The Internet Was Unable to Buy Itself a Ghost Town After All

It was a longshot, a dream, a Google Doc-enabled fantasy. In the end, 82 people used an online spreadsheet to pledge over $122,000 for a ghost town, but alas, it was not enough. Some lucky buyer (I assume it was one person) snatched up all 62 acres of Johnsonville, Connecticut for $1.9 million. » 10/31/14 11:40am 10/31/14 11:40am

That Time the Internet Teamed Up to Buy a Town Through a Google Doc

Ghost towns are known to pop up on Craigslist and eBay every once in awhile, but are often snapped up just as fast by eager developers or industrious preppers. Not so for the 62-acre town of Johnsonville, Connecticut which is currently up for auction after remaining abandoned for more than 20 years. Now, a group of… » 10/29/14 4:37pm 10/29/14 4:37pm

Berlin's Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Park Burned Down Over the Weekend

Sorry, fans of ruin porn, creators of would-be Saw-sequels, and demented Walt Disney wannabes: The famous abandoned amusement park in Berlin named Spreepark was destroyed by two separate fires over the weekend. Arson is suspected. » 8/12/14 12:30pm 8/12/14 12:30pm

Soon You Can Sleep in This Fake Bavarian Castle in the Middle of China

China loves to counterfeit, and architecture is no exception. So it was no surprise when a massive, massive German-style castle popped up in the seaside city of Dalian. It's exciting, however, that Starwood Hotels has announced that it will open a giant hotel inside of it. » 5/22/14 2:40pm 5/22/14 2:40pm

You Can Now Make an Offer to Buy Dracula's Castle

If you prefer your houses large, drafty, and associated with vampire lore, then now's your chance to bid for Bran Castle. The castle isn't technically up for sale, the owners insist, but they're willing to entertain offers from the "right" people. Buyer beware though—this isn't the only castle purporting to be… » 5/18/14 9:00am 5/18/14 9:00am

The EPA Just Made NYC's Most Radioactive Place Into a Superfund Site

Yesterday, we enjoyed The New Yorker's engrossing interactive look at the strange history of NYC's most radioactive place, an auto shop in Queens that occupies a former factory that produced radioactive thorium for the Atomic Energy Commission. Today, after months of study, the Environmental Protection Agency decided… » 5/08/14 2:20pm 5/08/14 2:20pm

The Most Radioactive Place in New York City Is a Garage In Queens

Like so many NYC businesses, Primo Flat Fix occupies a nearly 100-year-old building. But this Queens, garage sits on a very peculiar piece of dirt: The former site of Wolff-Alport Chemical Company, a rare-earth supplier that furnished the Atomic Energy Commission with radioactive thorium—when it wasn't dumping the… » 5/07/14 12:40pm 5/07/14 12:40pm

Are These Star Wars-esque Rental Homes Yub Nub or Bantha Poodoo?

What better day than Star Wars Day to start planning your next Star Wars-themed getaway? The vacation rental site HomeAway.com has selected several properties that they think serve as earthbound stand-ins for famous Star Wars sites. What do you think, Jedi Council of readers? » 5/04/14 8:00pm 5/04/14 8:00pm

This Abandoned Igloo Hotel in Alaska Could Be Yours For $300,000

Even out in Alaska, this gigantic urethane igloo sticks out like a bizarre, misplaced structure on the side of Parks Highway. It's long been a curiosity for tourists whizzing by on the way to Denali National Park. And now the famous landmark is for sale to the tune of $300,000. » 5/01/14 9:40am 5/01/14 9:40am

British Businesses Can Now Register "Dot London" URLs

Starting today, London businesses are able to apply for .london top-level domain names. With this, London joins Berlin, NYC, Paris, and other cities that offer region-specific URLs for businesses connected to those cities. It's the start of an interesting interplay between physical geography and virtual identity, a… » 4/29/14 10:32am 4/29/14 10:32am

The Most Haunted Place In The World Is For Sale

Like ghosts? Then you'll love Poveglia, a small, deserted island in the Venetian lagoon that's going on the auction block next month. It's been called "the island of madness," "Hell," and "the most haunted place on Earth." You'd just love it to pieces. » 4/15/14 6:00pm 4/15/14 6:00pm

This House Hasn't Been Redecorated Since The 60s And It's For Sale

A 96-year old Toronto woman is finally moving out of her quaint little house. The story isn't anything out of the ordinary—until you realize that she's lived there for 72 years and apparently hasn't redecorated once. Oh, and she has amazing taste. » 4/11/14 3:20pm 4/11/14 3:20pm

Someone Just Bought a House in L.A. for $102 Million... In Cash

When Los Angeles's most expensive house went up for sale at $125 million, no one expected it to go for that price in a million years. Well, someone, identified only as a "French billionaire," has bought said house for only slightly less that that figure: $102 million. And just to rub it in, the dude paid cash. » 4/01/14 6:42pm 4/01/14 6:42pm

A Famously Tiny NYC Apartment Is For Sale For Almost $1 Million

In 2010, Treehugger founder Graham Hill shrugged off his possessions, designing a high-tech microdwelling that would house all his needs in a single, small room. Now this sweet little transformer of an apartment is on the market. The price? $995,000. » 3/19/14 6:00pm 3/19/14 6:00pm

A Nuclear Bunker With Its Own Hospital and BBC Studio Can Be Yours

Nuclear bunkers have fallen out of fashion in recent years, but that doesn't mean you can't transform one into a delightful bed and breakfast. This bunker in Scotland is currently up for sale and even includes a fascinating history: It's situated on a former POW camp. » 3/10/14 1:20pm 3/10/14 1:20pm

Tour the Opulent, Evacuated McMansions of Ukraine's Fallen Leaders

Earlier this week, surreal images emerged of Ukrainian protesters storming the palace of President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the capital city after violent unrest. Now, protesters have made their way into another mansion, the home of attorney general Victor P. Pshonka. No ostriches, as were found on Yanukovych's… » 2/25/14 2:40pm 2/25/14 2:40pm

From the Playboy Mansion to YOLO Estate: The Lure of Backyard Grottos

Welcome to the YOLO Estate, the $7.7 million residence in L.A.'s Hidden Hills that was recently purchased by Drake. But it wasn't necessarily the home itself that caught the eye of the rapper/songwriter/Degrassi alum, according to a recent interview with Rolling Stone. It was the grotto. » 2/24/14 1:05pm 2/24/14 1:05pm

You Can Buy Berlin's Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Park on eBay

The chance to live in a land of childhood nightmares only comes around once in a lifetime. Spreepark, an amusement park in Berlin that's been closed for over a decade, could now be yours. The property was recently listed on eBay for a cool 1.62 million Euros. » 2/21/14 4:00pm 2/21/14 4:00pm

Oskar Schindler's Factory Is Up For Sale

It won't be cheap, but you could soon be the owner of a piece of World War II history in the Czech Republic. Oskar Schindler's factory in the tiny village of Brnenec is going on the market. Yes, Oskar Schindler is the same Schindler who had a list. » 2/19/14 4:00pm 2/19/14 4:00pm

Wake Up at the B&B from Groundhog Day Every Morning for Eternity

Just a day after the real-life Punxsutawney Phil forecast six more weeks of winter, the bed and breakfast where Groundhog Day was filmed hit the market. You could buy it, set an old-fashioned clock radio to go off at 6:00 a.m. playing "I Got You, Babe," and relive the same day over and over—and over and over and over… » 2/04/14 4:40pm 2/04/14 4:40pm