As homes become offices, gyms and more, COVID-19 has upended how we think our living spaces should work
CHICAGO — Your home is working overtime during the pandemic. For many, what was once just a dwelling has become classroom, office, restaurant, gym, movie theater and more. COVID-19 has not only kept most of us confined to our quarters for the past six months — it has also altered the very definition of home.As homebuyers increasingly seek out pandemic-friendly features like home offices and expansive outdoor space, Chicago-area real estate developers, designers and agents are helping them find the features they need to live in this new normal.In a survey of 1,000 respondents who have bought a ...
Bryce Miller: MMA fighter … Business owner … Real estate agent … Phil Davis answers to them all
CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Sandwiches are flying at Hungry Hank’s Deli, a local strip-mall staple slathering mustard shoulder to shoulder with a nail salon and Vietnamese restaurant. A laundromat and shoe repair shop sit near enough to breathe in the aromatic goodness.One of the more interesting people you’re likely to meet, co-owner Phil Davis, ambles in. He’s an accomplished mixed-martial artist. He’s also a licensed real estate agent. He has officiated two weddings, including one in Guam. He’s bouncing into his business after spending much of the day home-schooling two children.The man tests the...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Electrostatic spray guns and germ zappers may be coming to a hotel near you
Measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus continue to shift — and so do responses by investors, developers, builders, banks and buyers. To track the impact, we spoke to Ezra Katz, CEO and founder of the Coconut Grove, Fla.-based investment firm Aztec.In 1994, Katz established Mayan Properties, a real estate investment merchant bank and asset management team that invests in existing projects nationwide, including Berkowitz Development Group’s Aventura Commons Shopping Center and TPG’s Marriott Fort Lauderdale North. Mayan has invested in over 60 hotels and continues to hold ownership in...
Meet the secret weapon for fighting the pandemic: Interior architects
Almost exactly 40 years ago, I got my first job in architecture: Not as an underpaid draftsman for some Pritzker Prize-winning architect or as an editorial assistant at a glossy design magazine, but as a lowly office clerk for an interiors and architecture firm in San Francisco.One of my duties was to feed drawings into the blueprint machine. Noxious fumes would emanate from the machine, making my nose wrinkle. After copies of the blueprints came out, I would roll them up and deliver them, on foot, to nearby offices. Such was the state of architectural technology, circa 1980.Yet my grunt work ...
Google proposes new village next to Mountain View tech hubs
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google aims to create a new Mountain View neighborhood of homes, offices, stores, and parks, a project that would dramatically resculpt a large area now dominated by old tech buildings and huge parking lots, the search giant said.Offices, homes, activity hubs, retail, amenity and event centers, and open spaces would be the primary features of Google’s proposed Middlefield Park neighborhood — a marked departure from the small research and office buildings, huge parking lots, no housing, and virtually non-existent open spaces.Mountain View-based Google wants to add well o...
The Mercury News
A decision on a new Sixers arena at Penn's Landing is coming soon
It won’t be long before the Philadelphia 76ers know if their proposal to build a new basketball arena at Penn’s Landing gets a green light.The team’s plan, first reported Wednesday by The Inquirer, came into clearer focus Thursday, as did the timeline for its initial approval. The Delaware River Waterfront Corp., which solicited proposals last year to develop two waterfront parcels, said Thursday that it will choose from the ones it received within the next month, “so that development plans could begin to coordinate with the new park at Penn’s Landing.” That park is scheduled to break ground n...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Seattle mayor approves 'emergency dismantling' of downtown waterfront Pier 58
SEATTLE — Mayor Jenny Durkan has approved the “emergency dismantling” of Seattle’s 50-year-old downtown Pier 58, she announced Friday.The pier between the Seattle Aquarium and the Great Wheel holds up Waterfront Park — a boardwalk space with benches, scenic views and telescopes.Seattle Structural, a private engineering firm, recommends Pier 58 be removed within 90 days, a Durkan news release said. The city already was planning to renovate the pier as part of an overhaul of the entire waterfront after the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct — just not so soon.Seattle closed the park and hired th...
The Seattle Times
Real estate Q&A: My landlord is making it harder to leave lease early. What are my options?
Q: I am moving out of my rental apartment a few months early to move in with my special someone. I gave plenty of notice to my landlord to find a new tenant, and they are not doing anything. Now they are giving me grief about scheduling the moving truck, and I am beginning to regret trying to do it the “right” way. What should I do? — AndresA: It sounds like you are trying your best to make this as easy as you can for your landlord. Instead of trying to work with you to make this early departure better for themselves, your landlord seems to want to punish you a bit for terminating the lease ea...
This project is trying to reverse gentrification by bringing people back to Seattle's Central District
SEATTLE — When Andrese Collins bumps into people he grew up with in the Central District, the conversation always starts the same way: “Where you’d go?”Most of his childhood acquaintances have moved away as Seattle’s historic Black neighborhood has changed and become more expensive — to places like Kent, Everett and Federal Way. Collins and his grandmother relocated to South Seattle when he was in high school, leaving behind the playground where he made friends and the stores where his grandmother liked to shop.“A lot of us have moved south or north,” the 24-year-old said. “That makes it harde...
The Seattle Times
House flippers 'surprisingly unaffected' by COVID-19, but brace for mixed bag in months to come
CHICAGO — Born from the burgeoning real estate market that preceded the Great Recession, flipping homes has become a national fascination over the past two decades. Thrifty bargain hunters scooped up foreclosed or decrepit properties, renovated them and quickly resold for a tidy profit.The good news for those who have made a career out of the practice: It seems, at least for the time being, that house flipping has proven relatively pandemic-proof.“My business has been surprisingly unaffected,” said Andy Goldman, whose family has been in the house-flipping business since the 1980s.In the first ...