Thursday, October 19, 2006

New Construction in the Bend

One of my frustrations with developers who come into Memorial Bend is their disregard for the character of our unique neighborhood. Build from 1955-1959, Memorial Bend has an eclectic architectural mix of predominantly one-story ranch and mid-century modern houses. Most homes are low, rambling and well-proportioned to each other. Mature trees and lushness define the look of the neighborhood with enough elbow room for neighbors to "breathe".

Yet, here comes another developer ready to plop down a house that will look utterly out of place in Memorial Bend that, given the description, will probably require scraping of trees and zero lot line construction. Get ready for a white elephant to pop up on Gretel:

Elegant new construction by Metropolitan Custom Homes in Memorial Bend. Brick & Stucco exterior w/grand 2-story foyer,French doors leading into a cathedral ceiling study& formal dining with butlers pantry & wet bar. Chef's kitchen w/granite,curved island & ss appliances. Wonderful great room w/fireplace,built-ins & French doors leading to the veranda. Master down w/granite bath. Media/bedroom#5 + gameroom up. Hardwood & Travertine floors down,mud rm w/built-in lockers&computer alcove & 3/4 bedrm up.

Say goodbye to this...

...and hello to this?

or this?

...or who knows what!?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Gretel "mystery" house for sale

You might have seen me post this little tidbit on the Memorial Bend web page before.

Well, this house has always intrigued me. There were a couple of pictures a while back posted on an HAR listing but it looks like a new listing shows much more.

Really, little is known about it... I don't know who designed it and the position on the lot really makes you wonder what's hiding behind the plain facade. The closed in carport seems to be a rather unsightly addition but it looks easily fixed. Anyway, wonder no more...

HAR listing

Hopefully someone will restore this great house before some developer razes it and replaces it with a zero lot line 5,000 sq. ft. Mediterranecolonialtudorgeorgian monstrosity. It needs some work but has a ton of potential. You have to dig the freestanding fireplace. Also, if I remember correctly, the roof may be butterfly shaped.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wow... so slow to update

Yes... I know... it's been a long time since I've updated the page and there is so much news to share - houses that have been restored, preservation battles, houses for sale and more great publicity for the Bend.

Let's take it one bite at a time... so, for today, here is some exciting news:

12923 Memorial is for Sale

Little was known about this house until it recently turned up on The house is similar to other mid-century homes with similar designs... private from the front but the insides are usually light and very open.

A shot of the house taken last year:

Anyway, by looking at the HAR listing, you can see some great shots of the interior. The house was apparently designed by a David Crocket and it appears to be in rather original condition. At $249,900, let's hope a mid-century lover picks it up before a builder does.