Stories written by Philip Fine
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Homes

A Surfer’s Dream Home on Redondo Beach

From her home overlooking Redondo Beach, Cindy Williams regularly sees couples taking their vows at oceanside wedding ceremonies, musicians strumming guitars with a California Dreaming pleasure and all types joining pick-up beach volleyball games. Dolphins and whales play in the water and cyclists and joggers enjoy the 27-mile shoreline strand that stretches north from Torrance […]

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Homes

Going His Own Way: Mick Fleetwood’s Maui Home

Mick Fleetwood’s love for the Hawaiian island of Maui began when the co-founder of Fleetwood Mac was looking for some respite during the band’s intensive touring days of the 1970s. A frequent visitor ever since, he moved to the island about 15 years ago. He feels very much a part of the community whose music […]

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Homes

Hilltop Hideaway – a Home on the French Riviera

Before this home was purchased 20 years ago by Anne and Etienne Van Den Heuvel, its earliest known identity was that of a chicken farm. While its current stunning views and comfy surroundings are reserved for humans, Anne and Etienne have not forgotten about those displaced chickens, and have given any possible traces of avian […]

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Homes People

Timeless Elegance at Le Scale, Capri

There are several rituals Alexa, her husband Ben, and their three young children, have developed on their trips to the villa they own on the Southern Italian island of Capri. Alexa makes sure to bake for the children a torta caprese, the traditional chocolate almond cake that some say was created in the 1920’s by […]

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Homes

Jungle Living the Luxe Way at Rancho Cielo

Overlooking the jungle treetops and the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, this 26-acre property finds monkeys hanging out, eagles doing fly-overs and iguanas padding about, with a full constellation of stars at night and bumpy roads during the day. “There is a saying down here: ‘Good roads bring bad people and bad roads bring good […]

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Homes

A Home in Surfer’s Paradise, Mexico

Many surfers call Punta Mita the Malibu of Mexico. Longboarders, shortboarders and stand-up paddlers are attracted to the Bay of Banderas for its warm waters and waves from multiple directions. Susan and Greg Warnick discovered this area, located 16 km north of Puerto Vallarta, more than a dozen years ago when it was a sleepy […]

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Travel

Natural Success: A Home in the Costa Rican Hillside

Carved into a Costa Rican mountainside, Casa Symbiotica sits a thousand feet above sea level and looks onto the Pacific Ocean’s Brasilito Bay. The airiness of the elevation, the scrub, brush and sand just below and its ocean horizon beyond is mirrored in an interior of high ceilings and open space, indigenous wood and local […]

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Homes

A Welcoming Wine Country Home

Growing up in wine country meant that as a teenager Katie Munoz’s first alcoholic beverage was not a pilfered beer or some awful sweet liqueur: it was a Chardonnay. Born in Mexico, Katie moved to Sonoma when she was one years old. Her father worked as a farmer in the area, which is now home […]