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11 Circular Homes You Can Buy Now




Maynard James Keenan famously said, “A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end.” And that’s pretty deep and all, but a circle is also a type of home you can buy. Like right now… in the present… on Estately.com. Here are eight of them.
































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20 Napa Valley Musts that are So Much More than Wine


Napa Valley and wine are nearly synonymous, but there’s so much more to this gorgeous slice of the California coast than vino. Just a short drive from San Francisco you’ll find a veritable treasure trove of foodie paradise, outdoor adventures and once in a lifetime opportunities. Does wine make it better? It can for some, but it’s far from a requirement. In fact, the entire Napa region is very family friendly!

Forget Disneyland, Hollywood and the beaches (well, sometimes). Head to Napa and discover these 20 must-see and must-do activities—no designated driver required.


Get the Royal Treatment at Castello di Amorosa!


What do you do when you have millions to spare, a love of all things medieval and a plot of land in Napa Valley? Build your own castle, of course! Yes, technically the Castello di Amorosa is a winery, but it’s also one man’s incredible imagining of the ultimate Italian castle. Plus, you’ll find the best parties in town here. Check out the Pagan Ball, Hot Havana Nights or a romantic Valentine’s dinner like no other.


Go to a 3 Michelin Starred Restaurant


There are only two three-Michelin starred restaurants west of Chicago, and they’re both in Napa Valley! Both also feature a chef’s tasting menu, the best way to treat your palate. Try out The French Laundry or The Restaurant at Meadowood. The French Laundry even has a 100 percent vegetarian option.


3. Get the Best Butterscotch Pudding of Your Life


Napa Valley is a foodie’s dream come true, so what’s up with the butterscotch? It might not sound that legendary, but it’s fresh, freckled and highly addictive. You’ll find it at Market in St. Helena, a cozy restaurant that’s all American. Get it to go and tick this beloved dessert off your Napa bucket list.


4. Go on an African Adventure


An African safari in the heart of Napa? Why not? Known as the Sonoma Serengeti, you can stay amidst wild beasts, wake up with giraffes grazing next to your hut, save the wild cheetahs and more. Special packages include romance specials, a girls getaway and of course a wild weekend in wine country. Wildebeests and wine are the perfect pairing.


5. Cycle Your Way around Town


Rent a bike and set off on a guided tour or on your own adventure. Biking from winery to winery, or simply along the curved trails, is a fantastic way to get in your workout while seeing wine country in an entirely new light. Ask nicely, and many wineries will even let you bike through the vineyards. However, keep in mind that you can get a DUI while operating a man-powered two wheel vehicle (so plan accordingly!).


6. Take a Photo by the Napa Sign


The wine country equivalent of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, no trip is complete without taking a selfie at this famous landmark. There are always plenty of other tourists nearby to snap a photo for you, and you may need proof that you indeed traversed beyond those famous wine cellars.


7. Get Full of Hot Air


Hot air balloon rides are romantic, but a ride in Napa puts all others to shame. Schedule a morning trip and watch the sun rise over the rolling hills. It’s the perfect place to propose, celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a once in a lifetime morning mimosa with an unparalleled view.


8. Practice Yoga


Yoga studios are popping up all over Napa, whether you prefer Bikram for a much needed vino detox or yoga amongst the grapevines. “Working out” on vacation is a challenge, but not when you’re focusing on mindfulness, flexibility and perhaps have a tasting to look forward to after your savasana. Is there a pose to strengthen your drink hand?


9. Sample Everything Oxbow Has to Offer


Can’t decide which restaurant to try? A local favorite, Oxbow Public Market is the equivalent of an indoor food truck pod, brimming over with sweet treats, delectable meals sourced locally and goodies like raw honey from nearby beekeepers. When traveling in a group, or when you simply can’t decide which fare sounds best, Oxbow never disappoints.


10. All Aboard the Wino Express!


The wine train is an absolute must-do even if wine tasting isn’t on the agenda. A full-service train, you can indulge in an unforgettable meal while seeing the region from an entirely new perspective. However, make sure you book in advance (especially for special occasions). Tickets sell out quickly.


11. Become a Jet Setter


A jet or plane tour of Napa gives you a bird’s eye view of the area along with a few adrenaline spikes for good measure. It’s the perfect nightcap for your adventure, especially if you time it to coincide with popular hot air balloon times. Become part of the Napa landscape and see what those vineyards look like from a new angle.


12. Check the Events Calendar


There’s always something happening in downtown Napa, often for free and spilling over with samples, sensational music and fun for the entire family. From the Blues, Brews and Barbeques events to complimentary plays popping up in downtown, visit the Napa Chamber of Commerce site before your trip to see what’s cooking (or fermenting!) when you visit.


13. Cook Up Some Fun


No gastro epicenter would be complete without world class cooking classes. The Culinary Institute of America has a campus in town, and CasaLana Gourmet Retreats is another option to get your hands dirty. Learn to cook with wine, locally sourced ingredients and discover a skill on this vacation that will serve you for years to come.


14. Be Fueled By Fine Wine


If you’re a runner, it’s time to add a Napa Valley medal to your bling chest. There are 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons and full marathons taking place year-round. It’s one of the best places to run thanks to moderate temperatures, gorgeous views and some challenging hill courses if that strikes your fancy. Plus, with a chilled glass waiting at the finish line, you have more than enough incentive to push through.


15. Snap Some Drool-Worthy Photos


Any time of year is a great time for a Napa visit, but the spring and autumn are particularly kind to photographers. Memorialize the changing leaves, the budding grapes, the dedicated workers and unbelievable vistas. There’s a reason so many galleries and photographers call this slice of California home.


16. Feed Your Film Geek


The Napa Valley Film Festival offers year-round events, many of which feature films based in the Napa area. Napa filmmakers and welcome visitors can enjoy a flick in gorgeous surroundings. Ending a day of adventure with a film at dusk or lecture with a visiting director is the perfect segue before dinner and drinks. Napa takes “dinner and a movie” to an entirely new level.


17. Dance at River Terrace Inn


There’s live music throughout the Napa region, but the River Terrace Inn boasts one of the longest-running live shows around. Spanning everything from the doo-wop 50s era to today’s hottest tracks, let loose on a patio that overlooks the vineyards. It’s the perfect place for a date, night out or to connect with fellow Napa lovers and locals alike.


18. Dine at a Morimoto Restaurant


Another restaurant on a foodie’s bucket list, the famous Morimoto has digs here and it’s worth making reservations in advance. Innovative and eclectic dishes abound, with updates constantly being made. However, this particular restaurant is well-known for desserts that are more works of expansive art than treats you know and love.


19. Library Geeks Unite!

reading books

reading books

The Napa Valley Library goes together with wine country like Pinot noir and steak tartare. Slip in and check out some books perfect for reading in a vineyard, or discover what’s on tap for the little ones on the trip. A great source of history, insider information and “secret” local tips and tricks, the local library should be a first stop to ensure you’re in the know from day one.


20. Get to Work!


Many wineries, vineyards and tour companies more than welcome grape harvest volunteers. If you really want to take your relationship with Napa to the next level, you need to get your hands dirty (and maybe your feet!). There are various options for type of work and length, and although harvest is in the autumn there are volunteer opportunities year-round.



Napa Valley is calling you by train, jet, or hot air balloon! Explore this this stunning region for yourself, and you might just decide to make it a place you call home. If that happens, browse homes for sale at Estately.com, or you can download the Estately App for a home hunting experience that’s smoother than your last Chardonnay.



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20 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Ventura, California


Looking to start a new life in Ventura? Prepare yourself for gorgeous weather, a breathtaking coastline, unbeatable community, and some of the best concerts in the country.


1. A piece of history in California. 


If you’re moving to California from the East Coast, Europe or just about anywhere else, you’ll quickly realize that California’s history doesn’t date back as far as you’re used to. Ventura is a vibrant exception, representing the long history of the Chumash people, who date back 12,000 years. Learn more about this ancient tribe at Ventura’s County Museum of History and Art, Albinger Archaeological Museum, and The San Buenaventura Mission Museum.


2. There’s really no complaining about the weather.

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Another mild day in Ventura!

3. Driving’s a cinch! 


Located conveniently off California’s historic US 101 freeway (arguably the most picturesque coastal freeway in the country), living in Ventura provides easy access to the best of California: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and of course, Big Sur.


4. There are trains in California?


Yes, it’s true. Ventura is one of the lucky stops on Amtrak’s gorgeous coastal route. Take the Pacific Surfliner to San Louis Obispo or San Diego. Thank us for the view later.


5. There are trolleys in Ventura? 


Well… you can call them that! Since 2013, Ventura has operated a tiny trolley service from Downtown to Harbor Village, covering a charming 45-minute loop.


6. Create the next billion dollar startup. 


First there was Silicon Valley. Then there was Silicon Beach. Now there’s Silicon Ventura… In 2009, the city of Ventura funded Ventura Ventures Technology Center, a biz-tech incubator intended to promote entrepreneurship and boost the local economy. Talk about supporting local business!


7. Halle Berry, Steve Carell, and Julia Roberts all found work in Ventura. 


Parts of the films Swordfish (2001), Little Miss Sunshine (2006, and Erin Brockovich (2000) were all shot in Ventura.


8. The kids won’t have to go far for college!

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If keeping your kids close (through their twenties, thirties, and well… how about forever?) is a primary concern, Ventura is a perfect destination for your new home. Ventura hosts five college campuses, including Ventura College, Ventura College of Law, Southern California Institute of Law, Santa Barbara Business College, and the Brooks Institute of Photography. Yes, there’s a 3 in 5 chance they’ll end up a lawyer or business exec!


9. Music Lovers Rejoice


You don’t have to deal with LA traffic to enjoy a great show. The Majestic Ventura Theater – a registered 20th century landmark – has seen the walks of top performers, including Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Tom Petty, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. Not to mention, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Army of Freshman both call Ventura home.


10. There are two trees at the top of a mountain, and for some reason, you have to take a picture of them. 

two trees

Don’t ask. Just do.


11. Everyone loves a harbor. 


And Ventura has one that’s just as quaint, beautiful, and full of ice cream and gift shops as you want it to be.


12. You’ll never regret living somewhere that hosts a county fair. 


It’s fun. It’s lively. It makes summer feel like summer. Fried dough, anyone?


13. The ghosts are friendly!


The said-to-be haunted Olivas Adobe – one of the best examples of “California Rancho” homes and a highly-trafficked tourist destination – hosts historic reenactments, ghost stories, and a popular summer concert series.


14. Walk the red carpet. 


The Ventura Film Festival hosts a yearly red-carpet gala event to recognize cinematic achievement. A great time for celebrity sightings!

15. Love outerwear?


Patagonia’s headquarters are located in downtown Ventura!


16. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. 


Don’t worry about transporting your furniture! If you move to Ventura, you can pick up an array of unique home goods from the The Ventura County Fairgrounds Swap Meet, held every Wednesday from 7:00am – 2:00 pm.


17. Fresh produce weekly!


The Midtown Ventura Farmers’ market brings the best of California’s agriculture to the palm of your hands (and reusable bags) on Wednesday afternoon.


18. Get healthy. Get neighborly. 


If your Wednesdays aren’t already packed with swap meets and farmers’ markets, you may want to take part in the weekly Pier Walk. The entire community is encouraged to meet in front of Anacapa Brewery at noon, walk together to the Ventura Pier, and take in the Vitamin D as a community.


19. There’s wine that needs drinking. 


It wouldn’t be California without tasting rooms! Check out Four Brix, Gone West, Labyrinth, Old Creek Ranch, and more for a refreshing white or warming red.


20. There’s beer, too!


Unwind with a local beer at Anacapa Brewing Co, Poseidon Brewing Co, or Surf Brewery.


Sound like your kind of place?


Ventura provides all the best of Los Angeles (unbeatable headliners, celebrity spottings, local transportation, excellent universities) at a slower pace and with a tighter sense of community. If you’d like to call Ventura home, Estately.com makes it easy to find the home of your dreams. Get started with the Estately App!



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Which U.S. States Are Most Likely to Experience a Sharknado?

Sharknado Map

With the release of the much anticipated Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! America is no doubt wondering about the likelihood of something happening where they live. A film about a freak weather system that scoops up sharks and deposits them all over the Eastern Seaboard via tornado is terrifying, but could it actually happen? Of course it could. Here at Estately we got all “scientific” and measured the occurrences of shark attacks and frequency of tornadoes in each state to determine which U.S. states are most at risk for a sharknado.

The ten states MOST at risk of a sharknado.

  1. Florida
  2. Texas
  3. Louisiana
  4. Alabama
  5. Georgia
  6. North Carolina
  7. Mississippi
  8. South Carolina
  9. California
  10. New York

Obviously, Florida came in first places for being in the most danger of flying sharks. While we all knew Florida would take first place it’s still nice to see that assumption validated with hard data.

Shark Attack Map

States without ocean-front property were obviously immune from shark attacks, which makes them immune to Sharknadoes. So if you live in Minnesota or Illinois you will still live in fear of tornadoes, but rest assured they are unlikely to contain man-eating sharks.

Tornado map

Tornadoes occur in every U.S. state except Alaska, but they are far more frequent in middle of the country. States like Texas and Louisiana must be mindful that area tornadoes could someday litter the front yard with dozens of great white sharks.

So where’s the safest state in America when it comes to the dreaded sharknado? Alaska is. The state has no recorded tornadoes or shark attacks, but it is most at risk should a bearquake occur (earthquake followed by bear attack).

The ten states LEAST at risk of a sharknado.

  1. Alaska
  2. Nevada
  3. Vermont
  4. Idaho
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Utah
  7. Maryland 
  8. Arizona
  9. Montana
  10. New Mexico


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8 Tiny Homes for Sale Coming Straight Out of Compton


Tiny homes are all the rage these days, and the southern California city of Compton is full of them. Here are ten Compton tiny homes that are currently for sale.



911 West 132nd Street, Compton, CA 9022

Price:  $230,000

2BR, 1BA, 663 sq. ft.

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12824 S. Williams Avenue, Compton, CA 90221

Price:  $212,000

2BR, 1BA, 780 sq. ft.

View the home HERE



351 W. Poplar Street, Compton, CA 90221

Price:  $250,000

2BR, 1BA, 636 sq. ft.

View the home HERE



1409 N. Willowbrook Avenue, Compton, CA 90222

Price:  $255,000

2BR, 1BA, 764 sq. ft

View the home HERE



1361 W. 152nd Street, Compton, CA 90220

Price:  $200,000

2BR, 1BA, 741 sq. ft

View the home HERE



1450 W. 154th Street Compton, CA 90220

Price:  $215,000

2BR, 1BA, 741 sq. ft

View the home HERE



1318 W. 132nd Street, Compton, CA 90222

Price:  $280,000

2BR, 1BA, 750 sq. ft.

View the home HERE



522 S. Taper Avenue, Compton, CA 90220

Price:  $290,000

2BR, 1BA, 768 sq. ft.

View the home HERE


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20 Things You Should Know Before Moving to San Luis Obispo


Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Range in the heart of wine country, San Luis Obispo is a popular, laid back place to enjoy California coastal lifestyle. With fantastic weather and a great quality of life, it’s surprising everyone hasn’t move to SLO. Think this relaxing city is somewhere you’d like to live and buy a home? Check out Estately’s list of 20 Things You Should Know Before Moving to San Luis Obispo.


1.  Think life moves too fast?


Affectionately referred to as “Slo” by its natives, “Slocals” are known for their laid back lifestyle. Don’t expect that latte in under five minutes.


2. A Tale of Two Cities.

LA San Fran

San Luis Obispo lies almost exactly in the middle of two of America’s most temperate and culturally-renowned cities. Want to catch a red carpet premier? Get to Hollywood in just under 4 hours. Want to grab some life-changing Chinese food? San Fran’s Chinatown is just 4 hours away!


3. The wine is fine. 


San Luis Obispo is home to over 280 wineries. Known for its Burgundian varietals, including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, SLO is a wine-lover’s paradise.


4. You can smell the fresh produce from miles away.


San Luis Obispo sits smack dab in California’s most fertile farming region and is known for its incredible bounty of produce. The Thursday night farmers’ market draws crowds from as far as LA and San Francisco for some of the best fruits and vegetables in the country, as well as various craft goods and street performances.


5. There’s more than one way to get around. 


While a car will help you explore the region, several bike-friendly initiatives have made it possible to get around on your favorite two-wheeler. The first Thursday of every month is Bike Nite – a charming (and often themed/costumed) ride around town.

6. Leave your North Face behind.

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Nothing but sunny days ahead.


7. When did farming become so cool?


San Luis Obispo is home to Cal Poly, known for its School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which makes for a highly-unique college culture. Think that mustached hipster wants to be a graphic designer? Nope! He’s knee deep in manure. Think that chick with bangs and a leather jacket chugs PBR on Friday night? Think again! She knows more about 90-point wines than you do.


8. The hills are alive with the sound of Mozart.


Every July, San Luis Obispo hosts it’s annual Mozart Festival – now Festival Mozaic – which fills the city’s dynamic venues with unique musical performances from artists around the world.


9. Think twice before spitting out your gum


One man’s trash is another city’s artwork! Enjoy 20 meters of ABC gum in the 700 block of Higuera Street downtown. Some Slocals love it, some Slocals hate it, but Bubblegum Alley is a testament to the city’s oddball population.


10. There’s more than just surf culture.


Sure, residents love the great outdoors, but they also know a thing or two about great theater. Catch a show at the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, the non-profit Little Theater, or the one-of-a-kind Great American Melodrama theater.


11. Film buffs don’t fret!


The first US movie theater to be run on solar energy, San Luis Obispo’s Palm Theatre offers a full lineup of indie, foreign, and arthouse flicks. Added bonus:  locals leave their chewed up gum on the alley wall, so you won’t find it stuck under your seat!


12. Beaches… duh!


San Luis Obispo is central to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Try Cayucos for an incredible view, Pismo Beach for a surf lesson, Morro Bay for some relaxing family time, and Avila Beach for a beautiful boardwalk and even more beautiful sunset.


13. Get outdoors. 


Whether you’re hiking Bishop’s Peak or run, or kicking back in one of the city’s parks, San Luis Obispo offers endless tranquility by way of wide-open-nature.


14. Get fit.


Fitness scheduling app MINDBODY calls SLO home, as do countless fitness enthusiasts. Filled with Yogis, CrossFitters, bike riders, and surfers, toned arms and almond-milk smoothies aren’t hard to come by. Fit in by getting fit!


15. Did you know SLO has its own baseball team?


They’re not going to the World Series anytime soon, but SLO Blues Baseball, a summer collegiate wooden baseball club (since 1946!), offers summertime entertainment June through August.


16. It’s fun for kids, too.


Aside from the bustling beach life that’s bound to keep kids busy, The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum offers a fun and educational way for family’s to spend a day together.


17. Sparky will have nothing to complain about.



Furry friends are welcome at many local establishments and have a great time exploring the countless dog parks.


18. Shopping couldn’t be easier. 


A bustling hub for big name brands and locally-owned shops, SLO’s centralized downtown makes it simple to stock up in one trip.


19. Eat healthy.


From environmental awareness to practicing good karma, Slocals are conscious about every facet of their lives. It’s no surprise that there’s more than a handful of excellent healthy restaurant options, including vegan and vegetarian selections. Check out Roxanne’s Cafe, Big Sky Cafe, and TASTE for healthy, gluten-free, and vegetarian options.


20. Community


Whether yoga’s your thing, or wine, or surfing, or education, or even milking cows, there’s a community waiting for you in SLO.


Want to live in in San Louis Obispo?


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29 Things To Know Before Moving To Houston


Houston is having a moment. After long being considered the Lone Star State’s second-best city, it’s finally getting the recognition it deserves. H-Town is topping Best Cities lists in every conceivable category: tourism, jobs, arts, food, museums, and on and on. Naturally, a population explosion is following all of the well-deserved hype about the nation’s fourth largest city. So Estately compiled this list of the 29 Things You Should Know Before Moving To Houston.


Urban sprawl, ya’ll


Your city’s so fat, it could fit Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, and Detroit inside it. No, really. Houston is the country’s 4th largest city, but it spans more 600 square miles thanks to a phenomenon folks like to call “sprawl.” Many blame Houston’s lack of zoning laws for the city’s unplanned, takes-forever-to-get-anywhere feel and the way the city’s urban core seems to just bleed into the suburbs, like when your pasta sauce runs into your salad greens on your plate and you’re like, ewwwww.

On the bright side, your paycheck gets to sprawl too!


Houston is the unicorn of urban metropolises in that it has both high-paying jobs and a low cost of living. The Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index 2013 shows that Houston has the third lowest overall cost of living among the nation’s 20 most populous metropolitan areas. The same study also shows that Houston’s overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas participating in the survey, largely due to affordable housing costs. So in Houston, you can do more with your money… like eat out all the time

Putting your office’s “multicultural potluck” to shame


If you build a diverse population, a delectably-eclectic food scene will come.   Houston Urbanspoon (now “Zomato”) boasts an astounding 98 different cuisines, the same as New York City. So if you’ve always dreamed of nibbling a delicate kougn amman for breakfast, slurping ramen for brunch, munching a Cuban sandwich for lunch, snacking on some Lebanese mezze mid-afternoon, perking up with some Turkish coffee, eating Uruguayan entrana steak for dinner, then satiating your sweet tooth with some gelato, Houston can make that happen. But it can’t cure your heartburn; that’s on you.

The real melting pot

To the surprise of New York and Los Angeles, a Rice University study found Houston to be the most diverse city in the United States. In addition to a diverse population, the city hosts over 90 foreign consulates in the area. And in 2011, Houston reaffirmed its commitment to diversity by unveiling a striking art installation along Allen Parkway titled, “Tolerance.” Read more about that here.


The Biggest Loser—city edition


For years, Houston has been weighted down with the unflattering moniker of “America’s Fattest City.” But no more! Shreveport, LA, not Houston, has recently earned this robust distinction and the Houston metropolitan area has shed its collective spare-tire. Was it secret food rationing? City-mandated spinning? Houston, how did you do it? Seriously… it’s swimsuit season.


No zoning zone


If you fell asleep on a cross-country roadtrip, woke up, looked out the window and saw a martini bar, a church, a hardware store, an erotic bakery, and a preschool all in the same strip mall, you would totally know, I’m in Houston! Google maps, who needs ya. Houston is the only major U.S. city without zoning ordinances, which allows for more, um, flexibility in land use. This little quirk often makes for unexpected bedfellows, so don’t be surprised when your neighbor starts running a pawn shop out of his garage. You’ve been warned.


BBQ died and went to Houston


Photo: Killen’s Barbecue

We’re never going to get this part right, but here goes: Houston is a BBQ town. You can get any kind of it, any where you want it, any time of day. Some of the legendary joints include Killen’s Barbecue, Gatlin’s, Triple J’s Smokehouse, and countless more. There is plenty of traditional Texas BBQ to be found but, as usual, Houston sets itself apart by putting a new spin on this culinary tradition by smoking pretty much anything.


Recession, reschmession

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While the rest of the country bought a one-way ticket to a really not very fun economic detour called “Recessionville” back in 2008, Houston thought, naw, let’s keep creating new jobs and making boatloads of cash. Only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 companies than Houston, which hosts a whopping twenty-three. Most people know that H-town should probably be renamed Oil Town, thanks to hometowners like ExxonMobil, Halliburton, and Shell Oil, but the city is also home to the world’s largest medical center, Texas Medical. Companies such as HP, AT&T, and Continental Airlines also contribute to the treasure trove of jobs this city offers. So, if you need a job, there’s no better place to look than Houston.


This state ain’t big enough for the two of…


Well, it obviously is, but that doesn’t stop Houston and Dallas from constantly competing for Texas supremacy. The rivalry between the state’s two most populous and prosperous cities usually goes something like this, ahem:

Houston: “You highfalutin, Lacoste-wearin’ preppies!”

Dallas: “You s$%&-kickin, mule-ridin’, swamp people!”


Let’s settle this right now, shall we? Houston is better. There, it’s done. Sorry Dallas. You can go back to polishing the pennies in your loafers now.


Living in a linguist’s paradise


Polyglots will feel right at home in this city in which more than 100 languages are spoken. Can you even name 100 languages? .Houston’s mayor Annise Parker honored this incredible fact in 2013 by signing an executive order mandating that city agencies deliver all essential public information in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, and Urdu.


Pride City


Houston is a bastion of LGBT openness and acceptance, in a region of the country not typically associated with such progress. Houston’s Pride Celebration, now in its 37th year, is the largest in the Southwest, with parade attendance nearing a half million people. Houston was also the first major American city to elect an openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, not once, but three times since 2010.


Space City


Houston earned the nickname “Space City” back in 1967 for good reason: the city is home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the home and Mission Control Center for the U.S. human space flight program. Houstonians also take pride in the fact that the first word uttered on the moon by astronaut Buzz Aldrin was “Houston.” Not to rain on Houston’s space parade, but this notion has been debunked by Aldrin himself. You can read about that here. Still, “Houston” was at least in the top 10 words spoken on the moon. Respect.



Houston traffic nightmare—the 610


When sitting in traffic on 610 between I-10 and 59, you know longer need worry that you’re being dramatic when you scream, “This is the worst stretch of highway in America!” because IT IS, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.  This 3.1 mile stretch of highway sees Houston motorists collectively waste 1.18 million hours every year stuck in traffic.


Honk you!


It’s no big wonder then that Houstonians have also been named the rudest drivers in the country. All of the Southern charm in the world is no match for that F#$%& GUY DOING 35 IN THE FEEDER!!! Bless his heart.


Culture Club


With all of these neuro-astro-chemical engineering robot tycoons milling about, you may be thinking, what’s a liberal arts major like me doing here? You’re probably flitting between the city’s designated Theater and Museum Districts, capitalizing on the best fine arts and culture scene the great state of Texas has to offer. Admire the largest art collection in the Southwest at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, experience Shakespeare in the Park at Miller Outdoor Theatre, absorb amazing music at the Houston Symphony, the list goes on. Bonus! Many of Houston’s museums are actually free to enjoy, including the Contemporary Art Museum and the Museum of African American Culture.


Bey Town


The list of celebrities from Houston is quite extensive, including Phylicia Rashad, Wes Anderson, Jim Parsons and, oddly, lots of famous siblings such as Hilary and Haylie Duff and the brothers Quaid. But the only thing anyone really needs to know about this topic, or about Houston in general, is that Beyonce was born AND raised here. There’s really no reason to finish this article because you now possess all of the pertinent information about Houston. Should have started with this one.


The heat… My God, the heat (but, really, it’s the humidity)!


Have you ever taken a shower, dressed for work, walked 10 feet from your apartment to your car, then gone back inside to take another shower? No? Well that’s life in Houston. Current Results Weather & Science Facts recently named Houston the third most humid city in America, after New Orleans and Jacksonville, so it wins the bronze medal for humidity and the American Weather Games.


Chillin’ like a Houstonian


Knowledge and frequenting of Houston’s historic icehouses is a way to prove legit Houstonian credentials. The very definition of an authentic icehouse proves to be controversial, but most enthusiasts agree that in order to rightfully call itself an “icehouse,” an establishment must have actually sold ice back before in-home refrigeration. Today, they serve as community drinking holes, gathering places, and spots to stay cool if you air conditioning breaks.


Keep Houston weird, too


Austin seems to think that it invented the concept of the offbeat, but Houstonians know better. Between the Big Bubble, the Beer Can house, Listening Vessels in Discovery Green, The Art Car Parade, and the National Museum of Funeral History, Houston definitely brings the bizarre.


Good karma


Houston’s Swaminarayan Mandir is the first traditional Hindu Mandir in the nation. This place of Hindu worship was constructed in India of 33,000 pieces of Italian marble and Turkish limestone, then shipped over to Houston and assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Non-Hindus are welcome at the site which also provides a rich education on Hinduism as well as Indian culture.


Abandoned wonder


How to repurpose the 8th Wonder of the World? That’s the question Houstonians have been struggling with since the Astrodome closed its doors in 1999. Many complain that the once-heralded structure is now an eyesore, but in 2013 voters rejected a plan to refurbish it. So now what? Bulldoze it and make an urban green space? Turn it into a massive indoor park like the one in Germany some city officials recently visited? Or, create the world’s most epic food truck park? Let’s just go with that last one.


Are you in “the loop?”


There are two types of people in Houston: those who live in “the loop” and those who don’t. The two kinds don’t mix often because those who live in the loop refuse to leave it, or forgot how and are now trapped inside. The loop we’re referring to is the 610 loop, the inner-most of the three Houston beltways, which encompasses impossibly trendy little neighborhoods in the heart of the city, including downtown, and presumably lots of adorable macaron shops and designer dogs as well.


Worst neighbors ever


When you first get to Houston, you’ll notice that everyone is constantly hitting themselves, their friends, and everything else around them. Don’t panic; the town is not full of crazy people. But it is full of mosquitoes. Proximity to the gulf, lots of rain, and you’ve got yourself a mosquito wonderland. A vast array of different types of mosquitoes, carrying all different diseases. There’s no positive way to spin this, so just buy some bug spray and hope for the best.


Insert, “Everything’s bigger in Texas” joke… right here.


Thanks in large part to the aerospace industry, hundreds of commonly used items were invented in Houston, including memory foam, smoke detectors, and the speedo. But in 1962, two plastic surgeons at Jefferson Davis hospital were making innovations in an entirely different realm- that of the silicone breast implant. Reportedly, a dog named Esmeralda was the guinea pig for this new type of breast enhancement. This city thinks of everything.


Unshocking news: Texas home to world’s largest rodeo


Hosting a rodeo may not seem like a big deal in Texas, but The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is in a class by itself. Founded in 1931, it is the largest rodeo in the world, and over 1.3 million people paid to attend this cultural mainstay in 2014. This event features not only the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls, but there are concerts, children’s carnivals, food and wine events, and much more.


All-you-can-watch sports buffet


We’ve established that Houston is full of artists and scholars, but did you know it’s also full of ballers? So many ballers, using so many different types of balls. Talking about sports! Houston is home to a professional football team, baseball team, basketball team, a men’s soccer team, and a women’s soccer team. There are also tons of semi-pro and minor league teams, including roller derby and ice hockey.


Nature lovers, fret not

The sun shines through the trees at the Big Thicket National Preserve in late August 1996. The preserve is located just north of Houston and Beaumont, TX and has historically been home to dense woodlands in the state. The Big Thicket was mostly uninhabited until heavy settlement from the U.S. began in the mid-19th century, and was even used as a refuge by runaway slaves and other fugitives. USDA photo by Larry Rana.

Nature enthusiasts considering a move to Houston might be wondering, does anything green exist within city limits, other than the cash flowing from oil executives’ pockets? The answer is… kinda. While Houston has worked hard to create “green spaces,” you’ll need to wander outside the city to truly commune with the goddess, or whatever. An hour or two in any direction, you will find relaxing lakes, wildlife refuges, national forests such as Big Thicket National Preserve, Galveston beaches and access to the Gulf of Mexico.


Paranoia loves company


If you feel that that your tinfoil hat and fears that the government is coming for you are interfering with your social life, you might consider a move to Space City. According to recent google trends, Houstonians have been googling the term “Jade Helm” more than almost any other area of the Lone Star state. Oh, don’t know what “Jade Helm” means? Do you really expect me to believe that you haven’t heard that the U.S. military is coming to take over Texas? Who sent you?!


Houston real estate


Compared to other cities of its size, the Houston real estate has long been relatively cheap, and the market remained solid during the recession. In recent years, however, home prices have been on the rise, threatening Houston’s claim to offer affordable housing. But buyers, have no fear; recent declines in the price of oil and subsequent cutbacks in the oil industry are resulting in a moderate decline in new construction and home prices. Time to strike, prospective Houstonians!

If you’re looking for a home in Houston check out Estately.com or download the Estately App. Both are exceptional tools for home buyers searching for their dream home.


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25 Things You Should Know Before Living In Colorado Springs


Some live in Colorado Springs for the outdoor recreation, some for a job, and some for the affordable homes for sale and low cost of living. If you’re thinking of making Colorado Springs your home here are 25 things you should know.


Kim Jong-un wants to make the city go boom


Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, has evil plans for Colorado Springs. According to a 2013 North Korean propaganda video, the city was singled out as one of four targets for a potential missile strike. Luckily, North Korea’s geography skills are terrible, and the map had Colorado Springs surprisingly located in Louisiana.


Alien invasion preparedness


If aliens invade earth, like in the 1996 film Independence Day, Colorado Springs and its three area Air Force bases will provide the fire power to fight back. Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, and the U.S. Air Force Academy are all nearby. The abundance of military aircraft could be the cause of the next item on our list…


Possible UFO hotspot?


According to statistics from the National UFO Reporting Center, Colorado Springs is the site of more than 11% of all UFO sightings in Colorado. Perhaps this is why UFO Phil (pictured above) has announced plans to construct a full-sized limestone pyramid and power plant atop Pikes Peak. Despite a design he claimed was given to him by aliens he was unable to recruit enough volunteers to haul the necessary 2.3 million limestone blocks to the top of the mountain.


Great place to start a new life


Thousands of people have made new lives for themselves in Colorado Springs, but none so famously as Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. The popular TV series starred Jane Seymour as Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn, a physician who leaves her Boston life behind for one in the Wild West town of Colorado Springs.  Despite hardships, she keeps her heart open and somehow love finds its way… in the form of a rugged outdoorsman named Sully.


The restaurants have odd names


Colorado Springs has a wide variety of restaurants, and an abundance of burgers and barbecue. In addition, the city is home a number of eateries with unusual names, including Drifter’s Hamburgers, Skirted Heifer, Omelette Parlor, Coal Mine Dragon, Wild Goose Meeting House, Bean Bandit, Dogtooth Coffee Company, Mayo’s O’Taste & See, The Principal’s Office, and Bite Me Gourmet Sausages.


Looking to meet single Olympic athletes in your area?


Do you have what it takes to win a gold medal in the sport of love? The city is home to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, a 35-acre complex that provides housing and training facilities to more than 500 athletes and coaches at a time. This abundance of future Olympians provides your best chance to meet the next Lolo Jones or Ryan Lochte.


It’s got some nicknames


Colorado Springs goes by a number of monikers, including City of Millionaires, Strip Mall of the Gods, Little London, Newport in the Rockies, Lil’ Smokey, The Springs, The Not-So-Irish Springs, the Evangelical Vatican, Ol’ Dusty, Rocky Mountain Shadow, Olympic Village, and The Anti-Boulder. 


So much sunshine


Colorado Springs’ climate is generally sunny and dry, with limited precipitation, hot summers, and cold winters. The one constant is the erratic nature of the weather, with dramatic changes being fairly routine. Also, the frightening amount of lightning the city sees will convince you the town has angered Zeus, but it’s a small price to pay for all that sunshine.


Garden of the Gods


Speaking of the gods, the city is near the Garden of the Gods Park and its towering sandstone rock formations. The park has miles of trails for biking and hiking, lots of pretty rock formations to photograph, and ample rock climbing routes. Not a bad thing to have in your backyard.


The air up there


With an elevation of 6,035 feet Colorado Springs is located over a mile above sea level, and is even higher than Denver (just in altitude). While this means locals are closer to the moon, it also means there’s less oxygen. This is great if you’re training to be an endurance athlete, or if you like to get drunk on fewer beers, but it also means you have to drink more water and get more nosebleeds.


Baking recipes foiled


Now that you’ve perfected your chocolate chip cookie recipe you can start over from scratch in Colorado Springs. Due to the altitude, baking measurements have to be altered. You’ll have to fiddle with the ratios until you get it right, or else you’ll be forced to buy your baked goods from one of the city’s many tasty bakeries.


Pikes Peak


Located mere miles from downtown, Pikes Peak is 14,115-foot mountain that towers over the city. The mountain is named for Zebulon Pike, an American explorer who didn’t even reach the summit. If you find your way to the top you can make a strong case that the mountain should be named after you.


Variety pack of colleges and universities


Colorado Springs is home to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities, including Colorado College, the United States Air Force Academy. Colorado Technical University, Nazarene Bible College, and Paul Mitchell the School Colorado Springs. So whether you want to be a minister, a fighter pilot, a stylist, a diesel mechanic or a poet/barista the city’s diverse higher education scene can set you on the right path.


The Goose is loose somewhere in Colorado Springs


Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage was born in Colorado Springs, and continues to make his home there. During his 22-year baseball career he pitched for nine different teams, struck out 1,502 batters, and cultivated the kind of iconic facial hair people these days can only dream of.


El Paso County


Colorado Springs is the county seat of El Paso County, which is named for the Spanish word for “the pass.” It is not named for the popular brand of Mexican food products, but one can imagine there’s a lot of opportunities for a brand partnership between the city and this maker of crunchy taco shells and salsa.


Fairly conservative for a city


Cities tend to be liberal bastions, but Colorado Springs has traditionally been more conservative. In 2013, the city was named the 2nd Best City for Conservatives to Live by Estately, but in recent years the area’s Democratic voters are growing in number faster than Republican ones. Much of the the downtown area and westside votes Democrat, but the city still has many conservative bonafides…

  • Conservative organization Focus on the Family is headquartered there and its founder James Dobson calls the city home
  • Leonard Peikoff, heir to the Ayn Rand estate, lives there
  • Conservative author and commentator Michelle Malkin moved there recently
  • Wisconsin Governor and presidential candidate Scott Walker was born there
  • In the 2012, Republican primary El Paso County was won by Rick Santorum. In the general election the county voted 58.9% for Mitt Romney, and just 38.54% for Barack Obama.

All kinds of guns


A firearm and ammunition shortage is not an issue in Colorado Springs. According to the Yellow Pages, Colorado Springs has 38 stores in town selling firearms and ammunition. Compare that to Boulder, Colorado, which has only six.


Gun violence


Colorado Springs Police Department

Violent crime is relatively low in Colorado Springs, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never hear shots fired. In April, a local man was cited by the police for taking his computer into the alley and executing it with eight shots at close range with a handgun.


The great, great outdoors


Photo:  Flickr user Rob Lucas

Colorado Springs routinely shows up on lists of the best cities for outdoor recreation. It’s abundant sunshine and low cost of living make it far easier to get out and enjoy the nearby wilderness, skiing, whitewater rapids, towering mountains, multisport trails, and more. This article could have easily just been 25 Amazing Outdoor Activities Within Miles of Downtown.


Abundance of females


If you seek the company of women then you’ll find them in relative abundance in Colorado Springs. While the majority of Colorado’s population is male, Colorado Springs is a whopping 51% female.


Support when you need it


Photo: IMGUR

Should your finances and marital life suddenly hit the skids, there’s a local shopping center nearby that can handle it all, including providing the liquor to drown your sorrows. If that all looks like a country song come to life then the next item on the list won’t surprise you….

7th most “country” city in America


According to a recent Estately study, Colorado Springs is the seventh most “country” city in America. Local residents’ enthusiasm for country music, fishing, and barbecue helped push them into the top ten.


There’s a restaurant in an old airplane


Located in a Boeing KC-97, The Airplane Restaurant is the ideal eatery for someone looking to enjoy a plate of chicken wings while working to get over their fear of flying.




While the military is the largest employer in the city, there are a number of Fortune 500 companies and other private firms with operations in the area. Many are in aerospace and defense, but there are others in tech, financial services, customer support, nonprofits, high tech, and advanced manufacturing. Progressive Insurance has large customer support and data center operations in town so this could be your chance to finally meet the legendary Flo.


Buying a home in Colorado Springs


Colorado Springs real estate is far more affordable than many other larger urban areas in the state. The median home price is Colorado Springs is about $218,000, while in the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area it’s $338,000, and in the Boulder Metropolitan Area it’s $442,200.

If you’re looking for a home in Colorado Springs check out Estately.com or download the Estately App. Both are exceptional tools for home buyers searching for their dream home.


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Which U.S. States Are The Most “American?” (Ranked 1-50 for Bald Eagles, Guns, Astronauts, and More)

Most American Map

Surely every single state in our United States is as American as apple pie, but what if you had to choose which state is the most American? It’s an impossible question, but one we at Estately went ahead and answered. Using only the most sophisticated mathematical formulas and data analysis we ranked each state using eight separate indicators that represent the uniqueness of the United States of America.

  1. Bald eagles per square mile (source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
  2. Olympic gold medals won, per capita (source: I.O.C)
  3. Astronauts born in each state, per capita (source: Wikipedia)
  4. Fast food restaurants, per capita (source: Yellow Pages)
  5. Total Major League Baseball players born in each state (source: Baseball Reference)
  6. Percentage of homes with firearms (source: BRFSS)
  7. Percentage of Facebook users in each state expressing interest in the “United States of America” (source: Facebook)
  8. Google searches for “Bin Laden dead” (source: Google Trends)



Want to learn more about what makes each state so American? We profiled all 50 of them below.



Alabama is home to 388,865 military veterans and 923 barbecue restaurants (most per capita in the country). On a scale of 1-10 Alabama’s Americaness is cranked way up to 11.




Bald eagles are so commonplace in Alaska the locals  think of them more as large pigeons. If you want an Alaskan to get excited in a patriotic way over some wildlife then you’ll need to produce a Russian submarine for a pack of grizzly bears to rip apart like a sardine can.



Arizona came in second to last in our study, but our study didn’t factor in the Grand Canyon, the most beautiful and majestic of America’s millions of potholes.



You know which state Googles “Dancing with the Stars” more than any other? This one.



Some states out there may question whether Californians even know the pledge of allegiance, but the state cracks the top ten for astronauts and gold medals won per capita, and it’s home to America’s sweetheart—Olympic gold medal-winning ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi.



If John Denver wrote a song about you then you’re definitely American, and having the fifth most astronauts per capita doesn’t hurt either.



The brave beer drinkers of Connecticut never ratified the 18th Amendment (prohibition), which means this Bud’s for Connecticut. The rest of America will pick up the tab.



Not a single Olympic gold medal, Delaware? It’s a good thing you were the first state to ratify the constitution you patriotic trendsetters.



Since the District of Columbia isn’t a state, residents of our nation’s capital endure taxation without representation. You know who else did? George Washington and the rest of the Founding Fathers. That’s pretty damn American.



Every family has that one member who shows up drunk at family functions, makes a scene, and brings shame upon the family name. America is one big family, and Florida is that embarrassing family member. Sure, they botch elections and fill our news feed with the truly bizarre, but that hot mess is one of us, for better or worse.



Georgia only came in 26th on our list, but we didn’t have a metric for inspiring Civil Rights leaders like Atlanta’s own Martin Luther King, Jr, one our country’s greatest Americans.



Sure, Hawaii may be located thousands of miles away across the Pacific Ocean, but if anyone messes with it they’ll face the entire United States of America (note: see Pearl Harbor, WWII)



America wouldn’t have tater tots and french fries without potatoes, and Idaho is the country’s largest producer of potatoes. And an America without tater tots or french fries wouldn’t really be America at all, would it?



Maine can keep clicking “like” on all those cat pics on Facebook (#1 in America), but Illinois is tops for “likes” for the old “U.S. of A.”



There are more miles of interstate highways passing through Indiana than any other state, and that long stream of cars and trucks just screams “America!” This is an encouraging statistic coming from a state that Googles “communism” more than other.



You know who’s number one? Iowa is. It’s where astronauts are born, and where the actual baseball field in the movie Field of Dreams is located. It produces the most bacon of any state, and Iowa corn farmers fuel our country’s obesity epidemic with sweet, sweet corn syrup. Instead of saying “It’s as American as apple pie” we should be saying “It’s as American as Iowa.”



Hard to believe that the state that gave us Amelia Earhart once had a law on the books that forbid ice cream from being served on cherry pie. That law was thankfully repealed, but let’s all agree to keep an eye on Kansas going forward.



American Pharoah, the first racehorse to win the Triple Crown in decades, was born and trained in Kentucky. You know who else was born in Kentucky? Hunter S. Thompson, Robert Penn Warren, Muhammad Ali, Florence Henderson, Lee Majors, and Loretta Lynn. That’s an all-American lineup.



Americans love a bargain, and there was perhaps no better bargain than the Louisiana Purchase. And even if hadn’t included all the other states, Louisiana was well worth the purchase price.



Some think Maine is just an isolated hunk of rock and forest gently tickling Canada’s underside. However, when it comes to the democratic process nobody rocks the vote like Maine, which votes in higher numbers than any other state. Compare that to Georgia, which simply can’t be bothered.



In Maryland, instead of skeet shooting, locals just throw a blue crab up in the air and let one of their 1,000+ bald eagles snatch it out of the air. The do it out of love, they do it for America.


Paul_revere_rideLook, it’s got Plymouth Rock, and it saw some early Revolutionary war battles, and Paul Revere rode his horse around, and there was that Boston Tea Party, and lots of presidents were born there, and yada yada it’s as American as a 4th of July parade.



Due to its shape, Michigan’s lower peninsula is considered America’s fist, an uppercut just waiting to happen. And the upper peninsula is the club Michigan breaks off to beat America’s enemies with. No wonder Canada keeps to its side of the 49th parallel.



A recent study by Estately determined that the American dream is most attainable in Minnesota. So it’s got that going for it, which is nice. It’s also got a ton of bowling alleys, a bunch of lakes to fish at, and it gave us Prince.



Mississippi is the birthplace of a large number of legendary Americans, including Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, William Faulkner, Oprah Winfrey, Walter Payton, Richard Wright, Faith Hill, Jim Henson, Tammy Wynette, and Jerry Rice. In addition, Mississippi has the fourth most Olympic gold medals per capita of any U.S. state. Not bad, Mississippi. Not bad at all.



Missouri gave America Mark Twain, a nice sendoff for the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the second most Major League Baseball players per capita in the country (including Yogi Berra). And all they’ve asked in return is we don’t judge them for all their meth labs.



Don’t let Montana’s natural beauty fool you, it’s more than just a pretty face. It’s also one tough S.O.B, just like America.



Being home to the most cattle in the country means Nebraska is also home to most cowboys and cowgirls, and that’s about as American as Aretha Franklin singing the National Anthem at a rodeo.



Despite leading the country in fast food eateries the state of Nevada still came in last place in this study, and not just because Celine Dion performs in Las Vegas on a near daily basis. The state has produced zero astronauts, few Olympians, and avoids voting probably like it avoids apple pie. For all we know the whole state prefers two-hand touch football to tackle football. Get it together, Nevada.



It doesn’t get much more American than leading the nation in student loan debt. Every state is #1 in something—click here for proof.



Perhaps the greatest flaw in this study is that New Jersey didn’t receive any points for producing Bruce Springsteen.



According to the most recent Census data, 10.1% of New Mexico’s population are American Indian and Alaska Native—the highest of any state in the continental United States. It doesn’t get any more American than being descended from the original inhabitants of America.



If you took all 31 New York-born astronauts and stacked them on top of each other it still wouldn’t be as tall as America’s greatest symbol—The Statue of Liberty.



91 years before R Kelly sang “I Believe I Can Fly” a pair of brothers in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina just went ahead and did it, pulling off the first successful powered flight by man. Another first place-win for America.



Question:  Which state buys more pickup trucks and works more hours per day?

Answer:  North Dakota.



As an American, you’ve no doubt given or received a Hickory Farms gift basket, and if you haven’t you have a few short months to do so before the FBI shows up at your door with some questions. A holiday isn’t complete without tasty treats like smoked cheese and summer sausage, and all from a company that got its start in Ohio, just like the world’s best basketball player—Lebron James.



You know what’s a delicious American dish? Chicken fried steak. You know the best way to make chicken fried steak? Fry it in a cast iron skillet.You know what state is shaped like a skillet? Oklahoma. You know which state eats the most chicken fried steak? Oklahoma. Boom! America.



The Founding Fathers grew hemp and didn’t bath much either, okay?


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1876 — Published by Currier & Ives — Image by © Museum of the City of New York/Corbis

What state produced the most Major League Baseball players per capita? The same one that’s home to Rocky, the Liberty Bell, the cheesesteak, and American hero Benjamin Franklin.



To make up for its zero Olympic gold medals Rhode Island can boast of local song writer George M. Cohan, who wrote “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” Okay, so let’s move on…



Thomas Edison created a lot of wonderful inventions, but shrimp and grits is probably America’s greatest invention, and South Carolina made it famous.



Mt. Rushmore has the faces of four presidents looking out on the state of South Dakota, which is American enough, but the state is also home to American legends like Crazy Horse (Oglala Lakota war leader), Laura Ingalls Wilder (author of Little House on the Prairie), Sitting Bull (Hunkpapa Lakota chief), and Tom Brokaw (news anchor).



The Volunteer State is home to Dollywood, named for country star Dolly Parton, possibly America’s greatest living treasure. In addition to her, the state is the home of the highest number of people in the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is also in Tennessee.



Sure, Texans daydream about seceding, and they’re constantly on the lookout for someone trying to mess with them, and millions of its citizens are convinced the feds are about to invade it, but we’re all a little on edge these days, right? Also, this is a state that saw “Super Size Me” and thought, “Mmmm, I’d like to try that diet.” And it’s home to the Dallas Cowboys—America’s Team. So all in all it’s pretty dang American.



Bigger is better in America, and Utah’s got one of the largest organisms in the world—an enormous grove of quaking aspens. The trees share a single root system, so they’re all clones of a single tree. The grove could be over a million years old, spans 107 acres, and weighs 6,615 tons.



Drinking beers with friends is supposed to be relaxing, but not the way they do it in Vermont. The state is tops for playing beer pong, a competitive drinking game growing in popularity.



Virginia is for more than lovers, it’s also for Founding Fathers like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry, and others.



Washington state is the only state named for an American president, so yeah, it’s American as hell. It’s still ranked 42nd, but American none the less. Does it belong in Canada? Possibly, but we’re not about to start redrawing borders now.



Are you thinking Arby’s? No? Well West Virginia is, and those folks are taking country roads to get there just as Thomas Jefferson planned. In addition, West Virginia watches more TV than any state, exercises the least frequently, and watches the most soap operas.



Guess which state has more bald eagles per square and Super Bowl trophies than Minnesota? Here’s a hint—it’s Wisconsin. And here are 29 reasons you should move there.



Rectangle-shaped Wyoming is a great example of American efficiency—all right angles, no squiggles. Not only that, it was also the first state where women gained the right to vote, and voting is pretty damn American, and so is fighting for the right to do it.


Looking to buy a home in one of these 50 all-American states? Check out Estately.com or download the Estately App. Both are exceptional tools for home buyers searching for their dream home.


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