Travel Channel Interviews Bob Hurwitz for new “Extreme Vacation Homes” Show

travel channel extreme vacation homesIf you thought Travel Channel outdid themselves with the shows “Extreme Houseboats,” “Extreme Resorts” and “Extreme Mind-Blowing Hotels,” just wait until you see the upcoming episode on “Extreme Vacation Homes.”

In this special “Extreme” episode, Travel Channel will be giving viewers an exclusive look into some of the world’s most exotic and luxurious vacation homes. Of course, they couldn’t do this without consulting an authority in extreme luxury living, which is why they called on Bob Hurwitz, president of Hurwitz James Company. Even better, Travel Channel chose to interview Bob in his own natural habitat – his luxury beach house in Marina Del Rey, California!

See the sneak preview video of Travel Channel’s interview with Bob Hurwitz at is California retreat during which he discusses luxury real estate on the Hurwitz James Company Facebook page. Then, be sure to tune in when the new “Extreme Vacation Homes” episode premiers on Travel Channel.

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How to Stay Current in the Luxury Real Estate Market

Investors and high-end homebuyers can rely on Unique Homes and Hurwitz James Company as go-to resources for information on luxury real estate listings worldwide.

Reaching over 80 countries, the Unique Homes print and digital magazine has become an authoritative source for informative luxury real estate articles and stunning photography of the world’s most impressive properties. The Unique Homes site, which allows you to easily search listings, is also one of the most-visited luxury home websites in the industry.

Since starting in 1987, the Hurwitz James Company name has become associated with some of the world’s most prestigious neighborhoods and properties. Founder and president of Hurwitz James Company, Bob Hurwitz specializes in multimillion dollar estates and luxury residential developments and is the sole Realtor for the marketing and sales of the exclusive residential island known as the Ocean Reef Islands development.

By following Hurwitz James Company you can not only see our latest listings, but you can also stay in the know with current activity and trends in the global luxury real estate market. Here at Hurwitz James, we pride ourselves on providing a rich mix of lifestyle, listing and market information through all three of our social media platforms. But we want to hear from you, too! Join the luxury real estate discussion by following and commenting on the Hurwitz James Company blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Google’s New Venice Beach Headquarters Expected to Spark Local Real Estate & Business

While our last article sited some of the small signs of a healing housing market, one California community has extra reason to be hopeful of a stronger local real estate market. As of November of 2011, Google has firmed its roots in Venice Beach with the leasing of more than 100,000 square feet in three buildings on Main Street. Part of the new Google office is also being housed in world-renowned architect Frank Gehry’s iconic Binoculars Building.

According to an article from The Hollywood Reporter, “While Google’s relocation is expected to lead at least some employees to purchase property in Venice, perhaps more importantly, brokers and others say that the company’s choice of location there is spurring others to consider the beachside community.” It is clear that the effects go beyond the fact that Google chooses locations for its offices in areas that have room to grow.

As associate economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp Kimberly Ritter-Martinez told The Hollywood Reporter, it’s the clustering effect. The area is consequently more appealing to like-minded companies and individuals. Big names that have hence purchased buildings in the same area include ad agency Zambezi Ink, actor-director Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., and co-founder of Luma Pictures Payam Shohadai.

 

 

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Picasso Painting Sells for $23 Million Setting Record

A luxury home isn’t complete without a one of a kind piece of fine art. But one fine art collector believed his home wasn’t complete until it dawned an original Picasso painting valued at $23 million. The unnamed collector purchased the 1967 Picasso work featuring a naked man playing a recorder for his nude lover in November 2011 for $23 million, setting a record.

According to the premier issue of luxury lifestyle magazine Bloomberg Pursuits, the world’s biggest fine art dealers will be uniting for the fourth in a series of Picasso exhibitions at Larry Gagosian’s galleries in New York and London. The expectations for the next event to take place on April 30 are very high. The first three events attracted a total of 260,000 visitors for about 300 artworks. These events with the participation of Picasso’s heirs and noted Picasso biographer John Richardson elevated by the unrivaled marketing strategies of Larry Gagosian have made Picasso the best-selling artist of the past decade.

Read more about the upcoming exhibition and fine art marketer Larry Gagosian in the Bloomberg article online. Property investors and fine art collectors might be interested to learn about Hurwitz James Company’s newest listing, The Bradbury Estate, which boasts several Venetian plaster masterpieces and domes with hand-painted frescos. Interested buyers can schedule a showing by calling 888-681-5902.

Congratulations to Hurwitz James Company Real Estate Agent Andrea Yates!

We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize Andrea “Andi” Yates, one of Hurwitz James Company’s most accomplished real estate agents. Andi has been a top producer and luxury home specialist for over twelve years and has represented buyers and sellers on high-end properties from Los Angeles to San Diego.

With a diverse academic background in law, design and architecture, Andi provides a uniquely consummate expertise in the evaluation and pricing of her listings. Andi’s remarkable negotiating skills and the cutting edge technology and creativity with which she implements marketing programs has resulted in a long and impressive list of repeat satisfied clients. Her wide client base spans nationwide and includes celebrities, professional athletes, music industry professionals, developers, investors and CEOs.

Andi’s most recent accomplishment was the listing of three luxury properties in one day! Take a look at these stunning new California home listings, which are the product of Andi’s immense effort and virtuosity.

 

25663 Piuma Road, Calabasas CA; priced at $2,499,000

1461 N. Kenter, Brentwood CA (Crestwood Hills); priced at $2,999,000

26054 Mulholland Drive, Calabasas CA (Malibu Hills); priced at $1,350,000

Bob Hurwitz Shows Brentwood Villa on Recent Episode of LX.TV Open House

Every week on NBC with host Sara Gore, Open House showcases the top real estate and design trends from the experts who know them best. And this past weekend, the show brought viewers to the Celebrity Villa in Brentwood, California for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with Bob Hurwitz, President of Hurwitz James Company. This special episode brings you into the luxurious lifestyle of football superstar Michael Strahan and model Nicole Murphy, former owners of the Brentwood Villa. From the exquisite custom finishes to the magnificent master suite bath, you get to see it all first-hand. In case you missed it, watch the “Square Feet: Inside Michael Strahan’s Estate” video segment online on the NBC website.

Currently listed at $6.95 million, the 6-bedroom Celebrity Villa offers stunning Mediterranean style architecture and extraordinary amenities including a chef’s kitchen, home theater, elevator and sweeping backyard with pool and spa. To see and read more about the property, visit the listing on the Hurwitz James Company website. Interested buyers can schedule a private showing with Bob Hurwitz by calling the Hurwitz James Company in Beverly Hills at 888-681-5902.

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Bloomberg Pursuits: New Luxury Lifestyle Magazine

We came across an article in The Editor at Large announcing a new print magazine designed for the “Global Financial Elite,” which we thought our real estate investing clients might be interested in. Bloomberg will soon be launching the Bloomberg Pursuits, a magazine that will be available on newsstands and distributed worldwide to financial professionals using Bloomberg Terminal. According to the Editor at Large article, the average reader profile is predicted to be a 38-year-old male with an average income of $452k, in other words influential business leaders and market-movers with discerning tastes. Here’s a little sample of what readers can expect.

Bloomberg Pursuits will cover the world, including fashion in Asia, Brazil and Europe, adventures in Patagonia, jewelry in London, exotic cars in New York City, resorts in Laos, and more. Editorial content includes: Product Reviews, Destinations, Advice, Real Estate & Design, Fashion, Watches and more.

To read more about the new luxury lifestyle magazine set to launch soon by Bloomberg, visit the The Editor at Large article online.

Photo by Scott Frances via The Editor at Large

Jean Pigozzi Recently Hosted Private Celebrity Yacht Party in Panama

We just heard about a high-profile party that took place in Panama recently. Jean Pigozzi, a well-known Italian businessman and art collector among other things, hosted the party at his Panama home. Pigozzi is widely famous for his private Contemporary African Art Collection but has lead several entrepreneurial successes including the Liquid Jungle Lab, an island in Punta Pacific devoted towards technologically advanced research of marine and terrestrial sciences as a part of conservation efforts. Pigozzi’s Panama home is one of five; the others are located in New York, London, Paris and Cap d’Antibes.

According to an article from Panama America, a handful of big-name celebrities flew into Panama specifically to attend Pigozzi’s party. The Hollywood personalities that made the guest list were Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas and Roman Abramovich. The guests were flown via helicopters to Pigozzi’s private yacht where they were then taken to an island in the Gulf of Chiriqui Pixbae. The private party included fishing and fine dining catered by five star chefs from the famous Ciudad de David, a luxury hotel in Panama.

Of course, we were not too surprised by the chosen location for this private, high-profile get together. After all, Panama was named the No. 1 place to go in 2012 by The New York Times.

For those considering investing in real estate in Panama, learn more about Panama City’s newest and most luxurious residential development, Ocean Reef Islands by contacting Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.

Source: Panama America
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Bottom photo via Roger Wollstadt

Panama is No.1 Place to Go in 2012 by The New York Times

The New York Times recently published an article in the travel section listing the 45 top places to travel to in 2012. Out of 45 destinations, Panama came in first! As the Times put it, when you go to Panama, “Go for the Canal. Stay for everything else.” With the same currency and the soon-to-be expanded canal, Panama is becoming even easier to travel to. The thriving economy has led to an influx of first-time Latin America developments by Waldorf, Trump and Frank Gehry. Of course, the Times does not forget to mention the endless opportunities for outdoor Caribbean recreation and night life entertainment.

As the article reveals, it is for these reasons and even more that Americans have recently realized the true value of Panama real estate and have hence been investing rapidly. If you are looking to own property in the world’s top destination in 2012, consider Panama City’s newest and most luxurious residential development, Ocean Reef Islands. To learn more about Ocean Reef Islands custom-designed villas and single family homes, please contact Bob Hurwitz at 888-681-5902.

 

Source: The New York Times
Top photo via DoctorWho
Bottom photo via www.oceanreefislands.com

What are the Most Luxurious Gifts of 2011?

A recent article we came across in International Business Times suggests some this year’s most luxurious gifts.

  • Michael Cluizel’s Chocolate Set:  This $895 box of candy contains 400 pieces of handmade chocolates.
  • Dom. Romaine Conti Wine: French red burgundy wine at $1,540 per bottle.
  • Steiff Gold Teddy Bear: This stuffed bear is made of solid gold and the finest fur from gold with sapphires and diamonds for eyes. It costs $84,000 to cuddle this teddy bear.
  • Goldstriker iPhone 3Gs Supreme: Not your ordinary iPhone as its encrusted with more than 200 diamonds included a single 7.1 carat diamond and 22 carat pure gold. This sparkly gadget is priced at $3.2 million.

  • Halcyon Dream Card: This gift card gives complete access to Halcyon’s charter flights with personal concierge, premium services and the best accommodations that money can buy. The world’s most expensive gift card costs a jaw-dropping $5 million!

 

Tell us in a comment what you think the most luxurious gift of 2011 might be.

 

Source: International Business Times
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Bottom Photo via BornRich