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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
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2014-06-11 04:45:24 PM  
6 votes:
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 05:09:41 PM  
5 votes:
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.
GBB
2014-06-11 05:16:17 PM  
4 votes:
Update:
kdfw.images.worldnow.com

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

kdfw.images.worldnow.com
2014-06-11 02:57:08 PM  
3 votes:
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 05:46:26 PM  
2 votes:

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


You don't live in a $700k house.  You live in a $100k house on a $600k piece of land.
2014-06-11 05:34:18 PM  
2 votes:
Another angle:

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2014-06-11 05:25:17 PM  
2 votes:

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.


McMansion = Any house built in the latest bubble that meets any two of the following criteria:

It's big just to be big
It's poorly built due to absurdly short construction schedules
It does not fit the lot
It was a champagne budget on a beer design

Professionally I loved them.  The bigger the house the bigger my fee.  Personally and ethically I hate them.  Right-sized houses as personified in what Sarah Susanka has built a career and a following out of is the way to go.
2014-06-11 05:19:37 PM  
2 votes:

GBB: Update:
[kdfw.images.worldnow.com image 640x360]

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

[kdfw.images.worldnow.com image 640x360]


Holy CRAP, look at the fault in the second photo! The neighbors need to start packing.
2014-06-11 04:43:49 PM  
2 votes:

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 04:41:39 PM  
2 votes:

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 04:21:51 PM  
2 votes:

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 03:11:20 PM  
2 votes:
I've been cliff diving in Lake Whitney.  That mansion needs to nut up and jump.  It's fun.
2014-06-12 03:05:52 PM  
1 vote:

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


Style out of place with the rest of the houses in the neighborhood
Overly large for the lot
Fake roman columns or other gaudy crap
Cheaply made
Quickly constructed
Way overpriced
Bad architecture carries over to the interior, where maximizing the amount of space overrides solid design principles
Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances

That sort of crap.
2014-06-12 10:13:02 AM  
1 vote:

sxacho: Not saying you can't do it, and I love FLW, but that house could be built way better today than it was then. Probably could have been built better then too.


FLW had a bad habit of thinking he was structural engineer


While I have passed a statics class, if I ever do anything like that I'll take advice from someone who has a PE stamp in the state
2014-06-12 09:42:41 AM  
1 vote:
I also remember some old NES game, where you could pound on stakes in the ground to create cracks, and if the cracks met, that chunk of island would fall into the sea.
2014-06-11 11:43:26 PM  
1 vote:
farm1.staticflickr.com
2014-06-11 09:12:56 PM  
1 vote:
Not to worry. Anyone who can afford that kind of house, has found a way to get the tax payers to pay for it.
2014-06-11 09:03:48 PM  
1 vote:
I am reminded of an aunt, who proclaimed some years ago, proudly, that she lived in the second-oldest house in her town.

"It was built in 1868"

"and did you.."

"Gutted it. Opened it up, added an extension in the back, fully modernized it on the inside."

 WHY THE fark DID YOU BUY AN OLD HOUSE?

Tasteless, man.. tasteless.
2014-06-11 07:51:04 PM  
1 vote:
FTA: A home that used to be worth more than $700,000 is dangling from a bluff high above Lake Whitney in Texas.

FTFM
2014-06-11 07:39:31 PM  
1 vote:

Chach: $125K


That'll buy you a 5000 sq ft actual handcrafted 1900s mansion.........


In Detroit.
2014-06-11 07:28:42 PM  
1 vote:
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2014-06-11 06:34:22 PM  
1 vote:

Vector R: Sadly, it's currently unavailable. :*(


Yeah I think the chopper went off to re-fuel or something.. The last 2 minutes of feed were of the underbelly and microwave relay, and the ground whizzing by before they killed it.
2014-06-11 05:59:43 PM  
1 vote:
My money's on that entire chunk of limestone hanging out over the water breaking completely loose, taking the house and a good chunk of the neighbor's yard with it in the next 24 hours.

I just hope it's daylight when it happens, because that will be spectacular!
2014-06-11 05:50:46 PM  
1 vote:

severedtoe: 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.


They were small, yes. headroom especially. He always wanted his houses to read horizontally, so they were proportionally long and short.

But also remember, this was the turn of the century when many of his works were first designed. People didn't build 12' ceilings and double-height foyers like todays McMansions just because they could, and people didnt have as much "stuff" as we do now, so most furniture/storage/etc was built-in. He wasn't exactly anticipating 60" plasma screens to be hung in every room of the house with a Theater Room/Man Cave in the basement.

You have to keep in mind many people still didnt have indoor plumbing or indoor restrooms at this time. Its only small and simple by today's ballooned standards (chef-grade kitchens, double-sink master baths, or even master baths at all).

Ive been to probably 20 of his works, and i would gladly live in any one of them.
2014-06-11 05:48:06 PM  
1 vote:

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


You must live in a shiatty part of the Bay area with an interstate in your back yard.
2014-06-11 05:45:13 PM  
1 vote:

Artemus_Hackwell: "Luxury Dream House"?   It is large to be sure; but damn, it looks like a cheap shoddily built turd.    Does not even have any "design" to it.   /pfft.

I hope there is video when that turd finally falls into the toilet.

Hoped it was Canyon Lake before reading TFA.   There are similar dingle berries crusted about the sphincter of Comal County; the douche houses make it so.


I lived in one of those for a while, on the North side. One of the worst mistakes I ever made. PEC can blow me, too.
2014-06-11 05:44:36 PM  
1 vote:

They said I was daft to build on a cliff, but I built it anyway.


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It slid down, went over, and sank into the lake.

2014-06-11 05:32:12 PM  
1 vote:
When that next big chunk falls and sheers that house in half, that's going to make quite a little tsunami.
2014-06-11 05:26:31 PM  
1 vote:

Rigby-Reardon: So with the new view the house across the street will get does something like this increase or decrease property value?


It's probably for sale now, how 'bout you go check?
GBB
2014-06-11 05:23:06 PM  
1 vote:

Day_Old_Dutchie: That there is a real CLIF-hanger.

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Trident to the rescue!!
GBB
2014-06-11 05:22:31 PM  
1 vote:

ruta: GBB: Update:
[kdfw.images.worldnow.com image 640x360]

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

[kdfw.images.worldnow.com image 640x360]

Holy CRAP, look at the fault in the second photo! The neighbors need to start packing.


It's not their fault, but it is their problem.
2014-06-11 05:13:55 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:13:12 PM  
1 vote:

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 05:12:00 PM  
1 vote:

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 05:06:01 PM  
1 vote:

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 05:04:44 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:03:43 PM  
1 vote:
So with the new view the house across the street will get does something like this increase or decrease property value?
2014-06-11 05:02:42 PM  
1 vote:

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 05:00:10 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:58:20 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:51:57 PM  
1 vote:
an uninspired, cheaply constructed box is not luxury.
2014-06-11 04:49:03 PM  
1 vote:
The $700,000+ home is teetering 75 feet above Lake Whitney

Not a $700,000 home any more...
2014-06-11 04:40:05 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:39:34 PM  
1 vote:
Regulations?  We don't need no stinkin' regulations!
2014-06-11 04:37:48 PM  
1 vote:
I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.
upload.wikimedia.org
2014-06-11 03:11:05 PM  
1 vote:
A $700k home is "luxury"?  I'll have to tell my wife that.  Apparently, we live in a 1000sq ft McMansion.
 
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