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Watchinherskip
07-10-2008, 06:54 PM
DW and I went to the Homearama in Virginia Beach last night. For those that don't know what that is, it is an open house of the most garishly, oppulent homes in a new construction area. The homes were obsenely elaborate, with 5 bedrooms 7 baths, home theaters that are actual theaters, massive homes, 3 car garages and the like. Now why we attend this event almost yearly is beyond me! The homes were absolutely stunning, had the best inground pools, outdoor kitchens and bars, fire pits you name it! BTW,, the cheapest house (w/o all the beautiful furniture)was 1.2 million!

It sort of made me feel bad. There are people across this planet who have to make their shoes our of throw away plastic soda bottles, and there is this fantastic oppulence. I was stunned. Now our house is how shall we say, a bit more realistic...2000 sq ft (feel that is more than enough) 4 bed, 2.5 bath and you know what, nice and cozy. Who BUYS these houses? Is that part of the problem we had, that we aspire to such massive McMansions? Are we going in debt to try to attain that goal. Well a few of the CEOs from the failed banking industry must be on the short list, you would need a golden parachute to afford these homes.

You should see these monsters:

http://www.homearama.tv/

Johnie
07-10-2008, 06:56 PM
Good grief....and probably only 2 or 3 people live in these houses.....

Watchinherskip
07-10-2008, 06:59 PM
Really, in one of them, the walk in closet was actually, litteraly larger than our bedroom. The scale is massive. Now to make myself feel better, you couldn't help but notice that this new development get the sound of freedom...24 hrs a day...right next to naval air station Oceana! Nothing like the sound of an f18 superhornet to wake to.:tongue0011-1:

Dawn
07-10-2008, 07:01 PM
Wow, that's materialism at its worst. :eek:

Give me cosy anytime.

Watchinherskip
07-10-2008, 07:06 PM
The building association puts on the event each year and each year (for the most part) they try to outdo the previous year. Normally there are about a dozen homes, but only 7 this year as the building market is taking major hits...build fewer homes, but bigger and more oppulent.

Britchick
07-10-2008, 07:06 PM
my walk in closet in the US was as big as our bedroom now!!!

I Like the mothership


i guess you earn that money you spend it on what you want :yes:

Watchinherskip
07-10-2008, 07:12 PM
my walk in closet in the US was as big as our bedroom now!!!

I Like the mothership


i guess you earn that money you spend it on what you want :yes:

True that Brit, the Mothership was pretty neat for at least TRYING to leave a smaller footprint, well a carbon footprint. It utilized gray water via recycling, has photocells on the roof, uses fluorescent lights throughout and has the latest in energy saving devices. They claim that you may actully see the meter spinning backwards...you would be selling electricity back to the grid. The builder was on site and used the computer to check how much energy each of the homes used (all you need is an address to see how much energy your neighbors are using here in Dominion Electric area). His house dre $30 for the day while some of the other houses drew over $50 to near $60 a day. Now they have every light on, AC crandked up, have the home theater going, the pools all lit up.....but come on even $30 a day x 365 days...not only can I not ever afford the house, I can't even afford to power it:p

Britchick
07-10-2008, 07:18 PM
thats always the thing isn't it you can stretch to a bit bigger house but then can't afford to heat it and the extra effort it takes to clean it!

Claire
07-10-2008, 07:26 PM
I haven't got a walk in closet but Owen can get inside my wardrobe and pretend he's in an elevator.

Those houses remind me of the type of houses at Sandbanks here in Poole. They beggar belief!

Watchinherskip
07-10-2008, 10:10 PM
thats always the thing isn't it you can stretch to a bit bigger house but then can't afford to heat it and the extra effort it takes to clean it!

Yes that is what we said....how long would it take to clean it? I mean 6400 sq. feet...how long would it take to clean that...can barely keep up with a 2000 sq ft house. Especially with a teen daughter:p

foreverducky
07-10-2008, 10:15 PM
It's always shocking. I watch House Hunters on HGTV and am usually shocked at their BUDGET of $980,000 or some such number.

Ursula
08-10-2008, 12:46 AM
My house is teeny tiny... it has 5 rooms and that's it! lol... so not much cleaning for me and I love it! I have a lounge, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom and that's it! It's easy to look after and decorate and is all furnished so all our money can go on Disney or other hols.

PsychoAlice
08-10-2008, 12:55 AM
Yes that is what we said....how long would it take to clean it? I mean 6400 sq. feet...how long would it take to clean that...can barely keep up with a 2000 sq ft house. Especially with a teen daughter:p


A long freaking time..I grew up in a house similar to that...:oops:

I like my house now..not huge but not small...even with its pukey pink carpet

Watchinherskip
08-10-2008, 01:41 PM
A long freaking time..I grew up in a house similar to that...:oops:

I like my house now..not huge but not small...even with its pukey pink carpet

Alice, I understand that pukey pink is the new mucky mauve..hehe

I think these houses were so massive they have several zip codes in each.:p

Beccaberry
09-10-2008, 12:38 PM
Dan...any idea "why" they put on the big show every year? Surely it's not because they think the average homebuyer would think "Wow, what a deal! Let's buy one!"

Are they just feeding curiosity? Or is there some other reason?

Watchinherskip
09-10-2008, 01:38 PM
No Becca, they sell these puppies!!! It is a huge development in souther Virginia Beach. There were already a few dozen monsters being lived in in another phase of the development. I guess they have a few hundred thousand visitors at $10 a piece. You have to run the guantlet of every conceivable supplier and contractor (Pampered Chef, to garage door companies, to security companies and the like) through a series of tents that stretch a city block to get into the homes. They make money on them for sure. WHO has that kind of money? The Big League house had the memorbelia from several local players in the MBL (David Wright on the mets, the Upton Bros on Tampa Bay and Arizona, Michael Cuddyer from the Twins). It wouldn't surprise me if one of them will take owner ship of the home.

A few years ago Homearama was pretty close to my section in Churchland. Again, McMansions...one had a walnut paneled elevator..no kidding. That house was bought by Michael Vick (before his conviction on dog fighting) for his mother. Guess those folks have enough money.

PsychoAlice
09-10-2008, 02:06 PM
We have that here too...its call the parade of homes (http://www.coloradoparade.com/bf/co/gjhba/mem/homes.jsp?pid=1080)

There are some regular homes too but there are some rediculous homes too

Watchinherskip
09-10-2008, 02:10 PM
We have that here too...its call the parade of homes (http://www.coloradoparade.com/bf/co/gjhba/mem/homes.jsp?pid=1080)

There are some regular homes too but there are some rediculous homes too

Yeah, the biggest homes we ever saw were outside of Denver, CO. They had some parade of homes there. Freakin outrageous. That was the first time that I actually saw a home theater. I am not talking the nice ones a homearama with maybe a half to a dozen seats. This house had about 20 seats with a huge projecction system, automated lights, snack bar...oh almost forgot, Michael Vick's mother's house had a pretty big one that had its own foyer, snack bar, ticket booth and marquee..I am not kidding.