“I always have visions and dreams of things you can do, and this is a realization of something,” Dweck, 58, said near his violin-shaped pool, where about 5,600 fiber-optic cables light up like multicolored strings. “The idea is to improve quality of life using technology.” The company he registered last month, Live Better Systems LLC, will have competition from Wall Street veterans working to make the good life better…The renovation of his stone-and-shingle house — whose reverse-osmosis filtration makes his shower water “like bottled water” even if it lacks the Delos vitamins — will cost $3 million, he said. He estimates he’ll spend an additional $3 million fixing up grounds that include the pool, a baseball field, an outdoor kitchen and a movie screen. “Lots of people have that money,” he said. “They’re willing to spend it on, to me, much more frivolous things.” [Bloomberg, earlier]

Polygon Investment Partners’ Reade Griffiths is feeling a little bit cramped in his adjoining townhouses in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. An extra 10,000 square feet or so—complete with a pool and spa—should do the trick.

Unfortunately for the claustrophobic Mr. Griffiths, he’s going to have to pay a 20% “house the poors” tax to get permission to actually build the £4 million, two-story lair, which through the magic of real-estate will turn into £10 million in added value. It is unclear what Reade’s £825K will actually be used for, since there are not any poor people in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Read more »

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