Monday, July 3, 2017


Today's Best Mansion: It's lavish. It's huge. It's grand. It's expensive.

#1      321 82nd Avenue NE, Medina, WA 98039 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, 
and 8,900 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $24,800,000.

Steeped in classical design, this estate draws inspiration from the great coastal mansions on the Eastern shore. Designed by Stuart Silk built by Toth Construction in 2015, only once does an offering of this caliber present itself. The sun-drenched interiors are layered with hand-crafted details. Summer mornings overlooking the pool, lake Mount Rainier followed by evenings playing bocce ball smores by the fire. Timeless. Rare. This is where your story begins.



















Today's Top LA Luxury Estate 


The median home value in Los Angeles County is $566,400. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 6.7% over the past year, Zillow predicts hey will decrease (-2.2%) within the next year.

The median home value in Brentwood, 90049 is $2,425,700. Brentwood home values have gone up 3.0% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (- 3.0%) within the next year

The median home value in Malibu is $2,885,000.  Malibu home values have gone up 4.6% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.7%) within the year.

The median home value in Bel Air, 90077 is $3,264,800  Bel  Air home values have gone up 0.5% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will go down  (-3.8%) within the year.

The median home value in Beverly Hills 90210 is $4,893,900.  Beverly Hills home values have gone up 0.4% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.4%)  within the next year.

#1      335 Trousdale Place, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, 
and 6,229 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $27,500,000.

The most elegant tasteful organic modern ever built in Trousdale. Just completed over 4 year renovation and all the finishes had to be the best not done for spec! Huge scale, Explosives 270 views from downtown, ocean to the Getty center sunset. Huge sun filled back yard. Properties like this don't come often and rarely exist bring clients that are sophisticated and have an eye for style and taste.







Today's Top Phoenix Luxury Estate  

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The median home value in Scottsdale is $421,200. Scottsdale home values have gone up 2.8% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.7%) within the next year. 

The median home value in Carefree is $751,100. Carefree home values have gone up 3.6% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-1.7%) within the next year.

The median home value in Paradise Valley is $1,611,700.  Paradise home values have gone up 1.0% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.8%) within the next year.

#1      8312 North 50th Street, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 with 8 bedrooms, 9 baths 
and 10,094 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,500,000
One of a Kind! There''s no other home like this in AZ. WATCH LIFESTYLE VIDEO (Photos Tab) & Schedule Showing. Privately Gated in a quiet cul de sac, this Exquisite Estate is located on over 1.6 Acres offering Peace + Serenity at every turn. Featuring incredible Mountain Views, New Pool with Waterfalls, Slides, and Grotto. 2 Koi Ponds with 12 foot high waterfalls,Playground, 2 Trampolines, & 6 Tee-box SW Green practice area. Featuring 8 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms this home will meet your every need. State of the Art Movie Theater, Game Room and Bar, 8 Person Sauna and Bathhouse, Steam Room, 2 Hot tubs, Exercise Room and office. This Amazing home is located in the heart of Paradise Valley, minutes from excellent schools, shopping, dining, hiking. Don''t miss out on this opportunity.













Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estate 


The median home value in San Diego County is $543,400. San Diego County home values have gone up 5.7% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will remain even 2.4% within the next year.

The median home value in La Jolla, 92037 is $1,476,600. La Jolla, 92037 home values have gone up 1.1% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (1.2%) within the next year.

The median home value in Solana Beach 92075 is $1,284,100. 
Solana Beach 92075 home values have gone up 5.3% this past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 1.6%% within the next year.

The median home value in Del Mar 92014 is $1,615,300 Del Mar home values have gone up 3.2% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (0.6%) within the next year.

The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,593,300. Rancho Santa Fe home values have declined -(2.9)% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will decline -(3.7)% within the next year.

#1          6730 Muirlands Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths 
and 5,994 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $5,800,000.   

One of La Jolla's first homes, this stunning estate on 1.5 lots or .54 acre (Zillow has wrong lot size) is a timepiece in the desirable neighborhood of the Muirlands. Its location places it walking distance from shops and restaurants, while its unique lot size for the area provides privacy, grandeur, and the stateliness known in the exclusive neighborhood. Carefully renovated to honor its original Monterrey architecture, this home has been renovated and expanded with elegance, grace, and modern luxury.












Today's Top San Francisco Luxury Estate

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The median home value in San Francisco is $1,194,500. San Francisco 
home values have gone up 4.0% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease by 1.0% within the year.

The median home value in Sausalito is $1,256,800. Sausalito home values have gone up 2.6% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 1.5% within the next year. 

The median home value in Tiburon is $2,479,000. Tiburon home values 
have gone up 2.1% over the past year.   Zillow predicts they will rise decrease by (2.2%) within the next year. 


The medium home value in Saratoga is $2,453,600.  Saratoga home values have gone up 2.8% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (- 2.4%) within the next year. 

The median home value in Atherton is $6,343,800. Atherton home values have gone up 7.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will decrease ( -1.8%) within the next year.

#1       1245 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301 is 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 
and 4,146 sq.ft is listed for sale at $7.988.000.
Captivating gardens frame this recently remodeled 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath residence of over 4,100 sq. ft. (per plans) that provides a poolhouse and delightful grounds of 12,000 sq. ft. (per city). Enjoy a flexible, walk-out lower level and soothing, sun-lit spaces, including an elegant gourmet kitchen, bursting with classic charm and modern amenities. An upper patio overlooks the poolside retreat, while a variety of fruit trees are found throughout the wraparound gardens. Sky-lit and versatile, the poolhouse offers a wet bar and a wall-bed. Stroll to popular University Avenue, Eleanor Pardee Park, and top-ranking Duveneck Elementary.










Today's Top Seattle Luxury Estate

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The median home value in King County is $566,900. King County home values have gone up 15.7% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 3.2% within the next year.

The median home value in Kirkland is $645,900.  Kirkland home values have gone up 17.8% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 3.7% within the next year.

The median home value in Seattle is $670,300. Seattle home values have gone up 14.5% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 3.1% within the next year.

The median home value in Bellevue is $819,700. Bellevue home values have gone up 15.6% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 3.2% within the next year. 

The median home value in Mercer Island is $1,401,000, Mercer island home values have gone up 10.7% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% with the next year.

The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,425,000. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 13.0% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% within the next year.

The median home value in Medina is $2,545,200. Medina home values have gone up 13.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.8% within the next year.

#1       5257 Forest Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040 with 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 6,980 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,998,000.


Stunning 180 degree views of Lake Washington, downtown Seattle, Olympic Mountains... newly renovated and updated... spectacular family home... flex spaces... indoor gym/playspace for rainy Seattle weather... completely redone landscape/gardens/creeks/water fountains/decks... dog run... grassy yard... media room... the list goes on!














Today's Top Real Estate News


2017 Home Design Trends With Staying Power

By Cat Overman
Zillow

At the end of last year, our Zillow Digs design experts identified a handful of home decor trends we could expect to see in 2017, from jewel tones to built-in home bars.  Now that we’re halfway through the year, we’ve asked top designers to share some of the other recent trends they believe have true staying power. Here are some of the looks they predict we’ll be seeing well into 2018.

Black window trim

“It’s the perfect way to accent large windows and doors. It actually allows you to see out the window more clearly, instead of the visual block of white mullions. When you can’t have those beautiful European iron doors, this is a great way to get the look. It also is very flexible in terms of style: farmhouse, Parisian modern, Tudor, or even classic contemporary.”
– Susan M. Jamieson, ASID, Bridget Beari Designs, Inc.












 

Simple lines, bold details

"We're seeing homeowners gravitate more and more toward thoughtful simplification - think sleek navy blue cabinets, or flat-front kitchen cabinets paired with inconspicuous appliances. Balanced by eclectic tiling and statement windows, spaces in the duration of 2017 will feel neutral with a welcome kick of color or pattern."
– Kerrie Kelly, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab



Sustainable design

“Trends that aren't going away soon include going green with recycled materials, designing with refurbished vintage furniture, and maximizing the use of LED lighting. The ‘fast-fashion’ culture of the design world unfortunately lends itself to a lot of waste, which on an architectural and interior design scale is exponentially more harmful. We find the most sustainable approach to design is quality craftsmanship that results in long-lasting finishes and furnishings. Custom furnishings are made by local fabricators to cut down on shipping and support local businesses, vintage pieces are sourced to promote beautiful re-use of objects, and LED fixtures to reduce electrical load are preferred. We find the things that last beyond trend lifecycles are the quality pieces our clients end up not being able to live without. Our best advice for trends is to set them with things you love instead of following them with things you think you need.”
– Elena Frampton, Frampton Co.














Thoughtful storage placement

“A combination of open storage and drawers or cabinets create opportunities to display found or collected objects, while storing necessary functional items out of sight.”
– Sara Boulet Upton, Rowland+Broughton





Mix-and-match upholstered pieces

"The world of upholstery has recently seen a big shift, with more homeowners skipping matched sets for an eclectic mix of complementary pieces. Matched sets - where the sofa, love seat, and armchairs are all of the same style and color - can feel a little stuffy and generic. (Plus, a room full of identical furniture becomes a problem should your new puppy decide that your love seat is a chew toy.) Mixing together complementary pieces gives you so much more flexibility with layouts and styles. Want to bring in some bold color but worried you'll get sick of an emerald green sofa? Use green on a love seat. Need a comfy hangout space but limited on square footage? Go with a deep, pillowy sofa and stick with more petite armchairs. This allows you to blend favorite styles from different manufacturers, accommodate the comfort preferences of everyone in the household, and stagger purchases so you aren't stuck with buying an entire room of furniture all at once. As a rare home decor trend that is both stylish and practical, we hope this movement sticks around for years to come.”
– Chris Stout-Hazard, ROGER+CHRIS


Rustic modern design

“I think the rustic modern look will continue to be popular - a mixture of more rustic textures like reclaimed wood walls with some bling in lighting and wallpaper."
– Christina El Moussa, HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” and SuccessPath

Cocktail culture at home

Bar carts - and, when space permits, cocktail closets - are a trend that is here to stay. Specialty cocktails have become the norm on menus at restaurants all over the country as mixologists concoct savory drinks using unusual ingredients. Many homeowners want to bring the ‘cocktail experience’ into their own homes, and are doing so via stylish bar carts that are both functional and pretty.  They provide a great place to stage cocktails, complete with glasses, mixers, liquor, bar tools, and coasters, plus little decorative touches like flowers or pottery to complete the look. A beautifully appointed bar cart can take center stage in a room when a mirror or piece of art is hung above it or when the wall behind it is painted a dramatic color or covered in a grass cloth wallpaper.”
– Deidre Oliver,  Oliver Designs


Today Mortgage Rates
Worst Week For Mortgage Rates Since March
Jun 30 2017, 3:43PM

Mortgage rates moved higher for a 4th straight day to end the month of June.  In terms of upward movement, this has been the worst week for mortgage rates since early March, 2017.  Most borrowers are now seeing rates that are a full eighth of a point higher than Monday morning's levels.  While that's not even remotely close to the damage done during election week last year, an eighth of a point in 4 days is definitely on the abrupt side of historical averages.

Whereas 3.875% had been widely available on Monday morning, the most prevalently-quoted conventional 30yr fixed rate is now up to 4.0% for top tier scenarios, and 4.125% is rapidly gaining market share.  

Whereas the lock/float outlook had been calm and steady heading into this week, it quickly turned defensive as losses mounted.  There are multiple justifications for the weakness ranging from European Central Bank "taper talk" to an overabundance of trading positions in favor of lower rates earlier in the week (which makes rates susceptible to the sort of correction we're seeing now).  Assume rates can continue higher until we see a definitive ceiling take shape.  The earliest that could happen would be the end of next week.  The last corrective uptrend in rates lasted 3.5 weeks.  

52 Week
ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM4.07%4.06%+0.013.34%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.32%3.31%+0.012.69%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.75%3.75%--3.15%4.10%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.33%4.31%+0.023.42%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.16%3.15%+0.012.80%3.25%



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