Tuesday, September 29

Author: Alan Cook

Ultramodern Marvel in Milwaukee Is The Week’s Most Popular Home

Ultramodern Marvel in Milwaukee Is The Week’s Most Popular Home

A multimillion-dollar modern man cave in Milwaukee snagged a ton of clicks and easily won the crown of this week's most popular home on realtor.com®.If a SoCal transplant desired a lair near Lake Michigan, this would be the place. A glance at Google Street View shows just how much the sleek home sticks out in a sea of traditional homes lining the block.Spanning three stories and offering 6,000 square feet of living space, it's also a very spacious place. No, it's not the kind of home where you'd want to raise a toddler—there would be fingerprints all over the glass railing—but for a buyer looking for an unabashedly masculine address to impress, this is the spot.Besides the mod in Milwaukee, you also clicked on an opulent home in New Orleans, a Beverly Hills mansion marketed ...
Why Did Jennifer Lawrence Take a Huge Loss on Her NYC Penthouse?

Why Did Jennifer Lawrence Take a Huge Loss on Her NYC Penthouse?

Jennifer Lawrence has finally sold her palatial penthouse in Manhattan for $9.9 million. The transaction was first reported by the New York Post. Originally listed for $15.45 million, Lawrence's lair was most recently on the market for $12 million.The “Hunger Games” star, now 29, was clearly hungry for a sale—her deluxe digs had been on the market for about a year. And she gave up on breaking even on the sale of her Upper East Side abode, putting it on the market for less than the $15.6 million she paid for it back in 2016. That year, she was named by Forbes as the “highest-paid actress in the world,” for the second year in a row, and raked in a reported $46 million in 12 months.  So while the A-lister is bankable at the box office, her real estate acumen is up for debate.If...
Rising Waters on Lake Michigan Are Threatening Luxury Homes

Rising Waters on Lake Michigan Are Threatening Luxury Homes

Paige and Darren Riopelle moved into their newly renovated Grand Haven, Mich., home in 2018, looking forward to roaming the beach of their property with their bulldog mix, Annie.Two years later, feet and paws have yet to hit the sand. As Lake Michigan’s water levels rose, 50 feet of their beachfront—half sandy beach and half dune grass—disappeared, and the deck with 75 stairs in front of their $2.5 million home collapsed. “Five feet past our current lawn is now a straight, vertical drop,” says Ms. Ripoelle, 49, an interior designer.When they bought their home in 2016, the lake’s water levels were about 3 feet lower than today. They took their time doing some updates before moving in two years later.Now, the two are working with an engineering firm to help salvage the bluff b...
Stamford’s $49.5M Hillandale Estate Is Connecticut’s Most Expensive Listing

Stamford’s $49.5M Hillandale Estate Is Connecticut’s Most Expensive Listing

An enormous European-style estate has come back on the market for $49.5 million. That prodigious price point makes the Hillandale Estate in Stamford, CT, the most expensive home for sale in Connecticut.“The house is set on roughly 261 acres and 15 tax lots,” says the co-listing agent, Stacey Oestreich. Even though the official listing is in Fairfield County, CT, parts of the property also spill into Westchester County, NY.Eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and four half-bathrooms are spread over 17,003 square feet of living space. Marble, limestone, onyx, and stained-glass details, as the listing notes, provide "a striking reminder of what can be accomplished when master craftspeople are given the finest materials." “It’s a true estate, with the wrought-iron staircase and the mar...
You Won’t Believe How Melania Trump’s Been Blinging Up the White House—Take a Look

You Won’t Believe How Melania Trump’s Been Blinging Up the White House—Take a Look

Ever since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, his wife, Melania, has been busy with a variety of traditional first lady duties, one of which is putting her own style stamp on the White House.Which is understandable: Melania is already accustomed to a palatial penthouse at Trump Tower in New York City, and since this presidential residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. had been around for more than 200 years, it did need some freshening up. (In fact, the president reportedly called the place a "dump" when he first moved in.)"Old money interiors are known for being a little worn around the edges: nicotine stains, weird furniture, faded drapes, mysterious smells," says Kim Gordon, a Los Angeles home designer. "Blinging the interior was probably necessary." Most rec...
Where the Shire Meets Snohomish: Hobbit House in Washington

Where the Shire Meets Snohomish: Hobbit House in Washington

A small home that looks as if it belongs in Middle-earth, not Snohomish, WA, can be yours for $499,900.“We almost wanted to have photos of us from the perspective of where we were sitting and ... have hobbit feet looking out over the Shire,” the listing agent, Troy Thiel, says of the one-bedroom, two-bathroom home.With its curved shape, construction with natural materials, and its location in the middle of a forest, it would make any hobbit happy. “It’s like going to summer camp, but being in a funky, cool house,” Thiel says. The property is so unusual, he adds, you need to see it in person to appreciate it fully. Exterior of house in Snohomish, WAVirtuanceExteriorVirtuanceInteriorVirtuanceBack houseVirtuanceTwo fantastical structures sit on the property. The front hous...
A Family Heirloom! Time-Capsule Home Is Available for $540K

A Family Heirloom! Time-Capsule Home Is Available for $540K

Johnny Nicolaci knows everything about this house.He can tell you about every brick, board, and tile. His father built the "executive" ranch in 1953.Nicolaci did leave his parents' custom-built nest for a while. But after the death of his mother in 1988, he moved back, to take over the care of the beloved family home, and he's lived here ever since. Now, it's time for him to retire. Nicolaci is headed to Florida, where he plans to play music. So, he's put the meticulously maintained time capsule in New Bedford, MA, on the market, where it's priced at $539,900.With three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and more than 4,800 square feet of living space, there's plenty of room to spread out and create a whimsical family home all your own."My parents loved to entertain," Nicolaci said.T...
Geena Davis Selling Picture-Perfect Pacific Palisades Home for $6M

Geena Davis Selling Picture-Perfect Pacific Palisades Home for $6M

The actress Geena Davis has placed her picturesque property on the market, Variety reported. The Oscar winner is asking $5,995,000 for the award-worthy home, located in the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades.Built in 1999, the home last changed hands in 2007 for $4.19 million. If she sells near her ask, the star of  “A League of Their Own” will have held her own in the real estate game. The home is set on a quiet cul-de-sac, and its layout includes five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms on 5,146 square feet of interior space.  Living room of Pacific Palisades homerealtor.comDining roomrealtor.comFamily roomrealtor.comUpdated kitchenrealtor.comMaster suite with balcony and sitting arearealtor.comTrellised outdoor living roomrealtor.comTree-filled backyardrea...
3 Affordable and Stylish Shipping Container Homes Sprout Up in Oregon

3 Affordable and Stylish Shipping Container Homes Sprout Up in Oregon

They’ve traveled across vast oceans. Now they will provide shelter for a buyer who loves their stylish vision. Three homes made of shipping containers are for sale in Oregon City, OR—located about a half-hour outside of Portland.Each home is listed for $325,000 and measures nearly 800 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom. Two are located on Warner Street, and the third is on Prospect Street.“It was one oversized lot, so we bought that lot, and the zoning allowed us to break it into three small lots, which we did,” explains developer Carl Coffman, who owns Relevant Buildings, a company that transforms shipping containers into homes. “I wanted to do something about climate change. I decided I’m going to try to figure out how to build houses that are affordable and pr...
Cedar Bridge House in Connecticut Hovers 50 Feet Above Ground

Cedar Bridge House in Connecticut Hovers 50 Feet Above Ground

It’s a bit of a bridge to nowhere, but this journey resulted in a truly unique house.The cedar bridge house on Manchester Road in Glastonbury, CT, sits 50 feet above ground, anchored to a steel support structure. It’s on the market for only the second time, listed for $530,000.“It was built by a local architect who really didn't want to disrupt any of the lot, so he built the house around the trees with minimal excavation and prepping of the lot. It's pretty cool,” says listing agent Danielle Riendeau. The architect is Wilfred Armster, known for building geometric structures with bridge elements. He's accomplished at building on sloping lots or parcels that are difficult to build on.Armster has won awards for his architecture, which emphasizes minimal changes to the natural ...