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As US economy rises, so do dream homes

Luxury building is again booming in the traditionally high-end parts of the country, say architects and designers

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Mr Seltzer's screening room has a hand-painted ceiling that mixes silver and gold leaf with Swarovski crystals.

New York

SCOTT Seltzer's beach house in Sagaponack, New York, would have been finished in half the time, if not for the screening room. That one room took two years, but Mr Seltzer, who works in finance, has no regrets.

"I lived in small apartments my whole life," said Mr Seltzer,