Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Some good news...

It's no secret that McMansions are slowly creeping into the neighborhood. Several one-story ranch-style houses have recently been razed and replaced with grossly out-of-proportion and out-of-place McMansions. Fortunately, not all news is bad news. In fact, several houses are in the process of being restored or appear to be saved.

330 Electra - Could it be that this house has finally been rescued from it's status as a rental. The new owner apparently is the owner of an art gallery and is looking forward to filling the house with 1950s furniture. While this is no guarantee that the house will be fixed up, it certainly sounds like they are the right kind of person to rescue the only example of this Floyd design in Houston.

12923 Memorial - This house was recently purchased by an architect who plans on renovating and restoring the home. The owner has the original plans which should aid in the process. Apparently, much of the house is in original condition and includes an exotic mural that was painted by the original owners. I'll post a photograph of the mural soon.

12923 Hansel - Termite and mold got a hold of Floyd's award-winning house but the new owners, an architect and his wife, are gradually restoring this home.

423 Isolde - After years as a rental property, this house was purchased by a couple that loves modern architecture and mid-century design. Chalk this house up as another success story!


At 4:57 AM, Anonymous Mark Simmons said...

What happened to your other Memorial Bend website which contained the histories and photos of all of the homes?

At 5:13 PM, Anonymous C Filson said...

Ditto on the previous comment. I grew up at 419 Isolde Dr (lived there from birth until I was in college 1973-1994) and wanted to show someone where I lived and what our neighborhood was like. I hope the wesbite returns.

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Mrs. J said...

This is a great blog. My husband and I are fans of midcentury architecture and,coincidentally are moving to Houston this summer. We'll rent inside the loop while we look for a home to buy. If you don't mind - how can I find Memorial Bend on HAR? What is the zipcode(s)?

So far, we've only found MCM's in Glenbrook Valley - but we're worried about possible crime. How is the crime situation in Memorial Bend in comparison to GBV?

Again, great blog. Thanks.

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At 11:47 AM, Blogger Scott W said...

Unfortunately none of the links in th is post will work in Internet Explorer or Firefox. :-(

At 3:53 AM, Blogger Lee said...

I'm so glad that someone bought 423 Isolde that plans to keep it instead of tearing it down. This was a great house to live in and I truly would have loved to be able to buy it but it was unfortunately out of our price range.

P.S. Howdy Chris, thanks for creating the Memorial Bend Facebook page too.

Lee Evans

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The house I grew up in at 403 West Belt Drive (the one everyone said looked like a "castle") was sadly demolished in 2009. It sat on the corner as you turn on the Beltway towards Memorial Bend pool. My parents bought that house for $30K in 1960. I remember being little and watching a traveling circus go down West Belt! - Julie Blackstone-Penna

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are moving into 323 Electra and not touching the amazing design of this home. The furniture we are bringing is mostly vintage 50s. We will restore the original door in front, that's about it.

I will continue the same look of the gardens as well, only adding a few new native bird/butterfly trees, plants here and there in the back. The back yard is pretty much a dream come true for me with access to creek and so close to Edith Moore. There is an amazing mid-century next door that I really hope is not picked up buy a builder. It is a gem.

Living much of my 40 years inside the loop in Houston, it is going to be a trip to be in "the burbs" but very exciting!


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