Fuse #8

Friday, September 15, 2006

Because Hobbits Would Live In A Gated Community If They Could, Right?

Here is what I want. I want to know who the person was who sat down, watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and then thought to themselves, "I smell a real estate opportunity!". Who was that person? Because what you end up with as a result is something like The Shire. Here's how it describes itself:
The Shire is unique, fearlessly created to the vision of developer Ron Meyers and a team of designers to help implement his vision. The Shire's homeowners will share this unique vision to have their community and primary residence beyond the ordinary incorporated with the values and charms of a different age.
I like that the word "unique" appeared here twice, and yet what we're basically talking about are American visions of what old English cottages should be. For a good chill up the old spine, definitely give The Shire a turn.

8 Comments:

At 10:07 AM , Blogger Lizzy said...

I bet that place has a bazoodle of restrictive covenants. I like most the "thatch roofs replicated in a new age material."

 
At 10:15 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Yeah. It kinda makes you wonder what this unnamed "new age material" is. I'm going to go with sage and quartz crystals. Those would be considered "New Age", right?

 
At 10:55 AM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Those would work. Or how about recycled Birkenstocks? Though for $800,000 I should hope the cottage would come with its own resident psychic.

 
At 11:18 AM , Blogger Alkelda the Gleeful said...

What about hemp for the new age product? It probably wouldn't stand up to the rain, though.

 
At 3:27 PM , Blogger Nancy said...

Things I liked about The Shire:

1. "Old World Townhomes" (huh?)
2. The fact that they obviously cleared away all sorts of nasty trees to build this, because in the real shire, you know that's what they would have done.
3. The suit of armor -- no shire complete without it.

 
At 6:13 PM , Anonymous Jill said...

2. The fact that they obviously cleared away all sorts of nasty trees to build this, because in the real shire, you know that's what they would have done.

But that's exactly what "they" did - with a different "they", of course (Saruman and his cronies - in the book).

Yeah - because I'd so like to live in Saruman's Shire (not).

 
At 10:37 AM , Blogger julie said...

http://www.bendshire.com/index.php?p=12

She's come to take me home, all right. In fact, I think I might be grounded.

 
At 2:28 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Woah! That's what I get for not exploring the site closely. Man oh man, she is not happy with us.

And is it a bad thing that I keep misreading the company below as "Survivor Realty" rather than "Sunriver"? I'm not sure.

I keep flashing back to an episode of "Arrested Development" where Michael is discussing with George Michael whether or not the name "Sudden Valley" would make a good title for a housing community. "It makes me think of salad dressing... but I don't want to eat it".

 

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