Steel House Design: 1939

A pre-war design for a steel house. Invented by Beaulard J. Compton and awarded a patent in 1939. View full image. (Courtesy of PatentRoom).
Full patent

$27 Million Penthouse Hits Market in Century City

A $27 million, two story, five-bedroom penthouse at The Century was listed this week. The 42-story tower is under construction in Century City, Calif. The penthouse has a private elevator. Amenities at The Century include 4 acres of landscaped gardens, fitness center and 24-hour valet. View full size.
The Century
Yowzer! The Century's $27 Million Penthouse

Melissa Etheridge Selling and Other Links

Melissa Etheridge Unloads in the Hidden Hills. The home of Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels is on the market in Hidden Hills, Calif., for $4,995,000.
75-storey condo to be tallest in Canada. "Another massive tower (shown above) is going up in downtown Toronto next year, a 243-metre modernist tower at the corner of Yonge and Gerrard streets that developers promise will be "a landmark building" and the tallest condominium tower in Canada."
When the Golf Course Isn’t Enough. "The new breed of golf community has a strong personality with distinctive architecture; loads of amenities, many catering to families; and a real sense of place."
An Exclusive Beachfront, Far From the Coast. "The Indiana dunes, just 40 miles southeast of Chicago, rise to great heights along the Lake Michigan shore, looking like a swatch of Cape Cod sneaked into the Midwest."

House Party: 1950

1950. Cocktail hour at the Spencer residence in Santa Monica, California. Note the early mirror-view television built into the table. Architect: Richard Spencer. Kodachrome transparency by Julius Shulman. View full size. Is Uncle Miltie on tonight?

507 Unit Cima to Grace Miami Waterfront

Construction is expected to begin by the end of November on the 52-story Cima condominium tower on the north shore of the Miami River, near Biscayne Bay. Cima is one of two condominiums that will make up the 13.5 acre River Front project. Condominiums in Cima will range from 930 to 1,803 square feet. Prices will start at about $330,000.

Cima amenities include the Double Height Riverclub (shown above), which is billed as an "urban oasis" in the sky. It will feature reflection pools, sculpture fountains and a wellness pavilion. Units will have sweeping views of downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach and Key Biscayne. View full image.
Residential tower in a waterfront development

Floorplan Voyeur: Condominiums at North Bank Park

The $50 million-plus Condominiums at North Bank Park project in Columbus, Ohio, sits on the Scioto River, offering views of the waterway on one side and downtown Columbus on another. The North Bank project combines 88 units in a 20-story tower and 20 lofts in an adjacent warehouse. The Scioto floorplan, shown above at unit 1902, has 2,244 square feet of living space, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and is being offered for $863,000. View full size.
The Condominiums at North Bank Park
Developers say balconies, views at $50 million set it apart

Case Study House: Altadena, 1958

Case Study House #20: Poolside at the Saul Bass residence in Altadena, California, 1958. Architects: Buff, Straub & Hensman. Kodachrome by Julius Shulman. View full size.

Three Boston Waterfront Condos and Other Links

In the Splash of Luxury. The Boston waterfront is the place for elegant condos with expansive views (above).
What You Get for...$900,000. A three-bedroom three-and-a-half-bath house built in 2004 on a golf course in Lakewood Ranch Country Club; a four-bedroom three-bath house with 3,720 square feet of living space and guest apartment on a half acre of land in Creekwood Park, a residential community; a waterfront apartment in a 10-unit building with views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
New Gotham Becomes the New Home of Project Runway Contestants. The aspiring designers of Project Runway have moved. Their new home is New Gotham, a 375-unit, 34-story, luxury residential tower located at 520 West 43rd Street.
Eco Tree Houses Come of Age. Tree houses are back and increasingly being used as main homes, holiday getaways and even meditation retreats -- taking eco-friendly building to the extreme.

Jean Nouvel Tower Will Rise Next to MoMA

A planned 75-story tower at 53 West 53rd Street promises to change the face of the Manhattan skyline. The plans by architect Jean Nouvel were unveiled yesterday. The tower will rise next to, and expand, the Museum of Modern Art. Three floors of the building will be used by MoMA to increase exhibtion space. The rest of the tower will house a hotel and luxury apartments. The exterior of the building will be sheathed in glass and structural elements, giving the tower a crystalline appearance. Pre-sales for the project are expected to begin in late 2008.
Next to MoMA, a Tower Will Reach for the Stars
Images: 53 West 53rd Street
Nouvel's MoMA Madness React-o-Matic

At Home with Designer Shari Lidji

Dallas designer Shari Lidji and her husband Alan have filled a 1950s house in University Manor with modern touches. Lidji is known for her heirloom-quality contemprary quilts, which are in demand by designers around the country. Walls in the home are painted in bright colors and furniture groupings are arranged to create "eclectic settings."

"There's not an inch we don't live in," Mrs. Lidji says, with the charismatic laugh that bubbles from deep inside her.

When she and husband Alan bought the house in University Manor it was, according to Mr. Lidji, "a falling-down wreck." But the 1950s architecture, not to mention the price, was just right, and they've called it home ever since.

Designer's University Manor home surrounds her with joy
Gallery: The Lidji Home

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