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  • anneR 5:06 pm on April 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    April 9, 2015 


    This is the upper landing at the top of the Double Debutante Staircase of a Toll Brother’s [builders] Monticello Model, in Herndon, VA, listed for $1,285,000.   Oh, and there is a third staircase at far left, too.  We suppose this arrangement might be excellent for exercising computer-game numbed children on a rainy day but we fail to see any resemblance to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  Land of Excess finds that the residential real estate industry has so enthusiastically and thoroughly detached words from their meaning that it surpasses even the fine arts in this respect.  Anyway, this ”Monticello Model” comes with 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 1 partial bath, and garaging for 3, as well as a waterfall and other “high quality upgrades”.  Thomas Jefferson eat your heart out.

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  • anneR 5:04 pm on April 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    April 7, 2015 


    Land of Excess doesn’t know what to make of this mirrored fireplace surround in Great Falls, VA.  We suppose on a cold snowy winter evening with a roaring fire it must all look spectacular in a glittery club-like sort of way, but this does not bring to our minds the phrase “The ultimate in understated elegance”, which is how the selling realtor has chosen to describe this 15,500 sq. ft. residential dwelling.  Secretly, our founder is outraged at this decor as it clashes in spirit with the old woods that existed here before, and contrasts too with our memories of that land.  This place is part of the first subdivision built on a large untouched forest tract at the SW corner of the intersection of Georgetown Pike and Old Dominion Drive that had previously contained a narrow tricky winding horse trail that connected up with another trail running through Great Falls Park.  One time we recall riding home at a fast trot in complete darkness [this was not our fault, we will spare you the explanation] and we couldn’t even see the trail or the old logs fallen across it, but our trusty pony knew exactly what he was doing and he was very eager to get to the barn and supper.  Oh, and $2,990,000 gets the lucky buyer 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 2 partial baths, and garaging for 4 cars.

  • anneR 12:09 pm on March 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    March 11, 2015 

    March 11, 2015

    Today Land of Excess has something special: a guest post! Identity shall remain undisclosed.

    With over 13,000 sqft, this fine Hubristic dwelling provides all the amenities your city soul will want out in the apple fields of Winchester. If Frankenstein was a building, this is it! It looks like the McMansion started spontaneously mutating and swallowing up numerous other houses. Situated on 5 acres with an unknown number of garages, this house can be all yours for just $899,000.

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  • anneR 12:57 pm on March 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    March 4, 2015 


    Look!  Two master baths!  With two separate walk-in closets!  This place also has twin double garages.  Land of Excess thinks we should have something witty to say about all this, but is coming up short.  Somebody think of something,  All yours for $3,950,000 with 5 bedrooms, 7 full and 3 partial baths plus garaging for 4 in Great Falls, VA.

  • anneR 1:35 am on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    March 1, 2015 

    March 1, 2015

    Perusing aerial views as is our wont, Land of Excess was happy to find that the original old silo for Cornwell Farm in Great Falls, VA still stands right next to an elaborate McMansion (see red arrow). We think it is extraordinary that a McMansion owner would tolerate such a thing.  Perhaps this McMansion owner is special.  Anyway, the old Cornwell Farm house stands at lower left (yellow arrow.)  We suppose we haven’t done posts about the old dwelling because we don’t consider it a McMansion.  It is a real Mansion, and we don’t complain about REAL Mansions–  well, we suppose this place, built in 1830, added onto in 1930, and remodeled in 2004, isn’t big enough to be considered a Mansion by current standards.  It was last owned by the super uber realtor extraordinaire Sue Huckaby.  We knew its property well from riding our little half-trained ponies around on it when it was owned by a family named McKnight, and then a family named Opstad.  This is the property on which when our founder was 13 she met the fellow on the motorcycle who she viewed with much excitement as a hippie.  Continuing, the property was offered for sale in September 2013 for $4,900,000 with 13 acres. The price was lowered to $4,500,000 and then further to $3,600,000 and then it finally sold in October 2014 for $3,500,000.   We are just baffled at this , as we consider it quite a bit more desirable than the ugly heaping piles of construction materials that were being offered for more $$ on much less land in the recent past.  We are startled and dismayed to discover that the purchasor was (ugh) Versailles Custom Homes and Developments, Inc.

  • anneR 1:35 pm on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    February 27, 2015 


    The kind person who urges us to post more on our website has generously submitted a real estate listing suitable for our enterprise.  And what a specimen it is!!!!!!!!  A “Grand home tucked into a private setting”!!!!!  If what is pictured here constitutes “tucked in” then we would be terrified to see what constitutes “thrown up”.  Anyway, this builder seems not to be concerned that there is as yet no indication of how one might go from one’s car to the “Front Door”.  We anticipate that in years to come this custom of having a “Front Door” that is used by nobody will result in an even more vestigial entryway, and will eventually be completely eliminated or repurposed into, for instance, a  bright spot for “crafting” or “scrapbooking”.  This vinyl-sided, asphalt-shingled residential structure with 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 partial baths, and garaging for 3 cars, on 16 acres in Harwood, MD (east of Washington, D.C. near the Chesapeake Bay) can be all yours for only $999,900.

  • anneR 1:31 pm on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    February 27, 2015 

    [This is a note that we posted on facebook, on our founder's personal page, where our posts are first presented.]

    The reader[s] of these Land of Excess facebook posts may not know that there is in fact a Land of Excess website/blog, https://www.landofexcess.com, which became the more proper container for as many of these posts as we have been able to upload.  We have been remiss in our uploading to that site FOR A YEAR [hands over face].  Anyway, we have discovered that the website/blog has a FAN and he wants more posts to show up there, and he says there is much more material about which to blog and that we better get cracking.  We really appreciate that this person urges us on, as our enterprise, while modest in its current form, may one day aspire to greater things.

  • anneR 1:38 pm on February 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    February 26, 2015 


    Land of Excess paid a virtual visit to Florida on this snowy morning in the mid-Atlantic, just for a bit of warmth and sunshine, and ran smack dab into ‘Palazzo Grande Mansion’ in Palm Beach Gardens.  Here is a picture of the Billiard Room.  In our minds we are expending considerable mental energy trying to reconcile these unadorned run-of-the-mill windows with the faux “Hunt of the Unicorn” (and other) tapestries and the elaborate carvings or possibly things-made-from-molds, and the chandelier.  We find the effort discouraging.  This place has 40 chandeliers, a 75 guest ballroom, six full and two half baths, and six bedrooms.  But only a two car garage.  Oh by the way the dining room has a ceiling featuring 80 hand-carved cherubs.  Maybe we should have shown that.  All yours for $30,000,000.

  • anneR 2:00 pm on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    February 25, 2015 


    This photograph fills Land of Excess with wonder.  Does it show this place at its BEST?  Is this miserable heap of construction materials priced at $4,900,000 in McLean, VA really sited such that it will get very little direct sun excepting into its GARAGE?  Oh happy cars!  And what new little inventions are these vestiges of dormers [or are they some other purpose-based architectural element the name of which we forget at the moment?]  They appear to our gimlet eye to be ideally suited to mechanization such that they can move up and down like eyebrows, to be activated by pressure sensitive devises under the driveway as one approaches.   The online real estate listing says that this place comes with 6 bedrooms and 6 full and 2 partial baths and garaging for 4.











  • anneR 1:41 am on February 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    February 18, 2015 

    February 18, 2015

    If our reader(s) can identify the retail or wholesale source of this fireplace “stone” we will give them the “Land of Excess Heaping Pile of Construction Materials 2015 Award Trophy.”  This “Exceptionally spacious handsome” residential building, located in Potomac, MD, is available for only $1,898,000, with 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and garaging for 2.

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