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If you enjoy learning about today’s most luxurious trophy properties, we encourage you to become a fan of Hurwitz James Company on Facebook and Twitter. Here are some of the exclusive posts and updates you’ll get to enjoy.

  • Stunning photos of our latest multimillion dollar real estate listings from those in the most expensive zip codes to those with breathtaking architecture or amenities and those in exotic locations with unbelievable views
  • Links to virtual tours of our mega-mansion listings from TV appearances on shows such as LuxVT
  • Tweets from the president and lead broker of Hurwitz James Company, Bob Hurwitz, himself
  • Fascinating articles, such as the one Bob recently tweeted on 10 Super Huge Homes for Sale (of course Bradbury Estate made the list)
  • Luxury real estate news and trends in the market

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Housing Wire Magazine on The Razor Sale & High-End Home Market

“Bob Hurwitz never, in his 30-year career, spent this much to push a single home.” This is what writer Andrew Scoggin reports in a recent Housing Wire Magazine article that chronicles the momentous sale of the Razor residence.  Bob Hurwitz shoveled out $150,000 to market the “Razor Bluff” luxury La Jolla estate built by world-renowned architect Wallace E. Cunningham. As you probably remember from the numerous headlines, the Razor was finally sold after three years on the market to a software engineer for only one third of the original asking price.

Hurwitz told the magazine that ”The way this property sold, if anything, reflects the real world in the luxury marketplace.” While certain individual high-end home markets are doing relatively well – mainly, coastal cities including New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. –  luxury homes are still struggling with declining property costs and the other issues that are plaguing the rest of the national housing market. According to the article, the high-end home construction industry is remaining “cautiously optimistic.” Luxury homeowners, however, will have to continue to deal with few high-end homebuyers and sinking property values.

Read what other real estate industry professionals told Housing Wire about the current high-end home market in the magazine article online

 

Wall Street Journal Article Reveals One of the Best Places to Retire

Imagine retirement looking like this . . .

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal accounts the story of how two 60-year-old friends were able to retire here and wake up to this every day despite their “small nest eggs” and inability to receive Medicare until age 65. Here were their requirements for the retirement location of their dreams:

Warm weather; a country with a stable democracy; a four-hour plane ride or less from the U.S.; adequate and affordable health care; American-friendly; located near or by an ocean; clean and abundant fresh water; affordable housing; a cost of living at least 50% lower than in the U.S.—and good coffee.

So where were they able to retire? Costa Rica! Read the rest of their story at online.wsj.com.

Hurwitz James Company currently has the listing for the Cabana Verde in Costa Rica. With its location among tropical fauna, rivers, mountains and beaches, this property is truly a tropical paradise. To learn more about the Cabana Verde or to schedule a viewing with broker Bob Hurwitz, please call Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.

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Bottom three photos via Hurwitz James Company

Villa La Mulata: A Hidden Sanctuary in the Dominican Republic

Located in the beautiful outskirts of the touristic town known as Sosua in the Dominican Republic, the Villa La Mulata is a true gem. With a treated lumbar roof and stunning high-end ceramics tiles, the two-story hilltop villa has endless panoramic views and excellent amenities. The kitchen boasts granite countertops and a large gas stovetop, and the spacious great room overlooks the landscape for a lovely view. The lower level has three large bedrooms with en suite bathrooms complete with their own showers and Jacuzzi tubs. The master suit located on the second floor has an expansive bathroom also with a shower, Jacuzzi tub and outstanding ocean views. With its own terrace, the bonus suit-like room can be easily converted into a lounge area or media room.

The property has a sparkling swimming pool, whirlpool and outdoor grilling and seating area all surrounded by gorgeous gardens. The outdoor room also serves as the perfect place to enjoy extraordinary sunsets. With its close proximity to both the famous Sosua snorkeling beach and the quaint town’s boutiques, restaurants and nightlife, this property is pouring with potential as the perfect permanent residence or vacation home.

To learn more about the ocean view Villa La Mulata and/or to schedule an appointment to tour the tropical estate, contact Bob Hurwitz of Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.

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Cabana Verde Tropical Paradise Property in Costa Rica

Tour this tropical paradise, and you’ll want to prepare yourself for lush tropical fauna, mountains, rushing rivers, world-renowned beaches and one of the best climates in the world. Located in San Isidro del General in the Southern Pacific Region of Costa Rica, the Cabana Verde luxury estate must be seen to ascertain its exquisite and unique beauty.

The 6,000 square-foot villa has several windows for stunning views of the tropical gardens and boasts high end appliances, marble countertops, a media room and – our favorite – a custom designed massage room and fantastic views of the tropical gardens. Stepping outside the main villa, you are greeted with 5 acres of magnificent Mediterranean style grounds that include an Olympic size swimming pool, an oversized Jacuzzi spa, outdoor bar and gym and an unattached guesthouse.

The close proximity to the famous Dominical beaches allows easy access to any and all water sports and activities you could possibly imagine. On top of all that, residents can even enjoy zip lining, mountain climbing, natural hot springs and tours of the local coffee farms, movie theater and much more on a regular basis.

The home is currently being offered at $1,500,000 US, but the seller is very motivated and will entertain all offers. In fact, the seller is even willing to offer an especially good price if this home is purchased in combination with the Villa La Mulata in Dominican Republic. Stay tuned for our next post on this Dominican Republic property!

To learn more about the Cabana Verde and/or to schedule an appointment to tour the tropical estate, contact Bob Hurwitz of Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.

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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

Luxury Polynesian Estate Spotlighted in Epoch Times

Epoch Times published an article today that highlights the beauty (and bargain) of the Maeva Luxury Estate we currently have listed here at Hurwitz James Company. The estate is located on the magnificent Motu Piti Aau, the most sought after island in the world. With its white sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoon, breathtaking views of the famous Otemanu cliffs of Bora Bora, deep sea diving and whale watching right off the reef, the Maeva estate is pure Polynesian beauty and bliss.

The plantation-style residence has 6 bedrooms, 3 full baths and a separate 2-bedroom, 1-bath guest host. Completely self-sufficient, the residence is equipped with its own alternative power generator and natural water supply. The interior is decorated with Polynesian style original artwork and boasts custom paint finishes and a spacious kitchen. Unrivaled views and spectacular sunsets and sunrises can be enjoyed on the patio-deck that overlooks a tropical garden and the beach. With its own private boat deck, the estate is only a 5-minute boat ride to the main town of Vaitape and a 20 minute boat ride to Bora Bora.

If you are interested in learning more about the Maeva Luxury Estate, contact Bob Hurwitz at 888-681-5902.

     

The Epoch Times Reports on International Real Estate

November 10, 2011, The Epoch Times published an article featuring three luxury properties in three different countries across the globe, one of which is a Hurwitz James Company listing. The historical Japanese home known as the “House on Turtle Mountain” was the first global estate featured in the article.

As we recounted in a past post announcing its reduced price, the Japanese home located in a bamboo grove in Kamakura is famous for having been disassembled from a renowned restaurant in Tokyo. Combining traditional Japanese architecture and floor plan design with modern luxury, the home’s true allure is found in the purely peaceful surroundings which include soothing streams, brooks, waterfalls and rock gardens.

The historical Turtle Mountain home was featured in The Epoch Times article alongside a contemporary Sydney Harbor Apartment in Australia and a French Riviera Farmhouse in the South of France. Read more of the article by visiting The Epoch Times website.

 

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Hurwitz James Company is now on Google+ and YouTube

As a luxury real estate company that has listings in all corners of the world, it’s necessary for us here at Hurwitz James Company to use the latest communication technologies to stay in constant contact with our clients and partners. This is why we utilize all of the most prominent social media outlets including blogs, Facebook, Twitter and now both Google+ and YouTube.

Join our circle on Google+ and see phenomenal photos of our latest listings from Bora Bora to California to Japan. Click on the following link to see the Hurwitz James Company Google+ Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104379161507252666322/posts

Then check out the Hurwitz James Company YouTube Channel where you will be able to watch a picture slideshow that will allow you to tour the impressive and stunning Celebrity Owned Villa in Brentwood, California. Check back to see more of these video tours as we upload them onto YouTube. Click on the following link to visit the Hurwitz James Company YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/hurwitzjamesco.

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.

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