Craziest homes that hit the market in 2018

In many ways, 2018 was a wild year — and trends across the real estate market proved to be no exception. From coast to coast, real-life homes listings made headlines for their sky-high price tags, beauty, unbelievable amenities or spooky histories. Read on to learn more about the six of the most eclectic listings of … Continue reading “Craziest homes that hit the market in 2018”

In many ways, 2018 was a wild year — and trends across the real estate market proved to be no exception. From coast to coast, real-life homes listings made headlines for their sky-high price tags, beauty, unbelievable amenities or spooky histories.

Read on to learn more about the six of the most eclectic listings of the year – some of which are still up for grabs.

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1. Millionaire raffles off $3 million mansion with three-hole golf green for $14.50 per ticket

The homeowners reportedly think this is a more "fun" way to sell their home and raise money for charity at the same time. (Millionaire Mansion/SWNS)

In January, an English millionaire held a competition to give away his $3 million mansion for just $14.50 a ticket — complete with unbelievable perks.

The couple who owns the home says they plan to donate a portion the money from each ticket to charity. (Millionaire Mansion/SWNS)

The competition's wild prize package included the mansion, a Rolls Royce, leisure complex with swimming pool, gym and changing facilities, extensive grounds of 10 acres with beautiful landscaped gardens, three-hole golfing greens, self-contained apartment with garden, garage for four cars, housekeeper and gardener (paid for a year), all gardening implements, a tractor, quad bike, fully-stocked wine cellar, kennel for dogs, and all furniture and fittings. The stunning home also came with its taxes pre-paid, plus an additional $63,000, too.

2. Statue-filled ‘once in a lifetime’ house in Michigan comes with vintage cars, custom features

The $550,000 3 bedroom, 4 bath comes with some unusual additions. (Realtor.com)

Michigan home buyers eager to score a "one of a kind" home filled with unusual knickknacks surely delighted in a three-bed Detroit home that looked like it had been frozen in time in the 1950s. The eccentric property came filled with countless statues of all shapes and sizes, a Kohler Campbell baby grand player piano, and two vintage cars.

The home comes "as is," which includes a Kohler Campbell baby grand player piano. (Realtor.com)

3. Condemned California home with holes in roof, mildew, sells for $1.23 million

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Though the Golden State is famed for its occasionally astronomical real estate prices, one condemned Northern California home made headlines in April for its $1.23 million asking price — despite the desperate shape it was in.

Even though the house’s roof had holes and its interiors were filled with mildew, the Fremont property ultimately closed at $230,000 over its initial asking price — a stunning example of the Bay Area's tight housing market.

4. $85 million apartment comes with Rolls-Royces, a trip to space

With an asking price of $85 million, the 15,000-square-foot duplex penthouse at the Atelier in New York City costs $5,666 per square foot. (Daniel Neiditch President of River 2 River Realty)

Wondering what $85 million can buy you in Manhattan? One of the most expensive apartment listings that hit New York City in May also came with some of the strangest bonus perks.

The luxury apartment(s) boasts Hudson River views but no outdoor space. (Daniel Neiditch President of River 2 River Realty)

Interested buyers for the 15,000-square-foot duplex at 635 W. 42nd St were offered two Rolls-Royce Phantoms, a $1 million 75-foot yacht with five years of docking fees, a year’s worth of weekly dinners for two at Daniel Boulud’s 65th Street restaurant, a pair of courtside season tickets to the Brooklyn Nets (valued around a cool $225,000), and a year of services from a live-in butler and a private chef to sweeten the deal, too.

Crazier yet, the package also included two $250,000 seats on a Virgin Galactic space flight – though it's not entirely clear why one would even want to leave such luxurious digs in the first place.

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5. Arkansas Ozarks home inside a cave listed at $2.75 million

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Though big homes are often described as “cavernous,” an August listing for a Parthenon, Ark. property in the Ozarks truly meant it.

The Beckham Creek Cave House, a 5,572-square-foot dwelling constructed inside a natural cavern, went up for sale for $2.75 million – an arguably good deal for such a one-of-a-kind home. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom property includes a striking indoor waterfall sourced from a spring that originates deep within the cave.

6. America’s most expensive house listed for $245M

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In October, America's most expensive home hit the market for an unbelievable $245 million.

Tucked away in the the Bel Air enclave of Los Angeles, the 10-plus-acre estate previously belonged to late billionaire A. Jerrold Perenchio, the former chairman and CEO of Spanish-language network Univision. The unreal 25,000-square-foot, Sumner Spaulding-designed mansion dates to the 1930s, and has since been renovated and restored. The French neoclassical-style property features a paneled dining room, a 12,000-bottle wine cellar, many formal rooms, and much, much more.

Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler and Travis Fedschun, as well as wire services from SWNS and the New York Post, contributed to this report.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Harvey Weinstein’s $25.6 million NYC townhouse gutted by new owners

Harvey Weinstein’s former West Village home has been gutted — with no trace of the disgraced movie man left, Page Six can reveal.

Weinstein was forced to sell the Bank Street home he shared with ex-wife Georgina Chapman after being accused of sexual misconduct.

The property — originally purchased by Weinstein in 2006 for $14.95 million — sold for $25.6 million in March to an anonymous buyer.

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The home was bought by an LLC called Cheget — and a $20 million mortgage agreement for the property was signed by Oaktree Capital Management co-founder Bruce Karsh.

Now, the stunning home has been torn apart by builders who are preparing it for the new owner.

Our photos show that it has been taken down to the studs during its renovation, while the outside is completely boarded up, with windows sealed.

An onlooker said: “I walked by and just thought that all traces of Harvey are being wiped away. It’s as if he was never there.”

The house is opposite celeb eatery the Waverly Inn and hosted a Hillary Clinton 2016 fundraiser for guests including Leo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Weinstein sold his Hamptons home for $10 million in January 2018, despite originally asking for millions more. (Realtor.com)

Amid scandal, Weinstein’s unloaded what’s believed to be nearly $53 million worth of property.

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Meanwhile, Chapman’s living upstate and doing “really well,” according to pals.

A rep for Oaktree did not immediately return the New York Post’s request for comment.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post. Read the full story here.

Real-estate listing features Grinch-costumed agent posing on bed, raiding fridge

It’s nowhere near Whoville, but a Baltimore row house features its very own Grinch.

Even those with a distinct lack of holiday cheer would find it hard to avoid cracking a smile when perusing the listing photos of this $374,900 house. The beautifully rehabbed home from the 1920s features the famed character striking cheeky poses in a variety of rooms.

There's the green-hued guy sneaking off with the Christmas tree in the front of the house. Inside, he’s raiding the refrigerator, swiping a Christmas stocking, lounging on the bed of one of the three bedrooms, and exploring all three baths.

(Realtor.com)

The Dr. Seuss character also enjoys the finished, full-height basement, where he keeps in shape on the rowing machine, holds a yoga pose, and plays video games.

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  • The use of a costumed character is a canny marketing move.

    “It definitely helps with exposure,” says listing agent Christina Dudley of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty. “Obviously nobody’s going to buy a house based on funny characters. It definitely gets people talking and gets people sharing the home.”

    There's plenty to showcase. The 2,000-square-foot home features an open living, dining, and kitchen space. While it's been updated over the decades, original details remain, including exposed brick walls.

    Other amenities include stainless-steel appliances, ample storage space, and two porches. It's located in the Hampden neighborhood, which has become a quirky hot spot in the past few years, according to Dudley. That quirk level made this buzzy green grump a perfect marketing device.

    (Realtor.com)

    The idea of dressing up a volunteer (in this case a buyer’s agent on the team, Christopher Wade) in a silly costume isn’t new. The web also went wild for a T. rex that had invaded a Texas home this summer.

    Dudley notes silly costumes have led to serious sales after appearances in other homes she's sold. She has deployed a unicorn costume in one home (it sold in a day for asking price) and a Spider-Man outfit in another (the home went into contract in a week).

    Obviously, Dudley and co-listing agent Michael Frank are hoping for another win with the Grinch.

    “We’re having a lot of fun, and so far we've had a lot of success,"  Frank says. "This is a different approach.”

    The homeowners came to them after they saw another listing using this approach, and wanted to give it a try.

    "At the end of the day, you can’t market every home the same," Frank says. "It’s not for every single house. We’re trying to do what works for that specific home. It gives you more liberty."

    And in case you were wondering, the listing states, "Grinch not included."

    The post, "Ho, Ho, Home! The Grinch Steals the Show in Fun and Festive Photos of Baltimore Listing," appeared first on Realtor.com®.

    Christmas cottage from ‘The Holiday’ flick selling for $821K

    It’s mid-December, which means we’ve already watched “The Holiday” three times, drooled over Jude Law and most importantly – had major house envy over Iris’ whimsical countryside cottage.

    And we don’t want to cause a frenzy, but we have some big news: The property that inspired the hit film is now up for sale.

    Honeysuckle Cottage boasts three bedrooms, picturesque views and is on sale for $821,660. (Columbia Pictures)

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    Although the house in the film – named Rosehill Cottage – isn’t actually real (the exterior was built for the movie and the interior scenes filmed on set), the inspiration behind the quintessentially English home came from another property near Dorking in Surrey.

    TOKYO – MARCH 14: Actress Cameron Diaz and actor Jude Law attend a photo call and press conference to promote their latest film "The Holiday" at Park Tower Hall on March 14, 2007 in Tokyo, Japan. (Getty Images)

    Honeysuckle Cottage boasts three bedrooms, picturesque views and is on sale for $821,660.

    Located in the pretty village of Holmbury St Mary, the cottage also has an inglenook fireplace, exposed beams and underfloor heating.

    And if that wasn’t enough, the exterior looks just like that of Rosehill Cottage from the film.

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    The front of Honeysuckle Cottage looks very similar. Rightmove also tells The Sun that the property “enjoys delightful landscaped gardens, which incorporates an extensive area of flagstone laid terrace with lovely views.”

    And there are also two pubs within walking distance – just like in the movie.

    Sounds like the dream, if you've got a spare $821K?

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    Kate and Pippa Middleton’s former London home hits market

    The London home Kate Middleton shared with her sister before she married into the royal family is on the market.

    Located in a sought-after spot in the posh Chelsea neighborhood, the three-bedroom apartment was once lived in by the Duchess of Cambridge.

    Although likely to be a distant memory for Kate now, the Middleton sisters lived there after their parents bought it in 2002.

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    Originally purchased for 780,000 pounds, or over $978,000, it is now for sale for 1.95 million pounds, or nearly $1.9 million, according to The Sunday Times.

    The Chelsea apartment is tastefully decorated with colorful and cosy extras scattered throughout the three bedrooms. Rugs and sofas fill the living spaces in what looks like a spacious apartment.

    It isn't known why the Middletons have put the three-story apartment on the market, but it's likely there isn't much need for it now. Kate has lived with husband Prince William and their three children at Kensington Palace for years, and Pippa now lives with husband James Matthews and their new baby.

    William and Kate live at Kensington Palace Apartment 1A — they moved into the residence in 2012, after it underwent a $5.6 million refurbishment. It features five reception rooms, three master bedrooms and additional dressing rooms, bathrooms and a gym — not your average London apartment.

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    The royal family has a staggering $16 billion property portfolio, including Buckingham Palace and a number of other sprawling estates. Their incredible properties actually fall into two categories — ones they privately own, and those that are owned by the Crown Estate.

    The Crown Estate is owned by the current reigning monarchy, and the Queen doesn’t actually have any rights when it comes to the selling of properties.

    This article originally appeared in The Sun. Read more content from The Sun here.

    Elvis’ Palm Springs honeymoon hideout listed at $2.695 million

    Some Elvis Presley fans are about to be All Shook Up learning that they can own a piece of The King for only a few million dollars.

    The Palm Springs pad, where Elvis and new bride Priscilla Presley hid out after their secret wedding in 1967, is back on the market for $2.695 million – nearly three times less than the $5.9 million asking price it was listed at only a year ago.

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    Once billed as the “House of Tomorrow,” the modernist residence was built in 1960, and originally listed for $9.5 million.

    1st May 1967: American rock musician Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) and his wife, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, hugging each other on their wedding day, Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty Images)

    The William Krisel-designed abode features futuristic pod-like structures and floating stairs as part of its unique look. The 5,000-square-foot home has floor-to-ceiling windows and a chic 60’s vibe with a suspended, see-through fireplace and stone accented walls.

    The kitchen continues the round aesthetic with a circular free-standing island complete with indoor grill. Heading up the narrowing stairs, a drape-heavy bedroom, one of five, sits surrounded by windows and closets lining the walls.

    The King of Rock and Roll’s love nest also comes with a swimming pool in the backyard – as well as some memorabilia of Elvis himself. As the Seattle Times reports, all art and furnishings, including portraits of the cultural icon, are included in the nearly $2.7 million sale.

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    Elvis and Priscilla divorced in 1973, six years after getting married. Elvis later died in 1977 from a heart attack.

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    ‘Fixer Upper’ home nicknamed ‘The Prickly Pear House’ hits market at $499G

    The last time we saw the Severn family on "Fixer Upper," they were "blown away" by the work Chip and Joanna Gaines did to transform a tired '80s home into a dreamy, modern residence. At the end of the episode, Chip hoped the Severns "would live happily ever after" in the house remodeled on Season 4 of the popular HGTV series.

    The episode aired in February 2017. A year and a half later, the "ever after" fairy tale has come to an end. The Severns have put the Gaines-redesigned home in Woodway, Texas, on the market for $499,000.

    Don't be deceived by the goofy nickname Chip gave the residence. He and Joanna teamed up to turn the 3,444-square-foot "Prickly Pear House" into a sparkling retreat, one of the many wonders they work in the Waco area.

    (Realtor.com)

    The nickname was inspired by the giant, overgrown cactus in front of the four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home. Ripping out the enormous plant was among the first things the couple did to the property. They replaced the big Opuntia with a bed of mulch and sweet lavender, making the front of the home more inviting.

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  • Also on the exterior, they covered the old red brick with their famous "German schmear," a rough application of white plaster. They also added a front porch and pergola with access to beautiful French doors.

    The duo expanded the kitchen, adding a custom island with bar seating, marble countertops, and a matching backsplash. The custom wood vent hood they installed is stunning. They also created a comfy living room and reading nook for the family with two kids.

    (Realtor.com)

    The home office is spacious and offers plenty of built-ins, something any telecommuter would desire. And while not all the bathrooms were completely redone, the master bath and a half-bath were freshened up.

    The Severns purchased the house for $230,000 and had a budget of $145,000 for Chip and Joanna to work their magic. If the couple manages to snag their half-million-dollar asking price, they'll walk away with a sweet profit to complement their Season 4 appearance.

    The median price per square foot in the Woodway area is about $114, and this home is priced at $145 — a clear indication that the "Fixer Upper" treatment can increase the ROI.

    "Chip and I loved designing this home for the Severn family and dreaming up little places for them to retreat and enjoy," Joanna wrote on her blog. "This may be the first home we’ve done where the focus was specifically on creating these little hiding spaces for the family to sneak away and read a good book."

    Now it's simply time for a new owner to write the next chapter in this ready-made, Gaines-approved residence.

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    How to decorate like Clark Griswold without breaking the bank (or your leg)

    Christmas without Clark Griswold is like a night without stars. Every block needs a house so strung out it can be seen from outer space. If that’s your house, you can’t control if your neighbors will love you or hate you for it. But you can minimize your expenses and your chances of ending up in the emergency room. (The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates holiday decorating is responsible for more than 15,000 trips to the ER.) Here are a few life-saving and money-saving tips to keep in mind.

    1.      Follow the rule of 3

    Sean Dore, owner of Mr. Electric,  cautions against connecting more than three strands of incandescent lights together on one extension cord. Doing so can cause overheating and ultimately, housefires. “The rule of three stands regardless of the distance of the strands of lights,” says Dore.

    2.      Pay attention to your extension cord

    In a November 2018 survey (yet to be published), The Hartford insurance company found that 44 percent of Americans buy the least expensive option when it comes to extension cords. Deputy Chief Jimmy Walker of The Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshal Program recommends investing in one rated for outdoor use and never running it under a rug. “Extension cords can overheat,” says Walker. “If covered with a rug, any heat is trapped and can’t escape.”

    3.      Don’t use a metal ladder

    Use a ladder made of fiberglass, plastic or wood when hanging your lights. Metal is a good conductor of electricity, and even if the electric shock doesn’t kill you, the shock of being shocked might cause you to fall. The Environmental Health & Safety department at the University of Iowa estimates that every year 300 people die from ladder-related incidents. Last year, the 82-year-old Canadian man behind the famous “Burlington Griswold House” died from a ladder fall.

    31 percent of Americans who decorate don’t check to see if their lights are rated for indoor or outdoor use. (iStock)

    4.      Repurpose a painter’s pole

    “If you want to avoid using a ladder you can take the roller off of a painter’s pole and use the hook at the end,” says Jennifer McDermott, Consumer Advocate at finder.com. McDermott also stresses the importance of having your lights organized and wrapped in a loose circle in advance so you don’t have to deal with the distraction of untangling lights while working in the hard-to-reach areas.

    5.      Use the right lights

    According to The Hartford survey, 31 percent of Americans who decorate don’t check to see if their lights are rated for indoor or outdoor use. It also found that 41 percent use lights or electric decorations that are more than 10 years old. “Indoor lights are not made to withstand cold and wet conditions and could degrade,” explains Walker who recommends inspecting, and if necessary, updating, your lights.

    6.      Plan before you purchase

    To avoid buying too many lights or making return trips to the store for more, take measurements in advance. While it never hurts to look on Craigslist first for a set of used ones in good condition, the best option is to wait until after Christmas when holiday décor gets substantially marked down. Shop in stores for the best deals. Most retailers don’t have enough leftover décor to list online but their brick-and-mortar locations often discount up to 80 percent to avoid having to ship product back and to make space for next season’s goods.

    7.      Use an image projector instead

    Just because your parents hung lights doesn’t mean you have to. Projectors are not only easier to set up, but they’re also cheaper. At Home Depot a swirling snowflake projector is around $20 while a string of icicle lights will set you back $35 and an 8-pack of replacement bulbs, $8. One New Jersey man has so many lights he estimates he’s invested more than $100,000 in his now controversial display. “Most people require at least 20 strings of 200-300 lights,” says Rachel Cruze, a personal finance expert and co-author of “Smart Money Smart Kids” with her dad, Dave Ramsey. Cruze also recommends projectors because they use LED lights and are easier on the electric bill.

    But the best way to ensure you never forget to turn off your lights is to use a timer. (iStock)

    8.      Set up a timer

    You could write yourself a note. But the best way to ensure you never forget to turn off your lights is to use a timer. Sophie Kaemmerle, a home and safety writer for NeighborWho.com, recommends the myTouchSmart Plug-in Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Switch ($40) if you need the smart capabilities and the Woods Outdoor 24-hour Photoelectric Timer with Remote Control 3-Outlet ($12) if you don’t. According to this Wired article, Clark Griswold’s setup, assuming he used old-fashioned incandescent lights, would cost about $3 per hour to run. Leaving them on overnight, therefore, could cost as much as $24. Or it could cost you your house. In 2017, a Tennessee home went down in flames after Christmas lights were left on 24/7.

    9.      Use LED lights

    According to the Washington Post’s number crunching, it costs the same to run 25 incandescent  C9 light bulbs—the kind you probably grew up with—as it does to run 1,800 LED lights. It is worth noting, however, that LED lights are more expensive to buy. A string of 25 incandescent C9 light bulbs is $10 at Home Depot. A 25-pack of LED C9 light bulbs is $25.Therefore it only makes financial sense to buy LED lights if you plan on using them for more than one season. (According to Lowe’s, incandescent holiday lights last 4-6 seasons while LED lights can last 10 or more seasons.)

    10.  Maintain your lights

    To save money on lights, keep your current lights in good condition. Secure them with plastic clips or Command hooks instead of staples which can damage the wires. Try to take them down immediately after Christmas, and don’t just toss them in a bin. Housekeeping.org recommends wrapping them around cardboard or even Pringles cans to prevent tangles and broken bulbs.

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    7 home improvement projects you should tackle in the winter

    For those of us who live in cold-weather climates, the winter months are synonymous with hibernation mode. Who wants to go outside when you have to shovel two feet of snow just to see the sidewalk?

    But don’t let the next blizzard or polar vortex take the wind out of your home renovation sails. A frigid winter weekend is the perfect time to tackle an indoor project (as long as you can coax yourself away from your blanket and your Netflix queue).

    Not sure where to start? Read on to find inspiration for your next weekend project, whether you only have an hour to spare or can dedicate a full weekend to home improvement.

    1. Update your kitchen backsplash

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  • Time: Half a day to two days

    Tools: Score tool, tile cutter or wet saw, power drill, grout, joint compound, joint knife

    Maybe you don’t have a backsplash in your kitchen, or maybe you’ve been putting off replacing your existing one. Either way, updating your backsplash is a project you can easily accomplish in a weekend.

    “This is an area of only 30 square feet in most homes,” says Yuka Kato, content manager at Fixr, a marketplace for contractors and homeowners. The relatively small scope makes this an ideal project for tile novices. But before you jump in, read our detailed guide on how to install tile like a professional.

    If you’re a renter and you can’t install permanent decor, pick up some peel-and-stick tile to add temporary (and totally removable) pizazz to your backsplash.

    2. Install a smart thermostat

    Time: One to two hours

    Tools: Screwdriver

    (iStock)

    A smart thermostat can help you save money during the winter months, when you’re most likely to rack up expensive energy bills. And the best part? You can easily knock out the installation in a couple of hours over a weekend.

    Do your homework before you head to the store, so that you know which thermostat will best fit your needs. And make sure to review the instructions ahead of time, to be sure you’re comfortable with the installation — nobody wants to get stuck with a dysfunctional thermostat in the dead of winter.

    3. Create an accent wall with removable wallpaper

    Time: An hour

    Tools: Scissors, utility knife

    Wallpaper has made a serious comeback, but today’s bold hues and prints are a departure from the granny-esque designs of yore. If you’re curious about this trend but not quite ready to go all-in, start by wallpapering an accent wall rather than an entire room.

    Opt for a peel-and-stick removable wallpaper that you can easily take down once you tire of it. Unlike traditional wallpaper, the removal process is painless (for both you and your walls), which means this weekend project is feasible for renters and homeowners alike.

    4. Create extra storage

    Time: A few hours to half a day

    Tools: Power drill, screwdriver

    Entryway storage is crucial — especially in the winter, when puffer jackets, snow boots, and scarves demand extra space. Marty Basher of Modular Closets suggests visiting the local craft store to purchase bookcases or shelving, so you can keep odds and ends organized in the entryway.

    A wall-mounted shelf above the table will add space for hats and gloves, and you can install hooks for hanging keys or the dog’s leash as well.

    “An antique, wooden small table with drawers can easily store small items like note pads, pens, a stapler, and other accessories,” Basher adds.

    5. Give hardware and fixtures a fresh look

    Time: An hour or two

    Tools: A screwdriver

    The weather may be dreary, but your home fixtures can still be cheery. A simple swap of cabinet hardware in the kitchen, the bathroom vanity, or an old dresser will breathe new life into your home’s appearance without breaking the bank.

    If you have room in your budget for a more dramatic facelift, install a new dining room chandelier or updated lighting in the foyer, or take the plunge on a statement fixture for above the kitchen island.

    6. Swap out your showerhead

    Time: An hour

    Tools: Wrench, pliers

    Over time, showerheads become grungy and gross. If yours is overdue for an upgrade, spend some time this weekend swapping out your old showerhead for a new, low-flow model. Not only will you take the ick factor out of your shower, but you’ll also save on your water bill.

    “New showerheads spin the water droplets so that you actually feel like you’re getting more volume, not less, while you save,” Kato says.

    7. Apply a fresh coat of paint

    Time: One to two days

    Tools: Paint, brushes, drop cloth, painter’s tape (optional)

    (iStock)

    Painting is a perennial favorite project for DIYers, and for good reason: It doesn’t cost a lot of money, it doesn’t require any special skills, and it can be accomplished in as little as a day, depending on the size of your room.

    If you’re considering selling your house in the spring, opt for neutral white, gray, or tan. If you’re planning to stick around for a while, why not go big and pick up a gallon of your favorite statement color?

    “Painting a room is an easy way to change the mood of the space and add some color,” Basher says.

    So go ahead — buy a can of that moody aubergine for your master bedroom or the turquoise you’ve been mulling over for the powder room. When you’re ready for a new color, you can paint again — a good project for next winter, perhaps.

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    Lena Dunham lists Brooklyn apartment for $3 million

    Lena Dunham is bidding Brooklyn farewell; the actress, writer and producer has officially listed her airy three bedroom Williamsburg condo for a cool $3 million.

    Earlier this week, the "Girls" creator told The Cut that though her "whole identity was, like, Brooklyn" she's embracing the start of a new chapter, with digs in Manhattan's West Village.

    “Now I’m like, Thank you, Lord. I’m back amongst my tribe, which is like old people puttering around the health-food store. If I never see another f—— person in a cool sack dress with their baby again …,” Dunham told the outlet. “I just wanna live around old people who are not reminding me every day of my infertility and loneliness.”

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    In October, the star revealed that she underwent surgery to remove her left ovary, months after Dunham underwent a total hysterectomy in February. She has since remained open about her health.

    According to the unit’s official listing, Dunham’s pre-war, loft-style, pet-friendly condominium boasts three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and stunning views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the East River.

    “The ceilings are tall (13 feet), the windows are oversized, there is a fireplace, a true chef's kitchen (with SubZero refrigerator, Wolf stove and white Carrara marble countertops) and tons of thoughtful built-in storage spaces and hidden workspaces. The master bedroom is outfitted with a raised platform for the bed so you can wake up to views of the water,” the details read. “The leather pulls on custom cabinets and well laid out closet space that take advantage of the double height ceilings are a dream.”

    “The master bedroom is separated from the two other bedrooms allowing more privacy. The washer and dryer are adjacent to the secondary bedrooms where laundry is made. The coat closet is right next to the front door and large enough to fit forty coats and jackets.”

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    Other building amenities include a full-time doorman, a resident manager, handyman, a library lounge, bike storage and a roof terrace, as per the listing.

    The property is listed with Terry Naini of Brown Harris Stevens.

    Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak