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I was able to visit one of the most magnificent estates in Montecito this week. The original structure was built in the 1900s and exudes the charm of that era. A grand staircase, towering trees and a gigantic fountain greet you as you enter the property. The fountain looks tiny in the photo above, but trust me, it’s huge. The main house was originally the music pavilion and ballroom of the famous Arcady estate. I felt the history, serenity and grace as I walked through each room and strolled through the gardens. Check the list for more photos and details. This property is offered by Marsha Kotlyar Estate Group for $22,500,000 and is already rated by the the wall street journal. This one is special.


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I was in Chicago last week, and I promised you pictures if I found anything to share. Well, I did. The big news was the spring weather and photogenic landscapes everywhere I went. Ok, ok, it was moist and a little toasty at times, but for the most part it was perfect. I took one architectural visit on the river, and while the history and variety of building styles were fascinating, the clouds at play as we cruised down the river – reflecting off the skyscrapers left and right – were the highlight by far.


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I was out in the suburbs one morning when my friend Meghan picked me up from the Intercontinental for breakfast in Andersonville. I was told that even though these neighborhoods had distinct names and a very different atmosphere than the Miracle Mile, we were still in Chicago. I took a picture of this house for sale as we walked down her tree-lined street so I could investigate her later. 1531 West Norwood Street is a three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath brick beauty on a large lot, built in 1925 with many original features and details. Listed at $625,000, it’s a pending sale after 35 days on the market. Although your dollar goes further, it looks like the housing market is hot even in the Chicago snow.


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At home, we take advantage of our temperate summer weather with days at the beach, evenings at the courthouse and concerts, and as many outdoor meals as possible. Our lives revolve around the great outdoors and our homes reflect that way of life. In this week’s issue, Keith Hamm brings us a indoor/outdoor dining collection from custom homes built by local builders Giffin & Crane. Pull up a patio chair, put on your shades and enjoy.


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Even if you don’t have outdoor space, This article from Washington Postit is At home The blog provides tons of ideas for garden-inspired home decor. From floral prints to houseplants to hobbies that create a naturalistic vibe – taxidermy, anyone? — there is no shortage of ideas (and there are!) to help you bring the outside in.


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Go visit this home for a real life example of how to seamlessly blend indoor living with your outdoor lifestyle. French doors from almost every room lead to beautiful gardens and offer stunning mountain views. 207 Eucalyptus Hill Drive is listed for $7,975,000 per Crystal Clarke and is open to the public today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Whether you’re dreaming of somewhere different or reveling in your own backyard, take this week Independent take a tour to find out all the local news and events. Enjoy!

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