Miami’s Boom Time

Posted By Post Date: 26. Dec. 2012

LAURE HÉRIARD DUBREUIL may be thoroughly Parisian, but she considers herself a Miami tour guide. “I have so many requests from friends for where to go and what to do,” said Ms. Hériard Dubreuil, who co-founded the boutique the Webster, on Collins Avenue, in 2008. “For the past five years, I was always going through my email, cutting and pasting and sending.” Since opening store the store, which stocks labels [...]

Buying Beats Renting in Most US Cities

Posted By Post Date: 26. Dec. 2012

For people who are willing to stay put for a few years, buying a home has become a much better deal than renting in almost every major housing market in the nation. In more than 75% of the 200 metro areas analyzed by real estate listing web site Zillow, homeowners would reach a “breakeven point” — where owning the home makes better financial sense than renting it — in three years or less. “Historic [...]

The Kitchen That Ate the House

Posted By Post Date: 26. Dec. 2012

Earlier this year, builder/architect Mohamed Hadid put the final touches on a 5,000-square-foot space in Beverly Hills, Calif., with whitewashed oak and limestone floors, hand-carved crystal chandeliers, two flat-screen televisions, a dining table that can seat 16 and a large couch overlooking a sleek gas fireplace. The space, which opens to manicured gardens outside, isn’t a new estate home. It’s a kitchen. Long the de facto central gathering space of [...]