REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

This week the focus is on ranch homes, but not the single level family homes that popped up in suburbs across the US during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Located in fabulous settings across the US, today’s ranches feature sophisticated, elegant, architectural homes sitting on vast expanses of land, with the latest luxury amenities, beautiful settings and that most elusive of luxuries….privacy! Offered by Sotheby’s, these ranches set a new bar for the art of country living. Click here to read more Continue reading

BEAUTIFUL POOLS

These extraordinary hotel swimming pools, inspired by their surroundings and reflecting innovations and unexpected design elements are setting new standards in pool design. And we can fully expect that key design elements will soon show up in pools that will provide bragging rights for luxury residential developments around the world. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren have listed their Spanish style home in Beverly Hills for $6.195M. Rustic elegance combined with an easy indoor-outdoor flow give this house a kick-your- shoes-off and relax kind of comfort. Beautifully designed outdoor spaces, lush landscaping, and a wood-decked lagoon pool redefine the art of California living. Click here to read more Continue reading

THE LOWDOWN ON DOWNTOWN LA

DTLA is growing up….literally. From low-slung projects to hi-rises of 64 stories, the skyline of LA is rapidly changing with exciting new residential complexes that range from supportive housing to super-luxury. LA Downtown News profiles 18 new projects of the more than 100 that are in various stages of development. Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

As a graduate of the University of Chicago MBA program, I am a firm believer in the diversification of investment portfolios. So this new housing ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) profiled in Forbes really caught my attention. The Hoya Capital Housing ETF (HOMZ) covers a broad spectrum of companies engaged in housing and housing-related services from homebuilders to home improvement companies, rental services, and even technology. Because each of these companies will respond in different ways to movements in the economy and interest rates, they reduce volatility by providing a counterbalance. With housing costs affecting virtually every American, this may be one of the most important investment tools to come along in a long while. Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

The star-studded enclave of Star Island in Miami Beach may be the #1 spot on my real estate wish list. And now, one of the most magnificent properties there has hit the market. Grammy Award-winning musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan have re-listed their sprawling 1.34 estate featuring a separate guest house, "La Casita," sprawling waterfront views, and luxury amenities including a private dock and 24-hour security. One look at this house and you’re sure to feel that “Everlasting Love”. Click here to read more Continue reading

THE DISH ON DESIGN

An interesting take on design inspiration from the interiors and houses that set the scene in some of Disney’s most memorable animated classics…..   Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

You can live like “The Boss” in Melissa McCarthy’s easy, elegant bungalow in Toluca Lake. Updated with sophisticated, contemporary style this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with private Zen-like backyard and pool can be yours, fully furnished for just $10,000/mo. But be careful not to scuff the floors or you might be asking “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”   Click here to read more Continue reading

YABBA DABBA DON’T

When does a theme go too far in home design? A Hillsborough, CA homeowner is being sued by her community for “creating an eyesore” with her Flintstone’s themed house, widely visible in the affluent town. Florence Fang, a Bay Area businesswoman and former publisher of the San Francisco Examiner surely has a sense of fun in her expression of the perfect home for the “modern stone age family”. But is her idea of fun encroaching on the quality of life for her neighbors? What do you think? Click here to read more Continue reading

MORTGAGE MONDAY

The news was good for homebuyers last week as The Federal Reserve announced that it would not increase its benchmark rate at Wednesday’s meeting.  Along with the news that the Fed is unlikely to hike rates for the rest of 2019, the mortgage lending community is predicting rates will continue to drop in the coming weeks as the spring market heats up.  Cheap money means lower monthly payments, so now is a good time to get out of your rental or, if you already own, consider moving up.  Click here to read more Continue reading