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This week I got to visit one of Montecito’s most gorgeous mansions. The original structure was built in the 1900s and reflects the charm of that era. As you walk towards the property, a grand staircase, towering trees and a huge fountain greet you. The fountain looks tiny in the photo above, but believe me, it’s huge. The main house was originally the music pavilion and ballroom of the famous Arcady Estate. I felt the history, serenity and elegance as I walked through each room and toured the grounds. Check out the list for more photos and details. This property is offered by Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group for $22.5 million and is currently Wall Street Magazine. This is special.


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I was in Chicago last week and I promised you all photos if I found anything worth sharing. Well I did. The big news was the spring weather and photogenic scenery everywhere I went. Okay, okay, it was moist and sometimes a bit toasty-red, but mostly it was excellent. I took an architectural tour on the river and while its history and variety of building styles were fascinating, the clouds reflecting against the skyscrapers to the right and left as they descended the river were the highlight of the game.


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I went to the suburbs one morning when my friend Meghan picked me up for breakfast at the Intercontinental in Andersonville. We were told that although these neighborhoods have different names and a very different feel to the miraculous mile, we are still in Chicago. I took a photo of this house for sale as I was walking down the tree-lined street so I could research it later. 1531 West Norwood Street is a three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom brick beauty on a large plot built in 1925 with many original built-ins and details. It was listed for $625,000, a pending sale after 35 days on the market. Even in lucrative Chicago, the housing market appears to be hot as your dollar goes further.


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Here at home, we enjoy the mild summer weather with beach days, courthouse and concert nights, and outdoor dining as much as we can get. Our lives revolve around the great outdoors, and our homes reflect this lifestyle. In this week’s issue, Keith Hamm brings us a collection of indoor/outdoor dining areas from custom homes built by local builders Giffin & Crane. Pull up a patio chair, put on your shades and enjoy.


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Even if you don’t have open space, this article Washington Post‘s at home The blog offers tons of ideas for garden-inspired interior decor. From floral prints to houseplants to hobbies that bring a naturalistic vibe – taxidermy, anyone? – plenty of ideas (and full of plants!) to help you bring the outside in.


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Visit this home for a real-life example of how you can seamlessly blend indoor living with your outdoor lifestyle. From almost every room, French doors open onto beautiful grounds and showcase stunning mountain views. 207 Eucalyptus Hill Drive is listed by Cristal Clarke for $7,975,000 and is open to the public from 3pm today.

Whether you’re dreaming of a different place or having fun in your own backyard, enjoy this week. Independent Pop out for a spin to find out all the local news and happenings. Enjoy!

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