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New $350 Million Private Train is Pure Luxury On Rails

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July 27, 2021

New $350 Million Private Train is Pure Luxury On Rails

The train may not be the first method of transportation that pops into your mind when you think of luxury travel in the 21st century. But a new $350 million bespoke smart train concept by French designer Thierry Gaugain promises to reinvent modern rail travel. “We tend to think about rail transportation only in terms of speed, moving lots of people from point A to point B in record time,” Gaugain told Robb Report. He thinks of travel as more of a journey, because time is the only treasure we have. Photo courtesy of Thierry Gaugain Featuring an all-glass exterior and golden hue, the G Train is billed as the world’s first private luxury locomotive. Gaugain envisions it belonging to a single owner. “It’s an alternative, very leisurely way to see the world, beyond the yacht and jet,” he said. That makes sense, given Gaugain’s design background. Known for designing superyachts like Steve Jobs’ 262-foot Venus, the 394-foot Motor Yacht A and 492-foot Sailing Yacht A, Gaugain has also created products for Louis Vuitton and other fashion houses, before moving to motorcycles, hotel interiors and yachts. But back to the G Train. Boasting 14 glass-enclosed cars and measuring about 1,300 feet long, the exterior will be high-tech glass that can shift from being entirely transparent to opaque or even black. At night, the train will give off a golden hue as it barrels along the tracks at 100 mph. One of the train’s most unique elements is the ability to reimagine the interior with different settings, shades of light or moods — which Gaugain views as the way to enhance luxury. With the push of a button, the owner and guests can fill the interior with seven types of scenery. Should passengers want to go off in different directions, the G Train can also be split into two. Looking at the plans for the train, you can see Gaugain’s yacht design at work. There’s a primary suite at the front, followed by 18 guest rooms, a gym, spa, garden, dining car, and grand reception hall, with space for art exhibitions, live music, and movie screenings. Fold-down wings create alfresco terraces for social events. And then the caboose serves as like a “toy chest” to store automobiles, motorcycles, and other off-rail vehicles. Gaugain sees it as a new and private way to travel. “It allows greater access to many areas than a yacht, and would open a new chapter in the owner’s life,” he noted.   The post New $350 Million Private Train is Pure Luxury On Rails appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Home of the Week

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July 27, 2021

Timeless and Sophisticated Sasco Hill Compound

There are certain home features that are simply timeless. A location within an hour’s distance of NYC. Beautiful gardens and outdoor amenities. Colonial architecture rooted in history. This premier Sasco Hill estate possesses these qualities and more on 4.5 private acres in Fairfield, Connecticut. Hailed as an “unprecedented property” due to its proximity to the city and countless luxury lifestyle opportunities, the sophisticated compound has been meticulously renovated, with the newer portions of the property constructed from 2007-2011. Most of the design work was executed by award-winning architect Jack Frazen, with interiors by Forehand-Lake and construction by J.P. Ludwig Builders. Distinctive craftsmanship and attention to detail beams throughout the home’s over 10,000 square feet. The interiors pay homage to the home’s Colonial architecture with exquisitely crafted traditional elements while managing to remain comfortable and modern for today’s families. A flowing, functional floorplan balances formal and informal spaces with ease as seven bedrooms, nine full baths and two half baths allow a large and growing family plenty of room. Meant to be a compound where one can live/work/play, the magnificent property boasts all of today’s most sought-after amenities. A guest house boasts a kitchen, living room, en-suite bedroom, fitness center and home office — perfect for long visits or perhaps an in-law arrangement. A perfect gentleman’s farm, the estate was seemingly tailor-made for entertaining. The greenhouse can easily be transformed into a whimsical dining/wine tasting area since it lies adjacent to the stained white oak wine room. Thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces beckon one to enjoy a quiet life away from the city.  A Gunite pool and spa invites relaxation — or play. The pool house, with indoor/outdoor kitchens and large sliding doors open to the patio, can become another beautiful space from which to entertain. Outdoor resort-style amenities such as a tennis court and bocce ball court invite play. The spectacular grounds, complete with cutting gardens, create a truly magical setting for outdoor living. A 6-bay detached garage completes the major list of amenities. Ideally located one hour from NYC, this prized estate lies within minutes of a private golf course, Southport Village, Harbor, yacht club and beach. All of it — from the location to the resort amenities to the stunning historic design and craftsmanship — will always be sought-after in Sasco Hill…and well, anywhere. View the complete listing by Tara Rowe Hawley and Doris Rowe of Coldwell Banker Realty in Fairfield. The post Timeless and Sophisticated Sasco Hill Compound appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Natural Materials Go Glam as Vegan High Fashion Takes Hold

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July 26, 2021

Natural Materials Go Glam as Vegan High Fashion Takes Hold

Veganism is at an all-time high, its growing interest continuing to make a substantial impact on the food world. According to the Good Food Institute, sales of plant-based food sales grew by nearly three times the rate of total food sales between 2018 and 2020 and are up 45 percent in the last two years. Analysts predict this market to grow another 12 percent in the next six years and to be valued at more than $74 billion. But another growing trend focuses on what you put on your body, not in it. Vegan couture is also hotter than ever. According to Lyst’s 2020 Conscious Fashion Report, searches for ‘vegan leather’ increased nearly 70% year over year. That bodes well for luxury fashion brands who are newly or increasingly focused on using alternative materials to mimic the look and feel of leather but without the hit to their social consciousness. Dependence on leather, especially for shoe and handbag designers, has made it challenging for luxury fashion houses to wholly embrace vegan couture. Stella McCartney has pioneered vegan high fashion, eschewing leather and fur right from her launch and making the use of alternative leather a cornerstone of her business practice. Most recently, McCartney partnered with biotechnology company Bolt Threads to create her Falabella bag in Mylo, an alternative leather made from mycelium; mycelium is a fungi that forms the underground root structure of mushrooms. Now Gucci has dipped a toe—or, rather, placed two entire feet—into the world of high-end vegan fashion with its launch of Demetra. Demetra by Gucci Calling it, “a new groundbreaking luxury material that combines quality, softness, durability, and scalability with an eco-friendly ethos,” Gucci unveiled Demetra to the fashion industry in Milan this summer with the introduction of three sneaker models: The Gucci Basket, Gucci New Ace and Gucci Rhyton. “Born from Gucci’s desire to explore and innovate materials for the future, Demetra is the culmination of two years of research and development by Gucci’s own technicians and artisans,” said Gucci in a news release. “Produced entirely in Italy in Gucci’s factory, the new material is created using the same expertise and processes for tanning thereby achieving characteristics that give Demetra a distinctive, pliable and resilient performance, with a supple and luxurious finish.” Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci, noted in the release the edge a man-made product like Demetra may have because, “Unlike the majority of new materials being developed there are no impediments to scalability or limitations on volume, which often is a challenge for brands searching for scale and quantity.” Demetra by Gucci Gucci also said it intends to make Demetra available to the fashion industry “in the spirit of open innovation…as a new material source that can be customized to offer exclusive finishing, further facilitating application and differentiation.” For now, other fashion houses are exploring their own alternative materials. Hermes, known for leather and exotic animal skins on its famed handbags, has announced they are embracing a leather alternative for their upcoming Victoria bag. The travel bag that usually comes wrapped in calfskin will now showcase another mushroom derivative, Sylviana. Chanel famously banned the use of fur and exotic skins across its products in 2018. Shortly thereafter, they sent a gold boater hat made from Piñatex down the runway during their pre-fall 2019 Métiers d’Art show. Piñatex is an alternative leather made from plant fibers in the pineapple’s leaves and stalks. While Chanel’s foray into the land of the pineapple has not yet yielded additional harvests, Hugo Boss launched an entire line of men’s sneakers using the material in 2019. Chloe and Tommy Hilfiger have also each flirted with vegan products, making handbags and sneakers, respectively, out of apple skin. Bottega Veneta, introduced a collection of vegan handbags using paper in 2012. In 2020, they launched the Kraft Paper collection, which replaces the leather on its popular Pouch collection of bags with 100% recycled, and FSC-certified, corrugated cardboard paper. The company uses a special process combining polyurethane and microfiber to make the bags waterproof and a magnetic frame to give them structure. Of course, it should be noted that the interior of the Kraft Paper bags is lined in calf leather. Baby steps.   The post Natural Materials Go Glam as Vegan High Fashion Takes Hold appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

New $350 Million Private Train is Pure Luxury On Rails

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July 22, 2021

New $350 Million Private Train is Pure Luxury On Rails

The train may not be the first method of transportation that pops into your mind when you think of luxury travel in the 21st century. But a new $350 million bespoke smart train concept by French designer Thierry Gaugain promises to reinvent modern rail travel. “We tend to think about rail transportation only in terms of speed, moving lots of people from point A to point B in record time,” Gaugain told Robb Report. He thinks of travel as more of a journey, because time is the only treasure we have. Photo courtesy of Thierry Gaugain Featuring an all-glass exterior and golden hue, the G Train is billed as the world’s first private luxury locomotive. Gaugain envisions it belonging to a single owner. “It’s an alternative, very leisurely way to see the world, beyond the yacht and jet,” he said. That makes sense, given Gaugain’s design background. Known for designing superyachts like Steve Jobs’ 262-foot Venus, the 394-foot Motor Yacht A and 492-foot Sailing Yacht A, Gaugain has also created products for Louis Vuitton and other fashion houses, before moving to motorcycles, hotel interiors and yachts. But back to the G Train. Boasting 14 glass-enclosed cars and measuring about 1,300 feet long, the exterior will be high-tech glass that can shift from being entirely transparent to opaque or even black. At night, the train will give off a golden hue as it barrels along the tracks at 100 mph. One of the train’s most unique elements is the ability to reimagine the interior with different settings, shades of light or moods — which Gaugain views as the way to enhance luxury. With the push of a button, the owner and guests can fill the interior with seven types of scenery. Should passengers want to go off in different directions, the G Train can also be split into two. Looking at the plans for the train, you can see Gaugain’s yacht design at work. There’s a primary suite at the front, followed by 18 guest rooms, a gym, spa, garden, dining car, and grand reception hall, with space for art exhibitions, live music, and movie screenings. Fold-down wings create alfresco terraces for social events. And then the caboose serves as like a “toy chest” to store automobiles, motorcycles, and other off-rail vehicles. Gaugain sees it as a new and private way to travel. “It allows greater access to many areas than a yacht, and would open a new chapter in the owner’s life,” he noted.   The post New $350 Million Private Train is Pure Luxury On Rails appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

New $350 Million Private Train is Pure Luxury On Rails

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July 22, 2021

New $350 Million Private Train is Pure Luxury On Rails

The train may not be the first method of transportation that pops into your mind when you think of luxury travel in the 21st century. But a new $350 million bespoke smart train concept by French designer Thierry Gaugain promises to reinvent modern rail travel. “We tend to think about rail transportation only in terms of speed, moving lots of people from point A to point B in record time,” Gaugain told Robb Report. He thinks of travel as more of a journey, because time is the only treasure we have. Photo courtesy of Thierry Gaugain Featuring an all-glass exterior and golden hue, the G Train is billed as the world’s first private luxury locomotive. Gaugain envisions it belonging to a single owner. “It’s an alternative, very leisurely way to see the world, beyond the yacht and jet,” he said. That makes sense, given Gaugain’s design background. Known for designing superyachts like Steve Jobs’ 262-foot Venus, the 394-foot Motor Yacht A and 492-foot Sailing Yacht A, Gaugain has also created products for Louis Vuitton and other fashion houses, before moving to motorcycles, hotel interiors and yachts. But back to the G Train. Boasting 14 glass-enclosed cars and measuring about 1,300 feet long, the exterior will be high-tech glass that can shift from being entirely transparent to opaque or even black. At night, the train will give off a golden hue as it barrels along the tracks at 100 mph. One of the train’s most unique elements is the ability to reimagine the interior with different settings, shades of light or moods — which Gaugain views as the way to enhance luxury. With the push of a button, the owner and guests can fill the interior with seven types of scenery. Should passengers want to go off in different directions, the G Train can also be split into two. Looking at the plans for the train, you can see Gaugain’s yacht design at work. There’s a primary suite at the front, followed by 18 guest rooms, a gym, spa, garden, dining car, and grand reception hall, with space for art exhibitions, live music, and movie screenings. Fold-down wings create alfresco terraces for social events. And then the caboose serves as like a “toy chest” to store automobiles, motorcycles, and other off-rail vehicles. Gaugain sees it as a new and private way to travel. “It allows greater access to many areas than a yacht, and would open a new chapter in the owner’s life,” he noted.   The post New $350 Million Private Train is Pure Luxury On Rails appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Editor's Note

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July 21, 2021

The Craft of Selling Luxury

Selling luxury real estate is an art form and a craft — honed, fortified and formed over time under the guidance of industry masters with access to the highest quality resources in the world. Like the skilled craftsman of a fine watch or precious piece of jewelry, our Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® Property Specialists have learned and trained under the very best. Powerful connections to media and a robust international network have been passed down to each new generation. Having access to the industry’s most rigorous certification program in the world means Luxury Property Specialists can further distinguish themselves in a market defined by its excellence. As we say in our new “Craftsmanship” campaign, set to debut this month on Modern Luxury, it’s the difference between a work in progress and a work of art. It’s the reason why Coldwell Banker is trusted with over $168 million in luxury sales every single day. This multifaceted consumer campaign positions Coldwell Banker Global Luxury as the global standard in luxury real estate. The campaign features several elements, including powerful and customizable ad spots, social media assets, print ads and e-cards. We’re kicking off the campaign with a content and media partnership with Modern Luxury that showcases Global Luxury properties and articles on the real estate pages of the platform’s 25 regionalized sites, email blasts and social highlights. Offices and agents also have the opportunity to customize the campaign videos with their branding. The potential to reach over 24 million users across a multitude of platforms gives Luxury Property Specialists a major boost in the digital space! As part of our debut, you’ll want to check out one of our key elements, “Defining Luxury,” featuring top agent and Global Luxury Ambassador Carrie Wells. Craftsmanship means constantly striving for the highest standards, and we continue to raise our own standards. Case in point: We just wrapped our summer 2021 supplement of Homes & Estates, which should be hitting mailboxes any day now, with insertion in the Wall Street Journal on August 6. It’s our biggest summer supplement to date, at 88 pages. Other exciting marketing partnerships for Luxury Property Specialists are also in the works in the coming months. Developing true craft takes time, diligence, skill, passion and an endless flow of new ideas. Again and again, the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury program represents these qualities. Until next month.   The post The Craft of Selling Luxury appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Resort Compound Outside of St. Louis Lists for $20 Million

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July 20, 2021

Resort Compound Outside of St. Louis Lists for $20 Million

A lavish resort-like compound in a quiet Missouri town about 40 miles west of St. Louis has set a record for its $20 million asking price. If it sells for close to that number, the estate will be the most expensive ever sold in the St. Louis metro area, listing agents Saundra Pogrelis, Chad Matlick and Deanna Matlick of Coldwell Banker Gundaker told The Wall Street Journal. “It is a particularly unusual property for Flint Hill, a rural area with ample farmland and a handful of large estates,” according to the article. “With a population of around 550, Flint Hill is located a few miles from Wentzville, a suburb of St. Louis.” No matter where the property is located, it would still be considered one-of-a-kind, believes Pogrelis. The estate encompasses 20+ acres, with up to 130 available, plus a sprawling 20,000-square-foot English Country-style main residence, stables, barns, a private chapel, a sport and event venue, sports field, playground/amusement area with Ferris Wheel, a bowling alley, theatre, arcade, and a resort-worthy water park. It’s a retreat made to feel like a private wonderland, where multi-generations of families can gather and feel worlds away — despite being within easy proximity to Lambert International Airport and Spirit of St. Louis Business Aviation Center. A stone bridge and live streams were designed and inspired by the picturesque images of Thomas Kinkade. The sprawling home presents “luxury meant to be lived in” with amenities and spaces designed for pampering and play. Warm and welcoming interiors balance formality with relaxed informality. Custom details abound, speaking to the residence’s lasting craftsmanship and timeless style. Among the highlights: intricate radius moldings, eight full masonry fireplaces, a private chapel with custom lead glass windows depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Miracles, two master suites, a grand entry and a striking multi-level library.   Exterior porches allow striking sunrise and sunset views to be cherished all year long. The grounds create a truly magical and enclosed setting that feels more like a private resort than a residence. The stables are fashioned after The Clydesdale Facility at Busch Gardens. Park-like amenities provide endless hours of fun for both kids and kids at heart. The outdoor space impresses with dual racing slides, two waterfalls, a swim-up bar, waterfall-covered Grotto, in-pool volleyball and basketball, diving board, zero-edge entry and even a lazy river. All of these qualities combined make this extraordinary Flint Hill property among the most unique luxury residential offerings to hit the market this year. With people’s ability to work remotely and a recentering of lifestyles towards families, Pogrelis believes the unique estate could have a broadening appeal as affluent buyers are less tied to big cities.     The post Resort Compound Outside of St. Louis Lists for $20 Million appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

Voices

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July 20, 2021

10 Questions with Jennifer Coulson: ‘I Help People Live the Dream’

“There are always people who want to make a change and live the high life,” says Jennifer Coulson. Truer words have never been spoken, especially as they relate to the current real estate market in Vail, Colorado. The iconic resort mountain community is hotter than ever — even eclipsing the records reached in 2020 at the height of COVID-19-fueled buying activity. According to Land Title, real estate in Eagle County (including Vail Village, Bachelor Gulch and Beaver Creek) continues to remain strong after posting the best first quarter ever with more than $760 million in total dollar volume. March saw 223 transactions with $304 million in sales volume, bringing the 1st quarter total to 545 transactions. This was 60% higher than last year for the same time period. Through the first quarter of 2021, the overall average sales price was $1,408,776 — the highest average sales price ever in Eagle County. Coulson, a Vail real estate veteran of 15+ years, is intently focused on helping her clients escape from reality and live the Colorado dream in what she calls “a magical forest.” Fresh off a career-best year in 2020, the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Property Specialist and Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties Top Salesperson of the Year has nearly matched last year’s record production already in 2021. “As much as the city has to offer, people are recognizing and appreciating nature, privacy and spending time with family,” she says. “After so many people were separated from loved ones last year, they’re realizing it’s much more delightful to be in a beautiful place when you are spending time together.” The single mom of two is describing not just her clients who have purchased second homes in the last year, but herself as well. She splits her time between Vail and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, making memories with her family in her two favorite locations: mountain and beach. She is also licensed to sell in both destinations, opening up a unique niche of international opportunities. “I always tell my clients, ‘If you want your kids to hang out with you after high school, you need to own a home in the mountains and a home at the beach!’” To dig more deeply into Jennifer’s unique world, we posed 10 questions to her. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury If you were not a real estate agent, what would you be? Jennifer Coulson I would most likely be an entertainer of some sort. I hosted the local morning shows and did live TV in Vail for about 15 years, doing TV performing (singing, dancing, hosting). Coldwell Banker Global Luxury What are three words that best describe you as a real estate agent? Jennifer Coulson Energetic, driven, skilled. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury What is your favorite part about selling luxury real estate in your market? Jennifer Coulson Getting the opportunity to help make dreams come true. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury What’s the most common question you get asked as a real estate agent? Jennifer Coulson “Do you ever sleep?” Coldwell Banker Global Luxury What was a seminal moment in your career? Jennifer Coulson A seminal moment in my career was committing more to an annual advertising budget than we ever made in a year. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Looking over your career, which of your sales taught you the most valuable lesson that you still live and work by today? Jennifer Coulson I learn something new during every transaction and continually utilize and share those experiences. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury What’s the best piece of advice you ever got? Jennifer Coulson Don’t be afraid to say that you don’t know the answer to a question. People don’t expect you to know everything; what’s important is getting them the correct answer in a timely fashion. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury What’s your advice for buying smart in your market? Jennifer Coulson The smartest buy in Vail is to buy a classic, do the work and create something spectacular in an amazing location in the Valley that best suits your needs and desires. Smartest buy in Cabo is either new construction in a community or a great property you love that will rent like hotcakes, if purchasing as an investment. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury What’s the most interesting trend you’re seeing in the market right now? Jennifer Coulson One of the most interesting trends I’ve seen is people really looking for an exit strategy. For some, that means out of the cities, “running for the hills”; for others, it’s purchasing property outside of the United States. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self about real estate? Jennifer Coulson I would tell myself to get a license ASAP and keep it active in any and every state, and every country I’m living in!       The post 10 Questions with Jennifer Coulson: ‘I Help People Live the Dream’ appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

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