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Spoiled Kids!

By JLP | May 10, 2013

The Mansion section of today’s WSJ featured Luxury Kids’ Rooms.

A DJ mixing station in the sleepover room. Secret passageways inspired by “Harry Potter.” A fully tricked-out videogame arcade. You’ve entered the teen wing of the house.

As parents look for creative ways to keep older kids hanging out at home, some are turning to an unexpected source: architects and designers. The result is a new category of spaces now showing up in family homes: teen lounges, hangout areas, sleepover spaces and “offices” for doing homework.

Want to hear something funny about JLP Land? We have ONE TV in the entire house. ONE. It’s not so much that I’m against having more than one TV. It’s more due to the fact that we have one living area and I’m not a fan of kids having TVs in their rooms.

The article continues…

Chris Pollack recently finished renovating a Manhattan townhouse that includes a 1,000-square-foot teen suite with ping-pong and billiards tables, a recording studio, kitchen and a theater for movies and videogames. The estimated cost: roughly $750,000. “Our clients with kids going into the teenage years are thinking about this more and more,” he says. Mr. Pollack, of New York-based design-and-construction adviser Pollack + Partners, says he has also accommodated several requests for homework rooms equipped with security cameras, so parents can keep an eye on computer usage.

$750,000?!?

The article included several pictures of silliness. If you can access the article, you might check out the pictures. I’m sure they’ll make your day.

Topics: Kids and Money | 3 Comments »


3 Responses to “Spoiled Kids!”

  1. OnePercenter Says:
    May 10th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    What’s silly about it?

    The fact they spent $750K on their kids? The fact they have $750K (I’m assuming they did not pay on credit, or some other form of debt) on non-essentials. The fact they have multiple TVs?

    Please elaborate.

  2. K D Says:
    May 10th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    My child is a high school senior. While we did not visit a ton of college campuses I did not see any dorm rooms that I would want to live in. All involved sharing a room and the best appointed had two rooms sharing a bathroom (versus trudging down the hall to the common bathroom). We own a modest home and dorm living will be a step down for our child, let alone for those coming from extravagant homes.

    We live in a crazy time.

  3. BG Says:
    May 13th, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Reminds me of “The Toy” starring Richard Pryor.

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