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Michael Bay’s Former Bel-Air Home Seeks $45 Million

A Britain-based developer run by billionaire brothers Ian and Richard Livingstone rebuilt the property, on a 1-acre promontory
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MANSION The Time Is Ripe for Home Buyers in Bordeaux

Antoine Doyen for The Wall Street Journal

In Bordeaux, the wine cellar of France, 2017 is shaping up to be a vintage year for luxury property. Median real-estate prices are up 15.5% in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period in 2016, according to the Notaires de France, which tracks national price trends. The increase is notable for a country that has barely recovered from the recession.

At Chef Michael Stadtländer’s Farmhouse, Dinner Is Served

Jennifer Roberts for The Wall Street Journal

When chef Michael Stadtländer and his wife, Nobuyo, bought their Victorian redbrick farmhouse in Ontario, they named it “Eigensinn,” a German word that means obstinate. It signaled, says Mrs. Stadtländer, their intention “to do things our way.” Every inch of their 3,000-square-foot home in Singhampton bears their creative imprint.

Director Michael Bay’s Former Bel-Air Home Seeks $45 Million

Nick Springett

A Bel Air house previously owned by Hollywood director Michael Bay—then subsequently renovated by a Britain-based developer owned by two billionaire brothers—is going on the market for $45 million.

A ‘Private Kingdom’ in the English Countryside

Alice Whitby for The Wall Street Journal

Sussex House Farm started its long life in the 16th century, as a humble shepherd’s lodge. Over the years that followed, it was extended by one owner after the next, developing gradually into a working farmhouse surrounded by agricultural buildings. More recently, its owners—who have included an Academy Award-winning actor and an author of a series of beloved children’s books—have repurposed the house and its grounds for pleasure.

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE Goldman Takes Stake in Under Armour CEO’s Baltimore Development

Sagamore Development Company

Under Armour Inc. Chief Executive Kevin Plank has snared Goldman Sachs Group Inc. as the first private investor in his ambitious Port Covington development project with a commitment of $233 million. The project seeks to transform a 235-acre industrial peninsula in South Baltimore into a $5.5 billion mini-city of offices, homes, stores, restaurants, parks and a new campus for the athletic-apparel company he runs.

HOUSE OF THE DAY A Canadian Mansion Hits the Auction Block

Platinum Luxury Auctions

This traditional-style home in Kelowna, B.C., comes with an orchard with 2,100 trees.

GREATER NEW YORK REAL ESTATE Barry Diller Pulls Plug on Hudson River Park Project

Pier55 Inc./Heatherwick Studio/Associated Press

Media tycoon Barry Diller said he is ending a $250 million project to build a man-made island and park on the Hudson River off Manhattan, citing a series of lawsuits and escalating costs from the ensuing delays.

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DESIGN A New Book for Design Insiders on Renzo Mongiardino

Guido Taroni

In the 20th century, to be on a first-name basis with “Renzo,” as in Mongiardino, and lucky enough to work with the Milanese master of interior design meant entrée into an exclusive club. Out next month is an insider’s volume that feels personal and intimate: The Interiors and Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino: A Painterly Vision (Rizzoli), by Martina Mondadori Sartogo and the editors of Cabana magazine.

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