Labeling a building “colonial” technically implies that the structure was built during the colonial era of its region. In North America, for example, English, Dutch, French and Spanish colonial houses can be found throughout their respective former colonies. In the case of Spanish colonial architecture, original specimens are rare and even disappearing. Yet the architectural style’s extraordinary influence on residential fashion continues to be expressed, primarily in the Sunbelt region of the United States. Distinguishing Spanish colonial architecture from Spanish revival, Spanish eclectic and other similar Mediterranean styles can be a challenge. However, looking at the roots of these styles reveals intriguing differences that anyone can learn to discern.
Have you ever wanted to own your own oceanfront property? Well here’s your chance to get the keys to the most elite seaside estates in the world. Join host Vic Alavi as he goes behind the gates of some of the most insane oceanfront properties.
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Silvertop, one of architect John Lautner’s masterpieces (he had several) and one of the great Los Angeles properties, is known more formally as the Reiner-Burchill Residence, for its first two owners—the man who first dreamed up the house and the neighbors who moved in to finish it. This week, after 40 years, the house has its third owner, and it’s another neighbor: Luke Wood, the president of Beats By Dre and a long-time Silver Lake resident, who intends to restore the house to the height of Lautner’s vision.
Silvertop’s past and future. >>
Silvertop was first commissioned in 1956, for a hard-to-match site on a hill above the Silver Lake Reservoir, by a hairclip-and-aircraft-nut magnate named Kenneth Reiner, who was also a devoted inventor and tinkerer—he created several clever gadgets and systems for the house, including a dining table on a hydraulic pedestal (so it could be lowered for the cocktail hour); electric skylights; and invisible, soundless heating and cooling systems. Lautner brought his ecstatic shapes, pretern
Situated along East Boca Raton’s lavish waterfront, Villa Coquina is an extravagant property for your dream lifestyle. The 17,032-squarefoot “peninsula compound estate” enjoys a sprawling 440 feet of waterfront, allowing for stunning views of the Intracoastal water way from the south, west and north.
VENTURES AFRICA – Dangote Group is poised for yet another batch of financial injection from Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), which last month acquired a 1.4 percent shareholding in subsidiary, Dangote Cement, for $300 million, it has emerged.
Mohammed al-Shaibani, the CEO of ICD, the Emirate’s sovereign wealth fund, said they found what they were looking for in Dangote after searching for investment opportunities in Africa for a while.
“We are looking to do more business with Mr (Aliko) Dangote and we have some things that we are exploring at the moment together,” Reuters quoted Shaibani as saying.