Tuesday, May 17, 2005

"keeping up with the Ellisons"

inman.com covers in a three-part series the growing demand for luxury housing, particularly in california. like the hummer, the "monster thickburger," and super big gulps, bigger equals better. while the article debates whether people are seeking safety after 9/11 (facile pop-psych reasoning) or seeking status (more likely) the end result is obscene: 60,000-70,000 sq ft houses, construction costs alone in the $35 million range, olympic swimming pools with greek columns and statues, and of course, swarovski crystal chandeliers. because no self-respecting trump-wannabe home would be complete without one.


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