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Army brat who found a home in NYC. Slow runner, spinner, cocktail lover. Married to @cchardesty. Alum of @wsj @newsobserver @nyu @ncsu

Hotel Deal Marks Another Break From Fort Lauderdale's Past

online.wsj.com — A Fort Lauderdale hotel once popular with spring-break revelers recently was demolished to make way for an 18-story beachfront luxury condominium tower. On the site of the former Howard Johnson hotel, Encore Housing Opportunity Fund is developing a $100 million-plus condo called Paramount Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Cortland Beefs Up Its Portfolio

online.wsj.com — A portfolio of apartment buildings that was at the center of one of the largest alleged real-estate frauds in Utah history is set to change hands. Cortland Partners LLC, an Atlanta-based apartment owner and developer, is under contract to buy the portfolio for $338.5 million from a court-appointed receiver that has operated the buildings since the Securities and Exchange Commission took control from Management Solutions Inc.

Vegas Builder Hits the Jackpot

online.wsj.com — HENDERSON, Nev.-It has been nearly three years since builder Josh Anderson purchased 36 distressed lots just outside of Las Vegas for an average of about $90,000 each, hoping that a bet on troubled land would pay off once the market turned. If all goes well this week, his gamble could result in a jackpot.

Lavish Wet Bars Leave the Basement

online.wsj.com — They conjure images of 1950s-era sitcoms, Formica countertops and basement rec rooms. Now, despite their image, wet bars are still managing a comeback into high-end homes. While real-estate agents warn that the term "wet bar" won't necessarily attract buyers, builders and designers say more homeowners aren't only installing the feature, they are eschewing the basement in favor of first-floor prominence.

The Health-Care Law's Real Beneficiary

online.wsj.com — As the Affordable Care Act alters the nation's health-care landscape, business groups are closely watching to see who gets helped or hurt by the new law. In the real-estate world, one group appears to be emerging a clear winner: owners of medical-office space.

Mack-Cali Shifts From Offices to Apartments

online.wsj.com — Later this month, construction will begin on a 69-story apartment tower in Jersey City, N.J., that is destined to be the tallest residential tower in the state. Like many of the thousands of rental apartments being built there, its units will cater to young, urban professionals.

U.S. Rents Rise Again as Market Tightens

online.wsj.com — Apartment landlords continued to push through higher rents in many cities in the fourth quarter, offering little relief for renters who have seen increases over the past few years. Nationwide, landlords raised rents by an average of 0.8% to $1,083 a month in the quarter, according to a report to be released Tuesday by Reis Inc., a real-estate research firm.

Unlikely Tower Mates

online.wsj.com — A Maryland developer plans to build a residential tower in Jersey City catering to college students who want to live off campus in a more modern quarters and working adults stung by a short supply of rental apartments.

His-and-Hers Bathrooms Appear in Luxury Homes

online.wsj.com — After viewing hundreds of homes from Los Angeles to San Diego, in the fall Debbie and Jim Winters finally found their dream abode-one with a master bathroom and bedroom suite so large it consumes nearly a third of the 3,480-square-foot house.

MetLife Slips Back Into Apartments

online.wsj.com — After World War II, insurance giant MetLife Inc. transformed 80 acres of land in Manhattan into two sprawling apartment complexes with more than 11,000 units for returning veterans. The New York City developments, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, were part of a building spree that would turn MetLife into one of the largest apartment landlords in the U.S.
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