News Feeds (RSS) https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/om4gy2dgmq4domjrnfwgs5dpgfvti3jt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/worlds-best-holiday-homes-keeping-kids-entertained/ topics:things/children topics:places/st-lucia topics:people/walt-disney topics:places/italy topics:places/france topics:places/austria-europe topics:things/family topics:places/cyprus topics:places/greece topics:places/portugal structure:money structure:lifestyle topics:things/euro topics:places/thailand-asia structure:property The world's best holiday homes for keeping the kids entertained Tue, 24 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-10-24 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-24 18:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11936053&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Cape Coral: The Florida boom town that shouldn't exist Back in the 1960s, Cape Coral was a boggy swampland with just 200 people and a couple of houses dotted along dirt roads.These days the town in southwest Florida is one of America's fastest-growing developments.It's not really... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:09:45 +1200 2017-10-24 08:09 +12:00 2017-10-24 09:09 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11936039&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz The tricks to paying off your mortgage in less than 10 years The thought of owning your own home seems like a distant dream to many young people, but one Aussie mum has proven that paying off your mortgage doesn't have to fill you with dread.Heidi Farrelly is a preschool teacher and lives... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:49:43 +1200 2017-10-24 06:49 +12:00 2017-10-24 07:49 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221513 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/5SCAtz2yOjM/ Home Improvement The Ideal Home for You, Based on Your Zodiac Sign Fiery go-getter or airy dreamer? Down-to-earth or deep thinker? Find a home that suits your sign. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:00:09 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-based-on-zodiac-sign-221513/#respond Moriah Simmons <p>Each zodiac sign gravitates to different home features, and consulting the stars can give you a fun perspective on your style.</p> <p>Read on to find your ideal home, based on your horoscope. And tell us in the comments if it sounds like you!</p> <h3>Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)</h3> <p>A dreamer and connector, you like a home that reflects your idealistic side. This means that, yes, you may have a far-out bungalow with mystical murals and bead curtains.</p> <p>But you may also want a home with a barn and a few acres of land to house your growing family of rescued animals - or even a group house or apartment to match your communal Aquarian vision.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221788" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Aquarius-fb1b90.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="821" /></p> <h3>Pisces (February 19 to March 20)</h3> <p>Deep and sensitive, you like to recharge at home so you&#8217;re fresh for heart-to-heart conversations out in the world. You love being near water, and you don't mind if anyone thinks you take being a water sign too seriously.</p> <p>You may choose to live near a river or anywhere that involves a ferry commute. Of course, if you can swing it, your ideal house has a pool and an ocean view - or it might even <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-things-about-floating-homes-214787/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">float</a>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221778" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Pisces-77513a.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <h3>Aries (March 21 to April 19)</h3> <p>You're enthusiastic and energetic, and you live for fun. When looking for a home, you think about all the ways you can thoroughly enjoy it.</p> <p>As a naturally impulsive risk-taker, you need a place to blow off steam so you can be more balanced out in the world. Your ideal home has a karaoke den, a climbing wall, or a trampoline.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221785" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Aries-e2cf9b.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="396" /></p> <h3>Taurus (April 20 to May 20)</h3> <p>You have a reputation for being structured and steady, but you're anything but boring - you have great taste and love the finer things in life.</p> <p>Since you're an earth sign, you like being stable and comfortable, and you don't feel pressured to go out. So it makes sense that you'd want all your favorite luxuries at home, like a custom wine cellar (or <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-a-bar-in-your-home-215862/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">bar!</a>) complete with comfy chairs.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221781" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Taurus-b21e53.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <h3>Gemini (May 21 to June 20)</h3> <p>You're the sign of the twins: friendly, talkative, and a little distracted. You're a great communicator, so you need Wi-Fi everywhere in your home - you don&#8217;t want to miss an important tweet or Skype call. For in-person chats, you might opt for an old-school conversation pit in the living room.</p> <p>The important thing for a social butterfly like you is to keep your finger on the pulse, even at home.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221775" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gemini-b8abe6.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <h3>Cancer (June 21 to July 22)</h3> <p>Empathetic and nurturing, you're a natural caretaker. You may spend hours making jams and cookies for friends or lending a sympathetic ear whenever someone is stressed.</p> <p>For you, a well-equipped kitchen is a must, especially if it has an island where visitors can sit while you bake. As a caring Cancer, you're also protective of your own space and family, so you'll feel more secure when you invest in a solid deadbolt and alarm service.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221772" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Cancer-8c0015.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <h3>Leo (July 23 to August 22)</h3> <p>You love attention, whether you're giving it or receiving it. As the natural leader of your group, you love nothing more than hosting a big dinner party that brings all your friends together.</p> <p>You prefer a home with plenty of entertaining space, including a good-sized dining room, and guest bedrooms. Of course, you&#8217;ll also want superb bathroom lighting so you can style that mane.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221776" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Leo-61c367.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <h3>Virgo (August 23 to September 22)</h3> <p>You're naturally detail oriented, conscientious, and responsible. You love planning, organizing, and keeping your home neat as a pin. You live for a well-organized closet and pantry, where you can put everything in its place.</p> <p>Another Virgo dream home feature - a central vacuum, because the only thing better than organizing is cleaning.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221782" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Virgo-e3a265.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <h3>Libra (September 23 to October 22)</h3> <p>Patient, balanced, and inquisitive, you love having a beautiful home, but you don't need to live in a mansion to be happy.</p> <p>You&#8217;ll always put a home office to good use - not necessarily for working, but for designing a garden, creating a household budget, or planning vacations. As a Libra with wide-ranging interests, you tend to collect hobbies, so a craft room is a must.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221777" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Libra-fb9c0e.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="977" /></p> <h3>Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)</h3> <p>As a secretive Scorpio, you don't mind a home that's a little dark - as long as you have some privacy from the neighbors. You may even lean into your dark side and choose an old home, especially one with a secret passageway, an intriguing history, or a nearby graveyard.</p> <p>Scorpios are very loyal, so once you've picked a home, you may not want to move for a while. Settle in, and outfit your den with sensuous fabrics and mysterious curios.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221811" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Scorpio-blog-413659.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="866" /></p> <h3>Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)</h3> <p>You're the zodiac&#8217;s explorer and traveler, so you need a home that can accommodate your wanderlust. That might mean motorcycle parking, an Airbnb-ready suite to fund your next journey, or a portable home - like a yurt.</p> <p>Sags are also spiritual seekers, so you may choose a home in a serene location, such as the desert or the mountains. At the very least, you need clean, white walls to display your souvenirs.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221779" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Sagittarius-633b96.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="973" /></p> <h3>Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)</h3> <p>You're hardworking and earnest, with a not-so-secret weird side. Adaptable and unshakeable like your emblematic goat, you&#8217;re comfortable just about anywhere. This means you can make the most of a studio apartment, but you're also willing to restore an old house back to mint condition.</p> <p>You may also embrace your weirdness and go with a totally offbeat home, like a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">converted school bus</a>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221774" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Capricorn-4c3ca9.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="977" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-on-wheels-tips-220828/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Van? RV? 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Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:02:17 +1200 2017-10-23 05:02 +12:00 2017-10-23 06:02 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935730&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Does your house earn more than you? Houses in many regions have taken a pay cut with stalling sales prices cutting into capital gains.In the past few years, homes in areas including Auckland had earned more in soaring values than the average worker earned at their... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-23 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-23 06:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/g5vtkmtkmm4wq5tkhbqtq43omztdo5bt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/turned-13500-bungalow-staines-4million-venetian-palace/ topics:things/self-build structure:news/weird-news storytype:standard topics:places/buckinghamshire topics:things/great-estates topics:places/windsor structure:interiors topics:places/staines topics:things/tudors structure:money topics:places/london structure:property How I turned my £13,500 bungalow in Staines into a £4 million Venetian palace Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Fred Redwood 2017-10-22 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-22 18:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935540&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Eleven solutions to the housing shortage This is a story about housing supply and how we can get more of it. It's not about the increased cost of housing or the difficulty young people face getting their first home. It's about the fact we need more homes. It's based on... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-22 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-22 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11934743&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Herald on Sunday editorial: A slew of solutions for our housing woes. Which suits you? So-called Nimbys should look away now. As our feature on the housing shortage explains, there are many ways to provide more homes for our rising population but not all of them will be universally popular. Auckland Council's Unitary... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-22 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-22 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11934676&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Liam Dann: Housing is the new Government's biggest challenge "Dad there's a stranger at the door." At our house this usually means religious types or sales people trying to get me to switch power companies.I'm not sure which I find more annoying, but last weekend it was neither. It was... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-22 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-22 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11934288&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Yours for $8m-plus: Unfinished Takapuna home A partly-built Auckland waterfront home once at the centre of litigation which stopped development work on the exclusive site facing Rangitoto is on the market for $8 million-plus.The property on Takapuna's leafy, upmarket, quiet... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-22 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-22 06:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gjsgm3lgnjwxczzwgfrhc3tfmvvhezrt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/new-bovis-home-falling-apart-warranty-worthless/ topics:things/your-money-your-family topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:organisations/construction-industry structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/uk-property topics:organisations/bovis-homes structure:money structure:property 'Our new Bovis home is falling apart and our warranty is worthless' Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:25:00 Z Anna White 2017-10-21 08:25 +00:00 2017-10-21 21:25 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/om4hc2juojqts43hmfxgq2tlg5xdo5lh/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/great-exodus-many-people-moving-cities-going/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:places/oxford topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/countryside topics:things/family topics:places/oxfordshire topics:things/uk-property topics:places/cambridge structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/north-yorkshire topics:places/london structure:property The great exodus: why so many people are moving out of cities (and where they're going) Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Anna Tyzack 2017-10-21 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-21 18:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11932302&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Foreigner land sale ban could hurt economy:finance expert Clamping down on property and farm sales to foreign buyers would hurt New Zealand's economy, says one expert.Labour and New Zealand First have agreed to restrict sales of residential land and farmland to citizens, permanent residents... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:33 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935249&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Listings reflect 'Goldilock's economy' Despite uncertainty created by the recent elections and a drawn-out end result, the commercial property market remains buoyant and unconcerned about any possible political risk, says John Urlich, commercial manager for Barfoot & Thompson.Writing... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:05 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935244&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz PlaceMakers' headquarters campus for sale Land and buildings in Mt Wellington housing the headquarters of home building supplies retailer PlaceMakers have been placed on the market for sale.The property has been operating as a commercial office premises since its construction... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:02 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935120&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Oamaru's Catholic convent could be converted A 116-year-old former convent is for sale in the up-and-coming South Island tourist town of Oamaru with the potential conversion to visitor accommodation. "This is a very rare chance to own a piece of Oamaru's history," says Paul... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:01 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935323&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Donna McIntyre: First step on the ladder Olivia Wilson and Jared Walsh were delighted by the size of this one-bedroom, freehold Freemans Bay apartment when they came to view it in Hopetoun Residences 18 months ago."It was the first property we bought together," says Olivia.... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935302&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Donna McIntyre: Harbour view to call home On the third day of owning this holiday home at Takahoa Bay Estate near Kaiwaka, Carlton and Susan Morris, installed a wood burner."We bought it in July six years ago, it was winter and pretty cold," says Carlton."When I put... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935293&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Catherine Smith: Holiday lifestyle at home Not many people would turn down the chance to live on Auckland's famous beachfront in Milford. But Tony and Pip Martin were well established in Herne Bay. They'd owned the famed Gables Tavern from 1992 to 2006 and were settled... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935290&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Donna Fleming: Green spaces a priority Pocket parks are becoming popular in many of the new developments springing up around the city, with developers realising extra outdoor space is a big plus for buyers of medium and high-density homes.The team behind a new Mt Wellington... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935279&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Sandra Goodwin: Expect the unexpected Pleasantly unexpected; that's a good way to describe what you'll find down an unassuming shared driveway at 27A Pleasant St. across the road from Onehunga High School.Down the right-of-way a smart ex-state house still quietly holds... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935274&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Sandra Goodwin: Answer was close to home With three teenagers under her roof, Kim Blaxall was desperate for more space - little suspecting her answer would be a home a stone's throw from the vibrancy of Parnell village.That was three years ago, when medical receptionist... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935271&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Catherine Smith: Neighbourhood a winner Sally Brochocka and her husband, Justin, say that picking a neighbourhood is more important to them than the house: they'd rather live in a walkable connected place than a sprawling mansion that takes an hour to commute to. So... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11935115&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Hamburg Sud House dominates ridgeline A large commercial office block tenanted by a variety of corporate entities on Auckland's Symonds St ridge and immediately adjacent to Auckland University's central city campus has been placed on the market for sale.The property... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-10-21 05:00 +12:00 2017-10-21 06:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nvqxc5dbovsg4ztcmvtgezbxnzuw2nzq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/sale-live-grid-self-sufficient-eco-home-comes-ready-made-community/ structure:money topics:things/buying-property structure:property storytype:standard For sale: live off the grid in a self-sufficient eco home that comes with a ready-made community Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-10-20 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-20 18:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221966 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/7TjiIG4o6eE/ Celebrity Real Estate Pending Sale: Sting and Trudie Styler's $56M NYC Penthouse The final offer is rumored to be $6 million less than asking. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:46:20 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/sting-56m-penthouse-off-market-221966/#respond Satinder Haer <p>Rockstar Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, have been living large in their New York City pad at <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15-Central-Park-W-New-York-NY-10023/97516205_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">15 Central Park West</a>. Measuring 396 square feet, the terrace off their living room is bigger than some New Yorkers&#8217; entire apartments. The penthouse interior spans an additional 5,417 square feet.</p> <p>The famous couple seems ready to move on after nearly a decade of ownership. Given the home&#8217;s <a href="http://nypost.com/2014/03/09/inside-the-walls-of-swanky-15-central-park-west/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">iconic address</a> and spacious quarters, it&#8217;s not surprising to see a pending sale after just 8 months on the market - even with an <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sting-selling-56m-apartment-215562/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">original ask of $56 million</a>.</p> <p>The 4-bed, 5.5-bath residence is spread over two floors and connected by a spiral staircase. Views of the city and Central Park can be found from almost every room.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_01-NEW-edited-2572c9.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_02-NEW-edited-ff07c2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_13_edited-54d66d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_03-edited-050b62.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_11_edited-6048b6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_10-11fc11.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_09_edited-dce834.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_04_edited-dc5799.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_06-edited-9cd09a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_07_edited-835cf4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_08-290196.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-Central-Park-West-16B_Bennet_16_edited-64c8dc.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6 style="text-align: center;"><em>Photos by Andrew Kiracofe</em></h6> <p>Even for a luxury home, the penthouse offers some spectacular touches. Instead of a standard set of appliances in the kitchen, the buyer will receive two full-size refrigerators, an oversized Wolf range, four ovens and three Miele dishwashers. In the master suite, two dressing rooms and a lavish, spa-like bathroom are accompanied by a separate steam room with a rain shower.</p> <p>If the posh residence and its high-end touches aren&#8217;t enough, residents of the white-glove condo building are privy a host of amenities. Between the 14,000-square-foot gym, sky-lit lap pool, wine cellars and game room, there&#8217;s something for everyone.</p> <p>Deborah Kern of Corcoran <a href="https://www.corcoran.com/nyc/Listings/Display/4707453" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">holds the listing</a>.</p> <p><em>Photos by Andrew Kiracofe.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/katy-perry-divorce-compound-221260/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Katy Perry Lists Her Post-Divorce Mulholland Drive Compound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lil-wayne-miami-mansion-217787/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rapper Lil Wayne Sails Away From Miami Mansion for $10M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/taylor-swift-rental-214967/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;Welcome to New York&#8217;: Taylor Swift&#8217;s Former Rental Is Waiting for You</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7TjiIG4o6eE:VfwUyBB5PZg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7TjiIG4o6eE:VfwUyBB5PZg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/sting-56m-penthouse-off-market-221966/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/sting-56m-penthouse-off-market-221966/ 2017-10-19 18:46 +00:00 2017-10-20 07:46 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gb2hknrvmjstintchfvhe5bznq4hin3r/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/government-proposes-new-watchdog-police-leasehold/ topics:things/buying-property topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:people/sajid-javid structure:money/money-top-stories Government proposes new watchdog to police leasehold Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:55:00 Z Sam Brodbeck 2017-10-18 14:55 +00:00 2017-10-19 03:55 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/m5vxcmzvoqzhezdkojvxg4rsoi3g4ojs/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/new-property-raffle-website-offers-aspiring-homeowners-chance/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/mortgages topics:things/gambling topics:things/buying-property structure:news/uk-news topics:things/betting storytype:standard structure:news topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:places/london structure:property New property raffle website offers aspiring homeowners the chance to win a London flat for the 'price of a coffee' Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:15:28 Z Sophie Christie 2017-10-18 14:15 +00:00 2017-10-19 03:15 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220703 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/S6fhwZ1fkgU/ First Person Home Improvement Bathrooms decorating DIY 10 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger Can't knock down walls? No problem! Work a little design magic to make even the tiniest bathroom feel spacious. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:30:58 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-bathroom-look-bigger-220703/#respond Christina El Moussa <p>Small bathroom spaces aren't found just in apartments and condos - they're in our guest bathrooms and powder rooms, too. Since no one likes feeling crowded, here are a few tips for making any small <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/bathrooms/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">bathroom</a> seem bigger - no wall demolition required.</p> <h3>Brighten the room</h3> <p>Bring in as much light as possible. Light, bright rooms always feel more spacious than dark and drab ones.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Wall color.</strong> Paint the walls and ceiling the same light color to make the bathroom feel double its size. Anytime an area of the room is a different color, it chops the room into different compartments, making it seem smaller.</li> <li><strong>Windows.</strong> If you have a window, use sheer window coverings to maximize the natural light.</li> <li><strong>Lighting.</strong> Install additional flush-mount wall or ceiling light fixtures to increase the light in the room.</li> </ul> <h3>Add mirrors</h3> <p>Install larger - and more - <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bathroom-statement-mirrors-208660/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">mirrors</a> than you typically would in a bathroom. The reflected light will open your small space into one that feels more spacious.</p> <figure id="attachment_220847" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/247-W-46th-St-New-York-NY-10036/97525731_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220847 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-518dad.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="433" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/247-W-46th-St-New-York-NY-10036/97525731_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Install a sliding door</h3> <p>Swinging doors can take up almost half the room, depending on how small the space is. A sliding barn door or a wall-pocket door won&#8217;t encroach on your bathroom&#8217;s already limited real estate.</p> <figure id="attachment_220844" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4543-NE-201st-Pl-Lake-Forest-Park-WA-98155/2105014995_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220844 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-3b8c0b.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="979" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4543-NE-201st-Pl-Lake-Forest-Park-WA-98155/2105014995_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Think pedestal sink</h3> <p>The added bulk of a full vanity takes up valuable space, so try a pedestal sink instead. You may not have a place for soaps or towels on the vanity, but there are plenty of wall-mounted solutions perfect for bathroom accessories.</p> <figure id="attachment_221350" style="width: 530px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/37-Tennyson-Dr-Short-Hills-NJ-07078/38680354_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-221350 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/traditional-powder-room-with-pedestal-sink-i_g-IStww7z6w4um920000000000-kHF0h-4f35ec.jpg" alt="" width="530" height="768" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/37-Tennyson-Dr-Short-Hills-NJ-07078/38680354_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Streamline storage</h3> <p>Keep all storage as flush with the walls as possible, because anything that sticks out will chop up the space and close it in. Install recessed shelving and medicine cabinets instead.</p> <h3>Choose light-colored flooring</h3> <p>Even if your walls and ceiling are light and bright, a dark floor will negate their effect and close the space in. Keep the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">flooring</a> light to create a space with a bright and open flow.</p> <figure id="attachment_220848" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2-Sunset-Rd-Rye-NY-10580/32973626_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220848 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-9cee6c.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="488" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2-Sunset-Rd-Rye-NY-10580/32973626_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Eliminate clutter</h3> <p>Nothing crowds a space faster than clutter. A good rule of thumb: If you don't need it there, store it elsewhere. Pare what you keep in the bathroom down to the bare necessities.</p> <h3>Hide the bathmat</h3> <p>Having a bathmat on the floor all the time can make your bathroom feel smaller. Put your bathmats away when you&#8217;re not using them to expose the flooring and make the space appear larger.</p> <h3>Raise the shower curtain bar</h3> <p>Raising your shower curtain bar all the way to the ceiling draws your eyes up and makes the ceiling seem taller, creating the illusion of a larger space.</p> <figure id="attachment_220846" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2112-12th-Ave-Oakland-CA-94606/24760195_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220846 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-633833.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="434" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2112-12th-Ave-Oakland-CA-94606/24760195_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <p>The same goes for any window treatments. Raising sheer curtain panels to the ceiling also creates the illusion of a larger window, making the small bathroom seem larger.</p> <h3>Go frameless, clear, and cohesive in the shower</h3> <p>Clear glass shower doors make the room appear larger, while frosted glass breaks up the space and makes it seem smaller than it already is. The same goes for a frame around the glass. A frame can make the area seem choppy rather than smooth and open.</p> <p>Additionally, install the same shower tile from floor to ceiling. The seamless look from top to bottom adds cohesion and openness.</p> <p>Just a few changes to your small bathroom can make dramatic differences in how open it feels. Once you&#8217;ve tried these tips and tricks in the bathroom, apply them throughout your home! It&#8217;s all about creating the illusion of space.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/15640-Woodvale-Rd-Encino-CA-91436/19992050_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bathroom-redo-without-remodeling-174027/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 DIY Ways to Redo Your Bathroom (Without Remodeling)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/bathrooms/7-bathroom-updates/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bathroom Updates You Can Make in a Weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-signs-time-redo-bathroom-202574/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Signs It&#8217;s Time to Update Your Bathroom</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=S6fhwZ1fkgU:6lmuje1fXMc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=S6fhwZ1fkgU:6lmuje1fXMc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-bathroom-look-bigger-220703/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-bathroom-look-bigger-220703/ 2017-10-18 13:30 +00:00 2017-10-19 02:30 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/my2do3lloy3xmzden5qxan3snrzgsmds/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/plain-old-plywood-exciting-material-according-va/ topics:things/interiors storytype:standard structure:interiors structure:money structure:property Why plain old plywood is the most exciting material (according to the V&A) Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-10-18 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-18 18:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nr2dg4lvmq3wg4denuzggmlsojzxk2bt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/parts-uk-have-suffered-lost-decade-house-prices/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/interest-rates topics:things/mortgages storytype:standard topics:things/inflation topics:organisations/land-registry structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/northern-ireland topics:places/london structure:property Some parts of the UK have suffered a 'lost decade' of house prices Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:24:30 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-10-17 11:24 +00:00 2017-10-18 00:24 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/omywm2dhgvqxi5bwonzg24zrmu3tcode/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/retirement/nominate-silver-screen-star-churchill-awards-honouring-over/ topics:people/roger-moore topics:people/helen-mirren storytype:standard topics:things/retirement topics:people/judi-dench structure:property Nominate your silver screen star for the Churchill Awards, honouring over-65s Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:32:33 Z Telegraph Property 2017-10-17 10:32 +00:00 2017-10-17 23:32 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mzygu2jumjzwsodenntg643im5wgq2dg/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/sale-home-inspired-magic-peter-pan/ topics:things/london-property storytype:standard structure:books structure:money structure:property For sale: a home that inspired the magic of Peter Pan Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-10-17 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-17 18:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221898 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/jNhfGBEq0WM/ Market Trends Zillow Group Report How Historic Racial Injustices Still Impact Housing Today For the majority of Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity, owning a home is a major goal.... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:31:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-racial-injustices-housing-221898/#comments Brittan Jenkins <p>For the majority of Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity, owning a home is a major goal. According to the first <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/down-payment-hurdle-zhar-14790/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow Housing Aspirations Report</a>, 63 percent of whites, 63 percent of blacks and 73 percent of Hispanics believe owning a home is necessary to live the American Dream. But although they share the same dreams as whites, for blacks and Hispanics getting into a home remains as challenging as ever-in part due to financial challenges and decades of discrimination.</p> <h3>Historically Denied</h3> <p>Historically, the homeownership rate among people of color has lagged behind the homeownership rate among white Americans, in part because of institutional barriers to entry. Until the late 1960s, federal government-backed subsidies-many of them funded through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-were off limits to people of color. The FHA, which was established to help people remain in their homes during the Great Depression, began to promote homeownership during the years after World War II.</p> <p>And the lagging homeownership rate wasn't just the result of one program. There were others created to boost homeownership that resulted in similar outcomes for people of color. Black military veterans, for example, weren't able to borrow money through the GI Bill to purchase homes.</p> <p>Middle- and lower-income whites benefited most from federal government programs, including low-cost mortgages and subsidies for home builders to construct affordable homes in racially-segregated communities.</p> <p>Even today, minorities still face more hurdles, similar to the ones they experienced in the past. When blacks and Hispanics try to secure FHA loans, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/black-hispanic-home-wealth-16753/">they&#8217;re denied about twice as often than their white peers</a>-denials which can sometimes be linked to injustices endured outside of housing. It shouldn&#8217;t come as a surprise, then, that fewer blacks and Hispanics apply for these programs.</p> <p>But for those who do, "far fewer actually get accepted, and the groups that are highly at a loss are black potential homeowners and Hispanic potential homeowners," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell.</p> <h3>The Consequences</h3> <blockquote><p>"Housing segregation has not been something that has been quickly changed due to personal prejudice," said Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, director of the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative at Prosperity Now.</p></blockquote> <p>Yesterday's outright discriminatory policies helped keep minority homeownership low and largely limited to less-advantaged areas. And today, those disparities persist. The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/highlights/finding-home-person-color/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trend Report 2017</a> revealed that although they each account for 13 percent of all U.S. households, blacks and Hispanics only account for 8 percent and 9 percent of U.S. homeowners.</p> <p>Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, director of the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative at Prosperity Now, said low homeownership rates is connected to other disparities.</p> <p>"African-Americans, in particular, still faced the income wealth disparity, legal segregation, legal job discrimination," he said. "That continued on through the creation of the American middle class, which limited African-American participation as it pertains to homeownership."</p> <p>"Housing segregation has not been something that has been quickly changed due to personal prejudice," he said. That's especially true when it comes to those same FHA loans-it's not just a problem of the past.</p> <h3>Discrimination Still Exists</h3> <p>While Asante-Muhammad says outright legal discrimination has since been outlawed, we're still seeing the repercussions of the country's historic discriminatory practices.</p> <p>"In the 21st century, I think we're looking more at the issue of the results of housing discrimination and discrimination as a whole," he said. That discrimination, he added, leads to strong racial economic inequality, which, in turn, makes it harder for people of color to move into more expensive neighborhoods.</p> <p>Part of the problem, he said, is there's still market discrimination against homes in black communities.</p> <p>"A home in a predominantly black neighborhood and the exact same home in a predominantly white neighborhood will have less value because it has less market appeal because people don't want to live in neighborhoods with black populations somewhere above 20 percent," he said.</p> <p>Asante-Muhammad argues some of the discrepancies can be attributed to racial and personal animosity keeping people of color out of higher-valued neighborhoods. But the gap could also be due in part to high negative equity rates-the share of homeowners who owe more on their home than it&#8217;s worth-in largely minority communities. When a homeowner is in negative equity, it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to sell their home at all, let alone for a profit they can then use to help buy a different home in another neighborhood.</p> <p>In black and Hispanic communities, home values fell farther than in white communities, and haven&#8217;t been able to fully bounce back from the recession.</p> <h3>Less Money, More Problems</h3> <blockquote><p>"In terms of closing the gap of white and black homeownership, we're not moving," Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell said.</p></blockquote> <p>While minority buyers are trying to enter the housing market, it's made increasingly difficult due to their lack of wealth.</p> <p>Gudell said wealth-building in predominantly black communities is hard because of yesterday's inequalities. It's actually impossible to point to one single event that led to gaps in wealth for minorities since there have been decades of inequality. Gudell says it's a compounding effect and something that we "haven't been able to figure out how to fix it yet."</p> <p>"In terms of closing the gap of white and black homeownership, we're not moving," Gudell said. "If you look at white homeownership, it's increasing, while black homeownership is falling."</p> <p>Asante-Muhammad echoed those concerns.</p> <p>"Wealth inequality … reinforces what had been maintained by law and by personal prejudice in the past," he said. And that lack of wealth is only exacerbated when it comes to home buying.</p> <p>"So, let's say you're getting a $200,000 house and want to put a 10 percent down payment, that's $20,000. That's much higher than the median wealth of blacks and Latinos," he said. A 10 percent down payment is already outside the traditional norm. Typically, a down payment is 20 percent of the home's value, so $40,000 for that same $200,000 home.</p> <p>But even if these would-be buyers took advantage of some of the systems in place to help address some of these issues-including utilizing an FHA-backed loan which allows borrowers to make a down payment as low as 3.5 percent-it's often still not enough.</p> <p>Asante-Muhammad said even if these buyers got an FHA loan on a $200,000 home-the median-valued home nationwide-the down payment would still be beyond the wealth of most blacks and Latinos. For that $200,000 home, a 3.5 percent down payment would equate to $7,000-or roughly 68.5 times the wealth of African-Americans and 58.5 times Hispanic wealth.</p> <p>And their wealth today is much less than it was even 10 years ago, when black and Hispanic wealth was $10,400 and $10,200, respectively.</p> <p>"If things keep going the way they've been going, in 2053, the African-American median wealth will be zero," Asante-Muhammad said.</p> <p>And that lack of wealth has big repercussions for the future.</p> <p>"I hope things will get better, but I don't think the gap will close anytime soon," Gudell said. "These are such big problems that you can't just have a quick fix for them but my hope is that we would have equality and balance in the future."</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/black-hispanic-home-wealth-16753/">Why Blacks and Hispanics Rely On Their Homes for Their Wealth</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/homeowning-american-dream-193128/">Many Hispanics View Homeownership as Key to the American Dream</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/black-white-mortgage-divide-190395/">Black-White Mortgage Divide Starts Before People Even Apply</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=jNhfGBEq0WM:bSzIRykuvMo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=jNhfGBEq0WM:bSzIRykuvMo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-racial-injustices-housing-221898/feed/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-racial-injustices-housing-221898/ 2017-10-16 23:31 +00:00 2017-10-17 12:31 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221764 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/x21bfoLFLuI/ Home Improvement Bathrooms decorating Is Your Bathroom a Total Snooze Fest? (It Doesn't Have to Be) White subway tile, white fixtures, white ceilings and walls - are you asleep yet? Beat the bathroom blahs with these tips. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:00:01 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/design-bathroom-with-personality-221764/#respond Chris Stout-Hazard <p>The current trend of turning household bathrooms into spa-like retreats isn't a bad one, per se.</p> <p>Whether waking up with a hot shower or relaxing before bed in a soothing bath, everyone appreciates a crisp, clean palette and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/bathrooms/choosing-the-best-bathroom-lighting/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">great lighting</a> for getting prepped. And neutrals make sense for installed features like bathtubs and sinks - things that are difficult and expensive to change.</p> <p>But a bathroom has the potential to be so much more than just a white box. The bathrooms we've designed, both for clients and in our own homes, have been spaces for color, personality, and a little bit of that sometimes dirty word: <em>whimsy</em>.</p> <p>Giving the bathrooms in your home more character makes for a quick, inexpensive, and exciting transformation. Here are a few of our favorite decorating tricks. Perhaps they can work in your home, too.</p> <h3>Paint it black. Or blue. Or how about pink?</h3> <p>While your bathroom's tile and fixtures may be neutral, there's no reason the walls should be. In fact, you can get away with bold, high-contrast colors in bathrooms precisely <em>because</em> there&#8217;s so much white to balance it out.</p> <p>Concerned that dark walls will make the room gloomy? Worry not - you'll be safe thanks to the gleaming white tile and countertop.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221860" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bath_sharon_paintcolors-ee6f3f.jpeg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>You can go particularly bold with color in powder rooms. These small spaces generally have little in the way of architectural details, so high-impact paint will go a long way, making them memorable at minimal expense.</p> <p>One thing to remember: Exercise caution when selecting hues, as the paint color will bounce around the room and onto your skin.</p> <p>Acidic green can make you look sickly, orange will give you an artificial tan, and a bright blue will drain color from your face. Besides making that first glance in the mirror a bit jarring, the wrong color can cause makeup application challenges.</p> <h3>Get that paper</h3> <p>What if you're totally over paint? It's time to graduate to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/how-to-pick-wallpaper/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">wallpaper</a>.</p> <p>The wide range of styles and patterns gives you remarkable freedom to redefine your bathroom. Wallpaper works particularly well in small spaces, where the color palette is tightly controlled, and the walls may be at least partially covered with built-ins, mirrors, or tile.</p> <p>The right pattern can make the room feel more cohesive and, in some cases, help raise the ceiling height to reduce claustrophobia.</p> <p>Use linear patterns - stripes, plaids, checks - to establish structure in rooms that lack architecture or have low ceilings. Organic patterns, like overscale florals or abstracts, can soften a room that has a busier floor plan or feels unwelcoming.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221865" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bath_austin_mount2-ffd5d3.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While you have quite a bit of flexibility in wallpaper composition for powder rooms, bathrooms with showers are a good fit for vinyl papers and their moisture-resistant properties. As always, installation matters, and working with a professional paper hanger will give you the longest-lasting results.</p> <h3>Furniture for function and fun</h3> <p>In larger bathrooms or combined bathroom and dressing rooms, you may have a chance to introduce free-standing furniture.</p> <p>Built-in vanities and storage pieces can overwhelm a bathroom and make it a bit monotonous. To combat this with a little style, we've used  small dressers to add enclosed storage space, and bookshelves or smaller tables create a space for towels and toiletries.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221863" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bath_austin_decor-939b9f.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="983" /></p> <p>While bathrooms are frequently where we get dressed, many of them lack a place to sit down when doing so. Adding a small chair or stool - even a funky old armchair - improves function and style.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221869" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bath_sharon_armchair-8089b2.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221871" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bath_sharon_furniture-7b98e7.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>When bringing furniture into the bathroom, keep scale in mind. Even in relatively large rooms, open wall space may be in short supply, and there's the real risk of creating unnecessary obstacles. For best results, prioritize a tidy footprint.</p> <h3>Make bold statements with artwork</h3> <p>Sticking with neutral colors? Wallpaper not for you? No room for a funky armchair?</p> <p>OK, last chance: Give your bathroom some punch with great art.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221870" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bath_sharon_art-707a39.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>We've found that most people play it safe in bathrooms with small, framed prints or skip the art entirely. Nonsense! Go for impact with larger pieces - integrate something sculptural or even cover a wall with paint-by-numbers.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221868" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bath_omaha_paintbynumber-9cfbb1.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>Also, it goes without saying, but yes, your most precious pieces should stay in drier spots.</p> <p><em>Get more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/bathrooms/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">bathroom design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bathroom-redo-without-remodeling-174027/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 DIY Ways to Redo Your Bathroom (Without Remodeling)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hard-add-bathroom-221366/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How Hard Is It to Add a Bathroom?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/install-new-bathroom-sink-vanity-204137/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY: Refresh Your Bathroom With a New Sink and Vanity</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=x21bfoLFLuI:QYch59-sUXs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=x21bfoLFLuI:QYch59-sUXs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/design-bathroom-with-personality-221764/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/design-bathroom-with-personality-221764/ 2017-10-16 13:00 +00:00 2017-10-17 02:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/orxggmrun42to4dgmu2tantwha3hmmlk/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/number-flats-sold-london-tumbles-first-time-buyers-priced/ storytype:standard topics:things/help-to-buy structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property Number of flats sold in London tumbles as first-time buyers are priced out Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:22:42 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-10-16 11:22 +00:00 2017-10-17 00:22 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/n44de2lqn4yg2mruhe2gq3rvnz3ds3lm/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/record-numbers-renters-have-left-london-past-year-going/ topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard structure:money topics:organisations/countrywide topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property Record numbers of renters have left London over the past year – and this is where they're going Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:29:38 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-10-16 06:29 +00:00 2017-10-16 19:29 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/na3dezteofwgwzbzozxw4zlhgnqtc4rz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/retirement/grade-listed-home-lloyd-george-inside-retirement-villages-stories/ storytype:standard topics:things/retirement topics:things/new-home topics:people/david-lloyd-george structure:property Inside the historic retirement villages with stories to tell Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:27:46 Z Jane Slade 2017-10-15 13:27 +00:00 2017-10-16 02:27 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hb3g2mtunrygq4dtoezxembtgvzgmmdt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/great-estates-welcome-welbeck-abbeys-foodie-renaissance/ structure:food-and-drink storytype:standard topics:things/great-estates topics:things/chocolate structure:money structure:property Great Estates: Welcome to Welbeck Abbey's foodie renaissance Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Z Boudicca Fox-Leonard 2017-10-15 06:00 +00:00 2017-10-15 19:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nu2dk5dqof3dsoluheywkmdoovtdi5bx/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/sun-sea-city-buy-second-home-next-urban-beach/ storytype:standard topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/spain topics:organisations/savills topics:places/usa topics:places/barcelona topics:things/luxury-property topics:places/portugal topics:things/sun structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/euro topics:places/ibiza structure:property Sun, sea and city: where to buy a second home next to an urban beach Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:22:17 Z Liz Rowlinson 2017-10-14 17:22 +00:00 2017-10-15 06:22 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221809 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/3vupPMcBq3o/ Unique Homes unique homes 1920s Japanese Tea House Turned Zen Retreat – House of the Week There's nothing quite like being surrounded by water - or knowing your home is where New Englanders used to socialize. Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:32:01 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/cohasset-zen-retreat-221809/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Larry Genovesi set out to build a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/130-Gammons-Rd-Cohasset-MA-02025/57435244_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home on Massachusetts&#8217; Little Harbor</a>, he didn&#8217;t realize he would end up saving a piece of history in the process.</span></p> <p>It started as a typical day in 2000. He was strolling through Cohasset, a small seaside town of about 8,000, when a tiny, 1920s Japanese tea house caught his eye. <span style="font-weight: 400;">The view of the harbor - and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance - was a huge selling point; the ability to fish just beyond the doorstep was another.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_221927" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221927 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gammons_print-25-7ab21f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.briandohertypd.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brian Doherty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Genovesi bought the place on a whim, becoming the third known owner of the property. Next on his list: convincing his wife to live in 550 square feet.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We ended up living there for eight years. I think it's a testimony to a great marriage if you can live with your wife in 550 square feet," Genovesi joked. "But it was interesting and it helped us understand the property - the seasons and all that. I've always been a fan of Japanese architecture."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_221919" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221919 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gammons_print-1-1f23e3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.briandohertypd.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brian Doherty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple used that inspiration when they set out to design a larger, earth-friendly house in the same spot. Genovesi wanted to save as much of the existing structure as possible while immersing something modern in the lush landscape. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The result is a nearly 4,000-square-foot home, surrounded by the harbor on three sides. Each window in the 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom home offers a view of trees or water. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_221925" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221925 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gammons_print-20-fd347c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.briandohertypd.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brian Doherty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Of note, a soaking tub in the master bathroom is positioned to take in views stretching to the Atlantic Ocean.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's a great feature - probably my wife's favorite," Genovesi said. "It's a calm place to soak and meditate."</span></p> <figure id="attachment_221926" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221926 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gammons_print-23-516ea0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="538" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.briandohertypd.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brian Doherty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home has other zen features, too, including a koi pond and waterfall. A rooftop deck allows for unobstructed views of the stars. On cooler nights, the owners will cozy up near a firepit at what they&#8217;ve nicknamed &#8220;sunset point.&#8221;</span></p> <figure id="attachment_221918" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221918 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gammons_Drone_print-9-c028f9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="449" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.briandohertypd.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brian Doherty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Added bonuses: the ability to kayak and canoe from the house, regular visits from deer, and blue herons and fruit trees on your front doorstep.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Glass panels in the floor of the dining room honor the surrounding landscape, too, allowing natural light to flood the lower level. There is a kitchenette, a bathroom and a game room there.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_221924" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221924 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gammons_print-9-14f415.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.briandohertypd.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brian Doherty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The details are decidedly modern for a home steeped in history. Builders saved nearly 70 percent of the original house, which served as social gathering spot for a well-known New England family. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Workers salvaged three of the four original stone walls, each about two feet thick. They added a steel structure for support and salvaged some of the old-growth Douglas Fir, which Genovesi transformed into the dining table.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_221921" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221921 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gammons_print-4-da2d03.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.briandohertypd.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brian Doherty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The family has put the home on the market as they search for another adventure - potentially starting an agricultural school to inspire the next generation of farmers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's very much a place where if you live there, you live in the land. I think the person who buys this needs to appreciate that fact," he said. "It isn't one of those big massive houses that you live inside. You really live outside all year-round."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="http://www.gailpetersenbell.com/real-estate/130-gammons-rd-cohasset-ma-02025/72071527/33810721" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">The home is listed for $4.995 million</a> by Gail Petersen Bell of Home Center Sotheby's International.</span></em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong><strong>:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/master-bedroom-zen-makeover-175609/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Before &amp; After: Basic Master Bedroom Gets a Zen-Inspired Makeover</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fall-a-great-time-to-buy-185456/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-bright-open-221308/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Taking a Century-Old Home From Boxed Off to Bright and Open</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3vupPMcBq3o:tz_h8gXm6Fk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3vupPMcBq3o:tz_h8gXm6Fk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/cohasset-zen-retreat-221809/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/cohasset-zen-retreat-221809/ 2017-10-13 21:32 +00:00 2017-10-14 10:32 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221916 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/sNEtfcB8mGw/ Market Trends 20 Best Cities for Trick or Treating in 2017 San Francisco leads the pack in candy-corn-doling cities. Is your hometown on the list? Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:20:11 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/20-best-cities-trick-treating-2017-221916/#respond Lauren Braun <p>Pumpkins, haunted houses and costumed kiddos can only mean one thing – it's time for Halloween!</p> <p>Every year, Zillow's team of economists crunches the numbers to find the best cities for little ghosts and ghouls to score the best candy. These cities are based on places where home values are high, there are plenty of kids under 10, and where homes are close together, meaning less walking while you're going door-to-door. After sliding to third place last year, San Francisco reclaimed its title as the #1 city for trick-or-treating, followed by San Jose and Philadelphia, which was last year's top city. This year's newcomers to the list are Long Beach, Calif., El Paso, Texas, and Mesa, Ariz.</p> <p>Check out the complete Trick-or-Treat Index, and the top neighborhoods in each city, below.</p> <p>Happy Halloween!</p> <h2>Top Cities</h2> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-221820" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TrickOrTreat2017_Vertical-6c5cb8-819x1024.png" alt="" width="819" height="1024" /></p> <h2>Neighborhood Rankings<br /> <img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-221821" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TrickOrTreat2017_Neighborhood15-3cf014-1024x263.png" alt="" width="1024" height="263" /><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-221822" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TrickOrTreat2017_Neighborhood610-234e42-1024x263.png" alt="" width="1024" height="263" /><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-221823" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TrickOrTreat2017_Neighborhood1115-2f22d7-1024x263.png" alt="" width="1024" height="263" /><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-221824" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TrickOrTreat2017_Neighborhood1620-9a0c2c-1024x263.png" alt="" width="1024" height="263" /></h2> <h2>Methodology</h2> <p>To calculate the Trick-or-Treat Index, Zillow uses the Zillow Home Value Index, single-family home density, and the share of the population under 10 years old in cities with a population of at least 500,000.  This data is combined to reveal the cities where trick-or-treaters can get the best candy in the least amount of time.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-221825" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/TrickOrTreat2017_HorizontalMap-eaab3b-1024x802.png" alt="" width="1024" height="802" /></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=sNEtfcB8mGw:PfPCQbX7Ap0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=sNEtfcB8mGw:PfPCQbX7Ap0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/20-best-cities-trick-treating-2017-221916/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/20-best-cities-trick-treating-2017-221916/ 2017-10-13 17:20 +00:00 2017-10-14 06:20 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nq3gwmjsmzudmmtkmj2hgzrumjsggmzq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/ripped-freeholder-rights/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/money-saving-tips structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:places/london structure:property 'We are being ripped off by our freeholder - what are our rights?' Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:37:11 Z Sophie Christie 2017-10-13 09:37 +00:00 2017-10-13 22:37 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/me3hintrofyta2bvmrxg2mdrgvwwe4ll/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/low-income-households-face-soaring-rents-spending-average/ topics:things/your-money-your-family topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard topics:in-the-news/housing-crisis topics:people/theresa-may structure:money topics:things/housing-market structure:property Low-income households face soaring rents - spending an average 28pc of their wages on accommodation  Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:54:29 Z Sophie Christie 2017-10-13 07:54 +00:00 2017-10-13 20:54 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=185456 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/NQJV9KFS_7s/ Tips & Advice Fall home buying 5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall The days may be getting shorter, but the home-shopping benefits are growing. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:55:00 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/fall-a-great-time-to-buy-185456/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Real estate markets ebb and flow just like the seasons. The spring market starts hopping when the sun comes out, flowers bloom and winter is over. Conversely, fall signals the beginning of a slower market, which could be good for buyers.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re in the market for a home, here are some reasons why fall can be a great time to buy.</p> <h3>Leftover spring inventory may result in deals</h3> <p>Home sellers tend to go on the market for the first time in the spring. They often list their homes too high out of the gate, which could mean that a series of price reductions follow during the spring and the summer months.</p> <p>These sellers have fewer chances to capture buyers after Labor Day. By October, buyers are likely to find desperate sellers and prices that may, in fact, be below a home&#8217;s true market value.</p> <h3>Fewer buyers are competing</h3> <p>Families who want to be in a new home by the beginning of the school season are no longer shopping at this point. These families have exited the market, which means less competition. That translates into more opportunities for buyers.</p> <p>Taking out an entire segment of the housing market provides millennial, single, and baby boomer buyers some breathing room. You&#8217;ll likely notice fewer buyers at open houses, which could signal a great opportunity to make an offer.</p> <h3>Motivated sellers want to close by the end of the year</h3> <p>While a home is where an owner lives and makes memories, it is also an investment - and one with tax consequences. A home seller may want to take advantage of a gain or loss during this tax year.</p> <p>Buyers might find homeowners looking to make deals so they can close before December 31st and get that tax benefit. Ask why the seller is selling, and look for listings that offer incentives to close before the end of the year.</p> <h3>Homes for sale near the holidays signal a motivated seller</h3> <p>As the holidays approach, the last thing a homeowner wants is for their sale to be dragging on and interrupting their parties and events.</p> <p>If a home has not sold by November, and it&#8217;s still sitting on the market, that homeowner is likely motivated to be done with the disruptions caused by their home being listed for sale.</p> <h3>Many homes don't show as well once the landscaping fades</h3> <p>The best time to do a property inspection is in the rain and snow, because the home will be truly exposed for buyers. The same holds true for fall, when flowers die, trees start to shed their leaves, and beautiful landscapes are no longer so lovely.</p> <p>Scratching the surface of the pretty spring home season and fall reveals home flaws, making it a great time to see each home&#8217;s true colors. It&#8217;s better to see the home's flaws before making the offer, instead of being surprised months after you close.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/biggest-home-buying-fears-184728/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Biggest Home-Buying Fears (and How to Face Them)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-steps-buying-your-next-home-183382/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A 3-Step Plan for Finding and Buying Your Next Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/making-most-of-open-house-visit-151896/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Making the Most of an Open House Visit</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published October 19, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NQJV9KFS_7s:kKWtjz_YWMY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=NQJV9KFS_7s:kKWtjz_YWMY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/fall-a-great-time-to-buy-185456/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/fall-a-great-time-to-buy-185456/ 2017-10-12 17:55 +00:00 2017-10-13 06:55 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oeytg5lpofydgy3bguzta33jon2wonli/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/cool-conversions-dog-biscuit-factory-old-bbc-hq-londons-best/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/buying-property topics:things/new-home structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property Cool conversions: from a dog biscuit factory to an old BBC HQ, London's best new homes in old buildings Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-10-12 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-12 18:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/njtte2bugnwdaztmm5uwc43bmz2gymlc/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/sale-smashing-home-world-conker-championships-born/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/history structure:money structure:property For sale: a smashing home where the World Conker Championships were born Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-10-12 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-12 18:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/my3dmz3gnaydaobygm3g6zbunbyw62tf/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/confidence-activity-housing-market-lowest-level-since-referendum/ topics:things/interest-rates storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property Confidence and activity in the housing market at lowest level since the referendum Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-10-11 23:01 +00:00 2017-10-12 12:01 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221615 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/55RlcHkbn7M/ Home Improvement mid-century modern This Mid-Century Home Originally Designed for a WWII Pilot Just Hit the Market The beautifully preserved mid-century gem is listed for $1.8 million - original charm intact. Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:00:10 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-home-wwii-pilot-221615/#comments Dwell <p>Available for the first time on the open market, and with only two owners since its construction in 1964, the <a href="http://www.uniquecaliforniaproperty.com/home/2017/9/10/for-sale-the-deleeuw-residence-young-and-remington-1965" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">DeLeeuw Residence</a> is a beautiful mid-century example of Leroy Young and John Remington&#8217;s architectural work.</p> <p>The duo designed commercial and residential buildings in and around Los Angeles in the late-1950s and 1960s, and were commissioned by Carl M. DeLeeuw, a World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, to design his family's residence in Palos Verdes Estates.</p> <p>The 2,696-square-foot, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1328-Via-Margarita-Palos-Verdes-Estates-CA-90274/21343406_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">post-and-beam structure</a> features a dramatic pitched roof and floor-to-ceiling windows that highlight sweeping views from the Hollywood sign to the ocean.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="685" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-51a81c-1024x685.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="685" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-9d19a0-1024x685.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-9053cc-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-322f7e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-f9eaa5-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-836c9e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-94403f-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/12-8311da-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-601ecb-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11-a43f6f-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13-06ee65-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-5be47e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/14-64cb38-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <figure class="_1hh7cXgmBYFnOqfHYmR1Zg" data-photo-id="6316455619298619392" data-layout="wide"> <h6 class="_3pxT64PebXM3Ha4wRDRixR" style="text-align: center;"><cite>Photos by Peter McMenamin</cite></h6> </figure> <p>Highlights of the property include four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and expansive living areas that are framed by walls of glass. Many of the original features of the home remain intact, including a double-sided fireplace, living room built-ins, original bathrooms and closet doors, and exterior windows and glass sliders.</p> <figure style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221631" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-5caa55-833x1024.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="799" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Courtesy of Lewy Kallas</figcaption></figure> <p>Celebrating and preserving the original architectural elements, the current owners made very few changes, all of which were tasteful and strategic. They updated the kitchen with warm walnut cabinetry, modern Fisher &amp; Paykel appliances, and Caesarstone quartz countertops. They also integrated functional upgrades, including a newer heating system and energy-efficient window glazing.</p> <figure style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221632" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/16-190f59-909x1024.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="732" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Courtesy of Lewy Kallas</figcaption></figure> <p>The lower-living level, which includes a second fireplace, opens to the tastefully-landscaped backyard for indoor/outdoor livability. Drought-tolerant landscaping accents the backyard. The rear elevation features impressive spans of glass, original to the home.</p> <figure id="attachment_221633" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221633" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/17-0c16b4-1024x680.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="465" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Courtesy of Lewy Kallas</figcaption></figure> <p><em>This article was written by <span data-reactid="135">Byron Loker and</span> <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/a-midcentury-home-for-sale-in-l.a.-that-was-originally-designed-for-a-wwii-pilot-801585dd" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">originally appeared on Dwell</a>.  Check out more of their content on <a href="http://www.dwell.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dwell.com</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/jane-fonda-glass-house-210879/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tour Jane Fonda's Glass House in Beverly Hills</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/seattle-spite-house-196265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Here's the Wackiest Tiny Home You've Ever Seen</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/floor-to-ceiling-windows-221110/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Homes With Jaw-Dropping Floor-to-Ceiling Windows</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=55RlcHkbn7M:y-sMF0lF4JA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=55RlcHkbn7M:y-sMF0lF4JA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-home-wwii-pilot-221615/feed/ 8 https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-home-wwii-pilot-221615/ 2017-10-11 13:00 +00:00 2017-10-12 02:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nrxtsn3vn4zgomlmm43to23fnnxwemlq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/mapped-places-building-extension-could-lose-money/ structure:data-story storytype:standard topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market structure:property A room in London now costs more than a whole house in the North East Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:30:50 Z Patrick Scott 2017-10-11 12:30 +00:00 2017-10-12 01:30 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/n5zg42bvnz2hezjvn4yteolumn3di3tj/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/revealed-happiest-places-live-britain/ topics:places/epsom topics:places/poole topics:organisations/rightmove topics:places/harrogate topics:things/happiness topics:places/chichester structure:news/uk-news topics:places/norfolk topics:things/nature topics:places/kent topics:things/uk-property topics:places/northumberland structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property topics:places/royal-leamington-spa topics:places/harlow topics:places/west-midlands Revealed: The happiest places to live in Britain Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:55:40 Z 2017-10-11 06:55 +00:00 2017-10-11 19:55 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nqzgq4jzn5xhm5trozyhg5rym5zgenzv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/forget-crossrail-road-upgrades-will-drive-house-prices/ topics:things/buying-property topics:things/conservation storytype:standard topics:organisations/motorways topics:things/pound topics:organisations/roads topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/cornwall topics:places/london structure:property Forget Crossrail: where road upgrades will drive up house prices Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Anna White 2017-10-11 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-11 18:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221707 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/rJRYfNCMCDo/ Home Improvement decorating DIY remodeling Poll: Which of These Improvements Would Look Best in Your Home? Choose your favorite updates at 11 different price points, from $25 all the way to $10,000. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:00:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-poll-221707/#comments Moriah Simmons <p>Ceiling fan or chandelier? New front door or smart alarm system? New kitchen appliances or new cabinets? Home improvements mean flexing your decision-making skills.</p> <p>And those decisions add up. The typical U.S. homeowner can spend up to $3,021 per year on home improvement projects, such as landscaping, cleaning and maintenance, according to a Zillow analysis of the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017/homeowners/home-improvement-repairs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">costs associated with homeownership</a>.</p> <p>Take this helpful quiz to sort out your top improvement priorities for every room in your home. Then make this your to-do list and budget starting point.</p> <p><em>Note: The costs below are estimated, and prices vary by region.</em></p> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="129311" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/129311?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which quick $25 exterior pick-me-up would you choose?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>A new welcome mat</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Colorful annuals to plant by your front door</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="129314" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/129314?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>How would you refresh your living room for $50?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Updated wall art</h2> </section> <section> <h3>New throw pillows</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="129315" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/129315?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which $75 kitchen update would you pick?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Replace kitchen cabinet hardware</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Install a hanging pot rack</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <h6><em>Hanging pot rack photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/96-Cotton-Rd-Pomfret-Center-CT-06259/114456507_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="129316" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/129316?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>For $100, which improvement would make your bedroom dreamier?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Light-blocking curtains</h2> </section> <section> <h3>A new bedside lamp</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="129318" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/129318?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which $150 bathroom makeover would you choose?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Replace the sink</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Install new vanity lights</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="129319" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/129319?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Pick the $200 bedroom update that would make you most excited for bedtime.</h2> </section> <section> <h2>New bed linens</h2> </section> <section> <h3>A new nightstand</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="129321" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/129321?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>If you had $250 to spend, would you get fancy or play it cool?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Fancy! Add a bedroom chandelier</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Cool! Install a ceiling fan</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="129322" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/129322?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which $500 improvement would you pick for your home?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Replace the entry door</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Install a home security system</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="129324" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/129324?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which update would have the biggest impact in your home for $1,500?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Refinish the hardwood floor</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Retile the bathroom floor</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="129325" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/129325?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>With a $5,000 budget, how would you choose to treat yourself?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Build a shady pergola</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Buy a hot tub</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <h6 class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="129325" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><em>Hot tub photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1-Tankers-Rd-Scotts-Valley-CA-95066/16121366_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>. </em></h6> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="129326" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/129326?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which $10,000 kitchen upgrade would pay off most for you?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Buy all new appliances</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Replace the cabinets and countertops</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <h6 data-rid-id="129326" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><em>New appliances photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/140-Winifred-Ave-Warwick-RI-02889/65993695_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><em>Get more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">home design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hard-add-bathroom-221366/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How Hard Is It to Add a Bathroom?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/12-steps-prepare-home-for-fall-204676/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">12 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Home For Fall</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/our-new-old-kitchen-221099/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Our New, Old Kitchen: How We Rose to the Remodeling Challenge</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rJRYfNCMCDo:VWNLKzL_vJ4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=rJRYfNCMCDo:VWNLKzL_vJ4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-poll-221707/feed/ 31 https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-poll-221707/ 2017-10-10 23:00 +00:00 2017-10-11 12:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221366 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/Eh_v_n3qhSg/ Home Improvement Bathrooms craftsman remodeling How Hard Is It to Add a Bathroom? "I love sharing a bathroom with my whole family," said no homeowner ever. Learn how to add a bathroom and keep the peace. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:36 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/hard-add-bathroom-221366/#respond Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>If your home was built before 1970, you likely have one bathroom for your entire household. This probably means that everyone scrounges for counter space and fights over shower time, leaving you wishing for another bathroom.</p> <p>But how hard is it to add one? What kind of design do you need? Where would you even find room for it in your home?</p> <p>We posed all these questions and more to Lora Lindberg and Debbie Cederlind, house flipping pros and owners of Seattle-based <a href="http://www.urbansquirrelllc.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Urban Squirrel</a>. Here&#8217;s their expert advice on adding a bathroom to your home.</p> <h3><strong>Location, location, location</strong></h3> <p>According to Lindberg and Cederlind, finding a good location for your extra bathroom is half the battle - and completely depends on your home&#8217;s layout.</p> <p>When the designers were restoring a 1920s <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/craftsman/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">craftsman</a> in Seattle, they added a powder room to the main floor to increase accessibility for guests who may not be able to use the stairs to get to the main bath.</p> <p>"First, we called our plumber. He had to figure out how to get water lines and waste lines [to the powder room]. We had to make sure it worked before we framed it in," Lindberg recalls.</p> <p>To find a good spot in your own home, look at where the existing water and waste lines are, and make sure you have an existing wall that's at least 2 feet by 4 feet.</p> <p>"The best scenario is keeping all your water in one area of the home," advises Cederlind. "If you're totally moving it to another side of the home, proximity to the waste lines is always important."</p> <p>Another thing to keep in mind, the designers say, is that you have to run water and waste lines between floors, which can make adding a bathroom upstairs rather tricky, but not impossible.</p> <p>"Look at existing plumbing, then see if you can put another bathroom above or below and still tie into the existing waste lines. That's key," says Cederlind.</p> <p>Homeowners with single-story layouts will have the easiest time adding in a bathroom because they can simply run the water and waste lines through a crawl space below.</p> <p>But the duo says that no matter how many stories your home has, you still have to factor in an exhaust fan, which must vent to the home&#8217;s exterior, and the proper slope for the waste line, which must run downhill.</p> <p>Additionally, Cederlind and Lindberg always make sure they include a tub somewhere in the home, which can boost resale value. Master showers with double heads or seating are nice, but it's important to have a tub somewhere in case you - or a future buyer - have kids.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221564" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/FlipTheScript_UpstairsBathroom_1-0f0f91.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>You also need to think about what kind of natural light, if any, you can bring into the bathroom.</p> <p>"I'm a big fan of ventilation, like an open window,&#8221; says Cederlind. &#8220;We always try to incorporate that. Everything has to be ducted with fans now, but there's something about cracking open a window in a bathroom. If you have an outside wall in your new bathroom space, adding a window for natural light is well worth it."</p> <h3><strong>Build to code  </strong></h3> <p>Your city or state might have different building codes than what Lindberg or Cederlind adhere to in Seattle, but you should always ensure that your bathroom configuration is legal and that you have the correct amount of space around the fixtures.</p> <p>To really make sure your bathroom is up to code, it's best to get a permit for the work.</p> <p>"Having a permit for your work usually makes buyers feel better, because they know the work was inspected. We've had to rip out a lot of poorly done DIY projects in the homes we remodel and start from scratch," Cederlind says.</p> <p>Although getting a permit and working to code might take more time, it's worth it in the end. Plus, it can guarantee that whoever is doing the work does it the right way.</p> <p>"We know our contractors, and they always do things to code, whether we get a permit or not. But if I were a homeowner <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">hiring contractors</a> for the first time, I&#8217;d want to know they&#8217;re being checked," Lindberg says.</p> <p>Cederlind and Lindberg also advise working with licensed, bonded, and insured contractors so you&#8217;re protected in case anything goes awry.</p> <h3><strong>When it comes to design, make it luxe</strong></h3> <p>When Cederlind and Lindberg designed their powder room, their ultimate goal was to make it fun and luxurious.</p> <p>Because the space was so small, they hung a wall-mounted toilet and sink, which they rescued from the basement bathroom, and installed a pocket door to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">maximize space</a>.</p> <p>They made the small space feel large and luxe with jewel-box paneling, a glamorous chandelier, and a bold paint color.</p> <p>"Designers like to go bold in powder rooms because they&#8217;re small, so it doesn't take a lot of effort. Guests are mostly going to use it, so it's a fun place to experiment and make them feel special," Cederlind says.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221563" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/FlipTheScript_MasterBathroom_1-adcac3.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="1012" /></p> <p>When it comes to design, Cederlind and Lindberg suggest neutral, classic tones for tiles and fixtures, mixed with bold rugs, candles, and paint colors.</p> <p>But no matter how you design your extra bathroom, it's going to add value. "When you sell your home, you&#8217;ll get whatever money out of it that you put in,&#8221; Lindberg says.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/9-signs-time-redo-bathroom-202574/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9 Signs It&#8217;s Time to Update Your Bathroom</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/install-new-bathroom-sink-vanity-204137/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY: Refresh Your Bathroom With a New Sink and Vanity</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bathroom-redo-without-remodeling-174027/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 DIY Ways to Redo Your Bathroom (Without Remodeling)</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Eh_v_n3qhSg:1WGk3EyJheE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=Eh_v_n3qhSg:1WGk3EyJheE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/hard-add-bathroom-221366/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/hard-add-bathroom-221366/ 2017-10-10 13:00 +00:00 2017-10-11 02:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ny4tgy3hny4hmyjsnjvwq3zxgnwdoolk/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/kevin-mccloud-reveals-top-10-green-heroes-eco-friendly-home/ topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:things/environment structure:business topics:things/energy structure:interiors topics:things/recycling topics:things/coffee topics:things/industry topics:things/grand-designs structure:money structure:lifestyle topics:things/mushrooms structure:property Kevin McCloud reveals his top 10 'green heroes' for an eco-friendly home Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-10-10 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-10 18:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221671 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/sfErY5Jad5A/ Unique Homes tiny homes unique homes 5 Reasons We Love This Airstream Vintage travel trailers are cool enough on their own, but this one is perched on a private bluff with a panoramic ocean view. Mon, 09 Oct 2017 22:41:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/airstream-reasons-to-dream-221671/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p>This Malibu, CA home combines luxury and solitude in one stunning package: a remodeled Airstream atop a hillside. Here are five reasons we&#8217;re booking our ticket ASAP.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-221678 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bnb-3-522f19.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="683" /></p> <h3>Sunsets and starry nights - in seclusion</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Perched on a bluff near the Pacific Coast Highway, this retreat is close to the city while feeling like a remote getaway. It's so private that the owners won't publicly reveal the address. Wherever it is, it&#8217;s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">high above the ocean, offering expansive views of the Pacific. </span></p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FZillow%2Fvideos%2F10155846335873594%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=476" width="476" height="476" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Aluminum out, view in</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The owner converted one side of the Airstream into a giant ocean vista using three frameless glass panels. A large, private deck is right outside the panels, acting as an outdoor living room. It's the perfect spot to curl up with a cup of coffee as you take in the sunrise, or sip a glass of wine as the sun sets.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_221693" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221693 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Exterior_GlassPanels-04d8fe.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Tastemade.</figcaption></figure> <p><img class="wp-image-221685 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bnb-7-20434b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>Off-the-grid euphoria</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This sanctuary might be located just outside the second largest city in the United States, but don't let that fool you - it's an off-the-grid escape. There's no cell service or WiFi, making it possible to truly disconnect. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_221695" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221695 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Interior_Bedroom_TighterShot-a86da1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Tastemade.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Nestled in nature</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Killer hikes? Check. Brushing your teeth with an ocean breeze? Double check. There's an open-air bathroom with two sinks and a shower - you know, so you can freshen up while breathing in that salty ocean air. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_221692" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221692 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Exterior_Bathroom-4d5da2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Tastemade.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Superstar sighting</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don't be afraid to make this "Blank Space" yours; Taylor Swift certainly wasn't. The megastar used the Airstream as the setting for a <a href="https://www.vogue.com/article/taylor-swift-karlie-kloss-best-friends-march-2015-cover" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Vogue cover shoot</a>. Feel free to write your own "Love Story" high atop the California coastline knowing T-Swizzle rocked out in that very same spot.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bnb-1-e5ea76.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bnb-5-6cf473.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bnb-2-2eb5c6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="599" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bnb-4-6d34f2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bnb-6-fe65f6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bnb-8-0b52af.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/vintage-airstream-remodel-221247/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Airstream Dream Team: These Women Travel the Country, Turning Retro RVs into Homes</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-checklist-176055/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Tiny Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wild Ride: Turning School Buses Into Homes on Wheels</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=sfErY5Jad5A:rg0vY02sJnk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=sfErY5Jad5A:rg0vY02sJnk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/airstream-reasons-to-dream-221671/feed/ 13 https://www.zillow.com/blog/airstream-reasons-to-dream-221671/ 2017-10-09 22:41 +00:00 2017-10-10 11:41 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=167872 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/CdmmKH_2WbA/ Home Improvement before and after decorating Fireplace Makeover: Get a New Look in a Weekend For just $50, you can transform a room and create a stunning focal point with this step-by-step project. Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:00:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/fireplace-makeover-new-look-weekend-167872/#comments Lindsay Jackman <p>When the days get shorter and cooler, the sight of a cheery fire crackling away in a hearth instantly chases away the chill. Even a non-functional fireplace can give a room a cozy feel and create a charming focal point.</p> <p>If your fireplace lacks visual appeal, consider this low-cost makeover. With just a few pieces of trim and a gallon of paint, you can give your bland fireplace a dramatic cosmetic upgrade in just a weekend.</p> <h3>Before and after</h3> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-167879" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-1-743078.jpg" alt="Image 1" width="600" height="450" />Fireplaces like this are common in old houses. It&#8217;s painted brick and in need of an upgrade. Fireplaces should be the focal point of the room, and this one obviously wasn&#8217;t getting the job done. Here&#8217;s how it went from drab to fab.</p> <h3>1. Install trim</h3> <p>To make the fireplace instantly look grander than it is, use some basic pieces of trim to create the illusion that it extends all the way to the ceiling.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-167881" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-3-0346b4.jpg" alt="Image 3" width="600" height="400" />Using 1&#8243; x 4&#8243; pieces of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), create a frame connecting the fireplace and ceiling. MDF is smoother than wood and will have a better finished look when painted. This trim is in no way weight bearing, so MDF will be plenty durable.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-167873" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-4-81d2d0.jpg" alt="Image 4" width="600" height="400" /></p> <p>Next, cut and install interior trim pieces within the frame. Attach trim pieces with Liquid Nails. The hold will be strong enough since, again, these pieces are not weight bearing. Plus, there won&#8217;t be any holes to patch before painting.<br /> <img class="aligncenter wp-image-167874" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-5-2ff745.jpg" alt="Image 5" width="600" height="400" /></p> <h3>2. Caulk and sand</h3> <p>Caulk any gaps between trim pieces, and sand once dried.</p> <h3>3. Paint</h3> <p>Paint the frame and wall the color of your choice.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-167875" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-6-ccd6bc-682x1024.jpg" alt="Image 6" width="600" height="900" /></p> <p>To really make a statement, choose a color that contrasts greatly from your wall color. This glossy black stands out dramatically against the white walls, making the fireplace the focal point of the room.</p> <h3>4. Style your new fireplace</h3> <p>Once the paint dries completely, you can add accessories and decorative elements to enhance the fireplace&#8217;s visual appeal.</p> <p>Sconces hung in the openings between the frames, a contrasting fire screen and carefully chosen artwork finish off the fireplace. Add a comfortable chair and small end table to make the whole space come together.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-167878" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-9-0cc42d-682x1024.jpg" alt="Image 9" width="600" height="900" /><br /> Now settle in and enjoy your home&#8217;s beautiful new centerpiece.</p> <p><em>Photos by The White Buffalo Styling Company</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/makeover-tips-for-ugly-fireplaces-145187/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Makeover Tips for Ugly Fireplaces</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/before-and-after-living-room-154247/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Before &amp; After: Spanish Living Room Goes from Basic to Beautiful</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/warm-up-to-gas-fireplaces-164803/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Warm Up to Gas Fireplaces</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published January 15, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CdmmKH_2WbA:1MCjZrYrils:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CdmmKH_2WbA:1MCjZrYrils:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/fireplace-makeover-new-look-weekend-167872/feed/ 11 https://www.zillow.com/blog/fireplace-makeover-new-look-weekend-167872/ 2017-10-09 13:00 +00:00 2017-10-10 02:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/njvxaztrnrrxezddozyw6zrvozxgszrv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/forget-tweed-tartan-wool-became-modern-materials/ structure:fashion topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:things/wool structure:interiors topics:things/wool-industry structure:money structure:lifestyle structure:property Forget tweed and tartan: how wool became the most modern of materials Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:30:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-10-09 12:30 +00:00 2017-10-10 01:30 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gazwymtcn5tgg43nmm2gonbthfvxk4bv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/restoration-uncovered-family-tragedy/ topics:organisations/national-trust storytype:standard topics:things/archaeology topics:things/family topics:things/wildlife structure:money topics:things/deer structure:property The restoration that uncovered a family tragedy Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:00:00 Z Laura Silverman 2017-10-06 12:00 +00:00 2017-10-07 01:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gzswk3bvozrwgylpmjxgenzyhfrhmm3n/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/property-buyers-sue-50000-japanese-knotweed-problem-homeowners/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/money-saving-tips structure:money/money-top-stories topics:in-the-news topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property As property buyers sue over £50,000 Japanese knotweed problem, what all homeowners need to know about the plant Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:58:48 Z Sophie Christie 2017-10-06 08:58 +00:00 2017-10-06 21:58 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221247 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/aanlwh8MtEY/ Unique Homes DIY remodeling tiny homes unique homes Airstream Dream Team: These Women Travel the Country, Turning Retro RVs into Homes Vintage is so very in vogue. These women left their full-time jobs to remodel Airstreams. Their first client project is a 1976 Sovereign. Fri, 06 Oct 2017 05:32:26 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/vintage-airstream-remodel-221247/#comments Lindsay Cohen <figure id="attachment_221595" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221595 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kate_Saw-2-resize-35b5d8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Kate Oliver sands wood for an Airstream she&#8217;s renovating in Indianapolis, IN.</figcaption></figure> <p>I<span style="font-weight: 400;">t's 90 degrees outside, and there's someone with Aviators and a power tool standing in front of me.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She is undaunted by the thick Midwestern summer humidity, the mosquitoes and the deadline. It&#8217;s unclear which poses the biggest threat.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She puts on a mask and goes to work, the tiny specks of dust spraying up in a shower of little wooden pieces like confetti in Times Square on New Year's Eve. The block of wood she sands is one tiny part of a massive jigsaw puzzle that will become a young couple's very first home.</span></p> <p>And Kate Oliver, the woman wielding the sander, wouldn't have it any other way.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shp17036_0166-ba90c0.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kitchen-lower-6e2862.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shp17036_0072-0e2735.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shp17036_0032-9fe550.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shp17036_0037-e31e50.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shp17036_0059-75c933.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shp17036_0120-538d43.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shp17036_0173-914e84.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shp17036_0012-5aac82.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shp17036_0125-324c93.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h3>&#8216;Hey, how about let&#8217;s travel&#8217;</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's a long road from where this 32-year-old was just a few years ago: living with her now ex-husband and their daughter; working as a photographer in Indianapolis, IN. But, as Oliver puts it, life has a crazy way of rerouting you toward your passion. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fast forward to Oliver getting a divorce and falling in love with her best friend from college, Ellen Prasse (thanks, Facebook). </span>Prasse lived in nearby Lexington, KY, but the couple didn&#8217;t want to put down roots. The were fascinated with the idea of life and home - on the road.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AZSOHhH26tM?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I was teaching art at my old high school. We were ready to move on and get out. So, she texted me one day, 'Hey, how about let&#8217;s travel,'" recalls Prasse. "You know, like, 'Let&#8217;s just hit the road.'"</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;We'd been looking for something that would take us beyond this life that had seemingly been prescribed,&#8221; Oliver chimes in. "We didn&#8217;t want the commute, and we didn&#8217;t want to just work to pay our bills. We wanted to spend more time together as a family. We both deeply wanted to create and make art and we weren&#8217;t sure what that was."</span></p> <h3>&#8216;This would be fun to do for other people&#8217;</h3> <p>They ended up buying a vintage Airstream and fixing it up to make it livable. And they fell deeper in love - with each other, with life on the road, and with this idea that home isn't an address. They traveled for six months to faraway places like Alaska and the Yukon Territory, and they found meaning in the miles journeyed together.</p> <p>"We were so broke and we poured every last penny we had into that first Airstream," Oliver says. "It was very simple in construction, but it was well built. We thought, 'Hey, we've got something here.'"</p> <p>"Toward the end of it we started saying, 'Hey, maybe this would be fun to do for other people,'" says Prasse.</p> <p>"We saw how we worked together," adds Kate, "and how it made us both come alive and brought us joy."</p> <figure id="attachment_221591" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221591 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shp17036_1092-6af7e2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Ellen Prasse, Kate Oliver, and their daughter, Adelaide, in the doorway of a renovated Airstream.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo went on to sell that first Airstream to a friend (it's now a rental lodge in Olympia, WA). They remodeled a second one and made plans to move into it. In the middle of all of this, they took what they learned and decided to translate their passion into a profession: renovating Airstreams full time as <a href="https://themoderncaravan.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">The Modern Caravan</a>.</span></p> <h3>&#8216;We&#8217;ve got this&#8217;</h3> <p>Oliver and Prasse pride themselves on carefully considering the design - as well as the functionality - of any Airstream they plan to renovate.</p> <p>"We always say form and function. It has to have both," says Oliver.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This principle predates the couple&#8217;s new business. Both women had fathers who taught them basic construction skills. Prasse&#8217;s mother was an electrical engineer, and passed along the technical knowledge to rip out old lines and turn them into modern electrical marvels.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_221597" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221597 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Ellen_1-76c896.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="450" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Ellen Prasse works with a table saw outside the Airstream she and Oliver are renovating.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We're two women in a predominantly male industry. We notice this when we go to Lowe&#8217;s," Oliver explains. "We always get asked if we need help. We&#8217;re like, 'Actually no, we&#8217;ve got it. But thanks.' You could say, 'Oh, yeah, they&#8217;re just being nice,' but the assumption there is that we can&#8217;t handle it because we&#8217;re women."</span></p> <p>The duo quickly compiled a two-year waitlist of clients. Each is willing to pay up to $90,000 in parts and labor for a Modern Caravan renovation (the exact cost depends on the year of the Airstream, the length of the project, design features and more).</p> <p>Their first client project? Remodeling a 1976 Airstream Sovereign for full-time travelers and social influencers <a href="http://hopscotchtheglobe.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Hopscotch the Globe</a>.</p> <h3>The home stretch</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo is up against a tight deadline for the complete remodel of the 31-foot-long Sovereign. Most of their renovations take about six months. For this one, they only have three. Their clients, Kristen Sarah and Siya Zarrabi, helped gut the interior, but the rest is up to them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Among the items on the docket: repairing a leaky, five-inch gap in the chassis, installing all new electrical wiring as well as designing and handcrafting the interior. Oliver and Prasse are making custom countertops from a piece of wood Sarah and Zarrabi hauled out of a family barn. They&#8217;re fashioning a retractable dining table using local elm (bonus: it converts into a bed!). Every corner, every couch cushion, is custom-made.</span></p> <p>With half their normal time frame to pull the renovation off, Oliver and Prasse are up most days until 2 a.m., battling heat and exhaustion. But they don&#8217;t cut corners. They have a vision - a vision that includes rustic mink flooring (it looks just like hardwoods but is waterproof) and a blue, penny-tile shower.</p> <figure id="attachment_221593" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221593 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shp17036_0292-cb7891.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Kate Oliver and Ellen Prasse enjoy a cup of coffee inside their first client project: a 1976 Airstream Sovereign.</figcaption></figure> <h3>The reveal</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two weeks later, the moment of truth arrives. The clients, who have spent almost every night of the past few years in hotel rooms, are about to see their transformed Airstream for the first time. </span></p> <p>"I think that [Siya and Kristen] will feel the passion and the love that went into this. &#8230;It&#8217;s their first home," says Oliver. "It&#8217;s pretty incredible when we think about it like that."</p> <p>"It&#8217;s going to be where they live and they cry and where they&#8217;re human," she continues. "That is a really, really special thing to be part of."</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the clients board their new home-on-wheels, the tears come. And the hugs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Every room is like a masterpiece, every little detail," says Zarrabi. "You nailed it. You nailed it. All of our visions, all of our dreams, everything we wanted. This is a luxury home. It&#8217;s a mobile home. It&#8217;s -"</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"- It's us," adds Kristen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's absolutely perfect," Siya says.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Custom photography provided by <a href="http://hillphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Stephen Hill of Hill Photography</a>.</span></em></p> <p><em>Airstream did not endorse, sponsor or authorize, nor is it otherwise associated with, this story and video.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-on-wheels-tips-220828/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Van? RV? School Bus? 6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Home on Wheels</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/living-tiny-seattle-couple-175453/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Could You Live &#8216;Tiny&#8217;? See How a Seattle Couple Found Room for Their Dreams</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8220;Where Should I Keep My&#8230;?&#8221; Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=aanlwh8MtEY:PkSzi2wyP4U:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=aanlwh8MtEY:PkSzi2wyP4U:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/vintage-airstream-remodel-221247/feed/ 16 https://www.zillow.com/blog/vintage-airstream-remodel-221247/ 2017-10-06 05:32 +00:00 2017-10-06 18:32 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nbrhayjqg5tdc2lionxgeoldmn2di2zy/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/london-property-market-wont-bounce-back-2021/ topics:things/interest-rates topics:organisations/kpmg storytype:standard topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property London property market 'won't bounce back until 2021' Fri, 06 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Sophie Christie 2017-10-06 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-06 18:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ovxti2zqoy2gk4tjgzvg44lkmy3wqn3w/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/amazing-architecture-20-best-photographs-buildings-around-world/ structure:photography topics:things/interiors structure:art/architecture topics:things/luxury-property structure:money structure:property Amazing architecture: The 20 best photographs of buildings from around the world Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:23:13 Z 2017-10-05 10:23 +00:00 2017-10-05 23:23 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221220 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/V0YwOV3DCxQ/ Unique Homes craftsman house of the week Bright and Bold Inside a Classic Craftsman - House of the Week This 92-year-old home stays true to its roots, while curated colors and hand-selected furniture give it new life. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 03:29:44 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/classic-colorful-craftsman-221220/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For someone who grew up in a city dominated by gray skies, Hayley Francis sure knows how to live in color.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221518 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image-152-a9c0b1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>From the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/818-NE-69th-St,-Seattle,-WA-98115_rb" target="_blank" rel="noopener">blue exterior of her historic Craftsman</a> to the emerald green palm frond wallpaper of her bedroom, the professional designer consciously chose vivid colors to brighten up the often monochrome days of the Pacific Northwest.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221466 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image-88-5cf59b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>&#8220;The goal with the whole house was to make me feel happy, especially in Seattle. Anyone who says they don't get down in the winter season is lying,&#8221; Francis said. &#8220;I wanted to keep the house colorful but feeling like it still belonged in Seattle.&#8221;</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221531 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image-130-86c5be.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>The result is a modern, elevated twist on a classic home using curated colors and hand-selected furniture. After purchasing the 92-year-old house a few years ago, Francis didn't have a massive budget to make major renovations. She went about transforming the 3-bedroom, 1.75-bath home using paint and decor instead.</p> <p>For a kitchen with classic black-and-white checkered floors, the Seattle native looked thousands of miles away for inspiration, choosing a color she dubbed &#8220;Caribbean green.&#8221; She wanted to complement the signature, vintage floors with a bright shade that didn&#8217;t stand out too much.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221510 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image-115-adb1db.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;My favorite color is green. Everyone has a favorite color, right?&#8221; she said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In addition to the paint, Francis was drawn toward mint-colored, vintage pieces including refrigerators, toasters and mixers. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;Some would say that painting your kitchen that color is loud, but it's really not that loud,&#8221; she added.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221547" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image-135-e399fa.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The master bedroom got a splash of the tropics, too, with </span><a href="https://www.cole-and-son.com/en/collection-contemporary-restyled/wallpaper-95/1002/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">palm wallpaper</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Francis saw the print years ago and knew she'd incorporate it into her home someday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's actually in the Beverly Hills Hotel, or was. I saw that and fell in love with it," she said. "Then I saw it online, and then in a restaurant in Seattle. Then I knew."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The thing with wallpaper is you have to stare at it for a long time," she continued. "I wanted to make sure it was something I could stare at for at least 10 years. I feel good about it. I love it."</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221559 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/new-lamp-128df9.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="1348" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Francis transformed an adjacent bedroom into what she dubs her "office closet" - a space for her to work from home while having clothing and accessories on display, instead of hidden behind closed doors.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221532 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image-63-258fd3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It had been a dream of mine to have my own changing room and I tend to be a little bit messy, so it contains my mess," she joked. "It serves a dual function. With this room, I did an e-design first, which is what I do at [home furnishings website] </span><a href="https://www.themine.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Mine</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. That was fun. It brought what I do at work into my home."</span></p> <p>The <a href="https://www.thelittledeer.co.uk/collections/interiors-designed-made-by-little-deer" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">copper-pipe clothing racks</a> were custom made in Europe. Francis found the vintage rug on Etsy.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221524 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image-64-583112.jpg" alt="" width="534" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other rooms are designed around carefully chosen furniture and accent pieces. Francis painted her living room off-white and arranged it around a Louis-style couch, which she fell in love with. (Bonus: it was well within her budget and offers a cozy spot to work on her <a href="https://www.neondoves.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">blog</a>.)</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221534 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image-3-86b6af.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The dining room is a mix of old and new. It features a chair handed down from Francis&#8217; grandmother and a large wooden bar that belonged to her mother before she passed away.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221495" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image-28-f0b3b0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Francis also pulled fabric from one of her mom's chairs to use as wall art.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221551 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image-144-8a7c0f.jpg" alt="" width="534" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's been very cool to see people's reactions [to the home], to be honest," she said. "People feel happy when they enter the space, especially because we live in Seattle. It's warm and welcoming and bright, without being tropical. I love it."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221537" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/image-23-d3048a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><em>Custom photography by <a href="http://themanchiks.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Yuriy Manchik</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-it-takes-buy-home-america-221191/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Actually Afford to Buy a Home in America</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/our-new-old-kitchen-221099/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Our New, Old Kitchen: How We Rose to the Remodeling Challenge</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vote for Your Favorite Homes of 2017 (So Far)</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=V0YwOV3DCxQ:_3H31UcHrkA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=V0YwOV3DCxQ:_3H31UcHrkA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/classic-colorful-craftsman-221220/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/classic-colorful-craftsman-221220/ 2017-10-05 03:29 +00:00 2017-10-05 16:29 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gm4hc5twhfstazztna3wy23umnwdez3h/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/inside-apprentice-house-2017-13m-designer-mansion-notting-hill/ structure:culture topics:things/interiors storytype:standard structure:business topics:people/alan-sugar structure:television structure:money topics:things/the-apprentice topics:things/house-prices structure:property Inside the Apprentice house 2017: a £13m designer mansion in Notting Hill Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:04:35 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-10-04 11:04 +00:00 2017-10-05 00:04 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/n5wxanzumjyhgn3one2wm4bznq3xizrr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/number-homebuyers-aged-18-35-drops-21pc-millennials-continue/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property Number of homebuyers aged 18-35 drops 21pc as Millennials continue to be squeezed out of property market Wed, 04 Oct 2017 08:45:29 Z Sophie Christie 2017-10-04 08:45 +00:00 2017-10-04 21:45 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/myyhk4tknzwgi5lhozsgg3dogjxtkntg/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/500000-buys-uks-top-northern-cities-compared-london/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/buying-property structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard structure:business topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/house-prices structure:property What £500,000 buys you in the UK's top northern cities compared to London Wed, 04 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Sophie Christie 2017-10-04 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-04 18:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=185704 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/m0xapZ2xExI/ Unique Homes halloween Enter If You Dare: Inside a Real-Life Haunted House Is that a ghost or just your imagination? See for yourself. Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:54:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/inside-haunted-house-185704/#comments Catherine Sherman <p>With no city lights for miles, The Pillars Estate stands alone in the darkest of nights.</p> <p>Inside, guests are greeted by dim candlelight, a windy staircase and a gentleman from Scotland.</p> <p>Tony McMurtrie purchased the Civil War-era estate in Albion, NY when it was ready to be torn down. Restoring it to its former glory over the past decade, he&#8217;s carefully curated every detail – from the grandfather clocks to the silver.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;t know where it comes from,&#8221; he explains. &#8220;I just like that time and that era.&#8221;</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nmO7tehUewQ?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>His love of antiques and a refined way of life hasn&#8217;t gone unnoticed. Cora Goyette moved to Albion from England and bonded with McMurtrie over their shared appreciation of European culture.</p> <p>Today, she takes care of the 13,286-square-foot house as if it were her own, hosting tea parties and events in the grand ballroom.</p> <p>But unlike McMurtrie, Goyette won&#8217;t stay at The Pillars alone. In fact, most of McMurtrie&#8217;s friends refuse to spend the night.</p> <p>&#8220;A spirit really is within the house,&#8221; Goyette says without blinking an eye. &#8220;It&#8217;s quite serious.&#8221;</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5134-f1c894-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="575" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Haunted-House-Exterior-8c131f-1024x575.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5057-d0e631-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5119-96117e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5166-copy-220381-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5184-404cd7-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5102-d7a0db-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5208-305497-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5110-63f382-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5213-51f61f-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5199-49ec91-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5154-a34887-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ILE5157-416c55-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>From mysterious footsteps to children&#8217;s voices and a piano that plays itself, strange happenings have been reported since McMurtrie started restoring the house.</p> <p>Some believe he&#8217;s unlocked a haunted past, while others remain skeptical.</p> <p>The home at 13800 W Country House Rd is <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/13800-W-County-House-Rd-Albion-NY-14411/71203209_zpid/">on the market</a>, waiting for a buyer to set the record straight once and for all. In the meantime, we&#8217;d love to hear what you think.</p> Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. <p><em>Originally published October 22, 2015.</em></p> <p><em>Video and photos by <a href="http://awenfilms.net/" rel="nofollow">Awen Films</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/four-legged-halloween-fun-185465/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Video: Get Ready for Four-Legged Halloween Fun</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-haunted-homes-for-sale-185165/">5 Haunted Homes You Can Own Today</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/for-sale-a-slightly-haunted-home-141023/">For Sale: A &#8216;Slightly&#8217; Haunted Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=m0xapZ2xExI:Dob1XcCDwkI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=m0xapZ2xExI:Dob1XcCDwkI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/inside-haunted-house-185704/feed/ 29 https://www.zillow.com/blog/inside-haunted-house-185704/ 2017-10-03 15:54 +00:00 2017-10-04 04:54 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221308 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/T4cRanFuwiE/ Home Improvement Designer Lookbook kitchens remodeling Designer Lookbook: Taking a Century-Old Home From Boxed Off to Bright and Open JAS Design Build renovated this historic home with comfort and practicality in mind. Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:17:54 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-bright-open-221308/#comments Marissa Hermanson <p>Living in the past is almost never a good thing. For the owners of a historic craftsman bungalow in Seattle, WA, their home&#8217;s small segmented rooms, typical of the last century, were crying out for a more modern and open floor plan.</p> <p>"Now some 100 years later, when we get a hold of these houses, they don&#8217;t mesh with the way we live today," says Kim Clements, owner and creative director of <a href="http://jasdesignbuild.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">JAS Design Build</a>. "What we want is more space and relationship to our family. Those patterns of living are different now, and have to do with more modern use of space. And, we want openness."</p> <figure id="attachment_221316" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221316 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-5a-1277b0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Before the renovation, the kitchen, dining room, and living room were divided by walls, creating poor flow from one space to the next.</figcaption></figure> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221317" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/livingroom-7a-6b377c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>With that in mind, the cozy bungalow from the early 1900s was opened up, creating more unified and flowing spaces from room to room.</p> <h3>First, a facelift</h3> <p>At the front of the bungalow, a gabled entryway was removed to make way for a large covered porch that echoes the front porches of the neighboring homes that line the street.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221327 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_exterior4-669095.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></p> <p>These modest yet charming bungalows from the early 1900s weren't built by architects, Clements says; homeowners purchased the house plans themselves and then customized the homes to their personal tastes.</p> <p>The bungalows were constructed by craftsman, not general contractors, so these houses are "craftsman" bungalows in the sense that they are describing the skill of the person who built them, not the style of the house.</p> <h3>Goodbye, walls</h3> <p>At the home&#8217;s entry, the foyer was opened up, allowing it to flow into the neighboring living room. A bench with storage drawers and wall hooks provides plenty of space for guests to place bags and hang coats. Wainscoting, built-ins, and decorative stair railing add authentic character, paying homage to the bungalow's heyday.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221323" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_entry-8aa71a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></p> <p>When taking down walls and blending the living room, dining room, and kitchen into a flowing space, Clements wanted to ensure the separate spaces didn't lose their "room-ness." Therefore, built-ins topped with columns were constructed between the spaces to create boundaries without closing off each room.<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221333" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_living-bc4c9c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></p> <p>"There is still enough definition that you can call it a living room, dining room and kitchen," says Clements, "yet they aren't completely separate. Creating openness while not losing the quality of the heritage of old houses is really what we have worked to accomplish."</p> <p>The built-ins are a nod to the bungalow's period, and also provide thoughtful storage for the narrow home. Custom cabinetry was incorporated in the family room to tuck away the homeowners' flat-screen television.</p> <h3>A working kitchen</h3> <p>The kitchen was enlarged by 30 feet merely by adding a cantilevered bump out into the side yard, making room for a double galley with an oversized island. The bump out, which is the depth of a counter, is now lined with a row of windows, and houses a farm sink and plenty of storage underneath. "That 30 square feet changes the entire game," says Clements. "It was a sneaky trick to make a little more space without going whole hog."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221330" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_kitchen2-cee721.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></p> <p>"Simplify and consolidate" was Clements' guiding philosophy when planning out the kitchen layout, since she was working with a narrow space. Clements eschewed unnecessary items like an island sink, double ovens, and a built-in microwave, instead opting for more counter space and cabinet storage. "It's a working kitchen, and it's old-fashioned in a away, but it's completely modern in its sensibilities."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221342" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_kitchen3-CROP-32dfac.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="549" /></p> <p>Past the kitchen, a contemporary mudroom boasts an oversized cupboard for food storage and cleaning supplies. "I think people need to think about how much they actually need within arms reach, and how many things don&#8217;t need to be there," she says of the kitchen and mudroom layout. "You don&#8217;t need all of your dry goods in the kitchen. Then you have more room for windows without upper cabinets covering the walls."</p> <p><em>Take the full home tour:</em></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_exterior5-4232e4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_exterior3-6994a6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_exterior2-a6d83c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_kitchen4-b1d08b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_kitchen1-0b99c2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_dining-c4b824.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_bathroom_master-535fb4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_cabinet1-4fd926.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_office-8f143d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="532" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/reding_bathroom-8ac7ba.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Evaluate what you keep in your kitchen.</strong> "Really assess what you have, what you use, and and how often you use it," says Clements. She advises keeping the items that you use daily within reach, and storing items you use a few times a year out of sight in the basement.</li> <li><strong>Get rid of your upper cabinets.</strong> Unscrewing your upper cabinets and removing them from the walls, reduces visual clutter in the kitchen. "If you can reduce the number of upper cabinets you have, your kitchen feels roomier and better," says Clements. If you&#8217;re a renter, she suggests removing cabinet doors to open up a small kitchen. Store them somewhere out of the way, and then when you move out you can easily screw them back on.</li> <li><strong>Artfully arrange your objects. </strong>Without cabinets concealing your items, arranging your dishes and kitchenware artfully has a big impact. "It makes it feel more familiar and comfortable and pretty," says Clements, "and that can change the feeling of a space dramatically."</li> </ul> <p class="Body"><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.realestatephotographerseattle.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jesse Young</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/incorporate-reclaimed-materials-220649/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Design Pros&#8217; Secrets for Finding and Using Reclaimed Materials</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/video/second-story-new-home-office/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Remodeling an Abandoned Home: The Cozy Home Office</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/caitlin-murray-kitchen-revamp-220626/">Designer Lookbook: Caitlin Murray&#8217;s Minty Fresh Kitchen Revamp</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=T4cRanFuwiE:0Wv8WBekEKA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=T4cRanFuwiE:0Wv8WBekEKA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-bright-open-221308/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-bright-open-221308/ 2017-10-02 13:17 +00:00 2017-10-03 02:17 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=207842 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/SRbeKH-lup8/ Home Improvement entertaining Fall Fall Decorating Tips You Can Pull Off in an Hour Who has time for decorating when your weekends are packed with apple-picking and tailgating? You do. Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:00:40 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-key-spots-fall-decor-207842/#comments Lindsay Jackman <p>It&#8217;s time to put down your pumpkin-scented beverage of choice, and gather some actual pumpkins. That&#8217;s how easy it can be to find fall decorations that set a festive tone for the season.</p> <p>Focus on adding simple decor to three key areas to make apple-pie days and chilly (or is it chili?) nights even cozier.</p> <h3>The dining table</h3> <p>Livening up your dining table with some fall flair is an obvious starting point, since you&#8217;ll likely be using it to serve a game day buffet or family feast.</p> <p>You don't have to overdo it here to make a statement. A few pumpkins, candles, and flowers can <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/set-a-fabulous-table-for-fall-185028/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">make a beautiful table</a>, and don't require much effort.</p> <figure id="attachment_207846" style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-207846" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-1-6c019a-683x1024.jpg" alt="image-1" width="600" height="900" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Just a few elements can create a simple yet elegant tablescape.</figcaption></figure> <p>For the flower arrangement, grab some greenery and flowers from the grocery store. Choose a vase with a narrow opening to help corral the flowers and make them easier to arrange. Put the greenery in first, then add the flowers stem by stem.</p> <p>For table linens and place settings, keep the colors neutral so your centerpiece can be the focus.</p> <h3>The living room</h3> <p>Many living rooms have a fireplace as the centerpiece. Dressing up your mantel for the season is the perfect way to make this gathering spot feel special.</p> <figure id="attachment_207848" style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-207848" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-3-fe1112-683x1024.jpg" alt="image-3" width="600" height="900" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">A bit of garland goes a long way on the mantle.</figcaption></figure> <p>Some fall-colored blooms, pinecones, and candles are great mantel decor. Drape some natural and seasonal garlands, like cotton branches, along the mantel to really make your space feel festive.</p> <p>Give the room a warm and welcoming feeling with a few cozy throws and pillows. Textures like fur and wool add a seasonally appropriate touch.</p> <h3>The kitchen</h3> <p>The <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-kitchen-ready-for-thanksgiving-163952/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">kitchen</a> is another great place to add a touch of fall. Find a few spots to place your accents, making sure they&#8217;re visible, but not in your way. Natural elements like a large pumpkin and pinecones piled in a bowl are all you need.</p> <figure id="attachment_207852" style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-207852" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-6-b95445-683x1024.jpg" alt="image-6" width="600" height="900" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">From family dinners to more formal gatherings, every meal will be more fun with these understated accents.</figcaption></figure> <p>To keep hot beverages and other libations at the ready, set up a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/styling-holiday-beverage-station-164506/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">drink station</a> on the counter or on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/styling-bar-carts-4-looks-172182/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a bar cart</a>. Copper mugs and vintage glassware look particularly celebratory.</p> <p>Focusing on a few key areas where your family and friends tend to gather will make your home feel welcoming and warm in the cooler days ahead.</p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of <a href="http://thewhitebuffalostylingco.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">White Buffalo Styling Co</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/set-a-fabulous-table-for-fall-185028/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Set a Fabulous Table for Fall</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/12-steps-prepare-home-for-fall-204676/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">12 Easy Steps to Prepare Your House for Fall</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/deck-out-your-guest-room-186966/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deck Out Your Guest Room to Give Visitors a Warm Welcome</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=SRbeKH-lup8:XFqLByE2fH4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=SRbeKH-lup8:XFqLByE2fH4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-key-spots-fall-decor-207842/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-key-spots-fall-decor-207842/ 2017-10-02 13:00 +00:00 2017-10-03 02:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gn2dkodeob2hgmleorrxk5dvmm4dc33o/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/revealed-expensive-street-britain-property-prices-average-35m/ topics:things/london-property storytype:standard topics:things/uk-property topics:things/luxury-property topics:organisations/nationwide-building-society structure:money topics:organisations/zoopla topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property Revealed: The most expensive street in Britain, where property prices average £35m Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:00:23 Z Sophie Christie 2017-10-02 08:00 +00:00 2017-10-02 21:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mruwq23jmvtw223rniyxgm3bmvztq4tv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/3d-printing-build-dream-house-slots-together-like-lego/ topics:things/skyscrapers storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:things/planning topics:in-the-news/housing-crisis topics:things/3d-printing topics:things/grand-designs structure:money topics:in-the-news/skills-shortage structure:property 3D printing: build a dream house that slots together like Lego Mon, 02 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-10-02 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-02 18:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gvsgkzllmnwgg2tiozvhg3tqojzhambt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/mapped-areas-help-buy-hotspots/ topics:organisations/persimmon storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:things/help-to-buy structure:money topics:organisations/countrywide structure:property topics:places/west-midlands Mapped: which areas are Help to Buy hotspots? Sun, 01 Oct 2017 19:11:54 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-10-01 19:11 +00:00 2017-10-02 08:11 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mnuwuythofstcnlsnm2dgntlgbuwczln/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/great-estates-castle-moved-400-yards-brick-by-brick-better-view/ topics:things/cider structure:countryside-top-stories topics:things/weddings topics:things/religion topics:things/farming storytype:standard topics:things/countryside topics:things/great-estates topics:places/wales structure:money structure:property Great Estates: a castle moved 400 yards, brick-by-brick, for a better view Sun, 01 Oct 2017 05:00:00 Z Jane Slade 2017-10-01 05:00 +00:00 2017-10-01 18:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gfvts3rwnr2te4timzuds3jwnjwda3zr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/dumb-womans-lane-titty-ho-streets-four-times-harder-owners-sell/ storytype:standard structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property 'Dumb Womans Lane' and 'Titty Ho': The streets where it's four times harder for owners to sell their homes Sat, 30 Sep 2017 07:20:00 Z Sophie Christie 2017-09-30 07:20 +00:00 2017-09-30 20:20 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=204676 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/QOpGja4ICEY/ Home Improvement Fall home maintenance 12 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Home For Fall Get your home ready for cooler weather while it's still nice outside. Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:10:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/12-steps-prepare-home-for-fall-204676/#comments See Jane Drill <p>The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. The kids are trudging off to school again with their backpacks and light jackets, and leaves are starting to fall from the trees.</p> <p>Yep, it's official: Fall is here. Now is the time to finish up any last-minute late-summer maintenance projects, and get your home and yard ready for fall.</p> <p>Just follow our easy checklist, and your home will soon be clean, warm, and ready for the cool days to come.</p> <h3>Exterior prep</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Fix cracks in concrete and asphalt.</strong> Depending on where you live, these may be the last weeks this year when it will be warm and sunny enough to repair driveway and sidewalk cracks.</li> <li><strong>Clean out the gutters.</strong> No one loves this job, but we all need to do it annually. A few hours of work can prevent big problems later on. And while you're up on that ladder, visually <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-keep-long-lasting-roof-191054/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">inspect your roof</a> for damaged shingles, flashing, or vents. You can also inspect the chimney for any missing mortar, and consider tuck-pointing if needed.</li> <li><strong>Turn off outdoor plumbing.</strong> Drain outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems, and cover them to protect them from freezing weather to come.</li> <li><strong>Start composting.</strong> If you don't already have compost bins, now is the time to make or get some. All those <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/do-you-really-need-to-rake-185320/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">accumulated autumn leaves</a> will bring you gardening gold next summer!</li> <li><strong>Clean outdoor furniture and gardening tools.</strong> It may not be quite time yet to put them away, but go ahead and make sure your outdoor furniture and gardening tools are cleaned up and ready for storage over the winter.</li> <li><strong>Plant bulbs for spring-blooming flowers.</strong> A joyous and beautiful sign of spring is when tulips and daffodils start popping up everywhere. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-your-garden-ready-for-fall-183881/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Plant bulbs in October</a>, as soon as the soil has cooled down, to reap big rewards next spring. If you&#8217;ve never planted bulbs before, select a spot in your yard that gets full sun during the day.</li> </ul> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-205251" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_155900531-0ed60b.jpg" alt="shutterstock_155900531" width="800" height="600" /></p> <h3>Interior prep</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Prepare your furnace for winter duty.</strong> If you didn't already do it last spring, consider getting your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/furnace-maintenance-145790/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">furnace professionally serviced</a> in time for the cold season. At the minimum, though, visually inspect your furnace and replace the furnace filter before turning it on for the first time.</li> <li><strong>Clean the fireplace and chimney.</strong> Clean out the fireplace, make sure the flue is operating properly, and that doors and shields are sound. Have the chimney professionally swept if needed. Now is the time to stock up on firewood!</li> <li><strong>Keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside.</strong> <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-drafty-windows-save-money-163503/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Inspect your windows and doors</a>. Check weather stripping by opening a door, placing a piece of paper in the entryway, and closing the door. The paper should not be able to slide back and forth easily. If it does, the weather stripping isn't doing its job. Also, now is the time to re-caulk around windows and door casings if needed.</li> <li><strong>Light the way.</strong> Bring as much light into your home as you can for the colder, darker months. To accentuate natural light, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/window-cleaning-tips-143183/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">clean your windows</a> and blinds, especially in rooms that get a lot of sunlight. Add lighting to darker spaces easily with new lamps. And consider replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.</li> <li><strong>Create a mudroom.</strong> Even if you don't have a dedicated mudroom in your home, now is a good time to think about <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designing-tidy-stylish-entryway-167811/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">organizing and stocking an entryway</a> that will serve as a "mudroom" area for cold and wet weather. Put down an indoor/outdoor rug to protect the floor. A fun and rewarding weekend project is to build a wooden shoe rack, coat rack, or a storage bench for your entryway.</li> <li><strong>Home safety check.</strong> Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors. A good way to remember to do this is to always replace the batteries when you change the clock for "fall back." Create a family fire escape plan, or review the one you already have. Put together an emergency preparedness kit so that you are ready for winter power outages.</li> </ul> <p>Once you finish with your autumn home checklist, you will be ready to relax in your warm, comfortable home, and enjoy the season.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/october-home-improvement-projects-162418/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Projects to Do Before October is Over</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/appeal-to-autumn-home-buyers-184416/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Appealing to Autumn Home Buyers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/green-home-updates-save-money-174357/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Eco-Friendly Home Updates That Save You Green</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published September 20, 2016.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=QOpGja4ICEY:yrQV72zyrwM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=QOpGja4ICEY:yrQV72zyrwM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/12-steps-prepare-home-for-fall-204676/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/12-steps-prepare-home-for-fall-204676/ 2017-09-29 22:10 +00:00 2017-09-30 11:10 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=184686 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zNG7v6Np5-o/ Home Improvement decorating Fall kitchens 4 Ways to Cozy Up Your Kitchen for Fall Grab your hearty soup recipes, decorative pie plates, and favorite cookbooks. Fall is here, and with just a little effort you can get your kitchen ready to make the most of it. Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:00:28 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-up-your-kitchen-for-fall-184686/#comments Kerrie Kelly <p>The leaves changing color indicates the season has changed, and so follows your home decor. Decorating for the chillier fall months means incorporating warm and inviting colors and textures into your home's interior design, specifically in the kitchen.</p> <p>Try these four tips to create a cozier kitchen for fall.</p> <h3>Weave in dark textiles</h3> <p>Fall means decorating with gorgeously textured throws, pillows, and table linens. Introduce your kitchen to an autumnal palette using dark, natural window coverings and similar table linens for a cozy effect. This look juxtaposes raw texture with soft details like fresh fruit, warm placemats, and smooth surfaces.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221335" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_457872517-439de7.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="780" /></p> <h3>Bank on butcher block</h3> <p>Found most often in farmhouse-style or rustic homes, butcher block is great for countertops and tables because it&#8217;s durable and looks better the longer you have it.</p> <p>If you're thinking about switching out your countertop, consider butcher block for a warm, inviting feel. If you don't want to commit to a full countertop, try a large cutting board or table to add earthiness to your kitchen.</p> <figure id="attachment_184690" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/130-Further-Ln-East-Hampton-NY-11937/32651169_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-184690 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISt4nlxhnohhfk0000000000-c6f186.jpg" alt="ISt4nlxhnohhfk0000000000" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/130-Further-Ln-East-Hampton-NY-11937/32651169_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Add pops of color</h3> <p>If your kitchen has a blank space or accent wall, consider painting it for an inviting scene. For the fall season, you can choose to use warmer, darker colors like a deep red, warm orange, or olive or brown tone.</p> <p>Don&#8217;t want to paint an entire wall? Select a piece of art or two featuring deep and rich colors to create a cozy ambiance. You could even paint your cabinets or counters.</p> <figure id="attachment_184693" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/112-La-Quinta-St-Moraga-CA-94556/18472444_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-184693 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISdwlmdyf4ueyk1000000000-3accfc.jpg" alt="ISdwlmdyf4ueyk1000000000" width="800" height="530" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/112-La-Quinta-St-Moraga-CA-94556/18472444_zpid/">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Nurture indoor plants</h3> <p>Houseplants are always good go-to decorations because they require little upkeep, and add a touch of freshness to any space. They are particularly useful in the fall because they can double as herb gardens or unique decor.</p> <p>Install a small indoor garden on your window sill or on a shelf near a window to have easy access to fresh rosemary, sage, and basil, even when the weather might not call for gardening.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-184694" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_256003411-9f2e1d.jpg" alt="shutterstock_256003411" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>While these suggestions may seem small, they are great touch-ups to boost your festive theme this fall season. Add one or two, or mix all of the design tips for a home-sweet-home feel.</p> <p>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/kitchens/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">kitchen design inspiration</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/our-new-old-kitchen-221099/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Our New, Old Kitchen: How We Rose to the Remodeling Challenge</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">These Stylish Floors Will Make You Rethink Your Renovation Plans</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/retro-decor-deserve-comeback-220071/">5 Retro Decorating Trends That Deserve a Comeback</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published October 7, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zNG7v6Np5-o:1D-MCFZipkQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zNG7v6Np5-o:1D-MCFZipkQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-up-your-kitchen-for-fall-184686/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/cozy-up-your-kitchen-for-fall-184686/ 2017-09-29 22:00 +00:00 2017-09-30 11:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221260 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/qFZnI63dTc4/ Celebrity Real Estate Katy Perry Lists Her Post-Divorce Mulholland Drive Compound Wanna have a pop princess for a neighbor? She still owns the house next door. Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:00:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/katy-perry-divorce-compound-221260/#comments Satinder Haer <p>In 2013, Katy Perry scooped up not one, but<a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/report-katy-perry-buys-mid-century-modern-home-in-hollywood-hills-121312/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> two new neighboring homes</a> shortly after her divorce from Russell Brand. Now, just four years later, the pop princess is ready to divorce herself from one of the homes. Listed by, Ernie Carswell, her long-term partner in all things real estate Perry is hoping to unload <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/20803415_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the Mediterranean-inspired estate</a> for a cool $9.45 million.</p> <p>Consisting of four separate residential structures, the Hollywood Heights home is actually more like a compound than a single house. In addition to a main residence, the 2.33-acre lot is also home to a two-story guest house, a fitness center, a security guardhouse, and a garage that can comfortably fit a limousine (a must-have for every California Girl).</p> <p>The estate is atop Runyon Canyon Park, and any lucky visitors are treated to an opulent gated entrance, followed by a hand-hewn stone driveway leading up to the 4-bed, 6-bath home. Framed by lush greenery, the white facade of the 7,418-square-foot residence provides a cheerful contrast with the red tones of the Spanish tile roof.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="574" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-809b26-1024x574.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-3cd44f-1024x682.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13-9ee027-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/14-5290f6-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/17-ea58d8-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/16-042b47-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/21-1a16c3-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20-0a8e95-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/22-51b8af-1024x682.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/23-10ae1b-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/24-416e01-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/25-7a4c74-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/26-1c0904-1024x682.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-fe4824-1024x682.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/12-2f9aa5-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-050166-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-801c1d-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-b0fee7-1024x682.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/27-a6f895-1024x682.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/28-125a67-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/29-5642c5-1024x682.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/30-f36e27-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-3429fc-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-e69499-1024x682.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-ce7d6e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6 style="text-align: center;">Photos from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/20803415_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a></h6> <p>Inside the home, there&#8217;s no shortage of luxury (and comfort). Light-colored wood beams run across the ceilings throughout, and oversized windows shower the entire main floor with natural light. The kitchen features a stunning patterned white, red, and grey tile with a matching backsplash behind a professional kitchen-grade Wolf range and state-of-the-art oven. Upstairs, the sprawling master suite occupies the entire floor. A Roman bath sits underneath the skylight in an oversized bathroom, which-luxuriously-also boasts a fireplace of its own.</p> <p>A large pool is tucked in behind the house, bordered by Italian quarried stone, and with a breathtaking hilltop view of Los Angeles. The outdoor opulence doesn&#8217;t end there; among the 2+ acre grounds are an amphitheater, multiple terraces, an orchard of fruit trees, fountains, a Buddha statue, a wood-fired oven, and more.</p> <p>Ernie Carswell of <a href="https://www.carswellandpartners.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Carswell &amp; Partners</a> holds the listing.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lena-headey-lists-la-home-219245/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">'Game of Thrones' Queen Lena Headey Lists LA Home for $1.9M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rachael-ray-sells-in-southampton-220023/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rachael Ray Is Selling Her Southampton Home for $4.9M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-childhood-home-168003/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Miley Cyrus' Childhood Home Hits the Market for $5.995M</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qFZnI63dTc4:0wD88LapTkg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qFZnI63dTc4:0wD88LapTkg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/katy-perry-divorce-compound-221260/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/katy-perry-divorce-compound-221260/ 2017-09-29 19:00 +00:00 2017-09-30 08:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mqzdq4bvnf3gomtsgbzhkm3em5yhiolh/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/stamp-duty-receipts-have-soared-since-reforms-have-helped-paralyse/ topics:organisations/hm-revenue-customs storytype:standard topics:people/george-osborne topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty Stamp duty receipts have soared since reforms which have helped to paralyse the property market  Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:57:30 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-09-29 17:57 +00:00 2017-09-30 06:57 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hbswqnzum5vwwzjumjrdaztigzzws4dm/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/big-move-finding-new-tribe-rural-school-gate-apparently-builders/ structure:countryside-top-stories topics:things/parenthood storytype:standard topics:things/countryside topics:things/family topics:organisations/deliveroo structure:money topics:events/christmas structure:lifestyle topics:places/london topics:places/surrey-uk structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty The Big Move: finding myself a new tribe at the rural school gate (apparently the builders don't count) Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:42:58 Z Anna White 2017-09-29 14:42 +00:00 2017-09-30 03:42 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nzuw44rrmy4dkzdfm5ygemdbgfuhm4rr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/manchester-soars-london-records-real-house-price-falls/ topics:things/mortgages storytype:standard topics:things/inflation structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property topics:places/manchester London house prices fall for the first time in eight years - but northern cities soar Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:09:53 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-09-29 07:09 +00:00 2017-09-29 20:09 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/heyxe3bynm3tozliojtgo4ddguzdaojx/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/flat-pimlico-just-sold-for285000-95-sq-ft/ topics:things/buying-property topics:places/central structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard structure:news structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property A flat in Pimlico just sold for £285,000 – and it's only 95 sq ft Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:48:08 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-09-28 15:48 +00:00 2017-09-29 04:48 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gn2hgodemm4dc5tqnjtte33povuwc4tv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/house-near-gloucester-has-400-yard-mini-railway-garden/ topics:things/buying-property topics:places/gloucester structure:news/weird-news structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard topics:things/family topics:places/prisons structure:news structure:money topics:things/therapy structure:property This house near Gloucester has a 400-yard mini railway in its garden Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:48:14 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-09-28 14:48 +00:00 2017-09-29 03:48 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221191 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/DgVTOvvdo_4/ Market Trends Zillow Group Report How to Actually Afford to Buy A Home in America Home buyers today face tough challenges-housing prices have soared, a dollar doesn't go as far as it... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:43:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-it-takes-buy-home-america-221191/#comments Brittan Jenkins <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Home buyers today face tough challenges-housing prices have soared, a dollar doesn't go as far as it once did and rent is more expensive than the past. How are people today making such a large purchase in spite of these hurdles? With more flexibility and a bit of creativity when it comes to financing, today's buyers are finding ways to achieve homeownership.<br /> </span></p> <p><b>Know Your Options (And Your Credit Score)</b></p> <p>To even begin the home buying process, it&#8217;s important to know what resources are available. Turns out, according to a 2017 Fannie Mae working paper, <a href="http://www.fanniemae.com/resources/file/research/datanotes/pdf/consumer-knowledge-working-paper.pdf">&#8220;How Much Do U.S. Households Know About Qualifying for a Mortgage?&#8221;</a>, many Americans don&#8217;t have a strong, or even basic, understanding of what it takes-financially-to buy a home, nor if they meet the criteria.</p> <p>The first step to knowing if you can afford a home is figuring out what financing options are available to you, including and especially what mortgages you&#8217;re eligible for and, subsequently, how much you need/can afford to put down upfront. Not only did Fannie Mae discover that most consumers don't know the minimum FICO score required by lenders, the survey also found that only 49 percent of consumers don&#8217;t even know what their credit score <em>is</em>.</p> <p>Consumers also aren't sure how much they even have to put down on a home. About 40 percent are unsure of the lender required minimum down payment. Plus, three-quarters of consumers don't know about programs set in place to help with down payment troubles like FHA loans. Before consumers even start thinking about saving for a home, they should know what their financial resources are and, as a baseline, if they're currently eligible to buy.</p> <p><b>Make Enough Money to Be Able to Save</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With fewer resources to pull from than their older, wealthier counterparts, renters wanting to be buyers face tough financial headwinds. According to the <a href="http://zillow.com/report">Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017</a>, renter households typically earn a median income of $37,500 annually, which is $50,000 less than the median household income netted by households who recently bought a home (of whom the median household income is $87,500 annually). While there are ways to enter into homeownership without making $87,500 in household income, it&#8217;s hard to afford to buy if you make significantly less. &#8220;I</span>f you're making $37,500 per year, it's probably not feasible for you to buy in almost any market," says Zillow Chief Economist <a href="https://twitter.com/SvenjaGudell">Dr. Svenja Gudell.</a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Only 29 percent of Americans do make $87,500 or more, per <a href="https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/income-povery.html">U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2016 data</a>. For perspective, only <em>one</em> of the top 10 most common jobs in the United States carries a salary above $37,500, meaning the jobs that the majority of Americans hold-fast food workers, cashiers, retail salespersons, customer service representatives, secretaries, housekeepers among others-bring in less money than the median renter household. While households purchasing homes are more likely to have two incomes than renter households (and thus a higher median household income combined), even two-income households struggle to afford to buy in competitive markets.</span></p> <p><b>Save Up Enough Cash (But Not As Much As You Think)</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the most daunting parts of homebuying? The down payment. In fact, two-thirds of renters cite saving for a down payment as the biggest hurdle to buying a home, according to the </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/down-payment-hurdle-zhar-14790/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zillow Housing Aspirations Report</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Per findings from the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017, almost one-third (29 percent) of buyers active in the market express difficulty saving for the down payment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For people buying the national median home valued at $201,900, with the traditional 20 percent down payment, that&#8217;s $40,380 up front-just to move in. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;The down payment remains a hurdle for a lot of people,&#8221; says Gudell</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. &#8220;Although, they should know they don&#8217;t have to put 20 percent down.&#8221; Although putting down less than 20 percent means additional considerations, such as the cost for private mortgage insurance (PMI), some find it worth the hassle. In fact, only one-quarter of buyers (24 percent) put 20 percent down, and just over half of buyers (55 percent) put </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">less</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> than the traditional 20 percent down.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Buyers are also getting creative about piecing together a down payment from multiple sources. According to the report findings, nearly 1 in 4 buyers (24 percent) build a down payment from two or more sources, including saving, gifts, loans, the sale of a previous home, stocks, retirement funds and other resources.</span></p> <p><b>Know Your Deal Breakers, But Be Flexible</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In order to get into a home-even if it's not the home of their dreams-some of today's buyers are considering homes and locations outside of their initial wish list, and are having to get increasingly flexible when it comes to neighborhood, house condition, and even type of home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although single-family homes remain a dream for most home seekers, buyers today consider and buy condos and townhouses-in order to secure a home in their ideal location. Buyers with household incomes under $50,000 are more likely to consider homes outside of the traditional single-family residence (40 percent), compared to those with incomes of $50,000 or above (24 percent). </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;I do think people get discouraged when they look in their target neighborhood and they see homes around $170,000 when they&#8217;re looking for a $110,000 home,&#8221; Gudell says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Affordably-priced homes do, in fact, exist. But in popular areas, where people most often want to live, it&#8217;s going to be harder to find that cheaper home, Gudell says. "If you&#8217;re willing to take a longer commute and make a couple tradeoffs, you might be able to find a home that is further out that might be cheaper," Gudell explains. &#8220;You have to leave the paved path before you can find cheaper choices."</span></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DgVTOvvdo_4:md27YSx9h8c:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DgVTOvvdo_4:md27YSx9h8c:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-it-takes-buy-home-america-221191/feed/ 11 https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-it-takes-buy-home-america-221191/ 2017-09-27 15:43 +00:00 2017-09-28 04:43 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221185 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/q-NZPIwDlr8/ Market Trends Zillow Group Report Rising Rents, Stagnant Wages, And the Burden of Unstable Housing With rents rising and wages stagnant, affording rent can be an insurmountable burden. Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:42:30 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-rents-homeless-221185/#comments Brittan Jenkins <p>While homelessness may not be viewed as a looming issue on the horizon for those who are financially stable, or otherwise have secure and stable housing-it&#8217;s not as distant as some might think. With rents rising faster than wages, the burden of affording rent is looming larger and larger for many Americans, and in some cases becoming insurmountable.</p> <p>According to the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/report/2017">Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017</a>, 79 percent of renters who moved in the last 12 months experienced an increase in their monthly rent before moving to a new place. And over half (57 percent) said that hike was a factor in pushing them out the door and into another rental. Only 21 percent of renter households didn't report experiencing an increase in rent.</p> <p>Nearly a third (30 percent) of households nationwide, representing roughly 73 million adults, report they're struggling or just getting by financially. And it's no wonder; Americans spend on average a median of 29.1 percent of their income on rent, including many who spend a higher percentage but have lower incomes. Increasingly, major metro areas are becoming out of reach for those who aren't earning more than minimum wage, and this is becoming increasingly true even in markets that have historically been more affordable.</p> <p>Take Houston, for instance, where the median low-income earner spends 65.1 percent of her income on the median bottom-tier rent. Then there's notoriously expensive New York, where-along with San Francisco and Los Angeles markets-the median low-income wage will not even cover a low-end apartment. In New York alone, to afford apartments with median bottom-tier rents, renters need to shill out 111.8 percent of the median low-income wage.</p> <p>With such large percentages of household incomes going towards rent, saving for the future is less of a priority-and possibility. More than half (51 percent) of Americans say they don't have enough money saved to support themselves for 3 months, according to a Zillow analysis of the Federal Reserve Board's<a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/financial-hardship-widespread-16140/"> 2016 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking.</a></p> <p><strong>Millions Struggle Just to Afford Stable Housing</strong></p> <p>According to the Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends 2017, today's median household income for renters is $37,500, which equates to about $18 per hour-or 2.5 times the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Nationwide, <a href="https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/minimum-wage/2016/home.htm">in 2016, 2.2 million people</a> lived off wages at or below the federal minimum wage, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.</p> <p>When it comes to renting, there is no state where a 40-hour minimum wage is enough to afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to the <a href="http://nlihc.org/oor">National Low Income Housing Coalition.</a></p> <p>While renting is becoming increasingly more difficult, buying a home becomes a distant dream."Honestly, if you're making $37,500 per year and have no savings, it's probably not feasible for you to buy in most markets," Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell says.</p> <p>Across all states, the median renter can expect to pay $1,430 per month on rent. It's no wonder many Americans are struggling financially- particularly in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Seattle, where there's also a stronger relationship between rising rents and an increase in the homeless population.</p> <p><strong>Homelessness by the Numbers</strong></p> <p>Coast to coast, there are an estimated 550,000 homeless people, according to the U.S. Department of Urban and Housing Development. But <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/rents-larger-homeless-population-16124/">Zillow Research used statistical modeling</a> to estimate the uncounted homeless population, unsheltered homeless people often missed during the One Night Counts, to estimate the true number of homeless people, a number much higher than the official estimates. And as rents climb, the numbers will only grow, especially in large, tight metros, where the rent burden can become life-altering.</p> <p>Take New York City, for example. The metro has the largest population of homeless people than anywhere else in the nation. Last year, there were an estimated 76,411 people experiencing homelessness, according to Zillow&#8217;s estimates. If rents were to rise 5 percent, an additional 2,982 people would be forced to the streets.</p> <p>And Los Angeles doesn&#8217;t fare much better. Given the same rent hike, an additional 1,993 people would fall into homelessness. And a rent hike of 5 percent isn&#8217;t implausible, especially given that in L.A., rents rose 4.4 percent over the past year.</p> <p><strong>The Geography of Social Mobility</strong></p> <p>Right now, in L.A., renters dish out $2,707 per month for the median rent, which is almost twice the national median rent and amounts to nearly half of the median household income in the metro. With such a substantial chunk of money spent every month on rent, it&#8217;s no surprise the metro has an estimated 59,508 people without a home.</p> <p>But rents haven't always been so unaffordable. Just 17 years ago, three of the top 20 metros were rent-burdened, meaning renters paid more than 30 percent of their income on living expenses. Today, however, the number of cities that have become unaffordable have grown exponentially.</p> <p>Currently, renters in 9 of the same top 20 metros can expect to spend 30 percent or more of their income on rent. The biggest share spent on rent comes from Los Angeles, where renters dish out nearly half (49 percent) of income on rent.</p> <p>"The places where social mobility-the ability to climb the income ladder-is the greatest are now in places that are unaffordable for most people," said Gudell. "San Jose or the Bay Area in general, parts of Boston, for example-these places have gotten to be so expensive that a lot of people who have an income of $37,500 a year will not be able to buy a home or even afford a family-sized rental."</p> <p><strong>The Costs of Housing Instability Go Beyond Financial</strong></p> <p>Unfortunately, for too many, lack of affordable housing can complicate other critical aspects of life, including health and future livelihoods.</p> <p>Individuals living in shelters are more than twice as likely to have a disability compared to the general population. This includes serious mental illnesses, conditions related to chronic substance abuse, diabetes, heart disease and HIV/AIDS, according to the <a href="https://www.huduser.gov/portal/periodicals/em/summer12/highlight3.html">U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</a></p> <p>Gudell says people have better outcomes when they aren&#8217;t constantly moving from place to place. &#8220;It's been shown that you have better outcomes if you live in a stable environment with less frequent moves, which is easier to attain when you own versus renting," Gudell said. "So, if you take stable environments away from people, their outcomes will most likely be worse than they are today, and that has an impact on education, on health and on income growth in the future."</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jWOYSQ_6Juk" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=q-NZPIwDlr8:ZsB5iY26__U:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=q-NZPIwDlr8:ZsB5iY26__U:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-rents-homeless-221185/feed/ 30 https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-rents-homeless-221185/ 2017-09-27 14:42 +00:00 2017-09-28 03:42 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nu4g6mjwmvxwozzqgzstcolwme3gy2ls/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/hopping-mad-chance-live-brewery/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/new-home structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Hopping mad: here's your chance to live in a brewery Wed, 27 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Tory Kingdon 2017-09-27 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-27 18:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oqyw62zxnuygi4luoa2hm4dfgbsg44dv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/expensive-london-property-will-bounce-back-price-brexit-decided/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/mortgages storytype:standard topics:organisations/savills structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property topics:in-the-news/brexit topics:things/stamp-duty Expensive London property will 'bounce back in price once Brexit is decided' Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:04:42 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-09-26 11:04 +00:00 2017-09-27 00:04 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gzzhandinm2dsmbqovwwcntinfug45bw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/sale-grand-family-home-hosted-great-british-bake-tent/ topics:things/buying-property topics:people/paul-hollywood topics:people/prue-leith storytype:standard topics:people/mary-berry topics:things/great-british-bake-off topics:people/sue-perkins topics:things/uk-property topics:people/mel-giedroyc structure:money topics:organisations/channel-4 structure:property For sale: a grand family home that hosted the Great British Bake Off tent Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-09-26 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-26 18:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221170 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/wFI8JzTPnWM/ Market Trends Zillow Group Report 27 Stats That Sum Up the American Housing Market Today&#8217;s housing market is fast-paced and often pricier than it&#8217;s been in decades. Both renters and buyers... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:39:03 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/zillow-group-report-intro-221170/#comments Zillow Group <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221180" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Patio-64bff2.jpg" alt="" width="1600" height="1067" /></p> <p>Today&#8217;s housing market is fast-paced and often pricier than it&#8217;s been in decades. Both renters and buyers are facing challenges in finding a place to call home. Both sellers and homeowners also face their own set of challenges &#8212; tied to the line they walk between seeing their home as a personal extension of themselves as well as one of their biggest financial investments. The <a href="http://zillow.com/report">Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017</a> is a deep dive into understanding all these challenges as well as the deep desires people have around home.</p> <p>Zillow surveyed over 13,000 people to determine how Americans rent, buy, sell and even think about real estate as part of the report research. Some of our discoveries could be surprising, or perhaps to today&#8217;s renters, buyers, sellers and homeowners, the findings ring very true.</p> <h3>Renters</h3> <p>More Americans are renting today than in recent decades &#8212; some by choice and some simply due market conditions. Thirty-seven percent of American households are renters &#8212; about 43.7 million homes &#8212; which is an increase of 6.9 million homes since 2005. While part of the rise in renters is due to the 8 million homes lost to foreclosure during the recession, renters today also prize the maintenance-free and flexible lifestyle renting offers.</p> <ul> <li>Renters skew younger: The typical renter has a median age of 32 years old.</li> <li>Renters represent a more diverse population. Fifty-five percent are Caucasian/white, an additional 19 percent are African-American/black. Hispanics count for 17 percent of renters, Asian/Pacific Islander renters make up 7 percent of the renter population and another 3 percent identify as another ethnicity.</li> <li>Nearly half of renters are single, including a third who have never married.</li> <li>Although the majority of renters are single, 78 percent live with others, most often this is another family member.</li> <li>The median rent across the U.S. is $1,010 with highest rents in the West and lowest rents in the Midwest.</li> <li>Renting can be expensive: 79% of renters who moved in the past year had a rent increase.</li> <li>More than half of renters (57%) had a rent increase impact their decision to move and 37% of renters who aren't moving say it's because they can't afford to.</li> </ul> <h3>Buyers</h3> <p>Buying is tough in all markets. For most Americans, it&#8217;s the biggest purchase they&#8217;ll ever make as well as a significant financial investment they&#8217;ll tap into as part of retirement. In particular cities, purchasing a home has become a competitive game, complete with bidding wars and offer negotiations. It makes sense that most buyers rely on agents to help them through the process.</p> <ul> <li>Today&#8217;s buyers have a median age of 40, although the majority (71%) of first-time buyers are Millennials.</li> <li>The median household income of the typical buyer is $87,500 and most buyers are married or partnered, relying on two incomes to purchase a home.</li> <li>The typical home in the U.S. purchased has 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, measures 1,800 square feet and costs $200,000.</li> <li>More than anything, buyers want their home to be in a safe neighborhood (71 percent of buyers) and in their price range (67 percent of buyers).</li> <li>Other than safety, buyers also want to stay cool. Sixty-two percent of buyers require their homes to have air conditioning.</li> <li>Buyers take an average of 4.3 months to search for their new homes &#8212; although Millennials take just under four months (3.9 months) and those in the Silent Generation who take the longest at 5.6 months.</li> <li>The suburbs rule: 49% of buyers buy there, followed by 31% of buyers buying in urban locations and just 19% of American buyers purchasing in rural regions.</li> </ul> <h3>Sellers</h3> <p>Although some hot markets have favorable conditions for sellers, selling is still rarely an easy process. Sellers have two main goals when they list their homes: one- to sell their home in their preferred time frame, and two, sell for their desired price. Balancing the two, timing and price, create a delicate dance and throw in the fact that most sellers are also buyers and searching for their new home, creates a often stressful experience.</p> <ul> <li>Sellers have a median age of 45 although Millennials make up nearly one-third of todays&#8217; sellers.</li> <li>Sellers have a higher median income than homeowners at $87,500.</li> <li>The typical seller has lived in their home for 12 years.</li> <li>Most sellers are selling for the first time (61%) and looking to buy at the same time (71%).</li> <li>Seventy-six of sellers have to make at least one concession to sell their home &#8212; most often being a price reduction.</li> <li>One in two sellers sell their home for less than their original listing price.</li> </ul> <h3>Homeowners</h3> <p>As anyone will tell you, owning a home is a lot of work. It&#8217;s also a great investment, especially in many of today&#8217;s markets were annual appreciation rates <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/august-2017-market-report-16651/">are higher than they have been in decades</a>. Beyond the work and the financial piece, home ownership often has an emotional component as well.</p> <ul> <li>Homeowners are the oldest, with a median age of 57 years and just 14%  are Millennials.</li> <li>Homeowners have a median household income of $62,500 and 71% live with a spouse or partner.</li> <li>Forty percent of homeowners have a pet (with dogs ranking in top at 30%).</li> <li>Almost half of homeowners (46 percent) live in the first home they purchased, although this percentage decreases with age.</li> <li>Eighty-six percent of homeowners have no plan to sell in the next three years.</li> <li>Less than a quarter of homeowners say their home is in &#8220;like-new&#8221; condition and more than 60% say their home could use a little updating.</li> <li>The top of homeowners&#8217; to-do list for the next year include: painting the interior (25%), improving the bathroom (22 percent) and landscaping (21 percent).</li> </ul> <p>Learn more about today&#8217;s renters, buyers, sellers and homeowners in the <a href="http://zillow.com/report">Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wFI8JzTPnWM:TkwDyLtUm_w:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wFI8JzTPnWM:TkwDyLtUm_w:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/zillow-group-report-intro-221170/feed/ 15 https://www.zillow.com/blog/zillow-group-report-intro-221170/ 2017-09-25 20:39 +00:00 2017-09-26 09:39 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221097 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/tCvBwcrL90w/ Home Improvement decorating Designer Lookbook Designer Lookbook: Wendy Berry's Beach-Chic Condo Luxe wood details and sandy neutrals shower sophistication on this Malibu-style beach house. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:31 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-beach-chic-condo-221097/#respond Marissa Hermanson <p>In the Naples, FL Kalea Bay high-rise, interior designer Wendy Berry of <a href="http://wdesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">W Design Interiors</a> outfitted a 3,600-square-foot condo in sandy and white hues, creating a sophisticated beach-chic vibe.</p> <p>"We kept it clean, fresh, and not overly decorated," says Berry. "We wanted it to feel expensive, but we also wanted it to be a home you could comfortably sit down in."</p> <p>Rich oak floors from Vincenzo by Legno Bastone warm up the light and airy 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom condo. Playing off the floor&#8217;s color, Berry used a monochromatic palette throughout.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221146" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_05-6145b9.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="432" /></p> <p>"I always load things up with texture - using different shades of creams with different textiles and patterns," she says of the colors used throughout the home. Berry furnished the home with her custom furniture line, W Home Collection.</p> <p>The home features an open floor plan, so Berry used various architectural elements to delineate spaces. In the great room, for instance, a wooden herringbone ceiling defines the space, which is bordered by the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-build-a-bar-in-your-home-215862/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">bar</a>, dinette, and kitchen.</p> <p>A custom built-in wooden entertainment unit was centered under the ceiling treatment to further define the space, and a mirrored backsplash bounces light around, since there&#8217;s only one wall of windows.</p> <p>When you get off the elevator and enter the condo, a large floor-to-ceiling mirror is framed in a stack of bleached walnut. "I took the mirror from the ceiling to the floor with no molding so it has the appearance of a doorway," says Berry.</p> <p>Berry had a beautiful custom wood wine cabinet constructed, which also sits in the entryway. Wine is displayed on pegs and encased in glass.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221143" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_02-110b4d.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="841" /></p> <p>In the bright and cheery kitchen, Shaker-style cabinets are painted a crisp white and paired with Victoria quartz countertops that have a marble appearance. The backsplash features hand-glazed Erin Adams Designs tile that has a pearly sea glass look to it.</p> <p>Contemporary pendant lights over the bar complement the chandelier hanging above the dining room table.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221148" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_07-895384.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="432" /></p> <p>In one of the guest rooms, Berry created a nautical vibe by covering the walls in a cost-effective faux <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shiplap-for-every-room-215607/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shiplap</a>. She applied 1-by-1-inch strips horizontally across the walls and painted them in White Dove OC-17 from Benjamin Moore.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221150" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_09-8ff805.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="432" /></p> <p>In another guest room, Berry saved money by painting two-toned panels on the walls in lieu of using actual wood molding. Benjamin Moore's White Dove OC-17 was used to create a 4-inch perimeter on the wall, with the center painted in Sherwin Williams 7029 Agreeable Gray.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221201" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_16-279ac5.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="427" /></p> <p>Bathrooms throughout the condo were covered in bold printed wall coverings - nautical Bold Chains by Wallquest, black-and-white Treasure Collection in Feather from Zimmer + Rohde, and dragon fly-printed Demoiselle in Graphite/Almond from Harlequin. And in the laundry room, a subtle gray boat-printed wallpaper - Yacht Blueprint from Wallquest - adds character to the walls.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221156" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_17-f3488a.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="833" /></p> <p>One of the bedrooms was transformed into a den, with two oversized chaise lounges that double as twin beds. Berry infused the room with Native American-inspired decor, like feather fabric, tribal artwork, and an Aztec-patterned rug. The ceiling was covered in a wood grain wallpaper - <a href="http://www.nobilis.fr/chene-pbs32" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Chene from Nobilis</a>.</p> <p>"We always give our master [bedrooms] a very calm, soft feeling so people feel ready to sleep and relax," says Berry of the tranquil space that&#8217;s decorated in blue and white.</p> <p>To complement the relaxing master bedroom, Berry created a bathroom that resembles a spa-like sanctuary, with white cabinetry, quartz countertops, polished floors, an oversized shower, and a freestanding tub.</p> <p><em>Take the full home tour:</em></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="650" height="457" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/KAL14_coverphoto-1280x900-1-1280x900-6c0564.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="650" height="432" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_04-4dada4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="650" height="433" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_03-a1f6e9.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="650" height="432" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_06-a6cc51.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="650" height="430" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_14-b364fb.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="650" height="433" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/KAL14_Master-Bath2-23a218.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="650" height="432" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_15-cb75af.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="650" height="432" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_12-8a13af.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="650" height="430" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_16-259ad7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="650" height="432" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_08-9fd34e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="650" height="430" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kalea_11-058a89.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li>To achieve the shiplap look for less, apply 1-by-1-inch strips to walls horizontally, approximately 8 inches apart around the room, and then paint the wall white.</li> <li>For the appearance of two-tone wall paneling, tape off a pattern of panel molding on the walls, then paint the inside panels in a darker shade and the perimeter area white.</li> <li>"Brighten small bathrooms with daring and fun wallpaper for a big look in a small space," Berry says.</li> <li>"Accessories make the room design come to life," says Berry. With shelving, she advises layering decorative pieces, like book stacks, decorative glass bowls, artifacts, and picture frames. "Then balance the the next shelf with something simple, like one larger bowl or sculpture."</li> </ul> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <p><em>Photos by Doug Thompson.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/beach-decor-for-every-home-179242/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Beach Decor for Every Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/wallpaper-tips-for-beginners-166880/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wallpaper 101: Tips for Tackling Your First Project</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/brooke-wagner-marigold-215081/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Brooke Wagner Design&#8217;s Beachfront Beauty</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=tCvBwcrL90w:JPq3gyKhgzo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=tCvBwcrL90w:JPq3gyKhgzo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-beach-chic-condo-221097/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-lookbook-beach-chic-condo-221097/ 2017-09-25 13:00 +00:00 2017-09-26 02:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mq3wyzbwmz2xezlnhfrge4lhnzwhg4bs/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/putting-fun-functional-decorate-childrens-room-style/ topics:things/children topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:things/uk-property structure:money structure:property Putting the fun into functional: how to decorate your children's room with style Mon, 25 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-09-25 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-25 18:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/njugoyjxgi3wc43joryw4odvme4tomby/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/stop-clock-50-years-first-conservation-area-holding-heritage/ topics:organisations/estate-agents topics:things/conservation topics:places/lincolnshire storytype:standard topics:things/countryside topics:things/planning topics:things/uk-property topics:organisations/english-heritage structure:money topics:places/london topics:places/plymouth structure:property Stop the clock: 50 years after the first conservation area, are they holding on to heritage? Sat, 23 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Nicola Venning 2017-09-23 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-23 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hfutg5ddmnxwc2jzou4tc23bgzrxa2lo/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/university-towns-house-prices-have-risen-average-22pc-three/ topics:organisations/university-of-surrey topics:organisations/university-of-cambridge storytype:standard topics:organisations/brunel-university structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/students topics:things/uk-property topics:things/graduates topics:places/university-ground topics:organisations/university-of-bedfordshire structure:money topics:organisations/coventry-university topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:organisations/university-of-winchester topics:organisations/university-of-oxford topics:organisations/university-of-the-west-of-scotland structure:property The university towns where house prices have risen an average 22pc in three years Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:01:00 Z Sophie Christie 2017-09-22 23:01 +00:00 2017-09-23 11:01 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nfsdqzzygiydg2rxnzztm4zwni3gi4lr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/great-estates-real-royal-roots-pg-wodehouses-blandings-castle/ storytype:standard topics:places/gloucestershire topics:things/great-estates topics:things/uk-property topics:things/luxury-property structure:money structure:property Great Estates: the real royal roots of PG Wodehouse's Blandings Castle Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:25:08 Z Eleanor Doughty 2017-09-21 14:25 +00:00 2017-09-22 02:25 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221110 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/kQBAI-reFvE/ Home Improvement 4 Homes With Jaw-Dropping Floor-to-Ceiling Windows These walls of windows provide natural light, beautiful scenery and a mingling of indoor and outdoor spaces. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:28:56 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/floor-to-ceiling-windows-221110/#comments Dwell <p>When it comes to creating an indoor/outdoor feeling in your home, a set of floor-to-ceiling windows is the key ingredient to success. Along with being a visual connector to your surroundings, they bring in boatloads of natural light while providing a streamlined backdrop for your interiors. Take a look at our favorite homes of this week that feature expansive floor-to-ceiling windows.</p> <h3><a href="https://www.dwell.com/home/a-secluded-courtyard-and-minimalist-interiors-hide-within-this-victorian-renovation-99b702bb" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Seclusion</a></h3> <p>Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia</p> <p>From <a href="https://www.dwell.com/@carolinewallis" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Caroline Wallis</a>: &#8220;The challenge, predictably, was preserving the unique facade while both increasing the amount of natural light and adding modern amenities. After collaborating with the client to understand and meet their long-term needs, the remodel successfully bridges the old and the new. Details like reused doors, original skirting boards, and bricks maintain the visual integrity of the original home, while a sleek new kitchen and concrete backyard unfold behind the original facade.&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_221115" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221115" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-76e13b-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Shannon McGrath. Architect: Robson Rak Architects. Landscape Designer: Weller Landscapes. Interior Designer: Made by Cohen.</figcaption></figure> <h3><a href="https://www.dwell.com/home/brooklyn-brownstone-429d6bf3" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Brooklyn Brownstone</a></h3> <p>Location: Brooklyn, New York</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.sonyaleearchitect.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the architect</a>:<i> </i>&#8220;Located on a tree-lined street in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, this late-1800s, three-story brownstone had been held within a family for decades-and fell into disrepair and in desperate need of renovation. Windows had decayed, leaving large gaping holes to the elements beyond. The previous ad-hoc renovations in the 1980s and &#8217;90s carved up the kitchen and bathrooms, creating awkward circulation and dated finishes. This gut renovation aimed to sensitively restore historical details, while introducing contemporary architectural elements and finishes.&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_221118" style="width: 467px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221118" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-af3ba0-683x1024.jpg" alt="" width="467" height="700" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Sonya Lee Architect llc.</figcaption></figure> <h3><a href="https://www.dwell.com/home/1st-avenue-residence-3a066b8a" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">1st Avenue Residence</a></h3> <p>Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada</p> <p>From <a href="https://www.dwell.com/@leibal" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Leibal</a>:<i> &#8220;</i>1st Avenue Residence is a minimalist house located in Montreal, Canada, and was designed by Microclimat. As you step through the door, your eye is drawn to the back of the home, where the kitchen and living spaces extend outside, thanks to impressive windows that frame the backyard. A kitchen counter naturally flows onto the terrace, visually and concretely uniting the two spaces. Cantilevered overhangs in white parging shelter the counter from the elements throughout the seasons and offer a signature look to the back of the building.&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_221119" style="width: 467px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221119" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-8b0e07-683x1024.jpg" alt="" width="467" height="700" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Microclimat and Leibal. Architect: Microclimat.</figcaption></figure> <h3><a href="https://www.dwell.com/home/rudolph-house-1c10af79">Rudolph House</a></h3> <p>Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts</p> <p>From <a href="http://ruhlwalker.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the architect</a>: &#8220;Our work included the redesign of the exterior walls and glazing to include a new wall of 10-foot-high, triple-paneled sliding doors and windows on the main facade. These doors open the home to the adjacent courtyard and provide excellent natural ventilation. The roof and the other three exterior walls, which are largely below grade, received insulation in excess of what code requires. All new energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment, including heat-recovery ventilation, was installed to bring the home up to modern standards. The result was a much greater energy efficiency and thermal comfort for the family.&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_221120" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221120" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-459b25-1024x684.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="467" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo: Tony Luong. Architect: Ruhl Walker Architects.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>This article was written by Katie Jacobs-Romero and <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/top-4-homes-of-the-week-with-floor-to-ceiling-windows-99ce4bd9" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">originally appeared on Dwell</a>. Check out more of their content on <a href="http://www.dwell.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dwell.com</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/jessica-helgerson-mid-century-220267/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Jessica Helgerson's Authentic Mid-Century Remodel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/midcentury-home-california-coast-220708/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Mid-Century Relic Is the Ultimate Cliffhanger</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-home-design-trends-218111/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2017 Home Design Trends With Staying Power</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kQBAI-reFvE:CpiczBMB5G4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kQBAI-reFvE:CpiczBMB5G4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/floor-to-ceiling-windows-221110/feed/ 2 https://www.zillow.com/blog/floor-to-ceiling-windows-221110/ 2017-09-20 20:28 +00:00 2017-09-21 08:28 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oq4tg5tpoa2te2tomnugm4tln5wdo3jx/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/white-sands-craggy-peaks-nine-treasure-islands-ripe-adventure/ topics:places/new-zealand topics:places/fiji topics:things/buying-property topics:things/conservation topics:places/canada topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/mexico topics:places/spain topics:places/usa structure:money structure:property White sands and craggy peaks: nine treasure islands that are ripe for an adventure Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-09-20 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-20 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221099 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/RnCp2BU4cII/ First Person Home Improvement DIY kitchen remodeling Our New, Old Kitchen: How We Rose to the Remodeling Challenge A high-style mix of old and new keeps this Tudor's charm intact, even after a major facelift. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:56:13 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/our-new-old-kitchen-221099/#comments Chris Stout-Hazard <p>If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then ours was in need of a triple bypass.</p> <p>When we <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-home-sight-unseen-219656/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">bought a house halfway across the country</a> - without having set foot in it - we knew there would be projects. Walls to paint, old carpet to pull up, a dingy bathroom to tackle.</p> <p>And while the kitchen was certainly on the to-do list, we assumed we could live with the old appliances and chipped tile countertop for a time.</p> <p>We were sorely mistaken.</p> <p>With my husband Roger staying behind in New York to finalize the sale of our previous house, our dog Buck and I had already arrived in Omaha to handle the closing on the new home. (Well, Buck wasn't involved in the closing. He's not great with paperwork.)</p> <p>After signing on the dotted line, I began exploring the house and discovered the many broken appliances that had been curiously omitted from the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-disclosures-62807/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">seller's property disclosure form</a>.</p> <p>"The dishwasher doesn't work," I told Roger over the phone.</p> <p>"We knew that, right?" he replied.</p> <p>"Yes, but now I know why it doesn't work - the garbage disposal also doesn't work," I explained. "And the garbage disposal doesn't work because the drain doesn't work."</p> <p>"Well, that can all be fixed," he assured me.</p> <p>"Maybe. But I don't know if the smell can."</p> <figure id="attachment_221103" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221103 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-4-6c0b63.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Before: With broken appliances and dingy cupboards, this dated kitchen was screaming for a facelift.</figcaption></figure> <p>The home's last thorough cleaning had been sometime during the Bush administration (the first one). Aggressive dusting, vacuuming, and mopping improved the situation, but the suspect plumbing and appliances put up a fight.</p> <p>Consequently, we soon reprioritized the kitchen from a six-months-from-now project to an ASAP project.</p> <h3>Out with (some of) the old</h3> <p>Roger and I have renovated dozens of kitchens for clients. We've reconfigured, rearranged, and repurposed kitchens in homes around the country. We even designed a line of cabinetry.</p> <p>So, our biggest challenge in devising a plan for our charming Tudor wasn't <em>how</em> to renovate, but <em>how much</em> to renovate.</p> <p>The relatively small space could only be configured so many ways, so pulling out the original cabinets would likely mean replacing them with new cabinets of similar configuration and capacity. While they needed a good cleaning, they were all structurally sound, and the finish on the upper cabinets was still good, so we opted to keep them.</p> <p>Other distinctive elements, like the convenient laundry chute and the breakfast nook&#8217;s original storage benches and bookshelves, were must-keeps.</p> <p>So, what <em>was</em> on the chopping block? We ditched all the appliances - clogged disposal, broken dishwasher, rattling fridge, and a stove with what seemed to be a small gas leak - right away. The chipped tile countertops and backsplash had to go, too.</p> <p>Finally, we removed the dinky cabinets around the stove that had been added in the &#8217;80s. We had better ideas for that area.</p> <figure id="attachment_221102" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221102 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-3-bbd6f0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Before: An old, leaky stove ready to be replaced with brighter, better things.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Renovation discoveries</h3> <p>Roger got to work meticulously <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/paint-kitchen-cabinets/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">painting the cabinets</a> and drawers. We used black to create contrast with the white walls, bead board, and quartz countertops.</p> <p>Open the drawers, however, and you're greeted with a happy shade of robin's-egg blue - a bright surprise and a practical choice that makes locating the proper utensil easier.</p> <figure id="attachment_221101" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221101 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-2-1b1939.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">After: With new appliances, freshly painted cabinets, and sparkling countertops.</figcaption></figure> <p>My dad (the true MVP of this project) and I pulled out the grease-splattered vent hood and upper cabinets above the stove. We had a hunch that the low soffit above these was hollow, so we cut into it for a peek.</p> <p>The home's original plaster hood had been boxed in, so we opened it up and incorporated it into the design. Roger painted black-and-white stripes (a recurring theme for this home) on the inside of the hood, and I designed laser-cut scalloped trim to finish it off.</p> <figure id="attachment_221100" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-221100 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-1-242feb.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">After: Personalized touches like the special-order Italian stove completed the transformation.</figcaption></figure> <h3>The frustrating realities of product availability</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-new-kitchen-appliances-193049/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kitchen appliances</a> are a longtime grievance of mine. I wish manufacturers would give us a broader range of colors and sizes that are scaled appropriately for older homes.</p> <p>So, it is with some sadness that I - the guy who has been bored with stainless steel for a decade - ended up with a bunch of stainless steel appliances.</p> <p>But <em>you</em> try finding a French door refrigerator with a pullout freezer that fits into an opening 4 inches narrower and 3 inches shorter than the current standard. That's right - there's literally one such fridge on the market. Guess what? It's stainless.</p> <p>We did manage to include one appliance that definitely stands out: our bright orange range. We special ordered it from Italy, and it took forever to arrive.</p> <p>It lacks modern conveniences like a preheat function, a baking timer, or even a clock. But it&#8217;s stunning and fun, and painted in the same factory that paints Ferraris, and hey, I never told you we were rational people anyway.</p> <h3>Current but not characterless</h3> <p>The finished room incorporates everything Roger and I need in a modern kitchen - plenty of storage, LED under-cabinet lighting that makes the countertops glow, a functional ice maker, and even a garbage disposal that doesn't smell like the La Brea Tar Pits.</p> <p>But at the same time, it retains all the character we love about the home - charming cabinetry, adorable breakfast nook, and hardwood floors.</p> <p>Do we occasionally long for features you'd find in new cabinetry, like a pullout spice rack or soft-close drawers? Sure. But we'll take these squeaky old drawers and continue enjoying our one-of-a-kind new, old kitchen.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-remodeling-budget-216409/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pro Tips for Making the Most of Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/caitlin-murray-kitchen-revamp-220626/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Caitlin Murray&#8217;s Minty Fresh Kitchen Revamp</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/video/second-story-kitchen-dining-room/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Remodeling an Abandoned Home&#8217;s Kitchen/Dining Room</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RnCp2BU4cII:08v-UxMUFeU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RnCp2BU4cII:08v-UxMUFeU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/our-new-old-kitchen-221099/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/our-new-old-kitchen-221099/ 2017-09-20 01:56 +00:00 2017-09-20 13:56 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ovwwq4brnaytm3lmmm2gcojxmjwgk2zz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/parents-pay-45pc-premium-live-close-top-performing-english-state/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/your-money-your-family topics:things/buying-property structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard structure:education topics:things/state-schools structure:money/money-top-stories structure:news topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/secondary-education structure:property Parents pay 45pc premium to live close to top-performing English state schools Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:01:00 Z Sophie Christie 2017-09-19 23:01 +00:00 2017-09-20 11:01 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214161 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/EOSPW8qBjWA/ Unique Homes house of the week Vote for Your Favorite Homes of 2017 (So Far) From shipping containers to magical treehouses, we've seen a lot of unique homes worthy of attention. But which ones really stand out? Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:54:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/#comments Satinder Haer <p>Each week we shine a spotlight on a home with unusual features, outstanding architecture or a spectacular locale. Take a look at the homes we&#8217;ve shared so far, and cast your vote for the best Houses of the Week. At the end of the year, we&#8217;ll crown the 2017 winner!</p> <h3>January</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127105" data-fg="#1486cd" data-bg="#ffffff" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127105?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section></section> <section></section> <section></section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p style="text-align: left; padding-left: 20px; font: inherit; font-size: 80%; width: 640px; margin: 0px auto; padding-top: 10px;"><a style="color: inherit;" href="https://www.riddle.com" target="blank">Quiz Maker</a> &#8211; powered by Riddle</p> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/snow-white-cottage-210611/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Snow White Cottage</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/firehouse-home-plus-art-studio-209616/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Firehouse Turned Home</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/storybook-cottage-in-the-country-210375/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fairytale Cottage</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New York Farmhouse</a></p> <h3>February</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127122" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127122?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which home do you love most?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>233-Year-Old Home</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Mansion with a Lap Pool</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Storybook Home</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Provence-Style Mansion</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/233-year-old-home-vintage-facelift-211904/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">233-Year-Old Home</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/108-year-old-mansion-211615/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mansion with a Lap Pool</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/architect-storybook-home-211041/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Storybook Home</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/touch-of-provence-in-southern-ca-211542/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Provence-Style Mansion</a></p> <h3>March</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127127" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127127?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Where would you rather spend a day?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Oldest Residence in Charleston</h2> </section> <section> <h3>LA Log Cabin</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Paintbrush Stroke of Beauty</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Hawaiian Paradise</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Dallas Glass House</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/former-1600s-brothel-charleston-213225/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oldest Residence in Charleston</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/la-log-cabin-for-a-modern-family-212811/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LA Log Cabin</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/paintbrush-stroke-of-beauty-213396/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Paintbrush Stroke of Beauty</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaiian-paradise-213521/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hawaiian Paradise</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/glass-house-in-dallas-214025/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dallas Glass House</a></p> <h3>April</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127114" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127114?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which home would you pick?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Converted 1900s Firehouse</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Lighthouse Inside a House</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Historic Southern Manor</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Hobbit-Inspired Lake House</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/1900s-firehouse-modern-redesign-214106/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Converted 1900s Firehouse</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lighthouse-inside-a-house-214557/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lighthouse Inside a House</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-southern-manor-214791/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Historic Southern Manor</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/inspired-by-hobbits-215032/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hobbit-Inspired Lake House</a></p> <h3>May</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127129" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127129?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which home is calling your name?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Ocean-View Oasis</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Clock Tower Penthouse</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Buttonwood Manor</h3> </section> <section> <h3>$100 Million Mansion</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stunning-views-in-socal-215880/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ocean-View Oasis</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/clock-tower-called-home-215635/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Clock Tower Penthouse</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-buttonwood-manor-215478/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Buttonwood Manor</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mansion-on-billionaires-row-216343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">$100 Million Mansion</a></p> <h3>June</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127132" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127132?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which home do you like most?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Northwest Island Cabin</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Tiny Shipping Container</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Tropical Creative Oasis</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Historic Home with Greenhouse</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/orcas-island-cabin-217626/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Northwest Island Cabin</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shipping-container-on-the-beach-216485/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tiny Shipping Container</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/key-west-retreat-217931/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tropical Creative Oasis</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Historic Home with Greenhouse</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tallest-single-family-home-217225/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">World&#8217;s Tallest Single-Family Home</a></p> <h3>July</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127133" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127133?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Where would you rather wake up?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Mid-Century Time Capsule</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Tiny Home in the Desert</h3> </section> <section> <h3>Magical Treehouse</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-time-capsule-house-219400/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mid-Century Time Capsule</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tiny-home-southwestern-ranch-219095/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tiny Home in the Desert</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/magical-treehouse-218770/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Magical Treehouse</a></p> <h3>August &amp; September</h3> <div class="riddle_target" style="margin: 0 auto; max-width: 100%; width: 640px;" data-rid-id="127134" data-fg="#0074E4" data-bg="#FFFFFF" data-auto-scroll="true"><script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script><br /> <iframe style="width: 100%; height: 300px; border: 1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/127134?" width="300" height="150"></p> <section> <h2>Which home speaks to you?</h2> </section> <section> <h2>Part Treehouse, Part Ship</h2> </section> <section> <h3>Artist Compound</h3> </section> <section> <h3>1800s Estate with Personality</h3> </section> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></iframe></div> <p>See more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/treehouse-tower-219804/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Part Treehouse, Part Ship</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Austin Artist Compound</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1800s Estate with Personality</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/dome-home-220586/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dome Built by Hand</a></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/whats-diy-iq-209695/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Home Improvement Quiz: What&#8217;s Your DIY IQ?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2016-196143/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tour the Best Home of 2016</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/seattle-spite-house-196265/">Here&#8217;s the Wackiest Tiny Home You&#8217;ve Ever Seen</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=EOSPW8qBjWA:1X2UTIJtvSE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=EOSPW8qBjWA:1X2UTIJtvSE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/feed/ 9 https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/ 2017-09-19 18:54 +00:00 2017-09-20 06:54 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/g5vwkmbvgjxwo5rwgbzw4zlhgbuxe3lq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/watchdog-outs-estate-agents-collude-make-sure-keep-fees/ topics:things/mortgages topics:organisations/estate-agents storytype:standard structure:money/money-top-stories topics:places/somerset Watchdog outs estate agents who collude to 'make sure we all keep our fees up' Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:21:22 Z Sam Brodbeck 2017-09-19 09:21 +00:00 2017-09-19 21:21 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6283/the-auckland-housing-crisis-not-even-half-the-numbers?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=The+Auckland+housing+crisis+-+not+even+half+the+numbers https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6283/the-auckland-housing-crisis-not-even-half-the-numbers?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=The+Auckland+housing+crisis+-+not+even+half+the+numbers The Auckland housing crisis - not even half the numbers Auckland Housing Summit organiser, Leonie Freeman, crunches the city's housing numbers to get a progress report on solving the crisis... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +1300 2017-09-19 12:00 +13:00 2017-09-19 11:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ha2ti4tugnrgo43egayts3rqn5tto2ll/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/asking-prices-london-fall-29pc-dragging-average-uk-property/ topics:things/london-property topics:organisations/rightmove topics:organisations/estate-agents storytype:standard structure:money/money-top-stories topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property Asking prices in London fall by 2.9pc dragging down average UK property prices  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:11:43 Z Sophie Christie 2017-09-18 08:11 +00:00 2017-09-18 20:11 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nb2w24bxoqyxm2lbgrrhgmzvhb3gc3to/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/birthplace-bronte-sisters-now-busy-cafe-sale/ topics:things/buying-property structure:books/classic-books structure:culture structure:food-and-drink topics:things/cafe-society structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard topics:things/family structure:books topics:things/planning topics:things/history structure:news topics:things/coffee structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let structure:property The birthplace of the Bronte sisters is now a busy cafe (and it's for sale) Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-09-18 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-18 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ovxge4liozrdqz3enfudqn3rm5uhkmli/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiors/duluxs-colour-year-heart-wood-soothes-against-instability-world/ topics:things/interiors structure:interiors/diy storytype:standard structure:interiors structure:news topics:things/grey structure:money structure:property Dulux's colour of the year, Heart Wood, soothes against the 'instability' of the world Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:30:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-09-17 05:30 +00:00 2017-09-17 17:30 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mvtxe3tehbsdc3zymm3gq43uhfuhmojz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/urban-oasis-lakeside-sites-latest-must-have-city-developers/ topics:things/buying-property topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard topics:things/retirement topics:things/new-home topics:things/countryside topics:things/help-to-buy topics:things/environment topics:things/wildlife structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:places/london structure:property Urban oasis: lakeside sites are the latest must-have for city developers  Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Laura Latham 2017-09-17 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-17 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nftwyyjyne3dg5dnne3dm3tkhfrts5dj/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/best-new-homes-year-according-federation-master-builders/ topics:things/self-build topics:things/interiors topics:things/steel structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:things/family topics:things/energy topics:things/planning structure:interiors structure:news topics:things/industry topics:things/grey structure:money topics:things/apprenticeships topics:places/northern-ireland structure:property The best new homes this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders Sat, 16 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-09-16 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-16 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=221014 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/1EdgvPyUTFQ/ Unique Homes historic homes house of the week 1800s Estate Proves History Is Anything But Drab – House of the Week With bold colors (flamingo pink!) and whimsical wallpaper, this historic Vermont home is a fresh take on old-meets-new. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:43:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Steven Favreau is the type to go big - and go home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When he set out to put down roots near his hometown of Boston, Favreau fell in love with an <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/277-Vt-Rte-110-Chelsea-VT/92012801_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">old country estate in quaint Chelsea, VT</a>. It was the perfect place for this interior designer to escape from the hubbub of big city life after working with celebrity clients and more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It was a quintessential Vermont house in a quintessential Vermont town," said Favreau, about spotting the house in 2012. "I hopped on a plane and bought it the next week."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221034" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1223_tonemappedTest12-a0d9a7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="529" /></p> <p>Built in 1832, the house was once owned by a man named Aaron Davis, whose family lived in it for at least 100 years. Davis' granddaughter eventually sold the 23-acre property in the 1980s, and the new owner converted it into a bed and breakfast. (There's still a portrait of Davis above one of the home's five fireplaces.)</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221052 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-207-HDR-5260f3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Favreau purchased the 5-bed, 5-bath home, he sought to restore it to its original grandeur - at a frenetic pace. A contractor brought in a crew to rework everything from the wiring (it was a fire waiting to happen) to the wallpaper (there were 8 layers throughout the house). The workers even put in a massive new beam to support the house and keep it from sinking.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221044 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-119-HDR2-5c855d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The house sprung back to life and all the old Lally columns fell to the ground," Favreau remembered. "They heard, 'Bam-bam! Clank-clank!' as they jacked it back to life."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221060 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-263-HDR-96c33f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Up next on the designer&#8217;s list: keeping the look, feel and integrity of the antique touches, while updating the space to accommodate today's trends. He tore out a downstairs wall to expand the kitchen to 700 square feet; the master suite got a modern bath with a soaking tub.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221062 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-275-HDR-b94906.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Favreau painted walls in his signature bright colors and added bold wallpaper. In a tip-of-the-hat to the history of the Green Mountain State, he lined the master bathroom with t</span>ree-print wallpaper. The dining room got a splash of flamingo pink with a print of Victorian-looking cake plates - a nod to the era in which the house was built.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221050 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-191-HDR-88d51b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"What I wanted to use for inspiration was the house and the period of the house, so nodding to the period and updating it with a contemporary aesthetic," Favreau said. "It says today, but it also says yesterday."</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-221019 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-163-HDR-fd01e6.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some things are distinctly New England. A wooden footbridge connects the main property to 22 secluded acres on the other side of the White River. On warm summer nights, Favreau&#8217;s family will pull a dining room table out onto the bridge and dine al fresco.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221029 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1208_tonemappedTest11-0b34b0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the winter, the adjacent land allows for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221027 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1199_tonemappedTest11-dcf67d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>There's also an old wood barn, which Favreau envisions becoming an event space for weddings or storage. The possibilities for the next owner are limitless, he said.</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-221069 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/277VT110-355-HDR2-54dc1a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's a big glorious house, and my family is a big glorious family. We've enjoyed it," he added. "I feel like I've loved my time being there and up in Vermont, but it's time to find the next one. Maybe an oceanside property."</span></p> <p>The home is on the market for $695,000. Zoe Hathorn Washburn of Snyder Donegan carries <a href="https://www.snyderdonegan.com/listing/4630362/277-vt-route-110-chelsea-vt-05038/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">the listing</a>.</p> <p><em>Interior photos courtesy of <a href="http://www.mountaingraphics.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jim Mauchly of Mountain Graphics Photography</a>. Exterior photos courtesy of Andrew Holson with <a href="https://www.snyderdonegan.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/incorporate-reclaimed-materials-220649/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Design Pros&#8217; Secrets for Finding and Using Reclaimed Materials</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">These Stylish Floors Will Make You Rethink Your Renovation Plans</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennial-pink-homes-219081/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">6 Millennial Pink Homes Proving This Color is Here to Stay</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1EdgvPyUTFQ:WT-dwMHDyu4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1EdgvPyUTFQ:WT-dwMHDyu4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/feed/ 17 https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-vermont-estate-221014/ 2017-09-15 21:43 +00:00 2017-09-16 09:43 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220580 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/bnhok7lJszU/ Home Improvement gardening Can Houseplants Really Clean the Air? Indoor plants lend a nature-chic touch to your decor, but do they actually purify the air? Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:58:34 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/can-houseplants-really-clean-air-220580/#respond Steve Asbell <p>Houseplants can improve your life in many ways (more on that later), but if you're expecting that peace lily on your desk to rid your home of toxins, you're in for a surprise.</p> <p>A <a href="https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">1989 NASA study</a> attempted to find new ways to clean the air in space stations. Despite some pretty neat findings, it never claimed houseplants are great at removing chemicals from your home's air &#8212; although countless articles have since cited the study as proof of that point.</p> <p>And the headline "Houseplants Remove Toxins" does sound a lot more exciting than the report&#8217;s actual statement:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">"Low-light-requiring houseplants, <strong>along with activated carbon plant filters</strong>, have demonstrated the <strong>potential</strong> for improving indoor air quality by removing <strong>trace</strong> organic pollutants from the air in <strong>energy-efficient</strong> buildings."</p> <p>And if you thought that was a buzzkill, the paper's summary continues to disappoint:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">"Activated carbon filters containing fans have the capacity for rapidly filtering large volumes of polluted air and should be considered an integral part of any plan using houseplants for solving indoor air pollution problems."</p> <p>In other words, even if your dracaena had the potential to remove trace toxins from your energy-efficient home, you'd still need to recreate NASA's complicated system, which blows air through the activated carbon in the plant's root zone.</p> <p>Furthermore, if you see a list of the best plants for removing toxins, it's nothing more than a list of the plants used in the study.</p> <h3>So can houseplants purify my air or not?</h3> <p>In theory, yes. But if you're thinking of making your own botanical air filtration system, you've got a lot of work to do.</p> <p>As an EPA reviewer explained in 1992, "To achieve the same pollutant removal rate reached in the NASA chamber study," you would need "680 plants in a typical house.&#8221;</p> <p>You'd be better off buying an actual air filtration system or, at the very least, vacuuming more often.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-221086" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_425565730-ad316b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Yes, it's true that some plants in the NASA list were more effective at removing benzene, trichloroethylene, and/or formaldehyde than others, but the amount is so negligible that neither the <a href="http://www.lung.org/about-us/blog/2017/02/do-houseplants-really-improve-air-quality.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">American Lung Association</a> nor the <a href="https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/improving-indoor-air-quality" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">EPA</a> recommends using houseplants to improve your air.</p> <p>Taking it a step further, both organizations warn that houseplants can worsen your air quality, introducing bacteria that grows in damp potting mix or pesticides used by the nursery.</p> <p>Don't let that discourage you from indoor gardening, though. If you're that worried about your air quality, you'd never step outside in the first place.</p> <p>In any case, here's how to keep your houseplants squeaky clean:</p> <ul> <li>Dust those leaves! While you're at it, dust the house.</li> <li>Keep potting mix in its place with an ornamental mulch of river rocks or gravel.</li> <li>Avoid using pesticides whenever possible.</li> <li>Place saucers under each plant to catch excess potting mix.</li> <li>To prevent mold, water plants only when the top half inch of the potting mix is dry.</li> <li>Remove any diseased, yellowed, damaged, or fallen leaves.</li> </ul> <h3>Grow houseplants for happiness</h3> <p>True story: I once grew over a hundred plants in my tiny apartment, and I can attest that there was nothing clean about the experience - at all.</p> <p>Dust filled the air, tree frogs and lizards leaped out of the foliage, and some plants even had stinky fertilizers in the potting mix. Those plants may not have made my air any cleaner, but cultivating a rainforest in the comfort of my home definitely made me a happier person.</p> <p>Houseplants are a lot more exciting than you'd think. I was actually excited to wake up every morning, because each day brought the promise of a fresh new leaf, a different flower to admire, or another thick orchid root to mist with water.</p> <p>Helping these living plants grow and thrive gave me a sense of purpose and a connection to the natural world. They also made me sneeze, but only because I spilled potting mix on the floor fairly often.</p> <p>The only reason you need to grow a houseplant is to be happy. There are, of course, studies suggesting that living with plants improves your concentration, calmness, and productivity, but there's no point in proving what we already know.</p> <p>Nobody would bother growing houseplants if they didn't make us happy.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/versatile-houseplants-193149/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Versatile Houseplants for Every Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/refresh-tired-houseplants-187423/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The 5-Step Plan for Refreshing Tired Houseplants</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/give-houseplants-chance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Reasons to Give Houseplants Another Chance</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=bnhok7lJszU:GIRcBDYANyk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=bnhok7lJszU:GIRcBDYANyk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/can-houseplants-really-clean-air-220580/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/can-houseplants-really-clean-air-220580/ 2017-09-15 17:58 +00:00 2017-09-16 05:58 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220693 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/IY_OHkMMKOY/ Tips & Advice home value Zestimate Zestimate accuracy Thanks to More Data and Great Minds, Zestimate Accuracy Is Improving Technical advances mean Zestimates are computed in nearly real time. And now data scientists, engineers and visionaries from around the world are focusing on them, too. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:12:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/zestimate-220693/#comments Zillow Group <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S60a1oAJvxk?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p>For many Americans, their home is one of their largest financial assets. The typical homeowner has a little over half of their wealth tied up in their home, according to a Zillow analysis of the Federal Reserve Board, Survey of Consumer Finances.</p> <p>That's why the Zestimate® home value – and improving its accuracy – is so essential. While it's not an appraisal, the Zestimate, based on a complex mathematical equation, gives a homeowner a starting point for tracking their home's worth.</p> <p>A home's value is ultimately determined by what someone else is willing to pay for. An algorithm can&#8217;t really take into account the perfect paint color, the way light filters through a window or that feeling of &#8220;home&#8221; when a buyer walks in the door.</p> <p>Instead, the Zestimate algorithm pulls a host of publicly available records from county assessors: past sales, square footage and past valuations. On top of that, public records like road networks and neighborhood surroundings (views, parks and other amenities) round out the millions of data points that go into Zestimates.</p> <p>Zillow is constantly working to improve the Zestimate. When Zillow launched 11 years ago, the Zestimate had a median absolute error rate of 14 percent. Today, the algorithm's accuracy is within 4.3 percent nationwide, meaning half of Zestimates nationwide were within 4.3 percent of the final selling price, and half are off by more than 4.3 percent.</p> <p>Some of the improvements are purely technical. For example, Zillow recently transitioned all data to the cloud so the team can compute the Zestimate in nearly real time. Zillow can process three times as much data, which means homeowner updates are processed faster, and the team of data scientists can iterate improvements more quickly.</p> <p>And now Zillow has offered the $1 million Zillow Prize, inspiring the brightest scientific minds to improve the Zestimate. The competition, launched in May, has attracted more than 15,500 individuals who have downloaded the competition dataset. More than 2,500 data scientists, engineers and visionaries from 76 countries have submitted an average of 350 entries a day.</p> <p>That's a lot of great minds working to improve Zillow's automated home valuations of 100 million homes across the country.</p> <p>Learn more about <a href="http://zillow.com/zprize">Zillow Prize</a>.<a href="#_ftnref1" name="_ftn1"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=IY_OHkMMKOY:B2s8T65QFqc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=IY_OHkMMKOY:B2s8T65QFqc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/zestimate-220693/feed/ 22 https://www.zillow.com/blog/zestimate-220693/ 2017-09-15 17:12 +00:00 2017-09-16 05:12 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/onyge5thnm2diz3bmzrwyzlqgq2te5di/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/banking-tycoon-david-rockefellers-new-york-home-market-22m/ topics:things/beetles topics:places/new-york-city storytype:standard structure:news/world-news topics:things/family topics:places/usa structure:money topics:things/donkeys structure:property Banking tycoon David Rockefeller's New York home is on the market for $22m Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-09-15 06:00 +00:00 2017-09-15 18:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/orvge5jvoi2xiolwhazdqztmnvvhk3dp/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/cost-moving-house-has-risen-almost-12000/ topics:organisations/estate-agents storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty The cost of moving house has risen to almost £12,000 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-09-14 23:01 +00:00 2017-09-15 11:01 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oi3haztrna2teztmn52gc4jrgu2wwy3w/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/cornwall-crackers-best-homes-sale-near-epic-beaches-sweeping/ topics:things/buying-property topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:places/cornwall structure:property Cornwall crackers: the best homes for sale near its epic beaches and sweeping estuaries Thu, 14 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-09-14 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-14 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/g53g4zldnjrgqztfgzsgs4dsoftxgylj/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/activity-housing-market-continuing-flatline-but-signs-price/ storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty Activity in the housing market continuing to flatline – but there are signs price growth could pick up Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-09-13 23:01 +00:00 2017-09-14 11:01 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220649 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/uq9FFeVweDo/ Home Improvement DIY home report remodeling Second Story Design Pros' Secrets for Finding and Using Reclaimed Materials You might want to take a second look at that old dresser your grandma tried to give you. Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:50:09 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/incorporate-reclaimed-materials-220649/#comments Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>When you ask Seattle-based house flippers Lora Lindberg and Debbie Cederlind where to find the best home-restoration materials, they quickly reply in unison, "Craigslist."</p> <p>Lindberg and Cederlind of <a href="http://www.urbansquirrelllc.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Urban Squirrel Residential Restoration</a> have been flipping houses and using reclaimed materials cleverly since 2010, when they purchased their first renovation house in Everett, WA.</p> <figure id="attachment_220796" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220796 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/FlipTheScript_Portraits_12-787633.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="433" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Debbie Cederlind (left) and Lora Lindberg (right), the brilliant design minds behind Urban Squirrel.</figcaption></figure> <p>Although many people are <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-year-of-your-first-flip-209056/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">flipping houses</a> these days, Lindberg and Cederlind take a unique approach: a design-first attitude using reclaimed pieces found anywhere, from Craigslist to salvage yards to the side of the road.</p> <p>"I think what people really want is character - they want a house that's unusual," Cederlind says. "A new tract house in Mississippi looks like a new tract house in Minnesota. People want to add character back in."</p> <p>Lindberg adds, "I think a lot of builders are good at construction, but they&#8217;re not design people. That's where we feel we're different - we're design people first."</p> <p>A creative approach to both flipping and using reclaimed materials involves seeing potential others might overlook - and being willing to undertake a transformation. "Twice now we&#8217;ve bought an old, beautiful table with big, curvy gorgeous legs,&#8221; recalls Lindberg. &#8220;We cut it in half, and then we made double vanities. It makes a pedestal sink, so the two legs are out in the room, and the cut part is against the wall."</p> <figure id="attachment_220797" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220797" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tablevanityafter-a6999f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Once an old table, now a one-of-a-kind double vanity.</figcaption></figure> <p>The duo&#8217;s interest and work in renovation started when they met through a church project called Trading Graces. The project entailed a small renovation for a church-nominated family, and an all-volunteer renovation team collaborated on the design and construction. Because the project didn't have a large budget, the team learned how to maximize their renovation budget with inexpensive, used materials.</p> <p>With a couple of Trading Graces projects under their tool belts, the pair decided to flip houses, and Urban Squirrel was born.</p> <p>They&#8217;ve now completed 14 flips, and have become true experts on all things renovation. Here, Lindberg and Cederlind offer great advice on finding unique reclaimed materials, the best pieces to look for, and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/diy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY strategies</a>.</p> <h3><strong>Where to find pieces for a renovation</strong></h3> <p><strong> </strong>So, where&#8217;s the best place to find renovation materials? The answer is wherever you can find materials that inspire you.</p> <p>"We have great salvage yards in Seattle, but I know those aren&#8217;t available everywhere,&#8221; says Lindberg. &#8220;If you&#8217;re in a smaller city without a salvage yard, try Craigslist. We've gotten a lot of things there."</p> <figure id="attachment_220966" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-220966" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/FlipTheScript_Kitchen_5-800px-ac0407.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The duo scored a wooden screen on Craigslist. With a little love and paint, the screen became a pair of charming pantry doors that now lend a pop of character to the clean-lined space.</figcaption></figure> <p>In addition to Craigslist, the duo suggests trying Etsy for interesting lighting and hardware, as well as eBay and garage sales.</p> <p>"If you see anything cool or unusual, no matter where it is - on the side of the road, at the garage sale - just say to yourself, &#8216;What can I do with this?&#8217;" Cederlind says.</p> <p>"Sometimes you have to mull it over for a couple days before you come up with something,&#8221; Lindberg notes. &#8220;But if it speaks to you, and it's interesting, it's worth finding a use for it."</p> <figure id="attachment_220798" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220798" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/tin-panels-b4-30956a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="601" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Before: The duo spotted these rustic tin panels and felt certain they could repurpose them.</figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_220799" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220799" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/tinpanelsafter-25d5c6.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">After: Once dusty and unloved, the tin panels now make the perfect cozy-chic statement in this entryway.</figcaption></figure> <h3><strong>The best types of reclaimed pieces</strong></h3> <p>When hunting for unique reclaimed materials, Cederlind and Lindberg suggest watching for quality pieces of furniture made of solid wood, such as dressers, which often feature intricate carvings or other unique details..</p> <p>"One of the pieces we've used the most is buffets,&#8221; Lindberg says. &#8220;We use them for islands in kitchens.&#8221;</p> <p>If you find an interesting piece while you're out shopping, make sure it fits your home&#8217;s style. Although Cederlind and Lindberg don't call themselves design purists, they say it's best to avoid a style disconnect. If you have a Tudor home, you probably don't want to put a bunch of mid-century modern pieces in it.</p> <p>You also want high-quality pieces. "Avoid it if it's stinky," Lindberg says.</p> <h3><strong>Some DIY best practices </strong></h3> <p>An important point to remember when working with reclaimed materials: Gather all your materials before you (or a contractor) start the work.</p> <p>"Let's say you're creating a pantry, and [your contractor] makes a doorway,&#8221; explains Lindberg. &#8220;It's going to be impossible to find a door that exactly fits that size. You have to have all your materials first, and then have your contractor fit the doorway accordingly."</p> <figure id="attachment_220795" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220795 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/FlipTheScript_Office_1-391b0d.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Cederlind and Lindberg discovered the antique windowpane on the left in an architectural salvage yard.</figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_220800" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220800 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/FlipTheScript_LivingRoom_3-8bf4d3.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Now serving as an interior window, the old windowpane breathes new life and light into the living room and office.</figcaption></figure> <p>Before installing any reclaimed pieces, such as an old dresser turned into a vanity, be sure you can safely secure it, including finding the studs when attaching pieces to the walls. You may also have to modify the height of pieces to be functional for their new usage.</p> <p>Above all else, the best DIY practice is just to try, the duo says.</p> <p>"With all the amazing tools now, like pancake compressors and air nailers, you'd be surprised at how easy it is,&#8221; says Cederlind. &#8220;There are so many tutorials on YouTube. If somebody is really interested and wants to learn to do this, they can teach themselves.&#8221;</p> <p>If you aren't the handiest person in the world, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-hire-out-214858/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reach out to a local handyperson or contractor</a>. You can easily search for a quality craftsperson, but it's always best to get recommendations from friends and family, Cederlind and Lindberg advise.</p> <p>Ultimately, a great renovation project is about taking risks and creating a design that you love.</p> <p>"Be brave. Most people are intimidated or timid about trying things - even paint," Lindberg says. "But you can always repaint!"</p> <p><em>See how Lindberg and Cederlind used reclaimed materials to create a cozy home office while renovating an abandoned 1920s Craftsman home:</em></p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/StDCtu4qfkQ?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-projects-reclaimed-wood-220069/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 Beautiful Home Projects Using Reclaimed Wood</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/salvaging-a-family-barn-215734/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Haylofts to Hardwoods: How One Family Salvaged a Historic Barn By Hand</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/treehouse-tower-219804/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Is Part Treehouse, Part Ship – House of the Week</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=uq9FFeVweDo:4tvzAGMVnqI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=uq9FFeVweDo:4tvzAGMVnqI:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/incorporate-reclaimed-materials-220649/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/incorporate-reclaimed-materials-220649/ 2017-09-13 19:50 +00:00 2017-09-14 07:50 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/onvtc2bxmjwxamdkhfzhm3tlmfshmnle/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/revealed-best-worst-counties-england-raise-children/ topics:things/children topics:things/early-years-education storytype:standard topics:things/crime topics:things/uk-property topics:organisations/primary-schools structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/secondary-education structure:property Revealed: The best and worst counties in England to raise children  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:45:52 Z Sophie Christie 2017-09-13 13:45 +00:00 2017-09-14 01:45 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hb3gimtdnvudoyligrtteylghfyden3b/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/west-country/one-four-buyers-bath-comes-london-high-prices-cause-capital/ topics:things/children storytype:standard structure:education topics:things/countryside topics:things/state-schools topics:places/bath structure:money topics:places/london topics:people/jane-austen structure:property One in four buyers in Bath comes from London as high prices cause capital exodus Wed, 13 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Liz Rowlinson 2017-09-13 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-13 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ojtdsmlqmnxwu23bnjudk23wovqton3b/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/charts-homes-have-got-less-and-affordable-since-financial/ storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property In charts: How homes have got less – and more – affordable since the financial crisis Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-09-12 23:01 +00:00 2017-09-13 11:01 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220812 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8_QtD2TejbQ/ Home Improvement DIY home organization With This DIY Sporting Goods Catch-all, Game Day Is No Sweat Want to keep your garage tidy, and take the hassle out of getting everyone's gear together for practice? This simple storage solution is a slam dunk. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:37:18 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/#respond Jamie Birdwell-Branson <p>This project will help you organize your garage and become the LeBron James of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tag/diy/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY projects</a>. With all your gear in the same place, you&#8217;ll always be prepared when someone yells, "Where&#8217;s my basketball?&#8221; (Or volleyball, hockey stick, tennis racket, etc.)</p> <p>See how it&#8217;s done, then follow the step-by-step instructions to build one of your own.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="375" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7L6sa8u0u24?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3>1. Find a bookcase</h3> <p>Choose a bookcase with at least three wide shelves so you can store gear in a variety of sizes.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220814" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still1-69abba.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>2. Add locking wheels</h3> <p>Attach locking wheels to the bottom of the bookcase so you can easily move it around the mudroom or the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/garage-storage-tips-153533/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">garage</a>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220815" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still3-d310fe.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>3. Drill holes</h3> <p>Drill evenly spaced holes (about four or five, depending on the width of the bookcase) along the top surface of one of the shelves. You'll want the holes to be fairly close to the edge - about one-half inch away or less.</p> <p>On the underside of the shelf below, drill holes to match up exactly with the holes on the shelf above.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220816" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still5-016685.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>4. Attach bungee cords</h3> <p>Place the bungee cord hooks in the drilled holes, and arrange the cords vertically so they create a net. You want the cords to be pretty taut, so be sure to get the right size for your bookcase.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220817" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still7-966d46.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>5. Mount peg boards</h3> <p>Frame the sides of your bookcase with 1x2s to support peg boards that have been cut to size. Secure the peg boards with a few nails on the top and bottom.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220819" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still8-bbc350.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>6. Customize with hooks and holders</h3> <p>Place hooks and holders on the peg board so you can hang your tennis rackets, baseball gloves, jerseys, helmets, and more.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220820" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still10-047990.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>7. Load up your catchall, MVP!</h3> <p>Grab your gear and organize the bins like you're Russell Westbrook going for another triple-double. Now all you have to worry about is scoring the winning goal.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220821" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Still11-dded6f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/garage-tricks-getting-organized-168713/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Regain Your Garage: Simple Tricks for Getting Organized</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/building-backyard-fire-pit-219141/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY Backyard Fire Pit: Build It in Just 7 Easy Steps</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-weekends-work-213041/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DIY Weekends That Work</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8_QtD2TejbQ:_EGDleUQ17s:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8_QtD2TejbQ:_EGDleUQ17s:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/sporting-goods-catchall-220812/ 2017-09-12 16:37 +00:00 2017-09-13 04:37 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nqztk2lsgjugsoddme3tcy3nna2gundd/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/house-price-growth-revives-london-has-slowed-lowest-rate-country/ storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property topics:in-the-news/brexit House price growth revives but London has slowed to the lowest rate in the country Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:37:24 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-09-12 11:37 +00:00 2017-09-12 23:37 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220586 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/0nEjGsz7zEo/ Unique Homes house of the week unique homes A Dome Built By Hand – House of the Week A family spent seven years handcrafting this geodesic manse lined with hidden messages. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 05:18:01 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/dome-home-220586/#comments Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fly a drone over the city of Lafayette, CA, and you might spot something resembling a spaceship plunked into a hillside. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is here that Sheila Williamson and her husband made their home for four decades. The duo constructed the geometric manse by hand, spending seven scrupulous years calculating, cutting and painstakingly painting each piece of the three domes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Just getting the permit was a bit of a challenge," said Williamson, "because [the building department] had no idea what we were talking about.&#8221;</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-220588 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Toyon_Del_Monico_PU_6817__21-b25e6d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="449" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eventually the couple was able to get the city on board (enlisting the help of an engineer didn't hurt, either). The result is <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1750-Toyon-Rd-Lafayette-CA-94549/18404304_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a 3-sphere, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home</a> about 30 minutes outside San Francisco, CA.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-220595 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Toyon_Del_Monico_PU_6817__23-e7a4e0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The front entryway opens up into the main geodesic dome: a giant, warm, wood-paneled space containing an open kitchen, office, loft and skylight. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inspired by dome designs made popular by architect and inventor <a href="https://www.bfi.org/about-fuller/big-ideas/geodesic-domes" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Buckminster Fuller</a>, Williamson's husband made the triangular panels himself, recycling pieces of wood from a nearby warehouse that had been torn down.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-220599 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Toyon_Del_Monico_PU_6817__27-0e4485.jpg" alt="" width="533" height="800" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Neighborhood children pitched in to help, even hiding messages on the inside of some panels. If the home is ever dismantled, the hope is that people will still be able to read them, Williamson explained.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-220602 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Toyon_Del_Monico_PU_6817__31-2fe8a8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fourteen triangle-shaped windows anchors the living room, providing an expansive view of the Reliez Valley below.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-220597 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Toyon_Del_Monico_PU_6817__251-f63fec.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Up a short flight of stairs, two smaller geodesic domes contain the bedrooms, one of which has been converted to a laundry space in recent years. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The master bedroom features built-in wooden dressers and a geometric skylight. Outside, a deck </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">offers a private nook for book-reading or taking in views of the landscape - often punctuated by deer, foxes and quail. </span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-220605 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Toyon_Del_Monico_PU_6817__35-cc289a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Interacting with nature near the 1,700-square-foot home was always a favorite pastime for the family.</span></p> <p>"It's just the serenity, and it's quiet at night. If you turn your back to the valley, you can see the stars," Williamson said. "How often can you see the stars anymore? You can watch them progress across the sky over the year."</p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-220603 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Toyon_Del_Monico_PU_6817__32-f66b79.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With her children grown and gone, Williamson decided to put the home on the market. Her husband passed away last year, and she felt the space was too much for one person.</span></p> <p><img class="size-full wp-image-220600 aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Toyon_Del_Monico_PU_6817__28-3e12f7.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>"It's just a lovely place to sit out on the deck and watch the world go by," she said. "It's just really peaceful."</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dina Del Monica of Pacific Union holds the <a href="http://www.pacificunion.com/real-estate/1750-toyon-lafayette-ca-94549/40784910/42488957" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">listing</a>.</span></p> <p><em>Photos courtesy Todd Taylor of <a href="http://www.taylorphotographygroup.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Taylor Photography Group</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vote for Your Favorite Homes of 2017 (So Far)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/painting-wood-floors-220383/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Reasons Painting Your Wood Floors is Not as Crazy as You Think</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lena-headey-lists-la-home-219245/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;Game of Thrones&#8217; Queen Lena Headey Lists LA Home for $1.9M</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0nEjGsz7zEo:Rt2Rh4jZVK4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=0nEjGsz7zEo:Rt2Rh4jZVK4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/dome-home-220586/feed/ 21 https://www.zillow.com/blog/dome-home-220586/ 2017-09-12 05:18 +00:00 2017-09-12 17:18 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mruxcntcgvuxe4junj2hknztmfudq3bs/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/open-house-london-discover-secrets-citys-best-buildings-free/ topics:things/london-property editors:lauren-davidson topics:things/skyscrapers structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard topics:people/david-bowie topics:places/prisons topics:organisations/battersea-power-station structure:news topics:organisations/english-heritage structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Open House London: discover the secrets of the city's best buildings for free Tue, 12 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-09-12 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-12 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nbqxa3bxozydindnhb3gm3lgovuge4dr/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/waxwork-pope-murals-dictators-rent-house-crazy-interior-design/ topics:organisations/estate-agents topics:things/interiors structure:news/weird-news topics:things/renting-property topics:things/history structure:money structure:property A waxwork of a pope and murals of dictators: rent this house with crazy interior design for £8k a week Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:58:56 Z 2017-09-11 09:58 +00:00 2017-09-11 21:58 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/g43dqytunm2gc3ryobzwynbvg5yge4ln/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/buy-modern-masterpiece-has-housed-politicians-prostitutes-grew/ topics:things/buying-property structure:culture storytype:standard structure:art/architecture topics:things/lgbt topics:things/great-estates structure:gardening topics:things/history topics:things/dahlia structure:money structure:property Buy a modern masterpiece that has housed politicians and prostitutes, grew the UK's first dahlia and has a secret master bedroom Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Lauren Davidson 2017-09-11 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-11 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ofwteztqgzvtkzzugjxg4m3ehbvw43le/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/buy-greece-athens-zante/ topics:things/self-build storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/greece structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/euro structure:property topics:in-the-news/brexit Where to buy in Greece, from Athens to Zante Sun, 10 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Liz Rowlinson 2017-09-10 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-10 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220828 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/1r8WzS_1Frk/ Unique Homes homes on wheels Van? RV? School Bus? 6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Home on Wheels Let's get down to the nitty-gritty of mobile living. Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:41:24 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-on-wheels-tips-220828/#comments Britany Robinson <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We've all seen photos of the perfectly manicured home on wheels: the reclaimed wood-lined walls, the occupants dreamily sipping coffee and watching a sunrise. People of all ages are asking themselves, "Can I do that, too?" Myself, included.</span></p> <p>When I first saw the van that would one day be mine on Craigslist, I thought it was perfect for me. The 1986 GMC vandura had a comfy bed, turquoise cabinets and twinkle lights that made me weak in the knees.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But a mobile life can involve just as much work as a stationary one - sometimes, even more. You won't have to pay a mortgage, but you might need new brakes. You won't have to rely on neighbors to water your plants when you travel, but you will have to keep a tiny space organized and livable on the road. </span></p> <p>If those things don&#8217;t scare you off, the rewards can far outweigh the work. Here are some important questions to consider, first.</p> <h3>Which home is right for you?</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are various names for homes on wheels and recreational vehicles, along with more unique and specific categories like Westfalia campervans. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The RV is a self-contained, manufactured home on wheels. It typically contains a bathroom and kitchen and, depending on the version you choose, it can be driven or towed. If you own a vehicle with towing capacity, a towable RV allows you to park and move around more freely - without dragging the kitchen sink.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220928" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_531061_resized-16f2d4.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Campervans are more compact but offer fewer amenities. They might have a small kitchenette, but rarely contain a bathroom. If you're willing to rough it on the road, the campervan can be a more affordable option. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Then there are the more creative approaches to mobile living. People have converted </span><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">school buses</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">,</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> vintage <a href="https://themoderncaravan.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Airstreams</a> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and even </span><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4749114/Couple-convert-old-POST-van-mobile-home.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">a mail truck</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> into living quarters. Choosing the vessel for your life on wheels is an important decision, so weigh your options carefully.</span></p> <h3>How will you use it?</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once upon a time, people bought mobile homes when they retired. These days, the options for remote work allow younger people to embrace a mobile lifestyle, with many variations. Some people want to travel regularly, while others park their homes and only occasionally switch locations.</span></p> <p>My motivation for buying a van was the freedom to spend month-long stints on the road and rent out my house whenever I left. As a freelance writer, I often travel in search of stories and this seemed like a perfect way to do so. I could have the comforts of home and the freedom of wheels.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220930" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_416264_resized-23151f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>However, since dropping $5,500 on the initial purchase and about $1,000 in repairs, I've landed a full-time job. It's now more of a weekend camping vehicle than a home. The extra headspace that once seemed luxurious now feels cumbersome, especially when I'm driving over windy mountain passes and spending $60 to fill up my tank. Also, the $80-per-month insurance has come to seem extra expensive since I'm paying for something I don't often use.</p> <p>I'll travel regularly in my van someday, but my experience illustrates the importance of knowing how your van will facilitate the life you wish to lead. Where will you go, how often will you go, and what will you do? Looking back, I would have gone for something a little smaller and lower maintenance.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Freedom can become debilitating if you don't know how you'll use it.</span></p> <h3>Where will you park?</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Campgrounds, RV parks, Walmart parking lots and city streets have all become temporary homes for people who live on the road. But you must consider parking laws, safety and cost - every single night. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">RV parks and many campgrounds offer hookups for electricity and water. If your home is designed to accommodate those amenities, they're nice to have. It helps to <a href="https://thedyrt.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">research campground details</a> before you hit the road. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you're freeing yourself from rent or a mortgage, you might not want to dump that money back into parking each night. National forests offer free camping, as long as you're 100-200 feet away from any road, trail or water source. Ask local ranger stations about <a href="https://freecampsites.net/dispersed-camping/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">access to dispersed camping</a> and local regulations. </span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220941" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_658016389-027696.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="480" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While mobile life is often celebrated with a backdrop of ocean beaches or beloved national parks, cities are something to consider, too. They just require a little extra consideration. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vans have a leg up on bigger, flashier RVs when it comes to cities, especially if your van doesn't look like someone lives in it. Urban van-dwellers go to great lengths to keep their living quarters quiet to prevent </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">curious visitors and theft. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The most important piece of advice when considering where to park: do your research. Reserve a spot when heading to popular parks, call ranger stations for information about parking in the area, join </span><a href="http://www.cheaprvliving.com/forums/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">local forums</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and always collect information ahead of time so you you're not searching for a place to sleep when it's dark and there&#8217;s no cell service.</span></p> <h3>How much does it cost?</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Simplifying your life by paring down your belongings can be a great way to save money. But, don't be fooled into thinking that mobile living is always cheap. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">First, there's the cost of your vehicle, which can vary considerably. If you go for a van, the Ford E series is a popular option. </span><a href="https://www.curbed.com/2017/3/15/14912988/tiny-houses-single-women" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Donovan Jenkins</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a nursing student and outdoors enthusiast bought his Ford cargo van for just $2,700 and spent about $2,500 more converting the bare interior into a cozy home. His carpentry skills allowed him to save big bucks on labor. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Conversions - van, Airstream, school bus, etc. - can be expensive, even if you&#8217;re doing the work yourself. For example, </span><a href="http://dynamoultima.com/studio-journal/van-life-a-look-inside-the-costs-of-converting-our-sprinter-van" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">this stylish Sprinter van conversion</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">cost $64,120</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">You'll see a huge range on RV prices as well, from several thousand to </span><a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/media/7-incredible-multimillion-dollar-motorhomes/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">millions of dollars</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once you find a home that&#8217;s right for your budget, you'll need to consider living costs, too.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220934" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_0966_Jenkins-82705c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Camping fees are about $20 per night, which can be alleviated by free parking. But, you won't get water and electrical hook-ups unless you pay for them. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vehicle insurance will add a few hundred to several thousand dollars in yearly costs. Comprehensive auto insurance, while more expensive than bare-boned liability plans, will protect your home and belongings from vandalism and theft. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I learned the hard way that an RV insurance plan is required of any vehicle that's been converted into a living space. Even though my van isn't technically an RV, AAA initially refused to tow me when I broke down in Seattle because I didn't have RV insurance. I've since upgraded, which has been worth it for the peace of mind. </span><a href="https://www.oregon.aaa.com/join-aaa-old/rv-plus/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">AAA's premier RV insurance</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> includes unlimited 100-mile tows, and once per year, you can have your vehicle towed up to 200 miles. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Depending on the age and condition of your vehicle, you'll also need to factor in regular repairs. And, don't forget gas money! You'll spend a lot more on gas for your mobile home than you will on filling up your regular car. And the more toys you carry with your mobile home, the more your gas bills will climb.</span></p> <h3>Where will you go to the bathroom?</h3> <p>Unless you're able to find a mobile home with a built-in shower and toilet, personal hygiene can be a challenge on the road. But there are plenty of creative ways to make it work.</p> <p>A membership to a gym chain with locations across the country, like Planet Fitness or L.A. Fitness, will allow you to access showers and bathrooms - not to mention a workout, which can be vital when your living space only allows you to walk a few feet in either direction.</p> <p>Campgrounds and truck stops also provide facilities to the traveler looking to freshen up.</p> <p>If you don't have a toilet, you'll likely find yourself using truck-stop and Starbucks bathrooms. But a late-night bathroom break could mean toilets aren't available, and you'll have to make due with whatever is around.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220939" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MG_1044_Jenkins-40fd7f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>Can you work on the road?</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Remote work opportunities have </span><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/us/remote-workers-work-from-home.html?mcubz=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">freed many people</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from the constraints of a typical office job. But working from a mobile home is much different than a home office. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">First, consider how often you'll need to work, and where you'll be able to do so. It might be helpful to stay close to developed areas where there are plenty of establishments offering free Wi-Fi. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you can work comfortably inside of your mobile home, you can use your mobile device as a Wi-Fi hotspot, or purchase a dedicated Wi-Fi hotspot for $100-150. Whichever option you go with, you&#8217;ll need to sign up for a service plan with data. Check on the coverage area of service providers before you pick one - they're no use when you're in a dead zone! </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Working from the road also means you'll need electricity, which is nice to have for other uses, too, like charging your cell phone or running a fan to stay cool when your engine is off. </span></p> <p><a href="http://thevanual.com/electrical-and-solar" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Solar panels</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">are a convenient, rechargeable and environmentally-friendly energy source. And, </span><a href="http://www.goalzero.com/p/165/goal-zero-yeti-400-solar-generator" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener"><span style="font-weight: 400;">this portable power station</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> will let you plug in all sorts of devices. </span></p> <p>I can see my van parked on the street, from the window of my house right now. I'm still not entirely sure what a mobile life will look like, but figuring it out is half the fun.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/">Wild Ride: Turning School Buses Into Homes on Wheels</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rv-living-in-the-city-192180/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">RV Living in the City: Dodging the Rent Crisis</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/really-costs-live-tiny-204705/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What It Really Costs to Live &#8216;Tiny&#8217;</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1r8WzS_1Frk:-Qv5-0Bxoac:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1r8WzS_1Frk:-Qv5-0Bxoac:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-on-wheels-tips-220828/feed/ 4 https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-on-wheels-tips-220828/ 2017-09-08 18:41 +00:00 2017-09-09 06:41 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mmyhi4rtoq3haylomjvg25jsnvqxk23g/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/bank-mum-dad-shoulders-burden-high-cost-renting/ topics:things/mortgages topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard structure:money/money-top-stories structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property 'Bank of Mum and Dad' shoulders burden of high cost of renting Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:56:33 Z Sam Meadows 2017-09-08 08:56 +00:00 2017-09-08 20:56 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=176656 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/1NDTILKHWxw/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors Katharine Hepburn Katharine Hepburn's Lifelong Connecticut Estate Finally Sells The actress built it after the first home was destroyed by a hurricane. Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:17:54 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/katharine-hepburn-estate-176656/#comments Satinder Haer <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: After years on and off the market, Katharine Hepburn's famous Long Island Sound residence has finally found a new owner. The property – most recently listed for $14.8 million in 2015 – sold for $11.5 million to an undisclosed buyer at the end of August. Despite being known as Hepburn's beloved lifelong estate, architect and construction CEO Frank Sciame has actually owned the home since 2003. Sciame renovated the 3-story mansion in 2005 and has been attempting to sell it since 2011.</p> <p><strong>ORIGINAL POST 5/22/2015: </strong>The Connecticut seaside home where Katharine Hepburn spent family vacations and returned often throughout her life, and where she spent her final days, is on the market for $14.8 million.</p> <p>The acting legend&#8217;s parents bought the property in the Fenwick section of Old Saybrook, CT, around 1913, when Hepburn was a child. The home was washed away by a hurricane in 1938, several years after she&#8217;d won her first Academy Award. The actress dug her mother&#8217;s silver service out of the sand and rebuilt the home, creating the brick structure that still stands along the banks of Long Island Sound.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="555" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-17-022159.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-1-97906d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-3-1896fc.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-2-930c9e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="492" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-5-cddda2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="527" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-4-df4a89.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="519" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-6-9523eb.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-9-84849e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="557" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-19-7f8b3d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="529" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-10-7707fd.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="504" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-11-979799.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-18-117da3.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="530" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-14-a7b500.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="528" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-16-173928.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="531" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-12-d07a37.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="529" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Peter-Harron-20-45ad9c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6 style="text-align: center;"><em>Photos by Peter Harron, courtesy of William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty.</em></h6> <p>According to the listing from Colette Harron of <a href="http://coletteharron.williampitt.com/eng" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">William Pitt Sotheby&#8217;s International Realty</a>, Hepburn used a large set of building blocks from FAO Schwarz to construct a model of the house.</p> <p>Bathed in white with stunning water views, the home&#8217;s interior encompasses 8,368 square feet over three floors. It has 6 bedrooms, each with its own bath, plus 1.5 more bathrooms and 7 fireplaces.</p> <p>The current owners renovated the home and lifted the structure 5 feet to protect it from water damage. The estate has been on and off the market since 2011.</p> <p>The home sits on 1.47 acres with a private beach where <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/11/nyregion/asking-price-of-fame-12-million-what-can-beat-location-hepburn-hepburn-hepburn.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">The New York Times</a> says Hepburn took a daily dip no matter the season. There&#8217;s also a private dock and pond.</p> <h6><em>Top photo by Aaron Thompson, courtesy of William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/f-scott-fitzgeralds-great-neck-home-176413/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">F. Scott Fitzgerald&#8217;s Party House Lists for $3.9M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-rented-by-sinatra-listed-172889/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sinatra&#8217;s Rumored Hookup Joint for Marilyn and Kennedy Lists for $7.5M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/brad-and-angelina-new-orleans-176581/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brad and Angelina Letting Go of Big Easy Mansion</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1NDTILKHWxw:DgolWTnWczc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=1NDTILKHWxw:DgolWTnWczc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/katharine-hepburn-estate-176656/feed/ 12 https://www.zillow.com/blog/katharine-hepburn-estate-176656/ 2017-09-07 19:17 +00:00 2017-09-08 07:17 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220708 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/aqKvE_RHY9I/ Unique Homes mid-century modern waterfront homes This Mid-Century Relic Is the Ultimate Cliffhanger The home, perfectly preserved from the '60s, overlooks its own cove and sea caves. Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:50:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/midcentury-home-california-coast-220708/#comments Dwell <p>This property is perched on a 1.35-acre clifftop site off the Pacific Coast Highway, three hours north of San Francisco in Elk, CA. It overlooks its own cove and sea caves, not to mention those sweet Pacific Ocean sunsets. Designed in 1960 by the San Francisco-based architect Lee Aaron Ward, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5450-Shoreline-Hwy-LOT-5460-Elk-CA-95432/2093801839_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the unique timber home</a> has retained much of its vintage charm.</p> <p><img class="wp-image-220734 size-full aligncenter" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/large-01bd82.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></p> <p>The 2,900-square-foot property consists of two conjoined houses: a two-bedroom, two-bath main house and a one-bedroom, one-bath guest house with a sleeping loft, separated by two single-car garages. Expansive outdoor decks face the water and line two levels, the upper crowned with mighty timber supports, creating the ideal space for entertainment or lounging.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-a37cd2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-57fa85.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-f4b90e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-48d4b7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-073068.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-b0cb12.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-10a976.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="767" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-b8da91-1024x767.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>Inside, floor-to-ceiling sheets of glass, wood-paneled walls and soaring, beamed ceilings further frame the incomparable views. Well-preserved features are everywhere and include a wood-burning fireplace gridded with red brick, built-in bookshelves, bespoke light boxes and an open staircase in the main home. Kitchens and bathrooms still boast their original cabinetry, while the dining room in the guest house possesses a built-in dining table and custom woodwork.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220724" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-0e2ce8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="589" /></p> <p>The listing, which is <a href="http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-533-yjj8mr/mid-century-elk-elk-ca-95432" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">priced at $1.975 million</a>, is held by Lou Rosenberger of Sotheby&#8217;s International Realty.</p> <p><em>This article was written by Melissa Dalton and <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/a-perfectly-preserved-midcentury-pad-in-northern-california-asks-dollar1.975m-af2a241b" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">originally appeared on Dwell</a>. Check out more of their content on <a href="http://www.dwell.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dwell.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Photos by Jack Journey.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/jessica-helgerson-mid-century-220267/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Jessica Helgerson's Authentic Mid-Century Remodel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">These Stylish Floors Will Make You Rethink Your Renovation Plans</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-home-design-trends-218111/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2017 Home Design Trends With Staying Power</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=aqKvE_RHY9I:052slj4HrU8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=aqKvE_RHY9I:052slj4HrU8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/midcentury-home-california-coast-220708/feed/ 6 https://www.zillow.com/blog/midcentury-home-california-coast-220708/ 2017-09-07 15:50 +00:00 2017-09-08 03:50 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ojzdo2lkhbuwm2toozrwgyjwobsg6mbx/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/affordable-london-boroughs-graduate-renters-2017/ topics:things/london-property topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard structure:education topics:things/graduates structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:places/london structure:property The most affordable London boroughs for graduate renters in 2017  Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:30:17 Z Sophie Christie 2017-09-07 13:30 +00:00 2017-09-08 01:30 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/omyw63drobxxi5rsnbxwk4lvnzrw6ylv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/buoyancy-returns-uk-housing-market-prices-edge-01pc-halifax/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:in-the-news topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market structure:property 'Buoyancy' returns to UK housing market, as prices edge up 0.1pc – Halifax Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:37:27 Z Sophie Christie 2017-09-07 08:37 +00:00 2017-09-07 20:37 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ontxcm3pobqxk23nmftwozrynnuwyzdg/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/surging-house-prices-mean-one-79-britons-now-millionaire/ topics:things/london-property structure:news/uk-news storytype:standard structure:money/money-top-stories topics:in-the-news topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property Surging house prices mean one in 79 Britons is now a millionaire Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:38:53 Z Sophie Christie 2017-09-06 11:38 +00:00 2017-09-06 23:38 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gftxi43pmf2ge2dcn5uxm4tbn52w43tf/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/bra-tycoon-michelle-mone-selling-192m-dubai-apartments-bitcoin/ topics:organisations/property-and-construction-industry topics:places/dubai storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:things/property-abroad structure:money topics:things/bitcoin structure:property Bra tycoon Michelle Mone selling £192m of Dubai apartments in bitcoin Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-09-05 23:01 +00:00 2017-09-06 11:01 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mq4hi2ztmezg643dmm2gkmdmmq4wo4td/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/five-unusual-grand-designs-homes-ever-built/ topics:organisations/property-and-construction-industry topics:things/interiors topics:things/uk-property topics:things/luxury-property topics:things/grand-designs structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:organisations/channel-4 structure:property Five of the most unusual Grand Designs homes ever built Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:15:16 Z 2017-09-05 14:15 +00:00 2017-09-06 02:15 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220107 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/MkCqw9kItK4/ Unique Homes house of the week This Artist Retreat Is Definitely Keeping Austin Weird – House of the Week A re-imagined French colonial with gorgeous vaulted ceilings deserves attention, but that's not what keeps people coming back to this property. Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:00:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/artist-retreat-in-austin-220107/#comments Kelly Just <p>Ten years ago when he purchased two adjoining lots in East Austin, TX, artist Beau Reichert saw beyond the homes in tear-down condition, to a vision for a 2.03-acre compound unlike any other.</p> <p>"I built this retreat to connect artists with a community, and to provide a unique experience where everyone felt welcome," he said.</p> <p>Unique cannot begin to describe the blend of authentic architecture and quirky art found on the property, which is <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1145-Perry-Rd-Austin-TX-78721/29384868_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">currently listed for $2.999 million</a>.</p> <figure id="attachment_220663" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1145-Perry-Rd-Austin-TX-78721/29384868_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-220663 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Entrance-sign-f25613.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Scott Garber for <a href="http://austinmusicrealty.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Music Realty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>"A feast for the eyes," is how listing agent Patricia Vonne with <a href="https://austinmusicrealty.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Music Realty</a> describes the place. As with any feast, it can be difficult to know what to taste first or, in this case, where to look.</p> <p>An octagonal grand pavilion takes center stage, looking like a mashup of circus tent and vintage carousel. Reichert used reclaimed wood from an antique barn to craft its bell-shaped roof.</p> <figure id="attachment_220664" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1145-Perry-Rd-Austin-TX-78721/29384868_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-220664 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Grand-Pavilion-830e23.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Scott Garber for <a href="http://austinmusicrealty.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Music Realty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>The full-size outdoor cinema screen inspired the property&#8217;s name: Austin&#8217;s &#8220;Sekrit Theater.&#8221; When the sun sets, Reichert holds private screenings. Along with black-and-white classics, he gives local artists a chance to show their latest films.</p> <figure id="attachment_220665" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1145-Perry-Rd-Austin-TX-78721/29384868_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-220665 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Outdoor-cinema-69de67.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Scott Garber for <a href="http://austinmusicrealty.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Music Realty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>The ornate concession stand/projector house, lit by authentic fixtures from a Chicago theater, provides refreshment.</p> <figure id="attachment_220747" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1145-Perry-Rd-Austin-TX-78721/29384868_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-220747 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Concession-stand-323964.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Scott Garber for <a href="http://austinmusicrealty.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Music Realty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Next, a vintage school bus serves as a neon-lit hangout spot, and a clawfoot tub sits beneath a tree with a sparkling chandelier.</p> <figure id="attachment_220751" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1145-Perry-Rd-Austin-TX-78721/29384868_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-220751 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Vintage-Bus-Front-3b00ca.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Scott Garber for <a href="http://austinmusicrealty.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Music Realty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_220759" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1145-Perry-Rd-Austin-TX-78721/29384868_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-220759 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Outdoor-Bathtub-3975ec.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Scott Garber for <a href="http://austinmusicrealty.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Music Realty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Reichert placed each of these buildings and artistic installations with intention, fanning out from a fountain he identified as the focal point of the retreat. All are connected by intricate pathways made with bricks from the first dorm at what is now Texas State University.</p> <p>Behind the fountain stands the compound's most famous building: the glass house. This stunning structure, created to reflect the style of "Great Expectations," exhibits Reichert's skill with large-scale glass artwork. Used to host daytime weddings or private parties after dark, this house shines.</p> <figure id="attachment_220207" style="width: 801px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/1145-Perry-Rd,-Austin,-TX-78721_rb/?fromHomePage=true&amp;shouldFireSellPageImplicitClaimGA=false&amp;fromHomePageTab=buy" target="_blank" rel="noopen noopener"><img class="wp-image-220207" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Glass-House-wedding-by-Alex-Barrera-7540b6.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by <a href="http://www.barreraphoto.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Alex Barrera</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Recycled materials play a role in every building on Reichert's compound.</p> <p>"There was a time when architecture really meant something. So, I strive to preserve the history and era of certain materials that have an architectural purpose but get thrown away," Reichert explained. "I strive to maximize the properties of architectural masterpieces that were built by real craftsman."</p> <p>Turning the compound's main house into a masterpiece took some extreme measures. Reichert deconstructed the existing home down to its original foundation and rebuild it in a style he calls re-imagined southern French colonial. The gorgeous vaulted ceilings were created with fine woods and repurposed materials.</p> <figure id="attachment_220756" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1145-Perry-Rd-Austin-TX-78721/29384868_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-220756 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Main-house-interior-e35de3.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Scott Garber for <a href="http://austinmusicrealty.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Music Realty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Touches of French architecture appear in many of the structures, some made with materials Reichert salvaged from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The cinema's audio system is housed in a tiny log cabin with a slate roof from the 9th ward.</p> <p>A final homage to The Big Easy is a 200-square foot shotgun-style tiny house fashioned after those in the Bywater district. The listing agent says this is where the property&#8217;s new owner can create some income, turning the tiny residence into a bed and breakfast.</p> <figure id="attachment_220757" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1145-Perry-Rd-Austin-TX-78721/29384868_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-220757 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Tiny-House-BnB-82108a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Scott Garber for <a href="http://austinmusicrealty.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Austin Music Realty</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>His dream of an artistic compound now realized, Reichert&#8217;s taking everything learned to a new blank canvas: a 200-acre plot of land in Santa Fe, NM.</p> <p>"My vision is to build an artist's sanctuary just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico and create a healthy, happy, artistic environment for people," Reichert said.</p> <p>Reichert's exit doesn&#8217;t mean an end to Austin&#8217;s &#8220;Sekrit Theater.&#8221; Listing agent Vonne says she was hired to find a buyer committed to preserving the unique retreat. She points out a new owner can their own mark on the property&#8217;s remaining open spaces.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renovated-shotgun-house-218370/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">House of the Week: 12-Foot Wide Slice of the Big Easy</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wild Ride: Turning School Buses Into Homes on Wheels </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/planning-diy-outdoor-movie-night-201201/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Plan an Outdoor Movie Night</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=MkCqw9kItK4:5rZSmW-_u3w:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=MkCqw9kItK4:5rZSmW-_u3w:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/artist-retreat-in-austin-220107/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/artist-retreat-in-austin-220107/ 2017-09-05 08:00 +00:00 2017-09-05 20:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hezgymteovtxi23kou2tc23pmrygy4jv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/turn-theatre-home-meet-man-designed-ivy-annabels/ topics:things/interiors storytype:standard topics:things/restaurants topics:things/uk-property structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Turn up the theatre in your home: meet the man who designed The Ivy and Annabel's Tue, 05 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Harriet Dennys 2017-09-05 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-05 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hfzgmyttnq4dgnbqnu3to5lunm4woylf/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/summers-not-yet-relax-properties-sale-amazing-gardens/ topics:things/buying-property topics:things/countryside structure:gardening structure:money structure:property Summer's not over yet! Relax in these properties for sale with the most amazing gardens  Mon, 04 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-09-04 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-04 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mfvxmzjunfywqz3lmnwto43jgzzhiolg/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/great-estates-one-womans-passion-project-recreate-lord-tennysons/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed storytype:standard topics:things/great-estates topics:things/uk-property structure:money structure:property Great Estates: one woman's passion project to recreate Lord Tennyson's family home - down to the wallpaper Sun, 03 Sep 2017 05:00:00 Z Eleanor Doughty 2017-09-03 05:00 +00:00 2017-09-03 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220626 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/9m618uakygE/ Home Improvement decorating Designer Lookbook Designer Lookbook: Caitlin Murray's Minty Fresh Kitchen Revamp Subtle hues and pops of pattern breathe style - and natural light - into a dated, dysfunctional kitchen. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:00:02 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/caitlin-murray-kitchen-revamp-220626/#comments Marissa Hermanson <p>For HGTV's hit television show "House Hunters," California designer Caitlin Murray of <a href="http://www.blacklacquerdesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Black Lacquer Design</a> was tapped to renovate the dated kitchen in a quaint 1940s bungalow, located in the Los Angeles valley.</p> <p>Last renovated in the '80s, the drab kitchen featured yellow walls, faux-wood laminate flooring, and oak cabinetry. The space was also closed off from the neighboring dining room, making entertaining and traffic flow cumbersome.</p> <p>Murray removed the wall separating the dining room and kitchen, creating an open, flowing space with a peninsula of cabinetry now acting as a barrier between the two spaces.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220632" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4848-Ranchito-Web-Black-Lacquer-Rauch-5706-d405f4.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Previously, a washer and dryer were tucked in the kitchen near the back door. Murray removed the laundry appliances and installed French doors, adding more functionality to the kitchen.</p> <p>"The French doors added a ton of natural light, too," she says. Next to the French doors, a wall of cabinetry was removed to accommodate a new workstation.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220636" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4848-Ranchito-Web-Black-Lacquer-Rauch-5745-1dec98.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>The homeowner wanted a light and fresh kitchen that embraced a soothing color scheme of greens and blues. "She mentioned loving pattern and wallpaper," says Murray. "Wallpaper was a little too much for the kitchen, though."</p> <p>So, rather than applying pattern to the walls, Murray finished the floor in a graphic black-and-white cement tile by Granada - a nod to the home&#8217;s original Spanish-style architecture.</p> <p>Streamlined Shaker-style cabinets were painted in the subtle Benjamin Moore shade Gray Wisp so they wouldn't compete with the bold flooring. And with a satin finish, the cabinets take on a slight sheen.</p> <p>"It's almost like a desaturated light mint color," says Murray of the unique shade. "We needed color on the cabinets, and I didn't want it to be too bold, because it needs to work with the other design elements, like the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/painting-wood-floors-220383/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">flooring</a>."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220634" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4848-Ranchito-Web-Black-Lacquer-Rauch-5836-489669.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220638" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4848-Ranchito-Web-Black-Lacquer-Rauch-5818-a562ea.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>The countertops are made of cost-friendly composite, a material created to look like luxe Carrara marble. To accessorize, Murray added champagne-bronze hardware to the cabinetry and drawers, which also ties into the bronze pendant lights from Arteriors.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220635" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4848-Ranchito-Web-Black-Lacquer-Rauch-5845-2a86a9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Wood elements, like floating shelves and stools from Anthropologie, warm up the cool white-and-green space. And the open shelving, used in lieu of cabinetry in some instances, brightens the space.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4848-Ranchito-Web-Black-Lacquer-Rauch-5866-4d252b.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="976" /></p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Think outside the box with <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/color-quiz-design-instincts-215363/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">paint color</a>. </strong>"A subtle spin on a neutral can make a big difference," says Murray. For instance, with this project, she painted the kitchen cabinets a light green with hints of gray. "You don&#8217;t have to go dramatic if you&#8217;re painting your cabinets. Just do some something subtle, and it will make a big difference."</li> <li><strong>Be mindful of hardware.</strong> Switching cabinet knobs and drawer pulls is a small change that makes a big difference. But pay attention to the existing hardware&#8217;s measurements so you don't have to drill new holes for the new hardware.</li> <li><strong>Add decorative elements. </strong>"How you decorate your kitchen can make all the difference," says Murray. "Keep a mix of decorative and functional items on your countertops. And anything you don&#8217;t want to see every day - put it away."</li> </ul> <h6><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.eronrauch.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Eron Rauch</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/jessica-helgerson-mid-century-220267/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Jessica Helgerson&#8217;s Authentic Mid-Century Remodel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">These Stylish Floors Will Make You Rethink Your Renovation Plans</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-home-design-trends-218111/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2017 Home Design Trends With Staying Power</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=9m618uakygE:KjdWXRMb3Bw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=9m618uakygE:KjdWXRMb3Bw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/caitlin-murray-kitchen-revamp-220626/feed/ 7 https://www.zillow.com/blog/caitlin-murray-kitchen-revamp-220626/ 2017-08-31 13:00 +00:00 2017-09-01 01:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=205326 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/kdPAg5WioPY/ Unique Homes mid-century modern Peek Inside a Candy-Colored Mid-Century Modern Throwback Vintage pink appliances, kelly green walls, and turquoise trim mingle in a well-mixed retro cocktail. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:50:29 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-modern-throwback-205326/#comments Melissa Allison <p>Here, on Pinocchio Drive in Dallas&#8217; Disney Streets neighborhood, dreams of the &#8217;50s really do come true.</p> <p>A pink Cadillac sometimes sits in the driveway, while a turquoise doorway awaits the dedicated <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-modern/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mid-century modern</a> homeowner. Inside is an open floor plan with a central brick fireplace, slick white floor tiles and &#8220;Jetsons&#8221;-style furnishings.</p> <p>Pendant lamps in all shapes and sizes hang from the ceiling, while sliding glass doors open from living spaces and bedrooms onto a covered lanai, a sunny deck and a curvy swimming pool.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-2-3ef4cf-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-3-d06470-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-4-bb2a4f-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-5-9248e5-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large 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src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-18-16831b-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-19-aebfcc-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-20-10aa1d-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-21-32943c-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-22-138510-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-23-9f2d4f-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-24-dac8dc-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-25-248dcc-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-28-e6408c-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-29-5f301f-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-30-565154-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-31-632682-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-32-29941a-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-34-281c0d-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-35-ff0765-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>Vaulted ceilings and exposed beams mingle in a well-mixed nostalgia cocktail with original cabinetry, vintage pink appliances and Formica countertops.</p> <p>The home launched big as part of the neighborhood&#8217;s 1954 Parade of Homes, and it&#8217;s now for rent at $3,800 a month through <a href="http://www.dallasluxuryrealty.com/agents/the-manriquez-team/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Sergio Manriquez</a> of The Manriquez Team-Dallas Luxury Realty. Hat tip to <a href="http://www.curbed.com/2016/9/13/12902666/midcentury-modern-homes-for-sale-time-capsule-dallas" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Curbed </a>for finding this beauty.</p> <p><em>Photos by <a href="http://www.shoot2sell.net/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Shoot2Sell</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/three-pavilion-home-204037/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A Mid-Century Modern in Three Parts, Connected by a Pool</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/wavy-home-in-venice-204243/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A Wavy Home in Venice</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/homes-high-tech-features-199615/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">High-Tech Homes for Sale (With All the Bells and Whistles)</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published September 21, 2016</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kdPAg5WioPY:ETFz-AuHrQA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kdPAg5WioPY:ETFz-AuHrQA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-modern-throwback-205326/feed/ 10 https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-modern-throwback-205326/ 2017-08-28 20:50 +00:00 2017-08-29 08:50 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214558 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zybYItG-fiQ/ Athletes Celebrity Real Estate Basketball players Celebrity couples Pop stars Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Have Unloaded Their 'Fancy' LA Home The couple separated nearly a year ago, and now they're parting ways with their shared home. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 07:00:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/iggy-azalea-nick-young-selling-214558/#respond Satinder Haer <figure id="attachment_214618" style="width: 150px" style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;"><img class="wp-image-214618 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_194915726-9a9c55.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="225" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo: ShutterStock</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> Breakups can be costly<span style="color: #000000;">,</span> but Nick Young and Iggy Azalea's is more expensive than most. After more than four months on the market, their joint property finally found a buyer for $3.25 million – nearly <span style="color: #000000;">$350K </span>less than their original as<span style="color: #000000;">k, and $200K below</span> what they paid back in 2014. <span style="color: #000000;">While Nick and Iggy seem to have already moved on, the sale of their shared home solidifies their split. </span></p> <p><strong>ORIGINAL POST 4/6/17:</strong> Iggy Azalea and Nick Young have been making a lot of headlines over the past year. This time it&#8217;s for listing <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19241-Wells-Dr-Tarzana-CA-91356/19940348_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the Los Angeles home they shared</a>.</p> <p>The &#8220;Black Widow&#8221; singer and the Lakers shooting guard <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/selena-gomez-lists-home-151451/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bought the property</a> from another high-wattage star, Selena Gomez, in 2014. With a listing price of $3.595 million, the couple is asking for just $100,000 more than they paid nearly three years ago.</p> <p>The 6,630-square-foot pad is located in Los Angeles&#8217; affluent Tarzana neighborhood.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19241WellsHIRES001-ccf916-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19241WellsHIRES012-30603b-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19241WellsHIRES038-299ea0-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19241WellsHIRES056-fbe764-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19241WellsHIRES027-70d6f9-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19241WellsHIRES019-4d4f1c-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19241WellsHIRES013-8a7fb6-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos by James Moss, provided courtesy of Kofi Nartey</em></p> <p>The sprawling home boasts a rare single-level floor plan with 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms and a half dozen gathering spaces. In the master suite, a separate seating area with a fireplace and double doors that open out onto the back patio set the scene for relaxation.</p> <p>In addition to lush landscaping, an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and luxurious in-ground pool grace the dreamy backyard. There&#8217;s even a basketball court for Young to keep his skills sharp during the NBA off-season.</p> <p>Kofi Nartey, MBA, of <a href="http://www.kofi.la/properties/19241-wells-dr-tarzana-ca-91356/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">The Nartey Group/Compass</a> holds the listing.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/degeneres-lists-santa-barbara-213871/">Ellen DeGeneres' Santa Barbara Villa Could Be Yours for Just $45M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ron-howard-lists-nyc-home-214233/">&#8216;Inferno&#8217; Director Ron Howard Asking $12.5M for NYC Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/david-bowie-former-nyc-condo-214114/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Rock Out in David Bowie's Former NYC Condo</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zybYItG-fiQ:hY3QSyOtn-E:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zybYItG-fiQ:hY3QSyOtn-E:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/iggy-azalea-nick-young-selling-214558/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/iggy-azalea-nick-young-selling-214558/ 2017-08-28 07:00 +00:00 2017-08-28 19:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220383 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/scyO4JR0_eM/ Home Improvement decorating painting 3 Reasons Painting Your Wood Floors Is Not as Crazy as You Think Learn why this long-held taboo is taking a trendy turn (and may even be the best-kept secret in floor refinishing). Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:00:33 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/painting-wood-floors-220383/#comments Chris Stout-Hazard <p>You'll never see them do it on a TV design show. You won't hear a contractor propose it. And you sure won't find an aisle devoted to it at your home improvement store.</p> <p>In fact, it feels a little bit naughty to talk about - almost a taboo. But you should consider it anyway: painting your wood floors.</p> <p>I know it sounds crazy, but there are good reasons and a solid historical precedent for skipping refinishing in favor of paint.</p> <h3>Why paint your floors?</h3> <p><strong>Style.</strong> We pretend that stained wood floors never go out of style, but they're just as influenced by <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">design trends</a> as the colors on your walls or the drapes in your living room.</p> <p>Sure, midtone gray wood is popular now, but espresso was all the rage five years ago. Before that? Honey oak, cherry, and any number of other stain colors.</p> <p>If your hardwood flooring isn't compatible with your home&#8217;s look, paint&#8217;s a great way to fix that. Dark or light tint, warm or cool hue - with paint, you can quickly align your floors with the rest of your decor.</p> <figure id="attachment_220559" style="width: 762px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/modern-guest-bedrooms-5174807786/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220559 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/modern-guest-bedroom-with-hardwood-flooring-i_g-IS9laj5f4dpv361000000000-AAEWM-1ad0fe.jpg" alt="" width="762" height="504" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/modern-guest-bedrooms-5174807786/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">S + H Construction.</a></figcaption></figure> <p><strong>Historic precedent.</strong> Painting a floor, particularly in an old home, may seem unusual today, but it was a common and preferred way to finish floors in the past.</p> <p>Farmhouses from the 1800s, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/victorian-homes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Victorian mansions</a>, English estates - you&#8217;ll find painted floors in old homes ranging from rustic to ultra posh. It added color and protection to rooms and stairways prior to the development of modern wood sealants.</p> <figure id="attachment_220560" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-220560" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-small-a42759.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Chris Stout-Hazard.</figcaption></figure> <p>During the Victorian era, many homes were covered with paint. You can ascribe this explosion of color to the sudden mass-market availability of a wider range of hues.</p> <p>Builders put those new colors to work on every surface, often adding detail to a room by painting borders or patterns on the floor. Kitchens were adorned with diamond-check patterns, stairways had contrasting runners, and upstairs bedrooms were coated in pale tints to brighten them and stave off winter gloom.</p> <figure id="attachment_220569" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/56-Latour-Way-Greer-SC-29650/11039067_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220569 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS1pa48j9g3q2lf-7c3005.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="493" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/56-Latour-Way-Greer-SC-29650/11039067_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>Practicality.</strong> Perhaps you're ready to concede that painted floors can give your home the look you want. Isn't it still smarter to refinish the wood?</p> <p>Not necessarily! Floor refinishing is a major - and majorly messy - undertaking. Sanders throw dust everywhere, so rooms must be emptied, sealed off, and deep cleaned afterward. Plus, the subsequent staining and sealing takes days of applications and drying.</p> <p>In comparison, painting a floor is a much quicker project - a light, low-dust sanding prior to priming, then one to two coats of paint that dry in mere hours.</p> <p>Additionally, there are circumstances when paint offers superior performance. Old hardwood may have already been refinished multiple times, resulting in a floor too thin to survive another sanding. Because painting doesn't require that deep sanding, you can keep your floors rather than replace or cover them.</p> <p>An opaque coating can mitigate other common problems in older homes. Many older floors were patched as walls were opened up, radiators were removed, or broken planks were repaired. Paint resolves the color and grain variations from patch jobs, leaving a cleaner, more polished end product.</p> <figure id="attachment_220562" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-220562" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-sm-95f930.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Chris Stout-Hazard.</figcaption></figure> <p>Of course, when it comes to painted floors, the first concern people raise is scratching. But this is less of a problem than you might think.</p> <p>Use primer and a tough grade of paint, and you&#8217;ll likely prevent scratching or chipping. Porch paint works well in high-traffic settings, and higher sheens will dry harder than matte sheens.</p> <figure id="attachment_220563" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220563 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-sm-d826f7.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="867" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Chris Stout-Hazard.</figcaption></figure> <p>When you do get a scratch, you can quickly and seamlessly touch it up with a brush - something you definitely can't do with stained floors. And like stained floors, painted wood floors can be mopped and scrubbed, with no polish required!</p> <h3>A few tips on floor color</h3> <ul> <li>Lighter is better. Brighter painted floors will reflect more natural light than brown wood.</li> <li>But not too light! Going with a true white floor can be a risky move. It will show every dark speck that drops onto the floor, along with grime and stains. Go a few shades darker to a pale gray for a similar, more practical effect.</li> <li>Black can be dramatic, but, like white, it will show dust. A deep charcoal is an effective compromise.</li> <li>Buttery yellows are traditional favorites for kitchens, mud rooms, and hallways.</li> <li>Need some interest in your formal living room or master bedroom? Try a deep green, merlot, or navy.</li> <li>Mix colors. Stick with a neutral for the bulk of the floor, and offset furniture with a colorful painted area rug. Or highlight the room&#8217;s edge with a wide stripe of color running against the baseboards.</li> </ul> <h6><em>Top image by Chris Stout-Hazard.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">These Stylish Floors Will Make You Rethink Your Renovation Plans</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-painting-tips-tricky-areas-201503/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 DIY Painting Tips for Tricky Areas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/how-to-pick-your-paint/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Pick Your Paint</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=scyO4JR0_eM:0_26utVMNiY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=scyO4JR0_eM:0_26utVMNiY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/painting-wood-floors-220383/feed/ 13 https://www.zillow.com/blog/painting-wood-floors-220383/ 2017-08-22 13:00 +00:00 2017-08-23 01:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220465 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zQSgzipAJqQ/ Celebrity Real Estate Miley Cyrus Pop stars Singers Country Girl Miley Cyrus Buys $5.8M Tennessee Mansion The 33-acre property in her birth city, Franklin, includes a pool and mini-golf course. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:45:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-tennessee-220465/#comments Satinder Haer <p>Miley Cyrus might be singing about &#8216;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j9zMok6two" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Malibu</a>,&#8217; but she&#8217;s done buying houses there. The Disney-actress-turned-pop-star just picked up a new $5.8-million pad in Franklin, TN.</p> <p>This is Cyrus&#8217; first home purchase in her birth state, but she&#8217;s been on a shopping spree in California over the past couple of years. In 2015, she bought a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-buys-horse-ranch-175402/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">horse ranch in Hidden Hills</a>, and 2016 called for a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-malibu-bungalow-191884/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Malibu bungalow</a>.</p> <p>The latest addition to Miley&#8217;s collection is a sprawling 5-bed, 6-bath manse nestled on 33+ acres.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISmmftdvwa71n50000000000-dbc345-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="575" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISu0kwwka717i80000000000-55de6c-1024x575.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISi327j1ifss480000000000-fdf8a8-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISaxzu0vd7kv480000000000-66f0e2-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISeoj3nknh2lo80000000000-6db648-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISeof8w72rkci80000000000-6ec36d-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISukv60i5r31580000000000-8044a6-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS6idwd1yicfi80000000000-474d08-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS6ihr4ej9uno80000000000-e044dd-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISybbkvuta4ii80000000000-66ece9-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISyvmuyrou6c580000000000-a79973-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISq598dop2wki80000000000-6e6500-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISybffm7f1mqo80000000000-5cc792-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISiji6yegeqh580000000000-368d8b-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="691" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISmulf5rrpaio80000000000-6cda37-1024x691.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS2rxiio9zby480000000000-5fe1d4-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISiz6wuhlunni80000000000-79e06f-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISadguf8c6ik580000000000-8d1a64-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="575" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISizarlu6l5wo80000000000-520f85-1024x575.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS27eix18y9n580000000000-036f1e-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISq5d341btdto80000000000-7e869b-1024x680.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="575" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISu0c6fv3q1q580000000000-46b28f-1024x575.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="576" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISq94j18mn0q480000000000-a12d43-1024x576.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="553" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISu0ornxvxifo80000000000-6523a1-1024x553.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h6><em>Photos from Zillow listing.</em></h6> <p>The home boasts classic Southern features including a wraparound porch and a screened-in sun room (with an indoor porch swing!). Inside the 6,869-square-foot estate, hardwood floors, a soaring stone fireplace, red brick accents and vintage exposed beams contribute to a rustic vibe.</p> <p>A pool and mini-golf course dominate the fenced-in backyard. If you&#8217;re not taking a dip in the pool, then the yard is really best experienced from a second-story deck that sits atop the sun room and overlooks the property&#8217;s private 33 acres.</p> <p>This home purchase comes hot on the heels of <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/miley-cyrus-announces-new-album-younger-now-w496516" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Miley&#8217;s announcement</a> that she&#8217;s releasing a new album &#8212; one that many are speculating might be a return to her country roots. While a home purchase is hardly definitive proof, it is another signal for fans anxiously anticipating her next move.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lena-headey-lists-la-home-219245/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">&#8216;Game of Thrones&#8217; Queen Lena Headey Lists LA Home for $1.9M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rachael-ray-sells-in-southampton-220023/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rachael Ray Is Selling Her Southampton Home for $4.9M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-childhood-home-168003/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Miley Cyrus&#8217; Childhood Home Hits the Market for $5.995M</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zQSgzipAJqQ:t1Lbg7AbQX4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zQSgzipAJqQ:t1Lbg7AbQX4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-tennessee-220465/feed/ 5 https://www.zillow.com/blog/miley-cyrus-tennessee-220465/ 2017-08-18 21:45 +00:00 2017-08-19 09:45 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220381 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/xLnEekprm54/ Home Improvement decorating These Stylish Floors Will Make You Rethink Your Renovation Plans Forget the rug - it's the flooring that really ties the room together. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:34:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/#comments Kerrie Kelly <p>Some trends come and go, and others are mainstays. But when it comes to flooring, classic styles with a refreshed twist become instant hits.</p> <p>Below are some of our favorite versatile flooring looks.</p> <h3>Herringbone hardwood</h3> <p>Looking to update your space but stay in line with classic elements? Look no further than herringbone hardwood.</p> <figure id="attachment_220504" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/212-W-18th-St-APT-18A-New-York-NY-10011/122275198_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220504 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISd40rce4kba4r1000000000-b26662.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/212-W-18th-St-APT-18A-New-York-NY-10011/122275198_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>This traditional flooring material gets a modern update via herringbone patterns in different sizes, configurations, and finishes. Perfect for a statement-making entryway, grand hallway, or small space, a herringbone pattern is the ideal facelift for any room.</p> <figure id="attachment_220512" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220512 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/herringbone-trio-e92eee.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="223" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Herringbone can include a variety of tones and colors, or take a more monochromatic approach.</figcaption></figure> <p>One of our favorite herringbone hardwood applications is in a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-for-designing-coastal-home-204524/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">contemporary coastal space</a>. Lightly colored hardwood with subtle distressing is the perfect candidate for a herringbone configuration - it creates soft and subtle dimension against the home&#8217;s neutral palette.</p> <figure id="attachment_220503" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/220-Riverside-Blvd-APT-4N-New-York-NY-10069/61967282_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220503 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS1b5ya5f5hgp21000000000-ccfd2a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/220-Riverside-Blvd-APT-4N-New-York-NY-10069/61967282_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Terrazzo</h3> <p>While not necessarily a new trend, terrazzo flooring is back and bolder than ever. One of the oldest flooring styles still in use, terrazzo is famous for its old-world look and flexible applications, from uber-modern to retro.</p> <figure id="attachment_220509" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1709-Meadowbrook-Rd-Abington-PA-19001/9900698_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220509 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISxv6i69805h1i1000000000-d67e23.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1709-Meadowbrook-Rd-Abington-PA-19001/9900698_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Now, we're seeing terrazzo move toward a contemporary, yet timeless style, with a focus on its green qualities. Because terrazzo is durable and easy to maintain, it often outlasts the buildings it's installed in, making it one of the most eco-friendly materials available.</p> <figure id="attachment_220523" style="width: 794px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220523 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/terrazzo-trio-bafec2.jpg" alt="" width="794" height="173" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Colors, shapes, textures &#8212; the sky&#8217;s the limit with terrazzo flooring.</figcaption></figure> <p>Modernizing terrazzo with a neutral spin, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-impact-bold-color-215195/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a bold and contrasting look</a>, or an aesthetic-specific style helps it outlast trends, too.</p> <figure id="attachment_220499" style="width: 640px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/904-Sandpiper-Ln-Vero-Beach-FL-32963/45237255_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220499" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISlqu37em05n3o0000000000-087206.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="480" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/904-Sandpiper-Ln-Vero-Beach-FL-32963/45237255_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Geometric tiles</h3> <p>While tile&#8217;s been a mainstay in homes for quite some time, the industry&#8217;s hitting the reset button on what we consider typical tile shapes and configurations.</p> <figure id="attachment_220521" style="width: 802px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220521 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/tile-trio-b2a0aa.jpg" alt="" width="802" height="220" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Shaped tiles and geometric prints combine to deliver intricate patterns.</figcaption></figure> <p>In modern homes, a geometric tile floor livens things up with bold colors and patterns, or adds coziness with dark grout and interesting layouts.</p> <figure id="attachment_220500" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1828-Hygeia-Ave-Encinitas-CA-92024/16708339_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220500" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISphqlwlvit58s1000000000-83b33a.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1828-Hygeia-Ave-Encinitas-CA-92024/16708339_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>In a more traditional setting, geometric tiles add uniformity and character through warm, rich tones and large-format layouts.</p> <p>Looking to balance between the two extremes? Consider a neutral-colored tile in a more traditional layout.</p> <figure id="attachment_220425" style="width: 530px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/102-Gates-Ave-Brooklyn-NY-11238/30613777_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220425 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/geometric2-6c972a.jpg" alt="" width="530" height="718" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/102-Gates-Ave-Brooklyn-NY-11238/30613777_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Acid-stained concrete</h3> <p>As homes move toward a transitional or even contemporary look, acid-stained concrete flooring is becoming a prominent theme in many metropolitan and urban areas.</p> <figure id="attachment_220502" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2218-Broadway-E-Seattle-WA-98102/49004937_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220502 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/contemporary-kitchen-with-concrete-flooring-i_g-IS564lprrbl8wh1000000000-OK5k8-67aed5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="535" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2218-Broadway-E-Seattle-WA-98102/49004937_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>These chemically treated floors combine science with style to produce a unique look - marbled concrete with a sleek, glossy finish.</p> <figure id="attachment_220522" style="width: 799px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220522 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/concrete-trio-29f9cb.jpg" alt="" width="799" height="173" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Durable stained concrete creates tremendous texture and depth at a low cost.</figcaption></figure> <p>Depending on the process, this flooring can look edgy and masculine, leaning toward a modern day bachelor pad. Or, when paired with neutral tones, it&#8217;s a simple solution for a traditionally styled family home.</p> <figure id="attachment_220510" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/199-La-Rancheria-Carmel-Valley-CA-93924/19374444_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220510 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/modern-kitchen-with-concrete-flooring-breakfast-nook-and-cathedral-ceiling-i_g-ISx352v2jaimbf0000000000-9jVvz-c40b6f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/199-La-Rancheria-Carmel-Valley-CA-93924/19374444_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Whether you&#8217;re looking for subtle elegance, a dramatic statement, or ultimate durability, today&#8217;s flooring options have you covered.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/21-Perry-St-New-York-NY-10014/31500493_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/retro-decor-deserve-comeback-220071/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">5 Retro Decorating Trends That Deserve a Comeback</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-home-design-trends-218111/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2017 Home Design Trends With Staying Power</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shiplap-for-every-room-215607/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Design Trend: Shiplap All Over the House</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xLnEekprm54:ZaOIjPPoy-g:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xLnEekprm54:ZaOIjPPoy-g:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/feed/ 8 https://www.zillow.com/blog/stylish-flooring-looks-220381/ 2017-08-18 20:34 +00:00 2017-08-19 08:34 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220378 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/8Y7x8125znY/ Home Improvement home organization Renting Storage "Where Should I Keep My...?": Solving the Ultimate Small Space Dilemmas Squeeze every last bit of storage space out of your dwelling, no matter its size. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:56:58 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/#comments Sheila Cain <p>When you&#8217;re renting, square footage is something to be savored, not squandered. It&#8217;s hard enough finding a home for your everyday must-haves, let alone bulky, infrequently used, or offseason items like snowshoes,  pool toys, and holiday decorations.</p> <p>Whatever your hobby or collection, there&#8217;s an <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-organizing-your-house-190815/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">organizational hack</a> to help you store it. Here are some clever storage tricks for six of the toughest, bulkiest space-takers you may own.</p> <h3>Offseason wardrobe</h3> <p>Tuck those bulky winter sweaters (or shorts and flip-flops) in plastic bins under your bed. If your bed's too close to the ground, lift it up with sturdy wood blocks. Even a few extra inches create enough space for a sizable storage container.</p> <p>If elevating the bed isn&#8217;t an option, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-to-declutter-in-a-day-215128/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">maximize your closet space</a> with a few sets of cascading hangers. Put blouses on one set and T-shirts on another, and you&#8217;ll most likely double your closet space.</p> <h3>Extra linens</h3> <p>Extra pillows, comforters, and bedsheets are great for guests, but not so great for your small space. Try vacuum storage bags - stack your items inside, and use your vacuum cleaner to remove the air. Your items will shrink significantly so you can store them under your bed or on a shelf.</p> <h3>Shoe collection</h3> <p>A burgeoning shoe collection can take on a life of its own if not properly corralled. Take it back to dorm-room days with an over-the-door shoe organizer. These college favorites are popular for a reason - they store a dozen pairs of shoes or more, plus scarves, baseball caps, belts, and chunky necklaces.</p> <h3>Bikes</h3> <p>Bikes can be one of the most difficult belongings to stash, especially if you don't have a deck or basement. Try installing a strong hook in the wall, and hang your bike by the front tire. Pro: It&#8217;s a great way to get the bike off the floor. Con: It still protrudes into the room.</p> <p>For a less invasive option, hang your bike flush against the wall - like you're hanging a piece of art. The hardware can be as simple as two wooden dowels that support the bike's horizontal bar. )(Just make sure you <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/how-to-hang-heavy-mirror/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">anchor the supports</a> in the wall&#8217;s studs so they can hold the weight.)</p> <h3>Exercise equipment</h3> <p>An inflatable exercise ball is a great workout aid - and a real space suck. You could always deflate it, but the hassle probably isn&#8217;t worth it. So, why not get creative and make it a usable piece of furniture?</p> <p>Repurpose medium or large exercise balls as dining room chairs, and store them under the dining table when you&#8217;re done.</p> <p>No room for a dining table? The bike trick applies here, too. Install a couple of dowels high up on the wall, and set the ball there until you&#8217;re ready for a crunch session.</p> <h3>Decorations and keepsakes</h3> <p>Have a collection of things you just can't get rid of? Maybe old photo albums, holiday decorations, or crafting supplies? <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/open-shelving-solutions-192561/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Strategically placed shelves</a> are your storage lifesaver when seeking space for infrequently used items.</p> <p>There's often a wealth of unused space above and behind your hung clothing in bedroom and hallway closets. While shelves in these locations may require a footstool or flashlight to access, it won't matter if you only need the items a few times a year.</p> <h6><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/condo,apartment_duplex_type/112563654_zpid/40.848034,-73.914042,40.732365,-74.041071_rect/12_zm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing.</a></em></h6> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creative Ways to Add Color to Your Rental</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/renewing-your-lease-217414/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Your Lease Is Up? Here Are 3 Good Reasons to Renew</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-any-room-seem-larger-171522/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Tips for Making Any Room Seem Larger</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8Y7x8125znY:mrQOltuc8VU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=8Y7x8125znY:mrQOltuc8VU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/feed/ 3 https://www.zillow.com/blog/large-items-small-spaces-220378/ 2017-08-16 22:56 +00:00 2017-08-17 10:56 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220400 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/2__4bqBNnbE/ Unique Homes floating homes 10 Modern Floating Homes That Offer an Aquatic Lifestyle These bobbing houses are a fun and stylish alternative to traditional single-family homes. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:51:34 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-modern-floating-homes-220400/#comments Dwell <div class="_3GsL9n4DAW5ce6n2XHwSUY"> <p>In recent years, there&#8217;s a been a surge of interest in floating homes for many reasons - mainly because they can be easily adapted for site-specific environments.</p> <div class="_3GsL9n4DAW5ce6n2XHwSUY">Ranging from a water villa with a sunken floor below the water, to a self-sustainable residence that can travel to some of the world&#8217;s most remote lakes and rivers, these new bobbing homes encourage an unconventional, water-based lifestyle.</div> <section class="_3Q64cYzwtmOFyDnafPSpR3"> <div class="_2coZlbAWd8lfQ5XRLgXvRy"> <h3>Houseboat on the Eilbekkanal</h3> <section>Accessible by a petite footbridge that leads from the bank to the upper deck, this houseboat by martinoff architekten contains upper and lower floors that are connected by an internal staircase. Inside, the living spaces are oriented towards the canal, while a continuous deck lines the entire length of the living space.</section> <section></section> <figure id="attachment_220402" style="width: 500px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220402" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-bbef3f.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="569" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">In Hamberg, Germany, Houseboat on the Eilbekkanal is enveloped in sliding timber slats, creating a constant connection between the interior and the exterior. Photo courtesy of M.Kunze and Martinoff Architekten.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Floating home on Lake Huron</h3> <p>Floating on a skeleton of steel pontoons, this prefab structure designed by MOS Architects was towed on-site, anchored and constructed in stages. Cedar envelops the interior, exterior and an enclosed exterior space. Protected by slatted rain screens, filtered light enters open voids throughout the entire structure - pragmatically reducing exposure to the natural elements.</p> <figure id="attachment_220404" style="width: 500px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220404" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-13fd38-634x1024.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="808" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Cedar slats mark the facade of this family lake house in Ontario. Photo: Raimund Koch.</figcaption></figure> </div> </section> <h3>ParkArk in Utrecht</h3> <p>Clad in copper panels and local timber, ParkArk was designed by BYTR Architects for a young family who wanted to live beside a 17-century park in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Formerly living in a steel ship, the family desired a houseboat that had the intimacy of their last home but with a more modern design.</p> <figure id="attachment_220405" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220405" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-16978d-1024x621.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="425" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Anchored beside a wooded parkland, this houseboat in the Netherlands was designed by BYTR Architects. Photo courtesy of Stijn Poelstra and Jacqueline Knudsen.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Floatwing by Friday</h3> <p>This prefabricated houseboat can be built to order and shipped to almost anywhere in the world. The made-to-order houseboats are designed to be entirely self-sustainable for up to a week at a time, enabling occupants the opportunity to take up residence in some of the world&#8217;s most remote lakes and rivers.</p> <figure id="attachment_220407" style="width: 600px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220407" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-506c8a.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="600" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">A team from the University of Coimbra in Portugal designed Floatwing. Photo: Jose Campos.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Floating home in Copenhagen Harbour</h3> <p>Offering picturesque views of Copenhagen Harbour, this 750-square-foot, two-bedroom floating home was designed by Laust Nørgaard and features a dark-stained wood exterior with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. The large windows allow residents and visitors to go swimming every morning by simply jumping out the bedroom door.</p> <figure id="attachment_220408" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220408" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-8f02ab-1024x664.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="454" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Laust Nørgaard and his wife, Lisbeth Juul, drew upon their years of experience living on the water to design and build this floating home in Copenhagen Harbour. The home's minimal form and furnishings reflect the residents' desire to downsize following three years on land. Photo: Anders Hviid.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Port X on Vltava River</h3> <p>Currently floating on the banks of Prague's Vltava River, this design-centric home and event space is composed of a single deck floor and a shed roof. Designed to be mobile, added to, reduced and reproduced, the structure consists of two major modular components: the pontoon and the residential area. The technological design combines wood, laminate and CNC-cut curves.</p> <figure id="attachment_220409" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220409" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-93741b-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="467" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Created as a prototype for a serial production, Port X was designed by architects Jerry Koza and Adam Jirkal, along with engineer Tomáš Kalhaus from Atelier SAD. Photo by Tomas Soucek.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Water Villa in Amsterdam</h3> <p>The architects at Framework Studio and Studio Prototype created geometric patterns across the exterior of this floating villa that&#8217;s moored on a canal in the southwest part of Amsterdam. The timber-clad facade features a window on the top floor that can fold up by a remote-controlled shutter for additional privacy.</p> <figure id="attachment_220410" style="width: 750px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220410" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-07b067.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="422" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Water Villa features a sunken floor below the water and an atrium at the center of the house, which connects the children&#8217;s rooms in the basement with the living and dining rooms on the ground floor. Photo by Jeroen Musch.</figcaption></figure> <h3>SayBoat in the Czech Republic</h3> <p>Inspired by Le Corbusier's construction of minimalist architecture, architect Milan Řídký designed these buoyant living quarters for functionalism, spaciousness and utility. The two biggest rooms are connected by a staircase with a glass barrier, evoking the open atmosphere of a small loft.</p> <div> <figure id="attachment_220411" style="width: 750px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220411" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-33d4da-1024x768.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="563" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">This full-fledged floating house was designed with features that are meant to live comfortably year-round. Photo by Richard Navara, Courtesy of Milan Řídký.</figcaption></figure> </div> <h3>&#8216;O&#8217; De Squisito houseboat</h3> <p>Expressed by horizontal slabs and floor-to-ceiling windows that float on structural catamaran beams, this dwelling designed by X-Architects is surrounded by an aquatic mise-en-scène. Inside, an upper deck contains a concealed kitchen, living room and an informal dining area, while the lower deck houses the bedrooms, bathroom and steering cabin.</p> <figure id="attachment_220412" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220412" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-c46e0b-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="467" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">X-Architects closely collaborated with Leen Vandaele, to construct a terrace with a spiral staircase that can be used as a sun deck. Photo by Ake Lindman.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Mjölk Architekti's floating home</h3> <p>This two-story, affordable residence by Mjölk Architekti floats in the heart of downtown Prague. The exterior and interior is enveloped in wood panels. The ground floor contains the kitchen, living areas and a bathroom, while the top floor houses a cozy bedroom nook with a skylight.</p> <figure id="attachment_220413" style="width: 700px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220413" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-c84e9d-1024x686.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="469" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">This project was reconstructed from an old houseboat that was anchored in the sailing club in the Smichov district. Courtesy of Mjölk architekti.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>Top photo by Dwell.</em></p> <p><em>This article was written by Gabrielle Golenda<span data-reactid="135"> and</span> <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/10-modern-floating-homes-that-offer-an-aquatic-lifestyle-d35efe51" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">originally appeared on Dwell</a>.  Check out more of their content on <a href="http://www.dwell.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Dwell.com</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/7-things-about-floating-homes-214787/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7 Things You Didn&#8217;t Know About Floating Homes &amp; Houseboats</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-floating-homes-for-sale-212797/">All Hands on Deck: 10 Unique Floating Homes for Sale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/treehouse-tower-219804/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This Home Is Part Treehouse, Part Ship – House of the Week</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=2__4bqBNnbE:HVewdgGFgcc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=2__4bqBNnbE:HVewdgGFgcc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-modern-floating-homes-220400/feed/ 14 https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-modern-floating-homes-220400/ 2017-08-16 19:51 +00:00 2017-08-17 07:51 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=181983 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/qNQKA8ITsD4/ Home Improvement decorating home organization Storage 3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big With tiny homes and personal decluttering trends taking the world by storm, many people are learning to do more with less. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:26:09 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/#comments Erica Sooter <p>Do you have a small space in your home that you&#8217;re unsure what to do with? Or is your cramped apartment forcing you to be creative in your living arrangements? You&#8217;re not alone.</p> <p>Make your small room or living area fit your needs with clever solutions that will streamline your life and maximize your space.</p> <h3>Paint can work wonders</h3> <p>Choosing the right paint color for your small room can instantly give the impression of more space or emphasize its cozy feel. Traditional neutrals like white, cream and light gray are great choices because they provide a clean and streamlined look, while making the room feel brighter and more expansive.</p> <p>Painting the ceiling white to draw the eye upward is an easy way to create visual openness overhead. You&#8217;ll have an airy and inviting space in no time.</p> <figure id="attachment_182000" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/modern-living-rooms-6250126752/"><img class="wp-image-182000 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/paint-it-white-744353.jpg" alt="paint it white" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/modern-living-rooms-6250126752/">Orlando Soria</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>On the other hand, if you want to play up the small space vibe even more, go bold with dark colors. It&#8217;s a fun and unique design choice to emphasize the smallness of a room by making a cozy den-like atmosphere with colors like black, dark gray and navy.</p> <figure id="attachment_182006" style="width: 550px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-master-bedrooms-6636009886/"><img class="wp-image-182006 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/paint-it-black-10d419.jpg" alt="paint it black" width="550" height="725" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary-master-bedrooms-6636009886/">Allison Lind</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Whether you decide to go light or dark, adding paint to your small space will help you get the effect you are going for in a quick and budget-friendly way.</p> <h3>Savvy storage</h3> <p>With tight spaces, there isn&#8217;t always room for all the storage needed for belongings, clothing, office supplies and more. By incorporating creative and flexible storage solutions, you can easily keep clutter out of sight, while still keeping everything you need handy.</p> <p>For example, the kitchen is a great place to implement clever storage. Roll-away islands and pantries create an adjustable cooking area to fit your needs.</p> <figure id="attachment_182005" style="width: 389px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/country-kitchens-5551019907/"><img class="wp-image-182005 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-storage-49556c.jpg" alt="kitchen storage" width="389" height="460" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/country-kitchens-5551019907/">Sandra Bird</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Add storage by using the space beneath your cabinets for hanging spices or wine glasses, and attaching holders to the backs of cabinet doors to keep foil and cleaning supplies neatly out of sight.</p> <p>Don&#8217;t forget about uncommon spaces like ceilings for hanging items like bicycles out of the way, or adding shelving high up in closets for rarely used items.</p> <h3>Multi-tasking furniture</h3> <p>When you have limited floor space, it&#8217;s important to make your furniture work double duty. Choose pieces that have hidden storage and multiple functions, or can be compacted and stored when not in use.</p> <figure id="attachment_182001" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/575-6th-Ave-UNIT-1303-San-Diego-CA-92101/80276034_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-182001" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/featured2-5ab6ab.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/575-6th-Ave-UNIT-1303-San-Diego-CA-92101/80276034_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>If you can&#8217;t fit a dresser in your bedroom, try using drawers or crates under the bed for clothing and extra linens. A pouf or leather ottoman can easily transition from a seat to a footrest or side table.</p> <p>Add function to your entryway by employing a bench with storage inside to hide extra shoes, gloves, and scarves. And if you have wall space to spare, hang a fold-down dining table.</p> <figure id="attachment_182003" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/575-6th-Ave-UNIT-1303-San-Diego-CA-92101/80276034_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-182003 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/folding-table-3cd437.jpg" alt="folding table" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/575-6th-Ave-UNIT-1303-San-Diego-CA-92101/80276034_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Using modular pieces that can serve different purposes or fold out of the way frees up room to make your space comfortable and livable for you and your guests.</p> <p>Limited square footage doesn&#8217;t mean you have to sacrifice function and style. Small space living is a great way to lead a simplified and streamlined life. With creative thinking, you can go from a cluttered, cramped mess to an organized and inviting space with room for all.</p> <h6><em>Top image from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/210-E-73rd-St-5F-New-York-NY-10021/79503953_zpid" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-any-room-seem-larger-171522/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">4 Tips for Making Any Room Seem Larger</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/in-home-decor-less-is-more-175142/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">In Home Decor, Less Is More</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway (Even If You Don&#8217;t Have the Space)</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published August 19, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qNQKA8ITsD4:_Bs3eKgTzcg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qNQKA8ITsD4:_Bs3eKgTzcg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/feed/ 11 https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/ 2017-08-15 22:26 +00:00 2017-08-16 10:26 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220071 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/AhXLhVBwe34/ Home Improvement decorating 5 Retro Decorating Trends That Deserve a Comeback If you've been yearning for the return of the conversation pit, you're not alone. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:20:41 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/retro-decor-deserve-comeback-220071/#comments Cat Overman <p>Some home decor looks are just too good to let go. The boldly colored kitchen cabinets of the &#8217;50s are taking on a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rebecca-vant-hull-weekend-retreat-217165/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">sophisticated modern look</a>. The late &#8217;80s country kitchen look is enjoying new life - minus the gingham frills and bonneted goose motif - in today&#8217;s farmhouse chic trend, and mid-century design has taken over the home furnishing offerings of retailers at every price point. Rattan furniture and velvet upholstery, both popular in the &#8217;70s, are showing up in designer collections again.</p> <p>Our pick for the decor trend  most deserving of a second chance? The brightly colored bathroom fixtures (and sometimes even matching tile) that became popular beginning in the 1930s, and evolved from cool pastels to the much-maligned avocado and harvest gold hues of the 1970s. We&#8217;re not seeing these offered new yet, but salvage stores are a great resource if you simply must have a mint green or bubble-gum pink sink for your bathroom renovation.</p> <figure id="attachment_220367" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/71543-Tangier-Rd-Rancho-Mirage-CA-92270/18136884_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220367 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISy3lasid4uaqj0000000000-3d8344.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/71543-Tangier-Rd-Rancho-Mirage-CA-92270/18136884_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>Here are some of the blast-from-the-past home decor looks designers are happy to have deja vu over.</p> <h3>&#8217;50s-style dens</h3> <p>We are loving the reemergence of the den or the basement as a gathering space. Instead of having family and friends centered around a 50-inch television in the living room, we're seeing people move toward intimate areas like listening rooms for their favorite vinyl, or casual seating in the den with headphones and their iPads. This setup is more conducive for connecting and catching up, or simply taking time for one's self - think wood paneling, updated and re-imagined bean bags in designer fabrics, and high-quality retro audio sound.</p> <p><em>– Kerrie Kelly, <a href="http://kerriekelly.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Kerrie Kelly Design Lab</a></em></p> <figure id="attachment_220254" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-220254 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1338-42nd-Street-Basement-4-2-046f46.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="360" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Brian Kellogg.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Macrame textile art</h3> <p>Macrame from the &#8217;60s and &#8217;70s, but with a whole new twist. I love the beautiful heavy knotted textile hangings as art, or the thin delicate hangings for room screens. [They can hold] hanging flower vases and even light fixtures. This time it&#8217;s all about texture with a Scandinavian vibe.</p> <p>– <em>Susan M. Jamieson, ASID, <a href="https://www.bridgetbearidesigns.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Bridget Beari Designs, Inc.</a></em></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220252" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_671446057-b6d809.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <h3>Conversation pits</h3> <p>We want big living rooms with circular, sunken conversation pits. They need custom built-in sofas, space-age floating fireplaces hanging in the middle, and plush shag carpeting deep enough to swallow your foot. Give us this dedicated zone for hanging out with friends and family, a space that isn't centered around a TV screen. Give us bold colors and wild graphic patterns on pillows. And, most importantly, give us a live-in housekeeper, because those shag carpets are a <i>nightmare</i> to keep clean.</p> <p><em>– Chris Stout-Hazard, <a href="http://www.rogerandchris.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">ROGER+CHRIS</a></em></p> <figure id="attachment_220256" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3145-N-53rd-St-Phoenix-AZ-85018/7566755_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220256 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/modern-living-room-with-hardwood-flooring-i_g-IShrkl9u8ljftl1000000000-34u2r-9e83fa.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3145-N-53rd-St-Phoenix-AZ-85018/7566755_zpid/"> Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>The home design trend from the past I&#8217;d love to see make a comeback is the conversation pit. Our technology age has created a digital life and physical separation. The classic conversation pit promotes togetherness and community. The conversational pit arrangement organically encourages people to face each other with comfortable deep seating. It also can be an advantage in design strategy, with a flexibility to promote a stylish streamlined modern feel or a casual bohemian aesthetic. Inspiring our clients to ditch the television and engage with family and friends is part of our design practice, creating space as experience.</p> <p><em>– Elena Frampton, <a href="http://www.framptonco.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Frampton Co.</a></em></p> <h3>Timelessly practical kitchen features</h3> <p>Two of our favorite features making a comeback lately are banquette seating and library ladders, especially in the kitchen. A lot of our projects are in the city, where space is at a premium. Banquette seating works great in a tight space, plus it creates additional storage opportunities under the bench. Same goes for the ladder: It&#8217;s all about space. If you don&#8217;t have to haul out a clunky ladder to access everything out of reach, you can double your kitchen&#8217;s storage capacity with cabinets or shelves that go all the way up to the ceiling.</p> <p><em>– Jeff Pelletier,  <a href="https://www.boardandvellum.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Board &amp; Vellum</a></em></p> <figure id="attachment_220257" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2552-2nd-Ave-W-Seattle-WA-98119/48818539_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220257 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/traditional-kitchen-with-hardwood-flooring-i_g-ISxvy79ieh3hik1000000000-dGIu4-fad662.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2552-2nd-Ave-W-Seattle-WA-98119/48818539_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h3>Brass hardware and fixtures</h3> <p>Used in smaller doses like pull handles and faucets with a more sleek and modern shape, [brass hardware and fixtures] can really up your design game in a cool classy way. My favorite bathroom look right now is dark navy cabinets with Carrara marble quartz counters, oversized white sinks, and printed cement floor tile incorporated with brass pull handles and faucets.</p> <p><em>– Christina El Moussa, HGTV's "Flip or Flop" and <a href="http://successpatheducation.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">SuccessPath</a></em></p> <figure id="attachment_220322" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4333-Camellia-Ave-North-Hollywood-CA-91604/20025219_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-220322" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/transitional-full-bathroom-with-frameless-shower-rain-shower-and-stone-backsplash-i_g-ISphy342me6oz81000000000-M6oqw-313781.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4333-Camellia-Ave-North-Hollywood-CA-91604/20025219_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p><em>Top image from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19127-80th-Ave-W-Edmonds-WA-98026/38496651_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zillow listing</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-home-design-trends-218111/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2017 Home Design Trends With Staying Power</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/vw-fowlkes-cleveland-park-219710/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: VW Fowlkes&#8217; Simple-Meets-Sensual D.C. Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rehabbing-home-costs-217979/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rehabbing a Home? Be Ready for These 5 Costs</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=AhXLhVBwe34:i5Nijw-_eg4:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=AhXLhVBwe34:i5Nijw-_eg4:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/retro-decor-deserve-comeback-220071/feed/ 39 https://www.zillow.com/blog/retro-decor-deserve-comeback-220071/ 2017-08-11 19:20 +00:00 2017-08-12 07:20 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=187516 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/5sX0nVBT1_4/ Home Improvement entryways home organization 3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway (Even If You Don't Have the Space) With a little inspiration and organization, you can create an entryway that makes coming and going a breeze. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:13:43 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/#comments Erica Sooter <p>Drop zones, mudrooms, utility rooms, entryways, "places to leave your stuff." Whatever you choose to call them, these spaces are invaluable as a spot to kick off your shoes, drop your keys, and keep everything you&#8217;ll need for the next day right where you left it.</p> <p>Sometimes these spaces can be hard to come by, especially if you live in an apartment or studio. Without organization, shoes usually end up piled in front of the door waiting to trip an unsuspecting victim, and an array of backpacks, mail, dog leashes and knickknacks can clutter your home to the point of embarrassment.</p> <figure id="attachment_187525" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2219-9th-St-Berkeley-CA-94710/24836182_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-187525" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISplxx1x5ve5cu1000000000-e78bd5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2219-9th-St-Berkeley-CA-94710/24836182_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>.</figcaption></figure> <p>But having a dedicated, organized and stylish drop zone for all of your daily needs - and to welcome your guests - is absolutely achievable, no matter the size or design of your living space.</p> <p>Try these tips to establish a functional entryway in a home of any size.</p> <h3>Make a little room</h3> <p>Since it&#8217;s generally not possible to remodel or add on to a rental apartment, you must work with what you have.</p> <p>Try a narrow console table for tight hallways as a place to drop your keys or leave your outgoing mail.</p> <p>If space is really tight and all you have is the wall behind your door, hang hooks for coats and bags so they stay off the floor.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220343" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/139A4213-ce2892.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>Another small-space trick: Temporarily remove your coat closet&#8217;s door, and add a stool or small bench inside as a place to sit and take off your shoes - and still have room for coats.</p> <p>If your apartment is inside a secure building, you may be able to leave out a basket or tray for shoes in the shared hallway.</p> <h3>Add functionality</h3> <p>A mirror can also go a long way in opening up and brightening tight areas by reflecting light and giving the illusion of more space.</p> <p>Retailers like IKEA sell modern pieces that can be modified to fit narrow spaces or hung on the wall. Measure your desired entryway space, and find furniture that will make the most of the room you have.</p> <p>Having dedicated spaces for accessories also will make your drop zone a functional center. A devoted bowl or hook to hang your keys, a folder to sort your mail, and a basket to keep your shoes in really makes a difference in the flow of your day.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220340" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/139A4200-580cd8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>Leave a message</h3> <p>Bump practicality up a notch by having a message center in your drop zone where you can pin important reminders or leave messages for family members. It&#8217;s a great way to keep everyone connected as they go in and out.</p> <p>A docking station to charge all your electronics can also be useful here. Look for compact and small accessories that will fit your space, yet serve the purpose you need.</p> <p>By customizing your drop zone with features you need that will fit your home, you&#8217;ll keep everything streamlined and easy to find when you need it.</p> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/entryways/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">entryway inspiration</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designing-tidy-stylish-entryway-167811/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">First Impressions: Designing a Tidy and Stylish Entryway</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/feng-shui-for-your-tiny-apartment-115020/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Feng Shui for Your Tiny Apartment</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-small-space-work-181983/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Make Your Small Space Work for You</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published December 3, 2015.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=5sX0nVBT1_4:67sojDDLK24:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=5sX0nVBT1_4:67sojDDLK24:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-dedicated-drop-zone-187516/ 2017-08-10 19:13 +00:00 2017-08-11 07:13 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=220267 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/CV0of0ysyXk/ Home Improvement Designer Lookbook mid-century modern Designer Lookbook: Jessica Helgerson's Authentic Mid-Century Remodel A mid-century Portland gem by an esteemed local architect gets an update true to his original vision. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:00:05 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/jessica-helgerson-mid-century-220267/#comments Jill Krasny <p>When Portland interior designer <a href="http://www.jhinteriordesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Jessica Helgerson</a> faced the daunting task of renovating a mid-century treasure, her first question was: "What would Saul do?"</p> <p>The residence in question, the Feldman House, was designed by local architect Saul Zaik in 1956. The wood-clad home, which features a sensationally low-slung gable roof and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, was suffering from a bit of an identity crisis: The kitchen with cheap white laminate cabinets had been raised so it was not level with the adjacent floors, and the ceilings in the bathroom were taller than in the master bedroom.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220316" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1167-064d9f.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>And that was just the beginning. "There was a real disconnect between the front and the back of the house," Helgerson recalls. "The living room was lovely and relatively unchanged, but the back of the house got progressively funkier."</p> <p>The interior floor plan, which had been altered over the years by a series of misguided remodels, lacked cohesion and seemed to detract from Zaik's original vision - an experimental but harmonious marriage of indoor and outdoor spaces.</p> <p>Helgerson made it her mission to be authentic to that vision, "to use materials that felt of the area" and make it feel as if the home had not been remodeled. "We weren't slavishly recreating the past," she says, "but we really were trying to think about the vintage of the house, and the goal of the house, and to be respectful of that when we were designing."</p> <h3>A significantly different plan</h3> <p>Presented with three design plans, the young family who had purchased the home decided to go with "the most significantly different plan, which was the one we were advocating for," Helgerson recalls.</p> <p>That meant replacing the wooden shelves that had been removed from the living room wall, adding new windows, and overhauling the kitchen with new birch cabinetry and a custom screen that mimicked the original front door.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220304" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1235-e32457.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220307" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1336-fa804e.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="938" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220314" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1244-433367.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>A mud room, which solved the problem of a front door and garage door that met in the same spot, was later added, along with a carport entry.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220305" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1280-7d23ef.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220315" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1392-253338.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220308" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1339-ca2236.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="873" /></p> <p>As the family oversaw the progress, Helgerson studied up on the little details that characterized Zaik's work - his use of brass, and how his doorjambs climb past the doors, then meet a panel. The family room, which had an awkward post in the middle, was ultimately shrunk back to its original size, which in turn allowed the master bedroom to be relocated away from the noise of the children's bedrooms. Speaking of those bedrooms, all were resurfaced to be in sync with the rest of the house.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220309" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1364-5da4cc.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-220311" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/JHID-SaulZaikHouse-1402-e39031.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="1050" /></p> <p>"We don't try to put our stamp on it," Helgerson says of the vintage home remodels she tends to take on, "but then I hear, 'Gosh, I can tell it's one of your projects.'" This time, the original architect might disagree.</p> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Hire a professional.</strong> Renovating a vintage home is "tricky, and not everybody gets it," says Helgerson. "We see a lot of funny stuff."</li> <li><strong>Hold back a bit.</strong> "Some restraint is a good thing," says Helgerson, who aims to have all the materials she's picked for a home "fit into a really small bin, and all look good together when we dump it out." Even for a really big house, "ideally the palette is consistent enough that it all looks nice."</li> <li><strong>Embrace the space. </strong>"I advocate for letting spaces be &#8230; what they are," says Helgerson, who doesn't believe in painting a dark basement "sunny yellow" or trying to create a moody room in one that gets a ton of natural light. "Let spaces speak to you and dictate what they want to be."</li> </ul> <h6><em>Photos by <a href="https://www.lincolnbarbour.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Lincoln Barbour</a>.</em></h6> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rowland-broughton-barn-studio-217548/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designer Lookbook: Rowland + Broughton&#8217;s Aspen Barn Studio</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-time-capsule-house-219400/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mid-Century Modern Lovers Will Geek Out Over This Gem</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-price-quiz-220272/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Quiz: Can You Guess the Price of These Homes?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CV0of0ysyXk:Y3aBcbDRcWo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CV0of0ysyXk:Y3aBcbDRcWo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/jessica-helgerson-mid-century-220267/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/jessica-helgerson-mid-century-220267/ 2017-08-10 13:00 +00:00 2017-08-11 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gzuhg3rqnuzdmyjvmuzxgnzsmzxwenlk/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/revealed-least-affordable-places-live-world/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/property-abroad topics:things/uk-property topics:things/income-tax structure:money topics:things/house-prices structure:property Revealed: The most (and least) affordable places to live in the world Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:00:00 Z Sophie Christie 2017-08-10 05:00 +00:00 2017-08-10 17:00 +12:00 https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6218/rents-a-mixed-bag-across-new-zealand?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rents+a+mixed+bag+across+New+Zealand https://www.landlords.co.nz/article/6218/rents-a-mixed-bag-across-new-zealand?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rents+a+mixed+bag+across+New+Zealand Rents a mixed bag across New Zealand Year on year growth in rental prices has varied across the regions but the median rent hasn't budged in the last six months, according to the latest Trade Me Property Rental Index. 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