From the slopes to the Big Apple

Billionaire founder of Rockstar Energy Drink Russell Weiner, has set a record for the most expensive home ever sold in the state of Utah. He has just paid $39.6 million for a ski home in Park City.

Located in the country’s premier ski city on five ski-in, ski-out acres, the high-alpine property offers not only stunning views but also an over-the-top ski mansion of more than 17,000 square feet. The home includes seven en-suite bedrooms, each with its own terrace and firepit, three additional baths, and more in-house entertainment than some retail game stores. Built of Shou Sugi Ban charred cypress with a copper roof, Croatian limestone, and Italian-steel windows and doors, there is a panorama tower, which has 360-degree views, both indoor-and-outdoor swimming pools, a private spa, Himalayan salt room, and indoor climbing wall. There is also a bowling alley, a golf simulator, and a movie theater. The high-end kitchen has its own stone pizza oven and, never fear mold or a germ, as the home’s technology is as high end as the house. It filters the water and air and automatically adjusts the lighting to the natural solar cycle. Does it rock you to sleep? Not yet, but hold the thought.

Planning for the future is a good thing and billionaire Weiner, who can have almost anything he wants, is ready for a great winter of Park City skiing. His record-breaking ski estate, known as ‘Monitor’s Rest’, has every conceivable luxury and dramatic views of Monitor Bowl and the Wasatch Mountains.

Paul Benson at Engel & Völkers Park City, represented both Mr. Weiner and the seller, Iluminus Group.

Neil Patrick Harris sells Harlem home
Broadway and TV star Neil Patrick Harris got his first starring role as the eponymous teen-prodigy doctor on Doogie Howser M.D., and has been delighting audiences ever since. Harris and his husband David Burtka, moved to New York from LA in 2013, with their children, Harper and Gideon, where they purchased a gorgeous five-story Harlem brownstone.

Completely renovated by interior designer Trace Lehnhoff and award-winning architect Jeffery Povero under the couple’s direction, the 8,000-square-foot 5th Avenue residence was listed for sale at $7.325 million and, according to the New York Post, it has now sold for just over $7.1 million – setting a new record for the neighborhood. A truly unique space, the five-bedroom, six-bath townhouse features soaring 12’ ceilings, light-filled spaces, gorgeous original woodwork, beautifully restored interiors, and top-of-the-line appliances.

The mansion’s kitchen features a massive island countertop with a farmhouse sink, two six-burner Wolf ranges, a Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, separate beverage refrigerator, wine refrigerator and an oversized pantry. Beautiful glass doors open onto an outdoor deck with built-in grill and city views for intimate gatherings, while the larger roof deck, also with a built-in grill, has room for guests beneath wood-pergola shading. A vintage bar sourced from an old hotel and brought up to date with new plumbing and fixtures provides a distinctive location for entertaining.

The primary bedroom is expansive with a gas fireplace (one of three throughout the home) and a massive walk-in closet as well as its own outdoor terrace with a jacuzzi. The five-fixture bathroom is outfitted with Nero Marquina marble and a double vanity. An attached den/library offers a private place to relax.

Neil Patrick Harris left his personal touch on the home’s top-floor office, which opens via a secret door when the eyeball of a magician on a vintage poster is pressed. A gorgeous terraced garden offers a chance to connect with nature in the middle of the city. A ten-seat theater, rec room, wine cellar, workshop and gym complete the exquisitely turned-out home. F

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