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A Real Hobbit House

Lord of the Rings fanatic Jim Costigan has always wanted his very own Hobbit House, and couldn't wait any longer, so he took things into his own hands. A New York construction supervisor by day, he spent over 6-years building the energy-efficient living space, complete with a curved shape, green roof, thermal bridge-free construction that provides a tightly insulated shell, as well as triple-pane thermal windows and a heat recovery ventilator. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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McDonalds Chicago Headquarters

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This isn't an Apple Store, just the new McDonalds headquarters in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood that houses 2,000 employees and the company's Hamburger University for training employees. Inside, you'll also find 'work neighborhoods', a McCafe, lots of outdoor terrace spaces, and museum-like displays showcasing Happy Meal toys as well as vintage memorabilia. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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80s Airbnb Rental

Love the 80s and want to relive the experience? If so, then "The McFly", an Airbnb home in Dallas, Texas, just might be your best bet. In addition to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade machine, there's also a Nintendo Entertainment System with plenty of games to keep you entertained. There's no shortage of pop culture memorabilia either, and items include: Marty McFly's hoverboard, a Lamborghini Countach poster, and of course, a classic payphone. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Goal Boss Backyard Roller Coaster

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There are backyard swimming pools, treehouses, jungle gyms, and then Will Pemble's "Goal Boss," an incredible 2-story roller coaster. This geeky dad started building backyard roller coasters for his kids in September 2013, and has never stopped since. The first project ended up being a 180-foot long, 10-foot high coaster that cost a mere $3,500 to build from start to finish. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milan Italy

Starbucks has just opened its first store in Italy on Friday, and it's officially called the "Reserve Roastery Milan". This stunning building, which was a former post office near the city's Duomo, features a heated, marble-topped coffee bar, complete with a 6.5-meter (22-foot) high bronze cask that customers can watch. It also boasts a cocktail bar and an affogato station that offers made-to-order single-batch ice cream. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Razor House

Tony Stark began as a wealthy American business magnate, playboy, and ingenious scientist, but after suffering a severe chest injury during a kidnapping, he created a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity, thus becoming Iron Man. Ever since that incident, he's been known for his flashy cars, homes and women. This Razor House, complete with an all-glass front, in La Jolla, California would be perfect for the playboy, billionaire, and philanthropist. The home comes equipped with an iPad-controlled automation system, enabling the homeowner to easily command the music/video distribution systems, lighting, and motorized roller window shades. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Rock Cave Home

Photo credit: Beckham Cave via Bored Panda

This looks like a normal cave at first, but get closer and step inside? You'll realize that "Beckham Creek Cave" is actually a luxurious mansion fit for a Bond villain. Priced at $2.75-million and formerly a $1,200 / night hotel, this stunning living space not only has all the amenities you'd expect in a luxury home, but also has stalagmites, stalactites, a waterfall, as well as a helipad out back. "Nestled into a living cave, this 6,000 sq. ft. lodge features every modern amenity while preserving the natural cave around it," according to its owners. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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CABN Tiny Home

CABN's "Jude" tiny home appears to be a small trailer from afar, but once you get closer and step inside? You'll realize it's a lot cozier than you first thought. Located in South Australia's Adelaide Hills, the living space features plenty of windows to let the natural light bathe in, while all the basic amenities, such as a kettle, fridge, sheets, blankets, towels, soap, heater and board games, are all included. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Waterfall House

Photo credit: Krisada Boonchaleow / Manoo Studio via Hype Beast

"A genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist," is what Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., calls himself in The Avengers, and this "Waterfall House" by Architects49 would fit right into his stable of mansions. Located in Bangkok, Thailand, this stunning modern 900-square-meter living space features a sloping waterfall at its center that creates a seamless connection between the lower and upper living spaces for ample air-flow. Continue reading for more pictures.

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New McDonalds Flagship Store

This is not an Apple Store with a McDonalds inside, but rather the latter's all-new flagship store in Chicago - formerly the 'Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's'. This 19,000-square-foot space was designed by Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects and boasts floating glass gardens, touch-screens, 27-foot windows, as well as wireless phone charging technology. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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