Project Restoration: How to Restore Historic Properties and Features

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. The desire to own a genuine piece of history is a noble one, but navigating restorations can be a daunting task—but one that can be made easier if you have the help of an expert in the field Buying a property with…
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Work Life Balance: How to Design a Home Fit for an Artist

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. All artists need somewhere to make their art, where creative urges can be explored and energies expended — these inspiring spaces reside happily within domestic interiors, proving that it is possible to combine home with work successfully. Many of us work from…
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The Top Ten Eco-Friendly Features for Today’s Luxury Homes

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. In honor of Earth Day, we discover that for the world’s most innovative designers and architects, green is the new black A home can be luxurious, historic, glamorous, commodious, even fun. But can it also be sustainably designed and eco-friendly green? It can…
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What’s Your Story? An Insight into Selling in the Luxury Residential Market

Selling your luxury real estate home involves care and personalization to properly present the property well to potential qualified, interested buyers. The best thing you can do as a seller is to see your property in the eyes of a buyer. How does the property speak to you? Do you feel a connection and kinship…
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Lake Simcoe Waterfront Report: 2019 1st Quarter

MARKET REVIEW The first quarter of 2019 is showing a positive start to the year for waterfront sales.  There was a total of 17 sales which, is an increase of 31% since 2018 within the areas that we have been reporting for the past 10 years which include: Georgina Innisfil Oro-Medonte Orillia Ramara Beaverton (NOTE: …
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Creating Your Own Luxury Home Gym

Design your own space that makes you want to work out. Having a home gym offers convenience, privacy, greater hygiene and immediate access to your  personalized workout options right from the comfort of your own home. When it is your own space, you can design it the way you want to have an appealing aesthetic…
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The Art of the Modern Luxury Bathroom

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. No longer a merely functional space, today’s bathroom is part spa, part sanctuary, and part recharge station—and more lavishly designed than ever before On the upper floors of 551 West 21st Street, the 19-story condominium designed by Sir Norman Foster in New…
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Notable and Record-Breaking Real Estate Sales of 2018

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. The most expensive house in Australia; two trophy estates in the star-studded enclave of Beverly Hills, including the former homes of Gone with the Wind actress Ann Rutherford, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman; and a Central Park West penthouse designed by…
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Grand Designs: 7 Homes with Signature Staircases

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. The stairway has always been the architect’s obsession. The ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia are the first examples of ceremonial stairs that put worshippers closer to the gods. The Romans invented the spiral, or helical stairway, later adapted as a tactical defense…
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