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David Merrick, Gay Vancouver Real Estate Agent

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David MerrickPeriodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals:

After 25+ years in the retail industry, I have finally taken the opportunity to do something that I’ve always wanted to do – SELL REAL ESTATE!

I grew up in Southern California, lived in the San Francisco/Bay Area, New York City and even Salt Lake City, Utah and now I call the Pacific Northwest my home!

There is so much culture, quirkiness and an abundance of beautiful sites to see here in the area and helping my clients find a place that makes them happy is the best part of my job!

I have great attention to detail and will listen to your wants and needs then find the perfect neighborhood and home just for you.

Give me a call and find out how I can make your real estate transaction a fun and exciting experience…

Vancouver/Southwest Washington is conveniently located to Portland, Oregon and is a gay-friendly place for those that want to be close to all the action but not necessarily live in the middle of it.
If you love to ski, golf, hike or anything on the water – we’ve got you covered. With all the great restaurants, shopping, and local attractions, you will never run out of fun adventures!

Seattle is about 150 miles to the north and we are only about a two hour drive over to the beautiful Oregon/Washington coast.

See David’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here

Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in Washington State

Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York – The Gayborhood

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Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Few neighborhoods in the country are more hipster-identified than Williamsburg, which sits handily across the East River from Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side (two diverse, gay-popular, but more expensive neighborhoods in their own right).

Much of the best café culture and shopping is centered upon the several blocks surrounding the Bedford Avenue (L Train) subway stop, especially along Berry Street and Bedford Avenue, but as the neighborhood’s rents have risen, creative sorts have moved increasingly eastward along Grand Street and across the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway toward East Williamsburg and even Bushwick.

Nightspots like the loveably dive-y Abbey Bar and Metropolitan (known for its Dragnet and Metro-Sensual parties) rank among the favorite gay hangouts in the five boroughs, while the intimate Woods Bar, which is home to a great patio, has a weekly queer party on Wednesdays.

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas.

Authored By Andrew Collins
See the Full Story at Unicorn Booty

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Chicago: The Wicker Park Gayborhood

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Wicker Park in Chicago, Illinois

You could definitely make a case that Andersonville, which actually has several lesbian- and gay-owned bars and other businesses, is actually Chicago’s most mixed post-gay neighborhood, and it is an area definitely worth checking out.

But Wicker Park has evolved over the past two decades into one of the country’s most eclectic and inviting hipster ‘hoods in the country, and a visit here gets you to a different part of the city and also provides easy access to a pair of additionally diverse and indie-minded districts, Bucktown (to the north) and Logan Square (to the northwest). Wicker Park’s heart is the six-way intersection of North, Milwaukee, and Damen avenues, right at the Damen-O’Hare metro stop.

Within just a few blocks of this creative confluence, you’ll find such diverting watering holes and nosh pits as the dark and seductive Violet Hour cocktail bar, the trendy Big Star Mexican restaurant (with its expansive front patio), and the fusionist brunch and dinner spot Trenchermen, which inhabits a former Russian neighborhood bathhouse.

By Andrew Collins – Full Story at Unicorn Booty

Chicago Gay Travel Resources

Robert Boccolucci, Gay Upland Real Estate Agent

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Robert BoccolucciPeriodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals:

Having lived and worked in the Inland Empire for over 5 years, I’m very familiar with the market, housing trends and the diverse local cities that make this a great area to live, including Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Upland, Fontana, and more!
Today’s Real Estate market is changing everyday and I can be counted on to help you navigate through it! If you are selling your home, you can count on me to complete a thorough, accurate market analysis so you can be confident in knowing your home is priced correct for a quick sale.

If you are buying, I can utilize all of my resources, experience, Realtor contacts and data to help you negotiate the best possible offer.

The Inland Empire has so much to offer the GLBT community, it is one of the main reasons my husband and I moved here! Not only is the weather great, you are only minutes away from almost every amenity! Stunning mountain trails, the resorts in Palm Springs, the beaches and the cultural diversity and nightlife in Los Angeles, you will never run out of things to do!
Another great quality about the Inland Empire is that it has multiple “small town” areas to spend a sunny afternoon exploring antique stores, finding new dining spots and meeting new friends!

It’s a great place to call home!

See Robert’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here

Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in the Inland Empire

Silver Lake: LA’s Original Gayborhood

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Silver Lake

LA’s original gay neighborhood became more mixed in the late 20th century as the scene migrated to West Hollywood. Still, this hilly, picturesque enclave east of Hollywood, south of beautiful Griffith Park, and northwest of downtown has always had at least a handful of gay bars. But the scene has changed, and the neighborhood has become more integrated — a popular spot for edgy boutiques and craft cocktail bars, but still with some terrific longstanding taquerias and retro diners that gays have been heading to for decades.

You’ll notice that the few remaining gay bars in Silver Lake fall into two categories: hip mixed venues like laid-back and arty Akbar, Latin-flavored Los Globos, and the live-music club Silverlake Lounge; and old-school cruise-y and male-oriented, such as the Eagle and Faultline Bar (there are a couple of gay bathhouses in the vicinity, too).

The newer, hipster-approved face of Silver Lake is found primarily along Sunset Boulevard.

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas.

Authored By Andrew Collins
See the Full Story at Unicorn Booty

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Post-Gayborhood: Mission District, San Francisco

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Mission District

Over the past decade, the gayborhood has morphed into what’s often termed a “post-gay” neighborhood. At many LGBT-owned businesses, you’re apt to bump into plenty of straight folks as well — and vice versa. And it’s a good bet that the formerly explicitly gay neighborhoods will continue to become steadily more diverse — including the influx of the dreaded “hipster”. But if you can get beyond the sometimes precious conceits of these trendy urban districts, you’ll discover some of the best businesses and restaurants in the country. Every day for the next two weeks, we’ll be taking a look at a dozen of the most dynamic and interesting post-gay neighborhoods, like the Mission District, in the United States and Canada. These aren’t necessarily the biggest or the most popular — just a good sampling of especially notable ones.

Mission District in San Francisco, California

Adjacent to arguably the world’s most recognizable gay ghetto, the Castro, the significantly larger Mission District has a long and fascinating history. It’s named for the oldest extant building in the city, Mission San Francisco de Asis, and has been a center of the city’s Mexican-American population for eons. By the ‘60s it had become a hub of countercultural activists, feminists, and lesbians, and today—although very much gentrified and increasingly expensive—it’s a diverse community known for some of the hippest coffeehouses, indie retail, and creative restaurants in the city.

By Andrew Collins – Full Story at Unicorn Booty

San Francisco Gay Real estate Resources

Australian Penis-Shaped House

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Sherwin House

One of Sydneys most famous has found a new owner. Selling 111 McCarrs Creek Road in Church Point, a northern suburb of Sydney, was a rather hard sell for the estate agents, but it finally reached a happy end.

Also known as Sherwin House, it drew international attention last year, because its floorpan looks very much like a penis. So much, in fact, that the locals dubbed the secluded four-bedroom property Buckingham Phallus.

Sherwin House

In a sightly less creative expression of delight (or envy?), someone also scrawled Penis House into the stonework at the front, according to the Daily Telegraph.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News

John Giardina, Gay Pasadena Real Estate Agent

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John Giardina, Pasadena RealtorPeriodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals:

There is no better place to work, play and own a house than here in Pasadena. It reminds me of an Eastern town, with tree-lined streets, an artistic flavor, a great old town and some amazing, historic homes. Pasadena is a picture-perfect community with an Eastern US flair combined with great Southern California weather.

I’ve owned a business and have been self employed for most all my adult life. The most important thing has always been the people I work with and for. Let me help you buy or sell a Pasadena home! I would love to make you a part of my world – every day, I see beautiful homes. Whatever your reason is for buying or selling a Pasadena property, I’ll be here for you.

I know how emotionally consuming buying or selling a home can be, and what an important financial investment property it can be. I’m creative, a great negotiator and marketing strategist, and I’m committed to working together with you to make the best deal and find the place that feels like home.

Along the way, I’ll work hard to remove any stumbling blocks that may be in the way to keep you up-to-date. Join my growing list of happy, satisfied clients – I’d love to work with you!

I was lucky enough to purchase my first real estate endeavor in CA, with my partner, a lovely property in the heart of Pasadena near Cal Tech and Pasadena City College. This character craftsmen with 2 more cotages on the lot, was a fun fixer project for us and what a great investment for our future! I was able to judge the market buying low and selling high and then reinvesting in a few properties.
We absolutely love Pasadena and have many gay friends in the area. Mostly couples but there are certianly a lot of singles here as well. We have dinners together at the many wonderful restaraunts in the area, attend local theater events (pasadena playhouse), gay events, museums (member of the Huntington Library and Mueseum), and join friends at their homes for gatherings.

There’s also wonderful Old Town that draws people from all over for great shopping, clubs and dining.

We have a light rail train that connects us(only 3 blocks from where I live to station) then 15 minutes you’re in the heart of downtown L.A. Of course very easy access to Freeways to drive to other gay spots like Silverlake and Hollywood (about 20 minutes)

In Pasadena you really get everything a city has to offer without the congestion of people and cars in WEHO and Hollywood. But if you want a taste of the big city its easy to get to. Come join us and be our neighbor.

See John’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here

Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in LA County

How Important is Walkability?

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walkability

It’s no secret that living in walking distance to work, schools or even shops is growing ever more popular, but it’s also a considerably rare commodity (which, in turn, makes it ever more desirable).

New research by Redfin now reveals just how much exactly walkability, expressed in form of a Walk Score, is worth in some of the States’ major metropolitan areas.

Walk Score, ranked on a scale from 0 to 100, is Redfin’s property rating system, measuring how pedestrian-friendly an area is.

Restaurants, schools, parks and other amenities in a 30-minute-walk radius are taken into account to determine an area’s Walk Score.

And of course, a supermarket in a five-minute-walk radius is will rate higher than the park 25 minutes down the road.

So, how much does it add to a property’s value?

At Gay Realty Watch, we look for news to share with you about the gay real estate market – both lgbt real estate news and news specific to gay and lesbian real estate meccas.

Authored By Stefanie Gerdes
See the Full Story at Gay Star News

Laren Leland, Queer Portland Real Estate Agent

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Laren Leland, Lesbian Portland Real Estate AgentPeriodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals:

Laren Leland feels very grateful to live in Portland, Oregon with her fiancee and two foster children. Her clientele includes folks from a wide variety of backgrounds, sexualties, and gender identities. Outside of work her interests include beekeeping, gardening, dogs, graphic design, and photography.

In addition to being a Real Estate Broker, Leland is a beekeeper, designer, Master Gardener, and foster mother.

Portland has a vibrant LGBT scene including the Q Center, Blow Pony, Inferno, PQ Monthly, Queer Leather Dinner, pups, bears, and much more!

See Laren’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here

Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in Portland