Living VERY Large: For the Ultra Wealthy, Bigger is Still Better
Posted March 5th, 2012 | by The Update
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From the Wall Street Journal: Shooting ranges, an indoor tennis court, a bedroom bigger than many houses: For a small cadre of very wealthy owners, building big is back.
Four years into the housing downturn, what little new-home construction remains is focused on downsized living. According to the Census Bureau, the average size of a newly completed single-family home peaked in 2007 at 2,521 square feet, capping nearly three decades of growth, falling to 2,392 square feet in 2010.
Then there are the exceptions, a small cadre of homeowners who are currently building mansions that are 10 times that size. Interviews with the small pool of luxury builders who handle such projects, and a perusal of permits in wealthy areas including parts of Connecticut and California, suggests that for some of the mega-wealthy, big is back….
At this rarefied stratum, luxury builders say emotion and desire often drive demand. “You don’t need that much space,” says a Dallas businessman who recently completed building a 28,000-square-foot home for himself and his family. He says he and his wife planned to build a roughly 13,000-square-foot home, but their plans just kept on growing. “The architect was a really good salesman, [and] we just kept dreaming, I guess.” Builders say owners are building their dream home or building for more or older children, and renovating an existing property, even extensively, might not satisfy their checklist.
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