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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Perfect Gift, If Money Were No Object

If money were no object? Our paradise found would be, a dazzling historic oceanfront estate, that is superbly sited on 4.3 acres of Newport's Gilded Age coastline of ocean frontage that is for sale by Lila Delman. The dazzling historic oceanfront estate, is Fairholme and the perfect beach house finds gift. The main house, was built circa 1875 and designed by Frank Furness and is a Tudor revival masterpiece. The estate lies at the heart of this impressive compound, which also contains a picturesque six bedroom carriage house, three interconnected greenhouses, and a sybaritic swimming pool with a luxurious pavilion and outdoor living area overlooking the Atlantic.

A park-like setting with gracious gates introduce the impressive facade of the 20,000+ square foot main house. Inside you will find silk covered walls, delicately molded plasterwork and an immense limestone fireplace blended together in the entrance hall in soft harmonies of color and light. Across the south facing rear of the house, is sun, sky and views of the sea pour in through the leaded glass windows and doors. Once in the great hall space,to the west side of the hall is an intimate receiving room with a marble fireplace, a paneled library with an elegantly carved wood fireplace, and a spacious oceanfront salon giving way to a graceful barrel-vaulted Horace Trumbauer ballroom. a long terrace runs parallel to the salon, overlooking a wide clean expanse of lawn that sweeps down towards the sea. Step back inside, to the east of the main hall to the delicately hued dining room with magnificent ocean views, and an elaborate marble fireplace. Their is a substantial waterfront kitchen and butler’s pantry, along with an extensive service wing, are located beyond the dining room, while two additional floors of staff living and sleeping rooms are located directly above.

The carriage house is 4000 square feet, contains a three bedroom apartment, two staff suites, a one bedroom apartment, an office, a gym, and a parking garage that can accommodate five cars. The stunning infinity edge swimming pool and decorative pool house pavilion lie to the west of the house. On the shore side, retractable glass walls allow for unobstructed appreciation of the oceanfront setting. Two heated marble cabanas, a covered lounging area, and an extensive sound system complete the pool amenities.

The social history of the Fairholme property is rich in detail. Fairholme was first created as a "summer cottage" for Fairman Rogers of Philadelphia, a wealthy arts patron and engineer. Twenty years later, the Drexel family, purchased the property and promptly enlarged and updated it, adding the Trumbauer ballroom and tower and otherwise modernizing the interior. Fairholme became the setting for lavish Newport entertaining, attended by friends and neighbors such as the Vanderbilts, the Astors, the Van Beurens, and the Belmonts. Later, the estate was acquired by the Count and Countess Alphonso Villa, followed by industrialist railroad magnate Robert Young, whose wife Anita was the sister of artist Georgia O'Keefe. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were close friends of the Youngs and were frequent guests at the estate during their tenure there, as was Jack Kennedy, who often made use of the swimming pool.

This house is what dreams are made of.

237 Ruggles Avenue
Newport RI
Price $18,000,000
Melanie Delman
Phone 401-284-4820

Photo Credits: Lila Delman

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Why Knot Sail To St. Michael's This Fall?

An American Travel destination that oozes old fashion charm is St. Michael's, Maryland a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore near Easton. A 1 1/2 hours from Washington, DC, and a short drive from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Delaware, St. Michael's is one of America's best weekend destination. Located on a peninsula of the Chesapeake Bay, Saint Michael's is known for it's quaint main street, shops, boating, fishing, and the best Maryland crabs and seafood.

A visit to St. Michael's always includes a long stroll down its picturesque main street. Talbot Street is lined with beautiful historical buildings, and cute shops offering whimsical decor, ice cream, art, and crafts. St. Michael's is a little slice of heaven where you can find places to go birdwatching, get there by boat, and tie up for a wonderful adventure weekend. You can also charter a sail boat on St. Michael's. You can stay at an old hotel, or in one of the many Bed and Breakfast establishments. Beach House Finds suggests the classic Inn at Perry Cabin, which was built in 1816 and was converted to a 25 acre, luxury country house hotel in 1980. Located in the heart of St. Michael's, Maryland, the inn offers 80 rooms, offering decks or patios, that feature a mix of modern and period furniture, Italian marble bathrooms and fireplaces. A true American icon coastal town, it is only a forty minute boat ride from historical Annapolis, Maryland. For the perfect fall weekend The Inn at Perry cabin, has the perfect yacht landing. Central to St. Michael's charming Victorian style town. Yes summer may be over, but fall at St. Michael's is America's little slice of Heaven.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

LaJolla The Jewel Of Beach House Finds

Savor a glass of fine wine in the moonlight, relax on the sand of the beach, scuba dive the cove, or shop in distinctive boutiques, just blocks from this iconic Historic La Jolla California 5-star hotel. The historic La Valencia Hotel is located in the middle of downtown La Jolla, within walking distance of the elegant galleries, antique and jewelry shops and outstanding restaurants and cafes of the village. The charming boutique-style La Jolla luxury hotel, is a Beach House Finds favorite! The pink hotel is a tradition of elegance and unparalleled service since 1926. Here you can take in all Southern California has to offer; SeaWorld, LaJolla Cove, whale watching, and the best Surfing in Southern California. Warning, you may fall so in love with southern California's most beautiful and majestic coastline and the finest weather in the world, LaJolla. George's on the Cove is a Beach House Find favorite for Dinner, the outside has LaJolla best view and the inside dinning is the cities, local place to be seen. After a morning walk down the and around the cove, take a jog up to prospect to Harry's for Breakfast.LaJolla is Spanish for "the Jewel" it's quite common to end up beach house hunting, when you visit this quaint and charming Seaside resort.

1132 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Diamond Of The Sea

Beach House Finds favorite summer destination in the world is St. Tropez. And where we stay is Hotel Byblos, the five star luxury Hotel in St. Tropez where there is action like know where else in the world. The Byblos for four decades has been the most popular spot in St.Tropez for celebrities, night life, and the International set. The fact that it is located in the heart of Saint Tropez night life and dense shopping of French boutiques and luxury is the lure of this five star luxury beach Hotel. Besides having crepes wrapped in cinnamon sugar right outside your Hotel, Tuesdays and Saturday mornings there is an outdoor market with food, clothes, and brocante taking place. This is the best Provencal market in the south of France with hundreds of vendors selling french food to tableware.

One of The Luxury Hotels of The World, Hotel Byblos is where you can bring your Sunseeker Yacht to port and spend the day at Sea, the Beach, and shopping. Another reason beach house finds loves St. Tropez is the beaches are the rated in the Top 10 Beaches in the World. Upon return to the Hotel Byblos you will find free wifi, a fitness center, a oasis garden pool often frequented by the beautiful International crowd and celebrities. The elegant spa offers guests tranquillity with that refined touch only the French know. The Byblos also offers two restaurants, one pool side and the other Dining in. The rooms are decorated to evoke the spirit of elegance and fine Provencal living. Fashion Models, Celebrities, Beach House Finds, and Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld find St. Tropez the diamond of the Sea.

Byblos Saint-Tropez
Avenue Paul Signac, 83990 St.-Tropez, France
Toll Free: 1-800-745-8883 in the US
Tel: (33-4) 94-56-68-00

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Where Can You Travel And Feel Like Your Sitting On Top Of The World ?

With Summer upon us, Beach House Finds recommends a fashionable trip to the Ocean Cliffs and the guilded days and history of luxury, and European elegance. From its world class views with manicured gardens and lawns to its opulent accommodations the magnificently restored 19th Century seaside mansion the Chanler at Cliff Walk, is a romantic and elegant hideaway and European styled boutique hotel boasting the best ocean view in Newport, R.I. This grandeur, luxury, ocean cliff hotel is packed with splendor, glamour, and welcoming New England comfort. The Chanler stands at the beginning of Newport's famed Cliff Walk, a historic 3 mile coastal path lined with stupendous Gilded Age chateaus. The Readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine voted The Chanler at Cliff Walk #4 in the U.S. for Small Hotels and in the Top 100 in the World

The Mansions was originally built in 1873 by Congressman John Winthrop Chanler as his summer home. At the end of the 19th century, Newport, Rhode Island, was America's most fashionable summer resort. The very rich spent small fortunes constructing almost ridiculously elegant homes, most of which are too expensive to remain in private hands today. Today these grand homes of architecture such as The Breakers, Rosecliff and Chateau-sur-Mer serve as museums and relics of America's Gilded Age, The Chanler at Cliff Walk is the only mansion of the period to be converted into a luxury hotel.

The magnificent award winning and romantic Spiced Pear dining room with it's ocean-side, outdoor Terrace restaurant, offer the discerning traveler a glimpse of Newport’s Golden Age. While one dines you are present with the panoramic patio restaurant perfect complement to Newport best view of the Sea. The luxury boutique hotels 20 rooms have large private baths with heated floors and multi headed showers with designer tiles. Many have Jacuzzi tubs for added comfort. The villas are decorated with elegant romantic floral decor or New England themes. Many offer private entrances for an even more intimate setting. Fireplace, Flat screen televisions, wet bars, CD/DVD players, and luxury styled Marble or Granite bathrooms.

Newport has plenty to offer for exploring during your visit. From: Beaches, Historic Newport Mansions, Newport Restoration Foundation, Bellevue Avenue,
Ocean Drive, Newport Harbor, Famed Cliff Walk, Touro Synagogue
, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Polo, and Newport's National Golf Course. The Chanler at Cliff Walk is a truly special part of the history of Newport and one of the most unique hotels in the World on the Sea.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk
117 Memorial Boulevard
Newport, Rhode Island
Tel: 401.847.1300

Photo Credits: Luxury Travel Magazine

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dreams Can Come True At A Villa By The Sea

The International appeal of Miami combined with a Leading Hotels of The World, with the most exceptional experience awaits you at The Villa By Barton G, the former Versace Mansion. Inside the walls of the 19,000 square foot villa is guest will find breathing space with elegantly styled suites with luxuries like; Frette Linens, British trained Butlers, Kindle e-readers with complementary electronic newspaper delivery, and WiFi throughout the property.

The Villa was built in 1930, born as Casa Casuarina by architect, philanthropist, author and political reformer Alden Freeman. In 1992 couturier Gianni Versace bought the Villa and restored, expanded, added the gardens and the pool. Restaurateur Barton G. Weiss took over the mansion in December 2009, imprinting his own signature style on the The Villa by Barton G, located at 1116 Ocean Drive, and reopened it to please the most discriminating travelers.

Featuring king sized beds or double king beds, custom Italian marble over sized bathrooms, separate living rooms, expansive closet space, and balconies or patios. The Villa By Barton G features exclusive access to The Thousand Mosaic Pool, two private lounges, a Rooftop Lounge, and a top Miami restaurant set in the pebble-mosaic Dining Room. An oasis in South Beach, the Villa By Barton G awaits you.

Reservations Leading Hotels Of The World
The Villa By Barton G. 305-576-8003

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Water Flower Ocean Estate

Acqua Liana is an oceanfront masterpiece created by Frank McKinney, renowned for his oceanfront artistry. Acqua Liana, the Tahitian word for "water flower" is located on 1.6 acres which reaches from the Altantic Ocean to the IntraCoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County, Manalapan Beach, Florida.

Acqua Liana is a home of calming and soothing serenity, with an infinity of forms of water. The 15,071 total sq. ft includes 7 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, an oceanfront master bedroom suite with sitting room, and his and hers ocean view baths. An Oceanfront glass office, wine room, oceanfront grand salon,beach dining room, that opens to the pool, movie theater, air-conditioned oversize garage with windows peering into pool, 2 glass elevators 3 laundry rooms, The home is ultra hi-tech with biofeedback cocktails bale,’ oceanfront summer kitchen, meandering and swimmable water gardens, a lap pool, serene reflecting pools, waterfall, 16 person spa with fire feature floating sun terrace, a special golf course grass driveway, 2 bedroom, 2 bath guesthouse, with private lagoon pool. And more luxury beach house finds.

Acqua Liana Brochure

Offer at $24,300,000
Premier Estate Properties

Sunday, February 14, 2010

America It Is Time To Fight To Save America's Treasures And Preserve America

The the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida is located along the Caloosahatchee River. The Estates was awarded the 2009 National Trust for Historic Preservation Award and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The architecture and furnishings of these gracious, buildings are reminiscent of a bygone era.  However there are many innovations which we do not have in the most modern of homes. In the early 1900s, Edison built one of Florida's first modern swimming pools with cement from his own Edison Portland Cement Company. Edison used the water from an artesian well to fill the pool and irrigate the botanical gardens and it still holds water today.

The close friendship between Thomas Edison and Henry Ford brought the Ford's to Fort Myers in 1915 as guests in the Edison's home. The following year, Mr. Ford purchased the house next door to his good friend Thomas Edison.  For years, the Fords came to their home in Fort Myers every winter to spend time with the Edisons. They shared their families homes, friends and well known guests such as Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs. On the Estate is an artifact museum, dedicated by Charles Edison, son of the inventor.  The museum was built to preserve and house memorabilia related to Thomas Edison's life. One of the many educational displays in the museum is Edison's unique Model T Ford, a prototype model presented to Edison by his friend, Henry Ford. "Mangoes," the Ford's home was purchased by the City of Fort Myers in 1988 and was opened for public tours in 1990. In 1947 Mina Edison, wife of the legendary inventor Thomas Edison, donated the estate to the City of Fort Myers and in November of that year, public touring of the estate began. Mina Edison enjoyed entertaining throughout the gardens of her Florida Estate. She was a gracious hostess and interested in the well being of children and the community following in this tradition, Etiquette at the Estates, is a series of lessons offered today at the Estate.

The Edison and Ford Estate is filled with beach house finds and educational delight for adults and children of every generation. The President's budget proposes to eliminate funding for key historic preservation programs such as Save America's Treasures and Preserve America and reduce funding for National Heritage Areas by half. We American's need to fight to keep to send a message to your members of Congress asking them to support restoration of funding for Save America's Treasures and other critical preservation programs. Take action

Beach House Finds is asking for your help in restoring vital historic preservation programs proposed for elimination or cuts in the President's FY 2011 Budget Request. Support Historical Preservation

The Edison and Ford Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

C'est Nouveau Miami Beach Estate

A beach house find or perhaps a beach estate find is the proper communiqué for this stunning Coral Gables, Florida waterfront estate. The construction is new and French Provence inspired with beautiful water views from almost every room. The estate is designed for entertaining with features like: a formal living room with antique french paneling, wine cellar, expansive library/music room, garden room, dining room,Chihuly chandelier, media room, 5 bedrooms upstairs, 2 staff quarters, guest room, 4 half baths, breakfast area, gym, pool and spa.

This water estate offers generous sized rooms and incredible views of a wide lagoon open to the ocean. The property offers 200 ft of water frontage with direct ocean access and no bridges to the bay, which is a added plus for Yacht owners and boating enthusiasts. This Sotheby's Realty listed estate is a luxury beach home that this is waiting for it's beloved owner.
With Valentines Day being Feb. 14th, this Aquarian writer, Francophile, lover of all things beach, visionary Designer can only say;

L'on est bien faible quand on est amoureux.
One is very weak when one is in love, from La Princesse de Montpensier by Madame de Lafayette

Coral Gables, FL 33146, United States
$22,500,000 USD
Property ID# 4199214

Tel: 1 305-790-6294

Photo Credits: Sotheby's International Realty