Mid-Island Real Estate News & Market Trends

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Dec. 4, 2020

Comfortably Classic

A Fresh Take on Traditional Charm in the Hamptons

WRITTEN BY VICTORIA HITTNER
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAQUEL LANGWORTHY PHOTOGRAPHY

Few summer properties are so celebrated or storied as those in the Hamptons. So when Susana Simonpietri was contacted by the new owners of a summer home in East Hampton Village, New York, she understood their desire to modernize the home without sacrificing its original character or existing charm.

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Posted in Home Decor
Nov. 27, 2020

Effortless Exhale

An Alabama Lake House with a Sense of Place

WRITTEN BY RONDA SWANEY
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ©JEAN ALLSOPP

“When you walk in the main level, it feels like you’re floating on a boat in the water,” says designer Jan Ware of her family’s weekend getaway house. Ware’s eponymous interior design firm joined Richard Long of architecture firm Long & Long Design, both of Birmingham, Alabama, to craft the perfect retreat on Lake Martin.

 

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Posted in Home Decor
Nov. 24, 2020

Want to escape the city housing market?

(NC) A real estate trend emerging from the pandemic is that more city-dwellers are fleeing to rural areas and smaller urban centres. With many of us working from home and higher infection rates in urban areas, there are many reasons to consider a move. One creative way to do this is with land lease; a model of home ownership where you own the home without having to buy the land.

If ditching the hustle and bustle of the city sounds attractive to you, here are some reasons to consider a land lease:

Affordability

The land lease model costs about 30 per cent less than purchasing a traditional freehold and allows you to maintain and build equity while freeing up money for life’s other priorities. This makes it much easier for first-time buyers to enter the market and for retirees to downsize while still maintaining equity

Services and amenities

Families with children of all ages will appreciate different neighbourhood-building amenities, such as community centres, playgrounds and fitness centres. For retirees, exterior maintenance services, walking and biking trails, and social clubs and activities help them to stay active and independent much longer.

Outdoor living

Living outside a dense city means you have quick and easy access to nature through more private outdoor space at your own home as well as shared outside spaces in your community. 

Posted in Real Estate
Nov. 9, 2020

Tall Order

A Narrow Lot Pushes the Boundaries

WRITTEN BY JEANINE MATLOW
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN GARVIN PHOTOGRAPHY

On the coveted flower streets of Corona del Mar, California—think names like Carnation—sits a distinctive dwelling that skillfully blurs the lines between indoors and out. Behind the scenes, Greg and Wendy Blackband, owners of Costa Mesa–based Blackband Design, worked closely with Graystone Custom Builders, Teale Architecture, and the homeowners to complete this custom home.

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Posted in Home Decor
Oct. 30, 2020

Waves of Change

A Modern-Day California Surf Shack

WRITTEN BY CAROLYN M. RUNYON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KURT JORDAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Rincon is one of the most famous surf spots in California, drawing surfers from all over the world. The circa-1920s beach shack on this Rincon Point property was a near tear down, but CJ Paone, owner of Ventura-based Archipelago Workshop, wanted to maintain the history and vibe of the original era. His award-winning design and remodel of the now 2,100-square-foot home evokes an “old house” feel with vintage style architectural elements, uncluttered spaces, and a bright beachy atmosphere.

 

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Posted in Home Decor
Oct. 28, 2020

The Retirement Plan

WRITTEN BY BLAKE MILLER

Retirement can be an exciting time of life for many people. And with the number of retirees growing every year—Americans retiring daily has almost doubled since 2000—there’s more information and research coming out on how to best enjoy that time. So what are the best ways to take advantage of retirement? Here are some habits to help make the most of your post-working years.

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Posted in General Interest
Oct. 23, 2020

The Guided Garden

Using Container Gardening to your Advantage

WRITTEN BY CATRIONA TUDOR ERLER

From the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the modern self-watering containers, the ability to grow plants in pots has transformed the gardening experience throughout history.

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Posted in General Interest
Oct. 21, 2020

Beachy Base

A Sandy yet Sophisticated Family Home

WRITTEN BY BLAKE MILLER
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LOUISE ROCHE / STYLING BY VILLA STYLING, @VILLASTYLING

When Donna Guyler got the call from her longtime clients about a beachfront project they needed help renovating, the interior designer jumped at the opportunity. “We worked with the family on two of their previous homes,” says Guyler. It was because of this past relationship that the homeowners were able to give the designer full rein over the project, from concept to installation. “They provided us with a fairly broad brief, allowing us to have significant input into the redesign of the home, as we had worked with our clients previously,” she says of the three-story beachfront pad. “They trusted us to envision and create their dream home for them.”

 

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Posted in Home Decor
Oct. 16, 2020

Across the Pond

London, England

WRITTEN BY KATHRYN O’SHEA-EVANS

Pinkies out. Few destinations top dream globe-trotting lists more than London, England. The Big Smoke, as anglophiles call it, is chockablock with thrills—from the historic (think Shakespeare’s rebuilt Globe Theatre) to the buzzing and new (like the Science Museum Science City gallery, opened in 2019). Here, what else to see and do on a hop across the pond.

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Posted in Travel
Oct. 16, 2020

1901 Cougar Crescent, Comox, BC

This one-owner home is well built, solid and ready to become your dream home! A newer kitchen overlooks the private, .22 acre, corner lot and the patio doors in the dining room access a fabulous, covered deck. The open concept living and dining room is great for entertaining complete with a wood burning fireplace. Downstairs is a large rec room, laundry, and bathroom. There is ample parking as well as a spot for your RV or boat. AND, you can’t beat the location - walking distance to schools, parks and a short drive to CFB, airport and beaches. R1.1 zoning allows for a mortgage helper.

Book your in-person or virtual tour today!

Posted in Real Estate