Big life changes happen, and fluctuations in your retirement income may call for downsizing. But if assisted living isn’t for you, where will you head next? There are more options than just moving into a small apartment by yourself. Nontraditional senior living arrangements are on the rise, and more seniors are choosing to live in RVs, houseboats, and tiny homes. Living with roommates Have you ever watched an episode of “The Golden Girls” and dreamed of having fun roommates of…

Editor’s note: There’s nothing quite like moving into a brand-new home. Pristine appliances, every detail exactly to your taste, ding-free walls, no weird former owner – the appeal of buying new construction is pretty obvious. Every day this week, we’ll offer advice and perspectives on going the new construction route.   If you’re in the market for a brand-new home, you’ve got a ton of options. Sales of new homes surged to an eight-year high in 2015, according to data from the U.S. Department…

The real estate investor who bought Donald Trump’s childhood home in Queens last month has resold it in an auction. The Tudor home in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood was built in 1940 by Trump’s father, a local real estate developer and landlord. It’s where the president spent his early childhood. The 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home measures 2,500 square feet and has a finished basement with a full bathroom. There’s also a bonus room for guests and a summer kitchen. The home features a living…

Editor’s note: There’s nothing quite like moving into a brand-new home. Pristine appliances, every detail exactly to your taste, ding-free walls, no weird former owner – the appeal of buying new construction is pretty obvious. Every day this week, we’ll offer advice and perspectives on going the new construction route.   Buying new construction seems simple, right? Just pick out the floor plan you want, choose the perfect lot, and watch it go up. No sellers to deal with, no unexpected repairs…

A generation ago, few would consider trekking out in a foot of old dirty snow to shop for a home on the weekend. But with our always connected, information-flowing society, today’s buyers shop and make deals all year long. If you’re a buyer looking in a part of the country where you may not see a home’s front lawn until May, keep these points in mind as you shop. Seeing a home at its worst is a plus Let’s face it, no home…

When Scott Pelley isn’t reporting for “60 Minutes” or anchoring CBS News’ all-day coverage of the inauguration, he’s been kicking back in his classic colonial home in Darien, CT. The basement is his “Darien Bureau,” the local newspaper reports. It’s where he composes and narrates tracks for stories on “60 Minutes.” A former White House correspondent, Pelley has long covered the country’s biggest news, from the attack on the World Trade Center to the front lines of climate change in Antarctica and the…

This fairy tale-inspired home is handcrafted in every sense of the word. Framed by an antique stone wall entrance that leads into a front yard dotted with trees, the property opens in a clearing to reveal a ivy-covered, tan stucco cottage with red trim. Built in 1997 by owner Dale Jolliffe, a historical restoration designer, the Pipersville, PA home is an ode to the English countryside, and a labor of love. Although the cottage is nestled on a spacious lot, Jolliffe built not…

On average, the American population is getting older. More than 76 million Americans were born between 1946 and 1964 (the baby-boom generation), which means a large portion of our population is aged 50 and older. Baby boomers are either retired or reaching retirement age, and they are quickly becoming empty nesters. These aging Americans are looking to downsize because they no longer want or need their five-bedroom, two-level homes. A home that better fits their current lifestyle is much more…

What’s 38,000 square feet and comes with a gallery of exotic cars and a staff of seven? This $250-million listing in Bel Air, a luxury extravaganza that’s part resort, part 40-seat Dolby theater and part helipad. (Well, there isn’t a permit for the helipad, so it’s described instead as a rooftop art installation featuring a helicopter from the ’80s television series “Airwolf.”) Fashion designer-turned-developer Bruce Makowsky, who sold a Beverly Hills spec home to Minecraft creator Markus Persson for $70 million, is…

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to shy away from bright colors, playful patterns, and sun-drenched beach motifs. When our clients told us they wanted a master suite that embodied the sunny disposition of their favorite Miami beach spot, we were excited to get started. Inspired by the young family’s fun and upbeat personality, we threw caution to the wind to create one of the liveliest spaces we’ve ever done. With rich colors, patterns-a-plenty, and lots of fun texture,…