Get Wired with these Smart Plugs

Make your morning coffee with a simple voice command if you have the right smart plug.

Make your morning coffee with a simple voice command if you have the right smart plug. (Amazon/)

With the growth of personal assistant devices, many people have begun to embrace the potential of a smart home, where countless things can be controlled by voice commands. Smart plugs offer a great opportunity for integrating technology into daily life by offering the capacity to control items with an on/off switch remotely. If you want to add one of these features to your home, here are a few that reached the top of our list.

Control your light switches or other appliances without any required hub installation.

Control your light switches or other appliances without any required hub installation. (Gosund/)

These plugs require only a stable 2.4Hz network to optimally work. They are compatible with some of the most popular personal assistant devices – Amazon Alexa and Google Home – which makes them great choices for those who enjoy the conveniences of a smart home. Thanks to the timer, we also found a variety of other convenient uses for the plugs, including the ability to set a timer for a crockpot or coffee maker to turn on, allowing us to wake up or come downstairs to a delicious meal and fresh cup of coffee. Many people will also appreciate the ability to regulate their energy consumption with timers for appliances such as lamps or holiday lights.

You can also set up "away" features to protect your home when you travel.

You can also set up “away” features to protect your home when you travel. (Kasa/)

These plugs can be controlled through your voice, thanks to their integration with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, or through an app on your phone. This means that we were able to turn off lights while at work and turn on the coffee maker from the bed. The plugs require a 2.4Hz WiFi connection to work, but the setup is easily completed by plugging in the outlet and logging into the app to get everything connected. The app can help you monitor and control your energy usage. With this feature, the plugs will automatically turn on and off various preset appliances, such as the lights, to help the home look lived in.

Trouble-free integration creates a stress-free experience of remote appliance control.

Trouble-free integration creates a stress-free experience of remote appliance control. (Amazon/)

We found that this device lived up to its promise of being straightforward, simple, and usable without requiring patience or struggling. It could remotely or with voice activation turn on a variety of different appliances, including fans and lights. The plug itself has a compact design that is intended to keep the second outlet on the wall free, so that you can use a combination of smart plugs and standard plugs as needed. You do not need a smart home hub to take advantage of these opportunities, as the app will quickly integrate with other Amazon smart devices through the Alexa app. This outlet is designed only for indoor use.

The included app can help users track their energy usage.

The included app can help users track their energy usage. (Samsung/)

Appliances that come with on/off switches can work with his smart plug. It connects with an app, which allows for remote appliance control through phones and tablets, as well as the voice commands it can pick up through Bixby, Google, or Alexa. The plug has been designed to use just one outlet on the wall, which means that people can make the choice to stack the plugs for a more fully ‘smart’ experience or use a smart and typical outlet together. These plugs can make life considerably less complicated for anyone with mobility issues. These users can control several household features and appliances with their voice or the app.

Connects directly to WiFi, making setup and installation straightforward.

Connects directly to WiFi, making setup and installation straightforward. (Amysen/)

This smart plug immediately helped to make life more relaxed. Once installed, it can sync with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, allowing people to control devices plugged in with their voices. The plug connects directly to the WiFi, which means that we found setup and installation straightforward. The plugs also enhanced attempts to create safety and green precautions. With the ability to set timers on appliances, we could predetermine times to turn appliances on and off and avoid issues associated with overheating or overcharging. It also made it effortless to control energy consumption and only use what was needed. This plug works with a variety of household appliances such as coffee makers, toasters, or lights.

Home Sales Surge in Resort Towns Even as Covid Looms Large Over Ski Season

The home of Kate West and Carter Westfall in Wilson, Wyo., near Jackson.

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Rob Turner is a big skier. But it wasn’t skiing that pushed him to make an all-cash, $1.3 million offer on a three-bedroom, four-bathroom, penthouse condo with ski-run views in Park City, Utah, in August.

The impetus to buy this summer was the town’s quality of life—a welcome respite from his home in San Francisco, where the pandemic and recent wildfires have made it unpleasant to go outside. Mr. Turner isn’t the least bit worried that coronavirus-related restrictions will limit skiing in Park City this year.

“It’s a ski mountain, but it’s also a beautiful place,” says Mr. Turner, 45, a wealth management adviser. “There are other things to do there.”

For years, ski resorts have worked on diversifying their attractions to bring in more people by adding all kinds of non-ski amenities. The test is this coming season, when some might not even be able to open their skiing operations. The early results are looking good, as home sales and prices have soared despite the uncertainty.

“This was the busiest summer selling season ever,” says Ben Fisher, a broker with Summit Sotheby’s International Realty in Park City. The high end there has been particularly strong, with sales of single-family homes over $2 million up 50% between March and August 2020 compared with the same period a year earlier, according to Park City MLS. One house sold for all cash and $350,000 over its $15 million list price just a few days after it went on the market.

In Colorado, Telluride saw the dollar volume of home sales increase 54% through the month of August compared with a year earlier, with $125 million in sales in August alone—a one-month record, according to George Harvey , broker and owner with The Harvey Team. Aspen recorded 65 single-family home sales through August this year, up from 50 for the same period in 2019, while the dollar value of the sales were up by 49%, according to Sotheby’s International Realty. Since March 1, 46 houses over $10 million have sold and 24 are under contract.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. The high end is flying off the shelf,” says David Viehman, a broker with Engel & Völkers in Jackson Hole, where the total number of sales over $3 million is up 55% over a year earlier and there have been 21 sales over $10 million compared with five sales in that bracket in 2019, a 320% increase.

Keith Seigerman, a 61-year-old contractor from Southampton, N.Y., bought this house in Aspen this summer.
Keith Seigerman, a 61-year-old contractor from Southampton, N.Y., bought this house in Aspen this summer.

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Skiing was initially the reason Keith Seigerman started looking for a second home in Aspen three years ago, but the pandemic played a role in why he finally closed on a four-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot home on 3 acres, 7 miles from the center of town, for $2 million this summer. He likes that Aspen is hard to get to, with limited direct flights, and that it has a remote feel. He also appreciates how strictly the town has been enforcing social-distancing rules, a feat he feels is easier there because of the small size of the community. “It’s tucked away, quiet, peaceful and safe,” says the 61-year-old contractor from Southampton, N.Y.

“Covid accelerated our decision,” says Carter Westfall, who, with his wife, Kate West, bought a three-bedroom, 2,550-square-foot house in Wilson, Wyo., near the Jackson Hole ski area, for $1.75 million in August. The couple had been thinking about relocating from Oakland, Calif., ever since Mr. Westfall started a freeride snowboard competition tour with Travis Rice, a renowned Jackson professional snowboarder. But Mr. Westfall and Ms. West, a creative producer for The North Face, probably would have waited another year to buy if they hadn’t noticed that Covid-19 pandemic was increasing demand for houses there, pushing prices higher. At the same time, they worried people wanting to leave the Bay Area because of the city’s limits during the coronavirus crisis would lower the price they could get for their house in Oakland, which they have since sold. Mr. Westfall is aware there will be changes at the Jackson Hole ski resort this year, but says they are there for the long haul.

People fleeing cities in search of homes with more of a connection to the outdoors are driving much of the demand, real-estate agents say. What started as requests for long-term rentals in April accelerated into sales starting in June, says Kristen Barber, a broker with Stein Eriksen Realty in Park City.

Carter Westfall and his wife, Kate West, shown here with their children Keaton “Keats” Westfall (9 months) and Shepard “Shep” Westfall (3½ years), bought a house in Wilson, Wyo., near the Jackson Hole ski area in August.
Carter Westfall and his wife, Kate West, shown here with their children Keaton “Keats” Westfall (9 months) and Shepard “Shep” Westfall (3½ years), bought a house in Wilson, Wyo., near the Jackson Hole ski area in August.

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This summer, Michelle and Roland Weedon bought a two-bedroom, 1,300-square-foot condo at the Pendry Residences, a residential community still under construction in Park City. The Weedons, who live in Huntington Beach, Calif., where he owns a mortgage company and she is a real-estate consultant, already own a 6,000-square-foot house in Park City that they built three years ago and which is valued at around $5 million. But they thought lots of people would want to get away to wide open spaces and bought the condo as an investment. They are also eager to use the condo’s on-site amenities, including the pool and bar, spa, fitness center, ski concierge and slope-side parking. “People are looking to get out,” says Mr. Weedon.

The kitchen is open to the dining area and has high ceilings.
The kitchen is open to the dining area and has high ceilings.

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The couple chose the area because Mr. Westfall started a freeride snowboard competition (called “Natural Selection Tour”) with Travis Rice, a renowned local Jackson professional snowboarder. Ms. West is a creative producer for The North Face.
The couple chose the area because Mr. Westfall started a freeride snowboard competition (called “Natural Selection Tour”) with Travis Rice, a renowned local Jackson professional snowboarder. Ms. West is a creative producer for The North Face.

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After the pandemic hit, Claire Nathel second-guessed her decision to buy a 4,000-square-foot penthouse in Deer Valley, Utah, for around $3.5 million. She and her husband, Ira Nathel, had put down a deposit in January but started to falter in May. “We felt like it wasn’t the right time, with people losing jobs,” says Ms. Nathel, 48, who owns a wholesale produce company in the Bronx. She also felt uncertain about how the pandemic would affect travel and skiing. But she went ahead with the purchase because the closed-in feeling she had in New York made her grateful for a space to go. She and her husband hope to spend a couple of months a year in Utah when their home is finished.

Gary Feldman, a broker with the Gary Feldman Group at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s, says one difference he noticed this summer was that buyers didn’t care as much how close they were to the ski mountains. He sold his own three-bedroom, four-bathroom, glass-and-wood house along the Roaring Fork River near Snowmass for $4.8 million and is moving about 7 miles away to Basalt, where he says buyers are now “coming from everywhere.”

Keith Orr, who bought Mr. Feldman’s house, also saw the pandemic as an opportunity: It made it easier to sell his 2,100-square-foot, three-bedroom ski condo in the center of Aspen. Mr. Orr, 58, a car salesman from Dallas and Texarkana, said it took 10 days to sell the condo for $5.3 million—he paid $3.2 million for it seven years ago. He said there were dozens of showings scheduled for his condo after two days on the market. “I’ve never experienced such a thing,” he says.

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Our Picks for Best Noise-Canceling Headphones

Need a little peace and quiet? Try a pair of noise-canceling headphones.

Need a little peace and quiet? Try a pair of noise-canceling headphones. (Vankyo/)

We all long for a little bit of silence at times. Maybe you’re working at home and needing to block out the noise of the kids. Perhaps you spend a lot of time flying and need a way to block out that screaming baby on a 10-hour flight. Of course, maybe it’s just as simple as wanting a way to enjoy your favorite tunes without any disruption. Whatever the case, a good set of noise-canceling headphones can finally give you that peace you desire.

When noise-canceling headphones were still a newer product, you had few good options from which you could choose. Thankfully, more companies offer top-notch headphones today. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option or the best in noise-canceling technology, we’ve put together a few of our favorite noise-canceling headphones to help you find a perfect set, so you can finally enjoy a bit of silence.

Enjoy up-to-date technology with calling and virtual assistant features.

Enjoy up-to-date technology with calling and virtual assistant features. (Sony/)

When you want industry-leading technology that’s good enough for handling all your work and entertainment needs, this set of headphones from Sony is a great choice. It’s a top-notch choice in noise canceling technology and even comes equipped with multiple microphones so you can handle calls without any distracting noise in the background. Simple design allows you to place a hand over the ear to lower volume for quick conversations and the ear cups also let you swipe and tap to take calls and control music. Included adapter plug and cable give you the option to plug-in for in-flight listening when you’re traveling. All-day comfort on the ear cups ensures you stay comfortable even if you’re wearing the headphones for long periods of time. They’re easy to carry, too, with a handy carrying case, and you’re sure to appreciate the long battery life and quick charge times.

Powerful hands-free calling features and easy activation of voice assistants make these headphones a work-friendly powerhouse.

Powerful hands-free calling features and easy activation of voice assistants make these headphones a work-friendly powerhouse. (Sony/)

The sleek, comfortable design allows for all-day listening for work or pleasure, and that extra bass gives you a deep, punch sound when you’re listening to music. Hands-free calling features handle work calling with ease, while the industry-leading noise canceling features ensure you enjoy greater clarity in any environment. When you’re talking on the phone, built-in microphones help isolate sound, improving your phone call quality on all sides. These noise cancelling headphones offer up to 30 hours of battery life on one charge, and just 10 minutes of charge time gives you another 60 minutes of use when you’re in a pinch.

A budget-friendly option that still prefers a slew of excellent features.

A budget-friendly option that still prefers a slew of excellent features. (Boltune/)

While these Boltune noise cancelling headphones are a budget-friendly choice, they still have many great features to offer. For example, like other more expensive options, you still get 30 hours of playtime in less than an hour of charging time and a quick charge gives you two hours. The latest in noise cancelling technology ensures you can shut the world out no matter where you are. These headphones also have a noise-reducing microphone for improved call quality, and the ear pads give you a comfortable feeling while using the headphones. Additional features include and wireless connections, base-driven Hi-Fi sound, and a foldable, portable design.

Excellent audio sound and strong bass make these headphones a great choice.

Excellent audio sound and strong bass make these headphones a great choice. (Vankyo/)

Drown out engine noise, loud kids and most noise with these hybrid active noise cancelling headphones from Vankyo.  You’ll get all the standard features such as Bluetooth 5.0 for a fast connection, a built-in microphone for hands-free calling, Hii-Fi audio sound and strong bass for a rich music experience, and 30-hour playtime with a turbo charge. Even better, people love the headphone case.

These comfortable, packable headphones come in black, coral orange and mint green.

These comfortable, packable headphones come in black, coral orange and mint green. (Srhythm/)

If you’re looking for comfort in a pair of noise cancelling headphones, these Srhythm headphones boast a lightweight, foldable design that’s easy to wear all day long. The exclusive air pressure balance along with a multi-level adjustable headband ensures you get the perfect fit. Along with comfort, you’ll also appreciate the advanced noise cancellation technology that eliminates 85 percent of noise around you so you’re able to focus on your tasks. High-end 40 mm stereo drivers give you a deep bass, Hi-Fi music experience, while advanced Bluetooth makes it easy to receive and makes calls whenever needed. Enjoy up to 16 hours of music and talking time per charge.

Update: See What COVID-19 Has Done to 2021’s Colors of the Year

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The coronavirus pandemic has affected every facet of our lives—even, apparently, the colors we should paint our walls. As proof, look no further than the colors of the year for 2021.

The time has arrived when paint companies start rolling out their top hues that embody the era’s zeitgeist. And, with 2020 being unlike anything we’ve experienced in our lives thus far, it’s no surprise that COVID-19 has had a palpable impact on which colors are predicted to dominate fashion and home decor next year.

So far, many of the prevailing shades are warm and comforting, and tie back to nature—which makes sense, given that many of us have been cooped up at home and craving more time outdoors, says Debra Kling of the eponymous color consultancy.

So if you’re craving some color therapy in the form of a fresh coat of paint on your deck or in your home office or beyond, check out which color(s) of the year have been announced so far below.

Sherwin-Williams 2021 Color of the Year: Urbane Bronze

This calming gray hue feels both modern and timeless.

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Urbane Bronze is the oh, so sophisticated pick of the year from one of the biggest paint companies, Sherwin-Williams. And a dose of this earthy shade is just what the doctor ordered as it “encourages you to create a sanctuary space for mindful reflection and renewal,” says Sue Wadden, the company’s director of color marketing.

Sweet dreams are nearly guaranteed in a soft gray cocoon.

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And if you’re tired of those same cold grays slapped all over builder homes and new-construction condos, you’re not alone. This pivot to a warmer, more natural version is a welcome surprise across the board.

“We in the design community are just so done with cool, icy grays—and Urbane Bronze, which is actually a deep taupe that combines brown and gray, is a warm color that can both cheer and ground us,” says Kling.

Interior designer Ana Cummings agrees, and says the comfort of this rich and glamorous shade speaks to achievement, longevity, endurance, and standing tall through the storm.

PPG 2021 Color Palette of the Year: Be Well

Three shades in one batch that channel well-being

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Yup—PPG’s color of the year is actually a trio: Transcend, a subtle sandy hue; Big Cypress, which is tinged with ginger, and one from under the turquoise sea, Misty Aqua.

This grouping also feels extremely of the moment, given the fraught times in which we’re living.

“Our global color stylists were drawn to these colors as they evoke feelings of compassion and comfort, which resonates and represents the shifting mood of society,” says Amy Donato, PPG’s senior color marketing manager.

This palette hits both restful and joyful notes.

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Misty Aqua gets big raves from the design world, in part because it adds a playful, vibrant element, while the warm pink undertones of Transcend and Big Cypress are soothing and speak to positivity.

“Misty Aqua is lively and refreshing, and it fits with the trend of blues and greens that most people have been choosing over the last few years—and it would be perfect in a coastal home in Florida or California, or in a bedroom, sunroom, or home office,” says Amy Bly, the design genius at Great Impressions Home Staging and Interiors.

PPG suggests trying these shades with the 60-30-10 design rule, which means 60% of the room is painted in a dominant color, 30% in the secondary one, and 10% as an accent. The Be Well collection pairs nicely with greenery and blond or natural brown wood tones, too.

Behr 2021 Color Trends Palette

Maple Glaze is an uplifting copper tone.

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Not content with just a few shades, Behr has thrown wide its design doors and embraced 21 colors in a special collection for the coming year. This company’s shades also mirror our nation’s plight and encourage us to view our home as a place of refuge and rejuvenation.

The Behr collection is “a new, elevated articulation of comfort that goes beyond traditional beige, gray, and green hues, and embraces color in a way that can redefine and enhance any type of space,” says Erika Woelfel, the company’s vice president of color.

Bright Dayflower is a reassuring blue for bedrooms and baths.

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From quiet neutrals to bolder hues, Behr’s 21-color salute has been sorted into six accessible themes that touch on optimism, calm, and quiet, with shades for each that are made for mixing and matching.

For example, the theme Casual Comfort might live well in an updated farmhouse with the modern neutrals Almond Wisp and Sierra. Or if your rooms are craving a more moody design, look to the Quiet Haven combo of Royal Orchard, a forest green, and Broadway, a mysterious steely gray.

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams 2021 Color of the Year: Passionate

This next paint brand went in the opposite direction with its color of year, choosing a deep-red tone called Passionate. Available only at Lowe’s, this color acknowledges that even though homeowners have been holed up for many months because of COVID-19, they still want (and deserve) to push the envelope a bit when it comes to interior paint shades.

Crimson walls highlight classic molding and window frames.

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams

Because of the constant state of chaos and uncertainty in our country right now, “consumers are eager to streamline and simplify their lives and homes—but that doesn’t mean we need to forgo having fun with color,” says Ashley Banbury, the company’s senior color designer.

Valspar 2021 Colors of the Year

As with other paint companies this year, no single color rose to the top of the heap at Valspar. Instead, the company has put together a pretty paint palette of 12 shades that evokes mindfulness and well-being. With these simple yet contemplative hues, homeowners can create a sense of calm.

Channel serenity at home with this delicate light green.

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To craft this special dozen, Valspar took note of web searches and upticks on key words such as “meditation”  and “home improvement” early in 2020 as a reaction to the stress related to the global pandemic.

“These lifestyle changes coupled with a surge in DIY home activity helped guide our selection of a range of colors that can not only transform your space but also elevate your mood,” says Sue Kim, Valspar’s color marketing manager.

The result? Colors like this fresh and natural shade, Garden Flower, above, that would feel right at home in a bedroom or bath.

A pale latte shade pairs well with greenery.

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Or consider taking these hues outside to enhance your curb appeal this season. We love Maple Leaf for a front porch, especially when flanked with natural plantings and dark rattan seating.

In the ensuing weeks, many more paint companies will announce their 2021 colors of the year, and we’ll be sure to cover them all right here. Stay tuned!

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Curio Chaos: Vegas House Crammed With Wild Decor Is the Week’s Most Popular Home

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A suburban Las Vegas home filled to the brim with a chaotic collection of statues, mounted animal heads, and baroque furniture drew curiosity seekers on social media. The residence jampacked with knickknacks earned a ton of clicks and is the week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.

Aside from the bright magnolia exterior, the home looks like any other suburban, single-family house. But the interiors are a whole different story.

Hundreds of sets of eyes follow you from room to room—there are life-size mannequins, dolls, moose heads, and religious statuary throughout. Even the furniture in the photos appears to have been transported from a different time and place. All of these things must have meant a great deal to the owner, which is perhaps what makes these particular pictures so appealing. It’s a peek into someone else’s strange and private world.

You also clicked on the most expensive home in Kansas, a wild converted schoolhouse in Colorado, and a fancy Ohio spread being sold by a local auto magnate.

If there’s a common thread to be found throughout this week’s list of most popular homes, it’s the idea that home can be a world you create all your own.

But don’t take our word for it—scroll on down and survey these 10 popular properties for yourself.

10. 4025 N State Route 42, Waynesville, OH

Price: $192,500
Why it’s here: With peppy pink exterior paint and the sweet moniker of Harmony Acre Farm, this property comes with its own self-sustaining garden, orchard, and greenhouse. You’ll also find a barn, two-story outbuilding, and garage. The main house was built in 1908 and has been well-maintained over the decades. It features a custom kitchen, hardwood and tile flooring, and a new roof.

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9. 55 S Highland Ave, Aurora, IL

Price: $285,000
Why it’s here: Known as the Crosby house, this mansion from 1867 is a slice of local history. Elegant and light-filled, the eight-bedroom home retains many original details, including the hardwood floors, banisters, crown molding, and French doors. The quarter-acre lot features mature landscaping and a heated pool.

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8. 533 N 6th Ave, Laurel, MS

Price: $269,000
Why it’s here: A potential candidate to appear on HGTV’s “Home Town,” it’s ideal for a buyer who wants to settle down and entice Ben and Erin Napier to do a televised refresh.

This four-bedroom home in the heart of Laurel was built in 1920 and has 10-foot ceilings throughout, an elevator, and a grand entryway. The lower level is highlighted by a formal dining room as well as a sunroom. Upstairs, the master suite includes a sun porch.

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7. 1157 Waverly Rd, Davenport, IA

Price: $299,900
Why it’s here: Go modern in the country’s heartland. For a style-seeking buyer in Iowa, this brand-new, three-bedroom ranch sits on a half-acre. The residence has an open floor plan with oversize windows plus a back deck overlooking a wooded yard.

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6. 737 Brookfall Dairy Rd, Elkin, NC

Price: $149,900
Why it’s here: Built in 1940 and recently updated, this three-bedroom cabin sits on 3 wooded acres near nature trails, campgrounds, and wineries. A new owner can choose to take in the view on one of the home’s two decks. The property comes with a storage building and plenty of room to expand.

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5. 67300 Circle Dr, Hereford, CO

Price: $489,900
Why it’s here: This historic schoolhouse was converted into a 4,343-square-foot residence, which is long on style but decidedly short on personal space.

The upstairs bathroom is situated in the middle of the bedroom and has no walls for privacy. A spare “bedroom” on the first floor looks a little like a cross between a dorm and a hospital ward. And while the institutional feel is a bit hard to shake, there’s also plenty of style. For a buyer who’s not demure, this could be the find of a lifetime.

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4. 5225 Renner Rd., Lake Quivira, KS

Price: $10,900,000
Why it’s here: The priciest place in Kansas was built as a world-class resort with outdoor amenities, including a 35-foot waterfall with pool and grotto, cliff diving, and scuba tunnels.

Built in 1993, the mansion was renovated and expanded in the early 2000s. It includes commercial-grade kitchens, a two-story office, massive library, and miles of paved paths for walking or riding golf carts throughout the 15-acre estate.

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3. 1543 Monk Rd, Gladwyne, PA

Price: $23,950,000
Why it’s here: Linden Hill is a 68-acre estate on Pennsylvania’s Main Line. Built in 1930, the main house is in excellent condition, according to the listing.

Designed for a mogul, the property was once owned by the Dorrance family, of the Campbell Soup company. Today, the French Normandy–style home is outfitted with every modern amenity. Luxury highlights include two pools, a manor house, homes for staff, and tennis courts.

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2. 10798 Ravenna Ave, Louisville, OH

Price: $4,500,000
Why it’s here: A massive country estate on a 172-acre parcel is being sold by the Sarchione family, which owns a collection of local car dealerships.

The grand 14,400-square-foot main house boasts views in every direction. The grounds include a stocked lake, a show barn, and a pool.

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1. 1504 Wesley St., Las Vegas, NV

Price: $284,999
Why it’s here: The decor is must-see! Listing photos show a three-bedroom home packed with decorative items everywhere, showcasing a distinct point of view.

It features an eccentric collection of statues, religious artifacts, and bright colors, which all join forces to create a space that will make you question everything you thought you knew about interior design (and maybe everything else). If you can manage to see past the hundreds of sets of eyes following you around, the place has loads of potential and sits right across from a neighborhood park.

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Our Picks for Best Equipment Bags

Gather your gear with a good equipment bag.

Gather your gear with a good equipment bag. (Speedo/)

Keeping your equipment together can be a challenge. Whether you’re a gym fanatic, sponsor for a youth sporting team or just need to organize your items, an equipment bag is a necessity. It’s important to keep in mind what type of equipment you’re looking to store to ensure that the bag has the proper sturdiness and design. It’s not one size fits all when it comes to bags. If you’re looking to store soccer balls, then you’ll need a different bag than if you’re carrying gym equipment. Here are our favorite equipment bags for every occasion.

This tote is available in three different sizes to accommodate your items.

This tote is available in three different sizes to accommodate your items. (Champion Sports/)

This mesh bag is multipurpose and is a great choice for laundry, travel, sporting equipment, beach accessories and more. The bag features a sliding drawstring for easy access and includes a nametag so you’ll never lose track of your tote. The nylon mesh is lightweight and breathable to allow wet or sweaty gear to dry quickly. Available in six different colors and three different sizes, these mesh bags are a great versatile selection if you’re looking to store a variety of items.

This model features wide handles with padded fabric wrap.

This model features wide handles with padded fabric wrap. (K-Cliffs/)

Made with high density polyester, this heavy duty bag is perfect for storing gym and sporting equipment. K-Cliff’s equipment bag boasts wide handles with padded fabric grab, anti-slip shoulder pad and extra heavy duty metal hardware. Available in five different sizes, this bag can store soccer balls, uniforms, gym equipment, laundry and more. In order to keep the bag in top shape, we recommend using the shoulder strap or handles when lifting.

This durable backpack is made from polyester.

This durable backpack is made from polyester. (Speedo/)

Speedo is known for high quality swimwear and accessories and this equipment bag is no exception. Their open weave mesh design provides breathability to allow your items to dry quickly. The drawstring closure is both convenient and secure to hold your items. With more than 15 different styles to choose from, there is something for everyone.

Take a look and you’ll know this tote can store it all.

Take a look and you’ll know this tote can store it all. (Fitdom/)

If you’re looking for a large equipment bag, then this is the choice for you. This tote is made from heavy-duty, water resistant mesh that can withstand wear and tear. We love the front pocket that can store and conceal valuables. The shoulder strap is adjustable to fit everyone from a small child to an adult.

That gear you need for the pool or shore trip will fit perfectly in this.

That gear you need for the pool or shore trip will fit perfectly in this. (Vorspack/)

This mesh equipment bag is great for swimmers or a day at the beach. Sand will easily fall out of the mesh design so you don’t have to worry about taking the beach home with you. Vorspack’s equipment bag is large enough to store googles, a cap, bottle, fins, gloves, kickboards, paddles, towel and swimwear. We love the fabric pockets in the front for added privacy for storing valuables.

Our Favorite Dehumidifiers

Let's clear the air with the right dehumidifier.

Let’s clear the air with the right dehumidifier. (HomeLabs/)

If you live in a warmer climate, you know that all that humidity creates a perfect environment for allergens. Many allergy triggers like mildew, mold, and dust mites thrive in humid environments. And even if you don’t live in a humid climate, moisture can still build up in small bathrooms, basements, or kitchens that have limited ventilation. A good dehumidifier can lower the humidity level in your home, making it a less hospitable environment to common allergens. They won’t disrupt your daily life or your nighttime sleeping because today’s options run efficiently and quietly in the background. When buying a dehumidifier, consider your space and needs. Here are a few dehumidifiers we recommend.

An excellent choice for bigger or very wet spaces while boasting a sleek, modern look.

An excellent choice for bigger or very wet spaces while boasting a sleek, modern look. (hOmeLabs/)

This dehumidifier by hOmeLabs is designed to handle larger rooms of up to 4,500 square feet and it’s powerful enough to deal with wet spaces. Depending on room size and the moisture condition, it can remove up to 50 pints of water from the air daily. While many humidifiers are less than pleasing to the eye, this one comes with a sleek, modern look that won’t stand out as an eyesore in your home. It also features handles and built-in wheels for easy movement, and the quiet fan won’t keep you awake or drown out your music or favorite shows. Simple settings make it easy to use, and the Turbo mode increases fan speed to maximize moisture removal in wetter environments.

Removes up to 50 pints of moisture each day.

Removes up to 50 pints of moisture each day. (Vremi/)

The Vremi dehumidifier is an ideal choice for rooms between 3,000 and 4,5000 square feet, and it’s rated to remove up to 50 pints of moisture each day. Designed for both style and convenience, it has a clean, sleek look that fits into any modern home. Built-in wheels and handles ensure easy movement, and the quiet fan does the job well without being loud or bothersome. Easy-to-use settings allow you to pick an ideal moisture setting and then let the machine do its job. It’ll shut off automatically when the tank is full, and a drain hose outlet for continual draining comes with it, although you’ll need to purchase a hose. Super-powerful Turbo mode maximizes moisture removal with a faster fan speed, which is ideal when you need to lower humidity fast.

Sleek design and quiet fan ensure you remove humidity without disrupting your home.

Sleek design and quiet fan ensure you remove humidity without disrupting your home. (Waykar/)

Dehumidifiers don’t have to be ugly anymore, and Waykar proves that with their sleek design that looks great in the bedroom, living room, bedroom, or kitchen. It’s rated to handle spaces of up to 2,000 square feet, removing five gallons of moisture each day in areas of this size. With the intelligent controls, it’s easy to simply set a desired humidity level and walk away. It shuts off on its own when the target humidity is reached and will restart automatically when needed. The quiet fan doesn’t disturb you when you’re working or sleeping, and you have multiple fan speed choices. Automatic shut-off will turn the machine off when the tank is full, then start up again after you empty the bucket. An auto drain and included drain hose allows for the continual drainage of water if you don’t want to worry about emptying the tank regularly.

Innovative features like auto-start and auto-defrost make this dehumidifier stand out.

Innovative features like auto-start and auto-defrost make this dehumidifier stand out. (Midea/)

It’s the innovative features that make the Midea dehumidifier stand out. Power outages are no longer an issue with the auto restart function that gets the machine right back to work when power is restored. Auto defrost ensures collected water won’t freeze and harm your machine. Rated for rooms of up to 1,500 square feet, this dehumidifier is an excellent option for smaller bedrooms, basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. The machine operates at low volume so you’re never disturbed, and it’s Energy Star certified. Connect a garden hose to the machine for continuous draining, or easily empty the tank. The reusable filter ensures optimal air quality without the need to purchase new filters.

Handy auto restart feature gets this work horse back up and running when power outages occur.

Handy auto restart feature gets this work horse back up and running when power outages occur. (AmazonBasics/)

Let’s face it – there is nothing exciting about a dehumidifier but this one is as sleek as they come. By AmazonBasics, it’s perfect for larger rooms of up to 4,000 square feet with standard height ceilings. In many cases, dehumidifiers are used in extreme situations, and this one has a special re-start feature that ensures it starts running again on its previous settings if a power outage occurs. The smart dehumidification feature keeps the humidity in the area between 45-55 percent humidity for maximum function. Additional features include overflow protection, drain pump, timer, and auto-defrost. It also comes with a reusable, easy-to-clean filter.