0 Real Estate With sweeping turrets, soaring ceilings and oversized dining rooms for lavish banquets may make you feel like royalty. Beth Dalbey , Patch Staff Posted Reply ACROSS AMERICA — All things royal in the past several months — Queen Elizabeth II’s death, King Charles’ coronation and all the associated drama — may leave you wondering what it would be like to live in a castle. While the three castle-like homes in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Georgia featured this week in How Much House may not be as imposing as Buckingham Palace, Windsor or Balmoral or any of the other castles owned by the Royal Family, they’re not shacks, either. Peek inside at the photos and you’ll see what we mean. Virginia | $2,900,000 13608 Fifth Corps Lane, Fredericksburg Suzanne Brady | Next Home Blue Heron Realty Group Square feet: 19,452 Acreage: 6.5 acres Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 11 (7 full) Year built: 2009 This … [Read more...] about 3 Castle-Like Homes In GA, PA, VA; One Even Has Moats: How Much House
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Costco Buys Office Building In Newington From Bethesda-Based Finmarc
1 Business Costco has acquired a two-story commercial building next to one of its retail stores in Newington from Finmarc Management for $6.55 million. Mark Hand , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Reply SPRINGFIELD, VA — Costco Wholesale has acquired a two-story office building next to one of its retail stores in Newington from Finmarc Management Inc., a commercial real estate investment firm based in Bethesda, for $6.55 million, Finmarc said Tuesday. The 27,000-square-foot building, at 7375 Boston Boulevard in Newington, is located next to the Costco Wholesale retail store at 7373 Boston Boulevard. Finmarc bought the two-story building in June 2022 as part of an 11-building acquisition consisting of about 740,000 square feet of office, industrial and data center space on Boston Boulevard. Finmarc paid Boston Properties Inc. $127.5 for the buildings, known as the VA 95 portfolio. The two-story building, located … [Read more...] about Costco Buys Office Building In Newington From Bethesda-Based Finmarc
The High Cost of Bad Credit
When Taqwanna Clark went to buy a video camera at Fry’s Electronics in Houston, she asked if they had a layaway plan. The cashier instead handed her an application for a store credit card. She applied. “Instantly, it came back declined — like, No!” she says. “Denied, denied — you know, your credit is not good enough.” Clark was 30 and working as a security guard at the Port of Houston. On weekends, she performed as a rapper in the local club scene, under the name T-Baby. She wanted the camera to shoot music videos, to promote her music career. “If I can’t afford a $200 camera,” she recalls thinking, “then I’m in a bad way with this credit thing.” Clark had lived with money anxieties since childhood. In elementary school, her family endured periods of extreme poverty. For a time, on the cusp of homelessness, they lived in the bare framing for a house her father was building on a wooded lot owned by a family member. They slept in an unfinished room and warmed canned food by a … [Read more...] about The High Cost of Bad Credit
When No Landlord Will Rent to You, Where Do You Go?
To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . Suzy Niffenegger slept outside in Las Vegas for the first time in late August 2019. She put what belongings she still had — including her collection of what she refers to as her “ ’80s big-hair wigs” — into storage and filled a backpack with dog treats, toys and blankets for her 22-pound terrier, Brownie. She barely slept, bunking on top of picnic tables, where she folded up her blankets into a cocoon. Brownie would lie next to her, but the dog didn’t sleep much either. “If I dozed off, and someone walked within say 15 feet of me, she alerted me,” Niffenegger told me recently. “That dog was a trooper. I mean, she saved my life so many times.” The setbacks that led to Niffenegger’s life outside — a word she prefers to “homeless,” which she can’t bring herself to say — started in early 2019, when she lost her job at a call center. She tried to forestall financial … [Read more...] about When No Landlord Will Rent to You, Where Do You Go?
App crash during Lent leads Hallow CEO to hear God say, ‘Give up and let me handle it’
close Video Mark Wahlberg opens up about how his faith and family have influenced his career choices Mark Wahlberg talked about balancing his faith and family values with his artistic freedom when it comes to making career decisions. He also explained how "Father Stu" was a love letter to his faith. Alex Jones, CEO and co-founder of the Catholic prayer app Hallow, said that God gave him an important message during a stressful morning at the start of Lent after his popular app crashed. Jones, who noted that his Hallow team is "continuing to see people really hungry for growing deeper in their spiritual life ," said that the crisis – and the revelation that followed – happened on the morning of Ash Wednesday. At the time,"we [at Hallow] were No. 3 on the Apple App Store rankings," he told Fox News Digital. That was "the highest any faith-based or meditation or fitness or wellness app had ever gotten – I think No. 15 was the highest … [Read more...] about App crash during Lent leads Hallow CEO to hear God say, ‘Give up and let me handle it’
National Study Shows Charters Outperform Traditional Schools
In 2009, a national study by Stanford’s Center for Research on Educational Outcomes, or CREDO, found that charter schools do not produce better outcomes than traditional public schools. If you have ever come across a column denouncing charter schools, you have probably seen a reference, either direct or indirect, to this finding. “Evidence is mounting that the reforms are not working. Stanford University’s 2009 study of charter schools — the most comprehensive ever done — concluded that 83 percent of them perform either worse or no better than traditional public schools,” wrote Joanna Barkan in Dissent. “Known as the CREDO study, it evaluated student progress on math tests in half the nation’s 5,000 charter schools and concluded that 17 percent were superior to a matched traditional public school; 37 percent were worse than the public school; and the remaining 46 percent had academic gains no different from that of a similar public school,” proclaimed Diane Ravitch . “Social … [Read more...] about National Study Shows Charters Outperform Traditional Schools