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Ready for a scoop? If you were beginning to think that there is nothing affordable for sale in the area, take a look at this nice list of condos. Located in a peaceful grove of eucalyptus trees near Ellwood Beach and the Butterfly Preserve, this one-bedroom condo features a kitchen, bathroom, and more. With a fireplace, washer/dryer and extra storage space, it has all the details you thought you lacked in a compact lifestyle. And look at this colorful kitchen! Luckily for you, it’s open today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Go visit my friend Michelle Madril at 7606 Hollister Ave., #309. Oh, and the best part? It is listed at $599,000.

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And if the condo doesn’t do it for you, check out Michelle’s Instagram anyway for real estate tips and an overload of cuteness from these two.

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As fall approaches, we are destined to spend more time indoors to keep warm. In many of our homes, that will surely mean more time on the couch. Our style expert Christine recently gave us some tips to consider when shopping for a new sofa. From cushion choices to material swatches to kiln-dried hardwood, there’s more to sofa selection than a glance and click. And anyone who’s ever lived in Isla Vista—or seen a couch dangling precariously out of a window—knows the age-old couch riddle: Make sure your new piece of furniture will fit through the door! More on the Spruce blog, they have their own guide to buying a great sofa…and even try to answer the confusing question: is it a sofa or a couch?

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Last week I teased you with news of a home that will soon be on the market in my downtown neighborhood. You can read all about it here, but don’t get your hopes up if you’re looking to make an offer. Passing by this Thursday morning, I met my future new neighbor, who has already made an accepted offer on this adorable house. Built in 1910, with soft styling, pocket doors and designer touches galore, this lovely cottage is still worth a look, if only in our pages. If you missed this one, don’t be dismayed: I heard that my friend David Kim, who represented the seller of this home, is showing another new listing at 1428 Laguna St. that will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. am today. But don’t delay!

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Finally, as we move forward into October, cheerful pumpkins, spooky skulls, and more will begin to spice up the neighborhood. If you want to get in on the action but need some inspiration beyond the usual, here’s an article touting 26 decorating ideas that can stand the test of the entire season. The weird plant silhouette illustration is my favorite gothic offering. But if subtlety isn’t your thing, try this step-by-step guide to giant DIY spiders up to seven feet long that can adorn your roof, get you in the mood, and make your home the envy of. ghouls and goblins galore.

We still have four Sundays until Halloween: send me your decorating ideas and/or past Halloween photos, and I’ll share them here. Until then, enjoy this week Indiaand your Sunday!

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