The house of your dreams is here. All those years you spent cultivating your pristine credit rating and saving up for a down payment are about to pay off, but not in the form of a Logan Circle condo or a Bloomingdale rowhome. No, the house of your dreams is called Lion Gate Estate, it’s in Highland Park, Michigan, and it was built by a former designer of automobiles. Oh, and did I mention that it comes fully furnished? … CARPETED WALLS AND MIRRORED CEILINGS: THE WACKIEST HOUSE IN AMERICA IS FOR SALE, FULLY FURNISHED
After Victor Gruen fled war-torn Europe in 1938, he landed in New York with eight dollars in his pocket. Within 15 years, he’d completely reinvented American commerce. How? He not only invented the mall, he pioneered the whole suite of psychological tricks that retailers use to trick you into browsing and buying more. Next time you go to Whole Foods for a half gallon of milk and end up spending eighty dollars on cheese and sparkling grape juice, blame Victor Gruen. … THIS SOCIALIST WW2 REFUGEE IS THE REASON YOU BUY TOO MUCH STUFF AT WHOLE FOODS
If you haven’t already been following along, you might not know that in recent months, I’ve been exploring the who’s who and what’s what of architecture in DC. I mean, we all know DC is home to some interesting architecture – both modern-day, historical, and just about every era and style in between. But who is behind the city’s walls? The city’s streets? Who has planned them, brick by brick and stone by stone? The answers I have been looking for, of course, are long-winded and multi-dimensional. But, today, I will shine the spotlight on at least one piece of the puzzle: CORE Architecture Group. … DC ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: CORE
James Clark is a former high school dropout from Texas who became a billionaire after he founded the companies behind Netscape, the first mainstream internet browser, and WebMD, the first mainstream website to make you break out in a cold sweat at 3AM by convincing you that your headache is caused by a brain tumor. Although Netscape failed and WebMD is pretty much garbage, Clark is still a billionaire because, well, that’s how Silicon Valley works. Clark races yachts (of course he does), married a Victoria’s Secret model (of course he did!), and owns some of the finest properties in the world, from Bunny Mellon’s New York City townhouse, to this historic Palm Beach oceanfront property, which is now for sale. Interested? It’s listed at $95,000,000. You couldn’t even afford the pool cleaning fees. Looking at photos is still free though (pending the repeal of net neutrality). … THE MARK ZUCKERBERG OF THE 90s IS SELLING HIS RIDICULOUSLY PALATIAL FLORIDA ESTATE
If you’re ever driving around Forest Glen looking for the Metro and you get lost and you come upon a Swiss chalet and a Japanese pagoda, you have not entered another world, you have just discovered the National Park Seminary. … PRESERVING HISTORY AT NATIONAL PARK SEMINARY
The kitchen is probably the most important room of any house. You may technically spend more time in the bedroom, and corral all the guests into the living room, but most of the real quality time is usually spent in the kitchen. (For example, now that I think about it, every one of my breakups happened in the kitchen.) A warm, comfortable kitchen can make up for a low ceilings, bad light, even wall-to-wall carpeting, but a bad kitchen ruins a house.
These kitchens are so bad, the houses attached to them should be quarantined like nuclear waste sites. Let’s look at a few of the worst, and feel utterly foolish that we ever complained that the all-white kitchen was getting boring. … BEHOLD! THE UGLIEST KITCHENS IN THE WORLD