From debate about home architectural preferences to a charming find for under $100,000 in Detroit, here are a few real estate headlines that caught our eye this week:

Hamptons Hill

The Clintons’ Hamptons rental. SOURCE: The Real Deal

Source: The Real Deal

The Real Deal reports that Hillary and Bill Clinton are renting an East Hampton home for a little rest and relaxation. The oceanfront property belongs to real estate mogul Elie Hirschfeld. The Clintons rented the home last summer, too, but are probably in even greater need of a beach vacation. Over the past year, the globe-trotting Mrs. C became the all-time air-mile logger of all U.S. secretaries of state.


Is the craftsman dead?

Craftsman no longer king? SOURCE: Seattle Weekly

Seattle Weekly real estate blogger Nina Shapiro ponders that architecturally sensitive question about housing-style desirability as more younger buyers in Seattle are adamant about modern design.

Romney’s early investments

A Houston-area house Mitt Romney bought as part of an investment. SOURCE: Michael Stravato for The New York TImes

The New York Times reports on a 1982 real estate investment deal that turned sour for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. It’s an interesting slice of Romney’s pre-Bain Capital days. He wound up holding a mortgage for the couple who rented one of his five Houston area investment properties. Romney called the renters himself to make an offer. They accepted.

Mass housing via giant computer printer

Core 77 Design Magazine & Resource and bloggers at Dvice and Popsci were taken with an amazing project that would allow a gigantic 3-D printer to “print out” real houses. The work is by Behrokh Khoshnevis of Contour Crafting. The printer could pour out a concrete home in 20 hours. The idea is to minimize the cost and waste issues associated with construction and to bring efficient manufactured house-building technology to the 1 billion people in the world who are living in slums and other forms of sub-standard shelter.

Truth in advertising?

This estate was never owned by Amon Carter. SOURCE: Star-Telegram

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram delves into a $10 million real estate listing that billed an estate’s former owner to be philanthropist Amon Carter. Only problem: Carter never owned the Fort Worth property.

Bargain basement beauty

A splash of color and gorgeous trim. SOURCE: Curbed

Curbed Detroit unabashedly drooled over this lovely 3-bedroom, 1,786-square-foot home at 4439 Yorkshire Rd, Detroit, MI 48224 that is listed for just $80,000. We agree. Nice place!

The battle over fiery real estate

Fighting fires over Waldo Canyon. SOURCE: National Guard

Mother Jones magazine published a piece by Michael Kodas from OnEarth that addresses the increasing frequency of home building in forest fire Red Zones, creating fiery nightmares like the one in Waldo Canyon outside Colorado Springs that burned 346 homes, killed two people and caused $352 million in damages. Fire suppression activity in increasingly populated forest areas is also examined by Richard Manning of OnEarth.

Record-setter in Florida

This gated retreat was originally listed for $60M. SOURCE: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports that a 10-bedroom home on a private island in Biscayne Bay has sold for $47 million, a new record for Miami-Dade County and a possible sign of a resurgent high-end real estate market in South Florida.


About the Author

Laura Vecsey is a former sports columnist, news reporter and politics writer and has worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Baltimore Sun, Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union and Harrisburg Patriot-News. She was also a regional editor with She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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