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Depp puts France estate — including village — up for sale

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Sometimes it takes a village. For Johnny Depp, make it the whole village. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor has put his ...

Real Estate Notes: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre seeks expansion of educational programs

By Tribune-Review
• Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Charitable will seek approval from the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on plans for a two-story addition to 2900 Liberty Ave., Polish Hill, to expand the theatre’s educational programs. Romaine Fulton wants to use a structure ...

Top commercial and residential real estate transactions — July 5

By Tribune-Review
Deals of the Week A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $2,435,000 Property: ...

Run-down duplex that Dormont helped to rehab not on the market long

By Matthew Santoni
A house Dormont helped renovate was on the market for just one weekend before four people put in offers, the listing agent said. The Dormont Avenue property was a run-down duplex until the borough and Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas ...

Auction watch: Spirit of freedom comes to local auctions

By John Altdorfer
A couple of local auctions will help celebrate the spirit of freedom in the coming weeks. Constantine & Pletcher Dan Pletcher won’t mind if ...

How to design your home interior

By The Washington Post
Nate Berkus, founder of the interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates, author of “The Things That Matter” offers some of our favorite pieces of advice: • Don’t worry about trends. Love traditional Oriental rugs but seeing modern patterns in all ...

Best passive ventilation: soffit-roof vent combo

By Henri De Marne
Question: We live in the Chicago suburbs and are in need of a new roof. Our contractor recommended Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration Shingles and ridge vents. We heard about DaVinci slate roofs and would like to know what you think ...

Perk up decor with fruity hues

By The Associated Press
Ah, summer — the season when oranges are transformed into ice pops, limes add zing to slushies, peaches become pies and berries take over nearly every dessert from June to September. Citrus and other fruity hues look fresh and energetic ...

Top commercial and residential real estate transactions — June 28

By Tribune-Review
Deals of the week A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $2,825,000 ...

Slash, wife list rockin’ Beverly Hills villa

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Call it a closing act for Slash in Beverly Hills. The top hat-wearing rocker and his wife, Perla Hudson, have put their ...

How to plan for cost of driveway paving

By Angie's List
Make a great first impression on visitors to your home with an aesthetically pleasing driveway. The materials you select to pave your driveway affect the job’s price. The materials used also affect your home’s curb appeal and resale value. Check out ...

Ceiling fans useful all year

By Henri De Marne
Question: Please settle an argument that happens every summer in our house. We have ceiling fans throughout our upstairs. Do they help with the cooling of the house? And do they affect energy costs? I believe it helps ...

‘New Girl’ Deschanel parts with old house

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Zooey Deschanel got top dollar for her home in Hollywood Hills. The actress-singer-songwriter, who bought a house in Manhattan Beach this year, sold her old place for $2.33 million — slightly more than 6 percent ...

Top commercial and residential real estate transactions — June 21

By Tribune-Review
Deals of the Week A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $8,433,625 Property: ...

Real Estate Notes: Potter House Ministries seeks permission for child care facility

By Tribune-Review
• Potter House Ministries Inc. will seek the approval of the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on plans to continue to use the first floor and basement of 430 Cathedral Ave., Mt. Oliver, for general child care for up to ...

Developers, Pittsburgh leaders set sights on more energy-efficient homes

By Bob Karlovits
Leslie M. Montgomery said two homes being constructed in Mt. Washington symbolize a direction she would like to be explored more often. “Right now, it is ...

Coffeetable book celebrates ‘The Glory of Trees’

By Chicago Tribune
The familiar floppy flowers of the magnolia tree are thought to be as old as the dinosaurs, which likely grazed among them. The domestic apple tree, that staple of American culture and lore, actually traces its roots to the forests of ...

Homework: Lounge around in style

By Tribune-Review
The New Zealand-based company Lujo (lujoliving.com) — which designs and manufactures top-of-the-line lounge furniture — describes its free-standing hammock as “a functional sculpture in your ...

Pittsburgh botanic tour explores gardens of Fox Chapel, Aspinwall

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
When Margaret “Peggy” Douglass and her husband, Jim, were in the process of moving to Pittsburgh from their native Texas, they went house-shopping and toured ...

Homes, gardens on display in Greensburg, Ligonier Valley

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
A pair of self-guided tours  June 27 in Westmoreland County will offer glimpses into unique area homes and gardens. Academy Hill  Garden Tour A ...