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Abandoned Ellis Island buildings


Ellis Island, once the first stop for most immigrants to the United States, is now a tourist attraction and, as these pictures show, a partial ruin. At least the so-called ‘baggage and dormitory building’ is.

Ellis Island abandoned ‘baggage and Dormitory’ building Photo: Ian Ferrence

Millions of immigrants started their American Dream here. It’s hard to imagine these abandoned stairs, bathrooms and halls were witness to hopefuls from all parts of the world as they waited to be let in… or to be sent back to where they came from.

Abandoned bathroom on Ellis Island photo: Ian Ferrence

Ian Ference, urban archaeologist and photographer, posted these, and more, amazing shots on his blog. Check them out!

Abandoned wash basins at Ellis Island’s baggage and Dormitory Hall photo: Ian Ferrence

Have a yabbadabbadoo time in this house in Malibu!


Had to post this. It’s been done before for sure, or at least contemplated, and I still think the architects of Maison Bulles in Théoule-sur-Mer France were inspired by the Flinstones, or possibly the Jetsons. But never have I seen a house so in keep with the theme as this one. It’s in Malibu, off course it is. TV host Dick Clark  decided to put it on the market shortly before his death in April this year. My guess is that the asking price of ‘only’ $3,500,000 is because it is not everybody’s taste. Cause if it is, and you’re rich, than the house with its magical ocean views is yours for a price well under what the neighbours paid!

For more check this post on Homeadore.com

American abandoned houses


There is something eerie about abandoned homes. Especially if parts of the inhabited past is still there, like furniture, curtains or other traces of the times when people called it home. Photographer Kevin Baumann photographed a 100 of them. Each of them with a story that the spectator is left to guess or fantasize about. Was it the crunch that drove the occupants away? Or did they die alone with no family left to take care of their homes? I love this series.

all photography in this article by Kevin Baumann

China’s abandoned Magic Kingdom; Wonderland


I love abandoned sites. A few years back we took a trip to California and visited Bombay Beach on the coast of the Salton Sea. Sounds dreamy right? Well, it’s not. This is Bombay Beach.

Bombay Beach California

High salt levels and floods made Bombay Beach, once coined the Riviera of California, uninhabitable. Well, for most that is, as some die-hard residents still call it home.

California is also home to Disneyland. Anything but deserted. The Magic Kingdom draws in about 15.000.000 people each year. That’s close to the population of The Netherlands! Wonderland Theme Park in China, about a 45 minute drive from Downtown Beijing, is not so lucky. What was going to be the largest amusement park in Asia and Asia’s answer to Disney Magic Kingdom, is now probably competing with Tjernobyl as the largest abandoned site in the East. Disagreements with local government and farmers over property prices forced the project developers to stop construction in 1998. It now sits abandoned between fields of corn and houses along the highway to the Great Wall. I have tried to find aerial images of in on Google Earth but have not had any luck yet. But these pictures already show its marvel and make me want to book a flight to China to see it myself.

Photographs by David Grey (Reuters). For more from this series check this article on theatlantic.com

Frances Bean Cobain all grown up…..


Frances Bean, daughter of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and singer/actress/tabloid filler Courtney Love, grew up. Off course she did, but somehow it shock me to realize she is old enough to buy a house! And a nice one might I add. When her father killed himself in 1994, a trust fund was set up for her to ensure financial security. With Nirvana being one of the best-selling bands of all time, the dough surely rolled in last year when she turned 18. The house she bought is modest, both in size and price, but nice enough for a 19-year-old!

The house is a 1930’s Spanish style home with 3.350 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 3,5 baths in a quiet canyon in the Hollywood Hills. Mrs Bean reportedly paid $1,825,000 for it. It retains many of the original architectural and decorative details such as hand-forged iron work, colorful decorative tiles, numerous stained and leaded glass windows, hand-stenciled wood beams, and vintage light fixtures and hardware. I absolutely love it to be honest.

Frances Bean Cobains Los Angeles crib

Frances Bean Cobain's Los Angeles crib

 

Source: The Real Estalker. Check out her blog here!

$42.000.000 for Jennifer Aniston’s home


Yes, you read that right, and no, I didn’t put in a zero too many……..

Jennifer Aniston is selling her house in, where else, Beverly Hills California and listed it for a heart stopping 42 million dollars. For that you get a lot, but seriously.. $42.000.000? Is it honestly worth that much? Or does it help that Jen is the seller?

Jennifer Aniston's house in Beverly Hills

The house is massive, and has gorgeous views. It sits on nearly an acre of land and measures around 10,000 square feet with a total of 5 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms including the staff suite and expansive master bedroom suite with two spa like bathrooms. And to imagine that Miss Aniston is very very single. Maybe that’s why she is moving? 5 bedrooms and 7,5 bathrooms (a half bathroom in Americano speak means just a loo) might be pushing it a bit on your own?

Jennifer Aniston's $42.000.000 listed Beverly Hills home

Rumour has it, she is buying three new homes, all in NYC. They are now listed separately, but are adjacent so can be joined and remodeled into one big apartment.

Images courtesy of The Real Estalker