A New Coldwell Banker App for iPhone and Android

After months of hard work behind the scenes, we’re proud to announce that we’ve got a brand new app available for the iPhone and Android powered devices!

With applications becoming ubiquitous over the past few years, we wanted to slow down and take a moment to think about what it is a new “Coldwell Banker Mobile App” would offer the world. For us, simply redesigning our app wasn’t good enough because in all honesty, anybody can put together a regular real estate search app. With that in mind, the main goal of the second incarnation of our app was to make finding home as joyful and easy an experience as possible. We’ve accomplished that by developing it with the type of content and access to resources that will give you the insight into the communities and homes that will allow you to make  better informed choices. It’ll definitely make your life easier too (and more fun!)

Here are just a few of the features we’re extra excited about:

On Location A New Coldwell Banker App for iPhone and Android

View Property, Community, Agent and Office Videos

Home and Community Videos (And More)
In 2009 we partnered with Google/YouTube to launch “Coldwell Banker On Location“. Since that time we’ve had tens of thousands of videos of  homes, communities and agents that millions of visitors have watched. Our new app allows you to search for these videos because we think seeing real live video of a neighborhood or charming home gives you a much clearer picture than any picture can (oh, the irony!)

 

My Agent A New Coldwell Banker App for iPhone and Android

My Agent

My Agent: Put them to work for you
We’re really excited about the new “My Agent” feature we’ve developed for this app because it works well for you whether you’re already working with an agent or just starting your search for the perfect one. Once you land on an agent’s profile, simply tap the “Make My Agent” button and the app instantly builds a 1 to 1 connection between you both. Then while you surf through homes and videos, you can send them what you like with just one easy tap of a button and they’ll know what you want to see or the type of home you’re looking for.

 

Map Sketch A New Coldwell Banker App for iPhone and Android

Map Sketch

Map Sketch: Draw Something
Sometimes there are neighborhoods within neighborhoods – and searching by city or zip code won’t get you exactly what you’re looking for. With our “Map Sketch” tool, simply use your finger to draw a circle around the part of town you want to call home. We’ll do fancy work on the back-end to triangulate your drawing to present you with homes and places of interest within that area only. You’ll only see what you want to see!

We’ve got a bunch of other helpful features like amenity information from Yelp!, driving directions, a special ‘Previews International’ luxury home search and a whole lot more.

If you’re looking for home or are interested in seeing amazing pictures and videos of homes across the globe, you can click here for our Android app or here for our iPhone app.

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In Case you Missed It – Homes for Hobbits and Elves

My fellow Lord of the Rings fans, our almost nine year wait for another film based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels comes to an end tomorrow with the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. One of the things that made the LOTR films so mesmerizing was how Tolkein’s fantasy world was so realistically (and awesomely) brought to life.

Of all the magical villages and places we saw in the earlier films and that we’re sure to see again in “The Hobbit”, we really like ‘The Shire’ and the Elven land of ‘Rivendell’. In fact, we think those communities and homes are so great that we even did some research and wrote about each.

If you didn’t get a chance to see our write ups on the home of the Hobbits and “the last homely house east of the sea”, you can get to them via the links below:

Homes for ‘The Hobbit’ – The Shire
“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” (Read More)

Homes for ‘The Hobbit’ – Rivendell
“His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.” (Read More)

Are you headed out to theaters this weekend to watch the movie? Let us know! @coldwellbanker

The Most Festive Town in America – Santa Claus, Indiana

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A home in Christmas Lake Village
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Nowadays, the Christmas season and spirit kicks in before we’ve even had a full day to recover from our Thanksgiving Day feasts. Christmas trees are bought and decorated, old holiday jingles reverberate from radios reminding us of childhood, gifts are given and unwrapped and a little more quality time is spent with loved ones. As magical and lovely as the Christmas season is, it passes as quickly as it comes and we collectively set our sights on the new year and eagerly await the warmer weather of spring.

Now this usually is the case across the board. But not always. For the most festive town in America – Santa Claus, Indiana – Christmas never ends and is celebrated every single day of the year!

This small town of nearly 2,500 was established in 1854 as “Santa Fe” but had its request to establish a post office denied because there already was a town with that name. From that serendipitous moment, they reconvened and “Santa Claus” was ultimately chosen and they’ve been working for well over 100 years to do right by their namesake and celebrate Christmas year round.

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Every street has a holiday themed name
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Santa Claus is more than just a town name. You can find an ode to the Christmas holiday everywhere you turn. Every street name was carefully chosen to have some sort of hint of Christmas in it. Who wouldn’t want to live on Reindeer Circle, Prancer Drive, Ornament East or Rudolph Lane? Every business in town have Christmas related names as well. You can visit Santa’s Candy Castle to satisfy your sweet tooth, have a cup of coffee and listen to music at Silent Night Cafe or even grab some dinner with the family at Frosty’s Fun Center.

Beyond the  phenomenally decorated homes of Christmas Lake Village and large Santa Claus statues that outwardly show  cheer; the people of this small town seem to carry within them the true spirit of Christmas 24/7.This is highlighted by a group of volunteers who call themselves “Santa’s Elves” who have replied to every single letter sent to “Santa Claus” (they get thousands of them from around the globe) since 1914!

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Volunteers have answered every letter to “Santa Claus” since 1914!
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Not only is the community friendly as jolly old St. Nick, the homes are beautiful too. If you’d like to celebrate Christmas year round, look at a few of the homes coldwellbanker.com has for sale in Santa Claus, IN.

 

Get the Industrial Chic Look

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Industrial design champions a minimalist feel

Whether you live in a big city or a small rural town, the interior design craze that has taken off over the past few years has been the “industrial look”. Designer Joanna Jones describes the industrial look as one comprised of dark metals (even with a hint of rust), raw reclaimed woods and even iconic salvaged items from yesteryear. The result is usually a home with more open space and clean lines that give off a nostalgic blue collar feel.

What’s great about picking furniture for your home with this mindset is you can really be creative about it. Turn those tree stumps into cool coffee tables (like I just did!), a cart you found at a thrift store into a side table or old dishes into art for a wall. You’re sure to find the industrial look in multi-million dollar mansions on down to lofts with a bunch of college kids living in them. In other words, it’s as affordable as you make it.

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My living room. I turned two tree stumps into neat looking coffee tables

If you’re intrigued by industrial decor like I am, take a look at this Open House New York segment for some simple tips from interior designer Joanna Jones. She’ll show you how to avoid choosing furniture that will make your home feel too heavy and contrived. The key is to achieve a balance between “clean and classic with a hint of industrial”

The folks at Houzz have a great read on industrial design as well. Enjoy!

The Many Homes of Bond…James Bond

Most of the time we cringe at the thought of movie sequels (Godfather 3… ’nuff said), but for some reason we never tire of the impossibly cool and put together James Bond. ‘Skyfall’, the 23rd installment in the Bond franchise hits U.S. theaters today with near unanimous rave reviews, thanks in part to a ridiculously great cast (Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, etc.) and an Oscar winning Director who seems to have done a great job at breathing new life into the series.

If I had to take a guess at what has made James Bond an enduring figure for over 50 years, I’d say that he’s remained relevant and iconic because he’s the projection of what most people want to be…super cool and always confident. He’s constantly dressed to impress, drives the coolest cars and for us tech geeks – seems to have the gadgets and gizmos that would make folks at Google and Apple sweat in their sleep.

With that said, the appeal of James Bond goes beyond the fact that he’s cooler than the Dos Equis guy; I think it’s also that the movies do a fantastic job of taking Bond (and the viewer) to exotic and beautiful countries – giving us a glimpse at other cultures and locales. The folks over at “Bond Lifestyle” do a great job of chronicling some of the most beautiful homes Bond has stayed at throughout his extensive travels. While Bond never technically lived in these homes, they’re certainly worthy of a “Bond slept here” sign out front. Here are a few of our favorites:

Goldeneye, Jamaica

Ian Fleming wrote 14 of his 007 novels from this home in Jamaica. He loved the “blazing sunshine, natural beauty and the most healthy life.” The home itself is more like a spa; it features garden baths and showers, swimming pools, a sunken garden and panoramic views of crystal blue water.

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Where a lot of the 007 magic happened

 

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

The Grandhotel Pupp is an extremely large luxury hotel located in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Its design is celebrated for it’s quintessential old European flare. The hotel doubles for “Hotel Splendide” in Montenegro in the 2006 hit, ‘Casino Royale’

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Château de Chantilly, France

Featured in the 1985 Bond movie, “A View to Kill”, Chateau de Chantilly is located just north of Paris and is known as the palatial estate of the evil Max Zorin (played by Christopher Walken). It’s located right near the “Living Museum of the Horse” and reportedly has one of the most beautiful stables in the world.

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Villa del Balbianello, Lenno, Como, Italy

Located next to Lake Como, Italy, this Villa was featured in ‘Casino Royale’ as the hospital where James Bond took time to recover from his wounds and received some top secret codes. This historic estate was originally built for Cardinal Angelo Maria Durini at the end of the 18th century. If you’re into Star Wars, you might recognize this Italian haven from Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones.

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If these photos have given you the travel bug, you can see some of the other truly luxurious James Bond destinations by visiting “Bond Lifestyle” here.

Homes for ‘The Hobbit’ – Rivendell

“His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.”

-The Hobbit, Chapter 3: A Short Rest

On Monday we kicked off our series of posts looking at homes from “The Hobbit” with a peak at the Shire – a laid back, cozy and friendly village settled by Hobbits. With evil dark lords,  Orcs with anger management issues, pesky rings and misty mountains; life in Middle Earth for the loveable pint-sized Hobbits could be down right dangerous…or at least exhausting. So lets take a look at the village Hobbits and other free Middle Earthlings love to go to when they need a little rest and relaxation – Rivendell.

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Elrond’s home is surrounded by mountains and waterfalls
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Aptly dubbed “The Last Homely House East of the Sea” – Rivendell is an Elven village located on the edge of a narrow gorge that is surrounded by soaring mountains decorated with trees and Niagra Falls-like waterfalls that look more like a postcard than real life. Inspired by Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland (probably the most beautiful place on Earth), Rivendell’s climate was temperate with comfortably warm summers and snowy but not Winterfell-like winters.

As the saying goes, looks aren’t everything. The value of a home is more than just numbers or how many magical waterfalls add to curb appeal; it’s also just as much about those nights the family gathers and passes down old stories, or that peace of mind and feeling of calm that rushes over you when you come in through those doors from a hard day at the office or trekking through Middle Earth without shoes. If the value of a home is peace, good times and relaxation, then Rivendell is worth a whole lot.

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A recurring theme we see in The “Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” is that Rivendell constantly opened its arms to weary travelers and those in need of some help or some plain old fashioned peace of mind. In LOTR, the Elves of Rivendell take Bilbo in after he chose to leave his home and family in the Shire behind and retire there after his 111th nameday (A Don Draper ad for Rivendell might be: “Rivendell, the Florida of Middle Earth”). Not only was it a place to retire comfortably, it was also a place that opened its doors to Frodo when he was near death and it also hosted the Council of Elrond, which made the difficult decision to destroy the Ring.

The actual home of Elrond (founder of Rivendell) and his family is as grand and larger than life as you’d expect it to be. Full of countless breathtaking rooms, sculptures and art, balconies, libraries, gardens and other zen like spaces; it’s no wonder that Bilbo decided to go there to concentrate on writing his memoirs. The centerpiece of the home is “Hall of Fire” which was reserved on most days for contemplation and thinking, but also served as the main area used for singing, feasting and story telling during celebrations. With an equal mix of quiet reflection and meditation time with feasting and singing thrown in…Rivendell sounds like my kind of place. Take a look at below at some more incredible pictures of Rivendell and Elrond’s home.

You couldn’t buy these views anywhere.

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“This is the Hall of Fire,’ said the wizard. ‘Here you will hear many songs and tales–if you can keep awake. But except on high days it usually stands empty and quiet, and people come here who wish for peace, and thought. There is always a fire here, all year round, but there is little other light.”

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The Elves didn’t go cheap on the interior design and landscaping.

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The main home in Rivendell has a classic architectural feel to it. 

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One of Bilbo’s favorite rooms. You’re inside but always a few steps from being out in nature.

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Elrond looking contemplative in his beautiful home. Take note of the Roman styled sculptures.

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Rivendell was a “place of peace and learning” and it was pretty beautiful too. What do you think of Rivendell? Would you rather live there or in the Shire?

“They stayed long in that good house, fourteen days at least, and they found it hard to leave.”

 -The Hobbit, Chapter 3: A Short Rest

 

Homes for ‘The Hobbit’ – The Shire

“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

-The Hobbit, Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party

It’s hard to believe but its been nearly 9 years since we last saw the lovable little hobbits, wise wizards and stoic elves of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in theaters. With a worldwide box office take of almost $3 billion for the three films, there are more than a few “Ringers” (Lord of the Rings super fans) eagerly anticipating the December 14th release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”.

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Part of the magic of the Lord of the Rings films can be credited to how magical and beautiful the Director made “Middle-Earth” look. Besides the lush green fields and mountains, some of the homes and villages were very, very awesome. So to commemorate the soon to start “The Hobbit” trilogy, we’ll dedicate our own series of blog posts looking at some of the homes you’ll see featured in the movies. To start, let’s head over to a tight-knit community where their homes literally have deep roots.

The Shire is an area almost exclusively inhabited by Hobbits. You’ll remember Hobbits as being the really little guys with big feet (Frodo and Samwise Gangee were hobbits). The pace of life that Hobbits enjoy there is as slow and as peaceful as one would expect life in the country to be. As an avid consumer of breakfasts, I personally love how Hobbits find it important to have “second breakfast” as often as possible.

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To the uninitiated, the Shire was modeled after the small villages of the Mid-Western part of the English countryside. Surrounded by lush vegetation and rolling hills, Hobbits of the Shire tend to live in a hole in the ground. No, really, a hole in the ground…and they’re lovely. These underground homes are environmentally friendly, cool and extremely roomy as well. Although Hobbits are said to grow to be no more than 4 feet tall, their underground bungalows surprisingly fit much larger visitors quite comfortably, like Gandalf the Great.

The main Hobbit home we see in the original LOTR movies and in “The Hobbit”, is ‘Bag End’ – the home of Bilbo Baggins. The spacious property features an inviting circular green door, a ton of rooms with eye-catching round windows, solid wood decor throughout and a charming garden out back. Judging by their height (or lack of it), I’m guessing Hobbits hate stairs. So like most homes in the Shire; Bag End was a ranch that came with all the amenities a reasonable middle-earthling would want; including unobstructed views of the garden and meadows that lead down to a pond. Take a look below at some more pictures of Bag End and the Shire! Would you mind living there?

Front doors set the tone and say a lot, and this circular green one says, “duck” and “warm/cozy”.

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The hallway at ‘Bag End’…truly a view anyone wouldn’t mind having.

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Every home needs a floor plan. Look at how spacious Bilbo’s home is!

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There’s plenty of space in the dining room at ‘Bag End’ for entertaining interesting company with huge appetites.

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Lovely original woodwork is a consistent theme at ‘Bag End’. On another note, looks like Bilbo’s guests are impatiently waiting for food. He should hurry.

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The rustic feel of the home’s decor makes it feel extra cozy and Hobbity.

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Peter Jackson and Bilbo going over lines in the dining room

What do you think of the Shire? Does it seem like the kind of neighborhood you’d want to call home? Let us know what you think.

Chart Topping Music Rooms for the VMAs

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Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll…

Those simple six words uttered on the night MTV launched in 1981 (to about 3 viewers) were more than just words, they were a mission statement and a vision that mirrored a singular purpose. The goal of the tiny start-up network with a handful of employees was simple: bring (awesome) music videos to our homes 24/7/365.

Little did they know their vision would shape popular culture on a global level for the next three decades…not to mention our childhoods and to a certain extent our experience of home.

Growing up in a musical household, my family would gather in the living room each September to watch the reliably disfunctional but almost always entertaining Video Music Awards. We’d anticipate and laugh at how over-the-top some of the skits were (Howard Stern, Eminem, Madonna & Britney Spears, etc.), but mostly I just geeked out at the mashup performances MTV would orchestrate with some of my favorite artists. With classic performances from artists like Nirvana and Beck to Jay-Z and Eminem, MTV perfected the art of creating water cooler talk at school and work the next day.

Musicians lead a pretty hectic life; you know, with all the being on the road and touring year round thing. But even super busy and successful pop stars need a home too. So in honor of the eclectic mix of great musicians that will be featured during tomorrow’s 2012 VMAs, we took a look at coldwellbanker.com to see if there were any homes with recording studios that artists like Justin Bieber, Kanye West or Katy Perry might be interested in.

Here are the top five homes with recording studios we found on coldwellbanker.com for your favorite musician.

 Chart Topping Music Rooms for the VMAs

$5,700,000 / 5 Bedrooms / 6 Full Bathrooms - Woodside, California I sure could see Maroon Five’s Adam Levine fall in love with this dream home. Besides featuring a state of the art fully functional recording studio and performance space, he’d find inspiration to write plenty of hit songs while lounging in the infinity edge pool and soaking in the expansive Bay views

 Chart Topping Music Rooms for the VMAs

$3,495,000 / 4 Bedrooms / 3 Full Bathrooms - Malibu, CaliforniaRihanna would feel right at home in this “casual and hip” gated home that has a history of rock ‘n roll royalty who have left their imprint. When she’s not in the homes’ top of the line recording studio cranking out chart toppers, she’d be able to entertain the tons of friends I’m sure she has with the swimming pool that has dramatic waterfalls, tennis courts and multiple entertaining areas. Being that the home is in Malibu, she can leave her “Umbrella” at her other home. (haha)

 Chart Topping Music Rooms for the VMAs

$795,000 / 2 Bedrooms / 1 Full Bathroom - Los Angeles, CaliforniaBest New Artist Nominee Carly Rae Jepsen hit it big this year with her hit single “Call Me Maybe” so she might be in the market for a  new home. This sleek and ultra-modern home in Los Angeles occupies its own city block and is about as cool as it gets. The home was built to be especially energy efficient as it features 5 Kilowatt solar panels and it was designed with “creatives” in mind. With all of the green energy and feng shui in the home, I’m pretty sure she’d have no problem putting that recording studio to good use. And for less than $800,000, the home is a steal!

 Chart Topping Music Rooms for the VMAs

$335,000 / 2 Bedrooms / 1 Full Bathroom - Harbor City, CaliforniaIt doesn’t seem like it, but the guys over in rock super-group Linkin Park have been a headlining act for well over a decade. With their crazy schedule, they might want to opt for a functional home a little removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown LA. This adorable mid-century home on a quiet tree-lined street might be just what the group would be looking for. It features plenty of outdoor space for entertaining their families and the recording studio is large enough to double as a rehearsal space for their next tour.

 Chart Topping Music Rooms for the VMAs

$309,900 / 3 Bedrooms / 2 Full Bathrooms - Huntington, TexasBest Pop Video of the Year nominee Justin Bieber just turned 18 this year so we think that this manageable and affordable, but charming home sitting on a pond in Texas would be just right for him. The home has unique features and looks like a classic 1920s farmhouse sitting on beautiful unspoiled acreage. The home’s best feature is undoubtedly the soundproof recording studio located upstairs. We’re not too sure if Justin would consider leaving LA at this point in his career but hey, “never say never.” (haha)

 

As you may already know, Coldwell Banker Real Estate loves video, so you know we’ll be watching. If you’re free, you can check out Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Rihanna and all your other favorite artists on the MTV Video Music Awards which air tomorrow at 8pm EST on MTV.

If you think any of these homes would be a good fit for any of these musicians, feel free to Tweet the link to them! What’s your favorite MTV moment from childhood? From the VMAs to the 100 Real World Seasons to the Unplugged Series that gave us historic performances from the likes of Nirvana and Lauryn Hill, there are a ton to choose from! Share your favorites in the comments.

Real Estate Headlines for the Week of August 20th

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Coldwell Banker Previews International has relaunched the “Previews Inside Out” blog

With Labor Day just two short weeks away, summer is almost over (insert sad face here). You’ve probably noticed that slight nip in the air come morning time and back to school sales have begun; making parents and kids weep in unison…one with joy and the other with sadness.

To help you close out August and the summer on a strong note, take a look at some of this week’s most interesting headlines:

A recent HomeGain.com survey revealed that there’s still a disconnect between what sellers and buyers feel a home is worth. Inman News gives some simple but effective tips on how to price your home to sell quickly.

If you’ve been thinking about trading in your home in the suburbs for urban living in a downtown area, then Frontdoor.com’s “What It’s Like to Live in an Urban Home” might help with the decision making process. (http://www.frontdoor.com/buy/what-its-like-to-live-in-an-urban-home/2232)

A California mansion with views of the Pacific? A Mexican villa without a touristy feel? WSJ Online asks you to vote for the “House of the Week“.

Houzz.com says that Kids’ rooms have a world of possibilities. See how you can give your children the bedroom they always wanted.

And finally, continuing in a legacy of innovation, Coldwell Banker Previews International has relaunched the “Previews Inside Out” blog

Have a great week!

Birthday Parties White House Style

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The President celebrates his birthday with his family.
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Being that today is “National Ice Cream Sandwich” day, we’re in a particularly festive mood and have decided to throw on our party planning hats. This Saturday happens to be President Barack Obama’s 51st birthday (Happy Birthday Mr. President!) While we’re not entirely sure what the President’s plans are for his big day, we’re hoping he’s planning to spend it home celebrating with his wife, kids, the family pet “Bo” and  his closest friends.

One of the perks that comes with the Presidency is you get to move into one of the nation’s most historic, beautiful, iconic and instantly recognizable homes. If living at the world’s most famous address isn’t enough, there’s an abundance of great spaces available for you to host a birthday party that would make the likes of Jay-Z and George Clooney jealous.

We’re not the most seasoned of party planners here at Coldwell Banker Real Estate, but we sure do know home. So here are a few spaces in the White House we think would make for a memorable birthday celebration!

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The Eastroom located on the State Floor
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The East Room

This largest room in the entire house, White House designers have purposefully left furniture out of this room so it can be used for large gatherings like weddings, after-dinner entertaining and press conferences. There’s plenty of free space for tables and chairs but most importantly, there seems to be ample  room for a dance floor.

*Fun Fact – Abigail Adams used to dry her laundry here in the winter of 1800.

 

 

 

 

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The Family Theater at the White House
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The Family Theater

If the President wants a more laid back type of birthday celebration, then watching a new movie (I’m sure he could swing an advanced copy!) in “The Family Theater” might do the trick. The theater is located in the East Wing and offers all the amenities as the major movie theater chains.

*Fun Fact: President Franklin D. Roosevelt had the “Cloakroom” converted into this theater so he could watch the news and be kept up to date on foreign affairs.

 

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The South Lawn of the White House has plenty of room for a great Birthday Party.
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The South Lawn

It’s expected to be 94 degrees and sunny on Saturday, so if the President wanted to take advantage of the massive amount of space on the South Lawn, then he could throw quite the birthday celebration. The space is used routinely for barbecues, Easter Egg hunts and concerts so we already know the space can handle a lot of guests without it feeling too cramped. We suggest a barbecue followed by a fun set of games like Badminton, Volleyball and Soccer to commemorate the Olympics.

*Fun Fact: The Magnolia Trees located here were planted by President Andrew Jackson and are the earliest remaining ones planted by a U.S. President.

 

However President Obama plans to celebrate his birthday, we know his home and the people in it will help make it a special day. Happy Birthday!