It was hot this past weekend and looking for some indoor activity Heather and I decided to go check out the Tulsa Parade of Homes put on by the Tulsa Home Builder’s Association. And we decided we go seek out the the big houses, the McMansions. Just to see what is popular with the 1%. Well guess what we found!
Their are some really, really big houses out there. This little jewel above is about $1.6 million but is already sold. I would say this thing sprawls. If we had it I would definitely have to have a riding lawn mower and some of the top garden strimmers.
As you can see the 99% were thronging to check these houses out. See them thronging out there. Thronging is generally not allowed in these gated communities with “courtesy patrols.” The courtesy patrollers were eyeballing my 6 year old Kia Soul.
Some of the houses were truly spectacular.
And big ole cozy bedrooms with sitting areas.
And you know something, the 1% love their bathrooms. They are huge and have huge tubs and showers like the three person model above.
And this odd looking thing with the fireplace. There were more than one with this see through fireplace between the bedroom and bathroom. Wouldn’t work in our house where I get up at 5:15 in the morning and Heather gets up, well she gets up when she is darned good and ready.
And speaking of Heather, here she is checking out a three person shower. Complete with a picture window. I mean why not? Of course, I’m thinking, “How are you ever going to keep that window clean?”
And of course the 1% love nice thrones.
And really nice outdoor areas and kitchens. Kind of reminds me of an old oilfield guy I used to work with in western Oklahoma. He said when he was a kid, you went outside to use the privy and cooked inside and now you go to the bathroom inside and cook outside. He wasn’t sure that that civilization had advanced very far.
The 1% love their televisions. They are everywhere. We have two, and only watch one.
And closets, huge closets, with lots of storage and storage technology.
And big three and four car garages with nice floors.
And big beautiful kitchens.
And big ginormous refrigerators. Look at this thing, freezer on one side, refrigerator on the other and a beer-ator that some dummy has stocked with wine.
And the poor old 1%. I hate stairs and the these McMansions have really tall ceilings which means they have big stairs. How does that work where you spend a million bucks and you have to climb stairs.
They are beautiful though.
We saw some really nice studys. With nice paneling and bookshelves.
A big feature this year is interesting flooring in the study.
And the 1% has big gamerooms, with bars and smaller beer-ators.
Theater Rooms are still popular. I don’t quite get it. I watch movies in the family room and I’m happy for everybody else to be there with me. It drives the kid crazy, “Logan, what are you doing!” I am known to yell, “Hanging out!” he yells back and I then tell him to come out hang out with us.. Am I a control freak?
These movie rooms come loaded with a closet full of electronics. Uh, how long is that stuff going to last is what I say? The 1% just have the guys come out and fix it.
One movie room had a viewing loft, good grief!! was my thought. Viewing lofts and teenagers are not a good combination is what I say.
And of course pools! The 1% is not going to go to the county rec center when they want to cool off. They want to do it at home. Although some of the tubs in the bathrooms are almost as big as tubs.
I could do a pool. My favorite pool is a friend’s pool who invites us over. That hasn’t happened in a while though.
And these houses are big. Who wants to clean those things. That is me way down there.
This house didn’t allow photographs. I figured out why once we got in. There was nothing to see really!! I wouldn’t want photographs either if I owned it. Your friends would be going “You spend a million bucks on this, really?” Sad, to be a 1% guy who gets taken by his builder.
Anyway, we had lots of fun. But I will take my house.