Luxury Portfolio Spotlight: Modern Mid-Century Oasis, Dominican Villa and a Gated Compound in New York

Mid-century modern oasis in CA

As our partnership with Luxury Portfolio allows, Intracoastal Realty’s listings are often featured on We often peruse the other listings around the world and become enamored with the many features, outdoor spaces, and interior design and decor of these lavish properties. This week, we have opted to share three outstanding custom homes with you.

Slip into this mid-century modern oasis, the pinnacle of Beverly Hills style, ‘60s sexiness and 2017 smart living. Sinatra’s flair with Bond’s technology. Tucked into one of Trousdale’s most private streets, no expense was spared in pulling this ‘60s socialite dream home into the 21st century. From the sweeping roofline to the flared pool edge, every line is elegant and tantalizing, as if sketched by Pininfarina.

Meticulously detailed, every inch has been engineered to the slightest degree: from the heated terrazzo floors to the slabs of rare stone. Stir up a martini and set the scene: each detail is just a touch of a finger away via the Savant system. Stroll out to your poolside bar and floating lounge overlooking explosive views of LA. There is no substitute for this lifestyle.

Welcome to Trousdale, where legends called home, from Elvis, Sinatra, Dean Martin to Nixon. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”


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Beatufil Dominican Republic Villa Costa Mar

This marvelous property is one of a kind. Elegant and professionally decorated, high ceilings, impotent doors and windows which allow natural light and breezes to cool the house year round.  Six large bedrooms with unobstructed ocean views, three of which are master suites.

Each bedroom has state-of-the-art electronics and gorgeous walk-in-closets.  Elegant Italian Marble covers most areas, including the large family room, den, elevator, indoor dining room for 20, the al fresco breakfast area and private wine cellar.  The home boasts two impressive swimming pools, one of which is located on the third level rooftop solarium with a full bar. Additional features include an elevator, fully equipped chef’s kitchen plus independent staff kitchen, a unique open-air powder room, and lush tropical landscaping throughout the estate to ensure your privacy and enjoyment.

VIEWS INCLUDE: Water, Sunset, Sunrise

AMENITIES INCLUDE: golf club, bike trails, on golf course, walking trails, in-ground pool


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Majestic Conyers farm gated compound in new york

Majestic Conyers Farm estate embraces the captivating beauty of ten spectacular acres on Converse Lake with a putting green, heated pool with spa and poolside conservatory. Custom designed for a celebrated professional athlete, the sophisticated 19,387 square foot French-inspired stone manor with 26-rooms, six bedrooms and ten marble baths affords the ultimate in 21st century luxury.

French doors in most main floor rooms with 14-foot ceilings open to multi-level terraces overlooking exquisite gardens and pool. Marble/limestone fireplaces enhance the elegant living room adjoined by a gracious music room, grand dining and family rooms and richly paneled coffered-ceiling gentleman’s library equipped for video conferencing. There is a distinctive custom crafted trophy room walled with glass display cases; stunning gourmet kitchen with Calacatta marble 12-foot center island, Viking range, Miele dishwasher, SubZero refrigerator and freezer; spacious breakfast room; well-equipped butler’s pantry; beautiful main floor full bath and formal/informal powder rooms.

Extraordinary garden level includes professional fitness center with 24-foot ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows; sauna; steam room; sound-proof cherry paneled home theater; acoustically-sound half basketball court; recreation/game/card room with granite fireplace and full bar. Six en suite bedrooms with walk-in closets; fabulous playroom with built-ins; bonus room with bath; and office on second/third floor family quarters.

Sumptuous master features French doors to private terrace, sitting room with imported marble fireplace; elegant marble bath with BainUltra tub, double vanities, large shower; his/her walk-in closets, plus windowed dressing rooms customized with extensive accessory cabinets. Generator; heated 4-car garage. 24 hour security. 50 minutes to NYC

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: central air, full finished walkout basement

BUILT IN: 2006



Stone construction

ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: Colonial, Estate, French country

LOT ACRES: 10.287

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Featured Recipe: Bunt’s Famous Sweet Potato Casserole


November is all about food and family gatherings! This month’s recipe is sure to delight your guests complementing the Thanksgiving feast with roots dating back to 1937 and a historic church in Forsyth County. We hope you enjoy Wilhemina “Bunt” Whicker’s famous Sweet Potato Casserole recipe from the 1987 Semi-centennial edition of Main Street UMC Favorite Recipes Cookbook.

Testing by Alice Heitchue (Granddaughter)

Base Ingredients

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp. Sherry or Red Wine


  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 unsweetened coconut flakes


Mix the above ingredients together and put in a casserole dish. Then add topping.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for 40-50 minutes. Enjoy!




November Area Events

November Area Events Wilmington Wrightsville Beach Pleasure Island Ocean Isle10/19 – 11/6: It’s Only A Play – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

10/28 – 11/6: Cape Fear Fair & Expo – Wilmington International Airport

11/3 – 30: Shows for Days – Red Barn Studio Theatre, Thalian Hall

11/3 – 6: Big Dawg Productions / The Birds Attack – Cape Fear Playhouse

11/3: Space Place Grand Opening – Cape Fear Museum

11/4 – 6: NC Surf to Sound Challenge – Blockade Runner

11/4 – 6: Carolina Pine Music Festival #4 – Brooklyn Arts Center, Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern, Waterline Brewery, Satellite Bar & Lounge, and Palate Bottle Shop in Wilmington, NC

11/4 – 6: Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Annual Holiday Show & Sale – Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center

11/4: Sublime With Rome in Concert – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

11/4: UNCW Writers’ Week – UNCW

11/4 – 6: FUNDRAISER: Willie Stargell Celebrity Golf Invitational, Auction, Dinner & Dance – Country Club of Landfall

11/5: Donald Sinta Quartet – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

11/5 – 6: Cape Fear Kite Festival – Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

11/5: Battleship Half Marathon, 10K & 5K – Downtown Wilmington

11/5: FUNDRAISER: Wilmington Fur Ball – Union Station at Cape Fear Community College

11/5: FUNDRAISER: Holiday Artisan Market – Carolina Beach Lake Park

11/5: Cape Fear Roller Girls Doubleheader – UNCW Schwartz Center

11/8: Anderson East: Devil In Me Tour – Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews

11/9: The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure – CFCC Wilson Center

11/9 – 13: Cucalorus Film Festival – Jengo Playhouse, Thalian Hall, City Stage, etc.

11/11 – 13: Mrs. World War II Wilmington: We Fell in Love at the USO – Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

11/12: Schubert’s “Great” – CFCC Wilson Center

11/17: Holst’s The Planets – CFCC Wilson Center

11/18: The Drifters – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

11/19-26: Kure Beach Holiday Market – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

11/19-20: Riverfest – Water Street from Cape Fear Community College to Chandlers Wharf

11/19: Shallotte Holiday Market – Mulberry Park

11/20: Annie – CFCC Wilson Center

11/21 – 12/4: Cape Fear Festival of Trees – North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

11/24: Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot – The Loop at Wrightsville Beach

11/24: Gallop for the Gravy 5K – Starts and ends at YMCA

11/25: Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting – Ocean Isle Beach

11/25 – 26: 33rd Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla At Wrightsville Beach – Wrightsville Beach Town Park, Blockade Runner Resort & Intracoastal Waterway/Banks Channel

11/25 – 12/22: Enchanted Airlie – Airlie Gardens

11/25: Battleship HO HO HO – Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

11/25: Island of Lights – Lighting at the Lake & Pleasure Island of Lights Festival – Carolina Beach Lake Park

11/25: Fourth Friday Gallery Walk – Various art galleries in Wilmington.

11/25 – 12/17: Christmas by the Sea – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

11/25: Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting – Downtown Wilmington

11/26: Kure Beach Holiday Market – Ocean Front Park

11/26: Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla – From Inlet View Bar & Grill to Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant & Marina

11/26: Turkey Trot 4 Mile Trail Run – Race begins at Carolina Beach State Park Marina

11/27: Historic Wilmington Foundation Post Thanksgiving Tour – Neil M. McEachern House

11/28: The Ultimate Christmas Show – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

11/29: Mannheim Steamroller – CFCC Wilson Center

5 Reasons to Buy a Home in Carolina Beach

Thinking of making a coastal town your new home? Or maybe you’re just thinking of trying a new one on for size. If you are, then make sure to take Carolina Beach NC into consideration! This sweet coastal town has all the good vibes, good eats and good times you could ask for on a beach vacation or as the setting for your next permanent home.

1. Good Beaches

You read that right: beaches. One of the best things about buying a home in Carolina Beach NC is its easy access to a variety of beach scenes. Whether you’re considering purchasing a vacation home or permanent home in Carolina Beach, rest assured, you’ll have your pick of some mighty fine beaches — all within a 20-minute drive or less.

There is, of course, Carolina Beach, which is a beauty in and of itself for a day in the sun and, if you have a vehicle with four wheel drive, even allows you to set up a tent and camp right on the beach for $10 a night in designated areas. Directly adjacent and connected to Carolina Beach is Kure Beach, while a quick 20-minute drive over Snow’s Cut Bridge and into Wilmington and Wrightsville lands you at Wrightsville Beach. We’ll touch base on even more surrounding beaches down below.

Also, being that Carolina Beach is an island, residents have the distinct advantage of having access to the beach on one side and the shores of the Cape Fear River on the other, a nice perk for all those interested in water activities like kayaking, paddle-boarding, boating, etc. that are sometimes better enjoyed on the riverside.

2. Good Eats

Carolina Beach has a very laid back, down-to-earth vibe to it, and the food industry here reflects that. The food scene in CB, as the locals refer to it, is comforting and unpretentious. Local favorites include restaurants and watering holes such as Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn, The Fat Pelican, The Lazy Pirate, Britt’s Donuts, Fish Bites and The Shuckin’ Shack, just to name a few. If you’re looking for a cozy spot to get food around these parts, you’ll have no trouble finding one, but good luck settling on just one!

3. Good Times & Vibes

While spending your day with toes in the sand and a long list of nothing to do is often the best way to enjoy the day in Carolina Beach, there are plenty of activities to add to your docket if you’re in the mood to explore. Aside from digging in at any one of the fine eateries on this island, residents and visitors can partake in a number of outdoor activities. Those of the water-based variety include kayaking, paddle-boarding, fishing, boating, river tubing, surfing and more.

If you’re looking for an outing of more “substance,” you can check out Zeke’s Island Reserve, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher or the NC Historic Site at Fort Fisher. You can also check out the Carolina Beach State Park for hiking, camping, boating and fishing outings in an ecological setting that’s truly unique and is the natural home to various animal and plant life, such as the Venus Flytrap.

4. Good Schools

For those considering making the move to Carolina Beach permanently with kids (or plans for kids) in tow, they can rest easy knowing that Carolina Beach provides access to some of the area’s best K-12 schools, as well as options for higher education at nearby University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College. Even if you don’t have children, good schools bode well for the entire community as they typically accompany lower crime rates and better property value in homes.

Children still in primary school will most likely attend Cape Fear Elementary School, Charles P. Murray Middle School and Eugene Ashley High School, or other New Hanover County Schools depending on their exact location.

5. Good Spot

As you may have gathered by now, Carolina Beach has lots of enticing perks in and of itself, but it also helps that this island is surrounded by some other great communities with their own laundry lists of benefits, sites to see and nightlife. Pleasure Island, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher are the closest locales. Masonboro Island is a mere 15 minutes from CB; add another 5 minutes to your commute, and you’ll find yourself in the Wilmington and Wrightsville areas. Figure Eight Island and Topsail Beach are about an hour’s drive, heading north, while Bald Head Island, Caswell Beach, Oak Island and Holden Beach are an hour away, heading south.

Carolina Beach real estate includes a wide variety of vacation and residential home types, and run the gamut from cozy, single-family bungalows to gorgeous, multi-level beachfront properties, so no matter what kind of home you’re looking for, we can help you find it. Just give us a call at 1-800-533-1840 or email us at today!

Sellers: How to Prepare Your Home for Inspection

There’s a lot of preparation that goes into getting your house ready to sell, but there’s one step in particular that you don’t want to neglect: the home inspection. You can save yourself a lot of time, hassle, money and the risk of losing a potential sale by prepping for your home inspection now.

Get Started Early

One thing that you can do to make sure that your house is ready for inspection before the actual pre-sale inspection, is to have your own done. If you’re seriously considering selling your house, then you need to have someone come in and seriously analyze it. You want to be aware of any and all problems before the inspection that breaks the news to the buyer. Even if you have no problem making repairs after the pre-sale inspection, a laundry list of issues — even little ones — can make buyers uneasy and might leave them feeling hesitant about moving forward.

The idea is that if you go ahead and get an inspection done now, you can start preparing even before your house goes on the market by making your own repairs. You can also save yourself money by allowing yourself the time to thoughtfully pick out your contractors or do a little patching up yourself, as opposed to waiting for the due diligence period where the seller and your agent will want all repairs to be done as quickly as possible, leaving little room for shopping around for contractors.

Fix What You Can

A home inspector will, without a doubt, find something that needs to be fixed on your house, even if it’s something small, like crumbly caulking or peeling paint. There’s no question as to whether you’ll have fixing up to do; it’s more of deciding what it is you can afford to tackle and what you can’t. Small fixes, like those that typically fall into the category of “deferred maintenance” are relatively simple and affordable to fix. Painting, replacing a broken electrical receptacle, repairing small leaks or small damages are all examples of this. However, while each instance may be small on its own, every little thing adds up, and it’s better to nip this sort of thing in the bud before it becomes too unwieldy.

If you happen to have a list of larger fixes and you can’t afford to take care of them all, it’s best to consult with a professional about which ones offer the best return on your investment. Asking your inspector, agent or a home appraiser whether a new roof or a new water heater has better market value will help to ensure that the investment you choose to make is the most beneficial one to the successful sale of your house.

Plan for What You Can’t

If you can’t afford to fix every little thing on your house, or you have to forego installing a new water heater because you just replaced the roof and couldn’t afford both, you’ll need to have a plan ready for when the buyer is inevitably notified of any shortcomings that the house may have. Areas that will require a large investment from the seller within a short amount of time of their purchasing the property from you will probably need to be compensated for in some way. Are you willing to lower the selling price? Can you give the seller a significant sum of money to put towards the repairs? Can you bite the bullet and get it fixed? If you choose not to negotiate in any way, you run a higher risk of losing the sale, so go ahead and start deciding which choice best resolves the issue while making the most financial sense for you, so you’re ready for the scenario if, or when, it presents itself.

Be Ready the Day Of

Most likely, it’ll take you months to prepare your house for the pre-sale inspection, if you start planning ahead as we suggest. Don’t make the inspection any more stressful for yourself by dropping the ball the day-of. Make sure your house is clean. Make sure inspectors can easily get to attic, basement or crawlspace entrances. If you’ve got a well or septic tank buried in the background, leave some direction (either written or visual) that lets the inspectors know where it is. Make sure your dishwasher, washer, dryer, stove and sinks are empty or easy to access. If these appliances are going to be left in the house when the seller assumes ownership, the inspector will have to run tests, and they shouldn’t have to move your dirty laundry or dishes out of the way. Go through the night before and ensure that you don’t have any burnt-out lightbulbs anywhere so inspectors aren’t left wondering if the light doesn’t work or if it just doesn’t have a working lightbulb.

Your agent will most likely give you a list of things that you should do prior to the inspection as well and, if they don’t, then ask. They can probably provide you with a checklist of items to go through before the inspection, such as making sure pets are out of the house or crated, or making sure that you’re out of the house long before the inspectors arrive. This helps to guarantee that the inspection process will be a smooth one.

Don’t overlook the importance of the inspection and what it means for the value of your home and the finalization of your home’s sale. As always, if you need a helping hand to guide you through the process, we have a strong team of realtors at your disposal! Just give us a call at 1-800-533-1840 or drop us a line at

10 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bill This Winter

With the summer months finally behind us and the cooler temperatures of Fall and Winter on their way, you may find yourself dreading those higher energy or gas bills. Granted, here in the southeastern part of NC, we don’t get the negative degree readings and piles and piles of snow, as seen in other parts of the state. However, that coastal chill from the sea is real, so here are 10 essential tips to keep you warm and toasty as cold weather descends.

1. Replace Worn Weather-Stripping

Here’s the thing: if you can clearly see daylight poking through around the corners or edges of your doors, then you’re losing heat. This isn’t exactly surprising. Stand close to your door and you’ll probably be able to feel the cold air coming in. First thing’s first: take a look at your weather stripping. If it’s peeling, loose or falling off, it’s time to replace it, which is a very cheap, easy and effective way to cut down heating costs. Caulking around cracked door frames is another inexpensive way to seal in your heat and keep the cold out.

While you’re at it, also check your door’s threshold. You can raise it if there’s too much of a gap between your door and it, or lower it if your door is constantly getting caught up on it, which can wear down weather-stripping even more.

2. Install Plastic Indoor Window Kits

Windows can be a big offender when it comes to letting heat escape. So, to add a little insulation, spring for some indoor plastic window kits. All these consist of is a simple, clear film that you essentially “shrink-wrap” to your window. If you do right, you’ll hardly even be able to see it, but you will be able to see a difference in your energy bill. Kits typically cost ~$4 or less at any hardware store and take less than 10 minutes to install yourself. When the weather warms up, the film easily peels right off.

3. Plug All Exterior Holes

Doors? Check. Windows? Check. You may have gotten two of the most obvious heat-loss culprits taken care of, but there are plenty more gaps and crevices around that you probably haven’t thought of. For instance, electrical outlets and holes for exterior-to-interior cables, pipes and and gas lines don’t always have the best insulation.

For electrical outlets, remove the cover plate and use either acrylic-latex caulk for small gaps less than ¼” thick or foam sealant for windows and doors for larger gaps. You can also invest a whopping $0.10 on foam gaskets that fit snugly around your outlets and provide an extra layer of insulation between the cover plate and any gaps behind the outlet. (*Always remember to flip your circuit break off before you do this project at home.)

As for pipes, cables and gas lines, check: under kitchen cabinets (particularly the one below your sink), behind refrigerators and stoves, and around where pipes go to hot water heaters or furnaces, in addition to the more obvious places where your cable line or gas lines are. You can fill these holes with expanding foam or, at the advice of the CDC, small pieces of steel wool secured by caulking if you want the added protection of keeping unwanted pests and critters out.

4. Check Your Ductwork

You can be losing a lot of heat via leaks in your ductwork. You might not be able to actually see all of your ductwork, but there will likely be at least a few places where it’s accessible, either in your basement or attic. Check seams and corners where ducts may have been pulled apart and aren’t connecting properly, as well as keeping an eye out for any visible holes or leaks. If you feel like tackling this work yourself, you can purchase a roll of mastic tape to seal leaks, but we recommend hiring a contractor. Even if you seal a couple of spots that you can see, there are likely to be places that you aren’t going to be able to access, and, unless you have professional experience doing home repairs, don’t want to. Putting forth a little bit of investment on professional services though, pays off in the end. You could be losing as much as 20 to 30 percent of your heat through improperly connected or leaking ductwork.

5. Upgrade Your Thermostat

Herein lies the supreme controller of your energy bill: the thermostat. Swapping out your old thermostat with one that’s programmable and energy-cognizant is the best way to go. You can opt for a programmable thermostat at a fairly low price point, at ~$25, or invest in something with a little more umph, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat. While more of an investment ($249), this thermostat promises to pay for itself in less than two years by saving you as much as 12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling bills.

What makes the Nest Thermostat different from a programmable thermostat is that it may know your patterns even better than you do — after a few uses, it picks up on the temperature ranges that you prefer throughout the day and, even better, makes suggestions as to how you can save even more, just by altering your thermostat a few degrees.

6. Use Your Ceiling Fan

Normally, ceiling fans are associated with the summer as an absolutely vital necessity to keeping cool — especially here in the south. However, ceiling fans can also be helpful in keeping your heat closer to the ground, and thus, you. Simply reverse the direction of the blades (which is normally a function that can be accessed by flipping a small switch on the base of the fan), and kick the fan on in a low setting. This way you can maximize the feeling and circulation of heat, without having to crank the thermostat up. This tactic is especially helpful in rooms with tall or vaulted ceilings.

7. Lock Doors & Windows

Sounds like a safety tip, which it is, but it’s also an energy tip! When you lock your doors and windows, you can feel the door or window actually shift a little bit. By doing this, you’re creating a snugger fit between window or door and the weather-stripping. Also make sure to utilize your windows by opening up the blinds or curtains on south-facing windows during the day, and keeping blinds and curtains drawn at night to provide a little insulation.

8. Remove Heat Register Blockage

To make sure you’re actually utilizing all of the heat that you’re paying for, you may need to do a little rearranging, especially if your air registers are located on the floor. Make sure to move furniture or rugs so that nothing is blocking your registers. You can also try installing an adjustable air deflector on your vents for approximately $10 or less each to help either move air out from underneath of furniture or project the air up into the room more.

9. Maintain Your HVAC System

Another way to ensure that your heating system is working to the best of its ability is to check your filters regularly and replace them every month, or as needed. Not only do clean filters simply help your system work better, but they also prevent costly damage. If you don’t feel like purchasing new filters constantly, you can always opt for washable, reusable air filters too.

10. Use Your Fireplace or Keep It Closed

A fireplace can be a great way to keep a portion of your house warm, while you dial back the thermostat a bit. Once night time rolls around, you can readjust the thermostat to warm up bedrooms more before bedtime. However, if you’re not using your fireplace, you should keep the damper shut tightly. According to Duke Energy Progress, a chimney can draw up to 20 percent of the air out of the house every hour, and heat can go up a chimney even when there’s a fire burning, so that’s why it’s best to dial it back on the heat on the thermostat when you’ve got one going.

There you have it, 10 inexpensive ways to keep you and your house a whole lot warmer this winter. Make sure to jump on some of these projects before the cold weather hits to avoid having to deal with a higher energy bill at all this season.