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September 2015

Found 7 blog entries for September 2015.

Today is the last day to get in on Early Bird Pricing for the 2015 Silicon Valley Home Tour and this is an event you won’t want to miss.  Showcasing four contemporary homes in Palo Alto and Los Altos, the October 10, 2015 tour is self-guided and bike-able for those so inclined.  Maps will be provided on tour day for route suggestions.

Each of the homes is uniquely contemporary, but all embrace the theme that Joseph Eichler made popular with his California, indoor-outdoor style 50 years ago. Three of the homes are in Palo Alto; one, created by Arkin Tilt Architects, is a home designed for sustainable living with a goal of net zero energy. This interesting home also brings the iconic butterfly roof into present-day design.

House #2 is an

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The iconic Mid-Century butterfly roof embodies the form follows function principle of modern architecture. Its breezy silhouette has a definitely modernist space-age personality; but the style isn’t all beauty and no brains. The inverted gable roof has a few eco-friendly traits that include rooflines open to allow natural light flow inside and the valley formed where the wings meet concentrates rainwater. Put a couple of barrels under the “V” and you’ve got a rainwater collection system. (Especially attractive right now in drought stricken California!)

While other architects dabbled with the butterfly roof concept, it was pretty much a custom home feature until architect William Krisel introduced it to Palm Springs in the late 1950s – and the rest

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If you love contemporary style, love to shop and love to travel, dust off your passport and head for the airport. London is the place to be this week. The annual London Design Festival has hit town and it looks like fun. Billed as the UK’s biggest design event the Festival has, in the past, hosted visitors from all over the world; and with almost 400 events staged throughout London, this year’s celebration promises more of the same.

As part of the London Design Festival, Designjunction brings its flagship show to town. (They have also presented international shows in New York and Milan.) Designjuntion will be exhibiting at two venues; one is billed as a design destination and the other, with 2000+ sq. meters (which translates to 21,527+ sq. ft. for

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The prize pot for the annual raffle benefiting the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is enticing this year. The Grand Prize is a nice piece of luxury real estate in the Silicon Valley. The prize home is a 5-bedroom, 5250 sq. ft. Mediterranean style home in Los Altos that comes complete with a wine cellar and guest house. The rest of the offerings aren’t too bad either. The first 19 runners-up will win prizes ranging from luxury automobiles and exotic holidays to cold hard cash. Not in the top 20? No worries, the parade of prizes will total 2500, giving participants a 1-in-30 chance of winning.

Funds raised through the annual raffle help YBCA to maintain its position as hub for contemporary visual and performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area arts

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the coast of glamorous sunny Southern California? If you are in SoCal tomorrow, it’s your lucky day; it’s not too late to purchase tickets for the self-drive, self-paced Los Angeles Beach Cities Modern Home Tour and experience the coastal lifestyle for yourself!

The tour features six homes strung out along the coast from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach and includes a Venice Beach bungalow that is storybook charming on the outside and contemporary chic inside, as well as a newly constructed home with an open floor plan and lots of glass creating outdoor style in an urban setting. Also in Venice is a remodeled bungalow that left its small size behind and expanded upwards into a creatively

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The controversy regarding home renovations in Eichler neighborhoods that keeps resurfacing in Palo Alto looks like it might have wandered south to a Mackay neighborhood in Santa Clara. More specifically, the ongoing debate revolving around whether a second story addition to an Eichler is appropriate has recently become an issue in a Mackay community in Santa Clara.

With low pitched rooflines, post-and-beam construction and large expanses of windows, Mackay homes are very similar to Eichler homes; and, in fact, during the 1950s John Mackay was one of Joseph Eichlers biggest competitors, building homes in Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Santa Clara. Like many Eichler neighborhoods, residents in Mackay enclaves want to insure that the MCM aesthetic is

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For many of us, the Labor Day weekend brings an end to those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. The last burger has been grilled and bathing suits and flip-flops have been put away. The stack of books waiting to be read has dwindled and it is time to close up the family vacation home or cabin until the next visit.

How tightly you button up your holiday home will depend on how often you visit it, the climate, and whether you have someone looking in on it periodically (friends, family, property manager?). Regardless of whether your place will be empty for a few weeks or a few months, if you do a few things before you leave, you will feel welcome when you return.


  • Wash the dishes and empty the dishwasher.
  • Do the laundry and remake
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