A Glass Wonder on Chicago's Lincoln Park for $6.5M



Designed by architect Perry Janke as a home and a showroom for an art collection, this glass and steel beauty on Chicago's Lincoln Park was built in 1992. The home is extremely open and bright inside, with a 42-foot-high atrium. Exterior window glass appears to be opaque from the outside, but is transparent from inside so owners can see the park without passersby being able to see inside the residence. Gawk.
Asking Price: $6,575,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 6,300
A Steel and Glass Landmark on Chicago’s Lincoln Park

Hollywood Hills: 1960



A modernist landmark as photographed in 1960 by Julius Shulman: Case Study House #22, the Stahl residence at 1635 Woods Drive in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. Architect: Pierre Koenig. View full size. Note the 1957 Plymouth parked in the carport.

Peter Shire's Colorful House



The Los Angeles Times takes us on a home tour with artist and designer Peter Shire. Shire describes his refurbished 1937 rainbow-palette home as "California bungalow gone wrong."

The original stone fireplace with weeping mortar is painted lavender, complemented with a mint mantle set against a crimson wall. Bookcases hold volumes on art and the ceramic teapots that Shire has made since his days at Chouinard, the famed and now-defunct Los Angeles art school. Cats sprawl on the kitchen floor, a crazy quilt of 1950s-flavored green, gray and pink linoleum tile. Shire's hand-built furniture -- Douglas fir cabinets with vibrant teal-painted details from the 1980s, and more recent steel and glass tables -- are layered with paintings and drawings.

Shire also left a mark on his former Echo Park residence (above), which is now occupied by his brother, Peter. Shire built the porch from orange beams and a corrugated metal roof.
Power of the palette
Warning: Shire zone just ahead
Photo Gallery: In His Sphere

A Green Seattle Townhome Design



The Jackson Place Townhomes in Seattle are LEED certified as environmentally responsible residences. Green amenities include radiant floor heating, bamboo hardwood, counter tops made of recycled materials, natural day lighting and pre-wiring for solar power. A 2 bedroom unit has an asking price of $485,000. Gawk.
List Price: $485,000
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.75
Square Footage: 1,170
Cascade Built's LEED for Homes Projects
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Ramada Sin: $23.5 Million Foreclosure



We're debuting a new feature where we point out questionable design that leaves homes one breakfast buffet away from being an interstate rest stop. Our first Ramada Sin award goes to this 30,000 square-foot Australian waterfront mansion that is only missing the slot machines that would qualify it as a Mississippi casino.

This Gold Strike knock-off was built in an affluent community about 530 miles north of Sydney and is being offered at auction by Christie's Great Estates. Amenities include three bars, a 10-seat movie theater, a pool and enough room by the front door for a registration desk. Gawk.
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 7
Square Footage: 29,000
Eight-Figure Property Hits the Foreclosure Auction Block

Cincinnati One River Plaza Close to Breaking Ground



Construction is close to beginning on Cincinnati's One River Plaza. Twenty-eight condos have been pre-sold, according to developers.

With condos priced from $550,000 to $2 million, Miller Valentine has said it will begin construction after meeting a pre-sell mark of $35 million to $36 million.

The project is about eight condo sales away from that goal, Schoonover said.

"And really, we have more than eight people interested in signing contracts," she said. "We're probably going to wait, though, until after Christmas to start digging in the ground."

The project will sit practically on the Ohio River at the foot of the Purple People Bridge. The first phase will include a 14-story tower and about 80 condominiums. A second 9- to 10-story tower is planned.
One River Plaza
Condos near pre-sale goal
Cincinnati Condo Project Heads For Construction

$6M for Home of F. Scott Fitzgerald's First Love



The Lake Forest, Ill., home of Ginevra King, the first love of F. Scott Fitzgerald, is being offered for $6 million. Ginevra, who was the model for Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, spent her youth at this home outside of Chicago. The house has not changed much since 1954. Baccarat crystal light fixtures and murals adorn the dining room. Gawk.
Asking: $6 million
Bedrooms: 7
Baths: 7 full, 3 half
A Daisy of a House

$53.5 Million Pillsbury Estate For Sale



Built in 1918, this is only the second time this 32,000 square foot estate near Minneapolis has been on the market. The house, which sits on 13 acres on Lake Minnetonka and includes a 10,000-square-foot guest house, was originally owned by Eleanor Pillsbury of the baking-goods family and sold in the early 1990s. Amenities include an olympic-size pool, 12-car garage, greenhouse, a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, gardens, dock, indoor spa and a clay tennis court. Gawk.
Asking: $53,500,000
Bedrooms: 9
Baths: 16
Square Footage: 32,461
Pillsbury's Old Peninsula

Links Worth Checking



Tokyo Design Week 2007 - Container Show. Part of Tokyo design week, designers show of their work dressing up cargo containers (photo).
Tropical home revival. Evoke the island look without the kitsch.
Back to Basics. "Developers are waving white flags, trading in outré amenities for well-executed must-haves and quality construction."
Royalton Shake-Up, From Top to Lobby. "Mr. Starck said of the new redesign, 'I think if you are lucky enough to own an icon, you shouldn’t kill the icon.' He said the new owners should have built their own hotel nearby, left his intact, and seen which one people liked better."

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Sell Nashville Home



A contract has reportedly been signed for the Nashville home of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. The 4-bedroom, 8,700 square foot house had an asking price of $2.45 million and sits on two acres. Gawk
Kidman and Urban To Sell Nashville Home

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