Home of the Week: A twisty Cambridge condo featured on HGTV, in Dwell magazine

Style Modern, contemporary condo

Year built 2006

Square feet 1,206

Bedrooms 2

Baths 2 full

Water/sewer Public

Condo fee $95 a month

Taxes $4,618 (2020)

It looks like a 3-D puzzle nearing completion, this truly contemporary home in North Cambridge. Instead of floors rigidly stacked like a layered cake, this home has three rotated boxes of roughly 16 by 22 feet, a design by architects Beat Schenk and Chaewon Kim. The exterior (and many of the spaces inside) are clad in marine plywood, and narrow rectangular windows ensure privacy.

The detached condo, known as “X-Small,” is one of four contemporary homes the architects built on two lots, and it was featured on HGTV and in Dwell magazine. A boardwalk leads to the front door, which opens into the first of four levels (there is a basement), and the design features that echo throughout the home are on display: a mix

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The Star is mapping shooting homicides in 2020. Here’s where gun violence is happening in the city

A police officer walks near the scene of a daylight shooting at 25 Stong Court in Toronto on Nov. 7, 2020.

This map is updated regularly. Click or tap on the orange dots for additional details of the gun deaths so far this year:



How do you feel the city is handling gun violence? What steps would you like to see officials take?

Conversations are opinions of our readers and are subject to the Code of Conduct. The Star does not endorse these opinions.

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Here’s what to know in South Florida on November 14

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding the coronavirus in South Florida and around the state. Check back for updates throughout the day.

Miami-Dade hits a milestone as COVID numbers come in

1:40 p.m.: Florida’s Department of Health on Saturday confirmed 4,544 new cases of COVID-19 and Miami-Dade’s surge puts the county over 200,000 cases. The state now has 875,096 confirmed cases, the third-highest state in the country, after Texas and California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Also, Florida announced 44 resident deaths, bringing the resident death toll to 17,489. One new non-resident death was also announced, bringing the non-resident toll to 215.

Read Saturday’s COVID-19 numbers here.

U.S. shatters COVID cases record

11:50 a.m.: The United States set COVID-19 records for a fourth consecutive day Friday, CBS News’ This Morning reported. There were more than 184,000 cases reported Friday and over 68,000 people

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Investing in Commercial Real Estate in COVID-19

There are many questions circulating within the commercial real estate investment landscape as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds. Will the market return to normal soon? When will rents be collected? Am I going to lose my investment?

I’ve gathered some of the most common questions I’ve been asked and have provided answers that will help guide you through the next 90 days.

If I have money tied up in real estate investments, can I tap into the equity to pay bills and my mortgage?

It depends. If you have buildings that have not been critically impacted or if you have properties that are low leveraged, you may be able to tap some of that equity. The challenge now is that the lending market for borrowers is uncertain. There’s money available, but the terms can be prohibitive. For example, some lenders are requiring additional reserves to cover six to 12 months of

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Tips for buying homeowners insurance

People purchasing their first homes represented 31 percent of all buyers in September, according to the National Association of Realtors. Among the many steps in the process is purchasing homeowner’s insurance.

“Home buyers — especially first-time home buyers — often don’t think about budgeting for home insurance when looking for their dream home, but they should,” Sean Harper, co-founder and CEO of Kin Insurance in Chicago wrote in an email.

“Where you live can have an enormous impact on your home insurance rates,” Harper added. “For example, homeowners near open space in California and on the coast of Florida are more exposed to extreme weather (like wildfires and hurricanes, respectively) and insurance in these areas will usually cost more because of it. Home buyers should also be aware of local flood disclosures laws when buying a house in a flood zone. You’ll want to know if flood insurance is required

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3 Things About a Commercial Real Estate Deal That Might Look Too Good to Be True

Your goal as a real estate investor is to assemble a healthy portfolio that allows you to make money without having to spend too much money. So when an opportunity arises that seems to offer just that, it’s natural to want to jump on it. But that old saying “you get what you pay for” applies to commercial real estate, too, so if a deal seems like it’s too good to be true, chances are, it is. Here are a few red flags to steer clear of.

1. A building with a heavily discounted price

Sometimes, the combination of timing and luck allow you to snag a commercial property at well below market value. But if you’re presented with the opportunity to buy a building at what reads like a significant discount, it’s probably because there’s some sort of underlying problem — either with the structure itself or the land

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Armenians set fire to homes before handing village over to Azerbaijan

CHAREKTAR, Azerbaijan (Reuters) – Still wearing the camouflage fatigues in which he had fought against Azeri forces a week earlier, Arsen, an ethnic Armenian, lit a fire on Saturday under his sister’s dining room table in the small village of Charektar.

As the flames took hold with the help of strips of cardboard, he used a wooden chair to smash the low-slung one-storey house’s windows and bed sheets to try to spread the blaze, which soon consumed the whole house.

“They will already be here tomorrow morning. The Azeris. Screw them. Let them live here, if they can,” he said, as the fire got going.

Next door, grey smoke was rising from what was left of his own house.

Armenians are resorting to a scorched earth policy as the clock ticks down to a handover of territory to Azerbaijan under a Russia-brokered peace deal that followed six weeks of fighting

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Following ceasefire and concessions Armenians leave disputed territory, some setting fire to homes

Following a Russian-brokered ceasefire that includes territorial concessions which will go into effect Sunday, Armenians are leaving villages in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and some are setting fire to their homes, The Associated Press and Reuters report. It’s unclear if any Azeris, many of whom were displaced from the same land in 1994, will return to the villages.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory, which is officially recognized as part of Azerbaijan but has been controlled by ethnic Armenians for decades, flared up in recent months. The fighting resulted in Azerbaijan seizing the key city of Shusha, leading to the ceasefire, which Russia — generally considered a staunch ally and protector of Armenia — plans to enforce with 2,000 peacekeepers.

The Armenians who are leaving their homes cast doubt on the idea that they could live peacefully beside the returning Azeris, per AP and Reuters, and

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Sheriff Sale Homes in Horseshoe Bend, AR

Horseshoe Bend is a city in Fulton, Izard, and Sharp counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The population was 2,184 at the 2010 census. It is named for the large loop or horseshoe bend in the nearby Strawberry River.


Horseshoe Bend is located in northeast Izard County and extends into northeast Sharp and southern Fulton counties. The city is on the east bank of the Strawberry River. The city includes Crown Lake and Diamond Lake made by impounding the waters of Bens Creek and other small tributaries.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.6 square miles (38 km2), of which 13.4 square miles (35 km2) is land, and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (8.50%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,278 people, 1,142 households, and 725 families residing in

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Uber’s Self-Driving Unit Is For Sale: TechCrunch

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Uber Technologies Inc (NYSE: UBER) is looking to sell its self-driving unit, TechCrunch has reported.

What Happened: Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group has been negotiating the sale with Aurora Innovation, a self-driving technology startup. According to three people involved in the deal, the discussions started in October, and they are “far along.”


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The ATG unit is currently valued at $7.25 billion, with investors like SoftBank Group (OTC: SFTBF)’s Vision Fund and Toyota (NYSE: TM).

Aurora Innovation provides software, data services and hardware, according to the company’s website. It is led by executives who previously worked at Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Uber.

Why It Matters: Uber has had a turbulent year, with the Q3 earnings report showing an 18% revenue loss.  

Earlier this year, it lost a deal with Chicago-based GrubHub Inc (NYSE: GRUB) that would have potentially brought

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