Victoria Road in Kensington

£7.9million four bedroom house on Britain’s most expensive street goes on sale

A superb four-bedroom house located on Victoria Road in the upscale neighbourhood of Kensington, London has hit the market for £7.9 million. The staggering property has attracted a lot of attention as it’s the first house on the historic street to be announced for sale since 2013.

Victoria Road in Kensington

The mansion boasts 3,000 square feet of living space comprises four bedrooms, a grand entrance hall with mirrors on the walls and a terrace. Its location on the ‘good end of the road’ will allow the new owners to enjoy peace and privacy as houses on Victoria Rd. rarely go on the market. The interior has a suburban feel with generous use of natural wood floors, panelling, intricate chandeliers and designer fabrics.

Victoria Road in Kensington
Victoria Road in Kensington
The second floor is where the four bedrooms are located, each of them with an en-suit marble bathroom. The master bedroom has a private terrace. All are furnished in subtle taupe tones that contrast with the dark wooden floors for a classic designer aesthetic. The luxurious feel is complemented by plush fabrics and rugs.

Victoria Road in Kensington

Refurbished recently, the mansion features a spectacular grand entrance with dome-shaped glass roof and walls covered with mirrors, flooding the space with light. The large and modern kitchen opens up to the patio on the ground floor. The first floor features the reception and living rooms as well as an additional bathroom. The second floor is where all four bedrooms and four bathrooms are located.

Victoria Road in Kensington

The property’s exclusivity is enhanced by its top location, which consists of the so-called golden patch of Victoria Road, Eldon Road, Cottesmore Gardens and St Albans Grove. This particular property sits on the corner of the last, giving it extra quiet and privacy away from the crowds on the main street. It is within walking distance of the best parks in Kensington as well as several private schools and upscale boutiques.

wayne gretzky mansion

Wayne Gretzky’s California mansion on sale for $8.2million

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzsky’s Los Angeles estate Thousand Oaks has hit the market for $8.2million. the 8,711-square-foot mansion with spectacular architecture and interior design features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, pool, Jacuzzi and sauna and can be further customized.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Located only 45 minutes away from the city, the hilltop property stretches across one acre of land with plenty of open floor planning. It is situated on a single floor behind the gates of Sherwood Country Club. Surrounded by the abundant greenery of Topanga State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains, the estate benefits from excellent privacy, peace and tranquility – ideal for a family home.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

The dramatic entrance carved from stone boasts a tri-level fountain with wrought iron benches and perfectly manicured shrubs and bushes. The outdoor pool is illuminated and perfect for night dips and entertaining guests. There is generous seating area around it with lounges and decks, including an open living room, kitchen and dining area.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Beautiful English-style crown moldings and wainscoting on the ceilings adorn the interior of the house for a perfect balance between contemporary aesthetics and 19th century style. Lush lawns surround the pool on either side. The al fresco kitchen, dining and living areas have stand-coloured walls and a laid-back rustic ambiance. The kitchen is fitted with quality stainless steel appliances.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

All rooms feature unique chandeliers with beautiful designs, classic recessed ceiling moldings and stone or hardwood floors. The house has ample closet space and most of the bedrooms have fireplaces. All six bedrooms overlook the pool and surrounding greenery, and have ample space and light.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

There is an indoor gym, pre-wired with Surround Sound like the rest of the rooms, and a wood-paneled sauna inside the bathroom of the master bedroom. The sitting room has a classy, old world feel with its woodpaneling and waitscoting.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

hale reena obama

Inside Obama’s luxurious $3,500 per night holiday home

The luxurious Hale Reena multi-million dollar estate located in Kailua has been the favoured holiday home of the Obamas lately and for good reasons. Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an Asian-style koi pond stretch over 7,000 square feet of manicured land, available for rent at $3,500 a night.

hale reena obama holiday

There are many amenities guests can enjoy, including a relaxing spa, pool, outdoor lanai and even a steam room. The two-week Christmas stay at the Asian-inspired estate cost the Presidential family $56,000 and they only chose Hale Reena because their preferred $10,000-a night Plantation Estate was unavailable.

hale reena obama holiday

Hale Reena, nicknamed the ‘second White House’ is truly spectacular with its spacious rooms, chef’s kitchen, open spaces, nature-inspired interior and many amenities to entertain guests. The oceanfront property is located in a private part of Kailua, offering stunning views of the beautiful Moluka Islands and sufficient privacy even for the First Family of America.

hale reena obama holiday

Guests can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere by taking a dip in the nature-inspired pool or lounge in the outdoor lanai. Located nearby are a golf course and the famous Koko Head hiking trail.

hale reena obama holiday

The estate is surrounded by a large deck that provides plenty of seating area to enjoy panoramic views of the ocean. All rooms are furnished with a low-key, modern aesthetic in mind and boast wooden panels, quality fabrics and more. The famous Morimotos in Waikiki restaurant is located nearby and offers fantastic dishes prepared by Masaharu Morimoto of the Food Network show ‘Iron Chef’.

hale reena obama holiday

Hale Reena exhibits a strong Asian theme with perfectly manicured and harmonious outdoor gardens, featuring a small bridge, stones and exotic plants. It is the ideal spot for a luxurious, low-key vacation for people who value their privacy, but want to be within short distance of  modern amenities and places for entertainment.

hale reena obama holiday

london penthouse

Huge London penthouse goes on sale for £8.9million

A spectacular penthouse overlooking the Thames is one of the hottest properties on the London market for its central location and elegant interior. With an asking price of £8.9 million, the four-bedroom apartment has a total of 4,600 square feet of space and is just a short walk from the Globe theatre and Tate Modern.london penthouselondon penthouse Spread across two whole floors, the penthouse comprises two underground spaces, four bedrooms, a library, a study, private balcony terraces, kitchen and dining room and several bathrooms. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the London skyline and overlook such historic sites as St Paul’s Cathedral. Located in Benbow House, there is a 24-hour concierge service.

london penthouseThe four bedrooms are situated on the last floor, underneath the roof in a loft conversion style. Wood panels are generously fitted throughout the apartment for a natural and elegant feel. The spare use of walls in the living room and dining area allows light to flood the premises and create an open, airy feel.

london penthouse

london penthouseTogether with the prime location and cutting-edge design, the penthouse has attracted a lot of interest from wealthy buyers for its modern, naturalistic style. The kitchen is fitted with state-of-the-art appliances, including a wine refrigerator that maintains optimum temperature.

london penthouseThe sought-after location boasts some of the priciest properties on the London market, attracting buyers from Russia, China and the Middle East.

london penthouseThe unique style of the property is a combination of wooden floors, ample spaces and minimalistic aesthetic to create an urban haven that is both luxurious and naturalistic.

london penthouseWith views of the river and London skyline it is also the ultimate spot for hosting dinner parties and entertaining guests on the spacious balconies. There are plenty of amenities within a walking distance, which include the British Film Institute, Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre.

Parrot Cay

The best private islands in the world

The way A-listers and the ultra-wealthy vacation is quite different than that of the 99% percent. The ultimate trend amongst the rich and powerful is to fly across half the globe with their service personnel to a private island somewhere around the Equator for utmost privacy and exclusivity.

Parrot Cay is a popular private island resort in Turks and Caicos and a personal favourite of models and businessmen.

Parrot CayThe laid-back Caribbean ambiance is achieved through a serene atmosphere of whitewashed villas, pristine beaches, infinity pools and luxury accommodation. It is preferred for its calm, tranquil allure and the complete privacy it offers guests. There are plenty of activities for entertainment and they include windsurfing, tennis and kayaking.

Parrot Cay

Villa rentals start from £1,755 per night and can be booked at www.comohotels.com/parrotcay. Guests can choose from the two Balinese inspired villas, which have a total of 1,564-square-feet of staff living quarters.

Another popular private island is Ariara in the Philippines. With just four beach cottages and two villas the resort has a maximum capacity of 18 guests and 35 staff personnel to cater to their every whim. It is the epitome of serenity and tranquillity with no paparazzi or large tourist groups in sight. Prices start from £2,155 per person for a week or £3,245 per person, including all meals and yacht transfers. Bookings can be made at www.ariaraisland.com.

ariara

Pulau Joyo in Indonesia is a charming private island. It’s smaller than other popular destinations and features stilted pavilions made from driftwood for an authentic Indonesian feel. Ornately carved indigenous art and a laid-back, natural design make for a rustic ambiance to enjoy. There is plenty to do with ocean exploring, outdoor dining and more. Prices during low season can go down to $525 per night and bookings can be made at www.pulau-joyo.com.

pulau joyo

luxury residence australia

Top celebrity estates in Australia for sale in 2015

Famous big screen, television and radio personalities decided to cash in on the market boom in 2015 and list their lavish estates for sale. From Hugh Jackman and Deborah-Lee Furness to Cate Blanchett – stunning penthouses and family-friendly mansions are attracting wealthy buyers to invest in real estate in Australia.

$70 million: James and Erica Packer 

The La Mer estate holds a record-selling price not only for its prime location, but also for its opulent style, which boasts plenty of space and beautifully-designed Mediterranean rooms with direct views of the harbour. There is also an underground parking for 20 vehicles, entertainment spaces and two separate staff quarters. All in all – it’s the ultimate holiday getaway that allows for large and unforgettable parties.

la mer estate australia

la mer estate australia

$20 million: Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton

Rich people are known to move often and the family of Hollywood star Cate Blanchett is no exception. At the end of their stay in sunny Sydney, the married couple are looking to unload the Hunters Hill residence, which occupies a total of 3642 square metres. The quiet waterfront estate sold for more than the original asking price after $8 million worth of renovations that doubled the floor space and added an apartment under the swimming pool. Other features worth mentioning are the riverside tennis court and designer gardens.

Cate Blanchett Andrew Upton residence

Cate Blanchett Andrew Upton residence

$6.8 million: Rick McCallum

The modern apartment features 305sqm of living space with dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a large loggia for year-round guest entertainment. The whole-floor residence offers stunning views of Harbour Bridge and comprises three bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen, three bathrooms, a living room and generous closets throughout.

Rick McCallum residence

Rick McCallum residence

$4.5 million: Michelle Bridges

The Birchgrove home underwent complete renovation before hitting the market for 2 million more than its original worth. It exhibits a wonderful bohemian feel throughout the interior. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen and a living room that opens up into the manicured garden make for a cosy family nest.

Michelle Bridges residence

Michelle Bridges residence

overblue 44

Overblue 44 – the world’s most luxurious houseboat!

A floating house that boats the finest in al fresco entertainment and luxurious living is the newest design marketed for £240,000 under the name Overblue 44. With spacious lounges, a state-of-the-art kitchen with built-in appliances and a spectacular roof terrace – it is marital equivalent of a penthouse apartment.

Overblue 44 Houseboat

Overblue 44 Houseboat

The world’s most luxurious houseboat is designed for a comfortable experience in the open sea. It features two hulls for increased stability, comfort and speed. Manufacturer Raffaele Grotti has announced two models – a 44ft standard boat and a larger at 54ft. Every boat can be further customized according to the buyer’s specifications and displays a modern, light-flooded interior with natural materials, king-size beds and spectacular technology that features an integrated system to monitor all elements from a single screen.

Overblue 44 Houseboat

Overblue 44 Houseboat

An on-board jacuzzi, bar and a decked roof terrace provide plenty of space for guest entertaining. The best feature of the Overblue 44 is its functionality – it can be used as an apartment at sea, a charter boat or weekend escape and is viewed as the future of houseboats. The versatile yacht provides a new standard of luxury living at sea. It can reach speeds of 16mph.

Overblue 44 Houseboat

Overblue 44 Houseboat

Two twin 75hp engines power the houseboat and are very economical. It is constructed of fiberglass and the flybridge provides plenty of space in the surprisingly symmetrical construction. All the comforts of a modern home can be found within and there are plans for a deluxe 64ft version.

Overblue 44 Houseboat

Overblue 44 Houseboat

The living space is fully customizable and buyers can add options, such as solar panels, crane for marine equipment, etc. There is also an open-plan kitchen. With the smallest model – the 44ft Overblue – comes with three cabins, including a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. There is ample storage throughout the boat with walk-in closets and options for further customization.

florida estate

America’s most expensive home – $159 million Florida estate

Modelled after the opulent Palace of Versailles in France, a Hillsboro Beach, Florida mansion has hit the market for the whopping $159 million price tag. Nicknamed Le Palais Royal, it covers 60,500 square feet and features mind-blowing amenities, such as a go-kart track, bowling alley, nightclub, ice-skating rink and six waterfalls.

florida estate

The main residence is 95% complete, although finishing work is still being carried out on other structures. There is a subterranean garage with a capacity for 30 cars and a spectacular marble staircase that leads to the entrance of the main house. Other striking features that add to the extravagant price is the generously used gold leaf used throughout the estate as well as the wine cellar with a 3,000-bottle capacity, the IMAX 18-seat home theatre and the ,300-gallon built-in aquarium.

florida estate

florida estate

Taking nearly 7 years in design and planning, the luxurious waterfront estate consists of a main house with 11 rooms, two guesthouses and a subterranean entertainment complex. The main residence has a master suite with a heated plunge pool on the balcony. A 4,500-square-foot infinity pool can be found outside, beautifully complemented by the six cascading waterfalls – the tallest of which is 25 feet in height. There is also a swim-up bar as well as a water slide apart from a modern outdoor kitchen with a stone pizza oven.

florida estate

florida estateThe property itself rests between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway and has two private docks. Natural light is abundant in the mansion thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful materials used. All rooms exhibit custom plaster moldings. There are several kitchens and ample storage space throughout the residence.

estate floridaThe smaller guesthouses share a pool and total 3,000 square feet combined, but the real gem is the underground entertainment complex. Still in construction, it is like nothing you would expect to see in a modern American home with a nightclub, an ice-skating ring, a bowling alley and a go-kart race track being planned.

london penthouse

London penthouse on sale, walk-in wardrobe with designer clothes included!

A new trend amongst luxurious property developments is gaining popularity in London – state-of-the-art penthouses complete with walk-in wardrobes that are filled with designer clothing. Rich buyers have never had it easier to change homes and simply move in and start enjoying the best that life has to offer.
A new tower built near Albert Embankment and Blackfriars Road offers spectacular views of London as well as unique features. The modern triplex at the top of the Parliament House is furnished to exceptional standards of elegance and contemporary design, boasting state-of-the-art fixtures, wooden floors, designer furnishings and high-tech Gaggenau and Miele appliances in the kitchen.london penthouse

london penthouse In fact, the most striking feature of this penthouse is that every single item carries the name of a world-class designer: the bathroom candles are by Jo Malone; the luxury linen towels are by Paul Smith; the kitchen cabinets are filled with sparkling water from Harrods and snacks from Harvey Nichols; the cellar is stacked with vintage Burgundy and Claret.

london penthouse

london penthouseThe apartment itself comprises several bedrooms with walk-in closets, marble bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen and a spacious lounge with balcony, where owners and guests will be able to enjoy a hot tub, barbecue and outdoor TV. All rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, which reveal striking panoramic views of the city. The price tag of £6 million includes everything from the bed linen to the décor items and it is an extra effort that rich buyers will appreciate as the apartment truly pays attention to the minor of details.

london penthouse

london penthouse

london penthouseOf course, the most spectacular feature remains the designer walk-in wardrobe, which boasts male and female clothes and accessories, such as: £350 LK Bennet diamond shoes, £295 Church’s brogues, a £815 Stella McCartney evening dress, a £1,500 Thom Sweeney tuxedo and other designer treats that will make you feel like you’re at a high-fashion show.

pierre cardin villa

French designer Pierre Cardin puts his Bubble Palace for sale – $455 million

French designer Pierre Cardin has put his eccentric Riviera estate on the market for $455 million. Built on a rocky cliff on Massif de L’Esterel, the futuristic cluster of semi-spherical residences is nicknamed “Palais Bulles” and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.

pierre cardin bubble house

The entire complex comprises 13,000 square feet divided between ten interconnected domes or 28 spherical rooms, three swimming pools, a 500-seat amphitheatre and several gardens. Asking price for the extravagant terracotta-coloured bubble estate is £300 as it features many improvements after the designer bought it at auction in the early 90s.

pierre cardin house france

Some of Hollywood’s hottest starts and even certain European royalty are known to have attended Cardin’s infamous parties and fashion shows. The interior is just as bizarre and fashion-forward as the exterior, having been designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, who claims his source of inspiration were the ‘ancestral homes’ such as pre-historic caves of humans.

pierre cardin villa 4The eccentric property is situated on six undulating levels of the Massif de L’Esterel, allowing guests to enjoy some of the best views on the Cote d’Azur. All rooms are decorated differently in keeping with the sensual round forms of the estate that the designer claims are ‘reminiscent of the female form’. Modern art, vivid colours and avant-garde wall paintings turn this residential property into a bespoke work of art.

pierre cardin residence

Circular doorways and odd brass sculptures add to the unusual feel of the residence. The creative property is also available for rent at $13,300 per day if the sale price seems too steep.

pierre cardin villa

It is a house that has become emblematic of Cardin’s aesthetic both on the catwalk and off it with no straight lines present in the interior, exterior or furniture. His love for sensual, natural and curvy lines shines through in the way the estate as been put together, making it truly a sight to marvel.
pierre cardin bubble house