If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Sales at a glance]]> Two homes in Atherton and one in Woodside recently sold for more than $10,000,000, according to this week's column.]]> <![CDATA[Recent Home Sales]]> Three $10-million homes sold on the Midpeninsula this week, including two in Atherton and one in Woodside.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's column features information on the 2016 Going Native Garden Tour, Gamble Garden's 4th annual Tomato Extravaganza and more.]]> <![CDATA[From dusty teapot to useful container]]> You probably have a teapot or two in your kitchen cabinet that you aren't using. Why not repurpose your teapots instead of letting them gather dust?]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's column includes information on Palo Alto's annual Festival of the Arts, free gardening workshops at the Palo Alto Library and how to grow carrots.]]> <![CDATA[Fresh, delicious and decorative]]> Driving by Sunny Chen's Leland Manor home, most people don't realize that the front yard is planted with vegetables and fruits. A closer look reveals a row of tall sunflowers intermixed with natives and drought-tolerant plants -- and a few cantaloupes and eggplants.]]> <![CDATA[Home Sales]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a glance]]> Atherton home tops $11 million]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This weekend, visit the first Passive Energy House in Palo Alto, check out the Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival and more. ]]> <![CDATA[From single-story ranch to two-story modern]]> When Adam Hawley and Suzan Szollar married and bought their little house on a corner lot in The Willows in 2001, it seemed j-u-s-t right. But by the time their second child came along, they were bursting out of its two-bedroom seams.]]> <![CDATA[Building permits]]> The following building permits issued by the City of Palo Alto show home and commercial renovations occurring throughout the city.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's column features news on two summer story times at Gamble Garden, information from nonprofit Acterra on how to convert your lawn to a native plant garden and more. ]]> <![CDATA[Patriotic display]]> Palo Alto artist Helen Hu, who has been making silk flower wreaths since 2010, shares her techniques for creating a spectacular deco mesh red, white and blue door decoration for the Fourth of July.]]> <![CDATA[Local Realtors take top spots in annual sales ranking]]> Two teams of local real-estate agents and 18 individual local sales people were among the top-selling 250 teams and 250 agents nationwide this past year, according to Real Trends, a private communications company that annually publishes "The Thousand" list. ]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: $8.5 million but just one bedroom]]> A house in Palo Alto that sold for $8.5 million has just one bedroom, according to the stats in this week's home-sales column.]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a glance: Homes sell for $600,000 to $8.5 million]]> Palo Alto area real estate recently sold for between $600,000 and $8.5 million, according to this week's column.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Palo Alto home sells for $15 million]]> A 1975 home in Palo Alto that was rebuilt in 2005 was sold in May for $15 million.]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters: High-end homes staying on market longer]]> A recent Bloomberg report reveals some shifts in the real estate market for higher-end homes in Palo Alto, pointing to an increase in days on the market for properties priced at $5 million and above. ]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This weekend, have tea at the gardens of the Filoli estate in Woodside, take a young tree health survey for Canopy, get answers for your plant problems at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden and more.]]> <![CDATA[How fab can prefab be?]]> At this weekend's tours of California's first BONE Structure prefab home on the Stanford University campus, visitors will be exposed to anything but the latest interior finishes and are advised to wear closed shoes.]]> <![CDATA[Peeling back the wallpaper]]> Wallpaper. For some, the word connotes grandma's house. Mothballs. Mind-numbing patterns. And a lot of effort spent removing it. But, like so many trends, at some point, wallpaper was bound to make a comeback. ]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This weekend, take a historic walking tour on Homer Avenue in Palo Alto, learn how to attract bees to your garden or learn about the world of succulents and more. ]]> <![CDATA[Right in your own backyard]]> We decorate our living rooms. Why why not do a little creative outdoor decorating? Here are some easy-to-do ideas you might use in your own little wilderness.]]> <![CDATA[The secret garden]]> Tucked away from the rest of Stanford University's main tourist attractions, an eccentric and whimsical garden sits on the far northern tip of campus. Surrounded by a grove of oak and eucalyptus trees, its densely tangled prickly pear plants and towering yucca trees stand out starkly to passersby, leaving many curious about how a plot of land straight out of the Sonoran desert came to exist just yards away from the Stanford Mausoleum.]]> <![CDATA[Painting the door red (or turquoise or purple)]]> Interior designer Kit Davey has advised hundreds of clients on paint colors for their homes and front doors. Some people are bold and take risks with a bright orange or a shade of green that reminds them of a forest. Others stick with a beige house, with a dark beige door.]]> <![CDATA[The flight of the butterfly]]> Eleanor Laney remembers a time when it was easy to spot a butterfly fluttering by or perched on a flower. But for her and many other avid gardeners, these sightings have become increasingly rare. ]]>