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Monday, July 20th, 2009

The Cardinal House


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I was in Cincinnati for 48 hours last week and while I didn’t get a chance to check out the exhibit of his newly found paintings at Fabulous Frames, I stumbled upon this remarkable house while checking out a river view house for sale in Anderson Township. I suppose the street sign before the shared driveway should have given me a clue as to what was ahead:

There was another Charley Harper cardinal on the other side of the house in the carport. Those decks have a great view of the Ohio River and the rolling bluegrass hills of Kentucky on the other side.

By the way, this is the house nearby that my friends and I want to make our dream house when we win the lottery and retire:


Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Downsizing and Simplifying: Mitt Romney


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I just got my internet going for the first time since this morning (comcast – ugh!) and now I am GORGING. While catching up on the latest Huffington Post entries, I perused the slide show of Mitt Romney’s humble ski chalet in Deer Valley Utah. Apparently, the Romneys are “downsizing and simplifying.” Maybe he’s going to follow the current hot political trend of thinking about Abe Lincoln, and trading down for a one-room log cabin. Can you imagine how much it would cost to heat this massive manor? It is 9,500 square feet. They have so many lights on for this photo that at first glance I thought it was on fire. I’m just picturing those energy meters going around and around at warp speed when I look at this:

I’m all for big timber, stone fireplaces, and a bit of hokey-ness in a mountain house, but the decor in this thing is so over-the-top fugly it makes me retch. In a 5.25 million dollar house, I expect a little better. Some of those light fixtures belong in the ugly lighting hall of fame. Ugh, and that wooden cowhide-covered coffee table, words escape me:

For another ridiculous ski lodge on the market, click here.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Dream Real Estate: My Favorite House


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Every time I walk from my house to Piedmont Park, I pass this house and drool. This photo does not even do it justice. It has this low country charming style, and it was built in 1916, the same year the viaduct to Piedmont Park was built and connected my neighborhood and others beyond it to downtown Atlanta. The house has a magnificent front porch, two bedrooms upstairs with fireplaces and French doors out to that top deck, a nice sized kitchen, beautiful hardwood floors, a gorgeous front staircase equipped with a curved wooden banister, a screened-in porch, a large sleeping porch on the back, and even a garage with a man-cave room upstairs covered in horizontal beadboard. For the complete tour and more information, click here. To contact the real estate agent, see comment #5 below for email and phone information.

Yesterday on the way back from the park we noticed this baby is for sale and we actually went in for the open house. I know people go to open houses for entertainment purposes, but I hate to waste a realtor’s time when I am not actually in the market for a house and I usually never do it. However, yesterday I had to break down and make an exception. I was hoping the house would have 50 years of newspapers inside and smell like cat pee, so I would not covet it so much. It was the opposite – the house was airy and light and so charming I wanted to move in right away, and I hate moving! It’s a block from Piedmont Park, Trader Joe’s and the artsy movie theater – does location get any better than that?

Where’s your dream house? Have you ever seen it come on the market and consider about some hellish move  just to inhabit it?

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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Organic Aspen Playboy Real Estate


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How do you get from Playboy to the Organic Architecture Movement? It goes like this: PLAYBOY – THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR ON E! – BARBI BENTON IN ASPEN – BART PRINCE. Only four quick steps! I admit it. I was watching The Girls Next Door on E! yesterday. Hef and his harem went to visit Barbi Benton in her humble abode in Aspen. Holy. Moly. Known as The Copper Palace (and locally as “the double double-wide”; Benton’s husband is a trailer park developer), the house consists of five pods connected by stairways. There are side-by-side lap pools, as Benton and her husband could not agree on a temperature. This is the most normal thing in the entire spread. Wavy walls are coated in stones and other objects, the bed sits upon a rotating platform, there’s a fireplace surrounded by a kiva, the dining table once belonged to Andrew Carnegie, there’s a large disco, complete with, as Bridget put it, “weird, crystal stalagmite type things coming up.” The home itself hovers over the ground and has a mere 25,000 square feet of living space. Interested? It can be yours for the low-low price of $25 million dollars. This sale price, surprisingly enough (no sarcasm intended), would set a record for Aspen if it is met.

The Girls Next Door: Kickin’ It Aspen is on about a million more times this week on E! The episode is basically a half-hour house tour of the house, which, hmmm, seems to coincide perfectly with the house being on the market. Trust me, it’s worth watching.

The home was designed by Bart Prince, who formerly collaborated with Bruce Goff during the heydey of Organic Architecture. If you want to see some amazing examples of The Other Modernism, you MUST visit his website right now.

Here is one more peek at some Bart Prince work. He deserves a few posts of his own, where he’s in the company of Goff, Lautner, Fay Jones and Fallingwater Frank instead of Bridget, Kendra and Holly. Perhaps another day!

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Bart Prince Albequerque photo by Steven St. John for the Chicago Tribune. I highly recommend following that link and seeing the rest of Mr. St. John’s Prince photos.


Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

More Modern Home Real Estate – I.M. Pei


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Erik Johnson tipped me off to another unbelievable modern dream house that is currently on the market. It’s the Slayton house in Northwest D.C., and it is one of only three known stand-alone residences designed by I.M. Pei (apparently, he also designed an apartment for Steve Jobs in the early 1980s). If you have a heap of extra money lying around, or really really good credit, you can live in a house designed by the same person who designed The Pyramids of The Louvre and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.*

The house received landmark status from the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board, and is currently nominated for designation as an historic landmark from the National Register of Historic Places. For more information on the house, it has its very own website here.

*It’s funny, as I looked through Pritzker Prize winning Pei’s C.V., I was struck by how some of his big projects demonstrate exactly what went wrong with the whole bad idea of urban renewal, which was a big trend during a lot of his career (see Boston Government Center and then read some Jane Jacobs). Regardless, Pei remains one of the most revered architects of our time.

Is that Kate Moss on the wall? What’s the story with that rocket strainer thing on the kitchen counter? I’ve never seen that before, I totally dig it!

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