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In Seattle, a Backlash Against Tiny Apartment Craze

By Phuong Le Developers in Seattle have been leading the U.S. in building hundreds of tiny apartments -- some about the size of a generous parking spot -- to cater to solo young workers, retirees who prefer city living, students and others looking to downsize. Now, some residents are complaining that micro-apartments... Continue Reading »

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Penthouse in Seattle Sells For $6.2 Million

By Sean Keeley For those of us who haven't read "Fifty Shades Of Grey," you might be as surprised as us to learn that the major events of the steamy book series take place in the penthouse of the Escala tower at 1920 4th Avenue in Seattle. Even if you haven't read the book, you're probably not surprised to learn that... Continue Reading »

Adam Welch's Exploding Glass Table 'a Total Mystery,' He Says

One man's morning was shattered -- literally -- when, he said, his kitchen table spontaneously exploded on Tuesday, Seattle's KING 5 News reported. All that was left of Seattle resident Adam Welch's table after the incident was the table's base and shards of glass. "It's a total mystery," Welch told the Seattle TV... Continue Reading »

Hottest Markets: 10 Cities Where Homes Sell the Fastest

For the past few years, you've probably been told that being a homeseller is one of the worst positions to be in. But it's not so bad now. Homes are selling faster in the majority of U.S. markets than they were a year ago, according to data recently released by Ten areas in particular are sweet spots if... Continue Reading »

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 »

This Seattle Church Conversion Will Make You a Believer

People must think that living in a former sacred space brings them closer to the divine, because we've seen a lot of churches and synagogues turned into homes lately. Not that we're complaining: We're huge fans of the whole thing, especially after laying eyes on this heavenly piece of real estate. The First Church of... Continue Reading »

Floating Homes: What It Costs to Live on the Water

By Les Christie Many people dream of living near the water, but a few people take it to the extreme: Living on top of the water -- in a floating home. "It's a beautiful lifestyle," said Robert Oshatz, the designer of a new floating house in Portland, Ore. "You have the beauty of the water. It's very... Continue Reading »

Case Shiller: Home Prices Sink, Double Dip Looms

Home prices in 11 key markets reached new lows in the month of January, according to housing data released Tuesday, rekindling fears of a double dip in the housing market. Of the 20 housing markets surveyed by the S&P/Case-Shiller Index, only two metropolitan areas -- Washington, D.C., and San Diego-- posted... Continue Reading »

NBA's Ray Allen Relists Seattle Digs at Discount

Boston Celtics star Ray Allen has slashed the list price of his 10,630-square-foot Craftsman-style home in the Seattle area by 38.3 percent to $3.7 million from its first listing of $6 million in 2008. The pool of potential professional-athlete buyers for this Carnation, Wash., 5-bedroom, 8-bath home with a full-size... Continue Reading »

Backyard Cottages: Affordable Housing Solution?

It's a story that touches upon the nation's economic woes, the challenge of preventing sprawl, and the quirky ingenuity of the Pacific Northwest. But is the trend of renting one's backyard cottage really big enough to have any effect beyond the symbolic? Well, yes and no. The focus of a recent USA Today article is... 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 »

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 »

This Little Goat Lived in the City

For a while, chickens were all the rage. You could get a coop, install it in your backyard, buy a couple of quality chicks, and presto: fresh eggs for life. (Or for as long as you could stand the clucking and pecking that comes with any kind of chicken ownership.) But because nothing is stable and everything shifts, we're... Continue Reading »

Beantown for Bachelorettes

Should Carrie Bradshaw and her gal pals pack their bags and move to Boston? Yes, according to, which just released its 2010 list of the top 10 cities for single women. Boston tops the list, followed by Washington DC, New York City, Seattle, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Denver, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and... Continue Reading »

Tour Bill Gates' Futuristic Pad, Only $35,000ish

Who doesn't want to catch a glimpse of the most wired home in the world? One lucky (and rich) Microsoft employee will get the chance: Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is auctioning off a private tour of his home, with him as the guide. The auction kicks off a charity fundraiser at Microsoft and bidding is up to $35,000.... Continue Reading »

Developments with That Hip-Factor

Are developers finally getting hip to what renters want? Today, The New York Times reported on Philadelphia's Piazza at Schmidts (left), a mixed-use rental community with some enviable amenities. Developer Bart Blatstein - who prior to this had been building strip malls - turned a former brewery outside Philly's Center... 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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