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Real estate deals: No. 1, Bon Jovi’s penthouse

If a person’s home is the mirror of the person themselves, Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea seem to do everything well.

Now up for sale is the Bon Jovis’ 7,452-square-foot New York Soho duplex. With huge glass walls and terraces seen from almost every room, even the kitchen windows will have you looking instead of cooking. Aside from the pure glamour of it all, the layout is unusually well thought out. The family part of the house is on the lower floor with a great room, wood-burning fireplace, marble baths, dining area and a gourmet kitchen. There are five bedrooms on the first floor including the master bedroom suite with rare arched windows.

The upper level includes formal living and dining rooms and access to the home’s grand terraces with lush landscaping and panoramic New York views. Also on the second floor is another kitchen, screening room, guest room, full bath and a powder room. Did we mention the second wood burning fireplace?

The Bon Jovi apartment is located in the New Museum Building. At 12 floors, it is one of the tallest structures in the Lower Manhattan area. The building was constructed in 1897 as offices, became the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1996, and later converted to condominiums.

In the mid 1900s, Soho was one of New York’s most distressed neighborhoods as its deep industrial base began to erode. Starting in the 1960s, Soho was transformed from the mostly deserted remnants of the city’s big textile factories into artists’ and hipsters’ lofts. Today, it is near the top of any list of U.S. upscale neighborhoods with art galleries, shops and expensive homes. Other celebrity SoHo residents include Kelly Ripa, Justin Timberlake and Ariana Huffington.

Previously asking $42 million, the penthouse, including furniture & great views, is now priced at $37.5 million. Raphael De Niro of Douglas Elliman and Leonard Steinberg of Urban Compass share the listing.

Meg Ryan’s San Francisco Victorian:

On Valentines Day in 1991, after starring in three films with him, Meg Ryan married Dennis Quaid. During their marriage, which ended in 2001, they lived in a charming gingerbread Victorian in San Francisco.

Once again for sale but with a contract pending, Meg Ryan’s former home in Pacific Palisades has been used as a location for a feature film and a television pilot, as well as in catalogs for Pottery Barn and Design within Reach.

Built in 1889, the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house was designed by Samuel Newsom who also designed the Oakland and Berkeley city halls and the Napa Valley Opera House. He was well known for his ornate Queen Anne residences and this home still has the peaked roofs and detailed ornamentation intact.

Not at all like most Victorian homes, this glamorous home has wide open rooms filled with light and neutral paint with a wide curving stairwell and light hardwood, immediately giving one a sense of airiness and space.  There are wide views of the bay from all the main rooms and especially from what is called the “pent room,” which must have been the attic at one time and is now a fabulous room for enjoying the views from both inside and outside through glass walls that open to another terrace.

The Queen Anne home is priced at $8.995 million, with a contract pending.

Neutra-Maltzan modern two-home compound: 

It’s like winning the design lottery. Imagine two homes on five and a half acres on a hill in La Cresenta, California, bordered by the Angeles National Forest.  But more important, what about owning two homes on that property by two iconic star architects?

Richard Neutra, 1892 to 1970, was highly sought after by the wealthy to build their glamorous celebrity homes.

Neutra had worked for Frank Lloyd Wright for a short time before going out on his own and was known for his extreme geometric but airy structures that was a variation on the West Coast mid-century modern residence.

In 1953, he designed and built a home for his secretary, Dorothy Serulnic, and her violinist husband on a piece of land they had managed to buy with their limited finances.  Famous for the attention he gave to defining the real needs of his clients, regardless of the size of the project, he thoughtfully produced a comfortable and stylish home for the couple.

Measuring at 1,350 square feet, with two bedrooms, one bath and walls of glass, giving it the feeling of being much larger.  The couple lived there for over 40 years.  In 1997, it was sold to internationally known artists Lari Pittman and Roy Dowell.

Pittman and Dowell moved in and spent the next few years creating an artistic garden made up of cactus of all varieties, planted in designs reminiscent of art on canvas.  Afterward, they decided they wanted an additional home, but one with the same modern concept as their Neutra house.  They engaged Michael Maltzan who designed an unusual seven-sided structure with glass walled triangular and polygon rooms that pivot off of a central courtyard.  The house was completed in 2009, was featured in Architectural Record in 2010, and has won three awards from the American Institute of Architects.

The Hillside La Cresenta compound featuring six acres, artistic cactus gardens and two homes by Richard Neutra and Michael Maltzan is priced at $7.9 million.

Connecticut windmill House: 

Guaranteed to inspire any artist, writer or flute player who likes to welcome the sunrise, this Dutch replica windmill at the edge of the Connecticut River is for sale.

Located in an historic waterfront town, Essex is one of the few U.S. towns to be attacked by a foreign power.  In 1884, 136 British sailors from six British war ships rowed to shore and took over the town, meeting with practically no resistance.  What saved the day and the town from being destroyed was that the British Commander, Richard Coote, was impressed by a merchant who met him with the secret Masonic handshake.  So instead of burning the town and attacking its citizens, the British looted the shops and returned to the harbor to destroy the newly built American warships in the harbor.  To commemorate the event, the city sponsors a parade every May with a fife and drum corp that marches down Main Street to the steamboat dock where Commander Coote landed.

This charming windmill, with wind blades attached, could be the ultimate weekend getaway for weekend boaters or, with added cooking facilities, a full time residence for an artist, writer or couple.

Presently advertised with a wet bar, a few alterations could turn it into a functional kitchenette for anyone whose life does not revolve around turning out gourmet meals for a crowd.

Built in 1967, the windmill has 840 square feet, three bedrooms and one full bath.  There is also a full unfinished basement accessed by a hatch.  Every surface, from wood floors to walls and quaint stairwells is in perfect condition making it move-in ready.  The main living room opens out to a 360-degree, wrap-around deck with breathtaking water views, where one can watch boats sail by or watch the water hawks nesting.  

The Connecticut River windmill cottage in the historic town of Essex, is offered for sale for the first time, is priced at $1.925 million.

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Nonprofit buys fourth Frank Lloyd Wright property on Milwaukee block

A nonprofit group that already owns three other Frank Lloyd Wright houses on one Milwaukee block has bought a fourth.

Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin hopes to turn the block of six Wright homes on Milwaukee’s south side into an interpretive site for visitors. There are four duplexes and two bungalows.

The homes are known as American System-Built Homes and were built between 1915 and 1916 as prototypes for Wright’s ideas for standardized home design.

The group now owns an example of each of the three System-Built models Wright designed for the street.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/QNOh0U ) the home will be rented as the group restores a duplex at the other end of the block and raises funds for the project.

From the group’s announcement:

“We are pleased to announce that we have purchased of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed American System-Built Homes, Model C3 at 1835 South Layton Boulevard. Immediate plans call for the newly acquired Model C3 to be rented in the short term until a fundraising campaign can be organized for its full restoration. 

“We are currently in the beginning stages of the restoration of the Model “Two-Flat C” building at 2732-34 West Burnham. That restoration is funded in part by a 2009 Save America’s Treasures matching grant.  We recently selected Uihlein-Wilson as the restoration architect.  The next step is to develop the restoration plans and obtain the necessary approvals from the City of Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission and the National Park Service. The project at 2732-34 is our main priority in 2012-13. 

“Our long-range goal is to be the catalyst to restore all six of the homes on Burnham Street. While most of the projects will involve our organization – others will be undertaken by private owners.  We are working toward having one example of each of the three American System-Built Homes models on Burnham Street, open to the public as an interpreted historic site. The purchase of the Model C3 ensures we can do that. Also a visitor’s center to support expanded educational programming is needed and will hopefully be on the horizon soon.  The Model B1 has already welcomed visitors from over 29 countries and all 50 states since opening  for tours in September 2009. We are excited to share this cultural asset in the City of Milwaukee with the rest of the world. It is surprisingly common for people to travel to Milwaukee or make a side trip just to see the homes!”