OxyContin Heir Buys $22.5 Million Bel-Air Mansion And You Can Take A Look Inside

You’re probably aware that there’s an opiod crisis in the United States, and it’s been getting progressively worse. Over two million Americans are now either dependent on or abuse prescription pills and illegal street drugs.

Painkillers like morphine, hydrocodone, and OxyContin, which are usually prescribed for severe or chronic pain, as well as drugs like heroin and fentanyl are some of the most commonly abused substances at the moment.

In 2016, there were more than 63,600 overdose deaths in the U.S. and more than 60% of them involved an opiod. Despite prescription drug monitoring programs, and other initiatives, like the 21st Century Cures Act, to manage the crisis, overdoses have increased by 30% over the last year and the half.

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Although drug abuse has always been prevalent in the country, the introduction of OxyContin in 1996 by Purdue Pharma, opened the floodgates that many have been working tirelessly to close.

The company has been accused of knowing about the addictive properties of the drug, and keeping it from the public. The misleading label on the pill bottles were finally removed in 2001, after the FDA ordered them to replace it with a warning. By then, more than 300,000 Americans had already lost their lives as a result of their addictions.

Now, while the nation is trying to work out a solution for this devastating situation, it seems like Purdue Pharma’s business is booming. In fact, the company is doing well enough for the company’s heir, David Sackler, to close a deal on a $22.5 million dollar mansion in the swanky California neighborhood of Bel-Air.

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It’s a heck of a lot of money, but it seems like pocket change when compared to the $13 billion that the Sacklers are reportedly worth.

The family has maintained a low profile, and have distanced themselves from the company that made them one of the richest families in the country. Many people don’t even know that they’re behind the OxyContin brand.

David purchased the house under some mysterious circumstances. The transaction was reportedly completed with just cash, because he wanted to maintain anonymity. However, it was the address in Oklahoma that was attached to the deal that made David traceable.

The pharma heir’s new 10,000-square-foot home features a media room, game room, gym, pool, tennis court, and a ton of other luxurious amenities.

Let’s have a look inside the lavish property…

Take A Peek Inside Cary Grant’s Lavish Beachfront House

Hollywood legend Cary Grant passed away in 1986, but thanks to his classic films, like Charade, Bringing Up Baby, and His Girl Friday, his memory lives on forever.

As one of the wealthiest stars in Hollywood, Grant is also remembered by many for his penchant for a lavish lifestyle. He owned properties in Malibu, Beverly Hills, Palm Springs, and Santa Monica, and each of them seemed more luxurious than the other.

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In the years following his death, the public were able to get a glimpse of the luxurious interiors of some of Grant’s homes as they were one by one put up for sale.

Now, his beachfront home in Santa Monica is back on the market, and you can take a peek inside the unique French Normandy-style property.

The house was built in 1930 for silent film actress Norma Talmadge, but it was eventually sold to businessman Howard Hughes and later to actor Brian Aherne before Grant and his friend Randolph Scott took ownership.

Rumor has it that in addition to Grant and his ex-wife Barbara Hutton, numerous celebrities, including George Gershwin, Princess Grace of Monaco, Irvin Berlin and Sharon Tate, stayed at the $12 million home.

Let’s take a tour of the 5,530-square foot home…

13 Genius Ways To Use Vinegar That You Never Would Have Thought Of

Vinegar isn’t just a great add-on to your your fries, it also is incredibly useful around the house. Whether you are cleaning, deodorizing, or doing household chores, vinegar can come in handy in a lot of ways.

Here are some of the clever ways you should be using vinegar in your home.

If you don’t have any fabric softener, you can make your own mixture using hair conditioner, white vinegar, and water that will help release those wrinkles immediately.

Use a mixture of water and vinegar to wipe down the shelves in your fridge to help remove all the smells that have gotten stuck inside of it.

If Fido has a little accident, it’s important that you make sure to get all of the smell out of the carpet and the best way to do that is by using vinegar. If you first pour vinegar onto the stain and then add some baking soda on top, you can let it sit for a few minutes and then you just have to vacuum it up.

Sure, they always say they won’t get on your clothes, but we all know that’s not true. If you need to get those annoying deodorant stains out of your shirts you can use a cloth with vinegar to wipe them off.

If you aren’t able to get all the paint off of your brushes the first time, using vinegar will get the residue from the bristles. Heat the vinegar on the stove to a simmer, then soak the brushes for an hour. Drain the vinegar and rinse them off, and the paint should come right off!

When your flowers start to droop, you can add two tablespoons of vinegar to the water along with one teaspoon of sugar, into the water. It should help your flowers regain some life.

A little bit of vinegar on a cotton ball can help you stop that annoying itch that comes around with mosquito bites. Just dab it on and it’ll help stop the itching and disinfect the area.

But there are still so many other ways to use vinegar around your house…

7 Natural And Easy Ways To Deodorize Your Home

No matter how hard we try to avoid it, our houses occasionally have a bit of a funky smell to them that we can’t kick. Our usual option is to light a candle or spray air fresheners. Neither of these are good fixes because candles never last and air fresheners do not smell natural at all, they smell like you are trying to cover something up. Here’s seven ways to have your house smelling naturally amazing again!

1. Use your stove

Boiling certain ingredients on your stove is the perfect way for a quick good smell throughout your home. This is perfect if you have company coming over and you need a quick fix. You can use pretty much anything in your cupboards for this. For example, put apple slices and cinnamon, in a pot of water and let it boil for 5-10 minutes. The scent will fill your house and smell like you just baked an apple pie. Like I said, this can be done with any ingredients so it is an easy and quick fix.

2. Plants

Certain houseplants are known to clean the air, and they may help to control odors in the house as well. These plants include, Snake plants, English ivy, Lady palms, and Dracaena. With this fix, you do have to purchase the plants, but once you have them it’s a semi-permanent fix, and is also a decoration piece.

3. Dryer sheets

Take your dryer sheets outside of the laundry room and discreetly place them in areas of your house that tend to smell. They will absorb the bad odor and release a fresh smell. These aren’t the nicest decor to have laying around so ensure you place them so company can’t see them.

4. Remove odor source

Even if there isn’t anything obvious that could be smelling up the house, clean things that could be carrying a lingering smell. This could include nearby dirty laundry, or the garbage bin.

Have A Peek At Pamela Anderson’s Bodacious Estate That You Are Now Able To Rent

If you were hoping to move into some nicer digs this year, why not shoot straight for the top and lease out none other than Pamela Anderson’s Malibu beach house!

She bought the luxurious estate in 2008 for a cool $1.8 million, though it is now valued at over $7 million!

The star purchased the property while she was working with Tim Allen on Home Improvement, as “Tim’s Tool Girl,” Lisa.

Pamela must have picked up a few tips and tricks while on the show, as it has been remodeled several times over the years.

The TV star isn’t looking to sell though, she’ll be renting out her flashy pad. However, it comes with an equally opulent price tag!

If you want to spend some quality time in Pamela’s quarters, then get ready to pony up. The starting price is $40,000 per month, and that’s in the off season. If you’re looking for a summer stay then get ready to fork over up to $70,000 every four weeks!

Is it worth it? Let’s take a look!

Your Home Decor Can Reveal Secrets About Your Personality Without You Even Realizing It

Of course decorating your home is going to reveal your personality, but it’s hard to know what it’s actually saying about you. When you look at the things in your home, you might think that all your decor is saying one thing when it actually is giving off a completely different feeling to the people around you.

Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, said that “you can tell what you build your self-esteem around based on the things you hold onto.” The things you choose to keep around indicate the things you value and here’s what they say about you.

Being proud of your accomplishments is not a bad thing at all, but it does indicate the type of person you are. “If you have your diplomas and awards framed, your intellect might be what you value. If it’s sports trophies, maybe your athletic tendencies have built you,” Morin says.

Plants make your home feel fresh and full of life, and are part of the category that Morin calls thought and feeling regulators. “The concept of personal space and how we dress it is not this whimsical idea about where you live. It has a profound effect on you,” according to Morin. Plants indicate a lively personality, of someone who is caring and kind.

“Holding onto sentimental items stirs up nostalgia, which is a double edged sword.” Morin says. “These feelings are funny and they tend to provoke a bunch of interesting emotions. It’s somewhat comforting to have them, but it’s important to be aware of the weight they carry.”

If your home is filled with pictures and memorabilia then you are holding onto the emotions that are associated with the item, whatever it was.

Those aren’t the only things that are giving away your true personality…

Joanna Gaines In Tears Over “Fixer Upper” Episode

Patti Baker had just relocated to Waco, Texas to be closer to her two sons when she chose a 1950s era house to be her forever home. With good bones and the right amount of space, Baker believed it just “needed a hug.”

As Fixer Upper fans know, Chip and Joanna Gaines are good at delivering hugs, and as it turned out Baker really needed it.

With nice features and plenty of promise, the plain beige exterior, dated kitchen and baths needed a face-lift.

Baker’s taste in decor is described as simple, basic and primitive, which falls well within Joanna’s wheelhouse of design.

“Patti’s key word was really “primitive.” She wanted authentic. She wanted things that looked handmade,” Joanna said.

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“This is her forever home,” said Joanna. “I want to make sure that everything that I am choosing and deciding from a design standpoint is timeless and as classic as possible.”

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But it wasn’t the house that got Joanna teary-eyed.

Oprah’s California Estate Destroyed By Deadly Flash Floods And Mudslides

Oprah’s California estate is one of the many homes affected by the deadly flash floods and mudslides that destroyed the Montecito area.

This catastrophe comes on the heels of her acceptance Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes this past Sunday.

During her speech, she spoke about being the first black woman to win the award and the #MeToo movement.

“It is an honor – it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible,” Oprah said.

“…We all know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To – to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies,” Oprah said.

“I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story,” she continued.

Since her speech, her fans have launched a campaign for the celebrated media proprietor to run in the 2020 presidential race.

While there are various reports on the accuracy of Oprah’s consideration on the potential candidacy, to TMZ reports Oprah 2020 merchandise is already on sale.

However, that may be put on hold following the aftermath of the devastating flash floods and mudslides.

A Look Inside Suzanne Somers’s $14.5 Million Home Before She Auctions It Off To The Highest Bidder

Suzanne Somers was one of the biggest stars of the 70s and 80s thanks to the show Three’s Company. She may be 71 years old, but she still looks just as good as she did back then. Thanks to her success as an actress and author, she was able to purchase a huge home in Palm Springs and has lived there for 40 years.

However, now it’s time to move on and she has decided that the best way to sell it is with an auction. She had previously listed it for sale at $14.5 million, but it didn’t end up selling. Now it’s going to go up for auction on January 31st and there is no minimum for how much it’ll end up costing.

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Having no reserve on the house means that Somers may end up losing a fair bit of money on the property, but hopefully she gets a decent price as she has many memories about the home. They bought the home in 1977 as an escape from the paparazzi, and have loved it since.

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It’s a 70 acre property with five separate buildings across it. There is a combined 7,300 square feet of livable space, including eight bedrooms and eleven bathrooms.

Somers had a lot to say about her home’s unique look…

Police Find 1944 Love Letters Inside A House’s Wall

Massachusetts police have found a love letter in the walls of a remodeled home written on April 19, 1944.

The Greenfield Police Department posted the old love letter on Facebook in an attempt to find their recipient, a Miss Betty Miller who lived on 366 Chapman St. in the same city.

“We would love to be able to get this letter back to Betty or her family. Please let us know if you know how to find her,” the police department wrote.

Written by a man only known as Walter, he had no hesitation in letting his feelings for Miller be known. In the letter, Walter appeared to make amends following a dispute.

“I have always thought more of you than any other girl, and I still do,” Walter wrote. “From now on I will not go to any dance or to a movie unless you go with me, because I am not  interested in taking anybody else…”

“If there is anything which you wish to know I wish you would ask me and we will try to get it straightened out. As I have said before, you are the one one in my heart and I hope you still want to be,” Walter added.

“So will you please give us both a break and let’s have lots of fun together and have a swell time,” he concluded.

With a bit of luck, authorities finally found the answer they were searching for.

See Inside Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen In His Renovated London Home

After shelling out millions on a new home in the upmarket London suburb of Hampstead last year, Jamie Oliver has created a home to be proud of.

His wife, and mother of five, Jools, has shared a glimpse into how the family live in their new home and we are impressed!

The Olivers bought the historic seven-bedroom home for $12 million and then gave it a complete overhaul from its former 70s-style interior.

The couple’s five children including 15-year-old Poppy Honey Rose, 14-year-old Daisy Boo Pamela, 8-year-old Petal Blossom Rainbow, 7-year-old Buddy Bear Maurice and 1-year-old River Rocket have also added their special touches to the home.

The former model shared the photos of their updated home on her Instagram and it was no surprise that the renowned chef had a kitchen that any of us would love to cook in!

Take A Look Inside Diane Keaton’s Pinterest-Inspired Dream Home

Aside from acting, Diane Keaton has a few other passions many aren’t aware of, including architecture and interior design. A few years ago, the Annie Hall star set out to build the home of her dreams, and has recently unveiled the final result.

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The Academy Award-winning actress and author’s 8,000 square-foot home in Brentwood, Los Angeles was inspired by ideas she saved on Pinterest – from the modern exposed wood design to the industrial-style lighting and doors.

She shared the entire process and photos of the stunning home in her new book The House That Pinterest Built.

Take a peak at the house’s interior and exterior:

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Just wait until you see the spacious bedroom and the dreamy kitchen….

Marilyn Monroe’s Home Offers A Glimpse Of The Woman We Only Thought We Knew

While most celebrities of Marilyn Monroe’s caliber own more than one property, the Hollywood starlet only ever had one house to her name. Monroe, who lived in 43 different homes before settling down, bought her first and last house in Brentwood, Los Angeles in 1962.

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It was while she lived in this house that she made her last public appearances at John F. Kennedy’s birthday gala, and sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President.” Eight months later, she was found dead in her bedroom.

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Since the bombshell’s demise, the property housed a few celebrities, including actress Veronica Hamel of Hill Street Blues fame and the late Anna Nicole Smith. The house has been placed on the market multiple times after these stars left, and listed again earlier this year.

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Over the years, the owners did some remodeling, and the interior doesn’t look exactly like Monroe left it, but there are a few of her touches that remain.

Here are some shots of the abode looked like before:

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Wait until you see what the property looks like today…

A Farmer Came Home To Find Someone Else’s House On His Land

When you’re someone with a large amount of property, it’s probably not exactly surprising to sometimes find unusual things lying around in your fields.

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While things like crop circles and dead animals can certainly be unsettling, it’s essentially the nature of the beast that anyone with a massive property is probably going to have some trespassers at some point. With any luck, these trespassers are just some harmless teenagers sneaking out of the house to drink beer and consummate their relationships after their curfew.

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However, in the case of Patrick Maze, I think we can forgive him for being more than a little weirded out when he drove past a patch of his land on his way to work, only to discover that someone had left and entire house just sitting in a field…

Robert Downy Jr.’s Whimsical Windmill House Is Anything But Boring

Who knew that Robert Downy Jr. had a flare for design?

The 52-year-old actor is giving everyone a tour of his Hamptons house and we are stunned!

Together with his wife, Susan Downey, the couple poses for pictures on their property with their children Exton Elias Downey and Avri Roel Downey.

When they were searching for the perfect property the couple “wanted something we haven’t seen a million times,” Downey Jr. tells the magazine. The family’s home will be featured on the cover of Architectural Digest in December.

Designers Joe Nahem and Jeffrey Fields helped find the property for the family and were able to transform the 19th-century windmill home into their dream escape.

Take A Peek Inside Ellen DeGeneres’s Brand New Seaside Villa

One of the best ways to grow one’s wealth is by owning real estate and this why many of the world’s biggest celebrities are constantly buying new properties.

Comedian and media mogul Ellen DeGeneres is no different. For nearly three decades, DeGeneres has bought and sold at least 15 homes.

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In an interview with Architectural Digest, the host explained that buying a house was one of her childhood dreams because her family never owned one.

“We never had a house when I was growing up. We always rented. But my father would dream, and we used to look at houses all the time,” DeGeneres said. “The first thing I did when I made money was buy a house.”

Her properties have been featured in design magazines and her portfolio even made it into books, but DeGeneres shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. She recently bought a beach-side mansion in Santa Barbara and it looks dreamy on the inside and out.

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According to Domino.com, DeGeneres bought the 6,000 square-foot house for a whopping $18.6 million dollars. The seaside villa features four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a private courtyard, a pool, tennis court, a guest house for eight, an office, three fireplaces, and so much more.

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The property was listed for only 14 days before DeGeneres scooped it up. Although it’s a downsize from her and Portia’s current 10,000-square-foot-home, it has spectacular views and amenities that many of us can only dream of.

Let’s take a look at the rest of this house’s features.

Reba Sold Her Nashville Estate- And Now You Can Stay There

We all have dreams of having the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but now we can actually live like one.

Earlier this year, Reba McEntire sold her lakefront estate in Lebanon, Tennesse, which sits 30 miles easy of Nashville, for $5 million.

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This 83-acre property, which is known as Starstruck Farm, features a 12,816 square-foot home.

In it there are seven bedrooms,

five full bathrooms,

a chef’s kitchen,

a home theater,

a wine room,

an eight-car garage, and a tennis court,

a pool,

a guest house,

a barn, equestrian center with indoor and outdoor riding areas.

Originally listing the house for August 2016 for $7.9 million, she ended up settling for a $5 million price tag and it looks to be well worth it!

Local businessman Deron Lichte bought 18-acres of the the Starstruck Farm estate earlier this month for $3.1 million.

But what his plans for the property have us all excited!

Buying A Tiny Home Just Got Easier: Now You Can Order One From Amazon

If you watch any old TV shows you’ve probably heard the classic department store employee joke:

“We sell everything for the home here. In fact, we sell homes up on the fourth floor!”

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Well that old chestnut is finally a reality. Living up to their nickname of “the everything store,” Amazon is now stocking tiny homes, alongside the other 480 million products offered by the online retailer. With just a few clicks, you can have an 8,000 pound home shipped directly to you.

The product is offered by the Wisconsin company MODS International, and while it’s not as glamorous as other tiny homes we’ve featured, the 360-square-foot building offers everything you need for a happy life.

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It may not look like much from the outside – basically the company has slapped windows, an AC unit and some French doors onto a shipping container – but all the homes are fully insulated, with running water and electricity.

Never judge a book by its cover – let’s take a tour inside one of these homes, then reveal how much it will cost you…

13-Year-Old Taught Himself How To Make A Tiny Home, And You’ll Love The Result

How’s this for breaking a trend: at a time when almost 40% of college grads are moving back in with their parents, 13-year-old Luke Thill has already built his own house.

The teenager started work on his tiny home in June, with no plans and no construction knowledge. He had become fascinated with YouTube videos of people building the trendy houses, and realized no one his age was making them.

“I was just on YouTube looking around and came across a tiny house idea and then that spiraled into looking at almost every YouTube video there is, it felt like,” he told ABC. “I got obsessed with them and decided to build my own.”

His parents, Greg and Angie, were encouraging, but set some firm ground rules at the start of the project. Luke had to raise all the money to build the home himself by doing odd jobs and chores, and they insisted he should stay under his $1,500 budget. To get him started, Greg showed his son how to build the frame for his house.

Learning from YouTube videos and local builders along the way, Luke traded time, money, skills and materials until he completed this seriously impressive project…

A Photographer Thought This Spooky Old House Was Abandoned – She Was Wrong

Leslie is better known as The Tourist, the name of her popular photography project.

She visits abandoned homes and buildings, capturing the creepy and unexplored parts of our world that are hiding in plain sight. Her work is full of chance encounters, like when she stumbled upon this old red brick house falling apart in the countryside.

Leslie had been photographing other empty buildings on her birthday when she discovered the house, but decided to make one last stop and get some interesting photos. But when she stepped inside she got the shock of her life: the run-down home wasn’t abandoned after all.

A man named Lawrence was living inside. He was missing an eye, and his one good eye was full of cataracts. He also had trouble getting around, so he rarely left the old house. But he was very polite to Leslie, even though she was trespassing, and let him take a picture to remember her visit.

“He is a beautiful soul and I plan on visiting him a lot,” she told her followers on social media. “I’m posting this picture in hopes that it will inspire at least one person to reach out to someone they may have lost contact with or perhaps just forgot about.”

In fact, Leslie turned out to be that kind of person for Lawrence…