News Feeds (RSS) https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/na3wyytjgqzte5lpou2dsmjsme4xamls/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/grand-designs-kevin-mccloud-innovative-diy-can-help-solve-housing/ topics:things/mortgages storytype:standard topics:things/planning topics:in-the-news/housing-crisis structure:money topics:places/london structure:property Grand Designs: Kevin McCloud on how innovative DIY can help solve the housing crisis Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Anna White 2017-04-28 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-28 17:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11847137&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Spick and span is the plan Help! It's my open home this weekend; the kids are under my feet and the house is a tip. Anyone who has hosted an open home will know the stress of last-minute preparations and keeping your house ship-shape for the duration of... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:08:19 +1200 2017-04-28 14:08 +12:00 2017-04-28 14:08 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11847117&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Lifestyle price at record high There has been a drop in the number of lifestyle properties sold, according to the Real Estate Institute. It says there were 124 fewer sales (-5.8 per cent) for the three months ending March than for the same period last year.Overall,... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:47:04 +1200 2017-04-28 13:47 +12:00 2017-04-28 13:47 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11847029&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz NZ residential building consents dip in March New Zealand residential building consents dipped in March after a strong rise in February. Seasonally adjusted dwelling consents fell 1.8 per cent to 2,651 in March after rising a revised 17 per cent in February, Statistics New... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:09:39 +1200 2017-04-28 12:09 +12:00 2017-04-28 12:09 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11847017&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Gone in 2 hours: Over 40 Queenstown sections Just over 40 sections in the last tract of developable land in Shotover Country, excluding that earmarked as a Special Housing Area (SHA), were snapped up within two hours last week.Developer Sharyn Stalker told the Otago Daily... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:55:50 +1200 2017-04-28 11:55 +12:00 2017-04-28 11:55 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/njtwcodvnzzwy4brozrteojzmfzgqmlm/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/house-price-growth-hits-12-year-high-northern-cities-london/ storytype:standard topics:places/newcastle topics:places/birmingham structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property topics:in-the-news/brexit topics:places/manchester House price growth hits 12-year high in some northern cities as London slows to five-year low Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-04-27 23:01 +00:00 2017-04-28 11:01 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11846842&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Could a property collapse like Western Australia is experiencing happen here? A sharp drop in property prices could happen in New Zealand, but is unlikely because our economic boom is being driven by more than one sector, says a property valuation boss. Top end property prices in Western Australia are said... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:17:43 +1200 2017-04-28 09:17 +12:00 2017-04-28 09:17 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215032 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/tZwL3dpwLsk/ Editors' Picks Unique Homes waterfront homes House of the Week: A Whimsical Home Inspired By Hobbits A beloved tale inspired this whimsical lakefront home, from the hand-carved furniture to the fanciful roof. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:58:41 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/inspired-by-hobbits-215032/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p>Pat Barry knew he was creating something unusual. He just didn't realize it would take nearly a decade to build.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barry and his wife, Sue, fell in love with Lake Charlevoix, about four hours northwest of Detroit. They bought a piece of waterfront property and set out to build a whimsical home, not dissimilar in style to others nearby.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple enlisted the help of an outside company to harvest more than 1,200 cedar logs from nearby Beaver Island. The process of binding the wood together - called Swedish coping - was so time-consuming, it took nearly three years to finish. </span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="652" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/more-dining-286a9d-1024x652.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="649" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/living-room-lake-view-e44f22-1024x649.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/furniture-2446bd-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/dining-table-151c61-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sleepy-bear-d3808d-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="671" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/guest-bed-28ce52-1024x671.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/deer-door-b49993-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/exterior-af8cd0-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/backyard-68e0b3-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="733" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/sunset-45d1e5-1024x733.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos courtesy <a href="https://patobrien.com/single-property/447461/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Pat O'Brien and Associates</a></em></p> <p>Sometimes, a worker would spend all day crafting a log - only to find out it didn't fit.</p> <p>The wavy roof was another undertaking, inspired by the book &#8220;The Hobbit,&#8221; which Barry has always loved. He decided against traditional roof shingles and opted instead to import cedar shakes from Florida because they could be molded into curved and sinuous shapes.</p> <p>Bending the pieces, however, wasn't easy. It involved a 30-minute process, where workers would steam, twist, and sculpt them.</p> <p>"You won't find another house in the United States that has that roof," Barry said. "It was complicated and took a long time to do it."</p> <p>The result is a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/08279-Ferry-Rd-East-Jordan-MI-49727/2102083959_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house </a>- with a 3-bedroom guest house - on more than 10 wooded acres. Custom-made wood-carved furniture adorns the house, from barstools with bases that look like tree roots to a second-floor balcony made of giant branches. A wooden bed frame has a sleeping bear carved into it, while one of the exterior doors has an image of a large deer.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Priced at $1.99 million with <a href="https://patobrien.com/single-property/447461/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Pat O'Brien and Associates</a>, the home also contains two stone towers that are 32 feet tall. One houses a fireplace, and the second, a utility room.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barry's favorite design feature, though, may just be Mother Nature's doing. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The sun sets right over Lake Michigan," he added. "It's just phenomenal sunsets virtually every night."</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/1900s-firehouse-modern-redesign-214106/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: A 1900s Firehouse With a Modern Redesign</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-southern-manor-214791/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: A Southern Manor Rich in American History</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/urban-dwellings-maine-remodel-214210/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Urban Dwellings&#8217; Breezy Maine Remodel</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=tZwL3dpwLsk:u1xPYd-AM2A:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=tZwL3dpwLsk:u1xPYd-AM2A:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/inspired-by-hobbits-215032/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/inspired-by-hobbits-215032/ 2017-04-27 18:58 +00:00 2017-04-28 06:58 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215293 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/qP2pwEIeKN0/ Market Trends baby boomers zillow research Which 10 U.S. Metros Have the Most Empty Nesters? Kids in the Great Lakes region are, apparently, more likely to fly the coop. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:26:36 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/metros-most-empty-nesters-215293/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p>Pittsburgh is strong as steel when it comes to empty nest households, according to new Zillow research.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Steel City holds the top spot in a new survey of markets where </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">older homeowners live in a house with no children. The number of empty nests nationwide is <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/empty-nests-rise-14810/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">higher than ever before</a>, having climbed steadily in the past decade, says Aaron Terrazas, a senior economist at Zillow.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An &#8220;empty nest" is defined as a home where the heads of the household are 55 years or older, own the home, and have lived in it 10 or more years. There are no children &#8212; of any age &#8212; living in the home.</span></p> <p>In Pittsburgh, 20.2 percent of homes are considered empty nests, based on U.S. Census Bureau data. Buffalo, Cleveland, Richmond, and Birmingham round out the top five metros with the highest percentage of empty nesters.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-215297" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/empty_nesters1-479861-1024x576.png" alt="" width="900" height="506" /></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But empty nests aren't necessarily a bad thing, says Dr. Christine Proulx, an associate professor at the University of Missouri who studies families, relationships, and marriage.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"For the most part, the change was sort of marked with pride and a sense of awe and wonder," says Proulx, who has analyzed empty nesters as part of her research. "[You're] watching this human being that you have been in charge of since birth &#8212; or close to birth &#8212; mature into a young adult.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's just a very pleasurable shift in that relationship," she adds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The places with the lowest densities of empty nests include booming cities with strong job markets, such as Austin, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Retirement communities, such as Fort Myers, Tampa, and Orlando &#8212; all in Florida &#8212; also registered low on the list.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An additional 4.3 million households are "near-empty" nests, meaning they would be empty nests if an adult child currently living at home were to break out on their own. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That harkens back to the idea that empty nesting may not be a permanent thing, Proulx adds. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I call them boomerang families,&#8221; she says. &#8220;I don't think empty nesting is now a one-time shot.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I'm more Gen X,&#8221; continues Proulx, now a parent herself. &#8220;I think people in that generation are also leaving and then coming back." </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Read the<a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/empty-nests-rise-14810/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> full report</a>.</span></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennials-living-with-mom-197241/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">El Paso, Texas Has the Greatest Percentage of Millennials Living with Mom</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennials-diversity-housing-209688/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Our Racially Divided Housing Market Is Changing, Thanks to Millennials</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/rich-millennials-washington-dc-11927/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Young and Old, America&#8217;s Wealthy are Concentrated in America&#8217;s Capital</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qP2pwEIeKN0:EH6fdTWIU1k:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qP2pwEIeKN0:EH6fdTWIU1k:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/metros-most-empty-nesters-215293/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/metros-most-empty-nesters-215293/ 2017-04-27 17:26 +00:00 2017-04-28 05:26 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11846272&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Spark buys into free 18-month-old property website homes.co.nz Spark has bought a minority stake in a free website which gives New Zealand property sale histories, valuations and other information and claims about 300,000 users a month.Few details were given about the deal with homes.co.nz... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-04-28 05:00 +12:00 2017-04-28 05:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215195 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/YuNkLvNl4OU/ Home Improvement decorating 3 High-Impact Spots to Use Bold Color Don't hold back - bright, bold colors are on trend and easier to incorporate than you might think. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:17:33 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-impact-bold-color-215195/#respond Kerrie Kelly <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215256" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Decorating-With-Color-banner-1b6a7b.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="51" data-pin-nopin="true" /></p> <p><em><strong>Editor's note</strong>: Painting is the first project many of us tackle in a new home - sometimes before we even unpack the first box. And if we can't paint, or prefer not to, we express ourselves with color through the textiles, furniture, and accessories that fill our homes. Introducing our favorite colors to our home decor helps us make an unfamiliar place begin to feel like it's truly ours, and a new color scheme can refresh a home we've lived in all our lives. Each day this week we'll share expert tips, designers' advice, and inspirational images to help you make the most of color in your home.</em></p> <p>The next two years are all about the big, the bold, and the beautiful. While neutrals and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-kari-whitman-metal-212650/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">metallics</a> will always dominate interior color palettes, the new color trends are paving the way for a rise in fearless accents.</p> <p>Adding pops of color to your home doesn't have to be a daring feat. Bold hues in a few unique places make a world of difference. Whether it's a new front door color or a festive case good, let's dive into a few unexpected ways to use bold color.</p> <h3>Daring details</h3> <p>Subtle yet significant architectural details - like baseboard trim, molding, and wainscoting - are hidden gems when it comes to adding color in unexpected places.</p> <p>A move as simple as swapping out a neutral trim for a bold, lacquered shade turns even the tiniest space into a prominent focal point. A new color on the old staircase railing stirs instant conversation with visiting guests, while <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fireplace-makeover-new-look-weekend-167872/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a bright fireplace mantle</a> breathes in new life.</p> <p>Don't forget your home&#8217;s exterior: Unique details like brackets, corbels, and hidden soffits are perfect places to add a fun, unexpected color pop. Spring gardening DIY calling your name? Shutters and built-in window planters are easy projects, and great candidates for your favorite fab shade.</p> <figure id="attachment_215312" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5456-Shafter-Ave-Oakland-CA-94618/24753521_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-215312 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISh366xeinqkvf0000000000-65f56b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">A colorful front door sets the tone for visitors entering your home. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5456-Shafter-Ave-Oakland-CA-94618/24753521_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Go bold in the bathroom and kitchen</h3> <p>Tubs and sinks - who would ever think that the workhorses of the bathroom and kitchen could be prime real estate for a new splash of color? While avocado-green kitchen sinks are a thing of the past, modern counterparts are taking over the design realm in fun, bold shades.</p> <p>For a DIY route, paint the underside of a farmhouse-style, wall-mounted sink or vintage clawfoot tub for a fun take on an old classic. Go for tubs and sinks that have lips - they make the new color application look seamless.</p> <figure id="attachment_215308" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-215308" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cottage-full-bathroom-with-rain-shower-i_g-ISto6233aubn2q0000000000-snKZY-6b7497.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="507" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">A deep egglant tub anchors an otherwise light and bright bathroom. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5324-El-Campo-Ave-Fort-Worth-TX-76107/28951808_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Color and case goods</h3> <p>What better way to add an unexpected hue in your space than with a custom case good? Case goods are extremely versatile - use them as a buffet in the dining room, a console in the entry, a dresser in the bedroom, or even a chest in the living room.</p> <p>While most furniture pieces feature a beautiful, natural stain or a neutral shade, customizing a case good with a vivid hue is a sure way to turn that piece into a showstopper.</p> <p>If a new case good isn't in your future, a fresh coat of paint and some fun hardware on a well-loved piece is an easy way to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-your-home-like-a-flipper-211453/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">bring new life</a> into an unexpected place. Have fun with an emerald-green buffet in the dining room or a coral console for a festive entrance - whatever shade you choose, it'll be a unique piece.</p> <figure id="attachment_215311" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/TheDesignFirm-boards/Seaside-Cottage/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-215311" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISph2bgvjqnxrc0000000000-bde489.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Matching aqua chests add a lively touch while providing handy storage. Photo courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/TheDesignFirm-boards/Seaside-Cottage/" target="blank">The Design Firm</a></figcaption></figure> <p><em>Get more design inspiration on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow Digs</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Top image courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/decorating-with-jewel-tones-212105/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Get Rich Quick: Decorating With Jewel Tones</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/marc-michaels-minimalist-decor-213116/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Marc-Michaels Creates Stylish Minimalism</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-pantone-picks-color-of-year-208884/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">It&#8217;s &#8216;Greenery&#8217; for 2017! How Pantone Picks the Color of the Year</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=YuNkLvNl4OU:1FNmEt59Nqs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=YuNkLvNl4OU:1FNmEt59Nqs:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-impact-bold-color-215195/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-impact-bold-color-215195/ 2017-04-27 13:17 +00:00 2017-04-28 01:17 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11846339&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Property prices drop 40pc in Australian city Families in Western Australia are at breaking point, plagued with mounting debts they can't pay off, as they face the reality of a collapsing economy.As properties decrease significantly in value and unemployment rates rise, many... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:29:27 +1200 2017-04-27 14:29 +12:00 2017-04-27 14:29 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11846170&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Rents rise outside of major cities - Trade Me It's not just Auckland and Wellington feeling the heat, tenants in the smaller regions are facing sizeable increases in rent prices. Trade Me's Property report released today showed that rents have gone up by $3000 annually in just... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:13:50 +1200 2017-04-27 12:13 +12:00 2017-04-27 12:13 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11838397&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Community by design Part of the appeal of the inner city suburb of Newton is its proximity to popular areas such as Newmarket, Ponsonby, Mt Eden and Queen St.Auckland University is within easy reach, as is Auckland City Hospital, the Domain and Vector... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-04-27 05:00 +12:00 2017-04-27 05:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215076 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/kgcN0pnEFoU/ First Person first time home buyer home maintenance Setting Up a Successful Home Repair Budget Home repair expenses won't keep you awake at night when you know you've got a plan in place. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:10:35 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/set-up-home-repair-budget-215076/#respond Melanie Harding <p>Many people will become first-time home buyers this spring. Those buyers are probably running the numbers now: This much for the mortgage, this much for property tax, a bit more for utilities….</p> <p>Some of them will get renovation loans that allow them to rehab a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fixer-upper-200428/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">fixer-upper</a> and make it fit for fine living, but many won&#8217;t think to include the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hidden-costs-178265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cost of ongoing maintenance</a> as they plan their new budgets.</p> <p>The adventure of buying a home was one that my husband and I approached with great excitement. We were ready to dive into gardening, outdoor entertaining, having a dog, and creating a space that was all ours.</p> <p>Like many first-time home buyers, we had a lot to learn. In addition to delving into our personal finances, we studied up on things like <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/private-mortgage-insurance/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mortgage insurance</a>, flood zones, and - after a particularly revealing inspection on a home we didn't end up buying - foundation types.</p> <p>One thing that didn't come up in our new-homeowner education: Budgeting for home repairs.</p> <p>While unexpected home repairs can strain almost any budget, being prepared for these inevitable costs promised deep peace of mind.</p> <p>We wanted to be the kind of homeowners who were prepared to replace a water heater or repair a roof without pulling out our credit card, so we began researching how much we should save each month to keep our home safe and sound.</p> <p>As part of our research, we tried out two different methods of estimating home-maintenance costs, and set up a successful home repair budget.</p> <h3>Option 1: The assessed-value method</h3> <p>Many experts advise setting aside between 1 percent and 4 percent of the assessed value of your home each year for repairs and maintenance. Maintenance costs for homes that are aging, remotely located (like island homes), or lavishly trimmed out with features like swimming pools can run toward the higher end.</p> <p>Our home didn't fall under any of these categories, so we chose 1.5 percent (one of the most commonly recommended rates) when we set up our estimate.</p> <p>The assessed value (which forms the basis for property taxes) can vary a lot from the market value of a home. Knowing this, we also used our home value on Zillow to create our estimate.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215078" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/budget1-7a1e47.jpg" alt="" width="562" height="147" /></p> <p>This method was incredibly easy, but it didn't give us complete peace of mind. Three major factors led us to take a deeper look at our actual home-maintenance costs:</p> <ul> <li>Assessed values are not always accurate.</li> <li>Home values can be affected by factors that are completely unrelated to actual repair costs (like the quality of the school district).</li> <li>The 1- to 4-percent savings rate range suggested by experts left us with some reservations.</li> </ul> <p>Our specific situation gave us additional reason to doubt the assessed-value method of estimating. Because we are close to great amenities like a commuter rail station and a walkable historic downtown, we could own a much larger home just a half hour away with a lower assessed value. This much larger home would be more expensive to maintain than our cozy abode, but a savings rate based on assessed value would have us putting aside less money.  The only way to ensure our peace of mind was to test the accuracy of this repair-cost estimate.</p> <h3>Option 2: Itemized project costs</h3> <p>Testing the accuracy of our home-maintenance budget required figuring out the cost of individual home repairs, and the lifespan of things like paint jobs and furnaces.</p> <p>Here are a few factors we kept in mind as we put together a second estimate based on itemized costs:</p> <ul> <li>We live in an area with fairly high cost of living, so services aren&#8217;t cheap.</li> <li>Our house is very small (just 790 square feet!) so many repairs are less expensive.</li> <li>We usually buy our appliances &#8220;like new&#8221; from an outlet store.</li> <li>Our washer and dryer are in an extremely small space, and would need to be replaced with premium space-saver appliances.</li> </ul> <p>Overall, this approach to budgeting was all about creating a customized savings plan that was specific to our needs. Here's what we came up with:<strong><em> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215079" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/budget2-42338d.jpg" alt="" width="459" height="580" /></em></strong></p> <h3>Finding the facts</h3> <p>We are not <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">experts in home construction and repair</a>. When we weren&#8217;t sure how much to estimate, we used the <a href="http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Home Advisor True Cost Guide</a> or talked with experienced friends.</p> <p>We also didn&#8217;t need this budget to cover the cost of small expenses like lawnmowers or minor repairs. We knew we would use our everyday spending money to cover these less significant expenses, and save our home repair dollars for when we truly needed them.</p> <h3>A customizable solution</h3> <p>The beauty of a customizable solution like this one is that we can update our savings goals whenever we have new information about our home. If we discovered that our roof should be replaced within five years, we could change the lifespan and instantly update our monthly savings goal.</p> <p>This method would be especially helpful if we owned an older home with several pressing repair needs.</p> <h3>What did we learn?</h3> <p>After all the time-consuming work of putting together the itemized estimate, it came out surprisingly close to using the assessed value method. This was especially true when we used our home's market value instead of the value assigned by the Assessor-Treasurer's office.</p> <p>Unless there are dramatic fluctuations in the housing market, we'll be setting our savings rate based on our home's estimated market value in the future. We'll also be sure to update our savings goals each year to make sure the amount we've budgeted is enough to keep up with inflation.</p> <p>If we decide that something more than plain-Jane home maintenance is in our future, we'll set aside a bit more to allow us to pay for remodels or renovations.</p> <p>These tools together helped us set up a successful home-repair budget. The money we contribute to our home-repair fund each month is a small price to pay for peace of mind.</p> <p>Ready to set up your customized home-repair budget? <a href="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/54b0ba2cd2f390a80ecb2c9d3/files/5b1e2b55-58d2-4d95-ae66-cd62793ef1cb/Zillow_Mindfully_Spent_Home_Repair_Budget_Tool_LCKD.xlsx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Download the Home Repair Budget Tool</a> to estimate the costs for your home using either of these methods.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Build a Home Renovation Team You Can Trust</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/diy-updates-boost-home-value-198836/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">DIY Updates That May Boost Your Home&#8217;s Value</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/dos-donts-of-home-equity-loans-192836/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Do&#8217;s and Don&#8217;ts of Home Equity Loans</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kgcN0pnEFoU:dEHxsUgEEmo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kgcN0pnEFoU:dEHxsUgEEmo:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/set-up-home-repair-budget-215076/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/set-up-home-repair-budget-215076/ 2017-04-26 13:10 +00:00 2017-04-27 01:10 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215163 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/zO1hOuaMg90/ Home Improvement decorating 3 Rules for Avoiding Common Color Mistakes Break out the color wheel - today's lesson is all about working with color. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:05:37 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-rules-avoiding-common-color-mistakes-215163/#respond Kerrie Kelly <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215256" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Decorating-With-Color-banner-1b6a7b.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="51" data-pin-nopin="true" /></p> <p><em><strong>Editor's note</strong>: Painting is the first project many of us tackle in a new home - sometimes before we even unpack the first box. And if we can't paint, or prefer not to, we express ourselves with color through the textiles, furniture, and accessories that fill our homes. Introducing our favorite colors to our home decor helps us make an unfamiliar place begin to feel like it's truly ours, and a new color scheme can refresh a home we've lived in all our lives. Each day this week we'll share expert tips, designers' advice, and inspirational images to help you make the most of color in your home.</em></p> <p>Choosing colors for your home can be overwhelming. From neutrals to bold accent colors, the shades and intensities of each color can be confusing, especially after staring at a few hundred paint swatches.</p> <p>To help you avoid common color mistakes (or fix them if they happen), we compiled a few rules to live by when it comes to selecting your colors and applying them to your home.</p> <h3>Neutrals are essential</h3> <p>No matter what anyone says, white is <em>always </em>an option. If your style is Spanish revival, colonial, Arts and Crafts, or <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/color-palettes-mid-century-modern-171154/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mid-century modern</a>, you can always use white and other neutral colors to balance heavier tones. Or use them as the star of the show, and create a clean backdrop for your favorite accents and pops of color.</p> <p>White is the most popular of the true neutrals, but even white has variations of shade and subtlety. It's a standard backdrop for contemporary interiors, but it also adds cleanliness to traditional design and stability to more eclectic looks.</p> <figure id="attachment_215165" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-215165" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Photo-Jul-07-2-20-07-PM-659c53.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="625" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>The mistake:</strong> No neutrals in the home.</p> <p><strong>How to fix it:</strong> If your home is splashed with colors that are deep, dark, and seemingly irreparable, you have a couple of choices. You can paint and paint and paint to get a clean white that works with any interior style, or you can go even darker with the mother of all neutrals: black.</p> <p>Black brings drama and definition to all elements of a space and anchors any design. If you don't want to add stark black, consider charcoal or versions of gray - they provide similar results to black without the intensity.</p> <h3>Combining colors doesn't have to be scary</h3> <p>Individual colors are interesting, but the real design fun happens when you bring colors together in a room. Endless color combinations are possible, but it's important to keep a few things in mind.</p> <p>First, keep the color intensity similar. A room would be boring if all its colors were the same intensity, but they should still work together. To prevent one color from overpowering the other, keep them within the same range of brightness - the color combinations shouldn't be too much lighter or darker than their counterparts.</p> <p>Next, be aware of undertones. Your colors will be harmonious if they have the same undertone. Also, use unequal opportunities and think about the placement of each color. Equal amounts of color fight for attention, whereas a star color and supporting accent color make much more sense.</p> <p>When deciding where to put each color, think about its visual impact. Where you place your colors in a room is just as important as the proportion of their representation.</p> <figure id="attachment_215164" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-215164" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-1fe456.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="522" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>The mistake:</strong> Too many colors in too many tones.</p> <p><strong>How to fix:</strong> The easiest way to fix a color overload is to start editing. First, subtract the complex colors that challenge the room's design. Next, edit how often the color makes an appearance. Finally, consider rearranging the colors&#8217; locations. A few edits to a colorful space can make it much easier on the eyes.</p> <h3>Color affects light and space</h3> <p>When selecting a color, don't just consider how your furniture will look with it - consider how light and space will affect it, too. While most light in the home is artificial, natural light still plays an important role. The way materials and surfaces reflect light also affects color.</p> <p>You can also use colors to alter the perception of space within a room. Generally, light gives the illusion of more space, while warmer colors make the space feel smaller. This is when color is really useful - painting an end wall in a long, narrow room a warm, dark color will help the space feel more evenly proportioned. On the other hand, the same paint color in every room will give your home an even visual flow.</p> <figure id="attachment_215166" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-215166" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Photo-Oct-09-3-29-44-PM-ff6c91.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="623" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab</figcaption></figure> <p><strong>The mistake: </strong>The colors you chose don't play well with your home's lighting and spacing.</p> <p><strong>How to fix it: </strong>Between a room&#8217;s scale and how colors reflect light, certain colors can look stronger once they&#8217;re in your home. If you selected colors that aren't playing well with your home's lighting and spacing, you have a few options.</p> <p>First, go for a solid neutral. White and light-gray paint create a visual flow, brighten dark areas, and build on the airiness of more spacious rooms.</p> <p>Next, add contrast and interest by painting the trim a different color or by adding wainscoting or moldings. These architectural details break up heavy paint colors, and add texture and dimension.</p> <p><em>For more design inspiration, check out <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow Digs</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/342-W-15th-St-New-York-NY-10011/2108449015_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Color Palettes for a Sophisticated Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Creative Ways to Add Color to Your Rental</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/un-boring-white-kitchen-201007/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Un-Boring All-White Kitchen</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zO1hOuaMg90:0B6EMeOahsM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=zO1hOuaMg90:0B6EMeOahsM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-rules-avoiding-common-color-mistakes-215163/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-rules-avoiding-common-color-mistakes-215163/ 2017-04-26 13:05 +00:00 2017-04-27 01:05 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215056 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/A34uCldH-Rs/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors Beverly Hills Jaime King remodeling Jaime King's Family-Friendly Dream Home Updates Making room for kids just takes a little creativity. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/jaime-king-dream-home-215056/#respond Michelle Anderson <p>When "Hart of Dixie" star Jaime King purchased her first home in Beverly Hills at 24 years old, she immediately felt at home.</p> <p>So when she and her husband, Kyle Newman, had their first son, they decided to update the home they love to make room for their growing family.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IG2JzIRbyN4?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3>A reimagined garage</h3> <p>Looking to create both a play space and guest suite, Jaime and Kyle separated their garage into three sections. The space now houses a beautiful guest bedroom and bath, a hangout room complete with TV, and a play area.</p> <figure id="attachment_215060" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-215060" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/guest-combo-3e0d79.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="537" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The new guest suite gives the young family a space to host overnight visitors.</figcaption></figure> <p>In keeping with their home&#8217;s mid-century modern design, the space flows seamlessly with the rest of the residence.</p> <h3>A converted porch</h3> <p>Originally a porch off the master bedroom, this space was going to be a quiet sitting area for Jaime and Kyle to work and relax in.</p> <p>However, as soon they finished the room, they found out they were going to have their second son, so they redesigned immediately. The result is a covetable nursery and relaxation area.</p> <figure id="attachment_215062" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-215062" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/nursery-90e652.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The sitting area offers space to unwind.</figcaption></figure> <figure id="attachment_215063" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-215063 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/nursery-2-ff702c.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="536" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The former porch&#8217;s floor-to-ceiling windows supply nature views and lots of sunshine.</figcaption></figure> <p>See inside more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/celebrity-real-estate/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">celebrity homes</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tyler-blackburn-dream-backyard-214468/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Updates That Helped Tyler Blackburn Create His Dream Backyard</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-details-chris-hardwick-home-212822/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Five One-of-a-Kind Details From Chris Hardwick&#8217;s Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ryan-lewis-house-tour-212038/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ryan Lewis&#8217; House Is No Thrift-Shop Find</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=A34uCldH-Rs:V7HQRbiA0Jc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=A34uCldH-Rs:V7HQRbiA0Jc:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/jaime-king-dream-home-215056/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/jaime-king-dream-home-215056/ 2017-04-26 13:00 +00:00 2017-04-27 01:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11844131&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Revealed: Auckland area's top 45 new buildings A Glen Innes community centre, the ''Big Pinkie'' office block, the new $35 million waterfront theatre and stylish new houses tonight won top architectural awards.Lynda Simmons, convener of the jury which judged the New Zealand... 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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:15:10 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/#comments Erica Sooter <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215256" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Decorating-With-Color-banner-1b6a7b.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="51" data-pin-nopin="true" /></p> <p><em><strong>Editor's note</strong>: Painting is the first project many of us tackle in a new home - sometimes before we even unpack the first box. And if we can't paint, or prefer not to, we express ourselves with color through the textiles, furniture, and accessories that fill our homes. Introducing our favorite colors to our home decor helps us make an unfamiliar place begin to feel like it's truly ours, and a new color scheme can refresh a home we've lived in all our lives. Each day this week we'll share expert tips, designers' advice, and inspirational images to help you make the most of color in your home.</em></p> <p>Living in a rental can put a significant damper on your design options. With unchangeable fixtures and cabinets, blasé paint colors, and the threat of losing your security deposit if you make changes, a lot of renters suppress their personal style and force themselves to live with builder-grade basic.</p> <p>But it doesn&#8217;t have to be this way. By getting creative with your furniture and accessories, you can have a colorful and inviting home without sacrificing your deposit or infuriating your landlord.</p> <h3>Wall to wall</h3> <p>Many homeowners choose <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/diy/how-to-paint-a-room/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">painting the walls</a> as a relatively easy way to bring color to a space. But landlords and property managers often forbid changing a rental&#8217;s interior paint color.</p> <p>Think beyond paint and you&#8217;ll discover a multitude of ways to dress up your walls without touching a paintbrush. The key is to think big when it comes to finding ways to cover boring walls.</p> <p>Find oversized large-scale art pieces that speak to your style and feature punchy colors. Collect favorite snapshots in ombre frames of your fave hue instead of traditional black or white, and assemble a gallery wall.</p> <p>Have an artistic streak? Paint a mural on a large piece of canvas and tack it over an entire wall.</p> <p>For the less artistically inclined, removable wallpaper or decals in bright shades and eye-catching designs provide an instant pick-me-up.</p> <figure id="attachment_200469" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6657-S-Mill-Stone-Ln-Salt-Lake-City-UT-84121/69723772_zpid//" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-200469 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISdq1avyodricj-e0486b.jpg" alt="Room with bright wall decal" width="800" height="531" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6657-S-Mill-Stone-Ln-Salt-Lake-City-UT-84121/69723772_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>You can also cover entire walls or awkward spaces with a pretty patterned curtain or piece of fabric for a cozy bohemian vibe.</p> <h3>Punch it up</h3> <p>Rental apartments or homes often come equipped with boring or outdated cabinets, fixtures and flooring that can&#8217;t be altered. Beige, brown, and off-white are the norm for these spaces, but that doesn&#8217;t mean you have to let it restrict your style.</p> <p>Add visual interest and draw attention by bringing in splashy pieces of furniture and decor. Look for pieces in your favorite color or choose a theme, like sunny yellow and coral, to drown out the drab.</p> <p>Vibrant painted wood chairs can give your dining space some zing. Or purchase a couch or chair in a daring tone like emerald or sapphire.</p> <figure id="attachment_215264" style="width: 650px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="size-full wp-image-215264" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/offset_60383-927265.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="828" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from Offset</figcaption></figure> <p>Don&#8217;t have a ton of cash to spend? Go DIY. Find furniture with good bones at your local thrift shop or garage sale, and <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/revitalizing-antique-chairs-170343/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">give it a makeover</a>. Use spray paint for smaller decor pieces, and latex or chalk paint for dressers and side tables.</p> <p>Add extra flair with stenciled details and paint-dipped legs. Line the backs of bookshelves with decorative paper, and temporarily replace boring kitchen and bathroom pulls and knobs with vibrant versions.</p> <h3>Soft goods, bold tones</h3> <p>Textiles in an assortment of rainbow colors will be your best friends when it comes to dressing up your outdated or dull apartment. Start with an inviting rug in a rich jewel tone or a trendy overdyed hue.</p> <figure id="attachment_199630" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/90-Hall-St-Brooklyn-NY-11205/30611789_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-199630" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISd4c4nkm9zpg50000000000-9bdb23.jpg" alt="Courtesy of Zillow Digs." width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/90-Hall-St-Brooklyn-NY-11205/30611789_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Stay away from traditional white and beige curtains, and instead opt for a bright color or lively pattern.</p> <p>The same goes for bedding. White may be a traditional go-to for duvet covers, but in the case of a blah apartment, pick a print or hue that will make your bedroom an energizing getaway or relaxing retreat.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re looking for a calm vibe, search for a bed set in cool indigo, lavender, or sage.</p> <p>Want to make it upbeat instead? Try poppy colors like coral, tangerine, or sunflower.</p> <p>Fun throw pillows and blankets will spice up your bed, couch, lounge chairs and more. Keep the color trend going into the bathroom and kitchen by choosing pretty hand towels and bathmats.</p> <h3>Make it yours</h3> <p>By punching up the walls with custom artwork, bringing in attention-grabbing furniture, and using pretty textiles to boost the style factor, you can have a custom colorful home without ever touching a drop of paint.</p> <p>The key is moderation and intention. Stick with a few favorite shades and mix it up by using variations of those hues instead of pulling in every color in the rainbow. Choose a few important focal points to infuse with color and let the rest blend in.</p> <figure id="attachment_199636" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/356-Prospect-St-APT-N2-La-Jolla-CA-92037/16848541_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-199636" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISl2040l34v4fu0000000000-714ff0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/356-Prospect-St-APT-N2-La-Jolla-CA-92037/16848541_zpid/&quot;">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>You&#8217;ll be happier for the design boost and your landlord will be glad you haven&#8217;t made any big changes. That&#8217;s a win-win situation for everyone involved.</p> <p><em>Looking for more design inspiration? <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Check out Zillow Digs</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/refresh-your-rental-for-spring-193979/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Easy Steps to a Total Rental Makeover</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/lifelong-collector-nyc-home-195016/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Peek Inside a Lifelong Collector&#8217;s NYC Home</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/rent/guide/putting-your-touch-on-new-place/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Putting Your Touch on the New Place</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published June 13, 2016.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=C01u6GryY40:04JcIeQWjE8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=C01u6GryY40:04JcIeQWjE8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/bring-color-to-rental-199611/ 2017-04-25 22:15 +00:00 2017-04-26 10:15 +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. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:46:29 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-modern-throwback-205326/#comments Melissa Allison <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215256" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Decorating-With-Color-banner-1b6a7b.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="51" /></p> <p><em><strong>Editor&#8217;s note</strong>: Painting is the first project many of us tackle in a new home - sometimes before we even unpack the first box. And if we can't paint, or prefer not to, we express ourselves with color through the textiles, furniture, and accessories that fill our homes. Introducing our favorite colors to our home decor helps us make an unfamiliar place begin to feel like it&#8217;s truly ours, and a new color scheme can refresh a home we've lived in all our lives. Each day this week we'll share expert tips, designers' advice, and inspirational images to help you make the most of color in your home.</em></p> <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="http://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 size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-6-0d2794-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-7-d541b7-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-8-663c4f-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-9-db9714-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-10-57f014-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-11-f64c03-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-12-ec4bc1-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11016-pinocchio-dr-dallas-tx-MLS-13-f0279c-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-14-72b68f-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-15-13c35c-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-17-85ef5c-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-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="http://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="http://www.zillow.com/blog/wavy-home-in-venice-204243/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A Wavy Home in Venice</a></li> <li><a href="http://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/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-modern-throwback-205326/ 2017-04-25 21:46 +00:00 2017-04-26 09:46 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11845190&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Three factors could kill construction demand An immigration downturn; Australia's fortunes recovering with more Kiwis being drawn across the ditch; a decline in tourism numbers here: All could reduce demand for new construction, a new report says.Rider Levett Bucknall's trends... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:11:12 +1200 2017-04-26 07:11 +12:00 2017-04-26 07:11 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11843758&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Auckland's Twin Towers on the market Known locally as The Twin Towers, one of Auckland city's largest and most recognisable office and retail properties has come up for sale at 205 Queen St."This is a landmark A-grade complex with a diversified income stream in Auckland's... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:05 +1200 2017-04-26 05:00 +12:00 2017-04-26 05:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11843751&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Two office levels to lease in CBD building Two office floors are available for lease in an Auckland city building on which New Zealand Mint has naming rights and is a key tenant."The building is currently 100 per cent leased but tenant Datacom is relocating to its new building... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-04-26 05:00 +12:00 2017-04-26 05:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11843742&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Outdoors on their doorstep If you go to Hayley Flint's house you are likely to be greeted by three enthusiastic and super-sized hounds. There's Phoebe the Great Dane, Luther the already huge Newfoundland puppy, and 11-year-old Marty, the labradoodle.The... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-04-26 05:00 +12:00 2017-04-26 05:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11843735&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Connect with the elements Breakfast at Trudy and Richard Edlin's place is a double helping of peace and quiet like no other. Where else can you take your coffee and gaze at the tranquillity of St Bathans' Blue Lake in Central Otago in one direction with... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-04-26 05:00 +12:00 2017-04-26 05:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hf2gy2dlgjttg3legnxg4mrshfvti5dp/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/great-estates-baroness-emma-nicholson-controversial-politician/ storytype:standard structure:art/architecture topics:things/great-estates structure:interiors topics:places/berkshire topics:things/luxury-property topics:places/westminster- structure:money topics:organisations/liberal-democrats topics:places/middle-east topics:people/margaret-thatcher structure:property topics:in-the-news/brexit Great Estates: Baroness Emma Nicholson, the controversial politician, on escaping Westminster for West Berkshire Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Fred Redwood 2017-04-25 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-25 17:00 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11844847&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz You can buy this small town for the bargain price of US$3.5M In the tiny, dying timber town of Tiller, the old cliche is true. If you blink, you might actually miss it.But these days, this dot on a map in southwestern Oregon is generating big-city buzz for an unlikely reason: Almost the entire... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:12:46 +1200 2017-04-25 15:12 +12:00 2017-04-25 15:12 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11844707&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz 40ha Remarkables site listed for sale A site on the flanks of the Remarkables has been listed for sale - for less than $2million.The 40ha freehold section - with resource consent pending for the 1000sq m building platform - sits on the western side of the Remarkables.Realtor... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:58:36 +1200 2017-04-25 10:58 +12:00 2017-04-25 10:58 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property/news/article.cfm?c_id=8&objectid=11842437&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz 17 per cent Auckland building inflation raises Labour's ire Auckland building costs rose 17 per cent in the past year compared only 7 per cent nationally, a trend Labour's Andrew Little says illustrates a dire situation.Using Statistics NZ material, Little said Auckland building consent... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:45:00 +1200 2017-04-25 09:45 +12:00 2017-04-25 09:45 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=193798 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/wVWXn3U0wdI/ Editors' Picks Home Improvement decorating 3 Color Palettes for a Sophisticated Home Shades of white, crisp navy and earthy neutrals create a calming and versatile backdrop. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:13:56 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/#comments Kerrie Kelly <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215256" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Decorating-With-Color-banner-1b6a7b.jpg" alt="" width="801" height="51" /></p> <p><em><strong>Editor&#8217;s note</strong>: Painting is the first project many of us tackle in a new home - sometimes before we even unpack the first box. And if we can't paint, or prefer not to, we express ourselves with color through the textiles, furniture, and accessories that fill our homes. Introducing our favorite colors to our home decor helps us make an unfamiliar place begin to feel like it&#8217;s truly ours, and a new color scheme can refresh a home we've lived in all our lives. Each day this week we'll share expert tips, designers' advice, and inspirational images to help you make the most of color in your home. </em></p> <p>Trendy color pairings  are not for everyone. But even if you prefer timeless paint palettes, the decision to update your home decor with new hues still comes with a lot of choices. Glossy or matte? Warm or cool tones? Pretty patterns or bare necessities? Here are three favorite palettes and pairings to help you gain a fresh perspective on your home.</p> <h3>Navy and white</h3> <p>If you&#8217;re lucky enough to call a beautiful coastline your home, a navy-and-white color palette is a perfect pick for your space. Its nautical roots and fresh, crisp look are a natural fit for a beach house or residence inspired by the shore.</p> <figure id="attachment_194522" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/36900-Indian-Cove-Dr-Frankford-DE-19945/2113380842_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-194522 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/navy-and-white-1ce220.jpg" alt="navy and white" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/36900-Indian-Cove-Dr-Frankford-DE-19945/2113380842_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Navy helps bring dramatic dimension to a room when paired with white trim or <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/wainscoting/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">wainscoting</a>. Keep the rest of the room's colors and accessories simple and natural, adding texture throughout with jute and other natural fibers for a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/beach-decor-for-every-home-179242/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">fresh-off-the-beach feel</a>.</p> <h3>Crisp white and warm gray</h3> <p>A truly timeless color palette, white and gray have the ability to turn a room <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/contemporary-home-design-ideas/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">completely contemporary</a> or settle it into a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/what-is-traditional-style/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">totally traditional space</a>. The shades of white and gray you select will determine the personality of the room, and change how light reflects off the walls, textiles, and flooring.</p> <figure id="attachment_194523" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3022-37th-Ave-SW-Seattle-WA-98126/49049710_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-194523 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/white-and-gray-9f2acd.jpg" alt="white and gray" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3022-37th-Ave-SW-Seattle-WA-98126/49049710_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Try a warm greenish-gray paired with a crisp white for a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/what-is-transitional-style/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">transitionally styled</a> space. The beige undertones help balance the coolness of the white, giving off an inviting vibe, perfect for pairing with vibrantly colored cushions, textiles, or accessories like rugs or ottomans.</p> <h3>Natural tan and warm white</h3> <p>Breathe life into a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/contemporary/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">contemporary space</a> with neutral tones like gray, brown, white, and beige. While this isn't a new idea, it's a luxurious take on a signature color palette, especially for a home transitioning into a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/what-is-modern-style/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">modern style</a>. (It&#8217;s also <a href="http://www.zillow.com/rent/guide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">great for renters</a>, because many rental homes already have white walls.)</p> <figure id="attachment_194524" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5143-E-Calle-Del-Medio-Phoenix-AZ-85018/7838645_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="wp-image-194524" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/white-and-tan-ab60c3.jpg" alt="white and tan" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5143-E-Calle-Del-Medio-Phoenix-AZ-85018/7838645_zpid/">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>If you have high ceilings to work with, paint the walls and ceilings the same bright white to draw the eye upward and create visual space. Next, opt for soft natural tones in your flooring, carpeting, and upholstery. Finally, choose furnishings with texture like braided accents, woven designs, and wooded elements.</p> <p>If you're dying for color, touches of red help warm up a cool and contemporary color palette like this.</p> <p><em>For more design inspiration, check out <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow Digs</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/whats-your-home-design-style/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Quiz: What&#8217;s Your Home Design Style?</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/personalize-your-rental-home-190466/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Personalize Your Rental Space (Without Losing Your Deposit)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/decorating-big-blank-wall-190134/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Home Decor Challenge: The Big Blank Wall</a></li> </ul> <h6><em> Originally published March 24, 2016</em></h6> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wVWXn3U0wdI:lrePsE2vsCM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wVWXn3U0wdI:lrePsE2vsCM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/feed/ 1 https://www.zillow.com/blog/low-key-color-palettes-193798/ 2017-04-24 17:13 +00:00 2017-04-25 05:13 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nfvwe33sg5wgsm3tgnyhg4jsoztwqojv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/bottom-market-expensive-properties-london/ topics:things/london-property storytype:standard structure:business structure:money topics:places/london structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty This is the 'bottom of the market' for the most expensive properties in London Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:29:52 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-04-24 14:29 +00:00 2017-04-25 02:29 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/omyxc3zxhfqtomllg4yg43lony4da5tl/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/spring-selling-season-hots-house-price-growth-not-matching/ topics:organisations/rightmove storytype:standard topics:organisations/emoov structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:things/house-prices structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty Spring selling season hots up but house price growth is not matching up Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:58:43 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-04-24 08:58 +00:00 2017-04-24 20:58 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gm2g233uge2dq23porvwcmlgom2w2ntg/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/plays-thing-developers-appeal-culture-vultures-building-theatres/ storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:organisations/battersea-power-station structure:money topics:places/london topics:places/national-theatre structure:property The play's the thing: developers appeal to culture vultures by building theatres right next door to home Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Nicola Venning 2017-04-24 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-24 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ni2di3tpmr2w2zrugm2denbvnzzwi3jw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/want-build-home-get-inspiration-free-tickets-grand-designs-live/ storytype:standard structure:art/architecture structure:interiors structure:gardening topics:things/uk-property structure:money structure:lifestyle structure:property Want to build your own home? Get some inspiration with free tickets to Grand Designs Live Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:00:00 Z Telegraph Property 2017-04-23 11:00 +00:00 2017-04-23 23:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mzvdkndkmzsdi4lbgnxg25tbmf2wu5lf/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/forget-golfing-portugals-real-gems-bargains-cities/ storytype:standard topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/portugal structure:money structure:property Forget golfing, Portugal's real gems – and bargains – are in its cities Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Zoe Dare Hall 2017-04-23 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-23 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ojrwqm3bon3hay3dozug22jwmnsgcnlj/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/she-sheds-hammock-huts-yoga-rooms-garden-sheds-never-seen/ topics:things/children storytype:standard topics:things/family topics:things/working-from-home topics:things/planning structure:interiors structure:gardening structure:money structure:property topics:things/stamp-duty topics:things/garden-sheds 'She-sheds', hammock huts and yoga rooms: garden sheds as you've never seen them before Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Anna Tyzack 2017-04-22 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-22 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215128 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/WFUMIxaUty8/ Home Improvement DIY home organization Moving 5 Tips to Declutter Your Closet in a Day Streamline your wardrobe, and help others at the same time. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:25:31 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-to-declutter-in-a-day-215128/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p>I recently had a closet collapse. I came home from a day at the office to find heaps of once-neatly-hung, color-coordinated clothes in one giant, messy mound on the floor. Worse than picking up the pieces of chipped drywall? Admitting that maybe it was time to get rid of that favorite shirt of mine &#8212; from college. In the &#8217;90s.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So I sought the help of style expert <a href="https://www.styledseattle.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Darcy Camden</a> to find out what she tells her clients. Camden has been cleaning out closets and styling men and women for more than a decade (read: she spends a TON of time in strangers' homes). The busy fashionista (she's a mother, too) insists there are easy ways to declutter that tangle of t-shirts or pile of old papers. And you can do it in as little as an hour.</span></p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215138" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_428951500-32b4a4-e1492806073839.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <h3>A little goes a long way</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Purge a little at a time, says Camden, who has helped more than 900 clients in her career. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Most of my clients think that purging a closet is a huge all-day endeavor, but it often makes more sense to do a little at a time," she says. "I encourage everyone to keep a Goodwill donation bag in their closet or bedroom, and add to it here and there as you discover items that don't fit or have gotten worn out."</span></p> <h3>If it doesn't fit, you can't wear it</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It rarely makes sense to keep something that physically doesn't fit you &#8212; even if you love it," Camden says. Put it in a pile to donate, and imagine how much joy the next person will get from that item.</span></p> <h3>New season = new chances</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the weather warms up or cools down, it's a great opportunity to think about what you've worn &#8212; and what you haven't. "If you didn't wear it last winter, you probably won't wear it </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">next</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> winter," Camden says.</span></p> <h3>Use the "plus one, minus one" method</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fab new pants? Great! But only put them in the closet after removing a pair that&#8217;s collecting dust. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I tell my clients to subtract one old item for every new item you purchase," Camden recommends. "If you spend an afternoon shopping and come home with five new things, spend some time reviewing your closet. Remove five older things you're no longer wearing."</span></p> <h3>Finally, donate!</h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Think of how much you can keep out of the landfill by gifting your giveaways to a good cause. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I'm constantly amazed that my clients are worried their castaways aren't good enough for Goodwill," Camden says. "Will they really want this stained old t-shirt? Or this single sock? Yes!" </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Working closely with <a href="http://seattlegoodwill.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Seattle Goodwill</a> over the years has given me tons of insight into what happens to donations," she continues. "Your smelly socks and stained clothing provide jobs and can be recycled or reused. Never throw away clothing to a landfill."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Last year, Seattle Goodwill kept more than 53 million pounds of useful goods out of landfills. In addition to helping the planet, those donations also help fund job training and educational programs, adds Seattle Goodwill&#8217;s Katherine Boury.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Happy cleaning!</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/self-sabotage-organizing-efforts-210869/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">7 Ways to Self-Sabotage Your Organizing Efforts</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/spring-cleaning-projects-214060/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Spring Cleaning Projects to Tackle This Weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tackling the Top 10 Home Organization Issues</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=WFUMIxaUty8:B29M7EUVl-Q:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=WFUMIxaUty8:B29M7EUVl-Q:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-to-declutter-in-a-day-215128/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-to-declutter-in-a-day-215128/ 2017-04-21 20:25 +00:00 2017-04-22 08:25 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215137 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/fZu1ktnA7Xw/ Celebrity Real Estate Editors' Picks kardashians reality TV stars Iconic 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' House Listed for $8.995M The elaborate Italianate-style villa is on the market for a new family. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:03:35 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/iconic-kardashians-house-215137/#respond Whitney Ricketts <aside class="aside-content"> <h3>At a glance...</h3><hr><h4>LOCATION</h4><p>11947 Iredell St, Studio City, CA 91604</p><hr><h4>SPECS</h4><p>7 beds, 8 baths, 7,800 sqft</p><hr><h4>LISTING AGENT</h4><p> Robert E. Howell of Keller Williams Beverly Hills</p> </aside> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hundreds of millions of &#8220;Keeping Up With the Kardashians<i>&#8221; </i>viewers have watched the Kardashian clan call </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">this Italianate-style mansion</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> home - despite the fact that no Kardashian has ever actually lived on the grounds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11947-Iredell-St-Studio-City-CA-91604/20029910_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The 7,800-square foot Studio City home</a> has served as the public-facing facade for Kris Jenner's residence, as well as the central family gathering place, since season 4 of E!'s zeitgeist franchise (now in its 13th season)</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This iconic piece of pop culture history, known as "Palazzo Dei Sogni" and listed for $8.995 million, is now on the market for a new family.</span></p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keeping Up With the Kardashians&#8221;</span><i> </i><span style="font-weight: 400;">viewers never got to see the interior of the opulent estate, which is very clearly fit for a queen (or <a href="http://people.com/tv/kris-jenner-files-legal-documents-to-trademark-momager/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Momager</a>). </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Inspired by </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">the Medici castle</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in Florence, Italy, the 7-bedroom, 8-bathroom mansion includes luxurious features rich with history - including sconces imported from the Paris Opera House, a centuries-old stone fountain, a saltwater pool with a waterfall, and chandeliers adorning just about every room.  </span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/iredell-1-271496-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/iredell-4-ed2eb5-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/iredell-3-d021d0-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/iredell-5-878526-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/iredell-10-514cb8-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/iredell-9-297e5e-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/iredell-13-31caf8-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/iredell-12-066678-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/iredell-11-355747-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/iredell-2-8b6e4a-1024x640.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="Iredell Kardashians House" /></div> <p><em>Photos by <a href="https://www.stevenjmagner.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Steven J. Magner Photography</a></em></p> <p>Built in 1983 and extensively remodeled in 2005, the villa extends its opulence to its modern elements, from one-of-a-kind murals hand-painted by local artist Giorgio Tuscani, to indoor and outdoor chef&#8217;s kitchens complete with state-of-the-art Viking ranges, and a 2,000-bottle wine cellar.</p> <p>The outside living spaces are just as luxurious as the indoor amenities, offering sweeping views, intimate gathering spaces, and a covered veranda accessible from the master suite. The estate is situated on nearly an acre of land, and the entrance&#8217;s intricate steel gates provide ample privacy (not to mention a driveway with room for up to 10 vehicles).</p> <figure id="attachment_215148" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11947-Iredell-St-Studio-City-CA-91604/20029910_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-215148" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/iredell-6-5d2a51-1024x640.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="500" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><em>Photo by <a href="https://www.stevenjmagner.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Steven J. Magner Photography</a></em></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A haven for TV buffs, Palazzo Dei Sogni has also appeared on the HBO shows &#8220;True Blood,&#8221; &#8220;Entourage,&#8221; and &#8220;Rome.&#8221; Appropriately, the property includes an HD/THX theater with a 12-foot screen - the perfect setting for binge watching &#8220;Keeping Up With the Kardashians.&#8221;<br /> </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="http://www.robertehowell.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Robert E. Howell</a> of Keller Williams Beverly Hills</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> holds the listing.</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rental-kate-walsh-214652/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Check Out This Rental From &#8216;Grey&#8217;s Anatomy&#8217; Star Kate Walsh, Stat!</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/iggy-azalea-nick-young-selling-214558/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Are Unloading Their &#8216;Fancy&#8217; LA Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/snowboarder-shaun-white-lists-home-214321/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Going for Gold: Pro Snowboarder Shaun White Lists CA Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fZu1ktnA7Xw:otr9hcruKs0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fZu1ktnA7Xw:otr9hcruKs0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/iconic-kardashians-house-215137/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/iconic-kardashians-house-215137/ 2017-04-21 17:03 +00:00 2017-04-22 05:03 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214060 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/02XB9O-B_C0/ Editors' Picks Home Improvement Cleaning home maintenance Spring 10 Spring Cleaning Projects to Tackle This Weekend  Welcome warmer weather with a spotless home (in just one weekend). Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:35 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/spring-cleaning-projects-214060/#respond See Jane Drill <p>Spring cleaning is all about getting our homes ready for a new season of sunshine, warmth, and time outdoors - and indoors, too! Now&#8217;s the time to wipe off the grime, clear out the cobwebs, and get those living spaces ready for the year ahead.</p> <p>When you put together your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/before-you-sell/spring-cleaning-tips/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">spring cleaning checklist</a> this year, consider adding the following tasks, if you aren't already planning to do them. These projects will not only put the cherry on top of the clean-home sundae, but also make your home more functional.</p> <p>Best of all, you can knock out most of these jobs in a weekend.</p> <h3>Wash windows, inside and out</h3> <p>Some say <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/window-cleaning-tips-143183/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">clean windows</a> make your whole home look better, and we think it&#8217;s true.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215125" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_252454882-af8d28.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>For a DIY cleaning job that yields professional results, use a solution of water, ammonia, and white vinegar. Apply the solution to your windows with a large sponge, and remove it with a professional-grade squeegee.</p> <h3>Clean refrigerator and air conditioner coils</h3> <p>These appliances create a cooling effect by circulating air through the coils. Over time, dust builds up on the coils and decreases their efficiency, making your refrigerator or air conditioner work a lot harder.</p> <p>Unplug the appliance, then vacuum out the coils with your vacuum&#8217;s crevice tool. You can also use a special refrigerator-coil cleaning brush, available at most hardware stores.</p> <h3>Check ceiling fans</h3> <p>Clean your ceiling-fan blades to remove winter dust build up.</p> <p>And if you reversed your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/need-to-know-buying-ceiling-fan-203274/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">ceiling fan&#8217;s</a> direction to clockwise for the winter, turn it back to counterclockwise for the warmer months. This sends the air straight down, creating a cooling effect.</p> <h3>Clean dryer vent</h3> <p>Cleaning a dryer vent is easier than you might imagine. First, unplug the dryer from the power source. Next, clean out the vent with a special dryer-vent cleaning brush or a vacuum.</p> <h3>Deep-clean carpets</h3> <p>Even if you vacuum regularly, a thorough carpet cleaning once a year will reach deep down into the fibers to clean out debris, dust, and food particles.</p> <p>You can hire a professional to do the job, or rent a professional-grade carpet cleaner from a home improvement store.</p> <h3>Inspect roof, gutters, and chimneys</h3> <p>Spring is the perfect time to check your roof for damage that may have occurred over the winter. If you can't use a ladder to get up on the roof, try inspecting it with binoculars.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215124" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_215924530-172c58.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <h3>Check decks and patios</h3> <p>If the finish on your wooden deck still looks good, that&#8217;s great! You might just need to clean the deck to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-wood-deck-maintenance-199537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">get it ready for summer</a>.</p> <p>If the finish appears to be worn, then you&#8217;ll want to consider both cleaning and resealing the deck. For decks made of composite material, follow the manufacturer&#8217;s instructions for cleaning and preserving the deck.</p> <h3>Prep lawn equipment</h3> <p>Get those lawn mowers, weed whackers, and pressure washers out of storage, turn them on, and make sure they are running properly. If they&#8217;re not, now is the time to take them to a shop for repairs.</p> <h3>Clean outside furniture</h3> <p>Use Murphy Oil Soap for wood furniture. For most other types of outdoor furniture, a solution of dishwashing liquid and water should do the trick.</p> <h3>Freshen up your front entrance</h3> <p>Sweep and/or wash the front porch and steps. Put out a new welcome mat. Add a pot or two of brightly colored annuals, and your home will be ready for spring!</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-spring-cleaning-193638/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Spring Cleaning Tips &amp; Tricks</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/before-you-sell/spring-cleaning-tips/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Complete Guide to Spring Cleaning</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/kitchen-deep-clean-189772/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Your 4-Step Kitchen Deep-Clean</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=02XB9O-B_C0:3hvNL60DMc0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=02XB9O-B_C0:3hvNL60DMc0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/spring-cleaning-projects-214060/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/spring-cleaning-projects-214060/ 2017-04-21 13:00 +00:00 2017-04-22 01:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=211720 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/DseUlHecXBY/ Editors' Picks Unique Homes green homes Home Makers New Frameworks: Building Earth-Friendly Homes While Shaping a Better Future Construction that heals the environment? It can be done. See how these builders bring a social justice-driven ethos to home building. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:07 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-frameworks-building-homes-211720/#respond Katherine Martinelli <p>When the folks at <a href="http://newframeworks.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">New Frameworks</a> set out to build or restore a home, they aren't just thinking about the individual needs of their client - though that is central to their work, of course. They also take the bigger picture into account, particularly their ecological and social impact, which weaves its way into every facet of the business.</p> <p>Based in Vermont, New Frameworks places an emphasis on using locally sourced, low-impact materials in their projects. These have become trendy buzzwords in construction, but New Frameworks takes them seriously, looking for materials that not only don't harm the environment, but can, in fact, help restore it - and contribute to the local economy to boot.</p> <p>"Our real goal is to build regeneratively, meaning that our projects actually grow good things rather than result in bad things,&#8221; says co-founder Ace McArleton. &#8220;For example, we live in Vermont and are based mostly in Vermont, and it's a pretty forested region. So for us, wood - when managed sustainably and responsibly - is a resource that we believe can be worked with and harvested in a sustainable way. We work with sawyers and loggers and millers in our region, which also supports our small economy here and economy of place."</p> <p>In addition, since wood comes from trees, "it's carbon sequestering," explains McArleton. "So the trees utilize carbon dioxide to grow, and therefore fix, carbon in the body of their wood," and can ultimately help mitigate global warming.</p> <figure id="attachment_211863" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-211863 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-7c7f8b.jpg" width="800" height="407" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">New Frameworks uses natural, sustainable materials from local suppliers to further their mission of natural building and energy efficient construction.</figcaption></figure> <p>New Frameworks often uses straw as an insulation material in the walls, employs primarily natural paints and plasters, and opts for sand from local quarries. Sometimes they even source sand or clay onsite at the project. Reclaimed materials play a large role as well, and the builders are often able to repurpose discarded items, like timbers from a barn, both in the current project and future ones.</p> <p>"It's really wonderful," says McArleton, "creating relationships with the materials that we work with and feeling passionate about those social relationships that produce them, as well as the farmers and loggers and foresters and people in our area and community, which is the whole experience."</p> <h3>A natural touch</h3> <p>As an extension of the company&#8217;s earth-friendly philosophy, natural motifs often find their ways its designs. "Our lead designer, Ben Graham, loves to do a touch of natural wood elements," explains McArleton. The builders will incorporate a natural tree fork branch to hold up a beam, for example, or have the clients select a tree from the property to use as a round tree post with "some visual scribe."</p> <p>Or, if the client has a more clean, modern aesthetic, the design might incorporate recurring natural patterns, like curves and honeycomb. "We like to find even that little hint of it somewhere in the project," McArleton says.</p> <p>The three co-founders of New Frameworks - McArleton, Jacob Deva Racusin, and Ben Graham - apply their ethical building philosophies to their own homes. "Some of us have built our own from-scratch, timber frame, straw bale homes off the grid <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/get-serious-about-going-solar-186394/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">using solar</a>, etc.," says McArleton. "And then some of us have chosen to be in more town or urban settings where we have worked with existing buildings. Then we rework with natural solutions, interior finishes, doing retrofit work on existing homes - which is another aspect of our work."</p> <p>Graham, for example, bought an old home in downtown Plainfield, VT, then made additions like sheep's wool wall insulation and a thermally high-performing door that New Frameworks designed and built.</p> <figure id="attachment_211864" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-211864 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-c615bf.jpg" width="800" height="440" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">New Frameworks creates green homes and spaces using low-impact, locally sourced, durable, and beautiful natural materials.</figcaption></figure> <p>The company&#8217;s social justice-driven ethos goes well beyond building, and is represented in the very structure of the company. They place an emphasis on mentoring women and trans folks in this male-dominated industry, and are a worker collective. "We just feel so strongly about organizing ourselves internally in a democratic and inclusive way that shares ownership and builds leadership in our organization," explains McArleton.</p> <p>So often construction results in an unconscionable amount of waste. But New Frameworks believes that building a home doesn't have to make a negative impact, and can, in fact, contribute positively to the environment, society, and the local community.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/green-trends-in-home-building-194896/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Green Trends in Home Building</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/unique-homes-by-dan-phillips-196050/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Junk Yard to Front Yard: Unique Homes by Dan Phillips</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/school-buses-into-homes-205265/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Wild Ride: Turning School Buses Into Homes on Wheels</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DseUlHecXBY:Kq5P8LTF32I:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=DseUlHecXBY:Kq5P8LTF32I:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-frameworks-building-homes-211720/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/new-frameworks-building-homes-211720/ 2017-04-21 13:00 +00:00 2017-04-22 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mruw23togzrdo4tvmr3dm5llnvuxkmjz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/london-marathon-have-house-prices-soared-along-route/ storytype:standard topics:events/london-marathon structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property topics:things/marathon London Marathon: where have house prices soared along the route? Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:29:28 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-04-21 10:29 +00:00 2017-04-21 22:29 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=215081 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/o4uSUdutxEo/ Editors' Picks Home Improvement beach houses decorating Designer Lookbook Designer Lookbook: Brooke Wagner Design's Beachfront Beauty Natural finishes blend with serene blues and warm neutrals to draw the seaside's splendor indoors. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:58:55 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/brooke-wagner-marigold-215081/#respond Marissa Hermanson <p>Located in the beachfront neighborhood Corona del Mar Village in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/newport-beach-CA_rb" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Newport Beach, CA</a>, this contemporary three-story home takes inspiration from its seaside setting with a color palette of soothing neutrals and blues paired with natural finishes.</p> <p>Designed by Christopher Brandon with <a href="http://www.brandonarchitects.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Brandon Architects</a> and built by <a href="https://pattersoncustomhomes.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Patterson Custom Homes</a>, the spec home was purchased early in the construction phase. Interior designer Brooke Wagner, of <a href="http://brookewagnerdesign.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Brooke Wagner Design</a>, was brought in to transform the spec home's blank canvas into a contemporary beach house by juxtaposing quiet colors with clean lines and raw materials.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215084" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/cover-27dc81.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Taking a few decorative cues from the homeowner - namely "boho" and "coastal" - Wagner designed a soothing retreat. With a foundation of whites, creams and gray, Wagner created a common thread that ties the different spaces of the home together.</p> <p>She then warmed up each space by layering eye-catching textiles and decor. Indigo fabrics, geometric patterns, brass finishes, and natural accents create casual and comfortable rooms with a sophisticated touch.</p> <p>"With the neutral big pieces, you can always switch out pillows and patterns as you get tired of them," says Wagner. "And you can keep the bones of the home intact and neutral and layer upon them."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215090" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-6-92639e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>The subtle color scheme allows the homeowner's embellishments and personal taste shine. "[The owner] travels a lot and has brought home artwork, photography, accessories and mementos from her travels, so we wanted to incorporate that as well," says Wagner. "And since we installed, she has added to that collection. The home has a bit of a global, layered look."</p> <h3>A warm and inviting escape</h3> <p>In the bedroom, a show-stopping accent wall is made out of reclaimed wood that has been cut down and arranged in a herringbone pattern. The geometric lines of the wall echo the angles of the vaulted ceiling, as the rustic wood adds a cozy touch to the space.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215112" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-22-9a35ac.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p>While shopping at the tile and stone showroom Famosa at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa, Wagner came across the reclaimed wood and knew she had the perfect application for it. "We were looking for tile and stone, and stumbled upon [the wood] and loved it," she says. "We based that whole room - the elements, textures, and textiles on that wall. We played off the natural, neutral, and organic feel of the wall."</p> <p>With the herringbone wall as Wagner's decorative launching point, she started introducing large pieces of furniture, like the gray linen upholstered bed. "I wanted it to feel like you were sitting in a cozy sofa or chair," says Wagner.</p> <p>A gray and cream geometric <a href="http://www.leejofa.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Lee Jofa</a> area rug grounds the room, while complementing European oak floors that have been heavily wire-brushed to create a weathered and sandy finish.</p> <p>Bedding from the nearby Crystal Cove boutique JuxtaPosition includes ethereal washed linens in a charcoal, white and light grey color scheme, along with a <a href="https://www.rosemaryhallgarten.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Rosemary Hallgarten</a> cashmere throw. "We wanted it to feel warm and inviting," says Wagner.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215106" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-14-754e9d.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p>For accents pillows, charcoal-and-white <a href="http://www.peterdunham.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Peter Dunham</a> shams are perfectly paired with vintage mudcloth textiles. Also softening the space, white linen draperies are embellished with a fine gray line that mimics the herringbone pattern.</p> <p>With antique glass and a weathered gray finish, the custom-made nightstands and dressers play off the organic look of the reclaimed accent wall, and are topped with chic Lucite and marble slab lamps. Polished brass hardware accessorizing the furniture adds subtle sophistication, while warming up the gray and white color scheme.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-215111" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-21-7c0691.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="750" /></p> <p>Walls painted in Dunn-Edwards' gray white "Shady" and a clean, crisp white ceiling in Farrow &amp; Ball's "All White" sets off the reclaimed wood details and allows the decorative elements of the bedroom to shine. Wagner's organic-inspired materials and quiet color palette work together to create a contemporary coastal home with a collected look.</p> <p><em>Take the full home tour:</em></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-8-77ffb1.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-10-38ebd7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-2-a4f266.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-3-6019ca.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-4-dccd51.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-20-d0790d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-23-c4717c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-24-9face1.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-25-998852.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-13-cb57b5.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-12-301ce3.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-17-edb724.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-27-bcf237.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-29-c54822.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/marigold-30-7ef646.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h3>Get the look at home</h3> <p>Follow Wagner&#8217;s lead to adapt this cool, sophisticated, yet comfortable design for your own home.</p> <ul> <li><strong> Play up the walls. </strong>Textured wallpapers, like grasscloth, are an easy way to add a custom look to a room. "If you can wallpaper a powder room or a master bedroom wall, that is always a great way to add texture and warmth," says Wagner.</li> <li><strong>Be consistent with color. </strong>For a polished and unified look, stick with a common paint color like a light warm gray throughout your home - in the hallways, family room and kitchen. "It makes the house feel cohesive and bigger if you keep the color consistent and light," says Wagner.</li> <li><strong> Go big with neutrals, adding color and texture accents. </strong>Stick to an understated color palette with walls and large pieces of furniture. "And then accent with the patterns and things you can switch out easily when you get sick of them," advises Wagner. "It is more cost-effective than switching out big pieces like sofas and draperies."</li> <li><strong>Mix metals. </strong>It's fine to mingle metals in different finishes, like brass and chrome, as it adds visual interest. "You can mix metals, and it looks great," says Wagner. "Just try to balance proportions - so if you have polished nickel faucets, you can do bronze light fixtures or vice versa."</li> </ul> <p><em>See more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">design inspiration</a> on Zillow Digs.</em></p> <p><em>Photos by <a href="https://www.ryangarvinphotography.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Ryan Garvin</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/urban-dwellings-maine-remodel-214210/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Urban Dwellings&#8217; Breezy Maine Remodel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/beach-decor-for-every-home-179242/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Beach Decor for Every Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-ryan-white-los-feliz-213980/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Ryan White&#8217;s Los Feliz Modern Makeover</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=o4uSUdutxEo:rwg62SbiZ0Q:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=o4uSUdutxEo:rwg62SbiZ0Q:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/brooke-wagner-marigold-215081/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/brooke-wagner-marigold-215081/ 2017-04-20 17:58 +00:00 2017-04-21 05:58 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ob2wizlvmryge3lkmeytg23wmftdo5ll/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/200000-homes-sitting-empty-england-worth-total-43bn/ storytype:standard topics:places/birmingham structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property topics:places/liverpool There are more than 200,000 homes sitting empty in England - worth a total of £43bn Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:36:44 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-04-20 15:36 +00:00 2017-04-21 03:36 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214557 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/f_zlNF5WChI/ Editors' Picks Unique Homes beach houses House of the Week: A Lighthouse Inside a House Be a lighthouse keeper - literally. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:00:47 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/lighthouse-inside-a-house-214557/#respond Alycia Lucio <p>When searching for a home, the initial task is to find features you love - hardwood flooring, a fireplace, or an office. For Lawrence Eidson and his wife, it was an unexpected feature of their Isle of Palms, SC home that sealed the deal.</p> <p>Set between the Atlantic Ocean and marshlands, this <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/300-Carolina-Blvd-Isle-Of-Palms-SC-29451/10935452_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5-bedroom, 6-bath, custom-built masterpiece</a> encases a working lighthouse. Although, instead of guiding sailors to shore, this one lights your way to the kitchen.</p> <p>"It houses two things," Eidson states. "Primarily, it's a pantry. And on top of that is an HVAC [that] lights up!"</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="545" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1447-copy-51bbe9.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1419-copy-c0fb7d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="526" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0987_IMG_0991-copy-156502.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0975_IMG_0979-copy-cda15e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0998_IMG_1002-copy-5c535b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0951_IMG_0956-copy-62f274.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="525" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0897_IMG_0902-copy-38465b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1008_IMG_1013-copy-fc2c0e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0874_IMG_0879-copy-dd1b93.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1236_IMG_1239-copy-4e5d5b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1248_IMG_1251-copy-8fe497.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1153_IMG_1156-copy-ce7138.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="543" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1125_IMG_1128-copy-c70761.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1300_IMG_1303-copy-2eebd2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="540" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1207_IMG_1210-copy-6f91f1.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1197_IMG_1200-copy-befe75.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="535" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_0829_IMG_0833-copy-dd5447.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1071_IMG_1076-copy-e3474d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1280_IMG_1282-copy-dc5c55.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1268_IMG_1273-copy-d1275a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1106-copy-e6fd97.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="540" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1370-copy-cbe31a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1359-copy-26f8b8.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1390-copy-a20c43.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="547" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IMG_1428-copy-39dcae.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DJI_0002-copy-fbd772.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="450" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DJI_0022-copy-2be9f6.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>Thomas Evans Construction built the home, and Eidson and his wife first saw it when it was nothing but plywood. It wasn't until many years later that they decided to purchase the 6,010-square-foot residence.</p> <p>"We looked for 15 years before we picked [a home], and everything just aligned," Eidson says. "[It] had everything we were looking for."</p> <p>Currently on the market for $2.95 million with <a href="http://www.rondavisrealtors.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Ron Davis Realtors</a>, this Southern beauty includes decks on three levels with views that stretch from the ocean all the way downtown.</p> <p>Brazilian cherry hardwood floors extend throughout the home, while wood detailing accents the walls and even some ceilings. There&#8217;s also an elevator, and a three-car garage on the ground level.</p> <p>Between the family room and great room is a stunning two-story, double-sided stone fireplace. Adjacent to that is the island kitchen with the rope-accented lighthouse. And surrounding the space is a wraparound balcony with windows on all sides - Eidson's favorite spot in the home.</p> <p>When you&#8217;re not at the beach a half-mile away, you can spend your time soaking in the in-ground pool or relaxing in the spa out back.</p> <p>While the home is full of unique character and charm, what initially made the couple stop and look at the property all those years ago is what drew them back to purchase it.</p> <p>"The house just smells of wood," Eidson says. It&#8217;s something he and his wife will both miss after six years of breathing in the pleasant aroma.</p> <p>According to Eidson, this nautical-themed home is the ultimate beach house with everything you could want. It even comes completely furnished.</p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Phil Shepard Real Estate Photography</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/1900s-firehouse-modern-redesign-214106/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: A 1900s Firehouse With a Modern Redesign</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/marc-michaels-minimalist-decor-213116/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Marc-Michaels Creates Stylish Minimalism</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/costs-new-construction-home-214208/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Ways You&#8217;ll Spend Money on Your New Construction Home After Closing</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=f_zlNF5WChI:k8wLS59MGYQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=f_zlNF5WChI:k8wLS59MGYQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/lighthouse-inside-a-house-214557/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/lighthouse-inside-a-house-214557/ 2017-04-20 13:00 +00:00 2017-04-21 01:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214858 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/JFAhZRdt9d4/ Editors' Picks Home Improvement DIY flipping remodeling 4 Home Improvement Jobs You Should Always Hire Out Sit back, relax, and let the pros take care of the tough jobs, says Christina El Moussa of HGTV's 'Flip or Flop.' Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:10:23 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-hire-out-214858/#respond Christina El Moussa <p>Whether you're flipping a house or renovating your current home, hiring private contractors is nearly unavoidable. If you've seen "Flip or Flop," you know Tarek and I can't do everything ourselves. We've built relationships with contractors we trust, and they do most of the heavy lifting.</p> <p>If you're <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/would-you-flip-for-flipping-194275/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">new to the flipping game</a>, though, chances are you haven't built these relationships yet. Maybe you think you don't need to hire anyone else because it's too expensive, and you want to keep your costs down. You're not wrong - hiring out can be expensive. It will, however, save you time and many headaches.</p> <p>When you renovate a house, consider hiring out the four jobs listed below.</p> <h3>Roofing</h3> <p>If you need a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/choose-keep-long-lasting-roof-191054/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">new roof</a>, always hire someone else. Doing it yourself takes a very long time - and losing time is like losing money. When flipping a house, you want to finish it fast so you can sell. Spending unnecessary time on a project like roofing means you're further away from selling and making a profit.</p> <p>Plus, if you've never installed a roof before, you will almost certainly make a costly mistake. Leave roofing to the professionals. They&#8217;ll get it done quickly and let you focus your attention on something more pressing.</p> <h3>Plumbing</h3> <p>Replacing pipes can be a lengthy process, and if you don't know what you&#8217;re doing, you could make an irreparable error. And while a plumbing mistake may not be immediately visible, it will almost certainly come back to bite you. Why leave it up to chance?</p> <p>Hire someone who does this stuff for a living. They will do the job correctly, and save you from any hidden expenses that might have occurred had you tried to do it yourself. Cutting corners does not equal cutting costs.</p> <h3>Structural improvements</h3> <p>Houses with open floor plans are very hot right now. As a flipper, you may want to capitalize on this trend because buyers will love it. However, if you are flipping an older house, you'll most likely need to knock down some walls to achieve an open floor plan.</p> <p>It probably goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: You can't just knock down a wall. Some walls are load-bearing, meaning they play a big part in holding the house up. Knocking down a load-bearing wall will compromise the structural integrity of the house.</p> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-renovation-team-trust-201009/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hire a professional</a> to go through the house and tell you what you can (or can't) remove. Knocking down walls is a lot of fun, but make sure a professional approves it first.</p> <h3>Anything you feel uncomfortable doing</h3> <p>If you feel uncomfortable doing a certain rehab project, hire someone to do it. If you feel unsure but go through with the project anyway, chances are you will do a poor job. When flipping a house, it's important for everything to go as smoothly as possible.</p> <p>There will always be hidden costs and projects. Focus on what you can control, and if you feel like someone else would do a better job, consider hiring out.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/real-estate-investing-success-202622/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The 6 Stages of Flipping a Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/fix-your-home-like-a-flipper-211453/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Fix Up Your Home Like a Flipper</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-price-home-improvements-199539/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Balancing Home Improvements With Big Price Tags</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=JFAhZRdt9d4:obZDxhQJLHY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=JFAhZRdt9d4:obZDxhQJLHY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-hire-out-214858/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-improvement-hire-out-214858/ 2017-04-19 23:10 +00:00 2017-04-20 11:10 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gnutomdsm43tmndehbsgyytmnftg44js/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/new-trend-retirement-living-lock-leave-apartment/ topics:organisations/estate-agents storytype:standard topics:things/retirement topics:things/new-home structure:money structure:property The new trend in retirement living: a lock up and leave apartment Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Mary Wilson 2017-04-19 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-19 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=186394 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/BiBaojAByIA/ Editors' Picks Home Improvement green homes Why You Need to Get Serious About Going Solar They're more affordable than you think, and the benefits make them a bright idea. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:43:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-serious-about-going-solar-186394/#respond Sarah Pike <p>The decision to add solar panels to your home can seem daunting. The unknowns and assumptions of costs and installation tend to leave homeowners uneasy about going solar.</p> <p>However, just as home automation once seemed overwhelming, adding solar panels to your home is becoming more of the norm. More than 1 million U.S. homes installed solar panels in 2016, and the industry is projected to triple over the next five years, according to <a href="http://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">research by the Solar Energy Industries Association</a>.</p> <p>California already <a href="http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=20492" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">generates more than five percent</a> of its "annual utility-scale electricity generation from utility-scale solar power," becoming the first state to do so.</p> <p>The reasons to invest in solar panels are abundant. In addition to increasing your home's value and saving money on your electric bill, solar panels also help homeowners decrease their carbon footprint. Within 20 years, a residential solar power system can offset literally tons of carbon dioxide.</p> <h3>Addressing the myths</h3> <p>If you're still skeptical, know that quite a few myths about going solar exist. Here are the most common myths about solar panels.</p> <ul> <li><strong>I could never afford solar panels</strong>. The average cost to cover a home's roof with solar panels is $29,000, according to Tech Insider. Ten years ago it was $43,000. That makes the cost of a solar roof "<a href="http://www.techinsider.io/solar-panels-chaper-than-cars-2015-10" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">lower than the average price of a new car</a>" in the U.S. This doesn't even account for renewable energy tax credits you may receive; you can claim a 30-percent rebate for installing solar panels to your home. There are even solar panel leasing program options if you don't feel ready for such a purchase. This <a href="http://solarpowerauthority.com/calculator/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">solar panel installation cost calculator</a> will give you the estimated cost of the benefits of using solar power in your home, as well as your expected daily savings.</li> <li><strong>My solar panels won't work if the weather is bad</strong>. False. Germany is the solar energy capital of the world, and often faces long, dismal winters. Solar panels run off of UV light, so a cloudy sky won't turn off your power.</li> <li><strong>Solar panels will require too much maintenance</strong>. Solar panels do not require much maintenance at all, actually. While rain will often do the trick, the general recommendation is to clean your panels by hosing them off annually. Most of your maintenance work involves simply making sure there is no debris on your roof that may cover any part of your panels.</li> </ul> <h3>Can your home handle it?</h3> <p>If you're ready to start thinking more seriously about going solar, your first step is to see if your home can handle solar panels. Surprisingly, approximately <a href="http://www.techrepublic.com/article/state-of-the-solar-industry-10-stats-to-know/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">only 25 percent of roofs are suitable</a> for solar panels.</p> <p>Research the following questions as you consider solar panels:</p> <ul> <li>What are the measurements of my roof?</li> <li>What are the electrical and building codes in my area?</li> <li>Does my neighborhood have any rules regarding solar panels?</li> <li>Does my state have laws regarding solar access rights in place?</li> </ul> <p>You'll also want to find a contractor who is certified to work with photovoltaic (PV) systems. A professional can help you determine if your home is a good fit for solar panels. Before you commit to any service, though, find out how long your contractor has been in business, how many installations their team has completed, and what kind of insurance they have. Making sure the contractor is North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners certified is another must. And it&#8217;s completely acceptable to ask for a portfolio or a list of recent projects and references.</p> <h3>An alternative to panels</h3> <p>No worries if your home isn't yet ideal for installing solar panels. Alternatives like solar shingles are also worth considering. Solar shingles are a cheaper option, and look much like tar and sand shingles, blending in with your roof more than solar panels.</p> <p>Like solar panels, they work by capturing sunlight and transforming it into usable energy. They're usually only one foot wide, and can be stapled directly to roofing cloth, just like normal shingles.</p> <p>If you think your home may be a good candidate for solar panels or shingles, give it a shot. With little to lose and so much to gain - and a new solar panel going up <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-25/in-the-time-it-takes-to-read-this-story-another-solar-project-will-go-up" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">every 150 seconds in the U.S.</a> - 2017 may be your year to go solar.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/green-home-updates-save-money-174357/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Eco-Friendly Home Updates That Save You Green</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/could-you-live-off-the-grid-182828/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Could You Live Off the Grid?</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/green-luxury-homes-for-sale-174402/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Green Luxury Homes on the Market</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published on November 5, 2015</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BiBaojAByIA:b7mI5oUI9ow:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BiBaojAByIA:b7mI5oUI9ow:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-serious-about-going-solar-186394/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/get-serious-about-going-solar-186394/ 2017-04-18 20:43 +00:00 2017-04-19 08:43 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214856 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/yjYeEHBI32o/ Editors' Picks Tips & Advice Down payments First Time Home Buyers Mortgages Do You Qualify for Treasury Down Payment Assistance? A home of your own could be within your reach. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:42 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/treasury-down-payment-assistance-214856/#respond Laura Haverty <p>It's spring, and some renters' thoughts may turn to home buying. Then reality hits: Between paying off student loans, paying rent, and keeping up with other bills, they haven't saved for a down payment.</p> <p>Renters cite down payments as one of the <a href="http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2015-11-11-Down-Payments-Posing-a-Roadblock-for-Renters-to-Become-Owners" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">biggest roadblock</a>s to homeownership. So, if you're a low- to moderate-income home shopper in California, Florida, Rhode Island, Tennessee, or Kentucky, you'll want to pay close attention. These states (and a few others) have Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) money available from the <a href="https://www.treasury.gov/initiatives/financial-stability/TARP-Programs/housing/hhf/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">U.S. Department of the Treasury</a>, which helps eligible buyers with down payment assistance (DPA).</p> <p>Each state DPA program has income, credit score, occupancy, property value, and location requirements. But they share a common goal: revitalizing hard-hit communities.</p> <p>"Our goal is to stabilize the neighborhoods and housing markets in Tennessee that have not recovered as fast as other areas across the state," says Ralph M. Perrey, executive director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, which offers $15,000 in down payment assistance to draw home buyers to 55 ZIP codes across the state.</p> <h3>Innovative offerings</h3> <p>Housing agencies in 18 states and the District of Columbia have been administering HHF money since 2010. Participating states were chosen either because they struggled with unemployment rates at or above the national average, or they experienced home price declines greater than 20 percent since the housing market downturn.</p> <p>In the beginning, programs focused on homeowners in some type of mortgage distress. "Now, to help these communities, we've developed programs for other issues we face," says Cecka Rose Green, communications director at Florida Housing Finance Corporation.</p> <p>Florida, California, Oregon, and Michigan have made HHF available to seniors who can't pay property charges on their home equity conversion (reverse) mortgages. Illinois is now using HHF to help underwater homeowners refinance to more affordable loans. And several states have launched HHF DPA programs.</p> <p>Florida's $188.4-million HHF DPA program has assisted 7,481 first-time borrowers across 11 targeted counties. Borrowers can request up to $15,000 for down payment, closing cost, and prepaid assistance toward a home purchase.</p> <p>"With the housing market improving, helping people buy homes is strengthening demand in hard-hit areas, stabilizing home prices, and preventing future foreclosures," says Green.</p> <p>"These agencies are being creative and resourceful in working with the Treasury to continue to serve their markets," adds Mark Spates, a Fannie Mae director. Fannie Mae is the leading purchaser of loans underwritten by state housing agencies.</p> <h3>When the money runs out</h3> <p>States have until the end of 2020 to spend HHF money - but how they allocate funds varies from program to program.</p> <p>The Arizona Department of Housing has a $76-million Pathway to Purchase DPA program, which has helped more than 2,600 buyers in 17 targeted cities.</p> <p>But on March 29, 2017 - approximately 12 months after launch - Pathway to Purchase ran out of money, and the agency will not refund it. However, buyers can still apply for DPA from the state's self-funded program, notes Dirk Swift, homeownership programs administrator for the Arizona Department of Housing.</p> <h3>Don't wait!</h3> <p>California, Florida, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Kentucky, and a few other states still have HHF DPA money for renters hoping to buy - for now.</p> <p>"We're not in a situation where we're about to run out of DPA funds," advises Green. "But they&#8217;re going pretty fast."</p> <p>If you plan to purchase in an HHF state or want to learn more, contact your state housing finance agency, or visit the <a href="http://www.treasury.gov/initiatives/financial-stability/programs/housing-programs/hhf/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Hardest Hit Fund website</a> to learn about local opportunities.</p> <p><em>Looking for more information about mortgages? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/mortgage-learning/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mortgage Learning Center</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Top photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8655-Homecoming-Dr-Chattanooga-TN-37421/80492161_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennials-diversity-housing-209688/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Our Racially Divided Housing Market Is Changing, Thanks to Millennials</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-interest-rate-and-apr-annual-percentage-rate-1005/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">What Is the Difference Between Interest Rate and APR (Annual Percentage Rate)?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ask-potential-mortgage-lenders-211724/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">5 Questions to Ask Potential Mortgage Lenders</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yjYeEHBI32o:oGDZJc1wu7M:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yjYeEHBI32o:oGDZJc1wu7M:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/treasury-down-payment-assistance-214856/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/treasury-down-payment-assistance-214856/ 2017-04-18 13:00 +00:00 2017-04-19 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gfshi2lggn2gsobvozudoylhnvytsnlj/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/now-first-time-buyers-squeezed-londons-outskirts/ topics:organisations/rightmove topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/uk-economy topics:organisations/savills topics:things/affordable-homes structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:business/economy structure:property Now first-time buyers are being squeezed out of London's outskirts Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:43:44 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-04-18 08:43 +00:00 2017-04-18 20:43 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mzvw2mloge2tm3buor2gs5tqnazhe2tj/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/rise-harlesden-gun-crime-capital-highest-house-prices-increases/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:things/crime topics:organisations/primary-schools structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london topics:organisations/crossrail structure:property The rise of Harlesden: from gun crime capital to the highest house prices increases in London Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Martha Alexander 2017-04-18 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-18 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214967 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/pHwIcI9Xq3w/ Celebrity Real Estate Greenwich Village Musicians Pop stars Taylor Swift 'Welcome to New York': Taylor Swift's Former Rental is Waiting for You This 'Blank Space' could have your name written all over it (for $24.5 million dollars). Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:13:40 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/taylor-swift-rental-214967/#respond Lindsay Cohen <figure id="attachment_214993" style="width: 150px" style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;"><img class="wp-image-214993 size-thumbnail" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/swift-01d71f-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo: ShutterStock</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">No "Bad Blood" here: The Greenwich Village townhouse &#8212; widely <a href="http://www.vogue.com/article/taylor-swift-old-new-york-city-apartment" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">reported to be Taylor Swift&#8217;s temporary home</a> while she was renovating her posh Tribeca pad &#8212; just hit the market for $24.5 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Talk about "Wildest Dreams:" <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/23-Cornelia-St,-New-York,-NY-10014_rb" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The 5-bedroom, 6-bath home</a> is on a tiny, tree-lined street not far from where Jennifer Aniston, Robert De Niro, and Hilary Swank have lived in recent years.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_214987" style="width: 658px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-214987 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/exterior-a6bee2.jpg" alt="" width="658" height="990" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of The Corcoran Group</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The former carriage house, built in 1912, boasts a private indoor pool, three original fireplaces, and a Murano glass chandelier.</span></p> <figure id="attachment_214995" style="width: 427px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-214995 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/upload-1-60ac44.jpg" alt="" width="427" height="640" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of The Corcoran Group</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The dining room is lined in antique brick imported from Paris, while the floor-to-ceiling leaded glass windows let in plenty of light. A freestanding soaking tub in the master bath awaits for shaking off the stresses of a busy day. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_214973" style="width: 427px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="wp-image-214973 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bathtub-50c14f.jpg" alt="" width="427" height="640" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo courtesy of The Corcoran Group</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A rooftop terrace boasts a hot tub and separate outdoor kitchen, along with a view of Manhattan.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="640" height="427" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-1-f35f29.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="640" height="427" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/kitchen-2-422308.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="640" height="427" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/dining-509ee5.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="640" height="427" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/pool-abf22c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="640" height="427" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bath-0a929d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="640" height="427" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/living-268c51.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="640" height="427" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bed-1-5a193e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="640" height="427" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bed-2-2c387a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="640" height="427" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/best-bed-b2a97a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group</em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Swift was rumored to have paid $40,000 a month to rent the place from Soho House executive David Aldea, who bought the 5,500-square-foot home for a little more than $5 million in 2005.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Deborah Grubman of <a href="http://www.corcoran.com/nyc/Listings/Display/4924403" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Corcoran Group</a> holds the listing.</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tyler-blackburn-dream-backyard-214468/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">3 Updates That Helped Tyler Blackburn Create His Dream Backyard</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/jared-leto-selling-214737/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">&#8216;Squad&#8217; Goals: Jared Leto Selling LA Pad for $1.999M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rental-kate-walsh-214652/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Check Out This Rental From &#8216;Grey&#8217;s Anatomy&#8217; Star Kate Walsh, STAT!</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1 class="header-title"></h1> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=pHwIcI9Xq3w:HIn8BJyT6Vk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=pHwIcI9Xq3w:HIn8BJyT6Vk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/taylor-swift-rental-214967/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/taylor-swift-rental-214967/ 2017-04-17 22:13 +00:00 2017-04-18 10:13 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=74493 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/mRKYLkQOFdc/ Tips & Advice home buying 3 Ways to Research a Property Online Once you've got the basics, it's time to do a little more digging. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:00:57 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-ways-to-use-the-internet-to-research-a-property-74493/#comments Brendon DeSimone <p>Nearly every home search starts online these days. Sorting through listings, photos, floor plans and descriptions is a great way to feel out the market for those who are in the earliest stages of the home search.</p> <p>When you find a home you're ready to bid on, it's incredible how much background information you can find online. The Internet is full of data on past home sales, recorded sales prices, and the history of each sale, plus information that may not be as obvious - such as the safety of the neighborhood you're considering buying into.</p> <p>Here are three ways to use online tools and real estate mobile apps to get more details about the home you want.</p> <h3>Check building records</h3> <p>Nearly all public information and documentation is now available online, and most municipalities provide web access to building permit history. Although the law requires most <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2011-11-15/5-things-you-should-know-about-real-estate-disclosures/">sellers to disclose</a> previous work done on the property, there may be a history of earlier work the seller didn't know about.</p> <p>For example, if there is a newer bathroom or kitchen but no history of a permit for the work, there is a chance someone did the work without a permit - and potentially not to health or safety code. And if you become the owner, this unpermitted work becomes your responsibility.</p> <p>To begin your search, type "building records," plus your city's name into your favorite search engine. Example: "building records Seattle."</p> <h3>Use Google Street View</h3> <p>Researching an address using Google's Street View can be one of the most revealing options available. Street View provides a snapshot of a property at a particular moment in time, which can provide insight into the recent history of the property or neighborhood.</p> <p>Be aware, however, that the image you see may not accurately reflect the home&#8217;s current state. For example, I helped a homeowner list and sell a home in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood a few years back. We planted a beautiful garden area to create a buffer between the sidewalk and the windows. But a search for the property on Google Street View revealed the windows with bars on them, and no garden. The previous owner had bars on the window, and someone had removed the bars to make the property look more inviting.</p> <p>Seeing the windows with bars on them in Google Street View could raise questions for potential buyers: Is the neighborhood unsafe? Was there a history of crime in the community or on the property? Are the street-level windows safe?</p> <h3>Consult a neighborhood crime app</h3> <p>A variety of crime reporting apps for mobile devices show on a map recent crimes that have been reported, including assault, theft, robbery, homicide, vehicle theft, sex offenders, and quality of life (which often means noise complaints). It's an easy way to get a quick overview of how safe or unsafe a neighborhood is.</p> <p>So much information is available to buyers these days. You don't need to rely solely on the seller's or the real estate agent's disclosures. Use online resources to find out as much background information on a property as you can, either before making an offer or during your contingency period. It is best to do as much research as possible, in order to make an informed final decision.</p> <p><em>Looking for more home-buying advice and tools? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/start-here/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Home Buyers Guide</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/sale-pending-what-does-it-mean-should-you-make-an-offer-139370/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sale Pending: What Does It Mean &amp; Should You Make an Offer?</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/homes-in-affordable-suburbs-213950/">10 Homes for Sale in Suburbs That Give Family Budgets a Boost</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/5-tips-for-dealing-with-a-seller-who-is-just-not-that-into-you-72624/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dealing With a Seller Who Is &#8216;Just Not That Into You&#8217;</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <p><em>Originally published March 1, 2012</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mRKYLkQOFdc:Mv3mjwMMCq8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=mRKYLkQOFdc:Mv3mjwMMCq8:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-ways-to-use-the-internet-to-research-a-property-74493/feed/ 13 https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-ways-to-use-the-internet-to-research-a-property-74493/ 2017-04-17 18:00 +00:00 2017-04-18 06:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/njwg62tcnjzwi3dem5xtg2lgoj3gu4rv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/fake-till-make-faux-interiors-now-fabulous/ topics:things/houseplants storytype:standard structure:interiors structure:money structure:property Fake it till you make it: why faux interiors are now fabulous Mon, 17 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Emily Brooks 2017-04-17 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-17 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gbyhintqnbtwu5tuoryg45tuor2ximdj/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/number-company-landlords-hits-record-high-governments-buy-to/ topics:organisations/property-and-construction-industry topics:things/renting-property storytype:standard structure:money topics:organisations/countrywide structure:property Number of company landlords hits record high as Government's buy-to-let assault hits home Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-04-16 23:01 +00:00 2017-04-17 11:01 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nuzgy4bxozvxe4ltgjqwezllnbzdmnry/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/3d-printing-homes-answer-uks-housing-crisis/ topics:places/united-arab-emirates topics:things/startups topics:things/robotics topics:things/steel topics:things/cranes topics:places/dubai topics:things/skyscrapers storytype:standard structure:technology topics:things/planning topics:in-the-news/housing-crisis topics:things/3d-printing structure:money topics:in-the-news/skills-shortage structure:property Is 3D printing homes the answer to the UK's housing crisis?  Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:53:46 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-04-16 17:53 +00:00 2017-04-17 05:53 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nfzg23lbmn2wk4lwnfwg24ztofyg43bw/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/buy-holiday-home-satisfies-everyone-big-small/ topics:things/children topics:places/barbados topics:places/devon storytype:standard topics:things/property-abroad topics:places/mauritius topics:things/family topics:places/caribbean structure:money structure:property How to buy a holiday home that satisfies everyone - big and small Sun, 16 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Arabella Youens 2017-04-16 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-16 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oruwon3gnq4toyrsom4tcmjvmq4g443d/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/great-estates-incredible-quest-revive-manor-house-played-key/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:places/banbury storytype:standard topics:things/history structure:money structure:property Great Estates: the incredible quest to revive a manor house that played a key role in the English civil war Sun, 16 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Arabella Youens 2017-04-16 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-16 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mqzgsolqg5swunjtgu2wu3lim43gomzz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/say-cheers-english-wine-grow-vineyard-doorstep/ topics:things/buying-property topics:places/devon storytype:standard topics:things/sparkling-wine topics:things/wine structure:money topics:things/english-wine structure:property Say cheers to English wine and grow a vineyard on your doorstep Sat, 15 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Cherry Maslen 2017-04-15 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-15 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=210869 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/umo7VhXhNcg/ Home Improvement home organization 7 Ways to Self-Sabotage Your Organizing Efforts Is your inner critic keeping you from an organized home? Shut it down with these motivating tips and tricks. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:20:32 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/self-sabotage-organizing-efforts-210869/#respond DorothyTheOrganizer <p>Have you ever heard the saying, "You are your own worst enemy"? Self-sabotage exists for all of us in one way or another - and we usually notice it when our homes and lives become too disorganized to manage.</p> <p>It starts innocently enough with piles of unopened mail, a full inbox of unanswered emails, or stacks of dirty dishes. But these are <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/declutter-for-intentional-home-210492/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">clutter</a> cues, and they&#8217;re telling you something is out of whack.</p> <p>If left unchecked, clutter can quickly escalate to forgetting important matters, like doctor visits, taxes, or a best friend's wedding. Read on to see the top seven ways we self-sabotage our organizing efforts, and how to overcome them.</p> <h3>"I know I can't do this."</h3> <p>Ouch! We certainly live up to our expectations of ourselves, whether positive or negative. If you think you can't do an organizing task, you won't. If you think you are worthless, unchangeable, or chronically disorganized, you will feel depressed and unmotivated.</p> <p><strong>SOLUTION: </strong>Reframe your thinking! Start telling yourself, "I know I can do this."</p> <h3>"The task is just too big."</h3> <p>This is looking at the forest and not the trees. You can only do so much in one day, so break things into smaller, more manageable sub-tasks.</p> <p><strong>SOLUTION:</strong> List each sub-task, estimate how long it will take, then work on one task at a time. If you&#8217;re <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/garage-tricks-getting-organized-168713/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cleaning your garage</a>, your list might look like this:</p> <ul> <li style="list-style-type: none;"> <ul> <li>Organize tools: 2 hours</li> <li>Eliminate unused pool equipment: 1 hour</li> <li>Donate old clothes: 1 hour</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <figure id="attachment_211225" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img class="lightbox wp-image-211225 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-577e50.jpg" width="800" height="532" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/17219-Sendero-Fls-San-Antonio-TX-78232/2110120405_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Photo from listing on Zillow</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>"I can't get started."</h3> <p>Hey, 90 percent of getting started is showing up! Sometimes the hardest part of exercising is getting out the door. But once you get going, your heart starts pumping, and you make progress. The same holds true for organizing, too.</p> <p><strong>SOLUTION:</strong> Even when you don't feel like it, just take one tiny step - just one! Maybe you received a new bed you ordered online, but it feels too difficult to put together. Take it one step at a time:</p> <ul> <li>Day 1: Take it out of the box</li> <li>Day 2: Read the directions</li> <li>Day 3: Remove the old bed</li> <li>Day 4: Build the new bed</li> </ul> <h3>"I'm afraid I will mess this up."</h3> <p>You may be great at growing roses in your backyard, but not so great at completing an organizing project correctly. The good news is that you don't have to do it correctly! It only needs to make sense to you.</p> <p><strong>SOLUTION: </strong>At the beginning of the project, tell yourself, &#8220;I will create a positive outcome.&#8221;</p> <h3>"I don't know how to do this."</h3> <p>If you don't speak French, you won't know that "ouvrez la fenêtre" means someone&#8217;s asking you to open the window. And if you lack the training, skill, or resources to do the organizing task, you may avoid it completely. But guess what? You can still get your organizing project done, even if you lack skills.</p> <p><strong>SOLUTION:</strong> Seek out <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-secrets-pros-know-204721/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">the knowledge you need</a> to do the task, or get a professional to help you. Visit the <a href="http://www.NAPO.net" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">National Association of Professional Organizers</a> to find an organizer near you.</p> <h3>"I need to do things perfectly."</h3> <p>If you are the type who settles for nothing less than perfection, you may stop the project before you even start. Instead, use my favorite organizing slogan: Avoid perfection at all costs and finish the project.</p> <p><strong>SOLUTION:</strong> Done is the new perfect.</p> <h3>"I have too many things to do."</h3> <p>Being overwhelmed can feel normal in this day and age. And with computers and smartphones at your fingertips, you can always get something done, like downloading your bank statements or resizing your photos. But remember - just because you can, doesn't mean you have to. If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority.</p> <p><strong>SOLUTION:</strong> Take a moment to eliminate the unessential items from your to-do list.</p> <p>Don&#8217;t let negative self-talk sabotage your organizing efforts. Follow these tips and tackle one small task at a time. Your home - and your life - will feel much more in control when you do.</p> <p><em>Top image from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1067-E-Blaine-St-Seattle-WA-98102/48708107_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/top-10-home-organization-issues-206957/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tackling the Top 10 Home Organization Issues<br /> </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/10-tips-organizing-your-house-190815/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">10 Tips for Organizing Your Whole House</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/organizing-under-sink-196200/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">It&#8217;s a Jungle in There: Tips for Better Under-Sink Storage</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=umo7VhXhNcg:QiacF4lrtsU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=umo7VhXhNcg:QiacF4lrtsU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/self-sabotage-organizing-efforts-210869/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/self-sabotage-organizing-efforts-210869/ 2017-04-14 17:20 +00:00 2017-04-15 05:20 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214210 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/6fbbmmWMaaM/ Home Improvement decorating Designer Lookbook Designer Lookbook: Urban Dwellings' Breezy Maine Remodel The New England design firm delivers a contemporary, nature-inspired upgrade to a spacious ranch home.   Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:43:26 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/urban-dwellings-maine-remodel-214210/#respond Jill Krasny <p>Only one thing really mattered to the young family who tapped <a href="http://www.urban-dwell.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Urban Dwellings</a>, a New England design firm, to upgrade their late-1960s ranch house: killer views of the water.</p> <p>"They were living in a house that was very dated, and views were blocked at all possible points," recalls founder and lead designer Tracy Davis, who spent eight months on the project. The goal was to bring the view inside and make the Cumberland, ME home feel more modern.</p> <p>The sprawling two-story property, which sits on an inlet, had great &#8220;bones&#8221; to start with, but the exterior and interior needed an overhaul. "We replaced almost all of the doors and windows," Davis says, and they expanded several small rooms as well.</p> <p>With the aim of bringing the outdoors in as much as possible, the living room now features two doors that slide open, allowing people to survey the view from the wraparound deck.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-214866 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1321_edit-452050.jpg" alt="" width="515" height="650" /></p> <p>Beneath the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tips-wood-deck-maintenance-199537/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">deck</a>, the team added a covered area for rainproof entry into the home. Just beyond is a guest bedroom with an en suite bath and media room. And around the corner, one floor under the kitchen, another covered area beckons people to eat by the pool looking onto the water.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214867" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1359_edit-8f4fd5.jpg" alt="" width="433" height="650" /></p> <p>The home&#8217;s exterior, with its clean horizontal lines, is decidedly of the moment, and there's no denying the appeal of the wide-open kitchen. Fully remodeled, from the baseboards to stainless steel appliances, it features a sizable island with sleek walnut accents - reminiscent of what you'd see on a boat, Davis notes - applied in a slatted pattern to reveal shadow lines. Deep white cabinets keep clutter at bay, while the walnut shelves allow the couple to display their collection of cake stands and stemware.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-214868" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1471_edit-73a820.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Facing the kitchen is a large dining area, where a group of pendants in different sizes and shapes hover over a long wooden table. "The whole space was designed to be open, so it was inherently airy," Davis says of the section, which leads to the deck.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214864" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1226_edit-c5aed7.jpg" alt="" width="433" height="650" /></p> <p>The same can be said of the living room, which they sparsely furnished with a locally made driftwood table, a sea foam-colored couch, and a pair of Risom-style lounge chairs. No photos or art are visible, and the tall, slanted ceilings seem to reach to the sky. Like the dining area, its dramatic views of the water provide all the character necessary.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214865" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1261_edit-f0f81b.jpg" alt="" width="433" height="650" /></p> <p>"We didn't want furniture that would block the views or create conflict with them," Davis says. Nor did they want to distract with color.</p> <p>"This was a unique opportunity for a full house renovation because it was so broken up," Davis continues. "The views should have been more a part of the living environment, and they just weren't."</p> <p><em>Take the full tour:</em></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="975" height="650" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1949_edit-5cfc24.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="975" height="650" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1471_edit-73a820.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="975" height="650" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1656_edit-a7bc6f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="975" height="650" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1678_edit-a33dc3.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="975" height="650" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1995_edit-c3601c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="967" height="650" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B2000_edit-1b5c7a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="975" height="650" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1151_edit-e29677.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="975" height="650" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/P9B1925_edit-cfcbc2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h3>Get the look</h3> <p>Inspired by Davis' design? Here's how to achieve a similar look in your own home.</p> <p><strong>Borrow from your environment</strong><br /> Because the home is near water, Davis selected muted blues and natural materials to make it feel as though the environment is seamlessly interacting with the interior.</p> <p><strong>Don't overhaul it</strong><br /> Reworking the concept of a home is perfectly fine, but strive to keep its integrity, Davis advises.</p> <p><strong>Hire the pros</strong><br /> "Spend the time and money up front to get professional assistance," says Davis. "There's so much value that our trades bring to projects that you, as a do-it-yourselfer, may not be aware of."</p> <p><strong>Mix it up</strong><br /> &#8220;A combination of styles just feels fresh,&#8221; Davis says. "Here, we incorporated contemporary with a bit of &#8217;70s style."</p> <p><em>Photos by Trent Bell</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-ryan-white-los-feliz-213980/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Ryan White&#8217;s Los Feliz Modern Makeover</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/top-home-design-trends-2017-209431/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Top Home Design Trends for 2017</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-kari-whitman-metal-212650/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Kari Whitman Uses Metal to Create a High-Style Look</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6fbbmmWMaaM:H3Ho-wXIRiM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6fbbmmWMaaM:H3Ho-wXIRiM:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/urban-dwellings-maine-remodel-214210/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/urban-dwellings-maine-remodel-214210/ 2017-04-13 18:43 +00:00 2017-04-14 06:43 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214791 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/kcRzdRe6yFs/ Unique Homes house of the week House of the Week: A Southern Manor Rich in American History The home boasts heart pine flooring, handmade bricks, and intricate millwork. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:36:50 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-southern-manor-214791/#respond Satinder Haer <p>Some homes have a little history. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/7369-Dyers-Mill-Ln,-Scottsville,-VA-24590_rb/">This Scottsville, VA home</a> has a <em>lot </em>of history - and it begins even before the main house existed.</p> <p>Prior to the construction of the estate&#8217;s main residence in 1804, a cottage (dating back to at least 1746) already existed on the grounds. It was at this very cottage that Thomas Jefferson&#8217;s father met with the county sheriff to draw the boundaries of the county.</p> <p>As Carol Jackson, one of the home&#8217;s current owners explained, &#8220;We weren&#8217;t a country at the time so nothing was incorporated. The division into counties was for the purpose of law enforcement and militias.&#8221;</p> <p>Later, a plantation schoolhouse - which is still standing today - was built on the property. And decades later, a utility wing was built to connect the main house to the old plantation kitchen.</p> <p>It wasn&#8217;t until the 1960s that Carol Jackson&#8217;s in-laws bought the brick-and-slate property - currently listed at $4.65 million - as a future retirement home and a gathering spot for their four children and grandchildren. With 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, and multiple living rooms, the house can certainly host a large family.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-05-Glendower-Main-House-5-b73abe.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-08-Glendower-Back-House-dfafbd.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-15-Glendower-Front-Room-4-330534.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-14-Glendower-Front-Room-3-1a1b90.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-37-Glendower-Detail-2-f084be.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-17-Glendower-Library-51c3ef.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-18-Glendower-Librar-3c02a7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-38-Glendower-Detail-eabb3d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-28-Glendower-Kitchen-0ba3ab.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-29-Glendower-Kitchen-2-a5e211.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-30-Glendower-Study-a9d504.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-20-Glendower-Master-4a0adc.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-21-Glendower-Master-2-b4bf69.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-24-Glendower-Master-Bath-97912f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-33-Glendower-Bedroom-3-92ff97.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-31-Glendower-Bedroom-2e792e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-32-Glendower-Bedroom-2-d43552.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-50-Glendower-Guest-House-694b5a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-51-Glendower-Building-afd48c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-49-Glendower-Stream-2-1db3ad.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-46-Glendower-Field-5-a3f4fb.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="600" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MLS-45-Glendower-Vineyard-316901.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos by Adam Wayland Photography, courtesy of Frank Hardy</em></p> <p>Even the square footage of the house has history embedded in it. Floyd Johnson, the renowned architect who oversaw and contributed to the restoration of Thomas Jefferson&#8217;s <a href="https://www.monticello.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Monticello</a>, was the same architect responsible for the expansion of this estate to its current and expansive 8,500-square-feet.</p> <p>The home itself boasts features that are highly sought after today - including crown molding, wood beam ceilings, decorative millwork, as well as a rare kind of old wood stove.</p> <p>After nearly five decades of being owned by the Jackson family, history buffs now have a shot at owning this property for $4.65 million. That listing price includes over 423 acres, a vineyard, and sweeping views of the James River valley.</p> <p>Frank Hardy of <a href="http://www.frankhardy.com/eng/sales/detail/334-l-4544-ntl5wn/glendower-estate-scottsville-va-24590" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Frank Hardy Sotheby&#8217;s International Realty</a> holds the listing.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/firehouse-home-plus-art-studio-209616/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">House of the Week: A Firehouse Turned Home Plus Art Studio</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/1900s-firehouse-modern-redesign-214106/">House of the Week: A 1900s Firehouse With a Modern Redesign</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grain-silo-202082/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Saying 'I Do' to a Tiny Grain Silo Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kcRzdRe6yFs:2Krp0BC9J3Q:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=kcRzdRe6yFs:2Krp0BC9J3Q:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-southern-manor-214791/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/historic-southern-manor-214791/ 2017-04-13 16:36 +00:00 2017-04-14 04:36 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ofyde43snfwwwylohbxtq2broj3gkzdn/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/housing-market-grinds-halt-number-homes-market-hits-record-low/ topics:organisations/estate-agents storytype:standard structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:property Housing market grinds to a halt as number of homes on market hits record low Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-04-12 23:01 +00:00 2017-04-13 11:01 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=182561 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/7El8f9Omu60/ Home Improvement DIY remodeling 3 Home Upgrade Options for a $3,000 Budget Get more impact from your next home improvement project with one of these ideas, each with a $3,000 price tag. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:03:33 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-home-upgrades-3000-budget-182561/#comments Lindsay Jackman <p>The top priority for most buyers when house hunting is function. While charm and character go a long way, they can't overcome a bad layout, lack of storage, or a poor use of materials.</p> <p>To really love the home you're in and increase potential buyers' interest, choose updates that will make living in your home easier.</p> <p>For the small renovation budget of $3,000, you could complete any one of the projects below to boost the appeal, functionality and value of your home.</p> <h3>Add a covered entry</h3> <p>Many homes, especially older ones, don&#8217;t have a covered front door. Adding cover will not only greatly increase the curb appeal of your home, but also make your life easier. Say goodbye to fumbling for your keys in the rain with an armful of groceries.</p> <p>A covered entry also offers guests a warm welcome, providing shelter while they wait at the door.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-182564" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/entry-combo-398522.jpg" alt="entry combo" width="741" height="334" /></p> <h3>Create an open floor plan</h3> <p>Much new home construction today makes use of an open floor plan. A home where one room flows into the next is convenient for everyday family life, and is also a huge advantage when entertaining guests.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-182566" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-3-9639d6.jpg" alt="Image 3" width="550" height="785" /></p> <p>Creating an open floor plan in your home may be as simple as removing a wall. For a small investment, you can hire a contractor to take down a wall, creating a larger, more open space.</p> <p>Homes with open floor plans often feel larger, which is a great selling point.</p> <h3>Upgrade to natural stone countertops</h3> <p>Whether you're loving your home or selling it, one place upgrades have a major impact is the kitchen. Upgrading standard countertops can do wonders for the style of your kitchen, and also make the room more functional.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-182568" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-5-d431db.jpg" alt="Image 5" width="800" height="506" /></p> <p>Natural stone countertops like granite are among the most durable on the market. Heavily resistant to scratches and high temperatures, they can stand up to anything you can cook up.</p> <p>You can't go wrong with any of these affordable updates. Each will make your home work better for your needs, and will be selling points for any future buyers.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/3-home-upgrades-1000-budget-182057/" target="_blank">3 Home Upgrade Options for a $1,000 Budget</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/before-after-garage-to-kitchen-175018/" target="_blank">Before &amp; After: Gloomy Garage to Light and Airy Kitchen</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/5-home-updates-for-10k-179408/" target="_blank">5 Home Updates for $10,000 or Less</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published August 28, 2015</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7El8f9Omu60:KAvEFwfTjGY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7El8f9Omu60:KAvEFwfTjGY:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-home-upgrades-3000-budget-182561/feed/ 13 https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-home-upgrades-3000-budget-182561/ 2017-04-12 19:03 +00:00 2017-04-13 07:03 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=182057 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/6QyUh9gRuP8/ Home Improvement DIY remodeling 3 Home Upgrade Options for a $1,000 Budget Looking to update your home without spending a pile of cash? Here are three projects you can complete for just $1,000 each. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:57:46 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-home-upgrades-1000-budget-182057/#comments Lindsay Jackman <p>Whether you're hoping to make your home more comfortable to live in or trying to broaden its appeal for a quick sale, small updates can be a win-win. But home improvement projects can be tricky because if you spend too much, you may not get the return on that investment.</p> <p>To add value to your home, focus on two categories. First, adding function to the home is a given. You will love that update, and so will future buyers. The second is adding charm and character, which will make your home a happier place for you, and can be an advantage when it&#8217;s on the market.</p> <p>For the relatively small renovation budget of $1,000, you can complete any one of the following projects, boosting the appeal and value of your home.</p> <h3>Add a wall of built-in bookshelves</h3> <p>Few things say charm and character like built-ins. Take them floor-to-ceiling on an empty wall in your living space, dining room, or even hallway. To really boost the appeal, add sconces in between or over each shelf.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-182069" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-2-dd5ca7.jpg" alt="Image 2" width="550" height="768" />Not only do built-ins create a beautiful focal point in your home, they also increase function. They&#8217;re perfect for book storage, but you could also get a set of pretty woven baskets to store and conceal items. You get more storage without compromising the tidy look of the shelves.</p> <h3>Create faux beams in your cased openings</h3> <p>Wood beams instantly add appeal to your home. While this is purely a cosmetic upgrade, it's one that will have you, your friends, and future buyers swooning.<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-182070" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-3-small-cf5b1b.jpg" alt="Image 3 small" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>On any cased opening in your home, pop off the trim and use stained framing lumber to cover the sides. Run one long piece across the top and you've created the look of an actual beam for less cost.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-182071" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-4-c5ab5d.jpg" alt="Image 4" width="550" height="825" /></p> <p>Adding beams increases your home&#8217;s charm and makes a real statement. It&#8217;s a perfect addition to entry ways or living areas.</p> <h3>Build paired closets</h3> <p>Adding closets to your home has the obvious benefit of providing much-needed storage. The issue, however, is that building a closet usually means taking a corner out of a room. You get the storage, but you're left with an awkward protrusion into the space.</p> <p>Paired closets in each corner on a wall solve this issue - and you get double the storage. Paired closets look purposeful in a room, and their symmetry is visually appealing. This configuration creates a charming nook in between to place a table, bench, or even bed.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-182072" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Image-5-ec78eb.jpg" alt="Image 5" width="800" height="674" /></p> <p>You&#8217;ll love having the extra storage, and any future buyers will, too. After all, you can never have too much closet space.</p> <p>Regardless of which upgrade you choose, you can't go wrong with these cosmetic and functional home updates. With a modest investment, you'll immediately enhanced your home with charm and usability anyone would love.</p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of White Buffalo Styling Co.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/5-home-updates-for-10k-179408/" target="_blank">5 Home Updates for $10,000 or Less</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/green-home-updates-save-money-174357/" target="_blank">Eco-Friendly Home Updates That Save You Green</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/before-after-garage-to-kitchen-175018/" target="_blank">Before &amp; After: Gloomy Garage to Light and Airy Kitchen</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Originally published August 20, 2015</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6QyUh9gRuP8:DGFe7EwwFPE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=6QyUh9gRuP8:DGFe7EwwFPE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-home-upgrades-1000-budget-182057/feed/ 15 https://www.zillow.com/blog/3-home-upgrades-1000-budget-182057/ 2017-04-12 17:57 +00:00 2017-04-13 05:57 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214468 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/280caX3wit8/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors los feliz Tyler Blackburn 3 Updates That Helped Tyler Blackburn Create His Dream Backyard The 'Pretty Little Liars' star takes us on a tour of his first home, including his newly renovated outdoor space. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:00:07 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/tyler-blackburn-dream-backyard-214468/#respond Michelle Anderson <p>When &#8220;Pretty Little Liars&#8221; star Tyler Blackburn purchased his first home, in Los Angeles&#8217; hip Los Feliz neighborhood, he knew he wanted to make some changes to create a space that would truly feel like his own.</p> <p>One of the actor&#8217;s favorite aspects of the renovation is the new and improved backyard, finished just in time for his big 30th birthday party.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s a look at three updates he made to achieve his dream backyard.</p> <div class="video-container"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uNig0uWuJiQ?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsonapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> <h3>Take a dip</h3> <p>Where there used to be an expansive slab of concrete, Tyler put in a large pool and hot tub. Complete with water features, the pool and hot tub&#8217;s design makes it easy to slip from one into the other - the ideal combination for a cool evening in L.A.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-214472" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/pool-eeec61.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="532" /></p> <h3>A place to relax</h3> <p>To escape the not-so-cool Southern California sun, Tyler built a pergola off the back of his house. Under its shelter, he placed a patio sofa, hammock chairs, and a natural wood coffee table where he can enjoy his morning coffee with his cute pup, Dylan.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-214471" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/deck-b3a11d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></p> <h3>Puppy playground</h3> <p>Not wanting to leave Dylan out, Tyler dedicated a large portion of the previously grass-less yard to a grass patch for her to romp around on.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-214473" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/pup-ca3583.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="531" /></p> <p>To celebrate finishing his dream backyard, Tyler hosted his friends and family for his 30<sup>th</sup> birthday. The party was made extra special by the presence of his grandparents, who Tyler lived with as a young child.</p> <p>Sometimes all you need for the perfect milestone birthday is good food, the people you love, and your own backyard.</p> <p><em>Photos by Rupert Thorpe</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ashley-benson-hollywood-hills-194279/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ashley Benson Lists Pretty Little Lair in the Hollywood Hills</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-details-chris-hardwick-home-212822/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Five One-of-a-Kind Details From Chris Hardwick&#8217;s Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-ryan-white-los-feliz-213980/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Designer Lookbook: Ryan White&#8217;s Los Feliz Modern Makeover</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=280caX3wit8:xCgoe5CfwzE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=280caX3wit8:xCgoe5CfwzE:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/tyler-blackburn-dream-backyard-214468/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/tyler-blackburn-dream-backyard-214468/ 2017-04-12 13:00 +00:00 2017-04-13 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/ne2we3dfofydqmtumuywgy3pmu2dk23o/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/boro-middlesbrough-building-new-future/ storytype:standard topics:things/new-home structure:money topics:things/first-time-buyers topics:things/house-prices structure:property topics:places/middlesbrough Up the Boro: How Middlesbrough is building a new future Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Sue Chester 2017-04-12 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-12 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214737 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/G5Zxt_IEHsI/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors hollywood hills Jared Leto mid-century modern Musicians 'Squad' Goals: Jared Leto Selling LA Pad for $1.999M Calling 'Buyers' in Dallas and beyond: The actor and musician has put his Hollywood Hills home on the market. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:58:05 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/jared-leto-selling-214737/#respond Lindsay Cohen <figure id="attachment_214754" style="width: 150px" style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;"><img class="wp-image-214754" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_217167265-1-44f529-242x300.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="186" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo: ShutterStock</figcaption></figure> <p>Oscar-winning superstar Jared Leto will be living his &#8220;So-Called Life&#8221; elsewhere.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A-lister </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/house,mobile,townhouse_type/20044786_zpid/34.174388,-118.302584,34.092829,-118.424463_rect/12_zm/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Leto&#8217;s 4-bedroom, 3-bath mid-century home</a> is on the market for just under $2 million. The residence, rumored to have once been home to Hollywood legend Jimmy Durante, boasts a private recording studio, fire pit, and lush, tropical landscaping. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The two-story Hollywood Hills home has a vine-covered exterior, ample closet space, and lagoon-style pool. A dining area adjacent to a black-and-white themed kitchen boasts simple bay windows and dark hardwood floors that continue throughout most of the house. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The living room is fit for a rockstar &#8212; Leto fronts the band 30 Seconds to Mars &#8212; and includes a full bar and fireplace.</span></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-LETO-LIVING-ROOM-695c67-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/23-LETO-BACKYARD-DUSK-2-8f1583-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-LETO-LIVING-ROOM-TWO-9d7ca6-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-LETO-DINING-b57f1e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-LETO-KITCHEN-8bf087-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5LETO-BED-8d0fc5-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-LETO-BED-2-8383ad-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-LETO-BATH-d6e605-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-LETO-BATH-58baf7-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11-LETO-BED-47b515-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/12-LETO-CLOSET-751873-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-LETO-RECORDING-8f4067-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13-LETO-LIVING-f7fde8-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/14-LETO-BAR-c9efd0-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19-LETO-BACKYARD-6f7c39-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="684" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20-LETO-BACKYARD-43601e-1024x684.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/21-LETO-FIRE-PIT-61bd79-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/22-LETO-BACKYARD-DUSK-92671c-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photos by PJ McMullan, Shooting LA</span></em></p> <p>Musicians seeking a reprieve from the paparazzi might delight in the walled exterior &#8212; or the fact that the home is on a private street.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Avid fans may recognize the home as the backdrop for the 2012 documentary &#8220;Artifact,&#8221; in which the star and his indie rocker bandmates take on the music industry.</span></p> <p>Leto, who most recently starred in the movie &#8220;Suicide Squad,&#8221; purchased the 4,000-square-foot home in March 2006 for $1.65 million.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="http://modernlivingla.com/2017/04/hollywood-hills-mid-century-era-home/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Brian Courville of Modern Living LA</a> holds the listing.</span></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/rental-kate-walsh-214652/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Check Out This Rental From &#8216;Grey&#8217;s Anatomy&#8217; Star Kate Walsh, Stat!</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/iggy-azalea-nick-young-selling-214558/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Are Unloading Their &#8216;Fancy&#8217; LA Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/snowboarder-shaun-white-lists-home-214321/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Going for Gold: Pro Snowboarder Shaun White Lists CA Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=G5Zxt_IEHsI:CJkz5OpdZVA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=G5Zxt_IEHsI:CJkz5OpdZVA:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/jared-leto-selling-214737/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/jared-leto-selling-214737/ 2017-04-11 16:58 +00:00 2017-04-12 04:58 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/gezw62rumnwwuodemjttg2zvmjzhm4tu/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/revealed-areas-price-flat-outstripping-everything-else/ structure:data-story storytype:standard topics:organisations/land-registry structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property Revealed: The areas where the price of a flat is outstripping everything else Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:57:02 Z Isabelle Fraser Patrick Scott 2017-04-11 14:57 +00:00 2017-04-12 02:57 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=209688 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/q8wOs6-E0Ho/ Market Trends home buying millennials zillow research Our Racially Divided Housing Market Is Changing, Thanks to Millennials A look at how we got here and where we're headed. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:00:03 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennials-diversity-housing-209688/#respond Melissa Allison <p>Kieran Killeen was astounded when he bought a home in Vermont in 2002, and its title barred minorities from living there unless they were servants.</p> <p>They were empty words. Racial covenants are no longer legal.</p> <p>But Killeen, who is white, did not like having even a defunct racist restriction on his home&#8217;s title. He worked with neighbors to have it removed from his and 121 other homes in South Burlington.</p> <p>Such covenants were once encouraged by the government. The language on Killeen&#8217;s title matched that used by the Federal Housing Administration in the 1930s: "No persons of any race other than the white race shall use or occupy any building or any lot, except that this covenant shall not prevent occupancy by domestic servants of a different race domiciled with an owner or tenant."</p> <p>&#8220;It took 70 years to undo the paper trail of institutional racism,&#8221; Killeen noted.</p> <p>Unfortunately, this is not just history.</p> <p>Racial covenants and other practices from the housing market&#8217;s racist past carry forward in the form of segregated neighborhoods and diminished wealth. They laid the groundwork for the terrible financial toll that black and Hispanic communities, in particular, paid during the Great Recession. Even redlining, a common practice from decades ago in which lenders denied loans in minority communities, has made <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/nyregion/hudson-city-bank-settlement.html?_r=0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">a bit of a comeback</a> in the wake of the housing crisis.</p> <p>Promising demographic trends could improve the outlook, but some say that&#8217;s not enough.</p> <h3>Millennials narrow the racial gap</h3> <p>For <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/homeownership-by-race-8851/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">more than a century</a>, there has been a persistent gap between white and minority homeownership rates. The most recent data show that 71 percent of whites own homes, compared with 41 percent of blacks, 45 percent of Hispanics and 58 percent of Asians, according to the U.S. Census Bureau&#8217;s American Community Survey.</p> <p>The good news is that the youngest generation of homeowners &#8212; millennials &#8212; is more diverse. And they&#8217;re driving the housing market more than people realized, according to Zillow Group&#8217;s <a href="http://www.zillow.com/research/zillow-group-report-2016-13279/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Consumer Housing Trends Report</a>.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214639" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_343142486-f80481.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="516" /></p> <p>&#8220;While minorities remain underrepresented among homeowners, that is changing as a younger, more diverse set of buyers enters the market,&#8221; said Zillow Group Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Wacksman.</p> <p>In fact, half of all home buyers are under age 36. Although the housing market as a whole skews heavily white &#8212; with black, Latino and Asian homeowners each representing less than 10 percent of the market &#8212; there&#8217;s greater diversity among millennials in general, and among millennials who own homes.</p> <p>Only 66 percent of millennial homeowners are white - much closer to whites&#8217; 61 percent share of the general population.</p> <p><img class="lightbox aligncenter wp-image-210077" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Homeownership_Race_Porchlight-Link-FInal-0ad3ad-1024x432.jpg" width="800" height="338" /></p> <p>It&#8217;s also encouraging that Latinos and Asians have begun to narrow the gap between their homeownership rates and that of whites. But the gap between whites and blacks has widened.</p> <h3>Blacks face the longest odds</h3> <p>Aside from a run-up during the housing bubble, the homeownership rate for African Americans appears to be in a long-term slump.</p> <p>The trend going forward is &#8220;<a href="http://www.urban.org/research/publication/headship-and-homeownership-what-does-future-hold/view/full_report" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">uniformly worrying</a>,&#8221; according to a 2015 report from The Urban Institute. &#8220;Erosion of homeownership for blacks threatens to undermine their ability to gain and maintain economic stability, not to mention build assets.&#8221;</p> <p>That bleak picture follows decades of gains.</p> <p>The economic fortunes of African Americans began to improve after the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/research/fair-housing-act-14730/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Fair Housing Act of 1968</a>, when it became easier to challenge redlining, racial covenants and other forms of discrimination.</p> <p>By the 1990s, blacks had finally established a foothold in the housing market.</p> <p><img class="lightbox aligncenter wp-image-210082" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ThenAndNow_Race-Final-594696-1024x664.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="519" /></p> <p>However, during the housing bubble, many of them fell victim to mortgages that were unwise, and in some cases downright predatory, said Rolf Pendall, co-director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at The Urban Institute.</p> <p>&#8220;If you owned a house in a community where only 40 to 45 percent of people owned houses, and you had friends and neighbors and cousins, many of whom were less well off than you were, you might take money out [via refinancing] because you&#8217;re helping people get through,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>At that time, even African Americans and Hispanics with strong credit were steered toward subprime or predatory loans, said Coty Montag, deputy director of litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. A former Justice Department attorney, she helped litigate a Department of Justice case against Wells Fargo for such steering that led to a <a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-settlement-wells-fargo-resulting-more-175-million-relief" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">$234 million settlement</a>.</p> <p>As a result, black and Hispanic neighborhoods were hit harder and <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/home-values-black-hispanic-areas-169344/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">have bounced back more slowly</a> from the housing crisis.</p> <p>&#8220;We look every day at sad faces when people are not able to get those loans,&#8221; said Antoine Thompson, national executive director of the <a href="http://www.nareb.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">National Association of Real Estate Brokers</a>. It&#8217;s the oldest minority real estate trade association in the country, representing African-American and other minority real estate professionals, and it supports movement toward a new credit scoring model that takes into account rent and utility payments as well as non-traditional forms of income.</p> <p>The Great Recession meant a tremendous setback, compounding earlier forms of housing discrimination.</p> <p>Those historical practices included government-sanctioned redlining and racial covenants in the mid-20th century that kept blacks from buying homes and building wealth at the same time whites were.</p> <p>The private sector also played a part back then, Montag said. &#8220;Real estate agents would not show African Americans homes in all-white neighborhoods, banks would refuse to grant African Americans conventional mortgages, and contractors could not get financial backing to construct homes for African Americans in white neighborhoods.&#8221;</p> <p>There were also personal assaults, sometimes literally.</p> <p>&#8220;White homeowners would actively discourage African Americans who tried to move to their neighborhoods,&#8221; explained Montag. &#8220;In some areas, there would be violence or other ways of discouraging new black neighbors.&#8221;</p> <p>Being aware of the past's injustices is the first step in understanding homeownership among African Americans today.</p> <p>&#8220;Homeownership is the number one way wealth is built in America,&#8221; Thompson said. &#8220;Whether it was redlining by the government, issues related to African Americans who came home from World War II and did not have access to the GI Bill to go to college, or to government-sponsored loans that created the suburbanization of America: We cannot ignore those realities, which played a significant role in where we are today.&#8221;</p> <p><em>Read more about <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/african-americans-homeownership" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">African Americans and homeownership</a>.</em></p> <h3>Latinos and the American Dream</h3> <p>The outlook for Hispanics is brighter, and surveys show they are more likely than any other racial or ethnic group to associate homeownership with the American Dream. A hefty 70 percent of Hispanic respondents <a href="http://www.zillow.com/research/zillow-group-report-2016-13279/#homeownership" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">told Zillow</a> that owning their own home is necessary to living that dream, compared with 64 percent of Asian/Pacific Islander respondents, 63 percent of black respondents and 58 percent of white respondents.</p> <p>&#8220;Homeownership is an aspiration for almost all Latinos,&#8221; said Lautaro Diaz, vice president for housing and community development at the nonprofit National Council of La Raza.</p> <p>For good reason: Owning a home can be key to economic stability, better health and more education.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214640" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Stocksy_1238698-cec898.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>Hispanics face many of the same hurdles as African Americans, including a knowledge and familiarity gap regarding homeownership.</p> <p>&#8220;If you have a parent and they own their home, they&#8217;re going to encourage their kids to do the same as soon as they&#8217;re in a position to do that,&#8221; Diaz said. &#8220;If not, the only way to get that incentive is an educational opportunity you go through, or a best friend &#8212; word of mouth is very impactful. People see success stories and think, &#8216;If they can do it, I can do it.'&#8221;</p> <p>Given Latinos&#8217; lower incomes &#8212; they make $19,000 less than whites, on average &#8212; it&#8217;s particularly important for them to create a strategy for buying a house, sometimes as a family. &#8220;They have to channel their resources into buying a home and not necessarily sending money back to family in Mexico or Latin America,&#8221; Diaz said.</p> <p><em>Read more about <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/hispanics-homeownership-divide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hispanics and homeownership</a>.</em></p> <h3>Knowledge as mortgage power</h3> <p>An aversion to debt also hurts minorities disproportionately.</p> <p>Almost 20 percent of Americans are &#8220;credit invisible&#8221; or &#8220;unscorable,&#8221; according to the <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/201612_cfpb_credit_invisible_policy_report.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Consumer Financial Protection Bureau</a>.</p> <p>In low-income neighborhoods, that figure is closer to 45 percent &#8212; and there&#8217;s a divide along racial and ethnic lines. Only 16 percent of white consumers are &#8220;credit invisible&#8221; or &#8220;unscorable,&#8221; while 28 percent of black consumers and 27 percent of Hispanic consumers are.</p> <p>&#8220;We meet people all the time who are excellent money managers but have no credit, and no idea that they have no credit,&#8221; said Ricki Lowitz, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Working Credit. She was a speaker at Zillow&#8217;s <a href="http://www.zillow.com/public-engagement/2017-economic-forum/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2017 Economic Forum</a> in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>Some are immigrants who don&#8217;t trust American financial institutions. Some are African Americans who were told by parents and grandparents that if they didn&#8217;t use credit, they&#8217;d never go bankrupt.</p> <p>&#8220;You have to borrow to build credit, and that&#8217;s a hard message,&#8221; Lowitz said.<img class="aligncenter wp-image-214641 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_29251765-ed74d5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="536" /></p> <p>Here&#8217;s the catch: Most landlords, utilities, cable and cell phone companies do not report monthly payment information to credit bureaus the way mortgage and credit card lenders do.</p> <p>So if you&#8217;re saving to buy a house and find yourself tight on cash one month, pay the credit card bill before the cable. &#8220;If you&#8217;re 35 days late on the cable bill, no one knows. If you&#8217;re 35 days late on your credit card, it will be on your credit report for seven years,&#8221; Lowitz said. (However, if the cable bill goes to a collection agency, typically at about 180 days overdue, that is in your record.)</p> <p>In the Asian community, there&#8217;s an added wrinkle: Some Asians are averse to debt because it carries negative connotations in their home countries, said Christopher Kui, executive director of the nonprofit Asian Americans for Equality.</p> <p>Some are used to paying cash, or having to put 30 percent to 40 percent down on a home purchase, he said. If they have that large a down payment in the United States, the amount they borrow might be so low that they will not get the best interest rates from lenders.</p> <p>&#8220;We do a lot of classes and workshops about how to save for a home, how you really have to take care of your credit history and delinquencies, and what the system looks for when you apply for a mortgage,&#8221; Kui said.</p> <p><em>Read more about <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/asians-homeownership-divide/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Asians and homeownership</a>.</em></p> <h3>Changing the system</h3> <p>Kui and others suggest several ways the system could improve, including new credit scoring mechanisms and new mortgage products for people who don&#8217;t fit the standard home-buying mold.</p> <p>One example is VantageScore, a project of the three major credit bureaus that uses a different model, <a href="https://your.vantagescore.com/top-model" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">scoring at least 30 million people</a> who otherwise would be invisible to lenders. Not all low-income advocates love it, saying some measures can be discriminatory. But it&#8217;s an alternative for some people who have no score in the traditional system, said Alejandro Becerra, director of research at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.</p> <p>&#8220;Banks could also take into account multi-generational income, seasonal employment and entrepreneurship like driving for Uber,&#8221; Becerra said.</p> <p>He&#8217;d also like to see more lenders in minority communities. &#8220;Payday lenders and pawn shops have a presence there. There is still the need for a banking presence.&#8221;</p> <p>It&#8217;s the kind of opportunity A.P. Giannini seized when he founded Bank of America &#8212; then Bank of Italy &#8212; back in 1904. At a time when banks catered mostly to the rich, this son of poor Italian immigrants built the largest bank in the country (by the time he died) by making loans to the working class. &#8220;Be ready to help people when they need it most&#8230;. It&#8217;s the helping hand on a dark day that folks remember to the end of time,&#8221; he advised.</p> <p>Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, director of the Racial Wealth Divide Project at the nonprofit <a href="http://cfed.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Corporation for Enterprise Development</a> (CFED), believes that to make real headway, low- and moderate-income minorities need the same sorts of progressive economic programs &#8212; from mortgage insurance to subsidies for the building of middle-class suburbs &#8212; that whites enjoyed.</p> <p>In the &#8217;40s and &#8217;50s, whites rocketed from 46 percent to 65 percent homeownership with those economic boosts. Minorities were explicitly left out via redlining, racial covenants and other practices.</p> <p>Without aggressive intervention, by 2043, the wealth divide between white families and black and Latino families will have doubled, according to <a href="http://www.ips-dc.org/report-ever-growing-gap/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">a study</a> by the CFED and the Institute for Policy Studies. If white wealth remained stagnant, and black and Latino wealth continued to grow as it has for the past 30 years, it would still take black families 228 years and Latino families 84 years to gain parity.</p> <p>The point of reaching more minority borrowers is not to make everyone a homeowner. Owning a home does not make sense for some people, including those who move frequently or who make so little money that they would have no financial cushion if they put everything into a home.</p> <p>The aim is to even the playing field so that people with the means to own a home have a fair shot at it.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/race-question-on-loan-application-196006/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Why Is My Lender Asking About My Race on My Loan Application?</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-applications-2015-207578/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Black, Hispanic Mortgage Applicants Denied at Twice the Rate of Whites, Asians</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/black-white-mortgage-divide-190395/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Black-White Mortgage Divide Starts Before People Even Apply</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=q8wOs6-E0Ho:-O3ROlasO8E:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=q8wOs6-E0Ho:-O3ROlasO8E:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennials-diversity-housing-209688/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennials-diversity-housing-209688/ 2017-04-11 12:00 +00:00 2017-04-12 00:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214652 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/2vJj39K0UH8/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors Kate Walsh Check Out This Rental From 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Kate Walsh, STAT! The TV doc is asking $17,500 a month for her Los Angeles area home. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:09:10 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/rental-kate-walsh-214652/#respond Satinder Haer <figure id="attachment_214653" style="width: 194px" style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;"><img class="wp-image-214653" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_313797002-3055da-779x1024.jpg" alt="" width="194" height="255" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo: ShutterStock</figcaption></figure> <p>Sometimes a change is just what the doctor ordered. After spending nearly a decade as Dr. Addison Montgomery in &#8216;Grey&#8217;s Anatomy&#8217; and &#8216;Private Practice,&#8217; Kate Walsh is switching gears.</p> <p>Walsh&#8217;s newest undertaking, the Netflix series &#8220;13 Reasons Why,&#8221; appears to be keeping her away from her home in the celebrity-rich Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles. She&#8217;s offering the cozy 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom SoCal pad as a rental - for $17,500 a month.</p> <p>In addition to a comfortable living room with a fireplace and wood-beamed ceilings, the private, gated residence boasts a spacious media room with built-in bookshelves, plus an office and a remodeled chef&#8217;s kitchen.</p> <p>The ranch-style home&#8217;s master suite features a sitting area, a marble bathroom and a wall of retractable glass doors that open into an enviable backyard.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/2-7ce75e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-e639c7-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-9f2719-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-b3e775-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-c20f6e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19-72368d-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/20-6f7337-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/22-18085a-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/24-7b92f9-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/12-ce5252-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-16050a-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-99724d-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/11-3db0ba-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/17-afee53-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/18-eb044a-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/25-13919b-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/28-4af352-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/27-5440ac-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/29-92fe9e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/31-6edbed-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/32-b21105-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-04b334-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listing</em></p> <p>String lights cast a dreamy glow over the backyard pool and a huge fire-pit area with plenty of room and seating for roasting s&#8217;mores. 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These are the best homes for horse lovers Sat, 08 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Z 2017-04-08 09:00 +00:00 2017-04-08 21:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nj2gknlrmzygizdmnvtdcylpoz3gumrq/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/buy-borderlands-south-west-europe-have-best-worlds/ topics:places/slovenia-europe storytype:standard topics:places/italy structure:travel topics:places/france topics:places/spain topics:places/europe topics:places/borders topics:places/portugal topics:things/capital-gains-tax structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let structure:property Where to buy in the borderlands of south west Europe to have the best of both worlds Sat, 08 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Liz Rowlinson 2017-04-08 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-08 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214208 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/CpgsEjwJcks/ Tips & Advice home buying new construction Personal Finance 5 Ways You'll Spend Money on Your New Construction Home After Closing Save some room in your budget for expenses after move-in. Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:55:01 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/costs-new-construction-home-214208/#respond Jennifer Lyons <p>By the time you get the keys to your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/new_homes/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">new construction home</a>, you might feel stretched thin in the finance department. From earnest money and design center upgrades, to closing costs and moving expenses, buying a brand-new home is never cheap.</p> <p>As you take a look at the costs on the horizon, it&#8217;s wise to look a little past your closing date. There are a few post-closing costs that are unique to brand-new homes and some that are familiar to all new homeowners.</p> <p>Set aside a little money for these expenses now, and it'll be smooth sailing once the "sold" sign is out front.</p> <h3>Appliances</h3> <p>Unless you've negotiated a washer and dryer into the price of the home with your builder, your new laundry room will likely be a big empty space when you move in - no washer and dryer to be found.</p> <p>Many builders don't include a refrigerator either, opting instead to let homeowners choose a style that suits their needs.</p> <p>Here's a tip to ease your wallet woes: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-new-kitchen-appliances-193049/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Start shopping appliance sales</a> once you know your approximate close date. Many appliance stores will let you purchase ahead of time to take advantage of a good price, then delay your delivery until you move in.</p> <h3>Utilities</h3> <p>If you're upgrading to a larger home, your utilities will likely increase, especially heating and cooling. And if you&#8217;re moving to a new city or a location with a different utility company, you may have to pay a deposit to start service.</p> <p>If you're interested in services like cable, satellite TV, or Internet, you may have to install some equipment that would already be installed if you were buying a pre-owned home.</p> <h3>Window coverings</h3> <p>Look at all those big, beautiful windows in your new home! And then notice that they're bare - no blinds or curtains in sight.</p> <p>Most new homes do not come with <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/window-treatments-for-spring-174484/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">window coverings</a>, and they're definitely something you'll want to quickly look into when you move in. There are better ways to introduce yourselves to the neighborhood than through wide-open windows - or bedsheets pinned up for privacy.</p> <h3>Furniture</h3> <p>There's nothing more exciting than picking up some great new furnishings and decor for a brand-new space. You may have pieces that worked well in your old space but don't fit your new home&#8217;s layout.</p> <p>Or maybe you have a new guestroom to furnish, a deck that is begging for patio furniture, or beautiful hardwood floors that need area rugs. Set aside some money now so you can start decorating right after move-in day.</p> <h3>Landscaping</h3> <p>Did you know that some builders only landscape the front yard, leaving the backyard unfinished and unfenced? And, if your new neighborhood has a homeowner's association, the rules may require you to finish your yard within a certain time period.</p> <p>That means you foot the bill for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/landscaping-new-construction-home-200207/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">landscaping your new home&#8217;s yard</a>, and whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, it's still an expense you shouldn't overlook.</p> <p>Setting foot in your brand-new, just-finished home is an exhilarating experience, and something you won't soon forget. With just a little planning and saving in advance, you can spend more time making your new house a home, and less time stressing over how you're going to pay for it all.</p> <p><em>If you&#8217;re home shopping, check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/start-here/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Home Buyers Guide</a> for valuable tips and resources.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/buying-new-construction-196960/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">6 Critical Questions to Ask When Buying New Construction</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/negotiating-after-home-inspection-140771/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">How to Negotiate Repairs After a Home Inspection</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/architect-builder-designer-home-205495/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Working With a Design-Build Team to Create Your Dream Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CpgsEjwJcks:dIDddKSQb2U:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=CpgsEjwJcks:dIDddKSQb2U:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/costs-new-construction-home-214208/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/costs-new-construction-home-214208/ 2017-04-07 17:55 +00:00 2017-04-08 05:55 +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 Are Unloading Their 'Fancy' LA Home The couple separated nearly a year ago, and now they're parting ways with their shared home. Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:06:42 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>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/ 2017-04-06 23:06 +00:00 2017-04-07 11:06 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214106 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/feH4tPLjyOE/ Unique Homes converted homes house of the week House of the Week: A 1900s Firehouse With a Modern Redesign Sound the alarms, because you won't want to miss this historic firehouse. Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:48:57 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/1900s-firehouse-modern-redesign-214106/#respond Alycia Lucio <p>The idea of zipping down a fireman&#8217;s pole has captured the imaginations of children for decades. Now, the same architectural elements you fell in love with are available in a historic Noe Valley home - although you&#8217;ll have to settle for descending via a spiral staircase.</p> <p>Originally built in 1909 as the Engine 44 firehouse, this <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/AL/house,mobile,townhouse_type/15146278_zpid/4_rid/3-_beds/1000000-_price/3770-_mp/firehouse_att/48.676454,-80.705566,19.041349,-122.453613_rect/4_zm/" target="_blank">4-bedroom, 5-bath Mission Revival</a> is quickly heating up the market.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214577" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3816-22nd-St_Front-3ff883-e1490822246285-d8e4e8.jpg" alt="" width="750" height="794" /></p> <p>Priced at $5.75 million with <a href="http://vanguardproperties.com/RESI-455736.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Vanguard Properties</a>, the four-story San Francisco dwelling blends the old with the modern, according to listing agent Frank Nolan.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/window-2-6c5d8d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/family-1-aa93ec.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="684" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3816-22nd-St_Living-Room-6a15ec-1024x684.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="684" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3816-22nd-St_Kitchen-076e41-1024x684.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/breakfast-86af39.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/gallery-2-9cee07.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/dining-b20d74.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/family-2-857888.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/master-d873a7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/master-bath-2-4bb96d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bath-2-0e15ab.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bed-3-32d03e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/dual-vanity-edea9f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/bed-1-049edf.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/wine-library-969f78.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/gym-2cabdf.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/gallery-3-8d56f8.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/solarium-1-3a566d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/stairs-3-27ffd7.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/garden-view-1-abe4fd.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="684" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3816-22nd-St_Patio-f6d133-1024x684.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/terrace-69d8c9.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/garage-bad552.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>Every room of the home is well-lit and offers an almost gallery-like flair. Auburn-toned hardwood flooring accents each level, including the stairs.</p> <p>Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a peek at the exterior patio from the living room, while additional glass detailing flows throughout - from the staircase railing to the loft overlook in the kitchen.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214591" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/gallery-4-358640.jpg" alt="" width="460" height="650" /></p> <p>"What's most interesting is the transitional design," Nolan says. There's an intact custom metalwork spiral staircase, as well as original windows and a lookout tower, where "you can see over all the roofs of Noe Valley."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214595" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/spiral-5352e3.jpg" alt="" width="459" height="650" /></p> <p>Renovated in 2007 and redesigned by Jay Jeffers (one of the top designers in San Francisco), the home also includes a variety of modern upgrades. On the first floor is a media room and wine cellar. From the cellar, you can access a hardscaped rear courtyard with auxiliary shed.</p> <p>Take the elevator up to the second floor, where you're greeted by a stunning island kitchen with gas range and granite countertops, as well as an adjacent open living and dining area.</p> <p>The third floor consists of three bedrooms and two baths, while the master suite encompasses the fourth floor and features a private outdoor terrace.</p> <p>Nolan notes that the prime location is a definite selling point for the 6,000-square-foot firehouse. "You're walking distance to almost everything."</p> <p>However, what makes this home priceless according to Nolan is the fact that you'll "own a piece of history."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214589" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/fire-bell-d9ac06.jpg" alt="" width="512" height="650" /></p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Olga Soboleva</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/firehouse-home-plus-art-studio-209616/" target="_blank">House of the Week: A Firehouse Turned Home Plus Art Studio</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/former-ymca-listed-207001/" target="_blank">It&#8217;s Fun to List at the YMCA (for $14.5M)</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/grain-silo-202082/" target="_blank">Saying &#8216;I Do&#8217; to a Tiny Grain Silo Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=feH4tPLjyOE:kHHU920eWXk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=feH4tPLjyOE:kHHU920eWXk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/1900s-firehouse-modern-redesign-214106/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/1900s-firehouse-modern-redesign-214106/ 2017-04-06 22:48 +00:00 2017-04-07 10:48 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213116 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/SDEYTkN4muM/ Home Improvement decorating Designer Lookbook Designer Lookbook: Marc-Michaels Creates Stylish Minimalism Use these ideas to give your own space the designer treatment. Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:00:14 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/marc-michaels-minimalist-decor-213116/#respond Satinder Haer <p>The team at <a href="http://www.marc-michaels.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Marc-Michaels Interior Design</a> knows how to create stunning spaces - even when the objective is to keep the space simple.</p> <p>Senior Marc-Michaels designers Jessica Lee and Rachel Ortiz share the elements they used to give this new construction, mid-century modern-inspired Florida residence a minimalist feel without sacrificing style.</p> <h3>A neutral palette</h3> <p>The owner and builder of this home had a vision of clean lines and a boxy look, with an open floor plan where the spaces would flow. Lee and Ortiz carried this architectural vision into the design with a neutral palette consisting of limestone flooring and a single paint color throughout most of the house. Wood accents add warmth, while touches of blue, sparingly used, bring in cool tones for balance.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-213264" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/5-DINING-04b0a5-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="433" /></p> <h3>Focal points for each space</h3> <p>Sometimes a focal point needs to be intentionally crafted, while other times it just needs to be called out.</p> <p>This home&#8217;s backyard overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows along the back help draw your eyes to the view as soon as you set foot into the foyer. The rest of the decor for the living room was carefully selected to keep the focus on the view.</p> <p>In other rooms, where there wasn&#8217;t an obvious focal spot, Lee and Ortiz saw opportunity. For example, in the dining room, they created a focal spot by covering an entire wall with upholstered leather panels and white bronze metal pieces in a geometric pattern. The unique wall fits in with the neutral decor, but also draws attention to the design details.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-213268" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/LIVING_BACK-929988-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="433" /></p> <h3>Sprinkles of dramatic decor</h3> <p>&#8220;One of the features we loved doing is the bar,&#8221; Ortiz says. &#8220;The idea was that the builder wanted a bar off the living room, but we didn&#8217;t want it to be too open.&#8221;</p> <p>The designers used this opportunity to partially section off the living room and add a pop of color by creating a one-of-a-kind bar made from dark metal posts. They drilled the metal beams into the floor and ceiling, and then attached glass shelves directly to the beams.</p> <p>Carefully selected touches - such as the bar, the upholstered wall and a mixed stone fireplace - give the home character without detracting from the overall simplicity.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-213266" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-FOYER-ab3717-1024x683.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="433" /></p> <h3>Gallery lighting</h3> <p>In order to really drive a clean look, the Marc-Michaels team chose recessed track lighting and cove lighting. Thanks to the main living space&#8217;s open layout, recessed track lighting with adjustable light fixtures give the space a modern, gallery look and actually allows the homeowner to spotlight the artwork on the walls.</p> <p>In the dining room, the team took advantage of the dropped ceiling and installed cove lighting along the outer perimeter. The diffused hidden lighting gives the room a warm illumination. &#8220;We wanted the space to feel modern, but not cold,&#8221; notes Ortiz.</p> <p><em>See the whole home:</em></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-FRONT-7667f9-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/4-LIVING_ANGLE-e7a340-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/6-KITCHEN_OPTION-0d8cb8-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/7-OFFICE-b99dac-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/8-MASTER_BED-2452e1-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-MASTER_BATH-d79437-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10-POOL-REAR-878044-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/FAMILY_DAY-0ebe82-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/FAMILY_TO_KITCHEN-a5ea5b-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="683" height="1024" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/FRONT_VERTICAL_DETAIL-addb53-683x1024.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/KITCHEN_BACK-ff2014-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/KITCHEN_TO_FAMILY-97e45f-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/MASTER_BED_ANGLE-ba3a21-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/POOL_TO_VIEW-bd24f1-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/POOL_VIEW_DAY_BACK-e4990b-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/REAR-b50e50-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h3>DIY this look</h3> <p>Creating a look that is minimalist but modern and trendy can be difficult. Here are some tips from the Marc-Michaels design team on how to get this home&#8217;s look.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Plan around your neutrals. </strong>A neutral palette for your walls and floors will immediately drive a clean look, freeing you up to add color and richness with fabrics, artwork and furnishings without overwhelming your space. &#8220;You have to pick your moments,&#8221; Ortiz notes. &#8220;We started with neutrals, and then added pops of blue.&#8221;</li> <li><b>Create an inexpensive panel wall. </b>If upholstered leather panels and metal aren&#8217;t in the budget, you can still capture the geometric, grid look with other wall coverings. One option is laying out wallpaper into a similar grid pattern and incorporating pieces of wood painted to look like metal. Another idea is painting a multi-color grid directly on the wall.</li> <li><strong>Fake a modern architecture style.</strong> While your home&#8217;s architecture may not be modern, removing baseboards and crown molding can create a similar effect. The modern, minimalist style usually has flush or recessed baseboards and no crown molding.</li> <li><strong>Swap wood for metal. </strong>With the help of a metal finish paint and some wood, you can create your own metal bar without the price tag. &#8220;The cost-effective way to do it would be to use two-by-fours with a metal finish,&#8221; says Ortiz.</li> <li><strong>Pick warm lighting. </strong>Cove and track lighting are the best options for recreating the feel of this home. But if you can&#8217;t swap out your light fixtures, use warm, diffused lighting to prevent your space from feeling cold - one of the common errors and potential downfalls of a minimalist design.</li> </ul> <p><em>Photos by Ed Butera with <a href="http://www.ibidesigns.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">IBI Designs</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/glass-house-in-dallas-214025/" target="_blank">House of the Week: A $27.5M Glass House in Dallas</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/guides/design/what-is-modern-style/" target="_blank">Modern Style Ideas for Your Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ultra-modern/" target="_blank">Ultra-Modern Architecture: The Art of Glass, Angles and Nature</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=SDEYTkN4muM:07Nwk0ObvhQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=SDEYTkN4muM:07Nwk0ObvhQ:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/marc-michaels-minimalist-decor-213116/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/marc-michaels-minimalist-decor-213116/ 2017-04-06 19:00 +00:00 2017-04-07 07:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nr3dm4drm53g2yteozuxindpm5vdc4dl/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/jumbo-jet-stuck-woods-actually-somebodys-house/ topics:organisations/boeing topics:places/japan structure:news/weird-news storytype:standard This Boeing 727, stuck in the woods, is actually somebody's house Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:18:48 Z Adam Boult 2017-04-06 12:18 +00:00 2017-04-07 00:18 +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) Each quarter, our featured homes go head-to-head to see which reader's liked best. Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:23:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/#respond 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 this year, and cast your vote for the best House of the Week from each month.</p> <h3>January</h3> Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. <p><strong>Learn more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/firehouse-home-plus-art-studio-209616/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Firehouse Turned Home</a> </strong><em>(Photos by Liz Bodell of Residential Properties Ltd)</em><strong>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/classic-new-york-farmhouse-210038/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Farmhouse in New York</a> </strong><em>(Photos by Anthony Acocella)</em><strong>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/storybook-cottage-in-the-country-210375/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Fairy Tale Cottage</a> </strong><em>(Photos by Michael Hirsch)</em><strong>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/snow-white-cottage-210611/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Snow White Cottage</a> </strong><em>(Photos by Mary Eklund)</em></p> <h3>February</h3> Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. <p><strong>Learn more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/architect-storybook-home-211041/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Storybook Home</a> </strong><em>(Photos by Ryan Lindberg of TourFactory)</em><strong>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/touch-of-provence-in-southern-ca-211542/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Provence-Style Mansion</a> </strong><em>(Photos by Adam Latham)</em><strong>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/108-year-old-mansion-211615/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mansion with a Lap Pool</a> </strong><em>(Photos courtesy of The Landmark Group)</em><strong>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/233-year-old-home-vintage-facelift-211904/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">233-Year-Old Home</a> </strong><em>(Photos courtesy of Ruedig Realty)</em></p> <h3>March</h3> Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. <p><strong>Learn more: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/former-1600s-brothel-charleston-213225/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Oldest Residence in Charleston</a> </strong>(<em>Photos by Ellis Creek Photography)</em><strong>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/la-log-cabin-for-a-modern-family-212811/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">LA Log Cabin</a> </strong><em>(Photos by Todd Goodman of LA Light Photography)</em><strong>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaiian-paradise-213521/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hawaiian Paradise</a> </strong><em>(Photos courtesy of Elite Pacific Properties)</em><strong>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/paintbrush-stroke-of-beauty-213396/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Paintbrush Beauty in Venice</a> </strong><em>(Photos by Dan Arnold and Brandon Arant), </em><strong><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/glass-house-in-dallas-214025/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dallas Glass House</a> </strong><em>(Photos by Charles Smith, AIA)</em></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="http://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/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/favorite-homes-2017-214161/ 2017-04-05 23:23 +00:00 2017-04-06 11:23 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mvwwo2jrnezwm5lwnm4gu3tln42gy2ld/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/pink-house-complete-flamingos-unicorns-could-weekend/ topics:things/flamingos storytype:standard topics:things/countryside topics:things/family topics:places/essex structure:money structure:property This pink house - complete with flamingos and unicorns - could be yours for the weekend Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:16:56 Z Adam Boult 2017-04-05 15:16 +00:00 2017-04-06 03:16 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214432 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/RGKShPnpYKw/ Tips & Advice How to Buy Property in Australia If You're From the U.S. Domain, Australia's expert source of real estate information, offers tips for purchasing from the other side of the world. Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:28:26 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-property-in-australia-214432/#respond Domain <p>In addition to its white sand beaches and laidback lifestyle, Australia's remarkably robust property market has long been a draw card for international buyers.</p> <p>And the good news for United States citizens is that entering the market is relatively easy, and has many advantages beyond simply diversifying your investment portfolio.</p> <h3>Why Australia?</h3> <p><strong>Stability</strong></p> <ul> <li>Legislation and the <a href="http://www.apra.gov.au/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Australian Prudential Regulation Authority</a> (APRA) ensure that banks lend responsibly, reducing the likelihood of real estate bubbles.</li> <li>Australia's population growth is outstripping the construction of new homes, creating a lack of supply and supporting prices.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Ease</strong></p> <ul> <li>There is no need to set up a company in order to purchase Australian property.</li> <li>Obtaining government approval to purchase newly built dwellings is relatively cheap and easy.</li> <li><a href="https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2009A00134" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009</a> provides robust safeguards.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Choice</strong></p> <ul> <li>There is significant apartment construction taking place in most major cities.</li> <li>U.S. citizens can also purchase <a href="https://www.commercialrealestate.com.au/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">commercial property</a>, including farms.</li> </ul> <h3>10 things you need to know</h3> <ul> <li><strong>FIRB eligibility. </strong>All Australian property purchases made by non-residents must be approved by the <a href="https://firb.gov.au/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)</a>. It is crucial that you understand the restrictions and fees imposed by the FIRB for different types of properties before you begin the purchasing process, or you may be unable to complete the transaction.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>New dwellings. </strong>Houses and apartments that have not been previously occupied (or have been sold by the developer and occupied for less than 12 months in total) are <a href="http://firb.gov.au/real-estate/new/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">usually approved without conditions</a>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Established dwellings. </strong>Non-resident United States citizens are generally prohibited from <a href="http://firb.gov.au/real-estate/established/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">purchasing houses and apartments that have been previously occupied</a>. The FIRB may grant exceptions on a case by case basis but it's important to seek advice before you begin the purchasing process. Temporary Australian residents are normally allowed to purchase one established dwelling to use as their place of residence while in Australia.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Find a conveyance. </strong>Almost all Australian property buyers use a conveyancer (or solicitor) to complete searches on the property, facilitate the transfer of ownership and review the sales contract.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Find a buyer's agent. </strong>A buyer's agent acts as your advocate on the ground in Australia. She/he can provide you with nuanced market information, assist with listings searches and can bid on your behalf at auctions. You may decide you do not need a buyer's agent.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Get mortgage pre-approval if required. </strong>Australia's regulatory environment means US citizens seeking mortgages must meet strict criteria. Before you begin searching for a property, apply for loan pre-approval from a bank. In general, you will need at least a 30 per cent deposit unless you are currently living in Australia or are married to an Australian citizen.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Search for a property. </strong>Use reliable, comprehensive sources when searching for property listings. Domain is Australia's leading source of <a href="https://www.domain.com.au/news/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">property news</a>, <a href="https://www.domain.com.au/advice/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">advice</a> and has <a href="https://app.adjust.com/g0x5dk_983qco?campaign=gurdfn" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the country's best property app.</a> Want to know what a property is worth? Domain's <a href="https://www.domain.com.au/property-profile">Home Price Guide</a> tool provides estimates of each property's value (similar to Zillow's Zestimates) as well as previous sold and rental data. Want to know about local schools? Domain's <a href="http://www.domain.com.au/product/2016-school-zones-report/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">School Zones Report</a> has the information you need.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Arrange a property inspection. </strong>If you are seriously considering purchasing an established dwelling, engage a builder, surveyor or architect to inspect the property and identify any potential structural or maintenance issues.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Auctions. </strong>Auctions are much more popular in Australia than they are in the U.S. However, new properties (which are easier to purchase if you are an international buyer) are typically listed at a fixed price. If you are buying an established property as part of a temporary visa and do find yourself at an auction be sure to <a href="https://www.domain.com.au/advice/buying/buying-at-auction/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">understand the process and pick a strategy that works for you</a>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Finalizing the sale. </strong>Once you have reached an agreement with a real estate agent or an apartment developer, <a href="https://www.domain.com.au/advice/eight-steps-international-buyers-must-take-to-finalise-a-sale-in-australia-20170330-gvacv2/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">be sure to follow these eight steps</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Fees you need to know about</h3> <p>There are five key fees and taxes US buyers will face when buying property in Australia. The biggest are Stamp Duty, FIRB Fees and land tax. <a href="https://www.domain.com.au/advice/australian-fees-and-taxes-international-property-buyers-need-to-know-about-20170330-gvad4e/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">You can read up on them all here</a>.</p> <h3>Beware of scams</h3> <p>In general, Australia is a very safe place to purchase property, with solid regulations and a relatively stable market. However, scams do occur. In general, be wary of purchasing property that has not been advertised on a reputable website such as <a href="https://www.domain.com.au/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Domain</a> or is being sold "off market" (i.e., without a real estate agent).</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/obstacles-chinese-home-buyers-209186/" target="_blank">Expert Advice for Chinese Home Buyers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-predictions-renters-buyers-213957/" target="_blank">5 Predictions for Renters and Home Buyers in 2017</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cost-of-moving-up-214404/" target="_blank">Moving From a Home With 2 Bedrooms to 3 Costs an Extra $450 a Month</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RGKShPnpYKw:BWQzHfwKFUU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=RGKShPnpYKw:BWQzHfwKFUU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-property-in-australia-214432/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/buy-property-in-australia-214432/ 2017-04-04 19:28 +00:00 2017-04-05 07:28 +12:00 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/property-infographics/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503298&objectid=11831571&ref=rss newsfeeds@nzherald.co.nz Auckland house values dip, Wellington house values up Further evidence has emerged that Auckland is becoming more of a buyer's market as house prices flatten across the city.But experts say pressures that has seen the average Auckland house value surge past $1 million remain and prices... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +1200 2017-04-05 05:00 +12:00 2017-04-05 05:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213254 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/-qxOlWojSfo/ Unique Homes mansion madness Mansion Madness 2017: And the Winner Is... Sixteen homes around the country faced off for the honor of being crowned the ultimate luxury listing. Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:56:04 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/mansion-madness-2017-213254/#respond Cat Overman <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-213644" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Mansion-Madness_Porchlight_Banner-c59351.png" alt="" width="800" height="100" /></p> <p>From the very start of this year&#8217;s tournament, the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N1860-N-Black-Point-Dr-Lake-Geneva-WI-53147/2110528800_zpid/" target="_blank">lakeside looker in Lake Geneva, WI</a> has taken the lead. This home won 86 percent of the vote in its first-round match up against the <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19400-N-Park-Blvd-Shaker-Heights-OH-44122/33685008_zpid/" target="_blank">stately Georgian revival in Shaker Heights, OH</a>, and took the Midwest region championship in round 2 with 68 percent against its <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4030-Springwater-Boyne-City-MI-49712/2106885701_zpid/" target="_blank">Boyne City, WI rival</a>.</p> <p>Round 3 was a closer contest, but the Wisconsin wonder still pulled out a victory with 54 percent of the votes over the sprawling Mediterranean estate in <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9364-E-Skyline-Trl-Gold-Canyon-AZ-85118/111030956_zpid/" target="_blank">Gold Canyon, AZ</a>.</p> <p>Finally, this gorgeous home swept the final round, winning 70 percent of the vote against<a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/191-Bears-Club-Dr-Jupiter-FL-33477/71107674_zpid/" target="_blank"> the out-of-this-world Jupiter, FL villa</a> to take the title of Mansion Madness 2017 Champion.</p> <p>What is it about this home that made it such a hit with voters? Perhaps it&#8217;s the 464 feet of lake frontage on five acres.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214325" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-1-of-25-5ab797.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Or maybe it&#8217;s the great room&#8217;s ornate ceilings and hand-carved white marble fireplace.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214349" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-12-of-25-cabdb2.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Or the custom mahogany bar?</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214343" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-20-of-25-77b69d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>Or the master suite, with its grand bathroom?</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214347" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-24-of-25-5fc166.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>With 11,000 square feet, this 5-bedroom, 10-bath home has something for everyone, including a library with leather flooring, a game room, and a sauna. The generous property boasts a 40-foot in-ground pool with hot tub and pool house, plus a sandy beach and a private pier with four boat slips.</p> <p>Stunning inside and out, this home has everything it takes to be crowned a champion.</p> <p><em>Take the tour:</em></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-1-of-25-5ab797.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-2-of-25-303d1b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-6-of-25-75edc2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-16-of-25-5c087b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-12-of-25-cabdb2.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-10-of-25-c5b127.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-9-of-25-94fbd0.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-19-of-25-bfa39e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-14-of-25-d3c662.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-22-of-25-afd3e4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-23-of-25-51ef93.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-24-of-25-5fc166.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-21-of-25-a8c0d4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-20-of-25-77b69d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-17-of-25-c08986.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-15-of-25-3c9b5b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-13-of-25-fe896d.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-8-of-25-6834f9.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-7-of-25-d25014.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-5-of-25-8c585b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-18-of-25-8922f5.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-4-of-25-1d6f30.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Black-Point-25-of-25-709ec1.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Sal Dimiceli Sr.</em></p> <h3>Missed the first round?</h3> <p>See all 16 homes in the tournament:</p> <img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/New-Canaan-2a8a3f-315x210.jpg" alt="New Canaan, CT. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1480-Ponus-Rdg-New-Canaan-CT-06840/57325156_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Red-Bank-3d4ecd-315x210.jpg" alt="Red Bank, NJ. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/713-Navesink-River-Rd-Red-Bank-NJ-07701/2098073957_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Rye-c77623-315x210.jpg" alt="Rye, NY. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/431-Grace-Church-St-Rye-NY-10580/32971447_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Weston-52d849-315x214.jpg" alt="Weston, MA. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5-Concord-Rd-Weston-MA-02493/57135900_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Asheville-971df7-315x206.jpg" alt="Asheville, NC. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/234-Skycliff-Dr-Asheville-NC-28804/53169119_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/New-Orleans-cf2f45-315x208.jpg" alt="Metairie, LA. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/620-Iona-St-Metairie-LA-70005/103919466_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Dallas-6c8021-315x236.jpg" alt="Dallas, TX. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4248-Armstrong-Pkwy-Dallas-TX-75205/27201684_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Jupiter-c91f02-315x210.jpg" alt="Jupiter, FL. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/191-Bears-Club-Dr-Jupiter-FL-33477/71107674_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Shaker-Heights-a3871c-315x209.jpg" alt="Shaker Heights, OH. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19400-N-Park-Blvd-Shaker-Heights-OH-44122/33685008_zpid/">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Lake-Geneva-41489d-315x211.jpg" alt="Lake Geneva, WI. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N1860-N-Black-Point-Dr-Lake-Geneva-WI-53147/2110528800_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Boyne-City-14a4d0-315x204.jpg" alt="Boyne City, MI. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4030-Springwater-Boyne-City-MI-49712/2106885701_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Indianapolis-02ecd8-315x210.jpg" alt="Indianapolis, IN. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3650-Spring-Hollow-Rd-Indianapolis-IN-46208/2097142001_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Rutherford-51c74a-315x175.jpg" alt="Rutherford, CA. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1074-Rutherford-Rd-Rutherford-CA-94573/2098575019_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Gold-Canyon-b92076-315x210.jpg" alt="Gold Canyon, AZ. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9364-E-Skyline-Trl-Gold-Canyon-AZ-85118/111030956_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Yorba-Linda-603cd8-315x191.jpg" alt="Yorba Linda, CA. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/22750-Hidden-Hills-Rd-Yorba-Linda-CA-92887/25402948_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"><img src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Billings-6f876f-315x209.jpg" alt="Billings, MT. Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6070-Masters-Blvd-Billings-MT-59106/79868629_zpid/" target="blank">Zillow listing</a>"> <p>For more photos of the homes, check out their listings: <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1480-Ponus-Rdg-New-Canaan-CT-06840/57325156_zpid/" target="_blank">New Canaan</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/713-Navesink-River-Rd-Red-Bank-NJ-07701/2098073957_zpid/" target="_blank">Red Bank</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/431-Grace-Church-St-Rye-NY-10580/32971447_zpid/" target="_blank">Rye</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5-Concord-Rd-Weston-MA-02493/57135900_zpid/" target="_blank">Weston</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/234-Skycliff-Dr-Asheville-NC-28804/53169119_zpid/" target="_blank">Asheville</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/620-Iona-St-Metairie-LA-70005/103919466_zpid/" target="_blank">Metairie</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4248-Armstrong-Pkwy-Dallas-TX-75205/27201684_zpid/" target="_blank">Dallas</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/191-Bears-Club-Dr-Jupiter-FL-33477/71107674_zpid/" target="_blank">Jupiter</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19400-N-Park-Blvd-Shaker-Heights-OH-44122/33685008_zpid/" target="_blank">Shaker Heights</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/N1860-N-Black-Point-Dr-Lake-Geneva-WI-53147/2110528800_zpid/" target="_blank">Lake Geneva</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4030-Springwater-Boyne-City-MI-49712/2106885701_zpid/" target="_blank">Boyne City</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3650-Spring-Hollow-Rd-Indianapolis-IN-46208/2097142001_zpid/" target="_blank">Indianapolis</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1074-Rutherford-Rd-Rutherford-CA-94573/2098575019_zpid/" target="_blank">Rutherford</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9364-E-Skyline-Trl-Gold-Canyon-AZ-85118/111030956_zpid/" target="_blank">Gold Canyon</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/22750-Hidden-Hills-Rd-Yorba-Linda-CA-92887/25402948_zpid/" target="_blank">Yorba Linda</a>, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6070-Masters-Blvd-Billings-MT-59106/79868629_zpid/" target="_blank">Billings</a></p> <p><em>Still hungry for high-end real estate? See even more <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/unique-homes/" target="_blank">one-of-a-kind homes</a> and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/luxury/" target="_blank">luxury design ideas</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Photos from Zillow listings</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-a-perfectionist-built-212139/" target="_blank">The Home an (Admitted) Perfectionist Built</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/most-expensive-listing-state-208132/" target="_blank">See the Most Expensive Home for Sale in Every State</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-design-quiz-rather-205309/" target="_blank">Home Design Quiz: Would You Rather &#8230; ?</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-qxOlWojSfo:u0fX8xBzWCg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=-qxOlWojSfo:u0fX8xBzWCg:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/mansion-madness-2017-213254/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/mansion-madness-2017-213254/ 2017-04-04 16:56 +00:00 2017-04-05 04:56 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214404 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/qTpUT9wAYz0/ Market Trends home buying Moving From a Home With 2 Bedrooms to 3 Costs an Extra $450 a Month Depending on where you live, a little extra space could increase your monthly mortgage payment by 50 percent. Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:53:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/cost-of-moving-up-214404/#respond Alexa Fiander <p>Thinking about moving this year? Whether your family is growing or you're just looking for more space, upgrading to a home with an extra bed or bath comes with a premium in most metros.</p> <p>To help buyers better understand their options this home-shopping season, Zillow identified how much extra &#8220;move-up&#8221; buyers could expect to spend on their mortgage if they were to upgrade to a similar home, but with just one extra bed or bath.</p> <p>Nationally, families moving from a 2-bedroom to a 3-bedroom home can expect to pay $447 more on their monthly mortgage, according to <a href="http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2017-04-04-Moving-from-a-Home-with-Two-Bedrooms-to-Three-Costs-450-Extra-a-Month">Zillow's Cost of Moving Up Report</a>. That equates to a 50 percent increase in their monthly mortgage payment.</p> <p>In many coastal markets, the cost is higher, around $500 extra each month - and in hot markets like San Francisco and San Jose, families can expect to nearly double their monthly mortgage payment, with the premium for moving up exceeding $1,600.</p> <p>Buyers in the Midwest will see their dollars stretch much further. Families in Chicago, Cincinnati and St. Louis can expect to spend just $150 more on their mortgage when upgrading from a 2-bedroom to a 3-bedroom home. Cleveland offers the lowest premium out of all the metros analyzed, with move-up buyers paying just $74 extra a month to upgrade to a 3-bedroom.</p> <p>&#8220;While deciding whether to move is a personal choice, understanding how certain characteristics like size, location or number of beds and baths can impact a home's price can be hugely important when determining if a particular home is the right fit for you and your family,&#8221; says Dr. Svenja Gudell, Zillow chief economist. "Even though many families may be prepared to spend extra for a larger home, just how much more may come as a surprise, especially for those living in coastal markets."</p> <p>Bathroom count can also impact a home's price. Nationally, upgrading to a house with the same number of bedrooms, but with one extra bathroom can cost buyers between $386 and $838 extra a month, depending on the home size. Given this premium, adding an extra bathroom to an existing home may be a cost-effective option for some families.</p> <p>Curious about the cost of moving up in your area? Check out the interactive graphic on Zillow's research page <a href="http://www.zillow.com/research/move-up-buyers-mortgage-costs-14711/">here</a>.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qTpUT9wAYz0:IEvKL0BuCgw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=qTpUT9wAYz0:IEvKL0BuCgw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/cost-of-moving-up-214404/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/cost-of-moving-up-214404/ 2017-04-04 16:53 +00:00 2017-04-05 04:53 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214321 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/WIn1m8Kw-mI/ Athletes Celebrity Real Estate Going for Gold: Pro Snowboarder Shaun White Lists CA Home The Flying Tomato is flying the coop. Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:56:18 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/snowboarder-shaun-white-lists-home-214321/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White just put a price tag of $7.995 million on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1300-Neptune-Ave-Encinitas-CA-92024/16708755_zpid/">his home in Encinitas</a>, just outside San Diego, CA.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The professional snowboarder and skateboarder recently remodeled the 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom beachside abode, adding modern touches like custom accordion glass doors that open onto decks facing the Pacific Ocean. </span></p> <p>Far from the snow-lined half-pipe that made him famous, White's gated, multi-level home boasts ocean views from nearly every room. And when you&#8217;re done just looking at the ocean, stairs lead to the sandy California beach.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-f56ad0-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/9-361584-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/35-ad1b54-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/37-a75574-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/38-3cb67b-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/33-fa153f-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/29-491067-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/39-e0e8e4-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/15-62868f-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/14-43e10c-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/13-de7ccb-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/40-3ee783-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/18-ba1cd1-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/19-65bd52-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/24-1c8b7b-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/25-0bc87c-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/23-656f63-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/41-897820-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1300-Neptune-Ave-Encinitas-CA-92024/16708755_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bold bathrooms use a simple, modern black-and-white color scheme: clean lines of pristine subway tile and white-and-gray marble countertops with silver accents. The master bathroom features a soaking tub for soaking up ocean views.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The black-and-white palette extends to the two-car garage, with a classic checkered floor. And don't worry about stashing outdoor gear; there&#8217;s a separate storage room for boards of all kind (snow, skate and surf).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The athlete-turned-rock-musician bought the 3,500-square-foot home about 30 miles north of San Diego for <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/shaun-white-buys-new-home-by-beach-not-mountains-105383/" target="_blank">$3.85 million in 2012</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The home is listed by Kathleen Gelcich of <a href="http://www.pacificsothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/272-l-3868-dlnwbg/1300-neptune-encinitas-ca-92024" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sotheby's International Realty</a>.</span></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ron-howard-lists-nyc-home-214233/" target="_blank">&#8216;Inferno&#8217; Director Ron Howard Asking $12.5M for NYC Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/lauren-conrad-pacific-palisades-213708/" target="_blank">Lauren Conrad Lists Pacific Palisades Home for $5.195M</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/ivanka-trumps-new-dc-digs-209874/" target="_blank">Check Out Ivanka Trump's New D.C. 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Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Nicola Venning 2017-04-04 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-04 17:00 +12:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213971 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/wWf3m0SpLVg/ Home Improvement gardening landscaping Spring Five Tips for Spring Lawn Prep The lush lawn of your spring-loving dreams is just a few steps away. Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:00:52 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/#respond Steve Asbell <p>Even if your lawn is made up of weeds more than actual grass, you can turn it around with some basic preventive spring maintenance. Try these five tips to get your lawn ready before the weather warms up and the grass (and weeds) leave you in the dust.</p> <h3>Prevent weeds</h3> <p>Proper mowing, irrigation, and feeding practices are the best possible <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/how-to-get-rid-of-weeds-203261/" target="_blank">weed prevention</a>, but established weed populations require drastic measures.</p> <p>Use a pre-emergent herbicide to stop warm-season weeds before they even sprout. And even a weed-free lawn can easily be undone by nearby weeds and their traveling seeds, so remove any weeds in the garden now so they don't find their way into your lawn.</p> <p>If your lawn has bare spots, fill them in now with sod or seed so weeds don't sprout and get a foothold.</p> <h3>Start your engines</h3> <p>Much like cars, lawnmowers will stop working without routine maintenance. If you haven't already done so in the fall, replace the mower's oil and gas with the types recommended in your mower's instruction manual.</p> <p>This would also be a good time to replace that corroded spark plug and dirty air filter. Add a fuel stabilizer to keep the gas from going stale and harming the mower's engine.</p> <p>A dull mower blade makes your grass more susceptible to disease with each ragged cut it makes, so sharpen the blade with a metal file when it starts to get dull. Clean your mower often to improve performance and prevent corrosion. If you own a riding mower, air up the tires for an even cut and comfortable ride.</p> <h3>Clear out thatch</h3> <p>You know that spongy layer of dead grass that builds up in your lawn? That's thatch. A thin layer of thatch is normal and even healthy, because it protects the soil, roots, and beneficial organisms. But when that thatch gets about an inch tall, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/drought-tolerant-landscaping-197649/" target="_blank">drought</a>, weeds, and other problems develop.</p> <p>Thatch is most likely to build up in lawns that have acidic or compacted soil - or lawns that have been excessively treated with herbicides and pesticides. If thatch is common on your block, prevent it with core aeration. This allows air to reach the soil, promoting organisms that naturally break down thatch. Use a vertical mower or power rake if the thatch is an inch thick or more.</p> <h3>Reseed and resod</h3> <p>None of these tips will do much good without a proper lawn. If your lawn seems as if it's beyond hope, consider starting from scratch.</p> <p>If your existing lawn is an annual one, remove it with a sod cutter. Perennial grasses, like Bermuda or St. Augustine grass, are much tougher to remove, so you'll likely have to either solarize with clear plastic sheets for several weeks or resort to an herbicide.</p> <p>Once you&#8217;ve dug up the grass or otherwise eradicated it, replace it with soil and a grass variety appropriate to your region. Plan on setting aside a day or two for installation.</p> <p>Amend the bare soil with topsoil or composted manure, and begin laying down the sod or planting seeds by following the label instructions. After planting, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/smart-watering-tips-180729/" target="_blank">water it often</a> until the new grass becomes established.</p> <h3>Start good habits</h3> <p>If you're not already following a fertilizing schedule, start one now by following the directions on your product of choice. It's very likely that you will forget this schedule after the first feeding, so pencil in the dates on your calendar so you don't get off track.</p> <p>Start the season off right by mowing more often, on a higher setting, and in alternating directions. Inspect your sprinklers and pipes for possible breakage - a patch of damp soil or an excessive water bill would be your first clue. If your lawn seems to let into the surrounding landscaping, start edging now to define your boundaries.</p> <p>A string trimmer is fine for maintenance, but cutting through the dirt with it could get messy. Either rent an edger or purchase a handheld half-moon tool to make deep, clean cuts that persist through the year for easier mowing and trimming.</p> <p><em>Lead image from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/64-Potunk-Ln-W-Hampton-Bch-NY-11978/32719247_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/winter-lawn-care-192026/" target="_blank">Winter Lawn Care for Every Type of Yard</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/6-tips-for-spring-garden-planning-212368/" target="_blank">Get Ready to Grow: 6 Tips for Planning Your Spring Garden</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/garden-tools-to-splurge-on-198188/" target="_blank">5 Tools Every Gardener Should Splurge On</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wWf3m0SpLVg:D3aqR6TMhtw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=wWf3m0SpLVg:D3aqR6TMhtw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-tips-spring-lawn-prep-213971/ 2017-04-03 13:00 +00:00 2017-04-04 01:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/m53hc3zsge2dcm3oha4dczdjgnygozdc/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/building-quintessential-english-village-scratch-duck-pond/ topics:places/east-sussex topics:things/duck storytype:standard topics:things/retirement topics:things/new-home topics:things/family topics:things/ducks structure:money structure:property Building the quintessential English village from scratch, duck pond and all Mon, 03 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Zoe Dare Hall 2017-04-03 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-03 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hfqxanlkmfrwwmldg44wkmlmgrtxmzll/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxury/somerset-mansion-winston-churchill-stubbed-cigars-fireplace/ storytype:standard topics:things/west-country topics:things/family topics:places/somerset topics:things/history topics:people/winston-churchill topics:things/victorians structure:money structure:property The Somerset mansion where Winston Churchill stubbed his cigars out on the fireplace is for sale Sun, 02 Apr 2017 11:09:26 Z Cherry Maslen 2017-04-02 11:09 +00:00 2017-04-02 23:09 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/oz2wembqgf2tqolmmy4domzynq2wymby/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/forget-hipster-hubs-can-still-find-true-spirit-boho-britain/ topics:things/buying-property storytype:standard topics:places/kent structure:money topics:things/buy-to-let topics:places/cornwall structure:property Forget hipster hubs – here's where you can still find the true spirit of Boho Britain Sun, 02 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Fred Redwood 2017-04-02 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-02 17:00 +12:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mjttm2dfg5rgsyjrgm3wu5ttnnudmojt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/add-thousands-value-house-spending-just-40/ topics:things/property-period-heritage-listed topics:organisations/estate-agents topics:things/buying-property topics:organisations/royal-mail storytype:standard topics:things/west-country topics:things/uk-property topics:things/selling-property structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:organisations/countryside-properties structure:property How to add thousands to the value of your house by spending just £40 Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z Andrea Marechal Watson 2017-04-01 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-01 18:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nftgmy3ton2hamjvnvtgw2lon5ttom3p/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/revealed-britains-20-best-rural-places-live1/ structure:countryside-top-stories topics:things/trending structure:news/uk-news topics:things/countryside structure:news structure:money structure:property Revealed: Britain's 20 best rural places to live Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:00:00 Z 2017-04-01 05:00 +00:00 2017-04-01 18:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/me3wozzsgjtwk33lgnvgg5tcmzwtkzlv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/15-million-dumbo-flat-sets-new-record-brooklyn-property-prices/ topics:places/new-york-city topics:places/usa structure:news/world-news storytype:standard $15 million Dumbo flat sets new record for Brooklyn property prices Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:49:08 Z Harriet Alexander 2017-03-31 21:49 +00:00 2017-04-01 10:49 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214233 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/fPpDx-qWpH4/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors Directors Ron Howard Upper West Side 'Inferno' Director Ron Howard Asking $12.5M for NYC Home The unit boasts Central Park and city views from almost every window. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:18:38 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/ron-howard-lists-nyc-home-214233/#respond Lindsay Cohen <p>Ron Howard&#8217;s Hollywood career pretty much covers it all. You may know him from his early acting days - most notably his roles on &#8220;Happy Days&#8221; and &#8220;The Andy Griffith Show&#8221; - or his more recent success as an Oscar-winning director of popular films including &#8220;A Beautiful Mind&#8221; and &#8220;The Da Vinci Code.&#8221;</p> <p>Howard is now debuting <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/fsba,fsbo_lt/72539172_zpid/" target="_blank">his Upper West Side apartment</a>, listed at $12.5 million.</p> <p>The 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath unit features private elevator access, heated floors and a natural wood-burning fireplace. The master bathroom sports stunning tilework - and even offers views of Central Park - from the bathtub.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_r_elev-8774bb.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_r_foyer-091d07.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_r_LR-461afb.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_r_off-442bb9.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_r_K-21d73f.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_r_eat-in-ae3b3b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_058-11f679.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_r_laundry-4836ae.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_r_office-08d869.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_020-c1da6b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_040-6080bb.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_r_pwdr-389ed8.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_bth2-40e8ed.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_mbth-2b66d3.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="525" height="700" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Front-of-Building-09ea51.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/300CPW_26_071-179ec9.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos by Rob Lowell</em></p> <p>What the kitchen lacks in city views, it makes up for in appliances with a 48-inch Viking stove, a wine fridge, two Sub-Zero refrigerators and two dishwashers. The former maid&#8217;s room off the kitchen has been converted into a laundry room and provides an additional peek onto the park.</p> <p>The giant library/office boasts built-in wooden bookshelves, but we&#8217;re guessing the prominently featured Emmy doesn&#8217;t come with the sale.</p> <p>The home is in the famed Eldorado building on Central Park West, which has housed other celebrities over the years, from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/bruce-willis-buys-u2-bassists-new-york-apartment-111127/" target="_blank">Bruce Willis</a> to Alec Baldwin. The art deco-style high-rise, built in 1930, has its own fitness center and mini basketball court, and it&#8217;s so close to the Central Park tennis courts that you can nearly lob a ball over the net from your front door.</p> <p>The listing is held by Robin Kencel and Ann Cutbille Lenane of <a href="https://www.elliman.com/new-york-city/el-dorado-300-central-park-west-26g-manhattan-woowako" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Douglas Elliman Real Estate</a>.</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/five-details-chris-hardwick-home-212822/" target="_blank">Five One-of-a-Kind Details From Chris Hardwick's Home</a></li> <li> <p class="header-title"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/david-bowie-former-nyc-condo-214114/" target="_blank">Rock Out in David Bowie&#8217;s Former NYC Condo</a></p> </li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fPpDx-qWpH4:R6hPNEjmrk0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=fPpDx-qWpH4:R6hPNEjmrk0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/ron-howard-lists-nyc-home-214233/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/ron-howard-lists-nyc-home-214233/ 2017-03-31 17:18 +00:00 2017-04-01 06:18 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213648 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/cU5kiXy0PK8/ Home Improvement Seniors 6 Ways to Make a Home for Your Hobbies After You Retire Retirement is the perfect time to rev up those hobbies, so don't let your home slow you down. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:00:00 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-home-for-hobbies-retire-213648/#respond Tracy Layden <p>Retirement is all about doing what you love in the comfort of your own home. But is your home set up to help you with the hobbies you love?</p> <p>With all the extra time you have to relax, your home should reflect your lifestyle. Follow these six tips to <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-organization-tips-seniors-204672/" target="_blank">reorganize your home</a> and create new leisure spaces for your hobbies.</p> <h3>Rebuild your reading nook</h3> <p>Turn an old workspace into a refreshing reading nook. That way you can set aside investment newspapers and scholarly journals and turn to a favorite novel instead.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Sit comfortably</strong>. Place a favorite chair next to the window for natural light.</li> <li><strong>Kick up your feet with a footstool. </strong>A small footstool will provide extra comfort for long hours of reading.</li> <li><strong>End the hunt for your reading glasses. </strong>Keep reading glasses close at hand with a small side table.</li> <li><strong>Add an overhead reading lamp.</strong> When the sun goes down, you can still turn to the next page.</li> </ul> <h3>Renovate your garage workspace</h3> <p>Avoid a dark and <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/garage-tricks-getting-organized-168713/" target="_blank">unorganized garage</a>, and create new space without sacrificing inventory.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Raise the height of your workbench.</strong> You're less likely to strain your back when you don't need to hunch over a low table.</li> <li><strong>Add a pegboard wall for tools behind your workbench.</strong> You'll have a place for all your tools - no reaching for the toolbox required!</li> <li><strong>Organize your supplies by type. </strong>Separate motor oil from antifreeze to avoid confusion when working under the hood.</li> <li><strong>Install proper overhead lighting. </strong>Don't stumble in the dark. Add a light switch next to the door to avoid missteps.</li> </ul> <figure id="attachment_213827" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-garages-5033453760/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-213827 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/3-b2e994.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Image courtesy of <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-garages-5033453760/" target="_blank">Remodeling Guys</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Revamp your baking area</h3> <p>Pulling freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies out of the oven is great, but forgetting the chocolate chips is not. Find a place for everything, and you&#8217;ll never overlook that crucial ingredient again.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Store baking ingredients on a Lazy Susan. </strong>Access everything you need for the recipe in an instant.</li> <li><strong>Clip your cookbook to a pants hanger. </strong>Hang the cookbook from your cabinets at eye level for easy reading.</li> <li><strong>Invest in lightweight pots and pans. </strong>Forgo the struggle to lift heavy cast-iron cookware. Aluminum pots and pans are lightweight and durable.</li> <li><strong>Use a timer.</strong> Don't leave the apple pie in to burn. Set a timer to have perfectly golden brown crust every time.</li> </ul> <h3>Reorganize your crafting</h3> <p>Skip piling crafts on the kitchen table, and convert the old office into a craft room.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Use a height-adjustable table. </strong>Move the table from sitting to standing height whenever your back needs a break.</li> <li><strong>Invest in an ergonomic chair.</strong> Proper back and spine support will make it easier to craft until your project is finished.</li> <li><strong>Store all your supplies in one place. </strong>This reduces the need to move supplies around, and prevents them from piling up in unwanted areas.</li> <li><strong>Add a pegboard wall.</strong> Take a tip from your garage and hang your crafting tools for easy access.</li> </ul> <figure id="attachment_213825" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2861-Northbrook-Dr-Doraville-GA-30340/14564429_zpid/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-213825 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/1-791233.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="525" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2861-Northbrook-Dr-Doraville-GA-30340/14564429_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <h3>Renew your love of shopping</h3> <p>You don't need to leave the comfort of your home to go to the store. Stay cozy while shopping from home.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Unplug from the desktop computer.</strong> No need to hunch over a bulky computer monitor. Invest in a handheld tablet for easy shopping throughout your home.</li> <li><strong>Choose a firm couch. </strong>Support your body while browsing - keep a cushion and a soft throw blanket handy.</li> <li><strong>Turn on sales notifications. </strong>Never miss a sale again! Sign up for online sales notifications, and jump on them right away with your tablet.</li> <li><strong>Return with ease.</strong> Did the order not work out? Schedule a return service pickup from your home so you don't have to make the trip to the post office.</li> </ul> <h3>Restore your napping space</h3> <p>Enjoying an afternoon nap used to be a luxury. Now that it can be an everyday practice, make sure your <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/create-a-restful-bedroom-189868/" target="_blank">bedroom</a> is properly equipped.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Invest in a new mattress. </strong>A firm ergonomic mattress keeps your body supported while you sleep.</li> <li><strong>Hang new window shades.</strong> Choose shades that reduce or completely block light to allow your eyes to rest.</li> <li><strong>Add background noise.</strong> Soft classical music or nature sounds will help your mind relax.</li> <li><strong>Set an alarm. </strong>Avoid post-nap grogginess by resting no more than an hour.</li> </ul> <h3>Never stop doing the hobbies you love</h3> <p>Retirement should be easy, so don't let your home slow you down.</p> <p>Your redesigned leisure spaces will leave you free to create and explore new avenues with your favorite hobbies.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/senior-living-arrangements-210154/" target="_blank">Choose Adventure With Alternative Senior Living Arrangements</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/best-senior-friendly-cities-201304/" target="_blank">4 Top U.S. Cities for Seniors</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/downsizing-tips-for-seniors-186711/" target="_blank">A 3-Step Downsizing Plan for Seniors</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=cU5kiXy0PK8:qYgRHJz09Mk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=cU5kiXy0PK8:qYgRHJz09Mk:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-home-for-hobbies-retire-213648/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/make-home-for-hobbies-retire-213648/ 2017-03-31 13:00 +00:00 2017-04-01 02:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/grrxa3twmjvto2jwgvzdmytfhe4tg3rz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/londons-future-skyline-455-new-skyscrapers-mapped/ topics:things/london-property topics:organisations/property-and-construction-industry structure:data-story topics:organisations/student-accommodation topics:things/skyscrapers storytype:standard topics:things/planning topics:things/students topics:places/london London's future skyline: the 455 new skyscrapers turning our capital into Manhattan Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:20:44 Z Patrick Scott 2017-03-31 08:20 +00:00 2017-03-31 21:20 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/njtdg5dgovzdm2zzgvwdiodvmjvdmmjt/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/build-to-rent-manchester-leads-way-sector-shows-signs-life/ structure:data-story storytype:standard topics:things/new-home topics:things/planning topics:organisations/savills topics:people/theresa-may structure:money topics:places/salford topics:places/london structure:property topics:places/manchester Build-to-rent: Manchester leads the way as sector shows signs of life Thu, 30 Mar 2017 23:01:00 Z Patrick Scott 2017-03-30 23:01 +00:00 2017-03-31 12:01 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214025 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/7QRJWa1mx60/ Unique Homes glass houses house of the week modern House of the Week: A $27.5M Modernist Marvel in Dallas Renowned architect Philip Johnson designed the one-of-a-kind home in the 1960s. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:00:09 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/glass-house-in-dallas-214025/#respond Satinder Haer <p>This home&#8217;s story began with Philip Johnson, a famous architect who was known for his iconic glass houses and his work in modern and post-modern architecture.</p> <p>In 1960, Johnson was commissioned to design one of his impressive glass houses in Dallas - the only one he ever built in the city.</p> <p>The end result was <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/fsba,fsbo_lt/26758058_zpid/" target="_blank">10210 Strait Ln</a>, now on the market for $27.5 million. The 5-bed, 8-bath home sits on a beautifully manicured seven-acre lot.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10210-Strait-Lane-01-Front-Shot-820677.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="542" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10210-Strait-Lane-02-Atrium-7cdc7e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="548" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10210-Strait-Lane-03-Dining-Room-8b0b5c.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="515" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10210-Strait-Lane-04-Living-Room-0271df.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10210-Strait-Lane-05-Fountain-Room-fb6012.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10210-Strait-Lane-06-Kitchen-bec530.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10210-Strait-Lane-07-Den-d777ca.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="510" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10210-Strait-Lane-08-Den-a90715.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="530" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10210-Strait-Lane-09-Media-Room-6a9276.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10210-Strait-Lane-10-Exterior-1a64c4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/10210-Strait-Lane-11-Cabana-and-Pool-15edd1.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos by Charles Smith, AIA. </em></p> <p>If the architecture looks unusual for a home, that&#8217;s because the structure wasn&#8217;t originally meant to be a residence.</p> <p>&#8220;This home's design, with the arches, was actually intended for the Lincoln Center,&#8221; shared listing agent Faisal Halum of <a href="http://www.faisalhalum.com/property-page/?l=32775&amp;propertynumber=32775&amp;a=10210-strait-lane" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Briggs Freeman of Sotheby's International Realty</a>. &#8220;Due to limitations in the right technology couldn't be accomplished at the time.&#8221;</p> <p>Guests who enter the foyer are greeted by double staircases set against the backdrop of a breathtaking two-story glass wall. Further inside the quirky home, you&#8217;ll find a formal dining room with an arched canopy, and a kitchen comprised almost entirely of stainless steel.</p> <p>The 11,387-square-foot masterpiece also boasts a media house, a modernist cabana, a pool and a tennis court.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/hawaiian-paradise-213521/" target="_blank">House of the Week: A Hawaiian Paradise With an Enormous Pool</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/touch-of-provence-in-southern-ca-211542/" target="_blank">A Touch of Provence in Southern California</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/architect-storybook-home-211041/" target="_blank">An Architect's Storybook Home</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7QRJWa1mx60:rBkcrbEdBvU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=7QRJWa1mx60:rBkcrbEdBvU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/glass-house-in-dallas-214025/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/glass-house-in-dallas-214025/ 2017-03-30 13:00 +00:00 2017-03-31 02:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214184 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/BmST7_EZAWc/ Market Trends affordability Renting zillow research Rental Affordability Is Worst in Minority Communities Renters living in predominantly Hispanic or black neighborhoods have to spend more of their income on rent than those in white communities. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:05:07 Z Tali Wee <p>Housing has become less affordable for all renters since 2011 as rent appreciation greatly outpaced income growth. But for renters living in predominately black or Hispanic neighborhoods, the situation is decidedly worse.</p> <p>New data shows that, on average, residents of predominantly white neighborhoods spend 30.7 percent of their income on rent, in line with the generally accepted standard of 30 percent. Renters living in predominately black neighborhoods spend 43.7 percent of their income on rent, and renters in largely Hispanic communities spend 48.1 percent.</p> <p>For renters in minority communities, devoting such a large share of income to rent limits their ability to save for a down payment, which would allow them to transition their costly rent to more affordable mortgage payments.</p> <p>And when rents are unaffordable, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-rent-effect-health-care-180580/" target="_blank">renters begin making sacrifices</a> like forgoing necessary medical or dental care and contributions to retirement accounts.</p> <h3>Tougher all around</h3> <p>In markets where rents overall are high for all residents, minority neighborhoods are hit even harder than white communities. In <a href="http://www.zillow.com/los-angeles-ca/apartments/" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, renters in white communities spend 50 percent of their income on rent - well above the recommended 30 percent, but still far less than renters in black or Hispanic neighborhoods, who pay a premium of 63.7 percent and 63 percent, respectively.</p> <p>In expensive <a href="http://www.zillow.com/san-francisco-ca/apartments/" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, rent in largely black communities requires the greatest share of the median income (74.8 percent), followed by rents in primarily Hispanic communities (62.5 percent) and then, after a sizable gap, rents in predominantly white communities (48.8 percent).</p> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/boston-ma/apartments/" target="_blank">Boston</a> follows a similar trend, with residents in black communities paying 71.2 percent of the median income, followed by 59.5 percent in Hispanic communities and 34.8 percent in white communities.</p> <p>"This research sheds light on another example of inequality in the housing market," said Zillow Chief Economist <a href="https://twitter.com/svenjagudell" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dr. Svenja Gudell</a>. "Renters in African-American or Hispanic neighborhoods find themselves in a catch-22 situation: While owning a home is a great way to build wealth, you need to save up some cash to be able to buy. If you're spending close to half of your income on rent, saving for that down payment is going to be incredibly difficult."</p> <p>These differences shift for homeowners, with mortgage payments requiring the greatest share of income from owners in Hispanic neighborhoods, at 22.8 percent. Homeowners in white communities allocate more of their incomes to their mortgage payments (15.2 percent) than owners in primarily black communities (13.6 percent).</p> <p>Still, transitioning from renting to owning remains a challenge for minorities, not only because they have less income left over to save for a down payment, but also because race impacts <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-applications-2015-207578/" target="_blank">minorities' ability to get approved for a mortgage</a>. Home values in predominantly black communities also tend to be much lower than home values in predominantly white communities, contributing to this difference.</p> <p><img class="lightbox aligncenter wp-image-214185" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/AffordabilityByRace_Final-b3e221.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="524" /></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/high-rent-effect-health-care-180580/" target="_blank">High Rent Can Cause Cavities</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-predictions-renters-buyers-213957/" target="_blank">5 Predictions for Renters and Home Buyers in 2017</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/portrait-of-a-long-term-renter-207810/" target="_blank">Portrait of a Long-Term Renter: Crossing Generational Divides</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BmST7_EZAWc:OxRTRcf9JSw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=BmST7_EZAWc:OxRTRcf9JSw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/rental-affordability-214184/ 2017-03-30 12:05 +00:00 2017-03-31 01:05 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/nnqta23bmi2ta4jsgvvgezzzgz2dimzz/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/industrial-chic-transforming-cast-iron-victorian-gasholders/ structure:luxury storytype:standard topics:things/new-home structure:art/architecture topics:organisations/battersea-power-station topics:things/luxury-property topics:things/victorians structure:money topics:organisations/national-grid topics:places/london topics:things/gas structure:property Industrial chic: transforming the cast-iron Victorian gasholders at King's Cross into luxury homes Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:00:00 Z Peter Watts 2017-03-30 05:00 +00:00 2017-03-30 18:00 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=210679 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/yFQ1jxDBkfk/ Celebrity Real Estate Donald Trump Politicians presidents You're… Buyer-ed: Trump's Childhood Home Sold Again An investor paid $1.39 million in December, then auctioned it right before the inauguration, and a new owner just paid $2.14 million. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:39:12 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/trumps-childhood-home-auctioned-210679/#respond Melissa Allison <p><img style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_196597034-b91194.jpg" alt="" width="175" height="116" /></p> <p><strong>UPDATE: </strong>Donald Trump's childhood home in New York City has changed hands for the third time in as many months. The newly established Trump Birth House LLC purchased the 5-bedroom Tudor-style home in Queens for $2.14 million, according to <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/nyregion/donald-trump-childhood-home-sold.html" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>.</p> <p><strong>ORIGINAL POST 1/23/17</strong>: The real estate investor who bought Donald Trump&#8217;s childhood <a href="http://www.zillow.com/queens-new-york-ny/" target="_blank">home in Queens</a> last month has resold it in an auction.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/tudor/" target="_blank">Tudor home</a> in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood was built in 1940 by Trump&#8217;s father, a local real estate developer and landlord. It&#8217;s where the president spent his early childhood.</p> <p>The 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home measures 2,500 square feet and has a finished basement with a full bathroom. There&#8217;s also a bonus room for guests, and a summer kitchen.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0010-9e4035-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0013-ff56cb-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0032-fb8c7b-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0037-ad2272-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0040-63d6e2-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0044-d889d5-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0055-e91f52-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0071-a2f3be-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0062-081478-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0075-942416-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0082-87ed20-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0091-fbffda-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0015-069b11-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/DSCN0019-fc217d-1024x768.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p>The home features a living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room and an enclosed back porch, along with the charm of arched doorways and hardwood floors.</p> <p>It was first listed last summer for $1.65 million, but it took a couple of price cuts before Paramount Realty USA planned an auction for the evening of one of Trump and Hillary Clinton&#8217;s debates. That auction was postponed. Then, real estate investor Michael Davis bought the home for $1.39 million.</p> <p>Davis, in turn, auctioned the home last week. The winning bidder and bid amount will not be disclosed, according to Misha Haghani, a principal at Paramount Realty USA.</p> <p><em>Photos courtesy of Paramount Realty USA.</em></p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/presidents-make-white-house-home-210342/" target="_blank">How Presidents Make the White House Their Own</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/ivanka-trumps-new-dc-digs-209874/" target="_blank">Check Out Ivanka Trump&#8217;s New D.C. Digs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/kalorama-trump-bezos-obama-210278/" target="_blank">Meet Kalorama, Where Ivanka Trump, Jeff Bezos and the Obamas Will Be Neighbors</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yFQ1jxDBkfk:plBNoo7PBzw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yFQ1jxDBkfk:plBNoo7PBzw:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/trumps-childhood-home-auctioned-210679/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/trumps-childhood-home-auctioned-210679/ 2017-03-29 17:39 +00:00 2017-03-30 06:39 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/mvywg3dbozrtsmlgny4tc5dwn5xtm43b/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/what-does-brexit-mean-for-house-prices-if-we-leave-will-it-solve/ topics:in-the-news/brexit-negotiations topics:things/interest-rates topics:in-the-news/eu-referendum-explained topics:in-the-news/eu-referendum storytype:standard structure:business topics:things/pound topics:organisations/european-union topics:things/article-50 structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:things/housing-market topics:places/london structure:business/economy topics:organisations/bank-of-england structure:property topics:in-the-news/brexit What will Brexit mean for house prices? Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:50:09 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-03-29 15:50 +00:00 2017-03-30 04:50 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213950 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/xkwM4j99gew/ Unique Homes Colonial home buying 10 Homes for Sale in Suburbs That Give Family Budgets a Boost Need a little more space? Head to these cool budget-friendly 'burbs. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:41:49 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/homes-in-affordable-suburbs-213950/#respond Sharona Ott <p>There&#8217;s a reason why urban living is popular for singles and couples with no children. Quick nightlife access, trendy restaurants, and public transportation are major perks that offset rising rents, especially in the nation&#8217;s hottest markets.</p> <p>But if you have a growing family, those perks may dim in comparison to a home&#8217;s number of bedrooms, local school ratings, and neighborhood crime rates.</p> <p>Basic living expenses increase with family size, and urban living hikes these expenses up even higher. <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cost-of-living-report-213208/" target="_blank">Families spend $9,073 more a year</a> to cover basic living expenses in the city than in the suburbs, according to a new analysis from Zillow and <a href="https://www.care.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Care.com</a>.</p> <p>Check out these 10 homes located in suburbs where family living is significantly less expensive than nearby big cities.</p> <h3>West Nyack, NY</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/39-Strawtown-Rd-West-Nyack-NY-10994/53413788_zpid/" target="_blank">39 Strawtown Rd, West Nyack, NY<br /> </a>For sale: $579,000</p> <figure id="attachment_213951" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/39-Strawtown-Rd-West-Nyack-NY-10994/53413788_zpid/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-213951 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/West-Nyack-NY-df5cc5.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="535" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/39-Strawtown-Rd-West-Nyack-NY-10994/53413788_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Suburbs with great schools are not always cookie-cutter housing developments, as demonstrated by this unique contemporary home. Boasting cathedral ceilings, a sprawling deck, and a mother-in-law suite, this updated 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom home offers spacious living that is hard to attain in nearby New York City.</span></p> <p>See more <a href="http://www.zillow.com/west-nyack-ny" target="_blank">West Nyack</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3>Highland Park, IL</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/244-Barberry-Rd-Highland-Park-IL-60035/4916409_zpid/" target="_blank">244 Barberry Rd, Highland Park, IL<br /> </a>For sale: $530,000</p> <figure id="attachment_213964" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/244-Barberry-Rd-Highland-Park-IL-60035/4916409_zpid/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-213964 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Highland-Park-IL-a1876b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/244-Barberry-Rd-Highland-Park-IL-60035/4916409_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Home to the infamous <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/ferris-bueller-glass-home-for-sale-23m-8972/" target="_blank">Ferris Bueller house</a>, this picture-perfect Chicago suburb has been the film site of many movies and TV shows. Situated on one-third of an acre, this 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home has a charming front porch swing, a beautifully updated interior, and a screened-in back porch. The schools nearby are also a huge bonus, all receiving a stellar 9-out-of-10 rating from GreatSchools.org.</span></p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="http://www.zillow.com/highland-park-il" target="_blank">Highland Park</a>.</p> <h3 id="austin">Oakland, CA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6940-Outlook-Ave-Oakland-CA-94605/24793639_zpid/" target="_blank">6940 Outlook Ave, Oakland, CA</a><br /> For sale: $475,000</p> <figure id="attachment_214017" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6940-Outlook-Ave-Oakland-CA-94605/24793639_zpid/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-214017 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Oakland-CA-aa77fc.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6940-Outlook-Ave-Oakland-CA-94605/24793639_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Oakland isn&#8217;t necessarily a suburb (it&#8217;s the third-largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area), but it is an affordable alternative to living in nearby San Francisco. The interior and exterior spaces of this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home are meticulously designed and sport charming details. Gaze at the city views from the comfort of this lush, private hideaway.</p> <p>See more <a href="http://www.zillow.com/oakland-ca" target="_blank">Oakland</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3>Plano, TX</h3> <p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1459139746054_4171" class="zsg-h5"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3213-Langley-Dr-Plano-TX-75025/53087996_zpid/" target="_blank">3213 Langley Dr, Plano, TX</a></p> <p class="zsg-h5">For sale: $499,900</p> <figure id="attachment_213966" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3213-Langley-Dr-Plano-TX-75025/53087996_zpid/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-213966 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Plano-TX-47627b.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="500" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3213-Langley-Dr-Plano-TX-75025/53087996_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Twenty miles northeast of downtown Dallas, Plano is home to many corporate headquarters and far from being a sleepy suburb. Located on a beautiful tree-lined street, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom stucco home has an impressive front foyer, crown molding, custom millwork, and an in-ground pool. Nearby schools earn an impressive 8-out-of-10 ranking on GreatSchools.org.</p> <p>See more <a href="http://www.zillow.com/plano-tx" target="_blank">Plano</a> homes for sale.</p> <h3 id="austin">Arlington, VA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3709-3rd-St-S-Arlington-VA-22204/12091051_zpid/" target="_blank">3709 3rd St S, Arlington, VA<br /> </a>For sale: $449,000</p> <figure id="attachment_213967" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3709-3rd-St-S-Arlington-VA-22204/12091051_zpid/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-213967 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Arlington-VA-1e551e.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="509" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3709-3rd-St-S-Arlington-VA-22204/12091051_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Located just five miles from Washington, D.C., and close to the Metro, this charming 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom brick colonial is a commuter&#8217;s dream. The newly renovated interior includes hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a spacious backyard with a fire pit.</p> <p>See more listings in <a href="http://www.zillow.com/arlington-va" target="_blank">Arlington</a>.</p> <h3 id="austin">Roswell, GA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1695-Settindown-Dr-Roswell-GA-30075/55020559_zpid/" target="_blank">1695 Settindown Dr, Roswell, GA<br /> </a>For sale: $435,000</p> <figure id="attachment_214018" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1695-Settindown-Dr-Roswell-GA-30075/55020559_zpid/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-214018 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Roswell-GA-9f2eaf.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1695-Settindown-Dr-Roswell-GA-30075/55020559_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Embodying obvious curb appeal, the interior of this 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom home continues the aesthetic allure. Situated beside a creek on half an acre, this stucco home has a finished basement, sprawling deck, and a gourmet kitchen. A huge plus: There are great schools nearby, and Atlanta is less than 25 miles away.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="http://www.zillow.com/roswell-ga" target="_blank">Roswell</a>.</p> <h3>Kent, WA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3605-S-243rd-St-Kent-WA-98032/48787217_zpid/" target="_blank">3605 S 243rd St, Kent, WA<br /> </a>For sale: $414,950</p> <figure id="attachment_214019" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3605-S-243rd-St-Kent-WA-98032/48787217_zpid/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-214019 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kent-WA-9ab8e0.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3605-S-243rd-St-Kent-WA-98032/48787217_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p style="text-align: left;">Twenty miles from Seattle, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom abode is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, with trails, mountains, lakes, and rivers right at your fingertips. Remodeled with modern amenities, this home features an open-concept layout, stainless steel appliances, and a fully fenced backyard with a play set.</p> <p>See more listings in <a href="http://www.zillow.com/kent-wa" target="_blank">Kent</a>.</p> <h3>Westborough, MA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/33-Lackey-St-Westborough-MA-01581/57675111_zpid/" target="_blank">33 Lackey St, Westborough, MA<br /> </a>For sale: $595,000<a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Sable-Ridge-Ct-Las-Vegas-NV-89135/112470936_zpid/"><br /> </a></p> <figure id="attachment_214020" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/33-Lackey-St-Westborough-MA-01581/57675111_zpid/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-214020 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Westborough-MA-130cf9.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/33-Lackey-St-Westborough-MA-01581/57675111_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>This suburb may be about 30 miles from Boston, but it has a thriving life of its own, containing many bodies of water and registered historic places. Nestled on one acre, this 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom colonial home has been well maintained by its original owners.</p> <p>Notable features include a gorgeous cathedral ceiling with exposed wood beams and a skylight, a private sundeck, and lush landscaping. Schools nearby have an amazing 9-out-of-10 score or higher on GreatSchools.org.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="http://www.zillow.com/westborough-ma" target="_blank">Westborough</a>.</p> <h3>Folsom, CA</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1716-Parkway-Dr-N-Folsom-CA-95630/82886746_zpid/" target="_blank">1716 Parkway Dr N, Folsom, CA<br /> </a>For sale: $487,000<a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7-Sable-Ridge-Ct-Las-Vegas-NV-89135/112470936_zpid/"><br /> </a></p> <figure id="attachment_214021" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1716-Parkway-Dr-N-Folsom-CA-95630/82886746_zpid/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-214021 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Folsom-CA-412de8.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1716-Parkway-Dr-N-Folsom-CA-95630/82886746_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p>Less than 25 miles from Sacramento, this suburb is home to 32 miles of bike trails and overlooks Lake Natoma. This 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom Mediterranean home has major curb appeal, sporting a charming front porch and manicured lawns. The interior is beautifully updated, and nearby schools have incredible 9-out-of-10 or above rankings on GreatSchools.org.</p> <p>See more homes for sale in <a href="http://www.zillow.com/folsom-ca" target="_blank">Folsom</a>.</p> <h3>Georgetown, TX</h3> <p><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/517-Sarazen-Loop-S-Georgetown-TX-78628/52830266_zpid/" target="_blank">517 Sarazen Loop S, Georgetown, TX<br /> </a>For sale: $479,900</p> <figure id="attachment_214022" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/517-Sarazen-Loop-S-Georgetown-TX-78628/52830266_zpid/" target="_blank"><img class="wp-image-214022 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Georgetown-TX-946675.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="600" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/517-Sarazen-Loop-S-Georgetown-TX-78628/52830266_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></figcaption></figure> <p style="text-align: left;">Known for its striking range of Victorian commercial and residential architecture, this Austin suburb is oozing with character. Located in the Berry Creek Country Club community, this custom 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is a short walk from a pool, tennis courts, and exercise center. The detailed interior features vaulted and tray ceilings, crown molding, French doors, and a stone arch wall.</p> <p>See more listings in <a href="http://www.zillow.com/georgetown-tx" target="_blank">Georgetown</a>.</p> <p><em>Lead photo from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1695-Settindown-Dr-Roswell-GA-30075/55020559_zpid/" target="_blank">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <h3><strong>Related</strong>:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/cost-of-living-report-213208/" target="_blank">City Living Costs Families Up to $9,000 More a Year Than Suburban</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/2017-predictions-renters-buyers-213957/" target="_blank">5 Predictions for Renters and Home Buyers in 2017</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/homes-can-1500-month-213634/" target="_blank">Homes You Can Own for $1,500 a Month</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xkwM4j99gew:nPXb-8wP85c:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xkwM4j99gew:nPXb-8wP85c:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/homes-in-affordable-suburbs-213950/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/homes-in-affordable-suburbs-213950/ 2017-03-28 17:41 +00:00 2017-03-29 06:41 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214114 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/yEBxrzUUs0E/ Celebrity Real Estate Actors David Bowie Musicians Rock stars Rock Out in David Bowie's Former NYC Condo The Central Park home comes with a Yamaha piano that belonged to the late superstar. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:37:22 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/david-bowie-former-nyc-condo-214114/#respond Satinder Haer <figure id="attachment_215290" style="width: 150px" style="float:left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0;"><img class="size-full wp-image-215290" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/shutterstock_181657274-fea3a2.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="167" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Photo: ShutterStock</figcaption></figure> <p>Late singer, songwriter and actor David Bowie moved on from this apartment in 2002, but his piano still remains. The piano has been passed from owner to owner - and it can now be yours for $6.45 million.</p> <p>Of course, it also comes with a <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/fsba,fsbo_lt/31513456_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">gorgeous apartment overlooking Central Park</a>.</p> <p>The 3-bed, 2.5-bath unit has large windows with a direct view of the park&#8217;s greenery and the city skyline beyond.</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISijubyjcvz7y60000000000-49ce5f-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="681" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISqlxh1uyrlr570000000000-97d46f-1024x681.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISadszfd8nray60000000000-2eb20d-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS27qnx64fjdy60000000000-79a23b-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/IS6y1627782m570000000000-b8c9f7-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISe44ikdbgaj570000000000-e773ff-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/ISifv5jnujdu570000000000-bf912e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos from <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/fsba,fsbo_lt/31513456_zpid/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Zillow listing</a></em></p> <p>You can almost picture David Bowie sitting in the enormous living room playing piano, or writing songs in the walnut-paneled office.</p> <p>The 1,877-square-foot residence includes a recently renovated kitchen with a Miele oven, a Sub-Zero fridge, and custom cabinetry.</p> <p>In the master suite, the bathroom boasts a rain shower, a deep soaking tub and heated floors. The room also contains a separate dressing area.</p> <p>Perks of living in the Essex House building include optional maid service, room service and a concierge.</p> <p>Bernice Leventhal of the <a href="http://www.corcoran.com/nyc/Listings/Display/5098025" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Corcoran Group</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&#8217; Santa Barbara Villa Could Be Yours for Just $45M</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/five-details-chris-hardwick-home-212822/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Five One-of-a-Kind Details From Chris Hardwick's Home</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/tommy-hilfiger-estate-for-sale-212726/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tommy Hilfiger Lists Colorful, Eye-Candy Estate for $27.5M</a></li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yEBxrzUUs0E:Oeg2ESmTkB0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=yEBxrzUUs0E:Oeg2ESmTkB0:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/david-bowie-former-nyc-condo-214114/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/david-bowie-former-nyc-condo-214114/ 2017-03-27 23:37 +00:00 2017-03-28 12:37 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214111 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/3V0XqKd9qqg/ Tips & Advice baby boomers Home selling millennials Baby Boomers: Here's How to Sell Your Home to Millennials Shopping for a home has evolved over the years. Here's what you need to know about the new generation of buyers. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:58:17 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/sell-your-home-to-millennials-214111/#respond Brendon DeSimone <p>For years we've seen the shift in Baby Boomers ditching their large suburban homes for the excitement of urban life. And we're noticing the reverse from millennials: leaving behind small spaces along with the hustle and bustle of the city.</p> <p>They're open to a new world of suburban living, with single-family homes, more storage and closet space, and some outdoor space all their own.</p> <p>These millennials, born between the mid &#8217;80s and the late &#8217;90s, came of age in a shifting cultural and social environment. Their experiences aren't the same as their Baby Boomer parents, and as such, their preferences differ from those of their parents, who bought a generation ago.</p> <p>Here are some real estate considerations to help you sell to millennial buyers.</p> <h3>Millennials are busy</h3> <p>Today's young people work long hours, and they want to spend the free time they have with friends and family.</p> <p>They're also more transient than their parents&#8217; generation. So, when it comes to real estate, many of them seek turn-key homes for quick and easy move-in. They can't fathom taking the time to undertake renovating a bathroom or kitchen.</p> <p>No matter how great the opportunity, many of today's buyers aren't interested in painting or "making it their own" as our parents did when they moved into homes they planned on living in for 30 years or more.</p> <h3>Home searching is like dating</h3> <p>Millennials grew up attached to their phones. They hail a car and order food with their fingertips. And now, instead of meeting at a bar, they date with their thumbs. Swipe right for the potential mate, or reject them by swiping left.</p> <p>When it's time to buy a home, their experience is much the same, thanks to smartphones and real estate apps. As a home seller, you and your agent must invest an incredible amount of time and money on <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/listing-photos-your-first-showing-191519/" target="_blank">your home&#8217;s photo shoot</a>. If you don't, you may never get a first "date" with your prospective suitor. If the buyer isn&#8217;t drawn to your photos, they&#8217;re on to the next place.</p> <h3>Bigger is no longer better</h3> <p>In the &#8217;80s, a McMansion with quadruple master closets, oversized Jacuzzi tubs, formal rooms, and large basements were a sign of success, and coveted by home buyers.</p> <p>Today, millennials want smaller and simpler homes on smaller parcels. Bigger houses or any land more than half an acre equals more work and maintenance to these first-time buyers, accustomed to the easy life.</p> <p>You can't make your home smaller, but if you are serious about selling and want to account for this trend, your price will need to meet the market.</p> <h3>Location matters more than ever</h3> <p>Millennial buyers want the urban experience, as best as they can get, <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennials-in-denver-194784/" target="_blank">in the &#8216;burbs</a>. This means homes that are walking distance to a village or town, near the train, and in bustling neighborhoods are among the most popular.</p> <p>While being away from town, secluded, and with more land was a status symbol in the &#8217;80s, it's a deal killer today. Unfortunately, you can't move your home to a better location - but you can adjust your price to meet the market.</p> <p>If you're a Boomer selling a long-time family home now or in the future, and the millennial is your potential buyer (think: customer), you need to adjust your mindset to meet theirs. You can't assume that anything related to your original home search applies today. Get ahead of it, or your home may spend many months (or even years) on the market.</p> <p><em>Selling your home? Check out our <a href="https://www.zillow.com/sellers-guide/start-here/" target="_blank">Sellers Guide</a> for more tips and resources.</em></p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/trends-zillow-group-research-206775/" target="_blank">Millennials Drive the Housing Market</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/what-to-consider-when-pricing-home-190620/" target="_blank">Factors to Consider When Pricing Your Home to Sell</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/where-affluent-millennials-live-194108/" target="_blank">Young and Rich: Where Affluent Millennials Live</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=3V0XqKd9qqg:ZnCqvLungqM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" 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European capital of culture Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:00:00 Z Graham Norwood 2017-03-24 15:00 +00:00 2017-03-25 04:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/meztqzdfn5stg3thmruhe33vnvsxgn3w/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/abroad/tiny-pennsylvania-town-reduction-sale-12-million/ storytype:standard structure:news/world-news structure:news topics:places/usa structure:money structure:property Tiny Pennsylvania town of Reduction on sale for £1.2 million Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:27:58 Z Reuters 2017-03-24 00:27 +00:00 2017-03-24 13:27 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/om3w6n3mgr2genjrgv2gizbunqyxgzle/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/northern-powerhouse-fires-house-prices-manchester-rise-faster/ topics:places/portsmouth storytype:standard topics:places/birmingham topics:places/leicester structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/london structure:property topics:places/liverpool topics:places/manchester Northern Powerhouse fires up as house prices in Manchester rise faster than any other UK city  Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:01:00 Z Isabelle Fraser 2017-03-24 00:01 +00:00 2017-03-24 13:01 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213396 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/s57s8ylhJpY/ Unique Homes house of the week modern House of the Week: A Paintbrush Stroke of Beauty in Venice A brushed aluminum covering, Corian walls, and "rainscreened" roof help make this home one of a kind. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:54:59 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/paintbrush-stroke-of-beauty-213396/#respond Alycia Lucio <p>Technology blends the art of design with the build world in Mario Romano&#8217;s newest home, Preston House.</p> <p>You may remember the renowned designer-builder from his <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/wavy-home-in-venice-204243/" target="_blank">Wave House</a>. This time around, he&#8217;s not only incorporating nature in his architecture, but also art and science.</p> <p>The result is a stunning <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1227-Preston-Way-Venice-CA-90291/20454541_zpid/" target="_blank">5,700-square-foot, 5-bedroom, 5-bath home</a> listed for $5.445 million with <a href="http://haltonpardee.com/property/1227-preston-way-venice-ca-90291/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Halton Pardee + Partners</a>.</p> <p>By using his own design-build system, which connects a written script with a machine similar to a 3D printer, Romano is able to create a home that is intricate and ornate. He refers to the process as &#8220;master builder expression.&#8221;</p> <p>With Venice, CA&#8217;s Preston House, Romano wanted to blend paintbrush strokes with construction to &#8220;unify what is going on with the sky and what&#8217;s going on with the landscape in the sky.&#8221;</p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/living-room-dan-513562-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/A-preston-front-Brandon-3536b5-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/living-room-9305f1-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Living-Night-b80856-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="646" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kitchen-wide-dan-91d13d-1024x646.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Kitchen-dan-199c8f-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/dinning-room-951794-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Master-looking-back-a0c0b8-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/masterbedroom-dan-b05eee-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/masterbathroom-4dee84-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="781" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Master-Bathroom_Soft-23-db6d16-1024x781.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Masterbathroom-dan-87d25e-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Mastershower-night-e36dac-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Great-Room-7a93e4-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Exterior-lounge-Brandon-df5644-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Pool-tranquility-Brandon-9cf773-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Rear-yard-Brandon-ce7df0-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/A-mario-onRoof-dan-ea6312-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="626" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/A-gradientRoof-mario-ee8898-1024x626.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/A-preston-Front-dan-58b51d-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <p><em>Photos by Dan Arnold and Brandon Arant</em></p> <p>Wood can cause a lot of problems in the long run. For this reason, Romano prefers to use a variety of environmentally-friendly products to increase the longevity of a home. &#8220;That&#8217;s where the science comes in,&#8221; he says.</p> <p>Brushed aluminum gives the home its reflective finish, while Simowood (recycled rice husk from Germany) is used on the front of the home. Simowood is not only impervious to termites, but is also waterproof and resistant to mold and viruses, which makes it one of Romano's favorite materials to use.</p> <p>The roof has a rainscreen, which provides an inch gap, allowing hot air to rise and pass through to keep the space dry.</p> <p>The walls are <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/corian/" target="_blank">Corian</a>, a solid-colored, UV-rated material that doesn&#8217;t require paint or sanding. Romano even incorporates nanotechnology into the countertops, so minor scratches can be buffed out with a little applied heat.</p> <p>While technology plays a big role in the dwelling&#8217;s overall structure, Romano truly enjoys the art of dressing the home. &#8220;When you build something and create something, there&#8217;s an element of surprise,&#8221; he says. Like a sunset or snowflake, there&#8217;s complexity in its beauty.</p> <p>The home&#8217;s exterior has almost a ripple-like texture that carries into the interior design. The kitchen features a tranquil line detail on the far wall, while the floors upstairs are blended in color, tone, and pattern. They give off the appearance of wavelets as you move throughout each space. Even the stairs possess a similar feeling of motion in the way the wood seamlessly curves from one step to the next.</p> <p>A family man himself, Romano wanted Preston House to be a place of connection as well as privacy. The kitchen, which includes a large dining area, is close to the stairs, creating visibility, circulation, and flow.</p> <p>Outside, there&#8217;s a big yard with a luxurious <a href="https://www.zillow.com/digs/lap-pool/" target="_blank">lap pool </a>surrounded by privacy hedges. &#8220;We retreat, then we connect,&#8221; he says.</p> <p>Everyone needs their space, but then they come together. Ultimately, the people living in the house are what truly make a home come alive.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/home-a-perfectionist-built-212139/" target="_blank">The Home an (Admitted) Perfectionist Built</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/nj-mansion-scandalous-past-211982/" target="_blank">For Sale: NJ Mansion With a Scandalous Past</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/la-log-cabin-for-a-modern-family-212811/" target="_blank">House of the Week: An LA Log Cabin Reimagined for the Modern Family</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=s57s8ylhJpY:MugoHhP9xik:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=s57s8ylhJpY:MugoHhP9xik:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/paintbrush-stroke-of-beauty-213396/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/paintbrush-stroke-of-beauty-213396/ 2017-03-23 20:54 +00:00 2017-03-24 09:54 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=214064 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/xmV34a-0vK0/ First Person Building the BLOCK Project to Help the Homeless How one innovative community-building effort is taking a new approach to finding a solution for homelessness. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:05:33 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/block-project-help-homeless-214064/#respond Rebekah Bastian <p>My friend <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebekah-bastian/solving-homelessness-by-f_b_9294446.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Rex Hohlbein</a>, the compassionate force behind the community-building project <a href="http://www.facinghomelessness.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Facing Homelessness</a>, just launched a visionary new endeavor to alleviate homelessness: the BLOCK Project.</p> <p><a href="http://www.the-block-project.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The BLOCK Project</a> aims to put a BLOCK Home in the backyard of one single-family lot on every residentially zoned block within the city of Seattle. While this goal sounds ambitious, Rex is not tackling it alone. BLOCK Architects – a collaboration of Rex and his daughter Jennifer – has formed partnerships with over a dozen companies and organizations who are providing their services pro bono.</p> <p>And community members are already raising their hands to host a BLOCK Home in their yard. "It's been a community effort to get this community project off the ground," Rex says.</p> <h3>A new approach</h3> <p>The BLOCK Project is different from other efforts to combat homelessness because it is not solely trying to solve housing problems for the homeless. "That will be the byproduct, but we're not starting there," says Rex. "We want to bring community together, so people are engaged on their blocks. We want to inspire a sense of purpose."</p> <p>Along with the backyard BLOCK Homes, the BLOCK Project team is working on ways to build that community. With support from one of their pro-bono partners, POSSIBLE, the team is working on an app that can help mobilize neighbors to reach out and form a support net for the inhabitants of the BLOCK Homes. Community involvement could include doing a load of laundry, providing a meal or just spending time together.</p> <p>Not only is the model innovative, but the BLOCK Homes themselves are a first of their kind in Seattle. Each 109-square-foot home will be completely off the grid. The homes will have solar panels for electricity, filtered rainwater for plumbing and self-composting toilets. Thus, neither the construction nor the ongoing usage of these homes will create any new costs for the property owner.</p> <p>Going forward, the BLOCK Project will be a collaboration between BLOCK Architects, Facing Homelessness and their supportive community. Facing Homelessness, which started as a Facebook page six years ago, has over 43,000 followers in Seattle as well as 25 affiliate programs in other cities.</p> <p>To date, that community has met every need posted to help people experiencing homelessness, and Rex believes they will continue to step up to support tenants of the new BLOCK Homes. Combine that with Rex's 30-year architecture career and support from several key business and government partners, and the dream of a BLOCK Home on every block starts to look attainable.</p> <p>Rex says the reaction to the BLOCK Project has been so affirming. "Every single person that we have shared this with has embraced it. We think this will create a giant YIMBY ["Yes, In My Back Yard"] movement and the critical mass that is needed to get past people's fears."</p> <p>I personally can't wait to see that happen.</p> <p><strong>Related</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/joining-forces-174605/" target="_blank">Joining Forces Shines Light on Veteran Homelessness</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/trends-zillow-group-research-206775/" target="_blank">Millennials Drive the Housing Market, and More Surprises From New Zillow Research</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/mortgage-applications-2015-207578/" target="_blank">Black, Hispanic Mortgage Applicants Denied at Twice the Rate of Whites, Asians</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xmV34a-0vK0:FefgpUwgcEU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?a=xmV34a-0vK0:FefgpUwgcEU:7Q72WNTAKBA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/ZillowBlog?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"></img></a> </div> https://www.zillow.com/blog/block-project-help-homeless-214064/feed/ 0 https://www.zillow.com/blog/block-project-help-homeless-214064/ 2017-03-23 20:05 +00:00 2017-03-24 09:05 +13:00 http://www.zillow.com/blog/?p=213980 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ZillowBlog/~3/QeDSFyDKy40/ Home Improvement craftsman decorating Designer Lookbook Designer Lookbook: Ryan White's Los Feliz Modern Makeover Celebrity designer Ryan White gave this sweet craftsman home a much-needed overhaul. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:21 Z https://www.zillow.com/blog/designer-ryan-white-los-feliz-213980/#respond Jill Krasny <p>The mission was simple: Transform a run-down 1930s Los Feliz, CA <a href="https://www.zillow.com/blog/craftsman/" target="_blank">craftsman</a> into a modern-day dream home fit for a young family.</p> <p>Los Angeles interior designer <a href="http://www.ryanwhitedesigns.com/" target="_blank">Ryan White</a> was up for the challenge, especially because he agreed with developers Jamie Davis and Jonathan Nash of <a href="http://w-one.co/" target="_blank">W One Properties</a> that the house should retain its old-fashioned charm.</p> <figure id="attachment_214011" style="width: 800px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img class="wp-image-214011 size-full" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/team-d087ab.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The design team: Jonathan Nash, Ryan White and Jamie Davis</figcaption></figure> <p>"Let's make sure we make it feel really authentic and not super-developed," White recalls the pair saying. They envisioned a home "that still had the old bones" but reflects "the way we all like to live today."</p> <p>When you set foot in the home at <a href="https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1921-N-Hobart-Blvd-Los-Angeles-CA-90027/20809594_zpid/" target="_blank">1921 N. Hobart</a>, it's clear White understood their request. Although there were no moldings in the home originally, he decided to bring some in "to give a little bit of a nod to an older, more refined style," he says.</p> <p>Wide-plank wood floors are also new additions, along with black iron banisters - a "nod to what you're going to expect for the rest of the home." The white paint was an obvious choice, he adds, as the low ceilings dictated he keep things as open as possible.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-213994" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart16-c1168d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>To maintain the old-school vibe, White added build-in shelves to the all-white living room; a linen closet was salvaged with the help of talented carpenters, who replaced the broken fittings and tracking.</p> <p>After stripping the cabinets down to their raw wood, they were painted a thin coat of grayish green, which "nods to the English tradition of being crisp and clean and handsome," White says.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-213987" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart50-5cd824.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="922" /></p> <p>He cites the U.K.'s Soho House as an inspiration, where the muted colors, seen in the powder room and study, would make future homeowners "feel like they're in their own private club."</p> <p>Considering the house hadn't been touched in decades and "looked like a crazy lady with 16 cats had lived there for 50 years," White jokes, that's saying something. "I remember walking in and being like, 'Is this going to come together?'</p> <p>"The house was essentially brought down to its studs and gutted to open the rooms,&#8221; he adds.</p> <h3>Transformation complete</h3> <p>Today, 1921 N. Hobart boasts truly desirable amenities that a growing young family would ask for. The palatial master bathroom "feels like an oasis," White says, thanks to an expanded marble shower, white clawfoot tub and vintage vanity.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214003" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart37-a08201.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="533" /></p> <p>In the double closets, another with-it addition, sconces were added to make it feel "like you're walking into a high-end department store."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-213986" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart45-2b8e38.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>However, the airy all-white bedrooms are where old and new harmonize best. There, you'll find custom cabinets and benches that beckon you to take in the view.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-214001" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart34-82d20d.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="481" /></p> <p><em>Take the full tour:</em></p> <div class="owl-carousel"><img width="799" height="535" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart04-ccfe83.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart13-509139.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart15-6ca8c1.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart30-3186d0.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="534" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart26-a6fd9e.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart25-4a9137.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart23-d336e4.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart31-7ec861.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="783" height="535" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart32-0e02cd.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart44-8698d3.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart41-142401.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart36-02296b.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart51-abcbff.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart55-c8cf39.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart61-8a9a61.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /><img width="800" height="533" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart52-9a6b6a.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large" alt="" /></div> <h3>Get the look</h3> <p>Inspired by White&#8217;s design? Here are a few tips for achieving a similar look in your own home&#8217;s upgrade.</p> <p><strong>Keep the character </strong></p> <p>"When you've decided what really makes the house shine, then you add in modern amenities," White says. "I see way too many houses where people come through and completely gut it."</p> <p><strong>Splurge on plumbing and fixtures </strong></p> <p>"I really do love adding in great plumbing and fixtures, whether it's the lighting or sink," White says. "Having those type of moments in a home &#8230; makes it feel a bit more creative."</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-213989" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart42-7421d1.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p><strong>Start simple  </strong></p> <p>In the powder room, it's easy to express your creativity, White says.</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-213988" src="https://wp.zillowstatic.com/1/Hobart19-03a917.jpg" alt="" width="650" height="975" /></p> <p>Try to "start off on a tailored level, keep it smart and then add the freak flag at the end." 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Sun, 13 Nov 2016 06:00:00 Z Max Davidson 2016-11-13 06:00 +00:00 2016-11-13 19:00 +13:00 https://api.telegraph.co.uk/content/id/hfuwc4ttor2gumjsmrrtc5dvofvxe2zv/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/would-you-choose-to-live-by-the-coast-or-in-the-country/ topics:places/poole structure:countryside-top-stories topics:organisations/estate-agents topics:places/dorset topics:places/devon storytype:standard topics:things/retirement topics:things/countryside topics:places/sevenoaks topics:places/kent topics:organisations/savills topics:places/northumberland structure:money topics:things/house-prices topics:places/cornwall topics:organisations/channel-4 structure:property Would you choose to live by the coast or in the country? Sun, 16 Oct 2016 05:00:00 Z Anna White 2016-10-16 05:00 +00:00 2016-10-16 18:00 +13:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5780/regional-auction-watch-strong-demand-for-family-home?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Regional+auction+watch%3A+Strong+demand+for+family+home http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5780/regional-auction-watch-strong-demand-for-family-home?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Regional+auction+watch%3A+Strong+demand+for+family+home Regional auction watch: Strong demand for family home Bidding was fast and competitive for a large family home generating an income at a Rotorua auction. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +1200 2016-06-29 00:00 +12:00 2016-06-29 00:00 +12:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5768/hot-and-cold-in-regional-auction?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Hot+and+cold+in+regional+auction+ http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5768/hot-and-cold-in-regional-auction?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Hot+and+cold+in+regional+auction+ Hot and cold in regional auction A glimpse into the latest auction movements in Rotorua Full renovations paid off for one vendor as fierce bidding erupted to lay claim to a 4 bedroom house in Sunnybrook. A diverse group of about 15 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +1200 2016-06-16 00:00 +12:00 2016-06-16 00:00 +12:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5762/rotorua-property-auction-delivers-varying-results?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rotorua+property+auction+delivers+varying+results+ http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5762/rotorua-property-auction-delivers-varying-results?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Rotorua+property+auction+delivers+varying+results+ Rotorua property auction delivers varying results The housing market in Rotorua might be pretty hot at the moment, but not all houses are selling. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +1200 2016-06-10 00:00 +12:00 2016-06-10 00:00 +12:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5344/open-letter-from-john-lenihan-and-jane-greensmith?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Open+letter+from+John+Lenihan+and+Jane+Greensmith http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5344/open-letter-from-john-lenihan-and-jane-greensmith?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Open+letter+from+John+Lenihan+and+Jane+Greensmith Open letter from John Lenihan and Jane Greensmith This is an open letter to the people of Auckland from myself John Lenihan and my wife Jane Greensmith, as today is our 20th wedding anniversary. Over these 20 years Jane and I have practiced as Architects Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +1200 2015-03-12 00:00 +12:00 2015-03-12 01:00 +13:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5252/a-labour-win-for-landlords-to-celebrate?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=A+Labour+win+for+landlords+to+celebrate http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5252/a-labour-win-for-landlords-to-celebrate?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=A+Labour+win+for+landlords+to+celebrate A Labour win for landlords to celebrate It's not often property investors celebrate a Labour victory, but this time they can. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +1200 2014-11-19 00:00 +12:00 2014-11-19 01:00 +13:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5225/very-little-crystal-clear-with-govt-s-state-housing-plans?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Very+little+crystal+clear+with+Govt%27s+state+housing+plans http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5225/very-little-crystal-clear-with-govt-s-state-housing-plans?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Very+little+crystal+clear+with+Govt%27s+state+housing+plans Very little crystal clear with Govt's state housing plans Here’s a term property investors probably haven’t thought much about, but should start to take notice of. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +1200 2014-10-25 00:00 +12:00 2014-10-25 01:00 +13:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5120/landlords-switch-on-to-need-for-warm-dry-properties?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Landlords+switch+on+to+need+for+warm%2C+dry+properties http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5120/landlords-switch-on-to-need-for-warm-dry-properties?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Landlords+switch+on+to+need+for+warm%2C+dry+properties Landlords switch on to need for warm, dry properties Almost nine in 10 rental properties owned by property investors’ association members have been insulated, a new survey shows. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +1200 2014-07-01 00:00 +12:00 2014-07-01 00:00 +12:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5079/buyers-getting-creative-harcourts?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Buyers+getting+creative%3A+Harcourts http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/5079/buyers-getting-creative-harcourts?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Buyers+getting+creative%3A+Harcourts Buyers getting creative: Harcourts First-home buyers are using creative lending solutions to get into the market, Harcourts says. Thu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 +1200 2014-05-22 00:00 +12:00 2014-05-22 00:00 +12:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/4912/lvr-move-likely-to-hit-provinces-hardest-qv?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=LVR+move+likely+to+hit+provinces+hardest%3A+QV http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/4912/lvr-move-likely-to-hit-provinces-hardest-qv?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=LVR+move+likely+to+hit+provinces+hardest%3A+QV LVR move likely to hit provinces hardest: QV Loan-to-value restrictions will be felt least in the cities with the hottest prices, QV said today as the organisation released its latest statistics. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +1200 2013-11-07 00:00 +12:00 2013-11-07 01:00 +13:00 http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/4863/regional-first-home-buyers-acting-fast-reinz?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Regional+first-home+buyers+acting+fast%3A+REINZ http://www.landlords.co.nz/article/4863/regional-first-home-buyers-acting-fast-reinz?utm_source=LL&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Regional+first-home+buyers+acting+fast%3A+REINZ Regional first-home buyers acting fast: REINZ Activity is picking up in regional New Zealand ahead of the loan-to-value speed limit introduction at the end of the month, the Real Estate Institute says. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +1200 2013-09-16 00:00 +12:00 2013-09-16 00:00 +12:00