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Strangely enough, I actually do get a hill country vibe out of it. It looks like something you would see along Lake Travis or near Ladybird Lake, which is definitely the Texas hill country. It's the stone and the metal accents.

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I have two very different reactions to this:

 

We lost the Caroline Collective for THIS??!?!?!! 

 

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Now this is what I would like to see more of- actual infill. Not scraping entire blocks and putting up a single structure, but slotting in new, smaller structures to complement (or contrast with) what's already there,


Oh and also the ground floor is a blank wall and some garage doors. That's really terrible.

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$300,000 to $360,000 for the 1 bedrooms currently listed on HAR + HOA fees, and these are 2.5 blocks from the "elevated" 59 section running through the museum district/midtown... are people actually buying at these prices?

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Well, that's the Houston vernacular...

 

That's exactly it fernz! Houston has pretty much destroyed much of it's "vernacular" and so we are left with a city that has a huge void in its architecture history meaning that we will have to create a new vernacular for Houston. Especially since the current one is suburban in nature and not urban.

 

In this area specifically there really isn't any. Sure there are some nice homes from the 1920's and 1930's, even they are all different from each other (a really awesome thing btw), but it doesn't really give anyone a good read on what's "Houston" architecture. I actually like the look of this one, and even though it does read as something that is more hill country it still reads overall as something that fits in Texas. This look certainly beats the "Bungalow" style rip off's I'm seeing apartments in the suburbs trying to do or some people trying to revive "Art Deco" instead of doing something more interesting by creating a more contemporary or "Neo Deco". It's almost like we are getting back to the style wars of the turn of the 20th century.

 

All in all we need to simply build more and more so we can organically grow an urban vernacular in places which don't have one.

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People are willing to pay! 25% pre-sold after 1 month. It just goes to show that Houstonians appreciate quality construction (cast in place concrete, post tension system flooring).

Here is their website-oaksoncaroline.com

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Talked with a guy who seemed to know about the lack of progress on this building. He said it was water/sewer related issues with the city but they were working on it and the building would be finished in a few more weeks. Workers were in a trench in front of the building doing what appeared to be plumbing related work.

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  • Highrise Tower changed the title to Oaks On Caroline Residential

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