A Look Inside Grey Gardens in the Hamptons Today

by hookedonhouses on January 26, 2015

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When I heard that Sally Quinn is renting out her iconic East Hampton home, I was eager to see what it looks like today. She and her late husband Ben Bradlee bought Grey Gardens in 1979 for $220,000. At the time it was in such bad shape that most of the prospective buyers saw it as a tear-down, but they were determined to restore it instead. Here’s how it looked then:  [click to continue…]

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The New Year’s Resolution That Changed My Life

by hookedonhouses on January 23, 2015

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Let’s take a little trip in the “Way Back Machine” to January 2008, when I was working as a writer for a textbook publishing company… [click to continue…]

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Sweetpea Cottage in the Cornish Countryside

by hookedonhouses on January 21, 2015

Sweetpea Cottage Unique Home Stays Vacation Rental

Need a holiday? This little stone cottage in the Cornish countryside looks like the perfect spot for one. The listing says, “Sweetpea Cottage sits in the hamlet of Kestle Mill, just a few miles from the wild surf and fine sands of Porth Beach on the beautiful north coast of Cornwall.” Come on in…  [click to continue…]

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3 Celebrity Ranches For Sale: Choose Your Favorite

by hookedonhouses on January 19, 2015

3 Celebrity Ranches For Sale

As always, I’m here to help you spend your millions (even if you didn’t know you had them, ha). Here are three pretty fabulous ranches on the market that belong to three pretty famous people. Take a look and then vote for your favorite below!  [click to continue…]

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Restoring Vintage Charm to a Bungalow in Ballard

January 15, 2015

This 1913 Craftsman in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood is one of my favorite kinds of houses, so it made me happy to see how its owners restored it with beautiful period details. Thanks to some help from talented architect Tim Andersen, it’s come a long way since they bought it. Here’s a photo that shows what it looked […]

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Waterfront Dream House: Seapoint Estate For Sale

January 14, 2015

If I had a vacation home on the water like this, I’d never leave! Designed by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern and featured on the cover of a book about his work, it’s now on the market in Massachusetts. Take a look… 

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5 Great Houses to Revisit on Netflix This Month

January 12, 2015

I’ve featured the sets from dozens of popular movies and TV shows over the years. Here are 5 that Netflix started streaming in January that will be fun to revisit. If you read my posts about them first, you can amaze your friends and family members with fun facts and behind-the-scenes trivia!

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Cozy Up: A Timbered Swedish Cottage

January 8, 2015

A reader named Maria wrote, “Thought I’d share this cottage in the Swedish region of Dalarna where I just spent Christmas week with my family. The house is beautiful and in many ways reflects the traditional style of the region.” Not only is the cottage enchanting, but so are its surroundings…

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