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    Three stunning new developments from Glenveagh Homes now available

    Over a long number of years Glenveagh have earned a reputation as being one of the best home builders in Ireland.
    Building modern homes for the way people live today, Glenveagh have been very proactive in bringing quality family homes to communities across Ireland.
    Not alone are you guaranteed a top quality A-rated finish with Glenveagh but you’re also purchasing homes designed for family living with large living areas, seeded rear gardens and modern kitchens.
    With that in mind we decided to take a closer look at three of Glenveagh’s developments around the country which are available right now.
    These include:

    Ruxton Oaks, Blackcastle, Navan, Co Meath: 3 Bedroom Homes from €310,000
    The Hawthorns, Tullamore, Co Offaly: 3 Bedroom Homes from €250,000
    Oldbridge Manor, Drogheda, Co Meath: 3 Bedroom Homes from €325,000

    Each of these fantastic new developments have so much to offer. Let’s have a close look into exactly what benefits each of them have.
    Ruxton Oaks, Blackcastle, Navan, Co Meath

    Ruxton Oaks consists of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom family homes located at a historic and mature residential setting just north of Navan.
    The development is close to a wide range of amenities including schools, leisure facilities and excellent transport links.

    Ruxton Oaks has something to offer every type of resident from the first-time buyer to growing families. The houses are particularly spacious and ideal for families of all ages. A fluid layout is enhanced by bright and airy hallways, while big, high-spec windows make the most of the natural light.

    Each room is also designed with modern life in mind with large living areas and kitchens ideal for family get togethers while the bedrooms offer the perfect sanctuary. Externally high quality materials and innovative building methods ensure homes that look great and are guaranteed to stand the test of time.

    Ruxton Oaks is located at Blackcastle, a well-regarded residential setting just north of Navan. As well as a wide range of amenities, they also offer beautiful scenery over the River Boyne and its mature forestry. The M3 and M2 motorways are also just a few minutes away while for commuters there are several bus routes as well as a park and ride facility a short drive away in Dunboyne.

    The area is steeped in history with Navan at the heart of the Boyne Valley region. With a wide range of attractions nearby, you can also take into the beautiful Boyne Ramparts Walk, a linear stretch of 8km pathway that runs from Navan to Stackallen that takes in Babe’s Bridge (the oldest bridge on the river) and passes by the ruins of Dunmoe Castle and Ardmulchan Church.

    As Ireland’s fifth largest town, Navan is packed with amenities for all the family. There are a wide selection of primary and second level schools in the area as well as three shopping centres, two hospitals and two parks. Navan also has a wealth of sporting facilities including a tennis club, rugby club, boxing club, pitch and putt club, hockey club, gymnastics club and several GAA clubs.
    Find out more about Ruxton Oaks and register your interest here.
    The Hawthorns, Tullamore, Co Offaly

    The Hawthorns consists of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom family homes located in a prime residential location near the thriving town of Tullamore in Co Offaly.

    Located less than 10 minutes from the M6 Norway and a leisurely 15 minute stroll from the town centre, The Hawthorns is a great opportunity to purchase a spacious A-rated home beside one of the Midlands’ most popular towns.
    Homes at The Hawthorns are designed with you in mind and are particularly spacious and ideal for families of all ages. A fluid layout is enhanced by bright and airy hallways, while big, high-spec windows make the most of the natural light.

    Rooms are designed with modern life in mind with large living areas and kitchens ideal for family get togethers. Externally high quality materials and innovative building methods ensure homes that look great and are guaranteed to stand the test of time.

    Transport links at The Hawthorns are truly excellent. Tullamore Train Station is a short seven-minute drive from your front door with a travel time of just 60 minutes to Dublin’s Heuston Station. The AirCoach also offers a fast and frequent service to Dublin International Airport while for motorists the M6 interchange is just 12km away, linking Galway and Dublin and offering access to many other main roads in the country.

    One of the major benefits of The Hawthorns is how urban meets rural. Tullamore is one of the biggest towns in the Midlands with a host of great local amenities to match. Yet in your leisure time you can enjoy some of the best scenery and walks in the area. This includes a trek up the Slieve Bloom Mountains or discovering the spooky history of Charleville Castle.

    There are a wide selection of primary and second level schools in the area as well as two shopping centres, the Midlands Regional Hospital and two parks. Tullamore also has a wealth of sporting facilities including a golf club, tennis club, rugby club, football park, leisure centre and Tullamore GAA Centre.

    Tullamore is a thriving town with something from everyone including a wide range of local and mainstream shops, while The Bridge Centre is the Midlands’ premier shopping centre, housing both a six-screen cinema and over 30 stores. At night the town really comes to life. It is packed with wonderful artisan coffee shops, restaurants and bars while there are a number of great days out nearby including Lough Boora Discovery Park, a 2,000 hectare facility filled with walking and cycling trails, unique outdoor sculptures, a fairy trail, stunning scenery and countless species of birds and plans. The beautiful Grand Canal Way also offers some stunning walkways as well as many water-based activities.
    Find out more about The Hawthorns and register your interest here.
    Oldbridge Manor, Drogheda, Co Meath

    Oldbridge Manor consists of 3 and 4 bedroom family homes on an elevated site 2km west from Drogheda town centre.
    Oldbridge Manor is an extremely attractive new development thanks to a tasteful combination of brick and render on the exterior of each home, long with an abundance of green space. Modern and innovative building methods and high-quality materials combine to create homes that will look great and feel comfortable for generations to come.

    Inside the interiors are thoughtfully laid out to suit modern living and are all finished to the highest of standards.
    A host of educational, recreational and retail amenities are within walking distance, making this an ideal location for families of all ages. Residents can also enjoy the restored Oldbridge House with visitor centre, amazing Victorian walled gardens and within the historic Battle of the Boyne site, just minutes from the front door.

    Drogheda itself is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. It is located on the M1 on the east coast of Ireland, mainly in Co Louth but with the south fringes of the town in Co Meath. It is just 40 minutes from Dublin City Centre and 30 minutes from Dublin Airport and is therefore incredibly popular with commuters and families with ease of access to the M1 motorway as well as a train station and numerous bus routes.

    There is a wide variety of schools and amenities on your doorstep including numerous schools, a third level college and a wide selection of shops, pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, theatres, retail parks, a water park and much more. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange is also located 8km west of the town while Tayto Park is also a short drive. There is also a wide range of sporting facilities on your doorstep including several GAA clubs, golf clubs, a rugby club, a League of Ireland football club, leisure centres and more. The Ramparts playground and the Princess Grace Rose Garden are all within an easy stroll of Oldbridge Manor.

    The development itself benefits from the extensive River Boyne Board Walk, a beautiful greenway for walkers and joggers beside the picturesque River Boyne. The path leads to Oldbridge House, home to an extremely large and attractive park and the Battle of the Boyne museum.
    Find out more about Oldbridge Manor and register your interest here. More

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    Get To Know Your Agent: Focus on Bandon

    It’s the second edition of our ‘Get To Know Your Agent’ feature and today we’re focusing on Bandon in West Cork.
    Today we get the views of Majella Galvin of DNG Galvin Property Services to find out all that the area has to offer.
    So if you live in or near Bandon or equally if you’re planning a visit there, check out their recommendations of the best places to check out.
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    How long have you lived/worked in your county/area?
    I am proud to say I am a Bandon native. I grew up just outside the town. Bandon is known as the Gateway to West Cork.
    Majella Galvin and her sister Caroline in the DNG Michael Galvin offices
    Favourite public amenity in your area?
    That would have to be the Graham Norton Walk. Named after the chat show host, the Graham Norton Walk is a fantastic riverside walkway.
    The Graham Norton River Walk in Bandon
    Favourite restaurant/coffee shop?
    Bandon has many fine restaurants and cafes. Pádraigíns serves delicious homemade pizza, The Poacher’s Inn is renowned for their seafood and Michelle’s House & Warren Allen are great places for coffee and cake.
    The Poacher’s Inn is renowned for its seafood
    Is there a local market or farmers’ market?
    The Country Market is open on Fridays and Saturdays. They have a great selection of homemade jams, quiches, desserts and flowers. The Farmers’ Market is held each Saturday within the town centre. It is a bustling place with plenty of food stalls with crepes, coffee, fresh vegetables, plants etc.
    Best takeaway?
    Well that would have to be Pádraigíns. They are a family-run business who source local fresh produce. The lasagne with garlic bread is my favourite. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself when you visit Bandon.
    Michelle recommends the lasagne and garlic bread in Pádraigíns
    Favourite bar?
    Bandon has many fine bars. The Old Market Bar has undergone a revamp in recent years. It is a spacious and comfortable bar with a great friendly atmosphere. I’m looking forward to their re-opening soon. The Copper Grove is a popular bar with great food and is a popular venue for family occasions.
    The Old Market
    Favourite sporting facility?
    Well I am not really a sportsperson. Bandon GAA Pavilion is an excellent facility for the town, Bandon Rugby Club and Bandon Golf Club ensures the town has a great mix of sporting facilities.
    Bandon Golf Club
    Favourite Place to Walk?
    The Clare O’Leary Walk is a lovely walkway which follows the path of the old Cork-Bandon Railway.
    Area of Scenic Beauty?
    The newly constructed Bandon Footbridge is a spectacular sight. The Bandon River and riverside walkway.
    The Bandon Footbridge
    Best children’s attraction in the area?
    The playground and skate park are hugely popular with children. There are on-going fundraising for the children’s playground so there are better things on the way.
    Bandon skate park
    Is there a must see in your area?
    The majestic River Bandon and its Weir with its wildlife is a must see. An attractive footbridge was built in recent years.
    The River Bandon Weir
    The best thing about living in your area is…
    Bandon has a great community spirit and friendly people. The town is situated less than 20 minutes from Cork City western suburbs and a short distance from spectacular coastal towns and villages. We have the best of both worlds in Bandon.

    Check out all the latest properties for sale in Bandon on MyHome.ie here. More

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    Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s Encino Mansion Lists for a Cool $16.75 Million

    Last summer, amid the Covid-19 lockdowns and around the time they added a baby to their growing family, boy band royal and budding actor Joe Jonas and 2019 Emmy nominated Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner hoisted their 3,000-square-foot three-bedroom and three-bath condo in downtown Manhattan’s trendy Nolita neighborhood on the market at $6.5 million. The price was soon and considerably chopped to $5.9 million and, at the tail end of the year, slashed again to $5.4 million, a notable but presumably weatherable bit below the slightly more than $5.6 million the pecuniarily blessed couple paid in March 2018.

    Now, with a Manhattan condo that no one seems to want, at least at a price they’re willing to accept, the Turner-Joneses have taken it off the market and, as was first tittered about by the property gossips at The Wall Street Journal, tossed their fashionably appointed mansion in LA’s ever more popular and expensive Encino community up for sale at an attention getting $16.75 million.

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    The sky-high asking price makes it not only the most expensive house currently available on the open market in Encino, it also represents a hefty bump above the $14.1 million the couple shelled out for the then newly built estate only about 1.5 years ago, shortly after their two weddings, the first an under-the-radar affair in Las Vegas and the other a more elegant, star-studded event at the Le Château de Tourreau near the Provençal town of Avignon in the south of France.
    Set on almost an acre of groomed grounds, secured behind high gates and fortified by a comprehensive security system, the roughly 15,000-square-foot home was designed by Jae Omar Design with a sophisticated blend of natural woods and imported stone used in a contemporary manner. According to listings held by Carl Gambino of Compass, there are nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms, plus three powder rooms, between the sprawling L-shaped main house and the two-story entertainment pavilion/guest house,

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    Pared back and modern with familiar architectural shapes, the tri-gabled front of the house is accented with vertical wood planks, while a pair of stone foo dogs guard the solid wood front door that floats in a two-story wall of glass held in place between whitewashed brick volumes.

    Lustrous, variegated walnut floorboards in the huge double-height entrance gallery run throughout most of the house; The flannel-grey marble fireplace in the formal sitting room is enhanced by a pair olive-colored velvet sofas; And a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass is all that separates the formal dining room from a climate-controlled walk-in wine vault.
    In the family room, a book-matched grey-marble fireplace column stands between floor-to-ceiling wood storage boxes, and full-height panels of glass vanish into the walls to merge indoor and outdoor living and entertainment spaces.
    The main kitchen is open over a long island where a single plank of polished wood with a raw edge serves as a seven-seat snack bar. There’s also a second prep kitchen for larger scale events as well as an informal dining space that spills out to an outdoor dining area through disappearing walls of glass.

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    A second family room on the upper floor includes a fireplace and direct access to a large terrace that overlooks the swimming pool.
    Some of the guest and family bedrooms in the main house open to balconies and all off them, per marketing materials, have deluxe private bathrooms.
    The master bedroom feels like a five-star treehouse with leafy views into the surrounding treetops through huge expanses of windows that slip in the walls. A fireplace anchors the sitting area, the custom-fitted walk-in closet and dressing room is perfect for a couple of red carpet regulars, and the spa-style bath is bathed in earth tone stone tile work with a huge open shower space and a freestanding soaking tub.
    The main house also includes a well-equipped gym that opens to the backyard and a plush screening room. 

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    The ground floor of the two-story entertaining and guest pavilion has been transformed into a pub-like lounge complete with red brick walls, a vintage bar and a pool table. There’s also a humidor, a fog machine, disco lights and a hidden DJ station. Upstairs contains guest quarters.

    Shielded by tall fences and mature landscaping with an ancient oak tree that arches over the swimming pool and spa, the resort-style backyard has a couple of comfortably furnished lounging areas, an outdoor kitchen, lots of evergreen faux-grass that incorporates a putting green, and an outdoor projector for al fresco movie nights.
    Check out more images of the mansion below.

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    aparto brings student living to new heights at The Loom, opening this September in Dublin

    Experience vibrant student accommodation at aparto’s brand new student residence, The Loom. Book with confidence, flexible cancellation policy, get up to two weeks free rent and there’s a group booking offer.
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    The Loom, aparto’s brand new student residence, will open its spacious, state of the art accommodation to students from far and near this September, on Cork Street, Dublin 8. Students will feel inspired, become  part of a thriving community and enjoy living in colourful and versatile surroundings.

    Although we’re living in uncertain times, aparto wants to ensure that your transition into college life and search for accommodation is as easy as possible this year.
    Voted two years in a row as the Best Private Student Halls Provider in NSHS 2019*and 2018*, offering private student ensuite rooms in shared apartments. With residences  Binary Hub, Beckett House, Dorset Point, and their brand new residence opening in September– The Loom.

    BEDROOM
    It’s not just 166 comfy ensuite bedrooms on offer at The Loom. Students will be welcomed by a friendly team and enjoy unwinding in a plethora  of contemporary indoor and outdoor landscaped spaces. Each aparto residence is an award-winning destination where students are supported, encouraged, and made to feel at home.

    COMMON SPACE 
    The common space is a great place to socialise and for students to meet like-minded friends, feel inspired at events and enjoy the ultimate student experience throughout the year. In the event of a small group event the dining space can be separated from the main space and pool area.
     
    GYM
    This gym is ideal for beginners to advanced gym-goers. It is the perfect place to keep fit and active, with surround sound allowing students to listen to their music and concentrate on their workout.
    ROOFTOP TERRACE
    The rooftop terraces are an outdoor oasis all year round – with panoramic views overlooking the Dublin city landscape. A great area for students to support their wellbeing, feel energised, socialise, enjoy some fresh air or sunshine.

    STUDY SNUG
    On each floor there is a small room hidden away for a bit of privacy. These snugs are designed to allow students a quiet space to study, create podcasts, tiktok content, or simply enjoy collaborating with a friend!

    CINEMA
    The cinema is the luxurious centre of the common spaces, for cosy movie nights with friends, to PS5 gaming competitions, karaoke or presentation preparation work.

    EXPERIENCE AND WELLBEING PROGRAMME   
    Not forgetting aparto’s awesome experience and wellbeing programme, which takes place throughout the year in the common spaces – from cook alongs to interior styling sessions, cocktails to career demos, modern macrame to calligraphy and from power-up Pilates to hiit workouts (virtually at present)!  Student residents will find lifelong friends and have experiences that will shape the rest of their lives. This is evident even during a Pandemic, from the minute students arrive, aparto is a resource, a base, a home, and a friend.
    LIFESTYLE / Courtyard  

    So, what’s not to love and what are you waiting for?
    Visit our website to find out more about The Loom

    Your stay will include all of your bills, plus so much more:

    A great social and wellbeing scene, with events and activities throughout the year. (virtually at present!)
    Lots of inspiring spaces to enjoy: common spaces, cinema, onsite gym, games courtyard, rooftop terraces
    Speedy WIFI
    Private study and podcast pods
    Laundry facilities
    Expert friendly team
    24-hour CCTV
    Ample bike storage
    Access to our mental health partner supports through JIGSAW and Kooth student platform – offering aparto residents anonymous, friendly, secure online counselling, peer-to-peer support self-care help and advice.
    Increased Covid safety measures

    aparto also wants to remind students and parents that as the Leaving Cert and International Travel plans are still unclear. If you need to move in early, there’s up to two weeks FREE rent, they will be offering free cancellation up until 31st July 2021. T&C’s apply
    The Loom is offering students and parents the opportunity to avail of a 360 personalised virtual tour via Zoom. With fully furnished apartments ranging from four to eight bedrooms. The aparto team want to help you find the best fit possible and welcome you for when college starts in September 2021.

    Whether you’re planning to head to BIMM, Griffith College, NCAD, RCSI, TU Dublin, Trinity College, to name but a few, The Loom’s location is ideal making sure you’re close to your college, the city and or the sea side with great public transport options!

    BIMM – 3 minute by bike or 8 minute walk
    TU DUBLIN Aungier St 5 minute by bike or 12 minute walk
    Griffith College – 7 minute by bike or 12 minute walk
    NCAD – 8 minute by bus and 12 minute walk
    Trinity College Dublin – 10 minute by bus or 20 minute walk
    DBS  5 minute by bike or 18 minute walk
    Royal College of Surgeons -10 minute walk
    UCD – 25 minutes by bike or 42 minutes by bus

    Current Offers at aparto*

    GROUP BOOKING OFFER – Book an apartment with at least 1 other friend & get a €250 voucher each! Code: TEAMAPARTO. T&Cs apply.
    Need to move in early? Get up to 2 weeks’ FREE rent if you move in early. Limited availability.
    Book with confidence – free cancellation on all 2021 – 2022 bookings until 31st July. T&Cs apply.
    Studying any healthcare course– ask about aparto’s medical student rate*.

    The aparto residence are like families, and if you are living with aparto – we want you to feel like part of the family too! More

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    Inside Bill and Melinda Gates’s Bonkers Portfolio of American Real Estate

    After 27 years of marriage, amassing a planetary fortune and founding a namesake philanthropic enterprise with an endowment of nearly $50 billion, Bill and Melinda Gates announced this week that they’ve decided to split up in the most modern of ways, via Twitter. The split appears to be amicable, and the erstwhile couple says they will continue their roles as co-chairs and trustees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They will, however, need to divvy up their Brobdingnagian pile of assets, a no doubt Byzantine enterprise that has people around the world wondering who will get what.

    It’s often said that the Microsoft founder doesn’t like to spend his money frivolously. Frivolous, however, is in the eye of the beholder and often depends on the size of one’s bank account. And, for Gates, currently ranked by the bean counters at Forbes as the fourth richest person on earth with a net worth of around $130 billion, not spending frivolously means maintaining a fleet of Porsches and other high-performance sports cars, traveling by private jet—reportedly a Bombardier BD-700 Global Express that costs upwards of $40 million—and, though it’s worth but a tiny fraction of his overall wealth, presiding over a property portfolio easily valued in excess of a quarter-billion bucks.
    It’s not clear exactly how many homes the Gates actually own, and some of their estates comprise numerous parcels and several houses. There are, though, at least eight houses and compounds spread across the United States that, according to tax records, have a combined annual tax bill that tallies up to about $4 million. That might be enough to give an ordinary millionaire a million sleepless nights, but for Gates, the yearly tax bills are nothing more than pecuniary child’s play, less, in fact, than he earns in a single day.

    Based on how much wealth he added to his bottom line over the past year, according to Business Insider, he earned about $4,630 per second. That means at a spending rate of $1 million per day it would take him about 400 years to spend his fortune. Business Insider went on to determine that he’s 66% richer than the entirety of the British monarchy, has more money than the richest person in Asia and the richest person in China, combined, and could give every person in the world $15 and still have $28 billion to spare.

    The Gates’ primary property in Medina, Washington. 

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    The Gates’ primary residence has long been a custom-built mansion that overlooks Lake Washington in Medina, Washington. The Pacific Lodge-inspired contemporary extravaganza, designed in conjunction between Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Cutler Anderson Architects, and often referred to in the press as Xanadu 2.0, after the estate of the lead character in “Citizen Kane,” measures in at about 66,000 square feet.
    Some of the notable creature comforts include seven bedrooms, two dozen bathrooms, six kitchens, including one that services a 2,200-square-foot ballroom/meeting space, garaging for a couple dozen cars and a 20-seat Art Deco-style theater. There’s also a 60-foot swimming pool with an underwater sound system, 2,500 square feet of health and wellness facilities complete with gym, sauna and steam room, a trampoline room with 20-foot ceiling, and a 2,100-square-foot library with a bookcase that swings open to reveal a hidden bar. Outside, there’s a sport court, a salmon and trout-stocked stream, a boat dock and a private lakefront beach with sand imported by barge from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.
    And, of course, the tech gadgetry is next level. Occupants and guests each wear a pin with pre-set preferences for lighting, temperature and audio-visual systems. The pins communicate with sensors throughout the house, and as one moves from room to room not only with one’s music selection of choice follow but the lights and climate systems will alter themselves automatically to correlate with preset preferences.
    And, because all that just isn’t enough, in addition to the main residence, which tax records show has a value of $130 million and a yearly tax bill of more than $2.3 million, the Gates own at least a dozen surrounding properties that altogether span more than ten acres with at least six additional luxury homes.

    The couple’s Indiana Wells home in California. 

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    INDIAN WELLS, CALIF.
    The Gates dropped $12.5 million in 1999 for a deluxe desert mansion that sits alongside the manicured greens of the exclusive Vintage Club in Indian Wells, Calif., a private and exceedingly-posh golf and resort enclave about 20 miles southeast of Palm Springs.

    Not many details about the property are publicly available, but tax records and other digital resources indicate the 1.33-acre estate includes a main residence of nearly 14,000 square feet built in 1993 with six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms plus a huge swimming pool shaped like a guitar and vast sweep of manicured lawn.
    The Vintage Club’s other homeowners include a bevy of billionaires, Charles Koch, Bill Gross, Dennis Washington and Ingrid Flick among them.

    One of the Gates’ Rancho Sante Fe properties. 

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    RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF.
    In 2014, after it had been on the market for a few years at declining prices that started at a wildly optimistic $29.95 million and dropped to about $25 million, the Gates swooped into ritzy Rancho Santa Fe, Calif, a Beverly Hills-style suburb about 20 miles north of San Diego, and scooped up diet guru Jenny Craig’s 228-acre horse farm in an off-market deal for a discounted price of $18 million.
    Then known as Rancho Paseana, and now known as Evergate Stables, the thoroughbred training and competitive hunting-jumping facility has been upgraded over the last handful of years. However, at the time of its 2014 sale, the farm includes four 30-stall barns, plus a fifth that will hold another 21 horses, an office and veterinarian suite, a guesthouse, a couple of 30-acre pastures and a 3/4-mile racetrack.

    The couples Rancho Paseana property. 

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    RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF.
    At the time the Gates bought Rancho Paseana in 2014, they already owned — and still own — a four-plus-acre estate at the tony Del Mar Country Club. Perched on a low ridge at the end of a palm tree-lined drive with panoramic views over Rancho Paseana, which is now called Evergate Stables, the nearly 11,000-square-foot Mediterranean villa was acquired, per tax records, in 1999 for $5.1 million.

    The Gates’s oceanfront compound in Del Mar, California. 

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    DEL MAR, CALIF.
    After two decades bunking periodically in Rancho Santa Fe, the Gates decided last year they’d like a place to hunker down at the ocean and, just as the Covid-19 lockdowns began to sweep across the nation, sealed the deal on the much-publicized $43 million purchase of an oceanfront compound along one of the most exclusive streets in the affluent seaside community of Del Mar, about six miles west of their holdings in Rancho Santa Fe.

    Designed by renowned local architect Ken Ronchetti, the single-level home presides over about 120-feet of beach frontage and measures in at a comfortably large but well short of humongous 5,800 square feet with six bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, plus a pair of guesthouses. Marketing materials from the time of the sale indicate the unconventionally bifurcated estate —the main house sits on one side of the street and a secondary structure is on the other — offers a plethora of leisure and recreation options including a home theater, a glass-tiled swimming pool, a 10-person hot tub, a health and fitness suite and, of course, a huge terrace with unparalleled views up and down the sugary sand.

    A private Cody, Wyoming mansion owned by the duo. 

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    CODY, WYO.
    Back in 2009 it was widely reported Gates shelled out somewhere in the neighborhood of $9 million for a sublimely beautiful ranch of almost 500 acres nestled into the foothills of Carter Mountain about 20 miles outside of Cody, Wyoming.
    At the time of the transaction, marketing materials for the property indicated the fairly remote ranch is approached down a seven-mile-long drive with a 15,000-square-foot main residence known as Irma Lake Lodge. Additionally, there’s a five-bedroom guesthouse, a caretaker’s house, and a three-room cottage built by American Old West legend Buffalo Bill Cody who settled the land sometime around the turn of the 20th century. It was Cody, in fact, who gave the four small and pristine lakes that dot the ranch their names: Irma, Lilly, Arta and Natalie.

    The massive Rocky Mountain getaway, Yellowstone Club. 

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    YELLOWSTONE CLUB, MONT.
    The Gates family maintains a substantial Rocky Mountain getaway in the ultra-prestigious Yellowstone Club, a 13,600-acre members-only ski and golf resort community just west of Big Sky, Montana, where some of the other high net worth members are reported to include Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, TV producer Burt Sugarman and entertainment news journalist Mary Hart, Frank McCourt, former owner of the L.A Dodgers, Peter Chernin, former president of News Corp., and billionaire hotelier Barry Sternlicht.

    It’s not clear how much the Gates paid for the multi-acre estate property that sits on a wooded ridge with magical wrap-around mountain views, but becoming a member of the club is not for mere financial mortals. Membership reportedly requires a roughly $300,000 initiation fee, the purchase of a home, which typically start at more than $5 million, and close to $40,000 in annual fees.
    Though there’s a tradition of members not talking about each other, an unnamed member recalls in a 2009 New York Times article that one of the attractions to Yellowstone Club for the Gates is the high-level of privacy and security that allows the family to take to the slopes without bodyguards.

    The multiacre spread in Wellington, Florida owned by the Gates. 

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    WELLINGTON, FLA.
    The Gates have had a foot in the South Florida real estate trenches since at least 2009 when they paid $5 million for a waterfront estate in low-key Hobe Sound. That property was sold in 2018 — at a million-dollar loss — but some years ago, no doubt because their daughter Jennifer is an award-winning equestrian, the Gates shifted their property focus to the affluent equestrian-oriented village of Wellington, about 17 miles west of Palm Beach at the swampy edge of The Everglades.
    The Gates didn’t just buy a small training facility, however. Between 2013 and 2019, they ponied up close to $46 million for no fewer than five properties that comprise more than 25 contiguous acres within the exclusive and guard-gated Mallet Hill enclave. Their most recent acquisition in the horsey community came in 2019 when they splashed out $21 million in an off-market deal for a 7.7-acre spread with a recently built mansion.  More

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    Ryan Murphy Just Sold His Spanish Colonial Revival-Style Home in Beverly Hills for $16.5 Million

    Though it took about a year and a half, and he was compelled to come down a considerable amount off its original price of nearly $18 million, film and television dynamo Ryan Murphy has sold his celeb-pedigreed Beverly Hills mansion for its full $16.25 million final asking price.

    The six-time Emmy winner, whose full slate of projects is hardly limited to “Ratched,” Lone Star” and “Pose,” bought the encyclopedically refurbished and fastidiously maintained, Ralph Flewelling-designed 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival-style residence more than 11 years ago for $10 million from famously architecture and design savvy Oscar-winning actor Diane Keaton. However, he hasn’t lived there—at least not full time—since he and his growing family moved to an even bigger spread in nearby Brentwood a couple of years ago.

    Initially restored by Keaton, after which it was featured Architectural Digest, the nearly 8,500-square-foot home is uniquely entered through a combination foyer/library under a soaring groin-vaulted ceiling and showcases dark wood and glossy terra-cotta tile floors, numerous arched fireplaces, hand-forged wrought iron accents, exposed wood ceiling and period light fixtures.

    Plush and refined with a total of seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms (plus two powder rooms), the home’s main living spaces include ample formal living and dining rooms, a gourmet kitchen and a den that doubles as a media room. Many rooms open through French doors to the backyard and/or to an arched colonnade that wraps around a bricked courtyard that’s shaded by a couple of pepper trees with a fountain at its center.
    Two of the main-house’s six bedrooms are on the main floor and suitable for guests or staff, while the sprawling owner’s suite offers a fireplace, two bathrooms and two balconies, one that overlooks the courtyard and the other with a view over the backyard. The house also includes a study, a fitness room and a multi-room guesthouse.
    Strands of light that span the backyard are reflected in the simply rectangular, ever-so-slightly above-ground swimming pool, and towering cacti make a prickly fence around a large patio between the main house and guest house.
    The one-of-a-kind property was jointly listed with Kevin Augunas and Chris Cortazzo at Compass, while the buyer was repped in the deal by Crosby Doe at Crosby Doe Associates.

    Last year Murphy and his husband, photographer David Miller, sold a Laguna Beach, Calif., compound for $10.65 million, while at the same time two of their homes, the aforementioned Brentwood spread and a bespoke New York City townhouse, were featured in an Architectural Digest article penned by Murphy with photos by Miller.
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    The Hawthorns in Tullamore has plenty to offer all the family

    The fact that a playground was installed on site before launch is a clear sign that The Hawthorns in Tullamore, Co Offaly, is a development geared towards both family and the future.

    These superb new houses from Glenveagh Homes have three beds starting from €250,000 with two beds also available in future phases.
    Homes at The Hawthorns have been designed for family living with spacious and fluid layouts enhanced by bright and airy hallways and big, high-spec windows to make the most of the natural light.
    The rooms are all designed with modern life in mind, with large living areas and kitchens ideal for family get-togethers. The bedrooms are also spacious, providing a perfect sanctuary to rest after a busy day.

    The flexible spaces throughout the homes at The Hawthorns can be configured to suit your family’s individual needs. Rooms are large and comfortable with open-plan living and dining spaces along with a high-spec modern kitchen.

    The exterior of the homes are very attractive with a tasteful mix of brickwork. Internally walls are painted through the home with contemporary skirting and architraves finished in an off-white satin paint.
    The homes also come equipped with generous lighting and power points and switches with smoke detectors and heat detectors fitted as standard. Homes at The Hawthorns also feature an A-rated condensing Samsung heating pump heating system which is thermostatically controlled to maximise your comfort. All homes are also pre-wired for an Electric Vehicle charge point.

    Upstairs Shaker-style fitted wardrobes are supplied in the master bedroom while each home is covered by a 10-year HomeBond structural guarantee.

    Tullamore itself has much to offer. One of the biggest towns in the Midlands it has a host of great local services and amenities from pubs and restaurants to schools and a hospital. The area also offers stunning scenery and walks with the Slieve Bloom Mountains and Charleville Castle popular places for people to stretch their legs.

    For a great day out, a quick 20 minute drive will take you to Lough Boora Discovery Park, a 2,000 hectare facility filled with walking and cycling trails, unique outdoor sculptures, a fairy trail, stunning scenery and countless species of birds and plants. The beautiful Grand Canal Way also offers some stunning walkways as well as many water-based activities.
    In normal times Tullamore is a buzzing hive of activity every day. The town centre offers a wide range of local and mainstream shops while the Bridge Centre is the Midlands’ premier shopping centre, housing both a six-screen cinema and over 30 stores.

    There is also a fine selection of sporting facilities nearby including Tullamore Golf Club, Tullamore Tennis Club, Tullamore Rugby Club, Leah Victoria Park, Tullamore GAA Centre and Aura Tullamore Leisure Centre. Esker Hills Golf Club is also home to 2019 Open Championship winner Shane Lowry while just a short stroll from The Hawthorns Lloyd Town Park offers a fabulous children’s playground, a bowling green and a skate park.
    The town also boasts excellent transfer links. Tullamore Train Station is a short seven-minute drive from The Hawthorns with a regular train service bringing you to Heuston Station in Dublin within an hour. The AirCoach also offers a fast and frequent service to Dublin Airport while for motorists the M6 interchange is just 12km away, providing access to Galway and Dublin as well as many other main roads across the country.

    For further details on The Hawthorns check out Glenveagh Homes website www.glenveagh.ie, call selling agent Dillon Marshall New Homes on 087 9497769 or check out the development on MyHome.ie at www.myhome.ie/4459393 More

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    The High Cost of Buying a Home was the Biggest Challenge facing Ireland’s First-Time Buyers in 2020

    Bank of Ireland’s First-Time buyer survey identified the main challenges and impact of Covid-19 for First-time buyers.
    Main Findings
    52% of first-time buyers say the high cost of buying a home was the biggest challenge they faced in 2020
    48% of first-time buyers have said Covid-19 has delayed their plans to buy a home
    €550 was the average saved per month by first-time buyers in 2020
    55% of first-time buyers will depend on financial help from family or friends to buy their first home.
    According to Bank of Ireland’s 2020 first-time buyer survey over half (52%) of first-time buyers said the high cost of buying a home is the biggest challenge they faced in 2020. Lack of supply in desired areas and the ability to save for a deposit are also seen as significant challenges for first-time buyers.
    No 2020 survey would be complete without analysing the impact of Covid-19. The survey revealed Covid-19 had a major impact on first-time buyers with 48% saying it had delayed their plans to buy a home, while 23% said it had accelerated their plans. Covid-19 also made first-time buyers re-think the type of property they want to buy as well as the areas they want to buy in. 22% of first-time buyers said they were reconsidering the type of property they wanted to buy and 21% said they are rethinking the location.
    The average first-time buyer in 2020 saved €550 a month, the highest since Bank of Ireland started the survey in 2016. Although saving more than in previous years, over half of first-time buyers (55%) said they would still depend on financial help from family or friends to buy their first home.
    *Research was conducted by RED C between November 2nd and 3rd 2020 with 204 people aged 25-45 who are ‘planning to buy or build their first home in the next few years’
    Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank trading as Bank of Ireland Mortgages is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland More