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'Mansionization' Watch

Thanks to a rapidly recovering housing market (an understatement considering the recent sales of $120 mansions and $147M Hamptons plots) L.A. is enduring a resurgent "mansionization." If "huge, ugly boxes" keep cropping up, one home owner argued to the L.A. Times, smaller homes "won't be salable for anything but tear-downs." Another homeowner, who hired a land-use consultant to look at an offending new build, complained "everything they were doing, hideous as it is, is all completely legal." Read on. [L.A. Times]