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It’s always nice to witness first hands the healthy growth of our local real estate market. Certain pocket areas have increased considerably in list price, sales price and location desirability in a short period of time.

East Manhattan is one of those micro areas.

I was happy to see a glorious new listing while out on Broker’s Open today The sun was shining, and life seemed hopeful, serene and calm (if one wore blinders).

Fresh with that new car smell we all love, sat 1304 Lynngrove Drive. 5 beds and 6 baths are the backdrop of this bright, super natural, white light filled single family home on a 5398′ lot.

Creative finishes, glitteringly gorgeous light fixtures are icing on the spacious 3746′ home. The Nano doors open to a petite  yet generous outdoor space with fire pit.

The price tag is as high as the ceilings..so the $3 Million question is indeed that! Will it fetch $2,999,900?

In this market, who knows. It just might.



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If you are like a majority of Americans, you have faith in home buying and believe you can sell you home for at least the price you paid for it. Many Americans also believe now is a smart time to purchase a new home.
Over the last few years, the reasons behind these opinions have remained the same. You may want to build equity, strive for a safe living environment, and want freedom to select the neighborhood where you live.
Owning a home is a big part of the “American Dream,” which is thriving in many communities. Since 2013, the amount of renters who contemplate home buying has grown. Approximately 61 percent of renters describe home ownership as a top priority. A high number of these people would appreciate the opportunity to participate in pre-purchase counseling programs.
In recent years, attitudes toward real estate have improved. You may have noticed increased activity in the housing market and have lower concerns about foreclosed properties. However, certain obstacles remain, which may hamper your ability to buy a home. If you are like many individuals, you may lack the money for a down payment or are struggling with student loans. With improved market conditions, house prices have increased, and inventory has decreased.
On a high note, millennials under 35 years of age have an upbeat and positive opinion concerning America’s future. Their positive views may brush off onto the rest of the country and contribute to the continuing recovery of the housing market.

Paris Je T’aime

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Paris you are my second home, so familiar are your streets and boulevards, cover my eyes, spin me around and I’ll always find my way – home.

Paris your sounds of mobilettes, honking and barking dogs are second nature to me, like my breath on a chilly morning walk in the 7eme in search of the perfect grand creme and tartine.

Paris your Chestnut trees’s soft wrestling keeping time to the rhythmic scratching of the street sweepers twig brush is a perfect melody as the leaves are guided to flow into the gutters rives.

Paris your crazy perfume of diesel and cigarettes is the heady mix I in breathe in with abandon.

Paris you are the magic that feeds the soul of my eyes, your beauty and balance render me weightless in your wake. You are the thief of my breath as I humbly gaze at your magnificent Golden Glow.

Paris you are the eternal candle on my birthday cake, the North Star of my endless sky.

Paris je t’aime.Eternal Candle


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Commuting and frequent traveling consumes a great deal of time. If your work has you constantly on the road, you are probably tired of skipping between cities. Thankfully, a solution may be on the horizon. An inventive man from Texas recently developed a prototype for a mobile apartment, or “Kasita.”
This “little home” is crafted from steel and measures approximately 20 feet wide. Since it is made for downtown and contains necessary appliances and a killer sound system, it sets itself apart from conventional mobile homes.
To make the tiny home feel larger, the walls are painted white, the ceilings are heightened, and reflective surfaces line the space. One of the most unique places is a fully-enclosed glass balcony, which is used for personal expression.
This mobile space is just the beginning of a bigger plan. One day, this Kasita will be multiplied and made into a global network. Key cities will house “racks” that stack six to nine individual units. Water, electricity, and other utilities will be included. It will be simple to plug in your home and move when necessary.
The best part of this arrangement is living affordably without the need for a roommate. Since today’s workforce requires flexibility, wandering homes are ideal. Certain builders argue these spaces are not practical. Despite the “tiny home” craze in areas like the Netherlands, certain contractors question the costs associated with mobile apartments. However, anyone who has frequently moved knows the conveniences this idea would bring. Someday soon, you may be able to take advantage of this technology and enjoy your own rack in a stack.

Mini break

Mini break


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As the drought continues in California, green lawns are giving way to more water-friendly xeriscapes. The well-known grass of front lawns and golf course fairways is being replaced with drought-resistant plants as well as other natural and manufactured ground coverings like crushed stone and shredded bark. In many cases, governments, water utilities and other agencies are funding the effort to lower the demand for water. A growing number of Californians are participating in the cash-for-grass initiative, which has been around for several years. The rebate can be as much as $4 per square foot.
When looking for a new home, buyers will see more yards featuring less thirsty succulents, cacti, potted plants, fire pits and hardscapes rather than the once ubiquitous swath of green grass. More Southern California homeowners are returning to a natural form of landscaping that is better suited for the state’s dry climate rather than have an unattractive, brown lawn. As a result, the aesthetics of a neighborhood and the perception of how a front yard should look are also evolving. The drought friendly plantings provide an economic benefit as water is becoming more expensive and there are fines for using too much of this resource. In many cases, the new landscaping requires less maintenance than a lawn. The appearance of the average home may also change as builders design houses to complement desert-inspired landscapes. Homeowners and potential buyers are growing accustomed to the new norm, which presents an excellent opportunity when buying or selling a home.
Tags: california, drought, home buyers, homeowners, Los AngelesFirst Home


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Post Ranch Inn Birthday 2015, Big Sur

Birthday Kiss

The anticipation was palpable for weeks, an imaginary sweet and tangy amuse bouche on the tip of my tongue. It was A dream come true – my birthday destination vacation. My 52nd year on this planet. I was ready. I was excited. I was thrilled.

We drove up from LA on the one and only Highway 1  destination: an earthly paradise called The Post Ranch Inn.

The route’s terrain is vast, rugged, angry; the road insisting on yeilding into the mountainside. Highway 1 stretches out for miles, carved out in a zig zag of magnificsent engeneering. The German engine gobbled up the road, hungry for corners, curves and speed. The wind in our hair, the sun on our smiling faces – life – a great gift and we knew it.

On this anually travelled upon drive, lunch is Mandatory at Naptenthe and on arrival the blue jays greeted us like old pals and we sat, sipped and laughed, the mighty Pasific lulling, glistening and captivating.

Next stop was THE Inn and as we entered the property, the serenity welcomed us with earth toned structures, deer quietly grazing on the path. Every angle seemed to melt into the earth, into the sky and best of all, into the sea……….

It was my birthday and I wanted to bask in every moment, in otherwords, milk it every chance I got, and I had many such milkable moments, starting with an amazing facial and body massage. As I was lathered, scrubbed, adorned and smoothed, I’d grab a quick peek into the forest that was our weekend sancturary. The Spa is nestled amongst the trees, gentle light filtering in between the aged branches. In my blissful absence, Ken was relaxing at the basking pool while the years were melting off my face.

It was time for the unveil. We were driven in electric silence to our abode. Our room/suite,  “Fee” was named after Dolores and her husband, pioneers in Big Sur. Luxury was not a feature in their lives.

The  suite had a masculine air; dark earthen walls; wood,  stone and cement, burnt Sienna and greys. The Bed was appropriately positioned facing the Sea. The huge sliding windows equipped with electronic shades, muting the views, not obliterating them. Swinging saloon doors yeilded to the bath room, grey toilet, grey towels, more curves.

Off of the living room The stainless steel infinity hot tub beckoned us. Every line was a gentle; rounded curves and the patio held hands with sea. A stag woke me from my revery. He was as calm and still as the blades he was feasting upon. The inroom music system pulsed softely to Buddha Bar tunes. Yes, I was in heaven. Time fluidly advanced.

The huge shower with a view to the sea, reflections of the sea prepared us for the festivities to come. The dinner, my birthday dinner at Sierra Mar was here. It was time and I couldn’t wait.The Sun was actually waiting for us to set.

Our table was seemingly suspended over the Pacific Ocean. The colors were truly breathtaking. The whales breached on cue. The sunset was more glorious than Mother Nature could have possibly intended. Spectacular in an insignificant use of the language to exalt the beauty before us.

The 9 course tasting menu and bottle of Borolo, the gifts and excitement left me beyond giddy. Creative and playful the dishes touched all senses.

The days blended together as the pines, the rocks, clouds floated harmoniously with the sea.

Bottomless Bubbles were drunk.  We were drunk with love, drunk with the sublime scenery and each other.

Gratitude oozes still from my pores.Post Views Sunset


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Gold has always been considered a safe investment. However, many moguls are replacing this precious metal with art and real estate. Laurence D. Finch, BlackRock CEO, explains as gold has become widely owned, it has lost its appeal. In fact, gold prices have dropped over one-third from their peak values in 2011.
To store value, many investors are turning to contemporary art and property. Obviously, fine paintings and sculptures are nicer to view than blocks of gold. Also, many elite class members find penthouses are more useful shelters than bland safety deposit boxes. Apartments in Vancouver, London, and Manhattan are especially popular.
The most important thing to note is how art and property compare to gold as investments. Results seem to depend on location. Even though gold prices have dropped 7 percent from last year, they are still up 179 percent over the last 10 years. According to the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, art value has increased 252 percent over the last 10 years. London real estate has seen an increase of 138 percent over the last decade. Unfortunately, New York real estate has not been as successful. Its value has only increased 67 percent over the same time period.
One thing that has skeptics worried is that art and real estate are less liquid than precious metal. During a market upswing, these new purchases seem to be smart investment choices. However, over the long term, they may be risky during times of crisis. Under most circumstances, individual needs will dictate what investment path is best.

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