Top 5 Homes of the Week

Amid some of the hottest weeks of the summer, it may suit your fancy to luxuriate in a pool home in the desert sand with views of rigid mountains, or to find refuge up north on the lakefront. Whichever you prefer, or if you’d like an option for either whim, our Top 5 Homes of the Week offer accommodations for any pleasure.

I hope you have enjoyed the lazy days of summer as much as we have. Try to “soak up” the last few precious weeks left before having to gear up for a much more structured, hectic time after the Labor Day holiday.

There are some great luxury properties available on the market right now and we have the opportunity to showcase a few of them this month inside the pages of this issue.

— Thomas L. duPont, Publisher Emeritus (more…)

By Linde Hyder

The sun rises over pristine water, marked only by the ripple of a jumping bass or gentle wake of a fishing boat. Morning coffee is enjoyed on the deck watching paddle boarders and kayakers. Later, after a busy afternoon spent tubing or skiing, it’s time to relax with a sunset cruise to the club for dinner. This is the essence of lake life. Add Lake Burton’s 62 miles of scenic shoreline punctuated with picturesque homes and you have lakefront living at its finest. (more…)

By Alyssa Mammano

Lake Norman, North Carolina

Surrounded by eclectic small towns, Lake Norman is 34 miles of peaceful outdoor sanctuary. Miles of walking trails draw locals outdoors to enjoy the clean, crisp air of Lake Norman’s four distinct seasons. Visitors venture to this charming college town for its picturesque downtown dotted with family-friendly shops and eateries. An old-world ambiance is evidenced through brick roads and historical architecture that comes alive with street vendors. On the water, greenways lead to the perfect picnic areas and paddleboarding opportunities. (more…)

By Linde Hyder

The best of two worlds come together beautifully in this captivating French Country manor, where inspiring golf course views are surpassed only by pastoral lakefront vistas. Situated just outside the quaint township of New London, the 1.65-acre property is enviably positioned on the 14th hole of the exclusive Old North State Club, ranked among the Top Ten golf courses in North Carolina. Additionally, the residence overlooks Badin Lake, a 5,350-acre lake offering 115 miles of pristine shoreline and endless opportunities for water enthusiasts. (more…)

By Alyssa Mammano

Interior Design

Luxury is always timeless in design, though style continues to evolve in a cyclical ebb and flow. As trends emerge with each passing year, some steadfast sentiments remain infallible while new progressions build upon those constants. This year, the juxtaposition of layers is an emergent interior design movement wherein varying textures, colors, prints, materials and even design styles are blended in a complementary fashion. (more…)

It’s been 24 years since we launched our Luxury Homes magazine, adding it to our portfolio of offerings. Over these last 24 years, trends have changed; the financial market has risen, dropped and risen again; Presidents have come and gone and residential neighborhoods have continued to expand in areas surrounding major metropolitan markets. One thing has remained consistent (albeit expanded) – our ability to reach a targeted demographic of affluent, wealthy individuals with not only our print publications but now also with our rapidly growing digital, social and event-driven footprints.

— Thomas L. duPont, Publisher Emeritus (more…)

By Linde Hyder

Quietly nestled among towering pines in a colorful setting that changes with the seasons, lies the Dug Road Inn, an Italianate-style home built by one of Decorah’s first businessmen. Steeped in local history, the landmark property is ideally situated within minutes to the Upper Iowa River, Luther College and the Vesterheim Museum. (more…)

When you commit to working with Royal Shell, you’ll get a lot more than a team of real estate professionals. Imagine a first-class ticket to the very best properties — be them to buy, rent or vacation — in the piece of paradise that is Southwest Florida, the rolling hills of Central Florida and the endlessly exquisite mountains of North Carolina. Then, picture a five-star experience for every property you wish to rent to vacationers — and world-class business resources and national and global connections at your fingertips when it’s time to put your property on the market. (more…)

A company continuing the lifelong success and civic consciousness of its founder. (more…)

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