Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sweet N' Sassy Bungalow in Atlanta's Hipster Haven

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Atlanta's east side neighborhood of Cabbagetown has survived urban blight, tornadoes, massive fires and the more recent gentrification that has turned it one of the city's most coveted areas. While home costs have risen sharply in the last few years—big surprise, right?—we think this totally adorable 3 bed/1 bath bungalow, which includes an amazing yard with meandering garden, fire pit, and even chicken coop, is priced right at $309K. At just under 900 square feet, the 1920 home is compact, but loaded with charm like a big front porch (shrouded by what appear to be trumpet vines), original hardwood floors and molding, built-in shelving, and 6 over 6 windows. We're besotted with the updated open kitchen's butcher block counters, exposed shelving, and subway tile back splash, obsessed with the bedrooms'  blue hued walls, and covet the huge back deck. Lovely Cabbagetown Park, where locals gather for picnic suppers, movies and yoga, is literally around the corner and there are loads of shops, restaurants and bars within a short a stroll. This one's gonna go fast, so take a closer look while you still can here

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Point of Views: The Big Picture in Sausalito, CA

Our love for Sausalito knows no bounds. A mere 10 minutes from downtown San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, this picturesque town located just past the magnificent Marin headlands features dreamy views of the Bay, great shops, and even better restaurants (our longtime fave: Spinnaker, where you can wave to sailboats that are literally feet away while noshing on fresh seafood). Perched in the hills above the enclave, this inviting 3 bed/2 bath contemporary makes for the perfect Marin County home—i.e., it's all about the heavenly views of the water, pine-strewn hills and famous San Francisco skyline. Built in 1960, the home makes the most of its 1600 square feet with an open floor plan featuring floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the super sunny Great Room, as well as a large wrap-around deck with dining and lounging spaces, plus a secluded brick patio off the master suite. $1.395 million seems about right to us. See if you agree—take a closer look here

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Urban Oasis: 90 Years Young in Asheville, NC

Surrounded by the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains, the bustling city of Asheville is one of the nation's most appealing destinations, with an Art Deco-tinged downtown full of shops, museums, theaters and restaurants. All of which just happens to be a 20 minute walk from this classic white clapboard in the historic Kenilworth neighborhood (a planned 1920s community of around 800 residents featuring a wide variety of home styles, from humble Arts and Crafts bungalows to grand Spanish Revivals). Built in 1925, the sunny 2300 square foot 4 bed/2 bath home sits behind a sweet white picket fence on a double .3 acre wooded lot and has lots of things to love, from original hardwood floors, cozy living room fireplace and rich moldings, to updated kitchen and baths, walk-in master closet and large back deck and koi pond. $575K puts the keys to the front door in your (lucky) pocket. See more here

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mid-Century Monday: Mod Ralph Haver Original!

Born in California and schooled at USC, architect Ralph Haver moved to Phoenix, Arizona, early in his career and proceeded to become the city's most prolific architect, responsible for thousands of buildings from the mid-40s to the early 80s. In recent years, his modest, modern home have found a new crop of enthusiastic home buyers who appreciate Haver's signature low-sloped rooflines, clerestory windows, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Located in the tiny Windemere area of the city's lively Camelback East neighborhood—around 8.5 miles northeast of downtown—this 1955 2 bed/2 bath Haver has maintained its original, well-designed features, but also has some much-appreciated updates (kitchen, baths, solar electric system), as well as a swinging backyard complete with pool, patio, gas fire pit, lawn and a bocci ball court! Asking $399.9K, the 1450 square foot home's master bath holds our very favorite feature: a walk-in glass tiled shower that opens to a huge outdoor jetted tub. Hep and heavenly. See why here

Friday, August 28, 2015

Foreign Intrigue Friday: Canal-side in Venice, Italy!

The San Croce sestiere of northern Venice has two distinct parts: the busy western side where the train station is located, and the quieter eastern side which includes landmark churches like San Giacomo dell'Orio and San Zan Degola, sweet canals and small, picturesque piazzas. This dazzling 4 bed/2 bath apartment is situated in the latter, specifically in a divine palazzo dating back nearly 500 years that overlooks one of those very canals and piazzas. On the market for $2.95 million—Venezia is one of the priciest cities in the world—the nearly 5000 square foot home has the kind of swoon-worthy details we thought only existed in Luchino Visconti films: beautifully detailed frescoes from the 18th century, high ceilings, original stucco accents, inlaid wood and terrazzo floors, ornate moldings and french doors opening to uniquely Venetian views. Although not heavily trodden by tourists (who are taking selfies with pigeons in Piazza San Marco, and trying not to get crushed in the crowds by the Rialto Bridge), there are plenty of interesting shops and restaurants nearby (our recommendation, Antica Besseta, an old trattoria that specializes in seafood, is just around the corner). We'll be lighting candles in the hope of winning the lotto this weekend—and then buying this apartment!—so you should take a look at it here while you still can.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Do the Write Thing in Historic Hamptons Village

A former whaling village perched on the eastern end of Long Island and a mere 80 miles from Manhattan, Sag Harbor has been a favorite destination of American writers from John Steinbeck and Truman Capote to Walter Mosley and E.L. Doctorow. If you're going to buy in these days, though, you'd better already have a bestseller on your hands, as prices are only slightly less insane here than in the rest of the celeb-filled Hamptons. On the market for $1.795 million, this 1750 square foot single story cottage there has 3 beds/3.5 baths and sits on nearly half an acre shaded by trees with patio, walkways and patio (no pool, but there's room for one!). Built in 1951, the home's been reno'd top to bottom and now has things like a big, bright great room with soaring ceiling and wood-burning fireplace, tasteful modern baths, central a/c and geothermal heating. A short stroll or quick bike ride will take you to restaurants, shops, the famous Bay Street Theatre or the Sag Harbor Yacht Club, where you can watch the weekly sailboat races. Taking a closer look at the property might inspire you to write that spy thriller, finish that screenplay or, um, rob a bank—so do it here

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bargain of the Week: Pittsburgh, PA for $160K!

Constant appearances on annual Best Places to Live lists, not to mention a thriving economy, top notch medical facilities and excellent public transportation, have made Pittsburgh one of America's greatest cities. While home prices there are still reasonable compared to other parts of the country (we're looking at you, NYC and L.A.), they've risen quickly, especially in East End neighborhoods like Shadyside and even newly gentrified places like South Side and Lawrenceville. But if you're willing to go about 6 miles north of downtown—aka, The Golden Triangle—the area of Bellevue has a lot to offer at amazing prices. For example: we're crushing hard on this neat as a pin 3 story brick beauty with 4 beds/3.5 baths, comfy front porch, and back porch overlooking a neat, enclosed yard, which is on the market for $159.9K! Built in 1920—we're on a roll recently with homes from this year—the 2600+ square foot house doesn't have a lot of fancy updates, but does possess original details like richly burnished wood floors, pocket doors and moldings; high ceilings; and lead- and stained glass windows throughout. Public transport will whisk you "duhntuhn" in just a few minutes, and there's a clutch of restaurants and shops nearby (check out the Ohio River Boulevard Antique Mall for bargains), as well as parks and the haunted (but in a friendly way!) Andrew Bayne Library. Although we may have to arm wrestle you for this one, we'll let you take a closer look at it here

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Vintage Craftsman Charm in San Antonio, Texas

Well, except that we're not exactly in San Antonio, but in Alamo Heights, the tiny (2 square miles) affluent city that is, in fact, surrounded by San Antonio, and is home to the larger city's zoo, botanical gardens and two impressive museums (the Witte and the McNay). It's also where we found this darling 1920 craftsman, shaded by trees with wrap around porches, back deck and stone patio with pretty landscaping on nearly half an acre. On the market for $465K, the exceptionally bright 2 bed/2 bath 1800+ square foot home has lots to love: large windows and french doors, plantation shutters, white brick living room fireplace, high ceilings, pale wood and saltillo tile floors, diagonal wood accent walls, and what appears to be an unusual glazed brick and ceramic tile bathroom. The location means you can walk to loads of shops, restaurants (we recommend Paloma Blanca for amazing Mexican dishes), coffee shops (Local Coffee, just around the corner, brews an excellent cup o' joe), even the highly unusual Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Museum, which is run by the affable 94 year old Barney himself (it's in his garage). While you wait for your mortgage broker to get back to you, take a closer look at this awesome home here

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mid-Century Modern Monday: Cook County Cool

At the risk of sounding fickle, we must confess: love has struck again! This sinuously sexy contemporary in the well-heeled Chicago 'burb of Barrington has, as Mr. Darcy told Miss Bennett, captured us "body and soul." The only home ever designed by one Gedas Bliudzius, a residential contractor foreman who built it for his own family in 1967, the 4700 square foot beauty has enough room for a large group with 5 beds, 4 full- and 3 half-baths, and sits on a whopping 4 acres with pool, pond and tennis court. Priced more than fairly at $750K, the home's many highlights start with its curving walls and unique striated concrete towers and includes terrazzo floors, huge glass walls and windows, skylights, master suite with office/sitting inside one of the towers, and the sunken living room's stunning concrete and brick fireplace (the striated concrete throughout adds an extra special Brutalist touch!). There's also a ginormous 36' x 19' lower level rec room with polished concrete floors and views of the pretty grounds. While we investigate the legality of marrying a house (?), go ahead and take a closer look at our beloved here

Friday, August 21, 2015

Foreign Intrigue Friday: Above the Surf in Rio de Janeiro

A secluded neighborhood set on a green hillside above the Atlantic, Joá is the Beverly Hills of Rio De Janeiro: exclusive, quiet, mostly residential and very pricey. On the market for $2.2 million, this nearly 5000 square foot sleek contemporary there—with 4 en suite bedrooms, decks, garden, pool and a 2 bedroom caretaker's house—is hardly the most expensive in the area, but may be the best deal. We love the open floor plan, organic surfaces (marble, tile, wood), and especially the glass walls open to the stunning ocean views and salt-tinged breezes. In a city teeming with over 6 million souls (which doubles during Carnival and may triple for the 2016 Olympics), this home truly serves as a personal sanctuary. Perhaps...yours? Take a closer look at it here