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Bethany Erickson

06/28/19 2:30pm

When the Jack Turner had his home designed in Arcata, California, it was clearly designed to be comfortable, to take advantage of the gorgeously treed surroundings, and placed within a quick drive to Humboldt State University, where he was an English professor. 

Jack, or Uncle Jack to my husband and his brother, passed away last November, and our family made the decision that the house built to be his sanctuary would be placed on the market. 

Selling a home from Texas, where we’re all based, isn’t exactly easy. 

Uncle Jack was a traveler, a music lover, and a voracious reader, and all of those things were present throughout the home. Bookshelves groaned with literature and classical music CDs. Artwork collected through his travels punctuated the space. He had lived there since 1987, so there were more than three decades of treasures contained in the beloved abode.

It would need to be cataloged, claimed, and distributed before the professionals could get to work. 

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06/26/19 12:30pm

west hollywoodThe site where the Cherokee Studios in West Hollywood sat for years, where some of the most indelible music in history was recorded, looks a lot different from when Ringo Starr induced his former bandmates to come record with him, and where Sinatra and Bowie headed to record. 

And while the building is now a Green LEED Platinum work/live complex known as the Lofts at Cherokee Studios, you can still see where the developers have paid homage to the artists that called the studios their workspace while recording some of the most important albums of their lives. 

Founded in 1972, the studios quickly became the go-to place for artists who wanted the expertise of Joe and Bruce Robb. At its heyday, five studios were in use at the studios at Fairfax Avenue (where the lofts are now), as well as three studios at another location. The first big hit recorded there was Steely Dan’s “Pretzel Logic,” and more hits followed. Cherokee shuttered for good in 2007. (more…)

06/24/19 9:00am
Pool

Photo courtesy Compass Pools

We have a beach home for a family of five — with a twist, a Colorado ranch that includes a car museum and a fossil, possibly the world’s most terrifying swimming pool, and road trip suggestions.

Here’s what we’re reading. What are YOU reading?

New Zealand Beach Cabin a Retreat for Five

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We cannot get over this beach hut/cabin designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, and featured on Dwell

It sits on the dunes at the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand, and can be moved on two sleds.  (more…)

06/03/19 2:00pm

Photo courtesy Corum Properties

We have affordable castle living in Scotland, a conceptual house in a rock, a man-made island in Dubai that is FINALLY ready, and an amazing fixer in the woods in Idaho.

Here’s what we’re reading. What are YOU reading?

Castle Life, But No Castle Dollars? Head to Scotland

Want to live in a castle, but don’t have castle coffers? The historic Dalnair Castle in Loch Lomond — roughly 30 minutes from Glasgow, Scotland — may be the answer.

The castle has been converted into 10 luxurious two and three-bed apartments, Glasgow Live reported.

“Since its purchase by FM Group in 2016, the castle has undergone a £3.3 million refurbishment,” the story said. “Built in 1884 by Glasgow merchant, Thomas Brown, on the site of the former much smaller Endrickbank House, the castle boasts a striking tower and Tudor-arched doorway.” (more…)

06/01/19 2:00pm
Bella Vista

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Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 14th city on the list — Clemson, South Carolina. This week, we look at Bella Vista, Arkansas, and found three great homes — all for less than $300,000.

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“This relatively small town is home to just 27,600 people and has amazing weather and lovely natural surroundings for active retirees,” MoneyWise said. “In addition to its seven lakes, hardwood forests, and many walking trails, homeowners can also choose from several golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts, and shooting ranges for low monthly fees.”

“With a median home price of $102,000 and a median monthly rent of $895, Bella Vista is a truly affordable spot to settle down.”

Want to see what we found in Bella Vista? Let’s jump! (more…)

05/31/19 2:30pm

buckinghamNo word on where Fleetwood Mac rocker Lindsey Buckingham is heading to next, but he and his wife have turned into quite the real estate investors — and their latest home, a true celebrity compound in Brentwood, California, is now up for grabs.

Realtor.com reports that Buckingham and his interior designer wife Kristen bought a 1.2-acre double lot for $6.6 million in 2004, and have listed the custom home they built and decorated for $29.5 million. Several years ago, the two bought a $5.8 million lot and built a spec home, and eventually sold it for $19 million.

This latest listing is very private, sitting behind double gates and tons of lush landscaping. Inside, the main home is full of Old-World, European touches, without feeling stuffy. (more…)

05/27/19 9:00am

mansionAnne Rice’s former New Orleans mansion got another price haircut, you can’t get in or out of Bali right now, we’re ogling a gorgeous abode on Manhattan Beach, California, and we also find out what cities are tops when it comes to summer destinations.

This is what we’ve been reading. What are you reading?

Anne Rice’s Former NOLA Mansion Gets Another Price Reduction

We’ve written about the New Orleans mansion that author Anne Rice once called home — it was first listed in 2017 at $5 million, and the price was reduced to $4.5 million last year. (more…)

05/25/19 1:00pm
Clemson

Photo courtesy Visit Clemson

Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 15th city on the list — Brevard, North Carolina. This week, we look at Clemson, South Carolina, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“Located just two hours from Atlanta, Georgia, this growing college town is still an affordable spot to retire,” MoneyWise said. “Median home selling price is currently about $180,000, but naturally pricing varies by neighborhood.”

“The west side of town is close to the college — home to the famous Clemson Tigers football team — so it’s both a livelier and louder part of town during the school year. Clemson is considered to be very friendly to newcomers and offers plenty of continued learning opportunities and a good tax base for retirees.”

Want to see what we found in Clemson? Let’s jump! (more…)