’s Top 5 Picks of the Week: Featuring ‘On the Beach in Brooklyn’

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Billy Joel's Hamptons Beach Home

Billy Joel's fresh oceanfront digs has finally found a new owner.

Billy Joel's Hamptons Beach Home

The 5,500-square-foot home in Sagaponack—accompanied by a 145-foot stretch of private beach—has four bedrooms, seven baths, four fireplaces, and 180-degree ocean views through its glistening glass walls. It also comes with a two-car garage with a one-bedroom guest suite. The Piano Man initially purchased the home from late actor Roy Schneider, who built it back in 1993 as a place to raise his family. The residence's spectacular kitchen is all thanks to Joel's ex-wife, Kathy Lee—a chef and cookbook author who installed not one, but two Wolf ranges within it.

 Frank Lloyd Wright's Houston Home

The only Houston home ever conceptualized by highly acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the William Thaxton House—a 1954 Usonian designed to accommodate a servant-free lifestyle—was commissioned by insurance executive William Thaxton, who desired an artistic design for living and entertaining.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Houston Home

The home reflects a classic Usonian layout featuring small rooms that lead into a larger living room, designed to encourage family members to congregate and spend time with one another in the sizable center space.

Shaped as a parallelogram, the six-bedroom, seven-bath abode was originally only 1,800 square feet, though has grown into the 8,026-square-foot structure it is today over the years, gradually adapting to better fit the modern lifestyle. Lovingly restored by its current owners to closely match Wright's original creation, the gated home—currently priced at $3.195 million—sits on just over an acre.

On the Beach in Brooklyn

Located at the end of a cup-de-sac, this three-story gated home in Brooklyn rests on just over a quarter of an acre, and magnificently boasts 170 feet of private oceanfront, just a block away from Brighton Beach.

On the Beach in Brooklyn

Along with three beds and four baths, the stunning 6,000-square-foot residence—on the market for $8 million—comes with a fireplace-appointed living room, a ground floor guest suite, a lounge and sauna, an eat-in chef's kitchen, and an infinity pool and spa with a cabana, a gazebo with a bar and BBQ station, and a two-car garage. The unique property's master suite has a private balcony, while its rooftop deck sports an "adult playroom" sweetened with a bar.

Hawaii Estate with Ties to Civil War Vet

This $24 million estate on the island of Kauai—sited on 200 acres—sports not one, not two, but three complete residences: the 2006 main house, the Cistern House, the 2004 Valley House, and the Gate House, a duplex currently acting as an office/guesthouse hybrid.

Hawaii Estate Has Ties To Civil War Vet

The tantalizing trifecta has served as a setting for many films, including Jurassic Park, Tropic Thunder, and Pirates of the Caribbean. 

Colorado Mega Mansion Auction

Sited on 72 acres, this 50,000-square-foot mansion known as Serenity Ridge has a total of 11 en suite bedrooms and four kitchens, not to mention a 3,000-square-foot library wing comprised of a library, a kitchenette, and workstation alcove, a conference room, a music room, an office, and two private decks.

Colorado Mega Mansion Auction

Its master wing touts two master suites outfitted with silk carpets, an executive boardroom, and a master study complete with its own bar and fireplace. There's also a kitchenette, laundry facilities, his-and-hers closets, and terraces accessible via both masters. At the core of the gigantic property is an entertainment hub equipped with a home theater with a snack bar; a wine cellar with a wrought iron door; a family room; a custom cherry wood bar; and a sizable multi-purpose space. The structure also houses a two-lane bowling alley (accompanied by a full set of bowling shoes in all sizes), a lounge, and a nightclub with a stage. In addition, the estate's proportionately large indoor pool has changing rooms and bathrooms.

Previously listed at $22 million, the oversized home—along with all its furnishings and artwork—will be auctioned off no reserve on September 27th.

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