It happens every few weeks. I turn on House Hunters (yes, I know it's allegedly fake, let me be) to watch lucky couples pick out some real estate, and within minutes I'm sighing in frustration and yelling at the screen. "I'm not crazy about this red," whines one young wife, "I hate that chandelier," says her husband. Do you see what I'm driving at? They're focused on all the wrong things!
Two unique homes recently featured on Yahoo! prove that there are many reasons to build a home, and they can range widely from love to hate. Artists Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz recently built a glass-walled cabin for $500, proving that anything is possible if it's a labor of love. In contrast, the "Montlake Spite House," a small triangle-shaped dwelling in Seattle that recently went on the market, was allegedly built out of ire.
You've spent months searching Zillow, Redfin, and Trulia. You've dedicated nameless hours to touring homes, putting together paperwork, and submitting offers. But nothing seems to pan out. How should one keep up and at 'em through this whole process?
In cramped urban centers, expanding housing vertically has always been a strategy for accommodating a growing population, but not all high-rises are the luxury, glass-walled condos currently in vogue with sophisticated urbanites. Now, film maker Katerina Cizek focuses on the high-rise and its very long history in a fascinating, interactive Op-Doc, A Short History of the Highrise, for the New York Times.
Need a new roommate? Lauren did. Rather than endlessly creep SF Craigslist, she decided to take a proactive approach with one of the cleverest ads we've ever seen. That's right — plugs from former roomies, bikini photos and an unexpected surprise in the lower right corner make us want to be besties with this hilarious (and homeless) gal. So did her ploy work? Did Lauren find herself a new pad?
If you're lucky enough to live in a historic or familial home, then you know how interesting it is to learn about the people who used to sleep in your bedroom and cook in your kitchen and how different, yet amazingly similar, their lives were to your own. But what about the rest of us? Curious to know how to even begin finding out who used to live in your home? Read on for the resources to start your search.
Ali (right) explaining the room to Molly (left) in our group as she juggles the tea mugs
Name: Ali & William Hanham Location:Deans Court, Dorset, England Size: 18 acres & many, many rooms Years lived in: 5 years recently and since 1548 before that
It is not an everyday occurrence that we get to tour someone's ancestral home, you know the kind which has been "in the family" for over 450 years, the building of which is even older. This past week I spent part of an afternoon hearing this family's story, taking pictures and wishing I had all day to spend here. This is a refreshingly real home in an ongoing state of renovation. This is not really even a home that you "own", it's more of a home that is much older than anyone around and that you can only "take care of" before passing it on.
Omigod, so if you were around in the '90s, you, like, totally remember when Cher got beer spilled on her heels, and Tai got hit in the head. The location of The Valley party in "Clueless," this 5-bedroom ranch in Grenada Hills is on the market for $825,000. First person to hop up on the kitchen counter and reenact the "rolling with the homies" scene wins.
I always say that my quality of life was somehow better when I was in my twenties and dirt poor. I lived in beautiful apartments. There was the private cottage in San Diego with three sets of French doors that led to a private garden around the perimeter of the entire place, and then the 5-bedroom flat with spiral staircase, skylight and view of the Bay in San Francisco, both only $400 per month. My last apartment in my twenties was my favorite. There was a fireplace, a roof deck with a view of the Bay, a backyard with a garden, and a dishwasher! It had really good party karma too. Granted, these all required living with roommates, but they were all quite special finds.
Living in a foreign country can be challenging enough — add in the weak dollar to the British pound and it seems impossible to live in London. After three years of living in one of the world's most expensive cities, I no longer bother to do the mental conversion rate to US dollars in my head, as it is just too depressing to think about...