MORTGAGE MONDAY

Business Insider dispels some myths and provides useful tips to help first-time buyers understand and navigate the home mortgage market. Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TRENDS: SLIDING BARN DOORS

Sliding barn doors have become a hot design trend adding an interesting architectural element and creatively separating spaces or replacing standard doors. And I have to admit, I am a fan! In fact, I integrated this concept into my own home to creatively display a door I purchased from New York’s Chelsea Hotel at an art auction (thank goodness for the inspiration as when the door arrived at my home I realized I had absolutely no idea how or where to display it!)   Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Serial real estate investors Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have purchased an English Tudor mansion in Beverly Hills for $45M from singer Adam Levine. Mr. Levine bought the home just over a year ago from “Will & Grace” creator Max Mutchnick. And Max bought the home in 2008 from tennis great Pete Sampras. If those walls could talk! Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

Are you planning on entertaining at home this Memorial Day weekend? You’re sure to find inspiration in these extraordinary homes with incredible indoor-outdoor spaces. Summer’s here! So why not take a few design tips to spruce up your home for the season? Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TRENDS: ARCHITECTURE THAT MAKES A STATEMENT

  This Memorial Day weekend take a trip across the US without ever leaving home and see the most spectacularly designed buildings in every state. Stunningly beautiful, exciting, innovative and functional, these buildings, whether residential or commercial, have earned iconic status within their respective states. Each is a testament to exceptional architecture and design. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

It certainly is a brave new world! High-profile beauty blogger James Charles, the subject of massive coverage this week concerning his battle with rival beauty blogger Tati Westbrook, has just leased a 4,255 sq. ft Encino estate with outdoor kitchen, pool and waterfall. Not bad for a 19 year old! At 19 I was sharing a 150 sq. ft dorm room at UCLA. Where were you living at 19? Click here to read more Continue reading

COMPARING MARKETS: THE $1.7MILLION HOME

What does $1.7million get you in Los Angeles? And how does this compare to other markets? Here’s a quick snapshot that compares the $1.7M buy in LA to what you could get in Memphis or Bryn Mawr, PA. Click here to read Continue reading

IN THE NEWS: ADDRESSING THE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS

As CA lawmakers debate SB50, the bill currently floating in Sacramento to address housing affordability in CA, it is fair to ask “are cities making a difference in preserving and increasing housing for the non-rich?” This quick read by Randy Shaw provides some interesting insights on cities that are making a difference and others that are not doing quite so well. Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

This idyllic wine country estate in Oakville, CA blends natural stone and wood with expansive windows to create a nearly seamless indoor-outdoor flow that epitomizes California-style luxury living. With warm, contemporary interiors, the latest in luxury amenities, lush grounds and expansive views, why would you ever leave home? Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TRENDS: CELEBRATING CRAFTSMAN STYLE

The iconic California Craftsman is one of the most sought after architectural styles in Southern California…and for good reason.  Open interiors showcase understated design, with rich accents and functional built-ins to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere.  And against this background there is plenty of opportunity for playful design elements.  What’s not to like? Click here to read more Continue reading