One plant everyone always seems to drool over is the tropical looking Schefflera taiwaniana.
I saw this one at Portland Nursery recently for a mere $170-ish.
My only experience with ANY Schefflera, was that for the longest time, there was only one houseplant actually IN my home - it was that ubiquitous Schefflera houseplant that lives in the same crusty old soil and pot for a decade, off in a dark corner of the living room.
No matter how much I ignored it, mine would not die of neglect, lack of light or water. It would get scraggly and I could cut it back to nothing and it would resprout. It took a few months, but it would eventually look good again.
It wasn't until it kept dropping leaves on the floor and I got tired of picking them up, that I finally ditched it on the compost pile.
Probably better for me not to have a Schefflera again...