At a Sculptor’s Marrakesh Estate, a Menagerie of Whimsical Artwork

MARRAKESH, Morocco — Jean-François Fourtou has seen Marrakesh undergo rapid change in recent years, as it has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. His 25-acre estate, Dar El Sadaka, which was once isolated from the city, is now surrounded by development, including hotels and other private homes. Still, the peacefulness has been preserved at a property where Mr. Fourtou, a …

Fighting to Preserve the Magic of Lower Fifth Avenue

Zodet Negrón, an agency spokeswoman, said in an email that the commission’s staff had concluded that the Demarest lacked the “significance and integrity” of a landmark “due to the cumulative effect of its substantial alterations.” These changes, she said, included major renovations at the ground floor, replacement of the cornice, “the removal of the three-story-high decorative and structural infill from …

Seal Beach, Calif.: Small-Town Ambience on the Orange County Coast

What You’ll Find Thanks to the 965-acre Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, the naval weapons center and the labyrinth of piers at the Alamitos Bay Marina in Long Beach, Seal Beach is insulated from much of the crowding that afflicts neighboring Orange County towns. Its charming Main Street includes locally owned restaurants (like the French bistro Crema Cafe and the …

Five Stories Tall and Made of Wood

The first project in the series, called Frame 283 and located at 283 Greene Avenue in Clinton Hill, is an industrial-style five-story building with 10 apartments, all with two bedrooms and either one or two bathrooms, and private outdoor space. Spruce boards, which are glued at perpendicular angles to make thick beams called cross-laminated timber, are clearly visible in columns, …

Hyde Park, N.Y.: A Gilded Age Getaway With a Friendly Vibe

Ann Weiser and Neil Krupnick moved to Hyde Park, N.Y., three and a half years ago, driven from their home on the North Fork of Long Island by boredom and high taxes. A friend introduced them to the historic town of Hyde Park in Dutchess County, about 90 miles north of Manhattan. “You can’t run out of things to do …

Would You Sell Your Home to an Algorithm?

Imagine selling your home without ever having to put it on the market or even show it to anyone. More homeowners across the country are turning to iBuying, a streamlined process that removes many of the hurdles and complications that come with selling a home. Companies, known as iBuyers — including Opendoor, Zillow Instant Offers, Offerpad and RedfinNow — invite …

Is a 400% Rent Increase the Future of Coney Island?

Dianna Carlin should be finishing the book she is writing about the joys of owning the Lola Star boutique, a “really tiny, magical little shop” on the Coney Island boardwalk, for the past 19 years. Instead, Ms. Carlin has been anxious and fearful since her landlord weeks ago offered her a new lease — with a 400 percent rent increase. …

House Hunting in Alberta, Canada: A Timber Chalet in the Rockies

An All-Year Chalet Outside Banff, Alberta $2.9 MILLION (3.795 MILLION CANADIAN DOLLARS) This timber-framed, five-bedroom home is in Canmore, a valley town in the Canadian Rockies near the southeast boundary of Banff National Park, in Alberta province. Built in 2004 on a third of an acre, the 4,802-square-foot house is inside Silvertip Resort, a master-planned golf community situated along the …

Co-Living Grows Up – The New York Times

New Yorkers have long shared apartments in order to afford the city’s famously high rents. This, of course, often entails hunting down an apartment with a real estate agent — and paying a broker’s fee, plus a hefty deposit — then furnishing the place, lining up roommates and getting electricity and internet service up and running. For several years, co-living …