New 'Real Housewives' Cast Member Facing Foreclosure

First Lynne Curtain gets evicted at the end of the last season, and now this. As fans of the Real Housewives of Orange County get to know the newest member of the franchise's original show, Peggy Tanous, pictured left, she might be more preoccupied with the fight to keep her Irvine home than her newly-found time in the... Continue Reading »

Romney Family Home Demolished as Part of Detroit Rejuvenation Plan

The childhood home of former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was torn down yesterday as part of a plan to demolish thousands of dilapidated homes in Detroit. The Romneys lived in the 5,500-square-foot Palmer Woods home from 1941 to 1953. The former Romney home was located at... Continue Reading »

Decorating Tips to Transform Your Rental Into a Home

If you walk in to someone's home, you can usually tell a great deal about them by the way it is decorated. For instance, on the Style Network's hit show Jerseylicious, Olivia's apartment reveals her wild side and flair for the flamboyant, via the hot pink walls and zebra-print throw pillows. Indeed a fitting style for the... Continue Reading »

Alaska: Will Octagonal Homes Reshape Rural Housing?

Sarah Palin may be having a banner year, but some of her fellow residents in rural Alaska have been facing a rough spring. Rain, freezing temperatures and harsh weather conditions have taken a toll on homes in the rural Alaskan town of Quinhagak (population: 555). Last year, a report by the Cold Climate Housing Research... Continue Reading »

Another Madoff Home Sells, All Hell Breaks Loose

The den where Bernie Madoff performed most of his $65 billion Ponzi scheme may be up for grabs. New York's famous Lipstick Building is inching towards foreclosure, and Madoff is being blamed for the building's fiscal demise. Madoff's former offices spanned three floors of the oval-shaped building at 885 Third Ave. Now... Continue Reading »

Sweet Rental: Hyde Park Area Townhome for $1,800

If you're anything like me, you're probably a tad afraid to make the leap into buying a home or condo considering the shaky job market and continuing foreclosure fiasco that has affected so many homeowners. That's why this Hyde Park area rental is the perfect bet for someone who wants the warmth and space of living in a... Continue Reading »

Sweet Rental: Wrigleyville Duplex for $2,795

If your standards are anything like mine, then you know how hard it is to find an affordable, yet livable apartment in Chicago. When I'm looking for new digs, amenities like air conditioning, a dishwasher and on-site laundry are non-negotiable must-haves. And this Wrigleyville duplex has all that and then some.... Continue Reading »

Culture Clash in Chicago's Boystown Section

Lakeview's Center on Halsted is a haven for GLBTQ youth, and its programs and services attract teens from across the city. But while the Center's staff is pleased to see such a high turnout from West and South Side youth, some neighborhood residents are less enthusiastic. The Center moved into its current building on... Continue Reading »

Can Chicago Survive Without Oprah?

Oprah is as inextricably linked with the Chicago landscape as the Sears Tower. Thus her recent announcement of discontinuing "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2011 has caused quite the stir in the Windy City. Beyond fears of life without their daily dose of Oprah, many Chicagoans are concerned about how this decision will... Continue Reading »

I Want It: Wrigleyville Condo Gets It Right

This 2-bedroom, 1,100-square-foot condo at 1014 Roscoe Street is the total package: light-filled, well-proportioned and conveniently located. This sunny apartment features large south- and east-facing windows, and comes with an in-unit washer and dryer. The spacious kitchen, with its granite countertops and... Continue Reading »

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