Tiny House Movement Spawns Whole Communities of Mini Homes

It's no secret that more and more homeowners are denouncing traditional housing structures for "small home living." Tiny homes, microstudios, independent "accessory dwelling units": Whatever you want to call them, these diminutive residences appear to be growing larger in popularity across the country. In fact,... Continue Reading »

How Climate Change Might Make Some Cities 'Uninhabitable'

House hunters are perpetually bombarded with lists of the next "hottest" neighborhoods: The next best areas to buy a home, where to invest in the future. But environmentally speaking, it can mean: Where not to live in the future, as a result of climate change. Environmentalists warn that some areas of the United States... Continue Reading »

Shane and Carrie Caverly Make Big Plans From Tiny Home

We've heard a lot of hype about tiny homes, but what's it like to actually live in one? According to Shane and Carrie Caverly, who live in a tiny home in Santa Fe, N.M. -- as well as design and build them -- it's positively peachy. Though the couple lives in a truly elfin, 204-square-foot house-on-wheels -- the size... Continue Reading »

How Survival Real Estate Is Surviving (and Thriving) After the 'Apocalypse'

Survival realty reportedly experienced a boom prior to the predicted Mayan Apocalypse on Dec. 21, 2012. But what happens to the market after each failed "apocalypse"? Though it's easy to assume that demand for survival shelters and underground Doomsday bunkers would plummet, Realtors say that's not the case. In fact,... Continue Reading »

What's Middle Class in America?

Debate rages in the U.S. over what is -- and who is -- "middle class" in America. What was once based on notions of median household income and a distinct working class -- with ideals of "the white picket fence" and the "American Dream" -- is becoming increasingly broad, arbitrary and complex as the gap widens between rich... Continue Reading »

What Is Middle Class? In New York, It's Hard to Identify

Debate rages in the U.S. over what is -- and who is -- "middle class" in America. What was once based on notions of median household income and a distinct working class -- with ideals of "the white picket fence" and the "American Dream" -- is becoming increasingly broad, arbitrary and complex as the gap widens between rich... Continue Reading »

Living Apart Together: Separate Spaces Keep These Married Couples Close

Heather Lloyd-Martin lives in a two-bedroom hillside apartment in West Linn, Ore. Her husband, Ron Blanchette, also lives in a two-bedroom apartment in West Linn -- but a different one, perched atop the same hill, five minutes away. Lloyd-Martin and Blanchette (pictured at left), both in their mid-40s, have been... Continue Reading »

Justinianos' Bronx Home is 12 Inches From Apartment Building Construction, and It's Ruining Their View

With its charming red brick exterior, white trim and potted plants, the Justinianos' cozy two-bedroom home in the Pelham Bay neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City is almost idyllic -- that is, if it didn't have a full-blown construction site hugging one side of the home. Just 12 inches from their house are the... Continue Reading »

Richard and Rachel Lane Turn School Bus Into Energy-Efficient Home

When people envision a dream home, it's generally a two-story, brick-and-mortar classic with a backyard and white picket fence. But Richard and Rachel Lane's doesn't have four walls -- instead, it has four wheels. The Lanes live on a bus in the San Francisco Bay area: a former school bus, to be exact, that they... Continue Reading »

Homeless for the Holidays: 'I'm Thankful for Life Itself'

Of the more than 600,000 Americans who currently don't have a bed or warm meal to come home to this holiday season, about 1 in 6 of them are like Thomas David Coleman, chronically homeless. The 70-year-old came to New York City decades ago to pursue a career as a clothing designer, but ended up among the men, women and... Continue Reading »

Homeless for the Holidays: 'Just Grateful for a New Day'

While many of us fret over Christmas parties, stocking stuffers, turkeys and gifts, there are currently 633,782 Americans who don't have a bed or warm meal to come home to this holiday season. Though the federal government and local communities have fronted vigorous efforts to increase the number of beds available to... Continue Reading »

Cell Towers Near Homes? Battle in Mesa, Ariz., Typifies Fears Nationwide

Though palm trees evoke an idyllic desert oasis, that's hardly the case for frustrated residents of Mesa, Ariz. That's because a "palm tree" set to be planted in the Phoenix suburb isn't what it seems: It's a camouflaged cellular tower. In late October, the Federal Communications Commission ordered service provider... Continue Reading »

Multigenerational Homes: Real Estate's Next Big Thing as More Families Share a Space

Being roommates with your parents after age 21 sounds like a nightmare for most, but Jessica Bruno wouldn't have it any other way. Bruno, a 40-year-old mom, wife and DIY blogger, lives with her 62-year-old parents, Connie and Fred, in their Sutton, Mass., home. Oh, and there's Bruno's husband, Tony, and their... Continue Reading »

Is Off-the-Grid Living the Future of Housing?

We are currently living in a way that is indisputably unsustainable. The ecological resources on which modern housing depend are becoming increasingly scarce, and the excessive carbon footprint left behind by "McMansions" and sprawling suburban developments are leading more and more people to seek radically greener housing... Continue Reading »

'The Simple Life' on Canada's Lasqueti Island (Off the Grid)

We are currently living in a way that is indisputably unsustainable. The ecological resources on which modern housing depend are becoming increasingly scarce, and the excessive carbon footprint left behind by "McMansions" and sprawling suburban developments are leading more and more people to seek radically greener housing... Continue Reading »

Missouri's 'Dancing Rabbit' Ecovillage (Off the Grid)

We are currently living in a way that is indisputably unsustainable. The ecological resources on which modern housing depend are becoming increasingly scarce, and the excessive carbon footprint left behind by "McMansions" and sprawling suburban developments are leading more and more people to seek radically greener housing... Continue Reading »

New Mexico's Earthship Homes Are a World Away From Traditional Living (Off the Grid)

We are currently living in a way that is indisputably unsustainable. The ecological resources on which modern housing depend are becoming increasingly scarce, and the excessive carbon footprint left behind by "McMansions" and sprawling suburban developments are leading more and more people to seek radically greener housing... Continue Reading »

When Contractors Stiff Homeowners: How to Make Sure You're Hiring the Right Person

Homeowner Holly Bridges says that she was excited to commission contractor Danny Jones to build her family a swimming pool in the backyard of her Carrollton, Texas, property this year. Though it was only February, the teacher says that she was eager to get the pool built before her son's birthday party in June -- plenty... Continue Reading »

Costa Rica's Finca Bellavista Treehouse Community Is 100 Percent Sustainable (Off the Grid)

We are currently living in a way that is indisputably unsustainable. The ecological resources on which modern housing depend are becoming increasingly scarce, and the excessive carbon footprint left behind by "McMansions" and sprawling suburban developments are leading more and more people to seek radically greener housing... Continue Reading »

Neighbors From Hell: What You Can Do to Stop the Bullies Next Door

With its 39 miles of coastline, its freshwater beaches and its lush, Southern New England landscape, life in the peaceful town of Warwick, R.I., might seem to be nothing short of heavenly. But it's turned out to be hell for Craig Fontaine and Kathleen Melker. It's not that the couple doesn't live well in their cozy,... Continue Reading »

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