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Halloween in Los Angeles combines two of our favorite things: getting spooked and awesome architecture. I certainly hope that you put The Last Spookstore’s October 21 on your calendar after our write-up, and there is even more. In L.A., you can find numerous warehouses that become pop up haunts in addition to the established haunted houses (and Queen Mary) around town. Today I want to bring you a selection of the offerings to scare yourself silly and indulge in some architectural past-times.

  • Los Angeles has a long, yet still young, history of development. If most of your West Coast history comes from the mission project in grade school or Disney’s Zorro, you may need a trip to Heritage Square Museum. Now, we know that Victorians make the best
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When Nook Sales Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. That’s why we’re bringing you the #NookNeighborhoods series, where every Wednesday you’ll find cool history and culture to make sure you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.

The Mission District is San Francisco, especially for those who want a car-free life to enjoy great views of The Bay. If you crave a place where you move between a cafe where a radio show is recording before wolfing down the authentic tacquerias next door, you must see this neighborhood. The Mission District is the core of what everyone views as The Bay Area lifestyle, tempting all who fall in love with it to make it their

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Here at Nook, we have a passion for people, places and properties. Welcome to #TastemakerTuesday, where we’ll feature the visionaries in our favorite nooks who are dedicated to building a better community through their talents.

“In our 100 year old building, there are fissures, doorways to other times and faraway places. We have tried to protect you, our dear guests, by obscuring these dangerous portals with a labyrinth - to keep you here - and Others out. But certain times of the year, the building groans under forces older and deeper than us.”

When I heard that The Last Bookstore was hosting an immersive Halloween party to benefit the Downtown Women’s Center, I knew it would be top of my holiday list. The Last Spookstore will have lush

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Picture a haunted house.

You probably see an asymmetrical facade, three stories of brick with a pointed attic, and that steeply pitched roof, accented by a prominent tower. It looks great from all sides, but specifically a camera angle very low to the ground. Thunderstorms only highlight the gorgeous features: the window shutters and framing along with decorative details give such a stately structure its distinct personality. All those windows are ripe for spirits hiding behind each flowing curtain, slipping in and out of the shadows with a simple lightning strike.

You probably see a Victorian.

To be more specific, you picture a house built in the Victorian era (1837-1901). We use the term “Victorian” to describe many styles of architecture that

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When Nook Sales Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. That’s why we’re bringing you the #NookNeighborhoods series, where every Wednesday you’ll find cool history and culture to make sure you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.

We can’t contain our excitement over Mid-Century homes here at Nook, so Modernism Week tickles us right in those gorgeous architectural styles upon which we’re building our name. It only makes sense that such a hallowed event in architecture takes place in the greater Palm Springs area, where the greatest collection and celebration of the Mid-Century style resides.

Between early pioneers, distinguished architects, and

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Here at Nook, we have a passion for people, places and properties. There is a reason that we say people first, for what makes a neighborhood special if not the people who live there? Welcome to #TastemakerTuesday, where we’ll feature the visionaries in our favorite nooks who are dedicated to building a better community through their talents.

Even though we’re still deep in the Oktoberfest spirit here at Nook, we understand that it’s hard to cram all the Bavarian festivities into your fall schedule. If you only have time for one good meal, let us guide you to the best locations in our favorite Nook Neighborhoods. Yes, we are taking Tastemaker Tuesday literally today!

Bay Area:

Brotzeit Lokal (translated to “snack pub”) does what Oakland does best:

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When Nook Sales Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. That’s why we’re bringing you the #NookNeighborhoods series, where every Wednesday you’ll find cool history and culture to make sure you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.

Do you want to live on the cutting edge of artistry and makerspaces? Do you trek out to Burning Man every year without fail? Are you one of the people who gets invited to test apps still in beta? Do you prefer corner stores with local flavor versus large chains? Or enjoy an incredible city that holds almost anything you can want, in one of its many diverse nooks?

Take a close look at Oakland. Pixar in nearby Emeryville was

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We really need to thank Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen for getting married back in 1810. The horse races and celebration that accompanied their union are the origins of what we now know as the tastiest month of the year: Oktoberfest. The City of Munich now hosts an Oktoberfest all month long, with individual beer tents that house the country’s greatest breweries, and all marking a special company tradition.

In California, we have no lack of real German restaurants, but there is something special about the immersive phenomenon that is a great Oktoberfest tradition. Here are some fast looks at just a few of the offerings.

  • Old World Huntington Beach: Through Oct. 29. You can’t think of Oktoberfest in SoCal

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Here at Nook, we have a passion for people, places and properties. There is a reason that we say people first, for what makes a neighborhood special if not the people who live there? Welcome to #TastemakerTuesday, where we’ll feature the visionaries in our favorite nooks who are dedicated to building a better community through their talents.

How do you begin to describe Werner Sobek’s impact on the landscapes of so many major cities, or his influence on the green building movement? With a philosophy that seeks to merge architecture, engineering, and sustainable materials, Sobek and his international team revolutionize every project they undertake, turning practical and environmental concerns into stunning solutions. The striking structural engineering

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“I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found.” -John Muir

Have you ever felt blocked, stuck, or otherwise just not productive during your day? How many times have you heard someone say “I just need some fresh air?” Taking a walk is a cliche when you need to clear your mind; it’s also proven that more recess time is beneficial to a developing child’s mind. There are even movements for forest schools popping up all around the United States, where learning all takes place in the outdoors, no matter the weather.

Open, public spaces are so key to maintaining healthy lives that downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, and other cities create “parklets,” where a parking space by the curb is given a

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