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

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

When the promise is a peek at the most extravagant mansions in the world, how can you resist?  From a mansion on the Atlantic in Florida inspired by the Palace of Versailles to a Connecticut mansion with a moat, tower and stone walls, you won’t believe what these homes have to offer.   Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TRENDS 2019: WHAT’S HOT, WHAT’S NOT

Ask a dozen different designers about key trends and you’re likely to get a dozen different answers.  No matter the response, there is something in their answer that is sure to inspire.  If you’re thinking of doing any updating on your home this year the design duo Alexis Rodgers and Pam Mamourian of “Home With Alexis” have some great ideas for you. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

I don’t know about you, but I’ve already set my TIVO to grab the new ABC series “The Fix”.  Now it seems one of the stars of the series, Breckin Meyer, has gotten a fix of his own.  His brand new home in Valley Village is big (4100 sq ft) and beautiful, but at just  $2.2million it is surprisingly “sensible” (by LA standards) for this veteran Hollywood player with such a fast-rising star.    Continue reading

BIGGER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER

In neighborhoods across Los Angeles residents have been revolting against the development of mega-mansions that impact the character and quality of life in their neighborhoods. And in many of these areas fears are rising that these huge homes, many built on spec, will sit empty for years to come. What’s being done to address these concerns? Click here to read more Continue reading

MARKET TRENDS: HOMEOWNERSHIP RISES AMONG YOUNGER BUYERS

News today that some young friends of mine in Chicago just entered escrow on their first home is encouraging and supports what I am seeing and hearing from around the country. The rate of homeownership among Millennial buyers in on this rise. This is good news for sellers of “entry level” homes as the increased demand and limited inventories will continue to support price growth. The Mortgage Report breaks down the umbers with details by age group and region of the country.   Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

Responding to the California climate and the incredible landscapes that come from our topography, architects here are building some of the most extraordinary and innovative contemporary homes seen anywhere. Among the key trademarks are the expansive use of glass to bring in the California light and take advantage of the views; seamless indoor-outdoor flow to take advantage of the lifestyle that comes with our warm weather and sunshine; and clean lines that harmonize with the lush natural surroundings. These homes are airy and open with an easy elegance and chic, timeless design that is redefining the art of living well. Click here to read more Continue reading