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September 4th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Proudly offered by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties agents Simon Salloom and Tyson Park, for $7.995 million

Nestled on a hillside overlooking the Los Angeles basin, the Wolff Residence offers dramatic city views that span to the ocean. The residence was designed by John Lautner, FAIA, as his only homage to his mentor Frank Lloyd Wright and is often regarded by many architectural experts and aficionados as his finest work. The residence is an engineering tour de force marked by its use of geometric shapes and large scale, complemented by the extensive use of the architect’s signature Bouquet Canyon stone and hardwoods.

Surrounded by mature trees and set on an oversized lot with an extensive landscape design, the home was designed to merge seamlessly into the natural landscape. A beautiful example of Lautner’s uncompromising vision, the residence features a spectacular central atrium built around a large eucalyptus tree. The atrium is flanked by a dramatic stone “fortress” wall that was built at 45 degree angles so that it would support itself against seismic activity. In the adjacent living room, a wall of 16.5’ floor-to-ceiling windows and doors deliver breathtaking views of Los Angeles.

“This is an internationally renowned property by John Lautner, one of the most important figures in American architecture,” notes Salloom. “It is more than a house; it is one of the most important residences in the world ever offered for sale. The Wolff Residence represents a time when architects like Lautner were able to create uncompromising designs that would be difficult and/or cost prohibitive to build today.”
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September 3rd, 2014 at 10:00 am

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White is a gorgeous neutral color that when used well, can become part of the most stunning interior design concepts. However, much like your favorite white clothes, keeping white surfaces in a household clean and bright can be a challenge. Fortunately there are simple tips, tricks and inexpensive products out there that can help you keep your whites sparkling. This list consists of simple, quick tried and true measures that you can try in your home immediately!

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September 2nd, 2014 at 10:00 am

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With all the new, innovative and amazing architectural projects taking place around the globe, it can be easy to overlook what we have right here in Southern California. You don’t have to go abroad to see a stunning work of art (although it’s a great travel excuse). Below is our list of 12 architectural masterpieces located just a short drive from you.

  1. The Getty Center (LA)
  2. Disney Theater (LA)
  3. Bradbury Building (LA)
  4. Museum of Contemporary Art (LA)
  5. Gamble House (Pasadena)
  6. The Hollyhock House (LA)
  7. Salk Institute (SD)
  8. Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels (LA)
  9. Hotel del Coronado (SD)
  10. Crystal Cathedral (Garden Grove)
  11. Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa)
  12. Geisel Library (SD)

 

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August 29th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Find experts, inspiration and more! That’s the motto of the San Diego home Show, which is just around the corner. Coming up on September 5th through 7th, this is a must attend event for anyone who is planning or in the process of remodeling, landscaping or decorating their home. Exhibitors provide product demonstrations, how-to tutorials, design samples and other interactive experiences. Attend the show to compare prices and quality, discover new ideas and meet the experts!

When:

Friday, September 5th 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 6th 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 7th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where:

San Diego Convention Center

111 West Harbor Drive

San Diego, CA 92101

Admission:

FREE

For more information, visit www.homeshowsandiego.com.

 

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August 28th, 2014 at 11:00 am

Curb appeal – something sellers hear endlessly about when they are putting their home on the market. Suddenly you may be scrambling to complete all kinds of home renovations in a short period of time. The best way to avoid this from happening to you is by keeping up to date on your home maintenance. One of those projects that often gets pushed aside or back a few years is resealing your asphalt driveway. Fortunately it’s a simple project that can easily be completed on your own. Asphalt driveways should be resealed every two years. Follow this step-by-step guide to get your driveway look its very best.

Before you get started, watch this video below for a brief outline of what you’re in for. Then, follow our guide to get your driveway sealed and ready to go in no time!

Step 1: Clean the Surface

Haul out the weed whacker and start by trimming down grass alongside the driveway. If there are any bushes, be sure to cut back branches. Inspect your driveway for gas or oil stains; scrub off with a mild detergent. Follow sweeping the entire surface of debris and scraping out any cracks with a knife or flathead screwdriver. At this point it may be wise to create a barricade at the entrance to your driveway to prevent anyone from passing over the surface.

Step 2: Repairs

Pick up a patch sealer from your local hardware store and fill any cracks or potholes. Once complete, sweep again, rinse and let sit for 24 hours. (more…)

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