Trifecta Perfecta! The Desert, The City & The Beach

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Desert Living, fantastic in the winter months!

Southern California offers such a rich diversity of wonderful places to live! If you have the means, you can choose to also have a second or even third home! Why not?

A home in the desert, whether it’s your primary, secondary or tertiary, is very desirable for so many reasons, as people who have been here know.

During the winter and spring months, it’s simply divine weather here, for the most part.  Surrounded by mountains, groves of palm trees, blossoming trees and colorful flowers in great abundance, what is not to like? Rain is unusual, and so hiking, biking, golfing, tennis, swimming and horseback riding are the order of the day. Or watching polo games, shopping along El Paseo, dining at our many restaurants may be. It’s all up to you! At night, there are the casinos, or concerts and top entertainers at the McCallum Theatre, or take in a newly released hot movie. So much to do, so little time!

The fabulous modern contemporary home pictured above is in Palm Springs, however each desert city offers its own charms and attractions. Palm Springs has the world class cachet and world recognition, but some of the best luxury real estate in the desert can also be found in Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells and La Quinta.

During the year, you might get the itch for some Big City excitement. What better place to go than the new L.A.Live area, the new Times Square West area, around the Staples Center of downtown LA?

Fabulous new condos in downtown LA!

I explored some of the new condos in downtown LA, and I was impressed! I took the photo above from the pool area of the EVO condos, a 24 story, eco-friendly constructed complex.  The two sister condo buildings at the left of the photo, the Elleven and the Luma condos sold out immediately when they were completed during the hey-day of real estate buying, just before the 2008 crash.  There are some resales in there now, some short sales and some foreclosures, for the bargain-hunting buyers.  However, at EVO, which is brand new construction, there are now only 30 units left to buy.  The great downtown location with all its entertainment venues, along with many amenities that come with the condos, and most importantly, the spectacular views afforded by the walls of glass, combined, make these condos quite attractive indeed! Prices at EVO start at around the low $500,000s.

I understand that it’s mostly owner-occupied in these condos, which attract mostly professionals who work in downtown LA, but also many empty nesters.

To step it up quite a few notches, there are the fabulous new condos at the Ritz-Carlton Residences.  This building can be seen to the far right of the photo above, and is a spectacular, blue-hued tower that sparkles at night.  I learned that they just closed escrow on their first condo residence just recently! About one third of the condos are still available, and most are still waiting to be completed.  These condos with spectacular floor to ceiling views have attracted top entertainment figures in music and sports, as well as those who can afford this level of luxury and want to be in the midst of all the excitement that L.A. Live has to offer.  Don’t forget the Walt Disney Hall is close by as well as too many interesting markets, venues, restaurants and attractions to list here!  Prices start at around $800,000 and the amenities are top-notch, as you can imagine!

Finally, on a hot day, where else would you want to be but at the beach?  And perhaps the most amazing stretch of beachfront properties to be found in the world are in Malibu!

To have a house on the beach in Malibu would be like a dream come true in many people’s minds, and there is quite the variety of homes to choose from along this rarified 27 mile stretch of shoreline.

Spectacular views from this newly built Malibu beach house!

Last time I looked, they were asking $14 million for this newly constructed home with this to-die-for view of the Pacific Ocean.  I have a feeling that if it is still available, it is listed for considerably less.  However it does have a great location on Malibu Road, very near Malibu Colony, which is gated and perhaps the priciest real estate in Malibu.

If you watch the Bravo show “Million Dollar Listing” like I do, you can see that there are spectacular houses on the beach in Malibu listed for in the $5 million range now. Amazing but true!

Now that our MLS encompasses real estate from the desert to the sea, I can help you make your dreams come true, from a fabulous desert getaway, to a condo in the midst of  the excitement of downtown LA, to the best beachfront property perhaps in the world!

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Malibu~ Magical, Mythical and Amazing!

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A Malibu Manse with a Fabulous View

 

There’s a certain magic in the air in Malibu.  I feel it every time I am there.

The highlights on this most recent trip included the simply amazing Open House I went to on Malibu Road.  The view from the deck off the Master Bedroom is shown in the above photo.  The minute you walk into the house you are mesmerized by the views of the ocean and the sea breeze caressing your face.   This house is available for sale at $14, 950,000, which I am sure is negotiable.  If you or anyone you know is interested in buying it, please contact me! I can represent your best interests and ONLY your interests. Besides the stunning views, features in this 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom 4110 square foot home include a Lutron Control home automation system, beautiful stone floors and simple spare lines throughout.  The neighboring homes are spectacular as well, so you will be in excellent company.

If that wasn’t amazing enough, the $300,000,000 mega-yacht named simply “A” was anchored just off-shore, within view from all the Malibu beaches.  The best view was from the prestigious Carbon Beach, where many homes of celebrities line the shoreline.  Carbon Beach is also a wonderfully wide stretch of sandy shore.  

"A" for Andrey?

 

This unique mega-yacht is owned by 38-year old Russian oligarch Andrey (also spelled Andrei) Melnichenko who is married to a Serbian former model.  They married a couple years ago on the French Riviera, and he flew in Christina Aguillera to perform for their guests.

Rumor has it that the gazillionaire is planning to purchase up an entire block of homes in the Venice Canals in the beachside town of Venice, just down the coast from Malibu.  A source posted on the internet that his title company confirmed that title requests were submitted on such a block there.

One of several cylinders full of fascinating fish

 

Nearby the Malibu Road manse is the Lumber Yard, a fabulous space, only about two years old in the Crossroads shopping area, just off PCH or Pacific Coast Highway.  This sleek but laid-back spot offers chic boutiques, restaurants and specialty fooderies, hair stylists and home decor.  If you’re hungry, you will enjoy Cuban/Mexican fare at Cafe Habana, owned by super model Cindy Crawford’s husband Rande Gerber, who owns many restaurants, bars and lounges around the world. Or you just might want to satisfy your sweet-tooth at Crumbs Cupcakes or the geletaria, which offers Italian style gelato and frozen yogurt.  Yum!

Boutiques include Tory Burch, J. Crew, Alice + Olivia, James Perse, Kitson Malibu, La Perla and much more. The website is http://www.themalibulumberyard.com

It’s great for people-watching, too, not to mention dog-watching.  They love their dogs in Malibu! James Perse offers delicious complimentary drinks, the Arnold Palmer, which is an iced tea-lemonade mix, as well as nice lounges outside to relax on, if you are in the mood.  Often, there is a mellow musician playing, adding a low-key soundtrack to your day.  There are a couple cylinders with various fish, coral and sea plants in them.  One is tropical and another is the California sea coast marinelife.

The vast majority of people in Malibu seem to be incredibly mellow, friendly and helpful, adding to the magical quality of time spent there.  It’s a great place to go to in order to escape the desert heat in the summer!

Another place I love to start my day of exploring Malibu Beaches, boutiques and real estate, is at Moonshadows, located right on Pacific Coast Highway.  It’s especially fabulous for lunch or brunch so you can take full advantage of the incredible ocean views.  You are literally sitting over the ocean!  You can’t get much closer than that to the ocean without getting wet! Great food, reasonable prices and a friendly staff is why I continue to return there and highly recommend it.

Malibu Lumber Yard, a wonderful place to spend some time

Moonshadows offers over the sea dining