Stories written by Judith Ritter
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Homes

Building Dreams at Little Waters, Jamaica

Here is a happy (though sometimes challenging) story about how a couple’s decision to find a little house for themselves in a quieter part of Negril, turned into a six year project and a three thousand square foot villa on a rocky and almost inaccessible cliffside. “The real estate agent who showed us the land […]

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Homes

At One with Nature at Casa Nalum

When London residents, Milan-born Roberto Sidoti and his Mexican wife, Pia Hagerman started searching for an alternative to their intense London work lives, they imagined a small house by the sea somewhere in Mexico. What they ended up with was entirely different. Their cherished Casa Nalum is a large home that seems to almost float […]

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Masseria Pettolecchia in Puglia
Travel

A Perfect, Peaceful Retreat in Puglia

Giovanni DeBlasio was born in Fasano, a small town in Italy’s Puglia region. It’s an area dotted with ancient white-washed farmhouses, centuries-old olive trees on a backdrop of low lush hillsides that reach as far as the Adriatic Sea. It is a magic place, he says, but as an ambitious young boy growing up there, […]

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Homes

A Handmade Home in Naples, Florida

As a small child on shopping trips to town with his farmer dad, a young Wilbert Hamstra was more likely to lobby for treats like bits of lumber and nails than ice cream and candy. “I just always wanted to be a builder,” says the founder of the half-century old real estate development powerhouse, The […]

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Homes

A Paradise Island Home only Accessible by Boat? Yes Please!!!

There is a cozy simplicity about Terry and Kim McCulloch’s Paradise Island getaway home, named Colonial Paradise. Approaching the newly built property by boat (which is the only way to reach it), past the massive stone wall guarding the property from the foamy sea and just beyond a manicured lawn stands their the slate roofed, […]

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People

Style and Substance: Yael Farber

Yael Farber sits in front of a computer screen in her usual spot in her favorite café, facing the window that looks out to the busy Montreal street. Her back is to the boisterous tables of older Italian men playing a noisy game of cards and the regulars huddled over their espressos. Two TVs broadcast […]

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Homes

A Place to Call Home in the Virgin Islands

“I just knew that I would know it when I saw it,” says John Zillmer of his quest for a perfect getaway home for his rural Pennsylvania-based family. He and his wife, Carol, already had decided where they wanted their vacation hideaway. They’d had a love affair with St. John, the small and unspoiled U.S.  […]

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Homes

Looking for the Perfect Italian Lakeside Villa? We’ve Found It

For Paolo and Gabriella Mazza, restoring the more than century old Villa Concetta was a heady mix of delight, exhaustion and surprise. “Fixing up old houses is like a drug for us. It is love and addiction”, Paolo says wryly. There is the apartment in Milan, the summer house in Sardinia and the imposing stone […]