Well duh! What do you expect when you build a house on nothing more than Q-Tips?!
(via Yahoo Real Estate) Stiltsville, a neighborhood of wood stilt houses about 10 feet above the shallow water on the edge of Biscayne Bay in Florida. In the 1940s and 1950s, Stiltsville was a Miami hotspot, with social clubs among the original 27 cabins. Hurricanes have taken their toll: only seven houses remain.
Sean Kingston has fled Miami after reportedly leaving his rental in shambles. Sean owes 2 months rent (totaling $50,000) for ditching early & breaking the lease, plus property damages AND $2,400 in past due rent. Sean is now in LA. Don't trust that baby face! Hollywood landlords, beware!
What a dog gone story! The Miami mansion belonging to Conchita, the Chihuahua, whose eccentric socialite owner bequeathed her $3M in a trust account, has just sold for $8.4M. That lucky bitch! LOL!
This Michigan family bought Madonna's childhood house for $40k less than the appraised value, threw it on ebay and it soared to millions! Ray of Light, right? Nope. It did not end well. This is not just a story about Madonna, but also about how things can change in an instant, for better or worse. There are some things in the world that we just can't control..and that includes real estate! Watch as they Live to Tell.
"I have a tale to tell
Sometimes it gets so hard to hide it well
I was not ready for the fall
Too blind to see the writing on the wall"
Considering all the shadiness that MF did under his reign, I'm having a hard time feeling sorry for this dude. Jon Corzine is coming off the bankruptcy of MF Global last fall when the brokerage firm made a failed $6.3 billion bet on European debt, losing more than $1 billion worth of customer funds.
He bought his penthouse for $3.26M in 2008 & just sold it for $2.8M. Just another day for him, I'm sure. Must be nice to have golden parachutes.
Heralded as a reinvention of a skyscraper, the new CCTV in Beijing will finally centralize TV studios, offices, broadcasting & production facilities in one place. It's innerestin' and all, but ummmm I dunno, it just looks like a really big staple to me.
In 2008, a modern penthouse w/ cantilever decks was built atop a 5 story World War II concrete bunker in Germany. Talk about a concrete slab foundation!
From afar they look like cool wallpaper but up close it's anything but cool. It is tragical & ironic that in one of the wealthiest cities in the world, 47.7% of Hong Kong city residents must live in public apartments (government subsidized housing) because they are unable to purchase private housing. What is worse is that only 6.8% of Hong Kong land is devoted to housing use for 7.07M denizens! The rest of Hong Kong can be developed but the powers that be have prevented that. There is some major socio-economic political shadiness going on. ChinaSmack explains.
Damn, we knew the rental market was hot but it's getting bonkers if it's coming down to this! Uptown Alamanac highlights this ad for a rinky dink dumpy 600 sq ft $3000/mo apartment in SF whose landlord is requesting a signing bonus!
Ryosuke Fukusada has created a working wooden light bulb by designing an extremely thin wooden shell that wraps around an LED light bulb. Because LEDs produce little heat, the risk of fire is minimal. Instead, the light bulb produces a soft glowing effect. (via Mashable)
I see this being a hit for lofts, mid-century homes & arsonists.
Thanks to my friend Cathy who is Director of Social Media at Sephora for pointing this out!
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damn that's a big hand!
Houses aflame and Cory Booker seem to go hand in hand! Last month the dashing Newark mayor ran into a burning house to save a woman's life (Swoon!) Yesterday, he wasn't as lucky. The fixer upper he was renovating caught on fire. Arson? Insurance fraud? Accident?
Reminder to maintain your fire insurance!
In a widely publicized 'hate crime' last year where 2 lesbians found "KILL THE GAY" spray painted on their garage and a noose on their front door, the FBI has now determined that these 2 faked it. Towleroad reports: At the root of the couple's clash with the HOA: Complaints that the women didn't pick up after their dogs.
I, for one, welcome this news! Why?
Now you can dig up the dirt on a property all online! San Francisco Planning Department lets you dig up a property's history from rent control, complaints, historical status, zoning, permits and more! This is super useful for anyone who is planning on buying a place or even renting. You can not always rely on the landlord or seller's disclosures (because they might not know themselves either).
I wish every city made this info as readily available as SF. It's like Carfax, but for houses!
In other Canadian chanteuse news, KD Lang has sold her private Beverly Glen home to a member of Maroon 5 for $1.9M. Check out those pix! Somehow I just knew KD Lang's home wouldn't be designed with florals, pastels and curves. Looks like a logger's dream home!
Congrats on the sale, KD!
The Canadian songbird Celine Dion is selling her nest for $29M. This 24,000 sq ft Montreal estate was built in 2001 to resemble at French Norman castle....and it looks, well, like a 2001 French Norman knock-off. But I ain't knockin' Celine! Tastes aside, anyone who rockets from a poverty-stricken childhood into international celebrity thru hard work and talent has earned the right to live in a chateau fascimile!
Let me clear up any confusion.
Contrary to popular belief, a fireplace by the tub is not meant to create a romantic ambiance. No! It's to light up a smoke while you're soaking!
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