And who wouldn’t be jealous of a house like this?  The entire first floor is a massive entertaining space that the listing says is “perfect for hosting fundraisers!”  (The first fundraiser I’d host here would be themed, “I just bought a $4 million house in Blagden Alley, for god’s sake help me pay my mortgage.”)

And who wouldn’t be jealous of a house like this?  The entire first floor is a massive entertaining space that the listing says is “perfect for hosting fundraisers!”  (The first fundraiser I’d host here would be themed, “I just bought a $4 million house in Blagden Alley, for god’s sake help me pay my mortgage.”)

TOILETS WITH A VIEW: BALLIN’ BATHROOM EXPERIENCES

Houses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big, some are small. When you say “come over to my place,” it might mean drop by my 600-square-foot very humble abode or join me for a dinner party in my 4,000 square-foot sprawling Victorian mansion. However, no matter where your home is or what it looks like (inside or out), most homes have one thing in common: a place to go to the loo…. TOILETS WITH A VIEW: BALLIN’ BATHROOM EXPERIENCES

ONE OF THESE ABANDONED PRISONS COULD BE THE COUNTRY HOME OF YOUR DREAMS (OR NIGHTMARES)

Looking for a vacation home?  This property in upstate New York, near the Adirondack mountains, boasts 99 acres, incredible views, 98,000 square feet of living space, and sleeps 250.  The only catch – it’s a prison.

Well, former prison.  After a series of legal reforms, New York reduced its inmate population so much that it’s had to close over a dozen prisons, and they’re now on the auction block.  Only one has been successfully repurposed so far;  the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility is now the Warwick Valley Office Park.  (The hyper-irony of having a miserable, fluorescent-lit cubicle job in what used to be a literal prison is peak America.)  ONE OF THESE ABANDONED PRISONS COULD BE THE COUNTRY HOME OF YOUR DREAMS (OR NIGHTMARES)

DC(ISH) STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: SUPER

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With the cool startup frenzy of the last few years, I keep imagining a world where entrepreneurs have run out of unique business ideas. Thankfully, that’s not the kind of world we live in. Instead, I am constantly amazed by the perseverance of good ideas –– not to mention the ability to dream them up in the first place. As I’ve explored during various points in this series, DC has an impressive amount of startup seeds that are working hard to grow and flourish in our city and beyond. Today, I want to dive deeper into a startup called Super. DC(ISH) STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: SUPER

A DEAD WALRUS, A HAUNTED SWORD, AN ANTI-TANK ROCKET, AND OTHER THINGS YOU COULD FIND IN YOUR HOME DURING A RENOVATION

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Colin Steer, of Plymouth, England, had always noticed that his sofa sat unevenly on his living room floor, but he didn’t realize why until he decided to renovate.  When he tore up the floor, he found a 33-foot deep medieval well under his home.  Steer did what any reasonable person would do under the circumstances – he immediately moved out, sought the blessing of a priest, and burned the place to the ground, since it clearly had to be haunted.  Wait, no, he did the opposite of that.  He actually went down into the well, hauled out loads of debris, and eventually found, at the very bottom – a sword.  As of this writing, Steer is still living happily in the house, but we all know that it’s only a matter of time before the vengeful ghost of the medieval barbarian who owned that sword decides to extract his revenge.

A DEAD WALRUS, A HAUNTED SWORD, AN ANTI-TANK ROCKET, AND OTHER THINGS YOU COULD FIND IN YOUR HOME DURING A RENOVATION

HOW TO AIRBNB YOUR PLACE LIKE A PRO

If you haven’t skipped out on a stark hotel room and opted for the cozy, home-team advantage of an Airbnb, you might want to reconsider your on-the-road rituals. After all, Airbnb has gone above and beyond to solidify their network of eager hosts as a great way for anyone to see cities near and far as a local –– and in the comfort of a home, rather than beneath scratchy hotel sheets and fluorescent lighting. So often, we think about where to go when you’re escaping your home, but what about how you can put your house to work for you? HOW TO AIRBNB YOUR PLACE LIKE A PRO