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Adventures in Interior Design: Get That 'Rich Eccentric History Buff' Look in 45 Easy Steps

Recently put on the market in Saint James, N.Y., is a 13,000-square-foot mansion listed with $6M price tag and a complete dearth of useful information. Look past the overwhelmingly brown interior of this circa-1989 home, if you can, and...

Parenting Handbook : Is This Kindergarten Channeling Zaha's Olympic Stadium?

Photo via Arch Daily Between its swooping walls and swirling, vaguely oval-shaped build, the Valdespartera Kindergarden in Zaragoza, Spain, makes for one highly unlikely copycat of Zaha Hadid's controversial Olympic stadium. Designed by local firm Magen Arquitectos, the high-design school...

Zillow hires 2 more industry vets to woo MLSs, Realtor associations

Zillow has added two more real estate industry vets to its industry development team to help bolster its relationships with multiple listing services and Realtor associations around the U.S. Both Steve Allen and Chris Kiel now serve as directors of MLS and industry development...

NAR-backed agent ratings pilot program in California, Illinois, Florida fizzles

An agent ratings pilot program backed by the National Association of Realtors has ended without being renewed after reportedly low adoption rates by agents and lack of support for the program at the national level. In August 2012, survey-based agent rating...

Benched: Big Blue Bus Won't Have Benches Because People Sit on Them

The Big Blue Bus system updated its stops a few months ago with fancy designs by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects and riders responded immediately with intense hatred, directing a lot of the negativity at the stops' tiny, backless, individual seats;...

Construction Watch: I-280 Just Eye Candy for Future Condos with Skimpy Parking

At the beginning of this week, a warehouse stood at the bedraggled corner of Pennsylvania and 17th streets. The structure had been in disrepair for years, with discarded furniture and trash surrounding its Pennsylvania Avenue side. Now it has...

5 reasons real estate agents should dump their Facebook business pages

If you're a celebrity real estate agent, this article is NOT for you. If you have a team of agents and you sell hundreds of homes a year, this article is NOT for you. If you have a big social media marketing budget and 20 hours per week to dedicate or delegate to social media marketing, this article is NOT for you...

LA's Lost Mad Men: Before Mad Men, there was Great...

Before Mad Men, there was Great Society, a never-produced HBO show about a young radical who lands a job at Santa Monica's RAND Corporation in 1966. GS was created by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, best known for helming The...

Hide and Seek: Fremont is already branded by Tesla...

Fremont is already branded by Tesla thanks to a huge logo painted on the side of its factory, but now the electric car company is seeking approvals to install a giant billboard as well. The ad is notable because it...

Cabin Fever: Here's a New State Parks Cabin Designed to Attract Millenials

California is hoping to attract more youngsters to its state parks, so it asked a bunch of architecture students to design cooler cabins for camping. This snappy-looking little cabin, called The Wedge, is just one of the designs to....

Pushing Up Daisies: Can the Development Police Uproot Kilroy's Flower Mart Plans?

Tenants of the San Francisco Flower Mart are speaking out against the development plans that would put an office building on the Flower Mart's SoMa site, and they have former mayor Art Agnos on their side. Kilroy Realty struck...

Morning Linkage: Lincoln Heights is Growing Up, No More Mountain Vineyards

· So many people want San Gabriel Mountains to be a National Monument · N. Broadway in Lincoln Heights growing up with five-story building · Metro thinking about some discounted fares for TAP carders · A tour of some...

Rent, Don't Buy: Midcentury Modern in the Arizona Desert is Awfully Cold

This rather beautiful midcentury modern house needs you to move in—not because it's facing foreclosure, but because all its concrete floors and stone walls could really, really use your furniture. In fact,...

Rumormongering: Rumored Obama Buy Actually Sold to a Couple from Nebraska

As was suggested days after the rumor started circulating and pretty obvious from the get-go, the Obamas did not spend $3.5M on a contemporary mansion in the Rancho Mirage neighborhood of Thunderbird Heights back in July, because that is...

Tight Spaces: Someone in Berkeley posted a Craigslist...

Someone in Berkeley posted a Craigslist ad for what is surely the world's tiniest rental. At $2,000/month and only nine square feet, this "spacious, carpeted," er, micro-unit "with lots of windows and great light" is, yes indeedy, the trunk of...

Renovations: Concrete Apartment Livened Up with a Bright 'Circulation Space'

Photo via Jakob Gomez Tasked with renovating a 657-square-foot unit inside a '70s-era concrete apartment building in Monterry, Mexico, for a couple looking to start a family soon, architect Jakob Gomez opted to make a "radical rearrangement" and "really exploit...

AM Linkage: SF Tower Safety; Uber's War on the 'Stache; Quake 'Lightning'

· How safe are rising S.F. towers in wake of Napa earthquake? · Fremont's quest for a downtown · This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft · State budget watchdogs urge restraint on Tesla gigafactory tax breaks · Quake...

Artistry: Surreal Architecture Shots Look Like Cityscapes From a Dream

Photo via Matthias Heiderich Shot by Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Matthias Heiderich these dreamy photographs of what might normally be totally unremarkable buildings—all located in Copenhagen, Malmö, Sweden, and Oslo and Tromsø in Norway—take on an almost Dr. Seussical feel when...

Mind Your Manors: Buy a $50M Parcel of Southhampton's Famed Wooldon Manor

Once privy to the title of the "most opulent home in the Hamptons," the storied Wooldon Manor, built for the heiress to the Woolworth's fortune, was ultimately destroyed in the 1940s, leaving only its surrounding outbuildings for South Hampton's...

Sold Stuff: The Real Estalker reports that actress...

The Real Estalker reports that actress Meg Ryan just bought actor Hank Azaria's 4,000-square-foot New York apartment for $8M. Before Azaria owned the full-floor converted SoHo loft, it was home to artist Cindy Sherman.

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