The real estate gods are tempting me something fierce lately: first Celine Dion’s mega mansion goes up for sale, now Dolly Parton’s Los Angeles home has hit the market. Just one of Dolly’s 15 (!) abodes, the modest, Spanish-style two-bedroom in West Hollywood is just over 1,000 square feet, and decorated in a southwestern, “shabby chic” style. Scrolling through the photos of doilies, cactus-themed artwork, and Yankee Candles, you’d never guess that A) this house belongs to Dolly Fucking Parton and B) that this house is listed for $1.395 million. But hey, that’s the LA real estate market for you. Do I still want to buy it? Of course! I mean, it’s Dolly Fucking Parton’s house. It’s surely imbued with magic that transcends the unfortunate furniture choices. Check out a few more pics after the jump… Keep reading »
“Jeopardy” overlord Alex Trebek built his dream house on Los Angeles’s Mullholland Drive in 1984, decorated it in the finest of tacky ’80s furniture, and then left it as is. He sold the house in 1996, but pretty much nothing’s changed in 30 years. It definitely looks like Otho, the crazy interior decorator from “Beetlejuice,” went wild in there.
If, perchance, this is just your style, and you’ve got $3.9 million to spare, well, this house could be all yours. More pics after the jump. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Looking for a new apartment can be difficult anywhere, but in NYC it’s a bloodsport, and tales of shitty apartments are legendary.
Enter “The Worst Room,” a Tumblr chronicling, all-too-accurately, the shitty state of New York City apartment shopping. Tumblr creator Ryan says he made the site to “share the Craigslist postings I sift through on a daily basis trying to find decent, affordable housing in New York City.” And boy, are these crappy and overpriced — these apartments all-too-closely resemble crime scenes. And yes, I can say with experience, these are completely accurate depictions of how shitty and expensive city living can be. (There are also pleasant and affordable pads, too.)
So let’s take a gander at a few more terrible rooms Ryan’s found, shall we?
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Say you wanted to buy the White House — just how much money might you need? According to the latest estimate, you’d need $284.9 million dollars. That’s up nearly $5 million more than it was worth four years ago.
But if you buy the White House, what are you getting, exactly? Keep reading »
As Gloria Steinem walks Oprah through the beautiful and elaborately decorated NYC apartment she’s lived in since 1966, it’s hard to imagine that until recently, she treated it as a temporary home. “For years and years and years I lived out of cardboard boxes,” says Steinem. “I was brought up to think you didn’t make a home [without] husband and children–you didn’t make it for yourself.” We’re glad she finally settled in, because it’s fascinating to get a glimpse into Steinem’s home life, from the travel mementos and feminist artwork to the living room where she launched Ms. Magazine. The sprawling apartment is worth millions now, but you won’t believe how much she paid for it when she and five of her single pals bought it in the late 80s (hint: it was less than a quarter of the price of Avril Lavigne’s wedding ring). Yep, time to cry. [Refinery 29]