Posts by Ilyce R. Glink

  • Vacationing family stumbles across abandoned French chateau, decides to restore it

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 8 days ago

    A historic French chateau is not your typical vacation home. Especially not an utterly abandoned chateau.

    But it's been rewarding work, too, and the Waters family decided that they wanted to share it with the public.

    They plan to have a cafe and bookstore at first, and eventually they hope to host weddings, celebrations and overnight guests. But there is still much to do before the chateau can open to the public. "Once it's complete, it will be a fairytale," Waters says. "But we've just bitten in the poison apple and hope to make it out with our lives—and some electricity."

    Click here or on a photo for a slideshow of the Waters family's Chateau de Gudanes.

  • The best states for well-being -- with a surprise at the top

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 13 days ago

    And of the dozens of states that could have been its rival, the winner is practically its polar opposite: Alaska.

    Yes, in Gallup-Healthways' just-released 2014 index, it's snowy, frigid, isolated Alaska that ranks as the best state for overall well-being. It's a sharp rise from a year earlier, when Alaska was No. 16 -- and the first time Alaska has topped the list.

    Hawaii rose from No. 8 in the 2013 index, released a year ago, to No. 2 now. 

    Research from Gallup and Healthways, a company that champions health improvement programs, ties high well-being to health outcomes, such as lower rates of healthcare utilization, workplace absenteeism, obesity and newly onset disease, as well as crime and teen pregnancy. Better well-being also means better employee engagement, customer engagement, workplace safety and lower turnover.

    (Related: Can your home make you healthier? These condos claim to -- with vitamin C showers, body-synced lights and posture-supporting floorboards)

    Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.

    10. Texas

    9. New Mexico

    8. Utah

    7. Nebraska

    6. Colorado

  • If your body is a temple, these health-saturated condos must be heaven

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 14 days ago

    Living a healthy lifestyle isn't just about smoothies, superfoods and CrossFit.

    It's also about posture-supporting floors, vitamin C showers and lights synced to your circadian rhythm -- if you're able to score one of Manhattan's wellness-themed pads.

    The Delos Residences at 66 East 11th Street are meant to "actively and passively support health, well-being and lifestyle" by adhering to a strict new set of guidelines called the WELL Building Standard. Think of it as LEED certification taken a step further, with building materials and practices that are not only eco-friendly, but claim to enhance the health of the occupants.

    Delos co-founder and CEO Paul Scialla says the idea came to him when he was renovating the loft that he and his twin brother shared in New York's Meatpacking District, and "quickly discovered that no one was offering a holistic wellness solution for homes."

    (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow of the "wellness condos," with even more supposedly health-promoting features.)

    So far, this kind of health-centric living may only be for the super-rich.

  • In frozen-in-time town, Billy the Kid's artistically updated hideout is for sale

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 21 days ago

    Looking for a place to hide out in New Mexico? This artistically updated $545,000 home in the preserved Old West town of Lincoln, New Mexico, is the perfect escape.

    At least, Billy the Kid thought so.

    The adobe home, built in 1878, was the hiding place of the infamous Old West bandit before he escaped from Lincoln with Sheriff Pat Garrett hot on his heels. He apparently hid out in a flour barrel in the kitchen, and under a bed when soldiers from nearby Fort Stanton came into the house pursuing him, according to sellers Dee and Greg Miller.

    The Millers would know, actually. They came to town and purchased the home in 1981 to build a museum about the Lincoln County War, which featured a number of the Old West's most famous names, including Billy the Kid and Garrett.

    The Lincoln County War was a gang war of sorts over the control of dry goods in the area. Billy the Kid, along with a few other ranch hands known as the Regulators, banded together to fight Lawrence Murphy's mercantile operation in Lincoln, after Murphy's men murdered their boss, John Tunstall. They fought bloodily from 1878 to 1881.

    Dee Miller hopes whoever purchases it cherishes it as much as they did.

  • Houses hot off the 3D printer

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 22 days ago

    In the not-too-distant future, building a new home may be as simple as printing it out.

    The process of wielding 3D printers to make homes is in its infancy today, but someday soon you may look out your window at a large-scale printer, swiftly spitting out a whole home under the instruction of just one operator.

    "Generally, they'll be much cheaper, much faster, much safer and with much nicer architectural features [than traditional homes]," says Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, creator of and lead researcher for Contour Crafting, one of the leading companies working on scaling 3D-printed homes for the masses.

    It's really not as crazy as it sounds. There are 3D printers making dishes, building furniture and repairing appliances right now. But a home needs a much bigger printer.

    On any scale, 3D printing works like this: Someone creates a three-dimensional digital design and sends it to the printer, where it's translated into something called a "G-code" file that slices a 3D design into thin layers.

    Here are some of the more notable projects.

     3D Print Canal House

    Total Kustom's cement castle

    Win Sun's printed-overnight homes

    WASP's mud houses

  • Joan Rivers' palatial 'Marie Antoinette' penthouse hits market

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 23 days ago

    It's a little piece of Versailles in New York City--fitting for the Queen of Comedy.

    The late, great comedian Joan Rivers' Upper East Side penthouse condo just went on the market for a whopping $28 million and really does take a page out of Louis XIV's decorating book: "Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger" is how she described it to the New York Times.

    "This is how Marie Antoinette would have lived, if she had the money," she also famously quipped.

    Rivers, who posthumously won her first Grammy Award on Sunday (see the video below), decorated her 5,100-square-foot home herself, covering it with plush pink and cream fabrics, gilded gold finishes, ornate chandeliers, grand columns and 23-foot ceilings painted with puffy white clouds.

    It's somehow not what you'd expect and everything you'd expect from Rivers.

    The penthouse takes up the top three floors of a seven-story Gilded Age mansion, built in 1903 and converted to condos in the 1930s.

  • Unique Christmas traditions around the world

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 2 mths ago

    In the U.S., Christmas means pine trees decked out in lights and ornaments; Santa Claus and his reindeer delivering presents; poinsettias and mistletoe; and Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Elsewhere around the world, it means oysters on every street corner; feeding small meals to a log with a face; repainting your walls or fixing your roof; or buying your Christmas tree from a meat locker. Kathleen Peddicord, editor and publisher of Live and Invest Overseas, a magazine dedicated to buying international real estate, has collected stories from her readers of their local Christmas traditions. She has plenty of her own stories too, having traveled and lived overseas for more than 25 years.

    Click here or on a photo for a slideshow of the 10 strangest Christmas traditions she's come across worldwide.

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  • Monticello replica is 'swan song' for 100-year-old ice cream tycoon

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 3 mths ago

    There are now two Monticellos.

    There’s Thomas Jefferson’s famed estate in Charlottesville, Virginia -- the one that appears on the back of the nickel.

    And then there’s the one that ice cream built.

    S. Prestley “Pres” Blake -- co-founder of the Friendly's restaurant chain and ice cream company on the East Coast -- built a near-exact exterior replica in Connecticut as what he calls his "swan song," his last gesture as he approaches death. While that may seem a bit morbid, Blake just turned 100 years old, and frankly, he wasn’t sure he’d make it that long.

    (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow.)

    The interior of Blake's neoclassic abode pragmatically breaks from tradition—no basement kitchen or isolated privies for bathrooms—but you wouldn’t know to look at it from the outside. Blake, who considers Monticello “the country’s most architecturally beautiful residence,” even insisted on using all the same materials Jefferson used to create the exterior of the home — right down to bricks that are handmade. 

    It cost him.

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  • 10 incredible homes where rock meets hard place

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 3 mths ago

    These houses are taking home design all the way back to the Stone Age: They’re built on, around or into rocks.

    Imagine walking into your home and being greeted by a huge boulder jutting out of the ground, or walking on a smooth stone floor that wasn’t placed there by any contractor. Some architects and designers embrace rocks wherever they find them, building homes in quarries, on mountainsides, even on a lava field.

    These architects have made homes that are more natural and unique than your usual residential fare, and perhaps in a few cases saved a few dollars along the way (imagine the cost of trying to remove a huge boulder instead of simply allowing it to jut into your garage).

    Click here or on a photo to see some of the world's most incredible rock houses.

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  • Elvis' honeymoon hideout, the swinging 'House of Tomorrow,' is marked down $1 million

    Ilyce R. Glink at Spaces 3 mths ago

    Meet the House of Tomorrow.

    That's the name given half a century ago to 1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs. A big 1962 profile of the owners in Look magazine said that the house "proves California has only begun to show how luxurious things can be on this planet."

    A few years later, it caught the eye of The King himself. Elvis Presley and his bride, Priscilla, spent their wedding night at the home on May 1, 1967, shacking up there for their honeymoon. Nine months later to the day, on Feb. 1, 1968, daughter Lisa Marie was born.

    The swinging pad has been under the loving stewardship of a self-professed "Elvis junkie," homeowner M.L. Lewis, for almost 30 years. Lewis not only restored it but filled it with Elvis memorabilia -- all of which hit the market this past spring at $9.5 million.

    And now, a million bucks has been knocked off the price tag of the 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, five-bathroom home.

    Click here or on a photo for a slideshow with many more details about Elvis' $8.5 million honeymoon hideout, the House of Tomorrow in Palm Springs.