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Alex Wang on his hyperlocal Yelp strategy

"I get fake Yelp reviews all the time from people I have never heard about or met," says Wang -- who also has 71 real Yelp reviews from actual clients, most of them in Silicon Valley...

Curbed Detroit: Devilishly Good Design Available for Rent in Downtown Detroit

The lobby at the Albert. Photo via Albert Capitol Park The Albert, located downtown at Capitol Park, has newly listed units on the market. The newly remodeled building has quite the checkered past in Detroit, given that when developers...

Prefabulous: This is What a Million-Dollar Prefab Mansion Looks Like

All photos via AD España Lots of designers are working on affordable prefab homes, but there's one company that's confidently chasing down the luxury prefab niche. Huf Haus, as we've previously covered, is a German company that builds some 150...

Adventures in Real Estate: Ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg Snags Historic London Mansion

Where the ex-NYC mayor will likely conduct important business—knight-related and otherwise. All photos courtesy of Strutt & Parker Ex-New York City mayor, business tycoon, and secret knight Michael R. Bloomberg has been up to some real estate mischief in...

You Can Decorate Your Home With Real Items From the Mad Men Set

We all miss Mad Men (and, by extension, Don's cool Manhattan apartment) but since we can never have any new episodes, the next best thing is perusing all 56 pages of items from the television show's set that are...

Preservation Watch: Can Clip-On Balconies Save a Brutalist Icon in Australia?

A proposal by LAVA would add curved balconies to Sydney's Sirius apartments, a housing project that may soon be put on the market and be threatened with demolition. Stateside Brutalism fans are mourning the loss of Paul Rudolph's Orange...

Curbed Philly: Iconic Woolworth Mansion For Sale, is Naturally a Bargain

The world's first "5¢ Woolworth Brothers Store" opened on 18 July, 1879 in Harrisburg, PA, the brainchild of Charles Sumner "Sum" Woolworth and his brother Frank. After a short while, the brothers moved their brand to Scranton, which became...

Workspace 2.0: A Tech Company Found New Digs in a 300-Year-Old Castle

All photos courtesy of Lightspeed When the Montréal-based retail tech company Lightspeed found that it had outgrown its former digs, it sought new space in the 1,000,000-square-foot Gare Viger, a former chateau that, after a developer's renovation, has become...

Exhibitions: AFRICA Provides Creative Vision of Contemporary and Traditional Architecture

The Gando Primary School (2001) in Burkina Faso by Diébédo Francis Kéré. The clay-brick construction was deliberately designed to engage neighbors in the construction process. All images courtesy Louisiana Museum. Africa's varied cultures have rich histories, but often, the...

Houses of the Holy: This Breathtaking Hilltop Chapel is Pure Meditation Heaven

All Photos by Ramiro Sosa via Dezeen Hidden within an Argentinian nature preserve, this chapel by Estuio Cella provides an elegant sacred space where visitors can fully take in the surrounding landscape. The challenge for the architects wasn't the...

Curbed NY: What Comes Next for NYC's Iconic Coney Island Boardwalk?

In Coney Island, community organizers are fighting to preserve and landmark the historic wooden boardwalk—Photo by Nathan Kensinger The full heat of summer has arrived, driving tourists and locals alike out to the edges of the city. Down in Coney...

That's Rather Lovely : Dramatic New California Winery Also Has Eco-Friendly Cred

All Photos by Doug Dun via Contemporist Designed by San Francisco-based firm BAR Architects, the Law Winery presents an honest display of construction materials—steel, concrete, timber—that evokes the winery's own methodology: channeling the natural flavor profile of their grapes with...

Sure, Why Shouldn't 'The Situation' From Jersey Shore Be a Real Estate Broker?

An article in the Daily News about Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, that guy from the MTV reality show Jersey Shore who kept lifting his shirt up and grinning creepily, reveals a whole bunch of new information that you probably...

Renovation Diary: Part VII: The Brownstone Facade Gets a Facelift

The scratch coat installed on the front facade of the brownstone. Photo by Buck Projects. After a decade working for New York City firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Brent Allen Buck was ready for a change of pace....

Adventures in Interior Design: This Gorgeous London Townhouse Embodies Minimalist Swank

All photos courtesy Michaelis Boyd via MyDomaine In this stunning home in London's Kensington neighborhood, local interior designer Michaelis Boyd manages to elegantly mix multiple materials, notably metal, glass, wood, and marble. The steel-and-glass interior wall layered with the sleek,...

House of the Day: Le Corbusier Boiler Room Turned Grungy-Cool Pad Asks $702K

Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. All photos via Patrice-Besse Location: Briey-en-Forêt,...

Can't Figure Out What To Do With Your Spare Jet Engines? Make Them Into Tables.

It sure is hard to think of things to do with all those jet engines we've got lying around. You don't want to just throw them away, because they're jet engines, but you also don't want to buy a...

Curbed Hamptons: Tesla Pops Up in Hamptons With Glam Shipping Containers

A Curbed tipster clued us in that a Tesla brick and mortar store (well, it's not exactly a traditional showroom) finally arrived in the Hamptons. Let's all give a collective, eco-friendly, "woohoo!" In May, we speculated that the luxury...

Curbed Cape Cod : A Cape Cod Midcentury With Soaring Ceilings and Ocean Views

"Perfection in the Ponds!" So begins the brokerbabble for this new Cape Cod listing and we couldn't agree more. Designed in 1953 by interior designer-turned architect-turned academic Serge Chermayeff, this updated 3BR, 2BA is really rather lovely. The 1,559-square-foot...

Bigger in Texas: Massive Texas Ranch Asks $725M, Oil and Cattle Included

Image courtesy Sotheby's International Realty Even in Texas, there are barely enough superlatives to put the sale of the massive W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch in context. On the market for a princely sum of $725 million, according to Bloomberg,...

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