Please don’t tear down that house
I live in Lexington, Massachusetts, and I was sad to hear that one of my favorite houses on our block is going to be torn down so they can build a larger property on the real estate lot. We have strong zoning laws, so I feel comfortable it won’t be a condo complex. But I began thinking of all the nice homes that have been destroyed for the betterment of real estate developers. Please don’t get me wrong, Boston real estate developers are some of my best clients, but sometimes I think they push the limit when it comes to classic, historical properties.
I think one of the saddest tear downs in recent years happened to an old classic home that was the set for the western television series Bonanza. For those who don’t watch the TV channel ME TV. Bonanza, chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. The video below is one of last videos before the ranch home was torn down. Enjoy the video.
In American suburban communities, McMansion is a pejorative for a type of large, new luxury house which is judged to be oversized for the parcel or incongruous and out-of-place for its neighborhood. Alternatively, a McMansion can be a large, new house in a subdivision of similarly large houses, which all seem mass-produced and lacking in distinguishing characteristics, as well as appearing at odds with the traditional local architecture.
The neologism “McMansion” seems to have been coined sometime in the early 1980s. It appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1990 and the New York Times in 1998. Related terms include “Persian palace”, “garage Mahal”, “starter castle”, and “Hummer house.” Marketing parlance often uses the term tract “mansions” or executive homes. An example of a McWord, “McMansion” associates the generic quality of these luxury homes with that of mass-produced fast food meals by evoking the McDonald’s restaurant chain.