McBeachy! Patrick Dempsey Buys Venice Contemporary

Jan 6, 2015 by

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ZillowThe actor’s Venice property has two residences — a modern home and a bungalow — on a tiny 3,900 square-foot lot.

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey has snagged a California micro-compound about a mile from the Pacific Ocean in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles, Variety reports.

Dempsey — known on the TV show as Dr. McDreamy — and his wife Jillian bought the property for $ 1.9 million. The tiny 3,900 square-foot lot hosts the original 1950s bungalow, which was renovated in the mid-2000s into a one-bedroom, one-bath guest quarters with kitchen. There’s also a second residence, a three-story house featuring walls of glass and corrugated metal siding. The two structures are linked by a redwood bridge that also serves as a two-car carport.

The couple can’t get enough of the Pacific. They primarily live in Malibu on five acres above Zuma Beach. Their Frank Gehry house, known as the “Tin House” and built in the 1960s for acclaimed artist Ron Davis, recently graced the pages of Architectural Digest. The Dempseys reportedly bought it in 2009 for $ 7 million.


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Contemporary, Spa-Like Bathrooms in Demand

Apr 7, 2014 by

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Bathroom styles are shifting to contemporary, spa-like styles that are accessible and easy to maintain, according to the latest trend report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, which surveyed 420 designers to find the top bathroom trends this year. (Also, see last week’s post: 7 Trends Spicing Up Kitchen Designs)

“Spa bathrooms and Zen-like retreats are definitely desired aspects of today’s bathrooms, driving a more contemporary aesthetic,” says John Petrie, the 2014 NKBA president.

Simple styles, with an emphasis on clean lines and functionality, are in high demand, adds designer Maria Stapperfenne of Tewksbury Kitchen & Bath in Whitehouse Station, N.J.

Below are among some of the trends designers identified for bathrooms this year.

Trend #1: Shades of grey

Beige and bone color schemes remain the most popular, but the third most popular color scheme – grey – is gaining traction. Fifty-eight percent of designers predict that grey will be the fastest growing color scheme in 2014. (Read: The Power of Grey in Staging)

Trend #2: Universal designs

Sixty percent of designers say they anticipate doing more universal design/accessible bathrooms this year. For example, about half of designers specified the growing popularity of no-threshold showers. These showers allow home owners to more easily walk or roll into the shower without having to step over any small ledge.

Trend #3: Shower lighting

Spotlights are being turned on in the shower. More designers say they are incorporating lighting in showers. Designers also say they expect more benches and seats to be included in showers.

Trend #4: Steamy

Steam showers are growing in popularity –with twice as many designers specifying steam showers being incorporated than whirlpools in master bathrooms.

Trend #5: Higher toilets, vanities

Toilets and vanities are getting more of a lift. Eighty-four percent of designers said that comfort height toilets and vanities gained popularity in 2013 and are expected to continue to be a growing option this year.

Bathroom Features in Demand

Designers identified the following bathroom features as most in demand:

• Ceramic or porcelain tile for flooring

• Quartz for vanity tops

• Linen storage cabinets

• Undermount sinks

• Wall-hung floating vanities, console tables and open shelving

Losing Favor

Similar to kitchen designs, designers noted a decrease in Provincial and Tuscan-style bathrooms, as well as a decline in rustic/country styles. Also, black was the least popular fixture color and is expected to decline even more this year, NKBA designers noted.

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For Sale: Midcentury Homes With Contemporary Comforts

Jan 31, 2014 by

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By Catherine Sherman

Midcentury modern homes are just as popular as ever: furniture stores are lined with sleek, retro pieces, and designers are showing off their “Mad Men” flair on Zillow Digs. But shopping for an architectural gem doesn’t mean you have to forgo contemporary amenities. Here’s a look at a few homes currently on the market combining classic midcentury style with tasteful upgrades.

4832 E. Virginia Ave., Phoenix
For sale: $ 269,900

Phoenix, AZPhoenix, AZ - 2

Built in 1957, this Phoenix midcentury residence has been completely remodeled with a new kitchen layout, maple cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, modern bath fixtures and an indoor-outdoor entertaining space separated by a glass garage door. The home first hit the market in September 2013; its list price was dropped by $ 1,000 in December.

3427 Northlake Trail, Doraville
For sale: $ 315,000 Doraville, GADoraville, GA - 2

A 20-minute drive from Atlanta, this house has been upgraded without losing its mid-century modern integrity. The kitchen has sleek white counters and walnut cabinetry, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and other high-end appliances. A $ 13,000 low-pitched roof also has been added to the home.

885 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Oswego
For sale: $ 575,000

Lake Oswego, ORLake Oswego, OR - 2
With the same owner for 30 years, this Lake Oswego home has been well maintained. Updates to the kitchen and bath blend seamlessly with original overhead beams, a brick fireplace, hardwoods and a mid-century flat roofline.

10 Lakeview Circle, Palm Springs
For sale: $ 660,000

Palm Springs, CAPalm Springs, CA - 2
Don’t let this home’s beige exterior fool you. The interior is anything but bland with 10-foot-high ceilings, black-glass and stone-encapsulated walls, mirrored skylights and bold furnishings. Everything has been custom designed to embody the Palm Springs lifestyle.

(undisclosed address), San Antonio
For sale: $ 825,000

San Antonio, TXSan Antonio, TX - 2
Classic mid-century architecture and chic, modern finishes mesh in this prestigious Terrell Hills home. Major renovations were completed in December 2012, adding new plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning as well as an updated kitchen and bathrooms.

5 Sierra Vista Dr, Monterey 93940
For sale: $ 1.045 million

Monterey, CAMonterey, CA - 2
A unique circular design showing off views of Monterey Bay reflects this home’s mid-century roots. Updates include marble counters, mahogany cabinetry and Ipe wood decking.

More from Zillow about midcentury modern style:
Get This Look: Midcentury Modern
Midcentury Classic in Bothell, Wash.
‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Lists Home for Sale

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