Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Price: $6.95 million
Tucked behind the garage of this six-bedroom home is a full-sized NBA-style basketball court, an exact replica of the Miami Heat’s court at the American Airlines Arena. The scoreboards even have a 24-second possession clock.
“They used the same installers as the Miami Heat—the same boards, the same rims,” said listing agent Ben Moss. “And it has a ridiculous sound system (60,000 watts via Crown amplifiers). Let’s call it a million-dollar gym.”“It doesn’t mess with the size or look of the house, though,” he said. “Part of it is sunken below ground, behind one of the three-car garages, so you don’t see it.”
The 6,706-square-foot gym also has a gaming and display lounge, and a designated cardio area for spin cycles, treadmills, elliptical machines, and free weights, he said. The one-story house was built in 1999, and the air-conditioned basketball court was added in 2012.More: Cal Ripken Jr.’s 26-Acre Maryland Estate is a Sports Enthusiast’s DreamThe house has an open floor plan with soaring ceilings and oversized impact glass windows that bring in lots of natural light. The connected kitchen, breakfast nook and family room are clustered near the pool area.The kitchen has a butler’s pantry, six-burner Viking stove and other appliances by Sub-Zero, and a wet bar overlooks the living room, Mr. Moss said. “It’s a nice house for entertaining.”The oversized master suite has two large walk-in closets, views of the pool area and an adjacent office.There are three bedrooms in the children’s wing that share a common den and lounge area with built-in desks for homework.“The backyard is like a resort setting,” Mr. Moss said, with a 100-foot-long pool and built-in spa, professionally installed playground area for children and a life-size chess board.
The 7,551-square-foot house has five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and one partial bathroom. It sits on a 2.18-acre lot. There is a one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse—which is included in these numbers—off of the covered summer kitchen. Including the gym, there is more than 14,000 square feet of air-conditioned space, Mr. Moss said.
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Along with the pool and gym, amenities include two three-car garages and a lighted tennis court. The covered outdoor kitchen features an ice maker, wet bar, grill and mini-fridge.
The house is within the gated Le Lac community, which has 32 multi-acre estates spread across about 200 acres, Mr. Moss said.“Most of the community is lakes,” he said. “Every house is lakefront.”The vibrant strip of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, with lots of restaurants and other nightlife, is less than 10 miles away, he said. Several golf courses and country clubs are nearby, too.
Agent: Ben Moss, Compass
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The Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) has returned to Los Angeles over this last week and will continue into the weekend. In total, the film showcase will present over 30 architecture-related short-length and feature films that cover topics as diverse as the career of Frank Gehry, the works of Czech glassmakers LASVIT, and speculative student work from Liam Young and the Southern California Institute of Architecture’s M.A. in Fiction and Entertainment program. The traveling film festival will also showcase films on Bjarke Ingles, founder of BIG, and the life and career of Swiss architect Albert Frey.
Saturday will see the presentation of the film The Experimental City, a film covering the storied history of the Minnesota Experimental City, a domed futuristic settlement for 250,000 people created to prevent sprawl. A screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion.
Sunday’s offerings meanwhile, will include a double-feature that includes films on Greg Murcutt and Jean Nouvel.
Other presented films over the course of the festival include a feature-length movie on the life of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, a documentary and panel discussion on Britain’s Maggie’s Homes program, and a documentary on the work of pioneering Mexican-American architectural photographer Pedro E. Guerrero.
See the ADFF website for more information.
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The old adage that one should hire people that are smarter than you is very true and good advice. Although in reality it may not always be practical or necessary to hire a new full time member of staff. This maybe the case for a variety of reasons from unavailability to it being a short term project. For clarity, I define a consultant as some one who will apply their practical and commercial experience and knowledge to add value to your project in a hands on way as opposed to the more traditional view of someone purely offering advice.
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You may also need contractors to do other specific tasks and whilst they may bring some of the necessary skills they too will be head down in the tasks they are hired for and not able to step back and provide the necessary strategy and leadership a consultant will offer.
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So in summary, you should consider hiring a consultant as valuable addition to your team for your next project, a critical friend who will offer impartial advice and guidance leading to your long term success. After all they will want you to be successful for possible future engagements and for referrals.