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New TikTok ‘Hype House’ lists for $5.3M in Santa Monica, LA

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What Hype House?

The infamous members-only Los Angeles TikTok incubator where influencers go for both viral video shooting space and clout has a new competitor in Santa Monica, California.  

This six-bedroom, nine-bathroom Spanish-style mansion dubbing itself “TikTok West” is 6,300 square feet and decked out with every amenity a TikToker could want — and that’s a lot more than just a ring light.

Designer and diet alcohol entrepreneur Julie Stevens purchased this house in 2006 for $2.8 million, according to Realtor.com. She redesigned the house and raised her kids there before discovering that such a beautiful home can be hard to sell.

The property was first listed for $5.8 million in October 2020 and reduced to $5.5 million in September.

But it is slated to return to the market for $5.3 million next week — with a one-of-a-kind sales strategy — garnering a collaborative of young TikTokers to market the house.

Designer and diet alcohol entrepreneur Julie Stevens purchased this house in 2006 for $2.8 million
Designer and diet alcohol entrepreneur Julie Stevens purchased this house in 2006 for $2.8 million
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During the month of April, TikTok influencers can apply to spend two hours filming in this staged, amenity-heavy house. Unlike the original Hype House, this mansion won’t be hosting parties or letting influencers stay overnight.

But eligible TikTokers get access to the house’s two-floor pool slide, recording studio and incredible architecture all for free, as long as they tag the Realtor and the seller for exposure.

“They get to film great content in locations they wouldn’t otherwise have access to, and we ask them to tag the house to get more exposure. We’re getting younger, different eyes on the property,” listing broker Rochelle Maize of Nourmand & Associates told The Post. 

On March 31, a yet-to-be-revealed female TikTok influencer filmed near a bubble-like Murano Due Ether Chandelier.
On March 31, a yet-to-be-revealed female TikTok influencer filmed near a bubble-like Murano Due Ether chandelier.
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The light fixture featured in the mansion's first TikTok hangs over a spiraling maple staircase with a curved glass railing, designed by the owner.
The light fixture featured in the mansion’s first TikTok hangs over a spiraling maple staircase with a curved glass railing, designed by the owner.
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So far, they have 15 applications, and one TikToker has already gotten started. On March 31, a yet-to-be-revealed female TikTok influencer filmed near a bubble-like Murano Due Ether chandelier.

The light fixture featured in the mansion’s first TikTok hangs over a spiral maple staircase with a curved glass railing, designed by the owner. The staircase is bathed in natural light from the numerous windows.

“It’s held up by two points in the wall, so it looks like it’s floating,” Stevens told The Post. The property is slated to be on the market by Friday, April 9.

The house was staged with neutral, airy design by luxury home staging, furniture and design company Vesta.
The house was staged by luxury furniture and design company Vesta. 
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What else does Hype House West offer TikTokers?

Approach the mansion from a curved, lit marble stairway, passing a lily pond with a two-tier waterfall with an S-shaped sculpture flanking the entry. The door is a quilt of rectangular tempered glass, contrasted by an S-shaped door handle.

The house was staged with an eye toward neutral, airy design by luxury furniture and design company Vesta. 

The living room has light wood flooring. A 20-foot granite bar divides the living room from the kitchen.

The kitchen has a huge industrial hood and dark wood cabinetry.

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A wet bar next to the kitchen is stocked with BeTini drinks, a diet martini cocktail company founded by Stevens.

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On the other side of the wet bar, the dining room has a low, grey wood coffee table staged with bowls of moss.
On the other side of the wet bar, the dining room has a low, grey wood coffee table staged with bowls of moss. 
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The kitchen has a huge industrial hood and dark wood cabinetry. A wet bar next to the kitchen is stocked with BeTini drinks, a diet martini cocktail company founded by the home’s owner.

The family room has a honey onyx mantle fireplace, lit inset gallery displays and a television. A large window gives views into the backyard, which has a two-story pool slide. 

The slide curves down from an above-garage patio to a treehouse, which is accessible by ladder, into the pool.
The slide curves down from an above-garage patio to a treehouse, which is accessible by ladder, into the pool.
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The yard is filled with flowers and greenery and even has a fountain and a basketball hoop, according to a previous listing for the property.
The yard is filled with flowers and greenery and even has a fountain and a basketball hoop, according to a previous listing for the property.
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The backyard has an elevated deck with a waterslide leading down to a modern stone-lined pool. The slide curves down from a patio above the garage, to a treehouse which is accessible by ladder, into the pool.

A sitting area includes an outdoor kitchen with a grill, a refrigerator and a stone bar. The built-in wooden bench is decorated with small white pillows, and the table offers seating for six.

The yard is filled with flowers and greenery and even has a fountain and a basketball hoop, according to a previous listing for the property.

The basement has a soundproofed music studio, a grand piano, a movie theater and a kitchenette.
The basement has a soundproofed music studio, a grand piano, a movie theater and a kitchenette.
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“The basement level was already an incredible creative space with speakers and lighting set up already because Julie’s children had used it for filming and creative things they were doing,” Maize told The Post.

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The property is slated to return to the market for $5.3 million in a few weeks — with a new sales strategy.

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The music room is soundproofed.
The music room is soundproofed. TikTokers will have access to guitars, a drum kit and a grand piano.
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The basement has a soundproofed music studio, a grand piano, a movie theater, a kitchenette, a nanny room, a kiln room, a sewing room and a wine room with a champagne drawer. 

“The basement level was already an incredible creative space with speakers and lighting set up already because Julie’s children had used it for filming and creative things they were doing,” Maize told The Post. “I immediately felt how creative and great it was and wanted to transition it into something even better.”

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The home theater is pictured alongside custom seamless pop-out cabinetry.

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The basement has a large swirling sculpture on the ceiling.

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A “secret room” behind a bookshelf is perfect for sewing, arts and crafts.

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The basement has a nanny room, a kiln room, a sewing room and a wine room with a champagne drawer.

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Upstairs, the house has a sitting room among its six bedrooms.
Upstairs, the house has a sitting room among its six bedrooms.
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TikTok, which was originally known for its dance videos, has become a booming content creation hub during the pandemic, drawing political ire near the end of Trump’s term as he considered a ban.

Millions of new TikTokers have joined the app, and the luckiest have been accepted to the Creator Fund, which is intended to help influencers pursue content creation full-time. Top influencers include Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae, both of whom spent time developing their videos in the original Hype House.

The original Hype House has had several addresses but currently is located on Weidlake Drive in Los Angeles.

The original Hype House is featured in this TikTok video.

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A Maine elementary school is rallying to give a beloved service dog a new leash on life.

Ory, a 16-month-old professional pup who works in the Willard School’s special education department, was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, degenerative hips, and torn ACLs in both knees, according to WMTW.

Ory works with special needs students at the school, helping to calm them during moments of emotional turmoil.

Now the Sanford community is pitching in to help fund the three surgeries that are needed to get her back in the classroom.

“Ory has had a rough go of it as she has already had ectopic ureter surgery in the fall and has recovered well from it,” a GoFundMe page aiming to raise $20,000 for the dog reads.

“The [hip] surgery] will ensure Ory [lives] a long, healthy and fulfilling life free from pain,” Jess Jones, an Ed Tech at the Willard School, wrote.

By Thursday night, more than three quarters of the funds had been raised, and a paw-fect ending was in sight.

“Ory will be meeting with her surgeon on Monday for a consultation,” an update from the grateful organizer read.

“She’s only 16 months and she deserves that opportunity to have a great life. The vet said her life will be amazing once this is done and dealt with,” Christen Suratt, a teacher who works with Ory, told the local station.

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Study finds that blocking seats on planes reduces virus risk

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A new study says leaving middle seats open could give airline passengers more protection from the virus that causes COVID-19.

Researchers said the risk of passengers being exposed to the virus from an infected person on the plane could be reduced by 23 percent to 57 percent if middle seats are empty, compared with a full flight.

The study released Wednesday supports the response of airlines that limited seating early in the pandemic. However, all US airlines except Delta now sell every seat they can and Delta will stop blocking middle seats on May 1.

The airlines argue that filters and air-flow systems on most planes make them safe when passengers wear face masks, as they are now required to do by federal regulation.

Researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kansas State University estimated how far airborne virus particles travel inside a plane. They used mannequins that emitted aerosol to measure the flow of virus particles through airline cabin mock-ups.

The study, however, did not take into account the wearing of face masks because it was based on a previous study done in 2017, before the pandemic.

Nor did it consider whether passengers are vaccinated against COVID-19. The CDC says vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves, although the agency still recommends against nonessential travel.

Airlines for America, a trade group for the largest US carriers, said airlines use several layers of measures to prevent the spread of the virus on planes, including face masks, asking passengers about their health and stepped-up cleaning of cabins. The group cited a Harvard University report funded by the airline industry as showing that the risk of transmitting the coronavirus on planes is very low.

Airlines were divided last year over filling middle seats. While Delta, Southwest, Alaska and JetBlue limited seating on planes, United Airlines never did and American Airlines only blocked seats for a short time. It was mostly an academic question, because relatively few flights last year were crowded. That is changing.

More than 1 million travelers have gone through US airports each day for the past month. While that is still down more than one-third from the same period in 2019, more flights now are crowded. Around Easter weekend, Delta temporarily filled middle seats to accommodate passengers whose original flights were canceled because of staffing shortages.

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Millennials can now afford homeownership, causing a shortage

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So close, and yet so far. 

As various factors finally make homeownership attainable for frequently maligned millennials, a new hurdle has appeared: Not enough houses to go around. 

According to recent findings by investment bank Jefferies, younger millennials between ages 25 and 29 are increasingly buying their first pads, and 30- to 34-year-olds are doing so at even higher rates, Insider reported. 

The only problem is there aren’t enough starter homes available, an issue that’s existed since before the coronavirus pandemic and is a result of profit-seeking real-estate investors buying the pads, increasingly expensive construction costs and more restrictive zoning rules. 

Despite being much less economically well-off than previous generations were at their age, millennials in fact led home-buying in 2020, significantly motivated by the pandemic. According to an Apartment List’s Homeownership report, 40 percent of the age group now own homes, while a Clever Real Estate survey notes that 30 percent started house-hunting earlier than planned due to COVID-19. 

But unless contractors can somehow quickly construct 2.5 million homes — the amount America is short on, according to Jefferies — in the next year, millennials may be left holding yet another form of unfortunate financial cards. 

In another recent real estate boom significantly inspired by the pandemic, sales of homes built more than 100 years ago rose by 16 percent in 2020 in the tri-state area compared to last year, with a median sale price of $236,000, The Post reported earlier this month. 

Not booming during that same period, however, were New York City pads, which saw a 6 percent overall sales decline. That trend has a few notable exceptions, however, including Brooklyn townhouses — for which demand is relatively sky-high.

“I have seen more demand for brownstones, too, especially in Brooklyn, where the market seems to be on fire. There is more demand for properties with outdoor space, and bigger apartments where buyers can carve out home office space as well,” Melissa Cohn, an executive mortgage banker at William Raveis Mortgage, told The Post this month.

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