More than 100 houses received upgrades and designer makeovers, including new decking, roofs, exteriors and kitchens. They were inspired by five retro American movies: “Ghostbusters,” “Gremlins,” “Problem Child,” “Animal House” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
Title: “How to Make Luxury Real Estate Pop: A Housing Guide From 1970 to the New Millennium”
Publisher: Bonnier Corp.
Distributor: Bonnier Corporation
Price: $39.95 ($29.95 for paperback)
Excerpt: “C.W. Scott and his wife Mabel were living in a three-story brick house on Central Avenue in Scugog. As they looked out across their front lawn, they imagined the bold and serene new features that new owners of this modern house—the epitome of a contemporary ranch—would have ready for them in the future. Scott figured that if he spent just $2,000, his wife would never have to worry again about the how long it would take to get out of bed in the morning.”
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