Villa Lauriston in the Heart of Silicon Valley Goes Under the Hammer

Described as one of the nation’s finest private residences, Villa Lauriston, located in the heart of Silicon Valley goes under the hammer. The sale of this grand-scale Florentine villa will be handled by consultant Guy Masters and Sotheby’s International realty on April 21, 2013. The bid starting is $8,880,000, while the original list price is $20,000,000.
Villa Lauriston

Villa Lauriston

Villa Lauriston, the embodiment of grandeur, allure, and elegance was commissioned in the 1920’s for Herbert Edwards Law, the original owner of Fairmont Hotel. Designed by noted architect George Schastey, this incomparable and unique private residence features the finest historic materials and artifacts including brass hardware from France, marble and onyx from Italy, and fountains and wrought iron from Florence. Set on in a private 28.4 acre park-like parcel, surrounded by 1,000 acres dedicated open space, stunning property includes the main residence, a guest cottage above six car garage, a beautiful pool, a reflecting pond, tennis court, a conservatory/sunken garden with fountain, former pool/concert stage, two acres 600-vine vineyard, vegetable garden and cutting flower beds, picnic area with arbor, natural waterfall/stream and much more. The home adheres to its European tenets, with its arched doorways, columns, handcrafted detailing, ornate fixtures, and Renaissance palette. With some thirty rooms, encompassing seven bedrooms, eight full baths, and two powder rooms in the 16,000 sqft main residence, as well as a living room/concert hall, a formal dining room, a reception room, a library, sitting room, and reading room in the guest cottage this unique property is ideal for a business retreat of family compound. For more information about auction, contact Guy Masters, Phone: +1-707-331-0525; Email: or Olivia Decker from Sotheby’s International Realty, Phone: +1-415-435-1600. [Villa Lauriston Auction]

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Laucala Island, Fiji – Discover an Idyllic Private Island Resort Experience

Laucala Island - Private Island Resort, Fiji Laucala Island – Private Island Resort, Fiji Laucala Island is a perfect island escape, for those who seek the total luxury of privacy and space, relaxing ambience, enjoying culinary delicacies, yet being sportive active. Anything is possible on Laucala – playing a round of golf, cycling the island, game fishing, diving or sailing the turquoise waters or being pampered in the spa. Proclaimed one of the hundred most beautiful hotels and resorts in the world by Hideaway Hotels, Laucala Island (pronounced Lothala) opened in 2009 to guests seeking the utmost discretion and privacy amid almost unimaginable tropical splendor. Redeveloped by its new owner Dietrich Red Bull Mateschitz at a staggering $30,000,000, the island boasts of outstanding service, delicious cuisine, a exquisite wine cellar, and a stunning atmosphere.

The Foundation Ranch in Alabama Goes Up For Auction

The Foundation Ranch The Foundation Ranch The Foundation Ranch, a private 100 acre property with a modern 10,000-square-foot main house, a four-bedroom guest home, stables, a 3 acre lake and four log cabins is up for auction on October 21, with Albert Burney Auction Company managing the sale. The property is being sold in six parcels, ranging from 4.92 acres to 28.72 acres but bidders may bid on any combination of parcels or on the property as a whole. Centrally located between Birmingham, Atlanta, Chattanooga and Montgomery, the property is suitable for a private residence, a corporate or church retreat, or a hunting property. The two land parcels and the parcel with the cabins all border the Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area, providing access to 46,550 acres of deer, dove and turkey hunting.

Aaron Spelling’s Mansion Listed for $150 million – This Time it’s Official

Candy Spelling’s 56,000-square-foot manor, listed at $150 million, just officially hit the Multiple Listing Service as the most expensive home on the market — and not just in California, but reportedly worldwide.
Aaron and Candy Spelling's Mansion Aaron and Candy Spelling’s Mansion The 14-bedroom, 27-bath home, located at 594 S. Mapleton Drive in Holmby Hills, has been unofficially on the market since 2006, shortly after the death of producer Aaron Spelling, The news is then bounced back in 2009, but until now it was always unofficial information. This week marks its MLS debut, says co-listing agent Sally Forster Jones of Coldwell Banker, who has the listing with Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland. The home has 56,500 square feet of living space on a 4.69 acre lot. In addition to the fourteen bedrooms and twenty-seven bathrooms, the manor also boasts a billiards room, bowling alley, arcade room, flower cutting room, pool, tennis courts, and servants quarters. The French chateau-style home, is the largest and grandest private residence in Los Angeles. Among the neighbors are the Los Angeles Country Club and, not too far away, the Playboy Mansion.