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Friday, April 22, 2005


God Bless America

America is a fine, fine place to live and the exurbs are even better. At least that's how I read this article (h/t Catallarchy). Though I don't think Mother Jones meant the article as a positive.

Some highlights:
Since 1950, the average new house has increased by 1,247 sq. ft. Meanwhile, the average household has shrunk by 1 person.

The National Association of Home Builders’ “showcase home” for 2005 is 5,950 sq. ft. That’s 15% bigger than last year’s model.

More than 50% of exurban lots are 10 acres or larger. Exurban homes account for 80% of residential development since 1994.

In 1950, 1 in 100 homes had 2.5 baths or more. Today, 1 in 2 do. [yeah, but how many have 20?]

14 million households own 4 or more TVs.

1 in 5 new homes is larger than 3,000 sq. ft.—the size at which it becomes unmanageable to clean without hired help. [WTF? 3000 sq ft requires hired help to clean? Now if it was this house...]

Sales of Sub-Zero and other “premium” and “superpremium” refrigerators have been rising by 15% a year.

Since 2001, the number of Americans who have bought second homes has increased by 24%.
In related news, Preethi and I are putting in an offer on this townhouse tomorrow. It's not in the exurbs, but it is on the very edge of suburban Lynchburg.


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