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Walking the neighborhood one day I saw the “For Sale” signs at two cottages, side by side. The next week they were gone. This is now what is going up on the one lot. All this was quick. So fast I have no pictures of those two cottages. SAM_0826_0396

As you peruse the cottages below and on previous posts, you’ll note that each one is unique, at least on the outside. Some are the same, but you wouldn’t know it unless you saw the inside. Even a hundred years ago the neighborhood developers were building copies of houses. They would change them up with different porch configurations. There are even some houses in East Montrose that were mail-ordered out of the Sears and Roebuck catalog, the parts shipped here by train and assembled on the property. The average price for a two-story home from the Sears catalog was around $5,000 in 1903.

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SAM_0472So on a walk through East Montrose you may see many types of homes. The neighborhood includes a variety of styles and tastes in architecture. The time it takes to walk gives the walker more perspective. Depending on the weather and the position of the sun for lighting you as a walker have many photo opportunities.SAM_0470SAM_0469

Some homes are more modern.SAM_0485

Some are quite eclectic.

This may be the house that was Cary Grant's favorite home in Houston. It feels Art Deco in style.

 Art Deco

This house reminds me of something from a storybook.

This house reminds me of something from a storybook.

Some homes in the neighborhood are traditional and quite old.SAM_0482  SAM_0473

This is a new old house. You can see the mix of old and newer townhouses behind it.

This is a new old house. You can see the mix of old and newer townhouses behind it.

This house sits next to a park. The house was saved as a result of neighborhood action to protect the park's giant live oak.

This house sits next to a park. The house was saved as a result of neighborhood action to protect the park’s giant live oak.

So many homes in East Montrose are being torn down to provide room for more than one house on a lot. There is nothing wrong with tearing down ugly, unfix-able houses but it is sad when old houses in good condition are torn down. It would be so much better if they were carted away to some other place like a country acre for instance (put out to pasture, so to speak – as if to reward them for good service these past one hundred years).

Next time you are out and about, take note of your favorite houses. You might not see them next time you take a walk.