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Modern Luxury in Morningside they depend on your information source, you will get a different answer to the question of what can be classified as a luxury home. The greatest difference in definitions is between towns; however, there seems to be agreement regarding the upper end of homes.

Homes that are unquestionably luxurious, are worth tens of millions of dollars or more. They have incredible amenities, professional landscaping and property planning, and are generally massive in size with ten or more bedrooms. These homes are advertised nationally and internationally. Real estate agents for these properties have additional responsibilities involving trusts, attorneys, and anonymity issues.

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No one seems to question that these homes, often owned by extremely wealthy and usually famous people, are luxurious. In fact, these homes in Morningside should be called “super luxury” homes to differentiate them from other high end homes.

In an entirely different class, the other group of luxury homes, are advertised locally. Property in the US that is valued at over a million dollars is usually considered luxury real estate. Consumers in high socio-economic groups are the target for these properties.

This second group of homes may have features such as wet bars, designer kitchens, wine cellars, theatre seating, in-ground pools, security systems, professional landscaping, heated floors, and tennis courts. These homes are generally larger than average with good locations, amenities, property entries, and entertainment capabilities.

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Luxury homes tend to have entertainment rooms with features such as built in seating and high end, up-to-date technology for the best movie watching experiences. Designer kitchens are also very trendy in high end homes with features such as custom paneling for appliances, extra under-the-counter refrigerators or beverage centers, and wine bars that fit among the kitchen pantry and other storage cabinets. Designer kitchens also include granite countertops, high end fixtures, customized storage drawers, and pullout pantries.

There’s no question that this second group of homes are also desirable homes to live in. However, are they really in the same class as homes in Morningside  which are also called luxury homes?

In both groups of homes, location, amenities, property entry, entertainment capability, and landscaping are considered. Most luxury homes offer a combination of desirable natural elements such as ocean proximity, views, or climate, and professionally designed landscaping and architecture. But really, if a 1.2 million dollar, lakefront home with a dock and a swimming pool is a luxury home, then Mariah Carey’s home must be a “super luxury” home.

If you are unsure how to categorize your home, your best bet is to talk to an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS). Real estate agents with this specialty are knowledgeable about national luxury home trends, luxury buyer and seller needs, and the development of unique high level services.

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World Estate International Villa for Sale in Goa

Long before Isprava was interested in property in Goa, we were interested in Goa. Goa has been the backdrop for countless memories, stories and celebrations for almost all of us. Popularized by travelling Europeans and hippies in the 60s and glamourized by the rich and famous of today, Goa has something for everyone.

Finding Fanny

A new age romance, Finding Fanny is set in traditional Goa among catholic characters and lots of floral print dresses. The movie follows the journey of five oddball friends who are looking for ‘Fanny’, Naseerudin Shah’s love interest. The movie is set in a sleepy Goan village and really brings to life the vibrancy and tranquility of Goa. The director actually stayed in a Goan village for a month and that’s where he got the inspiration for the movie.

Trikal

Released in 1985, Trikal was selected for the Indian Film Retrospective is Lisbon in 1986 and invited to the London Film Festival in that same year. The movie studies the lives of a Christian family in Goa during the shift of the Portuguese to Indian administration. A fast-paced comedy, Trikal shows us the handover from the Portuguese to Indians through the Souza Soares family and is loosely inspired by cartoonist Mario Miranda’s family.

Go Goa Gone

Go Goa Gone shows us another side of Goa that remains popular with many visitors. Although a zombie flick, this comedy also touches upon the Russian influence of Goa, drug use and irreverent appeal of Goa. Saif Ali Khan thoroughly entertains as madcap, Russian Mafioso Boris and shows us some spectacular scenes of Goa.

We can’t share which movie the house we saw for sale was from however let it be known that no matter where you are in Goa, chances are that location has been scouted and possibly even showcased in a film like one of these three! What’s your favourite Bollywood representation of Goa?

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Everybody dreams to buy a luxury house. The fact is, only a few can afford it. Even if you have the money to buy, sometimes, getting a good location becomes a problem. Of course, you can take help of estate agents to take that entire headache, but that does not free you from the responsibility to find an ideal place for family. So, how do detect a good property in Hoboken?

Hoboken is a small city in the Hudson County, New Jersey. It is an island surrounded by the Hudson River on the East and the tidal lands on the West. The city also has a close proximity to New York and the Jersey City. People looking for an easy commute to these places for work can easily do so. Luxury apartments in Hoboken, NJ can be a perfect match for your dream house. But, before looking out for the option remember to take care of these things.

  1. Location is the most important aspect of buying a house. If you can find a place that is closely located to parks, fitness centres, shopping areas, hospitals, school and other options of childcare and recreation, secure the deal.

2. Price is a major determinant when it comes to buying a house. There are many hidden factors that determine the price of any new construction in Hoboken. Ask you estate agent to find a good deal within your budget. Do not settle for low quality construction because of price even if it means exceeding your budget limit.

3. If you are buying a house for your own use and not for rental purpose then, you should be much more careful in making your choice. Hire a registered estate agent only. If you are not taking any help from an estate agent, then be sure to check the certifications or authorisations of the builder before signing any contract. If your builder has good reputation in the market, then you can find about them more from the online sources.

Never hesitate to clear all your doubts before making payment. There is no point in discussion after you have signed the contract. Take time, think over again and research thoroughly about the builder, location and other details. You should always keep in mind the safety and comfort of your family before buying a house.

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International Realtor If you look out into the Atlantic, past the Scituate, Massachusetts, harbor you can see Minot’s Ledge Light blinking 114 feet above the swell. For the past 150 years the lighthouse has warned boaters about the shallow, shipwrecking rocks close to shore, but recently the Coast Guard decided it wasn’t relevant anymore, and this fall the light became private property.

My dad grew up in the harbor the light protects, and my grandmother trolled for striped bass with a handline out past the ledge. Stories about the lighthouse dovetailed with our family’s history. Eight months pregnant with my father, my grandma pointed a skiff out into the teeth of a nor’easter to tie down her boat, the Little Gull, under the flash of the light. I get the lighthouse obsession from both sides. My mom did her architecture school thesis on lighthouses. She spent a summer visiting lights along the eastern seaboard. She started in Hatteras, North Carolina, near where she grew up and moved north, toward Hull, Mass., toward my dad.

Minot’s blinks 1–4–3, so people call it the “I Love You Light,” and before Ray J made it a bad R&B song, my parents would sign letters and then send texts 143. That lighthouse is part of our narrative, and I don’t think we’re the only weirdos who put emotional weight on places. I feel irrationally possessive of Minot’s light, even though I’ve never been in the tower. The fact that it no longer belongs to the public — that it’s owned by an individual who can turn it into a vacation house or tear it down — feels like a transgression.

Part of that is nostalgia. I think it’s the same kind of analog fascination that makes people want to slaughter their own chickens, or take up sewing, but it feels a little more exciting than that. It hits deeper, because it draws back to when you could get lost in the ocean, when you needed a beacon to bring you home.

Credit: Boston Public Library

But almost no one navigates just by visual markers these days, which is why in 2009, the Coast Guard decided that they didn’t need to hold on to Minot’s Ledge Light anymore. The U.S. General Services Administration, which is essentially the real estate arm of the government, was tasked with getting rid of it. That summer, they posted a notice of availability. No one bit on the original bid, and this June, they put it up again for $10,000. On October 13th, Bobby Sager, Polaroid’s chairman, won the auction and bought the lighthouse for $222,000.

It’s not just the Minot’s Ledge lighthouse that’s changing hands. The General Services Administration, which likes to call itself “The Nation’s Landlord,” is in charge of selling off any federal property that’s deemed irrelevant. Their website is full of Black Hawk helicopters and former cop cars.

Among the federal detritus, lighthouses are a special case. As a whole, they’re basically obsolete — they’re only designed to do one thing — but they’re also historically significant, so the feds don’t just want to flatten them. In 2000, the GSA, the Coast Guard and the Department of the Interior passed The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, an amendment to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. It lets the federal government give away lighthouses to qualifying local governments, non-profits, or community development organizations. They try to put them in the hands of groups that will keep them open to the public, but sometimes, like in Minot’s case, no public entity wants the responsibility. Then the property goes to a private auction. Since the act passed, they’ve transferred ownership of 68 lighthouses to non-profits and historical commissions for free, and sold 39.

Credit: Boston Public Library

Minot’s light has been giving people feelings since it was built in 1860. The ledge it’s built on was notorious for wrecking boats because of its steep shelf and twitchy tides. Minot’s was constructed to replace an earlier light, which was swept away in a storm. Two lighthouse keepers were killed when it went down and they’re said to haunt the new house. I’m not sure if it’s the romance, or the ghosts, but it’s always drummed up a kind of fascination. The local brewery makes a Minot Light, Thoreau wrote about it, and it’s been used in ads for Cape Cod Cranberries and American Tobacco cigarettes.

Minot’s has a good story, but it’s not the only one that’s been celebrated. Artist, writers, and poets, from Marianne Moore to James Taylor, have canonized lighthouses. People name churches and rehab centers after them. “Beacon in a storm” might be one of the most overplayed metaphors of all time.

Lighthouses aren’t the only kind of obsolete public buildings that we put on a pedestal — I think people feel similarly about fire towers — but lights hit the crosshairs of history, design, adventure, and allegory.

The GSA says they’re “a symbol of the strength and longevity of our country’s trading practices and communal spirit.” In less governmenty terms they’re markers of a kind of simplicity and purposeful adventure, which is now all but obsolete. Unlike my grandmother, I’m not pulling bass into a boat by hand. I barely know how to read a nautical chart (although there is an app for that), and sometimes, even though it’s irrational, that feels like a loss.

Some of the people purchasing auctioned lighthouses feel the same as me, and they’re buying them to save them. Last year, in Boston Harbor, just north of Scituate, Dave Waller bought Graves Island Light, which is a direct design copy of Minot’s, for $933,888. At the time it was the most anyone had paid for a lighthouse. To find the money, he and his wife mortgaged their house, as did his mom, to help them out. “We went all in,” he says. He says he didn’t have any solid reason for buying it, just that same deep-seated nostalgia and a long-standing but loose family tie. As a kid, he sailed by it in his dad’s boat.

Waller has done a ton of work on the tower. He’s rechinked the granite blocks to make it watertight, and put in running water and electricity. He’s arguably made it better. He’s says he’s planning to open it up for occasional tours, and that the response has been really good. Lighthouse fanatics have reached out to tell him they’re glad he’s renovating it, and that they can see the good parts of private ownership.

But, ultimately he’s turning it into a vacation house. “I kind of feel guilty buying it, taking it, and making it mine, because it was built with public money, but it was put up for free to non-profits first and there were no takers.”Credit: Boston Public Library

Minot’s future is still up in the air. Sager hasn’t officially said anything about what he’s planning to do; he’s actually been radio silent since the sale. But Waller, who has been in close touch with him because Sager was the other bidder for the Graves light, says that he’s talked to him about his plans, and that, for now, he’s going to leave it untouched. The light, which is powered by solar batteries, will still flash, and the Coast Guard will come by every once in a while to check on it. Sager grew up in Malden, on the North Shore of Massachusetts, so maybe he just has that same nostalgia-fueled fascination. Maybe he just wants to be able to see it flash.

No one in my family lives in the Scituate harbor anymore, and it’s morphed from a fishing town to a summer vacation spot for people from Boston. Most of the boats in the harbor have the names of other places across their sterns, and the dock where my grandma used to drop her catch is now lined with tchotchke shops. Last summer we went back and piled cousins and aunts into a rented house. At night we’d take beers out to the back porch and count the pulses from the light, picking out which ones said “love” and which ones said “you.”


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