Views of the Neighborhood

Yesterday was extremely foggy here on the coast. I was planning on getting out early to take some photos of a few more houses and finish off the feature that I began last week. I did finally get out after the fog burned off, but the sun was low in the sky and made a few of the photos impossible. I did pick up a few interesting ones and hope you like them.

The first three are of tiny homes that I missed last week. This one is a yard barn and is complete to the last detail. The building is no more thanΒ ten feet long by six feet wide.

P.A Homes

The next is a tiny office building or house. I would say this one is thirty feet by eight feet.


This home is about twenty feet by eight feet, and the little shed is six by four. There are model homes and buildings, and They were not open so I could not get any particulars like pricing. They are cute but a little small for my taste. Also what looks like a smudge in the upper left-hand corner is the last of the fog burning off. The next picture was taken about ten minutes later and you can see the blue sky again.


Back in the sixty’s (When most of your were toddlers), the geodome was a big item. It was supposed to be energy-efficientΒ and better for the planet. Here is the only one in town.


Another unique style is the octagon shaped house. Here are a number which make up a neighborhood. They are all on stilts and have eight sides. I can’t imagine what the insides look like.


Here is a closer shot of the two on the end in the photo above. I like that peaked roof.


Here is a photo of another pair. Notice the sun flair on the left. The sun was right behind that palm tree, and I was hoping I would avoid it. As you can see, I didn’t.


Those blue signs on the railing indicate that the home is available for rent by the day or month. This is not a neighborhood in which you would want to be a permanent resident


I hope you enjoyed the tour and this wraps up the home view of the neighborhood



  1. Fascinating range of styles, John. Your area would be fascinating to visit.

    1. We get a lot of visitors, Keith. Our population swells from 4,000 in the off season to over 20,000 a week in season. Whew!

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Great tour, John. I love that each home has a story. Have a great day!

    1. Thanks, Gwen. Have a grand day as well

  3. Fantastic photos, wish I was there…

    [Open Tangent]

    The dome home. Yes, a few still exist. My brother had one until he tore it down. They were madly popular during the heyday of the back to the earth movement of the 1970’s. But like so many things with the 70’s – enthusiasm turned to regret. Lloyd Kahn., the Whole Earth Catalog’s shelter editor, wrote the following:

    I was also the publisher of Domebook 2, the countercultural bible of domebuilding, but after 5 years of dome building and dome living, I concluded that domes didn’t work as homes, and were in fact, a poorer and less practical way of enclosing space as compared to rectilinear construction. I took Domebook 2 out of print (and went out and shot photos for our book Shelter). I kept getting so many inquiries as to why I gave up on domes that I published a newsprint booklet titled Refried Domes, to answer all the questions. If you’re a dome fan and wonder why in the world I gave up on such an exciting concept, please don’t write me, but go to the link above and read everything on our website about domes.

    See Lyod’s Blog

    [Close Tangent]

    1. There are a number in (as you would expect) California. I could never get the concept. Another popular item was building a house more or less underground. Proved to be very costly on upkeep and a haven for pests.

  4. Looks like a ‘mid-century modern’ lifestyle. (oh wow, I have got to stop watching HGTV !!)

    1. You pegged it. Yes you need to back away from HGTV a little. (Not much cause it is still fun)

  5. Architecture aficionados must have a field day around there. Really curious about how that small house looks inside. You can’t have much in the way of room there.

    1. There is a big door on the back which opens wide. I think there is enough room for lawnmower and a few tools. I thought it was unique because it looks like a miniature house.

      1. Very cool. Honestly, I thought it was a house too. Never thought shed.

      2. I know right? I should have put something in to show the scale. πŸ™‚

      3. Was there anything nearby?

      4. There was rake behind it.

  6. Thanks for showing us the variety in the neighborhood, John. When you say you wouldn’t want to be a permanent resident, is it do to the in/out tourist traffic or are there other reasons. The octogon houses look interesting. My phone tried, 3 times, to change that to ‘octopi housed’ – avoiding typos is hard work.

    1. My phone’s spell check suddenly stopped recognizing my name. Must be a rebellious stage… πŸ˜‰

      1. Ha ha ha. Maybe your phone joined some kind of movement. πŸ˜€

      2. Ha! Given that it’s determined to call me Reagan, it’s a few presidents too late. πŸ˜€

      3. You could change your name to Bump and see what happens. πŸ˜€

    2. Usually rental folks are very loud. You know, over served, and believe the rest of the world is on vacation as well. While I was taking photos (at 2:00 pm) there were two parties going on. Just the noise is the big reason.

  7. You were able to get some great photos after all. What a beautiful neighborhood. I love looking at houses, so this was a fun mini-series for me, John. Too bad you would have gotten arrested for getting pictures of the inside of them! Especially the octagon houses. I imagine one room flows into the next…

    1. You must be right. The rooms would be quite small as well. πŸ™‚

  8. What a great tour, John. I love seeing all of the different styles of homes and of course the palms. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the first little bungalow as a writing nook? Happy Sunday!

    1. That would be nice, Jill. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  9. Your area comes across as very interesting. It must be a fun place to live. I think every town must have one of those domes. I never could see the appeal.

    1. The dome? Me either. I think it was a statement is all. πŸ™‚

  10. What I find the most fascinating about this series, John is that you never run out of interesting and beautiful things to bring to us each week. Thank you!

    1. Sometimes like yesterday it was nip and tuck. We had only two hours of sun. The fog rolled in at 4:00 again. Thanks, John.

  11. Your hood is a breath of fresh air, John…

    1. Thanks, Hook. I’d love to see yours. (Uh summer maybe)

  12. Fascinating buildings John. This was interesting. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. My pleasure, Susanne. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  13. For some reason–maybe it’s the stilts–these make me think of Florida. Interesting architecture and fun to find. Thanks for the photos around your neighborhood. We had thick fog here yesterday as well. πŸ˜€
    I visited a round house once. We laughed because it looked like a silo (a couple stories high on a postage stamp lot. Ugh. Inside, I don’t remember the rooms as anything but squared but cannot swear. If this is true, there’s a lot of wasted space in the walls.

    1. So true, Tess. I don’t know how they handle it. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  14. Love the tiny houses. I think I could live in one. πŸ™‚ My apartment isn’t much bigger. Love all the different styles of architecture. I have to ask. Is your house off the ground on stilts, John?

    1. No ours is a three story. We built it in 2007 on the new hurricane guidelines. It was inspired by a home in Florida. I’m on the Gulf so I figure a surge would take it to St Louis.

  15. These are so fascinating! I rather like the tiny houses — just think how easy house-cleaning would be, ha! Of course, they’re probably more conducive to a writing nook than actual living, huh? As for the octagonal ones, well, the good side is they let in a lot of sun (that could be the bad side in the heat of summer, which is probably why they’re all nestled in palm trees). Great neighborhood visit, John!

  16. Those tiny houses look like playhouses I wanted when I was little. I’ve seen several octagon houses at Litchfield in Pawley’s Island, SC. Always wondered what they looked like inside too.

    1. I know what you mean, Teri. Thanks.

  17. We have a geodome not far from us. I’ll have to take a pic of it. It is quite interesting in its surroundings. Love the tiny house..can’t imagine, but it’s cute.

    1. Yes it is cute. πŸ˜€ Small……

      1. I’ve watched a few of those hunters of the tiny house. Love this line the best… “Oh, it’s so big…” NO IT ISN’T. lol

      2. Ha ha ha. πŸ˜€

  18. Love the little peach-colored home, the dome home, not so much. The octagon homes are interesting, but I’m not a fan of a lot of angled walls and I would imagine all the interior walls are angled.

    1. I imagined it looks like a pie inside. In the bedrooms you have to lay on the pie shaped bed with your feet pointed toward the inside. Thanks, Michelle. πŸ™‚

  19. Lovely images John. I think what I noticed most was how very blue the sky is! It has been very dull & dismal here in Southern Ontario this past week. We are in need of a little blue sky!

    1. Thank you, Lynn. The sky in the first three photos was how it was when I started the shoot.Overcast and fog πŸ™‚

  20. I really like that first little house. It would make a darling studio I think.

    I’m also thinking those octagon and round houses would be hard to arrange furniture in. I could be wrong though.

    1. I think you are right. Imagine if yu will a pie shaped bed.

  21. So bright! I love the diversity of the housing.

    1. Yes it is something. Old town is not to be believed. πŸ™‚

      1. I can i agine.

  22. Great photos and great homes – I could look at unusual houses all day, which may explain my obsession with HGTV’s House Hunters show. πŸ™‚ I especially love the tiny home…so cool.

    1. Thank you, Leslie. πŸ™‚

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