Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Down the Bargain Path: Lovely Lakeside Victorian

Perched on the shores of Lake Michigan, the quaint town of Charlevoix is the kind of place where the locals turn up en masse on the Thursday before Memorial Day to plant some 60,000 petunias up and down Main Street. A popular summer destination since the late 19th century, it's a draw for boaters, swimmers, water skiers, fishermen and anyone with a yen for the great outdoors. Gently priced at $239K, this 3 bed/2 bath Victorian is most excellently located: across the street from Charlevoix's library, a block from the beach, and a tad more to shops and restaurants (hit Smoke on the Water for bbq and Sunday brunch featuring things like brisket hash and sour cream pancakes). The 1850 square foot home has fantastic curb appeal (flower-filled window boxes, hanging planters, sequestered front porch, shaded brick patio), and an updated, charm-filled interior (tongue and groove ceilings, hardwood floors, modern kitchen with stone counters). At this price, you may have to arm wrestle us for this one. We're just sayin.' Take a closer look at this bargain HERE

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mid-Century Modern Monday: Pedigreed in Palm Springs!

Designed by renowned Mid-Century Modern architect William Cody (the patterned concrete block and cantilevered roof overhangs are signatures) and developed by famed builder Paul Trousdale (the same guy behind L.A.'s fashionable Trousdale Estates), the 37 units of Palm Springs' Racquet Club Garden Villas are highly coveted by architecture enthusiasts. On the market for $499K, this 2 bed/2 bath unit is unique in that it's where Trousdale himself lived during the years of construction and because it's the only condo to have a private pool. The nearly 1100 square foot home not only features top notch finishes (just take a gander at the luxe-y kitchen and baths) and 3 patios of its own, but comes fully—and beautifully, we must add!—furnished. (Thus, everything from the nifty blue velvet living room chairs to the over-dyed Moroccan style bedroom rug to the 2 colorful Modfire outdoor fireplaces are yours to keep). The Villas' gated grounds include extra-lush plantings, pebbled pathways, an honest-to-God babbling brook and one of Palm Springs' most magnificent pools. We'd be positively delirious to call this place home—et tu? Take a closer look HERE and then decide for yourself.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Foreign Intrigue Friday: Canalside in Rotterdam

One of the most multicultural cities on the planet with over 160 nationalities represented (and a Moroccan mayor, to boot), Rotterdam is also famed for its eclectic architecture (Rem Koolhaas is based here), thriving nightlife scene, and deep love of soccer (it has 3 professional teams). Located a few miles east of the city center, this family-friendly but sophisticated wood-clad contemporary features an open floor plan with windowed walls throughout, wood and tile floors, eye-catching staircase with notched treads and a master suite with loads of built-ins in both the bedroom and bath (we're also mad for the turquoise tiled second bathroom). In addition to the 4 bed/2 bath main house, there's a detached studio on the property with a 650 square foot studio/guest annex, perfect for the in-laws, college-age offspring or just as an escape from the previously mentioned! Asking $1.688 million (the Netherlands is notoriously pricey), the home's exterior spaces are especially lovely—in addition to dining and lounging decks and terraces, the verdant lot includes a flat lawn, mature plantings and pebble pathways plus quick access to a tranquil canal. Fun fact: while the home is privately situated—surrounded by trees and hidden behind electric gates—it's also just a few minutes from a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise and a renowned roller disco mecca (Skate Fever)! What more could you want? Take a closer look at this remarkable home HERE

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-PyrenĂ©es 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