"The Times runs yet another heartwarming feature today about rich people finding fulfillment through grotesque spending," tweeted The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg this morning. Today in Times trend pieces: a feature about playhouses of the rich. Let's unpack this one.
America's wealthy are building backyard cribs for their children, which can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $50,000, "Built in the same Cape Cod style as the Schillers' expansive main house, the two-story 170-square-foot playhouse has vaulted ceilings that rise from five to eight feet tall, furnishings scaled down to two-thirds of normal size, hardwood floors and a faux fireplace with a fanciful mosaic mantel. 'I think of it as bling for the yard,' said Ms. Schiller, 40," reports the Times.
Sure, it's amusing to poke fun at Times trend stories, especially when they highlight the off-beat spending habits of our country's top earner--and with so many choice quotes, it's almost a cheap shot. But, if you had a boatload of money, you would probably spend it on a kickass backyard, too, as Kristi Schiller, wealthy mom, explained to the Times, "Some people might consider it 'obnoxious' for a child to have a playhouse that costs more and has more amenities than some real houses, she conceded. But she sees it as an extension of the family home."