New York City real estate causes many a housing arrangement made in desperation. If you live in NYC (or, for that matter, any city with insanely high rents), you likely know a few 30-somethings who still live with roommates or someone whose “convertible bedroom” is actually the living room with a room divider. The city is pockmarked with couples who moved in together more quickly than they would or should have, all citing the same very good reason: “It doesn’t make sense to pay two rents when he’s here all the time anyway.”
I had a shitty housing arrangement horror story in my mid-20s and hoped that would be my last. But then I wed a recent immigrant who needed a permit to work, a green card, and a job. Thus I found myself newly married and living with a roommate. Keep reading »
Just when you thought there was no one more powerful in the free world than Beyoncé and Jay Z, some computer nerd comes along and is like SIKE!
According to TMZ, Swedish video game programmer Markus Persson dropped $70 million in CASH for a 23,000 square foot home in Beverly Hills that the power couple was hoping to buy. Bey and Jay allegedly visited the house a few times before placing an offer, but Markus, who sold his company Mojang to Microsoft for $2.5 billion, outbid them. Check out the gallery to see where Blue Ivy should have spent the next few years frolicking around, but instead will be full of middle-aged men playing Minecraft. [TMZ]
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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