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Carmel-by-the-Sea the way it was meant to be

29 Nov 2012
Many Americans harbor the fantasy of living by the sea. This is especially true in California, where the sky-blue Pacific Ocean beckons and nearby cities offer top-shelf cultural events and convenient amenities. Of course, because of this, beachside homes are an extremely precious commodity in the Golden State. As a result, when a property of this Read More
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The Cape is a great place to be an artist

20 Nov 2012
Cape Cod is known for its abundance of artists and creative residents. In fact, playwrights Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill as well as painters Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock have all called the peninsula home at one point or another. Perhaps it is the beautiful seascapes dotted with iconic Cape Cod houses or the private nature of Read More
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Ventura housing market showing strength

14 Nov 2012
Growing demand and a diminishing inventory of for-sale homes have helped raise the median price of homes in Ventura. As the market improves, more buyers have started entering the luxury home market, according to the Ventura County Star. In fact, the low inventory and rising sale prices have led some local experts to declare this fall an ideal time Read More
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Home prices surging in Sonoma

14 Nov 2012
After a strong summer, home prices have continued to rise this fall throughout wine country, especially with regard to Sonoma county real estate . According to the North Bay Business Journal, the median price for a home in the North Bay rose again in September, climbing to the highest level in more than four years. In Sonoma County, the median pri Read More
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Two mainstays in the Bay Area dining scene

13 Nov 2012
The Bay Area has long been known for its trendy fine dining options. This region has been home to some of the most respected and popular restaurants in the country over the years, and continues to add to its collection of new and interesting dining venues. Because of this, the city boasts top-shelf restaurants across a wide variety of styles and c Read More
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Smaller homes can be just as extravagant as larger ones

13 Nov 2012
During the recession of the late 2000s, many homebuyers and builders scaled down their thoughts about how big houses should be. Prompted by reluctance to invest too greatly in property coupled with new concerns about eco-friendliness, Americans frequently opted for houses smaller than those they had chosen for many years. According to The Real Dea Read More
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The state of the housing market on the Cape

8 Nov 2012
Whether for a seaside summer home or a modern year-round residence, Cape Cod remains a popular place to buy a home. The tight-knit community and stunning views make this region a perennial favorite for individuals, couples and families at any stage of life. However, the question remains: is it a good time to buy one of the Cape Cod homes for sale? Read More
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Bay Area's housing market going strong

8 Nov 2012
After serving as a locus of high foreclosure activity as recently as a few years ago, California has made significant strides to get its housing market back in shape. Just as much of the country's big cities' markets have begun moving in the right direction, homes in the Golden State have begun to follow suit. In popular regions like Los A Read More
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Where to find a fine cigar in Santa Fe

8 Nov 2012
Some people enjoy lighting up a nice cigar to celebrate the birth of a child or add a convivial touch when meeting up with an old friend. For them, a cigar serves as a way of setting one particularly special day apart from the rest. However, some people have a much closer relationship with cigars. To these people, a high-quality cigar is an essent Read More
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A big museum in a small city

8 Nov 2012
For many years, art lovers who wanted to view some of the world's most famous paintings, sculptures and other artifacts had to trek to large cities to do so. The vast majority of the world's great museums were concentrated in a handful of historic cities like Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin. Later, Americans were thrilled when a few major c Read More