Located in the Dandenong Ranges, a set of low-lying mountains approximately 35 kilometres outside Melbourne, Burnham Beeches is an art deco mansion that dates back to the 1920’s. Although stately and beautiful, the building has sat abandoned for the past 20 years. This year, local artist Rone transformed the house into an interactive and immersive piece of art, and now for a limited time only, members of the public have the chance to step inside to discover the secrets it holds. Continue reading »
Built in the thirties, this spectacular mansion definitely saw its share of grandiose affairs in its day, but sadly, its been abandoned since the seventies. Located just outside of New York City, the home is like a time capsule for a much more glamorous era — but it also happens to be full of creepy old relics as well. Continue reading »
For those wanting to lessen their negative impact on the environment, the best place to build is down. Known as “underground homes” or “low-impact houses,” these structures minimize the amount of green space used by containing entire buildings below the Earth’s surface. Two English firms — NC Homes and Huntsmere — have proposed an underground dwelling that’s as luxurious as a conventional, above-the-soil structure. Called Perdu, it’s a circular three-bedroom home located on the grounds of Bowdon in Manchester. Continue reading »
Smoke rises from a house deliberately set on fire, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas June 13, 2014. Building crews set fire to the luxury lake house left dangling about 75 feet (23 meters) on a decaying cliff that has been giving way underneath the structure. REUTERS/Brandon Wade Continue reading »
The beds are made up, but this abandoned mansion has not had an occupant sleeping in its grand rooms for years. The tenants at the Round Mansion in western Belgium are long gone, but the bedrooms are still occupied by expensive furniture and ornaments. These serie photographs were captured by London urban explorer Andre Govia, after he decided to start documenting his love of abandoned buildings.
With an abandoned tricycle sitting in an empty corridor, this derelict but once grand mansion could be the setting for The Shining. Continue reading »
Kim Doctom, the founder of now defunct file-sharing and online storage site Megaupload, was ordered to be held in custody by a New Zealand court on Monday, even as he denied charges of Internet piracy and money laundering. Dotcom (aka Kim Schmitz), 37, was running his multi-million dollar empire from a sprawling mansion, which was valued at $30 million.
When the New Zealand police raided Dotcom’s residence on Friday, they were shocked to see the opulence lifstyle Dotcom led and the luxuries he indulged in. At the time of his arrest, the police seized and towed away nearly 30 vehicles in his garage, ranging from a 1959 pink Cadillac and several Mercedes-Benz to a rare Lamborghini, Maserati, Mini Cooper, Cadillac and Harley Davidson.
Several cars had vanity license plates that read “HACKER,” “MAFIA,” “GOOD,” “BAD,” “EVIL,” “GUILTY,” “CEO,” “KIMCOM,” “POLICE,” “WOW,” and “STONED.” A Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead coupe was also found in his garage, bearing the license plate “GOD.” Among other items seized were Samsung and Sharp LCD TVs, rare artwork and sixty Dell computer servers.
If there is one thing Dotcom did not believe in – it is keeping a low profile. And why should he? According to the FBI, Dotcom made $42 million from pirated materials in 2010 alone.
“He is not the sort of person who will pass unnoticed through our customs and immigration lines,” defense lawyer Paul Davison said, referring to the 6 foot, 6-inch tall Dotcom, whose bail ruling will be announced on Wednesday.
Here is a sneak peek of the luxurious life led by the Megaupload boss.
A general view shows the Dotcom Mansion, home of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, in Coatesville, Auckland, New Zealand January 21, 2012. (Reuters) Continue reading »
Branson first became aware that some of the islands in the British Virgin Islands were for sale in 1979. In 1978 he went to the British Virgin Islands for a holiday in order to investigate the prospective real estate. On first observing the islands, he envisioned using them to put up rock stars for his record label. Upon arrival, they were given a luxury villa and travelled around islands for sale by helicopter. Continue reading »
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