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    Colonial home for sale in Plymouth, Mass.

    In honor of Thanksgiving, we at AOL Real Estate give thanks for family, friends, good food -- and homes like this one. Located in historic Plymouth, Mass. -- where the first Thanksgiving took place in 1621 -- this outstanding waterfront Colonial is as sweet as pie. (Mmm ... pie). It has walls of glass, soaring ceilings, 360-degree views over Cape Cod Bay, stone fireplaces, and a gorgeously sprawling, wood-paneled chef's kitchen. (Bet those Pilgrims and Native Americans would've loved to have shared a meal in that kitchen.)

    The four-bedroom, six-bathroom home spans 6,200 square feet and boasts direct beach access. It's going for $1.7 million dollars -- steep, yes, but those stunning views from your private deck? Priceless.

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    Lynne Morey of Jack Conway Realty has the listing.

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    We clearly love swanky European pads, and we think this one can awaken you from your gluttonous, Thanksgiving weekend-induced stupor. Located in Paris, this flat has got stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, as well as gorgeous latticed rooftop gardens, an intriguing mix of contemporary and vintage decor -- and what our pals at Curbed point out is a "giant, unexplained" golden apple sitting smack in the middle of the entrance. Cool ... and kind of weird. But whatever, we'll still take it (that view!).

    The 8,073-square-foot space is listed for $23.85 million.

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    Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

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    Views this spectacular aren't easy to come by. And when you can experience them from a seven bedroom, six bathroom, 7,776 sq ft. mansion, they don't come cheap, either.

    For $11.75 million, you can own "The Pink House" in Belvedere, Calif., which the listing calls one of the most "authentic examples of the Mission Revival style [built] at the height of its popularity." The iconic home, which hasn't been on the market for 20 years, was designed by legendary architect John Mead Howells, who later helped design New York City's Daily News Building and Chicago's Tribune Tower (H/T Curbed!).

    Along with the usual luxurious master bedrooms, kitchens, and gardens, the home features an "extraordinary" ballroom with plenty of windows to take advantage of the house's unparallelled views. From the home's various rear patios and terraces, you can see Mt. Tamalpais, the Sausalito harbor, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the entire San Francisco Skyline.

    Though billed as a single family home, it also comes with an au pair studio and a separate one-bedroom apartment. See more photos of this one-of-a-kind home below, and get a glimpse at some of its unbelievable views.


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    See the listing for more details.

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    Home of 'Real Housewife' Lisa Hochstein

    The "Real Housewives" must be real bored because all they seem to be doing is throwing around real estate like it's candy. First, Beverly Hills "Housewife" Adrienne Maloof threw her $26 million mansion (or according to our friends at Curbed, "hideous faux chateau") on the market. Now, Miami "Housewife" Lisa Hochstein, married to celeb plastic surgeon Lionel Hochstein, is throwing her own beachfront manse on the market for $10.75 million.

    Aptly named "Palacio del Eden," the 10,000-square-foot Miami Beach castle is nothing short of swank. The opulent house boasts floor-to-ceiling marble columns, dripping chandeliers, fresco ceilings, gilded detailing, stained glass windows and marble floors. It's a little much for our humble tastes but -- whatever -- we can't afford it anyway. Judge for yourself!

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    Katrina S. Campins of the Campins Company has the listing.

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    East Hampton home

    A jaw-dropping Hamptons estate claims the mantle of #housepornthurs this week. The listing was submitted by @EHamptonPatch, and we've chosen it as a salute to all the areas in Hurricane Sandy's path that refuse to let the storm kill their spirit. Luckily, the area of Long Island where this gorgeous piece of real estate is perched suffered little damage during Sandy's wrath.

    Located in uber-ritzy East Hampton, the 4,500-square-foot home stares out at Napeague Harbor. The nearby beaches and ocean offer ample opportunity for swimming, kayaking and fishing, while the 1,000-acre preserve behind the home boasts trails ideal for hiking and mountain biking.

    But the home's biggest head-turner may be its gazebo. The luxury amenity is glass-enclosed and features its own hot tub. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom residence also has a gourmet kitchen brimming with top-of-the-line appliances, as well as an infinity pool from which you can enjoy the soothing views that have kept silver-spooners returning to the area for decades.

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    Learn more about the home on East Hampton Patch.

    This home is the winner of last week's #housepornthurs, a weekly Twitter conversation hosted by @aolrealestate. Tweet listings to AOL Real Estate with the hashtag #housepornthurs every Thursday for a chance to have one of your submissions featured as a House of the Day the following week.

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    Holiday decorations gone wrong

    As #houseporn fiends and real estate junkies, there's nothing we love more than poring through fabulous home listings -- except maybe sorting through the tragically un-fabulous ones. They'll definitely make you laugh, and some of them could make you cry. Every week, AOL Real Estate brings you the sorriest listings we could find on the Internet to show you what you should never do when posting your home online. We very appropriately call it #listingfail.

    This Week's Theme: Holiday Decorations Gone Wrong

    For the most part, decorating for the holidays adds a festive element to your home. It allows you to really get into the spirit of the season, and gives you an excuse to feature seasonal foods (pumpkins) or have a pretty tree in your living room. But in the following cases, these homeowners might have been better off just forgetting the holidays altogether. Scroll through the gallery to see some of our favorite listings featuring bad holiday decorations (plus a bonus!).

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    Anyone looking to become a landlord would be thrilled with today's House of the Day: The Paul Rudolph House, designed by the late famous architect and former dean of the Yale School of Architecture, is on the market for $27.5 million.

    The house in New York City consists of four apartments: one single-bedroom apartment, two multi-level two-bedroom apartments, and what the listing calls the "crown jewel" penthouse, built by Rudolph for his own use.

    The three-story penthouse, described by architecture critic Michael Sorkin as one of the most amazing pieces of modern urban domestic architecture, clocks in at 4,000 square feet with three bathrooms and three bedrooms. Some of its most notable features are its floor-to-ceiling glass walls and its ample windows overlooking the East River.

    The townhouse also features five private outdoor spaces, enclosed by exposed steal framework. The new owner will act as a landlord, as all four apartments are currently leased at "market rates," according to the listing. But if you want the iconic penthouse to yourself, the current lease is up in April! (Hat tip to Curbed New York for finding this awesome property).

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    Howard Morrel of Brown Harris Stevens has the listing.

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    Steampunk loft, before and after

    We loved the infamous "steampunk loft" in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood so much that we even filmed a video on it back in June (see below)! It was like nothing we'd ever seen: a little Jules Verne, a little nautical-chic, and wonderfully, excessively retro-futuristic and otherworldly.

    Sadly, however, all good things come to an end, and we recently got word that our favorite steampunk pad was no longer, well, steampunk. It has been stripped of all its multicolored, quirky decor (including zeppelins, whirligigs and antique welding tools, among many other steampunk-genre artifacts and collectibles), and it has been re-listed after going through a make-under.

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    So what happened to all those floating zeppelins, you wonder?

    "A lot of it, the owner is keeping," said Warburg real estate agent Nicole Beauchamp. "He had the same contractor and architect who helped put it all together, bring it down. It is sad, but at the same time, we need to broaden the appeal -- it's hard for many to look past the decor!"

    In any case, it's still a pretty cool space in a prime New York neighborhood. And, if you look closely, you can still see some subtle little remnants of the apartment's old steampunk days: The kitchen still boasts repurposed wrenches as kitchen handles.

    The home is still listed for $1.65 million. Nicole Beauchamp of Warburg Realty has the listing.


    AOL Real Estate's Inside Look: Steampunk Apartment



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    There are Christmas light displays and then there's this Christmas light display. This home, in Torrington, Conn., is undoubtedly one of a kind. The kind that leaves you speechless with awe. The kind that forces you to squint from the overwhelming luminosity of 80,000 twinkling, multicolored lights. It's Christmas -- on steroids.

    "I do it to bring people into Torrington," explained owner Ron Merriman, the mastermind behind the town's famous light display, which has been lit every holiday season for almost three decades. And bring people it certainly does -- 20,000 visitors each year, on average. And it's no surprise: Requiring 800 kilowatts of energy every night, the glowing "Christmas House" is a cross between an attraction and, well, (some would say) an eyesore.

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    Not us, though. With steaming hot chocolate in hand, a group of bundled-up friends in tow and "Let It Snow" humming sweetly in the background, we can't lie: It's impossible not to feel ridiculously, excessively, wonderfully festive at this home.

    You might think that almost nothing can beat this outrageous Christmas display, but we can think of one that might come close. Check this out:



    Want to make your own DIY holiday light display? Here's how to do it safely:

    If you want to get in on the Christmas spirit without necessarily going all out like Merriman's "Christmas House" -- we wouldn't encourage it, anyway -- we have some advice. It's important to note that hanging holiday lights and decorations can be dangerous if not done correctly. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that 150 fires each year are caused by holiday lighting, resulting in $8.5 million in property damage and, in some cases, injury and death.

    Julie Chavanne of the Electrical Safety Foundation International suggests the following:

    o. Outdoor electric lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interruptors, or GFCIs. If circuits are not protected, portable outdoor GFCIs can be purchased where electrical supplies are sold and require no special knowledge or equipment to install.

    o. Inspect all lights, decorations, and extension cords for damage before using.

    o. Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, the house or other firm supports to protect them from wind damage, but take care not to attach the lights in a way that could damage the cord's insulation.

    o. Make sure that spotlights used to illuminate decorations are well-ventilated, protected from weather, and a safe distance from flammable items.

    o. Use wooden or fiberglass ladders when decorating outdoors. Metal ladders conduct electricity. And use the right ladder height, ensuring that ladders extend at least 3 feet past the edge of the roof.

    o. Exercise caution when decorating near power lines. Keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet from power lines.

    o. Indoor Christmas light display? Carefully inspect each electrical decoration. Cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.




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    Holiday Decorations Gone Wrong

    Best Places to Hide Christmas Presents


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    We hope Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong had the time of his life in his Newport Beach, Calif., cottage because he's just thrown it on the market for a modest $1.895 million. Well, we think that's modest for the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning rock group.

    You know, we love a good celebrity home, but we're a bit underwhelmed by Armstrong's digs. We expected something huge with stripper poles in the shower or a bowling alley -- something that flaunts the lifestyle of the rich and famous that the rocker must be used to (and that we most certainly won't ever attain). As Zillow notes, his pad is "more bright and cozy family hideaway than punk-rocker party house."

    No matter. The 964-square-foot home is still cute as all get-out, with three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, vaulted ceilings and a private patio. Speaking of the private patio, it does have something that we don't: an outdoor shower (sans stripper poles, though).

    The home was built in 1946, according to the listing, but Armstrong and his wife renovated the entire thing "from the studs up" in 2007.

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    While the government's monthly jobs report for November, which was released Friday, showed better-than-expected growth in the job market, it wasn't necessarily glowing for real estate.

    According to the U.S. Labor Department's report, the economy added 146,000 new jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent from October's 7.9 percent.

    But Jed Kolko, chief economist at online listing site Trulia, noted that the uplifting jobs report also shows a downside for construction jobs. While the "employment picture for people ages 25 to 34 -- the prime age for housing demand -- continues to improve ... national construction employment has dropped 12.7 percent," Kolko told AOL Real Estate.

    Specifically, Kolko said, here's what should concern the housing market in the jobs report:

    o. Construction employment is falling behind. Over the past three months, construction jobs decreased by 0.4 percent (annualized rate), and residential-building construction employment contracted at a 7 percent annualized rate, even though employment overall expanded by 1.3 percent. Since the recession officially ended in June 2009, residential-building employment has dropped 12.7 percent.

    o. The good news: Among 25-to-34-year-olds, the prime age group for housing demand, 75.2 percent were employed in November, up from 75.1 percent in October and from 73.9 percent in November 2011. For this age group, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in November of this year, down from 9.2 percent one year ago -- an even bigger drop than for the economy overall. This is the lowest unemployment rate for this age group since December 2008.

    o. Job growth in "clobbered metros" was 0.9 percent (annualized rate) through October -- behind the national average of 1.4 percent for the same period. Clobbered metros are defined as the areas with the biggest price declines during the housing bust and the highest vacancy rates now. Job growth there is especially important for housing demand. Many Florida metros, including Jacksonville and Orlando, had strong quarterly growth, while Detroit and its suburbs lost jobs.

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    Jeffrey Mitchell's

    Jeffrey Mitchell of Miramar Beach, Fla., is letting his neighbors know that he is a registered sex offender in a unique way: with a large sign in his yard.

    Mitchell was convicted last month of promoting the sexual performance of a child, a class 2 felony, after investigators caught him watching child pornography on his computer. In Florida, a class 2 felony is a serious crime that's punishable by up to 15 years in prison. After fighting the charge for almost two years, Mitchell eventually pleaded no contest -- avoiding potential jail time but gaining the status of "sex offender" for the rest of his life.

    Jeffrey Mitchell, Miramar Beach, Fla.The sign (pictured above) reads "Sex offender residence till the day I die." And underneath that it says "Apartment for rent." But why the big sign? "It's not so much what i wanted people to know. It's a dialogue that should be started," Mitchell told local TV station WJHG. He also wrote a letter to his neighbors explaining his charge. Mitchell claims that he's innocent, and that the state couldn't prove how the child pornography made its way to his computer, reports Orlando station WDBO. But after spending $100,000 in legal fees, he says that he couldn't continue to fight the charges.

    He has at least one neighbor convinced. "I thought it was written from the heart, very well-written. It was one of those things that, it was on his computer and he didn't know it," neighbor Bill Jenkins told WDBO.

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    Mitchell says that he is still struggling with being classified as a sex offender, but vows to continue to live his life. "It's still hard to accept that designation, especially since it lasts the rest of your life," said Mitchell.

    "Everyone wants to be on the right side of protecting children including myself," he added, "and that's partly the reason for the sign and partly the reason that I talk to my neighbors personally."

    Mitchell also explained that his notice of an apartment for rent was on the same sign because he would have to tell prospective renters that he is sex offender anyway.



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    One of the world's most famous photographers, Annie Leibovitz, has just thrown her, uh, picturesque compound on the market in New York City's West Village for a whopping $33 million. According to our pals at Curbed, this is no surprise: the celebrity-snapper has allegedly been a little cash-strapped these past five years -- she famously put her current body and work, and any future work, up as collateral on a $24 million loan to satisfy creditors, including the IRS. Ouch.

    Finances aside, her three-townhouse compound is gorgeous. Wide-plank floors, soaring ceilings, thirteen fireplaces, all spread over a whopping 10,200 square feet. See for yourself below.

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    Paula Del Nunzio and Guida De Carvalhosa of Brown Harris Stevens have the listing.

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    Pablo Lehmann's 'Scribe's House'

    Even if you aren't an avid reader, you'll be awestruck to see the epic art installation by Argentine artist Pablo Lehmann called "Scribe's House." It's a life-size apartment made entirely of pages ripped from books. Talk about bringing print to life.

    It took Lehmann two years to put the "Scribe's House" together. The "apartment" has all the elements you'd expect -- bathtub, bed, dining table, boudoir and even a fireplace -- though we wouldn't recommend using them.

    The "Scribe's House" installation was on display in Miami over the weekend, but if you missed it, Anthropologie is selling a book of photos of Lehmann's one-of-a-kind piece. That'll cost you $2,300 -- which, we'd like to point out, is a typical monthly rent of a real apartment in New York City.

    Speaking of which, if you're looking for an apartment that's actually habitable, start here.

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    This Thousand Oaks, Calif., mansion, originally custom-designed for Wayne Gretzky by star architect Richard Landry, has a long history.

    After Gretzky built the estate in 2002, he spent five luxurious years there before selling it to disgraced baseball player Lenny Dykstra, who had plans to flip it. Dykstra paid around $17.5 million for the house in 2007, right before the housing crash. After failing to sell it for $24.5 million in 2008, the home went into disrepair. There were reports of sewage escaping from a main drain and beer bottles, trash -- even dog feces -- littered throughout the house. Dykstra eventually lost the home in foreclosure, and it was sold at auction in 2010.

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    But the current owners have given the home a complete makeover, and it's now in selling shape -- to the tune of $14.995 million!

    The 13,000-square-foot estate boasts six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in the prestigious Sherwood Country Club enclave. According to the listing, each room features "exquisite attention to detail and artisan craftsmanship." The property also sits atop a hill, overlooking mountains and Lake Sherwood. And besides its celebrity pedigree, the new owner of this house can count Pete Sampras and Britney Spears among the neighbors!

    The property also features two guesthouses, a "championship" tennis court, a pool and an outdoor entertainment area with a wood-burning pizza oven -- and a wood and gas barbecue.

    See the listing for more details.

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    House of the Day, Houston mansion

    This mansion in Houston is one of the weirdest things we've ever seen: It's like someone took pieces of a classic, stately chateau and an uber-modern spread and smashed them together. The listing calls the home "masterfully re-imagined," but as our friends at Curbed put it, that would be "totally accurate if said master is keen on imagining the weirdest ways to mash up architecture."

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    The 5,116-square-foot home's $1.425 million price tag might seem like wishful thinking for such an odd-looking place -- until you've seen the interiors. A dreamy recessed ceiling in the master bedroom, a dining room with a disco-inspired light fixture, sweeping living spaces and quaint his and her bathrooms all give this home an eclectic assortment of styles that at least won't bore you. Of course, Curbed doesn't see it the way we do, calling the interiors "cheesy." But friends can agree to disagree. (Love you, guys.)

    With five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a wine cellar and wet bar, and a terrace with gorgeous 360-degree views, we're just looking on the bright side.

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    Homeless for the holidays

    Connie Grandmason, 46, considered herself lucky. As the owner of a beautiful four-bedroom home in Columbia, S.C. and blessed with a stable and fulfilling job (Grandmason worked as a director for the Special Olympics), she was one of the fortunate Americans who remained largely unaffected by the economic crisis.

    So Grandmason made the decision to spread her good fortune by opening her doors to people in need of shelter. Though natural disasters, the housing meltdown and widespread unemployment left a heartbreaking number of Americans homeless, it was the multitude of abandoned and homeless children in South Carolina -- an alarming 11,272 in the state alone -- that really caught Grandmason's attention.

    "There were just so many wonderful children out there who needed a home," Grandmason told AOL Real Estate. Currently, 1 in 50 children in the United States is homeless, meaning that, on any given day, there are 200,000 children with no place live. "I didn't have to look far. They were here, in my own community, and they needed me."

    Formerly homeless siblings have been reunited.Grandmason first opened her home to an abandoned infant, Patricia, in desperate need of care. The 1-year-old's mother had died, and her father struggled continuously with alcohol and substance abuse. After a vetting process by the Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, Grandmason was able to provide Patricia not only with shelter, food and clothing, but also a safe, nurturing family environment with strong role models. (Also living with Grandmason is her mother, Marilyn).

    Soon afterward, Grandmason discovered that Patricia also had two displaced brothers -- Lamont, 11, and Warren, 8 -- who had been staying at a temporary children's shelter in South Carolina. With the help of CASA, Grandmason was able to reunite the siblings and provide all three children (pictured above) with a home.

    It's an experience, Grandmason said, that is the most "fulfilling" thing she's ever done, and she encourages other homeowners who have a little extra room in their homes and hearts to strongly consider doing the same for other needy kids.

    "I recommend it. Yes, yes, yes!" said Grandmason. "Not just over the holidays but every other day of the year. To be of service to children and to anyone in need is the highest good. It's the greatest gift we can give."

    Offering Your Home to the Needy? Proceed With Caution

    Currently, there are 633,782 homeless people in the United States. Of that number, there are also an estimated 238,000 families who are homeless and 50,000 young people who are homeless. Furthermore, 17 percent of homeless people are also classified as "chronically homeless" -- repeatedly unable to secure permanent housing due to unemployment or other factors.

    Though one way to help -- particularly during the holiday season -- is to open your doors to needy families and children, social workers warn that such "helpful gestures" should be approached with extreme caution. Though it might seem altruistic, the actual reality of "taking someone in" -- even temporarily -- is complicated and possibly risky, said Denise Richardson of The Salvation Army. For a temporary housing arrangement to take place between a needy individual or family and a willing homeowner, an extensive vetting process (like the one administered to Grandmason by CASA) and examination of both parties' situations is absolutely necessary.

    "It's really tricky because there really are so many homeless families out there who need shelter, and like many people, I too just want to make it all better," Richardson told AOL Real Estate. "But you can't just fix things that way, by opening your doors. Even if you see a homeless family all the time, on your street or by your train station, and think, 'Oh, they look nice, I want to help out,' we don't recommend you take their situation into your own hands."

    The case of Greg Staffa, for example, demonstrates how challenging and complicated such well-intentioned arrangements can be -- for both sides. Staffa, 31, was left homeless after losing his home due to the housing crisis in 2010. And although he was kindly offered shelter by a well-meaning Minnesota couple, the arrangement, he said, was not easy or simple. Furthermore, Staffa said that he could understand why homeless people might actually decline an offer for shelter.

    "I think most people would think a homeless person would be crazy not to jump at that opportunity, but there is a strong element of guilt," Staffa told AOL Real Estate. "You worry if you say or do something wrong, you're going to end up homeless again, so you walk on eggshells. Plus, as a homeless person, you have little to no money -- so here's a family taking you in and you have no way of showing your appreciation. It's really not as easy as you think it might be."

    In the end, Staffa left the couple's home and spent two years sleeping in his car.

    What Homeowners Can Do

    For homeowners who want to "give back" and help the homeless this holiday season, what Richardson suggested as an alternative to opening your home is to apply to be a volunteer at the local homeless support service. New York City, for example, has community outreach programs, such as NYC Rescue and Homes for the Homeless. Richardson said that helping the needy via a trusted local homeless support service is not just safer for the homeowner, but for the homeless themselves.

    Other ways to help include donating money or furniture to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army branches. Monetary donations to local shelters (which have specially built facilities to house homeless individuals and families) and nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity (whose mission is to build housing for homeless and needy families) go a long way in providing long-term housing for those in need.

    "We're not advising you to stay away from homeless people," Richardson said. "If you know of a single mother with a child, for example, that's staying at a shelter or temporary housing, you can buy them a food hamper or bring their children toys -- there are plenty of ways to help. You don't need to open your house, just your heart."

    See also:
    U.S. Homeless Rate Stays Steady Despite Government Efforts to Curb It

    Vacant Homes Plague Neighbors as Lenders Drag Feet
    Occupy Our Homes, Occupy Wall Street Offshoot, Builds a Reputation in Battling Foreclosures


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    It seems like the owner of one of Richard Nixon's former homes in Washington, D.C., is becoming the neighborhood's "Tricky Dick."

    Brooke B. Coburn, a high-roller at a private equity firm, has reportedly irked residents for quite some time with extensive renovation projects at the house, where then-Vice President Nixon lived with his family from 1957 to 1961. He's been turning the quiet cul-de-sac into a noisy, congested mess, neighbors say. But the icing on the cake was an unusual addition that only became clear to neighbors a few weeks ago: Coburn has installed a backyard hockey rink.

    Why, you might ask? So his two sons, who play hockey, can get in some practice.

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    "Can people do this?" said next-door neighbor Jack Lindsay in The Washington Post. "I've never heard of having an ice-skating rink in the backyard of a residential neighborhood. That took everybody aback."

    Richard Nixon's former home in Washington, D.C.The 30-by-64-foot rink is an eyesore to some in the neighborhood, and comes after what they view as other disruptions. Coburn previously built a new swimming pool on the property and made several landscaping upgrades, causing construction noise that reportedly bothered the whole neighborhood. The rink was "the straw that broke the camel's back," Lindsay said.

    After the rink went in, neighbors contacted local officials to complain. It was found that while it's legal in D.C. to have an ice rink in your backyard, Coburn was one blade over the line. According to the Washington Business Journal, a construction permit for the rink was issued last Friday, but neighbors told the Post that the rink went in about two weeks ago.

    "There was a minor oversight over one of the permits, and it's being addressed," Coburn told the Post.

    Despite the hiccup, the rink is free to stay in Coburn's backyard after the contractor submitted project drawings for review, said Helder Gil of the local Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. A permit for fencing on the property is still under review, Gil said.

    Despite his neighbors' gripes, Coburn doesn't seem to be holding a grudge. He told the Post: "Complaints aside, my neighbors' children are welcome to come over and skate over the holidays."

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    This state-of-the-art mountain home takes full advantage of its scenic surroundings with features that enable visitors to experience the rustic, forested environs near Lake Tahoe. Sprawling 6,552 square feet, the home is surrounded by 2.8 acres of prime real estate in Truckee, Calif., just 20 minutes from the popular vacation region of Lake Tahoe.

    Submitted by Castillo & Ruig Comm for #housepornthurs, the $5.975 million home has manicured courtyard with a fire pit and spa that leads into the home through movable glass walls. Second-floor decks span the rear of the home, offering panoramas of pine-blanketed Lookout Mountain, Carson Range and Martis Valley. The interior has an open-floor plan and generous great room, and offers amenities such as a a hydrotherapy tub, recreation room with full bar and 1,000-bottle wine cellar.

    The five-bedroom, five-bathroom residence in the vacation community of "Martis Camp" also integrates cutting-edge technology: From an iPad, you can control the home's security cameras, lights, window shades and air conditioning.

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    An apartment building in Stone Mountain, Ga., near Atlanta, reportedly is experiencing an infestation of bats. Highland Forest Apartments resident Justin Fleetwood recorded a video with his cell phone of a bat in his 4-month-old daughter's room. "My initial reaction was just to drop everything and get out," Fleetwood told WSB-TV.

    Other residents also complained about seeing bats inside their apartments, and WSB-TV recorded video (see below) of a swarm of bats flying outside of the building.

    While maintenance crews say that they have taken some steps to stop the infestation, residents say they still hear bats in the walls.

    "The contractors came out and they did what they thought was efficient to take care of the problem," the head of maintenance told WSBTV. "So, evidently there were still bats in there in the walls. You can't predict if you're getting them all."

    The apartment manager said contractors will continue to work to make sure that they took care of the entire infestation, and that residents can ask for a transfer to another building in the complex.

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