If you have a little girl and you want to give her everything you want for yourself you never had while simultaneously showing all your friends and neighbors that you are rich and fancy in the most ostentatious way possible, have I got a playhouse for you.
The "Wendy" house at Harrods in London is a pink princess castle with towers, heavy satin curtains, and a hand-laid parquet floor. It is the perfect way to say, "fuck your American Girl doll," and was made by Master Wishmakers, a company that designs excruciatingly posh playhouses, tree houses, and kids' rooms. According to the Daily Mail it has a sticker price of £85,000. That's about $137,000, or a price at which a person could buy an actual house.
Master Wishmakers' custom playrooms are available through Harrods, and the Wendy house is a sample of their work. It is currently the dressing room for kids who want to try on princess dresses at the Harrods children's department, but several Harrods customers are said to have made inquiries about getting pink play houses of their own.
Harrods reportedly said, "the dressing room has attracted numerous expressions of interest from clients in the Middle East, as well as celebrities and royals, since going on sale a month ago."
You know who else would love this? That guy who planted a flag in Africa so his daughter could be a "real princess."
I'm not saying it isn't gorgeous, because it is. I would love this fancy pink room. I am deeply envious of its beautiful floors, which I wish were in my house. But it seems like there is a line at which point a parent loses plausible deniability about a toy being for the children, and that line falls well before $137,000. (I get it, though. I spent all last night eyeballing $1,000+ dollhouses "for my daughter," who is three months old and has no interest in dollhouses.)
If I had unlimited resources, I can't say for sure that I wouldn't spend the price of a studio apartment in Chicago on a princess castle for my kid, but I sure hope I would not. $137,000 would buy a lot of ponies, and I hope any purchasers install them quickly, because anybody who has ever been a little girl knows this will only hold a kid's attention for a limited time at best. Sure, I'd have adored it at 10. But by 13 I would have been painting it black and covering it with Vampire Diaries posters.
Photos: Master Wishmakers