Real Estate

    A Historic Home on San Francisco's Russian Hill
    Built in 1853 and completely updated, this house inspired the owner to change careers and leave biotech to start a design gallery

    An Amsterdam House Without Borders
    A Dutch architect creates a vertical loft of glass, with triple-height ceilings and almost no inside walls; a dumbwaiter to the tub

    Transit Agencies Trade Up
    A deal between New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and apartment developer AvalonBay is the latest example of how cash-strapped transit agencies are using transit-oriented development to raise cash for capital improvements and new infrastructure.

    U.S. Office Sector Plods Ahead
    U.S. office rents and occupancies inched higher in the third quarter, as a gradual improvement in the overall economy is translating into a sluggish recovery in the office sector.

    Point-and-Click Decorating
    Designer Sheila Bridges took on the challenge of furnishing a house almost entirely with online buys. Here, her top seven tips.

    A Bouquet Inspired by a Richard Diebenkorn Painting
    Floral designer Lindsey Taylor translates an abstract 1955 canvas by the American artist into a bountiful fall arrangement.

    Massimiliano Fuksas on Home Sweet Rome
    Architect Massimiliano Fuksas and his wife, Doriana, open up in their penthouse home. Take a look at how the couple achieved a blissful harmony by juxtaposing the seriousness of Modernism with the playfulness of postwar Italian art.

    Highlights From Helsinki Design Week
    The weird and wonderful met in the Finnish capital as Helsinki Design Week turned the city into a showcase for new ideas.

    Manhattan Condo, Co-Op Frenzy Eases
    Although brokers say some of the recent fervor in the Manhattan market is gone, prices and sales remained strong during the third quarter.

    Microsoft to Open Fifth Avenue Store
    Microsoft Corp.'s first Manhattan flagship store is coming to Fifth Avenue.

    Delicate Deal: One Buyer, Many Sellers
    A half a century after a group of men bought real estate at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 30th Street in Manhattan, their descendants wrestled with what to do with the property. Enter Alchemy Properties.

    Higher Land Prices Test Affordable-Housing Plan
    In May, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced that East New York would be the first neighborhood targeted for new residential towers and affordable housing. Now the area has become the subject of intense interest by developers.

    Haiti Pitches a Ritzy Oasis on an Island of Misfortune
    The Haitian government is seeking partners for a seemingly daunting task: building a world-class resort destination in one of the world's poorest countries.

    China's Bahamas Project Hits Hurdles
    China's largest overseas commercial real-estate project has been overshadowed by delays and labor clashes, dulling the buzz surrounding the Bahamian venture and threatening to undermine future business.

    Buy a Property, Get a Passport
    With lending still tight in the Caribbean, several island nations are embracing an unorthodox method of financing resort and villa projects: selling citizenship.

    A Couple Retires to Ottoman Luxury
    After living in the U.S., the Hatiboglus return to their native Turkey and restore a historic mansion

    A Cyclist's Paradise---For a Price
    Bicycle valets, dedicated wash areas and special parking facilities?developers are bulking up on bike-friendly amenities.

    The People Who Make the Mansion Run
    Estate managers handle the minutiae of running a sprawling home?from leaky faucets to balky landscapers. The job can pay upward of $200,000 a year, but bosses can be prickly.

    Lee Trevino's Dallas Estate Goes on the Market for $13 Million
    The golf legend is listing his roughly 5-acre estate, two putting greens included.

    From Factory to Fancy
    In Sag Harbor, Salt Lake City and New Orleans, three luxurious homes carved from former factories

    Little Lenders With Big Home Loans
    Credit unions offer members jumbo mortgages with attractive terms, but borrowers should shop around to ensure they're getting the best interest rate.

    Extreme House Hunters
    Some buyers go to extreme lengths to land their dream home, waiting decades for owners to sell.

    What Every Newlywed Wants
    Forget appliances and china?couples headed to the altar are signing up for cash-gift registries to fund home projects

    Squatters Welcome Blackstone's Spanish Property Play
    Blackstone has purchased 40,000 mortgages in the Barcelona area, but the company may find making money out of depressed Spanish real estate is a tough challenge.

    Welcome to London's 'Nappy Valley'
    Young families priced out of prime central London are buying in these neighborhoods with highly rated schools, cute boutiques and ample green space.

    Boxed In, Oscar de la Hoya Boxes His Way Out
    The world champion grows up in a tiny house in East Los Angeles, determined to buy his family a better home

    News Corp to Buy Move Inc.
    News Corp agreed to buy online real-estate listings business Move Inc. in an all-cash deal valued at about $950 million, expanding the media company's presence in the U.S. real-estate market.

    Expectations for Rise in Rates Pummel REITs
    Real-estate investment trusts posted their worst quarterly performance in a year and lagged behind the broader stock market in the third quarter as investors bet interest rates would rise over the next year.