Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Coolness and ugliness and another Utah site visited

One of my favorite neighborhoods in the SL Valley is the Harvard/Yale neighborhood. A lot of my growing up years were in the Avenues and the Hogle Zoo area so I learned to love the tree lined streets and the old homes.

Over the past few years, there have been changes in this neighborhood as many of the homes have been torn down and new ones put up. For the most part, the homes are attractive and though large, still fit in relatively well with the neighborhood (an example of a nice remodel is the home on the left). Other remodeled homes though, have not fit in the neighborhood, at all. They call this home Garage Mahal (pic on the right). It is huge with 3 big garages sticking out front with a little door around the side. Yeah, neighbors were not pleased when this bad boy went in. The picture does not even do it justice to how strange this home is compared with the rest of the area. I truly cannot figure out what the builder was thinking with this thing--"Yeah, lets do something that nobody will like...lets build a house with huge garages about 20 feet from the street and that is really all people will see, big garages...how cool will that be?' Uhm, not too cool.


One of the fabulous features of the Harvard/Yale neighborhood though is the Miller Bird Refuge and Park. This sits on 9th South and it is fabulous to be able to go for a mini hike, see a great little stream, huge trees, birds and a nice hiking path all right in the middle of a great neighborhood. As usual, Carter is showing off his great, totally forced, smile on the left. The kids loved running around on the trail...Carter even asked a couple who were getting their wedding pictures done if they needed him to take their picture. Understandably, they told him that they were OK.



If you have a chance, you can check it out at 9th South and about 16th East...a little hike that you can do in 30 minutes. It is just another reason to really like this pocket of homes in SLC. You can check out more about this park here: http://www.utahbirds.org/counties/saltlake/MillerBirdPark.htm

5 comments:

Danno said...

Garage Mahal - Ha ha yuck!

nielsons*love*family said...

i love harvard/yale.
in fact i want to pluck up one of those homes and set it gently down on TOP of my existing home ...

think that would work?

and who knew that bird refuge was there? not me...

Tricia said...

You always have these fun little finds! I'll have to take the girls and go check it out! Oh, and tell Carter he can come take our pics ANY time! =) Cute kid!

samandbrodi said...

Danny--not your style? Big garages rule!

Dorien--let me know and we can steal one of those homes in the middle of the night.

Tricia--It is a nice casual little hike. I'll send Carter over to your house to take some pics...just return Carter sometime over the weekend.

Saltwater Taffy said...

I love the Garage Mahal...we also called it the Fire Station. We lived in that ward before we moved back home to Holladay actually up the street from the Miller bird refuge. Fun memories. I miss the sidewalks from that neighborhood, but I've never found better neighbors than we have now!