How much home is too much?

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Of the big, wide, wonderful world of real estate, lately I've been watching one key element, a specific spectrum on which consumer preferences seem to be crawling out to the extremes. The bell curve seems to be flipping upside down when it comes to housing customization. For instance, last week, I read a story about a filmmaker who recently closed escrow on an $8 million house -- with plans to tear it down and build a $20 million home in its place!I'm guessing that the rationale is that the lot is that desirable, although that seems like a big old stretch in logic when you draw it to its logical conclusion that no other lot in America priced at below $8 million would do. Granted, the house currently onsite is what one of my favorite clients would call "ongepotchket"; Yiddish for gaudy or excessive in decoration.The look and feel of the decor is what I call Liberace-esque: gold fixtures, hundreds of pounds of burgundy damask silk strung up at every window. Not so ...