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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Is Your House Making You Happy?
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Places have power—not only the physical power of sheer presence, but the emotional clout to alter our moods. Of course, the converse is also true: We have power over places. If we don't take advantage of that fact, we're squandering a major opportunity to bring positive energy into our lives. What luck, then, that you happen to know the world's leading authority on creating an environment that nurtures your most contented self: you. By tapping your instincts and noting your reactions, you can begin to create a home that will make you happier—right now.

Take a Virtual House-Tour
To begin, grab a pen and print out this worksheet. Then picture yourself heading home after a day of working, attending yoga class, or whatever. Your house is in its usual state of orderliness—or disarray—though at the moment no one else is home. As you imagine walking up to your front door, notice your mood. Are you feeling tense or relaxed? Are you happy—or anxious, angry, or depressed? As you walk in, do you feel relief, excitement, anxiety, dread, joy, or despair? Briefly describe your feelings below.










Continue to pay attention to your emotional reactions as you visualize entering the house. Envision yourself touching the wall to your right and walking through your entire home. This "hands-on" approach will help you to remember to visit spaces you might skip if you merely formed a mental picture of each room. We tend to forget about places that make us feel uncomfortable; the discipline of mental wall-touching ensures you'll include them.

As you imagine entering each room of your home, write its name on one of the lines below. As you proceed from one area to the next, note how your mood changes. Perhaps the soft light and scented soap in your bathroom make you feel relaxed, but you tense up when you near the disorganized pile of unpaid bills in your home office. Maybe you love the thought of snuggling into the soft cushions on your living-room couch, but you feel gloomy as you approach the darkness of your bedroom closet.

Give each area of your home a number representing how you feel in that space. If your breakfast nook fills you with bliss, give it a score of +10. If the basement feels scary and disgusting, it gets a -10. If you feel nothing at all about a room, it gets a score of 0. If a room is okay but not great, it may get a +4, and so on.

  AREA OF YOUR HOME   EMOTIONAL SCORE
(+10 = great; -10 = awful)
1. _____________________   _____________________
2. _____________________   _____________________
3. _____________________   _____________________

If all the rooms in your home are +10, then you obviously don't need this article. Have some champagne. Enjoy. If you're like most people, however, you will feel better in some areas of your house than in others. It's time to figure out the reason.
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Monday, May 30, 2011

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ellen Degeneres Confirms Rumors, Lists Beverly Hills Compound


SELLERS: Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi-Degeneres
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA
PRICE: Rumored to be $49,000,000 and $60,000,000
SIZE: Big

YOUR MAMAS NOTES:

Way back in mid-February 2011 Your Mama relayed the brewing real estate rumor that comedienne and chat show tycoon Ellen Degeneres and her equestrian-minded wife Portia de Rossi-Degeneres wanted to unload the Beverly Hills, CA compound they spent years and many tens of millions putting together and customizing. In the summer of 2008 the a-list scissor sisters hitched their lesbian wagons in a small but perfectly orchestrated ceremony in the backyard of this here house.

By the end of April 2011, the whispers and rumors of Miz Degeneres's desire to unload her large estate in Bev Hills became deafening and just now, at the end of May, the property was semi-officially put on the open market. A listing does not (as of today) appear in the MLS or an any of the other real estate listing aggregators like Redfin and Trulia but one did pop up on the website of listing agent Kurt Rappaport of the illustrious Westside Estate Agency. That listing shows the price for Miz D's digs as "available upon request."

Several sources have shimmied (alleged) asking prices our way over the last few months but one particularly well-placed informant snitched and swears to Your Mama that the asking price(s) being bandied about Beverly Hills are $49,000,000 for the the main house–plus separate guest and staff quarters and extensive grounds–and $60,000,000 for the entire kit and caboodle that includes the main house–plus separate guest and staff quarters and extensive grounds–and the two additional houses on adjacent parcels that Miz Degeneres and Missus de Rossi-Degeneres also purchased to further secure and preserve their privacy.

The center piece of the compound, which she bought in early 2007 from Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick for $29,000,000, includes an approximately 9,000 square foot main house with extensive outdoor living areas plus a detached guest house. Your Mama understands from several little birdies who have visited the property for one reason or another that the main house includes a kick-ass master suite with extensive dressing area and three more guest/family bedrooms each with en suite facility and private nudity-encouraging sunbathing terrace plus a kick-ass master suite.

The detached guest house has two en suite bedrooms plus living/dining and kitchen. Additional space under the swimming pool–yes, children, under the swimming pool–includes high-tech fitness/body torture chamber, a well-appointed one-bedroom staff suite and underground garage space for 8 or 10 of Miz Degeneres's many Porsches, as opposed to her lone Portia who, we imagine, parks in the house and not the garage. Access to the areas under the swimming pool are by way of an all but hidden staircase behind the all-wood pool cabana.

The following January (2008), the privacy-seeking pair paid Beverly Hills real estate ├╝ber-agent Jade Mills $8,500,000 for an undistinguished house just across a cramped and shared driveway. Miz Mills owned buy did not occupy the premises. Soon after closing on Miz Mill's rental residence, Miz Degeneres got behind the wheel of a bulldozer herself and knocked the damn house down to make way for expanded grounds now done up like an honest-to-goodness private park with meandering pond and soothing canyon views.

In June of 2008 the property mad pair paid another $5,000,000 to purchase a third contiguous property, this one with a down-at-the-heels 1 bedroom and 3 bathroom house with canyon views. One month later they splashed out another $5,500,000 to acquire yet another adjacent property, this one a 4 bedroom and 4 bathroom house perched on a hillside at the back of the house. Apparently, we've been told, the residents had some sort of visual access to the property that irked Miz Degeneres and Missus de Rossi-Degeneres to the tune of five and a half million George Washingtons.

If Your Mama works the beads on our bejeweled abacus and add up all the many above-mentioned purchase prices we conclude that Miz Degeneres and her wife spent $48,000,000 (or thereabouts) to create their own private Idaho in the heart of Beverly Hills only to decide a few years later that they no longer want to live there. How y'all like them apples? Such, as we well know, are the fickle real estate ways of rich and famous folks.

The recent sale of high society matron Iris Cantor's La Belle Vie in Bel Air for forty million–in cash–and the rumored $35,000,000+ allegedly-soon-to-be-sale of Jennifer Aniston's Ohana–her contemporary mansion in Beverly Hills listed at $42,000,0000–surely have Miz Degeneres and Missus de Rossi-Degeneres salivating with real estate hope and desire. But, let's be honest, mon freres. The forty million clams Miz Cantor hoovered up is a long way from the 49 and 60 million Miz Degeneres is widely whispered to want for her super-luxe and carefully-crafted estate.

Although plagued by a famous and incurable case of The Real Estate Fickle, it must also soothe Miz Degeneres's nervous pocketbook to recognize that she has a fairly good and profitable track record of buying and selling high-priced and high-maintenance houses. She bought and sold several ranches in the Santa Ynez Valley at tidy profits and in early 2006 she paid $15,750,000 for an historic house in Montecito, CA that she turned around and sold in November 2007 to Google CEO Eric Schmidt for $20,000,000.

Anyone care to wager their real estate reputation on what amount the property might actually sell? Your Mama will attempt no such folly, but those of the children who might should know that according the Bev Hills real estate insiders the property has attracted a fair amount of attention amongst the sort of folks who can afford and might be willing to cough up considerable cookies for a substantial estate in one of the better zip codes in Los Angeles.

In addition to their maxi-posh but no-longer-wanted compound in Beverly Hills Miz Degeneres and Missus de Rossi-Degeneres also own a small apartment in Beverly Hills–acquired in late 2010 for $835,000, presumably for staff or family–and an extensive equestrian complex in the scenic boondocks outside Westlake Village, CA they snatched up in late 2009 for about ten million buckaroonies.

listing photos: Westside Estate Agency

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

We are exited that our new Baby Rosebud will be arriving on Wednesday to her new home at Maison Choo.

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Brian Grazer puts home up for sale for $19.5m

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By Nicola Pittam May 29, 2011, 9:50 GMT

Designed for entertaining, the Mediterranean-style house has a deck off the living room and breakfast room.

The three-storey property, which boasts more than 6,000 square feet of living space, includes an office, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

There is also an indoor swimming pool with spa adjacent to the two-car attached garage. A gym sits by the beach deck.

Grazer, 59, co-founded Imagine Entertainment with director Ron Howard.

He won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe.

Hollywood producer Brian Grazer has put his Malibu Colony beach house up for sale for $19.5 million.

Designed for entertaining, the Mediterranean-style house has a deck off the living room and breakfast room.

The three-storey property, which boasts more than 6,000 square feet of living space, includes an office, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

There is also an indoor swimming pool with spa adjacent to the two-car attached garage. A gym sits by the beach deck.

Grazer, 59, co-founded Imagine Entertainment with director Ron Howard.

He won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe.

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Los Angeles: Tim Burton at LACMA

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California native Tim Burton is coming home—or at least his art is. On May 29, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will open an exhibit featuring 700 drawings, paintings, large-scale Polaroids, puppets, maquettes, costumes and early student films created by the director. Curators have made the silly-spooky environment even more Burtonesque with a soundtrack specially composed by longtime collaborator Danny Elfman. Burton produced seven original works for the show, including a deer-shaped topiary in honor of his cult movie Edward Scissorhands, a 21-foot-tall, many-eyed sculpture called Balloon Boy and a black-lit revolving carousel that dangles from the ceiling. Burton's book signing is on May 28, but there's no rush—appropriately, the exhibit will be on view through Halloween. At 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; 323-857-6000; lacma.org.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Southern metro areas dominated a list of the 10 markets with the biggest year-over-year increases in median list price in April, according to monthly data released this week by Realtor.com. The data considers 146 metro areas nationwide.

Two Florida markets saw the highest jumps: median list price in Fort Myers-Cape Coral rose 25.7 percent to $225,000, and the median in Miami rose 8.6 percent to $239,000.

Shreveport-Bossier City, La., followed with an 8.1 percent increase, to $173,000. Fort Myers-Cape Coral and Miami also saw the biggest year-over-year drops in inventory: -25.3 percent and -29.9 percent, respectively.

The two Florida markets were the only metros in the top 10 to move properties at a slower rate than the national median: 95 days. Median age of inventory for each was 116 and 129 days, respectively.

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In order to obtain the median age of inventory for each market, Realtor.com subtracted a property's listed date from whichever was earlier: its end listing date or the end of the time period, and took the median of all the resulting individual days on the website.

The three other Southern metros to make the list were Charleston, W.V.; Tyler, Texas; and the Virginia segment of the Washington, D.C. metro area. (Realtor.com separates data for metro areas that encompass multiple states.) The Washington, D.C., metro was the fastest-moving among the 10 markets with a median inventory age of 57 days.

In the U.S. overall, the median list price fell 4 percent year-over-year in April, to $191,900.

Two Midwestern metros (Columbia, Mo.; and Peoria-Pekin, Ill.) and two Western metros (Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.; and Anchorage, Alaska) made the list. No market in the Northeast was among the top 10.

Eight of the 10 metros saw their inventory decline year-over-year last month, six of them by double-digit percentages. Only Anchorage and Tyler saw their total listings rise: 15.7 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively.

Nationally, total listings fell 8.3 percent.

  Median List Prices    Median Age of Inventory
  $ % yr.-over-
yr. change   
# days on site % yr.-over-
yr. change
United States $191,900 -4% 95 13.1%
         
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, Fla. $225,000 25.7% 116 8.4%
Miami $239,000 8.6% 129 14.2%
Shreveport-Bossier City, La. $173,000 8.1% 73 28.1%
Washington, D.C.-Md.-Va.-W.Va. (Va.) $369,900 6% 57 14.0%
Columbia, Mo. $168,000 5.1% 60 0.0%
Peoria-Pekin, Ill. $144,900 3.6% 82 17.1%
Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo. $249,900 3.5% 82 10.8%
Anchorage, Alaska $289,000 3.3% 60 39.5%
Charleston, W.Va. $159,900 2.9% 82 32.3%
Tyler, Texas $200,000 2.6% 91 15.2%

Source: Realtor.com

Among the 10 markets with the fastest-dropping median list prices, Western metro areas prevailed, accounting for six among the top 10; two are in the South and two are in Midwest. All 10 saw double-digit declines compared to April 2010. No Northeastern market made that top 10 list.

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, Calif., saw the biggest price decline: down 26.2 percent to $498,250. The market was also one of two to see its inventory rise year-over-year, by 6 percent. The other was Reno, Nev., with a 9.5 percent increase.

Inventory declined by double digits in six of the remaining eight markets. Savannah, Ga., experienced the sharpest decline: -48.3 percent.

Savannah was also one of three markets with a median age of inventory above the national median. The market's median inventory age was 198 days in April, though that represents an 11.2 percent decline from April 2010.

  Median List Prices    Median Age of Inventory
  $ % yr.-over-yr. change     # days on site % yr.-over-yr. change   
United States $191,900 -4% 95 13.1%
         
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, Calif. $498,250 -26.2% 75 2.7%
Detroit $89,900 -18.2% 62 72.2%
Fresno, Calif. $160,000 -15.3% 59 3.5%
Reno, Nev. $170,000 -14.6% 96 7.9%
Atlanta $159,900 -13.6% 81 3.8%
Los Angeles-Long Beach $325,000 -12.2% 61 -1.6%
Tucson, Ariz. $175,000 -11.8% 88 12.8%
Savannah, Ga. $210,000 -11.7% 198 -11.2%
Chicago $212,000 -11.3% 102 15.9%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $309,900 -11.2% 70 16.7%

Source: Realtor.com

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RISMedia, May 28 2011—Nationwide housing affordability during the first quarter of 2011 rose to its highest level in the more than 20 years it has been measured, according to National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) data released recently.

The HOI indicated that 74.6 percent of all new and existing homes sold in the first quarter of 2011 were affordable to families earning the national median income of $64,400. This eclipsed the previous high of 73.9 percent set during the fourth quarter of 2010 and marked the ninth consecutive quarter that the index has been above 70 percent. Until 2009, the HOI rarely topped 65 percent and never reached 70 percent.

“With interest rates remaining at historically low levels, today’s report indicates that homeownership is within reach of more households than it has been for more than two decades,” says Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Reno, Nev. “While this is good news for consumers, home buyers and builders continue to confront extremely tight credit conditions, and this remains a significant obstacle to many potential home sales.”

Syracuse, N.Y. was the most affordable major housing market in the country during the first quarter of the year. In Syracuse, 94.5 percent of all homes sold were affordable to households earning the area’s median family income of $64,300.

Also ranking near the top of the most affordable major metro housing markets were Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa.; Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.; Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Mich.; and Toledo, Ohio.

Among smaller housing markets, the most affordable was Kokomo, Ind., where 98.6 percent of homes sold during the first quarter of 2011 were affordable to families earning a median income of $61,400. Other smaller housing markets near the top of the index included Monroe, Mich.; Cumberland, Md.-W.Va.; Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.; and Springfield, Ohio.

New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.-N.J., led the nation as the least affordable major housing market during the first quarter of 2011. In New York, 24.1 percent of all homes sold during the quarter were affordable to those earning the area’s median income of $65,600. This marks the 12th consecutive quarter that the New York metropolitan division has held this position.

Other major metro areas near the bottom of the affordability index included San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif.; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.; Honolulu; and Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, Calif., respectively.

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif., where 47.6 percent of the homes were affordable to families earning the median income of $72,500, was the least affordable of the smaller metro housing markets in the country during the first quarter. Other small metro areas ranking near the bottom included Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.; Laredo, Texas; Ocean City, N.J; and Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.

Please visit www.nahb.org/hoi for tables, historic data and details.

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Sandra Bullock has just purchased this massive 8,110 square foot Tudor style mansion located in the exclusive Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. The Oscar winning actress paid a reported $17 million for the estate which had been listed for sale at $23 million. The 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom home is hidden behind gates and sits on a 4 plus acre lot.  Public and private spaces include a grand scaled living room with fireplace, paneled dining room with fireplace, library, office, eat-in kitchen, work out room and staff quarters. The garden has stunning 270-degree views from downtown to the Pacific Ocean and includes a separate screening room and a pool side pavilion with an adjacent studio or recreational room. Former owners of the hilltop estate, originally constructed in 1940, include actress Marlo Thomas, David Geffen, Norm Pattiz, and Peter Morton.
Sandra Bullock has just purchased this massive 8,110 square foot Tudor style mansion located in the exclusive Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles
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Sandra Bullock has just purchased this massive 8,110 square foot Tudor style mansion located in the exclusive Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles. The Oscar winning actress paid a reported $17 million for the estate which had been listed for sale at $23 million. The 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom home is hidden behind gates and sits on a 4 plus acre lot. Public and private spaces include a grand scaled living room with fireplace, paneled dining room with fireplace, library, office, eat-in kitchen, work out room and staff quarters. The garden has stunning 270-degree views from downtown to the Pacific Ocean and includes a separate screening room and a pool side pavilion with an adjacent studio or recreational room. Former owners of the hilltop estate, originally constructed in 1940, include actress Marlo Thomas, David Geffen, Norm Pattiz, and Peter Morton.
(May 25, 2011 - Photo by PacificCoastNews.com)

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Friday, May 27, 2011

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For many home buyers, the selling point is granite counter-tops in a gourmet kitchen, or perhaps a master suite with spacious closets and dual sinks in the master bath. For these homes however, it’s the amenities outside, rather than inside, that may seal the deal. Forget the interior floor plan, these outdoor dreamscapes make each of the home’s backyards the “great outdoors.”

8914 Devlin Pl Los Angeles CA (above)
For Sale: $3,150,000

When you live in a region where average temps don’t hover too far outside the mid 70s, it makes sense to have a canopy bed outside. This luxury cabana is a piece of Hollywood Hills real estate once owned by Penelope Cruz. It’s not clear whether she installed the outdoor nap area, or if the feature was there before she moved in. What is apparent is that the white curtained cabana, luxury pool and swaying palms create a perfect backyard getaway.

11 Harbor Pt Key Biscayne, FL (above)
For Sale: $15,900,000

With this home, you don’t need a summer getaway — you can walk out to it from your front yard. The million-dollar piece of Key Biscayne real estate is known as the “Crown Jewel of Key Biscayne” and features two white sand beaches, outdoor pool and, of course, its own bay-front gazebo overlooking the blue waters.

11 Diamon Ct Southampton NY (above)
For Sale: $2,550,000

Forget formal dining rooms — the perfect meal is best enjoyed al fresco under a pergola covered in vines and sparkling white lights. This home in the Hamptons was recently modified to green standards, reducing its energy and utility bill by 50 percent. The Southampton real estate listing price was also recently reduced, down $250,000 from its original listing price of $2.8 million.

123 Prospect St. Seattle WA (above)
For Sale: $2,699,000

This back yard features the perfect outdoor dining room: plush comfortable seating, coordinating dark furniture, luxury touches and of course, a large roof and curtains to block out any rain because this cabana is in Seattle, after all. Not only does this piece of East Queen Anne real estate include the covered patio, but several decks with sweeping views of the downtown skyline, mountains and waterfront.

25919 Dark Creek Rd Calabasas, CA (above)
For Sale: $8,000,000

Tucked away high above California beaches, this Mission-style home combines outdoor living with indoor amenities. The limestone patio features alder wood beam ceilings, luxurious lounge seating and a mosaic-tiled fireplace. An outdoor kitchen, barbecue, and custom-tiled pool and spa completes the backyard getaway. Currently listed at $8 million, this home was recently reduced almost $2 million in price, according to the property listing.

6001 La Jolla Scenic Dr S #6015 La Jolla, CA
For Sale: $14,990,000

Sitting on 3.8 acres of land, this mansion’s landscape is filled with dramatic touches. The property is dotted with “rare and fine stonework,” handcrafted teak woods, and “rare specimens of plants and palms.” The outdoor space includes waterfalls, fountains, a meditation garden, pergolas and dining pavilion with floor-length curtains overlooking the pool. Needing some nighttime entertainment? The infinity pool includes fiber optic lighting and laminar nozzles for programming water and light shows.

0 Broad Beach Rd, Malibu CA
For Rent: $90,000/month

As Malibu home rentals go, this one is a beauty. This $90,000-a-month property sits on 10 acres and offers extensive beach frontage with stunning ocean views and beach access. The property includes a luxe oceanfront patio and covered seating area featuring an ornate stone fireplace for those cooler summer evenings.

Craving more exterior eye candy? Compare outdoor living spaces in Zillow’s Dueling Digs.

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