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Add Some Luck ‘O the Irish to Your Home

Feeling Lucky this St. Patty’s Day? Just to be safe, we found a few superstitions that just might bring your home a little luck this year.

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1. Never walk under a ladder. If there’s no way around it, protect yourself by crossing your fingers or making the fig sign with your hand — closed fist, with the thumb between your index and middle fingers.

2. When you move out of a house, leave the broom behind. Along with the dust and dirt of your old home, old brooms also carry the negative aspects of your life. A new broom signifies a fresh start in your new home.

3. Carry bread and salt with you when you first enter a new home (along with your new broom). After crossing the threshold, sprinkle salt in front of the door to keep evil spirits away.

4. It’s bad luck to carry a hoe into the house. If you do it by mistake, carry it out by walking backwards through the same door — it’ll reverse the bad luck.

5. Stuff fennel, an herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves, into your keyhole or hang it over the door to protect your home from witches.

6. Paint your front porch blue to ward off ghosts. This superstition, which originated in Southern plantation homes, tells us that “haints,” or ghosts, can’t cross water. Painting the porch “haint blue” would confuse ghosts into thinking the porch was made of water, so they wouldn’t enter the home.

7. Never put shoes on a dresser or table. Bad luck will ensue, according to a Jewish superstition.

8. In fung shui architecture, there should be windows on a house’s east side to face the sunrise. A 27-story home in Mumbai, valued at $1 billion, currently sits empty because its owner believes the lack of windows on the east side will bring him bad luck.

9. On Chinese New Year, which will be celebrated on Feb. 10 this year, you should clean your home thoroughly to get rid of bad luck and accept new luck into your home. Also decorate your doors and windows with posters featuring the word “fu,” which means good luck and happiness.

10. According to a Norse superstition, placing an acorn on a windowsill will protect a house from being struck by lightning. Window blind pulls decorated like acorns are still popular.

11. Never open an umbrella inside. Doing so would be an insult to the sun god, as umbrellas are commonly used for protection against the sun.

12. Don’t move into a new place on a Friday, Saturday, or rainy day. These days are unlucky and may prevent you from ever truly settling into your new home. According to Indian superstition, Thursday is the luckiest day to move in.

13. Never pound a nail after sunset, or you’ll wake the tree gods. Wouldn’t want to do that.

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10 Of The Strangest (And Coolest) Houses You’ve Ever Seen

by SETH WILLIAMS on FEBRUARY 28, 2014 

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Some architects don’t like to draw inside the lines and some homeowners don’t like to live like everyone else. Have you ever gotten bored with the same old “cookie-cutter” designs that home builders have been using for centuries on end?

If you’ve ever wanted to try something different with your next home or building project, perhaps these unique houses around the world will offer you some inspiration (and good luck getting approval from your Home Owners Association)…

Related: 20 Of The Weirdest Things Documented During Property Inspections (Some Of These Will Blow Your Mind, Especially #2)

1. Tiny House, United States

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Source: tumbleweedhouses.com

2. Transparent House, Japan

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Source: sou-fujimoto.net (via boredpanda.com)

3. Skinny House, Poland

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Source: domkereta.pl (via boredpanda.com)

4. Flintstones House, United States

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Source: boredpanda.com

5. Seashell House, Mexico

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Source: demilked.com

6. The Simpsons Replica House, United States

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Source: mentalfloss.com

7. Skateboard House, United States

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Source: boredpanda.com

8. Cat Heaven, United States

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Source: theownerbuildernetwork.co

9. School Bus / Mobile Home, United States

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Source: hankboughtabus.com | Photos: Justin Evidon (via)

10. Vintage Boeing 727, Costa Rica

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Source: tripadvisor.com

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The Oscars [watch parties] in Denver

The Oscars: Five Denver area watch parties

By Claire Delahorne
Hollywood’s biggest night is coming up on Sunday, and in honor of that most hallowed of cinematic traditions, we’ve compiled a list of the five best places to watch the Oscars in style.

 

1. Oscar Night America at the EXDO Event Center
As Robin Edwards writes in this week’s issue, “The night will include a red carpet, a predict-the-winners contest, and a photo booth with a real live Oscar (on loan from 1997 Best Documentary Short winner Donna Dewey) that you can hold while getting your picture taken. ‘It’s a gathering of folks who really love movies,’ says Denver Film Festival director Britta Erickson. ‘Those die-hard film lovers who have been watching these films all year long and are excited about who gets to win get to come together in a really glamorous way and celebrate like they do in Hollywood.’ They’ll toast with champagne, enjoy a fancy sit-down dinner, and participate in a silent auction during a live broadcast of the film industry’s biggest night. All proceeds go to the Denver Film Society, so you can gawk at the outrageous outfits and see who takes home those heavy golden statues knowing that you’re supporting another year of excellent film programming in Denver. ”

Where: EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th Street
Cost: Between $100 and $2,000, depending on the type of package you’d like.
Time: 5 p.m.

 

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2. The Oscars at the Bug Theatre
The Bug Theatre is known as a center for alternative arts, but this Sunday it’s getting fancy and hosting the first annual Oscars at the Bug. Guests are encouraged to come “fashionably dressed in black tie and gowns and arrive in a limo Hollywood style or come dressed in casually dressed to enjoy the evening.”

Where: The The Bug Theatre at 3654 Navajo Street.
Cost: Free admission
Time: Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

3. Cinema Grill Oscar Watch Party
The Aurora Cinema Grill is a restaurant and movie theater all rolled into one. It will be showing the entire ceremony on its giant movie screen and serving its regular menu all night.

Where: The Aurora Cinema Grill 13682 East Alameda.
Cost: Entrance is free, or you can reserve seating with a $15 food/drink deposit.
Time: Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
4. Oscar watch party at Crave Dessert Bar and Lounge
Crave has been open just a few months, but the city’s already sweet on it. For tonight’s Oscar-watching party, it will be featuring some of the town’s favorite treats — including the twenty-layer cake and vanilla-dusted donuts — but the rest of the night is sure to please, too. With big TVs and bigger drink specials, what’s not to love?

Where: Crave at 891 14th Street.
Cost: Free
Time: 4 p.m.
5. The Kress Cinema and Lounge Annual Oscar Party
The Kress is located in Greeley, but this party could be worth the drive. A red-carpet entrance will prove you’ve arrived — and inside you’ll find an appetizer buffet, cash prizes for the best Oscar ballot and a decked0out lounge where you can watch the show.

Where:The Kress Cinema and Lounge, 817 8th Avenue, in Greeley
Cost: $20
Time: 5:30 p.m.

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Homes of 2014 Oscar nominees

By Neal J. Leitereg of realtor.com

It’s almost Oscar Night, and we’re seeing stars on realtor.com.  No, not the 86th Academy Awards nominees themselves but the lavish real estate they own.

As a tribute to those responsible for the greatest achievements in filmmaking this past year, we are rolling out the red carpet for the homes of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio dazzled as the morally bankrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but there is nothing corrupt or depraved about his living situation away from the silver screen.

The acclaimed actor has staked claim to numerous luxury homes in the Los Angelesarea, including a designer pad in the desiredBird Streets. He also owns a private islandlocale in Belize. However, his greatest trophy may have been his Malibu, Calif., compound, which the A-lister recently sold for a whopping $17.35 million.

 

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Sandra Bullock

Bullock rocketed back into Oscar contention with a powerful performance in “Gravity” that was as masterful as it was claustrophobic.

Back on Earth, however, the celebrated actress need not worry about confined spaces. Bullock shelled out a whopping $22.95 million for her stately home in Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills, Calif.. Set on four acres, the home of America’s sweetheart comes with eight bedrooms, a lavish dining hall, a screening room and a gym, while spanning 8,100 square feet.

 

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Matthew McConaughey

McConaughey threw his 10-gallon hat into the Oscar ring with a galvanizing performance in the drama “Dallas Buyers Club.” Off-screen, the leading man’s existence is best described as luxurious and carefree.

Just as he has in Hollywood, the veteran actor has made his mark in the real estate world with a number of high-profile purchases. In addition to his Malibu surfer’s compound, McConaughey returned to his Texas roots in 2012 with the purchase of an 11,000-square-foot mansion in Austin.

 

Meryl Streep (© realtor.com)

Meryl Streep

The most Oscar-nominated actor in history with 18 nods, Streep takes another trip down the red carpet for her part in “August: Osage County.”

While her acting career has touched upon numerous genres, the award-winning actress opted for something contemporary on the home front. In early 2013, Streep reportedly purchased an ultramodern compound in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills for $4.5 million. Have a look at the 1954 Research House by Architectural Products, as reimagined by Xorin Balbes.

 

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Pharrell Williams

Following the success of “Despicable Me,” musician Williams returned to the booth to deliver another hit soundtrack for film’s sequel, and it’s easy to see why. The seven-time Grammy Award-winner stands to earn his first Academy honor after being nominated for his song “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2.”

Offscreen, Williams hangs his giant hat on this Oscar-worthy penthouse in Miami. Described by the artist as a giant fishbowl, the 9,000-square-foot luxury spread comes with private elevator access, a private screening room and world-class views of the South Beach skyline.

 

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Check out our quick home search to the right & let us help you find it!

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