Former Vincent Price Estate in LA Listed for Sale

The glorious Spanish Revival mansions built in Los Angeles in the 1920s and ’30s have become an endangered species. Many of these colorful old Hollywood classics have been razed to make way for shiny white spec homes.

This stellar estate in Holmby Hills—owned by actor Vincent Price from 1955-1974—is one of the lucky survivors. Thoughtful owners have restored its classic features, while seamlessly weaving in the conveniences of modern-day living.

Source: Former Vincent Price Estate in L.A. Is Listed for $21M | realtor.com®

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Seed Starting in Arizona for Fall

Now is the time to start thinking about the fall garden in Arizona. It’s hot, and the poor garden looks sad. Soon however, the temperatures will drop, and once again, all of our favorites can be started. Click on the link for more great info.

Midsummer and yikes is it ever hot! It is time for me to be starting new plants for the fall from seed but conditions are just too hot. What to do? Here are a few tricks.

The seeds of different vegetables have optimum temperatures for germination and right now most of them will not like this heat.

Beets and carrots aren’t too bothered by hot soil. Their germination doesn’t start to drop off until the soil gets to be over 90 degrees.

However, the optimum temperature for lettuce is around 65 degrees and germination drops off rapidly after the soil heats up to the mid seventies. Spinach does best at 70 degrees but by the time the soil is in the mid-80’s, forget about it. Some brassicas don’t mind the heat. Cabbage, Chinese cabbage, and kale will sprout fine in soil as hot as 90 degrees, while broccoli prefers cooler soil, its optimum being around 75. The germination on cauliflower drops off rapidly after soil temperatures hit 85.

Source: Seed Starting in Hot Weather | Old Farmer’s Almanac

Online real estate firm Purplebricks to Leave US

As I mentioned in my recent post about Amazons’ entrance into real estate, it really is a lot more than just taking a few pictures and putting a home online.

Just as one wouldn’t try to be their own doctor or lawyer, one should always at least get some advice from a professional.

Purplebricks, a British-based online real estate service that marketed itself as a disrupter of the traditional home-sale process, is ending its United States business after less than two years.

The company, which was founded in the United Kingdom in 2014, announced earlier this month that it was leaving the American market. When it started its American operations in September 2017, it said that Southern California would be its prime target.

Purplebricks informed the California Employment Development Department in a July 12 letter that the company would close its offices on Spectrum Center Drive in Irvine by Sept, 13. Fifth-five employees there and 68 additional people, referred to as “independent sales agents,” will be let go by the closure date.A company official, who co-signed the notification letter to the state, declined to comment on the situation.

The shutdown of all American operations is expected to be completed by the end of the year.  Earlier this year, Purplebricks also announced it was leaving Australia’s real estate market and would focus on only the UK and Canada.

“The problem is, you attract Realtors that are not of the highest caliber,”  Drake said. “A lot of people think it’s easy to sell real estate, that you just put up a sign, take photos and put them online. A good agent has relationships in the industry and knows the process.

Source: Online real estate firm Purplebricks leaving the United States

Frank Lloyd Wright House for Sale

Midcentury modern architecture fanatics, here’s your chance to snatch a Frank Lloyd Wright home that just popped up on the market!

The Frank J. Baker house is 4,800 square feet and has five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and three fireplaces. The Prairie-style structure is located in Wilmette, IL, just 20 miles north of downtown Chicago and two blocks from Lake Michigan.

The catch? Priced at $899,900, this old house ain’t cheap—and it needs a lot of work. Wright first built the place in 1909, then added a second story with more bedrooms in 1922.

Architect Walter Sobel bought the house in 1957, and lived there until his death at the age of 101 in 2014. Family members have lived there since, but it’s now vacant and awaiting the right buyer.

Source: Frank Lloyd Wright Fixer-Upper Is for Sale, but the Repairs? Scary! | realtor.com®

Kid Rock to Sell Detroit Mansion

Kid Rock’s rockin’ Detroit digs have hit the market for $2.2 million, the Detroit News reported.

Located in an exclusive subdivision that includes the city’s Mayoral Mansion, the 1930 Colonial is one of a handful of homes situated right on the Detroit River.

Taking advantage of its location, the property comes with a boathouse with Jet Ski lifts, and an upper deck outfitted for outdoor entertaining.

Source: Kid Rock Selling Sweet Detroit Mansion for $2.2M | realtor.com®

Gardening Could Help You Live to 100

It is well-known that an outdoor lifestyle with moderate physical activity is linked to longer life, and gardening is an easy way to accomplish both.

“If you garden, you’re getting some low-intensity physical activity most days, and you tend to work routinely,” says Buettner.

He says there is evidence that gardeners live longer and are less stressed. A variety of studies confirm this, pointing to both the physical and mental health benefits of gardening.

Source: Gardening could be the hobby that helps you live to 100 – BBC Worklife