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April 30, 2009

Hacienda Matapalo – Luxury Condos in Costa Rica

Filed under: Luxury Condos,Uncategorized — Tags: — Mr Oscar @ 5:28 am

Living in the tropical paradise that is Hacienda Matapalo

Located in a Rainforest on a mountain overlooking the Pacific with frontage on the newly paved Pacific Coast Highway (the Costanera). Near the New hospital, marina and the soon to be built International Airport.

These single family homes estates are available on 1.25+ acre private home sites. These homes will be delivered complete and ready for your furnishings and personal touches. We have several design styles to choose from with all the options and upgrades you need to create a special place that fits your tastes and lifestyle. Our resident architect can also customize these offerings or design a completely original home just for you. Read more.

The amenities and features include but are not limited to the amazing free form infinity edge pool, swim-up pool bar, media and events rooms, fitness center, tennis courts, picnic cabanas, relaxing spa area and more.

Some of your neighbors will include sloths like Reed in the picture above, white-faced monkeys (Capuchin), howler monkeys, toucans, parrots, macaws, egrets, kingfishers, hawks, clay-colored robins (Costa Rica’s national bird), red-eyed tree frogs, green dart frogs, Iguanas, tapirs, peccary, white-tailed deer, coatis, and tapezcuintle. Costa Rica is a country filled with all kinds of rare species of animals and natural wonders, come and experience it for yourself!

You are invited to participate in our eSeminar


Subjects that will be covered in our eSeminar include:

Cost of Living
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Health Care
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Presented to you by Hacienda Matapalo’s
Vice President of Sales and Design, Brian Albury.

Hacienda Matapalo Costa Rica
USA: (800) 281.4145 or (954) 548.3000
COSTA RICA: (506) 2. 774. 0240

April 21, 2009

1Mission – Luxury Condo in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – CLB Partners, Ltd., has opened the residential sales studio for 1Mission, a mixed-use residential/retail enclave in the heart of Mission Hills that brings together the meticulous restoration of a turn-of-the century commercial block and a new five-story residential midrise with 13 two-story townhomes and 48 single-level luxury condo residences. Located on the block framed by Washington, Fort Stockton, Goldfinch and Falcon streets, 1Mission encompasses 94,000 square feet of living space and 20,000 square feet of retail space.

Residences range from approximately 1,057 to 2,671 square feet and are priced from approximately $500,000 to $1 million. There are 31 different floor plans with sleek and airy interiors, providing a striking counterpoint to the traditional exteriors that are accented with brick, wrought iron balconies and awnings. Homes on the upper levels enjoy panoramic views that incorporate everything from the Downtown skyline to East County mountain peaks. Decks, as large as 500 square feet, expand the living area into the outdoors and take full advantage of views.

A full complement of Dacor stainless steel appliances including gas cooktops, ceilings ranging from 10 feet to 19 feet high, artistic vessel sinks, spa-like baths and huge closets create a custom home ambience with city sensibilities. The building features gated underground parking with two parking spaces and an individual storage locker for each unit. Exterior amenities include an outdoor retreat with dining tables and chairs, a barbecue area with sink, a sheltered lounge area and a soothing water feature.

“This historic San Diego location deserves a landmark and that’s what we’re delivering,” said Luke Daniels, development manager. “We assembled a local team of some of the most lauded placemaking professionals in San Diego, including M.W. Steele Group, Heritage Architecture & Planning and Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects, and challenged them to create a place that the whole neighborhood will care about,” he said.

“The historic character and style of 1Mission evolved after we discovered the charming turn-of-the-century storefronts under the 1950s ‘modern’ stucco facade of the ‘Mission Hills Shopping Center’ on Washington Street,” said Mark Steele, FAIA, AICP, principal of the M.W. Steele Group. “Because of the ‘50s modernization their original character was lost, but that didn’t stop us from restoring them to their former glory,” he explained.

The extensive restoration process relied heavily on old photographs from the San Diego Historical Society and resulted in the two highly visible cornerstone buildings being added to the San Diego Historical Register in 2008 as site numbers 867 and 868.

Some of the highlights include restoration of the original buff-colored brick facade on the Ace Drugs building, replication of custom wood windows and custom wood panel doors, addition of ceramic tile storefronts, prismatic glass transoms, construction of new Mission tile roofs and gabled parapets, and replication of the wrought iron balconies.
“The neon ‘Mission Hills’ sign has been displayed on the property for 60 or so years, so we incorporated it at 1Mission, in recognition of Mission Hills’ legacy,” added Daniels.

Besides collaborating among themselves, the team sought input from the local community, during a series of charettes. “The neighbors supported a pedestrian passsageway that would link Goldfinch, Washington and Falcon streets,” said Steele. “Accordingly, we created an urbanesque ‘Secret Garden’ with mature trees and landscaping, a melodic water feature, intimate spaces for restaurant dining, and a leafy paseo connecting the outlying streets.”

Although 1Mission won’t be completed until the fall, accolades have already been showered on the project. 1Mission has earned an “Orchid Award” from the San Diego Architectural Foundation and the “2007 Smart Growth Award for Adaptive Reuse” from the Urban Land Institute.

1Mission brings the soul of Mission Hills into the present and furthers San Diego’s plan for a ‘City of Villages’ where residents are surrounded by neighborhood places to shop, dine, gather and enjoy themselves,” said Daniels. Within a two-block radius, there is a private exercise studio, a well-known spa, numerous restaurants, coffee spots, gourmet food purveyors, and many retailers.

The sales studio, located at 4010 Goldfinch St., San Diego CA 92103, is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information on 1Mission San Diego is available at or by calling 619.906.4000

CLB Partners, Ltd. is a real estate company specializing in the development of quality residential communities in unique upscale environments and historic locations. Founded in 1997, CLB Partners previously developed two landmark properties in San Diego: Park Laurel overlooking Balboa Park and Seahaus in La Jolla.

July 20, 2008

Icing on the cake for smart new condo buyers in Philadelphia

Symphony House developer Carl Dranoff was looking for a sure fire way to draw million dollar condo buyers to his development and opted for a method that we are seeing more and more of in today’s market. Dranoff decided to incentivize. Only this time, developer Carl Dranoff put a twist on the idea and opted to throw in some unconventional incentives to make the deal sweeter. Even though 85 percent of his 167 units are already sold, Dranoff has offered to include a Smart car (retail value: $16,590) and a $75,000 parking space in the high-rise’s garage to go with the next three units sold.

The Symphony House development soon to be featured on is not the only luxury condo development in Philadelphia to offer some very enticing incentives. Others include the Residences at Two Liberty also to be featured on in the near future and is offering its buyers three free years of valet parking,” when buying a condo according to Ruth Hirsh Lincoln, whose firm represents the developer.

These types of marketing incentives are icing on the cake to new condo buyers in the area considering purchasing a new condo as astute buyers are stepping out from the sidelines to buy in the Philadelphia condo market. Despite a credit crunch and a downturn in the housing market in some areas, the luxury condo market in other metropolitan areas are fairing well and Philadelphia is a perfect example. Although overbuilding and speculative investors have created problems in some condo markets such as Miami, Las Vegas, and Boston, Philadelphia remains healthy for the long term due to the absence of either element.

July 2, 2008

Luxury Condos Untouched by Softening Market

Filed under: Luxury Condos — Frogman235 @ 8:50 am

We have all been paying close attention to the housing market, stock market, and overall state of the US economy for the last year. Those in the real estate industry have been making dramatic shifts and strategic moves in order to combat the declining market. The more affluent end of the population is not usually affected by gas prices and a declining housing market as much as the middle and lower ends of the market. However, many people on the more affluent side often have a large portion of their net worth tied to company stock and other assets tied to the cyclical markets. For example, a Merrill Lynch executive worth millions might have 50% of their net worth associated with the company stock that was trading at $60 per share. Now its in the $30′s. That immediately decreases that person’s net worth by about 25% until the stock goes back up.

Regardless, the affluent consumers still have the liquidity and confidence to make real estate and condo purchases during a declining market because they have the financial fortitude to ride it out and earn greater equity in the long run. That is where luxury condos and homes come into play. The luxury condo market has not been affected nearly as much as the market for middle to lower prices condos has.

Luxury condos are a lucrative alternative for all the homebuyers who wish to have a great living in the metropolitan cities. Amazing interiors, low cost maintenance and full services including luxurious surroundings with necessary array of amenities are things that attract the urban dwellers from all corners of the world. These luxury condos for sale are built in several styles, to suit the exclusive tastes of each interested homeowner.

Luxury condo business runs successfully in most cities, as they present the perfect livability conditions and recreational activities apart from the necessary amenities, required for living a good life. In most metropolitan U.S. cities and other parts of the world, the luxury condos for sale are mostly located at a few minutes’ distance from education centers, schools and colleges, grocery stores, restaurants and other cultural places like theaters and museums. They are built at prime locations and can be purchased at right prices.

Luxury condos for sale are built in different kind of milieu so as to cater to the needs of all types of homeowners. In some cities, luxury condos are built in calm areas away from the urban hustle and bustle, which ideally suit the retirees. This is because such condos are always equipped with all types of medical facility and also have quick and easy transport facilities for the residents to enjoy outdoors.

Some luxury condos are placed just near the downtown areas of the city and are exposed to the jazzy nightlife and entertainment facilities, like pubs, nightclubs, movie theaters and music venues, besides the necessary amenities. Luxury condominiums with such tremendous ambience are highly craved for by an increasing number of homeowners, and the young settlers in particular. This explains the reason why so many new luxury condo projects are underway.

Numerous single-roomed luxury condos and condo lofts are built near the well-famed colleges and universities to suit the needs of the students who come there from all parts of the world. You can purchase them at quite reasonable prices.
The luxury condos located on the beachfront are the most marvelous ones, giving you a serene feel and also a friendly residential community. These condos offer a wondrous view of the sea and also offer exquisitely designed interiors that can make one feel like heaven. Most of the beachfront and oceanfront luxury condos for sale have fully furnished kitchens, master suite, bedrooms, library, designed wooden cabinets and much more. These condos are usually well connected with the bustling city, which offers numerous activities, which include the downtown, beaches, shopping malls and lots more!

There are also varieties of luxury condo hotels. They are mainly run in the popular resort areas. These rented condo-hotels are the ideal place for tourists. They enable one to take pleasure in a full service vacation home. Most of them have achieved great success, by outranking the conventional condos and lofts. Whenever you think of buying a luxury condo, security is another very important thing that you must be looking for. Most of the luxury condos in the metropolitan cities are equipped with 24 hours security system, including burglar alarms and wireless security camera both inside and outside the condos. Are you relocating or wish to buy a luxury condo for yourself? If so, then contact the authentic real estate professional instantly and get your dream home!

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