The LowDown

Real Estate Insights for Home Buyers and Property Addicts

Alana Laverty

Alana is Head of Content at ZeroDown. As a self-confessed property addict, she crafts content for real estate fanatics and house-hunters using her eye for unique properties, interior design, and industry trends. Alana graduated with an honors Journalism degree from Dublin City University in Ireland before moving to New York.

Latest Posts:

The 10 Best Architectural Digest Celebrity House Tours on YouTube

It's not every day we get to see behind the closed doors of luxurious, extravagant, and quirky celebrity homes. From a converted windmill in the Hamptons and a duplex penthouse apartment at the Plaza Hotel to the mansions of the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, each home on this list will leave you in awe...

Now on the Market: 3 New Listings in Dallas This Week

This week in Dallas the new listings we're featuring are all homes less than $850,000. The first is a proposed new construction in Southern Hills. The second is a Colonial-style house in the beloved Greenway Crest neighborhood. The third is a contemporary ranch-style home with amazing interior upgrades...

5 Spooky Spots in the Bay Area To Visit This Halloween

Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble... that's right, it's that ghoulish time of the year again - Halloween is here! From haunted hotels and islands to grand Victorian homes and mansions, here are five social distance-friendly spooky spots you can visit this year in the Bay Area.

Working From Home? These Seattle Home Offices Offer the Ideal Set-Up

Sick of working from your kitchen table every day? These homes currently for sale in Seattle have dedicated home office spaces for you to make the most of your WFH situation!

The Best Real Estate Shows To Binge on Netflix

Netflix really comes through when it comes to real estate content. Whether you're in the mood for a more serious documentary or a drama-filled spectacle - they have a little something for everyone. That being said, we've gone ahead and compiled a list of the five best real estate shows to binge on Netflix right now...

This Beautiful SF Home Is Steeped in Old Hollywood Glamour and History

Built in 1900, this was once the maximalist abode of an iconic Hollywood set and costume designer so you can just imagine the kind of glamorous happenings that occurred here. Architectural Digest hailed this stunning piece of property as the "Birdcage Victorian" back in 1966 and it's now on the market...

Are People Willing To Buy A Haunted House? This Study Reveals All

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, for most people the thought of living in a haunted house is enough to cause full-body goosebumps... or so we thought until we saw recent data related to haunted homeownership.

This Fort Worth Condo Redefines Luxury Living

Luxury urban living in Fort Worth simply doesn't get better than this. From the incredible chef's kitchen and butler's pantry to the master bedroom suite with Juliet balcony, this is a very unique piece of property...

Now on the Market: 3 New Listings in Austin This Week

If a home is for sale, you'll find it on first. Our website is obsessively updated by property addicts just like you so you have access to the newest listings on the market, always. Follow us to Austin this week to check out three gorgeous and new properties...

Step Back in Time at This Charming Hillsborough Estate

Made up of the main house, a large guesthouse, a detached ballroom, wine cellar, vast level lawn area, a beautiful pool, fruit orchard, rose garden, vegetable garden, and so much more. This two-acre estate in lower Hillsborough is truly one-of-a-kind...

Love Old Houses? Follow These 5 Great Instagram Accounts

There's something so intriguing, unique, and special about older properties. They have stories to tell, they have seen things, they have real character and this innate beauty about them. Sure, newer builds have many benefits, but they just don't make 'em like this anymore...

Now on the Market: 3 New Bay Area Listings This Week

Learn how to use a great feature of and follow along as we check out a stunning Sausalito property with a detached indoor pool, a private retreat in the Berkeley Hills, and a spacious haven in Menlo Park. If you're searching for property in the Bay Area, here are some of the best new listings of this week.

5 Unique Homes for Sale in San Mateo, CA Right Now

There are endless amazing reasons to live in San Mateo - the short commute to San Francisco (35 minutes on the Caltrain), being so close to famous beaches, national parks, wine country, and great surfing. Need we say more?

This Elevated Ranch-Style Texas Home Has The Best Backyard

Newly built in 2020, every inch of this expansive property was meticulously designed and built. Complete with a perfect porch, state of the art chef's kitchen, a home gym, five bedrooms, 5.5 baths, two office spaces, and a resort-like backyard - this home is a dream come true.

Now on the Market: 3 New Listings in Dallas This Week

Follow along for today's "Now on the Market" Dallas feature where we're checking out a luxury condo in The Shelton, a wonderful property within walking distance of the Bishop Arts District area, and a charming condo in the University Crossroads complex...

Dream Colonial with Detached Guesthouse in Highland Park, TX

If you have a thing for traditional American homes, then you'll love the aesthetic of this Highland Park colonial in Dallas, Texas.

Now on the Market: 3 New Listings in Austin This Week

Join us in Austin, Texas where we're checking a unique "treehouse" on the Colorado River, a private oasis just ten minutes from downtown Austin, and a spacious home in the desirable Allandale neighborhood.

Escape to the Woods in This Cozy Retreat in Mill Valley

This quintessential cottage is brimming with character in Mill Valley, Marin County - from the outdoor sun-dappled deck to the charming kitchen complete with fireplace.

Now on the Market: 3 New Bay Area Listings This Week

"Now on the Market" is a new series on the ZeroDown Blog where we compile some of the hottest new listings of the week. Follow us to the Bay Area to check out a sunny bungalow in Oakland, a waterfront oasis in San Mateo, and a lovely condo with two patios in Walnut Creek...

The 5 Best Dog Parks in San Francisco

City living can often mean limited space for running around in for your furry family members. Especially if you live in an apartment or don't have a yard where they can get some exercise and fresh air. Pick one and head out with your pooch because it's time for waaaaaalkies!

Now on the Market: 3 New Listings in Seattle This Week

Follow us to the Seattle Area where we're checking out a newly-renovated Belvidere abode, a charming four bedroom in West Woodland, and a Queen Anne townhouse with incredible views of the Space Needle...

This Could Be Your WFH View in the Heart of Downtown Austin

How would you like to live in the tallest building in Austin? That's right, at 690 ft and 58 stories, The Independent is the tallest building in Austin. Just wait until you see the swimming pool...

Mediterranean Villa in Marin Features Beautiful Backyard

Your private oasis awaits... experience elevated resort-style living with 4.5+ acres worth of lush gardens and extraordinary grounds as far as the eye can see. Including a large level turf lawn, sparkling pool, pool house, BBQ area, and trails...

5 Inspiring Interior Design Accounts to Follow on TikTok

Interior designers have taken over TikTok teaching people how to revamp their homes. So if being stuck in your home for these last few months has given you the itch to redesign your space, or if you've just bought a new house and have a blank canvas to work with, these interior design accounts are worth a follow.

Enjoy Effortless Living in This Two-Story Oakland Loft

As far as lofts go, this spacious and light-filled beauty in Oakland is one to make your own. From the open floor plan and high ceilings to the raw concrete, exposed brick, and timber beams, loft-style living couldn't be more effortless and cool. Just a short ride from the heart of San Francisco...

5 Amazing Interior Designers to Follow on Instagram

Whether you're looking for interior designers to follow for inspiration or to hire and transform your home, the ones we've compiled below are a cut above the rest. From Salt Lake City and Indianapolis to New York City and London, these are some of the best interior designers around the world to follow on Instagram...

5 Houses With Great Kitchens for Sale in the Seattle Area

Currently looking for a home in the Seattle area? Well, we went ahead and compiled a list of five houses with great kitchens for sale right now - all you have to do is pick your favorite one! Check them out below...

Business Meets Pleasure: WFH Is a Breeze at This Austin Pad

With more people working from home than ever before, this property in Austin ticks all the boxes. Perfect your work-life balance with thanks to a private office, great weather, and gorgeous outdoor spaces in one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the United States...

5 Houses With Dream Kitchens for Sale in the Bay Area

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home - and they're right! While kitchens were once just used for preparing food, they're now the true epicenter and gathering point within the home. We have compiled a list of five houses with dream kitchens for sale in the Bay Area right now. Check them out...

7 Real Estate Agents You Should Be Following on Instagram

There's nothing quite like following real estate agents to see their listings online. Thank goodness for Instagram, right? From New York City and the Hamptons to Miami and the Hollywood Hills, if you love beautiful homes then these seven real estate leaders should be all over your Instagram feed.

5 Videos Showing How TikTok Is Redefining the Home Tour

Move aside MTV Cribs, because these videos prove that TikTok is redefining the home tour. There's something about house tours that are just so intriguing. With TikTok, we get it all condensed into 60 seconds. Short, snappy, just how we like it - just long enough to keep our attention spans in check. 

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