Big builders – big business. The real estate developer who had her eye on this house to tear it (and several trees) down to build a huge house in its place said,
“People don’t want eight-foot ceilings. I love trees, and I’m sorry I have to cut so many down, but builders are following what the people want.”
What a generalization! Not all people want swanky new mansions. Maybe that desire is more common in this expensive area of Bethesda, but there are people who appreciate the character and charm of such an existing neighborhood.
Look at this house after the remodeling they’ve done! This isn’t good enough for someone with a lot of money? Wow! I hope someone buys it soon and these neighbors at least break even.
UPDATE: Devil’s Advocate … I navigated a street view of the area on Google Maps, and the newer houses in the area aren’t really that bad looking. I’m not familiar with this term “McMansion”, but I wouldn’t consider the new homes mansions – just large homes with smaller yards.