Ocean Home

May/June 2010

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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INSIDER | VILLA SPOTLIGHT modern marvel The DR’s Casa Kimball. Market Watch he’s got you, babe After purchasing prop- erty at Hawaii’s Hualalai Resort in 2009 and then building five bungalows and a home that over- look the ocean, Cher has auctioned the estate, at which she never lived, for $8.72 million to GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons. drink it up Rockstar Energy CEO Russ Weiner picked up a 20,000-square-foot Palm Island, Florida estate for a mere $6.75 million. The home, known as Villa Ferrari, was purchased by music producer Scott Storch in 2006 for $10.5 million, who then lost it to foreclosure. that’ll leave a mark A court in Nice, France has ruled that Rus- sian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov must forfeit the $55 million deposit he placed on the world’s most expensive home in 2008, the $750 million Villa Leopolda on the French Riviera, before he opted out of the deal. Contempo Casual Google engineer Spencer Kimball opens the doors to his Dominican Republic villa. By Scott Kauffman The Dominican Republic has long been known for its world-class cigars, rums, and professional baseball players. Now, with a growing number of upscale resort-style de- velopments, the DR is becoming recognized as one of the Caribbean’s top destinations for luxury real estate. A relative newcomer is Google software engineer Spencer Kimball. Unlike numerous celebrities gravitating to the DR’s popular Punta Cana and Casa de Campo resort communities, Kimball is content on the Costa Verde coastline along the north. Specifically, Kimball has his little piece of heaven in the gated community of Orchard Bay, where he offers his luxurious Caribbean casa as a rental villa when he is back at home in his multi-million dollar New York City 22 oceanhomemag.com may + june 2010 loft. Located less than 10 miles from Playa Grande, the Aman Resort-anchored golf course community, Kimball’s Casa Kimball villa is a sleek, 20,000-square-foot estate comprised of eight bedroom suites, an out- door bar and rooftop lounge, a state-of-the- art media and entertainment center, cliffside terraces, gardens, and more. Designed by New York City architect Jasmit Rangr, Casa Kimball is an elegant transformation of a three-acre footprint that features unique surface textures and sight- lines, giving this stack of “minimalist boxes” a combination of architectural confidence and retro-like style. Casa Kimball’s most popular spots are the 156-foot infinity pool that spills out to the sea. “It is an escape to a completely differ- ent world with all the services and modern amenities expected,” says villa manager Monica Bouwmeester. “I’ve had a lot of cli- ents research us and a lot of other high-end places, and when they walk in through our doors, they’re just blown away. It’s surreal.” $3,000-$4,000 per night; $18,000-$35,000 weekly, 888-766-4640, casakimball.com. Illustration by joe mckendry

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