Thursday, February 26, 2015

'Shroom With a View: Iconic House Up For Grabs

Fun fact: A designated National Landmark, the upstate New York residence known as the Mushroom House wasn't actually inspired by the fungus form, but by Queen Anne's lace flowers. Built in 1971 near the town of Perinton, it was designed by esteemed local architect James Johnson—still kicking at 82!—whose distinctive design using earth forms and sand molding can be seen in every inch of the extraordinary 3 bed/3 bath 4100+ square foot home. Johnson designed a seamless addition in 2001, which is linked to the main house via a path of the same hand-painted tiles seen throughout the home and which were made by original owner, artist Marguerite Antell. Perched on a tree-shrouded 1.2 acre lot with a stream, pond and several patios, the house is adjacent to gorgeous Powder Mills Park, a favorite destination for cross-country skiers, hikers, sledders, and fishing enthusiasts. $729K seems more than fair to us—see if you agree by taking a closer look at this amazing property here

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Wednesday Wow: Modern in Miami

The endless winter of 2015 has us turning once again to less frosty states like Florida, where Miami temps are 82 degrees today (and 87 tomorrow, sob!). Located just south of Coral Gables—and 25 minutes from downtown—not only was this 4 bed/2.5 bath home built in 1977 (you know how we luv a good 70s house), but it sits on a .4 acre lot on a cul de sac, surrounded by mature trees, tropical landscaping and has...drum roll please...a solar-heated pool! For $769K, you'll get 4300 square feet of nicely updated interiors with features like hardwood floors, high ceilings (15 feet in some spots), a huge floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace, fancy kitchen with high end appliances, and a roomy master suite with two walk-in closets (cuz sharing is so last century). Great schools are within walking distance and shopping meccas Dadeland Mall (hello, Saks and Nordstrom!) and the Falls (everything from Brooks Brothers to Williams-Sonoma) are a short drive. Take a closer look at all the loveliness here

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Legolas Slept Here!: Orlando Bloom's Tribeca Loft

Less than a year after purchasing it, Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom has put his 2500 square foot lower Manhattan loft on the market for $5.495 million (he paid $4.75). We have no idea why he's looking to leave, but let's just say we wouldn't be surprised if he's over the bevy of paparazzi at the front door of the Franklin Street digs (the circa 1892 Sugar Loaf Building), who are there to document every waking moment of upstairs neighbor Taylor Swift. Or maybe he's tired of squeezing into the elevator with the "Welcome to New York" singer's coterie of famous besties (Karlie Kloss, Lena Dunham, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Sam Smith, etc). Or perhaps Miss Swift's pampered felines sound like a herd of horses running back and forth across his ceiling. At any rate, his 3 bed/2.5 authentic loft would make a fine home for most of us with 11 ginormous casement windows, original steel columns, high wood-beamed ceilings, brick walls and wood-burning fireplace, along with gourmet kitchen and sumptuous baths. And who knows—if you play your cards right, you might just end up baking cookies (no, that's not a metaphor) with the skinny girl upstairs. See more of the condo here

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mid-Century Modern Monday #1: Paradise Valley AZ

The first of our two—cuz we wanted to double your pleasure!—mid-century offerings today is this divine splurge in the exclusive Paradise Valley area just north of Scottsdale and Phoenix. Built in 1964, the 3500 square foot home was designed by local architect George Schoneberger (long admired for his 22 story Regency Towers, a 118 unit condo building also built in 1964; we also love his newly refurbished Editha House, which now houses families of cancer patients undergoing treatments in nearby hospitals) and has 4 beds/3 baths, including separate 1 bed/1 bath guest quarters. Asking $1.495 million, the home dazzles with unusual aggregated concrete walls both indoors and out (the pillars and half walls around the dining areas are favorites); soaring, vaulted wood ceilings; river rock fireplaces; and large-pieced indoor/outdoor flagstone floors and patios. The 1.3 acre grounds feature a handsome pool, spa and bath house, elegant desert landscaping, and jealousy-inducing (to us, anyway) views of the Camelback Mountains and city skyline. Bottom line: this one-of-a-kind home deserves your deep admiration and attention, so give it here!

Mid-Century Modern Monday #2: Charlotte, NC Bargain

How does an updated 3 bed/1.5 bath '50s ranch house on a third of an acre just around the corner from a gorgeous nature preserve sound? Pretty intriguing, eh? And what if we then revealed that it's a mere five minutes to uptown, has taxes under $2K and is on the market for $169.9K? You're probably dialing moving companies! And we wouldn't blame you: located in the gentrified Eastway-Sheffield Park neighborhood just southwest of downtown, the cozy 1200 square foot home has hardwood floors, large windows, beamed ceilings, new bath and kitchen with stainless appliances, custom cabinetry and quartz counters, plus a lovely screened-in porch and fenced yard. Verdant 77 acre Evergreen Nature Preserve, a major stopping point for migratory birds, is just steps away as is Sheffied Park itself. This property can't last long, so take a closer look here while you can.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Foreign Intrigue Friday: Seaside in Old Morocco

With a year-round climate like Southern California's, the Moroccan city of Essaouira is looking especially good to us right about now (this morning's temps were below hit minus zero and we've been wearing socks to bed for the last month). Located alongside the Atlantic on the western coast, this pretty port town is far more laid back than Marrakesh with a peaceful harbor, old blue fishing boats (sardines and eels are the big catch here), and wide sandy beaches popular for wind- and kitesurfing (the winds are wicked fast). Inside the old town's fortified walls, however, are the narrow alleys, riads, and souks you'd expect. And if all this sounds as awesome to you as it does to us, we suggest you think about snapping up this gorgeous 5 bedroom stone house in the area, on the market for around $647.5K. The realtor gives scant few details but we can tell you that the interiors look top notch with high ceilings, tile floors, industrial style windows, and that it sits on over 3 acres of gorgeously landscaped grounds, which includes olive trees and a large pool and patio area. Now, instead of braving the weather outside your front door, why not stay inside and take a closer look at this splendid home here

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Thursday Thaw: Hooray for Hollywood!

With the Oscars just a few days away, we went in search of a pad in Los Angeles—somewhere hidden yet close to the action, small but with enough room for a guest bed and bath, with a few outdoor spaces for entertaining and even a pool, and, lastly, with some historic charm but nicely updated. And guess what? Nailed it! (please, as if we wouldn't): perched in the swirl of streets just above Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood and surrounded by lush greenery, this 1800 foot square Spanish style home has 2 beds/2 baths and pretty features like burnished hardwood floors, casement windows and doors, cozy living room fireplace and several outdoor "rooms" (we counted 5) along with a compact but refreshing pool. Built in 1938, there's no garage, but there is parking for 2 cars, a snazzy kitchen with top notch appliances and french doors leading out to a patio, custom cabinetry and walk-in closets and views of the city's famous grid of twinkling lights below (sometimes you can even see the Pacific).  $1.599 million asking price comes with quick access to hot spots like Sunset Tower (where Jennifer Aniston and bff Chelsea Handler hang) and dozens of chi-chi shops where you're bound to run into a Real Housewife or CW star. See more of this sweet dream here

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Get Your Sleek On In This Seventies Modern

We find it nearly impossible to resist a clean and classy 70s pad, so we didn't even try to distance ourselves from this one. Situated on a .33 acre lot just northwest of thriving Raleigh, North Carolina—#1 on Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers—the updated 2300 square foot house had us at "hola!" with that luscious, lemon-hued double front door and charcoal shingled exterior. Inside the exceptionally bright 3 bed/2 bath home, we're loving blonde hardwood floors, snazzy open kitchen with stone counters and stainless appliances, and windows as high as 18 feet. (A shout-out for the awesome stair/hallway carpeting—could that be Stark's antelope print?!) The $479.3K asking price gives you quick access to things like the North Carolina Museum of Art, fancy Carolina Country Club and scenic House Creek Greenway Trail, plus coveted institutions of learning like Lacy Elementary and Martin Middle School. Thus, there's no reason for you NOT to put on some velvet bell bottoms or a polyester print shirt and see more of this 1973 beauty here!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Magical Mississippi Queen Fit For Modern Monarchy

Home to both the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University, the city of Hattiesburg is well-located as it's less than 100 miles from the state capital of Jackson, the Gulf Coast, Mobile (Alabama) and New Orleans. Particularly beautiful is the city's downtown Historic Neighborhood District, where we just happened upon this spectacular 1895 mansion, on the market for a very reasonable $424.5K. Neoclassic on the outside and Queen Anne with a touch of Arts & Crafts on the inside, the 5300+ square foot home has 5 beds/4 baths and a plethora of sumptuous vintage details including 9 fireplaces, pocket doors, ceilings of 12 and 15 feet, hand painted murals and walls, rich mahogany woodwork, plus beveled-, stained- and leaded glass throughout. Added plus: everything the city has to offer, from the historic train station to charming shops (we like Calico Mall's dizzying array of well priced antiques) and restaurants (Depot Coffee House & Bistro not only has excellent joe and pastries, but their provolone grilled cheese with lump crab and tomato-basil soup are renowned!) are within walking distance. Admittedly, you may have to arm-wrestle us for this one, but go ahead and take a closer look at this gorgeous home here

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mid-Century Modern Monday: Presidents Day Edition!

In honor of the holiday, we scoured Washington D.C. for a mid-century modern masterpiece fit for a post- or pre- presidential palace; while we couldn't find a classic model, this interesting 1954 stone and glass contemporary makes a fine compromise. Located in the fancy Spring Valley neighborhood—home to several current ambassadors and where both Lyndon Johnson and George H.W. Bush lived before being sworn in—the ample 8000 square foot home has 6 beds/5.5 baths plus extras like a media room, artists' studio, 4 fireplaces, and one very groovy indoor pool. It also has mid-century characteristics like an open, airy floor plan, custom wood walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the leafy quarter acre lot. The $4.99 million asking price (hardly shocking, as the median asking price here is around $3 million) includes access to excellent schools as well as American University. So: when you're not taking yet another nap, binge-watching Empire (Taraji P. Henson is amazing!), and/or inhaling bargain-priced bags of Valentine's chocolates (is that just us?) during this national holiday, please take a moment to see more of this extraordinary house here