Not very many of us can afford to live like Hollywood stars. But, for those of you with an extra few million dollars hanging around, it just so happens that Ozzy Osbourne's beautiful European-style villa and Ben Stiller's sprawling 1929 Spanish-style estate are up for grabs. Here, 3 mind-blowing celebrity properties currently listed with real estate search engine extraordinaire trulia.com. Check out all 8 celebrity homes on the market at thisoldhouse.com
1. Christina Aguilera
Beverly Hills, CA - The pop icon and vocal triller recently listed this Spanish-style mansion for $13.5 million. The Genie in a Bottle and Beautiful singer's property features a pool with a water slide and grotto spa, an outdoor kitchen, and a custom-built pagoda-inspired outbuilding. See what's inside!
2. Ozzy Osbourne
Malibu, CA - You might not expect the Prince of Darkness to live in such a light and bright beachfront property. But the infamous Black Sabbath lead singer actually does own this La Costa Beach
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Not very many of us can afford to live like Hollywood stars. But, for those of you with an extra few million dollars hanging around, it just so happens that Ozzy Osbourne's beautiful European-style villa and Ben Stiller's sprawling 1929 Spanish-style estate are up for grabs. Here, 3 mind-blowing celebrity properties currently listed with real estate search engine extraordinaire trulia.com. Check out all 8 celebrity homes on the market at thisoldhouse.comRead More »from 3 Stately Celebrity Homes For Sale
Recently, news about devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tsunamis around the world had us wondering: What's the worst that can happen in the United States? Turns out it's pretty bad. We're not talking about a couple of feet of water in your basement or a tree down in the yard. We're talking about your home obliterated. And not just your home, but whole metropolitan areas. As This Old House found out, no matter where you live, you can't escape from the forces of nature. Read on to see how, in just the blink of an eye, entire American cities could be wiped off the face of the Earth. See all 10 cities at thisoldhouse.com.Read More »from 5 U.S. Cities That Could Disappear Tomorrow
1. New York, NY
Think the 2006 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed 250,000 people, was the worst wave that could ever hit mankind? Think again. Off the coast of western Africa sits Cumbre Vieja, a volcano in the Canary Islands that scientists believe is in imminent danger of collapse. The falling rock that results would send a wall of water
- This Old House Magazine | Work + Money – Thu, Apr 14, 2011 6:54 PM EDT
Here at This Old House, our readers never cease to amaze us. It's amazing what they've accomplished with some good old-fashioned elbow grease! Get inspired by their results, and perhaps, steal an idea or two for your spring remodel. -Tabitha Sukhai
Italianate Before and After: A Community Saves an Old House
Vic and Cindy Young never planned on ending up back in Ohio. Sure, the Buckeye State was dear to their hearts-Vic grew up in Cincinnati, and Cindy spent many years in nearby Lebanon-but after moving to Colorado and then living abroad, the couple figured their heartland days were far behind them.Read More »from Top 3 This Old House Reader Remodel Before and Afters
But when their four children ended up settling in the Midwest, coming home started to look like a pretty good idea. "We decided to find a place where they would all be able to come down in just one day to visit us," Vic says. But not just any place. They wanted a historic house in a historic town. And since Vic, a full-time restorer of old houses, was hankering for
- This Old House Magazine | Work + Money – Wed, Apr 13, 2011 6:00 PM EDT
Who says you have to leave the comfort of your home to see the world's most brilliant sights? Kick back and get clicking for the most fun (and affordable!) world tour you'll go on-without actually going anywhere. See all 10 Wild Houses at thisoldhouse.comRead More »from Elephant-Shaped House, and More of the World's Wildest Houses
1. Pachyderm-Shaped Pad
James Vincent de Paul Lafferty, Jr., the original owner of Lucy the Elephant, thought his whimsical design might lure property buyers to his nearby land holdings back in the 1880s. She didn't, but some 130 years later, she's still awesome! Read more about Lucy
2. Beach House Party
Venice Beach, California
This Frank Gehry-designed beach house seems tame compared to the postmodern architect's curvilinear creations for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Read more about The Norton Beach House
3. Teahouse Treehouse
Architect Terunobu Fujimori designed this house for his personal use in 2004-and he may not see too many eager visitors, for physical reasons. The treehouse teahouse rests on
We love our homes because they keep us warm, safe and sound. But the same forces keeping us happy can turn on us and cause us harm-whether it's creating a hospitable environment for dangerous predators, or leaky gas lines that turn lethal. Here are five dangers to look out for. See all 10 Ways Your Home Can Kill You at thisoldhouse.comRead More »from 3 Ways Your Home Can Kill You
1. Deadly Odorless Gas We all go to sleep at night, but each year 170 of us never wake up thanks to this silent killer. Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by malfunctioning fuel burning appliances such as furnaces, ranges, water and room heaters poses a dangerous threat to you and your family. One way to protect yourself is to make sure you vent the exhaust of these appliances properly, angling pipes up, not down, as these folks have done. Hot air rises, you know-and checking that vents are free of cracks and gaps is another good way to be sure the pipes aren't the problem. Most importantly, install a standard carbon monoxide detector. They only cost 20
If you're like most people, you've got a sad-looking, post-winter hedge bordering your yard. Rows of thickly planted shrubs can be a handsome way to define borders and boundary lines, keep children and pets in (or out), and give birds shelter and even food. But like all shrubs, hedges need regular watering, feeding, and pruning to look their best. Though folks may forget to give roots a good drink in hot weather or to fertilize in early spring with a good 10-10-10 formula, the last area is where most of us really lose it. "A lot of people are intimidated by pruning, but it's a science anyone can master," says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. "You just have to learn a few basics."
Mistake #1: Shearing hedges without hand-pruning them
Using shears-whether hand-held pruners with long scissorlike blades or a power trimmer-to take off branch tips keeps hedges neat and tidy, and also stimulates bud production near the plants'Read More »from 3 Ways to Absolutely Ruin Your Hedges
- This Old House Magazine | Work + Money – Tue, Apr 5, 2011 9:17 PM EDT
An essential for any cleanup, these thirsty cellulose rectangles boast an absorbing array of other uses.
MORE: See all 10 Uses for Sponges at thisoldhouse.com
1. Sprout Seeds
Embed flax, radish, or other fast-growing seeds in a damp sponge and place it under an inverted glass bowl in a sunny location. Moisten occasionally. Once you notice seedlings, transfer them to soil.
Make a shovel or rake more comfortable to hold by wrapping it with a flexible sponge secured with rubber bands.
Cut damp sponges into small squares and place between breakables. As they dry, they'll conform to the contours of whatever they surround.
Make a bar of soap last longer betweenRead More »from 5 clever uses for sponges that you haven't thought of yet
- This Old House Magazine | Work + Money – Fri, Mar 25, 2011 9:11 PM EDT
There isn't anything you can't "learn" from a how-to Web search, right? Especially here at thisoldhouse.com! But, I have to admit, nothing comes close to settling in for some DIY "studying" with a good book. Garden Up! by Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet is my new favorite. Whether you're low on space and looking for smart ways to get growing, or just looking for creative ways to fill every bare spot on your massive lot, you'll love Morrison's and Sweet's stunning ideas.
Master Gardener and landscape designer Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet-her gardens have been featured in Fine Gardening and Woman's Day-offer up easy-care and space-smart solutions to green up your outdoor spaces. In fact, they've sent us the succulent wall how-to from their book to share.
STEP 1: Gather Your Tools
- A purchased, recycled, or constructed frame like the one shown here. The authors suggest living picture kits (plants, soil, frame) from Succulent GardensRead More »from Love gardening, but lack space? Create a succulent wall garden!
What to do: If the water is coming from a plumbing problem (that is, if it's not teeming outside), shut off the main right away-unless you have to swim to it. Newer houses typically have electrical wiring at least a foot off the ground, but if your heating plant is old, its electrical feed may be just inches off grade. The water could be electrified even if it's only ankle deep. Call an electrician or the utility to cut power to the building. If it's a burst pipe, call a plumber. If it's a rainstorm, sit tight and wait for the water level to drop before attempting a cleanup.Read More »from Top 3 Household Disasters...and How to Deal
How to keep this from happening to you: You can't do much to prevent pipes from bursting, other than never letting them freeze. But you can protect your basement from rain-induced flooding. "Make sure your yard slopes away from the house and that your gutters are working properly," says Clark Campbell, the owner of an Atlanta basement-waterproofing company
- This Old House Magazine | Work + Money – Wed, Mar 23, 2011 7:13 PM EDT
These helpful buffer zones allow an orderly exit-and reentry-with a place for everything.
• Open hooks for airing out damp outerwear
• Shelves with bins for corralling accessories
• A seat for pulling footwear on and off
• Resilient surfaces that dirt can't hurt
Shown: This one-wall mudroom can handle a season's worth of athletic gear and outerwear with floor-to-ceiling cubbies
These kitchen offshoots keep supplies centralized and out of the cooking zone.Shown: A fully loaded grid of open shelves and cabinets can disappear behind a functional Read More »from Laundry Rooms, Pantries, and Mudrooms That Make Life Easier
• Open shelves for quick access and slide-outs for heavy items
• Fuss-free surfaces in case of spills
• Good lighting for easy hunting