OT - I don't _hate_ McMansions

Kimball Larsen kimball at kimballlarsen.com
Wed Jun 18 11:57:04 MDT 2008

On Jun 18, 2008, at 11:43 AM, Doran L. Barton wrote:

> Not long ago, Thad Van Ry proclaimed...
>> I personally like big tall trees mixed between the houses. That's my
>> problem with most "McMansion" subdivisions.
> Mmmmm. I think I'll go to McDonalds for lunch today.
>> And just to set the record straight, I'm also not one who believes
>> that man has caused any type of global warming.
> Right on, Thad. Right on.

I took my daughter to a birthday party yesterday.  Her friend's  
neighborhood is very upscale (in the Boise, ID area) and very new.   
Most homes likely sell in the $500-750k range, and are 2-3 story 5000  
sqft monstrosities.  Driving up the street to the home of her friend,  
I was stunned to realize that what I thought was 1 really large house  
turned out to be 3 separate homes placed so close together as to  
appear to be one long building when you were viewing them at an angle  
of more than about 30 degrees.

Personally, I dislike this - I grew up in the midwest (St. Louis area)  
where tall trees are everywhere, houses were pretty far apart, and  
everyone had about a half acre or more.  What's the point in laying  
out  a half MILLION dollars on a house that is so close to the  
neighbors you could almost hop from your back deck to theirs?

Someday I hope to own at least an acre where I can stick my McMansion.

- Kimball

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