NBA Star’s California Estate, Modern Villa in Turks and Caicos, Plus a Living Sculpture in Ghent, New York

As our partnership with Luxury Portfolio allows, Intracoastal Realty’s listings are often featured on LuxuryPortfolio.com. We often spotlight outstanding listings around the world and become enamored with the many features, outdoor spaces, and interior design and decor of these lavish properties. This month the properties listed showcase stunning architecture and exceptional interior and exterior design in exceptional locations! We hope you enjoy learning more about these three extraordinary homes.

Granite Bay’s most coveted address and world class estate of NBA All Star DeMarcus Cousins, where ultra-luxury meets timeless architecture in sprawling single story villa offering much more than 13,690 sf of practical living space. Featuring 2.3 manicured acres, vineyards and impressive lighted tennis court, full outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, spectacular salt water pool and spa, with grotto and waterfalls. Two gas firepits, outdoor living room with fireplace, 10 car-garage. Two separate gated courtyards with water features.

BUILT IN: 2009

APPROXIMATE SQUARE FEET: 13,690 ft.

LOT ACRES: 2.3

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Villa Cerulean is a newly listed for sale four-bedroom modern villa in the Turks and Caicos Islands boasting 118′ of water frontage. Located on Providenciales’ coveted North Shore, within the protected Princess Alexandra National Park and just a short drive to all the amenities offered in Grace Bay. Designed by notable Turks & Caicos architect Simon Wood, President, and CEO of SWA Architects, Villa Cerulean is impeccably designed to maximize the waterfront location and to provide privacy within a multi-level open plan living space. The property is chic and contemporary with exceptional detailing as well as high-end quality finishes. Moreover, the striking aqua blue ocean water can be seen from every room in this beautifully executed luxury villa in the Turks and Caicos complete with a private tidal beach.

As you access Villa Cerulean via the pedestrian entrance bridge directly into the second-floor open plan living space you’re captivated by the extraordinary views of the infinity pool and most notably the ocean blues beyond through the glass facade. The main room opens entirely to the outdoors, with a relaxing water feature on one side and an ocean view terrace overlooking the infinity pool. A protected oceanfront lounging room could be converted into yet another oceanfront bedroom suite. Down at the ocean, past the waterfront seating area and fire pit, there is a tidal beach and snorkeling just off the deck.

In addition to the stunning views in the main living space, all 4 of the spacious bedrooms (all with full en-suite bathrooms) enjoy incredible ocean views with constantly changing multiple shades of blue, green and turquoise over coral heads teeming with aquatic life. Villa Cerulean is a truly unique property that has been meticulously maintained by the owners who have never operated it as a Turks and Caicos rental income property. However, should the new owner choose to, it would be a highly sought-after rental.

BUILT IN: 2012

DESIGNED BY: Simon Wood

APPROXIMATE SQUARE FEET: 7,824 ft.

LOT ACRES: .92

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LIVING SCULPTURE…Inspired by the surroundings, this chic modern home is a rare combination of warm and welcoming with incredibly well thought out and executed design. This 3,300 sq. ft. home was conceived as a modern interpretation of the typical barn with Glu-lam exposed beams, an open floor plan and mesmerizing views of the Catskill Mountains and lush rural setting. Floor to ceiling glass allows for the blurring of interior and exterior spaces.

The kitchen is open to the living and dining areas, incorporates the best of the best appliances and is a joy to be in. The private areas, three bedrooms, four and a half baths and two loft-like offices, are housed in spaces inserted into the copper and glass skin, again directing the eye to views of the pond and mountains.

The master suite, with two separate walk-in closets and two full baths provides an unusual and surprising design element. Various green features make this a modern 21st century home; radiant heating, solar panels and LED lighting. Located in mid-Columbia County, near OMI International Art Center and convenient to all that the magnificent Hudson Valley and Berkshires has to offer.

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April & May 2018 Events

4/26:  The Drifters Thalian Hall

4/27-28:  Comedian Emma Willmann Dead Crow Comedy Room

4/27:  Fourth Friday Gallery Walk Downtown Wilmington

4/28:  Battleship Alive USS North Carolina Battleship

4/28:  Peter Gros from the Original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom CFCC Wilson Center

4/28:  Kure Beach 70th Anniversary Celebration Ocean Front Park & Along Atlantic Avenue

4/28:  Wine Fest 2018 + Art Competition and Fest Museum of Coastal Carolina Ocean Isle

4/28-29:  Holden Beach Days at the Docks Festival Under the Bridge at Holden Beach

4/29:  5th Annual Strawberry and Wine Festival Sunset Beach Town Park

4/29:  Sunset Beach Strawberry & Wine Festival – Sundet Beach Town Park

4/29:  NC Symphony Present Romeo & Juliet CFCC Humanities & Fine Arts Center

4/29:  10th Annual Paws4People 5K + One Mile Fun Walk Greenfield Lake Park & Gardens

4/29 – 5/1, 5-6: Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

5/5: Humor Me / The Driver is Red – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/6: Past Life – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/1: RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles – CFCC Wilson Center

5/2-5: Cape Fear Comedy Festival – Various Venues in Downtown Wilmington

5/3: Walker Hayes – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

5/5: Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival –  Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach

5/5: Jam for the Kids – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

5/5: River To Sea Bike Ride – Downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach

5/6: Boogie in the Park Concert Series Kick Off:  Southern Trouble Concert –  Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

5/8: Buddy Guy – Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake Park

5/10: Jazz at the Mansion – Bellamy Mansion Museum

5/11: Bluegrass Bash – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/11: Brandy Carlile – Hugh Morton Amphitheater at Greenfield Lake Park

5/11: Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament –  Kure Beach Fishing Pier

5/12: Family Farm Day – Children’s Museum of Wilmington

5/12: Showboat: Battleship Systems & Design – Battleship North Carolina

5/13: The Illusionists – Live from Broadway – CFCC Wilson Center

5/13: Mother’s Day Dessert Cruise – Wilmington Water Tours

5/15: Jay Leno – CFCC Wilson Center

5/18-20: Wilmington Wine & Food Festival – Bellamy Mansion Museum of History & Design

5/18-20: Wilmington Greek Festival – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

5/19: 2018 USA Beach Wrestling Nationals – Carolina Beach, NC

5/19: 5th Annual Crawl for Paws – Carolina Beach, NC

5/19-20: 25th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic – Various New Hanover County Soccer Fields

5/19: Stoked to go out Pier-To-Pier Swim – Crystal Pier to Johnnie Mercer Pier

5/19: Run Sunset Beach – 800 Sunset Blvd. N. Sunset Beach

5/20: Boogie in the Park Concert Series: Signal Fire Concert – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

5/21 – 9/3: Oak Island Farmer’s Market – Middleton Park Extension

5/24: Paul Taylor Dance Company: American Spirit – CFCC Wilson Center

5/24: Compton-Newbury – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/25: Downtown Sundown Outdoor Concert Series – Riverfront Park on Riverwalk

5/25: Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert Series – Museum of the Coastal Carolinas

5/25: Summer Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Gazebo Music – historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk

5/26: Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market – Carolina Beach Lake

5/26-27: Orange Street ArtsFest 2018 – HBHUSO/Community Arts Center

5/27: Fourth Friday Gallery Walk – various galleries in Downtown Wilmington

5/27: Holden Beach Concert Series – Pavilion Jordan Blvd

5/28: Memorial Day Observance – Battleship North Carolina

5/30 – 6/2: 45th Annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament – Wrightsville Beach Marina

5/30: Sunset Beach Summer Concert Series – The Village at Sunset Beach

5/31: Summer Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Gazebo Music – historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk

5/31: Wilmington Sharks: Opening Day – 2149 Carolina Beach Road

5/31: CFCC Annual Bridge to Bridge Run – Behind the CFCC Union Station Building- Outdoor Ampitheater


Avocado Pasta with Asparagus & Peas

Courtesy of Wellplated.com | Serves: Approximately 3-4 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta (I used orecchiette)
  • 1 lb. asparagus, tough ends trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, halved and peeled with the pit removed
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (plus additional for cooking the pasta)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 small green onions, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, optional for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta. About 3 minutes before the pasta is due to finish cooking to al dente (according to package instructions), add the asparagus and cook an additional 3 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, drain the pasta, and set aside.
  2. While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. Add the avocado, garlic, Greek yogurt, parsley, basil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to a food processor or blender. Process on high for 20 to 30 seconds, until smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed.
  3. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium low. Add the green onion and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until soft. Add the arugula and peas and cook another 2 minutes, until the arugula is wilted. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the drained pasta and asparagus. Add the avocado sauce and toss gently to combine, adding a bit of the reserved pasta water as needed if the pasta is too thick or clumping together. Taste and add additional salt and/or pepper as desired. Serve immediately.

What to Expect from Your First Home Inspection

You’re putting a house on the market for the first time, and your to-do list is probably about a mile long. One of the most important items – and a step that needs to happen sooner rather than later – is scheduling a professional inspection of your home.

Just like during the process of purchasing your next home, it’s important to know as much as possible regarding the condition of the house before you put it on the market. With a quality inspection, you can get all of the knowledge you need to work with potential buyers and settle on a fair deal for everyone.

Timing and involvement 

When you schedule a home inspection, you’ll want to go ahead and account for roughly 2-3 hours of walk-through time. It’s recommended that you stay nearby to answer any questions that might come up, and the best inspectors don’t mind if you follow along and ask some of your own as they arise. As the inspection progresses, he or she will be making enough notes to answer some preliminary questions about possible repairs and alterations, but remember that the more detailed report will be delivered soon – sometimes by the end of the business day depending on the time of your appointment. 

The report

The typical inspection report will give you a rundown of what about your house is up to current standards and what potential issues the inspector caught. The amount of detail really depends on the condition of the house; if, for example, it’s practically brand new, you probably won’t have as many damages and weakened areas to address. Older houses, those that have been through rougher weather, or the residences that were not cared for in years previous typically have more notes and ideas for improvement included in the report. The results tend to be broken down by sections of the house, such as the basement, attic, roof, crawlspace, the plumbing work, and the ventilation system. 

Next steps

As the seller, you don’t technically have to make any of the repairs suggested in the inspector’s report. However, the chances of your house selling for a desired price are higher if you do. Essentially, it all boils down to the severity of the renovations and what price range you’re hoping for with your buyer. Sometimes, your realtor can negotiate with the buyer not to include the repairs, but to drop down the asking price instead. If you’re unwilling to fix the problems before you vacate the house, this is an option to bring up with your agent from the beginning.

Putting your house on the market for the first time can be daunting, but when you have a trustworthy real estate agent on your side, the workload decreases exponentially! If you’re ready to sell your coastal home, contact us and get started today.


A Guide for First-time Home Sellers

When you don’t know what to expect, selling your first home can quickly evolve into a convoluted and frustrating process, even with a knowledgeable realtor on your side. The experts here at Intracoastal Realty have come up with a few helpful hints to walk you through the process, so you can confidently move forward with the sale.

Meet with a trusted real estate agent.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but this first step to selling your home is the most important one. When you find and meet with a capable real estate agent, he or she will be able to assess your home and neighborhood, help you establish your needs and some realistic goals for the sale, and navigate the showing and closure process. You’ll probably also do a walk-through of the house to familiarize the agent with its physical attributes, as well as find a few tweaks to make in order to show off the place in the best possible light.

Set expectations, but remember to be flexible.

Just like you have items that are non-negotiable, so does each potential buyer that crosses the threshold of your home. When the residence is ready to be shown, discuss with your real estate agent potential compromising points, and outline very clearly what you absolutely cannot bend on before you assess the first offer.

Keep track.

In the lucky event that you receive multiple offers on your house, it would benefit you to have some sort of filing system so as not to confuse one buyer from another. This is also a handy way to compare and contrast offers with your real estate agent, so that when you’re ready to make the final call, you can easily glance at the profiles and pull out the pros and cons of each.

A clean home is a happy one.

Even after the initial showings have occurred, and after you have an offer or two for consideration, keep your house up to showcase standards. The nature of selling a home involves plenty of risk; your buyer’s credit may not be up to par with their chosen lender, he or she may suddenly back out of the deal, or your reason for moving may throw a wrench in the plans. To hopefully put off any unforeseen complications in obtaining another buyer – or keeping the one you have – maintain a tidy household to the very last day of your residence.

Plan accordingly.

As was already mentioned, there are countless ways that the eventual sale of your home could deviate from your carefully laid plan. But, with a skilled real estate agent on your side, you can be sure to include a few fallbacks and contingency courses of action in your general outline. It will also be helpful to plan out any major changes you want to make to improve your home’s appearance such as fresh paint, more intensive lawn work, or furniture rearrangement prior to opening your home to buyers.

Be prepared to offer extra features.  

It’s easy to claim that there are things you could do without in your current house: appliances, curtains, and other interior decorations to name a few. But when someone makes an offer that includes something you might have planned on taking with you after the sale, it’s time to make a decision regarding what you will and won’t miss. Just remember that at this point, it’s about being reasonable and rational, not necessarily emotionally invested. If someone requests the inclusion of appliances, consider the benefits and costs before refusing. By conceding a little, you might just gain a lot in the sale.

The main thing to keep in mind when you’re ready for a move and need to sell your house is that in spite of the stress that often comes with the process, it’s still an exciting change for you and yours to experience! By putting yourself in the hands of a capable and trusted real estate agent, you’ll also take some of the pressure off and gain a valuable resource to see you through the sale. If you’re ready to sell your house on North Carolina’s coast, contact us today!