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Unreal Real Estate

9.26.2011

I think everyone has heard about Dubai at some point or another. It seems to be almost a fantasy land where all of your dreams can come true. The place has literally exploded developmentally in the past couple of decades. With buildings of all sorts sprouting up like weeds.

One thing that they have been known for is dredging up sand from the ocean floor to create their own islands. The one more commonly known is the Palms. It is a multi billion dollar community built out into the bay to look like a palm tree. You can live on the fronds and all down the trunk are resorts and shopping. It was so popular that they built two of them!

That’s crazy but what I’m about to show you is unreal. In movies, books, and our infinite imagination we see people that own their own private islands. Usually rich, sometimes a Bond villain these land owners couldn’t imagine being packed with other people on the same land mass so they up and bought their own island! How affordable is that you ask? Not very for a giant island. But what if you could buy a small, 500,000 square foot island? Now that might be a realistic option. Looks like you’ll be heading to Dubai in that case where their newest dredged real estate project is a man made archipelago where people can buy islands for starting at a cool 7 million! Welcome to “The World”.

Yes, that is exactly what it looks like, a scale model of the continents of the world made up of private islands. Have you always wanted to live in Australia but couldn’t handle the whole day flight? Now you can just buy part of the continent and live down under in the Northern hemisphere, kangaroos optional. This is a hilarious idea to me but I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a part of me that really wanted to buy part of Antarctica and maybe have some penguins living on the compound of my secret hideout.

Make sure to start figuring out what piece of the world you want and saving up now. When the real estate market drops over their you’ll want to get in on the ground floor.

Catch you guys later this week.

-Marty-

PS: GO BLUE

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Chicago Hot Property

9.26.2011

It’s that time again people. Let me introduce you to another of Chicago’s premier apartment buildings. This one is again in th South Loop area. The location means that you are super close to all the entertainment that the Museum Campus has to offer as well is a quick trip over to all kinds of shopping near the Roosevelt Collection.

Located at 1401 S. State St. is this fantastic high-rise. This building is fantastic for dog owners as they have no weight restrictions! Amenities include a great business center, party room, and a roof top deck with grills for resident use. They call it their “Sky Garden”.

The apartments themselves are where this building really shines. The whole building is built with concrete and the apartments walls and floors are all finished concrete with exposed ductwork on the ceilings that lend a very industrial and loft type feel. Especially when combined with the great floor to ceiling windows.

Modern kitchen and bathroom finishes and in unit washer and dryers finish off these fantastic units. Competitive pricing for the area makes this place a no brainer for any apartment hunter.

If this place seems like a great fit for you or a friend why not get in contact with me so I can facilitate a showing! I also have access to many other comparably great buildings in the city.

mhueter@vestapreferred.com Get at me!

Til next week people.

-Marty-

PS: Check out the new “How We Work” section if you wonder how Vesta makes peoples lives better!

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Candle Power

9.26.2011

One thing I love about Christmas is the length that some people go to when it comes to decorating their houses. There was a house in Ann Arbor where I used to live that come November would be transformed by thousands of lights. My family used to take one night in December and drive all around the neighborhoods hunting for great light displays and we always ended with this one. I would show you a picture but the guy moved before camera phones where invented. Instead I have found several photos from peoples extravagant decorations. You never get to see things like this in Chicago.

I’m not even really positive there is a house behind all that.

Think of how ridiculously tedious this would be to put up and take down. Do you think the whole house exterior is covered in tiny staple holes?

The house on the left is the kind of work that I would be willing to put in one day. I like to look at these displays, not create them.

And finally, check out this video of somebody taking your boring old light display and turning the dial to eleven! Warning: I am fairly positive that this could cause epileptic seizures. You have been warned.

Catch you guys later this week and to all a good night.

-Marty-

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Happy Holidays

9.26.2011

I hope that everyone is going to have a great set of holidays this season for whatever faith it is you aspire to. I will be out of town for the next couple days making sure that the family members I see only once a year get their annual dose of Marty. Nothing real estate related today but I will say that I am proud of this gentleman and all that he has accomplished.

Golly that is one giant christmas tree! Have a great holiday season and to all a good night!

-Marty-

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Welcome to The Shire

9.26.2011

So it looks like the theme for this week is themed houses. This one is near and dear to my heart as I have loved and will always loved the tales that Tolkien spun about Middle Earth. What gets me the most is how cheaply this family was able to build this home. 3000 pounds is something like $4,600 which is nothing even in this dismal housing market. It is very new age type green living as well with even the toilets contributing to compost for the garden.

This picture almost makes me think that you could look out your window and see Gandalf rolling up the hill in his horse drawn cart to carry you away on some far flung adventure to defeat Smaug the dragon or meet up with Tom Bomadil. (references that only the true believers will get) I am a little disappointed that the front door isn’t round but I’ll give them some leeway.

I wish they would have shown a picture of the family cause God knows that we are all wondering how hairy their feet are. Time to invest in some orthopedic Rogaine!

Until next week…

-Marty-

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Punk’d

9.26.2011

Any of you guys know what steam punk is? If not let me enlighten you. It is sort of a sub genre of science fiction usually set in the victorian era in England or the “wild west” era of the United States. Steam power and the industrial revolution are the name of the game and everything is made of brass and leather with gears galore! One terrible pop culture adaptation was the blockbuster(and I use that term loosely) movie “Wild Wild West” starring Will Smith. That giant spider thing and all the other contraptions that the evil genius employed were all that steam punk stands for. For some people, this genre of fiction has taken over their lives take for instance this unassuming house…

Beneath the quaint modern victorianesque exterior their lies an inner beast, powered by steam and all manner of old school industrial technology!

I personally love the dedication that this couple must have for their favorite type of literature. And I will say that this decor looks way cooler than a house lived in by Trekkies where you can’t take a step without getting full on Shatnered. My favorite part has to be where he made a modern flat screen TV and all its peripherals look like some kind of coal burning bureau. A tip of my top hat to you sir and more power to your awesome steam powered abode.

This sign says it all.

Until next time faithful readers, and I promise I wont be gone so long! And check this link for more pictures.

-Marty-

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Pretty Square

9.26.2011

Boy have I had a busy day today people. This is going to be short and sweet. This house is something I could see myself living in. I think that it has a great look and I love all of the raw looking wood and almost plain stone tiling.

One other thing I noted was that while it is advertised as a “minimalist” house and is located in Japan where living space usually comes at a premium, it looks to be a pretty spacious one bedroom house. Plus you can have a tree living inside the walls of your house! How cool is that? And ladies, did you see the SIZE of that closet?! It’s so big they don’t even call it a walk-in, they call it a “family closet”.¬†Obviously¬†because your whole friggin’ family could keep their clothes in there! Or maybe not, you guys do seem to have an awful lot of clothes…

Well thats it for today folks. Catch you on the other side of the week.

-Marty-