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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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  • Fantasy Cars

    For most mortals, super cars, high-performance specialty cars, and ultra-luxury vehicles are the stuff of fantasy. But for a lucky few they are an expensive reality.

  • Apartments, suites, and cottages added on to a main home as additional living space are nothing new. They can be created from attics, basements, garages, additions, existing space in the home, or as freestanding structures. Many call them in-laws, since they often house an elderly parent; if they're for renters (or illegally built), they're called outlaws; and those ever-colorful bureaucrats call them ADUs (accessory dwelling units). In these post-recessional times, however, the in-law suite has

    Click to see some clever examples of what happens when homeowners turn "this old house" into two homes.

  • A mansion’s former grandeur and its historic significance are often not enough to save it from deteriorating beyond repair, or from a date with the wrecking ball. Preservationists may rally and circulate petitions, but it often boils down to cost—not just to purchase a troubled estate, but to restore it. Even when mansions of a certain age do have owners keen on preservation, the structures and their grounds have massive upkeep costs. For example, the owners of the circa-1896  in Oradell, NJ say

    The following structures, compiled using suggestions from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, have ties to tycoons, to the Carnegies, to the Titanic, to the Gilded Age.

  • Among people who plan to travel in 2011, 83 percent will be traveling with family, and 90 percent of those traveling with family will keep their trips domestic, according to a recent TripAdvisor survey. What follows is the top 10 destinations where these travelers have the best-rated options for entertainment, dining, and accommodation. This ranking was released as inaugural Traveler’s Choice Family list, compiled based on user reviews from TripAdvisor.com. The 10 destinations were determined ba

    Here are the top 10 destinations where these travelers have the best-rated options for entertainment, dining, and accommodation.

  • Novelty and theme restaurants seem to be more common outside the U.S., especially in Asia, but we’ve uncovered 20 unusual dining experiences right here in the USA, serving cuisines from the aggressively unhealthy to whimsical works of art. Some meals come with shows and some with surprises; some of the restaurants transport diners to another time, and one to another planet. It’s a rare diner who will want to experience all of these restaurants, but click on ahead to see how many appeal and how m

    It’s a rare diner who will want to experience all of these restaurants, but click on ahead to see how many appeal and how many appall.

  • After an unsustainable housing market that embodied “more, more, more,” there is now a move toward pragmatism and modesty. More homeowners are actually living in the homes they own and there is less talk of investments and flipping those houses. “I’ve been renovating houses or writing about them for almost 40 years, and I am seeing a definite shift towards a greater insistence on value in the renovation projects people are taking on,” says Michael Litchfield, author of In-Laws, Outlaws, and Gran

    Click to see what types of home renovations are working out well on the market, and which ones are not.

  • Recreational Vehicles, or RVs, also known as motor homes, motorcoaches, and “land yachts” celebrated 100 years of existence last year. One could easily kill a day on the web by using the search terms weird, strange, or crazy RVs. Do it yourself seems to be a favorite ethos for the RV crowd, so there are too many customized motor homes to consider showing them all here. Instead, we’ve selected some of the most odd and unusual standouts, and present them in order from the smallest on up to the one

    RVs, also known as motor homes, motorcoaches, and “land yachts” celebrated 100 years of existence last year. Here's some of the most unusual examples of homes on wheels.

  • Back when being a millionaire still meant something, tycoons, barons, and old money-types procured and built grand palaces with their riches. Many of the most famous family estates are no longer occupied by the families that built them and are now open to the public, such as the Vanderbilts’ Biltmore, the Hearsts’ Hearst Castle, and the Rockefellers’ Kykuit. The aforementioned are big houses with names, built for big names. But today, family compounds and family estates don’t seem to get passed

    We rounded up some homes, compounds, and estates that have been in the same families (prominent and private) for generations, but which are now up for purchase on the market.

  • Time warp towns are those out-of-time discoveries that make for road trip gold: downtowns populated with of former Woolworths-turned- antiques booth malls, neon signs for Rheingold or Schaeffer, gingerbread detailing, town squares, monuments, cobblestones, and/or apple pie! The buildings where the local history was made are still standing, and if you squint it seems like you’ve gone back in time.  Consulting a few local experts including Wendy Van Hove of Roadside Wonders () as well as drawing f

    Time warp towns are those that make for road trip gold: the buildings where the local history was made are still standing, and if you squint it seems like you’ve gone back in time.

  • The wisdom goes at upscale hotels that “for money you can get anything,” notes Jan Freitag, vice president of STR, a provider of market analysis for the hotel industry. That is, anything within reason, Freitag says. He cited a legendary example of a very wealthy guest at a five-star property in Germany who wanted to rent out the entire local fair for his child—the hotel tried, but it was a request that was not within reason. That said, we've gathered examples of amenities and experiences that ar

    Here are some flourishes that hotel brands have added to distinguish their guest experience, including a few examples provided by TripAdvisor.com.