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Explore Culture-Rich Pittsburgh


At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, Grand Estates Auction Company will hold an absolute auction of a beautiful, 150-acre retreat in Bulger, PA. Set amid rolling, lush landscapes, the property features a 100-year-old restored farmhouse, and several uniquely appointed buildings. It's ideal for those seeking a private getaway from the hustle of daily life, yet located just a short drive from sophisticated Pittsburgh.

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Beautiful Glass Observatory in Bulger

While you're in town to preview the property from May 2-6, take some time to explore Pittsburgh's rich culture and family-friendly activities.

In Pittsburgh's North Shore neighborhood, visit the popular Andy Warhol Museum. This 88,000-square-foot, seven-story museum is dedicated solely the dazzling Pop Art creations of one of Pittsburgh's most famous native sons. The massive collection of the late artist's varied works includes more than 900 paintings, 4,000 photographs, 4,350 film or videotaped works, and 77 sculptures. For information about the museum, call 1 (412) 237-8300 or visit the website.

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Many educational and cultural treasures in Pittsburgh bear the name of steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The Carnegie Science Center offers fun learning opportunities for the whole family. Watch a film in the Rangos Omnimax, a four-story, IMAX dome theater which projects images even on the ceiling. Take a journey through the galaxies in the Buhl Planetarium. Enjoy live musical shows that teach and inspire, or spin the Wheel of Science on the Bayer Science State. For information about the Carnegie Science Center, call 1 (412) 237-3400 or visit the website.

Pittsburgh is known as the City of the Three Rivers: the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela all converge here. Explore these picturesque waterways Pittsburgh-style by taking a Saturday Family Sail with RiverQuest. These one-hour sails are designed for ages 3 and older, and there are three midday tours on Saturday, May 3. Tickets are available at the Carnegie Science Center also. For information, visit the website.

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Pittsburgh offers a wide array of dining options, from gourmet to casual. Stop by the original location of Primanti Bros. at 46 18th Street in the city's Strip District for one of the restaurant's famously hearty sandwiches -- with handcut french fries stuffed inside the sandwich. Visit the website for more locations, menus and hours. For more elegant dining options, explore Pittsburgh Magazine's list of the city's 25 best restaurants of 2013.

No matter your interest or appetite, Pittsburgh has something wonderful to offer. For more information on the Grand Estates auction May 6, call 1 (800) 552-8120 or visit the website.




Port Richey, Florida Estate SOLD


On a sunny afternoon by the Gulf of Mexico, Grand Estates Auction Company successfully orchestrated the sale of a magnificent 5-bedroom, 7-bathroom estate. On Tuesday, April 1st in beautiful Port Richey, Florida, five registered bidders who had each put up $100,000 in certified funds competed in a live auction. After just 20 minutes of live bidding, this spectacular home sold for $1,785,000.

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Grand Estates' highly experienced real estate professionals conducted an extensive 30-day marketing campaign for this unique property in exclusive, gated HarborPointe. The campaign produced over 25,000 unique visitors to the Grand Estates website from 24 states and 8 countries, including India, Canada, United Kingdom, Bermuda, Antigua and the United Arab Emirates.

After the live auction concluded, purchase contracts were immediately signed, a 10% non-refundable deposit was placed in escrow, and both the buyer and the seller prepared to close within 30 days. This is the Grand Estates Auction way.

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With three stories and an open, airy floor plan, this gorgeous home features stylish design elements like hardwood floors, walls of windows, cypress ceilings, a resort-quality pool, a summer kitchen and outdoor fireplace, a private dock and boat/jetski lift, a home theatre with stadium-style seating, and a 6-car garage. Just 40 minutes from Tampa International Airport, Port Richey is a family-friendly beach community renowned for its casual pace, world-class fishing and lush golf courses.

For more information about Grand Estates Auction Company and how to sell your luxury property at auction, call 1 (800) 552-8120 or visit the Grand Estates website.

Spectacular Pittsburgh Estate


Imagine a leisurely horseback ride through lush meadows bordered by bubbling creeks. Picture yourself hosting guests for cocktails in a glass-roofed observatory as starlight twinkles overhead. Envision yourself slipping into a bubble bath in your private garden tub room. Far from the cares of the world, but only a short drive from sophisticated Pittsburgh?

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Grand Estates Auction Company is pleased to present the opportunity to acquire this magnificent 115-acre country retreat in Bulger, Pennsylvania at absolute auction at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6. Featuring a 100-year-old, 2,000 sq. ft. restored farmhouse, a well-equipped equestrian barn, and other unique buildings, this estate offers versatility and charm.

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The main farmhouse has three bedrooms, two full baths and a fully updated, contemporary kitchen. The lovely guest house adds another 1,950 sq. ft. of living space, including four bedrooms and three full baths.

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The entertainment paviliion is a unique space on two levels, with 4,800 sq. ft. of recreation, storage and office space. The top level's open space is ideal for a spectacular party, while the lower level features six horse stalls and other amenities. Elsewhere on the lush, rolling acreage is a 2,000 sq. ft. recreation club perfect for staging a charity poker tournament or for family activities, and two stunning glass observatories stocked with beautiful greenery and flowers. The property comes fully furnished and decorated.

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, this quiet family retreat features seven stocked ponds, a waterfall, clear country creeks, outdoor fire boxes, a barbecue cookery, ample parking and other unique amenities.

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Previews of the property will take place from May 2-6, and the live auction will begin promptly at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6. For more information, including a free brochure and driving directions from the airport, call Grand Estates Auction at 1 (800) 552-8120, or visit their website. Outside the United States, call 1 (704) 529-0026.

Active, Sunny Lifestyle: Port Richey


While you're visiting Port Richey, Florida for the Grand Estates April 1 auction of the magnificent 5-bedroom waterfront estate in exclusive HarborPointe, you'll experience the active, sun-splashed lifestyle that residents of this gulf community enjoy year-round.

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Port Richey offers the relaxed ambiance that everyone desires, with generous access to water, beach, trails and greenspace. Boating, sailing, water skiing and fishing opportunities abound in beautiful Port Richey. While you're touring the estate during the auction preview March 28-April 1, be sure to experience the Gulf of Mexico's incomparable deep-sea fishing. Charter companies like Reef Chief are led by seasoned captains who know the best locations to reel in grouper, snapper, shark, mackerel and other local fish. Deep-sea fishing is an enjoyable activity for both families and couples. Call (727) 869-3201 to book your charter.

Located a short drive from exciting Tampa, Port Richey is decidedly laid-back and perfect for nature lovers. Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park offers incredible boating and fishing, and is the ideal place to relax and spot the local wildlife. Take a leisurely cruise on the 320-ft.-deep inlet of Salt Spring. Keep your camera ready to snap photographs of dolphins, gray fox, tortoises, and wading and nesting birds. Picnic areas are also available, so stop by Joseppi's Deli in Waterfront Plaza to pick up a selection of delectable Italian meats, cheeses and bread on your way. For information on Werner-Boyce Park, call (727) 816-1890, and to find out more about Joseppi's, call (727) 857-6020

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The Gulf Coast of West Florida is famous for excellent golfing year-round. This sunny, lush area has a number of fine private and public golf courses. While you're visiting for the auction, enjoy 18 holes at the beautiful River Ridge Golf and Country Club, a public course that offers challenging play on its signature course. You may spot local deer, wild turkeys and even native alligators while pitching your sand wedge. For information, call (727) 847-4762.

For more information on the Grand Estates Auction Company absolute auction of the waterfront estate at HarborPointe, call (800) 552-8120 or go online to request a free brochure.

Live Luxuriously Near Tampa


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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Boasts Record Year


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Singing and Snowboarding in Vail


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.


Stylish Autumn Decor Ideas


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.

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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?


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Enjoy autumn decorating whether you're entertaining friends or just hanging out at home before a roaring fire!

Ski or Golf at Gorgeous Colorado Estate


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.

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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.

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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.

Majestic Views: Vermont Estate SOLD


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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