If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Home sales: Home sales slow with late summer]]> Highest home sale in Palo Alto and Menlo Park in this week's column sold for close to $5 million. Read on for the details.]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a glance: Palo Alto, Menlo Park highs skim $5 million]]> Top home sales in Palo Alto and Menlo Park skim $5 million, according to this week's column.]]> <![CDATA[A quick fix for your bathroom]]> Even if you can't afford the time and expense of a complete bathroom renovation, you can still make dramatic changes without moving a wall or replacing a sink. Here are a few easy-to-do ideas for increasing the function and beauty of your bath.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's column has information on local gardening workshops and on Gamble Garden's fresh luncheons, as well as fire safety tips.]]> <![CDATA[Uniquely made]]> There comes a point after you choose what you like from the Crate & Barrel or Restoration Hardware catalog, you want to make sure there is something in your home decor that no one else has. You may have to look no further than the the artistic furnishings being offered at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.]]> <![CDATA[Home Sales: Los Altos Hills edges out Atherton for highest sale]]> A home in Los Altos Hills sold for $9,450,000.]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a glance: Top sale is $9.4 million]]> Los Altos Hills edges out Atherton for highest sale, according to this week's column.]]> <![CDATA[Weeding out the bad]]> Like decluttering the inside of your home, weeding your yard is the same sort of chore if you let the weeds creep up and up like the piles on your countertops. What is the best way to get rid of weeds without getting rid of plants you want? How do you get motivated to get out and do this unpleasant chore? ]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's column features information on a gardening workshop, fashion and home designer Jenni Kayne's new boutique at Stanford Shopping Center and Gamble Gardens' annual Community Day.]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters: Palo Alto homes staying on market longer]]> There have been two noticeable trends in the Palo Alto property market this year so far. First, properties have stayed on the market longer. Second, price reductions have been more common, especially at the very high end.]]> <![CDATA[Meet and greet the architects]]> "Open, honest, transparent." That's how Menlo Park architect Ana Williamson describes her client's mantra about what her new home in Menlo Oaks needed to be.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's column features information on the Midtown "Share Faire," which takes place Sunday, Aug. 14; a slew of city-related apps; and Filoli's centennial celebrations. ]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a Glance]]> One home in Atherton sold for almost $15 million, according to this week's column.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales]]> Two homes, one in Atherton and another in Woodside, sold in the $14-million range.]]> <![CDATA[Digging in]]> In an age when faster is better and attention spans are shortening, when people are hustling and smartphones demand quicker responses, the slow process of gardening can seem countercultural. To some, it may even seem unnecessary and inefficient.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's column features information on the city's Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day, as well as tips on planting bright flowers and painting your house. ]]> <![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. ]]>