A historic storybook home in LA

Plus a New Zealand apartment with a rooftop deck

For the first time in my life, I’m working completely from home. For the past five years, I’ve consistently held remote-friendly jobs in the writing industry, but I’ve always also had customer service jobs that required my presence inside of the establishment that provided my paycheck. But now that I’m 100% remote, I can’t see myself ever returning to an office.

Which is easier said than done, of course. My guess is that by the time a vaccine is widely available and some semblance of control has been gained over the pandemic in the US, that offices will ask their employees to return to work in-person. But I hope that companies and businesses also allow their employees continue to work from home, if their position allows and the person prefers.

The benefits of working from home have been touted since long before the pandemic, and for good reason. Personally, I’m much more productive when I’m in the comfort of my own home, but it’s also just really nice to be to fart whenever I need to.

A historic storybook home in LA

Have you ever tried saying “historic storybook” ten times fast? It’s not easy. My tongue always wants to add an additional R in “storybook”. I know I’ve featured a lot of homes in California on this newsletter. When I started writing this newsletter I had a vision of featuring every single state, rotating through them quickly by avoiding repeats. But I’ve resorted to going with the flow. And this house was too cute to pass up.

This historic property in Hollywood Hills was designed by Roland E. Hill, an architect who’s best known for designing Disney sets — including the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. Built in 1927, this storybook home spans a comfortable 2,626 square feet in size and features four bedrooms, three baths, and a gourmet kitchen. Much of the original character has been maintained, including a stained glass window in the dining room that just makes me swoon. The property is also host to a studio or office space with a separate entrance and a guest house. The asking price is $2,495,000. [Douglas Elliman]

An Auckland apartment with a rooftop deck

Ahhh, New Zealand. A true dreamland. Stunning landscapes, great accents, progressive politics, and one of the only countries that seems to have managed to keep the pandemic under control from the jump. Who wouldn’t want to live there? I’ve heard that foreigners applying for citizenship have to pay something like, $100K. But you know, I’d probably spend that if it meant my prime minister was Jacinda Ardern.

This penthouse apartment spans 2,012 square feet in size, offering four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Granite countertops can be found in the kitchen while floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors allow for lots of natural light. Features include east-facing decks off the living room and master suite (hello, sunrise!), and a desirable private rooftop garden that offers the perfect place for entertaining guests. This stunning Auckland apartment is yours for $998,000 NZD ($721,000 USD). [Sotheby’s International Realty]

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