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China seeks to regulate “weird” architecture

White Houses. Arcs de Triomphe. Eiffel Tower. Pantslike structures. Phallic structures. Structures such as these litter the Chinese landscape. But 2016 might be the year China’s strange architecture comes to an end. As cities grow uncontrollably, China struggles to regulate the growth of urbanization. A directive issued on Sunday by the State Council, China’s cabinet, […]

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Kevin Jonas's House in Boonton

It is time for Kevin Jonas and his wife, Danielle to sell their house, now they are expecting their second child. It is time for them to settle down. Originally built in 2014 when his band was winding down, he launched his construction career with JonasWerner Fine Custom Homes. Self-described as “Hamptons-style”, the mansion features […]

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President Obama's House in Kalorama

It’s your right as a good upstanding citizen to know about the current President and first family’s plans after they vacate the White House. The family will stay in Washington DC until Sasha graduates high school in 2018.  Meanwhile, Malia will take a gap year before heading to Harvard University. The Kalorama home was built […]

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Slash's villa in Mulholland Estates

Slash, the famed guitarist and rocker of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver turned his villa in gated Mulholland Estates into an amped up rock and roll hideaway. It combines traditional elegance with high energy detailing. The villa features a plethora of amenities including a pool and spa, skate ramp, and an organic vegetable garden. The […]

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Julia Robert's home in Hanalei Bay

The property was built in 1917 on one of the largest private sections of land in Hanalei Bay, Kauai, along 200 feet of beach. In 1957, a tidal wave washed the main house to the back of the property. But because the top floor was left intact, the family decided to turn the top floor […]

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Sammy Sosa's home in Golden Beach

After Sammy Sosa purchased the oceanfront home in 2014 for $7.6 million, he only used a handful of times. Sosa sought to make a quick sale. And he did. The deal closed in less than 45 days of going under contract for $9.15 million. Over the three year stay, Sosa made only $1’415 per day […]

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Cary Grant's Former House in Palm Springs

Known as Las Palomas to the Grant Family, they purchased the home in 1954. The house was built in 1930 by Dr. Jacob Kocher in the Spanish Andalusian farm house style who commissioned the architect, Wallace Neff. Cary Grant owned the home between 1954 to 1972. The current owner wants to sell it to the […]

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Frank Zappa's House in Hollywood Hills

Frank Zappa’s house is being sold on Kickstarter for $9 million. Part of the money will be divided among his heirs and filmmaker who endeavors to preserve Zappa’s legacy and recordings in his documentary titled “Who the F*@% is Frank Zappa?”. The house is valued at $7,039,394 and a great deal for the right Zappa […]

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China seeks to regulate “weird” architecture

White Houses. Arcs de Triomphe. Eiffel Tower. Pantslike structures. Phallic structures. Structures such as these litter the Chinese landscape. But 2016 might be the year China’s strange architecture comes to an end. As cities grow uncontrollably, China struggles to regulate the growth of urbanization. A directive issued on Sunday by the State Council, China’s cabinet, […]

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Sylvester Stallone House: The Beauty in the Desert

Sylvester Stallone is selling his two story Mediterranean style villa for $300,000 less than what he paid for it for an asking price of $4.199 million. The decision to sell comes after Stallone realizes he did not visit his vacation home as much as he wanted. Read more about the Sylvester Stallone House. The residence features […]

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Elvis Presley's Graceland

Elvis Presley  bought Graceland for his family. He let his parents, Gladys and Vernon by the house house with is budget of $100'000 on the criteria of it being a "farmhouse".  After Gladys died in 1958, it became too much for Presley while his step mother redecorated. Graceland became a place for Presly and his clan. […]

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China builds sky high Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

Travelers and tourists will soon be able to walk across the world’s longest and highest glass bottom bridge. The bridge spans two cliffs in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park located in China’s Hunan Province. It is 430 meters long and six meters wide hovering over a 300 meter drop. The bridge hangs above the Zhangjiajie Grand […]

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Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion

It is the end of an era. Playboy Enterprises is selling the Playboy Mansion  for $200 million dollars. There is only one stipulation though, whoever, buys the historic property has to allow Hugh Hefner to live there until he dies. When Hefner and Playboy bought the property in 1971 for $1.1 million dollars, it was […]

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Protecting Forrest Ackerman's Ackermansion

Forest Ackerman was a well-known and famed man in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Community. He held numerous tiles over the years; writer, literary agent, magazine editor, film expert, creator of science fiction fandom, but most importantly the world’s most avid collector of genre books and movie memorabilia. Throughout his lifetime, Ackerman developed a collection […]

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Stephen Kings House in Bangor Maine

Originally built in 1870, the William Arnold House is one of the most photographed private residences. But the home did not always feature the creepy spiderweb gate. It had a few additions since it was originally built.  The multi-sided tower on the left hand side of the house was added in 1895. Following that, the […]

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Boeing 757 makes icy smooth landing at Union Glacier runway

In today’s world it has never been easier to travel anywhere on Earth. (And out of it.) Anyone can go anywhere at any time. Recently on November 26, 2015, history was made in one of the hidden corners of the globe when a Loftleidir Icelandic Boeing 757 successfully landed on Union Glacier’s blue ice runway. […]

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Enter The Mall of America

Enter the city within a city. The Mall of America is a symbol the vitality of business. Hosting over 4 miles of total store front footage, the MOA is a testament to revolutionizing the shopping experience.  Since the doors opened on August 11, 1992, the MOA has become one of the most sought tourist destinations […]

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Constructing Carmel Place

  Micro Apartments finally go on sale in New York City in Carmel Place on Monday, November 23, 2015 after a zoning law was waived for this project. Apartments in New York City cannot be smaller than 400 square feet, which is about half the size of an average studio apartment in Manhattan. The building […]

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Symbolism of the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Symbolism is actually very cool. Towers have evolved throughout history and cultural development and remain standing tall in the current age. They are our memories and a symbol of a future filled with hope and promise for all. There is no limit to how high we can build and travel as a society. […]

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Commemorating Julia Butterfly Hill’s Environmental Influence

Born: Feb 18, 1974 Mount Vernon, Missouri Everyone can make a difference if even they don’t set out to. Julia Butterfly Hill is a voice in the environmental movement when she sat in a redwood for over 2 years. December 18, 1999, Julia sat in the canopy for the first time not knowing she wouldn’t set […]

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The Shining's Architecture Influence

After 30 years of scaring audiences, the Timberline Lodges portraying The Overlook Hotel in The Shining finally has a museum.  While the majority of movie was spent inside, the interior was actually filmed in England. The exterior of the Timberline Lodges is located in the mountains of Oregon. For historical significance of the Timberline Lodges, […]

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