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(New York Daily News)   EVERYTHING is BIGGER in TEXAS Including the chunk of cliff that collapsed and left the edge of your lakeside McMansion hanging out in mid-air   (nydailynews.com) divider line 166
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2014-06-11 02:57:08 PM  
A glance at Google shows several more of these places can expect the same fate before too long.

Maybe if they'd named the subdivision White Coastal Erosion Landform Resort, folks might have thought a bit harder about building homes so close to it.
 
2014-06-11 03:11:05 PM  
A $700k home is "luxury"?  I'll have to tell my wife that.  Apparently, we live in a 1000sq ft McMansion.
 
2014-06-11 03:11:20 PM  
I've been cliff diving in Lake Whitney.  That mansion needs to nut up and jump.  It's fun.
 
2014-06-11 03:58:03 PM  
I'm having a hard time mustering sympathy.
 
2014-06-11 04:21:51 PM  

unyon: A $700k home is "luxury"?  I'll have to tell my wife that.  Apparently, we live in a 1000sq ft McMansion.


In most parts of Texas it is
 
2014-06-11 04:36:46 PM  
That's too bad for those rich people.
 
2014-06-11 04:37:48 PM  
I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-06-11 04:38:22 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-06-11 04:39:34 PM  
Regulations?  We don't need no stinkin' regulations!
 
2014-06-11 04:40:05 PM  

Snarfangel: I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.
[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x962]


I don't think I've seen that house with people before.

It's smaller than I thought it was.
 
2014-06-11 04:41:19 PM  

ruta: A glance at Google shows several more of these places can expect the same fate before too long.

Maybe if they'd named the subdivision White Coastal Erosion Landform Resort, folks might have thought a bit harder about building homes so close to it.


it's in Austin, i don't think it would have mattered
 
2014-06-11 04:41:39 PM  

unyon: A $700k home is "luxury"?  I'll have to tell my wife that.  Apparently, we live in a 1000sq ft McMansion.


This may surprise you but, different parts of the country have different property values. $700k around here could buy you a genuine mansion. A nice 2000 sq ft house on a quarter acre goes for about 130K.
 
2014-06-11 04:42:25 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-11 04:42:58 PM  
I can't see it.

Something about a survey.
 
2014-06-11 04:43:49 PM  

Snarfangel: I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.


I think that was built over granite. Central Texas is all limestone. A dog with a favorite spot could erode a limestone cliff.
 
2014-06-11 04:44:56 PM  
"I've got a cabin in the sky!" - Yosemite Sam
 
2014-06-11 04:45:24 PM  
McMansion (actual definition): A large, cheaply built home crammed into a small (1/4 acre or less) lot next to similar homes.

McMansion (as used here): Any home that smitty is likely paid to clean or deliver pizza to.

/Get out of your mom's basement, smitty
 
2014-06-11 04:45:36 PM  

wildcardjack: Snarfangel: I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.

I think that was built over granite. Central Texas is all limestone. A dog with a favorite spot could erode a limestone cliff.


well that certainly takes the piss out of a geological survey.
 
2014-06-11 04:46:18 PM  
I wonder if their insurance policy covers "ground falling away from structure".

Come to think of it, do people who live in sink-hole prone areas have to buy special "structure and lot swallowed by earth" coverage?
 
2014-06-11 04:48:06 PM  

chasd00: ruta: A glance at Google shows several more of these places can expect the same fate before too long.

Maybe if they'd named the subdivision White Coastal Erosion Landform Resort, folks might have thought a bit harder about building homes so close to it.

it's in Austin, i don't think it would have mattered


It is outside of Waco, closer to Dallas/Fort Worth area than Austin.
 
2014-06-11 04:49:03 PM  
The $700,000+ home is teetering 75 feet above Lake Whitney

Not a $700,000 home any more...
 
2014-06-11 04:49:13 PM  
Mesa that coming.
 
2014-06-11 04:51:20 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 628x650]


but the gdp of alaska is smaller than the gdp of rhode island.
 
2014-06-11 04:51:57 PM  
an uninspired, cheaply constructed box is not luxury.
 
2014-06-11 04:54:37 PM  

sendtodave: Snarfangel: I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.
[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x962]

I don't think I've seen that house with people before.

It's smaller than I thought it was.


Maybe those people are just really big.
 
2014-06-11 04:55:58 PM  

pacified: an uninspired, cheaply constructed box is not luxury.


the foyer has a moon door, your argument is invalid.www.grizzlybomb.com
 
2014-06-11 04:56:14 PM  
I keep hearing this term. What makes a McMansion different from any other mansion?
 
2014-06-11 04:56:34 PM  
Wow. What a colossally stupid place to build a house. I'm no geologist but it appears that entire cliff is limestone. What did they think would happen?
 
2014-06-11 04:57:30 PM  
The whole left side has cracks extending from the foundation diagonally through the fire place. That house is toast.
 
2014-06-11 04:58:02 PM  

Jeng: chasd00: ruta: A glance at Google shows several more of these places can expect the same fate before too long.

Maybe if they'd named the subdivision White Coastal Erosion Landform Resort, folks might have thought a bit harder about building homes so close to it.

it's in Austin, i don't think it would have mattered

It is outside of Waco, closer to Dallas/Fort Worth area than Austin.


my mistake, i saw this story somewhere else and could have sworn it was in Austin.

/didn't know there was much limestone that far North
 
2014-06-11 04:58:20 PM  

bmr68: The whole left side has cracks extending from the foundation diagonally through the fire place. That house is toast.


There should be a pool on what day the house will fall in.

And someone should video it.
 
2014-06-11 05:00:06 PM  

Dog Welder: Wow. What a colossally stupid place to build a house. I'm no geologist but it appears that entire cliff is limestone. What did they think would happen?


this is Texas, regulations are a sign of the end of times.
 
2014-06-11 05:00:10 PM  

Jeng: chasd00: ruta: A glance at Google shows several more of these places can expect the same fate before too long.

Maybe if they'd named the subdivision White Coastal Erosion Landform Resort, folks might have thought a bit harder about building homes so close to it.

it's in Austin, i don't think it would have mattered

It is outside of Waco HIllsboro, closer to Dallas/Fort Worth area than Austin.


-FTFY

Maps, how do they work?
 
2014-06-11 05:01:56 PM  

Headso: Smeggy Smurf: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 628x650]

but the gdp of alaska is smaller than the gdp of rhode island.


Alaska's per-capita GDP is the second largest in the nation.
 
2014-06-11 05:02:06 PM  

sendtodave: Snarfangel: I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.
[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x962]

I don't think I've seen that house with people before.

It's smaller than I thought it was.


Most of Frankie's stuff is down right claustrophobic.  When you see photos of the spaces and then actually visit them, you have to wonder how the photographer took the picture.  Robie house is tiny inside.
 
2014-06-11 05:02:42 PM  

UtileDysfunktion: I wonder if their insurance policy covers "ground falling away from structure".

Come to think of it, do people who live in sink-hole prone areas have to buy special "structure and lot swallowed by earth" coverage?


Yes,yes we do

/I think I pay an extra $40 a year for it.
 
2014-06-11 05:03:43 PM  
So with the new view the house across the street will get does something like this increase or decrease property value?
 
2014-06-11 05:04:33 PM  

Savage Belief: I keep hearing this term. What makes a McMansion different from any other mansion?


Cheaping out on labour, materials, and little things like consulting a geotechnical engineer, all so you can get more square feet for your buck.
 
2014-06-11 05:04:34 PM  

chasd00: Jeng: chasd00: ruta: A glance at Google shows several more of these places can expect the same fate before too long.

Maybe if they'd named the subdivision White Coastal Erosion Landform Resort, folks might have thought a bit harder about building homes so close to it.

it's in Austin, i don't think it would have mattered

It is outside of Waco, closer to Dallas/Fort Worth area than Austin.

my mistake, i saw this story somewhere else and could have sworn it was in Austin.

/didn't know there was much limestone that far North


??????

Ever heard of a little place called Missouri?


go.owu.edu
 
2014-06-11 05:04:44 PM  
I cannot even measure how much I don't give a shiat about some multi-billionaire losing one of their vacation houses when I can barely afford the increasing property taxes on my cardboard box of a house with a highway in the back yard.
 
2014-06-11 05:05:00 PM  

UtileDysfunktion: I wonder if their insurance policy covers "ground falling away from structure".

Come to think of it, do people who live in sink-hole prone areas have to buy special "structure and lot swallowed by earth" coverage?


Areas of the country that are prone to sink holes (like 35% of the country) require insurers to offer such insurance. It isn't cheap.
 
2014-06-11 05:06:01 PM  

Dog Welder: Wow. What a colossally stupid place to build a house. I'm no geologist but it appears that entire cliff is limestone. What did they think would happen?


I am a geologist, and these people are idiots.
 
2014-06-11 05:07:40 PM  

chasd00: Jeng: chasd00: ruta: A glance at Google shows several more of these places can expect the same fate before too long.

Maybe if they'd named the subdivision White Coastal Erosion Landform Resort, folks might have thought a bit harder about building homes so close to it.

it's in Austin, i don't think it would have mattered

It is outside of Waco, closer to Dallas/Fort Worth area than Austin.

my mistake, i saw this story somewhere else and could have sworn it was in Austin.

/didn't know there was much limestone that far North


it pokes up through the muck here and there.
 
2014-06-11 05:09:41 PM  
McMansion = any house bigger than your house, especially if you're a liberal arts major who's unbelievably envious of your peers that are apparently making an order of magnitude more money than you.
 
2014-06-11 05:12:00 PM  

Savage Belief: I keep hearing this term. What makes a McMansion different from any other mansion?


A McMansion is a cookie-cutter, mass-produced relatively large suburban home, usually on a small lot with other homes nearby that are nearly the same except for relatively minor cosmetic differences, such as a front room, or basement vs. half basement, etc.

I live in one ;) It was the best school district with the number of rooms my girlfriend and I needed, and a price we could afford. I'd rather have a bigger yard, but priorities and limitations being what they are, we did what we could.
 
2014-06-11 05:13:12 PM  

Maud Dib: chasd00: Jeng: chasd00: ruta: A glance at Google shows several more of these places can expect the same fate before too long.

Maybe if they'd named the subdivision White Coastal Erosion Landform Resort, folks might have thought a bit harder about building homes so close to it.

it's in Austin, i don't think it would have mattered

It is outside of Waco, closer to Dallas/Fort Worth area than Austin.

my mistake, i saw this story somewhere else and could have sworn it was in Austin.

/didn't know there was much limestone that far North

??????

Ever heard of a little place called Missouri?


[go.owu.edu image 433x288]


www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-06-11 05:13:33 PM  

Gneisskate: Dog Welder: Wow. What a colossally stupid place to build a house. I'm no geologist but it appears that entire cliff is limestone. What did they think would happen?

I am a geologist, and these people are idiots.


Exactly. Looking at the further out shots, it appears as if the cliff was already pretty well undercut. It was only a matter of time, and the traffic and extra weight on top of the cliff just hastened the process.
 
2014-06-11 05:13:55 PM  
Maud Dib:

??????

Ever heard of a little place called Missouri?


[go.owu.edu image 433x288]


Anything east of Austin and the hill country of Texas is generally gulf coastal clay.  The stuff around a Dallas is some of the worst expansive clays to build on.  It's not until you push east towards Tyler that you get more sandy soils.  Hence the piney woods...
 
2014-06-11 05:15:26 PM  
goofus:

garkola: McMansion = any house bigger than your house, especially if you're a liberal arts major who's unbelievably envious of your peers that are apparently making an order of magnitude more money than you.


gallant:

Pitabred: A McMansion is a cookie-cutter, mass-produced relatively large suburban home, usually on a small lot with other homes nearby that are nearly the same except for relatively minor cosmetic differences, such as a front room, or basement vs. half basement, etc.

 
GBB
2014-06-11 05:16:17 PM  
Update:
kdfw.images.worldnow.com

And, let it go, cause, it's going to be gone soon:

kdfw.images.worldnow.com
 
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