Seeking a glamorous waterside retreat with breathtaking views and access to the finest sporting and entertainment opportunities? Look no further than this palatial, beautifully appointed estate in exclusive, gated HarborPointe in Port Richey, Florida, to be sold at absolute auction on Tues., April 1st by Grand Estates Auction Company - the industry leader in luxury real estate auctions.
This spectacular 5-bedroom, 9-bathroom Tampa-area residence offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico from its spacious verandas. The home is the ideal setting for both grand entertaining and sumptuous relaxation with family and friends. Spend the day zipping across warm, gentle waves in your speedboat, browse the trendy boutiques for the latest styles, then pull up to your private dock and enjoy sunset cocktails by your resort-quality swimming pool.
Richly finished with the finest, exotic materials and an airy, open floor plan, the home offers a variety of luxurious amenities. Features include 10-foot doors and a soaring foyer, an extensive lanai area with a summer kitchen and stacked stone gas fireplace, a wood-paneled library, a six-car garage, a billiards room with antique brick wine cellar and pub-style bar, a state-of-the-art home theatre with stadium seating, and a beautiful chef's kitchen complete with islands and top-of-the-line contemporary appliances.
Enjoy the ultimate in relaxation and recreation in this beautiful double-gated waterfront community just 40 minutes from the Tampa airport. Previews of the property will take place from March 28-April 1, and the live auction will begin promptly at 2 p.m. For more information, contact the sales professionals at Grand Estates Auction at (877) 427-6735 or (704) 697-1811, or visit the company's website.
Grand Estates Auction Company, the industry leader in luxury real estate auctions, celebrated a record year of sales in 2013. A number of high-profile property sales broke previous price records, generating tremendous excitement in competitive real estate markets like Florida's Emerald Coast and Colorado's dazzling ski country. Grand Estates' highly experienced, skilled professionals also closed 90% of their sales, well above the industry average.
Steamboat Springs estate sold for more than $5 million
The year's auction successes included blockbuster property sales in Steamboat Springs, CO; Destin, FL; Whitefish, MT; Landgrove, VT; and Charlottesville, VA. Whether amid stunning mountain ranges or in exclusive resort enclaves, Grand Estates implemented expert marketing campaigns, generated press coverage, and attracted serious prospective buyers to bid aggressively for clients' properties. The results were sales that exceeded sales records in these competitive markets and thrilled sellers.
Among the year's most notable closings was a dazzling, 53-acre mountain estate overlooking Stagecoach Lake in beautiful Steamboat Springs. More than 218 inquiries poured in from around the globe about this majestic six-bedroom house with extensive outdoor entertainment space and guest quarters. Grand Estates orchestrated an exciting marketing campaign and live auction in February. This horse-friendly property sold for $5,090,000. the third-highest resale in the last two and a half years in this exclusive ski community.
Magnificent Curb Appeal in Destin, Florida
On the other side of the country, Grand Estates launched a dazzling marketing campaign in June for Torreta, a spectacular waterside estate in Destin. This Italianate jewel boasts eight bedrooms, seven full and two half baths, plus luxurious design features like a private movie theatre, fully stocked indoor aquarium, and a resort-style pool with a grotto and swim-up bar. This glamorous home in exclusive Kelly Plantation sold for $4,400,000, the highest amount for a bayfront property in Destin in the last ten years.
Destin's Torreta sold for more than $4 million
For more information about Grand Estates Auction Company's success at selling luxury real estate or why auction is the best way to sell your exclusive property, call one of our sales professionals at (877) 427-6735 or (704) 697-1811, or visit the Grand Estates website.
Planning your trip to Vail for the Grand Estates Auction sale of the beautiful estate at The Enclave at Travis Creek on Fri., Jan. 3? Make sure to enjoy the spectacular scenery and first-class culture this resort destination offers.
Renowned for its powder-soft snow and mountainous terrain, Vail has winter sports activities for families and adults of all ski levels. If you've enjoyed skiing in the past, but have never hopped on a snowboard, why not take a lesson? Vail Ski & Snowboard School offers both private and group lessons. Beginners can also sign up for Vail's three-day introductory course in snowboarding, Learn.Turn.Ride, which includes lunch. If you've been snowboarding for a while but want a new challenge, sign up for the Burton Mountain Experience, a small group ride combining advanced riders with the mountain's best instructors. For adult snowboarders only, the Burton Mountain Experience meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Burton Store at Lionshead on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 1 (800) 805-2457.
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Love classic show tunes? Be sure to check out Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway, a spectacular musical on Mon., Dec. 30 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. This national touring show features dancing and music by some of Broadway's greatest composers, including Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lerner and Loewe, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. For tickets, call 1 (888) 920-2787 or (970) 845-8497.
Break out your cocktail attire and dancing shoes for Vail's New Year's Eve 2014 celebration on Dec. 31, starting at 9 p.m. at Dobson Arena. Mix Master Mike of the legendary '80s supergroup Beastie Boys and special guest DJ Logic will spin the hottest dance music and get the crowd worked up for midnight's balloon and confetti drop. Champagne will flow, of course. For information or to buy tickets, visit their website.
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After snowboarding lessons and dancing until dawn to ring in 2014, your aching muscles may need a massage. Vail offers a variety of luxurious spas at its area resorts. Book a session in one of the eleven treatment rooms at RockResorts Spa® at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, or enjoy a facial, a soak in a hydrotherapy tub, or relaxing in its Vichy and Swiss showers. Couples, group, private or family treatment rooms are available. For more information, call (970) 754-7754.
Vail Valley offers exciting and relaxing entertainment for visitors of all interests. After you enjoy a preview tour of the auction property, explore the sites of this magnificent destination.
When most of us think of Thanksgiving decorations, we envision handprint turkeys and poster-paper cornucopias. Why not use the same decor principles you follow the rest of the year? Here are some elegant ideas for decorating your home and parties this fall.
For a modern flair, set the table with sleek tableware, like Mikasa’s Ridgeware or Pillivuyt’s Quartet dinnerware paired with simple flatware, like the New Wave set from Villeroy & Boch. If you prefer a more traditional feel, try Eclectique in whites and greys from Williams-Sonoma or Cascais from Horchow. Either way, complete the setting with chunky vases and a splash of color via burgundy or rust-hued linens and blooms to match.
Photograph courtesy of livelaughdecorate.com
Buy some pumpkins at the corner farm stand and turn that delicious filling into a hearty autumn soup. Try this simple recipe from Ree Drummond, the star of the Food Network's show "The Pioneer Woman." Serve it up in these gleaming porcelain soup bowls that evoke the bounty of the season. Wrap elegant linen napkins in these adorable cloisonne, pumpkin-shaped rings to add whimsy to your autumn dinner parties.
Let your neighbors know you're ready for autumn by decorating your front door with an elegant fall wreath. Explore the posh wreath styles from Neiman-Marcus, including this 28-inch Harvest Wreath that uses pine cones, twigs and berries in its design, or this striking metal fall wreath that can be lit with starry bulbs for extra dazzle. Why wait for Christmas?
Photograph courtesy of niemanmarcus.com
Enjoy autumn decorating whether you're entertaining friends or just hanging out at home before a roaring fire!
If you love outdoor sports or stylish entertaining, this magnificent estate in Vail Valley, Colorado is your dream home. Grand Estates Auction Company, the leader in luxury real estate auctions, is pleased to present this incredible property in the gated, exclusive community of The Enclave at Travis Creek. The home will be sold via absolute auction with no minimum and no reserve at 2 p.m. MST on Fri., Jan. 3. Previews of the property take place from Sat., Dec. 28 through Fri., Jan. 3.
Poised on 11± private, beautifully landscaped acres with Rocky Mountain views, this incredible, three-story classic contemporary home was completed in 2010. The home features 6 bedrooms, including two master suites with huge, walk-in closets and fireplaces. There are 7 full bathrooms and 3 half-baths. The open-floor plan home has high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the specatacular mountain views. The two-story great room is a glamorous setting for a cocktail party, or the perfect place to relax with an apres-ski cocoa. Luxurious features and state-of-the-art conveniences in the home include: radiant in-floor heating, a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, 4 fireplaces and an outdoor fire pit perfect for parties, and a 6-car garage.
This home is the ideal place to entertain guests for a casual barbecue or family members for unforgettable holidays. There are extensive patios and decks facing the southern view. There is a separate family suite with bunkroom, an elevator and two offices.
The Enclave at Travis Creek is a fully gated, private community close to some of the country's finest ski resorts, golf courses and other sporting opportunities. This exclusive property is one mile from the Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club featuring Greg Norman and Tom Fazio-designed courses, and the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. You will be only a few minutes' drive from the world-famous Beaver Creek and Vail ski resorts, home to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Active families will adore fly fishing along the Eagle River, white water rafting, mountain biking, or hiking on the majestic trails in the area, and those who love sophisticated living will find an array of high-end dining, entertainment and shopping opportunities in nearby Vail.
Come prepared to Bid & Buy!™ Brokers are fully protected and encouraged to participate. For more information, call 1 (800) 552-8120 or visit the Grand Estates website.
On a crisp autumn day, a group of nine registered bidders gathered in Landgrove, a charming village nestled in Vermont's majestic Green Mountain region. Their goal: To enter the final, highest bid to purchase the beautiful, spacious property at 35 Breed's Hill Drive, a classic New England retreat set on 101 rolling acres.
Prior to auction day, Grand Estates Auction Company's intense marketing campaign yielded 280 inquiries from the United States, Canada and Bermuda, and more than 50 in-person preview tours. After a brief, exciting live auction, one Connecticut family won the battle and will call this idyllic retreat their own. The seller was thrilled, and the buyer delivered the earnest money and began the closing process at once.
The estate's new owners will enjoy the active lifestyle and fresh, country air that this Vermont property offers. Fully gated and tucked on a private, quiet road, 35 Breed's Hill Drive is just a short distance from the renowned Stratton Mountain Resort. The main house sits on a gentle slope, and features 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. The spacious home features stunning post-and-beam construction, 6 wood-burning fireplaces and expansive picture windows to soak in the views. Features include a fully glassed sunroom, living and family rooms with high ceilings, a majestic formal dining room, and a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances by Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch.
The active family will enjoy the property's separate sports pavilion, tennis court, basketball court, indoor pool, steam room and racquetball court, not to mention the expansive lawns for games of touch football. The home offers extensive indoor and outdoor space for casual entertaining, including a separate sports pavilion. In winter, the home is near some of the country's top ski and snowboarding resorts. In summer, Vermont's renowned Long Trail offers spectacular hiking and photography opportunities.
On this October day, one family made their dreams come true by purchasing their new home via auction. For more information on Grand Estates Auction Company, or selling or buying property via auction, call 1 (800) 552-8120 or visit the company's website.
On a beautiful, warm afternoon in early autumn, a group of eight registered bidders gathered at a charming, 1856 farmhouse located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia. At 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, Grand Estates Auction Company's auctioneer opened bidding for the purchase of this magnificent 275± acre equestrian estate.
Grand Estates Auction's intense, targeted marketing campaign generated 200 solid inquiries from all across the United States and international markets, including Canada, Germany and Dubai. After only 20 minutes of exciting bidding, a bidder from Alaska purchased the property sight unseen over the telephone for $1,687,500.
Located in Louisa, Virginia, in the historic and picturesque countryside that was once home to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other Founding Fathers, this 275± acre estate is ideal for avid equestrians and active families. The main house is Greek Revival with Italianate features, and was fully renovated in 2007. It features 3 spacious bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, along with an updated gourmet kitchen and bright, airy family rooms downstairs. Gracious porches offer the perfect setting for enjoying a morning coffee or an evening cocktail.
Known as Eastern View Farm, the property's equestrian features include a covered riding arena, riding trails, and a 12-stall fully equipped barn with tack room, wash room, washer and dryer, two bathrooms and an apartment/office for a groom. The rolling, lush property offers 136 acres of pastureland and 138 acres of forest, including a Loblolly Pine farm. The pastureland also features 40 acres of 7 separate, fenced paddocks designed for rotational grazing off a central corral. The beautiful landscape offers scenic vistas, including bubbling Foster's Creek. Nearby, the sophisticated university town of Charlottesville offers excellent theatre, music, dining, shopping and schools.
For more information about this sale and upcoming auctions, call 1 (800) 552-8120 or visit the Grand Estates website.
If you're planning to be in Landgrove, Vermont for Grand Estates Auction Company's live, absolute auction of the magnificent property at 35 Breed's Hill Drive on Wednesday, October 16th, be sure to explore some of the spectacular scenery, outdoor sports and culture in this section of New England.
Take a short drive to the incomparable Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, one of the country's finest centers for all types of recreational sports. Hit one of the resorts three challenging nine-hole golf courses. Photograph the dazzling fall foliage in full splendor by taking a gondola ride. Unwind with a hot stone massage in the resort's day spa. If you're heading to Vermont a few days early to preview the property and explore the area, check out the resort's Harvestfest 2013, a fall festival featuring more than 60 craft beers, ales and ciders. If you're bringing the kids, the resort also has a Teddy Bear Parade and 5K Dog Fun Run and Walk over Columbus Day Weekend, October 12-14. For information, call (800) 787-2886.
Photograph by Peter Sent
If you're up for some vigorous activity in Vermont's fresh, country air, take a hike along the famous Long Trail. The Green Mountain Club has information for hikers and nature lovers who want to explore this 270-mile path that winds from the Massachusetts state line to the Canadian border. For information, call (802) 244-7037.
Southern Vermont is famous for its charming villages and inviting country inns. Stop by the Landgrove Inn in the center of town. This converted farmhouse now features art workshops led by local painters and fine dining in its restaurant. For information, call (800) 669-8466. Or drive to Bennington College on Saturday, October 12, for an intriguing performance of Sophie Treadwell's play Machinal in the Margot Tenney Theatre. For information, call (802) 440-4547.
Photograph by Chensiyuan
Southern Vermont's natural, sporting and cultural treasures await you! For more information on the preview schedule and live auction of 35 Breed's Hill Drive, call (800) 552-8120.
Set atop a gentle hillside in Vermont's majestic Green Mountain range is the perfect country retreat for active families. Grand Estates Auction will present this 101-acre property in Landgrove, VT for absolute auction on Wed., Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. Previews will take place Oct. 12-16 at this beautiful estate located a short drive from the popular Stratton Mountain Ski Resort.
Savor spectacular views of the lush, forested landscape and inspiring mountain peaks from the decks, picture windows and fully-glassed sunroom of the main house. The charming 5 BR, 7 BA home is designed in classic New England, post-and-beam style with spacious rooms and contemporary amenities.
Curl up with a novel by one of the home's six wood-burning fireplaces. Enjoy your morning coffee on the large, second-floor deck with views of the property's many fine hardwood trees. Prepare a gourmet breakfast for your family or guests in the beautifully updated kitchen, which features a six-burner Wolf range, a double oven and warming drawer, deep Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwashers, wine cooler, and elegant countertops, cabinetry and fixtures.
The estate is located at 35 Breed's Hill Road and is fully gated for quiet and privacy. There is a private pond, gazebo and outdoor sporting features, including a tennis court, basketball court and expansive, emerald lawns perfect for summer parties or touch football games in autumn. A separate recreational pavilion offers an indoor pool and racquetball court, as well as plenty of space for entertaining. There is also a separate caretaker's unit and recording studio on the property.
Enjoy fresh, active country living in this beautiful corner of southern Vermont. The estate is located near top skiing and sporting amenities at Stratton Mountain, quaint antique shops and country inns in Landgrove and Weston, and excellent shopping and amenities in nearby Manchester. Whip your tennis game into shape at the nearby Cliff Drysdale Tennis School. Hike the spectacular Long Trail and photograph amazing scenery and wildlife. Some of the country's top private and public schools are also located in this area.
The estate at 35 Breed's Hill Road in Landgrove, Vermont will be sold at absolute auction with no minimum and no reserve. For more information or to receive a free brochure on the property, call Grand Estates Auction Company at 1 (800) 552-8120 or visit their website.
So, you've come all this way for our upcoming auction in Louisa, Virginia, but now you're wondering what to do between now and auction day? No worries - we've got you covered!
After you've stopped by previews, head to Elm Avenue right here in Louisa and grab yourself a picnic lunch from Patisserie Royale - don't forget the dessert! Owner Christine Pak brings her expertise from working as a pastry chef at the Ritz Carlton's High Tea in Pentagon City to Louisa in the form of fantastic, made-from-scratch pastries, paninis, and quiches.
From there, head over to Cooper Vineyards. Grab a bottle of wine (might we suggest the Norton Reserve?), pull up a chair on the tasting desk, and indulge yourself while taking in the breathtaking views.
Now that you've filled your belly and whet your palette, head over to the Lake Anna Wine Festival for wine tasting, music, and shopping local vendors' wares.
All that dancing have you hungry again? Head back to Poindexter Road and prepare yourself for a four-course candlelight dinner at Prospect Hill. While the menu changes seasonal based on the availabilty of local, organic produce, sample menu items include such delicacies as Carré du Veau (Roast Centerloin of Veal) with Black Truffle Glaze, Sun-Dried Tomato and Roasted Garlic-Encrusted Rack of Lamb, and Warm Mocha Rum Soufflé.
Or perhaps you're still stuffed from your picnic lunch and wine tastings and are ready to relax. If that's the case, head over to Cooke-Haley Theatre for "Memories of Elvis" and let Michael Hoover take you back to the days of The King.
No matter what you decide to do, we hope you enjoy your time in Louisa!
Photos courtesy of TripAdvisor, lakeannawinefestival.com, louisaarts.org, prospecthill.com, and coopervineyards.com.