Archive for November, 2011

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Corrugated Cubicles

9.26.2011

Sorry for no post on Thanksgiving faithful readers but I hope you were all too busy ingesting gravy soaked turkey and then passing out from a tryptophan OD. Anywho, onward to the fun!

I love unique gadgets and when things are made from a material that you would have never thought possible. This is the epitome of that. If you keep looking through that post and go the company’s (Nothing) website you can watch a quick photo slideshow of their office getting its corrugated makeover.

How could you not have creative ideas all day when you are sitting in your office that is made from the same stuff your dorky eBay purchases come in? I love the fact that they were even able to put windows into that sofa/lounge area. I wondered about the stability of the stairs as well as that table area on top of the main office workspace but not only does the cardboard look super thick, there must be some sort of hidden support.

The only downside I can see is that spilling your coffee here would result in a warped desktop. I guess that would be easy to replace though with any of the delivery boxes that your office gets. Oh, and fire, that could be devastating. No smoking in the office.

Could you work in a cardboard cubicle? Let me know and I’ll see you later this week.

-Marty-

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Nice And Orderly

9.26.2011

I stumbled on this little tidbit and thought it was amazing. It is mostly due to how horrid I think traffic and street layout is in Chicago. Although Barcelona does look to have some of the dreaded 100 corner intersections like Chicago, for the most part it is all neatly partitioned.


Sorry the picture is kind of small but you can see the orderly fashion with which everything has been laid out and then look where that organization ends! Just a mass of winding streets with everything smashed in. This reminds me of the orderly way that I would set up my cities in SimCity just before unleashing all manner of disasters. Too bad we cant just bulldoze our major cities and rebuild them all anew with the lessons we have learned. I think that our concrete jungles would look that much more beautiful.


Catch you all later this week.

-Marty-

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Could You Squeeze Me In?

9.26.2011

Closet space, cabinet space, living space. Everyone seems to need space. The question really is, how much space do you actually need to live in? I personally don’t really need that much space but I feel that I might get a little claustrophobic in something like this…

Take the time to watch that. All you city living folks that will settle for nothing less than 900 square feet. That is a 90 square foot apartment. With all the basics. And the bathroom is surprisingly large too. Thank God this lady is a self proclaimed professional organizer because I don’t think it would all fit otherwise! She had a panic attack which I think I would have too the first night or two but I could definitely make this work. A place like this though, would never be feasible work.

This 10x10x10 cube has everything a person needs to live “comfortably”. It even has a dishwasher! I enjoy the idea of having all of your stuff crammed into the most economical space possible but I’m tall, and gangly, and as such would probably spend most of my time at the hospital getting treated for concussions from hitting my head on every one of those surfaces. Plus it just looks wonky (yes that is a word). To each their own though. Do you think you could live in a space this small?

-Marty-

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World War Z

9.26.2011

Ever think about what you would do and where you would go when the zombie apocalypse happens? This is a serious issue in this day and age people. The Center for Disease Control even has a page about zombie preparedness. Yup, thats the government. Apparently preparing for the inevitability that we will all become mindless shambling horde means that you will be well prepared for most any other natural disaster. Good to know.


Any how, most people seem to think that you should leave home and head to a remote country location away from people to lessen your chance of infection. I would say the same thing but in reality I have a lot of junk at home that I don’t know if I could just leave it behind. It would be better to just get a zombie-proof house.


Looks like some industrial warehouse right? Wrong. It doesn’t say but I imagine there is a futuristic control pad that you type your super secret code (read: the same pin you use for everything) in and then, SHAZAAM!


Now you have a chic modern home that despite having blast doors folded onto its sides just works. And yes, that is a pool house next door. It’s accessible via a drawbridge that lowers from the main house. Just because everyone you know and love wants some brain stew doesn’t mean you cant still hold on to your Michael Phelps fantasies.

Doesn’t say who the architect is but I need them on retainer. Watch your back everyone, you never know when the zombies will attack.

-Marty-

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Chicago Hot Property

9.26.2011

I hope that these posts will broaden people’s horizons when it comes to the buildings and properties that are available for rent in this fantastic city. Also, if you have any questions about them or would like to rent there, hopefully you will think of contacting me first as I will make your apartment hunting experience so easy it hurts to think about.

Lets start with a look at one of the premiere properties in the South Loop neighborhood, Burnham Pointe!

This is a fantastic high-rise in the Printers Row/South Loop neighborhood. The property was originally built as condominiums but was then switched over to rental properties. Each apartment home has a distinct look with different hardwood flooring, granite countertops, and cabinetry picked by the previous would-be condo owners. They all have awesome balconies that provide views of the surrounding city and the opportunity for that exclusive lake view.


The luxury doesn’t stop there. They have a fantastic amenities floor designed to accommodate everything that a resident might desire. There is a large fitness area with an attached yoga studio. A business center with computers, printers, and a private conference room. An outdoor terrace with grills, lounge furniture, and a waterfall! They even have a party room that can be used for private events. One of the fantastic things about this building is that they do not have a weight limit for dogs. Pretty much any dog, assuming it isn’t an aggressive breed, is allowed to call this building home. They even added an amenity just for dogs, with its own fire hydrant. I’ll let you figure out what this area is for.


Everything else you could need from groceries to shopping and public transportation is just a quick step out your front door. This property has anything and everything that you could want out of city living.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to let me know.

-Marty-

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Those in Glass Houses…

9.26.2011

You ready for some sweet real estate!? Too bad this isn’t closer to home. A place like this with a view of Lake Michigan would be spectacular indeed! Might want to work on some blinds for those bedrooms to keep all your creepy stalkers away though!


Real Estate Moment: I love how minimalist the design is with all the clean lines and open floor layouts along with the landscaping that looks very zen gardenesqe(sp). With enough bedrooms for several kids though, I would imagine you would need a full time toy picker-upper to make sure that any passer-bys didn’t immediately judge you as just another sloppy home owner. Although you could avoid all crayon graffiti by just making sure your terrible twos liked smelly dry erase markers.


Either way, make sure that you leave all of those gorgeous white stones outside so there isn’t some disastrous mishap that ruins your houses ambiance. The proverb doesn’t really say if you have to be IN the house to throw stones though…

Until next time, I’ll catch you on the flip side!

-Marty-

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Picture Perfect

9.26.2011

Sorry again for not posting yesterday everyone but birthday cake doesn’t just eat itself.

As someone who uses online advertising sites like Craigslist and Postlets on a daily basis I know that things don’t always work out the way that I would like. Information is posted incorrectly, things change and you can’t pull ads offline, and sometimes there aren’t enough pictures. I do know that some of these things are in my control such as the pictures. If I take pictures of a unit or building for a client I do my best to make sure that they are professional and clean looking. Other agents don’t seem to think the same way and will post anything to their ads.

These have to be some of the most horrifying pictures that could be on a real estate ad. I do wonder how many people actually looked at some of these and thought, “Is that a dead body stain? Gotta check out this place!”


Or how about the bedroom with the matching wallpaper and comforter? Where do you even get that done? When I have nightmares, this is the room I can’t escape from.


If these photos were buried in a slideshow like I hope they were, then it is a great lesson on making sure you view all the photos before you go and see a listing otherwise you could run into the friendly neighborhood potbellied pig!

I’ll catch you all next week with more crazy interesting stuff!

-Marty-