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August 2017

Found 15 blog entries for August 2017.

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 have a number of Nook Neighborhoods whose architectural cultures were formed because of World War II: Haight-Ashbury, Coral Gables in Miami, as well as most Eichler Modern Mid Century homes, to name a few.

It is the First World War, however that made Floral Park into the incredibly picture perfect neighborhood we know and love today. Watch out if you take the Floral Park Neighborhood Association tour, though; home sales

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Zaha Hadid knew her place in the architectural community, in that she had no place. Hadid was her own force, creatively and as a leader of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA). She understood that she “dangled,” in her own words, on the edges of the accepted, of the establishment. “Irrepressible, a force of nature,” is how Patrik Shumacher, senior partner at ZHA, describes her. Hadid was a living force of the very landscapes and shapes she incorporated into her work, completing 55 projects across the globe at the time of her 2016 death of a heart attack. Zaha Hadid Architects had no reason to believe their muse and leader would not be with them many more years, and now have the daunting task of 45 more projects to complete in her name, to ultimately honor her

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Architect Julia Morgan accomplished a lot of firsts in her career. Born on January 20, 1872, to father Charles Bill Morgan and mother Eliza Woodland Parmalee, she was the first and only woman to graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, with a civil engineering degree in 1894. Encouraged by her architecture mentor Bernard Maybeck, she worked to obtain entry at the acclaimed l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The school only admitted the top 30 candidates, and after one failed attempt and a second where her scores were suspiciously arbitrarily lowered, she succeeded on her third try. To make her feat even more impressive, the school had only said they would admit women a couple years earlier in 1897. She completed 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.

Mention Haight Ashbury and one image is likely to rise to the top of everyone’s minds: The 1967 Summer of Love. If you were a bohemian in the 1950s and Venice wasn’t your beat, you probably lived among fellow poets in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. As that area became more popular, people moved to Haight-Ashbury, where they could find decently priced housing among the single-family Victorians turned into

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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.

People warned me that Eagle Rock Brewery wasn’t a normal happy hour venue. If I hadn’t known to look for the bright orange door, I would have thought I was being lead down a dark alley for an ambush. Open that door with a now emblematic “e” on it and you travel to a whole new world, a beer heaven. Teachers gather in the quiet opening hours of 4pm, soon making way for all kinds of regulars: rocket scientists from

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The Bay Area Rapid Transit, commonly referred to as BART, was conceived and built not just to handle the post WWII population boom and its resulting cars, but also to make riding public transit as tempting as driving in luxury. To drum up support for the venture, BART displayed train cars at high traffic areas around its target cities in 1965. People could walk around and inside them, getting a taste of the “serene futurism” their design portrayed, a term coined years later by the San Francisco Chronicle Architecture Critic John King.

It tooks years of planning, then re-planning when San Mateo County dropped out of the plan, which caused Marin County to reconsider and leave the transit alliance as well. What began as meetings between citizens and civic

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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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