Thursday, May 29, 2008

Street of Dreams

Ever since I was a very young child, I've been obsessed with houses. It wasn't enough to just drive by a house and admire it. I collected house plans and architectural articles and would spend hours studying them and imagining what it would be like to live in a mansion or luxury home.

So what better way could I have spent my three-day Memorial Day Weekend then by attending the annual Street of Dreams event. They do this every year, and the one and only year I had attended before was pretty impressive. That one had been in Windermere. This year it was in Heathrow.

A couple of friends of mine and I paid the $15 entrance fee to take a tour of three gigantic homes that imposed themselves on the quaint and tree-lined street that they faced. The first home was just jaw-dropping. You walked in and you felt like you had walked into a cathedral with its multi arched entrance and extravagant interior decor. This was the house with a closet big enough to be its own apartment, a shower that would hold ten people comfortably, and a master bedroom with a breathtaking view of the outdoor pool which was a tropical splendor complete with a waterfall, river, grotto, and bridge. The price for all this? Just a mere 9 million bucks.

The second house wasn't as impressive off bat, but it definitely had some of the strongest architectural elements out of the three houses. It also had the coolest home theater ever, and we all took a moment to sit and relax while watching Transformers on the big screen. That movie rocked!

The third house was tacky on so many levels, mostly because the main inspiration for the decor was the University of Florida. The owner of the house, as alumni and staunch Gators supporter, had blue and orange everywhere, but the mangum opus was the bowling alley with a, yep you guessed it, gator painted across the top welcoming you to the Gator Lanes. It was amusing.

I took more pictures than necessary and will post some of the best shots up on my photo blog soon. Needless to say, if you get the chance to tour 9 million dollar homes, I strongly suggest you do just that.

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