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.

13th century moated castle

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.

Farnham Estate

The 1,250-acre Farnham Estate on sale for €26 million

The magnificent Farnham Estate in Cavan is sold with the guide price of €26 million and one lucky buyer will become the proud owner of 1,250 acres of pristine land with breath-taking scenery. The four-star hotel presents an excellent investment opportunity as it is just about 90 minutes away from Dublin and close to the borders of Northern Ireland.

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Currently under the management of the renowned brand Radisson, it will be run independently after the sale. The main building comprises 158 rooms and large suites with woodland views, and there’s opportunity for additional development elsewhere on the estate. Hundreds of acres of woodland and countryside house plenty of amenities guests will be able to enjoy, such as a manicured 8-hole championship golf course designed by Jeff Howes himself, over four miles of walking and cycling trails and tranquil lakes for fresh-water fishing and water sports.

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All rooms exhibit the same low-key contemporary luxury that conveys style and understated elegance – the perfect combination for relaxing away from the noise of the city. And if that’s not enough – a state-of-the-art SPA centre with 19 treatment rooms, stretched across a total of 40,000sq feet of space, provides plenty of pampering treatments that will leave guests feeling renewed and deeply relaxed. Part of the award-winning SPA is a sauna, aroma baths, a laconium (dry sweating room) and a hydrotherapy infinity pool, whose spectacular design means it’s half indoors and half outdoors.

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As the Head of Hotels & Leisure at Savills – Tom Barrett, describes it – the hotel is ‘one of the largest and most profitable hotel resorts in Ireland’. It’s expected to be the biggest hotel sale outside of Dublin since 2014 and presents a lucrative opportunity for investors to step on the local scene. The venue is popular for corporate functions, weddings and weekend getaways.

A Grand Marylebone mansion

A Grand Marylebone mansion that inspired My Fair Lady is for sale

A ten-bed mansion located on London’s Upper Wimpole Street, was one the home of the real-life inspiration behind George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion character Henry Higgins. The spectacular estate is now on the market for £14.95million.

The property’s unique ambiance includes high ceilings, many original features and authentic stone fireplaces, preserved and renovated to a state of modern perfection. Two separate patio gardens flood the home with natural light. And if the main house is not sufficient – there is a 1,520 square feet, two-bedroom mews house located to its rear, which consists of a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The main house itself boasts a spacious entertaining and family rooms located on the ground and first floors, with ceilings up to 16ft high.

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The hall is a real gem with its original features that include immaculate stained glass fanlight screen, ceiling mouldings, cornice and marble flooring. A 16-seater formal dining room with sash windows and Corinthian columns overlooks Upper Wimpole Street from the ground floor. A large library and completely renovated family kitchen and breakfast room are also located on the ground floor with the kitchen being fitted with the latest in modern technology. A beautiful grand staircase leads upstairs.

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On the second floor guests can enjoy a reception room, two large bedrooms and a marble bathroom. Five further bedrooms and a study can be found on the third and fourth. There is plenty of space, including a massive walk-in dressing room and en-suite bathroom. The lower-ground floor features a vault-storage, a reception room, kitchen, bathroom and three more bedrooms. This spectacular Marylebone townhouse can be further renovated to turn into a real urban haven.  It is being marketed by property agents Rokstone and attracted a lot of attention for its historic significance and architectural qualities.

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A historic Manhattan house

West Village Townhouse with Carriage House

A historic Manhattan house built in the 1850s has gotten a remarkably contemporary update and been listed by famed auction house Sotheby’s for $24.5 million. New York townhouses have a charm of their own but this one is all the more special for the one-of-a-kind features and atmosphere it exhibits.

The property is located at 336 West 12th Street and comes with its very own “its own carriage house [and] horse walk,” as described in the listing. Previous owner – executive investment mogul Lawrence Clark – invested a fortune, remodelling the property into the real estate gem that it is today. Now, the property benefits from a carriage house that has been converted into a two-story office, a “handcrafted elliptical staircase,” and a number of modern technology that makes for comfortable urban living –  A/C, security and surround sound systems.

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The lovely home has an array of eye-catching features, such as a quiet and reclusive private patio between the two houses; floor-to-ceiling window with beautiful woodwork; a spacious kitchen with a double-height ceiling; and a revamped basement with a private wine cellar, media, laundry and an entertainment room, which also has a connection to the carriage house.

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A total of 7,500 feet of space comprise everything one can need for in the heart of Manhattan. Six bedrooms, four full bathrooms, four powder rooms, a kitchen, an office, wine cellar, entertainment room and patio provide plenty of space in this exceptionally functional, modern and sophisticated urban haven.

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The five-storey main house features a panelled elevator and a hand-crafted elliptical staircase. It is surrounded by the garden-level horse walk and accessed via meticulously rebuilt recessed double doors. The property’s exterior boasts Italian-style red bricks that its strategic location on the preserved cobblestone street gives it a level of privacy and connectivity that is unparalleled.

New York Hamptons mansion

A New York Hamptons mansion rental for $1 million a month

It’s a well-known fact that celebrities vacation in style in luxury that are out of this world but now millionaires can have a taste at Hollywood glamour thanks to a New York Hamptons rental that for the staggering sum of $1 million a month or $550,000 for two weeks.

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The lavish mansion comprises 12-bedrooms, a functioning skateboarding half pipe, a rock-climbing wall, a cinema and a 60 foot heated pool complete with its own underwater sound system. The list of spectacular features makes the paradise property ideal for a holiday as there won’t even be necessary to set a foot outside the premises. There is plenty of space for large parties and other VIP guests.

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Some of the more luxurious features of the mansion include a spa room with sunken Jacuzzi for ultimate relaxation. A traditional wood-panelled office makes it possible to catch up on some work during holiday and a 10-persons cinema provides much-needed entertainment. All bedrooms have en-suite marble bathrooms with stand-alone tubs, spacious shower enclosures and double vanity sinks. The sun-filled bedrooms are fitted with flat screen TV for when guests would like to stay in and enjoy some privacy.

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The mansion is surrounded by manicured lawns and boasts a lavish 60-feet pool surrounded by a lounge area. Guests can even play tennis on the court or enjoy a game of bowling in the indoors bowling alley. A total of 11.5 acres have everything that one might want during a vacation to enjoy life to the fullest. Considering the mansion has been rented by A-listers like Beyonce and Jay-Z, it is considered to be top of the luxury in both service and amenities. A private road leads to the front of the property, guaranteeing guests complete privacy during their holiday getaway and Hamptons’ local entertainment venues are within close reach.

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