Top 5 Homes of the Week

We’ve selected five of our listings as the Top 5 Homes of the Week for each of their unique designs and custom attributes. A contemporary California listing boasts sleek, clean lines with stone and wood touches to warm up the modern design, while a Canadian log cabin home boasts panoramic lake and mountain views captured by its rounded exterior shape. With the differences that each of these listings portrays, which style would you prefer?
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This issue is the launch of a new direction as it relates to the editorial inside our magazine. Each month we will be focusing on a different topic related to homeowners, home buying and/or design and decorating. We hope you the reader find this to be not only helpful but also engaging content to complement all of the fantastic properties featured each month inside our pages.

— Thomas L. duPont, Publisher Emeritus
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Acres of lush rolling hills, a pleasant year-round climate and a vibrant equestrian community create the perfect setting for horse and nature enthusiasts alike in the Central Florida city of Ocala. Located halfway between Gainesville and Orlando, Ocala boasts Southern hospitality and small-town charm amid a landscape punctuated by stately Grandfather oaks draped in Spanish moss and green pastures filled with grazing horses. According to real estate broker Joan Pletcher, “it’s very magical here.” (more…)

As we approach the Turkey Day Holiday, we’ve compiled a few dining room tables that we’d love to eat our Thanksgiving feast at. Our Top 5 Homes of the Week are the perfect places to gather with family and friends this Holiday season to enjoy sprawling acreage, amazing backyards, wide open floorplans and the company of loved ones.
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By Alyssa Mammano

Earlier this year, Forbes released their full list of cities to invest in a primary residence or income property based on a survey by Local Market Monitor that tracks market trends in 300 major U.S. real estate markets. These markets are not necessarily conducive to flip houses, as the growth rates are projected for long-term development. Rather, these are the best cities to plant roots and purchase a primary residence with little risk, or purchase an income property with rental potential. Topping the list are several southern states, including our home state of Florida with two of its cities making the top ten. Another, perhaps surprising, top contender is Utah with several up-and-coming areas. Below we identify Forbes’ findings for the top ten cities to invest in housing this year. (more…)

What can you get for just under $6 million across the country? All of our Top 5 Homes of the Week are displayed across the U.S. with a price tag in the $5.9 million range. Each of these homes drastically differs from locale to locale. Some estates sprawl over vast acreage and some stand tall with floor-to-ceiling windows framing the exquisite views. With all the unique attributes that each of these estates embody, they do have one thing in common: incomparable luxury.
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It’s hard to believe that the Holiday season is upon us – how quickly the year went by. This is the time of year when we should all pause and express our gratitude for all that we have. While it is a time for joyous events, parties and celebrations, it is also a time to express our appreciation by helping those less fortunate. The happiness derived from helping others is a great gift to them, as well as oneself. So reach out and lend a hand.

— Thomas L. duPont, Publisher Emeritus
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By Linde Hyder

Surrounded by stately Grandfather oaks, towering magnolia trees and rolling green lawns, lies Casa Di Vetro, a once-in-a-lifetime offering that defies comparison. White Trout Lake provides an enviable backdrop for this 8.38-acre compound punctuated by a sprawling 13,000-square-foot “House of Glass.” Thoughtfully crafted to incorporate Florida’s natural beauty and warm sunlight, the home features an abundance of seamless glass throughout interior spaces creating a setting that is as grand for entertaining as it is for comfortable family living. (more…)

By Linde Hyder

Luxury has no limits! The Ritz-Carlton Residences managed by the 5-star staff of The Ritz-Carlton detail a distinctively refined world of waterfront elegance and striking sophistication. Strategically positioned in the heart of the city and on nearby Lido Beach, these residences offer panoramic views of shimmering Gulf and Bay waters, sparkling city lights, spectacular sunrises and epic sunsets. (more…)

One of the most significant residential estates ever created in Green Bay, Wisconsin is located ten minutes from Lambeau Field and the main interchange. It’s a magnificent new construction French chateau with 27,699 square feet under roof and a two-story walkout resting on approximately 10 acres of private woods. Nestled in a wooded sanctuary with deer and turkeys galore, this estate also boasts two ponds stocked full with Brown Trout, Croppies and Walleye. A luxuriant, private hunting and fishing haven for the avid wildlife enthusiast, this estate is located on a cul de sac featuring only three homes in the development. It has no equal. This seven-bedroom, eight-full-bath and three-half-bath Chateau is recognized as one of the most exquisite homes being built in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It’s currently 90% complete and is for purchase as is for $8,440,000. (more…)

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