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Mid Century Laurel Canyon Zen Oasis (w Pool) for just over $1M

by Peter Lorimer

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Perfectly situated on a quiet and serene street, this mid century post and beam canyon home encompasses many of the qualities that define an oasis in the city.

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Gorgeous lot, flanked by lush bamboo, add privacy and beauty, while the sparkling backyard pool surrounded by stone sets the stage for entertaining and relaxation. Open beam ceilings, rich hardwood floors add volume and depth, and further enhance the many fine touches throughout this gem.

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A gorgeous and thoroughly updated kitchen opens to a living room with French doors leading to the backyard and pool area. A beautiful master suite, spa bath and walk in closet complete this beautifully crafted home! Located in the award winning Wonderland school district.

For a private tour of this and other exquisite homes email SellingSunsetSrtrip@gmail.com or call 310 666 7383

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By Peter Lorimer

Being a fan of global architecture I like to trawl the various blogs and news sites for articles that are a little more than the usual noise. This article is regarding a pretty magnificent modern home in Stockholm that really caught my eye.

There is a crispness to the lines that make the home feel decidedly Scandinavian yet a house of this style would be just at home on the bluffs overlooking the ocean in Malibu.

Take a look and let me me know what you think and thanks to guys at Freshome too.

Cheers
Pete

Modern Home with Sophisticated Details and Views of the Stockholm Inlet

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Welcome to a recently built modern villa found on Residence.se, that features an inviting pool and great views of the Stockholm inlet. The plastered facade along with the numerous windows give a sober modern impression to the exterior of the residence. With a total living area of 227 square meters (five bedrooms and three bathrooms), this place is perfect for a large family. The interiors all give away a feeling of space, while the generously sized windows allow natural light inside and connect the house with the outdoors. The living room has an open and airy floor plan with exit to a large balcony all along the southern facade. Sophisticated lighting details, modern furniture elements and subtle color accents that do a great job contrasting the plastered white walls set the tone for this elegantly-designed villa. Since there are so many inspiring home items displayed in the photos below, we will let you have a look and give you further information, if you require so in your comments.

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By Peter Lorimer

I work with developers and builders quite often so I am always looking for inspiration to bring to the table before we start a build. The Ber house is a magnificent example of fine lines and breathtaking design, you can feel that the architect walked the soil obsessively to find the exact perfection in the way that the home is placed on the lot. Sometimes modern homes can be quite jarring however with this home I love the fact that in my opinion many of the design elements are inspired by an era over 50 years ago making this home undoubtedly able to stand the test of time in regards to the fine design.

Take a look and let me know what you think?

Nico van der Meulen Architects have completed the Ber house in Midrand, South Africa.

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Description from the architects

The client requested a contemporary, iconic house without unnecessary rooms, open plan and airy. They needed 4 suites, a living area and a large study as he does a lot of work from home. The wife originally wanted burglar bars, which is not allowed in the estate, but this was the inspiration for the random steel bars used around the house, which could possibly keep flying elephants out.

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The house was designed by Werner van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects as a simple rectangular shape, with the living rooms in the centre, surrounded by a koi pond and a pool. From the porte cochere one walks over the koi pond to the front door, looking through the hall, dining room and family room at the pool on the north side. The koi pond filled with mature koi surrounds the dining room on two sides. Broken slabs of granite with steel sheets over acts as steps between the dining room and hall to the family room and kitchen. A cantilevered staircase jut out of a granite clad wall, with an illuminated handrail cut into the wall.

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The kitchen is enclosed by frameless doors, and opens up to the lanai and the east, facing the garden. A steel grating balcony to the main bathroom on the north-east corner protects the kitchen from too much morning sun. The study faces north and east, with the east side facing the lanai across the pool. A bridge crosses over the living room, connecting the pyjama lounge and kid’s bedrooms with the main suite.

M Square Lifestyle Design used the random patterns evident on the steel facade as inspiration for the interior design. Illuminated ceilings add to the feeling of transparency , while the materials used were chosen to complement the contemporary feel.

B&B Italia, Pedrali and Molteni &C furniture, Foscarini and Zero lamps and Lignet Pure rugs were supplied by M Square Lifestyle necessities, along with steel sculptures by Regardt van der Meulen.

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By Peter Lorimer

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Barbara Bestor is one of the finest architects  of this type of house and she has created a masterpiece with this example. In this listing on Roseview she jus simply nails. The house is nestled at the very top of Mount Washington in amongst the greenery with significant views of Downtown LA. The quality that I love the most about this house is that it screams “No Bling” it’s emphasis is on the true lines of the era and all its subtleties.

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The home has been completely renovated from top to bottom and features tones in the wood that echo the original architecture along with a magnificent courtyard off the master. It has the hallmark open plan design of course but one of the most prominent features is how the architect has brought the outside in with views of nature from many rooms and with the rather grand sliding doors off the living room that make nauture just as much a part of your living room as your coffee table.

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All in all you will have to work hard to find another home in Mt Washington that checks all the boxes of design, location, view and price so I recommend that if this is your kind of home this is one you should definitely visit.

If you would like a private tour of this or any of the homes on my site please contact me .
Peter@PeterLorimerGroupEsrates.com
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Listing Details
Filled with glorious light, Architect Barbara Bestor’s first, most dramatic residence gleams with a soulful, seamless continuum of nature drawn indoors. Situated atop Mt. Washington the residence offers a private peaceful oasis. A generous open social space combines living, dining,and kitchen with perfect flow to a large deck and the most impressive cinematic views of downtown L.A. The Master enjoys peaceful courtyard views and stunning bath with glass shower continuing the theme of nature within. Two additional bedrooms share a light-filled bathroom. A lower level bonus room with half bath complete the residence. The generous lot offers room for pool and other creative enviroments.

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As far as the Hollywood hills goes there is a definite snob factor in the hills surrounding Sunset Plaza Drive and the renowned Doheny Estates however the hills stretch all the way from Beverly Hills to the West and Los Feliz to the East so there are many parts of the hills not as will known as the area mentioned but just as viable.

Case and point The Outpost Estates and surrounding areas including Macapa. This house sits atop the Outpost area with views that rival any 90069 house. The finishes are beautiful and this is one of the best luxury properties in the area without a doubt.

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This property screams quality and is amazingly private which is always a challenge when constructing a home with views. I have no complaints about this home apart from one, which is I feel that the price point its still a little high. I feel that the home is still priced as if it were on “The Plaza” which is why it has not sold in my opinion. 5M it’s not unheard of in this part of the hills at all but it is not the norm so I would stay take another bite out of the price and I think this house will pop and will be well worth it. It’s a fabulous house that everyone in the neighborhood knows that will bring kudos to any buyer.

Peter

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Listing Details
Meticulously redesigned&located in the highly desired area above Outpost Estates,this rare compound is truly one of the crown jewels of the Hwd Hills.Situated perfectly w/a jetliner view from downtown to the ocean, this estate welcomes you w/a resort-style ext lvg area incl a solar heated saline pl w/glass beadcrete finish,waterfall,spa&distinctive lush tropical landscaping w/full outdr Viking kit.The home offers the ultimate indr/outdr lifestyle w/retractable Fleetwood drs throughout.5 bd. total&6 ba. w/Lacava sinks&Phillippe Starck Hansgroghe AXOR fixtures.Huge prof Kit w/dual sub zero fridge/freezer, 60’wolf range,white Caesarstone counters&brushed white oak cabnts.Flrs are white Oak&Porcelain controlled by liquid radiant heated sys,prof Media rm,guest suite,Koi pond, hiking trail,8 cam ELK sec sys & light sys.The incredible master level encompassing almost 2,000sf incl dual vanity ba w/amazing view,push button fireplace&outdr deck made Ipe wd that wraps around

Kelly and Michael’s Light and Bright Abode

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Name: Kelly and Michael
Location: Hyde Park, Chicago, IL
Size: 1,480 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; rented

The last word that one probably wants to use in reference to one’s home is “clinical,” but according to Kelly, that’s what the space felt like when she and her husband Michael moved into their university-provided housing three years ago. Anyone else may have felt daunted by the linoleum flooring and austere white walls, but in the face of these challenges, Kelly and Michael have managed to create a serene and stylish home brimming with personality.

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Instead of focusing on the potential drawbacks of the apartment, Kelly and Michael saw all the possibilities offered by its ample space, large windows, and the relatively open flow between rooms. They’ve made the most of the abundant sunlight (and the stunning views of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan), keeping the rooms light and airy.

Above all, their home is an exercise in balance. In the bedroom, Kelly and Michael have kept the furnishings limited, but what’s there is cozy, chic, and inviting. Mid-century style runs throughout the space, but these vintage aspects are tempered by the addition of more contemporary furnishings. And Kelly’s ability to tastefully parcel out color means that the apartment maintains a nice visual balance between neutral and invigorating. To my mind, the office offers the clearest example of their combinatory prowess. A red-orange rug offers a shot of vibrant color and lush texture while the clean lines of the furniture keep the space feeling orderly, making for the perfect blend of comfort and efficiency.

Such a careful distribution of elements makes the apartment feel sophisticated and simple, while still being full of character. With some coffee, conversation, and Red House Painters on the stereo, I felt thoroughly comfortable in Kelly and Michael’s home, and I can attest that no trace of that clinical feeling remains. By embracing its best features, Kelly and Michael have created an inviting home that strikes a remarkable balance between interest and ease.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style/ Inspiration: (Kelly) The ranch house I grew up in in northern Indiana. My late mother was self-taught in mid-century modern design; my favorite pieces in our home were once hers. I’ve tried to imitate what I loved about our old house: the natural light, a big library, plants, and a good stereo.

Favorite Element: All the windows, crown moulding (though it has been painted over many, many times), built-in bookshelves, and large rooms.

Biggest Challenge: The cruddy-looking tile flooring; but because we’ve been able to mask it (or distract from it), most friends don’t even notice it right away.

What Friends Say: “Great view,” and “Is this really university housing?”

Biggest Embarrassment: Our building is old, so the problems are pretty standard — the walls crack and paint chips off the moulding on a regular basis, but it’s not that bad, so we don’t complain!

Proudest DIY: The dresser in the bedroom — wanting a White Attic-like dresser, we bought this off Craiglist for a steal, and then sanded it, painted the top and sides and stained the front of the drawers. For any real DIY-er, this is less impressive, but painting several rooms and hanging IKEA shelving in the kitchen made us feel pretty proud of ourselves, too.

Biggest Indulgence: Rugs and reupholstering several items, both of which we did over a period of years because of the cost. However, we highly recommend the people who did the reupholstering: Slipcover Plus, a family-run business in Oak Park. They are reasonably priced, will pick up and return your piece of furniture for a flat fee, and can make custom slip covers or completely reupholster just about anything.

Best Advice: Don’t push all your furniture up against the walls; repeat “themes” throughout rooms so there’s some uniformity but each space still has its own look and feel; and always hang art a little higher than you think you should. All good advice from my dear friend Bethany Adams!

Dream Sources: Blu Dot, Scout Chicago, Unison Home, NYC Craigslist.

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Resources of Note:

LIVING ROOM

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• Draperies: West Elm
• Small wool rug: Crate & Barrel, via Craigslist
• Large sisal rug: Crate & Barrel
• Pair of armchairs: family hand-me-down, reupholstered with fabric from Fishman’s
• Side table: Knoll knockoff, via Craigslist
• Arc lamp: CB2
• White cube table: Crate & Barrel
• TV cabinet: CB2, via Craigslist
• Yellow lamp: thrift store
• Rocker: Eames re-issue, via Craigslist, with IKEA sheepskin
• Cocktail table between the bookshelves: family hand-me-down
• Bookshelf/console behind couch: Craigslist (then sanded and stained)

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Bidding Wars are Back!!!

Today, both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal declared “bidding wars are back” (seriously, word for word!). According to the WSJ, 71% of the SoCal-area bids Redfin’s real estate agents have made so far this year have faced competition. But don’t get too worked up–this is not about frothing-at-the-mouth buyers so much as it is about there being so few houses up for sale. Redfin reported last week that inventory in LA was down 16.7% in March over February, and down 38.7% over March 2011. The only LA-area city that had higher inventory in March than in February: Beverly Hills, with .4% growth (a total of one house). However, over March 2011, inventory in Bev Hills is still down 29.8%. According to the WSJ, LA only has a 4.7 month supply of housing (“Real-estate agents consider a market balanced when there is a six-month supply of homes for sale”).
Meanwhile, the number of sales in LA was up 24.6% in March over February, “making it one of the most active months in the last year for home sales.” But, like we said, this is not a buyers gone mad situation–the WSJ notes that “Competitive bidding in the current environment isn’t producing huge price increases or leaving sellers with hefty profits, as occurred during the housing boom.” Median prices for single family houses in LA were only up .6% over March 2011 and up 5% over February (to $355,000); condos were up 5.5% over February (to $290,000).
So what’s the deal with these declining inventories? The WSJ thinks it’s 1) sellers taking their houses off the market to wait for prices to go up; 2) investors swooping in (often with cash offers) and getting all the good stuff; and 3) the foreclosure shadow inventory–potentially “hundreds of thousands” of bank-owned, still unlisted houses.