A seaside mansion in San Diego that was used in TV commercials but never occupied has sold for a bargain $14.1million – a third of the original $45million asking price.
The 32-year-old photographer was tired of mortgage payments and had a passion for nature. Equipped with a chainsaw, hammer, and 1-inch chisel, the determined family man began construction on a plot of land in the woods, which the family luckily gained ownership of in return for their care of the area. With the help of his father-in-law, who just happened to be a builder, Dale set forth to build his ecological dream home on a budget.
Above-ground houses: could there be anything that’s more over?
Turns out those smiley Lennon-style glasses on that glassy knoll are the legit windows of a legit house, and said house was carved into a dune in Atlantic Beach, Fla. Built in 1975, Dune House is the brainchild of architect William Morgan, who didn’t want any interlopers messing with the character of his block — to this day, he lives next door. “I’m very particular about the buildings on either side of my own home.” he says.
Utah native Blair Bangerter, one of the three brothers in charge of Bangerter Homes – a custom home building company – said: “I was just watching the movie, and thought, ‘We build houses kind of like that, ’” So after getting the go-ahead from Disney, they started recreating Carl and Ellie’s house from “Up”, while making some modifications of their own.
For those of you who are actually considering moving into this real-life “Up” house, you should know it’s a roomy 2,800 square feet and has an expected asking price of $390,000. Worth it??