old northeast: Going, going ... where? - 01/05/17 07:16 AM

What a shock when I drove by and saw this Old Northeast garage apartment on dollies! The entire masonry foundation is gone or rubble. It had crenelated blocks that were popular in 1910 when this property was built (the main house, at least. I'm not sure when the garage was built). I used to own this property so have a special interest in what happens.  The property is on two lots, and with all the new homes being built to replace old smaller ones, it's possible that's what the plan is for this property - but it looks like the upper … (2 comments)

old northeast: Old Northeast neighborhood in St Petersburg named one of Best Older Home Neighborhoods - 02/22/12 02:38 AM
The Old Northeast neighborhood, adjacent to downtown St Petrsburg, has always been a popular neighborhood. Now This Old House has recognized it as a Best Old Home Neighborhood 2012: South. It's the only neighborhood in Florida to be recognized by them this year and it rates in various categories: family friendly, parks and recreation, cottages and bungalows, gardening, Editors' Choice.
The varied styles of homes - bungalows, Colonials, Mediterranean, Italian, and even a few moderns - work together because of all the trees and landscaping. Many of the streets are brick and many of the sidewalks are made with hexagonal concrete … (2 comments)

old northeast: 50 ft wide lots - 08/14/06 12:45 PM
In most coastal areas of Florida, lots are small - a typical waterfront lot may be 80 ft x 120 ft.  In the newer suburbs in surrounding areas, the lowest priced homes ($250,000-$300,000) may be on 50 ft wide lots. They generally have scraped the trees, and feature repetitions of just a few floor plans.  This combination gives you look-alike homes on look-alike streets, and the 50 ft lot seems so tiny.  Contrast this with the Old Northeast area just north of downtown St Petersburg. Here the lots are also 50 ft wide, but the homes, typically built between 1910 and 1950, … (4 comments)

old northeast: Architectural Integrity - 08/01/06 04:20 PM
Today most buyers/owners are looking for architectural integrity, not a mish-mash of styles all in one house.  We have many bungalow style homes in both the Old Northeast and Kenwood neighborhoods of Saint Petersburg.  My son and daughter-in-law lovingly restored a 1910 bungalow, The House That Jack Built. One of the characteristics of the bungalow style is an open front porch. Over the years, their porch had been enclosed by screens and jalousie windows (a series of glass louvers, about 6" high, that open out with a crank). They enjoyed this, as it provided privacy from the street, and was a … (0 comments)

old northeast: Bigger Isn't Always Better - 07/26/06 09:56 AM
Despite national statistics that the size of a home is increasing each year, and the McMansions that are sprouting up all over, there are proponents of having a smaller but better designed house. Sometimes the bigger house is for our things, rather than for us. Sarah Susanka has written several books on this. Her original book "The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live" is my favorite. Susanka discusses how to design a home by how we use it, aligning spaces so you visually see beyond the room, providing for alcoves for certain activities rather than … (1 comments)

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