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Chinese Building Looks Just Like the Starship Enterprise, On Purpose

Google, Facebook, and other big tech companies may have bought into the idea of designing their headquarters so that employees never want to leave, but they don't have anything on the headquarters of Chinese gaming and mobile Internet company...

On the Market: Fancy Royal Towers Two-Bedroom Wants a Huge $7.95M

Russian Hill's Royal Towers has long been one of the city's most expensive, prestigious co-op buildings. Earlier this year, a very fancily remodeled two-bedroom in the building asked $10.5 million, and last December a penthouse in the building was available...

Renzo Wire: Renzo Piano's Latest Project in Italy is a Bit of an Overachiever

All photos by Enrico Cano via Designboom Well, it seems Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) has been quite busy. While we were all distracted trying to figure out what exactly Renzo's new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art...

Homes.com embracing local data

Homes.com, a listing portal that commands a large audience but is sometimes overshadowed by Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com, has recently placed a focus on helping prospective buyers get a better feel for neighborhoods online. The portal is playing catch-up with competitors in adding some types of community data to it its search experience...

How to build and evaluate profitable lease renewal programs

This one change in management process reduced the number of expired leases to almost zero. Our company now maintains an average occupancy rate of 98 percent. Reducing the number of expired leases reduced turnover and vacancy rates by 1-2 percent. Show More Summary

Convention Center Chronicles: Here Are the Three Potential Looks For the Madeover Los Angeles Convention Center

Design by HMC Architects and Populous Los Angeles has needed to update the LA Convention Center for a long time and for a while there it thought it might have a solution: LA Live developers AEG promised to completely...

Abandonment Issues: This Video Tour of an Abandoned Asylum Looks Straight Out of a Horror Film

Screenshot via Vimeo Ruin porn goes cinematic in "Project Senium," a debut release from a group of filmmakers determined to preserve the experience of incredible abandoned spaces through elaborate short films. This video, just under 10 minutes, takes you through...

Poppy Montgomery of 'Unforgettable' buys new in Pacific Palisades

Actress Poppy Montgomery is moving up. She has bought a newly built home in Pacific Palisades for $4,898,585 -- not to put too fine a point on it.

Foreclosure activity rises to 18-month high in April

Driven by an increase in bank repossessions, 125,875 properties faced some form of foreclosure activity in April, representing an 18-month high, according to RealtyTrac's U.S. Foreclosure Market Report...

AM Linkage: Photo-Stalking the SoCal Oil Spill; Leap Shuts Down, for Now

Street art in the Mission. Photo via Lamar Anderson · Photos show scope of 105K-gallon SoCal oil spill · 20 highest-paid Bay Area executives under 40 · Regulator shuts down Leap private bus fleet temporarily · Imagination takes off in...

Globe Trotting: Mondrian's Geometric Paintings Inspired This Welsh Home

All photos via Dezeen Though its name—Cefn Castell—and the low stone wall on its perimeter may give the impression of a fortress on Game of Thrones, this lovely Welsh house is much less medieval. Built by Manchester, United Kingdom-based architecture...

Home of the Day: 1930s Spanish Colonial in Mar Vista gets a new look

This Spanish Colonial residence in Mar Vista was remade by the husband-and-wife architecture team of Peggy Hsu and Chris McCullough with a mix of repurposed materials and contemporary finishes. Shaded by tall privacy hedges, the 1930s home has vintage steel-frame casement windows, modern wood cabinetry...

House of the Day: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's Prohibition-Era Long Island Pad Asks $3.8M

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. All photos via Coldwell Banker Location:...

Contractor and Bookkeeper Sent to Prison for Ripping Off Borrowers

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Paxton Jeffrey Anderson, 44, Montevideo, Minnesota, and Joseph John Plany, 42, Hutto, Texas, were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton to eight years and four years in prison, respectively, and ordered to pay $3,270,425 in restitution. Show More Summary

Calatrava 'Treated Like a Dog' Over World Trade Boondoggle

Santiago Calatrava isn't only the architect behind the scandal-plagued ascent of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub; he's a person too, you know, and he wants to remind people that he has feelings. "It has not been easy for.....

Real Estate Investor Admits Rigging Bids at Foreclosure Auctions

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Eric Hulsman, a Georgia real estate investor, pleaded guilty to his role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Georgia. Felony charges against the defendant were filed on March 27, 2015, in the U.S. Show More Summary

Real Estate Agent Sent to Prison for Straw Buyer Scam

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Arlene Jeanette Mojardin, 32, Bakersfield, California, was sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to two years and six months in prison for conspiring to commit bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud, in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme in Bakersfield. Show More Summary

You Can Buy Geraldo Rivera's Nautical-Themed House for $3.75M

"The funny thing about this whole house," Geraldo Rivera's wife explains during a 2010 video tour, "is that Geraldo designed it 10 years ago to be his bachelor pad." That might be a funny thing about this house, but...

Adventures in Interior Design: Quirky Modern Pad Manages to Stay Very French, Very Classy

All photos by Patrick Leclerc via Home Adore With a name like "Carte Blanche Apartment," this modern pad done up by French interior design duo Anne-Maud et Natacha unsurprisingly holds quite a few quirks, evidence that the designers couldn't help...

Curbed LA: Mark Duplass Picks Up a Barbara Bestor-designed Gem in LA

Those wacky Duplass brothers. Jay Duplass is the one with glasses who plays the damaged brother in Transparent and prefers Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in suburban Eagle Rock. Mark Duplass is the affable leading man type who goes for...

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