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An example of architectural history in Los Angeles

27 Sep 2012
At its best, architecture is more than just the process of designing homes or commercial buildings. Its most important practitioners imbue their work with their own particular creativity and insight. In our daily lives, we can sometimes catch glimpses of this specific type of genius by seeing novel buildings in big cities or visiting one-of-a-kind Read More
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High-end coastal homes helping Monterey's housing market

27 Sep 2012
The enduring demand for high-quality homes in the Monterey area has helped the region's housing market stabilize, according to The Californian. In fact, many investors view the market as so strong that they are scooping up properties, further raising the value of local land. These factors led to a 12 percent jump in single-family home values b Read More
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Balance home and land in Santa Ynez

26 Sep 2012
Matching a home to its surroundings is one of the best ways to give it a style and design all its own. Your living space extends far beyond the house's walls, so it is important to incorporate elements of the surrounding estate into your home. This is especially true with luxury homes , which are often larger, more intricate and are situated o Read More
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Three great CSAs in the Monterey region

25 Sep 2012
As the local eating trend gains steam and more celebrity chefs tout the benefits of farm-fresh produce, the CSA movement has substantially increased its number of adherents across the country. Standing for Community Supported Agriculture, these small farms provide customers with weekly or monthly shares of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy Read More
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George Bernard Shaw production comes to Monterey

25 Sep 2012
As he was writing plays during the late 19th and early 20th century, the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was famous for exploring complex social issues with sharp wit. He quickly became one of the most famous minds of his time, and in the century since he has earned the reputation as one of history's truly great dramatists. For this reaso Read More
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High-end home sales heating up in Sonoma

24 Sep 2012
Sonoma's housing market is making significant gains, according to the Press Democrat, largely buoyed by the sale of luxury homes in highly desirable neighborhoods. The increased sales of these high-end homes helped raise the median price in the area 11 percent from July to August. Real estate professionals in the area have been seeing an incre Read More
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Explore 'Highway Hypnosis' in Pasadena

24 Sep 2012
The strange interplay between time and place has been a seemingly inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists for centuries. Painters especially seem to be drawn to the ways in which these two dimensions interact and relate. It shouldn't be surprising, then, that Pasadena, a city with a long history of art and artists, has a museum devoted Read More
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Palm Beach residents can celebrate the beauty of the "river of grass"

21 Sep 2012
Although in many ways Florida is a modern state, with its rapidly growing population and burgeoning luxury home development, the Sunshine State has an incredibly rich and diverse natural history. One of the most cherished and significant components of this legacy is the Everglades. The Everglades has had an outsized effect on southern Florida' Read More
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Reclaiming Edwardian design in San Francisco

21 Sep 2012
There was a time when many of San Francisco's luxury homes were designed to be ornate and opulent - doorways were emblazoned with intricate patterns and walls were covered with large and baroque works of art. As sustainability and simplicity have gained a foothold, however, this trend seems to be reversing. Now, many of the city's most sty Read More
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The perfect soundtrack for a great meal in Pasadena

21 Sep 2012
Legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins once said that the beauty of jazz  lies in its ever-changing nature, how it offers "a different sunset every night." Because it is improvised and depends so much on the unique combination of players, it is impossible to know exactly what you will get each time you go to a concert. In many way Read More