Burj Dubai worlds tallest building

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Real Estate, Premium Vacation destinations

It’s a base jumpers dream come true! The Burj Dubai which literally means “Dubai Tower” in Arabic is well on its way to becoming the worlds tallest building. In fact it is estimated that once complete, the Burj Dubai will be 2,684 feet which will easily make it the tallest land-based structure to have ever been built (at over a half mile tall)!!!
The Burj Dubai skyscraper is the centerpiece of a new development under construction in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The project was started in 2004 and with the help of 5,000 workers going around the clock (24 hours a day) this amazing building is scheduled for completion in late 2008! Even more amazing is that with this many workers, the Burj Dubai is being constructed at a rate of 1 floor every 3 days!!!! As of August 12th 2007 the Burj Dubai was 145 stories tall and stood at about 1,743 feet. Just to put that into perspective, the Sears Tower measures 1,729 feet at the very tip of its antenna.

Burj Dubai height

Once complete, the Burj Dubai will be the world?s tallest man-made structure and the tallest building by any measure. The Burj is the centerpiece of a master planned development called ‘Downtown Dubai.’ The total budget for the Burj Dubai skyscraper project is about $4 billion US dollars and for the entire new ‘Downtown Dubai’ the budget is $20 billion US Dollars.
Within the Burj Dubai there will be a Giorgio Armani Hotel that will occupy the first 37 floors, numerous restaurants and 65 floors of private condos. (If you are thinking that this might be a good investment well you were probably right… because according to the developer all the residences sold within 8 hours of going on sale). Corporate offices and suites will fill most of the remaining floors, except for a 123rd floor lobby and 124th floor indoor/outdoor observation deck. An outdoor zero-entry swimming pool will be located on the 78th floor of the tower along with 3 other pools.

Burj Dubia
Finally, the Burj Dubai will also feature the world’s fastest elevator, rising and falling at a speed of 40 mph! Currently the world’s fastest elevator in the Taipei 101 office tower only does 37.6 🙂

Here is a video that shows the progress of the Burj Dubai from when they broke ground to 2006:

Invest in Costa Rica real estate

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium finance and money matters, Premium Real Estate, Premium Vacation destinations

I recently returned from a vacation in Costa Rica with a few friends (pictures below) and I must say, Costa Rica is an awesome country. During part of our trip we met up with a family friend of ours who is also a real agent, working in and around Playa Hermosa. Over the course of a couple days she showed us a number of properties and gave us a good feel for the Costa Rica real estate market.
Playa Hermosa is definitely one of the most beautiful areas, and one of the greatest opportunities in Costa Rica. If you are looking for a place to buy an investment property, and or a vacation home I would definitely consider buying Costa Rica real estate for a few reasons:
1) Costa Rica is a true tropical paradise with beautiful beaches, lush rainforest, natural hot springs… (I included a few pictures of my trip below)
2) Costa Rica is booming and there is a massive amount of money being poured into the country. Resorts, hotels, and massive master planned communities are being developed, so there is definitely something for everyone.
3) Costa Rica is still much more affordable than Hawaii and other popular getaways.
4) Costa Rica has extremely low property taxes (about .25% per year)
5) Costa Rica is a secure investment with escrow and title insurance
6) Prices have been steadily increasing over the past few years; however, there is still tremendous room for growth and profit potential!
7) Costa Rica is only a few hours from the US and on Dec. 15th Delta started a direct flight from LAX to Liberia international airport (which is only a 30 minute car ride to Playa Hermosa).

If anyone would like a list of the 34 high end developments that are all within a 30 mile radius of the airport, or if you would like an informational Costa Rica Real Estate DVD and some property information please feel free to contact me.

Anyway? back to my trip. While we were in Playa Hermosa we checked out a few spec homes in the hills overlooking the bay of Playa Hermosa. Prices have been steadily increasing over the past few years; however, there is still tremendous room for growth and profit potential.

The house pictured below was a 6,000+ square foot spec house overlooking Playa Hermosa with a distant view of the Four Seasons property in the distance. Within a few years this bay will have one of the world?s premier luxury yacht docs, making this a hot spot for luxury vacationers. Definitely PremiumPosts.com worthy! It is also right down the street from a property that Steve Case will be turning into the Ritz Carlton and another property that Andre Agassi will be turning into the Miraval Spa.

Costa Rica Spec home
This was the new 6,000 square foot Spec. house on the market for about $1,400,000

Here are a couple other pictures from my trip:

Costa Rica Sunset
Sunset from the Beachfront restaurant in Playa Hermosa

Costa Rica Hot springs
This was one of the natural hotsprings at Tabocon resort that is heated by the nearby volcano.

Costa Rica Group
The group!

Costa Rica rainforest
Some dense rainforest.

Costa Rica Waterfall
A massive waterfall (notice the people standing at the bottom)!

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Most expensive private island

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Real Estate, Premium Vacation destinations

Isla de sa Ferradura has been crowned “World’s most expensive private island in 2006.” Isla de sa Ferradura (AKA Isla del Bosc) is a 14 acre private island in the Mediterranean Sea that lies just off the northern coast of Ibiza, in the bay of San Miguel. The average temperature in the summer months is about 85? F and the sun shines 300 days out of the year.

Edged by dramatic cliffs, the resort island is dominated by a luxurious white hacienda featuring a large salon, home theater, professional kitchen, dining room that seats 14 and several terraces, including a revolving one (pictures below) overlooking the swimming pool. The pool also has its own waterfall and bar. There is also a cave complex built to house a whirlpool, solarium, steam bath and other amenities. Ferradura can be reached by boat, helicopter or by the small private road that connects it to the main island.

private island
This private island can be purchased for a cool $37.9 million. If you don’t feel like dishing out $40 million just yet you might consider renting the island so you can “try before you buy!” For about $115,000 you and 13 guests can enjoy an all inclusive week on this private island.

More pictures and details about this exclusive private island: Read more…

The World Islands in Dubai

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Real Estate, Premium Vacation destinations

The World Islands off the coast of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates are a collection of 300 man-made islands shaped into the continents of the world. The World Islands of Dubai are scheduled for completion in 2008 and will consist of 300 small private artificial islands divided into four categories (private homes, estate homes, dream resorts, and community islands). All the World Islands will be between about 6 and 21 acres with 50 to 100 metres of water between each island. It will cover a total area of 5.4 miles in length, and 3.6 miles in width, surrounded by an oval shaped breakwater. Transportation between the islands will be by marine or air transport.

The World Islands are located 4 kilometers off the shore of Jumeirah, close to the Palm Jumeirah, between Burj Al Arab and Port Rashid at approximately 25?13 North and 55?10 East. Each island will be sold to selected private developers and are expected to have pricing beginning at $6.85 million. Definately not cheap but pretty cool to say you own France!

The video below showcases the World Islands of Dubai:

Race Car Driving School (includes Sonoma wine & spa package!!)

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Automotive, Premium Vacation destinations

If you have a love for the Wine Country, automotive racing, and relaxing at a world class spa than I have found your dream vacation! In case you didn?t already know, Northern California’s wine country is not only home to world-class wines, cuisine, and spas but it also features an exciting racecar driving experience. Now you or someone you love can experience all of this in one memorable Sonoma getaway!

Speed and spa

Jim Russell Racing School and The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa have joined forces to create the ultimate race/retreat package. Its called the “MONACO IN SONOMA” Speed & Spa! It?s three days of Jim Russell racing school, each followed by an elegant evening in one of the Fairmont?s luxurious guestrooms. The race retreat package even includes Read more…

All Inclusive Vacations

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Vacation destinations

Ever considered taking an all inclusive luxury vacation? You might want to consider Traveling to Antigua, The Bahamas, Jamaica, and St. Lucia and staying at one of the Sandals Resorts! Book a trip and forget about the rest because with these all inclusive vacation packages you don’t have to worry about a thing. Everything is incuded (and I mean everything):All meals, anytime snacks, Unlimited premium drinks, Scuba diving, Golf in Jamaica and St. Lucia, Land sports, Tips & gratuities, Gourmet Dining, Waterskiing, Sailing, Windsurfing, World-class entertainment, Luxurious accommodations, Hotel Taxes, Airport transfers, Exchange privileges, Hurricane Guarantee, Basic Wedding Package…

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