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New Birmingham townhome has private elevator


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Enjoy carefree living in a new luxury townhome in Birmingham with nearly 4,000 square feet of living space.

Designed by local architect Christopher J. Longe AIA, the Westbrown property at 625 Brown features three bedrooms and four full baths and one partial. 

The design of the home boasts a large integrated living space with an open floor plan and many design elements. Among them are 8-inch European oak wood floors, two fireplaces, culinary-grade appliances, granite countertops and spa-like baths.

Also included is pre-wired home automation, a private elevator with access to all levels, a library, personal patio, landscaped courtyard, two-car attached garage, and more.

The property, priced at $2,199,000, is just a three-minute walk from the downtown shopping area. 

See the listing here:

An open room near the kitchen. (Photo: Nev Muftari and Skyview Experts, Nev Muftari and Skyview Experts)

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Barnwood Reclaimers Offers Custom Made Furniture by Private Design Appointment

During August’s successful moving sale, all of Barnwood Reclaimers’ incredible pre-made furniture was sold and is being enjoyed in many homes throughout the community. Owners Ryan and Patti Trcka found that what really meets their clients’ needs are private custom design appointments.

“We’re back in the wood shop and getting settled in after our big move,” explained Patti Trcka. “We’re preparing for fall and winter, with cooler weather and upcoming family gatherings. Since most of us are already spending a lot of time at home because of the pandemic, this is a great time to work with our clientele to create beautiful custom furniture and fireplace mantels that will cozy their nests and upgrade their homes.”

Like many other small companies, Barnwood Reclaimers is having to be creative with how it conducts business in light of the pandemic. “Prior to our private appointments, we typically discuss the details of the

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A new three-bedroom Somerville condo with a private deck

68 Newton St., Unit 2, Somerville

a kitchen with a sink and a mirror: 68-newton-street-somerville-kitchen

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Style: Condo

Year built: 1910; converted 2020

Square feet: 2,134

Beds: 3

Baths: 2 full, 1 half

Fee: To be determined

Taxes: To be determined

Sometimes a single element gives silent voice to the transformation undergone when a 110-year-old house is remade into two 21st-century condos. In this two-floor unit near Somerville’s Union Square, that role is played by a large square skylight that delivers natural light directly into the stairwell and the top-level family room.

It’s one of the many changes made during a down-to-the-studs renovation that also created a lower level with an open floor plan that one arrives at by walking up a flight of stairs with blackened steel railings, natural wood treads, and white walls with wainscoting and shiplap.

A double-door closet is perfectly stationed at the top of the stairs,

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While private insurers recover, LIC gains market share ahead of its IPO

India’s life insurers have shown a smart recovery from the covid-19 pandemic that hit businesses in the first quarter of FY21. But for their shares to reflect this, investors would prefer to wait for a few more months.

Latest data from the sector regulator shows that private life insurers saw their new business premium collection growing by 13.7% year-on-year (y-o-y) in August, much better than around 6% rise in July.

For the June quarter, private life insurers had seen a sharp contraction in new business premium. The improvement in July and August augurs well for insurers, but the key will be to sustain the numbers. The management commentary that followed June quarter results has been positive in terms of recovery. Within private players, HDFC Life Insurance showed a sharp recovery with 14% growth in individual annualized premium equivalent (APE). HDFC Life has been able to push its products more than

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Romanza Interior Design enhances Naples private residence

Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, Special to Naples Daily News
Published 6:01 a.m. ET Aug. 29, 2020


Within a private London Bay Homes residence nearing completion on 4th Avenue North in Naples, Romanza Interior Design’s Senior Design Director Jennifer Stevens collaborated with the client to create a dream home designed with entertaining in mind that’s full of thoughtful details.

Inspired by London Bay Homes’ director of design Michael Faulhaber’s architectural approach, Stevens’ interior design blends the homeowner’s preferences of contemporary furniture, with some transitional influence, throughout the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home.

“We blended the two styles in harmony to create elegant spaces and beautiful moments throughout the home,” said Stevens.

Linen white walls serve as a beautifully neutral backdrop for Stevens’ selections that

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