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Old 01-28-2008, 10:39 AM
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Location: Madison, WI Metro Area
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Chicago has great architecture. It has more variety than almost anywhere else in the country!
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:00 AM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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Steve-o great pics. Didn't you want to move to AZ?
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Tucson
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the beauty of my neighborhood is that I haven't owned a car in years, and it doesn't matter.
That's wonderful!
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:25 AM
 
Location: AZ
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Steve-o great pics. Didn't you want to move to AZ?
Ive had the offer, but have declined twice. AZ is a beautiful state, but too hot and too dry for my tastes. I visit there several times a year though.

I just cant leave my friends, family, food, sports, architecture and 4 seasons behind. Its too hard.
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Tucson
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Good ole' Arizona houses...basically a giant garage with a small home on the side. Definitely don't miss that. Yuck.
Being from Europe, I like the lifestyle your pictures present, but start liking it more and more for visits only. While I'd love to walk the streets you've shown, I most definitely don't feel like living in an old, dark, and depressing shoebox with one square rear end of balcony (or not at all), climbing 4-5 flights of stairs every day. I'm even leaving the nasty weather out of the equation since it's not the topic of this thread.

Btw, I'm not a fan of the garage-dominated houses in AZ, either. Just showed typical homes to people who haven't been here. Some positive changes have started in this direction, though. The garage of my house is going to be in the back. In the neighborhood next door the garages are also in the back. They even have cute partially enclosed (or not) front yards.

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Old 01-28-2008, 12:38 PM
 
Location: kronenwetter
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Love all the pictures. I grew up near Evanston and they have some great old homes. Where I live now it is so varied. We have huge lumber baronmansions, painted lady victorians, log cabins etc.
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Old 01-28-2008, 02:25 PM
 
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Being from Europe, I like the lifestyle your pictures present, but start liking it more and more for visits only. While I'd love to walk the streets you've shown, I most definitely don't feel like living in an old, dark, and depressing shoebox with one square rear end of balcony (or not at all), climbing 4-5 flights of stairs every day. I'm even leaving the nasty weather out of the equation since it's not the topic of this thread.

Btw, I'm not a fan of the garage-dominated houses in AZ, either. Just showed typical homes to people who haven't been here. Some positive changes have started in this direction, though. The garage of my house is going to be in the back. In the neighborhood next door the garages are also in the back. They even have cute partially enclosed (or not) front yards.

Well, I like my small place. Honestly, I don't have any need for a big house with a bunch of rooms. My parent's home is like that and there are entire rooms that are not used except for holidays. Just more to clean and pay to cool/heat.

The other secret for living in a city and a small place is that you spend most of your time at cafes, bars, restaurants, etc. Very seldom do I spend an entire day in my apartment.

I am glad that Arizona is starting to include a little variety but I suspect it hasn't changed a whole lot since I left (especially given the housing crash). It was just sad to see swathes of desert cleared for these ugly stucco garage dominated boxes. I had a friend that had a house down in Chandler and whenever I visited I just remember thinking to myself how I would hate to live in a place like that.

I mean, even in places like Dallas, Houston and Atlanta they have all the sprawl and boring burb feel but they also have some variety. They don't all have the garage facing the front (I hate that). They also are made of different materials in different styles. I have no idea 99% of the housing in Arizona is basically exactly the same. Well, I suspect it is because it is cheap and easy so they can squeeze as much money as possible out of those cheaply built things.
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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In my little town there are mostly older houses with simple designs.

In St. Louis, brick seems to be used more than anything else. Lafayette Square has a lot of nice houses as well.

Here's an example of some Lafayette Square
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/4501-1/SaintLouisMissouriApril2007+849_A1+copy.jpg (broken link)
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/4501-1/SaintLouisMissouriApril2007+849_A1+copy.jpg (broken link)

http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/4508-1/SaintLouisMissouriApril2007+858_A+copy.jpg (broken link)
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/4508-1/SaintLouisMissouriApril2007+858_A+copy.jpg (broken link)
Some Central West End
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/12397-1/IMG_3203+copy.jpg (broken link)
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/12397-1/IMG_3203+copy.jpg (broken link)

http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/12347-1/IMG_3145+copy.jpg (broken link)

http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/12347-1/IMG_3145+copy.jpg (broken link)
Soulard
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/12271-1/IMG_3077+copy.jpg (broken link)
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/12271-1/IMG_3077+copy.jpg (broken link)
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/12303-1/IMG_3113+copy.jpg (broken link)
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/12303-1/IMG_3113+copy.jpg (broken link)
Downtown St. Louis
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/4076-1/SaintLouisMissouriApril2007+144_A+copy.jpg (broken link)
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/4076-1/SaintLouisMissouriApril2007+144_A+copy.jpg (broken link)
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/4078-1/SaintLouisMissouriApril2007+147_A+copy.jpg (broken link)
http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/4078- (http://www.valdorephoto.com/images/gallery2/d/4078-1/SaintLouisMissouriApril2007+147_A+copy.jpg - broken link)
Thanks to Urban St. Louis - View Forum - Photography - Showcase St. Louis (http://urbanstl.com/viewforum.php?f=24 - broken link) for the pics
I hope that's a pretty good example.
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Those are awesome!
y'all just made me homesick!
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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http://www.triplecrownhomes.com/images/MODELS/TCH-photo_02.jpg (broken link)

we have about a gabillion of these in Fl....... its called California contemporary..... I HATE this style!
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Old 01-28-2008, 04:43 PM
 
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http://www.triplecrownhomes.com/images/MODELS/TCH-photo_02.jpg (broken link)

we have about a gabillion of these in Fl....... its called California contemporary..... I HATE this style!
I don't like ranch homes period. They have just been WAY overdone here in the US.

I would much rather see colonials, Georgian, Victorian or bungalow style homes.
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