North America’s Finest Estates 2013 Issue 6

In every way possible this residence really is the True Ski Home, sitting at the top of Deer Valleys Silver Lake Village area in the very private gated Bald Eagle Club featuring views for many miles down valley, across the ski resorts and to the city lights.

The 14,000 square foot home was designed by top Park City architect Rick Otto as well as world-class architect Charles Gwathmey, and built by renowned hotel builder New Star Construction, a Dream Team for a build project of this magnitude. The interior decorations and art, included with the home for a turnkey purchase, were designed by Naomi Leff, who has designed some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and producers homes.

Entertaining is easy with a billiard room, game room, multiple living areas, resort-like ski room, indoor pool and spa and sauna, and caretakers quarters.

A rare combination of extreme security, privacy and ski-in- ski-out right into your own ski lounge.

Summit Sothebys International Realty, Utah
Paul Benson
(435) 640-7441[email protected]

Be A Curator Of Your Life

Luxury is to aspire for the best possible experience of the senses: soft to the touch, sweet to the smell, compelling to the sight. Those experiences enrich our life’s moments. And those enriching experiences can be captured in the space in which we live by strong interior design and the use of truly exquisite pieces of furniture. There is only one bed in which you sleep at a time, only one sofa on which we snuggle in with the family. By making those pieces truly quality items you add meaning: heritage, a pedigree, a story. Instead of disposable, mass-produced items you can have pride in ownership of a substantial piece.

Be a curator of your life’s collections and let them reflect who you are. Buy less but buy well. Remove fear from the equation by using the help of a trained eye for style and quality. A truly great piece of furniture can be transitioned into numerous looks through clever design. A collection of great pieces then can artistically translate into almost any setting, adding a unique and personal charm to the eclecticism of a space. This cuts down on the quantity of items needed and allows you to focus on the quality – the sensual experience – of the individual items. A designer has the knowledge and resources to provide exclusive options not generally available to the public. Along with custom bespoke options available, the end product has the potential to be a truly unique and exquisite addition to your collection by following the tenets of quality over quantity.

How proud you can be to share the charming history and the compelling aesthetic of a piece with your friends and family. Luxury is not pricing; it’s value. Enrich your life by exploring opportunities available in furnishing a home that uplifts the human spirit.

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Casa Santuario, one of the most beautiful homes in Texas, is located on a rare, private and secluded 5+ acre property with views of Austin’s rolling hills and river. The 11,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial home, which includes five bedrooms, six full baths, two half baths and five fireplaces, was inspired by the missions of Texas and California and the early 20th century Spanish-style houses along the Pacific Coast. Central to the residence is a courtyard and gallery that provides a view through the house to the hills and river beyond. The result is a livable home that blends the casual lifestyle of Austin with the elegant glamour of California in the 1920s and 30s.

This is a home for those who value their privacy and security. It’s a gathering place for family, friends or groups, both large and small. Memories are made and celebrated here, whether it’s a backyard birthday party around the pool and cabana, a wedding on the lawn with the backdrop of a winding river and green rolling hills, or a charity event. With its large media and billiards rooms, it is a place to share holidays or family reunions, a place to come home to and want to stay.

This hilltop estate is minutes from the downtown business district, private and public schools, restaurants, shops, major medical facilities and all the conveniences Austin provides. The charming neighborhood is convenient for biking to work or school or driving downtown without wasting precious time in traffic.

The estate was designed by renowned architect Paul Lamb, AIA, of Austin and completed in 2003 after six years of planning and construction. Its extraordinary craftsmanship is evident throughout in details such as authentic plaster walls, terra cotta tile, custom-designed Longleaf pine wood floors and vintage copper chandeliers. It is a home of lasting quality that is both intimate and timeless.

Baronet Realty Casa Santuario
Ben Baronet
2600 Kenmore Court, Austin, TX
(512) 828-9589 • [email protected]


This distinctive estate, reminiscent of a French villa, is located on Prestigious, Private Indian Creek Island and nestled amidst the lush fairways of the championship golf course at Indian Creek Country Club. Encompassing nearly two acres, the estate offers 200 feet of wide bayfront vistas, including stunning views of Miami sunsets. The community has its own 24-hour police force and Marine patrol to ensure privacy and security. Indian Creek Island offers convenient access to major entertainment, international airports, Lincoln Road, South Beach and the famous Bal Harbour Shops. This stunning three-level, 21,746-square-foot mansion has been created with all the modern comforts. From the moment you enter the two-story foyer, it’s evident that only the finest materials and craftsmanship have been used in the masterful design of this grand estate.

The formal dining room is accented with a gorgeous gilded tray ceiling, and the huge French-style kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances. The large family room opens to the pool, and the home also includes a classic library/office with fireplace, a spacious billiard room and a luxurious, 10-seat theater with a wall-sized Stewart Projection Screen.

The master suite offers serene sophistication with its sitting room and private balcony offering fabulous water views. Three additional spacious bedrooms upstairs feature balconies, walk-in closets and ensuite baths, plus access to an additional computer room/study. Two more guest bedrooms are located downstairs.

The estate’s outdoor amenities are ideal for entertaining and include a vast patio, infinity-edge pool, reflecting pool and complete summer kitchen as well as a cabana house with double baths, a Jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms, a large open shower and massage room.

The fully-finished lower level features Saturnia marble, a private Moroccan room, wine cellar, gym and extensive storage. The garage can accommodate up to seven cars including a limousine and there is ample additional parking along the exterior.

With an unsurpassed quality and craftsmanship, this beautiful grand estate is unmatched for a truly distinctive luxury affluent lifestyle.

Esslinger.Wooten.Maxwell, Inc., Realtors
Nelson Gonzalez, P.A.
[email protected]
(305) 674-4040


Imagine gathering your friends and loved ones together at this spacious family compound in the beautiful Florida Keys! As the home of North America’s only living coral barrier reef, the Florida Keys are a true vacation paradise, ideal for scuba diving, snorkeling and sport fishing, and there is no more spectacular place to enjoy all the Keys have to offer than at this magnificent 5.08-acre estate.

Located just one hour south of Miami, the compound includes two luxurious three-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath main homes plus two guest homes, each offering two bedrooms and three full baths. Not only does this estate have its own clubhouse, two oceanfront swimming pools and a sandy beach, but having your own 1.55-acre marina will make it so much easier to enjoy the laid back lifestyle, fresh seafood and turquoise waters of the Florida Keys. There’s even plenty of room for a heliport so you can fly directly to your private, five-acre waterfront paradise.

The master suite of each main home encompasses the entire third floor, and each master bath rivals the finest spa, including a Jacuzzi tub overlooking 40 acres of natural preserve. The main homes’ showcase kitchens feature 20-foot cypress wood ceilings and balconies that deliver beautiful water views. Both main homes also feature rooftop decks for enjoying spectacular sunsets over the bay. Of special note, this expansive estate is the site where the 1973 film Day of the Dolphin was filmed.

Social membership at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club is offered with the sale subject to approval. The property could also be separated into several parcels and the seller will consider subdividing.

Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty
Kim Thaler
[email protected]
(305) 393-2787 • $12,000,000


Remember that incredibly romantic movie The Bodyguard starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner? It was filmed on beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake, the site of this spectacular lakefront cabin that could easily be your next vacation home.

This cozy, two-bedroom, one-bath forest service cabin occupies the ideal location on the western shore of the lake.

The peace and tranquility you’ll experience as you take in the spectacular mountain and lake views is beyond compare, yet the cabin is located close to shopping, restaurants, activities and the private airport. Private and convenient – the best of both worlds.

The cabin’s wrapped cedar and granite masonry wainscoting, cedar ceilings, marble counters and hickory wood flooring all work seamlessly together to create a warm, inviting getaway that your family can enjoy for generations to come.

And the recreational opportunities here are virtually endless!

You can moor your boat at the large, oversized pier so it’s ready to go whenever you are, and great skiing, hiking and mountain biking abound in the Lake Tahoe area. Imagine basking in the morning sun with a cup of coffee before heading out for a morning paddle on a lake of glass surrounded in pure mountain bliss. This inviting lakefront cabin is currently owned by a former, high-profile professional athlete. Once you experience this exquisite getaway for yourself, it will be easy to see why he acquired it, but it could soon be yours for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Got It! Real Estate & Development Corp
René Brejc
(530) 545-0340
[email protected]
CA BRE# 01357744


The Colony is a master planned, high-end residential community that provides some of the most exclusive ski-in/ski-out home sites in North America. It is in a prime location with the private Gate House entry way located just 4 miles away from Park City’s Historic Main Street.

The community’s winning combination of natural beauty, lot size, privacy and snowsports is unparalleled – especially with direct access to Canyons Resort, Vail Resort’s newest ski resort, from every lot and multiple summer trails running throughout the property.

The Colony is located between Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, just 25 miles east of Salt Lake City. Canyons is a year-round resort offering 4,000 acres of exceptional skiing and snowboarding terrain and everything from first tracks and private helicopter skiing tours in the winter to scenic gondola rides, disc golf, farmers markets and outdoor concerts in the summer.

The current master plan calls for 274 single-family home sites in five phases. The developer has already sold 170 sites, and 115 homes have been constructed. There are 17 miles of paved roads and 42 ski bridges with all utilities located underground. Ninety percent of the land is dedicated to open space and will be protected by conservation easements.

There are currently approximately 25 developer home sites available for purchase in the range of $1.2 to 4.0 million. Additionally, there are 14 homes for sale in The Colony that range in price from $4.5 to 26 million.

Prudential Utah Real Estate
Bob Marsh • (435) 645-6078
[email protected]


With its palm-fringed white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and verdant green hillsides stretching in every direction, it is easy to see why people might dismiss the island of St. John as just another world class vacation destination. However, in reality, the island, along with its neighbors St. Thomas, St. Croix and the numerous outlying cays of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is home to an increasing number of high net worth individuals relocating qualified businesses to participate in the territory’s Economic Development Commission (EDC) program – one of the region’s most attractive tax incentive programs.

A postcard-perfect natural landscape and friendly business climate aren’t the only reasons to consider a move to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The territory’s location at the northern-most portion of the Lesser Antilles island chain makes it accessible via private jet from most locations throughout the Americas and Europe. That means it’s possible to enjoy a power lunch in Manhattan followed by a sunset cruise in the U.S. Virgin Islands on the very same afternoon.

These world class properties pictured below are now for sale in this special corner of the Caribbean and each one comes with a lifestyle unlike any other.

USVI Sotheby’s International Realty
Corby Parfitt
(340) 643-6340 • (340) 776-8949
[email protected]