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Old 03-11-2015, 04:24 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I agree 100%. I've seen that in some areas of Pinecrest. What was formerly a ranch-style house sitting on a one-acre lot is now 3 separate properties with houses too big for the lots that they were built on.
I was thinking of Pinecrest when I wrote that post. And as I understand it, there used to be a zoning ordinance which applied to at least some of the one acre properties in Pinecrest limiting them to one dwelling per acre. I don't know if that ordinance was repealed or it was just disregarded by the builders anxious to make a huge profit. But I've lost count of the number of those lots where there are now 2-3 very large, very closely spaced McMansions where there used to be just one house.
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:24 PM
 
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This is considered a McMansion in NJ.

Joe and Teresa Giudice slash price on Montville mansion again; yours for $2.99 million | NJ.com

Very gaudy, no taste, too big, just to show off how much money you can spend
Hmm but because it's not on a small lot and is so expensive, doesnt that just make it a tacky mansion? Lol
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Sunny South Florida
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Yeah, I was always assumed the "mc" was added to the term to signify that it has fake/gaudy elements added to it to make a cookie-cutter home seem old/stately/established, like an average single-family home with overblown architectural elements made with cheaper-than-authentic materials.
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Old 03-11-2015, 04:29 PM
 
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Is this NOT a mcmansion? It's large and its on a big lot.Idk, I think this is an attractive, quality designed house. It's also doesnt mimic other houses in the neighborhood.What say you guys?


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Old 03-11-2015, 04:43 PM
 
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Yeah, I was always assumed the "mc" was added to the term to signify that it has fake/gaudy elements added to it to make a cookie-cutter home seem old/stately/established, like an average single-family home with overblown architectural elements made with cheaper-than-authentic materials.
This is a simple, easy explanation of what a mcmansion is.Kudos!
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Miami
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What I've often seen builders do in Miami over the years in areas such as Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, as well as other upscale areas, is to buy those older houses sitting on one acre, knock them down, and try to build as many jumbo houses as they could get away with on the property. So they end up with three of those huge houses sitting very close to each other on property that formerly had just one house on it.

IMO THOSE are McMansions. When they manage to build five or more of them on a property that really is too small for them, I call them "housing projects", LOL.
Exactly, Or in South Miami, where they've built right to the property line.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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Is this NOT a mcmansion? It's large and its on a big lot.Idk, I think this is an attractive, quality designed house. It's also doesnt mimic other houses in the neighborhood.What say you guys?

I don't like the arched window or the view from the back. Where are these houses you keep posting? It doesn't look like Florida.
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:07 AM
 
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I don't like the arched window or the view from the back. Where are these houses you keep posting? It doesn't look like Florida.
Yeah the arched window does look kind of cheesy lol and out of place compared to the other windows.These are florida homes, lots of neighborhoods look like this here, in the medium to smaller towns.
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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Maybe you should look at some of the older neighborhoods with Bungalow or Craftsmen houses. Much more character.
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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It's hard to say if the house is a McMansion or not. In my opinion, the term McMansion doesn't just apply to houses that have huge square footage, but also houses that are gaudy or ostentatious. I think the houses that I consider McMansions are the ones with the overlarge two story entry, huge kitchens that look beautiful but make you wonder how anyone cooks in them, faucets over the stove and sinks in the island, and the island is always huge. Lots of granite, stainless steel appliances, and a six burner stove. McMansions seem to have a lot of duplicate rooms too. They will have a formal dining room and a large eating area in the kitchen. They'll also have a living room and a family room, bathrooms for each bedroom, a media room, and probably a sun room.

On the outside the house will be brick or stucco. Inside the house will feel rich, rather than cosy and welcoming. Fancy staircases, track lighting, tile floors, and 22 ft long master bedrooms with a huge master bathroom is the rule. And the garage will be attached to the house, always. Either a three car or 4 car garage. They don't look like any real particular style.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with these houses, but I think they don't have any character or soul. They're houses, not homes.

I read a lot of Fine Homebuilding magazines, and there's always at least one article in there about how McMansions are ruining America. At the same time, in their annual Houses issue, practically all the houses they feature are 3000 sq ft or more. Occasionally they will feature a smaller house of 1500 sq ft. I don't know if the magazine then is being hypocritical about McMansions, or if McMansions aren't the houses we've been seeing. If I had to describe McMansions in one phrase, I'd call them conspicuous consumption.

Look at it this way. If you see blocks and blocks of new houses along a street, what is one thing they all have in common? Well, it's usually that you can't see the house on account of the ugly garage doors facing the street and they really don't have any style. That's a tract house. McMansions are the same type of house, just scaled up.
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