Austin City, No Limits: $12 Million Lakefront Luxury

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This $12 million mansion is real estate proof of that tired Texas adage concerning the state’s penchant for all things enormous. The 11,100 square-foot, 6-bed/9-bath home was built in 1970 on almost a half acre of waterfront property on Lake Austin. Inside, granite and marble countertops line kitchens and bathrooms and floors are clad in wood and stone. The master bedroom has cedar-lined...

Price Cut On NYC Real Estate Developer's Swanky Townhouse

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New York real estate developer Andrew Heiberger has again trimmed the price of his East 63rd Street townhouse, hoping to offload the six-story luxury space for $13.75 million. Heiberger paid $8.15 million for the home in 2004 and listed it in February for $16.85 million and discounting it to $14.85 million in June. The six-bedroom home has seven wood-burning fireplaces with carefully restored...

Steve McQueen’s Former Ranch On Market For $1.95 Million

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A sprawling, 15-acre ranch once owned by acting legend Steve McQueen and his third wife, Barbara Minty, is on the market for $1.95 million. The “King of Cool” and Ms. Minty moved into the Santa Paula, Calif, home in 1979 and married in the living room of the Victorian home in 1980. The estate has a three-acre Syrah vineyard and fruit tree orchard and three acres devoted horse care, training...

$5.7 Million Cottage Keeps Key West Character

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Just blocks from the ocean, this $5.7 million home has weathered Florida character and punches of bright color symbolic of Key West’s quirky unexpectedness. Built in 1944, the 6,888 square-foot home soaks in a swimming pool, wet bar and outdoor shower and steams with a built-in grill and a spacious, professional kitchen. The master suite sits atop the three-story home, a 19-foot by 17-foot...

Hong Kong Luxury Apartments For Double the Price

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Real estate in Hong Kong either proves that the global recession is coming to an end, or just how desperate some people are to have ultimate luxury. Word is that the world’s largest property developer by market value, Sun Hung Kai Properties, is raising the prices for two of their penthouses on the 91st and 93rd of a 70-meter (886-feet) tower in the city, by 50-percent. Forced by the...

North Star Ranch As Big As The Colorado Sky

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A monumental mountain estate for the equestrian-obsessed, potential buyers even considering the North Star Ranch should know they’d likely need a horse just to navigate the property. The $6.25 million Colorado ranch has roughly 265 acres filled with sandstone outcroppings, irrigated meadows mountain views and lush pastures fed by more than a mile of winding river. Four miles from La Veta, the...

Presidential Address: Obama Neighbor Selling Chicago Home

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Living next to President Obama has it’s perks, but the constant state of security finally proved too “tedious” for homeowners  Bill and Jacky Grimshaw, who recently started giving tours and accepting offers for their 6,000 square-foot Chicago home. The 17-room home at 5040 South Greenwood is situated in the Kenwood neighborhood, right next door to the first family’s Chicago home. The...

On The Water In South Florida, $12 Million Mediterranean

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Modern Mediterranean-style homes carry the ubiquity of palm trees in South Florida, but the $12 million estate at 325 Cocoplum Rd. stands apart from it’s newer counterparts with an antique, old-world veneer and subdued luxury embellishments. The 6-bed/5.5-bath home has 8,810 square feet situated on just an acre of waterfront Coral Gables real estate. The classic lines of the home are echoed in...

Mary Lou Retton And Hubby Discount Houston Home

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Recently returning to be near family in West Virginia, gymnastics gold medalist and super-smiley motivational speaker Mary Lou Retton has been trying for months to sell her 9,000 square-foot Houston home. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Retton, 41, and husband Shannon Kelley, 43, discounted their South Texas mansion to $4.7 million, a 10 percent drop from its previous listing...

$23.5 Million Home In Boston's Historic Beacon Hill

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Built in 1818, this brick patio home in Boston’s iconic Beacon Hill neighborhood is historic and humongous. The 26-room home has 21,000 square feet sprawling throughout 11 bathrooms and 12 bathrooms. Hardwood, tile and carpeting are mixed with rich, lavish furnishings and finely tooled and milled trim and ornate molding. In New England tradition, the home has a basement and several fireplaces...

Madoff's NYC Penthouse Mansion Meets The Market

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With his Montauk beach house put on the market little more than a week ago, U.S. Marshals have quickly moved on Bernie Madoff’s other manors, today listing the Ponzi fraudster’s Palm Beach, Fla. estate for $8.5 million and naming a broker chosen to offload his New York City Penthouse. The feds estimate the apartment is worth $7.5 million, but the luxury penthouse is expected to sell for $9.9...

Lebua's Luxury Resorts In Thailand and New Zealand

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Bangkok hotelier Lebua has fenced off exclusive travel accommodations in both Thailand and New Zealand, luxury retreats that offer similar comforts and very different experiences. The company’s home base at Bangkok’s State Tower is the bigger of the two destinations and has an all-suite complex with views of the Chao Phraya River available in each unit. The most premium suites here come with...

$2.5 Million Savannah Home A Historic Georgia Peach

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A charming southern belle, this four-story house in Savannah, Ga. is a pristine antique that comes with preserved old-world detailing and updated modern convenience. More than 8,900 square-feet are spread throughout the 8-bed/5.5-bath home, which is on the market for just under $2.5 million. The home was built in 1839 with three fireplaces, hardwood floors and is centered on a corner lot in a...

Hella Big Costa Rica Penthouse Has Private Helipad

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An all-glass condo tower planned for Costa Rica’s beachy Puntarenas, the Genesis Puntarenas project will feature the world’s biggest penthouse suite when completed in 2010. Development firm Caspi International is planning 14 stories, 40 units and six bi-level penthouses for the $120 million complex, luxuries dwarfed by a single crowning castle — the Caspi Icon. The 68,459-square-foot,...

Montauk Beachfront Next Up In Madoff Sell-off

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Sailing from their late August Madoff yacht-off, the feds have moved on to Montauk to set sights on the convicted fraudster’s rather tacky beach retreat. The 3,014 square-foot home isn’t among the Ponzi-schemers biggest assets and won’t go far to repay the billions lost in the felon’s decades-long investment raping, but authorities are hopeful the beachfront home (which comes with a...

Plea Bargain: Fraudster’s Wife Discounts Digs

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Originally built for New York investor Henry Sanderson, the 40-room Italian Renaissance-inspired compound in Upper Brookville has seen several owners since its construction in 1915. The 24-acre estate served as the St. Francis Retreat House for the Roman Catholic Church before it was purchased in 2001 by Sylvia Kumar, wife of convicted securities fraudster Sanjay Kumar, former CEO of Computer...

Is The Boz Worth His $6.9 Million Malibu Mansion?

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Football great, hairstyle-setter and fictional heroic governor guardian Brian Bosworth has taken on a new role in his dramatic, real-life movie: Motivated Seller. A blue-chip Barry Switzer recruit for University of Oklahoma in the mid-1980s, Bosworth later turned in three seasons for the Seattle Seahawks before taking the lead in 1991’s “Stone Cold.” His record NFL contract and a few...

Harvard Avenue Home Supplies Stunning Seattle Vistas

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A stunning Seattle state with sweeping views of the bay, the 5,200 square-foot home on Harvard Avenue is airy and lightly designed with subtle luxury. Built in 2991, the $15.1 million home sits on half an acre adjacent to Madison Park and is filled with walk-in closets, a cozy library and an impressive entry room. The floors are radiantly heated and the 4-bed/3.5-bath residence has two...

St. Charles Remodel Brings New To Old Orleans

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A remodeled mansion on New Orleans’s iconic St. Charles Avenue, this $5.9 million estate combines historic southern charm with the latest in home automation. A high tech system controls lighting, entertainment and security throughout the 7-bed/9-bath home, which has other contemporary features like a swimming pool, media room, elevator and double-oven commercial range. The 14,640 square-foot...

Most Expensive Brooklyn Property Proves Time Is Money

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Atop a historic building that once officed staffers working for the New York State Department Labor Department rests the most expensive property in Brooklyn. Like a luxury lair for some comic book villain, the triplex penthouse lives behind each of the four, 14-foot functional clocks that give the ClockTower Building its name. Minus the minute and hour hands, the timepieces serve as windows that...