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300-year-old castle minutes from central London for £2.75 million

A historic property built in 1718 by Sir John Vanbrugh – the architect behind Blenheim Palace, can be bought for £2.75 million. The castle is located by Maze Hill over-ground station, which is just minutes away from London Bridge.

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Unfortunately, buyers will not get full rein of the castle as the price includes a single wing of the building. However, it features everything for a luxurious lifestyle, including four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 27ft roof terrace with views of the Shard. Although there is no moat, the castle is situated on 2.5 acres of manicured communal ground.

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Two separate spaces are available for parking – one for a motor vehicle and on for a horse and carriage. Vanbrugh Castle is set over four storeys as it restored and transformed into four separate apartments by the Blackheath Preservation Trust in 1977. The abode is on the doorstep of Greenwich Park, which boasts many local attractions including a child-friendly boating lake, tennis courts, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory.

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The wing is ideal for a family that wants the comforts of living in the city with the added peace and seclusion of a property from a closed type as well as the appeal of living in a historic 18th century castle. It is furnished in keeping with its yesteryear appeal with heavy plush drapes, wooden king-size beds with carvings and original stone fireplaces. Some of the original flooring motifs have also been preserved. The roof boasts an ample terrace that overlooks the London skyline and part of the garden features a hedge maze.

Cartier's Legendary NYC Mansion

Cartier’s Legendary NYC Mansion

As far as luxury stores go, it doesn’t get better than Cartier’s massive mansion on New York’s Fifth Avenue. And after an extensive two-and-a-half-year renovation, the retail world’s most glamorous boutique has opened bigger and better than ever.

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Buyers can browse the new selling salons and marvel a fine selection of luxurious antiques that are illuminated by 30 new chandeliers and many replicas of the mansion’s originals. Some of the rooms are named after Cartier’s most famous clients: the Princess Grace Salon is named after icon Grace Kelly, and another named after beloved celebrity Elizabeth Taylor. There is a separate floor for Cartier’s timepieces for men, where the latest models including the Drive de Cartier (priced at £5,000.00) are exhibited. There are salons named after Gary Cooper, Andy Warhol and Santos Dumont, the Brazilian aviator who inspired Louis Cartier to create the world’s first wristwatch.

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Exceptional accessories, fragrances and leather goods are on display and clients can bring their unique Cartier pieces for expert restoration. The state-of-the-art salon houses eponymous collections Love, Just un Clou and Trinity de Cartier retailing at $1400 per ring. Designed at the request of famous French artist, writer, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau who was known for stacking two Trinity rings on his left pinkie, the exotic and colourful pieces achieved an iconic status overnight.

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After the renovation the walls are the same material as the Cartier boxes for a unique experience of luxury. The fifth floor has a terrace that overlooks Fifth Avenue and is ideal for entertaining guests. Buyers are welcomed by master craftsmen and assistants who are well-versed in the Cartier universe of splendour and luxury.

Jackson Hole Estate

The $18 Million Jackson Hole Estate

Designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding Teton mountains, Aspensong is a 7,300-square-foot contemporary estate located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The $18 million estate is a beautiful blend of modern aesthetics and bucolic wonder. It stretches on 35 sprawling acres and is surrounded by stacked-stone walls.

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The estate itself boasts polished rooflines and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls that open onto impressive panoramic views (which include a northward view of the Grand Teton), as well as a floating white oak–clad ceiling that is mimicked by exterior overhangs. The central living space cleverly acts as a bridge between the two wings of the property. The north wing consists of a guest suite, a master suite, and a conservatory, while the west wing houses two guest suites and a media room.

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Buyers who are interested in having an estate fitted with the latest technology for comfortable, modern living as well as pursuing an outdoors lifestyle will find Aspensong well-suited to their needs. The residence has access to scenic hiking and cross-country ski trails, streams for fishing, and plenty of wildlife sightings. It is currently listed for $18 million and the firm that handles the sale is Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates with worldwide marketing by Christie’s International Real Estate.

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Form and function come together in the contemporary residence, where open space is cleverly incorporated into the main structure. Wood, stone and glass are the main materials that accentuate the natural appeal of the property and give it an elegant and minimalistic vibe. Furnished to exceptional standards of comfort and luxury, Aspensong is the place, where modern utility and outdoor space meet to create an ambiance of smart, sophisticated living.

World’s Most Expensive Home

World’s Most Expensive Home Hits Market for €1 Billion

A historic French chateau once owned by King Leopold II has been put on the market by a Grand Marnier heiress for an eye-watering €1BILLION. The opulent address in the billionaire’s playground of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the south of France is a 10-bedroom property with an Olympic size swimming pool in a glamorous coastal enclave close to Nice.

Villa Les Cedres boasts one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe with 35 acres of manicured lawns, 15000 plants, and 20 greenhouses with rare tropical vegetation. Another spectacular feature is the outdoor swimming pool, which is carved directly in the rocks below. The palatial home also has a ballroom and stables for up to 30 horses.

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The opulent estate has been in the Grand Marnier liquor dynasty since 1924 and has immeasurable historic value. Its location gives it exclusivity as Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has a population of just over 2000 and is the home of many celebrities and royalty who seek privacy and unspoilt natural scenery.

 Villa Les Cedres comes with its original fittings that include wooden beams, fireplaces and hardwood floors. The kitchen has been renovated and fitted with the latest appliances and the living room boasts panoramic French windows overlooking the patio and luxurious, plush drapes.  All rooms are furnished in the same flamboyant style of regal splendour – typical of such estates from the 1900s. Private balconies from the second floor overlook the manicured lawns and the beautiful French Riviera.

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The impressive property has already attracted interest from prospective buyers in Monaco despite the harsh economic climate in France and will go down in real estate history as the most expensive sale to date.

Taohuayuan

The colossal $150 million Chinese estate

A 72,000-square foot architectural masterpiece sitting on a total of 1,633 acres is the biggest estate to be put on the market for the whooping $150 million. Named, it is a striking blend of Eastern tradition and modern decadence for a new brand of elegant interiors. With a total of 32 bedrooms, all rooms strategically face southward for optimal sunshine.

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Situated on the shore of a pristine lake, the estate reveals panoramic views over Beijing and is surrounded by a perfectly manicured Japanese dzen garden of pace and serenity. The garden itself is a replica of the famous Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and several lounge areas for ultimate relaxation.

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The sale is handled by renowned auction house Sotheby’s and the property looks more like a high-end resort rather than a modest family home. It has 32 full bathrooms and a grand wine cellar. It is located on a private island on the south shore of Suzhou’s Dushu Lake, which is China’s biggest lake by surface area.

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The bran new estate was constructed by Sunac China a little over three years with all bricks and plants having been hand-crafted. The end result is an estate that is the hallmark of the essence of East Asian balance and serenity with a touch of contemporary style and minimalism. The architectural aesthetic perfectly fits with the name Taohuayuan, which roughly translates to Utopia or Peach Blossom Land. It is reported that several oversees customers have already expressed interest in the property.

Diamonds are forever mansion

The “Diamonds Are Forever” Mansion on sale for £6 million

Most men are smitten with James Bond’s state-of-the-art gadgets, luxurious sports cars, cutting-edge watches or fast speedboats but imagine the pride in owning one of 007′s famous bachelor pads. Now, a lavish mansion that was the setting to 1971 Sean Connery’s Diamonds are Forever has hit the market for just £6 million. It seems as too small a price to pay for such piece of movie history. And if the Bond franchise enigma is not enough – the spectacular mansion has also been the setting of photo shoots for Playboy magazine, which is fitting since it is being marketed as “the ultimate bachelor pad”.

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Designed by John Lautner, the flamboyant property is often rented by celebrities of the ranks of Beyonce and Jay-Z for high-profile parties for its panoramic views and many spoils. It consists of five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a large gym, and a swimming pool and has a distinctive architectural appeal with its round rooms, large open spaces, wooden floors and the infamous cone-shaped roof of the living room, where the Bond scene was filmed. The living room also incorporates rocks as it opens onto to an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace with panoramic view of Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Peak.

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The futuristic house is often described as a “residential sculpture” due to its architectural aesthetics as well as cinematic location on a craggy ridge at the south end of Palm Springs, allowing it to incorporate huge, natural boulders as walls and room dividers.

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The central accent is, undoubtedly, the circular living room – 60 feet in diameter that is situated under a vaulted, conical dome ceiling with nine angled concrete petals between nine wedge-shaped clerestory windows that flood the room with natural light. A vast, curved wall of smoked glass opens at the touch of a button and converts the house into a gigantic open-air patio with panoramic desert, city, and mountain views.

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A Marvelous historic villa in Stresa

A Marvelous historic villa in Stresa

Italy has always been a place of interest of millionaires for its sunny, inviting climate, lush scenery, award-winning wines and top destinations for peace and relaxation. And Stresa is the ultimate representation of the dolce far niente that perfectly epitomizes the Italian spirit. Now, a unique opportunity to own a piece of that serenity has emerged in the form of a marvellous villa with rich history that has become available for € 4,500,000.

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Dating back to the end of the 19th century, the pristine estate is located in the city centre of Stresa. However, it provides its owner with sufficient privacy away from prying eyes thanks to a high fence and dense hedges that are perfectly maintained. Manicured lawns with lush greenery create a true haven and a sculpted fountain is nestled inside the large yard. However, that is not everything that the beautiful garden has to offer as there is also an outdoor swimming pool, a barbecue zone and a spacious garage.

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The property was recently renovated in keeping with its original architectural and all details have been perfectly preserved. With a total of 6997 square feet of living area, the villa offers enough space to entertain guests or simply run away on an exclusive retreat. The property opens into a spacious entrance with stairs and a large sun-filled living room with a stone fireplace. There are also a spacious dining room overlooking an elegant oriel-window, a separate breakfast nook and kitchen, a sunny veranda and one guest bathroom.

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The First floor consists of a spacious access room with corridor and 4 large bedrooms with three bathrooms. The second floor houses the remaining three bedrooms with three bathrooms, a loggia and the access to a fantastic tower with stunning views. There is also a semi-basement, where the spacious frescoed tavern, large sitting room overlooking the service kitchen, access room, laundry, gym with sauna and bathroom are situated.

Beautiful frescos and wooden beams and cabinets can be found throughout the villa, adding to its authentic charm.

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Stunning 13th century moated castle on sale for £1.45 million

Living like an aristocrat has never been easier after a spectacular and well-preserved 13th century moated castle has hit the market for £1.45million in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.  The Grade II listed property is a remarkable combination of historic relevance, modern improvements and tranquil location to make the perfect family home.

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7,600 feet of accommodation stretch across the castle, featuring three floors that consist of eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms, reception rooms including a grand dining hall with a medieval fireplace, large kitchen and adjacent breakfast room, large drawing room, a garden room, study, den and games room. The master bedroom makes creative use of the circular tower to create a round bathroom with a stand-alone marble tub.

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The castle sits on 14 acres of grounds and is located to the south of the village of Etton, Cambridgeshire. It is still surrounded by the original moat and just a track at the front of the house breaks up the water. Although built in the 13th century – not much is known about the history of the castle before the 1600s when it was the scene of an important English Civil War battle. With its well preserved grounds and original fittings, the property feels like a step back in time with its tower room.

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It is a lovely historic building with lots of Tudor features – heavy beams, high ceilings and stonework walls that are in pristine condition. A medieval fireplace warms up the dining hall and the tower room dates back to the original castle. It is one of the few castles located in this part of the country, adding a certain level of exclusivity.

The idyllic estate is perfect for buyers interested in a rural setting with a rich sense of historic value without having to sacrifice any of the modern luxuries they are so used to.

Hipster Penthouse

A $30 Million Hipster Penthouse in Downtown Austin

Famed Austin designer Ryan Street is the creator of a futuristic, glass-encased penthouse that occupies the top two residential floors of one of the city’s most sought-after residential skyscrapers – the Austonian. As the penthouse is still in the process of conceptualization and construction – the future buyer will be presented with the unique opportunity to work alongside the renowned designer and customize the property further.

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A total of 16,000 square feet is presented in a design that features five bedrooms, five complete bathrooms, and three additional half-bathrooms, leaving plenty of altering possibilities in the layout and blueprints. Street’s proposed design incorporates natural and quality materials, such as walnut and veined marble to accentuate the glass-and-steel vibe, but buyers are free to choose different materials, of course.

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In the initial design, the lower floor is intended as the primary residence space, and the upper floor will house additional guest suites and have the ability to double as an entertainment station. A large gourmet kitchen is available on the main floor, and a second catering kitchen is part of the second-story layout. Possible amenities include an entertainment room, a butler’s pantry, a home theatre, a study, and an ample guest lounge. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and six private balconies will offer sweeping views of the city skyline and surrounding hill country.

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Residents will enjoy direct access to the Austonian’s on-site amenities that include an outdoor heated saltwater pool; a SPA and jacuzzi; outdoor kitchens and grill areas; a private dog park; a 12-person movie theatre; a library and business conference room; and a 5,500-square-foot workout gym with cardio, Pilates, and strength-training equipment. A 24-hour concierge service, covered parking and valet services are among the other benefits of the upscale building. The penthouse is a unique opportunity to live in this closed-access complex and participate in the creation of a one-of-a-kind dwelling for $30 million.

Spanish Country Villa

Spanish Country Villa Hits the Market for $6 Million

A home that has been fitted for a real Prince is now on sale in the beautiful Spanish countryside. Situated in Marbella the lavish estate has been refurbished and put on the market for $6 million. Occupying a total of 1.45 acres, the Spanish villa comprises 10 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.

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The grand foyer makes for a dramatic entrance with its massive crystal chandelier and a double staircase with white intricate marble balustrades. All bedrooms are beautifully furnished with luxurious drapes, king-size beds and ornate furniture. The formal dining room has expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that provide scenic views into the backyard and also has a spiralling chandelier. Other first-floor rooms include a brand new kitchen, a breakfast room, a sun-filled living room, and two master bedrooms complete with en suite marble bathrooms. Upstairs, there are additional bedrooms with private balconies overlooking the sea.

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Outside amenities include manicured gardens that are decorated with subtropical trees, a functioning tennis court, an outdoor heated pool, and 2,583 square feet of terraces. The property also features a three-car covered garage as well as additional parking for six vehicles. The idyllic estate has a pronounced Mediterranean feel to it with the colonial style entrance adding a certain degree of opulence. No expense has been spared in renovating the property and accentuating its original features to turn it into a modern and lavish real estate haven. With a bright and fresh interior, the house boasts high ceilings and beautiful panoramic windows to reveal breath-taking views towards the sea, mountains and courtyard.

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A total of 6000 square metres of manicured and landscaped lawns surround the spectacular property. Towering cypress trees and a boundary wall circle the perimeter to provide some much-needed privacy for its residents in the upscale burrow of Marbella. The unique architectural style of the property combined with its pristine condition and privileged location makes it a true real estate gem.