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Zaha Hadid, Floral Park & Berkeley: Nook Real Estate This Week

Every week I write 3 regular blogs for Nook Real Estate, an innovative company who addresses a lot of the issues I personally had with the home buying process.

The week of August 27, I wrote about the architect Zaha Hadid, the Nook Neighborhood Floral Park and some Fast Facts about UC Berkeley.

For Architect Zaha Hadid, The World is Not a Rectangle 

Zaha Hadid knew her place in the architectural community, in that she had no place. Hadid was her own force, creatively and as a leader of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA). She understood that she “dangled,” in her own words, on the edges of the accepted, of the establishment. “Irrepressible, a force of nature,” is how Patrik Shumacher, senior partner at ZHA, describes her. Hadid was a living force of the very landscapes and shapes she incorporated into her work, completing 55 projects across the globe at the time of her 2016 death of a heart attack. Zaha Hadid Architects had no reason to believe their muse and leader would not be with them many more years, and now have the daunting task of 45 more projects to complete in her name, to ultimately honor her legacy.

Read more at Nook’s blog.

Floral Park Packs a Lot of Architectural History into this Santa Ana Neighborhood

We have a number of Nook Neighborhoods whose architectural cultures were formed because of World War II: Haight-AshburyCoral Gables in Miami, as well as most Eichler Modern Mid Century homes, to name a few.

It is the First World War, however that made Floral Park into the incredibly picture perfect neighborhood we know and love today. Watch out if you take the Floral Park Neighborhood Association tour, though; home sales go up after visitors fall in love while walking around the homes and gardens, according to the home tour director. Take a look at these beautiful photos to see why. Are you touring homes, museums, or art pieces? It’s hard to tell.

Read more at Nook’s blog.

The Big C, Student Protests and Escape Routes: The Legends of UC Berkeley

In 1868, the private College of California merged with the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland, and the University of California, Berkeley was born. It began with a mere 40 students and 10 teachers, growing to over 1,500 full time faculty serving 27,000 undergraduates. Who knew the sort of legends that would grow out of the first of the University of California system, now the top public university in the United States?

As with many stories told through many years, this leading research institute carries in its campus many mythologies and trivia. We dug into its history to deliver the fast facts that you never knew about UC Berkeley! It’s up to you to decide if they’re true or not.

  • A Chancellor escaped from Vietnam War protesters through a series of elaborately interconnected underground steam tunnels.

    Read more on the Nook blog

Beefing up my Wikipedia Editing Game

Did you know that under 10% of Wikipedia editors identify as female? Last spring, I

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trained to be a Wikipedia editor through Art+Feminism, but didn’t pull an event together.

I will be working to amplify female-ID voices, specifically writers to start. In order to do this right, I will need time.

Please review Wikipedia’s General Notability Guidelines to see if you or someone you knows applies. (If I am biased towards you in any way, then I will not be able to add your entry.)

If you’re interested, contact me to submit your information. Please note that I will prioritize those who identify as female.

Thanks!

CMJ

#FastFactsFriday: Frank Lloyd Wright

What can we add to the overwhelming love being shared for Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday? There’s no need to pile onto the think pieces of Fallingwater’s significance or the public’s first impressions of The Guggenheim. At Nook, we value our role as specialists, poised to find the gems of houses perfect for every one of our clients. We’ll take the same route today for the anniversary of arguably our most prolific architect of the twentieth century.

So here it is. A list of facts about Frank Lloyd Wright that not only doesn’t mention Fallingwater (that’s the last time, I promise) but will deliver at least one new piece of trivia for you to wow clients at dinner tonight.

Read more on the Nook blog.

Fast Facts about Famous Mid-Century Modern Architect, Joseph Eichler

Eichler lived in a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the story goes, and thus his lifelong journey to mid-century modernism began. Combining the feeling of indoor and outdoor spaces into his design, Eichlers brought a more airy option to the growing suburban middle class. It is estimated that around 11,000 homes in the Los Angeles and San Francisco region are true Eichlers. Built with materials readily available to everyone post-war, buying an Eichler home could really be seen as an embodiment of the American Dream. With the exposed posts and beams, floor to ceiling windows and skylights, an Eichler means open areas, not boxy rooms, and the spirit of letting the outside into your home.

The architectural style of an Eichler home must have felt like a dream compared to the cookie cutter houses that defined the suburbs. Parents Magazine even once awarded Eichlers as the best house in the U.S. for raising children.

Read more on Nook Real Estate’s blog. 

Content Marketing: Nook Real Estate

I work with Nook Real Estate to create posts about their new listings and why the neighborhood would appeal to buyers.

Sold in Just 4 Days: Beautiful Multi-Family Home in Northwood Pointe

You may remember how excited we were to introduce 67 New Dawn, a multi-family home for sale in the prestigious Irvine neighborhood of Northwood Pointe.

You may remember it well, in fact, because it sold just four days after going live.

Even with multiple offers on day three, after a broker preview and open house, realtor Todd Bousman knew when the right family walked through the door because the “parents were staring at the soaring two story cathedral ceilings and their kids were already fighting over which room was theirs…”. Todd didn’t want to rush them through the beautiful home, even though he had a hard time choosing his favorite parts, since the Irvine home boasts such intimate spaces and large entertaining areas.

Besides the many conveniences within walking distance, Todd can’t wait for the new home buyers to experience Northwood Pointe’s gorgeous trails and parks. It’s hard to imagine the area without the 22-mile Mountains to Sea Trail, which was designated a “National Recreation Trail” in 2006.

Read more on Nook Real Estate’s blog. 

In Orlando, Your Tickets for the Streetmosphere Awaits!

[This was a sponsored post written for The Clyde FItch Report.]

Where can you combine your favorite childhood stories with quality Equity actors — more than any US city except NYC or Chicago? Would you believe the answer is Orlando?

Actually, Orlando makes sense, especially when you consider how many union performers Walt Disney World alone hires (around 250 of the 500 performers who reside there). Orlando may be one of the only places where an actor can make a living doing what they love and ensure that their work will be seen by up to 60 million visitors a year, never mind all the locals partaking of Epcot’s adult beverage selection.

Read more at The Clyde Fitch Report.

Luxury Resort Living With Clear Views of The Queen Mary

“The secret is out,” Nook Realtor David Hernandez says. “Downtown Long Beach is expected to be the next market to see a huge transformation.”

David should know; he’s been leading the Long Beach real estate market for years, keeping his eyes on the bubbling renaissance. West Ocean high rises are quickly becoming the ultimate in modern urban luxury, with the relaxing feel of a resort.

That’s why we are so excited to share this new listing at West Ocean Towers with you. Don’t let the location fool you; a commuter can get to Los Angeles in under an hour. With this high rise, working professionals don’t have to sacrifice the peace of mind that living near the ocean brings for proximity to their office.

Read more at Nook Real Estate.

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