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San Francisco is second-healthiest housing market in U.S.

18 Mar 2013
Although it was hit hard by the housing market downtown of the late 2000s - as so many U.S. cities were - San Francisco has demonstrated a strong ability to bounce back to its pre-recession levels. In recent months, increasing demand and consumer confidence have helped strengthen the San Francisco real estate market, helping it become one of the h Read More
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Upcoming Santa Ynez event pairs local wine with local art

18 Mar 2013
One of the perks of owning Wine Country real estate is the abundance of wine tastings, art exhibitions and social events at your disposal. Indeed, these celebrations often intermingle, allowing residents a chance to spend an enjoyable evening taking in some of the region's most celebrated outputs. One example of such an occurrence will be held at Read More
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Design ideas from Santa Barbara's trendsetting home offices

18 Mar 2013
The modern office is changing, and many Americans - especially those who run their own businesses or work in more creative fields - are spending more time working from home. This is true in California, where a large number of residents are their own bosses, often able to decide when and where they complete their work. Because of this, a great numb Read More
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New exhibit celebrates women's domestic artwork

18 Mar 2013
Until relatively recently, women's contributions to art and culture have been largely overlooked, but an upcoming exhibit at the Southhampton Historical Museum hopes to remedy that. The show - "Not the Devil's Workshop: Women's Hand Work, 1800 - 1930" - features an extensive collection of antiquities and artwork demonstrating the creative craftsma Read More
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Los Angeles housing market returns to pre-recession levels

18 Mar 2013
After a few years of relative stagnancy, the Los Angeles real estate market is showing several positive signs. Increased consumer optimism, an improving job market and a shrinking supply have all contributed to positive gains in recent months, according to LA Observed . Although all sectors of the city's housing market have shown signs of improvem Read More
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An eclectic design approach for Manhattan real estate

18 Mar 2013
When people go about a home redecorating project, they often try to pick a theme and create a coherent atmosphere in their house. This approach has the benefit of consistency, but some designers have begun advocating a more varied style. Believing that a disparate collection of art and furnishings can add depth and vibrancy to a home, these profes Read More
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Award-winning string quartet comes to Santa Fe

18 Mar 2013
Although the Brentano String Quartet is technically the Resident String Quartet at Princeton University, it has spent much of the last decade hopping from continent to continent. An international audience has fueled the group's success and helped it to win many of the most prestigious awards in classical music. On March 1, the quartet will perform Read More
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Bay Area real estate experiences across-the-board gains

18 Mar 2013
Demand for homes in the Bay Area has surged in the past few months, and inventory is dropping and prices are rising as a result. According to the  San Jose Mercury News , the pace of the recovery of San Francisco's housing market has been accelerating recently, which has sapped the region's supply of for-sale homes .  According t Read More
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New exhibition showcases the wide-ranging Santa Ynez landscape

18 Mar 2013
The lush, dramatic landscape of the Santa Ynez Valley makes it an ideal venue for painters and photographers. It should not be surprising to learn, then, that the region is filled with aspiring and accomplished artists. Six of the area's most talented members of this growing cohort currently have their paintings on display in one of Santa Ynez Read More
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A trip to France, without leaving Ventura

18 Mar 2013
It is fitting that 71 Palm Restaurant is located in a classic Ventura home, as the venue manages to combine fine dining with down-home comfort and a welcoming atmosphere. The setting of the restaurant - an charming example of early 20th century Ventura real estate - helps the venue's chef and owner, Didier Poirier, provide an intimate eating e Read More