Pompano Beach, FL, June 01, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- This week's Top 10 homes spotlight at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com includes a look at hot home sale news for the Versace Mansion in Miami Beach just reduced by $25 million, Jennifer Lopez' new $10 million Hamptons home, and the Ford Glass Mansion going to auction in Ohio.
Versace $50 Million Clearance Sale
The Jewel of South Beach, at one time ranked as the most expensive home for sale in the United States, has just dropped its asking price yet another $25 million. Now reduced from $125 million to $75 million.
Gianni Versace became recognized as the go-to guy for fashion in the late 1970s. He poured his style into everything he touched, including Casa Casuarina, better known as the Versace Mansion, in Miami Beach. Here he created perhaps the country's ultimate temple to glamour and elegance. It was on the steps of his stunning South Beach mansion where he was shot down by a demented stalker in 1997 as he was returning home from his routine morning coffee and newspaper at a nearby cafe.
Rivaling the grand mansions of Europe but located on the wide Atlantic sands of South Beach, one of the most popular beach resorts in the world, Casa Casuarina is definitely in a class of its own. Even with the new $25 million price reduction, it is still asking almost triple the price of any other home currently for sale in South Florida.
Originally built in 1930, Versace bought the long neglected mansion and adjoining lot in 1992 and proceeded to create his dream home. After sinking at least $33 million into the restoration, the 23,462 square foot home with its 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, center courtyard and exquisite side courtyard was completed. He dressed the walls with hand painted murals and the ceilings with frescoes. The pool, with its columns, mosaic tiles and 24-karat gold lining is by itself a work of art.
Ford Glass Mansion Auction
Like its nearby neighbor Detroit, Toledo, Ohio was one of the Midwest's great industrial towns - a world leader in glass, furniture and automobile manufacturing. Toledo was a major transportation hub connecting the Great Lakes to the Ohio River via the Erie and Wabash Canals, and a key railroad crossroad between Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and Cincinnati. By the 1920s, Toledo’s wealthy industrialists began to build their riverfront summer mansions along the picturesque banks of the Maumee River, just outside the city. Later they built massive year-round residences, most of which still stand today. This is the home originally built for George Ross Ford, son of the founder of the Edward Ford Plate Glass Co.
The house was originally built in 1927 at 20,000 square feet with 57 rooms and 13 fireplaces. Passing onto the ownership of its current owner in the early 1970s, Tony Knight, one could say the estate has remained in the family as Mr. Knight is a great nephew of the original builder.
When the Knights took over ownership they also made the wise decision to divide the mansion into three separate homes so that the grandeur of the estate would be affordable and maintained in its original condition to preserve the home's history. The Knights retained the center section, the largest of the three, and this is the section up for auction on June 15th.
All the old craftsmanship has been carefully preserved with end-cut oak paneling and intricate plaster ceilings. The room that once housed the two story pipe organ is intact along with a second story room built to replicate the interior of a ship. With over 11,500 square feet in the section to be auctioned, there are 8 bedrooms, hand-carved marble fireplaces, formal living and dining rooms, a wine cellar and billiards room. Modern amenities such as kitchen granite match the elegance of the original lighting and stained glass. Formal English gardens overlook river views.
J Lo's New Hamptons Home
Focused, driven and so multi-talented, "Jenny from the Block" isn’t just another pretty girl or fly-by-night rock star. At 43 and now hitting her prime, Jennifer Lopez is already worth $250 million, not to mention ongoing earnings from her films, recordings, fashion line, perfume and production company.
J Lo just spent $10 million on a fabulous new estate in the Hamptons? It is the perfect summer home at 8,500 square feet, 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a pool, pool house and plenty of green lawn for her twins to romp. The house is filled with light and has a theater, sauna, steam room and lots of porches. Located on a cul-de-sac, the home is very private.
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