If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES -- April 16]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Green ideas and inspiration]]> After restoring a Category I historical home in the University South neighborhood, the homeowners turned to the landscape. Here they didn't want so much to restore, as to complement and enhance.]]> <![CDATA[Finally, warm and toasty]]> Remember the freezing cold snap back in early December? That's when Carole Amos was huddled upstairs, wondering if there was any way to speed up the installation of a new radiant heating system in her two-story Mountain View townhouse.]]> <![CDATA[Modern, but no 'museum']]> The Old Palo Alto home that architect Mary Maydan's client purchased in 2012 was handsomely built in the 1980s, but it didn't really reflect his modern tastes.]]> <![CDATA[From blah to distinctive]]> When Toiya and John Black purchased their new home in 2006, they thought it would be just right for their family of four: It had a good location (College Terrace), size and great flow -- but no charm.]]> <![CDATA[Light motif]]> Laura Ulam bought her circa-1962 Sharon Heights home in 2012 with the intent to redo it. "It's the fourth house I've remodeled," she says. ]]> <![CDATA[Spring 2014 Home & Garden Design]]> This edition of Home & Garden Design features remodels that raised the ceilings in a mid-century home, took a spec home to special, gave a a modern take to a conventional home and added radiant floor heating, as well as how to create a stress-free garden.]]> <![CDATA[Go to your happy place]]> Gardens are restorative environments where we can relax and enjoy being outdoors and feeling one with the world, right? Uh, not quite! In my career as a landscape designer, I have worked with some seriously anxiety-ridden garden owners.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - April 9]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Charleston Gardens]]> When Betty and Jim Krahenbuhl first purchased their Charleston Gardens home in 1973, they had no idea that it would eventually be their place of retirement. ]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - April 2]]> ]]> <![CDATA[No cookie-cutter homes here]]> "A 3-story tower and roof deck emerges among vibrant evergreens, providing a unique vantage point of the surrounding townscape."]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - March 26]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Artwork to 'chair'-ish]]> Discovery of 60 wooden folding chairs dating back to the 1930s hidden in ancient rolling drawers underneath a stage has inspired The Woman's Club of Palo Alto to give new meaning to recycling and repurposing.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - March 19]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Hitting the Mother lode]]> As the age-old adage goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Turning this idea on its head is a group of 330 volunteers who put together the biennial Treasure Market on Stanford University's campus.]]> <![CDATA[Who you gonna call?]]> The perfect utopian home would be something like this: light bulbs that never went out, living room paint that remained forever crisp and vibrant, drains that never backed up and doors that never got stuck.]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters]]> If last year was any indication, 2014 should be another exceptional year for home sellers across the Bay Area.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - March 5]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Garden Tips]]> What is a garden anyway? Why do gardens make so much difference in our lives and why do we fall in love, raise our children and grow old together in them so much better than if we live our whole lives indoors?]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - Feb. 26]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Green Acres]]> When Catherine Shen moved into her Green Acres home in 2008, she was welcomed with open arms by the other residents who she described as "polite and courteous." ]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - Feb. 19]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters]]> Why is it so darn hard to find a house to buy on the mid-peninsula? I remember long ago (or it seems like long ago) when an agent got a new client, we would pack them in our car and give them "the big tour."]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - Feb. 5]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Letting nature do the work]]> It's nearly spring and time to confront a common gardening problem: How can one create healthy soil while keeping the weeds at bay?]]> <![CDATA[University South]]> Which Palo Alto neighborhood has access to a library, grocery store, coffee shop, City Hall, the police department and University Avenue, all within walking distance?]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - Jan. 29]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Winter 2014 Home & Garden Design]]> This edition of Home & Garden Design features a remodel that added up, without sacrificing yard space, a major remodel of a Craftsman home stressing aging in place, a winemaking accessory building and how to create flexible living spaces.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES]]> ]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Electrically eclectic Eichlers]]> Often described as "having character" or "being interesting," old homes can just as often be described as "challenging" -- both to maintain and to renovate.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES]]> ]]> <![CDATA[When is a comp not really a comp?]]> We've all heard a version of the same story at a dinner party or on the sidelines of our child's soccer game. It goes something like this: Someone's neighbor/friend/coworker got a knock on his or her door offering $5 million cash for a house this neighbor/friend/coworker paid only $3 million for just last year.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.]]> <![CDATA[Remodeling: In da Houzz]]> What happens when you combine the words house and buzz? The answer is the online community "Houzz," a website and mobile app for home remodeling and design.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto market remains hot heading into winter]]> As winter approaches, we typically expect Bay Area and Peninsula home prices to start cooling along with the weather, as buyers replace their house-hunting expeditions with holiday-shopping trips. ]]>