Big boxy white houses
These white box shaped houses are going up and they are being built on the whole lot. I have told the story of years ago, how there was this beautiful mid century house on my street, they knocked it down to put up two zero lot line townhouses, which eventually became one large town house. Now I see it more and more lately, there are some going up on Tigertail and of course all over the village.
In Miami Beach they want to change the maximum size of the unit from 50% of the lot to 45% of the lot.
I thought the days of McMansions were over; that it was a '90s thing. I do like the white box houses that seem to be in fashion these days, there isn't much character, but they are boxy and glassy. They are just way to big in some cases.
Remember that lady that wanted to put in a Montessori school on South Bayshore Drive, sort of across from Mercy Hospital? Well, she ended up selling the land and few big, white boxy and glass houses were built, covering most of the property. In the past, the big house was to the very back of the lot, with a large lawn. Now it's all houses. They are pretty, but just so overpowering. So we don't have the school, but we have the houses. Less traffic but also less character and greenery.
There is a nice house near where I live on South Bayshore Drive, it's a law office, it's in one of the original Brickell mansions. It's a nice big white Tara-syle house with a big green lawn. I shudder to think of what would happen if they sold it. That's the house in the photo here, the photo doesn't do the lawn justice, it's really long and wide in person. Very green.
There is an interesting story in the Sun Sentinel about mid century houses in the suburbs. The article states that in the "tri-county South Florida region, 35 percent of all living units were built in the 1960s and '70s, more than any other era."
It also says, "Unlike the coastal villages of Coconut Grove or Coral Gables that tell the story of the state's 1920s land boom, or the Mid-Century Modern architecture intended to allow post-war migrants to live comfortably without air conditioning, the housing stock that stands as a monument to the region's most dramatic population boom gets little respect."
I'm not sure if they are saying that the Grove and Gables respect the mid century architecture and the other areas don't or vice versa. I feel that our neighborhood does not respect it.
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