The Waldorf Astoria sold for $1.95 billion

The Waldorf Astoria sold for $1.95 billion

Hilton Worldwide is selling its famously called “the greatest of them all”, the Waldorf Astoria hotel, to Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co. for $1.95 billion. This definitely put the Waldorf Astoria on a list of most expensive hotel ever sold in the U.S.

The Waldorf Astoria New York, on Park Avenue in Manhattan opened in 1931. At the time it was the tallest and largest hotel in the world. As part of the deal, Hilton will continue to operate the property for 100 years and the hotel will undergo a major renovation. The iconic hotel was featured in a 1945 film staring Ginger Rogers called “Week-end at the Waldorf,” and it features the most elite New York’s restaurants such as Peacock Alley, Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse and Oscar’s. Its $1,000-per-week Suite 2728 was home to Marilyn Monroe in 1955 after she left behind her troubled life in Hollywood.

“This relationship represents a unique opportunity for our organizations to work together to finally maximize the full value of this iconic asset on a full city block in Midtown Manhattan,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive of Hilton Worldwide.

Designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, the first 13-story Waldorf Hotel was opened on March 1893 at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street, on the site where millionaire developer William Waldorf Astor had his mansion.

Historic Villa Maria Estate in Water Mill

Historic Villa Maria Estate in Water Mill

Villa Maria in Water Mill, New York was built as a private residence in 1887. This magnificent waterfront estate has glorious views of Mecox Bay. The present owners purchased this spectacular property in 2005 and began a 6-year project to restore the home into a splendid 21st century estate.

Frank Freeman transformed the house-it doubled in size, and acquired a large living wing, two story staircase in a grand entrance hall, and added leafy stone capitals copied from an ancient Greek clock tower and a ballroom crowned by deep coffers. The property is listed for sale and the asking price is $69 million. The residence is offered on 11 acres with a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a wonderful two-bedroom guesthouse.

The residence has been expanded to 22,000 square feet, with 11 bedrooms- including a glorious 6-room master suite, with a custom marble tub in the master bathroom. Villa Maria also features a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase and a stunning 60 foot living room with original fresco details.

“The idea was restrained elegance—to modernize the house completely but without touch screens everywhere,” says the architect Andre Tchelistcheff, who has worked for four years on the restoration of this beautiful estate. There is also a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay.

ZAHA HADID UNVEILS “BLOOMING” TOWERS

Zaha Hadid unveils “Blooming” towers

Zaha Hadid has unveiled her latest design for a series of riverside towers in Brisbane, Australia. The Pritzker Prize winner’s proposal comprises three magnificent towers. “Our vision is to create a vibrant urban village which sensitively activates its urban and riverfront context through compelling architecture and landscape design,” said Sunland Managing Director, Sahba Abedian.

The ‘Blooming’ towers in Australia would hold 486 apartments and eight riverfront villas. The $420 million project is being proposed by property developer Sunland Group. The property will also include 7,300 square meters of landscaped public parkland in the area of Toowong.

“The design tapers each structure to minimize their footprint and open the riverfront to the public; creating a vibrant civic space for Toowong within a new riverside park,” said Hadid.
You probably remember the amazing yacht concept by this extremely talented architect. If you haven’t heard about it yet, then check out the story “Zaha Hadid superyacht for Blohm + Voss“. The City of Dreams Hotel Tower in Macau is another of her fantastic projects which will house 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas!

Grand penthouse at the Pierre Hotel

Grand penthouse at the Pierre Hotel

The Pierre was opened in 1930 and designed by Schultze & Weaver. The hotel is located at 2 East 61st Street at the intersection of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. The Pierre has frequently appeared as a setting in many films and televisions series. The penthouse located at this luxury hotel which encompasses the entire 41st, 42nd, and 43rd floors is for sale and the price tag is $95,000,000!

On the very beginning we have to mention the private entrance which has a Versailles wood patterned floor and opens up into a Byzantine-tiled mosaic floor. It looks stunning! The triplex apartment has sweeping 360-degree views of Central Park and the surrounding city. It boasts five bedrooms, six full baths, staff quarters, five fireplaces, four terraces (including two off the master suite), a grand marble staircase and a private interior elevator.

There are 16 grand rooms in this residence and a 3,500-square foot grand salon which was once used as a ballroom. The private elevator traverse only between the three floors of the penthouse. Through the entire penthouse, the living room is considered to be the most magnificent privately owned room in the world.

A library with 18th-century paneling adds just a little more glamorous shine to this magnificent penthouse. This property that spans 12,000 square feet stretched across three floors and was owned by stock market analyst Martin Zweig, who predicted the 1987 market crash three days before it happened. The grand penthouse at the Pierre Hotel is now available in our shop, so check it out!

THE MAGNIFICENT RANCHO SAN CARLOS ESTATE ASKING $125 MILLION

The magnificent Rancho San Carlos estate asking $125 million

A once-in-a-lifetime estate, has been nearly 100 years under the ownership of one family. Rancho San Carlos estate was designed by noted architect Reginald Johnson in 1931 with an approx. 29,483-sq.ft. exquisite main residence comprised of over 30 rooms. This unique property boasts a prestigious historical significance and exceptional architecture.

Rancho San Carlos, an approx. 237-acre estate property, has magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and ocean. It features 11 homes on the property, a small office building, horse facilities, and about 100 acres of citrus and avocado orchards. The tower office is accessible only from the master suite by an exterior staircase.

The house has an English-style pub downstairs, accessed by a hidden door, and below the pub is an underground badminton court with an observation gallery. The equestrian facilities include two stables, a 10-stall round barn built in 1928, an 11-stall wood-and-stucco barn, and an 11,250-square-foot covered riding arena built in 1930. Inside the massive house are crystal chandeliers, hand-painted murals in the bedrooms and oak-paneled formal rooms.

The extensive property was built for a rancher and property investor named Charles H. Jackson Jr. and his wife Ann, who bought the estate together back in the ‘20s. One of the listing agents, Suzanne Perkins, confirms that this is the most expensive property ever in Montecito.

A fascinating $139 MILLION PALACE

A fascinating $139 Million Palace

Le Palais Royal, one of the most expensive home for sale currently on the US market, is everything that you have ever dreamed of. A 60,000-square-foot Beaux Arts mansion with a 22-carat gold-leaf entrance gate lies on 4.4 acres on Millionaires Mile in Hillsboro Beach, Florida, halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton.

“Le Palais Royal is to be the most expensive listing on the market in America, and was designed to be fit for royalty and the upmost refined individual. It is a true extension of a life well-lived,” said William P.D. Pierce, the home’s listing agent. “This grand palace will be a landmark that rivals Europe’s greatest palaces. A true masterpiece, it is adorned with custom detailing exclusive to its design and incomparable finishes.”

Inside the palace you can find 11 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, three master bedroom suites and one presidential master suite, each with a Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean or Intracoastal Waterway. Six magnificent waterfalls adorn the exterior. The doors open beneath a $2 million marble staircase with steel-iron railing and gold leaf, which took craftsmen more than two years to construct. The amazing Le Salon has mesmerizing panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. This stunning palace features the world’s first ever IMAX Theater contracted for private use.

The 4,500-square-foot infinity edge pool with a 12-foot cascading waterfall, double loop LED-lit waterslide, an outdoor Jacuzzi positioned above a waterfall, fire pit and swim-up bar for outdoor entertaining make this place even more superior. The palace was built for the royal life and with every part exudes incredible luxury and style. Currently under the final phase of construction and slated for completion before the end of 2015, says listing agent William P.D. Pierce of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.

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Castillo Mallorca

Princess Diana’s one-time holiday home up for sale

Castillo Mallorca is located on its own private peninsula. The luxury villa was a place where Princess Diana spent her holiday. Now this magnificent house is up for sale and asking price is €38 million, making it the most expensive piece of property on the island.

Castillo Mallorca has a spectacular views from all over the property across the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. This is the most popular and spectacular private residences in the Mediterranean. The property has a private cave, swimming pool, sauna, garage for up to four vehicles, private jetty for yacht, gym, piano lounge and billiards room. The main house features the “Lady Diana” suite where the princess spent most of her time, while a guest house has beautiful gardens and terraces. In addition, there is a spacious living room in classic style From the sea there are three private accesses to the property.

The most expensive house in Mallorca, the 1,400-square-meter villa is placed in the port of Andratx. The Puerto Andratx is located in the south western corner of Mallorca. This well known port has an attractive seaside boulevard which is ideal for shopping and it also features a lot of art galleries. The location offers a spectacular range of modern residential complexes and villas with panoramic views across the port, the open sea and Dragonera Island which is a protected area and nature reserve. Puerto Andratx is only 20 minutes drive from the island’s capital of Palma.

Luxury property was put up for sale by the Engel & Völkers. There are already a lot of interested potential buyers for this beautiful property. Castillo Mallorca is really one of the kind property currently offered on the market.

Beautiful Udaipur city is located in the state of Rajasthan in western India. It is the historic capital of the legendary kingdom of Mewar and exquisite palaces. Overlooking the picturesque Lake Pichola and City Palace, the resort is designed as a traditional palace with decorative fountains and pavilions. The Oberoi Udaivilas captures the romance and splendour of a royal era. India has become one of the most common tourist destinations. India's rich history and its cultural and geographical diversity make its international tourism appeal large and diverse. Approximately 8 km from Udaipur Railway Station, the 5-star property is a 45-minute drive to Udaipur’s Dabok Airport. Inspired by the palaces of Rajasthan, it showcases the rich heritage of the Mewar region of Rajasthan with its rambling courtyards, gentle rippling fountains, reflection pools and verdant gardens. The 87 air-conditioned guestrooms at the Oberoi Udaivilas are very unique and decorated with artworks, hand painted frescoes, intricate mirror work and beautifully crafted artefacts create an ambience of regal splendour. They are also equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, electronic safe, minibar and marble bathroom. Rooms with terraces that open on to semi-private swimming pools present exquisite views. The resort offers 3 restaurants along with a bar/lounge. There you can try the best Indian food, because Udaimahal Restaurant specialises in traditional Indian food including Rajasthani and North Indian dishes. The Oberoi Udaivilas has 2 heated outdoor pools and a luxurious spa. The Oberoi Udaivilas also offers private Yoga sessions, meditation and Pranayam sessions with the resident Yoga teacher. For those who know there is nothing like too much luxury, the resort offers an experience created exclusively for them.

The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur

Beautiful Udaipur city is located in the state of Rajasthan in western India. It is the historic capital of the legendary kingdom of Mewar and exquisite palaces. Overlooking the picturesque Lake Pichola and City Palace, the resort is designed as a traditional palace with decorative fountains and pavilions. The Oberoi Udaivilas captures the romance and splendour of a royal era.

India has become one of the most common tourist destinations. India’s rich history and its cultural and geographical diversity make its international tourism appeal large and diverse. Approximately 8 km from Udaipur Railway Station, the 5-star property is a 45-minute drive to Udaipur’s Dabok Airport. Inspired by the palaces of Rajasthan, it showcases the rich heritage of the Mewar region of Rajasthan with its rambling courtyards, gentle rippling fountains, reflection pools and verdant gardens.

The 87 air-conditioned guest-rooms at the Oberoi Udaivilas are very unique and decorated with artworks, hand painted frescoes, intricate mirror work and beautifully crafted artefacts create an ambience of regal splendour. They are also equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, electronic safe, minibar and marble bathroom. Rooms with terraces that open on to semi-private swimming pools present exquisite views.

The resort offers 3 restaurants along with a bar/lounge. There you can try the best Indian food, because Udaimahal Restaurant specialises in traditional Indian food including Rajasthani and North Indian dishes. The Oberoi Udaivilas has 2 heated outdoor pools and a luxurious spa.

The Oberoi Udaivilas also offers private Yoga sessions, meditation and Pranayam sessions with the resident Yoga teacher. For those who know there is nothing like too much luxury, the resort offers an experience created exclusively for them.

Castello della Costa d'Oro 58 Million Dollar

Castello della Costa d’Oro $58 Million Dollar

The magnificent 32,500 sq. ft. estate was created with considerable influence to the palatial Venetian style of Andrea Palladio, the most influential architect of the late Italian Renaissance period. If you like murals then ‘Castle of the Golden Coast’ could be perfect for you because it has a total of 31 murals!

Bordered by large parcels, state park and conservation lands, the estate enjoys spectacular unobstructed 180-degree ocean views. Views south to Moonstone Beach and north to Piedras Blancas lighthouse and Hearst Castle. Castello della Costa d’Oro is located in Cambria. The first thing you will notice is the temple-fronted entry with its guardian Lion of St. Mark. There are also solid marble columns, exotic inlaid stone floor mosaics and the state’s largest painted mural dome.

The main house, which is split into 2 wings, boasts 11 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, marble-and-crystal grand ballroom with 30-ft Onyx bar, marble and onyx floors throughout, 31 statues, gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, morning room, master suite, home theater, wine cellar, huge terrace, and much more. Onyx Bar is a spectacular thirty-foot bar of jewel-grade onyx, fully equipped with lighted bottle display shelves, wine refrigeration, beer tapper, abundant cabinetry and hidden back bar area with full-size refrigerator and case storage.

What you can find in the Master Suite is simple amazing. It includes sitting area, antique carved fireplace, mural art and painted dome in hues of wave and shell, a wall of French doors to the ocean-view terrace, dressing area, whirlpool tub, resort-sized traditional sauna, steam shower with 12 shower heads and overhead rain shower, two story walk-in wardrobe with wet bar, luggage storage and off-season apparel storage. The 9000 sq ft space Pavilion features soaring ceilings with crystal chandeliers, massive beams and custom medallions, penthouse apartment, staff apartment, ocean and estate-view observation lounge and musician’s balcony.

This special Venetian style castle is still waiting for its new owner.

The Bradbury Estate

The Bradbury Estate

After 8 years of construction, using only the finest materials from around the world, with a lot of style and taste, this wonderful $78 million dollar mansion is pure heaven on Earth. Adding more glitter to the pedigree, there is also a huge infinity-edge pool, shaped like a cross. The Bradbury Estate provides complete royal pleasures of life.

The estate boasts of the perhaps the best canyon, city skyline and oceanic views, and features 7 bedrooms and 10 baths. It is made of French Limestone exteriors and flooring, and contains 40 ft. Vaulted ceilings, 6 large fireplaces, domes with hand painted frescoes and Venetian plaster masterpieces throughout.

Spread into several activity areas, the Main House include a large 3D Theater, 2,000-bottle Wine Cellar, an Oak Paneled elevator, a poker room which includes a bar, and built-in humidor. There are also 2 Master Suites, a 2 story Library, Chef’s Kitchen with pizza oven and 10-car garage. The Italian marble fireplace in the mansion is worth $1 million.

The bar and the elevator has been galvanized with rare wooden varieties like walnut, cherry and oak, with veneered finishing. One of the most fascinating things about this extraordinary estate is definitely the Olympic sized infinity swimming pool. It is adjacent the 5,716 sq ft pool house which also has a pool table room, apart from a gymnasium, and a temperature controlled pond, which has 2-story tall waterfall. The pool house has a massage room with shower and 15-person Jacuzzi in the open. The main seating room opens up to the pool deck and features a large wood-burning fireplace and unique hand painted Italian Renaissance inspired Venetian plaster dome above.

Adorned with perennials that bloom at various times in the year, the 1,000,000-gallon capacity pond is stocked with rainbow trout and mallard ducks ( the only one of it’s kind in California), and drop into the beautiful cliff stone surrounding the entire pond.

If you want this fascinating mansion to be yours, you can check it out in our shop.