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Prime property: Contemporary home in Old Braeswood noted for architecture
Located in the heart of Old Braeswood, known for its distinctive architectural diversity, trees, lot size and convenient access to the Texas Medical Center and downtown, the contemporary-style custom home was designed by Collins Architects and features a kinetic sculpture by renowned artist George Rhoads. A lovely gate opens to a private courtyard entry with a waterfall pond and metal sculpture of a tree, offering the first look at the features found throughout the home and the property. The great room offers sliding bookshelves that create additional space to display art or keepsakes, and the dining room, which flows into the kitchen, features a floor with an African slate inlay and views of the courtyard and backyard. A large island, stainless-steel appliances, a breakfast bar, a wine cooler and prep sink and wine cooler are among the highlights of the kitchen. A huge balcony and picture window bring in the outdoors in the master suite that includes an elegant bath with natural stone, a rain shower, double sinks and a whirlpool tub complemented by an etched-glass wall. Overlooking the landscaped backyard complete with a pool and spa with waterfall features, the covered lanai includes a summer kitchen, a mosquito mister and wireless speakers.
-1 points by The Houston Chronicle | Rooms Bathtub Bathing Bedroom Texas Medical Center Kinetic art Kitchen Room
Emmy Hoovering Newscaster Pat Harvey Lists Hidden Hills Mansion (EXCLUSIVE)
SELLER: Pat Harvey LOCATION: Hidden Hills, CA PRICE: $6,995,000 SIZE: 9,330 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Award hoovering veteran broadcast journalist Pat Harvey, a pioneering L.A.-based evening news anchorwoman with an astonishing 21 Emmys under her belt, re-listed her mansion in the guard-gated and celebrity-approved SoCal community... Read more »
-1 points by Variety | Rooms Bathroom Shower Bathing Bathtub Real estate Kitchen Room
Franklin home transformed into modern sanctuary
Contemporary beauty started life in the 1960s as a flat-front, brick colonial, but you can barely see that now.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Rooms Bathing Bedroom Bath Somerset Kitchen Bathtub Husband Love
Modern house gets a chic redo in hipster Silver Lake
The expansive living room of this remodeled Silver Lake home flows onto a glassed-in deck with cityscape and treetop vistas.  The open-plan kitchen features a quartz countertop island and a walk-in pantry. White oak flooring unifies the interior spaces. A separate living unit sits above the four-car...
25 points by Los Angeles Times | Kitchen Semi-detached Square foot Median Single-family detached home Home Price Rooms
Ta-Nehisi Coates sells Brooklyn brownstone over safety concerns
Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of the country’s leading writers on race, has sold the landmarked Brooklyn brownstone he owned briefly for $2.1 million, according to city property records. Coates bought the stunning 5-bedroom home — “on the most coveted block of Prospect Lefferts Gardens,” notes the property’s listing— in April 2016 for $2.1 million through...
121 points by New York Post | Rooms Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Brooklyn Pablo Cuevas Prospect Park Slavery in the United States Kitchen Slavery
Juan Gabriel's Palm Springs compound hits the right note with a buyer
A desert retreat owned by Juan Gabriel, the late Mexican singer-songwriter known for his ballads of love and heartbreak, has wooed a buyer in Palm Springs. The resort-style compound sold earlier this month for $1.637 million.  Set behind a corrugated metal fence, the single-story structure was...
58 points by Los Angeles Times | Suzanne Somers Rooms Mohammed VI of Morocco Alan Hamel Hassan II of Morocco Kitchen Dining room Akon
A detailed home with abundance of space
The striking, custom-built Arts and Crafts-style home at 233 Grapevine Road in Dunbarton is loaded with quality and attention to detail throughout its 3,000 square-feet of living space. Featuring four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, the home boasts plenty of entertaining space, an open concep...
2 points by Concord Monitor | Rooms Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Shower Room Bathtub
Traditional house in Encino puts forth a fresh new face
This gated Traditional-style home in Encino has been restored inside and out to pristine condition. Tall ceilings, upper windows and skylights brighten the first-floor living areas, which open to an outdoor entertainment and dining area. A gazebo, a swimming pool and a tennis court complete the...
7 points by Los Angeles Times | Area Square foot Tennis Semi-detached House Kitchen Median Single-family detached home
‘The Librarians’ Star John Larroquette Lists Marina Del Rey Residence
SELLER: John Larroquette LOCATION: Marina Del Rey, CA PRICE: $3,750,000 SIZE: 4,790 square feet (excluding finished basement), 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Though we first heard word via covert communiqué from tipster Candy Korn, the celebrity property gossips at Zillow were the first to let the cat out of the proverbial bag that... Read more »
21 points by Variety | Rooms Room Bedroom John Larroquette Kitchen Flooring Dining room Ballona Creek
‘Biggest Loser’ Producer J.D. Roth Buys Montecito Compound (EXCLUSIVE)
A covert communiqué from real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak let us know and property records do indeed confirm that prolific reality television producer J.D. Roth, co-creator and executive producer for “The Biggest Loser,” shelled out exactly $7 million for a comfortably sumptuous 2.3-acre compound in the remarkably low-key but exuberantly high-cost seaside community of Montecito,... Read more »
3 points by Variety | Rooms Oprah Winfrey Harpo Productions The Oprah Winfrey Show Living room The Biggest Loser Kitchen Film producer
Prime property: Bridge, ravine offer scenic surrounds for contemporary home
Listing agent Mary Kay Casey with Heritage Texas Properties Post Oak Park said the home that is built on a heavily wooded lot, was created by renowned architect Tim Cisneros and has spaces that flow to allow for art and entertainment. With nearly 5,000 square feet of living space, the two-story home showcases views of the wooded surrounds, and notable design elements. Upstairs, an open walkway and loft with a bath and closet overlook the living room and provide a great vantage point for indoor and outdoor views; and the third bedroom has art glass and French doors opening to a balcony overlooking the living room. Other unique features include the hand-carved Venetian plaster walls, custom artist-finished cabinet doors and cast-glass lavatory in the powder room.
1 points by The Houston Chronicle | Rooms Bedroom Door Room Laundry room Kitchen Area Mary Kay
Cool Spaces: 1926 Cleveland Heights home on Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour (photos, video)
This Colonial Revival home will be featured during the 39th Annual Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18. A preview party, which includes an early peek inside the homes on the tour, is 6 p.m. to midnight at Ensemble Theatre on Sept. 17. Watch video CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- James Graham and husband David Dusek were content. They had just fixed up a 1903 summer house in Glenville and couldn't dream of taking on another complex and challenging renovation project. On a lark, they attended an open house for a house for sale in Cleveland Heights. They decided the house was nice, but nothing special. So Dusek went on a real estate website and found a 1926 Cleveland Heights home on Fairmount Boulevard with a grand staircase and wood-paneled foyer.  "As soon as I walked in, I said it could be a 'wow' house," Graham recalled. But were they ready to tackle yet another historic, yet problematic home, one that needed even more time and money than the Glenville house? The answer was yes. This Colonial Revival home will be featured during the 39th Annual Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour in Cleveland Heights on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18. A preview party, which includes an early peek inside the homes on the tour, is from 6 p.m. to midnight at Ensemble Theatre on Sept. 17. The self-guided tour of seven homes and three gardens, sponsored by the Heights Community Congress, is from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 18. The couple, who got married this month, is eager to share the story of how they saved their crumbling house. Graham and Dusek consider themselves preservationists and wanted to update the home while staying true to its architectural roots. Graham, 50, is an executive vice president at Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Dusek, who declined to give his age, serves on the board of Verb Ballet and the boards of other nonprofit organizations. The three-story home -- 8,000 square feet with three bedrooms and 31/2 baths -- wasn't vacant but little maintenance had been done in recent years. Renovations took about four years to complete. The couple bought the home in 2011 and moved into the third-floor guest suite while work was completed in the rest of the house. When they ran a bath, water poured through the living room ceiling. "The plumbing was rotted through," Graham recalled. Plumbing, wiring and roofing had to be dealt with first. Two master craftsmen spent six months restoring the original green tile roof with replacement tiles found, after a long search, at a St. Louis salvage yard. IF YOU GO The 2016 Annual Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour What: Preview party and tour of seven homes and three gardens. When: Preview Party, Saturday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m. to midnight. Home and Garden Tour, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Where: Preview Party is at Ensemble Theatre, 2843 Washington Blvd. Cleveland Heights. You will receive a map when you purchase a tour ticket. Tickets: $125 for Preview Party (includes an early-bird tour of homes and admission to Sunday's home and garden tour.) Tickets for the home and garden tour are $20 through Sunday, Sept. 11 and $25 after Sept. 11. You will receive a map when you purchase your ticket. Heights Congress website: Once the roof was secure, the kitchen and other rooms could be updated. Workmen reconfigured the space in the cramped kitchen by tearing out a built-in refrigerator, laundry room and closet to let the kitchen flow into the former servants' eating area. Space-gobbling radiators were replaced by heated floors. The kitchen's new French doors lead to a tropical-themed garden where banana trees, the night-blooming sacred datura, philodendron, hosta and black-eyed Susans are surrounded by a winding stone walkway. "We wanted the garden to be informal and relaxed," Dusek said. The formal dining room is large enough to accommodate a custom 10-seat dining table. The room's large windows have wide, charmingly painted cornices that are original to the house. "They are an important architectural feature; we're glad they didn't get thrown out along the way," Dusek said about the cornices. Custom furniture covered with European fabrics, a baby grand piano and artwork purchased near and far are combined in the tasteful living room. The room includes a few visual surprises, such as chairs covered in faux crocodile skin and a ceiling painted to look like the sky. An arrangement of glass blown fruit, resting on a table between matching sofas, was a present from Graham to Dusek. "It feels elegant and gracious," Dusek said, in describing the living room. The dazzling entry hall is where this home delivers a "wow" experience. Rich mahogany paneling surrounds a grand staircase that leads to a landing, where the staircase splits into two and continues to the second floor. Crystal chandeliers are anchored by embellished ceiling medallions. Graham pointed out the organ keyboard in an entry hall alcove, and explained that the organ pipes on the landing are just decorative. The sound comes from hundreds of real organ pipes concealed in a separate room. The stairwell walls are decorated by hand-painted murals of flamingos and other tropical birds, palm trees and flowers, reflecting the couple's love for the tropics. On the second floor, the doors between the bedroom, bath, dressing room and sun porch originally didn't line up, making the space feel chopped up. Renovations realigned the doors so that when they are all open, you can see from one end of the house to the other. Stepping out on the third floor porch, Dusek surveyed his neighbors' immaculate lawns and a nearby home where an addition is going up. He's sure that investing in his soon-to-be century home was the right decision. "People are investing in Cleveland Heights and having a beautiful lifestyle," Dusek said. LIST OF KEY CONTRACTORS: Donald Bingham Schmitt, interior design Mike Caito, architect (formerly with City Architecture) Mark Pandy, general contractor and master carpenter Herb's Plumbing and Heating Inc. Dave Neuman's Electrical Matteo Gutter Systems Inc. Brick Fixer (Formerly Hodgkinson Co. Restoration) Decorative Painting by Laura
167 points by The Plain Dealer | Rooms Kitchen Pipe organ Bedroom Piano Dining room Table Cleveland
6 target shooters sentenced over woman hurt by bullet
DENVER, Pa. (AP) - Six target shooters charged after a woman was hit in the neck by a stray bullet inside her parent's Pennsylvania home must pay $120,000 in restitution. LNP reports ( ) Vernon Kurtz, Kyle Sholly, Andrew Richards, Tawny Kissinger, and Amy Dunn, all of Denver; and Lebanon ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Pennsylvania Law Lancaster County Pennsylvania American television actors American film actors Naturalized citizens of the United States Kitchen The Washington Times
What about $550,000 buys in Lakewood, North Hills and Tujunga
At a time when things are typically slowing down, the real estate market in L.A. County is still on the rise. In September, the median sales price for single-family homes in Greater L.A. was $555,000, a nearly 9% increase over the same month the previous year, according to CoreLogic. Here’s a look...
10 points by Los Angeles Times | Rooms Median Kitchen Semi-detached Single-family detached home Area Dining room House types
2nd burglary strikes Capuchin Soup Kitchen
Cash stolen in break-in at bakery on Detroit's east side days after computers stolen from another facility.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Francis of Assisi Kitchenware Joel McHale Assisi Kitchen 2000s American television series Franciscan
Barroco serves gluten-free Latin fare with a twist: Top 5 best gluten-free finalist (photos, poll)
Barroco is a Top 5 contender in the Best Gluten-Free Menu in Greater Cleveland competition. LAKEWOOD, Ohio --  National Gluten-Free Awareness Month is every November. In order to bring light to the dietary restriction, is looking to find the best gluten-free menu in Greater Cleveland. For more than a week has been on the search. With the help of our readers we've narrowed the pool down to five finalists. The final round ends Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. // // ]]> With gluten-free living on the rise, there have been many restaurants making gluten-free varieties of traditionally gluten-filled foods. Barroco is different. By serving up traditional Latin food that's inherently gluten-free, it creates an environment where those with and without gluten aversions can eat together without substitutions. BARROCO Address: 12906 Madison Ave., Lakewood. Phone: 216-221-8127. Website: Owner: Juan Vergara. How long have you been in business? 6 years. Related: Cafe Avalaun profile Related: Sweet Melissa's profile Related: Tommy's profile What different gluten-free menu options do you offer? "All of our arepas are gluten-free, which are the main menu items people come in to try," said Vergara. Additionally, 12 of the 13 traditional dishes are gluten-free. The plantain section of the menu, one of the newest, is entirely gluten-free as well. There are also a variety of individual items.  Do you have dedicated utensils/areas of your kitchen? Instead of having a dedicated gluten-free section, the entire kitchen is gluten-free with the exception of a dedicated gluten section. "There's so little with gluten on our menu that we are careful to make it in a certain area of the kitchen with specific utensils," said Vergara. What inspired you to serve gluten-free foods? "it was not a conscious choice. We never sought out to be a gluten-free restaurant or have this many items to be gluten-free," said Vergara. A lot of customers started pointing out that the majority of the menu was gluten-free so they became more conscious of what that was. Where did your recipes come from? He and his dad work on them together. "My Dad brings the more traditional way of making recipes that we're familiar with back home," said Vergara. "I give them a spin and basically bring a twist to traditional Columbian/Latin cooking." What makes your menu unique? Barroco is the only place in Cleveland where you can find the type of menu items that it offers. Do you have a gluten-free bakery? No. What other (gluten) menu items are popular? Pasta Bolognesa Barroco or Marrano Frito. What else should we know about your spot? "It all comes down to that we're really into pleasing people," said Vergara. "Although we're offering Latin food, and aren't a traditional gluten-free restaurant, we try to please people and allow them to change items to meet their needs."
4 points by The Plain Dealer | Restaurant Gluten-free diet Food Wheat Kitchen Tradition Gluten Cleveland
Jared Leto’s $2M Hollywood Hills home up for sale
The "Suicide Squad" actor purchased the residence for $1.65 million in 2006.
-2 points by New York Post | Rooms Kitchen Academy Award Dining room Bedroom Neighborhoods in Los Angeles California Real estate Bathroom
America’s Test Kitchen moving to bigger space in Seaport District
America’s Test Kitchen is moving to a bigger home in the Seaport District next year. The growing company, which now has more than 200 employees, needs more space, reports The Boston Globe. America’s Test Kitchen, which publishes Cook’s Illustrated and produces popular cooking shows for public television, plans to launch new programming that includes podcasts […]
102 points by The Boston Globe | Kitchen Massachusetts Real estate Cook Creativity The New York Times Company
The Fix: Preparing Your Home for Sale
To get the best return on your investment, you need to ensure your home looks its best when it hits the market.
3561 points by The New York Times | Lighting Home improvement Kitchen Real estate Home repair
Actress Viola Davis buys a Toluca Lake estate where she can get away
Actress Viola Davis, who won an Emmy last year for her leading role on “How to Get Away with Murder,” has bought a home in Toluca Lake for $5.7 million, The Times has confirmed. Completed last year, the European-inspired two-story sits behind fences on nearly half an acre of grounds. A colorful...
133 points by Los Angeles Times | Rooms William Randolph Hearst Leonardo DiCaprio Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Hearst Castle Sarah Palin Hearst Corporation Kitchen
Body found burned in trash can identified as 15-year-old Steinmetz student
A body found burned beyond recognition in a West Side alley over the weekend has been identified as a 15-year-old freshman at Steinmetz High School. Demetrius Griffin Jr.'s body was found after police got a call for a trash fire about 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the 5500 block of West Cortez Street in...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Eye color Family High school Weekend Kitchen Saturday Charles P. Steinmetz Academic Centre
Home of the Day: Happily ever after in the Hollywood Hills
Designed in the Storybook style for which he became famous, this 1926 French Normandy cottage in the Hollywood Hills was the personal residence of Los Angeles architect Frederick A. Hanson. The fairytale-esque home features high hip roofs and a protruding entry gable on the outside, and a vaulted,...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Rooms Median Kitchen Dining room Semi-detached Plaster Los Angeles Price
Birmingham townhouse will cost you $2.2 million
Just south of downtown Birmingham, a short strip of Brown Street holds a handful of attached townhouses.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Rooms Shower Family room Kitchen Living room Bedroom Great room Bathroom
A Manhattan Beach cottage is ready for a new chapter in life
Sometimes, it’s just unthinkable to move. With the last of his children off to college, Christopher Bowen was left with a Manhattan Beach home geared toward family living when what he needed was something that would be more reflective of his empty-nest life. “I wanted a design that honored the...
365 points by Los Angeles Times | Kitchen Douglas-fir Roof
Frank Zappa's longtime home with private studio fetches $5.25 million
Call it Frank Zappa’s closing act. The Hollywood Hills West estate where the late experimental rock musician and composer made his home for decades has sold for $5.25 million. The estate, tucked away on half an acre in Laurel Canyon, was originally purchased by Zappa in the late 1960s for $74,000....
488 points by Los Angeles Times | Rooms Real estate The Real Housewives of Orange County Living room Kitchen Bathing The Real Housewives of... Rock music
Hot Property: Pushing the limits
A question we frequently hear from readers and fans is: Did you get to see the house? The answer is sometimes. The near-impossibility of driving to various Southern California locations and touring multiple houses, while keeping the daily news feed full, means we have to carefully pick and choose....
27 points by Los Angeles Times | Rooms William Randolph Hearst Real estate Frank Zappa Kitchen Living room Dining room Marion Davies
Jameson: Celebrity chef Art Smith on what every kitchen should have
One of the perks I miss about my old newspaper job, which I left two years ago, was sitting next to the food critic, Heather, who often invited me to test drive new restaurants.
60 points by The Denver Post | Kitchen Restaurant Cook Dining room Food Dalai Lama Frankfurt kitchen Lake Buena Vista Florida
Tiny houses aim to help poor become homeowners in Detroit
The houses will be 250 to 400 square feet and will be reserved for low-income owners.       
1202 points by USA Today | Ford Motor Company Real estate House Home Kitchen Neighbourhood Detroit Executive director
Prime property: Iconic River Oaks home is on more than 2 acres
Listing agents Valerie Lankford and Cameron Ansari of Greenwood King Properties' Voss Office say the home features classic 18th century proportions and symmetry, and beautifully crafted details including carved door pediments, random-plank oak floors, marble floors and deep moldings. The classic elegance of this home is revealed in the entry, which features a circular staircase; random-plank oak hardwoods; wainscoting; and chandelier, sconce and recessed lighting. Overlooking the patio and pool, the living room has a 10-foot ceiling, random-plank oak hardwoods, a wood-burning fireplace, French doors leading to the backyard, and access to the family room/sun room as well as the formal dining room. The kitchen has a long center island, granite counters, three Thermador ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, two Bosch dishwashers, a five-burner Thermador gas range, a Sharp microwave, a walk-in pantry, a beamed ceiling, and preparation and storage space. The private master suite is on the second floor and includes a sitting area, French doors leading to a balcony; and a luxury bath with oak hardwood and marble floors, two walk-in closets, a whirlpool tub and a separate shower. The park-like surrounds include landscaping, green space, a gazebo, a pool, tennis courts, gardens, a flagstone terrace, garages and parking, a circular driveway with additional parking, and an automatic driveway gate.
-1 points by The Houston Chronicle | Rooms Kitchen Wine cellar Bedroom Molding Door Wine Wood