A little bit of California in KC

Phyllis held our place open today, and we actually had a couple people come through! And even better, there's a showing appointment for tomorrow morning. So we (and the dogs) had to clear out for the afternoon. It was a gorgeous day and other than the barking and nose prints on my just-washed-yesterday car, we had a good time.

Don Drummond was a builder here in the 50's and 60's, and he used a number of plans made popular in California by builder Joe Eichler. If you'd like more information on how that came to be just Google either of their names and you'll find a number of blogs and websites that tell the story.

In Kansas City, if you say "It's a Drummond house," most people will know exactly what you're talking about. They tend to be clustered together in a few little enclaves throughout the metro area, and they're vastly different than everything around them.

We'd seen one online and tried to go look at it last week, but the open had been cancelled. It was open again today, and had a huge crowd.

Here it is from the front. This plan has a two-car garage, which is a little bit rare. Often they'll have a large carport, which stylistically I love, but doesn't work so well with our winters.
Walls of glass, big beams, and slanted ceilings are the hallmarks here, and what make Drummond homes so different from the ranches, colonials, and capes that fill our neighborhoods. We spoke to a neighbor who's Drummond is for sale by owner, and she explained that there are no load-bearing interior walls, which make them easy to reconfigure as needed.
This room, currently used as an office, looks out onto the outdoor dining/lounge area. It was a nice size for either this or a TV room.
This is the other outdoor patio, set up as a lounge area. It's accessable via sliders from the kitchen/dining area as well as the master bedroom.
The paint colors wouldn't be my choice, but I do like the sliding shoji screen doors and the fact that the tile flooring runs pretty much throughout the entire house.

And the deal-sealer, a pool big enough to splash around in, and small enough to easily maintain. Brett's in love.

We're not buying, as it's way south of where we'd like to be, but if there was a house that was going to pull us out of the target neighborhood, this would be it. They had a continual flow of people in and out, I'll be surprised if it's not under contract by the end of the week.


Raina Cox said...

Wow, that's lovely!

I've only found three neighborhoods in Denver with this type of architecture. Given the short supply, the houses are over-priced especially given how small they are.

I looked at a few, sighed at the gloriousness, and then crossed them off due to the size.

Fingers crossed for a sale on your end!

David said...
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David said...

Raina, I was totally thinking of you when we were there.

The Drummond houses are small. This one had been a 3 bedroom originally, but was turned into a two.

I think that happens a lot, and while it makes for more liveable spaces it narrows the market for families that need more room.

I'm not even certain it would be enough room for us, but it was sure fun to see.

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Karena said...

David, I sold a few Drummond houses when I was in real estate, and some of them are actually quite large. There are a few in Mission Hills. The only issue for many Kansas Citian's is their usual lack of insulation and no basement (which I do not care about. I never liked going into basements!

Living the life in The Little City said...

That pool is great. And, the landscaping around it. Very nice.

home before dark said...

Hoping the real estate gods look kindly on two people with three schnauzers. Waiting is the pits!