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$185 Million Swiss Castle Hits the Market in St. Moritz

The most expensive estate in Switzerland has hit the market for a staggering $185 million. The architectural marvel features a ceiling with floating candles that rivals Hogwarts’ Great Hall and is perched on snow-capped mountains in the Engadin alpine valley region.

At a little over 43,000 square feet, Lonsdaleite is a combination of sharp geometric lines and neutral tones that ensure unrivalled elegance throughout the property. A dramatic entryway leads to the grand reception, where 35-foot floor-to-ceiling windows reveal sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Rectangular strips of mink cover an entire wall opposite the dual-arched fireplaces. On the side of the grand reception is a crushed-red-velvet-encased library, complete with a secret office hidden behind one of the scarlet walls.

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The breakfast nook introduces a whole new level of decadent luxury with its 24-karat gold-leaf wall and $145,000 bespoke egg sculpture that adorns the ceiling. The nook’s shape resembles that of a cracked egg, a unique architectural choice that ties the theme together. The result is a warm and inviting atmosphere, which is ideal for a relaxed morning before hitting Switzerland’s world-class ski slopes.

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A set of glass stairs lead underground to five en suite bedrooms. Each room boasts buttery-soft Loro Piana-cashmere-covered walls and stunning bathrooms dressed in rare stone. There is also an entertainment lounge designed specifically for guests with a gold-covered ceiling and a chandelier with 178 floating Swarovski-crystal candles. An elevator takes guests to a private level reserved for the master suite, which showcases a white Scandinavian fox-fur rug and an enormous white-onyx master bath with a 360-degree glass shower.

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As part of its underground lair, the estate has a wine cellar, state-of-the-art cinema, spa (with a pink Himalayan salt room, hammam, sauna, subzero ice chamber, and private massage area), and subterranean pool and Jacuzzi.

In addition to the staggering number of amenities, there is a six-car garage with a convenient turntable for ultimate comfort.

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Singapore’s $80 Million Penthouse

Vertical cities are the new rave in the world of the ultra-rich as they have everything in one place – from fine-dining restaurants to movie theaters to offices and luxurious SPAs. Now, Singapore is joining the craze with its new Tanjong Pagar Centre. The architectural marvel of glass and steel is Singapore’s tallest building at roughly 950 feet and plays host to 3 Wallich Street. Lucky buyers can snap a super penthouse that is both the largest nonland residence and the highest point in Singapore. But it doesn’t come cheap.

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The modern triplex consists of 21,100 square feet and sits on the 62nd through 64th floors. It is equipped with five bedrooms, six full baths, and three half-baths. Natural light floods the penthouse, streaming from floor-to-ceiling windows that make up nearly every wall. The residence boasts some unique services offered from expert architects and designers who can tailor the space to the owner’s exact tastes and specifications. Marble floors and high-end appliances are just some of the luxurious additions that make the property into a real estate haven.

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A large terrace reveals sweeping views over the city and there is an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Other amenities include a private elevator, state-of-the-art security systems, a fitness centre, an entertainment space, and a private wine cellar. GuocoLand’s concierge team is on-call 24/7 if owners want to book a private jet or charter a yacht for a weekend jaunt on the water.

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The exclusive property is listed through Sotheby’s International Realty. Priced at $80 million, the penthouse includes access to the services and restaurants at the Sofitel Singapore City Centre, which is also positioned within the vertical city.

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Ritz-Carlton’s new Bacara Resort & Spa

Santa Barbra just became the home of the ultimate relaxation destination – the new Ritz-Carlton’s retreat. 42,000-square-foot spa, six restaurants, and three pools create a true haven for the wealthy, where they can relax in complete privacy away from prying eyes.

The new resort sits on a 78-acre estate nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the dramatic Santa Ynez mountains. Making the most of Santa Barbara’s stunning landscape, the property is famous for once housing the Bacara Resort, a favorite Hollywood hideaway. Now, a multimillion-dollar transformation has turned it into the plush Ritz-Carlton Bacara, welcoming its first set of guests earlier this month.

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Nestled in lush courtyards and overlooking a private stretch of beach, each of the property’s 358 rooms and suites have been completely refreshed. The resort is a quintessential mix of Californian ambiance and Spanish-style architecture (low-slung, white-washed buildings, red-tile roofs) with Mediterranean influences (wrought-iron balconies, terra-cotta tile floors). Cool coastal colours give each of the rooms a vibe of modern eccentricity and classic luxury, serving as the perfect landing pad for a weekend getaway.

Boutiques of worldwide renowned brands like Hermés, Prada and Chanel are in close proximity as is the historic State Street downtown, so guests will be able to enjoy full rein of the resort’s extensive list of amenities. The resort has three heated saltwater pools, a lounge in a kitted-out cabana, and two private beaches. A 42,000-square-foot spa is the perfect place to get treated to a well-deserved massage or facial before soaking up the last of the ocean sunset from a fireside lounge on the rooftop terrace.

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Not one but six restaurants offer a delectable array of options, which range from the casual, locally focused Bistro to the indulgent Angel Oak for perfectly prepared Kobe beef. A private tasting in the Foley Tasting Room, which houses Angel Oak’s 12,000-bottle collection can be the perfect way to end the evening.

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San Francisco’s Exclusive Double-Height Penthouses

The iconic skyline of San Francisco just gained a new impressive silhouette thanks to Lumina, a 656-unit condominium project perched above the sparkling water and iconic Bay Bridge. Courtesy of developer Tishman Speyer – the luxurious building has only two remaining residences—both double-height, 42nd-floor penthouses with great views and glass galore. The units are the largest in the building, and are being sold as customizable shells so homeowners can create a unique layout and aesthetic to match their taste. Both units boast 18-foot ceilings, which are the only double-height ceilings available in any Bay Area high-rise.

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With a total of nearly 5,700-square-foot – Penthouse 41A unit is characterized by a 250-foot glass façade that offers 360-degree vistas of the cityscape and bay. Penthouse 41B stretches across nearly 5,200 square feet, and features a 240-foot glass façade that provides 270-degree views of the city and bay. Buyers will be given a choice from an array of designer-ready floor plans created by renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica; there is even an option for the addition of ample rooftop decks if desired.

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Aside from spectacular views and an abundance of space, both penthouses benefit from direct access to the building’s exclusive amenities. These include a full-service grocery store, a fitness center and climbing wall that was designed by Jay Wright. There is also a bi-level club lounge, a 70-foot lap pool, and a secluded dining room with a gourmet kitchen and outdoor dining terrace for large parties. The Ferry Building and forthcoming Transbay Center is equally impressive on the outside with its modern, minimalistic aesthetic. This sculpted marvel blends with ease in the San Francisco skyline of architectural gems.

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The smaller penthouse is listed for $13.5 million, while the larger one is priced from around $15 million.

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A $110 million penthouse Manhattan’s iconic Woolworth Building

A $110 million penthouse inside the celebrated Woolworth Building in New York has gone on sale. The property is unique not only for its record-breaking price tag and panoramic views of the iconic Manhattan skyline, but for the unique features of the historic landmark as well.

The top floor flat easily eclipses the previous record for a penthouse in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood, which was sold for $50.9 million in 2014. The 9,710 square feet apartment boasts 24-foot ceilings, a private lift and spans not two, but five floors.

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The interiors have been left “raw”, which gives the buyer full creative freedom in deciding how many bedrooms and bathrooms they would like to have. Naturally, the services of one of the many renowned interior design firms across New York would come in handy to realize the full potential of this piece of real estate paradise.

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Situated close to Wall Street and Ground Zero, the historically significant building sits on a site bought by discount shop tycoon Frank Winfield Woolworth.

It boasts its own private air observatory, 727 feet above the city, as well as a private swimming pool in the basement that is accessible only to residents of the building.

The steel and terracotta structure is built in neo-Gothic style, making it a national historic landmark, created by architect Cass Gilbert.  When it was completed in 1913, it was the world’s tallest building – a title it held for 70 years.

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The penthouse has a total of 125 windows and was first put on the market in 2014, but no buyers emerged.

Some of the many amenities the building has include a health club and spa with a pool, sauna and a hot tub, a wine cellar, a tasting room — and personal mail delivery. This is one of the five most iconic buildings in the world, whose architecture and significance are impossible to replicate.

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The Australian Outback’s Most Luxurious Resort

Longitude 131º has redefined what luxury travel means since it opened doors in 2003. Now, the safari-style camp on the border of the pristine Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is making headlines once again with the unveiling of a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Revealed in August, the revamped camp is taking the Outback adventure experience one step further with a new premium suite, spa, and swimming pool as well as upgraded public areas throughout. The two-bedroom Dune Pavillion is now Longitude’s most luxurious accommodation. It boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, vibrant indigenous artwork, and original décor inspired by the iconic homesteads common of the region.

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There is an extended deck outside with a small, black mosaic-tiled plunge pool. Guests can take a dip while enjoying sweeping views of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Uluru, the 600-million-year-old red-hued monolith, and Kata Tjuta, the 36-domed rock formation in the distance.

Guests can take a dip or clink glasses at the new elevated Dune Top, where a swimming pool overlooking the red and golden landscapes has been added along with a collection of intimate alcoves for private al-fresco dining. Inside, the Dune House main lodge also has a fresh look, with a chic bar and restaurant boasting floor-to-ceiling windows framing Uluru.

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The new elevated Dune Top features a swimming pool overlooking the red and golden landscapes along with a collection of intimate alcoves for private al-fresco dining. Inside, the Dune House main lodge has also undergone some renovations and now has a chic bar and restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows framing Uluru.

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The new Spa Kinara offers indulgent treatments that rest on the ancient practices of the region’s native healers, using indigenous ingredients like Kakadu plum, quandong, Australian yellow clay, and desert salts in facials and body wraps. Therapies take place in wiltja treatment rooms, which are structures designed to mimic the traditional shelters of the region’s ancestors for a truly immersive experience.

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A $65 Million Manhattan Penthouse with access to a Joël Robuchon Restaurant

Midtown Manhattan just got a brand new addition to the ultra-luxury real estate scenery with a 63-story building that will benefit from access to an exclusive restaurant, renowned artwork and sweeping views of the city.

The sleek 63-story residential tower boasts penthouses, glamorous suites, and a two-story Joël Robuchon restaurant. It sits in Midtown East’s Cultural District and is directly adjacent to Mies van der Rohe’s stunning bronze Seagrum building at One Hundred East 53rd Street. The visually striking glass-encased tower gives residents access to an iconic neighbourhood that houses the Museum of Modern Art and the forever chic Waldorf Astoria.

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Designed by Foster + Partners, the attracted the interest of many since its reveal in 2015, including proprietors such as George and Amal Clooney. The entrance is adorned with colourful statement art pieces that were curated by the tower’s project builder and real estate tycoon, Aby Rosen.

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The property houses 94 sky-high residential spaces with 360-degree views of the Empire State Building and Central Park. The living conditions are focused on convenience, comfort, and a heavy dose of cultural integration.

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There is a showroom at the tower for potential owners that reveals a glimpse into the layout of a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath residence and an alcove loft studio. It is designed by New York–based architect William T. Georgis, celebrated for his polished and contemporary home designs. Interiors boast 11-foot ceilings, custom lighting, travertine countertops, heated flooring, brushed oak cabinetry, Gaggenau kitchen appliances, and bronze detailing.

Potential residents can choose between units ranging from $2.25 million to a whooping $65 million penthouse yet to be sold. The 6,760-square-foot duplex has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. Its floor-to-ceiling windows reveal views over the ever-changing N.Y.C. skyline.

The tower offers a 24-hour lobby attendant, a wellness center for yoga and Pilates, a sunlit 60-foot swimming pool, a library, relaxed lounge spaces, and a fine-dining place by Robuchon. The highly anticipated restaurant will span two levels of the tower for within-reach gourmet meals.

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Top New Beach Resorts to Book This Fall

Summer is winding down and it’s time to start planning that perfect fall getaway. If you can afford it, you can spend the cold winter in some of the world’s best new beach resorts. From a Malibu holiday with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to an island retreat in a secret corner of Indonesia, these are the beach holiday destinations to book this season.

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Celebrities and oligarchs flock to Nobu Malibu when they want to vacation away from the prying eyes of the press. The 16-room ryokan opened just this spring up the beach from the wildly popular restaurant, and is modeled after Japanese inns. It has a boho Southern California vibe with rooms nearly on top of the Pacific Ocean, a courtyard filled with native plants, and friendly staff to welcome guests with green tea.

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It’s been 10 years since the opening of Indonesia’s celebrated Nikoi Island eco-resort. Now, Andrew and Julia Dixon have unveiled their sophomore property, Cempedak Island. It sits within the same Riau archipelago and features 20 thatch-roofed villas arranged over 42 acres and surrounded by tropical foliage. The accommodations are immersive with design that blends with the surrounding nature. Constructed of sustainable bamboo and native alang-alang grass – they are completely open to the elements. Organic linens, private saltwater swimming pools, and sprawling terraces that spill out onto a white-sand beach complete the idyllic experience.

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Loren at Pink Beach

Opened in April, Loren at Pink Beach resort is Bermuda’s first all-new hotel in decades. It is a fresh move from the island’s trademark colonial style towards a sleek and elegant ambience with floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary furnishings, and muted nuances. A total of 45 rooms and suites (all with breezy verandas) are modern and filled with light. The cuisine is modern and eclectic, delivering farm-to-table goodness with dishes like beet ravioli with goat-cheese bonbons. Just outside is a Bermudan trademark that never goes out of style: the Loren’s picturesque stretch of pastel-pink sand lined with tranquil water.

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Beverly Hillbillies Mansion is The Most Expensive Property on the Market in the U.S

America’s priciest mansion has hit the market in Bel Air for the staggering sum of $350 million. The expensive residential listing is a 38,000-square-foot mansion. After another mansion was sold for $250 million in the same neighbourhood, this marks a new first for the US real estate market.

Known as Chartwell, the 10.3-acre estate consists of a 25,000-square-foot main residence, built by architect Sumner Spaulding in 1933. The mansion draws inspiration from 18th-century French neoclassical architecture. The chateau-style abode was featured as the Clampett family’s mansion in the 1960s hit television series The Beverly Hillbillies.

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In 1986, it was purchased by Univision chairman A. Jerrold Perenchio. He contracted Henri Samuel to redesign and modernize the home during a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Built for entertaining, the residence has everything to host parties as well as serve as a comfortable family home. It features a wine cellar, salon, ballroom, and period-paneled dining room. Outside, there’s a tennis court, manicured gardens, covered parking for 40 cars, and a 75-foot swimming pool with ample decking.

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Over the subsequent 30 years of Perenchio’s ownership, adjacent properties were added to expand the spectacular estate. These include a Wallace Neff guest house and a long private driveway.

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The main house has 10 bedrooms and the property comes with beautifully landscaped grounds, a 22m pool and pool house. The interior has been completely renovated and modernized with a chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Luxurious plush carpeting, wood panelling and period fireplaces retain the grandeur of its original design.

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$75 Million Estate in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe has long been a top destination for billionaires looking for a gated real estate havens in the United States. Now, one lucky buyer can snap the ultimate lakefront property for the staggering sum of $75 million. Marketed as the most expensive estate in Lake Tahoe, the grand property is listed by Chase International, Crystal Pointe.

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It is perched on the cliffs of Lake Tahoe’s north shore and sits on 525 feet of valuable lakefront land. The property covers a total of 5.14 acres (on two parcels). It comprises the main residence, guesthouse, caretaker’s apartment and beach house with 16,232 square feet of living space. There are eight spacious bedrooms, ten full and one-half bathrooms and 13 fireplaces. Stone, wood and plush furnishings create a warm, modern and welcoming ambiance – ideal for a family home.

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The home even includes two dramatic outdoor glass funiculars and two elevators, which reveal sweeping views over the lake. A ten-seat movie theatre, and a 1,687-bottle wine cellar are just two of the amenities that can be used to entertain guests. The entry pavilion sits at the end of the private driveway where one of the glass funiculars is located next to the oversized four car garage.  The current owner of the lavish property is Stuart Yount, CEO of Fortifiber.

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Clearly, a lot of quality craftsmanship and detail have gone into this spectacular custom home to set it apart from other lakefront estates. Construction of this scale, combined with coveted lakefront amenities of a large plot of land are a rare combination in modern estate.

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This Lake Tahoe property is well worth its high price. It sets a new standard amongst the next generation of lakefront estates with its original and innovative design and amenities. It is ideal for 21st century living that blends seamlessly with the magnificent surroundings.