A shortage of storage, loud neighbors and irresponsible drivers are just a
few of the things that annoy Americans the most about where they live,
according to a survey from mortgage data research firm HSH.com.
The firm commissioned a survey of 1,001 U.S. owners and renters about
their houses and neighborhoods.
When it comes to their houses, 67% percent of respondents said inadequate
storage really gets on their nerves. Two-thirds of residents complained their
homes required too much maintenance.
More than 60% said loud neighbors were a top concern. Residents of the Northeast,
the survey found, were more concerned with the proximityof those living nearby.
Gabriele Sewtz, an agent for the New York real estate firm Compass, said that New
Yorkers expect to hear sound from the street, but are less likely to put up with
noise from their neighbors. “The minute the unit itself isn’t quiet, there’s a problem,
” Sewtz said. (Compass was not involved in the survey.)When it comes to their
neighborhoods, the survey found that more than three-quarters of the respondents
were most bothered by speeding drivers and traffic.
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The storied home of a pioneering film family, the former residence of a pop
star and newly built estates in Pacific Palisades and Arcadia were among the
most expensive real estate transactions in the Greater Los Angeles area this
In the 1200 block of Laurel Lane, a home built for film pioneer Samuel Goldwyn Sr.
— and later owned by his son, film producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. — sold after coming
to market in April for $32 million.
Set on two acres, the estate centers on a Georgian-inspired Traditional designed by
architect Douglas Honnold and completed in 1934. Within the 11,000 square feet of
living space is a formal dining room, a paneled 35-millimeter screening room, six
bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Cindy Crawford is more than just a supermodel—turns out she’s a real estate
pro, too. Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber purchased a multi-level
ocean view Malibu home in Point Dume with a lagoon-style pool, glass walls,
and private beach access, and renovated it before selling it over the summer
for a hefty profit. Well done, Cindy.
Over the summer, Jason Statham handed the keys to his LA home in the
Outpost Estates neighborhood to fellow actor Johnny Galecki. Features
of the 1929-built Mediterranean compound include a screening room, a
resort-inspired swimming pool, and a well-pedigreed past, which includes
previous owners like Ben Stiller and Lou Diamond Phillips.
After getting married last year, Ashley Tisdale was ready to start a new
chapter of her life in a new home, which meant she had to part ways
with the Toluca Lake abode her father custom built for her. With
personalized amenities like an oversized closet and a top-notch
security system, it’s safe to say that this home will always hold
a special place in her heart.
An ordinary abode just doesn’t do it for singer and songwriter Sia, which
is why a fanciful estate in Los Feliz was a fitting choice for her. The 1924
Mediterranean home reflects her bold and eclectic style with details like
stained-glass murals, curved ceilings, and carved wood accents.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg said goodbye to his stunning
oceanfront Malibu compound over the summer. The seven-bedroom home
includes a massage room, a private library, a movie theater, a pool, and a
detached two-bedroom guesthouse.
Lauren Conrad is turning into quite the real estate tycoon. Earlier this summer,
Conrad added a Pacific Palisades home to her already impressive real estate roster
that includes properties in Laguna Beach, Beverly Hills, and Brentwood. Her new
digs feature five bedrooms and a spacious swimming pool complete with a spa,
waterfall, and built-in slide.