Photo gallery: Downtown condo mixes modern, traditional

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Bryan Bisson bought his two-bedroom, 3-1/2-bath condo in the former Ashanti Ballroom at 16th and Alabama streets two years ago and immediately set about brightening up its tall walls and thick moldings to give it a fresher look.

But the four-story space, part of a building constructed in 1901, didn’t need a complete overhaul. He liked the mix of modern and formal—along with strong wood tones and big windows—that came with a 2006 renovation.

“I just polished it up and made it a little bit more modern instead of completely gutting it,” said Bisson, a hairstylist. “And I think it worked out really, really well.”

CLICK FOR MORE PHOTOS. In the basement, below, dark navy paint on the walls, doors and trim create a great space for watching movies. (Photo by The Addison Group, courtesy of F.C. Tucker)

Still, Bisson has put the Old Northside Loft condo on the market

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The insane Hamptons real estate scene of ‘Million Dollar Beach House’

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A 3,300-square-foot modern mansion boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a heated pool, a roof deck with a fire pit and a deep-water dock — for a yacht, of course — that juts into Sag Harbor Cove.

The place is “a panty-dropper,” says real-estate agent Peggy Zabakolas.

It’s one of the jaw-dropping properties featured on “Million Dollar Beach House,” a reality show about the cutthroat Hamptons property market premiering Wednesday, Aug. 26, on Netflix that follows five brokers at the Nest Seekers agency who go to extreme lengths to please mercurial clients, score listings and close multimillion-dollar deals, all while avoiding on-screen drama.

That last goal, naturally, doesn’t last long. Just take the Sag Harbor spread, priced at $5.99 million last year. The owner, who dubbed her Hamptons hideaway the Patti Shack, has frumpy taste.

“Patti has Buddhas and tchotchkes everywhere,” says listing agent Michael Fulfree, who stands to make $360,000

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Midcentury Modern Home In Glencoe Snapped Up Soon After Price Cut

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GLENCOE, IL — A midcentury modern home in Glencoe designed by a notable local architect sold last week for $750,000. Its closing price was more than $50,000 above its most recent asking price and nearly $100,000 more than its current owners paid for it five years ago.

The four-bedroom, 2,230-square-foot ranch-style house is located on a pair of parcels comprising 0.45 acres on the corner of Dundee Road and Grove Street. It also includes a finished lower level.

Richard Barancik designed the 1953-built home for a personal friend, according to its listing. He had just gotten out of the military — where he served in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program as one of so-called “monuments men” — when he founded his architectural firm in 1950 with his former design instructor at the University of Illinois.

The recently sold home on Dundee Road was one of only a

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Orlando Magic Shooting Guard Evan Fournier Scores Winter Park Estate for $2.9M

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Orlando Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier and his wife, Laura, have picked up a chic estate in Winter Park, FL, for $2.9 million.

The NBA player scored a deal. The Winter Park Chain of Lakes property had been listed earlier in the year for $3.25 million, and had then been dropped to $3.15 million in May, before the Frenchman grabbed it.

Overlooking the picturesque Lake Maitland, this sweet pad features timeless design in a convenient neighborhood close to downtown, about a 15-minute drive to the Amway Center, where the Magic normally plays home games.


It’s a bit farther to the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World, but with the Magic since eliminated, Fournier has even more time to enjoy his new digs.

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GRAND OPENING OF CETARA THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH AT ORCHARD HILLS IN IRVINE

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Offering a New Perspective on Elegant Irvine Living

The eagerly awaited Model Grand Opening of Cetara within gated Orchard Hills® in Irvine arrives this Saturday, August 29th. Shea Homes invites you to tour the models and experience refined living presented in stunning beauty by the sophisticated, estate-style luxury residences. Shea Homes’ Cetara welcomes you to an exclusive natural setting amid soft rolling hills, parks, walking trails, walking trails, and privately owned avocado orchards. Pictured: Plan 1B Tuscan

The eagerly awaited Model Grand Opening of Cetara within gated Orchard Hills® in Irvine arrives this Saturday, August 29th. Shea Homes invites you to tour the models and experience refined living presented in stunning beauty by the sophisticated, estate-style luxury residences. Shea Homes’ Cetara welcomes you to an exclusive natural setting amid soft rolling hills, parks, walking trails, walking trails, and privately owned avocado orchards. Pictured: Plan 1B Tuscan

Shea Homes’ Cetara

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A Twist on a Twist, Clyde Hill House Offers an New Take on Mid-Century Modern Revival

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The Mid-Century Modern revival movement of the last decade is slowly evolving into a new look. While we may be seeing less Barcelona chairs in living rooms, the principles of the classic design style are still being implemented, just in a more contemporary way. The blending of old and new in everything from the architectural lines of homes to the materials used throughout has resulted in a new twist to the timeless look of the 1950s and ‘60s. One Seattle architect has created a home that is a “modern” take on modern that is both timeless and innovative. Check out Clyde Hill House — a stylish, light-filled blend of old and new.

The idea for a contemporary home built on mid-century modern principles came from the clients themselves. Wanting a space that offered privacy but plenty of natural light, the clients provided architect Paul Michael Davis with a perfect starting

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DIY Repurposed Bathroom Vanities | Home Guides

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The only problems you face when repurposing furniture as a bathroom vanity are the size of your bathroom, the item you have to work with, your own imagination, and the depth of your skills. Homeowners have creatively repurposed items for use elsewhere in the home for decades, but more recently they have turned to antique, vintage or even cast-off modern furniture as alternatives to the cookie-cutter bathroom vanities from off the shelf. Repurposed units can often hold one or two bathroom sinks, while hiding the plumbing and providing extra storage. When you score an old piece of furniture for a few bucks at a thrift store, yard sale or the flea market, you can spend more money on that upscale sink or two you wanted instead.

Dresser to Bathroom Vanity

An old distressed dresser with antique glass knobs works well in a bathroom with a new low-profile sink set atop

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Matthew Perry Downsizes With This $6 Millon Pacific Palisades Cottage

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Matthew Perry is making some major real estate moves. In July, the Friends star dropped the price on his Los Angeles penthouse from $35 million to $27 million. This luxury penthouse, dubbed “Mansion in the Sky,” per the listing, takes up the entire 40th floor of the Century building. Last week, Perry also placed his contemporary Malibu beach house on the market for $14.95 million. Listed with Josh Flagg of Million Dollar Listing, the loft-style home is equipped with glass walls that deliver incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.



Matthew Perry standing in front of a house: "Friends" star Matthew Perry quietly purchased a cottage for $6 million last month in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles.


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“Friends” star Matthew Perry quietly purchased a cottage for $6 million last month in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles.

With two extravagant homes on the market, you’re probably wondering where Perry is currently living (or at least where he may be staying some of the time). As it turns out, the actor quietly purchased

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Former HMO is now a colourful and eclectic home

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One of the first things that Emma Rawlinson and her husband Matt did on collecting the keys to their new home was to head round to the property with a sledge hammer. They had a four-month window for turning their ‘absolutely knackered’ former HMO – in an otherwise smart neighbourhood of Cheltenham – into a functioning family home in time for Christmas, and didn’t want to waste a moment in getting started.

So began their project to convert a semi-detached late Victorian villa consisting of seven bedsits into a comfortable and boldly decorated four-bedroom home. The project required a complete rewire, the building of two single-storey extensions for the kitchen and playroom, and rejigging the upstairs space to add a shower room and dressing room on the master bedroom floor, plus their children’s bathroom and guest bathroom. They also reconnected the flat in the

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Ideas for a Bathroom Addition | Home Guides

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When homeowners set out to do renovations, updating an old bathroom or adding a new one is usually on the list. Bathroom additions can add to the value of a home and provide growing families with more space. The National Association of Home Builders states that adding a bathroom to a single-family detached home has a strong impact on the home’s overall value.

Pick an Ideal Location

Your new bathroom will need water and plumbing, so it’s important to consider access to utilities when you plan for your bathroom addition, as it will have an impact on where you can successfully build. The least expensive choice is to place your new bathroom where there is already a water line, or in a spot easily accessible to your current plumbing system.

Plan Your Space Wisely

Take a look at the location where you want to include your bathroom addition and make

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