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    Penthouse at the Famed Plaza Hotel On The Market for $59 Million

    Posted by Cristin  |  June 13, 2013  |  7:48 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

    Home Stats

    4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 6,319 square feet spread out over 3 floors



    International real estate mogul Christian Candy is selling the penthouse at the famed Plaza hotel for $59 million. The Monaco-based Christian bought the penthouse for $25.9 million last year, and after some massive upgrades, he flipped the one-of-a-kind property back on the market with a $59 million price tag.

    This isn’t a one-off deal for Christian. He and his brother Nick Candy are real estate developers known for creating high-design luxury residences, including the ultra-exclusive One Hyde Park in London.

    The Plaza triplex penthouse features approximately 6,319 square feet of interior of living space and 229 square feet of exterior living space spread over the 19th, 20th and 21st floors. The 19th floor features an elevator that services all 3 floors, 3 bedroom suites and a laundry room. The 20th floor features a grand living room, 14-seat dining room and a gourmet kitchen that boasts 21 foot ceilings and a skylight. The 21st floor features the sumptuous master suite with private terrace.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, if the penthouse sells at its asking price, it would set a record for the century-old building, which converted to condominiums in 2007. The highest purchase to date in the Plaza is $6,316 per square foot, or $48 million, paid for two adjacent condos by Igor Krutoy, a Russian composer and music producer, in 2011.

    Rumor Alert! Howard Stern Drops $52 Million on Palm Beach Estate

    Posted by Daisy  |  May 17, 2013  |  10:36 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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    Howard Stern

    Palm Beach, FL

    Most Known For

    Self-proclaimed "King of All Media" who also serves as a judge on America's Got Talent

    Home Stats

    39,094 square foot of living space on 3.25 acres of beachfront property



    Hold the presses! This may be one of the biggest celebrity real estate purchases this year. According to the Palm Beach Daily News, Howard Stern has snapped up an expensive piece of South Florida real estate this week in a private sale. Reportedly, the infamous shock jock isn’t just making headlines for stirring up controversy on the airways, he’s also shocking America by paying an alleged $52 million for the beachfront property in Palm Beach, FL. The estate was sold to Stern by American businessman Martin Trust and his wife, Diana.

    Custom built in 1992 on 3.25 waterfront acres on the North End of Palm Beach, the property boasts an impressive 39,094 square feet of living space, including a five-bedroom, 11-bathroom, 18,673-square -oot main house. The estate also features a swimming pool and spa, and well-manicured landscaping.

    Stern and his wife, Beth Ostrosky Stern, currently calls New York City home, where he produces and hosts The Howard Stern Show for Sirus Radio. Now, the couple will now be neighbors with fellow radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, and conservative political commentator, Ann Coulter.


      As San Francisco Marks Anniversary of Famous Quake, City’s Most Expensive Home is Purchased

      Posted by Matt  |  April 18, 2013  |  3:10 pm  | 

      Trevor and Alexis Traina

      San Francisco, California

      Most Known For

      Heir to Wilsey fortune, technology entrepreneur married to the daughter of Napa Valley winery owner

      Home Stats

      Six bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half bathrooms, 11,000 square feet



      At 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 1906, one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of the United States took place as the San Andreas fault spasm-ed and generated a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that eventually destroyed 80% of San Francisco.

      But the proud city rebuilt itself.

      And one of the homes that rose from the ashes of the Great San Francisco Earthquake was a grand home on Broadway Street in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood, overlooking San Francisco Bay.

      Now that home, on the 107th anniversary of the earthquake, has become the most expensive home ever purchased in the history of the City By the Bay, clocking in at a cool $35 million, on a block now known as billionaire’s row.

      The four-story home features six bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half bathrooms, all within the massive, 11,000 square foot mansion. “Starchitect” Fredrick H. Meyer designed and built the magnificent home in 1922.

      It seems fitting that this significant home would be purchased by Trevor and Alexis Traina, with Trevor having been born and raised as part of San Francisco society. Since then, his work as a technology entrepreneur undoubtedly will help with upkeep on the fabulous home.

      Whether you are entertaining guests in the elegant dining room overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, selecting a fine wine in the 3,000 bottle wine cellar, soaking in the sun on one of several balconies, or hopping into the pool for a quick dip, you can’t find a more luxe experience in San Francisco, especially on a day that honors the spirit of its residents.


        Luxe Agent: Sally Forster Jones

        Posted by Cristin  |  March 19, 2013  |  5:24 pm  |  Tags: , , , , ,

        Remember the super-sized sale of the iconic Spelling Manor in Beverly Hills in 2011? It took a super star agent to get that deal done, and we have the woman responsible for brokering the deal on Trulia Luxe Living today! Coldwell Banker Previews International agent Sally Forster Jones specializes in  luxury real estate across the greater Los Angeles area, and has achieved more than $1.5 billion in real estate sales over the past decade. When it comes to the big deals and even bigger homes, Sally seems to be the go-to agent.

        Over the past thirty years, Sally has become one of the top real estate agents in Southern California with Coldwell Banker Previews International agent. Her reputation for professionalism, expertise, and successful execution has enabled Sally to develop a vast network of valuable industry contacts that has proven to be indispensable.

        Let’s spend a little time getting to know Sally a little better!

        How did you get your start in real estate?

        When I first became interested in real estate, the market was on an upswing and I began purchasing income and rental properties as investments.  I quickly realized that I had a passion for the real estate business and I have been doing it ever since.

        What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?

        My career milestone is the listing and sale of the Spelling Manor in Holmby Hills, which is the highest brokered residential sale to-date in Los Angeles history and one of the highest in the country.

        What is your dream home location?

        I would love a beach house on the coast of Malibu.  The sandy beaches and ocean views are incredibly peaceful, and yet it’s just a quick drive to the hustle and bustle of the city.

        What kind of car do you drive?

        Right now I am driving a Porsche Panamera which I love!

        iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?

        I am currently transitioning from BlackBerry to iPhone.  So much of my business is done on-the-go and both phones have great advantages, so right now I am still using both.

        What site/app do you check first when you wake up?

        The first thing I check when I wake up is my e-mails.  I receive hundreds and hundreds of emails daily so staying on top of them and checking in with clients is the first priority! It is so important to stay constantly connected and in communication.
        What was the last book you read? 

        I just finished Silver Linings Playbook.  I saw the movie and loved it and heard that the book was a great read as well.
        Name your favorite guilty pleasure.

        My favorite guilty pleasure is rocky road ice cream.  There is nothing better on a hot Southern California day!
        What’s one thing someone would never guess just by looking at you? 

        I am really a thrill seeker and am always looking for the next adventure.  I have been white water rafting, zip lining, I love skiing black diamond trails and I hope to try sky diving someday soon!

        Take a peek at some of Sally Forster Jones’ listings!


          Mr. West Wants Out of the Building: Kanye West Re-lists Hollywood Hills Bachelor Pad

          Posted by Vanessa  |  February 28, 2013  |  5:30 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

          Kanye West

          Hollywood Hills, California

          Most Known For

          Grammy-award winning hip hop star

          Home Stats

          3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4,214 square feet



          Nowadays you can find daddy-to-be Kanye West either starting a beef someone in Hollywood such as Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake or busy spending millions remodeling his new $13 million, 9,000 square-foot estate with girlfriend and baby mama Kim Kardashian. That being said, he obviously has no time to dedicate towards the small stuff such as his teeny 4,124 square-foot Hollywood Hills home – ain’t nobody got time for that!

          Moving on to bigger and better things, Mr. West has relisted his estate for $3.3 million – a nearly $700,000 price cut from when he initially put it on the market in 2010. He first purchased the three-story modern property in December of 2003 for $1,750,000.

          The three bedroom, four bath home is a dream for a fan of modern architecture, especially if you have an art collection that you would like to display. In fact, the home looks a lot like a gallery and is a fabulous place to entertain, whether you are drinking Corvoisier and going to the Grammy’s or not.

          Images via Alexander Davis of Hilton & Hyland.


            Joe Montana’s Former San Francisco Townhouse Is Open, Looking to Pass to a New Renter

            Posted by Matt  |  January 28, 2013  |  2:48 pm  | 


            Joe Montana

            Telegraph Hill, San Francisco

            Most Known For

            Hall of Fame quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, 4-time Super Bowl winner

            Home Stats

            1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 971 square feet


            $5,000 per month

            The name Joe Montana is synonymous with Super Bowls, clutch performances, and San Francisco. He’s adored throughout the region for putting Northern California on the pro football map in the 1980’s, which is why his former townhouse — located beneath famed Coit Tower — is sure to garner interest from prospective renters.

            If that’s not enough star power to grab your attention, it should also be noted that Joe previously ‘passed’ this place to his buddy, wide receiver Dwight Clark, when he ‘traded’ up and moved out. Clark, of course, was the recipient of one of Montana’s most famous passes — a play known as ‘The Catch‘ — which catapulted the upstart 49ers over the Dallas Cowboys into their first Super Bowl and effectively marked the beginning of a sports dynasty.

            So where did a three-time Super Bowl MVP hang his helmet? In a one-bedroom, luxury townhouse at the prestigious 101 Lombard Street building, primely located at the foot of Telegraph Hill near the Financial District and the beautiful Embarcadero waterfront. When not walking to some of the world-class restaurants in the area, tenants can enjoy the resort-style swimming pool and hot tub and impressively well-manicured grounds.

            The two-level unit features sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge: both visible from dual patios and a private roof deck, perfect for pondering the latest game plan (or financial plan, or dinner plan, depending on the profession of the new tenant). And with the America’s Cup events taking place in the Bay through 2013, this townhouse will provide a perfect vantage point.

            The townhome’s main level features the kitchen, dining, and living rooms, as well as a wood-burning fireplace. On the lower level resides a bedroom suite which includes a walk-in closet, walk-out deck, and a bathroom with all the whistles and flags bells and whistles. Last but not least, go upstairs and find the private roof deck in all its glory.

            Luxury extras include two Internet-enabled HD televisions with unlimited streaming movies, as well as an iPhone compatible speaker system, handmade furniture, original art, and a concierge and full-service doorman.

            No matter what happens with Joe Montana’s former team, the 49ers, in Super Bowl XLVII, the person who lands this townhouse will truly be a winner.


              Barry Bonds Puts His Beverly Hills Mansion Up to Bat

              Posted by Matt  |  January 17, 2013  |  12:42 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


              Barry Bonds

              Beverly Hills, California

              Most Known For

              Baseball's all time leading home run hitter, BALCO scandal

              Home Stats

              17,100 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms



              Love him or hate him – there’s no in between – Barry Bonds is one of the biggest sports characters of the last two decades. Rocketing to superstardom in Pittsburgh and helping make a forlorn franchise a regular in the playoffs while winning his first league MVP award, Bonds made it clear he had all the tools to become one of the greats. He took his talents back to Northern California in 1993, where he was born and raised, to play for the San Francisco Giants and resurrected that franchise while winning 6 additional MVP awards (4 in a row at one point), leading the team to the World Series in 2002, and cementing his place in baseball history. Of course, this was before the BALCO scandal and perjury investigation which has cast a shadow over Bonds’ mountain of accomplishments to the chagrin of some and the delight of others. So where does a sultan of swat live?

              What can possibly be a large enough space for a larger than life character such as Bonds? Well, how about a 17,100 square foot palace of a home in Beverly Hills?

              Word on the street is that Barry is putting his expansive, fully furnished property on the market for a cool $25 million. So what does the home of a baseball superstar offer? Well to start, 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and a two-story guest house, all situated on a manicured property modeled after a fine Italian Villa, from the olive tree-lined private drive to the Tuscan-style architecture.

              The features of the home, like Barry’s 73 home runs in a single season, boggle the mind. With high ceilings up to 30 feet high throughout the grand living and family rooms and special details such as Italian floors and hand-painted murals, it’s a dazzling home. The gourmet kitchen (of course, this is a Tuscan-style home right?), feeds into a roomy dining room that is perfect for entertaining.

              Should we stop there? Well, Barry didn’t stop playing until he was 43 and still a dominating hitter, so we’ll keep going. The rest of the home includes a walnut-paneled office and custom home movie theater with seating for 12. If you’re feeling tense the home also features a full service spa, including steam room, jacuzzi and body therapy rooms.

              It wouldn’t be California living without some outdoor fun and this home delivers. There’s a full outdoor kitchen with pizza oven and wet bar, manicured lawn, swimming pool, cabana, and multi-use sport court.

              In short, this home should be in the hall of fame. Maybe Barry too?

              Check out the full listing from The Agency here.

                Santa Monica’s ‘House of Rock’ Hits The Market — To The Tune of $22 Million

                Posted by Cristin  |  December 17, 2012  |  4:32 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

                Home Stats

                6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 11,000 square feet, infinity pool overlooking the historic Riviera Country Club



                The famed La Mesa Estate, also known as “The House of Rock,” is now for sale for $22 Million! Originally the longtime home of the legendary Katheryn Grayson, it was purchased by top designer Elaine Culotti and converted into a one-of-a-kind musical masterpiece. With the help of top designers such as Ralph Pucci, David Bromstad, Susan Cohen, Sami Hayek, and Kyle Schuneman, Culotti restored many of the home’s original Old-World hallmarks and infused musical and state-of-the-art elements that make this home perfect for today’s cosmopolitan lifestyle.

                Incredible home amenities include a spacious entertaining kitchen; his-and-hers master closets and baths; rooms bathed in natural light; forward-thinking home automation and audiovisual; a huge grassy yard with extraordinary flush-edge infinity pool overlooking the historic Riviera Country Club; a detached 2-bedroom guesthouse; and a soon-to-be-completed home theater.

                According to the listing agent, Susan Pekich of The Agency, three words to describe the estate are “innovative, inspiring, and iconic.” Take one peek at the images, or step inside this estate, and you’ll know just what she’s talking about. While the home is incredible, the neighborhood makes the $22-million-dollar price tag worth it. The “House of Rock” is on one of the best streets in Santa Monica and overlooks the 13th green of the Riviera Country Club. There aren’t many estates in the beachside community of Santa Monica, so the House of Rock’s size and stature sure stands out in the area.  And adding a nice counterpoint to the Californian home are the trees lining La Mesa Drive, which lend a very “East-Coast-neighborhood vibe.”

                When Pekich was asked what makes “The House of Rock” different from other homes in the same price category, she said, “The most significant thing about the home is that it has a soul to it. It was designed with a lot of passion and a lot of thought. It was created by a collection of artists. It has great energy. It truly showcases what can be done by blending the old and the new. It has a history, and that is what makes it ‘alive.’ Anything that you sell needs to have story, and this home has the best story and the best melding of creative minds behind it.”You can see celebrity realtor Mauricio Umansky giving a video tour of The House of Rock here.

                  12+ Bedroom, 12+ Bathroom L.A. Masterpiece Worth Seeing on 12/12/12

                  Posted by Matt  |  December 12, 2012  |  5:38 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

                  Home Stats

                  15 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms



                  In case you missed some of the hubbub, but today is 12/12/12, and supposedly the last repeating date of our lifetimes – depending on how long you live, of course. On a slow celebrity news day we decided it was a good time to show off one of the most fabulous 12+ bedroom 12+ bathroom homes you will ever see, whatever your lifespan is.

                  Known as Chateau D’OR, this home is located in exclusive Bel Air above Los Angeles. Once you get past the two gated entries and the landscaped grounds you come upon the 22,900 square foot home, located on 1.7 acres of prime real estate. With a grand total of 15 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms there’s plenty of room for a big family, fabulous parties, or both.

                  Ornate, hand crafted details fill the home as you make your way through the huge dining room that seems fit for Louis the XV. Guests then enter a sitting room that featuring a two-story mantle in front of a massive fireplace. The posh interior continues on to the luxurious royal master bedroom suite and the remaining bedrooms.

                  The property includes several additional buildings including a 6-bedroom guesthouse, and a separate structure with professional fitness center, pavilion and of course a koi pond.  It doesn’t get more luxe than this.



                    The W.C. Fields Estate Returns To Market With A Price Increase!

                    Posted by Cristin  |  December 7, 2012  |  2:40 pm  |  Tags: , , ,

                    Home Stats

                    4 bedroom, 6 bathrooms, 7,450 square feet



                    The historic, one-of-a-kind W.C. Fields estate is back on the market with a bump in its asking price! Last listed for $11 million in 2009, the estate made its return to the market in September 2012 with an asking price of $7.195 million. With no takers, it came off the market but returned this week with $300k tacked onto the asking price! Perhaps the current owners are hoping someone gets into the holiday spirit and buys the estate.

                    According to the Curbed archives, the home was owned by studio executive Dennis Rice and was last sold in 2004 for $4.437 million. It also once belonged to Lily Tomlin, who famously painted it pink, inside and out.

                    Completely private and secure, the home is nestled in the exclusive Laughlin Park gated community on nearly an acre. It sits on De Mille street, named for the famed director Cecil B. De Mille, who once lived in a massive estate just up the street.

                    While the home is a historic gem, it has been completely restored to it’s original glory and has all the luxuries of today’s technology. While the current interior decor may cause some people to immediately scream “makeover!,” the elegant home is perfect for formal entertaining, as well as informal family living. Scalloped ceilings, original woodwork, and a copper sun room make this home a very special property that rarely comes on the market.