Colleen Kane

Colleen Kane
Special to CNBC.com

Colleen Kane is a writer for CNBC.com covering luxury and unusual real estate as well as travel and other topics. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Oxford American, Bust, Spin, the anthology Madonna and Me, and in many other publications. She created the urban exploration website Abandoned Baton Rouge and more recently set her camera sights on the ruins of Borscht Belt resorts.

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  • Coolest Homes of Athletes Thursday, 12 May 2011 | 9:29 AM ET
    Athletes are bigger, better, faster, and/ or stronger than the rest of us, and some of them almost achieve the superpower of flying. The pros perform on a larger than life scale, and many live that way as well. In the interest of gawking at eye candy, we’ve gathered more than a dozen of those athlete mansions and houses, including more than a few in the Miami area. These homes’ square footage ranges from a relatively modest 6,000 to a positively palatial 28,000. Aerial images provided by Realtor

    In the interest of gawking at eye candy, we’ve gathered more than a dozen of those athlete mansions and houses, including more than a few in the Miami area.

  • Home Alone House For Sale Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 4:42 PM ET
    The titular home used in the 1990 family comedy Home Alone (and Home Alone 2) is for the first time since the shoot, at a list price of $2.4 million. As with many location sites associated with the movie’s writer, John Hughes, this red-brick Colonial Georgian is located in the Chicago area, in historic Winnetka on the North Shore. Sellers John and Cynthia Abendshien retain very fond memories about the film's shooting, which took place over five and a half months. In fact this wasn’t the first ti

    The titular home used in the 1990 family comedy Home Alone (and Home Alone 2) is up for sale for the first time since the shoot, at a list price of $2.4 million!

  • Houses for Sale Under $55K Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 2:24 PM ET
    Low-priced houses can be found almost everywhere, but they’re not for everyone. For the adventurous buyers, many of these houses will need TLC, an owner with DIY skills (not to mention HGTV) and in some cases, judicious use of a sledgehammer, backhoe and rental Dumpster. When searching the clearance rack of houses, keep in mind that you will encounter some fake wood paneling, many cheap veneer countertops, and unfortunate paint color choices. But you’ll also see original windows and doors, scree

    See a collection of houses, counting down from most “expensive” to the rock-bottom cheapest deal, provided by Trulia.com and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Real Estate site.