Florida Homeowner's 'Naked Hangout Club' Upsets Neighbors

Apparently one can't run a bed & breakfast in a residential neighborhood without a permit in Cocoa, Fla. But what about a "naked hangout club"? That's the proposition one man there is putting to the test and (as seen in the video above) his neighbors are unhappy about it. Their complaints range from the practical... Continue Reading »

Oswald Slept Here: See the Tiny Dallas Room Rented by JFK's Killer

The 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination is only four months away, but interest in the event -- "the seven seconds that broke the back of the American century," in the words of novelist Don DeLillo -- has hardly waned. In November 2011, Stephen King published 11/22/63, a novel that imagines a time... Continue Reading »

Gianni Versace's Opulent Mansion Headed for Auction Block

Gianni Versace was at the apex of the fashion world when he was murdered at the age of 50 in 1997. Now the opulent South Beach, Fla., mansion where he lived and died is going to auction, with bids starting at a fraction of the price at which the home was once listed. "Originally built in 1930," The Associated... Continue Reading »

Indiana Man Turns Backyard Into Mini-Roller Coaster Park

Roller coaster lover John Ivers says he never had much opportunity to visit amusement parks. So he found a novel means of enjoying the rides, building two of them in his backyard near Vincennes, Ind., using scrap metal and parts scavenged from the shop where he works. Ivers' first coaster, The Blue Flash,... Continue Reading »

Florida Retirement Community Open Only to Letter Carriers

Imagine a Florida retirement for $395 to $520 a month, with amenities including a newly renovated swimming pool, tennis courts, a baseball field, and a lake for boating. There are only two catches: No pets are allowed. And you have to be a retired letter carrier to live there. The place's name is Nalcrest, an acronym... Continue Reading »

How Family's Cross-Country Move Became a Load of Trouble

One family's cross-country move turned into a nightmare when the company they'd hired to transport their belongings allegedly sent an unscrupulous subcontractor instead. Neighbors Moving & Storage gave the Rammell family a quote of $5,000 to haul an estimated 8,000 pounds from Maine to Arizona. But when the... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Hawaiian Villa With Waterfall

This spectacular, $10 million villa in Kihei, Hawaii boasts over 10,000 square feet -- which includes 7,487 square feet of interior space and 3,757 square feet of lanai. Outside is a sunken cabana with swim-up bar, full outdoor kitchen and vanishing edge lagoon pool with hot tub-ideal for entertaining amid Maui's... Continue Reading »

'Bachelorette' House Looking for Love at a New Price

The North Carolina estate that provides the setting for season eight of "The Bachelorette" -- currently airing on ABC -- is on the market for $5.89 million, significantly higher than its pre-broadcast price. According to Zillow.com, the six-bedroom, 8½-bath house in Charlotte "is a European-style mansion with... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Romantic Castle in the Heart of Texas

Like a castle out of a fairy tale, this ethereal "Richardsonian Romanesque" home sits on one of the largest lots in Dallas County's Highland Park. Made mostly of granite, with exquisite porcelain interior detailing, and with lush views over a scenic greenbelt, the $6.95 million residence known as Coram Deo (Latin for... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Potomac River Contemporary

This stunning, museum-like, $9 million contemporary in McLean, Va., was designed by the famed architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen in the early 1980s. Jacobsen, widely known for his modern pavilion-based residences, also designed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' Martha's Vineyard home around the same time, as well as an addition to... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: The Sweet Life in Honey Bee Ridge

This truly striking $1.15 million stucco masterpiece lies in the gated Honey Bee Ridge Estates, one of the premier luxury subdivisions of Arizona's Oro Valley, just northwest of Tucson. Inside this desert oasis, you'll find six bedrooms and seven baths within a sprawling, 4,929-square-foot floor plan that includes a... Continue Reading »

Consumer Watchdog Agency Eyes Discriminatory Lending

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced its intention to crack down on discrimination by lenders against women and minorities. On Wednesday the agency -- a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's attempt to reform the nation's financial system -- sent a letter to lenders, which it called "Fair Notice... Continue Reading »

Blueprints of Ebbets Field, Home of Brooklyn Dodgers, on Display

The blueprints of Ebbets Field, home of the fabled and departed Brooklyn Dodgers, are being publicly displayed "for the first time in decades," The Wall Street Journal reports, as Brooklyn College hosts an exhibit on the team that opens today. The blueprints -- three of the original 18 plans for the structure, dating... Continue Reading »

Joan Rivers' Opulent NYC Penthouse Lists at $29.5 Million

Joan Rivers' opulent penthouse apartment is for sale at an asking price of $29.5 million. The comedienne's 5,190-square-foot pad, known as the Spencer Condominium, is situated atop one of the Upper East Side's greatest pre-war limestone mansions, less than half a block from Fifth Avenue. Designed by Horace Trumbauer... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Minimalist Masterpiece on the Sunset Strip

This $12.9 million minimalist masterpiece on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip spans 7,500 square feet, with four bedrooms, seven baths and a four-car garage. Featuring walls of glass, the home provides spectacular views of L.A. from every room: see the luminous skyscrapers of downtown from the family room; gaze at Century City... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Bali-Style Modern on Miami Beach

This 5,500-square-foot beach beauty in picture-perfect Miami Beach, Fla., boasts over a hundred feet of staggering water views. The property features massive, floor-to-ceiling windows that illuminate the entire home with light, soaring ceilings and an open floor plan -- which collectively create a relaxed and sun-filled... Continue Reading »

A Balcony With Swimming Pool? To Infinity and Beyond

A self-described "cybertect" has designed a pair of apartment high-rises that feature balconies with swimming pools -- taking the "infinity pool" concept to a whole new level. The residential complex -- commissioned by The Wadhwa Group, a real estate company in Mumbai, India -- is called Aquaria Grande and comprises... Continue Reading »

Just in Time for Summer: The Biggest Hamptons Sale of 2012

Private equity honcho Marc Rowan has sold his Southampton mansion for $28.5 million -- the biggest Hamptons sale of the year so far. And that wasn't even what Rowan wanted for the residence on Meadow Lane: It was listed with an asking price of $34 million. The 9,000-square-foot traditional cedar shingle home... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Luxury by Lake Tahoe

This $6.785 million residence, located in the luxurious Martis Camp community of North Lake Tahoe, Calif., boasts four bedrooms, 5½ baths, and an incredible array of cutting-edge amenities -- including a home iPad interface system and hydronic heating throughout the flooring. The master suite, which offers... Continue Reading »

Las Vegas Homeowners Association Scandal Claims 4th Victim

The body count has reached four in a Nevada homeowners association scandal that has witnesses fearing for their lives. The case concerns a 2008 scheme by several conspirators to gain control of HOA boards through fraudulent elections and the use of so-called "straw buyers," in order to steer business to a favored law... Continue Reading »

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