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Unique Houses of Waterloo Region
#16
This is a cool thread, lots of neat places on here. I have a bunch I pass around town that I'll have to remember so I can post them here.

I'll start with the 148 Margaret Ave. https://goo.gl/maps/nzamk
And it is currently for sale if you have $899,800.

I've always wondered what the deal was with 100 Mansion. I've always wanted to see inside, the child in me imagines it would be the best fort ever.
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#17
(09-14-2015, 10:57 AM)Chris Wrote: This is a cool thread, lots of neat places on here. I have a bunch I pass around town that I'll have to remember so I can post them here.

I'll start with the 148 Margaret Ave. https://goo.gl/maps/nzamk
And it is currently for sale if you have $899,800.

I've always wondered what the deal was with 100 Mansion. I've always wanted to see inside, the child in me imagines it would be the best fort ever.

There are a number of houses with turrets Downtown.  There's another down Margaret on the other side of Victoria and one on Water St S in the block before you enter Victoria Park.
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#18
(09-14-2015, 10:57 AM)Chris Wrote: I've always wondered what the deal was with 100 Mansion. I've always wanted to see inside, the child in me imagines it would be the best fort ever.

Here is a tour of the inside of 100 Mansion:
http://www.virtualproperties.ca/w7855/html5.php
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#19
Not sure if these would be considered Art Deco or what, but I always thought these three have a very interesting vibe:
https://goo.gl/maps/j7SX6
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#20
(09-12-2015, 07:27 PM)Lens Wrote: I'm working on mapping some of the most unique houses in the region and I thought it would be interesting to hear from others on what homes that they find interesting or completely unique!

15? Grandview dr Conestogo - looks to have been designed with Asian architectural influences

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.5356663,-...6656?hl=en

I have a bunch more but I'm interested to see what others have to share.

I believe that this house in Conestogo was built by the owners of the Tien Hoa Inn.

McDougall Road in Waterloo has a few examples of unique houses.  The reason it doesn't have sidewalks between Keats Way and Univeristy, is that it was one of the original areas where people from Waterloo would go for the summer to get away from the heat of the City.

The Shakespeare/Mohawk neighbourhood (Old Beechwood/Beechwood Glen) has plenty of wonderful mid-century modern houses that are well preserved.  Abe Weibe, who developed the area, and incidentally who sold own of his plots to the University of Waterloo, definitely had an eye for architecture. You could buy the lot for $3000 and if you had another $25,000, he'd build you a house.
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#21
Really enjoying this thread!

I find this one interesting, and a little foreboding with the bars on the windows: https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4706632,-...312!8i6656
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#22
(09-14-2015, 08:57 PM)kaiserdiver Wrote: Really enjoying this thread!

I find this one interesting, and a little foreboding with the bars on the windows: https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4706632,-...312!8i6656

What's that? a Chuck E Cheese?
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#23
Looks like a transplant from Arizona.
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#24
(09-13-2015, 07:55 PM)tomh009 Wrote:
(09-12-2015, 09:43 PM)BuildingScout Wrote: Another interesting house on 788 Glasgow St.  https://goo.gl/maps/PwJ5a

I have always liked this one (although I believe it's actually 795 Glasgow)  ... I would really like to know how old it is.  It's been there for well over 30 years.

I lived in the area of Glasgow, Belmont and Westmount Rd. area and as kids we roamed the neighbourhood as we grew up. If my memory serves me correctly that house went up in the mid to late '60s. (early 1970ish?) Many high school gatherings, after KWCVS dances, were held out in the country hill homes on Glasgow past where Westmount Golf & Country bordered the street. At the top of Glasgow hill and beyond Silvercrest Drive, it was where city became country, where a rural road eventually would become Fischer-Hallman many years later and then there were dairy farms and more dairy farms.
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#25
127 Jacob Street, Preston, built between 1856 and 1866 by Jacob Erb, son of Preston founder John Erb. Was a guest house until a few years ago. https://goo.gl/maps/PhxBD

654 Queenston Road, Preston, a mock Tudor built in the 30s if memory serves. Used to have the rather unfortunate street address of 666 Queenston Road.
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#26
(09-13-2015, 01:28 PM)The85 Wrote: Another one of mine, the "backwards" house at the corner of Grey Fox Drive and Active Avenue in the Laurentian Hills area of Kitchener:

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4130804,-...312!8i6656

Like come on, how was this allowed to happen??

Here's the view where you would expect the frontage on Activa Avenue:

https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4130202,-...312!8i6656

This set up is really odd. The house directly in front (behind?) the house you profiled was wedged in behind two streets worth of houses. The first three houses on Activa Ave as a consequence have no back yards. I am not sure how the city ever allowed this. The developer has sold one more house at the expense of 3 back yards.
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#27
I think that would look OK if it had a pathway and a front door on Activa. Parking behind the building isn't that rare, and it can actually make the streetview more attractive.
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#28
(09-17-2015, 07:18 AM)Drake Wrote: I am not sure how the city ever allowed this. The developer has sold one more house at the expense of 3 back yards.

And yet, the houses have value and sell for a substantial amount of money. I don’t see the problem. Actually, a lot of zoning rules are like this — if people will buy something, who is to say a developer should not build it for them? This doesn’t work for all zoning rules (canonical example: I don’t think somebody should be able to buy the house next to me, tear it down, and build a slaughterhouse), but many rules are just trying to prevent something that somebody thinks is bad, without worrying about whether anybody would actually be harmed.
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#29
(09-14-2015, 07:35 PM)Osiris Wrote: Not sure if these would be considered Art Deco or what, but I always thought these three have a very interesting vibe:
https://goo.gl/maps/j7SX6

There's also another modern looking home on the street but it's hard to see because of the many trees infront.

For those looking for Hillborn house on the map https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.3852018,-...6656?hl=en


More from Cambridge:

these 2 on Newman drive
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.3743277,-...6656?hl=en

Avenue rd
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.3845668,-...!1e1?hl=en

Deerpath rd
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.3867926,-...!1e1?hl=en

Stonebrook rd, this is a new build but I can't seem to remember the architect
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.3884195,-...!1e1?hl=en

Thorman dr
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.4059321,-...!1e1?hl=en
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#30
Here's something that is ever so rare in the region: a design that is consonant with its surroundings without having to resort to faux construction. It's 237 Mary St. in Waterloo and if you are curious about how it used to look like before you can see it here: https://goo.gl/maps/NiKMb


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