Looking Back: Three Favorite Properties of 2017

At thietkequancafe+Design, I write about a hundred property posts every year, homes culled from hundreds more submitted by agents, publicists and designers. And while the architecture, design quality, staging and photography are all important, the principal criterion comes down to just one thing: In some wildly-prosperous alternative universe, can I imagine myself living there? –PF

First up, a resounding “yes” to the spectacular Montecito compound of Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi, originally designed by John Saladino, one of the 80s and 90’s most esteemed and extravagant designers, as his own home.  Saladino gave the main house an ancient, rooted atmosphere, soulfully updated and expanded upon in the past few years by the design oriented couple. Reduced from $45M to $39.5M. More here.

Napa, Sonoma and Northern Marin Counties are glorious places to live, and this deceptively simple compound in Healdsburg is one of the loveliest places we can imagine retreating to. Designed by San Francisco architect Keith Anding and made of redwood, concrete and Cor-Ten steel, this hide-out has one main room, one master bedroom, plus a guest house on 27 acres. Reduced from $4.95M to $4.75M. Read more here.

Palm Springs
The once-daring, pioneering Mid-Century works in the desert still survive. After years of neglect, many have been lovingly restored and buffed, but E. Stewart Willliams’ modest, organic Edris House remains in outstanding original condition. It’s a woodsy desert icon in much the same way as Neutra’s Kaufmann House is the desert version of the highly-polished International Style. Originally listed at $4.2M, now re-priced at $3.2M but still unsold. It has, hands down, one of our favorite pools in a city swimming with them. More here.

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