January 10, 2015


Land of Excess ran across something very special in the Great Falls, VA online real estate listings.  The too-long text below is from the builder’s (Luminous Developments] website.  The listings tell us that these dwellings can be had for $4,850,000 with 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 3 partial baths, and garaging for 4.  We are freshly reminded by a piece the other day in the NYT that we taxpayers are partially subsidizing these developers whenever buyers get a big mortgage with associated tax deductions.  Moving on, we wonder if anyone has run into this word “conurbation”, which is misused below.

Hortense Place is a new development of 5 luxury homes planned for 10500 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia. Located 2 minutes from the center of Great Falls, the luxury homes are to be constructed on 2-acre builder’s lots.

Great Falls, located on the banks of the Potomac River, is one of the most picturesque conurbations in Northern Virginia. Quite and village-like, it is home to some of the nations wealthiest and most accomplished individuals. It is within easy access of Washington DC, Dulles International Airport, and all of the major transportation links in the Capital Region. It is served by outstanding elementary schools and by the prestigious Langley High School.

Hortense derives from Latin roots meaning gardener. It has been the name of some of Europe’s most accomplished noble women. This development will have the depth of character, the beauty, and elegance of this name.