Lucille Ball's Former California Home Is Available For Rent

Vrbo
Vrbo

After paying a visit to the Lucille Ball museum and National Comedy Center in the late performer's hometown of Jamestown, New York, I Love Lucy mega-fans might want to head across the country to Indian Wells, California. Located about three hours east of Los Angeles in the Coachella Valley, the city is home to Ball's former residence—and it's available for rent.

Ball shared the home with her I Love Lucy co-star, Desi Arnaz, whom she was married to for 20 years until their divorce in 1960. The decor is far from dated, though. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was remodeled in 2012 in a "vintage mid-century modern" style. Plus, the property contains "new everything," according to the listing on rental site Vrbo.

That includes king-sized beds and en suite bathrooms with sunken, Roman-style showers that double as bathtubs. There's also an outdoor patio and pool, making it the perfect place to host a party or cookout. (But if you prefer a more relaxed evening, you can watch I Love Lucy re-runs on the TV outdoors, or perhaps on the 60-inch flatscreen in the living room.)

The property boasts views of the surrounding mountains and is within walking distance of a country club and two "world-famous" PGA golf courses. Check out some photos of the property below, and visit Vrbo's website if you're interested in booking this property at an average cost of $500 per night.

The patio and pool
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A dining area
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A bedroom
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A bathroom
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Here's How You Can Help Rebuild Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Kitwood, Getty Images

A fire at Paris’s famed Notre-Dame Cathedral raged for nine hours on Monday, drawing the world’s attention to the partial destruction of one of the best-known cultural monuments on the planet. The efforts of more than 400 firefighters managed to preserve much of the 859-year-old structure, but the roof and spire were destroyed.

Financial support for the building has already come pouring in, with billionaire François-Henri Pinault pledging $113 million toward reconstruction and another billionaire, Bernard Arnault, promising $226 million. A total of roughly $1 billion has come in from donations, but a revitalized Notre-Dame is a considerable expense that could cost even more.

For people who would like to assist, donations are being accepted by the nonprofit French Heritage Society for virtually any amount.

Why will expenses run so high? Prior to the fire, Notre-Dame was in dire need of extensive restoration. Buttresses caused instability to major walls, gargoyles were damaged, and cracks had formed in the now-destroyed spire. The cathedral is owned by the French government, which allots roughly 2 million euros (or about $2.26 million) annually to upkeep. Between the existing wear and the fire, it could take years or possibly decades for the work to be completed.

The publicity surrounding Notre-Dame has also motivated people to assist in rebuilding efforts on a smaller scale, and closer to home. Three churches in Louisiana that were recently targeted in allegedly racist arson attacks saw donations climb from $150,000 to over $1 million following the Notre-Dame fire. You can donate to that GoFundMe campaign here.

[h/t CNN]

The Isle of Sark Needs a New Dairy Farmer, But You'll Have to Bring Your Own Cows

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Philipp Guelland/Getty Images

If you've ever dreamed of moving to a secluded island to become a farmer, the Isle of Sark is giving you the opportunity. Sark, located in England's Channel Islands, is seeking a dairy farmer to supply milk to the island's population of 500. The only catch is that job candidates must be ready to move there with their own herd of 25 to 35 cows, Atlas Obscura reports.

Sark is a 3-mile long, mile-and-a-half wide island with green pastures, rocky cliffs, and no cars or street lamps. The only way to get there is by boat or one of the ferries that leaves from the nearby Jersey and Guernsey islands.

The last time the island had a dairy farmer was 2017. That year, farmer Christopher Nightingale shut down his business due to issues with costs and land instability. The Isle of Sark held onto feudalism long after the rest of Europe abandoned it, and though the practice technically ended in 2008, it hasn't died completely. Sometimes this works to the community's advantage, like when Nazis invaded in 1940, but it also means that farmers must lease their land for short periods rather than own it.

If you're willing to trade your right to own property for idyllic island living, Sark's dairy farmer gig maybe the perfect fit for you. The island is looking for someone, or a couple, with lots of dairy farming experience, and a herd of Jersey or Guernsey cows, which are native to the Channel Islands. You can reach out to Caragh Couldridge at info@caraghchocolates.com for information on how to apply.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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