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Home decor idea #49: Pay attention to details

Your furniture and appliance choices might be the first things people notice, but giving details special attention makes it seem like you spent even more time and money creating your space. “Switching out small fixtures and hardware in the home for more thoughtful pieces can make the design of the home feel more intentional, which, in turn, makes it feel more expensive,” says designer Justina Blakenly, founder of Jungalow. Replace a dated flush mount light with a modern style, or swap plastic wall plates for metal, she suggests. When updating your appliances, these are the 11 brands that make the most reliable appliances, according to Consumer Reports.

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Kiwis baffled by interior design of Wellington’s most expensive house listing



a tall glass building: The house's unusual décor has caught the attention of Kiwis.


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The house’s unusual décor has caught the attention of Kiwis.

A palatial home for sale in Wellington has caught the attention of New Zealanders – and not just for its eye watering price.

With an asking price of $7,950,000, the 742-square metre Thorndon mansion is the most expensive house to ever come on the market in Wellington. But it’s a neon sign in one of the dining rooms that got the property listing onto social media site Reddit.

The sign reads “S I N” in large capital letters and users are baffled by it.

“Blasphemy. They sit there around that long table and blaspheme all evening. Sinners,” theorised one person.

Another said maybe the owners of the property “just like maths”. 

Sin is the shortened form of sine – a trigonometric function of an angle. Not everyone was a fan of the unusual decor with one person saying it was “tacky” and another claiming it to be a sign that “money can’t buy taste”.

The vendors who undertook the renovation of the massive property told Stuff they wanted their home to be “timeless and retain its character and uniqueness… but also to create spaces which are quirky, fun and functional”.

CoreLogic confirmed $7,950,000 is the highest asking price ever asked for a home in Wellington. The previous record is a sale earlier this year of a house in Clive Road that fetched $5,750,000.

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Most Expensive ZIP Codes During Pandemic Includes Hell’s Kitchen

HELL’S KITCHEN, NY — Despite lots of talk about declining rent during the pandemic, several Manhattan ZIP codes remain among the most expensive in the U.S. — including the 10019 ZIP code in Hell’s Kitchen, according to a new study.



a tall building in a city: The 10013 ZIP Code, which includes the northern part of Hell's Kitchen and Midtown, is the sixth-most expensive in New York City and ranked No. 87 on the nationwide list​, with a median home sale price of $1,750,000.


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The 10013 ZIP Code, which includes the northern part of Hell’s Kitchen and Midtown, is the sixth-most expensive in New York City and ranked No. 87 on the nationwide list​, with a median home sale price of $1,750,000.

Property Club, a New York City-based real estate company, looked at all residential sales nationwide between March 13 and Sept. 7 to determine the 125 priciest ZIP codes during the pandemic thus far.

The 10013 ZIP Code, which includes the northern part of Hell’s Kitchen and Midtown, is the sixth-most expensive in New York City and ranked No. 87 on the nationwide list, with a median home sale price of $1,750,000.

The priciest ZIP code in New York State was not in the city, however, but out on the East End of Long Island: Sagaponack’s 11962 ZIP Code came in third on the nationwide list with a $3,795,000 median home sale price.

Four of the top six most expensive New York City ZIP Codes during the pandemic are in Lower Manhattan. The top five most expensive are as follows:

Here are the five most expensive New York City ZIP Codes after 10013:

  • SoHo, Tribeca, Chinatown (10013): $3,250,000 median home sale price
  • Upper West Side (10069): No. 17, $3,070,000 median home sale price
  • Tribeca/Lower Manhattan (10007): No. 20, $2,900,000 median home sale price
  • Battery Park (10282): No. 26, $2,712,500 median home sale price
  • SoHo/Greenwich Village (10012): No. 51, $2,150,000 median home sale price

The top two in the nation are both in California: Atherton (94027), a Bay Area suburb, came in at No. 1 with a median home sale price of nearly $6.7 million. In Los Angeles, Beverly Hills (90210) finished at No. 2 with a $4.08 million median home sale price.

More than two-thirds of the priciest ZIP codes identified are in California. Only 15 states make up the entirety of the list, with 18 ZIP codes holding a median sale price of over $3 million.

ZIP codes with fewer than five closed sales between the study time frame were not considered, according to the methodology. The full report from Property Club is available on its website.

Gus Saltonstall contributed to this report.

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