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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.

George Merrick would beam with pride at how his dream of Coral Gables thrives today. Returning to Miami in the 1890s after his father passed away, Merrick looked over the grapefruit groves and citrus plantation and saw a future community in the Garden City style. This design was meant as an alternative for the working class, so they didn’t have to choose between farms or quickly overcrowding cities. They could enjoy planned

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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.

Some Instagram accounts are all about food, or kids, or lounging on exotic beaches to make your followers jealous. Some are about selling products and others capture the treasures you find on a good walk. Some brands found their niche early, using the image based storytelling to expand their brand and not just publicize it; National Geographic’s feed is a great example of this.

Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde uses

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I don’t know how I lived in Los Angeles so long without ever going to The Hollywood Bowl. Maybe I just spent too much time in Bowl traffic to be interested. Then my friend invited me to watch The Looney Tunes played with a live orchestra.

Wait, that's a thing? “The Rabbit of Seville,” one of the hands down best animated shorts ever created, could be watched on a large screen, while hearing the opera music live? That's when I actually looked at the programming for “The Bowl,” as the locals call it. A Sound of Music sing-a-long? Raiders of the Lost Ark with the LA Philharmonic playing that unforgettable score by John Williams? How did I miss all this?

Everything at The Bowl centers around music, and only the best. Popular stars like Yo Yo Ma grace the

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Imagine: you’re sipping coffee on a Sunday. You pop onto the Nook Search With Style® app to see what new craftsman or mid-century modern homes are on sale. You pinpoint your search to your favorite neighborhoods with the highest Walk Score before noticing….two of your saved homes have Open Houses today...both close to that cute new lunch place? Your plans for the day - and maybe your home search - just changed over a cup of coffee.

No one but Nook delivers that experience, literally to your hand.

"The new Nook app isn't just for real estate, it's a lifestyle app,” says our EVP of Marketing Derek May. “It's more than ‘Search for x beds x baths max price, city’ - it's much more thoughtful than that."

Out of the gate, Search With Style was a

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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.

I'm gonna talk about a place

That's got a hold on me,

Mill Valley

There really is something special, a lingering feeling of peace to anyone who visits Mill Valley. Sitting right at the bottom of Mount Tamalpais, the small town has held the honor of being one of the safest cities in the United States for years. With its eclectic history and emphasis on culture, Mill Valley is a true gem just a half hour drive from San

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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.

It’s easy to gush over an architect like Frank Lloyd Wright, or Joseph Eichler, or any one of those personalities who we collectively understand to be in the most influential crowd. How are contemporary architects to be judged, or evaluated? We certainly point to the visionaries like Ma Yansong, for his body of work isn’t even limited to this planet.

What of the more subtle influencers in a nook? What if your

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“Art Deco reflects confidence, vigor and optimism by using symbols of progress, speed and power.”

-Robert McGregor of the Art Deco Trust in New Zealand

 

It’s not a trick of the mind when the term Art Deco conjures images of skyscrapers, fashion, theatre designs, jewelry, movie theaters, radios, and even ocean liners. From post World War I through the Great Depression, the glamour of Art Deco expressed a trust and hope in social progress. It wasn’t just an architectural style; Art Deco became a movement towards appreciating the lavish and luxurious in life. It was considered so fashionable that the style even extended onto book covers, with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s publisher commissioning the artist Francis Cugat for the famous cover of his classic

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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 enjoy being involved in your immediate community, within one of the most LGBTQ-friendly neighborhoods in San Diego? Then you should peek at Hillcrest, where an urban lifestyle and small town feel can be found mere minutes from each other.

In the 1870s, the land that would become known as Hillcrest was passed from Mary Kearney, to real estate developers Arnold and Choate, before railroad tycoon George Hill purchased

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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.

Ma Yansong is the Founder and Principal Partner of a company in China called MAD Architects. That name alone is intriguing.

It was the almost completed Chaoyang Park Plaza that caught my eye at first, and not just because I’ll be visiting Beijing in the future. I’ve read, seen and written about designs meant to evoke nature, to reflect on their elemental surroundings and draw inspiration from them. The stark

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The Craftsman, or Arts and Crafts Movement, began as a reaction to the industrial age and Victorian homes of the era . In Europe, they strove to bring attention back to the detail that only hand crafted design brings; in America, they had larger plans. The simple structures adorned with such precise decorative arts and living in harmony with their natural environments would assure the middle class that they too were worthy of such beautiful homes.

One famous designer of this movement was David Owen Dryden, who ushered the craftsman style bungalows into San Diego’s Balboa Park. Dryden’s opportunity came when large scale homes and commercial buildings dominated the more well-known architects of the region around 1911-1912. His homes typified the Arts and

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