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What are the Gayest Neighborhoods in America?

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Jed Kolko, Chief Economist at Real Estate website Trulia did some analysis:

Here’s what we did. For each ZIP code in the U.S., we calculated the share of households that are same-sex male couples and same-sex female couples, based on the 2010 Census. Then, we combined the Census data on where gay people live with median price per foot of listed homes in each ZIP code on Trulia over the past year.

(The fine print: The Census doesn’t ask sexual orientation, of course, so the only way to measure gay neighborhoods is based on where couples live. The Census data requires some corrections and adjustments, described here. Finally, ZIP codes don’t line up perfectly with neighborhoods, but we did our best to use the closest neighborhood names that correspond to the ZIP codes in our analysis.)

HouseCheck out the female same-sex couple analysis, AFTER THE JUMP...

They add:

Just three neighborhoods — Provincetown, Rehoboth Beach, and the Castro — are on both the men’s and women’s top lists. The top four women’s neighborhoods, including Provincetown, are in Massachusetts. But one of the biggest differences is that the top men’s neighborhoods are much gayer than the top women’s neighborhoods: just one women’s neighborhood breaks the 5% barrier, while five men’s neighborhoods have more than 10% same-sex male couples. Remember, there are roughly the same number of male and female couples in the U.S. So, that means that male couples are much more clustered in particular neighborhoods than female couples are: female couples are more likely to be the only ones on their block.

Also, there's some fascinating drill down into specific neighborhoods in New York, L.A., and San Francisco on their website.

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'American Horror Story' House for Sale

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The Hancock Park home used in American Horror Story can be yours for $4.5 million.

Writes AOL Real Estate: "The six-bedroom, five-bathroom property was designed by celebrated architect Alfred Rosenheim (designer of iconic Los Angeles monuments such as the Hellman Building, the Hamburger Department Store, and the Eugene W. Britt House) and has hit the market for $4.5 million...Details such as stained-glass windows, silver and gold leaf hand-painted ceilings, Tiffany stained glass windows, rich wood paneling and six stunning vintage fireplaces make it not-your-average L.A. mansion. So unique, in fact, that it's been declared a Los Angeles Cultural Monument."


Study: Gay Couples Lift Real Estate Prices in Liberal Neighborhoods, Dampen Them in Conservative Ones

Gay couples have a negative impact on housing prices in conservative neighborhoods and a positive impact on them in liberal neighborhoods, according to a new study:

HouseA controversial new study suggests that in neighbourhoods where extreme conservatism prevails, the presence of one more same-sex couple for every 1,000 households is linked to a one per cent drop in housing prices. In liberal neighbourhoods, by contrast, researchers find the associated effect of gays and lesbians on housing prices to be positive.

The study, which appears in the Journal of Urban Economics, draws data from more than 20,000 home sales, and controls for such mitigating factors as access to amenities, racial homogeneity, education, income, housing characteristics and quality of nearby schools.


Mitt Romney to Quadruple Size of 'Inadequate' $12 Million Mansion

Mitt Romney, who in June told voters that he was "also unemployed," plans to quadruple the size of his $12 million home in La Jolla, California, the San Diego Union Tribune reports:

Mansion_romney Mitt Romney has filed an application with the city to bulldoze his 3,009-square-foot, single-story home at 311 Dunemere Dr. and replace it with a two-story, 11,062-square-foot structure. No date has been set to consider the proposed coastal development and site development permits, which must be approved by the city.

Politico adds:

The reason for the expansion, according to the official, is family: "They want to enlarge their two bedroom home because with five married sons and 16 grandchildren it is inadequate for their needs."

Vanity Fair notes that the new size of the mansion would be adequate to house the Memphis-area Enterprise-Rent-A-Car facility; the Waubonsee Community College ceramics studio; the Manhattan office of Bonobos; the meat locker at the Harlem Fairway; the Diane Von Furstenberg flaship store in New York’s Meatpacking District; the Condé Nast cafeteriathe;  Music Hall of Williamsburg; Jennifer Aniston’s old house; the top-of-the-line luxury spa at the Trump International™ Hotel & Tower Las Vegas; andthe  world’s largest whale.

I wonder if it will include a cage on the roof for his dog?


Million Dollar Listing's Josh Flagg: I'm Gay

Million Dollar Listing real estate agent Josh Flagg is gay and will make it known to viewers of his Bravo reality show on Tuesday, Reality Blurred reports.

Flagg gives an interview to San Diego Gay and Lesbian News in advance of the episode.

Flagg Says Flagg: "You know my sexuality does not define me, it is not who I am, but rather it is part of me, and I did not ever want people to think of me as "the gay real estate guy," I did not want that to be the only demographic that was watching me on TV or the only demographic to associate with me. I am very glad I did things the way I did because I feel I eased people into it and I made people comfortable with ME, and then kind of just dropped the fact that I like guys instead of girls. Many people knew, many had no idea."

Flagg has been dating interior designer Colton Thorn since 2007:

"Colton is the constant in my life. We work very well together. He is a design associate for a very prominent international interior designer and he is very talented. We share many interests such as design and traveling the world. I do love him very much. We have a very unique, unconventional and different relationship, but it is what works for us and who is to say what is conventional?"

Reality Blurred notes that it's the show's second coming out in as many seasons.


New Planned Community Designed With Gays In Mind

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Nearly a dozen architecture firms are teaming up to build what's being described as a gay-inspired desert utopia in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Called Boom, the planned community will sprawl over 100 acres and include eight residential neighborhoods, a Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed entertainment complex, two hotels from the firms adar + Vuga and Joel Sanders Architect, and a "healing fun house" by Arakawa + Gins." And if the pictures are to be believed, there will be plenty of futuristic curves.

Though Boom, which developers plan to break ground on in 2012, was initially inspired by gay consumers, head architect Matthias Hollwich says he and his colleagues want to "ensure that we have a variety of sizes in all price ranges to provide accessibility to all ages -- young and old, single and married and families with young children."

It all sounds kind of quaint, but can such a futuristic, pre-fabricated project truly be quaint?

Check out a few more pictures from Curbed LA and judge for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...

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