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    From Alabama to Wyoming: The Most Expensive Home for Sale in Every State – Robb Report - July 4, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    It can often feel like the best prime real estate in the United States is in New York, California or Florida, with the exception of a few jaw-dropping ranches in the West. In reality, every state has its own nuanced marketplace and high-end towns and neighborhoods. In Arizona, its the picturesque Paradise Valley, while in South Carolina its the oceanfront escape of Kiawah Island.

    Often, a states most expensive home is a vacation residence: lake houses, mansions with beach frontage or an estate with a really, really big pool. Others are historic homes that offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a part of the past, like an $18.5 million estate with an Antebellum mansion in Alabama, which dates back to the 1800s, or the Shell House in Delaware, which was built by one of the states ruling families in the 1920s. Then there are those like the $500 million One in California, the most expensive home in the country, that are so over-the-top it boggles the mind.

    What unifies all of these offerings is ambitionwhether its a particularly gutsy new construction or a meticulous restoration of a beloved Gilded Age home. Blood, sweat and tears went into all of these spectacular homes, not to mention a lot of money. So, what do these properties look like from state to state? We decided to find out. Below, in alphabetical order, are the most expensive homes in all 50 states, along with the priciest place in Washington, DC.

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    $43M Wyatt by Watermark will be developed in Gilbert – AZ Big Media - July 4, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Watermark Residential, a wholly owned affiliate of Thompson Thrift and one of the nations leading multifamily developers, announced today the acquisition of 10 acres of land for $5.5 million in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, Ariz. The company will develop The Wyatt by Watermark, a $43 million Class A garden-style multifamily community on the land with an expected completion date of late 2021.

    Located at 1205 South Gilbert Road, the site conveniently sits at the core of thriving downtown Gilbert, within walking distance to numerous high-end retail shops and restaurants and only a short drive to the entertainment and dining options available at Gilbert Heritage District and San Tan Village.

    According to data from the National Multifamily Housing Council, the greater Phoenix area needs 11,000 new apartments per year to meet demand, said Josh Purvis, managing partner of Watermark Residential. Watermark Residential looks forward to helping fill the need for quality housing options with one of our innovative and aesthetically pleasing apartment communities.

    The Wyatt by Watermark will consist of 216 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes averaging 978 square feet. The apartment homes will feature upgraded finishes including gourmet bar-kitchens with granite countertops, stainless steel appliance packages, walk-in closets and full-size washers and dryers. Community amenities will include a clubhouse, 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, a resort-quality swimming pool with cabana and pet-friendly bark park and doggie spa.

    Residents will enjoy easy access to the 202 loop with the ability to reach all four of Gilberts major employment centers within 20 minutes. Additionally, the site is located within the Gilbert Public School District, the 4th Best School District in America, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

    Gilbert has experienced a population increase of 20 percent during the past decade and growth is expected to continue at double the national average over the next five years. In addition, the Phoenix suburb has been recognized for many awards recently including:

    3rd Most Livable City in the U.S., according to SmartAsset

    6th Safest City in the U.S., according to WalletHub

    Arizonas Fastest Growing City, according to WalletHub

    The Wyatt by Watermark is the third of six to be funded by the Watermark 3G Development Fund II, which closed in late 2019. In addition, it will be the second multifamily community for Watermark in Gilbert, who also owns the 250-unit Watermark at Gateway Place.

    Since 2010 Watermark Residential has constructed more than 40 communities totaling over 11,000 multifamily apartment homes. The company has consistently focused on developments in areas experiencing rapid job growth, increased rental demand and barriers to new supply.

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    27 Exotic Pool Cabana Ideas (Design & Decor Pictures … - June 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Pool cabanas are a functional and practical addition to any poolside setting. Aside from being an attractive focal point for a houses landscape, pool cabanas offer a number of functions. By definition, a pool cabana is a hut, cabin or tent-like structure that is made up of light weight walls or supports with one side facing the pool. It may be a permanent structure with walls or a temporary collapsible structure such as a tent or umbrella. Its average size is usually 8 feet x 12 feet or 10 feet by 14 feet, although this is not a rule that needs to be followed strictly in terms of construction. Pool cabanas may vary in size depending on the intended purpose.

    Pool cabanas are usually used as a place to take shelter from the sun, rest between swims, change in and out of swimming attire or entertain guests. It is also sometimes used as a storage for pool equipment. Another benefit that it gives is that it avoids the flow of wet traffic within the home as it allows a convenient ease of access from the pool. Since it is adjacent to any swimming pool, it provides guests or homeowners a place to dry up before entering the house.

    There are several factors that need to be considered in designing a pool cabana:

    Exotic pool cabanas are a well loved choice for their design and style. Reminiscent of the beach, island living and the tropics, exotic pool cabanas provide a perfect place for rest and relaxation at the comfort of your own home. Truly, a well designed pool setting allows you to enjoy resort living. Below is our gallery of exotic pool cabana ideas.

    Printed pillows and curtains add a splash of color to this all white pool cabana. It is made up of horizontal wooden slats and a flat roof. This look captures a bohemian inspired style which is perfect for beach houses.

    See this metal pool gazebo at Amazon

    A wide array of outdoor and weatherproof furniture is also available in the market. With smart mechanisms and hardware, most of these furniture are usually reclining and can be used for lounging or sleeping. It is also comes in different fabric and upholstery materials which can stand the wear and tear of everyday use. In this design, the pool cabana is a simple metal structure with plain white curtains which is used to cover the seats.

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    House Review: Pool Houses & Cabanas – Home Building - June 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Outdoor living spaces endure as a priority for many clients when planning a home. Because pools remain one of the most common outdoor areas, pool houses and cabanas become a natural focal point. Just as the kitchen is the dominant feature inside the home, an outdoor kitchen becomes an important part of the backyard. With the introduction of weather-resistant furniture, outdoor living rooms now rival interior spaces with tile or polished concrete floors, fireplaces, and even flat-screen televisions. The following ideas from our House Review team range from basic entertainment pavilions to structures that can easily double as stand-alone guest quarters. Each provides outdoor spaces with the functionality and comfort of an indoor living area.

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    ARCHITECTRichard Handlen, AIA, LEED APEDI Internationalrichard.handlen@edi-international.comedi-international.com415.362.2880

    PLAN SIZEWidth: 35 feetDepth: 14 feet, 4 inchesLiving area: 1,000 sf

    This pool house is both an escape and a guest house. Downhill from the main house, it provides a retreat from the daily grind and a private place for guests to come and go without interrupting the household. Strict development limitations imposed by the jurisdiction required that half the floor area be below grade. The upper floor is a party pavilion with supporting bath and laundry facilities. Two sides of the pavilion open to the southwest with large awning doors. These lead to the pool deck and outdoor kitchen. The deck expands when the pool cover rises from the bottom and meshes with and matches the paving. The lower-level houses a bedroom suite that opens out to a sunken courtyard and open air stairway leading back up to the pool area.

    A. Parking area shielded from the main house by the pool houseB. Party pavilion with a full kitchen and central island focusing on a large-screen TV above the stair rail. Two sides open up with awning doors facing the sun and pool patioC. Laundry area for both pool and guest house useD. Bath opens directly to the pool deck and also connects with the houseE. Lap pool as retaining wall waterfall. Pool floor rises up with the press of a button to form a cover and expand the surface of the patioF. Bedroom suite opens out to the lower courtyardG. Sunken courtyard with stairway leads up to the pool deck

    DESIGNERGary IltisResidential Design Conceptsgaryrcdesign@gmail.com713.598.0964

    PLAN SIZEWidth: 30 feetDepth: 20 feetLiving area: 545 sf

    Adjacent to the swimming pool and designed for informal outdoor gatherings, this pavilion offers a compact space for grilling, dining, and conversation. The combination of stone and brick along with tile flooring and granite countertops provides for low maintenance. The 12-foot vaulted ceiling adds to the feeling of spaciousness.

    A. Pavilion exterior uses a combination of stone and brick for the fireplace and column basesB. Kitchen area offers a sink, grilling area, refrigerator, keg tap, and granite countertopC. Sitting area features a stone fireplace with a flat-screen television above it. The TV is placed in a cabinet for protection from the elements. The ceiling is vaulted from 9 feet to 12 feet in heightD. Dining area

    ARCHITECTThe Evans GroupDonald Evans, AIAdevans@theevansgroup.comtheevansgroup.com407.650.8770

    PLAN SIZEWidth: 40 feetDepth: 94 feetLiving area: 2,046 sf (optional 109 sf pool cabana)

    This is the ultimate indoor-outdoor home, wrapping around a private and lushly landscaped pool courtyard, with 560 square feet of covered outdoor space. It lives larger than its square footage and boasts an open floor plan with lots of natural light throughout. The outdoor living environment is fully screened and provides space for a pool and fountain as well as a garden, outdoor dining room, outdoor seating areas, complete outdoor kitchen, and an area for sunbathing. The flex option, which enables creating a pool house from the garage storage, adds even more flexibility and space to this floor plan. The plan proves that a courtyard home with a separate pool house and cabana neednt be large and can be right-sized for todays market and buyers.

    A. True courtyard home with fully screened-in outdoor livingB. Pool with fountain feature, garden, seating, and diningC.Outdoor cool kitchen with a seating bar, grill, refrigerator, wine refrigerator, and sinkD. Garage storage space flexes to become a pool house, with sliding glass doors opening to the pool area

    ARCHITECTGMD Design GroupScott Gardner, AIAscott@gmddesigngroup.com919.320.3022Donnie McGrathdonnie@gmddesigngroup.comgmddesigngroup.com770.375.7351

    PLAN SIZEWidth: 45 feetDepth: 18 feetLiving area: 749 sf

    This multifunction cabana is designed to provide indoor-outdoor living. The cabana interior has a small sleeping area for a guest and a large open area for relaxing and entertaining. There is a covered porch, and an outdoor fireplace and arbor complete the outdoor living experience.

    A. PoolB. Pool deckC. Arbor with seating areaD. Outdoor fireplaceE. Covered porchF. Open living and eating areaG. Bath with direct access to the exterior and interiorH. Guest suite

    ARCHITECTTodd Hallett, AIA, CAPSTK Design & Associatesthallett@tkhomedesign.comtkhomedesign.com248.446.1960

    PLAN SIZEWidth: 44 feet, 4 inchesDepth: 28 feetCovered area: 561 sfBath: 78 sfStorage: 90 sf

    The entertainment industry has poked fun at the luxury of owning a pool cabana (Oh, cabana boy ...). Its amusing, yet with as many pool houses as our firm has completed, weve never encountered that particular client profile or attitude. Most pool houses are used by families to entertain while keeping an eye on the little ones as they splash and carry on. A well-designed pool house should be as functional as it is great-looking. Its job is to provide both shelter from the sun as well as the amenities required to make the outdoor space as enjoyable as possible.

    A. Large covered area protects the family from UV rays while allowing high visibility. The spaceis designed for a large farm table bookended by two flanking seating areasB. On the back wall, a large TV is great for watching sports and providing a little background noiseC. Built-in cabinetry offers plenty of storage and a framework for outdoor kitchen appliancesD. An outdoor shower is a nice way to clean off the chlorine (or salt) without soaking an interior spaceE. Bath is large enough for a changing area and is designed for privacyF. Storage area is large enough to hold pool toys and unsightly pool equipment

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    What $3 million gets you in Wildwood: See the most expensive homes that just hit the market – - June 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Situated on a beautiful tree-lined street, this charming ranch with gorgeous views from every window, has so much to offer. Loaded with charm and ambiance, this home has been impeccably maintained. Wood floors greet you as you enter the home with large dining rm for entertaining. Great room is very roomy, lots of windows, wet bar, ventless fireplace, bay window, bookcases. Exquisite gourmet kitchen w/beautiful Mark Christian fine custom cabinetry, work sink, 5 burner gas top stove, dbl oven, stainless, warming drawer, blt in TV, wine cooler, spice & knife drawer, gorgeous granite. Updated luxury mstr suite, very large bedroom w/dbl closets, spa tub & separate shower, bay window. Addtl 2 bdrms on main flr. Very inviting lwr lvl with walkout. Addtl. fireplace, office, full bath,sleeping area/office, lots of storage. Hardie Board siding, newer roof. Screened porch & large deck. This one is a rare find situated in desirable Wilson Farms. Quick access to shopping, restaurants and hwys.

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    One of Larchmont’s oldest properties, dating from 1797, is on the market – Lohud - June 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder


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    Back in the day, as in the late 1700s, big families were the norm. Twelve children were raised in a Federal-style colonial set up on a high point in Larchmont, built by their father,Peter Jay Munro, a nephew of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States.

    Munro's home, known as the Manor House and constructed in 1797, served as a country escape for the large Munro family.As did its expansive property: Munro eventually amassed an estate of over 500 acres.

    Federal-style colonial was built in 1797 in Larchmont for a nephew of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States.(Photo: Houlihan Lawrence)

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    Upon his death in 1833, the Manor House went to Munro's son Henry,who had trouble managing his finances. The estate was sold at auction in 1845, according to research by Judith Doolin Spikes, a former village historian.

    Federal-style colonial was built in 1797 in Larchmont for a nephew of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States.(Photo: Houlihan Lawrence)

    The Manor House, at 18 Elm Ave., is back on the market, listed for$4.699 million.And while it is no longer on 500 acres, the property is one of the largest in Larchmont, at nearly one and a half acres.

    "This is a spectacular property," said Pollena Forsman, who has the listing for Houlihan Lawrence. "You step onto the rear porch and you are just awed." Forsman notes there is ample room in the backyard for an in-ground pool and the current owners have the site plans in hand for a pool and a cabana.

    This Larchmont home dates to the 18th century. It was built for a nephew of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States.(Photo: Houlihan Lawrence)

    "It is a big plus to have acreage, privacy and a pool," she said. "It has become very important in the post-Covid environment and certainly these three components come up in every luxury buyer conversation; they are the key criteria for search right now."

    The last must-have is walkability and the property is within an easy walk to the village.

    The 6,723-square-foot home has six bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two partial baths. It was recently renovated by the current owners, who created a new master suite, updated all the bathrooms withradiant-heat floors and updated the electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the windows and doors.

    This Larchmont home dates to the 18th century. It was built for a nephew of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States.(Photo: Houlihan Lawrence)

    My clients did a major renovation that turned a very formal house into a colorful, youthful and happy home,"said Forsman.

    Yet, there are delightful details everywhere, from the unique stained glass on the front door to the front-to-back foyer with a curved center staircase and wood flooring in a stylish black-and-white checkerboard pattern. There are 9- to 12-foot ceilings, four chimneys and eight fireplaces; hardwood and parquet floors; classic moldings and chair rails.

    Both the front and rear covered porches have ample areas for seating and entertainment.It would be interesting to contemplate what Larchmont once looked like while sitting on the broad front porch.

    The renovation kept all the best of what was old and made it feel like a gut renovated home, Forsmancontinued. "You don't have to worry about anything from the late 1700s being an issue."

    Despite its grand proportions, Forsman says the ManorHouse "feels fun and happy due to thedesign and imagination of the current owners. They took whatwas previously a more formal house, with massively high ceilings and rooms, and made itplayful and fun and happy and filled with children.It is really a wonderful living space."

    The Manor House held several different titles in its long history, according toresearch by Judith Doolin Spikes, a former village historian, provided by Houlihan Lawrence:

    "Larchmont": Edward Collins, a shipping magnate,renamed the house "Larchmont" after a row of larch trees planted by Munro. He also ran into financial trouble and the estate was sold at auction again in 1865, to a wholesale grocer T.J.S. Flint, co-founder of the Larchmont Manor Company which developed suburban homes for New York City businessmen of moderate incomes, on the property, according to Spikes.

    "The Manor House": After Flints death in 1882, Charles H. Murray became president of the Manor Company and he converted the home into a 30-room boarding house named the Manor House.

    "Manor School For Girls":In 1902, it became the home of the private Manor School for Girlsbefore being turned back into a single family home.

    This Larchmont home dates to the 18th century. It was built for a nephew of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States.(Photo: Houlihan Lawrence)

    18 Elm Ave. Larchmont

    Price: $4,699,000

    Schools: Mamaroneck

    Taxes: $101,840 (estimated)

    Contact: Pollena Forsman, Houlihan Lawrence, 914-420-8665,

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    Sofia Vergara And Joe Manganiello Buy $26 Million Mansion In Beverly Park – Celebrity Net Worth - June 19, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Hollywood show business couple Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello have recently acquired some new digs in the luxurious and exclusive gated community known as Beverly Park, says Variety's, paying $26 million for a large, handsome estate with 17,000 square feet of living space overlooking Beverly Hills.

    Sales of Beverly Park homes are said to be unusually rare as owners tend to hold onto their properties there, but this $26 million mansion is the exception that proves the rule, changing hands at least five times in the last six years. Among those who have called the mansion home include China's billionaire "Steel Princess" Diana Chen and baseball legend Barry Bonds, who owned it from 2002 to 2014. And it was Chen who sold the house to Vergara, at a discount of about $4 million compared to her $30 million asking price.

    As for the mansion itself, hopefully its prolific recent sales history doesn't indicate some glaring problem that's only clear upon moving in. In official marketing materials at least, it seems to be a bargain even at $26 million:

    "Nestled within Beverly Hills' most prestigious private enclave is a sprawling Tuscan-inspired villa in which classic beauty meets sleek modern living. Resting on nearly two lush acres is a grand motor court leading to the stately 17,000-square foot luxurious living space. European architectural elements include imported limestone, soaring 30 foot ceilings, Italian travertine floors, and hand-painted murals. Outdoor loggias line the home's expansive seven bedrooms, thirteen bathrooms, and lavish common areas. A once-in-a-lifetime entertainer's dream, the estate makes extraordinary use of an opulent 12-seat theater, two story guesthouse, pool, spa, cabana, steam sauna, and outdoor sport court."

    That description doesn't mention any trapdoors or ghosts, so with any luck Vergara and Manganiello will buck the recent trend of relatively fast buying and selling that have dogged the property for the last several years. In any case, you can get a good look at the property in the video below from Hilton & Hyland:

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    Taylor Morrison unveils its Esplanade at the Heights in Bradenton – - May 29, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Developer Taylor Morrison has opened another community in East County to considerable fanfare.

    Esplanade at The Heights opened May 8.

    Taylor Morrison Division President Joe Fontana said interest in Esplanade at The Heights is strong six homes already are under contract because of the Esplanade brand and because of the communitys location off Honore Avenue, just west of Ward Lake.

    Its community includes a giant hill called Mount Tumulo (the Italian word for mound) that separates two distinct Taylor Morrison communities Esplanade and Grandview within The Heights development.

    Sales in Grandview at The Heights, a future community of 170 homes, began in late January and how have reached 36 homes. Prices start in the high $200,000s and homes are between 1,582 and 3,422 square feet.

    Esplanade at The Heights carries the Esplanade lifestyle brand, but is a boutique version with no golf course. It will have about 260 units and features include a resort-style pool and spa, fitness center, a cabana area, lighted tennis, pickleball and bocce courts, anda dog park.

    Esplanade at The Heights offers villas and single-family homes with villas starting around $295,000 and home base prices starting between $329,000 to $369,000. Sizes range from 1,533 square feet for a villa up to 2,275 square feet for the largest home.

    Fontana said his company has enhanced its virtual chat system, added Zoom calls with sales agents on a Smart device and starting conversations without having customers needing to set foot in any models if they so wish.

    He said teams have been trained on how to do that, and how to do that well.

    So much of what we do is body language, and emotional, Fontana said. Now youre trying to understand what the customer is looking for without them being in front of you.

    Fontana said nationwide, there have been 1,500 virtual tours and 100 homes sold virtually with buyers never setting foot inside the model themselves.

    Fontana said the shift to engage buyers virtually is a trend he expects would have needed to happen over the next five years anyway.

    I think a lot of the things were doing now the virus is really accelerating, Fontana said. Were were forced to do them sooner telemarketing, virtual tours, Zoom, virtual meetings, working from home.

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    5 new construction Beverly Hills condos for luxury buyers – Livabl - May 29, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Theres perhaps no neighborhood more iconic than Beverly Hills. Thanks to a certain 90s teen drama series, we all know its zip code, recognize its landmarks and envy its well-heeled residents. If youre looking for a newly constructed condo in the storied Los Angeles neighborhood and have the budget to back it up, consider one of these five luxury options.

    Developer: Genton Property Group Status: Construction Priced from: $3,120,000

    Reflections of LA is a 12-story, Four Seasons-branded tower touting 59 custom for-sale homes. The bespoke interiors were designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who counts Kylie Jenner, Cher, Tommy Hilfiger and John Stamos among his clientele. Expect professional-grade gourmet kitchens with integrated Gaggenau appliances, stunning master bathrooms featuring deep soaking tubs and separate glass-walled showers, and sliding glass walls for seamless indoor/outdoor living.

    In true Four Seasons fashion, the curated services and amenities are second to none. Highlights include a 1,600-square-foot fitness center, private IMAX theatre, exclusive chef experiences, and an open-air courtyard pool surrounded by cabanas. The residence is currently under construction and sales are expected to launch later this year.

    Developer: K Pacific Investments Status: Complete Priced from: $1,900,000

    If youre on a shorter timeline, Pacific Star offers move-in ready luxury penthouses, condominiums and two-story townhomes in the heart of Beverly Hills. Featuring up to 2,200 square feet of living space, the floorplans are intelligently designed with high ceilings, expansive windows, open shared spaces and large terraces.

    Smart home features come standard, including Nest thermostats that control the radiant in-floor heating, integrated speaker systems, USB outlets in every room and high-efficiency LED lighting. Residents will live within walking distance of Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Hills Farmers Market, and the many restaurants, salons, fitness studios and boutiques that line Beverly Drive.

    Developers: Bilgili Group and SHVO Status: Construction Priced from: TBA

    This seven-story residence is currently under construction at the apex of Beverly Hills Golden Triangle. Upon completion in 2021, the development will include 54 condominiums, 6,650 square feet of retail space and exclusive resident amenities, such as a landscaped courtyard and a rooftop pool with sweeping city views.

    9200 Wilshire Boulevard is not selling just yet, but the project recently released a batch of new renderings depicting its revised design. Conceived by MVE + Partners, the sleek facade will feature a mix of limestone, travertine, white-painted steel and glass. Select units will have spacious, covered balconies or terraces and there appears to be a rooftop pool and alfresco amenity area.

    Developer: Unlisted Status: Complete Priced from: $1,890,000

    Two modern residences are currently available at 1333 Beverly Green Drive. Unit 202 is a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom stunner spanning over 2,300 square feet. Priced at $1,890,000, its appointed with hardwood floors throughout, smart home technology, custom cabinetry and closets, and a stylish linear fireplace with a stone surround.

    Unit 301 boasts three bedrooms and three-and-a-half-bathrooms over 2,728 square feet. The chef-worthy kitchen is equipped with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, a waterfall island and a roomy pantry. Theres a private elevator with controlled access and a rooftop deck with plenty of space for lounging or dining. With a slightly larger footprint, this residence is priced at $2,195,000.

    Developer: Palisades Status: Complete Priced from: $3,700,000

    Combining sustainability and world-renowned architecture, Gardenhouse is a one-of-a-kind project featuring a collection of Row Houses, Garden Flats and Sky Villas. This is MAD Architects first foray into the United States market and theyve delivered a suite of custom homes with airy, contemporary interiors and barrierless connections to the outdoors. The layouts were designed to feel like single-family residences and the community itself is reminiscent of a modern-day village.

    Gardenhouse is centered around an open-air atrium with a canopy of trees and secret garden, providing privacy for the residences but also a quiet place to meditate or read a book by the reflective pool. Adding to the eco-friendly aesthetic is the largest living wall in the country, which envelops much of the structure.

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    Rebuilding America: Home improvement companies thrive as pandemic keeps North Jersey shut in – - May 29, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Rebuilding North Jersey and Lowe's renovated a home in Teaneck to help a single mother with Rheumatoid arthritis get around easier.

    Many businesses have faced financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The home improvement industry, much of which is considered essential business, is faring far better.

    Michael DeMarco, owner of On The Spot Home Improvements in Saddle Brook,said his sales have increased about 25% since the pandemic hit. On The Spot does emergency home repairs, as well as roofing, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, deck installation, power washing and gutter installation, repair and cleaning.

    On The Spot Home Improvements has implemented safety measures for its staff, including regular cleanings of the office and trucks and PPE gear(Photo: Courtesy of On The Spot Home Improvements)

    Theres a lot of people staying home, said DeMarco. People have called us saying their home is going to be their office for the foreseeable future, and they want to make it nice.

    According to DeMarco, many of his clients rerouted the money from their canceled vacations to finance repairs andadditions to their homes.

    Real estate: NJ could see increase in people moving from the cities to the suburbs after coronavirus

    Social distancing rules have made homethe safest place to be. With parks packed, backyards and front porches have becomethe ideal place to get some sun and let the kids burn off some energy which means On The Spot Home Improvements and other landscaping, contracting and home improvement businesses are experiencing a rise in sales.

    Swing Set & Toy Warehouse, which has locations in Upper Saddle River, Freehold, Fleming and East Hanover, has seen a 50% increase in business, said Sue Williams, a sales representative for the company for the past 30 years.

    Ive never seen anything like it, said Williams. Trampolines, basketball hoops and swing sets, specifically, are being ordered nonstop.

    Usually families decide to buy swing sets when their children are age-appropriate. But now, Im seeing even people with very young kids buying this year, she added. Why? Because being outside eases stress, said Williams, especially in a time when entire families are cooped up at home.

    On The Spot Home Improvements has been busy redoing bathrooms, kitchens and more during the pandemic.(Photo: Courtesy of On The Spot Home Improvements)

    The phones at Jacobsen Landscape Design in Midland Park, which designs landscaping for pools and patios andinstalls irrigation systems and outdoor landscape lighting, have been ringing off the hook, as customers yearn for more put-together homes.

    Of course, things in the home improvement industry have changed since the pandemic. DeMarco says his staff members wear masks and get their temperatures taken at the door. They keep 6 feet apart from each other and clients. The office building and trucks are constantly being sanitized.

    On The Spot Home Improvements has seen an increase in its revenue, as folks reroute their vacation money to pay for pool installations and more.(Photo: Courtesy of On The Spot Home Improvements)

    DeMarco predicts the home improvement boomwill continue for the next year, even as businesses and entertainment venues open up. As expensive vacations will likely have to be canceled for the rest of the year, he thinks that money will instead go to building a new cabana in the backyard, installing a pool, or finally building that dream deck.

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