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Real Estate porn! What is your present fave house/apartment/residence?

 
 
davincihomes
 
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Reply Fri 6 Dec, 2013 01:08 am
@tsarstepan,
O wow this is great ! . i so so much loved it.
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Fri 6 Dec, 2013 01:31 am
@davincihomes,
Possible spam bot?
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Fri 6 Dec, 2013 03:09 pm
This one would just about be right for me. There would have to be an old pub about five minutes staggering distance.

http://media.rightmove.co.uk/55k/54823/39969610/54823_SBY120428_IMG_00_0000_max_620x414.JPG

http://media.rightmove.co.uk/55k/54823/39969610/54823_SBY120428_IMG_03_0000_max_620x414.JPG

http://media.rightmove.co.uk/55k/54823/39969610/54823_SBY120428_IMG_05_0000_max_620x414.JPG

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-39969610.html
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 6 Dec, 2013 03:35 pm
@saab,
I subscribed, occasionally at the same time, to the New York Time, the LA Times, and the Washington Post - not to mention a bunch of magazines. Now I can't keep up payments, so I watch the number of clicks I make on those per month. Somewhere in the last ten years, I got into reading the Guardian, as much for culture as politics. I have about thirty papers on my news bookmarks, including some italian ones but they're sort of down on the list since my italian isn't what it used to be, and it used to be only mediocre.

On looking at caffes, I'm keen on the life of cities and I'm keen about food - and I like coffee, so I like those type of articles. The Guardian has a lot. I shouldn't tell you that, it can get addictive.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 17 Dec, 2013 12:24 pm
Ok, now, here's one I could live in happily, assuming it was already paid for and property taxes were free:

http://blog.sfgate.com/ontheblock/2013/12/17/celebrity-chef-tyler-florence-lists-delicious-mill-valley-abode/#18948101=0

Worth a look, at least for the kitchen (oh my goodness) - but I like the whole thing generally. Not my usual number of "what were they thinking?" comments to myself.

Egads, a cookbook library! I have one too, but mine is a closet 24" wide, 18" deep, 4 1/2 feet high, set over a heating vent. I suppose it was meant to be a tiny pantry. Not to whine. (What'll I'll whine about is that I am de-accessioning and a lot of those cookbooks have got to go.)

http://blog.sfgate.com/ontheblock/wp-content/blogs.dir/2283/files/tyler-florences-mill-valley-home-for-sale/12.jpg

http://blog.sfgate.com/ontheblock/wp-content/blogs.dir/2283/files/tyler-florences-mill-valley-home-for-sale/17.jpg
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neko nomad
 
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Reply Tue 17 Dec, 2013 10:02 pm
(click for the interior)
http://www.learner.org/courses/globalart/assets/non_flash_386/work_249.jpg

Ah-h, if you dream, dream big!
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 18 Dec, 2013 10:08 am
@neko nomad,
All I remember is that there were various troubles with the house.. though I generally like the looks of Wright's' buildings, including this one. Well, maybe not the Guggenheim.

Farmerman has posted about the house somewhere here, I'll see if I can find it.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 18 Dec, 2013 10:20 am
@ossobuco,
The pertinent quote is on page three, the last page, but the whole thread is a pleasure for me to see again -

http://able2know.org/topic/132084-1
neko nomad
 
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Reply Wed 18 Dec, 2013 07:51 pm
@ossobuco,
lol Just wisecracking- I wonder if Frank ever got paid in full for his creation and if the buyer ever lived in it.

Lovely example of wretched excess, though, and applies to the title of this thread.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 19 Dec, 2013 01:32 pm
Kitchen porn!
50 Dream Kitchens You Desperately Want To Cook In
http://www.buzzfeed.com/maxa6/50-dream-kitchens-you-have-to-pin-before-your-frie-dyxp
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jan, 2014 08:52 am
Ufogel Mountain Home in the Austrian Alps is Inspired by Nature
http://www.weather.com/home-garden/ufogel-mountain-home-austria-east-tyrol-photos-20140102
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chai2
 
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Reply Fri 3 Jan, 2014 09:14 am
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

Kitchen porn!
50 Dream Kitchens You Desperately Want To Cook In
http://www.buzzfeed.com/maxa6/50-dream-kitchens-you-have-to-pin-before-your-frie-dyxp


I have never understood the concept of having the kitchen practically in the middle of the living room.

Oh sure it looks fine in a magazine spread, but what about real life?

You're sitting in your nice new living room, which you keep orderly, and look over and see the inevitable bag of chips, some dirty dishes or pots, or the blender, toasters and other small appliances that are collected over time.

Who wants to look at that?

The pictures off the galley kitchens are fine.
saab
 
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Reply Sat 4 Jan, 2014 05:19 am
@chai2,
I would not like to have an open kitchen either. I like large kitchens where one can eat but also a dining area some other place.
It is now modern and so many houses and apartments have open kitchens.
Architects are dominating how we have to live. It is according to how they think a house/apartment should be.
You save money for wall/s and have a spacious living area on less area than if you have a kitchen and livingroom and dining area seperated by walls.

what also is typical for modern living is that therre might be chairs for 4-6 around the dining table but only sitting for 3-4 in livingarea. Alweays less than dinging chairs. The lvingarea is for the family to strecht out and watch TV. I have been visiting a family of five with one very expensive leather chair and a two seater in the leaving room and a very large expensive TV.
Nothing unusual. How can you have a good family life? How welcome does the older generation feel when they have to drag in chairs from the kitchen to sit on?

http://veidekkebostad.se/lorensberg/wp-content/uploads/sites/136/import/images/brf-lorensberg_interior_1.jpg
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 10 Jan, 2014 11:48 am
http://hgtv.sndimg.com/HGTV/2013/10/29/RX_NKBA-2014___yellow-asian-bath-3__h_lg.jpg

The Year's Best Bathrooms: NKBA People's Pick 2014, Extended Gallery
Get inspiration and bathroom design ideas from these stunning, professionally designed baths. This special extended gallery includes 30 photos representing all nine finalists in the National Kitchen and Bath Association 2014 competition.
http://www.hgtv.com/bathrooms/nkba-2014-best-bathrooms-extended/pictures/index.html?oc=outbrain&c4=The-Years-Best-Bathrooms-NKBA-Peoples-Pi
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saab
 
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Reply Fri 10 Jan, 2014 02:01 pm
I visited a retired couple - in my neighbourhod - and the lady of the house showed me their new bathroom.
The toilet lid closed by itself when one was finished. ( I did not dare to ask what will happen in case the lid cannot open!)
The shower had spotlights all over. (I did not say I do not want spotlights on my naked body anymore)
Then there were all kinds of mirrors on the walls (What a job to keep all this clean and spotless)
They use the old bathroom in the basement!!!!!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2014 04:32 pm
@tsarstepan,
I only made it to #24 - I don't really like any of them very much, at least so far. I like rooms. If there is seating - say, a breakfast nook or bar thing with seats facing the kitchen, I want a wall w/door between that and the dining room. I've always had small, or at most fairly small, kitchens. If they have enough counter space, they're efficient. I'm not a big fan of having to go around an island to get to the stove from the main sink.

I already designed and built with my husband our dream kitchen (equal input, yep). Too bad we needed to move. It was small and even easy for two people to cook/work in.

When I moved here, I added an 8 ft. wall to close off one of the kitchen entries (who needs two from the living room, much less an extra 8 ft one). The living room holds my dining table, which fits in with the other furniture from my parents. I can see into the living room from the sink area, but that's only a space of 13" x 6 feet, and it has cabinets above that view space. The added wall gave me room for more kitchen cabinets and on the living room side, more room for paintings. The house is a lemon (I bought it too fast) but I don't hate all of its design.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2014 04:34 pm
@ossobuco,
Now off to look at the bathroom buzzfeed photos.. before I look at #25 - 50 more kitchens.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 14 Jan, 2014 05:14 pm
@ossobuco,
Ok, ok, ok, you can get to a sink from the stove in most of them, but I'm still uncomfortable with not being able move fast across a kitchen, some giant block in the way. Picking a few I don't just hate right away - 11, 16, 22, 29?, the Eichler reno, 44?
They all remind me of lofts. I've lived in two... let's skate through the loft!

Adds, what's with the stairway right next to the stove burners?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 14 Feb, 2014 05:30 pm
http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/walkthrough/article/Grand-architecture-highlights-Berkeley-home-5233414.php#photo-5873491

http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/26/31/75/5873491/5/628x471.jpg
Here's a home/building I like well enough - but would rather see with no furnishings - in this case, as in many, they are very distracting from the actual house. Not crazy about the the square shaped front patio areas being the same number of feet from the face of the house (or so they seem).

The steps, in and out of the house, have some problems as I see it. As a retired land arch, were it my house, I'd like to play with the exterior steps relative to the house and sidewalk, and effort involved for the person (it looks like they were added later), but I might end up with how they are now as well, since where they are is sort of dictated by the building. I think they should center on either where the (odd) cylindrical space is or where the front door is (wherever it is), from the street but....
Anyway, I'd either end up agreeing with how it is or make some wall and step changes.

While I was at it, I'd change the inside steps to make them more comfortable.



edit, staring at it again, maybe the biggest square patio frontage and room behind it is the add on.
saab
 
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Reply Sat 15 Feb, 2014 03:29 am
@ossobuco,
I do agree wih you. Somehow some of the furnitures do not fit in the house.
There is one bedroom with lovely old beds and above kind of flags. What kind of room is it? For kids it is not "young" enough and for grrown ups it is too childish.
Bench seats by the window offer a relaxing place to lounge in the family room. I have always liked bench seats by a window and never had it. But why are there two easychirs with the back to the sofa and facing an empty wall?
 

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