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Inside America's Most Expensive 'House' for Sale

The 4.4-acre estate comes with night club, ice skating rink, IMAX cinema, and more

(Newser) - When construction tycoon Robert Pereira got hold of a sprawling ocean-front Florida estate through a trust in 2001, he envisioned turning it into a luxurious home for his family, friends tell the Guardian . But after spending seven years (and $100 million, a third of which was financed by Bank of... More »

China's 'Ghost Cities' Were Hidden Until Now

Massive empty housing developments feel like 'an abandoned movie set'

(Newser) - People have known about China's "ghost cities" for years, but it turns out finding and tracking these massive, mostly empty housing developments is pretty much as difficult as hunting an actual ghost. That is, until China's largest search engine got involved, Quartz reports. Tech company Baidu was... More »

Bunker Built for Apocalypse Has Its Own Power Plant

'The Facility' in Georgia can be yours for $17.5M

(Newser) - If you're worried about a nuclear apocalypse and you have $17.5 million burning a hole in your pocket, Harry Norman has the deal of a lifetime for you. The real estate office is advertising a bunker called the "Facility" in Georgia, touting it as "the only... More »

Marijuana Having Big Impact on Denver Real Estate

'It's a new and disruptive industry'

(Newser) - Legal marijuana is having a dramatic effect on real estate in Denver, leading to the reinvigoration of the city's industrial areas while potentially making the rest of the city unaffordable for longtime residents. Commercial real estate firm CBRE tells the Denver Post marijuana "kick-started the recovery of the... More »

Site Tells Homebuyers If Their New House Could Be Haunted

Find who was murdered and when before you buy that new home

(Newser) - There are a lot of things new homebuyers have to worry about: foundation cracks, water damage, ghosts. That last one is where Roy Condrey and his website, , come in, Bloomberg reports. Condrey started the site two years ago because he thought his house might be haunted and wanted... More »

The 5 Most Unaffordable Places to Live in the US

California is bad, but it's not the worst

(Newser) - Want to stretch your housing dollar? Then you're going to want to stay out of California. Business Insider used data on 582 US counties from RealtyTrac to figure out the 15 least-affordable counties to live in, defined by the percentage of a resident's average weekly wage it would... More »

Owner of Private SF Island Cuts Sale Price 77%

Red Rock Island is cool, but what can you do with it?

(Newser) - Want to make San Francisco Bay's only privately owned island your own? Easy, if you've got $5 million and don't mind a big dome-like rock with trees and grass and not much else, Yahoo reports. Owned by an attorney living in Thailand, Red Rock Island went on... More »

Japan Has 8M 'Ghost Homes'

Large parts of the country are emptying out as population shrinks

(Newser) - Millions of dilapidated, empty homes isn't the first image to come to mind when most people think of Japan, but that's now the reality for large swaths of the country and the problem is only going to get worse. The country's population is shrinking and is forecast... More »

Silence of the Lambs Home Up for Sale

All yours for $300K

(Newser) - Got a taste for the macabre? The house that was used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs is up for sale . The production crew took six weeks to turn the three-story house into the squalid home of the killer... More »

Two Daughters Inherit $20M, Must Follow Some Rules

Real estate magnate Maurice Laboz offers money from the beyond

(Newser) - "Want my money while you're still young? Then you have to play by my rules." That's pretty much what deceased Manhattan real estate landlord Maurice Laboz has posthumously told his two daughters, the New York Post reports. According to his will, 17-year-old Victoria and 21-year-old Marlena... More »

For Sale: Ranch Bigger Than LA, NYC Combined

All yours, for $725M in Texas

(Newser) - It has the slightly strange designation of being the biggest ranch in the US with a continuous fence, but the qualifiers end there: The Waggoner Estate in Texas is huge—at 800 square miles, it's bigger than Los Angeles and New York City combined, reports Bloomberg . And it's... More »

Zuckerberg Private Eye Was Out to Intimidate: Developer

Mircea Voskerician makes claim in recent court filing

(Newser) - An ongoing battle between Mark Zuckerberg and a real estate developer is getting nastier—and a little weird. Developer Mircea Voskerician, who is suing the Facebook founder , says a Zuckerberg-hired private detective tried to intimidate a friend of Voskerician's and witness in the suit, Bloomberg reports. The lawsuit hinges... More »

One of the Largest Properties on Earth Is for Sale

The highest bidder will be a land baron in Australia

(Newser) - Have you always dreamed of raising cattle on a vast swath of land in Australia? If you have at least $325 million to spare, you'd better enter your bid pronto. What Quartz calls the "largest stretch of private real estate on Earth" is now on the market, and... More »

Go Inside 5 Swanky Celeb Homes for Sale

Who doesn't need their very own 'dive-in' theater?

(Newser) - In the market for a new place to live? Five celebrities are in the news for trying to offload (or, in one case, offloading) pricey palaces:
  • Paula Deen is selling one of her Savannah, Ga., properties for a cool $12.5 million. The 14,500-square-foot "private resort" includes a
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Zuckerberg in Nasty Legal Fight Over Neighboring Land

Lawsuit could expose his personal finances

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg values his privacy so much that he's willing to spend tens of millions to buy up neighboring properties . Now, however, he's in a legal battle with a developer and would-be neighbor that threatens to make public details about his personal life and finances, reports the New ... More »

Essay Contest Prize: $900K Maine Inn

Janice Sage will hand over Maine property to contest winner

(Newser) - If you've always pictured yourself as the owner of a 210-year-old inn in Maine, you better put pen to paper pronto. The owner of the historic Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant is retiring after 22 years and plans to continue the tradition of passing the $905,000 property to... More »

Saudi Prince Selling NYC Digs With 3 Panic Rooms

And its own fitness center, hair salon

(Newser) - Saudi Prince Nawaf bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud is apparently quite concerned with security. The royal is selling an apartment he owns on New York's Upper West Side, and the Wall Street Journal reports that the 10,500-square-foot triplex in the Heritage at Trump Place features not one, not... More »

Trailer in the Hamptons: Yours for $1.1M

Property originally cost $300

(Newser) - In 1956, fisherman Richard Lester paid $300 for 0.36 acres of property in the Hamptons. Later, he added a $15,000 trailer. Now, the whole thing can be yours for the low, low price of just $1.1 million, the New York Post reports. "You are not dreaming,... More »

After 2012 Loss, Romney Went on Real Estate Binge

He's now got 4 swank houses, which could present an image problem

(Newser) - Mitt Romney might have gotten a little notoriety for his house with the car elevator , but that was the tip of the real estate iceberg and the buying binge he went on in the wake of his 2012 loss. As the Boston Globe reports, "For the first time in... More »

Manhattan Condo Sells for Record $100M

It's the priciest place ever sold in New York City

(Newser) - The decimal points alone could buy a posh residence: An unknown buyer has paid $100.47 million for a Manhattan condo overlooking Central Park. The 11,000-square-foot penthouse is in the luxe One57 apartment tower, reports the Real Deal . It's not only the highest price ever paid for a... More »

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