Less is more in this Atherton, CA home


Atherton is regularly ranked as one of the most expensive residential areas of the United States. San Francisco-based Leverone Design has completed several exclusive projects in the area including Atherton II that the designers describe as a close collaboration with the client.



The large house to be renovated was initially uninviting and not what the client needed in their main home. Rooms were rearranged and reconfigured to accommodate the client’s lifestyle and to give the owners’ collection of furniture and objects their well-deserved prominence.



The designers helped add art and accessories and gave the collection a tactile and calm backdrop of textured fabrics, polished metal details and various hues of stone and wood.



Avoiding the extreme of being harsh or brashly minimalist, there is an assuredly elegant lack of excess and unnecessary ornamentation.


Among the custom desks, chairs and consoles, the lighting fixtures are a special attraction. The selection includes pendants by Eva Menz Design and by the Studio of Billy Cotton who is also the Creative Director of Ralph Lauren Home. The golden sun disk sconce of Mydriaz is another striking light fixture that, although highly prominent, fits perfectly within the eclectic yet harmonious whole.





source: BI/C.Hunter

Matt Holliday Former MLB Big Hitter sells Exceptional Waterfront Estate in Jupiter, Florida ~$8.5 million


Matt Holliday’s estate boasts a Mediterranean-style main house and guesthouse.

The estate spans about two-thirds of an acre in Jupiter, a bustling beach town where multiple major league baseball teams hold their spring training — including the St. Louis Cardinals, with whom Holliday won a World Series title in 2011.

Overlooking the Loxahatchee River, the property boasts 105 feet of water frontage. The backyard takes advantage of the prime setting with a custom pool, spa, cabana, fire pit, lush landscaping and a lanai with an outdoor kitchen. Down by the water, there’s a private dock with two boat lifts.

For amenities, there’s an elevator, wine cellar, air-conditioned eight-car garage and a movie theater with a wet bar. The master suite tacks on a custom bathroom with a steam shower.




BE AWARE…..COVID-19 Related CyberScams are on the rise

If you received an email from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization about the coronavirus outbreak, would you read it? Would you click on a link? Cybercriminals are counting on it.
It is important for you to know that hackers are already sending phishing emails and running disinformation campaigns that incorporate content about the coronavirus to better trick targets and add urgency to their schemes.
Since January 2020, there have been over 4,000 coronavirus-related internet domains registered globally. Coronavirus-related domains are 50% more likely to be malicious than other domains registered.  Many of these domains will probably be used for phishing attempts.
While we are all interested in the latest updates regarding this crisis, remember that links supposed to go to news or educational sites may infect your computer. Verify first!
Security Best Practices:
Attackers attempt to exploit email every day, but you can reduce risk for everyone by following these security strategies:
  •    Do not open suspicious emails – When in Doubt, Throw it Out!
  •    Approach email links with caution.
  •    Take care with email attachments.
  •    Make sure you have setup multifactor authentication to protect your accounts from compromise.
  •    Use strong passwords that are changed frequently and do not reuse passwords across different systems and platforms.
  •   Beware of “special” offers. “An exclusive cure for Coronavirus for $150” is usually not a reliable or trustworthy purchase opportunity but most likely fraud.
  •   Beware of lookalike domains, spelling errors in emails or websites, and unfamiliar email senders.
 How Do I Get More Information?
County of San Mateo’s Information Services Department recommends the following resources:
National Cyber Security Alliance: https://staysafeonline.org/

Epic Oceanfront Estate Santa Barbara



Barry and Sheryl Schwartz’s retreat by the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara would be stunning even if it were completely unfurnished. The spectacular openness of the structure and the tangible presence of the ocean would suffice. But the luxurious touches added by Barry, the 77-year-old renowned luminary of thoroughbred racing and co-founder of Calvin Klein (in 1968), and Sheryl, his wife of more than 50 years, take this tranquil getaway to the level of magnificence.

All we can do is sigh and imagine how our lungs will fill up with the fresh Pacific Ocean air, and how our senses heighten with the ever-changing views, the scent of salt and wood, and the calling of seagulls. Loving all of this, the Schwartzes had rented a house at the beach for about a decade but when the neighbouring plot became available, they decided to create their own version of a surfside haven.

To design the house, they hired California-based architect Howard Backen of Backen & Gillam known for designing, for example, the Disney’s Sound Studios, MGM Studios Theme Park, Skywalker Ranch and the Sundance Institute, and more recently, numerous wineries.

In charge of interior design were mother and son interior designers, Kathleen and Tommy Clements of Clements Design whose client list includes Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston and other Hollywood celebrities.The exterior and gardens are understated and inconspicuous. The landscapers brought in fully grown ficus and olive trees and selected only plants that belong in the local landscape.

The architects used unassuming materials such as reclaimed teak on the walls and titanium on the roof. Everything aims to help the structure seem a long-time part of the spectacular site and its landscape.

The conspicuous drama intensifies at the enigmatic entry gate designed by France-based French-Swedish sculptor and furniture designer Ingrid Donat. This was her first commission of this kind but it echoes her previous dramatic wood and bronze creations inspired by African tribal art, Art Deco, Art Nuveau, Gustav Klimt and Gustave Eiffel. The grand gate, clad in bronze panels was the Schwartzes’ 50th wedding anniversary gift to themselves. The handle is subtly inscribed with “50 years.”

Inside, the drama of the magnificent Pacific Ocean truly unfolds through an open and grand 40-foot-wide, column-free common space. And although the ocean is the main attraction in nearly every room and the overall tone is minimalist, each space includes remarkable examples of vintage, midcentury modernist and contemporary furniture, and both ancient and modern pieces of art.


Photography: William Abranowicz
source: T .Seipell

Electric pickup truck with a longer range than Tesla’s Cybertruck will beat the hotly anticipated EV to market — check out the Badger

Now This is  an EV  pick-up I could get behind
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Nikola Corporation has unveiled the Badger, the automaker’s first electric pickup truck. It has a maximum range of 600 miles by using its fuel cell — hydrogen — and battery power sources.

Nikola traditionally manufactures electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles for “heavy-duty” use, including semi-trucks, off-roading power sport vehicles, and jet ski-esque watercraft. This is the company’s first time entering the soon-to-be crowded electric pickup truck market. “I have been working on this pickup program for years and believe the market is now ready for something that can handle a full day’s worth of work without running out of energy,” CEO of Nikola, Trevor Milton, said in a statement. Customers will have the option to purchase a battery-electric (BEV) or joint battery and fuel-cell electric (FCEV) hydrogen-powered pickup truck. The Badger can operate on FCEV and BEV at any time, and the combination of both allows the pickup truck to have a range of 600 miles, according to its maker.

This surpasses Tesla Cybertruck’s most expensive tri-motor pickup range by 100 miles.

The truck is now open for reservations and is expected to be available in September, although pricing has not been announced yet. Keep scrolling to see the five-seater electric pickup truck:

The truck will have an estimated range of 600 miles using both FCEV and BEV. For those who don’t want the hydrogen option, the 160-kilowatt-hour battery-powered pickup truck will have a range of 300 miles.

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The automaker’s president Mark Russell claims the option for customers to select a FCEV or BEV option will allow costs to be lowered for everyone.

The pickup truck can reach 60 mph in about 2.9 seconds and tow over 8,000 pounds. Its powerplant is rated at 455 horsepower but peaks at 905.

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The Badger was designed to be heavy-duty enough for a construction company to utilize. To optimize it for such use, its maker included a power outlet on the truck for plug-in tools that can last 12 hours without an external generator.

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The Badger can also operate in a negative 20-degree Fahrenheit climate. Milton claims there isn’t any other electric pickup truck that can operate in the same “temperatures and conditions.”

The truck has 980 foot-pounds of torque. It can also start on a 50% incline hill without any stalling.

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The truck is 9.36 feet long, 6.07 feet tall, 7.09 feet wide, and has a bed width of 5.12 feet.

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Nikola partnered with reality TV personality Heavy D from “Diesel Brothers” for designing and testing, and another manufacturer — which is set to be announced soon — for parts and facility use.

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The Cybertruck isn’t the Badger’s only competition.


Nikola also announced that it is creating 700 hydrogen stations in North America, with the first few planned to be introduced by this quarter. However, its pickup truck won’t make its first public showing until Nikola World 2020, which is set for September.

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SOURCE:  Brittany Chang B.I.

$115 million Opulent Malibu Beach Home with an 18-foot crystal chandelier and its own beach. Here’s a look inside.


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It’s the most expensive current listing in the ritzy Los Angeles county beach town, Malibu is no stranger to lavish, extravagantly priced mansions. At least 45 homes are currently listed for $10 million or more in Malibu, which the median listing price is almost $3.3 million, The newly-listed home spans 10,646 interior square feet and sits on 2.6 acres, making it one of the largest beachfront homes currently for sale in Malibu


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It has 12 bedrooms and 14 full bathrooms, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the ocean and coastline from every floor.

The home has wall-to-wall white Italian marble floors.

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And security is clearly a priority: the home comes equipped with 40 security cameras.

An 18-foot crystal chandelier sits in the center of a circular stairway.

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Listing broker:  Sotheby’s

Your Own Private Wyoming! Epic Ranch in Jackson, WY $35Mil



A 226-acre ranch in Jackson, WY, that includes a recently completed “architectural masterpiece” hit the market with an asking price of $35 million. Formerly known as Puzzleface Ranch, the property was purchased in 2010 for $7.8 million, which represented a huge price cut. The property originally landed on the market in 2006 for $25 million, according to local news reports 

Although the home was just finished and built exactly to his specifications, Ryan has moved out of state for work reasons and placed the property on the market.

The former Puzzleface Ranch covers 226 acres.
"Architectural masterpiece"
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With seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, the huge layout features nine fireplaces, an elevator, a four-car garage, and multiple patios. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for abundant light and bring the natural beauty of the outdoors inside.With so much indoor and outdoor space, “It’s almost like a country club,” Evans says. “It’s a building where you can entertain many, many people.” Other luxe features include a movie theater, wine cellar, gym, large kitchen, and living room centered around a glass wood-burning fireplace.Each of the three bedroom suites includes two baths and a private living area. The finished basement boasts a wet bar. Smart home features allow for remote operation of heating, lights, and drapes. The spread also includes a caretaker’s home, two barns, a workshop, and a toolshed. Two additional adjoining parcels include a three-bedroom guesthouse and an “unimproved building site.” The grounds offer wide-open spaces with ponds, a variety of wildlife, and Grand Teton and Snake River Range views.

Property is being offered through Sotherby’s


Source: Realtor.com /Claudine Zap

The 15 healthiest cities to live in the US in 2020

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  • Mindbody, a wellness software company, released its annual Wellness Index ranking the healthiest cities to live in 2020.
  • The company surveyed 20,000 adults in the 50 most populous US cities on their fitness and wellness habits, and also looked at data from the US Census and business listing services.
  • The top spot went to Miami, Florida, where 80% of residents say they work out at least once a week and 62% get a full night’s sleep.
  • AtlantaSan FranciscoDenver, and Austin rounded out the top five.
  • The third-healthiest city, San Francisco, has 16.2 gyms and other wellness businesses per square mile.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

If you want to live in a city where people work out regularly, feel good about their health, and get enough sleep, forget about places like New York City, Houston, or Philadelphia.

The healthiest city in the US is Miami, Florida, according to the 2020 Wellness Index released by Mindbody, a wellness software company.

Mindbody ranked the healthiest cities in the US based on factors including residents’ overall health, behaviors, attitudes towards wellness, and the success of local wellness businesses like gyms and spas. The researchers surveyed 20,000 adults in the 50 most populous US cities on their fitness and wellness habits, and analyzed health data and other data from sources including the US Census and business listing services.

In addition to Miami, Atlanta, San Francisco, Denver, and Austin rounded out the top five cities.

Here are the 10 healthiest cities to live in 2020.

10. Raleigh, North Carolina

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Most Raleigh residents work out regularly, with 76% exercising at least once a week, according to Mindbody’s Wellness Index. More people in Raleigh do HIIT (high intensity interval training) than any other city in the US. The North Carolina capital also has very few smokers.

9. Minneapolis, Minnesota

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More than three-quarters of Minneapolis residents work out at least once a week, and many of them are doing yoga. About 30% of residents take a yoga class at least once a week — the second-highest percentage of yoga-goers per capita in the top 50 US cities, according to the report.

8. Tampa, Florida

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People who live in Tampa are particularly interested in integrative health and wellness, with more than half of residents booking such appointments at least once a year. Tampa is also a well-hydrated city: 60% of residents reported drinking at least six to eight glasses per day.


7. Washington, DC

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The US capital is the most “weight-healthy” city in the country based on BMI, according to the report. Eighty-one percent of Washingtonians exercise at least once a week.  The capital is also the country’s top spender on beauty and grooming. Residents spend $63 per month on average on these services, much more than the national average of $41.

6. Seattle, Washington

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Seattle is one of the most well-rested cities in the US, and nearly 80% of residents work out at least once a week. Seattleites are big fans of group fitness such as yoga and weight/strength training. And they stay on top of their doctor’s visits: 60% of residents say they get a check-up every year (the national average is 52%).

5. Austin, Texas

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Austin residents work out regularly, get seven to eight hours of sleep each night, and more than half say they drink six to eight glasses of water daily. Austin also spends more of its time cultivating intellectual wellness than the average American city, with 57% of residents saying they “regularly engage in creative and mentally stimulating activities,” according to the report.

4. Denver, Colorado

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More than 80% of Denver residents say they work out at least once per week, and 40% say they’re satisfied or very satisfied with their fitness level (the national average is 31%). And 47% of Denver inhabitants say they’re satisfied with their overall health.

3. San Francisco, California

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The third-healthiest city in the US is San Francisco, thanks to its residents’ healthy diet and dedication to wellness businesses, which encompasses gyms and fitness studios, salons, spas, and integrative health businesses.

The city has a whopping 16.2 wellness businesses per square mile, as well as the highest percentage of any other top city of people who frequent these businesses. Many San Franciscans love dance fitness, with more than 27% of residents attending classes like Pound or Zumba.

San Franciscans eat more fruits and vegetables than any other top US city, plus, San Francisco has the lowest percentage of cigarette smokers out of the 50 biggest US cities, according to the report.

2. Atlanta, Georgia

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Gyms and other wellness businesses in Atlanta bring in more revenue per capita than any other top city, according to the report. Atlanta also scores particularly high on social wellness, with 75% of residents saying they have close relationships with friends and family (the national average is 69%).

1. Miami, Florida

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The healthiest city in America is sunny Miami, where 80% of residents work out at least once a week, according to Mindbody’s Wellness Index. And 52% of locals say they go to group fitness classes at least once a week — more than any other top city.

Miami is also the most well-rested city, with 62% of survey respondents saying they get a full night’s sleep.

And like in San Francisco and Atlanta, fitness studios and other wellness businesses in Miami are thriving.

SOURCE: Katie Warren at BI

With a $50 million price cut since 2018. This 54 million dollar palatial Portola Valley estate sets the bar for on-site amenities!

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  • The most expensive listed Bay Area home within the past decade was listed for sale for nearly $100 million in June 2018. It’s since seen a $50 million price cut and is currently on the market for $54 million.

The monumental home is nothing short of extravagant. At nearly $100 million, it was the most expensive home listed in the Bay Area in the past 10 years.

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The home has since seen a $50 million price cut and is listed for nearly $55 million exclusively through Compass – Menlo Park 650.314.7235. The home boasts 20 rooms, two fireplaces, and a pool — and that’s just scratching the surface.

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Homeowners and guests enter through an entryway.

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The house has a traditional, slightly rustic vibe.

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A wide living area holds one of the home’s two fireplaces.

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Like the rest of the house, the kitchen has natural light streaming in through large windows.

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The master bathroom includes a large tub with a skylight, as well as a couch and a vanity.

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The master bedroom also includes a skylight and windows with the hillside in view.

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The closets, like the home they’re in, are expansive, and they put your average walk-in closet to shame.

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An expansive game room allows for ample amusement and leisure.

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Off the game room is a poker room.

There’s also a fully equipped gym …

… and a media room featuring rows of plush lounge chairs and a screen.

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In case you want some pampering but don’t want to head to a salon, there is a spa and massage space.

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Perhaps the home’s most extraordinary feature is its 7,300-square-foot multipurpose sports area, which can be used as a tennis court or an ice rink, among other things.

As if that weren’t enough, there’s also an indoor sports court. You know, just in case.

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A contender for the best part of the house is the pizza room, which includes a pizza oven for making homemade pies.

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There’s a 110-yard golfing practice area, which all four of McNealy’s sons used while they were living there. McNealy’s oldest son, Maverick, 22, is a professional golfer.

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There’s also a detached one-bedroom guesthouse on the property.

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Like the main house, it’s a warm and rustic abode to accommodate guests …

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… which I’d imagine the future owner will have a lot of, considering all the home’s amenities.

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LISTED BY: compass real estate

Crown Contemporary Sells in Hollywood Hills – $35,000,000.00

Home of the Week | Hollywood Hills showplace makes a splash

One of the biggest homes in Hollywood Hills has sold for one of the largest sums in the neighborhood’s history. On Hillside Avenue, a newly built showplace has traded hands for a whopping $35.5 million, according to sources unauthorized to comment publicly on the sale.

The deal is the priciest Hollywood Hills has seen since 2012, when Malaysian businessman Jho Low dropped $38.98 million on a mammoth spec house in the Bird Streets. Federal officials later seized the property, claiming Low bought the home with embezzled funds, and the 13,000-square-foot mansion has since been put back on the market for a deeply discounted $24.5 million.

The Hillside spec mansion is even bigger than Low’s former mansion, clocking in at 20,000 square feet on a half-acre lot. The seller, real estate developer Jeff Thomas, first brought it to market for $43.9 million in August.

Spanning three stories, the ultra-modern home has luxury flourishes inside and out. Automated walls of glass open outside, where a 163-foot infinity pool culminates in a waterfall that cascades down to an atrium garden.

Inside, living spaces boast custom lighting fixtures and a sleek design palette of glass, tile, wood, and stone. There’s a massive indoor-outdoor living room, as well as a formal dining room, a chef’s kitchen and a spacious office. Other amenities include a wine cellar, movie theater, wet bar, glass elevator, car showroom and wellness spa complete with wet and dry saunas, hot and cold plunge pools and a massage room. Up top, a rooftop deck with a fire pit takes in sweeping city light views. Elsewhere are five bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The master suite alone spans 2,800 square feet and tacks on a wraparound terrace, outdoor hot tub and an oval-shaped tub that’s sunken into the bathroom floor. The dressing room was imported from Italy.

Source: Jack Flemming