Last week, we were poking some loving fun at St. Cloud's "Barbie House" for its pink AF interior and mint green exterior. It was also up for America's Ugliest House after winning the northern division of the contest.

HGTV has crowned the Barbie House "The Ugliest House in America", and the renovations have already taken place.

As a Certified Fan of Tackiness, it's a little bit of a downer to me. Gone are the AHHHH PINK AF interior and mint green exterior that earned the homestead its "Barbie House" moniker.

The exterior of the house has been replaced with...white. I'm sure a whole lotta women know the specific shade of white (that sounds like an oxymoron), but to Dumb Me it's...white. White with black trim.


The interior kinda has the same theme: white with black. Meh.

Don't get me wrong: it looks really nice! And the outdoor space that the show made definitely improves the beauty of the place for at least 3 months a year. Maybe 4!

Projecting Much?

FULL DISCLOSURE: I'm an odd one. I like the weird and unique. While the house looks much more comfortable and open than it did before, I'll vicariously miss the quirkiness of before.

I don't live there. Joe and Jack do, and it sounds like they love it, so more power to them!

H/T: Star Tribune


Sold! Historic Duluth Stone Carriage House Was Priced At $825,500

Duluth is filled with historic properties and another chance to own one recently arrived. Anyone in Duluth who talked about "that pretty stone cottage" was likely referring to the cottage that sits at 1600 Vermilion Road.

Renowned architect Fredrick German designed this historic property and it was once a carriage house for the neighboring mansion, which was built for lumber baron John Millen in 1912. Although it has been remodeled or refurbished for today's lifestyle, it retains much of its original character.

The iconic landmark features a majestic stone arch that welcomes you and all guests. Once inside the 1,900-square-foot cottage, there's a surprisingly open-concept floor plan on the main level. They've truly maximized this space, which features a primary suite, an ensuite, and even a unique lofted level.

The craftsmanship is from a bygone era, with stone walls so thick, you hear no sounds from the outside. While the cottage features a smaller footprint, it's certainly a case of quality of quantity and the new owner will find it a perfect fit.

It originally went on the market in July 2023. It was removed from the market in August 2023, but on March 5, 2024, it was once again listed for sale for $825,500, after owners added an additional lot.

On May 14, 2024, the property was officially sold, and the new owners got a bit of a deal.

Take another look through the historic property, which features 2 bedrooms and 3 baths and you'll also see the final sale price with the final photo.

Gallery Credit: David Drew

Take A Look At This Scary Abandoned Kansas City Warehouse

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

The Weld Wheel Building, or the Ridenour-Baker Grocery Company Building, is the second building on the site, in the West Bottoms neighborhood of Kansas City. For many years it was the home of the Ridenour-Baker Grocery Company. It was the first wholesale grocery building west of the Mississippi River located on the railroad. Later, it was the home of Weld Wheels, which called the building home from 1978 until 2003. The warehouse was imploded at 7:00 AM CDT on May 19, 2024. New York-based developer SomeraRoad, which is redeveloping 20 acres in the area, plans to build an apartment building on the site.

Urban Explorer Lee Paco Industries explored the building twice to get to the roof. You can check out his Youtube videos here and here. If you like his work, he has some postcards and books for sale on his Etsy Channel.

Gallery Credit: Rob Creighton

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