Bluff Neighborhood Construction Report 11-15-15

Lots of photos today!

308 N. Bayview Street

Although the owners did not in fact move in on Veterans Day, today may well have been my last chance to snoop, as the house is definitely nearing completion. Outside, the front porch has finally been screened.

The stepping stones on the south side (and also those leading from the patio to the north side) have been supplemented and a small terrace created for what presumably will be a fountain.

Inside, the pantry door has also been screened.

Inside the pantry, the “beer fridge” and the washer and dryer have been installed. Unless the “drawer” under the washer is a pull-out step, I think a stool will be required to reach the controls on the dryer!

In the kitchen, the custom front panel has been installed on the dishwasher. Although the refrigerator is still bare, its panels have been prepared and are waiting on the island.

A wide shot of the north side of the kitchen, with range installed, brackets added to the hood, etc.

This photo shows the light fixtures over the island and sink counter area.

In the butler’s pantry, an icemaker and small fridge (wine cooler?) have been added.

In the living room, a ceiling fan has been installed, and a flatscreen TV awaits mounting over the fireplace.

In the dining room, the mystery closet has acquired additional shelves and is now revealed as Media Central, where presumably stereo and wireless equipment will be located.

Venetian blinds have been installed in many of the rooms (here shown in the back bedroom).

A light fixture has been installed in the hall bath.

New light fixtures have also been added over the window seat in the sitting room of the master suite.

The elaborate faucet fixture in the tub of the master bath.

351 N. Summit Street

Siding in the back and brickwork and siding in the front are almost complete.

On the side, the center opening in the living room wall is revealed as a fireplace rather than a door.

111 Magnolia Avenue

A closer shot of the front porch showing the steps added along with the front walk.

In the back, fine gravel now covers the entire area around the pool and between house and garage. The protruding corrugated tubing is as yet a mystery.

This stack of bricks suggests the treatment that awaits the bottom of the column on the right (this is the back porch of the garage apartment).

Inside, the story this week is flooring. The entire downstairs (except for the mudroom and laundry room, which have brick floors) has been floored with dark wood.

Even the master bath has a hardwood floor. The bathroom has been painted, obliterating the pencil schematic on the east wall, but the instructions on the north wall have temporarily been left visible.

The same flooring has been laid on the stair landing and in the upstairs hall but not in the bedrooms, which will be carpeted.

The small hall bath now has a tile floor, and the same tile has been used in the upstairs sitting room (the one with a balcony in the back).

Going, Going…

This house at 160 Fels Avenue had been on the market for quite some time, in recent month advertising “Reduced Price.” Various websites estimated its value at $158,000, $259,900, $272,830, and $296,596. One site also reported that it sold on August 15 for $250,183. Public records show that it was built in 1938 and has three bedrooms and one full bath. Even pages that displayed the public records information also claimed it had two bedrooms. Well, it’s a small home (957 SF), and, despite its “beautiful oversized back yard that is canopied by large live oak trees” and a “A 12×24 workshop out back,” and even though the home “has been totally updated with granite in kitchen, travertine & granite in bath, hardwood floors, and built-in bookcases,” photos of its other rooms are discouraging, so I suppose it is no surprise to see a backhoe in the front yard.


I was stunned to walk past the site of this home on N. Summit last week (which I could have sworn had been there the previous week, albeit on the market for quite some time) and see that it had completely vanished. No trace of its presence remained; grass covered the entire lot.

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