Zillow to Acquire Trulia

Jul 28, 2014

Zillow announced today that it’s entered into a definitive agreement to acquire its chief competitor Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock.

The companies will maintain their separate brands, with Trulia CEO Pete Flint staying on board and reporting to Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. Although the deal has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors, it’s not expected to close until sometime next year. When the deal closes, Flint and another Trulia director will join the combined company’s board of directors.

Talks to bring real estate’s two most popular sites together started six weeks ago, Rascoff told Inman News.

Unique visitor traffic to most popular real estate networks, June 2014

Network June mobile and desktop unique visitors % of total unique visitors to real estate sites in June
Zillow 53.8 million 56.1%
Trulia 31.6 million 33.0%
realtor.com 23.8 million 24.8%

Source: comScore Note: Traffic to firms’ network of sites included.

Rascoff says the plan is for Zillow to offer a portfolio of brands in the real estate space, as it does with HotPads and StreetEasy in New York.

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America’s Castles – Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. is the largest home in America. (Image: timeless_toys/Flickr)

Biltmore is considered America’s largest home, boasting 250 rooms and 125,000 acres. Modeled after a 16th-century French chateau, the home is made of more than 11 million bricks.

Owner George Vanderbilt hired Fredrick Law Olmstead, the creator of New York’s Central Park, to design the grounds. The land was had been cleared for farming and timber before Vanderbilt purchased it, but Olmstead worked with foremen to remove damaged trees, allowing the strong ones to flourish. He also planted 300 white pines, and talked Vanderbilt into hiring a trained forester to manage the land. The forest at Biltmore became America’s first managed forest.

Sustainability efforts continue today. Vanderbilt’s descendants recently installed solar panels that supply more than 25 percent of the energy that powers the estate. Biltmore also sets an example for farm-to-table eating, harvesting eggs, fruits and veggies, and beef and lamb from its own farming operation.

courtesy of:  http://www.weather.com/

Not Up For Camping Out? Try Glamping Australian Style … :~)

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

via:  lcrtp.com.au

 

Sleeping on the ground in a tent is so 20th century.  When you combine “camping” with “glamorous”, you get Glamping.  Otherwise known as civilized camping.

Tardigrade (Fish) House

The Tardigrade House in Berkeley, CA

(Flickr/dirvish)

Locals call it the “Fish House” but this house in Berkeley, California was actually modeled after the tardigrade, a microscopic animal that lives in water or damp moss, and also called the world’s most indestructible living creature. Architect Eugene Tsui, who oversaw the construction of the $250,000 home for his parents, told the Los Angeles Times that the structure is fireproof, earthquake-proof, flood-proof, and termite-proof. The foundation and first floor were made of building blocks made from recycled Styrofoam and cement, reinforced with steel, according to the Los Angeles Times.

courtesy of:  http://www.weather.com/home-garden/