Dealing with Rising Sea Levels -by Selling
This house is a third-story walkup. According to the real estate listing, it was built in 1974. How has it remained stable on all those cinder blocks for almost 50 years? Well, the house might be that old, but the pillars aren't. Here's a look at the house from 2013, from Google Street View.
Utah House Contaminated With Meth Gets Listed For $575,000
When illegal methamphetamine is manufactured or used in houses where other people live, sleep, eat, and work, potentially hazardous levels of harmful chemicals are released. This can have long-lasting negative health implications. It also often requires homes to be professionally remediated. Ironically, due to the high demands in the real estate market, a meth-contaminated house that costs around $575,000 still appears to be very appealing, according to its listing agent. The house is located in an affluent neighborhood in the Canyon Rim Millcreek in Utah. The area is close to the Wasatch mountains. The three bedroom one bath house is on the smaller side, at 1,468 square feet. The location and the crazy real estate market have made the house very desirable, despite its toxicity.Image credit: KUTV#Meth #Utah #House #RealEstate
A Former Toxic Waste Dump Sells for Over a Million
In an illustration of how hot the real estate market is, an empty lot about a third of an acre in a popular District of Columbia neighborhood was listed for sale at $1,295,000 and had a contract within five days. We don't yet know how many people bid on the property or what the pending sale price is. The kicker is that the site was a dumping ground for toxic chemicals during the aftermath of World War I. Mustard gas and other chemical warfare agents were buried there by a lab who was developing and testing chemical weapons for the US military.On the back of a 1918 photograph, Sergeant Charles Maurer described the waste pit as “the most feared and respected place on the grounds. The bottles are full of mustard, to be destroyed here. In Death Valley. The hole called Hades.”Washington, DC, has grown a lot over the past 100 years, and the area is now residential. The buried chemicals were forgotten until they were found by a construction crew in 1993. A cleanup ensued, which required the demolition of the grand house that stood over the pit. The cleanup began in the 1990s, but was only completed last November! Over those decades, crews removed chemical warfare agents, munitions, a ton of laboratory debris, and 7,500 tons of contaminated soil. Read about the toxic waste dump at Washingtonian.(Image credit: Army Corps of Engineers) #realestate #toxicwaste #toxicwastedump
When You Want Live Away from It All
A real estate listing in Maine might be an outlier, but it is also illustrative of the crazy housing market in 2022. This little house is listed for $339,000. It has 1470 feet of oceanfront and a 360-degree view of the sea. Yes, it's your own private island! But it comes with some deficits you might want to think about. The house has two rooms; one is a bedroom loft accessible by ladder. It has no heat, no air conditioning, no bathroom, no parking, no road, no trees, and no gas. It is unclear if there is any plumbing (there is a kitchen sink, but no faucets). You'll have an outhouse a short distance from the home, but with no trees to hide it, it's a good thing there are no neighbors. It does appear to have electricity.
The Most Popular House Styles in America
American Home Shield took data from Zillow about sold homes and their prices to determine which architectural styles are currently the most valued in the United States. At the very top is the beach house, which seems like a loophole of some kind, because the term "beach house" is less of a style and more of a location. Take those houses and move them inland, and the reaction would be more "meh" than "million-dollar property." The chart above lists the twenty most valuable styles and the twenty least valuable styles, which makes us wonder if there were only forty styles considered, or if perhaps there are others that landed in the middle.
No One Wants to Buy this Lovely Italian Villa
The amazing 16th-century Villa Aurora in Rome is for sale. The 2,200 square meter (more than 23,000 square feet) historical home contains priceless works of art by Guercino, Pomarancio, Michelangelo, and the only ceiling painted by Caravaggio. The villa failed to sell at auction in January, when the list price was €471 million. It failed to sell again in April, when the price was dropped to €377 million. Among people who can afford it, why hasn't this home had a buyer? The reasons are many. 1. The ceiling by Caravaggio is estimated to be worth 100 million, but it cannot be removed or sold separately, so what is it really worth to its owner? The same can be said for the ceiling by Guercino. 2. The house is listed with Italy's Ministry of Culture, and they have a right to buy it. Even if they don't, required restoration is expected to cost €10 million. 3. The sale is a court-ordered mandate resulting from a family inheritance dispute (widow vs. the late owner's offspring). The price will drop until someone buys it. You might also guess that there is a lack of Russian oligarch customers these days as they are busy losing their yachts. But since a judge ruled that the villa must be sold, it will go up for auction again in June for €301 million. Read the story of the sale and the current state of the estate at The History Blog. -via Strange Company#realestate #Caravaggio #Italy #Villa #Aurora #Painting #Guercino #VillaAurora #auction
A Lovely Example of Charleston's Unique Architecture
This historic old house at 71 Pitt Street in Charleston, South Carolina, can be yours for just $3.5 million. If you don't have that kind of change in your pocket, just click to the right in the gallery above to see what's inside, or go to the home's real estate listing for even more pictures. But what really struck me about this design is the "front door" that leads to... the porch. What's up with that? Oh yeah, this must be one of those sideways houses you hear about, where the front of the house doesn't face the street. The story goes that at the time of building, houses were taxed on the footage facing the street, so people built them sideways in order to lower the tax bill. But that's just a myth. This is a Charleston single house, that was indeed built sideways when the city was young. It has a unique architecture, including the porch called a piazza. These were sometime two- or three-stories tall. The "front door" at the end of the piazza faces the street, and appears to have been designed for privacy (not tax avoidance). These tall sideways houses made the most of small plots in a growing city. You can see more examples at the above link.You can read more about the history of theRichard Holloway House here. #realestate #Charleston #architectur #regionalarchitecture #Charlestonsinglehouse
Don't Just Buy a Chalet, Buy a Whole Village!
Edelweiss Village is for sale -all of it. The village uphill from Golden, British Columbia, was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1910 to house professional mountaineers from Switzerland who came to teach people how to scale the Rocky Mountains -or just drag them along. These became known as the famous Swiss Guides. By the 1950s, all the inhabitants had moved downhill to Golden, where it was easier to get supplies. But these chalets haven't been sitting idle all that time; they have been outfitted with modern plumbing, electricity, and heating, plus a modern road. The wood, fireplaces, and Swiss gingerbread are still there. There are six Alpine chalets included in the deal, plus another home built in the '70s, on 50 acres of land. And the views from each house are spectacular.
This Underground House Gets Plenty of Sunlight
Check out a unique home for sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. Built by an engineer for his own family during the energy crisis of the 1970s, it doesn't appear to be much from a distance. All you can see is a garage, a solar array, and what could, to the unknowing eye, might be a large swimming pool. But then you get closer and realize that "swimming pool" is a large sunken terrace, the entrance to an underground home! This design addresses the biggest concern about underground living, the lack of sunlight. The sunken courtyard is big enough to provide sunlight to all the rooms surrounding it. The living space is around this square, with 10-foot-tall glass fronting every room for light. There are blinds for light control, although they aren't necessary for privacy as the entire structure is below ground level and out of sight to even the closest neighbors.
The Jewel of Escondido is For Sale
Click to the right to see the highlights of the house known as the Jewel of Escondido. Since the turn of the century, the 21st century that is, the house has been lovingly restored to Victorian splendor for the eye, including pastel gingerbread, gorgeous multi-patterned wallpaper, antique fixtures, and polished wood. What you don't see are the necessary modern upgrades in the plumbing, electrical system, and insulation. It even has solar power! It also features covered terraces, gardens, and palm trees for genteel outdoor living. Oh yeah, it's got four bedrooms and two bathrooms. There's no indication that the furniture is included in the sale, but we can dream, can't we? The fireplace, lights, and fixtures are pretty enough. The A.H. Beach House in Escondido, California, is on the historical register, and has its own Wikipedia page. Whoever buys this house will join a long line of prominent Californians. The Jewel of Escondido is listed at $2,340,000, which we hear is a pretty good price for such a home in Southern California. See 70 pictures of the house at its real estate listing.#realestate #historicalregister #Victorian #Escondido
Atlas Missile Silo for Sale, Cheap
If you're looking for a place to live or possibly a commercial opportunity, have I got a deal for you! A listing in Abilene, Kansas, would be just perfect as the headquarters for a supervillain or for riding out the zombie apocalypse or nuclear war. Check out a decommissioned Atlas F missile silo complex with eleven acres of land. The underground facility comprises 6900 square feet of living space, one bathroom, and no bedrooms. With that much space, you'll surely be able to figure out a place to sleep.
The Simpsons’ House is Worth $450,000 on Today’s Real Estate Market
How much would The Simpson’s house be worth in today’s market? A real estate company decided to investigate and even create a tongue-in-cheek listing.In the long-running TV series, Homer Simpson and his family reside at 742 Evergreen Terrace in Springfield. To determine the value of the house, the Garrett Real Estate Group compared the location, floor plan and nearby amenities with comparable listings. To do this, they first had to determine the location of the house.Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, tried to keep the exact location of Springfield a secret. After a little digging, the company discovered that Springfield was actually named after a town near Portland, Oregon, the city that Groening grew up in.Then, the company determined the details of the Simpsons’ house: a two-story 4 bedroom, 2 and a half bathroom 2,200 square feet house with a basement, a bay window, a patio and even a custom treehouse. They confirmed the size and floor plan with a replica house built in 1997 by Kaufman and Broad homebuilders after a promotional contest organized by FOX and Pepsi.After comparing recently sold houses in Springfield, Oregon, with similar characteristics to the Simpsons’ home, the company came up with a home value of $449,900.Image: 20th Century Fox Animation#TheSimpsons #realestate #house
Unlivable, Hazardous San Francisco House with "Zero Bedroom" Sold for $2 Million
How crazy is the real estate market in San Francisco, California? How about this:A hazardous and unlivable house that should've been condemned has just been sold for $1,970,000. The house was originally listed for $995,000, but it ended up fetching a lot more at the auction.The property was considered hazardous, because it could have easily fallen in on itself if there was an earthquake. Some of the house's foundations were physically removed, making it structurally unsound. Todd and Kim Wiley, who specialized in trust and probate sales, expected the home to be bought for around $1.6 million. The property was even dubbed "the worst house on the best block" by the listing.The house should've been condemned, according to Todd Wiley. Anything that existed downstairs has been completely ripped out by the conservatee of the property. He also indicated that the individual who won the auction was a developer who would most certainly resell the home, whether it was to be flipped or entirely reconstructed.Photos by: Todd Wiley/Compass#SanFrancisco #House #realestate
16th-Century Haunted Castle for Sale
Imagine living in a Scottish castle with ten bedrooms on 53 acres. This is Earlshall Castle, built beginning in 1546 by Sir William Bruce. The Bruce family occupied Earlshall castle for generations, including the infamous Sir Andrew Bruce, who earned the nickname "Bloody Bruce." This may have been because of the time he cut off the head of Richard Cameron, leader of the Covenanters in 1680. Or it could have been just because he was a bloodthirsty warrior in general. But the upshot is that the ghost of Bloody Bruce is said to have never left Earlshall, even though the Bruces died out in 1708. Some have heard his footsteps on the castle's spiral staircase. Would that cause you to think twice about buying this property?Besides the ten bedrooms, there are six bathrooms, eight reception rooms, a five-car garage, three cottages, a forest, a variety of gardens, and 19 acres of pasture. Earlshall castle is in Fife, with easy access to Dundee and Edinburgh. There are many golf courses and a beach nearby. The listing from Savills has details on Earlshall Castle, but you have to submit an application to find out the price. Still, anyone can see pictures of what's inside and out. Read more about the history of this castle at Mental Floss.(Image credit: Flickr user Tom Parnell and Savills) #realestate #castle #haunted #ghost #Scotland
Arthur Erickson’s Starship House is For Sale
Canada's most acclaimed architect, Arthur Erickson, built his Starship House in 1967. Nestled against a hillside in West Vancouver, it is a glass and cedar-clad multi-level Midcentury Modern design, yet feels like it could have been built yesterday. The view, overlooking the Georgia Straight and the hills beyond, is breathtaking. The house itself is at once both a piece of history and an artwork.
The Sicilian Castle from The Godfather III Can Be Yours
If you've ever had a yearning to live on the slope of Mt. Etna near the Ionian Sea, here's your chance. But it ain't cheap. Piazza Agostino Pennisi has 22 bedrooms and eight bathrooms in its 43,055 square foot interior. This castle was built in 1800 and is solid as a rock, having survived both the 1908 earthquake and the bombings of World War II. Speaking of bombs, Piazza Agostino Pennisi was heavily featured in the movie The Godfather Part III. As for the price, this property is not as expensive as you would imagine for a huge castle with all the perks like a chapel, numerous reception halls, wine cellar, library, and an artist's studio, plus a collection of artworks by Paul Pennisi. It is listed with Sotheby's for $6,819,732. If you are wondering why such an odd amount, that's €6,000,000. You can see 30 pictures of Piazza Agostino Pennisi at the real estate listing, and read about the castle's features at Apartment Therapy.#realestate #castle #Sicily #Godfather #MtEtna
Fairview Manor: The Perfect Tim Burton Setting Can Be Yours
Fairview Manor is an eccentric Victorian home near Hudson, New York, and it's on the market for 1.2 million. The 7400-square-foot house sits on 12 acres and includes two guesthouses and other assorted outbuildings. It's been for sale for a couple of years, and the price has dropped from 1.7 million. It's listed with zero bedrooms, because of its unique history as an institution, but there are plenty of rooms, so how you configure it is up to you. You might want to sleep in the auditorium! Built in 1869, the mansion has been a college, an orphanage, a boarding school, and an artist's studio. The current owner is renowned artist Mihail Chemiakin, who was exiled from the Soviet Union in the 1970s. The house is filled with his archives, art supplies, and sculptures. Sadly, not all of the whimsical sculptures that dot the landscape will be included in the sale.
Gunther the German Shepherd is Selling his Eight-Bedroom House
Would you consider buying a house from a dog? For this mansion in Miami, you'd better come prepared, as the asking price is nearly $32 million. Gunther VI, a German shepherd, inherited the home from his grandfather, Gunther III. Gunther III was the sole heir of German countess Karlotta Liebenstein, who died in 1992 and left her fortune to her beloved dog. His entire life, Gunther VI has enjoyed a dog's life, with meals custom-made by his private chef, private obedience lessons, and the companionship of the best dogs money can buy. At night, he sleeps in the bedroom once occupied by Madonna, who formerly owned the house.
Potential Buyers Want Proof Apartment Isn't Haunted
No one wanted to buy an apartment for sale in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, because it was thought to be haunted. A court ordered that a man be hired to stay there for 24 hours and livestream his experience, in order to prove to potential buyers that nothing bad will happen to them. And nothing happened, while 40,000 people watched the man go about his business, eating, sleeping, and exercising in the apartment. Afterward, the apartment went up for auction, with an asking price of 1.2 million yuan (US$187,319), which is only two-thirds the cost of similar properties in the area. Still, no one placed a bid! The last owner of the apartment fell into deep debt from gambling. He committed suicide, which convinced others that he was probably still hanging around. Authorities said they will try again to auction off the apartment to pay those debts. -via Boing Boing#realestate #haunted #China
Explaining iBuying and Zillow's Failed Offers
If you talk to any real estate agent, or anyone trying to buy or sell a home, you'll hear, "The housing market is crazy now." Houses are selling for above the asking price, quickly, and often without inspections. It's the law of supply and demand. There are not enough homes for the people who want a place to live, which explains supply. But there are also buyers who are not people, which skews the demand. An example of this is Zillow, who until recently was buying up inventory with their Zillow Offers division, using a concept called iBuying. Here's the short version of iBuying: Zillow (or any other company) uses a “automated valuation models,” or AVM, to figure out what a house is worth. These are algorithms that consider many data points like the location, size, and age of a property. It also needs to be tweaked by humans who keep an eye on the housing market and predict what property will be worth, say, six months from now. They company buys up any house it can in a booming market, then sells those houses at a higher price to Wall Street investors, like hedge fund managers, who have plenty of money to spend and don't mind paying inflated prices because their plan is to rent these houses out, which is more profitable than selling them.You can see how this plan can be both a driver of the volatile housing market and a victim of it. While iBuying accounts for only about 1% of the overall housing market, its effects vary by location. About 10% of homes in Phoenix, Arizona, are currently being bought through iBuying.Zillow announced earlier this month that it was closing Zillow Offers and laying off 2,000 employees, which is a quarter of Zillow's entire workforce. Their predictions in the volatile market led the company to buy way too many houses, which tied up cash and then then lost money when those houses ended up selling below their cost. Read a further explanation of iBuying and what went wrong for Zillow at Gizmodo. (Image credit: alanharder.ca via Wikimedia Commons)#realestate #housingmarket #iBuying #Zillow
You Can Now Buy the Wes Craven Nightmare On Elm Street House for $3.25 Million
If you are a fan of Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street movies, you would probably recognize this house as the one where Nancy Thompson had some pretty bad dreams, in both the original 1984 movie and in the '85 sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. The Los Angeles home that was used for filming the outside shots has been a popular destination for Freddy Kreuger fans ever since. And now it can be yours! The home is listed at Douglas Elliman for $3,250,000, and the realtors will accept bids only until Halloween. Alas, the address is not on Elm Street, but on North Genesee Avenue.
A Look Inside the Narrowest House in New York City
The narrowest house in New York City has its own Wikipedia page. The Millay House at 75½ Bedford Street is only 9'6" wide. On the inside, the widest part is only 8'7", but there are narrower parts. And it's on the market now for just under $5 million. For that, you get a whole lot of celebrity history and a whole lot of narrow stairs to climb.
This Michigan Castle For Sale is the Perfect Place to Re-enact Game of Thrones
A property for sale in Rochester, Michigan, is a 10,790-square-foot castle on six acres with medieval features to fulfill your wildest fantasies! It has a 50-foot-tall spiral staircase, secret passages and hidden rooms, a drawbridge over a moat, a dungeon, and more. As you can imagine, it's the talk of the town as it goes on the market.
For Sale: Boston’s Skinny Spite House
The Skinny House in Boston's North End is only ten feet wide, and much of that is taken up by stairs to access its three floors and roof deck. There are places inside where the walls are barely six feet apart! However, the tiny piece of property is in a great location and comes with some history ...and notoriety.This home is reportedly a “spite house”—a building designed to stymie another construction project or bug neighbors by blocking sunlight or stamping out their view. Many spite houses were “constructed in the days when building codes were lax,” urban journalist John Metcalfe once reported for CityLab, “and so their underlying contempt and animosity has been grandfathered into the modern landscape.” These odd little properties are likely to be found in old neighborhoods, where the street grid was once jagged and might still be irregular today.Read the story behind the Boston Spite House at Atlas Obscura, and if you're interested, see the listing here.#realestate #Boston #skinnyhouse #spitehouse
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