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Three Newly Listed Properties Fulfill the Ultimate California Fantasy

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May 24, 2022

Three Newly Listed Properties Fulfill the Ultimate California Fantasy

The ultimate luxury property trifecta could be summed up this way: views, privacy, and space. Add ocean views to that equation, and you have just described the California version of this trifecta. These three newly listed properties from the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury program perfectly encapsulate the dream of the Golden State. 46400 Clear Ridge Rd Big Sur, CA. $35,000,000 Situated on Big Sur’s epic Cooper Point, this private 109-acre property capitalizes on its position between the spectacular beaches of Pfeiffer and Andrew Molera, connecting the two parklands as the sole private property contiguous to both. Among its promises are 360-degree views and untamed white sandy beach, redwood forest, and creeks. A three-bedroom glass masterpiece by legendary Big Sur architect Mickey Muennig seemingly rises out of the landscape with an earth roof. Rounding out the property: a private guest house and a 3-car garage round out the compound along with a spa, wine cellar, see-through fireplace, and three miles of private trails for your hiking enjoyment. The property also offers three separate parcels, which could provide an additional home site for development, such as the forested flat just above the white sand beach. Listed by Ben Heinrich and Mike Gilson of Coldwell Banker Realty in Carmel.  7 Pelican Vista Drive Newport Coast, CA. $ 27,000,000 Another enchanting oceanside oasis awaits in Southern California. Set behind guarded gates of Newport Beach’s Pelican Crest, this Italian villa is poised on an approximately 300-foot deep parcel spanning over 29,800 square feet, affording you the most breathtaking ocean, city, and Newport Harbor views. A gated whimsical garden featuring mature plantings, a soaring columned front entry, and a stunning Tuscan-style fountain introduces the elegant five-bedroom mansion. Exquisitely finished with bespoke details that exude refined grandeur, the interiors reveal multiple rooms for entertaining, including a living room, intimate family room, and a wood-paneled library as five sets of French doors open onto two large loggias with a Formations fireplace mantel. The lower level is dedicated to a subterranean garage, bar servicing a billiards room with wood flooring and limestone walls, a dry sauna, and a theater. The primary suite occupies a separate wing of the second level with a private covered terrace overlooking the blue water vistas, a large walk-in closet, and a spa-like bath outfitted in Calacatta marble. Listed by Tim Smith of Coldwell Banker Realty in Newport Beach.  4045 Cuervo Ave Hope Ranch, CA. $21,500,000 The final home on our grand tour of California dream properties culminates in a spectacular contemporary sited atop the first ridge in Hope Ranch, just outside of Santa Barbara. Offering unequaled panoramic ocean and island views, this abode takes its position on 2.44 acres, offering the next owner privacy and unlimited potential. An open layout and impressive scale characterize the six-bedroom home. The living room features 20-foot ceilings, enormous walls of glass, a full bar, and a double-sided fireplace. The updated kitchen opens to a breakfast nook and sunken family room. The second floor is all primary suite with a private office, spacious walk-in closets, a gas fireplace, a large bathroom, and a private view deck with a built-in spa. Three ground-level bedrooms open up to exterior patios and stunning views. Listed by Randy Solakian of Coldwell Banker Realty in Montecito.  The post Three Newly Listed Properties Fulfill the Ultimate California Fantasy appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

An Oceanfront Malibu Compound With Private Beach Access Lists for $127.5 Million

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May 19, 2022

An Oceanfront Malibu Compound With Private Beach Access Lists for $127.5 Million

A world-class oceanfront estate on over three and a half acres on the coveted Paradise Cove bluff has been listed for $127,500,000 by International Luxury Ambassador Jade Mills, Beverly Hills’ leading real estate professional affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty in Beverly Hills. Photography by Adrian Anz With breathtaking coastline and ocean views, this property offers its own private pathway to over 208 feet of sandy beach frontage on one of the most secluded and sought-after beaches in Malibu. The estate formally belonged to the founder of Public Storage, B. Wayne Hughes. Hughes was a self-made billionaire who established the largest self-storage company in the U.S. in 1972 with a $50,000 investment and died in Kentucky in August 2021. Situated on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., the property includes approximately 10,700 square feet of improvements comprising the main residence, separate guest quarters, a second detached guest house, and separate staff quarters. A private front gate opens to a long driveway that winds past the tennis court, a detached guesthouse, and expansive lawns to the graceful two-story main house. This gorgeous Villa offers a casually elegant style and peaceful ambiance with walls of pocketed glass doors throughout that open to large terraces encircling the home and allowing the light-filled interior to integrate with the lush exterior and enveloping ocean vistas. The main floor features a formal foyer, living room with fireplace, dining room, screening room, and tremendous gourmet kitchen with professional appliances, huge island, breakfast room and walls of glass that open to an outdoor dining terrace. The upper level features four-bedroom suites including the magnificent primary suite complete with fireplace, luxurious bathroom, custom large walk-in closets, and a private terrace overlooking the stunning ocean views. Staff quarters with kitchen are located off the three-car garage, while above the garage there are two guest bedroom suites, each with lovely bathrooms and terraces, and one with a kitchenette. The second detached guesthouse located adjacent to the tennis court features a living room, bedroom, three bathrooms, and a large upper level with vaulted ceilings currently used as a gym, ballet, and yoga studio. For more information on this breathtaking Malibu compound, contact Jade Mills at 310-285-7508 or homes@jademills.com. The post An Oceanfront Malibu Compound With Private Beach Access Lists for $127.5 Million appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Khrista Jarvis-Diebner on Breaking Real Estate Norms

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May 19, 2022

Khrista Jarvis-Diebner on Breaking Real Estate Norms

Real estate was once a male-dominated business. Not in 2022. According to the latest National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile, 64% of all REALTORS® are female. Out of the nation’s top 20 real estate professionals by volume on the REALTrends list, nine are women. Among the top three individual sales associates in the Coldwell Banker® network, two are women. Similarly, two of the top three agent teams are women-led.* Khrista Jarvis-Diebner knows all about breaking industry norms – and breaking records.  Specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area’s East Bay region and headquartered in Danville, she leads the Khrista Jarvis Team with her business partner, Nicole Jung – the No. 1 medium-sized team in Northern California and the No. 1 all-women team nationally, per REALTrends. The elite team of 10 surpassed their own sales record in 2021, closing more than $600 million in sales volume, executing about 300 real estate transactions, and negotiating, in total, more than $38 million over asking price for their sellers. The team has over 100 years of combined experience. Khrista Jarvis and her business partner, Nicole Jung, lead the No. 1 medium-sized team in Northern California and the No. 1 all-women team nationally, per REALTrends. “I didn’t purposely set out to lead an all-female team – it happened very organically,” she shares. “It feels empowering to be in a position to offer women in my community an opportunity to better themselves. Most of us are mothers, and we know the challenges of having a career and a family. We support one another and inspire each other every day. ”  Khrista herself has over 25 years of real estate experience. She has cultivated her reputation as her clients’ trusted adviser, a passionate advocate for women in business, and one of the San Ramon Valley’s most enthusiastic lifestyle champions. “I grew up in this area, I’ve raised my three children here and I still live here,” she says. “I think it’s one of the best places to raise a family.” The stylish, seasoned pro was one of the first Northern California agents to join Compass four years ago, originally recruited to open up the firm’s Danville office. In late 2021, she saw an opportunity to expand her business yet again with the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury program. She was selected to be the founding member of the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® Lifestyle Ambassador program. As the inaugural Lifestyle Ambassador for the program, she lends her insights to the design and launch of this world-class program.  Explains Khrista of the move: “Even though we had a record-breaking year in 2021, I was looking for new opportunities to grow our business. How can we leverage our success into something even bigger? I saw a chance to expand the reach of my personal brand under the Global Luxury banner and network with more agents, especially internationally.”  Anxious to catch up with the newly minted Lifestyle Ambassador to get her read on everything from the most effective branding techniques to home design trends and what her local East Bay market is doing, we recently connected with her for “TrendTalk.”  Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Before we delve into the market, tell us a little about what makes the Khrista Jarvis Team unique. Khrista Jarvis-Diebner It’s the entire experience. Our service, accessibility, and responsiveness set us apart. We provide a complete concierge level of service to our clients. As a team of 10 extremely talented and dedicated women, we work around the clock, 24/7. We do it all. We pick up our clients’ mail. We water their plants. We want to make the entire real estate experience as stress-free as possible from start to finish. When you work with us, you know that you’ve hired the best. We negotiated $38 million over asking price for our sellers in 2021, and our listings sell for $45 per square foot higher than the local average. Because of our relationships and deep roots in the community, we know about off-market deals. At the end of the day, our clients feel taken care of throughout the whole process. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Can you give us a quick snapshot of where your market sits right now? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner There’s increasing inventory, and there is a strong appetite for homes in the higher end. Case in point: I recently sold a $5.5 million listing off-market in Alamo. However, we are starting to see signs of a transitioning market for certain houses and neighborhoods as interest rates have gone up. Still, it’s very house-specific. I would say our housing market overall is stable and healthy. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury What has been the most noticeable change in your market in the last year? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner The East Bay communities I serve – Danville, Alamo, and San Ramon – had home prices that were historically lower than San Francisco or Silicon Valley. Now, our prices are starting to catch up to some of these other areas. Our 2021 average sold price was $2.02 million in Danville and $2.71 million in Alamo, which would have been unheard of back in 2019. The work-from-home lifestyles that started during the pandemic opened up our market. People who were looking for more space, larger homes, and a family-oriented community found it right here. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury The general expectation is that luxury real estate prices will reach a new equilibrium and “settle down” in 2022. Have you seen any signs of that yet? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner I have not. It just comes down to a lack of inventory. There’s a major demand for East Bay properties right now. People can work from home, and they don’t need to be near their places of work anymore. This lifestyle shift has driven our market up here, and people want to live here. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury In terms of addressing low inventory, what are some of the innovative marketing tactics your team is doing to encourage more sellers to enter the market? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner What the last couple of years have taught us is that we must be ever-changing and constantly adapting to better serve the needs of our clients. We are ready for anything!   On a branding level, our team does a lot of community events and outreach. We have hosted “Sip and Shop” events in downtown Danville to promote local businesses and raise money for a charity that is near and dear to my heart, Rooms for Hope. I’m also a passionate supporter of other female-owned businesses, so we enjoy collaborating with them consistently. We do regular advertising in Diablo magazine. We also produce our own local lifestyle publication, KJT Journal, which provides us with yet another touchstone with our current, past, and potential new clients. All of these efforts help keep our team front of mind. People know us in the community. When clients are ready to list, they know who to call! Coldwell Banker Global Luxury From your point of view, where do you see your local luxury market heading this year? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner We might see prices start to level off towards the end of the year. It all depends on the economy, and what companies decide to do with their work-from-home policies. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury The media likes to tell the story about Bay Area buyers moving out of state in droves. Is this true? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner Yes and no. I think prices have gotten so high that some of my clients want to cash out. Their kids can’t afford to live here anymore, and they want to follow their grandkids. Between the high cost of living, the political climate, and personal reasons, these factors have caused some people to question where they want to be long-term. That said, we still see a lot of buyers moving here from Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Which high-end housing trends do you think will continue to gain ground this year? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner People want turnkey homes. Interest rates have been so low right now that they don’t want to come up with the money out of pocket for a remodel. Building costs have risen too. So, houses that are done are much more desirable. For that reason, we are fixing up more houses before we put them on the market. We are using Coldwell Banker’s RealVitalize program a lot, so sellers can maximize their price. We find that the program makes a substantial impact; many have sold at or above list price. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury What types of luxury properties are most in-demand right now, and what price ranges tend to be the hottest? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner The hottest price point in our market is $2 million to $2.5 million, which speaks to the homebuyers who are looking for more affordability and value. Turnkey homes are most desirable, as I mentioned before. Outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, and pools have become very in demand.   In terms of locations, people have tended to want to be near downtown Danville, where there’s walkability to restaurants, cafes, and shops. Or they’ve gravitated towards gated communities like Blackhawk with lifestyle, golf, and tennis amenities. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Who is the typical East Bay suburban luxury buyer right now? What are their must-haves? Where do they want to live? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner They are most likely coming from other parts of the Bay Area. They tend to be tech families who have young children and want to get out of smaller spaces and into bigger homes with yards and near good schools. Right now, our business consists of about 60% out of area buyers compared to 40% local buyers. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Has anything caught you by surprise so far in 2022? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner What’s been surprising to me is the sheer amount of homes that are going over asking price. A few months ago, I had one home listed for $2.1 million and went for $2.8 million. I had two other homes in Alamo that sold for $500,000+ asking price in the last month alone. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Any predictions you’d like to leave us with for the next big trend to hit luxury real estate? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner I think outdoor living is going to be a major trend, not that it wasn’t already! With our nice weather and lifestyle, and after the challenges of the last two years, everyone wants to enjoy their home space. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury What about interiors? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner Earth tones are coming back. We’re moving away from the all-white kitchen, and moving towards warmer tones. We’re also seeing black appliances instead of stainless steel. With so many more people socializing at home now, they are creating living spaces with bars and entertainment spaces. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Any last predictions related to the market? Khrista Jarvis-Diebner I think we have seen a ton of appreciation in our market since COVID-19 hit, and the market is going to continue to level out. One trend that I would say should absolutely stay is to do pre-inspections upfront. Since the pandemic, we have adopted this practice although it is not always done.   * Based on 2021 adjusted gross commission income  The post Khrista Jarvis-Diebner on Breaking Real Estate Norms appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Tour Aspen’s Most Unique In-Town Offering, Mountain Forge

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May 17, 2022

Tour Aspen’s Most Unique In-Town Offering, Mountain Forge

Space and acreage may be the idea of a perfect Aspen home after the last two years. But the allure of urban living never lost its luster. After all, being able to walk from your downtown penthouse to pick up your morning smoothie or head to après ski drinks without ever climbing into your SUV has its advantages. This is the promise of Mountain Forge, a new mixed-use building with a luxury 3-bedroom penthouse, street-level offices, a rooftop deck, and recreation space, that has recently come on the market. Listing agent Carrie Wells of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse hails the $45 million property as “the pinnacle of new urban luxury” for Aspen. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 “You could not recreate this today because the zoning codes now prohibit having a residential component in a mixed-use building,” she noted. “It’s a very unique opportunity to be able to own the entire building because you, as the owner, can select the tenants in the commercial spaces. It’s very rare to be able to control an entire building.” Recently completed by Madigan & Co, Mountain Forge represents the four-year vision of Sandra Edgerley the Founder and President of Hexagon Properties, one of several real estate investment projects in Aspen and Boston, where she most recently opened The ‘Quin House, a private social club for Bostonians to meet, work and play. It is from this creative milieu that her inspiration for an immersive downtown living experience in Aspen was forged from an original 1963 brick building once owned by Francis Whitaker, an artistic blacksmith. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 The reimagined property masterfully melds old and new, as well as the commercial and residential spaces. Mr. Whitaker’s iron-forging studio was preserved, as well as some of the metal jointing on the building’s exterior. The new design sought to unite 10,500 square feet across three levels – The Penthouse, The Rooftop, and The Lounge – with the entry-level commercial units, a private 2-car garage, elevator, and approximately 2,470 square feet of outdoor decks and terraces. “The idea is that you can live, work and play in a prime location right on the edge of Restaurant Row within the downtown core and steps from all Aspen’s best boutiques, galleries, and nightlife,” says Wells. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 With the lines between hospitality and residential design blurred, the interiors of the penthouse strike a sophisticated tone with a warm neutral palette, layered textures, and curated art and furnishings. Eighteen-foot vaulted ceilings create a sense of volume as big views of Aspen Mountain impress from the dining and great rooms. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 Three plush bedroom suites and a home office/study complete the main floor of the home. Below in The Lounge, the fun begins with a full range of amenities: a custom theatre, a golf simulator, and a billiards/ game room. A fitness area, sauna, massage room, and flex space for gear storage or a wine cellar also comprise the lower level. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 The rooftop deck encompasses the building’s entire top level and features a counter-current endless pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen – and 360-degrees of Aspen Mountain to Independence Pass to Mt. Sopris. “There is a park across the street so local zoning laws protect you from future development blocking your views,” notes Wells. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 Debuting on the market at the end of April, Mountain Forge has already generated interest from several high-net-worth buyers. Wells predicts the next owner will be a wealthy domestic buyer, “who knows Aspen and understands the uniqueness of the location.” With Aspen’s housing inventory at historic lows, it could sell quickly. “Supply is down 60% year-over-year and condo inventory is down 83% year-over-year.”    The post Tour Aspen’s Most Unique In-Town Offering, Mountain Forge appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

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May 17, 2022

Charlie Rose-Designed Pebble Beach Architectural Jewel Stuns with Views

There’s just something special about a “Charlie Rose Home.” The late architect was known for designing homes in the Carmel and Monterey area in perfect accord with the region’s much-lauded natural surroundings. His hallmarks – maximizing the views to the outside, natural light filtering in from floor-to-ceiling windows, a grand statement, and a sense of anticipation from the moment you enter the home – kept Charlie Rose in the favor of Carmel’s well-to-do, including 1950s and 1960s icon Doris Day, who worked with him to expand her sunny 1960 retreat on Carmel Valley Road. This 1997-built home is another Charlie Rose architectural masterpiece that celebrates the master architect’s meditation on light and connection to nature. Set in the highly sought-after gated community of Macomber Estates, the 8,489 square-foot residence has been positioned to take advantage of jaw-dropping views of Pebble Beach Golf Course, Stillwater Cove, Carmel Beach, Point Lobos, and the endless Pacific Ocean beyond. The home’s superior quality of construction is evident from the moment you pass through its grand entrance. Vaulted ceilings, revealing elegant skylights that span throughout the entire main level, provide an incredible sense of volume, light, and openness. Walls of glass and expansive balconies accentuate the unbelievable views. All of this is set against the backdrop of beautiful stone and hardwood floors with radiant heat, custom art installations, and statues. Four bedrooms, four full baths, and two half baths complete the home, along with a theater, custom fountain, wine room, two wet bars, new lighting and security systems, and a luxurious primary bedroom suite with a jetted tub to soak in the sunsets. A 3-car garage adds to the experience of the property. Over 2.7 acres of meticulously manicured grounds surround the home, making it one of the most incomparable properties to come on the market in Pebble Beach in years. View the complete listing by Tim Allen of Coldwell Banker Realty in Carmel-by-the-Sea/Junipero The post Charlie Rose-Designed Pebble Beach Architectural Jewel Stuns with Views appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Tour Aspen’s Most Unique In-Town Offering, Mountain Forge

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May 16, 2022

Tour Aspen’s Most Unique In-Town Offering, Mountain Forge

Space and acreage may be the idea of a perfect Aspen home after the last two years. But the allure of urban living never lost its luster. After all, being able to walk from your downtown penthouse to pick up your morning smoothie or head to après ski drinks without ever climbing into your SUV has its advantages. This is the promise of Mountain Forge, a new mixed-use building with a luxury 3-bedroom penthouse, street-level offices, a rooftop deck, and recreation space, that has recently come on the market. Listing agent Carrie Wells of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse hails the $45 million property as “the pinnacle of new urban luxury” for Aspen. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 “You could not recreate this today because the zoning codes now prohibit having a residential component in a mixed-use building,” she noted. “It’s a very unique opportunity to be able to own the entire building because you, as the owner, can select the tenants in the commercial spaces. It’s very rare to be able to control an entire building.” Recently completed by Madigan & Co, Mountain Forge represents the four-year vision of Sandra Edgerley the Founder and President of Hexagon Properties, one of several real estate investment projects in Aspen and Boston, where she most recently opened The ‘Quin House, a private social club for Bostonians to meet, work and play. It is from this creative milieu that her inspiration for an immersive downtown living experience in Aspen was forged from an original 1963 brick building once owned by Francis Whitaker, an artistic blacksmith. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 The reimagined property masterfully melds old and new, as well as the commercial and residential spaces. Mr. Whitaker’s iron-forging studio was preserved, as well as some of the metal jointing on the building’s exterior. The new design sought to unite 10,500 square feet across three levels – The Penthouse, The Rooftop, and The Lounge – with the entry-level commercial units, a private 2-car garage, elevator, and approximately 2,470 square feet of outdoor decks and terraces. “The idea is that you can live, work and play in a prime location right on the edge of Restaurant Row within the downtown core and steps from all Aspen’s best boutiques, galleries, and nightlife,” says Wells. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 With the lines between hospitality and residential design blurred, the interiors of the penthouse strike a sophisticated tone with a warm neutral palette, layered textures, and curated art and furnishings. Eighteen-foot vaulted ceilings create a sense of volume as big views of Aspen Mountain impress from the dining and great rooms. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 Three plush bedroom suites and a home office/study complete the main floor of the home. Below in The Lounge, the fun begins with a full range of amenities: a custom theatre, a golf simulator, and a billiards/ game room. A fitness area, sauna, massage room, and flex space for gear storage or a wine cellar also comprise the lower level. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 The rooftop deck encompasses the building’s entire top level and features a counter-current endless pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen – and 360-degrees of Aspen Mountain to Independence Pass to Mt. Sopris. “There is a park across the street so local zoning laws protect you from future development blocking your views,” notes Wells. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 Debuting on the market at the end of April, Mountain Forge has already generated interest from several high-net-worth buyers. Wells predicts the next owner will be a wealthy domestic buyer, “who knows Aspen and understands the uniqueness of the location.” With Aspen’s housing inventory at historic lows, it could sell quickly. “Supply is down 60% year-over-year and condo inventory is down 83% year-over-year.”    The post Tour Aspen’s Most Unique In-Town Offering, Mountain Forge appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

The Grand Reopening

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May 16, 2022

The Grand Reopening

After a couple years of surviving on take-out and delivery, Americans are blissfully returning to their favorite restaurants and eagerly exploring new ones. The pandemic may have temporarily shuttered dining rooms, but tenacious restaurateurs pushed forward with ambitious projects, confident the allure of dining out would never fade. Presented on these pages is a sampling of some of the most promising new restaurants across the country. New York Steps from Union Square is Vallata, surprisingly the first Italian restaurant from Top Chef co-host Tom Colicchio. “I grew up in an Italian household in New Jersey, but never opened a true Italian restaurant,” reports the celebrity chef. The menu is unpretentious and approachable – think house-made focaccia, arancini with spicy tomato sauce, and bucatini cacio e pepe – and was inspired by the home-cooked meals Colicchio and his family prepared together during the pandemic. “After a year of cooking at home with my family, I realized that the dishes that brought us the most comfort, that natural sense of joy, were the dishes I was raised on,” he explains. Chicago Chef Curtis Duffy and sommelier/restaurateur Michael Muser, who earned a trio of coveted Michelin stars at Grace, continue their collaboration at the artfully appointed Ever, offering sophisticated tasting menus. “Our pursuit of refinement is never finished,” declares Duffy, who adds, “Our ambition has only intensified.” Further evidence of Chicago’s sizzling dining scene – the days of the Windy City being strictly a steak-and-potatoes town are long gone – is Esmé from Alinea Group alums chef Jenner Tomaska and wife Katrina Bravo. The Lincoln Park restaurant integrates art and philanthropy into fine dining without compromising the highly innovative, world-class cuisine. “With Esmé, the goal was to change the model for how a fine dining restaurant functions for guests, team members, and the community,” reports Bravo, explaining that supporting local causes, artists and producers enriches the culinary experience. Los Angeles A-list projects continue to debut in L.A., including Merois from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at a chic new Sunset Boulevard hotel. The rooftop venue offers stunning city views and Asian-inspired dishes such as kung pao cauliflower, Peking duck, and branzino in puff pastry with Vietnamese caramel sauce. “Sunset Boulevard holds a very special place in my heart,” says Puck, referencing the original location of his iconic Spago. “Merois exemplifies my passion for combining classic French techniques with California and Asian influences,” he adds. This restaurant proves yet again that Puck, now in his seventies, remains incredibly relevant in the trendy L.A. dining scene he helped create. Miami Mediterranean and Asian culinary themes, features diver scallops with foie gras and uni, shawarma-spiced Wagyu gyoza with ponzu, and king crab escabeche with a Tunisian spice mix. “We wanted to create an experience that would fuse our Mediterranean roots with our love for Japanese food and culture,” says co-founder Marine Galy of the inspiration for the venture. She adds, “MILA’s motto is ‘Eudaimonia’ – the Greek word meaning the contented, happy state you feel when traveling.” Las Vegas Retro is currently the rage in Las Vegas, reflected by the recent openings of The Mayfair Supper Club at the Bellagio and Delilah at the Wynn. Both are sumptuous throwbacks to a bygone era and feature the dishes – items like oysters Rockefeller and lobster Thermidor – that complement the vibe and evoke vintage Vegas memories à la Sinatra and company. At Delilah, caviar service precedes old school favorites like beef Wellington or fettucine Alfredo, followed by baked Alaska. Guests dress up for these clubby venues that are welcome additions to the ever-evolving Strip. Washington, D.C. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli – his Masseria in the capital earned a Michelin star – has now opened Philotimo, a gorgeous new Greek restaurant in the city’s downtown district. Savory loukoumades stuffed with taramasalata and crowned with golden Ossetra caviar, mantia (veal-stuffed dumplings) and rosy lamb with tzatziki enhance a contemporary Mediterranean menu. “The idea for Philotimo started six years ago when I was on a wine trip to Greece. Since that trip, it’s been wonderful to explore the other side of my heritage,” says Stefanelli, whose family has roots in both Italy and Greece. Atlanta James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson is known for bringing refined, modern sensibilities to Southern cuisine without forfeiting its soul. But at his new Mount Royal, the native Canadian pays homage to Moishe’s, Montreal’s legendary Jewish steakhouse. Diners might begin with Acheson’s take on salade Lyonnaise, beef tartare or latkes with smoked salmon, then move on to grilled Canadian lobster or ribeye with béarnaise and a side of poutine. This article originally appeared in Homes & Estates magazine.  The post The Grand Reopening appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Connection Means Everything

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May 16, 2022

Connection Means Everything

Establishing meaningful connections: it’s one of the most underappreciated aspects of the luxury real estate profession, and yet it can so often determine a successful outcome for clients. Those of us at the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® program understand the challenges to cultivating stronger, more authentic relationships with agents and our clients today, and we strive to help to keep these connections at the center of the craft. One of the ways we have continued to keep our brand audience engaged is through our flagship magazine, Homes & Estates. The just-released summer issue marks the debut of our new redesign. Launching with a special insertion on May 20 in The Wall Street Journal, the boldly refreshed Homes & Estates uses storytelling to build connection. As I noted last month, “We want to give our audience a taste – through engaging stories on fine art, design, travel, food and homes – of what it’s like to live the Global Luxury lifestyle.” Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be posting the original stories from the magazine on the blog and I hope you follow along here (or request your own print copy). Expect to be moved by stories of once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences, a trip to the Maldives and a $550 million superyacht launching in 2024. For foodies, we explore the country’s most promising new restaurants. If well-being is on your priority list this year, then you’ll love the feature on Miraval Resorts & Spas. Design buffs will also enjoy visually inspiring reads on an expandable floating city, a London-based interior architectural studio, and the world’s first luxury flower brand. Fairmont Century Plaza | Los Angeles The magazine is not the only way we’re centering the art of building relationships. On June 5-7, the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury team is heading to sunny Los Angeles for a first-ever gathering of luxury’s greatest minds. We’re calling this premier 3-day event, “Engage,” and it’s amplifying the prestige, power, and pedigree of the Global Luxury program like never before. Hundreds of attendees from more than 25 U.S. states and eight countries are already registered for the exclusive summit held at the Fairmont Century Plaza – and they are ready to “engage” at the highest level, learning, sharing, networking, and elevating their business. (Global Luxury Specialists who are not yet registered can do so here). As our team makes the final preparations for this extremely special event, I want to remind everyone – our clients too – why relationships matter in this business. The luxury real estate world is small and niche. When you work with a Global Luxury Property Specialist, you are not just working with one agent – you are working with an entire community of deeply networked agents all over the world. That’s the power of the Global Luxury platform. Michael Altneu is the vice president of luxury for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. A 15-year veteran of luxury and marketing, Michael has created campaigns for major brands with domestic and international reach and collaborated with top agents across the country on the real estate technology side of the business. The New Jersey native currently resides in Los Angeles, where he balances his time between volunteering as an EMT and spending time outdoors in the sunny Southern California weather.  The post Connection Means Everything appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Tour Aspen’s Most Unique In-Town Offering, Mountain Forge

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May 15, 2022

Tour Aspen’s Most Unique In-Town Offering, Mountain Forge

Space and acreage may be the idea of a perfect Aspen home after the last two years. But the allure of urban living never lost its luster. After all, being able to walk from your downtown penthouse to pick up your morning smoothie or head to après ski drinks without ever climbing into your SUV has its advantages. This is the promise of Mountain Forge, a new mixed-use building with a luxury 3-bedroom penthouse, street-level offices, a rooftop deck, and recreation space, that has recently come on the market. Listing agent Carrie Wells of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse hails the $45 million property as “the pinnacle of new urban luxury” for Aspen. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 “You could not recreate this today because the zoning codes now prohibit having a residential component in a mixed-use building,” she noted. “It’s a very unique opportunity to be able to own the entire building because you, as the owner, can select the tenants in the commercial spaces. It’s very rare to be able to control an entire building.” Recently completed by Madigan & Co, Mountain Forge represents the four-year vision of Sandra Edgerley the Founder and President of Hexagon Properties, one of several real estate investment projects in Aspen and Boston, where she most recently opened The ‘Quin House, a private social club for Bostonians to meet, work and play. It is from this creative milieu that her inspiration for an immersive downtown living experience in Aspen was forged from an original 1963 brick building once owned by Francis Whitaker, an artistic blacksmith. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 The reimagined property masterfully melds old and new, as well as the commercial and residential spaces. Mr. Whitaker’s iron-forging studio was preserved, as well as some of the metal jointing on the building’s exterior. The new design sought to unite 10,500 square feet across three levels – The Penthouse, The Rooftop, and The Lounge – with the entry-level commercial units, a private 2-car garage, elevator, and approximately 2,470 square feet of outdoor decks and terraces. “The idea is that you can live, work and play in a prime location right on the edge of Restaurant Row within the downtown core and steps from all Aspen’s best boutiques, galleries, and nightlife,” says Wells. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 With the lines between hospitality and residential design blurred, the interiors of the penthouse strike a sophisticated tone with a warm neutral palette, layered textures, and curated art and furnishings. Eighteen-foot vaulted ceilings create a sense of volume as big views of Aspen Mountain impress from the dining and great rooms. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 Three plush bedroom suites and a home office/study complete the main floor of the home. Below in The Lounge, the fun begins with a full range of amenities: a custom theatre, a golf simulator, and a billiards/ game room. A fitness area, sauna, massage room, and flex space for gear storage or a wine cellar also comprise the lower level. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 The rooftop deck encompasses the building’s entire top level and features a counter-current endless pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen – and 360-degrees of Aspen Mountain to Independence Pass to Mt. Sopris. “There is a park across the street so local zoning laws protect you from future development blocking your views,” notes Wells. Coldwell Banker/Mason & Morse, Carrie Wells, Aspen Forge Building, March 2022 Debuting on the market at the end of April, Mountain Forge has already generated interest from several high-net-worth buyers. Wells predicts the next owner will be a wealthy domestic buyer, “who knows Aspen and understands the uniqueness of the location.” With Aspen’s housing inventory at historic lows, it could sell quickly. “Supply is down 60% year-over-year and condo inventory is down 83% year-over-year.”    The post Tour Aspen’s Most Unique In-Town Offering, Mountain Forge appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

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