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JFK, Jackie O's Honeymoon Home: Yours for $135M

William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies lived at Beverly House

(Newser) - Beverly House, in Beverly Hills, has a storied past: Not only was it once home to publishing giant William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies—it was also a honeymoon destination for Jackie and John F. Kennedy. Perhaps less appealingly, it's the site of the famous Godfather scene in... More »

How Ukraine Mess May Be Healthy for New York City

Penalties may mean fewer purchases by absentee Russian billionaires: Megan McArdle

(Newser) - It may not be the first thing to come to mind in regard to Russia's dispute with Ukraine, but the fallout could take a tangible hit on New York City real estate. The New York Times explains that rich foreigners—think Russia, China, and Brazil—account for about 40%... More »

One Country So Broke, It's Giving Away Villages

Spain gives them away or sells for less than $100K

(Newser) - Want to buy a little vacation house in the Spanish countryside? Thanks to Spain's economic downturn, some buyers have picked up entire villages for as little as zero euros, AFP reports. Thousands of villages have been abandoned across Spain, often by residents seeking city life or better farmland, and... More »

For Sale: Al Capone's Miami Beach Mansion

Gangster died at $8.45M Palm Island estate

(Newser) - Got $8.45 million kicking around? You could buy the Miami Beach mansion where Al Capone died—and from which he supposedly plotted the infamous 1929 Valentine's Day Massacre. Capone bought the 10,000-square-foot Palm Island mansion in 1928 for $40,000 after he was chased out of Chicago... More »

One Famous Movie Home Sells, Another Is Available

House in 'Ferris Beuller' under contract; Old Man Marley's from 'Home Alone' for sale

(Newser) - It took five years and a series of price reductions, but a home made famous in Ferris Bueller's Day Off is finally under contract. Cameron's home—the place where he sends his dad's Ferrari down a ravine—has gone under contract in Highland Park, Illinois, after the... More »

House in Amanda Knox Case Up for Sale

Property in Perugia on market for $625K

(Newser) - It has 10 rooms, a strong rental history, and a terrace that overlooks a picturesque valley in Perugia, Italy. But those aren't the reasons the real estate listing for this house is drawing so much attention, reports the Daily Beast . It happens to be the home where Meredith Kercher... More »

On Craigslist: California Ghost Town, $225K

Gold mining town of Seneca up for sale

(Newser) - If you're in the market to relocate, have we got news for you: For just $225,000, you can buy an entire gold mining ghost town in northern California. The 12-acre town of Seneca is listed for sale on Craigslist , Fox News reports, and it comes with its own... More »

Did Marissa Mayer Just Buy a Funeral Home?

Sources at funeral home say 'yes,' owner says he doesn't know

(Newser) - Is Marissa Mayer getting out of the tech business and into the ... death business? Probably not, but sources at Palo Alto's oldest funeral home tell the Palo Alto Weekly that the Yahoo CEO just bought their 1.16-acre property, a block away from her home. But the funeral home'... More »

Zuckerberg Buys Up Neighbors' Homes for $30M

He'll lease them back to same families; this is a privacy safeguard

(Newser) - One perk of being a multibillionare: You can buy privacy—and buy your neighbors out of their homes. That's what Mark Zuckerberg has done, spending $30 million on four houses next to his own Palo Alto abode, the San Jose Mercury News reports. He doesn't have any crazy... More »

At Swank Facebook Housing Complex: Yoga, Pet Spa

'Anton Menlo' in the works near Facebook HQ

(Newser) - Facebook already has a swanky campus in Menlo Park, Calif., and soon, it will also have an equally swanky housing community nearby. The social network is working with a developer to build a 394-unit rental community within walking distance of company headquarters, the Wall Street Journal reports. And the 630,... More »

For Sale: Kurt Cobain's Childhood Home, Mattress

Washington bungalow hitting market for $500K

(Newser) - For just $500,000, you can buy the home in Aberdeen, Wash., where Kurt Cobain spent his formative years—complete with the markings and holes he made on the walls of his childhood bedroom, and even the mattress he slept on. Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, is selling the... More »

Zuckerberg's Huge Remodel Includes $60K Greenhouse

Construction permits for his mansion add up to $1.6M

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg's crazy expensive San Francisco mansion is about to get even more crazy expensive. His contractor has taken out five construction permits that add up to more than $1.6 million in remodel costs, and workers at the house tell the San Francisco Chronicle they think the construction... More »

Man Buys Foot-Wide Slice of Hamptons Beach for $120K

Yes, you read that right

(Newser) - And now, in bonkers purchases: Not only did a man pony up $120,000 for a one-foot-wide slice of beach in East Hampton, he secured his tony property after an intense bidding war with another Manhattan financier. Even Suffolk County, which acquired the land a decade ago, was floored. It... More »

NYC Building Plans Separate Entrances for Rich, Poor

Wants those who live in affordable housing to enter through alley

(Newser) - Yes, this is the year 2013, and yet: A planned luxury tower on Manhattan's Upper West Side may have two separate entrances, one for the affluent people living in its waterfront condos and one for the less well-to-do folks living in its 55 low-income units. The developer is looking... More »

Price for New York's Skinniest Townhouse: $3.25M

Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection there

(Newser) - What do you think about spending your days in a home that's just 8 feet, 4 inches at its widest? Someone apparently thought the idea was worth $3.25 million, because that's how much New York City's narrowest townhouse sold for recently, the New York Post reports.... More »

Ancient Pyramid Torn Down by Developers: Peru

Firms face criminal charges

(Newser) - Peruvian authorities say a pair of real-estate developers have ruined a 4,000-year-old pyramid, and they're facing criminal charges, the BBC reports. "Irreparable damage" was done to the 20-foot-high pyramid, says an archeologist. The El Paraiso complex, near Lima, had 12 pyramids; the companies tried to tear down... More »

More Good News for Housing Market

New home sales at fastest pace in 5 years

(Newser) - Sales of new American homes rose in May to the fastest pace in five years, a solid gain that added to signs of a steadily improving housing market. The Commerce Department says sales rose 2.1% last month compared with April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000,... More »

Boston Woman Pays $560K for 2 Parking Spots

And in SF, one sells for $82K

(Newser) - Parking is such a precious commodity in Boston that one woman was willing to pay $560,000 for two off-street spaces near her home. Lisa Blumenthal won the spots in the city's Back Bay neighborhood during an on-site IRS auction yesterday. The IRS had seized the spots from a... More »

What It's Like to Be Stuck Living in a NY Castle

Phemisters struggle to flip this New York house

(Newser) - You don't even need a cool million to purchase a 36,000-square-foot castle in Upstate New York. Just $895,000 will do. The New York Times today takes a look at this most unusual piece of real estate—and the unusual consequences of a common problem: homes that buyers... More »

Chelsea Clinton, Hubby Buying $10.5M NYC Pad

Apartment is a whopping 5K square feet

(Newser) - Chelsea Clinton and hubby Marc Mezvinsky will be moving into a very swanky pad, the New York Post reports. The couple is buying a $10.5 million apartment across the street from Manhattan's Madison Square Park; the 5,000-square-foot abode has four bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms (including a master... More »

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