OWN THIS 48-ACRE PRIVATE EAST COAST ISLAND FOR ONLY $125 MILLION

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Back in the Gilded Age, all the nouveau riche robber barons of the east coast engaged in the sort of competition that only nouveau riche robber barons would ever consider engaging in;  who could build the most ridiculously lavish mansion on Long Island?  A banker built a fireproof castle on a man-made hill (the hill alone took two years to build), and JP Morgan’s son built a massive Georgian mansion that later became (supposedly) haunted, and was eventually dynamited, but the most over-the-top house is probably this one.  (Note: Gatsby’s laughably vulgar mansion in the “Great Gatsby” was directly modeled on these houses.) OWN THIS 48-ACRE PRIVATE EAST COAST ISLAND FOR ONLY $125 MILLION

DC’S HIPPEST HOTELS WORTHY OF A STAYCATION

I don’t know when the term “staycation” was invented, or who was able to twist the sad notion that they were just too tired to go anywhere on vacation into a hip thing that people strived toward, but….props to the 21st century for this one. If you’ve ever gotten back from vacation having seen a new slice of the world but honestly feeling like you probably should have just slept the whole time, you’re not alone – the act of actually going and doing is, quite frankly, exhausting. DC’S HIPPEST HOTELS WORTHY OF A STAYCATION

“Upstairs is a long sitting room or office, with a wet bar, which opens onto the private roof deck.  This is an awesome outdoor space, with two tiers of lounging area so when you have a party, your work friends and your college friends can segregate themselves and talk smack about the other side.”

“Upstairs is a long sitting room or office, with a wet bar, which opens onto the private roof deck.  This is an awesome outdoor space, with two tiers of lounging area so when you have a party, your work friends and your college friends can segregate themselves and talk smack about the other side.”

DC ARCHITECT INSPO: OSSOLINSKI ARCHITECTS

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Do you ever have one of those days when you’re walking around the city, the sun’s out, the metro was running on time, there’s the smell of coffee and your favorite whiff of bakery in the air, and you almost get goosebumps thinking about how great DC is? On the days that you get stopped for hours upon hours in presidential motorcade traffic or pay your mortgage, it might be hard to remember – but it’s important to take stock of what an amazing city we’re living in. Of course, there is a long list of elements that make it great – the people, the history, the energy, the places. Oh, the places you can go in DC – and what makes a city more city-esque than the buildings, from the sky high rises to the home sweet homes where city dwellers lay their heads at night, architecture is a huge piece of any city’s puzzle. DC ARCHITECT INSPO: OSSOLINSKI ARCHITECTS

FALLING FOR AUTUMN IN DC: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO

Although we have had a couple of 80-degree days thrown into October’s midst, and we’re still at the point that if you cozy up into a sweater in the morning you regret your very heated existence by afternoon, fall is in full swing. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the currency of the season, Ugg sightings are on the rise, and if you haven’t gotten surprisingly tipsy from a spiked apple cider yet, it’s probably only a matter of time. For many, Fall is a favorite season – an enjoyable in-between that celebrates the goodbye of Summer’s sweltering, yet still lets you enjoy life before Winter creeps in, you eat too many holiday cookies, and then you can’t even muster the energy to care about things beyond the comforting expanse of your couch. FALLING FOR AUTUMN IN DC: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO

YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

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Container houses are literally made of trash, you know – the steel containers, most of which originate in China, just aren’t cost-effective to ship back and reuse, so thousands of discarded ones began piling up around port towns.  One day, someone looked at one and said, “I should make this into a house.”  That’s where so many things came from;  someone looked at a piece of trash and said to themselves, “I can work with this.”  (I mean, that’s how most of my relationships started, too.) YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

HALLOWEEN IS COMING. PLAN YOUR FUN.

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Dressing up in a costume is one of those funny things that you either love or hate. There’s no in between.

The Halloween season is approaching, and those who love dressing up are planning their costumes. That’s the easy part. The hard part is where to go to celebrate.

D.C. offers plenty of G-rated fun, and the best-known spot for this is the National Zoo. Boo at the Zoo is a longtime D.C. tradition, featuring lots of educational opportunities and healthy Halloween treats. The event will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 22. HALLOWEEN IS COMING. PLAN YOUR FUN.