In Other News …

article-2253520-16A78096000005DC-64_634x475“Brady Bunch” Actress Sells Malibu Home She Bought At Age 11  [LA Times]  She bought it for $55,000 in 1969 and just sold it for $4 million.  The lesson here is clear: hoard every single thing you own for 45 years, and you’ll never regret it.

Are DC Renters Ready to Live In An Office Building?  [Urban Turf DC]  I’d love to live in an office building – just think how quiet it would get at night.

Will This Nobel Prize-Winning Author’s Mansion Be Demolished?  [The New Yorker]  Finding out that the guy who wrote “The Magic Mountain” owned a mansion in the Pacific Palisades would have utterly blown my 19 year old German Lit-obsessed self’s mind.  My adult self, though, is just like, “Huh, interesting.”

The Kitchenless House: A 21st Century Concept  [Arch Daily]  Did you know that no American apartments had individual kitchens (buildings had communal kitchens, with paid cooks who cooked for all) until the fear of Communism made people leery of “communal” living, and so everyone was forced to get their own kitchen?  (And cook for themselves and their families, for free.)  Fast forward a few decades, and I’ve used my oven once in the past nine years, while it’s taken up ten percent of my square footage.  Thanks, capitalism.

Before and After Photos of NoMa  [Curbed DC]  Try and explain NoMa to someone who just moved to DC.  “Yeah, like ten years ago it was completely desolate and empty, there weren’t really even buildings there to be abandoned, I’m not sure why.  I think people just didn’t realize it existed or something.”  They flat out won’t believe you.

Home Prices In the DC Suburbs Have Basically Not Recovered Since the Crash  [Zillow]  If there’s one thing we know, it’s that everything is cyclical, so the suburbs will be “hot” again at some point.  I can’t imagine how we’re going to get to that point though.

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