Poll: How Big a House is Too Big?

Where do you draw the line on house size?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on University of Miami football player-turned-trial lawyer Jim Ferraro and his 23,000 square foot West Chop complex. The home, according to WSJ is a, “five-building complex—with 14 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms, a pool, a basketball court, a tennis court, a bocce ball court and a putting green.”

Another oversized Island house that has been in the news since last year is the 8,200-square-foot house being built by Adam Zoia on the former Harrison property overlooking Quitsa Pond that is visible from the road.

Back in December, we polled MVPatch readers to see whether or not they felt there should be a limit on house size. Over 60% of our readers felt that they should be. Now we want to know what you think is too big? Is 4,000 square feet your max? Or are you comfortable topping out at something like 12,000 square feet. Does the idea of a 23,000 square foot home make your skin crawl or do you think everyone should be able to build as big a house as they please?

To give you some perspective, a football field is 58,000 square feet and the is 5,500 square feet.

Take our poll below and then tell us in the comments why you voted as you did.

Ursula Goodenough July 10, 2012 at 07:59 PM
To be clear, are we talking total floor area, all floors, and not "footprint" like a football field?
Mathea Morais (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Right. Total floor area, all floors
dogged July 11, 2012 at 09:39 AM
Ferraro's property is not just one lot. It's at least two.
Annie Bradshaw July 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Last time I checked, MV is still part of America. Who are we to dictate the size of someones house? As long as they get the required permits......they should have the freedom to build whatever they want.
BPB July 11, 2012 at 01:29 PM
There's no legal prohibition on vulgarity, tastelessness or ostentatiousness. For a long time, the residents of Martha's Vineyard were very protective of its beauty. No more. It's now attracting more people who would better off in the Hamptons where hideous McMansions are the norm. They have little regard for anything other than there own vainglory. It's disgusting.
dogged July 11, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I like the McMansions and for that matter I like oversized drinks at McDonalds, French Fries and I don't care if someone is allergic to peanuts and offended that I am not! It's always nice to point and tell the McMansion owners to screw and give them the middle finger (talking to people like BPB) but when they're paying a huge portion of your tax bill, I'll wave at them!
BPB July 12, 2012 at 03:40 AM
It makes perfect sense that "Dogged" likes oversized drinks, french fries, and mcmansions. Given the obesity problem in America, my guess is that "Dogged" can't fit inside a normal sized house.
Susanna J. Sturgis July 12, 2012 at 02:48 PM
House size is one of those "problems" that Vineyarders love to glom on to, mainly because it lets us off the hook. Like mopeds: everybody hates mopeds because the riders come from somewhere else and we don't have to deal with them day to day. What if we focused on the real problems, the things we could actually do something about if we had a little more nerve?
dogged July 13, 2012 at 03:43 PM
It doesn't matter what I like, whether it be oversized drinks, fries, mcmansion, women or for that matter men. Why does it matter to you. It's my opinion. To bad others can't respect those wishes of others. As long as it conforms to Zoning, building code, health and whatever by laws are on the book why should I not build what I want? Stop being a Scientologist ramming your idealism's down my throat.


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