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Real Estrange: a Floating Fortress, Tiny Homes, Downton Abbey

by Rachel Mazanec

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A Floating Fortress
Wayne Adams, 66, and Catherine King, 59, took sustainability to a whole new level when they built a floating home together on the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia in 1992. The couple spent 20 years completing the “Freedom Cove,” as they call it, where they grow and fish for their own food. The floating home consists of 12 floating platforms that include a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, a studio and five greenhouses. Additionally, the couple has half an acre of land where edible crops are grown. Read more about this floating island on boredpanda.com: http://ow.ly/MOZWO

‘Tiny,’ but Luxurious
Tiny homes are all the rage right now, and Miami Beach is home to the most expensive ‘tiny’ home in America. The Wall Street Journal dubbed an 800-square-foot pied a’ terre at the Setia, a high-rise luxury hotel and condominium in Miami Beach, as the most expensive ‘tiny’ home in America with a price tag for $2.5 million. Of course, despite its size, potential buyers can expect luxurious amenties, including concierge staff, room service and housekeeping, along with other hotel-style amenties. Read more about this unit on Curbed: http://ow.ly/MP191

A Piece of History
You have a chance to become part of a significant piece of history with the purchase of Byfleet Manor, Lady Violet’s “Downton Abbey” home in Byfleet, England. The 19-acre estate, listed for $6 million, dates back to the seventh century, with royal and aristocratic heritage. Aside from the popular television series, “Downton Abbey,” Byfleet Manor has starred in other British period television dramas,  notably the Agatha Christie-inspired “Poirot” and “Crawford.” Read more about the manor on CNBC.com: http://ow.ly/MP2Ly

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