So 100 years ago, it made sense (and was forgivable). Horses were difficult to maintain, alternative transportation lacking, slow, and inadequate. And the only real way to comminucate was face to face.
Then they invented the telephone, internet, and smartphone/apps that are more powerful than NASA from 30 years ago. They also invented cars, built superb infrastructure, and generally made getting around really, really frictionless.
Yet people still stack themselves in boxes dozens of stories high, in crowded cities. With no personal land, no personal lakes, marble fountains, etc etc. And they (in certain instances) pay tens of millions for this 2 bedroom box.
I'm not saying to move out into the sticks, away from civilization. I'm talking about an estate/villa in a nice suburb within 20 minutes from city center.
So with no apparent benefits, the question is why?
*full disclaimer. I lived in Manhattan for 10 years. Didn't mind it, but definitely didn't see the allure.