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HOUSE OF THE DAY: NASCAR Legend Jeff Gordon Listed His NYC Apartment For $30 Million

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Nascar Jeff Gordon apartment new yorkThe New York Times is reporting that NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon is selling his condo at Manhattan's 15 Central Park West for $30 million.

Gordon and his wife, Ingrid Vadebosch, bought the home for $9.67 million back in 2007. It was initially a plain white apartment with high ceilings,  and the couple completely redecorated and customized the condo, according to the NYT.

Property agents Nora Ariffin and Christopher Kromer told The Times that Gordon decided to list his home with Halstead Property because "the demand for trophy apartments is pretty strong." The $30 million asking price was chosen since a similar, slightly larger unit was listed in the building for $36 million in December 2012.

The three-bedroom home has Brazilian cherry floors and gorgeous views of Central Park. The master suite alone takes up 743 square feet of the 3,454-square-foot pad.

Welcome to Jeff Gordon and Ingrid Vadebosch's 15 Central Park West home.

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It has 3,454 square feet, with views of Central Park outside the windows.

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The home has an open floor plan, as well as an oak "sushi bar" in the living room.

Source: Halstead Property



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The Ridiculous Supercars Of The Dubai Police Force

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Dubai's reputation for extravagance now applies to its police as well.

The force has been building up its vehicle fleet recently, and it's not worrying about cost, adding a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, and more — some of them worth more than a million dollars.

There's little practical use for a two-seat police car — where do you keep suspects under arrest? — but the force has said the outrageous vehicles serve to "enhance its patrolling abilities."

No, that doesn't mean they're for high-speed car chases. "We have never exceeded the speed limit on the highway," Lt. Mariam Al Kaabi told Abu Dhabi's The National.

Rather, Dubai's police chief reportedly said on Twitter, the ultra-expensive rides were selected for "acting classy with people."

One of the newest acquisitions is a Chevy Camaro SS. Its 6.2-liter V8 engine produces 426 horsepower, not enough to match most of the cars on this list.



This Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG runs for about $200,000, has room for two, and can go from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds.



Red leather makes for a nicer interior that what most cops get to enjoy.



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Marc Benioff Earned $22 Million Last Year Including $648,000 Spent On Body Guards (CRM)

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Salesforce.com paid CEO Marc Benioff $22 million in total compensation last year, up a whopping 25 percent from the year before, reports Bloomberg's Lisa Rapaport.

Benioff received a base salary of $1 million, a bonus of $1.3 million and the rest in stock options.

The biggest perk he got was sort of a sad one: Salesforce spent $648,456 on body guards and other physical security, according to documents filed with the SEC.

Last year was the first time Salesforce.com hired body guards for Benioff, and we imagine they were an interesting addition to his life. Benioff is famous for daredevil behavior like walking on coals and bungee jumping.

He's certainly not the only CEO to get a body guard entourage paid for by the company. Dell spends $2.7 million annually on his family's security, according to proxy statements filed with the SEC.

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20 Mothers Who Are Changing The World

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We recently published our list of 50 Women Who Are Changing The World. Of the 50 women who made the list, 20 are mothers.

These women are balancing impressive careers in politics, tech, entertainment, and fashion, with the demands of a family, proving that you can truly have it all.

In honor of Mother's Day, we'd like to highlight these women for their notable achievements. Here are the mothers who are changing the world:

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Jay-Z Lookalike Spotted In Harlem Photo From 1939

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The New York Public Library has publishedan unretouched, un-Photoshopped photo from 1939 that features a guy who looks remarkably like Jay-Z.

The library said the image, “Harlem Loiterers” by street photographer Sid Grossman, "created quite a stir" since being posted on NYPL Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture's Facebook page the other day.

“I was immediately struck by the similarity to Jay-Z and actually laughed out loud," Schomburg’s Curator of Digital Collections Sylviane A. Diouf, who found the photo, said. "I still hope somebody will tell us who that young man really was.”

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Carter grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

According to a biography written by Jason Birchmeier, the moniker Jay-Z is an homage to his musical mentor, Jaz-O, as well as to the J/Z subway lines in Brooklyn.

Here's Jay-Z aka Hova:

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SEE ALSO: Republicans Are Up In Arms Over Jay-Z's Trip To Cuba, So He Responded With A Vicious Track

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The Sweet Life Of Carmelo Anthony: How NYC's Biggest NBA Star Spends His Millions

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carmelo anthony hipsterCarmelo Anthony has always been on the fringes of the NBA elite — both on and off the court.

While he has won scoring titles, he has never been considered a top-3 player.

And while he has made more than $90 million in his NBA career, he has never been a mega-brand like LeBron James or an advertising-darling like Blake Griffin.

But with his move to New York a couple of years ago — and the Knicks' on-court success this season — he's finally starting to gain respect as a player and a brand.

And he has been able to enjoy all the perks (houses, parties, and a lovely wife), that being a superstar in NYC brings with it.

Carmelo made $22.9 million in 2012, according to Forbes.

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Much of that came on the court. He has made $94 million in salary in his 10-year NBA career.

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His other income (~$8 million per year) comes from endorsements with companies like Foot Locker and Degree.

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All This Late-Night Debauchery At 'Club Applebee's' Helped Boost Its Stock

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Applebee'sMost people don't know that in some parts of the U.S., Applebee's restaurants — the most middle of all middle-market fast casual chains — turn into alcohol-fueled party dens after 10 p.m.

At "Club Applebee's," dancing on tables, black lights, and DJs are not uncommon. We published a story last August showcasing the clubs. The debauchery — girls licking whipped cream off each other, for instance — took place at a few restaurants in Central Florida. People were "hanging from the rafters on Thursday nights down there,” Bloomberg noted at the time.

We reported that the clubs were not part of Applebee's' regular marketing strategy ... which made us curious. What was the deal with the random club scenes at our "Neighborhood Bar & Grill"?

After a conversation with representatives of the Applebee's brand, we have some updates on Club Applebee's. They managed to clear some things up for us regarding what has been going down after dark at their restaurants. The good news? Club Bee's is still going strong.

As it turns out, Applebee's wasn't too pleased when Club Applebee's made headlines last year. Which is understandable for a restaurant targeting traditional families, like this one.



According to a PR representative, most of the stories from August 2012 focused on photos of an "extremely dated" event sponsored by a radio station that "was not aligned with the brand's values."



The rep explained to us that all but 23 Applebee's nationwide are owned by independent franchisees—smaller management companies that operate the branches in their region.



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Packing Up Your Family And Moving To Panama Is Easier Than You Think

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In 2008 my wife and I packed up our family, with two children under 6 and moved to Panama.

When we arrived we found out we were not the only ones. In fact, in the last five years our small expat community in Panama has transformed from a rural beach community to a populous expat haven with three new and thriving elementary schools teaming with expat children. 

I’ve lived in boomtowns before, Atlanta, Key West, Waikiki, but I’d never seen anything like this. Naturally I wondered, “Why are all these families with young children leaving the U.S.?

Personally, I was tired of the rat race and wanted to slow down and enjoy life. I was sick of the bill of goods that was sold to me about needing to be a consumer to be happy. In addition I was concerned with the future of the U.S. economy and wanted to move some of my savings into foreign real estate. I also wanted to prepare my children for a globalized world.

Well, I discovered I was not the only one with these same desires.

In fact, if you poll your friends you will likely find some who are actively planning to leave the U.S. as well.  Not just daydreaming but actually planning the move. 

They are not alone.  According to Bob Adams, CEO of New Global Initiatives, millions of households are planning to leave the U.S. Bob has been surveying Americans since 2005, and what he finds is enlightening. 

He asked this question, “Are you planning to relocate to another nation for more than two years for reasons other than the requirements of the military, the government, or your job?”  The number who answered yes topped 5% for those aged 25-34.  That is one in twenty people and represents over 2 million people.

I have seen tremendous variety in the types of people relocating.  Some are wealthy but most are middle class.  Some are highly educated and some less so.   The common thread that unites them is a search for opportunity and freedom.

Opportunity.  

The legendary investor Jim Rogers said,  "If you were smart in 1807 you moved to London, if you were smart in 1907 you moved to New York City, and if you are smart in 2007 you move to Asia." 

That’s exactly what he did.  In 2007, he sold his New York mansion and moved to Singapore with his young children because he believes the greatest opportunities in the future will be found outside of the U.S. 

Since 2007, the Gallup organization has asked people in over 100 countries, “Ideally, if you have the opportunity, would you like to move permanently to another country, or would you prefer to continue living in this country?” 

Gallup found the numbers responding that they would move permanently were down in all regions except North America and Europe.  Perhaps not coincidentally, these two regions of the world have stalled economically while simultaneously their public debt levels have soared.

Many seeking opportunities are finding their options are greater outside the U.S. 

A rising tide lifts all ships, and with U.S. economic growth anemic at best, countries with better economies suddenly look appealing.

Take Panama and Singapore for example: In Singapore the GDP growth for 2010 & 2011 was 9.8 percent, and in Panama it was 9.1%. Compare that with 2.3% in the U.S. and you begin to get the picture.

In addition to seeking economic opportunities abroad, many of these new immigrants believe protecting their wealth from confiscatory governments by “offshoring” some portion of their assets just makes sense.

With Cyprus seizing assets directly from their citizens’ bank accounts, many fear more developed first world nations may not be far behind.

One way to protect their wealth is through direct ownership of foreign real estate. Whether it is farmland in Chile or beachfront property in Ecuador, where new beachfront condos sell for under $79,000, many believe that cheap foreign real estate in rapidly growing economies is an excellent “hedge” against sovereign risk back home.

Freedom.

The U.S. has long been considered the land of the free and it remains the number one destination for those who want to leave their countries, according to Gallup. 

But according to the 2013 Heritage Index the U.S. is slipping in the freedom department.  It is now considered less free than Chile, Hong Kong and even Singapore. Whether it’s perception or reality, many considering moving abroad believe their economic and personal freedoms are eroding.

I always laugh when guests ask if they can bring beer or build a fire on the beach.  Of course they can.  Their kids can also run around the pool and do flips and dives.  It is these small everyday freedoms that make living abroad so pleasant.  

According to an IRS report released just last December “…globalization has pushed an increasing number of individual taxpayers (including entrepreneurs and small businesses) to seek economic opportunities abroad.”

While the numbers are small, they have been increasing steadily since 2005.

Why this trend will increase. 

Besides opportunity and freedom people move abroad for dozens of other reasons. They may simply wish to learn a foreign language or have some adventure in their lives. They may move because they are tired of the rat race, or maybe they just want better weather and a lower cost of living. 

Americans are moving abroad simply because they can.  With a good internet connection it has never been easier for families to be mobile and make a living remotely. If people can make a living anywhere, why not live where the weather is good, the economy is growing and the government stays out of you hair?

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Ferrari Is Betting Big On China's Luxury Market

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Ultra-luxe Ferrari is the latest auto manufacturer to set its sights on China.

Earlier this week, Jing Daily wrote about the stream of international car companies – Audi, Tata, and GM among them – that are putting substantial resources into China through new mainland production facilities, research and development centers, and joint ventures.

With the release this week of its new five-year plan, the Italian sports-car maker has joined the club. Sort of.

As reported in China Daily, Ferrari’s announcement does not specify new mainland facilities, but company chairman Luca di Montezemolo indicated that Ferrari will invest $329 million – more than half its five-year R&D budget – in emissions reduction technology, which will help the carmaker meet Chinese energy conservation and emissions requirements.

Beyond research, Ferrari’s China plan focuses primarily on sales and marketing, with stability and incremental growth – not skyrocketing gains – apparently the goal. Together, the Greater China and Far East regions currently generate 28 percent of Ferrari’s annual turnovers; by 2017, Montezemolo expects the number to rise only to 30 percent. By contrast, the increase in the U.S. market is targeted at 10 percent, which will bring that sector to 30 percent as well. Turnover in Europe and the Middle East is expected to decline from the current 52 percent to 40.

China’s current austerity campaign may be one reason for the modest five-year forecast – it is, after all, difficult to be “stealth wealth” about an ultra-premium sports car. Even so, Greater China is the company’s second-largest global market. Last year 784 Ferraris were sold there, more than 10 percent of global 2012 sales of 7,318. By the end of the year the brand will add three more mainland dealerships, bringing the Greater China total to 30.

“I’m satisfied with our market performance in China,” Montezemolo said in China Daily. “In the coming years we will put more effort into China, the world’s largest vehicle market, including training customers into making the Prancing Horse [the Ferrari marque] more favored by growing new rich.”

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10 Awesome Cultural Tours That Will Make You Feel Like A Local

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It’s an old travel cliché: Americans go to Paris and eat at McDonald’s.

While this is an unfair stereotype, it’s not unheard of for visitors in a foreign country to spend so much time with other like-minded vacationers at top tourist destinations that they never uncover the more underground, local attractions.

It’s hardly a traveler’s fault—how can a culturally curious tourist find genuine local experiences in a world of sanitized tourist traps?

Look no further! Here are ten exclusive cultural experiences that offer the opportunity to interact with locals and learn firsthand about their country and customs.

Santiago, Chile

The capital of Chile is a bustling modern metropolis framed by the towering Andes. With its 19th century neoclassical architecture, elegant parks and colonial plazas, it’s a dream destination for anyone headed to South America.

To really dig into local Santiguan culture, enjoy the three Ds (dinner, dining and drinks) with a local guide. Start your night with tapas and pisco sours, followed by stops at two traditional “picadas” (bars) where you can chat with locals and soak up the sounds of bolero and tango music.



Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hundreds of thousands of tourists will be flocking to Brazil in the next four years for the World Cup and the Olympics. While they’ll be lured by the siren song of fútbol and sport, it would be a shame to miss out on one of the cornerstones of Brazilian culture: the samba. Sure, you could hit a samba performance and call it a night, but why not embrace a dose of Brazilian enthusiasm and take a class instead? Learn to swivel your hips with a one hour dance class at a Copacabana samba school and then hit the streets for a night of revelry in Rio’s famous dance clubs!  



Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech’s ancient red walls and bustling souks offer a totally immersive cultural experience in and of themselves. But sometimes, to really get to know a country, you need to get a little messy. In this case, we’re talking about a kitchen mess. A half-day cooking lesson with a local Moroccan chef means six hours’ worth of culinary adventure – such as learning to use local herbs, spices, oils and traditional conical cooking pots to make spicy tagines. Add in a little wine, and you have the makings of a perfect cultural culinary experience.



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7 Personal Finance Experts Share The Best Advice They Got From Their Moms

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mother kids familyWhether they're full-time homemakers or big time movers and shakers, moms just aren't getting enough credit these days.

When you consider the fact that they must rear a human child and then condition him or her for survival in the crazy world we live in, the fact that some would only estimate their value at $66,000/year is startling. 

Women are emerging not only as breadwinners in the home but money managers as well. Nearly 60 percent of working mothers say they hold the reigns on their household expenses alone and another 30 percent share the responsibility with their partners.

In light of Mother's Day, we thought we'd celebrate by asking some bright personal finance minds some of the most important money lessons their moms ever taught them. 

"Never rely on someone else to take care of you –– not even your husband."

"My mom's best money advice is to never be financially dependent on anyone, including my husband. She told me time and again to make my own money, have my own career and build my own credit.

And her advice doesn't stem from being financially jilted by a man –– she's been married to my father for over 40 years and her parents were married for almost 60 years. Instead, she recognized the importance of financial independence (especially for women) and insisted I take the necessary steps to cultivate a stable lifestyle for myself." 

––Kendal Perez, blogger at HassleFreeSavings.com



"Don't be afraid of banks. Be better than them."

"There are far too many people who demonize the financial services environment and cause us to fear banks, fear credit cards and fear debt. That's just silly.

I was always taught by my parents that it's better to understand and leverage the financial services system than it was to be scared of it and avoid it."

––John Ulzheimer, CEO of SmartCredit.com



"You're never too young to have a side hustle."

"While I was fortunate enough to always have what I needed growing up, any extras were on me. Starting at age 12 or so I worked weekends and summers at my mom’s store coupled with other jobs, like babysitting and busing tables.

I saved my little paychecks namely for concerts, vintage clothing shopping excursions and special trips to Newbury Comics in Boston for Duran Duran Japanese 12 imports. All those years saving for those little extras instilled in me a solid work ethic and a penchant for saving my pennies."

––Trae Bodge, Senior Editor, Retail Me Not 



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Argentina Ghost Town Re-Emerges After Being Underwater For 25 Years [PHOTOS]

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An Argentianian town has re-emerged after being underwater for 25 years, The Associated Press reports.

In the 1920s Villa Epecuen, located in the farmlands 340 miles south of Buenos Aires, was established as a tourist village along the shore of Lago Epecuen.

The saltwater lake has 10 times more salt than the ocean — making the water buoyant — and tourists from Buenos Aires' large Jewish community flocked there to float in water that reminded them of the Dead Sea.

The town thrived for decades — its population topped 5,000 in the 1970s — before the lake overflowed its banks on Nov. 10, 1985, and flooded the town.

The Associated Press notes that one man, Pablo Novak, refused to leave and still lives on the edge of the town. 

Now the water has mostly receded, creating a post-apocalyptic landscape, and the 82-year-old Novak welcomes people who visit to wander the wrecked streets.

Check out these amazing photos taken by the AP's Natacha Pisarenko:

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Here's a closeup of that last one:

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Architects Reveal Design For Mumbai's Tallest Tower

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Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture have unveiled a competition-winning prototype in which they hope will become Mumbai’s tallest skyscraper.

Standing 400-meters about the crowded city streets, the 116-story Imperial Tower’s curvilinear form is aerodynamically shaped to “confuse the wind.”

Its 132 “spacious and luxurious” residential units are punctuated by north- and south-facing sky gardens, which break up wind currents around the tower and provide unprecedented access to natural light and views of the Arabian sea.

Providing a strong visual contrast to its neighbors predominantly masonry cladding, the tower’s “highly sustainable”, metallic skin blocks heat gain and diffuses direct sunlight in the hot and humid climate of Mumbai.

Further sustainable measures will be used on greywater and rainfall collection, highly efficient mechanical systems, a green-wall podium and the use of native vegetation.

Some renderings of the project:

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7 Things Fake Online Dating Profiles Usually Say

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eyes open search look hide peekOnline, it's hard to tell who's fake and who's real.

An estimated one of every 10 dating profiles online are fake, and more than $50 million is lost to romance scams annually, according to the FBI.

Online dating site Seeking Arrangement deletes more than 600 fake accounts per day. It got together with background-screening company TC LogiQ and analyzed 60,000 banned profiles for common traits.

Of the 60,000 fake accounts, here are the seven most shared qualities.

Hint: be cautious when approaching "Catholic" "women."

82% of the 60,000 banned accounts listed their religion as "Catholic."



63% of the 60,000 banned accounts listed their relationship status as "widowed." Scammers use this to play the sympathy card.



71% of the 60,000 banned accounts said they were "females."



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5 Mansions That Are Fit For The Great Gatsby

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beacon towers great gatsby“… It was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It was Gatsby’s mansion.”

These familiar words from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” are coming to life on the big screen this Friday. While the highly anticipated movie was filmed on the coast of Australia, Fitzgerald’s inspiration for Jay Gatsby’s home has long been debated.

Where would the mysterious Gatsby host his lavish Jazz Age parties today? We’ve rounded up a few top contenders currently on the market.

Rhode Island royalty

237 Ruggles Ave, Newport, RI
For sale: $17.9 million

With 425 feet of oceanfront property above Cliff Walk, this Rhode Island mansion has it all. From a ballroom that seats 120 guests to a stunning swimming pool, the 1875-built estate is in impeccable condition.

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Los Angeles landmark

455 Lorraine Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
For sale: $11.25 million

A classic example of American Beaux Arts architecture, the famed Dorothy Chandler estate remains a historical landmark. Of note, the ornate music room has accommodated several fundraisers attended by U.S. presidents, with the home being referred to as the “Western White House.”  Designed by architects of the Hearst Castle, the property has undergone five major renovations to restore the 1913 construction.

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Admit-one Atlanta

490 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 
For sale: $19.9 million

According to the listing agent, this home is “ideal for lavish entertaining” with 7 full kitchens, 9 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, 2 gyms, a grand ballroom, recording studio, salon, cigar room, movie theater, fountains, spas and a breathtaking courtyard pool. While built several years after Fitzgerald was dreaming of Gatsby’s home, the palatial mansion is undoubtedly worthy of the fictional character.

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Wood-carved Woodside

125 Northgate St, Woodside, CA 
For sale: $10.95 million

Built in the 1930s, this estate was modeled after Hampton Court, a 16th-century royal family residence in Middlesex, England. Noted architect Albert Farr used brick and stucco-cut stone, Gothic arches, ornate plaster detailing and carved-wood paneling to create the feel of a royal castle.

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Tennessee tradition

2467 Hidden River Ln, Franklin, TN 
For sale: $17.5 million

A gated entrance, poolside cabana and rich tapestries embody the traditional Southern luxury you’d expect on a 48-acre Tennessee estate. Other noteworthy features include an elevator, spa and separate guest quarters.

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Bentley's New Special Edition Cars Are Inspired By Famous Racing Drivers

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This year Bentley is celebrating two significant milestones, the 90th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 10th anniversary of the automaker’s last overall victory in the classic endurance race.

As part of its celebrations, Bentley is introducing six new ‘Le Mans Limited Edition’ specifications available on its flagship Mulsanne sedan and Continental range of coupes and convertibles.

Each of the special editions are inspired by a driver from Bentley’s six victories at 24 Hours of Le Mans, won throughout the event’s 90-year history, and each of these special edition cars will be built in a run of 48 examples.

After being the sole British entry and placing fourth in the inaugural 1923 race, Bentley won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924. From 1927 to 1930 Bentley dominated the event and took victory on four consecutive occasions.

After this, it wouldn’t be until 2003, some 83 years later, that Bentley would achieve another victory at the event, which it did with its Speed 8 prototype.

The drivers that are being honored include original Bentley Boy John Duff, who gave Bentley its first win at Le Mans in 1924; Dudley Benjafield, who took top honors in 1927; Woolf Barnato, the winner in 1928, 1929 and 1930; Tim Birkin and Glen Kidston, also winners in 1930; and finally Guy Smith, who drove the Speed 8 across the finish line in 2003’s race.

Each of the Le Mans Limited Edition cars will have a unique numbered plaque, a custom clock face, Le Mans logos on the headrests, tread plates with the limited edition name, special wheels, and specific interior veneers and exterior colors.

They also feature drilled alloy foot pedals, sports tuned suspension and steering, quad tailpipe finishers, and two-piece five spoke dark tint alloy wheels.

Sales of the new Le Mans Limited Edition range commence this summer.

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The Coolest Hotel Amenities In The Hamptons

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oyster bikesThis post originally appeared on Oyster.com.

The Hamptons has a reputation as one of the East Coast’s premier beach destinations, filled with natural beauty and luxe amenities.

So whether they’re high-end spas, Buddha gardens, or some exclusive yacht parking, these Hamptonite amenities are some of our favorite hotel extras ever.

Take a look at the perks that make weekends away in the Hamptons even better!

C/O The Maidstone: Vintage Scandinavian Kronan Bikes

C/O is full of amenities that appeal to chic Hamptonites, including free yoga classes in the Buddha garden, a private wine cellar, free loaner iPods, a chef's garden, and Vintage Scandinavian Kronan bicycles for guests to use.

Get a closer look at the C/O The Maidstone.



Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina: Yacht Club & Marina

This family-friendly resort has a variety of cool guests perks, including charter-boat excursions from the attached marina.

Not to be upstaged by the C/O, it also offers loaner bikes (that, albeit, aren't quite as cute as the vintage-style ones).

Get a closer look at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina.



The East Hampton Art House Bed & Breakfast: Art Studio

Although there are only four rooms for rent in this elegant B&B in East Hampton, the inn offers more -- and better -- amenities than those at many much larger properties.

They include media roomendless poolgame room, and art studio.

Get a closer look at the East Hampton Art House Bed & Breakfast.



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The Best Hotel Bars For After-Work Drinks In 12 US Cities

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The Red Owl at the Hotel Monaco Philadelphia barThis post originally appeared on Oyster.com.

Hotel bars are often a convenient spot for a nightcap or a quick after-work drink (anything to take the edge off!) while on a business trip — but not all have the right vibe and noise level to help free your mind of all the stress after a long day of work.

Whether you have been working all day in your office, or running from meeting to meeting while on the road, these great hotel bars are a safe bet for some after-work fun.

Red Owl Tavern at Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

The Red Owl Tavern is a hip spot located off the lobby at Hotel Monaco.

It offers a fantastic wine list (put together by Kimpton Hotels master sommelier Emily Wines), and hand-crafted cocktails.

With huge windows overlooking Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, a couple of cool industrial-inspired details, and house-cured charcuterie board specials, the bar attracts a varied crowd of professionals.



Breslin Bar at ACE Hotel NY

April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, co-owners of New York restaurant The Spotted Pig, teamed up for Ace’s Breslin Bar, a hopping, casual spot that’s popular among young professionals.

It can get crowded, so better get there early; if that last presentation is holding you back and the Breslin is already packed by the time you arrive, the hotel’s lobby is also a wonderful place for a drink, and offers food from the Breslin as well.



W Lounge at the W Boston

The W’s stylish lounge turns into a happening bar by night.

The cool, modern space has sleek booths, oversize suede chairs, metal curtains, and trickling water panels.

But this being Boston, there’s also a crackling fire that the young, attractive crowd gathers around to sip their pineapple martinis — at least when it’s chilly outside.



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9 Things That Will Trash Your Home's Value

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With the real estate market as shaky as it is, homeowners can't afford to deal with more problems.

And yet there's always something that pops up –– whether its noisy neighbors or an unfortunately-placed sinkhole.

We've rounded up some of the biggest threats to the value of a home.

Sinkhole damage sucks property values down a staggering 30%.

The prevalence of reports of sinkhole damage in the U.S. this year has raised questions about the impact on property values. 

It's not the threat of a sinkhole that damages property value –– there's insurance coverage specifically for sinkhole damage. In fact, a 2007 study found no statistically significant difference in home values in areas prone to sinkholes. Like earthquakes, it's only after sinkholes hit your property that problems arise. 

Rob Arnold, a Florida real estate investor and realtor who has bought and sold more than 30 sinkhole properties in the last five years, told CF13 News he tells owners of damaged homes to knock 30% off their asking price, plus the cost of any repairs. 



City dumps and power plants can drag down your home value by about 7%.

Pick a home in close proximity to a dump or a power plant and watch your property value get dinged.

When researchers looked at five municipal landfills on residential property in Cleveland, Ohio, they found the stench was enough to drag down property values by 5.5 to 7.3%. Landfills are most hurtful in populated, expensive, residential areas. The effect was basically nonexistent in sparse, rural areas. 

Likewise, the University of California at Berkeley found homes within two miles of a power plant saw values drop 4 to 7%.



Hoarders knock property values down 5 to 10%.

A nearby property's overgrown yard, peeling paint, and clutter can easily knock 5 to 10% off the sale price of your home, said Joe Magdziarz, the president of the Appraisal Institute and a real-estate appraiser with 40 years of experience. A true disaster — a junky home in deplorable condition and a yard packed with debris — could cost you even more.



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Social Network For The Elite Is Getting Even More Exclusive

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ASmallWorld, the invite-only social network for the elite, is about to become even more exclusive.

The site, which bills itself as "a private international community of culturally influential people who are connected by three degrees," launched to a lot of fanfare back in 2004.

Harvey Weinstein bought a stake in 2006 (which he later sold), and the site has been reinventing itself for the last couple of years.

ASW will officially relaunch today as a paid-subscription service, offering travel and lifestyle content and deals to a limited pool of members. Until recently, the website had around 850,000 users; under the new business model, it will cap users at 250,000.

CEO Sabine Heller said the move would let the company verify its entire user base and "ensure the integrity of our community in a way that no social network has ever done before.”

The relaunch comes a couple of months after a major user purge: ASW famously booted both Tiger Woods and Lindsay Lohan from its ranks, and stopped accepting new applicants in March.

Now, anyone who wants to join has to be invited by a current member, and fork over an annual fee of 85 EUR ($110). 

Here are a few perks of membership:

  • Deals, discounts, and special access from hundreds of partners including airlines, hotels, salons, spas, and fashion designers

  • A membership card designed by designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia

  • Access to more than 50 ASW events worldwide every month, including small parties, weekend getaways, and concerts

  • A customized website experience and mobile app

  • Complimentary services from a nightlife concierge The World's Finest Clubs

SEE ALSO: The Most Exclusive Private Clubs In New York City

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