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May 19, 2009 — 11:00 a.m.

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Gilded Era Is Going, Going, Gone

Fire-sale auctions of mansions, yachts, sports cars and other trappings of wealth have become increasingly common as the rich become less rich.
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Home Depot Profit Rises 44%

Home Depot’s earnings jumped 44%, as the home-improvement retailer followed Lowe’s in reporting better than expected results amid a drop in demand for their most expensive goods.
 

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Lowe’s Earnings Slide 22%

Lowe’s reported quarterly net fell 22% but a brighter outlook for the year sent its shares sharply higher.
 

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Philadelphia Tax Breaks Draw Ire

Amid a budget shortfall, some residents and lawmakers are pushing to scale back a tax-abatement program that once contributed to economic growth.
 

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The Real ‘Housewives’ House

Neal McDonough, the “Desperate Housewives” villain, lives the suburban dream among white picket fences that the sitcom mocks.
 

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What’s in a Name

These buildings in New York City, Denver and the U.K. come with a famed architect’s signature.
 

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BofA’s Lewis Drops Vacation-Home Price

Bank of America‘s chief executive Kenneth D. Lewis has cut the price of his South Carolina vacation house 13% to $3.3 million. | Photos
 

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Desperate Home Builders Woo Renters

In a bid to capture the attention of first-time buyers, builders conduct pet adopt-a-thons, promote low rates and talk up the ‘coin-free’ laundry.
 

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Home-Loan Banks Avoid Some Hits

A change in accounting policies will allow some of the Federal Home Loan Banks to avoid taking big hits to earnings for the first quarter.
 

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Pulte Shareholders Rebuke Directors

Three Pulte Homes directors who were up for re-election failed to receive a majority of votes, marking a rare rebuke of a company’s board.
 

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>Houses of The Rich And Famous

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An unnamed Russian oligarch has broken a world record by paying $745 million for Villa
Leopolda, a mansion on the French Riviera, the London newspaper the Times has reported. The 20-acre property includes two guest houses and was once
home to parties attended by Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan, according to
the newspaper.

Donald Trump’s Palm Beach mansion, Maison de l’Amitie, has been sold for $100 million to a Russian fertilizer billionaire. The 68,000-square-foot home sits on over seven beachfront acres and features 16 bedrooms and three guesthouses. Trump purchased the home for $41 million in 2004, according to the Associated Press.”In an age of so many people getting hurt in real estate, it shows that you can still make a lot of money, even in this market.

Approached via a private lane to gilt and wrought iron gates, the estate — known as Hopedene — sits on six oceanfront acres. On the premises are also a carriage house with guest quarters, an ocean-facing pool and spa, tennis court, gated service entrance and an FAA-approved heliport, according to the real estate agent, Lila Delman Real Estate.
(Lila Delman Real Estate) Sure the house was built in 1899, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks modern amenities. It has air conditioning — for those days when the ocean breeze is missing — as well as an elevator servicing all levels, a large basement laundry room, electric gates at both main and service driveways and on-demand generator service to both residences.(Lila Delman Real Estate)


Maybe you are not looking for something in the South. Well then consider this: a 13,200-square-foot mansion in the exclusive Hamptons. The 19th century beachfront home in Southhampton, N.Y. was recently on the market for $65 million and comes with a 7,500-square-foot guest house, four-car garage, an oceanfront pool and spa.
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Maybe you should consider buying or renting space in a hotel? Hotel Pierre?

At the top of one of Manhattan’s most exclusive hotels is the triplex at The Pierre. The mansard-roofed triplex looks like a mansion placed in the sky and the interior matches the majesty of the exterior. It has a paneled library, wine cellar, black marble staircase, and marble baths.
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Want to wake up each morning in grand opulence in a house with sweeping views of the ocean? Then consider shelling out $22.5 million for this historic clifftop estate overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Colonial Revival house includes 15 bedrooms and 11.5 bathrooms. Guests enter through this marble vestibule with a mosaic floor and coffered barrel-vaulted ceiling.
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The mansion sits on a private cul-de-sac and includes 12-foot ceilings, five bedrooms, his and her marble bathroom suites, a bar and a library. There is even space for your staff.
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You can imagine the stress melting away as you sit by this pool. It is just one fantastic amenity in this $25.75 million oceanfront mansion for sale in tony Palm Beach, Fla. If the pool doesn’t suit your fancy, don’t fret: the beach is just a few steps away.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called the sale the “most expensive real estate listing in Georgia.” The mansion, listed with Jenny Pruitt & Associates, features 7 bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms, 11 half bathrooms, and fireplaces.
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Roy Scheider, who played Police Chief Martin Brody in “Jaws,” said he is selling his five-bedroom oceanfront home in Sagaponack on Long Island, New York to Billy Joel for nearly $19 million. Scheider’s house is set on an acre in the Hamptons, and features four fireplaces and various decks and porches. It was built for the actor and his family in 1994.
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Three Ponds Estate covers more than 60 acres of highly-coveted Hamptons turf in exclusive Bridgehampton, N.Y. The three lakes on the property are not all the estate boasts — the extravagant property has its own USGA-rated Rees Jones golf course as well as 14 gardens and a 75-foot-long swimming pool.
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The interior of the Three Ponds Estate is just as lavish as the grounds, with wood paneling, plenty of room and carved fireplaces.
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reportedly purchased this French Riviera chateau for $70 million. The property, called Chateaux Miraval includes a vineyard, moat and forest. There are underground aqueducts, a lake, and stone-walled terraced planted with 13 different types of olives.

The Astors, one of the most prominent American families, used to summer at this 19,000-square-foot home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, which is on the market for $1* million. The residence, known as Beechwood Mansion, is amid a row of homes in Newport, Rhode Island that became the summer social circuit for New York’s most elite families. The Gilded Age home has served as a living museum in recent years and offers daily public tours with actors playing the part of tour guides and doormen.

The property features a private 18-hole golf course, a lake, tennis court, bowling alley, stables, a guest house and of course a home theater. And if you are looking for a place to keep your cars, don’t fret: the property also includes a 12-car garage.
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What does $155 million get you? Apparently, a home. With a 30-car garage, a bowling alley, and its own ski lift at the Yellowstone Club near Bozeman, MT. And the title “The World’s Most Expensive Home” from Forbes magazine. The Disneyland-sized estate eclipsed the record previously held by the $139 million “Updown Court” in England, and makes Trump’s renovated $125 million estate in Palm Beach look like a beach shack.

Model Christie Brinkley is parting with her vintage Bridgehampton estate, on New York’s Long Island, otherwise known as Tower Hill, for an asking price of a cool $30 million, according to the New York Post. She shared the house with her fourth husband, Peter Cook, but they separated last summer after Cook allegedly cheated on Brinkley with a teenage girl. Brinkley is now listed as the sole owner. The 8,500-square-foot main house was built in 1898.

Looking for a home that isn’t just spacious and luxurious but also has a bit of celebrity? Then consider fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger’s four-acreGreenwich, Conn. estate, which is on the market for $27.9 million. The 20,000-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and three half bathrooms.
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With the ominous clouds looming overhead, this castle looks like it would be the perfect setting for a haunted movie. Well, it was. This medieval castle in Transylvania was the house where Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” was born. A warlord Prince Vlad the Impaler was believed to have spent a night in the castle in the 14th century and nearly 500 years later he inspired the fictional demon Dracula. The Romanian royal family moved into Bran Castle in the 1920s.

This humongous house contains a real live movie house with current play bills.

The owners of this house built into it no less than 65 security cameras.

Billionaire real estate tycoon Donald Trump again proves that he has heart: He doesn’t even know Ed McMahon, the TV personality, but he bought his house and rented it back to him, saving a difficult foreclosure for the 82-year-old former sidekick of Ed Sullivan, star of the Ed Sullivn Show in the Fifties and Sixties.