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“The secret is out,” Nook Realtor David Hernandez says. “Downtown Long Beach is expected to be the next market to see a huge transformation.”

David should know; he's been leading the Long Beach real estate market for years, keeping his eyes on the bubbling renaissance. West Ocean high rises are quickly becoming the ultimate in modern urban luxury, with the relaxing feel of a resort.

That’s why we are so excited to share this new listing at West Ocean Towers with you. Don’t let the location fool you; a commuter can get to Los Angeles in under an hour. With this high rise, working professionals don’t have to sacrifice the peace of mind that living near the ocean brings for proximity to their office.

“This is a great space for a working couple that

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At Nook Real Estate, we’re passionate about real estate - and especially about architecture and design. Our proprietary Search With Style® search solution and app reflect this, letting house hunters look for their next home - for the first time and with unbeatable accuracy - by more than 20 architectural styles.

So, when it came time to create new illustrated icons to represent each of the architectural styles within Nook’s Search With Style, we decided to chase a dream and reach out to renowned illustrator Michael Nÿkamp to see if he’d take on the design challenge. You likely already know Michael’s work - from his noteworthy Mid-Century architectural drawings to his work for Herman Miller, Steelcase and many more - but we thought that, while he’s at

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Unlike the retail stores, we at Nook wait until it is truly Halloween season to start celebrating - and we know that’s your style, too. Because, as you know, at Nook Real Estate we are all about style - including our Search With Style app - which lets you search for a home by more than 20 architectural styles, with accurate, curated results.

And, curation doesn't end with properties at Nook Real Estate! So, please enjoy kicking off the 2016 Holiday Season with this carefully curated Halloween playlist from our family to yours!

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Modernist Vacationing, Nook-Style, with Airbnb

As the dog days of summer approach, it’s time to plan a getaway. When you’re an aficionado of architecture, not just any destination will do. You’re looking for stylish sleeps in a place that piques your interest in art, culture, design, food, fun…or all of the above. A home away from home that gives you a real feeling for a place, where you can live like a local for a week or more.

Dreaming of places near and far, we asked the Nook Curators to find some postcard-perfect homes for our summer stays. And, as luck would have it, Airbnb delivered with a wish list of fab modernist vacation rentals (see link below for the full list).

From a Hollywood Hills hideaway to the best location in Barcelona, from a

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While Nook Real Estate represents buyers and sellers throughout Southern California - and covers the entire Golden State with its groundbreaking Search With Style search platform - we can’t help loving Long Beach. With its central SoCal location, a happening culinary and nightlife scene, museums, arts and culture, Long Beach is a world-class city by the sea.

We recently sat down with Nook’s Long Beach expert, David Hernandez, to get an update on the dynamic and exciting Long Beach real estate market. David is a passionate advocate for - and expert in - urban and vertical living with a focus on city, industrial and loft properties in Downtown Long Beach and Downtown L.A. Here’s why this industry insider thinks that Long Beach should be on your home search

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At Nook Real Estate, we’re all about style. That’s why we invented Search With Style, the first app that lets you search for your next home by architectural style - by more than 20 architectural styles, in fact. While we try not to play favorites, we’ll admit we have a soft spot in our hearts for modern and Spanish styles - which is why we love our new listing at 27571 Vista De Dons in Dana Point’s Capo Beach neighborhood.

While this beach-close home is modern at heart, it artfully melds other styles throughout its 4 bedroom, 3 bath floorplan that spans more than 2,400 square feet. Coastal/island influences complement the contemporary chic ambiance with lush tropical landscaping and the use of rich, dark wood flooring and doors. Brilliant Spanish tiles on

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In an exclusive story, Dwell.com today shared the news that Nook Real Estate's groundbreaking new app - Search With Style - allows house hunters to search for their next home by more than 20 architectural styles with ease and accuracy. Focused on the hottest real estate markets in California, Nook's Search With Style solution for mobile and web, uses proprietary algorithms and innovative coding, plus real-life curators, to ensure that your results are more accurate than ever before. Read the full story and download the app now!

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This is one of our favorite weekends of the year. Not just because summer's started, but because Dwell is in the house, literally and figuratively, for Dwell on Design L.A. and, of course, Home Tours! The Nook Real Estate team is stoked to experience some of the most modern abodes in the City of Angels and to celebrate design with Dwell this Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. We're loving the lineup (see below).

Visit https://la.dwellondesign.com for more information. And, if you're looking for your own modern or contemporary nook in Los Angeles, the

Nook Curators have put together our own lineup of the most fab homes for sale in L.A. - just click below!

Dwell on

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At Nook Real Estate, we’re always on the hunt for the best homes in SoCal. Not just any properties, mind you. We look for “nooks” with unique architecture, unparalleled vibe factor, in the best locations. A bit of history helps, and adaptive reuse takes it up a notch.

Which is why, when Nook’s Downtown LA expert David Hernandez got the inside scoop on The Catalina (www.thecatalina.la) - an incredible adaptive reuse project set to start later this year in DTLA - we had to share.

The Catalina project (completion expected 2018) will bring new life to a beauty of a building that was built in 1923 as the headquarters of the Catalina Swimwear Company. The company commissioned the six-story Neoclassical building from architect William Douglas Lee, who would go on

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It would seem to be, if you follow the logic that, when Shaheen Sadeghi is buying into an area, it’s at least worth a (long, hard) look. The news broke this past week that Sadeghi, the mastermind commercial real estate developer behind The Lab and The Camp in Costa Mesa, and the Anaheim Packing House (in Anaheim, of course) had entered an agreement with the City of Garden Grove to build retail, office, cafe and market space near the Civic Center complex. Working title: The Cottage Industries Project.

According to Garden Grove’s City Manager, the concept is to create a small, mixed-use cottage community. Perhaps the coolest part of the deal, in our eyes, is the adaptive reuse component. Sadeghi’s company, LAB Holding, will be restoring existing residential

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