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(Boston Globe)   Glass house not selling for $12 million, owners threaten to throw stones   ( divider line
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2003-07-01 09:53:11 AM  
I believe Billy Joel made more than $12M for that one.
2003-07-01 10:20:41 AM  
"career as a horsewoman" She's a circus freek. No wonder they don't want a glass house.
2003-07-01 10:55:35 AM  
Morons. This world is populated with Morons. Well, except for me and DownSouth, that is.
2003-07-01 11:27:47 AM  
Why thank you.
2003-07-01 01:16:15 PM  
Maybe it would sell if they included a lifetime supply of Windex.
2003-07-01 04:03:54 PM  
Boo hoo, you're breakin' my heart.

2003-07-01 04:04:47 PM  
1.) Down comforter
2.) Morning smoothies
3.) Bike
4.) Sauce
5.) Pessimism
6.) Optimism

The Five Things I Can't Live Without
2003-07-01 04:04:57 PM  
I'd pay $12 to take a whack at it with a baseball bat.
2003-07-01 04:05:23 PM  
If you want to know god's opinion of money, look at the people he gives it to.
2003-07-01 04:05:34 PM  
Uh, yah...You live in an all glass house.

Wasn't this the part of the setting of 13 Ghosts ?
2003-07-01 04:07:21 PM  
I saw that cliched, asinine headline coming from 20 miles away.
2003-07-01 04:07:30 PM  
"Prudence Boulton's bad back, sustained during a career as a horsewoman, persuaded the couple to live closer to her Manhattan doctors."

Yeah. More like "Honey, maybe a house made of glass wasn't such a good idea after all."
2003-07-01 04:07:50 PM  
Let he who has never lived in a glass house cast the first stone.
2003-07-01 04:07:59 PM  
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I think your'e right.
2003-07-01 04:09:12 PM  
I think they should turn it into a brothel. That way, you could charge people $500 to get in on the action or $100 to stand outside and kill kittens.

/please, hold your applause
2003-07-01 04:11:06 PM  
Anyone seen this thing ?
2003-07-01 04:11:12 PM  
Careful! It's a portal to hell, you just need to capture a few spirits...

2003-07-01 04:11:55 PM  
And yes, Sad Dad & LoungeLizard beat me to the punch, but I couldn't help myself.

2003-07-01 04:18:14 PM  
You may be right...
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2003-07-01 04:20:24 PM  
Obligatory "What, no pics?"
2003-07-01 04:20:59 PM  
why in the world to a-hole papers like the Globe write about 425 glass hpuses and not putin some pictures. bob damn it
2003-07-01 04:21:10 PM  
Glass house=Old and Busted
Glass whore house=New Hottness

Will, you da man
2003-07-01 04:21:29 PM  
GIS for Glass House

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I'd hit it
2003-07-01 04:21:59 PM  
I'm really interested in seeing what this house of gold... I mean glass... looks like.
2003-07-01 04:22:34 PM  
Argh! I thought all Billy Joel references required a "Not safe for brain" link.
2003-07-01 04:23:19 PM  
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2003-07-01 04:23:43 PM  
Just goes to show just because you're rich doesn't make you smart. Glass house... what morons... feh! And if I buy the damn thing, I'll have to finish it out... not a very good deal at all.
2003-07-01 04:25:04 PM  
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/glass houses by Skinny Puppy
2003-07-01 04:25:51 PM  
I'd really hate to buy a house for 12 million than lose it all when it hails.
2003-07-01 04:27:34 PM  
DrunkenLimey: I'd hit it after you're done.
2003-07-01 04:29:39 PM  
The Glass House: dumb movie, hot girl.
13 Ghosts: dumb movie, big ass glass house.
2003-07-01 04:30:17 PM  
I don't want anyone watching while I'm indisposed in the loo!

If I had 12 Million, I am sure I could find a better place to spend it.
2003-07-01 04:31:43 PM  
So somewhere in the great Pacific Ocean, there was an island king. According to their mythology he was descended from the mountain god and was destined to rule the world. Accordingly, he had trained an army of fierce warriors.
When they were ready, they set off to conquer the neighboring island. It was a great success and as a symbol of their dominance, the king took the conquered kings golden thrown back to his island and placed it next to his own in his great house.
The following week they conquered the next neighbor with equal success. And the following week the next, and so on, until the king had ten throwns and there was only one island left to conquer.
The kings advisor, and shaman of the island, warned the king that the gods were angry with his hubris and that he should top while he was ahead. But the king wouldn't listen and the next day set out.
Again, it was a success and the king returned with the final thrown, which he placed in his great house with the others. And he had the shaman driven out off the island.
That night, however, while the king slept, his great house, which was made only of palms trees and grass, could no longer bear the weight of the throwns and collapsed, crush the king instantly.

Moral of the story: People who live in grass houses shouldn't stow throwns.
2003-07-01 04:34:48 PM  
a 34,000-square-foot glass mansion hidden on 48 wooded acres near Princeton. Made of commercial-grade tinted glass, the house has been on the market since last July. List price: $12 million.

When the voices in your head tell you it's a good idea to build a 34,000 sq. ft. glass pyramid, that's God telling you that you have too much money.
2003-07-01 04:38:18 PM  
"You can stand in the front and watch a squirrel in the back."

Now THAT is why it didn't sell. No curtains in a house that's all window!
2003-07-01 04:40:02 PM  
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Here's a view of the house
2003-07-01 04:42:36 PM  
"Hey, let's build a multi-million dollar novelty home and then decide not to live in it!"
I'm not surprised they're having trouble selling it. If you're going to build a home like that you'd better be sure you can afford it and that it it what you want and where you want it. You can spend a lot of money on a house and never get it back if it's spent on things that someone buying the house isn't going to care about. I say quit whining and go live in your nice glass house.

Personally, a glass house seems pointless, I want to build a hobbit hole.
2003-07-01 04:44:27 PM  
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2003-07-01 04:44:50 PM  
I wonder if they have square pieces of sheetrock or bricks hanging on their window walls?

see what I am getting at...the house is all they may have un-windows where regular windows would be...see...see

/closes window
2003-07-01 04:45:31 PM  
Rodeo360 -

I think I understand your incoherent post to mean you don't like the Globe, correct? How do you like the Post-Gazette now that the Globe's former Pulitzer Prize-winning DC bureau chief is the P-G's managing editor?

I'm talking about David Shribman, by the way. I miss his columns already.
2003-07-01 04:52:36 PM  

yes it was rather incoherent. Read like a 4th grade crack baby with dyslexia doing his first book report. To answer your questions.

1. No, I do not like the Globe.

2. The point of my post was more of a rant. I am very tired of ANY web story that is centered around an object of description and does not provide a picture. How can you gain any kind of frame of reference with regard to the house being worth $12 million or not, beautiful or an eyesore, posh or piss? You can't. A great writer can build a picture with words, but lets face it reporters are selom great writers.

3. The PG is reading better, lookng better, and making itself a better news source for us Pittsburghers that can read.
2003-07-01 05:04:15 PM  
I always thought building a house out of glass block would be cool. right out in the woods, and then at night it would light up according to what lights were on. glass bolck would give a translucent privacy and let a lot of light in.

of course I would not make a mansion out of it.
2003-07-01 05:19:53 PM  
fenester: what the fark is a 'thrown'? Do you mean throne?
2003-07-01 05:25:05 PM  
Damn, it may be a stupid idea but look at this luxury:

The Residence has been built to commercial building standards
Systems are in place for satellite communication
Underground twenty-five line telephone feed and 1200 amp electrical system
An area has been set aside for a studio for sound recording, radio, TV, and/or film
Extensive circuits in place for multiple, state-of-the-art, home entertainment systems
Several deep wells supply very pure domestic water as well as water for irrigation
Large commercial septic system
The top of the building is covered by a 60 mil Carlyle rubber roof membrane
A 55-degree area has been set aside for a large climate controlled wine cellar
An area has been set aside for an indoor gym
Ideal for a multitude of uses including museum, foundation or cultural arts center
Exquisite Location

The Estate property is a self-contained 48+/- acre private park
Surrounded by hundreds of additional acres of preserved land
Greenway, the land conservancy foundation, is located next door, just south of the estate
The 40-mile long Delaware and Raritan Canal Park passes by in front of the property
The property is located on scenic and historic Canal Road in Princeton
Adequate space to add riding trails and a stable on the property or even a private golf course
There are provisions for helicopter landing pad
Just minutes from major highways and AmTrack's New Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington high-speed lines and near four major airports
Major malls, on the "Route One Sopping Corridor," are four miles away
Special Features

14 foot ceilings in most rooms
The residence is approximately 425' long and ranges from 40' to 65' wide from front to back
Insulated walls are made with hi-tech energy efficient glass from Libby, Owens, Ford, Pilkington
The building is structurally supported by its exterior walls. There are no interior supporting columns or walls. Like large hotel ballrooms, the grand interior spaces can easily be fully open or re-configured, divided, adjusted, or changed
$1,500,000 HVAC system controlled by Honeywell building automation computers
Underground 4000-gallon liquid gas storage system
Indoor swimming pool, with a wave system together with a matching built-in Jacuzzi system in the Master Suite
Pre-configured to contain six or more bedrooms and up to eleven bathrooms. The building's "flexi" design can easily accommodate more or less bedrooms and bathrooms
Areas have been set aside for an art gallery and sculpture gardens
Underground heated garage for up to eight cars
2003-07-01 05:28:50 PM  
Theres a glass house where I live. I never knew it was there, until I went trespassing into the greenbelt behind my house. And after about a five mile walk. I could see a solid glass dome covered by trees and in the middle of no where on the side of a mountain, with no roads leading to it. I swear they gotta be growing weed up there.
2003-07-01 05:29:02 PM  
If it has an art gallery, how do you hang the precious paintings on the walls? Sticky-tack?

I guess, also, the owners wouldn't have to worry about wallpaper or paint. That's handy. I just hope it doesn't turn into a greenhouse, so to speak, when the sun sets.
2003-07-01 05:47:28 PM  
1. No, I do not like the Globe.

>what did I ever do to you? (j/k)

3. The PG is reading better, looking better, and making itself a better news source for us Pittsburghers who can read.
2003-07-01 05:56:35 PM  
velodev, that property listing has a lot of hypothetical cool stuff. It's like me selling my bed for $1M because I've 'set aside' space for Liz Hurley and Jennifer Connelly, possibly at the same time.
2003-07-01 05:58:51 PM  
velodevUnderground 4000-gallon liquid gas storage system[...]$1,500,000 HVAC system controlled by Honeywell building automation computers

To serve the heating and cooling needs due to the 34,000 sq. feet of glass exposure. Frank Lloyd Wright would have loved this thing, maximum style and pomp and minimum practicality.
2003-07-01 06:01:08 PM  
It's like Trading Spaces for millionaires. ugh.

Hail and earthquakes would be ugly. Forget about personal privacy. Not to mention that you'd need sunblock on at all times. (Perhaps the tinting would reduce that need.)

I'm amazed that you could start with that much money and make something, due to its intrinsic glass nature, so utterly unappealing. Hell, with _only_ a million or two, I'd build a giant treehouse and turn the driveway in to nice long personal race course. At least that would sell.
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