Luxury Property Spotlight: Asheville, St. Barthelemy, and Cancun

Intracoastal Realty’s luxury listings are featured on LuxuryPortfolio.com, the award-winning website that attracts over 3 million high-net-worth visitors.  We often spotlight outstanding listings from around the world on this blog.  This month’s property selections showcase stunning architecture and exceptional interior and exterior design in exotic locations!  We hope you enjoy learning more about these three extraordinary properties.

VILLA ARTEPEA IN SAINT BARTHELEMY

A remarkable architectural achievement, villa Artepea was designed to fully optimize its environment in the heart of the Domaine de Lurin. Johannes Zingerle’s project  is harmoniously integrated into the land thanks to a bridge, a unique feature in St Barths, a lift and a building set over three levels.  The surrounding nature blends beautifully with the lovely tropical garden, where you can through the stone paths and across the beautiful lawn, smelling the delicate scent of jasmine.

For the design, stone floors and customized wood furnishings provide a natural, mineral atmosphere, where elegance and simplicity prevail.

For the layout, the main floor has a fully open lounge/dining room that extends onto the terrace where you can laze in the sun next to the long emerald pool, facing St Jean bay. The kitchen, a TV lounge and a first bedroom can also be found on this level.

The master bedroom occupies the 1st floor, with a huge sofa facing the panoramic window, a designer desk, and height of luxury is an outdoor bathtub and shower, nestled in an alcove.  The garden level offers two bedrooms and the technical rooms. The villa also has  high-tech equipment, including a home control system and curved flat screen televisions.

Modern and refined, yet still warm and inviting, villa Artepea ideally reflects tropical elegance.

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CASA LYDIA IN CANCUN

Spectacular designer home in Puerto Cancun.  This unique residence of 6512 Sq.ft on a 6000 Sq. ft lot offers three bedrooms, canal front and is a ‘one of a kind’ opportunity for owning a fully furnished ‘turn key’ home. It’s prime location on one of the best spots in this gated community and a well thought out architectural concept gives it great privacy.

It is located inside Cancun’s modern high end gated development ‘’Puerto Cancun’’, one of Mexico’s most exclusive Marinas, which offers residential and commercial amenities. A new spectacular Marina Mall has just opened its doors offering the best international and local stores and many new restaurants and bars offer great food and entertainment around the marina walks. Puerto Cancun is right between Cancun’s famous ‘Hotel Zone’ and Down Town’ in the very best location.

The residence is very well thought out and designed with a lot of luxury details, and furnished with great taste. It’s in ‘’ready to move in’ condition.  The location of this canal home is inside a private gated residential development with 24 hour security control.  The large terrace has a pool and a wooden sun deck and offers a very private outdoor dining area.  A 75 foot dock is right next to the terrace area.

It is definitely worth to take a look at this property if you are looking for a luxury residence in Cancun.

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HISTORIC 1926 HOME IN ASHEVILLE

Historic 1926 home in highly desirable community of Lake View Park.  Restored and renovated while keeping the coveted detailing that make this era’s homes so in demand. Get your daily exercise on the trails or use the non-motorized boat access on Beaver Lake less than a half mile from your door.

Updated mechanicals, including central AC. Historic charm: stone fireplaces, arched doorways and incredible lush, mature landscaping. Conveniences for today’s lifestyle. Stonework by Grove Park Inn masons.

This 3-story home, which features approximately 7,525 square feet, is situated on 1.8 acres of land.

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Garlic Butter Sausage & Veggie Tin Foil Packs

Versatile and easy prep! In less than 15 minutes get this tasty dinner on the grill (optional!) Check out Chelsea’s website to see all the different ways you can make this delicious meal.

Recipe and Photo credit: Chelsea via Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Ingredients

Foil Packs

  • Heavy Duty Foil
  • 16 ounces Smoked Turkey or Chicken Sausage, sliced
  • 2 cups (~3/4 pound) baby red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 cups (~3/4 pound) green beans, trimmed
  • 3 corn on the cobs, sliced
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 4-6 tablespoons unsalted butter

Seasonings

  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: garlic powder and onion powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: fresh parsley, freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 

Instructions

  1. If using the OVEN; preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. If GRILLING, prepare the grill by heating to medium-high heat. Prepare 4-6 large sheets of HEAVY DUTY foil; lightly spritz with cooking spray. ALTERNATIVELY if you’d like to avoid cooking in foil and won’t be grilling: line a large sheet pan with parchment paper (clean up is just as easy!)

  2. Prep the ingredients: wash and dry the veggies. Coin the sausage. Slice the baby red potatoes in half and then half again. Trim the green beans. Shuck the corn on the cobs and slice into thick coins.

  3. Add the prepped sausage, corn, green beans, potatoes and garlic to a large bowl. Toss with all of the seasonings (paprika, dried parsley, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and a generous sprinkle of salt + pepper if desired). Toss until well combined.

  4. Divide the mixture evenly among the prepared sheets of foil (4 sheets of foil for larger portions and 6 for slightly smaller portions) and place 1 tablespoon of butter in each packet or prepared baking pan (separate pats of butter evenly on top). Seal the foil packs tightly so no air escapes, but do not double up foil (only one sheet of foil per pack).

  5. GRILL: Grill for 25-30 minutes or until veggies have reached desired tenderness (flip the foil packs at the halfway point and check for doneness to insure your grill is hot enough). BAKE in foil packs: Bake for 30-40 minutes (at 30 minutes veggies are crisp; 35 is perfect for us; 40 is very tender veggies). You can set the foil packs right on the oven rack or on a sheet pan for easier removal from the oven. BAKE ON SHEET PAN: Bake for about 30-35 minutes, flipping/stirring the ingredients once at the halfway point. **See additional cooking methods in the last paragraph of the post)**

  6. Carefully open the foil pack expecting steam to be released. Garnish if desired with fresh chopped parsley, any additional salt/pepper, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese on the beans, potatoes, and sausage.

  7. Enjoy immediately!


June 2018 Area Events

06/01
Airlie Summer Concert Series · Machine Gun 6-8pm (admission $2-9)
(FREE) Concert on the Coast · Museum of Coastal Carolina,  Ocean Isle Beach, NC
SunCoast Cruisers Cruise-in · Join us at Marina Village with the SunCoast Cruisers Car Club.
First Friday at the Village · Fri 5 PM · Olde Southport Village Shoppes · Southport, NC

06/02
33rd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival · Sat 10 AM · Carolina Beach Municipal Strand at the Boardwalk
Rent  · Sat 7:30 PM · Wilson Center · Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC
34th Annual Lobster Fest  Sat 11 AM · Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC · Wilmington, NC

06/03
Kure Beach Boogie In The Park  · Sun 5 PM Kure Beach
Museum Ships Weekend Sun 9 AM · USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship · Wilmington, NC
The Big Paw Project + Cape Fear Raptor Center Sun 2 PM · The Husk Downtown Wilmington · Wilmington, NC
Turtle Talks 7pm OIB Community Center – Ocean Isle Beach

06/04
Salt Sanctuary Meditation – Mon 6:30 PM · Spiritquest · Ocean Isle Beach, NC
The Aesthetic of Water Takeover: An Exhibit by EDA Surf – Mon 10 AM · The Bellamy Mansion Museum · Wilmington, NC

06/05
Summer Wine Series · Tue 6:30 PM · The Seasoned Gourmet · Wilmington, NC
Rubber Ducky Night · Tue 7 PM · Pine Valley Country Club · Wilmington, NC

06/06
MY FAIR LADY · Jun 6 · Jun 10 · Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. · Wilmington, NC

06/07
Southport Summer Concerts · Thursdays in the Park · 7pm  Franklin Square Park  – Southport
Junior Sea Turtle 101 Single Day Camp · Thu 9 AM · Ecological Marine Adventures Topsail Island NC · Surf City, NC

06/08
Touch Tank Feeding · 11am Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Wilmington Sharks Baseball · Fri/Sat  Buck Hardee Field-Legion Sports Complex

06/09
Kidstock: 3 Hours of Peace, Love & Kids’ Music  12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Wrightsville Beach Brewery, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Family Funkdown · Sat 7:30 PM · Terra Sol Sanctuary · Wilmington, NC
Rich Vos (Special Event) · Sat 7 PM · Dead Crow Comedy · Wilmington, NC

06/10
Little Pink Houses Cancer Benefit · Sun 8 PM · Riverfront Park · Wilmington, NC
Poolside Pig Pickin’ · Sun 4 PM · Beau Rivage Golf & Resort · Wilmington, NC

06/11
Nature Discovery Camp  Mon 8 AM · Halyburton Park · Wilmington, NC
Aura Photography · Mon 11 AM · Spiritquest · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

06/12
Primary Election Day 7 am
Reef Explorer with Gyotaku Fish Printing · Jun 12-Jun 13 · Museum of Coastal Carolina · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

06/13
Barnyard Tours – Wed 10 AM · The Stables at Poplar Grove · Wilmington, NC
Paws Place Dance Pawty · Wed 5 PM · Woodlands at St. James Plantation · Southport, NC

06/14
Basketball Camp for ages 7-14 · Thu 9 AM · Martin Luther King Center · Wilmington, NC
Memorial Golf Tournament · Thu 10 AM · Castle Bay Country Club · Hampstead, NC

06/15
15th Annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival · Jun 15 · Jun 16 · North Carolina Blueberry Festival · Burgaw, NC
First Annual Masquerade Ball · Fri 6 PM · The Bellamy Mansion Museum · Wilmington, NC

06/16
Stranger Things Escape Room · Jun 16 · Jun 17 · New Hanover County Northeast Branch Library · Wilmington, NC
2018 Tour de Blueberry · Sat 8 AM · North Carolina Blueberry Festival · Burgaw, NC

06/17
Clay Walker at Wilson Center · Sun 7:30 PM · Wilson Center · Cape Fear Community College · Wilmington, NC
Dinos and Donuts · Sun 8 AM · NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher · Kure Beach, NC

06/18
Movies In The Park presents Despicable Me 3 · Mon 8 PM · Ocean Isle Beach · Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market · Mon 8 AM · Wrightsville Beach, NC

06/19
Creative ART & Wheel Summer Camp · Tue 2 PM · Hot Mess Studios · Wilmington, NC

06/20
Bubbles n’ Blooms · Wed 6 PM · New Hanover County Arboretum · Wilmington, NC
Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market · Wed 8 AM · Farmers Market at Poplar Grove · Wilmington, NC

06/21
I The 90’s Party · Thu 10 PM · The Palm Room · Wrightsville Beach, NC
John Toppings At Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille Thu 6 PM Ocean Isle Beach, NC

06/22
Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot-Ocean Isle Beach Concert – Fri 6:30 PM
Adult/Child Golf Tournament 6/22  Fri 3:30 PM · The First Tee of Greater Wilmington · Wilmington, NC

06/23
Candle Making Party at Bill’s Front Porch -Sat 12 PM · Bill’s Front Porch · Wilmington, NC
Carolina Beach Double Sprint · Sat 7 AM · Carolina Beach, NC

06/24
The 2018 Bow Wow Luau & The Cat’s Meow® Sun 6:30 PM · Bluewater Waterfront Grill · Wrightsville Beach, NC
LaPella Pottery Workshop in Southport, NC · Sun 10 AM · Franklin Square Gallery · Southport, NC

06/25
Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market Mon 8 AM · Wrightsville Beach, NC
Movies In The Park presents The Lion King Mon 8 PM · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

06/26
Tuesday Trivia With RJ Tue 9 PM · Dig and Dive · Wilmington, NC
The Story of the Fort Fisher Hermit Tue 6 PM · Museum of Coastal Carolina · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

06/27
Tai Chi · Beginners Class! · Wed 9 AM · Morning Glory Coffeehouse · Wilmington, NC

06/28
Carolina Beach Summer Concert Series Thu 6:30 PM · Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park · Carolina Beach, NC
Team Trivia Every Thursday Thu 7:30 PM · Check Six Brewing Company · Southport, NC

06/29
Sharks Baseball Fireworks Night Fri 6 PM · Wilmington Sharks · Wilmington, NC
Lowcountry Bookshop Signing Fri 5 PM · Silver Coast Winery · Ocean Isle Beach, NC

06/30
Carolina Comedy Explosion Sat 8 PM · 2722 Carolina Beach Rd / VFW · Wilmington, NC
Fun In The Jungle Sat · 7 PM · Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park · Wilmington, NC
Riverfront Farmers’ Market · 7AM · Riverfront Farmers Market, Wilmington, NC


Luxury Property Spotlight: Cayman Islands, Italy, Florida

Intracoastal Realty’s luxury listings are featured on LuxuryPortfolio.com, the award-winning website that attracts over 3 million high-net-worth visitors.  We often spotlight outstanding listings from around the world on this blog.  This month’s property selections showcase stunning architecture and exceptional interior and exterior design in exotic locations!  We hope you enjoy learning more about these three extraordinary properties.

VILLA MARE – VISTA DEL MAR CAYMAN ISLANDS

One of Grand Cayman’s finest residences, Villa Mare is set on an estate size lot within Cayman’s premier gated community, Vista del Mar, offering a 24-hour manned security and extensive amenities, including on-site property management and tennis courts.

A spectacular and significant 12,000 square foot±, six bed, eight bath residence, developed on 1.64 acres, built in the French-Mediterranean Style, the residence is meticulously maintained and comes with a nearby double dock allowing birthing of substantial craft up to 60 feet+ in length as well as a unique North Sound front dock for mooring smaller vessels. The imposing front gates, flanked by secure walls, open onto a winding driveway, offer a spectacular sense of arrival whilst the lushly-landscaped grounds provide substantial terraces, patios and a selection of charming poolside and waterfront entertaining areas as well as a “beach escape”, all affording stunning views of Cayman’s beautiful North Sound.

The home’s living areas include five en-suite bedrooms, with a spacious “master wing” to the ground floor as well as numerous formal and casual living and entertaining areas, and a recently renovated kitchen featuring rare, up-lit, onyx counters. Efficient and well-planned utility rooms and storage areas link the main residence to the four-car garage, above which is located a staff quarters with separate entrance. Plans exist for a separate staff/gatekeeper’s cottage and the site can easily accommodate this or further garages as needed. Undoubtedly one of the Cayman Island’s finest homes, offering waterfront living to the highest standards and levels of sophistication.

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VILLA CARLA FELICE IN SARDINIA, ITALY

Situated in one of the most desirable and private corners of Porto Cervo, Villa Carla Felice stands out for its modern lines and uncommon elegance, also for the high standards of the Costa Smeralda.  Offering a luxury and privacy in an enviable natural setting, this exquisite six-bedroom villa benefits from direct beach access, via a small path that winds its way through idyllic gardens to the glistening shoreline beyond.

Built to the very highest standards and designed to maximize its location, the home is arranged so that every room enjoys a sea view, while sliding doors open on to balconies and terraces, allowing the light to flow in.  The main villa comprises four beautiful en suite bedrooms and generously proportioned living areas, and the property also has a spacious two-bedroom guesthouse with independent access, which fully meets the needs to accommodate up to 4 other people.

Nestled in a wide, lush Mediterranean garden, the property include a covered outdoor dining area, a magnificent pool, a heated Jacuzzi, and a secure parking.  An authentic jewel in the heart of the Costa Smeralda, this immaculate home offers resort-style living at its finest.

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SUBLIME PROPERTY IN FLORIDA

Nestled in Anchorage, one of the most prestigious gated communities in Coconut Grove, this sublime property lies behind impressive gates. Designed in classic, elegant Italian Palazzo style, this remarkable home built in 1995 feels as though it has been in situ for generations.

Introduced by a superb entrance hall/courtyard, the dwelling’s distinctive interior is characterized by beautiful wood and marble floors, striking encased ceilings, boiserie, and exquisite fixtures and fittings. You will enjoy a fine living room with a grand chimney; a large office/library, which has magnificent custom-built bookcases; a comfortable and pleasing breakfast room; and the impressive dining room and charming terrace radiate true sophistication. The master bedroom comprises an en-suite dressing room, walk-in closet, and sauna. All other bedrooms have their own private bath.

Other highlights include a four-car garage, an elevator, and a saltwater-heated pool. This estate is one of Coconut Grove’s most unique homes.

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We’re Local. We’re Global.

As an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Intracoastal Realty is a local and global market leader working on our clients’ behalf. LeadingRE’s world-class marketing resources and international connections allow our firm to deliver a truly exceptional real estate experience. Our global network produced $55 Billion more U.S. home sales volume last year ($372 Billion total) than the closest competitor.

Intracoastal Realty is proud to be an independent real estate firm. Our independent status means that we do not pay exorbitant franchise fees to large corporations outside of our local area. In turn, the company is able to invest more in marketing and in philanthropies that serve the communities in which we live, work, and recreate.


Absorption Reports: 1st Quarter 2018

Absorption rate, also referred to as “inventory levels” or “months of supply”, gives you an idea of the number of months it will take for the current inventory to be sold out based on the last 12 months of sales.

Housing prices stabilize when supply and demand come closer together. Generally speaking, 5-6 months of supply is “normal”. Less than 5 months of supply will result in APPRECIATING home prices, while 7 months or more of supply will result in DEPRECIATING home prices.  New Hanover County is showing a total of 2.5 months of inventory for existing home sales (for comparative purposes, it peaked at 22.6 months in 2009); Brunswick County is at 4.53 months (peaked at 20.0 months in 2009); and Pender County is at 3.65 months (peaked at 22.1 months in 2009).  As you can see from the three county charts below, inventory levels vary by price segment.  Take a look at the absorption reports for a better idea of where your house stands in the market:

New Hanover County

 


Brunswick County

 


Pender County


Ocean Views in Playa Tamarindo, Swiss Modern Masterpiece and Rancho La Zaca in Los Olivos

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.

PLAYA TAMARINDO, COSTA RICA  

Amazing panoramic ocean views from this three-level home conveniently located in a private, gated development on the road Into Tamarindo. Before the hustle and bustle of the beach downtown area, yet walking distance to the Automercado Mall, this home offers many opportunities for the lifestyle you have dreamed of. With three suites in the main home, a one-bedroom casita overlooking the sea in the front, and a one-bedroom caretaker’s casita streetside, the home provides a spacious opportunity for a large family, or for a lucrative rental investment. With views overlooking both Playa Tamarindo and Playa Grande from atop the gently rolling hill on the way into Tamarindo Heights, the living room opens up to a large inviting pool and patio area. European windows and sliding doors with UV coating are just a few of the many quality design features. With floors of natural stone and beautiful wooden cabinetry throughout, the home is extremely well constructed with an entry level garage on the main level with an elevator that reaches the second and third level.

The second level from the garage is the ocean view living and dining area with separate kitchen furnished with stainless steel European appliances. Also on this floor is a laundry room, pantry, and huge guest bathroom with a library room which could also be a bedroom. On the next level are three master suites, two of which have an amazing ocean view, huge walk-in closets and granite and marble bathrooms. Between these suites is an additional ocean view living room area with a large flat screen TV. Take a walk down a path toward the sea, and you will find a very lovely and private ocean view casita with balcony. This home is perfect also for a small spa operation with the private casita and double living areas. 24-hour security and gated entry, plus a neighborhood that is quiet and boasting many lovely large upscale homes, makes this a wonderful choice to be near the very popular Tamarindo Beach.

BUILT IN: 2013

APPROXIMATE SQUARE FEET: 7,179 ft

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MODERN MASTERPIECE IN SWITZERLAND

Cathedral ceilings, vast modern design blended in with the natural context: the owner, architect, Francesco Buzzi, achieved his goal of combining the landscape, the cultural context and the local materials harmoniously. The villa, built in 2009, is a masterpiece which has been published many times. Guest apartment with separate entrance. Superb South oriented location with complete peace.

BUILT IN: 2009

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LOS OLIVOS, CA

The remarkable Rancho La Zaca, derived from an original 19th century Spanish Land Grant, today comprises 400+/- acres off the storied Foxen Canyon Wine Trail in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The 25+/- acre Oak Savanna Vineyard is one of the oldest in Santa Barbara County and includes varietals of Chardonnay, Syrah, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo.

The 8,000 +/- square foot main residence was commissioned by actor James Garner in the 1990s and designed by renowned American architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen. A series of private pavilions, terraces, and courtyards surround an infinity edge pool and fire pit, and embrace unparalleled 360-degree views of undulating vineyards and hills, oak savanna lands, old-growth olive trees, and misty distant mountains.

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: Ranch, Separate Guest Quarters

BUILT IN: 1998

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A recreational paradise, Rancho la Zaca boasts a world-class sporting clay and shooting range, a well-stocked pond with an artfully lit picnic area, an impressive equestrian facility, a croquet/badminton lawn, and miles of hiking and riding trails.

Separate houses for Ranch and Vineyard managers, complete the package. This magnificent ranch is a warm and welcoming retreat for families, friends, festive gatherings, fond memories, and fun!

PROPERTY FEATURES INCLUDE: Ranch, Separate Guest Quarters

BUILT IN: 1998

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Strawberry Delight

Courtesy of Garden & Gun

May’s recipe is from a new quarterly read, Garden & Gun magazine. The perfect alternative to ice cream without the trouble of churning. Published in the Junior League of Charleston cookbook and adapted by the Lee Brothers this lazy women’s delight serves approximately eight joyfully.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved
  • ⅔ cup sugar, divided
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup buttermilk, preferably whole
  • 24 vanilla wafer cookies (about 3 oz.), crumbled to oyster-cracker-size pieces
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 3 oz. mini-marshmallows (about 2 cups)

PREPARATION

  1. Put the strawberries, ⅓ cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, until the syrup is glossy red but still runny. Allow to cool for 20 minutes. You should have 1½ cups fruit and syrup.
  2. In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream with the remaining ⅓ cup sugar and the salt until peaks begin to hold their shape. Fold in half-and-half, buttermilk, cookies, toasted pecans, and marshmallows until evenly combined (the marshmallows will mostly float; that is fine).
  3. Line a 3-quart loaf pan with plastic wrap and pour the cream mixture into it (you can also use two 1½-quart loaf pans and divide the mixture evenly between them). Then pour in the fruit and syrup from one end of the pan to the other, but do not stir (if using two pans, divide the fruit and syrup evenly between them). The syrup and fruit may float on the surface at first but will gradually sink through to the bottom. Lightly cover the loaf pan(s) with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until a cap of crystallized cream has formed about an inch thick, about 2½ hours (or 1¾ hours if using two loaf pans). Use a broad serving spoon to break up the cream and fold the ingredients together, taking special care to lift the strawberry pulp up off the bottom. With the back of the spoon, smooth the surface and return the pan to the freezer for 1½ hours (about 45 minutes if using two pans). Fold again, freeze for another hour, and fold a third time (if using two loaf pans, you might not need to do a third fold). Allow to set for an hour more.
  4. To serve, turn an entire loaf upside down onto an oval platter, surround it with greenery and flowers, and slice off individual portions with a knife—a silver one, if possible—warmed in hot water.


Exquisite Estate in Santa Barbara, Secret City Oasis in New Zealand and a New Jersey Loft at the Jefferson Bank & Trust

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.

A majestic estate of nearly 20 acres inspired by the Italian countryside, Tuscany Oaks Farm combines magnificent vision with seductive beauty in a setting with sublime coastal and mountain views. This serene residence was designed by Don Nulty, AIA, and constructed with materials hand-selected, custom-made and personally imported from Europe.

A private, tree-lined drive leads to a grand motor court, where an entrance galleria with soaring arches welcome guests. Designed for both intimacy and expansive entertaining, Tuscany Oaks offers a guest house, pool cabana with bedroom, kitchen, and gym, an eighteen-stall barn with office, tack room and two-bedroom apartment. The barn has potential uses for an auto or art collection, offices, or continued equestrian use.

BUILT IN: 2001

APPROXIMATE SQUARE FEET: 8,438 ft.

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Privately positioned in an exclusive waterfront enclave, this home is a secret city oasis nestled in expansive resort like surrounds. Every day is a holiday as iconic NZ vistas unfold from the warm, north facing living spaces of this luxurious grand design. A contemporary masterpiece, this Adrian McNaught design flows effortlessly across multiple living spaces, perfectly zoned for entertaining or the extended family. Inspired finishes and attention to detail add drama to the breathtaking backdrop.

A cantilevered staircase framed by glass draws the outside in and is complimented by a bespoke cable car providing easy access to every level. No expense has been spared in the execution of this six-bedroom, eight-bathroom home. Beautifully crafted slate, marble and glass surfaces shimmer under skylights and recessed halogen lighting.

A vantage home automation system accessed by your iPhone or iPad brings control of every luxury right to your fingertips. Electric shade blinds, CCTV and perimeter security, home audio system, zoned climate control and the professionally designed home theatre are just a start to the impressive technology features of this home. All backed by Cat6 cabling, fibre, a three-phase power generator, two water tanks and a fire evacuation and sprinkler system.

The Master dressing room even doubles as panic room, with steel-lined walls and security system access. Come home to 7 car garaging with enough room for an internal turning circle. Automatic doors will lead you to your choice of living areas and retreats. Complete your day taking in the views from the north facing decks. Or enjoy the 13m heated saltwater pool. When winter arrives enjoy the changing scenery around one of three gas fireplaces or settle in with a book in the snug.

If you are looking to indulge in the absolute best of lifestyle that New Zealand can offer, this dream property is a must see.

ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: Contemporary

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Stunning, one-of-a-kind corner loft at the Historic Jefferson Trust Bank building. Built in 1909 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, this truly unique space has soaring 21-foot ceilings, 3,180 square feet of living space, two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, private keyed elevator access into the home and garage parking for one car.

Designed for entertaining, this spectacular home is flooded with sunlight from North and West exposures and has five 9.5-foot-tall by 8-foot-wide windows in the wide-open great room. The original egg and dart plaster moldings and spectacular 400 square foot stained glass backlit skylight are significant examples of the historic architecture of the building and compliment the loft’s scale and opulence.

The open chef’s kitchen has Viking appliances including a 36-inch six-burner gas range, wine refrigerator, custom painted wood cabinetry, Carrara marble countertops, under cabinet lighting and a marble tile backsplash.

This exceptional home offers two large bedrooms with generous closet space and two exquisitely finished full bathrooms featuring natural stone, marble, dual vanities, jetted soaking tubs, and glass enclosed showers with rain-shower heads.

Other features include dark stained wide-plank solid oak hardwood floors, motorized window treatments, smart-lighting system, a laundry room, gas fireplace, and dual HVAC systems. 313 1st Street is located in downtown Hoboken at the corner of Clinton and 1st Streets, only ten minutes from the Hoboken PATH, Ferry, and Train terminal.

ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: Loft, Pre-War

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February 2018 Area Events

2/1-3: 38th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival – Wilmington Hilton Riverside

2/1-4,8-11, 15-18:  Who Am I This Time (& Other Conundrums of Love) – Cape Fear Playhouse

2/1:  UNCW Early Music Consort – Kenan Auditorium

2/2:  Birdland All Stars featuring Tommy Igoe – Thalian Hall

2/2, 9, 16, 23, 24: Little Explorers – Cape Fear Museum

2/2-4: Wine & Chocolate Festival – Coastline Conference and Event Center

2/2-3: Divine Divas Benefit Concert & Silent Auction – Hannah Block Historic USO Building

2/3: Brunsco Has It Business Expo – Sea Trail Resort in Sunset Beach

2/3: UNCW Day of Rhythm Concert – Beckwith Recital Hall

2/3: Sports City Presents: Corn Hole Classic – Brooklyn Arts Center

2/3: Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Presents: Polovtsian Dances – CFCC Wilson Center

2/3, 10, 17, 24: A Taste of Downtown Wilmington with Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours – 5-6 restaurants and bars

2/4: Talk: Hugh Morton’s Rise to His Photographic Peak  – Cape Fear Museum

2/6: Art Garfunkel – CFCC Wilson Center

2/8: Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Presents: Daphnis and Chloe – CFCC Wilson Center

2/8-11: East Coast Shag Classic – Holiday Inn Resort

2/8: Jazz at the CAM with Jo Gore – Cameron Art Museum

2/8: Martin-Loparits Duo (piano) – Kenan Auditorium

2/8: Mardi Gras Art Auction Fundraiser – SeaWitch

2/9-18: Thalian Association presents: Oliver! – Thalian Hall

2/10: Sweethearts Dance – Shallotte Moose Lodge

2/10:  UNCW String Day Recital – Beckwith Recital Hall

2/10: Laugh Your Sox Off – CFCC Wilson Center

2/10: Big and Small Family Ball – The Children’s Museum of Wilmington

2/10:  Hearts A Poppin’ Swing Dance – Hannah Block Historic USO Building

2/11: Heart & Soul Dinner Dance in Support of the Wilmington Boys Choir – St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish Hall

2/11: Discovery Lab: Engineering Challenge – Cape Fear Museum

2/12: UNCW Jazz Ensemble I – Kenan Auditorium

2/13: Paws-Ability Mardi Gras – Jink’s Creek Waterfront Grille, Ocean Isle Beach

2/13: Urban Bush Women: Hair & Other Stories – CFCC Wilson Center

2/14: Cape Fear Stage presents: La Bouche – CFCC Wilson Center

2/15-18 & 22-25: UNCW Department of Theatre presents: Dr. Faustus – uncw.edu/theatre

2/15: UNCW Community Music Academy Kenan Auditorium

2/15: An Evening of Valentines with Emile Pandolfi With Dana Russell – Thalian Hall

2/15: North Carolina Birding Trail Hike – Halyburton Park

2/15-19: Buyer and Cellar – Thalian Hall Cube Theater

2/16: Lunar New Year – Ingram Planetarium, Sunset Beach

2/17, 18: Art for All 2018 – Brooklyn Arts Center

2/17: Kure Beach 14th Annual Polar Plunge & 5K – Kure Beach Boardwalk

2/17: Run Oak Island Full & Half Marathon – 4602 E. Dolphin Dr.

2/17: Lego Mindstorm Robots – Cape Fear Museum

2/19: Barry David Salwen, piano / April Evans, soprano Beckwith Recital Hall

2/20-21:  Cape Fear Stage present: Cabaret – CFCC Wilson Center

2/20-21: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – CFCC Wilson Center

2/22: UNCW Symphonic Band Concert – Kenan Auditorium

2/23: Fourth Friday Gallery Walk – Downtown Wilmington

2/24:  68th Annual Camellia Show & Sale – New Hanover County Arboretum

2/24: The Best of Wilmington 2018 Encore Awards – Brooklyn Arts Center

2/25: Cape Fear Stage present: The Temptations and The Four Tops – CFCC Wilson Center

2/25: Chamber Music Wilmington presents Acronym – Beckwith Recital Hall

2/28: An Evening with The Celtic Tenors – CFCC Wilson Center