Friday, December 18, 2015

The megamansions of Bel Air

A series of sometimes jerky views from a helicopter.

A Mansion, a Shell Company, and Resentment in Bel Air.  (The New York Times, 12/15/2015)
Fueled largely by the vast streams of wealth crossing the globe as never before, a new generation of hyper-luxury homes with stratospheric price tags is colonizing the most gilded hillsides and canyons of Los Angeles. In some areas, every third or fourth home has been torn down, leaving gashes of dirt and debris where new mansions will rise.   
And more often than not, the people behind the purchases are hidden by shell companies. 

The "Starship"

On the other hand, there's also a tiny house movement.

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