California Tax Revolt Faces a Retreat, 40 Years Later

Proposition 13 in 1978 curbed property tax increases. Now voters may strip protection for commercial buildings, helping hard-hit local budgets.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jarvis-howard-1903-86, #landlords, #local-government, #political-advertising, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #recession-and-depression, #referendums, #small-business

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Sheldon Harnick: Working From Home for 55 Years

The lyricist of “Fiddler on the Roof” and many other shows has always worked at home, in the Beresford apartment he shares with his wife, Margery.

#bock-jerry, #burstein-danny, #fiddler-on-the-roof-movie, #fiddler-on-the-roof-play, #great-performances-tv-program, #harnick-sheldon, #if-i-were-a-rich-man-song, #luker-rebecca, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stein-joseph-1912-2010, #theater

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Airbnb Fights Its ‘Party House Problem’

Noise. Damages. Safety questions. Airbnb is racing to address the risks posed by partying guests before it goes public.

#accidents-and-safety, #airbnb, #chesky-brian, #initial-public-offerings, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #start-ups, #travel-and-vacations

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First Coronavirus Hit, Then They Got Bedbugs

Three roommates support each other through the pandemic and fumigation, and luck into a bigger apartment for the same price.

#actors-and-actresses, #bedbugs, #hamilton-heights-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #roommates

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Anywhere but Home: New Yorkers Get Creative About Work Spaces

The need for privacy has driven some people to rent hotel rooms, vacant apartments and empty offices.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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Abandoned Retail Sites Become Senior Housing

Former malls and abandoned shopping-center sites are in the midst of a repurposing — and one of those new uses is senior housing.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #elderly, #home-health-care, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #shopping-centers-and-malls

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The Tenant Safe Harbor Act Comes to The Hamptons

New York State’s Tenant Safe Harbor Act was intended to help those affected by the pandemic. But what if that harbor is on the fancier side?

#evictions, #hamptons-ny, #landlords, #montauk-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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What Will New York Real Estate Look Like Next Year?

City planners, developers and local officials weigh in on how the pandemic could change the city’s housing markets, land use and policy.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #elections-mayors, #gentrification, #labor-and-jobs, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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Manhattan Hits A Virus Milestone: Median Rent Below $3,000

Soaring inventory and discounted rents in Manhattan have pushed the median to the lowest price in nearly a decade.

#manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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Homes for Sale in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx

This week’s properties are in Cobble Hill, Kingsbridge Heights and Sutton Place.

#cobble-hill-brooklyn-ny, #kingsbridge-bronx-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sutton-place-manhattan-ny

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Coronavirus and Home Design

A recent survey of architects reveals that clients are looking for ways to improve the time they spend at home.

#architecture, #building-construction, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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They Loved N.Y.C. but Lived in Jersey. The Pandemic Changed That.

Hoboken and Jersey City, often nicknamed the “sixth boroughs” of New York City, have their residents back full time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hoboken-nj, #jersey-city-nj, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shutdowns-institutional, #suburbs

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An Almost-Lake House in Texas, Renovated for Work and Art

For a tech investor and a radiologist who collects art, having a multifunctional house was even more important than finding one directly on a lake.

#austin-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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Make Your First Home Your Last: The Case for Not Moving Up

It’s a tough moment for big decisions. Think more about what you’ll want in three years — and not just three months, when we’ll still be shut in.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #personal-finances, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #savings

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Suburbs Are Changing, Like It or Not

You may think you know what suburban design looks like, but the authors of a new book are here to set you straight.

#real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #suburban-life, #suburbs

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New Luxury Condo Design: Understated

Exotic finishes and ever-clubbier amenities in new developments have given way to livability and calming design.

#architecture, #brooklyn-nyc, #condominiums, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #luxury-goods-and-services, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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House Hunting in Croatia: A Modern Mountain Villa for $1.2 Million

Outside of Zagreb, low interest rates and the demand for more space are leading buyers to Croatia’s mountainous regions.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #croatia, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zagreb-croatia

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$1,325,000 Homes for Sale in Connecticut, California and South Carolina

A Gothic Revival mansion in Old Lyme, a two-story condo in San Francisco and a 19th-century clapboard house in Charleston.

#charleston-sc, #old-lyme-conn, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-calif

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Tips on Bird Feeders

In the winter, feeding the birds enlivens a garden like nothing else. Here’s how to make the most of peak bird-feeding season.

#birds, #birdwatching, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Helsinki Makes Sustainability a Guiding Principle for Development

Co-housing is on the rise, as is solar power and geothermal heat. In one neighborhood, trash is collected via pneumatic tubes.

#architecture, #cohousing-communities, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #helsinki-finland, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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The Tenants Who Evicted Their Landlord

Covid-19 has revealed the depths of the nation’s rental housing crisis — but a group of Minneapolis tenants has shown that a different future is possible.

#affordable-housing, #evictions, #landlords, #minneapolis-minn, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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Florida Sees Signals of a Climate-Driven Housing Crisis

Home sales in areas most vulnerable to sea-level rise began falling around 2013, researchers found. Now, prices are following a similar downward path.

#environment, #florida, #florida-keys, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #miami-dade-county-fla, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Losing Two Roommates and Going Out on Her Own

Three roommates in a one-bedroom apartment was fine before the pandemic struck, but after? She was ready for a studio.

#financial-district-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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Homes That Sold for Around $625,000

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

#fairfield-conn, #hastings-on-hudson-ny, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #park-slope-brooklyn-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #roslyn-ny, #scotch-plains-nj

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House Hunting in France: A Once-in-a-Millennium Castle for $3.3 Million

France saw a buying frenzy in the months after the first pandemic lockdown, but it may not be enough to make up for the lost activity that preceded it.

#france, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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The Island Brokers Are Overwhelmed

The wealthy want to escape the pandemic to a private, isolated paradise. The people who sell islands have to explain: It’s complicated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #real-estate-brokers, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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New York Real Estate Is On the Mend

The recovery is tenuous, but renters are returning, buyers are getting deals, and those who stayed are finding a measure of vindication.

#brooklyn-nyc, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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Artists Have Final Victory in a Case of Destroyed Graffiti

The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case of a New York City developer who painted over murals in 2013 cements a ruling that awarded $6.75 million to the artists.

#5pointz-arts-center, #art, #block-frederic-l, #compensation-for-damages-law, #decisions-and-verdicts, #fines-penalties, #gm-realty-lp, #graffiti, #long-island-city-queens-ny, #murals, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #supreme-court-us, #wolkoff-jerry

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Will SoHo Be the Site of New York City’s Next Battle Over Development?

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to rezone SoHo to accommodate new affordable housing in a wealthy, white neighborhood.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #soho-manhattan-ny, #zoning

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At Hunter’s Point South, a Popular Park Paves the Way for Housing

Two new towers rising on industrial land in Queens will be filled predominantly with affordable housing.

#affordable-housing, #hunters-point-south, #infrastructure-public-works, #newtown-creek-brooklyn-queens-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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Kim Cattrall’s Hamptons Home for De-Stressing From the City

The actress is selling the East Hampton beachfront cottage that she bought in 1998, the same year she first appeared on “Sex and the City.”

#cattrall-kim, #east-hampton-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sex-and-the-city-tv-program

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Calamities Challenge California’s Economic Foundation

The pandemic and wildfires have underscored issues of housing and growth. Will the disruptions and dislocations force the state to chart a new course?

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #global-warming, #population, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #wildfires

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Shopping for Footstools

Whether you want to relax, entertain or get some work done, this is one piece of furniture you should add to your living room.

#design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tables

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Audubon Park, From Hinterlands to Urban Density

The ornithologist-painter John James Audubon took flight from Lower Manhattan to escape its ‘pestilential vapors.’ He landed in the picturesque woodland of the future Washington Heights, changing its landscape forever.

#audubon-society-national, #audubon-john-james, #grinnell-george-bird, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #new-york-historical-society, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #riverside-drive-manhattan-ny, #washington-heights-manhattan-ny

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Love and the Lockdown

Some couples, faced with the possibility of not seeing one another for long stretches when the pandemic hit, instead decided to quarantine together and fast-tracked their relationships.

#dating-and-relationships, #hamptons-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #michigan, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shutdowns-institutional, #single-persons

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Real Estate Sales Continue to Stagnate in Manhattan

The number of apartments sold in the last three months was down by 46 percent compared to the same period in 2019.

#brooklyn-nyc, #condominiums, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shutdowns-institutional

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Tips on Fall Garden Cleanup

We now know that an overly aggressive approach to cleaning up in autumn can damage the environment. So what’s a responsible gardener to do?

#gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Elderly and Homeless: America’s Next Housing Crisis

Over the next decade, the number of elderly homeless Americans is projected to triple — and that was before Covid-19 hit. In Phoenix, the crisis has already arrived.

#baby-boomers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #phoenix-ariz, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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In the Heart of Mexico City, an Ever-Evolving Townhouse

By continuously buying and selling the antique furniture, art and kitschy objects that fill its rooms, Dirk-Jan Kinet keeps his home dynamic and grand.

#2020-t-design, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #kinet-dirk-jan, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #olvera-enrique-chef, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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American Ballet Theater Dancer’s Home Doubles as a Studio

Calvin Royal III, a principal at American Ballet Theater, has turned the one-bedroom he shares with his partner into a rehearsal space. For now.

#american-ballet-theater, #dancing, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #romeo-and-juliet-ballet, #royal-calvin-iii

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Coronavirus Brings a Medical Resident to the Bronx

She put her career on hold to raise a family, but the pandemic gave her a chance to become a doctor.

#grand-concourse-bronx-ny, #hospitals, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #volunteers-and-community-service

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How to Use the Renter’s Market to Your Advantage

If you’re hoping to relocate, renew a lease or renegotiate an existing agreement, this is what to keep in mind.

#compass-real-estate, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #landlords, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #streeteasy, #urban-areas, #zillow-com

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How to Negotiate With Your Landlord

It’s a renter’s market. Here are some tips to help you take advantage of your power as a tenant.

#brooklyn-nyc, #content-type-service, #landlords, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #queens-nyc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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They Had Big Plans for the Lockdown. This Is What Happened.

As the pandemic drags on, some of us who had grand plans for self improvement as we sheltered in place are tearing up those to-do lists.

#do-it-yourself, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shutdowns-institutional

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Homes for Sale in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens

This week’s properties are in Greenwood Heights, Ridgewood and Greenwich Village.

#greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #greenwood-heights-brooklyn-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #ridgewood-queens-ny

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Home Sales Surge in Brooklyn

Six months into the pandemic, inventory is up in Manhattan while buyers are heading to Brooklyn for more space and lower prices.

#brooklyn-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #streeteasy

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As Concerns Over Climate Change Rise, More Developers Turn to Wood

With environmental benefits and lower labor costs, mass timber has grown into a market that could rival steel and concrete in the construction industry.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #forests-and-forestry, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wood-and-wood-products

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Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Recent commercial real estate transactions in New York.

#bensonhurst-brooklyn-ny, #chelsea-manhattan-ny, #morris-park-bronx-ny, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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A Canadian Dream House That Took Three Architects to Build

Cascading down a rocky slope in West Vancouver, the home was a creative effort that required patience and a tolerance for loss.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #vancouver-british-columbia

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Shopping for Blankets

Because it may not be cold yet, but it will be soon.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #textiles

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