I get the impression that McMansions are for show - everyone thinks theirs is the best...but the funny thing is, your neighbor has basically the same house, and they think theirs is the best.
OMG...I saw one of these last night.
Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14
ITA! I honestly think its all about the image...the impression of living in the "rich" neighborhood...but I'm with you all the way. If you can afford a house that big, why not spend a little less on the superficial outside stuff & a little more on the property? That's just me though.
Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.
My parents were the first to move into their neighborhood. All little cracker box ranches, with few minor differences. They got to pick the colors, etc. But there wasn't a notion of luxery like I think of with McMansions.
I'm guessing because it's not that available. I have looked at new developments (East of San Diego). ALL new homes seem to be built on small lots, the cheap ones (500K for us), and the expensive ones.