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May 31, 2016
The $19,500 Faucet


(NEW YORK) Music-playing showers, 3D-printed faucets, and wine stations that can keep a bottle fresh for up to three months are all on display at Pirch’s newest store in Manhattan. The retail chain sells luxury home and bath appliances in showrooms that let you try before you buy. And at lofty prices, who wouldn’t want to give these appliances a test run before bringing them home. Tech Insider reports that “like Ikea, the products at Pirch are organized into small, life-like displays, called vignettes. Most items on display — from the showers to the pizza ovens — are fully functional, so anyone can turn on the appliances, watch them in action, and imagine them in their own homes.” What might you marvel at here? How about a dishwasher that opens when you knock on its door or a one-of-a-kind ‘60s-style oven that took a French craftsman four months to paint by hand. There’s a tub that plays music and a shower system that shines colored lights, emits smells, and plays relaxing sounds. You’ll probably need those relaxing sounds after shelling out $50,000 for an oven or $19,500 for a faucet. Take a peek at the link below. 

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May 27, 2016
Cape Cod Open House


(MASHPEE, MA) It’s Cape Cod weather. If you need another excuse to head to one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country over Memorial Day Weekend, three fresh, maintenance-free cottage models at New Seabury will be open for viewing. The Cottages at New Seabury evoke a simpler time and a return to the picket fence charm of old Cape Cod, but with all the modern conveniences you’ll want in a home. The Cottages, with open light-filled interiors and welcoming outdoor living spaces, are a short walk or bike ride to New Seabury's beaches. They are also tantalizingly close to the community’s two golf courses. The Ocean Course provides spectacular views of Nantucket Sound and Martha's Vineyard, while The Dunes Course presents a tough inland test. If you go, check out the plans for the new Athletic Club slated to open in 2017.

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May 25, 2016
Super Green, Super Expensive


(SANTA CLARA, CA) How green do you want to go? Turns out that going a little green (think low-voltage lighting, bamboo floors, and dual pane windows) doesn’t affect a home’s price much, but the higher up the scale you go the price can skyrocket. Especially if you don’t want to sacrifice luxury. Looking for a home with Energy Star appliance, solar panels, and smart thermostats? Expect to shell out quite a few more greenbacks. Financial Review reports, based on data from Realter.com, that the median premium for LEED-certifed homes will run you a whopping 50 percent more. "Affluent buyers do not want eco at the expense of luxury, but if you can put them together, they'll pay a premium," says Gregg Lynn, a realtor with Sotheby's International Realty. Lynn says the homes he sells are like Teslas: His clients buy them as much for their design as for their environmental attributes. They wouldn't buy a Prius or the real estate equivalent of one. Click the link below for a look at some of the luxurious homes around the country that have gone super green.

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May 23, 2016
Senior Comeback


(LAS VEGAS, NV) The Great Recession did two things in the Las Vegas market—it wiped out seniors’ finances and the launch of new senior communities, according to a recent piece on VegasInc. But developers are finally back at building 55-and-over communities here, though the times have changed the nature and scope of such projects.  The new crop of communities has abandoned the golf-centric lifestyle and instead is offering amenities like pickleball, bocce, and ballroom dancing. Among the new senior developments currently underway are Lennar Corp.’s 220-acre Heritage subdivision in Henderson, Toll Brothers’ 110-acre Regency project in Summerlin, and Newport Pacific Land Co.’s 52-acre Latitude development in Summerlin. Not one of them has a golf course. The good news is that the valley already has a substantial of courses to satisfy the 55-and-overs when they tire of pickleball.

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May 19, 2016
MVP Home


(ORINDA, CA) Of course there’s a basketball hoop. And the putting green is no surprise either. What is surprising is how not over-the-top Stephen Curry’s Spanish-style home is. We’ve grown accustomed to multi-millionaire athletes’ penchant for homes that defy imagination. The Golden State Warriors’ star seems to have a quieter style. He’s put his current home on the market to move to nearby Walnut Creek. Don’t get us wrong, this is a very nice home. Five bedrooms, red-tiled roof and white stucco exterior covered in ivy, soaring ceilings with exposed wood beams, large windows and French doors throughout. All tucked among 100-year-old oaks in a very private setting. The realtor makes it sound a suburban couple’s dream home: “Very centrally located…less than a mile to get into town…close to BART.” The basketball hoop would look at home in any driveway and the putting green is modest. But take a look for yourself at the link below. Seems greatness doesn’t require ostentation after all.

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