that mcmansion is seriously fugly.
Trust me they would be. We moved 15 years ago to an area 60 miles outside of DC, a rural town, had a house built for a reasonable amount of money, a 4 bedroom Cape Cod, normal, not McMansiony. Behind our gated community was acres and acres of pristine farm lands. Last year the farmlands dissolved into 500+ McMansions with the same square footage as our homes but only five feet apart and so fancified it's sickening. The only good of it is that my house has appreciated 400% in five years. But I've lost my view and peace and quiet and hubby has had an hour added to his commute by the traffic.
Anyhoo, when I was a kid I had a friend whose backyard backed up onto that property and since it was abandoned, we used to explore the pool house and the property in general. Boy, it was fun. It was a HUGE piece of land smack dab in the middle of urban north Dallas and fenced off on all sides. That land is now filled to the brim with hideously overpriced McMansions; it's absolutely disgusting.
Along with the wine cellars and media rooms, around here they tout something called a great room. What are these, castles? Great rooms just seem to be open family rooms. People are assholes to buy these things. What happens after your kid grows up, you and the hubby live there in this monstrosity of a house and pay giant heating bills for what? To look out your window and into the kitchen of the house next door, which is only 10 feet away?
Keep passing the open windows.
That's the range of ours and it's a pain to clean even as I have someone come in once a week to do the hard messy stuff. I hate it and keep threatening that once the kids are gone I want a one room mountain cabin that I can clean in ten minutes with very few possessions in it.The nice neighborhoods now tend to have houses in the 2500-3000 sq ft range.
Oh I KNOW! When we went house-hunting in Austin we were shown some absolutely GORGEOUS houses, but the smallest one was 2900 square feet and I hated its floor plan. All the others were over 3000 square feet. The largest...I will never forget this house as long as I live...was 4100 square feet with 5 bedrooms and a split staircase. I was wondering why it was only $199,000...then we looked inside. Holy SHIT...ACRES of pink carpet. ACRES. I can't even imagine how long it would take to VACUUM that place...it was just MASSIVE.
BTW, that house is still for sale. We saw it in early March, it's now October, Austin's housing market is heating up, and that house is still for sale. It's probably the Pepto-colored carpet. I'd buy it if I got a $20k carpet allowance and weekly maid service.
lol... was the pink carpeting in the living room and common areas as well as the bedrooms?? my God...
My grandparents converted their attic into a bedroom for my mom's brothers in the 70s and the whole thing (this attic is HUGE) still has orange shag carpeting, and a bathroom with teal, orange, and avocado green "kaleidoscope style" lineoleum floors.
I think so! That's exactly what the real estate agent said. She had never seen the inside of the house so she didn't know about the pink carpet. She says she hasn't shown it to anyone since; it's not one of her listings.Pink carpeting? Were they mad?
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