Imagine driving a car—your car—to the end of a cul de sac in the Hollywood Hills where you park it inside of a garage carved into a hill. Upon exiting the vehicle, you and your date walk through a gated tunnel to a private elevator where you’re whisked up 6 stories to the top of a Tuscan tower. After stuffing everything back into place, you and your date arrive at your front door high above Hollywood BLVD. You remark “this is where David Copperfield used to live” and now my friend, this is where you live, and you’re the one with the magical powers. Featuring hardwood floors, a washer/dryer, and excellent views from the terrace, this one bedroom apartment is a sun-filled world away from that old studio you used to rent in the city that never sleeps. So sleep in, and look forward to many more elevator rides to your new heaven.
The price of the most expensive home for sale in the United States. The newly-completed Palazzo di Amore is a 25-acre estate with its own vineyard in Beverly Hills, California, that features a 35,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style villa, and a 15,000-square-foot entertainment center. The Palazzo has the prerequisite discothèque with a rotating dance floor for all the euro dance parties, and includes 12 bedrooms and 23 bathrooms so that guests are virtually guaranteed privacy for whatever they’re feeling on club night. The estate also has a bowling alley, a theater that seats 50, a tennis court, plus a Turkish-style spa and a 128-foot reflecting pool and fountain.
Dreaming about an upstate retreat for your artistic endeavors? Don’t mind using an outhouse close to where the dead are buried? Maybe you’re inspired by the spirit of old Methodist church hymns? Or could it just be that you’ve always wanted a functional bell tower? Whatever the case, here’s a 2500 sq. ft. drafty old church for sale in the Catskills. The address is 40 Sack road, so you best bring the blunts…
The price of a 756 sq. ft. Mausoleum Site at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. While that’s definitely on the extreme end, there’s definitely a “Cemetery Bubble” happening across the globe. Wonder how much it costs to get buried inside the booty club?
Photo by Cheryl Dunn
An amendment attached to the annual state department budget bill would rename the Washington, D.C. street that the Chinese Embassy is on to Liu Xiaobo Plaza, after noted Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year sentence for subversion.
art by Shepard Fairey
Five years after it went on the market, the A. James Speyer-designed ‘Ferris Bueller’ House has been sold to an investment banker and a lawyer for $1.06 million. The original listing price was $2.3 million.
The New Must-Have for Luxury Buildings: Graffiti by Elizabeth Greenspan
Graffiti is used to sell lots of things, of course. In the nineties, Nike and Coca-Cola began hiring well-known graffiti artists to paint large-scale murals and to help design advertising campaigns targeted at young people. Other industries—fashion, vodka, fast food—followed. But the real-estate industry’s use of graffiti is different; after all, taggers don’t vandalize sneakers. Historically, property owners and developers have tended to consider graffiti a sign of decay that lowers property values. But that was before people started finding grittiness really cool.
Bummer Beach by Chris A. Smith
Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla bought the land abutting a popular surfing cove. Then he boxed the surfers out. The craziest thing? He might get away with it.
Faces of Real Estate, a project where a Minneapolis-based creative named Phil Jones has been getting very detailed and creative in replacing images in bus stop realtor ads with his own.
John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, and his heiress wife have put their beachside Malibu ranch home up for sale for a post-punk $1.995 million. Featuring 4 bedrooms, hi-beamed ceilings, and an extra large pool, with waterfall, the house is perfect for “artists, musicians, surfers & visionaries.”
The asking price for Copper Beech Farm, a 12 bedroom 50 Acre Waterfront Estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. The property includes two islands, walled gardens, a 75 foot pool with hot tub, a beach, a grass tennis court, a greenhouse, a stone carriage house and a cottage.
On the market for $29 million is Bayleys Plantation, Eddy Grant’s 30 acre Barbados estate that was the ill-fated location for the recording of the Happy Mondays last album with Factory Records. Things that allegedly happened there included the band taking furniture out of the house and trading it for crack, the building of crack dens made out of chaises inside of the pool, and Bez breaking his arm after overturning a hired car.
Tony Wilson chose the island because it was free of heroin.
$139,000. Philadelphia, get yours.