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Fill the well.

Seattle Food Forest

Forget meadows. The city’s new park will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking.

Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.

via It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest.

Location: Armonk, N.Y.
Price: $5,500,000
The Skinny: When Theodore and Marsha Nierenberg, founders of the Scandinavian tabletop firm Dansk International Designs, needed to build a house atop their scenic, 22-acre slice of land in Armonk, N.Y., they knew just who to turn to: Jens Quistgaard, Dansk’s chief designer, who was game for the task of putting his signature kitchenware aside for a moment to, well, design a house. The 7,100-square-foot structure was completed in 1961 and first put on the market for $7.5M in June 2010, the year after Ted’s (as he was known) death. His widow has been trying to sell the place ever since, listing, de-listing, and re-listing the seven-bedroom creation again and again; most recently, for a much-reduced $5.5M.

Given the current obsession with this era of architecture, it’s unclear why, exactly, the Dansk Lake House hasn’t had any takers yet. Sure, the roofline is a bit eccentric—it “bears a resemblance to scales on a dragon’s back,” as puts it—but the interiors are lovely, with gleaming wood floors, a massive brick hearth, vaulted ceilings, a stunning spiral staircase, and glass walls indulging the Nierenbergs’ original aim to have “a house with a view, especially here since we have a beautiful piece of land,” as Marsha told the Journal in ’10. That land, with a waterfall and gardens, overlooks a 10-acre lake.

The Spiky Midcentury Modern Built For the Dansk Founders – House of the Day – Curbed National.