Saturday, December 27, 2014

What is a Family II?

Two brothers in their 30s bought this 25 room, 12,000 square foot house in Hartford, just two blocks away from the home shown yesterday.  They live there with their wives and -- so far -- three children.
Until recently the building had been the headquarters of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.


The neighbors seem happy.  Because both male adults are brothers, the zoning laws limiting occupancy to single families seem to be satisfied.

Take your exam booklets and pens out again.  Why is this OK but the situation from yesterday is not?
Or are they both OK?  Or both unacceptable?

19 comments:

Lowell said...

That is a righteously big building and I love it and I want it but I don't have a brother. But I do have 3 children. Nah, the taxes must be sky high.

Re the exams? You know what you can do with them and I say that seriously as a former teacher! :)

Sharon Anck said...

Personally, I think they are both okay. I tend to think the term "family" is relative. (pun intended) There doesn't have to be DNA match or a license to make a family. However, I will say....who wants to keep 25 rooms clean. Yikes.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

It seems immoral to me not to have several families in such an enormous property.

Birdman said...

I'm raising my hand. Can I use the restroom before I start this exam? Back in the day these grand, large, old buildings housed families. We're just reverting back a bit. My hand is raised again. Will you please define 'family' before I begin this rigorous test?

William Kendall said...

Quite an impressive place!

VP said...

A huge building in an impressive location!

jennyfreckles said...

If they can afford it, good luck to them - though I do wonder why small families require such large houses. Surely they can't possibly use all the rooms?

Sylvia K said...

When my four kids were growing up I could have totally enjoyed all the extra room, but these days I'd probably get lost and probably starve looking for the kitchen!! Enjoy your weekend!

Halcyon said...

Double standards!
Although I'm not sure I'd want to live with my siblings. I'll be happy enough when I can finally leave my MiL's house though!

RedPat said...

Both are totally acceptable to me, Jack!

Kay said...

Okay. I'll admit it: I'm doodling in the exam booklet. And lettering in irreverent slogans.
I'll keep commentary on wealth distribution inequity to myself.

cieldequimper said...

I think both are acceptable. And I wouldn't mind living in a mansion. Not one little bit. I need the space for my books. And other stuff.

Luis Gomez said...

Like this house although I would not want to live there. Seems way to big and probably not to close to the city.

Randy said...

Both are fine. Better than an empty home.

Virginia said...

Hello Hartford. It's the 21 Century. Times have changed. Be glad the home is well taken care of and it's not being ripped off for copper gutters now. I think the mélange of occupants is pretty cool!
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Mersad said...

I think it's all fine. The house is magnificent.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

EG CameraGirl said...

I am trying very hard to not step up on my soapbox here, Jack! I live in a region where there are many monster homes and I cannot for the life of me understand the need for one family to have so much space.

CaT said...

thats huge! even for 2 families.... pfff.
i will skip the exam... :)

Sue said...

As long as neighbors are respectful of other neighbors and maintain the home and grounds, who cares about their family relationship or lack thereof?