The Building of the Shelter Island Estate

The engineers, architects and craftsmen of the Shelter Island Estate created a truly unique design that combines sophisticated modern engineering with timeless design details and materials. Let’s take a look at how they did this by starting inside and working our way out.

Walking through the main house of the Shelter Island Estate, you’ll notice hand-forged ironwork, detailed wainscoting, elegant corbels and grand colonnades. The effect is baronial but in an elegant and graceful manner that does not breach on gaudy. Here are just a few of the materials used inside the Shelter Island Estate that contribute to the majestic yet warm and inviting interiors.

  • African Mahogany installed by hand
  • French Limestone
  • Italian plaster
  • copper and bronze
  • Hang forged ironwork
  • Detailed wainscoting
  • Custom double pane windows
  • Vaulted, coved, domed and coffered ceilings
  • Coved lighting systems
  • Fixtures and chandeliers collected from around the world
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Now, let’s step outside now to discuss the architectural structure and engineering involved in the building of the Shelter Island Estate.

The exterior of the home is hewn entirely of stone, copper, Indiana Limestone and Virginia. Architectural features include sloping roofs, dormers, copper trim, a copper conservatory addition and a large tower. The stone employed in the building of the home is actually a chief cliff stone (one of the most sought-after stone products in the industry) that is lichen-covered and native to Montana. The overall aesthetic has a charming yet sophisticated old world feel.

The estate is operated by a marvelously-engineered system that consists of an armored utility cable that carries 12,000 amps to the island and a CAT-5 computer cable and phone that are housed underground and underwater. Paired with a 1,200 foot utility building and 1,800 foot workshop, the entire system has the capacity to sustain the building of three more compounds on the island.

The Shelter Island Estate was recently listed with Hurwitz James Company for $78 million. To learn more about the estate and to schedule a showing, please contact Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.

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The Majestic Shelter Island Montana Estate Listed at $78M

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Sitting atop a solid granite foundation on a 24-acre island rising out of Flathead Lake, the Shelter Island Estate holds the title as the largest private home in Montana. Neighboring Glacier National Park, this estate is a truly unique gem and includes 7,000 feet of prime waterfront property on Flathead Lake, one of the top 3 cleanest lakes in the world.

The main house of this majestic Montana estate has 5 bedrooms and 8 baths with a total of over 24,000 square feet of living space, 10,000 of which is heated portico and outdoor entertaining space.

The great room boasts 45-foot ceilings and a second story full-circle gallery. On the other one end of the grand hall, the gorgeous mahogany paneled office includes a limestone fireplace and a 120-inch flat screen. The stunning copper conservatory provides expansive panoramic views to watch wildlife unfold year round. The dining room, kitchen and breakfast room features breathtaking views of the lake and vistas as well as amenities that would please even the finest gourmet chef and staff.

The master bedroom suite is the real masterpiece of the first floor complete with a black and white carrara marble master bath with large shower and steam bath, a mahogany closet with refrigerator and wrap-around portico and porch.

The architectural details, quality of craftsmanship and luxurious materials throughout the home create a living environment of unrivaled elegance and grandeur that is rarely found today. Additional amenities include a gym, wine cellar, indoor shooting range, commercial-grade elevator and gorgeous guesthouse reflecting a similar design. Residents also get to enjoy outdoor luxuries such as a world class sporting clay course, the three docking systems, a heated boat stall and 1-mile road great for walking and jogging.

To learn more about the Shelter Island Estate currently listed at $78 million and to schedule a showing, please contact Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.


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Bidding Wars on Luxury Homes in L.A. are Back

luxury real estate california A recent Bloomberg news report is delivering great news to luxury home sellers in the Los Angeles area. According to recent luxury real estate trends, bidding wars have rekindled in the prominent neighborhoods of greater Los Angeles. The news report cited wealthy localities that include Beverley Hills, Brentwood and Bel Air.

DataQuick provided property information to reporters revealing that sales of Beverley Hills homes listed at $2 million rose 11 percent to 39 closings in the first quarter compared to a year ago. In Brentwood, sales of high end homes surged 56 percent to 25 closings. Apparently, this trend is beginning to spread throughout the rest of the U.S. as nationwide sales of homes listed at $1 million and up increased by 7.2 percent just in the month of March. A Beverley Hills agent told Bloomberg that, “In the Los Angeles area, multiple offers — as many as a dozen per home — have reduced listing times for the highest- priced houses as bidders worried about losing out act faster than they have in the past two years.”

Luxury estate owners putting their homes on the market are seeing offers start to roll in on the first day of showings! And real estate experts confirmed that sales would be even higher if there was more inventory. To read more about these new luxury real estate trends, see the Bloomberg news report online

As a luxury real estate company in Beverley Hills, Hurwitz James Company has seen recent success of their own in high end home sales. At the end of last year, Hurwitz James successfully finalized the sale of the Razor home for $14.1 Million; the sale of the famous La Jolla home was one of the most expensive home sales in 2 years! To talk to a Hurwitz James Company agent about selling your own high end estate, please contact the Hurwitz James Beverley Hills office at 888-681-5902.


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LA Times Spotlights Bradbury Estate & Its Recherché Trout Pond

The Bradbury Estate in the San Gabriel Valley is rapidly making waves in the real estate world. Recently listed by Donald Abbey with president of Hurwitz James Company Bob Hurwitz, the sprawling Palladian Neo-Classical style estate is gaining earnest attention in large part because it has never before been offered for sale and the price tag, no less, is a walloping $78.8 million. But these are not the only factors that are turning the heads of affluent investors and prominent real estate professionals. The recent Los Angeles Times article on the property appropriately bears the headline “$78.8-Million Estate Comes with Trout Pond and Waterfall.”

Indeed, the controlled-temperature trout pond with two-story waterfall is a truly extraordinary amenity unrivaled by any other landscape luxury. It is likely that the future owner of the Bradbury Estate will find a distinct pleasure in having a personal trout-filled pond with its own pumping and cooling system to maintain a constant temperature of 57 degrees.

But while some might be more intrigued by the trout pond than others, any prudent investor can appreciate the exquisite architecture of this crown jewel estate, much of which took nearly 9 years of construction by high-level craftsmen to culminate. Learn more details about the Bradbury Estate by visiting the Hurwitz James Company property profile.

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

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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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 Latest Must-Haves for High-End Living

It’s not just about the structure of the home; it’s the experiences the home can offer. Added amenities can enhance entertainment, recreation, relaxation and overall quality of life within a home. So what are buyers looking for in a luxury home? From The High End Magazine, here are a few of the latest must-have amenities for high-end homes.



  • Outdoor living areas made private with fences, walls or plantings
  • Outdoor kitchen or other outdoor room
  • Sporting facilities
  • Gardens
  • Water features such as a pond or waterfall
  • Architectural-style pool
Master Suite
  • Mini-kitchen for drinks and morning coffee
  • Elaborate walk-in closets for ultimate organization
  • High-tech jetted tubs and high-tech showers

  • Expansive formal dining room or ballroom
  • Wine cellar
  • Catering kitchen
  • Art gallery
  • Home theater
  • Game room
  • Personal pub
  • Indoor sport court
  • Smart home system
  • Lighting controls
  • auxiliary power sources
  • Energy-efficient green features

Source: The High End Magazine
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The Wall Street Journal Addresses the Increased Number of Auctions for Luxury Estates

Real estate auctions used to be associated with short sales and bank owned properties, but this is no longer the case. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal explores the recent market trend of high-end property owners getting hit with price cuts and resorting to auctioning their estate, mansion or penthouse.

The Wall Street interviewed Hurwitz James founder and broker, Bob Hurwitz to get his opinion on auctions within the high-end, luxury real estate market. As you may have heard, our recent auction of the architectural masterpiece The Razor was unsuccessful. Here is what Bob told the Wall Street after the experience.

The process doesn’t benefit sellers, who assume all the risk by paying marketing fees up front . . . auctions can also turn off potential buyers who don’t want to pay an additional 8% to 12% in premiums after the sale, which can amount to a million dollars or more for an expensive home. “It just doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Visit The Wall Street Journal online to Read the rest of the article and hear what other luxury real estate brokers like Bob Hurwitz had to say about the auctioning process in the current market.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
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