‘Downton Shabby’: A Commoner Takes on an English Castle

People who search genealogy websites often find birth and marriage records, newspaper clippings, faded photographs or maybe a long-lost relative.

Hopwood DePree found a 60-room English manor.

As a child growing up in Holland, Mich., in the 1970s, Mr. DePree was transfixed when his beloved maternal grandfather, Pap, a history buff, told him about a huge slice of rolling land across the ocean where his forebears had a grand house called Hopwood Castle.

YouTube channel, posting videos for friends and supporters to chart the progress of the restoration. He also wrote a one-man show about his travails and triumphs, and toured it at comedy festivals around the country.

The price tag for the home improvement is $13 million, with annual operating costs estimated at $800,000, Mr. DePree said. Proceeds from his show have been contributed to the cause; a chunk of the royalties from his book will go toward it, too.

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L.A. Advocates March Against Criminalization of the Homeless: ‘Sweepless Summer 2022’

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Advocates from Housing Is A Human Right (HHR), the housing advocacy division of AHF, will take part in “Sweepless Summer 2022,” (LA March Against Criminalization of the Homeless Friday, June 17th starting at 10:00 a.m. from historic Olvera Street across from Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles (845 Alameda St, 90012). The march—which will proceed to the Federal Building (300 N. Los Angeles Street, 90012)—is part of a national action against unjust clearing of encampments in DC and cities across the country and is being held in solidarity with the National Poor People’s Campaign and National Coalition for the Homeless events that will be taking place in Washington, DC this weekend.

What:

MARCH AGAINST CRIMINALIZATION of the HOMELESS and in SOLIDARITY with the National Poor People’s Campaign and National Coalition for the Homeless events taking place in Washington, DC this weekend.

 

 

When:

L.A. March: Friday, June 17, 2022 – starts @ 10:00 a.m. (meet @ Olvera Street)

 

NOTE: March should take approx. ½ to 1 hour from start to finish

 

 

Where:

Starts: Olvera Street (across from Union Station)

 

845 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90012

 

Marching to: Los Angeles Federal Building

 

300 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

March Media Contact for AHF: Eduardo Martinez, Eduardo.martinez@ahf.org 323. 535.8511 c

Housing Is A Human Right will also use the events in Los Angeles and Washington to announce and celebrate its new partnership with National Coalition for the Homeless, which will include co-locating NCH’s West Coast headquarters at HHR’s Hollywood offices, collaboration on projects and strategies to reduce homelessness and increase the supply of permanent housing for the unhoused.

“Housing Is A Human Right is excited to provide a growing presence in Los Angeles for the incredible work of the National Coalition for the Homeless!” said Susie Shannon, Policy Director for Housing Is A Human Right. “Our organizations have collectively fought for the rights of our unhoused community and for permanent housing. Together we will be a formidable force in promoting real solutions to homelessness.”

“National Coalition for the Homeless is excited to open an office in Los Angeles. – the homeless capital of the United States – in partnership with Housing is a Human Right. NCH and HHR have shared goals in ending and preventing homelessness and finding real solutions through a Housing First approach,” stated Don Whitehead, National Executive Director of NCH. “We look forward to expanding our coalition throughout the State of California.”

AHF’s Los Angeles Domestic Advocacy team will provide the hand-made posters, banner, and about a dozen or more mobilizers for the march. Drinking water will be provided for everyone. Some of the signs and slogans will include the following:

  • Homelessness is not a Crime
  • Houses not Handcuffs
  • Sweeps Don’t Solve Homelessness
  • NO to Sweeps – YES to Housing
  • Permanent Housing Now
  • Stop the Sweeps

For more information on Housing Is A Human Right (HHR), click here, and follow HHR on:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/housinghumanright/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/housinghumanrt

For information on the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), click here, and follow NCH on:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/NationalCoalitionfortheHomeless

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Instant Reaction: Mortgage Rates, June 16, 2022

Mortgage rates surged to their highest level since 2008, after the Fed’s rate hike. According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 5.78% from 5.23% the previous week.

These rising mortgage rates hurt affordability and decrease the purchasing power of many buyers. In addition to increasing the amount buyers will pay to borrow for their mortgage, higher interest rates lower their purchasing power since a larger portion of their monthly payment will be put toward interest. This means that buyers can afford fewer houses than they could at the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, if buyers want to pay the same monthly mortgage payment as at the beginning of the year, when rates were about 2.5 percentage points lower, they will need to look for a lower-priced home. Put simply, a higher mortgage rate now means a lower price tag. Specifically, buyers can afford to buy 25% less expensive homes than at the beginning of the year. For instance, the typical buyer could afford to buy a home for $360,000 with a $1,400 monthly payment at the beginning of 2022. However, current buyers can afford to buy homes of $270,000 with a $1,400 monthly payment. Nevertheless, home prices continue to rise significantly, making it even more difficult to find homes at this price level.

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La première de cinq œuvres architecturales à The Case, l’unique nouvelle résidence gardiennée de Malibu depuis des décennies, est mise en vente pour 69,995 millions USD

MALIBU, Californie–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Après plus d’une décennie d’approbations, de conception et de construction, Scott Gillen, l’architecte d’intérieur visionnaire, créateur et fondateur d’Unvarnished, a mis en vente la première de cinq propriétés d’une résidence privée de 24 acres appelée The Case. Première résidence gardiennée construite à Malibu depuis des décennies, The Case est composée de cinq propriétés spectaculaires, inspirées du style moderne du milieu du siècle et perchées au-dessus de The Colony sur le promontoire en bord de mer le plus convoité de Malibu, et représente le plus vaste développement résidentiel privé de son histoire. The Edge, sur le marché pour 69,995 millions USD, sera la première propriété terminée au sein de la résidence et sera livrée clés en main, offrant à son acheteur la gratification instantanée d’un luxe sans précédent et de la perfection du design à façon. Les cinq domiciles sur mesure sont actuellement en cours de construction, les propriétés restantes devant être entièrement terminées au cours de l’année.

« The Case est mon projet le plus vaste et le plus épique à ce jour. L’opportunité de créer une résidence de cinq propriétés sur l’un des meilleurs, sinon le meilleur, promontoire de la côte californienne, était quelque chose que je ne pouvais pas refuser. En toute franchise, dix minutes après avoir mis les pieds sur la propriété, je savais déjà que je l’achèterais », a déclaré Scott Gillen, le fondateur d’Unvarnished. « L’ampleur de la propriété et la capacité de construire 10 000 à 12 000 pieds carrés de maisons de plain-pied m’ont posé des difficultés immenses mais m’ont aussi donné des opportunités incroyables de faire franchir un nouveau palier à mes principes de design fondamentaux : l’utilisation de matériaux chaleureux, un clin d’œil aux espaces modernes, larges et ouverts du milieu du siècle, beaucoup de lumière naturelle et un brouillage des lignes entre les intérieurs et les extérieurs, qui sont aussi les principes de l’architecture moderne du milieu du siècle. Aussi était-il tout à fait naturel que mes conceptions pour The Edge et les autres propriétés de The Case, s’inspirent énormément de l’architecture moderne du milieu du siècle, et que j’y incorpore ensuite les techniques de construction et d’ameublement, dont la qualité est rarement, si jamais, présente dans les nouveaux développements, pour créer une expérience unique d’une vie luxueuse sur la côte de Malibu, un endroit unique à nul autre pareil au monde. Je suis très fier de ce que The Edge est devenue et je suis extrêmement impatient de la mettre sur le marché. »

La propriété de 2,6 acres, offrant des vues cinématographiques du Queen’s necklace, de Palos Verdes à Point Dume, incarne l’essence même d’une vie de luxe décontractée. Couvrant environ 10 500 pieds carrés, la maison de plain-pied propose cinq chambres avec salle d’eau et trois cabinets de toilette, et comprend une cuisine de chef Bulthaup, une vaste grande salle, une suite parentale avec spa extérieur, et des portes en verre du sol au plafond qui s’ouvrent sur une terrasse en ipé de 10 000 pieds carrés avec cabanon et cuisine extérieure.

The Edge, baptisée ainsi pour sa superbe piscine d’eau douce à débordement sur deux côtés de près de 80 pieds qui jaillit comme un plongeoir sur l’océan Pacifique, avec la célèbre île de Catalina au loin, est inspirée du point de vue architectural par les géants du style moderne du milieu du siècle que sont Lloyd Wright, Neutra, Lautner et Quincy Jones pour n’en citer que quelques-uns. La magnifique propriété inclut également un ameublement personnalisé soigneusement sélectionné par MM. Minotti et Gillen, des appareils Miele et Gaggenau, des armoires sur mesure, une chambre à vin en teck d’une capacité de 650 bouteilles, une bibliothèque privée close en verre et en teck, et un cinéma maison qui est en fait une salle « flottant » dans une autre salle pour offrir l’expérience de cinéma à la maison ultime.

The Case est le joyau de la couronne de la série visionnaire de Malibu de Scott Gillen, où chaque maison est un sanctuaire en soi. Derrière son portail surveillé par des gardes 24h/24 et ses fonctionnalités de sécurité conçues par le célèbre expert international de la sécurité Gavin de Becker, les résidents de The Case vivront avec une tranquillité d’esprit et une intimité ultimes.

The Case est composée de cinq maisons modernes du milieu du siècle distinctes : The Cantilever House (étude de cas n°1), The Butterfly House (étude de cas n°2), The Edge (étude de cas n°3), The Flat House (étude de cas n°4) et The Glass Tunnel (étude de cas n°5).

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter le site www.unvarnishedco.com ou contactez l’agent immobilier Sandro Dazzan de The Agency.

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Dog Owners Want More Space. Here’s Where They’re Finding It.

Pet ownership has soared in the pandemic, and those new pets are affecting housing decisions for owners looking to relocate, a recent analysis shows.

The analysis, a collaboration between the real estate marketplace Zillow and the pet-service firm Rover, found that many dog owners were looking for areas that were better suited to their pets’ needs. To compile a list of the fastest-growing, dog-friendly locales in the United States, the companies analyzed dog accounts added to Rover’s database from June 2021 to March 2022, and combined those with views of single-family home rentals identified as “pet friendly” from March 2021 to March 2022 on Zillow.

The list comprises midsize cities and suburbs, a sign that pet owners are not finding adequate accommodations in big cities, said Kate Jaffe, a trends expert at Rover. Topping the list was Antioch, Tenn., a neighborhood in south Nashville anchored by a creekside park. It was followed by Baltimore; Alexandria, Va.; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; Kansas City, Kan.; Cumming, Ga.; Bellevue, Wash.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Charleston, S.C.

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Instant Reaction: Interest Rates, June 15, 2022

Today’s announcement by the Federal Reserve set a big increase in interest rates and means several more rounds of rate hikes are on the way in upcoming months. So far, the short-term fed funds rate that the Fed directly controls has risen by 175 basis points. But the 30-year fixed rate mortgage has risen even more – by nearly 300 basis points. On the same $300,000 mortgage, the monthly payment has risen from $1265 in December to $1800 today. That’s painful and, consequently, will shrink the buyer pool.

Home sales have recently been trending down towards 2019 figures. Sales could fall even further with some inventory sitting on the market for more than a month like in the pre-pandemic days. Pricing a listed home properly will, therefore, be the key to attracting buyers. In the meantime, rental demand will strengthen along with rents. Only when consumer price inflation tops out and starts to fall will mortgage rates stabilize or even decline a bit. That is why providing additional oil supplies will be critical in containing consumer prices and interest rates.

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Lumin and Leap to Help Homeowners to be Automatically Paid to Reduce Energy Use

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As energy prices soar and households seek to lower costs and maximize the value of their solar and storage systems, Lumin is partnering with energy market access provider Leap to offer Lumin Response, a program providing homeowners automated participation in the wholesale demand response (DR) market, with financial incentives for energy reduction during times when the local grid is stressed. Launching for select customers in California in July, Lumin Response is the integration of Lumin’s home energy management platform and smart circuit control technology with Leap’s distributed energy resource aggregation platform, reducing a home’s power usage by automatically turning off appliances when electricity prices are highest. Participants will then help balance the electrical grid and receive compensation for their energy reduction.

“Smart energy devices can make an important contribution to grid stability during periods of peak demand,” said Jason Michaels, Chief Commercial Officer at Leap, “Together, Leap and Lumin are making it possible for homeowners to unlock more value from their energy assets and become active participants in creating a more resilient, sustainable energy system.”

Users of Lumin Response will receive an in-app message or email notifying them they are eligible for financial incentives. Once they provide a simple set of preferences for when and how long their appliances can be turned off, participation is seamless and Lumin will automate the entire process.

Lumin’s technology connects the most energy-consuming circuits and various smart devices, including smart thermostats, connected appliances such as refrigerators, smart controllable plugs, and electric vehicle chargers. By interconnecting these devices on its platform, Lumin creates an ecosystem where energy consumption is synchronized and remotely accessible, and controllable, with the energy supply available to a household.

“This partnership presents the first true example of automated value stacking for individual homes in the demand response space, beyond battery participation in virtual power plants,” explained Alex Bazhinov, Founder and CEO of Lumin. “We are thrilled to work with Leap to help modernize residential power loads and provide more flexibility and options for homeowners. Designed to work well for individuals who may or may not have an energy storage system in place, we deliver value from multiple streams.”

Demand response (DR) is a short-term, voluntary decrease in electrical consumption that is usually triggered by compromised grid reliability or high wholesale market prices. While many U.S. utilities offer their customers some DR options, the Lumin-Leap partnership provides a unique, automated DR solution for any appliance connected to a Lumin Energy Platform. In addition, participants can receive direct, performance-based payments for their DR participation rather than an annual credit through their utility or a points system.

“As many municipalities move to enact standards for energy-saving measures in homes, smart appliances that integrate seamlessly with renewable energy systems will become more important as we continue to see energy strain on the grid, and this is why Lumin’s user-friendly, automated system is so valuable,” added Keegan Campanelli, Product Manager at Lumin. “And thanks to our partnership with Leap for wholesale demand response, we can now help homeowners save money at the same time. Lumin Response is a big win for everyone.”

Leap’s software platform makes it easy for smart energy technologies to generate revenue by providing flexibility and support to the grid. The company has dispatched over 10,000 MWh of clean energy to electric grids, reducing over 1,000 metric tons of CO2 and offsetting the equivalent of 3,500 hours from gas-powered peaker plants. Combined with the UL-certified Lumin® Energy Management Platform, users can maximize their energy and the return on investment for their residential solar systems.

About Lumin

Lumin® is the pioneer and market leader for responsive load management, adding exceptional value to residential microgrids by balancing home energy supply and demand. Lumin helps homeowners automatically or manually control their personal microgrid and enhance and protect their investment in solar PV and energy storage. Learn more at luminsmart.com.

About Leap

Leap is the leading global platform for integrating flexible energy resources into global electricity markets. Leap supplies the grid with zero carbon, price-competitive alternatives to fossil-fueled power plants by creating virtual power plants (VPPs) from its partners’ batteries, electric vehicles, smart thermostats, HVAC systems, and industrial facilities. Leap performs all the heavy lifting to operate and stay compliant across wholesale energy markets, enabling partners to unlock hidden revenue, increase customer engagement, and achieve sustainability goals.

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