Grab Some Shade with a Beach Tent

Keep the rays at bay with the right beach tent.

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There are certain essentials that are simply necessary for families to enjoy a great day at the beach. Among those key items are colorful beach bags and towels, sunscreen, ice-cold bottles of water, and a great book to read. One final item that is growing more essential with each passing year is a great beach tent. This allows you to prolong your day in the sun without fear of burns or sun poisoning while providing relief from the relentless solar rays.

Offering quick set up and 100 square feet of shade for beach lovers, this model also provides 50+ UV protection.

Offering quick set up and 100 square feet of shade for beach lovers, this model also provides 50+ UV protection. (Core/)

We love the dual canopy vents for improved air circulation and a durable steel frame. The tent sets up in as little as two minutes and comes with a wheeled bag, ground stakes, and tie-downs. It meets CPAI-84 requirements too.

Available in four fun-friendly colors, the beach shade offers 7 feet 6 inches by 4 feet 5 inches of shelter from sun, wind, and rain.

Available in four fun-friendly colors, the beach shade offers 7 feet 6 inches by 4 feet 5 inches of shelter from sun, wind, and rain. (Coleman/)

This pop-up beach shade sets up in a matter of minutes and offers 50+ UV protection to those sheltered inside. Back window unzips for greater airflow and the front floor zips for privacy. It includes a drying line for hanging wet bathing suits or towels.

This tent provides instant shelter and side panels for extra coverage.

This tent provides instant shelter and side panels for extra coverage. (Sport-Brella/)

Providing protection from sun and rain, this umbrella sets up easily while offering additional protection from both UVA and UVB rays. You are in control of airflow into the umbrella beach tent with the aid of top wind vents and zippered windows on the sides. Pockets can be filled with sand during windy weather conditions to provide additional anchorage.

This sunshade offers brightly colored relief that is easily stored.

This sunshade offers brightly colored relief that is easily stored. (Neso/)

Measuring seven feet by seven feet when in use, this beach tent folds into 19.5 inches of canopy that fits nicely in your favorite beach bag. Plus, it weighs only four pounds, making it easy to carry for your next day at the beach, soccer tournament, or camping adventure. This tent is available in a variety of colorful beach-themed shades and prints and designed for durability.

This model is water repellent and breathable and weighs only 4.5 pounds.

This model is water repellent and breathable and weighs only 4.5 pounds. (Pacific Breeze/)

No one wants to spend a day at the beach setting up the tent. This tent boasts a setup that is fast and easy so you can get on with the business of enjoying your day in the sun. It offers a spacious interior with dimensions of 87 L x 47 H x 49 D. You can stow away your personal items with its built-in internal pockets.

Totally Groovy Missouri Time Capsule From 1967 Is the Week’s Most Popular Home

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If psychedelic colors, copious amounts of wood paneling, and wrought-iron railings are your bag, you will love this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.

It’s a time capsule that has remained relatively untouched for over five decades. Built in 1967, the Missouri home is still in pristine condition—from its hot-pink carpets and hand-carved wood paneling to a selection of bold wallpapers plucked straight from Carol Brady’s vision board.

Originally designed to look like an English manor, the home covers 34 acres and is crammed with architectural gems, for example, hand-carved fireplace mantels and a standout spiral staircase.

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Out front, there’s an amazing curved porte-cochère that welcomes guests to the estate. Surrounding the ’60s throwback house are more than 34 acres of pastoral land dotted with barns and guesthouses, for a private retreat unlike any other.

The Missouri throwback wasn’t the only oversized property to make our list. Michael Jordan‘s enormous mansion near Chicago continued to rack up clicks, even though it’s been on the market for nearly a decade.

The mansion’s new wave of popularity comes thanks to ESPN’s blockbuster documentary “The Last Dance.”

Even though the price on MJ’s home has been cut a number of times, no buyer has seen fit to roll through the front gates emblazoned with the number “23” and make an offer.

Other homes you clicked on this week included a lavish Tennessee estate with an epic pool party setup, a must-see modern home in Washington, and a waterfront castle—in Kansas City.

For a full look at this week’s most popular properties, simply scroll on down…

10. 104 Oak St, Dyersburg, TN

Price: $299,000
Why it’s here: Can we get an amen? Built in 1950, this church has been converted into an incredible seven-bedroom home with over 10,000 square feet of living space.

The former sanctuary now serves as an oversized living room and kitchen, and the original bell tower is still intact.

Best of all? Most of the work is done. The converted church boasts new plumbing, fixtures, ceiling fans, and appliances.

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9. 1069 Meadow Hills Dr, Richland, WA

Price: $975,000
Why it’s here: Sleek and modern, this exquisite home in the southeast of Washington state was built in 2012. The five-bedroom home sits on a 1.7-acre lot and is loaded with upgrades, including a gourmet kitchen and a biofuel fireplace in the living room.

Outside, the home has a heated saltwater gunite pool with fountains and a guest casita. The home’s stylish appeal resonated with buyers—it’s pending sale after less than a week on the market.

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8. 1768 Tudor Rd, Juno Beach, FL

Price: $100,000
Why it’s here: Prepare your paddle! This three-bedroom waterfront home is headed for auction, with an opening bid of $100,000. It must be sold by June 10.

Built in 1963 and totally redone in 2017, it’s built to last, thanks to custom steel reinforcements and a safe room for security. It’s on a large lot close to beaches, shopping, and dining.

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7. 886 Burks Hill Rd, Bedford, VA

Price: $169,900
Why it’s here: Cute as a button, this Cape Cod charmer was originally built in 1948.

The three-bedroom home has been updated throughout and had a new roof installed last year. It’s move-in ready and even comes with a front porch swing.

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6. 2700 Point Ln, Highland Park, IL

Price: $14,855,000
Why it’s here: A rare miss for Air Jordan. The estate of pro basketball’s GOAT Michael Jordan is still on the market and is back on the minds of curious viewers of “The Last Dance.”

Featuring luxe amenities and customizations that were tailored for Jordan’s passions, the 56,000-square-foot mansion was built in 1995 and has been up for sale since 2012.

If buyers ever decide to take a shot, they’ll acquire an estate with a regulation basketball court, gym, circular infinity pool, putting green, tennis court, and cigar room.

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5. 12540 E. State Route 56, Circleville, OH

Price: $850,000
Why it’s here: Built in 1810, this historically significant property has been impeccably maintained and updated.

The warm, cozy interiors of the four-bedroom home feature original wood-plank floors, two staircases, five fireplaces, and a music room.

It’s surrounded by 35 pastoral acres, with a staggering 16 additional structures on the property, including a guesthouse, summer kitchen, horse barn, shop, and multiuse barn.

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4. 335 S. Lakeview Dr, Terre Haute, IN

Price: $2,395,000
Why it’s here: Formal from every angle and built in 2004, this five-bedroom Tudor estate sits on 3.5 acres and offers over 13,000 square feet of living space.

Frescoes, floor-to-ceiling windows, walnut floors, and beamed ceilings are just a few of the property’s interior highlights. Outside, the gorgeous grounds offer a tranquil respite from everyday life.

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3. 10000 N.W. 75th St, Kansas City, MO

Price: $4,995,500
Why it’s here: Inspired by Ashford Castle in Ireland, this five-bedroom Tudor is filled with extraordinary details, like hand-scraped oak floors, original stained glass, a hand-carved fireplace mantle, and an elevator.

Three lots were combined to create this 1-acre property, with its amazing 350 feet of shoreline on Weatherby Lake.

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2. 502 Browns Ferry Rd, Chattanooga, TN

Price: $8,000,000
Why it’s here: It’ll feel like vacation every day at this luxurious mansion, with its amazing outdoor setup.

We love the terraced outdoor entertaining area and pool. The outdoor living area is to die for.

For additional outdoor time, there’s a sundeck, pergola, fire pit, and plenty of patio seating. Inside, the six-bedroom home is loaded with luxe amenities, such as hickory floors, a huge kitchen, and a Creston Smart Home system.

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1. 8341 U.S. Highway 63, Freeburg, MO

Price: $475,000
Why it’s here: Everyone loves a well-preserved time capsule. If these walls could talk, they’d tell you it’s 1967 all over again. This seven-bedroom home looks relatively untouched from the day it was built, and the interiors aren’t dilapidated in the least.

Peep the deep red carpet in the formal living area, the dark wood cabinetry in the kitchen, and the variety of loud colors and patterned wallpapers throughout the home’s bedrooms.

You won’t regret it—trust us.

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‘Transformed’ $30M Country Manor in Armonk, NY, Is Most Expensive New Listing

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A stylish $30 million estate on 14 acres in Armonk, NY, is this week’s most expensive new listing on realtor.com®.

Built in 1994, the manor was reportedly purchased by Richard Baker, the governor and executive chairman of Hudson’s Bay Co. The Westchester County residence has since been completely redone.

“The owner just saw the opportunity to buy the project,” says listing agent Leslie McElwreath.

The noted interior designer Steven Gambrel was brought in and, McElwreath adds, “completely transformed it, top to bottom.”

Gone are old-fashioned chintz, Persian rugs, and marble floors. The enormous 31,000-square-foot space now includes a warmer wood flooring underfoot, modern window coverings, and splashes of bright colors to update the look.

The interior spans four floors, with eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and three half-bathrooms. Highlights of the luxe estate include two elevators, six fireplaces, two pools, and a seven-car-garage.

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The landscaped grounds include reflecting pools.

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In addition, the stylish residence comes completely furnished with custom furniture, carpeting, and lighting that Gambrel designed.

It’s a turnkey purchase for a deep-pocketed buyer.

“Someone could literally bring their suitcase,” McElwreath says.

The dwelling is already outfitted with sheets, towels, pots, pans, along with furniture and decor. The only element in the listing photos that isn’t included in the price is the artwork.

The European-style manor offers plenty of options for recreation and relaxation, or perhaps an idyllic telework environment.

The floor plan includes a reception hall, formal living room and dining room, a red-lacquered library (formerly paneled in wood), and a remodeled gourmet kitchen with bar seating. 

An adjacent room for casual family dining comes with a built-in banquette.

In addition, the activity spaces include an office, gym, billiard-room, wine cellar, and screening room. A secondary catering kitchen on the lower level allows for large-scale entertaining.

On the second floor, the deluxe owner’s suite includes a bedroom, sitting room, private deck, bath, and two dressing rooms. 

In addition, the property boasts both an indoor pool, and a pool outside that is surrounded by a poolhouse and patios.

The grounds, designed by Simon Johnson, feature formal gardens, manicured foliage, and a series of tiled reflecting pools.

“You’ll never see a garden like this at a private residence, McElwreath says, describing it as on the level of a formal botanical garden.

The gated estate, perched at the highest point of a gated community, surrounded by treetops, may appeal to those seeking a refuge from urban life, whether full-time or as a vacation retreat. However, Manhattan and Greenwich are easy commutes.

“It provides a great opportunity for someone who would like to have family and friends close by with all amenities on site,” the agent adds.

A perfect perk in the age of the coronavirus, for a well-heeled buyer who isn’t inclined to travel too far from home this summer.

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Make a Splash with these Dog Pools

Get that tag wagging with the right dog pool.

Get that tag wagging with the right dog pool. (Unsplash/)

Is there anything more joyful than the sight of a four-legged friend jumping into a pool? Dogs relish a dedicated pool where they can splash, play, and cool off from the relentless sun and scorching heat. Here are five great dog pools to help you keep your dog nice and refreshed no matter how high the temperature rises.

Available in five sizes, this pool’s design makes it portable so your pet can splash at home or while traveling.

Available in five sizes, this pool’s design makes it portable so your pet can splash at home or while traveling. (Jasonwell/)

One thing that sets this pool apart from other dog pools on the market is the unique hose connector that allows you to direct the flow of water when draining the pool. Of course, that is in addition to the incredible portability of the pool and the slip-resistant bottom. You will need to keep dog nails trimmed while using this pool.

This versatile pool meets many needs beyond cooling down man’s best friend.

This versatile pool meets many needs beyond cooling down man’s best friend. (Fuloon/)

It is an all-purpose item that fits many needs and can be used as a pool for people and pets, a sandbox, a ball pit, and even a bathing tub for your pets. This dog pool is foldable for easy storage when not in use and features a fast-draining plug.

Plenty of room for pups to play without getting too deep for your comfort, this pool features a maximum fill line to avoid overfilling.

Plenty of room for pups to play without getting too deep for your comfort, this pool features a maximum fill line to avoid overfilling. (Yaheetech/)

This foldable pet pool is available in your choice of 55-inch or 63-inch diameters with a depth of 11.8 inches. It offers a non-slip bottom so you don’t have to worry about accidental slips in the Yaheetech pool as well. It folds for easy transport to beaches, camping, and puppy play dates.

This easy-to-use is canine and feline friendly and made of tough PVC material.

This easy-to-use is canine and feline friendly and made of tough PVC material. (NACOCO/)

The small folded size of this pool makes it easy to store and carry from location to location for pet playdates, camping adventures, and even a day at the beach. The pool is available in three sizes and easy to set up and use. The medium size is well suited for toy and small breeds, while the large size is appropriate for dogs, such as terriers. It comes in an extra-large size as well.

Bring this pool on the road and set it up in no time.

Bring this pool on the road and set it up in no time. (Pidsen/)

Practical and purposeful, this pool meets many functions. The pool itself is designed to handle a fair amount of abuse without missing a beat – even when the pool is full. It folds into a small size for easy storage and travel. A convenient side drain is part of its makeup to enable easy water emptying when finished using.

The Summer Home-Buying Season May Be Much Hotter Than Expected—Here’s Why

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Until recently, the prognosis for the housing market wasn’t great. With the economy in a free fall, home sellers swiftly took down their “For Sale” signs and many buyers chose to wait out the coronavirus pandemic. It was like the pause button was pushed on the normally bustling spring home-buying season.

But as states reopen their economies, the summer real estate market just might turn out to be hotter than anyone was anticipating. For the first time in more than two months, mortgage applications for home purchases were up year over year, rising an impressive 8.7% as buyers raced to lock in record-low mortgage rates in the week ending May 22.

This is according to a weekly survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association that spans more than 75% of U.S. residential mortgage applications. The purchase loans did not include mortgage refinances for those who already own homes.

“This is a bit of a bigger rebound than I expected,” says realtor.com® Chief Economist Danielle Hale. “It’s a sign that we are going to see a delayed seasonal bump in home sales. There’s pent-up demand from people who weren’t able to get out in the early part of the spring, and we’re seeing that [materialize] now.

“Normally we see sales really ramp up in March and April,” she continues. But amid the pandemic and widespread job losses, many Americans wanted to wait not only until they felt more secure in their jobs but also until they could physically step into the homes they were considering.

“We’re going to see that ramp up in June and July,” says Hale.

The recovery may be thanks to folks becoming more comfortable with the idea of embarking on the home-buying process as they’ve gotten used to taking precautions such as wearing masks and keeping social distance. Plus, more sellers are listing their homes now that cities and states are loosening restrictions. And then there are those ultralow mortgage rates, hitting 3.08% on Wednesday for a 30-year fixed-rate loan, according to Mortgage News Daily.

“The low mortgage rates, without a doubt, is helping to entice buyers back into the market,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors®. Folks may also look at it as a less volatile investment.

“Real estate may be viewed as a safe asset in the upcoming years,” says Yun.

Despite the highest unemployment since the Great Depression, buyers are also taking out larger mortgages again. The average loan size was about $340,200 in the week ending May 22. That was up from a low of $315,300 this year in the week ending April 3.

While laid-off or vulnerable workers certainly don’t have investment on their minds, today’s intrepid buyers are better off financially—and are typically still employed, says MBA economist Joel Kan.

Before the crisis, purchase applications had been rising about 10% annually. Then they plunged in mid-March as the nation declared a state of emergency, hitting their nadir in early April, with applications down more than 35% year over year. However, as time passed and states began reopening, more would-be homeowners began submitting applications again. In the previous week, applications were down only 1.5% annually in the seven days ending May 15.

“The pandemic really hit us right at the time when home-buying activity really ramps up,” says Kan. That’s resulted in “a late home-buying season.”

The recovery has been uneven, though, with the number of purchase applications remaining well below normal levels in the hardest-hit states. In New York, the nation’s COVID-19 epicenter, purchase applications were still 16.9% less than a year ago in the week ending May 22. However, that was a big improvement over the previous week, when applications were down 32.8%.

In Washington state, applications were 23.1% below the same week last year, while in California they were down only 1.7%.

Despite the encouraging national numbers, it’s likely too soon to declare a roaring comeback for the housing market.

“I’d want to wait a couple of weeks so we know that this is really a trend and not a one-time blip,” says Hale.

Plus, there is still a severe housing shortage, which has only gotten worse during the public health crisis. Many sellers have pulled their properties off the market or are holding off on listing their abodes until the virus is under control and they can fetch top dollar for their residences. That can make it tough for buyers to find the right properties.

“Sellers haven’t come back as quickly to the market as buyers have,” says Hale. “Buyers may be surprised by how competitive the market is.”

This could result in higher prices this summer, as there will be more folks competing for homes than homes for sale.

“Given the strength of this recovery, home prices will probably rise about 4% to 6% in 2020,” predicts NAR’s Yun.

Hale also believes prices could go up and stay that way through the late summer. But if the coronavirus resurges in the fall and the economy continues to falter, prices could flatten or even dip a tiny bit by the end of the year. They’re not likely to plunge like they did during the Great Recession, though, as demand is simply too high.

“We have so many millennials who are at ages when they want to settle down and they want to buy a home, and that really helps keep the market busy,” says Hale.

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Will Fido Be Happy Here? How Much Pets Matter When Buying a Home

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There are so many things to consider when looking for the right home: Is it located in a good neighborhood with an easy commute to work? Does the price tag fit within the budget? And perhaps most importantly, does it have everything that Fido and Tigger need to live long, happy lives there?

Almost 95% of pet owners said they considered the needs of their furry friends to be important when selecting the right home to buy, according to a recent realtor.com® survey.

More than 2,000 buyers participated in the survey conducted in March in which roughly 82% of respondents were pet owners. About 61% of participants were dog owners, 45% were cat owners, 12% were fish owners, and 9% had birds. Some folks had multiple pets.

“We believe that a home is so much more than a roof and four walls. It is where family and friends come together and memories are made,” realtor.com Chief Marketing Officer Nate Johnson said in a statement. “The results of this survey reinforce that our pets are our family and an important part of what makes a house a home.”

The top home features for pet parents were big yards, at 38%, and outdoor spaces, at 29%. Those four-legged companions need ample space to run around and sun themselves so they don’t wreck the house! Pet owners also prioritized garages, at 24%; dog runs, at 22%; and lots of indoor square footage, at 20%.

That could help to explain why 68% of pet owners would pass on their dream house if it didn’t accommodate the needs of their animals. Clearly, it wasn’t perfect if it there were too many stairs for Couscous or it was a little too close to the highway for Mr. Giggles.

It may not be surprising that, among the survey respondents, 87% of dog and cat owners rated their pets’ needs as extremely or very important when selecting a home. But 89% of bird owners, 85% of fish owners (really?), 79% of rodent owners (eww!), and 74% of horse owners also said they would also consider their animals before purchasing a property.

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How the Coronavirus Is Changing Some Boomers’ Real Estate Plans for the Better

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For baby boomers, the question of when—and where—they’ll retire is a perennial topic of discussion. But with the novel coronavirus sweeping the globe, it has become an especially pressing question these days.

Many are feeling the pressure to ramp up their decision-making and act fast—between concerns over COVID-19 contagion, rampant layoffs, and new rounds of self-reckoning where they ponder “Why wait to realize my dreams?” Many believe that the time is now to make real estate decisions  they’ve been putting off—or they’re changing course entirely.

Whether you’re a boomer yourself or just paralyzed about your next move, these stories might inspire you to get unstuck, or at least realize that you aren’t alone. Here’s how the current coronavirus crisis has radically transformed three people’s best-laid real estate plans for the better.

‘COVID-19 convinced me to stay put’

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COVID-19 convinced Kristin Donnan to stay where she was.

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Kristin Donnan, 57, an author and arts advocate, had her retirement house all picked out: a one-level cottage in a vibrant, bustling 55-plus community near San Diego. She was preparing to make an offer.

There was just one thing she had to do first: Help her mother sell the property where she’d grown up in Hill City, SD. With 20 tree-filled acres, three buildings, and a barn, it needed some sprucing up and purging before it could fetch top dollar.

Donnan had moved back home temporarily to assist her mother in readying the compound, but had vowed to move on with her own plans once the property sold. But no buyers came knocking, and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

By April, “my urban friends in California were telling me what lockdown looked like,” Donnan says. This prompted her to reconsider her plans to return to the “civilization” where she’d always assumed she’d end up.

“A lot of things made me think about leaving Hill City—including politics and the scarcity of cultural activities,” she says. “I was eager to return to the conveniences of Southern California, willing to deal with traffic, too many people, earthquakes, smog, blackouts … until COVID-19.”

While Hill City may lack California’s cultural buzz and arts scene, she realized there was value in “being out of the rat race and out of the panic,” she explains. “The danger is very low here. My yoga studio just reopened. I can go to the grocery store, take a hike, visit others who are as isolated as I am, see a friend for tea. It’s calming.”

So although her mother’s house is still for sale, Donnan’s life plans have changed course.

“I’ll stay here until it sells and then move elsewhere in the area,” she says. “There are events like wars and 9/11 that change everything. This is one of those moments. The pandemic has made me realize the benefits of having a place in rural America.”

‘COVID-19 motivated us to sell our home ASAP’

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COVID-19 convinced Allyson and her husband to put their Westchester, NY, house on the market.

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Allyson, 60, a college consultant, and her husband, Al, a psychiatrist, always knew they’d sell the Westchester, NY, house where they’d raised their kids someday. The coronavirus, however, prompted these empty nesters to fast-forward their home-selling plans to right now.

“Selling our house has definitely become a priority,” Allyson says. The underlying motivations for unloading their Colonial—“our high taxes, not having kids in the schools anymore, and having more house than we need”—hadn’t changed. So what had?

“I heard that many New York City residents are trying to quickly move to the suburbs,” Allyson explains. “I plan to hustle to get my house on the market and take advantage of that.”

Allyson says she’s been talking with a friend who is a real estate agent, and is busy booking a painter and handyman to get her home in perfect shape for prospective buyers.

Since hiring professionals to come to the house is still dicey, the place may not hit the market until late summer or early fall, but it will definitely happen this year. Although it’s stressful to deal with this work and a move during the coronavirus pandemic, they feel glad to get the wheels in motion for a process that can take many people years to accomplish.

As for where they’ll move next, they haven’t figured that out quite yet. But they are all but certain it will be farther away from the city, not closer. The coronavirus has crystallized that for them.

“I am a little fearful of living near New York City now primarily because of the density: What if this goes on and on or happens again?” she says. “I don’t want to be cooped up with no place to go.”

‘COVID-19 convinced me to move to my retirement home early’

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David has been shopping for his retirement home in Panacea, FL, where costs are about half of where he lives in Boston.

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David, 66, who lives in Boston, thought he’d stay a New Englander for a few more years. But the COVID-19 pandemic galvanized his long-simmering plans to head south.

“I grew up in Georgia and miss some aspects of Southern life, including the weather,” he explains. “That becomes a bigger deal every year. But I wanted to keep earning as much as I could until age 70, the way you’re supposed to if you want the biggest Social Security income.”

However, since he works in fundraising for an arts organization, he’s seen his work hours dramatically reduced since COVID-19 came to town.

“Our organization came to almost a full stop, and, while still employed, I took a significant salary cut,” he says. “And the fact that the arts will be among the last areas to reopen in hard-hit states makes me think my work life is over.”

David chooses to look at this as a glass half-full.

“It’s a sign to move on to the next phase of life,” he says. “I’ve been talking about buying a little, cheap, beach-bum place in Florida for years. Now, I’m ready. This virus has brought me face to face with my mortality. The time to realize my dreams is now. There are no guarantees.”

He is actively searching online for a cottage or condo near the water in the vicinity of Tallahassee, FL. Working with a local real estate agent, he’s doing virtual walk-throughs on FaceTime. While he’s not sure if he’ll actually buy a house sight unseen, he’s excited to be laying the groundwork for the next phase of his life.

“Right now, I’m terrified to go to the Public Garden [in Boston] to see the flowers in bloom,” he says. “The idea of having a laid-back life, listening to the surf, going fishing in Florida, that will be heaven! For me, this tragedy has a silver lining.”

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Feast Your Eyes on These 8 Homes With Delicious Outdoor Kitchens

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The long weekend signals the kickoff of the summer grilling season, and our thoughts have turned to cooking outdoors.

With visions of tasty grilled meats and veggies making their way through our minds, we looked at tantalizing outdoor kitchens in luxury homes for sale.

We love an al fresco cooking space, preferably one with stainless-steel appliances, a great view, and plenty of room to (safely) host guests. We’ve spotted eight homes with absolutely scrumptious setups.

And given the ongoing ripple effects of the pandemic, the emphasis on a particularly appetizing outdoor space may be way more than an afterthought for home buyers.

Let these backyard banquet spaces serve as inspiration. Even if you’re not considering a move, it’s always fun to take in on some of the most droolworthy open-air cook spaces around.

So pour a glass of rosé, light the charcoal, and tour these eight great outdoor kitchens…

32852 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA

Price: $35,000,000

Kitchen confidential: Cook all day at this spectacular outdoor kitchen, which features a barbecue, pizza oven, and full dining area.

The kitchen and the two-story beach front villa sit on approximately 2.78 acres with a pool and path down to the beach.

Designed by architect Doug Burdge, this mansion, built in 2010, has a seamless indoor-outdoor space for entertaining. The main level offers an ocean-view great room, double-height living room, dining area, plus a home theater, billiard-room, and ocean-view master suite.

When you’re done cooking, there’s a 2,500 square-foot rooftop terrace with a fire pit.

Malibu, CA

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2900 Spring Mountain Rd, Saint Helena, CA

Price: $29,800,000

Kitchen confidential: Leave it to the wine country to offer a primo place for a movable feast.

This kitchen features plenty of counter space, a barbecue, pizza oven, and bar seating. Located on a grand Napa Valley estate of 40 acres, the property includes acres of vineyards and panoramic views.

Meanwhile, you’ll have no problem pairing a vintage with your meal—the 9,600-square-foot main residence includes a wine cellar and tasting room. The grounds feature patios, terraces, pool, lawns, orchards, an organic garden, and a guest casita.

St. Helena, CA

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12 Clancy Ln S., Rancho Mirage, CA

Price: $2,595,000

Kitchen confidential: No mirage here! Built in 1979, this Coachella Valley property has been completely renovated inside and out.

It now features an “ultimate” outdoor kitchen with a pass-through window to the main residence.

The indoor-outdoor living spaces also feature a stone arched loggia enclosing the outdoor living area, with a fireplace. The five-bedroom residence offers a media room with bar and fireplace, office, and a 700-bottle wine cellar.

Rancho Mirage, CA

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518 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, RI 

Price: $16,750,000

Kitchen confidential: Built in 2016, this private seaside estate lacks for nothing. Whip up an outdoor feast from your outdoor kitchen with water and coastline views.

Other outdoor features include a dining area, infinity pool, soaking spa, and lawn. The five-bedroom, French-inspired manor is made from stucco and limestone, with modern interior spaces, high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Narragansett, RI

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11001 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 

Price: $14,000,000

Kitchen confidential: Sheltered behind a gate and hidden down a private lane, this enormous estate offers respite in the heart of the city.

Surrounded by live oak trees on 12.5 acres, the grounds create a perfect backdrop for the open-air kitchen, dining, and gathering space.

In addition, the 25,372-square-foot mansion includes a gourmet indoor kitchen, media room, and pool.

Baton Rouge, LA

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24 Palm Ave, Miami Beach, FL

Price: $12,950,000

Kitchen confidential: We can’t resist a kitchen with a view. This modern waterfront beach house in the heart of South Beach offers an outdoor paradise.

Fully renovated inside and out, it has a well-equipped outdoor kitchen and entertaining lounge—surrounded by tropical gardens.

The rooftop deck offers sumptuous views of the Sunshine State. Inside, you’ll find a bar, wine storage, as well as a separate kids’ wing. (You might really appreciate that concept these days.)

Miami Beach, FL

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31 Netherfield Way, The Woodlands, TX

Price: $4,954,000

Kitchen confidential: This one-of-a-kind estate on a golf course offers a glorious covered outdoor kitchen, fireplace, dining, and entertaining area.

Inside, the 11,500-square-foot European-inspired mansion has an inviting floor plan, two-story study, and formal dining room.

In addition to the kitchen, the large outdoor space has a pool and spa, as well as a large yard.

The Woodlands, TX

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277 E. Summerwood Dr, Littleton, NC 

Price: $3,250,000

Kitchen confidential: Built in 2018, the modern Craftsman offers custom amenities and overlooks Lake Gaston.

The picturesque property features an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, fire pit, and outdoor seating.

With over 7,000 square feet, the interior living area includes two full kitchens, a theater, exercise room, and wine cellar. In addition, the lakefront home features a deepwater boathouse.

Littleton, NC

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Keep It Clean with the Right Pool Vacuum

Your pool will stay sparkly clean if you use a good pool vacuum.

Your pool will stay sparkly clean if you use a good pool vacuum. (Unsplash/)

A good pool vacuum will keep your pool void of dirt, bugs, stones, leaves, bugs, pebbles, and small twigs, so that you can tend more time swimming, and less time cleaning. Check out the different styles and options available to help you have a superior clean pool. One of these pool vacuums may be the right option for your cleaning needs.

This model comes with 10 hoses so it can clean a pool as large as 30 feet.

This model comes with 10 hoses so it can clean a pool as large as 30 feet. (Xtreme Power US/)

No need to climb the walls to get your pool clean, this pool vacuum climbs them for you. This pool vacuum requires a ¾ HP swimming pool pump to work effectively and needs no tools to assemble or electricity to operate.

Take the work out of cleaning your pool with this energy-efficient, automated pool vacuum.

Take the work out of cleaning your pool with this energy-efficient, automated pool vacuum. (Dolphin/)

Cleaning the pool doesn’t have to be piles of hard work when you use this pool vacuum by Nautilus. It cleans up to 50 feet of pool automatically thanks to its smart navigation, wall climbing capabilities, and tangle-free swivel cable. You can even automate the process by scheduling the Nautilus to clean your pool daily, every other day, or every three days.

This cost-effective pool vacuum works with a standard garden hose to remove debris from swimming pools.

This cost-effective pool vacuum works with a standard garden hose to remove debris from swimming pools. (Poolmaster/)

Designed specifically for removing dirt, debris, and large leaves from your swimming pool, this vacuum comes equipped with one reusable leaf bag and requires a garden hose and pool pole (not included) to operate. It is a large vacuum with a handle made of ABS.

This vacuum features a patented self-adjusting turbine valve so that it can offer powerful suction at any flow.

This vacuum features a patented self-adjusting turbine valve so that it can offer powerful suction at any flow. (Hayward/)

This vacuum also contains patented tire treads to allow it to climb pool walls and maneuver around obstacles more effectively, essentially offering full coverage cleaning.

This pool vacuum uses cyclonic action to deliver powerful cleaning and wall climbing capabilities.

This pool vacuum uses cyclonic action to deliver powerful cleaning and wall climbing capabilities. (Zodiac/)

Easy to assemble thanks to the quick-connect swiveling hoses, the Zodiac pool vacuum utilizes a low-flow design that allows it to work best with pools two-speed or variable speed pumps. Vacuum features cyclonic suction and is able to easily climb pool walls for thorough cleaning. It’s easy to assemble and use, and comes with a one year warranty.

Our Favorite Beach Games for Adults

Turn your day at the beach into an adventure with these beach games for adults.

Turn your day at the beach into an adventure with these beach games for adults. (Pexels/)

You need more than sunscreen, ice and cold beverages when you hit the shore – you need some beach games too. Our team has picked out four of our favorites to help you have a blast with friends and family while on your next beach adventure.

Challenge your friends and show off your competitive spirit with this fun and entertaining outdoor ball game.

Challenge your friends and show off your competitive spirit with this fun and entertaining outdoor ball game. (Bucket Ball/)

Your favorite pub night game comes along to the beach with this ball set. Two inflatable racks easily hold a total of 12 colorful buckets in place. Take turns trying to get one of the included hybrid balls, bucket pong balls, or tailgate balls into the buckets to earn points. When you’re done, a handy carrying case makes storing it all away until your next party or adventure easy. In short, this is a great set for not only beach trips but also tailgate events, backyard barbeques, an afternoon at the park, and more.

This classic tailgate tradition has been designed for the beach.

This classic tailgate tradition has been designed for the beach. (GoSports/)

Cornhole fans, rejoice! Forget bulky or heavy frames. This set makes taking your favorite backyard game along with on your next beach adventure an easy task. Designed for quick assembly, each target takes less than a minute to setup. The full set comes with 12 sturdy bean bags in a total of two colors, an easy-to-use carrying case, and two sturdy PVC target frames.

The whole family will love this simple game with instructions simple enough for anyone to understand.

The whole family will love this simple game with instructions simple enough for anyone to understand. (Viahart/)

Forget having to tote along a huge badminton net with you to the beach. This paddle ball set comes with two plywood paddles with PVC handles and four waterproof floating balls. Simply toss the brightly colored orange balls back and forth for hours of endless fun. Not only is it lightweight, it is easy to pack in the car and stow away when your day of fun in the sun is through. As a pro tip, we suggest purchasing more than one kit for extra paddles and extra fun for all.

Who says family game night has to happen at home?

Who says family game night has to happen at home? (Ropoda/)

Made from sturdy solid pine, these six waterproof yard dice come in their own handy collapsible traveling bucket. An included dry erase marker and double-sided scoreboard make keeping track of who is winning a simple task. In all, this is a great beach game option for turning an ordinary afternoon into something incredibly fun.