William Randolph Hearst’s historic NYC penthouse for sale

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When it comes to real estate, newspaper baron, William Randolph Hearst, is most known for the famous San Simeon Castle in California. However, he first owned homes in New York City, and Zillow.com reports that two of them went on the market this week: a quintuplex at 137 Riverside Drive and the Hearst penthouse at […] [Read More]
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Robin Williams’ Napa estate back on market at $9M less than original price

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Villa Sorriso translates to Villa of Smiles, an apt title for a home commissioned by a much-loved comedian who gave so many smiles to so many people.  The 640-acre estate was custom built for Williams a decade ago. Per the official listing, the estate offers a 20,000 square foot mansion of 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, [Read More]
Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel snaps up Brentwood home

Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel snaps up Brentwood home

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Evan Spiegel, the Snapchat cofounder and CEO who famously turned down $3 billion in cash from Facebook for his own tech innovations, has finally pulled the plug on his long-term “living in Dad’s house” status. Lest we feel a pang of pity, we should know that house was a sweet $4.25 million estate on Toyopa Drive in Pacific [Read More]

$195-million SoCal compound is the country’s most expensive listing

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A new listing in Beverly Hills has set the record for the most expensive listing in the country at $195 million—you know, since $200 million would just be ridiculous. The 25-acre compound has its own vineyard, views of the L.A. canyons and city lights, a main residence with 35,000 square feet (including a 5,000-square-foot master [Read More]

Wall Street Journal says Black Rock is ‘cool’

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The Black Rock district gained some positive attention last month when the Wall Street Journal profiled it as the “cool side of Bridgeport.” Gail Robinson, a 30-year resident of Black Rock and a broker with William Raveis Real Estate, told WSJ, “We’ve started to see the martini bars come in, the espresso cafes….Black Rock is […] [Read More]
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Marin ranked among top 20 worst counties to own a home

Marin ranked among top 20 worst counties to own a home

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Got gobs of money and a penchant for living dangerously? Forget the Tenderloin. According to the Weather Channel, the scariest place to live is Marin County. In rating the top 50 worst counties to own a home, “based on natural factors,” Marin county made number #17, behind (but not very far behind) well known weather-blighted [Read More]

San Francisco then and now: a pictographic study of a not so changed city

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Many long-time residents of today’s San Francisco comment on the changes in the city, citing new development, new culture, and new industry pushing SF toward a modern identity that is sometimes criticized, other times praised. But these photos, taken by photographer David Glass, show a scenes so familiar even to new residents of the city– [Read More]

A 330-sq-ft former earthquake cottage in Telegraph Hill sells for $765K

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When the refugee camps began closing a year after the big 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires, anyone with a mule and a piece of land could take a U.S. Army-built earthquake shack and make it a home. These tiny cottages were dragged all over the city, but many of them ended up in Bernal Heights [Read More]