WOODSTOCK, N.Y., May 23, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- A handsome estate nestled on more than 12 private acres with inspiring views of New York's Ashokan Reservoir and Catskill Mountains will soon find its new owner. The luxury property, which was previously on the market for $4.5 million, is scheduled to be sold to the highest bidder at a live auction held on the property site on June 1st, 2019. The luxury auction® will be held without reserve, meaning the highest bidder will prevail – regardless of the price. Luxury real estate auction house Platinum Luxury Auctions, which specializes in multimillion-dollar home sales on behalf of their wealthy owners, was retained by the property owner to conduct the auction sale, which will be held in cooperation with listing brokerage Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties. Listing agents Harris Safier and Jeff Serouya are representing the brokerage in the transaction.
Affectionately named Ashokan House by its owners (due to its location on the Ashokan Reservoir), the estate sits on 12.5 acres and includes a main residence and separate carriage house. In addition to beautiful views of the calm reservoir waters, the property's mountainside location provides vistas of the Shawangunk, Mohonk and Slide Mountains (the latter being the Catskills' highest peak).
"This is one of those beautiful homes that simply makes one scratch his head as to why it has not yet sold," said David Ashcroft, Platinum's managing director. "It's just such a tastefully done property and a perfect retreat from the city. Our marketing department won't stop talking about wanting to live there," he joked.
First built in 1950, the property was meticulously renovated by its current owners in 2004-2008. The tri-level main residence offers 5 beds, 6 full and 2 half baths throughout 11,000 sf, while a separate, two-level carriage house adds 2 beds, 1 bath and 2,500 sf, in addition to a lower-level garage with six vehicle bays.
The handsome stone and slate exteriors of the living structures are complimented by copper roofs and various terraces and balconies. Interiors are bright and airy, and feature special touches such as lofted plaster ceilings with reliefs by Italian plaster artist Frank Mangione. Custom wood paneling and accents – primarily in cherry and mahogany – exist throughout. The interplay between these exterior and interior styles creates an atmosphere of relaxed elegance and comfortable luxury.
The main residence's entry opens to an exquisite great room with soaring 14-ft ceilings, beautiful fireplaces, and elegant woodwork accents. This space houses living, dining, and recreation areas, and is brightened by a multitude of picture windows and French doors that "bring in the outdoors." There are two kitchens, one for family use and another with professional-grade, stainless-steel appliances - perfect for catering galas or charity events (the property has in fact hosted weddings on-site).
Other features include a garden room, mahogany-paneled study, atrium, cherry-paneled game parlor with dual fireplaces, and oversized master and "junior master" bedroom suites.
The private grounds – surrounded by lush foliage – have been professionally landscaped with a low-maintenance ethos. Xeriscaped gardens (which require very little irrigation and maintenance), a "stone-scape" pond, three fountains and a charming gazebo add character to the premises, along with gently meandering pathways paved in bluestone and various stone staircases.
Deal-seeking luxury homebuyers should also pay attention to the timing of the sale: the transaction will occur before New York's new property tax hikes go into effect. On July 1st, both the "mansion tax" and the state transfer tax will be increased, levying more fees upon the buyers of properties in excess of $1 million.
Additional literature on the property and luxury auction® terms can be found online at WoodstockLuxuryAuction.com. Interested parties may also contact Platinum's project manager, Leslie Rose, at 800.853.2101. Open house previews of the property are scheduled each day between the hours of 12 and 4pm local time, until the auction.
About Platinum Luxury Auctions
Platinum Luxury Auctions is responsible for developing the luxury auction® model for high-priced real estate auctions and owns the trademark rights to the term "luxury auction." The firm specializes in the non-distressed sale of multimillion-dollar properties within and beyond the United States. Platinum's team has closed more than $841 million in luxury real estate auction sales to date, while consulting on more than $2.5 billion in additional luxury properties worldwide.
FAR HILLS, N.J., May 15, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- This Saturday, May 18th, a luxury home on 10 acres in Far Hills, New Jersey will be offered for sale at a live auction. Previously on the market for $4.75 million, the property will now be sold to the highest bidder who meets or exceeds the auction's $2.075m reserve bid. Luxury real estate auction house Platinum Luxury Auctions is handling the sale in cooperation with New Jersey listing brokerage Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby's International Realty.
Located just one hour from central Manhattan and surrounded by dense foliage, the estate strikes an excellent compromise between rural serenity and proximity to the Big Apple. "The Far Hills area is an excellent choice for those who work in or often visit the city, but still want that sense of suburban peace and privacy at home," noted David Ashcroft, Platinum's managing director. "We've fielded quite a few inquiries from buyers with this type of profile."
The home's unique architecture is influenced by the mid century modern style, and features a soaring, three-story atrium as its centerpiece. The atrium creates an interplay between the home's interiors and the surrounding, natural landscape. It houses natural tree plantings with custom under lighting, which gives the space an enchanting glow in the evening.
Three living levels combine to offer approximately 14,000 sf, with 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 3 half baths. An open floor plan, large rooms and an array of floor-to-ceiling windows enhance the architecture of the home and allow it to be filled with natural light. Exposed brick, various woods and stone accents throughout the interiors further emphasize the indoors-meets-outdoors theme of the home.
The residence also features an indoor pool with an overhead skylight, ample deck space and stylish accents such as a "floating" fireplace that is semi-encased in glass. Additional features include a wine cellar, sauna, fitness center, home theater and a large kitchen with an adjacent fireplace surrounded in stone. The master suite offers a spacious bath, oversized walk-in closet and private balcony, as well as two distinct rooms that can be designed as dual sleeping quarters or as a master bedroom with adjacent sitting room.
Additional details on the luxury auction® can be found online at NewJerseyLuxuryAuction.com, or by contacting Platinum's project manager for the sale, Tawny Wolf, at 800.939.1672. Open House previews of the property are being held daily between the hours of 12 and 5pm local time, until auction day.
This luxury auction® will follow that of a midtown Manhattan condominium that Platinum has scheduled for the preceding evening of May 17th. The condo was previously asking $13 million but will be offered with a reserve of only $4 million.
Hotwire announces one day only sale giving nocturnal creatures the chance to snag $24 off $120+ Hot Rate Hotel Deals to enjoy a late night on the town.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Night owls and party animals might be the only ones who know that Friday, May 10th marks one of those obscure national observances - Stay Up All Night, Night. There's something to be said about staying up past the nation's typical bedtime, which averages 11:21 p.m. according to recent studies*. In fact, there is lots you can do in the pre-dawn hours which is why Hotwire®, the online travel site, and Uber, the ride-share platform, have joined forces to celebrate Stay Up All Night, Night by analyzing the country's best cities to experience long after dark.
By coupling cities with the highest number of Uber drop-offs between 1 and 4 a.m. with cities that revealed the lowest Hotwire hotel average daily rates*** and late night nightlife (beyond 3 a.m.), the brands have compiled a list of the Best Cities to Stay Up All Night. The results might surprise you. While "the city that never sleeps" (New York) is among the top contenders, it's rivaled by Las Vegas, Chicago and Washington, DC who take the top three spots:
*Study based on Fitbit's 6 billion nights of its American users' sleep data.
Bell Featured Alongside Unexpectedly Stylish La-Z-Boy Furniture In Re-launch of "Live Life Comfortably" Campaign
MONROE, Mich., May 6, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- La-Z-Boy, one of the most recognized brands in the furniture industry, is relaunching its "Live Life Comfortably" campaign with a new brand ambassador, actress Kristen Bell. The new campaign marries Bell's genuine personality and humor with unexpectedly stylish La-Z-Boy furniture that doesn't sacrifice comfort or quality.
La-Z-Boy redefined comfort when it invented the iconic recliner more than 90 years ago. Today, the brand offers beautiful products for every room in the home. The new campaign featuring Bell will open consumers' eyes to the wide variety of La-Z-Boy furniture that mix comfort, style and quality.
"Kristen has an authentic voice that connects with people," said Eli Winkler, La-Z-Boy VP, Marketing. "Her warmth and style combined with relatable humor about work, relationships and family make her a great fit for La-Z-Boy."
The La-Z-Boy Debate
Bell and her family are no strangers to the La-Z-Boy brand. In 2017, Bell and her husband engaged in a loving dispute that played out across social media. Comically titled "The La-Z-Boy Debate," the disagreement centered on where to place the family's new La-Z-Boy recliner.
"After the great La-Z-Boy debate of 2017 that went down in my house, I became interested in the brand and surprised to learn they offer so much more than recliners," said Bell. "As a mom, I want my home to be practical without having to sacrifice style. When I found out La-Z-Boy furniture is comfortable and cute, I knew this was going to be a perfect fit."
"Live Life Comfortably" Campaign
Originally launched in 2011, the "Live Life Comfortably" campaign has resulted in significant sales growth for La-Z-Boy across a range of product categories, including stationary sofas, sectionals, chairs and home accents.
"The introduction of Kristen Bell will take the campaign to new heights by drawing in a diverse base of consumers," said Kurt Darrow, La-Z-Boy Chairman, CEO and President. "We are pleased to welcome Kristen to the La-Z-Boy family and believe that she can continue to help us engage, entertain and educate consumers about the range of products and services we offer."
The new "Live Life Comfortably" campaign and partnership with Bell launches today and features an array of content developed for television, digital, print, the La-Z-Boy social and web platforms and in-store.