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Noho Lofts Noho Lofts

ANY HOUSING VENTURE that promotes public transportation in auto-choked L.A. deserves props; this infill project meets that objective and more. Read more

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Woodbridge Estates Woodbridge Estates

STREET NAMES SUCH AS Four Tops Drive and Miracles Boulevard were only appropriate when this 47-acre Detroit neighborhood got its groove back. After half a century as an isolated ghetto with little to no connection to surrounding neighborhoods, this prime turf near the city's mid-town district is humming once again, thanks to Hope VI funding, a restored street grid, and a lively blend of affordable and market-rate homes. With their traditional brick masonry and detailing, the new infill units sing in tune with upper-crust residences in the adjacent Woodbridge Farms historic district. “The duplexes and triplexes are designed to look like single-family homes,” says architect and urban planner Abraham Kadushin. “And every residence has its own entry, as opposed to common entries and elevators, which are breeding grounds for crime.” Read more

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Gables Upper Kirby Gables Upper Kirby

INTRODUCING HIGHER density to an established Houston neighborhood of single-family homes was a gutsy move. But this 144-unit upscale loft project was an instant hit with professional singles and couples craving the option to lock-and-leave. The four-story building adds a contemporary vibe to an otherwise classic block and does it diplomatically with handsome exterior detailing and a respectful, four-story scale. Read more

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Kinsley Place Kinsley Place

WITH ITS VERTICAL proportions, board and batten siding, and gable brackets, this 3,575-square-foot “folk Victorian” concept home gives a polite wink to tradition on the outside, but quickly dispenses with it on the inside for the sake of saner, more harmonious, big family living. Read more

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1247 Wisconsin 1247 Wisconsin

AS ONE OF THE NATION'S most revered bastions of colonial architecture, D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood is not known for being structurally avant-garde. Except in the case of this boutique mixed-use project, which honors historic precedent and then crowns it with what architect Mark McInturff calls a “rooftop village floating above the bustle of the city.” Read more

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