‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.
William Shakespeare — Romeo and Juliet, 1594
Turtle Ridge is a beautiful community, and although the houses are ridiculously overpriced, it does look like a nice place to live. I know one family who lives there, and they are exceptional people. There are undoubtedly others.
What is in a name? Does “Turtle Ridge” mean more than just a name. I suspect many who bought there believe the name carries prestige and the envy of the lower classes. Personally, I associate Turtle Ridge with pretense, nouveau riche conspicuous consumption, and the embodiment of all things housing bubble — granite tops, stainless steel appliances, Pergo floors, stone facades, gourmet kitchens, etcetera. Do you ever wonder if the residents have giant Roman banquets to impress the world with their wealth?
This may come as a foreign concept to some, but it is possible to feel contempt for conspicuous consumption without feeling envy. I would not feel envious of watching an ancient Roman citizen consume 10 pounds of meat in a single meal. The measure of a person’s character has nothing to do with the contents of their pocketbook, and being showy with money is revelatory of character — what it reveals does not impress me. There is nothing wrong with spending money and enjoying yourself. I do. It is spending money to impress other people that is an enormous waste, particularly when there are people like me on whom it has the opposite effect. I suspect some of the more pretentious residents would convince themselves everyone who claims not to be impressed is secretly envious. There are two types of people in their world, those who are envious, and those who pretend they are not envious. So be it.
So why is it so delightful when the vainglorious fall on hard times? Why is it so pleasing to see an REO in Turtle Ridge? Probably for the same reasons so many were contemptuous of the couple in the CNN article posted in the comments yesterday. You tell me…
Income Requirement: $374,750
Downpayment Needed: $299,800
Monthly Equity Burn: $12,491
Purchase Price: $1,722,000
Purchase Date: 12/23/2005
Address: 30 Crimson Rose, Irvine, CA 92603
|Type:||Single Family Residence|
|On Redfin:||28 days|
BANK OWNED !!! Stunning floorplan with a main floor master suite. Kitchen with center island, limestone flooring, stainless steel appliances, family room with wood flooring, media room, wine room plus a seperate Casita with private entrance and bath. Outdoor entertainment includes spa, built-in grill and a fantastic fireplace !
Does anyone remember the fun we had with this property last summer? It was one of our most widely read posts of the year.
It appears the high end is not immune, it is just late to the party. Interesting that it took the bank 8 months to ready this property for sale. I wonder how many other empty, bank-owned properties are sitting out there waiting to be sold or rented? I can’t tell for sure how much money the bank will lose on this one. The owner who was foreclosed on had a $1,000,000 first mortgage and a $935,000 HELOC on the property. You have to think the guy took out most of it, or the property would not have gone into foreclosure. If this borrower took out the full amount before walking, and if Countrywide can get their asking price and pay a 6% commission, the Countrywide stands to lose $525,940. That is a half a million dollar loss on one property in Irvine, California. Last night when I checked their REO website, they owned 4,505 properties in California.
Angelo Mozilo will take his golden parachute from Countrywide and end up on the Greek island of Lesbos having gluttonous orgies. Justice will not be served.
Well, here’s the shot heard ’round the world.
All you backroom boys salute when her flag unfurls.
Well, guess who’s back in circulation?
Now, I don’t know what you may have heard
but what I need right now’s the original goodtime girl.
She’s a vision from coast to coast,
sea to shining sea.
Hey, sister, you’re perfect host.
Show me your bright lights and your city lights, all right.
I’m talkin’ ’bout the Yankee Rose.
Bright lights in your city lights, all right.
I’m talkin’ ’bout it.
Yankee Rose — David Lee Roth