The Castello Della Costa d’Oro in Cambria, California

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Welcome to the Golden Coast Castle. In Italian, it is the Castello della Costa d’Oro. Just as its beautiful name implies, this historical castle estate offers natural and man-made treasures beyond the imagination.

The location of this property is simply surreal. Situated just above Cambria’s art colony, the 80-acre estate stretches a half-mile down the coast and a mile inland, allowing for exhilarating views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia range. With its rich riparian land, the property is abounding with pinot noir and olive plantings as well as rare Monterey pine forests. Neighboring the famous La Cuesta Encantada or Hearst Castle, the estate is also minutes away from the 280 globally recognized and award-winning wineries of the thriving Paso Robles wine country.

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The stunning natural landscape of this estate is matched by breathtaking Venetian architecture and interiors.  The main residence of the grand Castello estate boasts recherché finishes including 31 classical and trompe l’oeil mural paintings. The master suite features a world-class spa and two-story vestiary. There is both a professional-grade kitchen and catering kitchen. Amenities include a presidential office suite, home theater and a secret passage that leads to a wine cellar – just to name a few. The residence also lends itself to hosting occasions from the large and grandeur to the intimately small with a magnificent entertainment hall and a soaring pavilion complete with penthouse.

You won’t want to miss our next post, where we will unveil the other luxurious and over-the-top amenities of the Golden Coast Castle. Interested buyers who would like to see the Castello della Costa d’Oro, currently listed at $58 million, can contact Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902 to schedule a showing.

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The Most Luxurious Communities in the U.S.

For those investors looking to take advantage of low mortgage rates, resale value becomes an important consideration. An estate in a luxury community is more likely to retain value than an estate surrounded by less expensive homes. As it was chronicled in a recent luxury real estate trend report, here are the most luxurious communities according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • Beverly Hills
  • Brentwood
  • Calabasas
  • Pacific Palisades
  • Rolling Hills Estates
  • Malibu
  • Santa Monica
  • Rolling Hills Estates

Hurwitz James Company knows that luxury homebuyers want more than resale value, however. They want to find that special something about a luxury community that makes it stand out from the rest – be it stunning modern architecture, vintage charm, a pristine natural landscape or an equestrian’s dream.

Specializing in multimillion-dollar estates and luxury residential developments worldwide, Hurwitz James Company can assist you in finding the luxury home that has the amenities and conveniences to perfectly suit your personality and lifestyle. Contact Hurwtiz James Company at 888-681-5902 to begin searching for your dream luxury estate today.


View from the The Bradbury Estate located in one of the most expensive ZIP codes in America by Forbes. The estate is currently listed at $78.8 million with Hurwitz James Company. 

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Celebrities Who are Taking Advantage of Low Interest Rates

Forbes recently featured a report on celebrities bitten by what Zillow calls “the home buying bug.” Whether it’s the historically low interest rates and home prices or a sign of the start of a very hot buying season, some of Hollywood’s top celebrities have all made major home purchases in the last few months.

  • Ashton Kutcher sealed the deal on a modern home on Lake Hollywood listed at $10.8 million.
  • Jennifer Aniston is the new owner of a $20.97 million Bel Air estate designed by modern architect A. Quincy.
  • Ellen DeGeneres purchased a $12 million mid-century Malibu home from Brad Pitt.
  • Matthew McConaughey bought a mansion on a nine-acre Austin estate that was listed for $6.6 million.
  • Steven Tyler closed on a $4.8 million Maui home after already picking up a property in Laurel Canyon.
  • Justin Bieber recently became the young owner of the $6 million Calabasas Villa, which was previously listed by Hurwitz James Company for former owner Nicole Murphy.

Celebrities who find themselves catching the home-buying fever can contact Hurwitz James Company in Beverley Hills at 888.681.5902.

Cost Rica is Calling with a Fantastic Vacation Home for Sale!

Just imagine having your very own private tropical paradise where you can escape to at any time while still feeling right at home. If a permanent vacation spot in Costa Rica sounds like something you could get used to, Hurwitz James Company might have the perfect vacation home for you.

The Cabana Verde home in San Isidro del General in the Southern Pacific Region of Costa Rica is nestled on a private, 5-acre estate amidst tropical gardens, waterfalls, mountains and a winding river. The estate includes a 6,000 square-foot Mediterranean style villa, an unattached guesthouse, a custom massage room, an oversized spa and a sparkling swimming pool.

A tropical vacation home wouldn’t be complete without exciting outdoor opportunities. The Cabana Verde‘s prime location allows vacation homeowners to enjoy world-renowned beaches, biking, hiking, horseback riding, deep sea fishing, natural hot springs, snorkeling, diving, sailing, white water rafting, zip lining, mountain climbing and much more.

The Cabana Verde can become your very own vacation home for $1,500,000. Interested buyers can contact Hurwtiz James Company at 888-681-5902.

Unique Homes Magazine & Bob Hurwitz Discuss Foreign Investors in the Luxury Real Estate Market

Unique Homes magazine recently sat down with Bob Hurwitz, president of Hurwitz James Company, for a fascinating discussion about the recent trend of foreign investing in the luxury real estate market.

While there are no specific statistics, it’s very clear that the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – are leading the way in multi-million dollar, foreign real estate investments. And Bob Hurwitz has seen this first-hand, as Hurwitz James Company has received an influx of inquiries on California listings specifically from potential Russian buyers.

Russian investors have held a prominent role in the upper-end segment of London real estate, but London is now becoming a second choice next U.S. hubs like New York. In fact, there is currently a disproportionate number of Russian buyers in the Manhattan $20 million-plus market. As Founder and CEO of Chase International, Shari Chase, told Unique Homes, “Even though they are strong negotiators, their spending habits are often more spontaneous.”

There are several factors that could be contributing to the recent increased interest in foreign real estate – especially in Europe and the U.S. – among Russian investors. First of all, getting a visa in the U.S. is fairly easy. Second of all, the political climate in Russia has made safe haven cities particularly appealing. Weather is also a factor that is making these U.S. and European cities looks quite glamorous compared to St. Petersburg or Moscow.

Pending contracts and new construction are suggesting that this trend is far from slowing down and will most likely be breaking into the $50 million price point. To read more of the Unique Homes article on foreign investing featuring interviews with Bob Hurwitz and other real estate authorities, visit the article online at



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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.

The Enchanting Church Estate Vineyards French Chateau, $14.5M

Make your vineyard dreams come true. The Church Estate Vineyards French Chateau is a nine acre Malibu hillside estate that is distinguished by its unique melding of old-word charm, refined comfort and world-class sophistication. With a gorgeous vineyard, beautiful barn, tennis courts and an 8,000-square foot grand residence inspired by historical European design and featuring authentic artisan finishes, this estate is unlike any other in California.

The Normandy-style residence boasts an expansive great room with 1911 painted Steinway grand piano, an elegant dining room, a custom chef’s kitchen, a coffered ceilinged library, a 19th century in-laid pool table, exquisite guest bedrooms, private Carriage House suite and a 4,000-bottle cherry wood wine cellar with first-century Cypress flooring. The authentic design that upholds a prodigious nostalgia of a glorious past is completed by a 15th-century stone fireplace imported from France, a vast collection of antiques, walnut flooring, antique ash beams and 200-year-old French paver floors.

Panoramic views of the tranquil countryside and nearby waters of the Pacific are just the start of the estate’s stunning landscape that has to be seen to truly grasp its beauty. To schedule a showing with Bob Hurwitz to see the Church Estate Vineyards French Chateau currently listed at $14.5M, contact Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.



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Celebrity Villa in California Goes Public, 3 Showings in 24 Hours!

Some of our readers may remember when the Celebrity Villa in Brentwood, California made its debut on the market back in October of 2011. But it was not until yesterday, January 8, 2012, that we listed the Celebrity Villa in the MLS allowing it to be searched and viewed by the general public. While many properties at this price level may go days or even months without a single showing or phone call, this stunning estate has already made great waves in the luxury real estate community. In only 24 hours, the home has been scheduled for three showings!

Of course, we are not too shocked by this response as the home’s exquisite design, custom finishes, magnificent master suite, chef’s kitchen, oversized deck and other fantastic features offer unequaled beauty and quality of life. Interested buyers should schedule a viewing to see the estate in person before it is too late. Call Hurwitz James Company at 310-477-8865 to schedule your appointment today!

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Panama is the Top Place to Retire for All Lifestyles

Where are do you dream of retiring? On a beautiful beach? Surrounded by majestic mountains? Or in an exciting city? You can find all three of these plus culture and more in the southernmost country of Central America, Panama. A recent article from U.S. News Money reports why Panama has become the most popular place to retire for Americans today.

Surprisingly, obtaining a residency Visa is the easy part. It’s choosing where in Panama to settle that can be difficult. But that’s where Hurwitz James Company can help. A custom-designed Ocean Reef Islands villa or single family home comes with unrivaled amenities, private beaches or a private marina boat dock and easy access to all that Panama has to offer.

As a resident of the Ocean Reef Islands, you’ll also be able to take advantage of the close proximity to Panama City. As the U.S. News Money article says, the restaurants, international-standard shopping and variety of other opportunities are just the start to this Central America city.

Read more about why Americans are finding Panama a heavenly place to retire by reading the rest of the U.S. News Money article online. To learn more about Ocean Reef Islands real estate, please contact Bob Hurwitz at 888-681-5902.

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Breaking News: The Most Famous House in America… SOLD!

The Razor legacy lives on and, finally, with a new owner! In one of the most expensive home sales in 2 years, The Razor residence in La Jolla, California closed for $14.1 million this week. The purchase of the renowned “Residence of Art“ by Donald A. Burns from broker Bob Hurwitz was finalized late in the afternoon on Tuesday, December 20, 2011. The new owner Donald A. Burns is a 47-year-old real estate investor from Palm Beach, Florida. Here’s an excerpt from the recent Sign On San Diego article featuring an interview with Bob concerning the sale…

“‘The guy is a sophisticated real estate investor,’ said Hurwitz, adding that the sale was the most ‘complex and convoluted’ one he’s ever completed in his 31-year real estate career, given all the players involved.”

As another article in the La Jolla Patch noted, The Razor sale was a long-time coming after three years and several auctions. Donald A. Burns negotiated his way to what ended up being only about one-third of the original asking price. For this magnificent masterpiece designed by Wallace E. Cunningham, an Architectural Digest Top 100 Designer, that includes an infinity pool, rooftop deck and floor-to-ceiling glass for jaw-dropping views from every room, $14.1 million was a small price to pay. After all, according to real estate sourcesit was “The most extensively marketed home in the history of residential luxury real estate.”

Sources: Sign On San Diego and La Jolla Patch
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