What I learned from touring the Street of Dreams

The Ivy clan toured six multi-million dollar homes today in the Street of Dreams Expo in the Orlando area today. I figured that it would be the closest I would ever get to a $2.5 million dollar home.

This is what I learned:

  1. Every bedroom has its own bathroom.
  2. Bidets and urinals are acceptable in the bathroom.
  3. Every home must have a game room, complete with pool table, a bar, and two plasma tvs.
  4. The refrigerator, stove and dishwasher must be covered like the rest of the kitchen cabinets, so they don’t stick out.
  5. A pool? But of course, dahling.
  6. The closets (excuse me, wardrobe) in the master bedroom are bigger than my own bedroom.
  7. Every lanai (not patio, dahling) shall have a “summer kitchen,” including a gas grill, sink, and staging area to serve food.
  8. There better be a wine cooler AND a wine cellar.
  9. There better be a sauna and/or a steam room somewhere on the property.
  10. The garage must be four-car (which is bigger than my living room, BTW)
  11. Every window must look out onto a pleasing vista.
  12. First impressions are everything. When guests walk in the front door, their first sight of your house better be a doozie.

Apparently, service entrances are optional. I only saw one house with that.

We had a wonderful time, and I actually got a design idea. My kids had fun running around picking “their” suites, and in one house, the floor of the “girl’s” bathroom was a mosaic. It looked like someone had spread down paving stone material, then pressed in colorful beads, charm bracelets, and glass butterflies. It looked really cute. One house had a gas firepit/conversation area in the back yard, one had a pool house AND a cabana, and two houses had three-hole putting greens. One house even had two pools, one which was a play pool, I guess, and another which was a lap pool. It looked like someone had put in a single lane of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

By the way, all six houses have been sold.

I love looking at model homes. These were MODEL homes.