Define McMansion...

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Define McMansion...
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Tue, 04-20-2004 - 11:12am
I'm just curious exactly what makes a McMansion a McMansion!

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-20-2004 - 11:25am
Yeah and whats the difference between a McMansion and a Mansion?- they serve fries at the McMansion?
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-20-2004 - 11:29am
I always thought of a McMansion as a high-cost large house in a neighborhood where all the houses are high-cost, large, yet extremely crowded together on 1/4 acre plots (where you can see in your neighbor's window from your window), and the individuality of the houses is superficial - copper awnings, huge front steps, etc. Basically you put down your half a mil (cost may vary, depending on location, I realize), pick your house out of a photo array (menu), and it gets built for you (and the builder gets away with a bundle).

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.

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Registered: 12-12-2002
Tue, 04-20-2004 - 11:33am

OMG...I saw one of these last night.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Tue, 04-20-2004 - 11:57am
175K? Wow, that would buy you maybe a 2 bedroom old house in a rough neighborhood here - here in Northern Virginia, McMansions are everywhere! They go for $500 - $700K here and are sold almost immediately! Mansions are what are in Great Falls and McLean and what the politicians and others live in, with some land and houses that don't look like the neighbors'. McMansions are what go up in 5 minutes around here and are on small plots, look like the others and sell in 5 minutes. I don't know how people afford them - I thought DH and I made a respectable living, but we decided to not be "house poor" (have all of your money going to the mortgage) and instead bought a four bedroom colonial that was built in 1955 for $325K. Our house may be lacking in closet space and may not be very big, but it is sturdy and is all brick!
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Tue, 04-20-2004 - 12:01pm
>>>Anyway, the yard it TINY! like maybe 10 feet from the back of the house...MAYBE! And the front yard is the same! The house will be large, like 2400 square feet, and I kept thinking, if you can afford this 175K house, why not buy a freaking YARD with it? sigh. I don't get it.

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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.

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Tue, 04-20-2004 - 12:02pm
There's a small development right around the corner from Allen that is very small houses (2bds, probably 1000 sf) on very small lots and all 8-10 of them are EXACTLY alike. Color, floor plan, style, the whole works. Allen calls it the Stepford Estates, roflmao.

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.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 04-20-2004 - 12:16pm
Dh and I have nicknamed those *Executive Trailer Parks* :)
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Tue, 04-20-2004 - 12:38pm
LOL!!!

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.



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Registered: 03-18-2004
Tue, 04-20-2004 - 12:38pm

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.

Mondo

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Registered: 05-28-2003
Tue, 04-20-2004 - 2:43pm
I imagine a house built recently by a developer in a "community" style that looks pretty much like the other houses on the block (and probably like the ones on the *next* community), over 3000 sq ft (though may be on a smaller lot if it's built in So CA), high ceilings, open floor plan, large kitchen with an island, at least 5 bedrooms (with a master *suite* and a downstairs bedroom), at least 3 bathrooms (with jets in the master bathtub), and large walk-in closet(often "his" and "hers") in the master suite.

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