Archives For October 2013

Franklin Castle

For all the ghouls, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, goblins, and monsters out there, HGTV Front Door has compiled a list of America’s Scariest Homes: 12 Real Life Haunted Houses. Check out these spooooooooooky homes:

The Chelsea Hotel, NYC

The Chelsea Hotel, NYC: Built in 1884, this hotel has been home to many notable artists, writers, and musicians over the years. Visitors have claimed to have spotted the ghosts of Dylan Thomas, Eugene O’Neill, and Thomas Wolfe.

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House: This 160 room Victorian Mansion includes eerie architectural features, secret passageways, labyrinth-like hallways, and a seance room. It was rumored to have been built for the spirits themselves.

Amityville House

The Amityville House: In 1974, six members of the DeSeo family were found slain in this home. A year later, the new occupants quickly moved out after making claims of paranormal activity, including strange odors, unexplained drafts, and an apparition of a strange pig-like demon.

The Cassadaga Hotel

The Cassadaga Hotel: This hotel sits at the center of a small, spooky town known for its paranormal activity. It is the home to many mediums, psychics, and spiritualists, who claim the hotel has a powerful energy vortex.

The White House

The White House: Perhaps the most famous residence in the United States, the White House is apparently known for its haunted activity. There have been numerous reports by visitors, staff, and residents of seeing the ghosts of Abraham Lincoln, Abigail Adams, and Andrew Jackson.

Myrtles Plantation

Myrtles Plantation: Built in 1797, this plantation has been home to dozens of deaths including illness, poisoning, and murder. Residents and visitors claim to have witnessed many strange occurrences: disappearing jewelry, waking to find themselves completely tucked into bed, moving furniture, a piano that plays on its own, and mysterious handprints, among others.

The Joshua Ward House

The Joshua Ward House: Former home of wealthy sea captain Joshua Ward, this house was built in 1784 and was originally owned by George Corwin, the High Sheriff during the Salem Witch Trials. After his death, Corwin’s remains were housed in the basement. Rumor has it that his spirit still haunts the house.

The La Laurie House

The LaLaurie House: One of the spookiest homes in the French Quarter, the La Laurie Mansion was home to Dr. Louis and Delphine LaLaurie in the early 1830s. The LaLauries were rumored to have brutally mistreated their slaves, resulting in various deaths and suicides. The house has been haunted by screams of agony and apparitions ever since.

Franklin Castle

Franklin Castle: Built in 1865, four of the Tiedemann children died in this home, and owner Hannes Tiedemann was rumored to have killed both his 13 year old niece in a hidden passage and his mistress in the tower.  Visitors of Franklin Castle often claim to see an eerie woman in black staring out the tower window, small children crying, and strange happenings like doors flying off hinges and spinning lights.

The Whaley House

The Whaley House: Now a museum, San Diego’s Whaley House was designated an official Haunted House by the U.S. Department of Commerce in the 1960s due to frequently heard heavy footsteps of the ghost of “Yankee Jim” Robinson who was hung on the property in 1852, before the house was built.

The Lemp Mansion

The Lemp Mansion: Built in St. Louis in the 1860’s, it was home to the William Lemp family, wealthy brewers of which many committed suicide.

Villisca Axe Murder House

Villisca Ax Murder House: On June 12, 1912, all six members of the Moore family and two young houseguests were found bludgeoned to death by an axe in their home. Their murderer was never found, but the house still boasts wandering spirits, children’s crying voices, and a door that mysteriously opens and closes.

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Lego’s newest product, Architecture Studio, isn’t like the Pirate or Castle sets of your youth. Instead, the set features 1,210 white and translucent bricks and, rather than instructions, includes a 277 page guidebook filled with architectural concepts, building techniques, and insights from prominent architecture studios around the world.

Even in the hands of a kid, the possibilities are seemingly endless––but what about an actual architect? To answer this question, Wired sent sets of Architecture Studio to three leading firms––and the results were pretty cool:

SHoP Architects

  • Known for: Barclay’s Center – Brooklyn, NY
  • Current project: Domino Sugar Refinery – Brooklyn, NY

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Snøhetta

  • Known for: Oslo Opera House – Oslo, Norway
  • Current project: New Golden State Warriors arena – San Francisco, CA

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Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

  • Known for: Burj Khalifa – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Current Project: One World Trade Center – New York, NY

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Henderson, Nevada, Movoto’s top city in the U.S. for prospective home buyers

With low inventories and rising prices, it is certainly a seller’s market; But if you are ready and eager to buy a home, you may want to consider one of these locations:

  • Henderson, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Greensboro, NC
  • El Paso, TX
  • Lexington, KY
  • North Las Vegas, NV
  • Chesapeake, VA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Charlotte, NC

This list of 10 Best Cities for Homebuyers was created by Movoto based on the following criteria:

  • Total home sales per capita – A housing market with more properties available will generally be less competitive.
  • Median number of days on the market – Sellers may be more willing to negotiate and buyers have a better chance of getting the property they want when a home has been on the market for longer.
  • Median income to median home price ratio – The more potential buyers make in relation to median home price, the higher the area’s affordability.
  • Crime rate and school quality – Areas with lower crime rates and/or high quality schools are more attractive to buyers which keeps the property values up.
  • Higher unemployment rate – When fewer people are capable of purchasing homes there is inevitably less competition for buyers. Obviously, higher unemployment in the long run can affect resale value, but the unemployment rate is likely to decrease over the next couple of years.

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Map by Zara Matheson of the Martin Prosperity Institute, via The Atlantic.

We all know that Silicon Valley is a hot spot for the tech industry, but you may be surprised at some of the other locations that made this list of 25 leading locations for high-tech information jobs.

The map above identifies the concentration of high-tech jobs by county, based on data collected in an analysis by Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute.

Top 25: PPI Tech/Info Jobs Index

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medium_13f0c086-3f2e-4836-ad8b-df54d93c0b69In honor of our upcoming trip to Dublin for Web Summit, we thought we’d showcase some of the local real estate.

One of our favorite posts is this 4 bedroom Donnybrook home not far from the city center. At 2,002 square feet, the house features a reception hall, drawing room, separate dining and breakfast areas, plus exposed beams and a charming verandah.

The best part is that it’s only 2 miles from the Web Summit venue––we may love Ireland so much, we simply decide to purchase it and stay forever!

134 Stillorgan Rd. is on the market for $750,000 and is listed with Michelle Berg of Lisney.

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Web Summit 2013, Europe’s largest tech conference, will take place on October 30 and 31 in Dublin, Ireland and Househappy will be there!

With over 10,000 attendees, Web Summit is a global gathering of the world’s leading thinkers and doers in technology. This year’s sold out Summit will feature more than 350 speakers ranging from founders, investors, CEOs, inventors, and designers. Big names include Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox; Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote; Kevin Rose, Digg founder and Google Ventures VC; and skateboarder turned CEO, Tony Hawk.

Househappy is one of 150 startups invited to attend the Summit’s 2.5 day STARTglobal event––what Forbes is calling “the new hot ticket on the tech conference scene.”

The event is described as “an annual gathering of…the world’s most exciting and disruptive startups.” Among last year’s invitees were Vine, Mailbox, Stripe, Waze, and Coursera.

Househappy is honored to be in such great company and we are beyond excited to be part of this year’s STARTglobal. We will also have a premium exhibition stand at the Summit, so come find us and say hello!

If you’re a neurotic extrovert living in California or a relaxed and openminded Pennsylvanian, it might be time to consider a move!

Using personality test data from over one million people across the United States, researchers have identified three distinct personality regions in the country:

  • Friendly and conventional
  • Relaxed and creative
  • Temperamental and uninhibited

In the map above, each state is colored by the region it belongs to and shaded according to how strongly its personality matches that profile.

Want to know where you belong? Click here to take the 10 question survey to know which state is the best match for your personality.

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