‘Extraordinary’ $26.5M Tuscan-Style Estate in Napa Valley Is the Week’s Most Expensive Listing

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A Tuscan-style estate on 19 acres in the Napa Valley with the promise of bountiful harvests is this week’s most expensive new listing on realtor.com®. Located in Oakville, CA, it’s now on the market for $26.5 million.

The listing hails the incredible property as “truly one of the most extraordinary estates to become available in Napa Valley in this decade.”

Built for the owner in 1994, the estate offers spectacular views of vineyards and mountains. Designed by architect Dante Bini, the home’s style reflects the owner’s native Tuscany.

So, grab a glass of vino and let’s tour the grounds.

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Living room with fireplaces at either end

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Kitchen with sitting area

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Fireplace in the kitchen

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Master suite

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Pool with footbridge and landscaped grounds

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The expansive compound comes with a main villa, guesthouse, caretaker’s house, and two barns. Also on the property are 6.5 acres of vineyards, Italian-style gardens, fruit trees, and an award-winning olive orchard.

The interiors are just as impressive. Decorated by designer Steven Volpe in collaboration with the owner, the impact is of a “Napa Valley dream estate.”

With 11 bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and three-half baths, the 12,700-square-foot main home is highlighted by a sumptuous salon with two fireplaces. In addition, there’s a spacious formal dining room, library, first-floor master suite, and exercise room. 

The enormous kitchen features a sitting area as well as a fireplace. Other amenities include a wine cellar (of course!) and a media room.

Outside, the gated grounds include a pool, pergola, and stone bridge. Surrounding the grounds, Italian-style gardens of boxwood hedges, fragrant rosemary, and oleander dot the landscape. Along with the 100-year-old olive trees, cypress and colorful rose bushes add to the serene surroundings.

According to the Napa Valley Register, the owner has decided to spend more time traveling and wishes to simplify her life with the sale of the home.

The tasty property first popped up on the market about a year ago. Now, newly relisted, the Tuscan-style estate looks to be taking another sip of the market and its price outranked all others this week.

Yvonne Rich holds the listing.

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Poor Baby! 10 Nursery Design Fails So Odd, They Boggle the Mind

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Perhaps no room should be more soothing than a nursery. After all, it’s a place to nurture a tiny blob whose main activities are sleeping and crying into a semifunctioning toddler starting to explore the world. And frazzled moms and dads trying to get their kids to nap will surely need some serene vibes, too.

The thing is, some parents’ nursery decor choices leave us baffled—if not worried whether the kid will turn out OK.

As proof, look no further than this rundown of Instagram posts where parents-to-be show off their nursery decor style in all its, um, quirky, mind-boggling glory. Who knows, maybe some of these styles strike your fancy—or could serve as inspiration for how to not decorate your own nursery.

For the baby who loves to hunt

This little tot is destined to slay a moose by the time he turns 10—and by 12, he’ll go after a grizzly. He’ll then graduate and join the Navy SEALs—that is, if his parents can find him hiding in this camouflage crib.

For Tim Burton fans

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” may not be the first movie that pops into your head when you think of baby’s naptime, but on the other hand, once the kid is old enough to trick or treat, the crib set can be turned into a Halloween costume. Talk about a nice upcycling opportunity.

For tots who adore ‘Toy Story’

Meanwhile, this baby had better really, really, really like the animated film “Toy Story.” We spy all the characters from Mr. Potato Head to Slinky Dog! But what happens if this baby grows up hating Woody and Buzz Lightyear? It’d make for an awkward bedtime.

For the brand-conscious baby

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Care about labels much? If you want your baby’s room to match your Louis Vuitton handbag, then this is the perfect crib set for you! Now all you need are some LV-monogrammed diapers and this baby is all matchy-matchy.

For a true-blue American baby

There’s nothing like instilling some national pride early on, right? Along with a love of hunting (again), because what toddlers wouldn’t love to know that the antlers of four Bambis were used to build their very own chandelier?

For a very special set of twins

Tufted crib skirts, gold wall sconces, ornate artwork, and a chandelier dripping with teardrop glass. While this nursery looks like it would fit right in Versailles, its devotion to excess feels a bit excessive.

For the baby who doesn’t mind sleeping on the floor

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Every child loves a cuddly, stuffed teddy bear. But what happens when the bear is 100 times bigger than said child? The bear sleeps in the crib, and the baby winds up in a basket on the floor.

For shiplap-loving ‘little angels’

Barn wood? Check! Angel wings? Check! Six cherub drawings? Check, check! We get that most parents think of their children as little angels, but this nursery feels more like a Stevie Nicks recording studio than a place to raise a baby.

For celeb parents sick of pink and blue

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When actress Tori Spelling got to baby No. 5, she and husband Dean McDermott had obviously run through the usual baby colors. So yeah, why not go green—the color of money, jealousy, as well as nature and harmony. Truth is, fifth children are lucky to have a nursery at all.

Then for the rest of us

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This poor mom tried to decorate her baby’s room as best she could, inspired—and slightly terrorized—by the picture-perfect nurseries on Instagram (see above). But babies come with a lot of gear. In the end, Mom decided nursery perfection was all a sham. Here’s where her baby will live, in the happy chaos of reality.

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‘I Helped Renovate the “Brady Bunch” House’: Behind the Scenes With Jasmine Roth

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Forget about finding out who takes the Iron Throne, or which Avengers survive the endgame. What home renovation fans really want to know is, what’s going on at the “Brady Bunch” house?

Ever since HGTV bought the original house used in the exterior shots of the iconic ’70s TV series and then vowed to restore it both inside and out to its authentic, very Brady glory, many of us have been dying for progress updates.

All will be revealed in a mini restoration series, to be called “A Very Brady Renovation,” slated to run in September. But for those who desperately need instant gratification, we tapped Jasmine Roth, the host of HGTV’s “Hidden Potential” and the Southern California–based restoration expert who has been diligently working on the Brady home since the project’s inception.

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HGTV star Jasmine Roth working on “A Very Brady Restoration”

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Of course, she’s been helped by other HGTV experts, including “Property Brothers” stars Jonathan and Drew ScottMina Starsiak and Karen E. Laine of “Good Bones,” Leanne and Steve Ford from “Restored by the Fords,” and Lara Spencer from “Flea Market Flip.”

And the Brady kids—or rather, the actors who played them—are also on hand to roll up their sleeves and chip in to bring their TV home back to life. They include Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby), and Susan Olsen (Cindy).

At least one lucky fan will be able to hang with Olsen and Roth, because they’re teaming up to auction off an exclusive, preview tour of the Brady house once it’s finished!

Conceived to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group via IfOnly, an organization that arranges one-of-a-kind experiences for charity, this unique experience includes an exclusive tour of the finished home well before the series airs, a one-hour home design consultation with Roth, and a sampling of Olsen’s new line of chocolates called Candy Puppy Poop and Candy Kitten Crap. (So very Cindy!)

With a starting bid of $5,000, not everyone may have enough dough to throw their hat in the ring, so it’s lucky for us that Roth generously volunteered to give realtor.com an inside look at the progress of the project, and boy, did she come up with some juicy stuff!

Find out why the actors who played the kids had to be kicked off the set, why the toilets were such an issue, and the elements from the original show that were hardest to bring to life (superfans, can you guess?).

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Roth working away to restore the “Brady Bunch” house

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Q: Are the ‘Brady kids’ really working, or are they just there for fun?

They are absolutely involved. We weren’t sure at first how interested or how hands-on they would be, or if they were really going to get into the construction or not. But they’ve been so fun to work with! They’ve all showed up, they’re ready to work, they’re ready to get in there and get their hands dirty.

And the cool thing is that they have this experience, they have these memories that they can share with us, so as we’re trying to put the pieces together and figure out design decisions and where things should go, they have first-hand experience that nobody else has, so they’ve been very helpful.

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The “Brady kids” today, in front of the old “Brady Bunch” house.

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Q: How are their construction skills? Isn’t Mike Lookinland (Bobby) involved in construction in real life?

Yes. He owns a concrete company in Utah, and they do countertops, integrated sinks, concrete floors, those types of things. He’s definitely someone who’s comfortable around tools.

But over the years, they’ve all been involved in some sort of construction or remodel projects, whether it’s renovating their own house, or their kids’ houses—everyone has some renovation experience at this point. But even if they’ve never done some of these projects before, all of them have been so game—installing brick and stone, framing fireplaces, it doesn’t matter. They’ve been really, really involved.

Q. What was the most daunting part of the restoration?

One of the really tough things was when you look at the front of the Brady house, you’re used to seeing a certain roofline. That’s the roofline we all grew up watching. But because of the way it was set on the property, it was really hard to accommodate all of the rooms that the Brady house should have without messing up that roofline.

We wanted to make sure there was that iconic staircase that went upstairs, with the Jack-and-Jill bedrooms and that bathroom between them. In order to accomplish that, we actually found that we had to dig down. Because if we added everything on the second floor, you would see it from the front. And we didn’t want to do that.

Q: Why exactly was the staircase so problematic?

Here’s the thing about the staircase: Because the inside of the house was a set, the staircase actually went nowhere. There were no rooms that it led to at the top—it just stopped. So the kids would huddle up there, and the director would give the cue and they’d run down the stairs. The rooms that they were supposed to be in were not up there. So it was really interesting to put all of that into an actual working floor pan. I think where the stairs are now will make a lot of sense, once everything is put together.

Q: So you’re not just duplicating the set—you’re making this a real, livable house. Were there any other important features that weren’t on the set that you felt you had to add?

Well, we definitely had to change the bathrooms. On the original “Brady” set, there were no toilets. You notice you never saw a toilet when they were in the bathroom, so it wasn’t included on the set. It was like, OK, we’re going to make the bathroom look exactly like it did, but this is a real house and we have to add a toilet, so we had to figure out how to add that in and still have it look exactly like the bathroom you saw on TV.

Q: Is there anything that was just impossible to duplicate?

Ceilings! On a set, you don’t have ceilings—you have light kits, and you have rigs with lights and microphones and all kinds of stuff up there, But in this house, there are ceilings, of course. And I think all the kids have said that that’s the most striking difference, that we actually have ceilings in the house that are nice and clean and have functioning lights.

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Roth, working to restore the “Brady Bunch” house

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Q: So did you go total ’70s and add popcorn ceilings?

We stayed away from popcorn ceilings. But it was nice, because it was one place that we were able to take some liberties, since there were no ceilings on the original set.

Q: Has it been hard to source finishes that match?

The surprising thing is, as a designer, a fair number of the finishes that were in the Brady house I actually use regularly. They’ve gone out of style; they’ve come back into style. For example, a lot of the stone and the brick that were in that original house, it’s come back in, so it wasn’t hard to find something that looks exactly like what was in that house.

Q: What about those orange kitchen counters?

Formica countertops, that’s a stretch. But there are a lot of places that use Formica. It’s a material that is still used regularly, and it really wasn’t that hard to find.

Q: What were the hardest elements to find?

The things that were really tough to find were the appliances. Because nobody’s making appliances like that anymore, and we want them to work. So we had to find those retro appliances, then completely bring them up to today’s standards and building codes. That was really tough.

Q: How close is the house to being finished?

We’re supposed to be done at the end of May, so we only have a few more weeks. It’s definitely crunch time. We’re just really hustling at the end now with all those finishing touches. And at this point, we’ve kicked the Brady kids out.

Q: Wait, what? You kicked the Brady kids out? Were they bad?

No! They were great! But we’ve had to ban them from the job site, because when they come back to see it we want it to be a surprise. Last week I had to kick Barry [Williams] out, and he’s like, “Wait a minute, don’t I get to come back?” And I said, “No! You’re done!” and he said, “Oh man!”

We just want it to be really cool when they come in and see this place where they spent their childhoods. It’s been like 50 years.

Q: Do you know what they’re going to do with the house once they’ve had the big reveal and the show has run?

I wish I knew. That’s a big question mark for everybody. There have been a lot of rumors, but I haven’t heard anything concrete. I know that there was talk of actually allowing people to spend a night there. How fun would that be, to stay in the fully restored “Brady Bunch” house?

It won’t be open to the public where you can just walk up and go through it. So the auction is a unique opportunity for a fan to go see the house and get their own private tour. There’s literally no other way to get into the Brady house and see it right now.

And in case you’re wondering, you only have a couple of weeks to get your bid in. The auction ends May 7.

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Need a New ‘Fixer Upper’ Fix? Try These Chip and Joanna Gaines Parodies for a Laugh

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It’s been just over a year since the last episode of “Fixer Upper” aired, and frankly, some of us are experiencing Gaines pains, otherwise known as Chip and Joanna withdrawal.

Who doesn’t miss Chip’s goofy banter, Joanna’s long-suffering eye rolls, modern farmhouse everything, and their beloved shiplap everywhere, from floor to ceiling?

But just when you thought you would never see anything new about the Gaines family again (at least until their new network launches), along come the parody videos. Lots of parody videos.

Everyone seems to be doing their own skewed versions of the Chip and Jo show, and we’ve combed through dozens on YouTube to curate some of the prime examples—and how they nail many of the aspects of “Fixer Upper” that beg to be made fun of.

‘Bicker Upper’

Cece Trask and Tuesday Grant of the sketch comedy group Not Spicy Enough created this irreverent spoof showing what’s likely really going through Joanna’s mind while Chip hangs off rotating ceiling fans and hammers nails through his hands, all while cracking cheese ball jokes.

At one point the Joanna character loses it, fuming, “I swear to God, if you’re even capable of having something that resembles a thought in that sawdust-clogged, child-sized brain of yours … I’m going to have you drywalled into a house and you will never be heard from again.”

We’re not saying Joanna really dreams of leaving Chip in the sawdust, but could you blame her if she did?

‘Honest Fixer Upper’

But hey, Chip has his own axes to grind. And few spoofs drive this home like “Honest Fixer Upper,” where comedian John Crist dresses up as Chip and documents what he might really be thinking during episodes of “Fixer Upper.”

At one point, Crist raves, “Oh! Walk-in closet! Great idea! Why not?”

It’s followed by a reality check: “Uh, we’re in Waco, TX—not exactly the fashion capital of the world.”

‘Creeper Upper’

Director Misty Stinnett and actor Tom Bensinger perform a spot-on spoof of the Gaines style as they find and renovate the ideal home for a broom-wielding witch named Miss Crocksby. In fact, she wants them to turn the entire house into a Halloween hovel with a giant child-baking oven so she can “eat, er, entertain, yes, entertain” the local children.

‘Fix Her Supper’

From the video makers at TheDad.com, we get Chip and Joanna similes trying to “take the pickiest eater, and do all we can to try to make our child’s dream meal,” as the “Fixer Upper” theme song twangs in the background.

‘Look What Joanna Made Us Do’

Bonus: This one’s a parody of not only “Fixer Upper,” but also Taylor Swift‘s video “Look What You Made Me Do” from folks at Leeann and Michelle Think They’re Funny. In the video, after watching “Fixer Upper,” two friends go on a shiplapping, modern farmhouse–shopping spree changing Swift’s lyrics into a zombie Magnolia rap. Catchy!

‘The Marriage Fixer Uppers’

Marriage experts who go by Chet and Susanna Baines attempt to renovate relationships the way Chip and Jo renovate houses. They tear down walls between couples to give them more open communication, they install side-by-side toilets because “the couple that goes together grows together.” You get the idea. Let’s just say their methods are not quite as successful as Chip and Jo’s.

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Say ‘Hola’ to 9 Spanish-Style Homes on the Market—All Priced Under $400K

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Enter an arched doorway or a tiled courtyard, and you might think you’ve been transported to Spain or Mexico. Inspired by Spain and built in the early 20th century, Spanish-style homes often feature stucco exteriors and telling details such as ornamental stonework, carved doors, and colorful tiles. These stylish homes sometimes borrow from Mediterranean style as well as indigenous Southwest design.

But you can live in a Spanish-style home without ever leaving the country. While opulent structures like Mar-a-Lago represent the pinnacle of this coveted style, there are affordable options available across the country. We dug through our listings to find nine Spanish-style homes, all priced below $400,000

We invite you to say hola to these stylish Spanish-style homes on the market right now. Olé!

6901 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO

Price: $244,950
Spanish specs: While you’ll find many of the Spanish-style abodes in warmer climes, the style also made its way to the Midwest. One of two Mexican farmhouses, this property was built by Kansas City architect Edward Tanner in 1925. In 2013, a master suite was added to the distinctive dwelling. We especially love the glassed-in sunroom, designed for maximum sunlight year-round. The space also includes a large front patio and a side deck. 

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1705 Rodman St, Hollywood, FL

Price: $289,900
Spanish specs: This stucco home from 1940 actually offers many modern updates, including a new industrial-modern bath, an updated kitchen, and plenty of storage. There’s a fenced-in yard with room for outdoor barbecues and entertaining. Plus, the address is just minutes from the Hollywood beach, restaurants, and Arts Park.

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3131 N E St, San Bernardino, CA

Price: $319,900
Spanish specs: Historic charm oozes from every inch of this 1940 gem. Through the carved wood door, you’ll find a spacious living area with built-in shelving and a decorative fireplace. The living room and bedrooms feature hardwood flooring. The Spanish influence continues in the kitchen and baths with colorful tile work on the walls and floors.

San Bernardino, CA

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305 E 1st St, Sonora, TX 

Price: $159,500
Spanish specs: Ornate flourishes add a jolt of personality to this two-bedroom home. The property features arched doorways, stucco walls, and an adobe fireplace. The exterior boasts ornamental designs, and niches for your favorite flowerpot. The interior space features refurbished hardwood floors and tiled baths. Loaded with character, the property is surrounded by mature shade trees. 

Sonora, TX

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1119 W Middleton Rd, Tucson, AZ 

Price: $365,000
Spanish specs: This adobe brick home built in 1975 retains some hallmarks of Spanish style, including arched doorways and windows, an adobe fireplace, and an open kitchen. The large lot also features a garden, lime and lemon trees, a patio, a deck, and a pool.

Tucson, AZ

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2533 Prospect St, Reading, PA 

Price: $289,900
Spanish specs: The “one-of-a-kind” design from 1930 features Spanish detailing inside and out. Start with the simulated terra-cotta tiles, ornamental details, and the wood front door. Inside, there are arched doorways, decorative tile, and wrought-iron hardware. There’s an eat-in kitchen, plus a bonus room that could be an office. Downstairs you’ll find a wet bar and bathroom. The property comes with a newly renovated, two-story guesthouse.

Reading, PA

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709 Hunter St, West Palm Beach, FL 

Price: $278,000
Spanish specs: We instantly fell for this renovated cottage from 1922. The two-bedroom home also comes with a separate studio. Period details include hardwood flooring, plaster walls, arched doorways, and a living room with fireplace. We love the updated kitchen with red cabinets and decorative wall tile, stainless-steel appliances, and granite counters. The courtyard entry includes a fountain. The detached studio includes a full bath and could be used as a guest bedroom, home office, or a rental. 

West Palm Beach, FL

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238 Fordham Dr, Lake Worth, FL

Price: $390,000
Spanish specs: This historic residence in an appealing shade of teal features a two-bedroom main house and a separate one-bedroom, in-law suite. The main home features an updated kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel appliances, and opens to a formal dining room. Other features include refinished wood flooring and a marble bathroom. The in-law suite also has updated kitchen appliances and a new shower. Outdoors, you’ll find patio space for alfresco dining. 

Lake Worth, FL

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2206 2nd Ave N, Great Falls, MT 

Price: $169,000
Spanish specs: Old World meets Old West! This four-bedroom home features an open kitchen with an eating and living space. Arched doorways and windows, high ceilings, and a fireplace are some of the details of the 1928 residence. A fenced-in yard completes the offering. 

Great Falls, MT

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7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Year-Round With Eco-Friendly Items at Home

While many people turn out for Earth Day events that ironically generate tons of trash, this eco-holiday offers an opportunity to create lasting change in your habits that can lessen your impact on the environment. New year, new greener you!

Check out these seven eco-friendly products to give your home an easy Earth Day–inspired makeover that will benefit Earth until April 22 rolls around again. Let this list serve as proof that small changes add up to a greener planet.

1. Put an end to energy vampires

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This outlet saves you cash, and is really cute!

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According to Belkin, a typical U.S. household has up to 40 devices drawing constant power—even when they’re not technically “on.” These power suckers are known as energy vampires, but there’s a way to combat them that doesn’t involve holy crosses or wooden stakes.

Belkin’s Conserve power switch can be used with anything that uses standby power—think toasters, stereos, microwaves, and phone chargers. The plug has a switch on the side that you simply turn off, meaning your electronics will really and truly be off. It costs just $6.99 and, if installed all over your home, could shave up to a whopping $100 a year from your utility bill.

2. Add wool balls to your dryer

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Swap out your dryer sheets for reusable wool dryer balls.

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Dryer sheets may have a lot of uses outside the laundry room, but at the end of the day, they’re disposable products that inevitably pile up in our landfills. Meanwhile, wool dryer balls allow hot air to circulate better in the dryer, soften clothes, reduce static, and reduce drying time—all for an amazing low price per load.

Eco bonus: Your clothes will last longer, as extended drying time breaks down fabric. Six chemical-free balls made with 100% organic New Zealand wool run $14.95.

3. Go for ‘green’ toys

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Teach your little ones about Earth Day with this sweet watering can.

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The Ocean Conservancy estimates that 8 million metric tons of plastic wind up in our planet’s oceans each year! The company Green Toys is helping to combat that by making toys out of recycled plastic such as milk containers. These include a cool array of toys from cars and airplanes to butterfly makers and Sesame Street favorites, packaged in recycled cardboard printed with soy ink.

Encourage your child to help take care of the planet in more ways than one with this watering can ($16.99), made from 100% recycled plastic.

4. Grab some stainless-steel straws

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Save the planet by sipping.

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After a rise in outcry against the ubiquitous single-use plastic straw, the once-ubiquitous item’s days may be numbered: Cities from Seattle to Los Angeles and even Washington, DC, have banned the single-use sip aids, and Starbucks announced it would ban single-use plastic straws in all of its locations by 2020. The plastic tubes end up in the ocean and cause injury or death to sea creatures that ingest them by mistake.

If you can’t kick the straw habit, pick up some Greens Steel stainless-steel straws that can be used over and over. The set of four—two straight and two bent—includes a brush for cleaning, all for a cool $8.99.

5. Lather up with a solid shampoo bar

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A cool way to eighty-six some bathroom packaging is to shampoo your hair with a solid shampoo bar. One bar from bathroom products behemoth Lush costs $10.95 and lasts up to 80 washes—that saves three plastic shampoo bottles from going in the garbage. Plus, many shampoo bar formulations make use of organic ingredients.

6. Wrap leftover food in beeswax-infused cotton

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Help save the planet, and your food, with stylish Bee’s Wrap.

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There’s no need to reach for plastic wrap that will never biodegrade when you confront leftovers ever again. Simply cover that bowl of mac and cheese or wrap that half-sandwich in a wrap made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Best of all? It’s reusable—just wash with soap and warm water. A set of three sizes of a new ocean print from Bee’s Wrap is $19.

7. Save water as you shower

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These shower heads come in chrome, nickel, bronze, and brass.

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One easy way to save water is to cut what blasts out of your shower head every day. The High Sierra low-flow shower head ($39.95) is a 1.5 gallon-per-minute shower head (most are 2.5 gallons per minute) that the company says doesn’t feel like you are showering in a light mist. Instead the patented nozzle delivers a strong, full spray of large drops. This will not only use 40% less water, but it’ll also save on the cost it takes to heat the water.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines Designed That?! Their Worst ‘Fixer Upper’ Fails Revealed

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From a few pieces of shiplap and some random word art, Chip and Joanna Gaines have built a home design empire. What began as a cute, little HGTV show called “Fixer Upper” has ballooned into hugely popular product lines at Target, grand plans to launch their own network on Discovery, best-selling books, and beyond.

What’s their secret? Some may say this couple’s success stems from their adorable on-air banter, but it’s also hard to deny that, plain and simple, their design sense rocks. From farmhouse sinks to those delightfully airy open floor plans, the homes they transform feel warm yet chic, classy but comfortable all at once.

And yet to put it in terms that baseball-loving Chip would appreciate, no one bats a thousand. As fabulous as this couple’s design chops are most of the time, there are more than a few design decisions, particularly in their earliest episodes of “Fixer Upper,” that are clear cases of them working out some bugs in their soon-to-be sleek aesthetic.

Want proof? Behold some of the most cringe-inducing “Fixer Upper” design fails by Chip and Joanna, culled from photos of their earliest episodes. Let them serve as a reminder that building an empire involves more than a few bloopers along the way!

Faux fireplace

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Faux fireplace with “interesting” hangings in the middle

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While making over the home of their furniture designer friend Clint Harp, Chip and Jo installed a vintage fireplace mantel in a spot with, um, no fireplace. As a consolation prize, in that spot they hung baskets with what look like bird nests? Seems a little avant-garde for most people’s tastes.

Hanging bedside tables

Season 3, Episode 1

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They’ll probably want to rethink these hanging bedside tables.

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Hey, are those hanging bedside tables we see? It might look cool, but imagine how hard it would be to balance a book and glass of water on this precarious surface without it tipping over. Just no.

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Watch: This Gorgeous New Farmhouse by Chip and Jo Gaines Is No ‘Fixer Upper’

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Too much reclaimed wood

Season 2, Episode 1

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A kitchen clad in reclaimed wood planks

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We know the Gaineses were going for rustic here, but there’s probably not a single room in this small farmhouse that didn’t get more than its fair share of used wood. Accent walls (even in the bathroom), wainscoting, bookcases, you name it, the place is brimming with it. But nowhere is it more overboard than in the kitchen, where it’s even bedecking the stove hood! Hope it’s not flammable.

A window frame on a wall

Season 2, Episode 9

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Shabby chic wall hanging

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OK, so putting up a window frame where there’s no window is strange. Then when you hang Mason jars with flowers within and have birds flying nearby, it all gets a bit too busy for all but the shabbiest of shabby chic lovers to stomach.

Matchy-matchy bedroom

Season 1, Episode 3

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Pastel-colored carpeting from days of yore

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Unlike most of Chip and Joanna’s later designs, which include fun pops of color to liven things up, this particular bedroom goes out of its way to be bland, with pastel colors and little contrast throughout. And whoa, wall-to-wall carpet? Everyone knows that’s tough to keep clean and fresh.

Strange signage, take 1

Season 1, Episode 11

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Words on walls have come a long way since this photo was taken.

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Once upon a time, words on walls was a definite trend, and Joanna dove right in. But rather than the usual cheery urgings to “EAT” or “LOVE,” these letters spelling “HOME” look like they’re straight out of a ransom note. Combined with the dark counters and furnishings, the whole room seems a bit ominous, and makes you wonder if you’ll ever get out of there alive.

Galley kitchen gaffe

Season 1, Episode 2

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Renovated galley kitchen

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Not that there’s anything wrong with a galley kitchen, but Chip and Joanna have gotten about as far away from it as designers can go. Had they been working on this kitchen later in their careers, we’re betting they would have moved mountains, or at least walls, to give this narrow galley kitchen a little more space.

Strange signage, take 2

Season 1, Episode 7

Fixer Upper
A curious sentiment hung curiously

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While Chip and Joanna did a fabulous job on the renovation of a cottage for a mom and her son, they went a little overboard with the letters hung all over the house—especially on this entryway wall. The spacing makes it hard to read, and the sentiment makes you go, “huh?”

Saddest coffee table ever

Season 2, Episode 7

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Coffee table or picnic bench?

Magnolia

Everyone knows that a narrow room calls for narrow furniture, but does this spindly picnic bench have the strength to serve as a coffee table? We worry that it might break under the weight of one cup of joe. It doesn’t exactly beckon guests to lounge in front of the fire.

Heavy-handed home staging

Season 2, Episode 8

Fixer Upper
Joanna Gaines’ staging was a bit arbitrary here.

Magnolia.com

Hey, how about we overstage this coffee table by stacking two wooden trays on top of each other, oh-so-casually crooked, and placing a bowl of moss balls on top? Then next to it, we’ll use an antique book as a coaster for a vase of fresh tulips! Fortunately, Joanna’s staging has gotten a lot more purposeful and less arbitrary since this awkward arrangement.

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Airbnb Bliss: Top 10 Cities Where Vacation Rentals Rake in the Most Cash

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For more than a decade, short-term home rental websites such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO have helped everyday Americans squeeze some serious cash out of their homes—whether families renting out empty bedrooms or investors offering up multiple properties in prime tourist neighborhoods, leasable by the night. Easy-peasy! But those carefree good times may be coming to an end.

The motto of Silicon Valley may be to move fast and break things—but sooner or later the bureaucrats catch up. That’s the current reality for the short-term rental industry, now weathering an unprecedented storm of restrictive new regulations from city councils across the country.

Tensions between unregulated rentals and cities have been simmering for years, spurred by pissed-off neighbors and pushback from landlords and hotel operators. Now they’re boiling over.

This year Las Vegas and Washington, DC, will phase out full-home rentals on sites like Airbnb with no owner present, which make up more than 70% of their current markets. New Orleans enacted legislation in January that will push these units out of historic residential neighborhoods. And a number of smaller cities are anticipated to follow their lead.

So does this mean the days of big profits from Airbnb rentals are over? No! But during this time of change, Airbnb hosts need to do their homework. They need to know their local laws, including what’s coming down the pike; they need to ensure they’re investing their nest eggs in markets where demand and appreciation are likely to remain strong. That’s why the realtor.com® data team searched out the strongest—and most profitable—short-term rental markets right now.

The main rule in approaching the short-term rental market these days: Have a strong backup plan.

If Airbnb is in your plans, “do the math before purchasing a home. Look at how much you could get for a traditional, long-term rental if legislation comes into town and makes that necessary,” says Peter Lorimer, a real estate broker who stars on the Netflix series “Stay Here,” which helps folks spruce up the properties they list on Airbnb and HomeAway. “Make sure it isn’t a saturated [market]. Look at the daily rates of competitors, and see if you can match or beat them.”

For now, the short-term rental business is still going gangbusters: 97% growth in America’s 100 largest cities over the past three years. That’s more than 360,000 active rentals! Time will tell whether that number drops precipitately with the new restrictions—often enforced with steep fines that can surpass $10,000 a day.

To find the top places to own an Airbnb-type rental, we pulled data for those 100 largest cities. We used February data from AirDNA, a real estate data company that collects data on more than 10 million Airbnb and HomeAway rentals. We looked at the following criteria* to create our ranking:

  • Average short-term rental daily rate, monthly revenue, and occupancy rate
  • Rental demand score for each market
  • Average Airbnb host rating
  • Three-year increase in short-term rentals
  • Per capita number of short-term rentals
  • Monthly average short-term rental income as a ratio of a monthly mortgage payment**
  • Median list price (the lower, the better)
  • One-year home appreciation

 

We had a few caveats: We filtered out markets like New York and Los Angeles, where monthly mortgage costs are higher than the typical short-term rental income earned—it has to be a good investment after all. Also, the daily rates are averages, which get skewed higher by luxury rentals.

OK? Let’s check out where you can still make bank off your Airbnb rental.

Most Profitable Places to Own an Air Bnb Rental
Most Profitable Places to Own an Airbnb Rental

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1. Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ

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Median list price: $685,100
Average daily rate: $301
Occupancy rate: 81%
Active rentals: 5,178

Why are rentals here so popular? Just outside of Phoenix, Scottsdale is a hotbed for American corporate elites looking for a weekend getaway full of mountain biking, golf, and hiking. And while cities across the country are creating tighter rules and outlawing Airbnb rentals altogether, Arizona has gone in the other direction—it signed a law in 2016 that prevents cities in the state from banning short-term rentals. That legal protection combined with vacation rental demand makes Scottsdale the perfect place for investors. (Scottsdale does limit short-term rentals to no more than six adult guests.)

Another reason for the Scottsdale Airbnb boom: 15 Major League Baseball teams, including the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, come to this town for spring training every year. These coaches, players, and their families often prefer renting an entire Scottsdale home on Airbnb versus being holed up in a hotel room for two months, says Sue Flucke, president of Phoenix Realtors®. And there are plenty of fans eager to rub shoulders with their favorite stars in a low-key setting.

Other well-off vacationers can stay in sprawling, five-bedroom homes with gyms and outdoor patios for $999 per night. Meanwhile, snowbirds of more modest means can opt for three-bedroom homes with private pools. The budget-minded can score a relative bargain here when prices drop in the summer.

2. Orlando, FL

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Median list price: $300,100
Average daily rate: $193
Occupancy rate: 86%
Active rentals: 6,902

You already know all about Orlando’s main appeal for vacationers: theme parks, baby!  But the Wild West era of short-term rentals has come to an end. New city ordinances went into effect in July requiring hosts to get licensed, pay a fee, and only rent out bedrooms in homes they live in. This means no out-of-state investors, and that’s a sea change for this tourist mecca. But it’s helping locals who just want to rent out a room or two.

Despite the regulations, folks can still make good money listing their extra bedrooms. And they don’t have to live in a fancy home to do so. A private room with a queen bed can go for $30 to $100 per night.

3. New Orleans, LA

New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA

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Median list price: $350,100
Average daily rate: $230
Occupancy rate: 78%
Active rentals: 8,962

Vacationers looking for the authentic NOLA experience have traditionally stayed in Airbnb rentals in prime historic neighborhoods. Over time that caused home values to soar as investors bought up available properties—and priced out many residents.

After much hand-wringing, a full ban on Airbnb rentals in the tourist-heavy Garden District and French Quarter areas went into effect in January, as did restrictions in certain residential neighborhoods. But rentals are still allowed in the Central Business District and other commercial sections.

Short-term rentals “inflated the market terribly,” says Will Hester, a Realtor. “The turnover rubbed the homeowners negatively. They liked knowing who their neighbors were and not seeing a new face everyday.”

While these law changes are sure to hurt many investors, they’re creating opportunities for others. And half of the units in the large, multifamily homes that New Orleans is known for can still be rented out, says Hester, who’s with Korman Gerrity Real Estate, in New Orleans.

But watch out for extra fees. This apartment, 2 miles from the French Quarter, is only $109 a night during Mardi Gras in 2020. But the owner is charging $80 for cleaning services. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

4. Miami, FL

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Median list price: $440,100
Average daily rate: $204
Occupancy rate: 82%
Active rentals: 10,024

The luxury, high-rise, oceanfront condos in Miami Beach are prime short-term rentals. But before becoming a host here, you’ll need to make sure you’re following the new regulations very carefully.

Last fall, the city banned vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods outside the core Miami Beach downtown communities. Fines for breaking these rules can top $20,000. It’s gotten so serious that city officials are kicking guests out of rentals they’ve already checked into. Airbnb has filed a lawsuit against the city for the changes.

But those who follow the letter of the law can make some real money renting out their rooms and homes. Condo rentals can easily top $200 a night. This two-bedroom condo is in a tower with a spa, fitness center, full-time concierge service, and redwood sauna. It’s listed for $345 per night.

5. Honolulu, HI

Honolulu, HI
Honolulu, HI

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Median list price: $720,100
Average daily rate: $178
Occupancy rate: 80%
Active rentals: 7,216

It’s perfectly legal to provide vacationers with a place to stay in Polynesian paradise—for now. But the Honolulu City Council moved forward a bill that would dramatically tighten the reins on vacation rentals. These rule changes would lock out big investors, and create a steep fine of more than $10,000 for nonlicensed units. So it might be best to wait out the legislation before making the plunge here unless folks are renting out spare rooms in their primary residences.

“Finding affordable housing has long been a significant challenge for Hawaii’s residents. Over the past decade, it has risen to crisis proportions,” the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice wrote in a 2018 report. “The growth of the vacation rental industry in recent years is exacerbating these problems.”

Despite the future challenges, Honolulu remains a popular place for hosts. There’s so much competition that one-bedroom units in oceanside towers are renting for a very reasonable $100 a night. But even with the lower rates, owners can still make a tidy profit as the steady stream of tourists ensures the rentals are never vacant for long. That explains why the average monthly revenue tops $3,300.

6. Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN
Nashville, TN

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Median list price: $385,000
Average daily rate: $247
Occupancy rate: 74%
Active rentals: 6,965

As Music City has become to bachelorette parties what Las Vegas is to bachelor parties, Nashville’s short-term rental market has taken off.

But the free-for-all days are over. Last year the city began requiring mandatory permits for hosts, collecting hotel taxes, and cracking down on entire homes without the owner on-site being rented in residential areas. But it hasn’t dampened demand.

“We get calls daily from people interested in buying a property to rent on Airbnb,” says Brian Copeland, a real estate broker with Doorbell Real Estate. He owns a property he regularly lists on Airbnb that was grandfathered in under the previous rules.

Pricey Nashville hotels, which are charging upward of $1,000 per night during the NFL draft later this month, are creating an opportunity for lower-priced rentals, he says.

Places in walkable neighborhoods close to downtown are the most popular with guests, including in places like Germantown and Salemtown. Here a one-bedroom unit can go for about $130 per night.

7. Santa Ana, CA

Santa Ana, CA
Santa Ana, CA

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Median list price: $650,000
Average daily rate: $181
Occupancy rate: 83%
Active rentals: 305

Santa Ana’s short-term rental market has gotten a boost from the nearby city of Anaheim, home to Disneyland, which recently passed highly restrictive new rules on rentals. So Santa Ana, which doesn’t even require permits for homes listed on sites like Airbnb, got the guests. Score!

“We’re 10 minutes to the beach and 10 minutes to Disneyland. … [So] we get a lot of tourists,” says local real estate agent Yara Guzman of LMB Enterprises. “From a family perspective, Airbnbs are smarter than hotels. If you’re traveling with children, it makes sense to have the kids in their own separate rooms.” Yes, indeed.

Santa Ana had an Airbnb ban earlier in the decade, but lifted it in 2015. Since then investors and everyday homeowners have flooded the market. Many are renting out rooms in private homes for about $50 nightly; entire homes can top $400 a night if they’re big enough to accommodate large groups or families.

8. Tulsa, OK

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Tulsa, OK

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Median list price: $220,000
Average daily rate: $97
Occupancy rate: 75%
Active rentals: 451

When folks dream of their ideal vacation destinations, Tulsa doesn’t usually spring to mind. But the number of short-term rentals here is exploding, up almost 300% over the past three years. And demand is so high that the market might need even more rentals to meet it.

Sure, the city has some 140 parks and is home to the Philbrook Museum of Art. But its biggest draw may be its affordable home prices—it’s the cheapest market on our list. So the investors are swooping in and helping to push up prices, which are up 21% over the past three years.

That rapid growth hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission recommended earlier this month that the city require licenses for properties rented out for less than 30 days.

But the city is still a good deal for travelers. Entire one-bedroom apartments downtown can be found for under $50 a night, while there are plenty of houses going for under $100 a night.

9. Austin, TX

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Austin, TX

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Median list price: $545,100
Average daily rate: $245
Occupancy rate: 71%
Active rentals: 10,825

There are about a zillion reasons to visit Austin. Visitors come for music, media, and film festival South by Southwest, a Texas Longhorns football game, or paddleboarding down the Colorado River. And they’re all looking for places to crash.

“There’s an event almost every weekend—it’s a nonstop flow of people,” says local real estate broker Brad Pauly of Pauly Presley Realty. “People will have their places filled for most of the year.”

Most condos won’t allow homes to be rented out to temporary guests, so the market is mostly made up of entire single-family homes or just a bedroom in a home. The city requires hosts to pay $500 for 12-month licenses.

two-bedroom artist retreat is listed for under $100 a night in East Austin, an up-and-coming neighborhood.

10. Tucson, AZ

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Tucson, AZ

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Median list price: $392,100
Average daily rate: $133
Occupancy rate: 90%
Active rentals: 3,124

The cherry on top to owning a home listed on a site like Airbnb or HomeAway is when your property shoots up in value.  Among the places we ranked, Tucson had the highest price appreciation, up 9% year over year.

Visitors come to Tucson for the hiking, mountain biking, or the perfect Instagram shot in Saguaro National Park, named after the iconic cactus. These visitors are usually snagging up entire homes, which make up more than 80% of the vacation rental market here. Accommodations include this 900-square-foot cottage at the foothills of the Tucson Mountains, which rents for around $150 a night.

And while investors fret over law changes in cities across the country, short-term rental owners can breathe a sigh of relief here. The state of Arizona has a law on the books preventing cities from banning short-term rentals.


* We limited our list to just two cities per state and one per metropolitan area to ensure geographic diversity. Anaheim, CA, was removed from the ranking because city officials are phasing out private short-term rentals entirely. Las Vegas was eliminated due to strict rental limitations.

** Fixed, 30-year mortgage payment calculated on that city’s realtor.com median list price in March, given a 20% down payment and 5% interest rate on the loan

Allison Underhill contributed to this report.

Sources: AirDNA and realtor.com.

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Thieves Plunder Barns for Precious Loot: Farmhouse-Chic Wood

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The surge in popularity of farmhouse chic, featured on shows like HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” has led to a surprising rash of criminal activity, as crowbar-wielding thieves have descended on America’s heartland in search of authentically weathered wood planks.

In places like Kentucky, criminals are dismantling century-old barns plank by plank under the cover of night, according to the Louisville-based Courier Journal. The rustic booty can then be sold for a pretty penny to suppliers and builders, to be used in handcrafted tables and cabinets or Pinterest-perfect statement walls.

At least 13 Kentucky counties have reported such thefts, according to the Courier Journal. There’s no telling how prevalent barn-wood theft is across the country, but the sheriff’s office in Cumberland County, a community with fewer than 7,000 residents, is now seeing 20 or more barns burglarized a year, the Courier Journal reported.

Miscreants stole the doors and some of the wood off the sides of 95-year-old Lois Coffey‘s barn in Burkesville, KY. Her father-in-law had put up the building decades ago to store tobacco.

Coffey reported the theft to the police and her insurance company. She’s also had cameras installed to spot the bandits if they come back to her farm.

“It’s pretty low,” the retired elementary school teacher told realtor.com. “They ought to get a job or [find] work to do instead of stealing people’s stuff.”

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What’s the appeal of old barn wood?

Battered, old wood planks may seem like an unlikely candidate for a gold rush, but they became popular about a decade ago for use on ceilings or as box beams (to camouflage wiring, plumbing, or other unsightly systems), say design experts. Today, the weathered beams have also become a popular material for accent walls thanks to its gray hue.

“That washed tone just suggests resort living, mountain living, relaxed living,” says Marc Thee, co-founder of high-end interior design firm Marc-Michaels, in Winter Park, FL. “The irregularity of it is part of its beauty.”

Barn wood is also one of the most rustic and easiest of the reclaimed woods to work with. It’s a more sustainable option than cutting down trees growing today. And the wood is often 150 to 200 years old, much older than what’s being used today. Older wood is often stronger and more resistant to pests.

Plus, there’s a vast supply of it in rural America.

Why is there so much barn wood?

“The whole country was built on the back of barns,” says Karl Kirven, owner of Barnstormerswood. The Gilson, IL–based company dismantles old barns and uses the wood as flooring and in new homes. The company also sells it.

“Barns were the heart and soul of the agrarian country.”

But with the move toward industrial farming, the machinery is often too big to put into these barns. More farmers also are having trouble making ends meet and are going out of business. That means there are plenty of fallow structures, particularly throughout the Midwest, Rust Belt, and the South.

“The barns are becoming obsolete,” Kirven says.

That makes them easy targets for criminals—and the ill-gotten gains can be hefty.

A single square foot of barn wood, which is 12 inches long and 1 inch thick, can sell for $5 to $10. The wood in an average-size barn can fetch anywhere from $12,500 to more than $500,000 in some cases.

“The demand for barn wood is really high,” Kirven says. “[So] there’s a gold rush to take these barns down.”

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Philly Home on America’s Oldest Residential Street Is the Most Popular This Week

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A historic property sitting at the end of Elfreths Aly—the oldest residential street in America—in Philadelphia is this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®. It’s listed for $1.2 million.

Built in 1703, the home is a National Historic Landmark and within walking distance to shops, restaurants, galleries, and historic sites such as the Liberty Bell.

The history is visible in the listing photos, even below ground! “The basement is like a fortress,” says listing agent Ryan McManus. “It was used as a root cellar.”

Other clues to the two-bedroom home’s rich history include the now inoperable outhouse just off the kitchen.

Elfreths Aly with its cobblestone streets is a year-round tourist attraction and homes in the area rarely go on the market, says McManus. The current owners have had this property for more than 30 years.

But not everyone was looking for 18th-century properties this week.

Other homes you clicked on include a Bucks County, PA, mansion with fire damage that’s headed to auction; a four-story, Mediterranean-style mansion in Florida with water views and private beach access; and the Washington estate once owned by department store magnate D.E. Frederick.

So whether you are a Yankee doodle dandy, shopping for a family home in Tennessee, or just want to dream about living lavish on the beach, there’s something in this week’s top 10 just for you. Take a look!

10. 151 NW Highland Dr, Shoreline, WA 

Price: $4,750,000
Why it’s here: This historic estate was built in 1931 by architect Lewis P. Robert for D.E. Frederick, owner of department store chain Frederick & Nelson. The 15,000-square-foot, 10-bedroom, and 6.5-bathroom chateau is built entirely of concrete. It includes a Venetian room that was transported in its entirety from an Italian castle. The original crystal chandeliers, antique paintings, and Otis elevator are just a few of the perks that come with the home.

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9. 200 Cherry Dr, Franklin, TN

Price: $290,000
Why it’s here: The price and prime location just outside downtown Franklin is what makes this three-bedroom home so appealing. Built in 1970, the split-level home has been updated throughout and is conveniently close to freeway access.

Franklin, TN

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8. 1517 Douglas Ave, Nashville, TN 

Price: $324,900
Why it’s here: Built in 1920 and fully remodeled, this home has granite countertops, modern fixtures, and a fenced backyard. Its heart pine wood flooring has been refinished.

Nashville, TN

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7. 226 Windcrest Dr, San Antonio, TX

Price: $169,900
Why it’s here: This three-bedroom ranch house was built in 1959 and has nearly 1,500 square feet of living space. Located just a short distance from Randolph Air Force Base and major freeways, the home has a two-car garage, a new roof, and a new HVAC system.

San Antonio, TX

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6. 160 Burnet Rdg, Fort Thomas, KY 

Price: $182,000
Why it’s here: The updates throughout make this cute brick ranch a big draw. Built in 1917, the two-bedroom home boasts light and airy interiors with wood floors, a roomy kitchen, and new lighting. Outdoors, the exterior railing and landscaping are new, while the front porch and mature trees shroud the home in privacy, making it a serene retreat.

Fort Thomas, KY

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5. 9 Exeter St, Danvers, MA

Price: $559,900
Why it’s here: This seemingly plain ranch home recently received an incredible makeover, including new plumbing in the kitchen and baths, a new water heater, new electric and heating systems, windows, and roof. Originally built in 1960, the four-bedroom home is now modern and stylish.

Danvers, MA

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4. 322 Water View Dr, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Price: $1,950,000
Why it’s here: Familiar to all who enjoyed the drama of the first seven seasons of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” the custom-built estate of Jacqueline Laurita just had another price cut. While Laurita has left the show, she hasn’t been able to unload her mansion. Yet.

Franklin Lakes, NJ

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3. 5781 Stoney Hill Rd, New Hope, PA

Price: $700,000
Why it’s here: Up for auction, this mansion has fire damage and is being sold as is. Built in 1989, the six-bedroom home measures over 5,500 square feet. Sitting on over 10 acres, the home comes with an attached three-car garage and a detached three-car garage with second-floor storage. There’s also a pool and a woodworking shop.

New Hope, PA

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2. 4720 Ocean Blvd, Destin, FL

Price: $5,999,000
Why it’s here: This gorgeous seven-bedroom, Mediterranean-style beach house has four levels and incredible water views. Upgrades include an elevator, covered patios on each floor, a private courtyard, private beach access, and media room.

Destin, FL

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1. 139 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 

Price: $1,200,000
Why it’s here: This remarkable home dates to 1703 and sits at the end of Elfreths Aly, the oldest residential street in the country. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom home is a National Historic Landmark and is filled with reminders of its storied past.

Philadelphia, PA

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