Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Nate (in orange shirt) was a counselor at Nature Camp at Reynolda Gardens this past week. The camp met in the historic boathouse (top photo), which has outlasted the lake.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
One of the reasons why Maggie Christman's apartment in Town Square Towers in Washington DC is rated as "very walkable": a big modern Safeway in easy walking distance. A deceased resident of Town Square Towers made a bequest to update the signs. Looks very nice!
After reading several enticing newspaper articles, the blog was frantic to get to the new Lissara Lake development just outside of Lewisville. It turns out that the blog was likely among the first to visit (see photos). Several comments: first, this development is really, really huge; second, this development is aiming at an elite whose golden age may have already passed (for example, lot sizes of 30 acres and more are available); third, this development will test the marketability of Bob Timberlake. Do people who really, really love his work have this kind of money to spend on real estate? Timberlake, by the way, is lending more than his name to the project, as he is designing the entrance, street signs, and lodge.
This is going to be interesting to watch. The blog feels as if it has a front row seat. The article in the Winston-Salem Journal that first alerted the blog to this development contained some useful data.
"A Forsyth County Housing Report complied by Jud for the Triad MLS showed that 34 homes priced between $300,000 and $499,000 sold in the first quarter of 2010, down from 40 in the fourth quarter of 2009. In the $500,000 and above price range, 12 homes sold in the first quarter of 2010 compared with 16 in the fourth quarter of last year."
Who is Jud? According to the Journal, he is "Don Jud, a professor emeritus in the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNC Greensboro...he said he hopes that the developers' evaluation of the local economy is correct. He described their plans as courageous."
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Just off the Bethania-Rural Hall Road and just next to Wedgwood the blog found the new development of Long Creek Village. This development gets so many things right that it seems almost churlish for the blog to note that its Walk Score is 3 (for comparison, Jon's Walk Score is 40). (Jon, note that the Walk Score for the bungalows on York Road behind the firehouse is 57!) (Jon, also note that some of the townhouses are located on the former Bethania Golf Course.)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Tobaccoville is a little village just outside of Winston-Salem.
Bethania is "the oldest municipality in Forsyth Country, and was most recently incorporated in 1995, upon the reactivation of the original 1838/1839 town charter. In 2009, Bethania will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its establishment in 1759.
The first planned Moravia settlement in North Carolina, Bethania exists as the only remaining independent, continuously active Moravian village in the southern United States, and is the only known existing Germanic-type Linear Agricultural village in the South. The 500-acre Bethania National Historic Landmark district is the largest National Landmark in Forsyth County. Bethania and its 18th and 19th century properties are listed on the National and North Carolina State Historic Registers of Places."
This is just an old house.
Monday, June 14, 2010
"Neat, small houses surrounded the giant mill on South Stratford road." (From Winston-Salem, A History, by Frank V. Tursi.) The mill is gone, but the houses are still there. Historic photos from the 1930s were downloaded from Digital Forsyth. One interesting aspect of this neighborhood not captured in these photos is that the neighborhood is mixed zoning. This has created a salon district (hair and nail) unlike anything else the blog has ever seen - on some blocks every house has been converted to a salon.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
The blog spent a very interesting Saturday evening wandering around the remnants of Hanestown, the village built in 1910 by P. H. Hanes Knitting Company around its new spinning mill, just outside of town (then) on South Stratford Road. The mill closed in 2009 and the entire site was purchased by a local company, whose plans at the moment are not public. Many of the little mill houses remain wonderfully intact, but the neighborhood has the quietude of a ghost town. More to come on this topic.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The Nationals record strikeouts with electronic K's on a scoreboard in center field. Strasburg already has rendered that board obsolete.
“I learned something tonight,” Nats president Stan Kasten said. “Our scoreboard only goes up to 12 strikeouts. Why would I have needed to know that before tonight?”
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The blog's walk down Lakeview Drive in Lake Hills, Bethania on Tuesday night revealed that, sadly, the lake is no more. But here's what Zillow has to say about a very nice house that we saw for sale on Lakeview:
All on ONE LEVEL. Solid Brick Ranch on .7 acre lot. Gorgeous fenced backyard w/screened porch and Large deck. Hardwood floors. New Heat pump & electric service. Updated baths. Spacious eat-in kitchen. Huge den. Supplemental Sheet has all updates. Neighborhood pool. Lake renovation in progress. AHS Warranty.