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Funky Malibu Oceanfront Home Is Listing for $53 Million - Wall Street Journal

At first glance, this oceanfront Malibu, Calif. home looks a little like a grouping of giant-sized toddler toys strewed on the beach—an oval cylinder plopped next to a pyramid which is nestled against a tower of cubes. Now this unusual structure is going on the market for $53 million.
The house, which took nearly six years and about $15 million to design and build, is “a village of forms,” said Ed Niles, the Malibu-based architect known for his highly contemporary glassy designs including a tower of glass cubes in Vail, Colo. “Each form has a different shape depending on its function.” The triangle encompasses the kitchen and family room, the cylinder contains the master bedroom and living room, and the cubes house the other bedrooms. The design was a collaboration between Mr. Niles and owner Wei-Tzuoh Chen, a nephrologist. Dr. Chen, who grew up in Taiwan, desired a contemporary home with creative architecture......

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Splashy Beverly Hills contemporary tops L.A.'s weekly sales

A modern compound in the 1500 block of Viewsite Drive in Hollywood Hills West sold for nearly $1 million less than the original asking price and $3,750 less than what it previously went for in 2013. Designed by architect Leonardo Umansky, the 5,725-square-foot home has a 50-foot dining/living room area, wood-lined sliding glass doors and an infinity-edge pool and spa overlooking the Sunset Strip. A 12-seat movie theater, a game room with a bar and a master retreat with a stone bathroom are among the features.

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Expert Investigates 10-Year-Old's 'Reincarnation' Claims - NBC News

For more than a decade, Dr. Jim Tucker, associate professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia, has studied the cases of children, usually between the ages of 2 and 6 years old, who say they remember a past life. In his book, "Return to Life," Tucker details some of the more than 2,500 cases he has studied over the years, including Ryan—a boy from the Midwest who claims he is the reincarnation of a man who died more than 50 years ago. That man, Marty Martyn, was a former movie extra who later became a powerful Hollywood agent.Marty was married four times. He became quite wealthy, and he and his last wife enjoyed an upscale lifestyle. Ryan said he had driven around Hollywood in a green car and that his wife drove a nice black car. Well, Marty's wife didn't actually do the driving, but they had a custom-made Rolls-Royce that was presumably a nice car. Ryan remembered an African American maid, and Marty and his wife had a number of them. Ryan said he owned a piano, and Marty had pianos in his house. The family lived in a fine house with a large swimming pool, as Ryan had described. Ryan said his address had Rock or Mount in it. And Marty Martyn's last house, that fine home with the big swimming pool? It was located at 825 N. Roxbury.

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Equator Oversees 125,000 Automated Short Sales in Four Months - Housing Wire

In a report that may be considered numerical ammunition to the argument that short sales are heating up faster than modifications, Equator announced that it ushered along more than 125,000 short sale transactions, from November to February, since launching an automated short sale platform. Comparatively, the 113 servicers participating in Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) conducted 170,000 permanent modifications since its launch in March 2009. Short sales are growing in demand, and other outsourcing and technology firms are flooding the market with new ways to make the transactions easier. But, because short sales require a sign-off from so many different parties, the pipeline often bogs down easily. Chris Saitta, CEO of Equator said it could take more than six months to get a short sale completed, but the new platform pares that time down significantly. Short sales sold through Equator averaged 88 days from initial contact to close.

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This $53 million listing is one of the most uniquely designed mansions in Malibu - Business Insider

At first glance, this oceanfront Malibu, Calif. home looks a little like a grouping of giant-sized toddler toys strewed on the beach—an oval cylinder plopped next to a pyramid which is nestled against a tower of cubes. Now this unusual structure is going on the market for $53 million.
The house, which took nearly six years and about $15 million to design and build, is “a village of forms,” said Ed Niles, the Malibu-based architect known for his highly contemporary glassy designs including a tower of glass cubes in Vail, Colo. “Each form has a different shape depending on its function.” The triangle encompasses the kitchen and family room, the cylinder contains the master bedroom and living room, and the cubes house the other bedrooms.

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Home of the Day: Over-the-top Ed Niles design in Malibu - LA TIMES

Bold red accents pop against the metallic tones and concrete of this Ed Niles-designed showplace in Malibu. Inspired by the transparency of Japan’s paper-paned shoji doors, the architect created a steel-beamed masterpiece with soaring ceilings and skylights that frame views of the ocean. Taking cues from feng shui, the Chinese art of placement and energy flow, the house begins more restrained on the outside before opening to dramatic interiors.

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 Zany Ed Niles Mansion on the Beach in Malibu - Curbed LA

There's a lot going in this glassy pile of shapes overlooking the ocean in Malibu. The architect, Ed Niles, describes the place as "a village of forms" in the Wall Street Journal and says each form is different based on its function. (Niles designed another glassy, unusual place in Beverly Hills that was briefly rented by Justin Bieber.) Niles and the house's owner, Dr. Wei-Tzuoh Chen, worked together to design the house so that Chen's collection of antiques and Asian art, and the principles of Feng Shui would be incorporated.

The four-bedroom, *7,781-square-foot house has "a soundproof music room built into the hill," a home theater, a "barbecue tower," a master bedroom with "curved window walls," and a separate one-bedroom guest house. It took almost six years and $15 million to build this colorful, one-of-a-kind mansion. It's listed for $53 million. 

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