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Category Archive: ‘Interesting Houses’

Two Open Houses Today

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Pernilla Lindberg, above

If you have any interest in golf, or just like a good walk in the park, stop by the final round today of Kia Classic at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

It is a challenging course, yet all but seven of the finalists are under par – and the leader, Mirim Lee, is 16-under!

We will be having open house right by the main entrance to golf, so stop by!

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The single-level house at 1341 Mallard has been rejuvenated with new paint and fresh landscaping, and the price is down to $1,495,000.  Open house is 12-3pm – stop by!

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http://www.sdlookup.com/MLS-150007764-1341_Mallard_Ct_Carlsbad_CA_92011

We’re also having open house 12-3pm at 6337 Greenhaven, which is the lowest-priced house for sale in Bressi Ranch at $291/sf.

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http://www.sdlookup.com/MLS-150014431-6337_Greenhaven_Dr_Carlsbad_CA_92009

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015 in Interesting Houses, North County Coastal, One-Story, Thinking of Buying? | 4 comments

Oregon Coast

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Perched above the beach at the edge of the tree line, this vacation home allows the dramatic Oregon Coast to take center stage. The design maintains sightlines from the sheltered forest to the open coastline with a minimal structure of glass and steel. Atop the two-story, transparent box, the copper-clad green roof is an elevated slab of native ferns and grasses.

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http://www.contemporist.com/2015/02/05/a-transparent-beachfront-home-for-the-oregon-coast/

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Interesting Houses | 0 comments

Romney On the Move

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From the Globe:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2015/01/27/mitt-romney-began-building-expensive-homes-after-his-loss-part-real-estate-makeover/CeKp2sd0JcWA6URLhmJzxM/story.html

Romney, whose last presidential bid was hampered by his image of excessive privilege and insensitivity, may recognize the trouble his real estate holdings could cause in another campaign.

He is taking steps to shed some of his property, including retaining a broker who is currently showing the La Jolla home to potential buyers, according to a Romney aide. The aide would not disclose the asking price or explain why the former Massachusetts governor and his wife, Ann, want to sell the home after more than four years of city permitting, hearings, and construction.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2015/01/27/mitt-romney-began-building-expensive-homes-after-his-loss-part-real-estate-makeover/CeKp2sd0JcWA6URLhmJzxM/story.html

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Interesting Houses, Local Flavor | 6 comments

Inventory Watch – Casa Del Sol

Want to see more inventory? Just go up in price! Of the NSDCC houses for sale, 81% are listed at $1,000,000 or higher, and 48% are over $2,000,000!

The stats will be slightly skewed due to this property coming up for auction. They priced it on the range $10,000 – $36,500,000 so it affects all categories, and the MLS doesn’t allow for a property to be removed prior to running stats:

http://www.sdlookup.com/MLS-150002719-15651_Puerta_Del_Sol_Rancho_Santa_Fe_CA_92067.

Here is the video tour of it:


Casa Del Sol — from Concierge Auctions

Click on the link below for the complete NSDCC active-inventory data:

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Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Interesting Houses, Inventory, Jim's Take on the Market | 4 comments

Cohousing

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While we’re considering other options like shipping containers for homes, aren’t the flower children from the 1960s still interested in communes? Indeed – there are 130 cohousing communities in the country! Hat tip to daytrip.

http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/01/can-boomers-make-cohousing-mainstream/384624/

That communal spirit extends beyond the utility bill. Alexander says daily life among her “true neighbors” is a stark contrast with the suburban subdivisions of her native northern Virginia, where she lived in single-family homes for decades before discovering cohousing.

“I did what everybody did. I was in commuter hell, I didn’t know my neighbors, all that. There wasn’t a choice, or we didn’t know another choice existed,” Alexander says. “Baby boomers are demanding a better way to live. We want to be sustainable; we want community, happiness.”

Joani Blank, 77, lives in Swan’s Market Cohousing in downtown Oakland, California. She has spent 22 years across three cohos and has visited dozens more. Blank says senior citizens struggle with the public perception that cohos are like other senior housing or retirement homes.

“I like living with younger adults. I want to live in a diverse community. That’s the way humans used to live—in multigenerational groups,” says Blank, who founded San Francisco’s Good Vibrations sex shop in 1977.

http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/01/can-boomers-make-cohousing-mainstream/384624/

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Interesting Houses | 0 comments

Affordable Housing Option

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Hat tip to daytrip!

http://www.trueactivist.com/a-shipping-container-costs-about-2000-what-these-15-people-did-with-that-is-beyond-epic

All you need is around $2000 to begin building one of these epic homes – made from recycled shipping containers!

A luxury home doesn’t always necessarily mean thousands of square footage, towering great rooms and gilded toilets. Take these homes for example: to begin building one of these epic houses, all you need is $2,000. That $2,000 will buy you a shipping container. What you do with that shipping container… well, that’s completely up to you. Some creative people have found a way to transform this rudimentary “room” with metal siding into luxury housing that blows us away. These homes are epic.

http://www.trueactivist.com/a-shipping-container-costs-about-2000-what-these-15-people-did-with-that-is-beyond-epic

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Interesting Houses | 2 comments

Best of 2014

“If you’re looking for a hideaway worthy of a Bond villain, look no further than by Australian prefab designers Modscape. Designed to dangle dramatically off the side of a cliff, the multi-story vacation home can be entered solely through the top-level carport. At the bottom level, an open deck allows you to catch the sea breeze:”

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A list of the best home designs this year:

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3039873/10-of-the-most-fabulous-housing-designs-of-2014

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 2 comments