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Home and Design

Engel & Völkers presents guides, tips, and tricks for property owners and real estate pros. 

Found 30 entries about Home and Design.

By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Sitting poolside may be nice during the warm months, but according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), fall is also a prime season for outdoor activities, and perhaps even the best time to take on landscape projects that can make your outdoor living space adaptable for year-round enjoyment. Add a warmer-than-usual forecast for this fall, and you've got the perfect scenario to extend your outdoor entertaining activities throughout the entire season. 

The NALP put together its official list of the top five landscape trends for fall 2017, based on the expertise of landscape professionals from a variety of regions at the forefront of outdoor design. Check out the hottest (or, shall we say coolest)

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By the Engel & Völkers Team


We had the pleasure of chatting with our very own Dean Poritzky, Private Office advisor and license partner of Engel & Völkers Wellesley, to discuss current generational trends and shifts he’s seeing in the Wellesley, Weston and surrounding Boston area real estate markets. Here’s a peek into some of his on-the-ground insight. 

E&V TEAM: Your market is known for having many historic, New England homes (we’re talking homes circa the 17th century). What’s in it for millennials?

PORITZKY: Many millennials are moving from Boston, where many will still work and commute. They're looking to raise their families with more space in quieter neighborhoods, but still visit Boston for work, a night out or a weekend trip. The

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A Guide to Effortless Home Staging  

By the Engel & Völkers Team

When it comes to looking good, we don’t want to appear as though we tried too hard achieving it—and home staging is no exception. With over 25 years of real estate experience, one of our in-house experts Suzie Doratti of Engel & Völkers Okanagan has also made a name for herself as a home-staging consultant and specifically for being able to capture a home’s laid back, yet sophisticated look. Suzie has given countless homes the kind of je ne sais quoi facelift that makes them inexplicably attractive to potential buyers, so here are a few tips from the pro herself that’ll give your home that certain #WokeUpLikeThis appearance. 

Old and New Work in Harmony

Casual displays don’t

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

Some historic properties can be charming, but the impressive castle Kasteel van Olsene, currently listed through Engel & Völkers in Belgium for 25 million euros, comes with extraordinary comforts that ring a bit more than cutesy. With sleek modern edges around its outdoor (and indoor) pool, flanked by gorgeous chandeliers and priceless crown molding, we imagine this moated castle located just 40 miles west of Brussels could be the perfect hideaway for James Bond himself. After all, the castle also features a car lift and underground garage that could perfectly fit up to 12 of Bond’s signature sports cars.

In addition to having high-tech video surveillance, necessary for any secret agent mission, Kasteel

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By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Nothing says I love you, Dad more than buying a home, but while most people are probably short on change to cash in on an extra house, it never hurts to get some phenomenal inspiration in hopes of one day snagging an amazing house for all those awesome dads, just in time for Father’s Day. Because dads all around the world really are the best—at least for the weekend. (Shhh, don’t tell Mom.) 

Here are seven homes on the market that have something special for every type of dad.

For the Car Enthusiast

Whether he has two cars or ten, if your dad has a car he loves he deserves an equally beloved space to show them off. Give Dad that trophy room to display his prized possessions, right at home. You can even gift him some

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When you own a South West Florida home, you can expect daily walks on sun-drenched white sand beaches, swimming in crystal clear water, and the sound of palm trees swaying in the warm breeze. The unique lifestyles and their communities offer a wide range of amenities and private resort style living. 

1. 1551 Ixora Dr. In true contemporary design fashion, every aesthetic of this estate has its hallmarks.Perfectly situated on 165+ feet of panoramic waterfront views with SW rear exposure. The main living area features floor to ceiling windows and American walnut wood flooring. Ultra-modern wall finishes line the archway through the living area leading you to the formal dining room encased by a sultry wooden ceiling and slate walls.The kitchen

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With real estate prices not what they once were, to put it mildly, it's only natural for homeowners preparing to sell to be thinking of ways to up their home's value. But it simply doesn't make sense to throw money into a big remodeling project that won't end up netting a higher sale price in the end. What's a homeowner to do? 

Learn what buyers want, then start early (so you can enjoy your hard work before you sell) and small (to avoid excessive spending) for the best possible results. These 10 home improvement projects make smart use of your time and resources.

1. Hire a pro. Consider hiring a pro to take a look at your home and offer advice. One morning spent with a home inspector, a real estate agent or a local designer can give you insight into

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

What do Beyoncé Knowles, Demi Lovato, Mischa Barton, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Venus Williams all have in common? They all bought homes for their moms. For celebrities and the ultra-wealthy, buying Mom a home for Mother’s Day sounds like a doable gift. For everyone else, it doesn’t hurt to have a #inspo list, because you never know ... those singing and tennis lessons may eventually pay off. For the next celebrity superstar, here are five homes we think moms would love.

 

For the Movie-Going Mom

Whether it’s to binge on Netflix, watch the Cannes Film Festival prize winners, or simply enjoy the best movies for Mother’s Day, this home movie theater is designed to look like the real thing with the added comfort of

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By Julie Pellestor, Intern from France

Like with any large country, houses in France come in all different shapes, sizes and materials. There is no single “French home” when it comes to architecture and design. However, there are features that are distinct and more common than most. They’re hard to notice if you’re there for too short a time, however, if you’ve been there as long as I have, they are easy to spot. Should you ever consider moving to France and are in search of authentic design and home features, here are a few to get you started.

Rooftops

The Parisian rooftops are truly distinct and recognized around the world. They are designed for maximum light, most likely adorned with chimneys  and are made of zinc, which has been the

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By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Homes are more than structures. Today, more than ever, we seek refuge and comfort in them as we break from the chaos that greets us when we leave the door. While a home is also the center for family and friends to gather, sometimes you need to take a break from it all. Check out these beautiful bathrooms where baths take center stage, and envision yourself enjoying a spa-like experience right at home. Cue the candles, bubbles and music.

Feeling Zen

We are bamboo-zled with relaxing vibes just looking at this.

Naples, Florida

Center Spotlight

With this circular gem, pick your view as you cool your jets and enjoy a cozy fire. 

Weston, Massachusetts

The Double Soaker

Take your pick between these

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