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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And this is the Barnes Street lot.
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.
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.
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.
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,