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Could this be a TIKI party room?

Joined: Mar 16, 2007
Posts: 1
From: Houston
Posted: 2007-03-17 3:48 pm   Permalink


On 2007-02-22 21:53, VampiressRN wrote:
Rip one of those babies of the foundation and put it in California and they would pull well over a million with those interiors.....especially the cat mural with tulip chairs....sigh.

I'm the lucky buyer of the house with the cat mural and tulip chairs. Can't wait to sell my Oak Forest house (which is cool too) and get into my swanky new pad in Glenbrook Valley ! It's an awesome hood....just driving around viewing the houses is like being in time warp.

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cheeky half
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Joined: Nov 22, 2002
Posts: 801
From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-03-17 4:58 pm   Permalink

You are one lucky son of a gun. Please share some pics with us after you have moved in and are inaugurating that bar. Enjoy!

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Joined: Feb 21, 2007
Posts: 96
From: Houston, TX
Posted: 2007-03-19 09:44 am   Permalink

Yes he is a lucky son of a gun! that swank party room came furnished, complete with the cat picture!

I want to ask a question just to make sure my thinking is correct.

there is this mod currently available down in Glenbrook

which is really cool with an atrium, but it doesn't seem to grab people. I think the colors are too "washed-out."

Is it my imagination or doesn't it look better with these colors from this old photo?

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Suffering Bastard of Stumptown
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Joined: May 09, 2005
Posts: 648
From: PDX
Posted: 2007-03-19 11:10 am   Permalink

You're right that it looks better with more bold colors. In particular, the door needs to stand out.
That's a basic "curb appeal" principle in my mind.


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Kona Chris
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Joined: Jul 16, 2005
Posts: 241
From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2007-03-21 08:36 am   Permalink

txmod, as an fyi, you should be able to attach all those photos by uploading them to tikicentral. At the moment, they are all missing, and I'm hoping that this is just a temporary problem with photobucket. I'd love to see these houses.


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Joined: Feb 21, 2007
Posts: 96
From: Houston, TX
Posted: 2007-03-21 2:30 pm   Permalink

Are you still having trouble seeing them? They are showing up for me. I guess (hope) it was just a temporary photobucket issue.

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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2007-03-28 1:18 pm   Permalink

Txmod those houses are beautiful!

While driving around this past weekend in Lubbock, looking for estate sales, my wife pointed this house to me.


It sickens me to know that with all the Dolly Mack houses here, that no one has taken an interest in restoring them (much like the community in OK). When I saw this house I knew it was the house. It's my dream house, even though I wasn't expecting a pool. I can see us raising a family here. But there is a problem, I can't afford it. I can't afford it to the fact that I am in a debt managment program and I have to scrounge for extra cash to help pay the mortgage on our current house (45 miles east of Lubbock, mission style house). I can't afford it to the fact that every graphic place I have have applied for turns their nose up at me. I don't even know how to start to freelance my work, but I fear the house will be gone before that happens.

My current house is ok, it's just not what I dreamt that my wife and I would spend the rest of our lives in. The house also would suit a retired couple. This house (linked above) is almost to the "T" in design of house I grew up in. I wish there was a way I could win some money or something to snag this house before someone gets it, and ruins it's luster. Any suggestions?

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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
Posts: 1795
From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2007-03-28 5:58 pm   Permalink

I think that house would look good with Brown siding, black trim and chinese red on the doors. Alternately, avocado looks great on midcentury doors.
To drown sorrow, where should one jump first and best? "Certainly not water. Water rusts you." -Frank Sinatra

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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
Posts: 1795
From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2007-04-01 12:56 am   Permalink

I don't live in Memphis but this is the same house as ours. Alot like an Eichler but more asian feeling. We bought our Futurama from the original 1959 owners and We love it. It was featured in Look magazine in an article titled "The house with a Pool in it's Parlor" in 1959. It was also featured in a True Romance magazine article, lol! Also, It was featured in the local newspaper when it was built here in Nampa.

Home of the Future
Dear Vance: I picked up some old magazines at a garage sale, and a 1959 copy of True Romance contains an article on "Story-Book Homes." What surprised me is that a model home in the state-of-the-art "Futurama" design was constructed in Memphis. Is it still standing today? -- B.N., Nashville.
Dear B.N.: I certainly didn't think so, because all too often my explorations in search of buildings from the past have taken me to parking lots or overgrown fields. Imagine my surprise, then, when I discovered that this particular "Story-Book Home" is not only still standing, it looks as good as new (opposite, above).
As your magazine article explains, "Story-Book Homes" were a series of mostly traditional home designs, among them the "New Orleans," the "Regency," and even a model called the "Abundant Villager." And these were special homes indeed. "Not even movie stars or millionaires can live a more luxurious or thrilling life than you can in your fabulous Story-Book Home," the article declared. What made these homes unique, or so their designers claimed, were the ultra-modern features and materials incorporated into each home. "For instance, the double insulation, the special roof decking, and the moisture-proofing are positively not combined in any other houses. And the beautiful and durable Flintkote Flexachrome vinyl-asbestos floors are easy to clean and require no waxing." What's more, the kitchens even featured Westinghouse appliances. Apparently, that was a big deal at the time.
Local builders could purchase these plans -- for a whopping one dollar! -- and in the Memphis area, developers W.D. Jemison and Sons erected several "Story-Book Homes" in the Forest Lakes subdivision they were developing around Beaver and Otter Lakes in Raleigh.
The "Futurama" home (below) was the most unusual of all the designs, described as a "home of the future with a magnificently simple exterior of great dignity and hospitality." Inside, "huge, exposed natural beams make this house look as strong and durable as it truly is." The deluxe model featured "a vast living room with handsome fireplace and shoji-screened entrance. A huge family and TV room surrounds a magnificent scientific kitchen with formal dining, which overlooks a beautiful 32-foot indoor swimming pool (heated and filtered)." The bathroom was tiled with "the revolutionary new Formica," which has a "smooth, gleaming surface that saves cleaning time and work for Mother."
Oh, there were plenty of other marvels. The master bedroom "offered all the elegance of your own private villa on the Riviera." And that indoor pool, just off the bedroom, was always available "for a relaxing, nighttime dip -- in complete privacy, unhampered by bathing suits!"
This article ran in True Romance magazine, remember.
As far as I can tell, only one of these was constructed in Memphis, at 3991 Lakemont Drive.
"When it was first built, the home was featured in the Sunday newspaper, and my mother took us to see it," says "Futurama" homeowner Jan Beaty. "I was only 14 years old at the time, and never knew that would one day it would be my home."
Beaty and her husband purchased the house in 1970. This was quite a change from their previous residence, a small home in Frayser. The "Futurama" still had most of its original features, including the indoor swimming pool, sunken bathtub, separate "his and hers" bathrooms, and brick fireplace.
Over the years, Beaty has made quite a few updates. She lightened many of the darker paint colors that originally covered the walls, added a cedar-lined attic in the home's distinctive rooftop "turret," and completely modernized the kitchen. Moisture from the pool weakened the overhead beams in that room, so when she had those rebuilt she also replaced the original styrofoam-panel ceiling with a more environmentally friendly material, which absorbs moisture.
"One of the features mentioned in the magazine article was that you could just open the door leading to the swimming pool room and that would draw moisture into your house, like a humidifier," says Beaty. "Well, they omitted the fact that if you have chlorine in the water, that's not a good idea. Your whole house smells like chlorine."
Beaty also added more windows at the rear of the house to give a better view of the lake. "It's so beautiful, looking out there. That's what's kept me here all these years; you just have such a sense of spaciousness."
"I don't know why these homes were featured in a True Romance magazine," she says, "but it really was a 'true romance' story. My husband and I just adored each other, and we really had fun here. It's really been a wonderful home." M ----------------------

Here's a pic I shot and developed in our frontroom soon after the move 2 yr's ago.

I'm glad to see so many modern home enthusiasts on this thread.

To drown sorrow, where should one jump first and best? "Certainly not water. Water rusts you." -Frank Sinatra

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5859
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2007-04-01 01:34 am   Permalink

If you had these homes (as you could have already guessed by now.) in California, you would now be a financially happy boy.

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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 1368
From: 1st website dedicated to Tiki Gardens
Posted: 2007-04-01 1:52 pm   Permalink


What sort of financial tax hell would it be if someone like me were to buy one of these and rent it out? I mean I have no concept of what it would require to do this.

I mean 89,900 for a frikkin cool house. Whats the rental market like? Could you do it and make or break even?

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Joined: Aug 02, 2006
Posts: 402
From: UK
Posted: 2007-04-01 4:08 pm   Permalink

Hey, it's great to see a barber's chair in someones living room too! We have a black 'n' chrome 'stick shift' 1940/50s Belmont (sadly covered with all kinds of valuable worthless junk at the moment) here at Tiki Towers in England. Here's a photo I took recently of our gaff in the warm 'Surrey' sun!

The moai over the front door will have a butane flamer eventually. What you can see is the first floor dining room window and the main bedroom windows on the second floor. It was built in the late 60s early 70s and was low cost social housing! See it can be done developers!!

Have FUN at home folks! - Trader Jim (Make mine a Mai-Tai!).

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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 6161
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2007-04-01 4:32 pm   Permalink

Congrats toulouse....please show us pictures on the progress of your home set-up. I'll bet it is pretty thrilling.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Sep 02, 2006
Posts: 67
From: Novato, CA
Posted: 2007-04-01 7:23 pm   Permalink

Gah!! Cant look at prices outside Bay Area-- Eyes burning!

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Joined: Apr 28, 2006
Posts: 163
From: Bakersfield, California
Posted: 2007-04-02 07:44 am   Permalink

A nice 1950's ranch house ready for tikization in Westchester (Bakersfield Ca) can be had for $350 k and there are even some fake Eichlers.

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