keller has closed on a new condo two years after signing a contract at 20 Pine St. He aid $1.46 million for a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in the Armani-decorated former Chase Manhattan Bank building.
--Male model Tyson Ballou is taking one of the first apartments in the Charles, a planned 34-story condo with 45 units at 1355 First Ave. Ballou is rumored to be buying a two-bedroom with a terrace priced in the vicinity of $2.5 million.
From the Luxury Property Blog:
--Kenneth Brown, star of HGTV's reDesign, has listed his loft in The Broadway Hollywood building for $1.899 million. He designed the pad himself and you can check out his work on the two-bedroom space at the listing here.
From the NY Observer's Manhattan Transfers:
--Renée Zellweger has gradually created a $8.2 million spread in a co-op at 82nd Street and Madison Avenue. A real estate trust called the East Coast Group, which has been connected to her past deals just paid paid $2.8 million for a unit on the same floor where she also owns a $2.2 million space and a $3.2 million combined-unit co-op she bought last year.
--Cardboard magnate Dennis Mehiel who was once a nominee for lieutenant governor of New York, and his wife, Karen put their 10,350-square-foot duplex condominium at the Carhart Mansion on the market this week for $35 million. They bought the five-bedroom space in September 2005 for $15.5 million. The listing is here.
--Anilesh Ahuja, the former head of the multibillion-dollar mortgage-backed securities group at Deutsche Bank, bought a five-bedroom apartment at 120 East End Avenue back in 2005 for $7.5 million. He has sold it for $9.3 million and the deed has him at the penthouse at 807 Park Avenue, a 5,577-square-foot space currently on the market for nearly $16 million. The building was once owned by Sean Combs.
--Anita Mandl, the wife of architect David Mandl who died a year ago, has sold the apartment that he built for the two of them at 280 Park Avenue South. Shel sold it for $3.1 million and is moving to a smaller condo in the building.
--The Upper West Side apartment that belonged to cookbook writer Karen Hess, who died last year at age 88, has been sold for $1,911,000, according to city records.
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The Christofle K+T Cylinder Box is a series of connected, stacking containers that solves the problem easily. The box was designed by Thomas Keller and designer Adam D. Tihany and appears to be one soild object when the compartments are not extended. It can be used for storing or serving snacks to guests or, if you are inclined to try cooking like Keller, as a way to introduce a few surprise items to a multi-course meal. The box measures only 4.25" in diameter by 4" high and comes packed in a gift box. Price: $450.
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Eating at Thomas Keller's Yountville restaurant, The French Laundry, is one of the best dining experiences in the world, but is certainly not an everyday one. For the sake of your wallet and your waistline, your best bet is to save a trip out to Napa for special occasions and try to recreate the experience at home with Thomas Keller's line of dinnerware. You can cook up your own gourmet meals, perhaps with the help of the French Laundry Cookbook, or simply add a few presentation points to your favorite chicken and rice dish. The collection was designed by Keller with Bertrand Raynaud, the president of the Raynaud porcelain company, which produces the all-white table and dinnerware. It is named after Fernand Point, certainly one of the most famous and influential French restaurateurs/chefs of the past century. The whole collection, from classic plates to cups and saucers, is available at Gumps. Each piece is beautifully simple, suitable for both casual and formal occasions.
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1. El Bulli (Spain)
2. The Fat Duck (U.K.)
3. Pierre Gagnaire (France)
4. French Laundry (U.S.)
5. Tetsuya's (Australia)
6. Bras (France)
7. Restaurant le Louis XV (Monaco)
8. Per Se (U.S.)
9. Restaurant Arzak (Spain)
10. Mugaritz (Spain)
11. Can Fabes (Spain)
12. Nobu (U.K.)
13. Gambero Rosso (Italy)
14. Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road (U.K.)
15. Restaurant Alain Ducasse (France)
16. Jean Georges (U.S., New York)
17. Le Cinq (France)
18. Daniel (U.S., New York)
19. Oud Sluis (Netherlands)
20. Chez Panisse (U.S.)