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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 so you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.

We are very fortunate to have excellent Orange County Experts on our Nook team, who all belief in the beauty and unique qualities of their favorite areas. One fun and often misunderstood neighborhood is Downtown Santa Ana. You may know about the many community events  -- whether family friendly, dog-friendly, or a cultural night out -- and you may be aware of the historical significance of housing California’s oldest courthouse. But do

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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.

Today we take the word “Tastemaker” quite literally. In honor of California Winery Month -- and thank you to the California Wine Institute and Visit California for creating this month -- so we’ll highlight some key tastes coming out of California grapes. The San Diego County Vintners Association says that San Diego is “where wine began,” so why not start there?

I admit that I clicked on The Accidental Wine

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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.

Sofia Joelsson grew up in a small town in Sweden, working as an actress, model and winning the title of Miss Sweden before relocating to Miami to pursue her love of design. Joelsson’s international experience and eye for the perfect materials propelled her design firm to the heights of sophistication; they often serve clients in not only her new hometown of Miami, but also Monte Carlo, Manhattan, Dallas, New York

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We already sang the praises of the very unique Mill Valley, California. In that Nook Neighborhood piece, we barely scratched the surface of the cool arts and culture scene that still exists today. Besides live music and visual arts, Mill Valley is home to one of the West Coast pioneers of new plays: The Marin Theatre Company.

In 1966, the Mayor of Mill Valley formed its first Arts Commission with Sali Lieberman as its leader. Two years later, they incorporated the Mill Valley Center for the Performing Arts (MVCPA), an all arts-inclusive producing company, before focusing on live theatre in 1977 and officially changing its name to Marin Theatre Company in 1984.

Here are some fun facts about the theater community that has brought so many local artists

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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.

When you’re running late in Los Angeles, you usually say that you’re “twenty minutes away.” A seasoned Angeleno understands that they shouldn’t wait for you, but will see you at some point. If you live in Sherman Oaks, however, you actually could be just twenty minutes away from almost anywhere (depending on the traffic gods, of course).

Sherman Oaks sits right where the 101 and the 405 intersect, close to all those

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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.

I’d walked by Heartbeat House for years before venturing inside the welcoming lobby hall to my first yoga class. Kumbi Butler was handing off her then-small baby to a friend to watch while she taught a beginner yoga class. We’d met perhaps once before that day, and Kumbi remembered me and my reservations with the yoga scene. As a very infrequent yoga practitioner, I just had to be sure that any teacher I had would

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In 1868, the private College of California merged with the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland, and the University of California, Berkeley was born. It began with a mere 40 students and 10 teachers, growing to over 1,500 full time faculty serving 27,000 undergraduates. Who knew the sort of legends that would grow out of the first of the University of California system, now the top public university in the United States?

As with many stories told through many years, this leading research institute carries in its campus many mythologies and trivia. We dug into its history to deliver the fast facts that you never knew about UC Berkeley! It’s up to you to decide if they’re true or not.

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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 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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