In Virginia: Homes with Gusto

You don't see many trailers like Steve Badanes' 1956 silver Airstream anymore. Round and compact, it is one of those sleek design achievements of the 1950s that can make people nostalgic for tackiness. Badanes even travels with a plastic pink flamingo that he props outside the door wherever he parks. Most recently, the trailer -- and flamingo -- was parked in a wooded lot of a wealthy northern Virginia suburb while serving as home for Badanes, his itinerant opera-singing girlfriend Donna Walter, and their dog Floyd Bite (after Frank Lloyd Wright). But if a tacky trailer in an expensive Colonial suburb...

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