I can offer some perspective on that.
It was always our explicit intention to develop a suburban work of art that illustrates the following principle which is very simple, but which nonetheless appears to be totally lost on many greater Houston homeowners: You can buy a smaller house and customize it for less money than you'd pay for a larger generic house in the same neighborhood.
|Some folks downsize their houses in order to save money. We downsized so that we would have more financial freedom to customize. In coming to Centerpointe, we were actually move-up buyers who decided to slim down, at least on the size of the structure. |
Motif screengrabbed from this CBC quiz on downsizing.
|Screengrab from this WaPo piece succinctly titled "Price per square foot can obscure a home's real value".|
Anyway, my point in saying this is not to be defensive, but just to note that I'm conscious of the fact that some of my posts, if viewed in the absence of this perspective, almost appear antithetical to the tag line I chose for this blog (i.e., the pair of sentences at the bottom of its hit-counter-changing frontispiece).
|THAT tag line. Pretty cool recursion trick, eh?|
In taking this approach, we put the "fun" back into "functional" for ourselves. Between my husband and myself, our Centerpointe home is the sixth suburban house that we've owned. Sooner or later, one gets to the point of tract-home boredom where quality-of-life concerns start giving purely-resale concerns a run for their proverbial money. That's where we are in our respective lives, and why this little work-of-art suburban dream continues.
|A trippy commentary on cookie-cutter-ism screengrabbed from this rather avant garde site.|