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The destruction of traditional mortgage demand: Applications for mortgages hits a 14 year low and affordability for housing continues to decline.

There is a fine line between using debt wisely and being a slave to crippling loans. Unfortunately most Americans have used debt as a meal replacement for actually saving and are now entering their older years with very little saved. Liquid asset anorexia. It should be telling that purchasing a car, an item that depreciates […]

Development Watch: Here's the First Peek at Starchitect Jeanne Gang's Miami Tower

Photo via Curbed Miami After much anticipation, the very first renderings of starchitect Jeanne Gang's new residential tower for the Miami Design District are here, showing off an angular, lantern-like shape. Called the Sweetbird South Residences, the the certified genius'...

Week in Review: A Year of Terrifying House Flips; A Cottage for Architect Barbie

· Confirming all your closely held Burning Man stereotypes, cartographically. · We found a house for Architect Barbie. · This time-lapse of Levi's Stadium's construction is so dramatic, it might be out for an Oscar nom. · Putting together...

Art-chitecture: As part of Pasadena's Art and...

As part of Pasadena's Art and Science (AxS) Festival, art collective Machine Project is taking over everyone's favorite Arts and Crafts house by Greene & Greene: the Gamble House. MP always manages to make some interesting things happen in and...

On the Racked: LA's First Cat Cafe, Best Boot Shopping, Vera Wang Bridal Sale

CHINATOWN: LA's first cat cafe is finally happening—for a limited time. The "Catfe" pop-up is set to hit Chinatown October 2 through 5, from 4 to 9 pm daily. CITYWIDE: Here's a handy guide to LA's best boot shops....

Cornerspotter: Cornerspotted: Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue

Ostergirl's done it again, correctly guessing that the intersection in this 1950 photo is Wilshire and Fairfax. Osomatic took it one step further, noting that the photo shows the northwest corner of the intersection, looking up Fairfax—meaning that the...

Eater Tastings: SO's Blistering Window Sign; A Nutella Food Truck Is Coming; Ruby Skye's Sewage Problem; More!

Welcome to Eater Tastings, where Eater SF editor Allie Pape shares the best restaurant and bar news of the week. SOMA—The owner of SO Restaurant got fed up with rude customers, so he closed up shop early last night—and left...

Neighbor Beefs: Recording Studio Suing CrossFit Gym Over Loud Banging

How do you know if there's a CrossFit gym next door to you? Oh, don't worry, you'll know. Because it will sound like a barrage of weights and kettlebells hitting the floor all the time. A North Hollywood recording...

Extravaganzas: Photo-Stalking the PARK(ing) Day Exploits of San Franciscans

Today was PARK(ing) Day, the annual DIY parklet fest in which people sit for hours in parking spaces without being in cars. All over the city folks descended on automobile-size rectangles of asphalt with plots of grass, planter boxes,...

Rent Check: Rent a Guest Studio in Gated Laughlin Park for $1,800

Los Feliz's ritzy gated community of Laughlin Park has been a haven of the rich and famous since the early 1900s. But here's some good news: you don't have to be a...

Bottle Service: Recycling centers that refund bottle deposits...

Recycling centers that refund bottle deposits are disappearing from San Francisco, where they often face evictions and neighborhood opposition. Which is why one center owner in the Bayview is preparing to launch a recycling shuttle. After Ors Csaszar was blocked...

Monochromes: In 1955, the Fontainebleau Hotel Was Irrepressibly Glamorous

Welcome back to Monochromes, a Friday mini-series wherein Curbed delves deep into the Library of Congress's photographic annals, resurfacing with an armful of old black-and-white photos of architecture and interior design. Have a find you want to share? Hit up...

New to Market: LACMA Curator's Dramatic Hills House Asking $5.75 Million

Designed in 1995 by museum installation architect Brent Saville for curator emeritus Maurice Tuchman, this unique and rather stunning residence on the east side of the Trebek Open Space in the Hollywood...

Open House Report: Weekend Open House Report: Clarendon Heights Edition

Location: 226 Palo Alto Ave. at Glenbrook Ave. Size: 3-bed, 3.5-bath, 3,327-square-foot single-family home Price: $3.895M Pitch: "With incredible sweeping views from the highest cul-de-sac in the city, this designer, recently remodeled contemporary home lies within a natural setting. Behind...

Artist Abodes: Holy Moly, Jackson Pollock's West Village Garret is Delightful

A West Village apartment that abstract painter Jackson Pollock reportedly once rented is on the market for the second time in as many years, and gee wiz, is it cah-yoot. With 14-foot ceilings, a lofted study, and a distinct...

Architecture Nerd Alert: Effective immediately, Curbed SF is on...

Effective immediately, Curbed SF is on the hunt for two talented freelance bloggers who know and love the Bay Area and want to write all about it—one to cover San Francisco and one to keep tabs on the East Bay,...

Revenge of the Megaprojects: South Park's Unbuilt Metropolis Condos Already 40% Booked

Guess skyline nerds weren't the only ones waiting around for the forever-in-the-works Metropolis megaproject to get off the ground in South Park: Chinese developer Greenland USA has announced in a press release...

Celebrity Real Estate: Jake Gyllenhaal Selling His Place in the Hills For $3.5 Million

Somewhere between being all wide-eyed in The Day After Tomorrow and all squinty in Brokeback Mountain, Jake Gyllenhaal took a little break from dreamboating to pick up this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom house in...

On the Market: Historic 19th-Century Italianate Villa in Russian Hill Asks $12M

The Atkinson House on Broadway in Russian Hill was built back in 1853, meaning that it is now 161 years old and one of the oldest standing houses in San Francisco. Designed (probably) by architect William H. Ranlett and...

Video Interlude: Luckiest Students Ever Call This French Farmhouse Their Dorm

Photo via Veranda Infinitely nicer than the cinder block and linoleum affair most modern day college kids are forced to bunk in, and even grander than the golden dorms of yesteryear are the living accommodations for Savannah College of Art...

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