Let's take a look around the over 13,200-square-foot Fries Estate, which is "steeped in the entertainment history," Jade Mills, one of the listing agents with Coldwell Banker Realty, said in a press release.
Paramount Pictures previously owned the property in the 1960s, but the 90-year-old home is now in the hands of Charles Fries' family's trust, Jack Flemming reported for the Los Angeles Times.
Before his death this year, Fries was a famed producer who worked on projects like the "The Amazing Spider-Man" series and the "Troop Beverly Hills" film.
His eponymous Fries Estate sits behind a gated driveway, which opens up into a motor court and the 6-bedroom, 10-bathroom home …
… all atop almost 1.2 acres.
Now let's go on a tour of the main home, which has a classic old-Hollywood ornate appeal.
The large living room, formal dining room, and library all come with fireplaces, a warm compliment to Los Angeles' hot climate.
There's also another smaller dining room by a terrace, a bar, a large kitchen …
… and an office that has its own bathroom and glam room.
The main floor also has two rooms for staff members.
Now let's head upstairs.
Here, you'll find the primary bedroom with a fireplace, of course. The bedroom also has its own seating space with a bar and two walk-in closets and terraces.
The home is filled with terraces and verandas that provide views of the property.
The second floor also has two additional bedrooms for any guests or family.
Meanwhile, the downstairs level has a 500-square-foot theater with space for 20 occupants …
… a game room with a bar and yet another fireplace …
… and a wine cellar that can hold almost 2,000 bottles.
This lower-level space also has another kitchen and staff room.
Now, let's head outside to the pool house, which comes with its own living room, bar, patio, and two dressing rooms and bathrooms.
Paul Williams designed the iconic space. If his name doesn't ring a bell, just know he also designed homes for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.
... as well as a brick courtyard with a fountain and barbecue.
If you're interested in the now-trendy "old money" look and you have $25 million to spend, this historic home might be the perfect place for you.
This includes Lance King, the CEO of Stream It, a software and artificial intelligence company that's now pivoting to create attachments that can turn Cybertrucks into a pop-up tiny homes on wheels.
Yes, you read that right. A tech company is now making pickup truck campers, or "Cyberlandrs."
The production of Tesla's infamous Cybertruck may have been pushed back from 2021 to 2022, but that's not stopping Stream It from "ramping everything up," King told Insider.
King first thought of the idea when he was preordering a Cybertruck and realized no existing RV or camper could be compatible with the futuristic truck's body.
"[The RV industry] hasn't innovated in 50 years," King said. "They're not going to get a stroke of genius and create a new RV. And I thought, 'who could do it?'"
It turns out the answer is himself and his Stream It team.
"The only company I can think of that could do that is my company," King said. "We've got the software developers, we've got the AI, and we're really creative. We wanted it to be a Tesla-like experience even when you were in a RV."
According to King, a "true Tesla level RV" needs strong software that's capable of artificial intelligence and yearly updates, similar to Tesla's vehicles.
So towards the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the face of potential layoffs, King decided to put his team to work designing the CyberLandr.
Prior to this project, the company had never worked in the RV industry, although many team members enjoy overlanding, camping, and RVing.
King says this inexperience in the RV industry is a "massive strength."
"Tesla would never have been able to reinvent the car had they been in the car business," King said. "Just being in that changes your field of vision. We think it was necessary to not be in the RV industry to create a truly new and unique product."
So far, this investment is paying off.
The camper was an instant success upon its unveiling in early April.
To prove potential market success, the company's goal was to have 100 to 200 interested customers within the first month. Instead, it saw 1,000 buyers.
According to King, the Cyberlandr team has already hit over $80 million in preorders, and it's still seeing daily sales, which Insider confirmed.
It's even received a one-word stamp of approval from Elon Musk, who called a video of the Cyberlandr "cool" in early July.
The camper's popularity should come as no surprise.
The Cyberlandr combines two growing trends that have recently flooded the automobile industry: camper vans and electric pickup trucks (especially one as hot as Tesla's).
Now let's take a closer look at the tiny home on wheels includes. The approximately $50,000 Cyberlandr has a retractable staircase that leads up to the interior's living room, bedroom, and bathroom.
The entire unit can tuck away into the Cybetruck's bed when it's not in use. Think of it as a pop-top camper.
Let's start in the kitchen, which has all the basic necessities with a tech-forward twist, like a voice-controlled smart faucet, a refrigerator, a porcelain countertop with a hidden cooktop, and a sink with a cutting board and drying rack.
The living room is right next to the kitchen, and comes with removable seats, voice or phone activated lights and temperature control, and a 32-inch smart television equipped with streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV.
This space can also be used as an office: The television can double as a second monitor, the pivoting tables can be used as desks, and the Cyberlandr's Starlink satellite dish can provide an internet connection.
The living room also transforms into a bedroom. All you have to do is unfold the seats into a roughly queen-sized bed.
There's also space under the bed to sleep an additional adult or two children.
Other amenities inside the tiny home on wheels include heated floors, an onboard bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet, and smart glass that can dim for more privacy.
To power all of this, the Cyberlandr will use the truck's battery and its own 500-watt solar panels.
Stream It predicts the 1,200-pound camper will inevitably cut the truck's range by 5%.
When it's fully deployed, the truck and its tiny home will likely stand at just under 11 feet tall depending on the final height of the Cybertruck.
Designing a camper based on a vehicle that doesn't exist yet has its obvious challenges, but King believes the Cybertruck's design won't change too much from the original unveil.
And the team has already created renderings of the camper with exact measurements, allowing the designers to easily change the camper's dimensions according to the final Cybertruck design.
The campers will eventually be produced near the Cybertruck's manufacturing site in Texas. This proximity will allow the Cyberlandr team to install the campers onto the Cybertrucks for its customers.
In the short term, the company will be leasing a manufacturing facility just outside of Austin, Texas. But looking ahead, Stream It plans to create its own facility in the city.
Despite this prep work, King is "really nervous" about the first customers that ordered a Cyberlandr.
The product is wholly dependent on the final Cybertruck specifications, so if Tesla doesn't share them before the Cybertrucks are shipped out, the team will have to take their own measurements and tweak the designs. This means the first few customers might not have their Cyberlandrs by the time their Cybertrucks are ready.
"We're ramping up everything to make sure we can respond very quickly to those changes and get them out as soon as possible afterwards," King said.
The cruise industry is gradually resuming operations, and at the same time, some cruise lines are tapping into a specific segment of customers: solo travelers.
Over the past month, two Florida-based cruise lines - including a newcomer to the industry - have unveiled new ships with cabins designed for lone travelers.
But solo cruising isn't a new trend: Cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Virgin Voyages, and Norwegian have already successfully rolled out single-person accommodations.
And so far, it's been a success. For brands like Virgin, these solo rooms "perform really well," John Diorio, the cruise line's associate vice president of sales, told Johanna Jainchill for Travel Weekly.
Staying in solo suites allows independent travelers to bypass paying single supplements, the fees that come with staying in a room designed for more than one occupant.
Some solo travelers see this single supplement as a "major obstacle" and a "penalization" for solitary vacations, Alberto Aliberti, president of Atlas Ocean Voyages, told Insider in an email statement.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Atlas Ocean Voyages just debuted this month, and it's the first luxury cruise line to join the market in over 20 years, according to the company.
To cater to this solo traveler segment, Atlas Ocean Voyages decided to include single-person suites aboard its first and and only vessel.
The brand's World Navigator cruise ship has 98 guest rooms that can accommodate just under 200 travelers.
Beginning March 2022, the World Navigator will also have six 183-square-foot suites designated for solo travelers.
These single rooms - which Aliberti says have prompted "very positive responses" - will come with the same perks as the ship's other suites. This includes binoculars and in-room Nespresso coffee, a stocked mini-refrigerator, and bar and butler services.
Similarly, in July, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' Oceania Cruises brand announced plans for its Vista cruise ship, which will officially debut in 2023.
The Miami-based cruise line's upcoming ship will have "concierge level solo veranda staterooms" created for lone travelers, a first for the cruise line.
Like Atlas Ocean Voyages, solo guests sailing with Oceania will have the same luxury amenities as other concierge level passengers, such as free laundry and access to the Concierge Lounge.
And according to Aliberti, that's the point. Many of these "underserved" solo travelers want the suite amenities, just not the single supplement payments.
A new luxury cruise line just debuted, as the industry continues to make its steady comeback amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019, Portugal-based Mystic Invest Holdings - which oversees several cruise brands - unveiled its plans for the Atlas Ocean Voyages brand.
At the moment, the expedition ship is Atlas Ocean Voyages’ only vessel, but the cruise line has plans to unveil four more ships through 2023.
Let's take a closer look at the recently debuted ship, which can even service one of the most remote continents: Antarctica.
The World Navigator officially launched last Wednesday and is now shuttling passengers to Egypt and Greek islands for seven to 12 nights.
By the end of this year, the cruise ship will also sail around destinations like Barbados, Uruguay, Argentina, and Antarctica.
The six-deck ship is lined with 98 guest rooms that range from a 183-square-foot stateroom to a 466 square-foot suite, accommodating just under 200 passengers.
Beginning March 2022, the ship will also have "solo suites."
All of these rooms come with amenities like a fully stocked mini-refrigerator, binoculars, Nespresso coffee, and bar services.
In typical luxury fashion, passengers with a suite stay will also get butler services.
Like any luxury cruise ship, the World Navigator has a pool, gym, and spa, specifically the SeaSpa ...
... which is the "first luxury L'Occitane spa at sea," according to the cruise line.
The 950-square-foot space has a sauna, lounge, and two treatment rooms for a relaxing day at sea.
Besides the spa, on-board entertainment also includes the auditorium and two lounges, which will host programming like cabarets, movies, and lectures.
One of the lounges also doubles as an observation room with a glass ceiling.
There's even water toys like kayaks, paddle boards, and jet skis for off-ship fun.
Feeling hungry? The World Navigator has six restaurants, including the global-fare-inspired Porto and the 7Aft Grill steakhouse.
Like other cruise lines that have resumed operations during COVID-19, the World Navigator will still operate with health protocols, such as on-board health screenings and headsets for guests to use during land excursions to promote social distancing.
Prices per guest vary depending on the itinerary.
For example, the upcoming November 11 seven-night sailing from Uruguay to Argentina cruise starts at $5,000 per guest ....
… while the nine-night Antarctica cruises start at $10,600.
This price is all-inclusive, which means your ticket will cover the cost of amenities and necessities like WiFi, air fares, unlimited drinks, excursions, and even insurance for emergency medical evacuations.
Two passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise sailing from the Bahamas have tested positive for COVID-19, a Royal Caribbean spokesperson confirmed with Insider on Thursday following Cruise Industry News' report.
The two passengers were sailing aboard the Adventure of the Seas, which is currently operating with a sweeping vaccine mandate. All guests 16 years old or older aboard the ship are required to be fully vaccinated. However, the two passengers, both under 16 years old, were unvaccinated, and tested positive during "routine testing that is required before returning home," the spokesperson said.
Both passengers were quarantined after the positive result. One is asymptomatic, while the other is "experiencing mild symptoms," according to the spokesperson. Passengers in their travel group and "close contacts" are all vaccinated, and all tested negative for the virus.
All of the ship's crew and 92% of its passengers are fully vaccinated as per the company's vaccine mandate. The last 8% are people under 16 years old.
Both the passengers and their group disembarked in the Bahamas on Thursday and are now headed back to their home in Florida.
June 24, 2021Brittany ChangUncategorizedComments Off on A major cruise line just dropped its vaccine requirement for cruises leaving from Florida but there’s an expensive catch for unvaccinated travelers
Royal Caribbean's Celebrity Cruises brand rolled back its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Florida cruises.
Unvaccinated passengers will face on-board restrictions, COVID-19 tests, and higher out-of-pocket costs.
Cruise lines and Florida have been in a heated standoff over vaccine passports.
Royal Caribbean Group's Celebrity Cruises has rolled back its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cruises sailing out of Florida ports, as per a June 17 update on Celebrity's website.
The vaccine mandate reversal is the latest update in a heated battle between cruise lines and the state, which has banned vaccine passports. But there's a catch: unvaccinated passengers - or those unwilling to show proof of the vaccine - will face on-board restrictions, extra COVID tests, and subsequently, additional out-of-pocket costs, according to the cruise line.
Compared to vaccinated passengers, this means $178 worth of COVID-19 tests, strict mask requirements, seating restrictions in areas like theaters and casinos, and the possibility of not being able to go ashore depending on local restrictions.
This announcement comes just weeks after Celebrity Cruises' unveiled its resumption of sailing plans aboard the Celebrity Edge. The ship is set to sail this Saturday from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and will be the first revenue cruise to sail from a US port in over a year.
But when the sailing was first announced as "fully vaccinated" in May, DeSantis' office called the cruise line's vaccine mandate "discriminatory."
"Companies doing business in Florida, including Celebrity Cruises, should immediately cease to impose such discriminatory policies upon individuals," Christina Pushaw, DeSantis' press secretary told Insider in an email in May. "Allowing companies like Celebrity Cruises to require 'vaccine passports' for customers would mean tolerating discrimination by private businesses, which is unacceptable in Florida."
However, the cruise line still "strongly recommends" its eligible guests to be vaccinated, a spokesperson told Insider in an email statement.
Why cruise lines are dropping their vaccine mandates
At the end of May, Celebrity Cruises' sibling brand Royal Caribbean announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all guests. However, like Celebrity, this mandate was subsequently rolled back in early June for all cruises sailing out of Florida and Texas.
There's one common reason for this quiet reversal of vaccine mandates: the ban on vaccine passports in states like Florida and Texas, which has created a heated stand-off between cruise lines and the states.
For Florida specifically, in April, the Sunshine State's Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning vaccine passports and local business - including cruise lines - from requiring them. And one month later, the state passed a law barring vaccine passports by July 1.
This means any company that violates this proof of vaccination ban could be fined $5,000 for every customer.
"Gov. DeSantis has stated many times that allowing private businesses to require 'vaccine passports' for Floridians taking part in everyday life - attending sporting events, dining at restaurants, or even going on cruises - would create two unequal classes of citizens based on vaccination status," Pushaw wrote in the email statement. "This would be unethical and harmful for society."
Space Perspective sets itself apart from other companies with its balloon design, named Spaceship Neptune. And technically, the Spaceship Neptune will still stay inside the confines of our atmosphere (but more on that in a bit).
This balloon - which is as big as a football stadium - will then shuttle Spaceship Neptune passengers up 100,000 feet.
The balloon will accompany a pressurized and spacious cabin with reclining seats, creating a comfortable traveling experience for its passengers, according to the company.
Spaceship Neptune's cabin will be built to accommodate up to eight passengers, not including the pilot, on a six-hour-long trip.
The journey starts at Florida's Kennedy Space Center before sunrise so passengers can view the rising sun from above Earth, Nikki Ekstein reported for Bloomberg.
The journey will begin with a two-hour climb above 99% of the atmosphere.
Along this six-hour journey, passengers will have access to breakfast, drinks, a bathroom, livestream-capable WiFi, and anti-glare windows for photography, according to Bloomberg and Space Perspective.
From there, passengers will get two hours to take in the view - which includes a glimpse of Earth's curvature - before beginning the two-hour descent back down to Earth's water, where a ship will await to bring passengers back to shore, according to a diagram on Space Perspective's website.
There will also be research equipment aboard the Spaceship Neptune.
Wannabe space tourists who want a break from Earth's land can now reserve their chance to visit the edge of our planet in late 2024.
Space Perspective previously offered private presale tickets, but they all sold out, according to the Bloomberg report.
Plus, you'll be working with experienced hands.
The co-founders and CEOs of Space Perspective, Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, have worked on many space-related projects. This includes serving as "human spaceflight" technical advisors to Elon Musk, according to a press release.
Looking for proof of concept? The company's Neptune One, an unmanned test vehicle, successfully launched from the Space Coast Spaceport, next to NASA's Space Center, on June 18.
It's no secret the COVID-19 pandemic gave the RV industry a major boost in sales during 2020. Popularity was so high, RV maker Thor Industries now has a $14.32 billion order backlog, the company said in its 2021 third-quarter earnings report on Tuesday.
Thor Industries - which owns RV brands like Jayco and Airstream - first began seeing a boost in sales in May and June of 2020, especially with RV newcomers, Thor Industries' president and CEO Bob Martin told Insider in May 2020. This boom in popularity only continued to grow: Thor achieved $3.46 billion in net sales in Q3 2021, the strongest in the company's history, Martin said in the earnings report. This is a 105.7% increase compared to Q3 2020.
And now, this boost in sales has grown into an over $14 billion order backlog, which is an almost 550% increase compared to the same time in 2020. Taking a closer look, Thor's backlog for towables and motorized RVs by the end of April in North America increased 766% and 548%, respectively, compared to the same time in 2020.
And now, the company is "pretty much sold out for the next year," Martin told CNBC's Jim Cramer on "Mad Money." Many of Thor's dealers also have "virtually no" inventory, but because a large portion of its backlog consists of pre-sold orders, Thor currently won't be able to increase its dealers' inventories, Martin told Cramer.
"Since a significant number of units in our backlog have already been retail sold, we currently believe the restocking cycle will extend well into calendar 2022," Martin said in the earnings report.
To combat this pileup of orders, Thor has and will continue to boost production, according to the company.
On April 30, a Dutch couple began calling a 3D printed concrete house their home.
The home is based in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
It's the first of five 3D-printed homes under "Project Milestone," a collaboration between the Eindhoven University of Technology, the municipality, industry experts, architects, and several private companies.
Project Milestone serves as the world's first 3D-printed concrete "commercial housing project," according to its maker.
The five homes are being built one at a time, which allows its makers to apply learnings from previous builds into each upcoming home. Each house will be more complex than its predecessors.
The housing crisis has been escalating in recent years, especially in the US.
... especially because the precise printer used in Project Milestone uses less concrete than traditional construction methods.
Aesthetics-wise, the printer can also create a more creative and non-traditional home, as seen with this new boulder-shaped house.
"In addition to affordable homes, the market increasingly demands innovative housing concepts," Yasin Torunoglu, the housing and spatial development alderman at the municipality of Eindhoven, said in a press release.
"With the 3D-printed home, we're now setting the tone for the future: the rapid realization of affordable homes with control over the shape of your own house," Torunoglu continued.
As of now, 3D-printed homes aren't more affordable than "traditional" homes despite reduced labor costs. However, it's a goal the project is working towards.
This new home is made up of 24 concrete pieces that were printed at a printing plant.
The pieces were then trucked to the home's final site and assembled on the house's foundation.
A roof and frames were later added.
The homes are durable despite this multi-piece process: the units are meant to serve as functioning homes for a few decades.
The 3D-printed bungalow is now owned by Vesteda, a real estate investor. It'll be rented out to private occupants via six-month contracts at around $1,400 a month.
Now, let's take a look at the home.
The almost 1,012-square-foot home has a living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms.
Its unique "large boulder-shaped" appearance was designed to fit into its surroundings and show off the 3D printer's ability to create unique free-formed buildings.
Unlike other 3D-printed homes, this unit has a distinctive appearance with its curved walls and spaces.
Besides its eccentric shape, the interior of the concrete home doesn't look any different than that of a traditional home.
The front door can be locked and unlocked using a digital key.
It's also well insulated and comes with connections to a heating system, similar to any modern home.
The home is also full of large windows for more natural light.
The living room has an open concept ...
... which means the kitchen space opens out into the conjoined dining and living room.
There's even room for a home office inside one of the two bedrooms.
And of course, there's a bathroom with necessities like sinks and a shower.
The first unit stands at one story tall. But unlike this unit, future homes in Project Milestone will be multi-leveled.
The fifth home in the project, which will be two stories tall, will be printed on-site.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted his support for crypto over fiat money on Saturday, with Bitcoin prices rising on the sentiment.
"The true battle is between fiat and crypto," Musk tweeted in response to a Twitter user asking him what he thinks about people who are "angry at him because of crypto." "On balance, I support the latter."
Fiat money, which is the kind of currency used by most modern economies, is not backed by a physical commodity like gold. Instead the currency -- like bills or coins-- is backed by the issuing government. The dollar, euro and yen are fiat currencies.
Bitcoin rose to over $38,370 shortly after Musk's tweet. The cryptocurrency has recently seen volatile price fluctuations after Musk said Tesla would stop accepting Bitcoin payments for environmental reasons, and China reiterated that it would "crack down" on Bitcoin mining and trading.
Twitter users familiar with Musk's tweeting habits can likely recall his history of tweeting about cryptocurrencies relative to fiat money. In December 2020, Musk took to Twitter to say that "bitcoin is almost as bs as fiat money." But in February, he clarified this comment, tweeting: "when fiat currency has negative real interest, only a fool wouldn't look elsewhere. Bitcoin is almost as bs as fiat money. The key word is 'almost.'"