Author: Kirsten Niper

City Lights, Demand for Luxurious High-Rise Living Increases

Demand for sophisticated high-rise and urban living continues to drive a boom, as some developers up the ante with luxurious amenities and restaurants. By Camilla McLaughlin When Trudy Stambook signed on in 1983 as vice president with the developer of the Meridian, San Diego’s first luxury residential high-rise, there were just a few condominiums downtown — perhaps only 400 units — predominately in low-rise buildings. Now, the number of condo units exceeds 11,000. “There is a lot of construction activity now under way; many of these projects are for rentals,” she says. “Our population count downtown is getting close...

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Paying it Forward

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ KoenigRubloff Realty Group, a prominent Chicagoland real estate organization, is dedicated to giving back to the community. By Roger Grody The KoenigRubloff Realty Group, part of the Berkhsire Hathaway HomeServices organization, accommodates upmarket clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Its KoenigRubloff Cares Foundation presents a model for how real estate professionals — the Group has more than 1,400 brokers and agents in 23 offices — can give back to their communities in a very meaningful way. The Foundation was launched five years ago with a simple but powerful mission of “Celebrating Acts of Kindness.” Joe Stacy,...

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What You Can Buy Around the World for $4.5 Million

To mark our 45th year, we scoured the world to find 10 dream homes, from waterfront estates to country manses. By Samantha Myers, Kirsten Niper and Kelly Potts To commemorate our November/December “Global” edition of Unique Homes in this, our 45th year, we scoured the world to find 10 dream homes that could be purchased with $4.5 million. We discovered a diverse array of offerings, from waterfront estates to country manses, and historic properties to Contemporary works of art. Marbella, Andalucia, Spain La Zagaleta is one of Europe’s most exclusive residential and golfing estates, attracting celebrities, business people, even...

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Cover Home Showcase: Life, Elevated in Lanikai, Hawaii

One of the most exquisite waterfront properties worldwide, the residence featured on the cover of this issue is as much a masterpiece as it is a piece of real property. By Camilla McLaughlin Set on two-plus acres, high on a hill in a private gated compound within Lanikai, this estate overlooks one of the most beautiful beaches in Oahu. The views, which extend along the coast to the tip of the peninsula, are perhaps the best in Hawaii. Spectacular sunrises usher in an ever-changing panorama of marine blues and turquoises. The crests of the Mokulua islands appear as sculptures...

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Grand Cayman’s First New Resort in a Decade Opens

The Residences at Seafire and Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa debut a new luxury Caribbean lifestyle. Grand Cayman raises the stakes in luxury travel today with the opening of Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and the launch of The Residences at Seafire on famous Seven Mile Beach.  With a focus on design, Seafire’s 62 upscale modern residences offer a sophisticated and stylish Caribbean lifestyle and the chance to live where you vacation. Slated to welcome residents in 2017, The Residences at Seafire are set on 12 acres of landscaped gardens by EDSA shared with Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa,...

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