Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Most Expensive House in the United States is For Sale: $250 Million


How would you like to own a brand new 38,000 square foot home, with 12 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms? And how about a 280 degree view of Los Angeles? Here is your chance to buy the most expensive home in the United States.

This fantastic Bel Air, California home has a 40 seat Dolby theater. Plus it has two elevators, three kitchens, a four lane bowling alley, a candy wall, and five bars. The 85 foot pool has a swim up bar.

The price for this mansion is only a quarter of a billion dollars, just $250,000,000.

More pictures of this home can be found at The Hollywood Reporter website.



Friday, January 13, 2017

You Can Buy Walt Disney's House for Less than a Million Dollars


“Walt Disney's Palm Springs Vacation Home”

When Roy and Walt Disney co-founded the Walt Disney Company in 1920, they had dreams of large success, but likely could not have fathomed becoming the world leader in fantasy, cartoon characters and family film. Neither would they have imagined continuing that leadership position in their artistic niche so long after their deaths. Although Roy was the silent, shy partner who addressed the financial end, Walt was the creative part of the duo and during his lifetime accrued 26 Academy Awards (still a record) for the company. Though Walt was the youngest brother, he died at the age of 65 in 1966. Roy was 73 at the time and postponed his retirement in order to open Disney World, which he later named Walt Disney World in honor of his brother. The new park transformed Orlando from a sleepy military and citrus town to America's most popular family resort vacation destination with over 50 million visitors in 2016.  

Only three years before his death, Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, built a vacation home in Palm Springs as a getaway from Walt’s hectic work schedule and to enjoy their later years. The home stayed in the Disney family until 2015 and the new owners retained the charm and whimsy of the home created by the imaginative couple.

At 2,443 square feet, the four-bedroom, four-bath home has the clean lines of mid-century design, private in the front with cheerful red double entry doors and wide open to the outdoors in the back with views of the pool, raised spa, mountains and the Indian Canyons Golf Resort. As with most of the modernist homes of Palm Springs, the focus was on the enjoyment of outdoor living, relaxing and entertaining.

Furnished in period furnishings with an Art Deco flair, bold flushes of color against a neutral background is indicative of Walt’s colorful creations on film. Little surprises are found in various locations around the house and iconic Disney sayings are playfully written in the backs of closets challenging residents not to enjoy the unexpected chuckle. The listing agents are Klint Watkins and Ryan Cummings of HK Lane, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.

The future buyer of Walt Disney’s Palm Springs home will enjoy not only luxury in the Palm Springs climate, but will enjoy knowing they are living in a home owned by a man who has given and continues to give so much joy to so many. Priced at $899,000.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Rent President Obama's Hawaii Christmas Vacation Home


For nine years, President Barack Obama and family have enjoyed Christmas vacations at several upscale Hawaii beach homes with water views and room for staff and Secret Service agents. Soon after his historic election in 2008, President Obama settled into an annual vacation routine of golf, working out, visiting the island's military bases, beach time and keeping up with world affairs. Recently returned to Washington, D.C. after his final Hawaii trip as president, the Kailua Bay home where Obama and family stayed for four of their Christmas vacations will still be available for the first family to use. Or for anyone who can afford the $3,500 per night cost.

When the President first rented their vacation home in December of 2008, he was just a few weeks from his inauguration as the first African-American president. The stock market was collapsing, unemployment was soaring, the housing market was in the early stages of an historic collapse and 195 people had recently died in four days of terrorism in Mumbai.  A vacation in his native state, 5,000 miles from Washington, D.C., was one of President Obama's last chances to exhale before facing years of crises.  

Each year, the President's vacation choice has been the once sleepy area of Kailua Bay on the windward side of the island. While the Obamas stayed at several different Hawaii homes, the place they rented from 2008 to 2012 was Plantation Estate at Paradise Point - located on a jut of land at the far end of the long crescent of Kailua Beach. Once favored by Hawaiian royalty for its views and natural beauty, it was later purchased by missionary Samuel Castle. The property stayed in the Castle family for generations and as late as the 1960s still was guarded by the family’s Great Danes that would very effectively keep gawkers off the property. Today, it is one of the most luxurious beach resort locations in the world.

These Kailua Bay resort homes are typically open-air-style estate homes on dead-end roads with few other homes. The 6,000-square-foot Plantation Estate includes a lagoon-style pool, several waterfalls and lanais, native Hawaiian plants and coconut trees, and an outside wet bar - all behind a seven foot lava wall. Inside the master home are five bedrooms and six baths, gourmet kitchen, a 60-inch flat-screen TV, stained-glass windows and lots of mahogany. It is a perfect location for the most elegant, tropical homes on Oahu with views to Kailua Beach and the Mokulua Islands.

Plantation Estate at Paradise Point that President Obama rented for his Christmas vacations from 2008 to 2012 is available for rent beginning at $3,500 a night.

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