Tuesday, July 22, 2014

View to a Thrill: Lookout Mountain, Georgia

You know those signs you see while road tripping anywhere below the Mason Dixon Line and east of the Mississippi that say "See Rock City"? Well, this historic estate is just a shout away from the famous tourist attraction, as the property is in and on Lookout Mountain (it's both a tiny city of under 2000 people and an actual mountain), which sits on the border of Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia with drop dead vistas of all 3 states. Built in 1927, the 10,000 square foot (!) stone Tudor has 5 beds, 6 full- and 3 half-baths and so many luxe features we don't know where to begin. But we'll try: bowed leaded glass windows, burnished hardwood floors, roaring fireplaces, ornate millwork, grand winding staircase, beamed ceilings, first-rate kitchen with butler's pantry, and a marble master bath that could house a family of five. The $2.99 million price tag includes what could be the loveliest 3 acres we've ever witnessed at icouldbehappy, full of  gardens, pool, patios, walkways, gazebo and killer views (literally: our acrophobia could result in cardiac arrest, but we'd die happy!). We demand you take a closer look at it all here

Sitting Pretty in Oregon's "Cherry City"

Though this home was apparently built in 1951 and is described as a "mid-century" in the realtor copy, those sexy, curving walls and glass block accents are definitely hallmarks of streamline/deco style. Not that it really matters—this roomy 5200 square foot 5 bed/3.5 bath home in Oregon's gorgeous capital city of Salem (dubbed "Cherry City" for its prodigious production of our very favorite fruit) had us at "hullo!" We're digging its gleaming hardwood floors, multiple fireplaces, updated kitchen, awesome 2nd floor porch, built-ins, exposed wood framing throughout, and verdant views. Asking $490K, the home is close to several highly rated schools, the Salem Golf Club and 900 acre Minto-Brown Island Park, not to mention the spectacular Oregon coast, the Cascades and Portland (all less than an hour away). See more of the house we're positive would make us happy here

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mid-Century Modern Monday: Northern CA Eichler

Less than 30 miles east of San Francisco in the gorgeous San Ramon Valley, the affluent Alamo 'burb is known for its large, private residential lots, many over an acre. This exceptional 4050 square foot home there, a 1959 Eichler original, includes 7+ acres with pool, garden, patios, lawn, de rigeur chicken coop (producing one's own frittata ingredients is so chic) and seriously astounding views. Asking $1.7 million, the 3 bed/3.5 bath home, which is entered through private gates, has high, wood-clad ceilings, cool tile floors, walls of glass throughout and 3 fireplaces including a wood-burning one in the large, open living/dining room. Extras include an office with built-ins, a fish filled pond just outside the dining room and close proximity to fab Round Hill Country Club (hello there, 72 par golf course, 15 tennis courts and 4 pool aquatics center!). What more could anyone want? Take a closer look here

Mid-Century Modern Monday: Pedigreed in Ann Arbor, MI

Fun fact: Ann Arbor was just named the best city in the U.S. for swimming, due to the fact that the University of Michigan has won 12 men's NCAA swimming titles and that more than 60 Olympic swimmers have hailed from here. It's also a stronghold of mid-century modern architecture, which you can easily see via this swinging 1957 beauty. Designed by innovative local Robert Metcalf (90 years old and still ticking!), the 4 bed/2.5 bath ranch is a compact 1400 square feet with vaulted ceilings, tile and parquet floors, skylight, brick fireplaces, updated kitchen and baths, back deck, groovy carport and large yard on .6 acre lot (enough room for your own pool!). $499K is a great price, especially considering that home prices in the area average over $700K. See more here

Friday, July 18, 2014

Foreign Intrigue Friday: British Virgin Islands Paradise

This crazy-beautiful property, dubbed Toad Hall for reasons unknown, lies on the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands' Virgin Gorda, home to an unusual geologic formation called The Baths. Ginormous granite boulders are scattered on the beach and in the water here, forming stunning natural grottoes that have to be seen to be believed. Priced at $6 million, the 4 bed/4 bath home consists of 3 separate bedroom pavilions (all with baths and outdoor showers) which are linked by pathways to a large great room and kitchen with a spectacular curve-roofed indoor-outdoor living-dining room. The property, the only one in the area with private access to Baths beach (via wooden walkways) encompasses an whopping 5.4 acres and includes one beauty of a pool: carved out of those boulders with its own cave and waterfall. We'd totally sell our soul (or a close relative's) to the devil for this property—see why here

Foreign Intrigue Friday: Languedoc-Roussillon or Bust!

Don't blame us for being back in France—blame this fabulous stone home, nicely renovated and with a pool to boot, which is on the market for around $445K. Located in the green hills of the country's southern Languedoc-Roussillon region, it's close to several picturesque medieval villages like Bedarieux and Lodeve, and just an hour from Mediterranean beaches. The 2000 square foot 4 bed/3 bath house, sitting on a quarter acre with two terraces and fruit trees, has loads of things we love: beamed ceilings, stone and tile floors, large fireplace, formal dining room, and modern kitchen. While we search Craigslist for a French tutor, take a closer look here

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The House That Mr. Magoo Built

Despite receiving an Oscar nomination for writing the screenplay for 1955's Bad Day at Black Rock , Millard Kaufman is best remembered as the co-creator of Mr. Magoo, the animated exploits of a lovably near-sighted elderly gent. And judging from this splendid California contemporary that Kaufman had built in 1949, we'd say the old dude's adventures were pretty lucrative! Perched on a tree-enveloped .3 acre lot in the far reaches of the Hollywood Hills, the 2500 square foot 3 bed/2.5 bath home boasts lush landscaping, from the bamboo stands surrounding the pool to the many patios, lawn and seating areas surrounded by greenery. Asking $2.3 million, the interiors are bright and warm, with an open floor plan, burnished wood walls and floors, large state-of-the-art kitchen and wireless i-Phone compatible sound system throughout. We love that the entire downstairs is devoted to the master suite, complete with its own deck and walls of windows framing twinkling city lights. Sweet! Take a closer look here

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Island Living—RHODE Island, That is!

Just 12 miles off the coast of Rhode island, exclusive Block Island is famed as much for what it doesn't have (over-crowded beaches, loads of commercial development, traffic lights), as what it does have (miles of unspoiled beaches, 365 freshwater ponds, the best seafood on the entire eastern coast). It also has some seriously pricey real estate—Taylor Swift paid $17 million for a place here last year—so the $4.7 million price tag on this handsome shingled contemporary is hardly shocking. Built in 2011, the 3600 square foot 4 bed/3.5 bath home, which was built to green standards, sits high on a 4+ acre parcel overlooking the Atlantic and includes things like a massive Great Room with walls of glass leading out to a large bluestone patio and infinity pool. We're also thrilled to report the presence of a separate guest suite complete with its own deck and cedar hot tub. (Why, you won't even know we're there!) You know you want to, so take a closer look at it all here

Deal of the Day: UNDER $100K in the Lone Star State

We're obsessed with HGTV's Fixer Upper, a series set in the Waco, Texas area that stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, a charming, mad-talented couple who, natch, fix up crazily inexpensive local homes and turn them into amazing properties on a budget (he's the contractor, she's the decorator; take a peek at their website here). After a binge-watching marathon, we went shopping in the area, seeing if we could find something adorable and not crack $100k. Naturally, we crushed it: built in 1940 and located on a quarter acre lot in the quiet, residential neighborhood of Dean-Highlands (west of downtown and east of Lake Waco), the 3 bed/1 bath home has updates galore—new HVAC, wiring, tile work and kitchen counters—plus original details like arched doorways, french doors, and wainscoting. The $97.5K asking price means you'll have enough left over to hire Joanna Gaines to decorate the place. See the possibilities here

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Spectacular 40 Acre Compound in Bigfork, Montana

Frankly, this $2.7 million property may be the bargain of the week if not the month. Consider that's what you'd pay for a 3 bedroom in Manhattan, here's what you'll get in northwestern Montana: 40 acres of rich land nestled between glorious Flathead National Forest on one side and the sparkling waters of Flathead Lake (the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi) on the other. A revamped main house, three cabins, and three bunkhouses—all unbelievably charming yet up to date—for a total of 9 beds/8 baths. Numerous other buildings, including a barns, workshops, and a ginormous, state of the art gym with such insanely gorgeous views that even we'd start working out. All told, Broken Leg Ranch, which dates back to the 1930s, has 11,000 square feet of living spaces—more than enough room for even the ever-expanding Kardashian clan. Not that the folks in Big Fork would ever allow them to set foot in their surprisingly sophisticated town (think of it like the Woodstock of the West—lots of artists, art galleries and great restaurants). So: who wants to move to Montana with us? Take a closer look at the property here