Who would have thought that oversized homes built with fancy luxuries, known as McMansions, would become the poster child of the plunging real estate market? When the economy was bustling home buyers considered their McMansions as a good investment, and assumed that there would always be a market for the houses. Not anymore as home owners are looking for smaller accommodations which cost less to maintain, if they are even in the market. Nonetheless, the buying spree produced some interesting home additions which were added to McMansions as must have luxuries. Ten of them are listed below.
1. A McMansion in Atlanta Georgia, sold by a former professional basketball player for $5.2 million, came with a secret underground passageway which opened next to a 24-hour McDonald’s 1/8 of a mile away. I guess if you have a big Mac attack having a secret passageway is a good way to get to a McDonalds in the middle of the night without drawing the attention of neighbors. The owner of the McDonald’s near the secret passageway noted that he often would see the famous neighbor appear in the middle of the night dressed in his pajamas and asking for a quarter pounder and fries.
2. Many McMansions are equipped with fish tanks filled with alligators and sharks. When the recession hit the owners of these McMansions many released these animals into the nation’s sewers as they were unable to afford expensive veterinary visits and food for these exotic creatures. People in New York have witnessed an increased number of strange reports of sharks and alligators in the sewers over the past couple years.
3. A McMansion in Oakland California was equipped with an underground “bat cave/parking garage” the size of four basketball courts which the owner used to setup a meth lab. Police arrested the man and the property is back on the market, bat cave included.
4. A woman who owned gingerbread McMansion in New Hampshire had a 50 foot “Rapunzel like tower” added to the property. The house went on the market and sold at a reasonable price due to heavy interest in the black magic and witchcraft community who viewed the tower as a the perfect spot for midnight animal sacrifices.
5. Many McMansions in Maryland have private “astrology chambers” where residents can ponder what their immediate future may bring.
6. McMansions built in the past four years often have “parlors” and other antiquated rooms. Though not many people living today know that parlors were used in the Victorian era for secret meetings and as a food preparation area for making sausage, most McMansion buyers insisted upon having one in their home.
7. An accountant living in Denver built a McMansion with an attached building used to house dozens of honey bee hives. However, due to the sting in the real estate market he was forced to sell the house in a local auction which buzzed with interest from bee keepers worldwide.
8. Sarah Palin owned a McMansion in Anchorage Alaska which had a special 500 square foot room equipped with wall to wall gun racks. She recently sold the house as supposedly she needs a larger room for her hunting riffles, and an air conditioned storage facility for her wardrobe which has increased exponentially in size over the past year.
9. A McMansion in Chandler Arizona was built with a cow pasture and barn adjoining the house so that farm animals could enter the air conditioned lower floor of the house. Rumors persisted for years that the businessman who had the house built wanted to “live in a petting farm” as he discovered that petting farm animals is a great stress reliever.
10. A McMansion built for a retired NASA astronaut living in the Dallas area reportedly had a room fitted with high powered jet engines in the floor which could simulate the sensation of weightlessness.
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