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  • Night and Day. I love that these are going up.

    The best part is the little things they got right – the cornices, the inlaid brick work (I think it’s 4 patterns rotated over the 7 houses).

    • These look pretty good, but they don’t compare to the rowhouses of yesteryear.

      Is it simply too expensive or time consuming to put all the details into a rowhouse today as it was in 1910? (Adjusting for inflation of course!)

  • andy

    I think it’s pretty great from the outside. I wonder what the interiors are like.

  • How many units is the project in total?

    • This is Truxton Row, IIRC. Not in Truxton proper, just borrowing the moniker.

      I’m pretty sure there’s a website, which has more info — including floor plans. Google it. Neat condos — 2 floors each with 2 story living rooms w/ den overlooking.

  • Still not as good as the old row houses…

  • I’m sure the interiors are far better than yesteryear. Who wants 15 tiny rooms on one floor with no closet space?

    • Although, if you get one of the really nice ones with the original parquet floors, wood columns, pocket doors etc. these are hard to duplicate.

    • -1. Plenty of people like individual rooms over one big open space.

    • I agree. You could add on a central air, a closet for a stacked washer and dryer, a more convenient kitchen, outlets everywhere, and hopefully smoke detectors that don’t require batteries and a sprinkler system. These are the things that amazed me when I moved from a 100 year old group house to a new condo. Of course I miss the fine craftsmanship and design details of the old house but there are some very good things about new constructions.

  • I live across the street and have watched these puppies grow over the past 2 years. The latest phase has five 4 level rowhouses each with 2 2-story units. 10 units total.

    I may or may not have actual snuck into one recently, and it may have had an open loft layout with a den area above the kitchen overlooking the living room with a 2 story wall of windows in the rear. There was a bedroom on each floor and a ton of closets. I talked to the developer a few months back and he told me that they will be priced in the high 600 to 700s. Too bad they are out of my price-range.

    • JD,

      Living directly across the street and watching these go up, can you tell us more ?

      Have you seen good quality control in the construction, or weak assembly and cutting corners ?

      Would you still buy even though they’re out of your price range ?

      • Good quality control. The site has always been in good shape, the workers seem to know what they are doing in all of their various specialties/tasks, and it seems like construction has taken just the right amount of time. I toured the first phase when it was on the market and they were quite nice.

      • Having no knowledge of construction, I can say that there are at least 5 workers there 10 hours hours a day, 6 days a week going back well over a year. It definitely seems like they know what they are doing, and are obviously paying attention to the details, given the unique attributes of the facade and exterior. I like how the units are tiered so each rowhouse has an outdoor space for each unit.

  • This project has come out way better than I ever expected and it really fits nicely with the historic district. the units are nicely sized big units and the construction is good as far as i can tell. They were able to save the one historic house left (the other one fell down in a spectacular collapse years ago). MVSNA had to really fight for this project, it was city owned land held by multiple agencies and a failed CDC, council legislation was required and it took years. The project did have a portion done as affordable workforce housing so it is a mixed income development.

  • Now if someone would only do something with that old boarded up corner store across the street!

  • Curious if anyone knows: when they build new row homes, I assume that the frame is wooden and the brick you see on the outside is pre-fabricated facade… correct? Does this effect the quality of the sound insulation between adjacent units or is it simply a layer of drywall between you and the party next door?

  • anon above, it depends. First, the walls between units have to be fire rated so there is probably actually 4 layers of drywall between neighbors. That will help a bit. If the developer/architect is consciously dealing with noise transfer, they would build a double wall with staggered studs, or use sound baffle insulation, or both to help more.

    Also, pre-fabricated facade is probably not the right term. While brick does in some cases come in panels, especially on very large or very modern buildings, the brick on the builds above was most likely laid the old fashioned way: brick by brick. The big difference is there is only one layer of brick rather than the 2 or 3 wythes that were come to turn-of the century homes.

    My one critique about these houses: I wish the corner building played up its position a little more, and had a tower, pair of square bays, or some other element that wrapped around to the side.

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