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Artist Dismantles Rosa Parks' Old Home, Takes It Overseas

Ryan Mendoza on holding Detroit structure 'hostage' in Berlin: 'America ... it's going to cost you'

(Newser) - What do you do if the blighted home your famous aunt once lived in is on the demolition list and you can't raise the funds to preserve it? In the case of Rosa Parks' former house in Detroit, her niece donated it to artist Ryan Mendoza, who took it... More »

Family in Fear After Home Hit 9 Times by Cars

The Nobles have lived in the house since 1971 and say people seem to be driving faster now

(Newser) - For one Canadian family, enough is enough. The house they've lived in since 1971 has been hit by a car at least nine times—six since the early '90s, though retiree Maureen Noble tells CTV News , "You kind of lose track after awhile." They live close... More »

Town Hopes to Preserve WWI Soldier's Bedroom

Mayor of Belabre, France, hopes buyer will come along

(Newser) - A French town wants to preserve a bedroom that has remained nearly untouched for almost 100 years. Why not update the decor a little? Because WWI dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau left the room that way when he went to war, making it a time capsule of a man who died... More »

Detroit Homeowner: I'll Trade House for a Smartphone

But real estate agent says it's 'not worth much'

(Newser) - Want to buy a fixer-upper in Detroit? Probably not, but if you change your mind there's a three-bedroom available in east Detroit for an iPhone 6, ABC News reports. Real estate broker Larry Else admits there are problems, like no front door, broken windows, and $6,000 in back... More »

Soccer Fan Offers Family for Sale Online

French ad says plan is to keep goaltender Guillermo Ochoa

(Newser) - A die-hard French soccer fan is willing to give up house and home for the goalkeeper of his dreams, the Daily News reports. A fan's ad on Le Bon Coin—sort of the French eBay—offers to sell his house and family in order to keep Guillermo Ochoa playing... More »

'Highway House' Owner Finally Caves

Chinese farmer Luo Baogen lets officials demolish his home

(Newser) - A symbol of resistance in China has finally bit the dust. An elderly couple had refused to give up their house even though a highway was built around it—and the quirky image became an Internet sensation, the Guardian reports. But duck farmer Luo Baogen, 67, and his wife eventually... More »

Lizzie Borden's House Up for Sale

She moved there after the axe murders

(Newser) - The house where Lizzie Borden spent her life after her sensational trial is up for sale. Located in Fall River, Massachusetts, the Queen Anne Victorian dubbed Maplecroft is on the market for $650,000, reports the local Herald News . Lizzie lived in another house in the same town in 1892... More »

Artists, Hipsters Go Without Winter Heat

For some holdouts, 50° is toasty

(Newser) - Living with the heat off—if they even have heat—is a way of life for some Northerners who get through the winter on a combination of ingenuity and insulation. Their motives are often curious. Take the New York artist who appreciates the acoustics of his loft so much he... More »

Police Find 4 More Bodies at Rapist's Home

Anthony Sowell has been charged with 5 counts of murder so far

(Newser) - Police found four more bodies today at the home of a convicted rapist in Cleveland, bringing the total to 10. Authorities also charged Anthony Sowell with five counts of aggravated murder, sources tell the Plain Dealer . Crews will spend the night digging up Sowell's yard in search of more victims.... More »

Baldwin House Going Up for Auction

(Newser) - The house of financially challenged actor Stephen Baldwin is going up for auction later this month, the Lower Hudson Journal News reports. The I'm a Celebrity—Get Me Out of Here! star paid $515,000 for the New York state property 12 years ago, but he and wife Kennya have... More »

Celebs Headed for Foreclosure

Jacko, Canseco, Ed McMahon fight for roofs over their heads

(Newser) - Even the famous aren't immune to foreclosure, as these celebrities, listed in Forbes, prove:
  • Xzibit: A pimped ride hasn’t been enough to pay the bills on his $536,000 Woodland Hills, Calif., home.
  • Jose Canseco: The ex-ballplayer, who penned a book on big-league steroids, stands to lose his $2.
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Going Up? 9.4M Balloons Should Do It

But different sources give widely varied estimates

(Newser) - Pixar stuck 20,622 balloons on a house to achieve liftoff in its animated Up, which wouldn't come close to doing the trick in real life, writes Nina Shen Rastogi on Slate's Explainer blog. If the old Carl character were using typical party balloons, he'd need somewhere around 9.4... More »

Aussie Dad Wrestles 'Roo Invader

Creature burst in to bedroom before underwear-clad man got it out

(Newser) - Waking up can be a bear, but for one Aussie family it was an 88-pound kangaroo crashing through their bedroom window and hopping around on a bloody rampage until the skivvies-clad dad wrestled it out of the house, the Canberra Times reports. “My initial thought when I was half... More »

House at Heart of Knox Trial Ransacked

Intruders leave knives, candles in home British student was murdered

(Newser) - Intruders broke into the house in Italy where Meredith Kercher was murdered last year, the Telegraph reports. Their motivation is unclear—they ransacked the house and left candles and four kitchen knives in various rooms, but left the room where the British exchange student was murdered untouched. Police, who discovered... More »

Germans Slash Energy Use With 'Passive' Houses

Recycling heat lets green home stay warm without a furnace

(Newser) - A revolutionary house design from Germany keeps inhabitants warm in winter with about as much energy as it takes to run a hairdryer, the New York Times reports. The "passive house" is sealed with ultrathick insulation. A central ventilation system exchanges warm air from inside with cold air from... More »

Capone's Home to Hit the Market

Owner may ask $450K for 6-bedroom split-level on Chicago's South Side

(Newser) - Al Capone’s Chicago home is expected to hit the market this spring, asking price $450,000, reports the Tribune. This piece of gangster history comes with a pretty clean record: Capone used the red-brick house, registered in his mother’s and wife’s names, as a safe haven. “... More »

You Could Own This Home! ... for $1.75 on eBay

Chicago community-college student plans to sell condemned Mich. house

(Newser) - What can $1.75 buy these days? A home in Saginaw, Mich., apparently. A college student surfing for PlayStations on eBay was the eighth and highest bidder on the condemned house, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Joanne Smith doesn’t plan on making the 300-mile move from Chicago; after paying an... More »

What's So Great About Home Ownership?

US policy is stacked against renters— for no good reason

(Newser) - “Owning a home lies at the heart of the American Dream,” George W. Bush once said, and US policy certainly seems to agree with him. Mortgage interest is tax deductible, and government-sponsored enterprises such as Fannie Mae provide cheap financing for home buyers. Why is that, asks Paul... More »

Where to Find Housing Bargains

Where to look to make sure your next home is a solid asset—and where not to

(Newser) - Taking into account current affordability, projected growth, and employment opportunities, BusinessWeek pick the best and worst prospects for bargains in the US housing market. The best, in alphabetical order:
  1. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
  2. Baton Rouge, La.
  3. Birmingham-Hoover, Ala.
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Katrina Tax Breaks Pay for Luxury Condos

Incentives for rebuilding are buying $1M units in Tuscaloosa, 200 miles from coast

(Newser) - Investors are using federal tax breaks designed to stimulate rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina to buy luxury condos being built near the University of Alabama’s football stadium, 200 miles from the coast, the AP reports. The Tuscaloosa developments, where units go for up to $1 million, are flourishing while much... More »

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