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The biggest mansion in Alabama is being auctioned — and it could be ‘the buy of a lifetime’

DeCaro Luxury Real Estate AuctionsThe home was last auctioned in 2003 for a reported $3.95 million. It’s famed for its peculiar, guitar-shaped driveway. Birmingham’s most infamous luxury listing is hitting the auction block on Halloween.  Known as “The Guitar House” and touted as Alabama’s biggest estate, 7 Montagel Way is the dream home of Larry House, the […]

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The 25 coolest speakeasies in America

Facebook/The-Franklin-Mortgage-Investment-CoPhilly’s Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. was inspired by the country’s largest bootleg alcohol ring during Prohibition. Over 80 years ago, bartenders and drinkers alike kept the nation’s booze knowledge alive in speakeasies during prohibition.  While the temperance movement is long gone, the hidden bars prevail. From upscale dress codes to passwords, these establishments transport […]

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27 awesome things to do in Chicago this fall

Flickr/Mike WarotNothing beats the quiet of daybreak at The Cloud Gate (aka “the bean”) in Millennium Park Ah, Chicago in the fall. That fleeting moment before the temperature drops below zero and snow blankets the city. Whether you’re a resident or are just passing through on business, it’d be a shame to let the fair season fly […]

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Take a tour of millionaire magician David Copperfield’s private island, which you can rent for $57,000 a night

Courtesy of HomeAwaySpend your next Caribbean vacation on the famous illusionist’s private island. In 2006, world-famous illusionist David Copperfield reportedly spent $50 million on a private island called Musha Cay in the southern Bahamas. After five years and $40 million worth of remodeling work, Copperfield completed what he calls the “most magical vacation destination in the world.” […]

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This ‘Volcano House’ in the Mojave Desert is part mid-century marvel, part villainous lair

Zillow Listing50451 Silver Valley Road’s unique shape is modeled after a nuclear generating plant information center. Sitting on top of a 150-foot volcanic cinder cone, this spacecraft-esque home is known as “The Volcano House.”  Public television host Huell Howser was the mid-century property’s last owner. He listed it back in 2009 for $750,000, according to the Los Angeles […]

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Here’s what burgers look like at 16 Michelin-starred restaurants around the country

Melissa HomWho says burgers have to be made of beef? Not Manhattan’s Nomad restaurant. These days, a burger is so much more than a patty between buns. Even the very best chefs in the world have devoted resources to building burgers with only the finest ingredients.  To find these white-tablecloth-quality burgers, we read through dozens of […]

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10 awesome architectural wonders dedicated to sports

World Architecture FestivalThe London Aquatics Centre’s roof is meant to mimic a wave. The World Architecture Festival is an annual celebration of the most beautifully designed buildings around the globe.  At this year’s festival, held in Singapore in November, the winner of “building of the year” will be selected from a list of 338 designs, 10 of which […]

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The 12 most beautifully designed hotels in the world

World Architecture FestivalBoats are seen docked outside the Yacht Club de Monaco. Each year, the World Architecture Festival honors the most beautifully designed buildings around the globe.  This year’s 338 nominees include designs in a number of categories, including Hotel and Leisure.  The hotels under consideration are all incredibly unique, from an African safari lodge that […]

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Celebrity chef Katie Lee is selling her Hamptons mansion for $6.5 million

Jake Rajs Co-host of Food Network’s “The Kitchen” Katie Lee listed her Southern-style home in Water Mill, New York for $6.5 million.  Built in 2010 and decorated by famed interior designer Nate Berkus, the 6,325 square-foot mansion is homey yet elegant with a backyard made for entertaining.  “The house feels both luxurious and casual, which was important for me for […]

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9 ways you’re cooking your steak wrong, according to the chef of Wall Street’s oldest steakhouse

Courtesy of KB Network NewsBilly Oliva is the chef behind one of Wall Street’s oldest and most popular steakhouses. Few dishes compare to a hunk of juicy steak. And even fewer home-cooked steaks compare to those of your local favorite steakhouse. From fridge to plate, there are a lot of little secrets steakhouse chefs employ. […]