Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Centex Development in Miami Metro Area

Canterbury Place: "Base Plan Prices From $320s-$738s"


  1. News from CNN/
    "Homebuilder Toll Brothers said the current slump in residential construction is unlike any it has seen in 40 years as it became the latest to warn of a glut in new homes for sale and a slowdown in the closely watched real estate market."

    Here's the full article:

  2. Yeah, that doesn't look too bad. Brick all the way round, from the look of the drawing. Not like new construction in the DC area.

    A Redskins fan

  3. Well, that's something that housingheads and bubbleheads can agree on: most new construction in the DC area is fugly.

  4. I love how the artist's rendering shows landscaping with mature northern species trees.

  5. No driveway, no neighbors, no fence, no curb cuts, no street ligts, no trees in the street strip, no service vents, no climate sensitive design, why bother.

  6. "No driveway, no neighbors, no fence, no curb cuts, no street ligts, no trees in the street strip, no service vents, no climate sensitive design, why bother."

    However, you are within steps of major sports attractions. Are they talking about the dog track?

  7. Why Americans like ugly houses and overpay for plywood on toothpicks?

  8. It looks like stucco over frame to me -- not brick. What might otherwise look like "coins" are the columns along the front "porch" -- notice their shadow against the wall. Hopefully the ground level at least is concrete block.

    Nice little starter home.

  9. According to the specs on the builder's site, it is stucco. I don't think there are enough real bricklayers in Fl. for it to be otherwise. Construction is also described as concrete block & wood frame, whatever the heck that is.
    I'm not familiar with southern building practices -- concrete block walls with drywall fastened to wood studs?

  10. BTW, fake dormers are ugly.

  11. "concrete block & wood frame, whatever the heck that is"

    Likely concrete ("cinder") block foundation with wood stud walls above.

  12. "Likely concrete ("cinder") block foundation with wood stud walls above."

    That's what I would think, except the plans don't show basements or even crawl spaces -- I would assume they are built on a slab.

  13. That is one butt ugly house. And oh, so appropriate for a sub-tropical climate.

    Are buyers of these things rip-roaring drunk?

  14. Most places in South Florida don't have basements because of the water table.

  15. this old house sucksAugust 10, 2006 12:11 PM

    The house most likely has concrete block (CMU) exterior walls with wood interior partitions. Concrete is the primary exterior wall material in southern Flordia because of the climate/pests. It doesn't show a driveway or curbcuts, because it has a rear load garage from service alleys just like DC.

    Also, according the the Toll CEO, the slowdown is unlike any other in the last 40 years BECAUSE (it)"is the first downturn in the forty years since we entered the business that was not precipitated by high interest rates, a weak economy, job losses or other macroeconomic factors," Toll said in his statement.

    In other words, according to Toll, IT'S DIFFERENT THIS TIME!

  16. "Single Family Homes and Townhomes featuring Tuscan and French Country Styles"

    So is this "Tuscan" or "French Country"?

    Or just "Country"? ("Billy Bob ifn youd quit wasten all our money on Bud an Nascar we could git us a new Centex Tuscan")

  17. DC Condo WatcherAugust 10, 2006 3:13 PM

    I agree with whoever that that new construction is DC is just FUGLY. I have never seen more ugly sprawl of townhouses with siding than the suburbs in Northern Virgian and Maryland.

    The rowhouses of DC, specifically old brick victorians that have been restored, make some streets of DC look very handsome indeed.

    Your body may not survive the gunshots you get in DC, but at least your eyes are taken care of when walking down some streets.

  18. Get with the program, Lance:

    The internet is a great place for shut-ins and recluses to have their voices heard. A quick search for personal websites turns up 6.1 billion results. That means every person on earth, even Oom!xau D!kooloo the Bushman from the Kalahari desert, has a website. You probably have several websites of your own you're completely unaware of. For the most part, personal webpages go unnoticed by the masses. But a few of the lucky ones get huge underground followings and their owners eventually go on to mediocre writing positions with small-market periodicals (I could be so lucky).

    Getting noticed, or even Farked is a huge honor in the world of personal websites. The best way to get your little corner of the interweb any type of attention is to write essays about things you don't like. Sounds backwards and crazy, but this is a backwards, crazy world we're living in. But you can't just write, "I hate President Bush..." you need to employ rage. Instead of saying, "Microsoft has some pretty crappy products," try saying, "Microsoft, and it's high-leader Hitler Gates, has products that could only be shittier if they were digested inside an elephant's stomach, shit out, allowed to fester in the African sun for two weeks, then consumed by a dung beetle, then shit out again onto my computer." See how easy it is? To make your life even easier, I created an internet rage essay template. It's easy to use, tastes great, and will save you time and energy. Simply replace all references to "persons or things" with the object of your hatred, like the housing markets. The incoherent nature, rambling run-on sentences, and belittling of those people who support what you so violently hate will only lend credibility to your image as the bad-boy of the internet.

    You know what I hate? This thing and or person who I disagree with on an ideological level. Oh sure, said thing or person might be good enough for Johnny Fuckface and his cheerleading, pill-popping bulemic girlfriend, and maybe they enjoy this person or thing while they're cruising in Johnny's Camaro, looking for a good spot for him to date rape her, but not me. Fuck that shit. I'm special because I rage against the machinations of what is popular. I could pretend to enjoy this strip-mall, NASCAR loving tripe, but I haven't fucked my sister and my mouth contains all of my original adult teeth. It's not so much that I think this object of my rage deserves to die, it's more or less my personal belief, being a good judge of what is good, that because this person or thing is in direct conflict with my political beliefs and my beliefs as to what qualifies as something not worth being used to gather from around my anus the last few dingleberries of a corn-and-beer shit. Honestly I'd rather watch a bucket filled with kittens be tossed into a blender filled with feces and donkey semen than to have to deal with crap like this thing and or person. When this person and or thing ceases to be popular, or even better, when all those involved in this train-wreck are dead, the world will be a much, much better place.

    See how easy that was? With a little luck, you'll be raking in the bucks from t-shirt sales and may even be asked to comment for an obscure pop-culture show on public access.

  19. "You know what I hate? This thing and or person who I disagree with on an ideological level."

    This would be Lance, in case it wasn't clear.

  20. LOL - So what you're saying is that you like the Tuscan style villa?