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What's Selling Now: Homes That Sold for Around $1,000,000

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

Forget the greige age: the case for painting your house any colour you like

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

People who paint their houses unusual colours can end up annoying the neighbours – and falling foul of their local council. But is it anybody else’s business what colour your home is?

Future archaeologists may come to know the early 21st century as the “greige age”, when they start digging up the remnants of buildings painted in knockoff muted Farrow & Ball shades and wonder how we could all be so dull. But there are the brave outliers – those who paint their houses in eye-catching shades or patterns, who risk neighbours’ wrath and sniffy letters from the council.

A woman in Cirencester has had her door painted bright pink (“Flamingo Fun”) for 33 years, but now one of her neighbours has complained to the council, according to the Daily Mail. The council, although apparently not taking further action, had sent her a letter asking her to paint it a colour more in keeping with the conservation area. The house is Grade II listed, so more rules apply, but even if you don’t live in a listed building, can you still paint your house or front door any colour you like?

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Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Recent commercial real estate transactions in New York.

Win 1 of 5 houseplant care packs from Yates

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

We have five houseplant care packs from Yates to giveaway.

Russell $8.9m mansion up for sale allows guests to arrive by helicopter or superyacht

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

If you are in the habit of commuting home by superyacht or helicopter, then this $8.9 million Bay of Islands mansion could be the perfect buy for you.The seven-bedroom home decked out in marble and imported timber is a five-minute...

Would you move house to support your children’s career? This Olympic ski racer did.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Four-time Olympic ski racer Emma Carrick-Anderson and her husband former English ski champion Phil Smith supported their children's careers by moving house.

ON LOCATION: In Maryland, Remaking the Family Manse

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Moving into a home that belonged to your parents — where you lived as a teenager — can be challenging. Especially if it’s 100 years old.

Democrats Court a New Voting Bloc: People Who Don’t Own Homes

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Renters have finally gotten Washington’s attention. Can anyone running for president help them?

Jessica Alba records a quick home sale in Beverly Hills

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Actress-entrepreneur Jessica Alba has sold a home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for the asking price of $6.195 million. The Spanish-style residence had been on the market for about three weeks, records show.

The two-story house, built in 2007, sits on about half an acre of grounds and features...

Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg sells Spanish pad in hometown San Diego

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

In his hometown of San Diego, Nationals hurler Stephen Strasburg has sold his Spanish-style home for $1.305 million.

That’s $44,000 less than the original asking price, but records show the three-time All-Star still came out on top. He paid $1.24 million for the property through a trust in 2010...

Updating a Stone House in Baltimore County

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Moving into a home that belonged to your parents — where you lived as a teenager — can be challenging. Especially if it’s 100 years old.

with …: Tom Ford, Fragrant Vegan Vampire

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

How a designer known for sex and excess became a devoted family man — and C.F.D.A. chief!

Actor Ian Harding offers his Eagle Rock aerie for sale

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Actor Ian Harding of "Pretty Little Liars" fame is ready to turn over his 2014 contemporary in L.A.'s Eagle Rock neighborhood for $1.475 million. He bought the modern house new in 2015 for $1.295 million.

Perched high on a hillside, the white stucco house has multiple decks that take in expansive...

Shopping Guide: Shopping for Full-Length Mirrors

Monday, April 22, 2019

A full-length mirror should be more than an afterthought, tacked to the back of a bedroom door.

Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss is ready to hip-hop out of Sherman Oaks

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Stephen Boss, who gained fame as fan favorite tWitch on “So You Think You Can Dance,” has listed his traditional-style home in Sherman Oaks for sale at $1.299 million.

Built in 1976 and remodeled, the more than 2,500-square-foot house is entered through a double door that opens to a living room...

Onetime home of Rudolph Valentino's ex fetches a buyer in Hollywood Hills

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The name of silent film actress Jean Acker may not ring a bell, but that of her ex-husband, screen legend Rudolph Valentino, likely does. He had the distinction of being a 1920s sex symbol and film icon.

Now a Craftsman house once owned by the former Mrs. has sold in the Hollywood Hills for $1,638,880.

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If I inherit my mum's house will I be able to use my lifetime Isa?

Monday, April 22, 2019

I could end up losing 25% of it or having to leave my savings there until after I retire

Q I’m single, earn around £20,000 a year at age 34 I have a pension pot which is currently worth £15,000. I want to save for my retirement and eventually buy a house.

I recently opened a lifetime Isa, as I know they can help me to buy a house although so far I’ve only put in £100.

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Housing crisis on Arran leaves hundreds of islanders without homes

Monday, April 22, 2019

Campaigners say houses now among UK’s least affordable owing to rise of holiday rentals

Campaigners on the Isle of Arran have called for help to cope with a housing crisis that has left hundreds of people without permanent homes.

The Arran Economic Group (AEG) hopes to be the first community organisation in Scotland to use government funds to build dozens of affordable homes aimed at local workers, which will be given out based on economic rather than social need.

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'Nothing's affordable': buying a home now just a dream on Arran

Monday, April 22, 2019

Young couples and older workers alike face housing insecurity on island where tourism is booming

Jennifer and Andrew Earle’s new home arrived on the ferry to Arran almost a fortnight ago, a static caravan just about large enough for the couple and their four daughters, the youngest six months old.

It was towed by tractor to Andrew’s parents’ house near the southern tip of Arran, where Andrew and his father will pack its walls and roof with extra insulation against the island’s bitter winters, and build a playroom extension for the four girls.

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Broken land ownership system fuels inequality | Letters

Monday, April 22, 2019

The unequal distribution of land has created serious problems in housing provision and wider society, say readers

The revelation that half of England is owned by less than 1% of the population (Report, 18 April) is a stark example of how broken our archaic system of land ownership is. This inequality is a sign of the wider inequalities in British society, but also has a more immediate impact: seriously exacerbating the housing crisis. The high cost of land for new homes, and lack of transparency around ownership, are some of the key causes of this national emergency. An acre of land becomes up to 275 times more expensive when it is granted planning permission for new houses. This means developers are incentivised to build high-cost luxury housing to recoup their costs and often try to minimise their affordable housing contributions.

The government should change the law to rectify this, allowing land to be sold more quickly and for what it is actually worth, rather than the vastly inflated sums it can command. This would allow public bodies and not-for-profit housing associations, which build the majority of affordable housing in the UK, to afford land to build genuinely affordable homes. If we want to solve the housing crisis, we must take aim at our broken land market.
James Prestwich
Head of policy, National Housing Federation

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Broken land ownership system fuels inequality | Letters

Monday, April 22, 2019

The unequal distribution of land has created serious problems in housing provision and wider society, say readers

The revelation that half of England is owned by less than 1% of the population (Report, 18 April) is a stark example of how broken our archaic system of land ownership is. This inequality is a sign of the wider inequalities in British society, but also has a more immediate impact: seriously exacerbating the housing crisis. The high cost of land for new homes, and lack of transparency around ownership, are some of the key causes of this national emergency. An acre of land becomes up to 275 times more expensive when it is granted planning permission for new houses. This means developers are incentivised to build high-cost luxury housing to recoup their costs and often try to minimise their affordable housing contributions.

The government should change the law to rectify this, allowing land to be sold more quickly and for what it is actually worth, rather than the vastly inflated sums it can command. This would allow public bodies and not-for-profit housing associations, which build the majority of affordable housing in the UK, to afford land to build genuinely affordable homes. If we want to solve the housing crisis, we must take aim at our broken land market.
James Prestwich
Head of policy, National Housing Federation

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Family Benefit paid home deposit

Sunday, April 21, 2019

A few weeks ago I wrote about the rate of home ownership in New Zealand — particularly noting that that rate has been remarkably consistent, with around 65 per cent of kiwis owning their own home, for nearly 100 years. I also noted...

The Omaha Flats mansion with horse arena, cricket pitch, netball field and garden maze

Sunday, April 21, 2019

An Omaha mansion boasting its own horse arena, garden maze, cricket pitch, netball court and waterfront access for kite surfing and sailing could be as close to Disneyland as you'll find near Auckland.Owners Chris and Jody Richardson...

Could living on a canal boat help you get onto property ladder?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

A second-hand 40ft narrowboat might cost about £25,000 – almost a tenth of the price of an average £240,000 bricks-and-mortar home. Toby (pictured) bought a 49-foot barge.

Shrubs for shady plots | James Wong

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sidelined in recent years, decorative shrubs are ideal for shady urban plots

If you are a regular reader, it will probably come as no surprise to you that I am fascinated by horticultural trends. While these can often be dismissed as faddish, I believe they are essential for driving innovation forward, allowing us to flex our creative muscles instead of sticking to a narrow range of tried and tested ideas. However, I am the first to admit that a love of the new and unusual can come with a hefty downside. It can cause us to overlook perfectly valid options because their horticultural star is not in ascendance.

With style barometers, such as the Chelsea flower show and glossy gardening magazines, still dominated by schemes of multi-stemmed small trees dotted in a sea of prairie-like perennials, perhaps the biggest victims of this process are shrubs. While they were a keystone of most planting plans in the 1970s, today this whole group has, sadly, been sidelined. Given the ever decreasing size of our plots, however, I find this a travesty. So here are a few of my favourite quirky and novel shrubs that will provide year-round structure and character in spaces too small for even the smallest tree to squeeze into. Why they aren’t more popular, I will never know…

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Home improvements customers need stamina to conquer Everest

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Many sign up with the household name believing costly work will go smoothly. It’s not always so

The thrill of Everest is adventuring into the unknown. Even the most doughty stamina and resolve can’t guarantee those who commit to the journey will reach their goal. Which is why Britain’s second-largest double-glazing company seems aptly named.

Everest was the second choice of Michael and Catrin Poole when its rival, Anglian, declared the arched doors and windows they required could not be manufactured in uPVC. The Everest salesman, in contrast, was apparently confident even though his computer resisted his attempts to produce a design.

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10 beautiful garden getaways in the UK

Sunday, April 21, 2019

These splendid hotels and cottages sit in some of the country’s finest gardens ands estates, offering relaxation and a riot of colour

Bucolic bliss awaits at Barnsley House hotel in Cirencester. Redesigned by Rosemary Verey in the 1950s, its 11 acres combine formal gardens, clipped yews, rock roses and mixed borders with an ornamental fruit and vegetable garden that gives on to wild meadows. The laburnum walk is Barnsley’s showstopper, but look out, too, for the frog fountain and, at the other end of the long vista, the whimsical, classical Temple reflected in an octagonal pool. A fabulous spa is hidden in one corner of the garden and the grade II-listed 17th-century manor house has the lauded Potager restaurant and 18 chic bedrooms. Think taupe, splashes of colour and rub-a-dub-dub freestanding bathtubs.
Doubles from £224 room-only, barnsleyhouse.com. The garden is open year round to guests. Non-guests £15 entry, including tea and biscuits

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It’s the big weekend for gardeners

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Time to learn patience as Easter crowds fill garden centres

Easter, when garden centres make the most money, like Christmas for M&S. When more trays of seedlings and small plants, new secateurs and sacks of compost are sold than any other time. Cars queueing laden with hope and bored kids, longing for teenage freedom.

It’s the big gardening weekend of the year, deep enough into spring, a time of renewal and resurrection when most of us feel free to shrug off winter, get shaken out of our lethargy and poke around the garden or plot.

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The shed where it's Christmas every day

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Even in the depths of winter, jingling bells and festive carols ring out at Charlotte Horan's Auckland shed.

How Luxury Developers Use a Loophole to Build Soaring Towers for the Ultrarich in N.Y.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The spread of these buildings overlooking Central Park is provoking a backlash amid a broader debate about affordable housing, extravagant projects and the city’s identity.