- Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces3 days ago
For home remodeler Janus Cercone, the cliche “If these walls could talk” is particularly apt.
Though she is now living in the world of home designers, decorators and architects, Cercone is a screenwriter best known for the 1992 film “Leap of Faith.” So when this writer-turned-remodeler approaches a new property, she first asks herself:
What is the story this property wants to tell?
Every home has one, she says.
“We think about who would inhabit that setting. And once that character is established and really mapped out, that guides our design process.”
Her company, Jaman Properties—which combines the names of her and her partner, director Michael Manheim—has renovated 10 properties and sold them to fellow Hollywood elite, including Conan O'Brien, "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and Fran Drescher.
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces3 days ago
Former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has just listed the D.C. home that he bought when he was named secretary of defense by President George W. Bush in 2001.
The home, in Washington's diplomatic Kalorama neighborhood, had been quietly shopped around as a pocket listing, according to the Washingtonian Open House blog, but it officially hit the public market Tuesday, July 8.
It has 7 bedrooms and 7 baths in about 5,000 square feet of living space, with "embassy-sized entrance-level reception rooms." It's directly across the street from the French ambassador's house.
Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, bought the home in 2001, closing on Feb. 28 -- just a few weeks after he was sworn in as Bush's defense secretary on Jan. 20. Rumsfeld has lived in Washington off and on for decades, having served as a congressman, as a White House chief of staff, and as secretary of defense to President Gerald Ford in the mid-1970s as well.
They paid $3.35 million in 2001, records show.
- Spaces Contributor at Spaces3 days ago
By Michelle Stoffel Huffman, Yahoo Homes
Nestled among the Rocky Mountains in western Montana, a tiny island floats in Salmon Lake.
The island is remarkably isolated, accessible only by boat or helicopter in the summer, or by brazenly driving a car over the ice when the lake freezes over in the winter.
A lodge sits there on the pleasantly named Sourdough Island, playing host to weddings, family reunions, pajama parties and escapes for powerful players in Hollywood. It’s owned by the University of Montana, which is putting the whole property on the market for $6.5 million.
But it wasn’t always a private resort. Twenty-five years ago it was the luxurious mansion of multimillionaire Bruce Vorhauer, inventor of the Today contraceptive sponge. It served as a monument to his massive success -- and to its unraveling.
- Spaces Contributor at Spaces4 days ago
By Bridget Doyle, Yahoo Homes
Even amid Las Vegas' glut of neon lights, over-the-top shows and extravagant hotels, business mogul and former New Mexico state senator Phil Maloof’s $38 million penthouse stands out.
It’s the loftiest home for sale, in terms of price and of physical placement, in a city that's constantly trying to outdo itself. And with 27,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, it's also one of Vegas' biggest penthouses. (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow.)
But even a residence of this magnitude can’t escape Sin City's struggling housing market. So to entice buyers into taking the condo off his hands, Maloof is throwing in something a little extra. And, in typical Las Vegas style, the something extra is far from mundane:
An original Picasso painting and an original Dali.
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces4 days ago
In the furnace of the Mojave Desert, this house will send a shiver down your spine.
You should expect no less drama from a residence conceived by ultra-chic art director Marc Atlan (Prada, Comme des Garcons, Yves Saint Laurent, Helmut Lang). This is a man who advertises himself by quoting designer Philippe Starck -- hardly a shrinking violet -- who says of Atlan: "I have a feeling that if I ask you to design a matchbox, you'll come up with a volcano."
Atlan gave architects Oller & Pejic a simple instruction: "build a house like a shadow." The rest of the instruction -- "cast by the chiseled jaw of a supervillain just before nightfall" -- must have gone unspoken but understood.
- Zillow at Spaces5 days ago
Marilyn Pettersen awoke one morning in 1989 to the knocking of a Hollywood location scout at her house in Everett, Washington.
“When I answered the door, she said: ‘Well, I’m from the movie company and working on a movie for ABC-TV. They would like to use your home in the movie,’” Pettersen recalled. “She was a little tiny young gal, and I thought, ‘Yeah, and I’m the queen of England.’”
Before she knew it, she was signing a contract for her home to play the role of “Twin Peaks” character Laura Palmer's house. For years after, fans stopped by the house asking to see it. And now that Pettersen has listed it for sale, asking $549,950, the home is back in the spotlight, with stories from the A.V. Club and from Rolling Stone -- not to mention from a fan blog that matched up scenes from the TV series and the listing. (Yahoo Homes editor's note: We thank WelcomeToTwinPeaks.com for that!)
- Zillow at Spaces10 days ago
If your desktop background is a picture of a hammock surrounded by palm trees and turquoise water, you’re not alone. When it comes to island living, it’s not a question of desire as much as price. A private-island home off the coast of Miami’s South Beach, for example, is currently one of the most expensive homes on the market for $110 million.
For those who can only afford to dream about homes in this price range, there are more affordable options within reach. You may not have 26 remote acres all to yourself, but in many parts of the country, you can still get a pretty nice piece of paradise surrounded by water.
- Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces11 days ago
If you've ever dreamed of owning your own town, you'll find your shot south of the Badlands.
For $399,000 you can own Swett, a teeny tiny town of just two residents --owner Lance Benson and his wife—about 70 miles outside the Badlands in South Dakota. The price tag includes more than 6 acres of prairie land, a garage-turned-tire-shop, a home, three trailers and the pride of Swett, its bar. (Click here or on a photo to go to a slideshow.)
Swett Tavern, a local watering hole that’s been a gathering place for decades, carries the town’s name for good reason: It basically is Swett.
The town’s owners have changed a handful of times. Its grocery store came and went, along with a 1932 post office, owned by a farmer named Swett. Most of its population, which only ever amassed about 40 people at its peak in the 1940s, fled to bigger cities. Their homes are gone now too.
- Zillow at Spaces11 days ago
When Natalie Glosman was designing her dream home on a hillside lot above Sunset Boulevard, she didn’t ask anyone’s opinion.
“I would have been swayed,” she said.
Instead, she found inspiration in the things she loves: her family, her extensive travels through Europe and her collection of antique furniture.
The resulting 8-bedroom, 12-bath Beverly Hills home — really more of a castle, and on the market at $18,950,000 — melds Baroque, Rococo, Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles. On three floors of 5,000 square feet each, Glosman considered each detail, blending her favorite styles into one of the more opulent homes in a neighborhood full of opulent homes.
“I used all of what Europe has to offer,” she said.
On her smartphone, Glosman, a warm, slight woman who works in her husband’s dental office, flips through photos of various celebrities in her home when it was used for film shoots: Danny DeVito in her mahogany office. A Real Housewife of Atlanta in her bed.
- Jennifer Karmon at Spaces12 days ago
We're sure there's a metaphor in here somewhere: The last mansion on Washington's historic Dupont Circle is going to be carved into luxury micro-apartments.
The Patterson Mansion was built in 1902-03, and in the 1920s it briefly served as a temporary White House for President Coolidge. It had housed a ladies' club since 1951.
At $20 million, it's the most expensive residential sale in D.C. this year -- in several years, in fact -- though the asking price was originally $26 million. The property has 36,470 square feet of interior space on a lot that's about a third of an acre.
(Click here or on a photo to launch a slideshow with historical images, current photos, architectural renderings, and old and new floor plans.)