It’s hard to fathom how magnificent castles were built centuries ago. One group set out to understand just that by building their own masterpiece two hours outside of Paris. Tucked away in a forest, a team of master builders and archeologists are attempting to construct Guédelon, a castle from the 13th century, using only medieval techniques.
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They asked, “If you could do anything today, what would it be?”
Let’s go for a hike!
I had found this old article a while back, so we went for it:
Midpoint of the Spruce Street Bridge, looking south down the canyon:
Later I found these other hikes, so I need to go back with my uncle Bob who has lived in this neighborhood for the last 40+ years and take a better look around:
Hat tip to Susie for sending this in!
Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion is about to acquire a new owner — the wealthy businessman who lives next door.
Representatives for Playboy Enterprises and Daren Metropoulos confirmed Monday that Metropoulos’ bid to buy Hefner’s man cave is in escrow.
Both sides declined to reveal the sale price until escrow closes, but a representative for Metropoulos said terms would allow Playboy Magazine’s 90-year-old founder to remain in the mansion for the rest of his life.
The home in LA’s fashionable Holmby Hills was originally listed at $200 million, but local real estate agents said at the time that appeared ridiculously overpriced. A nearby property sold last year for $59 million.
Metropoulos bought his current home next door to the mansion from Hefner in 2009 for $18 million.
The mansion, the scene of countless celebrity-filled parties and innumerable tales of sexual shenanigans, was built in 1927 and purchased by Playboy Enterprises in 1971 for $1.05 million.
It sits on 5 acres and has 29 rooms, including a game house, home theatre, wine cellar, gym, tennis court, swimming pool and four-bedroom guest house.
Metropoulos’ home was built in 1929 and sits on about 2 acres.
“If the purchase closes and at some point after Mr. Hefner’s tenancy ends, Mr. Metropoulos intends to reconnect the two estates, ultimately returning the combined 7.3-acre compound to the original vision executed by noted architect Arthur R. Kelly and its first owner, Arthur Letts, Jr., the department store heir whose father conceived and developed Holmby Hills when it was the Wolfskill Ranch,” Metropoulos’ business, Metropoulos & Co., said in a statement.
“In the meantime,” the statement continued, “he is pleased to continue to have Mr. Hefner as his neighbor and feels fortunate and privileged for the opportunity to serve as a steward of this historic property.”
The 32-year-old executive is the former co-owner and co-CEO of Pabst Brewing Company and co-owner of Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies and other popular snacks. With his father and brother, he’s a principal in the family investment firm Metropoulos & Co.
This home in the foothills of Santa Barbara has amazing 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, the City of Santa Barbara to the south, and the Los Padres mountains to the north:
Here’s an original-looking house from 1974 on three acres which look mostly unusable. But this is a decent deal for those who would rebuild – just tear the house down and build a new one 30 feet back from the slope and create an instant backyard!
For those who are looking for a more adventurous lifestyle, consider these outposts – and don’t get put off by the first guy who is spending millions, the rest are cheaper:
Three Pistol Creek cabins are for sale, from $295,000 to $470,000. Potential buyers might want to consult their physician. “We’re all first-aid-trained, but if you really have trouble, and the weather is bad, you’re going to die,” said ranch manager Dave Dewey.
On the bright side, Amazon delivers. Pistol Creek Ranch, which has satellite Internet, is a stop on one of the nation’s last aerial wilderness postal routes.
In the coastal hills north of San Francisco:
It was just a matter of time…..
Maybe we should re-think the possible solutions to the housing shortage?
Hat tip to daytrip for sending in this interesting 2:11 minutes:
Hat tip to Richard for sending in this article – I love these!
PHOENIX — A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box.
The structures usually used to transport cargo have been transformed into eight apartments. Scuff marks, old serial numbers and shipping company logos remain, but a look inside each unit reveals a 740-square-foot modern home.
“It doesn’t even feel like a shipping container. It’s also insulated really well,” said Patrick Tupas, who is in the Air Force and along with his wife signed a one-year lease for $1,000 a month. “It just feels like a regular apartment.”
There was a downside, he said — passers-by asking questions and sometimes pressing to see inside their home.
Housing and retail projects using the containers have popped up in recent years in Las Vegas, Detroit and Washington, D.C., as developers and cities try to cater to millennials and baby boomers who want to live closer to the cultural offerings in urban hubs.
To meet those needs, “cargotecture” has become a quick way to fill urban housing gaps.
“They are faster, cheaper and now potentially have much more of an aesthetic range,” said Dana Cuff, director of cityLAB, a think tank at UCLA that looks at architecture and urban growth. Some mask their shipping origins, but the ones in Phoenix don’t, she said.
“They’re celebrating them,” Cuff said.
In the Containers on Grand project in Phoenix, the architecture firm, StarkJames, designed the apartments in a way that retained the corrugated metal exteriors. Each unit is made of two containers, but inside there are no signs of the cargo hauling days.
The walls are painted white. The original wood flooring is encased in epoxy. There is enough space for a bedroom and living area.
The two rooms are connected by two separate hallways. One hallway has the kitchen, oven and some counter space. The other one has closet space and a nook. There is also a washer and dryer unit. Monthly rent averages about $1,000.
All but two of the eight units are occupied. One is being marketed as a vacation rental.
In Washington’s Brookland neighborhood, university students and young professionals have been living in a four-story housing cluster since September 2014. In Las Vegas, containers make up the building blocks of a downtown retail complex.
In Detroit, Three Squared Construction is working on $14 million in new projects involving shipping containers because they save time. The company erected the city’s first residential shipping-container development in April 2015.
The three-story building is used as a showcase with the top floor periodically rented out. CEO Leslie Horn said there’s been a high demand among millennials and “empty-nesters.”
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