Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Here's what the Prudential agent says:
Superbly Renovated Forsyth Co. Landmark! Built For Tobacco Executive, R.E. Lasater, This Historical Treasure Is An Architectural Gem. Top Quality Materials, Beautiful Workmanship, & The Newest Technology Have Combined To Restore This 1920's Country Estate To An Elegant Residence. Designed By Charles Barton Keen During The Era Of Reynolda House & Graylyn, This Gracious Home & 20 Acres Overlooking The Yadkin River Convey The Character & Charm Of Yesteryear Along W/Every Contemporary Convenience.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Aren't they lovely?
The blog is back! Some, but not much new construction in the Brookberry Farm development, first visited by the blog last summer. Do McMansions have a future? Some commentators think not:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/38757287 . It's even been speculated that the McMansions of today are the tenement slums of tomorrow. The blog finds Christopher Leinberger's vision so compelling that it will forthwith insert a longer quotation than usual.
The experience of cities during the 1950s through the ’80s suggests that the fate of many single-family homes on the metropolitan fringes will be resale, at rock-bottom prices, to lower-income families—and in all likelihood, eventual conversion to apartments.
This future is not likely to wear well on suburban housing. Many of the inner-city neighborhoods that began their decline in the 1960s consisted of sturdily built, turn-of-the-century row houses, tough enough to withstand being broken up into apartments, and requiring relatively little upkeep. By comparison, modern suburban houses, even high-end McMansions, are cheaply built. Hollow doors and wallboard are less durable than solid-oak doors and lath-and-plaster walls. The plywood floors that lurk under wood veneers or carpeting tend to break up and warp as the glue that holds the wood together dries out; asphalt-shingle roofs typically need replacing after 10 years. Many recently built houses take what structural integrity they have from drywall—their thin wooden frames are too flimsy to hold the houses up.
As the residents of inner-city neighborhoods did before them, suburban homeowners will surely try to prevent the division of neighborhood houses into rental units, which would herald the arrival of the poor. And many will likely succeed, for a time. But eventually, the owners of these fringe houses will have to sell to someone, and they’re not likely to find many buyers; offers from would-be landlords will start to look better, and neighborhood restrictions will relax. Stopping a fundamental market shift by legislation or regulation is generally impossible.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Rain, heat, and major league baseball (oh those night games) continue to keep the blog off the streets of Winston-Salem. Susan wanted to note that she saw almost no obelisks in Salamanca. Too many crosses? At any rate, the faceless bull is an ancient statue erected long before the Romans conquered Iberia (pre-Roman); the cross is a typical monument, found just across the street from the faceless bull (post-Roman).
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The new South Residence Hall at Wake Forest University was dedicated on Monday afternoon. It fits right in on our relentlessly neo-Georgian campus, but has the distinction of being the first LEED-certified building on the campus (hooray!). Jon and other members of the capital planning committee toured the building in March, permitting the blog to offer a nice combination of in progress and "work completed on schedule" photos. The freshmen who will live in the dorm arrive today. Nate, it seems, thinks he should be one of them.