The old ways of farming have long fallen out of fashion in this area, but the Clarence Bouton Homestead, originally built in 1763, shines as a beacon of the past – with all the delights of the present. The 2,500-square-foot home, located in South Salem, NY and on the market for $795,000, offers 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, plus four fireplaces, original wood beams, stone fixtures and wide plank flooring. The lavish kitchen is a standout, boasting a hooded stove, warm wood cabinets and a…

When the Obamas leave the White House, they’ll be headed to a rented mansion a few miles away. It’s in Kalorama, the same ritzy neighborhood where Ivanka Trump and her family have found a home, and where Amazon founder Jeff Bezos reportedly recently paid $23 million for the former Textile Museum. Kalorama lacks the fame of its neighbor, Georgetown, but it’s rich in everything a former president or billionaire could want: Privacy, security and proximity to power. “If you’re looking for an…

Like most aspects of owning or purchasing a house, measuring the square footage of a home is complicated. There’s no established standard for measuring a residential property, and everyone seems to measure square footage differently. But if you get it wrong, it can affect your home’s value. There’s no need to be nervous about calculating your home’s square footage, however. Let’s look at how easy it actually is to measure a home’s square footage accurately. Gross living area For most…

No doubt these walls hold fond family memories, but Gwen Stefani and ex Gavin Rossdale are more than ready to let their old home go. The price tag: $35 million. After reportedly shopping the nearly 12,000-square-foot estate around offline, the former couple has officially listed it with Stephen Shapiro of Westside Estate Agency and Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker. The compound comes with a pedigree. Stefani and Rossdale bought the 7-bedroom, 11-bath home from hospitality honcho Sam Nazarian, who bought it…

2016 was a great year for interior design. So many trends were influenced by new innovations and technology; beautiful colors took new form; unique silhouettes filled every room of the home; and textures and fabrics breathed life into otherwise traditional furnishings. But it’s a new year, and time for new looks. Here’s a peek at three current trends that will have the interior design world buzzing in 2017. Va-va velvet For years, the design industry has been buzzing about texture, and how plush or sinuous fabrics flip a…

By Barry Bridges  In years past, an apartment-hunter might have been able to find a place with little more than the first and last month’s rent and a handshake. But today, the conditions for signing a lease might include anything from a criminal background check to a pet interview. Times have changed, and the changes go beyond the vetting process. A prime example is renters insurance, which has gone from something that your insurance agent might recommend to a lease…

Once dubbed the ‘City of Neighborhoods’ for its more than 100 identified districts, Baltimore, MD is a true East Coast gem. Though often recognized for its iconic rowhouses and rich industrial history, this city is further defined by a unique mix of Southern hospitality, urban charm and coastal flavor. Whether you’re thinking about capitalizing on the buyers’ market, or just planning a visit, you won’t be disappointed. Between its vibrant waterfront, local arts scene and irresistible seafood, Baltimore truly lives…

Although traditionally spring and fall are the prime seasons for selling a home, circumstances sometimes require homeowners to put their property on the market during the winter. The good news is that, given access to mobile apps and so much information online, selling in mid-winter may not be so tough. The supply of homes for sale (your competition) is light, and buyers are still looking. If you have to list your home during the winter, you’ll get a pass on landscaping and…

In the same year renting becomes more affordable and the homeownership rate bounces back from historical lows, the country’s housing market superstar will be — drumroll, please — Nashville! Music City has moved beyond its country roots to become a fast-growing economy with employment by the healthcare industry and big corporate names including Nissan, Randstad and Kroger — plus the popular chain of diners, Shoney’s. Home appreciation is expected to rocket in Nashville this year by 4.3 percent, while incomes recently…

From an array of spectacular homes, a favorite has emerged: a 16,000-square-foot mansion in Big Sky, MT that boasts a four-story spiral staircase of stone and metal. Each week we shine a spotlight on a home with unusual features, outstanding architecture or a spectacular locale. We look back quarterly at the homes we’ve shared over the past few months, and readers cast their votes for the best House of the Week from each month. Then we pit the winners from every…