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    September 13, 2013
    Friday Fun Video: The 10 Most Expensive Homes Across the Globe
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    Just looking at these price tags will knock the breath out of you!

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    July 5, 2013
    Friday Fun Video: Johnny Depp’s Vacation Home
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    Johnny Depp has had a busy weekend with his new movie The Lone Ranger coming out. Good thing he has this gorgeous beach home to escape to!

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    June 28, 2013
    Friday Fun Video Over the Top Mansion Chateau D’or
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    Some may think this mansion is “too much”, but for me, it looks about right.

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    February 22, 2013
    Friday Fun Video: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Home

    I love celebrities.  I don’t like that I do, but I do.  I always wonder what it must be like to be them – to be recognized by nearly everyone any time you go out in public.  The celebrity home must be a true sanctuary.  Beautiful, relaxing, happy.  Like Sarah Jessica Parker’s.

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    January 2, 2013
    Welcome to 2013

    Happy New Year, Shak & Jill’ers!  In 2012 we shared 200 posts here talking about a variety of topics including inspections, negotiating for the best price, marketing, updating kitchens, and much more.  We saw housing begin to make a recovery and it continues to look positive for 2013, especially since the “fiscal cliff” has been averted.

    With this kind of positive news, a fun way to start our New Year is announcing the Gangnam Style singer Psy has bought a new place in Los Angeles!

    Psy was already a phenomenon in Korea before his catchy song “Gangnam Style” made its way to America via YouTube. The video has been viewed over a billion times and parodied nearly as much. Psy signed a record deal with Scooter Braun, (the manager for Justin Bieber), in early September, and with this Westwood home purchase, it looks like his transition to American fame is complete.

    The glassy and modern condo measures 2,776 square feet on one of the lower floors of the Blair, a luxury building constructed in 1989. Psy’s unit features large windows and modern fixtures.

    He paid $1.2 million – cash – for the home. Indeed his song was catchy!

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    December 21, 2012
    Friday Fun Video: A Christmas Story, the House

    My friend’s daughter said she got her Mom a leg lamp for Christmas! I didn’t have the heart to say, “Ew. What will she do with it?”  I jsut smiled and said I was certain she’d love it and laughed!  Merry Christmas, everyone!

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    November 6, 2012
    The Personal Touch in the White House

    If you’re like every other person in the U.S. who has a television set, computer, or reads the newspaper, you are past ready for this election season to end!  But whoever wins the presidential election, one thing is certain – the White House will be decorated with the personal touch of whatever family lives there.

    From NBC,

    The second floor of the White House is the first family’s residence, where their bedrooms and private sitting rooms are located. This level has 16 rooms — including the Lincoln bedroom — one main corridor and six bathrooms.

    Some presidents have been less private than others when it comes to the private residence. The Clintons, for example, hosted official events there, and first lady Laura Bush allowed documentary crews to film her White House home.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, on the other hand, have worked to ensure the family space is for family only. Journalist Jodi Kantor, whose book “The Obamas” was released in August, has been in the White House dozens of times but has never been to the family’s private quarters.

    Whatever the second floor of the White House looks like today, it is certain to be beautiful!

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    October 8, 2012
    Where is 1313 Mockingbird Lane

    If I ever had the opportunity to buy a house with the address of 1313 Mockingbird Lane, I would jump all over it.  There is genuinely an address like that in a neighboring town, but I have yet to see a “For Sale” sign hanging in the yard.

    Driving by houses that were used for television shows- or just driving by celebrities’ homes – is a big business in Los Angeles.  With maps on street corners, they are easy to find.  You have to wonder what they look like in real life, so it was fun to see the following article on NBC,

    “Happy Days”
    565 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 
    Although “Happy Days” took place in Milwaukee, like most TV shows, it was actually filmed in Los Angeles. The white-columned house that played home for the Cunninghams was built in 1923 and has six bedrooms, two baths and measures 3,904 square feet.

    I wouldn’t have thought the house to be nearly 4,000 square feet! Guess there was plenty of room for The FONZ and Potsie to stay when they came for a sleepover!

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    September 13, 2012
    The Presidents’ Home(s)

    President Barack Obama owns just one home.  The Chicago house is quite pretty. According to NBC News,

    He and wife Michelle bought the brick home in 2005 for $1.65 million. Located on Greenwood Avenue, the home, pictured below, was built in 1917 and offers 6,199 square feet of space. Although Obama hasn’t owned any other properties, an apartment he rented while attending Columbia University in the mid-’80s is on the rental market in New York.

    Presidential candidate Mitt Romney owns three houses, not as many as the five he previously owned. Located in New Hampshire, California, and Massachusetts, the houses include this lovely vacation home,

    The Romneys own an 11-acre property, pictured above, smack dab on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro. Purchased for $3 million in 1997, the Romneys’ 5,400-square-foot main house and additional guest houses are home to the extended Romney family each summer.

    Looks like whichever way the election goes in November, they person who does not win will have a nice place to go to if their address isn’t 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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    August 14, 2012
    Celebrity Real Estate in Utah

    Chalets all over the United States are much desired because of their rustic feel and phenomenal views.  The house listed in Utah by Jeffrey Katzenberg for $20 million is no exception, except this is expensive elegance!  From the Real Estalker,

    Current listing information shows the multi-level hillside pile, on two cul-de-sac lots behind the gated Bald Eagle Club, measures 14,100 square feet with a total of seven bedrooms and seven full and three half bathrooms.

    Pre- and après ski-time can be spent in a multiple of airy but woodsy living and lounging areas as well as a billiard room, game room, indoor plunge pool and spa and, right outside the so-called ski room (complete with lounge, bar and fireplace), there’s a super convenient ski run.

    It is simply beautiful!

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