Italian medieval ‘Church between vineyards, Tuscany

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Italian medieval ‘Church between vineyards, Tuscany

This is a classic look of Tuscany, the styles are ancient and architecture full of wisdom and ageless beauty. You can get a full sense of what it feels like until you visit this area where you can really breathe in the richness of the buildings and land that others have felt and experienced for thousands of years

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Bringing the Beauty and Charm of Tuscany to Your Home

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Tuscan style Decor patio FrontTuscany, a region in central Italy, is truly a sight to behold. The landscapes have often been called “postcard perfect” for their striking plains and rolling hills that are peppered with olive and grape plantations. Travelers who are fortunate enough to visit can’t help but notice how the homes in the area complement these beautiful lands to perfection, always aiming to incorporate the surrounding natural beauty into their abodes.

Tuscany-style homes can be best described as “rustic” and “completely Italian”.

These homes are “rustic” since the designs are meant to stay true to their roots as farm homes. The walls are often textured, stucco or made of stones. The windows are simple. The beams are high and exposed. Floors are made of reclaimed wood or terracotta tiles. Furniture is often unadorned and made of either wood or wrought-iron. And the color palates used often border around earth tones, white and muted greens.

Interior décor for a Tuscany-style home also follow the same general rustic principles as the house design. To add interest, dramatic wrought-iron light fixtures, antique rugs, painted ceramics and stenciled walls are appropriate accents that may be used. Windows are often kept bare to take advantage of the natural light.tuscan style inside of home

The Tuscany-style homes’ “completely Italian” design influence becomes particularly apparent when compared with Mediterranean-style homes, which has Spanish, Moroccan and Greek influences. Homes in Mediterranean-style will come off more contemporary than Tuscany-style homes. And they will feature vivid blues and whites in their primary color palette.

Tuscany-style homes are perfect for homeowners that appreciate classic and timeless beauty without the excessive frills. These homes are comfortable and meant to be enjoyed for many years.

To know more about Tuscany-style homes, you can reach out to Arie Abekasis, the owner of Diditan Group:, they are known for building and designing custom Tuscany-style homes. They are located in Sherman Oaks, California.

Quick Common Sense Guide to Being A Successful Real Estate Developer

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stop wishing start doing quoteBeing a good real estate developer is not something that comes without experience. It takes hard work and a keen sense of the market. A good developer is a successful one and thus needs to be able to predict the market trends and make the right decisions accordingly. There is a lot of risk involved in real estate development so it’s best to know what you are doing. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it!

1. Know What You Are Doing in a Lot of Different Areas

Working to become the best developer starts with learning about the job, studying the trends and becoming qualified in what you do. Getting an education formally or through an apprenticeship is necessary for success when there are so many aspects of the business to consider like finance, administration, construction management and urban development.

2. Learn by Doing

Working in the industry is the best way to learn and to put any formal education to the test. Working under another real estate developer also means eliminating some of the initial risk involved and getting the advice of someone with experience.

3. Make Connections Everywhere

The more relationships you make, the more you can rely on those connections. For example, if you continually work with the same construction professionals then they will want to keep your business and produce the highest quality and meet all deadlines. Connecting with lenders is also great when you are starting out since they will not give you funds unless they fully trust you.

4. Observe and Research

The best way to learn about current trends in the industry is to always be up to date on the real estate that is available. The Internet can also provide useful tools for determining when is and isn’t a good time to invest.

5. Reinvest!

Most property developers make the mistake of spending early gains. You should only be thinking about reinvestment for early explosive business growth.

Picturesque view of Florence from Michelangelo Square, Italy

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This picturesque view of Florence, Italy was taken from Michelangelo Square. Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and has the most people in the province with a population of more than 1.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Famous for its history, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and one of the “wealthiest cities of time.”

Tuscany: Is It Still A Property Investor’s Dream?

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If there has ever been a safe place to invest in real estate, Tuscany is it. This area has and seemingly will always be a good place to invest.

Limited Growth Is Beneficial

In general, Italy does not suffer from the booms and busts that are famous in the real estate investment industry. In addition, Tuscany property values are protected by strict planning laws that limit new building work.

Property therefore never suddenly loses value because an ugly building is put up in the area. Knowing that these standards are in place can help to protect your investment.

Tuscany keeps its charm by it being law for builders to maintain a traditional style. This is something you will easily be able to adhere to as a real estate developer.

Wait Out The Return In Style

As a developer, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of Tuscany while you wait for the return on your investment. Even if you are not going to be living at the property while you invest, there are plenty of ways to use it to your advantage whether that means renting it out or using it as holiday accommodation.

Tuscany is not the right place to make a lot of money quickly but it is a secure investment with a slow, yet almost guaranteed return.

Location and Restoration

Long ago, it was possible to buy an old run down farmhouse and transform it into a dream property but this isn’t the case anymore. Now it is better to search the market for the current bargain. Sometimes this can be a previously restored property or something that needs slight changes made to increase its value.

The area changes continually depending on which part of Tuscany is popular at that moment. There are a huge number of agents that can help you find the right property to invest in. What has remained constant is that investing in Tuscany is always a great financial move.

Sunrise over Val d’Orcia

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Val d’Orcia is a region of Tuscany in central Italy characterized by gentle, carefully cultivated hills interspersed with gullies and idyllic towns and villages such as Pienza, Radicofani and Montalcino. Val d’Orcia is familiar to many in Renaissance artwork and in modern photography.

Sunrise over Val d’Orcia

The great beauty

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This photograph is by amazing London-based photographer Giuseppe Torre. He calls it the heart of Florence in the night: “Piazza San Giovanni.” It’s an amalgamation of 13 vertical shots–the “core” of renaissance, the iconic square with the beautiful “Santa Maria del Fiore” with the Brunelleschi’s dome in the background and the Giotto’s Bell tower in front. On the right is the Baptistery.

You can find more of his exquisite work including architecture and real estate interior photos at and on his Facebook site.

Chanukah Live 1990

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In this video, Rebbe taking part in one such monumental rally in 5751/1990 as Chassidim around the world energetically respond to the Rebbe’s encouragement. An unprecedented effort in sharing the light of Chanukah with the world. Bringing together different continents to celebrate as one. Watch and take a look at this monumental undertaking at that time.