Norman Applebaum-designed home hits the market in Escondido

A modernist design by Norman Applebaum, the famed San Diego architect who died earlier this year, has come on the market in Escondido for $2.2 million.

Called Villa Tyto Alba for the generations of barn owls that once roamed the area, the striking residence replaced another of Applebaum’s designs, Wings, which was destroyed in 2007 by the Witch Creek fire. Both homes were designed for the family of Richard Matheron, the former U.S. ambassador to several African countries.

Set on a 2.6-acre hilltop with views of San Pasqual Valley, the single-story house is visually striking with its clean lines, soaring beams and ceilings rising from 8 to 18 feet. Bands of clerestory windows let in natural light and frame panoramic views of San Pasqual Valley.

The house has two wings, a chef’s kitchen, four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The primary bedroom opens to an office/exercise room, while a library

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Ready To Invest In One Big Home Buy? These Are The Best Furniture Sales Happening Right Now

Louetta R. Clark

Amidst 2020’s slew of unprecedented moments, the continuous cyber-sale parade is one welcomed occurrence. It seems like with every new day comes a new announcement of blowout deals and must-shop markdowns that keep our virtual carts in a constant state of overflow. Even if you’re just now tuning into The Summer Of Sales, there are still some big-savings fish to be fried and especially those of the big-ticket, home-buy variety like couches, bed frames, and mattresses.

Aside from heatwaves, the midsummer season also brings with it a fresh crop of competitive promotions from our favorite retailers. This means now might be just the time to finally pull the trigger on that investment piece from heavy-hitting brands like Burrow or Apt2B. Whether you’ve found your mouse hovering over a fancy desk to upgrade your work-from-home setup or you’ve got a serious sectional on the brain, you could be a

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How coronavirus changed home buying for good

Louetta R. Clark

The economy isn’t fully open across the country and the unemployment rate is still double-digits, but home shopping has roared back.

“It has bounced back incredibly quickly, more quickly than anyone thought,” Spencer Rascoff Zillow (Z) co-founder told Yahoo Finance’s The Final Round

Pending home sales jumped by a record 44% in May, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s the biggest one month jump since the survey started in 2001.

Transaction volume is returning to normal, but the experience of buying and selling is anything but conventional.

‘Point and click’ home buying on the way

As with other industries, Covid-19 has accelerated technological trends. Rascoff, who recently launched dot.LA, a news site covering Southern California’s burgeoning tech scene, is seeing transformational changes in the marketplace, driven by meaningful technological advancements.

“Things like virtual tours, transaction management – that’s entirely online –

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the stars who’ve called a luxury hotel home

Louetta R. Clark
Marilyn Monroe outside Bungalow 7 at the Beverly Hill Hotel - 'The Beverly Hills Hotel: The First 100 Years' by Robert Anderson
Marilyn Monroe outside Bungalow 7 at the Beverly Hill Hotel – ‘The Beverly Hills Hotel: The First 100 Years’ by Robert Anderson

While there may be some trepidation about what it will feel like to stay in a hotel – grand or otherwise – post-pandemic, there is also a palpable excitement that finally, for the first time, we can actually consider doing so. Because nothing beats a few nights in a really good one, where you feel welcomed, cared for, and cosseted, in an unapologetically no-strings-attached way.

This can’t have escaped Liz Hurley’s ex, Steve Bing, the enigmatic multi-millionaire real estate tycoon, film-maker and political donor who fell to his death from his 27th floor apartment in Century City, Los Angeles earlier this week. Famously commitment-shy, Bing checked into the Hotel Bel-Air for a night in the early 1990s and stayed for nine years.

Grace Kelly had already paved

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