Iconic Neutra-Designed Home Featured in Slim Aarons Photo Hits the Market

The Kaufmann Desert House—once home to singer singer Barry Manilow—is listed at 5 million

Taken in 1970, Poolside Gossip shows Lita Baron approaching Nelda Linsk (right), wife of art dealer Joseph Linsk, and Helen Dzo Dzo as they chat by the pool at the Kaufmann house.Photo: Slim Aarons

One of legendary architect Richard Neutra’s iconic Palm Springs, California, homes is on the market for a potentially record-setting 5 million. The substantial price tag isn’t without good reason, however. The property, known as the Kaufmann Desert House, was immortalized in photographer Slim Aarons’s popular 1970 photograph Poolside Gossip, and is largely considered to be one of Neutra’s most recognizable works. As a means of comparison, the most expensive property ever sold in Palm Springs was owned by the late entertainer Bob Hope and went for 3 million in 2016.

The residence was originally built as a vacation home for department store magnate Edgar J. Kaufmann. Photo: DAN SOLOMON

Neutra, who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright before starting his own practice in 1930, built the house in 1946. The firm Marmol Radziner restored the dwelling in the 1990s, and architect Leo Marmol has called it “one of the seminal definitions of modern architecture in California.” With its use of glass, steel, and stone, the five-bedroom house is open and airy; separate wings branch out from a central hub, which comprises the living and dining room. There’s a wing for guest quarters, one for service resources, and an entire wing dedicated to the main bedroom suite.

The view from the poolhouse. DAN SOLOMON

All of the rooms are situated on a single level, aside from an open-air covered patio on a second level that Neutra referred to as “the Gloriette”—a play on the 12th-century French word gloire, or “little room.” According to Thomas S. Hines, who wrote extensively about Neutra and his design philosophy in his book Richard Neutra and the Search for Modern Architecture, the pool pavilion was the first thing to be completed on the property, and the eccentric architect would often enjoy “critiquing the rest of the construction while splashing and floating in the water.”

Fitting, then, that the pool is the main subject of photographer Aarons’s iconic image, which depicts two women in midriff-baring outfits enjoying a chat at the far end of the pool, the home and the desert mountains visible in the background. Over the years, the picture has been re-created and reprinted on everything from tote bags to posters.


This article was originally featured in Architectural Digest.

Famed Kaufmann House in Palm Springs on market for 5M

The iconic Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, designed by Richard Neutra and made internationally famous in Slim Aarons’ “Poolside Gossip” photograph, is on the market for 5 million.

The listing for the home says it’s “an investment in one of the world’s most important treasures of modernism.”

Built in the late 1940s of metal, glass, and Utah stone, the Kaufmann House exemplifies indoor-outdoor living with a roofed, open-air patio space and an outdoor space known as the Gloriette room that offers one-of-a-kind views of the adjacent San Jacinto Mountains.


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The asking price would set a record for Palm Springs residential real estate, even compared to other architectural gems: The Bob Hope house, designed by John Lautner, sold for 3 million in 2016 after being listed with an asking price of 0 million, while Lautner’s Arthur Elrod house sold for .7 million earlier that year.

The priciest sale on record in the Coachella Valley was Larry Ellison’s Porcupine Creek estate in Rancho Mirage, for which he paid 2.9 million in 2011 and now plans to turn into an exclusive six-start resort.

The remarkable design of the Kaufmann House is just as famous as its history.

Neutra designed and constructed the property in the late 1940s for department store magnate Edgar Kaufmann, who had previously commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design his southwestern Pennsylvania vacation home Fallingwater.

Prior owners include Barry Manilow, and Nelda Linsk, who is featured in Aarons’ iconic “Poolside Gossip” photograph from 1970. The home has also been captured by famed architecture photographer Julius Shulman.

Real estate agent Gerard Bisignano of Vista Sotheby’s said Brent Harris has owned the home since the early 1990s.

“It has been a true passion and labor of love for him and all involved,” Bisignano said. “He’s enjoyed the home and he just feels it’s time to pass it on to another guardian.”

Harris and his then-wife Beth oversaw the home’s restoration after they purchased it with design firm Marmol Radziner, which involved undoing additions and repairing the floors to bring the home back to its original look. Shulman came back to shoot the home once it was complete.

The property also underwent a .5 million restoration about 10 years ago to bring it up to more current standards.

As an agent who specializes in architecturally significant homes, Bisignano said “it’s an honor” to handle the listing.

“You walk in, and it’s magical,” he said.



This article was originally featured in the Desert Sun.

Manhattan Beach home of former UCLA football coach Jim Mora hits the market

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Former UCLA football coach Jim Mora has tossed his Manhattan Beach home onto the market for 1.995 million.

The custom home in the beach city’s Hill Section was designed by Hermosa Beach-based firm Starr Design Group.

A gated courtyard marks the entrance to the six-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom house. Inside, the home has riffs on contemporary and Balinese styling — rich mahogany frames bands of floor-to-ceiling windows and clerestories. The dark woodwork is repeated on the ceilings as well as the exterior gates and louvered screen.


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The roughly 5,200-square-foot floor plan was designed so that the chef’s kitchen sits above the living room. A 16-foot island topped with sea pearl quartz anchors the kitchen space, while booth seating was built into the upper lip of the tiered design. An ocean-view family room sits off the kitchen area.

Set on a roomy 9,000-square-foot lot, the property has a built-in barbecue, patio space, lawn and a swimming pool with a spa. A two-story guest house fills a back corner of the yard, which is naturally screened with tall bamboo and landscaping.

Mora, the son of longtime NFL and college coach Jim E. Mora, compiled a 46-30 record as head coach of the UCLA football program, leading the team to bowl appearances on four occasions as well as a Pac-12 South Division title in 2012. He was fired by the school midway through the 2017 season after his third consecutive loss to crosstown rival USC.

More recently, he has worked as a college football analyst for ESPN.

Jennifer Caras of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.



This article was originally featured in the Los Angeles Times.

Roessler Estate in Palos Verdes Estates Lists for 9.5 Million

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In Palos Verdes Estates, a Spanish Revival-style home built for Fred Roessler, the city’s first mayor, is on the market for 9.5 million.

Roessler was instrumental in the efforts to incorporate Palos Verdes Estates, which was established as a subdivision in the early 1920s before its incorporation as a city in 1939. A chemist and veteran of World War I, he served as the city’s mayor from 1940 until his death in 1965 at 71.

Originally built in the 1920s and reconstructed in 2006, the landmark property crowns a 3.17-acre hilltop, allowing for ocean views from nearly every room.

Arched windows, stenciled beams and grand fireplace mantles are among details of the roughly 13,000-square-foot home. The kitchen is outfitted with dual islands and a range built into a massive stone hearth. Artistic barrel-rolled ceilings top the home theater, which has tiered seating.

Other features include an elevator, a wine room, a dry sauna and a steam room. Including a two-bedroom guesthouse, there are seven bedrooms and 15 bathrooms.

Outside, steps lined with colorful tile risers descend to a swimming pool and spa. A tennis court, a putting green, a barbecue pavilion, lawn and mature trees fill out the grounds.

The property originally came up for sale last year at 7.5 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service. It has changed hands just twice in the last three decades, selling in 1987 for .5 million and in 2000 for .9 million, records show.

Chris Adlam of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.


This article was originally featured on Daily Magazine.

This Way to the Beach: Homes Next to Ocean Topped Priciest Sales

But total for 5 most expensive trades in LA last week was still 18% below previous week’s tally

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Coastal living appears to be on the minds of many wealthy Los Angeles homebuyers.

All but one of the five most expensive sales last week involved properties within walking distance of the water. But proximity to the beach did not translate to sky-high prices. The five sales totaled 7.9 million, far below the 6.2 million from the week before.

Four of the homes on the list were recently-built. They are in Malibu — the priciest on the list — Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and Ranchos Palos Verdes. The only one constructed before 2010 is in Long Beach. It was built in 1927.

The list was compiled with data from Redfin and other sources for deals closing between June 23 and June 29.


6156 Ramirez Canyon Road | Malibu | 4.5M

This new construction home is on 4.4 acres. The 10,000-square-foot main home has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and a wine cellar. The sale comes out to ,445 per square foot. The home was built in 2018 and immediately listed; the sale was its first. There is a separate guest house on the property with a kitchen. The backyard had a pool and the usual amenities, like a patio and fire pit. There’s also direct beach access. Eytan Levin of The Address had the listing. H. Blair Chang with the Agency represented the buyer.


20 37th Place | Long Beach | .3M

This Spanish-style compound sits on 1.3 acres behind a gated entrance near the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier on the southeast side of Long Beach. The home was built in 1927 and spans just under 7,700 square feet with three bedrooms and five bathrooms. There’s also a separate pool house. The sale came out to 43 per square foot. Jordan Cohen with RE/MAX One represented the seller, while Kevin Cordasco with Core Real Estate Group brought the buyer.


718 10th Street | Santa Monica | .9M

This recently-built home squeezes 6,327 square feet of living space onto a lot just over 7,500 square feet. There are six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The kitchen and living room on the ground floor link to the backyard through a wide floor-to-ceiling entrance. The lower level has a home theater and a yoga room. The sale came out to ,084 per square foot. Matthew and Joshua Altman of Douglas Elliman had the listing, while Dean Mandile with Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer.


328 19th Street | Manhattan Beach | .9M

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This 4,107-square-foot home was designed by local architect Jon Starr and completed in 2010. The five-bedroom and five-bathroom house sits on a lot under 2,700 square feet so the floor plates are small, but it makes up some of that space vertically, rising three stories. The sale figured out to ,199 per square foot. The beach is less than a thousand feet away. Christina Brown and John Brown of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty shared the listing. Lynn Range, also of Vista Sotheby’s, represented the buyer.


32009 Cape Point Drive | Rancho Palos Verdes | .3M

This newly-built 6,149-square-foot home is on the south side of the Palos Verdes peninsula. The home is part of a neighborhood of new construction properties just outside the Trump National Golf Club. The sale comes out to 99 a foot. Joe Alessi with RE/MAX Estate Properties had the listing. Veronica Topete with Realty Masters & Associates represented the buyer.


This article was originally featured on The Real Deal

These Are The Top 3 Reasons You Might Not Get a Mortgage

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You thought doing your taxes was a nightmare? Wait until you apply for a mortgage. It’s kind of like doing your taxes, only it takes way longer, costs more, and you get graded on it: Pass/fail.

About one in every eight mortgage applications was denied in 2016 (the most recent data available), for a total of nearly 600,000 rejections, according to NerdWallet’s 2018 Home Buyer Report.

Incomplete applications accounted for 10 percent of those rejected loans, but assuming you fill out everything correctly and submit all the required paperwork, here are the three most likely reasons you might get an ‘F’ on your mortgage application.

1. Debt-to-Income Ratio

Most lenders want your combined monthly debt obligations—stuff like student loans and car payments, plus your potential mortgage—to eat up 43 percent or less of your gross monthly income. In an age where more and more homebuyers are burdened with excessive student loan debt, and the average new car payment is 02 a month, it’s easy to see why this derailed 28 percent of mortgage applications in 2016.

The good news: Paying down credit card debt and other balances will not only help lower this ratio in your favor—it can also raise your credit score pretty quickly. Speaking of which…

2. Credit History

Poor credit sank about 21 percent of denied mortgage applications. Mortgage lenders are stricter than auto lenders when it comes to credit, and generally want to see a credit score of at least 620—though the FHA and VA will lend to home buyers with credit scores in the 500s.

To get the best rates, borrowers need excellent credit—meaning a FICO score of 760 or higher, according to credit expert John Ulzheimer. (And a better rate equals a lower monthly payment, which lowers your chances of being denied for Reason No. 1.)

3. Collateral

Another 17 percent of mortgage denials were chalked up to collateral. While that sounds vaguely loan sharky, it’s a real thing, referring to the appraised value of the home you’re looking to buy.

If you agree to buy a home for 00,000, the lender will send out an independent appraiser to assess the home’s market value based on other comparable sales in the area (“comps”). They want to know the home is really worth all that loot they’re giving you.

If the appraisal comes in at or above 00,000, everything’s hunky dory. But if the appraiser pegs the value at something less—say, 75,000—you’ve got a problem. Suddenly, all the numbers that the mortgage was predicated on don’t add up anymore.

At that point, you still have options—you can increase your down payment to make up the difference, or try to convince the seller to lower the price or pay for a second appraisal, among other tactics. But it could mean the loan falls through, or that you decide to back out if you realize the house was overpriced.

4. Modern-Day Redlining

Unfortunately, there might be fourth reason: A recent analysis of 31 million mortgage records by Reveal, the public radio program from the Center for Investigative Reporting, found that African Americans and Latinos are routinely denied mortgages at a higher rate than white home buyers in dozens of U.S. metro areas—including Atlanta; Orlando, Florida; and Washington—even after controlling for variables like income, size of the loan, and neighborhood. In Philadelphia, for example, people of color were nearly three times more likely to be denied a home loan.

Lenders claim this is not because of discrimination, but because minority borrowers tend to have lower credit scores—which, you’ll recall, is the No. 2 reason mortgage applications get rejected. This explanation is… well, the best you can say is that at least it’s plausible. Credit scores are considered proprietary information, so Reveal wasn’t able to control for them as a variable. Nor were debt-to-income ratios publicly available. It’s also plausible that that’s a very flimsy defense.


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Ex-Tinder exec Brian Norgard finds a match in Manhattan Beach

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The two-story home comes with remodeling plans to beef up the kitchen, expand the master suite and add a pair of ocean-view decks.

Tinder’s former chief product officer Brian Norgard has swiped right on a coastal home in Manhattan Beach. He bought the two-story spot about a block from the Strand in December for .35 million, records show.

That’s 45,000 less than the original asking price and 50,000 shy of what it sold for three years ago, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

The blue-colored abode has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in a little more than 3,500 square feet. The interiors seem relatively new, but the sale includes remodeling plans that call for beefing up the kitchen, adding a formal dining room, expanding the master suite and constructing a pair of decks to take advantage of the views.

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As of now, the home has two outdoor spaces: a second-story balcony overlooking the ocean and an outdoor shower down below. Inside, highlights include a living room with a brick fireplace and a stylish galley-style kitchen with tile backsplashes.

Upstairs, there’s a family room with a coffee bar and a library with built-in shelves. The master bedroom features one of three fireplaces.

During his time with Tinder, Norgard helped grow the dating platform into one of the highest-grossing apps in the world. In 2018, he left the company to focus on entrepreneurial ventures.

Darin DeRenzis and Meredith Johnson of Vista Sotheby’s Realty held the listing. Emma von Jansky of Strand Hill Christie’s International Real Estate represented the buyer.

This article was originally featured in the Los Angeles Times

Moving up? How to take the stress out of selling your house and buying another home

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Buying a home is stressful enough in today’s housing market. Try adding the extra pressure of selling your current home, too.

Many homebuyers face this two-step transaction, whether they are relocating for a new job, upgrading to a new home or downsizing in retirement. Last year, 89% of repeat buyers sold or planned to sell their previous home, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The key is to understand how the market is going, know your financial limitations and have plans for bumps in the road ahead of time, real estate experts say.

“It’s a balancing act,” says Susan Staffordsmith, a real estate agent with CENTURY 21 Action Plus Realty in New Jersey. “It’s our job to make sure clients minimizes costs. They don’t to pay for moving twice or for storage. These things can add up to the thousands.”

Here’s what you should know.

Can you carry two homes?

The first question that sellers who also want to buy should answer is: Can you afford to carry two homes if you don’t sell yours first?

Those who expect to get a mortgage for the second home and have one already on the first must be able to manage the potential monthly payments of both homes. If it’s too much debt relative to your monthly income, the mortgage lender won’t approve the second home loan, says Pava Leyrer, chief operating officer of Northern Mortgage Services.


“The lender can’t ignore the house just because it’s listed for sale,” Leyrer says.

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If you do qualify for a new mortgage while carrying your old one, you must make sure that you’re comfortable with the idea that you could end up with double payments. Some buyers don’t want that risk, while others are willing to make that gamble.

“In the markets that are superhot where homes are flying off the shelves, people are more open to carrying two homes],” Leyrer says, “because they are anxious about not getting the home they really want.”

Do you need to tap the equity first?

Other borrowers may need the proceeds from the sale of their own home to fund the down payment or full purchase of the second home. If you can qualify to carry both mortgage payments but require the equity in your first home to buy the second, there are two possible options, Leyrer says.

Pull equity out: You can get a home equity loan or line of credit from another bank that can be used toward to the down payment.

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Smaller down payment: You could also put down less than 20% and have your home loan modified later. A modification doesn’t change your rate, but can lower your monthly payment. It’s also less costly than refinancing. Double check the lender will do this ahead of time before banking on it.

If these options don’t work for you, then you need to sell your home first.

Get your home ready for sale

If your old home is what stands in the way of buying your new one, it’s time to get serious about selling, agents say. If possible, move out, so the home can be staged for sale. If not, declutter, refresh with new paint and fix any issues before putting a for-sale sign up.

It’s also important to avoid overpricing your property, which could make selling it even harder, says Leon Robinson, an agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Baltimore.

“It will sit on the market and people will start to think there’s something wrong with it,” he says. Even if you get a higher price, it still must appraise for that price for the buyer to get a mortgage.

“If the market doesn’t bare that price, then you have to turn around and renegotiate the price,” he says.

Don’t hamstring your offer

Like any homebuyer in today’s market where sellers have more of an upper hand, any offer you put on the new home should come with a mortgage preapproval. Agents also recommend selling your first house before making offers on your second, especially if you’re planning to pay the full price on the next home.

“Then you’re a cash buyer in a seller’s market,” says Dona Crowder, a senior broker associate with Coldwell Banker Global Luxury in San Francisco. “You’re in the power seat.”

At the very least, wait until your house is in contract before making an offer on other ones. In many hotter markets, buyers are putting in bids that have few contingencies. Having a contingency that you must first sell your house makes your offer less attractive. If it’s in contract, then it’s a stronger offer.

Be prepared to allow a first-right-of-refusal for the seller if your offer comes with a home-sale or home-closing contingency, says Susan Staffordsmith. “If another buyer comes along, then you need to remove the contingency,” she says, or the seller can accept the second buyer’s offer.

Work with the same broker

If you’re selling and buying in the same general area, it might make sense to use only one real estate agent for both the sale and purchase of your homes. That way, the agent can accurately communicate to the listing agent of the second home what is happening with the first. This will make it easier to coordinate two closings, among three different parties – you, your buyer and the seller.

“You need to know where your buyer is coming from. Are they in process of selling their townhome?” says Diane Notarfrancesco, an agent with CENTURY 21 Action Plus Realty. “It can snowball and affect the last person in the transaction.”

Have plan B

A big worry for the seller-buyer is the timing of the two transactions will be off, and one of two consequences will occur: Two homes at a time or nowhere to live.

Sock away one to two times the monthly mortgage payment for your first home in case you end up carrying both homes for a while. That extra money can be used for a short-term rental from AirBnB or VRBO if you haven’t found a home fast enough after selling your first.

Another option to avoid couch-surfing: a post-sale occupancy agreement with your buyer. This allows you to stay in your home for a specified period after the sale closes. Typically, part of the funds from the sale are held in escrow as a security deposit for the buyer, who is now the new owner. You receive these funds after the rental period is up and new owner assesses there is no damage to the property.

This article was originally featured on USA Today

A Contemporary Home In North London Asking Some 0 Million Aims To Beat Bearish Brexit Mood



Healthfield House in London’s Highgate asks 2 million

On the eve of a general election in the United Kingdom that will almost certainly impact the direction of Brexit as well as London’s property trends (which had been on the decline), a home in the north of London is remaining bullish on finding a buyer.

Located in Highgate, with unobstructed views of the popular Hampstead Heath park, this ten-bedroom house called Heathfield House sits on two acres of land (rare for being so close to the city) and is asking £40 million (approximately 2.5 million USD). Highgate has been home to a few celebrities, including Kate Moss, Jamie Oliver and Jude Law, and is also the location of the largest private home in London—a 90,000-square-foot palatial spread called Witanhurst.

Single-family homes prices here average about £3.5 million (approximately million) so Heathfield House is the highest asking on the market by far. The home belongs to Aleksandr Bronstein, who made his wealth in the metal industry and is the chairman of the Solway Investment Group, with mines around the world that largely focus on nickel.



The modern design of the homes relies on curved walls and sculptural elements, such as a dramatic staircase and mullioned floor-to-ceiling windows to create a contemporary look. The home also comes with a glass elevator and many reflective surfaces to add to the shimmer factor. Here walls lined with fabric complement the mirrors on the stairwell.


Mirrored Stairwell

A one-of-a-kind art installation hangs over the dining room and provides a way to bounce light around the double-height room from the lighting fixtures concealed behind the display.


Dining Room

An indoor pool looks out on to the backyard.



Next to the pool are the these futuristic lounge areas with porthole windows reminiscent of spaceship and recessed lighting that looks like stars in the sky.


Pool Lounge

The home also comes with a curved indoor pool that opens out to the landscaped grounds, a tennis court, billiards room, spa, home gym and separate guest house measuring about 4,400 square feet.

The listing is jointly held with Sotheby’s International Realty and Knight Frank.


This article was originally featured in Forbes


If you’re looking to attract millennial buyers, don’t make these home upgrades!

Despite being called out for their ineptitude at saving money and their overwhelming fondness for spending it on experiences instead of things, millennials actually do desire financial stability—especially if it means they can buy a house.

So what kind of homes do they want? According to real estate professionals, a large majority of millennials seeks out properties that are move-in ready—with plenty of room for customization.

“They care more about the home being clean and in good condition,” says Mary Katherine Spalding, a Realtor® associate with Helen Painter Group in Fort Worth, TX. “Cosmetic changes are much easier to make, and millennials are a generation of DIYers.”

But home sellers are also becoming well-versed in what they don’t want. If you’re looking to attract millennial buyers, be forewarned: These home upgrades will turn them away from your home faster than you can say, “What’s your Wi-Fi password?”

1. Over-the-top landscaping

A spacious, well-manicured yard was the pride and joy of earlier generations that didn’t mind working up a sweat mowing and fertilizing their lawns. But that’s not the case with busy millennials. They prefer cultivating indoor plants—and the convenience of an outdoor space that’s easy to maintain.

Jason Duff, founder and CEO of Small Nation, a real estate development company in Bellefontaine, OH, says millennials prefer to have landscaping beds (for growing a vegetable garden?) and other green-filled areas that look nice, are easy to maintain, and can be set up for quality time with pets.

2. A formal dining room

Mom and Grandma may have cherished dinner time in their fancy dining room with matching plates, sterling silver flatware, and gold-plated tea sets. But younger buyers tend to consider that dedicated room a stuffy waste of space.

Duff says young buyers enjoy cooking in their kitchen and want to eat in or near their kitchen, too.

“Most millennials don’t care about formal dining rooms,” says Duff. “It was a fixture for many homes in previous decades, but today dining tends to happen close to the kitchen—from the convenience of a meal home delivery box like Blue Apron—or on the go.”

When it comes to gathering for a meal, millennials appreciate the laid-back simplicity of breakfast nooks and bar stools.

3. A designated floor plan

Older generations may be satisfied with a mapped-out floor plan that designates a living room, kitchen, and dining room, but millennials seek multifunctional rooms. Think wide-open spaces that make the home feel like one flowing space.

“Where homes traditionally would have separate rooms, millennials are gravitating toward having large, open rooms that bring these all together like kitchens with breakfast bars or islands that open to the living space,” says John Steele, a real estate agent with Team Steele San Diego Homes in California.

4. Brand-new carpeting

If you’re considering sprucing up your home before you sell, think twice before spending money on installing new carpets. Millennials are moving away from carpeting in favor of bare floors with statement rugs.

“There are some buyers that like it in the bedrooms, but in the living spaces, laminates, tile, hardwood, and engineered hardwood are much more popular,” says Steele.

Another reason to stick with uncarpeted flooring is that it’s more pet-friendly—and millennials love their pets. Carpeting can absorb and retain odors, stains, and hair, and pet cleanup is easier on a hardwood floor.

5. Memorabilia and game rooms

Millennials aren’t defined by their possessions—and they definitely don’t want to showcase them in a room. So if you’re thinking about staging a room where the owners can show off their stuff, think again.

“Millennials may be a little different than previous generations in wanting to keep, collect, and show off all that they have accumulated,” says Duff. “Put away the pool table and think digital,” says Duff.

Millennials live a more digital existence, so Duff recommends staging your game area in a media room with a large TV or projector and maybe even surround sound.

This article was originally featured on Realtor.com