Before being uprooted from its Big Bear location and moved to Santa Monica, this contemporary lodge-inspired home served many purposes. Originally built as the set of the 1920s film “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” the home was later converted into a cabin on a retreat known as Uplifters Ranch. Men would often travel to this rustic canyon to ride horses and drink whiskey and beer during the Great Depression and Prohibition. Decades later, the 0.6-acre land was sold to a…

Editor’s note: Putting your home on the market is no small decision. And listing before you’re really ready can hurt your chances of selling your home for its full worth. This week we’re giving you a headstart on prime selling season with plenty of tips and advice for preparing your home to hit the market ready for a successful sale. Planning to sell your house this year? Don’t be overwhelmed by all the details involved in preparing it to go on the…

The sun has set, but the Gloria Crest estate is just waking up. Swinging jazz and clinking glasses echo through marble hallways. Heads of state rub shoulders, while Joseph Kennedy and Gloria Swanson sneak off to a bar behind a secret door. Or so the 1930s story goes. Today, the massive 24,000-square-foot home feels like a castle. It’s located in Englewood, NJ – just 10 miles from Times Square – but you might as well be in Europe. It’s the kind of…

Nicky Hilton used to live at 1307 Sierra Alta Way, but that didn’t stop Cyrus Harouni from leveling the place. It was all about the set-back, the one-man architect, designer and builder explains. The current home, which is listed for $18.75 million and sits just off the Sunset Strip, aligns better with the street. It’s also oriented to capture the right amount of California sun – and show off perfect 90-degree angles. We’ll pause here. If you’re wondering how a 90-degree angle can be…

When Greg and Megan Hoyt designed their $8.1 million Paradise Valley, AZ home, their two Golden Labs weren’t an afterthought. The pampered pooches got their own Spanish-tiled suite under the stairs. Photo by High Res Media, courtesy of Joan Levinson But that’s the kind of house this is. Every feature was intentional – even the eight (yes, eight) garages. Photo by Andrew Pielage Photography, courtesy of Joan Levinson Greg wouldn’t call himself a collector, but does say he’s bought and sold every…

Designer to the stars Kari Whitman is having a love affair with metal. She uses it in her own homes, and she takes it to the homes of her clients, who include Hollywood A-listers like Jessica Alba, Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas and Kristen Bell. “What I love is that [metal] seems very timeless,” Whitman says. “You can put it anywhere, and it still works — everything from brushed satin to rose gold, oil-rubbed bronze and stainless steel.” In her living room…

Editor’s note: Putting your home on the market is no small decision. And listing before you’re really ready can hurt your chances of selling your home for its full worth. This week we’re giving you a headstart on prime selling season with plenty of tips and advice for preparing your home to hit the market ready for a successful sale. “Nobody cleans their bathroom like that, even on a good day.” You may have a thought like this while receiving advice from…

While more millennial homeowners live in urban areas than older generations, the Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends notes that nearly half of millennial homeowners (47 percent) are moving to suburbia – and renters are following. While city life may seem like it has everything and more, the suburbs offer plenty of those perks, too. More bang for your buck Don’t be fooled if monthly rent prices in the city and suburbs seem fairly comparable – look at the rent…

The term “chef’s kitchen” gets thrown around in real estate listings, but it can mean a lot different things. Whatever your definition, the culinary playground at 22750 Hidden Hills Rd in Yorba Linda, CA doesn’t disappoint. This home’s kitchen was designed by its owner, Carlito Jocson, the executive chef for Yard House Restaurants. We asked Jocson to dish his home’s kitchen secrets. Here are 5 features we love. Refrigerator drawers We’ve all been there: stirring a boiling pot when you realize you need to…

Editor’s note: Putting your home on the market is no small decision. And listing before you’re really ready can hurt your chances of selling your home for its full worth. This week we’re giving you a headstart on prime selling season with plenty of tips and advice for preparing your home to hit the market ready for a successful sale. Unlike the cost of a gallon of milk or a flat-screen television, a home’s price can be hard to pin down. It’s complicated…