The Razor Residence will be Auctioned Tomorrow!

Tomorrow – Thursday, November 10, 2011 – is the day! The Razor Residence will be auctioned tomorrow morning at 11am! The suspense is unbearable, and we cannot wait to see who will become the fortuitous new owner of the most architecturally unique home in the world. We’re imagining the suspense will be quite intense tomorrow as bidders will be vying for the chance to wake up every morning to the most stunning views in all of California in a the one-of-kind architectural masterpiece designed by world-renowned architect Wallace E. Cunningham.

To those qualified bidders who will be attending the auction tomorrow, please remember to bring a Cashier’s Check in the amount of $500,000 made out to themselves or to Leslie Gladstone, Trustee in order to participate. The auction will be an oral bid conducted by the Trustee, and the bidding will begin at US $13,900,000. The property will be sold free and clear liens, unfinished and as is.  The successful bidder will sign a non-contingency purchase agreement, and the sale will be subject to a lender’s approval. Happy Bidding!

For additional information or questions please contact Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.

Photos via Hurwitz James Company

Historic ‘House on Turtle Mountain’ in Japan Just Reduced

Embodying ultimate serenity and impeccable design, this historic home in Kita Kamakura, Kanagawa was just reduced by 200 million Yen! Nestled atop a large rock that resembles a turtle and symbolizes good fortune, this residence has earned the famous name “The House on Turtle Mountain.” The home’s real fame hails, however, from the three of the rooms that were dismantled from the original “Tsukiji Rantei House,” a renowned restaurant in Tokyo.

With private surroundings of soothing, brooks, ponds, waterfalls, bamboo forests and rock gardens, “The House on Turtle Mountain” is a place of pure tranquility. The perfect balance between Japanese architecture and modern luxury, the home has 6 rooms divided by traditional fusuma, shoji and tatami partitions. The rest of the home including the guest room, bathroom, living room and kitchen offer a stunning minimalist aesthetic that achieves the highest possible comfort. The property is boasted to have a prime piece of land with good energy. Read more about the history of this home by visiting the Hurwitz James Company Flyer.


Interested buyers should contact Bob Hurwitz at 310-477-8865 to schedule an appointment.

Photos via Hurwitz James Company



Celebrity Villa For Sale in Brentwood, California

Set behind private gates in the illustrious Brentwood California community, this stunning Celebrity Villa has an unparalleled design that is just as inviting as it is awe-inspiring. With 6 bedrooms, 8 baths and 2 powder rooms, the layout of the grandeur residence is wide open and abounding with natural light. The luxurious master suite alone has a beautiful balcony, a sitting area next to a cozy fireplace, and a bathroom with his and her baths, a steam dual shower and expansive walk-in closets.

The chef’s kitchen is an entertainer’s dream with all Viking stainless steel appliances, wet and dry butlers’ pantries, an extraordinary formal dining room and a charming breakfast room. The kitchen opens out onto the over-sized deck with a view of the sweeping backyard complete with pool and spa. As if this was not enough, there’s also a fantastic home theater, wetbar, elevator, separate dens and maids quarters and a double-gated garage.

Offered at $6,950,000, the Celebrity Villa can be viewed by interested buyers through scheduling an appointment with Bob Hurwitz at 310-477-8865.


A Day in the Life of Bob Hurwitz: Perk I

As the president and broker of Hurwitz James Company, Bob Hurwitz has a tough job. We’re talking all work no play. Well, it’s not always so tough. There are some pretty neat perks. One of the many perks of making millions for a happy seller on a single deal is when he gives you his yacht and crew for two weeks to check out potential listings on the French Riviera.

Bob’s former “office” for two weeks.

Believe it or not, this is actually Bob at work. There just happens to be no tie  (shoes, or shirt) requirement.

Okay, I know we said all work and no play, but when you are on a yacht like this, it’s impossible not to mix a little pleasure with business.

Just another day at sea-er work, and to think he has to wake up and do it all over again the next day and the next day for 2 weeks.

Panama Named one of the World’s Strongest Real Estate Markets

The real estate market may be leaving something to be desired here in the United States, but it’s proving to be the opposite for the Ocean Reef Islands, the new landmark in Latin America. As the sole Realtor for the marketing and sales of the exclusive residential island development, Hurwitz James Company is excited to be representing these stunning luxury Ocean Villas, Garden Apartments and Single Family Homes in a location and market that is unparalleled by most others around the world.

“Little wonder that Panama is increasingly lighting up the radar screens of those searching for an affordable alternative to more traditional south-of-the-border retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean, where escalating prices increasingly rival those along America’s own beach fronts…Yet despite the price increases, property here remains a fraction of what one would pay for similar real estate in the United States.”
- New York Times

“… ultimately, the beauty of Panama City is that it hasn’t become Miami yet. It’s much more welcoming and manageable. And now is the time to go.”
- The Washington Post

“The Number One Retirement Destination in the Western Hemisphere”
- Modern Maturity Magazine

“I have projects all over the world, and Panama is one of the strongest, if not the strongest, real estate market.”
- Ivanka Trump

Contact Hurwitz James Company if you would like to learn more about the stunning island residences on the Ocean Reef Islands in Panama by calling 310.477.8865.

Buyers Can Custom Design their Own Ocean Reef Islands Home

Your custom designed Ocean Reef Islands residence will be unlike any other in the world. With 6 floor plans and various locations around the island to choose from, you can conceive the ultimate dream home complete with unrivaled amenities and breathtaking views from every room. Let’s take a virtual tour of the possibilities.

Imagine living . . .

at a beautiful Ocean Villa footsteps from a private boat dock . . .

at a spacious Single Family Home with an expansive backyard facing the ocean. . .

. . . or at a Garden Apartment walking distance to the exclusive Ocean Reef Marina.

Imagine waking up to this view . . .

. . . relaxing amidst blue water and skies here

. . . and watching a Panama sunset from there.

On top of all this, the location of your Ocean Reef Island residence will allow endless opportunities to explore all the fine dining, history and culture that Panama has to offer. To read more about the residences and Design Guidelines, visit Ocean Reef Islands online. Interested buyers should call 888-681-5902 to speak with an agent at Hurwitz James Company, the exclusive representative of marketing and sales for the islands.

The Razor Makes the ABC Channel 10 News

With the upcoming auction, the hype continues to build as The Razor is making more and more headlines. Our prized property and architectural marvel recently took center stage in a news report by ABC Channel 10. The story highlighted The Razor’s magnificence with its location that is “hollowed out from the cliffs over Black’s Beach” and the floor-to-ceiling glass that “filters light in a way that changes the home’s look depending on the hour.”

The story revealed the home as the most photographed in America as well as a peak into its past. There was a mention of previous Razor owner, software engineer Don Cooksey, who declared bankruptcy and turned the masterpiece over to a trustee.

Don Cooksey spent $34 million to commission the residence designed by top architect Wallace Cunningham, and on September 27th, the bidding will begin at $16 million. The numbers speak for themselves, but Channel 10 quoted Bob Hurwitz describing The Razor as “a steal.”

Those in the market should now that The Razor will only be auctioned if it is not sold prior to September 27th. Interest in the property can be directed to Bob Hurwitz himself at 310.477.8865.

The Value of an Ocean Reef Islands Investment

Where do you dream of retiring? Before the construction of the luxurious Ocean Reef Islands has even been completed, the new Panama islands have quickly become one of the world’s most desired locations for retirement. The $400 million luxury home development is not only alluring because of the tranquil beauty of the tropical Panama surroundings but because of the world class amenities and unsurpassed value. So why invest in one of these 2-3 level, spacious, decadently designed low-rises?

“Panamanian real estate may very well be a safe place to shelter your wealth from today’s economic chaos.”
- Conde Nast Traveler

“Panama is the new Central American bargain where the US dollar- the market currency- goes a long way.”
- Business Week

“Panama makes itself over as its lenient tax structure and strong economy attract investors and entrepreneurs.”
- Forbes, 2008

“The new Florida: Panama’s quality health care, low costs, and proximity to the states are attracting American professionals as a retirement haven.”
- Jessica Ramesch, International Living

For more information on real estate investments in the Oceans Reef Islands, contact Hurwitz James Company, the islands’ exclusive representation for marking and sales.

Hurwitz James and The Razor in TheStreet

Leading digital financial media publication TheStreet featured Hurwitz James Company’s along with four other realtors and their multi-million dollar listings in an article released August 16. The Hurwitz listing that was featured in Jarold Leslie’s article “5 Super Expensive Foreclosures For Sale” was The Razor Residence in La Jolla, California.

The 11,000 square-foot contemporary home has four bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two fireplaces, a heated pool, a dog run, an eight-car garage and a two-space carport. Designed by one of the Architectural Digest’s top 100 designers, The Razor has been named a Residence of Art as the floor-to-ceiling glass provides uninterrupted views of the natural landscape, open sky and Pacific Ocean only a few hundred feet away. The prime location all includes private access to Black’s Beach and close proximity to Del Mar Thoroughbred race track and Torrey Pine preserve and golf course.

The Razor has commanded attention and served as the backdrop of TV spots for Calvin Klein’s new high-end collection and Visa’s Black Card. If it is not sold beforehand, The Razor is scheduled to go up for auction September 28. The bidding will begin at $16 million. If you are interested in this one-of-a-kind estate, contact Bob Hurwitz at 310.477.8865.

Listen to the Travel Experts & Discover Panama’s Rich Culture

As we watch the first man-made islands in Latin America become a reality, we are watching the expansion of one of the most luxurious, first class infrastructures in the world. Adding to the already historically and culturally rich country of Panama, the Oceans Reef Islands will be located off of the coast of the exclusive residential and commercial area of Panama City known as Punta Pacifica. Hurwitz James Company is honored to be a part of history as the sole listing provider for the Ocean Reef Islands Project. In case you have not explored what Panama has to offer, here are some quotes from the travel experts to inspire you.

Forbes Traveler says . . .
“Long heralded as the Next Costa Rica, Panama is actually more culturally diverse.”

The Telegraph says . . .
“Those who missed the boat in Miami and found Costa Rica inadequate and too costly, set their sights on this sliver of a country… Many expat retired people have also been enticed into investing in property here because of Panama’s easy access to both oceans, abundance of flora and fauna, by a favourable climate – which conveniently lies south of the hurricane belt – and most importantly the infrastructure… In short, Panama has a slice of everything and something for everyone.” says . . .
“The haven of the 21st Century.”

To learn more about real estate opportunities in the Ocean Reef Islands, contact Hurwitz James Company at 888.681.5902.