"at great expense to society"? How much expense did "society" pay to create the land? Nada. How much did "society" pay to build the house on the hill George lives in? Nada. Where's this mysterious "great expense"? You're not going to babble about roads, are you, that George paid his fair share of taxes to build, just like everyone else, are you? You're not going to wobble on and on about electricity and water and sewer and all the rest are you, when George pays his share of that, are you? You're not going to utter nonsense about the highly educated force of public school graduates, are you, not when George graduated from Sidwell Friends, right?
No, the house was built at great expense by a developer, who passed the entire cost, plus a decent profit, onto the first buyer, and who passed that cost on to the next buyer, etc, and this mythical "society" not only didn't spend much, but benefitted by all that economic activity.