Study Room: The New Must-Have in City Homes

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Study Room: The New Must-Have in City Homes


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The pandemic has made people rethink their home designs. PHOTO | NMG

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  • From home offices, small gardens around the house or on balconies, a courtyard or terrace where one can have breakfast in the morning or just unwind in the afternoons, and in-house gyms to bunkers and fortified landings, Kenyans now want these additions in future homes.

When Covid-19 pandemic confined Kenyans to their homes, a majority started rethinking their small kitchens, tiny balconies, cluttered bedrooms and just the lack of extra space to comfortably work from.

From home offices, small gardens around the house or on balconies, a courtyard or terrace where one can have breakfast in the morning or just unwind in the afternoons, and in-house gyms to bunkers and fortified landings, Kenyans now

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Hotel Indigo Debuts in the Historic City of Bath

IHG® Hotels & Resorts further expands its boutique footprint with the opening of the highly anticipated Hotel Indigo® Bath. Set in a beautiful honey coloured Georgian terrace built in the 18th century, the 166 room Grade 1 Listed building has hosted famous figures from history including Sir Walter Scott, William Wilberforce, and the Duke of York. Surrounded by culture, Bath is famous for literature, romance, and historic architecture. Also renowned for its ancient Roman baths, the city is home to the only natural thermal hot springs you can use in Britain. Bath is also home to a large collection of museums and galleries and a lively city centre filled with independent shops and restaurants.

Just as no two neighbourhoods are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are alike. Each is designed to uniquely reflect the local culture, character, and history of the surrounding area. Taking its design cues from the

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An Israeli Architect on His Country’s Real Estate Boom, City Life, and Changes Brought on by Covid

Jaffa, Israel-based architect Ilan Pivko founded Pivko Architects in 1981, and has since worked on residential towers, hotels, public buildings, offices, private homes, urban planning and mixed-use complexes—spanning interior design, architecture and product design.

It’s now one of Israel’s leading architecture firms, and their work has been featured in an exhibition at the Israel Museum and in an hour-long documentary from ARTE in France.

Mr. Pivko’s latest project is Port Tel Aviv, an ultra-luxury building on the historic Tel Aviv port that will feature 40 apartments, along with a five-star hotel, which will be delivered at the end of 2022.

More: London Designer Says Art Should Be Focal Point of a Home

Located less than 200 feet from the Mediterranean seafront, the Cubist-inspired, 10-story property features apartments with one- to four-bedroom layouts, two mini-penthouses with private pools, and two five-bedroom penthouses with private rooftop decks and swimming pools. Prices

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See Inside John Lennon’s Former New York City Penthouse

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While New York City real estate listings are constantly teeming with luxury apartments and penthouses, it’s not too often that you come upon the once home of a member of The Beatles. Today, John Lennon’s former 4,000-square-foot NYC penthouse has hit the market for $5.5 million and it’s where some of the musician’s most iconic moments took place.

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john lennon former new york city apartment

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Located at the top of the exclusive Southgate complex at 434 East 52nd Street, the apartment spans three floors and includes an enormous 2,000-square-foot wraparound terrace that can be accessed from every room on the main floor. Not to mention, that the apartment as a whole delivers stunning panoramic views of the city— and even in the days before Instagram, Lennon knew a good backdrop when he saw one.

john lennon former nyc apartment at 434 east 52nd street

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According to the

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Tour Celerie Kemble’s New York City Apartment

“It’s been like this my whole life-I walk into a place and immediately know that my destiny is to live there.”

So it was the first time that Celerie Kemble set foot in the New York apartment she now calls home. The designer had spent the previous few years splitting her time between two apartments; rather than shuttle their kids back and forth, she and her ex-husband took turns staying with them in their family home uptown, and on off weeks, she’d retreat to a pied-à-terre in the West Village. “I wasn’t going to move the kids until I found somewhere I knew they’d love,” Kemble says. “They’re lucky that they’ve grown up in these layered, collected homes—I didn’t want them to see cardboard boxes and drywall.”

After searching hundreds of listings online, she found the one: a three-bedroom rental in Chelsea, with high ceilings, soaring views, and a rooftop

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Buying an Apartment in Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja (Old City)

Would you like to know about a historic district where you can still find apartments at reasonable prices?

It’s Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja (Old City) in Uruguay.

Ciudad Vieja is the original eight-by-14-block site where Montevideo was founded in 1730. Today, it’s one of 62 neighborhoods in a city that’s grown to 1.4 million people.

Despite the passage of time, Ciudad Vieja maintains its historic character, which includes the city’s original plazas and period architecture.

And it’s in Uruguay—the most stable and peaceful country in the region.

In looking around Ciudad Vieja, I find attractive one-bedroom apartments listed for sale between $100,000, and $130,000. This includes apartments in refurbished period buildings and apartments in newer buildings. I also find tempting two-bedroom apartments priced between $130,000 to $160,000.

About Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja

Ciudad Vieja is a mixed-use area. As the city’s historic center, it attracts a crowd of travelers. It’s also a

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Sales of pricey New York City apartments plunge as the suburbs become cool again



a garden in front of a house: Photo of home for sale in Huntington, New York on August 5, 2020. New York City suburbs are seeing a huge increase in real estate demand amid the pandemic. Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday RM via Getty Images


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Photo of home for sale in Huntington, New York on August 5, 2020. New York City suburbs are seeing a huge increase in real estate demand amid the pandemic. Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday RM via Getty Images

  • New York City apartment sales plunged in July, according to a report from the real-estate firm Douglas Elliman.
  • But in neighboring suburbs, home sales are surging as wealthy New Yorkers seek greener pastures. 
  • For Connecticut — which has struggled to rebound even from the last recession — the migration could be a boon for its struggling finances. 
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Only one Manhattan condo sold for more than $10 million in July, according to a new report, as many wealthy New Yorkers continue to flee the city for greener pastures.

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Overall apartment sales fell 57% in July compared to the

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City council to consider requiring masks in designated outdoor zones, apartment and condo common areas



a man and a dog walking on a street: Individuals wearing masks walk in downtown Ottawa on Saturday.


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Individuals wearing masks walk in downtown Ottawa on Saturday.

City council will consider amendments to the mandatory mask bylaw to create designated outdoor “zones” where they must be worn and to cover the common areas of condominium and apartment buildings at its next meeting Wednesday.

A report by Anthony Di Monte, the city’s general manager of emergency and protective services, and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches recommends extending the bylaw aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 until Halloween, “when the patio season is essentially over.”

The temporary mandatory mask bylaw was passed July 15 and had been scheduled to expire Aug. 26.

Bylaw officers issued 167 verbal warnings and one charge for contraventions among 473 service requests about masks as of Aug. 19.

The current bylaw makes masks mandatory for most people in enclosed public spaces such as stores, places of worship, recreational and

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Basic City Beer Company’s new restaurant: The Showroom

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Basic City’s Showroom specializes in small dishes, sandwiches and other small tastings, while serving up Basic City Beer and other wine, cider and soon cocktails. (Photo: Laura Peters/The News Leader)

WAYNESBORO – Opening up a restaurant during COVID-19 wasn’t Bart Lanman’s idea. But, it did give him the opportunity to put the finishing touches and take his time on the new restaurant concept to accompany his brewery, Basic City Beer Company. 

He wanted to elevate what they did at Basic City Beer. 

“We wanted to be able to compliment it with food and cider and soon cocktails,” he said. “For us, it’s a matter of offering something to eat while they enjoy their beer.”

The new spot, which is in the old Metalcrafters showroom, is just up the hill from the brewery. Paying homage to its original tenant, Lanman has dubbed it The Showroom. 

The showroom was 

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Parma newlyweds donate reception food to The City Mission

Still dressed in a wedding gown and tux, Melanie and Tyler Tapajna spent their first few hours as husband and wife serving women and families in crisis.

CLEVELAND — A Parma couple’s wedding day didn’t include the usual reception, DJ and first dance. Instead Tyler and Melanie Tapajna’s said “I Do,” then headed to The City Mission’s Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center to serve women and children experiencing homelessness.

“Why not spread the love,” said bride Melanie Tapajna.  “Seeing everybody happy is making us happy.”

The newlyweds, still dressed in their wedding gown and tux, spent their first few hours as husband and wife in the City Mission’s kitchen dishing out fried chicken, mac and cheese, greens and others items originally intended to be served to guests at their reception.

“We paid for it already so we’re like we might as well donate it,” Tapajna shared just before entering Laura’s

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