Who Stays at Sassafras? Luxury Mansion for Rent and I mean Luxury!

Sassafras is a 48-acre waterfront estate in Long Island, New York. The estate in the "Gold Coast" area of Long Island's North Shore is mammoth. The estate features a 22,000 sq. ft. Tudor-style main house, with eight bedrooms. A six bedroom guest house, an 11-bedroom staff house, plus, two helipads and a private dock. Besides just being really big, the estate now features a very famous family. 

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, along with their six children, are temporarily renting the $60 million-listed estate. Little Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne should have more than enough room to play while momma Jolie films her new spy thriller "Salt." The Jolie-Pitt clan is best known for global humanitarian work, renting prime global real estate and, well, picking up new kids globally. To each their own. If the Jolie-Pitt's can keep affording their children the best of the best, then good for them. The big house, big family, big love with big money; the whole world wants to be adopted by Angelina and Brad. As for Sassafras, maybe an adoring fan will want to rent or buy the estate when the famous family moves out and on to the next location.

The Plaza Hotel is Home, Sweet Home


Finding a home in New York City is hard without money. On the flip side if you are, still, a million or billionaire then we have the place. A three bedroom space in the City's legendary Plaza Hotel. Location, location, location is a big deal in New York City and this apartment affords that, located on Fifth Avenue at Central Park. The ceilings are ultra high and natural light floods through the space. The soft white walls are evocative of heaven on Fifth Avenue. The apartment has a foyer, kitchen, library and baths with custom tile-inlays modeled after the Plaza lobbies.

What's more, if you believe there could even be more, is a chic collection of contemporary art and furniture. In this Plaza Hotel apartment you will find a Kate Moss portrait by Chuck Close and Philippe Starck Ghost chairs. Where words don't do justice, do a walk through and you will find a mesmerizing modern art collection. The full-on collection really puts the gorge in goregeous.  

The apartment that we could die for is listed at $13.75 million and with all included, that's a serious steal. Take advantage of one perk in a bad market, a way low listing price for this Plaza Hotel palace. Call the Plaza Hotel your home sweet home.

Phuket! Vacation for the Privileged Few. Yamu Luxury Vacation.

Haven't heard of the Yamu yet? Shame on you. The Yamu is a five-star hotel being built and designed by the General Hotel Management (GHM) company. If you aren't familiar with GHM projects then we don't know what rock you live under, this company has some of the most outrageous hotels and resorts around the globe. The Setai Hotel on Miami Beach, Florida is the first in America and may give you some bearing on just how insane their establishments are. The Yamu Hotel is on a private peninsula of Phuket's east coast and will raise the bar on previously held notions of privacy, tranquility and luxury.

There is always some anticipation when hotels of this calibre are set to open but the Yamu is highly anticipated. Hopefully the names Zecha, Gathy and Starck mean something to you. The world renown trio went into collaboration on this project in Phuket. Industry guru Adrian Zecha chairman and director of GHM Hotels and Aman Resorts, acclaimed architect Jean-Michel Gathy and French interior designer Philippe Starck are creating a hotel that is magnificent, we don't have words.

The Yamu Hotel will not encroach on surrounding natural beauty, thanks to the architectural genius of Jena-Michel Gathy. In keeping true to Thai spirit, Gathy constructed large outdoor living rooms, interconnected open rooms, and functionality between indoor and outdoor spaces. He accomplished his goal of intensifying natural beauty without disrupting existing nature.

The  interior 63 rooms overlook the limestone islands of the Andaman Sea. Interior designer Philippe Starck has also taken design cues from surrounding nature. Again he has created stunning accents and opulence that are of another world. Best known for being startling and sumptuous,  the Yamu will still be inviting in an elegant yet casual fashion as only Starck can do. We are convinced that the Yamu Hotel, graceful, sophisticated and timeless will breathe new meaning into the word vacation.

Not to mention featured facilities galore. The Yamu has a stunning 160-person restaurant that will serve Thai, Western, and Chinese influenced cuisine. A to die for spa and 100 metre swimming pool. Oh and, five glass cubes within the estate that will serve as a wine room with wine cave below, a cigar lounge, a chocolate room, a private kitchen and a designer boutique.

Around the hotel will be 12 privately owned Villa Estates, operated as part of the hotel when owners are away.  Each villa will have master pavilion with a lounge, a master bedroom, kitchen and maids' quarters. Plus, a 23.5-metre swimming pool, garden and outdoor showers.  The Club Complex at the Yamu boasts personal butlers, unsurpassed privacy, and convenient access to facilities, achieving the ultimate luxurious vacation environment.

Plus, Yamu Hotel projects out into Phang Nga Bay and has a private marina with 39 berths. There are 84 islands sparkling across the bay, plus several small private beaches, hidden caves and quiet anchorages. The privileged few who can afford to own and vacation at the Yamu Hotel and Residencies in Phuket, will experience unrivalled tropical beauty and marvelous marine life in sever comfort.

The Hotel, the Villa Estates and Club Complex, are infused with the visionary intellect of Gathy and Starck to achieve an extremely rare synergy of style and than run by the best. The chic Yamu Hotel doors will open next Summer, 2009. Private investment opportunities are available for sale, we recommend you hustle to. We are booking like tomorrow!

Continuum Condominiums Continue Notable Trend

If luxury is all you crave then the Continuum on South Beach is the place for you. The Continuum residencies, located in the chic South of Fifth (SOFI) neighborhood, are resort style living developments on some seriously desired beach front property. There are two towers built by the legendary Ian Bruce Eichner. The South which was completed in 2002 and the North which was first launched in 2004. The 37-story, 193-unit, North Tower was completed just last year and remains our love on the beach. 

Floor plans range from 1,200 square-foot one-bedrooms to 4,000-square-foot four-bedroom residencies, to a 7,000 square foot penthouse with movie theatre. Unit ceilings are grand, notions of exclusivity are felt and the classiness, simplicity and space can't be overlooked.  The Sales for the North tower are projected beyond $355 million.

Besides the private white sand beach right outside your door, there is a full service beach club with furniture and cabanas. Swim in the enormous lagoon shaped pools, play tennis on one of three har-tru courts, or take lunch on The Patio with to die for tuna tartare. Outdoor amenities alone wouldn't cut it, thank god the Continuum offers a 20,000 foot state of the art fitness center and spa. Get a private trainer, take a plethora of exercise classes, then hit up the ucalyptus steam room, redwood sauna, heated whirlpool, or  coldplunge.  Better yet, get a message or any spa treatment in the blink of an eye. Relax by the rooftop infinity pool and sundeck, and take in the unobstructed Miami Beach views.

In short the Continuum has some serious amenities and modern living quarters. To live as on constant vacation is the primary goal and the Continuuum Residencies surpass, every moron out should only be so lucky.  

Haute Luxe Birthed on Miami Beach in 2009

Miami FashionCalling all World Class Jet-setters to Miami Beach. Socialites already know that Miami Beach is the scene to be seen in every winter, Miami is the only island-city in the country with warm winters, a pulse of change, poise, enlightenment and elite lifestyles. With white sand beaches, the upscale Bal Harbour Shops, and a vibrant nightlife it is no surprise that the glamorous Miami Beach locale has been chosen to debut Haute Miami.  Haute Miami is the first ever uber-luxe exhibit of its kind in the United States and will debut from January 8th - 11th, 2009.  

Haute Miami has an expansive, high class roster of 160 renowned, international exhibitors featuring contemporary and classic fashion, jewelry, art, design, exotic yachts, airplanes, personal helicopters, new technology in many forms, and an emphasis on "going green" including solar powered vehicles, Haute Miami is certain to awe even the luxury spoiled, savvy Miami Beach locals. Haute Miami will be in the Miami Beach Convention Center and will run concurrently with SeaFair.  SeaFair is a private megayacht that will be part of the Haute Miami expo, it will host a selection of invitation-only events.   At 228 feet, SeaFair, is the 4th largest private American Luxury Yacht in the Country and that deserves some good old fashioned American patriotism ya'll.

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The venue will host 28 auxiliary exhibitors in private galleries and features a gourmet restaurant, champagne/caviar lounge and a spacious sky deck. SeaFair will be docked on Millionaire’s Row and can be accessed by shuttles from the Convention Center.  The custom built $40M exposition vessel will serve as a networking hub and private venue for many of Haute Miami’s most exclusive events.  Haute Miami imitates successful luxury fairs from Europe and Asia and will bring new buzz and glamour to the famed winter season in Miami Beach.  To align with Miami's chilled out atmosphere, Haute Miami at the Convention Center will offer extended hours operating Wednesday – Saturday evenings until 11PM and will feature nighttime events.

Miami“Haute Miami and SeaFair both represent entirely new paradigms in American fairs.  Both will be fabulous new luxury lifestyle events for even the most sophisticated visitors,” said David Lester founder of this exposition. “We look forward to welcoming discerning, local and international attendees to our extraordinary, new event in January." We can barely wait!  Stay with us for up to the minute updates about Haute Miami.

The Flamingo goes Brooke and Bust. Hogan in Miami Beach.

Brooke Hogan Miami BeachThe Flamingo is one of the biggest apartment complexes on South Beach. Adults with Peter Pan complexes, Tony Montana wantabees and even models flock to the Bay Road residencies but it's not enough to pull the building out of bankrupcy. In a last-age effort to grab some public attention the Flamingo moved Brooke Hogan in, yes we said Brook Hogan. If you don't know who she is, we don't blame you. The ditzy daughter of Hulk Hogan had a nonexistent singing career for a minute but is best known for her dad's reality show on VH1, "Hogan Knows Best." The show ended and the family went to hell but somehow Brooke landed her own solo gig and reality television hit an all new low. We watched the show for a couple minutes and believe we are now dumber for it.

The first episode started with Brooke living in an apartment up Collins Avenue called the Mosaic. The penthouse apartment was donated to her for publicity purposes but we guess she just wasn't cutting it and and they booted her. The Flamingo took sloppy seconds and moved Brooke Hogan to the 20th floor of its center tower.  We figure if Scarlett Johansson, Justin Timberlake and Shaquille O'Neal couldn't bring buyers and renters in then the Flamingo is a lost cause.  Brooke Hogan's beastliness romping through the Flamingo halls will only make apartments forclose faster, if thats even possible. The only thing the building had going for it was the newly renovated south tower, the lobby was turned into a classy haven but the exterior beautification wasn't enough to sell apartments. The circa 1970's stuccoed apartments are hideous, the garage shared by all three buildings is a death trap and central air is just not cool anymore. A tacky orange montra is painted all over the complex, " South Beach revolves around the Us." News flash Flamingo, if you weren't the biggest building on the beach no one would even know you existed. Maybe you should get Brooke Hogan some white paint and a brush and put her in front of the orange walls because re-painting the Flamingo might just be all she's good for.   

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