• 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 »

  • Frank Sinatra’s Self-Designed Rat Pack Bachelor Pad

    Instead of spending all your Christmas money on gummy cola bottles and G.I. Joe figures this year, save it for Frank Sinatra’s Manhattan penthouse, which is up for sale for just $6 million. You could be the owner of the the residence that the “chairman of the board” didn’t just live in, but also designed. You can just imagine the parties thrown in the 3200 square foot space, with Dino singing, Sammy dancing, Joey telling jokes, and Peter Lawford leering at teenage girls. The Upper East Side apartment has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and 2 wraparound terraces that total almost 2000 square feet. Honestly, you can’t afford to not buy it. Don’t forget to invite the RSVLTS to your housewarming! Source: Douglas Elliman

  • New Jersey Beachfront Bachelor Pad Fit For A Mob Boss [22 Photos]

    Are you looking for a fancier place to enjoy your buttered roll and Wawa coffee every morning? If so, then you should give this fine piece of property on New Jersey’s Long Beach Island a look. The 6600 square-foot house features 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, large exercise room, screen porch with fireplace and wet bar, family room with surround sound, and a bayfront dining area that can seat 20. That’s enough for all your GTL goombahs! There’s also a gunite pool, spa, pool bath and shower, and a dock with 2 boat lifts. The house will run you $5.75 million but will undoubtedly come with a free JWoww or equivalent. 

  • Ski Chalet Bachelor Pad in the French Alps [10 Photos]

    Tired of having to stay at the Super Huit Motel when you’re in France’s Courchevel because you waited til the last minute to book a room somewhere? Sacre bleu! It’s probably about time that you buy your own place in the French Alps. Sotheby’s International Realty just happens to have one available called Chalet JOFI. The 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom home features an indoor pool, a theater, and a gym so you can keep busy when not out skiing or picking up French chicks. There’s also a giant, badass chandelier and a painting of Mother Nature’s toughest son, the reindeer. How much will this dream chalet set you back? If you have to ask, you can’t afford it. Zut alors!

  • $36 Million Bachelor Pad With Sweeping Views of Los Angeles [29 HQ Photos]

    This really might be the most impressive bachelor pad ever featured on RSVLTS.com.  High up among the treetops, on a self-contained Beverly Hills enclosure, sits an architectural masterpiece nothing short of spectacular. 1201 Laurel Way is presented in the most cinematic way possible, the entirety of Downtown Los Angeles, Catalina and the California coastline is offered in one unobstructed, sweeping view. Visions of a house encased in glass, with effortless flow from room to room and from inside to outside, guided the evolution and completion of this real estate gem. An impressive 14-foot wood pivot door, flanked by glass on either side, welcomes you into the main floor foyer. A few steps away are glass floors that reveal the wine cellar and wet-bar beneath. In front of you, the impressive open-plan living and dining areas look out towards Beverly Hills and beyond. This flows organically to the state-of-the-art kitchen, with Italian lacquered cabinetry and integrated Miele appliances. From the main foyer, cantilevered Wenge steps lead up to the third floor, creating the feeling of walking on air. The master bedroom claims the third floor all to itself, with spacious his and her closets, 60’’ glass fireplace, Italian cabinetry, a jaw-dropping more »

  • Bid On Michael Jordan’s Highland Park Mansion [Video]

    Have you outgrown your current residence? Maybe you’re expecting a child or two (or dozens). In that case, Michael Jordan’s mansion in Highland Park, Illinois may be just what you’re looking for. Set on 7 acres, the 54,000 square-foot, 9 bedroom, 15 bathroom home features a “gentleman’s retreat” with a billiard parlor, fireplace, library, and bar and also an indoor, full-size regulation basketball court. There’s also outdoor recreation with a tennis court and putting green. If you can’t decide between indoor and outdoor fun, take a dip in the pool, which is covered by a retractable canopy. The home was previously offered for $29 million, a steal when you consider Wayne Newton’s $48 million pad.

  • An Eerie Look Inside Houston’s Abandoned Astrodome [22 HQ Photos]

    HOUSTON — HOUSTON (AP) — Memories will likely soon be all that’s left of the Houston Astrodome, the world’s first multipurpose domed stadium. Voters on Tuesday did not approve a referendum that would have authorized up to $217 million in bonds to turn the stadium that once hosted both professional baseball and football games into a giant convention and event center and exhibition space.

  • Wayne Newton’s Las Vegas Bachelor Pad For Sale [21 Photos]

    You may remember Wayne Newton’s Las Vegas bachelor pad, known as Shenandoah, from the 90s classic “National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation” where he failed to seduce Beverly D’Angelo before Chevy Chase came to her rescue. Now you can own this piece of cinematic history for only $48 million! That’s not bad considering it was originally listed for $70 million a couple months ago. But what does that sort of money get you (besides the adulation of “Wayniacs,” obviously)? You get a main mansion, 7 additional guest houses, an airport, an F28 jet, stables, a zoo, a tennis court, an equestrian pool, numerous ponds and enough tackiness to make you puke. That peacock near the elevator better be included, too. That’s a real deal breaker if not.

  • Chilean Surfing Bachelor Pad

    Architects Alvaro Ramirez and Clarisa Elton built an ultimate (and ultimately affordable) cabin perfect for Pacific Ocean surfers in Chile that blends seamlessly into its surroundings. The 600 square-foot bachelor pad features a bedroom and bathroom on one side and living space and kitchen on the other with a terrace running between the two spaces offering an incredible view of the ocean. The best part is that you don’t even need to have achieved baller bachelor status to afford this property! It only cost $15,000 to build, making this dream cabin more of a reality than our usual featured homes. 

  • Rent This Bachelor Pad In Thailand

    So you’re planning your vacation to Thailand but you still haven’t found a place to stay. Maybe you should take a look at Villa Amanzi on Kamala beach in Phuket. You get 6 bedrooms, remote controlled blinds and curtains, private staircase to the ocean, fully equipped kitchen with live-in chef, 52-inch television and ping-pong table in the family room, and an infinity pool all for just $2000-$5500 a night for up to 12 guests. That leaves you plenty of money to entertain the ladyboys!


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