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$60M Mansion on a Slice of George Washington’s Former Farm Is Virginia’s Most Expensive Home

With a price tag of $60 million, a relatively new house on historic land is now Virginia’s most expensive home.

Built in 2018, the 16,000-square-foot home on East Boulevard Drive sits on riverfront land that was once part of George Washington‘s Mount Vernon Estate in Alexandria, VA.

The current owners bought the 16.5-acre property for around $9 million in 2014, and began what listing agent Heather Corey calls a reconstitution of the estate.

“The house itself is state of the art. They have a huge room that’s got a whole bank of computers that run the whole property. So it’s not just a smart house, I call it a brilliant house,” she says, adding that the electronic features are more advanced than she has ever seen anywhere else.

“Everything is interconnected and can be run with a touch of a button.”

The land was part of Washington’s original River

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Want a second home during COVID? These Zillow vets have invented a radically less expensive way to buy one

There’s an old truism about vacation homes: Nature wants them back.



Austin Allison wearing a suit and tie: Pacasso's co-founder Austin Allison


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Pacasso’s co-founder Austin Allison

Indeed between the maintenance, upkeep, taxes, hassle of finding short-term renters, and typically small number of days per year homeowners are actually in residence, vacation homes are generally a great way to make memories—and a poor way to invest your money.

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Now two veterans of Zillow have a new spin on second homes—they want to pair you up with likeminded buyers to own just the amount of the house you’ll actually use. Their company, called Pacaso (pronounced like the painter), launched this week. Pacaso’s chairman is Zillow cofounder and former CEO Spencer Rascoff; its CEO is Dotloop founder and former Zillow executive Austin Allison. The company says it has raised $17 million in Series A funding, from investors including Maveron, Crosscut, Global Founders Capital, Howard Schultz, and other Zillow

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Expensive dental work or minor plumbing home repair | Opinion



Mike Gibbons

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If you were to present me with a choice of getting some extensive dental work or doing some minor plumbing home repair, I would need to get back to you after a lot of thought on which to choose.

Of all of the home repair things that can face a homeowner, plumbing is by far my least favorite of all tasks. Dealing with anything electrical would be at the top of the list, but since my wife has already made it very clear there is no need for me to ever even attempt such repairs, I don’t even have to consider that an option.

But when plumbing repairs present themselves, I can’t plead, “I might set the house on fire so we better call someone.” Such was the case recently when the toilet in our bathroom broke. It was fairly easy to detect that something was broken, because

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Mold is an expensive, dangerous problem you need to get ahead of

When my husband and I bought our current home in Upstate New York, our plan had been to spend the bulk of our renovation budget on a new kitchen and the main living spaces, and to just paint and spruce up the bedrooms. But a persistent dank, musty smell in the would-be bedrooms forced us to change course and reallocate our funds.

That smell turned out to be mold, and the only way to get rid of it was to take the walls down to the studs and rebuild. Our new kitchen would have to wait.

Chris McLaughlin, sales manager for JES Foundation Repair, a company that works on foundations, crawl spaces and basements in the Washington, D.C., area, says that musty, dank smell is usually the first clue that you have a mold problem.

“The thing is, most people don’t even realize there is a problem. They grew up

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These are the 10 most expensive Houston-area homes sold in August 2020

All in all, the 10 most expensive Houston-area homes sold in August 2020 amount to around 92,053 square feet of luxury living and around $35,617,000 in real estate, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. Peruse the list to see some of the most gorgeous homes swept off the market last month.

10. Woodlands Village Sterling Ridge home listed for $2,850,000

Size: 8,897 square feet

Address: 19 Sterling Dale Place, The Woodlands, TX 77382

Listing: “Exquisite T.D. Cox custom home overlooking the 16th hole of the Gary Player Golf Course in Sterling Ridge! Located on over an acre, this Southern Plantation style home features a gated circular drive, 3 car garage with 18ft doors + 2 car porte-cochere, 3 fireplaces, multiple balconies, incredible wine room, architecturally designed ceilings and detailed trim work throughout. The entertainer’s kitchen with

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Mold is an expensive, dangerous problem you need to get ahead of | Lifestyle

When my husband and I bought our current home in Upstate New York, our plan had been to spend the bulk of our renovation budget on a new kitchen and the main living spaces and to just paint and spruce up the bedrooms. But a persistent dank, musty smell in the would-be bedrooms forced us to change course and reallocate our funds. That smell turned out to be mold, and the only way to get rid of the mold was to take the walls down to the studs and rebuild. Our new kitchen would have to wait.

Chris McLaughlin, sales manager for JES Foundation Repair, a company that works on foundations, crawl spaces and basements in the D.C. area, says that musty, dank smell is usually the first clue that you have a mold problem.

“The thing is, most people don’t even realize there is a problem. They grew up

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Mold is an expensive and dangerous problem. Here’s how to get ahead of it.

Chris McLaughlin, sales manager for JES Foundation Repair, a company that works on foundations, crawl spaces and basements in the D.C. area, says that musty, dank smell is usually the first clue that you have a mold problem.

“The thing is, most people don’t even realize there is a problem. They grew up with a moldy smell in their basement or closets, and they never really knew what it was or thought to do anything about it,” McLaughlin says. “But one day, someone comes in to do some work, and they start opening up drywall and they find mold all over the place.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that if you smell or see mold, you need to remove it as soon as possible — there are numerous varieties, but it’s not necessary to test it to see what kind it is — as it can pose

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