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  1. I don't think the noise would be too bad... I know some posters are taking a very negative approach to the location but living in the Bend and being not too far from the Beltway, I think it would be fine. The house is a gem - someone should pick it up.

  2. The Memorial Bend HA is in discussion with the city to create direct access from the Bend to Terry Hershey. Right now, I think most people navigate along the sound wall and the Beltway, the area just south of where the southbound access road dead ends with Boheme.

    Correct... either that or you can take the sidewalk on the east side of BW8 to get to the park although that's anything but a shortcut.

  3. By the way, your house doesn't have to be ultra-modern to have some Eames, Nelson, Saarinen, Bertoia, or Knoll (or their lookalikes) in it. Just find some pieces you like.


    Good point - our house, while mid-century and designed by William Floyd, is by no means a modern marvel. You can see one of our rooms in the new Atomic Ranch book (next to the Modest Makeovers section) and we've incorporated Saarinen, Eames and other MCM pieces. The red Saarinen chairs came from Point Five (long gone), the Saarinen table is a new Knoll, the Eames table came from Circa50.com, the slat bench is from Metro Modern and the chairs around the table are Fritz Hansen knock-offs from Eurway. Tucked outside of the picture is a Eames LCW that we also picked up at Circa50.com

    To give an idea of the outside of our house, here is an old picture from Atomic Ranch magazine:


  4. Shin'enKan - did you get a copy? I spotted a picture of the front of your house when it was owned by the previous owner. You can tell they cropped out the mess he had by the driveway.

    We were excited to see our "conversation room" in there.

  5. The house is pretty well situated and I think there are quite a few trees in the back to provide additional shade. The front room is great - I've always liked that free-standing fireplace. It is not original to the house as it was added by an architect who once lived there but it is a nice addition. Essentially, the house is similar to 12902 Figaro - the house that was featured in American Builder Magazine in 1959 - but I believe it is bigger due to an addition.

  6. Actually, the board recently denied a buyer's request to split a lot on a different 17,000 sq ft lot with a similarly sized house. They had a meeting and about 70 or so people showed up. The straw poll was overwhelmingly against splitting the lot and many people spoke up about not wanting another McMansion. It was pretty impressive.

    All it takes is a good buyer with vision and they have a great mid-century house on their hands zoned to the best schools in Houston. It can be saved...

  7. Let's just say I was thrilled to see a for sale sign in front of this house. An "architect" bought it about a year ago... probably longer... claiming he was going to use it for his family. Not long after that, plans for a monster McMansion landed in front of the civic association. Well, I don't know what happened. It sat vacant the whole time and now he's selling the house.

    I'm pretty sure it is by William Floyd (the block is made up of 10 houses - 9 of which were designed by Floyd) - it is a very cool house on a 17,000 sq. ft. lot (still teardown bait) so hopefully someone can save it:





  8. Welcome to the neighborhood... I'm glad you bought the home from the Parkers. They were pleased to have someone save it.

    That house behind you is a great mod - we'd love to buy it but I think the future is bleak. The house we really want is two doors down from you... flat roof with wings. It has a great U-shaped floor plan with lots of glass around the patio - an awesome MCM.

    Many of the houses in the Bend are listed by HCAD at being from 1962. However, the old city directories show that many of the houses were built prior to then. Our was built in 1959 (like yours) but HCAD says 1962. Old advertisements prove this, as well. For the most part, the neighborhood was nearly complete by 1962.

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