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Estate Envy

Estate Envy: Shaw Island

Uh….. Cypress exterior siding and walls of windows! This is not my first time fantasizing about calling Austin Texas home. Imagine the added element of water sports on top of the usual mental meanderings of furniture arrangements and dinner parties. 588 W. Lakecrest Drive, located on Shaw Island, this 3br/3ba home is perched on Lake Buchanan in Austin Texas, with a selling price at $450,000.

In reality, even the fantasy of this house is more home than I would ever want for myself. Instead – how bout you buy it!! We can be friends and you can invite me over for the weekend. I’ll leave my cute little early century bungalow in downtown Austin, to join you for afternoons of boating, fishing and sipping whiskey sours out of vintage tiki inspired mugs. I’ll bring my dog and my ipod but you’ll emphatically insist we listen to nothing but bossa nova records all weekend.

Vinicius de Moraes – Namorada
[audio:http://sneakmove.com/audio/sneakmove-minha_namorada.mp3]

Saúde

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Estate Envy: Affordable in Austin

If you’re not envious that your town’s slogan isn’t “Keep it Weird” like Austin’s is, then maybe you’ll feel a tinge of green when you see this home, designed by CF Architecture and listed for $269,000.

The house combines tall ceilings, natural light and loft appeal with privacy and livability. It has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms off the open public space.

I’m decorating in my head, I’m also going to SXSW and other such music festivals, and I’m putting Domino’s Last Shopping Guide ever to the test and hitting up UnCommon. Okay, head trip over….. back to work!

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Estate Envy: Portland Bungalow

Bungalows…just can’t get enough.

the estate of things chooses portland bungalow

This week’s Estate Envy is located at 3953 Northeast Avenue in the Sabin neighborhood in Portland. Listed at $379,000, this property boasts a great layout, tons of character and a total renovation. Built in 1926, the house is a little over 1400 sq. feet.  The pictures can do the talking.

the estate of things chooses portland bungalow

 

the estate of things chooses portland bungalow

 

the estate of things chooses portland bungalow

 

the estate of things chooses portland bungalow

 

the estate of things chooses portland bungalow

 

the estate of things chooses portland bungalow

 

the estate of things chooses portland bungalow basement

 

the estate of things chooses portland bungalow backyard

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The Cottage Company & Pocket Neighborhoods

the estate of things chooses danielson grove

Sitting inside on a rainy Saturday in North Carolina, I turned to one of my favorite sources for renovation inspiration, The Cottage Company.

Environmentally conscious development is just one of the goals the Cottage Company pursues in each project.  The Cottage Company enlists several different building concepts in their projects including sustainable living, the idea of the not so big house and efficiency in their use of every nook and cranny in the structure.

the estate of things chooses chico beach community

“These small houses are nostalgic in appearance only – in concept they are another

step in the growth of new urbanism.”

– Metropolitan Home Magazine

All of the communities that the Cottage Company has developed are in Washington state.  A list of all of the communities:

 

  • Connover Commons
  • Chico Beach
  • Danielson Grove
  • Ericksen Cottages
  • Greenwood Avenue Cottages
  • Backyard Neighborhood
  • Third Street Cottages

The main concept behind the Cottage Company’s projects is the idea of pocket neighborhoods. Pocket neighborhoods are a series of single-family dwellings that are compact and detached yet close. The idea is to make creative, efficient use of the land but maintain privacy and the ability to closely connect with your neighbors.  Pocket neighborhoods typically have a common area or courtyard in the center of all of the homes.

the estate of things chooses danielson

the estate of things chooses connover commons

the estate of things chooses danielson grove

the estate of things chooses danielson grove

the estate of things chooses ericksen cottages

the estate of things chooses greenwood cottages

the estate of things chooses greenwood

the estate of things chooses backyard neighborhood

the estate of things chooses backyard neighborhood

the estate of things chooses backyard neighborhood

the estate of things chooses third street cottages

the estate of things chooses third street cottages

the estate of things chooses third street cottages

the estate of things chooses third street cottages

 

 

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Architect Ross Chapin

Well it’s Monday and amidst the grind, we offer a little escape by taking a look at the work of Ross Chapin and later the concept of pocket neighborhoods or communities.

the estate of things chooses green tower

Ross Chapin Architects, based on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound, has created so many envious designs.  Chapin’s projects have been featured in numerous publications including but not limited to The Wall Street Journal, Cottage Living, New York Times, Forbes and This Old House.

Chapin’s designs have been a bountiful source of inspiration for me since I first discovered them in 2006.    Chapin & company’s plans are avaible for purchase through GoodFit.  These are some of my favorite Chapin designs.

the estate of things chooses saratoga cottage

the estate of things chooses saratoga cottage

the estate of things chooses vinnlee

the estate of things chooses vinnlee

the estate of things chooses kaleah cottage

the estate of things chooses conover commons

the estate of things chooses danielson cottages

the estate of things chooses spruce house

the estate of things chooses post war box

the estate of things chooses north bluff

the estate of things chooses tower house

the estate of things chooses tower house

the estate of things chooses green tower

 

Visit us again for the next post on The Cottage Company.

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