New York realtor Kevin Brown was recently taking a wealthy client around the city looking at fancy multimillion-dollar apartments. She said her daughter would be attending Columbia or NYU (or maybe Harvard), and she wanted her to have a nice place to live in the heart of the city.
So, according to CCTV, the woman settled on a swanky $6.5 million one in "One57," a building that's still under construction. Filled with luxuries, it includes a private fitness center and yoga studio, private concert hall, and a "pet wash room" among many other amenities. What a lucky girl, right? No dorm food or roommate from hell for her.
Well, except for the fact that the daughter hasn't been accepted at any of these prestigious schools, or even applied for that matter. In fact, she is 2.
Talk about pressure!
Planning and dreaming for your children's future is one thing. Telling them to work hard and they could go to Harvard may motivate them. Signing them up for pee wee football and imagining them in the NFL is something plenty do. But to buy real estate in a specific city with specific schools picked out that you plan for them to attend is just twisted. Not to mention risky.
We all do it to some degree. For example, opening college savings accounts lays out our expectations that they will go to college when not everyone does or needs to. But there are limits as to what's healthy, and at least on the surface, this seems to blow way past the limit.
I suppose we shouldn't judge the woman, who is from China but has otherwise been unidentified, too harshly before we hear her side of it. Maybe it was more making a smart real estate investment than anything, and she was just dreaming of something that could be. I sure hope so. And if not, I sure hope she's saving for therapy for her daughter too.
Can you imagine growing up with that kind of a plan already mapped out for you?
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