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From Hillside Party Mansions to Cardboard Castles

 - Dec 7, 2009   Updated: Jun 16 2011
Castles and mansions have always eluded those making their way through life inside the middle class, but that doesn't stop us from looking. There is something instinctive in our DNA that always deems those with giant domiciles ahead of the rest.

From hillside mansions to cardboard castles, check out the 53 colossal castles and mansions which will have you mentally resizing that one bedroom apartment.

Implications - As the economic recession slowly improves, consumers are searching for luxuries in life once more. Any product that celebrates prestige is going to appeal to buyers who are now willing to spend their cash. Companies would be wise to consider how to incorporate opulence in their products to take advantage of this spending pattern.