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Mansions replace old homes in upscale makeover for US suburbs

Home teardowns are becoming common in more and more US suburbs

BUILDING NICER HOMES: The US National Association of Home Builders estimates that builders tore down and reconstructed about 32,000 homes last year, representing 5 per cent of all single-family housing starts.


MERION Homes bought two dozen rambler-style houses in Northern Virginia's Pimmit Hills community for about US$450,000 each, just to knock them down. Now it's selling customised residences three times larger, at prices topping US$1 million.

"The original homes don't fit...

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