Curbed's city sites continued to be everyone's go-to source for all local real estate, development, and neighborhood news this year. We covered the absurdity, like a tent in a Silicon Valley being rented out for $899/month, to the awe-inspiring, like Curbed NY's look inside the long-shuttered TWA Flight Center designed by Eero Saarinen at JFK Airport. We pulled the curtain back on LA's most expensive neighborhood, and gave you housing envy with discounted mansions begging for your attention in places like Philadelphia and Detroit.
Curbed NOLA: Did Beyoncé and Jay Z Buy This Home in the Garden District?
In May, Curbed NOLA connected the dots to discover Beyoncé and Jay Z as the very likely buyers of a glorious 10,000-square-foot Spanish baroque Garden District home.
Curbed LA: Inside the Nightmarish Dystopia of LA's Richest Neighborhood
Curbed LA Senior Editor Adrian Glick Kudler sums it up best: "What secrets lie behind the gates of Beverly Park? Really really dystopian ones. Turns out that some of LA's richest people choose to live in some kind of hyper-surveilled security zone where photography is banned and the playground sits empty, a lone swing almost definitely squeaking eerily in the breeze. Who doesn't want to gawk at that weirdness?"
Curbed SF: Backyard Tent Renting for $899/Month Sums Up Everything That's Wrong with the Bay Area
In San Francisco, real estate competition is as fierce as ever. To wit, a backyard tent was being rented out for $20/night or $899/month in nearby Silicon Valley. The property "owner"—a teenager who set the tent up in the backyard of his parents' house in Mountain View—confirmed to Curbed that he's already had several bookings for the rental through Airbnb.
Curbed Detroit: Explore the Faded Luxury of Detroit's $500K "Urban Palace"
This 7-bedroom home in Detroit's Arden Park neighborhood clocks in at 8,800 square feet and has a basement ballroom, "art-tiled sunroom," and a billiards room. The asking price? Just under half a million.
Curbed Seattle: Take Your Seahawks Pre-Game Experience to 'Hawks Island'
Curbed Seattle Editor Sean Keeley explains: "When American Express unveiled plans for a 200-foot barge at Pier 66 for pre-game festivities before a Seahawks game, fans flocked. Literally. The whole thing sold out in a day."
Curbed Philly: Iconic Woolworth Mansion For Sale, is Naturally a Bargain
A dilapidated but still grand mansion in Scranton hits the market for $295,000. It's an absolutely stunning fixer upper.
Curbed NY: Explore the TWA Terminal, a Pristine Time Capsule From 1962
Photographer Max Touhey's inside look at the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport shows "the long-shuttered Eero Saarinen landmark in all its mid-century, retro glory."
Curbed Chicago: Inside Vince Vaughn's $13.9M Palmolive Triplex Penthouse
Actor Vince Vaughn can't seem to unload his Chicago triplex penthouse. Celebs, they're just like us!
Curbed Miami: Will You be Underwater When Sea Levels Rise? Find Out Here
Sobering data shows the potential effects of sea level rise across South Florida.
Curbed DC: This Logan Circle Manse Was Built by Ulysses S. Grant's Son
This late nineteenth century mansion was built in 1877 for Ulysses S. Grant Jr., the son of 18th President Ulysses S. Grant. In 1998 the property was carved into eight luxury condos, and back in October one came onto the market asking $845,000.
Curbed Boston: Here's Tom Brady's Brookline Mansion Under Construction
Right outside of Boston in Brookline, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are working on building a 14,371-square-foot mansion on 5.2 acres.
Curbed Ski: Tour America's First All-Inclusive Marijuana Ranch Resort
Earlier this summer, the country's first all-inclusive pot ranch was supposed to open near Durango in Colorado. Sadly, its opening has been postponed indefinitely.