Month: January 2014

Inside The Stunning Lake Tahoe TownHomeThat’s Been Named ‘House Of The Year’

  View of Lake Tahoe from Ms. Mansouri’s Fleur du Lac  condo. A luxurious waterfront home, made famous as the setting for “The  Godfather: Part II” where Fredo Corleone met his watery demise was recently  named The Wall  Street Journal’s 2013 House of the Year With…

For The Love Of Wood !!

Wood is both universal and unique. No other material is as deeply embedded in the history, culture and life of humans worldwide as wood, yet every single piece of wood is unique. The color tone, texture, durability, flexibility and even sound qualities of different…

Meet The RYNO

A Tiny Oregon Company Thinks People Will Buy Its $5,000 One-Wheeled Motorcycle When five people emailed Chris Hoffman to offer him $25,000 each  for their own versions of his one-wheeled electric  motorcycle,  the RYNO, he knew he had a viable business on his hands….

ArchDasily’s Top14 Structures ‘The Best New Buildings Of The Year’

  The Antinori Winery in Italy won in the Industrial  Architecture category.   ArchDaily set out to  determine the  best buildings from around the world that blend beauty, intelligence,  creativity, and service to the community.After receiving nominations from more than  3,500 projects featured on its site…

The Price of the Home Across the Street and Its Casting Shadow

looking at a Silicon Valley estate sale which was “priced to sell” according to the listing, and when you’re searching for tangible information, words like that (along with vague adjectives like “quaint” and “charming”) eventually lose all their meaning! Instead, they become signals of…

3 Lil Tips For Selling Your House This Year

If you plan to sell  your home in 2014, be aware that buyers have changed since the economic  downturn. They’re savvier than ever, and they’re not desperate. Many of today’s buyers are Millennials (also known as Generation Y) who’ve come of age with  access to endless information…

Photographing Africa’s First Underwater Hotel Room

  Travel photographer Jesper Anhede originally went to Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania to start a surf school  with a friend at The Manta  Resort   But he ended up with an even bigger challenge: photographing the resort’s  underwater hotel room — the  first of…

FB Beat The Streets ! Facebook Now Makes Most Of Its Money — 53% — From Mobile Ads

One of the most stunning statements Facebook just made is that 53% of its  revenue now comes from mobile — not desktop — ads. When it went public during the spring of 2012, Facebook wasn’t making any  revenue from mobile ads. Mobile revenue is…

Brilliant Architectural Designs Around The World- Part 1 of 2

INDUSTRIAL ARCHITECTURE: Hotchkiss Biomass Power Plant,  United States Hydro-electric Powerstation, Germany   Antinori Winery, Italy Arteche High Voltage Laboratory, Spain   Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer, France INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: Office-Garage, Poland Pulsate, United Kingdom FINE, United States Consexto Lab, Portugal Walmart Sao Paulo, Brazil OFFICES: Technogym…

14 Basic Real Estate Terms That Everyone Should Understand

So you are entering the real estate world? Whether you are  trying to buy or sell a home (or do both!), you need to familiarize  yourself with the lingo. You don’t want industry jargon to confuse you  and keep you from missing something crucial….