Greek revival mansion has spiral staircase, formal kitchen, catering kitchen, custom floor

This Greek revival home is a replica of the antebellum D’Evereux Hall mansion in Natchez, Mississippi. The mansion features a spiral staircase, two kitchens, and custom cypress flooring throughout the 7,450 square foot home.

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‘House Party’ Podcast: Is This the Most Dramatic HGTV Show Ever? Plus, How To Stay in ‘The Fresh Prince’ Mansion

We have to admit we’re kind of relishing the train wreck that is “Windy City Rehab,” HGTV’s embattled reality series about flipping houses in Chicago.

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With so many feel-good home improvement shows out there, we have to admit we’re kind of relishing the train wreck that is “Windy City Rehab,” HGTV’s embattled reality series about flipping houses in Chicago. The show, in its sophomore season, is hosted by designer Alison Victoria and contractor Donovan Eckhardt—who made headlines this summer with their mountain of legal troubles.


The tension between the two in the series’ Season 2 premiere is palpable—and we’re kind of here for it. We do a deep dive on all the drama, and discuss whether the show can survive another season.



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Ax murder suspect Lizzie Borden’s mansion is for sale in MA

A piece of history is up for sale: the Massachusetts mansion alleged ax murderer Lizzie Borden owned and died in is listed on Zillow.

The nearly 4,000 square-foot Maplecroft mansion built in 1887 in Fall River was posted on Zillow in late August. The house Borden and her sister Emma lived in together, which has six fireplaces, seven bedrooms, and three and-a-half bathrooms, is listed for $890,000.

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After losing a legal battle with the city of Fall River and getting hit by the pandemic, the owners of Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft mansion are selling the property. Zillow

“Presenting Maplecroft — the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion that once belonged to Lizzie Borden, who was accused and acquitted of the brutal ax murders of her father and Stepmother,” the listing, posted on Zillow by Suzanne St. John, says. “This was her final resting place that she lived in until her death, NOT the house where the murders happened.”

This is the second time in three years Maplecroft has been on the market, according to Boston Magazine. Previous owner Kristee Bates bought the house in 2014 and restored it, hoping to turn it into a bed and breakfast, before putting it up for sale in 2017, the magazine reported.

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After losing a legal battle with the city of Fall River and getting hit by the pandemic, the owners of Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft mansion are selling the property. Zillow

Donald Woods and Lee-ann Wilber bought it in 2018 for $600,000, The Herald News reported.

Woods and Wilber own and operate the nearby Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum — where the homicides took place in 1892, according to the Herald. They bought Maplecroft with the intention of turning it into a B&B but after spending $250,000 to update the house, the city asked them to make more changes to comply with accessibility regulations, the newspaper said.

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After losing a legal battle with the city of Fall River and getting hit by the pandemic, the owners of Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft mansion are selling the property. Zillow

Woods and Wilber appealed the city’s decision to the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board of Building Regulations and Standards because they wanted to preserve the house’s historical integrity. But after the coronavirus pandemic entered the picture, they decided to sell, local media reports say.

The mansion will come “fully furnished with exceptional period pieces that speak to the very special past inhabitants of this home,” according to the Zillow listing.

Borden and her sister bought the 14-room mansion in 1893 after she was acquitted, the Herald reported. Borden’s sister moved out in 1905 but Borden spent the remainder of her life there until she died in 1927, according to the Herald.

Borden’s wake was held inside the house as well, the Herald reported. Borden’s sister died just days after her, according to the newspaper.

Jerry Pacheco, operations manager for the Borden B&B and museum, says the mansion offers a truly haunting experience, Boston Magazine reported.

“Honestly, that house has a lot

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Inside Rebecca Judd’s VERY stylish new garden in her $7.3million Brighton mansion

Inside Rebecca Judd’s VERY stylish new garden: AFL WAG shows off her stunning outdoor space in her $7.3million Brighton mansion

Rebecca Judd spared no expense in renovating her $7.3million mansion in Melbourne’s Brighton.

And on Wednesday, the 37-year-old AFL WAG showed off her stylish new garden in her backyard.  

Posting a series of clips to her Instagram Stories, Rebecca shared footage of her expensive new plants, boutique pots and premium outdoor furniture next to her stunning pool.

'I'm so excited!' Inside Rebecca Judd’s (pictured) very stylish garden next to the pool of her $7.3million Brighton mansion

‘I’m so excited!’ Inside Rebecca Judd’s (pictured) very stylish garden next to the pool of her $7.3million Brighton mansion

Rebecca first showed off her fig plant, saying that she’s had trouble keeping it alive during Melbourne’s cold winter.

‘He’s so bloody sad! He’s been there a year and was always thriving and amazing but by the end of the Melbourne winter, things just got too cold for him outside and he started loosing his leaves,’ she said. 

‘I’m hoping now that it’s spring and it’s warmer that he’s going to fight back but things aren’t looking good. Sorry mate!’  

Fiddle-leaf figs can range in price from $26 for smaller plants to $800 for larger ones.

Plant mum! Posting a series of clips to her Instagram Stories, Rebecca shared footage of her expensive new plants, boutique pots and premium outdoor furniture next to her stunning pool

Plant mum! Posting a series of clips to her Instagram Stories, Rebecca shared footage of her expensive new plants, boutique pots and premium outdoor furniture next to her stunning pool

Plant mum! Posting a series of clips to her Instagram Stories, Rebecca shared footage of her expensive new plants, boutique pots and premium outdoor furniture next to her stunning pool

Not cheap! Next to the plants were two coral pink armchairs from Made By Tait, which cost $6,100 each and are made to order

Not cheap! Next to the plants were two coral pink armchairs from Made By Tait, which cost $6,100 each and are made to order

Rebecca also showed off a variety of boutique planter bowls for her smaller plants, which range in price from $129 to $249.   

Next to the plants were two coral pink armchairs from Made By Tait, which cost $6,100 each and are made to order.   

Lastly, she showed off a wisteria vine next to her pool, explaining that the plant was just starting to bounce back after being trimmed back during renovations. 

Wisteria hysteria! Lastly, she showed off a wisteria vine next to her pool, explaining that was 'so excited' that the plant was finally blossoming after being cut back for renovations

Early days: The vine still had some blossoming to do further up

Wisteria hysteria! Lastly, she showed off a wisteria vine next to her pool, explaining that was ‘so excited’ that the plant was finally blossoming after being cut back for renovations

‘This sounds really silly, but I’m so excited about my wisteria! We didn’t get any flowers last year because they were still very cut back,’ she said. 

‘This is our first little hint of some flowers, of some colour and I’m just so excited for this wisteria to explode and for all the wisteria to hang down over the arches.’

Rebecca’s garden features multiple arches, a swimming pool, a dining area and a tennis court.  

Master bedroom: Rebecca and husband Chris' bedroom features custom joinery in a 'storm grey' tone. Rebecca is pictured with Chris, 36

Master bedroom: Rebecca and husband Chris’ bedroom features custom joinery in a ‘storm grey’ tone. Rebecca is pictured with Chris, 36

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‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ House Is Back! What’s Up With This Famous Mansion Today

Remember “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the hit NBC show from the 1990s starring Will Smith as a streetwise teen from Philadelphia sent to live with his rich relatives in a gorgeous mansion in Bel-Air, CA? That iconic house has now returned to the limelight as an Airbnb rental.

Starting on Sept. 29, Los Angeles County residents will have a chance to book one of five October stays in the Fresh Prince’s wing of the mansion. And it can all be yours for the astonishingly low price of just $30 per night—a fan-friendly rate set to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the home’s TV debut.

Guests will revel in the home’s ’90s decor and amenities as well as enjoy exclusive Airbnb experience perks, including donning a new pair of Air Jordans to shoot hoops in the bedroom, dining on literal silver platters (all meals are included), and playing the home’s vinyl collection on a turntable like the one owned by show co-star DJ Jazzy Jeff.

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Given the world we live in today, all local COVID-19 guidelines will be strictly enforced. (The home will be scrubbed between guests, following both CDC and Airbnb enhanced cleaning protocols.) In fact, guests (two max per stay) must show proof of L.A. County residency and live in the same household to minimize potential health risks.

And to help celebrate community and support youth during this 30th year milestone, Airbnb is making a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, which happens to also be Smith’s hometown. Isn’t that sweet?

Choose from a dozen poolside lounge chairs.

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The reality behind the Fresh Prince mansion

Of course this is a made-for-TV tale, so not everything is exactly true to life, including the location of the famed estate. For one, it isn’t in Bel-Air—it’s actually located in nearby Brentwood. But “The Fresh Prince of Brentwood” doesn’t sound quite so lofty, does it?

Granted, in reality, the difference between these two tony enclaves is subtle. Bel-Air, just minutes from West Hollywood, is a smaller area with winding streets and loads of privacy. Meanwhile, Brentwood feels like a more traditional neighborhood, albeit with lovely lush yards plus easy access to top-notch schools and world-class shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Gaze at Will Smith’s way-cool kicks and lids from the king-size bed.

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And if it’s celebrity residents you seek, both neighborhoods sport multimillion-dollar mansions and can point to many famous celebs as current and past residents.

“Bel-Air commands prestige: Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan, and Frank Sinatra all lived here, as have business and tech moguls like Elon Musk,” says Cara Ameer, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Brentwood’s residential bragging rights include Cindy Crawford, Gwyneth Paltrow,

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$1.4M South River Colony Mansion Shows Off 2 Suites, Huge Kitchen

EDGEWATER, MD — South River Colony is one of Edgewater’s most impressive neighborhoods. This $1.4 million home proves why. With soaring ceilings and enchanting windows, the house is spacious as could be. The backyard has a party-ready patio, pool and hot tub. Whip up a feast for your guests in the expansive kitchen with dual ovens. End the night with a bath in one of the house’s two suites. These luxurious features and more validate the price tag on this 1.08-acre, 5,876-square-foot property.

  • Address: 201 Morning Cloak Row, Edgewater, Maryland
  • Price: $1,398,000
  • Square Feet: 5876
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 2001
  • Features: Featuring one of the BEST LOCATIONS in the Preserve section of highly sought after South River Colony, this 5 BR 4.5 Bath gem sparkles! PUBLIC WATER & SEWER TOO! Tucked away at the end of a quiet cul de sac backing to woods on 1.08 acres, this home features a stunning renovated gourmet kitchen w/ Viking, Subzero, Bosch & Dacor appliances & custom furniture quality cabinetry. BRAND NEW custom backsplash. The fenced rear yard is an entertainers DREAM with a heated pebble tec pool w/ waterfall & spa. Relax on the custom built gazebo & IPE deck overlooking a lushly landscaped fenced yard w/ underground sprinkler system. Generator. Built in outdoor BRAND NEW Wolf grill on hand cut blue stone & granite counters. (If your children play sports…be ready to host the team parties!) Dramatic two story family room w/ a wood burning fireplace. (Three fireplaces total). Main level office w/ double sided gas fireplace makes working from home EASY and comfortable. (Upstairs sitting room in owners suite currently being used as the second home office). Formal living & dining rooms with newly refinished hardwood floors. Butlers pantry w/ a wine refrigerator, and a large walk in pantry for food storage. Fully finished walk out lower level with built in theater (all top of line equipment conveys) with a fabulous sound system. Built in wetbar w/ extra icemaker and wine refrigerator. LL bedroom suite with a full bath (perfect for au pair or nanny) and two other rooms that can be used as bedrooms, offices, gym, etc. Luxurious owners suite w/ a sitting room, gas fireplace, and stunning renovated bath with a fabulous oversized multi head steam shower with bench seating. All attached flat screen TV’s convey. Three ice makers (one in Subzero freezer). Three car side load garage, with extra parking in paved front driveway and side yard. Private and peaceful LOCATION! Community pools, tennis & basketball courts, playground, and private golf club w/ memberships available… LIVE WHERE YOU PLAY! South River Schools, and just minutes to Annapolis & major commuting routes. Convenient proximity to three major airports. Click link to visual tour for extra info: Call owner/listing agent for more info!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got decor tips for new California mansion by Sir Elton John’s ‘extravagant’ designer

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle got decor tips for their new California mansion by Sir Elton John’s “extravagant” designer.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, 53, was introduced to the former royal couple by the superstar after he decorated his Los Angeles apartment.

⚠️ Read our Meghan and Harry blog for the latest news on the Royal couple.

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard, 53, helped the couple with their mansion decor

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard, 53, helped the couple with their mansion decorCredit: Getty Images

A source told The Mail on Sunday: “Elton put Harry and Meg in touch with Martyn after they moved to LA. They had a meeting and got on really well.

“Martyn was really helpful on where they should be house-hunting and what kind of properties.

“Some of his interiors are outrageous and over the top, but he’s also great at working out exactly what the client wants and delivering it.”

The decorator, from Kent, England, has previously worked with Kylie Jenner, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, and Sharon Osbourne.

The apartment nearby Montecito, Santa Barbara

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The apartment nearby Montecito, Santa BarbaraCredit: Google Earth

An industry source also told the outlet: “Martyn’s very popular and successful with all the big Hollywood stars.

“His taste is very extravagant and he doesn’t come cheap, but the end result is breathtaking.”

The royal couple swapped Los Angeles for nearby Montecito, Santa Barbara, home to A-listers such as Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.

Harry and Meghan have reportedly taken out a $9.5million mortgage on the nine-bedroom property, which was previously listed for $27million.

Their huge 14,563-square-foot “palatial” pad, known as “The Chateau,” was bought by Sergey Grishin in 2009 for $25million – however, he has struggled to find wealthy buyers able to meet the asking price.

It was eventually listed again in January, for around $17million and sold to the royal couple for around $2.5million under that asking price.

According to real estate agents who spoke with the LA Times, the deal was closed in an “off-market” sale in June.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new California home ‘is £11m nine-bedroom mansion with wine cellar and spa’

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Lessons From Listing Photos: This Refurbished Minnesota Mansion Leaves ’70s Decor in the Dust


It doesn’t matter how perfect your home is—if your listing photos don’t stand out, potential buyers won’t come by to take a look. In our series “Lessons From Listing Photos,” we dissect the smart updates sellers have made to their homes, and how their listing pictures highlight the home’s best assets.

The self-proclaimed slogan for St. Paul, MN, is “the most livable city in America,” but that doesn’t mean every house in the capital city is one you’d love to live in. This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home may be just miles from downtown, but it had definitely seen better days when it was purchased in 2018.


Thankfully the new owners were ready for a challenge. Out went the 1970s decor stamped in nearly every room, and in came a modern, relaxed style that brought buyers running. Within two years, the house was sold again, for $1,049,000—more than double the previous purchase price of $520,000.



So how did the home sellers make it happen? We tapped top interior design and home staging experts to find out not only what the sellers did exactly right, but also how you can use their advice to achieve the same success when selling your home.


Entryway


The entryway gives buyers a first impression of the house, and before the renovation, this space probably made more than one potential buyer turn right back around.

Designer and home stager Kim Gordon says the place even looked like it might have had a musty smell.

“The carpet up the stairs is dirty, and the drapes are wilted,” she notes. “Even with so little furniture, the space feels cramped.”


But the update managed to completely change the feel of the space, she says.

“The updated entry has utilized the magic of a white color palette and the contrast of rich woods on both the floors and the banister,” she says. “You’d never realize it’s the same fireplace.”

Gordon also notes that the updated staircase railing—which uses a darker stain on the original rail but new spindles—goes a long way toward modernizing the space. “Such a smart move,” she says.

The new space is now much more welcome to prospective homeowners, especially those looking for a place to entertain.

“To achieve an open floor plan, the back wall was widened and doors removed completely to allow for lots of space and an uninterrupted flow between the rooms in the home,” says Luciana Fragali, owner of high-end interior and architectural design firm Design Solutions.


Dining room


The original dining room could be described as dingy at best.

“Did Lincoln eat here?” asks Gordon. “The gravity of years has drained the room of joy, and it is past the point of charm.”

She was happy to see the changes to this space, saying a white theme with contrasting darker wood tones is the heroine again.

The brighter walls aren’t the biggest change in this room, though.

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$2.75M Annapolis Neck Mansion Has Wine Cellar, Gigantic Kitchen

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Everything about this Annapolis Neck mansion is impressive. From its waterfront views to its luxuries, the property is unbeatable. A massive kitchen and wine cellar create a lively entertaining space, while a monstrous owner’s suite and unbelievable bathroom offer a bedroom retreat. This 6,788-square-foot-home could be yours for $2.75 million.

  • Address: 1291 Hollywood Ave, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Price: $2,750,000
  • Square Feet: 6788
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 2000
  • Features: TENANT OCCUPIED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 7. PROPERTY AVAILABLE TO TOUR BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 8. OWNERS TAKING PRECAUTIONS DUE TO COVID. PLEASE DIRECT INQUIRIES TO LISTING AGENT. Welcome to 1291 Hollywood Avenue, a stunning waterfront retreat on the Annapolis Neck. Situated right on Fishing Creek, this point lot has both space and expansive views that take your breath away. In addition to the house, the 1.03 acre parcel has roughly 310 feet of shoreline, a serene waterside pool, ample yard space, a crab shack, and a deepwater pier with 5 slips and 8 feet MLW – all with southern exposure.This spacious custom build boasts over 7, 200 square feet with five bedrooms, several living areas and entertaining spaces, a massive open concept waterside kitchen and dining area. The whole property has tastefully updated features that include custom closets throughout, a beautiful wine cellar, a separate mudroom, several reading nooks, play spaces for the littles, and modifications done to accent the view from your kitchen and master bedroom. Everything has been thought of. Located just 5 miles from downtown Annapolis, with easy access to Route 50 and I-97.

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$1.25M mansion in Westlake is ’grand and cozy’

WESTLAKE, Ohio — Entering the home at 1540 Roseland Way certainly gives off storybook vibes: the ornamental mouldings, the beamed cathedral ceiling and the Juliet balcony in the living room. It’s not until you walk into the open-concept kitchen and great room when the home’s 1987 origins become apparent.

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But it’s a house that buyers looking for something more modern shouldn’t overlook, says the home’s listing agent.

“I think this house was built before its time. It has so many elements that buyers today are looking for in this price range,” says Stacy Watson with Keller Williams Citywide. “When you enter the home you feel a sense of grandness, but it still feels warm and cozy. It’s very inviting.”

That grandness is reflected in the home’s size: 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms (4 full) in more than 7,700 sq. ft.

“The thing I was most surprised about was the finished third floor, you just don’t ever see that,” Watson says. “Plus, the location is great, tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac street. It’s very private, but you are within minutes of the highway and Crocker Park.”

On the market since mid-June, the home is available for $1.25 million.

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Address: 1540 Roseland Way

City: Westlake

Price: $1,250,000

Year built: 1987

Square footage: 7,718

Lot size: 0.64 acre

No. bedrooms: 4

No. bathrooms: 4 full, 2 half

School district: Westlake City School District

Real estate agent and contact info: Stacy Watson, Keller Williams Citywide

p: 440-829-2355

e: [email protected]

The formal dining room was designed intentionally with a lower ceiling, which makes for better acoustics at dinner parties.

With its warm wood paneling and built-in cabinets, the library is ready-made for any work-from-home situation.

From the listing: “The master is a grand retreat featuring an impressive master closet and en-suite marble bathroom with plenty of storage space, jetted tub, and walk-in shower.”

The staircase in this bedroom leads to the third-floor loft (below).

More from the listing: “The finished lower level features a bar, entertainment area, pool table room, tons of storage, and full bath.”

The stamped patio is ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining.

For more information on 1540 Roseland Way, contact Stacy Watson, Keller Williams Citywide at 440-829-2355 or [email protected]

Previous Houses of the Week

‘One of the last remaining great lakefront estates in Euclid’ asks $1.2M

Golf community home in Avon Lake asks $899,000

Stunning split-level in Solon asks $669,000

Contemporary Tudor in Gates Mills asks $1M

Crocker Park townhome asks $1.1 million

25-acre horse farm with century home asks $465,000

Built for an art collector, Hunting Valley home is itself a work of art

Renovation breathes new life into classic Lakewood Craftsman

1832 Bay home was first in village to have a bathroom

1994 Life Magazine Dream House replica in Chagrin Falls

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