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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

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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

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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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By Peter Lorimer

Looking for a mid century fixer in Valley Village? This could be it.

This house located on a quiet cul de sac named Alcove has the potential to be super chic as it has the awesome open lines that are the trademark of the mid century homes we love. The place needs everything but in many ways that’s the best canvas to start from.

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The rooms are all open plan in the main area of the home which opens out onto a rather large pool which does also need a little decheesing, but all in all if you are looking to get stuck in to a place and want great bones this could be it. Priced at a very reasonable $665,000 for a healthy 2400 sq ft plus this 4 bed and 3 bath could totally be a winner in the right hands.

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Spacious one story mid century on a cul-de-sac in prime Valley Village location. Amazing open floor plan with almost 2500 sqft is great for entertaining. Living room with fireplace has sliders out to covered patio. Open kitchen with stainless steel double oven and five burner cook top leads to huge family room and with formal dining area. Family room with beamed ceilings has built-in bar with beveled glass cabinetry and double sets of sliders to bring in great natural light. All three baths are completely updated with Walker Zanger tiles and exciting fixtures. All of the four bedrooms are together in one wing. Master suite has walk-in closet and gorgeous bath, including shower with seating bench, which leads to outdoors. Private backyard with pool is great to relax, featuring a big patio, fruit trees, rose garden and romantic covered cabana.

This is a very interesting article with a couple of surprises and some areas you expect…… take a look!

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Where Angelenos are looking to move

Trulia’s released its latest Metro Movers Report, which looks at where people live now and where they’re searching for houses–it covers October 1 through December 31, 2011 (the last edition showed Angelenos were itching to get to Riverside). Besides finding that everyone seems to want to move to Florida, this time around they looked at where locals want to move within their own cities. Here are the top five zip codes that Angelenos are checking out in Los Angeles:

91436, Encino
90036, Fairfax/Mid-Wilshire/Hancock Park
90066, Mar Vista
90064, West LA/Cheviot Hills/Rancho Park
91604, Studio City

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Where people are who are looking to move to LA

And the report also looks at which out-of-towners are checking out houses in LA. The top four locations are all SoCal:

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And it analyzes where Angelenos are looking to move when they look to move out of town. Riverside has been dethroned by Santa Ana/Anaheim/Irvine, but still comes in second. Number three is that bastard New York:

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Mortgage rates plunged to new all-time lows this week as investors in bonds that fund most home loans reacted to news that the economy grew more slowly than expected during the last three months of 2011.

Freddie Mac’s weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey showed rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.87 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending Feb. 2, down from 3.98 percent last week and 4.81 percent a year ago. That’s a new all-time low in Freddie Mac survey records dating to 1971.

Rates on 15-year fixed-rate loans averaged 3.14 percent with an average 0.8 point, down from 3.24 percent last week and 4.08 percent a year ago. Rates on 15-year loans have never been lower since Freddie Mac began tracking them in 1991.

For five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loans, rates averaged 2.8 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from 2.85 percent last week and 3.69 percent a year ago. That’s a new low in records dating to 2005.

Rates on one-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.76 percent with an average 0.6 point, up slightly from last week’s record low of 2.74 percent. At this time last year, the one-year ARM averaged 3.26 percent.

“Most mortgage rates eased to all-time record lows this week as fourth-quarter growth in the economy fell short of market projections,” said Freddie Mac chief economist Frank Nothaft in a statement. “The gross domestic product rose 2.8 percent in the final three months of 2011, below the market consensus forecast of 3 percent, while consumer spending in December was flat. One bright spot, however, was that fixed residential investment increased for the third consecutive quarter and residential construction spending rebounded in December, rising 0.7 percent.”

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WEST HOLLYWOOD: There’s now another place (besides IHOP) to get grub in the wee hours of the night in Boystown. On Monday, Kitchen 24 opens up on the Santa Monica strip with many of the same American classics that are served at the Hollywood Kitchen on Cahuenga.CHINATOWN: On Figueroa, just over the 110, Mexicali Taco & Co. is opening up its first brick and mortar after operating a successful taco stand at First and Beaudry. Opens Tuesday.WEST HOLLYWOOD: Eater reports that the former Hamburger Hamlet space on Sunset near the Beverly Hills border will be split into two, with Italian and Chinese restaurants–both fine-dining concepts–opening in the historic spot.LOS ANGELES: We can’t all be Jonathan Gold, constantly traipsing out to the San Gabriel Valley for some hot and sour soup. Eater hascompiled a map of the best Chinese cuisine that doesn’t require hours of driving, including restaurants from Westwood to Northridge.· Eater LA [Official Site]