March’s Most Popular Homes From Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram Accounts

Thousands of people visit Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram accounts daily. They come for decor and design inspiration, for their fix of beautiful properties, and for information about some of the hottest listings in real estate. We’ve compiled a visual list of the homes that were the biggest hits on our social media accounts for the month of March. Check them out below!

1. Mercer Island, WA

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Can you imagine driving up this beautiful sprawling driveway to your very own luxury oasis. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $18,650,000.

2. Malibu, CA   

March liked 21 e1395679650701 Marchs Most Popular Homes From Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram AccountsAn amazing closet inside a magnificent, custom, Malibu estate. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $27,500,000. 

3. Savannah, Cayman Islands

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If privacy and West Indian charm, coupled with extensive gardens and gorgeous ocean views are what you seek- this is the perfect home for you! This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $4,999,000.

4. Beverly Hills, CA

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A master bathroom that exudes luxury and sophistication. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $11,900,000.

5. La Quinta, CA 

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A stunning home that offers the ultimate in luxe desert living. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $4,995,000.

6. Miami Beach, FL

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One of the hottest pieces of real estate in one of the hottest and most beautiful cities in the world. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $8,900,000.

7. Dana Point, CA March liked 7 e1395673910922 Marchs Most Popular Homes From Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest and Instagram AccountsA show stopping fireplace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $19,995,000.

8. The Woodlands, TX

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A hidden Mediterranean villa in Texas. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $3,489,000.

9. Medina, WA 

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An architecturally rich home. This Coldwell Banker Previews International property is listed for $3,580,000.

10. Seattle, WA

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An ultra luxe bathroom and shower. Seattle, WA Listed with Coldwell Banker BAIN for $3,495,000.

 

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Your Home Is You

Your home is made of wood and nails. It’s made of doors and windows, but it’s more than that.

Home is the canvas on which much of our life is painted. It’s the place we long to return to. It’s the joy we celebrate when we find it. It’s the castle upon which our personal kingdom is built.

Your home is built with infinite memories. Crack open an old scrapbook or browse through your digital photo album and you’ll see the most prominent memories start at home. Graduation. Birth. Marriage. Birthdays. Holidays. Little League. These moments are captured at home.

At Coldwell Banker, we believe we know the feeling of home better than anyone else. It’s the foundation on which our brand was built and the reason it’s succeeded for 107 years. Millions of people have trusted us with helping them find a place to call home. That’s humbling.

The largest investment of their life. The most significant purchase people make. The place where children are raised. Hearts are broken. Puppies are brought to. Where love resides. The place that is an extension of those that abide therein. Home. Home is what people trust a Coldwell Banker agent with every single day.

Home is not just a place. Home is our calling. And we realize that your home is who you are.

That’s the message we want to convey in our latest ad for 2014. It will make it’s television debut on the Academy Awards this Sunday, March 2nd. Some brands run ads to grab attention, beat their chests or to entice you to visit their websites. Coldwell Banker runs ads to convey a message. A message we believe strongly in.

Your home is the only place in the world where you know one perfectly wonderful thing for certain…you’re home.

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Best Homecomings In Movie History: The Notebook

thenotebook Best Homecomings In Movie History: The Notebook The Notebook (New Line Cinema) has deservedly earned its place as one of the greatest love stories of the 21st century. Its cultural significance and cult following has sky rocketed the film into popular company like: Casa Blanca (Warner Bros.), When Harry Met Sally (Columbia Pictures), Ghost (Paramount Pictures), Titanic (20th Century Fox) etc. What ties these films together is their perfect portrayal of how all-encompassing love can be. But what sets The Notebook apart is its absolutely heart wrenching, tear-jerking  ‘homecoming’ scene when Allie returns to her true love, Noah. And for that reason, the film is being featured as a nominee for Coldwell Banker®’s #YourHome Awards.

Instead of getting too sappy and recounting every detail of the romance drama (which for avid fans of the film, like me, is easy to do), I thought it would be refreshing to expose a couple of little known facts about the movie.

#1- Did you know: Steven Spielberg was in the talks to direct the movie.

#2- Did you know: Big shots like Tom Cruise and Justin Timerberlake were contenders to play the role of main character Noah Calhoun.

#3- Did you know: It has been alleged that Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) had major difficulty filming together as they did not get along. (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!) Now that is some seriously good acting.

#4- Did you know: Ryan Gosling had to wear color contacts in order to play the character of Noah, which is a shame because he has incredible blue eyes.

#5- Did you know: The Notebook won “Best Movie Kiss of All-Time by Entertainment Weekly in 2011.”

All facts courtesy of Thought Catalog®

Now let’s see if The Notebook can win the #YourHome Award; cast your vote now! Results will be announced right here on the blog on 2/26.

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Would You Date Someone Who Lives with Their Parents?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Cupid’s arrow is about to strike. With more millennials living at home after graduation, this begs the question – would you date someone who lives with their parents?

Coldwell Banker Real Estate surveyed 2,000+ Americans, and found that the majority of Americans (72 percent) are okay with dating someone who is living with mom and dad.  Not surprisingly, this is especially true among those ages 18-29 (80 percent), considering millennials think it’s perfectly fine to live at home for up to five years after college.

“Today’s dating habits are evolving as living with your parents is becoming the norm,” says Dr. Robi Ludwig, leading psychotherapist and Coldwell Banker Real Estate lifestyle correspondent. “There is now less of a stigma around living with mom and dad, which has led to dating someone in this situation to be more acceptable. The boomerang phenomenon is directly impacting the way in which we view dating and the relationships that transpire from these arrangements.”

When it comes to the battle of the sexes, men should take heed – 37 percent of women say that they would not date someone who lives with their parents compared to 18 percent of menthat’s more than double. While men seem to be more forgiving in their dating standards, moving out into one’s own pad may be the key to a flourishing love life.

“For those who are in this living arrangement, it’s important to set a plan to eventually transition to the next phase of their lives,” adds Dr. Ludwig.

So while it’s okay to spoil your sweetheart with flowers and chocolates on February 14, it may be wiser to start looking for that love shack – with the help of Coldwell Banker, of course!

 The full survey results can be viewed here

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There Is No Place Like Home Sweet Home

CWB HomeRocks Instagram 612x612 06 There Is No Place Like Home Sweet HomeInspiration can come from many places. Sometimes it happens when you least expect it. Recently on a business trip to Louisiana I found myself delayed at the airport, sure to miss my connecting flight. Now the last place I’d ever expect to find inspiration is an airport, but it happened.

I’m sitting in the terminal on the phone with the airline’s automated phone system. Seeing me get frustrated, a person sitting across the table from me asked if she could help. Turns out she worked for the airline, but was off duty. After assuring me that the airline would reassign me to a later connecting flight, she asked where home was. At first, I thought it was a little odd that a complete stranger would ask me such a question. Where is home? Hmmm.

She didn’t ask where I was “headed.” She didn’t ask where I “lived.” Turns out, home had a special meaning for her. She was headed home to meet her husband who was flying from Afghanistan after a six month tour of duty. She said to me, “he’s finally coming home.” I thanked her for her helping me navigate the airline delay, wished her safe travels home and to please tell her husband “thank you” for everything he does for this country.

Later as I sat there, 37,000 feet above the earth, on my way home I couldn’t help but reflect on the meaning of home, and of course how precious it must be for that serviceman who is hours away from coming home to his wife. And how many people around the world are holding on to that feeling of “going home.” You see the meaning of home is the same everywhere in the world. It may come in different languages, shapes, sizes and certainly represents different emotional moments, but no one ever said “I can’t wait to get back to my long-term financial investment.” Right?

In fact, think about all the different phrases where we use the word “home:”

  • “I can’t wait to get home to and sleep in my own bed.”
  • There was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home…..”
  • How many moms have said “just wait ’til your father gets home!”
  • There was that great moment in Top Gun when Goose (Anthony Edwards) said “Take me home, or leave me forever!”
  • One of my favorites is “home for the holidays.” How can you not be happy about that?
  • While it doesn’t have “home” in it, how about the term staycation! That’s right, getting away from it all at home.

That’s the feeling we are trying to convey in the first of two ads Coldwell Banker Real Estate will be unveiling in 2014. We call this first spot “Home Sweet Home” and you’ll see why for a couple of reasons. First, the song that is the track for the ad is from the infamous band, Mötley Crüe, and is appropriately titled, “Home Sweet Home.” Second the visuals in the ad convey how each of us from all walks of life experience that feeling of coming home.

I say it’s time we all take a moment and reflect on what “Home” truly means. A place of celebration. A monument of great memories. A moment of tribute to those who help protect our home everyday! That is home sweet home.

Don’t miss the debut of the Coldwell Banker ad, “Home Sweet Home,” on the Grammy Awards which air Sunday, January 26th at 8 p.m. on CBS. Join the conversation on Twitter by following us at @coldwellbanker and using the hashtag #HomeRocks.

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Best Songs About Home in 2013: Hold On, We’re Going Home by Drake

On Monday we formally announced the 6 nominations for the first ever Coldwell Banker #HomeRocks Awards where we pay homage to the best songs about home over the last year. While we think ‘songs about home’ deserves its own Grammy category, we’re glad that we were able to open up voting to the masses; and with over 40,000 votes cast in less than 5 days the competition is fierce!

Our next nominee in the inaugural Coldwell Banker #HomeRocks Awards is Rapper/Singer/Actor and Toronto Raptors employee Drake – for his Michael Jackson-esque song “Hold On, We’re Going Home”.

Drake Best Songs About Home in 2013: Hold On, Were Going Home by DrakeNamed the best song of 2013 by the highly respected Pitchfork Media, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is a smooth minimalist track that speaks to a yearning to return home. For Aubrey Graham (Drake), home is the only place where he can truly let loose, nurture those deep childhood connections and truly be himself.

As one of music’s undoubted most successful acts with the most top 10 songs to chart in 2013, Drake is always away from his native Toronto to promote his music and perform for his millions of fans. While he has “condos in Biscayne” and in California, he wears his hometown of Toronto on his sleeve. His love for “home” extends so far that in the midst of his burgeoning career he accepted a position with the Toronto Raptors as their Global Ambassador.

I go a lot of places. I dedicate a lot of my time and energy obviously to my craft and in everything I do I try to channel this city. I love this city more than anything in the world. I have the option to live anywhere I want, I always end up coming back home…no matter what.

We love “Hold On, We’re Going Home” a lot, and that feeling Drake captures about the elation we feel at the thought of being back home is perfectly captured in our :60 second new commercial that will premiere on the Grammys!

If you’d like Drake to take the award home, cast your vote below in the Coldwell Banker #HomeRocks Awards by clicking here and find out who the winner is on Thursday, January, 23rd.

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Behind the Scenes of the Coldwell Banker TV Shoot: Day 5

The final day of shooting is always an interesting one. Not only are you wrapping up what has been several months in the making, but you also have to make sure you’ve got everything you intended to capture because there’s no going back and getting more after it’s over.

With that in mind day 5 set out to be a day where we made sure we perfected every single shot. In fact one shot took 40 some takes to make sure we got it just right. That scene was the one where we were capturing that feeling of kicking off your shoes when you get home. Sounds simple enough, but it was anything but.

It takes quite a few tries to kick off your shoes at just the right angle where the shoe flips just the right way. As if that wasn’t rough enough, we had a few sock changes along the way and the camera guy ended up taking off his own sock to give to the actor. Not very sanitary, but ultimately that ended up being the sock, and shot, we ended up going with.

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In another scene we wanted to capture a moment between mother and child playing on the bed. Instead of an actor, we actually used the director of our commercial as she had brought her 6 month old child with her. It made for a much more genuine scene and again made me in awe of such well behaved babies. Of course I’m a father of boys and these well-mannered children I reference are girls.

With the TV shoot wrapped after a long day there’s nothing like looking forward to a 10.5 hour flight home only to find out it’s 3 hours delayed. Yes, that’s the glitz and glamour of advertising at its best.

We’ll be unveiling the first of the two spots we are running this year on 1/22 at 11 a.m. EST right here so be sure to check back then to see the final product which we think you’ll really enjoy.

Also kudos to my partner in crime, Gustavo Gonzalez, for his work on these behind the scenes videos and for being my resident interpreter while in Chile.

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Best Songs About Home in 2013: Homesick by Sheryl Crow

Monday, we announced the first ever Coldwell Banker #HomeRocks Awards where we are highlighting the best songs about home over the course of the last year.

 

CastYourVote Best Songs About Home in 2013: Homesick by Sheryl Crow

Today we continue the series and take a look at Sheryl Crow’s 2013 song, Homesick from her album Feels like Home. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes of the Coldwell Banker TV Shoot: Day 4

If you watched the first 10 seconds of the video above, you may be wondering what on earth that had to do with shooting the Coldwell Banker TV commercial. I will get to that in a second, but let’s start with the fact the morning of day 4 was spent in downtown Santiago, Chile to get some urban setting shots.

The shot we were trying to get was of leaving for work and looking back towards home to say goodbye. We created quite a scene as we took over a side street and replaced the normal street signs with some that you would typically see in New York City. After shooting from every angle we packed up and were headed out to another home for the rest of the day.

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But before we headed to our second venue, Gustavo and I decided we need to capture our intro for the day 4 video. We grabbed a few shots at an outdoor cafe with me attempting to do the intro with only my high school level Spanish. We figured we had something that would work and headed over to an ice cream shop that we were told was one of the best places in Chile.

Turns out the ice cream shop was one of the top places for ice cream in the world according to Food Network. As I enjoyed my cone and we stepped outside, Gus looked over and saw a playground. He turned to me and said, “Wouldn’t be hilarious if we got you going down a slide eating your ice cream?” I concurred with his assessment and so that’s why we started the video that way.

The home we went to next had the best backyard I’ve ever seen. It was big enough that you could have a regulation football field on it as well as enough room for a pool. Simply incredible.

Ironically, we didn’t do a lot of filming in the backyard. Instead we focused on the garage. As I mentioned in previous posts, homes with garages are exceptionally rare so getting some shots of pulling in the garage are difficult. Turns out we actually used the garage for more than just that. We put together a makeshift bathroom in there as well to capture a bathtub scene. Yes, a bathtub scene in a garage. And if I didn’t tell you I bet you would never know it when you see the final shot.

One more day to go. See you tomorrow when we do over 40 takes for one single shot.

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Behind the Scenes of the Coldwell Banker TV Shoot: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of our look behind the scenes of the Coldwell Banker TV shoot. As you’ll see in the video above we headed out to the coast of Chile to get some truly amazing shots in what might have been my favorite day of the shoot.

We started the day at a family owned property not far from the coast. The owners of the property built two homes on this one plot of land. One for themselves and then one for when the kids came to visit. As you can see from the photo below the views from this place were simply majestic.

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One of the highlights of the day was seeing this one baby girl actress work. Can a baby girl be an actress? This one can. It was unbelievable how obedient she was and would hit her marks right on cue. In the picture below the director told her to go to the window and put her hand on it. And that’s exactly what she did. This girl was so adorable and possibly the best actor on set.

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After we were done jumping on couches, playing board games and a few other home-related activities we packed up and headed to an incredible home on the beach. It was the most unfriendly home for anyone with children but amazing nonetheless. The house was perched on a cliff above the ocean and had a bit of a billy goat trail to get down to the beach…without any railings. But it was truly an amazing place.

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Tomorrow we head downtown for some urban shots and experience the best backyard of all time.

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