by Marian McPherson- Staff Writer- Inman Connect 2017
TODAY 5:49 P.M.
In June, HGTV teamed up with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International for its 2017 Ultimate House Hunt. The month-long showcase and contest featured the world’s most beautiful homes across eight categories, such as “Modern Masterpieces” and “International Homes.”
“Each year we look forward to joining with HGTV and working with them to source the world’s best listings from our members to share,” said Luxury Portfolio International President Paul Boomsma at the beginning of the contest.
“With two new categories this year, we are excited to discover which of our members’ desirable properties will capture the hearts and minds of the HGTV audience.”
Best ‘Waterfront’ property
This year’s overall winner and winner for “Best Waterfront Property” is the Mandala Villa, an $11.5 million estate surrounded by more than two acres of beach in the gorgeous Turks and Caicos. The 13,274 square-foot home blends traditional Bermudian and Caribbean style and has seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and four private pools. The previous owners frequently rented the space and charged a cool $50,000 for a week in paradise.
Best ‘International’ property
The “International” winner is a 1948 Mediterranean-style home overlooking Switzerland’s Lake Lugano. The four bedroom, five bathroom estate has a private wine cellar, terraces, porticoes and a gourmet kitchen perfect for making five-star meals. Want to find out the price for this exclusive home? You’ll have to call.
Best ‘Small Spaces’ property
The “Living Large in Small Spaces” winner is a quaint, 1,566 square-foot cottage located near Carmel, California’s Golden Rectangle of Carmel by the Sea. The $2.295 million cottage is custom-built and features high ceilings, a fireplace in the master bedroom and a private patio and barbecue pit that’s perfect for outdoor summer soirees.
Best ‘outdoor retreat’ property
The “Outdoor Retreats” winner is a gorgeous Hawaiian $14.5 million estate that sits on 90 acres of lush, green land on the side of Hualālai Mountain. The 5,391 square-foot home has a citrus and macadamia nut grove, a koi pond, waterfalls, two pools and a spa. In addition to an outdoor paradise, the home has a temperature controlled wine cellar that holds 1,600 bottles.
‘Great Estates’ winner: Del Rio Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
‘Kitchen and Dining’ winner: 117 Mount Pelia in Bluffton, South Carolina
‘Curb Appeal’ winner: 17204 Rancho in Encino, Calif.
‘Modern Masterpieces’ winner: Villa Sasha in Corossol, Saint Barthelemy