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When Nook Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. Luckily, each neighborhood in our regions has its own distinct flavor, and it won’t be hard to find your perfect match. 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.

If you like living in the heart of a city but still want people to know your name, the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego should be on your list. With festivals and community events year round, it is often called the “Historic Heart of San Diego.” And truly, any neighborhood who has a statue commemorating their original

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How does it feel to enter a mid-century modern home? Nook’s resident expert, Elias Tebache, has ideas:

“I believe that a home has to provoke some type of emotion at first sight and has to be functional and that's exactly what these homes are. There is an overwhelming joy when stepping into a mid-century modern home: the open flow, natural light, and just overall function of these homes is something to be desired.”

Maybe it’s because the mental health benefits of letting sunlight into your home have been proven, including better sleep, a more positive outlook on life, help with symptoms of autoimmune diseases, and even lessening of Alzheimer’s syndromes. Most of these result from maintaining a normal circadian rhythm, allowing your body to fall into

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Eichler lived in a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the story goes, and thus his lifelong journey to mid century modernism began. Combining the feeling of indoor and outdoor spaces into his design, Eichlers brought a more airy option to the growing suburban middle class. It is estimated that around 11,000 homes in the Los Angeles and San Francisco region are true Eichlers. Built with materials readily available to everyone post-war, buying an Eichler home could really be seen as an embodiment of the American Dream. With the exposed posts and beams, floor to ceiling windows and skylights, an Eichler means open areas, not boxy rooms, and the spirit of letting the outside into your home.

The architectural style of an Eichler home must have felt like a dream

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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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You may remember how excited we were to introduce 67 New Dawn, a multi-family home for sale in the prestigious Irvine neighborhood of Northwood Pointe.

You may remember it well, in fact, because it sold just four days after going live.

Even with multiple offers on day three, after a broker preview and open house, realtor Todd Bousman knew when the right family walked through the door because the “parents were staring at the soaring two story cathedral ceilings and their kids were already fighting over which room was theirs…”. Todd didn’t want to rush them through the beautiful home, even though he had a hard time choosing his favorite parts, since the Irvine home boasts such intimate spaces and large entertaining areas.

Besides the many

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The city of Irvine began when a Scottish Irish immigrant started ranching and farming for the Gold Rush miners. In 1894, his son expanded the farmland, and more food production meant more community needs, like schools and churches and public services. The original master plan, led by UCI architect William Pereira, constructed a number of townships, or villages, at the same time, keeping all community amenities a short distance away. Very quickly, an affinity for the hybrid Spanish Mediterranean style rose in Irvine, a nod to its rich Spanish history and ideal for the warm California climate. 

Among this beautiful housing style, nestled in Northwood Pointe, visitors are struck by the prestigious gated RoseGate community, surrounded on all sides by

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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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