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After the NFL, Greg Jennings Goes Back to the Drawing Board

Greg Jennings deferred his design dream to pursue a career in football. Now retired from the game, he took the lead building his Edina, Minn., home.


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MANSION After the NFL, Greg Jennings Goes Back to the Drawing Board

Rau+Barber for The Wall Street Journal

When he was in college, Greg Jennings faced a life-changing decision. He was following his passion for architecture while studying at Western Michigan University. But the coursework was getting in the way of football. So he switched majors to focus on his game, eventually playing 10 years in the NFL. But when he retired after the 2015 season, he was finally able to return to his passion for architecture, and the result is a contemporary 10,150-square-foot mansion in Edina, Minn.

The Latest Luxury Amenity: Blue Lagoons

Crystal Lagoons

Some 16 developments are in the works in the U.S. incorporating Crystal Lagoons—enormous pools that use technology patented by a Chilean entrepreneur to create mesmerizing blue water with only a fraction of the chlorine and other chemicals typical of traditional swimming pools. Developers hope the lagoons will draw affluent beach-lovers willing to pay top dollar for clean water and pristine sand.

The Elite Professionals Who Assist Wealthy Art Collectors

Sotheby’s International Realty

Art buyers make global headlines when they pay record prices for a new addition to their collection, such as the recent sale of a da Vinci painting for over $450 million. But behind every art collector, there is an entourage of buying consultants, gallerists, framers and lighting specialists to make sure they buy the right piece and display it just so.

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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE Hudson Bay Says Repairs at San Juan Saks Are Under Way

Ricardo Arduengo/Associated Press

Hudson Bay Co., the owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, said in a Monday court filing in Puerto Rico it has taken steps to rebuild a store damaged by Hurricane Maria, denying allegations in a lawsuit that the company is dragging its feet in making repairs. Taubman Centers Inc., Saks’ landlord in the Mall of San Juan, is seeking an injunction to compel Saks to repair its property.

GOP Tax Plan Could Stymie Veterans Housing Provider

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

A nonprofit that offers housing and services to veterans this week purchased a 528-unit portfolio in suburban Chicago, but officials said similar deals could be imperiled by the House tax-overhaul bill passed last week.

Mall Owners Ramp Up Holiday Spending in an Era of Diminished Expectations

Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News

The biggest mall and mixed-use center landlords across the U.S. are digging deep into their pockets to attract customers this holiday season, rolling out everything from winter castles and Santa sightings to gingerbread-making classes and temporary skating rinks.

Wealthy Asian Buyers Scoop Up Trophy Properties in London

Tolga Akmen/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

The ever-growing appetite among rich Asians for trophy assets in London is leaving some institutional investors on the sidelines. Pressured by low yields and political issues at home, cash-rich private investors from China and Hong Kong are snapping up trophy buildings in the U.K. capital. Often prepared to spend whatever it takes, these wealthy investors are pricing institutional investors out of the market. And because they don’t need to borrow to buy, U.K. lenders are feeling the pinch.

Bitcoin Is Creeping Into Real Estate Deals [WSJ Pro]

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The real-estate industry is taking its first steps in adopting cryptocurrencies and the technology that backs them in what could eventually produce important changes in the way property is bought and sold.

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GREATER NEW YORK REAL ESTATE When Private Property Rights Collide With Public Goals in New York

Holly Pickett for The Wall Street Journal

Bobby and Tamar Ben-Simon thought they had found the perfect site to build a new family home. The couple had planned to tear down the sprawling but dilapidated stucco house in White Plains, N.Y., and build a home that would be a gathering point for their children, most of whom are grown. But for the last two years, those plans have been on hold as the Ben-Simons have grappled with a new government body standing in their way.

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