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You Know the Famous Phrase. See the House That Inspired It

'Keeping up with the Joneses'

(Newser) - A dilapidated New York mansion believed to have inspired the phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses" sold at auction this week for $120,000, reports AP . The 24-room Wyndclyffe Castle was built in 1853 in Rhinebeck as the country house of Manhattan socialite Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones, a member of... More »

Harry Potter's 4 Privet Drive Could Be Yours

Expect visitors (no, not Dumbledore)

(Newser) - A suburban house that starred onscreen as Harry Potter's childhood home is on the market—complete with a cupboard under the stairs. Fans of the boy wizard will recognize 12 Picket Post Close as 4 Privet Drive, home of Harry's dastardly aunt and uncle, who took Harry in... More »

Brady Bunch Star Cashes In on Home She Bought at 11

Eve Plumb made a good investment in Malibu

(Newser) - Perhaps Jan Brady's catchphrase should have been "Money, Money, Money." Eve Plumb, the actress who played the Brady Bunch middle child has just sold the 850-square-foot Malibu home she bought as an 11-year-old in 1969. The $3.9 million sales price is more than 10 times her... More »

Los Feliz 'Murder House,' Empty for Decades, Has New Owner

It's Gloria Allred's daughter

(Newser) - After sitting empty for more than five decades, the Los Feliz ' murder house ' will soon be full of life again. The 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival—the scene of a murder-suicide—has been purchased by Lisa Bloom (the daughter of attorney Gloria Allred) and her husband Braden Pollock for... More »

Famous FAO Schwarz Building Gets a New Tenant

Under Armour will put a flagship location there

(Newser) - The iconic storefront that used to house FAO Schwarz in New York City is getting a new tenant after being vacant since last July: Under Armour. "The approximately 53,000-square-foot space is one of the most-recognized and high-traffic areas in all of New York, and our plan is to... More »

SF Man's Rent Leaps From $1.8K to $8K

He might be evicted amid battle over 344% hike

(Newser) - The Rent Is Too Damn High party may have a new voter: Neil Hutchinson, a San Francisco man whose rent has just gone from $1,800 a month to $8,000. Hutchinson tells ABC7 that the 344% increase went into effect this month and he is appealing it to the... More »

Billionaire Heir Buys Playboy Mansion

Hugh Hefner is staying put

(Newser) - The Playboy mansion—complete with Hugh Hefner—has been snapped up by a party-loving neighbor. Daren Metropoulos, a 32-year-old billionaire heir who lives in an $18 million mansion next door to Hefner's longtime abode, is believed to be paying around $200 million for the 29-room mansion, the Guardian reports.... More »

$8M Will Buy You an Entire Nevada Town

Complete with casino, bar, airstrip, and 375 or so residents

(Newser) - A couple hundred miles from San Francisco, where somedays it seems like $8 million will just about get you a dilapidated one-bedroom condo, that amount of money can buy you an entire town. CBS News reports Nancy Kidwell is selling the Nevada town she founded in 1951 with her first... More »

Top 10 Cities for Dating and Real Estate

Minneapolis win this unusual category

(Newser) - has come up with a unique twist on the usual "best cities" format. This one ranks the top cities for singles who are looking to meet a soulmate but who are also looking to buy a home in the meantime. Factors including affordability, things to do,... More »

For Sale: Seattle's Mystery 'Spite House'

860-square-foot oddity for sale for half a million dollars

(Newser) - From the front, a half-million-dollar home on the Re/Max website looks like a quaint Spanish Revival in the heart of Seattle. Head to the side for a different perspective, and you'll see appearances are deceiving. You're looking at what Yahoo says locals call the "Montlake Spite House,... More »

Chinese Group Buying Chunk of Australia

Board needs to approve sale of S. Kidman holdings

(Newser) - About 1.3% of Australia might be sold to foreign buyers after all. Australia's fifth-largest cattle producer, S. Kidman, which has been trying to get rid of 40,000 square miles of farmland since last summer, has agreed to sell its holdings to China-based Dakang Australia and Australian Rural... More »

These NYC Apartments Offer Little Privacy, Free Beer

WeLive communal spaces available for $1,375 monthly

(Newser) - Sleeping behind a curtain in Manhattan is now as affordable as $1,375 per month. The WeWork team known for communal work spaces has just launched a building of communal living spaces in New York City's Financial District where rent starts at $1,375 monthly. That price will get... More »

Escape Doomsday in Maine for $300K

Former Nike missile site is on the market

(Newser) - Don't mind relocating to Limestone, Maine, in order to live through a nuclear blast? Dave and Sue Prentiss have just the place for you. They're selling their 17-acre property—a former missile launch site from US Army program Project Nike—complete with three missile silos, two of which... More »

Water Crisis Drops Flint's Median Home Price to $14K

Though one savvy buyer got theirs for $1

(Newser) - The housing market in Flint, Michigan, wasn't great before the city's tainted water started poisoning residents. Now, the median home price in Flint is an unbelievable $14,000, CNN reports. Flint was hit especially hard by the 2008 housing crash, losing about 75% of its real estate value.... More »

Inside the Making of a 104K-Square-Foot 'Giga-Mansion'

'The One' is under construction in Bel Air, may be priciest home ever

(Newser) - In the hills above Bel Air in Southern California, "The One" is about halfway built. And when construction on the 104,000-square-foot "giga-mansion" is complete, it just might become the most expensive home in the world, the Orange County Register reports. The asking price for The One will... More »

Joseph Goebbels' 'Love Nest' a Tough Sell for Berlin

The Nazi propagandist hosted starlets at the lakeside villa

(Newser) - Sure, it's a fixer-upper. But the crumbling façade, failing roof, and seen-better-decades interior aren't the reasons why Berlin has been unable to sell the Haus am Bogensee, a 70-room lakeside villa that the city has been trying to unload for more than 20 years. The real sticking... More »

Feds Rein in Shell Games With Ritzy Real Estate

Feds to start IDing, tracking secret buyers of high-end homes

(Newser) - Those planning on scooping up a high-end property on the sly—i.e., paying cash via a shell company—may soon have to come up with a new game plan. The Treasury Department announced Wednesday it will start making title insurance companies ID secret buyers of property going for more... More »

Silence of the Lambs House Not Killing It on Real Estate Market

'Just because I want to gawk at something doesn't mean I want to buy it'

(Newser) - "Would you [put a serious offer on] me? I'd [put a serious offer on] me. I'd [put a serious offer on] me hard. I'd [put a serious offer on] me so hard." Despite the fact that it has a place in cinema history as the... More »

Oprah Winfrey's New Mansion Has a 'Wine Mine'

Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like

(Newser) - Perhaps you have a wine rack. Maybe even a wine fridge. But unless you are Oprah Winfrey, you probably do not have a "wine mine." What exactly is a wine mine, you ask? It's a 56-foot-long wine cellar that "looks like a mining tunnel, complete with... More »

Jehovah's Witnesses Could Get $1B for NYC HQ

Group is moving upstate

(Newser) - The Jehovah's Witnesses, the door-knocking religious group that has been based in Brooklyn for a century, is selling its headquarters and other properties for an expected price tag of $1 billion or more. The Witnesses' move to Warwick, a town about an hour north of New York City, will... More »

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