May 25, 2012, 1pm PDT
Well that didn't take long. After falling out of favor during the economic downturn, AnnaMaria Andriotis examines how the rise in new home sales is being driven in part by demand for those maligned symbols of conspicuous consumption.
February 10, 2012, 11am PST
Kaid Benfield looks at recent trends in the housing sector and asks whether America's infatuation with the McMansion is over.
February 8, 2012, 8am PST
Nona Willis Aronowitz reports on a new survey indicating 60% of respondents would sacrifice a bigger house to live in a neighborhood that featured a mix of houses, stores, and businesses within an easy walk.
November 15, 2011, 6am PST
In Merced, California, students fill in the large homes chockablock with amenities and left vacant by a high foreclosure rate. Rents often go for under $300 a month.
October 19, 2011, 6am PDT
Mukesh Ambani found himself the center of a lot of controversy with the 27-story residence he built last year in Mumbai, overlooking a sea of poverty. Vikas Bajaj reports that now that it is completed, the Ambani's hardly even use it.
October 7, 2011, 12pm PDT
With the help of Councilmember Paul Krekorian of the Los Angeles City Hall, Studio City residents developed an anti-mansionization ordinance called the "Residential Floor Area" to limit the size of residential construction on existing lots.
October 4, 2011, 8am PDT
Steven Huff, who is chairman of a concrete company, is building a 13 bedroom, 14 bath home in Highlandville, Missouri out of his company's energy-efficient concrete. When built, it will be one of the largest homes in the U.S.
March 10, 2011, 2pm PST
Americans have shunned the "McMansion" for smaller, more appropriately proportioned homes, a trend which has benefited from the economic recession.
January 14, 2011, 10am PST
Surveys show that those born between 1980 and the early 2000s want to live in an urban setting -- and not in a humongous house.
October 11, 2010, 6am PDT
In the face of a recent report showing that sprawl was rapidly eating up developable land in New Jersey, developers have begun to ditch the McMansion in favor of taller and more dense projects.
May 8, 2010, 7am PDT
Edward L. Glaeser says that the government policy of encouraging homeownership through tax breaks subsidizes Americans to buy bigger homes which waste energy.
April 14, 2010, 1pm PDT
New studies show that long commutes are significantly detrimental to people's happiness. So why choose the bigger house outside of town over the smaller house? Jonah Lehrer talks about the "weighting mistake" theory.
November 15, 2009, 11am PST
Builders John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods, hit hard by the downturn, is meeting consumer price points by creating compact home designs instead of the 4,700 sq. ft. homes that were their bread and butter.
July 29, 2009, 5am PDT
Author Kurt Andersen's new book describes the last three decades as a period of wanton growth, from homes to waistlines. He sees the economic bust as a way to return sanity and size appropriateness.
July 2, 2009, 5am PDT
A survey of architects shows that a very low percentage of Americans are still clamoring for McMansions, indicating what may be a broad shift to smaller homes.
June 9, 2009, 9am PDT
American artist Mike Bouchet constructed a full-sized replica of a standard American suburban home to float outside the Venice Biennale art exhibition. Instead, the house sank, suggesting new meanings for the artwork.
April 17, 2009, 7am PDT
A stalled and abandoned development along the Florida coast is being scouted by the Trust for Public Land as a possible site for "un-development" -- a return to its natural state as open space.
January 9, 2009, 6am PST
A new study from SMR Research Corporation reveals that people who live alone use 18% more energy than two-person households, and 30% more than three-person homes. McMansions are, or course, cited as big wasters.
January 6, 2009, 6am PST
Fewer teardowns and new home starts back up the perception that the age of the McMansion is coming to an end.
The Christian Science Monitor
July 2, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Amid complaints of over-sized houses, officials in Seattle are considering enacting tighter regulations on the size of single-family homes.</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer