The Newest Trend in Luxury Homes: Your Own Observatory

The newest trend in luxury building seems to be having your own astronomical observatory. That’s right – observatories, complete with a dome and high powered telescope, are becoming more and more popular additions to luxury homes across the country. Some planned communities are even offering them as options in their stock home plans. Observatories do […]

The PODS are Coming!

If you are planning a move, or want to transport some large objects to your vacation home without renting or driving a truck, you might want to consider becoming a POD-person. No, we’re not talking about Invasion of the Body Snatchers, we’re referring to the increasingly ubiquitous portable storage units being used all over the […]

Climate Change To Affect Home Buying Patterns?

If you are looking for a seasonal home in either the Southeast or the desert Southwest, the news about current drought conditions affecting wide areas in these regions may well enter into your decision about exactly where to buy and where you may choose to avoid. With all the stories about Global Warming coming at […]

A Great Update on the old Murphy Bed

Looking at increasing the efficiency of space usage in your vacation home? There’s a nifty new twist on the hide-a-bed concept. No more back breaking sofa beds. The new designs also are a great improvement on the old Murphy bed tilt-up concepts. The new design allows maximum flexibility in a minimum of space. It’s all […]

Local Profile: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is located on a peninsula at the western side of Mahone Bay, in the South Shore area of Nova Scotia. Historically, Lunenburg was an important seaport and shipbuilding center. Its first settlers, in 1753, were primarily German and Swiss protestants who came over from Europe. Because of its important Maritime history, and […]

U.S. House Passes Disaster Insurance Reform

If you own a second home in a high-risk area, you have no doubt seen premium costs soaring and even the availability of insurance in question. There is finally some action in Congress to address these thorny and complex issues. Legislative battles over how to improve property and casualty insurance availability in disaster-prone areas have […]