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Ellen DeGeneres Lists Montecito Villa for $45 Million

Ellen DeGeneres has put her spectacular Villa – The Montecito estate on the market for $45 million. The price is up from the $26.5 million DeGeneres reportedly bought it for in 2012 due to a host of renovations over the past 5 years.

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The estate has its private drive that ends at the 18th-century Spanish gates. Twisting eucalyptus and olive trees surround the main six-bedroom home, which comprises a 10,500-square-foot, two-story abode built in the 1930s. Designed by master architect Wallace Frost, it is built from local stone with a barrel-tiled roof.

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Now, the estate includes the adjacent properties and has been expanded to a total of 17 acres. There is an entertainment pavilion called Jordan Hall, which was inspired by the main house. The open-concept pavilion consists of a cream-colored pool table, cantilevered stone bar, and fireplace.

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The adjacent sunroom overlooks a private pool and has sweeping Pacific views. A tennis court is tucked out of view down the hill. Indoor and outdoor kitchens and an alfresco Japanese soaking bathtub are added for the comfort of residents and located off the back and sides of the pavilion.

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DeGeneres described the property as a blend of natural space and light, and modern architecture with a rustic feel.  Arched picture windows frame the trees to the ocean views, peeking beyond generous loggias.

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Jackie Kennedy’s childhood East Hampton luxurious estate hits the market for $51million

The luxurious childhood summer home of Jackie Kennedy Onassis is on the market for the staggering sum of $51,990,000. Located in the Hamptons, the opulent residence called ‘Lasata’ is the ultimate weekend getaway for the privileged, who flock to the Hamptons every chance they get.

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In addition to the 8,500-square-foot main house, a seven acre plot can also be purchased for $38,995,000. The main house boasts 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and two half baths on seven acres while the additional plot is where the century-old main house sits. It has been fully renovated and updated to high modern standards of luxury and comfort.

And if that’s not enough space, there is also a two bedroom pool house, a swimming pool and a one bedroom guesthouse. The remaining four-acre plot includes a grass tennis court and can be purchased on its own for $12,995,000.

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Apart from its architectural charm the residence has great historical and cultural significance as well. It was an important part of Jackie Kennedy’s childhood. All restoration works have been carried in a way that preserves and honours the heritage of the former First Lady.

Some of the rooms have been renewed, retaining the bold, bright and vibrant coloured accents that make the residence even more beautiful. The original wooden floor, and period fireplaces have all been retained and meticulously restored to match the laid-back, Hampton style of the property.

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Miami High-Rise Development Designed by Zaha Hadid

June 2017 will see ground breaking on one of Miami’s most luxurious condominium towers –the One Thousand Museum. The 62-story, 83-unit, super-luxury development on Biscayne Boulevard opposite Museum Park, will have sweeping views across Biscayne Bay to Miami Beach.

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The project has been designed by late Zaha Hadid and boasts her signature fluid architectural expression. A concrete exoskeleton encased in a web of flowing lines creates a continuous liquid frame. On the lower floors, terraces occupy the corners; on the upper floors, the terraces are tucked in from the edges.

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There is a duplex penthouse on the last two residential floors. The residence has been listed for $7 million. The final floor will feature an aquatic center, leisure area, and event space for residents. Other amenities will include thirty thousand square feet of communal areas, including a two-story aquatic center, a sky lounge, a multimedia theater, a wellness spa, gym facilities, and a private event space as well as a “bank quality” vault for the priceless possessions of residents.

There is commercial space at the base, in addition to eight stories of parking. At grade, the tower is ringed by pools and gardens.

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The emphasis of the new residential development is an expressing the dynamism of the structure in an integrated whole that avoids the frequent typology of a tower resting on a base. A total of 83 units will present superior living space for wealthy tenants with open-plan living rooms and well-proportioned bedrooms. In addition to the last floor penthouse, there are eight full-floor apartments and 70 half-floor units.

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A $15 Million New York City Residence Designed by Zaha Hadid

The late Zaha Hadid—a Pritzker Prize-winning architect – is the creative mind behind 520 West 28th Street’s new 39-unit residential tower in New York City. Hadid designed the building inside and out. Hand-crafted metal and curved glass give the exterior a contemporary look while the interior is characterized by understated elegance.  Hadid designed the kitchens and bathrooms in partnership with Boffi and Gaggenau.

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The building culminates in a four-bedroom model residence, which overlooks the Empire State Building and High Line Listed at $15 million, it gives homeowners the chance to live inside the architectural marvel. The 4,500-square-foot is beautifully arranged and decorated with contemporary artwork and colorful accents to create a modern motif.

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The master bedroom benefits from walk-in closets and expansive windows, while the master bathroom showcases marble floors and walls, Boffi vanities with double sinks. Also, there is a glass-enclosed shower, built-in mirrors and cabinets with custom lighting designed by Hadid. The gourmet kitchen is every chef’s dream with two refrigerators, two dishwashers, three ovens, a freezer, a 70-bottle wine cooler, a five-burner gas stovetop, and warming drawers. The residence is surrounded with a landscaped garden and a vertically planted wall, which provides a touch of nature amid the city.

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The building has a number of amenities, including a 75-foot swimming pool, an IMAX screening room, and a spa suite with a pool and sauna. Zaha Hadid’s signature furniture lines the lobby, and a 34-foot marble sculpture wall with a water-jetted pattern adds visual allure. There are several remaining apartment layouts from around $5 million to $50 million.

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The ultimate NYC Penthouses

Manhattan’s skyline is changing, and luxurious penthouses are ideal for soaking up the evolving views. Sitting in some of the city’s most notable new towers—from the waterside Hudson Yards development and revived South Street Seaport to skyscrapers stretching high above the iconic Museum of Modern Art—these ultimate New York City penthouses are notable for more than their sky-high settings, over-the-top amenities, extravagant design, and above all, jaw-dropping price tags.

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The PH95 at 432 Park Avenue can be purchased for $82 Million. Situated on the 95th floor of architect Rafael Viñoly’s giant Midtown tower—currently the tallest residential structure in the Western Hemisphere—the full-floor penthouse occupies a total of 8,255 square feet. It reveals sweeping 360-degree views of the city and has six bedrooms, and seven baths.

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It’s packed with state-of-the-art amenities, from wine refrigerators and Miele appliances to Toto toilets and radiant heated flooring. Top-shelf materials like marble, solid oak, white lacquer, and polished chrome give it a unique luxurious feel. The building offers a 24-hour doorman, a five-star concierge, a restaurant overseen by the Michelin-star chef Shaun Hergatt, and an onsite pool.

The Penthouse at One Hundred East Fifty-Third comes at the more modest price of $65 Million. Arranged over two floors, it stretches across 6,760-square-feet and features four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, and a great room with floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Residents can enjoy high-end building perks, including a gourmet espresso bar, a caviar counter, an Assouline book-binding and embossing shop. In addition to these, there are also award-winning art installations, and a ground-floor fine-dining experience from the Michelin-star chef Joël Robuchon.

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Lake Como’s $10,000-Per-Night Villa Sola Cabiati

Lake Como has long provided a top spot for relaxation and privacy with the gorgeous villas and gardens that front the lake. And travellers have always spent hefty sums to enjoy its legendary beauty and its natural scenery.

Now, a centuries-old architectural wonder – Villa Sola Cabiati that was once the summer home of Milan’s Duke Gabrio Serbelloni, is now among the most breathtaking properties.

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With its frescoed walls, lush gardens, and museum-quality furnishings – it is now open to the public as the five-star Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Only a few select lucky guests will gain access to the historic villa as it’s not even bookable on the hotel’s website. “It’s about providing something exclusive to our guests, in a style that’s very different from the hotel—and creating truly tailor-made experiences there,” Tremezzo’s CEO and owner, Valentina De Santis says.

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Tremezzo’s guests can enjoy Villa Sola Cabiati in three ways. Book guided tours of the villa’s two museum floors, both of which were previously closed, enjoy a range of more immersive activities on the 10-acre baroque estate, including yoga and romantic dinners in the Tuscan garden.

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The ultimate visit, however, includes the opportunity to stay the night, with parties of up to 12 making use of the villa’s historic furnishings and artwork. Priced from about $10,000 per night, the villa can only be rented in its entirety for complete privacy and comfort.

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A $42 Million Penthouse with 360-Degree Views of San Francisco

San Francisco has always been a prime target for tycoons and millionaires looking for a real estate deal of a lifetime, and the latest offer on the market proves it. A stunning penthouse valued at $42 million is for sale in one of the city’s most prestigious office and residential towers. Developed by Jay Paul Company with interiors designed by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, the architectural gem is located at 181 Fremont and will be completed early next year.

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A total of 6,941-square-metres span across the entire top floor of the 70-storey tower, revealing stunning views of San Francisco’s skyline and The Golden Gate Bridge. Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two powder rooms provide plenty of space for high-end urban living. Luxury fixtures and fittings include hardwood floors, Italian marble, and bespoke pieces created by Diaz-Azcuy.

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A private elevator opens to the lobby and foyer, which serves as the entrance to the secluded, sky-high space. Gold sconces elevate the entryway, and a custom brass handle created by Série Rare accentuates a Paldao wood door imported from New Guinea. Equipped with a gourmet kitchen that is ideal for private dining as well as cooking, there is a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, two dishwashers, double ovens, and a sizable kitchen island. Valcucine glass cabinets crafted in Italy complement the chic aesthetic. A secondary service kitchen provides an ideal setting for entertaining guests. The formal dining room conveniently links to a wet bar for after-dinner drinks.

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The family room boasts a translucent fireplace made from Italian marble, a spectacular chandelier designed by Diaz-Azcuy, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The glass-walled master suite has two en-suite bathrooms, walk-in closets, a study, and gorgeous views of San Francisco. Each of the bedrooms are outfitted with 10-foot ceilings and adjacent en-suites bathrooms with freestanding soaking tubs.

Residents enjoy private access to the tower’s 52nd-story Sky Lounge floor, which includes a fitness center with a yoga room, library, a bar, a catering kitchen, a conference room, and a wraparound observation terrace.

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New Zealand’s First Beachfront Luxury Lodge

New Zealand has always been a favourite spot for relaxation for the ultra-rich with its idyllic scenery and luxury resorts. Now, an addition to high-end tourist accommodation reveals a new pearl in the land of the Maori. Helena Bay (helenabay.com) is a boutique retreat that offers exclusive access to more than 800 private acres of North Island headlands, farmland, and coastline.

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The high-luxury lodge is framed by lush kauri forest on a pristine stretch of the estate’s 2 miles of private beachfront. Two separate villa suites with sprawling terraces spill out onto the sand and are complemented by three junior suites. The grand main lodge provides a dining area and private wine cellar for guests to enjoy. Outside, an infinity-edge pool surrounded by manicured gardens makes for a pleasant spot to glimpse rare wildlife.

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One of Helena Bay’s main attractions is an AgustaWestland AW109 helicopter that can treat guests to private tours over the stunning scenery of the island. Depending on the time of the year when you want to visit the exotic paradise, rates start from $1750 for a single guest and $2100 for two. But for that sum guests are treated to pre-dinner drinks, dinner (the menu changes nightly), breakfast and use of all of the Lodge facilities.

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A number of recreational activities, such as diving, hiking, fishing and massage therapy are available on demand.

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The Best Villa Rentals

The ultimate Coachella Valley experience includes staying at the best villa rentals available to wealthy clients.  Here are a few suggestions for sprawling private homes that offer privacy, stunning pools, and expansive views of all the fun and action of April’s music festivals.

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On the Rocks Estate is built directly into the mountainside in the exclusive Mesa neighborhood. The original 1959 design by architect Hugh Kaptur includes a stunning infinity pool and eclectic contemporary art and decor. Three separate bedrooms including a master suite, make the home ideal for large groups. There is a large patio between the two buildings with a bar area, fire pit, and a projector for outdoor movie screenings. Staying at the On the Rocks Estate costs $3,000 per night plus taxes and fees.

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Another popular choice is the Polo Villa House 6 – a five-bedroom, four-bathroom contemporary estate only less than a mile from the Empire Polo Field. It can be booked as part of the Coachella Platinum Package ($110,000 for a minimum six-night stay), which indulges guests to eight VIP passes to Coachella, luxury transportation to and from the music festival, access to the festival’s Safari Tent campground and lounge, and dinner for eight during a night of their choice at the festival.

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The newly built El Dorado Estate oozes Mediterranean appeal and tranquillity. Located in secluded Indian Wells on more than 2 acres, the El Dorado estate has a private tennis court, a saltwater pool, and a 200-foot slip-n-slide. There are four bedrooms plus a loft and six bathrooms that can easily sleep up to 10 guests. Throughout the month of April, rates are $50,000 for an all-inclusive week.

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Thailand’s New Dream Getaway

The luxurious new Aquila villa in Phuket, Thailand, presents an idyllic location for a tranquil retreat on 2.5 acres of verdant landscape. This secluded slice of paradise boasts four modern Thai-style pavilions (Arrival, Main, Guest, and Master) – each complete with wall-to-wall windows, high ceilings, direct access to the ocean, and a grand total of seven bedrooms.

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The Arrival Pavilion is home to the villa’s spa—perfect for relaxing and destressing—while also playing host to a master bedroom, en-suite bath, contemporary living area, and a kids bunk room. At just over 11,800 square feet the three-story Main Pavilion is the center of the compound with its massive living area equipped with a library, gym, a main and western kitchen, a dining area that sits up to 16, a wine cellar, recreation room (complete with wet-bar, pool table and movie theatre), a 98-foot infinity pool and an outside deck.

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Located next to the Main Pavilion is the Guest Pavilion where the sleeping quarters are housed. The two-story residence consists of two master bedrooms, two double bedrooms, and two twin-rooms. The en-suite bathrooms are furnished with Japanese fixtures and waterfall showers, while the master bathrooms are completed with lavish plunge baths.

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The luxury villa offers complete privacy as it is located in the gated community of ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ in Kamala—only a short 45-minute drive from Phuket International Airport—and includes a villa manger, full-time chef and around-the-clock security. Prices start from $2,750 to $7,500 per night.