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Stunning 4,000-acre estate with TEN cottages, an organic farm and a stone circle

A spectacular Highland estate with its own stone circle, organic farm and nearly 4,000 acres of land has gone on the market for £10.9 million.

The Bolfracks Estate, near Aberfeldy, Perthshire, has been owned by the same family for almost a century. It is now being sold by third-generation owners Athel and Annie Price.

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The estate consists of a principal Gothic nine-bedroom house, Bolfracks House, which was erected in the 17th century and enlarged in the 19th century, and 10 additional houses and cottages.

The house was built by the Earl of Breadalbane in the traditional Gothic style and exhibits a number of striking architectural features, which include a panelled reception hall. Polished oak floors, open fireplaces with decorative surrounds and a window seat in the drawing room are just a few of the majestic original elements that have been preserved.

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The Croftmoraig stone circle is located within the grounds of the estate. It is one of the most intact groups of standing stones in Scotland, dating back to the third and second millennia. The stones had religious connections and are now a popular tourist attraction.

Bolfracks Estate also has a run-of-river hydro-electricity scheme. The grounds allow for the practice of a wide range of traditional field sports. It also has an organic cattle and lamb farm.

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An ornamental garden is currently accessible to the public between spring and autumn. It was established at Bolfracks in the mid-18th century. Significantly developed by the owner, Annie Price, it is among the most extensive and diverse gardens in Highland Scotland. It includes a striking collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, acers, old fashioned roses and an array of herbaceous perennials.

Highland Perthshire is among the most attractive and sought after parts of the Scotland as it offers ample spaces and a diverse selection of lots.

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Luxurious Bayfront Residences in Florida

From expansive penthouses to high-end bayfront homes, these Florida properties offer a glimpse into the good life. And for the right price, a few lucky buyers can get a taste of it. These exclusive developments house an array of amenities located close to spectacular units that combine modern décor, superior architecture and lavish furnishings.

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The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Sunny Isles Beach are scheduled to be completed at the end of next year. Designed as a curvaceous glass tower that will offer 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. The sculptural tower is surrounded by palm trees, pools, and manicured landscaping. The 52-story building houses 212 units from $2.5 million to $5.2 million, with penthouses offered from $25 million. Residents will have access to a private club on the 33rd floor, a restaurant, a spa, a fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, and a swimming pool.

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Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale Four Seasons is another high-rise development that will reshape the Florida landscape. The 90-unit tower will house a range of one- to five-bedroom dwellings that will be completed in 2019. With ample layout options from 780 to over 6,000 square feet, the modern, light-drenched residences cost between $900,000 and $3.1 million.  Residents at the Four Seasons will have access to multiple amenities, such as beach butler service, private car service, 24-hour valet and round-the-clock security, and yachting services.

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Situated on a 350-foot private stretch of sand, 8050 Vero Beach comprises 18 private residences that combine the convenience of beachfront living and 24-hour exclusive service. Live oaks and Sabal palm trees dot the grounds, and a sunset pool is conveniently located for a dip. Starting at 3,310 square feet, the three-bedroom units all boast covered terraces, contemporary chef’s kitchens, and 11-foot ceilings. Buyers can choose from seven residents starting at around $3 million.

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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.