Kendrick Lamar, deemed arguably the most talented rapper of his generation by Rolling Stone last year when he was 27, has written and spoken often of growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, which just this past weekend awarded him the Key to the City. Its six blocks from Tams Burgers where I seen my second murder, actually, he told Rolling Stone. Dude was in the drive-thru ordering his food, and homey ran up, boom boom smoked him. (Tams is the same restaurant where Suge Knight is said to have run over two men in the parking lot.) The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,200 square feet, and its up for rent at $1,895 a month. Its a hell of a neighborhood, one old-timer told Rolling Stone.

The two-bedroom cottage is part of the Warren Place Mews, a block of 34 small homes threaded together in Cobble Hill. They were originally established as workingmans homes, or the equivalent of todays affordable housing.

Numbers just released by RealtyTrac indicate that for most challenged housing markets, the problem is tight supply. But in a few metro areas, the vacancy rate is still far above the overall nations almost five times worse in Flint, Michigan, for example.

Brooklyn-based woodworker Roberto Gil has been designing space-saving furniture for more than 20 years now. Called Urbano, the loft beds come in queen and king sizes.

Small-business owners bedeviled by expense calculations for their home office tax deductions can take advantage of an IRS rule that offers a potentially less time-consuming way to figure out some…

Wow, this is mine? How did this happen? Naomi Watts asks.

The wall-mounted cat complex, designed by Catastrophic Creations, consists of a hollow, wall-mounted box with two openings in the shape of tubes on the top and bottom. The cats can climb through the tubes, and a door opens over the question mark block.

The home of developer Keith Rubenstein and his wife, Inga, on Manhattans Upper East Side has just hit the market at $84.5 million, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Renowned for their over-the-top parties, according to Architectural Digest, they even installed a ventilated smoking room for their European friends.

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The couples newly renovated Los Angeles home is a lesson in the power of accessorizing.

While the nation is becoming safer, many states have a higher violent crime rate than the national average rate, with the 10 most dangerous states reporting a rate of at least 445 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

LaVerne Rogers used to sleep on a bench. Shed spread out a cardboard on the ground as carpet, and sweep the leaves to keep it clean.

Space is no problem when it comes to Cubit shelves. These units work for cramped apartments as well as generous lofts, and everything in-between. You can configure the completely modular individual units any way you see fit to create shelves that store records, books, DVDs, keepsakes, objets dart, and more.

The Hawaiian estate called Waterfalling, inspired improbably by both Frank Lloyd Wright and Magnum P.I., might be known as much for its heart-stopping price history as for its high-drama cliff-top landscape.

A former stable and hayloft on a rural German property dating back to 1851 has become a stunning modern home expertly blending new features like geometric skylights and timber screen facades with the beautiful old brickwork and beams.

We cant say were entirely surprised: Actor Charlton Hestons incredible time capsule home, which we wrote about when it hit the market just last month, already has an offer pending. As you may recall, this is the first time the home has ever been for sale. It was built for Heston and his family in 1959. The family was asking $12,249,000 which seemed possibly a bit pricey for its location in Los Angeles Coldwater Canyon, considering that Zillow estimated its worth at about $9 million.

For $20 a year, a startup called BlueLight promises to route emergency cellphone calls straight to the police, and to send location details. The city 911 system does neither.

Outside is a suburban home like any other. Inside, youll find a Renaissance-era castle.

A bloody, knife-wielding bear over the balcony, snakes emanating from out of the dining room table, dinosaurs playing pool, and a large, strange beast in the garage.

Her living room is a black nightclub-style lounge. Her bathtub is tiled in little mirrors. Will she be able to sell the house this time? Shes been trying for seven years, off and on.

CLEVELAND You cant buy a great cheeseburger on the Internet, and that is the simple fact behind the new driver of downtown real estate development. Restaurants are the new retail, and celebrity chefs today are fast becoming just as powerful as names like Macys and Neiman Marcus were a half century ago.

Want to own a private island but not sure if youre ready to commit to homesteading way out in the middle of nowhere? This little island may be just the thing.