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    Baz Luhrmann Just Relisted His Dramatic N.Y.C. Townhouse for $16 Million

    Baz Luhrmann’s New York City townhouse is back on the market, but you might not recognize it.  

    The Hollywood filmmaker and his wife, costume designer Catherine Martin, have treated the stately Manhattan residence to an epic makeover and relisted it for just under $16 million. The palatial pad was first listed for $20 million in March 2022, then returned to the market in September 2023 with a price tag of $18 million. (In between, an unnamed tenant rented the house for a whopping $75,000 a month.) The current asking price seems like a bargain, then.

    “Whether you are looking for a home to entertain like Gatsby, or a tranquil and private abode to unwind and relax, No. 243 provides a unique opportunity to acquire a rare and significant piece of New York City real estate,” the Corcoran Group writes. 

    A formal dining room is located on the garden level.

    Nina Poon for Corcoran

    The Luhrmann’s have actually been working on the Stuyvesant Park brownstone for quite some time. The couple originally bought the 8,500-square-foot property in 2017 for $13.5 million. Two years later, they gave the place a makeover so impressive (and so massive) that it earned a spot in Robb Report’s annual Best of the Best issue. The five-story home was recently transformed from top to bottom by New York-based Interior Marketing Group. The historic Anglo-Italianate abode features six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two powder rooms, an ivy-clad backyard, and an elevator. Highlights include soaring 16-foot ceilings, arched doorways, original moldings, five fireplaces, and a grand floating staircase.

    The primary suite has a private terrace.

    Nina Poon for Corcoran

    On the main parlor level, full-length windows and a cast-iron Juliet balcony overlook the park. To the rear, the primary suite is equipped with an en suite, a huge walk-in closet, and a private terrace. Elsewhere, the 28-foot-wide townhouse sports a Clive Christian-designed kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances from Viking and Sub-Zero, marble countertops, and painted pine cabinets.

    Down below, the basement is configured as a media room where you can perhaps screen one of the Tony Award-winning director’s famous flicks. Speaking of which, the uppermost floor used to be occupied by renowned jazz tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan and later served as Luhrmann’s studio where he’s said to have penned the script for Elvis. The floor is now set up as a standalone one-bedroom, one-bathroom suite with a living room, a bar, and a gym. Talk about theatrical charm.

    Broker Steve Gold of the Corcoran Group holds the listing. 

    Click here to see more photos of Baz Luhrmann’s townhouse. 

    Nina Poon for Corcoran

     

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    Abigail Montanez is a staff writer at Robb Report. She has worked in both print and digital publishing for over half a decade, covering everything from real estate, entertainment, dining, travel to…

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    Hollywood Producer Ryan Murphy Puts Sleekly Redone Neutra House on the Market for $34 Million

    Back in winter 2022, shortly before Ryan Murphy put a Cliff May-designed horse ranch in the bucolic Sullivan Canyon pocket of L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood up for sale at nearly double the $7.15 million he paid for the place less than two years before, the prolific TV show creator and real estate investor doled out $29 million for a landmark midcentury-modern home in the affluent Bel Air enclave of Los Angeles. Now that revamped property has popped up for sale, dressed to the nines and asking an eye-popping $34 million. The listing, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is shared by Aaron Kirman of Christie’s International Real Estate and Riley Schmidt and Timothy Wollaston of Riley Real Estate.

    Originally designed in the mid-1950s by pioneering modernist architect Richard Neutra—and previously occupied by fashion mogul Tom Ford for around two decades—the “Brown House” has been extensively restored and modernized during Murphy’s ownership in collaboration with a team that included designer Trevor Cheney of Seventh House Gallery. The result? A total of five bedrooms and eight baths in almost 3,800 square feet over two levels boasting restored terrazzo floors and numerous built-ins, plus vast walls of glass providing seamless indoor/outdoor environs.

    For the right price, Murphy is willing to sell the home’s avant-garde furnishings as featured in Architectural Digest—an antique silver collection, a 19th-century Biedermeier table, contemporary artwork, and a built-in settee left behind by Ford, just for starters.

    A spacious fireside living room has floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to a terrace overlooking city lights and ocean views.

    Matthew Momberger

    Perched atop a hill overlooking the Bel-Air Country Club, amid a gated parcel of land spanning just over three-quarters of an acre, the glass, wood, and concrete structure is accessed via a ramp that leads to an entryway bolstered by soaring cantilevered bars. Once inside, a walnut-paneled hallway leads to a double-wide living room holding an eye-catching brick fireplace and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors spilling out to an expansive terrace. Nearby, a dining room is spotlighted by a gray alabaster table that seats eight and a rectangular window resembling a still-life painting.

    The dining room’s picture window gazes out to a garden holding a 19th-century Italian sculpture of Cupid.

    Matthew Momberger

    Other highlights include an office, a media room, a main kitchen connected to a secondary catering kitchen below, and a sumptuous primary bedroom sporting aubergine lacquered walls and a stylish sitting area. Outdoors, you’ll find Scott Shrader-landscaped grounds hosting a Romanesque-style garden that’s been reoriented around a 17th-century urn fountain and a lengthy black-bottom pool flanked by a one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse, all of it offering up picturesque city lights and ocean vistas.

    A 17th-century stone fountain serves as the centerpiece of a gravel patio amid sculpted plantings.

    Matthew Momberger

    The 58-year-old Indiana native first rose to prominence in the early 2000s after creating Nip/Tuck, which ran for 100 episodes. Subsequent mega-hits like Glee and American Horror Story cemented his status as one of the modern era’s most successful producers and led to the inking of his 2018 Netflix contract, the biggest development deal in TV history. On the real estate front, the six-time Emmy winner has bought and sold numerous multimillion-dollar properties from coast to coast during the past few decades, including a Beverly Hills mansion he transferred to fellow producer David Zander for $16.3 million in 2020 and a Laguna Beach compound that traded hands the following year for $10.6 million.

    In addition to his primary residence, a $15.5 million spread in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood where he lives with his photographer husband David Miller and their three sons, Murphy’s hefty property portfolio also includes a $24.5 million Axel Vervoordt-designed townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village and a waterfront hideaway in Provincetown, R.I. He also lays claim to a sprawling country estate in New York’s Westchester County that he picked up from actor Richard Gere for $24.1 million in 2023 and is now renovating.

    Click here for more photos of Ryan Murphy’s Bel Air house.

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    Oscar De La Hoya Is Seeking $20 Million for His All-New Nevada Mansion

    Oscar De La Hoya didn’t even give the golf simulator in his new man cave time to warm up before deciding to flip his sprawling Las Vegas mansion tucked away in the hillside community of Henderson back on the market. The ask is an impressive $20 million, or a whopping $5.4 million more than the former boxing champ and current boxing promoter doled out less than two years ago for the then-unfinished spread.

    Records show De La Hoya paid $14.6 million in cash for the property in spring 2022 while it was still under construction, and then spent the next two years and millions more fully customizing the single-level dwelling with personalized touches. Sited behind gates on a corner cul-de-sac parcel spanning nearly an acre, the ultra-modern structure was built by Blue Heron as part of the local development firm’s Equinox Collection at MacDonald Highlands and completed last year.

    A bespoke tribute room is adorned with a replica boxing ring, as well as robes and belts from De La Hoya’s fights.

    Theo Ayala/Indigo Marketing

    A snazzy entrance boasting a water feature and porte-cochère introduces the residence, which offers five bedrooms and seven baths in almost 9,000 square feet of single-level living space displaying vast expanses of glass drinking in mesmerizing views of the Las Vegas Strip and McCullough Mountains beyond. Glitzy amenities range from the aforementioned man cave and a movie theater to a hair salon, a game room, a wet bar, and an eight-car garage. There’s also a custom tribute room celebrating his career that’s decked out with memorabilia and a 10-foot-by-10-foot boxing ring.

    Other highlights include a great room sporting a fireplace, a dining area with a climate-controlled wine room, an office, and a gourmet kitchen outfitted with an expansive eat-in island and top-tier stainless appliances, plus a secondary catering kitchen. A plush primary suite flaunts a showroom-style closet/dressing room, a spa-inspired bath, an outdoor shower, and a private garden lanai. The al fresco amenities continue with multiple pools and numerous spots ideal for lounging and entertaining, along with several TVs, a barbecue station and a firepit.

    Automated walls of glass open to more than 2,400 square feet of luxe outdoor living space.

    Theo Ayala/Indigo Marketing

    In addition to his Las Vegas spread—which sits near a home that sold for a record-setting $25 million in June 2020 to LoanDepot chairman Anthony Hsieh and is currently on the market for $34 million—the 51-year-old Los Angeles native still owns a lavish estate in Pasadena that he purchased from married filmmakers Gale Anna Hurd and Jonathan Hensleigh for $11.5 million back in 2007.

    The listing is held by Zar Zanganeh of The Agency Las Vegas, who told Mansion Global that De La Hoya plans to remain in the area and build an even bigger home.

    Click here for more photos of Oscar De La Hoya’s Las Vegas house.

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    A Famed Disney Imagineer’s Former SoCal Retreat Can Be Yours for $3 million

    A little more than eight years after he passed away from age-related causes at age 91, the onetime Ventura County residence of acclaimed artist and production illustrator Frank Armitage has popped up on the market for the first time in half a century, asking a smidge less than $3 million. Resting at 1807 Ladera Road in Ojai, the 10-acre spread comes complete with picturesque views overlooking the entire Ojai Valley and the Topatopa Mountains beyond.

    Custom-built for Armitage and his then-partner Jill Penkhus in the early 1970s—and subsequently inherited by Penkhus, an artist who died in 2016—the green wood-sided structure is now owned by her husband, songwriter Jerry Millstein, and offers two bedrooms and three bathrooms in roughly 2,000 square feet of split-level living space boasting abundant windows throughout. A striking sculpture crafted by Armitage himself also comes with the sale.

    A centaur sculpture completed by Armitage is prominently displayed in the living room.

    Mark Corcoran/Upmarket Media

    Depicting himself as a mythological Greek half-man, half-human centaur strumming a guitar and his former partner as a beautiful nude on his back, the sculpture holds court in the living room, which also contains a retro wood-burning fireplace with a stove pipe chimney stretching to the ceiling and glass and wood-trimmed doors spilling out to an expansive wood deck. An adjacent kitchen outfitted with an eat-in peninsula and a walk-in pantry flows to a dining area, a family room that currently serves as an art studio, and an office nestled alongside the entrance foyer.

    Other highlights include a duo of spacious primary bedrooms—one on the main level and another on the floor below, with both featuring their own walk-in closets and baths. And outdoors, the Zen-like grounds are dotted with avocado and orange orchards, along with a host of boulder-lined hiking trails. There are also a pair of cottages on the premises, one of which was built with local river stones and the other a music studio holding a full kitchen and bath. An added bonus? The tasting room at Ojai Olive Oil Company is just steps away!

    Frank Armitage at work in his office.

    Courtesy of Disney

    Revered as one of the world’s foremost production illustrators, Armitage moved to Los Angeles in 1952 with $84 in his pocket and landed a job at Walt Disney Studios, where he contributed to backgrounds and layouts for features such as Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, and The Jungle Book. The Australian-born artist also did production illustration for Fox’s Oscar-winning sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage and created artwork and designs for several Disney theme parks.

    The listing is held by Adam McKaig and William Turner of Douglas Elliman.

    Click here for more photos of Frank Armitage’s Ojai home.

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    Billy Baldwin and Chynna Phillips’s California Home Just Hit the Market for $3.8 Million

    A little more than three years ago, actor Billy Baldwin and his longtime wife Chynna Phillips doled out $2.9 million for a little “slice of heaven” tucked away in Santa Barbara‘s Mission Canyon neighborhood. Soon after, the lead singer of the Wilson Phillips trio showed up on a YouTube video expressing how grateful she was to be a homeowner. After experiencing a financial crisis in 2018, she and her husband—probably best known as the second-youngest of the four Baldwin brothers and his roles in the movies Flatliners and Backdraft—had to start over from the ground up and jump between leased places for over a decade.

    But that was then! After a year-long stint on the rental market, once for as much as $18,000 per month, the couple has now decided to flip their Craftsman-style property back on the market with a nearly million-dollar jump in price, asking a smidge under $3.9 million. Sheela Hunt of Village Properties serves as the listing agent.

    In addition to the three-bedroom main house, a detached guesthouse has two more bedrooms.

    Rafael Bautista

    Resting at the end of a lengthy shared driveway and gates, near Rocky Nook Park and the Santa Barbara Mission, the private residence is nestled amid park-like grounds laced with mature oaks, gardens, and meandering pathways. Built in the late 1940s and extensively remodeled by the couple during their tenure, the half-acre spread includes a main home and a separate guesthouse—for a total of five bedrooms and four bathrooms in around 3,000 square feet of total living space.

    As for the primary dwelling, a set of steps leads up to the entry door, which opens into neutral interiors boasting wide-plank oak floors, vaulted ceilings, skylights, and a wealth of windows throughout. Highlights include a living room accented by a wood-burning fireplace topped by a space carved out for a TV, plus French doors spilling out to a covered terrace ideal for al fresco dining. An adjacent dining room lined with built-in shelving, cabinetry, and a wine-storage nook connects to the quartz-clad kitchen, which is outfitted with a farmhouse sink, an eat-in island, high-end stainless appliances, and a walk-in pantry.

    The fireside living room opens to a covered al fresco dining terrace.

    Rafael Bautista

    One of the house’s three en-suite bedrooms has been converted into a den/office space with access to a brick patio, while the primary suite has a cozy window seat, a balcony, a walk-in closet, and a bath spotlighted by dual vanities, a freestanding soaking tub, and a rainfall shower. Outdoors, the grassy grounds host a pergola with a fire pit, a small sauna-equipped “she shed,” and the two-bedroom guesthouse, which is attached to a two-car garage flanked by a spacious motorcourt and has its own living area, kitchen, and bath.

    Click here for more photos of Billy Baldwin and Chynna Phillips’s Santa Barbara house.

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    The Latest in the Saga of Marilyn Monroe’s Iconic L.A. Home

    In Los Angeles, tearing down historic homes has become commonplace, causing the loss of some particularly fabled old beauties. One famous recent case in point: the “Zimmerman House” in Brentwood, which was crafted in the 1950s by modernist architect Craig Ellwood and purchased by Hollywood actor Chris Pratt and author Katherine Schwarzenegger, who destroyed the structure in favor of a brand-new mansion.

    Another Brentwood home recently sparking ire among demolition foes has been this storied 1920s hacienda, the site of Marilyn Monroe’s 1962 death and the only house she ever owned. Resting amid a half-acre parcel of land at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, the residence was acquired last year in an $8.4 million, all-cash deal by billionaire heiress Brinah Milstein and her husband Roy Bank, a former reality TV producer, who are seeking to demolish the place.

    The acquisition of Monroe’s house gives Milstein and Bank more than an acre of prime Brentwood land.

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    The couple, who own the roughly 6,000-square-foot mansion immediately next door, for which they paid $8.2 million back in 2016, would like to link the two properties together to create one large compound. But in January, after much strum and drang by preservationists, the Monroe residence scored a reprieve when the L.A. city council unanimously voted to consider the house for historic preservation, prompting the building department to revoke the couple’s demolition.

    According to a new lawsuit, Milstein and Bank are now asserting that they have the right to demolish the famed home, claiming that city officials acted unconstitutionally in their efforts to designate the home as a landmark and accusing them of “backdoor machinations” in trying to preserve a house that doesn’t meet the criteria for status as a historic cultural monument.

    The lawsuit claims the home has had 14 owners since Monroe’s death and has been substantially altered, with more than a dozen permits issued for various remodels during the past six decades. “There is not a single piece of the house that includes any physical evidence that Ms. Monroe ever spent a day at the house, not a piece of furniture, not a paint chip, not a carpet, nothing,” the lawsuit says. It also claims that the home is a nuisance to the neighborhood, with fans and tour buses regularly stopping by to snap pictures of the privacy wall.

    Marilyn Monroe’s former home.

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    Despite its modest scale and unpretentious nature, the 2,600-square-foot bungalow gained worldwide fame in 1962 as the location of Monroe’s apparent overdose at the age of 36. The walled and gated property was the only house ever owned by the legendary actress, and in the 60 years since, the estate has become one of the city’s most famous local landmarks. Blogger Lindsay Blake previously published an in-depth post filled with numerous fascinating tidbits about the property, including how Monroe placed a plaque above the front door that read “Cursom Perificio” in Latin. Translation: “My Journey Ends Here.”

    The home’s exterior architecture remains incredibly similar to how it appeared in the early 1960s, but the interiors have been significantly altered. Most notably, the kitchen and bathrooms have been modernized, and the estate’s formerly detached guest casita has been merged into the main house. Still, numerous original features—casement windows, terracotta tile floors, wood-beamed ceilings—happily hearken back to Golden Age times. More

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    This Chicago Home Had a Cameo in ‘The Bear.’ Now It Can Be Yours for $2.2 Million

    Remember back in season one of The Bear when Carmy (Jeremey Allen White) and Cousin Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) had to cater a kid’s birthday party as a favor to Uncle Jimmy (Oliver Platt), and instead of serving homemade Ecto Cooler at the bash, well, it was actually punch laced with Xanax? Yeah, well, brace yourself, fans of the award-winning hit series, because the house that starred as Cicero’s fictional crib can be yours for a cool $2.2 million. 

    Located in the historic Glenview suburb, about 15 miles north of The Loop, the home is currently owned by acclaimed interior designer Edwina Cowell, Mansion Global reported. Cowell told the listing site that the house has previously been featured in other TV and film projects, including a commercial for WeatherTech. However, she said having Christopher Storer’s award-winning drama shoot its “Dogs” episode at the house was a “great experience.”  

    A Chicago home that was used for filming season one of The Bear is up for sale.

    Positive Image/ Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

    “They were there for three days,” Cowell said. “I really wasn’t supposed to be watching any of the filming, but by the third day, the crew was like, ‘Come here!’ and they let me watch.” She noted that all the furnishings (both inside and out) were used for the set, and if a buyer was interested in snapping those up too, there’s room for negotiation. 

    “I know buyers want to walk in my house and see some big, white Calacatta marble island and gray cabinets—the same thing everywhere you look,” Cowell told Mansion Global. “And that’s okay, because I also feel like the right person is going to come to my house because it’s unusual. It’s going to be somebody that appreciates that terrace and some of those French influences and all the fun things that are in there.” 

    The backyard was used to shoot the kid’s birthday party in The Bear’s “Dogs” episode.

    Positive Image/ Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

    The almost 5,800-square-foot, five-bedroom house was originally built in the 1940s and has since undergone extensive renovations. Cowell and her husband purchased the pad back in 2000, and five years later, they gave the digs a massive revamp. Today, the main floor holds a formal living room with a fireplace, a dining room, and a kitchen that would have any cook saying, “Yes, chef.” Think a sprawling center island, double ovens, and heated flooring. Elsewhere, the family room is decked out with soaring vaulted ceilings, a Juliet balcony, and a built-in banquet. 

    Upstairs, the second level is where you’ll find four of the bedrooms, including the primary suite. The latter feels super luxe, with a walk-in closet and a private veranda that overlooks the English-style gardens designed by landscape architect Craig Bergmann. Of course, viewers will probably be most familiar with the backyard. Naturally, the grounds make for the perfect place to entertain à la Uncle Jimmy, with tons of antique brick patios, a fire pit, a grill, and a water fountain. 

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    While we don’t know quite yet what’s in store for The Bear season three, which returns to Hulu on June 27, the buyer could have the chance to host the Berzatto clan in the future. “Maybe the next owner would want them to come back,” Cowell added, “because I certainly would if that was me.” 

    Click here to see more photos of The Bear house. 

    Positive Image/ Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

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    Abigail Montanez is a staff writer at Robb Report. She has worked in both print and digital publishing for over half a decade, covering everything from real estate, entertainment, dining, travel to…

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    Exclusive: Pacaso Just Unveiled a New Collection of Co-Owned Luxury Vacation Homes  

    If you’re thinking about investing in a vacation property this year, you’re not the only one. According to a 2024 trend report from Coldwell Banker, a whopping 40 percent of Americans plan on buying second (or even third) homes within the next year, and those in the market are finding a new way to pay for them, including something called co-ownership.

    Platforms like Pacaso offer buyers one-eighth shares in second homes so they can stay in high-end digs while also splitting the property with other like-minded folks throughout the year. The homes are managed and maintained by Pacaso, which eases the burden of upkeep. The company just launched the Estate Collection, aimed at affluent homeowners with residences available in one-eighth shares, starting at a cool $1 million each.

    “For luxury buyers, co-ownership offers a more convenient and hassle-free experience,” Pacaso CEO Austin Allison told Robb Report. “Pacaso handles everything from design and property management to finding local vendors like cleaners and landscapers. This allows buyers to simply show up, relax, and enjoy their vacation home.” 

    The Bennett Home in California’s Napa Valley is surrounded by vineyards.

    Pacaso

    The Estate Collection includes the most opulent homes in the platform’s portfolio, nestled within desirable, sought-after locations like Malibu, Aspen, Napa, Jackson Hole, and Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas. The newly added properties have all been personally designed by Pacaso, and they come fully furnished with a bevy of lavish amenities for making the houses feel like homes.

    “These buyers, who may have previously owned a traditional second home, may have experienced the challenges of designing, furnishing, and maintaining a multi-bedroom residence in a distant state or even another country, along with the inconvenience of upkeep throughout each season,” Allison said. “Consequently, many buyers have decided they no longer want to deal with the hassles of full vacation home ownership.” 

    The Hillside Home in Carmel, Calif. is priced at $1.63 million per one-eighth share.

    Pacaso

    “One of my favorites from the collection is our Infinite Road home,” adds Allison. “Set on 10 acres in the heart of Napa, the 6,800-square-foot home offers spectacular vineyard and valley views with modern finishes throughout.” Also in Napa, the collection includes the seven-bed, eight-bath Bennett Home. Priced at $1.65 million, the wine country retreat comes with a pickleball court, an outdoor kitchen, a swimming pool, and a fire pit.

    There’s also Hillside Home, a 6,670-square-foot stunner in Carmel asking $1.63 million per share, and Pacific Place, a four-bed new-build in Corona Del Mar priced at $1.2 million. Elsewhere in Wyoming, Harvest Ridge, priced at $1.68 million, is perched atop Spring Creek and sits on five acres in Jackson. Highlights here include a chef’s kitchen, a sauna, a private gym, and, of course, sweeping mountain views. Over in Nantucket, Cedar Isle provides a three-story main house, plus a guest dwelling and access to bike paths and nearby beaches. Spanning 6,800 square feet and priced at $1.48 million, a perk of this waterfront oasis is its swanky home theater.  

    “Because these destinations rarely ever see listings hit the market due to high demand and low inventory,” Allison said, “luxury buyers now have the chance to own a home in competitive markets.”

    Click here to see more photos of Pacaso’s new Estate Collection.  

    Pacaso

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    Abby Montanez

    Abigail Montanez is a staff writer at Robb Report. She has worked in both print and digital publishing for over half a decade, covering everything from real estate, entertainment, dining, travel to…

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