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A Shipping Container Home Marries Minimalism and Elegance

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Shipping Container homes are becoming popular due to it's eco friendly materials and sustainable design.

A shipping container Home that aims to seamlessly integrate itself into its natural surroundings while demonstrating its ability to be a fully functional residence can be found in architect Maria Pellegrini’s Casa Container.

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Located in São Paolo, Brazil, the 194-square foot show home is comprised of a pair of shipping containers. It is intended to serve as an example of the complementary union of sustainability and contemporary design.



This Home is More Than a Pipe Dream

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team
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Costa Rica Casa: Mel Gibson’s Jungle Vacation Home

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Costa Rica Casa: Mel Gibson’s Jungle Vacation Home


Costa Rica was one of the first getaway outposts for semi-expat Americans, thanks to its year-round tropical weather. It's consistently rated by the Happy Planet Index as the happiest country in the world with safe streets, cheap cost of living, beautiful parks, dozens of sandy beaches, excellent medical care, a thriving economy and only a hop, skip and a jump to the United States. Thanks to these many perks, about 70,000 Americans have moved to Costa Rica and thousands more have purchased vacation homes. One of those is actor Mel Gibson.

While scouting locations for his film “Apocalypto” in 2006, Gibson bought an entire 403-acre beachfront jungle on the Nicoya Peninsula. His estate includes three homes separated by an extensive canopy of trees stretching across the entire property. Each of the two smaller single-story homes has two bedrooms, vaulted ceilings, kitchens, verandas, air conditioning, and their own swimming pools and BBQ areas. Casa Barrigona has its own poolside cottage and Casa Dorada has a loft, giving each additional sleeping space.

The main two-story hacienda-style residence, Casa Guanacaste, overlooks the long, wide beach and has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a large courtyard and pool and multiple terraces affording both ocean and jungle views.  All three villas are built with Costa Rican wood, with Spanish and Italian tiles and red-barrel tile roofs that create an extra-tropical ambiance.

Located on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, beach lovers will find white sand beaches along with nearby steep cliffs. Animal lovers will certainly experience their fair share of howler monkeys, and perhaps get a glimpse of an ocelot or sea turtle right on the estate's private beach.

Listed for: $29.75 million





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Iconic Willis Mills Connecticut Home for Sale

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Iconic Willis Mills Connecticut Home for Sale



This stunning, iconic Willis Mills property, designed in 1955 and built in 1956, is currently for sale at $2,550,000. Located in New Canaan, Conn., the 4,368 square foot is renowned as one of the most architecturally advanced properties of its time. The space blends glass, wood and stone, uniquely set in a lush, woodland hillside. Balconies and terraces meander throughout, and a Japanese garden and stone-lined pool offer a myriad of sleek, well designed spaces for relaxing, entertaining and more.

Spreading over two floors, four bedrooms and four bathrooms, the beautifully restored glass-walled home is a true architectural gem. Sitting on two acres of lush Connecticut land, the estate features many rustic elements both inside and out.

In addition to many magazine features, the home has been honored by the Architectural Record, Boston Arts Festival, Architectural Record Houses of 1957 and more.

You can view the home's unique listing video here. (Wait for agent John Engel to pop out from that tree!)

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Listed for: $2,550,000

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Diane Keaton’s Restored Oceanside Getaway -Home Flipper

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Now up for grabs: one of Diane Keaton’s early restoration projects, a Laguna Beach house steps from the sand, with views of the Pacific Ocean, beach and rugged cliffs. Built in 1928 for the J. Roy Smith orange tree groves family, when the idea of having a beach house was coming of age in California, there were many excellent lots from which to choose. The Smiths chose a bluff overlooking the wide beach of Shaw’s Cove, which afforded protection from storm waves and an expansive view. The Home was built in the Mediterranean Revival style with stucco, decorative Spanish tile accents, wood beams, carved doors, ironwork and terraces surrounded by lush plantings and an outdoor fireplace to toast one’s toes on chilly evenings.

At 71, Keaton has not slowed down. In addition to having written three books, she is well-known for her photography. The mother of two adopted children, she also owns her own wine company, The Keaton. In her spare time, she is a home flipper with a long history of Buying, remodeling and selling houses in enviable locations—houses that exude as much charm as the woman herself.

Keaton is one of a number of Hollywood celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston and Meg Ryan who collect and sell homes as a side gig. No stranger to building restoration, Keaton watched her father do the same for most of her childhood. In 2004, Keaton bought the beach house for $7.5 million and worked her magic in the restoration, preserving and accentuating its fine original details. Taking two years to complete, she sold the 4,158-square-foot, four-bedroom, six-bath house in 2006 for $12.75 million. The space recently went back on the market impeccably maintained, with the same staggering views through the receding oceanfront glass walls that open the living and dining rooms to the trade winds. The wide sand beach at the bottom of the private stairs has the rarity of a water toy garage for kayaks and paddle boards.

Listed by: Hanz Radlein, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties and Michael Johnson, Villa Real Estate
Listed for: $15.989 million

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by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team
Jeff Bridges Sells Montecito Mansion!

Jeff and Susan Bridges’ dreamy 20-acre Tuscan-style estate in Montecito, California has sold. It is the home where the Bridges raised their three daughters and now as empty nesters, the couple no longer needs the 9,593 square feet of living space. But it must be hard to give up the spectacular ocean view.

Jeff and Susan purchased the property in 1994 from Kenny Loggins for $7 million and put it up for sale in 2015 for $29.5 million. Crowned by stunning Pacific Ocean and Channel Island views, the acreage also includes hiking trails, fruit trees, a vineyard and an enclave where Jeff practiced his skills at pottery making.

The main house has five bedrooms, six baths, large formal rooms for entertaining opening along the grand hall with every room having banks of French doors opening to ocean and garden views and multiple terraces. Included are a large theatre, an attached four-car garage and a wine cellar below ground. The second level contains five bedrooms on wings jutting out from the main structure adding much privacy for the occupants. The master suite is its own private island with bedroom fireplace, huge master bath and a walk-in closet of over 200 square feet. Up the stairs on the private third level above the master is a large private rooftop terrace and private study. Outside are terraced destinations for dining, swimming next to a waterfall and space for lawn games.

Jeff and Susan Bridges have sold their Montecito family home, originally priced at $29.5 million. The sale price was $15.93 million, still making a profit over its $7 million purchase price.

Tom Stachler is a Michigan Licensed Builder and Broker serving the Ann Arbor, Saline and surrounding real estate communities.  Please check out the ALL MLS listings for a list of Active status homes and condos for sale. 

Bob Dylan's Historic Harlem Townhouse - For Sale

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team
Bob Dylan's Harlem Townhouse!

When Bob Dylan moved from Minnesota to New York City in 1960, he was just a few months from the start of his fast rise to stardom. The city quickly became his creative and inspirational playground where he could collaborate, learn from and work with some of the most innovative musicians of the time. Inspired by people such as Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Little Richard, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and his coffee house musician buddies in Greenwich Village, Dylan explored all the genres of American song including country, folk, gospel, rock and roll and even jazz. But it was in songwriting where he made his mark, culminating with the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016 for his lyrics. His long career has spanned politics, social change, philosophy and literature and continue to entertain his fans attending his Never Ending Tour that has been running since the 1980s.

Dylan has sold over 100 million records and won multiples in the music award categories as well as an Academy Award (which he often displays on stage during his concerts), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into three halls of fame and recognition from presidents and officials worldwide. In the words of Horace Engdahl, a member of the Nobel Committee, Bob Dylan is “ . . a singer worthy of a place beside the Greek bards, beside Ovid, beside the Romantic visionaries, beside the kings and queens of the blues, beside the forgotten masters of brilliant standards.”

The New York City historic Harlem townhouse where Bob Dylan lived from the 1980s until 2000, during some of his most musically productive years, has come on the market. Built circa 1890 and designed by the famous McKim, Mead & White architectural firm, it is located in the St. Nicholas Historic District, created in 1967 by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, encompassing approximately 150 houses. Popularly referred to as Striver’s Row, the neighborhood has attracted important residents through the years from politicians to artists.

Dylan’s four-story townhouse measures 3,952 square feet of restored 19th-century details with a complete 21st-century update for today’s lifestyles. Included are five bedrooms, three baths, six fireplaces with original mantels, formal dining room, large living room with Juliette balcony, a library, inlaid hardwood floors, crown molding, wainscoting and high ceilings.

Bob Dylan’s former historic Harlem townhouse of 14 years is now for sale, priced at $3.595 million.

Tom Stachler is a Michigan Licensed Builder and Broker serving the Ann Arbor, Saline and surrounding real estate communities.  Please check out the ALL MLS listings for a list of Active status homes and condos for sale.  


by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team
Sting's Central Park Penthouse!

One of the world’s most popular singers-songwriters-celebrities is selling his Central Park penthouse. Starting out as the principal writer, lead singer and bassist for the rock band The Police from 1977 to 1984 and on to a highly successful solo career, Sting has won 16 Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and four nominations for Academy Awards best song.  Now at age 65, he has shifted some of his energy from music to real estate.


Like many of today’s celebrities, Sting turned to real estate as a safe haven to park, enjoy and invest his money.  Real estate has been a popular second career for a number of celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Diane Keaton.  Sting and his wife, actress Trudie Styler, have diversified with property in Italy, England and the United States.  In northern England, they own a farm house in the Lake District, in southern England is their 800-acre estate in Wiltshire, and they sold a London townhouse in 2015 at an approximate $20 million profit.  In Italy, they own the Il Palagio estate where they spend summers and Rent out at upwards of $100,000 per week with afternoon tea included.  In the United States, they own a Malibu, California beach house, which they rent for $200,000 for the summer, and a Manhattan penthouse which they have recently put on the market for $56 million.  


Sting’s Manhattan penthouse is located at 15 Central Park West, one of the city’s much coveted buildings.  At 5,417 square feet, the entry opens to a stunning circular staircase that looks more like a sculpture than functional access to an upper floor.  It draws the eye upward to the 10-foot ceilings and across to the walls of glass overlooking the treetops of Central Park from its 44 feet of park frontage.  The view becomes even more magical from the parkside 400-square-foot terrace.  Also included are three bedrooms, four baths, an office, a sunny white kitchen with its own spiral staircase and a free-standing Fibonacci spiral fireplace in the living room that lends drama.


The building, known for its excellent amenities, includes a full-time staff, climate-controlled wine rooms, a 75-foot lap pool with skylights and a 14,000-square-foot fitness center.  Co-listing agents are Suzun J. Bennet of Sotheby’s International Realty and Deborah Kern of Corcoran.


Legendary musician and songwriter Sting has listed his plush Manhattan Central Park duplex penthouse at $56 million.

Tom Stachler is a Michigan Licensed Builder and Broker serving the Ann Arbor, Saline and surrounding real estate communities.  Please check out the ALL MLS listings for a list of Active status homes and condos for sale.  

Angelina Jolie's New Home Near Los Angeles

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Angelina Jolie Enters Escrow in Los Feliz


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What’s better than a little retail therapy after a big breakup? Real estate retail therapy. Post-split, actress/humanitarian Angelina Jolie recently dropped an epic $25 million on a sprawling Los Feliz estate once owned by iconic silver-screen director Cecil B. DeMille, who lived in the dramatic Home until his death in 1959.

Built in 1913, the 11,000 square foot home is located on DeMille Drive. The space has six bedrooms (the exact number of Jolie’s children), ten bathrooms, a pool house, poolside gym, private studio, library and charming rose gardens. Views from the home highlight the sparkling LA cityscape, the ocean, and the Griffith Park Observatory. The estate roosts on over two acres of land in the Laughlin Park community.

The home isn’t far from Brad Pitt’s historic Hollywood mansion, a space Jolie once occupied with Pitt and co. Behold its massive glory in the following array of photos.

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Sold for: $24,950,000

Jane Fonda's Hollywood Home for Sale

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Great Spaces: Jane Fonda’s Hollywood Home Hits Market

Jane Fonda’s Hollywood home landed on the market this past week for just shy of $13 million. The two-time Oscar winner also posted a video explaining what the estate means to her and why she loves it (featured below).

The home spans 7,100 square feet on a 36,000 square foot lot in the coveted Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills. The two-story spaces features glass walls with epic canyon and ocean views.

The spacious home has an open floor plan, a pristine pool, home gym, entertainment room with a bar, bathrooms larger than most city apartments, and a bedroom suite with one of those fancy-looking yet awkward living rooms for when you need to entertain guests in your boudoir.

But don’t let the luxury fool you. The estate is super eco-friendly, with photovoltaic electric panels, a solar heated pool, thermal glass double glazed UV windows with motorized shades, and bamboo floors.

“The house inspires me to be comfortable and to have a good time.  It’s a great house for parties. We had my 75th birthday party here,” Fonda explains.

Watch Fonda talk about her beloved gem of a home, and peruse some gorgeous photos, below.

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Listed for: $12.995 million

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