Forget The US... It's All About Canada

Canada really is a glorious place to visit, and we really do think that you’ll find that it has so much more to offer than the US. More and more people are visiting, and Canada just seems to be firing more reasons at us to visit! The prices won’t make your eyes water, but the scenery might. It’s such a beautiful and vast landscape, filled with so many different habitats. From the frozen mountains, to the green forests, we know you’ll find something you like here in terms of nature. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more full of life, Canada has that for you too! Places such as Vancouver are really hustle and bustle. But before we give it all away to you, let's begin the article, and see if you feel the urge to travel there.

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Big City Lights

Canada isn’t all about the big mountains, beautiful lakes, and forests that stretch for miles. Canada has become more about the big cities, and what they have to offer. There’s two main ones that people like the visit, Toronto and Vancouver. Toronto is the capital of the province of Ontario, the one that lines the border to the US. Ontario as a whole is just so beautiful, and you’ll find plenty of places to stay, eat and explore. It’s pretty cheap if you’re looking to bed down for the night, just check out places such as this hotel in London, Ontario. But, if you’re going to go to Toronto, we highly recommend that you take a trip to the Toronto Eaton Center. It’s a huge shopping center that attracts thousands of people every month, and there’s every shop you could wish for there. You should also brave the heights, and take a trip up the CN tower. You can have a nice drink or meal at the top! If you’re going to vancouver, we think you’ll like taking a trip to Grouse mountain. You can go up and down on the cable carts, and it’s just a really pretty day out if you want to take in some of the lovely views. Or, you could go a walk around the city, eat some great food, and drink some lovely cocktails!

Calming Nature Sights

It all depends on which part of Canada you go to, but we promise you every part has something great to offer in terms of nature. You’ve got the famous Banff national park, which is home to beautiful crystal clear lakes, and nature trails that will leave you walking for hours. Or you could find the Jasper National Park to go and have a mooch around. Again, it has stunning lakes, outdoor activities to take part in, and guided tours to take you to the best spots.

Food Delights

Again, it all depends on where you go, but you will find a culinary treat in each part of Canada. If you do decide to stay in Toronto, you’ve got restaurants such as the Alo, and the Yasu, which serves lovely Japanese food. Or, you could go to one of the typical American chains, such as Applebee’s, and we promise you, you will leave stuffed to the brim, and filled with tasty food!

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First World Problems: How The Millennial Generation Can Buy A Home

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One of the most prominent issues the millennial generation has is that they are unable to afford a home. The vast majority have resigned themselves to the fact that they will be renting for their entire lives. But, short of them inheriting a property, is it feasible for them to buy a home without it crippling them financially? So, if this is you, what can you do?

Having A Good Relationship With A Lender

Having a good lender or realtor will give you a bit more sway, and you will understand a bit more about what is available out there. In addition to this, you will understand more about the best ways to get assistance with a down payment. If you have no idea how to gain control of your finances, then it's time to get a bit more knowledge under your cap. There is no point in pretending you know everything- go to advisers or professional advice.

Start As Early As Possible

Putting away savings as soon as possible is the one way to get onto the property ladder, regardless of your age. Choosing your investment avenues wisely, again, with the help of professional advice, will help you to take advantage of what is out there. Even with something like net lease properties, there is still a considerable cost upfront, if you go down the buy to let method of acquiring a home, where you pay the mortgage yourself, but rent it out to a tenant, it could be a bit of a struggle at the outset, but with long-term gain.

Get Prequalified For Financing

If you are one of those lucky people that can pay in cash, it's best for you to get pre-qualified for a loan before you start looking for a home. It doesn't take long, and you can do it over the phone, or online with the lender you want to go with. They take into account your credit history, as well as your current financial situation, and can give you the amount that you qualify for.

Strike While The Iron Is Hot

Keeping an eye on mortgage rates is a practice that you should get into, because while houses may seem expensive at the moment, if you wait any longer, the interest rates could go further up. If you are saving up enough money, it's important for you to keep an eye on how the mortgage interest rates are looking, especially in relation to current political climate. For example, Britain leaving the EU could cause a dip in housing costs, and banks are still keen on lending currently.

The millennial generation doesn’t have it easy as far as the financial climate is concerned. With rising prices all around, but the salaries not meeting them, the fundamental cost in life, such as mortgages, appear to be non-existent. But, this decline in young property owners means that the millennials need to be more knowledgeable about what they're entering into. It is certainly possible for the millennial generation to buy a home, but there's a lot more to consider now than 10 or 20 years ago.

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Stop Real Estate Investment From Becoming A Full-Time Job

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Investing in real estate is one of the wisest moves you can make. Without too much experience, it’s possible to flip a property and sell it for a nice profit. Or, you can rent it and keep it as a nest egg for retirement. Either way, with enough startup capital, some elbow grease and a buyer/tenant, there is likely to be a healthy ROI. That’s not to say it’s a guaranteed win by any means, but property is more accessible than stock and shares.

One downside is the time element. Anyone with a real estate portfolio knows it sucks up a lot of energy. There are calls to make, repairs to fix, and contracts to negotiate and renegotiate. Considering you have a full-time job, there is no reason to add another one on top. It doesn’t matter how much money it brings in because a balance between work and life is essential too.

Does that mean real estate investment is off the table? Should you walk away and enjoy time with the family instead? Not necessarily as there are hacks which can ensure the project remains a hobby. Yes, this pastime is demanding, but the following tips should stop it from escalating out of control.

Hire A Property Manager

By far the easiest option is to hire a third-party service to take care of the responsibilities. Investors do this all the time as property management experts can answer questions and solve problems. Thanks to their experience, it’s quite straightforward for them to find a compromise. Or, the owner can tell the management company what they want and they will follow the simple instructions. When done right, it’s the most basic way to save time and energy.

The appropriate word to remember is “right.” Because they will be in control, it’s essential to hire a partner that will earn their money. After all, they’re going to get a cut of your profits and you don’t want to hand it out willy-nilly. As always, recommendations are pretty reliable as long as they come from a reputable source. Do you know someone that recently bought and used an agency? Who do they recommend?

Other than that, use the internet to research companies with an excellent reputation in your area. What do previous customers say? Are there any negatives? If so, what are they and do they apply to your investment? Check and double check before signing on the dotted line.

Take A Backseat

There is no reason to be the face of the operation. In fact, real money men and women are wise enough to understand that their money does the talking. So, they don’t have to be front and center as long as they are pumping money into the project. All they have to do is sit back and take a cut, a lot like an executive producer in Hollywood.

Some people don’t like this idea because they want to be in control. Okay, there is an element of delegation when you partner-up, but you’ll still on your hand on the throttle. The key is to become a limited partner in the company to make sure your opinion is heard and you’re influencing the strategy. Otherwise, you’re a silent investor whose ideas are ignored. That means you’re at the mercy of the people running the show.

From a time perspective, you’ll receive an overview of the investment and can analyze the data. Although this is time-consuming if you do it correctly, it uses less energy than creating and managing the plan. Always consider the investment because a bad project will lose money and negate the purpose.

Jot Down Notes

“Notes” is a fancy way of saying mortgages. Almost everyone reading this post will be a note investor in some form. The only difference is that you’re on the opposite end. On the borrower side is where you’ll find the traditional investment of paying for a property over a long-term period. Investing in notes is when an individual secures existing real estate mortgages. Are you following?

Don’t worry if you aren’t because the thing to keep in mind is the profitability. According to the experts, the ROI can range from 12% to 18% depending on the market and the type of note. Rehab it and there is the potential to make more money. Of course, mortgages are directly linked with properties so it’s a roundabout way of investing. Unlike the classic property market, the competition isn’t as fierce and that adds to the profitability stakes.

Like pretty much every stock, share or bond, it’s important to be patient and let them mature. That means going about your life while keeping an eye on the fluctuations.

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Schedule Like A Pro

There are only so many hours in a day and the majority is spent on working and sleeping. As a result, there isn’t a lot of room to take meetings or deal with tenants and their issues. Sometimes, landlords find themselves working into the small hours to complete everything on their to-do list.

The answer is basic: allot a certain amount of time to the project. Think of it like surgery hours for a doctor. After work, set yourself a deadline which allows you to go home and do other things, even if it’s relaxing and watching TV.

Too many investors feel guilty and that’s when they work too hard. Use scheduling to release the tension.

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Add Years To The Investment

What a terrible idea. This is only going to create more work. Sure, the job will be there for the long haul and it won’t go away until you sell the property. But, the majority of the responsibility is when you try and flip it quickly. There is a lot to do and not enough time to juggle a full-time position.

Landlords that rent find they can spread the work over a longer period and break the stress into manageable chunks.

Don’t you want an easy life as opposed to a hectic one full of pressure and tension?

 

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East Cast New Yorkers: Take A West Coast Vacation

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No matter where you come from, you will, no doubt, come down on one side of the east-west debate. Even the good folks in Middle America seem to have an opinion on this age-old feud, and have been long before Biggie vs. Tupac. But when it comes to New Yorkers taking their vacations, we should put aside some of the arguments. Because there are some incredible places way out west that residents of the Big Apple are missing out on.

You can reach the West Coast in a little as five or so hours by plane, or you could even take several weeks if you pluck up the courage to do a road trip. The rain is another option - you can do the entire breadth of the country for a couple of hundred bucks, and take in some spectacular views.

Whether you plan to go for a week or a month, there is so much to see and do in California. Thus, the next time you plan on taking a breakaway, perhaps call off that trip to Europe or Mexico you were expecting, and look west instead. Here are some excellent reasons why the West Coast should be a vacation inspiration for New Yorkers.

The weather

OK, the first ones easy. Simply put, the weather in California is just fantastic. It’s the perfect temperature for most of the year - although it can get too hot in the peak of summer, so check the forecast beforehand. However, it’s fair to say that it is comfortably warm and nothing like that horrendous sticky heat we get in New York. And the closer you get to the sea, the fresher the air - there really is a good mix of diverse temperatures to experience. Many Californians wear shorts all year around, and as long as you take some sunscreen, the weather is a joy.

The scenery

Of course, good weather is irrelevant if you have nothing beautiful to look at while you are outside. The good news is that Cali has plenty. You can expect some of the most beautiful National Parks in the country, including the enormous 1,200 miles of Yosemite Park. Head to San Francisco and you can check out the Marin Headlands, which is simply spectacular - and you might recognize it from Star Wars. California isn't called the Golden State for nothing, you know. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere that isn't deserving of a postcard, from the famed, historic landmarks through to the beautiful, crystal clear ocean waters on the coast.

Diverse locations                                                                        

There are a vast amount of incredible places to visit in California and the West Coast. And whether you love the busy city life of LA or the eerie, vast expanse of Death Valley desert (top tip - go at night and see the stars), there really is something for everyone. Lake Tahoe is perfect for those looking for a hippy-style/chilled out breakaway, and you also have the coastal areas like Carlsbad that are famous for beaches and amazing, exciting activities. Napa Valley is a wine lover’s paradise and well worth a visit.

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Diverse activities

OK, so you need more proof that the West Coast has it all - and more? Well, many people take the ultimate California road trip, and tick the three major West Coast activities off their list in one day. There aren’t many places in the world where you can go to the mountains to ski or snowboard after breakfast, head to the beach with a surfboard after lunch, and walk off the post-dinner belly with a long, wonderful evening hike. It’s an amazing experience that everyone should try at least once in their life.

The beaches

While we are on the subject of beaches, forget about the ones you may have been to in the Hamptons. California is a beach lovers paradise, and the difference between the West Coast and the East Coast will become clear as soon as you arrive. Expect vast expanses of golden, soft sands. Take a dip in warm, beautifully blue sea water. And explore 840 miles of coastal sights from towering cliffs to small, cozy coves.

A sense of freedom

Let’s face it, New York is an incredible city and we are all lucky to live here. But do you ever feel the rules are a little too much? Toll bridges, barred items on beaches, parking tickets - you have to be on your toes in the East Coast to avoid paying out a fortune of fines every year. Of course, the West Coast certainly has its own rules, but there is a sense of freedom here. You can even take your dog onto many of the beaches.

The people

That sense of freedom also seems to spread to the people of California. Simply put, they are much friendlier than they are in the Big Apple. Expect a warm welcome, a lot of fun, and a whole bunch of new friends. Sure, there are some places where you should probably avoid, especially if you are clearly an obvious tourist. But on the whole, pole in California - both north and south - tend to be on the chilled side.

Vegas

OK, so Vegas is not everyone’s favorite place in the world. But it is an experience - one that might remind you of New York, albeit it a strange, dreamlike alternative from another dimension. It has the same kind of ‘bubble’ feel that New York has, but the glitz and glamor will get to yo in the end. Las Vegas is truly a world of its own - and some might say universe.                                                                                                    
And there you have it - have we convinced you yet New York? If you can put your coastal rivalry to one side and head out to California there is a world of fun to experience. Yes, the East Coast is an incredible place, and New York is - without a doubt - the best city on the planet. But for something different we think the West Coast is the Best Coast - for a incredible vacation experience, at least. What do you think?

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Travel Essentials to Enhance Your Experience and Boost Your Wanderlust

When you choose to go traveling, you need to understand what it is that makes your trip so exciting and fulfilling. Now, there are so many things you need to take into account when you choose to travel, and the more you can do to enhance the experience the better. There are so many different travel experiences that you have to keep in mind moving forward, and there are a lot of things that can boost your travel experience.

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Now, one of the most important things you have to keep in mind is that there are a lot of travel essentials that play a role in your experience. These are things you have to make sure you sort out if you are serious about enhancing your travel plans. These are some of the absolute crucial to keep in mind that are going to combine to make your vacation memorable.

Choose an Awesome Hotel

Never underestimate just how important it is to ensure that you choose the right sort of hotel. There are so many different accommodation options these days, and a lot of people might go for something that isn’t a hotel. However, the right hotel in downtown can be a massively important choice for the trip. A luxury hotel can provide you with so much that other forms of accommodation can’t get close to.

Download Travel Apps

If you want to have a better all-round experience, there are plenty of ace travel apps you can download that are going to help you with this. You have to make sure you are prepared for the trip, and there are travel apps that can help you with different areas of the journey. For instance, you have to make sure you check in for your flight in advance, as well as downloading the public transport app for the city you are visiting.

Get a Guidebook

You also need to make sure you have a guidebook for the city you are going to visit. This is a great way of making the most of your travel experience and making sure you can brush up on what there is to see and do while you are there. There are a lot of things that you might like to do when you visit a new place, and the guidebook is your reference point for knowing and understanding the best things that are available for you on your journey.

Go off the Beaten Track

There are a lot of things that can enhance your journey, but one of the best ways is to go off the beaten track. Try to do what you can to avoid the tourist traps and stop overspending on the things that are aimed at tourists. Instead, you need to make sure you go off the beaten track and rub shoulders with the locals a little more. This will help you get more out of the experience.

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These are all things that are perfectly placed to help make your travel experience a better one. There are plenty of things you can do that are going to help you get the most out of the experience. You need to enjoy the culture of a city when you visit, and you have to make sure you spend the vacation relaxing, unwinding, and enjoying yourself.

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NYC Condos - The Best In Luxury Living?

Condos appeal to many people - from first time buyers to retirees, you’ll often find a diverse group of people at an open house for a condo. In NYC, condos are becoming an increasingly popular way of living, offering luxury features in sought-after locations, without the maintenance to worry about.

Is an NYC condo the ultimate in luxury living? Take a look at some of the reasons to go for it.

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Why choose a condo?

Condos come in all shapes and sizes. While you might associate condos with beachfront locations, they can actually be part of many buildings and complexes. The key difference between owning a condo and owning a freehold home is that you and your fellow homeowners own a part of the land and communal areas, with costs shared with your fellow neighbors. Some of the benefits of choosing a condo include:

Low maintenance

When you buy a condominium, you get the benefit of owning your own home but having someone else take care of the maintenance. The cost is divided between the different properties, but all communal areas are taken care of - meaning less work for you to maintain your home.

Great features

As real estate becomes more competitive, so do the ‘special features’ that come with a condo. From on-site gyms and swimming pools to chill out and lounge areas, you can find plenty of extra features that offer luxury to your condo. There’s a good site to search for condos here which will help you see more of what’s out there. The fees might be higher on more luxurious buildings, but the perks are certainly worth it.

More freedom than renting

When renting a property, you can be fairly restricted in how much customization you make to your property, even though you might pay a maintenance fee. Owning a condo lets you have the freedom to decorate your property as you see fit, allowing you to truly make your home your own.

Security

Condos are typically located in gated, secure complexes or buildings that make them a safe place to live. Your building could have a doorman or security guard to help provide further security while having several neighbors nearby can reassure you that there’s help around if you have a problem.

More affordable living

Condos are typically more affordable than freehold properties, and the monthly mortgage payments might even be less than your rent. However, if it’s sheer luxury you’re looking for - you could also check out outstanding properties like this $7.2 million West Village condo. Who said condos have to be small? The desirable locations of condos also make it easier to afford properties that are near to work and other local amenities, meaning you can continue to enjoy city living without becoming a millionaire.                                                                            
Think a condo could be the home for you? Explore condo decor ideas to get a flavor of what’s possible. As a good investment and way to get on the property ladder - a condo could be a great start. Luxury living in the city? Where can we sign up?

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$25 Million Park Avenue Duplex Hits The Market

a stunning $25 million duplex penthouse at 1120 Park Avenue that blends pre-war elegance on the entry floor and a modern loft on the top. The apartment boastsa 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a wrap around terrace, and close-up views of a very cool iconic NYC water tower. 

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The room that literally stops the presses is the great room, or “Penthouse” on top of the apartment. With wrap-around terraces, the room feels like a treehouse aerie floating above Central Park and the sparkling reservoir. 

Every room has views of the Park and reservoir or twinkly city vistas, or both. Completely renovated and designed by David Kleinberg, the happy possibilities for entertaining are apparent when you walk in. The formal living room has Central Park views, a charming terrace, a wood burning fireplace and multiple seating areas. It opens, enfilade, to the corner dining room, also with park views. 

he kitchen has a well-planned gourmet cooking area with open city exposures, as well as a large breakfast room/den. The bedrooms on the second level all have endless views of The Park and city from large picture windows. The master suite is a serene oasis with large closets and a lovely white marble bath. The secondary bedrooms are generous in size and have en-suite baths. 

The "PH Room" has everything: views, high ceilings, an abundance of glass, a wood burning fireplace, full kitchen, full bath, and terraces with mature plantings and an irrigation system as well as a Viking gas grill and enchanted hideaways for dining or sitting. While more contemporary in feel than downstairs, the materials seamlessly link it to the rest of the apartment.

The listing agent is Alexa Lambert at Stribling & Associates. For more information click here.

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5 Skincare Rules Everyone Should Know For Smoother Skin

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It’s officially the year of the skin. Yes, makeup is great and playful, but the emphasis on healthy skincare has never been bigger. The number of great skincare product launches could make your head spin, and there are even tons of articles on the types of food that your skin can greatly benefit from. Yes, there are tons of advice for getting that perfect smooth complexion, but we’re going to stick to five simple and effective ones that will get your skin where it needs to go.

Beat the dullness

If due to sun exposure, lack of hydration you’ve ended up with dull and lifeless skin that has even begun to show signs of aging, there are several courses of action to take. First of all, if you’ve been forgetting to include sunscreen into your skincare routine, rectify that mistake as soon as possible. Those UVA and UVB rays are unforgiving, so precautions must be taken if your skin has any chance of recovery. In addition to that, try to stay away from the sun as much as possible – that is a rule Japanese women follow to the letter and they look 20 years younger than all of us, so we might as well follow suit. Finally, do un-dull the skin and begin to restore its smoothness and shine, make it your goal to take vitamin A regularly. You can resort to topical solutions, but they can be quite strong and even counter-effective for certain skin types, so it’s best to find a supplement or load up on vitamin A rich foods instead, at least in the beginning. Let’s move on to rule number two.

Find what works for you

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Instead of roaming around drugstore counters picking up products you just assume will give you the result you need, you need to sit down, do your research and find out what exactly your skin type and concerns are. There are numerous skincare brands, one of them being the incredible Rodan and Fields, offer personalized skincare regimen and proper products, and with a simple click of a button here, you can finally get the skinny on what your skin craves and finally provide it for it.

Know your enemies

Alcohol, in all forms, is simply bad for your skin. According to skin expert Michaella Bolder “Alcohol is a toxin (…) impacting the quality, appearance and ageing of your skin. Alcohol is also a diuretic, so you can lose plenty of skin cell-loving water from the body quite rapidly, leaving your skin dehydrated and dull. So, aside from avoiding alcohol as much as you possibly can, you must read the labels on cleansers and toners and even foundations carefully. Many of them contain alcohol, which dries out the skin almost instantly, and the condition worsens the longer you use it. This again brings us to rule number two – leave it to experts to determine and provide the right solutions for you so you don’t ruin your skin with uninformed purchases.

All in moderation

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One of the greatest obstacles standing between you and a smooth glowing complexion are clogged pores and flaky skin. This usually comes as a result of either piling too much makeup and not cleansing your face properly at the end of the day or the fact that you’ve let the importance of exfoliation completely slip your mind. Exfoliation is essential to smooth skin as this skincare step removes the dead cells completely and allows your skin to breathe. Aside from that, it fosters faster cellular renewal and production, and preps the skin for the products you apply after you’re done exfoliating. Now, some would say that daily exfoliation is a must, but there is such a thing as too much. You need to give the skin time to actually ‘develop’ dead skins in order to remove them. Overzealous exfoliation can irritate the skin, strip it of its natural oils and actually make matters worse. So, the final verdict on exfoliation – definitely yes, but only three times a week.

The golden rule

You can have the best skincare custom-made for your skin type, but the smoothness and radiance you crave will still be at large if you don’t learn two important lessons. The first one is layering your skincare products in the right order. This is paramount as each product plays a role and it needs to make an appearance at just the right time. The second lesson is diligence. You can’t be responsible when it comes to your routine one day and then skip two or three days – that’s just not how the cookie crumbles. You have to have an established daytime and nighttime routine and never skip it no matter what.

Now that you’re in the know, there is only one thing to do. Remember these rules, follow them to the letter and you’ll see results that have been missing before you know it.

Inside The Manhattan View at MiMA Tower Residences

In popular demand The Manhattan View at MiMA Tower Residences is one of the few crown jewels of the building.

Penthouse 3C is a stunning four bedroom residence of 2,135 square feet with ceilings up to 8’11’’. You will be amazed by the dramatic south and east panoramic river and city views displaying the Hudson River, Hudson Bay, One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, and beyond.

Apartments designed by Architectual Digest Top 100 Jamie Drake feature oak floors, floor to ceiling windows, open kitchens equipped with the latest Gaggenau appliances, white lacquer cabinetry, waterfall-edge Calacatta marble counter tops and backsplash, stainless steel under mounted sink with waste disposal, Jamie Drake designed Dornbracht fixtures, as well as your very own Bosch Washer and Dryer. Every residence also comes with smart- home technology which enables you to control the environment at home from anywhere in the world.

The Unit comes as a Smart Home with control of the stereo, TV, and lights all from an app on your smartphone. The in-wall IPad connects you with the Doorperson and our very own in-house Luxury Attache who will organize everything from travel arrangements to dinner plans. In addition to a 24-hour doorperson and live-in superintendent, a dedicated concierge is available to assist with every personal need along with white glove à la carte services including valet parking, housekeeping and dry-cleaning. Some of the perks of living in the MiMA Development, consist of a residents-only fitness center by Equinox® with a heated indoor lap pool, training studio, a full-size basketball court; three lushly landscaped outdoor terraces with private dining pods and barbecue facilities encompassing over 14,000 square feet of outdoor space; party rooms and catering kitchens; a golf simulator and karaoke room; outdoor and indoor screening rooms; and a Mac Bar equipped with iMac computers.

There is also a club room and residents’ lounge with a cozy island fireplace, a fully- equipped game room with billiards and card tables and electronic gaming, a bicycle room, resident storage, a children’s playroom, and Dog City, an exclusive residents-only, professionally-staffed pet spa with dynamic play areas offers grooming and training facilities, in-home feeding, walking services, scheduled play dates, and much more.

Ryan Serhant and Chester Yow of Nest Seekers International are working with the Manhattan View sales team on these listings, presented By SCG America and Kuafu Properties.

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Missouri: The Road Trip Gem You Need To Visit

There are so many people that are planning a cross-country road trip in America this summer, and if you are one of those people, take another look at your list. Is Missouri on that list of yours? Because if it isn’t, then you should get it written down right now. When you want to ensure that you hit a truly unique place that is filled with historical landmarks and natural beauty, Missouri should be in your top 5. There is a culture here that you won’t find in many other places and for travellers it’s an absolute hidden gem.

A road trip should consist of natural springs, rolling hills, historical and literary sites and Missouri has all of these in spades. It’s not just these attractions, either, because Missouri also has many wineries, all of which have a wine tasting room for you and your friends to indulge in some of the finest flavours. When you’re done sipping on some authentic wines, you can head to some of the delicious restaurants and try some of the southern food that everyone else raves about. There are plenty of places to visit in Missouri, and some of these will influence how you arrange your road trip this summer:

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Kansas City

Summer travellers looking to indulge in a little history will love to visit the National World War I Museum based here in Kansas City. There are also 33 other museums worth visiting in the state. The Missouri summers are known to be roasting, but not to worry – there are over 200 fountains that you can visit and cool your heels in. There’s no way that Kansas City shouldn’t be on your list.

The Ozark Mountains

Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who love to get their senses heightened by the sheer beauty of the elements will feel at home here. Biking, canoeing, camping and kayaking are just a few of the outdoor activities that you can indulge in here. When you’re done soaking up the summer sun, head to Silver Dollar City and ride the rollercoasters until you throw up. It’s all about balance.

Arcadia Valley

There is so much to see in Missouri’s Arcadia Valley, including state parks and historical sites that are the most beautiful places to visit in the state. Elephant Rock state park has some of the biggest and most exciting rocks to climb on in the summer which are – quite literally – the size of elephants!

Wine Country

There are dozens of wineries that you can choose to visit while you’re on your trip, and there are blackberry wines to try that are deliciously tart and wonderfully refreshing on a hot day. Don’t take my word for it, though, go and try it for yourself.

Missouri isn’t always on the top of the list for those looking to explore, and I just can’t imagine why not. There is so much to see and do that you will be spoilt for choice for your road trip this year.

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Is There More To The State Of Florida Than Meets The Eye? Let’s Discuss

When you think of the Florida in the USA, no matter where you are in the world I guarantee that one thought comes to mind first, and that will be likely to be Disney related thanks to the amazing parks in Orlando. While this is an amazing location and whether you go with friends, as a couple or with your family you are bound to have an amazing time in Orlando, there is more to Florida than just roller coasters and water parks. I wanted to share with you some of the other aspects of Florida that is exciting and could entice you to go back time and time again.

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Different locations to explore

So I have already mentioned that Florida is possible more well known for Orlando. The home of Disney world and universal studios, but there are so many great locations in Florida that are definitely worth seeing. Miami, to start with, is a vibrant and culturally diverse city. With Cuban influences this place really doe have it all. Colonial architecture an amazing beach, and fabulous bars and restaurants to enjoy. You can also find plenty of hotel rooms in Miami, Florida that will suit your needs and your budgets. Other locations to consider visiting would be Tampa, Key West, The Florida Keys, Naples and clearwater, to name a few.

More things to do

There is more to do in Florida than enjoying the endless water parks and themed roller coasters I can assure you. The first thing to consider would be the Everglades National Park. Here you can explore some of the most diverse landscape and witness some amazing wildlife. There is also the beautiful Anna Maria Island, The dry Tortugas National park full of wonderful coral reefs to explore and heading to the Southern tip where you are literally only 90 miles away from Cuba. Having said that, others do see Florida as the perfect place to head over to Cuba for a few days with a different vibe.

Some of the best beaches in the world

Would you believe that Florida has some of the best beaches in the world? It is true, the likes of clearwater bay and South beach regularly are high on the lists of some of the best beaches around. There is also the smaller town of Fort Lauderdale, that offers a beautiful beach perfect for family strolls and watching the world go by. If beaches are your thing, then Florida has bags of potential for many holidays to come in the future.

Great weather

The weather is always going to be good in Florida, however there are more chances of rain during certain times of the year, miami has a rainy season from June through to October but offers warmth with humidity, you may find that the best times to travel would be November through to May, with decent temperatures ideal for exploring.

I hope this has given you some incentive to try out other areas in Florida.  

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Sold: Water Front Views Only An Hour Away

UPDATE: This listing has been sold for $12.75M While celebrities, sport stars, and international buyers were circling the property, the buyer was ultimately local and purchased under an LLC. The buyer was represented by Ellen Stern from Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s.

Looking to wake up during the weekend with an ocean view and not have to deal with the headache of the Hampton commute? Only an Hour away in Rye, this 6 Bedroom, 6 and a half bathroom home that sits on 4 acres is now listed for $15,250,000. Located at 408 Grace Church Street, this home offers all the amenities one would need from in door pool, to the outdoor pool and a private peninsula that docks, not one but 2 boats.

Wake up to a stunning sunrise and morning swim in your pool overlooking the Sound. Play tennis on your court nestled by the sea to top off a perfect morning. Dock your boat on your own private peninsula. This extraordinary home is perfect for entertaining, 12- and 14-foot ceilings throughout, unparalleled attention to detail.

Designed by architects Shope, Reno and Wharton, offering waterfront views from almost every room. Enter into the living room featuring a fireplace with a 300-year old imported marble fireplace surround. The formal dining room includes a 22-foot long glass-wall looking into the temperature controlled wine room. Double-height cherry wood paneling in family room and a wall of windows is breathtaking. Imported Honduran mahogany lines the study. The lower level includes indoor pool, fitness room, additional family room and more. This haven is more than just a weekend residence. Ready to move in?

Update: This listing has been reduced to $14,990,000

 Stacey Oestreich & Nancy Strong,  at Douglas Elliman are the listing agents.

This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Red Wine To Drink All Summer

When you think of red wine, do you think of those hot summer days when you need a drink to quench your thirst? Or do you think about curling up by a fire in mid-December with a book and a glass of your favorite Sauvignon? Probably the latter, right?

A summer red can be surprisingly satisfying if you know which ones to look for. A Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot, for example, might be too heavy for the warm weather, but there is no shortage of others to be considered.

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When getting down to the nitty-gritty, most wine experts agree that summer wines should never include those with more than 14 percent alcohol, as they can be overbearing in the heat. Luca Delogu, owner of Miami Mediterranean restaurant Panarea, additionally advises against wines high in tannins, such as recent vintage Bordeaux, Borlos, and Cabernets from Napa Valley. He says their bitterness will often become exacerbated in the summer, and to instead look for wines coming from cooler climates, like Pinot Noir, Cabernet Francs, or Tempranillo-based wines from Spain. French wines, in particular, are among the best for the season.

As far as reds made in the Northern Rhône style go, you can’t go wrong with the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Rouge ($15). One of the world’s best value red wines, this full-bodied, aromatically intense Syrah is best enjoyed with barbeque flavors and spices, so gather your family and friends for a cookout ASAP!

Delogu recommends the Côtes du Rhône from France: “These wines are fruit-driven but also subtle and sensual. They are the anti-Cabernet, never ponderous or overly complicated.”

By contrast, the 2017 Young Red ($16), the first vintage of Bonterra Organic Vineyards, adheres to the Grenache-base we are more accustomed to seeing with lighter wines. With aromas of red roses, fig, red berries, and orange peel, and a palate of raspberries, watermelon rind, and pomegranate, this wine blossoms into a lively flavor once served chilled.

Another good choice is the 2015 Saint-Joseph Rouge ($35), which is layered with gentle flavors of red berries and oak aromas that pair nicely with grilled meat.

And lastly, if you are looking for a heavier wine, we recommend the Bonterra 2015 Merlot ($16). A combination of dark berries and wood smoke, it is the perfect red to accompany meats right off the grill. It has an elegant style and balance, soft tannins and a long finish, with hints of plum and vanilla spice.

Looking to incorporate any of these reds into the perfect sangria? Time to break out some citrus!

Classic Spanish Sangria

  • 1 750ml bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 1 ½ cups of rum
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of orange juice

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Could You Live In These Locations?

There are certain locations around the world that you just think, ‘I would do anything to live there’. But, what you see on the internet, is a lot different to what you might get in reality. Because whilst some destinations might make the perfect holiday, they don’t necessarily make the perfect place to live. However, if you’re going through a time in your life where you just want to jump ship and move to a completely new country or location, then we’re going to try and help you decide whether you could live is some of the most popular tourist destinations. They all have their pros and cons, and largely, it does all depend on the type of lifestyle that you want to lead in your new location. So, let’s explore some of the most attractive destinations on the surface, and whether you should live there.

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New York

You wouldn’t believe how many people try to move to states such as New York. Whether it be because their work requires them to, or whether they just need a change of scenery. Who could blame them?! New York is one of the most popular holiday destinations, but the one thing that people comment on is the hustle and bustle of the lifestyle. It’s that hustle and bustle that leaves people only staying a week, or maybe slightly more. It isn’t the place where you could go for a two week relaxing break, everything is very much go go go. However, if you were to live there, we do believe that things would be slightly different. To buy or rent an apartment, you would be looking at paying a fortune. But, if you go through companies such as Mark King Properties and get a good deal on your property at home,  you might find that you’re able to afford a lot more than you would have thought. But, there’s other factors to consider. You would have to pick your area wisely, as parts of New York can be rather dicey. You would also need to secure a job pretty much before you settle in. Due to the price of living there, you need a stable and strong income to be able to support a good lifestyle. Once you’re settled in however, we do believe that you will be able to fit into the rushed way of life, and it definitely will keep you on your toes. If you can get a good enough apartment, it would be a great place to raise a family, as the opportunities your children would have would be amazing.

Perth

Australia in general is an extremely popular country to try and move to. Thousands of people attempt it every year, but it’s not as easy as moving to say, Spain for example. Spain is one we’ll talk about later, but it definitely doesn’t rival the size and beauty of Australia. There’s so many places you could try and move to within this country, but one of the most popular is definitely Perth. It’s the perfect mixture of a relaxed vibe, mixed with an up and coming city life. If you live in the suburbs as it were, you’ll generally find that you can get a lot more for your money, and the neighbourhoods are really family bases. The people you meet will be so friendly, and it is a really easy place to settle into. A lot of people backpack through Australia, and try and stay on a working visa for as long as possible. Whilst you don’t have to give the whole backpacking thing a go, you will have to apply for a visa, and it’ll be 10+ years before you can apply for citizenship. Meaning every few years you will have to apply for that visa again, and if they don’t think you’re contributing to their economy, your Australian dream will be over. So, before even considering it, make sure you’re eligible for that visa, and to be able to move you and your family over. You usually have to have a trade, or a skill to contribute. Nurses, teachers, engineers etc. are all on the list of people they like to let into their country.

Switzerland

Arguably the most beautiful country that we’re going to talk about. Switzerland has so much to offer in terms of the beautiful scenery, clean air and streets, and actually working opportunities, but is it a place to be able to raise a family? Well, out of all the destinations we have listed so far, we actually think it’s the best one. Everyone is so friendly in Switzerland, it has one of the lowest crimes rates, and the best education systems. Your children, or you for that matter, wouldn’t have to pay a penny. All children are encouraged onto further education, and the career opportunities they could get from that would be amazing. Not only that, but for you, it would be such a good way of life to settle into. You’d wake up feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready to face each day. People in Switzerland aren’t bogged down with the things other countries seem to be, the pace of life is just so much slower.

Spain

We think that pretty much everyone would be able to say that they could live in Spain. You’ve got the choice of either beautiful beaches, mountainous wonders, or cute little Spanish towns to settle into. It’s one of the most popular countries for people to move to, just because it’s so simple to do. That many Brits do it, that the schools now teach in both English and Spanish. The only thing we will comment is, there’s not as many job opportunities as there would be in the other countries we’ve listed. You’d have to be fluent in Spanish, and beat the Spanish to the job. You could try and set up a bar or restaurant, but there’s just so much competition it can be hard to make it. However, if you’re looking for sun, sand, and a good time, then yes, we do think you could live in Spain.

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Inside 70 Vestry, Related's Record-Breaking Boutique Condo

The luxury Tribeca building 70 Vestry has recently unveiled their newest luxury listing that's a collaboration between Related Companies, Robert AM Stern and AD100 designer Daniel Romauldez.

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The building has made headlines first for selling more residences above $10 million than any other Downtown condominium in 2016, then for the sale of a $50 million triplex penthouse, and then we heard that Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen purchased back in 2016 before upgrading to another floor last April .

70 Vestry has just unveiled the first look at residence 4F which is among a small handful of remaining units at this riverfront gem. Listed at $8,495,00, is a three bedroom, three and a half bath home with a large great room and a windowed eat-in kitchen with custom oak cabinetry designed Daniel Romauldez.

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The unit  totals 2,445 square feet, and boasts quintessential Tribeca and courtyard views. The home's master bedroom has two walk-in closets, and all bedrooms have en-suite baths. Lucky owners will also enjoy a double washer/dryer and a spacious entry foyer.

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