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Fun Housing Facts & Tidbits

• When the Eiffel Tower was constructed, the designer included a secret apartment for himself at the very top.

• Mark Zuckerberg purchased four houses next to his home in Palo Alto and leased them back to his families that lived there. He did it to avoid the houses from being marketed as “next door to Mark Zuckerberg.”

• Monica’s apartment from the hit TV show friends is estimated to be worth more than $3.5 million.

• Adolf Hitler once owned a Hollywood mansion that he never stepped foot in.

• Mike Ilitch (owner of little Cesars and the Detroit Tigers) quietly paid Rosa Park’s rent for more than a decade after she was robbed in her home and forced to move to a safe, but more expensive part of Detroit.

• From 1908-1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,00-75,000 mail-order houses. They arrived as a kit and came with most modern conveniences (some of them still exist today).

• In 1997, Pepsi held a contest to win a life-size replica of the Simpsons house or $75,000. The contest winner chose the cash. The house was then renovated to look like a normal home and re-sold.

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