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Groundhog Day

It feels like Groundhog Day was weeks ago, or was it years ago? Hard to say. This winter where I live, everyday feels like Groundhog Day. I’m a huge fan of the 1993 Bill Murray movie and I had to share when I saw the home featured in the film is for sale. In the film it was billed as “The Cherry Street Inn,” but it’s really, “Royal Victorian Manor Bed and Breakfast.”groundhog 2The filming really took place at this home in Woodstock, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago, about ten miles from Wisconsin. While it was alway gray and cold in Punxsutawney, these images were taken when it was sunny and they show a gorgeous exterior and lawn! Fans of the movie will surely recognize the view from the front door.groundhog 3

The 8-bedroom, 8-bathroom home was built in 1895 and boasts 5,815 square feet! The main dining area is where Phil would often give Mrs. Lancaster (proprietor of the bed and breakfast) a hard time.groundhog 4

Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?

Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.

I don’t recall every seeing the kitchen in the movie. But, it’s obviously been updated since then. I love the huge island with seating for four.

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If you’re interested in this home you could book a room and stay the night. Rooms start at just $145 a night. If you like what you see you could write a check for $985,000 and start a new life.groundhog 7groundhog 8groundhog 9To see more images and check out the listing click here.


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Contemporary in Dallas

I spent a few days last week in Dallas, Texas at the State Fair of Texas. It’s an annual event that draws crowds for the amusement rides, entertainment, fried foods and the auto show (why I was there). I wasn’t able to venture out of downtown, so I thought I’d take a look online to see what kind of beautiful mansions I couldn’t afford in Dallas. It’s been said everything is bigger in Texas and this contemporary estate fits perfectly with that saying.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 1This five bedroom, six bathroom home is on almost a half acre, which seems like a large lot for being so close to the city–it’s only minutes from Downtown Dallas. It’s 6,756 square feet and is listed for $4.95 million.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 13If you’ve read some of my other posts you know I love lots of natural light in a home, and it’s plentiful here. The floating staircase is prominent in this design and can be seen when first entering the home. Euclid Avenue, Dallas 7There is even a glass section in the upper hallway to have a look below. I love the modern design of the wine room here. I wouldn’t call it a wine cellar, since it’s on the main floor. Technically if it’s less than 500 bottles, they call it a wine closet. Since I don’t drink wine, I’d store my Tito’s Vodka in here. It’d be appropriate since it’s made in Texas!Euclid Avenue, Dallas 6

The home has a minimalist design and the listing says this is a Poliform kitchen, which is an Italian luxury modern brand. I love how the lucite stools seem to disappear into the island. CB2 has something similar which I’m sure is much more reasonable than the ones shown here.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 10 Euclid Avenue, Dallas 5How many burners are on that cooktop? It looks like seven! From the kitchen we get a peek of the den. Interesting placement of windows on the floor beneath the television. This room is surrounded by windows. I’d love to be in this room during a storm.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 3Crate and Barrel also has a leather chair similar to the one shown here.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 2 Not far from the den is the dining room with a gas fireplace. I’d love to have a dining table next to a fireplace. Gorgeous!Euclid Avenue, Dallas 4 The home is just as gorgeous on the exterior and we get a good look into the room from this view.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 9 It should be no surprise that this home has won awards for its design, according to the listing it has won three ARC awards.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 8The master bedroom and his and her baths are on the first floor. If you’re looking to spice up your bedroom you can find a similar zebra rug at Macy’s or West Elm.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 11If wonder if this is the his or hers bathroom? I’m guessing his.Euclid Avenue, Dallas 12I love the frosted glass garage doors. From here we also get a good look at the glass bridge walkway that connects the home to the game room and additional bedrooms. Euclid Avenue, Dallas 14To take a closer look at this home go to the listing here.

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Novelist Elmore Leonard’s Estate

I was sad to hear of the passing of novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard. He died at home last month in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, an affluent suburb near Detroit. If you’re not familiar with him, you’re probably familiar with his work. Some of his best known novels include Get Shorty and Out of Sight, just two of the many that were adapted to films. Last week his traditional colonial estate hit the market for $2.399 million.

Elmore Leonard exteriorI actually had the opportunity meet Elmore Leonard a little over ten years ago. At the time I was producing a local new magazine show and we featured the author. A few things stood out. I remember him sharing that he wrote everything the old fashioned way, with a pen and pad of paper.  Elmore Leonard desk 2It was only after he was satisfied that he would then turn to the typewriter. His office was staged the way it would look on a typical day. Yellow legal pad, pen, and ashtray.elmore leonard deskAccording to the Detroit Free Press, Leonard used the library as the living room, and the living room as his office. The library/living room is painted a bright sunny yellow.Elmore Leonard great roomLeonard’s kitchen is dated with a curved wall of windows. I’m always confused by those. On one hand, I love how much light they let in. But, it’s just not that attractive.elmore leonard kitchenThe curved banister on the staircase is fabulous! This home was built in 1940 and has many art deco influences. It has 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and 3 half baths. elmore leonard stairway and landingAccording to the Free Press the owner’s suite has five connected rooms in a row “the sleeping room with a balcony, a sitting room for reading, a dressing room, a bathroom, then the room with closets.”Elmore Leonard bedroomThe backyard is lovely with a tennis court and a kidney shaped pool. I like the sunroom/kitchen windows from the exterior view.

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Brooklyn Clock Tower Penthouse

What time is it? Time to take a look at this spectacular clock tower triplex in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. In case you were wondering, DUMBO is an acronym for District Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This home is the most expensive condo in Brooklyn. It’s priced to move at $18 million. Sounds funny until you take a look inside and consider this home was listed for $25 million just four years ago. Triplex Clock Condo 1What makes this home truly exceptional is that there are working clocks on four faces of the apartment. Each of the clocks is in its own 14-foot-high round window, offering amazing views! There is also a three-story glass elevator. It’s visible on the right-hand side of the image above. Triplex Clock Condo 2

Here is an exterior shot of the building, the home occupies the top three floors and the terrace at the very top.

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There is no need for art in this apartment, the clocks are like their own works for art. Lest you worry about the clocks showing different times, the four clocks are electronically synchronized to show exactly the same time. Triplex Clock Condo 4

Can you even imagine entertaining in this house? It’s breathtaking. The main floor has 16-foot ceilings, and is 3,000 square feet. Overall the home has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and over 6,800 square feet.
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Wow! The view from this room shows both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge. I would imagine this is even more beautiful at night.Triplex Clock Condo 6

The kitchen was custom designed by Canova and has white lacquer cabinets, Pietra Cardosa sandstone and stainless steel countertops, and appliances by Gaggenau and Sub-Zero.

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Triplex Clock Condo 8This bathroom is a stunner! Every room in this house seems to have great views.Triplex Clock Condo 9  Triplex Clock Condo 11The terrace overlooks Manhattan’s Financial District. I’m so glad this place is for sale, otherwise I’d probably never get a peek inside!Triplex Clock Condo 10

To read a 2009 New York Times article about this property go here. To see a video go here. To see the listing go here.

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Snowy Range Cabin

Ever dream of selling all of your worldly possessions and downsizing to the mountains? Or looking for a remote getaway? Snowy Range Cabin in Centennial, Wyoming seems like a world away, yet it’s within the budget of many at just $89,900. Located just a mile from town and the Medicine Bow National Forest, this cabin offers both modern day conveniences and a recreational playground.

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It was built in 2002 and has one bedroom, a loft, one bathroom and a kitchen. There’s one catch, it’s just 288 square feet. So, you have to be ready to live simply and without a big group. Although the listing does claim the cabin can sleep four comfortably.

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The lot is elevated and offers breathtaking views of the Snowy Range Mountains, Jelm Mountain, and Lake Hattie. The next owner will also have the opportunity to buy one or two of the adjacent lots.

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I love a little log cabin and this one is just perfect at 12’x24′. A well, septic, and electric, have already been installed. I would love to spend a weekend here! But, I do think I’d feel a little claustrophobic in that sleeping loft. That looks like some tight quarters.Snowy Range Cabin 3

The view through this window is amazing! The home is also located just four miles from Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area.

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To see more of this tiny house go here.

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San Francisco’s Most Expensive

This is one of those homes you can dream about if you win the lottery. Like one of the largest jackpots. At $30 million this is the most expensive listing in one of the most expensive places to live in the United States.Pacific Ave San Francisco 1

In the Pacific Heights section of San Francisco, this estate was built in 1894 and is Queen Anne style. The home has 13,500 square feet of living space, 7+ bedrooms and 7+ baths and sits on one of the largest lots in the city at .61 acres.Pacific Ave San Francisco 7My favorite part of this home, the garden solarium, is shown above. This room also has a koi pond!Pacific Ave San Francisco 21

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Pacific Ave San Francisco 23The listing says this home has hosted many fabulous events over the years. I can only imagine this solarium has seen its fair share of great gatherings!Pacific Ave San Francisco 3This home was designed by E. A. Hermann for Captain Hermann Meyer and his wife and eight children. More information about the history of this property can be found here. While I’m so not a fan of the decor, the details and rooms in this home are gorgeous. Pacific Ave San Francisco 9  Pacific Ave San Francisco 2So if you have $30 million dollars to buy a mansion in San Fran, you probably have some spare cash to remodel this kitchen. It’s in desperate need of some updating! Track lighting? I do like the commercial fan over the huge gas cooktops. I do like the layout of this room and how it’s open to a sitting area, breakfast seating, and has lots of windows!Pacific Ave San Francisco 11


Pacific Ave San Francisco 4Here is a part of the house I love just as it is. These built in bookshelves are gorgeous! Although I’d be willing to be the warm lighting on the books is from track lighting. Pacific Ave San Francisco 12The views from this home are crazy! Can you imagine working with a view like this? While I’d love it, it’d be hard to concentrate on work.Pacific Ave San Francisco 5The master bedroom has a fireplace, chandelier, master bathroom en suite and sitting area.  Pacific Ave San Francisco 13  Pacific Ave San Francisco 14Check out this picture window from the third floor’s workout room. Pacific Ave San Francisco 16  This massive estate has multiple terraces and outdoor spaces. What a great place to have your morning coffee and look out over the city.Pacific Ave San Francisco 6

If you’ve ever been to San Francisco you know that space is a premium and this home has lots of space! Pacific Ave San Francisco 19 I love this courtyard space, it looks like a perfect place to meditate.Pacific Ave San Francisco 18 Pacific Ave San Francisco 17

No this isn’t the county park, this is part of this property!Pacific Ave San Francisco 20To learn more about this property visit its website here.

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Holmby Hills Reserve

Actor Jeremy Renner is a house flipper. Who knew? But, this is no ordinary house flip. This home in the Hollywood Hills recently sold for $24 million, an increase of $17 million in just three years. The Reserve at Holmby Hills 1

The Reserve in Holmby Hills 2This estate has six-bedrooms, 11-baths, and 10,000-square-foot on two acres. Renner’s business partner is actor Kristoffer Winters. Together they’ve flipped more than 20 homes in the past 12 years.

The Reserve in Holmby Hills 3They were going for a 21st century Great Gatsby feel with this remodel and I think they’ve succeeded. This home is amazing.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 6

The Reserve in Holmby Hills 4 In addition to all of the art deco pieces, there is a lot of greenery in this home. They’ve carved out an interesting seating area behind the couch.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 5Here is my favorite room in the house. Can you even imagine entertaining here? That may be the most gorgeous home bar I’ve ever seen. More beautiful than a restaurant!

The Reserve in Holmby Hills 11 Usually with these homes, I try to give you just 1-2 images per room. But, these are all so beautiful I had a hard time cutting some of these out. Each picture shows something unique. This next shot gives you a good idea of the layout of this room.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 8But, how could I not include this? We get a good look at these amazing chairs. It kind of reminds me of Restoration Hardware’s Aviator Chair. They even have a similar couch. The movie star prints add to the old Hollywood glamour of this home.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 9  I love this room and the large windows overlooking the pool. There are lots of places to lounge and dine in this estate. This great room is open to the kitchen.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 14 The Reserve in Holmby Hills 13 The dining room is equally as gorgeous The floor to ceiling windows are so dramatic.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 12If you’re going to have a super glamourous Hollywood estate, you absolutely must have a screening room with red velvet curtains.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 17And of course it must open to the outdoors. Wow!The Reserve in Holmby Hills 18 Here is the backyard view that shows the windows that were visible in the great room and dining room.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 16 The terrace is begging to host an amazing outdoor party. I would imagine the square footage of this terrance is equal to an average size home.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 15  Next comes his and her bathrooms, and many bedrooms. The man of the house even has a barber chair in his home. Makes perfect sense. If you’re a super famous movie star, you can’t be bothered going to the salon to get your hair done.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 23 Her closet has marble in it. Interesting that they staged this area with fresh flowers and one item of lingerie. The Reserve in Holmby Hills 22 Can you even imagine doing your makeup here? Wow.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 21

Next are three bedrooms with access to the spectacular grounds. Again the furnishings remind me of Restoration Hardware. Probably even more expensive though. But, similar trunks can be found there.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 26 The Reserve in Holmby Hills 25 The Reserve in Holmby Hills 24

To read more about this house visit Variety, to see even more images of this house visit its website.

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Taylor Swift’s Childhood Home

Taylor Swift’s childhood home recently went on the market, and it’s a beauty. The 3-story classical revival home is located in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Swift lived in this home for ten years until she got a development deal from RCA Records when she was 14, and her family moved to Nashville. Although they left this gorgeous house behind, I think they made the right choice.

Taylor Swift childhood home 1The 5,050 square foot home is on 3/4 of an acre and is listed for $799,500. According to the current owner, this home underwent extensive renovations since Swift lived here. A before exterior image can be found here.Taylor Swift childhood home 2

Can you picture a tween Swift singing under the covered porch? The home really has such an elegant presence.Taylor Swift childhood home 3

In a Philly article, the owners said they purchased this home in early 2007, before Swift hit it big. Soon after fans were posing for pictures in front of their house. It’s too bad she didn’t stay and go to prom in Wyomissing. This staircase is the perfect staircase in which to make a grand entrance.

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To the right of the foyer is the living room with built-ins flanking the fireplace. Windows are plentiful in this home. I love a home with lots of natural light.

Taylor Swift childhood home 4A red dining room. The only way I can forgive this is if it was done to pay homage to Taylor Swift’s Red album. No seriously, I’m not a fan of red dining rooms. But, I know many people are. At least there is white trim and moulding to break it up. Double french doors open to the study.Taylor Swift childhood home 6

The listing claims this is the room where Swift played guitar. As much as I’d love this office, this room would have a much better flow as a sunroom/sitting room. Taylor Swift childhood home 7This big traditional kitchen is very fitting for this home. I would love to see the before image of this kitchen.

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This is the where the home really reveals its charm with lots of details. I love the twin storage areas in this girls room. I wonder if this was Swift’s space? There are 6 bedrooms to choose from.
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With five bathrooms, nobody has to wait in line in this house. Taylor Swift childhood home 10As beautiful as this bathroom is, the slanted ceiling would be annoying in this shower. Great for a soaking bath. But, I would hit my head every morning here. Guaranteed.
Taylor Swift childhood home 12Swift is a fan of real estate, they should have marketed this home to her! A little research reveals that this house has an offer pending, so it may be too late for her to go home. To see more images visit the listing here or Zillow here.

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Ellen and Portia’s Hidden Valley Farm

I was green with envy when I saw Ellen and Portia’s Hidden Valley Farm in Elle Decor. Now, it’s for sale. If I just had an extra $12.995 million it could be mine! The images in the magazine spread were gorgeous. Now, with the listing photos, we get to see another view.

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The home has over 26 acres and multiple structures. It has eight guest cabins, an art barn, a horse barn, and a yoga pavilion! The design is contemporary farmhouse, which I’m a big fan of. Lots of painted white surfaces, wood floors, and simple furnishings.

I took some time and compared the real estate listing images to the Elle Decor images. This looks to be Cabin 6. Ellen has a passion for design and worked with a team to renovate the property in just one year. You can view the Elle Decor image here.

Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 7This is Cabin 8. It looks like there is always fresh cut wood ready for a fire in the guest cabins. If Ellen and Portia were inviting me for a weekend, I’d be quite happy here with the cathedral ceilings and comfortable couch. The Elle Decor image can be seen here.Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 3

Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 4Here is another guest cabin. I love the leather chair near the fireplace. It reminds me of my favorite mid-century modern chair from Crate and Barrel. I’d love to pick one of these up to flank my fireplace. This room is great example of how less is more. The space isn’t huge, and the kitchen looks be to functional, yet sparse. Love!Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 10The guest bedrooms look inviting. I wish we could know who has graced these rooms.Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 6 Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 8The sprawling porch would be a great place to relax with a book on a lazy summer day.Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 9These next two images are from the art barn. This truly is open concept! They’ve hung a chalkboard and placed tables to give borders to the kitchen area. Images can also be seen here and hereSanta Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 12 There are areas to dine and to lounge. This looks an amazing place to host a party!Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 11My favorite image from the listing is this one. How gorgeous is this? I love the hanging lanterns from the tree. I found something similar here, it could be hung with some twine around tree branches. Or a more colorful (and affordable) version could be found here.Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 14Ellen and Portia are listing this home because they recently bought a 13-acre ocean-view estate in Montecito, California for $24.5 million. To visit the listing for Hidden Valley Farm click here. To see the Elle Decor article go here.

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Ferris Bueller House!

The year was 1986 and one movie stood out. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was written and directed by John Hughes. If you haven’t seen the film, you should. If for nothing else, you should watch it to get a closer look at the gorgeous home of character Cameron Frye. And for just $1.5 million dollars, you can own it!Ferris house

The home is located in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. The main house has four bedrooms and was built in 1953. It was designed by A. James Speyer, a disciple of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was about 20 years later that the pavilion was designed by David Haid  to house an exotic car collection.

Ferris Bueller House 2 Ferris Bueller House 1The home is a mid-century masterpiece! It’s been on and off the market for the last few years. It was listed in 2009 for $2.3 million before taking several reductions. It was taken off the market in 2011.

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The home has been renovated and has new interior and exterior steel windows, new roofs, and new carpet. 
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While the home is gorgeous empty, it’s fun to see some images with a decorated space. I love the wood ceilings and the design of the home makes it a great place to hang art.
Ferris Bueller House 7To see more images and the listing go here. To read more about the home and see the video clip where the 1961 Ferrari goes crashing through the glass click here. If you want to reminisce with your own copy of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off click here.