- Zillow at Spaces2 days ago
Plenty of homes in Los Angeles have swimming pools, history and glamour, but few have a story like this one.
Built in 1913 in the stately Hancock Park neighborhood, the home at 455 Lorraine Blvd. has had so many presidents for house guests that it carries the nickname "The Western White House."
Arts philanthropist Dorothy Chandler held fundraisers in the lavish music room in the 1950s and ’60s. Her campaign to save the Hollywood Bowl landed her on the cover of Time. She and her husband, Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler, named the property Los Tiempos, after the paper.
Such a dignified beginning is a long way from where the story ended up — with the landmark home in foreclosure, for lease and listedfor sale after years of litigation and a controversial turn on reality TV.
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces2 days ago
Milan Design Week just wrapped up, packed with pieces as diverse as a solar-powered parasol, rabbit-fur wallpaper, a fully functional kitchen that unfurls from a smooth pillar (along with all manner of transforming furniture) and so much more.
But one of the most inspiring sections of "iSaloni" -- not just the thousands of fair exhibitors who showed at the 2014 Salone del Mobile (furniture), EuroCucina (kitchen) and the Salone del Bagno (bath), but also the hundreds of events scattered from across the city of Milan -- was SaloneSatellite, showcasing designers younger than 35. Their contributions were less about luxury than about simplicity, beauty and utility, which was refreshing amid all the opulence.
- Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces3 days ago
Imagine an urban parking garage, emptied of its cars and filled instead with dozens of parking-spot-size homes.
It’s the vision of a group of more than 80 students, alumni and educators from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. They have been experimenting with these car-sized homes, called SCADpads, that could be plunked into any parking garage and instantly provide housing in overpriced downtown areas of major cities. The units are prototypes for urban housing, but students will live in them first to test out the concept.
“We’re targeting decks built in the middle of the 20th century, located in the heart of a city,” says Christian Sottile, dean of the school of building arts at SCAD. “Many of these were built as fallout shelters and will basically be there until the end of time.”
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces12 days ago
You've heard it a million times: No home project delivers bang for the buck as effectively as painting.
These design bloggers took that truism and ran with it. They were challenged to use a color as their focus for a single DIY project, ranging from a simple transformation of an accent piece to full-room makeovers. In the makeover category -- our favorite -- you'll find approaches that range from bold stripes to an ethereal lilac, plus one especially lucky little girl's bed-nook-turned-playhouse.
The before-and-afters were inspired by National Painting Week, launched a few years ago by Sherwin-Williams, which coordinated this blogger campaign.
Fully three-quarters of homeowners admit they've got a space in their home in need of painting -- and nearly half of homeowners are planning to tackle the problem in the next six months. If you're one of them, maybe these bloggers' results will provide the motivation you need.
- Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces16 days ago
In a small apartment in the modern center of Amsterdam, Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse parties like it’s 1938.
The owner of a historical consultancy company, Teeuwisse, 41, lives her work, forgoing most modern belongings and conveniences of the 21st century in favor of a life straight out of the 1930s.
“The only modern thing I have in my house is my computer; I need it for my work,” she said. “I also have a modern fridge, but only because I haven’t found a nice 1930s one yet and they no longer deliver ice for ice boxes.”
Teeuwisse’s obsession with the era began when she was a little girl growing up in the 1970s. She was surrounded by the decade’s aesthetic and thought, even then, that the style was, well, ugly. To find something more pleasing to her eye, she began collecting old things, first from the 1950s, then earlier as she explored history.
Building dates back to 1918
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces16 days ago
We knew we had a gem on our hands when we read the usually dry real estate description:
"Absolutely dyno-mite pad with groovy vibes -- this never before seen generational home is a true prize in the Cracker Jack box of L.A. real estate."
After our friends at the Curbed L.A. real estate blog made this fabulous find, Yahoo Homes talked to Hughes Estate Sales, which gave us a preview of items from the home that it will be offering on April 11 and 12 (click here to see the gallery; the items pictured at the end of the slideshow, after the historical photos, will be for sale). Hughes made sure we also knew the home's backstory, first reported by the wonderful Retro Renovation blog -- a tale that explains why the home seems to practically "vibrate with love."
- Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces16 days ago
It's no secret that everyone wants to save money on cable.
Whenever Yahoo Homes posts a story (this one, or this one, or this one) offering advice on saving money on monthly bills, readers chime in with thousands of comments on how they were able to jump hurdles, dodge denials and eventually win a discount from their cable providers.
They’ve been there, done that and have the savings to prove it.
We’ve culled a few themes and choice pieces of advice that our readers have to offer. Please feel free to add more in the comments to this story, too!
1. Begin the conversation with cancellation.
Yahoo user kevinh recommended calling your cable provider and canceling your service as soon as you’ve been charged for the upcoming month. Then, just sit and wait for the company to call you back.
"[When] they call you back, you will not be contacted by a customer service rep ... [you] will be contacted by customer retention," kevinh wrote, and this department will have much better deals to offer to keep your business.
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces17 days ago
England's Shakenhurst Estate, old enough to merit a mention in William the Conqueror's thousand-year-old "Domesday Book" property survey, just became that most modern of real estate phenomena: a flip.
The Meysey family owned it from 1349 until the 2008 death of the manor's last Meysey custodian, an artist who worked on the Pink Floyd film "The Wall," died in 2008. Her children listed it at 12 million pounds, and the estate sold in 2010 to renovators -- who put it back on the market last year for 16 million pounds (nearly $27 million at today's exchange rates).
The Staddons, an English family that has been in farming for many generations, bought the 1,324-acre property, the real estate agency Knight Frank just recently announced.
The estate consists of the 12-bedroom Shakenhurst Hall (rebuilt in the late 1700s "around an Elizabethan core," says Knight Frank) plus 15 farmhouses and cottages, as well as miles of trout fishing along the River Rea and what Knight Frank calls an "excellent high bird pheasant shoot."
- Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces17 days ago
Every home has its secrets.
Whether it’s a concealed wine cellar, a sealed vault or an invisible room, these homes have some very cool secrets hiding behind bookshelves or walls.
There are numerous solutions to hide or maximize space, largely through camouflaged doors in the walls, behind kitchen cabinets and bookshelves or even under a set of stairs. Some of these spaces, like the vaults, are meant to be kept secret. After all, who would know to look for your valuables behind a built-in shoe shelf in your closet? (Well, now they would.)
Because these spaces are so invisible, they often must be activated in a way only the owner knows. The secret door can be activated by a concealed eye scanner, pulling on a certain book, twisting a candlestick or playing a certain sequence of notes on a nearby piano, according to Creative Home Engineering, a company that specializes in these rooms.
Other hidden spaces are meant to be revealed, like the Partywall, a moving unit that stores and displays your booze collection, but can also be opened to reveal a dining area with chairs.
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces18 days ago
More than two years ago, actor Bruce Willis listed this ranch on Flying Heart Lake in Idaho's Sun Valley for $15 million.
And it sat on the market. So he cut the price to $13 million in August 2012.
And it sat on the market. So he unlisted and relisted it in December 2012.
And it sat on the market. So in March of last year, he cut the price to $12 million.
And (you guessed it) it sat on the market. So in February, he cut the price to $10 million.
And it STILL didn't sell.
So he has cut the price yet again -- bringing it down to $8.8 million, nearly half his original asking price.
The main house has 8,400 square feet of living space on 20 acres of land. In 2003, he rebuilt the main house and added to the property a detached guest house, a gym, "several ponds and streams," not to mention a pool with "water slides, waterfall features and rope swing," reported the Wall Street Journal in 2011.