The mid-century modern design movement spans from the 1930s to 1960s and includes clean lines, fluid shapes and a desire to bring the outside in. Inspired in America by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright the style brought in influential elements from European designs, much of which are being replicated today in architecture and furnishings. In cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and the suburbs near New York City, homes that reflected this style, which included the first introduction of an open-concept floor plan, were common.
In those cities today, mid-century homes are some of the most coveted on the market and with the hit television show Mad Men, the look spans not only homes but furnishings, lifestyle and fashion. In San Antonio, the style, though not nearly as prevalent, can still be found. When Isabel and Alex Villamil moved from New York to San Antonio, after spending a few months in Houston, they jumped at the chance to purchase a 1956 mid-century home built by notable San Antonio architect Reginald H. Roberts, who served as a vice president for the Texas Associate of Architects. Roberts’ aesthetic was greatly influenced by the then modern style and can still be seen peeking out of classic buildings throughout town including the San Antonio International Airport.
“I have always been attracted to modernist structures, I love constructions that utilize huge windows and open environments, says Villamil. ”The Roberts house is a well-designed home that brings a family together with open spaces.”
A 1958 article in the San Antonio Light featured the “well-planned contemporary brick dwelling” where it noted Roberts’ then innovative ideas that included walls of glass and a floor of brick pavers. Villamil gave the home a high-end renovation in December of 2012 that paid careful attention to keeping not only the bones of the home intact, but also the soul. Breathing new life into an original wall which was composed of brick noted in the article as coming from the "Elmendorf brick kiln of 1870," the wall was painted white to compliment the modern look of the interior. The original paver flooring, still an essential element to the design, today shines as it did the day it was installed and an additional wall of windows was added to the front of the home, which will give even more amplitude to open-light infused floor plan that creates a wow perspective from street view.
Although the pink refrigerator or built-in sewing machine will remain a fond memory of the home, updated, modern luxuries recreate those same elements of surprise. The updated European design elements and luxurious materials such as quartz and stainless steel throughout the home, make this Terrell Hills home, a work of art both old and new.
Listed by Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, connoisseurs of the style are given a very unique opportunity to own an impeccably updated classic. Please click here or contact Carol.Dintelman@SothebysRealty.com for more information.
In San Antonio, people love to cook at home. It’s where friends are entertained, and quality family time happens. The design of your kitchen should reflect your lifestyle. Whether you are planning on buying a new home, or remodeling an old kitchen, the style you choose is not only important to you, but also to future homeowners, if and when you decide to sell.
When choosing a design, the style of kitchen you choose should reflect the rest of your home. Is your home modern, traditional, contemporary, French country, or rustic? Choosing a kitchen that echos your personality will bring the enjoyment of cooking back into your life. Below are five gorgeous kitchens, all with different design elements to inspire you. Enjoy!
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Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel Sauce
The countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun! Being that Turkey Day is only 10 days away, it’s time to start menu planning! Below are some favorite dishes that we at Kuper and Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty like to include on our table. So switch things up this year and try one of these great dishes!
Haricots Verts with Truffle Oil and Parmesan
From Caroline Timmins – Marketing Account Manager
"Haricot Vert is just a fancy word for green bean, but the truffle oil vinagarette and fresh parmesan shavings elevate the simple green bean in this dish to something wonderful. So skip the green bean casserole and try this instead!"
1 12 oz. bag fresh Haricots Verts, ends trimmed off
1/3 cup fresh parmesan cheese shavings
2 tablespoons white truffle oil
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon champagne wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt or sea salt (fleur de sel)
Few grindings of black pepper
1. Begin by trimming the ends off Haricots Verts, then cut them all in half 2. Boil a large pot of water, seasoned with about a tablespoon of salt 3. Once water is boiling, add Haricots Verts and cook for 2 minutes 4. Immediately remove Haricots Verts and place in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process 5. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the truffle vinaigrette 6. Drain Haricots Verts completely and transfer to serving bowl 7. Dress with vinaigrette 8. Add parmesan shavings and toss
Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream - Adapted from Bon Appetit
From Caroline Timmins – Marketing Account Manager
"A budino is an Italian pudding. This delicious recipe evokes the warm flavors of fall and is a great dessert to change things up this Thanksgiving."
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 large egg
3 large egg yolks
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons dark rum
For Salted Caramel Sauce:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt, or to taste
Homemade or store-bought whipped cream for topping
1. Mix cream and milk in large bowl 2. Whisk egg, egg yolks, and cornstarch in medium bowl 3. Stir sugar, 1/2 cup water, and salt in heavy large pot over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves 4. Increase heat to medium-high and boil without stirring until mixture turns thick, syrupy, and dark amber, occasionally swirling pot and brushing down sides with wet pastry brush, about 7 minutes 5. Immediately whisk in cream mixture (mixture will bubble vigorously). Stir to dissolve caramel bits. Bring mixture to boil, watching closely to prevent mixture from bubbling over, then reduce heat to medium 6. Gradually whisk half of hot caramel mixture into egg mixture. Return mixture to pot, whisking to blend 7. Whisk over medium heat until custard boils and is very thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter and rum; stir until melted and smooth. Strain 8. Divide custard among ten 6-ounce glasses or cups. Chill uncovered until cold, about 4 hours. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated
For Caramel Sauce:
1. Combine the cream, brown sugar and butter in the bottom of a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat 2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally in the beginning and more frequently as it reduces and thickens. You’ll know it’s done when it becomes thick and smells toasty 3. Stir in the vanilla and salt. DO AHEAD: Caramel sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill
1. Place 1 budino on each of 10 plates 2. Reheat caramel sauce just until warm 3. Spoon 1 tablespoon caramel sauce over each budino 4. Spoon dollop of whipped cream over
Vanessa's Baked Acorn Squash
From Vanessa Arce – Marketing Account Manager
"This dish is incredibly easy yet rich with seasonal flavors."
2 Acorn Squashes
2 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons of brown sugar
4 teaspoon maple syrup
Dash of salt
1. Preheat oven to 400° F 2. Using a strong chef’s knife, cut the acorn squash in half lengthwise from stem to end 3. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds in the center of each half 4. Place each half in a baking pan, cut side up 5. Coat the inside of each half with the butter, salt, and brown sugar 6. Drizzle a teaspoon of maple syrup on to each of the 4 halves 7. Bake in the over for 1 hour and 15 minutes until the squash is very soft and the tops are browned 8. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving 9. Spoon any of the buttery sauce left in the pan on top
Maple-Pecan Sweet Potato Mash - Adapted from Health.com
From Robin Coleman – Capital City Marketing Manager
"This great side almost tastes like pumpkin pie, without all the calories!"
1/4 cup chopped pecans
6 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large sweet potatoes, baked
1. Preheat oven to 300° 2. Place the pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until pecans are fragrant and begin to darken. Remove from oven, and set aside 3. In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup, orange zest, cinnamon stick, and ground cloves. Bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat, and let stand about 5 minutes 4. Gently scoop out insides of the baked sweet potatoes, and place in a heatproof bowl. Using a potato masher or large fork, mash until there are no lumps left. Heat in microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes 5. Remove the cinnamon stick from the warmed syrup, and discard. Pour the syrup over the mashed sweet potatoes, and top with the toasted pecans. Serve immediately
Orange Cranberry Sauce - Adapted from Rachel Ray Magazine
From Emily Thompson – Marketing Account Manager
"Once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to the canned stuff!"
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1/2 cup sugar, plus more if desired
1 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1/2 cup water with the orange zest, orange juice, sugar and salt over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes 2. Stir in the cranberries and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the cranberries burst and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 7 minutes. Sweeten with more sugar, if desired 3. Let the sauce cool to room temperature before serving
In light of all the devastation in the Philippines there has been a strong variance in the death toll. In first reports it had be estimated in the 10,000+ however in the latest figure is above 2,500. There are many relief efforts jumping into action to send aide and coordinate relief efforts. The BBC Asia News noted that the UN estimated that “more than 11 million people are believed to have been affected and some 673,000 displaced.”
Survivors are still in need of food, water, shelter and medical aid. The destruction is extensive that it is extremely difficult to reach all of the people affected throughout the region.
While you think sending clothes and food would be the best course of action it can be even more difficult to get it to devastated areas. Most organizations that are rallying to fund and coordinate aide are urging that you send money instead because they can quickly translate it into goods and get it on the ground for real support quicker.
The New York Times, Asia Pacific, has an detailed account including a map of the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan "Yolanda"
Live Google Typhoon Yolanda Relief Map | Links for more information & Google Person Finder
Here is a list of organizations mobilizing to send relief and support aide to the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan.
UNICEF USA http://www.unicefusa.org/
World Food Programme https://www.wfp.org/
American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/Donation
The Salvation Army https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/TyphoonHaiyan
Mercy Corps https://www.mercycorps.org
Habitat for Humanity http://www.give2habitat.org/home
Doctors Without Boarders http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
Child Fund http://www.childfund.org/emergency/
954 Riverforest | New Braunfels, TX 78132
This paradise nestled within a gated community is located in the heart of historic Gruene, TX. The home sits up approx. 220 ft overlooking the Guadalupe River. Offering 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a study and game room, plus a detached guest house, this beautiful property is truly a dream home. Upon entering, a magnificent cathedral ceiling highlights the entry, showcasing the luxurious details throughout the home. The immaculate residence boasts travertine and granite counters throughout, which are highlighted in the open kitchen. View the walk-through butler pantry and wet bar. The wet bar includes amenities such as a wine grotto, refrigerator, ice maker, kegerator and built-ins.
An abundance of windows fill the rooms with light and natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Notice the craftsmanship throughout this designer residence, including the gorgeous hand-scraped wood floors in the dining area and study. The master bedroom features outside access, a walk-in steam shower, a whirlpool tub, a separate double vanity, and an exercise room off master suite.
A custom designed, oversized, Keith Zars pool and spa highlight the lush back yard. Landscaped to perfection, the property displays spectacular views of the Guadalupe River and the surrounding hill country. A charming courtyard area complete with fireplace and a spacious covered porch with outdoor kitchen create the perfect outdoor retreat, making this spectacular home a true paradise.
Call Susan Marburger for more information on the ample amenities this residence offers and make this tranquil hill country retreat yours today.
Alamo Heights is one of the oldest and most renowned neighborhoods in all of San Antonio. Actually an incorporated city within San Antonio, Alamo Heights features a top-notch school system, quiet streets lined with old family homes, townhomes and high rises made for urban living, quality restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops, and endless shopping opportunities.
Where to Eat
Running down the heart of Alamo Heights is Broadway, which is home to many of Alamo Heights’ best places to grab a coffee or a bite to eat. In the morning, stop into Broadway Daily Bread and try one of their many freshly baked treats, like homemade cinnamon rolls, muffins, and kolaches to die for. If you need caffeine to jump start your day try Local Coffee, where the unique and special brews will ruin you for regular joe after you’ve tried it. Broadway is also home to many great lunch spots in Alamo Heights. Cappyccino’s offers updated classics like soups, sandwiches, and killer burgers. And speaking of burgers, Order Up in Lincoln Heights off Broadway focuses their menu on burgers and fries, and the results are fantastic. To tame that late afternoon stomach growling, stop by Bird Bakery on Broadway. While Bird Bakery’s Hollywood connection might bring people in, the delectable cupcakes, pies, cookies, drinks, and sandwiches bring people back again and again. When it’s dinner in Alamo Heights, you can’t go wrong with Paloma Blanca, where Tex-Mex classics are dressed up and delicious. As well, Cappyccino’s big sister, Cappy’s, serves new American cuisine executed perfectly.
What to Do
The central location of Alamo Height means you can get to just about anywhere in San Antonio easily, yet right in and around Alamo Heights you can find opportunities for entertainment and leisure. One of San Antonio’s best museums, The McNay, sits on the edge of Alamo Heights. Once the estate of a prominent San Antonio art collector, The McNay and its serene grounds provide a fantastic museum experience today. In addition to the boutiques that line Broadway, just minutes from Alamo Heights are the Lincoln Heights and Quarry shopping centers. If you like to take a run on something other than a treadmill, consider jogging along the Olmos Dam, which connects Alamo Heights to Olmos Park.
Where to Live
Alamo Heights encompasses a wide variety of living options. From $1,000,000 estates to $300,000 cottages, modern townhomes to exclusive highrises, Alamo Heights has the right home for you. Check out some of our current listings for sale in Alamo Heights.
Fall has arrived – and with it, a chill in the air finally bringing South Texas temperatures under 100 degrees. A favorite time of year for many, fall brings nostalgic sights and smells…. And in the month of October, ghost stories. With Halloween fast approaching, here are a few TX Tales about some ghoulish real estate in and around our area:
Victoria’s Black Swan Inn - San Antonio, TX
Built on the historic grounds of the Battle of Salado Creek (1842), and home to Fort Sam Houston’s former “Hanging Tree”, Victoria’s Black Swan Inn has been noted as one of the most haunted sights in the U.S. and on November 2, you can attend their Dia De Los Muertos Masquerade Ball for the opportunity to participate in other paranormal events. According to research and popular lore, the Inn located hosts spirits of those who died in the post-Alamo battle. The most popular of these is Steven Jeff, the only Texan to die in the battle; it is rumored he walks the grounds. The barn and the library wing of the main home also have reports of ominous guests.
(Photo courtesy Grant Laird Jr., via Flickr)
Faust Hotel – New Braunfels, TX
Faust Hotel was opened in 1929 just before the start of the Great Depression. Various reports of spirits drifting through hallways, floating through closed doors, and turning on and off water/electricity have been reported. It is also said that so long as the fountain out in front of the hotel is flowing, that guest have nothing to fear, however should that fountain be “asleep” be wary of unexpected guests at the hotel.
Littlefield House – Austin, TX
This home is one of the finest examples of Victorian Architecture, built in 1893. While there are many tales of paranormal activity in and around this historic home, the most common tale is that of the lady of the house, Alice Littlefield. Insane, reclusive, etc., Alice rarely left the house and she may not have left at all. Since her death, people have claimed to see her ghost walking about in the upper rooms of the home and some have heard the old piano playing.
Take some time this Halloween season to do a little of your own research into some of the haunted history in your area. Learning more about local folk-lore is fun for the whole family. Perhaps it will inspire you to turn your own home into haunted mansion, or give you some great ghost stories to tell at a neighborhood party. You may even find the paranormal is closer than you think. Happy Haunting!
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132 Harrigan Court | Jane Boddy
Low Maintenance Living
Most townhomes have small yards and a homeowner's association that will maintain common areas for you and sometimes bigger is not always better in San Antonio. Residents are moving from bigger cities, retirees are downsizing, young business professionals are moving from around the world, and growing families are in transition. This is also a huge benefit for people that prefer low maintenance lifestyle. You won't have to worry about mowing the lawn, maintaining a pool, or managing garbage pickup. The homeowner's association covers different maintenance items in every community so be sure to check what is covered before putting in an offer.
137 Katherine Court 2 | Leticia Arauz
Close Proximity to Everything
Convenience is the first thing buyers are looking for when looking for a townhome. Buyers and families that don't want to give up easy access to shopping, will find that most townhouse communities are within short driving or walking distance of grocery stores and shopping centers.
1045 Shook Ave 126F | Deanna Wright
Excellent Rental Potential
Sometimes you may need to relocate with little time to sell and renting will become a viable option. Potential tenants are usually more open to renting a townhouse with a homeowner's association in place because it creates a near no maintenance environment for them whereas renting a single family home still comes with the responsibilities of ownership. Some companies in San Antonio, such as Rack Space and USAA, have seen a lot of growth in the past few years and employees are moving from all over and looking for other low maintenance options besides an apartment.
Once you've bought a home, it's time to make it your own through interior design. Here are five popular interior styles to inspire your design:
The traditional design style is common in home decorating. It is characterized by rich tones, warm woods, and curved lines. Sofas and chairs are usually accented with tufted arms and wingbacks. Pieces are comfortable yet elegant. Accent tables in dark woods with intricate detailing are often found. Other key elements in traditional design schemes include oriental rugs, fluted lampshades, classic artwork in matching frames, heavy drapes, and antique accents throughout.
The modern design style is one that is becoming more popular. Straight, smooth lines and neutral tones with pops of color are aspects in modern design. You’ll find high-gloss and Lucite surfaces. Sofas and chairs are less stuffed and have straight arms and backs. Modern homes are perfect canvases for modern art and frequently gallery walls with precise lighting. This design scheme is less focused on comfort and more concerned with high style.
Sometimes confused with modern, contemporary design embodies of-the-moment trends while modern design is inspired by styles of the 50s and 60s. Contemporary schemes are comprised of cool and neutral color tones, luxurious fabrics, and solids mixed with subtle prints. The softness of contemporary design is aided by abundant natural light during the day, and soft ambient light from sleek features at night. Overall, contemporary design offers style and comfort with a relaxing feel.
Transitional design is a combination of modern and traditional. Transitional design takes the classic feeling of traditional design and injects a modern energy into in. This creates a design style that less intimidating and easily accomplished. Colors are neutral and lines are both clean and elaborate. Modern features like exposed ductwork are combined rich, traditional wood beams.
Eclectic design is all about having fun and mixing styles. Elaborate oriental antiques may be mixed with mid-century modern pieces. Eclectic design depends heavily on accessorizing; major pieces from varying styles are united with unique accessories, from artwork in mismatched frames, to gilded light fixtures, and one-of-a-kind vases, bowls, and sculptural pieces. Eclectic design may seem intimidating, but when done right it is one of the most intriguing design schemes.
Thinking about buying a new house? Where are you going to start looking on your smartphone or tablet? You are not alone. Mobile devices and phones are becoming the ‘new standard’ for not only how we communicate but how we do business. Mobile traffic, across all industries, is estimated to be increasing 3.5% every month. [Televox] Local searches for everything on mobile devices have quadrupled in 2012 [Local Search] How does this effect buying or selling your home? While most industries will give you the basics, where to find an item and how much it is Real Estate agents “bridge the gap between internet research and viewing, buying a home.”
Mobile Search | Real Estate
- According to the National Association of Realtor’s 90% of buyers found their house from online searches.
- Estimated that 89% of new home shoppers use a mobile search engine at the beginning and throughout their research [Google &Compete Home Shopper Mobile Survey 2012]
- Approximately 50 % of all real estate searches are on mobile devices. [Inmann News]
- Realtor.org estimates that between 2011 and 2012 real estate searches on Google.com have grown 22%.
- Google real estate searches on mobile devices grew 120% from 2011 to 2012
- Estimated 20% of all real estate searches happen on mobile devices
- 49% of new home shoppers do mobile searches at the beginning of their research; 40 % do mobile searches throughout their research
- 44% of new home shoppers use mobile apps throughout their research process
- The #1 mobile activities for new home shoppers is getting information about a home; getting directions to a home is the #2 activity
- 77% of new home shoppers do mobile home research from home; 31% do so at work
- Home builder-related searches on tablets grew 362 % year-over-year
- Real estate broker-related searches on tablets grew 300 % year-over-year
Read more: Realtor.org
"Our research supports that homebuyers are turning to their smartphones and tablets in their search and taking action to reach real estate professionals," said Scott Dixon, president of the real estate division for Network Communications Inc. (NCI), The Real Estate Book’s parent company, in a statement. - Read more at: Inmann
If buyers can access all of this data, whether it is on their computer or mobile device, why do they need a real estate agent?
A Realtor offers more than just having detailed search capabilities. Just as buying a house involves more than just browsing through listings and choosing one to make an offer. Time is a major factor it’s a real estate’s agent full-time job, they are trained on the real estate platforms and they know track down homes that meet your criteria. If you’re selling a property Realtors do more than schedule showings, they assist in maintaining the safety of your property while ensuring qualified people are viewing it. When you’re selling a property you have to be available to schedule showings and show the property to anyone who calls.
Negotiating between buyers and sellers is difficult, especially when both are trying to look after their best interests. Real estate agents deal with contracts and financing conditions on a regular basis and it’s in their vested interest to represent and protect you from making a costly mistake.
There are plenty of resources to do an online to do an online search but if you truly want to ensure you find the right property at the right price you will need to talk to a real estate agent. They are experts at taking your list of ‘must haves’ and turning them into an actual home.
SIR Mobile App is available on Android, Blackberry and iPhone. The application offers a dynamic search results display with large property photos in the list view. The photo gallery view displays full-sized photos and the property details together. The App uses the phone’s GPS to pull listings based on where the user is located. While being able to browse luxury homes internationally is fascinating one of the true benefits to for local users here is that the App also browses the the SABOR MLS.
Download SIR App: go to http://m.SIR.com | go to your app store and search “Sotheby’s” | text “SIR” to 87778