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Old 02-04-2009, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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Anyone ever notice any suburban neighborhoods which feature a number of Arts and Crafts style homes? I just love driving through areas which have a good sampling of this style. Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:03 AM
 
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There a few blocks in Collingswood, NJ. They're right off Collings Ave near the high school. Maple Lane is one of them.
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:12 AM
 
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Rose Valley isn't a neighborhood per se but was a bohemian art enclave and has homes in the Arts and Crafts style. There is even a development of carriage homes that successefully includes Arts and Crafts elements and kept some existing structures on the mostly wooded property to that end.

Also check out Swarthmore for a great bunch of old homes...wish I could find this in Chester County!
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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Thanks, folks. I actually live close to Rose Valley, but I thought I detected more Cotswold and Tudor styles. I'll have to look closer. Next Time I'm across the bridge, I'll check out Collingswood.
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Old 05-01-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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I love craftsman home design, too. Old and new. The unfortunate thing about living in this part of the country - I'm in the Lehigh Valley - is that all new home builders seem to construct are colonials/farmhouse knock-offs.

I've done lots of looking into home builders in other parts of the country and just about everywhere else - including areas such as Atlanta, Nashville, Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, Flagstaff, etc. - most new home builders at least offer the Craftsman "look" in their new designs. It may not be the true Craftsman in interior design (although they're out there, too - check this link...it's for a builder in Fort Collins, CO who builds updated versions of Craftsman homes. [url=http://jamestownhomebuilders.com/]Jamestown Builders[/url] )

Even in Boise, Idaho there's a really talented new home builder who constructs new Craftsman homes - and refurbishes old ones! And he's a certified Green Builder! [url=http://www.flynnerhomes.com/]Boise, Idaho Green Home Builder & Remodel - Flynner Homes[/url]

I dunno. Maybe it's that so many here in the Mid-Atlantic are too consumed by what others think of our dwellings that the market will only sustain crackerbox colonials. Or is it that builders are so uninterested in thinking outside the [cracker]box that they will never lean toward Craftsman design around here?

Your thoughts?

In the meantime, I will continue to love and honor the old Craftsman homes in the area. There are some nice ones in Westend Allentown and in Bethlehem's West Side neighborhoods. Even Emmaus has some really beautifully preserved bungalows.
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:03 PM
 
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I would bet the reason is twofold. People don't want different as it may impact home value, so they don't buy them, so builders don't offer it. Builders don't want to support too many stylistically different homes as that increases cost, so they don't offer it. Chicken or egg? I'm not sure.

I did see postings on craigslist last year for a builder building Arts and Crafts style homes somewhere in Berks county but can't find that now...
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, FL
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Yes, I love living in the Phila. suburbs, but I too find the styles of homes too bland. When I was growing up in the 50's and 60's, the new developments were either 1) ranchers, 2) colonials, 3) split-levels or bi-levels. Blah. We haven't strayed much from that concept. That's why I loved the diversity in architectural styles and interior floorplans when I lived in Southern CA. I love that Craftsman style and I don't quite understand why it's not popular here -- it's not like it's modern/contemporary (which turns some people off), it's not like it's region-specific (like Spanish architecture in CA or pink stucco in Miami). I suppose builders here just stick to the type of architecture that has appealed to the most buyers in the past.
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