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  • OK, so what are McMansions?

    I keep hearing people referring to middle-class families living in "McMansions". What the heck are they? Of course, the "Mc" brings McDonald's to mind. Are these houses with golden arches or something?

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    In my locale, McMansion refers to too much house for the ground it is on. If you built a 6,000 sq. ft. house on an acre and a half, it would be a McMansion. Instead of a sprawling estate, it is a huge, luxurious house on a tiny lot.
    It may mean something totally different in your area.

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    • #3
      Right from my neighborhood. And it hasn't gotten any better in the 6 years since this was written!

      http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/05/ny...anted=all&_r=0
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      • #4
        Originally posted by slamdunc View Post
        In my locale, McMansion refers to too much house for the ground it is on. If you built a 6,000 sq. ft. house on an acre and a half, it would be a McMansion. Instead of a sprawling estate, it is a huge, luxurious house on a tiny lot.
        It may mean something totally different in your area.
        I prefer the opposite (small house, huge lot). Who wants to sit inside on their days off?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by slamdunc View Post
          In my locale, McMansion refers to too much house for the ground it is on. If you built a 6,000 sq. ft. house on an acre and a half, it would be a McMansion. Instead of a sprawling estate, it is a huge, luxurious house on a tiny lot.
          It may mean something totally different in your area.

          Pretty much. Go to the coastal area of North San Diego County & you'll see lots of them (part of the reason I say that I grew up there until the neighborhood went downhill).
          This Space For Rent

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DigitalFrenchie View Post
            Right from my neighborhood. And it hasn't gotten any better in the 6 years since this was written!

            http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/05/ny...anted=all&_r=0
            Where I am (just east of you), they are popping up like weeds. They buy a $400-$500k (or more) with land, tear it down and build a McMansion.
            I’ll die with blue in my veins.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Carbonfiberfoot View Post
              I prefer the opposite (small house, huge lot). Who wants to sit inside on their days off?
              I kind of agree, but land in desirable areas is at a premium up here.
              I’ll die with blue in my veins.

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              • #8
                A McMansion is the type of house Ronald McDonald, Birdie, Grimmace, and the Hamburgler all live in.


                Wow, I can't believe I remembered Grimmace's name.
                I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.

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                • #9
                  I'd settle for a nice 1,600 - 2,000 sq. ft. house on about 10 acres (about 75% wooded) with a pond or a stream/river flowing through it where I could relax by a nice fire or go fishing in my backyard.

                  Yeap - that would be heaven for me. One day.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rudy8116 View Post
                    A McMansion is the type of house Ronald McDonald, Birdie, Grimmace, and the Hamburgler all live in.


                    Wow, I can't believe I remembered Grimmace's name.
                    LOL, Rudy, you're a hoot bud.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Aerohead View Post
                      I'd settle for a nice 1,600 - 2,000 sq. ft. house on about 10 acres (about 75% wooded) with a pond or a stream/river flowing through it where I could relax by a nice fire or go fishing in my backyard.

                      Yeap - that would be heaven for me. One day.
                      Heck, there are days when I wanna just leave the whole rat race for good, buy a used trailor, and live in the mountains, or in Jacksonville Fl to be near my hillbilly relatives.

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                      • #12
                        Definition of 'McMansion'

                        A slang term that describes a large, opulent house that may be generic in style and represents a good value for a homebuyer in terms of its size. This type of home is built to provide middle and/or upper middle class homeowners with the luxurious housing experience that was previously only available to high-net-worth individuals.

                        The McMansion term is meant as a play on McDonald's fast food restaurants, as these homes also represent the pervasiveness and excessive consumption that critics often associate with McDonald's.

                        Source: Investopedia

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Carbonfiberfoot View Post
                          I prefer the opposite (small house, huge lot). Who wants to sit inside on their days off?
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                          That's the way I like it! Why do you need more rooms to keep you inside? I'd rather sit outside, and not have to see everything my neighbors are doing.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Popps View Post
                            f

                            That's the way I like it! Why do you need more rooms to keep you inside? I'd rather sit outside, and not have to see everything my neighbors are doing.
                            Or hearing.
                            This Space For Rent

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                            • #15
                              A double-wide.

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