The 2018 Hyundai Kona is better because it’s late

The Hyundai Kona has a funky name, offbeat styling and a pint size package.

So it’s just like pretty much every other subcompact SUV.

The template was set a decade ago when the groundbreaking Kia Soul carved out this segment and became an instant hit, which makes it a bit surprising that it took corporate cousin Hyundai so long to get in on the action.

It’s one of the last major automakers to enter the class, which was probably an advantage. The Kona gets nearly everything right, assuming you like bizarre headlight arrangements.


The Kona starts at $20,480 and is one of the smallest SUVs, but can accommodate four adults more than just fine in its surprisingly spacious and high quality cabin. The cargo area isn’t the biggest, but the rear seats fold down to expand it with a perfectly flat surface. The standard engine is a 147 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder and all-wheel-drive costs $1,300.

It’s equipped with a standard backup camera and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration in this configuration, but move up the trim levels and things start to get very interesting.


There you’ll find heated leather seats, a blind spot monitor, a wireless charging pad, head-up display, automatic emergency brakes and 175 hp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission – just like a Porsche 911 has. (Well, technically.)

Hyundai calls the top of the line model the Kona Ultimate, and a fully-loaded one rings up at $29,680. That includes a booming Infinity audio system and one of the best lane keeping assist systems I’ve ever experience. On a road with well-marked lines the Kona locks itself dead in the center of it and doesn’t play ping pong between them like a lot of other cars do. As long as things don’t get too twisty, you hardly have to steer.


You do have to keep your hand on the wheel to prove you’re paying attention, but the feature works so well it makes you wonder how much longer that will be needed. Sadly the Kona doesn’t offer adaptive cruise control to go with it, but I guess Hyundai has to give you a reason to look at its other models.

You might not have to otherwise. Unless you really need a lot more space, the Kona fits many bills. The engine is potent, smooth and efficient. The EPA highway rating on the all-wheel-drive Ultimate I tested is just 29 mpg, but I saw 32-33 mpg in mixed driving.

I took it everywhere from the city to the freeway and twisty mountain roads still pockmarked from winter, and the Kona was an ace on all of them. Hyundai’s engineers nailed the ride quality, which isn’t too stiff or sloppy and doesn’t get upset by the kind of washboard surfaces that can trip up even some luxury cars. At this price point, in a vehicle like this, you couldn’t expect anything better.

It can be legitimately fun to drive, too, especially when you put it in Sport mode. It plays longer in the lower gears in this setting, adds weight to the already excellent steering feel and livens up the throttle. Combined with pleasantly sharp handling, it’s much more entertaining than most of its ilk.

Hyundai may have been sitting this one out for a long time, but now it’s sitting near the front of the class.


2018 Hyundai Kona

Base price: $20,480

As tested: $29,680

Type: 5-passenger, 4-door all-wheel-drive SUV

Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder

Power: 175 hp, 195 lb-ft

Transmission: 7-speed automatic

MPG: 26 city/29 hwy

Gary Gastelu is’s Automotive Editor.

Clothing company Peter Alexander Sleepwear faces backlash after pulling ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ shirt

An Australian pajama company is facing backlash after pulling a controversial shirt from its website.

Bridie Harris, a woman from Melbourne, was shopping at Peter Alexander Sleepwear when she noticed a boys’ pajama top emblazoned with the phrase “Boys will be boys,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Boys Sweater

Concerned over the message it was sending, the mother messaged the company on Facebook.


“Boy won’t be boys. Boys will be held accountable for their actions. I hate to see an Australian store, who makes such great pjs, put such a sexist statement on a t-shirt intended for young boys. Excusing boys of their behavior is not a step in the right direction. It’s 2018,” she wrote on June 20, according to the Herald.

Harris told the Herald the phrase didn’t sit well with her because of the connotation it sent that men “tend to get away with stuff just because they are boys.”

“I just think that it allows boys to do whatever they want because they are boys. It gives them an excuse for inappropriate behavior. If a girl hurts someone or does something, you never hear someone that says girls will be girls.”

After taking her message into consideration, Peter Alexander pulled the shirt off its website Wednesday.

“I just wanted to update you and again thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us and bringing this to our attention,” a Peter Alexander spokesperson responded to Harris on social media, according to screenshots from the Daily Mail.

“We do not tolerate the behavior that is being associated with this slogan. In the light of your feedback, we have decided to withdraw this item from sale,” the spokesperson wrote.

However, after removing the shirt, the company has been inundated on social media with comments from angry customers who think Harris was being overly sensitive, arguing that Peter Alexander shouldn’t have “given in” to her wishes.

When one person suggested people be mad at Harris and not the company, someone responded: “But she didn’t remove the top for sale, the store did that and they shouldn’t have given into it.”

Commenters have also been posting about other products on the company’s Facebook page, sarcastically saying maybe those products should be pulled as well.


“Perhaps the ‘You’re so fine!’ shirt should be taken from the shelves before someone sees it and decides that it encourages sexual harassment by the wearer?” one person wrote.

“Shame on you Peter Alexander for removing the ‘Boys will be boys’ [pajamas]. Absolutely gutless. I expect your next range to be beige, baggy and unisex,” someone else wrote.

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

Speeder caught driving 120 mph in a construction asks for a warning, gets something much worse

Maybe it does hurt to ask.

An Indiana State Police officer pulled over a driver for doing 120 mph in a 60 mph construction zone on the outskirts of the city this week, and the man had the nerve to ask if he could get off for a warning.

Instead, he got some time in jail.

Communications officer Sgt. John Perrine posted images of the incident on Twitter, complete with a face palm emoji symbolizing his disbelief.

He said that Trooper Nick Klingkammer was on patrol in his unmarked Ford Mustang when he spotted the scofflaw flying down I-69 in an Infiniti Q60 sports coupe.


The Indiana State Police has a fleet of undercover Ford Mustangs like this one, which was involved in a separate law enforcement action.


After denying the driver’s request for clemency, Klingkammer took him to jail.

Perrine told The Drive that the driver faces a maximum sentence of 365 days in jail and $5,000 in fines if convicted on the charges he now faces.

The incident happened just days after another Indiana State Police officer went viral and was called a “hero” for pulling over a driver going too slowly in the passing lane. 

Gary Gastelu is’s Automotive Editor.

This state has the most fast food restaurants in the country

Fast food restaurants are convenient, quick, and affordable. That’s probably why there are approximately 50,000 different chains across America with around 500,000 locations.

But if you live in the state of Alabama, you have the most fast food restaurants at your disposal in the entire country.

According to a recent study by Datafiniti, there are 6.3 restaurants per 10,000 residents in Alabama—making it the state with the most fast food restaurants in America per capita. Nebraska and West Virginia follow with 5.4 and 5.3 restaurants per capita, respectively.

Meanwhile, Vermont has the least fast food restaurants per capita. New Jersey and New York followed at 2.0 and 2.1 per capita. 

A trend in the research also shows that southern and central states have far more fast food restaurants than the East or West coasts. In fact, the only non-southern states in the top ten are Nebraska at 5.4 and Indiana at 5.0. This makes sense considering the slew of southern food chains with cult-like followings including Bojangles’, Whataburger, and Jack’s, among others.

As for the largest and most popular restaurant chains in the research, Subway and McDonalds account for more than a quarter of the restaurants in the study. Burger King is a very distant third. And although Subway might seem like a surprise at the top of the list, the restaurant chain actually has a location on every continent (minus Antartica). They are also one of the least expensive restaurants to franchise.

This article originally appeared on Reader’s Digest.

A genetic test can determine if you will hate cilantro

Cilantro may be one of the most polarizing herbs. Now, there is a service offered by DNA testing company 23AndMe that will test your genetics to see whether you are predisposed to hate the ingredient.


The controversial plant is commonly used in South Asian and Latin American cuisine, and is either hailed as bright and refreshing by those who love it or described as soapy or dirty to those who don’t.

Since 2012, scientists have been testing the idea of genetics as responsible for the enjoyment of the herbaceous add-in.

According to a study conducted by 23AndMe, there is a correlation between people who dislike cilantro’s taste and one’s ethnic background, with Ashkenazi Jews, northern Europeans and southern Europeans most likely to describe cilantro’s taste as soapy, My Recipes reported.


Cornell University conducted its own study on more than 14,000 participants and traced the preference of cilantro to an olfactory receptor gene “OR6A2,” which is targeted as the receptor that may contribute to the detection of a soapy smell and taste from cilantro. The genetic variants in the olfactory receptors are now thought to be the reason behind those that dislike the herb.

So for those who can’t enjoy Chipotle’s cilantro lime rice because of the soapy taste, your ancestors may be to blame.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

16-year-old NASCAR driver receives high school diploma before race

NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan may have had the busiest weekend of her young career so far.

Deegan, 16, spent her Saturday racing in the Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and receiving her high school diploma minutes before the race began.

Deegan, the daughter of X-Games superstar Brian Deegan, races as a rookie in the regional NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and was selected as one of NASCAR’s up-and-coming stars.

She finished in seventh place on Saturday and moved up to fifth place in the K&N points standings. She’s finished in the top 10 in all of her races so far this season.

Deegan first caught the attention of NASCAR Cup series stars when she raced with former champion Kevin Harvick in the Bakersfield 175, according to For The Win. Harvick said after the race that he thought Deegan had the most potential.

“I think as far as potential and reach and just racing knowledge and getting in a car as young as she is, she would be the one I would pluck out of the series and say, ‘That’s the one we want to be a part of,” Harvick said, according to USA Today.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

World’s Ugliest Dog title goes to English bulldog named Zsa Zsa

An English bulldog with an underbite and muscular, rounded front legs won the 30th annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest on Saturday night. 

The 9-year-old winner, named Zsa Zsa, was found via a pet-finding site by owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minn., according to a biography supplied for the contest.

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog, is carried by owner Megan Brainard during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. Zsa Zsa won the contest. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog, is carried by owner Megan Brainard during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. Zsa Zsa won the contest.

 (Associated Press)

Brainard will receive $1,500 for Zsa Zsa’s victory. 

The cuddly competition, which helps organizers publicize that many pets are available for adoption, allowed owners to flaunt the imperfections of their dogs. It was held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, Calif., north of San Francisco. 

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog, walks onstage during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. Zsa Zsa won the contest. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog, walks onstage during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. Zsa Zsa won the contest.

 (Associated Press)

“It’s  a  fun  and  silly  way  to  advocate  that  all  animals  deserve  a  safe  and  loving  home,” said Christy  Gentry, a spokeswoman for the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in a release.

“It’s a fun and silly way to advocate that all animals deserve a safe and loving home.”

– Christy Gentry, spokeswoman, Sonoma-Marin Fair

Some of this year’s contestants had hairless bodies, others had lolling tongues.

The dogs and their handlers walked down a red carpet, as a panel of judges evaluated them.

Others vying for the title included a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund mutt, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekingese named Wild Thang.

Wild Thang, a Pekingese, stands onstage during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. A 9-year-old English bulldog, Zsa Zsa, was named the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Wild Thang, a Pekingese, stands onstage during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018.

 (Associated Press)

A 125-pound gentle giant Martha, a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face, won last year’s competition. 

The contest is usually held on Friday nights, but organizers moved the competition to Saturday in an effort to draw a bigger audience.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. 

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

Driver in fatal self-driving Uber crash was reportedly watching ‘The Voice’

A police report released Thursday on the deadly self-driving Uber accident in March reportedly revealed that the female backup driver had been watching “The Voice” prior to the crash.

The report from police in Tempe, Arizona, indicated that the crash could have been prevented had the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, not been watching the show, The Associated Press reported.

Elaine Herzberg, 49, was killed in the March 18 crash – believed to be the first of its kind – after being struck by the autonomous vehicle while walking outside of the crosswalk, authorities said at the time.

Vasquez was reportedly watching “The Voice” via an online streaming service in the roughly 45 minutes prior to the accident.

“This crash would not have occurred if Vasquez would have been monitoring the vehicle and roadway conditions and was not distracted,” the report said, according to The Associated Press.

Dash camera video viewed by the outlet showed that Vasquez had been looking down towards her right knee for about four or five seconds before the crash. She reportedly looked up a half second before striking Herzberg as the Volvo was traveling about 44 miles per hour.

Vasquez told police that the victim “came out of nowhere” and that she didn’t see her prior to the collision. But officers calculated that had Vasquez been paying attention, she could have reacted 143 feet before impact and brought the SUV to a stop about 42.6 feet before hitting Herzberg.

Review of the video reportedly revealed that Vasquez peered down roughly 200 times over the course of 11.8 miles.

“Sometimes, her face appears to react and show a smirk or laugh at various points during the times that she is looking down,” the report said, according to The Associated Press. “Her hands are not visible in the frame of the video during these times.”

Another video of the incident, which had previously been released, also depicted the driver peering down in the moments before Herzberg was hit.

An Uber spokeswoman said in a prepared statement to The Associated Press on Friday morning that the company is cooperating with investigators while it does an internal safety review.

“We have a strict policy prohibiting mobile device usage for anyone operating our self-driving vehicles. We plan to share more on the changes we’ll make to our program soon,” the statement said.

Use of a mobile device while an autonomous vehicle is moving is a fireable offense, and “this is emphasized on an ongoing basis,” the statement said.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

United Colors of Benetton slammed for using migrants in ad campaign

United Colors of Benetton is causing a stir online with yet another controversial campaign featuring images of migrants recently rescued from the Mediterranean. Popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s for its colorful knits and famed for their provocative advertisements, the Italian fashion brand’s latest stunt is being slammed as “unacceptable and disrespectful” on Twitter.

According to BBC, the two photographs shared by Benetton that are currently under fire depict a group of women carrying babies and children meeting a Red Cross worker, and a group of men in a lifeboat clamoring for life jackets from a volunteer.


Shot on June 9 by German charity SOS Méditerranée during a “rescue of hundreds of migrants,” Benetton shared the photos online to social media and in Italian newspaper La Repubblica with their signature green logo in the lower right corner.

SOS Méditerranée was quick to condemn the fashion label’s unauthorized use of the images.

“SOS Méditerranée is completely dissociated from this campaign showing a photograph taken while our teams were rescuing people in distress at sea during an operation conducted on June 9,” the organization tweeted on June 19.

“SOS Méditerranée condemns the personal initiative of the photographer who provided this photograph.”

“The dignity of survivors must be respected at all times. The human tragedy at stake in the Mediterranean must never be used for any commercial purposes,” they added.

In the days since, Benetton has deleted the image of the male migrants from their official Twitter account, but left the image of the woman and children published, The New York  Post reported.

This is not the first time a campaign designed by Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani strucks a nerve.


From offending the Roman Catholic Church in 1991 with a photo of a nun and a priest kissing to facing heat a year later for publicizing images of an AIDS victim and a gay activist in a hospital bed, Benetton cut ties with the photographer in 2000 over a particularly contentious campaign titled “We, On Death Row,” featuring images of American prisoners sentenced to death.

Toscani was rehired in February 2018, the Post reported.


Meanwhile, Twitter continues to chastise Benetton’s “unacceptable and disrespectful” use of the migrant photos for commercial gains, with some even calling for a #BoycottBenetton.

“Benetton [is] doing this to raise their own brand awareness – they could have donated money to the rescue organizations but chose not to. This is not something designed to help others. I only hope they feel ashamed enough to make a donation,” one user wrote.

“This picture reminds me those advertisements of Benetton in the 90’s,” another agreed.

Benetton did not immediately return Fox News’ request for additional comment on the photos.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

The ‘Fixer Upper’ fallacy: 9 reasons real estate professionals want you to stop watching HGTV

It’s a four-letter phenomenon that Americans can’t imagine life without. But when HGTV debuted nearly 25 years ago, the idea of turning on the TV and being entertained by a bathroom renovation was ludicrous. Today, however, TV execs see home and garden improvement shows like “Property Brothers,” “Fixer Upper,” and “Love It or List It” as lucrative.

Unfortunately, their popularity comes at the expense of real estate professionals. Unlike viewers, these critics know first hand that what makes for good reality TV can make for bad reality.

Here are nine reasons the experts want you to turn off HGTV — now.

Knocking down walls isn’t that easy

Soap operas have kissing scenes and action movies have car chases. On HGTV, there’s usually always a scene where a wall or two gets knocked down. That’s OK on shows like “Good Bones,” but in real life, walls are often the last things you want to touch.

“When someone buys a ’90s-era home which was built quickly and on the cheap, we can’t rip out walls,” says Teris Pantazes, a licensed contractor in Baltimore, and manager of EFynch. “It’s important for a home to have good bones. I have been in this business for a long time but I’m not an engineer. I still have customers question me and I see them waste tons of money to verify what I already told them.”

Transactions, and transformations, take a LOT of time  

“The No. 1 problem with real estate television shows is that they significantly shorten the amount of time that almost anything takes, for the purposes of advancing the narrative,” explains Kevin Deselms. The Hollywood film-editor-turned-Colorado-Realtor®, says this gives his clients unreasonable expectations for timelines. For example, on “House Hunters” — which has been publicly called out for misleading viewers — prospective buyers only view three houses. That, and a lot of editing, is how home purchases happen in less than 30 minutes. (TLC’s hit show “Trading Spaces” practically invented the 48-hour room transformation, but the show also caught a lot of flak for leaving homeowners with things like shoddy work, wet paint and unfinished flooring.)  

Negotiations don’t typically go down in coffee shops

“I wish clients would stop watching HGTV so I can stop explaining that negotiations occur over a couple of days through emails, not on the phone in a coffee shop,” says Evan Roberts, a real estate agent and founder of Dependable Homebuyers. The typical televised scenario that takes a matter of seconds (there’s no such thing as phone tag on TV) is very misleading, he says. “Buyers should expect that the sellers are busy living their lives as well.”

Obtaining permits requires way more patience

Jeffrey A. Hensel at North Coast Financial, Inc. has been providing “fix and flip loans” to real estate investors looking for quick profits. For years, he’s had to preach the virtue of patience to these same clients. “HGTV shows sometimes discuss the need for permits, but they don’t often show how this process can slow down the entire project,” says Hensel. According to him, waiting for approval to move forward can easily increase the remodel time (and the budget) by 50 percent.

Producers create unnecessary drama

Do most shoppers wear GoPros when looking for window treatments or measuring hardware for their cabinets? No. That’s probably because they know friends, family and even themselves, would fall asleep watching those videos.

“Clients who are HGTV fans typically expect the same excitement, surprises and flair that they see on TV,” says Sacha Ferrandi. But according to the CEO of Source Capital Funding, Inc., which finances a lot of home renovations, it’s important for professionals to ease clients’ minds — and limit all that the drama — for the sake of both parties. In real life, where you have to work on top of managing your home renovation or house hunt, the less stress, the better.

Real estate can ruin relationships

Whether they’re the homeowners or the show’s hosts, happy spouses are everywhere on HGTV. That’s why it was such a shock last year when “Flip or Flop’s” hosts, Tarek and Christina El Moussa, announced their split. But to Sissy Lappin, founder of ListingDoor, it came as no surprise.

“The fastest way to end up divorced other than having an affair is to renovate,” swears Lappin. “You will not be smiling like Chip and Joanna, drinking lemonade with chocolate chip cookies. You will be pulling each other’s hair out like the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey.’” 

Sellers don’t care about your renovation budget.They care about the comps in the neighborhood.

“The worst precedent set by HGTV is in their show ‘Property Brothers,’ where the agent frequently tells buyers that they should make an offer significantly below list price to account for their desired renovation budget,” says Jeff Miller, a Maryland-based real estate agent with AE Home Group. “The truth is, the only thing that matters is what other homes in the neighborhood have sold for.” 

HGTV worships false budgets

Most viewers already know this, and several articles including this Twitter rant recap have been written about it. After all, it doesn’t take a math genius to figure out that most Americans don’t have $1 million laying around for a second home, and the kind of kitchen a $5,000 renovation gets you won’t include granite countertops and a smart fridge that sends its inventory to your phone. For more practical numbers, Gwyn Donohue, Executive Director of the National Association of Home Builders, recommends watching “Today’s Homewowner with Danny Lipford.”

Bigger renovations don’t always equal bigger ROIs

“HGTV shows like to feature flips with full kitchen and bath remodels because the before-and-after shots make for more compelling viewing,” says Bobby Montagne, CEO of Walnut Street Finance, who also counts himself a fan of “This Old House” because it’s more slowly-paced. “In fact, aspiring fix-and-flippers are often better off doing small-scale renovations that just need carpet, paint and some freshening up, especially for their first projects.” Montagne says smaller budgets, less room for error, and less time on the job often equal the ROI winning combination.

Katie Jackson is a travel writer. When she’s not working, she’s chasing after a Leonberger named Zeus. 

Bride’s Ikea bag hack for using bathroom on wedding day declared ‘genius’

Brides may have 99 things to worry about on the big day, but now using the restroom doesn’t have to be one of them, thanks to a now-viral hack starring an Ikea tote bag.

On June 3, Djsweeby shared the innovative trick to Facebook in a post that since been liked over 20,000 times and shared nearly 8,000 times. The bride, who identifies herself as Tina in a blog post, divulged that the classic, sturdy Ikea Frakta shopping bag was her saving grace during her nuptial festivities.

“I got married a few weeks ago (in a mermaid wedding dress) and I was really worried about going to the bathroom and not being able to … handle myself. Someone helping or watching me going to the bathroom on my wedding day? NO WAY!,” she mused on the social network.


“My bridal bathroom helper hack costs about 0.80 euro and I did it the day before my wedding. It took only 3 minutes. What I like best is it’s almost free and allows me to make my life easier on my wedding day,” she added.

Tina offers the following tips on for ladies eager to optimize Ikea totes, after cutting a large hole in the bottom, for making bathroom visits in similarly voluminous, expensive gowns:

“Simply step inside the bag, your feet in the hole. You don’t need to remove your shoes! Pay attention to step in the hole, not in the bag if you don’t want to have a dirty wedding dress,” she instructs. “Take the bottom of your dress and put it in the bag — all of it. Place the larger handles on your shoulders. You can also if you prefer, ask someone to just help you put the dress inside the bag and to leave you alone after.”

“YEAY! Being a bride and having some privacy IS possible,” she quips.


Across Twitter, the hack is being praised as “genius” as many brides, past, present and future weigh in on the creativity of the concept.


The classic blue waterproof bag retails for $1.29 on Ikea’s website.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

‘Hurricane-proof’ home selling for $4.9 million in South Carolina

If you’ve ever dreamt of owning a beachfront home without losing sleep over weather damage, opportunity is knocking in South Carolina, as a “hurricane-proof” house has hit the market for a cool $4.9 million.

Known as the “Eye of the Storm”, the massive 4,097 square foot, dome-style residence is uniquely constructed from concrete, steel and weighs approximately 650 tons. Featuring three bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a slew of other unique amenities, the house is a popular photo op spot for tourists.

hurricane house 2

Constructed in 1991 by Huiet and Helen Paul, the “Eye of the Storm” rose to replace another beachfront property lost to Hurricane Hugo.

 (Michael D. Royal/Pareto Group)


Sitting on a half-acre lot just 230 feet away from the ocean, the iconic Charleston area home was built to “withstand a category 4 hurricane and give owners total peace of mind,” according to ABC News 4 and the home’s online listing.

Constructed in 1991 by Huiet and Helen Paul, the “Eye of the Storm” rose to replace another beachfront property lost to Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the Post and Courier reports. 


hurricane house 3

“We are not going to say in our marketing that this is a hurricane-proof house,” family member Tom Paul said. “But it is designed with that idea in mind.”

 (Michael D. Royal/Pareto Group)

Seeking to rebuild a more structurally sophisticated home that could withstand the area’s hurricanes, the couple enlisted the help of their son, George, and his business, Thermospheric Structures, which had successfully built multiple concrete structures across the country, mostly for industrial purposes, the outlet notes.

“We are not going to say in our marketing that this is a hurricane-proof house,” family member Tom Paul said. “But it is designed with that idea in mind.”

hurricane house 1

“There are no shingles. There are no seams. There’s nowhere for high winds to get a purchase,” said family member Michael Royal.

 (Michael D. Royal/Pareto Group)

“There are no shingles. There are no seams. There’s nowhere for high winds to get a purchase,” Michael Royal, one of Huiet and Helen Paul’s 17 grandchildren, agreed.


Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak