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Amazon delivery driver’s hilarious reaction to basket of treats outside Delaware home caught on video

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A Delaware homeowner captured on video an Amazon delivery driver’s reaction after he discovered that she had left an unexpected surprise at the front door.

The doorbell camera footage shows Karim Earl Reed III walking up to the Middletown home as he discovered a basket of treats for delivery workers, which included water, soda and other snacks.

“Made my day! I leave goodies out every year,” the homeowner, Kathy Ouma, posted on Monday.

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Reed’s reaction to the thoughtful gesture, however, was a surprise in and of itself.

“Oh, this is nice! We got some goodies … wow!” said Reed, who helped himself to the goodies.

He then begins to dance as he walked back to the delivery truck. Reed’s joyful reaction quickly went viral. The video has been viewed on Facebook more than 6.6 million times as of Thursday night.

“This is great, so thoughtful of you and he clearly appreciated your generosity from those moves!” one Facebook user commented.

“This was a perfect way to remember to be thankful for the little things and help others even when you’re going through it,” another person wrote.

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Many commenters said they wanted to try Ouma’s generous idea. One person, however, said there’s just one thing from stopping her.

“I would try it, but the squirrels would probably eat the snacks,” she said.

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White House unveils Christmas decor with ‘Spirit of America’ theme

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as the halls of the White House are officially decked out for the most wonderful time of the year.

On Dec. 1, First Lady Melania Trump announced that the White House had been decorated for the holiday season, with adornments inspired by “The Spirit of America,” this year’s patriotic theme.

“’The Spirit of America’ is shining in the White House! I am delighted to share this beautiful exhibit of patriotism for all to see, and excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the #Christmas season!” FLOTUS tweeted on Sunday night, sharing a video of the festive furnishings.

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In the minute-long clip, the first lady walked through the White House’s public floor alongside Christmas trees glowing with white lights, later sprinkling faux snow on a tree, adjusting roses on a fireplace and fixing a miniature wreath on the traditional gingerbread White House in the State Dining Room.

“This Christmas season I want to honor those who have shaped our country and made it the place we are proud to call home, and I am excited to announce our White House holiday theme, ‘The Spirit of America’ ” FLOTUS said in a statement released by the White House.

“When I travel the country, I am inspired by the hard-working people and families that I meet. No matter which state they call home, many Americans share a strong set of values and deep appreciation for the traditions and history of our great nation.”

According to the release, the first lady “personally selected every detail of the holiday season at the White House, making sure to capture the patriotic spirit we all share.”

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

“Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked to make sure the People’s House was ready for Christmas. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” she added.

Highlights of the decorations include the Gold Star Family Tree, which was “proudly decorated by Gold Star families” in the East Wing; a timeline of American design, innovation and architecture in the East Colonnade; and the First Family’s Christmas card and ornament in the East Garden Room — which both honor the American flag.

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

The Vermeil Room celebrates the “spirit of generosity” of former first ladies, with two trees adorned with tones of blush, gold and pieces of historic vermeil. The Library features the legacies of presidents past and present with the White House Historical Association’s annual ornaments, with the 2019 ornament honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

A holiday feast is displayed in the China Room, to illustrate “the joys of family coming together at the holidays and sharing in the spirit of the season.”

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

In the upstairs East Room, four “star-spangled” trees shine with stars and gilded eagles perched at the top in a tribute to America’s freedom and strength. The White House Crèche is also presented, for the 52nd year running.

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

As for the parlors, visitors can find the White House Advent calendar in the Green Room, the official 18-and-a-half foot White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room, and yuletide “games galore” in the Red Room.

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Decorations in the State Dining Room, meanwhile, celebrate “America the Beautiful.” This year’s masterpiece gingerbread White House itself is flanked by national landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle, Mount Rushmore, the Alamo, Gateway Arch, Liberty Bell, and Statue of Liberty, making for a 200-pound sweet treat that took 125 pounds of pastillage (sugar-based) dough, 35 pounds of chocolate and 25 pounds of icing to create.

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(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Tourists can wrap up their visit in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall in a “winter garden” filled with 22 evergreens, 14 golden magnolia topiaries and 10 floral urns, all dusted with fresh-fallen snow.

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By the numbers, the embellishments used in the “Spirit of America” motif include 106 of Mrs. Trump’s signature Christmas wreaths on the outside of the White House, 58 Christmas trees, over 800 feet of garland, 2,500 strands of lights and more than 400 golden stars. Over 15,000 bows were tied by hand, and another 400 handmade paper flowers were crafted.

Visitors are welcome to see the yuletide display through open houses, receptions, and scheduled tours throughout the month of December.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man says spiral light bulb filled with ladybugs almost burned down house

A Kentucky man’s warning about a spiral light bulb nearly causing his home to catch fire is as gross as it is shocking.

Jason Whitaker took to Facebook to share the results after he discovered a four- to five-year-old bulb that could’ve burned down his house.

“I kept smelling something like electrical fire. I tore my house apart trying to find it and finally did,” Whitaker wrote. “These light bulbs will burn your house down.”

Images of the spiral light bulb revealed that it was filled with what appeared to be dozens of ladybugs. The bulb also had burn marks.

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“You can see how close it came to igniting,” Whitaker said. “I changed all the light bulbs. Please check yours.”

Whitaker’s warning went viral with 109,000 shares. Other commenters also warned of the potential danger of the spiral light bulbs.

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A Kentucky man’s warning about a spiral light bulb nearly causing his home to catch fire is as gross as it is shocking. (Photo: iStock)

“Wow. I’ll have to check ours. Our house has tons of lady bugs,” a Facebook user commented.

“That’s incredibly scary!!!!” another person commented.

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“Had one melt down at my house [too] kept smelling it thankfully I found it before it was too late,” another Facebook user said.

Another person wrote, “So glad u figured that out!”

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Baby boomers may put ‘tidal wave’ of 21M homes on market — but who will buy them?

SUN CITY, Ariz. — When this Phoenix suburb opened on January 1, 1960, it was billed as the original retirement community. From above, it would look like a UFO landing site, laid out in rings to mimic halos surrounding the sun. Just past the entrance, a billboard flanked by rows of palm trees promised “An Active New Way Of Life.”

On the weekend Sun City opened, cars were backed up for 2 miles as some 100,000 visitors waited to gawk at a village built specifically for adults over the age of 50. They found a new nine-hole golf course and a community center with 250-seat auditorium, swimming pool, shuffleboard court and lawn bowling green. Elsewhere there was a 30,000-square-foot Grand Shopping Center, a Safeway grocery store and a Hiway House Motor Hotel, where you could have a cup of coffee or something stronger at the bar. “The finest resort couldn’t supply more,” boasted a fictional resident of Sun City in a promotional video from the period.

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The concept was a huge hit. The developer, Del Webb, sold about as many homes in the first year as executives had expected to sell in three. Six decades later Sun City is home to 38,000 people.

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The U.S. is at the beginning of a tidal wave of homes hitting the market on the scale of the housing bubble in the mid-2000s. What happens when so many homes post ‘For Sale’ signs around the same time? (iStock)

But the same demographics that propelled Sun City’s rise now pose an existential challenge to this suburb as baby boomers age. More than a third of Sun City’s homes are expected to turn over by 2027 as seniors die, move in with their children or migrate to assisted living facilities, according to Zillow. Nearly two thirds of the homes will turn over by 2037.

The big question looming in this neighborhood — and dozens of others like it in the Southeast and Rust Belt — is what happens to everything from home prices to the local economy when so many homes post ‘For Sale’ signs around the same time?

The U.S. is at the beginning of a tidal wave of homes hitting the market on the scale of the housing bubble in the mid-2000s. This time it won’t be driven by overbuilding, easy credit or irrational exuberance, but by an inevitable fact of life: the passing of the baby boomer generation.

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One in eight owner-occupied homes in the U.S., or roughly nine million residences, are set to hit the market from 2017 through 2027 as the baby boomers start to die in larger numbers, according to an analysis by Issi Romem conducted while he was a senior director of housing and urban economics at Zillow. That is up from roughly 7 million homes in the prior decade.

By 2037, one quarter of the U.S. for-sale housing stock, or roughly 21 million homes will be vacated by seniors. That is more than twice the number of new properties built during a 10-year period that spanned the last housing bubble.

This story continues in The Wall Street Journal.

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Decommissioned nuclear missile silo in Arizona being sold for less than $400G

For those in the market for a possible doomsday bunker, a decades-long decommissioned nuclear missile complex in Arizona is being sold for $395,000.

The underground silo that once held the Titan II missile, an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, sits on 12.5 acres just north of Catalina.

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Photographs posted on Luxe Realty’s website showed the interior of the once top-secret facility. The paint was peeling off the rusted metal walls. Giant vault-like doors opened up into vast, empty corridors, some with dirt floors.

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Construction of the Titan II missile launch sites began in December of 1960, according to the Titan Missile Museum. (Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography)

Grant Hampton with Realty Executives, who has the listing for the historic property, described the site to the Arizona Republic as a “time capsule” to another era.

Hampton said he had to descend down a 40-foot ladder to the depths of the underground silo, adding that there was no electricity or cell service so far below the surface.

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The property doesn’t come with any bedrooms or bathrooms, according to the Republic. (Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography)

The 4,000 square foot underground space still had three of its original blast doors, which each weigh 7,000 pounds and can withstand shockwaves, according to Business Insider.

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The sprawling complex was built around 1963 during the Cold War when the Titan II program went into effect, according to the Titan Missile Museum. The program produced 54 missiles, spread out across three Air Force bases in groups of 18. The Titan II, America’s largest nuclear missile, was ready to be launched at any time from the sites.

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The Titan II missiles were ready to launch at any time from the site. (Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography)

The Titan II program was deactivated in 1982, a year after President Ronald Reagan announced the start of his Strategic Forces Improvement Plan to modernize land-based ICBM programs. The program officially came to an end in 1987 – 24 years after it began – when the last facility was shut down. The sites have been decommissioned ever since

Hampton said the site offers buyers limitless opportunities, suggesting it can become an underground man cave, Air BnB or even a doomsday bunker.

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The once top-secret nuclear missile silo is only a 30-minute drive from Tucson, although it may be hard to spot. (Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography)

He told the Republic he’s been getting 30 to 40 calls a day about the site since it went on the market early last week.

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The site has passed through the hands of two owners, the first of whom bought it from the government, the Republic reported, citing public real estate records. Robert Ellis, the current owner, bought it for $200,000 in 2003.

Some of the other Titan II sites in Arizona are privately owned, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

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Why New York home for sale has a replica Oval Office

This Hudson Valley home listing is the epitome of “click for a surprise!”

The pictures of the $2.79 million, four-bedroom, five-bathroom home in leafy Wappingers Falls, New York, starts like any other listing on Zillow.

First, you’re greeted with photos of the secluded, 10-acre, wooded lot, its mature trees hiding the property from the world, and a long, circular driveway. You’re drawn in by the towering cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and sheer size of the almost 10,000-square-foot, open-concept home. The kitchen boasts granite countertops, a double oven and double microwaves.

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The pictures of the $2.79 million, four-bedroom, five-bathroom home in leafy Wappingers Falls, New York, starts like any other listing online. (Pierce Johnston/Century 21 Alliance Realty Group)

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It’s all pretty standard for a slightly sub-$3 million home in the area, but if you look closely, you realize this is no typical New York listing: It’s a Russian nesting doll of jaw-dropping moments.

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Interesting features make the $2.79 million Empire State home for sale truly one of a kind. (Pierce Johnston/Century 21 Alliance Realty Group)

What’s that? An indoor, saltwater pool with a protruding plexiglass corner? Click. A poolside, professional teppanyaki grill? Click. A recording studio with at least six drum sets? Click. Then, jackpot!

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The house features a smaller-scale replica of the Oval Office, modeled after how it looked on “The West Wing.” (Pierce Johnston/Century 21 Alliance Realty Group)

You’re presented with a smaller-scale replica of the Oval Office, modeled after how it looked on “The West Wing.”

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As for the Oval Office replica, the owner said the architect suggested the office design and the couple just went for it. (Pierce Johnston/Century 21 Alliance Realty Group)

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According to Realtor.com, owners Katie and Greg Knowles purchased the home in 2009 and customized it for 18 months. (Pierce Johnston/Century 21 Alliance Realty Group)

According to Realtor.com, owners Katie and Greg Knowles purchased the home in 2009 and customized it for 18 months. Greg is a music producer, so that explains the studio. Katie wanted the pool available year-round, so that’s why it’s indoors and heated. As for the Oval Office replica, she said the architect suggested the office design and the couple just went for it.

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The listing notes that if you’re looking for the full executive experience, there’s plenty of room to build a helipad. (Pierce Johnston/Century 21 Alliance Realty Group)

The listing notes that if you’re looking for the full executive experience, there’s plenty of room to build a helipad.

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Federal trade commission temporarily halts ‘misleading’ real-estate seminar endorsed by HGTV personalities

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The Federal Trade Commission is attempting to shut down a Utah-based company that runs a real estate seminar — which has been endorsed by HGTV stars, including “Flip or Flop’s” Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead — that the group says is “misleading” and “bogus.”

On Friday, a federal court agreed to put a temporary restraining order against Zurixx, LLC, which, according to the FTC, “used deceptive promises of big profits to lure consumers into real estate seminars costing thousands of dollars.”

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The complaint, which was filed by the FTC and the Utah Division of Consumer Protection, says Zurixx would hold free events that were endorsed by the “Flip or Flop” stars, as well as Hilary Farr from HGTV’s “Love It or List It” and Peter Souhleris and Dave Seymour from A&E’s “Flipping Boston.” Once at the event, the presenters would then pitch the group’s three-day workshop that cost $1,997 and promised to teach customers how to “make substantial income from real estate.” At the pricey workshops, presenters encouraged attendees to open new credit cards and increase card limits, and also peddled products and services that could cost up to $41,297, according to the FTC.

“From start to finish, these defendants used the promise of easy money and in-depth information to lure consumers down a path that could cost them thousands of dollars and put them in serious debt,” said Andrew Smith, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “When a company tells consumers they have the secret to get rich with little work, we encourage consumers to take a hard look at what’s really being offered.”

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The FTC alleges consumers could only get a refund from the company if they signed an agreement prohibiting them from “speaking with the FTC, state attorneys general, and other regulators; submitting complaints to the Better Business Bureau; or posting negative reviews about Zurixx.”

Zurixx told the Associated Press in a statement that the organization anticipates “a positive outcome as we work directly and openly with the agencies involved.” HGTV did not immediately respond to AP’s request for comment.

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California governor signs large-scale law capping rent increases

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California will limit how much landlords can increase rents over the next decade as the state continues to grapple with a housing crisis that has exacerbated its homelessness epidemic.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newson signed the law Tuesday in Oakland, a city that has seen a 43 percent increase in homelessness in recent years. President Trump highlighted the issue last month, saying California cities continue to “destroy themselves” by not addresses the homeless crisis.

“We have people living in our … best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings … where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige,” Trump told reporters.

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Speaking in Oakland to a crowd of housing advocates, Newsom said Trump “wasn’t wrong to highlight a vulnerability.”

In June, the governor authorized $2.4 billion in spending to address the state’s housing and homelessness crisis, including millions of dollars to build shelters. Affordable housing advocates have long urged lawmakers to make residential development easier to increase the state’s housing stock.

The law signed by Newsom limits year-over-year rent increases to five percent plus inflation until Jan.1, 2030. Landlords are also barred from evicting tenants without just cause, a provision meant to curb evictions just to raise rents.

The law doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1 but retroactively applies to rent increases on or after March 15 of this year to prevent landlords raising rents before the cap goes into effect.

Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu, who authored the bill, estimates the law will apply to 8 million of the state’s 17 million renters. It would not apply to housing built within the last 15 years, single-family homes except those owned by corporations or real estate investment trusts, or those living in rent-controlled units. Duplexes where the owner lives in one of the units also are not affected by the new law.

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Russell Lowery, executive director of the California Rental Housing Association, said the law adds another layer of red tape to the eviction process.

“It adds unnecessary expenses to all rental home providers and makes it more difficult to sever a relationship with a problem tenant,” he said.

Housing advocates are hopeful the law will spur more development in a state that desperately needs it. Housing costs have become a major issue in California, as many residents continue to be priced out of desirable neighborhoods.

In Los Angeles County, the shortage of affordable homes and apartments has spurred people to move further away from the coast into the desert east of the city. In the San Francisco area, the median price for a home is around $1.5 million.

Last year, voters rejected a statewide rent control ballot measure. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland already have some form of rent control, but a 1995 law bans new rent control policies.

Without rent control, landlords in most cities across the state can raise rents at will as long as they give advanced notice.

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Bay Area resident Sasha Graham told The Associated Press her rent went up 150 percent in 2014. She paid on time and in full but was evicted anyway. She was homeless for the next three years, drifting between the homes of friends and strangers.

“Sometimes I lived with no lights, sometimes I lived with no water, depending on who I was living with [because] they were also struggling,” she said. “Sometimes I just had to use my money to go to a hotel room so I could finish my homework.”

In June, officials in Los Angeles County announced that homelessness had jumped 12 percent over the past year despite $619 million in spending.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Beach bench selling for $614G – here’s why

A bench is set to fetch at least $614,500 at auction – because it offers breathtaking views of one of Britain’s best beaches.

It is perched on the tip of a cliff overlooking the stunning Three Cliffs Bay in Wales – which recently topped a poll of Britain’s best picnic spots.

The sandy beach has stunning views of the Bristol Channel and is a popular beauty spot for walkers and swimmers.

The bench is all that remains of a ramshackle wooden cabin put up more than 50 years ago.

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A wooden bench on a clifftop is up for sale for $614,500 – because it boasts breathtaking views of one of Britain’s best beaches. (Wales News Service)

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The single-story wooden shed clad in cedar shingling was built in 1959, but fell into disrepair when the owner passed away.

Known as “The Cabin,” it was demolished in 2015 after planning permission was granted to build a new structure.

“The Cabin will not fail to impress you, from the moment you step into the grounds you feel like you have just entered a different land,” a spokesperson for agents Fine and Country said. “This spectacular waterside location offers a superb chance to purchase a development opportunity.”

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The old bench perched on a coastal edge is all that is left of a ramshackle wooden cabin put up more than 50 years ago. (Wales News Service)

“It’s just a stone throw away from the intoxicating, award-winning beach of Three Cliffs Bay and steps away from Gower coastal and countryside paths,” they added.

The land currently has approved planning permission for a three bedroom bungalow, including an open-plan kitchen/living space, a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and a sunroom – all providing ample opportunity to take advantage of the surrounding scenery.

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But the cabin was demolished – and the site overlooking Three Cliffs Bay on the stunning Gower Coast in Wales is now going under the hammer. (Wales News Service)

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There is also the potential to apply for planning permission for a more substantial property.

The Cabin is available for $614,500 and will go up for public auction on October 2 in the Marriott Hotel Swansea Marina.

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Silicon Valley bigwig buys $100M Malibu mansion

More than a year after he left Facebook over privacy disputes, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum has decided to plunk down some of the riches bestowed upon him by the social network on a $100 million mansion.

Koum purchased the longtime Malibu estate of NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer, according to Variety. The estate, which includes 6 bedrooms and 7.5 baths in the 13,693 square-foot house and a couple of guesthouses, was originally listed for $125 million. Built in the late 1990s, the property sits on a 3-acre blufftop lot that overlooks Paradise Cove.

Some of the other features included in the luxurious living space include a sculptural floating staircase, a wall of glass, clerestory-style windows and a chef-accommodating kitchen. Also included are a pool, a professional-grade home theater and a two-story library and gallery.

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Koum, who also owns several pieces of property in Silicon Valley, will move into an area that counts Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and music mogul Jimmy Iovine as neighbors.

The WhatsApp co-founder has a rather expansive real estate portfolio, including a high-tech converted warehouse in Burlingame, Calif., where he stores part of his vast car collection; an $8.5 million mansion in Atherton, Calif.; and a $5.5 million mansion in Hillsborough, Calif., Variety added.

He also owns another $100 million property in Atherton that sits on 5.6 acres and includes multiple mansions, swimming pools and a 10,000+ sq. ft. garage.

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The Paradise Cove property has a storied history, with Meyer acquiring the formerly vacant land in 1997 from his former partner at talent agency CAA, Mike Ovitz, for $5 million. Ovitz, who purchased the property because he knew Meyer wanted it, admitted in 2016 that he regretted swooping in to buy the home.

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“One of the reasons I made that mistake is I didn’t have him to advise me not to do that,” Ovitz was quoted as saying. “That’s the way it went in our relationship.”

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Facebook bought WhatsApp, which now has over 1 billion monthly active users, in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock, making it one of the largest acquisitions ever in the tech industry.

The Ukrainian born Koum left the social network in May 2018 amid reports that he had clashed with WhatsApp parent company Facebook over data privacy issues.

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