Posts by Ilyce R. Glink

  • Top 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

    Ilyce R. Glink at Yahoo Homes 1 day ago

    Where's everyone going?

    Texas or California; cities in the two states absolutely dominate the ranking of fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more. Texas and California alone take up half the top 50 fastest-growing cities, with 15 for Texas and 10 for California, according to numbers just released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    What's more: These aren't big cities. Unless you live near one of these places, you've probably never heard of most of them. Yet these towns have seen their populations grow as much as 8 percent in one year.

    The largest of the these towns in the top 15 is Irvine, California, The city grew by 11,420 people over the past year to total 248,531. That's nearly a 5 percent growth rate.

    The bulk of the growth in California centers around the San Francisco Bay Area, where the tech gold rush has created more jobs, more money and bigger towns surrounding the major cities of San Francisco and San Jose (which incidentally just joined the elite group of cities with more than a million people).

    These are the top 15 fastest-growing cities by rate of growth.

  • For sale: Both 'Bodyguard' homes -- which Whitney Houston fled to, and from

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 3 days ago

    For $8 million, you can feel just a little bit like a diva.

    Or a stressed-out Secret-Service-agent-turned-private-bodyguard.

    And believe it or not, that's not a bad price, considering.

    The mountain lodge that was the center of the penultimate action in the 1992 Whitney Houston-Kevin Costner movie "The Bodyguard" has been listed at $7,995,000. It joins the movie's other famous home, the Beverly House, on the real estate market. The latter estate is asking $135 million, about the equivalent of 17 lodges.

    In the movie, bodyguard Frank (Costner) is hired to protect a superstar diva, Rachel (Houston). After the threats hit too close to home -- "home" for Rachel being the palatial Beverly House -- he persuades her to take her family to his father's lodge because it's so secluded.

    The 3,000-square-foot home is known as the Tallac House, and it sits on Fallen Leaf Lake, a smaller lake right next to the much bigger, more famous Lake Tahoe. Think of Fallen Leaf as the Nicki of lakes, while Tahoe is more the Rachel.

  • Cities where the locals are least likely to feel safe

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 5 days ago

    If you want to live someplace where you feel safe, you might want to steer clear of California.

    The three metro areas nationwide where residents are least likely to feel safe are all in California's Central Valley, along a corridor well traveled by criminals transporting drugs.

    Nationally, more than three-quarters of people agreed when Gallup-Healthways researchers asked them last year to rate the statement "You always feel safe and secure"; only 23.5 percent of people failed to agree. But in Fresno, California, the poorest-ranking of the nation's 100 most populous cities, 37.3 percent of people could not agree with the statement.

    The report findings are based on surveys conducted throughout 2014 for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

    These are the 20 metro areas where the locals are least likely to feel safe.

    20. Springfield, Massachusetts (tie)

    19. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton, Pennsylvania

    18. Jacksonville, FL (tie)

    17. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington (spread out over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland; tie)

    16. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California

    15. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California

    11. Albuquerque

  • 'Mushroom House,' a youthful folly, goes for nearly $1 million

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 10 days ago

    This is the Bethesda Mushroom House, and it lives up to its name.

    The two-story structure bears a striking resemblance to a group of mushrooms sprouting up from the ground in Bethesda, Maryland. Largely made from polyurethane insulation foam sprayed over molded chicken wire, it has four bedrooms and three baths, and it recently sold for $920,000. (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow.)

    When Edward and Frances Garfinkle commissioned it in the 1970s, they never meant for it to look like fungi, they told Zillow. Its shape evolved: "Each day, they'd stand back and tell the builders to bring it in here or stretch it a little more there," Zillow wrote.

    Yet hard as it may be to believe, the home was actually part of a mini-trend in the D.C. area. In June 1974, the home was one of three under construction by the same designer, Roy Mason, the Washington Post wrote at the time. His teacher had dubbed him "the marshmallow architect."

    (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow of the Mushroom House.)

  • San Francisco's smallest condo on the market (no bedroom, hardly a kitchen) sells for 40% over asking price

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 15 days ago

    In case you don't know, homes in San Francisco are outrageously expensive.

    Mind-bogglingly, eye-bulgingly, jaw-droppingly expensive.

    Latest case in point: This 291-square-foot studio unit, which Curbed San Francisco identified as the tiniest condo for sale in the city, just sold for $415,000—after a bidding war that jacked up the price nearly 40 percent. (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow.)

    The asking price was $299,000, and buyers instantly recognized this little cupboard's price point as a steal. An all-cash buyer won out and the home went from listed to sold in less than in a month.

    The sales price doesn't only speak to how competitive San Francisco's market is right now; it also speaks to the ridiculously fast pace at which the city's home prices have grown over the past decade. Not even 12 years ago, this same unit was purchased for just $155,000. The home has nearly tripled in value during a decade that included one of the largest and deepest housing crises the nation has ever seen.

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  • Future Mr. Sofia Vergara lists bachelor pad

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 15 days ago

    Joe Manganiello, the future Mr. Sofia Vergara, is outta here.

    His Hollywood Hills neighbor Ellen DeGeneres spotted some of his buddies moving his stuff out of his bachelor pad the other day, as she tells his fiancee, "Modern Family" star Vergara, in the first video below:

    "I was driving by and these guys — he had his friends helping him. Like instead of movers, he had his friends. And they were like, 'Do you want to help us?' I said, 'No, but that guy is lazy!' And they said, 'I know, he's a weakling.' He had his friends helping him move!"

    (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow of his bachelor pad.)

    He just listed it at $1,995,000.

    Click here or on a photo for a slideshow of Sofia Vergara fiance Joe Manganiello's Hollywood Hills bachelor pad.

  • 'Ghost city' problem feeds bizarre side industry in China: foreigner rentals

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 18 days ago

    Overzealous construction in China has left the country with so-called "ghost cities" and other empty  developments clinging to the outskirts of major cities.

    To lure potential buyers to these often remote sites, developers are employing a unique solution: They hire foreigners as bait -- foreigners who pose as models, celebrities, professors, athletes, singers, and occasionally even engineers of the property they're tangentially hawking.

    "Once you put a foreigner out there, everything changes," says a representative of Exotic Flavour Talent Agency, a company that hires out foreigners. "It is no longer some remote building built by an unknown developer. It becomes an international city of the future."

    Copenhagen-based filmmaker David Borenstein filmed the New York Times Op-Doc you see here, capturing an interaction between the rep and a developer looking to rent out foreigners.

    How cheap?

    About $160, she answers.

    The concept is strange, even to the people who are hired. They are often recruited at bars around town and employed essentially as actors.

  • Lauren Bacall's private world

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 1 mth ago

    Lauren Bacall's New York City home of half a century has finally been revealed, and it shows the life of a woman as sharp, colorful and worldly as Bacall really was. (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow.)

    The late actress's apartment in the Dakota, a building on Manhattan's Upper West Side that's famous in its own right, hit the market in November, but the listing photos were taken after most of her personal items had been removed. Now those possessions are being auctioned off at Bonhams -- you can click here to watch live on March 31 and April 1 -- and the catalog gives an unprecedented look at her inner sanctum. (Large PDF download is available here.)

    Bacall herself told writer Robert Caille in the December 1978 issue of French Vogue:

    The massive collection left almost no surface in her 4,000-square-foot apartment unadorned with African artifacts, glazed Victorian pitchers and the like.

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  • Floating trees bring forest to urban apartments, cleaning air and muting noise

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 1 mth ago

    When developers talk about incorporating green design into their buildings, they rarely mean incorporating a veritable forest right into the structure.

    The developers of 25 Verde, a towering apartment structure in Italy, meant exactly that.

    The building, which takes up a city block outside downtown Turin by the Po River, incorporates nearly 200 trees into its design – and that's not counting the metal ones.

    It has 150 potted trees seamlessly woven throughout its five stories, 50 more trees populating the courtyard, some treelike structures made from metal supports, and other live plants sprinkled throughout the property.  

    25 Verde is, in a sense, alive.

    The forest is also reflected in the building materials. The building is covered in 1.1 million larch shingles, and the massive terraces are also made from solid wood. Eighty immense metal trees "grow" from the ground floor up throughout the structure.

    Plus, the property includes sections of rammed earth, a green roof and a pond.

    "When all the green is fully blooming it gives the feeling of living in a treehouse," Pia wrote. "You can dream of a house or live in a dream!"

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  • The 20 hardest-working cities in the U.S.

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 2 mths ago

    Turns out, the average American worker is a shocking 400 percent more productive than the average worker in 1950, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You read that right: 400 percent.

    And of these hardworking Americans, the hardest-working are living in Anchorage, Alaska, according to WalletHub, which examined the 116 most populated cities in the country to see who’s working the hardest. They based their rankings on average weekly work hours, labor force participation rate and number of workers with multiple jobs.

    Apparently Alaskans, whose productivity has been on the rise over the past decade, have some of the highest rates of labor force participation, along with the longest workweeks. Still, that averages out to just above 40 hours a week. Regionally, the northwestern section of the U.S. has the highest labor force participation, with states like Washington, Montana and the Dakotas leading the way.

    Texans worked the longest hours.

    Being the hardest-working may not be worth bragging about. WalletHub also noted that the hardest-working cities had the least  amount of sleep per night, less leisure time, longer commutes and worked multiple jobs.

    20. Houston, Texas