Tuesday, September 29
Socially Distant, Yet So Affordable: 9 Private Islands Priced Below $400K

Socially Distant, Yet So Affordable: 9 Private Islands Priced Below $400K

You don't have to be a millionaire to isolate yourself on your own private island. In fact, you can separate yourself from the mainland for a lot less than you might expect.We sifted through nationwide listings in search of private islands on the market for less than $400,000. We turned up nine islands from across the country—on freshwater and saltwater.Come sail away to a bungalow on a 3-acre island in the middle of a freshwater lake in Florida, retreats in both Maine and Minnesota, and a romantic getaway for two in New York. For those harboring dreams of getting away from it all without breaking the bank, simply scroll on down.Price: $399,900Space Coast bungalow: Built in 1979, this bungalow sits on a private island along Florida's Space Coast. The 3-acre island is in the ...
‘Pitch Perfect’ Star Brittany Snow Has Listed Her Harmonious Home for $2.75M

‘Pitch Perfect’ Star Brittany Snow Has Listed Her Harmonious Home for $2.75M

Aca-mazing! “Pitch Perfect” star Brittany Snow is singing goodbye to her stylish Studio City, CA home. The modern residence can be yours for $2,749,000.The actress and singer purchased the newly built property in 2015 for $2,179,000. But now she’s moving on from the harmonious home, and hopes to pocket a profit on the way out.The two-story, Spanish-style residence features five bedrooms and six bathrooms. It's gated, and includes oak floors, natural light, vaulted and wood-beamed ceilings, and white tones throughout.  The actress worked with an interior designer to select furnishings and to keep the house “on pitch” with her personal style.“Brittany is drawn to clean lines, so we made sure to choose classic pieces,” the designer Meghan Noyes of House of Noyes, told People ma...
Owner of Sylvester Stallone’s Childhood Home Takes a Swing at Finding a Buyer

Owner of Sylvester Stallone’s Childhood Home Takes a Swing at Finding a Buyer

Yo, Adrian! Need a house? Because the childhood home of the A-list actor Sylvester Stallone is on the market for $719,000.Settled on a sleepy street in the Washington, DC, suburb of Silver Spring, MD, the brick Cape Cod was built in 1952. It landed on the market back in 2017 for $750,000, but no buyer took a swing at the place—even after a series of price cuts.Three years later, aside from its connection to a youthful Stallone, the well-pedigreed place has plenty of other positives. It's immaculately maintained, but a new owner may want to freshen up the look just a bit.The four-bedroom home measures in at 2,525 square feet and boasts hardwood floors, plenty of storage, and a backyard play area for the kids.The fully finished, walk-out basement would be ideal for in-laws or ...
‘Beyond Special’: Quirky and Historic $12M Van Pelt Estate in Los Feliz

‘Beyond Special’: Quirky and Historic $12M Van Pelt Estate in Los Feliz

A magical secret retreat known as the Van Pelt Estate in Los Feliz, CA, has come on the market for the first time in 45 years.The 2.5 acres, located behind a private drive, include five separate residences, stone pathways, 12 fireplaces, eight fountains, and gorgeous gardens. You can move into this hidden gem for $12 million.“The property is beyond special,” says the listing agent, Patricia Ruben with Sotheby’s International Realty. Noting that the Los Angeles neighborhood is a magnet for entertainment types, she told us this storied home also comes with an old-timey Hollywood tale.The story goes that the five-home compound was built over time in the 1930s for one John Van Pelt, a music professor. About 100 years ago, Van Pelt and his brother Belford invested in California r...
As the Pandemic Empties Office Buildings, Can Those Spaces Help Solve the Housing Crisis?

As the Pandemic Empties Office Buildings, Can Those Spaces Help Solve the Housing Crisis?

It seems like it was only yesterday when America's downtown business districts thrummed with life—rivers of people making their way to and from their offices, queueing up for hot lunch places, meeting for après-work drinks. Memories!Since onset of the coronavirus pandemic, though, the pulse of those once-thriving districts has subsided to a faint quiver. Sidewalks once clogged with pedestrians are largely empty, since many white-collar workers are working remotely rather than returning to their high-risk, high-rise office buildings. Tourists are largely staying away, too.That doesn't bode well for the long-term future of office buildings and hotels in these neighborhoods. Some will likely shut down for good. But an abundance of vacant commercial real estate could be transfor...
‘Sopranos’ Star Michael Imperioli Lists Santa Barbara Home for $2M

‘Sopranos’ Star Michael Imperioli Lists Santa Barbara Home for $2M

“Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli is selling his Santa Barbara, CA, home for $1,995,000. The European-style “sanctuary” dubbed Villa La Cima last changed hands just two years ago for $1,525,000.Built in 1980, the home features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, on 2,060 square feet. Lavishly decorated, the interiors include draped fabric on the ceilings, opulent chandeliers, and large picture windows. The home is located on a picturesque, tree-lined cul-de-sac, and its floor plan includes two master suites, located in different wings of the house.The listing details helpfully point out that the dual master suites allow for a flexible floor plan. Michael Imperioli's home in Santa Barbara, CArealtor.comLiving room with cathedral ceilings and picture windowsrealtor.comDini...
Nick Kroll Scores Private $6M Spanish-Style Spread in Los Feliz

Nick Kroll Scores Private $6M Spanish-Style Spread in Los Feliz

The comedian Nick Kroll has snagged a seriously sweet pad for $6 million, Variety reported.Described as “uber private,” the Spanish Colonial Revival, in the celebrity-packed Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, had come on the market in early July for $5,895,000.Just a few weeks later, Kroll swooped in and wound up paying over asking price, an indication that this gorgeous home was a hit with a number of prospective homebuyers. The “Big Mouth” star landed quite a chunk of real estate. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom abode spans 4,770 square feet and includes a detached guest casita. Nick Kroll's home in Los Feliz, CArealtor.comThe 1920s residence has been tastefully renovated.realtor.comLiving room with arched windowsrealtor.comDining room with barn doorrealtor.comEat...
Back to School? A Dazzling Elementary School Conversion in Pennsylvania

Back to School? A Dazzling Elementary School Conversion in Pennsylvania

We've found one way for kids to learn virtually from home and be at school at the same time. What was once Perry Elementary School in Mount Morris, PA, is now for sale as a private home.Listed for $2,375,000, the converted school at 145 School Road measures in at a whopping 14,716 square feet and combines the feel of a school with modern architecture."It’s a once-in-a-lifetime project, and it’s cool to live in a school," says owner Crystal Smith. She and her husband took on the massive conversion project and have been living at school since December 2018. "Everybody thought we were nuts." The schoolhouse sits on 11 acres and has four bedrooms, more than four bathrooms, and much, much more. ExteriorLisa Brennen /LB PhotographyEntranceLisa Brennen /LB PhotographyBedroomLi...
All the Upsides (and One Downside) to Lori Loughlin’s New Home in Hidden Hills

All the Upsides (and One Downside) to Lori Loughlin’s New Home in Hidden Hills

Call it retail therapy. "Full House" star Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who will be sentenced later this month for their part in the college admissions scandal, just sprang for a luxurious new home.The couple picked up a $9.5 million modern farmhouse in the celebrity-filled enclave of Hidden Hills, CA, Variety reports.This transaction follows quickly after the couple sold their Bel-Air mansion for a reported $18.75 million to the co-founder of Tinder, Justin Mateen.  The final sale price of the Bel-Air residence was a huge discount off their most recent asking price of $28.65 million. They had initially been looking for even more—the home first came on the market at $35 million in 2017.There are some serious upsides to leaving Bel-Air in their rearview mi...
24 Hour Fitness Founder Mark Mastrov Selling $13.5M Lafayette, CA, Estate

24 Hour Fitness Founder Mark Mastrov Selling $13.5M Lafayette, CA, Estate

24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov is looking to spot a buyer for his Lafayette, CA, home. The custom abode, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, is on the market for a weighty $13.5 million.What a buyer will acquire is a spread that's a “stand-alone entertainment, residential, and recreational mecca,” according to the listing details.Given that many fitness buffs are still scrambling in the wake of gym closures, a home with all the amenities to keep fit may be just the ticket for certain wealthy buyers. The property was purchased in 2006 for for $4.35 million, and Mastrov's “decadent” custom estate was completed in 2012. For a buyer with bigger plans, an additional 1-acre parcel is tied to the offering.In 2017, he tested the waters of a potential sale at the same price....