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10 Best Cities for Your Social Life

If you hate staying home and wish you could go out every night of the week, then you might want to consider living in these cities. Coldwell Banker took a look at some of the trendiest places in the country and narrowed their list of the "Best Places to Live for Social Seekers" down to a hoppin' Top 10. The real estate... Continue Reading »

Bungalow Homes

Location: Chatham, Mass. Price: $1.025 million Beds/Baths: 3/2 Sq. Ft.: 1,414 See the listing for more details and photos of this home. Location: Portland, Ore. Price: $549,000 Beds/Baths: 3/2 Sq. Ft.: 2,706 See the listing for more details and photos of this home. Location:... Continue Reading »

Classic Modern in Connecticut: Rotating House, $1.75M

Imagine you find a house for sale with a master-bedroom view of the surrounding garden. But what you really wanted was a view of the pond on the other side of the property where the birds and other wildlife flock. If you own the Rotating House in Wilton, Conn., that can be changed in about 50 minutes. This entire house, a... Continue Reading »

Bike-Friendly Cities' Innovative Tactics

Americans love their cars, but cycling is definitely making a comeback. The number of bicyclists who are commuting to work, shopping by bike or heading out for long weekend rides has surged in the last few years. As cycling becomes more prevalent, cities are focusing on increasing the number of services available to... Continue Reading »

Art Meets Foreclosure in Portland, Oregon

Like millions of homeowners around the country, Charles Wittenmeier found himself deeply underwater and facing foreclosure. After months of unemployment, a divorce and mounting debts, he will be vacating his house on May 28th. But before he does, Wittenmeier, a once-thriving advertising director, is turning his misfortune... Continue Reading »

Portland and Seattle: The New San Francisco Suburbs

What do some people do when they can't afford their soaring housing prices of San Francisco? They move to the suburbs. Guess what's constituting as a suburb of San Francisco these days? Cities as far as Portland and Seattle, 600 to 800 miles to the north. In this age of telecommuting this type of scenario is now an... Continue Reading »

West Coast Tops in Green Building

Here's a question you might be pondering: why does one market tend to have more LEED-certified (green, that is) buildings than another? Actually, I was thinking about that this week as I'm in Portland, Oregon checking out design and sustainability projects, and you can't get through a rain-soaked day without being... Continue Reading »

Best 'Time-Saving Cities' on the West Coast

The phrase "New York minute" is said to have originated in Texas around 1967, a reference to how a Manhattanite does in an instant what a Texan would take a minute to do. Comedian Johnny Carson once defined "New York minute" as the interval between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his... Continue Reading »

Brooklyn Resident's Yard Gone to the Birds

"It's not nearly as cool having chickens on your farm as in your New York City backyard," Dan Feldman says. Feldman, a thirty-nine-year-old executive who lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, is about to get cool thanks to a chicken coop--the Chicken Ark--designed by Australian expat Drew Waters, a TV news employee by day and... Continue Reading »

Take a Trip Inside Pink Martini Lead Man's Pad

Are you dreaming of owning a home/artist loft/work space? Do you reject boring homes and blah interior design? Find your inspiration in the eclectic Portland home of Thomas Lauderdale, the founder, songwriter, and pianist of the 12-piece orchestral band Pink Martini. The Wall Street Journal describes the home as being... Continue Reading »

Extend Your Stay in Portland

In the Mississippi Historic District of Portland, Oregon, builders Jeff Gantert and Brad Bloom have put up three tiny, vernacular cottages that are available as rentals on an unusual (but highly likable) basis: for one month at a time. Gantert and Bloom were inspired by the historical architecture of their neighborhood,... Continue Reading »

Ugly is a relative term. And when you're talking architecture, some critics might bash a building because it's out of scale or context with it's location or it's time in history. A big no-no. But sometimes it's simply not attractive; a bad idea or a Frankenstein-like mix of too many styles. Travel & Leisure compiled... Continue Reading »

Detroit's Safe? Really Forbes?

With all those celebrities getting robbed in L.A. lately, how come none of the gazillion New York celebs have reported break-ins. Could it be that New York is safer? That's what Forbes would have you think. The magazine just awarded New York no. 8 in its America's Safest Cities list. But that's not the only surprising... Continue Reading »

Chicago Stressed Out, Miami Super Chill

Maybe it was losing the Olympic bid to Rio. Or, maybe it was the Jay Cutler's performance against the Atlanta Falcons. Either way, Chicago came out as the most stressed city in a recent survey by Harris Interactive. Maybe they need to go to Rio and chill for a while ... nah. We might have predicted Detroit or Las Vegas,... Continue Reading »

Smart Cities on a Dumb List

The Daily Beast has mad social smarts. No one but Tina Brown, the site's masterful editor in chief would dare publish a survey of America's "smartest" and "dumbest" cities. But Brown thinks she can outrun the tidal wave of criticism you'd expect when you rank New York no. 13 and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. the smartest place in... Continue Reading »

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