1948 was a good year for real estate.

In 1948, a $10,000 budget wrangled Arnold Friedmand an authentic, custom Frank Lloyd Wright original design featuring 4-bedrooms, 3-baths, a service wing and stable, fronting the Pecos River in New Mexico.  Accordingly, this was above the average new-home sales price of approximately* $7700.  1948 also introduced Americans to the 'pre-fab' home, accommodating to the demands of a post-war housing shortage.  

The Hippest Hoteliers Are In Austria

The Weitzer family hoteliers are among the finest in the World.  Their newest addition, Hotel Daniel in Vienna, has a boat & a bee garden on the roof,  a trailer in their urban garden, and a hammock in your hotel room.  They call it smart luxury. I call it perfection.

 http://www.hoteldaniel.com/en/vienna.html

Hotel Daniel in Vienna, Austria

Hotel Daniel in Vienna, Austria

Read more about the Weitzer Family hotel legacy by clicking this link. Weitzer History PDF

Academically Good, Architecturally Bad-Ass

I spend a great deal of time researching schools for my 2 year old son, Hank.  He's smart.  I'm a good Mom.  Anyway, I came across this Gluck masterpiece, an independent not-for-profit school "that recruits students from low-income families in East Harlem" and "provides scholarships for all enrolled students".

Plus, the architecture is impressively thoughtful. 

Photo Copyright of Gluck+ 

Photo Copyright of Gluck+ 

Photo Copyright of Gluck+ 

Photo Copyright of Gluck+ 

Our dream was to have a space that showed we would defend our families’ interests [and] had a soaring ambition for them and ourselves… In a democracy, we believe that … shared spaces, not private dwellings should be the most beautiful in our lives… There is a hush when people enter here… an intake of breath when one realizes that this is really how things should be.
— Ivan Hageman, Co-Founder and Head of School

One great reason you should move to North Dakota

Artspace is opening live/work loft spaces for artists (and their families) at exceptionally reasonable prices NEXT MONTH in Minot, North Dakota.  This brandy-new state-of-the-art facility is now accepting rental applicants and if you know Artspace, you know they fill quickly.  

Did I mention 1-bedroom units start at $267/month? 

ArtSpace Minot, North Dakota

ArtSpace Minot, North Dakota

Airstream Atelier, a Before & After

Oh, Miss Molly!  You're so fetching! 

Molly Clark, graduate of University of Texas's fashion merchandising program overhauled a '73 'stream into a dream.  The before and after photos are posted below, circa 2010.  She's since moved into a larger, non-mobile store (sigh).  But, her transformation will not be forgotten. 

Before/Grey Dog

Before/Grey Dog

After/Grey Dog Airstream Rehab Complete

After/Grey Dog Airstream Rehab Complete

Exterior/Grey Dog

Exterior/Grey Dog

Peacockish, Pristine Mid Century Marvel

Commissioned to stark architect Edward Stone in 1957 for Bruno and Josephine Graf in Dallas, Texas.

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 "Another current fad in these individual dwellings, which I decry, is the so-called ranch house. This rage for informality in American life, I believe, is a lame excuse for laziness. It’s obviously easier to feed the children hamburgers in the back yard in the manner of ranch hands from a chuck wagon than it is to have them sit at a table where they might conceivably acquire some dignity, manners and grace.”  -- Edward Durell Stone, 1962


There is even room for your books.

I love people who build their own homes.  I love people ever more when they build a 196 square foot home carefully crafted to fit their beloved books.  It is for sale because they want to buy a piece of land and build themselves a 120 square foot house!

196 Square Foot Custom Owner-Built Home For Sale in Taos, New Mexico

196 Square Foot Custom Owner-Built Home For Sale in Taos, New Mexico

Thoughtfully Built-In Bookshelves

Thoughtfully Built-In Bookshelves

The kitchen is grand because they consider it the heart of the home.

The kitchen is grand because they consider it the heart of the home.

Prefab-ulous @ $2.9 Million in Moab, Utah

  

Prefab Home in Moab, Utah (Photo Copyright Sotheby's) 

Prefab Home in Moab, Utah (Photo Copyright Sotheby's) 

"This 2,500 sq ft Marmol Radziner prefab home was built for an active couple on a 100-acre site outside of Moab, Utah. The site is surrounded by BLM land, which means uninterrupted views of the spectacular red rock desert landscape. The goal with the design was to blend indoor and outdoor living spaces with the help of expansive decks, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an open floor plan.

The home is made up of 15 modules that were constructed in their own factory in California before being shipped to the site in Utah. The modules arrived on site with pre-installed solar panels, windows, doors, and cabinetry. Upon arrival, the modules were installed, sealed and hooked up to utilities. The home is praised for its connection with the outdoors, use of energy efficient low-e windows, daylighting, Energy Star appliances, and use of sustainable materials inside as per all of Marmol Radziner’s prefab homes." -Inhabitat

View Additional Photos & Learn More About Marmol Radziner Prefab Design