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First, Hire an Artist. Then, Build the House

Some art lovers design their homes around site-specific works—murals, sculptures, even mosaics by famous street artists. But such pieces can be a gamble at resale time.


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MANSION First, Hire an Artist. Then, Build the House

Alissa Dragun for The Wall Street Journal

Some homeowners hang paintings. Todd Piccus had a mural of a cartoon frog replicated on the side of his garage. He also hunted down, and commissioned, a secretive Paris-based street artist to adorn his house. A small number of art lovers commission site-specific works that are as inseparable from their homes as the staircase or the kitchen island. An artwork that can’t be removed, however, can hurt the value of the property if the artist isn’t well-known.

Mountain Resorts Aim to Create Aspen in New England

Megan Haley for The Wall Street Journal

High-end ski resorts and residential developments are leading a real-estate recovery—albeit a slow one—in Southern Vermont. Overall, the market for second homes hasn’t fully rebounded to pre-2008 levels, but it could improve as developers open and expand resorts, as well as upgrade ski-related amenities, such as lifts, snow equipment and trail systems.

San Francisco Tudor-Style Mansion Seeks $25 Million

Dennis Mayer

A Tudor-style home in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights neighborhood is on the market for $25 million, making it one of the most expensive properties currently on the market in the city.

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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE Canada Housing Starts Rise on Condo Demand

Cole Burston/Bloomberg News

Canadian housing starts unexpectedly rose in October, powered by demand for condominiums from first-time home buyers in the country’s biggest cities.

THE A-HED Selling a House to Millennials? Bring a Camera, and Fake Eyelashes

Dawn Elizabeth Studios

As millennials buy homes in greater numbers, new wrinkles are emerging in an age-old process. Gone are the days of popping a champagne cork once the purchase and mortgage forms are signed. Today, more first-time buyers rush to share their newfound status as homeowners across social media. That has led some to craft elaborate photo shoots in or outside a first home.

HOUSE OF THE DAY A Malibu Beach Compound Asks $20 Million

Scott Everts/SAE Photography

This oceanside 1920s property has a main house, tea house, guest apartment and pool.

GREATER NEW YORK REAL ESTATE Manhattan Retail Landlords Slash Rents to Lure Tenants

Byron Smith for The Wall Street Journal

Commercial real estate owners usually cut rents only after exhausting a menu of other options, from months of free rent to tenant allowances for construction and remodeling. Retail landlords in Manhattan are trying all of the above.

Trump Tower Condo Prices Lag Behind Those of Similar Midtown Properties


Condominium prices are faltering at Trump Tower, President Donald Trump’s property on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, more than at similar buildings across the city.