Toptenrealestatedeals’ Top 5 Pick of the Week: Queen Latifah, Frank Lloyd Wright

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chat offers fresh real estate news for luxury and celebrity listings across the United States. Check out a taste of their Top Ten list below:

Chattanooga Mountain Home (above)

Perched 1,860 feet above it all on the highest point of Elder Mountain, from this stunning mountain retreat with its 60-foot stone observation tower, one has a panoramic view of four states encompassing Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina.  Its earthy exterior built completely from materials from the mountain itself, continues into the dramatic interior.  At once earthy and elegant, this 7,470 square foot home on six mountaintop acres is comprised of incredible views, six bedrooms, nine baths, a guest house and artist studio as well as a three-car garage, viewing tower, terraces and a pool, all within a 24-hour guard-gated enclave.  The interior has exposed stone walls, arches, solid oak vaulted ceilings, slate floors, lovely stained glass windows, wrought iron chandeliers and hardware, two fireplaces and an abundance of space for entertaining.

Elder House, now for sale for only the fourth time in its 82-year history, with an elevation of 1,860 feet above Chattanooga but only twelve minutes to the city, is priced at $2.45 million.


Classic in Carmel-by-the-Sea

High above the town on a private 20-acre peak overlooking forest and ocean, renowned architect John Marsh Davis created this “Lost Modern” designed house, a style for which he is most well-known.  A work of art in itself, the 8,000 square foot glass, redwood home with copper roof has five bedrooms, six baths, four grand fireplaces with lush forest and ocean views graced with high ceilings and intricate use of redwood.  For horse lovers, the 20 acres are approved for equines.  Sophisticated and thoughtfully laid out, it took the owners four years working with the architect to achieve not only beauty but warm livability.  Note that one of the owners is the popular Carmel artist, Beth Weissman.  Landscape architect, Paul Leffingwell, provided the award winning seven acres of garden with its unusual stylized water features.

Carmel-by-the-Sea’s notable California redwood and glass 20-acre artist’s estate overlooking forest and ocean, asking $12.5 million.


Queen Latifah's New Jersey Home

Queen Latifah has lived in her Colts Neck, New Jersey home for the last twelve years, but with the time it takes to produce her talk show, decided that a move to the West Coast would make more sense.  She has recently placed her 7,000 square foot, nine-acre New Jersey estate on the market.  The six bedroom, eight bathroom mansion is impeccably maintained with pristine landscaped grounds, a five-car garage and heated Olympic-sized swimming pool.  The interior has huge spaces for entertaining, is open and filled with light, has an exercise room, a game room, and four fireplaces.

Queen Latifah has put her nine-acre New Jersey estate on the market and is asking $2.4 million.


South Pacific Island Retreat Auction

Wakaya is a privately owned island in Fiji's Lomaiviti Archipelago.  Only five miles long and one and a half miles wide, it was purchased by Canadian gold mining entrepreneur, David Gilmour, in 1973.  He proceeded to establish an exclusive resort, the Wakaya Club, along with roads, a freshwater reservoir, an airstrip, a marina, jetty, village, church, gym and school for the resort’s employees and guests.

Named Lawedua, this is one of only five homes on the island and is perched 150 feet above a private beach.  The location of the estate offers dramatic views of the Koro Sea and cliffs of tropical vegetation.  If it looks familiar, it has appeared on the cover of “Architectural Digest” and has been host to celebrity guests such as Bill Gates, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jim Carey, and Celine Dion. The Lawedua enclave consists of two residences and two guest bures, each with two bedrooms.  Architectural details are Balinese pole-style construction of structural bamboo with soaring ceilings and living areas separated into pavilions, or bures in Fijian.


Early Frank Lloyd Wright Home

Built in 1892 in La Grange, Illinois the house has painstakingly been restored to its original design both inside and out. It was designed in an era when the Victorian gingerbread houses were all the rage. In his bootleg houses, he combined Colonial Revival, Queen Anne and Dutch Colonial, all pared down to simplicity without the curlicues and architectural adornment of the originals. One can see this in the octagonal turret and pointed, equilateral roof. These features would later evolve into his Prairie style.  Over the years, brick veneer siding had been installed over the original wood clapboard and Wright’s porch addition with open arches had been enclosed along with other architectural changes. Fortunately, original photographs were obtained and paint analysis on wood siding that had been covered revealed the exact original paint color which was replicated. The exterior restoration was completed in 2007 after six years of restoration. The current owners also worked from plans to restore the interior to its original design. The windows are lead art glass and furnishings are the Wright originals. In 2008, the owners were presented with the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Outstanding Restoration.

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