Tuesday, September 25, 2012

There Was This Bungalow...

For the past 2+ years I've lived on the block this charming, roomy, 2 bedroom bungalow with a cozy screened porch, intimate hearth and fireplace, and furniture that was utilitarian, weathered, and most comfortable as you can imagine, always made me smile. One could tell it was well lived in and enjoyed by all inhabitants.

Last week I noticed the interior doors were open and all furnishings removed.  Then on my walk the next day, I noticed the front door was open revealing the empty rooms beyond, and there was a sign on the front lawn announcing "demolition" of the dwelling, but no date was listed.  This all made me very sad, as if a family member was to be put to death and there was nothing to do about it.  And that was true. I wish I had taken photos of the house nestled among the others and surrounded by pines, large and small.  But...no. I would have been embarrassed if I got caught by the owners taking pictures of their property.

In less than 72 hours that history, generations of memories, laughter of kids growing up, weekend cocktail parties, cookouts with family and guests, is no more.

And this is what I saw:
Thursday: Screened porch & front bedroom are gone.

Friday: House and Chimney are rubble.
Saturday: No signs of the house, or shed.  Only a pile of pine roots and dirt.
Building lots in town are tiny, pricey bits of land and I hope another lovely beachside bungalow will be erected on the lot, but I fear the worst: replacements of late have been small-footprint, 3-story houses which we call "MacMansions" and for good reason. They are out of place here, as most front doors are only a few feet from the curbside. Oh, and they tend to be very, very ugly.

The block is eerily silent, no residents in sight, so I think everyone is kind of grief-stricken at this time.

And so it goes.


  1. WTF? WHY do people build ugly instead of cute? you're at the beach; cute should be a requirement!

  2. my parents live on a barrier island on the north carolina coast and it is indeed a loss to see the single story bungalows in the neighborhood disappear and the three story on silts McMansions appear on such small lots.

  3. It is sad to see these homey cottages disappear slowly one by one. Last week I was in town for the first time this summer (I avoid Rehoboth during the tourist season) and notices more of these cottages have gone and have been replaced by the three story "MacMansions" Very ugly and depressing. So sad.


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