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  • East Bay Times: Contra Costa supervisors reject plan for huge home on Alamo hilltop [6/5/2018]

Los Angeles

  • The Wall Street Journal: L.A. Developers Have a Big Problem: Too Many New Megamansions [5/30/2019]

  • The Real Deal: Go big and go home: Inside LA’s mansion expansion quest [3/12/2019]

  • Vanity Fair: The Hadid-Family Patriarch Is Battling His Bel Air Neighbors Over a Half-Built Mansion [11/14/2018]

  • The Wall Street Journal: The War of the Los Angeles Megamansions [9/6/2018]

  • CityLab: McMansions are killing L.A.'s urban forest [5/4/2017]

  • CBS Los Angeles: L.A. council approves limits on McMansions [3/1/2017]

  • Los Angeles Times: L.A. lawmakers finalize new measures to curb 'mansionization' [3/1/2017]

  • Curbed Los Angeles: Could the anti-development Measure S tank L.A.'s economy? [12/16/2017]

  • Los Angeles Patch: L.A. city council votes to limit size of 'McMansions' [12/7/2016]

  • Los Angeles Times: L.A. has a growing mansionization problem [7/28/2016]

  • Los Angeles Times: L.A. takes a step toward tighter rules to curb mansionization [7/14/2016]

  • City Watch: Lessons from Beverly Grove's successful fight against McMansions [6/30/2016]

  • The Telegraph: Record $500 million mega-mansion being built in Los Angeles [5/27/2015]

  • Los Angeles Daily News: No more ‘McMansions’ in Los Angeles for two years, says council [3/26/2015]

  • Los Angeles Times: Attempt to tighten 'McMansion' law spurs outcry [2/24/2015]


  • Daily Mail: 'She's created an uproar': Gwyneth Paltrow enrages neighbors with plans to demolish $5 million mansion to build 'too big, too tall and incompatible California home' [7/3/2017]

Napa Valley

Redwood City

San Carlos

San Francisco

  • PlanetIZen: Property Owner Who Tore Down Neutra-Designed House Ordered to Build Exact Replica [12/21/2018]



  • Aspen Daily News: When is enough, enough? [6/16/2019]

  • Aspen Times: Tony Vagneur: Bigger isn’t always better for houses; it’s time to downsize [5/31/2019]

  • Green Building Advisor: Colorado County Ponders Lower Limit on House Size [3/12/2019]

  • Aspen Times: Pitkin County’s max home size may be reduced [3/4/2019]

  • Aspen Times: Super-size my house: County's homes twice average size; development rush causes big impact [8/6/2006]

  • Aspen Times: New house-size caps for Aspen [5/8/2003]


  • The Daily Camera: Boulder City Council to provide feedback on large homes, lots project [5/25/2019]

  • The Daily Camera: Boulder abandons McMansion ban - for now [10/17/2018]

  • The Daily Camera: From the Editorial Advisory Board: McMansions [9/29/2018]

  • The Daily Camera: Boulder council has 'appetite' for limiting home size in bid to rid Boulder of McMansions [9/25/2018]

  • The Daily Camera: Boulder compatible development rules take effect for houses Monday [12/31/2009]

San Juan County



  • Delaware Online: Rehoboth cinches large homes with tightened zoning law [7/17/2015]


Anna Maria

  • ABC Tampa Bay: Anna Maria leaders worried about "McMansions" on the island [6/5/2019]

  • Bradenton Herald: Anna Maria Island’s beach bungalows, and a way of life, giving way to ‘McMansions’ [5/29/2019]

St. Petersburg

  • Tampa Bay Times: In fight against McMansions, Snell Isle residents get a victory—for now [1/7/2016]



  • Star Advertiser: Mayor Kirk Caldwell allows bill regulating ‘monster’ homes to become law [7/5/2019]

  • Hawaii News Now: Neighbors at odds over years-long construction of Kaneohe mega-home [10/23/2018]

  • Honolulu Civil Beat: Denby Fawcett: Time To Cut Honolulu’s Monster Houses Down To Size [10/2/2018]

  • Hawaii News Now: Monster homes are gobbling up Oahu neighborhoods—and it's all legal [8/3/2018]

  • Hawaii News Now: The fix to illegal monster homes? Councilman says tear them down [5/1/2018]

  • Star Advertiser: Mayor signs bill temporarily banning permits for new 'monster houses' [3/13/2018]

  • Star Advertiser: Kaimuki resident documents 'monster' houses [2/11/2018]

  • Hawaii Public Radio: Honolulu City Council Committee advances "monster homes" bill [1/23/2018]

  • KHON 2: What's with all the big houses? Some are apartment buildings in disguise [2/7/2017]


  • Star Advertiser: ‘Monster houses’ bill is criticized as not addressing the cause of the problem [10/15/2018]

  • Star Advertiser: ‘Monster’ homes continue with total impunity [9/7/2018]

  • Hawaii News Now: City orders 'monster homes' builder to stop work on 17 projects [5/31/2018]



  • HuffPost: America's housing crisis is spreading to smaller cities [5/5/2018]



  • Loop North News: Are Chicago home buyers starting to believe less house is more? [3/24/2019]



Prairie Village

  • KCUR 89.3: Prairie Village City Council Approves Home Building Guidelines [10/1/2018]

  • The Kansas City Star: Prairie Village council sends home construction guidelines to planning commissioners [8/7/2018]

  • The Kansas City Star: Prairie Village residents focus on teardowns, new construction at first of 3 meetings [7/10/2018]

  • The Kansas City Star: Mayor Laura Wassmer speaks with the Kansas City Star [7/5/2018]

  • KCUR 89.3: Prairie Village home teardowns rankle residents [6/13/2018]

  • KCUR 89.3: Big homes, small lots: new rules for tearing down old houses in Prairie Village [6/13/2018]

  • The Kansas City Star: Teardowns have divided Prairie Village. Now residents have a chance to weigh in [6/6/2018]

  • The Kansas City Star: Prairie Village is tearing down homes. Is it progress or problem for neighborhoods? [10/25/2017]

  • The Kansas City Star: ‘We don’t want to be Olathe’: Prairie Village planners pass tear-down rules [6/9/2016]



  • Washington Post: These neighbors spent $2 million to block a McMansion. Will their bet pay off? [12/20/2015]





  • Boston Globe: Boston’s new luxury towers appear to house few local residents [9/10/2018]












  • Boston Globe: As houses get bigger, Sharon may regulate large dwellings [2/23/2012]




  • Star Tribune: With zoning change, Eagan tries to encourage building of smaller homes [3/18/2019]


  • Star Tribune: Tighter limits on new home sizes clear initial hurdle [7/29/2014]



  • KSDK: Kirkwood home owners battle ‘McMansions’ [9/11/2018]

New Jersey


  • Tap Into Chatham: Chatham Township Committee Asks Planning Board to Look at Existing Limits on House Size in Relation to Lot Size; 3-2 Vote [3/5/2019]

Long Beach Island



  • If this Montclair mansion gets built, it will be bigger than the White House [3/20/2019]

New York


  • Bushwick Community Plan Calls for Changes in Zoning—and in the Process [9/26/2018]

The Hamptons

  • Bloomberg: Hamptons buyers battle over cheaper homes—that is, under $3.3 million [10/26/2017]

  • Bloomberg: Rich Hamptons buyers don't want mega-mansions [8/11/2017]

  • New York Times: Razing the Hamptons [4/14/2017]

  • Newsday: Oversized mansions targeted in new laws restricting home size in Hamptons villages [6/7/2015]

  • New York Times: Hamptons McMansions herald a return of excess [8/26/2013]


Sag Harbor

  • Sag Harbor Express: East End effort pops up to counter "not in my backyard" mindset [1/10/2018]

  • Washington Post: Historically black beach enclaves are fighting to save their history and identity [7/27/2017]

  • New York Times: Investors move next door, unsettling a black beachside enclave [8/25/2016]

  • Vanity Fair: The battle of Sag Harbor: historic homes, pricey penthouses, and scores of subpoenas [7/13/2016]

  • 27East: Sag Harbor Village Board Adopts Law Limiting House Sizes [4/26/2016]

  • Sag Harbor Express: Call for Sag Harbor moratorium as neighbors cry foul over reconstruction of Main Street house [5/6/2015]


  • Newsday: Southampton may alter code to limit size of new homes in village [2/25/2018]

  • New York Post: Hamptons’ largest home hits the market for $35 million [7/10/2017]

  • 27East: Southampton Village proposes new limits on house height [6/28/2015]


North Carolina



Kill Devil Hills

Southern Shores


Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

  • Sustainable Life: Columbia Gorge commission reviewing future of scenic area [5/31/2018]


  • Koin6: Density vs. livability: public comments on Portland Infill [5/15/2018]

  • CNU Public Square: Portland considers anti-McMansion measures [11/23/2016]

  • Sightline Institute: The Portland Plan: down with McMansions, up with abundant housing options [11/15/2016]

  • Portland Tribune: Goodbye McMansions, hello more density? [6/9/2016]

Wallowa County


East Stroudsburg

  • Financial Post: Millions of Americans are still trapped in debt-logged homes 10 years after the housing crisis brought the nation to its knees [9/15/2018]

Rhode Island

Block Island


  • EcoRI: Planners concerned new rules could McMansion R.I.'s coast [6/14/2018]



  • The Providence Journal: Newport neighbors object to proposed chateau-like home [12/11/2018]

  • US News: Neighbors Object to Planned Chateau House in Newport [12/11/2018]

  • The Providence Journal: Newport house is a pariah, a ‘horror’ to some [1/15/2017]

  • New York Times: Newport, a city that loves its mansions, shudders at its newest one [12/4/2016]



  • Houston Chronicle: In The Woodlands, a four-year renovation has created a 'monster' house, neighbors say [5/15/2018]

West Lake Hills


Zion National Park

  • The Salt Lake Tribune: Zion National Park will acquire a private land parcel to fend off any development — but 3,400 acres remain at risk [10/8/2018]



  • ARLNow: Teardowns and McMansions - Can We Do More Than Talk About It? [6/24/2019]


Mercer Island

  • My Northwest: Mercer Island limits size of single-family homes [9/20/2017]

  • Seattle Times: Mercer Island, land of the luxury home, cracks down on building mansions [9/20/2017]


  • My Northwest: ‘McMansion’ ban, new rules for backyard cottages enter home stretch [6/19/2019]

  • Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: ‘Smaller homes, and more of them per lot’ [6/18/2019]

  • Seattle Doesn't Want You To Have A Big House [5/31/2019]

  • Northwest News: Proposed ban on 'McMansions' would dramatically change Seattle's house-building rules [5/30/2019]

  • KIRO-TV: Seattle could ban building big houses with new ordinance [5/29/2019]

  • Seattle Times: New ban on ‘McMansions’ would dramatically change Seattle’s house-building rules [5/29/2019]

  • Curbed Seattle: How ADU legislation could rein in Seattle’s McMansions [5/7/2019]

  • Seattle Pi: 'Cursed McMansions' of King County get featured on popular blog [11/1/2018]

  • Sightline Institute: Where Seattle’s Environmental Impact Statement Has Landed For Backyard Cottages [10/5/2018]

  • Seattle Times: New review could pave way for more backyard cottages in Seattle while restricting ‘McMansions’ [10/4/2018]

Washington, D.C.

  • Washingtonian: Here are the floor plans for Jeff Bezos’s $23 million DC home [4/22/2018]


Bay View

  • Journal Sentinel: 'It's hideous': Bay View residents bristle at towering three-story mansion being built by Ald. Tony Zielinski [1/14/2019]


Jackson Hole


Business Insider: A Nobel Prize-winning economist and Yale professor explains why buying a big house is a waste of money

Fox News: Paul Batura: Big families bring more happiness than big houses

Infosurhoy: Neighbors hate the large suburban ‘McMansions’ because they make their own houses look small

The Times: American homeowners find size isn’t necessarily everything

Today: Living in a bigger house won't make you happier 

The Atlantic: Are McMansions Making People Any Happier?

Town and Country Magazine: David Adjaye's Message to Architects: Stop Building McMansions

The Wall Street Journal: A Growing Problem in Real Estate: Too Many Too Big Houses

CNN NEWS: Suburban McMansions are out. Ritzy, remote ranches are in

Business Insider: Americans could be killing the McMansion for good



Thorold, Ontario, Canada: Council, staff clash over zoning issues

Reddendale, British Columbia, Canada: Zoning changes will end Reddendale developments, builder says

Reddendale, British Columbia, Canada: New Reddendale planning rules concern house designer

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: New Agricultural Land Reserve regulations take effect

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Province limits homes sizes in ALR

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Province follows Richmond's lead in limiting ALR homes sizes

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: New Agricultural Land Reserve regulations take effect

Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada: Coquitlam battles 'illegal apartment buildings'

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Year in review: ALR home sizes shrink

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond council limits ALR homes to 400 square metres

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond council hears from public on farmhouse size

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada: Big families raise concerns over provincial plan to limit size of ALR houses

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond council votes to cut ALR home sizes even further

Delta, British Columbia, Canada: Province finally catches up to Delta on farm mansions

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond council unanimously in favour of bylaw to further limit ALR home sizes

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: Legislation would restrict size of mansions on B.C. farmland

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Province, Richmond move to restrict 'mega-homes' on farmland

British Columbia, Canada: New legislation makes it clear: Farmland is for farming

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: City of Richmond votes in favour of limiting mega-mansions on ALR land

Saanich, British Columbia, Canada: Farmers applaud new restrictions on mega-homes

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada: Most homes being built on Abbotsford farmland exceed new size limits

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: As dreams of home ownership fade, B.C. startup offers shares in Vancouver homes for as little as $1

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Dilapidated homes, leaky condos, and crumbling mansions: Skilled trades shortage paints a bleak picture in Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Steele the show: Breton Crellin vs. the luxury housing market

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Province says they are going to stop the private estating of agricultural lands

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: 'There is a problem': Will B.C. try to block mega-mansions on protected farmland?

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Mega-mansions threat to farmland, says critic

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: 'We have no alternative': White paper warns lost B.C. farmland could be catastrophic

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: In one of West Vancouver’s nicest neighbourhoods, nobody’s home except dust bunnies and raccoons

Vancouver/Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Metro Vancouver monster home debate springs back to life

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Small-scale farmers drawn into land-use debate in Richmond

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Upcoming legislation will kill Richmond's farm mega-mansions

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Mixed reaction after Richmond approves new home size limits

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: In West Vancouver, ‘monster house’ debate a vicious circle

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond votes to continue to allow so-called 'megahomes' on farmland

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond set to consider more limits on farmland mansions

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond MLAs want city to act on farmland mega-mansions

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Giant monster house under construction in Richmond

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: Richmond is growing McMansions instead of crops on “protected” farmland

Vancouver/Delta, British Columbia, Canada: Province to limit house sizes on farmland

Vancouver/Delta, British Columbia, Canada: Get ready for the North Delta monster house debate

Vancouver/Delta, British Columbia, Canada: Amended Delta zoning bylaw moves forward

Vancouver/Delta, British Columbia, Canada: Delta solution to farm mansions should be followed, says Steves

Vancouver/Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada: Saanich councillors call to stop monster homes being built on farmland

Vancouver/Richmond, British Columbia, Canada: RITE Richmond and Richmond Citizens' Association slates join forces in coalition

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada: House-size limit provokes angry reaction


London, England: Ban on Mayfair ‘mega-homes’

London, England: 'Mega homes' to be banned in central London as Westminster council sets limit on size of new builds 

Blackburn, England: Anger over billionaires' 'McMansion' homes plan in Blackburn

Blackburn, England: 'McMansions' anger in Blackburn


Perth, Australia: The real cost of McMansions - is it time for a rethink?

Canberra, Australia: The new plan to turn Canberra's McMansions into mini unit complexes


Further Reading

The conversation is much broader than house size. The related issues of affordable housing, gentrification, and zoning are interlocking puzzle pieces that each community must grapple with.


The Washington Post: A Growing Problem in Real Estate: Too Many Too Big Houses

The Outline: Rich People Are To Blame For The Rise Of Lyme Disease

Hunker: Attn Rich People: We Have Some Questions About Your Mansions a blog about McMansions

CBS News: 10 "McModerns" that are taking over from McMansions Bigger isn't better: How a large home could ruin your life

NPR: Behind the ever-expanding American dream house

The Washington Post: An online housing giant picked a fight with a one-woman blog. And lost.

The Wall Street Journal: Living very large

The Atlantic: Will the McMansion ever die?

The Washington Post: The ultimate symbol of the pre-recession boom is back

Slate: The literal hell of McMansions: The suburban monstrosities fit in a long American tradition of unnatural, ill-constructed, haunted houses.

NPR: A legal backlash against oversized 'McMansions'

The Atlantic: The next slum?

Archaeology and Material Culture: Spacious vulgarity: The aesthetics and morals of McMansions

The New York Times: McMansions or bash-and-builds, some towns have had enough McMansions and the geometry of zoning [planning law primer that discusses some legal tools for regulating house size]

Trulia: The incredible shrinking yard!

Fast Company: The hidden cost of our obsession with luxury living

The Bellingham Herald: Why we love to hate McMansions, but still buy them

CityLab: America’s increasingly large homes are making us less energy efficient

Bloomberg: Smaller households, bigger houses, smaller lots

The New York Times: The next little thing?

GreenBiz: Small is beautiful: U.S. house size, resource use, and the environment

ArchDaily: The case for a smaller house: Talking clients out of the big house they want to build

Law360: McDonald’s aims to block ‘McMansions’ TM


City Commentary: Housing can’t both be a good investment and be affordable

America's housing crisis is spreading to smaller cities

Sonoma Valley Sun: We are the housing crisis

Nestegg: Examine negative gearing, McMansions to address Sydney housing challenge: AECOM Boomtowns need more affordable housing

Baltimore Brew: Affordable housing advocates launch charter amendment drive

Arizona Daily Sun: Council approves $25 million affordable housing bond for November ballot

Geek Wire: Blokable aims to solve housing affordability crisis with ‘housing development as a service’ model

The Bay State Banner: City shares creative housing ideas with mayors nationwide Mayor Bowser announces $103 million investment in affordable housing

Curbed Los Angeles: Can L.A. build its way out of its housing crisis?

The Globe and Mail: Dramatic revisions to city’s housing plan sparks controversy in Vancouver

Las Vegas Review-Journal: The tension between affordable housing and environmentalism

New Geography: Housing affordability from Vancouver to Sydney to Toronto: Time to do what works

CB Insights: The future of housing: From home building to city planning, tech giants & startups are reimagining where & how we live

WSAV3: What are we going to do about Beaufort County's affordable housing crisis?

The Daily Courier: Yavapai County renters make less than needed to pay for housing, The Times-Picayune: New Orleans' affordable housing problem is bigger than Airbnb

HuffPost: America’s housing crisis is a ticking time bomb

MarketWatch: The housing we want for America is still out of reach

The Mercury News: Study: lack of housing means more traffic, not less

CBS News: For cities with a housing shortage, a modest—and cheap—remedy

KATU: City leaders, advocates kick off campaign to support affordable housing

SPUR: What we talk about when we talk about affordable housing: A primer

The Orange County Register: Rising costs threaten millions with ‘housing instability,’ Harvard report says

The Conversation: Overcrowded housing looms as a challenge for our cities

KRCR News: City of Redding taking action on more affordable housing

The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press: As East End faces an affordable housing shortage, there's a call for YIMBY

The Hill: Getting serious about housing affordability

CBS Denver: Telluride puts affordable housing tax issue before voters


Vogue: Three writers on living sustainably in 2018


Sag Harbor, New York: East End effort pops up to counter "not in my backyard" mindset

Bar Harbor, Maine: Cruise ships have made Bar Harbor popular. But have they ruined It?

Beacon, New York: Development in Beacon: What next?

Beacon, New York: Brief moratorium makes sense for Beacon

Barcelona, Spain: Why Barcelona locals really hate tourists

Hamptons, New York: Trophy lawns destroyed this Hamptons pond with poison

Cohasset, Massachusetts: Smith Place condo proposal is too much

Concord, Massachusetts: Concord, MA to be first U.S. town to ban bottled water

Woodstock, Vermont: Vermont town in Budweiser Clydesdale ad fights to save its charm