Daily Archives: September 7, 2008


Ok, this is pathetic
After reading so much about OwlGore’s energy-hogging mansion it occurred to me to look it up. That’s it on top. Sheesh, it would barely pass muster in our fair Greenwich. This is a mansion? I sure hope there’s a lot more house hidden around back because otherwise, the guy’s practically living in a hovel – pretty discouraging for someone who’s making millions on his latest racket. And, if this is considered a mansion, what is the rest of America living in? I’ve got to get out more.
On the other hand, the house on the bottom is, I kid you not, our current President’s Texas ranch. I have no idea what it says about anything, but I do note that it’s heated geothermically and uses far, far less energy than the Whopper’s home, at least according to
this report
Update: “A random internet looker-upper” said…
There is more hidden around the back, for what it’s worth (linked below). Apparently it’s 10,000 square feet, which is probably a Tier II mansion in Greenwich (versus the elite monstrosities in the 15,000-35,000 range).

Here it is; enjoy.

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Another reader poll
The cost of new construction poll is done; average cost seems to be between $300 and $400 sq.ft., which is also the range quoted me by my builder client who also cautioned that the proper answer is, “how much does a dress cost?” Depending on what you want, the costs can go anywhere.
But here’s another: I occasionally see master bathrooms with great showers but no bathtub. I don’t remember taking a bath in 40 years so I’m not concerned by the lack of one personally, but I have a sense that no tub would be a turn-off for those who like to soak. Is it?

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Let them eat cake?
But not any fish served by Robert De Niro
Or we could all relax and heed the wisdom of Northern Ireland’s Environmental Minister, who calls the whole man-made global fuss an hysterical pseudo-religion. I like that guy.

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How to get rich in real estate
Become a Senator. According to this story, it worked for Joe Biden. Nice work if you can get it but as an author, I’m just as impressed to learn in the same article that Fighting Joe received $225,000 in advances for his autobiography last year. I’m sure it was a best seller, especially if it carried a jacket blurb by Neil Kinnock

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Uh oh!
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were cooking their books
. Of course, with so many friends in Washington, I’m sure the chief thieves will be allowed to keep their millions and leave town, no doubt to be rehired somewhere else in the banking industry.

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