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Thanks for the photos, Robert. They look a lot like Westbury is Southwest Houston. I think both neighborhoods must have been built at the same time, maybe even by the same builder. What are the prices, schools, crime rate like there? Westbury is at bargain-basement prices these days.

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Thanks for the photos, Robert. They look a lot like Westbury is Southwest Houston. I think both neighborhoods must have been built at the same time, maybe even by the same builder. What are the prices, schools, crime rate like there? Westbury is at bargain-basement prices these days.

Westbury and Glenbrook have their similiarities, but they are very different also. I think Westbury is more known and has seen a lot of people move in that were priced out of the inner loop. In my opinion, for what thats worth, Westbury is farther along on the renovation/gentrification process at this point.

Glenbrook is still not as well known. It is a quicker trip to downtown & the universities. They were definitely different developers from Westbury, but a similiar time period. Back in the 50's Glenbrook was considerably more elite than Westbury. Home prices were in the $25 - $35k range in 1954 in Glenbrook. Glenbrook was more comparable to Meyerland. Houses in the most expensive sections in the North of the neighborhood easily ranged from 3000 - 4000 square feet, with some homes approached 5000 sq ft. In addition, these homes were built on large, hilly lots. Most of the homes were custom built with each person having their own architects, builders, etc. Westbury has more of a repetition of the same floorplan, etc. You don't have that in Glenbrook.

Of course fortunes have changed over time. If memory serves, I think Westbury on average is about $75 -$80 per square foot, last time I checked. Glenbrook is around $60. (Which is an increase from about $40 psf in '98, according to Crawford Realty Advisors.) Every now and then there is an estate sale or foreclosure that you can pick up for a real song. The public schools are now pretty much filled with students from the neighboring apartment complexes. I am not sure the exact crime statistics. The Northern part of Glenbrook has the nicest houses. I guess Westbury is similiar in that respect.

To give you an idea of what you can get in Glenbrook, there are two on Stony Dell, a fabulous cul de sac with these hilly lots. One is over 3000 sf with a pool, it has a hokey kitchen and needs some work, but a great lot. $189,900. The other is a California contemporary around 3300 sf. Diamond-matched teak panelling in the entry, redwood eaves all around, cedar siding. Formals with a drop ceiling and recessed lights, retro suspended cabinets in the kitchen, a huge master suite with a sitting area, a HUGE bonus room above the garage, Big den with vaulted ceiling and fireplace, Huge lot, 1-owner with no bad Home depot updates to contend with, for $165,000. It does need some leveling, but at $49 psf, you could do a lot of updates.

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One other example, if you look on the photo page on the web site, 3rd row, far right, the FANTASTIC boomerang shaped mod, all original. That little jewel sold in September for $116,000. I am HOPING to someone that "gets it" when it comes to mods. I had shown the house to a couple of pretty well known designers in town that wanted it. It sold before either made a move on it. It has got to be one of the better original mods in town. The one on the top row, far right, (I need to numer these!) sold for around $130k, and the teal and lava stone one with the garage tucked underneath (with a pool) sold for $152k earlier this year.

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I added copies of an article from a 1954 Better Homes & Gardens on the "home for all America" to the glenbrook web-site. The local home was built there in Glenbrook on Glenview. Pg 75 lists other places in Texas where the built the same house, (Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Tyler) as part of the national promotion. It is under its own separate tab since it is a larger file. The pictures are great!

1954 Better Homes & Gardens

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Thanks for the photos, Robert. They look a lot like Westbury is Southwest Houston. I think both neighborhoods must have been built at the same time, maybe even by the same builder. What are the prices, schools, crime rate like there? Westbury is at bargain-basement prices these days.

I have lived in Glenbrook Valley for almost 3 years now. I love it. I can't speak to the schools as I don't have children. It's a wonderful little pocket of mod fun close to downtownn with an active civic club working hard to keep the neighborhood up.

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I have lived in Glenbrook Valley for almost 3 years now. I love it. I can't speak to the schools as I don't have children. It's a wonderful little pocket of mod fun close to downtownn with an active civic club working hard to keep the neighborhood up.

I have a friend who has lived there for several years too. She told me of a family that moved in a few years back, they were African-American and they had a couple of teenage boys that began to make trouble on their otherwise peaceful street; I can't remember exactly what it was, noise in the streets, recruiting other kids to form a little posse, maybe selling drugs, something along those lines. The civic club told congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who apparently owns a house there.

With amazing swiftness, several days, these people was GONE, never to be seen again.

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I have met the current Civic Club President, Gale. She is the one that gave me copies of the Parade of Homes brochure. She is really nice and apparently very diplomatic in her dealings with deed restriction violations and such. I know they are working on enforcement more.

I'm sure there is more to the story about "the vanishing family", the "short version" does make it sound a little like John Ashcroft was running the nieghborhood!...

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Maybe this should be a separate thread, "when good mods go bad!" One shows a promising exterior, but the back suffers from cancerous additions that have turned the main living area into an interior room with little natural light. Of course there is always the front doors... IMG_0070.jpgIMG_0071.jpgIMG_0073.jpg

Then there is one of the old Parade of Homes houses,Then and now, no explanation necessary....

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This one, in Memorial Bend, is about to get a serious hackjob. It really bums me out... it's a house designed by Lars Bang. The new owner has put in the worst possible landscaping (crap everywhere with no rhyme or reason), added a traditional iron gate around the house and is about to hack it up into a hideous house. Sad...

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I feel your pain. That's a classic house. The more knowledgeable one becomes about historic architecture, the more searing the pain when the unknowing/uncaring owners start modifying.

I live in an area over on the EastEnd (Pecan Park) where the homes are from the 30s & 40s, simple houses but with nice, historic touches. It's very disheartening to me to see some of the original items get trashed every month for Home Depot or Lowe's gar-bage. I tell myself that most of the modifications are reversible, it's just a matter of getting some new people over here that are a little more sensitive and educated.

I have considered your idea of a house to house catalog, although these homes were never cutting edge or anything, hopeful that it might inspire people around here to appreciate the era that their home's style represents, and have done some preliminary research at the Ideson.

Unfortunately, I feel like I'm wasting my time, as most folks around here's sense of history goes back about as far as the last soap opera episode....sigh.

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This one, in Memorial Bend, is about to get a serious hackjob.  It really bums me out... it's a house designed by Lars Bang.  The new owner has put in the worst possible landscaping (crap everywhere with no rhyme or reason), added a traditional iron gate around the house and is about to hack it up into a hideous house.  Sad...

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Does the deed restrictions in Memorial Bend provide any relief from this sort of mod abuse? Is there anything in the restrictions regarding additions/modifications?

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The 54 parade of homes and 54 Better homes and gardens house in Glenbrook is getting a, um, "facelift".... ala Home Depot.  The owner has decided the long low windows should go in favor of double hung paned ones.

I somehow vaguely assumed that these 50s "Mod" houses, now that they have become recognized as representing a historically unique style, would avoid the fate of homes of previous eras, so many of which were bulldozed and altered insensitively. Apparently, I was dreaming.

Someone at least needs to point out to her that those windows need to be saved, if not on the house, then stored for someone who might want to undo her damage later on.

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I somehow vaguely assumed that these 50s "Mod" houses, now that they have become recognized as representing a historically unique style, would avoid the fate of homes of previous eras, so many of which were bulldozed and altered insensitively. Apparently, I was dreaming.

Someone at least needs to point out to her that those windows need to be saved, if not on the house, then stored for someone who might want to undo her damage later on.

That particular one, to me at least, does have some potentially historic qualities, being both a '54 parade home & one of the original homes in the neighborhood, as well as the whole BH&G thing. The whole inside has been gutted. It sits on a spectacular ravine lot. It is a shame.

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I somehow vaguely assumed that these 50s "Mod" houses, now that they have become recognized as representing a historically unique style, would avoid the fate of homes of previous eras, so many of which were bulldozed and altered insensitively. Apparently, I was dreaming.

Someone at least needs to point out to her that those windows need to be saved, if not on the house, then stored for someone who might want to undo her damage later on.

Oh Danax, about those old windows...

The people moving out of the house next door, (the recipitron house) were out on the driveway pulling the windows out of the trash heap. Then ripping them apart to sell the scrap aluminum.

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This one, in Memorial Bend, is about to get a serious hackjob.  It really bums me out... it's a house designed by Lars Bang.  The new owner has put in the worst possible landscaping (crap everywhere with no rhyme or reason), added a traditional iron gate around the house and is about to hack it up into a hideous house.  Sad...

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I drove past this the other day, tragic. The clutter, the fence & gate. What a disaster.

Now that Memorial Bend is 50 years old, does it qualify to be designated a historic district and come under the district guidelines? (weak as they are). Possibly that could help. People just don't get looking at these era homes thru the lense of preservation.

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Does this neighborhood flood? Has it flooded?

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It used to be a bigger issue, limited to the couple of blocks right next to Sims Bayou. A few years back they did a huge project on the bayou, even bulldozing a couple of the houses to widen the bayou. this cut out a lot of the problem. There is a small section that it can still be an issue where they built some houses down into a ravine.

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Me likey that one. It has some promise for a renovation that wouldn't ruin its heritage.

Noting wrong with bringing mid-cent-mods into the 21st cent is there?

Sharpstown is full of these kinds of homes. Geez, I sound like a broken record don't I.

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Wow, whoever remodeled this mod really knew what they were doing! This is nice! I wonder if they have thought about starting a business, going around and falsely advertising home renovation when they're really selling home butchery..  <_<

Seriously, this looks like ____. I'll say it again, children - uncover your ears because this is worth hearing: Whoever renovated this house did a shitty job and should be fined for excessive use of bad taste. :angry:

Shame on whoever did this. SHAME!

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Wow. That is hideous. That looks like a third world rebuild after the tsunami wiped out the lumber yard and they had to salvage pieces from other wrecked homes.

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Me likey that one.  It has some promise for a renovation that wouldn't ruin its heritage. 

Noting wrong with bringing mid-cent-mods into the 21st cent is there?

Sharpstown is full of these kinds of homes.  Geez, I sound like a broken record don't I.

I think some of these are bigger than the ones in Sharpstown. I know the people that have this one and I may get some interior shots to post. It has a 40' round living room. It was built by the Montalbano's (Montalbano lumber). the current owner bought the custom made round sofas the Montalbanos had made for the house to fit the curving walls.

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It was built by the Montalbano's (Montalbano lumber).  the current owner bought the custom made round sofas the Montalbanos had made for the house to fit the curving walls.

i went to school with several of the grandchildren and YES this was an amazing house. i believe their son still lives on dover. Check out DeLeon, Dover, Santa Elena, Glencrest, etc. Section 1 of Glenbrook has some amazing structures. Really innovative for the 50's.

When the apartments on Broadway got bad, many of the old residents moved to clear lake. I have a good friend whose parents live on Glencrest. Their house was designed by an engineer at nasa. The cabinets are suspended on metal rods from the vaulted ceiling. Another nice amenity, they have a nice pool in back. They have two hall accessible bathrooms that faced the back. You could enter the bathrooms from the hall and outside as he put doors on the outside walls. Another nice feature were the terrazo tile floors in the public areas.

There was a shopping center at the corner of Bellfort and Broadway where the FIRST Soundwaves opened believe it or not.

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i went to school with several of the grandchildren and YES this was an amazing house.  i believe their son still lives on dover.  Check out DeLeon, Dover, Santa Elena, Glencrest, etc.  Section 1 of Glenbrook has some amazing structures.  Really innovative for the 50's. 

When the apartments on Broadway got bad, many of the old residents moved to clear lake.  I have a good friend whose parents live on Glencrest.  Their house was designed by an engineer at nasa.  The cabinets are suspended on metal rods from the vaulted ceiling.  Another nice amenity, they have a nice pool in back.  They have two hall accessible bathrooms that faced the back.  You could enter the bathrooms from the hall and outside as he put doors on the outside walls.  Another nice feature were the terrazo tile floors in the public areas. 

There was a shopping center at the corner of Bellfort and Broadway where the FIRST Soundwaves opened believe it or not.

I live in Glenbrook Section 1. And it does have amazing 50s achitecture. Sadly I recently learned it also is a section with the most vague Deed Restrictions on building changes. Hence what was allowed to happen to the formerly wonderful Parade Home.

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I love Glenbrook Valley. I just can't convince myself to move all the way over there from the westside. :(

I have to admit that I can either way with Mod homes. I guess like all genre's (for a lack of better word) there are bad designs and good designs. The houses I have seen in this part of the message board have been pretty cool. I think when a mod home is kept up and re-habed they look awesome. When they are left to rot they look absolutely horrible.

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It drives me crazy when agents don't put photos on their listings. There are a couple of Glenbrook listings on the Houston Mod website without pictures. So here they are in case anyone is interested..

8102 Colgate - $275,000 asking price, HCAD sf of 3875 more details in folder three on Houston Mod.

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This is the one on Glen Dell for $259,000 (Move the car please!)

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This one is the first listing in folder three at the Houston Mod website. They have photos, but they didn't include this cool little mod architectural detail on the end facing Dover. 7742 Wynlea asking $115,000

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Katy will be finished in 3-4 years. The area around Glenbrook will still be crummy in 3-4 years. Besides, I live by the Westpark toll, so now the Katy Fwy is a non-issue.

And to LTAWACS - there's no ignorance here, I know exactly what I'm missing over there. I have to make choices too however. So: "to each, his own".  -_-

There are crummy areas along the Katy as well as in all of Houston. I just thought everyone realized that.

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Katy will be finished in 3-4 years. The area around Glenbrook will still be crummy in 3-4 years. Besides, I live by the Westpark toll, so now the Katy Fwy is a non-issue.

And to LTAWACS - there's no ignorance here, I know exactly what I'm missing over there. I have to make choices too however. So: "to each, his own".  -_-

So much for "to each his own" - there's no need to call it crummy when you don't actually live or work in Glenbrook.

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If anybody is interested in the area, this one just had a huge price reduction. It is not one of my listings, but I thought I would share because I think this would make a great deal for someone who is looking. I think it may be an estate sale, but I am not sure. It has been reduced from $149,900 to $135,000 & is on a really good block in the northern section. It is on Dover right where it curves and turns into Santa Elena. It is around 2500 sf & has some cool retro features. Poured terrazzo entry & some great vintage modern light fixtures! IMG_0174.jpgIMG_0166.jpgIMG_0167.jpgIMG_0171.jpg

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My whole k-12 school was covered in terrazzo. On the mornings after the janitors had buffed all the floors all night, you could almost see your reflection.

I too would like to know how much per section (I notice most terrazzo comes in 4x4 sections)?

I think there are people who can restore existing poured terrazzo, but as for installation, that is harder to find. One Architect did tell me they knew of only 1 person that installs it today, and it is $50 per square foot. OOOOOOOOuch!

Maybe someone else has some other info or resource for this?

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I too would like to know how much per section (I notice most terrazzo comes in 4x4 sections)?

It doesn't come in sections or tiles....

Terrazo is kinda like fancy concrete....it is a poured product, with chips of marble or granite in it for color (similar to the aggregate in concrete), with a colored slurry to fill the voids. Once it has hardened the slurry/marble/granite is ground smooth and flat.

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