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I just received this bizarre email from Jeff Lichtenstein of Jeff Lichtenstein Realty in Palm Beach Florida. Apparently he is “Palm Beach Florida’s Golf Property Expert”:

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This may be the strangest email I’ve ever gotten. Just look how it starts:

Allegation after allegation has been coming out against Bill Cosby. With rumors that the lyrics to Fat Albert,“Gonna have a good time, Hey Hey Hey” may not be so innocent, NBC suspended his new television show, Netflix held off on his new special, and appearances on talk shows have been cancelled. So where is the Coz? The Jell-O Man has now retreated back to his estate in Pacific Palisades California.

And then they go on to layout some of the wonderful architectural details of the house and describe how desirable the neighborhood is.

Bill Cosby lives in a modest mansion by Los Angeles standards. The 4 bedroom 4 bathroom home is a bit over 4500 living square feet with magnificent pines and mature specimen treed backyard. Its neo eclectic Tudor design is reminisist of the Tudor Revival style that was popular in the late 1890’s to 1940’s. Half timbering, massive chimneys and narrow windows are features that you see in Cosby’s home that lend to this style. Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentice, William Drummond built many of these mansions during the Colonial architectural period to gratify clients. Notices the thatched roof cottages and side decorative trellis, patios and balconies. The Cosby home is pretty secure. It’s near the end of a winding road and backyard is private. The grounds are walled in, with a gated driveway and gated entrance by the front walkway. Notice the 2 cars in front which might be added security.

And then there’s this gem at the very end of it all:

The Palisades are located between Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Malibu. It’s a wonderful community to raise a family. It’s pretty sleepy which I guess makes it good if you like to sleep around!

You can read the whole thing here, but really, I have SO many questions like:

– What is it about a website called makes you think I’m interested in luxury housing, or that it’s a gossip blog?

– Why the hell are real estate agents in Florida sending me stuff about a house in New York?

– Who writes your horrible jokes?

Did anybody else get this email? I’m really curious as to what this is all about.



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