Monday, November 30, 2009
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Saturday, November 7, 2009
The half-sister to King Abdullah II, ruler of Jordan, has put one of her posh Tuscan Palm Beach mansions in Eden Villa up for sale for $17.5MM. The Palm Beach County Property Appraisers Office has the market value in 2008 at $10.6MM; Zillow values it between $7.4MM and $11.35MM. In August 2008, the Princess paid $11MM for it.
Seldomly used by the Jordanian royal couple, the classic Mediterranean villa has 7 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half baths, 10,320 sq ft, floors are Ceramic Italian tile and limestone floors and ceilings are 10’ high. Included are imported mahogany windows with storm glass, gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, spectacular courtyard, pretty loggias, and tropical fruit trees. Property is lakefront with a 60’ lap pool and 1-bedroom cabana with full kitchen and built-in grille, plush tropical garden and a 150’ deep dock which is said to be capable of accommodating almost any sea-going vessel even over 100’ long.
They also own the larger house next door, valued at $11.8MM last year by the county and by Zillow between $9MM and 4MM. The princess is the eldest daughter of the late King Hussein who died in 1999 and his first wife, who he divorced in 1957.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
St. Nicholas’ Church House in Kyloe, Northumberland, built in 1972, was totally renovated by a couple who purchased it nine years ago. Kyloe is a quiet hamlet 6 miles from the coast, 10 miles from Berwick and a few minutes from Belford. They loved the view from this Gothic building, and decided to renovate it. There are beautiful stained glass windows. They restored original features such as stone pillars and timber ceiling trusses. The full-height open-plan living room incorporates the chancel, nave and vestry and has stone mullioned windows all around, radiators and cast iron with under-floor heating. The Great Room serves as a living, dining and kitchen space.
Two staircases lead to the floor above that has a galleried balcony library, two bedrooms with timber roof trusses and a tower bedroom suite within the former bell tower. The property covers 1.4 acres and has a graveyard in front. New owners can convert a detached 781 sq ft stone outbuilding into a 2-bedroom cottage. There are 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 kitchens. One kitchen has views to the sea and to the north and has limestone floors. Cabinets are pitch-pine reclaimed from old church pews and roof timbers. List price is approximately $1.3mm.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Among today’s buys is a lovely shingle-style mansion built at the turn of the century. The property was originally listed for $4,310,000 and is now listed for $2,300,000, reduced 25%.
The estate faces the ocean, has 5 bedrooms, a master suite, a gourmet eat-in-kitchen and a 3-car garage.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Meanwhile, mark your calendar now for a very interesting afternoon. Enjoy a “Harvest Tea” and treats with Victorian hostesses in costume and your personal butler, most elegantly done by The Mad Platter Catering and Befitting Just Your Style at Robb & Stucky at 200 Plaza Real in Mizner Park on Wednesday, November 23 at 2 pm. See a traditional Victorian Thanksgiving… and get new ideas for your own holiday. Tips will be offered on blending older furnishings with today’s lifestyle with your own distinctive touch. Reserve by calling 800-838-5931 for pricing and reservations. Design Professionals: Did you know that Robb & Stucky offers CEU Classes for you? See http://www.robbstucky.com/CEU-Classes-for-Design-Professionals.aspx?Id=10 for list of classes.