It’s the goal of every hard working man and woman – to own property, and better yet, to have a nice house to live in located on same. For many, that means the standard size – 2/1, 3/2, or 4/2 – with a lots of livable square footage and all mod cons. But for others, that’s thinking too small. WAY too small. For them, nothing short of a McMansion will do, a house that screams “MANOR” with so much room you probably couldn’t walk from end to end (or floor to floor…or both) without getting winded.

Sticking out like sore thumbs across many a suburban landscape, these monuments to conspicuous consumption are like affronts to those living paycheck to paycheck. Worse, they pale in comparison to what we would properly define as a mansion. The Mc-prefix is there as a reference to size – the fast food version of luxury, if you will. In the case of the video below, we get 10 examples of what living large is truly like. Take a gander, and then come back for a bit more perspective.

What People Called “Mansions” Back In The Old Days

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Now, 40,000 sq. ft. seems like a lot. The average single-family home is about 1800 sq. ft. Let’s make it 2,000 to make things easier. That means, one of these architectural marvels is approximately 20 times bigger than where you are living right now – 40 times if you are in a 1,000 sq. ft. apartment. That’s 2-0. Twenty times the bathrooms to clean (of course, you have staff for that). Twenty times the utility bills (money means nothing, remember?). But perhaps most importantly, you and your family can easily take up about 4,000 to 5,000 sq. ft. of this space and not feel crowded. But what about the rest? Imagine if someone broke in and you didn’t know it? They could be living with you and you’d never know. That’s size for you.

Take The Grand Tour

Forget The Mansion – How About A Whole Village?

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