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New plans filed for Chinatown's empty Velvet Turtle lot

Seven-story building with 162 housing units Google Maps A long-dusty lot in Chinatown just might get a new, seven-story mixed-user with 162 apartments and commercial space, according to plans filed Monday with the city’s planning department. Two...Show More Summary

Artist's minimalist paintings of domestic interiors aim to unsettle the viewer

In her debut solo exhibition at Griffin Gallery in London, Hungarian artist Zsofia Schweger presents minimalist paintings of domestic spaces in a show titled "Bloc." Created during-a six month Griffin Art Prize residency, the colorful...Show More Summary

Here’s what the new Muni trains look like

New light-rails will appear on tracks later next year Set to appear on city streets in 2017, SFMTA released images of the new Muni trains. Sleek. Cool. Confident. Were there an America’s Next Top Public Transit Vehicle reality competition...Show More Summary

Former vacation home of Brigitte Bardot is for sale in southeastern France

The former vacation home of French actress-singer-model Brigitte Bardot is for sale for about $5.65 million. Found within walking distance of the village of Peymeinade, in the hills overlooking the French Riviera, the stone-lined residence is where Bardot retreated to in her early 20s after divorcing...

9 modern quilts to help you transition from summer to fall

Warm yet breathable When it comes to bedding, transitioning seasons can be a tricky time, the summer-to-fall period most definitely so. Is that heatwave coming back? Is it time to put away the A/C and bring out the wool blankets? During this period of uncertainty, your best bet is something as versatile as the season is fickle. Show More Summary

New city rankings lower scores across U.S. due to civil unrest, terrorism concerns

The Economist’s latest global survey of major urban centers docks U.S. cities for instability; none crack the top 10 U.S. cities, for all their commendable qualities, can sometimes get a bad rap. Transportation issues and affordability...Show More Summary

Luxury listing: renovated duplex in historic Beekman

This renovated condo in Manhattan's Beekman neighborhood creates an enviable lifestyle by bringing the full-service amenities of a condominium with the privacy of a townhome -- and that privacy includes a private, three-level terrace overlooking the East River...

Historic Core building might be razed for a parking lot

Its neighbor, The Smell, is safe Google Maps Most developers these days are targeting parking lots as sites for new buildings, but not L&R Group of Companies. An executive tells Curbed that L&R is considering plans to knock down a building...Show More Summary

Luxury listing: beauty in Brentwood Park

This gorgeous traditional estate in the hills of Brentwood sits right next to two golf courses and features spacious, formal public rooms and and a detached guest suite that can also double as a gym...

Compact concrete home wears an asymmetric hat as a roof

Squeezing into a densely populated area of Tokyo Japanese architecture continues to innovate in the realm of small-space design, and this "hatted" concrete home is just the latest example. Designed by Apollo Architects and Associates,...Show More Summary

New memorials offer radical ideas of reconciliation and renewal

Recent memorial concepts, one for a tragic shooting and the other for lynching, make powerful statements about remembrance and moving forward Time, the trite phrase goes, heals all wounds. But often it’s memorials that help make sense and meaning of tragedies, battles, and loss, at least on a larger, collective level. Show More Summary

Brickell Flatiron residential high-rise reaches 55 percent sold

Despite recent sluggishness in the Miami condo market, over half of the 549 units at an under-construction Brickell condo high-rise are sold. Ugo Colombo, president of CMC Group luxury development, has a grand vision for the 64-story glass-clad tower called Brickell Flatiron...

Call for submissions: Curbed SF wants to see your tiny home

Find out how to have your tiny apartment (or house, or boat, or whatnot) featured during Curbed SF’s upcoming Micro Week Here at Curbed SF, we like to bring you both extremes on the real estate spectrum: the biggest, most extravagant homes in the city, along with the tiniest of the tiny apartments. Show More Summary

This mansion is perfect if you like being emotionless in the desert

This is one cold, cold house "Give me ceilings that look like floors, and floors that look like ceilings," the original owner of this house probably told his architect. "I want to live in the lobby of a modern art museum." The architect...Show More Summary

Gigantic drill burrowing under Crenshaw reaches its first milestone in this satisfying video

For nearly five months now, a gargantuan drill longer than the length of a football field and as wide as the donut sign sitting atop Randy’s has been digging underneath Crenshaw Boulevard. Nicknamed Harriet, the drill is slowly boring tunnels that will link the first three stations on Metro’s upcoming Crenshaw Line. Show More Summary

Redfin: San Francisco home prices steady as sales slow

San Francisco home sales slowed for the seventh month, falling nearly 13.6 percent in July from a year earlier. Sale prices were steady, inching up less than half a percent to a median $1.2 million...

Jaw-dropping Ritz-Carlton condo of your dreams asks $3.57 million

It took three years for this chic, ultra luxe renovation to finish The open-floor plan, Carrara-marble, antiseptic-interior trend doesn’t always work well. Inside a stately San Francisco Victorian or Edwardian, the results often come...Show More Summary

ZIP code profile: 90004

The 90004 ZIP code comprises part of the Los Angeles communities of Koreatown, Hancock Park and Oakwood, just 15 minutes north of central L.A. The area sits in Los Angeles County and is near several landmarks, including Dodger Stadium, the restaurants of Koreatown and Sunset Boulevard...

ZIP code profile: 22306

The 22306 ZIP code comprises part of the Groveton and Hybla Valley communities in Alexandria, Virginia, about a 35 minute drive from Washington D.C. The area sits in Fairfax County and neighbors the Potomac River and a U.S. Coast Guard station...

Redfin: Chicago housing market slows in July

Chicago home prices increased 3.7 percent in July, as compared to last year, with a typical home selling for $285,000. A lack of sales was the big news, however, with the city seeing a precipitous 23.7 percent drop in homes sold in July...

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