Lathrop Homes listed on National Register of Historic Places

CHICAGO  – The Julia C. Lathrop Homes, bounded by Clyburn and North Damen Avenues, North Leavitt Street and Chicago Road, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.  Its inclusion in this prestigious national list was announced today by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers the National Register program in Illinois. The Julia C. Lathrop Homes is one of the largest and most architecturally elaborate of the 52 initial public Read more [...]

Distressed O.C. homes for sale tumble 61%

Distressed properties were 23% of Orange County homes listed for sale and 48% of the residences recently put into escrow. Steve Thomas of publishes every two weeks a report on the supply of local homes for sale and the share of that inventory that's distressed properties -- foreclosures and short sales. His latest report -- as of April 26 -- says … Since October, the distressed inventory has shed 2,164 homes, a 61% drop. That is Read more [...]

Hove MP urges rethink over listed building tax

Hove MP urges rethink over listed building tax 12:40pm Monday 30th April 2012 in News An MP has urged his own Government to reverse changes to taxation on listed building renovation to save Brighton and Hove’s historical heritage. Hove MP Mike Weatherley has written to Chancellor George Osborne over proposals for listed buildings work to be subject Read more [...]

Houses should have been listed

WHEN long-standing resident of Mount Isa June Baker came to Mount Isa in 1965, she said there were two 'soft drink' manufacturers in town. "One was Polkinghorne's Cordials, which was re-named Isa Sparkle and the other one was Gardiner and Jones. "They were on Simpson Street and their shed is behind Stylish Pastimes and the house still stands, and is now CC's Pools," Mrs Baker said.She and her husband Hugh used to live in 2, Simpson Street, a large house brought to Mount Isa, along with many Read more [...]

This week’s best London events

Sci-Fi-London Film Festival Normally it might seem a bit silly to schedule indoor film festivals at the start of summer but, given recent weather, it could be a masterstroke for this year’s Sci-Fi-London Film Festival. As you’d expect, the festival showcases science fiction films but the focus is specifically on low-budget or foreign films that are unlikely to be shown in the country otherwise – fans of the genre can expect that many of the films featured will have their Read more [...]

Want to sell your home quickly? Forget the grand plans and just tidy up and paint

PUBLISHED: 11:12 GMT, 30 April 2012 | UPDATED: 12:00 GMT, 30 April 2012 A dab hand: The best way to improve your home's appeal is to tidy it, fix up damaged paintwork and give rooms a fresh coat if needed, say experts Home owners hoping to sell this summer should ditch ambitious DIY plans and simply tidy up and repair tired paintwork.While many may believe a last-ditch kitchen revamp or Ground Force-style garden redesign, would send their home to the top of potential buyers’ Read more [...]

Koala bear listed as threatened species

Koala numbers are believed to have been in the millions before the arrival of British settlers but are now estimated to vary from about 200,000 to as few as 43,515. Widespread hunting and slaughter of the animals for their furs in the early twentieth-century devastated the species. A leading koala scientist, Professor Alistair Melzer, from the University of Central Queensland, said the listing was "a big step forward" but further measures were needed to prevent deaths from cars Read more [...]

Canberra’s rental crisis ‘worst’ of any city in the country

The price Canberra pays ... very few homes are suitable for low-income earners. Photo: Andrew Sheargold Canberra's rental affordability crisis has been labelled the worst for any city in the country after a property snapshot found there was ''virtually no affordable housing'' available for low-income earners in the ACT. Fewer than 140 listed properties suitable for a variety of low-income Read more [...]