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Americans still dreaming of big, opulent homes

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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 desig...