House Hunting 2021: What $7 Million Buys In Cancun, Hollywood Hills And Manhattan

casa en mar in cancun
Designed by Mexican architect and visionary Sergio Orduña, Casa EnMar combines striking details with a wealth of indoor-outdoor living space.

Among the biggest housing trends of 2020 was a shift towards properties offering flexible living space. In this week’s look at the luxury real estate market, I took a look at Forbes Global Properties to see how much and what types of flexible space around $7 million buys in Cancún, Hollywood Hills and Manhattan. Here’s a closer look:

Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Located in the Zona Hotelera district of Cancún, an island stretch full of high-end hotels and white-sand beaches, this contemporary residence is equal part a home as it is a piece of art. Designed by noted Mexican architect Sergio Orduña, the showplace called “Casa EnMar” draws the eyes upward with its clean lines, sharp angles and walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that look out towards the sea. Natural materials such as marble, stone, wood and steel feature prominently in the striking design.

Features: Angled walls and columns enlarge and elevate the living spaces, particularly in the main living area, where a steel-and-glass walkway crosses over the triple-height space. Custom doors and furniture pieces were designed to fit the home’s asymmetric rooms. Within some 9,350 square feet of living space are six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, formal rooms and a dazzling wet bar.

Inside Casa EnMar, a luxury Cancun home designed by architect Sergio Orduña

A lofted office space and glass catwalk extend across the great room in Casa EnMar.

Other perks: The vaulted lobby area flows through glass doors and onto a tropical wooden deck that crosses over the swimming pool before ending at a cantilevered balcony perched above the ocean. Palm trees dot the manicured property, which incorporates multiple terraces, a sitting area and a garden. White-sand beaches and the Caribbean Sea sit just beyond the pool area.

Price: $6.9 million

Represented by: Thomas Glabman and Trista Rullan, Hilton & Hyland

Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California

Located near Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills, this fresh contemporary residence with Mediterranean notes pairs a wealth of outdoor living space with mountain and city views that come alive at night. A recent renovation by Studio Tim Campbell enhanced the living spaces with a range of new materials while introducing imported French oak floors and Euroline steel doors and windows.

The backyard and swimming pool area of the Hollywood Hills house at 3028 Paulcrest Drive

Listed for $6.999 million, the renovated contemporary-style home features enhanced interiors by Studio Tim Campbell and a wealth of outdoor living space.

Features: The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home has been polished from top to bottom. Vaulted and beamed ceilings top a massive open-concept area consisting of a chef’s kitchen, living room and dining room. Outside, resort-like grounds incorporate a swimming pool and spa, expansive decking and a trellis-topped outdoor kitchen/bar.

The recording studio inside the Hollywood Hills home at 3028 Paulcrest Drive

Wood siding lends a rustic note to the recording studio, which is soundproof.

Other perks: The home’s west wing was reconfigured to include a guest house and a state-of-the-art home theater. There’s also a wood-clad and sound-proofed recording studio for creating your own musical uprising.

Price: $6.999 million

Represented by: Jonathan Nash and Jamie Davis, Hilton & Hyland

West Village, Manhattan, New York

For those dreaming of terrace space in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village, look no further. This three-bedroom, four-bathroom penthouse crowning a six-story building features a planted-roof terrace with views of Tribeca, the Freedom Tower and West Village.

A guest bedroom at the penthouse apartment at 1 Leroy St, PH5B, in West Village, Manhattan

Among the three bedrooms is a guest suite with a wood-burning fireplace that could be converted to an office or den.

Features: A light-filled living room with a wood-burning fireplace and built-in bookshelves is at the heart of the penthouse. East and west-facing windows bring natural light into the living and dining room areas. In the windowed eat-in kitchen, a blue accent wall provides a visual contrast to milky-white countertops and cabinetry.

The private terrace at 1 Leroy Street, PH5B, in West Village, Manhattan, New York City

French doors flow onto a private terrace with views of Tribeca, the Freedom Tower and the surrounding West Village area.

Other perks: Flexibility in the floor plan is a significant plus. The primary bedroom incorporates a large walk-in closet and two additional closets in addition to an expanded en-suite bathroom. One of the two other bedrooms has a wood-burning fireplace and French doors that open to the terrace, making it a prime candidate to be converted into an office/study.

Price: $7 million

Represented by: Tania Isacoff Friedland and Allison Chiaramonte, Warburg Realty


Neal is the Chief Content Officer at Forbes Global Properties. A content strategist with more than a decade of experience in the sports, entertainment and real estate spaces he previously launched a sports real estate column and chronicled L.A.’s biggest home sales for the Los Angeles Times' award-winning “Hot Property” section.

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