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!?

7 Comments:

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Jeff Dimitry said...

Hi texasdago,

Thanks for all your info on the Bend area. I am really studying all the info you have provided. I will be saving one of these homes once our current home sells and we can move out there.

Regards,
retromodernjeff

 
At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up on the other side of Memorial (over by Rummel Creek Elementary), and my parents still live there. I was looking around to see if there were any wikipedia entries I could add too in the area, and found one that links to memorialbendarchitecture.com and this 'blog.

Anyway... My parents are always griping about the McMansions that have been built in the area. Especially the one on the north side of Memorial near the church...

Many of the long-term residents of these neighborhoods are moving out in anticipation of the widened I-10... 11 lanes each direction (!) plus associated flood control concerns. It'll be harder and harder for new residents to resist rebuilding.

Anyway. Glad to run into your 'blog and web site.

 
At 5:21 PM, Blogger Stephen P. Christmas said...

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At 5:23 PM, Blogger Stephen P. Christmas said...

Hi from VeryVintage Vegas.com! Love the site, we just found you the other day. We've got a similar issue going on in Paradise Palms, one of our Vintage neighborhoods, chock full of Mid-mod gems... & one guy who's importing the 'new construction' suburb look (boring Mediterranean tract style). We feel your pain!
~Steve Christmas

 
At 10:18 PM, Anonymous house and lot for sale philippines said...

Love the design of the house.

Paula M

 
At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Benny said...

On one hand, I'm always sorry to hear of the obscene monstrosities going up around my childhood home, but on the other hand...

The Bend has been that type of neighborhood for a very long time. I lived in a well-loved home built in '61. My family moved in around '65 and saw the neighborhood change around them. I endured the snobby Lotus drivers ridiculing my perfectly adequate Volkswagen Jetta. I watched in disgust as the Home Owners' Association harassed my elderly grandmother for cracks in her driveway and dirt on her roof overhang. The "McMansions" are just the new generation of the same entitled wealthy moving into that neighborhood. In my opinion, Memorial Bend is getting its just desserts. While I'm grateful that my childhood home hasn't been torn down to build yet another monstrosity, I see it coming. It's the way it's always been over there.

 
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