McMansion - Criticism - Size

Size

The construction of what seems to be too large a house on an existing lot will often draw the ire of neighbors and other local residents. In 2006, for example, a recently built house in Kirkland, Washington — an affluent suburb on Seattle's Eastside — stood so close to an adjoining property that, in the words of the chair of the city's Neighborhood Association, "you can read the lettering on the canned vegetables in the house next door." Built as tract "mansions" or executive homes in marketing parlance, they generally are found in outlying suburban areas because lot sizes in older neighborhoods generally are not conducive to residences of this large scale. These homes usually are constructed among other large homes by a subdivider on speculation; they generally are built en-masse by a development company to be marketed as premium real estate, but do not feature custom features.

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