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Category Archive: ‘Interesting Houses’

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

Romney On the Move


From the Globe:

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.

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:

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



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.

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.

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

Affordable Housing Option


Hat tip to daytrip!

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.

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:”


A list of the best home designs this year:

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

Earthquake-Resistant House

The significance of the Stanford research lies in its inexpensiveness and ease of installa...

Thanks daytrip for sending:

An excerpt:

Though a large earthquake can prove catastrophic to life and property, even relatively minor tremors may compromise the structural integrity of a home, resulting in large repair costs. A team of engineers based at California’s Stanford University has developed a new method of building earthquake-resistant homes that could be implemented relatively easily and inexpensively.

The Stanford engineers built a small two-story home model that features what they refer to as a “unibody” design. Rather than screwing drywall to the home’s wooden frame, it was attached with glue, while strong mesh and additional screws were used to attach and keep the white stucco facade safely in place.

More significantly however, the home was not placed on a standard foundation, but on “seismic isolators.” The seismic isolators comprise 12 steel-and-plastic sliders, each measuring around 11.4 cm (4.5 in) in diameter, and plates and bowl-shaped dishes made of galvanized steel were placed beneath.

The prototype model home was tested on an earthquake simulator that essentially acts as a large shaking table. Though unable to give a Richter scale reading, the engineers report that they shook the table at three times the intensity of a 6.9 magnitude quake. Thanks to the seismic isolators, the house slid harmlessly from left to right, but took no damage. Indeed, it wasn’t until the researchers turned up the earthquake simulator up to maximum that the building displayed significant damage.

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 4 comments