I taught chess yesterday, but it wasn’t at an after-school enrichment program. Instead, a overly wealthy couple hired me to teach chess to their four children, the oldest a girl of 8, and the youngest a 2-boy-1-girl set of triplets of age 6½. The couple live in Rancho Santa Fe which regularly ranks as one of the richest zip codes in the entire United States. The house I went to had 11,300 square feet, eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and eight garages in two sets of four.
But that’s not what this blog post is about. This post is about strawberry fields, so I’ll provide you with some music for your reading pleasure:
When I first came to San Diego in April 1993, I quickly learned where all the 1% neighborhoods were, and I succeeded in visiting them, determined to see things for myself. Who needs pictures in a magazine when you can simply drive over there?
On my way to Rancho Santa Fe back in 1993, I had to pass through hundreds of acres of strawberry fields. I even stopped to pick my own strawberries, and man were they scrumptious.
Well, on the way to Rancho Santa Fe yesterday, I passed through those hundreds of acres again. Sadly, here is what they looked like yesterday:
I haven’t tried to find what kind of subdivision is being built, but I’m pretty sure the homes will be on the larger side and cost several million dollars each.
I suppose it just became too much for the owners of the strawberry fields:
“Let’s see. Do I want to sell ten million strawberries at 5¢ each, net, or do I just want to sell 500 acres at $10,000 per acre, be done with it, and retire? Hmmm. This is a tough one……….NOT!”
I did get one extraordinarily beautiful picture, though:
Which I promptly turned into Photographic Art:
I’m guessing you do want to see the house, though, right? Well, here’s the driveway:
The house is way back there around the bend to the left. Here’s half of the house:
What does one do in a house with 11,300 square feet? Play hide and seek?
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