For Joanna Gaines, Home Is the Heart of a Food and Design Empire

The first Chip Gaines heard of avocado toast was in 2017. He and his wife, Joanna, were about to open a 200-seat restaurant in downtown Waco, Texas, where their home design and construction business is based. The family pancake recipe was locked in, and the biscuits and gravy were good to go by the time Mrs. Gaines mentioned adding a …

$1.6 Million Homes in California

San Francisco | $1.595 Million A condominium unit in a Victorian house built in 1900 and recently renovated, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms This house, which now contains two residential units, was built in 1900 and recently renovated by Jeff Schlarb Design Studio. (Mr. Schlarb’s studio occupies the building’s ground-floor commercial space.) It is in the Presidio Heights neighborhood, …

House Hunting on Grenada: Caribbean Views for $2.5 Million

A Hillside Villa on the Island of Grenada $2.5 MILLION This Mediterranean-style villa, on a one-acre hillside lot sprinkled with tropical fruit trees, is situated on a narrow peninsula jutting from the southeastern coast of Grenada. The three-bedroom main house, built in 1995 and renovated in 2009, and its one-bedroom guesthouse, share a 30-foot dock and views of Westerhall Bay, …

How Parents Can Find Alone Time

Every workday for the last six weeks, Rachel Kanarek Boudoin has gotten dressed, made breakfast for her daughters, who are ages 4 and 2, then kissed them goodbye before heading out into the garage. But Ms. Boudoin, a commercial real estate attorney, hasn’t been driving to her office in downtown Atlanta the way she used to before the coronavirus arrived. …

It’s Not Too Late for a Flower Garden

My farmer-florist neighbor Jennifer Elliott’s 15-acre organic operation in the Hudson Valley is like a giant cutting garden from April to November. So it was to Ms. Elliott and another flower-focused friend that I turned for a strategy in a year when having some version of what she has, at least in miniature — the cheer of homegrown color — …

Sheltering in Place in an R.V. Is Not as Fun as It Sounds

In the six years since they decided to sell their house and move into a 40-foot motor home, Julie and Marc Bennett have crisscrossed the country and become masters of the R.V. lifestyle — all while “still working and saving for retirement,” as they note on their website, RVlove.com. They even wrote a book, “Living the RV Life,” with tips …

A Record Sale in Brooklyn Among April’s Closings

New York City’s real estate market reached new highs in April, even as the coronavirus outbreak threatened future home sales. The most expensive single residence in Brooklyn, a penthouse at the newly opened Quay Tower at Brooklyn Bridge Park, closed at $20.3 million. In Manhattan, four more full-floor aeries at 220 Central Park South sold — one for nearly $56.3 …

#CancelRent Is New Rallying Cry for Tenants. Landlords Are Alarmed.

As unemployment soars across the country, tenants rights groups and community nonprofits have rallied around an audacious goal: to persuade the government to halt rent and mortgage payments — without back payments accruing — for as long as the economy is battered by the coronavirus. The effort has been brewing on social media, with the hashtag #CancelRent and online video …

When Can I Start Using My Building’s Gym Again?

Summer is coming. And for the New Yorkers who live in buildings with gyms, roof decks, pools and playrooms, reopening these spaces could mean the difference between a grueling summer and a bearable one. In some buildings, it’s already happening. Last week, a financial district condo reopened one of its roof decks, making the space available in hourlong shifts with …

Which Cities Offer Renters the Least and Most Personal Space?

People everywhere are stuck inside waiting out the Covid-19 pandemic — but of course, some are more cramped than others. A new study by RentCafé offers insight into where American renters have the least amount of personal space. To determine the average number of square feet available to renters in the 100 largest U.S. cities, the researchers divided the average …