McMansion type homes are not just restricted to the United States. This article describes what Chinese buyers are moving into in New Zealand:
When veteran architect Ron Sang drives around the outer fringes of Auckland near Albany or Botany, he can always spot a house built for a Chinese buyer.
“Generally it has a high portico on the outside – a big, high, ostentatious-looking porch, usually double height,” he says.
“Generally above the door you have a window and through the window you can see chandeliers. Inside the door you’ll see a big, ostentatiously curved stairway. They like to show wealth.”
These grand mansions on small suburban sections – what sociologist Paul Spoonley, adopting a Canadian term, calls “monster houses” – have become the stereotypical Chinese footprints in our cityscape.
While the homes described here are called “monster homes,” this sounds very similar to what Americans would call McMansions with the traits of a big entryway, garish appointments, the goal of impressing a buyer or visitor, and large homes on relatively small lots in suburban neighborhoods.
There is an interesting discussion later in the article about Chinese immigration to and residential patterns of Chinese residents in New Zealand.