‘Game of Thrones’ Queen Lena Headey Lists LA Home for $1.9M

Fresh off her show’s much-anticipated return for Season 7, “Game of Thrones” actress Lena Headey is parting ways with her home in Sherman Oaks.

The 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom mid-century modern house is far from the castles of Westeros Cersei Lannister frequents in the popular HBO series. Reclaimed wood floors are laid out in a herringbone pattern, and the ceiling features prominent exposed wood beams in a charming rustic gray color.

Photos courtesy Todd Johnson of LA Light Photography.

The mid-century modern aesthetic carries throughout the 2,900-square-foot house, with a prominent gold chandelier hanging above the living room space.

Photo courtesy Todd Johnson of LA Light Photography.

An open kitchen features a mirrored backsplash and blue-and-white patterned tile, for a touch of SoCal life.

Photo courtesy Todd Johnson of LA Light Photography.

A child’s playroom opens up to the backyard, where lines of warm lights are strung above a saltwater pool.

Photo courtesy Todd Johnson of LA Light Photography.

And in case you’re wondering how Headey cared for the home’s environment when she’s spending every day on set: She’s installed a low-maintenance vertical garden of succulents and drought-tolerant landscaping, according to the listing.

Photo courtesy Todd Johnson of LA Light Photography.

No word on whether the home — currently listed at $1.945 million — also comes with a knight in shining armor.

Zoe Rudolph of the John Aaroe Group holds the listing.

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6 Millennial Pink Homes Proving This Color Is Here to Stay

If you’ve never heard of Millennial Pink, don’t worry – you aren’t that out of the loop. Though the term was coined last year, it’s been popping up for years, and Pantone’s selection of Rose Quartz as one of its 2016 colors of the year was just a preview of the pink craze to come (yes, there’s a hashtag). Stars from Rihanna to Harry Styles have embraced light pink hues, though it’s more about the vibe than a distinct color, and its popularity goes beyond the 20-something crowd.

Millennial Pink has put rosy-colored homes on the map as well. While painting a house pink is nothing new – several historic, stucco and adobe homes sport the hue – it’s certainly on trend.

Check out these six homes for some Millennial Pink inspiration, and see what all the fuss is about.

Key West, FL

914 Grinnell St, Key West, FL
For sale: $1.43 million

Photo from Zillow listing.

Tropical color schemes are a trademark of Key West design and architecture, as embodied by this delightful revival-style duplex. Bright blue shutters pop against a pale pink exterior with white trim, while the interior bursts with cheerful, vibrant blues, yellows, greens, and – of course – more pink.

Find more homes for sale in Key West.

Montpelier, VT

24-26 Loomis St, Montpelier, VT
For sale: $1.8 million

Photo from Zillow listing.

A former mayor’s home, this restored Victorian is Millennial Pink inside and out. With a whimsical two-tone pink façade and a few light pink rooms in the interior, the bright paint choice is architecturally on point. “We often see a color similar on Victorian homes throughout Vermont,” explains listing agent David Parsons, “and I believe it has a historical precedence.” Because of an increase in the number of pigments available and a reduction in the cost of paint, brightly colored homes became de rigueur in Victorian New England.

Find more homes for sale in Montpelier.

Charleston, SC

18 State St, Charleston, SC 29401
For sale: $1.995 million

Photo from Zillow listing.

This historic home full of Southern charm proves that Millennial Pink is nothing new. Built around 1815, the current owners bought the pink house in 2004 and simply repainted it the same color since it worked so well. “There are many pink houses in Charleston, including one on Rainbow Row which is a block away,” explains listing agent Adam Edwards. “Pink is a longtime popular color because it helps keep the interiors cooler in the hot summer months.” Black shutters and white trim give the house an elegant, refined look.

Find more homes for sale in Charleston.

Seattle, WA

920 Federal Ave E, Seattle, WA
For sale: $1.598 million

Photo from Zillow listing.

For a prime example of a bold Millennial Pink, check out this 4-bedroom, 3,080-square-foot gem close to all the action in Seattle. The exterior is painted a solid shade of warm, earthy pink called “New Pilgrim Red” and is complemented with off-white woodwork in “Navajo White.” “We had seen that on another Colonial Revival house years ago when we were just about to repaint,” owners Clint and Elizabeth Miller recall. “It looked dramatic to us and suggested a New England sort of look.”

Find more homes for sale in Seattle.

Albuquerque, NM

1323 Narcisco Ct NE, Albuquerque, NM
For sale: $430,000

Photo from Zillow listing.

Stucco exteriors are common in the Southwest because they’re durable and – most importantly, for a desert climate – energy efficient. This pink-hued home shows that stucco doesn’t have to be drab. Here, the pink provides a dose of personality while maintaining a neutral, earthy vibe that meshes with the landscape.

Find more homes for sale in Albuquerque.

New Orleans, LA

326 Warrington Dr, New Orleans, LA
For sale: $249,900

Photo from Zillow listing.

New Orleans is no stranger to colorful homes. In fact, this cute, single-story house is subdued in comparison to many in the Big Easy. But that’s part of its appeal – and of the appeal of Millennial Pink in general. It manages to straddle the divide between playful and refined, youthful and classic.

Find more homes for sale in New Orleans.

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from Zillow Porchlight https://www.zillow.com/blog/millennial-pink-homes-219081/

‘Frasier’ Star Kelsey Grammer Says Farewell to Chelsea Home

Perhaps Frasier Crane is heading back to Seattle.

Kelsey Grammer, the six-time Emmy Award winner who portrayed psychiatrist Frasier Crane on the hit TV shows “Frasier” and “Cheers,” has sold his posh Manhattan pad for just under $8 million.

Photos courtesy CORE.

Grammer bought the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom condo in the Chelsea neighborhood in 2010. The home offers unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline, along with 11-foot ceilings. The living room has a fireplace, wet bar and wine fridge. Motorized shades help keep the place cool and west-facing windows frame dramatic sunsets.

Sunset from the home. Photo courtesy CORE.

The building was designed by architect Jean Nouvel and is noted for its dramatic, glassy exterior.

Grammer first put the 3,076-square-foot home on the market last year, asking $9.75 million.

No word on whether the place included a psychiatrist’s couch.

Emily Beare and Daniel Amell of Core carried the listing.

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from Zillow Porchlight https://www.zillow.com/blog/kelsey-grammer-2-218963/

From ‘Sold’ to ‘For Sale’ and Back Again: The 4 Phases of Homeownership

You may live in your home for two years, or you may hunker down for two decades. But no matter how long you call it yours, you’ll likely experience these four key stages of homeownership – from the day you get your keys to the day you hand them off to your home’s new owner.

Read on to learn more about what to expect from each phase.

Phase 1: Excitement … and unpacking

The “sold” sign is posted, your belongings are packed, and the day finally arrives – you get the keys to your new home. You open the front door, and possibilities abound. How will you decorate? Where will that new couch go? Which rooms will the kids choose?

This first phase is all about unpacking, settling in, and getting to know your new home. If you’ve upsized from a smaller home, you may be tempted to jump in and start filling all that extra space.

And while you may be eager to make your mark on your new home’s interior (or exterior), Diana Bohn, a Seattle-based agent with Windermere Real Estate, warns against making extensive changes to a home right after moving in.

“It’s always good to be in your home for a year or so before knocking down any walls,” she explains. “Get your furniture in there, unpack, and see how the home lives. It’s hard to know how the space is going to feel until you’ve been there for a while. Go through all the seasons at least once.”

Phase 2: Home sweet home

It may take you a few months to move into the second phase – or even a few years (we won’t judge if you still have packed boxes gathering dust after a year or two). But this phase is when your house becomes a home, and you start enjoying your everyday life in the space.

You’ve figured out where all your belongings should go, you’ve done the bulk of your decorating, and you’re getting to know your neighbors and a few local hangouts. You’ve likely celebrated the holidays in your home a time or two, welcomed out-of-town guests, and gotten to know (and love?) your home’s unique quirks.

Phase 3: Project time

If the housing market continues its current upward trend, it’s likely that, after even a few years in your home, you’re sitting on some equity. So what should you do with it? Phase 3 is often the time when homeowners can take advantage of equity they’ve gained.

First, if you bought an older home, it may be time to update some of your home’s major systems – think furnace, roof, or windows. Portland, OR-based mortgage broker Lauren Green of Green Family Mortgage recommends researching two options for financing home improvements: home equity lines of credit (HELOC) and cash-out refinances.

“Many people have no idea they can access their home’s equity,” Green says. “They think the only way to take advantage of their home’s increased value is to sell it, but in reality, there are some great ways to access the equity in your home while still living in it.”

Second, after living in your home for a few years, you probably have a better idea of the renovations that would really make your home work for your lifestyle.

“There are lots of reasons why someone may decide to remodel instead of sell and look for a new home,” says Tyler Coke, project manager and business development manager at Marrone & Marrone, a custom home builder and remodeler in the Bay Area. “One thing that appeals to many homeowners is the custom aspect of it. You can design and create exactly the type of space that fits your lifestyle and speaks to how you use your home.”

Phase 4: Moving on

When will you know it’s time to move on? And what will prompt you to move somewhere new?

“Usually, it’s some kind of transition that causes people to sell,” says Bohn. “A new job, a growing family, or downsizing once the kids move out. In big cities, we’re also seeing people moving from more centrally located neighborhoods to farther-flung suburbs, where their money will get them more.”

Whatever your reason for putting your home on the market, the day you sign on the dotted line and close your front door for the last time is likely to be a bittersweet moment. But change can be good, and the next time you buy a home, you’ll be well-versed in all four phases and know just what you’re looking for.

Top photo from Zillow listing.

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from Zillow Porchlight https://www.zillow.com/blog/4-phases-of-homeownership-217977/

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s Former Hollywood Hills Home Is for Sale

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The Southern California home that formerly belonged to the famous singer-and-model duo is on the market – but not for long (if we had to guess).

In 2014, after seven years of ownership, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen unloaded the property for just over asking, within weeks of putting it on the market.

Three years later, the current owner is asking $2.495 million for the celebrity pad; nearly half a million more than they paid.

That price tag nets you a 2,200-square foot, 3-bed, 3-bath home and a state-of-the-art recording studio. Plus, the mid-century modern gem was completely renovated by Legend and Teigen.

While John got a studio designed acoustically for low sound out of the renovation, we imagine food-fanatic Chrissy had a hand in the sleek kitchen with custom basalt counters, teak cabinets and Thermador appliances.

Photos by Adam Latham of Bel Air Photography

Hidden in a quiet cul-de-sac of Hollywood Hills, this home makes it hard to believe you’re still in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Inside the gated yard are tranquil Asian-inspired gardens, fountains and greenery.

With such a beautifully cultivated yard, it’s easy to see why the entire home is designed to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. Off the main living area, a sliding glass door leads directly to the backyard patio with a grill, several lounging areas and a tucked away hot tub. Similarly, the master suite contains two glass doors – one in the bedroom and another in the master bath, which leads to an outdoor soaking tub.

It’s hard to imagine this serene, luxury home lasting much longer than it did the last time it was on the market.

Heather Boyd of Hilton & Hyland holds the listing.

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from Zillow Porchlight https://www.zillow.com/blog/john-legend-former-home-for-sale-218576/

Rehabbing a Home? Be Ready for These 5 Costs

So you want to calculate the price tag on a house rehab, but you have no construction background. How do you go about it?

Understandably, this is a common scenario that holds many people back from flipping houses. It’s also one of the most common questions people ask Tarek and me.

A rehab’s costs involve more than just what you pay your contractor, so ensure you consider them all by dividing them into five categories:

  • Costs of a rehab team
  • Costs of purchase
  • Costs of rehab
  • Costs of ownership
  • Costs of selling

Costs of a rehab team

Build your rehab team before you start a project. This gives you time to thoroughly screen each of your team members. The last thing you need is to hire the wrong home inspector or contractor because you were closing on a deal and crunched for time.

You want qualified people who understand your needs and investing as a business. If you’re wondering what your team should look like, here are the main players:

  • Attorney
  • Lenders
  • Real estate agent
  • Insurance agent
  • Contractor(s)
  • Home inspector

Ask other, more seasoned real estate investors for recommendations. It’s a good way to find solid, trustworthy team members, and most investors will be glad to recommend who they use.

The only possible exception to this is contractors. Good contractors can be hard to come by, and a real estate investor may not be willing to compete with you for their contractor’s time. So, you may be on your own.

If you find yourself in that situation, ask employees at your local lumberyard or hardware store for recommendations. You can also search sites like Craigslist or Angie’s List, but you’ll want to personally vet whomever you choose.

Once you assemble your team members, use their help to get more accurate rehab numbers. It could also be beneficial to enroll in a program for learning the ins and outs of real estate investment, like Success Path.

Costs of purchase

The biggest chunk of this category is probably the money you’ll pay to close on the property. But also included here is any expense you might have incurred while hiring your team members.

There are some other hidden costs here that you might not have thought of, such as flood certificates or various government fees. But in general, your main expenses will likely include the following:

  • Purchase price
  • Home inspection
  • Home appraisal
  • Surveys
  • Lender fees (your bank’s closing costs, appraisal fees, origination costs, etc.)
  • Attorney fees

Costs of rehab

This includes contractor fees, permits, and any work done on the house. It can be difficult to get an accurate number for this category, but there are a few things you can do to get close.

First, pay your contractor to do the walkthrough with you. Get their advice on things that need to be fixed or changed, and get a quote from them.

Or, find a home inspector with construction experience, then ask questions and listen to their input as they inspect the house.

You could also try partnering with another more experienced house flipper so they can teach you the tricks of the trade.

Costs of ownership

These expenses happen while you are in possession of the home. This is a common area overlooked by inexperienced house flippers, so make sure you account for these expenses:

  • Mortgage payments
  • Property taxes
  • Property insurance, including flood insurance, if necessary
  • Utilities
  • Yard upkeep

Costs of selling

It might seem like this category should be all profit. That may be true if you do the job right, but it’s still important to budget for the costs that come with selling a house, like the following:

  • Selling price
  • Real estate commission
  • Home warranty
  • Radon and lead tests, termite inspection, and other tests buyers sometimes request
  • Staging
  • Attorney fees

Get to work building your team today to get the best estimate possible for your house flipping project!

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Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.

from Zillow Porchlight https://www.zillow.com/blog/rehabbing-home-costs-217979/

Alyson Hannigan Lists Her Atlanta Penthouse for $1.395M

Before Alyson Hannigan was Willow Rosenberg on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or Lily Aldrin on “How I Met Your Mother,” she was an Atlantan. The now-famous actress was raised in the Atlanta area following her parents divorce during her early childhood.

The city must have made an impression on young Hannigan, because she went back and scooped up a local 3-bed, 3-bath penthouse in 2014. While the “American Pie” star and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof, only paid $810,000 for it at the time, the listing price is now a sweet $1.349 million.

Inside the nearly 2,500-square-foot unit, dark Brazilian hardwoods contrast nicely against crisp white walls and silver finishes. The real showstopper, however, is a wall of 14-foot windows in the living room that overlook the city.

In both the kitchen and bathrooms, you’ll find a predominately white color scheme, including the cabinets, subway tile, and fixtures. The one notable exception is the master bath’s dark brown cabinets and a similarly shaded countertop.

Photos courtesy of Rea Kelly of Atlanta Fine Homes.

Panoramic skyline views are also available from private terraces that jut off the the living room and at least two of the bedrooms — allowing you to take in all the different angles of the Southern city.

Located in the exclusive White Provision Residences, the home provides building amenities including a lap pool, a fitness center and a guest suite. The price tag for the condo also includes three parking spaces, a separate storage unit, and easy access to nearby retail and restaurants.

Hannigan has stayed out of the limelight recently, and we can see why — we’d be busy enjoying this spectacular penthouse, too.

Rea Kelly of Atlanta Fine Homes holds the listing.

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from Zillow Porchlight https://www.zillow.com/blog/alyson-hannigan-atlanta-218531/