Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Urban Cowboy: Vintage Charm in Hipster Nashville

The Nashville real estate market shows no signs of slowing down, and though longtime locals fault the multitudes from California for driving up prices, at the end of the day, the blame game is about as useful as a screen door on a submarine! (Confession: we had to find an excuse to use one of our favorite southern expressions.) So while this stylin' bungalow just south of downtown would probably have cost half of its current price a decade ago, its beauty, updates and location still make it tempting. On the market for $849.9K, the nearly 100 year old 4 bed/3 bath home has been tastefully reno'd and revamped resulting in bright but warm interiors that mix modern touches with original features. Thus, burnished hardwood floors, thick moldings, french doors and a living room fireplace surrounded by built-ins co-exist with central a/c, updated kitchen with steel appliances and stone counters, and newer baths including a master with double sinks, shower and separate, jetted tub. The absence of a garage might be a problem for some, but there's a driveway and plenty of room to build one on the over-sized, .5 acre lot which includes a large, fenced yard with tiered lawn and the same pretty rock wall that graces the front of the home. All in all, we must say, this is the kind of property that dills our pickle (re: we like it!)—see why by taking a closer look at it HERE

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mid-Century Modern Monday: History & Perfection

Question: what's 75 miles southwest of New York City, 35 miles north of Philadelphia and just a stone's throw from the banks of the Delaware River? Give up? Why, it's this remarkable 4 bed/3 bath 1960 contemporary stunner, of course! Resting on nearly an acre of greenery on the New Jersey side in Mercer County (Pennsylvania's posh Bucks County is on the other side), the 3000 square foot home had us at first sight with its low-pitched loveliness and excellent landscaping, and our admiration only deepened after crossing the threshold. Terrazzo floors, wood walls, built-in planters, stacked stone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, unusual room dividers and a snazzy sunken living room are a sight for MCM enthusiasts. On the market for a so-worth-it $775K, the home also includes some tasteful updates, like the luxe-y kitchen and baths as well as the gorgeous and ginormous back deck. The quaint town of Titusville, on the National Register of Historic Places, is just down the road, as is 800 acre Washington Crossing Park, the sight where George Washington famously crossed the icy Delaware (the event is re-enacted each Christmas). We can't imagine this one won't be scooped up soon, so take a look while you still can HERE

Friday, August 19, 2016

Foreign Intrigue Friday: Cottage on the Dalmatian Coast

One of 7 connecting 15th century villages along a stretch of the Adriatic between the cities of Trogir and Split in southern Croatia, Kastel Kambelovac boasts marvelous beaches, splendid medieval churches and chapels, and miles of well-trodden hiking paths through the surrounding hills. In other words, it's a great place to have a second (or primary) home—and, yes, even those of you on a tight budget can afford today's offering: a compact but perfectly functional 1 bed/1 bath traditional cottage on the market for a smidge over...wait for it...$75K! The darling 400 square foot home, which features stone walls and blue shutters, has a small kitchen, living and dining areas downstairs, with a spiral staircase leading to the beamed bedroom and super modern bathroom (we also spy one of our favorite things: a ductless a/c unit!). Located in the old part of town, shops, cafes and the beach are literally just yards away (math is not our strong suit, but, according to our estimations, your toes can reach the water in about 200 yards). See more of your new vacation home HERE

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An Old Sweet House Keeps Georgia on Our Mind

We recently received an email from a family member who was passing through Savannah that read "Finally get it—this town is great!" Well, duuuuh, dude! Most people know that this sultry southern city is one of America's—and the world's—most beautiful, with its 20 verdant city squares, historic homes and splendid riverfront. Living here doesn't come cheaply, which is why we're so excited that this charm-filled, nearly 100 year old 4 bed/3 bath clapboard there is on the market for a reasonable $495K. Perched behind a vintage iron fence, the two story home has the kind of wrap around front porch that sweet tea and a rocking chair is made for (and, yes, we did just dangle a participle). Inside the 3000 square foot home you'll find high ceilings, hardwood floors, thick moldings, 5 fireplaces, pocket doors and lots of updates like the country style kitchen with pricey appliances. Located in the Victorian District, the property is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and schools. Naturally, we have recommendations!: head to Back in the Day Bakery in the a.m. for excellent coffee, flaky biscuits, scones, and baked goods like strawberry lemon pie, then hit Narobia's Grits & Gravy later in the day for amazing soul food like smothered shrimp and grits. In between, check out 37th@Abercorn Antiques for vintages finds, from furniture to jewelry. Now, without further adieu, we bid you take a closer look at this awesome house HERE

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mid-Century Modern Monday: Bold & Blissful 1961 Beauty

Over half a century ago, Anna Campbell and hubby Robert Bliss formed an architecture firm (appropriately called Bliss & Campbell) in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area and designed several stunning MCM residences before relocating to Utah in 1963 (where Anna, who later became an artist, passed away just last year). This extraordinary 3150 square foot home, located in the posh Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis, was one of their finest collaborations. Built in 1961, the 3 bed/2.5 bath single story home is composed of pale ceramic bricks, which carry into the home's super-bright interiors, which feature wood and tile floors, glass walls, two fireplaces, and a huge circular skylight. The $2.3 million asking price includes updates like a super fancy master bath and a name-dropping kitchen (Miele! SubZero! Wolf!), along with a tree-ringed .87 acre lot that includes gardens, patio, and terrace. Lush 33 acre Kenwood Park is just around the corner, the renowned Blake School is just down the road, and places like Cedar Lake Park and the famed Walker Art Center are nearby. If you like beautiful things, take a closer look at this home HERE

Friday, August 12, 2016

Foreign Intrigue Friday: Picturesque French Village House

Today's Mini History Lesson: founded in the 12th century when a fortified castle was built to defend the region from scary ol' Richard the Lionheart, Montaigu de Quercy is a sweet, picturesque village in the Midi-Pyrenées region of southwest France with a supermarket, cafes, shops and a lively Saturday farmer's market. Summer finds everyone down by the village's lake, swimming, boating or just hanging on its sandy beaches. And if this sounds like your kind of place, we strongly suggest this captivating 3 bed/1 bath stone townhouse there, on the market for just—drum roll, please—$132.5K! Dating back to around 1860, the nicely renovated 1400+ square foot home has newer things like a small but updated kitchen (hello, dishwasher!) and a shiny red wood-burning stove in the living room, along with original features such as exposed beam ceilings, built-ins, curvy, iron-railed staircase and those lovely, full-length window-doors that only seem to exist in France. Surrounded by gently rolling hills and scads of beautiful medieval villages like Pujois and Penn d'Agenais, Montaigu de Quercy is just over an hour to the Toulouse airport...and just a phone call to the bank from being yours! While you wait for the paperwork to clear, take a closer look at this darling house HERE

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Salty 'N Sweet: Vintage Coastal Farmhouse in Maine

Are you exhausted by your daily commute? Beaten down by the constant noise and crowds of the city? Filled with vague ennui because you lack access to nature? Hey, we've got you covered—and at an excellent price, to boot! On the market for $298.5K, this darling 2700 square foot Victorian is located in Searsport, a quiet, quaint coastal town in Maine along Penobscot Bay. Built in the mid-19th century, the 3 bed/2 bath farmhouse originally belonged to a sea captain (note: Searsport was known as the Home of Sea Captains back then) and while it has obviously seen many updates since then, it retains some lovely vintage charms such as working fireplaces, built-ins, moldings and hardwood floors. We especially love that made-for-rockin' (chairs) front porch, wood clad kitchen ceiling and large attached barn, not to mention the home's close proximity to both rocky beaches and historic downtown's antiques shops and cafes. Speaking of which: we recommend frequent trips to the Coastal Cafe and Bakery, where specialties like blueberry and ginger scones, baked french toast and the perfect reuben sandwich will ensure your frequent patronage. While we go raid the fridge, take a closer look at this house HERE

Monday, August 8, 2016

Mid-Century Modern Monday: Valley Pearl (Like, Totally!)

Located just a half hour northwest of downtown Los Angeles in the suburban sprawl of the San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys has a diverse, young population who like the area's more affordable prices more than they mind rush hour traffic. But like everything within driving distance of El Lay, prices are still rising. Take this mint-hued post and beam, conveniently located a few blocks east of main drag Sepulveda, which has just hit the market with a $799K asking price. While it's a little high for Van Nuys, it's still about half of what you'd pay in the city and has 1650 square feet of restored and original living spaces to recommend it. Built in 1957, the 2 bed/2 bath home has all the mid-century charms you could ask for: atrium courtyard, entrance water feature (very feng shui!), vaulted ceilings, clerestory windows, built-ins galore, open floor plan and brick fireplace. Props to the swingin' carport with tons of storage, the exotic plantings tucked around the home's perimeter, and the kitchen's original wood cabinetry with see through shelving. Added bonus: it's a short walk to Balboa Park's 80 acres of tranquility. This won't last, so hurry and take a closer look at this house HERE

Friday, August 5, 2016

Foreign Intrigue Friday: In the Land of Puffins!

Today we've journeyed to the land of volcanoes, puffins, geothermal springs and Björk—hello, Iceland!—to bring you a wild, well-priced cottage in an idyllic village. Located where the salmon-rich Blanda River meets the icy North Sea, picturesque Blönduós may only have a year-round population of around 1000, but the well-visited town boasts a famous textile museum, exhibition center, hospital, community swimming pool and sports center, a handful of hotels and b&b's and several cafes and restaurants. This quirky 4 bed/2 bath home there, dating back to the late 1800s but rebuilt 17 years ago, owes its uniqueness to the woodcarver who's lived here for many years. Note the hand-whittled designs on everything from the front door to the ceiling beams, window frames to staircases, cabinets to furniture. There's a lovely garden area and magnificent views of the ocean and the surrounding village. A price tag of approximately $207K makes it an affordable getaway, investment property or, best of all, year-round homestead. See this uncommon gem HERE

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Perfect for a Beauteous Bachelorette and Her Fast Fiancé

Although we've never watched "The Bachelorette," avoiding the genetically blessed JoJo and Jordan has been nearly impossible, especially over the past 36 hours and the kickoff of their Betrothal Media Blitz. While hearing what they binge-watch together ("Bates Motel") and like to eat (he: Lucky Charms cereal; she: refried beans) is positively fascinating, what really caught our attention was when they revealed that they're moving to Dallas, Texas. At last—something we care about! Thus, we went house-hunting for the sure-to-make-it-to-the-altar couple and came up with this handsomely updated 1930s Spanish Colonial in the city's well-heeled Highland Park neighborhood. Priced at $1.75 million (and that's without a pool!), the 4 bed/4.5 bath home has 3700 square feet of gorgeousness, including two fireplaces (one in the master suite), french doors throughout, a 2nd story front porch, stone archways and jewel-toned stair risers. (Note: While the home's artwork is a disappointment, we'd negotiate for some of the furnishings, such as the on-trend lucite tables, pair of cheetah-covered chairs and those jazzy jade twin beds in the kids' room.) Bonuses: there are excellent schools nearby as well as an all-important Whole Foods! Actually, the more we think about it, the more we suspect this home is probably too good for the Terribly Well-Coiffed Couple; but maybe it's perfect for you? Take a closer look HERE