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20 game-changing places to live

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:00:00 UT

What's defined the West more than anything else is the sense of opportunity. So where is the innovation happening right now?

How to revive a historic cabin

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:00:00 UT

A real estate dead-end drove a couple to the hills—
and to a historic cabin.

Top 14 style trends for 2018, according to Pinterest

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:00:00 UT

Pinterest searches are surging for these trends to watch in home decor.

Getaway: Revamped Wine Country estate ‘built to be friendly and comfortable for people’

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 15:52:19 UT

It all started with a bad case of dry rot. And what began as a simple remodel transformed into a multimillion dollar rebuild that produced one of the most scenic and luxurious homes in Wine Country. “When we bought the house were going to do minor, minor remodeling, then we discovered significant dry rot throughout the house,” said Terry Otton, who bought 3100 Old Sonoma Road in Napa with his wife, Nancy, in 2004. “We were stuck, so we started to rebuild.” Now their 34.

A classical statement in Pacific Heights

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 15:40:44 UT

Much as Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, Kathryn Peters’ belongs at 2747 Vallejo St. For the last 14 years, she’s resided in the stylish Pacific Heights home, hosting holidays, marveling at the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and putting her flourish on the classical design. She planted hydrangeas in the south-facing garden and added brass hardware to the master bathroom. She and her friends watched the Blue Angels from her roof deck during Fleet Week. “The home is so special. I don’t say that lightly. It has magical views,” Peters said. “It’s so hard for me to be selling. I retired in July and moved back to the East Coast where I grew up.

Getaway: ‘Sleek, savvy, sexy home’ in Truckee offers jaw-dropping mountain views

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:42:26 UT

Offering six bedrooms and nearly 8,000 square feet of living space, a mountainside mansion in the Sierra Nevadas beckons to all those in search of a high altitude high life. “It’s a sleek, savvy, sexy home,” said David Gemme of the Gemme Group at Oliver Luxury Real Estate, who is listing 19040 Glades Place in Truckee for $6.9 million. “It’s the coolest house I’ve ever listed.” During winter, the home’s position on the mountain allows residents to ski out their front door and hit the nearby lift. Jaw-dropping views dominate the landscape as the entryway looks through to floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of Martis Valley.

Freshly completed waterfront paradise overlooks Tiburon’s Lyford Cove

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 01:37:25 UT

Builder Joe Sherer designed the home on the shores Tiburon’s Lyford Cove for himself. But virtually anyone can appreciate the refined material palette, endless views and thoughtful built-ins at 2070 Paradise Drive. Five years after acquiring the land and making his first drawings, Sherer finally developed the waterfront property that’s now on the market. “It was a really arduous building process,” he said. Sherer obtained the land for the property late in 2011. He immediately set out sketching a design with sleek details like five sets of corner windows. The freshly completed home overlooks the water through floor-to-ceiling windows on all levels.

How to renovate a home on a budget

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:00:00 UT

To renovate a fixer-upper on a budget, a couple rolled up their sleeves and hit the Internet. Here's what they learned.

10 Inventive Kitchen Backsplashes

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:00:00 UT

One of the ways to make a big impression in the kitchen is by choosing a creative backsplash.

11 Ways to Decorate with Outdoor String Lights

Sat, 7 Oct 2017 11:00:00 UT

Create a fun outdoor space, with a timeless look.

High-end Silicon Valley home has striking views

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 20:10:54 UT

Architect Robert Swatt adores hillsides. The principal at Swatt/Miers Architects looks at each incline and downslope as an opportunity to marry nature and design. His latest project in the Los Altos hills is an example of Silicon Valley grandeur on full display. Here, high-tech amenities and luxurious finishes abound within a gracious floor plan totaling around 10,000 square feet. It’s a prime example of Swatt designing a space that blur the lines between indoors and out. “Each building is knitted to a site in a way that almost seems inevitable, to create exciting spatial experiences,” Swatt said.

Relaxing oasis in the hills of Marin County is perfect for entertaining

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 20:00:26 UT

Wander the hills of Marin County to discover a four-bedroom oasis on a cul-de-sac in San Anselmo. Located at 1 Freda Lane, this hillside residence enjoys abundant natural light, a shimmering pool, a cabana and views of Mount Tamalpais. For a couple of years, it’s been Gabriella Ascione’s refuge. Now the San Franciscan is moving on and putting the luxury retreat on the market. Saying goodbye is never easy, and Ascione will miss the early evenings most of all. “It’s simply magical right before sunset when you have the cool breeze and you’re overlooking the trails and San Anselmo hills,” she said.

Luxurious cabin in mountains of Lake Tahoe features reclaimed timber

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 17:18:05 UT

Sometimes starting over is the best option. That’s why architect Todd Gordon Mather called for a total teardown and rebuild of 3960 Belleview Ave. in Homewood, rather than try and renovate the ramshackle cottage near the western shore of Lake Tahoe. “At some point you have to say ‘scrape it’ because it will cost more to try and fix it than to do it all over again correctly,” said Mather, principal of TGM Architect in Tahoe City. “In this case, it was better for the clients to pull the plug and cut losses, and go brand-new and get what they really wanted.” Originally built in the 1930s, the structure had fallen on hard times when a Napa couple bought the home in 2006.

Make a memorable pathway with paving stones and plants

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:24:12 UT

Using paving stones as an alternate walkway or to add attractive hardscaping to a garden is now commonplace in many a garden. In many cases, that raises the issue of what to plant between those pavers, and here is where the elements of beauty and practicality intersect. There are many ground covers to choose from; fortunately, there are ways to narrow down those choices. A good plant for paving stones should do three things: It should stay very low and not grow quickly. A plant much taller than the paving stones is going to obscure them and/or just look odd.

7-bedroom Tudor showcases ‘warmth, stunning craftsmanship and character’

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:04:55 UT

The landmark estate sits along Orinda Country Club, and Roaring ‘20s grandeur is on full display inside the charming Tudor. “It has been extensively updated and showcases incredible warmth, stunning craftsmanship and character,” said Dana Green of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is listing 27 La Noria for $4.75 million. The grounds afford panoramic vistas of the surrounding region, a verdant oasis of tree-studded hills. Solid-core doors and hand-hewn open-beam ceilings represent some of the fine Douglas fir finishes found throughout the home. Dual seating areas offer the oversize living room plenty of space for gathering and entertaining. A mini brick backsplash rests behind the range, and the kitchen hosts a built-in spice rank, dual dishwashers and a pair of sinks. Custom cabinetry accents the eat-in kitchen as the adjoining media area includes a built-in desk. Leaded glass also appears in the master suite, this time in a French door opening to a private deck. Upgraded last year, the bathroom offers dual vanities, a soaking tub and a stall shower with rainfall head. Built in 1928, this seven-bedroom with more than 5,000 square feet of living space sits atop a 0.8-acre estate. Connecticut Bluestone patios surround the listing that includes a detached pool house with a similar design and material palette.