Design & Real Estate

Caribbean Marvel

Costa Blanca, an impressive billion-dollar project by renown Dominican Republic developers Group Metro, recently reached more than $100 million of sales in one day following their launch event. The undertaking will span across 300 acres of land and coastline in Juan Dolio and will encompass a mega-yacht marina, marina village with retail and commercial space, 10 condominium towers, 52 private villas, a tennis village, clubhouses for both tennis and golf, a secured, private beach, and the first signature Greg Norman PGA golf course in the country. With top architects and designers at the helm, residents will find villas with open-air spacing to showcase their wrap-around pools, condos where each and every owner is afforded unobstructed waterfront views, and an assurance that every aspect and step of the project is environmentally sound and positively affects the region. For information, visit or call their sales office at 809.526.1200.

Prime Living
From Vegas to the Magic City, Capricho Residences has taken the U.S. by storm — and major movers-and-shakers such as Ralph Lauren model and Polo player Nacho Figueras (pictured here), Live with Regis and Kelly producer Michael Gelman, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford and Extra! correspondent A.J. Calloway are taking notice. The low-density resort is dedicated to creating a true “green” property, keeping 60-percent of the land undeveloped. The gated community of Playa Mujeres Resort stands on 600 acres of natural landscape, with over two miles of undisturbed beachfront. It features two 18-hole Greg Norman golf courses; a first-class marina; a private helipad; and numerous restaurants and boutiques. Owners at one of Capricho’s 220 two-, three- and four-bedroom residential units will enjoy generously-sized homes featuring outdoor patios with fire pits, private rooftop terraces and a private beach club with restaurant and spa. The property creates the feeling of a “Garden of Eden” just minutes from the heart of Cancun and less than an hour from Miami. The Boutique Hotel, the first phase of residences and the Beach Club will be finished by 2009. For more information, visit

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Ghost Chair
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Haunted House
To ensure a real scream this Halloween, make sure to have a shaky hand when shooting your kids’ haunted house tours for added effect.




Roach Scream
Term used to describe the chilling shriek that results after a mom is the victim of a surprise Halloween scare by her kids.