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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Bob Hurwitz’s Former House Now on the Market for $35 Million

A luxury home that costs $35 million does not sell itself. In fact, even the rich and famous have to jump through hoops to lure in potential high-end home buyers.

DeeAnna Staats, a restaurateur and interior designer, was recently featured in Wired magazine for her over-the-top marketing plan to sell the Carbon Mesa Estate in Malibu for $35 million.

The Spanish style Malibu estate was originally purchased for $6.6 million. But after her interior design company Staats and Co spent several years remodeling and decorating the mansion, Staats is confident that the home is now worth five times that amount.

Lynn Guilburt, Staats and Co’s vice president, told Wired that the estate was “completely rebuilt with special attention to only using the finest and most talented artists and craftspeople to develop a breathtaking estate.” But even so, when Bob Hurwitz, president of Hurwitz James Company and former owner of the house, found out the asking price, “his response was utter disbelief.”

So how is Staats going to lure in buyers when even celebrities like Cher couldn’t sell a home for $41 million and Brad Pitt only received $12 million for his Malibu estate? Staats plants to woo wealthy buyers with the following marketing tactics.

  1. First, Staats is sending free iPads directly to the home of 10 wealthy investors. The iPads come pre-installed with a custom app that includes all the listing information and photos a buyer could want.
  2. Second, Staats hired Hollywood producer Graham Henman to create a short film that showcases the luxurious lifestyle that can be achieved with the Carbon Mesa Estate.
  3. Staats final tactic is an unbelievable ambitious price tag.

To read more about Bob Hurwitz’s former house, the Carbon Mesa Estate, and how DeeAnna Staats plans to sell the multi-million dollar estate, refer to the Wired article online.


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Nicole Murphy’s Celebrity Villa Sold in All-Cash Deal for $6.15M

After only 45 days on the market, the Celebrity Villa in  prestigious Brentwood, California was sold for $6,150,000. The anonymous overseas buyer paid in all cash  according to the breaking news story released by the LA Times.

Dazzling with custom finishes of the finest materials, the contemporary Mediterranean villa includes a theater room, a wine cellar, an elevator,  six bedrooms and eight bathrooms . The master suite boasts a sitting area, fireplace, dual closets and a balcony that overlooks the swimming pool, spa, fire pit and yard. The exquisite 9,200 square-foot residence was originally owned by former model Nicole Murphy and football analyst and former New York Giants player Michael Strahan.

First married to comedian Eddie Murphy from 1993 to 2006, Murphy is now starring in the new VH1 ”Hollywood Exes,” which is set to premiere June 2012. The show will follow five high profile women in the Los Angeles area who were each once married to a famous Hollywood A-lister. Viewers will get to witness the close friendships of these five funny, intellectual and cultured women as they experience the ups and downs of post divorce life.




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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.

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Nicole Murphy’s Listing of Brentwood Home Featured in LA Times

Only 24 hours after listing the Celebrity Villa in Brentwood, California in the MLS, Hurwitz James Company had already scheduled three showings. Now, with the recent publicity from the Los Angeles Times, it’s safe to say that there will be more showings to come.

The Celebrity Villa, which is currently listed at $6.95 million, was the former residence of ex-model and ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, Nicole Murphy, and former New York Giants player Michael Strahan. The two purchased the 9,200 square-foot home located in the prestigious Brentwood neighborhood in 2009, but are selling it simply because they rarely use the home, according to the LA Times’ quote of Bob Hurwitz.

The villa has six bedrooms, eight baths and was designed in an exquisite Mediterranean style with rich, warm interiors and custom finishes. The magnificent master suite is fit for royalty with its sitting area, fireplace, dual bathrooms, expansive closets and own balcony. An entertainer’s dream, the estate boasts top tier amenities including a theater, wine cellar, an elevator, swimming pool and spa.

Those interested in learning more about the Brentwood Villa can contact Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.


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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

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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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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Sale of Razor Featured on Fox 5 San Diego News

The sale of the world-renowned Razor residence in La Jolla, California has been one of the most exciting and newsworthy home sales in real estate for the last two years. As one of the most photographed homes in the country and the set for big-name commercials including Visa and Calvin Klein, the Razor is more than a piece of property, it is a lifestyle that is the product of architect Wallace Cunningham’s brilliance.

You see and learn about the Razor’s role in media and real estate in the recent Fox 5 San Diego segment featuring the TV star estate. To see stunning views and to peak inside the home and the recent momentous sale, you can now watch the video of the segment on Fox 5 San Diego online.

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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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