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Katy Perry and Russell Brand House-Hunt in New York

"I Kissed a Girl" singer Katy Perry and her funnyman fiancée Russell Brand seem to be really into having various pieds-à-terre. Tuesday afternoon the couple was spotted looking at properties in the Chinatown/East Village area of New York City with a real estate agent. They reportedly viewed a two-bedroom... Continue Reading »

FEMA Drowns Millions of Homeowners in Flood Insurance Premiums

From the kind folks who brought you the Katrina debacle (OK, OK, I know! Mother Nature gave us the hurricane that wiped out New Orleans. But it was the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, that largely gave us the debacle part!) now comes a new act that has millions of home owners up in arms -- if not yet water. Many... Continue Reading »

Nicolas Cage Losing His Keys?

Is actor Nicolas Cage having an Icarus moment? The financially strapped actor continues to plummet, shedding assets as he goes. Cage's most recent offering is his seven-bedroom, 11,817 square foot Bel Air estate on Copa de Oro Road, which boasts an 1,800-bottle wine cellar, ample pool and home theater. After weeks in... Continue Reading »

I Want This House! Run for the Hollywood Hills

This house had me at 'Formal DR with French doors open to wrap around balcony.' And it got way better after that. Almost 3400 square feet. Cooks kitchen, step down living room with beamed cathedral ceiling and fireplace. Alcoves, wood floors, iron details, master suite with fireplace. Dinner parties, outdoor... Continue Reading »

Gisele Catwalks Out of New York

Is Gisele Bundchen leaving the Big Apple behind? Just days after the December 8th birth of her son, the Brazilian supermodel sold her West Village prewar townhouse on 42 Barrow Street for $13 million. It had been on the market since September for $13.95 million. Not too shabby. Bundchen purchased the 5,000 sq ft, 4... Continue Reading »

Zumthor in La-La Land

Reclusive Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been lured out of his Alpine hideaway for the bright lights of the big city, and Los Angeles may never be the same again --- if the projects he has secured in the city ever get built. First came word from the Architect's Newspaper that Zumthor would redo part of the sprawling... Continue Reading »

A Tale of Condos Gone Rental

The writers of NBC's "30 Rock" got it wrong. As faithful viewers know, the Manhattan apartment that Liz Lemon (Tina Fey's character) rents is going condo. Maybe in some other lifetime guys, but the trend in real life real estate is just the reverse: Condos, at least the newly built ones, are going rental. In Liz's case,... Continue Reading »

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