MARKET TRENDS: THE HEAT IS ON

As demand continues to outpace supply, real estate pros are calling the current market “the most competitive housing market we’ve seen in recorded history.”  And for first-time buyers looking for starter homes, things are especially brutal. As this article from Curbed suggests, you’ve got to be on your toes, be ready to make a quick decision and willing to accept that the sales price will likely be above the list price…. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Continue reading

THE NEW HIGH IN HIGH RISES

Last week’s announcement that a 1,672 sq. ft. one bedroom, two bath condo in West Hollywood’s  Sierra Towers hit the market at $4.195 million has many wondering: how high can this building go? CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

This 10 bedroom/12 bath mansion in Holmby Hills with interiors by Fendi features a bowling alley, movie theater, fully equipped, hair salon, golf simulator, wine cellar, indoor pool…and even its very own medical room. Priced to sell at just $69.9M, it offers the ultimate luxury LA lifestyle. Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN INSPIRATION: THE EASY, BREEZY DAYS OF SUMMER

From shabby chic to casual luxury or country to contemporary the overriding theme of summer vacation  homes is kick-off-your-shoes comfort. So, whether you prefer vintage antiques or sleek modernism, these 33 homes ranging from a vintage Cape Cod cottage to a Palm Beach penthouse provide plenty of design inspiration for you to create your perfect getaway.   Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Busy at work promoting “I Feel Pretty” model/actress Emily Ratajkowski still managed to find time to snag this remodeled 3 bedroom/3 bath mid-century home in LA’s hipster Echo Park neighborhood.  Rich wood floors and wood beamed ceilings, a custom kitchen and a brick fireplace dominate the warm and inviting interior spaces, while the surrounding woods, bubbling hot tub and gas fire pit provide the perfect urban oasis for Ms. Ratajkowski to relax, unwind and escape the glaring lights of Hollywood.   CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Continue reading

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

Do you shy away from engaging with your neighbors in favor of a quieter, more private lifestyle?  Perhaps it’s time to rethink this strategy. Opening the door to closer relationships with your neighbors can result in more secure neighborhoods, appreciating home values and even health benefits.  And reaching out to that nosey neighbor while you’re searching for a home can provide you with important intel that will guide your purchase decision. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Continue reading

THE AIRBNB DEBATE

As cities across the country struggle to understand the impact of AirBNB on local rental markets, a study commissioned by the comptroller of New York City suggests that these short-term rentals take rental units out of the market and lead to rising rents.  The message to communities is to be careful, demand transparency and develop clear guidelines and regulations. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

This week the focus is on the exceptional collections of art and furnishings that have contributed to the extraordinary interiors of the four residences owned by renowned designers Delphine and Reed Krakoff.  And if you love what you see, you’re in luck! Sotheby’s will be presenting the collection in a dedicated auction in New York on the evening of 23 May 2018. Click here to read more Continue reading

REMODEL RUMBLE

As National Home Remodeling Month kicked off this month (yes, it is a real thing) the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released a news flash that challenges one of the most sacrosanct rules driving home design.  The kitchen is losing its luster! Long considered a focal point of any home, the kitchen provides functionality that is essential to everyday living and is where family and guests most often gather. It only makes sense that owners would invest in upgrades and updates to equipment and design.   But according to a new survey from the NAHB, the kitchen has been toppled from its #1 spot for most popular remodel project. Who is the new king of remodels? Read on… Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

One real estate move for a celebrity would be big enough news, but last week Taylor Swift made two big moves.  A spectacular Mid-century modern home in Beverly Hills linked to the superstar hit the market for $2.95 million and just a few doors down her 1.4 acre mini-estate quietly sold for $4M to Nicolas Bijan Pakzad, son of the late designer and House of Bijan founder, Bijan Pakzad.  Given Ms. Swift is not necessarily known for doing things quietly should we expect a song reflecting the tale of these two homes to debut on her upcoming “Reputation” tour? Click here to read more Continue reading