The House that Inspired “Charlotte’s Web” Is For Sale [Town and Country] The rope swing from the book still hangs in the barn, and the boathouse where E.B. White wrote is maybe the greatest writer’s space I’ve ever seen.
A Serial Arsonist Haunts Virginia [Longreads] There might be more crime in the city, but small town crime is WAY weirder.
How DC Residents Beat the Heat Before A/C [WAMU] Every time I read one of these articles, my first thought is, “oh man, I’m glad I didn’t live in those primitive times!” Then I remember that my apartment in 2017 doesn’t have A/C. Are those tears or sweat droplets trickling down my face?
Is the DC Housing Market Overvauled? [WTOP] Isn’t “overvalued” sort of a meaningless term when homes are getting bombarded with multiple bids within hours of hitting the market?
Staging Can Cost a Mint When Selling a Luxury Home [Mansion Global] Ohhhh, so this is why so many super-expensive houses come furnished with helicopter pads and candy rooms and gazelle leather sofas. You can’t sell a $100 million house if it’s empty, but they don’t take returns at the helicopter pad store …
More Buyers Are Bidding On Homes They’ve Never Seen In Person [Washington Post] This probably only seems weird to people who for some reason haven’t yet started buying everything online. (On the other hand, I return 75% of stuff I buy online, so maybe buying a house sight unseen isn’t a great idea.)