J. Adam Giese, the person who uploaded this time-lapse video to Vimeo, explains that these shots were taken “inside opulent homes around NY, NJ, and CT.” And as you can see from the footage they’re stunning. They’re also a sobering reminder how the rest of us live: cramped and begging for natural light.

For a more down to earth time-lapse, be sure to peep his other video, a zippy one of NYC below.