The World’s Top Luxury Houses

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The latest volume in teNeues’ tantalizing Luxury series is entitled Luxury Houses: Top of the World. and focuses on the most select residences around the world. With stunning settings, sumptuous materials, sophisticated architectural detailing and interiors, these truly are homes to die for. Each house offers a unique perspective on what’s possible if both money and taste abound. Lavishly illustrated with an array of stunning photographs, this book is sure to inspire luxury touches in even the humblest of dwellings.

Victoria Scott-RichardsThe World’s Top Luxury Houses

Most expensive streets in the world 2008

Avenue Princess Grace Monaco Top 10 most expensive streets in the world 2008The Wealth Bulletin (a Dow Jones site) has come up with a list of the 10 most expensive streets in the world. The survey revealed that the prices for the top homes in the best locations appear to have decoupled from the gloom and doom being felt in the wider property market. Avenue Princess Grace in Monaco has been named at the top with a price tag of $190,000 per square metre. It is followed by Hong Kong’s Severn Road with a price of $121,000 per square metre (sq mt) at second and New York City’s Fifth Avenue at third place ($80,000 per sq mt).

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Most expensive streets in the world 2011

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Hong Kong’s Severn Road, a winding street of mansions and tony apartments, is still the priciest address on the planet. For the second year running, Financial News has determined that properties on Severn Road cost more per square foot than those anywhere else. Properties on Severn Road were valued at US$78,200 a square meter (about US$8,689 a square foot), up from US$70,000 in last year’s survey. Severn Road is situated near the top of Victoria Peak and overlooks Hong Kong’s famous skyline.

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Swap your Gulfstream for a Private Island!

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Blixseth bought the island half-finished about three years ago, and then completed the construction. He originally planned on using the island as part of his Yellowstone Club World luxury residence club, but the club recently filed for bankruptcy. The 30,000-square-foot house on Emerald Cay is off Providenciales, the most populated island in the chain, and has nine bedrooms, a gym, a guest house and a “floating” tennis court. There is also a man-made sandy beach and several docks to accommodate Mr Blixseth’s collection of private yachts. The property – which boasts stunning views of Chalk Sound National Park – is connected to the mainland by a retractable bridge which swivels round to keep unwanted visitors at bay.

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In Dubai, the state of The World is in dispute

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A cluster of 300 artificial islands off Dubai‘s coast in the shape of a global map is stable, its developer Nakheel insists, despite a court claim alleging that “The World” was neglected and eroding away. “There is no issue with the stability of The World islands that are approximately 70 percent sold and handed over,” a Nakheel spokesman said. “The island purchasers (have) the responsibility to proceed with their developments in due course,” he added.

The islands, many of which represent individual countries and which can only be accessed by boat or helicopter, were meant to be one of the Gulf city-state’s crowning developments. Builders have announced plans for a few of the islands, but development has yet to begin on most of them. A company contracted to provide logistics support to the islands filed a claim with a tribunal that handles cases related to the emirate’s troubled Dubai World conglomerate, alleging that third-party developers had not been encouraged to develop the islands, and said they were being hit by erosion.

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