April 1, 2014 |
Whether you've tracked in snow, mud, dirt or sand, there's no reason you should trouble yourself with scrubbing the floors of your weekend getaway or vacation rental. Just let loose the new Scooba 450 , a little robot floor mopper from the same folks who created the popular do-it-itself iRobot Roomba carpet vacuum. The Scooba 450 is a 14 1/2 -inch-diameter rechargeable disk that automatically propels its 9-pound self across wood, tile (or any uncarpeted floor), spinning and spiraling around the room, its sensors gauging the size of the floor, and redirecting its efforts when it bumps into a wall or other obstruction.
March 26, 2014 |
How do you know when an industry is getting serious? When it forms a trade group. And that's what the burgeoning business of big-money-backed single family rental homes did today. A handful of the single-family rental giants that scooped up at least 130,000 homes in Southern California and elsewhere over the last two years launched the National Rental Home Council on Wednesday, a Washington, D.C.-based operation that will "educate" and "advocate" about the "professionally-managed single-family rental industry.
March 17, 2014 |
Airbnb, the company that lets users rent their apartments and homes to others, found itself working overtime this weekend to help a New York man whose apartment ended up being used for an adult party. Ari Teman, who identifies himself as a comedian on Twitter, messaged the company through Twitter on Saturday after discovering that the person he had rented his Manhattan apartment to had used it for an "XXX Freak Fest. " As recounted by a blog posted on Tumblr and a report by Gawker , Teman agreed to rent his apartment to a man who has been identified only as "David.
March 13, 2014 |
Kelly Osbourne has sold her house in Hollywood Hills West for $1.3 million. Designed by Robert Byrd and built in 1952, the recently updated home has been tenant-occupied of late. It features a bar, a den/office, one bedroom and two bathrooms. Despite the scant 1,250 square feet of living space, the stylishly appointed home has been rented out for as much as $4,600 a month. The 29-year-old purple-haired singer/actress is the daughter of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. She gained fame for appearing on “The Osbournes,” which won an Emmy in 2002 for outstanding reality show.
February 27, 2014 |
Fans of the quieter side of Catalina Island, rejoice. Quiet and rustic Two Harbors is going a bit posh with two new vacation rental homes that elevate the lodgings lineup offered on the western end of the island. Three-bedroom Casa Santa Cruz sleeps eight and four-bedroom Casa Santa Rosa sleeps 10. Both offer harbor views and ocean access 20 land miles from the town of Avalon. The homes come with amenities such as televisions, grills, balconies and decks, dishwashers and fireplaces.
February 25, 2014 |
Christian Audigier has listed a house in the Windsor Square area for sale at $3.199 million or for lease at $25,000 a month. The English Tudor, built in 1925, blends old world character outside with chic modern interiors. The 5,330 square feet of living space features countless chandeliers, formal living and dining rooms, a gym, five bedrooms and four bathrooms. A two-story house at the rear has its own kitchen. The grounds are surrounded by hedges and include a swimming pool with a spa, lawn, decks and patios.