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    Need Last-Minute Super Bowl Tickets? For $1.5 Million, This South Beach Hotel Has You (and 19 Friends) Covered – Yahoo Lifestyle - February 2, 2020 by admin

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    Super Bowl plans fall through at the last minute? Looking for an ideal place to take in the Biggest Game of the Year, and have a cool $1.5 million to drop on you and your 19 closest friends? Well then, 1 Hotel South Beach has lined up the perfect solution with their The Big Game at 1 ultra-luxe packages. While the property offers more affordable sets (Bronze starts at $200,000), the 1 of a Kind Package will without question make you the most popular guy in the 305 (except for maybe Jimmy GQ and Patrick Mahomes).

    For your stay, you and your crew will unlock 10 ocean-view homes at 1 Hotela stunning South Beach campus featuring 3,000 feet of living wall wrapping its exterior (made up of over 11,000 tropical plants), a 14,000-square-foot Spartan Gym and a fleet of white Teslas at your disposal. While in Miami youll enjoy a personal butler, dinner at the 1 Hotels rooftop sushi restaurant Watr, daily made-to-order breakfasts by your personal chef and juice drops. There are also Bamford Haybarn Spa treatments for every guest, two cabanas for your entire stay to enjoy their four poolsincluding South Beachs largest rooftop pool with a 360-degree viewand even a group yoga session. Watching playoff is stressful work.

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    When Sunday comes youll be chauffeured to the Hard Rock Stadium for the Big Game, where your squad will enjoy one of the most exclusive open-air suites in the stadium (located somewhere between the 30 yard lines). With $10,000 in food and booze to spend, by the time the game clock winds down to zero you and your friends may be so well-sated it wont matter what team wins.

    Of course, not everyone will be lucky enough to get into the game. But if youre already in Miami, there are still appealing options for taking in Super Bowl LIV. Check out these alternative locations to watch Kansas Citys unstoppable offense collide against San Franciscos immovable D:

    Say hello to the only Super Bowl party fed by a Michelin-starred chef, in this case Alfio Longo. Located on Island Gardensa billion-dollar project featuring Deep Harbour, the first marina built for megayachts (fitting up to 50 550-foot superyachts)the exclusive waterfront Deck is where Miamis well-heeled sailing crowd meets for cocktails and elevated dining. On Sunday theyre hosting a Super Bowl viewing party, making one of their 10 waterfront cabanas a surefire HQ to watch the game while indulging in everything from Maine lobster rolls and oysters to baby back ribs and Wagyu sliders. The $5,000 Touchdown package includes a half-dozen bottles of Perrier-Jouet Rose, a magnum of Grey Goose and one bottle of Don Julio 1942 (other Champagne Parades range from $1,000 to $2,250). Each waterfront table and cabana features its own private TV, so groups up to 30 can watch the game and either celebrate or drown their sorrows with the superyacht set deep into the nighttill 3 am if you choose.

    Swan restaurant, co-owned by Pharrell Williams and LIV founder David Grutman, is no stranger to seating Miamis chicest clientele. Located in the red-hot Design District, the restaurant and its sister lounge Bar Bevy are offering tables on the patio for a minimum of $10,000. The Mediterranean-inspired eatery emphasizes sustainability and fresh, locally sourced ingredientsbut surely this celebration will be anything but restrained.

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    What it went for… $2.8 million – National Post - February 2, 2020 by admin

    Richmond Hill

    134 Birch Ave. (Bathurst Street and Carville Road)

    Asking price: $3,249,999

    Sold for: $2,816,666

    Taxes: $16,336 (2019)

    Bedrooms: 4+1

    Bathrooms: 6

    Square footage: 5,300

    Garage: 2

    Parking: 6

    Days on the market: 162

    After the Raptors made NBA history by beating the Warriors last summer, showings at 134 Birch Ave. increased significantly. Listing agent Voula Argyropoulos says its because potential buyers noticed that there is a basketball court on the property.

    The 60236-foot lot, deeper than most properties in South Richvale, she says, also has tons of room for a pool and cabana.

    Other than Raptors fans, a mix of buyers were drawn to the 5,300-square-foot brick-and-stone house, including young families looking for a large lot close to amenities and good schools. There are a range of schools public, private, Montessori, Catholic and other religious-based schools nearby, she says.

    We had lots of interest. There were a number of comparable homes listed at the time. Buyers had options and they took their time house shopping and comparing, Argyropoulos says.

    The sellers bought the spec home from a builder because it fit their criteria and their needs at the time. She says the home was built in 2012 with upgraded finishes, 10-foot ceilings and a two-storey great room with enormous windows letting in tons of light. The gourmet kitchen has high-end appliances and a walkout to backyard.

    The dining and living rooms have wainscoting and coffered ceilings. The main floor also includes an office.

    A fireplace, one of many throughout the home, graces the master suite. There is also a laundry room on the second floor.

    The homeowners have two children and Argyropoulos says they are a very active and social family. They created an outdoor space that can be used and enjoyed by all members. They created two other seating areas for dining and entertaining. Its a great space to enjoy with family and friends.

    In addition to the basketball court, she says, The sellers built a lanai (a Hawaiian covered patio) that is heated and set for outdoor entertaining. It has a large screen TV and lots of seating.

    The attached garage is equipped with a car lift. My seller loves fast cars and having a two-car garage wasnt going to cut it. He installed a car lift for his sports car and decided to include it with the sale of the home, a feature the buyer also loved.

    Listing Broker: Hammond International Properties Limited (Voula Argyropoulos and Jerry Hammond)

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    Check out the most expensive homes sold in Rutherford County in 2019 – Daily News Journal - January 3, 2020 by admin

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    If you're in the process of house hunting, the price of homes for sale may not surprise you.

    A report from Middle Tennessee State University's Business and Economic Research Center shows that in the third quarter of 2019, the Tennessee housing market showed positive trends with rising home prices across the state. Compared to this time last year, home prices have jumped.

    Two Rutherford County homes sold for more than $1 million in 2019, down from three a year ago. Four of the top 10 are located in Murfreesboro's Mirabella subdivision.

    This list reports the top-selling homes on residential-zoned properties across the county and relies on data provided by the Rutherford County Property Assessor's Office as of Dec. 20.

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    3 Metro Denver Homes That Are Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale – - January 3, 2020 by admin

    DENVER, CO It doesn't take millions of dollars to live in your own 'fairy tale' home, but for a few listings in Colorado, money definitely helps.

    Denver's metro area has no shortage of luxury homes; however, not every local mansion has a rich history and fairy tale-like appeal.

    Here are three homes that belong on the pages of childhood classics:

    This old-world Denver luxury home on Cedar Avenue has been listed for $7.9 million. Built in 1933, the fairytale-like Tudor estate was commissioned by famous Denver architect Temple Hoyne Buell.

    The 11,500-square foot house features intricate exterior brick walls that were built by skilled England bricklayers, listing agents said. Most of the home's rooms surround a spiral staircase that leads to the third floor, where a 60-foot tower offers 360 degree views.

    The home also features its original leaded glass windows, crystal chandeliers, ornate handcrafted wood paneling, parquet flooring and hand-painted ceilings.

    The home's kitchen has been upgraded and a new family room has been added.

    The property also offers more than one acre of land with a covered formal patio, rose gardens, 4,000-square-foot patio, an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit, a large pool and a cabana with a TV.

    Lakewood's most expensive home listing features eight bedrooms, six bathrooms and a tennis court. Listed for $3.2 million, the 8,500-square-foot home sits on a five-acre lot at 6650 Lakeridge Rd.

    The English Tudor 'fairy tale' home, which features private lakefront access, includes a boat house, a dock and a sandy beach.

    "Enjoying your coffee overlooking the sprawling mountain views," the home's listing read. "Surrounded by equestrian land and exquisite estates, this property is serenity at its best."

    The house also features a two bedroom, one bathroom guest house.

    The mansion was built in 1918, and maintains many of its original features, listing agents said.

    This six-bedroom, nine-bathroom country club home, at 380 N Gilpin St. in Denver, has been listed for $5.9 million.

    Dubbed 'The Corner Chateau," the property also includes fairy tale-like, professionally landscaped gardens.

    "Designed by Burnham Hoyt in the 1920's, it retains much of its original character, including a 4,000 volume wood-paneled library, leaded glass windows with the initials of the original owners, a weather vane designed and gifted to the owners by Hoyt, and much more," the home's listing read.

    The home also includes an exercise room, three fireplaces, walk-in closets and a home theater.

    For Sale: $235,0001 bd/1 full ba, 634 sqft

    For Sale: $1,195,0005 bd/6 full ba, 3,620 sqft

    For Sale: $400,0003 bd/2 full ba, 1,566 sqft

    For Sale: $199,9001 bd/1 full ba, 810 sqft

    For Sale: $385,0004 bd/2 full ba, 1,632 sqft

    For Sale: $346,5002 bd/1 full ba, 837 sqft

    For Sale: $385,0003 bd/2 full ba, 3,004 sqft

    For Sale: $235,0001 bd/1 full ba, 550 sqft

    For Sale: $615,0003 bd/4 full ba, 1,746 sqft

    For Sale: $327,0002 bd/1 full ba, 933 sqft

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    Ring in the new year with a new home – The Dallas Morning News - January 3, 2020 by admin

    Residential real estate insiders will tell you that spring is the No. 1 season for buying and selling homes. But when does the spring season start?

    In a hot housing market like North Texas, listing your home after the first of the year is a great idea. If you want to buy a home, you may want to get started working with an agent during the first months of the new year.

    Allie Beth Allman & Associates, the leader in sales in Park Cities homes, per MLS statistics, has created a comprehensive list of homes where the owners have lowered their price. The full list of homes with price adjustments can be found at

    Here are three homes with adjusted prices that Allman associates think should be considered.

    The recently renovated four-bedroom residence at 209 Glendale Drive in Coppell is offered by Tim Schutze. Features include wood flooring and two fireplaces. The kitchen provides an island, stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. The breakfast room offers a bay window and French doors that lead to a large patio. The master bathroom has a separate shower and tub.

    Aaron Carroll and Blake Eltis are marketing the four-bedroom home at 5317 Emerson Ave., near Inwood Village. The first level is an open floor plan with wood flooring throughout, a spacious living room with a fireplace and a dining room with a wet bar. The kitchen features a large island and stainless-steel appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler. The first-floor master suite has a bedroom with a fireplace, walk-in closets and a bathroom with marble countertops, dual sinks, a jetted tub and separate shower. The second floor offers a spacious den and a large side porch. The backyard has a pool and an open cabana.

    Located near Dallas M Streets, the four-bedroom Craftsman-style home at 6036 Palo Pinto Ave. is offered by Blair Hudson. This residence features extensive owner upgrades, including Hunter Douglas window treatments, a surround-sound system, white oak wood flooring and updated lighting. The kitchen provides quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, a five-burner range, double ovens and a built-in micro drawer. The dining room has a wet bar and wine chiller that opens to a great room with a stacked-stone fireplace and 20-foot ceiling. The master suite offers dual closets and a balcony. There are also two balconies, three porches and a saltwater pool.

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    This Longport luxury home has a lot more to offer than looks – Press of Atlantic City - January 3, 2020 by admin

    The first things that may strike you about the newly constructed two-and-a-half-story, six bedroom, six-and-a-half bath luxury home at 3 South 30th Avenue in Longport are the extraordinary elegance and grace of its exterior design, the way its southern exposure maximizes the amount of sunlight it receives and, of course, its proximity to the beach in a shorefront community whose geography makes it less apt to attract crowds of visitors.

    But if your first impression is how enticingly all this comes together, you may be further beguiled to discover that theres a whole lot more to its appeal than meets the eye.

    Everyone sees a faade, but they never get to look behind the walls, says custom builder Albert Puggi, owner of Puggi Construction LLC, in describing his approach to designing and constructing homes for over 30 years, which this particular residence exemplifies. I build homes with meticulous attention to detail and maintain a high-quality standard as if I was going to live in them or even retire in them.

    Every bedroom of this particular home, for example, has its own private custom-designed full bathroom, affording residents and guests complete privacyand each bathroom, as Puggi notes, is 100 percent marble, including showers, floors and sills, rather than tile, and comes with a window to keep it bright.

    Theres also an elevator thats accessible from the outside and transports occupants from ground level to any of its three floors, and vice versa, which eliminates the difficulties (and hazards) of navigating stairs for retirees that keeps many of them from buying a house with more than one story. The elevator, Puggi points out, provides efficient and safe access to all floors of the home for occupants of any age, especially when theyre carrying things. The staircases, he says, are split-level with landings to make them both safer and easier to ascend.

    Then there are what Puggi calls the hidden features of the home, such as 3/4-inch-thick hardwood engineered flooring throughout the entire house, which keeps the floors from warping or buckling from the moisture of being near the ocean. Another is spray foam insulation throughout the entire exterior of the house for optimal energy efficiency, along with hurricane windows designed to withstand winds of up to 150 miles per hour. Even though these windows are no longer required by code, theyre still a standard feature of all the homes Puggi builds, along with insulation in all interior walls and floor joists to insure privacy for each room.

    The many additional amenities to be found throughout this custom home include a fabulous gourmet kitchen, upper and lower LED accent cabinet lighting, and 1-inch granite countertops with OG edges. Occupants can experience outdoor dining with an oversized exterior covered deck accessible from the kitchen for added ambiance. The living room includes a remote-controlled gas fireplace, and it is pre-wired for a surround-sound system complete with built-in speakers.

    Among its other advantages are three-zone heating and air conditioning units; a security alarm system for the interior as well as pre-wired surveillance cameras for the exterior; an attached garage with a driveway big enough to accommodate four additional vehicles; an extensive ground-level storage area on a concrete slab under the entire house, and two enclosed private outdoor showers with motion sensor lighting for added convenience and safety.

    In addition, should an owner wish to put in a swimming pool, theres room enough to do so and even to add a second detached garage that can double as a cabana (the kind of flexibility that not too many shore properties offer).

    As for the location, besides being just six houses from the beach, and two blocks from Longports playground, tennis and basketball facilities, its just a five-minute walk to the restaurants and shops of Margate, as well as having two convenience stores along the way.

    To arrange a showing of this state-of-the-art residence, you can contact listing agent Jaime Kravitz at DiLorenzo Realty Group LLC at either (609) 350-7475 (office) or (609) 226-9634 (cell phone).

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    Celtic music, drunk yoga, and a new hotel that brings a Peloton to your door – The Boston Globe - January 3, 2020 by admin


    Deals for new skiers and snowboarders

    Want to learn to ski or snowboard? Consider taking an adult clinic at Pats Peak in New Hampshire and get a lesson, half-day lift ticket, and lunch for less than the cost of a regular half-day lift ticket. The Weekday Adult Ski/Snowboard Clinics run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings (with a few holiday exclusions) through the end of the season. Clinics cost $40 per day for a one-time pass to $300 for a 10-clinic package. Or sign up for Passport Program PLUS, a weekend program that includes four beginner lessons, lift ticket, and rental packages. After finishing the program, you get a free Pats Peak Unlimited Season Pass, a free pair of Elan skis and bindings (limited quantities available), and discounts at ski shops in Concord, Salem, Nashua, and Manchester, N.H., and at The Ski House in Somerset, Mass. The prepaid program costs $389, for 18 and older. 888-728-7732,

    Bostons annual Celtic festival

    Celtic musicians, singers, and dancers from around the world gather in Cambridge Jan. 16-19 for the 17th annual Boston Celtic Music Festival, known as BCMFest. The event includes more than 60 performances at Club Passim, The Sinclair, and The Atrium in Harvard Square, showcasing artists from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic communities. Enjoy performances by renowned Cape Breton fiddling duo Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, Irish step dancer Kevin Doyle (a US step dancing champion), and dozens of local dancers and musicians. Dont miss the Boston Urban Ceilidh Jan. 17, a Celtic dance party with live music at The Atrium, and Dayfest, which features more than 12 hours of Celtic music Jan. 18 at Club Passim and The Sinclair. Tickets range from free to $25, depending on event. Two workshops on Cape Breton music and dancing take place Jan. 19 at The Passim School of Music ($45 per person). 617-492-7679,

    Reel fun in Belmont

    Bring your kids to Belmont World Films 17th Annual Family Festival and enjoy animation workshops and more than 35 films from around the world. This years festival, themed Where Stories Come Alive, features live action, animated, and documentary films geared to children 2 to 12. It begins Jan. 17 at Belmonts Regent Theatre with the East Coast premiere of Hacker, a Danish film about a boy whose mother, a scientist, disappears under mysterious circumstances and that ends happily. Subsequent days focus on different themes: the animal kingdom (Jan. 18), short films (Jan. 19), and the ideals and values of Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 20). Also attend The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Storytime with storytelling and an audience participation puppet show, and talks and workshops with writer/director Cinzia Angelini, the head story artist for Abominable. Tickets: $6 (shorts) to $20 (workshops); $50 festival pass includes all programs except workshops. 617-484-3980,


    Tis the season for Drunk Yoga

    Two people walk into a bar and their discussion over a glass of wine leads to the founding of Drunk Yoga, a program that encourages people to try something new without feeling intimidated. Eli Walker, the founder of Drunk Yoga and a certified astrologer, isnt a proponent of getting drunk though youre welcome to enjoy a complimentary wine, beer, or mimosa in her yoga classes but its about getting drunk, in a sense, on the good feelings of connecting with others, celebrating community, and trying something new with supportive strangers. Walker has teamed up with CheapCaribbean to offer a three-day New Year, Do You Retreat in Cancun, Feb. 20-23, which focuses on self-care, mental wellness, and beachside fun. It includes Drunk Yoga classes (with cocktails, coffee, or water in hand), one-on-one birth chart readings, sunrise (sober) beach yoga, Walkers character-development workshops, and a copy of Walkers book, Drunk Yoga: 50 Wine and Yoga Poses to Lift Your Spirit(s). Cost: $1,299 per person, includes roundtrip flight from Boston, three nights at Haven Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa, and the above activities.

    New hotel within Austin city limits

    Austins newest hotel has a state-of-the-art gym overlooking Lady Bird Lake, an in-house yoga studio, and a welcoming dcor thats influenced by the areas historic craftsman-style homes and art nouveau flair. Austin Proper Hotel, the areas first LEED Gold-certified hotel, offers 244 rooms and suites that come with Nespresso machines and Apple TVs. Borrow an electric bike to cruise around town or have a Peloton bike sent up to your room for a private workout; the hotels full-service spa and swimming pool with private cabanas open this spring. The property has a Mediterranean grill with Israeli- and Turkish-inspired fare and an elegant sunken bar with signature cocktails. A coffee shop and caf with take-out options opens soon. Rates start at $350 per night, double occupancy. 888-333-0546,


    An insulated chair for travelers

    Keep warm on your winter adventures with Helinoxs portable Chair One and Seat Warmer. Chair One has rugged aluminum poles with internal bungee cords that make setup and breakdown a breeze they spring into place during setup and easily come apart for packing and a durable canvas material that quickly attaches to the frame. Slip Helinoxs new Seat Warmer, made of synthetic down, over the chair for extra warmth on colder days; cinch the cover in place using the drawstring cord so it doesnt shift around when you do. The low-riding chair packs down to the size of a loaf of bread and comes with a handy zippered travel bag so you can stuff it in the corner of your car or backpack. It weighs less than a pound and supports up to 320 pounds. $100 chair, $70 seat warmer. 877-267-2882,


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    Everything is Awesome at Legoland, Even If You Don’t Have Kids – Thrillist - December 5, 2019 by admin

    Legoland has plenty of your standard amusement park fare with some worthwhile and highly edible standouts. Its on a much smaller scale than megaparks like Disney, and the nicer restaurants are located inside the hotel and beach resort. But inside the park, the food is completely on theme.

    In The Lego Movie, Lord Business masterminds Taco Tuesday, an event when he will attack Bricksburg with the Kragle, putting an end to everyone messing with his stuff. In the Lego Movie World, one of its dining options has turned a once a week event into a daily occurrence with Taco Everyday. Chicken, brisket, and crab are filling options, with guacamole, cilantro or chipotle vegetable slaw and pickled onions. You can also get a pair of specials: Bennys Out of This World Taco and Unikittys Cuckoo Taco, served in blue and pink soft tortillas, respectively, with Double Decker Sofa-Pilla bites for dessert.

    In Lego Kingdoms, the Dragons Den, as youd expect, serves medieval-inspired fare. Turkey legs, bratwurst, honey-battered corn dogs, and beer from Winter Havens first and only craft brewery. Grove Roots Brewing Co. has ownership of multiple taps, so there are a few choices, including a rotating selection of seasonal and special-release brews.

    Another thing to keep an eye out for: apple fries. Yes, theyre a thing at Legoland, and theyre just what they sound like: Granny Smith apple sticks fried, dusted with cinnamon and sugar and served with whipped cream or a la mode. They make a great snack stop that isnt totally unhealthy and is unique to Legoland.

    At the Kickn Chicken Co., choose from a menu of salads, wraps, or tenders (including vegetarian-friendly chicken), but the best bets are the chicken and waffles or the chicken BLT. This spot is seasonal only, and the closest options are Firehouse Ice Cream for floats, shakes, and ice cream or the Panini Grill (which has great sides like the corn salad, potato salad or kale salad, but skip the panini).

    Within the Legloand Hotel, there are two dining options: Bricks Family Restaurant, a buffet-style restaurant that serves breakfast (included in your stay) and dinner; and the Skyline Lounge, serving an a la carte lunch and dinner menu. And the Beach Retreat part of the park features Sandys Lighthouse Restaurant, with a breakfast buffet thats included in your stay and a la carte lunch and dinner menus with apps (nachos, eggrolls, wings), salads, sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas.

    One super-cool thing about Legoland dining is that if a visitor has any food allergies or special dietary needs they don't have to miss out: a quick email to the Legoland chefs will be responded to with a list of restaurants and dishes that best suit their needs, or theyll even offer to prepare a special meal to be served at a specific restaurant at a specific time.

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    This West Lake Hills House Has Year-Round Outdoor Appeal – Austin Monthly - November 27, 2019 by admin

    The list of skills a custom homebuilder needs to be successful is extraordinarily long. The ability to effectively collaborate with architects and property owners is certainly a big one, but so too is an encyclopedic knowledge of building materials, construction techniques, and the intricacies of zoning and permitting.

    But one quality that is easy to overlook is empathy with clients. Greg Reynolds, the owner of Reynolds Custom Homes, is convinced that hes better at what he does because he goes through the process of designing and building the home his family lives in every few years. I think it makes you a better builder because you have gone through the process and understand there are limitless choices of materials and fixtures and tiles, he says. There are so many options that it can be overwhelming.

    Reynolds most recent experience designing and building a home is in West Lake Hills, where lots are both difficult to find and generally on sloping terrain. So, Reynolds and his family were particularly happy to find a 1-acre flat lot to build on. To help with the design, Reynolds turned to James LaRue of LaRue Architects and Julie Evans of JEI Design, the team he has worked with on two previous homes hes lived in. We have a familiarity and understand each other, he says. Its a good collaborative effort.

    As is the case with all of his clients, LaRue started the process by taking Reynolds on a walk of the site, part of a four-lot subdivision, in order to develop an overall concept for the design. The lot is distinguished by the presence of oak and cedar trees, which city regulations said needed to be preserved.

    To accomplish that, LaRue and Reynolds agreed to put the design emphasis on facilitating outdoor living. The result is a two-story home built largely around a pool and cabana. Its unusual to say youre going to focus a house on the cabana, so it has to be a beautiful part of the home, LaRue says. In this case, it provides the home a visual focus and a gathering space to draw people outside of the house.

    Given the importance of the pool and cabana, its no surprise that LaRue and Reynolds agreed that both had to be special. The cabana has a slatted wood screen in the back to give it a spa-like experience, while ensuring that a cooling breeze and natural light can circulate easily while also providing privacy. The lines between inside and outside space are also blurred within the cabana, with a limestone fireplace, television, and a dining area located just a few feet from the pool.

    Ensuring a connection between those splashing in the water on a hot day and those seated inside the shaded cabana was also a design objective. The solution: setting the cabana three steps below the surface of the pool. When Im in the pool and youre in the cabana, we are more eye-level, LaRue says. If you set it level with the pool, then I lose connection to people in that space.

    The aspiration to turn the pool and cabana into the homes focal point has very much become a reality for the Reynolds family. Its our favorite spot, and we orient around it year-round, the builder says. Even in the winter, we put a wood-burning fire out there and watch football. Its a destination.

    By no means is the outdoor space the sum total of this five-bedroom, two-story home. But in thinking about how to design indoor spaces, Reynolds and LaRue still had the outdoors in mind. One thing we try to do is get a lot of natural light in the house, so theres a ton of glass in the house, Reynolds says.

    Indeed, the faade and the back of the home are largely made up of glass. This was achievable without transforming the home into a hothouse because it has a north-south orientation. Even the decision to detach the cabana from the main home was largely driven by natural light considerations. When you dont have a deep porch on the house, it allows for more natural light on the house, Reynolds says.

    Maximizing family connections was also part of the thinking in designing the breakfast room and kitchen. Instead of creating a traditional alcove with a table as a breakfast spot, LaRue wanted to make the area part of a larger family living space. That way the kids can play a game or watch TV, and it gets you in a nice table setting so that youre not always eating at the kitchen island, he says.

    Its a reality of life as a homebuilder that even the houses you design and construct to live in wont be yours for all that long. In other words, you always have to have an eye on features that will attract future buyers. Which is why Reynolds was insistent on creating a spacious master bathroom and closet. We used to see big master bedrooms, he says. Not anymore. We put the space in the bathrooms and closets.

    The result here is what LaRue calls the worlds coolest powder room, which is enhanced by Julie Evans choice of black and white, zebra-like wallpaper.

    Another nod to the possible needs of a future owner is the versatility of the house, which is suitable either for a family or a retired couple. For example, the upstairs of the house has three full bedroom suites. We built it for a family, but you could live in it as an empty nester, where you live on one story and have the other for friends and family when they come in town, Reynolds says.

    Typically, the builder says his family will stay in a home for two to three years before moving on. While moving so frequently certainly has its challenges, he says its also a good reminder about why he got into the business in the first place. This is fun for me, he says. Its cool to take a raw piece of dirt and build something amazing on it. That is the best part of the building business; you get satisfaction at the end.

    But when it comes to actually moving away from this particular home, Reynolds may have some explaining to do to his youngest son, who has thoroughly embraced the outdoor living that the pool affords. He has lived in plenty of houses, Reynolds says. He has told us he would be happy to stay here.

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    Mini golf, movie theater part of proposed 916-unit multi-family project in Kenosha – BizTimes – Milwaukee Business News - November 27, 2019 by admin

    Developers have filed plans to build a 916-unit multi-family development featuring amenities such as mini golf and a movie theater on an expansive site near of I-94 in Kenosha.

    Conceptual plans for the development, called Strawberry Fields Apartments, were filed by West Allis-based Cardinal Capital Management Inc. along with project partner Kenosha-based Land Quest. The project was also crafted with input from Al Namath.

    The plans call for six 94-unit buildings and 22 16-unit buildings on a 77-acre site north of Highway 50 and east of 72nd Street and 142nd Avenue. The site lies west of the interstate and just east of the Strawberry Creek golf course.

    Renderings also depict a clubhouse/office building with cabanas and an outdoor pool.

    The units would be high end and market-rate, according to the developers. The proposed development site is mostly vacant, and is partially used for farming.

    Proposed amenities could include a dog park, beach, mini golf, volleyball courts, pool, spa, workout facilities, tennis courts, a playground, walking and running paths, bike paths, a community garden, sports lounge, golf simulator, mini bowling alley, movie theater, game room and work space, among potentially more unnamed possibilities.

    The conceptual plans will be reviewed by Kenoshas Plan Commission during a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 5. The commission will only discuss the plans and wont be taking a vote.

    Great effort and research have been expended to develop the building size, design, layout, and amenities to attract high end clientele to this location, the development team writes in a letter to the city. Given the proximity to 1-94, it is our belief based on our research that we will pull talented workforce from Milwaukee and Chicago.

    The team further states Strawberry Fields will be a one of a kind development for Kenosha.

    Representatives of Cardinal and Land Quest did not immediately return calls seeking further comment.

    According to the letter, Cardinal is responsible for about 10,000 housing units across the U.S., and Land Quest has developed more than 1,000 units of housing in Kenosha and is managing more than 400 units locally.

    If detailed plans were to move forward, the property would need to be rezoned, according to a city staff report. Currently, the site is largely zoned for single-family homes and duplexes, with the land nearest the highway zoned for multiple uses and a small portion on the northern end for multi-family residential.

    The city and developers would also need to sign a developers agreement related to all public improvements on the project. For instance, the development team is proposing the creation of two public roads to provide access into and out of the site.

    Staffers also noted in the report a number of concerns they had with the proposal as-is. They suggest more than two building types for the site and that the developers use higher-quality building materials than what has been presented so far.

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    Mini golf, movie theater part of proposed 916-unit multi-family project in Kenosha - BizTimes - Milwaukee Business News

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