If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Palo Alto Online <![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. ]]>