Zaha Hadid, Floral Park & Berkeley: Nook Real Estate This Week

Every week I write 3 regular blogs for Nook Real Estate, an innovative company who addresses a lot of the issues I personally had with the home buying process.

The week of August 27, I wrote about the architect Zaha Hadid, the Nook Neighborhood Floral Park and some Fast Facts about UC Berkeley.

For Architect Zaha Hadid, The World is Not a Rectangle 

Zaha Hadid knew her place in the architectural community, in that she had no place. Hadid was her own force, creatively and as a leader of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA). She understood that she “dangled,” in her own words, on the edges of the accepted, of the establishment. “Irrepressible, a force of nature,” is how Patrik Shumacher, senior partner at ZHA, describes her. Hadid was a living force of the very landscapes and shapes she incorporated into her work, completing 55 projects across the globe at the time of her 2016 death of a heart attack. Zaha Hadid Architects had no reason to believe their muse and leader would not be with them many more years, and now have the daunting task of 45 more projects to complete in her name, to ultimately honor her legacy.

Read more at Nook’s blog.

Floral Park Packs a Lot of Architectural History into this Santa Ana Neighborhood

We have a number of Nook Neighborhoods whose architectural cultures were formed because of World War II: Haight-AshburyCoral Gables in Miami, as well as most Eichler Modern Mid Century homes, to name a few.

It is the First World War, however that made Floral Park into the incredibly picture perfect neighborhood we know and love today. Watch out if you take the Floral Park Neighborhood Association tour, though; home sales go up after visitors fall in love while walking around the homes and gardens, according to the home tour director. Take a look at these beautiful photos to see why. Are you touring homes, museums, or art pieces? It’s hard to tell.

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The Big C, Student Protests and Escape Routes: The Legends of UC Berkeley

In 1868, the private College of California merged with the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland, and the University of California, Berkeley was born. It began with a mere 40 students and 10 teachers, growing to over 1,500 full time faculty serving 27,000 undergraduates. Who knew the sort of legends that would grow out of the first of the University of California system, now the top public university in the United States?

As with many stories told through many years, this leading research institute carries in its campus many mythologies and trivia. We dug into its history to deliver the fast facts that you never knew about UC Berkeley! It’s up to you to decide if they’re true or not.

  • A Chancellor escaped from Vietnam War protesters through a series of elaborately interconnected underground steam tunnels.

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Fast Facts about Famous Mid-Century Modern Architect, Joseph Eichler

Eichler lived in a Frank Lloyd Wright home, the story goes, and thus his lifelong journey to mid-century modernism began. Combining the feeling of indoor and outdoor spaces into his design, Eichlers brought a more airy option to the growing suburban middle class. It is estimated that around 11,000 homes in the Los Angeles and San Francisco region are true Eichlers. Built with materials readily available to everyone post-war, buying an Eichler home could really be seen as an embodiment of the American Dream. With the exposed posts and beams, floor to ceiling windows and skylights, an Eichler means open areas, not boxy rooms, and the spirit of letting the outside into your home.

The architectural style of an Eichler home must have felt like a dream compared to the cookie cutter houses that defined the suburbs. Parents Magazine even once awarded Eichlers as the best house in the U.S. for raising children.

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