• Bedroom Decoration

    Noz Designs a Playful San Francisco Home That’s Fun for Kids and Adults

    Five years ago, when designer Noz Nozawa was hired by a couple with two young children—and a new baby—to spruce up a few spaces in their 100-year-old, three-story home in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond, she had no idea how long-lasting the relationship would become. “Initially, they hired me in 2016—around the holidays—to redecorate various parts of their new home,” recalls Nozawa. “It was very early in my design career and they’d never worked with an interior designer before.” The initial scope of work included overhauling a formal living room that served as a “glorified storage space filled with boxes and nutcrackers” and to transform the dining room into a versatile,…

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  • Real Estate

    Affordable housing eyed at San Jose restaurant site

    SAN JOSE — A development of hundreds of affordable houses could sprout in San Jose on the site of a shuttered restaurant, according to very preliminary plans being considered at City Hall. The proposed development would be 100{28ab41d673507bfe0daf970418d2e81f9476b3e139564442359ad7402c370b16} affordable and is slated for a site where the Fish Market restaurant operated for more than two decades until coronavirus-spawned economic woes forced the seafood establishment out of business last year. The 1.9-acre project site is at 1007 Blossom Hill, where the restaurant had operated since 1997. If built, the affordable housing proposal could serve as an example of how properties with closed businesses can be revitalized amid unprecedented economic upheaval. The project…

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  • Real Estate

    Downtown San Jose’s Fairmont Hotel gets big revamp

    SAN JOSE — The Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, an iconic lodging in the city’s urban core, has been revamped with a wide-ranging makeover of the lobby and bar. The renovation will usher in a new bar, lounge, and dining experience at the hotel, which is a cornerstone in downtown San Jose’s convention and theater district. The renovation cost nearly $10 million, according to Fairmont executives. A portion of the renovated Fairmont San Jose hotel lobby, lounge, and bar area. Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group Rockwell Group, an award-winning architecture and design firm that has designed numerous Planet Hollywood, Nobu Restaurant, and W Hotel sites, as well as eye-catching projects…

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  • Real Estate

    Big office, housing towers eyed in downtown San Jose

    SAN JOSE — A busy developer is raising money through an opportunity zone fund to build a new office tower and housing highrise at a choice site in downtown San Jose — and is assembling four properties to build the towers next to each other. Urban Catalyst, an increasingly busy development firm, is planning a project called Icon/Echo, a downtown San Jose development that will feature an office tower and a residential tower next door. “We see what is happening in downtown San Jose and we are happy to be a part of that revitalization,” said Erik Hayden, founder of Urban Catalyst. Urban Catalyst was formed to create funds that…

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  • Real Estate

    Arbor tower will be downtown San Jose gateway

    SAN JOSE — An office complex proposed by a global and local development alliance would preserve a prominent office building and create a new office and retail tower poised to be a new gateway to downtown San Jose. The new office and retail tower would sprout at 255 W. Julian St. and connect via a sky bridge to the well-known Davidson Building in downtown San Jose, according to a proposal being circulated by world-acclaimed developer Westbank and local developer Gary Dillabough. The Davidson Building site is deemed to be a choice location for development in downtown San Jose, being perched prominently next to the interchange of State Route 87 and Julian…

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  • Real Estate

    Affordable homes eyed near San Jose train stop

    SAN JOSE — A big new residential project that would include affordable homes could sprout near a light rail station and the Scottish Rite Center in San Jose, according to preliminary plans circulating at City Hall. The proposal is contained in plans a developer has submitted to San Jose city planners, according to documents on file at the city. “We really feel there is a big need in San Jose for affordable housing,” said David Lewis, the project developer. Potentially 400 or more residences would be built on a site at 2455 Masonic Drive, which is just south of Curtner Avenue and between State Route 87 and Almaden Expressway. It…

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