Legendary Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. to Gallop Away From His Arcadia Home

It’s easy to see why iconic jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. would live in this Spanish-style estate in Arcadia, CA. It’s a quick trip to Santa Anita Park, where he rode tens of thousands of horses and became one of the winningest jockeys of all time.

Pincay bought the place brand-new in 2002 for $1,725,000. But now that his kids are grown and he’s retired from riding, he’s serving as a horse racing commentator for TGV and NBC.

He no longer needs 5,905 square feet of living space, according to listing agent Elizabeth Gallegos of Re/Max Premier Properties. Pincay recently put the six-bedroom, 6.5-bath home on the market for $3,788,000.

Arcadia is an upscale town nestled right up against Pasadena in Los Angeles County’s San Gabriel Valley, known for its excellent school districts. Pincay’s house is located in a guard-gated community known as Anoakia Estates.

Those factors, plus the size of the home, make it an excellent choice for a family, says Gallegos. The home is elegant—with high ceilings, French doors, and ornate fireplaces—yet inviting and homey, she adds.

Laffit Pincay Jr.’s home in Arcadia, CA

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The kitchen features a center island, Wolf stove, double dishwashers, and cherry wood cabinets. There’s also an adjacent butler’s pantry, formal dining room, and breakfast room. The large room is ideal for family entertaining, says Gallegos.

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The oversize master suite has a fireplace, walk-in closet, luxe bathroom, and an extra room that could be used as a nursery or a gym.

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There are two bedrooms on the first level with independent entries intended for use as a guest bedroom and staff quarters.

The grounds feature a pool and spa, fountains, sun patio, flagstone decking, and lush lawns.

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Pincay, who will be downsizing, will entertain offers for the furnishings, Gallegos adds. Of course, the memorable photos and trophies on display throughout the house aren’t included in the sale.

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Pincay, now 71, was born in Panama, and learned the art of jockeying from his father. He’s been atop horses in every major race, including the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes, and the Santa Anita Derby. He rode Swale to victory in the Kentucky Derby in 1984 and won the Belmont Stakes three years in a row from 1982-84. He finished his career in 2003 with an astonishing 9,530 career wins.

Joanna Gaines Designs a New Room That’s Pure Genius—Will It Catch On?

On “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design,” we get a second look at Chip and Joanna Gaines working their magic on fixer-uppers from the past. And the latest episode, titled “The Ramsey House,” is particularly intriguing because Jo designs a room that’ll make many people (particularly parents) say, “I need that room now!”

The backstory: The Gaineses’ clients, the Ramsey family, have been living in Pakistan for 17 years, but now it’s time to come home. The parents, Brooke and Charles, both graduated from Baylor in Waco, TX, and that’s where they want to establish their new home base with their four kids. So while still in Pakistan, they shop real estate listings online and buy a 100-year-old farmhouse—sight unseen.

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“Behind the Design: The Ramsey House”

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To further complicate matters, the Ramseys tell Joanna their preference is to implement modern Scandinavian design mixed with Moroccan touches, while keeping the home’s original farmhouse charm. Chaotically clashing? Nah, it’s a piece of cake for Joanna.

“Moroccan-Scandinavian is going to be a very interesting but cool blend,” she says. “I love the idea of minimal, but also of that ethnic feel.”

It sounds like a tall order, but Joanna proves she’s up to it. Her ideas work so well you might find yourself wanting to try a few of them in your own home. Take a look!

Let the accessories do the talking

Joanna opts to go with a simple, modern Scandinavian background, and allow the Ramseys to add many of their own Moroccan pieces.

“This will be one of those times where I give them a very clean palette where they can showcase a lot of the things that they’ve collected over the years,” she says. “So when it all comes together, it’s not an overload of stuff, but it also tells their story.”

Add international flair with tile

What’s more Moroccan than painted tile? Actually, Scandinavian-style homes often have accent tile as well, so Joanna selects tile for the kitchen backsplash, bathroom floors, and fireplaces with subtle Moroccan designs that blend perfectly.

Less is more when accessorizing a large bookcase

Joanna has a large iron-frame bookcase custom-made for the Ramsey house, and in demonstrating how she arranges accessories on it, she leaves open spaces—some shelves without anything on them at all. Rather than fill them up with vertically placed books, she lays the books down horizontally, with the pages, rather than the spines, facing out, “to show the different whites.” It seems she’s using books as a design element, rather than as reading material.

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Books are used as a design element on the living room bookcase.

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Find the right number of pendant lights

Joanna says the number of pendant lights should be determined by the size of the dining table that they’re illuminating. One large pendant light is fine for a 10-foot table. A round table, of course, should have only one pendant light hanging over it.

Give teenage boys their space

The Ramseys have a 15-year-old son, and there’s no way he’s going to share a bedroom with one of his sisters. Only problem is, they’ve run out of bedrooms. It’s Chip who actually saves the day here, finding an unused, unfinished attic space under the gabled roof to build a cozy extra bedroom. They add a closet and dormer window to it—and voila, they’ve created something out of nothing that will mean a whole lot to the Ramseys’ teenage son.

Split the bathroom

So how can these four kids comfortably share one bathroom? Chip finds a clever way of splitting the bathroom into two separate baths, with more privacy than a traditional Jack and Jill bath. This will considerably reduce waiting and fighting.

Restoring wood floors isn’t always worth it

Joanna and Chip opt for tile instead of restoring the old wood floor in the kids’ bathroom, and for good reason: If there are just too many coats of lacquer over the wood and it would take forever to sand, restoring wood isn’t always worth it. This is especially true in the bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen, where a lot of water will be tough on wood. So, tile it is!

Have a homework room

Last but  not least, Joanna designs a room that most parents would love to have: a “homework room” with four built-in desks, one for each child, where they can easily plug in a laptop, write, or study from texts. Each study station has a corkboard back so the kids can pin up whatever they like. Above the desks are extensive bookcases filled with reference books on hand to be used, not just for decoration.

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The unique homework room/library with built-in desks for four students.

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Former NFL Kicker Jay Feely Selling Waterfront Home in the Desert for $2.65M

Former NFL kicker and current TV analyst Jay Feely has listed his massive home outside of Phoenix for $2.65 million.

Despite being situated in the middle of the desert, the mission-meets-ranch mansion sits on a man-made lake, providing residents opportunities to go boating, wakeboarding, and paddleboarding in an otherwise dry, dusty area.

The property’s outdoor area also shines with its kitchen with pizza oven, bar area, and gorgeous pool and spa.

The 7,000-square-foot main house has dual foyers—one at the main entrance and another at the garage entrance—five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. There’s also a 974-square-foot waterfront casita.

The home’s luxe details include rolled brick ceilings and travertine floors. The main house also has two master suites and, of course, a 14-screen TV wall to keep up with all the games every weekend. The TVs are included in the purchase, and many of the furnishings are negotiable.

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After kicking for several NFL teams, Feely ended his 14-year career with 1,451 points and 332 field goals. Thee University of Michigan alum then joined CBS Sports as a color commentator for college football in 2015. Two years later, he began covering NFL games for CBS as a kicking game specialist.

Whatever his reason for giving this mansion the boot, a new family now has the chance to move into a lakefront home, deep in the heart of the desert. Swimsuits absolutely required.

5 Simple (and Cheap) Tricks to Make Your Vacation Home Look Expensive

Vacation homes offer a strange paradox: A calming oasis away from the daily grind often accompanied by a sad trombone sound effect as soon as you unlock the front door.

For something billed as a life’s achievement, why are these second homes often saddled with such ugly decor?

If you own a vacation home, we get it. You spent money on the house itself, and the decor might be an afterthought. But your efforts at saving money on decor and furnishings could actually be backfiring, notes Sara Tayte, interior designer at AID Miami.

“The biggest mistake I see with vacation homes is that they look outdated,” she says. “Some seem like the last time anybody put any love into it was when they bought it.”

Luckily, it doesn’t need to cost a fortune to decorate your vacation home so that it looks fresh, modern, and most importantly, appealing to visitors (or, eventually, buyers). Here are a few tips and tricks to get you there.

1. Don’t overspend on a (clichéd) theme


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You know what we’re talking about: The beach house that’s decked out in floor-to-ceiling seashells. The ski lodge that has old snowshoes and tacky, bear-themed decor in every room. The lake house with the talking fish on the wall.

Not only does this stuff make your vacation home look banal, it’s also surprisingly expensive to go full-theme throughout your place. You’ll spend a bundle loading up on accoutrements that no vacationer is seeking out.

“I have never been a fan of seashells and seahorses covering every last inch of a space in a home,” says Nicole Peters, interior designer and owner of Modern Beach House in Kitty Hawk, NC. “I thought it was because I grew up on the beach, but as I got older, I realized it wasn’t the seashells: It was really anything in excess.”

Of course, you can still highlight a theme—just don’t take it so literally.

“Instead, make subtle references to the location and its natural surroundings through color and textures,” suggests Carmina Roth, an interior designer in Greenwich, CT. “Hang a mirror with a mother-of-pearl frame in a beach house, or use lots of wools and natural wood finishes in a mountain retreat.

“Instead of a ‘Welcome to our lake house’ sign,” Tayte recommends finding a vintage geographical map of the area and putting it in a frame.

It looks great, is a perfect keepsake, and best of all, won’t blow your budget.

What to buy: Palm Springs California Illustrated Travel Map, $20; Pier 1 Ivory Mother-of-Pearl Mirror, $169; Wayfair Cole & Grey 3 Piece Wood Tray Set, $56

2. Let the paint do the talking


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After you’ve ditched the knick-knacks, you can save money and get that vacation vibe with a coat of paint instead.
“A beach house, mountain cabin, or lake house can … set the tone with colors and textures,” Peters says. “And then add a nautical pop here and there.”

Tayte agrees: “Bringing the colors of the outside to the inside and adding complementary colors against them is always a beautiful and easy way to stay within a subtle, understated ‘theme,'” she says.

What to buy: In a lake house, try painting with Benjamin Moore Stonington Grey and adding a pop of Benjamin Moore Lake Placid.

In a mountain cabin with wooden features, try a linen white, like PPG Crisp Linen White, with pops of a red like PPG Autumn Ridge to round out the look.

A sandy beige like Sherwin Williams Playa Arenosa would look amazing in a beach house with a bright accent wall in Sherwin Williams Adriatic Sea.

3. Light up the outdoor space


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Even if you’re on a limited budget, don’t neglect the outdoor space; that’s often where everyone will spend most of their time.

“Adding some cafe lights instantly transforms any outdoor space, and you can find them at just about any retail market,” Peters says. “Also use the earth—plant a row of beach grass or box ferns that can also serve as a barrier separating a space.”

Make sure your outdoor space is outfitted with the right furniture, too—your guests will need a place to kick back on those warm summer nights. Funds quickly running out? There’s no shame in going DIY.

“The Bohemian look for beach houses is so in right now, and it’s fairly easy to achieve by just building your own furniture out of scrap wood,” Peters says. “It doesn’t have to look perfect, and the more rustic the better.”

What to buy: Wayfair Birch Lane 15 Light Globe String Lights, $188

4. Scale back on the interior furniture


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While you don’t want to skimp on outdoor furniture, it’s OK to keep it light inside. You shouldn’t sink your entire budget into expensive furniture sets. Instead, feel free to mix and match—you can find reasonably priced pieces from online retailers like Chairish, CB2, and even IKEA, Roth says.

“Create simple, but eclectic rooms with lots of personality,” Roth recommends.

Then, figure out where you can scale back: Do you really need huge dressers for short stays? Nightstands are a nice touch, but can be accomplished with a shelf above the bed and a reading lamp attached to the wall.

Comfortable beds and couches are non-negotiable, though.

“Don’t fall into the looks-great-feels-uncomfortable trap,” Roth says. “This is should be your happy place.”

Instead, save your cash on beautiful bedding that’s easy to clean. “White towels and sheets are a must,” Tayte says. “And buy lots of extras.”

And whatever you do, don’t haul in leftover furniture from your primary home.

“If you didn’t like something in your main house, it probably isn’t going to bring you joy in your weekend retreat either,” Roth says.

What to buy: IKEA Tarva Bed Frame, $179; IKEA RANARP Wall Clamp Spotlight, $20 ; Target Threshold Solid Ultra Soft Accent Bath Towels, $9

5. Change out the hardware

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It might not be the first thing you’d think about in a vacation rental, but Peters swears by this tiny upgrade.

“It’s amazing what adding some cool modern pulls to an outdated kitchen cabinet or changing out the interior doorknobs can do,” she says. “This instantly gives it a fresh look without spending a ton.”

What to buy: IKEA Stainless Steel VINNA Handle, $10

Supermodel Cindy Crawford Reportedly Sells Super Malibu Beach House for $45M

Sold! Supermodel Cindy Crawford and her businessman husband, Rande Gerber, have let go of their superchic manse in Malibu for $45 million, the Los Angeles Times reported.

While that is a lot of money, it wasn’t exactly the price the couple had hoped for. The twosome placed the remodeled beach compound on the market for $60 million in 2016, as we reported at the time.

When that sky-high price didn’t fly, the listing was chopped to $50 million earlier this year, which must have been enough of a discount to entice a buyer.

The duo will reportedly still have an oceanfront home in Malibu—the price didn’t include the property next door, which they also own. According to the Times, the couple purchased the side-by-side properties in 2015 for $50.5 million. 

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The listing description from 2016 calls the 5,254-square-foot abode on 3.18 acres “a one-of-a-kind beach compound” that “a celebrity couple transformed.”

The renovated two-story home features four beds and six baths. The main floor includes floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to a wraparound deck with a firepit for seamless indoor-outdoor space. The great room includes a sitting and dining area, media room, and a kitchen with a breakfast bar. 

The master suite on the second floor offers an ocean view, fireplace, sitting area, and two spalike baths. Along with two more ensuite bedrooms, there’s a third private entrance guest room with a kitchen and spa bath. The media room could be converted into an additional bedroom, if desired.

The breathtaking oceanside estate boasts a secluded, “parklike” setting of manicured lawns, a tennis court, swimming pool, and a path that leads down to the beach.

Malibu real estate has been on fire of late. The recent $110 million off-market sale of Hard Rock Cafe co-founder Peter Morton’s Malibu home led the way, setting a Los Angeles-area record.

And the beach community has also hit the most expensive new listing honor on realtor.com® twice this spring, with a cliffside villa on the market for $58 million, and a brand-new construction beach house for $85 million.

The stylish couple has been buying outside the ’Bu as well. They are apparently BFFs with A-listers George and Amal Clooney—each couple reportedly bought a condo in a building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. And Gerber and George Clooney launched Casamigos Tequila in 2013, which they recently sold for $700 million. 

Crawford, 52, has been one of the most in-demand models during her career, landing hundreds of magazine covers in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2015, she co-authored a book, “Becoming,” about her life and career.