Sarah Paulson Was Shocked To Find This Buried In The Yard Of Her New House

For Architectural Digest, by Carson Griffith.

A lap pool in California.

Sarah Paulson has been candid that success ― at least on a commercial scale ― came later to her in life. The 42-year-old, who began working as an actress as a teenager, has said she doesn’t believe her acting career took off till just four years ago, when she appeared as racist Mistress Epps in 12 Years a Slave. Seemingly keeping with tradition of taking her time with things, it wasn’t until last fall that Paulson became a first-time homeowner, thanks in part to her American Horror Story castmate, Emma Roberts. During the Tribeca Film Festival, Paulson chatted with AD about her new home at the McIntosh Townhouse, where she was celebrating the 2nd Moet Moment Film Festival, an annual competition that encourages a new generation of artists dedicated to telling stories through film.

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7 Home Renovations You’ll Get Your Money Back On

We may have (almost) year-round pool weather here, but building your dream pool might leave you underwater — they’re usually home reno money pits. Instead, here are the best fix-ups (big and small) that almost always increase your home’s value.

Front Door Curb appeal, people. You might miss this focal point since, well, it’s hiding in plain sight. But a replacement door, or fresh coat of paint on it and new hardware can really refresh the overall vibe of your home.

New Paint A new coat of paint is like a facelift for your house, changing the appearance from meh to mmmm-hmmm. For reference: Wood should be re-painted every three to seven years; stucco, five to six.

Anything eco-wise Replacing appliances with low-water, low-energy options mean you can brag about it in a real estate

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How Far Will Your Rent Dollar Stretch Around The Country?

Nearly 37 percent of Americans live in rental units. Some prefer the relative mobility that renting allows, while others like being able to call a landlord when things break. Some rent by choice, others by necessity because they can’t afford the down payment to buy a house or qualify for a mortgage.

Whatever the reason, most of us are renters at some stages of our lives, and as in all things real estate, location is a big determinant of how much we will spend on our housing.

Here is a sampling of what we found in the rental markets of some of the cities along the HuffPost Listen to America bus tour route. A special H/T to our friends at for their help compiling this list.

This is what you can rent for $600 a month in …

Tucson is home to the 44,000-student University of Arizona. As

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5 Things That Truly Don’t Matter When You Buy Your First House

Buying your first home is scary. We get it. All those concerns you have about money are quite legitimate, and the mortgage process can be confusing. On top of that, you want to make sure the house fits you.

But some of the things that first-time homebuyers worry about really don’t matter. Here are five issues that shouldn’t factor into choosing a home:

Your dining room table or couch doesn’t fit.

More than once, we’ve seen an HGTV house hunter reject an otherwise perfect home because a piece of their existing furniture wouldn’t fit. And we involuntarily scream “SERIOUSLY???” at our TVs in frustration.

Time for a little reality check: If your dining room table has some special significance ― say, it came over on the Mayflower with your ancestors ― OK, fine, keep it. But if it’s something you bought at Ikea and spent

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