We live in an older community of tract homes…not the old of Atlanta (built in 1928) but the older of Irvine (built in 1968). Some of the homes in my particular enclave have been renovated and some, sadly, have not.
In any event, there are a few show stoppers, or in my case car stoppers and I thought I’d share them with you. I walk my little dog, Madison, in the area but usually take her out on the main street that circles our community, or up on the hill that cuts over the top ridge of our community. During the holiday, when I thought about doing this, I thought I’d take my camera and see what’s going on in the neighborhood.
Just down the street this home is a total redesign. The contractor, a friend of mine, has done several homes in our community, including my friend’s (Carol and Barry) home.
I like the stone on this house but wish the entry was just a little wider and more roomy.
This is Carol and Barry’s home, decked out for Christmas. Their landscape is still to come but the home has a craftsman/Cape Cod charm that makes it a “car-stopper” in my book!
This charming home (below) is across the street from the major remodel going on. Cathy keeps her home looking good year round. She has done all of the landscape herself, including laying her own sod! I’m in awe.
(Too bad I don’t know how to photoshop these 2 halves of my friend’s house to make one picture, but you get the jest of it, right?)
This is the hill we walk the dogs during the warmer, less muddy, months. We can take them off lead and let them romp and run…very good for dogs and great exercise for people. 🙂 The surrounding view shows our homes, and up on the hill, homes that are way out of our price range.
This is my friend Debbie’s house. She and her husband recently remodeled and while the outside of her home is lovely, the inside is a show stopper. Maybe she’ll let me blog about it sometime.
This is one of my favorite remodeled homes. My photography doesn’t do it justice but it is very pretty.
The owners of this home put up a giant, inflatable pumpkin during October and inside the giant clear plastic pumpkin is a ghost that circles inside—it’s lighted and at night is so festive for all who drive by.
The home below is one that a talented architect designed, I don’t remember his name but he has since moved to Oregon so it doesn’t matter since I won’t be calling him if we ever do any major remodeling of our own home. Anyway, he designed several homes in my community and what I loved about his design was that the homes appear to fit the lot (none of the McMansion on postage sized lots business) and the overall architecture appeals to my traditional sensibilities. He was known for putting front porches on the homes, I could imagine sitting on this front porch and resting with an iced tea.
This house turned out to be quite large for the lot…still, it has some nice features.
So this is just a little peek at some of the homes that are gracing our neighborhood. I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour!
What’s going on in your neck of the woods?
valerie @ Chateau A La Mode said:
Hi Karen, love the tour of your neighborhood. I love to walk or just drive through neighborhoods whether here near my home or a place we’re visiting. So fun.
I enjoy that too…I will have to branch out with my camera to some of the lovely neighborhoods in surrounding communities.
Thank you for visiting today. Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
Thanks for sharing what’s happening in your area. It’s hard for people to understand unless you live in Southern California. Right now there is a bull dozer going back and forth on my walk street. We have two houses directly across from us that got torn down. The city of MB is ridiculous that it keeps allowing all these tear downs. In New England, everyone remodels or does additions. I will be blogging soon about the stages so everyone can see. My cute little walk street is now going to be full of mcmansions. My house looks like a shrimp house next to everyones. Sad day on 8th Street. I think you need to get your neighbors to show their houses for your blog 🙂
I remember the story about the charming beach house that was due to be torn down. It breaks my heart to see that happen and so many times people put too large of a foot print on an otherwise small lot and it dwarfs the homes around it and blocks the sun. I’ll work on some of my neighbors for photo tours…you should do the same—your home is wonderful, I’d like to see some others in MB :-).
Linda Coble said:
Karen, This is amazing! I was thinking of suggesting that you do a blog about great houses in your area and Voila! The pics are great and I love what the Sullivans have done with their remodel. What about a blog on one of favorite areas – Shorecliffs?
Sounds like a good idea. I love looking at houses, even if its only from the outside sometimes.
Thanks for visit!
melissa @ the inspired room said:
Hi Karen! Thanks for taking us a walk by! You know how much I enjoy home tours and seeing the great homes people create! I love that pergola, so charming!!
Your drive-by images are amazing. I believe your neighborhood, especially the ones you showed from Oregon, before the move, has some of the most charming homes. Orange County is a little too new but as some of these homes get renovated there is some promise.
I appreciate your stopping by for a visit. 🙂
I was so happy you included Carol’s and Debbie’s houses in your neighborhood tour. They have both done such wonderful remodels. Aren’t we lucky to live in an area with such a variety of great architecture – Corona del Mar, Newport and even Irvine!