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Deeds & Don'ts: Farm-to-Table Living

Deeds & Don'ts: Farm-to-Table Living

In towns that are still quintessentially rural communities, it’s not unusual for local farmers and ranchers to lease land or offer arrangements to cultivate it. For those of us not up to full-time farming, but who long to retreat to fields and pastures, the Bay Area offers opportunities to cultivate smaller-scale homesteads. For a truly back-to-the-land getaway, consider the following areas.

San Francisco Cottages & Gardens
April 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: A-List Bay Area Brokers

Deeds & Don'ts: A-List Bay Area Brokers

To navigate the incredibly competitive Bay Area real estate market, you need the finest minds in the business. SFC&G and the Luxury Marketing Council convened a real estate roundtable with nine power brokers from the city’s top firms, moderated by Luxury Marketing Council Chairman Alf Nucifora. With the input of these leaders in their field, we identified the attributes of the best-in-breed broker. Here are the Top 10 things to look for when interviewing potential agents:

San Francisco Cottages & Gardens
April 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: Early Bloomers

Deeds & Don'ts: Early Bloomers

One of the snowiest Februarys on record meant the 2015 market got off to a slow start. But come March, brokers noticed a pick up in traffic, thanks, in part, to indications from the Fed that mortgage rates will increase sometime soon. Sellers, too, are starting to list their homes, which is “a wise move,” says Becky Walsh of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty. “They’ll have a leg up on sellers who are waiting until the grass is green and their gardens are in full bloom.” Here, a look at six spectacular listings, from a literary landmark in New Canaan to a Greenwich gem with its own three-hole golf course.

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
April 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, Tyra Banks and Gina Gershon Are All On the Move

Deeds & Don'ts: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, Tyra Banks and Gina Gershon Are All On the Move

South of 14th Street, several star-studded properties have recently changed hands. Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde have just sold their second-floor, two-bedroom love nest at 66 Ninth Avenue, in the heart of the Meatpacking District. Capital gains have bloomed for America’s next top real-estate mogul, Tyra Banks. It has attracted its fair share of other famous residents, such as actress Dakota Fanning and singer John Mayer.

New York Cottages & Gardens
April 2015
Joan Rivers's Penthouse Lists for $28 Million

Joan Rivers's Penthouse Lists for $28 Million

The late comedian Joan Rivers triplex penthouse has recently been listed for $28 million. The 5,100-square-foot spread sits atop a Gilded Age mansion and boasts five bedrooms, two terraces, five fireplaces, and a ballroom decorated in a style Rivers famously called “Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger.”

New York Cottages & Gardens
April 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: Small Homes with Awesome Amenities

Deeds & Don'ts: Small Homes with Awesome Amenities

It’s not hard to find an impressive big house or a small house with more modest charms. What’s difficult is locating a gem of a home that’s been lavished with fine finishes and awesome amenities but that also clocks in at 3,000 square feet or fewer—or so they say. In actual fact, even in a state known for its grand estates, Connecticut offers a wealth of small wonders, including antique farmhouses, brand-new townhomes and everything in between.

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
March 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: Fantasy Island

Deeds & Don'ts: Fantasy Island

Regal homes, glamorous apartments and a vision for new possibilities are what's buzzing in New York real estate. Power couple Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller are hoping to build Pier 55, a 2.7-acre floating park in the middle of the Hudson River.The Dakota apartment of the late actress Lauren Bacall is listed for $26 million with Rebecca Edwardson of Warburg Realty. Park Avenue’s Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, on the market for $48 million, could be restored to a single-family home.

New York Cottages & Gardens
March 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: Romantic Winterludes

Deeds & Don'ts: Romantic Winterludes

February is the month when we celebrate the great indoors. With the weather outside still frightful—some combination of snowy, sleety, gray and cold—few can resist the urge to nest for the next few weeks. So this column is dedicated to places and spaces for just that, whether the nesting’s done at the hearth, in a cozy kitchen or romantic master suite, or all around a home built to accommodate house parties and weekend guests.

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
February 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: Homes with Grand Kitchens

Deeds & Don'ts: Homes with Grand Kitchens

Realtors report that the heart of the home has to function as just that: a space to gather for family meals (sorry, dining room), entertain, do homework, watch movies, hang out and, oh yes, prepare food. The most common complaint about the kitchens in older homes is that they were designed as remote rooms for cooks and servants—a la Downton Abbey—with no connection to where family life is lived. So topping the “ideal kitchen” list is an easy flow into a family or great room, a formal dining room, preferably with a butler’s pantry, and doors that open onto a terrace for al fresco dining.

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
January 2015
Deeds & Don'ts: Transbay Ascendant

Deeds & Don'ts: Transbay Ascendant

San Francisco’s newest neighborhood is rapidly taking shape: The Transbay District and neighboring Rincon Hill, anchored by the $4.5 billion Transit Center, is speeding ahead with the promise of providing one of the greatest luxuries in the Bay Area—freedom from traffic—along with some of the best weather in the city and an easy stroll to the Embarcadero and waterfront. No fewer than 10 high-rise condominium projects are in the pipeline for the area, including several designed by globally recognized architecture firms.

San Francisco Cottages & Gardens
February 2015
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