Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mediterranean Manor On Kings Bluff is Home to History


Home on the Hudson
Living on the Edge
Mediterranean Manor

Even in crowded Hudson County, there are private homes that are oases of history and space, especially in the Kings Bluff Historic District in Weehawken, a high ridge facing the Hudson River.  The winding turn off busy Boulevard East is easy to miss, and its residents probably like it that way, since the small enclave seems like another world.

Architect styles vary throughout the enclave, which is a magnificent maze of one-way streets and seeming dead ends that lead to more residential nooks.

One of those nooks is home to 1 Bellevue Terrace  - an early 20th century Spanish-style sprawling mansion on the edge of the bluff.

A 1917 ad for the home in Country Life Magazine does not reveal the going price but boasts that the home includes eight master bedrooms and a "garage with all improvements".

When the property was put on the market earlier this year, a descendant of the 1930's owner provided historic picutres of the home to be passed down to the new owners.  In addition to family shots throughout the interior, one photo shows an old view of New York City long before skyscrapers ruled the skyline.

The home now has 6 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 3 half bathrooms, and its own original elevator.  Stained glass, rich woodwork, and 4 fireplaces have been preserved, and exquisite detailing abounds.

Kings Bluff was named after the King family, one of the oldest and wealthiest families in the United States, who came to Weehawken in 1832 and built several mansions throughout the township.

When the Kings left Weehawken, their estates were cut into parcels and later into building lots that now feature some of hte most beautiful and distinctive real estates in Weehawken today.



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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Motorcycles and Vespas will be exempt from Hoboken's new Muni-meters


I just read the resolution packet for this upcoming Council meeting.  There is a resolution to adopt the changes needed to enforce the new muni-meters (spaceless parking meters) on Washington and eventually all metered parking.  Motorcyles, including Vespas (I love my Vespa - it's more than a motorcycle) will be exempt from paying the meters.

To use a muni meter, you have to go to a kiosk that is about mid-way on the block on the sidewalk where you purchase a ticket that prints the time you bought it, the date and when the time expires.  You then have to place that in your car window, on the dash, on the driver's side.  Clearly, on a motorcycle, there is no secure place to put such a ticket so for the time being, the city has made motorcycles exempt from having to pay!!

In talking with the Director of Parking and Transportation, Ian Sacs, the rationale is as follows:
  1. Muni-meters accept credit cards and make it easier for people who don't have the exact change.
  2. Less cash means less opportunity for theft.  - Last year the former Director of Parking, John Corea was indicted for stealing ~$600,000 in quarters from the meters.  Even if the user puts in cash, it creates an electronic record of how much should be collected-great control and measure!
  3. Less cash also means, the parking utility can collect what cash is used more quickly cutting down on operating costs and in the end our taxes. They also only have to go to 2 kiosks to collect the cash for each block - one for either side of the street.
  4. Because the spots are not marked, we get one or two more spots per street as each vehicle only takes as much space as it needs to park.  As people continue to buy Minis and Smartcars or just smaller cars in general, more space will be available.
  5. Motorcycles and Vespas take up less space which is good for Hoboken's traffic congestion.  They also get much better gas mileage.  La Vespina gets about 60 miles to the gallon - even electric cars can't beat that.  Plus, they look so good.  You have to appreciate the Italian sense of fashion.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Updated: Open House and New Listings Map has been updated for the weekend with about 12 additional listings


We now have listings for For Sale by Owner and Non-Internet listings in the private view of the map.  Sign up today and get the most complete, easy to use open house and new listings map covering both Hoboken and downtown Jersey City. If you get a listing on the private view that lacks a link look on the right for the For Sale By Owner and Non-Internet Listings icon.  We will be integrating this over the next week or so.

Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Open House Map

Walk around Hoboken on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, looking at real estate. Get an idea of what your dollar can buy, in what part of town, with what amenity level. The map is refreshed through Thursday afternoon so be sure to stop by again before your weekend search. Sort by price, number of bedrooms or day of week! By subscribing, you will be able to not only get the basics - price, number of bedrooms, and street location but will get the unit number, and the full Multiple Listing Service listing with photos, square footage and more. . . .

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Weekly Market Statistics from Hoboken Real Estate Monitor.com

Did you know that when you sign up for the private view of Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Weekly statistics you get links by quadrant to all the new and active listings?  And, it's the MLS listing which has more information than what's available on property search sites.

Sign up today by clicking on any of the links and submitting your email address.  An auto-email will be sent to you with a link to the private view of the statistics.  Be sure to sign up for weekly updates and get the stats and the private view of the map each week.

Use the weekly statistics to track the market.  Bid on your new home with confidence!

See the price per square foot by neighborhood, by the number of bedrooms.  What have units sold for?  What are they listed for today?

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Weekly Stats Public 2009  

 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Open House & New Listings Map from Hoboken Real Estate Monitor.com


We now have listings for For Sale by Owner and Non-Internet listings in the private view of the map.  Sign up today and get the most complete, easy to use open house and new listings map covering both Hoboken and downtown Jersey City. If you get a listing on the private view that lacks a link look on the right for the For Sale By Owner and Non-Internet Listings icon.  We will be integrating this over the next week or so.

Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Open House Map

Walk around Hoboken on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, looking at real estate. Get an idea of what your dollar can buy, in what part of town, with what amenity level. The map is refreshed through Thursday afternoon so be sure to stop by again before your weekend search. Sort by price, number of bedrooms or day of week! By subscribing, you will be able to not only get the basics - price, number of bedrooms, and street location but will get the unit number, and the full Multiple Listing Service listing with photos, square footage and more. . . .

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832
donnaantonucci@gmail.com
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

FHA Rule Changes




Consumers looking for home loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration will face tougher hurdles and higher costs under new legislation and new rules that could take effect as soon as this month.

Higher monthly fees, larger down payments and better credit scores are among the new initiatives intended to insure that the FHA stays solvent. Its reserves, which are used to cover bad loans, plummeted to $3.5 billion at midyear from $19.3 billion in September 2008, according to a report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Remodeling Fannie and Freddie
MarketWatch's Alistair Barr explains how a replacement for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac might work and what's at stake, including the value of your home.

Proponents of the measures applaud the FHA's efforts to preclude the need for a taxpayer bailout, while also stepping up the quality of its insurance portfolio. But critics fear that the moves will stifle an already sluggish recovery in housing and will be most burdensome on first-time home buyers who rely most on the FHA insuring their loans. The FHA backs 30% of all loans outstanding and is on track to insure 1.7 million loans by the end of its fiscal year Sept. 30, according to its recent quarterly report to Congress.

"This wouldn't be such a big deal if the economy was going well and houses were moving quickly," said Gibran Nicholas, chairman of CMPS Institute, which trains certified mortgage-planning specialists. "But when you're talking that the majority of buyers out there are first-time home buyers using FHA financing, now it begins to make a pretty big impact."
Here's a rundown on some of the initiatives:

Higher monthly fees. Earlier this month, Congress gave the green light for the FHA to raise the monthly premium it charges on loans; a presidential signature is expected. FHA-backed loans have looser restrictions than other mortgages on down payments--now at 3.5% of the home's selling price -- but require borrowers to pay an upfront fee and a monthly fee. 

The legislation allows the FHA to hike the monthly fee to as much as an annualized 1.5% of the loan balance, up from 0.55%, though initially it will go only to 0.9%.

The initial fee was upped earlier this year to 2.25% from 1.75%, though the FHA has said it will bring it down to 1% with the higher monthly fee.

Even with the decrease in the upfront fee, increasing the continuing fee is expected to generate $300 million per month, "which would replenish FHA's capital reserves much faster than is possible under the premium authority" now, according to the quarterly report.

Better credit scores. In its 76-year history, the FHA has never required a credit score from borrowers, though the lenders typically have. That would change under a proposed rule that the FHA is expected to adopt.

The FHA would require borrowers to have at least a 500 score for FHA backing. At 580 and above, borrowers would be eligible for the 3.5% down payment. But those who fall between 500 and 580 would see their down payments jump to 10%.

That, however, is still well below scores of 660 to 720 that most lenders look for to accept only a 10% down payment. "No lender is going to do that loan for a borrower with a 580 score and only 10% down," said Christopher Gardner, chief executive of FHA Pros, an FHA approval service.

For the FHA, "this change is dramatic," the quarterly report said. Among borrowers with scores below 580, loans 90 days in arrears, what FHA calls "seriously delinquent," have been three times as high as those for borrowers with scores above 580, the FHA said. Of the total FHA loan portfolio, some 6% are to borrowers who had scores below 580 at the time of origination, FHA Commissioner David Stevens told a House subcommittee in March.

Cutting sellers' contributions. This is the change that will have the biggest impact on borrowers, because it could nearly double their total upfront costs from the just the required 3.5% down payment to a total 6.5%.

Sellers have been able to contribute up to 6% of the price of the home toward the buyer's purchase. That was often done by paying some of the closing costs, such as the upfront FHA fee and other fees, amounting to about 3% of the purchase price. Sellers might also agree to pay from some needed repairs, sparing the buyers that expense.

As part of its proposed rule changes, the FHA wants to slice the seller's contribution to no more than 3%, which CMPS Institute's Nicholas said ups the buyer's ante to 6.5%. "Why [should] the home be less affordable to the buyer under the new rules?" Nicholas asked.

The FHA contends that this change will weed out sellers who artificially inflate the sales price to create the concession. It also will bring FHA in line with industry standards, according to Bankrate.com
These are just the latest in a string of new policies that the FHA has imposed in the last few years and could lead to substantially fewer buyers looking for the FHA insurance, turning instead to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mae programs.

"Many of these reforms were long overdue as FHA did not respond effectively to changes in the marketplace that happened during the housing boom and the subsequent decline," Stevens told Congress.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

FHA Approved Buildings in Hoboken




 Ever wonder which buildings were FHA approved in Hoboken?  Here is the latest list of approved buildings. A building has to meet certain requirements for it to qualify for an FHA loan - which typically has a much lower down payment requirement than conventional mortgages.  The building typically has to be at least 50% owner occupied and no one owner can own more than 10%.  By default, buildings with less than 10 units won't qualify without an exception.  Exceptions were possible before the mortgage meltdown but now are virtually impossible.  In fact, there are very very few buildings nationwide that are being approved for FHA because of today's financial conditions.

If you want to use an FHA loan for your home purchase, use this list.  FHA Approved Bldgs in Hoboken                                                            

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Downside Risks Dominate, but Upside Potential Exists Economic Outlook

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SOURCE Fannie Mae



WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Uncertainty in the economy confirms lower expectations for economic growth and a slower-than-normal recovery, according to the August 2010 Economic Outlook released today by Fannie Mae's (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis Group. The forecast calls for 2.5 percent growth in the second half of 2010, with some pickup expected in 2011. Housing activity, a central component to the recovery, is expected to be flat for the remainder of the year due to a greater than expected number of sales being pulled forward into the second quarter. Low 30-year fixed mortgage rates, projected to average 4.5 percent for 2010, are expected to boost refinance activity but likely will not be low enough to trigger a refinance boom. 

"The inability of the financial sector, business, and households to determine the likelihood of events on the economic horizon is making planning for the future difficult," said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. "It is particularly difficult to know how the economy will evolve given recent and forthcoming policy changes. Because of this uncertainty, downside risks are trumping upside potential. Corporate profits are strong, but uncertainty around future labor costs is hindering near-term hiring. The Fed is reinvesting maturing MBS into Treasuries as a strategy to keep long-term interest rates low, but uncertainty about reform in the financial sector is constraining credit availability. Consumers are lowering their leverage and positioning themselves to resume consumption, but they face uncertainty about employment and the renewal or expiration of tax cuts," said Duncan. "The upside possibilities are there, however the key sectors are reticent to contribute meaningfully to expansion." 


For an audio synopsis of the August 2010 Economic Outlook, listen to the podcast on the Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis site at www.fanniemae.com. Visit the site to read the full August 2010 Economic Outlook, including the Economic Developments commentary, Economic Forecast, and Housing Forecast. 

Opinions, analyses, estimates, forecasts, and other views of Fannie Mae's Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis (EMMA) group included in these materials should not be construed as indicating Fannie Mae's business prospects or expected results, are based on a number of assumptions, and are subject to change without notice. How this information affects Fannie Mae will depend on many factors. Although the EMMA group bases its opinions, analyses, estimates, forecasts, and other views on information it considers reliable, it does not guarantee that the information provided in these materials is accurate, current, or suitable for any particular purpose. Changes in the assumptions or the information underlying these views could produce materially different results. The analyses, opinions, estimates, forecasts, and other views published by the EMMA group represent the views of that group as of the date indicated and do not necessarily represent the views of Fannie Mae or its management.

Fannie Mae exists to expand affordable housing and bring global capital to local communities in order to serve the U.S. housing market. Fannie Mae has a federal charter and operates in America's secondary mortgage market to enhance the liquidity of the mortgage market by providing funds to mortgage bankers and other lenders so that they may lend to home buyers. Our job is to help those who house America.

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Fun Home Design - Innovarchi Architect



I know all my readers love Hoboken but just for fun, I'd thought I start a series on innovative designs.  This one was an award winner for it's innovation, incorporation of green technology and overall liveability.  

The futuristic timber house by Innovarchi Architect, the purpose of this project is to make an usual prefabricated house. This innovative public exhibition showcased sustainable design excellence and environmental innovations in 6 Houses made from clay, concrete, timber, steel, cardboard, and glass and 2 creative responses that showcase sustainable gardens. In addition incorporates: plates composed of solar cells embedded in glass, allowing them to function as a skylight plates continuously partially transparent. A system for collecting rainwater and waste water treatment integrated into the pond from the patio (garden) and solutions of natural and forced ventilation air conditioning (supplied with solar energy).








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Prudential Castle Point Realty
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Updated with 30 Additional Listings - Open House and New Listings Map


We now have listings for For Sale by Owner and Non-Internet listings in the private view of the map.  Sign up today and get the most complete, easy to use open house and new listings map covering both Hoboken and downtown Jersey City. If you get a listing on the private view that lacks a link look on the right for the For Sale By Owner and Non-Internet Listings icon.  We will be integrating this over the next week or so.

Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Open House Map


Walk around Hoboken on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, looking at real estate. Get an idea of what your dollar can buy, in what part of town, with what amenity level. The map is refreshed through Thursday afternoon so be sure to stop by again before your weekend search. Sort by price, number of bedrooms or day of week! By subscribing, you will be able to not only get the basics - price, number of bedrooms, and street location but will get the unit number, and the full Multiple Listing Service listing with photos, square footage and more. . . .


Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832
donnaantonucci@gmail.com

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www.donnaantonucci.com


Friday, August 20, 2010

Hoboken Installs New Parking Meters To Provide More Parking Spaces, More Payment Options, More Accountability

mutlimeter


This week, the City of Hoboken has begun to switch on its first group of cutting-edge parking meters. These ten multi-space meters will soon substitute for the 90 single-space meters that are currently in use along the east side of Washington Street between Observer Highway and Eighth Street. They replace decades-old meters with new, convenient technology that has been proven in thousands of cities across the country.

“These meters will instantly create an additional twenty parking spaces in our City,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “They are not only much more convenient for the community, but they also provide the City with dramatically improved accounting capabilities at a time when every quarter counts.”

Multi-space meters will use a “pay and display” system whereby patrons pay for time increments of parking at the meter and display the receipt showing an expiration time on their dashboard. The meters accept credit cards and coins, and in the future can be programmed to accept smart cards or cell phone payments. When leaving, patrons may take their receipt with them to other metered areas of the city or pass the remaining time on their receipt on to a neighbor or friend. The first ten meters will serve as a pilot for a broader replacement of all single-space meters throughout the City.

“These meters provide more payment options, break down far less often, and their solar panels make them an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional parking meters,” said Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs. “With the auditing features of these meters, there won’t be any questions about how much money is being collected.”

By providing an additional two to three parking spaces on every block, the multi-space meters are expected to benefit local businesses as well as ease parking demand in neighboring residential areas.
“Flexibility is a major benefit of these meters,” said Councilman David Mello, Chairman of the Transportation and Parking Subcommittee. “I love that residents will be able to buy a set amount of meter time, for example on their way home from work, and then use that receipt at more than one location along Washington Street. They’ll be buying time throughout the meter system, instead of at one specific meter.”

During the roll-out, which is expected to be completed within a week, the Parking Utility is distributing informational flyers and warnings to drivers to inform them about the new payment system.

“While streamlining City operations and reducing operating costs, this cutting edge technology will maximize revenues, protect City assets from fraud, and provide enhanced user conveniences,” said 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, a former member of the Transportation and Parking Subcommittee.

The roll-out is part of the Department of Transportation & Parking’s efforts to modernize the Hoboken Parking Utility and streamline operations. Fewer meters means fewer break downs, and the on-board technology allows for instant audits and significantly stronger controls on cash flow through the system. A summary of the benefits are provided below:

• Additional parking spaces created on each block
• Greater convenience of being able to pay with coins or credit card
• Far fewer broken meters and much faster repair times
• Vandal-resistant hardware and instant failure messaging software
• Reduced street clutter by consolidating multiple meters at one location
• Significantly improved accountability with instant audits and overflow prevention
• Operational reliability reduces maintenance, repairs, and enforcement costs
• More environmentally-friendly: No need to replace single meter batteries on weekly basis

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Wet Weather Pump Station Design Reflects Community Input - One Step Closer to the end of flooding in the SW

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The City of Hoboken is unveiling the façade designs for the wet weather pump station being constructed along Observer Highway.

In March, 2010, the Zimmer Administration began a public process to solicit community feedback on the proposed initial pump station design.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Community Development Director Brandy Forbes, and representatives from the North Hudson Sewerage Authority and CH2M Hill, the engineering firm responsible for the pump station design, attended the public session.




At the meeting, participants shared their concern that the initial design for this building had a residential appearance, but the building would not be serving that purpose. The building, not being regularly occupied, would provide a perception of being an abandoned residence. The recommendation from the public was to make the façade more industrial in nature. In response to the public feedback, the City reached out to John Nastasi, an experienced local architect based in the Neumann Leathers complex who is familiar with the area and its history, to assist in redesigning the façade.

Based on feedback from the community, public officials, the Local Historic Preservation Commission, and the Quality of Life Coalition, Nastasi Architects developed a new design that was sensitive to community concerns and appropriate for the area and use.

The design honors the post-industrial city by paying tribute to its most historic icon, the 1907 Erie Lackawanna Ferry Terminal Complex. Folded copper louvers are set over translucent glass panels citing the timeless aesthetic of aging copper while referencing classic industrial structures of the turn of the century rail yard.

The building is illuminated from within, providing insight and accessibility to the town’s essential aqueous program and pioneering engineering solution to the City’s historic flooding.

The structure’s design is respectful of its’ place in time. A set of varying patinized copper panels make up the contemporary façade, which overtime, will recede into a uniquely weathered pattern complimenting the City’s historic context on the Hudson River waterfront.

Two high-resolution renderings can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

http://hobokennj.org/docs/communitydev/wetweatherpump1.jpg


http://hobokennj.org/docs/communitydev/wetweatherpump2.jpg


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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Weekly Market Statistics - Hoboken - See All the Active Listings by Neighborhood

Did you know that when you sign up for the private view of Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Weekly statistics you get links by quadrant to all the new and active listings?  And, it's the MLS listing which has more information than what's available on property search sites.

Sign up today by clicking on any of the links and submitting your email address.  An auto-email will be sent to you with a link to the private view of the statistics.  Be sure to sign up for weekly updates and get the stats and the private view of the map each week.

Use the weekly statistics to track the market.  Bid on your new home with confidence!

See the price per square foot by neighborhood, by the number of bedrooms.  What have units sold for?  What are they listed for today?

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Weekly Stats Public 2009    

A testimonial from one of my clients




Selling one of the brownstones is bit of a prize as they are all unique and the deals tend to be complicated. Here is a testimonial from my client, the buyer of 704 Hudson Street.  The property sold for $1.45MM.





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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Day Care Center Map from Hoboken Real Estate Monitor.com


Here is a new resource for new parents..... The Day Care Center Map from Hoboken Real Estate Monitor.com

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Prudential Castle Point Realty
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Yet a new Feature for the Open House and New Listings Map


We now have listings for For Sale by Owner and Non-Internet listings in the private view of the map.  Sign up today and get the most complete, easy to use open house and new listings map covering both Hoboken and downtown Jersey City.

We will be adding listings as they are advertised so check by on Friday and Saturday AM for the final map.

Hoboken Real Estate Monitor's Open House Map


Walk around Hoboken on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, looking at real estate. Get an idea of what your dollar can buy, in what part of town, with what amenity level. The map is refreshed through Thursday afternoon so be sure to stop by again before your weekend search. Sort by price, number of bedrooms or day of week! By subscribing, you will be able to not only get the basics - price, number of bedrooms, and street location but will get the unit number, and the full Multiple Listing Service listing with photos, square footage and more. . . .


Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
201-240-6832
donnaantonucci@gmail.com

http://www.hobokenrealestatemonitor.com/
http://www.hobokenrealestatevalue.com/
www.donnaantonucci.com


Sunday, August 15, 2010

This Old House - Top 10 Kitchen of all Time




April 2004


Cottage Kitchen

I don't live in a big place, nor do I want a lot of square footage, so this kitchen is just right for me. It has plenty of counter space so I could cook for guests (with a killer range), and lots of smartly placed storage, but it doesn't feel like a rambling echo chamber.

This kitchen was built into the 2003-2004 This Old House TV project, a small converted barn in Concord, Massachusetts. Because of its size, TOH general contractor Tom Silva had the luxury to build custom cabinets, including an ingenious angled drawer (inset) created to clear the oven door handle.
 
 
July/August 2005


Seaside Retreat


So many people go over the top with kitchens: cabinetry that looks like furniture from the antiques dealer, appliances that are less at home in the home and more at home out, like in a restaurant kitchen. This place has none of that and I love it for it. Simple appliances, a plain sink, lots of white paint that makes for a clean and airy feeling. Seems like a fine place to eat toast, if you ask me.



One of the things I especially like: the exterior screen door the homeowners brought inside for the pantry. It's a welcome touch of off-beat (and inexpensive) creativity in a world of mass-market design.- Scott Omelianuk, EditorWhat I like about this kitchen is that it reflects the origin of the house and its surroundings. This is a beach house from the turn-of-the-century South. The fixtures are humble and inventive (like the screen door on the pantry); the coloring is very beachy--tans, seafoam greens, blues--without being cheesy; and the glass-tile countertop is beautiful.
 
 
September 2006
Hard-Earned




The owner of this kitchen in Atlanta, Georgia proves to me that a little patience goes a long way. I liked the way he used one coat of linseed oil and three coats of hard wax to make the terra-cotta floor tiles shine. The beautifully handmade copper sink from Greece was a lucky find in one of his many excursions to local antiques markets.
 

July/August 2004
Craftsman Made Modern



I love this distinctive woodwork/cabinetry with its updated Arts-and-Crafts look. The cabinets themselves are highly decorative, crafted from a mix of blond maple, reddish mahogany, and ebonized walnut - many with patinated copper insets on the doors. It looks bright and colorful, even though it's all subdued wood and earth tones. I think it's a great example of fantastic design and craftsmanship - really a one-of-a-kind look


March 2005
Man's Kitchen



I see this well-appointed kitchen as both masculine and refined. The detail work on the countertops is exquisite. I also love the subtle lighting and beautiful cabinetry.
 
March 2006
It's All in the Details



I think the arched windows and cabinets of this kitchen add a charming decorative touch to the bright room.
 
January/February 2003
Salvaged Beauty





Here's what I think is cool: the owners of this cottage in Fairhope, Alabama, used salvaged wood to make the cabinets and floor. And it's great the way the stained glass and colored backsplash tiles add a fun and funky note.
 
July/August 2006
Colorful Family Space




I think the appeal of this design comes down to a pretty simple idea: yellow flat-panel base cabinets paired with soft green upper cabinets with divided lights. A dark teak T-shaped island and black granite countertops tie the cheerful, soft colors together and give them a sophisticated edge. There are some very nice details: turned leg insets, simple brackets, open shelves, a built-in hutch, a glass-tile inset in the backsplash over the stove. The effect is one of really well-crafted woodwork and warm, bright, happy color.

I like this kitchen because it showcases two different colors that complement each other to create an open, inviting space for both family and friends. The fact that the kitchen is a self-contained room, but has access to both the dining room and sun room, is also appealing. What makes this kitchen extra special are the details--i.e., the custom-built hutch, custom light fixtures and wood carving.

I love the open space and the light coming through the window--a clean-lined, open, yet airy space. And the light-green and yellow cabinets look great set against the black granite countertop, stainless steel range, and limestone floors. Looking out the window makes you want to walk out into the sun after breakfast.
 
March 2006
Raise High the Roof Beams



I love this kitchen for its seamless combination of old and new materials. During the renovation, the homeowners used reclaimed building materials whenever possible. For instance, the ceiling trusses were recovered from an Oregon warehouse and still feature the original bolts. The floors are 300-year-old Eastern heart pine from farmhands' quarters on a Virginia apple orchard. These elements, paired with a farmhouse sink, distressed cabinets, and rusted hardware, create a rustic and truly cathartic space.
 
July/August 1998
High Ceilings




My all-time favorite kitchen is from the TV show's winter project house (er, church) in San Francisco, back in 1998. I love the thick white marble countertop, mosaic tile floor, and chunky chrome hardware. The hinges and latches on the upper cabinets remind me of the ones on this enormous turn-of-the-century wooden and zinc-lined refrigerator box that my folks had in the old converted carriage house that I lived in as a kid.


The S.F. kitchen has a crisp and classic look that will never appear dated. Plus, I love how the homeowners took full advantage of the 14-foot ceiling by installing open shelving and super-high storage cabinets that are accessible by a ladder on a metal track. It's such a great use of space, and it gives you the feeling like you're in one of those old-school pharmacy/soda shops.

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty
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