The British Take Hunt Street

Well, it’s not like red coats with muskets but I just couldn’t resist this close to the Fourth of July.  No, I mean The British Builder.  I haven’t mentioned them much because I thought that they strictly did renovations/restorations.  Apparently not.  They build new too but I have never caught a house built by the British Builder, finished, with a For Sale sign in front of it. Could’ve happened. I’ve just never seen it.  That’s why I assumed that they were already owned.

I’ve since written to Valarie Kerby, the real estate contact on their information sheet, and learned that they build to suit. By the time I see something  under construction, it is already owned.  That’s pretty much the same way Jered works too so I don’t know why I hadn’t realized that they were as big as they are before. I do have my blonde moments, so I apologize.

The British Builders

The British Builders

What started this post was my husband mentioned that they’d been working on two houses on Hunt Street and were building a third so we swang by to take a look at them.  We’d been trying to get a friend of ours to buy the lot on Hunt & Byrne but they ultimately chose a house in the El Dorado community.  That’s a beautiful neighborhood too, so I know they’ll love it.  Regardless, we’ve been watching the lot to see what would end up going in on it.

The house that previously occupied that lot caught fire last year.  Destroyed the home. No one died, thank God, but it was pretty devastating to the owner and it’s always sad to lose an original home in the District.  We had thought that the lot seemed smallish (lots in the Historic District are commonly pretty big) but I guess we just couldn’t visualize what could be put on that lot.   This is not a small house.  They are coming right along on this one and it is looking fantastic.

New Home at Corner of Hunt and Byrne

New Home at Corner of Hunt and Byrne

This house is going to have a fantastic back porch.  The picture below is of the side facing Byrne.  I can already picture that back porch with people sitting on it and enjoying the evening. They’ve really got their exposures right on this.  The way they designed this, they’ll only have morning sun on the back porch.

Corner of Hunt and Byrne

Corner of Hunt and Byrne

I only saw one other British Builder sign along Hunt.   That is the house at 616 Hunt Street. I grabbed one of the info sheets out of the box on the For Sale sign but it was more of a comprehensive flyer than a spec sheet on just that house.

616 Hunt Street

616 Hunt Street

According to the info sheet, they have lots currently available at 1207 Pine Street and 713 Barnes, both build to suit.

I looked up the Pine Street lots and the Barnes Street lot on Google Maps to see a street view but the pictures are so old that I wondered if they still looked like that. The Pine Street lot is going to be divided into two lots but on Google, there is a house there.  These pictures are from back when The Abode was still on the square where The Square Burger is now so I decided to take a quick drive over to check out the lots today.  Both locations are over by Finch Park.

The house on the Pine Street lots is gone.  This is how the lots look today.

1207 Pine Street

1207 Pine Street

And this is the Barnes Street lot.

713 Barnes Street

713 Barnes Street

When I posted recently about a building boom over by Finch Park, I thought I might be stretching the definition of a boom ever so slightly. After what I saw today, I really don’t. I passed by several lots with Bungalow Company signs and it looks to me like there is just tons of activity over here.  Barnes Street is two blocks away from Finch Park.  Pine Street isn’t too much further.  Plus, I know what kinds of houses are being built here.  This area is going to be unbelievable in just a very short period of time if this pace keeps up.

The apartment building on College that burned this spring is being cleared away.  It’s so amazing how different it looks now.

Apartment Building on College Being Cleared Away

Apartment Building on College Being Cleared Away

I still don’t know what will become of it. I’ll keep an eye out for a rezoning sign to see if it goes from multi-family to something else. It is next door to the old City Hospital, which is now a office park, so it might even get more office buildings on it.  We’ll just have to wait and see.  For a little while, at least, the folks on Parker Street have a  great view of Finch Park through the open lot.

Apartment Building on College Being Cleared Away

Apartment Building on College Being Cleared Away

And the play field that I mentioned in the post about building by Finch Park? The one that has the sign “No Unauthorized Play”?  I had mentioned it before because there is a Bungalow lot next door to it on Standifer. Well, it’s for sale too.

Huge Lot For Sale

Huge Lot For Sale

My guess is, given the rate that homes are being built and sold here, this won’t stay on the market too long.

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

11 Responses to “The British Take Hunt Street”

  1. Melanie K. Morgan

    Beth, this may be too far off the square, but do you know what is going in where the old Westwood apartments used to be? This is on Virginia, across from First Baptist Church, adjacent to the old Chamber of Commerce building. I’m glad the apartments are gone; they were an eyesore. But I’m very curious to know what’s going in. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Beth

      No, but I wish I did. All I know is that they were condemned but I’ve never heard why they got condemned in the first place. It does look fantastic with them gone. I’ve meant to stop and get a picture there but I just haven’t made it by. Those Parrish Snowballs that they sell in the lot next to where the apartments were are supposed to be absolutely fantastic and I’ve been wanting to stop by to try one. They’re supposed to have ice cream inside.

      I’m hoping that whatever goes into the empty lot there will compliment the church on Louisiana. There’s a real opportunity for something to come in and really frame the entrance to downtown.

      Reply
  2. VALARIE

    Thanks for the shout out Beth!!! I also give tours of what Wayne aka The British Builder has under construction. We recently did a realtor tour with a group of 25 – our phones are still ringing and I love folks who want to be over in the district!!

    Reply
  3. Vesta

    That house on Hunt is at Byrne, not Bradley. I am so bummed that the ball field lot is for sale. We walk our dogs over there and they love to run that stretch. It’s nice because they don’t bother anyone. Plus, Ella’s school takes the kids over there to do field day activities.

    I think the lot where the Westwood apartments was is in limbo. The owners walked away from it and the city had to demolish the apartments. I’m not sure how long it will take the city to sort out ownership of the lot and get someone to deal with it. Travis Ussery, our city council member, is on top of it, if you want to ask him.

    Reply
    • Beth

      You sure are right. Thanks! I drove by tonight and saw that the third house that they are working on is on the block between College and Bradley. The corner lot is on Hunt and Byrne. Even typing this, I tried to type Bradley again. For some reason that street name just gets in my head and “sticks”. I’ll fix the post so that there’s no confusion.

      Reply
    • Beth

      I think I know what you’re seeing and it looks like pipe but I think it’s actually rolls of sod.

      Reply
    • Beth

      OMG! That is incredible. I love the record you are keeping of the restoration. I’ve added a link under Active Local Blogs. Please let me know if you add e-mail subscription capability to it. I have trouble keeping up with the blogs I like unless they come to my e-mail.

      Reply
  4. Leilani Cox Judd

    I believe the apartments that burned by Finch Park was originally the nurses home for the old McKinney Hospital. I was born in that hospital in 1955. In regards to Parrish Snowballs, you are missing a real treat if you have never been. Pat and Roger have had it for many years. My favorites are Banana Fudgecicle and Dreamcicle.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

%d bloggers like this: