21 Ultimate Gifts: Wheels and Water

The GIFT A 6,000-square-foot garage designed by Guy Dreier that can accommodate as many as seven automobiles. A wine room, a humidor, a home theater, driving simulators, a bar, and a hydraulic automobile lift within the garage structure. A furnished rooftop terrace with a reflecting pool and a display platform for one showcase automobile. $7 […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Sol of Malibu

The GIFT A 57-acre hillside homesite in the private MariSol residential community in Malibu, Calif. A 10,000-square-foot modern residence designed by Santa Barbara–based architect Barry Berkus. A vineyard, a tennis court, an infinity-edge pool and hot tub, two ponds, three miles of private hiking trails, and a restored 1930s caretaker’s residence. $30 million Before megamoguls, […]

Vacation Homes: Lying Low

On the world circuit of celebrity haunts, Malibu is an anomaly. Where one goes to Aspen or St. Barts to see and be seen, one retreats to Malibu to blend in. Such is the concept behind the Southern California beach city’s latest luxury community. “Our goal is to frame the ocean and not mess up […]

Now and Zen

Photography by Benjamin Benschneider The serene retreat of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Bill Nguyen and his family sits discreetly above Maui’s Honolua Bay, a spot renowned for epic surfing and the eerily titled Slaughterhouse Beach (named for an abattoir that once sat onshore). Completed in 2009 as three separate pavilions by Tom Kundig, co-owner of Seattle-based […]

Above and Beyond

Perched atop a hill in Southern California, this newly completed family compound rises above the competition with its dramatic interplay of light and shadow, unparalleled city and ocean views, full spa, and other arresting amenities, earning it the distinction of being named Robb Report’s Ultimate Home 2011. Face Value | When the owner of this […]

Island Time

Mark Gosselin had already built and sold a home in Maui when he set about creating his residence in Honolulu. The San Diego–based real estate investor and avid outdoorsman wished to be close to the city, and he knew precisely what he hoped to achieve on his oceanfront property near Diamond Head. “I wanted the […]

Texas Tech

During a chance meeting at a Starbucks on a quiet Sunday morning in Austin, Texas, architect Winn Wittman agreed to help transform businessman Milton Verret’s staid mid-1990s McMansion into a lively and contemporary haven. Completed this year, the reenergized five-bedroom, 10,500-square-foot lakeside house—Verret’s primary residence—now incorporates automated systems for both lighting and audiovisual entertainment and […]

Host’s Guide Summer 2010: Backpage

When Irish explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton set out for the South Pole in 1907 on the Nimrod Expedition (the trip’s moniker owing to the name of his ship, and neither his personality nor his capability), he and his team brought along several cases of liquor for the trek. Two years later and fewer than […]

Turkish Delights

Istanbul-born, Paris-based painter Mubin Orhon, whose untitled work from 1960 set a record price for the artist at a Christie’s auction in 2008 ($374,500), is a central figure in Sotheby’s upcoming Turkish contemporary art auction, to be held on April 15 in London. Orhon, who died in Paris in 1981, was known for bold, monochromatic, […]

Lucien Freud Self-Portrait on the Auction Block

A brutally realistic rendition of the results following an altercation between Lucien Freud and a cab driver, the relatively unknown Self-Portrait with a Black Eye, will be offered at Sotheby’s London Evening Sale of Contemporary Art on February 10. The circa-1978 painting, which has been in a private collection for more than 30 years and […]

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