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Beer lover brewed uncanny condo decor

As Amelotte’s personal representative, Johnson took on the task of selling the man cave after his friend died. And here we are.

Listing agent Jesse Kearney, of Kearney & Associates Realty, recalls Johnson’s phone call. “I have this condo of a friend who passed away,” the caller said. “He covered the walls in Budweiser cans.”

“How did he get Budweiser wallpaper?” Kearney wondered. Then he visited the property. “As soon as you open the door, you are overwhelmed. Seeing the pictures is nothing like walking in. That’s an entirely different experience.”

I can only imagine. “Did it smell funny?” I hold my breath as I ask, though I am hundreds of miles away.

“Actually, the place smelled of cigarettes, not stale beer.”

“Oh.”

“He was particular about the cans’ cleanliness,” Kearney said. “After he emptied a can, he would clean it, and let it dry before mounting.”

“And he mounted

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Condo set among treetops beckoned garden-loving couple

“The Colonnade was built in the 1960s and has Old World construction, including solid plaster walls, wood floors and nine-foot-high ceilings,” says Molinaroli, a designer and museum exhibition consultant. “We wanted to play off the traditional classical elements of the apartment with a contemporary kitchen and modern bathrooms. Plus, as a museum designer, I’m interested in setting up spaces to display art and using lighting to direct people’s attention to different features.”

Molinaroli started the design process with two oak columns with their original finish that he has owned since 1978 when they were salvaged from a building in downtown D.C.

“The columns have been with me in every home, so here we used them to frame the living and dining area, which has a nice flow,” he says.

The renovation included replastering the walls to make them level, adding new wide-plank French oak floors, new custom moldings to complement

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A beer lover went crazy with his condo decor

You might be amused. You might be aghast. But you will not be the same after reading about the King of Beers condo. I wasn’t.

When I first heard about this beer-lover’s condo for sale in Lake Worth, near Florida’s West Palm Beach, I had two thoughts in rapid succession: I can’t write about this. I have to write about this.

In a tribute to his best Bud, the owner had covered the walls and ceilings of his residence with Budweiser cans. The beholder of the beverage-inspired vision, Mike Amelotte, died in June at age 69 of cancer. His condo went up for sale six weeks ago.

I had to see the pictures. Then I had to get the scoop: Who was this guy? Was this a getaway or a full-time residence? What did it smell like? And why didn’t he just get kegs?

A U.S. Navy veteran, Amelotte later

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What Is a Condo? Condo vs. Apartment vs. House, Explained


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What is a condo?

What is a condo? Short for “condominium,” a condo is a private residence within a larger building or complex.

The first condo in the United States was built in Salt Lake City in 1960, according to Matthew Gordon Lasner, author of “High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century.” Since then, this residence style has truly taken off. Currently, there are approximately 17 million privately owned condominiums in the U.S.


Condos might look like a lot of other types of real estate you may have heard of—like apartments, co-ops, or townhouses—but condos have their own distinct features, rules, pros, and cons. Here’s what condos are all about, and how they’re different from other structures in which you can live.



How condos work

Since a condo is part of a larger residential structure

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