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HOMEFRONT REAL ESTATE HOMEFRONT REAL ESTATE HOMEFRONT REAL ESTATE HOMEFRONT REAL ESTATE The view from here By Brenda McMillan Photo: Ploumis-Sotiropoulos FLORIDA, JUPITER ISLAND The power of love This property sings! And indeed it should, as it was built in 2010 for Celine Dion and her family. Do you dream of lazing on Dion’s lounger, sautéing on her stove or frolicking in her closets? Now you can! The home’s contents are included in the $74.25 million asking price. Rest assured your privacy will be protected, because the property’s 5.5 acres are fully fenced. Not even the guard at the driveway’s security post can peek in, so you can swim in the suit you were born in, if you so wish. Water is a dominant feature here, as the property sports three pools and an Atlantic Ocean shoreline. One pool is at the front overlooking the ocean. A much larger one attached to the back of the house is roughly square and has a fabulous firepit. The third pool is an irregular roundish shape (think of a waterpark’s meandering lazy river) with a centre island connected by two bridges. The highlight of this one is a waterslide to thrill the kid in us all. The pools are overlooked by the 18,800-square-foot main house, two four-bedroom guest homes, a tennis house (with a simulated golf range leading to a tennis court) and a pool house with built-in grill and kitchen. For a touch of romance, mosey along to the charming beach house with its massage room and comfy sleep-ing loft. Now that we know how important water is to our crooning diva, let’s check out her bathrooms! The main house has 14 full baths and six partials. Of course there’s a home theatre for watching Titanic and most rooms, naturally, have wonderful views of either the ocean or pools. Principal rooms are expansive but seating is designed for intimate family-and-friends gatherings. Three fireplaces will help ward off the chill and make the large rooms cozy. There is more than ample closet space—because where there is water, there must be towels. For more information, contact Cristina Condon, 561.301.2211. 38 Photo: Jupiter Island HOMEFRONT WINTER 2013/14

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The view from here<br /> <br /> FLORIDA, JUPITER ISLAND<br /> <br /> The power of love<br /> <br /> This property sings! And indeed it should, as it was built in 2010 for Celine Dion and her family. Do you dream of lazing on Dion’s lounger, sautéing on her stove or frolicking in her closets? Now you can! The home’s contents are included in the $74.25 million asking price. Rest assured your privacy will be protected, because the property’s 5.5 acres are fully fenced. Not even the guard at the driveway’s security post can peek in, so you can swim in the suit you were born in, if you so wish.<br /> <br /> Water is a dominant feature here, as the property sports three pools and an Atlantic Ocean shoreline. One pool is at the front overlooking the ocean. A much larger one attached to the back of the house is roughly square and has a fabulous firepit. The third pool is an irregular roundish shape (think of a waterpark’s meandering lazy river) with a centre island connected by two bridges. The highlight of this one is a waterslide to thrill the kid in us all.<br /> <br /> The pools are overlooked by the 18,800-square-foot main house, two four-bedroom guest homes, a tennis house (with a simulated golf range leading to a tennis court) and a pool house with built-in grill and kitchen. For a touch of romance, mosey along to the charming beach house with its massage room and comfy sleeping loft.<br /> <br /> Now that we know how important water is to our crooning diva, let’s check out her bathrooms! The main house has 14 full baths and six partials. Of course there’s a home theatre for watching Titanic and most rooms, naturally, have wonderful views of either the ocean or pools. Principal rooms are expansive but seating is designed for intimate family-andfriends gatherings. Three fireplaces will help ward off the chill and make the large rooms cozy. There is more than ample closet space—because where there is water, there must be towels.<br /> <br /> For more information, contact Cristina Condon, 561.301.2211.<br /> <br /> SPAIN, THE ISLAND OF MALLORCA<br /> <br /> The power of glass<br /> <br /> There’s nothing like glass to meld us into our surroundings and this home in Santa Ponsa, Mallorca, has hundreds of feet of it. Overlooking the Mediterranean on the edge of a cliff, this modern two-storey villa has two long walls of solid floor-to-ceiling windows to give us that “at-one” feel with the sky and the ocean. Glass is everywhere. It functions as an invisible barrier on balconies and decking, walls staircases and hallways, and creeps around corners. It’s glorious. Especially at sunset, as this home faces west.<br /> <br /> From the street, all you see of the third-of-an-acre property is its tall, solid, white walls—all of the living takes place at the back of the house to ensure that every room has a spectacular view. Even the decks and salt-water infinity pool are placed to take full advantage of the sun and scenery.<br /> <br /> Inside, this 3,800-square-foot villa boasts five bedrooms on the top floor. Each has a full ensuite bathroom and access to a sea-facing balcony. The main floor is for living, dining and cooking. Both air conditioning and in-floor heating are provided for yearround comfort.<br /> <br /> The asking price for the property is $8.2 million. The view is priceless.<br /> <br /> For more information, contact Maria Vega, mallorca@mallorcasir.com.<br /> <br /> GREECE, THE ISLAND OF MYKONOS<br /> <br /> The power of panorama<br /> <br /> Mykonos is blue sky. Blue Aegean. And white buildings. Built on one of the few remaining waterfront properties on Mykonos, Skyblue is the name of an extraordinary new home. Its 7,650 square feet of indoor space includes a gym, cinemas, five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and an abundance of light, wood and charm throughout. But despite being well-endowed with rooms and custom-designed furnishings, its real beauty is outside on patios, pathways and pools.<br /> <br /> Imagine the panoramic view that stretches from your own sandy beach and across the diamond-studded water to the islands of Delos, Syros and Tinos, as they lay cloaked in dark mystery on the horizon. The blazing sun paints the sky in glorious tribute as it sinks into the Aegean while you watch from your patio or infinity pool, a glass of Assyrtiko in hand. This view—this life— is all yours for $6.6 million at Skyblue.<br /> <br /> But then, perhaps you prefer the garden. Skyblue’s 1.2 acres have been professionally terraced and landscaped, so you can enjoy your own olive trees, bamboo and lavender. And, of course, the plethora of flowers and herbs will grace your landscape and your mouth as you season seafood so fresh it almost swims onto your plate.<br /> <br /> When the idea of walking, shopping or enjoying a lively nightlife appeals, you are only seven kilometres from Mykonos Town. But with such a splendid sanctuary, why would you ever want to leave?<br /> <br /> For more information, contact Maria Gryllaki at itadmin@ploumissotiropoulos.Gr.<br /> <br /> US VIRGIN ISLANDS, ST THOMAS<br /> <br /> The power of pirates<br /> <br /> If there was a world ranking of pirate ships then the Whydah would top the list as the most successful—that is, before it sank in 1717. Taking the pirate theme to heart, the owner of this 19,000-square-foot St. Thomas residence named his estate “Whydah” and had it designed with a tower that includes a second master bedroom inspired by the captain’s quarters of a pirate ship. The home also sports a bounty of booty, including authentic treasure chests, cannons and guns. But yo-ho-hos and bottles of rum aside, Whydah is large, impressive and has every comfort imaginable.<br /> <br /> This is a space built for family and friends. With 4,000 square feet of verandahs, porches and a grand palm-treed patio and pool overlooking Sandy Beach, two half-moon bays and the point where the Caribbean and the Atlantic kiss, there are few destinations with finer views. Two guest cottages, as well as six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in the main house, offer loads of space for adults and children. Youngsters have their own play room and fish pond, as well as an arcade and games room.<br /> <br /> Adults can have lots of fun, too. For the artist, there is a gazebo that would be perfect as a studio escape. For the techie, the Crestron System that controls the home’s electronics, lighting and temperature can be updated with a mobile device from anywhere in the world. For the cook, Clive Christian designed the formal kitchen’s cabinets. And for the nature lover, turtles, rays, dolphins and whales can be spotted daily.<br /> <br /> Come on pirates, this home is a steal at $36.2 million. For more information, contact Lee Steiner, USVI Sotheby’s International Realty, lee.steiner@sothebysrealty.com. <br /> <br /> Brenda McMillan is a freelance writer for the National Post Homes section. She is intrigued by all aspects of historical and modern urban living and especially enjoys buying, selling and talking about real estate.<br />

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