The Real Housewives franchise, which could be renamed "Things You Can Buy When You're Stealing," was, at least according to Wikipedia, meant to document the all-too-charmed lives of America's 1 percent. As such, the series really hit its stride at the height of 2008's recession; what was once a show about wealthy women became a show about formerly wealthy women contracted to live a lifestyle they could no longer afford. They still welcomed viewers into their McMansions and they still hocked jewelry lines whilst holding glasses of wine each the size of a baby's head, but their barely disguised aggression became a form of self-flagellation for women who were taking out loans from banks to pay other loans from banks. Lydia McLaughlin, Alexis Bellino, and NeNe Leakes all masqueraded as homeowners; in reality they were renting palatial estates for the brief period of filming—and they were the lucky ones. (Well, actually, Adrienne Maloof, who sold her hideous house for $20M in less than a month, is the lucky one, but anyway,) here's all the foreclosed and otherwise troubled estates of the franchise, mapped out for easy perusal.
· Real Housewife Adrienne Maloof Lists Hideous Faux Chateau [Curbed National]
· Inside Mega-Musician David Foster's Reality TV-Kissed Mansion [Curbed National]
· All Housewives posts [Curbed National]
· All Curbed Maps [Curbed National]