Anne Rice’s Former NOLA Mansion Gets Another Price Reduction

mansionAnne Rice’s former New Orleans mansion got another price haircut, you can’t get in or out of Bali right now, we’re ogling a gorgeous abode on Manhattan Beach, California, and we also find out what cities are tops when it comes to summer destinations.

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Anne Rice’s Former NOLA Mansion Gets Another Price Reduction

We’ve written about the New Orleans mansion that author Anne Rice once called home — it was first listed in 2017 at $5 million, and the price was reduced to $4.5 million last year.

Southern Living reports that the 8,700-square-foot home on St. Charles Avenue has now been reduced to $4.3 million.

The mansion was sold by Rice to new owners in 2011 (the list price was $3.19 million). It is said that one of the families from her fictional Mayfair series “lived” at this home,  which Rice bought while she was writing “Lasher.”

Southern Living said it also is rumored to be haunted.

Want to read more about the home? Check out our story from last year, and this piece in Southern Living.

Indonesia Cancels Flights to Bali after Volcano Eruption

Mount Agung erupting in 2017 (Photo courtesy Michael W. Ishak/Wikimedia Commons).

Indonesia canceled flights to and from Bali over the weekend as the Mount Agung volcano erupted, Bloomberg reported.

“Currently flights to and from I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport have been canceled.” Polana Pramesti, director general of civil aviation, said via Twitter.

Mount Agung erupted on Friday, sending volcanic ash into the southern part of the island, where the airport is located. The islands of Indonesia sit on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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Where Are The Best Summer Travel Destinations?

Source: WalletHub

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington ranked fifth overall in a recent ranking of best summer travel destinations in the U.S., WalletHub said.

The metro area came in sixth in travel costs and hassles, 17th in local costs, 22nd in attractions, 33rd in activities, 41st in weather, and 44th in safety.

“WalletHub developed a ranking of the cheapest U.S. destinations that are also the easiest to reach,” the company said. “In total, we analyzed 100 of the largest metro areas across 40 key indicators. Our data set ranges from cost of the cheapest flight to number of attractions to weather.”

Austin-Round Rock came in second on the list, while San Antonio-New Braunfels came in 12th, El Paso was 18th, and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland was 19th. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission ranked 56th.

Other metros in the top five included Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (1); Washington D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria (3); and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin (4).

Want to see the other 100 metros? Read up here.

Beachside Abode Lowers Blood Pressure With Pictures Alone

Thanks to Mansion Global, we found this gorgeous home on The Strand in Manhattan Beach.

The house is gorgeous, the views are even better, and you can’t spin around without seeing the ocean.

We could tell you more, or we could just share our favorite photos and link you to the listing itself, so you can ooh and ahh over it yourself.

Check it out over here.