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Bronfman Scion Sells Bel-Air Manse for $85 Million

Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and Andrew Hauptman closed the deal on a 19,000-square-foot modernist house and a Paul Williams-designed guesthouse


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MANSION Walmart’s Arkansas Hometown Is a Mecca for Luxury-Home Buyers

Beth Hall for The Wall Street Journal

Near Walmart ’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., the locals speak fondly of founder Sam Walton’s distaste for ostentatious cars and homes—even as he became the richest man in the world. Twenty six years after his death, what was once a sleepy company town has become a mecca for luxury-home buyers. New cosmopolitan amenities—think bike trails and a culinary school—have drawn upscale buyers downtown.

Love Your College Team? Buy a ‘Game-Day House’

Chris Mullins for The Wall Street Journal

When it comes to a vacation retreat, most home buyers pick somewhere they can sunbathe, ski or play golf. Others chose somewhere they can watch college basketball. Alumni boosters are putting a new twist on the hunt for off-campus housing, purchasing getaway homes in seemingly unlikely spots like Lawrence, Kan., and East Lansing, Mich.

Bronfman Scion Sells Bel-Air Manse for $85 Million

Jim Bartsch

The daughter of billionaire Seagram heir Charles Bronfman sold her Los Angeles estate for $85 million on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the transaction.

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The Versatile Volcanic Rock That’s Showing Up in Home Décor

Paul Warchol

Molten rock is having its moment. Lava stone in home décor is typically found in muted shades of gray, brown and black. Today’s producers are offering more options: enhancing the stone’s natural textures and finishes, and filling in the surface with bright colors.

HOUSE OF THE DAY A Hunting Cabin on 1,000 Acres in Georgia

Jon Kohler & Associates

This 5,500-square-foot lodge listed for $4.5 million sits on more than 1,000 acres in Worth County, Ga., and includes five man-made lakes, a barn, hunting stands and a road system.

GREATER NEW YORK REAL ESTATE New York Housing Is Getting (Gasp!) More Affordable

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

What will New Yorkers do if they can’t bemoan the cost of housing at every cocktail party and youth-soccer match? Signs are emerging that the city’s perpetual housing worries may be easing.

DESIGN A Bland Bedroom Gets Personality: Steal the Look

Tessa Neustadt

The challenge for homeowners not lucky enough to score a finely detailed brownstone or an A-plus midcentury abode: escaping the doldrums of an architecturally featureless room. Los Angeles interior designer Amber Lewis faced such a tabula rasa in a client’s vacation getaway, a 1960s ranch house in Ojai, Calif.