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  • Boeing 727 Transformed Into A Home [7 Photos]

    In 1999, electrical engineer Bruce Campbell (not THAT Bruce Campbell) decided to use 10 acres of Oregon wilderness he purchased in his 20s for $23,000 to house a retired aircraft. Originally his plan was to build a home out of old freight vans, but after hearing about a hairdresser in Mississippi who had purchased a 727, he chose that route instead. He spent $220,000 and lots of time and work on his 727 home that he lives in for 6 months of the year. It’s a modest home, featuring a futon, a makeshift shower, a microwave, and one bathroom, but it works for Campbell. His next plan is to do the same with a 747 in Japan, where he lives the other 6 months of the year. 

  • Bachelor Pad Made Of Liquid Stone [16 Photos]

    India’s SPASM Design Architects looked to the large amounts of basalt rock for inspiration in constructing this home in Khopoli. Using granular basalt mixed with water, cement, and sand, they created a unique black concrete to construct the home, allowing it to seamlessly blend in with its surroundings. The modern, open plan puts focus on the incredible natural surroundings rather than what’s inside the home. And one look off the cliff edge is all you need to see why. There is also a pool overlooking the edge of the cliff for those rare dry days where you yearn for the refreshing wetness of monsoon season. 

  • Live Long And Prosper In This Star Trek Bachelor Pad [22 Photos]

    Marc Bell, best known as former CEO of FriendFinder Networks, a company we’ve never heard of and whose services we have certainly never used when drunk and lonely, is selling his home in Boca Raton, Florida. And at $35 million, it’s the most expensive listing in the city’s history. From the outside, the 8-bedroom, 16-bath home looks like any run of the mill Mediterranean-style mansion you’ve seen. But inside the 27,000 square foot home is a replica of the control room from Star Trek’s Enterprise spaceship along with a “Call of Duty” themed room and a huge arcade. Outside you’ll find a basketball court, pool, and lounge complete with a giant chess set. For more info, beam yourself up to Douglas Elliman Real Estate. And may the force be with you or something.

  • Dracula’s Transylvania Bachelor Pad For Sale [25 HQ Photos]

    You’d have to be batty to pass this up: Transylvania’s Bran Castle, also known as “Dracula’s Castle,” is up for sale. Although the castle was never the residence of Vlad the Impaler, the basis for Bram Stoker’s Dracula character, it is believed to be the influence for the setting of the gothic novel. The 57-room, 22-acre castle features a dungeon, music room, lavish dining areas, tall towers…and no bathrooms or plumbing. But don’t let the state of this fixer-upper scare you: With half a million visitors per year paying about $7 admission, the castle basically pays for itself. The price isn’t listed, but it’s believed to sell for over $135 million. Remember that scene in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” where Keanu Reeves is seduced by the three brides (including Monica Bellucci!)? A chance at that is totally worth $135 mil.

  • House Of Mirrors Bachelor Pad [14 Photos]

    Hidden in the hills of the San Francisco suburb of Larkspur lies the Turner Residence. Designed by San Francisco’s Jensen Architects, the facade of the home includes floor-to-ceiling mirrored glass panels that reflect the surrounding oaks, camouflaging the structure. The main pavilion on the the third floor of the house contains the kitchen, dining, and living areas. Adjacent to the pavilion are the swimming pool and cedar spa. The two floors below contain the bedrooms, bathrooms, and garage.  Completed in August of 2013, the house is sure to turn heads. If anyone can spot it, that is. For a detailed description of the design and construction process, visit Jensen Architects.

  • Tony Stark’s “Iron Man” House Is Real. Guess How Much It Just Sold For? [33 Photos]

    In “Iron Man” Tony Stark lives in mega mansion on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Although much of that movie is graphically enhanced through CGI the house he calls home is most definitely real. The 11,000 square foot home, designed by Wallace Cunningham, one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 designers, was cut out of the mountain in Torrey Pines State Reserve above Blacks Beach. Although The Razor Residence (9826 La Jolla Farms Way, San Diego, CA) was originally listed for about $39 million it recently sold for the low low price of $14.1 million. Lets take a tour!

  • Own Prince’s Spanish Bachelor Pad [11 Photos]

    Superstar musician Prince, who currently spends his time suing his fans for millions of dollars for posting 30 year old concert videos, has put his Spanish mansion up for sale. Prince purchased the 6 bedroom, 6 bath house in 1998 as a wedding gift for a now ex-wife. There is a lot less purple velvet than one would expect, and no basketball court, but there is a huge kitchen perfect for making pancakes. Outside you’ll find a tennis court, jacuzzi, and heated pool along with a security system to keep all those pesky fans away. Buy it today on Luxury Estate for the low price of $7.8 million—little red corvette not included.

  • Wyoming Bachelor Pad With Indoor Stream [9 Photos]

    This Wyoming bachelor pad has everything you could possibly want—a huge great room, a billiards room, and even an indoor stream! That’s right, the foyer features a glass covered indoor stream right under your feet. And the same groundwater pumped in for the stream is also found in conduits located under the home for the geothermal cooling system. The 4400 square foot home also features 3 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, along with studio and office space. The home was constructed using reclaimed wood, giving it a rustic, weathered appearance despite being built just 10 years ago. It’s a great house, just be sure to keep your more girthsome friends out of the foyer. I don’t know how strong that glass is.

  • A Look Inside BuzzFeed’s Swanky New Los Angeles Headquarters [10 Photos]

    One doesn’t just “come up” with amazing articles and memes about what it’s like to grow up in the 90s, which Lord of the Rings character you are, or the “22 Signs You Love Scandal.” One must first get waist-deep in the Zen-like zone of journalistic focus and concentration. That’s what they do at BuzzFeed, and if their swank new L.A. office is any indication, the quality of the writing will only improve. Designed by JIDK, this den of all things viral features beautiful wooden vaulted ceilings, a giant open space in the center, oodles of red chairs and white desks, and massive standing letters that spell out BuzzFeed upstairs, reminding everyone who rules the Internet. View all 10 photos now on HiConsumption.com >>

  • Mapping the 11 Most Expensive Houses Ever Sold in America

    Nine-figure listings have been (relatively speaking) flying off the proverbial shelves lately, what with Connecticut’s Copper Beech Farm selling for $120M last week and L.A.’s long-unsold Fleur de Lys going for $102M cash in late March. Both of these deals are among the priciest properties ever change hands in the United States and have therefore entered a very exclusive real estate club that includes Russian billionaires and banking magnates, retractable glass walls and limestone manors, Donald Trump and 4,500 heads of cattle. Below, the 11 most expensive houses ever sold in America, from 124,000-acre ranches to four-bedroom penthouses.

  • Spend Your Summer At Mexico’s Seashell House [15 Photos]

    The Seashell House in Isla Mujeres, Mexico is one of the most unique homes you’ll ever see. Build in 1994, the house truly resembles two seashells. The tall, two-story shell features a living room, kitchenette, and half bath downstairs and a bedroom and bathroom up top. The smaller, round shell features a king bed and full bath. Outside you’ll find a pool and a great view of the sea across the road. The best part is that the house is a popular vacation spot and is available from $225. For more info, check out the Seashell House on Airbnb.

  • First Look at RSVLTS New Headquarters and Final Four Viewing Party

    After a long two-month process of DIY office renovations our Hoboken office is finished, polished and ready for action. We thought it wouldn’t be very Roosevelty of us if we didn’t give our digs a complete overhaul using the same bare hands that sculpt the best content on the web day-in and day-out. What began as a new floor & fresh coat of paint job escalated quickly into a full throttle man-cave-office-behemoth project that would engulf the lives of our staff for the better part of this year. After a few months of learning by failure (again and again) our once soft, hand moisturized hands are now calaced and bruised like an old baseball mitt. Well maybe not, but at least we know how to build a bar made of shipping pallets. So for a soft opening we figured we’d throw a Final Four viewing party. Here’s a recap of the event. Special thanks to our friends at Dos Equis and Pizza Hut who supplied the party with their new parmesan crust pizza. And what good is a Final Four viewing party without a TV. VIZIO hooked up the party with a brand new E Class TV that was the more »

  • Australian Bachelor Pad Hovers Over The Beach [18 Photos]

    Originally built in 1978, Australia’s iconic “Pole House” on the Great Ocean Road was really showing its age when the current owners purchased the property in 2005. After 13 months of renovation by Melbourne’s F2 Architecture, the house has reopened, with no signs of the Berber carpeted walls or light fixtures made from green wine bottles. From the outside, the house looks very much the same, but inside it is sleek and modern. The only hint of its age is the 1960s-era floating fireplace, which would have been foolish to remove. The entire house is basically one big, open room looking out onto the ocean. The supporting pole and bathroom are concealed in a burnt ash timber wall. And the best part? The house is available for vacation rentals through Great Ocean Road Holidays. You’ll be sure to get plenty of Sheilas, mate.

  • Incredible African Wilderness Bachelor Pad [18 Photos]

    The Lower Zambezi in Zambia is well known in Africa as one of the best spots for viewing wild elephant herds and predators and also for the fantastic Zambezi River. It also happens to be where the Chongwe River House is located. The incredible house, looking almost like an upscale Flintstones abode, is a perfect resting spot when you’re on safari. 8 can sleep in the 4 ensuite bedrooms and the house is fully staffed with a guide, house manager, and private chefs. And while you’re relaxing in the pool, there’s a good chance you’ll catch some elephants taking a drink from the adjacent Zambezi River. For more info on renting the house, check out Chongwe River House.

  • Ecuadorian Bachelor Pad Made From Steel [22 Photos]

    Architects José María Sáez and Daniel Moreno Flores constructed the Algarrobos House in 2011 in Ecuador using steel. 8 identical 18 meter long steel beams placed along the x y z axis frame the house. Identical wood pieces fill in the area and the repetition dilutes the structure so as not to take away from its surroundings. Giant glass panes, many of them movable, complete the structure and offer fantastic panoramas. Reflecting pools on the metal roof truly reflect by mirroring the surrounding landscape. The abstract form is at once a jarring sight in the setting while somehow managing to blend in.

  • Own Al Capone’s Florida Villa For $8.44 Million [23 Photos]

    Al Capone’s Miami Villa, where he died from complications from syphilis in 1947, is back on the market. The 1922 Villa was purchased last year for $7 million but apparently houses where STD-infested gangsters spent their final days in dementia are hot right now and the house is now listed at $8.44 million. Although much of the property has changed in the 67 years since Capone’s passing, some original elements, like the black and gold Art Deco powder room, remain. And if security is a concern, Capone’s got you covered. High walls and heavy iron doors are sure to stop the G-Men from showing up unannounced. There is also a large swimming pool with marble all around and a 2 bedroom cabana, perfect for hosting parties where maybe, if you’re lucky, you can contract your very own venereal disease. How can you pass this up? Contact Sotheby’s and put in your bid right now!

  • Ernest Hemingway’s Estate Is One Of America’s Finest Landmarks [39 HQ Photos]

    It was on the advice of John Dos Passos, a fellow member of the “Lost Generation” of ex patriate artists and writers populating Paris during the 1920s, that Ernest Hemingway was first prompted to visit Key West. Hemingway did not go directly to South Florida from Paris, but rather arrived through Havana, Cuba—a city and country that would prove to be critically important in Hemingway’s later personal and professional life.

  • 6 Drastic Room Makeovers That You Can Learn Something From

    I’ve heard it many times before. You’re absolutely sure that your space won’t look good, no matter what you do. Or you just don’t have the eye for it. Well it can be a challenge, yes. But I’m here to tell you that you can make any space look good – and I have examples to prove it.

  • Mysterious Secluded Bachelor Pad In Joshua Tree National Park [22 Photos]

    The inexplicably named Black Desert House, a black house in the desert area of California’s Joshua Tree National Park (oh, I guess it’s explicable after all), is a joint venture between Marc Atlan Design and Oller & Pejic Architects. Set on a 2.5 acre lot, the 1570 square-foot home features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Set back on a private road with no neighbors in view, you’re guaranteed plenty of privacy when out in the 30 foot long and 8 foot deep pool. Unfortunately, the Black Desert House is not for sale, but it is available exclusively for professional location rentals. So if you want to rent the space, theoretically you could take your special lady on a trip there as long as you turn the vacation into a photo or video shoot. Just convince her of the artistic value involved.

  • A Look At Cisco’s New San Francisco Headquarters [24 Photos]

    San Francisco-based interior design firm Studio O+A recently designed the new offices at Cisco’s 110,000 square feet facility in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. The studio began by asking employees what they liked about their old office location. Overwhelmingly, the answers were natural light and collaborative spaces. Studio O+A had no trouble utilizing natural light thanks to the new office’s floor-to-ceiling windows. The enormous size of the office also allowed for a variety of informal and formal meeting spaces both indoors and outdoors. There are also chalkboards, whiteboards, and corkboards throughout the facility because you never know when inspiration will strike. What’s that? You need a break from your stressful day at Cisco? Just hop on your bike and take a ride through the office and maybe stop into the lounge and play a ditty on the piano. Oh, you don’t work there? Sucks to be you.

  • Eddie Murphy’s $12M Mega Mansion Is On The Market [25 Photos]

    How would you like to live in the house that Vampire in Brooklyn built? The Granite Bay, California mansion that Eddie Murphy purchased in 1998 for $3.8 million is back on the market. Murphy sold the property to a real estate investor back in 2007, probably in anticipation of the success of his Norbit, for $6.1 million, but the market must have rebounded because it’s now listed at $12 million. But good news, house hunters, the 12,600 square-foot mansion comes fully furnished! Actually, after looking over these pictures, you may realize that’s not a particularly strong selling point. In addition to the eclectic decor, the mansion also boasts 10 bedrooms, a 12-seat screening room (for group viewings of Daddy Day Care), a billiard room, and an arcade. Outside you’ll find an infinity pool, spa, waterfalls, gazebos, basketball and tennis courts. There’s also a really weird looking piano, perfect for playing the Beverly Hills Cop theme “Axel F,” that is one of only 14 in existence. I’m no real estate guru, but if you’ve got the cash, I’d say go for it, but demand a copy of Bowfinger for the screening room. That movie is way underrated. 

  • See The Austrian Alps From The UFO Gel [16 Photos]

    The UFO Gel, so named because it resembles both a UFO and a vogel (German for bird), is a 484 square foot house in the Austrian Alps. The home, made almost entirely of larch wood, was designed by architect Peter Jungmann. There is a bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom inside and panoramic windows throughout that make you feel like you’re still outside even when you’re lounging comfortably. The house is available for anyone to rent for about $180 per night with a 3 night minimum. Not a terrible, nor terribly expensive, way to see the Alps.

  • Lower East Side Penthouse Bachelor Pad [12 Photos]

    New York City’s Lower East Side, formerly one of the most eclectic neighborhoods with bums warming themselves on garbage can fires, a thriving art and music scene, and a cornucopia of drugs, has since followed the rest of the city in becoming uninterestingly safe and sterile. And expensive. This incredible 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath penthouse on Avenue B was originally listed last year for $6 million. Apparently there wasn’t enough interest, so it’s now on the rental market for $19,500, perfect for someone who has lots of money but little commitment. The main level is surrounded by 2618 square feet of personal terrace space with a built-in hot tub, perfect for those late nights where you ponder what the poor people are doing. The penthouse also features 19 foot ceilings, a fully loaded kitchen with two convection ovens, and a 63″ TV home theater system. And with all the money you’ll be spending on rent, it’s nice to know that you can save a few bucks by drinking $3 beer at neighborhood staples like Manitoba’s and Doc Holliday’s.

  • Sleek Australian Bachelor Pad [7 Photos]

    Australia based firm Finnis Architects designed this modern bachelor pad, the Esplanade House, in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton. The residence has three bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, and the ground floor’s living areas seamlessly flow together, making the house perfect for entertaining. The glass facade creates a welcoming atmosphere that is sure to impress any guests. 

  • Manhattan Micro Loft Bachelor Pad [10 Photos]

    Located at the top of a Manhattan brownstone, this loft offered the architects at Specht Harpman only 425 square feet to work with BUT with 25 feet of vertical space, they made this amazing micro loft. Through brilliant use of levels, every inch of the space is put to use. The fisrt level is the entry and kitchen, leading to the living space a few steps up. Then stairs lead to a bed pavilion projected over the living area that also has stairs up to a roof garden. The staircases contain storage area and even a bathroom. With very little furniture necessary, what was once a cramped space now seems perfectly comfortable.

  • You Can Buy Chuck Norris’ California House for $1.2 million [25 Photos]

    Located in the Northwood Hills area, the “Walker, Texas Ranger” house is a sprawling, 1975-built, one-story. Measuring 7,362 square feet, the listing says the home has been expanded to include 4 bedrooms, 7 full baths and 2 half baths. It has a gym, a pool and a movie room. An extra 884-square-foot studio allows space for practicing roundhouse kicks. Chuck Norris has just put his home on the market for $1.2 million.

  • A Look Inside New York City’s Most Expensive House Ever [7 Photos]

    It’s the biggest Christmas present in the city, with a price tag to match. A 40-foot-wide mansion, one of the largest homes in the city, is on the market for a whopping $114 million — or half the price its owner, Wall Street investor Vincent Viola, spent to buy the Florida Panthers hockey team earlier this year. For that kind of money, the Violas even threw in the gift wrap, tying on a giant red bow to the outside of the 1884 limestone home at 12 E. 69th St., complete with a “Merry Christmas” tag. The asking price for this seven-bedroom, nine-bath house would not only break the current record, but rip out its heart and step on it. The most expensive home in city history was The Harkness Mansion at 4 E. 75th St., a 36-footer that sold for $53 million in 2006. And $114 million would represent quite a profit for Viola and his designer wife, Theresa, who bought the manse for $20 million in 2005. At the time the 16,000-foot spread was broken up into four large apartments and doctor’s offices, but it’s nothing compared to the place Theresa Viola has created with the help of her more »

 
 
 
 
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