Seems like all I have time for these days is providing links. But everybody at E+S should read this article on what is undoubtedly the highest-end second (third, fourth, fifth)-home gated community in the world. We think we've seen grandiosity? I've heard of naming homes, but naming - really, seriously naming - individual rooms?
What's cool about this is that many of the homes appear to be using sustainable building practices. It isn't mentioned overtly in the article, but using "found architecture" - recycled beams, railroad ties, saddles, etc. - is one way to save embodied and literal energy. Though flying timber from New Hampshire probably isn't the most efficient... Nor building a 7,000 square foot home. Or creating space for 20 SUVs in a single home garage.
Okay, this could have been really cool if they'd used geothermal exchange to heat the "river" and homes - certainly the people who live here can afford it. Hard to imagine Dan Quayle getting into green building practices ("But I like blue!" I can hear him saying).
Well, at least we know what Warren Miller's up to these days...