McMansion - Origins

Origins

Beginning in California in the 1980s, the larger home concept was intended to fill a gap between the more modest suburban tract home and the upscale custom homes found in gated, waterfront, or golf course communities. Subdivisions were developed around such communities, as well as in pre-existing neighborhoods, either in empty lots or as replacements for torn-down structures. The larger homes proved popular and demand increased dramatically, particularly in light of new land-management laws that were enacted in the 1980s and '90s. Efforts to economize may have led to a decline in quality for many of these new homes, prompting the coinage of the disparaging term.

In a development that runs counter to the previous boom in construction of McMansions, recent reports suggest that the Great Recession (2008–2009) has caused new house sizes in the United States to stabilize.

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