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1850 or 2017?: California Getting Back into the SLAVE TRADE

Go take a look at the new housing market in Los Angeles. Smart homes are on their way out and slave homes are on their way in. Now, instead of buying a smart home with state-of-the-art appliances, you can buy a house that comes fully equipped with servants.

In the 1980s, you were chic if you had a full bar in your Los Angeles, California home. In the 1990s, it was an elevator. In the 2000s, it was smart appliances, and now? It’s servants. It looks like we are finally coming full circle in society today.

A home at 924 Bel Air will sell for $250 million and the owner will now not only own the home but will walk through the front door and be greeted by seven staffers (potentially including a concierge, chef, doorman, masseuse, driver, and personal trainer), all included for the first two years of residency. “Wealthy people have different needs,” says Bruce Makowsky, an American real estate developer, and entrepreneur, noting that the staff will work for an annual wage.

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So what exactly is needed by wealthy people that aren’t needed by the middle class or even the poor? Do middle-class citizens not need a chef? Do they not need a personal trainer to work them out? Or a driver to take their children to school so they can go to work themselves? Or is it that normal people make due without all of those luxuries allotted them by servants?

According to Charles MacPherson, a former butler who launched a luxury household management, consulting, and training firm in 1996, business is booming in this field. The growth, he says, is based on the explosion of wealth among the one-percenters and the size and number of homes owned that have come with that. But he calls the trend of including service in the package of a home a great concept that often doesn’t work. “It is such an intimate relationship between a domestic servant and a family that it doesn’t work to have people just waiting (before they move in) because of that intimacy. What I’m seeing is that the staff aren’t staying very long,” he says.

Well, golly gee… I wonder why?

 



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