Actually, you can't anymore. They have sold out! SurvivalCondo.com is the brainchild of an engineer who transformed a 1960's missile silo into an underground luxury condo compound to escape "global climate change, fear of terrorism, possible economic collapse, the solar cycle and possible loss of power grid, possible pandemics, civil unrest, and food shortages." Doomsday buyers in Kansas have shelled out $2M for these 1,820 sq ft units! The Rapture is coming!
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.
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!
A Mississippi real estate agent from Bob Leigh Realtors showed home buyer Terry Jordan a house 3 times & then sold it to her. Terry then spent thousands on a new roof, electrical & plumbing and in the process discovered the county records didn't quite match her house. Her realtor fessed up: "I don’t know how to tell you this but we might have sold you the wrong house” What?! How can this happen? Oh wait, it's Mississippi. Things are done a bit different in the country.
According to legend, following the passing of her husband from tuberculosis, the distraught Mrs. Winchester sought the counsel of a Boston-area psychic. The psychic informed the widow that her family was cursed by the spirits of everyone killed by her husband's rifles and, in order to appease them, she should move out west and use her considerable fortune to built a giant temple in their honor. She was told that, as long as construction of said temple never stopped, the spirits wouldn't take their revenge by killing her. As such, she bought a plot of land a few miles outside of San Jose and spent the remainder of her life building. (via Huffington Post)
When Naples authorities raided Italian mobster Nicola Schiavone's house, they found an "Aladdin's cave of luxury tackiness." To be perfectly honest, I have seen this decor before. There is certain aesthetic that single rich male douchebags all subscribe to: Too much money to spend & too little taste to show! This house could be one of any newly minted millionaire nouveau riche dot com guys in SF. I'm just sayin'!!
via Ivan Strada
This is one of those things some over indulgent fat cat builds just to say they have a helicopter pad on their roof. I'll bet you can count the # of times it's been used on one hand. This is located in the Hollywood Hills (where else?!).
From afar, it looks like a revolving restaurant, don't it?
Boo! Is a renter entitled to their deposit back if the house is haunted? This New Jersey couple thinks so! After moving in for 1 week, they witnessed "paranormal activity at the house, including lights that switch on and off by themselves, clothes and towels mysteriously ejected from closets, unintelligible whispering, footsteps in the kitchen and a mysterious force tugging at bedsheets during the night." They are suing to get back their $2,250 security deposit. IMHO, it was never noted that it was "haunted" before so they will have a tough time proving this was not just buyers' remorse. Not only that, but who is to say the renters weren't the ones who brought the ghost in the 1st place!
An older agent asked me for advice: should he get iPhone or stick to his flip phone? I cracked up hysterically, until I realized he was serious (D'oh!). Feeling guilty, I put on my teacher hat & for next hour showed him the wonders of internet, email and apps all in the palm of his 65 yr old hand. The next day he bought a simple flip phone.
I screamed, "Why oh why?! Haven't you heard of Nomophobia?"
He said, "What's your sexuality got to do with it?"
I retorted, "Not Homophobia. Nomophobia: the fear of being without a mobile phone"
Huffington Post reports consumers are addicted to their phones which spells opportunity. Double down on your mobile strategy, identify ways to incorporate Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and other social media.....You need a smart phone for all this! If you show up to a showing with brick cell phone, clients will crack up hysterically at you!
Check out Dee Adam's live/work apartment in Oakland, CA. It's schlock full of lunch boxes! She uses them as storage bins as well as wall art. Just goes to show you that with a little imagination, anything can be design pieces!
Can anyone spot the Jem lunchbox?
Due to NYC rent control, Thomas Lombardi pays $55.01/month for a one-bedroom at 5 Spring Street in SoHo. This is unheard of! Simply amazing? Shocking? Unfair? Maybe it's sour grapes for me. Market rate would be $2500/mo.
Gee, I feel bad for that poor (literally) landlord...but then again, apparently this landlord never filed paperwork to increase rent either.
I'm perusing the MLS, minding my own business, when I come across this! How can this be a photo for a property for sale?! Looks like a scene from COPS or Cheaters! Ironically, it says "Cute, Cozy & Clean Clean Clean" (overboard with the alliteration). This area actually is nice quiet suburb. This pic makes it seem like a meth house! Well even crackheads need a home, right?
A group called Pink Cloud (love that!) are creating an energy efficient low cost house converted from an oil silo. Talk about recycling! It's projected to cost $200k each. One silo can house 3 families, so that is about $60-$70k per family! Super affordable.
It's like Star Trek, Mork & Mindy and the Jetsons coming to life!
Designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, this new Japanese Starbucks is made up of thousands of wooden twigs, toothpicks & chopsticks! I'm amazed Starbucks (the queen of branding) allowed them to veer off their template store. This store does not say coffee. It says French Fries. I realize it is avant-garde and all, but practically speaking, how can you get your coffee without getting splinters & your eyes poked out!
UPDATE: One of my Tweeples sent me this Starbucks in Seattle made of shipping containers! How cool is that. Sustainability!
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