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Local architects innovate for both high-end, afforadable housing markets

Posted by: | Posted on: July 6, 2020

Since 2004, architects Yakuh Askew and Martine Paquin have collaborated to influence the Bay Area’s architectural landscape.

Askew, principal of Y.A. Studio, partners with Paquin, who helms an eponymous design firm focused on interiors, to develop both high-end residential design and affordable housing.

“We work across the spectrum,” said Askew, who

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‘Good Bones’ Reveals a Trick for Creating Outdoor Space Where None Exists

Posted by: | Posted on: July 4, 2020

The stars of “Good Bones,” Mina Starsiak and her mom, Karen Laine, know what it takes to renovate a house in their home state of Indiana. Still, this mother-daughter duo don’t always see eye to eye, which can cause problems during a renovation.

In the show’s latest episode, “The Greenwich Village Townhome,” Laine and Starsiak work on an attached Indianapolis condo that may look familiar to regular viewers. After renovating one half of this building in a previous episode, Laine and Mina have bought the other half, and are fixing it up to sell.

And while these two may be familiar with the building, this home has unique problems—no outdoor space, for example—that Starsiak and Laine need to resolve together.

However, with Laine announcing her imminent retirement from their company, Two Chicks and a Hammer, (she’ll still be on the show helping out with projects), things are hectic. This

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Foreign Home Buying Dries Up, Easing the Way for Domestic Buyers

Posted by: | Posted on: July 4, 2020

Foreign buying of U.S. homes was a driving factor in markets from California to Florida, helping prices reach new highs. Now, the pandemic, reduced travel and immigration restrictions are further undermining already weakening international demand.

Overseas residential real-estate purchases climbed steadily between 2011 and 2017, peaking at $153 billion in the year ended March 2017, according to the National Association of Realtors. About 60% of foreign buyers are recent immigrants or foreigners who live in the U.S., while others buy U.S. homes as investment properties or vacation homes, according to NAR.

Foreigners represent a tiny percentage of overall buyers. But because they have tended to cluster in coastal cities like New York, Miami and the Los Angeles area, they sometimes have had an exaggerated influence in these markets, especially at the higher-price end. Foreigners also were more likely to pay cash, making their offers more attractive to sellers.

Foreign appetite 

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Deck Out Your Tiny Balcony With These 5 Instagram Decor Ideas

Posted by: | Posted on: July 3, 2020

You don’t have to have a big back porch or lush backyard to enjoy the outdoors. Even you, urban dweller, can turn your cramped balcony into a chic oasis.


Our outdoor spaces arguably have never been more important, especially this summer, with so many of us itching to get outside after months of quarantine.

But wait—what’s that, you say? You don’t have any outdoor space to speak of? Instead of a big back porch or a lush backyard, you’re cooped up in an apartment or condo with only a sad, tiny slab of concrete and some metal railing.

Don’t despair! You don’t have to stay inside and be miserable. Even you, urban dweller, can turn your little balcony

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$29M Townhouse on NYC’s Upper East Side Is Most Expensive New Listing

Posted by: | Posted on: July 3, 2020

A townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is on the market for $29 million. Built in 1910 and fully renovated, it’s the week’s most expensive new listing.


A sun-filled, five-story townhouse on New York City’s Upper East Side has landed on the market for $29 million. Built in 1910, the multilevel home is this week’s most expensive new listing on realtor.com®.

Located just off Fifth Avenue, the limestone mansion sits on “one of the most coveted blocks,” according to the listing details, which note that it is flanked by and across from “houses of equivalent architectural merit.”

At 8,800 square feet, the spacious spread includes a finished basement, a gym, 12 rooms, a garden, and terraces.

The home also has an interesting history.

Once the

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