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busy street or not busy street: that is the question.(i believe there's trustees sale on this house that just got canceled last week.)
MM,I live close to that house, and I vote for "Busy street." However, everyone's tolerance for street noise is different, so you should probably go over there to find out for yourself.
MM-I vote busy, when you look at the map view you can see a car driving every 50 feet or so. So my guess is that it would be almost constant noise.
It's definitely busy; the only stretch of N. George Mason that isn't very busy is the stub that's north of Lee Highway and dead-ends.
MM, we live right near there too and it is really busy all the time. GM drive is a huge cut-through street to get from north to south arlington.
Re Xpovos's link about ending the mortgage deduction,Ace had a really good point that the deduction already is limited for those with a high AGI. I think one major reason Obama has failed to get this is he's talking about limiting ALL deductions to a lower tax bracket, not just the mortgage interest deduction. So that adds the lobbying power of religious and charitable groups to the powerful realtor lobby to stop this proposal. I believe I read a while back the UK got rid of its mortgage deduction. I think it did it over 10 years. People overestimate how painful the removal would be. It could easily begin years from the enactment and be phased out. I can't see them doing 2011 deduction allowed and 2012 no deduction allowed. That would cause panic even if there were no housing recession.
Two interest developments over the past few days in the Metro section:(1) Arlington is strongly considering pushing high density near the East Falls Church station upsetting many of the SFH owners nearby. Perhaps worst of all for many of them are proposals that would seem to lower or totally remove the already limited parking at EFC. If they were to remove the park-and-ride lots that could lower some of the demand for SFH neighborhoods that are too far to walk to EFC. And if you are going to drive to WFC you might as well buy out there. VDOT is opposed to proposals that would lower parking at the station or impede their ability to expand rail or I-66.(2) Alexandria much closer to approving the Potomac Yards upzoning and infill Metro station. This would alter and/or remove a lot of the low density Potomac Yards strip mall.
why would you ever want to get rid of metro parking? we were at a community yard sale and a cadre of old ladies were passing out flyers on this issue. the schools in that area are totally jam-packed so I'm not sure why Arlington is trying to cram more people in.
MeshTax Base. Ideal tax base.Usually on top of a metro station you get commercial and retail and high desnity MFDU Housing.Commercial is ideal from a bang/buck ratio. It taxes at twice residential, it's much denser then residential and it demands very little service. (Fire, Police,Utilities) no parks, schools or community service.Retail is almost as good, and MFDU is rarely people with school age children.Montgomery County was desperate to fill The Red Line stations with office buildings. They wanted the same thing you saw at Silver Spring or Federal Triangle, giant towers vacant at night.In fact they wanted to fill north montgomery county with office parks, that way the housing would be in howard county or frederick and the commercial tax base would be with them.The residents didn't like it as they thought it would destroy the character of the county.Smart lifewise, dumb financially.
How many gables, and how much drab paint, can you get for nearly $1.5 million?http://franklymls.com/AR7363890I've come up with a new hypothesis about all these ubiquitous new faux Craftsman style houses in Arl. You know how kids' names like Taylor and Madison rise in popularity because the names are used in a movie, soap opera, etc. Well, I don't like most TV sitcoms, so I don't watch them, but maybe someone else does. My hypothesis is that that "family" sitcoms must have had Craftsman homes in them for some time, so now everyone wants them. I remember seeing some really ugly newer kitchens in some houses and wondering where people came up with the ideas, and then saw a re-run of a 90s comedy one night and there was one of those kitchens.I wish someone would do a sitcom with a cool modern house.
I still think nothing beats The Jetsons for a cool modern house.
That is quite an example Ace. I can't help but be slightly creeped out by the fact that it is looking at me - it must be the eyebrows on that right-hand gable.
c,I've shown you this one before right? WSJ Spaceship House(Chattanooga TN)
Cara, that looks like an evolving clam. Maybe biologists or agnostics live in it.
Thanks Cara. I have seen photos of it (and copycats) several times. When I was a kid I thought it was Totally Awesome. Now, not so much.
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