So we all like 2.
Tico....6 and 7 actually are nice, I just didn't mention them because they both look like they should be in South Florida.
6 in particular looks like it should be on Biscayne Bay, don't you think.
I lived in S. Fla about 10 years, so I'm just art deco'd out.
There's an area in Austin that big old homes with wrap around porches and other elegant touches have been renovated into business. Mostly lawyers and other professionals. There's one street where these houses have also been converted into chic little shoppes.
Those places have retained their character, as if they are being given respect.
In some neighborhoods the houses are very nice, higher end and ususally not more than, oh....2500 or 3000 sq ft. Those places are getting those HUGE McMansions like 8000 sq ft, and they look a little preposterous. Watching them being built, I do like some of them as far as appearance, the size is just such overkill.
In my neighborhood, the newer houses going up on every available space are larger, but not so huge.
Pretty much the new ones are staying with traditional design, or if more modern, there are plenty of established trees around them to soften the harder lines.
I may have mentioned this house down the street from me before, but I shake my head every time I think of it.
My neighborhood mostly has traditional one and two story houses, mostly relying on trim, gardens, window and door shapes, porches etc to show individuality. I really like my neighborhood. It's pretty.
Every time I pass this one house around the corner, I feel like I just climbed out of a jungle and this was the first sign of civilization I've seen in a month. It looks like a Columbian Drug Lords House.
Ths CDLH is 3 stories tall, with no large trees around it. It's surrounded by a wall, and the gate has some metal thing on it that supposed to be a decoration. Can't think what it is...probably boars tusks or the skulls on enemies or something.
I don't know what the owner was thinking...The third floor is apparantly some kind of lookout for AFT helicopters, and the West side of the 3rd floor is some huge patio thing.... OK, one of the places you DO NOT want to be in Central Texas anytime during outdoor BBQ months is on a 3rd floor concrete slab facing West.
One small thing that really gets me is out front....picture it....CDLH with oversided walls, urns, gates, things like lion head sticking out of the wall....and in front of this.....a little patch of pansies.