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post #3961 of 5753
Perhaps, but the real obstacle is the city. They'd never let someone tear down a house without replacing it.
post #3962 of 5753
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Three hours in off-peak traffic - above Delhi. Far away from hicksters.

lefty

got it. I went to college in Ithaca, so I was curious. Beautiful area in the fall.
post #3963 of 5753
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan lived just outside of Delhi in an old farmhouse. It's a beautiful area.

Once you get settled, do a morning drive to Cooperstown. I don't think it's far from Delhi. There are some incredible homes there.
post #3964 of 5753
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Perhaps, but the real obstacle is the city. They'd never let someone tear down a house without replacing it.

I see it often enough here in Chicago outside of the densest neighborhoods...often enough you can find a house that's been leveled to make some extra yard space (in the family neighborhoods on the north side away from the lake, but still close enough where they sit on long, skinny urban lots).

Although someone recently sold a 20k sq.ft. mansion in Lincoln Park (a fairly high density neighborhood) that is built on 5 lots. Not sure if they were all single-family or 2-/3-flats, but I really don't think it should have been allowed. Density is what makes highly walkable urban neighborhoods with good retail and public transit function.

Of course I'm sure the Alderman got some nice campaign contributions the year that re-zoning application went through...that is the chicago way.
post #3965 of 5753
To do that in San Francisco would require jumping through all sorts of hoops, up to and including a hearing before the Board of Supervisors. And it would almost certainly be rejected. My neighborhood is zoned for single-family homes, too, so the option of offsetting the loss of a house by adding a rental unit isn't available.
post #3966 of 5753

Tell the city you'll put in a park for the heroin addicts to defecate in. You'll be a local hero. 

 

lefty

post #3967 of 5753
That's a different part of town, lefty. I'm in Suburban Heights!
post #3968 of 5753

I got lost in your neighbourhood for a week one afternoon. It was a little scary getting in and out.

 

lefty

post #3969 of 5753
We have implemented a sherpa program for lost souls such as yourself. They're equipped with Philz espresso shots and maps printed on organic hemp cloth. They have access to service animals for those who need stress relief on the way out.
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@gnatty8 Is that your cabin in the WAYWRN thread? Wider shots would be cool.

lefty

It is indeed, yes. I can try to find some wider shots, and if I do, I'll post them. It's nothing special, just your run of the mill log cabin that you'll find by the thousands in that part of Tennessee/North Carolina. Still, it's a welcome respite on weekends, and I've gotten to know the locals really well, which is cool..
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@gnatty8 Is that your cabin in the WAYWRN thread? Wider shots would be cool.

lefty

Best I could find was this that shows a bit more detail of the wrap-around porch. As is common around here, the house is built on a hillside, so the "front" deck proper is about 40' off the ground, but the part that wraps around to the stairs accessing the driveway is just a few feet. If I could have easily photo-shopped me out of the picture, I would have, lol

post #3972 of 5753

You fit the place.

 

I really like the thick mortar look that you see in the NE over the log on log construction in the west. A shot of the 40' front deck would be cool.

 

How's the brook trout fishing near you?

 

lefty

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A good shaker would probably knock all that mortar out in California

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You fit the place.

I really like the thick mortar look that you see in the NE over the log on log construction in the west. A shot of the 40' front deck would be cool.

How's the brook trout fishing near you?

lefty

Yes, that was a must for me, as I like the look myself. The inside is the best part in my opinion. It's all light, with a floor to loft ceiling window that floods the entire interior with sunshine. I'll be there this weekend, and if I can remember, I'll snap some random shots for you..

I've heard the trout fishing in this area is amazing, and while the brook trout is actually the only trout species that is actually native to the Smokies (browns and rainbows were introduced years ago) I did read that one of the unintended consequences of introducing the rainbow to the area was to crowd out the brook trout to a certain extent.. I have no firsthand experience, since I haven't gone fishing in years..
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so the "front" deck proper is about 40' off the ground, but the part that wraps around to the stairs accessing the driveway is just a few feet. If I could have easily photo-shopped me out of the picture, I would have, lol

I used to love having a no-railing deck over a big ravine (though the initial drop is not 40'):
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