We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The long-time prosperous but (historically) tasteful, silver-spoon WASPy NYC suburb of Greenwich, CT (the growing-up home of George Bush Sr.) became the hedge fund capital of the world over the past decade, as well as a highly-desirable address for newly-weathy Wall Street Masters of the Universe. Many houses, too, are owned by international folks who visit only occasionally, or as second homes for New Yorkers.
In 2006, the median home price was $1.7 million. I recently read that Greenwich suddenly has over 80 homes for sale for over 7 million. That's a lot for a small town. But yes, prices have toppled, sales are nearly dead, and the inventory is surging in the fancier NYC suburbs. Let's see what real estate is doing there now:
That one was lovely, but you can also buy this hideous architectural monstrosity for $4 million. I guess you could set it on fire, live in a tent, and farm the land, but I doubt that tomato prices could pay your mortgage. But who cares? The Obama plan could get you off the hook:
Jumping up to $9.5 million, you often tend to leave good taste behind and begin to find new, self-aggrandizing places like the one below. Things meant to be "mansions," I guess, in wannabe Brit aristocracy-style. Some folks need a mansion-thingy for self esteem or social-climbing purposes. It's a free country: to each his own. You could cover this whole thing with ivy and it would look better:
Just for fun, let's see what $18 million will get you. This one is comfortable, homey, unpretentious - glitz-free - and pleasant:
Tommy Hilfiger's house is for sale for $22 million. The 20,000-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a massive great room, basketball court, spa with a waterfall, theater, gym and a 2,000-bottle wine cellar.
Let's spend our very last penny on this one. $95 million, plenty of bedrooms but a mere 40 acres. The sellers were major Lefty donors. Impress your friends! Set up a nice rifle range! Get some kegs, dig a pit next to the pool and roast a pig or two and throw everybody's girlfriend into the pool. Or is it just a shallow self-reflecting pool?
Yow! Property is a great deal cheaper here. We bought our 4-bedroom 1800 square foot house for just under 240,000. And I rather like the mansion, but I love stone (it looks like limestone). It would look good with ivy.
And I like black and white. If the shutters weren't black, I probably wouldn't like it as much.
A friend of mine who has lived in Greenwich for many years told me of a home that was listed for $7.5 million last summer. The seller received an offer of $4.5 million and rejected it. No other offers were made. The rejected bidder came back and offered $3.5 million. The seller accepted.
I suspect that as many of the liberal wealthy are destroyed by Obamanomics some will reassess their political views.
Maybe people (and hopefully all people) will begin to understand that economics are not "left" or "right" but right and wrong.
That last house shown has delusions above its station in life. I like that simple white one two pics above it, If I had 18 million dollars, of course, and could hide it from the Obama brownshirts long enough to buy it. And didn't already have a cute little house of our own already paid off.
House lust is bad. And car lust is worse. I always wanted a Jaguar XKE, like Peter O'Toole drives in How to Steal A Million. Now I'm too old to dream that dream.
But I recommend the movie. He gets to love Audrey Hepburn.
this is why I love maggie;'s farm and its editorial staff because this is REAL humor and I like it. Think we should forward this post to Obama don't you think he and his cabinet would like a real laugh about now? lol