Posted 02-26-2004 at 09:28:01
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I think it's a "cuz I can" house, like the civillian hummer
is a "cuz I can" truck. Two things come to mind:
1. What do they do for a living to afford to BUILD let
alone buy an 11000sqft house in Virginia, and how
come nobody told me about this kind of work.
2. Suburban Maryland and Virginia are lousy with these
macmansions. I imagine alot of these people are living
at or beyond their means. The median price for a new
home construciton in Frederick is 300k, and that's your
average 2-3ksqft house. So I can't even fathom what
the bottom line on this 11k house is.
I tell you what, if I had the kind of money to put into
housing those people had for building this massive
house, I'd not have an 11000sq ft house. I'd build a
small subdivision on a few hundred acres FENCED (so
you could run your dogs without problems for instance),
and the most up to date, off the grid, solar powerd, high
thermal mass houses I could create (composting toilets,
grey water recycling, etc).
Then I would take the loss and sell the houses at
reasonable prices decided by the income of the area.
The covenants would be prohibitive (no subdividing, for
instance). The acreage would have a bridle path,
walking paths, fishing, etc.
okay, I'm getting the office all drooly.