Posts Tagged 'castles'

Floating house debuts in New Orleans

The Float House, which debuts this week in  New Orleans, marks a fascinating innovation in manufactured housing in the wake of a natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina. It is designed to survive up to 12-foot floodwaters and be mass produced.

This innovative base, or “chassis,” integrates all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and sustainable systems, and securely floats in case of flooding. Inspired by GM’s skateboard chassis, which is engineered to support several car body types, the FLOAT House’s chassis is designed to support a variety of customizable house configurations.

Via Morphopedia.com architects

The house was designed as part of the charitable “Make it Right” eco-friendly building organization of Hollywood movie star Brad Pitt. The Christian Science Monitor has an excellent feature here on the Float House.

Although the Float House doesn’t have much use in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it does make you wonder if someone could design and produce a “slide” house — one that might survive a tumble down the ridge line.

Float House by Morphopedia

Float House by Morphopedia

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How to survive without money

Books on personal finance and debt management come in all shapes and sizes — especially in tough economic times like these — and some authors have made fortunes off people who need financial guidance. In fact, a new Gallup poll that shows frugality is the new normal for many Americans.

But there’s a guy out there who could write about frugal living to the extreme. Daniel Suelo literally lives without money in a cave in the Utah wilderness.

Nine years ago, in the autumn of 2000, Suelo decided to stop using money. He just quit it, like a bad drug habit. His dwelling, hidden high in a canyon lined with waterfalls, is an hour by foot from the desert town of Moab, Utah, where people who know him are of two minds: He’s either a latter-day prophet or an irredeemable hobo.

via COULD YOU SURVIVE WITHOUT MONEY?MEET THE GUY WHO DOES: DETAILS Article on men.style.com.

Like financial advice, the concept of frugal living is in the eye of the beholder. But if you’re looking for affordable housing in Asheville that’s not a cave, try the Castles and Coves section of Iwanna.com.

N.C. ranks 34th in April foreclosure report

North Carolina was third highest in the country for foreclosed property growth from March to April, according to RealtyTrac. Its monthly property foreclosure report said only New Mexico and Massachusetts had higher increases, although North Carolina was ranked just 34th in the country and actually had a year-over-year decrease.

RealtyTrac data

The report shows that one in every 374 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing in April, the highest monthly foreclosure rate ever posted by RealtyTrac — the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties.

James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac, said:

…many lenders and servicers are beginning foreclosure proceedings on delinquent loans that had been delayed by legislative and industry moratoria. It’s likely that we’ll see a corresponding spike in REOs as these loans move through the foreclosure process over the next few months

via Foreclosure Activity Remains at Record Levels in April According to RealtyTrac(R) U.S. Foreclosure Market Report.

More celebrity home gawking

Fred Couples has moved closer to a golf course, but you can have his former estate for a mere $12.5 million.

1144 E Mountain Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 – Zillow.

As for your own local home search, you can start here.

Gawk at how the rich and famous live

Ever wonder how the regional rich and famous live? Check out this listing — the home of former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville.

After you’re done gawking, check out property closer to home by visiting Iwanna’s Castles sections — Asheville, Hickory, IwannaWest, Greenville and Spartanburg.


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