Nets Rookie Goes Apartment Shopping. Needs Ice Cream.

Day’Ron Sharpe ducked his head under the doorway instinctively and scanned his eyes across the apartment. Its shape was a straight line running perpendicular to him with two bedrooms and a bathroom to his left; another bedroom and bathroom to his right; and a kitchen, living room and balcony opening up in bright light from …

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Shopping for Canopy Beds

Any bed can provide a place to sleep, but a canopy bed does something more. “You can create a room within a room,” said Sandra Nunnerley, an interior designer in New York. “It’s like a cocoon.” That’s why she installed a custom canopy bed in her New York apartment and frequently specifies them for clients’ …

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Homes That Sold for Around $750,000

Each week, our survey of recent residential sales in New York City and the surrounding region focuses on homes that sold around a certain price point, allowing you to compare single-family homes, condos and co-ops in different locales. The “list price” is the asking price when the property came on the market with the most …

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Do I Need to Clean Up My Attic Before I List My House?

Q: I am about to put my house on the market, and would like to feature the large, open, unfinished attic for potential finishing and use. Presently, it has unpainted plywood flooring. Do you have any suggestions for how to best stage this space, with minimal cost and work? A: Resist the urge to throw …

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Can I Still Dress All in Black?

Years ago, at barely 20 and as a bicycle racer without a team affiliation, I started wearing black. I then began choosing black shirts, shoes, trousers and jackets (the exceptions being pure white shirts with my suit and, once or twice at Christmas, a red tie). I like wearing black and have continued to do …

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How to Learn More About the History of Your Home

Don Allison has been restoring an 1835 house in northwest Ohio for 15 years. Mr. Allison, who was a daily newspaper editor, has spent time digging into the house’s history. He looked through area library files, read local history books and poured through county tax and property records. Along the way, he learned that his …

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How Old Is This Old House?

Property records don’t go back far enough to date some houses. But experts can pinpoint a house’s age by studying tree-ring patterns in the house’s timber. Newyork time

The Best (and Worst) Metro Areas for Electric Cars

Even as more workers free themselves from the daily commute in the new work-from-home economy, demand for cars in the United States is soaring, in part because of low interest rates and government stimulus checks. Fortunately for the environmentally minded consumer, more automakers are pushing into the electric-car market. For those considering a battery-powered car, …

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