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Tag: Real Estate

June 19, 2017

The Pumpkin House

by Matthew Steeples

Eccentric Hudson Heights, New York cliffside residence for sale for £3.33 million; at certain times of day it resembles a pumpkin   16 Chittenden Avenue, Hudson Heights, New York certainly doesn’t sound like an inspirational place to live. Though mention of this address won’t set pulses racing and despite one previous owner joking: “It’s not … Continue reading “The Pumpkin House”

May 27, 2017

Anything But A Steel

by Matthew Steeples

Renovated Pacific Heights, San Francisco residence with Danielle Steel as a neighbour for sale for sum 652% higher than it sold for in 1994   A buyer wishing to live just to the north of Danielle Steel’s architecturally striking ‘Spreckels Mansion’ home can now purchase 1994 Jackson Street in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights.   For … Continue reading “Anything But A Steel”

May 7, 2017

The Busy Borwicks

by General

Son of Kensington MP Lady Borwick’s curious connections to the people who ensured both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump revealed   On Sunday, Carole Cadwalladr of  The Observer published a lengthy and well researched article that, amongst other things, examined the connections between The Hon. Thomas Borwick – the son of the Conservative hereditary … Continue reading “The Busy Borwicks”

March 29, 2017

The Downfall of The Donald

by Matthew Steeples

Could Donald Trump’s ‘Fall of Rome-style’ downfall be triggered by the actions of his very own family?   Donald Trump came to power promising to ‘Drain the Swamp’ of Washington. Thus far he’s made it bigger and though he might think appointing as many cronies and family members as possible to senior positions will protect … Continue reading “The Downfall of The Donald”

March 18, 2017

The Big Bend

by Matthew Steeples

Billionaire living in New York might take a U-turn if a proposed skyscraper named the ‘Big Bend’ becomes reality   A 4,000 foot end-to-end conceptual skyscraper has been proposed in Manhattan in order to “potentially provide a solution to the height limitations imposed by city zoning laws” according to the anthropological New York website 6sqft. … Continue reading “The Big Bend”

Charlot Malin (1969 – 2017)

by Matthew Steeples

Oslo born, San Francisco based interior designer and philanthropist Charlot D. Malin had a day named in her honour by The City and County of San Francisco in November 2016. A mother of twins and the co-founder of Troon Pacific Inc. with her husband Gregory, “forward-thinking” Malin worked on properties for George Lucas and Robert … Continue reading “Charlot Malin (1969 – 2017)”

November 26, 2016

Gianna Lahainer

by General

“One-time secretary” Gianna Lahainer hit gold when she married a Palm Beach real estate tycoon named Frank Lahainer. He “indulged her every whim” and she is said to have a 25-carat engagement ring from Harry Winston, a white Rolls-Royce Corniche, a 32-carat sapphire, and a 26-carat emerald. When he died of leukemia and left her … Continue reading “Gianna Lahainer”

September 18, 2016

Douglas Durst

by General

“Real estate royal” Douglas Durst had his leg amputated in 2015 and is the brother of the cross-dressing body dismemberer and suspected killer Robert Durst. The part owner of one of America’s top organic farms, Durst is a prominent environmentalist and owns, as part of his $5.2 billion portfolio, a $100 million or 10% stake … Continue reading “Douglas Durst”

March 25, 2016

Oliver Rothschild (AKA “The Fake Rothschild”)

by General

A regular on the party circuit in London, self-described “International Man of Excellence” Oliver Rothschild was exposed by The Telegraph as a “fake Rothschild” in March 2016.

March 6, 2016

Marina Gibson

by General

Fly-fisherwoman Marina Gibson is an ambassador for amongst others Orvis and Indigo Ivy and describes her passion as an “unreachable itch”.

December 29, 2015

Parking a handbag

by Matthew Steeples

Uncovered Chelsea parking space for sale for a staggering £70,000

December 10, 2015

Stunt stops a sale

by Matthew Steeples

Petra Ecclestone and her husband James Stunt reported to have turned down £99 million offer for their Holmby Hills, California mansion

August 20, 2015

The justice of house prices

by Matthew Steeples

If a house on Justice Walk in Chelsea sells for its asking price, it will have risen in value by a staggering 817% in 19 years

June 30, 2015

Bring your own bidet

by Matthew Steeples

Most expensive house to be publicly offered for sale in the UK to be stripped of everything including the kitchen sink

June 15, 2015

The art of selling

by Matthew Steeples

A £30 million Mayfair apartment for an art lover that is being marketed by way of an extraordinarily detailed 69-page sales brochure

June 3, 2015

If you’re bored of Miami Beach…

by Matthew Steeples

Calvin Klein is bored of living in the “resort” of Miami Beach and has placed his £10.4 million home on the market

May 31, 2015

Radovan Vitek

by General

A self-made Czech real estate billionaire, Radovan Vitek was listed as having a worth of £1.1 billion by Forbes in 2015.

April 17, 2015

Jordan Edwards

by General

A graduate of Northeastern University, Jordan Edwards became president of the Mixology Clothing Company, the owner of the Gainsborough Group e-commerce development company and vice-president of the Chart Organization during his 20s.

April 4, 2015

Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. (AKA “Buddy Fletcher”)

by General

The fund founded by “The Black Madoff” was bankrupted in 2012 after Alphonse Fletcher, Jr.’s firms, Fletcher Asset Management and Fletcher International, failed to meet redemption requests of £97 million ($144 million).

April 2, 2015

Debrah Lee Charatan

by General

With a self-professed desire to be “a female Harry Helmsley”, Debrah Lee Charatan was destined for a successful career in real estate in New York in the 1980s.

March 28, 2015

Emir Bahadir

by General

A co-founder of the RLTYNYC real estate brokerage and of Turkish ancestry, Emir Bahadir is a graduate of New York University.

March 21, 2015

Robert Durst

by General

A member of the New York based Durst real estate dynasty and worth some $100 million, cross-dresser Robert Durst first came to the attention of the public when his first wife, Kathie, disappeared

March 8, 2015

Flooding Woodside

by Matthew Steeples

£46.4 million Woodside estate remains for sale despite £10.1 million price cut

January 8, 2015

Ghislaine Maxwell

by General

The favourite child of the crooked newspaper tycoon ‘Bouncing Bob’ Maxwell, New York based Ghislaine Maxwell has been described as “smart, funny, beaut[iful], kind and sarcastic”

January 2, 2015

Aby Rosen

by Matthew Steeples

This Jewish real-estate mogul and contemporary art patron co-founded RFR Holding LLC with his childhood friend Michael Fuchs in 1991.

December 24, 2014

Squaring the cash

by Matthew Steeples

Buy an Eaton Square flat for the equivalent of £146 per day – and get the bonus of living next door to James Stunt

October 24, 2014

Fortunes and footballers

by Matthew Steeples

Gareth Southgate markets his £3.25 million Grade I listed Yorkshire home   Footballers are not generally noted for living in tasteful homes so it is somewhat surprising to find that the former England player turned Middlesborough manager Gareth Southgate’s current home is a Grade I listed “Elizabethan style” hall on the banks of Swinsty Reservoir, nine … Continue reading “Fortunes and footballers”

September 22, 2014

Old and new

by Matthew Steeples

One of San Francisco’s oldest houses for sale for $12 million   One of the oldest houses in San Francisco and one of the few to survive the 1906 earthquake – which destroyed 80% of the city – is for sale for $12 million (£7.3 million).

August 22, 2014

Christie Brinkley

by General

The world’s third richest model, Christie Brinkley was born in Monroe, Michigan and has been married four times. A mother of three and a supporter of the Democratic Party, Brinkley is a vegetarian and owns vasts swathes of real estate in the Hamptons. Of her marriage to property developer Richard Taubman, she commented: “I have this … Continue reading “Christie Brinkley”

August 16, 2014

From Spite to Hope

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish castle for sale for just £28.90 per square foot   They say that owning a grouse moor is equivalent to burning £50 notes but the buyer of the 41,433 square foot Carbisdale Castle in Sutherland will take on an altogether bigger burden.

July 29, 2014

Larry and Leigh’s love nest

by Matthew Steeples

Small, unmodernised former home of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh for sale for the extraordinary figure of £7.5 million   Built in 1850, Durham Cottage in Christchurch Street, Chelsea is a house “hidden behind a high dusty brick wall” that was the love nest of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh between 1937 and 1956. Now, in … Continue reading “Larry and Leigh’s love nest”

October 12, 2013

Salutations in Sandwich

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a £4.5 million Grade I listed house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens   Once described as “Britain’s smartest bed and breakfast” by the Financial Times, The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent has also appeared on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed and Gogglebox programmes. The Grade I listed house, designed by Sir Edwin … Continue reading “Salutations in Sandwich”

September 29, 2013

Selling the V&A

by Matthew Steeples

Forthcoming V&A exhibition questions London’s property bubble   A 25-metre hoarding outside the V&A announces that this “unique property at [a] prime cultural heritage location” is for sale. However, before “Angry of Tunbridge Wells” erupts, it must be added that the advert is just a stunt. The poster is for a major new installation named … Continue reading “Selling the V&A”

August 25, 2013

Pear Pimpisa Chirathivat (แพร พิมพิศา จิราธิวัฒน์)

by Matthew Steeples

A teenage member of the dynasty who control Thailand’s Central Group of companies. Like her brother, Peach (พชร จิราธิวัฒน์), Pear is an aspiring pop star, but it is expected that she will work within the family business. Though her family is worth $3 billion, Pear receives just £3 a day in pocket money and “must … Continue reading “Pear Pimpisa Chirathivat (แพร พิมพิศา จิราธิวัฒน์)”

June 24, 2013

New York’s real estate power brokers: Part II

by Oliver Estreich

Oliver Estreich’s New York real estate power brokers   In the second in a series, Oliver Estreich profiles New York’s top realtors. He continues with Eva Penson, Leighton Candler and Dana Power.  

June 11, 2013

A tour of ‘Putin’s Palace’

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Steeple Times’ takes a look around a palace that allegedly cost $1 billion to construct   Located on the Black Sea coast is a palatial residence that the press have named ‘Putin’s Palace’. The reported construction cost of this property is an astounding $1 billion.  

June 1, 2013

A bit of a steel

by Matthew Steeples

The Mittal family market one of their three “Billionaires’ Row” homes for £7 million less than they paid for it   One of the world’s richest men, Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal paid £117 million in 2008 for No. 6 Palace Green in Kensington. He bought the property for his son, Aditya, from an Israeli-American … Continue reading “A bit of a steel”

May 25, 2013

New York’s real estate power brokers: Part I

by Oliver Estreich

Oliver Estreich’s New York real estate power brokers   In the first of a series, Oliver Estreich profiles New York’s top realtors. He begins with Joan Swift, James C. Cox Jr. and Emily and Elizabeth Beare.  

May 5, 2013

Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins, also known as Sherene Davis)

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s answer to Celine Dion. One of Tyler’s singles, Believe In Me, was chosen as Britain’s 2013 Eurovision Song Contest entry in 2013. In it, she sings: “It’s just not worth the pain”. This more than amply bosomed Botox loving Welsh woman is quite right. Her song is beyond painful.

April 8, 2013

Collecting a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a 15,000 square foot Hamptons home complete with a private island and a room with a truly spectacular view   Andrew Zaro is a collector with a difference. This philanthropist and Democratic donor leads a life that is no doubt the envy of those from whom his firm, Cavalry Portfolio Services, “helps … Continue reading “Collecting a view”

March 14, 2013

Bankrupt in Barton Street

by Matthew Steeples

The story of “fallen tycoon” Brian O’Donnell, the differences between bankruptcy in the UK and Ireland and an £11 million mansion   In these straightened times, the media in general and the Daily Mail in particular quickly latch on to stories about benefit scroungers living in luxury homes. They’re less quick, however, with the exception … Continue reading “Bankrupt in Barton Street”

Marcus Cooper

by Matthew Steeples

A property developer extraordinaire with a “passion for deals”. He has been involved in deals involving many of London’s most expensive properties and founded the Marcus Cooper Group in 1991. Cooper purchased the capital’s second largest home, Witanhurst on Highgate Hill, for £32 million in 2007 and put it back on the market five weeks … Continue reading “Marcus Cooper”

March 4, 2013

Till death do us part

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $100 million Californian estate with a catch   If you were to spend $100,000,000 on a house, you’d expect something impressive. I imagine you’d want acreage, vast amounts of space and something luxurious. Stunning views and a prime location would be a must but at the bottom of your list, no … Continue reading “Till death do us part”

November 26, 2012

Beverly Cohen

by Matthew Steeples

Co-owner of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills with her husband R. J., Cohen is of surprisingly humble origins. She grew up on a chicken farm in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to LA with her divorced mother aged 13 when she opened a Kosher chicken killing plant on Santa Monica Boulevard. This hardworking lady now … Continue reading “Beverly Cohen”

November 24, 2012

Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)

by Matthew Steeples

If one spent $2,000,000 on cosmetic surgery, one would expect to end up looking fantastic. It didn’t quite work out in the case of the billionairess “Bride of Wildenstein,” though, as instead she discovered the husband she thought she’d please in bed with a 19-year old Russian. Feline like in appearance, the purr of this … Continue reading “Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)”

November 15, 2012

Liz Jones

by Matthew Steeples

This mouthpiece was born in Rettendon, Essex in 1958 and vents bile on all manner of subjects. Articles such as: “Why don’t more women moan like me?” and “Liz Jones’ baby craving drove her to steal husband’s sperm in ultimate deception” are frankly illustrative of why she’s so unpopular. After she got banned from the … Continue reading “Liz Jones”

November 12, 2012

The battleaxe in the Beemer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples examines the truth behind Liz Jones giving up on her “rural idyll”   The Mail’s Liz Jones is a waspish woman who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Those who’ve paid even a moment’s attention to her bleating, will be familiar with lines such as: “Last week, my brand … Continue reading “The battleaxe in the Beemer”

November 10, 2012

Bond’s base

by Matthew Steeples

A home suitable for James Bond   The latest James Bond film Skyfall is the talk of the town and it’s received many a rave review. The fictional James Bond allegedly lived in Royal Avenue, off the Kings Road in SW3, but if he were looking for a house today, we think 9 Hillgate Street … Continue reading “Bond’s base”

November 5, 2012

Boujis in the basement?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples explores the story of an empty Kensington mansion   A multi-million pound 8-bedroomed house in Kensington isn’t anything unusual. In fact, rather, they’re ten a penny. In this, one of the wealthiest boroughs in the land, large, expensive homes are just the norm.   No. 1 Campden Hill, which is being marketed for … Continue reading “Boujis in the basement?”

October 25, 2012

Oliver Estreich: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks contemporary artist and founder of theNativeSociety Oliver Estreich: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Creativity and sex.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Think rich, look poor” and “Nothing exceeds like … Continue reading “Oliver Estreich: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 7, 2012

Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow

by Matthew Steeples

A most curious tale of playboys, socialites, lawyers and real estate moguls   This week the mystery buyer of Clarendon Court, the former marital home of Claus and Martha “Sunny” Von Bülow (1932 – 2008), was revealed as a restaurateur and real estate mogul named Paul Roiff. Separately, the New York Post reported that Mr … Continue reading “Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow”

October 4, 2012

Why pay less?

by Matthew Steeples

Living life to the full Donald G. Abbey style   “Why pay less when you can pay more?” is a mantra that some strangely choose to live by. In my time, I have encountered a couple with a different Ferrari for each day of the week, someone who proudly declared their home had a window … Continue reading “Why pay less?”

October 1, 2012

Going under the Kosh

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $25 million mansion modeled on Marie Antoinette’s favourite retreat that has connections to Levi Strauss & Co., Yehudi Menuhin, the Zodiac Killer and a controversial dot-com tycoon   Modeled on the Petit Trianon, a small château in the grounds of Versailles that was favoured by Louis XVI’s wife Marie Antoinette, the … Continue reading “Going under the Kosh”

September 30, 2012

Hawn’s Housesitter

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s Malibu beach house   Goldie Hawn’s performance in the 1992 romantic comedy Housesitter with Steve Martin was described by the noted film critic Roger Ebert as “one of her best performances.” In the film, Martin’s character builds a dream home for himself and his girlfriend but is … Continue reading “Hawn’s Housesitter”

August 18, 2012

In the round

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of The Round House at Chalford, Gloucestershire   The Round House at Chalford, near Stroud in Gloucestershire was built in 1789 to house one of the linesmen on the now disused Thames & Severn Canal. It is one of five such round houses that were constructed beside the canal.   Four storeys tall … Continue reading “In the round”

July 21, 2012

Luca Del Bono

by Matthew Steeples

This stylish Anglo-Italian entrepreneur was one of the founders of Quintessentially. Charm personified, Del Bono now assists wealthy foreigners invest in London’s finest homes and businesses. His most talked about venture is a £100 million project that will turn 50 St James’s Street into a member’s club, spa and hotel. In the residential sector, he … Continue reading “Luca Del Bono”

July 19, 2012

Hospitality’s game changers

by Oliver Estreich

Sixteen rising stars in hospitality in New York by Oliver Estreich   In the first of a series, we profile the up and coming achievers working in hospitality in New York:   Miranda Mancuso: A lifelong New Yorker and graduate of the Brearley School, Miranda Mancuso’s interest in the hotel industry led her to the … Continue reading “Hospitality’s game changers”

June 17, 2012

Leona Helmsley (1920 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

“The Queen of Mean” was a chain-smoking hotelier and real estate tycoon with a reputation for tyrannical behaviour. She took the view that “only the little people pay taxes” but was investigated and convicted of federal income tax evasion in 1989. Sentenced to 16 years, she served just 19 months in prison and 2 months … Continue reading “Leona Helmsley (1920 – 2007)”

June 15, 2012

Scott Disick

by Matthew Steeples

This reality television star commented of himself: “I may be a douche to some people, but I actually do run companies. I make a lot of money, and I’m more than capable of supporting myself.” The father of a child by Kourtney Kardashian, Disick owns a restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking District, generally sports Tod’s … Continue reading “Scott Disick”

June 5, 2012

Absolutely FABulous

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the most FABulous model vehicle   Pimlico Road’s Gauntlett Gallery currently has the perfect present for any aspiring Eloise on display in their showroom.     A ½ scale model of Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward’s FAB1 amphibious Rolls-Royce is currently being marketed by the company and represents quite possibly the finest example of … Continue reading “Absolutely FABulous”

May 24, 2012

Oliver Estreich

by Matthew Steeples

This New Yorker founded theNativeSociety private social networking website that cleverly brings together the most exceptional individuals under the age of 40. Oliver Estreich is also involved in the hospitality division of his father’s architecture practice, David Estreich Architects, and lists his favourite author as Bret Easton Ellis. Here is a gent who brings style … Continue reading “Oliver Estreich”

May 5, 2012

Donald Trump Sr.

by Matthew Steeples

The Donald is an example of the case of if you owed the bank £5,000, they’d close you down but if you owed the bank £5 billion, you own the bank.

April 27, 2012

Nick & Christian Candy

by Matthew Steeples

Started a property empire with a loan of £6,000 from their grandmother in 1995. Now said to be worth anything upto £13 billion, this pair are most famous for their One Hyde Park development next to The Mandarin Oriental. London based Nick is married to the Australian singer and former Neighbours actress Holly Valance whilst … Continue reading “Nick & Christian Candy”

April 22, 2012

A Thunderbird that has yet to go

by Matthew Steeples

An iconic home that has periodically been for sale for some 7 years with hardly any variation in the price asked for it

April 15, 2012

Blessed Clarence

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £22,500,000 Clarence House in Richmond   Built in 1696 for a haberdasher merchant named Nathaniel Rawlins, Clarence House in Richmond was subsequently extended by his daughter, Elizabeth, before it became a Catholic school in 1792.     One student at the various schools that were subsequently run from the house was … Continue reading “Blessed Clarence”

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