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Category Archive: ‘Interesting Houses’

Mission Bay

Finally something will be done with this building! Hat tip Keith:

Architect Dick Lareau studied under sculptor John Dirks and painter Jean Swiggettat while attending San Diego State College prior to transferring to Cal/Berkeley. Following his return to San Diego, Dick started his professional career in the office of Kitchen & Hunt and later for Paderewski, Mitchell & Dean until he opened his own office on 6th Avenue in 1957. Over the years, Mr. Lareau built a successful practice – often noted for the designs for the Cal Western campus (later Point Loma Nazarene). Mr. Lareau will speak on his career and experiences on Thursday, November 16th at the Point Loma Assembly from 5-7pm.

It was recently announced that Lareau’s Mission Bay Visitors Information Center (1969), which for decades welcomed tourists and locals, “…will be transformed into a casual restaurant with outdoor dining, plus beach and bike rentals,” according to the UT. Following San Diego City Council approval of a new long-term lease with San Diego-based Playground Concepts, the 2.6-acre city-owned site on East Mission Bay Drive will be renamed Shoreline Mission Bay.

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market | 0 comments

Frank Lloyd Wright – Wisconsin Tour

A fascinating blog post of a tour of FLW’s work in Wisconsin:

I was contacted by Travel Wisconsin, and invited to come out to their beautiful state to spend a week on the Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage Trail, to celebrate Mr. Wright’s 150th Birthday. Wright is from Wisconsin, of course, and many of his most iconic works are located there. It was an offer that was to good to pass up. I’ve travelled around the world, but I’ve never been to Wisconsin. And while I had been in some FLW homes and buildings, getting a chance to see mythical places like Taliesin and the Johnson Wax Factory in person was a dream come true. It was also a chance for me to take a fresh look at an iconic architect I thought I already knew well. It was one of the best weeks I’ve every spent – a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Read full article – with many photos – here:

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market | 0 comments

Floating Homes

Floats engineered specifically to support homes are crucial to the design.

We should do these everywhere – hat tip daytrip:

“There’s a lot of action and fun when you’re building a floating home,” says builder Marc Even.

“There are also a lot of logistics,” he adds with a chuckle.

Even is owner of Even Construction and builder of one-of-a-kind homes that live on the water in Portland, OR. “My in-laws’ home was the first floating home I built, 20 years ago, and I fell in love with the process,” he says.

A love of water runs deep in his history. His father was a Navy captain who started building homes for entertainment after he retired. Those were “land homes,” as Even says.

Even grew up in San Diego’s surfing culture, and he has brought that sport’s upbeat attitude to his homebuilding career. Although he does build custom land homes, he says constructing floating homes is more exhilarating. “I build homes for people who want some excitement in their lives,” he explains. “The river is a unique environment.”

He’s built floating homes for doctors, lawyers, judges, hospital presidents and comedians — anyone looking for a different way of living.

From start to finish, the building process takes Even and his crew eight months to a year. Log float homes are built on the water at the company’s facility in St. Helens, OR, and concrete float homes are launched after they are built.

While a concrete float might seem counterintuitive, it’s not a new concept — just one that is increasing in popularity. These floats are specifically engineered to suit your home, and can even incorporate radiant floor heating. They have superior support, and last for decades with little maintenance.

The trickiest part is maneuvering the home from the company’s building site to its new moor. The river has its ways, but so do Even and his crew.

Building floating homes takes a lot of patience. Not many builders are willing to tackle the task. “Everything is moving and bouncing around,” Even says. “It’s a lot of work. Land homes don’t move, and they’re level. There’s no such thing as level on the river.”

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market | 4 comments

The Good Old Days

In its July 13, 1953 issue Life magazine ran one of many photo essays on the city of Los Angeles. This one focused on the immense population and development growth the city and surrounding area encountered in the late ’40s and early ’50s. Here then is a gallery of the most interesting photos — some unpublished — that went into its story called “400 New Angels Every Day.” There were all shot in either December ’52 or July ’53 by J. R. Eyerman.

More old photos here:

Hat tip Eddie89!

Daytrip sent this in:

Life magazine told America about the rapid development of Lakewood in 1953 in a series of photographs that included a dramatic panorama of a street filled with moving vans. The photo seemed to show a typical moving-in day. As this Press Telegram story shows, however, the shot was staged by the Lakewood Park publicist. The Life magazine photo later became famous as a icon of suburban life in the 1950s.


Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Boomers, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market | 6 comments

Upscale Real Estate Porn

Using sex appeal to sell homes – I’m surprised we haven’t seen more like this!


Beverly Hills’ most expensive property.

Interior features of this state of the art dream home include:

• Roberto Cavalli flooring
• 15-seat curved screen theater with JBL Synthesis Audio
• 2 massive bars, one of which has “Winestation” that preserves and dispenses glasses with the exact amount and temperature
• Gourmet Show Kitchen w/ iPad controlled Top Brewer coffee machine
• State of the Art “Savant” Home Automation and Security
• Privacy and protection ensured through a private entrance
• Longhi doors in suede and embossed leather
• Specially commissioned golden sculpture adorning the large motor court
• Separate Catering/Event Kitchen

Offered at $100 million.

OPUS | Red Band Trailer from Drew Fenton on Vimeo.

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market, View | 4 comments