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Thanks for ruining my day Texasdago. Another great MCM there for sale and I am stuck here in my cookie cutter until it sells.

How is the location for this one?

You don't want to live there, unless you like pounding traffic noise at all times of the day. Needs to be closer to that $200k mark if they want to sell it. $250k is just too much for an AS-IS, where-is, property.

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You don't want to live there, unless you like pounding traffic noise at all times of the day. Needs to be closer to that $200k mark if they want to sell it. $250k is just too much for an AS-IS, where-is, property.

I agree, the Memorial Drive location should bring that price down, but what an awesome house!

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I agree, the Memorial Drive location should bring that price down, but what an awesome house!

Shin'enKan

I see the lot is 82ft x 150ftdeep.

Not living there yet and not knowing the exact home position. Judging from one photo that shows the front hood edge of probably the agents car, I would almost guestimate the actual house may be at least 75' away from the edge of the road. From the homes obviously private design, how much would the traffic matter? Since you are not living in the front yard or carport. And the living areas are behind brick walls. Currently my house backs up to a street that people may or may not classify as busy (2 lanes each way), my back yard is about 20ft from the road, my yard is about 15ft to by back sliding glass door. There is really nothing to block the noise but a 8ft wood fence but it did not strike me as a nusance.

That is one of the best designs we have seen yet as far as homes for sale there right now.

RPS, do you have any suggestion on what it is actually worth?

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retromodernjeff-

Well, I went by the house. It is set back further than the adjacent houses because of the carport, I couldn't say for sure but it's at least 50'. I'm sure the brick wall would help with the traffic noise but without being inside the house it's very hard to say one way or the other. At our house on Richmond the traffic didn't bother me until we had our son. But of course the house was much quieter with the double-paned, low-e, laminated glass. Also, a BUNCH of noise came through the old front door so once we had it replaced with a solid core door that also improved the sound reduction. And since we spent very little time in the formal living and dining rooms that kept things quiet too. For reference, the house was set back 25' from Richmond, which has three lanes of traffic each way.

I hope that answers your questions.

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I was thinking of the Harwood Taylor house from Ben Koush's book too!

That house is incredible! Why are they always in difficult locations (like mine)?!

I could write a very long essay on noise issues. As many of you know it is my little pet problem, since I back up to S. Post Oak. It's just something we tolerate because the house is amazing. Contrary to what everyone told me, I have not gotten used to it and I have not become deaf to it, but I just live with it because the house is great. You take the good with the bad. It is very convenient to get right onto the freeway, and it is wonderful to be able to own a home so close to the city and so close to very expensive areas like Bellaire and Braeswood. You also come to realize that there are lots of places around Houston where there are major noise issues. Now, everywhere I go I am looking at soundwalls and the other people who live on/near busy streets and freeways.

Jason

This house has some serious similarity to some of the works of Harwood Taylor. The curved brick wall and the courtyards with full length windows remind me very much of some houses that he designed which are now gone.
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Retro, I have driven by this house several several several times, as well as about 70,000 other cars each day. It is nowhere near far enough off of memorial to NOT hear the traffic, unless you are deaf, then you would still FEEL the traffic going by. It is without a doubt a wonderful Mod, and when it was built Memorial was basically a 2 lane blacktop out in the country, and the house was a good 100ft or more from the road. Unfortunately, I am sure the original owners of this house never dreamed Memorial would be the Juggernaut of travel that it is today.

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Thinking some more about this house...

This is the 3rd close to Beltway 8 and Memorial House we've seen this month. It makes you wonder what the fate of these houses is as the original owners pass on or get too old to take care of themselves. It seems like many will be destined to be torn down. They are too noisy, will take a lot of money to restore them and too old or "funny looking" for the average homebuyer. It's getting depressing!

Speaking of depressing, I have a sad story to tell you all about a modern house in Friendswood, but I am going to wait until I have a picture of it to tell it.

Jason

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Speaking of depressing, I have a sad story to tell you all about a modern house in Friendswood, but I am going to wait until I have a picture of it to tell it.

Jason

this wouldn't be the Letzerich Ranch "glass house" that was destroyed by the owner of the Ron Carter Auto dealerships?

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Thanks Shin'enKan for the drive by and info.

Seems there are many different opinions on what noisy is, it effects people in different ways. I think it also depends on where you have lived.

........and what time of day it was. Rush Hour or 2:30pm ?

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Thanks Texasdago,

I had streetcars running out front of my condo in one city.

I will definately keep this one on my list. Studying the photos, particularily of the master, it seems there is a wood handrail added to the window section, and you can see an upper part of a window inside the bath, but it also looks like there is a third pane just inside the bath door that has been painted white. To me this is the most interesting architectural house out of all of them we are considering memorial area.

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I have a good friend that lives on Memorial in the Sherwood Forest area near 610 and the noise from Memorial isn't bad. Of course the yards are larger in that area, so the house is set back a little farther, but his house has large windows facing Memorial. This house that is for sale has a solid brick facade, no windows facing the street. I think that would be a huge sound block. Of course cities are going to have noise. I lived on Main St at Texas Ave for 4 years and let me tell you, that is much noisier. And it really didn't bother me, except for when light rail was being built but that is a huge topic in itself.

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