Friday, May 28, 2010

Koh Mudsum Island land For Sale

Koh Mudsum lies just off the south coast of Koh Samui with views to Koh Mudsum, Koh Rap and mainland Thailand.

It is a long island with a sandy beach running all along one side and deep water on the other side, making this ideal for both swimming and yet deep enough to bring boats in.

Koh Mudsum is currently uninhabited except for a small working pearl farm at the southern end.

This parcel of land sits at the northern tip of the island with a huge amount of quality sand and ocean frontage, available for 8m baht per rai.

The water off this island is not too deep for a few hundred metres out and the sand is soft like silk when you walk through the water

With the Koh Samui Real Estate Market running out of good quality resort land the obvious alternative is to venture onto the smaller local islands

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Andman Resort, Krabi For Sale

A presently closed resort but kept well requiring refurbishment set amongst several high end resorts on Klong Muang Beach.

Neighbour to the luxurious five star Nakamanda Resort, the Andaman Holiday Resort lies right at the end of the beach giving complete privacy.

More quality neighbours are the Grand Sheraton and the new Ritz Carlton Reserve.

Development in this area is limited as a large percentage of the beach being controlled by the Royal family who have a nearby residence.

The land size is 27 rai and the asking price is 550,000,000 Thai Baht

Krabi Land
Krabi Property

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Solar Cooling - Air Conditioning From the Sun

by: Hans Dekker

At first glance, solar cooling looks like an oxymoron. However, the same energy that can provide heat in the wintertime can also provide cooling during the summer.

Several passive cooling systems have been developed and tested. At their simplest, they rely on a coolant that absorbs and dissipates heat from the house. This could be a pool of water on the rooftop which absorbs seat from the inside of the house as it evaporates on exposure to the sun.

More sophisticated passive solar cooling systems have a solar collector which is shaded during the daytime. A storage medium collects heat during the day and dissipates it at night by exposing the solar collector to the cool night air.

Since the solar collector must be shaded, a retractable awning or overhang extension can be installed. Since the system can be reversed in the winter months, it is important that the solar collector can be exposed to sunshine if needed.

Solar panels can also be used to operate traditional air conditioners. As it happens, the periods of intense heat correspond to the periods of peak electricity production from photovoltaic cells. As long as you have solar panels which generate sufficient to electricity, you can operate air conditioners at no cost.

Solar cooling that does not take advantage of high technology is another possibility. The Romans used a system of running water to cool down exterior walls of their houses. The heat of the sun causes the water to evaporate and dissipate the heat within the house. This kind of system can be used on walls or on rooftops.

Heating and cooling are two of the biggest expenses for most households. Using solar energy to reduce this expense makes sense financially as well as ecologically. The less dependent we are on fossil fuels for heating and cooling the cleaner the environment will be.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Land for sale Ao Nang 5.5 rai

A well located parcel of land right on the Aonang ring road only a few hundred metres from the petrol station turning to Aonang.

The front of the land has a large 65m of road frontage and at the rear is a beautiful mountain which Krabi is famous for.

Only a five minute drive from Aonang beach and Ao Namao this is the ideal location for a small housing project.

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Thai Real Estate

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sala Talay Resort and Spa Ao Nang Krabi

The delightful contemporary Sala Talay Resort & Spa is the latest boutique resort in Krabi. Located directly on the beach, with their very own fine dining restaurant, exocticly named Pakarang, one of the most attractive beach front venues around. Sala Talay is only a short walk from the all the boutiques, shops, restaurants and nightlife of Ao Nang and Krabi, with public busses and transport to Krabi stopping right outside our door.

Set in a protected forest area, and with the beach and beach-front right on your doorstep, you are surrounded by nature. The lush tropical boutique gardens and breathtaking ocean views are gently calmed by the soft breezes drifting in from the sea and the beach. Add to this their first class service and accommodation, the largest swimming pool in both Ao Nang and Krabi, then when you stay at Sala Talay Resort & Spa, you'll have a holiday you'll remember for years to come!

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Beach Land Haad Yao Krabi, 6.5 Rai

A small plot of land set amongst a number of quality developments on the Southern Haad Yao Beach around 30 minutes from Krabi town. Beautiful views of the sunset and local islands.

Almost square with the following dimensions

Beach Frontage - 96 metres
Road Frontage - 108 metres
Distance from road to beach - 102 metres

Krabi Land
Krabi Real Estate

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Prevent Water Damage in the Laundry Room

by: Terry Allen

The washer and drier are usually located in the laundry room and create heat and moisture. Simple maintenance is required to help avoiding water problems and mold.

The Washer

The washer is connected to both cold and hot water lines. Check them frequently. Start with the joints and fix a leak if you find it. Be sure to check both ends of the water lines. Clean or replace the filters once in a while. A blocked filter will slow the water flow into the washing machine, and may cause some malfunctions. This problem is worse in areas with “hard water”. Inspect the shut off valve by looking for drips into the washing machine while it is not in use. If you detect a leak, replace the valve.

Hoses & Filters

Like in most appliances, problems often start in the hose. Keep at least 4 inches between the water connection and the back of the washer. This space will prevent the hose from kinking and bursting. Check the hoses and replace them if old. Consider installing steel-braided hoses.

The Dryer

The dryer is connected to a ventilation hose. Check it carefully. The dryer ventilation hose must be connected to the outdoors. Search for lint behind and under the dryer and make sure the vent pipe is not clogged. Make the exhaust short as possible for the dryer to vent efficiently,

Utility Sink

The utility sink is sometimes the source for water related problems. Search for leaks under the sink. A drip in the trap under the sink can be a sign for problems and should be repaired immediately. Slow draining pipes may indicate a partially blocked drain. A constantly dripping faucet must me repaired promptly. Replace sink seals if they are cracked or loose. Damped or stained walls around plumbing pipes indicate an internal leak that must be fixed before additional damage occurs.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sheryl Crow Lists Her Cross Creek Farm

SELLER: Sheryl Crow
LOCATION: College Grove, TN
SIZE: 10,264 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms
PRICE: $7,500,000

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow seems like a nice lady, a real down to earth gal in a world of narcissistic celebrities and big headed bigwigs. But, like so many other famous folks, Miss Crow seems to have caught a serious case of the real estate fickle.

It was only in September of 2008 that Miss Crow told the people at People magazine that she moved to Nashville, or rather the Nashville area, in order to "be near my roots," her roots being her sister Kathy who lives nearby and her parents who live 3 hours away in her native Missouri. She also told the people at People magazine that she took the "ostentatious southern mansion" and made it cozy and kid friendly by adding dark-wood floors and repainting rooms in neutral shades and decorating with black and white photos of horses, vintage doll heads, oversize animal anatomy posters.

Apparently Miss Crow didn't care to stick by her roots for long because for two days now Your Mama has been receiving scads of kind communiques from some of the thoughtful children down in Nashville, TN letting us know that the nine time Grammy winning pop, rock, folk, and country singing chanteuse has heaved her 150-acre horse farm in the boonies outside of Nashville on the market with an asking price of $7,500,000.

Before we get to the real estate let's have a quick look at Miss Crow's life and career. Iffin Your Mama is telling the truth, and we always do, we'd confess that about the only thing we know about Miss Crow's musical life is that stupid but enormously popular and Grammy winning song of hers All I Wanna Do. No offense Miss Crow because we like you and we're happy that song made you boo-coo bucks, but that namby-pamby song is like nails on the damn chalkboard to Your Mama.

Anyhoo, as a young woman in Mizzuruh, Miss Crow taught music to elementary school children. She started writing ditties for commercials and wound up as a back up singer for Michael damn Jackson on his Bad World Tour in the late 1980s, which was pretty much the tail end of his relevance. Early on in her career she wrote songs that got sung by bigger than life songstresses such as that chest beater Celine Dion and the flame haired Wynonna Judd. Her first album, Tuesday Night Music Club, was released in the early 1990s and earned the kind of butch Miss Crow an impressive three Grammys in 1995, mostly for that song All I Wanna Do.

She made a bunch more records, wrote a lot more songs, collaborated with Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger and a number of other icons of the music bizness, got engaged to Tour de France stud Lance Armstrong, got unengaged from Tour de France stud Lance Armstrong, was treated for breast cancer, adopted a baby boy named Wyatt, got in a public spat with Karl Rove about global warming, agitated for a lot of other lefty liberal type causes, started a clothing line and made a Christmas album. Have mercy Miss Crow, all that makes Your Mama feel wholly inadequate as we sit in our pajamas sipping on a gin & tonic at 10:30 in the morning trying to remember the damn password for our debit card.

Along the way Miss Crow dated a lot of high profile people including, it has been reported, Anne Heche, Owen Wilson, Kid Rock, Hank Azaria, Ryan Seacrest, John Stamos, John Cusack, Matthew Pdrry and some hunky restaurant guy from Alabama. Your Mama doesn't have any idea who the single mother gets bizzy with nowadays but we do know she hangs out and vacations with her gal pals Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox.

Listen poodles, the property records on Miss Crow's horse farm down in College Grove, TN are a mite confusing to Your Mama. As best as we can tell, it was shortly after Miss Crow busted up with water waster Lance Armstrong and not long after she finished up her boob cancer treatments that she purchased the first piece of her Tennessee horse farm puzzle paying $2,650,000 for about 50 of her (approximately) 150 acres in April of 2006. This portion of the property appears to be where the main house is situated. The following year, in June of 2007, she shelled out another $1,854,000 for 96 adjacent acres. It also looks like there may have been a couple of significantly smaller amounts paid for additional and small parcels, but don't nobody quote Your Mama on that because, in truth, we're not sure.

Listing information indicates the three-story main house mearures in at a sizable 10,254 square feet with a total of 5 bedrooms and 7.5 poopers including Miss Crow's master suite. Miz Crow's bedroom has coffered ceilings, an oddly placed chandelier, a painting of a lonely road hung precariously over the head of the bed and far too close to the ceiling for decorative or slumbering comfort, a couple of seating areas and some kind of disturbing statue of a shirtless man-child wearing a ten gallon cowboy hat. Lo-ward butter sticks, not only would that man-child thing in the corner scare the bejeezis out of us as we rolled over and caught a glimpse of it in the dim and boozy light of the morning, but it's just, well, creepy. Miz Crow's private quarters also include a glammy pooper with a lot of dark wood and glass cabinets, a freestanding trough-like soaking tub, separate shower, double vanities with marble counter top and and a chandelier hung from an odd, square hole in the ceiling.

The hulking and architecturally insignificant mansion has a double height entry, a cozy den with a quartet of club chairs and a flat screen tee-vee mounted above the fireplace, a formal living room with a fireplace flanked by built in shelving for displaying objet d'art and other tchotchke, a formal dining room, and kitchen complex with white cabinetry, black granite counter tops, a couple of wine fridges, a giant work island, a glassy breakfast area, and an family room with vaulted ceilings, and an imposing stacked stone fireplace with book shelves and cabinets for the entertainment equipment on either side. The children will note with disdain and flabbergast the giant fish tank Miss Crow–or somebody–installed on the floor next to the kitchen's work island. With all due respect Miss Crow, but that is just a decorative and design tragedy of jaw dropping and punishable proportions.

There is, according to previous reports, an apartment above the garage and in the garage, instead of cars, there are body torture machines that include something called a StairMaster and a treadmill. Ten thousand square feet in the damn house, a big ol' barn, additional outbuildings, a cute manager's house, an apartment over the garage and Miss Crow's people cain't find a spot for a treadmill in the damn house? There's just something so ugly, undignified and low class about a woman of Miss Crow's stature and wealth working her body in the damn garage.

Anyhoo, Miss Crow installed an extensive recording studio on the lower level that includes a living room with fireplace, several sound studios and a mixing booth or whatever that stuff is called. According to previous reports–okay, we read it on Wikipedia which isn't always the most reliable source–that Miss Crow recorded her entire Detour album here as well as portions of her newest record, the wonderfully alliterative 100 Miles From Memphis.

The property also includes a large swimming pool and spa set away from the house and surrounded by flagstone terracing and vine wrapped pergolas. From here Miss Crow and her guests can contemplate the pastures and hills while sipping gin & tonics and sunning their buns. Since Miss Crow's Cross Creek Farm is, in fact, a horse facility, there are outdoor riding rings, an indoor riding arena, and 14-stall barn with attached office complex, living quarters for, we hope, a beefcake horse trainer in tight Wranglers, and an authentic saloon complete with brass rail and ass uglee bar stools that Miss Crow told the people at People she purchased off Craigslist or Ebay or some other online swap meet place like that.

Miss Crow seems to have a thing for the people at People. Here she allowed them to photograph her in her boo-teek sized closet with her 36 pairs of jeans and 80 pairs of boots and here she let them film her chit-chatting about her farm and her barn. She also allowed The Tenesseean, a local newspaper, to come in and take whole passel of photographs of Cross Creek Farm which y'all can see here.

Prior to moving to her horse farm near Nashville, Miss Crow called Los Angeles home for 20 years. Property records show that in 1998 Miss Crow paid $3,300,000 for a three parcel compound near Runyon Canyon that includes a 5,347 square foot main house with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, a second house with 3,335 square feet and a third house with 1,334 square feet. It's really a magnificent piece of property with a swimming pool complex connected to the main house by a bridge over the driveway and numerous paths that wind up, down and around the property that is dotted with palapa huts.

Records also show that in January of 2003 Miss Crow spent $1,000,000 for a 3,529 square foot house with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 poopers in Santa Rosa Beach, FL but we suspect this might actually be a little gulf front getaway for her parents. But then again, we don't know a butterfly chair from pine tree so really we have no idea who uses or does not use that house.

It'll be interesting to see where Miss Crow decamps. Will she head back to her west coast compound? Find something new in or near Nashville? Hide out in Santa Rosa, FL? Or does she have her eye on some new spot? Maybe Aspen? Or somewhere in Mizzuruh?

photos: Jeanne Reasonover / The Tennessean

Monday, May 17, 2010

Pia Zadora Lists Pacific Palisades Pad

SELLER: Pia Zadora
LOCATION: Pacific Palisades, CA
PRICE: $10,000,000
SIZE: 9,268 square feet, 4 bedrooms 5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Last night, while sipping down our third gin & tonic desperate to forget the horror we'd just witnessed on The Real Housewives of New Jersey–that piece of dried up turkey jerky Danielle really is some kind of narcissistic sociopath, isn't she?–Your Mama was flipping through the newest real estate listings in Los Angeles when we stumbled upon Pia Zadora's Pacific Palisades, CA pad that she listed this week with a nice round asking price of $10,000,000.

Surely all the children know who Pia is. Yes? No?

As a child, Hoboken, NJ born Pia Zadora (nee Pia Schipani) appeared on stage with the late, great Tallulah Bankhead in Midgie Purvis and a few years later she worked the boards of Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof. Yes puppies, young Pia wanted to be an actress. But alas, poor Pia grew up only to become an ack-tress, a beloved but campy caricature of a Hollywood starlet.

In 1977, with her only film role a 1964 sci-fi catastrophe called Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Pia married much older Israeli multi-millionaire Meshulam Riklis. Mister Riklis boosted the essentially non-existent "career" of his young bride in the late 1970s when she became the 'Dubonnet Girl,' appearing in idiotic adverts for the wine-based apĂ©rtif distributed by a company owned by–you got it–Mister Riklis. A little nepotism never hurt anyone, right? Now children, Your Mama confesses that we didn't know what Doo-bow-nay is before we started looking for dirt on our Pia. A wee bit of poking around on the internets informed us that the Doo-bow-nay a favorite boozy beverage of the Queen of England who apparently likes a little Dubonnet and gin before lunch. Who knew the Queen and Your Mama had so much in common?

In the early 1980s, Mister Riklis financed a film called Butterfly, a bizarre and silly thing about father-daughter incest starring Pia. The movie was a universal flop but it earned Pia a Golden Globe Award in 1982 as the 'Best New Star of the Year," a bestowal widely believed to have been granted not by Pia's abilities as a ingenue but rather by Mister Riklis glad handing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. A few more equally unimpressive attempts at acting followed the Butterfly debacle but Pia's career as an honest to goodness actress never materialized.

Ever the enterprising lassie, Pia plunged head first into making music, a venture that resulted in some success in Europe, an album of standards with the London Philharmonic, a duet with Jermaine Jackson, and little respect from the music industry. If the children haven't seen the video for Pia's little disco ditty with Jermaine, they really should because it's just so wonderfully awful you'll want to watch it twice.

By the late 1980s, despite appearing in John Waters' Hairspray in 1988–the original one, not one of those stoopid remakes–what little career Pia had as an ack-tress and singer had done swirled down the terlit of Hollywood hard luck.

Although Pia effectively disappeared from the silver screen, she and Mister Riklis remained in the gossip glossies and tabs in part due to their 1988 purchase of Pickfair, the legendary Wallace Neff designed Beverly Hills estate built by silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Pia and Mister Riklis paid around $7,000,000 for the storied estate on Summit Drive, purchasing the 22-room residence from L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

Claiming the existing house was riddled with termites and beyond repair, the couple razed the residence and built a beastly 25,243 square foot mansion designed by architect Peter Marino. Based on what Your Mama has read and heard we think that all that remains of Pickfair are the driveway gates, an unrecognizable portion of the guest wing, and the swimming pool, believed to be one of the first swimming pools on private property in all of Los Angeles. Although we don't know if it's true, it has also been widely reported that Mister Riklis commissioned a nude portrait of Pia that was hung in the entrance hall so that all guests were greeted by Pia's nipples and naughty bits.

In 1995, Pia and Mister Riklis went splitsville. She quickly remarried a writer/director named Jonathan Kaufman. Records show that during the time she was married to Mister Kaufman, Pia owned a big house up in Beverly Park, the famous guard gated Beverly Hills community of steroidal mansions. Pia and Mister Kaufman got a dee-vorce 2002 and Pia sold her palatial Beverly Park mansion in May of 2003 for $5,850,000. The vampy vixen also owned a 16th floor condo at the star studded Sierra Towers building in Los Angeles that records show she also sold in 2003 for an even steven $1,000,000. Sometime around this time Pia and her three children moved back to Pickfair, reportedly occupying the main house while her first ex-husband Mister Riklis resided in the guest house. So remained the living situation until 2005 when the 17 bedroom and 30 pooper property was snld for $17,650,000 to Korean biznessman Corry Hong who re-listed the property September of 2008 with the psychically unsettling asking price of $60,000,000. The property was not sold is currently off the (open) market.

In January of 2005, shortly before selling the new and not necessarily improved Pickfair, Pia purchased a 7 bedroom and 9 pooper mansion on .7 acres in posh Pacific Palisades for $8,300,000. Although the Tudor Revival residence has an architectural patina about it, listing information shows the 9,268 square foot mansion was actually built in 1992. Listing information also indicates the house, all done up and did over in a monochromatic, dignified and boring palette of beige, buff and biscuit, has 4 bedrooms and 5 poopers plus 2 guest houses.

A double height, paneled entrance hall with parquet de Versailles style hardwood floors and massive crystal chandelier gives way to the impressively scaled formal living room with its enormously high beamed ceiling, gigantic bay window where Pia has hung another crystal chandelier and placed an antique piano, massive stone and carved wood fireplace surround, and a series of French doors that open to the rear terrace. It looks like the sort of room that no one but the vacuuming and dusting gurls ever go into except at Christmastime when Your Mama imagines ol' Pia transforms it into an extravaganza of nutcrackers, white lights and glittery ornaments.

Pia's dining room, wrapped in half-paneling, heavy moldings and some kind of abstract wallpaper that makes Your Mama kind of dizzy, has a circular table that seats eight or 10 and is fitted with a Lazy Susan. A Lazy Susan? Now listen celery sticks, as far as Your Mama is concerned, Lazy Susans are just fine in barbecue restaurants and dim sum parlors but they do not belong in formal dining rooms of any home that aspires to elegance. We just have a difficult time imagining someone like Betsy Bloomingdale saying, "Pia, hunny, could you please spin that Lazy Susan thing around here so mother can have another helping of that truffled pasta thing Chef Seamus whipped up?" Even Your Mama, who is as lazy as they come, isn't so indolent we can't pass a bucket of peas around the damn table.

Therefore, Rule #367 in Your Mama's Big Book of Decorating Dos and Don't states that "No private residence of refinement and universally recognized good taste, regardless of `rchitectural category, shall have a Lazy Susan installed in the formal dining room."

Other rooms at Pia's place in the Palisades include some sort of sitting room with a heavily coffered ceiling treatment, fireplace and a couple of comfy looking leather sofas with chocolate brown velvet cushions, a massive movie theater with a lot of matching tan furniture, a billiard/game room, a home gym set up, and a massage room.

The backyard, completely surrounded by mature trees that offer oodles of privacy and shade, has several terraces that stretch out from the back of the house, large expanses of lawn, and a stacked stone wall tucked into a slope from which a waterfall tumbles into the free form shaped swimming pool.

As it turns out, we've learned from the boys at Celebrity Address Aerial that Pia is also selling her house up in Lake Arrowhead, CA that records show she purchased in July of 2001 for $4,400,000. Listing information for the property, currently listed at $4,450,000, shows the lake front house has 5 bedrooms and 7.5 poopers including a master pooper that is, ugh, carpeted. Besides its very challenging day-core other features of the house, according to listing information, include a formal living room, family and game room, each with fireplace and a home gym and something painfully described as a "Unique Spa Room."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Uma's Moving

SELLER: Uma Thurman
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $14,200,000
SIZE: 5,086 square feet, 5-7 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Over the weekend Your Mama received a late night missive from our cohort Hot Chocolate who frequently and kindly points our nosy nose and beady eyes to interesting properties in and around New York City. One of the properties that recently caught his eye is a townhouse situated just off lower Fifth Avenue in an area of Greenwich Village usually referred to as the Gold Coast. Honestly puppies, Your Mama doesn't know why it's called the Gold Coast since we're not aware that any gold was ever mined there and it's smack in the middle of Manhattan making it about as far from the "coast" as a Manhattan townhouse can be. Anyhoo, the townhouse, a 5 floor beauty with a drop dead, almost perfectly conceived, bring 'em to their knees floor plan, was recently listed with a scorching asking price of $14,200,000. Based on our extensive and exhaustive research that kept us up well past our bedtime, Your Mama surmised that the townhouse is owned by statuesque Oscar nominated actress Uma Thurman (Motherhod, The Producers, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Pulp Fiction, Dangerous Liaisons).

Our Miz Thurman, a woman who achieves the rare and impressive feat of appearing both approachable and ice cold, comes from interesting stock. Her father, a professor at Columbia University, was the first westerner to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk and his first marriage was to the dee-voon Christophe de Menil, of the Houston de Menils, they of the soo-blime Rothko Chapel and Menil Collection. Miz Thurman's Swedish model turned psychotherapist mother Nena, before marrying her father, was briefly married to counter cultural icon and LSD lover Timothy Leary. So, you know, this beehawtcha has bone fide bohemian blood–albeit wealthy bohemian blood–running in her veins. Quite frankly, Miz Thruman makes most of these other Prada wearing, pr-craving, social climbing art collector types who populate all the latest and most publicized eating and drinking establishments look, well, hollow and silly.

Not surprisingly, given her intellectual meets arty-farty lineage and upbringing, Miz Thurman has a penchant for high profile man-mates. According to previous reports she tangled romantically with famous men like Mick Jagger, Robert Deniro, Robert Plant, Richard Gere, Robert Downey, Jr., and Nic Cage before marrying English actor Gary Oldman. She and Oldman dee-vorced after a couple of years and Miz Thruman next married handsome but dirty looking two-time Oscar nominated actor Ethan Hawke with whom she pushed out a couple of babies. The comely couple went splitsville in 2004 and several years later Mister Hawke went on to marry the children's nanny. Miz Thurman quickly moved on to bigwig boo-teek hotelier Andre Balasz to whom she was engaged but not married, and after busting up with him she hooked up with supermodel Elle Macpherson's baby daddy, London based hedge hog Arapd Busson. She was also engaged to Mister Busson, but the kibosh was put on that nupital in late 2009.

Anyhoo, getting back to the matter at records on this one are convoluted, clouded and confusing. See puppies, Miz Thurman's name appears nowhere on any public record, deed or mortgage that Your Mama could tease out of the interweb. However, not only were we able to dig up multiple references to Miz Thurman living on this street in Greenwich Village, we were able to connect Miz Thurman's production company Karuna Dream to the property, and we managed to locate several photographs of her exiting the townhouse in question. Are the children following? What we're saying is that we're pretty damn sure this is Miss Thurman's townhouse, but we must offer the caveat that it just might not be. If it's not, just try enjoy the property as an extra savory piece of New York City real estate porn.

What property records do reveal is that the townhouse was purchased in October of 2006 for $9,500,000. The five floor house stretches 25 feet on a pretty and tree-lined but very bizzy block between even busier 5th and 6th Avenues. As it turns out and, for all three of you who might care, the townhouse happens to be located just a few doors down from where Your Mama used to go once and sometimes twice a week to see our lovely, middle aged lesbian therapist who we miss like the dickens since decamping for the left coast.

A gated stoop at the front opens into an ante-chamber than in turn opens into the entrance and stair hall. The parlor floor has been opened up into one contiguous space while retaining much of the original detailing including the two wood burning fireplaces with matching marble surrotnds and the decorative ceiling details and moldings. The wall between the very narrow but long, well equipped and generously windowed kitchen has been knocked out unifying the two rooms and allowing for a long peninsula for preparing and/or serving food boo-fay style. This wall removal could have been and should have been a decorative and architectural disaster of epic proportions, but somehow the smart architect and nice, gay decorator made it work in large part due to floor to ceiling curtains that can be drawn closed thereby obstructing the view from the dining room into the kitchen during more formal meals. That said, the table looks impossibly narrow, far too narrow it would seem to accommodate diners on both sides, in fact. That sucker can't be more than 26 inches wide, making it utterly impractical.

The children will note that the dining room opens through a particularly gorgeous set of French doors to a small terrace that leads down to the garden at the rear of the townhouse. The children will also note the excellent positioning of the powder pooper in the corridor between the entrance all and the kitchen. This tucked away location ensures that nobody be forced to look at the damn terlit while eating and preserves a modicum of dignity and privacy for any of Miz Thurman's guests who might need to use the facilities.

The garden level has its own under-stoop entrance that opens into a foyer. To the right is a guest suite with bay window, private pooper and pullman style kitchenette, and at the back, a media room with wood burning fireplace, built in book cases, its own full pooper and French doors to open directly into the south facing garden, a Zen-like space fashioned from a truckload gravel, a few sprigs of bamboo, a couple of curvy contemporary wicker chairs and a gas fireplace with an antique stone fireplace surround.

The master suite encompasses the entire third floor and consists of a foyer, a sizable sitting room with a separate entrance from the stair hall, fireplace and built in book cases, large walk in closet, a bedroom that opens through two sets of French doors to a private terrace, and dee-luxe terliting and bathing facilities with soaking tub and separate shower. Two bedrooms, each with fireplace according to the floor plan, share a small sitting room and large windowed pooper. The laundry room was smartly and conveniently installed on this floor, a clever place to put it considering the bulk of a home's dirty laundry comes from the bedrooms. In a five floor (plus sub-basement) and elevator-free townhouse, putting the laundry facilities in the basement is a sure why to piss off Lahteeshuh the Laundress who makes it clear that she does not care to haul dirty or clean clothes up and down 49 flights of stairs.

The top floor has two more bedrooms, each with private sky-lit pooper. The front bedroom, with yet another fireplace, is labeled "bedroom/gym" indicating that this is where Miz Thurman does her Pilates, Yoga, medicine ball training or whatever kind of physical torture it is she puts herself through to remain movie star slim. A full stair climbs one more flight to a small decked roof terrace.

Miz Thurman has moved around and bought and sold a fair amount of real estate since splitting from Mister Hawke. The erstwhile couple sold their Gramercy Park doo-plex in October of 2006 for $8,600,000. Several months before that, in June and July of 2006, records show Miz Thurman bought two doo-plex apartments in the same Gramercy Park building, one for $2,500,000 and another for $2,650,000. We've heard through the real estate gossip grapevine–or maybe we read it somewhere, we can't remember–that Miz Thurman was planning to combine the two doo-plexes but in all honestly, we don't know what she'd done or plans to do with them.

Records also show that Miz Thurman owns a 96-acre spread in Bearsville, NY, a wee blip on the road just outside of Woodstock and, as it turns out, only a few miles from an upstate farmhouse on 400 acres that Your Mama shared with a bunch of artist friends one summer and two winters during our dewy and carefree first years in New York City.

Back in late 2004 when Miz Thurman was still getting bizzy with Mister Andre Balazs, it was widely rumored and reported that they bought The Willows, a 50-some acre Hudson river fronting estate with a 16-room mansion in Staatsburg, NY that porn king Bob Guccione lost after defaulting on a $14,500,000 mortgage secured with the property. Your Mama hasn't any idea if those particular real estate rumors were true or if they were simply unsubstantiated and never confirmed wisps on the gossip wind.

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Queen and Her Personal Trainer Buy Hollywood Hills House Together

BUYER: Dana Owens and Jeanette Jenkins
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $1,340,000
SIZE: 2,026 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Back in October of 2009 Your Mama discussed the Hollywood Hills hideaway, listed at $1,397,000, owned by actor Henry Simmons, a knee buckling piece of hot chocolate who has strutted his muscular stuff on Another World, NYPD Blue and Shark. Remember that bunnies?

Once Your Mama discussed the property it quickly fell off our radar until this morning when we heard from the boys at Celebrity Address Aerial who informed us that the buyer of the Mister Simmons' former crib is, in fact, another celebrity. According to property records the remodeled Mediterranean was snatched up by none other that Dana Owens–otherwise known as Queen Latifah–and her, er, trainer Jeanette Jenkins who paid $1,340,000 for the house in mid-December of 2009.

Miss Latifah, a renaissance ladee if there ever was one, rocketed to fame as a Grammy winning rapper/hip hopper/R&B artist (All Hail the Queen, Black Reign, Order in the Court) turned tee-vee star (Living Single) turned daytime talk show host (The Queen Latifah Show) turned Emmy and Oscar nominated movie star (Chicago, Bringing Down the House, Beauty Shop, Hairspray, The Secret Life of Bees) turned torch song chanteuse (The Dana Owens Album) turned Wal-Mart and Jenny Craig spokeswoman. Lo-ward have mercy, this beehawtcha is so damn bizzy Your Mama wonders if she's ever got time so set down and pee or if her handlers just strap a colostomy bag to her hip and tell her to keep it moving.

Miss Jenkinsfrequently photographed around town with The Queen–is not just Miss Latifah's, uhm, trainer, she's also the host of a fitness program on the boob-toob. She also once won $50,000 eating lord only knows what on that horrible and upsetting Fear Factor program, is the creator of an exercise video called Bikini Bootcamp, and penned a book called The Hollywood Trainer Weight-Loss Plan: 21 Days to Make Healthy Living a Lifetime Habit, which is sort of ironic given that her number one, ergh, client is the not exactly slim or in shape looking Queen Latifah. Now listen chickens, before any of you chubby chasers, big gurls and/or beefy boys get all up on your high horse and start calling Your Mama names listen up and listen good: Your Mama ain't got nuthin' against a gal with some meat on her bones, we just think it's ironic that Miss Jenkin's star client is a not particularly fit lookin' ladee who made boo-coo bucks shilling herself out as a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig and not, mind you, for Miss Jenkins.

Anyhoo, getting back to the real estate...Your Mama don't know butter knife from a tube of toothpaste about Miss Latifah's person life so even though rumors abound we're not speculating or gossiping on what kind of special relationship these two long term ladee friends may or may not have. However, property records are quite clear that the property in question was purchased in both of their names. Surely Miss Latifah is not the first big shit celebrity to buy and co-own a house with her, uh, personal trainer, no?

Listing information shows that walled, gated and perfectly private "mini-compound" includes a 2,096 square foot house with wide plank chocolate brown hardwood floors, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 poopers. The interior spaces include a living room with a glass tile fireplace surround, a large dining room that opens to the side yard through French doors and a huge family room/kitchen with hexagonal Mexican tile floors and wall of multi-paned windows that open the room to a terrace with sunken hot tub that stretches along the back of the house and a bamboo surrounded lower terrace.

Somewhere on the property, Mister Simmons had an in home fitness center complete with rubber matting, free weights and a treadmill. Your Mama has no idea if Miss Latifah and Miss Jenkins plan to keep the home gym–or if either of them will even occupy the residence–but it surely must have been a desirable feature to a trainer chick like Miss Jenkins.

Given that Miss Latifah already has a privately situated and much larger 6,780 square foot house with 5 bedrooms and 7 poopers in the Bev Hills Post Office that records show she picked up in July of 2005 for $5,400,000, it seems unlikely she'll be packing up and decamping for this house in a good but far less exclusive zip code. But stranger things have happened chicken. Never underestimate the wacky real estate ways of the rich and famous.

Records also show that Miss Latifah also owns several properties in New Jersey including a 9.52 are spread with a 5,860 square foot mcmansion in Colts Neck, NJ that she snatched up in June of 2001 for $2,142,552, a 7.3 acre property with a 2,793 square foot house in Monmouth Junction, NJ that she bought in November of 2007 for $387,500 (her father's name also appears on the records), and a contemporary house in Wayne, NJ that was purchased in May of 1992 for $400,000. Your Mama's momma's wish they were Italian mafia cuzzins–who are not, the children will note, even Italian–have long lived around the corner from this house and from them we hear that the house is occupied by Miss Latifah's momma Rita. Records also show that in July of 2004 Miss Latifah paid $140,000 for a 792 square foot house in the historic but unlikely town of Joppa MD.

Mister Simmons went on to pay $2,000,000 for a 5 bedroom and 6 pooper crib with 5,282 square feet in Studio City, CA.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Coral Beach, Lotus Villas Krabi

Lotus Villas sit a mere 70 meters back from Haad Yao (Long Beach), south of Krabi city within the Coral Beach project by Krabi Sunset Developments.

Lotus villas consist of two bedrooms, three bathrooms, open plan dining, kitchen and living room wrapped around a private swimming pool.

Lotus Villas benefit from enviable ocean views with some of the finest sunsets in Asia disappearing amongst all the local islands right in front of your home.

An optional management programme is available with Lotus Villas if you wish to visit part time.

Real Estate Krabi

Friday, May 7, 2010

Chuanchom Villa's Long Beach Krabi

Chuanchom Villa's lie in the second row back from the sand inside the Coral Beach project in Haad Yao (Long Beach), Krabi.

All villas consists of two floors and the architects designed these homes as an L-shape around a private swimming pool. Ocean and island views can be enjoyed from the top floors and access to beach is just a quick walk.

Each villa has 3 beds, 3 baths and a large open plan area consiting of living room and a western styled fitted kitchen with all brand name electrical appliances.

Krabi Property

Thursday, May 6, 2010

At Sea Condominiums Krabi

At Sea Condominiums, Krabi are right amongst all the five star resorts on the pristine Klong Muang Beach. Your neighbours include such names as Nakamanda and The new Ritz Carlton reserve making this area sure to grow.

At Sea Condominiums have been designed in a U-shape with each unit overlooking the large communal pool and benefitting from spectacular sunset views.

With 3 different styles to choose from,including studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom condos and with prices starting from as low as 1.69m THB these are sure to move quick.

Construction is now well under way and and they expect completion early next year. There is a completed show unit for you to see the style and typical furnishings.

Krabi Property