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$1,350,000 home in eastern Iowa features 60 acres



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Verdant pastures meet slick contemporary designs with this home located near Iowa City at 5108 280th Street NE, Iowa City. Architect Doug Wells brings his custom touch to this magnificent home complete with sixty acres of rolling Iowa countryside.

This home’s interior, with 4,740 square feet of luxury, is designed to capture the most of these stunning views. Soaring skylights and windows bring the outdoors to you. Relax next to a cozy fire and watch the autumn colors unveil their richness. With a screened porch, balcony, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and geothermal heating and cooling, this is the place for comfortable family life and exquisite entertaining. 

Verdant pastures meet slick contemporary designs on this six-acre $1,350,000 home selling in eastern Iowa at 5108 280th Street NE, Iowa City. Oasis is the word to describe this property. Working from home will become your new favorite choice. (Photo: Blank & McCune Real Estate/Special to the Register)

Oasis is the word to describe this property that features maple and four-inch thick concrete floors, new oversized double shower in the master suite, main floor hickory cabinets, granite counters, main floor laundry and mud room. A heated four-car garage and barn complete the exterior amenities. 

Working from home will become your new favorite choice.

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KAA Design and Pamela Smith Interiors Interweave Indoors and Out for a Southern California Abode

The main bedroom, with custom walnut bed and Jiun Ho upholstered bench, has a private courtyard featuring a reflecting pool and a Japanese ofuro soaking tub. Photography by Roger Davies.

Most empty nesters downsize. Not this couple: Rebuilding on the same Southern California property where they’d raised their three children, the duo upsized from around 6,000 square feet to 10,500—and did a complete about-face design-wise. Leading the clients on their journey from traditional to contemporary were L.A.–based architecture firm KAA Design and San Diego’s Pamela Smith Interiors. A full-fledged collaboration gave rise to what’s been dubbed the Tree House. 

A cedar garage door contrasts with the motor court’s wall of board-formed concrete. Photography by Roger Davies.

The trapezoidal site was, in a word, spectacular. Set on a promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean about a mile away, the two acres were filled with mature oaks, Torrey pines, and magnolia trees—ergo the home’s sobriquet. “We didn’t want to just preserve the trees; we wanted to weave them into the architecture,” says Grant Kirkpatrick, who founded KAA more than 30 years ago to specialize in luxury residences. “We viewed the entire site as a canvas—for the house and for an
indoor-outdoor environment,” one that would encompass generous grassy lawns, a swimming pool, and even a bocce court.

The ground-level great room has retractable glass walls on two sides that open to create a breezeway. Photography by Roger Davies.

In terms of site planning, “our breakthrough was in re-envisioning how you come onto the property and approach the house,” KAA partner Duan Tran explains. “Rather than pulling off the street and directly into a garage, cars arrive via a romantic entry sequence.” The long and winding path threads through the trees and past a monumental board-formed concrete gate before arriving at a

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SMIC Joins the Big Bath of China Security Threats

The rules don’t appear as strict as those placed on Huawei Technologies Co. earlier this year, according to Bloomberg News. That move ended up forcing suppliers like Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to stop making chips to the Chinese company’s design.

Yet the timing should raise eyebrows. The U.S. Commerce Department is implementing the ban because products sold to the chipmaker pose an “unacceptable risk of diversion to a military end use,” according to a letter from the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, the report said.

That sounds terrifying. In reality, anything sold to any company could end up having a military use: from an operating system developed by a software maker (armies use computers), to rubber and chemicals made by industrial giants (military trucks have tires).

Despite the increased rhetoric from the Trump administration, the U.S. doesn’t apply arbitrary rules to its definition of military end use. In fact, the bureau has a set of guidelines on the topic. In April, it broadened its definition while adding China to a small cohort of nations — Russia and Venezuela being the others — for which a specific set of Export Administration Regulations apply. It outlined the likely result:

This expansion will require increased diligence with respect to the evaluation of end users in China, particularly in view of China’s widespread civil-military integration.

A month later, the department added 24 groups to its entities list because of a risk that they would support “procurement of items for military end-use in China.” SMIC wasn’t among them. 

It’s possible that something happened over the past four months to make the Commerce Department suddenly worried about the threat from SMIC. Maybe that extra $7 billion it raised in a Shanghai listing two months ago raised red flags, or it could be that the chip

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Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Design Home By Former St. Pete Mayor

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL — Experience beautiful and refreshing nature right outside the doors of this home that is described as a masterpiece with its updated interior and Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design.

There is nothing ordinary about the designs inside this five bedroom home that sits on lush landscape that offers privacy.

Take the virtual tour and experience the luxurious and dream qualities of this $2.5 million home in Snell Isle.

A Frank LLoyd Wright inspired design, this contemporary home was built in 1968 by master architect and former mayor of St. Petersburg, Randolph “Randy” Wedding.

In 2006, with the help of architect Jovica Millic, the interior was renovated into the masterpiece it is today in Snell Isle Estates, on half an acre with lush landscape that offers complete privacy. This stunning 5,878-square-foot home offers five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths with floor to ceiling windows that brings in plenty of natural light.

Enter through the etched copper double doors into the first level that features a guest suite & entertainment room with a massive fireplace. A distinguished staircase leads to a dining room with floor to ceiling glass panels with views of the garden and golf course. A brand new custom-made modern kitchen with Quartz counter tops, soft close cabinets, Bosch appliances, a Monogram refrigerator and a service elevator.

A separate living room with wide picture windows invites the beauty of the outdoor space. An additional three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths are also located on this level. The master suite encompasses the entire third level complete with custom designed details. The master bath has a striking dual sink design, cabinetry and oversized jetted tub and a shower that can transform into a steam bath.

Brand new floors throughout the interior and freshly painted on the outside. Enjoy the outdoors and

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Upstairs bedroom and bathroom reveals

Upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms were unveiled on The Block this week, and while one team deserved first place, the remaining rankings were harder to digest than full cream milk.

Let’s process some of the major issues …


Luke and Jasmin’s bedroom is the most clucky-inducing space I’ve ever encountered. It’s the sort of room that’d convince the Octomom to have another eight kids.

The wallpaper is everything. The lights are everything. And that hanging chair is everything. There’s nothing to fault here.

The bathroom is equally delicious and speaks perfectly to the style of the other ensuites in this home. Luke and Jasmin have a consistent design scheme rolling out across the property that’ll see them win come auction day. Sadly the same can’t be said for the team that came second.


While Jimmy and Tam delivered a bedroom that was better than some of their others, it was filled with too much joinery.

The bench seat in particular, cutting across the window, looks odd. The top of it is so thin that I’d need to go on Michelle Bridges’ 12 Week Body Challenge just to be sure it’d hold me. Overall it’s a room that feels a bit busy.

The bathroom walls are, in no uncertain terms, completely diabolical. I believe it’s a new paint colour called ‘Last at Auction’. Like most of the Bachelor in Paradise cast, it’s too loud and completely off-putting.

The advice from Shaynna around turning off potential buyers with divisive design is about five weeks too late. The large floor and wall tiles in the bathroom were rather beautiful though.


While the colour palette, wallpaper and bed styling in Sarah and George’s bedroom are all successful, the

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