Author Archives: Natalie McHugh

Hello, my name is Natalie and I am Bay Area house-poor. The Below Market Rate (BMR) program is a way for middle-low income individuals and families to purchase a home. I live in San Francisco and on average, a new one bedroom, one bath condo costs $800,000. Through the San Francisco BMR program, the same […]

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As I walked the streets of Perugia, Italy, I couldn’t help but wonder – “Why is there so much graffiti? More importantly, when it looks so beautiful, is it still considered graffiti or art?” Growing up in Oakland, California, graffiti was the only term I knew for paint illegally applied to a wall. After my […]

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Adam has over 25 years of experience in the building industry. He has designed a wide range of domestic and international projects including detached and attached single and multi-family homes, recreational, resort, and mixed-use projects. Join me as I ask him about his career journey.

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Millennium Tower is one of the most glamorous and expensive places to live in San Francisco. A symbol of wealth, it is home to many of the City’s sports stars and tech moguls. With each of its units selling for millions of dollars, residents are understandably furious to find out the building is sinking.

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After a three-year closure, the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) finally reopened its doors in May.  The expansion includes 170,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor gallery space showcasing the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the world’s greatest private collections of contemporary art. SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra describes the […]

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For those who prefer a home to be small and cozy versus large and ornate, a cottage might be the thing for you. One or two stories, a cottage home is typically a modest, practical dwelling. With inherent charm, cottages are the perfect home for singles, young couples, small families, empty nesters, and retirees.

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One of the current challenges in housing development is maximizing limited land space while retaining a single-family detached home. One of the solutions is “Court Living.” This architectural product type is a cluster of several homes that share a common driveway or alley. The cluster module can maintain a conventional street character by having homes […]

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