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Spread Sheet asked real-estate listings company Zillow to analyze 14 enthusiastic adjectives like “amazing,” “beautiful” and “fabulous” in home listings going back to 2007. The findings: For homes priced at $1 million or higher, overall hype is up more than 58% from five years ago.

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Artspace, the Twin Cities-based organization, has pioneered what sounds like the ultimate niche idea: It’s a nonprofit real estate developer for artists. Its flagship project, the Northern Warehouse in the Lowertown district of St. Paul, Minnesota, has been housing artists for more than 20 years in the heart of a neighborhood that’s undergone vast transformation.

This is a promising subject, but the article is very disappointing. Check out the ending. Is it possible to load more caveats into something posing a conclusion? I guess it might be. 

One mighthope that its permanent presence might keep some of the neighborhood’s character intact, regardless of whatever else happens. If that’s the case, the Northern Warehouse model suggests that it’s possible to break the SoHo effect but still leverage the urban pioneering instinct of artists. Artspace doesn’t prove that artists can power the economy of whole cities. Its success— born out of an intricate model that emphasizes the long-term stability of an arts community — hardly translates to a blanket endorsement of the equation that artists = urban prosperity. But it seems to be doing something pretty effective in the Twin Cities.

Uh huh. Or on the other hand: MAYBE NOT!

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Location: Savannah, Ga.Price: $5,250,000The Skinny: Situated right at the head of Savannah’s famed Forsyth Park, this urban mansion is one of the best examples of historic restoration available in America today. Built in 1857 for lawyer and Confederate general William F. Brantley—who, by the way, was later murdered in a family feud—the 9,700-square-foot manse was renovated over two years, starting in 2007. Tastefully updated and immaculately presented, the five-bedroom, seven-bath home is nearly perfect, save for the overwrought kitchen and the over-the-top master bath. Still, the brilliant parlor and the broad park-view porches make up for those small missteps and help to justify the $5.25M price tag, a $3.325M price hike since the last time the place sold, prior to the renovation, back in 2005.

(via Magnificent Savannah Mansion Suffers From a Few Missteps - House of the Day - Curbed National)

Location: Savannah, Ga.
Price: $5,250,000
The Skinny: Situated right at the head of Savannah’s famed Forsyth Park, this urban mansion is one of the best examples of historic restoration available in America today. Built in 1857 for lawyer and Confederate general William F. Brantley—who, by the way, was later murdered in a family feud—the 9,700-square-foot manse was renovated over two years, starting in 2007. Tastefully updated and immaculately presented, the five-bedroom, seven-bath home is nearly perfect, save for the overwrought kitchen and the over-the-top master bath. Still, the brilliant parlor and the broad park-view porches make up for those small missteps and help to justify the $5.25M price tag, a $3.325M price hike since the last time the place sold, prior to the renovation, back in 2005.

(via Magnificent Savannah Mansion Suffers From a Few Missteps - House of the Day - Curbed National)

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The alleged law would forbid making up silly new neighborhoods.

Is this another form of architecture fiction??