Americans still dreaming of big, opulent homes

This photo of a 7,500-square-foot mansion near Bellevue, Wash., is one of the most repinned on Coldwell Banker's Pinterest boards.This photo of a 7,500-square-foot mansion near Bellevue, Wash., is one of the most repinned on Coldwell Banker’s Pinterest boards.

The housing bubble and recession may have dented even the fattest wallets, but Americans still have a soft spot in their hearts for grandiose, extravagant and ostentatious homes, if the most repinned photos on Coldwell Banker Real Estate’s Pinterest boards are any indication.

Pinterest is “the place to be for dreamers, and dreaming of a perfect home is something that millions do every day regardless of whether they are pinning their dreams on Pinterest or not,” writes Lindsay Listanski on the Coldwell Banker “Blue Matter” blog. “So we wondered … if we took the most repinned photos from our boards what would the ultimate house actually look like?”

Apparently, the ultimate house is big. And opulent. 

A few selections from the blog below. See the rest on, “The Ultimate House According to Pinterest.”

This fortress-like mansion in the woods of the Pacific Northwest seems influenced by both the Craftsman school of architecture and medieval castle design. Optional moat may require additional environmental permits.

Sometimes two staircases are handy if you have a truckload of furniture, an army of movers, and the premises must be vacated by tomorrow.

This outdoor fireplace makes a bold statement about your confidence in the endless abundance of the world’s natural resources, and the Earth’s capacity to absorb greenhouse gasses.

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