ve7

California hot spot Venice Beach has drawn celebrities, surfers, bohemians and sun worshipers since the beginning of the 20th century. Starting out as a sedate seaside-resort town, today it’s a whirlwind of activity attracting those who enjoy having the party atmosphere always available around the corner. A recent addition to the Venice market is the sophisticated home of the son of Beatles guitarist George Harrison, priced at $3.99 million.

Never a dull moment in Venice with its wide beach, surfing and exploring the Ocean Front Walk with its two-and-a-half-mile promenade filled with a buffet of vendors, art and quirky performers. Muscle Beach Venice was largely responsible for the booming interest in weight training beginning in the 1950s and the Vic Tanny gym chain began in Venice. Beach sports gained huge popularity on Venice Beach from handball courts, volleyball, paddle tennis, a bike trail and a skate-dancing pavilion. After a day at the beach there is an array of upscale restaurants, bars, art galleries and shops for every taste, interest and pocketbook.

ve7

Originally called the Venice of America due to the drainage canals dug in the 1920s by the town’s original developer, tobacco-baron Abbott Kinney, a wide-range of plush residences line them today, as was Kenney’s original goal. Many are used as year-round homes and others as vacation getaways.

ve1

Musician Dhani Harrison has recently decided to sell his glamorous canal home that enjoys the sunrise from the rear balcony, the sunset from the west, 360-degree views from the rooftop terrace and water views from the canal-side terrace and decks. Measuring in at 2,826 square feet, the two-bedroom, three-bath home has an open floor plan with soaring ceilings. Second-level glass walls and open first-floor ceilings bathe the interior with sunlight as does the large skylight above the wide spiral stair. Updated in crisp contemporary style, the home offers multiple choices for entertaining on all three levels and has recently appeared in Architectural Digest.

Dhani, the only child of George and Olivia Harrison, has been writing and singing professionally since 2001. He has completed a number of albums and since 2013 has been composing film scores with his writing partner Paul Hicks. They have written the scores for Netflix’s Dogs and HBO’s four-part documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed. He has recently decided to sell his Venice home, priced at $3.99 million. Co-listing agents are Nicholas Sandler and Bennett Hirsch of The Agency, Beverly Hills.

Photo credit: The Agency

Source: theagencyre.com

ve4

ve5

ve3

ve2

104045

Bruce Willis Home To Die For!

Die Hard star Bruce Willis has been actively buying and selling real estate across the country for years while still managing his other business ventures and a tight film schedule.  With the goal of returning to California to be close to family and friends and having just sold his Sun Valley ski home, Bruce’s focus has now turned to the sale of his pastoral New York estate that has served as his East Coast family residence since 2014.  It is listed at $12.95 million.

c-1Located only 40 minutes from midtown Manhattan, the gated 22-acre estate in Bedford Corners, New York comes with views over the Croton Reservoir and lush countryside.  Grounds contain a total of four houses, two garages, a saltwater pool, pool house and tennis court. There is also a vegetable garden much loved by the couple’s young children.  With a total of 12 bedrooms between the four houses, it is convenient to entertain stayover guests who can enjoy their own separate, fully-contained living space. The Craftsman-style main house at 8,958 open-and-airy square feet has five bedrooms and multiple fireplaces including one in the kitchen and master suite.  There is also a playroom, media room, wine cellar and an octagonal room above the roofline for viewing the countryside and the reservoir. The house is filled with light from large windows that offer superb views and ultimate privacy.

104042Westchester County is well known for its celebrities who enjoy living in the countryside but also its proximity to Manhattan.  The area is home to Oscar-winning actors, Broadway stars, musicians and billionaires including Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chevy Chase, David Letterman and Richard Gere.  Billionaires Nelson Peltz, businessman and investor and Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan CEO also live in Bedford.

Photo Credit: Rob Lowell Photography

Source: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

103415

To identify a residential masterpiece in the heart of Los Angeles, one must prioritize these characteristics – location, design and ability to entertain. Boasting a zip code claimed primarily by Hollywood legends, this modern mansion exceeds expectations in all respects. Its contemporary, neutral palette complements lush hillside landscaping and perfectly captures the energy of the prestigious neighborhood. Surrounded by an infinity pool that melts into scenes of Downtown, Catalina and the So-Cal coastline, the home’s disappearing walls of glass were incorporated to maximize its endless views.
1

Glamorous soirees were top-of-mind during the estate’s reimagining, as additional amenities include a putting green, expansive wine cellar, movie theater, Zen garden and guest house. As if these aspects aren’t extravagant enough, the living quarters are equally as jaw-dropping. An open, spacious floor plan features an elegant, upper-level master suite with walk-in closet, sleek bath and deck with a spa; while the decadent guest rooms are complete with lavish ensuite baths.
103416

If you’re interested in making this dream house your home, contact SFJ Group for more information.

From 18th-century Spain to modern-day rocket silos, Santa Barbara’s Gaviota Coast is overflowing with history, beautiful quiet beaches, and the state’s most expensive ranch. Originally farmed by the Chumash Indians, El Rancho Tajiguas was part of the great rancho development of Spain’s King Carlos, III. And in modern celebrity history, a portion was once owned by John Travolta. Purchased in the early 1980s by the TAG Group Limited as a corporate retreat, the 3,500-acre ranch with its recently built two ocean-facing, Spanish-style villas is for sale, priced at $110 million.

TAG Group, former owner of the luxury watch brand TAG Heuer, bought the original land in the 1980s and continued to add parcels, including buying 16 acres with an historic hacienda from John Travolta in 1988 (which portion is not included in the current offering). After maxing their acreage purchases at 3,500 acres and agriculturally developing some of the land, they built two villas in 2014 and 2015 keeping in the Spanish style of architecture and sited with unobstructed panoramic views of the Pacific. With so much acreage, room to roam and inspiring views, it was a perfect retreat location for TAG’s harried executives and subsidiaries. After reevaluating some years later, TAG finds they are not using the ranch as much as anticipated and have put it on the market.Capture
With an interest in sustainable agriculture, the Group has cultivated the land to the highest standards. The two estate homes measure 10,000 square feet and 12,000 square feet and each includes five bedrooms, guest houses, swimming pools, theaters, wine cellars and helipads. Other improvements include an additional 20 structures: a ranch managers house, staff and farming equipment, hundreds of acres of avocado groves, a persimmon orchard and grazing land for a herd of 120 head of cattle.

El Rancho Tajiguas is a largely undeveloped ranch with some of the most stunning ocean views in the state. Considering the vastness of its 3,500 acre size, it is surprisingly close to the cultural centers of Montecito and Santa Barbara and only a hop from one of the two helicopter pads to the Santa Barbara airport. Priced at $110 million, the listing agents are Marco Naggar and Aaron Kirman of Compass, Los Angeles and Randy Solakian of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, Montecito.

Photo Credit: Matthew Momberger

Source: Top Ten Real Estate Deals

Before watching movies at home was as easy as the click of a mouse, renting videos was an event that required a car trip to a video rental store where one would peruse the titles and finally choose several to stock up for the weekend’s entertainment. The video rental had a time limit and inconveniently had to be returned by the date provided or the user would pay a late fee. Entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga identified the folly the meager offerings of local stores provided so he bought into, co-owned and developed Blockbuster, which changed and soon dominated the video rental playing field. No one else could compete with Blockbuster’s massive selection and it stayed well in the forefront of the video rental industry until the digital age. Among Huizenga’s myriad of other business holdings, Huizenga’s net worth at his time of death in 2018 was well over $2 billion. The waterfront mansion he chose to live in was in the boating capital of the world, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida surrounded by water on three sides. Named Tarpon Pointe and previously priced at $27 million, it will be going to auction on March 26th with no reserve.

104046Slow down for the wild peacocks as you head toward the stunning entrance in the high-end Rio Vista neighborhood. Sited on over an acre at the tip of a point about one mile to Fort Lauderdale’s oceanfront condos and best beaches, the grounds are surrounded on three sides by 600 feet of waterfront, which is perfect not only for tying up one’s mega yacht, but for watching the New River boat traffic, waterfowl, manatees and tarpons. With an overall 20,623 square feet of living space, the home has 10 bedrooms, 18 baths and is thoughtfully divided into three living zones for optimum comfort for family and guests alike. A structure of massive size, the central portion is designed to entertain large groups without disturbing others in the family wing or guest wing. The family wing includes offices, bedrooms, private kitchen and family room. The guest wing also includes the staff quarters. Spectacular river and terrace-pool views are enjoyed throughout the house. On the cutting edge of technology, there is an electronic locking system, state-of-the-art security system for doors, hurricane protected windows, emergency generators, an elevator and dock facilities.

104047H. Wayne was the only person to launch three Fortune 500 companies: Waste Management, Blockbuster Entertainment and AutoNation. A huge sports fan, Huizenga was also owner or part owner of the Florida Marlins, Florida Panthers and the Miami Dolphins. At its peak in the early 2000s, there were over 4,500 Blockbuster stores in the U.S., now just one is left which is in Bend, Oregon. Huizenga passed away at the age of 80 in March 2018. His home has become a landmark to Lauderdale’s prolific boating community and tour boats.

104049The palatial estate of Blockbuster Video creator, H. Wayne Huizenga, on the historic New River in Ft. Lauderdale, previously on the market priced at $27 million, is now going up for auction. Bidding opens on March 26th with no reserve.

Photo Credits: Concierge Auctions

Source: Top Ten Real Estate Deals