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'Statue-napped': The curious disappearance of Lord Auckland

Monday, June 17, 2019

The case of a disappearing statue in Auckland's civic heart left people asking if he had been sold for scrap, "statute napped" or removed as an anti-colonial political statement.Cathy Casey, an Auckland councillor, showed a picture...

Costco wants kiwi goods: chief calls for our producers to show off products

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The world's second-largest retailer, Costco Wholesale, wants to buy and distribute New Zealand goods to its 94 million member shoppers around the world.Patrick Noone, managing director of Australia and New Zealand, said Costco already...

Beginning again with begonias | James Wong

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Begonias used to be for hot climates only, but here are some tough enough to survive and thrive in Britain

I am a reformed begoniaphobe. I grew up in the hot spot of begonia biodiversity that is southeast Asia – home to dazzling iridescent species that shimmer like butterfly wings and mottled beauties that look straight off the set of Avatar. But my only knowledge of the genus was massive, double hybrids in lurid Vegas showgirl shades from 1980s British bedding-plant catalogues. Since then, thanks to the introduction of weird and wonderful species, I have well and truly been converted to this fascinating genus.

Back in the day, the only begonias commonly available in the trade had not only had all their wild, rainforesty look bred out of them in favour of a uniform, plastic, perfectness, they were also strictly summer bedding plants only. Come the slightest whiff of frost, their soft, water-filled tissues would collapse to a brown mush that needed to be replaced every year. However, the popularisation of species from more northerly latitudes introduced a gene pool that confers a significant level of hardiness if given a thick winter mulch.

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Homes That Sold for Around $450,000

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

Baseball journeyman Edwin Jackson looks to uproot once more in Georgia

Monday, June 17, 2019

Last month, baseball pitcher Edwin Jackson became the first player in major league history to play for 14 teams. He’s looking to keep things moving on the real estate side as well, putting his Georgia home up for sale at $870,000.

Found in the Atlanta suburb of Mableton, the brick-clad abode features...

Derelict boarding house transformed to multimillion-dollar luxury

Sunday, June 16, 2019

A derelict boarding house that had not been lived in for more than 10 years has been transformed into two multimillion-dollar luxurious apartments with a grand nod to its heritage past.The two-level home on one of Devonport's most...

Poles, beans and tomatoes from a gardening Yoda | Allan Jenkins

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Giving thanks to the gardening gods – and a farm in the Black Mountains

Our summer started with a white van man, a delivery from near the Black Mountains of Herefordshire. Hazel poles for climbing beans and peas, a tray of sweet peas, too. All from Jane Scotter at Fern Verrow farm, with a few tomato plants thrown in.

The poles are chunky hazel, full of character – I am not overly keen on bamboo, too straight and featureless – with surfaces for the beans to cling to like climbers on a cliff face.

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Coming Home to the Lower East Side

Sunday, June 16, 2019

She spent her teenage years in Lower Manhattan before raising a family in Puerto Rico. Now she’s back for good.

Giant investment package for sale in Hamilton

Saturday, June 15, 2019

A huge new manufacturing and distribution facility, located in Hamilton's growing airport industrial hub, is for sale on long leaseback terms for the first time since it was completed less than two years ago."When it comes to institutional-grade...

Tenants sought for planned Westhaven Marine Village

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Fourteen tenancies that can be amalgamated to create larger units are available for lease in Westhaven Marine Village - a planned retail development within Auckland's Westhaven Marina that is targeted for completion in August next...

K' Rd character offers a clean palate

Saturday, June 15, 2019

A two-level character property in Auckland's Karangahape Rd is being marketed as sitting in a value range that's accessible to both add-value buyers and owner-occupiers."With just one smaller tenant having a shorter term lease obligation,...

Billfish a good catch in Westhaven Marina

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The waterfront Billfish Cafe restaurant and bar in Auckland Westhaven Marina is for sale as a going concern business within leased premises."This hospitality business overlooks the biggest boating marina in the Southern Hemisphere,"...

New Zealand's biggest avocado orchard for sale

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The biggest avocado orchard in New Zealand - completely redeveloped with new higher-yielding higher-health clonal rootstock - has been placed on the market.The 29.7ha property at Paparore 22 km north of Kaitaia was originally established...

Two district council Levin properties for sale

Saturday, June 15, 2019

After a review of some of its non-core property assets, Horowhenua District Council is selling two Levin properties in separate tender processes closing later this month.The first is a fully-leased commercial property in the town...

Potential in growth location

Saturday, June 15, 2019

In South Auckland a commercial property is being marketed as having low site coverage and vacant possession, making it well suited to a range of occupiers, investors or developers."It is well located in the growth suburb of Manurewa,"...

Ponsonby tenanted office unit for sale

Saturday, June 15, 2019

A tenanted office unit for sale in Ponsonby provides an opportunity for investors to add value or owner-occupiers to secure premises in one of Auckland's most sought-after city fringe suburbs.Hamish Paterson and Jonathan Lynch of...

Big Christchurch leasing deal

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Growing demand for industrial property in Christchurch has resulted in the sector's biggest leasing deal this year, a month after the previous tenants vacated, says Sam Staite of Colliers International in Christchurch.Staite says...

Onehunga's movie theatre consented for apartments

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Onehunga's original movie theatre is for sale with a Town Centre zoning and consented plans for 21 apartments on the site.Located on the main retail strip, the property at 300 Onehunga Mall occupies a commanding position. Colliers...

Space for sub-lease in big Wiri facility

Saturday, June 15, 2019

More than 18,000sq m of high stud warehouse space in Wiri is available for sublease, providing an opportunity to occupy part or all of a big facility in a premier south Auckland industrial hub.Croxley Stationery has exclusively...

$180,000 Homes in New York, Indiana and Wisconsin

Sunday, June 16, 2019

A former schoolhouse in Andes, a 1923 brick house in South Bend, and an 1892 bungalow in Milwaukee.

Weekending in the Suburbs

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Instead of buying a second home several hours from the city, some New Yorkers are looking to suburbia for a slice of the country.

Outside the box: a ‘room within a room’

Sunday, June 16, 2019

An east London apartment has been turned into a family home by reconfiguring its compartmentalised floor plan

When Belgian architect Ewald Van Der Straeten discovered a flat for sale in east London’s Trevelyan House in 2012, he jumped at the chance to view it, and then put in an offer the very next day. “My big dream would have been to live in a Barbican apartment. I love the robust beauty of the concrete and the well-proportioned interiors,” he says. “It was pure luck that I found a flat in this building; it has many of the qualities I was seeking, which you just don’t find in the majority of new builds.”

Trevelyan House was built in 1958 by Sir Denys Lasdun, the British architect behind the National Theatre’s boldly Brutalist design. Lasdun devised the then radical idea of a butterfly plan, which saw the rear unit on each floor of this block of flats set at right angles to the other two, with a central core containing the stairs and lift. Not only did this improve the aspect of each apartment, it also negated the need for long access corridors and gave residents more privacy while maintaining a neighbourly atmosphere. Its “cluster block” design allowed for 24 new residences to be created on a relatively small Second World War bomb site in Bethnal Green, without disturbing the existing character of the street.

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Create a buzz: how to help save wild bees – even if you don’t have a garden

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Balconies, doorsteps and window boxes can all be turned into wildlife havens. Kate Bradbury picks the plants and places to attract key species

Last year’s extreme weather meant a tough year for many of the UK’s bees, and conservationists are concerned that could have a knock-on effect this year and beyond. According to a report from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, they could face long-term problems from future heatwaves. But we can give them a helping hand.

You don’t need to keep honeybees to help bees – in fact, a 2018 study commissioned by Cambridge University suggests that this can harm wild bees. It’s thought that the more bees there are in an area, the more competition there is for nectar and pollen; if every shopping centre has three or four hives on the roof, what does that mean for the wild bees?

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Tigers pitcher Matt Moore bags a buyer for waterfront home in St. Petersburg

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Professional baseball player and Florida native Matt Moore has wrapped up a sale in the Sunshine State, selling his St. Petersburg home for $1.99 million.

That’s $210,000 less than he asked, but $750,000 more than he paid for it five years ago, records show.

Found in the affluent enclave of Snell...

The music teacher who stepped up and became my father when I needed one

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Like so many baby boomers I know, I grew up in a home with an absent father. He was brilliant and handsome and had served in the U.S. Air Force. My father had seen too much, lost too much. After World War II, he wanted to forget the horrors that made him grow up so fast. He wanted to forget anything...

New Rent Laws Pass in N.Y.: ‘The Pendulum Is Swinging’ Against Landlords

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The package, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, significantly strengthened protections for all tenants in New York City.

Hot Property: Tyra Banks, model home flipper

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Supermodel, television host and celebrity home-flipper Tyra Banks has bought a Pacific Palisades home for a little over $3 million.

The 1949 traditional house, which has been owned by the same family for 70 years, is in the Bluffs area and in need of a makeover.

Banks, who in recent years has bought...

Cultivating Style: The no-fail way to live with plants

Sunday, June 16, 2019

It’s all of the greenery, with none of the guilt.

The house plant craze has grown into one of this year’s hottest trends: home decor that ushers in lush, botanical themes without the worry of watering.

“A lot of people are afraid of bringing live plants inside,” said Dabito, the Los Angeles-based...

Home of the Week: A modern castle in Hollywoodland

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Thick granite walls are all that remain of a 1920s Norman-style stone mansion destroyed by wildfire in the early 1960s. Now in its place stands a reimagined showplace that pays homage to the lost Beachwood Canyon castle.

Beyond the turret-style entry are spaces tailored for modern living: a polished...

Hot Property Newsletter: Rounding the diamond

Saturday, June 15, 2019

This week’s collection covers a lot of bases with celebrity home transactions involving actors, a San Diego Padres Hall of Fame reliever and a veteran hockey player.

Our Home of the Week is a New England-inspired Shingle-style house in Pasadena that dates to 1895. The 5,908 square feet of history-imbued...