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Category Archive: ‘Interesting Houses’

Palm Springs Auction

One of Palm Springs’ most unique properties owned by one of the city’s most recognized celebrity residents is heading for the auction block.

The home of Suzanne Somers and her husband Alan Hamel will be auctioned off on Wednesday by Concierge Auctions, which sells some of the more luxurious and elite properties across the globe.

The home, originally listed at $27.5 million about 8 years ago, is now on the market for $14.5 million, but it is being auctioned “without reserve” which means there is no minimum price and sells to the highest bidder.

 “Alan and I have lived in this magical estate for over 40 years,” said Somers in a prepared statement Monday via her publicist.

The actress, author and entertainer, who gained fame as Chrissy Snow in the 1970s sitcom “Three’s Company,” published her latest memoir “Two’s Company: A Fifty-Year Romance With Lessons Learned In Love, Life & Business,”  in November.

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market | 1 comment

Governor Brown’s Ranch

Governor Brown is spending more time at his Williams-area ranch, of which he owns 28%. The 2,500-acre property is home to cattle and honeybees:

The land was bought in 1877 by Brown’s great-grandfather Schuckman, a German immigrant who arrived in California during the Gold Rush and succeeded in “overcoming every obstacle,” as the governor put it in his 2011 inauguration speech. Schuckman’s ranch home also doubled as an inn, known to the family as the “Mountain House,” to capitalize on a stagecoach route bringing tourists to the region’s natural hot springs.

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Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Historic Homes, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market | 3 comments

Rustic Modern

In the central California coastal woodlands sits a rustic modern house surrounded by 100+ year old oak trees.

In the master suite, the curved ceiling makes the room feel large and bright, while a built-in fireplace with a Cherokee flagstone hearth, keeps the room feeling cozy on a cold night.

The master bathroom, set up in an open ‘wet room’ plan, has horizontal wood sections built from exposed kiln-dried framing lumber, that hide the water closet and clothes closets. The shower curtain is made from a salvaged waterproof banner ad that pictures the owner’s son surfing.

The architects have completed an impressive collection of coastal moderns – here is their gallery:

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market | 3 comments

Custom Beauty in The Crosby

As if taken from the pages of Veranda, this extraordinary light infused masterpiece exudes warmth through the finest reclaimed and art-quality finishes. Set within the guard-gated Crosby Estates, the home enjoys serene views of the Crosby National golf course and San Dieguito Valley from the expansive outdoor areas and covered loggia. Recently completed, no expense was spared in this three year ground up new construction process.

Sommer Design appointed the interiors with Exquisite Surfaces French limestone, traditional lime based plaster walls & ceilings, hand-hewn circa 1850s beams, and steel windows. The details, from the unlacquered brass Barber Wilsons plumbing fixtures, to the stunning Lacanche range, or the hand-painted Tabarka tile, give the house an aura of authenticity.

The single level main home encompasses 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and 6,150 square feet. For guests, the one bedroom one bath casita is 640 square feet and has a large limestone terrace overlooking the reclaimed brick courtyard. Besides being stunningly beautiful, the home is incredibly smart and energy efficient, with an owned 8.5kw photovoltaic solar array and 700 square feet of pool solar heating, both tucked away from view. Control4 home automation handles the lighting, distributed video, and 14 zones of audio. The home was also certified to be 30% more efficient than the latest Title 24 requirements.

This is the best house I’ve ever had on the blog – take the full tour:

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Bubbleinfo Readers, Bubbleinfo TV, Historic Homes, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market, One-Story, View | 8 comments