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Buying vintage

Posted: March 25th, 2016 | Columns, Homes & Garden, Top Story | No Comments

What to look for in an old house

By Michael Good | HouseCalls

No one wants to say the housing market is hot, because that might lead to talk of it being overheated, which could lead to use of the word “bubble.”

As the Los Angeles Times put it last weekend, “If we had to pick a single word other than ‘hot’ to describe the Southern California housing market, we’d have to go with ‘active.’ Sellers and buyers are in a hurry-up mode, homes are moving quickly and the urgency in the real estate marketplace is fueling full-price offers and overbidding.” (Prices in the above-$500,000 range are up 15 percent over a year ago.)

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A dream of a house

Posted: January 29th, 2016 | Columns, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle, Top Story | No Comments

Colonial Revival represents American values of persistence and respectability

By Michael Good | House Calls

As 20th-century house styles go, Colonial Revival is as American as apple pie. Colonial is America’s first house style — the chosen abode of George Washington and the founding fathers. It’s the go-to style whenever the country is in doubt, under threat, or just feeling patriotic.

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Buy small, build big, hold for the return

Posted: January 15th, 2016 | Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | 3 Comments

By Eric Domeier There is a class of real estate investor who, with relatively modest financial leverage, seeks to capitalize on San Diego’s perpetual growth. Not a mass-scale developer, these individuals may want to consider a one- or two-parcel project with a 10-year vision. While not an easy course, small-project real estate development can still be a source of sustainable family wealth. And in our area, City Heights has the greatest potential.

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A Modern story

Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | 1 Comment

The last hope for humanity: the Mid-Century house? By Michael Good | HouseCalls Some things — usually the wrong things — tend to stick in one’s mind. In the early 1980s, my college poetry professor said in passing that the 1960s were the last flowering of mankind. This was in a class about the drug-fueled literature of an earlier era, the 18th century pleasure-palace poetics of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (“It was a miracle of rare […]

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‘Machine for living’

Posted: December 18th, 2015 | Featured, Homes & Garden | 1 Comment

A crash course in architectural criticism By Eric Domeier There are really just two things you need to know to be an architectural critic: Art is a metaphor. And architecture is an art (not to be confused with a building, which is just four walls and a roof). A metaphor is an idea that is assigned to an inanimate object. Anthropologists say that Homo sapiens have an innate ability to assign meaning to inanimate objects. […]

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Life in the fun zone

Posted: December 4th, 2015 | Balboa Park, Columns, Featured, Homes & Garden | No Comments

In the spirit of the 1915 Panama California Exposition, the people again take over Balboa Park By Michael Good | HouseCalls San Diego’s greatest achievement of the last 100 years took place about 99 years and 11 months ago when the Panama California Exposition opened on Jan. 1, 1915. We’ve been trying to do something as big and do it as well ever since.

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Small in size, big in character

Posted: October 9th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | 1 Comment

The modest bungalow is often overlooked by historic house hunters By Michael Good | HouseCalls It’s a familiar refrain, repeated by house hunters as they scour the former streetcar suburbs of San Diego: All the good houses are gone! The classic Craftsman. The spectacular Spanish. The completely intact, perfectly preserved Arts and Crafts masterpiece. Snapped up! Off the market! And don’t even get them started on the flippers.

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