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The White House Torn Apart For Renovations

8/11/2017 8:26 AM PDT

The White House is now a disaster ... by design.

1600 Pennsylvania is a construction zone ... the Oval Office empty, heavy equipment shielding the exterior ... the press room looking like a scene from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

It's all part of plan to upgrade the heating and air conditioning systems, along with other improvements.

That's why President Trump got outta dodge, along with everyone else for the month of August.

After all, if it really is a swamp, you need good A.C.

U.S. vs. North Korea Nuclear Showdown Bomb Shelter Business Explodes

8/10/2017 10:53 AM PDT

The nuclear brinkmanship between the leaders of North Korea and the United States has been good for at least one business ... bomb shelters.

We did some digging, just like the companies that are offering to trick out the homes of fearful Americans for a hefty price. Here's what we found.

-- Atlas Survival Shelters has sold more than 30 units in the last few days. The company is based in Southern California but the orders come far and wide ... as far away as Japan. Models start at around $10k. The owner says he considers himself the Henry Ford of bunker makers because he's making them "affordable for the everyday man." Top of the line goes for $165k. The owner tells us in the last 3 days he's sold as many shelters as he would have sold in 1 year, 6 years ago.

-- Rising S Bunker offers a starter bunker for $45k but the top-of-the-line, "The Aristrocrat," will set you back $8.35 million.  

-- Vivos can dig 30 feet underground and customize your bunker ... starting at $35k. They're luxurious, a full size kitchen, spa, pool tables, but that'll cost you extra.

-- Safecastle offers a $19k bunker which is bare bones but it could still save you ... so they claim.

Check out the pics ... they're not your granddaddy's bomb shelters.

Kendall Jenner Unloads Jinxed WeHo Home

8/9/2017 10:00 AM PDT

Kendall Jenner is selling her house of horrors ... TMZ has learned.  

Our sources say Kendall has a buyer on the line for the home that was burglarized earlier this year. It's also the house where a crazed fan followed her up her driveway.

So, after arrests, restraining orders and grief, we've learned Kendall's WeHo home is now in escrow. We don't know what the buyer is paying, but we're guessing if Kendall got anywhere near the $6.5 mil she paid, she's more than happy to make a quick exit.

TMZ first reported, the fam -- especially mama Kris -- was adamantly against Kendall buying the house in the first place, because it wasn't in a gated community and it was perilously close to the Sunset Strip.

Looks like mama was right.

Blac Chyna Blows Her Top Over Noisy Roofer

8/9/2017 12:30 AM PDT

Blac Chyna had the cops called on her after Rob's baby mama went ham over a roofer.

It happened Tuesday morning at Chyna's L.A. home. She pitched a fit when a guy next door started pitching a roof at 9 AM. We're told Chyna confronted the homeowner, saying it was too damn early to start construction. She said the noise woke up little Dream, and that pissed her off.

The neighbor claims Chyna went so ballistic she got scared and called the cops.

We're told cops showed up and gave Chyna a free lesson about the law. In L.A., construction can fire up at 7 AM, so the roofer was well within his rights. 

Chyna calmed down, and cops beat it.

Elvis Presley Live Like The King ... If You Can Pay Like a King

8/7/2017 3:51 PM PDT

Elvis Presley once lived like royalty in Beverly Hills -- ya know, 'cause he was THE King -- and now you can too ... if you've got $20k to blow on an epic sleepover.

Elvis' former Bev Hills estate is now for rent at $4,000 a night -- but there's a catch ... you gotta stay for at least 5 nights. If you're 'bout that hound dog life, you're in for a real treat.

The 4-bed, 6-bath crib, which sits on a cliff, features floor-to-ceiling windows and glass walls in every room, plus a huge pool and spa. There's also a guest house out back, and it's still got the OG gates where Elvis used to greet fans in the '60s.

Check out the crib for yourself, bet you can't help falling in love with it.

E.B. White's 'Charlotte's Web' Wilbur's Farm for Sale ... $3.7 Million!

8/3/2017 10:33 AM PDT

The farm that inspired E.B. White's classic children's novel, "Charlotte's Web," has hit the market, and looks to be a great deal.

The 44-acre saltwater farm in Brooklin, Maine -- where White lived when he wrote 'Charlotte' -- has been listed at $3.7 million. Not bad for all that land.

The property includes a farmhouse, a guest house and a barn -- the inspiration for Wilbur and Charlotte's hangout. White bought the estate in 1933, and lived there until he died in 1985.

The listing agent, Martha Dischinger of Down East Properties, tells us the current owners are only selling because they're in their 80s. FYI ... we're told there's no livestock on the grounds.

So, no Wilbur Juniors, but we're betting Charlotte's still got some fam there.

Diedrich Bader The White House Ain't No Dump

8/3/2017 7:34 AM PDT

Diedrich Bader can't believe President Trump reportedly said the White House is a "dump," 'cause he's been there himself ... and says America's crib is in tip-top shape.

We got the actor and comedian Wednesday in L.A. and asked what he made of the Prez reportedly taking shots at the historic house to members of his golf club in Bedminster, NJ. Seems Diedrich hadn't heard the news ... and he's genuinely shocked.

He tells us he's visited before, and insists it's a structure any American would be proud to call their home. As far as Trump allegedly dumping on it ... Diedrich says it coulda been a bad Trump joke.

Here's the thing ... we know for a fact Trump holds the White House in high regard, and has consistently referred to it as "luxurious." Still, Diedrich's not happy with the suggestion otherwise.

Ed Norton My New Malibu Beach House Is A Wavy Masterpiece

8/2/2017 12:04 PM PDT

Ed Norton has nothing but a glass wall separating him from the Pacific after dropping $11.8 million on an exquisite architectural masterpiece in Malibu.

The modern 5 bedroom, 5 bath home -- called Stevens House - was built back in the late '60s by architect John Lautner, who had an apprenticeship under Frank Lloyd Wright and whose other famed work includes the Goldstein House in Hollywood.

Lautner drew inspiration from an ocean wave for its design. The home, built way before its time, sits in the gated Malibu Colony.

The coolest part is the open-air pool ... plus the 37 feet of beach that come with the property.

Ed got it for a steal too. The home was listed 4 years ago for $22 million ... almost twice what he paid for it.

LA Times was the first to report the sale.

Chumlee Dumping Infamous Vegas Party Crib

7/26/2017 12:20 AM PDT

Chumlee's done partying his ass off ... in one spot anyway -- the infamous Vegas home where cops once found guns and weed is on the market.

The "Pawn Stars" cast member listed his 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom pad for a whopping $1,849,900. It's a sweet deal if he gets his asking price -- he bought it 5 years ago for $1.1 mil.

The 6,206 square foot pad has a pool, spa and guest house. It's really a bachelor's paradise where Chumlee famously partied hard ... until cops searched the house in March 2016 and found more than 120 grams of weed and 12 guns. He eventually got off with 3 years probation.

Kyle Gluhm from Realty ONE Group is listing the home, which includes the "Chum Chum" room ... stripper pole included. Strippers NOT included, we're guessing. 

Chester Bennington Bought Family Home Shortly Before Suicide

7/25/2017 1:00 AM PDT

Chester Bennington bought his new family home about 2 months before he hanged himself there ... adding another layer of mystery to his death.

The Linkin Park frontman bought the Palos Verdes Estates house for $2.5 million back in June. The 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house is in an affluent part of L.A. County famous for pristine neighborhoods and an excellent public school system.

Everything about the 3,956 square foot pad says family home -- special nook perfect for game night, 3 outdoor decks, an expansive backyard with a spa and swimming pool.

The purchase falls in line with what Chester's LP bandmates said -- that he'd spoken excitedly about future plans. Buying the perfect place for his family, but then taking his life there a month later just doesn't add up.

The Benningtons closed on the house 8 days after Chris Cornell's suicide ... leading some close friends to believe Chester's suicide decision was sudden and fueled by his grief.

Beyonce & Jay-Z Neighbor Says Welcome to Bel-Air You're Our Wet Dream!!!

7/24/2017 12:50 AM PDT

Beyonce and Jay-Z might be the lucky charms their future next door neighbor dreamed about.

There's a couple that owns a Bel-Air house next door to the one where Bey and Jay are about to close escrow. As we reported, the Carters are paying around $100 mil for the mansion.

That's good news for the neighbors, who have tried in vain to sell their home since 2015. Problem is ... the lot is kinda screwy. The driveway is narrow and goes downhill, and when people pay millions they want more.  

But now prospective buyers will get more ... as in maybe the biggest power couple in the U.S., next to Barack and Michelle.  

As they say, it's all about location, location, location. Bel-Air is one of hoitiest of toitiest areas in L.A. and living next door to Bey and Jay puts the neighbors in the epicenter of celebrity power.

Ultimately, it's all about price, and when you compare what the Carters are paying to the very reasonable $18 million dollar price tag on the house next door ... well, the listing agents clearly think it's now a steal.

Kylie Jenner Starter Home Sold For Modest Profit

7/21/2017 12:30 AM PDT

Kylie Jenner's parting ways with the first home she ever bought, but it took one final price slash to make it happen ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Kylie sold her 5,100 sq. ft. Calabasas pad for $3.15 million, a bit less than the $3.3 asking price. Our sources say the buyer is Bellami Hair founder Nikki Eslami.

As we reported ... Kylie bought the place for $2.6 million back in 2015 and forked over a ton of money for renovations inside and out. She put the 6 bed, 7 bath house on the market for $3.9 mil in June 2016, but dropped the price in April when there were no takers.

We're told she still came out slightly ahead in the deal, which was brokered by real estate giant Tomer Fridman.

Kylie's not homeless  -- she scooped up 3 other properties in the area ... including one she rents to Rob.

Khloe & Tristan Eyeing Baller $9 Million Crib With Hoop & Putting Green

7/20/2017 1:54 PM PDT

The crib Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson checked out Wednesday is a basketballer's dream where the Cavs player can still get in some serious hoopin' in the off-season, as well as work on his putting game.

As we reported, Tristan's looking for a rental in L.A. where he can crash when he's in town. He's got a budget ... $60k a month and Khloe tagged along as they did a walk-through on a $9 million crib in Studio City. 

The 9,733 square foot pad has 6 bedrooms and 8.5 baths. There's a private gym, sauna and indoor hot tub. There's also a movie theater, giant wine cellar and a putting green in the backyard.

Only downside? Kidding. There isn't a single one.

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