Swede Hill House

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Swede Hill is next project from Newport, RI based design+build firm, Aquidneck Fine Properties. This 3000 sqft LEED registered home is designed by award winning architects Estes/ Twombly and promises to be one of Southern New England’s truly “green” luxury homes. Set on four protected acres, this stunning private hilltop retreat offers breath-taking southerly and westerly ocean views towards Montauk Point and Long Island Sound.

The house itself offers four bedrooms and is being offered as a single-family residence. Green design features include solar-heated domestic hot water and fifteen percent of all interior heat; the house’s swimming pool is also solar-powered.

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French Riviera luxury property prices crash

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The Telegraph says there have been panic sales by owners desperate for cash. Riviera property sources said that one British owner settled for less than $60 million in January for a Cap Ferrat property whose original sale price was $200 million.

However, “There is still interest and offers are being made” said Alexander Kraft of Sotheby’s International Realty, quoted by The Telegraph.

 

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Jackson’s father invests in Vietnam property

 

Jackson’s father invests in Vietnam property

Recent news reports suggest Joe Jackson, father of the late pop icon, Michael Jackson, has invested in a US$2 billion multi-use complex in Vietnam. The development, named “Happy Land”, is to include 3-5 star hotels, amusement park, theatres, restaurants, shopping centres, nightclubs and a Vietnamese cultural centre. Situated a twenty minute drive from Ho Chi Minh City in the Ben Luc District, it is set for completion in May 2014 and will be the largest entertainment centre in Vietnam and South East Asia. At “Happy Land’s” grand opening ceremony last week, Jackson, the 82 year old former Jackson 5 promoter said, “I like this project the most because it is located in a beautiful cultural and natural space.”

 

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Cube by Oppenheim

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That’s what Chad Oppenheim, head of Miami-based Oppenheim Architecture & Design, asked himself while putting together his architectural thesis at Brown University.

The question became the impetus for his latest project: a condominium complex, set to be completed by the end of 2010, that takes a bottom-up, user-generated approach to constructing residential space.

Cube promotes its occupants to design their own domain with the possibility of connecting multiple cube modules vertically, horizontally, and diagonally in addition to creating double height volumes, garden voids and cantilevered living environments.

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