Want to move to paradise? Who could blame you! This Hawaiian estate, located on the big island of Hawaii, is called Laule’a, or “a place of peace and happiness.” Happiness, indeed! Overlooking the fifth green of the Kona Country Club’s mauka course in the prestigious Keauhou Estates, this stunning property mixes tropical design with contemporary Asian architecture.
The spectacular one-story home was designed with indoor/outdoor living in mind. Interested in sleeping outdoors, but don’t want to forfeit the comfort of your bedroom? No worries! Featuring walls of glass that pocket back, the entire home can be opened to the outside.
An open floor plan creates more soothing space, and the kitchen includes a long island bar for entertaining. However, the next owner will undoubtedly be taking their parties outside—there is a large covered lanai with a wet bar, as well as a double infinity pool and a putting green.
Lush gardens surround the property, and three master suites and a great room surround an interior courtyard lanai and pond. Built in 2006, the 3,052-square-foot home offers high-tech privacy and security, with computerized lighting and security systems.
Listing Agent: Dianne M. Doherty, Clark Realty Corporation/Luxury Portfolio International®
Listing Price: $2,200,000
John Legend Trades Spaces in NYC
Last November, nine-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Legend ditched his Bowery neighborhood apartment, making approximately $775,000 on the deal. Turns out, Legend sold to trade up to Little Italy, where he picked up this $2.495 million, 1,969-square-foot loft-style condo. With only one bedroom, his new digs feature low ceilings and an open-concept main living space, complete with white oak flooring, exposed cast iron columns, and a paneled reading nook with a gas fireplace.
Funnyman Bob Hope’s Funny Home Is Volcanic
Want to live in a house shaped like a volcano? Bob Hope did! The late comedian’s unique Palm Springs estate is built out of concrete, glass and steel, and includes a copper roof. The dome-shaped home is listed for $50 million, and was designed by prominent architect John Lautner in 1973 to resemble a volcano (or a space station, depending on who you ask). The 23,366-square-foot home has six bedrooms, 10 full baths and three half baths all surrounding an interior courtyard lit by a huge circular opening in the roof.
Listing Agents: Ann Eysenring, Partners Trust Real Estate; Patrick Jordan and Stewart Smith, Windermere Real Estate
Listing Price: $50 million