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The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home
     

The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home

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by Karrie Jacobs, Gary Panter (Illustrator)
 

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An architecture and design critic's search for an ideal American home—that's both beautiful and affordable

Most would be hard pressed to find an American not interested in real estate. From birth, we're conditioned to consider owning our own homes as the fulfillment of the American Dream. But consumers today are more likely than not to find

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An architecture and design critic's search for an ideal American home—that's both beautiful and affordable

Most would be hard pressed to find an American not interested in real estate. From birth, we're conditioned to consider owning our own homes as the fulfillment of the American Dream. But consumers today are more likely than not to find themselves either priced out of the market or forced to settle for cookie-cutter conformity. Where housing is concerned, cheap and well crafted rarely exist together. Or do they?

Founding Editor in Chief of Dwell magazine and noted critic Karrie Jacobs believes that they do. The Perfect $100,000 House chronicles her coast-to-coast search for just that: a well-built, intelligently designed, reasonably priced, decent-size house with at least a little curb appeal. Throughout her journey, Jacobs meets architects and builders who are revolutionizing the way Americans think about homes, about construction techniques, and about community. From a Teletubbiesesque subdivision outside Taos, New Mexico, to nuevo-retro shotgun houses in Houston, the options available to prospective home buyers are as diverse as the terrain along Jacobs's fourteen-thousand-mile trek. And no matter where her search ends, she'll at long last be home.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670037612
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/17/2006
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Matt Groening
Jacobs's story of her coast-to-coast search for the American Dream—a great, cheap house—is smart, fascinating, and fun. (Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons)
John Thackara
Beautifully written, poetic, and inspiring. (John Thackara, director of Doors of Perception)

Meet the Author

Karrie Jacobs was the founding Editor in Chief of Dwell, a San Francisco-based nationally distributed magazine about modern residential architecture and design. Prior to that, she served as architecture critic of New York magazine, and her work has appeared in The New York Times. She is now a regular columnist at Metropolis.
Gary Panter, a Texas-born illustrator, painter, designer, and part-time musician, is arguably one of the most influential graphic artists of his generation. He is a three-time Emmy award—winner for his work with Pee Wee's Playhouse, as well as the recipient of a Chrysler Design award in 2000.

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