DESIGN TIPS AND TRENDS: IT’S A BRIGHT NEW DAY

I recently showed a client a 1926 Tudor-style house that he loved but he was concerned that the interiors were too dark. Working with a designer we developed new lighting schematics and identified new paint colors to address his concerns, though ultimately he balked at the expense involved. If lack of light in your home is affecting you, fear not! You can brighten up your rooms considerably with these designer tricks that don’t require costly renovations…. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Actor/Writer/Producer/Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt has listed his 1940’s ranch style home in the Franklin Hills area for $3.85 million. Reflecting the signature style of renowned Hollywood architect Paul Williams, the four bedroom, three bath house features a pool and pool house on its hilltop site of more than a third of an acre.  Click here to read more Continue reading

PROPERTY TAXES

Tomorrow (April 10) is the due date for the next installment of your property taxes. And let’s face it, writing that check can be painful. But how do we compare to the rest of the country? You may be surprised….   Click here to read more Continue reading

LOVE IT OR LIST IT

Have you outgrown your home? Or are you finding that certain things that you adapted to over the years are now grinding at you? It may be time for a renovation…or an entirely new home. But how do you know which is the better alternative for you? Zillow to the rescue! This quick quiz will help you to sort through the issues driving your need for change and will help you to determine whether your best alternative is to love it or list it. Click here to read more Continue reading

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