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In the early 1940s, C. Louis Meyer, a Chicago businessman, and his wife, Mary, purchased 500 acres in rural North Carolina. He was an avid horseman, while she preferred an afternoon on the links. They would live in the historic 1895 home on that property as much as time would allow, as the pair founded and owned Ceco Concrete, a concrete and concrete form company, in Chicago, a role that kept them away from their countryside retreat nearly six months out of the year. “They were responsible for much of the Chicago skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge,” said listing agent Diann Worrell of Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty.⠀

By the time they passed the Pinehurst property on to their children, they had acquired 1,500 acres of adjoining property. And in the early 1990s, the Meyers’ grandsons, Terry and Louis Brown, took on ownership of the estate and contemplated ways to keep the memory of their grandparents alive and honor them with the build out of the land. The duo put into motion the idea of the Forest Creek Golf Club, a private gated community of 750 homesites surrounding two 18-hole courses designed by Tom Fazio.⠀

Today, the original 17 acres, “which borders part of the Forest Creek Golf Club,” said Ms. Worrell, and the remarkably well preserved 1895 residence that C. Louis Meyer first envisioned, are on the market. In short, for the golf enthusiast, it’s a rarely available opportunity to truly own a piece of history within the sport.⠀

On its 17 acres of land, “there are three main buildings making up the estate, with stables and a two-story log cabin on the grounds,” Ms. Worrell said. The main house features four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. The guest cottage has four bedrooms and three baths, and the carriage house/garage has an additional two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. In total, there is 11,531 square feet of living space. #ListingOfTheDay

When it comes to designing New York apartment buildings, architect Robert A.M. Stern is known for creating timeless classics that have elegant and generously proportioned pre-war style. They are instantly modern—with the best and most lavish finishes and materials—yet they evoke a New York from the turn of the last century.⠀

His latest, 20 East End Avenue, sits at the corner of East End Avenue and East 80th Street in Manhattan. The 18-story building is now welcoming new residents.⠀

“Construction is finishing up,” said Nicole Siciliano-Trazzera, the sales director at 20 East End Avenue. “Of the 70% of the units that have been sold, all have closed. People have started moving in.”⠀

Apartment 6A, one of the premier three-bedroom homes is “one of the most spectacular three-bedrooms that I’ve ever had the pleasure of presenting to potential clients,” Ms. Siciliano-Trazzera said.⠀

The condo has north, east and west exposures with partial views of the East River.⠀

“It’s very light filled,” Ms. Siciliano-Trazzera said. “It’s a very happy residence, very cheerful.”⠀

Architectural and design details include 11-foot ceilings, oversized bay windows that overlook tree-lined East End Avenue, walnut-stained white Appalachian herringbone oak floors, as well as kitchen hardware and a cast iron soaking tub in the master bath both designed by Lefroy Brooks.⠀

“All of the finishes are designed to be the final say,” Ms. Siciliano-Trazzera said, with Mr. Stern involved in all of the design decisions. “Buyers today are very particular. They want to know that they don’t have to renovate or rip out a kitchen counter that’s not up to their standards.”⠀

“There have been many, many runs at these finishes to get them absolutely right,” she said. “Every hinge has been hand selected, every faucet has been agonized over.”⠀

The chef’s kitchen boasts custom Shaker-inspired millwork cabinetry, natural Brazilian quartzite countertops, Gaggenau appliances, and a large center island that offers lots of storage as well as a spot for casual dining. #ListingOfTheDay

An oceanfront contemporary home known as Casa Higuera is the only fully turnkey custom home currently available at the new Maravilla Los Cabos residential resort in Mexico. And priced at $14 million, it’s also one of the most expensive of the planned 230 homes.⠀

“It’s furnished, complete, turnkey, ready to go,” said Neil Johnson, director of residential real estate for Ohana Real Estate Investors, the developer. “The forks and knives are in the drawer, and water is in the pool.”⠀

Ohana is the owner-developer of Twin Dolphin, a planned residential community in Los Cabos, Mexico, that will include the 260-acre Maravilla Los Cabos as well as the new 39-acre Montage Residences Los Cabos that is expected to open early next year.⠀

The community spans both Las Viudas Beach and the renowned Santa Maria Bay, encompassing two of the few year-round, swimmable beaches in Cabo.⠀

Three years after suffering major devastation from Hurricane Odile, the luxury resort market on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula has come back to life.⠀

For now, Casa Higuera is serving as a model unit of sorts for would-be homebuyers at Maravilla.⠀

“We built it to give people an idea of what the finished product would look like,” Mr. Johnson said. “It’s been extremely well received. We’ve had a few offers on it.”⠀

The interiors of the house were designed by Mexico City-based designer Lorena Vieyra of Vieyra Arquitectos, with a goal to maximize unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez and highlight the natural beauty of the surrounding land. The open floor plan integrates the large indoor and outdoor living spaces, with the living area leading out onto a covered terrace made for entertaining.⠀

“As you walk in the front door, you’ve got direct views out to the ocean,” Mr. Johnson said.⠀

Past the private courtyard and front door, you have access to four bedroom suites via floating walkways suspended over an expansive water feature, with an open view extending through the living space to the ocean.⠀

“When people walk through it, they’re taken aback,” Mr. Johnson said. #ListingOfTheDay

Royalty may never have lived in this castle, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.⠀

Called “Beckett’s Castle,” after the eccentric man who built it, the seaside home recently hit the market for the first time since 1981.⠀

The owner, Nancy Harvey, passed away last year and her family is selling the estate. Harvey paid $150,000 for the property, records show, buying it at auction after its previous owner left it in disrepair. According to the listing broker, Tish Whipple of Town and Shore Real Estate, Harvey poured money and love into the home, which was her summer residence. She added a master bedroom suite on the first floor, a carport outside and converted the carriage house into a guest cottage.⠀

“She brought the property back to life,” Ms. Whipple said. “She saved it.”⠀

Constructed in 1874, the home was the creation of Sylvester Beckett, a Portland-based lawyer and literary figure, who built most of it himself from local stone, according to a 1974 report nominating it to the National Register of Historic Places. The most prominent feature of the building is its 30-foot tower, which serves as its entrance.⠀

The rest of the home has more of a cozy, cottage feel, with delightful little details like a painted refrigerator in the kitchen and tons of nooks and crannies that Whipple says any child would find “magical.”⠀

“It’s almost like a fantasy,” she said. “This castle in the woods.”⠀

The home comes in at 1,981 square feet, and offers three bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is also a guest home/artist’s studio on the property, which has an additional bedroom and bathroom. It sits on a one-acre lot.⠀

Harvey was an avid gardener, and the rose garden she added to the home was featured in books by the British rosarian, Peter Beale. In addition, the home comes with 350 feet of deeded ocean property, which is accessed from the main house by granite steps. #ListingOfTheDay

This quite grand and expansive villa sits in the heart of one of Dubai’s toniest neighborhoods, right at the edge of two golf courses.“With two world-class golf courses at the doorstep, it makes it an ideal location for golfers,” said Lana Gorbach, a senior global property consultant at Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty. “The Montgomerie and the Emirates Golf Club offer the ultimate golf experience.”⠀

“Moreover, there are also tennis courts, a swimming pool, health club, children’s play area and a shopping arcade with entertainment options,” she said.⠀

The villa is located in the prestigious community of Emirates Hills “in the most desirable sector, Sector E,” Ms. Gorbach said. “Emirates Hills is a gated community, which offers security and privacy. It is the most exclusive residential address in Dubai.”⠀

The villa is lavishly decorated in bright, saturated colors. All of the finishing materials are from Europe, Ms. Gorbach said. “Most of the furniture was custom made in France, and carpenters and other craftsmen flew in from France to complete the works.”⠀

And most everything in the villa is included in the sale price.⠀

“The house is offered for sale as is—just some paintings that belong to the owner’s private collections will go,” Ms. Gorbach said.⠀

The villa also has a resort-like outdoor area with a temperature-controlled swimming pool, gardens, a rooftop terrace with a bar and cooking station, and an entertainment area with Jacuzzi.⠀

There are “incredible panoramic views over the golf course and Dubai skyline,” Ms. Gorbach said.⠀

Inside, the majestic teak entrance door with circular handles opens into a large double-height foyer with a domed silver-leaf ceiling adorned with a Bocci chandelier. The open-concept living and dining areas overlook the pool and gardens.⠀

The master bedroom has a 269-square-foot boutique-style walk-in closet, and the bathrooms feature fixtures from the Philippe Starck collection.⠀

The 32,000-square-foot villa has seven bedrooms and seven full bathrooms. It sits on 0.872 acres. #ListingOfTheDay

At this five-acre Montecito property within walking distance of the Pacific Coast, you could be hit by the strange sensation that you’ve been transported to some part of the Mediterranean. Resting on a gently sloping hillside with both rose and lavender gardens, the Cyprus tree-lined estate is centered around a tile-roofed Mediterranean style-home with a sweeping ocean view reminiscent of an estate in Spain or perhaps Italy. For co-listing agent Edna Sizlo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, though, the property is all about the view. ⠀

“You would be immediately blown away by the ocean view,” she said enthusiastically, “It’s just ocean, ocean, ocean… 180-degrees of ocean view.”⠀

The home’s open layout and many windows allow for a naturalistic flow of air and light into the large residence, which Ms. Sizlo said receives a nice breeze from the nearby ocean. Tiled floors, wood beams, and fireplaces throughout, meanwhile, add a rustic feel to the home’s clean, white interior. Of course, with horse and walking trails connecting the property to the nearby beach, hills and mountains, the home epitomizes indoor-outdoor living.⠀

Standing on a five-acre plot of land, the 8,321-square-foot home includes eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Furthermore, the property includes a detached guest house.⠀

In keeping with the expected luxury of a Southern California estate, the home overflows with amenities, including a contemporary kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, a wood-lined library, a personal wine room, a five-to-nine car garage, a media room complete with projector and velvet curtains, an exercise room and even an elevator. Furthermore, co listing-agent Natasha Barret of the Agency said there is space for an infinity pool that has already been designed.⠀

Montecito in Santa Barbara County, California, is a secluded, though in many ways well connected beachside town. Ms. Barret, who grew up in Santa Barbara, noted that the area is “close enough to Los Angeles that you’re not so far removed,” but far away enough that it maintains an air of secure privacy. #ListingOfTheDay

A villa whose landscape and beach served as the backdrop for the Hollywood classic “South Pacific” is now on the market for $14.9 million.⠀

Known as Bali Hai Villa, the home on the lush, green island of Kauai takes its name from the neighboring Makana Mountain. The local mountain has affectionately come to be known as Bali Hai, the mythical island featured in the 1958 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific.”⠀

The mountain’s distinctive, pyramid-shaped profile was spotlighted throughout the movie, and several scenes were filmed on the neighboring white sands of Tunnels Beach, which is directly adjacent to the property. ⠀

“The beach they’re on is one of the greatest beaches ever for pretty much every water activity you can imagine,” said agent Matt Beall of Hawai’i Life Real Estate/Christie’s International Real Estate, mentioning snorkeling, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, and surfing in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific.⠀

The main house is particularly well sited, he said, so that it faces northwest, out of the trade winds.⠀

“The north shore of Kauai is among the most beautiful places on the planet,” Mr. Beall said. “It’s an A plus-plus in terms of location.”⠀

The main house was built in 1983; the guest cottage in 1993. “It’s a simple, sturdy house from the 1980s,” Mr. Beall said. “The biggest thing about the house is that it is so clearly designed for entertaining large groups of people.”⠀

A large gourmet kitchen has an indoor grill and cabinets finished in native koa wood.⠀

The next owner may want to undertake a substantial update or remodel, Mr. Beall said.⠀

“The footprint of this house is a good size,” he said. “You could imagine a pretty good remodel where the house is now.”⠀

“You don’t have to take it down to the slab—there are a lot of options,” he said.⠀

The 4,134-square-foot villa has seven bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and one half-bath. There is also a 1,024-square-foot guest cottage with three bedrooms and two full baths. The property covers 3.71 acres. #ListingOfTheDay

This quintessentially English Victorian mansion may be a grand, old red-brick period building set in a historic part of London, sandwiched between Westminster Cathedral and Buckingham Palace, but inside, Artillery Mansions’ penthouse is ultra-modern in both design and function.⠀

Refurbished over the past 18 months, the duplex, across the 11th and 12th floors, is being sold by the developer. All furniture and fittings are bespoke, and all technology controlled by a Crestron audio visual system, via iPad, including air conditioning and surround sound in the main reception room, which turns it into a home cinema. ⠀

“The penthouse has been designed for someone who wants to pick up their suitcases and move straight in,” said Shereen Malik, of U.K. Sotheby’s International Realty, who believes it would make an ideal pied a terre, or somewhere that could work for families who want to be a short hop from some of London’s best schools. The block is very family friendly with apartments owned by those with children, often as a second or third home.⠀

There is a large terrace on each floor of the building with views across iconic parts of London’s skyline, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.⠀

Set over 2,357 square feet, the duplex penthouse has three bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, plus a separate guest cloakroom.⠀

Unusually for a refurbished apartment in central London, buyers will get two parking spaces in the block’s underground car park.⠀

Artillery Mansions has a 24-hour porter and concierge and a luxurious communal area, which has just been revamped in the last couple of months.⠀

The developers have designed the apartment to appeal to high-end buyers, with top-quality materials such as a pure silk carpet and American walnut flooring, staircase and bespoke wardrobes. There’s marble throughout the bathrooms and kitchen—a marble breakfast bar, worktop and backsplash—and a bespoke stone kitchen floor. Appliances are Miele.⠀

All movable furniture, such as sofas, can be bought with the apartment by separate negotiation. #ListingOfTheDay

This 24-acre island in Casco Bay was the first site in Maine to be occupied by European settlers. Its name, House Island, derives from the fact that in 1621, the English explorer Captain Christopher Levett built a house there, around which a small plantation developed.⠀

Today, its four early 20th century structures—three cottages or bigger homes, and a smaller cottage known as The Sunshine Cottage—provide the perfect location for a familial cluster of households, or perhaps a vacation compound. The island’s current owners opted to use the property for the latter, but its proximity to Portland means it could easily function as a year-round residence.⠀

While being so close to the bustling city, House Island is unique in that it still manages to feel very separate and private. Agent Nancy Carleton describes how, from its beautiful beaches (of which there are five), “you can look in toward the harbor, west into Portland, or south and east into the ocean and Peaks Island,” the most populous island in Casco Bay. “One view is very busy and city-like, and the other is very rustic and Maine-y,” she said.⠀

Accessible from Portland by boat or six-minute water taxi, House Island is easily reached, even in bad weather, and its inhabitants can be as connected or as disconnected as they desire.⠀

Among the island’s four structures, its indoor space totals 7,497 square feet. It houses 10 bedrooms, and eight full and two half bathrooms.⠀

The property features 10,000 square feet of artificial turf, perfect for ball sports. Its five beaches mean that kayaking, fishing and swimming can be everyday activities, while its many porches and patios invite leisurely lounging. Additionally, a beautiful “Serenity Garden” offers space for quiet contemplation. Also located on this characterful island are cut granite wharves and the remains of a late 19th-century lobster pound. #ListingOfTheDay

This Queen Anne Victorian in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, may have been built in 1902, but after an extensive, painstaking renovation, it now offers all the high-end finishes of a new build.⠀

That transformation is thanks to its owner—celebrity home flipper and designer, Xorin Balbes— who has renovated and sold over 40 historic properties in Los Angeles, Maui and Montecito.⠀

Mr. Balbes bought the Hancock Park property in January for $3.19 million per city records, and said he poured over $3.5 million into renovating it. According to the property’s listing agent, Billy Rose of The Agency, Mr. Balbes "transformed what was a dark, kind of gothic, overbearing house and lightened it up and made it much more cheery and bright."⠀ ⠀
The home still retains its charming historical details, however, as Mr. Balbes was restricted in what renovations he was able to do to it due to its status. In 1988, it was designated a Los Angeles Cultural-Historic Monument, and it also qualifies for the Mills Act (a California state law that provides tax incentives for owners of historic homes who agree to conserve them). ⠀

Designed by famed architect John C. Austin—who also designed the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles City Hall and the Shrine Auditorium— the home was originally built in a different location east on Wilshire Boulevard. In 1923, its then-owner decided to move it, separating the whole house onto three trucks, and bringing it to its current location in the fashionable Hancock-Park-Wilshire neighborhood.⠀

Mr. Balbes said he didn’t uncover many traces of the home’s big move during his renovation, but noted that he had to reinforce its structure to bring it up to modern day codes. ⠀

"I really make sure a house is rock solid when it’s done," he said, "So now it’s got at least another hundred years of life in it."⠀

The 12,147-square-foot home has six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and one half bathroom, plus a guest house with an additional two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. The property sits on an 18,900-square-foot lot. #ListingOfTheDay

The plots of land are large in Melbourne’s most exclusive suburb, and the owners of this stately home have put every square meter to good use.⠀

Built in the 1930s but remodeled four years ago by esteemed architect David Hicks, the three-story double brick home in Toorak has multiple sports facilities, a range of entertaining spaces and rooms, and enough bedrooms to hold a large family, plus guests.⠀

"Homes from the 1930s are very popular around here," said Sotheby’s International Realty agent Phillip French. "They are all double brick and lend themselves to a nice contemporary renovation, which is what has happened with this home."⠀
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It has a formal lounge room, separate dining area, kitchen with Gaggenau appliances and built-in Subzero fridges and a range.⠀

Entered through an elegant circular foyer, the home has large, light-filled interiors and beautifully landscaped gardens with three separate water features.⠀

Set on 1,910 square meters (over 20,000 square feet), it’s a 15-minute drive to Melbourne’s Central Business District and close to some of Australia’s best schools.⠀

The 650-square-meter (7,000-square-foot) home has six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and three powder rooms.⠀

David Hicks is one of Australia’s most famous architects, known for his streamlined spaces and elegant decorative layering. His work appears frequently in local and international design magazines, and he has been a guest judge on primetime renovation show "The Block. "⠀

The home has a full-sized north-south tennis court, a heated pool with pool house and a gym. Entertainment areas include a covered outdoor entertaining terrace with a separate outdoor kitchen, a cinema room and a wine cellar that can hold around 2,000 bottles.⠀

There is also a six-car basement garage with a workshop and storage areas, and two studies. The bathrooms have underfloor heating. #ListingOfTheDay

It’s always vacation time at this house on the eastern shores of Oahu, Hawaii. Here, every single day you’ll wake up to endless ocean views capped by the volcanic cone, Diamond Head, that largely defines that landscape of the island.⠀

"Enjoy reading your favored novel by the secluded bamboo forest path on the east end of the home or enjoy the gentle breezes of the 30 coconut trees that reside on property," said listing agent Ivette Gutarra of LIST Sotheby's International Realty. "On the oceanside, enjoy an afternoon tea by a lovely bench that sits high under the most beautiful and grandest plumeria tree you’ve ever seen. The lovely floral scents of old Hawaii surround you as you view incomparable ocean views."⠀

Perhaps the most desirable of the home’s features, though, is its private stretch of sand, "with over 250 linear square feet of beach frontage," according to Ms. Gutarra. It sits in the storied Portlock neighborhood of Oahu.⠀

"Portlock has momentous occasions in lore and legend that took place here," Ms. Gutarra said. "Tales are told and re-told of the first visitors, gods and goddesses, followed by voyagers from neighboring islands and distant lands arriving by the great double-hulled voyaging canoes."⠀

The Portlock name comes from a British captain and adventurer, Captain Nathaniel Portlock, whose ships were the first to arrive on the island after Captain Cook discovered Hawaii in 1778.⠀

This four-bedroom and six-and-a-half-bathroom home offers 8,427 square feet of interior living space. An attached garage has stalled parking for three vehicles, and all the above resides on one-and-a-half acres of land. ⠀

In addition to the formal dining room, living room, family room, there’s "a wet bar, solarium, den, spacious kitchen and adjacent kitchen nook, fitness area, saltwater pool and Jacuzzi," Ms. Gutarra said, "all ideal spaces for hosting guests and multigenerational living, and thoughtfully designed on one level for hosting intimate gatherings or grand entertaining." #ListingOfTheDay

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