Feeling Nostalgic for Your Grandmother’s China?

We all have some relic taking up space in our homes. Maybe it’s a great-aunt’s armoire, or a box of old letters and photographs. Often the stuff sits in an attic or in the back of a closet, waiting for us to figure out what to do with it. Two…

Hounded by Wildfires, Californians Rethink Their Willingness to Rebuild

The day Paradise burned, Aaron Singer was a skeptic. Then he saw the flames in his rearview mirror. This was November 2018, and the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history, was making swift and smoky headway through the Sierra Nevada foothills. It took fewer than four hours…

Record Increased in Home Prices

The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t just created massive unemployment and economic hardships for millions, it has also inflated real estate prices across the country. A recent report by Redfin found that the national median home price climbed to $335,519 in November, 14 percent higher than a year earlier — the biggest…

New York Rents Continue to Slide, While Sales Rebound in Brooklyn

The rental and sales markets in New York City are poised to travel two very different paths in 2021: Deep and persisting discounts in parts of the rental market, with the possibility of a rebound in the sales market — albeit centered on the boroughs beyond Manhattan. Citywide, many landlords…

House Hunting in Estonia: A 19th-Century Manor With Modern Style

A 10-Bedroom Riverfront Manor in Estonia $4.8 MILLION (3.9 MILLION EUROS) This 10-bedroom, 10-bath home, called Staelenhof Manor, was reconstructed from the tower wing of a 19th-century manor house on the banks of the Parnu River, near the town of Tori, in southwestern Estonia. The original manor house, which was…

What $750,000 Buys You in Connecticut Missouri and Minnesota

Noank, Conn. | $749,000 A one-and-a-half-story cottage built in 1846, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.26-acre lot This property is in a tiny, historic village on a peninsula between Groton (about six miles northwest) and Mystic (about three miles northeast), on the coast of southeastern Connecticut. It…

Larchmont, N.Y.: An Affluent Suburb on Long Island Sound

When New York City went into lockdown in March, Lauren and Jason Laschewer fled Brooklyn with their three children for the village of Larchmont, in Westchester County. Mrs. Laschewer, 37, a senior account executive at a promotional marketing agency, had recently learned she was pregnant, and she and Mr. Laschewer,…

The ‘Posh Portals’ of New York City

Nothing could be simpler than the purpose of a building’s door — to let people in. But Andrew Alpern complicates things immediately in the introduction to his sumptuous new book, “Posh Portals: Elegant Entrances and Ingratiating Ingresses to Apartments for the Affluent in New York City” (Abbeville Press). “A successful…

In Hudson, a Glass House for an Expanding Family

In real estate, as in life, taking the wrong turn sometimes points you in the right direction. That’s what Mark Bearak and Michael Moore discovered while they were hunting for a house in Hudson, N.Y., as a weekend getaway from their apartment in Manhattan. During a visit to Hudson in…