So I went to Doug and Kathy's house for dinner the other night. It's a large modern home, looking from the outside like any other housing development home built in the 2000s. I was sort of appalled as I drove up to the three-car garage. It's the kind of home that wouldn't even register on my brain as I passed it, so completely do I have no desire whatsoever to live in one.
The really excellent thing about this house, which has a lot of good, comfortable things about it, actually -- the really excellent thing, as I said, is the VIEW.
From the upper deck in the backyard, right up under a very tall conifer of some variety, you can see across hilltop after hilltop, and hints of valleys below. As the sun began to set, the sunset filled the entire sky, since they are high enough on Mount Scott (I know, it's called Happy VALLEY, but that's just false advertising) to have nothing in the way to the west and south. And when it grew dark, the moon was large, vivid and right...over...there. Moonlight drenched the backyard, already beautiful with water and bridges and flowering shrubs. It was LOVELY.
Was it enough to make me want to live in a Wealthy House TM? Nope. But certainly enough to make me want to go back and visit them again.