Reading the Landscape: 4


“The rich are different from you and me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said. As for me, I’m never quite sure where the upper-middle-class ends, and the rich begin. According to the Internet, this Gilded Age mansion in New Jersey is valued at a little over a million dollars, about the same price as a studio apartment in Palo Alto, California. If I had to guess who lives here, I’d say it was a well-off dentist, not a member of the one percent. It must cost a fortune to heat.

3 thoughts on “Reading the Landscape: 4”

  1. Ah Heating…one of the things we don’t worry about in Southern California…cooling on the other hand, but I don’t think it’s as expensive as heating. My relatives in Maine often talk about how expensive it is to heat their houses, sometimes north of one thousand a month if really cold…

  2. Forget heating. I look at that photo and think how much work it is to clean and maintain. They would probably have servants and have to worry about servants stealing things. Going to the kitchen to get a snack must be a hike.

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