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US Tests 'Unique' Strategy on Homes Near the Ocean

National Park Service buys 2 in Outer Banks and plans to tear them down

(Newser) - Five homes have collapsed into the ocean over the last three years in the Outer Banks community of Rodanthe, North Carolina, notes the Virginian-Pilot . But that didn't prevent the sale of two adjacent—and "endangered"—homes in Rodanthe on the same day last week for more than...

Toddler Fatally Exposed to Fentanyl at Airbnb, Family Says

Now family is suing Airbnb, property owner over the tragedy

(Newser) - Using Airbnb, the Lavenir family booked a lake house in an affluent neighborhood in Florida's Palm Beach County for a vacation in August 2021. The day after they arrived, one of their five children was dead. Now, the family, who live on a French island in the Caribbean, are...

Biden Vacayed for Cheap in Fancy Federal Log Cabin

Other Obama bigwigs also apparently stayed at Wyoming's Brinkerhoff Lodge

(Newser) - With its ritzy decor and stunning view of the Grand Tetons, Wyoming's Brinkerhoff Lodge sounds like a vacation home fit for a king—or at least for VP Joe Biden and high-level Obama team members who've all stayed at the fancy log cabin with their families and friends....

Today's Luxe Vacation Home: Less Palace, More Shack

The rich are shelling out less for beachfront escapes

(Newser) - Steve Schram has an unusual slogan for the new beachfront island getaways he’s building: “Affordable housing for the affluent.” Schram is selling pint-sized homes on Turks and Ciacos in the West Indies for as little as $1.4 million—or 44% less than the previous cheapest property...

9 Ridiculous Celeb Homes
 9 Ridiculous Celeb Homes 

9 Ridiculous Celeb Homes

Really, who doesn't need a place to put 1,000 shoes?

(Newser) - If you have the money to trick out your house with a private waterpark, three bomb shelters, your own runway, or a baseball diamond…why wouldn’t you? The Frisky lists the nine most ridiculous celebrity mansions:
  • Bill Gates: If you stay at his place, you get a chip so

Palins Haven't Paid Taxes on Vacation Cabins

Not ex-governor's job to report new buildings, her lawyer says

(Newser) - Records show that Sarah Palin hasn't paid any property taxes on cabins built on two backcountry plots partially owned by the former Alaska governor. There are no tax assessments for the two-story, house-sized cabins , a workshop and a sauna spotted today in an aerial survey. Property taxes totaling $156.13...

Can't Afford a Hotel? Swap Homes With a Stranger
Can't Afford a Hotel? Swap Homes With a Stranger

Can't Afford a Hotel? Swap Homes With a Stranger

Idea's been around for decades, but recession sparks new interest

(Newser) - The recession is giving new meaning to the phrase “mi casa es su casa.” Instead of springing for pricey hotel rooms and car rentals, thrifty holidaymakers are swapping with strangers for a summer getaway, Time reports. While home exchanges aren’t new—one company has been around since...

Bailed-Out Bank Execs Fly Corporate Jets to Resorts

Citi, BoA, Morgan Stanley CEOs jetted off after cash infusions

(Newser) - Executives at bailed-out banks are still using company jets to fly to vacation homes and resorts, the Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper reviewed FAA records to find that banks receiving federal aid have flown top execs to locales such as the Caribbean, Aspen, and Europe. Case in point: Less...

Richardson's Family Bids Final Farewell
 Richardson's Family 
 Bids Final Farewell 

Richardson's Family Bids Final Farewell

Will be placed near grandmother's grave in upstate NY

(Newser) - Close family and friends gathered this afternoon in a tiny white church in upstate New York to say goodbye to Natasha Richardson, the AP reports. The actress’ body was to be laid to rest near her grandmother’s grave after a private service at 2pm, reports the New York Daily ...

Hawaii Rolls Out Red Carpet for Obamas

State's fave son arrives for a holiday break before the move to DC

(Newser) - Hawaii bid aloha to the Obamas as they arrived yesterday for a holiday break in a beach-side estate about half an hour from Honolulu, the Honolulu Advertiser reports. Residents of the quiet neighborhood lined the block with beach chairs and waved as Obama’s motorcade rolled by yesterday. “We...

How to Be Middle-Class Rich
How to Be Middle-Class Rich

How to Be Middle-Class Rich

You don't have to have über-big bucks to spend like you do

(Newser) - Middle-class millionaires are carving out a luxe lifestyle to define their 16.5-million strong group, Forbes reports. And while the $1 million to $10 million stashed in the bank doesn’t make them all that rich, that doesn't put much of a dent in lavish spending habits:
  1. Mega-home improvements, to

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