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    $750,000 Homes in California – The New York Times - March 30, 2020 by admin

    Malibu | $749,000A manufactured house built in 1962, with one bedroom and one bathroom, on a 0.03-acre lot

    Centered around an especially lovely stretch of beach in Malibu, Paradise Cove is a gated neighborhood made up of around 250 manufactured homes. Since the 1960s, it has been a popular home base for beach lovers of all stripes competitive surfers and Academy Award-winners included. The community is tight-knit, and residents regularly hold group cookouts, holiday events and golf-cart parades (the primary mode of transportation in the neighborhood).

    Paradise Cove has expanded twice since its inception, and this home is in the original section, about 300 yards from the semiprivate beach that serves as a backyard to those who live here.

    The main entrance to Paradise Cove is off the Pacific Coast Highway, the states most prominent scenic byway. The Malibu Country Mart, an outdoor shopping and dining complex, is about 15 minutes away by car, and the restaurants and nightlife of busier Santa Monica are about half an hour to the south.

    Size: 620 square feet

    Price per square foot: $1,208

    Indoors: Built by Flamingo Homes in 1962, this house has new wide-plank wood floors throughout the main living spaces.

    A set of glass double doors opens to the open-plan living area. To the left is a seating nook large enough to hold a sectional sofa. The wall on this side of the space is papered with a detailed map of the world.

    To the right is a small dining area that extends into an open kitchen, where a gray marble bar offers additional counter space and seating. The kitchen has marble countertops and new stainless steel appliances, plus a mint-green Smeg refrigerator.

    Beyond the main space is a bathroom that has a large walk-in shower with a glass door, slate tiles and a pebbled floor. At the rear of the house is a bedroom large enough to hold a queen-size bed. This room also has a wall of built-in shelving.

    Outdoor space: A side door leads from the living area to a patio paved with concrete. This space is large enough for a barbecue and dining set, plus additional play equipment and surfboard storage. Parking for two cars plus a golf cart is included with this home. Residents also have access to various facilities, including tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground and the semiprivate beach.

    Taxes: $2,562 annual land-lease fee (includes water, garbage removal and general maintenance), plus a yearly registration fee (akin to car registration)

    A small community in the northern part of San Diego County, Fallbrook is known for its quaint Main Street and bountiful avocado trees. Each spring, the area holds an avocado festival, with nearly 70,000 people coming to watch events like the Best Decorated Avocado and Largest Avocado contests.

    This house is about five minutes from the center of the community, and about 10 minutes from the base of the Santa Margarita River Trail, a five-mile loop popular with hikers and horseback riders. Camp Pendleton, the largest military base in California, is 20 minutes away by car. Downtown San Diego and San Diego International Airport are about an hours drive to the south.

    Size: 2,680 square feet

    Price per square foot: $280

    Indoors: A winding driveway leads to the front door, which opens to a foyer and part of the main living area.

    Laid out in a semi-open style, the living room is centered around a double-sided fireplace in floor-to-ceiling white-painted brick. On the left side of the fireplace is room for a small seating area and a dining table. Windows overlook the front yard, and the space is brightened by a wrought-iron pendant light. Exposed wood beams extend across the space, as do distressed wood floors.

    On the other side of the fireplace, a second seating area is open to the kitchen, which has a marble-topped island with storage. A 2017 remodel included the installation of Fisher Paykel appliances and a brick-and-tile backsplash.

    To the right of the kitchen, a hallway leads to two guest rooms large enough to hold queen-size beds and a guest bathroom with painted tile and a combination tub and shower.

    At the end of the hallway is the master bedroom, which has its own patio, as well as wooden barn-style doors along one wall that open to the closet. The en suite bathroom has a double vanity with copper sinks and Spanish-tile floors.

    An office, with its own half bathroom, is attached to the main house and accessible through a separate entrance.

    Outdoor space: Sliding-glass doors lead from the living area to a California room with a ceiling fan and a Spanish-tile floor. This space flows into a partially covered patio.

    A lawn extends from the front of the house to the side yard, which has a decorative stone fountain. The grounds are planted with fruit-bearing trees, including lemon and avocado. The attached garage holds two cars.

    Taxes: $7,874 (estimated)

    Contact: Greg Goodell, Redfin Corporation, 760-576-1700;

    Situated near the shores of Lake Tahoe and several popular ski resorts, Truckee is an ideal base for year-round activity in this part of the state. It has been a popular resort destination since the early 20th century, where tourists and year-round residents take advantage of the skiing, boating and hiking spots within 20 minutes of downtown.

    This house is in a neighborhood at Northstar California Resort, about 15 minutes from the center of town. A shuttle carries passengers from homes in the area to the resorts ski lifts in about five minutes, and to the Village at Northstar for casual dining and coffee options.

    Kings Beach, a community with family-friendly restaurants and locally owned boutiques on the banks of Lake Tahoe, is about 15 minutes away by car; Reno, Nev., is about 35 minutes away.

    Size: 1,832 square feet

    Price per square foot: $409

    Indoors: A long driveway leads from the street to this house, on the twelfth fairway of the Northstar resorts golf course.

    A set of steps leads to the front door, which opens to an entry hall that ends with a bench built over furnace vents to warm ski boots. Turning left leads to a small landing area that connects to a set of stairs and another hallway.

    The hallway leads to three guest rooms, one large enough to hold a queen-size bed and the other two equipped with built-in bunk beds. These bedrooms share a bathroom with a combination tub and shower.

    Up the short flight of stairs is the main living area, laid out in open-plan style. This space gets plenty of natural sunlight thanks to wide windows facing the golf course. In the sitting area, built-in bookcases flank a fireplace, which has a new rock mantel installed by the owners. Exposed wood ceilings continue into the dining area, which has a wooden wall adjacent to sliding-glass doors that open to a patio.

    A wooden breakfast bar separates the dining area from the kitchen, which has stainless steel appliances, wood cabinets and granite countertops. A yellow door opens to a spacious walk-in pantry illuminated by colorful pendant lights.

    From the living room, stairs lead up to a full-floor master suite with walls lined in the same wood that appears throughout the house and sliding-glass doors that open to a private Juliet balcony. The master bathroom has a walk-in shower with a new frosted-glass door.

    Outdoor space: Off the dining room is a large patio overlooking the golf course, with room for a full dining set and barbecue. A one-car garage is attached to the house. A short shuttle ride from the house are community amenities, including a clubhouse with its own arcade, a fitness center and a swimming pool.

    Taxes: $8,925 (estimated), plus a $100 monthly homeowner association fee

    Contact: Christy Mond, Carr Long Real Estate, 530-562-1100;

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    Family-owned small business sees closure for the first time in years – Frederick News Post - March 30, 2020 by admin
    Emily Ulrich: Abandoning life as we know it – The Michigan Daily - March 30, 2020 by admin

    The views at the top were certainly beautiful the blue of Lake Michigan stretching out forever. However, nothing compared to what was at the bottom of the hill, which took my breath away. Windows shattered, paint peeling, roof caving in, doors flung open to rooms with mattresses torn apart and water dripping. I was looking at what used to be the most popular ski destination in the Midwest Sugarloaf Mountain. When the resort was at its prime it attracted up to4,000 skiers a day. This past Wednesday, 20 years after its closure, I was the only one there.

    Within the resort, the atmosphere only became more apocalyptic. It felt like an ideal setting for a horror movie. There was one picture hanging on the wall that hadnt been broken. The date on the bottom of the frame read 1972. The picture was of what looked like an aprs-ski party the outdoor patio crowded with people in multicolored retro snowsuits, laughing and holding drinks. I then looked out at what was left of the back patio, all of the chairs broken and the wood deck rotting. It felt surreal to see the photo of how vibrant this place used to be and compare that to the lifeless scene in front of me.

    The eeriness of this abandoned resort gave me the same chills I felt scrolling throughphotos by The New York Times of deserted places around the world during this pandemic. The photos included the Eiffel Tower, Times Square, the streets of Rome and the Sydney Opera House emptiness spreading globally like the virus. This is a virus that does not recognize borders. Across the world, the most popular destinations are completely abandoned. There are public spaces, places built for humans, but no humans.

    The desolation is evident on campus. On March 10, I was weaving around other students, trying to make it on time to my morning lecture. Two weeks later, the only signs of life on the Diag are the squirrels fighting over nuts, a sight all too reminiscent of the shoppers I witnessed at Meijer bickering over the last rolls of toilet paper. Our lives changed abruptly with no indication of when things will get better.

    COVID-19 has rightfully been the only thing in the news recently. Ive heard stay six feet apart and wash your hands hundreds of times. We are reshaping our lives around this virus. It feels as though this is only the beginning of a timeless, emotional, medical pandemic and financial recession.

    We are currently a part of something that will be known as an infamous historical event. Twenty years from now, previously lively spaces like Sugarloaf in the 1970s, could look very different. As a result of the coronavirus, jobs will be lost, businesses will close, buildings will be boarded up and places will be abandoned.

    The eeriness of abandonment is already evident in airports, national parks, subways, wedding venues, concert halls, schools, churches, travel destinations, stadiums, etc. What is the cost of these places being closed? The source of income that previously circulated through these places is all of a sudden inaccessible, cooped up in their homes under shelter in place orders.

    Realistically, if businesses cannot innovate and reinvent themselves virtually many may not survive. Wuhan, China, where the virus first emerged, has been in lockdown for almosttwo months. Many businesses in the United States could have to endure two months without income. It is hard to believe that the economy is going to all bounce back and its going to bounce back very big, as PresidentDonald Trump claims, when so many people are risking unemployment.

    Within this pandemic we can still find hope. The emptiness around the world does not instill eeriness alone. There are hints of aspiration and realization. Aspirations for things we often took for granted, like social connection. When you are restricted to FaceTime, the value of in-person conversation becomes evident. There is also a realization that places are only worth the people in them. Many of the currently abandoned spaces around the world have beauty in themselves, but the actual beauty is the presence of others within these spaces.

    For right now we can empathize, accept and look ahead. Empathize with those most vulnerable during this pandemic, accept that things are not going to be normal and look ahead to when places will be full of people, instead of abandoned.

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    This thatched-roof cottage has a stunning Elizabethan staircase – Grimsby Live - March 30, 2020 by admin

    The property sits in mature landscaped gardens of up to nearly an acre with extensive views over the countryside

    There's something quite charming about a thatched roof cottage which makes you feel like you've stepped back in time.

    This unique period farmhouse on Mill Lane, in Legbourne, near Louth offers a truly idyllic escape to countryside.

    Entering the grounds via wrought iron gates and the sweeping gravel driveway, the main solid timber door has beautiful stained glass windows to each side.

    Once inside, there are timber beams to the ceiling and a truly stunning ornate Elizabethan staircase and balustrade to the galleried landing.

    Timber is the dominant feature of this delightful cottage, with latch doors and beamed ceilings in many of the sizeable rooms.

    The reception room offers the best space, perfect for entertaining all year round; with French doors opening out onto patio seating areas.

    Each of the decent-sized five bedrooms has a part sloping ceiling with some having decorative leaded windows.

    The property sits in mature landscaped gardens of up to nearly an acre, with extensive views over the countryside and has a wealth of space both inside and outside.

    Finally there's a triple brick garage with two electric remote controlled doors and one manual.

    To find out more about this Louth property, on the market for 730,000 - contact Hunters Turner Evans Stevens Estate Agents, or why not view our dedicated property channel on GrimsbyLive for further inspiration.

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    15 Features that will sell your home – Better Homes and Gardens - March 30, 2020 by admin

    WATCH: Play up your home's Autumn garden colours to boost sale appeal.

    You dont need a home stylist to increase your property appeal. In fact, the features that most impress potential buyers might surprise you.

    According to Rated Peoples recent Home Improvement Trends Report, six of the top 15 features that make buyers more likely to buy a property are external, with a garden lawn, security system, paved patio, outdoor lights, bi-fold doors and decking all working to increase the number of potential buyers for a property.

    And inside? The big buyer attractions are functional additions like a downstairs toilet, built-in storage, a separate shower cubicle and underfloor heating.

    Who'd have thought clever storage solutions could sell your house?


    The floor plan de jour for the past few years has moved towards open plan, but interestingly, the survey reveals that having separate living spaces is more popular with prospective buyers.

    Forget open plan. Buyers are looking for separate living spaces now.


    Adrienne Minster, CEO of Rated People, says although some of the most attractive home improvements may look like bigger, more costly jobs to complete, there are clever and cost-effective ways to achieve similar looks, which could in turn increase the value of your home. When it comes to selling, its a good idea to stay up to date with the features that buyers are looking for because the trends that were adding value just two to three years ago might now be devaluing properties.

    The research is taken from a wider study into renovation and interior design trends and other surprising buyer turnoffs.

    Outdoor lighting and lawned gardens are a big selling point.


    Here, the top 15 home improvements that attract the most buyers are:

    (Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report: 2020 ranked by the percentage of homeowners who said each feature would make them more likely to buy a property).

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    Coronavirus in Norfolk: Care home residents entertained with ‘through-the-window’ live performance | Latest Norfolk and Suffolk News – Eastern Daily… - March 30, 2020 by admin


    PUBLISHED: 15:31 29 March 2020 | UPDATED: 15:32 29 March 2020

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    Andy performs for residents behind glass doors. PHOTO: Park House Care Home


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    One of Park Houses favourite entertainers, Andrew John Hayes, has been using his one hour daily outing to maintain residents routine as social distancing measures are tightened.

    By pitching himself on the patio on the other side of the glass windows, complete with amp, microphone and guitar, residents are able to have their regular entertainment from the safety of their armchairs.

    Park House manager Sara Pearce said: Andy has been coming to sing at Park House for a number of years. He usually comes on a Friday.

    Over the years he has grown very fond of the residents and has been deeply saddened when we have unfortunately lost any of our Park family.

    He is especially fond of a lady called Olive, and helped us to plan her 104th birthday, coming in to sing for her on her big day,

    He brought his drum kit so that she could play it, as drumming is one of her favourite things to do when music is playing.

    He was devastated to learn that the pandemic was going to affect his time with the residents - so weve worked it out in a way that means he can still come and residents can still enjoy their time with him.

    Olive said the through-the-window performance was brilliant and that Andy was her trusted friend.

    Another resident, Joyce, said: It was such a lovely thing to do in these difficult times, I do prefer it when you can see him with no window though.

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    How to maximise light:inside a London terrace house after total overhaul led by the changing light of every season – Homes and Property - March 30, 2020 by admin

    Oliver Leech Architects, a young specialist studio based in Wandsworth, has transformed a wisteria-clad mid-terrace Victorian house in Camberwell with ground-floor, side and rear extensions, using a palette of raw, natural materials exposed brickwork, timber and concrete that respect the patina of the original house, creating a sympathetic relationship between old and new.

    The light-filled ground-floor extension stretches into the garden, blending indoor and outdoor space.

    Here a scrappy, paved patch has been turned into a trellis-lined, urban oasis, set with a garden bench and planters of lavender.

    To be honest, Im not hugely green-fingered, admits the owner, Max Taylor, an advertising executive. But it looks and smells great and it is low-maintenance.

    When Max bought the two-storey house in 2015, it was in poor condition, with little natural light and a cramped kitchen.

    I was looking for something with character that I could do up in a few years time. Dad gave me some good advice. He said, You should live in a house for all seasons before doing work to it, to see where the light catches and what spots you want to be in.

    After living in the property for three years, Max knew he wanted to redesign the house to provide new cooking and eating spaces facing out on to the garden.

    I noticed the old side return got amazing light in the summer, so when I was speaking to Oliver, I said, When we build the kitchen extension, we must keep this area open to catch the evening sun.

    He also wanted to maximise open-plan living to provide more usable space and a calm atmosphere. Work began in September 2018.

    Max moved out for six months while the house was stripped back to a shell, extended and internally rebuilt.

    Leechs aim was to maximise the height of the new extensions and introduce large glazed openings.

    Natural light is a very easy and inexpensive thing to make the most of, he says.

    Light-filled: pitched skylights in the side extension let the evening sun pour in (Juliet Murphy)

    The side extension provides extra width to the previously narrow kitchen, with pitched skylights overhead.

    White oiled Douglas fir was combined with pale buff bricks to provide a subtle contrast with the existing London brickwork.

    A rear extension with a high ceiling projects slightly further into the garden, framing a set of white-oiled Douglas fir bi-folding doors across a low-height window seat that has pull-out drawers for extra storage.

    The bespoke seat, formed in cast stone, is flexible, in that the bi-fold doors fully retract and you can sit facing the kitchen, or with your legs lolling into the garden.

    The bespoke-built kitchen, designed by the architects, continues the use of exposed raw materials, with a polished concrete countertop and sink to match the grey microcement kitchen floor.

    Domestic touches warm up the pared-back design. No true whites have been used on walls and ceilings. Rich green units with circular handle detail run along the left side of the kitchen.

    The green band of the planting in the garden continues through the kitchen, says Leech.

    Theres underfloor heating, while Tala pendant lights hang over the long wooden table in the side extension.

    The materials used for the extension continue through into the patio, with buff clay pavers laid in herringbone bond, surrounded by white-oiled timber boundary screens.

    We got rid of the steps to the garden and made it all one level, says Max.

    In the reception areas at the front of the house, original timber floors have been sanded back and oiled, and a muted colour palette employed on walls and ceilings.

    The dark, narrow hallway has been opened up to expose the original wall structures, which creates extra light.

    We kept the old timber studwork to retain some of the history of the house, says Leech.

    An urban oasis: the trellis-lined, low-maintenance garden is planted with lavender(Juliet Murphy)

    The front room has been turned into a chill-out space, with sofas, rugs and a film projector to screen movies. This leads into Maxs reading room.

    Max told us he wanted a space to hand-write letters, says Leech.

    Upstairs there are new windows in Maxs bedroom. In the bathroom, he now has a cast-iron bath in front of the window and a walk-in shower.

    Plastered walls were left exposed and sealed to create a textural finish.

    Maxs brief was that he wanted a contemporary home, but he didnt want to lose any sense of comfort and warmth, says Leech, who founded his studio, specialising in small to medium-scale residential architecture, in 2016.

    Max says he loves living with the seasons.

    You hardly need the lights on in this room, even at 10pm. I enjoy just sitting in silence in the space thats been created.

    He has hung photos and artworks, but at certain times of the day the sunlight creates beautiful graphic patterns on the wall.

    The way the light hits the timber beams in the kitchen, and then refracts around the extended kitchen is amazing.

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    Impressive 1930s house in Crook, between Kendal and Windermere, has charming interior and three acres of grounds including swimming pool – The… - March 30, 2020 by admin

    Heres an impressive property in a superb location and with three acres of grounds that include a swimming pool and pool house.

    Braithwaite was built in the 1930s and is located in a quiet country lane in the village of Crook, between Windermere and Kendal.

    It is full of charming original details, such as the oak front door with fanlight, polished wood floor and oak staircase in the reception hall, a feature Lakeland slate fireplace and galleried landing.

    The spacious layout includes a playroom filled with light from with two west facing windows, a large picture window and part-glazed door to the front of the house and an open-plan sitting room with study/music area.

    This spacious, south-facing room has three windows and two sets of sliding patio doors opening to a terrace offering uninterrupted views over the garden and surrounding countryside.

    The first floor has a fabulous master bedroom suite with sliding patio doors to a roof terrace, fitted furniture and an en-suite bathroom.

    Three further bedrooms are served by a shower room.

    The second floor has the final two bedrooms and a cloakroom and there is also an attic.

    Outside the grounds contain a double garage and driveway providing ample parking and turning and gardens with lawns, terraces, mature trees, conifers, shrubs and fruit trees.

    Braithwaite in Crook, near Kendal, is for sale at 1.25m from Hackney & Leigh, tel. 01539 729711.

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    Yes, working from home is hard. But relax we’re all learning as we go along – The Courier - March 30, 2020 by admin

    The radio alarm burst into life at 7am, the news headlines providing a sudden reminder that this was the start of a working week like no other.

    Usually Id wake at 6.30 but I had allowed myself the indulgence of an extra half hour due to the fact that, well, I didnt have to travel far. Just to the kitchen to be precise.

    At 15, my eldest was supposed to be sitting his National 5 exams this year. Hes now gutted that my endless nagging at him to work harder during his prelims fell on deaf ears the landing zone for pretty much all my advice. Annoyingly for him, sometimes (though not often) Im actually right.

    Most impressively considering his age, he didnt ask for a lie-in. He wanted to get into a routine and be at his bedroom desk for the start of school, ready to begin the day as normal. A part of him was excited to see how this new home schooling thing would work out. Badly, if the first half of the day was anything to go by.

    His first message came at 9am telling him the Firefly system of sharing tasks wasnt coping and to await further advice.

    My 13-year-old was less keen to get up, the thought of maths at home just as unappetising as learning it in class, so I set it as his first lesson theres no point pussyfooting around in times of national crisis.

    With my eldest hanging about waiting for his first task to be assigned, I seconded him into assisting his brother. Leaving them to it, I ran downstairs to make my first call of the day. It started with what has now become my default opening line. Just to let you know my teenage sons are working upstairs so if you hear any sudden shouting, banging or possibly even fighting, please dont be alarmed.

    To be fair, they made less noise than my husband the previous week who, on attempting to fix the garden fence, fell off our back wall when I was on a conference call. He could be heard in the background moaning loudly as he struggled to stand. I took immediate action of course, by swiftly shutting my patio doors.

    Monday morning with the kids passed in a blur of running up and down the stairs to assist with their work, break up arguments and play-fights, keeping the younger one on task and providing snacks including to the dog who had piled in on the act.

    Any thought of regular office hours is out the window now. You work when and however you can, including in the evenings.

    By lunchtime I realised I needed to come up with a new pattern of working where I could be on hand to help in the morning making calls and answering emails when I can then allowing the younger one to break for a few hours so I can get through my to-do list. Any thought of regular office hours is out the window now. You work when and however you can, including in the evenings.

    Those times when I connect with colleagues through video calls have become the highlight for me. For my first one last week, I linked up with five other colleagues and it was fascinating to see their home set-ups in the background. I started oohing and aahing over one of the teams new wallpaper in her lounge so she gave us a tour of the room.

    Things then moved on to a more professional note until my chocolate Labrador, Daisy, started barking outside setting off one of my colleagues dogs. Once they piped down we continued and I was just getting into full flight on my team briefing when my youngest son passed behind me in his Mario onesie.

    Unlike those times where you have to work from home when your kids are sick and you are pretending on work calls that everything is normal when really chaos is unfolding all around you, at least now everyone is in the same boat.

    This is small beer compared to a clip that has gone viral on social media of one poor homeworker overseas who is presenting via videoconference when her husband appears at the bottom of the stairs behind her in his underpants. So panicked is he that he then bumps into the wall before stumbling backwards in a daze prolonging the exposure. The clip finishes with her holding her head in her hands. It will be a familiar pose to most of us over the next weeks and months just dont touch your face.

    No, none of this is pretty, but unlike those times where you have to work from home when your kids are sick and you are pretending on work calls that everything is normal when really chaos is unfolding all around you, at least now everyone is in the same boat. Theres something about that I have to say I find liberating.

    Right now we are all just trying to find a way through this overwhelming and fast-moving situation. There are challenges around every corner. But I think, I hope, that maybe, just maybe, we can make it work (ish).

    Lots of us are finding ourselves working from home for an extended period the first time, and it looks like that might be the case for some weeks to come.

    Of course, many others do work that cant easily be transplanted from an office to a home, but even if yours can be, it can be an odd and difficult experience especially now.

    You can, though, learn from the home-working pros! One writer and author who has worked from home for many years looked at our current situation and decided that his best contribution was to quickly write a book, sharing the wisdom that not only he has learned, but his friends and colleagues across the world too.

    Its called Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily, and its available for free from Take Control Books

    Its author, Glenn Fleishman, also joined the host of one of our sister podcasts, Pass It On to talk about what you can do to understand how you arrange your working space and your life if you or someone you know finds themselves working from home for the first real time. Just search for Pass It On tips wherever you get your podcasts.

    None of the advice in the free book or on the free podcast is preachy or patronising. Its all really pragmatic stuff from how you indicate to family or flatmates when youre busy versus interruptible, making sure youre being kind to yourself, and not feeling guilty about the second re-watching of Frozen II if you just need to get a solid hours work done when looking after your kids.

    Download the free book for Kindle, iBooks, PDF and more from, and listen to the podcast by clicking here or searching for Pass It On tips wherever you get your podcasts.

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    On the Market: Colonial blossoms on former flower farm site – Westport News - March 17, 2020 by admin

    The contemporary colonial house at 22 Flower Farm Circle sits at the far end of the cul-de-sac on a gated and level property of 2.46 acres.

    The contemporary colonial house at 22 Flower Farm Circle sits at the far end of the cul-de-sac on a gated and level property of 2.46 acres.

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    The contemporary colonial house at 22 Flower Farm Circle sits at the far end of the cul-de-sac on a gated and level property of 2.46 acres.

    The contemporary colonial house at 22 Flower Farm Circle sits at the far end of the cul-de-sac on a gated and level property of 2.46 acres.

    On the Market: Colonial blossoms on former flower farm site

    WESTPORT Thoughts of past agriculture that occurred in Westport and surrounding communities usually brings to mind the onion farms that once proliferated there.

    Less well-known is the large flower farm that once existed in the Turkey Hill neighborhood of Westports Greens Farms area. That sweeter smelling farm is long gone, replaced by a street named Flower Farm Circle. What has sprung up in the farms place is a bouquet of upscale houses, all built about two decades ago, including the contemporary colonial house at 22 Flower Farm Circle, a private road.

    This 10-room, 5,944-square-foot blossom sits at the far end of the cul-de-sac, on a gated and level property of 2.46 acres. Its privacy is enhanced by the abundance of trees that border this property and its placement far down the long driveway.

    Yet, this house is only minutes from the Post Road (Route 1) shops and restaurants in one direction, and the Greens Farms train station and local beaches in the opposite direction.

    Built in 1997, this taupe-colored clapboard and red brick house features custom, stacked windows and multiple sets of French doors to the private grounds, which include a bluestone patio lined in Belgium block.

    The builder clearly anticipated the modern lifestyle people live today. The house has spacious rooms, an open floor plan, and a first-floor master bedroom suite that would allow its owners to age in place or invite aging parents to move in. The dark hardwood flooring throughout the house adds dimension to the fresh and airy style.

    A bluestone path leads past shrubbery and perennial flowers to the covered front entrance, which is framed by fluted pilasters and tall sidelights.

    The door opens into the sizable two-story entry foyer, to the right of which is the office and to the left is the formal living room. The office features a tall vaulted ceiling and is separated from the foyer by French doors. The entrance into the living room has sophisticated millwork and molding. From the living room there is a wide entryway into the formal dining room, which has wainscoting on the lower walls.

    The white eat-in kitchen features a two-tiered center island with seating, granite counters, built-in desk area, and double ovens. The eat-in area has sliding doors to the patio and yard.

    In the two-story family room, there is a floor-to-ceiling stacked stone fireplace, an interior balcony and two floors of windows the custom stacked windows mentioned earlier, and French doors to the patio and yard. A pass-through area is perfect for setting up a bar when entertaining. A large mudroom contains a number of built-in cubbies, and provides access to the laundry room and the attached two-car garage.


    STYLE: Contemporary colonial

    ADDRESS: 22 Flower Farm Circle

    PRICE: $1,299,000

    ROOMS: 10

    FEATURES: 2.46-acre level and gated property, located at the end of a cul-de-sac, bluestone patio, proximity to Greens Farms train station, short drive to local beaches, easy commute to Post Road (Route 1) shops and restaurants, wood shingle roof, one fireplace, attached two-car garage, homeowners association, central air conditioning, zoned natural gas heat, public water and sewer connections, full finished basement, attic, five bedrooms including first floor master suite, three full and one half baths

    SCHOOLS: Greens Farms Elementary, Bedford Middle, Staples High School

    ASSESSMENT: $1,215,200

    MILL RATE: 16.86 mills

    TAXES: $20,488

    HOA: $750, paid annually

    This house has five bedrooms. The master suite is complete with custom closets - including a walk-in, a tall tray ceiling, a huge master bath with a jetted tub, shower, double vanity, and water closet, and a separate sitting room with French doors to a side yard. The remaining bedrooms are on the second floor, where there are two full baths, as well as large storage and linen closets.

    On the finished lower level, there is flexible space; plenty of room to accommodate a media room, gym, and a recreation or play room.

    For more information or to make an appointment to see the house contact Judy Michaelis of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 203-247-5000 or

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