Today’s story deserves a good long sit and read, followed by a good long sit and think. Thanks very much to Burbed reader nomadic for wafting this one in.
Some mansions have nearly as many toilets as entire blocks in less regal neighborhoods
By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2012, 6:34 p.m.
Here’s another way the rich are different: They have more bathrooms.
Real estate brokers who cater to the moneyed say their clients typically want homes that have at least two bathrooms for every bedroom. And with spacious tubs, floor lamps, dressing areas and seating, some bathrooms rival bedrooms in size.
“The bathroom has become the dressing room,” said Bob Ray Offenhauser, a Studio City-based residential architect who routinely encloses the shower and toilet in their own rooms within a room. “They really don’t look much like bathrooms anymore.”
Some mansions have nearly as many commodes as entire blocks in less regal neighborhoods.
Pickfair, the Beverly Hills estate of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, was outfitted with 30 bathrooms in a later overhaul. But the record locally may be the 41 bathrooms boasted by an 18,400-square-foot Mediterranean-style home in Bel-Air that was recently on the market for $40 million, real estate agents say.
This is an alarming trend coming out of SoCal. Why would ginormous Southland estates need more bathrooms than the San Jose Convention Center? Do they all need to do coke privately, but simultaneously? Is this high-pressure trend going to affect estates in the Real Bay Area?
Discuss. You may refer to Facebook stock prices to support your conclusion.
This is also your Weekend Open Thread, so feel free to mention any Open Houses you visited, or whatever else you feel like arguing about today.
Just keep the door shut until you’re done.